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8/2/15 4:07 P

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Dear Annie,

I'm a bit confused. Are you actually enlisted in the military, or are you a civilian volunteer. Unless you formerly joined the military, you are not subject to AWOL charges. Now then, if you are employed, you could be fired. And if you are a volunteer, you can be banned. But jail for AWOL, I don't think so. (You didn't actually join, did you?)

Tom

Dear Lulu,

While I was reading your last message, Jack happened by in back of me and stopped to say hi to me and again thank me for all that I did, in spite of the green outcome. (He has pointed out that, when it comes to witchcraft, I am pretty green myself.) You can see that he is trying to make light of his condition, but when he saw what you said, he was not happy. He is feeling pretty sensitive right now and saw the worst of what you said rather than the better of it. I tried to talk with him, but he stormed off in a kind of tirade. Well, you know how Jack can be under normal circumstances, and these circumstances are not exactly normal.

Apart from that incident, we bathed Jack at his insistence. (I've never known him to do that, but he was hoping to loose the greenies.) It was a bit interesting. When he finished with his bath (and I thought he would never finish), the water had turned green. Jack however, remained green himself. That's the bad news. The good news is that his green has white highlights. Yes, there are now a few white hairs. We are hoping that, with the passing of time...oh, I dare not say more for fear of jinxing Jack. No joke! Jack has found hope but still caries with him his despair. He struggles with his ambivalence and his attitude can shift rapidly. We will soon be bringing him back to Virginia. I wanted to take him home, but he feels that it is much too soon to appear before his dad. He even fears that his dad would disown him now that he is green, but knowing Joe, I know for a fact that that is totally impossible. Never the less, he is an adult so we are respecting his wishes and will take him to Virginia to recuperate from his greenness. He does promise to return home soon, when he is white and brown or after one month passes, which ever comes first. It's a verbal contract. Please, Lulu, do not tease Jack about his condition and talk with the others about it as well. Jack needs this TLC now while he is recovering.

Meanwhile, the three Chihuahua special ops teams will continue searching for Dr. Fagan.

Did I mention Paws. He will remain behind with the ops teams to coordinate as Prince and I will be returning home. I asked Paws why he took so long getting back with that last ingredient prior to the blue moon spell casting. He explained that he had to take many detours. He detected danger and realized that there were three witches trying their gruesome best to follow find him. They were on his trail and he needed to loose them. He feared that they would either take the ingredient or worse, follow him until they found Jack the frog. Then who knows what! We may actually have all been frogs at that point.

Tom, who shudders to think of himself as a very small green creature who hopes and eats flies. I'm needing a Bowser meal right now just for reassurance.

Tom

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

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

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

the entire vet/spa experience was strange and I am glad it is over...since I have been home I have chased 1 skink, 2 squirrels, and last night in the wee hours I barked a severe warning to a skunk who was spreading his perfume near the house...my dad was not pleased with the barking, but this morning mom thanked me for doing such a good job in guarding the house....mom exclaimed this morning that she could see a bit of my elbow, meaning, I guess that my fat roles were not covering them so much.....I always try to accept compliments with modesty and grace and this morning was the same....I mentioned to mom that you wanted a foto of my cheek with new fur on it and she said that while she was away she put some thought into new foto "costumes" for me.....this is NOT good, becuz mom does not have my natural taste in style....

the commander dropped by, looked at my wound and asked me how my "vacation" at the spa had been....*snort* I informed him that it was no vacation and went into great and gruesome details....he said I have an appt in his office tomorrow morning re: the AWOL incident and to bring an attorney if I wanted to.....*shivering*..

Annie who is preparing a legal defense and batch of "jailhouse" cookies for tonight's dessert
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dear tom

poor jack.....altho the idea of a green jack Russell does make one grin....how is he going to explain this to his dad? have you tried bathing him I Clorox? *grin*.....this laptop is having one of its bad days....will chat again later

Lulu who wants to try one of Annie's new black and white stripped cookies

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Dear Annie,

It sounds to me like you ended up making the most of your "spa" staycation. I'll have to admit that at first when I read your recent letter that I thought you were delirious or something, telling me that Roscoe walked past you on a leash. Then I remembered that he and Paws had not returned to our apartment (ask Lulu unless for some reason you already know about it). Well, I have it all figured out now.

I'd love to see a picture of you. Remember, I've seen that horrible wound before, and a new picture showing how wonderfully it has started to heal and how some of your hair is growing over it would really be nice to have. You know, a pictorial update of your healing progress.

I'm glad you are home and settled in, and I know that you are as well.

Tom, who will shortly be eating lunch.

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Dear Lulu,

I need to bring you up to date on the Jack situation. Its kind of a mixed bag.

You will remember that Prince came rushing home without Paws and Roscoe. I was quite concerned about this until Prince caught his breath and then told me what was up.

It seems that the two of them found the one remaining ingredient. That being the case, Prince rushed home (being the youngest and fastest) to tell me the results. Roscoe, now certain that he was free to recuperate from his recent ordeal, managed to secure eagle transport to the spa where he could join you and Annie for the last day (which of course you know), and Paws then returned at his usual slow and deliberate rate to the back yard.

Because Prince had reported in, we had the caldron boiling and all ingredients ready. Our special ops team had returned with their ingredients of course, and Roscoe had added his ingredients from England. So we knew that when Paws returned we would have everything needed.

Paws took his own sweat time. It grew later and later. Darkness fell. The moon was full and bright, casting strange shadows everywhere. A breeze blew through the trees creating moaning sounds. Still no Paws. Jack the frog paced back and forth making soft mournful croaking sounds. I felt so sorry for him. Prince talked softly with him but it didn't seem to soothe him.

Then through the trees at exactly 11:30 we saw a white moving ghostly figure. It was frightening to say the least. But as it grew closer we recognized Paws who carried our last ingredients between his teeth.

We began the process. First ingredients were carefully entered into the boiling cauldron in the precise order prescribed by the book. There were required time lapses between some of the ingredients and we didn't really have the time to waste. At 11:58 we added the rest of the ingredients, skipping one time lapse simply because we needed that last minute to say the words that would cast the spell.

The ingredients were boiling now. Jack was placed on a pedestal near the cauldron where the vapors from the boiling broth could saturate his green foggy skin. Together Prince, Queenie, Cuervo, and I spoke the required words in chorus.

Nothing happened. We were about to risk a second reciting but Queenie noticed that Jack Frog was growing larger. Soon we had in front of us a frog the size of Jack the dog. Frankly it was a bit ghastly to say the least. The campus clock chimes began to chime out the bewitching hour. Our frog was shaking. One...two...three... Jack sighed...four...five...six Jack laid down on the pedestal and I honestly believe I was seeing a frog whimper.

Seven...eight...nine Jack seemed to be having convulsions. Prince and I were becoming more and more concerned about this poor poor frog/dog. Ten...eleven...twelve... poof.

There he was, Jack the dog. I don't think he really knew he had changed. He was still whining, but now it sounded like dog-whine. "Jack, it's OK," I said putting my hand on his furry back.

"NO ITS NOT," shouted Jack. And in a whimpering voice, "Now I'll have to wait until the next blue moon."

He looked at me with wide eyes. Then he jumped straight up in the air, landed on the pedestal, and nearly fell off. I caught him just in the nick of time and carefully placed him on the ground. "Wow," said Jack. "I'm talking in dog...I'm talking in dog...I'm talking in dog," he exclaimed all the time doing a little doggy happy dance. I've never seen Jack quite like this. Well, not since he was just a pup that is.

He rushed into the apartment to look at himself in the mirror. I tried to slow him down. I wanted to warn him, but I was too late. I heard him yell before I could even get to the hallway leading to the bedroom. "NO!"

You see, Lulu, Jack had changed in almost every way. But, well, his fur is now green. I sat with him for an hour before he could settle even a little. Then I held his sobbing body until he fell asleep.

