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2/27/17 4:29 P

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Hi Roscoe,

Just wondering...has Lavender "Ladybird" Lucy arrived yet? She left early this morning, just before dad left. Ladybird was heading toward camp TQ and dad was heading for a place with the silly name of Celebration where he will see his doctor. He has to drive three hours just to get there and then three hours back. The doctor's appointment took about 2 hours. What a hassle just to see a doctor. Sounds almost involved as Annie's trip to the doctor, except that this time dad didn't have to have anything removed.

Let me know how the recruit does in the gathering of camouflage material. I hope you warned him and prepared him. Obviously this is a near suicide mission so he needs to be forewarned.

Dad has learned about another dance opportunity in Cape Coral and may go. It's a once per month deal and the dance is called contra. Dad used to do that in Tampa until he got tired of driving for two hours each way and dancing three hours once per week. But then, he was more of a gypsy with his dancing then than he is now. Now he only drives about one hour each way when he dances. Of course, for rehearsals, he drives an hour, dances an hour, and drives again for an hour. It seems to me that it is more road dancing than floor dancing.

Last night I heard Kathy wailing. I went to see what was wrong and she screamed that her best bovine friend was missing. I got a team of scouts together and we looked all over the pasture. Finally Fanny Cow was found in a muddy ravine where she was basically trapped. Well, Kathy got the help of three horses and we got a strong force of recruits and working together we managed to get poor Fanny out of her hole. Well, she was lucky we were there. Those horses would not have been able to rescue Fanny if it hadn't been for the canine supervision they received.

Prince, who is now ready for a milk shake after reading your message. Dad, oh dad... can we talk dad?


Tom

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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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2/27/17 12:44 P

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Dear Roscoe

Annie is spending the day at the spa getting her teeth done and those cysts surgically removed, as well as those clackety-clack toenails trimmed......it is so quiet around here....mom says she will pick her up around dinner time....since annie was not allowed to have breakfast this morning, mine was served out on the lanai...kinda nice, actually...you could hear Annie's tummy rumbling when she left as she muttered about possibly passing out from lack of sustenance...mom did say annie weighed in at 78 lbs and even the receptionist was surprised.....the receptionist asked "what's missing?"..mom told her "breakfast".......when they got into the exam room, annie shrieked that it was her non-visible anorexia and this weigh-in proves it....mom said she was very upset....I have suggested that when mom goes to get Annie, she pick up dinner at Dairy Queen for both me and Annie....mom muttered "maybe", but in a tone that doesn't give me much hope....oh well, maybe annie will "need" a milkshake tonight and i'll take one, too, thank you....

today is overcast, but I am not sure if we will get rain or not...still, it seems like a good day to continue our camouflage lessons here.....I have found some coyote disguise material and may wander over to the gonzalez' pastures to see if I can get some more.....maybe I should send a couple of recruits so they get in some practice of dodging El Toro Grande...that bull does not allow any puppies to fool around in his pastures! hehehehe

Roscoe who is dreaming of a lovely milkshake

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2/26/17 3:42 P

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Hi Butch Baby,

My name is Lavender "Ladybird" Lucy. I was on assignment under our commander and found a piece of paper on the ground. It turned out to be a message that had been printed out for Jack who is currently in his lab. It seems he is tied up with several experiments of the utmost importance. He will not be able to travel, but he has given me very specific detailed instructions regarding the plugged chupacoon hole, what to watch for, how to maintain, etc. I will be catching the first eagle flight out tomorrow morning. Watch for me.

Butchy, I gotta tell you, I'm really really really looking forward to meeting you. I'll bet you are big and strong and really brave. I can't wait to meet a man like you.

Lavender "Ladybird" Lucy, who plans to work VERY CLOSELY with you Butch.

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Dear Roscoe,

I don't think that NVA is contagious. I don't even think it's a real disease in spite of Annie's assurances that it is. But let's face it bro, we all lick our chops for a milkshake now and then.

Our military messaging service received a message for Jack. Dispatch printed it and sent it with a "gofur" recruit to be taken to Jack. When the "gofur" got to Jack's he couldn't find the message. However, it was recovered by another recruit, Lavender "Ladybird" Lucy. She took it to Jack's and arranged to carry Jack's instructions to you herself since Jack is indisposed. She was officially given proper orders by our commander after reporting to him regarding her audience with Jack. I feel quite sorry for the "gofur" recruit who was immediately summoned by the commander after he spoke with Lavender.

Now then, Lavender is to report to a Cpt. "Butch" McGruff, who ever that is. I don't believe that I've ever met him, though "Ladybird" Lucy seems to know him. She speaks of him as though he is an old friend, though she claims she has never met him. She seems rather anxious to do so however.

Now then Roscoe, she is a bit of a strange bird. I think you may want to give Cpt. McGruff a heads up on this one. Oh, it is my understanding that she sent him a message already, but I'm not certain how she may have presented herself in it. Just saying.

Well bro, I'm looking forward to working with you on the man's pad up there. We'll make it hard to find and clearly marked that it is our pad and only we can enter. I'm making excellent progress in training the new recruits and currently working on camouflage issues. They are swift learners and doing quite well, though some time needs to be spent helping on the art of camouflage. The science is quite clear to them, but the art can be elusive as you know.

Prince, who needs to chat with Bowser about milkshakes for desert this evening.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 2/26/2017 (15:45)
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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2/26/17 8:40 A

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dear Prince

oh brother! I know my mom talked on the phone to your parents yesterday and when she told me they had seen the chupracoon I almost fainted! on top of that she said your dad laughed and seemed quite casual about it all....I was ready to hop the next eagle to FL, but then I read your message this morning and when I realized you had been at the swamp with them, I knew everything is okay......mom had not told me that you were there, too

remember how I told you mom got all snorty and displeased because she saw you in my camouflage the other day? apparently while applying the stuff I got some fresh pine sap mixed in with it......after my bath ,mom had to cut out the sap with scissors and not my fine suit looks like I've been attacked by giant mutant moths! Annie has offered to give me a haircut so that my fur will look smooth, but in spite of her "natural abilities", I admit I am hesitant....*grin*

btw, I asked Annie if she has heard from her friend, Dr BabyCakes......she curled up a lip in the most unattractive way and snarled.....I think this means she is still holding onto her grudge....hehehehehe

Roscoe who is so relieved that you were at the swamp with your parents yesterday that he feels he should go have a milkshake to celebrate (do you think Annie's Non-Visible Anorexia is catching?)

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Dear Mister Jack

This is to inform you that our team of engineers has completed the recommendations you left with us for sealing off the tunnel that exploded have been completed and everything seems to be holding tight....Our Commander has decided that the area should continue to be manned with an armed guard to make sure everything remains strongly sealed...this guard post will be part of our permanent guard positions...All of our wawa soldiers are looking forward to the joint class that you will teach with Roscoe the next time you are here on what to look for and be aware of as possible sources of underground tunnels and other entrances by chupracoons...Our corps of engineers looks forward to discussing with you the best ways to thwart this enemy

Cpl "Butch" McGruff


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2/25/17 8:15 P

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Dear Roscoe,

So you have been getting into trouble lately and Annie is the innocent one. Ha ha! I think Annie is using her age as an excuse. Beware, it will likely get worse.

So you have the building but you need doors and windows. Hmmm... maybe we can work on that when I come up next time. By the way, you might want to skip the skylight. It seems to me that a skylight would be particularly vulnerable during a truly heavy snow storm, something you guys have to put up with. Just thought I'd pass that along.

Dad, mom and I went to the swamp today. Dad and I did not see a raccoon, but mom said that she did. It must have been when we guys got separated from the female side of the family. I don't like it one bit that that raccoon decided to show up for mom. She needs to stay with us for protection. Dad keeps telling me she'll be just fine, but I'm not so sure, especially if that raccoon is a chupacoon. I need to be there to help it go poof in the night.

Well, dad and I saw at least two new birds (new to us that is). So it was quite a trip. And yes, we got pics. Dad has been working on them and should start some posts in a day or two. This trip was dad's birthday celebration. Hey, with celebrations like that I think the ol' man should have a birthday every day. (snicker)

Prince, who is going to heard dad back into the family room for a little family rest time.


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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2/24/17 1:37 P

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hey, bro!

you calling my mom names?! an enabler?! don't be talking smack about my mom, or i will set Annie on you! hehehehehe....i think mom has just given up trying to make Annie do as we all know she should....you may find this difficult to believe, but your favorite Belgian Basset can be a bit stubborn now and again.....now that Annie is developing a variety of lumps/cysts on her body mom thinks she is heading downhill and while death does not appear imminent, i think that is what mom is thinking about....she'll get over it....I admit i am a bit concerned that Annie is not eating her breakfast once or twice a week...this is so un-Annie like.........however, she is making up for the lack with milkshakes.....today mom put Spinach in her milkshake without telling her and annie gulped it right down....at least she is getting some nourishment, but let's not mention the milkshakes to BC *grin*

speaking of BC, Annie has been awfully quiet on the subject.....does this mean that Annie truly is ill?? or does it mean that she is secretly plotting against the exalted canine doctor?? let's take shelter at a distance (but where we can still see) when those 2 meet up again....even if its not for another 10 years....nobody can hold a grudge like our Annie

boy, Prince...i have been in all sorts of trouble lately....yesterday, mom went into town and had to call my dad to ask him to look for her wallet since she did not have it with her.....he sent her a picture of it....on my pink rug! when mom got home she told me to never remove her wallet from her purse again, annie stood around looking innocent while i tried to deny knowing anything about it, but nobody believed me! this afternoon when mom got home my dad asked her to go see his new tool shed.....they didn't even look in the old one which was going to be my bachelor pad which was great.........until i noticed a major difference....mine has no doors!!! i was trying to talk my dad into moving back to his old space, with me planning to take over the one (with a door) that he is using now when mom noticed that i had a bit of camouflage around my neck and back......AND she commented on it to my dad, telling him he would have to wash me.....sheesh! what a blabbermouth! i wanted to explain how i was teaching a class to new trainees, but again, nobody was listening to me......and with this on top of the wallet incident, i do not think i am getting the cozier place with a door and windows.....the head of our corp. of engineers offered to have his guys put in a door and a skylight, plus a window or two on my current space, but only if i would let him and his guys party there every sat. night...i am not interested in that, so negotiations have begun

btw, say what you will about mom and the milkshakes, but she made a special one for me with whipped cream and sprinkles on top (she said Annie does not get whipped cream and sprinkles)....and it was DELICIOUS!

Roscoe who is going to avoid a bath today if at all possible

Edited by: TWINKIEQUEEN at: 2/24/2017 (13:41)
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2/24/17 11:04 A

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Dear Roscoe,

We have heard that your mom is planning major surgery on her knee. Baby Cakes was planning a trip around that time to look after your mom, but after showing her your message I think she may pass. It's a shame that these girls can't work out their differences and each do their own job without concern about the other doing her own job. Because BC is reluctant to come there TQ may be denied the best after care possible.

I'll have to admit though. You're mom is partly to blame for Annie's condition. I truly feel that your mom is an enabler. Oh, don't misunderstand me. She means well and is not consciously enabling Annie's neurosis...er, NVA condition. (heh heh) But non-the-less, enabling she is. Really! Two milk shakes when Annie should have none. Poor Annie.

Well, dad and mom are planning to attend the Greek Festival sometime this weekend. If I can figure out when they are going, I may just stow away and enjoy the festival with them. There are some really marvelous table scraps at these events. Have you ever had lamb...oh, so deliciously wonderful. And the baklava which is a honey pastry...mouth watering to be sure. I wish you were here bro. We could rob one of the trash cans they have for throwing table scraps. Oh what a glorious adventure that would be.

By the way, mom and dad sent your mom something. Apparently Baby Cakes had suggested it. They didn't tell me what it is though.

Prince, who is going to kick back and dream of roasted lamb shank.


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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2/22/17 6:28 P

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Dear Prince
DUCK AND RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!.....mom is not having a good day, so she asked Annie to check her messages here........*shaking head* sometimes mom just never learns....anyway, Annie read what BC told you and I never saw such a hissy fit like the one she threw...it was awesome in its rage! I think if Annie had been in FL she and BC would have gotten into a knock-down drag-out fight.....did you hear a high-pitched howl? that was Annie screaming in anger......of course, she says BC is a mere quack, jealous of Annie's natural abilities, and that NVA is definitely a true disease...........which she knows because she has it *snort*.......please, please, brother....if you ever hear of BC planning to come here, for any reason, let me know ahead of time, so I can hide....I am now thinking that perhaps I should abandon the old tool bldg. and build my bachelor pad out of brick and steel....hehehehehe.......

mom made Annie a vanilla milkshake for dinner....she had to make 2 before Annie calmed down enough to be even slightly coherent....fortunately, the hissy fit exhausted her so much she has gone to bed....I plan to make myself scarce around the house tomorrow...lol

roscoe who is gonna go see if there is any milkshake left

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2/22/17 9:52 A

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Dear Roscoe,

Annie sent BC a message which she immediately printed out. I really don't know what was in it, but she took the printed copy to the infirmary and the whole staff there and all the patients have been laughing hysterically since. She even sent me a message which, frankly, had a kind of nasty sound to it. Is she OK? I know she claims to be under the constraints of a terrible disease (NVA) but BC says that is all hoax and that there is nothing to it except a psychologically induced excessive appetite associated with poor self esteem. She tries to eat herself into feeling better about herself and that results in a fatter and fatter body which makes her feel ashamed of herself. That feeling, however, manifests through verbal rationalizations which is the origin of her so called NVA. Ah, that Baby Cakes is one smart cookie.

By the way, after Annie left BC came and reset the treatment regimen for dad and mom. Wow, they are both feeling so much better now that BC is back on top of it. Mom is going to go to work tomorrow and dad has messaged Michaela to let her know that he is now ready to resume rehearsals. She hasn't replied yet though.

Hmmm, build yourself a bachelor pad. Sounds like a cool idea bro. I'm in the middle of training recruits now but as soon as this set of training sessions concludes I may consider coming up there and working with you on pad construction. I like the idea of an Annie free zone. It could be our little escape...our own little home away from home...one without the Annie influence. Oh, I'm liking this more and more. It shouldn't be too long before I finish this set of training sessions since the group I'm working with are eager learners and gung-ho types.

BC and Bowser send their regards and their wishes that you are able to survive the wrath of Annie. heh heh. Oh, that reminds me, if I come I'll bring some goodies. Locate where the pad will be constructed and we can hide our stash there.

Prince, who is dreaming of a Virginia vacation with an Annie-free zone.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 2/22/2017 (09:58)
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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2/22/17 8:23 A

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dear BabyCakes (not Doctor, just Bossy)

whatever Prince told you is just hearsay since you were too lazy or afraid to come into the house to check on your patients while I was there...also, unlike some duck-beak mouth-sized canines, I have a tiny mouth and nose, so Prince may not have noticed my facial masks...since I made sure the ENTIRE house was disinfected and sterilized while I was in the house, there was no reason to wear a mask in certain areas where Joanie and Tom do not go....Roscoe, too, has had a cough since he has returned from FL and he never came inside the house....he was the one who gave it to my dad who insists on petting him when he leaves or returns to our house, while I, understanding the spread of germs, kept to my comfy bed in order to avoid infecting him....Roscoe was informed about spreading disease, but he pooh-poohed me and is now feeling a bit regretful over what he has done...I did wash my paws occasionally, but since I wore sterile gloves (pretty purple ones with rhinestone buttons) there was really no need to get my delicate paws under a nasty faucet)....my dad has been on the road, but is coming home today and mom is a bit concerned about catching the cold....I have already started her on a regimine of cherry grass to make her immune system stronger.....

Also, I heard you told my mom not to give me milkshakes.....you really are an evil witch....witchdoctor, I mean.....a REAL doctor knows that keeping the patient comfortable is important ecause it speeds up the healing....milkshakes soothe the pain of a sore/scratchy throat which makes me feel better as well as adds some calories which helps in fighting my constant battle with Non-Visible Anorexia....a REAL doctor would know this....ah well...I suppose you try your best.....(and yes, the NVA is a real diagnosed disease...I diagnosed it myself!)

dear, do not fear to call me if you need advise about how to deal with Joanie and Tom...I got them back on the road to better health for you and kinda thought you could take it from there, but for some reason they are still lingering......try a little harder, dearie

Nurse Annie who has been feeling much better due to her milkshakes and was up and walking outside ybacesterday......a mile to the mailbox and back!

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Dear BabyCakes and Bowser

Thank you for your advice....since Annie is the medical professional at our house, I usually let her tell me what she requires since she will know more than I do....this NVA is something she has been struggling with for a long time which I am sure is quite difficult.....I do try to limit her kibble, but I think sometimes she gets ahold of other foods when her disease is acting up.....and for all your advice, that was sure a heck of a large picnic basket you sent home with her packed with food.....she said there had been another one, but with the bouncing of Neighbour Bob's airplane on the ride back here, she could only eat one of the basket's contents and even that was difficult....she had to share some cheese with roscoe

TQ who thanks all Annie's friends for their kindness and understand of her NVA issues

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Dear Brother/Nephew

are you aware that BabyCakes is talking trash about you, claiming that you are saying lying, mean things about me?!! I know you would never do such a thing, because IF you did I would have to yank a knot in your tail the next time we meet.....why don't you go do it to her? *SNORT*....everyone knows she has always been so jealous of me, both of my natural medical abilities and well as other talents.....

aunt annie, the sweetest aunt/sister a guy could have
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dear Prince

when are you coming to play.......er, I mean, visit?? I really liked your man pad and am thinking of building one for myself....an Annie-free zone.....hehehehe.....in fact, my dad is moving his tools from one building to the former greenhouse building, so if he does not need the tool building anymore I could take over that one....it would need a bit of interior re-design, but we could easily do that....my dad wanted to re-arrange the living room, and I think a couple of nice comfy lazy-dog chairs would be nice in my new pad......

Roscoe who is glad to hear the new program with the wawa recruitss is working out

Edited by: TWINKIEQUEEN at: 2/22/2017 (08:39)
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2/21/17 8:36 A

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Dear Nurse Annie,

I doubt if your dad caught it from Roscoe. As I understand it, you are the only one sick up there, well...until now that your poor dad has it. And it is your fault you know. Did you wear a mask per my instructions? Did you frequently wash your paws, especially before and after working with Joanie? I think not. Prince never once observed you with a mask nor washing your paws. It's just quite fortunate that Prince didn't come down with it considering how often you were in the kitchen harassing Bowser. Annie, you have only yourself to blame. Shame on you blaming poor Roscoe while he is still recovering from his serious trauma.

Dr. Baby Cakes

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Dear TQ,

My understanding is that Annie is sick and has caught something while attending to patients in Florida. Here is my carefully formulated treatment plan which you should follow to the letter:

First, cherry grass tonic three times a day.
Second, force water but withhold all ice cream products, especially milk shakes.
Third, keep her as far from human and canine contact as possible. Do provide reading material. I recommend "Sterile technique and precautions for nurses." She should not watch TV or work on the computer since the light from those devices are harmful to her under her current conditions.
Fourth, plenty of bed rest. Now this probably will be easy to administer for her.
Fifth, short walks daily. Walks should be around 15 minutes and may be done outside if the temperature is above 50 degrees. Note: Three walks per day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. If conditions outside are favorable, great. If she has to walk inside, keep her path away from the kitchen. Under no circumstances should she enter the kitchen.
Sixth, ignore any complaints about anorexia, a condition that she has not been officially diagnosed with (and in fact that diagnosis is contra-indicated). She MUST lose weight, lot's of it. I have instructed Bowser to send you his weight loss recipe. Follow it to the letter as well as these instructions.

Dr. Baby Cakes

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Dear TQ,

Dr. Cakes requested that I send you Annie's diet guidlines. Here it is:

1/2 cup kibbles twice a day.

That's it.

Bowser, master chef

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Dear Roscoe,

I have started the training plan that we devised while you were here. The recruits are taking to it quite well. In house discipline is excellent. The commander is quite impressed. The recruits are gaining strength and showing positive gains in their will to fight and dispatch chupacabra as well as any other enemy of the canine / human bonded community. How goes the training there?

Prince, who plans to begin training this afternoon in the use of anti-chupacabra toxin firing devices followed by discussion of when toxin should be fired and under what circumstances toxin fired critter testing is essential.


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 Prince

I am writing for Annie who is too ill to get out of her comfy bed.....she said to tell you she is drinking whatever milkshake flavor I prepare, although she has offered an idea or two...the current one is chocolate ice cream, banana, cherry grass tonic, vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups and milk......according to Annie, ice cream can have medical benefits if used properly so we are going through all the ice cream she had made and stored in the freezer.....Roscoe seems quite pleased to take his medicine in milkshake flavors............Nurse Annie said for you to instruct Bowser to make your mom and dad at least 2 milkshakes per day, and you must make sure they drink them, especially your mom who has shown a definite aversion to taking her meds.

