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12/28/14 2:46 P

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Dear Prince,

My condolences to you and your Chihuahua friend (warrior?). I am so very sorry that you had to go through that. Obviously, it was a case of mistaken identity. But I am glad that you have been rescued by Annie's mom and are out free. Relay my condolences and best wishes to the unfortunate Chihuahua that got stuck in the pen with you. And enjoy your free time now. Take care of Roscoe and give him my wishes for a speedy recovery. Oh, and wish the same to Jim Bob, please.

Your Dad, who is spending the day with your mom

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Dear Annie,

Well Annie, what do you think a spa is for? And they were successful in helping you loose some of that weight. The thing is, they were also trying to teach you some healthy habits to live by, lessons which you obviously are unappreciative of. Tsk tsk!

Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed your spa vacation. Perhaps the next time your chauffer will be a tad more gentle in his out reach. And hopefully he will be more careful not to pick up those poor canines who did not sign up for this spa business. You should have explained to the driver that you were the only one canine to whom Baby Cakes gave a gift. Ah, she considers you exclusively. What an honor.

Again, congratulations on your weight loss as a result of Baby Cakes marvelous gift to you. I know Bowser is missing her terribly, but she is serving the cause of sick canines best there at the moment.

Have a wonderful time at home practicing healthy habits. Hmm, actually you could make that a New Year's resolution if you wish.

Tom, who is about to eat a chocolate bar, one with an FSU logo on it.

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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12/28/14 10:42 A

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dear tom

you'd better tell bowser to start looking for a new wife! almost as soon as mom and dad left for their trip to NYC, babycakes had me forcibly shipped off to the "spa"!!! she said i needed some special quiet time to myself after working so hard on setting up things at the mcmansion and then have to be in charge of moving everything back to our property.....but i overheard her talking to the poodle and saying she just couldn't take any more of "annie's antics"......my feelings are horribly hurt and i howled my grief the entire time i was at the "spa", which, of course, turned out to be the vet's again.....prince spent the entire time with me there, not becuz he wanted to come with his favorite auntie or becuz he annoyed BC, but only becuz there was a mix-up between BC and the "captors" who took us to the vets.....prince was waiting with me at the gates for my limosine to pick me up, but the chauffeur thought everyone waiting at the gates was supposed to go, so he got me, and then grabbed prince and a wawa and took off....it was not pretty, let me tell you! 3 confused dogs in the back seat, no snacks...and then when we pulled up into the vet's office driveway, i knew we were doomed......when prince and the wawa figured out where we were and what was going on, they were pretty ticked, but we were stuck.....fortunately, mom came and got us as soon as the place opened yesterday.....she was pretty surprised to see all 3 of us.....

babycakes apologized all over the place to prince and the wawa (jorge), but all she said to me was "i hope you feel refreshed"......everybody says that BC is such a sweetie, but she is a devious one....i feel like taking a bite out of her tail, but that would be too easy....i shall have to contemplate on a proper revenge........

i must say lulu is looking good, and seems quite bouncy (for her) and happy to see all of us back....she said roscoe has finally started to recover and let us go in and see him....he gave us a big grin, and then fell back asleep.......jim-bob was also asleep, but i saw his paw with the chupe cut and it still looked infected and gross.....yuk! lulu even took time off this morning to go with mom to the store to get a newspaper, and they brought home sausage biscuits for everyone! let me tell you, i lost weight at that "spa"...i don't know how much, but i do know my fat folds over my elbows have shrunk and now my tiny elbows are cold in this winter weather.....i must consume more calories!...mom says we may go for a walk in the woods this afternoon if the weather stays nice and warm...it is almost 50F.....this will be fun, but i cannot afford to lose anymore weight, so i'd better get extra rations at dinner!

Annie who is feeling almost thin

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12/25/14 2:34 P

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Dear TQ,

My experience with NY dogs is that they are a bit brash but mean well. I'd give them another chance. Remember, though, that they say what is on their minds without hesitation.

Message from Prince: Roscoe is still in a great deal of pain, but he is continuously aware of his surroundings now, no longer slipping in and out of a comma like condition. He talks with anyone and actually makes sense, though often a sentence will be interrupted with long groans. He has asked about you and wonders why you are not here to talk with him. He has been told of your necessary trip to NY, and he seems to understand, yet forgets and a while later asks for you. As you might remember, he has a hard time keeping poultices in place, and now is no different that the previous bout with poultices. He does take his cherry grass tonic and other medicinal cherry grass concoctions without fuss. He will sleep often during the day, but often remains awake much of the night. Lulu says that this is common among chupe wound victims. The nursing staff continues to monitor him very carefully 24/7.

Roscoe's yurt-mate seemed to be improving quite significantly but then had a relapse and now looks no better than Roscoe looks. Only time will tell for both, as well as a lot of TLC and cherry grass therapy.

I hope that you are having a Merry Christmas in NY. Enjoy the Yorkie dogs in spite of their brashness, and remember, their brash is worse than their bite. (grin)

Tom, who is having a wonderful Christmas with his family. (Prince, where ever you are in your duties as inspector dog and other roles, Merry Christmas!)

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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12/24/14 3:43 P

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Dear tom,

I have heard nothing new from baby cakes, but she said she would only contact me if it was important, so I assumes all is well.....Mr. Twinkie and I are in NYC...you would not believe how many dogs there are here? I have tried to engage seven in conversation as chupes, but they all spurn my friendships advances...... Mr Twinkie has forbidden me to speak to any others for fear their humans would want to talk to us.....oh well....the local canines aren't friendly either

It is cold and rainy here, but we are having a great time

Best holiday wishes

TQ

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Dear TQ,

I am so sorry to hear that the McMansion had to be vacated. I appreciate the urgency of the situation. Unfortunately, I will not be able to accept your kind invitation for a visit at this time due to far to many dancing obligations, gigs, and the like. I suggest that you folks might best stay home form parts unknown in order to attend to your patients. Quite obviously, your home is going to be needed as a hospital. But that should be no problem. Simply have your very own yurt built by those miraculous canine engineers, contractors, and workers.

You might be interested in knowing that I believe Annie tried also to extend this invitation to me. She did so by cell phone. Sadly, I cannot be certain that that was the message she was trying to convey. You see, her laryngitis prevented any reasonable verbal communication. Finally she just sighed a raspy sigh and hung up. Poor Annie.

I am so sorry about Roscoe. I do hope he and his yurt-mate, Jim Bob, make a speedy recovery. Let Roscoe know that they are both in my thoughts, but of course, Roscoe mostly since I do not know Jim Bob. By the way, is Jim Bob southern. Somehow he sounds southern as in deep south. Don't ask me why I feel that way. And that's what it is, of course, just a feeling. I've reread all of your communications of late and find no reference to his heritage.

Tom, who must practice his foxtrot routine before class today. This instructor is a stickler for technique.

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher


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OH, TOM

how soon can you get here? we need all the help we can get! i recieved an email this morning from the owners of the mcmansion that they are on their way...they are bringing not only their sons, but other guests as well, expecting full use of their mcmansion for xmas merriment and cheer.....i tried to stop them, warning of torrential rains and road flooding, but they are determined....therefore, all the patients inside the mcmansion, as well as in the surrounding tents and roscoe's yurt will have to be moved to this property.....what chaos!! those patients able to move about somewhat are hobbling over here on their own, but many with paw injuries are not able to do so....the gonzalez' hay truck has been "borrowed" again to expedite the move of both patients and equipment....lulu is extremely worried about moving roscoe and jim-bob....jim-bob was moved into roscoe's yurt last night...altho not bitten by a chupe, he was stepped on by one and apparently a chupe toenail cut j-b's back foot.....it is a small wound, and went unnoticed at first, but now infection has set in and he is almost as sick as roscoe.....annie is supervising the placement of relocated tents even though her voice is not yet back to normal....she sounds like a 5-pack-a-day smoker with her scratchy voice :) it has been decided that roscoe and jim-bob will be in our house....mr. twinkie and i will be leaving in the wee hours this morning and be away for a few days, so the house will be available to the patients....having the kitchen so readily available will be convenient, not only for meal service, but lulu is working on a new cherry grass formula that has to be heated for several hours and then cooled....i think it speeds healing.....or perhaps it goes deep into tissues....she explained it once, but it was over my head.....anyway, she thinks it will help roscoe and jim-bob.....

roscoe is mostly unconcious, and/or thrashing about with a really high fever....when he and jim-bob are both moaning, it is quite a chorus....

i must run...i am on cleanup duty, restoring the mcmansion to its former undoggy beauty....you would not believe how much fur has been shed...i might be mopping the rest of the day

TQ

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Dear TQ,

I'm happy to hear that Mr. TQ may be becoming a believer in chupacabra, but if he did not see the wren, how does he know it is a shape changer? Just curious.

I'm glad that the hospital is being guarded well. I hope that they have an adequate supply of anti-chupe toxin with them. One thing. If they do attack, it will most likely be in their normal shape. It has been shown over and over than chupes in other shapes are not capable of the degree of aggression and vicious attack as those in normal shape. To wit: your encounter with the wren (assuming it was a shape shifter, an uncertainty at this time).

I am so very worried about Roscoe. As soon as you are allowed to see him express my wishes for a speedy recovery. That is an understatement, but he needs to hear me in as positive a light as possible. If I over do it, it could cause him more worry than he may currently be experiencing. Still, I want him to know that I am thinking about him. Well, I know that you will handle it well.

I viewed the choir singing that you posted in my facebook messages. Quite an excellent performance by your girls, though I'll have to admit that I think the choir as a whole left something to be desired. Well, frankly, I think they laid an egg, but that is just my thinking. Maybe Annie should organize a combo of just your girls and let them go to it, musically speaking. Next time try to video Annie's performance in front of the quire as well. I'd love to see that.

Just to be on the safe side, this morning Baby Cakes ordered a gondola full of medical cherry grass products shipped by carrier eagle to be shipped to Virginia. Each was marked "for hospital use only." Lulu can designate the proper use of each of the products via her Rx. The products should reach the Virginia destination by late this afternoon and no later than late this evening.

Tom, who is going to check the kitchen for lunch supplies

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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dear tom

well, there was performance---of sorts---last night after all.....on fb i sent you a short video of the hens performing.....annie had been quite upset over the laryingitis and not being able to sing...i tried to explain about christmas caroling and she could be the director with a baton and would not need to open her mouth.....i even showed her some youtube clips of directors and carolers.....she thought it was dull.....but later she agreed to do it.....with a nip to an ear or tail she was able to round up a dozen or so wawas (somehow she missed Prince) to be the carolers.....but she was no ordinary director....once she got the singers going, she performed along with them doing her version of interpretive dance......it was quite a show....and as she held up signs thanking her audiences (they went from ward to ward) she had a notation at the bottom that you had taught her a few of her moves....hehehehe i was so sorry i missed it......annie is still planning on "duet night" with prince, and he can't hide forever...

roscoe is in terrible shape.....at first a lot of his buddies lined up at the yurt, wanting to visit him, but babycakes gently told them that this would not be possible at this time....she suggested that each friend visit one of the other wounded in the various wards and spend 15 mins. or more with the patient in roscoe's honor.....the friends liked this, and i think all those that were able to recieved a visit from one or another of roscoe's friends.....at this time lulu is refusing to give out a diagnosis, but her lips are compressed in a grim line and BC looks very worried whenever she leaves the yurt.....BC did say it will be another couple of days before we will know for sure if roscoe is going to make it......

ops! i almost forgot to tell you what happened yesterday......once again some dingbat song bird got into the screened-in part of the lanai and couldn't get out...annie went tearing out through the doggie door to catch it, and i went flying out right behind her to prevent annie from doing so......usually when this happens annie just huffs and goes back into the house...but not yesterday....she watched with great interest as i would get the wren into my hands and then somehow, like melted butter, it would get away, but bang into the screen again....the 3rd or 4th time it slipped out of my hands, it flew a few feet and then fell over on its back with its head tilted to one side....looked dead....annie continued to watch it and me and tapped her paw several times to let me know something was not quite right.....i scooped the wren back into my hands where it immediately revived and as soon as i aimed it towards the open door, it flew off into the big world...........but that's not the exciting part......this is: this morning while relaying this incident to mr. twinkie, he said that i obviously did not recognize this bird...it was not just a wren, but an opossum-wren!! in other words, it was a shape changer.........and mr. twinkie recognized it!! could it be that he is finally becoming a believer? when i later relayed this story to the commander he was a bit peeved that i had let the shape changing bird escape....Prince and the other wawas on guard duty have been put on alert, but the commander decided not to notify the hospital for fear of alarming the patrients, altho, of course, lulu and babycakes know something is up since extra guards have been posted around the hospital.......i had not thought about it before, but with so many wounded soldiers here, i guess we could be quite a target if the scattered chupes could muster together......hmm mm......this is worrisome

TQ

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Dear Prince,

I was talking with our commander who had conferenced with your commander. You did forget to tell me that you had him assign you to night duty at a location as far from the hospital as possible and in a fairly hidden wooded area. Interesting. I suspect Annie might be able to find you even there had she not developed laryngitis except of course for the five Chihuahua guards that you had watching out for her. I guess you were taking no chances (snicker).

Oh, the commanders also relayed the little tid bit that even though you were as far separated as possible, you could still hear Annie bellowing orders. You could even hear the laryngitis developing. I really had to laugh about all of that.

Tom, who is still snickering about the Annie antics.

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Dear TQ,

By now I assume that Roscoe is tucked into the yurt and hopefully comfortable as possible given the circumstances. I also assume massive doses of cherry grass tonic has been given, not to mention poultices placed appropriately. Please keep me informed about his condition. If she has the time, pick Lulu's brain about his condition. It would be good to have information directly from a professional about his condition.

Prince and I have had a good electronic snicker about the Annie antics and consequences of her shouting orders. I'll let him tell you more about it though.

Tom, who is anxious to hear about Roscoe's progress.

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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12/20/14 9:17 A

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DEAR TOM

take it from me....eating vegan will not necessarily make you thin........you can dine on coca-cola and oreos and still be vegan.....

roscoe is already here.....even though it was after dark, the courier eagle made a night flight due to the seriousness of roscoe's situation....thank heavens for the 2 great danes, who were able to life him out and onto a gurney....as they hustled him into the mcmansion, other workers (including the chicken chasing poodle) got the other 2 injured out of the gondola and helped them into the hospital.....roscoe appears to be the most seriously injured becuz he is suffering from chupe bite poisoning.....the hospital is rather noisy and filled to the brim and so is my house and the wawa infirmary....lulu and babycakes agreed with you that roscoe needs a special quiet place.....annie is outside now overseeing a special yurt that is being built post haste for roscoe adjacent to the mcmansion....i can hear annie shrieking orders from here...oh, those poor workers.....i bet they are building at top speed.....in the meantime, the poodle is ransacking my linen closet grabbing blankets and sheets for roscoe's special bed....she (the poodle) is actually a very good worker as long as there are no chickens about......

yesterday i overheard annie and prince
annie: do you remember that duet we were going to sing for your parents if i had come to fl?
Prince: er...yesssss..
A (sounding rather bossy): well practice it...we are going to perform at the hospital tomorrow night
P: but i have inspection and other duties
A: change your shift...we ARE going to perform tomorrow night...this is for the benefit of the wounded and sick
P: but i didn't bring my outfit.
A: sighing loudly....I will dress you
P: now annie, you know i just don't have time for....
A interrupting: WE ARE doing this tomorrow!!
P; sighing.....i am not just your nephew...i have important...
A interrupting again: WE ARE doing this tomorrow!!
P: i am not sure the commander
A: it's okay...i already cleared it
P: but annie
A: STOP! we ARE doing this!

prince looked like he wanted to cry or kick something, so i tippy-toed away before anything happened...however, with the yurt building and all, perhaps annie will be too tired to perform with her favorite nephew tonight

TQ who is watching the snow flurries outside her window
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dear dad

annie is being impossible.....as usual......hahaha......yesterday she was insisting we perform a duet performance for all the other wawas, no matter how busy i tried to tell her that i am........however,, today she was in charge of the building of a special yurt for roscoe and now she has laryngitis so she can't sing......yay, for me! i really am too busy with important duties to sing and dance right now.....annie is so ticked off that she can't perform she threw a hissy fit, stomping her paws and twirling every which way...it was quite a performance in itself, abeit a quiet one.....hehehe

Prince who getting ready for his dinner break and missing bower's cooking mightily


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Dear TQ,

This is not an easy message to write. I have heard from...well, about Roscoe. The scouts have found him. He was lying unconscious by the side of a mountain road that pretty much went to nowhere. When carrier eagles landed, there were two wounded Chihuahua soldiers in the basket. Although seriously wounded, they were not as bad as Roscoe. Apparently his minor wounds have festered and he is fighting the chupe infection with all the strength he can muster. The wounded Chihuahuas, overcoming their own pain, managed to hoist Roscoe into the gondola. In the process Roscoe came to for a while, but was delirious and making no sense. They are on there way to Virginia now (though they may have arrived by the time you read this). Let Baby Cakes know about him. She will need to make him her number 1 priority. A private area will be needed for quiet in order for the cherry grass to do its best for him. Roscoe remains in my thoughts.

As for myself, I enjoyed the dance last night. In spite of an old dancing wound of four days ago, I was able to dance nearly every dance, though there were some moves that my leg injury would not allow. Its mostly a tendon problem and will heal. We shall need to watch Roscoe's would much more than we need worry about mine, especially now that I'm back on the dance floor. Meanwhile, I have parties to attend today, tomorrow, and Monday. That will make four days in a row. Now how on earth am I to watch my weight under these stressful circumstances? Its enough for me to go vegan. Hmmmm, or not.

Give Prince my best if you see him, though I know everyone there is crazy busy. And of course greet Annie, Lulu and Baby Cakes for me. Oh, and Roscoe when he is awake and can comprehend what you are saying. Oh, poor Ros.

Tom, who must now answer Bowser's call to breakfast.

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher


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dear tom,

as you can imagine it has been total chaos here.....there is no way i could sort out who belongs where, so i assume everyone know their duties and placement...if i see someone looking lost i tell them to check in with annie or the commander....usually, those who check in with annie only do so once.....they would rather remain lost than ask her twice....i have suggested that a position be created for a semi-off duty wawa to man a station with a list of who belongs where, and the Commander and Annie both agreed, so that will be finalized by this afternoon.....

annie is so exhausted from her duties she doesn't know which end is up....last night she came in around 8 pm and whined at the door of michael's meditation room...she has never done this...then she ran into our bedroom before heading back out the door...a little while later mr. twinkie emerged and asked "what's wrong with that dog?".....since he does not believe in chupes or the war i had no answer to give him....somewhere between 11pm and 1am annie came in and paced all over our bedroom....enough to wake me up (twice!), but then she went back outside.....today i made her come in and take a break to do poses...i told her i would set the alarm for 15 mins. but i actually set it for 30.....she seems calmer this afternoon......lulu also was in and out all night long, checking on patients...i suggested she set up a bed at the mcmansion hospital unit, but she pointed out that a bed she takes is one less for a patients and the walk in the night air wakes her up and is good for her....she seems to revel in the action....BC is fine....i did hear that she bit the ear of the canine that was bothering her.....but then bandaged it up....tell bowser she is fine.....and prince....he is 27 different places at once, but he spared 10 mins. this morning to come in, give me a hug, and chat over a cup of tea with me......(he never even asked for coffee).....we have not heard from roscoe.........three of the trucks came back full of wounded/sick and went back out and the others should be rolling in soon.....i hear the mcmansion is already almost overrun with patients and outdoor shelters are being built by a platoon of civilian dogs from the community who have volunteered their services....