That's pretty much how things stand now. Like I said, its a mixed bag. It's mostly good news, but I think Jack is not so convinced that its really OK to be green, especially when you are a dog.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 8/1/2015 (12:06)
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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.
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dear tom,

WE ARE HOME! WE ARE HOME! *panting in doggy delight*....first lulu walked past my cell on her leash....then the girl came and took roscoe out, but not me...I was pretty indignant, let me tell you.....then she came and got me, which actually made me kinda nervous since I did not know what devious plan the staff might be up to...........but then I saw my mom...I started to tell her about my bath abuse, but she was exclaiming how pretty I looked, so we went outside and I ran towards my dad who was loading the other two into the dog car.....he was pretty amazed to see me running.......last night I decided to have an "introduction to poses" night for everybody, followed by a cookie social....it went quite well.....this morning the horrible staff woke us up well before anyone was ready since we had all had a pretty late night.....but they staff was making all kinds of noise so we couldn't sleep and running all over the place...there were red and blue blinking lights showing thru the window.......altho nobody said anything to me directly, scuttlebutt is that someone broke into the vet's building last night....nothing was missing, but the staff's snacks from their desks and a large tin of cookies that a grateful client had brought in....the bathing room was a real mess with shampoos, etc knocked to the floor.........reports were taken and there was a lot of chattering amongst the humans, but no one bothered to ask us canines anything....*snort*

Annie who has to get off becuz lulu wants to hog...er, chat on the computer now
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oh, tom,

I am so sorry I was not able to keep in contact while at the vets....mom usually leaves her laptop at home which allows me to take it with me while I am at the vets, but for some odd reason she took it with her this time...the staff person who took my weight made a mistake and I have only lost 6 lbs....annie was not pleased that we had lost the same amount, so I reminded her that since that silly girl had made a mistake with my weight, she had probably also done with hers and that she (annie) had probably really lost 7 or 8 lbs.....oh, you should have seen her puff up with pride.....she is doing better....even tho it is hotter than blazes, I saw her chasing a skink on the lanai a few mins. ago...you might caution roscoe about his eating habits...I do hear he has gained 3 lbs ...teeheehee

thanks for keeping me up to date on everything going on with your end.....it was good to read and catch up once we got home this afternoon.....jack certainly seems to be doing fairly well as a frog, but he always threw himself into al his projects...perhaps he will write a book about shape-changing after he is back to being a canine again.....you have to admire his fortitude...
let us know how the ceremony goes....we are all hoping he regains his normal shape, or you may have some 'splaining to do to his dad.....

mom said a smiling squirrel popped out from behind a bush at the hotel and told her she needed to get home as her birds and squirrels were out of food....mom thot that while the info was probably true, it was a bit odd to have a stranger squirrel deliver the message...my dad was standing a few feet away and claims he never saw any squirrel.......but when we got home, the feeders were, indeed, all empty, one lying broken (but fixable maybe) on the ground.....mom said she wished she had some anti-chupe toxin with her cuz the hotel squirrel was a bit "squirrely"

Lulu who is just happy to be home

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Dear Annie,

I was curious about your attitude toward your bath. You see, I take a shower every day and thoroughly enjoy it. Of course, showers are slightly different than baths, and of course I don't have nearly as much fur as you have, so maybe your bathing experience is somewhat different than mine. Still, I think if you would try to find ways to enjoy it you might find that its not so bad. I will say this though, that that girl who took you to the bath was a bit deceptive...well, a lot deceptive actually. Such deception tends to leave one wondering when and if she can be trusted. Of course, I know that you would never be guilty of deception and that I can most certainly trust you implicitly.

I do hope that by now you have regained your naturally positive attitude and were able to provide something special for the folks who share the spa with you. I suspect by now they have grown quite dependent upon your cheerful attitude to help them overcome their depressed feelings of abandonment. You know, they just have no idea how fortunate they are to have you there cheering the troops.

Have a pleasant stay Annie,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I've had to write this to you via our coded facebook account since I don't want anyone else seeing your message. I hope that you find a means of viewing it.

Roscoe has returned from England with the two needed ingredients. He said that Dr. Plumb of Oxford - Canine was so very helpful. He doubts that he would have located one of those ingredients with out the good professors help.

Meanwhile, team #1 of special ops has located all but one of the ingredients that we needed to locate here in the US. Prince, Paws, and Roscoe are searching for that one last ingredient. I have the caldron set up in the back yard of our apartment and disguised so that any snoopy local witches don't find it. It might give them a clue as to where we are.

I am quite concerned though. Casting the spell must occur before midnight tonight. At the final stroke of midnight the blue passes from the new moon and the spell becomes inactive until the next blue moon. That is the one thing I hadn't planned on. You see, when one blue moon passes without the casting, this spell is useless until the next blue moon, and we all know that the longer you wait the less likely the spell is to do its intended work, that of changing Jack Frog into Jack Canine.

I should let you know that Pepe and Goose located tracks near the area where the last Fagan clue was located. Interesting is the fact that the tracks between the previous clue location (near and old campfire) and the location of the new clue had been wiped away. It was as if the perpetrator of the trail camouflage felt that this far away from the campfire would be safe. Tracks appeared to be as follows: one canine with a foot size precisely like that of Dr. Fagan, three chupacabra footprints, and one...well, unidentified footprint. Teams 2 and 3 are currently following the new trail.

Oh, I see Prince running toward me. Hmmm, Roscoe and Paws are not with him. I need to go see what's up with this.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/31/2015 (10:52)
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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.
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dear tom

OUTRAGE! *stomping delicate paws* THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! the *&^@$!! staff girl came and got me right at nap time..."we're gonna have fun today and you will look so beauuuuuuuutiful", she said.....she lied about the first part and I always look beauuuuutiful...but ...but.....this woman with whom I have always gotten along with will find a set of teeth on her behind if she ever approaches me again! what did she do?? she gave me a BATH!!! it was horrible....she got my wound wet and made sucking sounds with her teeth cuz when the little fur that has grown back got wet the wound area looked all ugly and bald....and then she scrubbed the rest of me from stem to stern! oh, I could barely totter back to my bed when she was done!......wait until I tell my mom what that girl did! ........*muttering inaudible threats and canine curses*

you are correct that I have natural social abilities and I suppose I should do something to keep all the animals happy this evening after the humans leave, but frankly, I am so traumatized by the whole bath incident, I don't know if I have the energy......I tried to look on the way to the spa area for cookie ingredients, but they are a little deficient in this area unless the staff are hiding things like butter in their desk drawers....

I hope my mom comes to claim me soon, because I don't know how much more I can take....

Annie who is trying to be brave in the midst of water torture

P.S. I still have not heard from Lulu altho a Pekinese who is also incarcerated here told me she and lulu had a bath at the same time.....

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*bZZZZ* *bzzt* hello? hello, tom? roscoe? can anyone hear me? annie and I are at the spa/vets....I forgot to pack my phone or computer, so I am borrowing this phone from a bulldog....reception is not the *bzzzzt* ....are both fine....I have not seen her much since we are *bzzz* parts *bzzzt* kennel.....hope you have found...*bzzzzzt*

Lulu who is *bzzzt* ...borrow Annie's pho...*bzzt*


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7/30/15 8:29 A

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Dear Annie,

It sounds like you are having a marvelous time caring for all of the pooches and voluntarily serving as social secretary. You do have a knack for organizing a party. I think this is your most outstanding natural ability. Keep up the good work and I'm happy to see you turning what could be a negative situation into a positive one.

Tom, who must get back to work

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Dear Lulu,

Annie knows that we are working on code. Do you have any idea how she learned that?

We have completely deciphered the ingredients list, cauldron technology, and spell casting ritual. You will remember that Jack had figured out two of the puzzling double ingredients. Well, this morning he figured out the third but he changed his mind on the first. That concerns me. Why did he change his mind? Is he so certain about the ingredients now. I asked him repeatedly about the conflicted first ingredient but he kept emphatically pounding his webbed foot on the second of the two ingredients insisting by doing so that he had changed him mind. I asked him if this is a change and he nodded his little green head up and down while making a kind of soft croaking sound. I take that as a yes.

It's a good thing that we have reached this point since the day of casting is rapidly approaching and we still have some ingredients to collect. Many of these ingredients are not easily found. We have sent Roscoe to England to locate two of the ingredients since those particular ones do not grow in the US. We had already collected the first puzzle ingredient, but when Jack changed his mind that set us back a bit. It turns out that that is one of the ingredients that will have to be gotten from England. Roscoe has a connection with one of the Oxford professors. He apparently met that professor (Professor Plumb) while he was on a sabbatical while doing botanical research out of UNC Canine. At any rate, Roscoe contacted the professor who has promised to assist Roscoe in locating the needed ingredients. As much as the Ros hates doing this, he is going to try to convince the professor that he is collecting the items for botanical studies here. We feel that the fewer people who know about our work with the Book, the better.