Annie may have forgotten to mention that Mr. Twinkie has come down with a cold, too....however, he insisted on going out on the road this morning so he is missing the medicinal milkshakes and had to stop at a gas station to buy Dayquil which is NOT the same at all

TQ who is going to lie down for a nap herself, finding all this nursing stuff quite exhausting
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Dear Dr. BabyCakes

Glad to hear Joanie is doing better....sometimes you have to scare your patients into doing what they should (as in my threat to have you sit on her chest if she continued to block taking her cherry grass)...Keep and eye on her....I have instructed Prince to make sure she swallows all of her medications, so you can call on him if she gives you any of her nonsense....just holler if you need me to return......and be careful around both of the humans...my dad has that cold now....he must have picked it up from some germ that Roscoe carried in

Nurse Annie who is always on the job, in spite of being ill herself

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Dear TQ,

I'm sorry to hear that Annie and Roscoe are sick. They appeared perfectly healthy when they left, though we did have some difficulty pushing Annie through the door of the vehicle. She was all smiles and happiness when she left even after the push in. And Roscoe, well, he was his same old stable self. It was so good to see my buddy in such good health and with a glint of happiness in his eyes all the time that he was here.

By the way, what kind of shakes did you say you were making, and just how many are they drinking? Hmmm. Just wondering.

Prince

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Dear Nurse Annie,

Actually Joanie is doing ever so slightly better this morning. She knew that you caught her spitting her meds, but she claims to have done that only that one time and it wasn't spitting meds, it was reacting to a moment of nausea. Well, who's to say? But still, she is showing some improvement and can see the light at the end of the tunnel this morning and Tom is nearly out of the woods. (I hope that you can understand my medical terminology, but then you have been trained dear nurse.)

Dr. Baby Cakes, CMD, CDO, Canine Internist and Externist.


Tom

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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 Prince and Tom

Annie and Roscoe arrived home yesterday afternoon...Annie has a HUMONGOUS cold and Roscoe seems to have a deep cough..... emoticon emoticon Annie, who says she is as good a patient as she is a nurse, plans to spend most of her day in bed, occasionally taking her self-prescribed dose of cherry grass...she asks that you please relay this information to Joanie since Joanie is NOT a good patient about taking her prescribed cherry grass....poor Annie threw up in the night which I did not locate until I stepped in it this morning....(yikes!) we are all hoping nobody else gets sick becuz what would we do if we had an epidemic of this and our nurse is out sick?! I have insisted that both canines stay IN the house so they don't spread it....Annie is a much better patient (naturally, she says), but Roscoe sneaks out at every opportunity ("important work to do, mom" he says)

TQ who is exhausted making milkshakes for the patients
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dear Dr, BabyCakes,

the Howes are yours! I got Tom almost back to normal (as normal as he can be), but Joanie is not doing as well...why? becuz she refuses to take her cherry grass....she will pretend to take it, but the last dose I gave her, I pretended to go take a nap, (keeping one eye slightly open) and saw her spit it out into her cup.....!!!!!!! I threatened that you may have to sit on her chest to make sure she swallows, and she begged that you refrain.....you MUST be firm with her, BC....she can be all smiles, but she is sneaky!

also, be sure to wear a mask (a health mask not a Halloween one) at ALL times....I did most of the time, but once forgot and now I have a horrific cold, too....Roscoe is also coughing....I am making sure we both take our cherry grass, but it is difficult to keep Ros from running around......mom wants him to stay in the house until he is well, but he refuses....if we get worse, I suppose I could get Bob the Neighbour, to fly us back to FL so Ros and I can be patients in your clinic.....wouldn't that be FUN?!!

*cough* *cough* *sniffle* Annie who is wondering if Bob the Neighbour has come down with the Evil Cold

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Dear Mom,

Aww mom, ye of little faith, don't you know that I am far too much of a gentleman to tell Annie that she is fat. I know how devastating that would be for her. I have nothing but respect for my sweet sister.

So anyway, Prince and I have had a ball sitting in the pad talking about whatever comes to mind, mostly Annie's weight. heh heh. But of course we also discuss military matters, training plans, and the like. Prince has told me a lot of jokes. Oh man, I wonder where he keeps coming up with them. He should be a comedian. I can't share most of them though. But never mind that, let me just say that it has been a delight being here with Prince...oh, and with Tom and Joanie during Bowser feasts.

Roscoe, who is wondering if he has said too much.

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Dear Mom,

I'm pretty mad at Roscoe right now. I bet he rated me out, er...I mean told you lies about me being demanding. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have not only not been demanding, but have practiced nothing but gentle persuasion while assisting my good buddy Bowser in the kitchen. Yes, he sometimes asks me to leave out of his awareness of my fatigue and need for rest, but beneath all of that you can see the absolute gratitude he feels towards me for my help and gentle suggestions. He recognizes my natural abilities as a meal planner and loves me for it.

The boys spend most of their time at the pad. Goodness knows what they do down there. They say it has to do with top secret military matters, but I don't think so. I keep hearing howls of delight and absolute belly laughs coming from the pad. They are a strange pair, but then, they ARE boys.

You mentioned singing with a group. Well, it was more of a duet. Last night I woke up about 2 AM and heard Kathy at the other side of the canal, so I got up and went to see her. Oh mom, she was so happy to see me. The two of us sang duets with each other, Kathy on one side of the canal and I on the other. Oh, and what music we made all night. Sometimes we did duets; sometimes we would do solo parts, singing to each other. And then we got into taking parts in an opera that she and I wrote as we sang. So much fun, and I'm sure the neighborhood loved us. We kept hearing them cheering us. Some of them even suggested that we go to Hollywood while others said we should go (on stage) at New York. One even suggested that we go "to the moon." I know he was kidding since we would not have much of an audience there, but I think he meant to take a giant sound system and sing to the entire earth. Ah, such admiration.

Tom is doing much better but Joanie is not doing so well. I need to watch her. I'm pretty sure that she is tossing her cherry grass after I leave. If she keeps that up, I may need to feed it to her intravenously. I plan on a secret watching next time I give meds. I'll give Tom his meds first because I can count on him taking them. Then I'll give Joanie hers and lie down an pretend to be posing or resting. Meanwhile, I will have one eye open and focused on her every second. I just know I'm going to catch her dumping the cherry grass elixir.

Annie, who needs to check on her charges. The watch has begun...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Dear TQ,

Roscoe and I have been tied up with military matters day and night and so I haven't had that much time with Annie. As for coming up there, we'll see, but frankly by the time we stuff Annie into the car we'll be lucky if Roscoe has room let alone the two of us. Annie has gained a lot of weight, though she insists that she hasn't, that it is only this water tumors she has developed. She says that the tumors are the direct result of her anorexia and that she needs food to overcome that dreadful disease. She insists that eating is the best way to rid herself of her water tumors and so she should be given extra helpings at all three meals as well s snacks. Somehow the whole thing seems counter-productive to me, so I asked Dr. Cakes about it. She just laughed.

Prince, who is still deciding if he will join the party in the car later today.


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 Roscoe

For heavens sake...you did not tell annie she has a big belly, did you? you know how sensitive she is about her anorexia problems....apparently she did not tell you that she went to the vet before she came there....there were 2 cysts on her head which the vet had to drain with a syringe....the gunk in the larger cyst filled up the syringe........I know, because the vet showed it to me for some disgusting reason.....The vet also said that Annie has 2 tumors on her side/stomach...one she called a "fatty" tumor (I was surprised she did not get bitten for that remark) and the other had to do with some gland.....anyway, this is probably why you think her belly looks big.......Annie has told me she has done a lot of research on non-visible anorexia which is what she has....she can probably explain it to you

I will speak to her about being demanding

Mom who is going out for lunch today
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Dear Annie

I have heard that you are....um....perhaps being a bit demanding....remember, you are a GUEST and should therefore be polite at all times.....perhaps if you get snackish and there is nothing around, your brothers can escort you to the mess tent ...and I bet Bowser would happily go with you to make sure you got there safely when you are on break.....but KEEP YOUR PAWS OUT OF THEIR KITCHEN!.....

How are Tom and Joanie doing? I know you are probably extremely busy, ...don't forget to take care of yourself, too......Bob the Neighbour does not want to have to carry an exhausted you out to his car tomorrow......just make sure you make them comfortable and happy....have you sung for them yet? I remember how happy you said that made them when you used to sing down by the canal near their home at nights....maybe you could get a couple of the better singers in the camp together and put on a concert together.....or one of your fabulous talent shows.....everybody will like that!

don't let Dr. BabyCakes get under your fur.....she means well and you have mentioned how jealous she is of your medical abilities......she just can't help herself....

Mom who is looking forward to seeing her kids on Sunday

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Dear Prince,

yes, Annie does often have high expectations, but I have asked her to stay out of the kitchen...perhaps you can give her a break by taking her to the Mess Tent for a snack and social time....keep the Brig Commander away from her!!

Are you coming here tomorrow when Ros and Annie fly back with our neighbor? very little has been told to me, but I understand there is an issue with antler-stealing from the bucks and there is a possibility that the chupes may be planning to use them as part of their disguises.....Roscoe's dad built a new "feed station" for my trash cans of deer corn and bird seed and it has been broken into several times....in the mornings I have discovered the trash can lid on the ground even though it would seem to be impossible....since it is always the can that holds the sunflower seed, I suspect that raccoon............and you know how we all feel about them!

Enjoy your time with Annie.....she is there to help your parents get over the worst of their illnesses and get back onto the road to recovery.....when she leaves you (unless you are here) and BC will have to shoulder all of her work.......

TQ who hopes to see all of you tomorrow

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Dear Mom,

You do not need to worry about Annie having plenty to eat. She is making a pig of herself. This morning after stuffing herself with pancakes (topped with blue berry compote and a mound of whipped cream) she topped it all off with ice cream. She said she believes in dessert at every meal. Then she rummaged through Tom's refrigerator and found a huge roast. She gave it to Bowser with very stern instructions...thaw and slow cook. She did bring him the crock pot to cook it in.

After all of that, she got the cherry grass for Joanie and Tom, demanded that each take a dose, and returned to the kitchen to look for another meal for the day. Mom, they had a well stocked refrigerator / freezer when we got here. Annie has it about half empty already. I just hope we don't run out of food. I also hope she can still get into the car on Saturday. For an anorexic pooch, she is sporting one huge stomach pouch.

Roscoe, who is going to join Prince at the pad for top secret discussions.

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Dear Mom,

I've been working very hard trying to get Tom and Joanie healthy. Tom is recovering more quickly, but both need rest and medications, particularly cherry grass which they seem especially reluctant to take. It's been a struggle.

I mentioned to Dr. Cakes how much harder nurses work and suggested that is why she is worn to a frazzle. She just smiled and calmly said to me, "I know you nurses work hard dear, but with doctors, it's not how hard they work but rather how much they know that matters." Oh mom, she said it so quietly and yet it just made me growl. I don't understand how she manages to get to me without even raising her voice. It's NOT FAIR!

Working hard, you bet I've been working hard. I run day and night for Tom and Joanie and hardly get fed at all. A few kibbles and water. It's like being in jail, yet do I complain? Not one bit. I am naturally good natured and a superb guest, so of course I don't complain. But if they don't start feeding me better, I think I may need to take over the kitchen and chase Bowser home to BC. Ah me, just one more duty to perform. Is there no rest for the weary?

Annie, who is exhausted after describing her day and must take a short zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Dear TQ,

It was very nice of Annie to come to take care of dad and mom, but really, all she does is give cherry grass in the dosage that Dr. Cakes prescribed. The rest of the time she is rummaging around in the kitchen looking for her next snack or next meal. She claims to be extra tired, but I think she is expending her energy eating and telling Bowser what her next meal will be (and that's not an exaggeration...she doesn't suggest or ask, but demands). It's nice having her here though...I think.

Prince, who is needing to go to the pad for a military discussion of utmost secrecy.


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 Annie

I am glad to hear you and Roscoe arrived safely.....don't worry about Joanie running around...just order her to bed....aometimes when humans are sick they become a little demented, especially if they are running a fever...in her illness, Joanie has probably where she has put the dress vault key and is too embarrassed to admit it.....when you are sitting with her why don't you describe some of the fabulous dresses you have created, at least until she falls asleep.....

even though you are on official duty there, you still are a guest and must remember to be polite....this includes eating each of your entire meals instead of looking at them and wandering off, leaving the bowl untouched.....in fact, any extra treats you are offered you should eat in an effort to combat your anorexia problem....Perhaps you can persuade Bowser to add some extra pancakes to your morning bowl

its good to hear Dr. BabyCakes was so thrilled over your arrival.....you have always told me how much harder nurses work thatn doctors, so this, too, is another reason to scarf up whatever food comes your way.....remember, m'dear, you are in her territory,, so try to be nice, or at least, polite when dealing with her.....you don't want her husband to spit in your pancakes if you upset her/them

Mom who misses her 2 puppies
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dear Prince,

thank you for sharing your bed with Annie....I am sure she was exhausted after her trip.....she has explained to me in GREAT detail her problems with non-visible anorexia, so even if she does not look particularly thin, she apparently needs a LOT of calories to keep healthy.....please make sure Bowser gives her extra gravy on her kibble and extra syrup on her pancakes.....if you ask Annie she will explain it better to you than I can..;.i do hope your parents will be feeling well soon....you may have to hire a taxi to take you to the dog park until they are better

TQ who is going to enjoy the quiet by taking a lovely nap

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dear Roscoe

I know you are exaggerating about Annie eating almost all the ice cream...silly boy...Boy George and his brother Lloyd were both here....antlerless! they claim some creature (a disguised chupe??) stole them several night ago...the guards here are keeping an eye out for odd, antlered animals....be aware of any such things there, especially if you go to that weird swamp

don 't forget that Bob the Neighbour will pick you guys up on Sunday....take care of Annie

Mom who is thinking of having hotdogs for dinner

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Dear TQ,

Annie and Roscoe arrived on time as you expected. I happened to see them moving toward the house looking ever so much like two thieves in the night. Well, it was more Annie who was hunched over and looking in all directions at once. Roscoe just pranced along in his usual normal way.

They didn't come directly to the house however. They made a quick stop at the pad. When I ran out to greet them and see what they were doing at the pad, I discovered the ice cream that Annie had packed. Well, what was left of it anyway. Apparently in was starting to get too warm so they had to lick the runoff from it. The funny thing is that I didn't see any signs of melting. Oh well, what was left was really good.

After an ice cream party we returned to the house. Mom and dad couldn't believe their eyes, and mom suddenly jumped up (just like you said she would) and danced around the house. Dad sat and talked with Annie and Ros and me for a while. When mom came back in dad looked at her. "Did you get it locked up honey," he asked.

Mom seemed out of breath and red faced. "Whew! Yes I did. They are now safe again." I'm not certain what she was talking about and I didn't want to press the issue. Annie looked a little upset and asked mom if she could look at her dresses if she promised not to touch them. Mom just simply said, "Oh Annie, they are all locked up and in my condition I just can't unlock them now." Annie seemed a bit upset and said she understood but I could see in her eyes that wheels were turning and things weren't going to be the same around here...not for a long while. I looked at Roscoe, and I could tell he had seen the same thing. It was like we were saying to each other, "Oh brother!"

Well, Roscoe and I decided to head for the pad to discuss military matters and leave nurse Annie with her patients. Oh, and believe it or not, Dr. Cakes was happy to see her. Dr. Baby Cakes is really getting tired, having been the only one in attendance. Now she can share the load with Annie.

Prince, who is feeling pleasant after eating some of Annie's ice cream.

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Dear Mom,

When I got here I had a clear and easy walk to the house. I did stop off at the pad and left the ice cream there. Would you believe that Prince and Roscoe slipped down there and ate the whole thing. I mean, I couldn't believe they ate the whole thing. But they did. Oh, and you offered to send more supplies. Yes, we could use more ice cream. I think we have plenty of everything else though.

Poor Dr. Baby Cakes really looked worn out. She said something about being a doctor and that nursing duties really weren't her thing. She put me in charge and ran home to take a nap. I guess Tom and Joanie have really been running her ragged, poor girl. Well, never mind. Nurse Annie is on the job and it will be done right. You know what I always say, if it's worth doing it's worth doing right." Poor Dr. Cakes. (snort)

Prince was really nice to me. He shared his bed with me. The thing is, he kept falling off of it for some reason so he just decided to let me have the bed and moved to the foot of the bed. Wasn't that nice?

Annie, who is being called to duty. ....yes Tom, I'm coming.

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Dear Mom,

Just a short note to let you know Annie and I arrived OK. The flight was uneventful. Annie and I did enjoy part of the ice cream. Well, she had most of it and I had a scoop or two. We had maybe two small bowls left when we got here which Prince and I shared. My guess is that Annie will put on about 20 pounds from the flight alone. (snicker)

Baby Cakes was really happy to see us. She has been on duty twenty-four seven and was quite exhausted. She even put Annie in charge during the first day so that she could catch up on some sleep but returned to night duty, dedicated doctor that she is.

Poor Prince. Annie kind of snarled at him and pointed out that she was the guest and that he should give up his bed to her. Well, Prince is a prince of a guy and didn't want to argue the point, so he slept at the foot of the human's bed. I slept next to Prince. The night passed quickly and morning came. Bowser came too, ready for kitchen duty, and oh what a feast he prepared in honor of his guests. He is such a fantastic chef mom. Wouldn't it be wonderful if he worked for us, but of course he is quite set in his duties here at Tom and Joanie's place, so I suppose that will be out of the question.

Roscoe, who is on his way to the pad to discuss important military training matters with 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 Prince

By the time you get this Nurse Annie will have already arrived at Headquarters, bringing extra cherry grass tonic, several gallons of her famous homemade ice cream (in a variety of flavors), and lots of good cheer.....she said to advise you that this would be a good time to sneak....er, take ....a few gallons of ice cream to your own bachelor pad.........as soon as she heard from your mom that BOTH of your parents were ill, she DEMANDED to go to FL in her official medical capacity......our kind neighbor was flying down in his personal plane to Naples, so he promised to deliver her....she advised him to make sure he was armed because of the Brig Commander, but I don't know if he actually carried a firearm or not....he loves dogs...dogs of all sorts, mean or sweet....I am sure he and the BC will get along famously......Roscoe asked to go with her so he could "consult" with you on military matters.....he promised to make sure Annie gets into the house safely....I am sure her mere presence will get your parents on their feet again....won't Dr. BabyCakes be surprised?!! she will probably be thrilled for the help....let's hope that neither you or any of the other wawas catch this plague...both of my kids will be there until Sunday, when our neighbor is planning to fly back here....Pls. make sure you and Ros get Annie safely back to our friend's car when he comes to pick them up....you are, of course, welcome to fly back to VA with them

TQ who is enjoying a bit of peace and quiet
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Dear Annie

how was the flight? if you find you need more of your supplies that are here, just let me know and I will leave them on the roof for an eagle to pick up and deliver to you....don't forget to thank Bob for letting you and Ros fly down to Fl in his plane...I amm sure he was glad for your company. Give my regards to that sweet BabyCakes.....See you sunday afternoon

Mom

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Dear Annie,

You won't believe this! Now dad is sick too. He went to the doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis and flu. Yes, he had the flu shot, but this time it didn't work. Apparently it was a different strain that he was protected from. Anyway, they are both miserable and Dr. Baby Cakes and I have our paws full taking care of them. I just hope I don't get this stuff.

Well, it sounds like you had a pretty good trip to the human doctor of canines. It also sounds like maybe, just maybe, she buttered you up a bit, but then who am I to say? I wasn't there.

OK, I hear dad coughing and moaning. I'd better get in there and see if I can help him.

Prince, who is getting pretty tired of having his humans sick and unable to spend large quantities of time making me feel good.


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 Prince

I admire your ability to think ahead and have your own copy of the car key made just for yourself....that takes smarts and ingenuity...I have taught you well...*grin*....have you ever driven the car by yourself? its a little difficult to accustom yourself to the various pedals, etc., but its fun....humans tend to take a dim view of canines driving, probably because they are envious of our many natural abilities.....

this morning mom took me to the vet's....while on the way there, she had to brake suddenly (again, humans are not as good at things as most canines)...I fell on the floor between the seats and decided to remain there for my own safety until we arrived at our destination....we have one of those dog backseat covers, but for some reason, mom just used a sheet today....the vet took me in the back room and used a HUGE syringe to suck the liquid out of the two lumps on my head....she said they were just cysts, nothing to worry about.....she showed mom the syringe filled with the liquid taken out of the big cyst and I guess realized from mom's expression that she did not want to see this, so she dropped it back into her coat pocket......the vet told mom the cysts will return, but she can remove them surgically when I return to get my teeth cleaned......not so sure how fond of this idea I am, but I do like to maintain my naturally lovely smile.....the vet petted me lots and told me repeatedly how beautiful I am.....I could like this lady......on the way home, we stopped at DQ and mom bought me and roscoe (who did not even go with us) each a sausage biscuit....she would not let me eat mine until we got home which means we have to share some of the biscuit with HEN-rietta.....because it is Valentine's Day the biscuits were in the shape of hearts......

do you need me to come out to take care of your mom? it sounds like neither Dr. BabyCakes or the human quack are doing right by her.....you know I could have her back on her feet in no time......let me know.....and send that eagle that brought Roscoe home (the one that got the really good payment) to pick me up

Nurse Annie who is exhausted by her morning and in need of a nap

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Dear Annie,

I knew all would be well, but it is so good to hear that Roscoe arrived safely and that the eagle was pleased with the payment.

Thanks for sending the jokes...I think. I told them to dad and then to mom. No one laughed. All I got were a lot of "ok brothers" and "good griefs" and the like. I guess neither one of them has much of a sense of humor, especially right now. Mom saw the human doctor and got medicine which of course didn't help. Dr. Cakes continues to prescribe cherry grass which she says is the only thing that will work for her. I don't think it's done much yet Annie.