TQ who needs to take a break herself with a cup of tea

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Dear TQ,

Bowser was reading over my shoulder when I read your message. When we got to the last part, he laughed. He said that is a common occurrence, for guys to hit on Baby Cakes. He said just wait. The guy will hit a bit too hard and he will get what is coming to him. BC is really good at putting a guy in his place. Just watch. Well, I can't watch directly, so you shall need to be my eyes on that one.

I have eagle services looking for Roscoe. The scouts are scattered thin though. There are so many missing in action as well as on the march home that scouts have each been assigned one, two, or even three soldiers to look for. They all cover a master grid with one eagle per square. The square is located in the area where the soldier was last heard from. Now then, that being said, while the names on their specific list is there primary search object(s), they all have a list of all missing soldiers and look for anyone who looks lost or hurt. Once observed, they will look more closely to see if they are canine. If so, they will be reported to carrier services. They also try to determine if the particular canine is on the list and if so report that soldier as found. Needless to say, eagle HQ's radio communications system is pretty much in over load operation.

While I too am very concerned about Roscoe, keep in mind that it may be simply a matter of fringe area cellular communications with extremely poor reception. At least, that is what I am hoping for. I haven't heard a peep from him today. Maybe he has just simply passed into a totally communication free zone. Oh, those mountains.

I hear Bowser reminding me that I have much to do before the Christmas dance party. In fact, he is being rather insistent that I get ready. Really Bowser? This early? Ah well.

Let me know if you hear from Roscoe,
Tom



Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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DEAR TOM

6 (or was it 8?) "borrowed" trucks went out at the crack of dawn this morning to pick up the wounded, sick and just plain tired who were walking from gatlinburg.....i have heard there have been complaints in the community over "stolen" trucks, including the gonzalez' cattle truck AND their hay truck.....*tsk* *tsk*.....i do not know how we are going to hold everyone if all the trucks come back full, but the mcmansion sits on 300 acres of land, so perhaps we can erect tents and yurts if needed......the drivers are supposed to call into the command center here (set up by Prince) when they are on the way home to notify us how many they are bringing, and, of those, how many are wounded enough to be in the infirmary......in the meantime, supplies, both food and tents and medical items are coming in by the wagon load (so to speak)....several local news stations were turned away at the front gates after reports of "super-sized" eagles were reported to be roosting here.....it didn't help that Rodney Eagle waved at a couple of reporters this morning from CNN who tried to climb over the fence....getting shot in the toe by a fiercely snarling wawa was the only thing that made them back up.....gates have now been set up at the beginning of the road, even tho technically it is a state-owned road, to try and keep the reporters at bay.....a member of the Virginia Wildlife organization was discovered creeping thru the woods.....until Prince chased him all the way back to his car......apparently it was quite a sight to behold.....

i did ask annie how things were going with Prince...all she said was "oh..him" as she grabbed my stash of sewing fabrics (bandages) and hurried out the door.....she paused and said "let me tell you.." .and then she just sighed and said "i don't have time for this...he's working elsewhere now" and out the door she went!...since we don't know how many canines will be returning here wounded or ill a call has gone out into the local community for all canines with medical training to come and help....the result has been gratifying.....at least 8 dogs (2 great danes, a shih-tzu, a pomeranian, 3 mutts and a poodle) have shown up....the pomeranian and the shih-tzu are in the coop, helping the hens with tearing *sob* my fabrics into bandages....the poodle was also supposed to help but she couldn't concentrate on bandages when there were chickens she wanted to chase, so she has been reassigned.....i am not sure what the others are doing.....

i do hope roscoe is one of those put on the trucks today.....your message worried me....all the drivers know to keep a special lookout for him

annie is not only organizing the hens, she is running the operation to set up tents, etc....she is quite in her element bossing everybody.....lulu seems especially pleased with one of the great danes, however (and don't tell bowser) one of the newcomers keeps flirting with Babycakes

TQ

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Dear TQ,

Your concerns about equality between Annie and Prince were confirmed in his recent communication. He wrote...

Dad, I tried working with Annie but within five minutes I knew that this would never be an equalitarian work situation. Really, who could work with that woman? I mean, I like her as an aunt, but as a work partner, she leaves much to be desired. I have therefore joined with the Chihuahua commander and will be working with him. He has me on inspection duties. These include inspection of troops who are on duty and inspection of suspicious creatures. The latter consists mostly of dropping or shooting a bit of chupe toxin as unobtrusively as possible at the suspect. It either poofs or it does not. If it is a non-poof creature and notices the anti-chupacabra toxin, I simply apologize and move on.

Annie was a bit aggravated that I left her side and showed my less than obedient side, but oh well...you know what I mean!

Prince, who must return to his duties

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I also got a message from Roscoe, one that I am not really very happy with...

Tom..........Dark..............1 PM.........help.....................dizzy. .................Rosc..............

That is all that he said. I'm really struggling to interpret it. Perhaps the communication reception was bad. I do hope that was all that it was.

Tom, who will be monitoring all messages for a more complete one from Roscoe

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dear tom,

with the news of your message of more incoming eagles, work activities have been stepped up as much as possible while still keeping a support team of wawas on guard duty....trees are being felled in the forest around "the big house" (the mcmansion) so create more space between those standing oaks and pines so the eagles will not feel cramped....the roof of the mcmansion has been reinforced and could probably hold a large herd of elephants...or 2 or 3 eagles.....at the moment there is a lot of noise coming from my roof where similar preparations are being made....jack sent a couple of designs of pneumatic tube-like structures that could be added to the house, running from the kitchens to the house roofs to make hamburger distribution easier.....i don't know if the wawas are going to implement them immediately as i think they enjoy using the catapults.....the hens were asked to fetch mice, but the 3 girls residing in the coop refuse to come outside, what with all the eagle activity....they are baiting the floor of the coop by laying out corn and whatever mice venture inside are caught and boxed, the filled boxes pushed to the outside thru a crack in the door, but that is the extent of their efforts......oh wait! in between mice, i do believe annie told me she had them tearing sheets and rolling bandages.....the rooster and his woman that live in the pine tree, are following their assignments and show no fear of the eagles....of course, the eagles have been informed not to touch the chickens here (i think the gonzalez chickens are fair game), but one can not be sure how strong a tired, hungry eagle will be against temptation...or at least that is what the girls in the henhouse tell me..................annie just came in for a break and 10 mins of restorative yoga poses.....lulu, on the other hand, is loving being back in action and is moving non-stop between directing the wawa work force and caring for the ill and wounded.....tom, i went over to the mcmansion yesterday afternoon...oh, those poor puppies are so pitiful! so sick, so hurt! lulu needs babycake's help desperately!.

now the part where you wrote/instructed that prince will work with annie...equally and not to be bossed........everybody laughed at that.......well, everybody except annie who claims that she never bosses anybody, altho she does give explicit instructions that she does (reasonably) expect to be carried out....*snort*......thanks for the laugh of the day

TQ who must finish preparation inside her own house for incoming patients

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Dear TQ,

It is gratifying to hear of all the preparations for the wounded who have both arrived and are currently in transit there. Most likely you are receiving the most critically wounded first via eagle transport as was the plan. It will take a while for those traveling by paw.

As I mentioned, Prince returned home. When he learned about the things going on in Virginia he was quite disappointed that he had returned home this quickly, though he did like seeing his family again. Never the less, he has expressed a desire to join you there in your efforts to care for the wounded as well as work with R & R. I think his main interest is with the R & R side of things. Anyway, after consulting with a number of individuals including eagle services and Chihuahua brass, it was decided that Prince could go to Virginia and that we would be quite safe here since the major defeat of the chupacabra army. So here is the deal...

Prince will come tomorrow. Riding with him will be Baby Cakes. Baby Cakes of course will serve with Lulu while Prince will work in R & R with Annie (but not by any means to be bossed by her or even have her attempt that, but rather, as a co-equal). We are also sending a very large amount of cherry grass tonic and various cherry grass medical supplies. Jack will oversee continued production of the cherry grass in Baby Cake's absence. Because of the amount of supplies involved, expect the landing of no less than 6 and no more than 8 carrying eagles tomorrow, probably shortly after noon. These eagles of course will be in addition to the continuously rotating eagle flights carrying wounded warriors.

You may see Roscoe sooner than expected. According to his most recent message (received late last night), his chupe wound is worsening (as chupe wounds so often do). He has not yet reached the criticality that can result in immediate eagle flight (let's hope that he doesn't) but it is causing pain and difficulty in pawing his way to Virginia. He is hoping at least for vehicle ground transportation, but so far none has been forthcoming. I do not know his location at this time or I would be tempted to just get in the car with Prince and Baby Cakes and go after Roscoe. Alas, that is out of the question since those two are needed in Virginia and we do not have a location for Roscoe. I've asked him about location, but apparently he is not absolutely certain. I just hope he isn't lost. He didn't really say much when asked, but rather kind of hem and hawed around about it. He didn't give any real information. And he was quite persistent with that. Needless to say, I am a bit concerned about him, but then knowing Roscoe, I'm certain that if the need was dire, he would have given more. I just hope he isn't delirious.

Watch for the eagles. Help is on the way.

Tom, who is about to feast on another Bowser breakfast.


Tom

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dear tom

since the mcmansion next door is simply a vacation home for the owners and therefore unoccupied 9/10ths of the time, i have turned the key over to lulu to set it up as a complete hospital unit.....and none too soon as the first wounded have already turned up.....raw hamburger remains on our roof at all times, and a catapult is being built to toss some up on the mcmansion which is 3 stories high and therefore too tall to directly toss the stuff up there....the commander has allowed an entire (small) platoon to help get the new CVA set up for more wounded.....lulu is thrilled to be busy and annie is in full annie-mode, bossing wawa orderlies around, rushing to find more linens, baking cookies, rolling bandages.....when she gets going she is a one-basset machine!.....the wawa platoon devoted to making catapults and tossing hamburger looks like a barnum bailey's high wire act as they also shimmy up ropes to the roof to make sure it can hold and eagle's weight, and they have set up a water fountain and a partially covered area where an eagle can hang out during inclement weather and still stay dry....the local deer are also helping out since they have a distinct dislike for chupes and especially shadow critters which they view as very creepy....a rope is thrown over the roof by a wawa and a buck on the other winds the rope in his antlers and pulls....(i have no idea exactly what they are doing, as i was shooed away, told absolutely NOT to take pictures....sigh).....7 disposable phones have been set up so all wounded can at least call home once to let their loved ones know they are back on safe ground.....oh, its busy, busy over there!

i tried to warn everybody that the owners usually show up around xmas, but was told that the matter was being taken care of...originally one of the computer wawas was going to send the owners a somewhat doctored photo showing the house had burned to the ground so they would not come for xmas.......i pointed out that the house is brick and therefore would not burn to the ground....so they showed it having exploded (why?) and knocked to the ground...i mentioned that an exploding homesite would bring out the owners and investigators to see what happened, so now the plan is to send them "news" reports of huge rains and flooding on their internet news sources and in a few days send them pics, purportedly from me, of washed out roads.......i am not sure even this will work becuz these are adventurous people, skiers, divers, etc, but we shall see.........the wawa geeks sent me away, no longer wanting me to point out flaws in their plans......oh well....

i am very concerned about roscoe's injuries, and he shall have a special bed in this house if he wants....lulu has already pointed out that all spare rooms and other areas in my house may also be pressed into hospital and/or recuperative services if we recieve as many wounded as expected.....will Prince be coming here or heading straight to your house?
TQ!

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Dear TQ,

I have received news from Roscoe, some of it heart warming and some of it heart breaking. The good news is that the shipment of anti-chupe toxin mist has arrived. It arrived as a battle roared, and it took some time to load up weapons and prepare to use the stuff as you may well imagine, this all going down in the midst of the confusion that accompanies all battles. Exhausted eagles who carried the material were replaced by war weary eagles who had been flying as scouts but without loads. Utilization of the material came just in the nick of time, but when it did, poofs were observed through out the war zone within the city. Airborne canines were flown far from the city and bombarded the land with mist (which is non-destructive to all things but chupes, being an extremely chupe-specific substance). Bombardment was done in circular paths ever moving slightly closer to the city. Ground forces were pushing chupe invaders further and further from the city while bombardiers moved ever closer to the city. When it was over, the chupe invading army was all but wiped out. If there were any survivors, they are laying low and remaining in one place for fear of touching anti-chupe mist condensation puddles. They may starve to death before being able to leave the area, and even now Chihuahua troops are searching for stragglers. It is hoped that this will end this business once and for all, though that is unlikely since the invasive force is estimated to be only approximately 2/3 of the entire chupe population. Still, it will take some time to recover.

The bad news. There are many injured canines from this battle, and we all know how dangerous chupe injuries can be. An undetermined number, but many, are heading for Virginia, many in a march on the ground. The most critical are being flown. They have heard of Lulu's marvelous cure and seek the medical sage herself.

Roscoe sustained minor injuries and will be among those making their way to Virginia. As the eagles bring in the critically wounded, they will return many times over to slowly move more and more of the injured to your homestead which they now consider CVA (canine veterans administration) headquarters. I'm afraid that Lulu and other medical staff will be extremely busy for some time.

Prince is returning home. He plans to conference with Jack regarding the effectiveness of the anti-chupe mist devises used in its dispersal. There were some minor problems which he hopes Jack can work out. Mostly it involves weight of the equipment which needs to be diminished if possible and time required to load the devise with the toxin fluid, also in need of diminishing. Over all, though, everyone was extremely happy with the devise and most assuredly of the results.

Tell Annie that she will be needed in the capacity of troop entertainer. A happy canine heals more quickly that one who is bored or distraught, and all of these soldiers have been through misery.

Let us celebrate the end of the war to end all chupacabra wars.

Tom

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DEAR TOM

i offered your suggestion of r & r for war weary canines to annie.....she thought about it, hemmed and hawed, and said she would get back to me..."how many guys?" and "where would they stay?" were the questions she came back with.....we brought in lulu who sighed and said she was busy and really didn't have time for annie's nonsense....but annie pointed out that some of the soldiers would have to have medical care of all sorts which perked lulu's interest, pointing out she would have to keep more tonic (in various forms) on hand....i suggested several insulated tents or small huts among the trees near the wawa camp, with an extension built onto the infirmary, which could be built to lulu's specifications, while annie decorated the tents/huts....now they are off talking to the commander....i don't suppose i will mind having extra canines on the property and mr. twinkie won't even notice.....

btw, i don't have all the details, but apparently there was an attempted encroachment on our property (again coming from the gonzalez side) of a half dozen chupes or so who were possibly fleeing from the gatlinburg battles.....lulu, who was sleeping under the stars, sounded the alarm around 11pm and annie went running outside, roaring, threatening to tear each chupe limb from limb, while the actual wawa soldier went into battle mode....they destroyed all the intruders with well-aimed shots of toxin and in less than 30 mins. the entire battle was over.....annie continued to shout imprecations of impending doom in case there were any chupes hiding in the bushes and was dismayed when she finally came in to discover lulu had taken the bed she wanted..."you snooze, you lose" said lulu before she returned to puppy dreams.....

michael has made some sort of elderberry elixir and there is an elderberry cough or cold medicine, so it can't be bad for you....we have several elberberry shrubs growing in our yard......

i don't like grape jelly.....we do have concord grapevines, but its a fight every year to get any before the deer do....i have seen them across the field, eyeing the ripeness of the grapes to see if they are ready for eating.....they will come thru in one night and eat them all, greedy pigs! anyway, i have given up all thoughts of a possible career as a jelly maker...its obviously not my calling *sniff*

poor eagles...perhaps nearby gatlinburg area restaurants could be persuaded to leave raw hamburger and other delights on their roofs for the couriers

TQ who is off to make a raw strawberry cake if she can correctly interpret the directions which are in Spanish (the idea is to see if i still retain enough spanish to make this culinary confection without poisoning us all.....i will let michael take the first bite)

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Dear TQ,

As for the war effort, may I offer a suggestion? (not waiting for answer) Why not just contribute to the war effort by offering R & R opportunities for those canines on leave from the war zone. You could provide special treats and an opportunity to rest and relax. Because of jittery nerves, quiet will be needed which, of course, would preclude any performances by Annie unless they were scheduled during a time when most if not all of the war weary soldiers were alert and ready. I think the emphasis should be on rest and food. Remember, a rested soldier is a better fighter.

As for the elves, tent, camper business, this is all hush hush top secret stuff. It is totally between Annie and I and so I cannot go into it more deeply, and I'm sure that Annie will not go into it with you. But there will come a time when such secrecy can be divulged, so you shall not always live in the dark, but in time will come into the light.

As for our place of living, nothing has changed other than a few degrees drop in the temperature. You know, we are acclimated to the 80s and when it only reaches into the 60s it is a pure winter freeze. Not only that, but this morning it got down to...are you ready for this?...44 degrees (shudder). I'm thinking of moving to equatorial Brazil just to keep warm. Even Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Alligator and Alfred Jr. have gone into hibernation until warmer days that will surely follow. Its only a matter of time. We shall persevere!

As for the jelly matter, perhaps you should consider concord grape. My dad used to make that every year when we lived in Iowa and Illinois using the grapes that my grandparents had growing on their property. It was kind of messy what with mashing the grapes, squeezing them, and straining them for the juices free of pulp. And it is one mess that Annie will not be able to clean up since grapes are terribly toxic to canines according to the literature (though Bear frequently found a grape or two on the floor and had no problem eating them). For some reason that reminds me of when I was a boy. It seems that if I look up elderberries they are reportedly poisonous. Yet when I was a boy, I would eat several large bunches right off the bush from my grandparents elderberry bush on their property. It was right next to the grapes which I also enjoyed picking and eating bunches of. Not only did the elderberries not cause my demise, they didn't even cause nausea or other ill effects.

Please let Annie know that I handled the CEO situation at the company and eagle transport of four barrels of toxin (two for air and two for ground) are in transit. Because the barrels are extremely heavy, two eagles were assigned to each barrel. There will be eight hungry eagles arriving today in the war zone. The eagles understand that if fighting is under way, no one will have time to tend to their feeding needs. The head eagle explained that these are times of great stress and strife, and that they will understand and will find food for themselves to fuel a flight out of the zone if need be.

Tom, who is being called to breakfast by none other than Chef Bowser.

Tom

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dear tom

altho i am of a naturally gentle nature may i suggest that perhaps a couple of whaps upside that CEO's head will persuade him to give up his sunday afternoon to attend to important matters....i am sure if you told him you could arrange to have a couple of eagles pick up the toxin mist he would be highly appreciative....a good bite in the CEO's tail area might help, too.....

Annie
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hey, tom

i was concerned to see joanie in a recent video wearing a coat....you are still living in fla. aren't you, and not the north pole??? or is she wearing it in hopes that it will protect her in case of possible chupe bite??? or alligator bite??? is ms. alfred still hanging out nearby??

i want you to know that annie has a been a peach as far as helping me lately, particularly in the kitchen....the tangelo jelly-making attempts have been a disaster and she has pitched in with the cleanup every time....what a good dog! and even after all her help which requires daytime activities she has still be able to get up in the wee hours, such as 2am last night, to bark warnings from the bedroom and throughout the house as she waddles...er, wanders to the doggie door in the living room to warn all possible intruders that she is on duty...what a beast!!

yesterday, michael dropped me at the mall while he attended to some personal business elsewhere..........never again! the crowds were incredible!....i despise chaotic crowds...*shudders*

lulu, annie and i were discussing something that we can do together to help the war effort....annie is pushing for a song and dance performance, live! lulu and i vetoed that, but have not come up with anything better....i cannot knit fast enough to supply socks for all the soldiers, lulu does not have coordination to help and annie does not have the patience for it.....ah, the discussions on this subject continue...... 3 new wawas on r & r are due to arrive here this afternoon....its kinda nice meeting all these new fellas and hearing about the war first hand...maybe there will be some special news from roscoe or prince

TQ who is making a wonderful almost-panini sandwich....

p.s. annie said to remind you of...well, i didn't really understand what she was trying to say but it involved eleves and maybe a tent or a camper....*shaking head in confustion*

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Dear Over worked One,

Your tongue must be sore what with all of that jelly licking you had to do for your mom. Poor baby. I just don't know what gets into your mom, burning the jelly and making you clean it up. Oh, I know, you do your work willingly, even with a smile. But somehow I do feel that you are over fed...er, I mean worked.