One last thing. Chewbacca (team #2) has located a small torn piece of cloth which he is reasonably certain matches the cloth from the shirt that Mrs. Fagan says the professor was wearing. She had provided pictures also so Chewy is pretty certain that this was a part of Dr. Fagan's shirt. I've contacted team three and they are on their way to join Bella and Chewy in the search for the good doctor.

Tom, who now must check with Prince, Paws and Queenie (from team 1) to see how their ingredient collection is coming.

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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.
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dear tom

in spite of those idiot eagles, I have (after a number of unpleasant prior visits) learned to let my naturally cheerful personality assert itself and I make it my mission to cheer up those here who are depressed...this can take considerable effort on my part, but you know I am a naturally hard worker.....last night I ordered in pizza....all the other canines were quite surprised....we even shared with the cats...there was also a parrot who had several bites....in return, the parrot helped us hide the empty pizza boxes later.....tonight we are going to have karaoke which should be lots of fun.....while not everybody will be a good singer, anyone who wants a chance will be allowed to sing because we all know I am very fair....since I am naturally a marvelous singer, I will start things off and will jump in to rev things up if the evening starts to slow down too early...

in spite of my natural abilities to be the life of the party, I do wish I was there with you...it is obvious you need my help...congrats on almost completely solving the code...make sure you do not mention this to anyone in case that weirdo professor is still lurking about..he sounds like the sneaky type.......how is roscoe doing? did you tell him I've lost weight? he will be so pleased

have you heard from lulu? she requested a "cell" on the far, far side of the kennel becuz she was hoping for a quieter area .....she's sorta like jack when she is concentrating on her work...I did see her walk by this afternoon when she went for her consulting meeting with the new vet...she winked and waved her tail, but we did not have an opportunity to talk....she looked quite happy....I did not see return, but I was probably practicing my poses....

Annie who needs to practice a bit on her howling for tonight's showtime.....

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that the kenneling happened to you. The plan was for you to be kept in the kennel for approximately eight hours. Your mom and dad would leave and then during cover of early nightfall an eagle would pick you up secretly and bring you here. Sadly, I had to, uh, stretch the truth a bit to get eagle services to agree to the task. Unfortunately, when the carrier eagle arrived and saw who it was, she called eagle transport HQ. They said to forget it and the eagle returned to a different assignment. Never did I think this would happen. I thought that when the eagle got there she would grumble a bit, but she would carry on with her task rather than calling in. This time of all times. Go figure!

Did Lulu smuggle any cookies into the vets place?

Tom, who is working on problems associated with Dr. Fagan and Jack.

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Dear Lulu,

I know that you are in the spa, but I suspect that you have taken a devise with you for communication. I do hope so, because I have a lot to tell you.

What is most important is this: The translation team just finished our work...literally, 5 minutes ago. We have it translated except that there are the three double ingredient problems. We need to find which of the ingredients from each double we use. But Jack has made excellent headway. He has identified two and is currently working on the third. It's a good thing, too, since the full moon occurs on July 31st at 5:45 AM. We have decided that we will cast the spell exactly at that time. We should be able to finish before the moon is obliterated by intense sunlight. That is, assuming Jack can finish his work in time.

We have recalled special ops team 1 and assigned them to the collection of ingredients. These ingredients must be boiled together for at least three minutes of actual boil time. A little longer is alright, but any less time and you may have the remnants of part of the frog attached to the dog. For example, Jack the dog with two hind webbed feet, or any combination of dog and frog. This, of course, would be known as a d'frog, and only one known example of such a creature has ever been seen (17th century). (Failed chupacabra shape shifting does not count.) In the case of the 17th century spell error, the poor witch casting that misspell was defrocked by the council of warlocks and witches. From what we can glean from the literature, that witchly non-witch still, to this day, lives in disgrace.

I've got to go. Jack is motioning to me with his webbed foot.

Tom

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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.
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THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! I came to the vets yesterday to get my wound checked out by that nice new vet...lulu came, too, lugging a suitcase full of her papers and whoknowswhatall, which I thought was strange...I knew she had an appt to meet with MY vet to discuss cherry grass stuff, (altho why she needs all those notes, I don't understand, since she knows it all *snort*)...anyway, when we got there, as usual, we first had to get weighed...everybody cheered when I got on the scales becuz I had lost a little more weight...I am now down 6 lbs....my dad cheered the loudest, I think becuz he did not believe I am really losing weight....6 lbs. is A LOT and I demanded to immediately be taken to look in a mirror becuz I do not want to get too thin and lose my natural girlish beauty....nobody listened to me and then lulu got on the scale....she has not been eating much and its up to me or roscoe (when he is here) to finish her bowl if mom is not watching.....anyway, lulu has lost 10 lbs....mom said "that is not just from shedding her winter coat".....nobody exactly cheered...the humans all looked a bit worried since lulu is now at the least amount of weight she can be according to the loud regular vet.....maybe lulu's new vet friend will have some good advice for her when they meet.....mom has been bolstering lulu's meals with chicken again, and if the rest of us are around we get some tidbits, too...delicious! (why do the chickens wandering around our yard not smell this good?) anyway, after that, one of the young women that works there offered to take my leash, but instead of going into the exam room she took me to one of those boarding cages in the back!! I tried to tell her she was taking me to the wrong place, but she refused to listen! I did come to a complete halt when I spied a mirror and the poor girl almost fell over....she was a little huffy about it, but I NEEDED to stop and admire myself in the looking glass......and look I did.....tom, I DO look lovely, not scrawny at all....my fur is starting to grow back over my wound and soon I will be ready to take some pics for the Very Handsome Boomer.....anyway, along came lulu with another girl at the end of her leash, and so we continued walking together towards the back room (aka boarding area)...I laughed and told lulu mom was not going to be pleased when she could not find us in the examining room...lulu gave me a strange look and said we were boarding for the week and said mom had told us, but in the middle of speaking, I had just rolled over and started to snore...I was very rude, lulu said.....I swear, tom,, I do not remember any of this...perhaps it is becuz I am still recovering from my near brush with death and am still feeling delicate....sometimes, I admit, I am just so overcome with tiredness that I can't help but fall asleep....its lucky I can make it to my soft, comfy bed....and now it sounds like you need me to come keep that weird professor away and I am not able to get to you.....please forgive me

un-oh..i heard cars in the parking lot and now voices approaching the back door of the building...I guess the employees are starting to arrive and I have not even ordered pizzas yet...gotta go

Annie who is thinking "I'm on vacation, let the party begin"...rocking all night tonight at the vets (thank heavens I still remember how to pick a lock)

p.s. lulu was taken off to her own room and I have not heard a peep out of her...probably working on her cherry grass stuff again

p.s. #2
(hard to tell us apart, isn't it?? I am the pretty one)

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Dear Lulu,

I'm glad that you are looking toward your stay with the vet in the most positive light possible. Isn't it wonderful that the new vet is interested in your cherry grass therapy. It's also nice that she can talk with you about it. It may surprise you, but a lot of vets would not be able to do that. They fancy themselves as experts on canines, felines and the like, and yet know nothing what so ever about speaking conversational dog. Oh, they talk with dogs alright, but they don't listen and they have absolutely no understanding that what the dog is saying is in complete opposition to what they are saying. I think it is nothing short of a sham.

Now then, my daily report in matters here...

In the search for the doctor, the three teams met in the location where the note was found. They set out together towards Falls Lake but soon came to a fork in the pathway. Their maps indicated that both paths lead to the lake and are about the same distance. They just simply traverse different landscapes. Pepe and Goose (#3 team) followed the left fork (western most trail); Bella and Chewbacca (#2 team) followed the eastern most trail. Queenie and Cuervo (#1 team) remained at the fork, searching further for clues and waiting instructions from me. Those instructions will come if one of the other teams locates something of significance.

Meanwhile back at UNC Canine the research team continues our efforts. We did have a bit of a slowdown though. We have noticed that Professor Iseut has spent considerable time lately in the library, and it seems that he has been eyeballing us while we work. This morning while we were working he suddenly turned and moved directly toward our table. Needless to say, when Roscoe saw him coming he snarled a warning and we covered the book and our notes while leaving some of the library test book open and observable.

"I have noticed," said the professor in a kind of raspy high pitched voice, "that you seem to have an interest in mediaeval languages, particularly those of England. I wanted to meet you and let you know that I just happen to be a professor in this area."

"Now then," he continued, "if I might be (wringing his hands) of service I would be most happy to be your humble servant."