What's worse, now my dad is coming down with the same stuff. Well, at least it sounds like it. And tomorrow he has to go to the doctor in Orlando, the guy that did his last operation, for something they call a follow up appointment. Seems to me once they fix you you shouldn't have to go to the doctor again.

I know it would really bother me if I had to go to my doctor after she fixed me. Hmmm, come to think about it, I do have to go every six months and get tested for heartworm. What I mean is I have to GO every six months and dad takes that camouflage stuff into the doctor for testing. Frankly, I think she has a separate lab where she tests various camouflage substances on herself. I think she figures that if she gets just the right concoction, she can make a mint off of it. Seems a little unfair to me since Roscoe is the one who invented the art of camouflage.

When dad and mom and I go to the swamp we end up walking over 2 and a half miles each time. I'm not allowed, but I've got that worked out. A long time ago mom got some Kennel Club back seat covers online for a bargain. It hooks to the backrests in the back seat and loops forward, hooking on the back rests of the front seat. You can lie on the back seat and not fall on the floor during sudden stops. Cool, huh? But the thing is, I can slip down on the floor. Now then, talk about your camouflage...nobody but nobody can see me down there and I can stow away. When my folks get to the swamp, I slip out and wait behind a tree (there are a lot of those). Sometimes I even go on the other side of the tree and...well, that's personal...anyway, I hide. Then I follow them, hiding as I go. It's really cool because I have to hide not only from them but from everyone. That's a huge challenge. I know if I get caught by someone else I may end up in the doggie jail, but it's the risk that makes it so delightful. Anyway, after we return to the entry building, while mom and dad are using the inside tree, I slip back into my special spot under the seat cover and on the floor. It's a good thing I had a car key made a long time ago. heh heh

By the way, the Chihuahuas are absolutely correct. Anti-chupe toxin only works if those guys are chupes in disguise. They know this because Roscoe and I taught it to them, but it is good to know they are using right military thinking. Take care around coyotes, they are dangerous critters. And don't think you can defend everyone Annie. You may be good, but remember, coyotes run in packs and it would be just you, Roscoe, and the Chihuahuas to defend against the whole pack.

OK, gotta go.
Prince
(PS...I mean I really have to go!)
Dad...hey dad, I need to go outside dad...now dad...


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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DEARPRINCE

if you sit near your mom's feet as opposed to her face, you are less likely to get her germs when she coughs and snorts.....I've found a couple of Valentine's Day riddles for you...tell them to your mom and dad and make them laugh
1) : Did you hear about the nearsighted porcupine?
: He fell in love with a pin cushion!
2)Q: What did one pickle say to the other?
A: You mean a great dill to me.
3)Knock Knock
Who's there?
Frank
Frank who?
Frank you for being my friend!
4)Q: If your aunt ran off to get married, what would you call her?
A: Antelope.

Rest assured, Roscoe made it home safely and the eagle was Very Pleased with his payment......(perhaps they will take that into account next time I need a gondola ride)

Today was kinda warmish, so mom, Ros, and I went for a walk this afternoon....the mail had not arrived when we got to the mailbox, so mom insisted on a little additional walking up the mountain....as.we all know, mom has absolutely no sense of direction, so it was no surprise that she got lost....we wound up on a street that Ros and I had never been on before....mom knew where she was and was able to get us home...mom insisted on walking in the middle of the road in case a car came...hopefully it would see her and not run us over....we had 3 wawa guards walking with us and mom pointed out they would be flattened like bubble-wrap packing paper if a car ran them over......we now call them the Bubble Wrap Gang *hahaha* when we got back to our mailbox, the mailman had been there....we were all dragging, so it was good to stop briefly while mom got the mail and stuffed it in her backpack....while we were standing there, a military jet flew overhead, engines roaring......if that wasn't scary enough, as it passed, its noise set the nearby coyotes howling.....we didn't even know they were there!!! when we were up on the mountain we were Very Close to where they were hanging out.....this made mom a little nervous even though we were further away when we realized it....knowing they were nearby did revive me and put a little zip in my step because as mom pointed out, I would make a tasty morsel for a hungry coyote.....so true.....the wawas pointed out that the anti-chupe toxin would do nothing if the coyotes were real coyotes....this made mom uneasy, so we all hustled back to the house....all in all we wound up walking about 2 miles.....

tomorrow morning I have my vet appointment...I heard mom tell the receptionist that I have "lumps"...surely there was a better way to describe my little tumors.....one has possibly shrunk a little, but mom says one has increased about 5x....I still look absolutely stunning although that 2 mile walk was not good for my anorexia......sigh....

Annie who sends lots of wags and licks to her BFF, Sick Joanie

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Dear Annie,

By now Roscoe is there I assume. I do hope that the Eagles were properly cared for and Roscoe appropriately welcomed home. It's been my experience that when you leave these things to others, well...oh, never mind. It's too late now anyway.

Yes, mom is sick. Very sick I think. She coughs and coughs and blows and aches and... well, the list goes on and on. Dr. Baby Cakes is on duty. Dr. Cakes wears a mask whenever she comes in the house. I can't say I blame her. I'd wear one, but I figure it's too late. If I'm going to get something, I've already got it anyway. Dr. BC is force feeding cherry grass solution since mom is a bit reluctant to accept it. Dad keeps telling her she needs to also see a human doctor and perhaps the two doctors could consult with one another. Mom did put a call into the doctor's office but so far no one has called back. I think dad's getting kind of frustrated with that office but hasn't said anything. He shows it though. Personally, I think it's a really good thing that we have Dr. Baby Cakes right here on the job. She even makes house calls.

(back in a minute)

I just talked with dad about taking me to dog park. I told him I thought it would be good for us to get some fresh air. He said he needed to stick around in case mom needs something. That's the thing, Annie. You try to be thoughtful of your human's need and they just don't listen to you. What are you going to do? Sheesh!

OK, it's early, but I'm gonna chat with Bowser about lunch. Maybe I can get him to make something special for us considering the sickness in the house and all. Hmmm, chicken might be nice. (Opps, don't let HEN-rietta see this.)

Prince


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mom was a little ticked because she expected Roscoe to arrive earlier today....I don't think I am going to say anything about his midnight arrival...let it be a surprise.....I have the hamburger out thawing and have set an alarm clock to 10:45pm ...oh, no! that is not for me...I am in bed for the evening looooong before that! I put the clock out on the lanai and when it goes off, the house guard is supposed to come in to get the hamburger and take it out and put it on the roof.....don't worry, all is organized....normally, I do try to oversee such things, but I need my beauty sleep......

speaking of beauty, mom told me I am her beautiful girl today, so I guess I was overreacting on the "old" stuff...however, I did hear mom say she will call the vet this week for an appt. for me for a checkup......she said my lump on the back of my head has gotten a lot bigger....I don't see it or feel it, so I think she is over-reacting, but she did promise me a stop at Dairy Queen on the way home, so I think I will humor her this time

btw, how is your mom? I heard she is sick.....do I need to come out there? one would hope that it is something BC......er, I mean DR. BC can handle, but if not, just holler and you know I will be there.....

Annie who needs to go to bed and enter the land of Nod

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Dear Annie,

I wouldn't worry my head about being called old. You are what, 10? And how old is your dad, or mom for that matter. Besides, I'm just a young fellow and I sport a small area of white goatee. And you know how I can run and play and chase and all that stuff. Just keep your exercises up and you will feel young, and remember, you are as young as you feel. That'll show 'em!

Well, we spent the day chatting, Roscoe and I, until shortly before dinner call. Ros did a quick packing of his stuff, we ate, and just as we finished dessert (yep, dad gave us ice cream) the eagle landed. Actually, I knew he was here because I heard him on the roof. Ros and I walked slowly out to the gondola, grasped each other's arms and gave each other a quick manly hug. Then we both looked around to see who was...uh, if Jack was here, but he didn't come. He has been working diligently on something in his lab.

Well, by now Ros is probably around the GA /NC border and continuing on there way. Look for them in about three or four hours (around midnight or 1:00 PM), and be sure your mom has payment ready. Sorry about the late arrival time. The eagles were booked all day and that meant that Roscoe had to take a night flight. Now then, night flights are cheaper, but I'd suggest that your mom include a generous tip. This guy is kind of gruff and I don't think he is an eagle to be messed with.

Prince, who is going to borrow one of mom's combs and comb his distinctive goatee. (Dad doesn't own a comb for some reason...snicker)


Tom

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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 *sob* Prince

you missed a dance rehearsal? you may not have been intentionally lied to, but you were *sob* certainly deceived....it would not have taken half a moment for you and Ros to jump in the car if your dad REALLY wanted to take you boys with *sob* him *wailllll*

guess what happened to *gurgle* me? I overheard my dad *sob* say that I am looking my age.....and what's with *sob* that?!! I was right there in the *sob* room!...I thought it was a compliment *howl*, but when I was talking to my friend, Sadie, she said no, it means I am looking old....she must *double whine* be right, because mom said my face fur has turned all white and I am looking OLD *yelp*....how cruel! how terribly unkind!!! my dad *sob* said I need to go get a checkup *bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy*, and mom tried to make an appointment this morning, but they left her on *snoooooort* hold so long, she finally just hung up and said she'd call the vet next week.....*pounding paws on the floor*...............my birthday is next month and I will only be 10.....mom says that no matter what my papers say she thinks I am at least 11 and my dad agreed....because I act OLD............*boo-hoo-hoo*

don't I have enough problems with being anorexic?!! .and now this?!

Annie who is going to go curl up in her comfy bed and HOWLLLLLLLLLLLL

p.s. have you seen Jack lately? tell him I need a Fountain of Youth pill!!! (hmmm...maybe that's a good name for a new ice cream or cookie recipe)

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Dear Annie,

Dad really messed us up this time. He told us that rehearsal was in the morning. Later he said it was cancelled, so what's new. Well, we had been vigilant all morning, so it was time to relax. Off we went to our pad. After a while we wondered on home and ate with dad, Bowser, and Baby Cakes. Very good lunch, I might add. In fact, it was more like dinner. (Turns out we had lunch at night.) After lunch Ros and I went out, chased a bird or two, and then talked with Kathy over the canal for a few. Well, she really didn't have much to say except to describe areas of the pasture where the grass was greener and more delicious than certain other places and how this seems to change from moment to moment requiring constant roaming. Oh brother, we could care less. We excused ourselves, being totally tired of small talk! So off to our pad we went where we could get deep into matters that matter. We discussed military strategies and camouflage. It was a very deep discussion of great interest to both of us. We then went over some plans for training our respective military charges.

All was well and good until we returned home for dinner. No dinner. Mom was just sitting. Bowser wasn't there yet. And dad...DAD WAS MISSING! Mom asked what was wrong and we said we wanted to go to dad's rehearsal. Well, mom explained that we were in our pad when dad was ready to go and he couldn't wait since these things are set up on a time basis. We then learned about the fact that we would only be having an evening lunch since it's coming late. "Late?" we asked. Yes Prince, dad won't be home until late and you know we always eat together whenever possible. Oh were we upset with dad, and I'm being kind when I put it that way.

When dad got home we pounced on him and demanded to know why he lied to us about morning. He denied lying. He said that he got confused. It was Saturday morning and Friday evening that had been scheduled and it was the Saturday morning rehearsal that had been cancelled. Well, sure enough, dad was home this morning, so he must be telling the truth. Well, I hope so. We have never been lied to by him before...well, as far as we know.

Dad and mom may be going out this afternoon, but since mom is going too, I doubt that rehearsal is involved. They said something about doing some shopping. Well, frankly that's totally and unequivocally boring (except, of course, when they go to PetSmart). So Roscoe and I are going to stick around home and see what mischief we can get into together. heh heh.

Prince, who is just about ready to go into nag mode.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 2/11/2017 (10:44)
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"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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you wonder about humans (re: bird chasing issue)?? I have given up wondering and have decided they are all weird.....do not misunderstand....some of them have delightful traits, but no matter how wonderful some of our humans may be, they are still humans...which means they are also odd.....for instance, my mom hates walking out on the lanai and stepping in hen poo....what's the big deal? and she fusses if we chase most other animals, such as squirrels and birds....wow! humans sure have a big thing for birds....even when one flies into one of the house windows she will not let me go out and eat it.....and we all know there are dozens and dozens more....sheesh! oh well.....we just have to love them in spite of themselves.....

I have resigned myself to letting your dad and Michaela do whatever they can do on the dance floor....maybe they could change their routine to a comedy dance..."Hop-a-Long and Slow Foot Sue".....try to encourage your dad to change his dance plans...but only when he is in a really good mood....I have learned that timing is everything when it comes to humans.....isn't their show on April 1st? that is a big jokes and tricks day for humans so a comedy dance would be perfect.....maybe you should learn some new jokes just for that day....do be sure to send me some videos if you go to the show...I can always use a laugh....

Annie who hears a lot of noise in the brush below the birdfeeders and feels called upon to investigate

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Dear Annie,

Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here. (NOT) Ha, just kidding.

Roscoe, who is enjoying some pad time with Prince

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Dear Annie,

I went out with dad yesterday whle he was shooting pictures of birds, though I don't think he was aware that I followed him out until he turned around and saw me. Dad watches birds and takes pictures of them. I asked him about it and he said not to worry about it, it was a human thing. Well Annie, the whole idea seems kind of weird to me, but to each his own. I prefer chasing them myself. Of course they fly, but that is fun because I've made them fly. I told dad about this and he didn't say anything directly to me, but he seemed kind of irritated. You know, I could sort of hear it in his voice. Humans are strange creatures Annie. If dad would just chase some birds one morning like I suggested to him during that conversation he would discover just how delightful an activity it is and how you feel so exhilarated after the chase. But will he try something new? No! He just sits there with camera in hand and a faraway look in his wondering eyes. Humans!

Oh, by the way, before I forget I should mention that dad said to tell you not to worry your lovely self about his and Michaela's dancing. They will do just fine on their own, whatever that means.

Dad is still complaining about having a sore foot and plans on rehearsal this afternoon. Roscoe and I have been requested (strongly I might add) to remain at home. This followed several subtle hints like, "Wouldn't you and Roscoe rather enjoy your pad together instead of watching a boring old rehearsal." I guess he thought we didn't get the hint. Well, we did, but we decided to just ignore it. I'm not certain, but I wouldn't be surprised if Dad just slipped off early. Well, we're watching closely. That is NOT going to happen.

Prince, who is starting his morning nag about eating breakfast. (Sometimes Bowser is a little late in serving a meal and that seems to be becoming the norm, thus my necessary morning nag.)


Tom

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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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it was sad to hear, but not a surprise, that tom and Michaela's dance rehearsal did not go well....do you think I need to come there to help them? I could stay at Michaela's house to give her extra private dance tutoring....sounds like she needs it.....sigh.....of course, I would attend each and every rehearsal so I can critique the two of them as they dance (or attempt to) .....things are kinda quiet here now, so it would be a perfect time for me to come out there...perhaps when Roscoe arrives home I can hop his eagle back to FL....

speaking of the eagle who is bringing Ros home, I reminded mom before she went into town this morning to pick up some raw hamburger....she brought home wagon loads of the stuff! I don't know how many eagles she is expecting, but she said the non-used stuff can be saved for another time.....

Oops! I just heard my dad's car drive up....talk to ya laters

Annie who is hoping her dad will give her a biscuit
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dear tom

I am glad you feel free to ask me for medical advice about your sore foot, but it difficult to diagnose properly from afar....while I understand your reluctance to talk to BabyCakes, she IS closer and therefore I suggest you discuss it with her...she is a reasonably competent physician...in the meantime, I recommend a half dose of cherry grass now and a full one at bedtime...perhaps some ice on your foot would help a bit, too....also, an cup of ice cream is a little known but good medicine in such cases becuz the beneficial cold in your belly from the ice cream will add a tiny bit of chill to your sore foot...therefore, the ice cream aids in 3 ways.....(1) the chill, (2) it makes your tummy happy and (3) both of these together make you feel happier, and happiness helps in healing....BUT, please do not share this with BabyCakes...the Dr. is not open to alternative healing methods *snort*....

I will respect your opinion that another letter to Michaela will not be beneficial, but if you change your mind, be sure to speak up....

Nurse/Dance Instructor Annie who is almost late to do poses...........later, guy!

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Dear non-bigoted canine Annie,

So good to hear from you as always. Michaela and I rehearsed yesterday. Oh boy, it was rough. We have lost a lot more than time, as might be expected. We plan on rehearsing again on Saturday. Wish me luck Annie. No, there is no need for a letter to Michaela.

The arthritis in my foot has been acting up. That was certainly part of the problem on Wednesday, but then being rusty didn't help. Roscoe and Prince sat on the sidelines. Every once in a while you would here this huge mutual belly laugh coming from the two of them. I gather they were telling some of their jokes. I just wish that it wouldn't have happened during those times that we were having difficulties with the routine. It did kind of leave me wondering what the object of their belly laughs was. But surely they wouldn't be laughing at their dad and friend or at Michaela either. Still...one does wonder.

Tom, who is thinking about taking a little nap.

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Dear Annie,

Ros and I did get to see the rehearsal. OMG Annie, you should have seen those two. They would do something, but then suddenly stop, shake their heads, work on the part that they stopped at and then start over on the routine, half the time not remembering the part they were working on and having to stop and work again. It was like a comedy of errors. Ros and I laughed until we though our sides would split. I just wish you could have enjoyed The Tom and Michaela Comedy Hour with us. Hmm...maybe I'll suggest they start a TV comedy show. (snicker)

Don't worry about Ros. He has booked a flight for Sunday afternoon already, but will be arriving after dark so be sure payment is prepared during daylight. Oh, before I forget, he said to say hi to you. He'd send you a note but all of his musical sheet music blew away. (hardy har har).

Since dad is going to rehearse Saturday, I suppose they won't be going picture taking at the swamp or anywhere. Shucks, Ros and I were looking forward to another outing.

Prince, who is going to chat with Bowser about this evening's menu.


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, Tom, Tom

don't worry about your poor wolves not being as evolved as a Belgian basset....not everyone can be one...that's just the way life goes.....wolves are still nice being what they are...accept that, and all will be well...they know that they are not Belgian bassets and will probably never evolve that high, but they accept who they are, just as I have to accept with being me.....and while I am naturally exceptional in all ways (at least the ones that count), it is not always as easy as it looks....take BabyCakes for example, who is jealous of me...not just my superior nursing skills, but in all ways....but she is also quite pleased with her own abilities and skills and so she goes through life happy......I am happy...your beloved wolves are happy.....just take a deep breath and relax

have you been able to coax Michaela into actually participating in some rehearsals............if not, I will send her another um...inspiring....letter...just let me know......and please, if you need me to come there to help or be your dance partner, let me know...april will be here soon.....

Annie who is going to turn on some music and do a little two-step
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Dear Roscoe and Prince

did y'all make it to the dance rehearsals with Tom and Michaela (if she bothered to show up)....how did they look? do I need to cut in (hahaha...that's a dance joke) and help Michaela? I have had to teach her before.....she has only achieved the levels of dance that she has due to my naturally superior coaching talents........I have told Tom I would come there again to help if he needs me, but you know how shy he is about bothering me

Ros, mom said you could stay there through the weekend, but then she said she misses you....the bucks are beginning to shed their antlers and when you come home we can go hunting for them...I got Lefty's one the other day and it was pretty tasty....then dad grabbed it......I never saw him even gnawing on it, so taking it away from me was pretty selfish, doncha think?

It is so windy here today that winds even moved Henrietta's small coop that is on the front lanai....

Annie who sees mom in the kitchen and must go help prepare tonight's dinner

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Dear Annie,

I noticed that the picture of what a wolf would look like if it could evolve looked ever so much like a Basset. Perhaps I should point out that the Mexican Grey Wolf and the Dog have common ancestry, a population of wolves now extinct.

The first undisputed dog remains are from 14,700 years ago. There are disputed remains from 36,000 years ago. Now brace yourself Annie. The Basset was bred in France approximately 1,100 years ago. Currently the Mexican Gray Wolf (lobo) is the closest canine relative to the dog.

Now then, given all of that, I personally think it highly unlikely that the picture in the box bares any resemblance to the evolved wolf. Do you remember Bear? Well, of course you do Annie with your highly acute natural memory. I suspect that he resembled the first dogs far more than any other that I've seen. He looked extremely wolf-like. I don't know what your source was for the picture in the box, but I think I'd scrap it for more accurate sources. Just saying.

Tom, who is being asked very politely by Mr. Roscoe for a moment at the keyboard. (How can I refuse such a fine gentleman?)

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Dear Annie,

I just want you to know that I am in excellent health now, thanks to the care of Dr. Baby Cakes. I shall remain here until the coming weekend and then return via eagle carrier. Please let mom know that I've slightly extended my time here. Prince and I are enjoying his pad too much, and we both have a multitude of stories to tell and catching up to do. He and I may go to Tom's rehearsal with Michaela this afternoon. I can't wait to see how they do. Apparently there has been a long dry spell from rehearsing, so Tom says they may have to work hard to get back to where they were before. Remember, food on the roof either Saturday or Sunday, I'll let you know which.

Roscoe, who is going to help Bowser in the kitchen while Prince uses the computer.