I only said fed because I am thinking on the marvelous Bowser breakfast I am going to have this morning before church. Oh my, I do hope that I don't loudly belch in the middle of the service again like I did last time I ate a Bowser breakfast right before going to church.

Pass this on to your mom: it is another Roscoe report.

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Tom, Prince, who has joined me at the front lines, was on night patrol. We use him on night patrol because, with his black color, he is extremely hard to see. Anyway, Prince reported a large number of chupacabra slowly inching their way to the city. They are approaching cautiously, but approaching non the less. Apparently they are beginning to realize that we may be out of the new anti-chupe mist ammunition. Today air observations and ground patrols have observed similar movements, though the movements are speeding up. Where are the supplies that we have negotiated?

Roscoe, the worried

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I am currently looking into the matter for him, but so far it has been impossible to reach the company CEO. Apparently he doesn't work on Sundays, and even when there is an emergency he sleeps very late. I shall keep trying.

Tom

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oh tom

all i can say is "pish-posh"....................i could dispute much of what you are saying, but at the moments my paws are full with mom sobbing in the kitchen....she tried a new marmalade recipe that a neighbour had used and said "works perfect"...it takes 2 days to make one batch of the recipe....last night mom did the first part...then it had to sit overnight....everything was fine...this morning she began following part 2 of the recipe, simmering the sticky stuff for 2 hours...went fine....next, for the last 30 mins., the goo has to boil......12 mins. left of boiling, mom steps out the back door to empty the compost bucket....she returns...there is still 8 mins. left.....everything is fine....at 4m. 23 sec. mom sniffs the air........she looks at the pot where the marmalade is now burnt....mom wails......then she spills it...it may never come out of the sink or the bottom of the pot where it is stuck like glue........mom is in the kitchen wailing" i am NOT a jelly cook!"...the noise is horrendous! and who will have to finally clean up all the mess? probably me! mom always says i am her kitchen expert, sigh......i guess this means no tangelo marmalade on my morning biscuits....(i feel like sobbing myself...i was sooo looking forward to it)

i have asked the wawas here about elves, admittedly not completely trusting your descriptions....they all said "huh?" and looked at me like i was nuts, but i did overhear a couple of the guys muttering questions to one another, worried that besides chupes, shadow creatures, & chupe shape changers, they will now also have to worry about something called elves...*shaking head sadly at the idiocy of wawas*.......i tried to ask a few songbirds about them, but they accused me of trying to eat them upon occasion and turned their tails on me....i guess i will have to resort to internet research after i get mom called down........mom has mailed joanie a box, but there are no elves in it.....speaking of which......mom and i enjoyed looking at joanie's xmas village.....we think you need to build an addition onto the house so you will have enough room for her growing community.....(and when she takes the village down, you will at least have room to store everything)...good luck with that...perhaps roscoe, the hero, could help you

i should not mock roscoe's heroness.....i know he is brave and true.....but he does sometimes get full of himself and calling me fat when he knows i am just well-built is not acceptable......i spoke to him early this morning on the cellphone....he knows he is in trouble and due for a head whacking at some time in the future....he says he will accept this as long as i don't hit to hard (with these dainty paws??)....anyway, we are back on good terms...

Annie, who must go see if there is any jelly on the floor to lick up

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Dear Deluded One,

It is most unfortunate that you continue to hold a grudge against Roscoe, the embattled hero. He is at war, struggling to keep you safe at home. Yes, I know that you contribute to the war effort, but Roscoe actually places himself in harms way just to protect the rest of us at home. Let go of the putrid air of anger and breath in the fresh clean air of forgiveness. Let this go Annie. You will feel so much better for it if you do.

When you speak of piddling in my dance shoes, you truly do not know what you are saying. I shall practice the advice that I have given above and forgive you.

BC says we do not need additional cherry grass. Keep in mind that the fields are here and the manufacture of cherry grass continues. So now she wants to know if Lulu is in need of additional cherry grass. Or more specifically, any of our fine cherry grass products that she has developed over the years.

Now then, about this matter of the camper with elves standing outside of it. One needs be extremely cautious when it comes to elves. Yes, Santa uses elves in the north pole. Poler elves are quite nice as well as industrious, you see. However, elves, like humans and canines, come in a variety of dispositions. Most are quite lovely, but there are groups of them who operate with what one would have to consider completely non-elf like behavior. In fact, some are quite mischievous, and display almost leprechaun like behaviors. One must be careful. I would not consider getting that camper for Joanie for Christmas unless a through investigation has concluded with details about the behavioral traits of said elves. I have hired a Chihuahua investigative unit to look into the matter, but unfortunately, they do not expect to have conclusive results until well after Christmas. Oh well, perhaps next Christmas.

Have a lovely day Annie,
Tom, who is dreaming of moonbeams and stardust and has a twinkle in his eye. (Has anyone seen my eye drops?)


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dear deceitful one

your treachery has caught up with you....mom is not feeling well and asked me to check if there was any message from roscoe....don't worry about the poor fellow....i can wait until he is feeling better...i want him in tip top shape when i knock his block off....

as for your trying to hide his being on r & r from me....well, let's just say that it, too, will not be forgotten.....i do hope no one ever piddles in your dance shoes......in the meantime i have password protected my youtube video so only a select few will ever get to see it......kim kardashian did send word on how much she loved it.....and others, too.....

mom did say she is thrilled that roscoe is well and at your place.....lulu said she can send extra cherry grass if BC needs any

annie who would frown mightily except she doesn't want wrinkles.

p.s. this is strictly between you and me....mom was chatting with joanie on fb and joanie said "KMART has a camper with elves standing outside of it. it's their home I hinted to Tom I wanted it but don't think I am gonna get it"..............................unless it is incredibly expensive you SHOULD buy this for joanie.....................and if you do so, i would personally forgive a lot of your decietfulness.....

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Dear TQ,

Roscoe is here for R & R. He is extremely worn down from the war and needs this time to relax. Annie seems slightly upset with him for some reason, so I'd rather she didn't know he is here. I mean, this poor guy has circles under his eyes. He has a slight limp and says its from a war wound that is still healing. Although it has been treated before, Baby Cakes has wrapped it with a cherry grass poultice just to freshen the treatment a bit.

Currently, Roscoe is trying to obtain another test sample of the two types of misting anti-toxin. He has talked with a company rep and convinced the guy that the testing is essential. He has also learned from this rep that the company already has another sample of similar size to the one that they sent. He is meeting (via conference call) with that rep and with the owner of the company this afternoon. Jack will join the call also. When Roscoe introduces Jack (already known to the company of course), Jack will explain that he has devised a method for producing this substance at three times the rate that they are currently producing it. Of course this will excite the company owner who most likely will want to know how it is done. Jack will then offer to work with them if they work with us and ship anti-toxin mist now. Well, we shall see where it goes from there.

Prince will be returning with Roscoe to the battle field when the time comes. Keep this business of Roscoe being here between us and especially don't let Annie know. Roscoe must not be disturbed and must take rest even with the ongoing negotiations.

Tom

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Dear Annie,

I am still anxiously awaiting your video production. Is it on You Tube yet? If not, how soon do you and your videographer plan on releasing it. Oh, I just can't wait.

Bowser is back from vacation. He believes in multiple one or two day vacations rather than taking one or two weeks at a time. He calls his vacations mini-vacations and the two week variety maxi-vacations. Cute, huh?

See ya,
Tom, who is about to partake in a super Bowser meal.

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dear tom,

i suppose i could say "all is forgiven" or "all is forgotten", but its NOT! sooner or later roscoe is going to have to take his punishment....you referred to my "greater intelligence"....it NEVER forgets!...however, because i am naturally big-hearted, i am not going to hold onto the anger...for now...........becuz guess what happend today!!

mom had a surprise for me! and it was wonderful!....this morning i was out at the wawa camp consulting with the Commander who always appreciates my input when i heard mom calling....i knew we had nothing scheduled and she was not holding food, but she put the leash on me and got me into the car and off we went!! i admit i was a bit nervous, especially when we drove down the road in the direction of the vet's.........but we stopped before we got there and mom insisted that i get out of the car with her....i wasn't too sure since i had never been there before.....it was a dull brown little strip mall right next to the very busy road....this did not seem good.....while i was thinking about whether or not to get out (mom says i always puff my cheeks when i am nervous, and they were puffing like a steam engine), before i knew what was happening she put the red dreaded jingle bell collar on me!! i hate that noisy thing!!...then i was rather unceremoniously yanked out of the car...first we walked on a tiny strip of grass next to that busy road, then we went back and walked around the back of the strip mall until we could come to the front again....i couldn't figure out what that was all about, but i piddled a few times since there wasn't much else to do....then we stood around for a few mins. in front of a door until a light came on......when that happened mom whispered "this is my chiropractor's office...BE GOOD"....as if i would ever not be good *snort*......when i walked in, jiggling like santa's sleigh, the receptionist laughed and clapped her hands....mom told her the dr. had asked her to bring me by for a visit....i was already headed back out the door when this wonderful woman (the dr.) came out from a hallway....oh, she laughed and squatted down and petted me and petted me again and told me how beautiful i am...she said i was adorable....she also said i was the biggest basset she had ever seen (her mom raised bassets years ago), but mom told her i was a belgian basset and the lady laughed and told me again how "simply adorable" i am........i did not sing, but i did do a little bit of tap dancing, the old soft paw, and this divinie woman loved every minute of it......................i am a star! i am a celebrity! oh! i love the bright lights!.......................


.then mom said we had to go...i really didn't want to, but mom made me.....usually when i get in the car, i daintily place my front paws on the edge of the door area and mom hoists the rest of me into the car, but it did not go well this morning....mom somehow got me on the floorboards of the back area instead of the seat and i got STUCK!!...mom ran around and moved the passenger front seat as far up as it would go, but it didn't help.....i managed to suck in and stretch a delicate paw and reach the raised middle of the floor and from there boost myself onto the seat, while mom did nothing further to help.....sheesh! still i want to go back to the chiropractor's office...they were lovely, lovely people..i am thinking all future "spa" visits shall be there......since i am already known to be a natural at nursing, i am thinking of looking into chiropractic care....it sounds like an area i might excel in.....

Annie who is in a Very Good mood, but must continuing napping to rest up from her excursion


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Dear Annie,

Oh my, Annie, I should have re read that before copying it and adding it. But Annie, Annie, Annie, you know the Ros. I'm sure that he was just kidding around. You sometimes just have to take his comments with a grain of salt. I doubt he would have said it if he knew that it would bother you. And he is such a tease, you know that. Well, I'm sure that you, with your giant intelligence, have figured all of this out by now. Anyway, I'll let Roscoe know that you were a tad disturbed by his remarks and I'm sure you will hear from him with the most sincere apology ever uttered by a canine. Unless, of course, he gets so caught up with the war that he doesn't remember. You need to remember how horrible war is though, and that Roscoe is in the middle of it all, so we need to let some things go. War brings out the worst in everyone. Its just the nature of war.

Now then, have you posted your video yet. I am so very anxious to see it.

Tom, who is being hounded by a certain black lab to go fix lunch. (Bowser is on vacation.)

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*WHAP* *WHAP*

dear tom,

*growling threateningly* FAT? FAT OL' GAL??!!! *growls changing to shrieks* who does roscoe think he is?!! you give him those slaps when he gets to your house! and when he get here next time, no matter how long he has been away, i will deliver another couple of whacks in person!!! he sure liked this FAT OL' GAL's cookies!!!! and i am NOT FAT!! everybody knows i am large boned and come from the larger Belgian basset stock...that's in europe, you know, and we are built larger than american bassets!! oh! i am so mad! mom is outside fixing the hole in the fence, but when she gets in I AM GONNA TELL!!!! *sob* i am NOT fat!

Annie who is weeping copiously at roscoe's traitorous remarks

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Dear Annie,

Gasp! You would hire another videographer? Oh wow is me...wow...double wow...oh well, triple wow. Wow, what an idea. Wow, just for now. Wow, what a relief. You see, I cannot make it this week or next and I was so worried that your video would go unmade. But now, WOW, I can relax. Thanks for having that marvelous idea of hiring another photographer. Oh, I recognize that I am missing an opportunity of a lifetime, but it just can't be helped. Wow now brown cow! (That's just an expression I learned long ago.)

I did receive a communication from Roscoe, one that you will need to pass on to your poor mom before she has a conniption fit. Roscoe writes...

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Dear Tom,

Two 5 gal containers of anti-chupe mist arrived today, one for ground use (grounded anti-chupe toxin) and one for aerial bombardment (getting high anti chupe mist). Both were used and wonderful things have happened. With the coordinated bombing by airborne Chihuahuas and dispensing by paws on the ground, the chupes in the front tier were dispatched into poofs and others were sent running. We have moved them back several miles from the city just like that. Unfortunately, we are out of anti-chupe mist, but they don't know that. Hopefully, we will receive another shipment before they figure it out.

Returning to the city after a very difficult day on the battle field, I found loads of wonderful cookies that Annie sent. I ate quite a few and of course shared them with my comrades in arms. It was a kind of victory celebration. Send Annie thanks for me, please.

Oh, and I will be visiting in Florida for a short while for earned R & R. Of course, while I'm there I will need to negotiate our next quick shipment from the company that handles this stuff. I'm not going to tell them how really wonderful this stuff is for fear they will raise their price, but rather, I will be negotiating for another test quantity to verify the results of the first test. Between you and me, by the time we use the new quantity for "testing," the war will be over. Please just don't let Annie blab this all over the place. Things get pretty messed up when she does...well, you know what I mean. The ol' fat gal means well, but....

See you Friday morning if all goes well.

The Ros

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Cool, huh! I mean that he plans to visit here. Annie, let me know how the video goes. In fact, if you would be so kind, post it on You Tube and send me the URL.

Tom, who is about to make a batch of solar tea for the troops here.

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dear tom

joanie and i always have a good time when we are together even if its only on the phone and not in person.....its why she adores me so and i her.......

3 of our remaining 4 hens have been giving mom a hard time by trying to sleep on the front porch again...they insist it is part of their "first alert" plan....lucy remains in the coop to trick bad guys into thinking they are all in there, while the other lurk just inside the front door of the lanai ready to attack from various levels of surprise (ms. red sleeps on the corner on the floor while henrietta roosts on the top of the rocking chair and sister hides in the pine tree with the rooster to sound the alarm if anything sneaks along that way).....mom is not appreciative and either carries ms. red and henrietta back to the coop or chases them....the other night was a chasing night and you should have seen mom run...waving the broom over her head and making loud (weird) shouts, she was poetry in motion running after ms. red......i would have helped but i admit i was too busy laughing.....this morning mom walked the perimeter of the fence and discovered where the girls are getting out and thinks she fixed it....we shall see

i mailed the crate of cookies to roscoe yesterday morning....EGGmail Xpress picked up the package, grumbling at how heavy it was.....they will deliver it as close to the battlefield as possible and then the next eagle who is on break will meet the courier to take it to roscoe...i had to include a special package of frosted mice for the eagle...sheesh!

now, tom, i have some bad news......news that may upset you, so please sit down.....this is it: if you are not able to get here by sunday i am going to have to hire another videographer....the troops at gatlinburg need morale boosters of all sorts....and i have been working hard at doing my part for the guys with this....homemade cookies are one sort of morale booster and my video will be another...........you should waltz your way down here and do the job if you want to film what may be the best USO-type show ever! i'm just sayin'......

mom heard from roscoe directly very, very early this morning....she was quite surprised...all he said was "mom, i love you....gotta go" and hung up..........mom doesn't know what to think and alternates between smiling and almost becoming hysterical, sure that something bad has happened to her baby boy......i am considering going down there in person which will accomplish two things...doing my show and finding out what is up with the ros....if you get down here by sun. we could go together...it would be a roadtrip.....wouldn;t that be fun!

Annie who is planning what to cook for the roadtrip with tom

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Dear Annie,

I just got your message, way to late. Joanie mentioned something about you talking with her. She could hardly get it out she was laughing so hard. I really don't know what the you told her because I couldn't understand a thing she said between laughing and rolling on the floor. Oh well, I'm sure that if it was important she will mention it again when she can. Every time she tries, she goes back into one of those laughing fits. Anyway, I want to thank you for giving her such a delightful time. Laughing is good.

I guess you thought that your mom was making marmalade when in fact she was making all day suckers. You should congratulate your mom. *double snicker*

So, now you are working on a tap dance. Good for you Annie. Tap that paw girl! By the way, you may have competition. I understand that Roscoe is tapping also, waiting for his cookies. Perhaps the two of you could tap a duet.

Tom, who is about to sneak out to his dance lesson

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dear thomas,

i am giving you an opportunity to film me that others would give up their first born pups to have this wonderful chance to see me in action....its not as if i need help with choreography....my show is already perfect, well-reheared and ready to go.....i will expect you within the hour (or two)...this is, after all, for the WAR EFFORT, not just to satisfy some dancers' egos.....NOW, TOM! otherwise i might just have to mention to joanie that you are not being very cooperative...and you know how she adores me

Annie who is tapping her paw, waiting...

p.s. mom's marmalade looked beautiful in the glass jars....too bad it hardened into almost brick-like consistency *snicker*

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Dear Annie,

While I am appreciative of your desire for me to make your video, I will have to decline that gig. You see, I have a huge video project to do here making a 2 DVD set from the showcase and then reproducing it so that each of the dancers can have their own copy. But thank you, maybe sometime during the 2nd February of next year. By the way, when you signed your last communication, Annie who is cutting the rug, you didn't mean that you were really cutting it, did you? You know, with a scissors or something? I'm thinking we may need to talk about that.

Your rug cutting friend,
Tom

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Dear TQ,

I do hope that Annie will honor Roscoe's request with the cookies, but keep in mind that when the troops are together they always share their treats from home with each other, so she had best make a lot...and I mean a LOT of dozens. I also hear that he and his companions are especially fond of tangelo marmalade. Perhaps you should join Annie in supporting the war effort and make up several dozen jars of the stuff. If I recall, Roscoe prefers quart jars or larger.

The Chihuahuas have been a total nuisance here. They do a wonderful job when preventing intrusion by chupacabra, but when it comes to my coming and going, it is nearly impossible. I mean, I have to totally plan strategy every time I leave the house. This morning I needed to see vampires for a blood withdrawal prior to my next physical. I didn't plan well enough but did manage to get away with three body guards and warning to return before noon or the entire force would be searching for "me." Well, actually they didn't use the term you, but rather, referred to a body part which I will not repeat here just in case small children are reading this. I thought it was really quite rude.

I hope Annie has been passing on Roscoe reports regularly. I haven't heard from him today, but when I do hear from him I think that from now on I'm going to tell you directly. After reading your heart of gold etc. bit about Annie I'm afraid that either she will not share with you or she will embellish to the point of loosing the meaning that I had meant to convey.

Tom, who is now totally engrossed in Showcase DVDs and video work.