There was something about this man that we instinctively found unlikable and non-trustworthy. We knew that we would not get rid of him by simply blowing him off, so we decided to give him something to chew on. I said to the professor, "Professor," I said, "we are exploring some of Shakespeare's work and were interested in the witch and cauldron scene. We are just exploring some of the passages."

The professor looked at us still wringing his hands. "What exactly were you trying to figure out my dear young students," said the professor.

Well now, its been quite a while since I have been referred to as young and recognized immediately that this professor was trying to flatter me. But what was he buttering me up about?

"Well," I said, "we were trying to figure out what a newt is. And of course we were wondering if the witches extracted the poor animals eye while it was alive or if they used dead animals."

With that the professor let out a hideous howl and said, "Lad, you've got your flora and fauna all mixed up." He had stopped wringing his hands now and walked away cackling like the witch we had seen at the abandoned building.

"Whew," exclaimed Prince, "that was a close one." We agreed and decided that from now on we would translate with one set of eyes short, that set of eyes focused on the surroundings watching for one crazy nutty Professor Iseut.

We have made a bit more progress but it is oh so slow going Lulu.

Tom, who is looking for a cup of coffee and a moment to rest the weary eyes before continuing this tedious effort.


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dear tom

horrible news! horrible news! mom is taking us for a stay at the vet's....she likes to refer to it as a spa, but it is the vet's!!! annie and I are SO displeased!! mom did point out that this will give me and the new vet plenty of opportunities to discuss cherry grass and all its many applications...she also said that since I will have a room *SNORT* to myself I will have plenty of time to work on my new formulas.................perhaps this will not be so bad after all...........mom has been cleaning out the refrigerator and we canines get to help...unfortunately, annie will be weighed at the vet's tomorrow when she goes for the check up on her face wound and mom said the scale may not be kind since annie has had so many snacks....I have not been much interested in eating, so my weigh-in will be very good......hehehe speaking of her wound, the fur has begun to grow back in part (but not all) of it,,..she looks like some guy who forgot to shave for a day or two, but mom tells her she looks lovely and that her natural beauty is coming back...annie swallows every word chooses to believe it.....

glad to hear that even in toad form Jack is still Jack, applying his great mind to code deciphering...by the time you receive this, he probably will have cracked the code....annie made tonight's cookies for the wawas in the shape of little green frogs, but has promised she will not tell the guy why she has done so....she just finds it highly amusing......

Lulu who must go pack all her notes, etc for her "vacation" at the "spa"

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Dear TQ,

Annie may have given me an opportunity to assist you in your efforts to make that dreaded trip to the spa. Let me know how it all goes.

Tom

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Dear Annie,

I truly appreciate your desire to assist in our efforts to secure Dr. Fagan. I'm afraid that a limo is quite out of the question, not that you don't deserve one, but rather because it will draw way to much attention to our secret efforts. I know that you will understand this. I have communicated with your mom and she is going to assist with the transportation by taking you a short way and then moving you to another mode of transportation. There will be a short lay over while you wait. Please don't be upset about that. It will be important that your mom and dad are not there when the other transport arrives. We do not want to tip off the bad guys, do we Annie?

I'm looking forward to seeing you and trust that there will be no glitch in making the switch. Your mom may include Lulu, but please don't mention that to her. We shall see how she is feeling. See you when you arrive Annie.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Please don't be concerned about your mom's confidential message. As I understand it it is mostly about Annie. I am, of course, sworn to secrecy and cannot divulge its contents. But on to really important matters...

Roscoe, Prince and I have completed another verse in the spell translation. We can only hope that we are correct. There have been, so far, three places where one word is code for more than one ingredient. Jack is looking for a thread in the whole that might tie one ingredient to the passage, thus eliminating the other coded ingredient. We have both listed in parentheses for him like this (daylily or mustard seed). If he finds the thread that will make it apparent which ingredient to use, he can simply touch the word with his pointer toe on his little webbed foot. He studies now, and when he studies, we stay quiet for him while working on our passages.

Now then on to the matter of the doctor. Team 3 was working the destination area as you will recall. Goose found something truly significant. It was a torn piece of a letter head belonging to Dr. Fagan. It gave the doctor's address on the letterhead. There was a small message scribbled in ink on the paper. It read..."help / being held captive / chupacabra are taking me to..." It was at this point that the paper ended with its edge quite burnt. We can only assume that it was tossed into a fire but that this part remained unburnt. We feel quite fortunate for that small bit though, since it seems to suggest quite strongly that Dr. Fagan was here. Oh yes, he had scribbled a date on the upper right hand corner...7/24. That is just three days ago.

Teams 1 and 2 have been alerted and are on their way to this place while team three scours the area looking for any clue as to which way they were traveling.

Tom, who is about to enjoy another Bowser meal. (We are so happy he is here.)

Tom

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dear tom

lately Michael has been traveling a lot, either Sun. thru fri. or mon thru fri, so this mon. I am going with him and the dogs are going to the...a...spa....lulu will have her consultation tim with the new vet and annie will have her wound exam, plus everyone will have baths..we will pick them up on fri or sat....they have not been informed of this yet becuz sometimes certain canines get a little persnickety about it, so this time I have decided not to inform them until tomorrow...lulu seems to be a bit suspicious, but she asks no questions so I tell no lies lol..I do not know what internet access will be available for me or for the girls while they are visiting the spa

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tom,

mom is up to something....first she sent you a confidential message that I was not allowed to see and she is gathering things and putting them on the dining room table, almost like she was planning on going somewhere, but she hasn't said a thing......oh well, I have my appointment to talk to Annie's new vet next week and am quite looking forward to it.....

as one human to another it might be better if you were the one to approach the nutty professor...hehehehe....if one of the dogs do it, he might be suspicious if he really is one of the witch people.....I am sure you can make up a reasonable story as to how you came by a copy of the page from the witch book

Lulu who has confidence that you will break the code soon
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dearest tom

should I go to dr. Fagan's house and help them? you know all bassets, especially Belgian basset are natural sniffers, and I bet I could follow the trail to find our missing Fagan....let me know....the commander keeps giving me the evil eye, so a few days away might be good for both of us

Annie who is really to spring into action as soon as she finishes her poses

p.s. send a limo this time

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Dear Lulu,

First I wish to comment upon your concerns that your mom is a witch. To date we have no conclusive proof that such is the case. There has never, to the best of my knowledge, been an accusation that she is a witch outside of your one over heard phone conversation. As for the phone conversation, it is possible you misunderstood what she was saying. But even if she did, in fact, accuse your mom of being a witch, one must carefully consider the source. From all that you have said, I must draw what I believe is the uncontroversial conclusion that this source is, well...unreliable.

As for your suggestion that we use a UNC Canine professor whose area is medieval languages is interesting. There is such an animal here, a human of some age who seems quite unkempt and demonstrates behavior that causes one to wonder if he is not a bit witchly himself. We will use him if we must, for it is essential to finish our work prior to full moon, but you will remember our concern about letting this book fall into wrong hands, and we fear truthfully that this professor, Professor Iseut, well might be in possession of the wrong hands. Of course, should his services be needed, we will electronically copy the passage that we are working with and not present him with the entire book, but our concern is that this will lead him to asking questions, questions that we do not wish to answer. We cannot copy it by hand as each aspect of the calligraphy within the book has meaning and our hands are not adept to dealing with such perfection in our writing. Rather, we are more adept at pushing buttons (keys).

We have made some progress during this past twenty four hours, but it is all so very slow. We grow weary from the tediosity of it all. But we persevere knowing full well that Jack is so very dependent upon it. A canine does not wish to live his life as a frog. The sad part is we have no assurance that, even if our translation is absolutely perfect, the spell will in fact work.

As for the Dr. Fagan matter, little can be reported. Team one is with Mrs. Fagan but alas, she has no news other than a vague note indicating where Dr. Fagan may have gone. Nor has she found anything at home other than that note that might serve as additional clues. The team will explore the home inside and out searching for anything, anything at all, that might help with the search.

Team two is on the path leading from home to his previous destination looking for anything that they can find along the way, and team three is at the supposed destination seeking clues. That destination is a large creek leading to Falls Lake, a small lake east north east of Durham. It seems Dr. Fagan loved fishing.

Tom, who must get back to the task of translation.