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Dear Annie,

Thinking back on Jack's arrival, he did have something kind of sticky around his mouth and I noticed that he tracked a lot of dust when he walked, but I assumed it was just from his recent hospital stay. I wonder...oh, but surely Jack would not have eaten all that ice cream. Hmmm, he did seem to have gained weight at a time when I was expecting him to be skinnier than his former self due to near starvation. I think I'll go talk to him.

___a few moments pass___

He confirms it. He ate the ice cream. He claims that he was extremely hungry due to the diet that he was on at UNC CANINE and just couldn't control his urge. Then after thinking for a moment, he continued ..."uh, scientific urge, that is. I wanted to test the effects of a large quantity of ice cream on a stomach that has undergone food deprivation. Purely scientific, you know." And that was all that he would say about the subject, other than the test results are not conclusive and more research is needed. He then asked me if I would... well, I left so I couldn't hear the rest. None-the-less, I do believe that we have found the reason for the missing ice cream.

Oh, I want to wish you good luck on your antler hunt. I think you could find far better use for it than your mom. (I have yet to see a human enjoy a good gnaw of antler, but I don't know, maybe your mom is different. Still, I can't see how gnawing an antler would stay within the confines of a vegan diet.)

By the way, Baby Cakes just saw me on the computer (she is mostly in the kitchen with Bowser). She said, and I quote, "Tell Annie thanks for her recent message...hmmm, I think.")

Prince, who needs to join Roscoe and head for my pad.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 2/8/2017 (10:15)
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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...

messages in box below, but I had to share this which shows all wolves would be bassets if they only could evolve

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dear Roscoe

I admit that was a good one

Annie

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dear Prince,

I most certainly did not leave the Winter Wonderland top askew!! it was on there tightly and I even tied some twine around it...PLUS, I packed ice packs all around it and tied them tightly to the ice cream container with more twine!! you should know me better than that! when it comes to food, I do not mess around! did you inspect Jack's whiskers when he landed? ah well, if not, too late now.....or maybe that courier had a bit of sticky shine on his *gag* talons??

the bucks are beginning to shed their antlers...I found the one that Little Lefty lost...finders keepers I say and it was fun to gnaw on until my dad took it away...Boy George has lost one of his and mom and I are in a race to find it...hehehehe....too bad she does not have my naturally superior sniffer...

Annie who is thinking about filing a complaint with eagle transport for the theft of her ice cream
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Dear Dr. BabyCakes

I am sure you will do your best...Jack is a reasonably good patient, but can be a bit stubborn

Nurse Annie who is going to check the Infirmary Stock Room

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Dear Annie,

Thanks for sending a near duplicate of a previous message, one that I have already answered. I've passed this on to Baby Cakes...I mean the part about Jack. He is safely here of course, having reached here yesterday. But yes, you are right about sabotage. I got your message but you apparently didn't get mine, so I am going to try to resend it...

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Dear Annie,

You ask that I write you a note. OK...



Roscoe, who is heading for Prince's pad and laughing all the way.

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Dear Annie,

Yes, we watched the stupid game. I don't know what humans see in that stuff, but I'm glad they watched. They had rotisserie chicken. It was really good but they were pretty skimpy with what they shared. Meanwhile they gobbled and gobbled. I hope they get fat...well, fatter. What I had was oh so good! I just about tossed my cookies though the first time they expressed their joy about something one of the stupid players did. Then they got upset with someone they called an official something. Well, it was a crazy night.

Jack arrived. Baby Cakes and I met him. Baby Cakes checked him over and gave him an additional cherry grass, but said he looked as good as one might expect after a hard trip for an older gentleman.

Jack said goodbye to his friend, the eagle and then spent a couple of minutes chatting with Roscoe and me. I haven't the foggiest idea what he was saying though. It had to do with a chemical analysis of a foul odor or something like that. I just nodded. Then he was on his way home. The last thing I knew he was locked in his lab getting things in order for some upcoming experiment of some sort.

Oh, by the way, thanks for the cooler. But had you forgotten? This is Florida. Apparently you left it open a crack and, well, all the contents had melted and drained out. My guess is that it slipped through the gondola floor and dripped a pathway of deliciousness all the way from there to here. We are going to run the container through Jack's dog washing machine and store it until Roscoe comes north. Then we'll send it with him. Anyway, thanks for the thought Annie.

Prince, who is heading for my pad to share jokes and the like with Roscoe.

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Dear Nurse Annie,

Jack is doing quite well. I sent him to his home with instructions to sleep for a while but I hear that he went directly to his lab. Tomorrow I'll check on him but of course I'll have to charge extra for the house calls. Hey, most of us don't even make house calls, but that is just something I do.

Dr. Baby Cakes

Tom

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dear Prince

yesterday I sent you a long, informative and extremely enjoyable message (I am a naturally wonderful letter writer) and today I noticed it is not here!! sabotage, I tell you! sabotage! believe me, I have already informed our tech guys about it and they are checking on it....

first of all, BabyCakes....er, I mean, of course DR. BabyCakes sent me a lovely note apologizing for her crass behavior and attitude...she has realized what a benefit I am to the medical world...it is nice that she has finally come to her senses (don't tell her I said this...you know how jealous she is of me)...

I am sending Jack home tomorrow (Wed) on a morning flight...when the Commander called in the request to eagle transport, she was told that they would put him on a 9:30am pickup...the earlier flights were already booked, but Jack's favorite pilot would be here...Lloyd, the pilot, and Jack like to discuss scientific issues and a while back Jack made up some special headsets that they both wear so that they can communicate during the flight...Lloyd has HUGE yellow clown feet *gag*

you might inform my brother who cannot be bothered to contact me himself that his adorable little sister sends greetings

oh! I will be sending an ice-packed cooler for you with Jack...make sure you grab it as soon as he lands before your dad sees it....it contains my new Winter Wonderland ice cream...I think you will like it....

Annie who is going to practice morning poses
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dear DR. BabyCakes

Our mutual friend, Jack, has recovered enough to be released from the Infirmary....he has requested to return home saying he misses his family, and I feel he is fit enough to travel....he will be leaving here mid-morning, so expect him a little after lunch....when you have time, it might be good to give him a quick check up to make sure travel has not over-tired him...I am keeping him on his cherry grass dosage until flight time, but because of the incident with the contaminated cherry grass, he still gags at the smell of it, so I mix it in with whatever food he is eating and he swallows it well.....if you feel he needs to continue his cherry grass, food is a good way to get it down him

Nurse Annie, who will pack Jack a cherry grass-filled snack for the trip
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INCOMING! incoming eagle! I should go supervise and see who or what the new arrival is
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Dear Annie,

You ask that I write you a note. OK...



Roscoe, who is heading for Prince's pad and laughing all the way.

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Dear Annie,

Yes, we watched the stupid game. I don't know what humans see in that stuff, but I'm glad they watched. They had rotisserie chicken. It was really good but they were pretty skimpy with what they shared. Meanwhile they gobbled and gobbled. I hope they get fat...well, fatter. What I had was oh so good! I just about tossed my cookies though the first time they expressed their joy about something one of the stupid players did. Then they got upset with someone they called an official something. Well, it was a crazy night.

Jack arrived. Baby Cakes and I met him. Baby Cakes checked him over and gave him an additional cherry grass, but said he looked as good as one might expect after a hard trip for an older gentleman.

Jack said goodbye to his friend, the eagle and then spent a couple of minutes chatting with Roscoe and me. I haven't the foggiest idea what he was saying though. It had to do with a chemical analysis of a foul odor or something like that. I just nodded. Then he was on his way home. The last thing I knew he was locked in his lab getting things in order for some upcoming experiment of some sort.

Oh, by the way, thanks for the cooler. But had you forgotten? This is Florida. Apparently you left it open a crack and, well, all the contents had melted and drained out. My guess is that it slipped through the gondola floor and dripped a pathway of deliciousness all the way from there to here. We are going to run the container through Jack's dog washing machine and store it until Roscoe comes north. Then we'll send it with him. Anyway, thanks for the thought Annie.

Prince, who is heading for my pad to share jokes and the like with Roscoe.

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Dear Nurse Annie,

Jack is doing quite well. I sent him to his home with instructions to sleep for a while but I hear that he went directly to his lab. Tomorrow I'll check on him but of course I'll have to charge extra for the house calls. Hey, most of us don't even make house calls, but that is just something I do.

Dr. Baby Cakes


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you are so sweet and kind to spend a few moments to keep your poor, old aunt/sister updated on things so i am not totally left out in the cold....too bad its not the same with my brother who is sooo busy that he can't even find time to drop me a note to tell me he is out of the hospital and now vacationing at your place....sigh....so sad for a little Belgian basset to be ignored...*double sigh* oh well......*sniffle*

on to better things....did your mom and dad watch that big football game that was on tv last night? mine did and before it started they made a bunch of finger food which meant i got a bunch of treats....pizza, bean dip, more pizza, "egg" salad, pizza, etc etc....it was great! this morning i got some brown rice on top of my kibble.....its a good thing i am so anorexic that i can easily absorb these calories.....

also, pls. expect Jack on an eagle this afternoon....i asked the Commander to request the earliest flight, but when the transport service dispatcher heard that Jack was the passenger, she said we had to wait until Lloyd was available which would not be until the 9am flight....apparently he and jack are good friends and Lightfoot Lloyd has requested to be the one to transport Jack on all flights.....Jack seemed pretty pleased that Lloyed will be his "chauffeur"...he says Lloyd has a very scientific mind and they have had some very interesting conversations...Lloyd now provides some sort of special headsets so that he and Jack can chat during the long flight....this means i will have to issue Lloyd instructions that Jack must have at least a 1 hr nap or rest during the trip...a SILENT 1 hr. break....i suppose this means i will have to go up on the roof if i wants to chat with the eagle...i do hope i don't get hamburger between my toes *snicker*....in fact, i should probably go up on the roof before the wawas put the hamburger out in order to secure a clean area.....hmmmm.....and after i...oh NOOOOOOOOOO!! one of the guards reminded me i would be at foot level with Lloyd and you know i can't abide those disgusting, yellow clown feet.....i guess i will just leave a note for Lloyd (although this means i will lose out on some free hamburger)

Annie who must rush off to write that note

p.s. Jack will be carrying a small, sealed cooler with your name on it....i advise you to hide it in your freezer immediately .....unless you are hungry and want to eat Annie's Winter Delight right then *grin*
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dear DOCTOR BabyCakes

This morning i am sending Jack home via eagle transport.....he is doing well, although still a bit underweight (like myself).....i have given him his morning dose of cherry grass and since i packed him a small snack i mixed in a dose there, too.....please check him over when have the opportunity to see if continuing the cherry grass regime should go on....he was underweight when he left here due to a period of not eating when he became too involved in his....well, in whatever he was doing...other than that he seems in fine spirits...., except he was homesick.....

NURSE Annie who must make sure everything is ready for transport



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Oh my goodness, I thought you knew that Roscoe had come here. It was certainly no secret. I just assumed someone would have told you. I suppose everyone else assumed the same thing. I told Roscoe that you didn't know he was here and immediately he said to be sure to tell his sister hi for him and that he is thinking about her a lot, though he and I are having a really good time together. Don't worry Annie, as far as the extent of physical activity and the like, I listen very closely to Dr. Cakes advise. Though she is really wrapped up in her relationship with Bowser at the moment, she does take time out to check on Roscoe two or three times daily and updates her limits on him. She said that she hopes he can be fully back to normal physical limits before leaving here.

I'm glad to hear that Jack is doing well. He is in good hands with you Annie. You mentioned that he seems so old, but then, he really is old. And of course not having any teeth left accentuates the aged appearance. He actually lost his teeth, not from aging, but from his insistence upon examining all sorts of rocks. Carrying them around in his mouth rather than his paws eventually did his teeth in, grinding them level with the roof of his mouth and his lower jaw. Eventually they just kind of faded away. He never once complained about the pain that he was in, but I think sometimes Jack is so into his work he wouldn't notice if there was an explosion three feet away. (grin) I'll be looking forward to seeing the old boy when he comes here, though seeing him will be short lived since he will likely lock himself in his lab and we won't see him for days. His dad has a key and keeps an eye on him, making sure that he eats and attends to necessary biological necessities.

I'm glad things are improving in your relationship with Baby Cakes. She did say she was going to message you.

Dad and mom went to church this morning and then shopping. Finally they came home and fed me but then they went outside in the yard to take pictures. What's with this stuff? They didn't let me go with them because they said when I chase the birds they fly away. Don't they realize that that is a perfect photo op for the flying birds? Sheesh!

Prince, who is trying his best to talk Bowser into an early dinner tonight.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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you mean Roscoe is out of the hospital and in FL?!!? no one bothered to tell me *frowning*....I told mom and she said she knew he was going, but did not know exactly when and that I should not be concerned because he will return here in about a week..."About"?!! mom seemed kinda casual about it all!! only because BabyCakes to attend to him will I allow this to continue!!

Jack is doing well and seems to be recovering quickly.....the poisoning or whatever it was really took a lot of him...the poor boy looks so old.....he is sleeping a lot, and I have given orders to both him and the Commander that Jack is NOT allowed to do ANYTHING but rest....no working on whatever he was involved with even while in bed....COMPLETE bedrest!!.....he is not particularly pleased, but not in a position to object strongly....I hope to be able to send him back home this week.....

BC sent me a very nice message apologizing for her recent rude behavior

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Dear, dear Annie, you are not at all stupid and you are not just a nurse. You are a fine nurse and I am a fine doctor. As for the substance, you did the right thing sending it to UNC CANINE. I am a fine doctor but I am not a medical researcher. UNC CANINE will have a research lab with all the necessary equipment. You see dear Annie, we each have our specialties. Yours is nursing, mine is doctoring, and theirs is researching. And it's a good thing. Trying to be all things to all people is virtually exhausting and impossible, but why should I tell you this. You are aware of it I am sure.

As for not contacting you, I am so very sorry. I wasn't avoiding you at all. But I have been away from my sweet Bowser for so long that I have just been hanging close to him all day and all night. I even help him in Tom and Joanie's kitchen, though he is the master of cheffery. In his kitchen, I am only a doctor. He is the master chef. But I do help him as he directs. I would never try to take over though because he knows his job, just as he would never try to take over mine. But I digress.

We found no foul cherry grass in our stock. Nor did we find cherry grass from Mississippi. You will remember there was trouble down there and there have been unpleasantness previously from the human and canine nasty faction from there. I will be interested in hearing the results of the research analysis. It should prove quite interesting. If Jack should hear about your suspicions, he should not research the stuff himself. I'm sure I need not say that to you, but his weak state and recent experience with the stuff might make him more susceptible to whatever it is that is causing the foul odor.

Doctor Baby Cakes

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Dear Annie,

I gave the message to Baby Cakes as you wished. She was snuggled in with Bowser at their home. She said she would message you.

I am so glad that you found Jack, and it sounds like you found him just in the nick of time. I hate to think what might have happened if even a few more hours had passed.

Roscoe, dad, mom and I went to the swamp today. We were happily taking pictures when we came upon a brown spotted raccoon, you know, like the one that I poofed. Well, we all kind of paniced and backed away. All except for Roscoe. He pulled his can of chupacabra anti-toxin from his belt and quickly aimed and shot. I tried to get him to wait a moment until I got a picture, but it was too late. Roscoe was just too quick.

After the poofing, Roscoe turned to us and said in a calm voice, "Relax everyone, I've been desensitized to these things. Nothing to worry about, I'm on the job. The rest of the trip was without incident.

I'm glad he is here because we are having a wonderful time and because he got me off my grounding from the business, but he does seem strong and mentally healthy. It is so good to see him like this.

I can't say for sure Annie, but I think one more patient is expected to be released tomorrow and that one will be heading directly to Virginia. Look for him, and perhaps you mom could prepare payment in advance.

Prince, who hears Bowser and Baby Cakes coming and needs to great them. (Sometimes he has me taste test stuff.)


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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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Jack? Jack is still here?! I haven't seen him in ages!! I asked the guard stationed in front of the house when I received your message and he said Jack had been here after Roscoe and the others left, but he has not seen him in ages....he messaged one of the other guards who said the same thing, but assumed Jack had taken an eagle flight home.....I shrieked that there had been no eagle landings here (you know that I am naturally observant) since Roscoe and the guys left and went running towards Jack's cabin/lab.....it was locked! and very quiet......I sent one of the nearby wawas to the Commander's office to get the key....do you know what that little whippersnapper said to me?!!? he said the lab was top secret, private, and since I am not military, he did not have to take orders from me!!!!!!!!!! let me tell you, my dear nephew/brother, that rude pup walked away from there limping severely!....instead one of the others ran and fetched both the key and the Commander....the key did not work.....well, it worked, but apparently there were 3 locks and the Commander only had 1 key, so she ordered a couple of nearby wawas to break down the door.....there was Jack, barely conscious, still muttering about his calculations and smoke and tunnels.....there were a couple of plates with old dried out food and an empty water dish.....silly guy got so involved with his work that he forgot to eat!

at this time, Jack is in the infirmary where I am keeping a firm eye on him.....he is eating 6 very tiny meals a day until he can eat a bit more and eventually returns to normal....at each mealtime he receives a dose of cherry grass....I attempted to give it to him separately, but he said the smell made him nauseous, so now I mix it in his food (he smelled it in his water and threw up).......If all goes as I expect, he should be well enough to travel HOME in a few days...

Prince, I need you to contact BC and deliver a message.....I have tried, but she refuses to take my calls or answer my requests to call me....there MAY be a problem!! when I first tried to administer cherry grass to Jack, he refused to take it....he said the odor was awful....this has never occurred before....Patients have never complained about c-g.....so I did smell it, and Jack was right...the smell was ghastly (and you know I do have a naturally sensitive nose, more so than most)......thinking the bottle had just gone bad (although that has never happened before), I opened another bottle from the same case......same hideous scent.....so I put that case aside and opened a new case....it smelled like normal which is why I can get away with hiding it in Jack's food......after I got Jack straightened away, I took the box with the 2 contaminated (because I think that is what happened) bottles and opened the remaining bottles in the case....each emitted a terrible aroma and I almost passed out.....a guard passing by said "peeeeeee ew!" and asked what was making that nasty smell......I put the lids back on all the bottles, put them in a plastic bag and then back in the box......I asked the Commander to hold the case in her locked cabinet for a few days.....Now, Prince, I noticed the shipping label on this case was from a militia in Mississippi, received (my naturally exquisite vision noticed the post mark) when we were scrambling to get more cherry grass a while back..... the question I want you to pass on to Her Highness is two-fold, ...(1) she needs to check her storage cabinet to see if she has any of this strange brew and (2) does she want me to send her any for analysis...if so, I will send her a bottle or two, but I am also sending some to UNC-Canine for examination.....since the patent for cherry grass is under her name only since Lulu died, she could get blamed if anyone dies or suffers badly from taking it.....she will say I am being hysterical, but YOU might ask if there is any possibility of deliberate sabotage

Nurse Annie who is just a mere nurse and therefore too stupid to know anything *snort*

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There should be no problem with Annie since she need not know anything. Roscoe left very early this morning and should arrive Florida by this afternoon. The others, of course, have not yet been discharged. Dr. Dogwhistle has contacted Tom and he has agreed to take the others while Roscoe is there. We expect to start discharging this weekend. Either all or part at a time will be discharged, depending upon progress. Baby Cakes will be at her home by the time Roscoe arrives. He will be greeted by Prince, Baby Cakes and Bowser. It is my understanding that Bowser is preparing something very special for Roscoe.

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Dear Annie,

Today is my happy day. Yesterday was my sad day. My wonderful friend and brother arrived today and plans to spend a week with me so that he will not have to deal with what ever monster there was lurking on the property in VA.

Now then, if that isn't enough, dad released me from my grounding due to "extenuating circumstances." This means that Ros and I can have a lot of time in my pad. I have already cleaned out the machines and other ice cream things. Well, dad kinda helped me and that wasn't pretty, but it was yesterday and today is today.

This evening at dinner Bowser is going to serve a very special feast in Roscoe's honor. We will all sing together and tell jokes. Oh boy do I have some mind-bogglers stored up. They are going to be laughing until they cry and ask for mercy. Oh Annie, I just can't wait.

Freedom is so great. Ah, to have gotten out of my grounding so quickly. Ahem, I must be a genius to have arranged that. Which reminds me, would you mind locating Jack and checking on him?

Prince, who is getting his (er, dad's) camera ready for the party.


Tom

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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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TQ is okay with a one week transitional vacation in FL for Roscoe, but she pointed out that if Will O. and the others return here without Roscoe, Annie is not going to be happy.....and if Annie is not happy, nobody is going to be happy....TQ also has some concern about Roscoe being in a military situation when he is in FL....ah well, we both talked about it and decided he has to deal with it sometime, so at least he will be with Prince ...anyway, if Annie throws a fit, TQ is sending her to FL because she does not want to deal with it...be prepared lol

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what a shame......that your dad ended the ice cream business......mom went into the freezer this afternoon and discovered that my dad had eaten all the vanilla ice cream she had made and planned to use for a special dessert on Sunday (any dessert with ice cream has got to be special, right? lol).....

speaking of ice cream...I really need some...I went to the vet's yesterday and I was back down to 80 lbs...(I bet Roscoe would have weight about 74lbs...he has been looking rather round)..the last time I had gained a pound and a half and I was hopeful that I was on the way to getting back my pre-anorexic figure....sigh...it is so embarrassing to be this skinny.......*sniffle*.....anyway, yesterday I spent a relaxing day at the Spa...bath, pedicure...mom oohed and ahhed over how beautiful I look and smell....and it's true....I am a perfumed goddess.....mom says as soon as her knee surgery heals we are going to do a lot of walking....I don't like the sound of this, but it is months away, so I refuse to worry my pretty little head about it now

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You are right about one thing, much of what gets communicated has got to go through Dr. Dogwhistle as well as the UNC CANINE head master. Much information gets cut out of the belief that, though marked top secret, the message could be hacked. (Between you and me, and I probably shouldn't say this for fear that it will be seen, the concern over hacking has more to do with the gestopbark than for the chupacabra. Please delete this portion, within parentheses, of the message before passing it on the commander.) Well, we do have many enemies such as chupacabra, shadows and what ever it is that is responsible for our patients conditions.