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dear tom,

i want to make a video of myself performing to SEND to the troops in gatlinburg, so while i am disappointed you did not make it last evening, i am free tonight for us to make the video...what time shall i expect you?

oops! here comes mom
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dear tom

there may be a little problem........or not.....i understand you sometimes have problems leaving for your dance events since sometimes the wawas prefer that you stay home....i am not totally sure, but i thought i overheard annie talking to someone on the phone discussing aa variety of things, including your plans to go dancing the other night.....the next morning annie commented that the wawas were trying to prevent your going due to possible chupe danger....... apparently her blabbing got word back to your wawas and thus the difficulties in your leaving....i don't think annie meant any harm...she has a heart of gold, but the mind of an imaginary tulip......

i am attempting to make tangelo marmalade....i tried last night and burned the stuff during the final 10 mins. of cooking...today things seem to be going much better and i have 4 tiny jars of the marmalade in a boiling water bath, due out in exactly 6 mins......i would like to make enough to hand out for xmas gifts, but this is a lot of work!!!

i heard from staff sgt. buck charles today with a message from roscoe which said "constant fighting, non-stop....the chupes are more organized than ever seen before...there are rumors that they are being organized by some unknown person/entity......but we know nothing definite at this point.....i am fine, although tired.....its hard to sleep with the noise of battle all around.....please tell annie to send some of her cookies....luv, roscoe"

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry. I didn't get your communication until this morning, way past your performance. I do hope it went well for the troops, though.

Our performance went without a hitch and we got a lot...and I mean a LOT of compliments. I do wish you could have been here to see it. You would have been proud to watch. Prince loved it. They weren't too keen about having canines in the population, so we had to slip him in through a side door. It is fortunate that he is all black. He just hung in the shadows and no one knew he was there until I came on (Act 1; dance #3). Then he let out a howl. Fortunately, everyone was cheering and few heard it and fewer yet could pinpoint where it came from. One person did, but she is a super dog person and kept her lips sealed.

Here's Prince to describe the performance:

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Hi Annie...dad and his two partners were awesome. His girls were sisters and they were really close together, not letting any guys split them up. That is, until MY dad got there. And he split up those two sisters and even had a little fling with both of them. Mom was there and I can't imagine what she thought about dad's behavior. I'm a little worried about dad though. Mom got everything on video and I'm not certain how she is going to use THAT! I think dad had best be on his very best behavior for some time. (Oh, I heard something about the video maybe showing up on You Tube sometime. I'll let you know if that happens.)

OK...here's dad...poor dad...who doesn't know what he is in for:

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Hi Annie,

Prince wouldn't let me see what he wrote to you. I hope he was able to give you a good report about the showcase performance. I hear Bowser so I've got to get out to the kitchen. Have a wonderful day.

Tom, who is wondering what Bowser is planning to cook when starting this early. It ought to be delicious.

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dear tom

(1) as long as you are out in your car tonight with your tripod and video camera, could you slip over here and film me doing my show to entertain the troops....should only take an extra couple of hours and it is for the troops

(2) if you want production speeded up, you could drop me off at the manufacturing plant AFTER we film my show, and i will speed up the workers....i am a natural with getting people to do their jobs.....

its cold and rainy today.....the 2 mildly wounded wawas are more of less up and around...riding in little wheelchairs mounted on rollerskates.......lulu is still with the more seriously wounded guy.....he's still unconcious...................

mom had tried to take lulu off of having chicken with her meals and lulu refused to eat for 3 days, so mom bought 6 roasted chickens today, removed the meat, and froze most of it.....she is hoping if she adds chicken to lulu's food, but perhaps in lesser amounts, she will eat......

oh! when you come tonight could you bring a platter of bower's pancakes? i am sure i will need a snack

annie who is adding some rhinestones to her dancing dress

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Dear Annie,

I'm so glad that you are taking your part in the war effort seriously. I have contacted the company that manufactures the anti-chupe toxin and have learned that they are now in production, but sufficient quantity to ship is a long way off. I asked about how much they had produced and they informed me just two tanks, tanks being 5 gal. each. After considerable negotiations, I have managed to get them to release those two tanks...eagles are on their way as we speak. The only way that I could accomplish it was to help them to feel the need for testing under battle conditions, and as a result, they agreed to release both tanks for testing purposes. Of course, there will be a trillion or so papers to fill out regarding exact testing conditions, results with measurements, etc. I told them that I would insist upon precise measurements and be responsible for the paper work. In reality, it either contributes to the war effort or it doesn't, and that is what I want to know. The rest can be professionally fudged and I will handle that.

Meanwhile, I am finding the war effort to be quite an inconvenience. We have showcase tonight, and I shall again for the third time in a row need to slip away. It seems that each time that I do the guard is doubled. Well, I am now surrounded by a wall of alert Chihuahuas. This is not going to be easy. Fortunately, I have stashed a well camouflaged vehicle off premises. All I need to do is work my way through the tunnel that Jack built for me. I do, however, wish Jack were a bit bigger. This is always quite a challenge, and of course I'll be dresses appropriately for showcase. (Oh yes, I've already placed my camera and tripod etc. in the vehicle, and the vehicle is gassed and ready to go.) I sure wish you could be here to see it. But I'll post video and you can view it online Annie. And you can even invite your mom and your sister and brother to view with you.

Tom, who is waiting for another Bowser lunch (Oh yes, he is well and ready to cook.)

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 12/6/2014 (10:29)
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DEAR TOM

the war news does not sound good....perhaps i should suit up in my stunning military uniform (designed by myself, of course, since i am a natural at designing) and go out to gatlinburg and lead our warriors to victory.....i made this offer to our new commander and, can you believe it, he turned me down?!! he said my services were much better utilized here on the homefront....he said the value of what i do when the tired and wounded come here for r&r or nursing care is incalculable....i have to admit this is true......perhaps you could come here and make a video of me singing, dancing, etc. that we could send to the troops.....what do you think of that??

speaking of r&r, the visiting wawas and some of our guys left yesterday afternoon as scheduled.....the pesky one did come to the door of the house right after lunch to ask me for an autographed photo to keep him strong during battle...........how could i tell him no?? i would say that it was not one of my best photos but we all know that is not really possible since all my photos are great....the new guys that were dropped off look exhausted.....two had to be taken to the infirmary where the one that came yesterday is at......the 2 new ones are not so bad off.....one has singed whiskers, eyebrows, and a wound of some sort on his elbow and the other is missing part of one tiny ear and has 6 broken toes (all on the same foot!)......the one that was off-loaded yesterday in an edmergency air-lift is a mess....bites, broken bones, etc.....lulu is sitting with him 24/7 applying cherry grass & c-g ointment and keeping a firm eye on him..apparently he was ambushed by 3 chupes, and was viciously wounded until a couple of our guys showed up and took the chupes "out"........lulu is worried about the bite marks......withdrawl from chupe bites is always dangerous to the wounded one....if he survives......mom made the delivering eagle yesterday stop long enough for a mouse snack even though the eagle protested, saying he had to return to the battle immediately......mom insisted....afterwards the eagle did say the snack was not only tasty but helped revive him....he has been flying for almost 18 hrs straight.....

annie who is baking cookies and rolling bandages for the war effort

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Dear Annie,

The news from the front is not good. Roscoe reports...

Moving deep within city. Chupacabra have taken at least 1/3 of city. More casualties. Waiting for supplies, especially the new toxin. No sleep past 24 hours or longer. Got to go now!

*****

That was all that he wrote. It does not sound at all good. Jack has completed the formula and has sent it along with a sample to CTMC (Chupe-Tox Manufacturing Co). He reports production has commenced but it will be a while before there is enough product to ship. He says that there will also be delays associated with quality control and government inspections. Jack has stressed to the company that this is a war time and some procedures need to be passed by and product shipping expedited. The company CEO doesn't see it that way. He states that these procedures are necessary, if for no other reason that to avoid being sued. I guess it will be shipped when it is shipped and not a moment sooner.

Tom, who is eager for any news from the front and about the package that was dropped and rushed to the infirmary.

.....(now then, I've sent that...time to prepare video gear for dress rehearsal for the showcase.)

Tom

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oh tom,

you know that when i bat that pesky wawa's ears it will be with equal amounts of force and grace...it just won't be pretty for him.......i, on the other hand, will look like poetry in motion....but i am highly gratified that you have noticed my beauty in all things....the wawas here on a bit of r & r are returning to the front this afternoon, so if i can avoid the pest until 2pm i should be okay.....i am sure the new guys coming in tomorrow will be well-behaved.....

has jack sent his new squirty-stuff to roscoe yet? it sounds like our guys could really use it....how is jack, btw? he's kinda cute for such a nerdy, serious pup....i bet if he would loosen up a little, he could be lotsa fun.......

whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa....hold on! brb...........an eagle landed, dropped off something and turned around and flew off....didn't even wait for mom to throw hamburger out onto the roof.....what's that all about.......several wawas went running out into the field and retrieved whatever he brought in on a stretcher and they are running as fast as their little legs can go towards the infirmary.....i'd better go change into my nurse outfit and head over there....lulu, sleeping in the front yard, snores on, having heard nothing (due to her deafness or the loudness of her snores??).....gotta waddle!

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Dear Annie,

Really? Severe measures that will not be pretty. Why, I thought that everything that you did was pretty. I stand corrected.

Bowser never showed all day yesterday. Late last night Baby Cakes came over for a few minutes to explain that he has been quite sick. She said that she would have let us know sooner but couldn't leave her beloved Bowser. When she did come, he was feeling a bit better and sleeping soundly. She had to hurry back to his side. She is so in love with him and so nurturing when he is sick, just as he is so protective of her and loves her equally. They remind me so much of Bear and Lulu when Bear was here.

A very short communication from Roscoe...

War being waged. Fierce. Neither side seems to be gaining. We have a few casualties and they have many. If this ratio continues, their numbers will begin to drop and we will overcome them. Still, they attack with new and unexpected ways, keeping us off guard at times. Our top commanders and captains are continuously examining the new chupe methods in order to devise best defensive and later offensive measures. War. Must go. Ros.

Well, that was it. No numbers or details about the insured and worse. No news of his safety. Just what was stated above. Let TQ know details of this communication please.

Tom, who fully appreciates your European bassetness.

......snicker, cough, belly laugh, snicker... (she can't hear me, can she?)

Tom

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dear tom

the information you found on the normal weight range of american bassets is correct...however, someone told mom that i am of a superior european stock, probably belgian basset, with a larger bone structure and, therefore, a higher weight tolerance.....this explains my exceptional intelligence, beauty and all my natural-born talents.....my sheer adorableness

we, too, have not heard from roscoe today...i check in with the commander daily right before dinner....mom makes sure of this...most of the time, she has me check during the day, too, but it has been foggy and COLD today, too much for a delicate pooch like myself to be out wandering about

as for that new guy.......while his lust/admiration of me is not unusual, (re: my aforementioned natural adorableness), he was more vocal in his appreciation of my lovely self that i am comfortable with....i expect an admirer to be a proper gentleman and behave accordingly...your suggestions about my interest are positively ludicrous....since the weather was so miserable today i stayed in and therefore did not have to see the pest....if he does not shape up real fast, i will have to take severe measures......it will NOT be pretty

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Dear Annie,

I fear that you have misunderstood me. When I said run laps I was, of course, referring to the rapid lapping up of milk. And as for 500 calories per day, surely that is enough when you realize that there are seven dog years in a human year. Of course that means that there are seven dog days in a human day, and therefore 3500 dog calories in 500 human calories. I would think that 3500 calories would be quite perfect for a shapely young lovely Basset like yourself. Oh, I did look up some facts about Bassets and have learned that the weight of a normal female Basset Hound is 45 to 65 pounds. I'm sure that you fit within that range, possibly near the top side of it. So you see, 3500 calories per human day is quite appropriate for such a lovely lady.

Jack has completed the alteration of the chupe toxin. It isn't exactly a gas, but rather it starts in liquid form while being carried, but upon contact with any surface and mixed with Oxygen, it forms a gaseous mist that hovers from a few inches above ground to a few feet above ground, the precise measurements dependent upon local conditions such as temperature and humidity. It is totally non-toxic to canines, humans, felines and the like, being a chupe specific toxin. It will be quite worthless against shadow creatures and the like, but right now chupacabra are the primary concern. Production starts today. No word on how long it will be before it can be distributed to the troops. The eagles are being prepared for possible transporters of the material since usual means of transportation is slow and has proven itself unreliable. I mean, you can always count on an eagle!

No word from Roscoe today!

Now then Annie, I have something for you to chew on...strictly food for thought. You seem quite interested in some of the comments by the new guy (what is his name?). Are you quite certain that you are not somehow a bit attracted to this young gentleman? Just saying.

Tom, who is waiting patiently for Bowser to come. (He's a bit later than usual today.)

Tom

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DEAR tom

run laps? reduce caloric intake? me?!! i think not! first, if i run laps it makes the wawas look bad for they cannot keep up with me....this makes them feel bad, and oftentimes jealous, which leads to arguing and discord and wild dares among them ("bet you can't jump from the top of this tree", etc) ....so for the harmony and safety of our local troops, i cannot run laps around the property.....as for the reduction of calories? if that happened how would i maintain my gorgeous, unique physique? oh, tom, you just are not thinking!

several of our bombers from gatlinburg came home on leave last night, bringing several friends with them......i have overheard a lot of talk about the new chupes' organizational abilities and there is talk of someone/something else behind this newfound competence.....i also overheard (you know i am not an eavesdropper, but i was helping out in the mess tent and i have naturally super-excellent hearing) that the chupes armour makes bombing them more difficult which is why these guys are able to take a few days of leave-time....when they return to "the front" others will be able to take leave unless jack finds a solution to the problem....we are going to be extra busy here! (good thing i finished cleaning the 'frig with mom)...one of the new visitors is going to be a pest...i can tell...this is what i overheard
newguy: who's the pretty chica?
our wawa" oh, that's just annie
new guy: she is pretty hot *giving low whistle*
at which time i "accidentally" kicked him in his little ankle....but did he get the message? oh, no!
he just laughed and said "feisty, too....i like that".............
oh puleeeese! when it comes to beauty i am a natural, and this is the burden i bear.....*sigh*.....
our wawa told him : don't get her mad, she will knock you across the room....new guy laughed.....i can see this guy is going to be annoying

Annie who is thinking of dropping a hot cookie on the new guy's head

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Dear Diplomatic Annie,

It sounds like you took care of everything there, even having TQ laugh after those rude comments were made. I'm very proud of you.

Now then, this business of fat farming. Skip it. You don't need that. Just do 20 laps around the house every hour and cut your daily consumption of food to 500 calories. That will be better than fat farming and will save your mom a bundle.

Now then, to the serious business of the war and todays report from the Ros:

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Tom...we are under attack. This group of chupes are very organized and well led. I never knew that was possible with chupacabra. Fortunately we have a surplus supply of toxin because we need it. The chupes are wearing armor, with only their heads showing. This too is a totally new thing for us and for them. We have to shoot toxin in their faces. I've been fighting now for 12 hours, but must return to battle. Tell mom I'm OK, and not to worry.

Roscoe the invincible

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OK, Annie, you can pass that information on to TQ. She needs to know. Meanwhile, Prince has boarded a gondola carried by Dottie and is on his way to the war zone. He feels that he cannot leave Roscoe's side during these critical days on the battle field.

I've told Jack about the chupe armor and he is working on a version of the toxin that will become a gaseous state when it touches chupe armor or any other solid surface. This should be better for air drops as well as armor penetration. He reports making excellent progress on this, but keep in mind that manufacturing enough to serve the war effort will take time. The company that manufactures chupe toxin is already refitting the factory for the production of this fairly unstable (as a liquid) material. Jack is finalizing the formula, and he predicts production will begin by tomorrow. He works so fast. His geniusness always amazes me.

Tom, who is about to enjoy another bowser breakfast

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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dear tom

oh, if i wasn't helping mom clean up the thanksgiving pies i would crave one of bowser's breakfasts.....we all know they are simply the best!.....however, mom went on a pie baking spree when she heard Idiot Child is pregnant again, and so now i am suffering for it, being FORCED to consume innumerable pies....apple (several variations), peach, chocolate, pumpkin, etc.....morning! noon! night! oh, will this ever end?!! i wonder what mom will make next time she is stressed.....maybe variations on chocolate? cakes? candies? sandwiches? ice cream? hmmmm.....it's a good thing i am so naturally helpful!.......

the commander came over and gave us and update on roscoe.....it was essentially the same as what you said, but mom felt better knowing he is safe.......

it is in the 60's here.....i was planning a 3 or 4 day trip to your house so i could run up and down the beach to work off excess pie calories (it's a good thing i have a naturally high metabolism), but mom does not like the news about ms. alfred hanging around, perhaps looking for a doggy dinner......she suggested i go to a canine fat farm.....i was all ready to go until i did some research and didn't like what i learned.....skimpy meals, grueling hikes up mountains.....i am a naturally mellow girl, as we all know.....so i guess i am going to stay home for a while....i did go with mom and lulu to the mailbox yesterday, but lulu is soooo slow, its really not much of a workout....mom's friend from honduras came over last night...mom said we would like her, but i don't think so....she said i was fat.....she is 24 yrs old and when she found out my human brother and sisters are older than she is she commented "you all are well preserved for your age".....mom was struck speechless for several seconds....i offered to bite her, but mom said she meant no harm and just laughed....hmpfh!

annie who is a natural at diplomacy

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Dear Annie,

Prince is one crazy kid. Last night, while it was dark, he left the yard and went over to the canal. This is the very same day I have discussed Allie's craving for dog. When I found him I put on his harness and leash and led him home, pulling him at times due to his insistence that there was something on the side of the road that he wanted to investigate. At that point I was in no mood for investigations.

When we got home, Prince said that he was just trying to be a friend to Allie. He said he thought Alfred would appreciate our friendship with his wife. Later I discovered several cans of dog food missing from the cupboard. I asked Prince about it and he explained that, as a way of befriending Allie, he had taken the dog food to her. He said that she had expressed a craving for dog food. I had to explain that she meant dog as a food...meaning that she wants to eat Prince. He pretty much shuttered at that. He had misunderstood. He hadn't heard the as part in dog as food. All he heard was dog food. He almost fainted when I clarified this point. Well, at least I doubt that he will go over to the canal again. So that issue is settled. (Never the less, perhaps you could have a chat with him via cell phone. I think he still respects your sage advice.)

I did receive a communication from Roscoe. It was short but read...

Tom...have arrived Gatlinburg HQ. Scouts report chupes still advancing. Hard to spot or count, but once in a while a single chupe will come into view. Cannot know if this is the whole group location or a stray. Chupes being especially quiet and secretive, non-chupe like. Will keep you informed. In meeting with brass. Ros

Annie, please share this with TQ.

Tom, who is being called by Bowser for one of his famous pancake breakfasts. Oh, the calories!

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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DEAR TOM,

mom is outside doing something....i chose to stay inside where (1) it is much warmer and (2) my dad is watching football (why?) and eating, so he may need my help in the kitchen...this morning when mom and lulu went to buy the newspaper, she came home with a bag of sausage biscuits for everyone as a thank you for being so good with The Kid....lulu got an egg biscuit since she is not fond of sausage and mom said i could have the half she didn't eat becuz i put up with The Kid more than anybody.....mom said she will buy a special one for roscoe when he returns....

we have not heard anything from roscoe since he left yesterday, but mom said not to worry since he is probably pretty busy....but she told me to ask you to forward any info you may hear.....while he was here, roscoe decided to make Cpl. Bobo the new Commander since he was such a good Interim Commander and also becuz he does not drink alcohol (as you may remember, our last commander left in disgrace under a cloud of moonshine intoxication.....we have heard he left rehab and is not running a still in the hills of west virginia)......