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.
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dear tom

if you are looking for a good witch, my mom is one....I don't think I have ever seen witchy behavior from her, but maybe I am just used to her.....one day last feb my dad had his sister on the phone which was set on "speaker" and she was screaming that my mom is a witch.....you know how it is sometimes difficult to understand people over the speaker? but I think that is what she said....of course everyone here knows my aunt is (as mom says) "bats--t crazy".....I just say she has "issues" (and boy, does she!")..fortunately, she lives far away so I seldom interact with her.....speaking of horrors,............

my dad found an app on his phone called "hangouts" and he got a 3-way call going between himself, mom and my human big sister (mother of The Kid)....then The Kid got on the line and my dad held the phone down so we could all see AND hear her....I thought annie was going to cry...she didn't understand, she thought The Kid was somehow here, and that she would have to put up with endless hours of hearing "oh, you poor baby" and having her diet destroyed by the constant influx of biscuits.....my mom and dad seemed tickled pink over this video phone conversation, but annie and I were more thrilled when it ended.....annie said she felt the vapors coming on and had to go do deep breathing in her bed....

don't worry about that professor's attitude...sometimes humans are weird about things they do not understand....annie keeps making jokes about "our little green friend" and laughing....she knows you will "fix" him eventually, so she finds his current situation kind of amusing, especially since Jack seems to be taking it with such good grace....I think if he was upset, she would be very worried about him.....we both know he is in good hands.....

as far as translating goes, I saw a commercial on tv last night advertising a watch made by apple computers that does all sorts of language translations...mom thought it was "cool"..i asked if it would translate old English into modern English...she said probably not, but perhaps you could have someone check on this just in case........also, doesn't UNC have a medieval languages prof there? send whoever is checking on the watch over to the human side of UNC to check with the English teachers...they may be able to recommend someone knowledgeable in that area...

Lulu who is thinking of working on a cherry grass formula that could counteract shape changing spells put on by witches....a small demand, but useful when needed all the the same

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Dear Lulu,

We arrived UNC Canine yesterday afternoon and have pretty much camped in the library. We are making progress but it is slow. Working with the old English is almost like working with a foreign language about which we haven't a clue. We did, of course, have to leave at 10 last night when the library closed and then we returned this morning at 8 when it opened.

No one is at all surprised to see the group of canines gathered around a library table with books piled upon books, that large book of shadows opened in the center, and each of us talking together in low whispery voices. That is, they are not surprised to see the canines nor even one human, but they were pretty skeptical of one green guy. We explained that he was actually canine in disguise but most of the students thought we were putting them on. One of the faculty overheard us and immediately tossed anti-chupe toxin on Jack. Of course he wasn't the least bit harmed by it, but the chemical mix does smell a bit and is particularly strong when one is sitting inside a building. And Jack, poor little green Jack. He was so very embarrassed but then he became angry and tried to bite the professor. Of course, Jack is a frog and is ill equipped to bite professors, but the professor then took offense and decided to kick us all out of "his" library. Roscoe and I took the professor aside and explained the entire situation to him. I'm not really certain what transpired then. The professor, for some reason, allowed us to stay, but as he left he made the snide remark, "Son, there is no such thing as a witch. I don't know Lulu, perhaps he wants us to complete our research and discover that he is right. Unfortunately, we know that he is not.

This is hard work Lulu. I wish we could just run across a good witch and have her translate for us. They do exist, though few and far between. Proof of that is the good witch of the north that Dorothy once befriended. Sadly we have not seen hide nor hair of her nor any one that would fit the description of a good witch, so we continue with our tedious and uncertain translation efforts.

We have made headway. We have learned, for example, that this spell must be carried out at midnight during a full moon. This gives us considerable time in that a full moon will not occur until July 31 Fr. 06:45 AM. Now then, we shall need to wait until August 1st since the spell must be cast at midnight during a full moon. The book warns that a triple disaster will occur if the spell is cast during a waxing moon, so you can see our need to wait until August 1st. The book does not specify in the least what that disaster might be, but we wish to use utmost caution. These spells are obviously quite powerful and specific, which is why we are concerned with the careful translation of the book.

We have told all three special ops teams that, because we have time we believe it best that they go into the field and renew the search for Dr. Fagan. I will use my mobile communications devise (cell phone) to maintain team coordination. The three teams will work independently but will share what ever information they can come up with.

The special ops teams were thrilled to be out in the field doing the work that they prefer most. They are an action-oriented group. We said nothing to them about our relief having them out of our hair so that we could concentrate our efforts towards spell translation.

Tom, who is wishing Annie the best with her new doctor. (And Lulu, isn't it nice to have someone there to discuss cherry grass 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.
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dear tom

annie was quite pleased to hear that all her old teammates in the attempt to rescue Prince and Roscoe are now out of the brig....rumor has it (rumors manufactured especially for annie, hehehe) that they were tortured, starved and never allowed to do poses....annie is extremely worried, which is keeping her quiet and in her bed.....fortunately I guess, for her she seems to have developed a tiny infection in part of her wound which will keep her here for a few days longer.....(one might almost think she scratched herself in order to get this infection)

translating witch codes must be extremely difficult...I have heard that they are a difficult people, smelly, cranky & devious

mom is taking annie to be checked by the vet net week and this is when I, too, shall see her new vet to tell her more about cherry grass....mom said she is thinking of having them bathe annie and asked if I wanted a spa day, too *squinting eyes* ..she is acting a bit peculiar, actually about this visit to the vets.........hmmmm

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Dear Lulu,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having such problems with Annie. I think she is going to need an unpleasant lesson, one that demonstrates to the Chihuahuas just how phony her heroism is. It's a shame to do that to her, but sometimes the need for reality necessitates drastic measures. Give it some thought Lulu.

You will remember that Jack pointed to a passage in the book. Prince, Roscoe and I immediately started working on a translation.

One thing to note is that it appears to be the unfrogging spell. We can't be certain of this yet, but to the best of our ability to transcribe this book, this seems plausible, and the fact that Jack pointed it out makes that even more probable. Oh how I wish that Jack the frog could speak in his native canine tongue.

The list of ingredients needed is fairly long and quite difficult to decipher. You see, the witches of the day in which the Book of Shadows was written used all sorts of code to disguise the contents of the book. For example, "Adder's Tongue" is an old name for the plant dogstooth violet. And "Eye of Newt" is, depending upon which herbalist (witch) you consult, a daylily or mustard seed. Both of those ingredients are a part of the list in this passage. We shall need to go to the UNC-canine library to complete our research. In order to do that, we shall need to make our way from Old Salem to the triangle where UNC-Canine is located. We have contacted Eagle services and expect transportation this afternoon. The witches seldom come out during the brightest part of day, preferring the dark to carry on their dark craft. Not all witches are dark, of course, but these most certainly are.

Meanwhile, we pour over our passage, trying desperately to decipher more of the recipe as well as the spoken words. Oh how do you pronounce some of these spell words?

Tom

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well darn, tom!

if y'all had planned immediately to continue the search for dr. Fagan I had planned to send annie to stay with the wife "to provide moral support", which really means to get her out of my hair....the annie cult is still going strong and she is beginning to succumb to the idolatry....normally, she can be a bit of a...*ahem*...challenge to live with, but now that she is accepting all the worship as her natural due, she is beginning to become impossible...."you! (pointing at me as Her Largeness lies on her bed), "fetch me 3,um..no,...6...make it 7...of those black and white cookies that I made earlier".....this happened yesterday....I did let her know the error of her ways in speaking to me like that, but the wawas who idolize her will jump at her command......the only thing that keeps her in line is the commander becuz she is still afraid of going to the brig......in fact, the commander came by yesterday to see how well her face is healing and asked if I was still putting medication on it......then he left....annie seemed quite relieved and was feeling queenly again when I told her that the commander is just waiting for her face to need no further care before deciding on her fate....he doesn't want to be bothered with nursing care in the brig which would give her access to outside company (me) during her time of isolation.....poor annie, I guess I should not have scared her so.....but she was very well behaved for at least an hour.....

the other canines who went AWOL with annie on her last little adventure, have served their sentences and were released from the brig this morning, looking a bit thinner, but happy to be free again.....before they were allowed to leave Paws had a stern talk with them, telling them that from time to time he asks for volunteers to join his special training classes, and for them NOT to apply becuz they have shown that they cannot obey orders or their official leader.....he was really stern with them and I heard one was crying by the time he left, but none of them have come over to see annie (yet)....apparently Paws really read them the riot act...

tell roscoe to take it slowly and we hope to see him and prince and jack sometime in the near future.....if you need me to send any more cherry grass, just holler

Lulu who is thinking about training an assistant nurse

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Dear Lulu,

As you know, our search has gotten quite side-tracked from Dr. Fagan. I fear we need to solve the Jack frog problem before we continue our search. We will not be returning home soon, not because of our fear of chupes between here and there, but rather, because we need to search for Dr. Fagan.