Speaking of our patients, Roscoe is scheduled to be released tomorrow following one last night of observation. He will be released to Florida to spend a week with his friend and brother Prince. It is felt that the atmosphere will be a calmer one with Prince than at home with Annie. Please advise TQ but withhold this from Annie to prevent traumatic hysteria. Also, he will be less inclined to become seriously engrossed in military activities if he feels he is on vacation. This will be a time to reconnect with normal living apart from institutional care. After that week, he will return to Virginia and will have a once a week visit by Dr. Dogwhistle for ongoing outpatient therapy.

As for the rest of the patients, expect release in less than a week. They will return directly to their respective home bases. Appropriate commanders will, of course, be advised.

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Dear Annie,

I had two more customers yesterday. They were construction folks referred by my customer #1. I sold one cone to one and a plate to another. Then they both wanted seconds. I felt I was beginning to be rolling in doe, er...dough, bread, moolah, scratch, well...you get the idea. I was a happy camper for sure, singing all the way to the bank.

Then it happened. This morning I started my machines getting my fresh batches of ice cream ready. I had them going and decided to wash dishes from last night. I had just gotten my tongue into the first plate when the lights went out. So did my ice cream machines. I was walking around flipping switches, shaking the machines, and checking plugs when my dad suddenly showed up with a very red hot face. This is never a good sign.

It turns out that he found the plug that I plugged into the outdoor receptacle. He found it because the circuit breaker to the outside went belly up. Dad looked around until he found an orange cord rising up out of the dirt and stuck into the receptacle. His first thought was that there was someone camping somewhere that they weren't suppose to be and he was about to give them a piece of his mind (though between you and me I think he needs to keep as much of his mind as he has left.) Well, he started lifting the shallowly dug in cord (I should have buried it deeper) until he came to our ice cream parlor. That's when the camouflage hit the fan.

To make a long story short, the ice cream machines have been confiscated, my business days are over as far as our property goes, and I'm pretty much in the dog house. To his credit, he did allow me to keep the building, but it is to be used as a personal cabin once I'm off my grounding. That will last one week. No cabin, no special treats, no dog park. Oh Annie, what is a dog to do?

Well, once I'm over this I shall start decorating my cabin. I have a feeling it's not going to be all that bad. It will be nice to have my own bachelor pad. Now Annie, I know that you are going to want to help me decorate, and I may let you make the curtains once I pick out the material, but I'll do my own decorating. I don't want this to look like a family home. Rather, it's got to look like a bachelor pad. Don't worry about it Annie. It's a guy thing.

Prince, whose dad just reminded him that he has no computer privileges while grounded. I'm going to find a corner and whine.


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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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oh, I do home Techie Tom is able to re-do whatever needs to be done on his computer...I never bother my head with such goings on, leaving it all to our techies or my dad...mom has a very low threshold of tolerance for such things and also hollers for my dad when there are issues....I am surprised we haven't lost more windows as mom will threaten to throw the offending computer out of or through one when she gets frustrated....you know you are welcome here anytime your dad is going through an irritable period

how is your ice cream business going? i am drawing up papers to turn all of our ice cream businesses over to you legally....when you come here we will both sign them....with all that is going on here, i just don't find i have any extra time, and i also have not found a suitable place for a business....mom says absolutely no businesses on our property....seems pretty unreasonable to me.....oh well,....it would be nice if you hung a picture of my naturally lovely self on the wall of your shop......hey! next time we are together we will have a photo taken of the two of us together that you can put in the shop, just like restaurants do with famous guests....your customers will be thrilled to see my lovely face on your wall...in fact, I will autograph it! (I know the Brig Commander will be thrilled...teeheehee....be careful, he may steal it to hide under his pillow *snicker*)

Annie who is about to begin her early afternoon poses
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I don't know how much dad is going to get done today. Yesterday his other computer crashed. He got a message to restart it and when he did it came up with a totally different layout of some of his icons but most missing, wallpaper gone, and some other glitches. He clicked on his documents file...nothing; pictures file...nothing; music...nothing, etc. He then did a properties on his drive and found that it was as full as ever. After a long search he finally located his data. He has moved his pictures to an external hard drive. He did a restore to two days earlier but nothing changed for him. It's as if history is non-existent. Today he is going to move any other necessary data files to his hard drive provided he has space (it was already pretty full). Then he will restore the computer to its factory condition. The problem is, he will then be working with windows 7. Hopefully, he will be able to upgrade to windows 10 without cost, but he won't know this until he plays around with it. He wants all of his canine friends to keep their paws crossed for him as he approaches what he is hoping is his technical magic. (I am going to call him Techie Tom for a while...snicker.) I know if his restore fails and he loses his computer he is not going to be a happy camper. In fact, I may come and visit for a while if he fails because my guess is he will be hard to live with. That is his dedicated photo computer.

By the way, I've looked at it closely and suspect that it was hacked by Russian canines working for the KGBark. They favor the trumpettes you know, and dad is 180 degrees from them in his political thinking. The trumpettes pretty much hate dad, well... and me too I suppose.

Prince, who has worked up an appetite writing this.


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"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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TO; SGT.MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: PERCY SHARPTOOTH

I think the Commander hoped for more specific detail about Roscoe and the others..she was not meaning to be critical of the frequency of your reports...I have suggested that we are being given all the information that can be released safely, and that compared to most psychiatric and medical institutions, we are lucky that UNC-Canine is willing to share anything at all....

yesterday 2 unknown female canines, of the hound dog sort, showed up...obviously sisters, they were about 6 mos. old and starvation thin...they chased Henrietta and TQ threw the phone at one (which was a successful distraction) while she was on the phone to the sheriff's dept.....TQ had to call a neighbor to help her catch the hen and TQ cried noisily until they determined that Henrietta was not hurt, just traumatized.....last night and this morning Annie was shut in the house and only allowed out on a leash with TQ on the other end of it.....the girls were sprayed with toxin and proved to be real dogs.....they slept in the woods, barking at 2:30am which woke up Annie and TQ, and set Annie to barking ...the girls appeared for breakfast....by the time the Humane Society returned TQ's message, the girls had wandered off...Annie is now allowed outside on her own if she so chooses, but Henrietta is still confined to her mini-coop in case the girls return....this will be in effect for the remainder of the week ...Mr. Twinkie is out of town until the end of the week...the arrival of the girls has had a positive effect in that the chubby raccoon that has often appeared at the bird feeders did not show up (nor have the deer) last night



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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH (ABSOLUTELY TOP SECRET)
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

As for the language that we are all suppose to learn, it is basically a revised form of double speak known in the land of Orwellians. For one thing, the use of the term "Big Brother" is forbidden because of bad connotations and we never speak badly of the Trumpet Führer.

As for updates on the condition of the patients, I thought I had been quite regular about giving those. Granted, I missed the last update, but you will understand when I tell you about what is going on.

Remember, this is absolutely top secret, no leaks, ands or buts about it. It has been confirmed by UNC CANINE scientists working in conjunction with Jack (encrypted messaging) that Bowser Beer is, in fact, a drug used by the Gestapbark. They are looking for non-followers of their narrow bigoted bunch. Non-followers will be gotten even with by the Führer, who will tweet-even the victims who fall out of line. This was made quite clear in a surprise visit by his agents.

We are currently relocating. We will maintain ties with the university of course, but will be in an undisclosed place. All patients are doing quite well so it likely will not be long before we disband, but we do not want that kind of interference while we are working with our patients. We have heard of psychiatric units where the trumpettes have forced strict adherence to practices of "relearning" (the cruel re-education procedures to condition the patients, or victims if you will, to adopt the "teachings," or propaganda if you will, of the trumpette political machine). If any of this got back to the patients it could add trauma to the trauma from which they are already suffering. Rest assured though that all are doing exceptionally well and will likely be discharged within the next week or so, some sooner than the others. Roscoe is exceptionally strong and will likely be the first to go home.


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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FROM: PERCY SHARPTOOTH

what new language?! there have been discussions about new trumpette national leadership, new language or terms....we have all been required to learn the new terms "just in case" ...who knows when we will have to interact with one of the Agents of Evil (trumpettes) so it will be better for us if we are familiar with any new terms or language changes....however, in the camp we continue to speak as we always have....TQ has been adamant about speaking ONLY the same old language....she says she barely speaks Spanish anymore, and she is not going to bother learning any new languages....therefore, if any trumpette official ever gives us a difficult time, we are to refer the Agent to TQ....lol....

we woke up to snow on the ground this morning, but not as much as predicted...yesterday the predictions were for 1/2" and later the silly newscasters said we would get more, but, fortunately we got less than 1/2"....it is cold this morning, though

"The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning." - Adlai Stevenson

Sgt. Badwhiskers, our Commander would like more frequent updates, if possible, on Roscoe and the others....TQ inquires everyday as to her boy, and I think Scribe Will O' The Whippet 's mother has been calling the Commander, because Will O. did not make his usually scheduled phone call to her and she cannot raise him on his personal phone (which is locked in the Commander's desk until he returns)....the mothers are driving the Commander crazy.....also, our Commander was wondering if any FL troops have been out to the swamp to investigate (1) brown-spotted raccoons and (2) the tunnel

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Dear Annie,

I've spoken with Bowser. He claims absolutely no knowledge of Bowser Beer. He states that it must be another Bowser somewhere in this world.

I do hope that, when you told that skunk to remove itself from the premises, you were not targeted by any unfavorable exhaust. That could have been a stinky situation (heh heh)

Prince, who is having all sorts of visualizations of you and the skunk. (grinning from ear to ear)

TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT MOTTO BADWHISKERS

We are concerned about the commodity, Bowser Beer. Chef Bowser claims absolutely no knowledge of that product. Our intelligence team has investigated it. One possibility put forth by our intelligence team, though not yet fully vetted, is that this is the work of the trumpets secret service know as the gestapbark. I suppose that it will be necessary to confirm this before acting on it, but it is advisable that all military personnel totally refrain from using this product. It is suspected that the gestapbark uses it to loosen the tongues of those who they are interrogating as possible enemies of the state...an alternate name (alternate fact) for political enemies. (By the way, do you find the new language adopted by the trumpets to be a bit confusing?)


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 and Prince

Look what mom found in Roanoke yesterday...they were selling it in the gift shop of the Art Museum!!! .....I know there are cookbooks called Baby Cakes, and now Bowser is selling beer for dogs! mom brought home a couple of cases "for tasting" for the wawas.... apparently they liked it....I did not indulge.......

Annie who has been busy barking at a raggedy-tailed skunk that mom saw this morning (after I woke her up with all my "get out of here you stinky beast" barks)

TO; SGT. MOTTO BADWHISK *hiccup* ERS
FROM; PERCY SHARP*moan*TOOTH

I think I am suffering from my first (and hopefully last) hangover.....my head feels like it could shatter at any moment......TQ brought home some Bowser beer with the instructions that we were each only to take a little sip....welllllll, that happened, but then some of the guys brought out other beers and shared with us....Pvt. Giggles kept encouraging me to "just take another sip" and eventually I began to enjoy myself quite a bit....several of us sang...it was a great party......but never, never again....with the coming of the sun that stuff turns evil on you.
I admit I was drinking because of an earlier incident that had caused me embarrassment....annie beat me up....well, actually, she just pushed me when I was asking her to use the computer...when she pushed me away, I fell off the porch and rolled down the hill...through mud and ending up in a pile of used straw from the chicken coop which TQ had spread over some of the mud....you can imagine what I looked like covered in mud, straw and chicken poop...the teasing was unending by the other wawas....I think I have learned my lesson (several of them).....I am going back to bed...I am not a well puppy

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Dear Annie,

By now you have likely recovered from your time at watch over the house and surrounding area. You have also gotten a glimpse into the frustrations and efforts that your parents must make day in and day out. Hopefully you enjoyed your human company, though I know they came at a time when you were exhausted from your watch ordeal. I do hope all went well during your watch.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: ROSCOE
IN CARE OF DR. DOGWISTLE, PHYCHIATRIC FACILITY, UNC CANINE CLINIC
FROM: PRINCE

Hi Bro,
I know that this will be looked at before you receive it. I shall therefore try to keep all of my comments fairly non emotional. I am missing you and will be so glad when you can return at least to Virginia. Of course, if Dr. Dogwistle thinks you could use a more neutral area when first released, you would be more than welcomed to come here. You may wish to mention that to him.

Dad spent the morning at Rhythm in Motion moving the studio from the old location to the new location. It was quite strenuous work according to dad. They fed them breakfast (coffee and doughnuts) but that was all. Dad finished at 1:00 with his work but didn't get home until 2:00. Oh boy was he hungry. You should have seen him "wolf" down the food that was given to him. He didn't even paws to use a napkin during the wolfing. I guess he was hungry as a dog (snicker; pardon the various puns in this paragraph).

Prince, who is missing his best friend and bro.

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

I thought I'd hear from you yesterday or today, but I guess I was wrong. I do hope all is well at Camp TQ.

Baby Cakes reports that there have been no further nightmares or night howls during this past night. If this continues to be the case for two more days, she plans to pack up and head for her warm Florida home. She said something about needing to thaw out although it was hard to make out exactly what she was saying since her teeth were chattering.

Dr. Dogwistle states that Roscoe is doing extremely well and has almost total recall. There are still a couple of areas where memory is repressed and most likely associated with the most traumatic events of his black out. He continues to lead the pack when it comes to recovery, but the others are following nicely. It is anticipated that Roscoe at least will be ready to return home in the near future with the others following soon thereafter. This of course is based upon the assumption that recovery will continue at its current pace. There could be some setbacks when the pack deals with those especially traumatic moments where memory lapse remains.

Please inform the commander of all the facts. Let TQ know that Roscoe is recovering nicely (nothing more as she has her own worries about her knee to deal with).


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 and Prince

I am so exhausted I can barely life a paw to send this message....I know you are concerned, but Prince, my dear nephew/brother do not bother to fly out here for me...I shall revive soon if left in peace on my bed...why am I a mere shell of the Belgian basset I used to be? Mom and dad went out yesterday and left me in charge...mom said "Annie you are in charge of the house while I am gone"....she said "house", but I know she meant that if anything bad occurred in the militia camp I was to oversee that, too.......mom did not return until early afternoon (after lunch) and my dad did not get home until dinnertime....while they were gone I could not get as deeply into my poses since I always had to keep one eye open....occasionally I had to patrol the camp to make sure all was well....when mom got home, she announced she was expecting (human) guests for dinner and had to cook, cook, cook! this, of course, meant I was to be pressed into kitchen service, taste-testing any manner of items, etc...later, when the guests arrived, 2 humans who have adored me for years, I was expected to socialize and entertain.....I admit that while the folks were eating dinner I snuck off and took a nap....this morning at breakfast I was expecting one of the mini apple pies mom made yesterday in my dish atop my kibble, but there was not a pie left!! even mom does not know what happened to them, although we both suspect my dad enjoyed a lovely breakfast *snort*!!

some fool who calls himself Percy Sharptooth is pestering me to get off this line becuz he needs to send out a message on military lines, but I am using up too much of his wifi or some such nonsense..and there was some nonsense about the Commander using his usual military lines..and something about log books...and the techies are working on the Cloud, whatever that is.....I am really not paying much attention to him,so I may not have repeated his nonsense correctly, but if doesn't stop pestering me, I am going to have to take action....it will be severe action, becuz I am naturally too tired to do less *grrr*


Annie who needs some quiet recovery time after such an exhausting day


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Dear Annie,

Actually, I plan to go to the Saturday work party with Dad. Granted, he said that I could not go. More than that, he said that I would just be in the way. I couldn't believe it that dad said that I would be in the way. That hurts! Well, I'll show him. I'll stow away in the car and surprise him when we get there. Then I'll just show him how much I can help and not be in the way. And of course I shall earn every bit of my ten shares of pizza and wine. If I don't like the wine, I'll trade it in for more shares of pizza. Oh happy days are here again. :)

Oh Annie, how I do love vanilla ice cream. It's the best stuff for really jazzing up. You go girl. I wish I could help you with it. :)

Prince, who is going to raid our freezer and see if I can find some ice cream which, for some reason, I seem to have developed a sudden craving.

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

We were pretty much aware that cameras had been installed at one time but wanted to be certain they were still in place. Dr. Dogwistle discussed your findings with the group, largely to see how they would react. They did well, maintaining a steady nerve. Roscoe pointed out that the non-picture over-exposed black images were of great concern and suggests getting all canine techies involved in researching this phenomenon.

Baby Cakes reports that all canines are pretty much completely recovered from a physical point of view but will continue monitoring there sleep habits and night howls for a while longer before returning to her Florida post. Meanwhile, Dr. Dogwistle has the group of effected canines in the lab which in this case is an athletic field. They play around within the field which helps build them physically. Periodically a chupecoon picture flips up and the canines closest to the picture shoot it with anti-chupe toxin.

Tomorrow Dr. Dogwistle plans to introduce a paid participant, a real live raccoon. Don't worry, it is NOT a chupe. There will be "referee canines on the sidelines to deal with situations where the effected canines attack the raccoon physically rather than just testing it with anti-chupacabra toxin. Also, the referees will be there for those effected canines who yelp and run away. In both of these adverse circumstances, the effected canine demonstrating inappropriate behavior (aggressive or fearful) will be placed in a time out room and will have a short one-on-one session with Dr. Dogwistle.

During group therapy, the group discussed the encounter that Tom had with the brown-spotted chupecoon. This was presented as a case study for the group discussion with careful observation and therapeutic response by Dr. Dogwistle as indicated during the session.

The session went well from a therapeutic point of view, but one statement by Roscoe is well worth passing on to you and to your commander as well as the Florida commander. Roscoe said that in his experience there are no brown-spotted raccoons. He said that all brown-spotted raccoons that he has encountered turn out to be chupacabra. He further stated that the brown spot is a dead give-away that this is a chupe in disguise. Therefore, this is one of the signs that all canine military personnel should be aware of, especially now that the increase in chupecoons seems to be occurring.

Dr. Dogwistle assured Roscoe that his concerns would be passed to the appropriate authorities (namely the two previously mentioned commanders) and also stated that Roscoe's ability to discuss this business rationally without panic is an indicator of his improving psychiatric health. At the same time it needs to be pointed out that his heart rate monitor did show a slight increase in blood pressure during the discussion. This is not entirely unexpected and is likely situational and probably will always be the case, but still it will pay to monitor his blood pressure for a while yet during therapy sessions. It should be pointed out that the blood pressure for the other canine patients spiked more severely even though they were not participants in the actual discussion but rather, witnesses to it. That is of greater concern and will warrant very close observation. All canines are recovering, Roscoe more rapidly that the rest. Roscoe is leading the pack.


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 pRINCE

You should go with your dad this weekend to the dance studio moving party just for the pizza...have you ever eaten pizza? it is deeeeelicious! I am especially fond of those with pepperoni or any type of meat.....and all sorts (at least the good ones) have cheese...lots of stringy cheese....believe me, it is good stuff.......personally, I am not much on wine, but you might try a little taste just for the experience....

mom made ice cream today because their friends are coming over for dinner tomorrow....she only made vanilla, so I am going to have to jazz it up a bit....I am thinking of adding nuts and other stuff and calling it Raccoon on a Hot Tin Roof.....has sort of a fun ring to it, don't you think?

Annie who is trying to keep mom from fluffing her bed (I've got it just the way I like it)

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TO; SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM; PERCY SHARPTOOTH

please inform your Commander that we already had cameras installed at many strategic points around the house and property, but none of them recorded any sign of an intruder...in fact, our techies say that ALL the cameras show nothing but black...this is a bit unusual since even in the dark, they will record leaves blowing, animals walking by....and yet, for the time in question, every single camera showed nothing but black.....the tech guys have been puzzled and are conducting an investigation to make sure each camera is working properly...the idea that there was possibly some sort of outside interference has them all in a tizzy.....geeks in a tizzy is never a good thing *grin*

It is good to hear that our guys are recovering well from their memory loss.....I hope they will soon be able to return home. Mrs. TQ certainly misses her boy, Roscoe...TQ has been making sure the bird feeders are put away every night in order to discourage the trash panda (raccoon) who enjoys his sunflower seed snacks....she is afraid that if Roscoe or the others see him after they return some of them might have a relapse even though this critter does not have a brown spot on his back...we have heard that the brown spot raccoons have a strong tendency for violence and mayhem


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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

I am sorry to hear that Mr. and Mrs. TQ had their bird food can attacked by an unknown entity. Such events are always quite disturbing, especially in light of all that is going on in this world today. It is especially alarming when you consider that the Chihuahuas may have been drugged. Oh, and not to mention poor Annie, though it sounds like there were no ill effects for either the Chihuahuas or Annie. Of course, the loss of bird food is always a problem when you consider how many birds, squirrel, deer etc. are dependent upon the TQs. I am also aware of TQs knee problems which I suspect makes trip to the bird food grocery store difficult. They have my condolenses.