Annie who hears the sound of plastic rustling in the kitchen and should go investigate


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Dear Annie,

There is really no need to build a fence. After I took the picture, Mrs. Alfred Alligator slipped over to my bank and crawled up, smiling all the way. When she got to the top she told me she wanted to thank me for taking her picture. She said that she has always wanted to be a model and now this was her chance. She even gave me an alligator hug. It was really quite sweet, I thought. So we are the best of friends. She has invited me to return, but always with my camera.

She suggested that I leave that black dog at home though. She says she has always had a special craving for dog, but doesn't, for the life of her, know why. I have discussed this with Prince who is now aware that adventuring near the canal might be hazardous to his health. I hope that he remembers this, especially when he wonders out of our yard.

I understand that Dottie was the eagle that came for Roscoe. Its good to see them united again. They did seem to bond quite nicely. And I know that your mom appreciates all the hard work you do cleaning the kitchen and all. Too bad the kid isn't still there. I think she has a special fondness for you Annie.

Tom, who has a tremendous need to return to the football game

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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Dear tom

they've gone! they've gone! mom is in the guest bedroom changing sheets, etc.....i have been helping her in the kitchen all morning, being FORCED to eat pizza, turkey and all other manner of delicious things, but we decided we both needed a break (actually, i could have continued, but mom is not as strong as i am), so she is tending to bedding and i am here.....

i read roscoe your message about the chupes and gatlinburg....he rushed to pack and was overheard to mutter that a real battle would be much superior to a 5 yr old.....unfortunately for roscoe, some of the wawas overheard mom call him a "sweety weety coward" for deciding to spend long portions of time away from the house (and The Kid)....the wawas have been merciless in their teasing......(you know how they can be)....so even tho The Kid is on her way back to alabama, roscoe has decided he needs a bit of recovery time and is going off........oops! he just left.....to battle..........i pointed out earlier that as the eagle flies, gatlinburg is not too far from huntsville and he could probably drop in on The Kid and be greeted with open arms.....he did not seem enthusiastic about the idea......i do have to admit, that altho mom and dad pretty much got The Kid out of whining when she stayed here this summer, whining is now back in full force....and she always gets her way......i really don't know how to describe her, since puppies are not allowed to act this way......mom said the word i am looking for is either "spoiled" or "brat", but most of the time she is nice....and she means well, but she is a non-stop talker and we canines had to be sent out of the room during meal time or she could not eat, preferring to play with us.....(which is natural since we all, especially me, are so adorable, but really?! at meal time?? we were hoping for something to eat! playtime was for later!)

mom said she is NOT going to bring home that kitten.......thank heavens! she is afraid with lulu's failing vision and hearing that she would be startled by the kitten attacking her (in play of course) and kill her.........or that the kitten would bother me during poses........that would not be good.....i am not sure lulu would hurt the kitten, altho i suppose it is possible....she has been a bit more unsteady on her feet lately and could fall on it and squish it, i guess.....anyway, it appears there will be no kitten......

i suggest you build a fence along the canal so mrs. alfred, alfred or any of the relatives will not be able to visit you unannounced....if you make it a wooden fence Prince will not see them, but you could still look over the top.....tom, i know many things, and one is that alligators are faster than they look....by the pictures it seems you got awfully close to ms. alfred....unless you are an extremely fast sprinter, i suggest you stay further back.....

ANNIE who needs to go check out the pie situation

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Dear TQ,

Let me be the first to congratulate you on your adoption of a new feline child, even though it may not yet be quite official. Also let me be the first to send my condolences to Annie, Roscoe and Lulu and to remind them that they are always welcomed here at our all doggie home.

While you are at it, I suppose that you had best pass this on to Roscoe, though I really hate to be the one to bring it up. Please inform him that, although quiet now for several days, a large contingency of chupacabra have been spotted slithering beneath the underbrush and approaching the city near Gatlinburg. He may wish to go there now, or he may wish to know that orders will likely be sent soon, but in either case, he should probably at least prepare to leave.

Please remind Annie that, while she is most welcomed here, all poo coats of any canine persuasion are not permitted in the house let alone the kitchen. I think the magic word may be kitchen, as close as possible to the word food.

Prince and I wondered down the road together today. Looking over into the canal, I spotted Mrs. Alfred Alligator looking none to friendly. I also noticed a nest nearby. Prince wanted to go down to the canal to visit, but I reminded him that such visitations must be supervised and made from a distance, such as above the slope that descends to the canal. Prince argued with me, so I've restricted his day time out door activities to leash only. This is more of a problem for me than for him, but he doesn't quite see it that way. Ah well, 'tis as the proverbial cookie crumbles.

Best of luck to the canine kids as they interact (or avoid interaction) with that human kid. :)

Tom

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dear tom,

it has been like a travelling circus parked itself in my driveway with all the guests and goings-on around here.......remember that rogue elephant that came thru a few days ago?? annie discovered where it had been and rolled in giant "gift" it left behind....emergency bathing was called for, altho not by annie.....all the wawas and other dogs kept telling her that she smelled lovely, but humans are not impressed by doggie perfumes and i told her she had to wash it off if she wanted to come inside the house (not that i really gave her a choice).....the day the canines landed lulu twice attempted to come into the house and when she saw The Kid she turned around and fled......a few hours later she came inside and seemed happy as a clam to see everybody, The Kid included.......everything was fine until more humans showed up yesterday, and at that roscoe flat out refused to come in, stating firmly he had all the "sweety weety" baby talk and chaos he could take and he was spending the rest of thanksgiving day outside .......later, after the newcomers had left, he did come in to watch "Home Alone 2" with The Kid, but he really doesn't like those movies.....(too nonsensically violent.............ros disapproves......war is not humourous, he says, which actually started an interesting conversation about finding humour in everyday situations, etc).....annie spent thanksgiving helping both in the house and over at the wawas encampment......at 5:30 this morning she woke me up by vomiting (twice) up part of last evening celebrations......since then i have informed The Kid that she cannot give annie any treats today except 1 biscuit at breakfast and 1 at dinner......annie, of course, is in complete disagreement and immediately gobbled roscoe's breakfast treat, too, so The Kid had to replace the one for ros, while annie stood nearby attempting (and failing) to look thin......

today is Black Friday....i think #1 daughter and her husband are going shopping....i don't know if i am going with them or staying home....it depends on where The Kid will be.....not that i mean anything bad by that, of course......it is chilly this morning, so annie has offered to take hot chocolate out to the wawas on duty.....so kind, don't you think? what? oh...she has just said she is going to take each of them a small piece of pie to go with their drink....she seems to be hauling a large amount of pie, though.....

your freshly made, still warm, cranberry apple walnut pie is cooked, wrapped for shipping and will be picked up within the hour....expect it by lunchtime, as i am paying the extra fees for non-stop, super fast delivery......actually, the whiskey apple was the favorite around here yesterday.....hmmmm

i met a 2 week old kitten a couple of days ago that is looking for a home...oh! she is adorable!...i keep trying to think of reasons NOT to take her.....surely, with her overabundance of cuteness, someone ELSE will take her........

tq

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Dear TQ,

Prince was up early today prancing all about. You would think it was Christmas. Instead, he just wished us a happy thanksgiving and then wanted to celebrate the holiday with a romp outside. That translates into picking up his stick and running all over the place while I call him. He runs toward me and passes me, knowing that there is no way that I am even going to try to keep up with him. You can hear him laugh as he passes by.

Outside of a very active young Prince, it is quiet around here. The Chihuahuas are on the parameter guarding against unwanted visitors, especially of the chupe variety. A dejected Kathy returned to her field and was only luke-warmly greeted by some of her sister cows, ignored or even downright rejected by others. It seems they feel that she deserted the heard for a dog. Oh well, they will get over it. This evening the Chihuahuas will drop by in shifts for their turkey day feast. All look forward to that bit of celebration. It's a shame that they have to work on this day, but as the Chihuahua commander says, "chupe dangers are forever near and can suddenly appear." They have that memorized simply from the constant repeating of it by the officers corps.

We will have visitors today, a couple from nearby who migrated to Florida from their acreage in Pennsylvania. He is a nurse and she is retired. We should have had him in when Lulu was here just to hear his opinion, though he would have to refrain from diagnosing for professional reasons. He would, of course, express an opinion on the side. Prince loves Bob. After all, it is he who comes and takes care of Prince when we are away for an extended period. Of course, I am available to them for their dogs and cats as well.

I rather suspect I'll be a bit stuffed, a little like our turkey, by the end of the meal today, but in a couple of days I'll be ready for my piece of cranberry apple walnut pie, so just ship it. I question EGGmail these days, though I suppose that one little incident with Jack's stuff couldn't have been avoided by any delivery service, being of the freak accident genre.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/27/2014 (09:36)
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dear tom

The Kid is awake and was very disappointed that the dogs were not here, but once i told her they will be here in a few hours she was thrilled....she said she knows not to touch lulu or bother her.....she is so excited that her "annie baby-waby" and her "sweet roscoe puppy pup" will be here soon and is looking forward to meeting mr. jacky-backy".......prince would love her.....weather conditions are not the best, but at great expense i have (after coordinating with the eagles courier service) made arrangement to have towels available, as soon as they all arrive, tall feather warmers and fluffer fans, and am knitting at incredibly great speed a pair of eagle-sized socks and a rain hat......hat and socks will be in a lovely shade of pink

TQ who must go check on her cranberry apple walnut pie in the oven

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Well Twinkie, it was late last night...or rather, early this morning before I got your message. I have contacted eagle services and ordered the flight of two gondolas as had previously been established but then cancelled due to uncertain conditions there. They will leave here at 10 AM this morning and arrive late afternoon in Virginia. This is an express non-stop jet propelled emergency flight but even with that late this afternoon is the best that can be done. Please keep in mind that the canines would have been there were it not for a rogue elephant. Do not take out your frustrations on the pooches, but rather on the Asheboro zoo keepers who can't keep tabs on their elephants. One wonders if they can't keep tabs on their elephants how they manage their eastern coral snakes. Ah well, just saying.

Bowser is here. He came early so as to give the kids a royal send off. (I hope they don't get air sick after all that he is going to feed them.)

Oh yes, Jack is here already. He came as soon as I called him this AM. His bags are packed and his tail is going a mile a minute. He is so looking forward to his visit to Virginia. Of course, he hasn't met the kid yet. Annie too is eager. I keep hearing her say, "Oh yes, there will be kitchen clean up today, oh yes!"

I'm afraid Roscoe and Lulu are not quite as enthusiastic as those two previously mentioned tail-wagers. In fact, Lulu seems particularly uncomfortable, both in terms of the ride and in terms of how she will be greeted by the kid. Roscoe just stoically accepts his fate but without any sort of bravado. Its as though he is marching into battle. I'm doing my best to calm the excited and encourage the dejected. Bowser is just whistling as he prepares waffles like only the Bowser can make.

Let me know when they arrive and that they are safe.
Tom

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everything here is fine....the problem was a rogue elephant from the asheboro, nc zoo...those dogs better be here when The Kid wakes up tomorrow morning!!!



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Dear TQ,

I had a great deal of concern following your last communication. I have called eagle transport services and placed a hold on transportation for the kids. When I hear from you that all is OK there, I'll release the hold. Of course, this may cause delay, but I'm sure that you understand that I am not going to risk any danger for our sweet canines. Roscoe, of course, is quite upset that he cannot go since he is part of the military, even though he remains a civilian working with them. I reminded the Ros that he will most definitely be needed to join Lulu in the gondola if you let us know that all is well. I understand his wish to travel there to help the military action, if there is any, but right now, conditions being what they are, he is not permitted to travel back home to Virginia.

Hoping for the best for you and the Chihuahuas!

Oh, I need to go...Bowser is here to prepare lunch.

Tom

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dear tom

we are all so excited here on the farm that everyone will be coming tomorrow....i do wish prince could be here, too, but i understand how you would want him home for the holiday and to help joanie put the finishing touches on her villages......The Kid is practically dancing on the furniture at home in her excitement to soon be with her beloved puppies, annie, roscoe and lulu, plus jack....oh, she will love to play with jack....(hehehehehehe)

i was standing outside under the willow tree filling birdfeeders this morning when we all heard one long, drawn out bellow from El Toro Grande in the pasture next door...then silence........before i could finish filling the feeder, i was hustled inside, and doors and windows were checked to make sure they were locked......so far i have not seen any action, but there is a line of wawas standing on the edge of the woods, all armed, and looking very serious....most are facing the direction of the pasture , but i've noticed that every 4th soldier is facing away from the woods so that (i assume) they can keep an eye on the rest of the property and anything that might be approaching from behind....brilliant strategy! this Inter.........oh my stars! what was that?! i just heard a huge crack from behind the house.....did a tree fall or is it something worse....a detachment of wawas is running that way.....

zzz-zz-zzzzzzz-

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Dear TQ,

Arrangements for air transportation for the kids is complete. I was going to have Jack ride with Lulu but after thinking it over, I've placed him with Annie and Roscoe with Lulu. I think Roscoe will be more aware of Lulu's special needs and will work well with her. Further, Jack being a Jack Terrier, I think the load balance will be better placing him with Annie, though in fact, small as he is, Jack is no longer lean as he once was.

Another reason for placing Jack with Annie is that he seems a better psychological fit. He has a very keen manner about him with Annie. He is able to get Annie to do exactly what he wants while simultaneously making Annie think it was her idea all along. Annie feels like she is in control and Jack knows that he is, though it is most definitely unspoken. Ah, Jack the genius!

Flight is scheduled at noon on Monday.

An EGGmail rep was here as you said she would be, not to conduct an investigation or fill out forms, but rather to apologize and explain what happened, the investigation having concluded already. She was something of a PR person, but gave a good accounting of the incident.

It seems that the courier had the package properly placed before flight. All was going well and on schedule until a blast of frigid air blew him off course. Before he was able to right his flight path, another arctic blast blew him again, ruffling his feathers and sending him high and west. He tried to descend carefully to a reasonable altitude, the air being way to thin to fly comfortably. As he did, already experiencing labored flight due to ruffled feathers, a third blast of air sent him on a tail spin. He landed roughly in a mountainous region of West Virginia (which I suppose could be pretty much any part of the state). Sadly, he crash landed at the foot of a still, turning over the tank and throwing him near the flames that heated the mesh. The package flew right into the flames and the courier retrieved it with as much haste as he could muster.

Meanwhile, two bearded and rather angry entrepreneurs approached the frightened courier carrying long barreled riffles. The courier apologized for the accident and hoped that these two bearded ones would understand, the weather being what it was. Sadly, they did not understand at all.

One of the proprietors of the enterprise, speaking in overly polite language though with rough edges, demanded that the courier, since he had dropped in without invitation, do them the honor of sampling their product and reporting how it tasted and if he thought it could be successfully marketed. The courier started to protest but stopped quickly when he observed the second entrepreneur raising his shot gun. The courier took a sip from the newly brewed liquid and gagged. His face flushed through his feathers and his eyes got wide. Sweat beaded up around his beak and he said with a forced tiny voice that the product was grand and should market well. Now can he be on his way kind sir.

Not so fast said one of the good ol' boys. Since you like it, we want you to have more. With that they took the frightened bird, one holding him, one forcing a tube into his mouth through which they poured a considerable quantity of the brew. The brew at first had a terribly strong bite, but the more that he was forced to consume, the easier it was to swallow.

Satisfied, the entrepreneurs demanded that the bird fly off. He grabbed his singed crumpled package and flew in a wobbly zig zag pathway to his destination, being uncertain all the way that he was flying straight. He wasn't, but he did manage to arrive at his destination, a fact owing only to his previous experience as an outstanding courier.

The PR lady again apologized profusely and said that, of course, there would be no charge for this trip. Furthermore, she gave me two EGGmail courier complimentary package delivery coupons and plans to send you two coupons as well.

Jack was with me during all of this and expressed his wishes for a speedy recovery for the poor courier bird, though the PR lady said that he has already recovered. He does still have some psychological concerns and has requested that he not be used for trips in the western region of Virginia and certainly not in the state of West Virginia. In fact, he as requested that no trips involving mountains be included in his schedule. The company has given him a short leave of absence and is paying for psychotherapy. However, if he returns to work, he will be expected to take any and all assignments like everyone else. You do have to feel a bit sorry for the poor little guy.

Tom, who is about to enjoy another Bowser breakfast

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/22/2014 (07:07)
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dear tom

jack is most certainly welcome here if he chooses to ride home with annie and lulu and roscoe...if not, i am sure the canines can find someone reliable....i would love to be able to thank jack personally and am in the midst of designing a special bed for him.....how does he feel about kid snuggling?? if he, like lulu, prefers not to have much "Kid Time" i can offer a private room with door lock where he can go and think, plan and/or design whatever he wants..the room can be equipped with paper, pencils, rulers...whatever he wants....or he could go spend time with the wawas....The Kid is not even aware of the wawa camp's existence....(.lulu tends to spend a lot of time there when The Kid is visiting.....)...if jack is not able to make the trip perhaps you could re-think your stance on not letting Prince travel again...i will keep all coffee locked away, and mr. twinkie will just have to wait in the mornings until i awaken to have his morning cup of joe....

please inform annie that i have recieved her shopping list, and while quite long, i have managed to obtain everything on it except for the cookie sprinkles in the shape of a basset hound...apparently these are very difficult to come by, but i am continuing to work on it.....i am sure they will be here by the time everybody arrives

your information about the state of the package for jack and the courier's obvious intoxication has been forwarded to EGGmail....i recieved apologies and someone will be contacting you and/or jack.....you may need to fill out a form or two to complete the investigation...EGGmail officials swear the courier has a spotless record and say they do not understand what happened....it would be good if jack could include photos in his written complaint....(surely he or the wawas have surveillance videos)

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Dear TQ,

First let me just say that Jack received his package. He came over and asked if I knew who may have sent it and I told it was from you as a thank you for all that he did for the kids. Jack said he appreciated the thought. He then relayed this to me...

When the delivery bird arrived, it appeared drunk or high. He seemed quite disoriented but insisted that the package was from somewhere for Jack himself. After leaving the package which frankly looked somewhat worse for the ware, he appeared to be waiting for his tip, but eyeing the package, Jack simply took the package, muttered thank you, and closed the door in the poor birds face.

The outside of the package appeared singed. He noticed the "this side up" label but unfortunately the package was upside down and tilted to one side which had been somewhat caved in on the corner. It seemed to have a bit of sticky drainage at that point.

Jack took it to the kitchen, and carefully laid in on the counter near the sink. He used scissors to open it since the taped upper side was now the bottom. What he observed inside was quite a sticky mess. It appeared to be the remains of a pie, though that had flipped over and was penetrated by the corners of some DVDs. He very carefully removed the DVDs, but seeing that the cases were cracked he had to open them with care. The DVDs themselves were quite warped and even if cleaned were unplayable. The pie had been well over cooked and the top of the crust quite blackened, though the inside was still sticky moist. He felt that this had obviously happened after the sender had wrapped and sent it. It likely had something to do with the singed outer surface of the wrapped package. He had to deposit the entire content into the trash. He apologizes to whom ever the sender may have been, though it was certainly not Jack's fault.

I explained to him that the package was from you, what had been inside, and that it was your thanks to him for all that he has done for the kids. He said that he so much appreciated your efforts and suggests that you find a different carrier. He went home with a waggling tail.

Now then, to other matters.

I discussed your needs regarding kid and arrival time with the three TQ canines. Though no words were spoken, I did observe quick glances between each of them. They all appeared to be listening intently, though admittedly no tails were wagging. Annie did perk up some at the mention of kitchen work, but then Roscoe cleared his throat and Annie resumed her attentive pose. Any flick of the tail she may have shown during the kitchen discussion ceased.

I think they heard and completely understood Twinkie, so you can rest assured that they will board the gondola on Monday. I've already called eagle services to arrange the pickup. At the mention of Annie, they explained that they would need two gondolas and 3 times the normal pay. It amazes me what they charge for one sweet basset to ride in their gondola, especially when they are going in her direction with other passengers.