Then too, so far our reading of the Book of Shadows has not led to anything constructive. It is quite difficult to read. The verbage is very old English and sometimes almost impossible to transcribe into an understandable set of phrases today. We will be continuing our research soon.

Another reason for remaining where we are while we do our research is that the UNC-canine library is accessible should we need it for any reason. We also have some professors to consult with should that be needed. And finally, when we are ready to return to our search for Dr. Fagan, we are in place to do so.

I need to go. Jack is pointing to a passage in the book.

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DEAR TOM

annie laughed until she choked at the idea of Jack as a little green frog....not that she meant anything mean by it....at first she thought I was kidding, and when she realized I really meant that Jack was now a frog, she said she was picturing him as a frog with a dog-shaped nose and whiskers.....I have to admit, the idea made me smile, too.....and then she said she thought of you dropping Jack into his dad's palm and trying to explain everything......we are all so glad that everyone has been rescued even if not back to their original condition...

annie is currently researching how to turn a frog into a dog.....this is not something that one finds a lot of information about on Google, so I am letting her search to her heart's content....it makes her feel useful and she is out of my hair......when she grows tired of that (I estimate about 10 mins) I will suggest she think of a new cookie recipe for roscoe that will provide lots of vitamins, minerals and general dog nutrition.....that and poses will keep her busy at least thru mid-afternoon.....oh! I looked over....research must have worn her out becuz she is already in poses mode.....

please be careful as your return towards home...there are, as you know, chupes everywhere and roscoe's captor and her friends may also be after you.....did y'all find any sign of dr. Fagan??? I relayed to Paws what you told me but he said he had already heard from you....he is working with some of the special ops on combating air attacks (as from the witches) in case they come this far, or if they have to go to your aid....who knows how many of them there are?!! Paws asked me not to say anything to our commander who is apparently under review for being a blabbermouth...Paws said he will be the one to decide which information to share with him.....this is certainly fine with me, but who knows how long annie can keep mum.....fortunately she does not chat with him often

Lulu who is going to have one of Annie's breakfast cookies and finish recovering from having to jump on her to keep her home




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Dear Lulu,

I hope you survived that tackle. That was a brave thing that you did!!!!!

But let me see, where was I? Oh yes...

The remaining witch creature entered the building. She was "singing" if you could call it that and doing a witch-like happy dance. She apparently had a great time with her sister witch creatures.

Quite quickly she proceeded down into the tunnel. That was our clue. Just as quickly we all ran for the gate in the fence and back toward our humble abode taking the bushy and shady path. We did not wish to walk together in the open. Our frog being slow was carried on the back of one of the Chihuahuas, Queenie I believe if my memory serves me well. Meanwhile, I carried poor Roscoe who was exhausted. He was not heavy, having become little more than skin and bones. Well, at least not as heavy as one might expect.

Back at our place we ate real food, giving Roscoe a measured amount so that he didn't take in too much at once considering his condition. We did feed him more frequently than most. Today, though still drawn in appearance, he seems to have increased energy and most definitely a wonderful happy mood, though he jumps at each and every small sound.

I called everyone together and spoke to them. "Now that we have Roscoe, we must concentrate on finding Jack. Ros, do you have any idea where we might start looking."

Roscoe quickly sported a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. I wondered if he were feeling jolly or if he were reacting to something. Then he spoke. "You could begin right here in this room," he said.

Well, OK, its understandable that he would be a little disoriented after his ordeal. But he continued by pointing to our little frog friend and saying, "that is Jack." The frog hopped over to Roscoe and Ros put his paws around the little guy in a sort of petting / cuddle hold.

That pretty much convinced me that Roscoe was delirious. But Roscoe kept on talking and I was determined to let him speak to his hearts content considering how long he had been silently obedient to that horrible evil one.

"This really is Jack, Tom. You will remember how I did absolutely anything that the witch wanted me to do. Even if her spell failed to make me do it, I did it to keep her happy. Jack did not cooperate, though in fairness he was her first victim. When Jack refused to cooperate she turned him into, well...that!" (Ros pointed to our green friend.) Jack hopped out of there, but I knew then that I must cooperate. When I did I got fed just tiny bits of nasty moldy gruel. When first fed I refused, but with time I had no choice. It was eat this nasty stuff or die. I thought about just dying, but I never lost hope that someone would look for me and hopefully find me. I am so glad that you did Tom, and that you had the help of all of these fine Chihuahua troops."

"Special operation troops," Cuervo piped up. Roscoe smiled and nodded.

And then I added, "Roscoe, if it were not for our little green...uh, Jack here, we would not have found you. But now we need to find a way to break the witches spell and get the Jack that we all know and love back."

I've never seen a frog blush before, but I'm pretty sure what I saw was just that at that moment.

Jack pointed at the book that he had had us take from the hearth. On the cover it read "Book of Shadows." Ros nodded at it too. "Within this book somewhere we will find the answer. We must find it, use it, and then destroy the book."

Some of the Chihuahuas gasped when Roscoe said destroy the book, but I understood what he was getting at and agreed. This book could be dangerous in the wrong hands, and we really don't want those witches to get their boney warted fingers on it again. And so we began our search within the book. I turned the pages on cue; Jack read.

We have taken a break from our research and this I have used to message you. Shortly we shall continue with our search / research.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/21/2015 (11:04)
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HANG ON, TOM! I AM COMING! I WILL RESCUE YOU!

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- - - - - - -no, tom, annie will not be going anywhere *pant* *pant* (tackling her is no easy job)
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Dear Lulu,

We had planned on meeting with all the Chihuahuas during the evening to develop a plan of action and then probably enter into that plan today. It didn't quite work out that way. Here is what has transpired.

We had gathered and brainstormed. Everyone had different ideas about how we should proceed and none of them seemed to gel with the others. Our vocal level would raise somewhat and I had to constantly remind everyone that we need to whisper throughout the entire meeting. There seemed to be two camps, those who wanted to storm the place and attack the evil one and those who wanted to approach with reason and caution and try to get Roscoe out of their lair without them knowing. I was part of the latter group, but I had promised an open discussion until we came to consensus. My bad! This group, it seemed was never going to come to a consensus.

But then something happened that brought us together as one. We all heard a chilling cackle. Peering out from under the bushes, we saw the evil one. She seemed at first to be alone, but then she walked to the other side of the fence in front and met up with two others who seemed quite similar in appearance to this one. Together they took to the sky on what appeared to be slim grey colored tubes with a wide area at the base. As we watched closely, we saw a trail of exhaust flowing from the end of the broad section. The whole contraption could easily be confused as a broom were it not for the exhaust the followed the broom-shaped objects, each carrying a passenger.

Suddenly the majority of us wanted to try to get into the building and locate Roscoe before this evil one returned. There were those who held back at first though, stating that this one may be a representative from a group living here and there may be more beneath the trap door. We were debating this when our little green friend gave us a "come on" motion with its webbed foot and headed for the building. Our frog has demonstrated uncanny awareness of events before and so we chose to follow it, party out of trust and partly out of loyalty now to a frog that has become our friend.

We entered the building via the front door and lifted the trap door with caution. We were trying to see what lay below and follow our cautious way when our frog jumped in, sliding down to a floor below. This entry was the beginning of a tunnel that went to the west. Following the tunnel (really the frog who hopped on ahead) we came to a door. This ended the tunnel. The frog pointed to the latch with its webbed foot and I opened it. Everyone was prepared for literally anything.

Upon opening the door, we encountered two chupacabra who leapt toward us. Pepe and Goose immediately disposed of them using anti-chupe toxin. We thought we were going to choke on the poof fumes, but after awhile it circulated into a vent at the top. Inside was a fireplace over which hung a huge iron caldron. In the center of the room was a table and stool. These were quite rustic but appeared serviceable. There were cabinets, a straw bed, and shelves on which were all sorts of things. Most of those things on the shelves did not look at all appetizing. Towards the back of the room was an opening covered with a gate. The gate was held shut with a large pad lock. Within the cage was Roscoe, laying there in a daze.