Although our commander has no suggestions for eradication of the pest perpetrator, she did suggest that you place cameras at various places on your property as well as the surrounding area and attach sensing devices to click a picture whenever it detects sound or heat. She feels that if you can identify this unknown beast-thingie that deciding upon the means of eradication might be made ever so much easier.

Baby Cakes reports that all canines under her care are showing steady progress at recovering. Cherry grass tonic continues to be administered to all at regular intervals.

Dr. Dogwhistle reports that great progress is being made by Roscoe, Will-O and the rest using desensitization techniques. The pictures of the raccoon / bear / chupe have been especially helpful and have been incorporated into the desensitization sessions. All are quite mutually supportive during group sessions. Dr. Dogwhistle is amazed at the speed of recovery, and although there is more work to be done, he is quite happy with the recovery to date.

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Dear Annie,

While I appreciate your sweet welcome and heads up, I have not found myself to have been treated differently from the other recruits. I met the brig commander during base tour and found him to be quite a pleasant fellow. He did point out the unpleasantness of being confined to the brig, but spoke of this equally to all recruits and myself. So you see, so far all has been fair and equal. Of course, there is discipline and I am a recruit, but I have not been looked at or spoken to any differently that all of the recruits. Most of the recruits are male, but I have not been given special treatment of a positive or negative type by anyone. Perhaps it helps that the commander is female. Still, I feel quite equal to all. I see this happening throughout the camp and feel that this camp is running quite smoothly. Oh yes, I am aware of some of the history, but all in all I'm feeling very good about our camp.

I do hope things go well for you at Camp TQ Annie. You must have a lot of responsibilities there. I've seen pictures of you when I was introduced to Prince. Yes, he is quite a handsome young man.

Bun Bun Basset, who is happy to meet another Basset who, though not military, is associated with the military.

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Dear Annie,

Dad is quite busy working on some photographs that he took. He asked me to tell you hi and suggest that writing Michaela again will be quite unnecessary. Actually, he will see her this weekend. You see, they are having a moving party and he will be helping with the move. Remember when he helped paint the place? Well, they served pizza and wine during that move. I think he is going over just so that he can eat pizza and drink wine, but he will never admit it. Still, I know my dad pretty well. Heh heh

Prince, who hears Bowser calling dad and me.
That makes me as happy as can be.
(I'm a poet...hee hee hee hee.)


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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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TO: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: PERCY SHARPTOOTH

It is alarming to hear that your FL raccoon/chupe/bear may actually roaming around CAMP TQ...questions arise: (1) how did it get here?. (2) what is its purpose or intent? (3) how can we find and destroy it?....the list goes on...the Commander is Very Concerned....This past weekend, Mr. Twinkie ordered the trash cans on the porch that hold bird seeds and deer corn moved to the edge of the woods...last night, with resounding crashing, something attacked the cans, possibly with the intention of obtaining a snack...or worse....whatever or whomever the attacker was, it was able to slip onto the property without detection by any wawas and also able to escape completely unnoticed....TQ heard the banging of the trash cans at 1:33am, but by the time she was able to turn on the outdoor lights, nothing was to be seen....there is some suspicion that nearby wawa guards were somehow drugged to sleep which would explain why these highly trained canines saw nothing....it was also noted that Annie did not wake up during this incident, lending credence to the possibility of some sort of drugging since she has been known to awaken when a leaf blows across the yard.....'tis quite worrisome

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Dear Bun Bun

Welcome to the FL militia! it is wonderful to see another basset hound joining the ranks....many of the higher ranking wawas are jealous of a basset's natural high intelligence, so do not be surprised if you encounter this....Also, watch out for your Brig Commander....he really likes basset girls....he may act all gruff or even mean and threatening, and even talk trash about others, but it is all to cover up his crushes (I have experienced this on many occasions...this is, of course, confidential, just between us girls)..

.I am a Belgian basset, an extreme beauty and although I am not officially part of of the Camp TQ (VA) militia, I am their official nurse when needed and on several occasions have been pressed into service when the militia needs my help. There are times I practically run this place (unofficially)... As an American basset, you may have extra demands laid upon you because bassets are known to be naturally superior in almost all areas....do what you can and just say "no" when you have to....if you feel in need of any sort of help or advice, feel free to call upon me and I will advise you the best I can

you will meet at your camp my nephew and brother, a handsome young black lab named Prince. He also runs an ice cream parlor. This is not EVER to be mentioned to his dad, Tom, who is extremely strict about Prince's diet and would not be pleased to learn of this food-based business (even though I hear that Tom is quite fond of ice cream for himself)....

Annie your new best friend in Camp TQ
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Tom,

you let that flake, Michaela, get away with far too much....I guess I have taught you too well to treat others kindly....however, you cannot let her walk all over you....when is the new dance studio supposed to be finished, so that Her Highness *snort* might be able to fit in a rehearsal or two before the show? if you do not want to speak firmly to her, you might keep track of how the development of the new studio is coming along....hey! I just had an idea! you know I am naturally good at interior decorating, and you are quite aware of what a naturally marvelous dancer I am.....let me know when the walls are painted and construction is completed, and I will send you an 11 x 14 color photo (framed of course) to hang in the studio where all visitors will see (and admire) it

tell Joanie I said hi
Annie who is going to go make a special vanilla ice cream for visitors that are coming for dinner on Fri

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Dear Annie,

While I am grateful for your generous offer, Michaela and I have cleared things up. We did this following the cancellation of Wednesday's "probably" rehearsal. With the move to the new studio, Michaela hasn't really had time to breath much less rehearse. We have agreed to just let rehearsals go until we are in the new studio. Remember that the performance was scheduled for February 4th but now is scheduled for April 1st, so we really do have more time. Also, Michaela promises to double up a few times so that we can catch up with ourselves once we are in the new place. Actually, this is far better than scheduling and then cancelling. I do look forward to the move and to getting back to our regular rehearsals.

Tom, who must now turn this computer over to Prince who seems extremely eager to send a message to someone.

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Dear Annie,

We have a new recruit. She joined us over the weekend and was in the field training on Monday. Now then, you have to understand that Monday was an extremely windy day. There were tornados north of us but nothing like that in SW Florida. Still, wind was very heavy. I just had to take a picture of Bun Bun Basset (our new recruit). She is not actually a Belgian Basset, but rather an American Basset. But she is quite sweet and works very hard in the field, catching on to military life quite quickly. Here is a digital copy of that picture. I thought you might like to see it.

Bun Bun Basset on Monday during training:


Oh, by the way, I had a customer at my ice cream parlor yesterday. It was a construction worker who stopped by. He loved the ice cream and service and promises to tell others about it. Please don't mention this to dad. He and mom don't know that I have the business yet. I'll tell them after it is successful and the dough starts rolling in. Oh, by the way, I'm not talking about cookie dough (grin).

Prince, who is interested in discussing lunch with Bowser.

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH (TOP SECRET MILITARY COMMUNICATION)
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

One new development of extreme importance has emerged from psychotherapy sessions with Roscoe. The reason that the group fainted when seeing the previous pictures of the raccoon / bear / chupe was because that is exactly the creature that they got a glimpse of just before passing out.

This is quite significant. It may be that the chupe destroyed in the swamp by Tom during a recent visit is the same creature that was in Virginia and who somehow passed through a suspected tunnel. On the other hand, it may be quite a different one in which case the aforesaid creature may be still roaming Camp TQ and represent a clear and present danger. This needs to be brought to the commander's attention post haste.


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Tom

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dear tom,

I feel so badly for you that Michaela is treating you this way....are you absolutely certain that you have done nothing to offend? (not that I think you would)...as you have improved your dancing skills over the past years, do you think she may be jealous that you will outshine her? Michaela may not be deliberately sabotaging you...she may not even be aware of her feelings of insecurity and jealousy, and so may be unconsciously undermining your dance number for the show.....I can tell you how YOU can win the show no matter what Michaela does...or doesn't do........that would be to fire her as your partner and let me step into her place....Joanie will probably be quite willing to loan me a dress and I do have all sorts of stupendous jewelry and accessories so I will shine on your arm as we walk onto the dance floor...the audience will gasp at your handsomeness and my gorgeousness

Annie who will also be glad to write Michaela another note if necessary, but this 2nd one will be a bit on the sharp side (even though being severe goes against my naturally sweet nature)

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS
My friend, I think it would not be wise to use a separate log for communications from me re: Roscoe and the others. My concern was the relationship between the commander and Baby Cakes. However, that seems to have resolved itself and so there is no need to keep separate the documents that I send. (You may wish to destroy this one or just not log it since it is only a communication between two friends.) Granted, the use of military channels for this message is not authorized, but I know of no other way to contact you, especially one that is secure. The main concern now is that Annie does not get wind of the communications from myself to you concerning military matters, and of course she is not authorized to see military communications anyway.

Have a good day my friend.

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Dear Annie,

I enjoyed reading your message. You are such a naturally sweet (young) lady.

I'll admit that I am not as happy as the last time I wrote. It seems that today's rehearsal has been called off and Wednesday's placed in the realm of probably rather than scheduled. Well, maybe probably will work better, scheduled times certainly hasn't panned out recently.

You know, Annie, I don't know why I'm telling you all of this. I guess I just needed an empathetic ear to express my feelings too. And you are naturally empathetic, right? :)

Tom, who is about to join Bowser and the bunch for lunch.

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH (TOP SECRET MILITARY COMMUNICATION)
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS
This is the current status report from Dr. Baby Cakes and Dr. Hippocrates Dogwhistle.

Currently all persons under medical joint care by the above named doctors are doing well physically. Nevertheless, Dr. Baby Cakes monitors them every two hours during the day. She sleeps in the campus infirmary to be near her charges. Cherry grass tonic has been administered twice daily since the transfer to the UNC CANINE campus.

All victims of the explosion who have memory loss are in individual and group therapy with Dr. Sharptooth. The purpose of therapy is to regain memory by working through the trauma of the event and strengthening of ego defenses and self esteem. Progress is slow, but that is expected. Still, little by little, layer by layer, the cloak of darkness is being peeled away to reveal small flashes of memory. More often than not, these flashes of memory are painful and need be worked through individually or in group. Group has been especially helpful in working on the feelings associated with the various flashes. It provides mutual support as well as an awareness that no canine is alone in this business of memory loss.

Content of most memories have been fairly superficial in a sense, those surface memories of the event such as the bright flash of light, the darkness and deafness that followed for a while, the feeling of being dragged off by someone or something. Little more than that...well, except for remembering physical pain. All pains physical have been reported to Dr. Baby Cakes of course.

Meanwhile, Dr. Baby Cakes keeps Dr. Sharptooth informed of any flashes of memory experienced at the infirmary as well as experiences with night howls, dreams, etc. She records verbatum any description of the dream sequences that the patients may have and said report is then shipped to Dr. Sharptooth.

This could take some time, but these therapies are of the essence.


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

I am happy that you are happy.....perhaps I can think of another, non-food, way for you to repay me (but really? what's the point?) hahahaha

some sort of structure is being built out in the East Field under the Commander's command...I would not have thought much about it, except when I wandered out there yesterday (its quite a hike, but I am a naturally strong walker), nobody would tell me what it is to be...I was expecting an answer of "storage shed" or some such, but upon my question, everybody clammed up and got all shifty-eyed....weird...I would not say that I am naturally suspicious, but this was odd....the only response I got was "go ask the Commander"....the Commander, at the time, was not in....hmmmmm.....now I am curious.....

Annie who has decided its time for a little stroll and perhaps a cup of tea with the Commander............................"oh, Commmmmmmmmander...."
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ATTN: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: PERCY SHARPTOOTH.....(aka SECRET AGENT 00WAWA)

I have decided to keep all messages from you regarding this current situation of Will O. and the others who are UNC-Canine in a separate log, one that the Commander does not know about...this is highly against scribe policy, one for which I could be court-martialed....each transmission from you will be transcribed into the regular log when it is safe to do so, leaving out all "unnecessary" passages.....I admit I feel a bit guilty, but also, at the same time, a bit secret agentish.....

Speaking of Roscoe, Will O. and the 3 wawas, have you heard anything? I do hope they will recover soon.

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Dear Natural Persuader,

Like you, I shall consider the matter closed. I would send cookies but I have put serious restrictions on Bowser in the interest of health for Prince and the rest of us. Cookies are no longer on the menu.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

Excellent plan regarding the commander; excellent idea about being somewhere else when he does check your logs. Best of luck.

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Dear Commander Bertha FastTrot,

First I want to apologize for my hasty retreat from Fort TQ. As you noted, I was feeling a bit distressed by the talk, but I now understand that you were in Annie mode and why you were speaking in that manner. Obviously, you could not speak differently to her and to me.

I want you to know that I very much appreciate your sending the letter regarding our talk and explaining some of those things which bothered me so greatly. I believe under the heat of the moment I exaggerated in my mind that which you were saying as well as how it was said. One thing that amazed me was how non-effected Annie was.

I know that Annie is an excellent nurse. I want you to know that I appreciate her nursing skills. My problem with her is when she does not accept orders that are a part of a doctors daily routine, essential in the treating of patients. At any rate, I believe that was the original source of tension between us. For one, I shall work to lessen that tension should I need to return at any time to Camp TQ.

Your generosity in building the doghouse for me with Bowser in mind was truly wonderful and greatly appreciated. I am actually looking forward to a time when he and I can be there and live in that special place. Thank you so much from the bottom of my doctor doggie heart!

Dr. Baby Cakes, who plans to share you lovely message with my husband Bowser.


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

I have no intention of writing to Michaela again....my intention with the first letter was to leave her with something to think about and perhaps add a bit of guilt........obviously it worked, since she is now excited about scheduling a new rehearsal....I figure my job is done....you may send me cookies in thanks.....however, it she begins to slack off again, let me know, and I will speak to her, but unless I hear from you on this matter, I will consider this matter closed,....

Annie who is a natural persuader
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**CONFIDENTIAL**

TO; SGT, MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM; PERCY SHARPTOOTH

I casually asked our Commander (as casually as possible) about Dr. BabyCakes and she does not hold any bad feelings towards Dr. BC...I did mention that I had "heard" that the dr. was a little wounded when the Commander fussed at her while she was here and the Commander seemed quite surprised...

as you suggested, I will try to keep the Commander from seeing the information you send me.....she does not check my log EVERY day....she does have a checklist of certain things that should be done everyday, including checking all scribes' logs...however, sometimes she is too busy to bother...Other times , if I am not around when she wants to check my books, she does not bother...she usually does this between 8 and 9am.....this means that she usually only looks at my logs 2 or 3 times a week............most of the time I am sure I can be busy at some other part of the camp if necessary *grin*.....
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dear Doctor BabyCakes

it has been brought to my attention that you have been upset over the little talk with you, myself and annie when you were here....you and annie had been throwing verbal barbs at one another for several days, both of you making unkind remarks about one another's profession....you were just as guilty as annie...I am sure that you were aware than calling Annie's job "lesser" and not as important as yours would hurt her feelings and aggravate her...it really was unpleasant for others to have to listen to the both of you which is why I brought you both into my office where I could speak to you in PRIVACY, rather than scolding you both in public.....if you think I was too harsh, I apologize...there have been several occasions when I have had to reprimand Annie and feel that I have to be very firm in order to have her pay even the slightest bit of attention.....when I spoke to you both, I was in my "speaking with Annie" mode


Please know, Doctor BabyCakes, that we are well aware of the sacrifices you make to come here and help us when there is a need and we appreciate all that you do for our camp. While it is unfortunate that you and Nurse Annie do not like one another, when there is a medical need you both manage to rise above it and work well together for the benefit of the patients in your care. We hope we can continue to count on you in the future if the medical need arises....

To show our appreciation and to help ease possible tensions between you and Nurse Annie, the wawas have been building you your very own doghouse to be used only by YOU when you are here...it will be separate from the camp and TQ's house (where Annie resides) in a secluded part of the East Field near the edge of the woods so that you will be able to enjoy peace and quiet when you are not working and perhaps enjoy some romantic moments when Bowser is here.....if you will recall, this location will let you be separate when you want to be and yet is within easy walking distance to the camp....your home will contain a queen-sized dog bed in case Bowser is able to join you when you are here...there will also be a fully-stocked refrigerator, although you and Bowser are always welcome to join the rest of the camp in the mess tent at meal time....there will also be an extra room which you may want to use as an office....of course, the only key will be given over to you the next time you arrive....when you leave, you may either take the key with you or leave it in my office in a cabinet I keep locked at all times ...

Sincerely
Commander Bertha FastTrot

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Dear Annie,

You needed have written that last message. I had already forgiven you for the letter sent to Michaela. You see, last night at dance she talked about our next rehearsal. It may be Monday or Wednesday. The exact day and time are uncertain right now, but you see, she is planning on our next rehearsal. Please let her decide when we shall rehearse and please don't send her any more letters. From now on I shall deal with her myself, though I do want you to know that I appreciate your willingness to help in all ways, including acting as my dance partner should it become necessary. It appears that it will not.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: SCRIBE PERCY SHARPTOOTH
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS

Hi Percy. Listen, my commander has agreed that I shall go to UNC CANINE to record progress with the doctoring of the canines in question. She will appoint another scribe here. I will send reports to our scribe and carbons to you. You may wish to not mention this to your commander unless he insists. However, if there are developments of a serious nature you should most definitely report that to your commander as well as TQ should it concern Roscoe.

Now the reason that I suggested (and it is ONLY a suggestion) that you not make all reports available to the commander (unless the commander should happen to read your report log, something commanders are supposed to do but seldom do), is simply that your commander seems to have some sort of strong feeling about Baby Cakes. I may, of course, be wrong, but you can use your judgment. Just stay within the legal bounds of what you can and cannot decide for yourself regarding reports.


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 my ears and whiskers, Tom!

take a chill pill....I was very gentle in my letter to Michaela....gentle, but firm....has your "gentle" ways gotten her to show up for rehearsals? I believe the answer is a resounding "no", which is why you asked me to take over.....there was not one thing in my letter that was untoward or unreasonable....I just laid the situation out there and she obviously couldn't face the reality, hence her sudden onslaught of the "flu"....obviously she felt insecure and threatened when I told her I was willing to step into her spot if she couldn't do it....she knows I am a naturally much better dancer.........now she has a choice to make--attend or not attend...I admit, I was sorta of expecting that her jealousy of me would force to pull herself together to attend the rehearsals.....soon you will be thanking me and begging for my forgiveness....either Michaela will get her act together or I will be your new dance partner....either way you come out a winner

Annie who is humming and doing a bit of a 2-step with a few twirls thrown in for fun

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TO: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: SCRIBE PERCY SHARPTOOTH

I shared your message with our Commander, but she refuses to let me go to UNC-Canine to observe the care and progress of Roscoe and the others (I do think that visiting that famous campus would have been a wonderfully educational experience)....therefore, all reports will have to come to you directly from Dr. BabyCakes...If I can persuade the Commander to share whatever reports she receives from Dr. BC or any of the other doctors/scientists there about our valiant warriors I will immediately share them with you....



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Dear Annie,

Oh good Gravy Train Annie, why did you send that NOT SO gentle a letter to Michaela. She's an artist Annie, and you know how artists are. I was supposed to rehearse yesterday and two hours before rehearsal (and right after reading your letter) she messaged me that she was feeling sick in the stomach (flu) and could not rehearse. Next session has not yet been planned. Annie, this time we were all set to rehearse and you made her too sick to dance, and believe me, if she can't dance she is really really sick! That's it Annie, no more will I be asking you to write letters. I doubt that you could even effectively teach Michaela considering the mood that you put her in. Oh Annie, how could you do this to us?

As for your performance for the kid's shindig, good luck you Russian Bassett you.

Tom, who is quite upset about missing rehearsal thanks to you Annie!

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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH, SCRIBE, FORT TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: SGT. MOTTO BADWHISKERS, SCRIBE, FORT TH, FL

Our commander requests that you will please keep us informed of the progress for health matters concerning Roscoe, Will-0, and others effected by contact with the tunnel force (identification uncertain). She also sends her wishes for their speedy recovery.

For your commander ONLY! Please do not let this information circulate, especially with one Nurse Annie. Baby Cakes has, by request of Doctor Hippocrates Dogwhistle, been transported by carrier eagle to UNC-CANINE where she will work in conjunction with Dr. Dogwhistle. Dr. Dogwhistle will naturally tend to matters of psychological well being while Dr. Baby Cakes will deal with matters physical. Both will share consultations with one another to maintain consistency.

Again, this is top secret stuff and I emphasize the essence of caution regarding these matters.


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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**ANNOUNCEMENT** **ANNOUNCEMENT**

The Kid's 2nd grade class in Alabama is studying France and there will be an Open House at the school on International Night...I do not know exactly when this will be BUT The Kid has invited me (not Roscoe, not Prince, not the great doctor, BC---ME) to attend as a representative of all French bassets! of course, I want to go....yes, I know I am going to have to explain the difference between Belgium (aka Center of the Universe) and France( C'est la vie), but this would/could be an educational experience for the entire class..even the entire school, one the wee children would never forget...