There is one miner glitch TQ. They insist that both Annie and Lulu have someone with them to supervise. Neither can be in the same gondola. That presents a problem. Prince of course volunteered to ride with one of them, but I nixed that since he is only recently coffee sober and needs close supervision. You have Mr. TQ, an enabler living there. And with the kid being there, I'm quite certain that neither you nor the other canines will have the time to closely supervise Mr. Prince's activities. Therefore he must remain at home.

In an attempt to solve that problem, I'm going to ask Jack if he wishes to go. He would be an excellent supervisor and it would provide you an opportunity to thank him for his efforts with the kids with special pampering and treats. He'd love that. I am hoping his dad will let him go. If not, then I will ask the commander to appoint a responsible Chihuahua chaperone for Lulu, perhaps one of the medical team.

Bowser and BC are here to prepare lunch. I must go.

Tom, who again must slip out for dance tonight without the Chihuahua's seeing me, not an easy task.

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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dear tom, *thumping to make sure he stays awake*

sad to say, since lulu got sick she has turned into quite a loud snorer....annie always was, but if she is sleeping on the lanai at least you are spared that part of the chorus....roscoe is a loud licker, licking the floor, bed, carpet, etc until he has soothed himself enough to go to sleep....sometimes i feel like going in the guest room is the only way i will get any sleep when all 3 of them are in my bedroom.....lucky for you joanie does not snore...the cacophony would be tremendous

while i am glad everyone is safely back, pls. remind my 3 that they MUST be home by tues....The Kid is coming on Wed, but baths are tues...there is lots of cooking to be done and i must have taste-testers and cleaner-uppers....there is NO backing out....in between household and guest duties roscoe is free to spend time with the troops...the Interim Commander has lots to discuss with him.....i am having a filling done on tues. morning, so annie may have to be in charge of some of the cooking chores while i am at the dentist.....

pls. thank jack for me for his effots....that package of a pie and dvds was sent out yesterday, regular EGGmail, so should be arriving sometime today...pls. don't tell him ahead of time...i want it to be a surprise....

TQ who is trying to decide whether to stay home and knit all morning or go buy a coat and some tomatoes

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Dear TQ,

Roscoe and Prince are home and tucked safely into their beds. Annie still sleeps on the lanai. I think she has actually gotten used to it and likes it. Lulu reluctantly leaves Kathy and sleeps close to the bed on my side. Prince objected to that since that is his normal spot and Lulu got up and moved over, sleeping close to him. She muttered a few unintelligible words on her way was still cuddled close to him. Roscoe is at the foot of the bed, and when I got up this morning I nearly tripped over him. He let out a sleepy, "Hey, watch it there, I'm sleeping." He then went back to sleep.

I slept very little. It seems I kept hearing heavy breathing everywhere and a few snorts and snores tossed in. When I finally did get to sleep the alarm went off, letting me know that it was time whether I liked it or not. I didn't.

After dressing, I headed out and was followed by three canines, Prince leading the pack. Out to the lanai we headed in single file, being greeted by a wagging basset tail. Then to the outer door where four canines followed, pretty much knocking me off my feet as they did. I'll let them go first next time. After taking care of business, three canines headed my call to come in, Lulu remaining cuddled next to Kathy who seems to have become a permanent resident. She is also earning her keep by handling mowing activities around here. However, because it is that time of year when the grass stops it rampant growth, Kathy may have to spend some time mowing the neighbors lawns as well just to keep up with her rent payments. She does furnish a good bit of material to add to the compost, keeping the compost quite ripe. Its a struggle to find adequate brown material to mix in. With her green material is almost unnecessary.

It got horribly cold yesterday. I think your weather is moving in, though briefly. We had a high yesterday of mid 70s and last night it hit 49 degrees. I asked Annie if she needed an extra blanket or anything, but she seemed quite content except for expressing some discomfort in being bothered during her yoga posses.

Bowser is here preparing breakfast and Baby Cakes is assisting. Annie has been relegated to the clean up crew, a chore which she relishes. Roscoe is scheduled for a meeting with the commander at 7:30, or shortly after breakfast, whichever comes first. The commander eats regularly at 6:00 in the officers mess hall.

So you can see, all is well in the Tom.H household.

Tom, who is able to rest comfortably for the first time since the kids capture and who is looking forward to showcase rehearsal this afternoon.

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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dear tom.

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news!!! i shared your information with the wawas and you should have heard the shouts of joy! they were hoping that roscoe would come home today, but i explained they were going to your house and then would have to rest and recover from their experiences......i told the Interim Commander to send anything of major importance via courier and roscoe could read it as soon as he was ready/able......

it is so cold here! it was 20 degrees by the time i got up this morning and decided to brave the outside world to read the outdoor thermometer....i had to go out and take hot water to all the water containers for the chickens and dogs.....twice! everything was frozen over! although i do not like taking care of house plants, the wawas and i carried in several pots of plants, such as my thyme pot, in the hopes they might survive the winter this year.....i am knitting the wawas all sorts of warm vests, socks etc for the wawas since this is supposed to be an extra-cold winter this year....

TQ who is thrilled with the good news

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Dear TQ,

The kids are free, free, free at last...
...but Jack was caught!

Here's how it all went down according to Roscoe:

Jack had been through this drill before, all but the very last door, the door to the cell room. He cautiously made his way to that room, found no booby traps in spite of the roomers, and was able to pick the master lock that opens the switch that unlocks all cells. He ran to the cell containing the kids and opened the door, freeing Prince and Roscoe. He then, with the help of our two kids, opened all of the cells...every last one!

They then moved from level to level. In the 4th level, the trail of dogs ran to the door, but three guards spotted them. The first thing the guard did was to strike the alarm, but it failed to sound because Jack had dismantled it. They then ran toward the dogs, but were more equipped to stop human people, not doggie people. Two of the guards got bit, one on the behind (leaving some cloth behind as well) and one on the ankle as he ran. The third had almost immediately run and escaped injury.

In the 3rd level hallway, two guards rushed them, again ill equipped to deal with canines. They didn't even catch up to the fast moving pooches.

In the 2nd level, one dog was caught by three guards. Three canines attacked those guards in a one on one fight and the guards lost. Four canines quickly joined the trail of dogs who were now in the 1st level, or lobby level.

In the lobby level were receptionists, guards, and several animal control people. The receptionists stayed well away from the rushing canines. The guards rushed the dogs as did the animal control people but failed to catch anyone before they reached the door.

One very fast footed animal control person ran after the feeing dogs and dove at the dog in the rear, catching him by the tail. They wrestled a bit until the animal control person had this little pooch securely snug in his arms and was seen by Roscoe as he was heading back toward the compound. Calling to Prince Roscoe shouted, "That's Jack!" Both Prince and Roscoe ran at top speed, catching up with the lone animal control guy just before he reached the compound entrance. This poor fellow was no match for three determined dogs and Jack was quickly free, his capture lasting only about 1 1/2 minutes. (Jack calculated the time of capture using his biological clock. He insists that canine bio-clocks are far more accurate than human bio-clocks and that is why they know precisely when it is time to eat.)

The happy threesome are currently flying home via Dottie gondola. It is reported that she is a happy eagle, having bonded with Roscoe, Prince and even with Jack. Oh yes, Jack is sleeping, now adjusted to night shift. And on the positive side, Prince has detoxed and is no longer in need of coffee (according to Prince). I think we shall still monitor Prince's intake just to be on the safe side.

Annie, Lulu, and Kathy are beside themselves with joy over the news of the canines release from that horrible facility in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kathy says that is one place she never wants to fly too. Then after thinking about it a while, she added, "Well, I actually wouldn't want to fly anywhere."

Tom, who eagerly awaits the landing of our children and the genius, Jack.

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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dear tom,

i am thrilled at hearing about Jack's progress....he does take amazing risks....when he returns home i am sending him a homemade pie and an entire set of Law & Order and Covert Affairs and Prison Break....he should get a lot of information out of watching those shows and thereby be better prepared should such a situation happen again (let's hope it doesn't)..he should probably take notes....

annie was thrilled to be included in your dance studio yesterday....she told me all about it, although her version differs slightly from yours.....perhaps you were unaware, but annie noticed a lot of dancers appeared quite unhappy with the instructor which is why she ran him off.....being an exceptional teacher in all things as well as an expert in yoga poses and flexibility, she decided....only after waiting for someone else to step up for the position which no one did....to take over and teach the remainder of the class......these are only minor variations from your slightly inaccurate version of the story, and she said you also misunderstood the studio owner....when he yelled (you thought) "you're fired!" what he was really saying was "you're fantastic!".....he wants you to bring back annie every time.....tom, you really need to get those ears of yours checked

i,too, had an experience yesterday.....i ordered some special yarn last june....recently, i asked the vendor for a refund since the yarn never came in....turns out she never ordered to yarn....she offered me a check or store credit...i asked for $$$....no problem....check never came, so i stopped by the store and left her a message....then i phoned her a few days later...."oh i forgot to mail the check until i got your note, but i put it in the mail the next day".....guess what? no check.....i called her again, and got long, nonsensical story, about howshe put the check in the mail the day i previously called her (remember, she said at that time it was already in the mail)....yesterday i waited until her local store opened (she also has one in another town which is where she spends most of her time) and called her, again saying "no check"...i think she could tell by the tone of my voice my natural cherub-like demeanor was fading......as she started into another lying...er, made-up excuse, i asked if i could take her up on her orginal offer of store credit instead of cash and she agreed...."good!" i shouted, and told her i was at the store and she needed to speak to her employee to authorize it...she hemmed and hahhed, but she did as i demanded, er asked....i knew if i had called her from home she never would get around to notifying her employee here to give me the store credit.....so i got my yarn, found a good pattern, and didn't have to bite anyone (annie always suggests biting if someone does not get the point of their error).....actually, i had a small troop neighborhood kittens who volunteered to go to the other shop invade the place and play with the yarns or otherwise do what needed to be done to get my $$ or yarn

the cows are quiet this morning.....the chickens are quiet.....the wild birds are quiet except for one who whistles occasionally...........its almost eerie

TQ

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Dear TQ,

Jack reports that he has worked his way through the 4th door, which happens to be the inner most door before reaching the cells. Each of the cells is locked by a master lock that locks and unlocks all cell doors at one time. Again time ran out, but not before he caught Roscoe's eye and winked. He then gave him an index toe sign to signify one more day. He saw Roscoe go from having a dejected look to getting a twinkle in his eye and a flick in his tail...er, rear end. Prince was asleep but I'm sure Roscoe will let him know that help is on the way. It gives them hope and this is so good.

The way out for Jack was a bit tricky. In the 2nd level (counting levels from entry inward), two guards came around a corner just as Jack was entering the hall between the 2nd level and the first level (where Jack disarms and resets the alarm system). Jack darted back into the 3rd level not knowing for sure whether he had been seen. Apparently he escaped detection because the guards just kept on walking and jabbering about inconsequential matters (Jacks description). More guards then appeared in the 3rd level, but Jack slipped quietly into the 2nd and proceeded to the doorway to the first. Peeking through a crack he opened into the outer entry area, he saw a large clock. It had always been there of course, but this was different. The clock said that it was 7:05. The first shift of workers arrive at 7:00. Still, Jack saw no one in the outer lobby area. He slipped quietly into the entry and reset all alarms. He then slipped outside before the last couple of seconds ticked away that would arm that alarm.

Just as he stepped outside, he heard a car door close fairly loudly. "Door slammer," he thought to himself. Never the less, he took that as a warning and slithered beneath a low cut bush. He heard boots hitting the ground in rapid succession.

He heard a woman's voice. "I told you we were going to be late, didn't I? I told ya we were!"

A man responded with, "Oh hush. The boss isn't here yet, we are the first here. Don't sweat it."

The woman responded, "It's a good thing for you that he isn't here. We got lucky this time. Next time I'm going to drive."

And from the man, "We'll see about that toots!"

Then the door slammed behind the pair. Jack slithered out from under the bush and left the area very rapidly. "First order of business," he thought, "is to find food." He slipped into an ally behind what has become his favorite restaurant. In short order (no pun intended) the first course of uneaten scrap food was placed in a container outside. Jack carefully removed the sanitary cover to the container and devoured the left over corn bread and eggs. He then waited for the next feast and was able to recycle a half eaten stack of marvelous pancakes with blueberry syrup. There was bacon on the side, though Jack consumed his side dish first. Feeling full, he moved on to his chosen place of rest, a well hidden shed with two exits, neither of which was all that noticeable form the outside.

There he messaged me just before settling in for a good days sleep. (Keep in mind that he now works night shift.)

**********

On a lighter side, Annie went dancing with me today. I had class and rehearsal. I'm doing a trio dance and Annie showed us how this could so easily be a quad dance. So there I was, dancing with three different ladies at one time. I'll have to admit that it was a bit of a handful.

After rehearsal we had class. That went quite well until Annie disagreed with the instructor and took over the class, chasing the instructor out of the door. The owner of the establishment, observing the entire situation, stepped in. He fired Annie, told me not to come back ever again, and went running after the instructor that Annie had run off.

As far as coming back, I'm not worried. I am, after all, their videographer.

Tom, who is anxiously awaiting Jack's next report. He seems to be getting closer to success TQ, assuming that he does not get caught by the guards. (Oh yes, Lulu sends greetings.)

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/18/2014 (21:37)
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dear tom,

i guess being a genius doesn't mean you are fast....i have ordered jack a book for xmas (written in canine, of course) from amazon.com called "How to Pick Locks F*A*S*T For Fun and Profit"....don't tell him; let it be a secret (I was gonna get "lockpicking for dummies" but was afraid jack would be offended).....

it has been so cold here that i am glad the girls are staying with you....lulu used to love the cold, although i am not sure if that has changed along with her health issues or not and annie has always preferred a nice, warm bed (preferably with a cookie in it)....i have been working double time, knitting little scarves, jackets and socks for little wawas....one guy asked for a woolen, knitted holster for his sidearm, and i pointed out that this is quite unnecessary, but i may make him one for xmas if i have time.....

with joanie;s help annie has launched a new line of jewelry, for both canines and humans....she sent me a pic of a piece featuring her aunt ethel which is really rather quite fetching....i shall send it to you on fb in case you haven't already seen it.....annie said she needed some extra money for some new dress costumes...she and joanie are preparing a big dance extravaganza....i asked why she did not just use some of joanie's dresses ...annie replied that joanie pointed out that since they do not have the same figure shape it would much more classy to have dresses handmade to fit her basset figure....so annie is having several dresses made....she and joanie have been collaborating on design ideas

TQ.......are those #@!% cows bellowing again?? batten down the hatches, matey!


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Dear TQ,

I understand what you are saying about Hollywood and am with you on that 100%. I relayed that to Jack who simply did a "shaking head" icon and said that perhaps we had best just leave it at "agree to disagree about it." I don't know TQ, Jack can be quite head strong. I know that he is a genius, but really, the fact that Hollywood reports only absolute truth in all that it does is well known. Jack, by disagreeing with us has chosen to disagree with the largest part of humanity. I just don't understand him sometimes.

Jack reports the following: He was able to enter the outer door and disable the alarm system. Being able to do this efficiently will help when he makes his final effort to free the kids. The first inner locked door has a combination. He had taken supplies for a wax impression, but that will do him no good with the combo lock. He did of course, have the foresight to take with him his trusty stethoscope. With that, he was able to figure out the first three numbers of a four number combo lock. After that he ran out of time, but after taking careful notes of the procedures to this spot, he reset all the alarms and worked his way out, locking the outer door and hiding just before the first of the day time employees reached the parking lot. "Close call," he thought. He is now seeking food and rest before continuing with his prep work for tonight's efforts. He is hoping to reach at least the third if not the fourth inner door, but since the guard numbers increase the further in you go, the more difficult each level is going to be. Again he warns that this is taking some considerable time.

TQ, have you thought about hiring The Rock?

No news today from the war zone. Hope all is well with you. Annie and Lulu send their greetings. Lulu complains of difficulty in walking, but when she is not aware that I am watching seems to do reasonably well in spite of being directionally challenged.

Best wishes,
Tom

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dear tom

not only am i a veteran of several tv shows, but i have watched the occasional theatre movie starting The Rock who could do everything Jack described and still have time leftover in a 2 hr movie....i know these movies are telling us the absolute truth becuz hollywood would not lie to the american public....however, i realize that Jack may not be up on the latest espionage-type methods of breaking and entering, etc. and i know he is doing his best....

i am glad that dottie is keeping you up to date of the current battle, altho the chupe news was horrible....i think that information musta reached the wawas here becuz they are all very quiet and walking around with long faces......

how is annie? I worry since her last weigh-in at the vets where she had lost 3 lbs...we don't want her wasting away to nothing...is her paw better? and lulu? pls. make sure she eats....and when she is napping pls have someone check on her occasionally to make sure she is still breathing.....i am so looking forward to seeing them all in a week or so.....i am sure annie has been enjoying helping joanie with the xmas village.....

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Dear TQ,

It seems to me that it is about time to get your a's & in order. :)

I sent your message to Jack. He was a bit miffed and said that you have obviously not understood the circumstances that Roscoe and Prince have gotten themselves into. It may take only 7 minutes disarming one of the alarms, but there are seven. And for each of the seven alarms there are several guards to dodge. There are also a series of inner locks. Booby traps are suspected as well, especially between the inner door and the cells. These have to be discovered and disarmed, not as easy even as disarming the alarms. No, you just don't understand. (sigh) Well TQ, keep in mind that was from Jack, but frankly, he's a pretty sharp cookie. (Of course, when I speak of smart cookie, I am referring to his description and understanding of the set up and his appreciation of the difficulty of the task at paw.)

Jack also said that he and Rufus are extremely busy and that he cannot take the time to explain details of everything he is doing, especially when someone in Virginia is going to question his efforts or plans. Therefore, he will henceforth leave the details of his doings out of his communications, thank you. (That too from Jack.) Jack can be a bit cantankerous, but then that seems to be the way with geniuses sometimes. He really is a delightful fellow when you get to know him.

I should point out that the boys are kept in cells deep within the complex and separated from the outside world with many walls, each with locked doors. Its done that way to make certain the inmates stay put on the one hand and on the other, to prevent sounds of the outside world reaching their delicate ears and stimulating nostalgia. You see, the keepers are, after all, humane.

Dottie, who keeps in touch with me about the war, messaged me that the enemy has captured and killed one of the chihuahua soldiers. The soldier was made an example of and the killing was published. It is a sad state of affairs, but the chupacabra are definitely an insane inhumane group whose very existence on this planet is a travesty.

Keep our poor boys in your thoughts TQ,
Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/16/2014 (17:59)
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dear tom

i am having computer malfunctions, so tomorrow its back to the repair shop.....

you may not realize that i am a veteran watcher of scientific television documentaries such as law & order and covert affairs.....i know that the longest it can take to disengage a major switch and shut off all alarms without detection is 7 mins. ...unless jack and rufus decide to take a break to discuss blood pressure meds. & the life threatening side effects, then they might need 8 mins.....since rufus is a former employee this should make their job easier...i suggest jack circle the outside of the building after the employees are gone for the day and shout "coffee! lots of free delicious coffee out here!" Prince, upon hearing that will immediately break out of jail with roscoe (and others?) right on his tail...

i passed along your suggestions of what to do with the cave to the Interim Commander (roscoe needs to be here to appoint a permanent commander)....he kinda snickered as he promised to read them and then (thinking i could not see what he was doing) dumped them in the trash......i sighed and told them they were from Jack, not something i created...the Commander had the grace to look embarrassed as he retrieved the papers....he tried to explain that women do not understand the intracacies of war and battle and surely i understood,,,,,*snort*

i am typing with the a off its seat a & upside down.....