We heard the croaking sound of our frog and looked around at him. He was pointing again, this time at the hearth of the fire place. Above the hearth was a peg and on that peg were several keys. We removed this ring of keys and begin trying each one in the pad lock. Eventually we found the one that opened the lock and we pulled open the gate. Roscoe just laid there dazed. I petted him and spoke softly to him. After a while he looked up at me. Then, for the first time a saw just a glimmer of a sparkle in his eye. He got up, though doing so was a struggle. The entire party of Chihuahuas, Roscoe, frog, and I quickly begin to leave, but the frog croaked at us again and again pointed to the hearth. On the hearth was a large book. I took the book and this seemed to satisfy our frog. We quickly left and followed the tunnel upwards. Upon reaching the room we heard a cackle outside. One of the Chihuahuas had a large blanket and we all cowered beneath it in the darkest corner, feeling pretty certain that we would be caught. Our hearts beat as one and perspiration streaked from my face. Each dog, Roscoe and Chihuahua in turn, drooled a foamy drool from its mouth, and even our little green friend seemed to turn nearly white.

The cackling outside was obviously a chorus of cackles. There were conversational sounds but we could not make that out. It continued for nearly an hour, all the time we cowered beneath our blanket. The waxing crescent moon that gave off a tiny bit of light outside apparently slipped quietly behind the horizon. The cackles became soft and it sounded like one cackler left. In about another 15 minutes the second left leaving but one. But one...the one that would stay here. The one who lives below. The one who captured and kept poor Roscoe. Would she find us hidden under the blanket?

Oh Lulu, Roscoe needs my attention. I'll need to continue this in my next message.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/20/2015 (17:06)
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dear tom

as soon as I read your message I immediately changed my passwords...I was gonna have our IT wawa check my computer, but have put that off until later....I thought it was more important to finish reading your message.....I also told annie that boomer wants to be pen pals...she twitched her ear and sighed and went back to sleep....she is quite depressed this morning becuz she decided she was well enough to look in the mirror....NOT a good idea....I will talk to her after she finishes her poses this afternoon which always puts her in a better mood.....also, a wawa who was making a delivery to the house ran over and touched Annie's ear before anyone could stop him...he is now spreading the word that when he touched her ear his paw tingled and he felt the magic.....everyone is whispering that Annie's magic ears can fly.....this is a mess!

more important is your description of roscoe....my poor brother! this so does NOT sound like the roscoe we all know and love....I showed your message to Paws and he will be contacting you soon.....if there is anything we can do here now please let us know....do you want us to send boxes of food to your nearest post office for pick up by some of your wawas? oh! oh! we all want to do something~ *wringing paws*...y'all please be careful

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Dear Annie,

Boomer wants to know, since you can't come down here for a while, if you would be pen pals with him until you can. He wants me to give him your message box address so that he can write to you. Is that ok with you?

I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better, but please continue to take good care of yourself and allow nurse Lulu to treat your ear. Also, it sounds like the last doctor you saw may be for real, not the quack like the other guy. I'd stick with her if I were you.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Annie wrote me and seemed to know a lot about what is going on, pretty much as if she read the messages I've been sending you. Please remember that this information is pretty much private stuff and shared only with you. If you did not allow Annie access to your messages, then someone may be snooping. I shall not mention names, but you may wish to look into that.

Now then, I need to share recent events, a combination of the good, the bad, and the evil.

After a few moments a figure emerged from that building through the front door. We could not see who it was, but we heard a hideous cackle coming from the front of the building. This was followed by relative quiet, though we could here low voices. Then we saw a pair of people emerge from the front of the house and move into the open area to the side. Our little green friend was shaking like a leaf. Bowser and I couldn't believe what we saw.

One was the ugliest lady that we have ever seen. She had a long nose with warts and scraggly grey hair. She was dressed in black and cackled ever so frequently, a cackle that sent chills down the spine.

With her was a canine person. We knew him immediately, though he was thin and his rib bones shown on his side. It was Roscoe! Poor poor Roscoe!

I started to crawl out from the bushes immediately to go to his aid, but Bowser stopped me and the frog also popped in front of me and held his webbed foot up as a sign to stop. Bowser whispered to me, "We don't know what this creature is. And we don't know what she can do. Keep in mind that mention has been made of witchly creatures and even the unidentified seemed fearful of them. We had best wait and explore before entering this den of the unknown. As much as I hated to say it, I had to agree.

As we watched, the human like creature made Roscoe jump through several hoops. She would appear to be casting spells and when she did, Roscoe would demonstrate strange behaviors, different for each spell this creature cast. Roscoe seemed docile and eager to do exactly as this person commanded. He also appeared spiritless and totally submissive to the every whim of this humanoid creature.

After a while the humanoid pointed her boney finger toward the building and Roscoe walked toward the front of the building, the human like creature following cackling all the way. Then they disappeared and silence prevailed.

The good news is that we have found Roscoe. The bad is that he seems spiritless and extremely thin, making us question his health. The evil is that we have observed a humanoid creature who filled the very air with a chill and who seemed to dominate Roscoe to the Nth degree.

Lulu, we are regrouping. Bowser and I need to discuss this development and consider a plan of action. Meanwhile, I have notified all three special ops teams to abandon
their current search areas and join us here. When they arrive near the area, they are to slip into the compound one at a time with at least 1/2 hour separating each additional Chihuahua's entrance. They know were the bushes are and will crawl beneath and join us in the central area. There is some space in the midst of this thicket where we are gathering and meeting and planning. We have rations for four more days. Here we shall all contribute to the brainstorming of a basic plan, and then details will be worked out. Wish us luck Lulu. Roscoe's very life may depend upon our success.

Tom, who now needs to greet the second Chihuahua special forces trooper and fill her in on current observations and conditions.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/18/2015 (10:05)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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DEAR TOM

maybe you should kiss the frog and see if he changes into something else...I have heard that this is what humans are supposed to do....hahahahahahA! glad to hear Prince is safe...I know you have been terribly worried about me, but I am on the mend....slowly, but surely....I am even thinking about trying my paw at baking cookies today or tomorrow, since lulu admittedly is pretty bad at it, and the wawas are suffering without my yum-yums.....however, I still lack a bit of my old energy, so we shall see how I feel this afternoon....I am afraid I cannot meet your buddy, Boomer, until my face heals, so tell him not to expect me too soon, but next week I know I will be back to baking and will send him a box of my tasty cookies....you and bowser take care.......and you might want to quit crawling around in the grass, cuz that stuff will stain and never come out of your clothes....hahahaha, *hiccup, snort*

Annie who is feeling much better and starting to get back her natural sense of humor
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Dear tom

as you can see Her Highness is feeling better....I worry that as she circulates among the wawas, and realizes she is idolized, her ego may swell to obnoxious proportions....if the annie cult has reached florida, I cannot send her there! the only thing left I can think of is to have her travel with our dad since he is often on the road all week....next week, I think he will only be gone 2 days, so that could be a short test trip for both of them.....hmmm...now I have to sell this idea to dad and I do not have any cookies to bribe him with.....some good news is that yesterday annie stuffed all her soldier uniforms (except for the jewelry) into the trash...the bad news is that as soon as I put the trash bag outside, the uniforms were stolen by adoring fans........sigh...and so the cult grows

did you see what came out from the trap door in the building? was is roscoe?! I will be so happy when he is rescued...I do worry that he will be in worse shape than Prince....who knows what those evil creatures will do to him? has anyone set up some sort of protective boundaries/guards around the chupe labs at UNC-Canine? if roscoe is forced to talk, those professors could be in danger! *pace, pace, worry, worry* please be very careful while you are out there.....after all this is over, your frog friend should be honored with a ceremony and a very small medal

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Dear Lulu,

Here's the deal. Florida would not be the best choice. I have talked with the commander about it stressing leniency considering her condition and he is not terribly happy about that prospect. Baby Cakes feels that it would not be a wise choice since she needs such constant attention. And Joanie is unalterably opposed for some reason. But all of that, I believe, could be overcome. What cannot be overcome is the fact that Annie's reputation, real or not, has preceded her. The Annie cult is growing among the Chihuahua troops in Florida. I never dreamed it would spread so tremendously quickly. Why, some of the Chihuahuas actually believe she is some sort of Dog-God. It's gone crazy.

Fortunately our special ops Chihuahuas are either above that sort of Annie-worship, are aware of how crazy this all is, or are just so busy with the task at hand that they haven't got the time to think about it. whatever it may be, they have so far remained immune to the Annie cult.