Mom has pointed out that there will be possibly hundreds of small hands all wanting to touch and pet me.....and there is no guarantee of cake............sometimes she can be such a killjoy...it will be fannnnn-tabulous! I will be the hit of the show!! I have been considering possible outfits...my dad says I should wear a scarf ("pearls", I shout), my mom says a tam-type hat ("pearls", I shout), but we shall see.....

transportation may be a problem...I hope The Kid is sending a limosine

Annie who says now you can read the messages below, but this is the most important one

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dear Tom

will do.......and please ask Prince if he knows what happened to that last batch of Squirrels in the Larder ice cream I made.....it seems to be missing

Annie who must don her scribe hat and send Michaela a gentle note


Dear Michaela

so what's happening, babe? I hear you are consistently bailing out on dance rehearsals...you know,April may seem so far away, but it will appear sooner than you think and then you will panic....if you just plain don't want to participate in the dance, then let Tom know NOW....it would be extremely rude to wait until the last minute....if this is the case, that you are no longer interested, then I can step in to fill the position of dance partner...fortunately, I am a naturally gifted dancer so learning the steps will not be difficult, but I need to know because I am an extremely busy canine and may need to shift things around in order to add this dance program to my schedule....and since you are the one backing out, you will be expected to pay for my travel expenses, hotel bill, etc....I suppose I can just borrow your gown (since I designed it), although Joanie may have something appropriate in her dress vault.......SO, think it over, and decide what you want to do.....if you choose to stick with the dance event, then get off your lazy butt, and schedule some rehearsal time with Tom....rehearsals where you actually plan to show up,.....you are not the natural dancer that I am and will need them....if you like, you can send me videos of each rehearsal and out of the goodness of my naturally kind heart, I will critique each one to help you improve and be the best dancer at the show!

Annie who is a naturally wonderful dancer and teacher....


dear tom

now that I have done your work for you, does this make me an official scribe?

Annie who is rotflhto

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much later

Dear Tom

I just learned that my mom is supposed to have her knee replacement surgery sometime in the near future....I have told her that I may need to be in FL for the dance show on April 1st, so she has promised to try to have the surgery over by then....she has said that she will hire a home health nurse to come in and stay with her if I am gone, but I just don't trust those people, even for a day....anyway, try to encourage Michaela to get off the stick and work on those rehearsals....I told I would step in for her as your partner if she wants to back out, and being the natural dancer that I am, learning the steps will not be difficult for me, but she does not have my abilities as we both know, so she needs to get busy....if you think you are going to need me there, let me know and I will find some way to work things out with mom even if I have to carry her there with me

Annie who is humming and dancing as she thinks about the dance

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Dear TQ,

Prince arrived home on schedule, precisely when Bowser was finishing dinner preparations. It was a fantastic feast and believe me, Prince ate with a voracious appetite. Did you not feed my poor baby while he was there? Hmmm, at least he didn't get skinny...far from it. In fact, looking at him now, I wonder if he perhaps had just a tad too much ice cream. Hmmm!

He woke up this morning in time for breakfast and now is sleeping again. I guess he was exhausted after all that he was involved in while in Virginia. I do hope that Roscoe, Will-O and the rest will be OK. I'm a little concerned considering their reactions after Doctor Hippocrates Dogwhistle had Prince show them pictures of the swamp chupe. Perhaps that was a bit too much for them. Oh those poor poor canines.

Tom, who is going to have a chat with Bowser about returning to rations for Prince.

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Dear Annie,

My rehearsal for Tuesday was cancelled and postponed until today. This has been happening quite frequently now. I guess it is because of the move to a new building being in progress, but perhaps you would be kind enough to send Michaela a tactful note about the importance of regular rehearsals. I think she respects you and that this might be helpful. Remember, do be tactful. We don't want to anger her...just nudge her a tad. You know what I mean sweet Annie?

Tom, who is in need of consistency in rehearsals.


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 DAD

good job with the photos! and smart of you to think ahead to bring the anti-chupe toxin with you....how did mom cope with that? or did you distract her when you fired the toxin gun? really, though, dad, you should take a couple of the wawas with you since they are experts in this area.....

your photos had sort of a therapeutic value...as you may recall, Doctor Hippocrates Dogwhistle was here....the Commander and I sat down with him and explained what had happened during the explosion.....he interviewed several of the wawas and finally Roscoe, Will O. and the 3 wawas...he was not overly surprised that their memories have been so slow in returning,....he says this is normal.....however, he asked me to show Roscoe and the others the pictures of the swamp raccoon....when I did, all of them screamed to high heaven and then fainted.....Dr. Dogwhistle called for an emergency eagle transportation and whisked all of them back to UNC-Canine.....we don't know how long they will be away.....I feel so sad for my buddy, Roscoe (and the others), but I tell myself he/they are all in good hands now

The Commander suggested I go home for awhile as long as I am on call in case of emergency here....the eagle couriers are busy, but have promised to have one here by lunchtime tomorrow (thurs.)....therefore I will be home around dinnertime....I hope Bowser has something delicious planned

I asked the Commander what happened in the conference with her, Annie and BabyCakes....All she said was that she had enough of their bickering and basically told them both to knock it off, that neither one was acting professional when they make snarky comments to or about one another.....she said Annie did not seem overly displeased, but that BC was quite upset....I guess Annie is used to being fussed at so it does not bother as much....The Commander said she did not feel she was unduly harsh....

Prince who is going to enjoy a few of Annie's cookies tonight..yum!

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Dear Annie,

Apparently Baby Cakes returned home after having experienced a severely traumatic experience in Virginia. I'm not clear about the details, but it apparently followed some sort of conference with the commander. She did say that she would not have left had any patients remained in serious condition, but apparently all patients have improved and she is able to leave them under the care of you, a very capable nurse.

Thanks for your sweet offer to help Michaela via video critique. I'll certainly send video if there are problems. So far all is proceeding quite nicely, especially since the performance has been postponed until April 1st. No, that's not an April fool's joke in advance.

Tom, who has had a very swampy weekend and now is ready to relax a bit.

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Dear Prince,

I do hope that Doctor Hippocrates Dogwhistle can help those in need. My guess is that he has extensive training in psychiatry. If this is the case, you might want to give Annie a heads up regarding his specialty in order to avoid another conflict which might occur should she assume he is Baby Cakes replacement. Just saying.

I mentioned in my previous communication that we encountered a raccoon that we suspected was a chupe in disguise. It first appeared as a relatively normal looking raccoon with the exception of one spot on its back. Then, as it got closer to us, it changed shape, becoming almost bear-like, as if the chupe had forgotten the shape it had assumed. Shortly thereafter, however, it returned to a raccoon shape. Here are the pictures that I said I would send:

Raccoon form:




Changed form:


Beginning to return to raccoon form:


Return to raccoon form complete:


Well, yesterday your mom and I went to the swamp to check on this raccoon, but this time we took anti-chupe toxin with us just as a precaution. I mean, the encounter Saturday was a close call really.

After arriving and walking for a while in the swamp, we begin to have an eerie feel about us, as though we were being watched. It remained with us for a while, sometimes stronger and more urgent than other times. Still we walked...on and on, searching for that raccoon.

What we failed to realize was that the raccoon had been following us and observing us. We suddenly felt very strongly that something was nearby and so I swung around and caught on camera the chupe-coon spying on us through leaves it had pulled back from a cabbage palm. Here are the pictures of this hideous creature:

Caught spying on us:




After grabbing a couple of quick shots, I yanked out my trusty toxin pistol and shot the chupe between the eyes. Poof! And it was a large very odiferous poof, but also the end of that particular chupacabra. One does wonder, however, how many more disguised chupes may lurk in those dark waters. Rest assured that your mom and I will continue to explore that swamp in an effort to seek out the vile critters and zap them with anti-chupe toxin.

Dad, who is going to take a nap after exhausting himself just thinking about his recent swamp adventures.


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Tom

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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

wow! no wonder it was so peaceful and quiet here..i did not realize that DOCTOR BabyCakes ran home with her tail between her legs *snort*.....She must have finally come to senses, realizing that I am superb at my nursing job...oh well, her jealousy is understandable

tom, you know I have offered to help Michaela with the choreography so she will not embarrass you at the dance??....a glitch may have arisen in my plans to come to FL....Mom is waiting to see her orthopaedic dr., but she thinks she may be required to have some sort of surgery on her knee....this means, of course, that it will be essential for me to remain at home to care for her....you know my dad travels for his job, so without me, mom could have serious problems.....I am thinking that perhaps my dad could build me a special elevator so I can get up into and out of her bed....do you think you will be able to cope if I stay here? if you send me videos, I can critique them...it won't be the same as having me actually there in person where I can nip Michael's heels when she steps incorrectly, but its the best I can think of at the moment....as always, feel free to ask for my naturally expert help if needed

Annie who is going over to see what Prince is up to in Mom's kitchen
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dear dad

Doctor Hippocrates Dogwhistle will be arriving tomorrow from UNC-Canine to see what he can do with Roscoe and the others who still have not regained much of their memories....I am hoping he will be able to bring them back to "normal".....almost every night they have one or more of them has nightmares....they howl in the middle of the night in their sleep.....its very spooky.....

Annie seems in a pretty good mood today....she has been humming all morning.....she said she is going to create a special "friend" cookie because I am such a wonderful friend....I am looking forward to it.......don't worry, I won't eat too many (I hope)

Prince who is going out to meet with the Spec. Ops guys

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Dear Prince,

I received the following message from Bowser yesterday:

Dear Tom,

When my poor Baby Cakes got back from the meeting with the commander she was in tears. I've told you that her nerves have been fried by Annie. Apparently the commander really laid down the law with Annie as was needed. But then she lit into my poor Baby, forgetting that BC is at Fort TQ as a favor and is not under orders. She felt it was totally unfair of the commander. We will be returning home tomorrow. BC says that the patients left at the infirmary are well on their way to recovery and that there are no emergencies. She remains concerned about the pooches that have lost memory, but says that this is now in the hands of experts from UNC CANINE and she has complete confidence in them. She states that if anyone can help with memory restoration it will be them. Please have eagle payment ready tomorrow.

Bowser, who is fed up with how my sweetie has been so terribly mistreated at Fort TQ

Well Prince, they arrived home this morning and of course the eagle got well rewarded. I don't think they bothered to inform the commander of their change so you may wish to do that.

Let me know if Jack's vitamin concoction helps with memory loss for those who suffer with it.

Speaking of the tunnel, your mom and I went to the swamp yesterday. We ran into a raccoon who looked a bit strange from the get go. The interesting thing about it is that it started losing its raccoon shape right in front of our eyes and begin taking on a bear shape. Then suddenly it returned to raccoon. It was almost as though it was a chupe who forgot what shape it was for a moment and then suddenly caught itself and returned to the proper shape. I'll send pictures tomorrow after processing them. I do hope they turn out and show just what we saw...well, I saw it, I'm not certain that your mom did since she was not right there at the moment.

Dad, who is ready to eat and so happy that Bowser has returned. He and Baby Cakes will both be in the kitchen today!

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Dear Annie,

It is obvious that you are very busy. It is most fortunate that your skills are excellent. I suppose that you miss Baby Cakes now that she is here in Florida again. Ah well, you can handle it all or she wouldn't have left. I know how the two of you enjoy working together, but BC does belong here and of course if we have an emergency here we will need our doctor. (Uh, I think you knew about her traveling here...didn't you?)

Michaela and I are working hard on our dance and doing quite well I believe. Gee Annie, I haven't started taking videos yet. After we have the routine down pat, I'll take video so that we can work on our styling together. It just has to be pretty you know.

Tom, who is going to enjoy a wonderful Bowser lunch in a few minutes


Tom

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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 dad

I do not (yet) know all that was said in the office when Annie and BC were in there with the Commander, but I did hear that paint melted off the walls when the Boss lit into them both for their constant tormenting of one another....I DO know--or at least the word around camp is---that BC will have her time off with Bowser and is not to be interrupted by Annie or ANYONE ELSE until Bowser returns to FLA......IF there are any REAL emergencies, in the infirmary or elsewhere, anyone who thinks that BC should be contacted, MUST go to the Commander and state their case...IF the Commander feels that BC is needed, she will do it herself....anyone caught bothering BC and Bowser for ANY reason will be confined to an empty tent for AT LEAST 2 days....could be longer if the Commander so decides....BC and Bowser are staying over at the mcmansion with full use of the kitchen so they do not need to leave their little love nest until they hear the wings of the eagle who will transporting Bowser home....in turn, BC is NOT allowed at Camp TQ until after her husband leaves....and before returning to work, she must present herself to the Commander.....I hear, dad, BC got just as much of a tongue-lashing for always talking down to Annie as Annie did for her snarky remarks.....I also heard that the Commander threatened to send them to a brig in N. Dakota if either one breaks these rules..............................but I admit, these are mostly rumors, although there were several wawas outside the office trying to eavesdrop as much as possible *grin*

Watching the UNC Canine scientists that were here yesterday was real interesting.,,,they had all kinds of instruments that collected information like air, etc....nobody is allowed near the tunnel until they get their results back...the area which exploded has been covered over....I mentioned the possibility of the other end of the tunnel ending in the swamp where you and mom like to go picture taking and they were quite interested, especially when I told them about all the daytime raccoons you have seen......do not be surprised if they show up down there...you may be asked to lead them to the swamp....I explained that you were busy with you dance practice, but they just kind of stared at me and then left?????

Jack suggested giving Roscoe, Will O. and the others a big shot of some vitamin mixture he has concocted....he is over talking to Annie about that.....the idea is that this will help bring back their memories....like you said, it sure has been slow

Prince who sees TQ just got out the ice cream maker in the kitchen and should go help
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Dear Tom

It's quiet here----today *smile*...yesterday I had to supervise a dozen or so CSI agents from UNC Canine who were here collecting dirt, plant and air samples to take back to their labs to analyze for whatever caused the explosion...a couple of their scientists needed to briefly interview and look at Roscoe and the others who went missing, so I had to get all that set up and call them into the Infirmary...BC, who supposedly came out here to help, was off somewhere with her husband and absolutely no help at all! fortunately, I am a great organizer and was able to get everything done BY MYSELF.....Jack wants me to give the guys who were missing some type of shot....the Commander approved it, so we shall see if it works....Will O. is a bit needle-shy, so I had to sit on him while I gave him his shot.....but then I sang a couple of cheery songs to everybody, so by the time they left, they were all feeling happy again.....

Prince mentioned that you and Michaela have been working on your dance routine....if you send me a video of the rehearsals, I will be glad to point out what areas need to be corrected....that Michaela always is in need of my help....

Annie who feels like a piece of cake would be good about now




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Dear Prince,

I received a rather surprising letter from Bowser who expressed concern about friction he feels between BC and Annie. He was asking my advise in the matter.

Here is what he wrote (copied and pasted within this letter):

Dear Tom,

I'm dreadfully concerned about my wife's relationship with Annie, the nurse at the hospital. I don't think things are going well between them and in addition to the effect upon my Baby Cake's nerves I fear that the patients will suffer as well if this continues.

Let me give you a recent example. The commander out of generous compassion gave my Baby time off this weekend. Meanwhile, she put Annie in charge JUST FOR WHILE BC WAS OFF. Well, Baby and I had just gotten cuddled by the fireplace enjoying a warm loving fire when BC got a message. It was Annie informing BC that there was an emergency at the hospital and she was needed. BC, of course, hurried immediately through the cold snow to the hospital. I'm not certain what all happened at the hospital but here is the gist of it all... When BC got there Annie immediately informed her that Annie was in charge of the hospital for the weekend and that means that BC would be expected to follow her orders. BC started to protest but Annie continued on. Right now I'm going over to check on mom. I might have some ice cream while I'm there. You will take care of my nursing duties and be sure to write a report of all that you do in my absence.

Well Tom, needless to say my sweet wife had had it up to her ears with that nonsense. She marched over to the commanders, Annie following. They were both taken into the commander's office and that's where they are now. I don't know what is being said or what is coming from that meeting but my guess is that it is getting mighty warm in that office. They probably had to turn off the electric heat. (heh heh) But Tom, you can see my concerns. Will you please advise me what to do?

Bowser

Well Prince, that was the end of the message. I messaged him and suggested he sit tight until the meeting is over and he knows how the commander resolved the conflict. I did assure him that if he and BC decided to return to Florida that it would be OK. I doubt if they do though. BC is an extremely dedicated doctor. We shall just have to see. In fact, you might keep your lovely black ears open on the pink side and let me know how it all goes down.

As for the survivors of the blast, I suspect that their amnesia will be slow to dissipate. It is good that some memories are beginning to return though. I'm glad that you plan to keep me informed. As you know, I have been concerned for some time about those guys.

You may want to see the commander about the tech guy who didn't tell you more about what was going on with the radio transmissions. You have top secret clearance but more importantly you duties require that you be in the loop. I'm not suggesting that you complain about the tech guy, but rather that you request that the commander make certain that all top level folks are aware that you have clearance and definitely need to know. This would be true for Roscoe as well, but he may need a rest from the burdens of knowing about those most guarded military secrets until he is further recovered from what must have been a harrowing experience.

Michaela and I rehearsed yesterday and had an excellent rehearsal. Our dance is becoming smoother and some of the rough spots were worked on. The ending parts (newest of the choreography to be taught to her) is rough and parts she doesn't well remember, but this is only the second time we've worked with that part. I'm pretty sure it will come together. Also, the showcase has been postponed until April 1 due to delays in the move to the new studio. I just hope that the new date isn't just another April fool's joke. (ha ha ha... see Prince, I can tell jokes too....snicker)

Dad, who is doing chores this morning and will therefore need an exceptionally nutritious lunch (or maybe I should say filling rather than nutritious...grin)


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Tom

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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 dad

glad to get your message....I asked one of the tech guys what the problem had been and he just clenched his lips together and said "never mind..its top secret" and then walked off...I was about to protest that I DO have top secret clearance, but decided just to let it go, walking over to the mess tent, instead, to see what was cooking..lol

okaydad! okay!! I have a couple of riddles for you
why did the cow cross the road?
to get to the udder side!!! (the Gonzalez heifers loved this one!)

What do you call a cold dog sitting on a bunny?
A chili dog on a bun.
I can't wait to tell that one to the cook in the mess tent

TQ was able to get out yesterday and returned home much more relaxed with that crazed cabin fever glint gone from her eyes.....on the other had, she did not apparently feel the need to get the chocolate ice cream out of the freezer, although I was standing around waiting to help her.....sigh....you humans!

this morning TQ was able to have a bit of a talk with the head deer, Boy George...they haven't really had much time to just stand around and chat, plus he tends to be more skittish when the other deer are around....his daughter, the obnoxious Ms. Sassypants, loves to eat breakfast with him, and she is usually the only female allowed to do so...either he chases them away or the girls chase him off.....

Thanks for letting Bowser come here for a couple of days....the UNC-Canine investigators will be here all day gathering anything and everything they deem necessary to help them figure out what "drugs" were given to Roscoe and the others.....BC is a nervous wreck....I am not sure why since she is very smart and she gets along with everyone......well, almost everyone....perhaps she worrying about the Annie Factor...bwahahahaha....you never know what Annie will do, and the UNC guys have never met her before.....anyway, they should be gone by the time Bowser arrives and the Commander has told BC to take the weekend off while her husband is here....just to keep her phone nearby in case of emergency....this means Annie will be in charge of the infirmary.....normally, Annie is always runs our hospital, but with BC here and the Commander telling her that Annie will be in charge.....well...you heard that squeaking sound? that was Annie's head swelling ...hahahaha

you asked about Will O....he was with the rest of the guys who came home with Roscoe....Will O. had been right there at the tunnel when it blew up and he was one of those in the hospital after they returned....they have quit vomiting and actually seem to be feeling pretty good....none of them, including Roscoe, have gotten much of their memory back, but it is slowly returning...some of them remember a flash of light...others don't...but all remember darkness that seemed to last for a long time....some remember an odd smell.......that is the most any remember.......I will keep you up to date

Prince who is going to go see what the cook is preparing for lunch

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Dear Prince,

Your message came through without any difficulty. That's great! Has the transmission difficulties and technical problems been resolved?

You and BC are requesting that Bowser come up there for the weekend. Is this so that BC and Bowser can be together, or are you thinking about your stomach again? Hmmm... well, it will be hard for me to do without him, but I have always found it quite hard to say no to you except when saying no is essential to your health or safety. And while I could make the argument that Bowser would likely help increase your waist line, I suppose I can have a good heart to heart discussion with Bowser about what to feed you and not feed you in the event that he is pressed into service during his "vacation" with BC. So OK...he will leave on Friday morning arriving Fri. PM via eagle carrier but will need to return on Sunday. Please show him respect and allow him to spend his time with BC who desperately needs his company.

I'm not liking what I hear about chemicals and the condition of Roscoe and the others. (Is Will-O back and how is he?) I hope that the UNC-CANINE folks can get to the bottom of this. My guess is that it was administered to the unfortunate canines by someone or something... a creature of unknown description. Of course, it may have been the gas emitted from the bulge that eventually boiled over so to speak, but if that is so, where then did it originate. Was it manufactured or was it a natural phenomenon?