TQ whose finger is getting sore

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Dear TQ,

I think it would be appropriate to point out that Jack is working on the escape problem as rapidly as he can. To pressure him might be the very thing that would lead to disruption and mistakes. Let's let Jack work on this problem for a while.

He has the key made. Now he realizes that he will have to enter the facility after it closes. He therefore needs to figure out how not to trip the various alarms (they have several). Turning them off would be preferable. He says its worse that Joanie's dress vault. As you can see, Twinkie, he has his paws full.

I did bring up the matter of the cave with Jack. It was interesting, really. He pointed out that caves are products of erosion and any removal of dirt or addition of debris would likely encourage rapid erosion. Jack, however, suggests leaving it as it is. He said that often times you can turn negativity into positivity. He says that this may be just one example of that.

He is suggesting the following plan. Its rather simple really. Wait until the chupes are inside. Have special ops shoot toxin pellets at any guards that may be posted. Line the entrance completely with small toxin mines. This needs to be not only the width of the entrance, but several feet towards the rear as well. Cover the mines.

Now then, it will be clear when the chupes emerge for an attack. The first to leave will be poofed immediately. Those back further will likely retreat and order their special ops forces to remove the mines. Have our Chihuahuas ready for this by placing snipers in hidden locations near the entrance. Pick off the special ops with toxin pellets while they are still far back. The chupes are likely to send suicidal volunteers to eliminate the mines the hard way. Help them commit suicide by pellet shooting them before they reach the mines. The more "volunteers" the more poofed chupes. Eventually the ones remaining will either panic and rush the entrance or remain within, being too fearful to come out of the cave. If they panic and come out in force, simply destroy the bunch with a rocket grenade of toxin spray. If they hang back, fearful of leaving, toss toxin grenades into the cave. OK, problem solved. "See how easy that was?" (Jack's words).

Now back to the business of freeing our incarcerated innocent boys. I can report that Jack has located a recently discharged disgruntled employee of the maximum security facility in which wait our brave children. Together, Jack and the employee, a canine guard know by the name of Rufus McDougal, are drawing a map of the interior of the facility. It will include the location of all of the alarm switches and most of the security information needed to disarm the alarm system. There remains one major problem though. All of the alarm locations are tied in with a master security switch. Only the warden of the facility has the ability to turn that switch on or off, the switch being located in a secret spot and unlocked by a key of which there is but one and that one is worn, even at night according to sources, around his neck.

As you can see Twinkie, it ain't a pretty picture.

Tom, who had a great time dancing last night

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/15/2014 (13:36)
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Oh, *sob*, tom

no rescued lads yet? how long can this take?? you need to light a fire under jack's tail to get him moving.....my poor babies.......i suppose i should be happy to know that at least they are safe, warm and fed.....it is (literally) freezing here........

if the cold weather continues that should chase the chupes back to their caves or wherever they live.....they are notorious for hating the cold.....maybe they should be sent to a russian gulag where it is always cold and icy.....

our local wawas have decided that destroying the cave on the gonzalez property would be good for all since the chupes have been known on more than one occasion to hide there....however, this is causing a ruckus with the gonzalez' who claim that since the cave is on their property, they should be the ones to decide to keep it or not....destroying it means (1) cementing up the entrance, (2) completely filling the cave with dirt or (3) digging it completely out which would leave a big hole in the mountainside......the gonzalez' forbid #3, saying it would look so ugly (ugly worse than having chupes hide there?) (the gonzalez humans are not big believers in chupes, either....like michael, they think all the trouble and noise comes from coyotes)......#1 is also ugly, although our Interim Commander promised to bring in an artist to paint a woodland scene on the cement to help it blend in......and #2, the gonzalez father wants to know exactly where that dirt and debris are coming from to fill the cave and asks what happens after dirt settles, tree limbs rot and the cave has to be re-filled....it will be an constant job, and even the IC agrees that is not the best solution....basically Senor Gonzalez says to leave his cave alone...this is not acceptable to our chupe fighters, so everyone is looking for other possibilities.....

does this never end?
TQ

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Dear TQ,

Wow girl! Not so fast. Our boys have been found but not rescued. Furthermore, they cannot be bailed out. Since Prince is suspected of having rabies and Roscoe was with him, they are locked up in this maximum security clink for up to six months. Further, at the end of the quarantine time, all expense will be ours if we claim them and bail them.

We all know that Prince does not have rabies but that he brought this on himself with his coffee addiction. And none of us wants to see him or Roscoe incarcerated for six months. That is a horrible sentence for canines so young and innocent. Well, young anyway.

This is why Jack has made an impression and is now involved in crafting a key. That will just be the first step. Sadly, this is a maximum security facility and Jack has learned through questioning a former inmate that there are guards within 24 / 7. No, this is not going to be easy, and Jack realizes that if he is caught in the process of helping our boys escape, that he himself could be incarcerated. Never the less, being of brave heart, he shall make the attempt. However, he is still gathering information. You see, if he fails, it will be many times more difficult if not impossible to effect an escape from the inside of a cell.

We shall both have to have patient.

Meanwhile Dottie, who is transporting Jack, learned from a passing war weary eagle that our air defenses have been quite effective with the war near Gatlinburg. For one thing, the current leader of the chupacabra was in a convoy, moving from the original chupe HQ to a new location closer to the action. He was toxin bombed, an action which killed many chupes who were with him. Reports have it that he was either seriously injured or killed. It is uncertain whether toxin reached him or if he was injured from falling chupacabra and poof air. The eagle said that they are trying to ascertain that information, but as you can imagine, it is often hard to obtain clear cut information from a war zone.

According to reliable sources within the war zone the chupacabra leaders have called for retaliatory terror throughout the country and the world. These attacks are to be in retaliation for the eagle / Chihuahua air attacks on the chupe command and soldiers. Attacks are imminent and will occur without warning.

I'm glad to hear that the incident with the shapes (shape shifted chupes) who were apparently ready to attack the cows in your area was stifled by some excellent defensive moves made by ETG and the response by brave Chihuahua soldiers. I suspect that that incident is simply one of many that may be attempted throughout the US and the world.

Our forces here in Florida are on guard and ready for pretty much anything. Kathy asked the commander for protection of the pasture where her sister cows live. The commander simply said, "Relax girl, its covered already."

Now to plan my escape. I need to attend showcase rehearsal and the Chihuahua guards have been doubled. This isn't going to be easy.

Tom, who is back at the drawing board.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/13/2014 (13:01)
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"the boys are found!".."the boys are found!" *joyously dancing around the room* ...."and jack will rescue them".."yipee!"

ah, tom, thanks for the good news.....did jack tell you exactly where they are? perhaps you could facilitate things by just giving the place a call....you could even use one of annie's credit cards to bail the boys out.....(if you do, tell the kids to skedaddle quickly as i don't know how good these cards are)........i have complete faith in jack's inventive abilities and feel free to tell him so if you hear from him again.....its wonderful to hear the boys are well, give or take a large headache or two.....lulu and babycakes will fix prince right up with a proper dosage of cherry grass tonic as soon as he gets home.....

late yesterday afternoon the gonzalez' cows started bellowing and i admit all i could was "another chupe battle?? not again!"......however, it was still daylight out, a very odd time for an attack.....it turns out (and i got this info straight from the Interim Commander) movement of strange-looking creatures had been spotted by Marta, Daisy, and Maria along the edge of the pasture where it meets the woods....there is a big cave up on that hillside.....as the girls carefully mosied in that direction they realized the strange critters were moving in the direction of the cave and they were trying to keep out of sight, but they were so odd-looking the heifers couldn't help but notice them......daisy meandered back towards the pasture where El Toro Grande, the bull, was grazing with several other cows giggling and batting their eyes around him....marta and maria continued to keep a watch on the creatures going up the mountainside.....after pushing her way through the admiring crowd (who were not happy to give up their space near the handsome ETG), she whispered in his ear about what they had seen........and it was a good thing she did! ETG set off the alarm, bellowing loudly and instructing all the girl around him to do so, too....he instructed them to act like there was going to be a little "love action" going on so the strange creatures would not become alarmed.....the bellowing alerted our troops and several were deployed to our end of the woods where maria had ever so casually wandered, grazing, to alert the wawas as to what they had seen......just before dusk, a team of wawas armed with toxin guns snuck up on the cave and fired into it....for hours all you could see was the smoke poofing up towards the sky.....apparently the strangers were (badly done) shape shifter chupes who were planning to attack after dark.....not a chupe escaped destruction by the toxin and not a single wawa was hurt......later this morning there will be a ceremony honoring all the cows, especially marta, daisy and maria.....i do wish annie was here....i am attempting to make sweet feed cookies and some fresh hay salads for everybody, but she is so much better at it than i am.......

TQ who needs to run to the feed store to buy more sweet feed.....

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Dear TQ,

Yes, its quite a delightful autumn day here as well. However, it is quite chilly, the high only reaching 81 degrees. Ah well, it cools to 61 at night (or really, by the early morning hours just before sunrise). Its rough, but I do my best to put up with it.

I consulted Bowser for you regarding the recipe. He says that bourbon is a kind of whiskey. I asked him if he meant brand and he said no, just a type. So in answer to your question, does the recipe call for bourbon or whiskey, the answer is yes. (Good luck with that.)

Well, the doc showed up right on time. Thing is, none of the neighborhood animals showed up. And worst of all, Kathy, Lulu, Annie, Bowser and Baby Cakes were no where to be found. The doctor waited here for most of the day, but finally gave up. He stormed off in quite a huff, but not before yelling something about sending you a bill for a house call which was not cancelled. Really Twinkie, he acted in quite an unprofessional manner. I was truly amazed. You can decide whether to toss the bill in the trash or pay it, but I doubt that he could reach you legally since he has no license to practice in your state and therefore should not have even accepted the business...er, appointment.

Now here is the interesting thing. Had he stayed another five minutes he could have examined all of our current guests as well as our cook and his mate. I asked them where they had been and they just said they had business with the Chihuahua commander. They all admitted forgetting about the visit by the vet, Lulu hanging her head as though she was ashamed and Annie...well, Annie with paw on forehead and with the most dramatic apology that I have yet witnessed from a canine. Ah well, perhaps another time.

Well, Jack has found our lost boys, but all is not well. They were captured by animal control (which Prince felt was quite humiliating). They are under lock and key in a very noisy environment. Roscoe told Jack that Prince has not taken his paws away from his ears since they got there. He has a coffee withdrawal headache and the noise is particularly hard for him to take. He lies there softly whining while the Ros does his best to comfort him.

The facility is air tight according to Jack. He just found them this morning (not in the 4-square sub grid area where he first looked and where the hair was found). Jack plans another trip there after dark and after the facility closes. He plans to try taking an impression of the lock in order to somehow devise a key to the place. He sees no other way.

One good thing...just his being there has given Roscoe and Prince hope of escape. Keep in mind though, that the inside may present additional problems. This is, as Roscoe explained, a maximum security facility. They were brought there because of Prince's erratic behavior. They were fearful of rabies, even after the Ros tried to explain to them his coffee addiction. They pretended to not even hear Roscoe, being so very rude in so many ways.

I'll keep you informed.

Best wishes,
Tom, who has another dance rehearsal tomorrow and will again have to figure out a way to avoid the Chihuahua guards.

Tom

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dear tom,

you mean my babies are not home yet?!! i thought surely jack would have located the boys and everyone would be celebrating at your house

i am watching a woodpecker in the willow tree, thinking about bowser making breakfast in a couple of weeks with The Kid and how much the girls will enjoy their visit this morning with the travelling vet.....was the line of other waiting customers very long outside your house when you awoke this morning?? i do hope kathy did not bring the entire herd as arrangements can always be made for large groups (possibly with discounted rates).....oh, well, as long as he can make my girls feel better....the fact that annie has one of mr. tq's card is fine....i am sure he won't mind, altho i was thinking maybe she would use one of those that she so often "finds" instead......how is joanie doing with the village? i do hope annie is being helpful....they have such a special relationship.....btw, i found a recipe for apple pie that calls for 1/2 c. of bourbon whiskey.....does this mean 1/2c. bourbon or 1/2 c.whiskey? (i am not a drinker) i do wish i had bowser nearby to decipher these things for me......

it has been so quiet here with no canines other than the wawas..occasionally i hear a muted shout such as "tennnnnn...shun!!" as they carry on with their military maneuvers......no one is baking cookies in my kitchen, etc. etc....(or barking in the wee hours of the night)....its a lovely, chilly autumn day.....hope yours is a good one

TQ

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Dear TQ,

I told Lulu and Annie about the vet coming tomorrow morning. I thought surely that they would be excited but to be honest, they seemed quite the opposite. I'm sure its just nerves associated with past experiences with vets and has nothing to do with the prospect of coming home to assist with the kid. Annie reluctantly started sorting through her credit cards and found one to use. It was strange since it had Mr. TQ's name on it and Annie just said that they are reluctant to issue a card to a canine for some reason and that Mr. TQ had to cosign for the card. Well naturely that explained everything.

I heard from Jack. He has found a large concentration of Prince and Roscoe hairs, but no Prince or Roscoe. This concerns me tremendously. Jack continues his search, but with the hairs that were found, he is focusing on that area (all within a 4 sq. sub-grid.) The hairs were located near a dumpster behind a Creole restaurant. Jack said the place makes him lick his chops uncontrollably. He said that he just doesn't understand it.

Hoping to hear good news from Jack tomorrow,
Tom

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dear tom,

please let lulu and annie know that i have found a vet in your area that does home visits and he will be coming by wed. at 10am to examine both of them and provide them with all shots, medicines and surgical procedures that he deems necessary...i told the vet annie would put the costs on her credit cards of which she seems to have an enormous and never ending supply.....any other dogs, cats, cows and chickens (no gators...gators are seen on thursdays only) in your area that feel the need of his services should be at your house to start lining up by 6am at the latest....he says he often attracts quite a crowd.....i did inquire about his medical background and he sent me a copy of his diplomas from famous internet, online veterinary schools in the bahamas.....seems very professional.....

well...did jack find our missing guys? i was expecting that sure i would hear from you that they had been found by now...perhaps you are too busy celebrating??

how are annie and joanie doing with the christmas village? it would be nice if it was mostly done by thanksgiving since i don't know how The Kid feels about unpacking and cleanup....annie did call early this morning and we did discuss joanie's somewhat unreasonable possessiveness of many things, such as dance dresses and her village items....annie said joanie just worries that something might get damaged which is why annie is one of the very few allowed into joanie's inner circle of sharing.....she said she is working on joanie on letting The Kid play with her christmas village pieces, but not having much luck....annie did point out that while joanie is at work The Kid will be free to rearrange the village as she sees fit, thereby keeping busy and out of other trouble.....annie also explained to bowser that The Kid has lots of experience baking christmas cookies, so he should not worry about her in the kitchen and that she, annie, would help with the clean up and taste-testing.....she said bowser mumbled something that she did not quite hear, but assured me it was probably just words of excitement over having a new cooking partner

tell roscoe to give me a call when there is a break in the partying
TQ

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Dear TQ,

Annie and Lulu send greetings. I told them the good news about the kid coming here and they seemed a bit uncomfortable with it for some reason. I thought that they would be happy to hear it. Any way, Annie has suddenly made a remarkable recovery with her paw, but I'm afraid she is just being noble and forcing herself to grin and bear the pain. She will need to stay for observation for a while. And Lulu, poor baby. She seemed a bit agitated by the news and got up to pace. Sadly, she staggered and fell next to Kathy. Kathy told her not to worry, that she would protect her, but somehow I don't think Lulu was convinced. I then told Kathy how wonderful the kid was with cows and told her stories about the kid with the Gonzales's cows. I thought that would really make Kathy happy, but she just groaned. I wonder if she is feeling well.

I also gave Joanie the good news about how the kid was going to help her, but Joanie said that just isn't going to happen. I never realized just how possessive she was with that village. When I first told her about the kid coming, she was all smiles, but as I proceeded to go into detail about how the kid would be helpful, those smiles, for some reason, turned upside down. She left the room muttering something about over her dead body, though I'm not absolutely certain what she was saying or what she was talking about. It was, after all, a mutter with her back turned.

I then told Bowser about how he was going to have help and gave him all of the information about it that you had given me. Bowser just smiled and said, "the kid stays out of the kitchen, she will eat what I feed her or go hungry. I could care less which choice she makes." With that, he returned calmly to his kitchen work. Oh, and I might add, it is going to be a marvelous feast this evening. One wonders why I can't loose weight. (grin) Well, I'll start with the moderation thing after Thanksgiving. :)

Jack has arrived in Biloxi, Mississippi. So far he hasn't found a thing. He has marked the entire city and outskirts into a grid within his fabulous mind and has started his search of the grid, one square at a time. He did mention in his message to me that he wished he had brought helpers with him (if he just had more than his prototype machine) so that the search would be faster. He expects to complete the grid in a day if all goes well. He feels fortunate that he can search by air with Dottie. A ground grid search would take at least a week. Oh, he did get one beep on his device, but upon investigation he discovered that it was simply a single shed hair of Prince. That tells him that the kids have been in the area, but that is all. While Jack explored and found the hair, Dottie found food running about. She grabbed it with unbelievable swiftness and, with that energy boost, the pair were off to continue their search.

Tom, who is looking forward to seeing the kid, and may be the only one in the family (including guests) who is for some reason.



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dear tom

last night The Kid lost her first tooth and i hear she wants to show off the empty space in her mouth to all the canines; a foto just won't do....so if my poor girls cannot make it home for thanksgiving, then i guess The Kid will just have to come to fl....you will like her...she is smart and full of energy.....she will love helping joanie arrange and then rearrange her village with or without joanie actually being there so if joanie has to go to work she can leave happily knowing that The Kid will have the village arranged by the time she gets home....and, having met some of the gonzalez calves one year and, giggling, sticking her hand in their mouths, she will be thrilled to meet kathy....lucky, lucky, kathy.....in the meantime, i suggest you send both girls to your vet...the one that likes to give lots of shots with with very large needles

annie has been known upon occasion to comment that jack is a "strange duck", but she likes him well enough, i guess....and there is no denying his intelligence.....his PR gun sounds like another wonderful invention....(perhaps he can sell the blueprints to the FBI or CIA).....i suspect as soon as he finds himself in an area known to have been where P & R have been he will find them shortly thereafter....i just know the next message from you will be that they have been found......whopeeee! speaking of his gun, what will jack do if you get lost?? you have no hair....will you be lost forever? (my suggestion would be to check at nearby dance studios)... jack needs to develop a similar gun using skin cells....

i am glad to hear dottie likes the dogs...i never heard a complaint after she rescued the girls, so perhaps she and annie get along......not all the eagles are as....um....tolerant...yes! tolerant as dottie.....perhaps dottie can fly the girls and roscoe home at thanksgiving so as not to disappoint The Kid...*slapping forehead* oh, yeah, i forgot....The Kid will be coming to your house while the parents and grandparents, aunt and uncle enjoy ...er, i mean....um..suffer through a sad, *snicker* quiet thanksgiving......hehehehe btw, inform bowser that The Kid can be somewhat picky about what she wants to eat, so he should let her help him in the kitchen *snort*

waiting to hear the good news that the guys are found....by the way, which biloxi are they at or near?? the one in mississippi or the one in washington??

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Dear TQ,

No one here has heard even a broken message from Prince or Roscoe. We can be fairly certain that they are either in Biloxi, Mississippi or in the vicinity of that city. Jack joined Dottie in the search and as we speak they are heading for that city. Jack has with him a devise that he developed just for the occasion. He had been working on it for some time, but now it is complete after a few days of absolutely concentrated effort.