Poor TQ and her oncoming cabin fever. I was born in Iowa and grew up there, well until the fourth grade when we moved to Illinois. I never had cabin fever there because I was a kid and we just went out and played in that white stuff. I lived on 7th street, and 8th street was always blocked off for two city blocks. It was a fairly steep hill and set aside for the kids to slide on. They would build a huge snow bank at the bottom so that we didn't slide out into Cedar, a fairly busy street. I spent hours slipping and sliding on that slope. Sometimes I'd sit on the sled, but usually I'd run and then flop on it belly to the sled and go speeding down that crazy hill. Such fun. I always lived in a city or town and could get around. I think cabin fever is a rural thing where it just whites out all around. It's those same conditions that snow blindness can be associated with. Now I did have a bit of a bout with snow blindness once, but then, that's a whole different story.

Speaking of Suzzi Rockalot, one of the Chihuahuas that I've sort of adopted as a temporary companion while you are away (they call him Crazy Harry because he has so many crazy tales to tell...he calls them tails)... but anyway, he tells me he heard a news story report on CNN CANINE where Suzzi Rockalot was interviewed. He said she didn't say much that made much sense, but I thought you'd like to know that she apparently is OK.

You know, Prince, Annie complains about how delicate her tummy is, but frankly she puts so much into it. If it is or at one time was edible, she'll eat it. Even old pistachios that are for the wild life there. Hmmm, I wonder. Perhaps Annie is a heroin. I mean, she may have saved numerous squirrels, birds, dear and raccoon from a similar sickness. Don't tell her that though. She will quite quickly assume the heroin role and then...well, you know how her Bassett head can swell. (grin)

Ah Prince, I've rambled on and on just as though you were here. I'm missing you a lot my boy. Look for Bowser to arrive on Friday and please stay safe. Get plenty of sleep and say hi to Roscoe and Annie for me.

Dad, who needs to discuss some rules about your eating with Bowser.


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 dad

if you could order Chinese take out for a couple of days (remember, you do get fortune cookies for dessert), BC could really use a Bowser-break...things are just insane here.....
(1) BC sent the blood samples from Roscoe and the others off to UNC-Canine for testing and while she hasn't received the final documentation, she confided to me that there are some unknown chemicals in them....UNC CSI-types will be arriving this morning to scour a 1 mile area to see if we have any plants that might cause this memory-erasing that the formerly-missing might have consumed...back at UNC, they will be trying to further analyze the properties of these chemicals ......anyway, we shall once again be overrun by strangers and BC will be in charge of them ...None of Roscoe's group has remembered anything yet, and while Roscoe is still feeling merry, the others are in the infirmary's intensive care area...BC thinks that Roscoe, being bigger than the wawas, was not as affected by whatever they ate or were given.....Maybe if Bowser could come for the weekend???

(2) the snow is still covering the ground and while Mr. Twinkie is somewhere near Cinncinati, TQ cannot drive out anywhere.....she seems in good spirits, but there is a bit of crazed glint in her eye that suggests cabin fever is fast approaching...She is planning to go out to town on Thurs no matter what....she shall see

(3) speaking of crazed glints....we had a young new recruit here named Susie Rockalot....how she ever got into the militia is beyond me.....no one could figure out if she was just a bit "different" or if she was nuts, but when the explosion occurred, she went off her rocker...BC had her in the infirmary, but she ran off somehow and nobody knows where she has gone.....

(4) TQ put out some in-shell (unsalted) raw pistachios for the squirrels and the deer...(she said they were really, really old)....unfortunately, Annie, who has a delicate tummy, got into them and then threw them up at 4am this morning.....TQ cleaned it up and just as she was nodding off to sleep, Annie tossed the rest of the nut shells up...........TQ was not as bright-eyed and sparkly the second time.....I decided to just stay in bed and stay out of the way....TQ has been cleaning out the refrigerator and we have been eating good, dad...chili one night, tofu ham last night, ice cream cones...you never know what will be on the menu, but let me tell you dad...dry kibble can taste pretty darned good if you cover it with something! TQ said she is going to the grocery store when she goes out tomorrow and told me to add anything I wanted to her shopping list...I haven't decided yet what I want, although now that I think about it I wonder if TQ would be willing to bring in some Chinese food....of course, there is always the mess tent, but I like to see what is being served at both places....hehehehehe

Prince who sees TQ staggering back to bed and may join her



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CNN CANINE: Suzzi Beanblossom reporting from CNN CANINE central in Atlanta

Because I am unable to transmit from location, I have chosen to come to CNN CANINE central to file this report.

Something indeed very strange is going on at Canine Camp TQ, VA. Although reporters are not allowed into the camp, we have heard and seen strange things from the area beyond the camp boarder. Our communications are apparently jammed and we can only assume that is the work of Jack, a scientist canine who the commander of the camp sometimes employs. He certainly has the capability of creating that sort of disturbance. Very early this morning while still dark, there was a sort of electrical storm. It appeared like shooting stars crisscrossing the fort, but these stars began and ended at ground level and arced across the darkened sky. While a lovely display, during the five minutes that it occurred all electrical devises of a communication nature were rendered useless. I don't mean just the static that we have been experiencing; rather, I mean that they were fried, hopelessly lost forever. One can only imagine what might be going on within ground central, namely Fort TQ. It was then that the decision to vacate the area was made. Just before leaving we saw a canine soldier leaving the area and ran to see if she was OK. (She looked dazed and frightened.)

Another strange phenomena was the landing and then the leaving and then the approaching of medium sized eagle-shaped organisms. Now when I say medium, these creatures are quite huge. It's just that there are other similarly shaped creatures that are immense, and so these are medium only in relationship to the immense and the normal, falling nearly half way between the two in size. Well, they are currently at rest about fifteen miles beyond the boarder of the encampment in a heavily forested fairly uninhabited area. When I say uninhabited, please understand that this reporter is referring to civilized individuals such as canines, some humans and some felines. I have with me a canine who was previously behind the boarder and part of the military there. I will be interviewing her now:

Suzzi: You are the first canine to leave that area since the recent strange occurrences. Let me first ask you to identify yourself by name.

Sadie: My name is Sadie Rockalot. (She said this as she swayed side to side as though keeping time to some musical refrain that only she could here.) I'm sick and tired of being in that fort. Those terrible canines nick named me Sick Sadie. I can't help it if I get migraines and other debilitating conditions. Nor can I help it if it pretty much always happens when I am assigned a dangerous task. It just happens, you know. You do understand don't you?

Suzzi: Uh...well, yes, of course I do Saidy. Can you describe what is happening at Fort TQ.

Sadie: Of course. Well, a lot of troops are coming there. And we've had eagles including an injured one but it's not there anymore and some of the canines have been missing for a long time and then just came back looking really silly and singing silly songs. Trust me, you wouldn't want to listen to them at a concert. (giggles) You know, stuff like that.

Suzzi: I hope you understand, but I have to ask this question. Is there a war with the chupacabra going on in there.

Sadie: Oh goodness no. Some of the canines that returned from some sort of tunnel thing came back injured and had to have treatment. I know that because I was in the hospital recuperating from an unusually evil migraine when they brought them in. There were moans and groans and so much commotion, I mean, how is a girl to get any rest with all of that going on? You would think they would be more considerate, wouldn't you?

Suzzi: Well...uh, I suppose. Well, thank you for your comments Sadie.

Sadie: We're not done are we? I mean, I thought I'd get a lot more publicit...er, air time to explain all the stuff that is happening...uh...you know...at the fort and all. Aren't you going to ask me more...

Suzzi: We now return you to Radio Central.

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Dear Prince,

I don't know if you will get this message, but I called eagle HQ and demanded that the scout eagles return to your encampment. I really don't know why they all got sent with the injured eagle. Their job is not transport. Anyway, they should be there by now. Hope all is well.

Bowser told me that BC asked him to join her there. I talked with him about it but told him I'd get back with him regarding my decision. I hate to not let him come up there, but I'm not certain that I'm ready to take over the job of cooking...well, you've eaten what I cook and I think that you know what I mean.

Dad, who thinks he'll go chat with Bowser about his homemade apple pecan pie.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 1/10/2017 (10:44)
Tom

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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 Bowser,
I miss you so much, my love....I cannot come home until we know for sure what has happened to the missing canines...I am afraid they may be seriously wounded....surely, Tom could let you off for a few days to come here....???....Annie is being her usual obnoxious self, although I admit the patients love her and she is very good at her job, but still....some days I feel like pulling her whiskers out! hurry here, Bows...I so need you!

BC...your sweet baby cakes...hehehehe
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dear Tom

I am surprised that you were able to get through the infirmary medical communication line.....I hope you understand this is line is strictly...STRICTLY...for medical personnel and emergencies.....HOWEVER, I understand that during times such as this with no other sources of communication, why you used it...but please do not share this with others....

to answer your questions, I saw Prince this morning....he has been working almost non-stop......when I saw him he was loaded up with all sorts of equipment and walking into the woods with a couple of the Sp. Ops guys.....he did wave his tail at me......BC has released Jack from the infirmary on his promise that he will stay away from the site of the explosion or rescue operations.....Jack really wants to get back to his office.....actually, he did mention to me that he is planning to ask my mom if he can use her phone to call his dad today (his phone was destroyed during the explosion).........BC talked to the Commander who agreed to have one of the wawas check on Jack every hour....his headaches are still bothering him, but otherwise he seems fine....the headaches are worrisome....I made the mistake of suggesting to DOCTOR BabyCakes that perhaps some alternative healing methods might help him and the DOCTOR was not at all interested......she did say I could give him a head massage which he said was relaxing....anyway,, let's not discuss that bossy canine.....hmpfh! ....and did I tell you that she ORDERED me to clean the linens closet?! the DOCTOR was too busy....hmpfh! and only the DOCTOR is in charge of our medicines, including the cherry grass meds....who does she think handles it all when she is not here, I ask you?!! hmpfh! well, enough........and that b...and the DOCTOR told me to change all the bed sheets...while she sits at MY desk writing all her notes....pfft! let's not talk about her....

NURSE Annie who WHAT??? OH! here is a surprise for you!! *running out of the infirmary, leaving DOCTOR BC in charge*
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* Annie runs out and give Prince and the others big Belgian basset hugs*
Dear Dad

HELLOOOOOO! How are youuuuu? do you like my howling/singing? its not as great as Annie's----yet.............GUESS WHAT? *BZZZZZZZZ* *GURPH* *BIZZLE*



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later:

Dad, they are home!! I was in the woods and here came El Toro Grande and 2 of his heifers with Roscoe, Will O. the Whippet, and the 3 missing wawas riding on their backs...the canines were singing and laughing and having a good time......it was almost like they were drunk, but Annie administered breathalyzer tests which showed no alcohol...BC took blood samples for testing.....Roscoe and the others do not understand what all the fuss is about....they do not remember the explosion, they do not believe they have been missing....its very, very weird...and kind of scary.......they all remember the camp and everyone in it, but do not recall the tunnel, chupes, or even where they have been for the past several days....El Toro Grande said one of his heifers spotted them walking over the mountain behind their house, happy as can be.....

Prince who is so happy his brother and the others are back...

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TO; SGT. MOTTO BAD

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Dear Annie,

I have been unable to reach anyone via the military communications system. Prince does not respond to his personal smart phone. I have not even been able to reach your mom. You are my last hope. Is everything OK there? What is going on?

Did I mention, some of the canines here who regularly watch CNN CANINE say that transmissions from your geographical area are not coming through but that technical difficulties are being experienced.

Please, if you have any news from the front about the missing canines, the condition of Jack, or the war if one has actually started, please get back to me via your smart phone. I need to know that I still have contact with someone there.

Tom, who is feeling quite worried about everything there and is about to get with Bowser and eat away his deepest concerns. (Oh, I hope I don't have an eat-to-much hangover!)


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

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hello? HELLO? your last message was lost......TOTALLY lost except for the question about the eagles arriving to help Prince...yes, they arrived, but with an injured comrade, they tended to focus on that issue as opposed to anything else....and when the gondola arrived to carry the wounded one, everyone (eagles, I mean) pitched it to help carry it when they left, so there are no eagles here....I have brought this *bzzzzzzz* to the atten*bzzzz* of our Commander.....she has sent off a reminder to Emergency Eagle Hdqtrs and they sent apologies, but stated that due to weather conditions, they will not be able to send anyone until MAYBE Wed...apparently all their eagles are in use in warmer areas of the country.....

everything el*Bzzzz* in your last message was completely unreviewable due to extreme static.....from your end or ours? our techs are researching possible causes and suggest yours do the same....there is some possibility that those pesky news people down below are intentionally or unintentionally running some program that interferes with our bandwidth...if this is so, our wawas will sneak closer to the news vehicles and disable it *bzzzzzz*

*bzzzzz* our Commander has decided *bzzzzz

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Tom asked me to see if the scouting eagles that he had dispatched to work with Prince have arrived yet. (See his message sent to you on 1/6/17.) They should have arrived that day.

Now then, this is of the utmost importance and needs urgent attention. On the 9th of this month, it is expected tha ...........



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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*GASP* reviewing our past communications, I see that my most recent updates have not made it through to you....I have alerted are tech experts who are checking to see if it was a deliberate cutting of all our communications, or if perhaps there was some more mundane cause....Let me summarize all that has been happening here

Jack and BC have had a snarl over whether or not Jack is ready and able to return to work. He says yes, BC said no and wanted to send him home...Jack pointed out that if his head bump got worse (he is still having horrible headaches) at home, nobody would be there to come to his aid...BC conceded this and Jack is still here, but he is not allowed back at the explosion site...In order to keep him calmer and quieter, she allows him an "aide" who can find out whatever information Jack needs, etc....This is a compromise, but neither Jack or BC is totally happy with it......most of the other patients have been released, but BC feels she needs to remain here until all the missing are found in case her medical skills are needed

when Nurse Annie and BC are in the same room, one can practically feel the temperature drop a good 10 degrees....BC keeps making cracks about Annie's lesser duties, and Annie fires back with snide remarks about pompous doctors...bets are being taken among the guys on when the whisker-pulling is gonna start......when they are working with a patient, though, they manage to put aside their issues and devote themselves to the patient's care.....

Several canines are still missing, including Roscoe, Will O. and a few wawas....we have several sniffers here from the Greensboro and Richmond militias.....yesterday, becuz there are so many wawas in camp that it is difficult to know who is where and who is here, our Commander decided to do a headcount....at 2pm all of our wawas were ordered to line up so their presence could be checked off....Visiting wawas were each assigned an area and their leader had to do the same...NOBODY was exempt...those who were unable to get up from their hospital beds, had to sign their name and paw print on a sheet of paper which was presented to the Commander...After the outdoor head count was over, a Captain was assigned to enter the Infirmary and personally verify each name on the list that BC hgiven him......now we know who is actually still missing.....Roscoe, Will O., Pvts. Otto Flop-Bott, Rinn Timtim, and Bunker Sweetpaw....

When Nurse Annie and Dr. BabyCakes assisted the eagle doctor with the wounded eagle's wing, they were both interested in several aspects of eagle medicine that they had not encountered before in canine care, so using Skype they conferenced one afternoon for a medical discussion...this let Nurse A. and Dr. BC tend to any patient in need here while enjoying the conference.....(and Annie did not have to view eagle feet which she finds repulsive)

The injured eagle is not yet able to fly, so following a suggestion from Annie, several eagles flew in with empty gondolas....some of the NC wawas, who are quite skilled in carpentry, found ways to disassemble the gondolas and reassemble them into one giant gondola wherein the eagles could carry their patient (this was Nurse Annie's suggestion, and while the eagles were very impressed, it does not get her off the "no fly" list)...they flew out of here around 1pm yesterday in order to beat the incoming snows....The patient who is still in pain hollered a bit when his friends lifted him into the gondola and the noise sent all the reporters who were still hanging out down the road into a right tizzy...As a thank you gift, the eagles deliberately flew over the waiting reporters and "showered" them with poo....this sent many of the Obnoxious Ones running back to their vehicles, several who have not returned

we now have about 8" of still falling snow...it is beautiful, but may hamper continued rescue operations...Prince has taken over this task and works constantly organizing and participating in all aspects of search and rescue....yesterday the Commander, BC and TQ had to force him to take a break...he went into the house where TQ fed him a huge lunch, including homemade ice cream (she later sent ice cream over to the mess tent after dinner...delicious!) ....Annie ordered him to take a nap on her comfiest bed...Prince was asleep by the time his whiskers hit the mattress......he admitted to feeling much refreshed when he awoke....Sgt. please inform his dad that he has been sending him messages, but they, along with my communications, appear not to have gone through...Tell him Prince is doing well..........

I will attempt to keep you updated at least once daily...or more often if something eventful happens here

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It is quite possible to be joyful about the promotion and distraught about the lost canines. I know that this kind of internal conflict is hard to reconcile; but it is best just to acknowledge it and accept both feelings as valid for the specified circumstances. It will only cause you hardship if you fail to acknowledge that for which you are joyful and that for which you are distraught.

I had thought that all missing canines had been identified, but when there is uncertainty, the headcount makes perfect sense. I hope that there are not too many new names placed on the MIA listing. Our commander wishes and expects that you will keep her informed.

I have sent both BC and Annie messages to the effect that I know that I have heard of some discord between the two and I know that under whatever is going on on the surface that they do in fact admire each other's work in their respective medical fields. I admonished both of them for their failure to demonstrate those positive feelings to one another. If they would begin doing that, I think all of the pettiness would fade away, hopefully sooner rather than later. They need to show one another the respect that both deserve in their respective medical fields in order to best work together for the benefit of the patients and frankly, for their own comfort.

I do appreciate your continuous updates. I report all matters concerning your circumstances directly to the commander including copies of the communications.

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Dear Prince,

I am glad that you are resting. You must keep up your strength through rest and food if you are to be helpful to Roscoe and the others. I am sending support in the form of three eagle scouts. As you know, they are more agile than the carrier eagles, and though they are smaller, they can maneuver much better and are not slowed by inclement weather nor time of day. Their vision is extremely acute and they can see nearly as well in the depth of night as they can during the day. They are grounded only by freezing rain due to ice on their wings or hurricane force winds. They tolerate snow, though after an accumulation of about 4 to 6 inches they do have to land and have their wings swept. They left early this morning. They may be there now though their arrival will likely will be closer to 4 or 5 PM. They have your name and will report to you where ever you are, knowing the you will likely be in the field. Consider carefully how you may wish to use them Prince. They will be a valuable tool in your search.

Dad, who wishes he could be with you while searching for Roscoe, Will-O and the others.

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CNN CANINE NEWS: Suzzie Beanblossom reporting:

In what can only be considered a hostile act against freedom of the press, one of the giant eagle-shaped devices flew overhead and dumped monstrous amounts of filth upon myself and the other reporters attempting to cover what we believe to be a newsworthy story. It was utterly disgusting and an act of pure hostility.

Our drone press corps has made a new discovery. In addition to the monstrous eagle-shaped creatures or devices (which ever may be more accurate), there are now medium sized eagle shapes approaching the camp. They are described as also being eagle shaped and being about half way between the size of a normal eagle and the huge eagle device / creatures. This reporter apologizes for the various terms for these things, but their existence has not been acknowledged by any of the canine troops and they are totally alien to all of us at CNN CANINE. Well, you see the problem of course. It's the troops and their commander who refuse to discuss the strange goings-on at Camp TQ. I now return you to CNN CANINE CENTRAL for a long winded wildly speculative discussion of the current events.


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 Dad

I admit I am exhausted. but I am only in the house because the Commander ordered me to take a rest....TQ found some of her homemade ice cream in the freezer and is fixing me a small bowl while my lunch is heating up....I don't know when I last ate....still no sign of Roscoe, or several others

Prince who is extremely worried about his friends, but may take a short nap before going back out

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This is no time for joy, I know, but the Commander has promoted me from lowly private to official scribe, saying I have been doing and excellent job, and perhaps we need at least 2 scribes here at Camp TQ......

there are so many wawas here, it is difficult to keep track of how many are actually still missing......therefore, the Commander has declared that at 2pm everyone... EVERYONE....will line up for a headcount.....the visiting sniffers will meet in their special area and our guys will line up while the Officer of the Day checks off on a list each and every one of our guys.....for those in the infirmary Annie will hand the OD a paper with each patients name and paw print.....after the headcount is finished, the OD will have to actually enter the infirmary and actually visually see each patient to make sure the list is correct....the only exemptions are the eagles and anyone in surgery with BC (hopefully there won't be anyone).......Jack is still inpatient....he has been having constant headaches since the explosion...BC wants to send him home, but Jack is insisting he still has work to do here....

Speaking of BC, she goes over to visit the injured eagle several times a day...they are leaving in about an hour to fly back to wherever they come from so they will miss being stuck here in the snow which is supposed to start tonight.....several gondolas had to be flown in and 4 of our best carpenters are over in the mcmansion field helping to make them all into one large gondola to carry the patient......this giant gondola was actually Nurse Annie's idea which she suggested during yesterday's Skype conference....the eagles are Quite Impressed with her, (although not enough to let her ride with them)....

the news reporters are still camped at the blockaded entrances to the main road, although not as many as originally started....this may be due to lack of news coming out of our camp, or the colder weather as snow heads our way or perhaps, in an effort to help us, the giant eagles deliberately ate some rotten possum and then flew over the reporters, "showering" them with stinky eagle poo....there was quite a bit of screaming from several of the reporters as they attempted to run for cover.....I did not see it, but heard it was quite hilarious

our techs have re-established all our forms of communication, but are now concerned that if the snow is heavy, everything will once again be disabled.....until that time occurs, Sgt. Badwhiskers, I will send you an update at least once daily (possibly more if anything eventful occurs).....

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