We all know that Jack has some peculiarities. One of them is that he collects hair samples. I know it seems strange and I have always suspected a hair fetish, but at any rate, he has a small sampling of hair from both Prince and Roscoe. Well, he feeds the hair into the devise that he has invented. The devise analyses the hair and stores its DNA measurements. Jack can then aim the devise at any animal or area, and the devise will detect a match within a plus or minus .05% accuracy. Jack is quite proud of his devise and has named it his PR detection devise. I had to ask, "PR?" Jack said, "quite simple really. I named it after Prince and Roscoe...get it? P(rince) and R(oscoe). He said whether it is tracking Prince and Roscoe (which will be its first job) or someone else, it is likely to bring about good PR (as in public relations)." He quite obviously spoke with great pride.

It is good to know that he is gondola bound for Biloxi with Dottie. It gives me a sense of hope which I hope that you will share.

Well TQ, I have a confession. I let it slip, though certainly unintentionally, that the kid would be there and that their presence has been requested. They asked when and of course I told them. Unfortunately, Annie's paw has taken a turn for the worse. It may be infected. She is unable to hobble about without great difficulty and assures me that she is in no condition to fly. Lulu, too, found it necessary to lie down and snuggle into her bovine friend. She states that she is so weak that she certainly could not be expected to fly this soon. She reminded me that her time in Biloxi had been so terribly traumatic and she has not gotten anywhere near over it. No, flight is simply out of the question. At this point a very protective Kathy chimed in that Lulu will NOT be flying, so moo to you! Oh brother! I am so sorry that I mentioned the kid. Both canines seem to have taken a serious sudden turn for the worse.

I think I understand the channeling bit when Bowser was making pancakes. The wonderful pancakes that he made that day were a bit different from his usual marvelous concoction. Picture this: a large size dinner plate on which a stack of very special pancakes rest. The pancake dough made up a Twinkie flat cake. On top of that was Twinkie filling and then another Twinkie cake and on top of that more Twinkie filling. This continued five high. On top of all of that was (your choice) blue berry compote or strawberry compote. And on top of it all, whipped cream (lots of it) and in the center a lovely bright red very sweet cherry. Yes, it was a bit filling, but while it was being eaten it would melt in your mouth. Oh so good! Yes, I can understand your channeling Bowser. Perhaps someday you will be lucky enough to have him in your kitchen.

Annie volunteered her help with Joanie just as she said, but having seen her take a turn for the worse so suddenly, we insisted that she spend her time with Baby Cakes on the lanai and rest. Baby Cakes will keep close watch on the little angel. (I guess calling her a little angel might be a bit of an exaggeration; we both know she is not all that little.) And of course we are giving Lulu the same increased care, keeping her on the lanai. Kathy has moved up near the screen and continues talking with Lulu. Its cute really, the two of them as close as they can be with only a screen frame and screen between them.

Oh, I have to tell you. So cute! Annie choreographed an entire showcase dance for me. Unfortunately, I already have one for showcase, but I do know a couple at Rhythm who does not. They are quite concerned about that too. Yes, they have been a bit troublesome for me in the past (I won't go into that here), but I suggested that Annie offer it to them. It is my little way of letting them know that they are forgiven for the trouble they have caused. Perhaps by this gesture alone we will be on the way to establishing our relationship on down the road. And Annie can take pride in having a part of that. Isn't that nice?

I do hope that we hear something from the boys soon. Its good to know that Jack the genius is on the job and Dottie who has developed a fondness for the canines is eagle handling the gondola. I'm certain that if anyone can find them, they will.

Tom, who is currently going to see how Bowser is doing with lunch. He won't let me in the kitchen, but we can talk while he works.


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dear tom

thank heavens annie was able to overcome her personal pain to reach up and answer the phone...what a brave girl she is.....i asked when she and lulu plan on returning, but she says that has not been decided yet...first prince and roscoe must be rescued and return to fl....i pointed out that she could await their rescue and return in va, but she replied that she may have to lead rescue operations as soon as her wounded paw heals....i understand...such a brave, brave basset......in the meantime, she says joanie has begged annie for her input in designing her villages, so she is overwhelmed with work (she is also helping bowser design meal plans).....y'all are so lucky to have annie around to help...i did suggest she advise you on some new dance steps, so she plans to choreograph a new dance for you.....hehehehehe

babycakes is so kind to lulu.....lulu does like to feel included, as we all do, even when her brain is a bit fuzzy............have she and kathy solved all the world's problems yet? .i hope bowser is able to entice her to eat...hmmm...just thinking about feeding her i am getting the urge to make pancakes and i don't even like pancakes......i must be channeling bowser who must be making them or lulu who is thinking of eating some.... :)

regarding annie and her delicate paw.....years ago when we lived in guam, we had a cocker spaniel....she was riding in the back of the truck and either fell or jumped out.....mr. twinkie brought her home immediately and the poor little thing came limping to the house to tell me her story of woe....i happened to have cookies in the kitchen and gave her a couple.....immediately her limp went away.....later, a friend dropped by and the poor little dog limped her way over to the visitor to say hello....i handed the friend a couple of cookies which she gave to the cocker spaniel, who immediately stopped limping after consuming the cookies and went trotting merrily on her way........late in the afternoon another friend came by and the same thing happened with the cocker spaniel........just goes to show the healing powers of cookies i guess....once again, annie is right.....

i have not yet heard anything from prince or roscoe.....i do so worry about them.....mr. twinkie did ask me yesterday where that dog that drank coffee with him had gone.....i just shrugged my shoulders in a "who knows?" gesture.....

TQ

p.s. The Kid is arriving a couple of days before thanksgiving and will be here until the weekend....pls. make sure all of my kids have boarded a gondola to head back for va....perhaps reservations should be made now....i have not informed annie or lulu that The Kid will be here....no use alarming them too much ahead of time



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Dear TQ,

I should be surprised that Mr. T had not notice Lulu's absence, but to be honest, Joanie is so engrossed with her Christmas village that she has not yet noticed Prince's absence. Of course I've told her, but she continues to buzz along with the village, occasionally stopping to solicit my input. I tell her what I think and then she does what she thinks unless she just happens to like my ideas. (grin) Actually, she does seem to appreciate the input and has used several of my ideas.

Annie's paw is healing nicely but she continues to complain about great paw pain. She limps and often has to walk on three feet. She insists that cookies help take away the pain. The funny thing is, when she thinks no one is walking, she looses the limp. I wonder what that is all about. (snicker)

I had dance lesson and party yesterday and when I got home Annie snarled at me that Roscoe had called on our house phone. Annie got the phone but Roscoe was breaking up something terrible according to Annie. All she could here is the words "...trapped in..." and "Prince...paws over his head..." Beyond that, nothing. Then she said, "Oh yes, he said something about Prince and being watched and may have rabies and some other stuff that she couldn't understand. And the Ros did say something about danger. That was all though. Nothing more and some of that so raspy and broken that Annie can only guess at the words. She thinks that they are either in an area with poor reception or maybe there is no where to charge their batteries.

Bowser and Baby Cakes are here. While Bowser prepares meals for the entire family including visiting canines, Baby Cakes is working diligently on the cherry grass business. Every once in a while she will go out and ask Lulu for help with this or that. Lulu is loving that part. To be honest, I've seen Baby Cakes work very efficiently in the past with some of those areas she asks for help. I think sometimes she does that just to bolster Lulu's self esteem. Baby Cakes is no dummy and she is very fond of her friend from Virginia.

Tom, who is very worried about Prince and Roscoe and plans to watch the FSU vs. Virginia game on TV later to take his mind off of his troubles.

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oh tom,

i am so glad to hear the girls are safe at your house...i am sure that once annie finishes in the kitchen she will go out and help guide joanie in the creation of her Xmas village...(lucky joanie).......it's good if lulu can just lie in one place and chatting with kathy sounds like a lovely idea for both of them.....tell annie to call when she can...

i am worried about the boys, though.....unless prince can be made to stay away from those places where he can find his favorite caffeine roscoe will not be able to guide him home or call for help.....did dottie plan to go back today to where she left them? unless she paints the starbucks logo on the side of the gondola or on her own feathery chest, how will anyone get prince into the gondola? you'd better go to an atm and get enough $$ to post "bail" for prince if he gets picked up somewhere......roscoe won't abandon him, but i do not see how ros can drag P by his tail all the way to fl.......do you think i should drive out there??

TQ

p.s. mr. twinkie went outside this morning to give lulu her breakfast and finally noticed she was not around.....*snicker*

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Dear TQ,

You will be happy to know that Annie and Lulu are here, though sadly, Prince and Roscoe are not. Annie filled me in on the rest of the story...

It seems that when Dottie set the gondola on the ground, it attracted a good bit of attention. Annie had loaded Lulu into the basket and with great effort, managed to hoist her body over the side of the gondola, falling with a thud on the floor. Roscoe was doing his best to contain Prince and get him into the basket when three men with long sticks and a loop at the end came at them. Roscoe yelled fly and Dottie did. Two dogs and and eagle were heading for Florida.

From the air, Annie could see Prince running crazed all over the place. Two men came at him, missed, and hit one another, knocking both of them out. A third man with loop stick came after Roscoe who easily outran him and then turned behind him and bit him in the behind, tearing a patch of his pants away. This guy ran for all he was worth towards his wagon, holding his hands over the exposed rear side and leaving his loop stick behind. Roscoe then turned toward the coffee crazed Prince but the eagle flew into a cloud and Annie could not see the result of that chase.

When Annie fell into the gondola, she hurt her paw, though I am happy to report that it is currently healing. The eagle knew where to fly, but remained within clouds to avoid detection (something she had learned during her basic training she said proudly). Annie was sure that they were lost and this is when she wrote you her message.

As I speak, Annie is in the kitchen assisting Bowser with clean up, Lulu is in back solving all of the world's problems with a much relieved cow, and I am reporting all that I know. Joanie? Oh, she is working on the Christmas village.

We have not heard from Prince nor Roscoe since their last observance by Annie.

I remained continuously concerned,
Tom

Tom

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dear tom

once roscoe is certain those dogs are our dogs, perhaps Dottie, the eagle, could call for reinforcements, although i don't know if there are any spare couriers available....boy, dottie is sure getting her training from this incident....i am extremely worried at no mention of lulu, but i am trying tohold it together.....one must hope for the best.....

starbucks has joined forces with the evil monsanto, so perhaps once learns of this, prince will be persuaded to forget about starbucks.....it depends on how interested prince is in human politics.....and hopefully, he won't know that there are other establishments sell coffee........

i agree, that if found, all canines should head immediately for fl. which is closer and they can recieve immediate medical help if needed (i am thinking mostly of lulu).....i know conditions may be crowded with everyone there, but annie can sleep under joanie's xmas village tables, or under roscoe can sleep there and annie can snore...er, sleep, under your bed....also.......oh! wait! i am getting an incoming message from annie..........it says

Mom! Help me! bzzz.....bzzz...We are lost! Prince ...bzzz.... insane with coffee and....bzz..bzzzzz....sore paw.......

that is all it said
oh my babies!!!

TQ


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Dear TQ,

I received the following from Roscoe:

Tom,

I am flying low over Biloxi, Mississippi. I've just spotted a black dog that looks very much like Prince doing back flips and another one that looks a lot like Annie trying very hard to get the black dog to stop flipping. The Annie-like dog was shouting..."the tapes, the tapes, remember the tapes." What ever that was all about, the black dog just kept flipping and flopping all over the place. We are going in for a closer look, even a landing. I plan to investigate this pair very carefully.

The Ros

Well, I would never have thought about Biloxi, Mississippi. But I know they do have gambling establishments there, Starbucks is everywhere, and they are quite close to being on the beach. I think Roscoe may have stumbled (er, flown up) against something. We shall see. I did notice the complete absence of mention of a Lulu like dog in the group. I'll be glad to hear from him again. I have hopes. In the meanwhile, I've messaged him and asked him to fly directly to Florida with passengers if what he is seeing is them. I know the eagle may complain both about number of passengers and Prince's over activity, but I told the Ros to just tie Prince up if needed, and as far as the over crowding, just tell the eagle that this is an absolute emergency.

Tom, who is currently holding his breath, hoping against hope that our children have been found.

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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dear tom

do you think annie was spelling correctly? biloxi?!! there has been no mention of lulu...do you think she is still with them? she walks slower than a mud turtle, you know....i haven't seen or heard from roscoe since he left for gatlinburg late yesterday afternoon.....*pulling out hair* i am so worried about my pups....i sent ros a copy of the message you sent me so he can figure out which biloxi annie may be talking about.....and it also be a sneer against biloxi by nearby towns or cities that hate biloxi....i suggested he bring in more searchers.....the tracking hounds lost the scent shortly after they located the vw van and have returned home with their tails between their legs.......

TQ

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Poor Ros, you need sleep so badly. You are certainly up in the air a lot. Can't you sleep on the floor of the gondola. If need be, you could take a blanket with you on flights. It could also help you stay toasty warm. Ah, the comforts of home (almost).

Roscoe, as far as dancing inside, we really don't have a dancing floor. Besides, of those dances you gave me, the only one that I wouldn't dance in public is break, largely because I'm afraid I'd break my neck or something. I'm sure they gave it that name for a reason. And while I don't do the electric slide any more (its kinda dated), I do a mean samba line, Cuban shuffle, and a few others. As far as lindy is concerned, not only would I do it in public, I've actually incorporated a bit of it in my next performance. I choreographed that dance and so I could do just that. In fact, it will include east coast swing, lindy, foxtrot and ballet. (I had a little help with the ballet bit.) So you see, I've gotta dance and I just can't stay home. Although Prince seems to have gotten himself a bit addicted to coffee, I'm just that much more addicted to dancing. What can I say? (An no, its not an addiction that I wish to break.)

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Annie sent me a message. Here is what it said:

Dear Tom,

I'm very tired. I had to walk with Prince up and down the beach for hours before he came down from his coffee high. You have no idea what he can be like when he has gotten his paws on a pot of the stuff. He is now sleeping it off and I am forcing myself to stay awake so that I can watch over zzzzzzzzzzzzz ...oh! uh, where...oh yes...watch over him.

Tom, I have a question. There is a word that people keep repeating around here a lot. I think it may not be a nice word, so I haven't mentioned it before, but now I am seeing it on buildings and the like. Maybe you could help me with it. If its a bad word, I'm sorry, but I haven't seen it much anywhere else...well, no where else to the best of my knowledge. So it might be a clue to finding us. I mean, if its a word that is peculiar to this area or something, you might be able to figure it out. If you can't, well, then maybe Jack can. Anyway, have you ever heard the word biloxi before? Just saying.

Annie the exhausted, thanks to Mr. Prince.

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher


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dear tom

you MUST listen to your commander....YOU MUST...it is for your own good! if you can't go out to the dance floor, make the dance floor come to you.....push the furniture back and dance in the living room...you and joanie can even indulge in those dances you seldom do out in public, such as break dancing, the electric slide, the lindy, etc (you can see i had to stop and do research on this *grin*).....or learn canine dances....the tail wag, the puppy, etc...we canines have some pretty cool dance moves, too......annie will be thrilled when she (finally) arrives to see you "twitch your ears to the right and your tail to the left".......but back to the topic..you MUST obey the commander........mom said she heard several gonzalez cows bellowing last evening and sure enough a small group of aggressive chupes tried to attack the property.....mom said she could hear the screams of battle even though the windows were closed.....and these were no coyotes!!! after everything was over and the smoke cleared, mom was summoned to the infirmary to take care of the wounded...fortunately there were only 2.....Pvt. Jorge had a splinter in his left hind paw and a scratch under his eye, probably from a tree branch...nothing serious...pvt. Bud was more seriously hurt when a chupe fell out of a tree, and landed on little Bud...but before he could do any harm to our guy, he was shot with the toxin gun and poofed....Little Bud was then physically attacked by 2 chupes....they were not particularly trying to hurt Bud (altho they probably didn't care if they did), but they were trying to steal his toxin gun! we can only assume they wanted it so as to develop an antidote or probably protective body armour against it......anyway, other wawas came to Bud's rescue by shooting those 2 with toxin and he and his toxin gun were saved...thank heavens everybody has been training extra hard lately and were easily on top of things when this attack happened....and thank our lucky stars mom was back home...i had told her to go home, becuz annie, lulu and prince were no where near the area where she had been searching....i told her it was more important to be home waiting to hear from annie or trying to contact her while dottie the eagle and i are out searching....i have picked up 2 hunting dogs from a neighbour, let them sniff some of annie and lulu's things, and will drop them where we last know for sure the missing ones have been...these hunting dogs are known to be exceptional trackers.....pls. let us know if you hear anything further

i think i am going to nap for an hour and then we will start searching again.......and gatlinburg has called saying they need me

roscoez-z-z-z-z

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Dear Roscoe,

The commander of the Chihuahua troops wasted no time flying into action. The flurry of activity was audible from our home. Joanie and I were ordered to close the house tight and neither let anyone enter nor leave. We were informed that dancing was off limits outside of the inside of our house. Of course, he obviously didn't mean me since the commander knows that I live on the dance floor. That's why I went to class and to showcase rehearsal today. When I got back the commander informed me that it most certainly did mean me. He was rather rude in the way that he talked to me. Oh well, Chihuahuas!

The troops here, although diminished by 50% with the other half fighting in the Gatlinburg area, are crack warriors and I'm certain they will have any incoming chupacabra well in paw when they arrive. Of course, the plan is still in place in spite of size of force.

I did hear from Annie today. She simply said that Prince had gotten hold of some of that Star Dollar coffee...oh, she corrected herself...Starbucks. Anyway, he drank quite a bit and she spent the entire afternoon getting him under control. She said I should go ahead and watch the video, but I really think I need to wait to see what happens. If I do watch it, Annie won't have much to hold over Prince's caffeine fried brain.

OK, that's about it. Think I'll go poor myself another espresso and settle in for the evening.

Tom, who is quite worried about everyone who is not at home right now. Roscoe, that includes you, not because you are lost, but because you are wearing yourself out. You are definitely type A. (You can ask me about that sometime.)

Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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DEAR TOM

the eagle and i landed at the area where annie had indicated they had stopped, but we did not find them....we did find a flat place under a bush that smelled like lulu, so i think they were here at one time....we did not find the drivers or any place called star dollars, but that may have been becuz the eagle refused to do a walking search for our missing comrades and i feel we should stay together....we did find an old vw bus that looked similar to the one the guys we hired used, but it was locked so i could not get in to give it a good sniff test.....the eagle (Dottie...another new, young courier) and i did several flyovers in the general area, but did not see our missing friends.....i have tried to call annie's phone several times, but it just goes to voice mail which says "box full".......i am starting to get worried about them.....mom has not been home for 2 days, driving around every restaurant in a 100 mile radius, shouting their names, especially annie's and prince's (since lulu doesn't hear so well) and checking in at every ASPCA and animal rescue.....my dad is out of town all week, out towards ohio, so he is no help whatsoever...mom keeps expanding her search area, but is not hopeful....thanks to the information you sent, she is now also searching around large bodies of water, from lakes to swimming pools....she figures annie would recognize a beach if she saw one, having visited the one near you several times in the past.....she says she has not recieved any more messages from annie.....

i am exhausted....this afternoon dottie had to fly me back to gatlinburg and there are reports filtering in of small groups of chupes roaming separate areas, attacking wherever they choose....i have already talked to the commander at your house...a small contingent of chupes was spotted heading towards lehigh acres, altho still several miles away....please be careful and listen to whatever the wawas tell you.....and prepare you home to repel all attackers as the wawas will be protecting your property as best they can....it is tough when the majority are at the big gatlinburg battle which is still ongoing....i think i am going to call in some west coast wawas to come help build up our home militias

pls. let us know if you hear anything from the Missing Ones

Roscoe

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