Now then, as for the news here. While Bowser and I were discussing options, our green friend took matters into his own little webbed feet. He headed straight for the building. That is the worst possible thing he could do we thought, but away he went. We followed him while trying to remain hidden. That, of course, after exhausting our pleas for him to come back.

When he reached the building he boldly hopped up on the window ledge and looked inside. We figured that might be a bit safer for him than for us since he was just a frog as far as the buildings occupants might be concerned, or so we surmised. After looking around through the window, he used his webbed foot to motion to us to come. Well, we have learned to kind of trust this little guy so we approached the building, though with caution.

When we got there we carefully peeked into the window. We saw nothing. We more bravely peeked and still saw nothing. I stood up as did Bowser (on his hind feet) and looked all around, but we saw nothing. There was a door and this window, nothing more.

Feeling we had been misled, we walked around to the door and thrust it open. Within was an empty space. There was absolutely nothing there except a small rug, several cobwebs and dirt. I mean there was dirt every where. It was pretty obvious that this place was not occupied.

Needless to say, Bowser and I were a bit put out for wasting our time on a frog. We should have known not to trust a frog. At least that is what we were feeling, though neither of us said it to the frog or to each other.

Then Bowser looked around as we were leaving and stopped in his track. He gave me a nudge and pointed at the frog with his muzzle. What I saw made me do a double take. I was both amused and curious. The little green guy was, in Bowser's words, pawing at the rug. Bowser and I looked at each other and then we both came over to assist the frog. We pulled back the rug and were totally astonished by the sight of a trap door.

We reached for the door, trying to decide the best way to open it but then we heard noise coming from beneath it. All three of us headed for the doorway and curved around to the back of the building. as I was passing the window area, I saw the trap door opening up, hinged area toward the window. Good thing I thought. I was able to clear the window before what ever or who ever emerged from the space below the trap door.

In the back of the house there was a shrub area within the fence. There was not way that we could travel to the gate area since that would have placed us in plain sight of the doorway to the building. In back of the house we had some time left and swiftly covered the distance between the house and shrubs. Bowser and I hit the ground and crawled on our bellies under the brush and behind the bushes. Our little friend, who was less challenged with low areas, waited and greeted us with a foggy smile when we arrived.

We are watching to see what, if anything, emerges from the door way and comes into sight. Meanwhile, I am using this moment to talk with you Lulu.

Tom, who is feeling a bit shaky.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/17/2015 (10:35)
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dear tom

that is quite an interesting little green friend you have there.....be careful...he could be luring you to an unsafe place where the chupes can easily find you......a double agent, so to speak

a matter has come up here which I have not mentioned, figuring it would blow over, but is actually gaining momentum......rumors about how annie fought for her guys have been traveling around the camp and are becoming more and more exaggerated....about her ferociousness, about how she killed, nay..slayed...40 or 60 or 140 chupes.....about how her ears flew out at side, almost like they were flying and providing more energy, about how they are special, magical ears....wawas, ever so casually, wander over to inquire as to how she is doing and want to touch her ears, especially the one covering her wound (apparently that one is even more powerful)....wawas from other militias have driven up to the gates just to see her, only to be turned away with a "she is not yet receiving visitors"....annie, who has been pretty well out of it all, had no idea what was happening as the Annie cult has grown, but now that she is feeling better, is beginning to get an inkling that (as she puts it) "the whole place is crazy!"....the commander has also heard these rumors and tries to quash them, but it only makes them stronger.....he scowls every time he sees her, even tho he is fairly sure she did not start them......annie who still has a possible brig sentence hanging over her tries to stay out of the commander's way at all times.....unfortunately, there has been new fuel to the fire this morning...in reality, annie found a dead bunny in the yard, a large one, gave it a sniff and walked on by (mom saw it all).....BUT rumor is that the rabbit was alive until annie sniffed it, whereupon it fell over dead....at this rate, the Catholic church is going to have to make medals with St. Annie on them and a pic of a Belgian Basset (so as not to be confused with St. Anne, mother of Mary).....sheesh! rumors are flying that she can, with a mere sniff, detect chupe bunnies and perhaps other disguised chupes.....even annie has publicly denied such nonsense, but the believers put this down to either (1) modesty or (2) being forced to deny "the truth" by the Man....*snort*.....annie is beginning to find the behavior of her worshippers annoying......well, not all of it....little gifts, such as a dog biscuit, a pearl, a credit card have been left at the front door for her and she is quite appreciative of this part of "annie worship", especially the biscuits......or maybe the credit cards......and you should see the look of adoration in the eyes of her followers...it is sickening......

once annie is 100% better and more aware of her surroundings, you and I know how dangerous this "annie cult" may be...it could go right to her head (swelling it out to the size of the rest of her body...hahahahha).....I may have to send her to fl. to stay with joanie just to get her out of here and to let the cult die down.....if this mass on her face would just quit draining! BC could give her the pills that she must take.....I have spoken to eagle services about possibly transporting annie to fl, and while they understand there is true need, they are still reluctant....I have assured them that she will not be allowed to fly until I am sure all danger to chupe disease is gone.....annie has mentioned wanting to go to fl. to meet your friend, Boomer, but she is not willing to do so until her face has healed which may be several months from now......I think she may be able to fly in a couple of weeks.......BC said she spoke to both joanie and your commander, neither who are thrilled at the possibility of annie staying on the property..........and of course she would have to since BC would have to give her the pills and watch for any sign of infection or other problems.......speaking of problems, she is quite the little problem, our annie..........

Lulu who is about to do her daily culture swab on Annie's cheek

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Dear Lulu,

Relax. I called Paws on our communicator, but I carefully checked his current circumstances before admonishing him for his decision to send special ops to NC. I'm so glad that I did. He was, as you suggested, in the field with the Chihuahuas special ops doing war games. Before leaving, he ran across a few rather non-busy troops (I think he used the term slackers) who were quite inquisitive about where he was going. He rather vaguely made reference to joining a search. Because this group were aware of the search (thanks to one Annie), they assumed that he was referring to that search. They then kept this information silent by telling several troops after making sure they were sworn to secrecy. You know, it went something like..."Yeah, I know where they are. But if I tell you you have to promise not to tell anyone. I wouldn't tell you but we are close buddies. We fought together a year ago, or was it two? Anyway"... and then on with the whereabouts information. I definitely think Paws needs to figure out just who they were and talk with the commander about them. I suggested that to Paws, but I think he is feeling a bit badly about having said anything to the "slackers." So we shall see.

Thanks for asking about Prince. He is actually doing quite well. We did leave him back in our rental. He will look after the place and concentrate on resting up. He knows to exercise extreme caution, especially when venturing outside.

I'm glad that Annie is interested in Boomer. I sent her that picture of our friends Bassett just to give her a reason for getting well. I suggest that you use that motivation when ever you can do so subtly. I want it to encourage her, but I don't want her catching on to what we are doing.

Now for the latest developments. Hop Along stayed with us until we came to a billboard advertising a company. The billboard said ROSENQUIST CONSTRUCTION SERVICE, the best in the business. It then gave a phone number. Our little green Hop Along hopped to that sign. It then looked up at the sign and tapped its little frog foot three times. He did this several times before Bowser looked at me and said, "Tom, look at the first three letters of that sign."

OMG, the first three letters were ROS. Suddenly we began to take our little friend seriously. After he was quite aware that we were with him, he begin hopping off in the direction from which we had come. We followed him. He then turned to the right at a point that he had previously appeared to try to get us to go. We followed. Now then, Hop Along is not the speediest little guy in the world. I mean, he is going top rate, but his size definitely slows him down. Still, he has taken us to a small building set apart from the rest with nothing around it but a fence. Hop Along Cassidy hoped through the fence, but needless to say, Bowser and I could not do so. We told Hop along to stay there while we found an entry and then we would join him. We could only hope that he understood, but when we started walking the perimeter of the fence, our little frog remained quite still. He has never before remained by himself, so we thought that he understood. We have found a gate with a sign that says "Trespassers will either be prosecuted to the full extent of the law or shot at our discretion."

We didn't like the looks of that but we knew that we must continue. We quietly entered, watching for any sort of alarm, and then followed the fence back to where Hop Along was waiting. We are now deciding how to proceed toward this building and this has given me the necessary break to message you. I should point out that our frog seems quite determined to travel directly toward the building, but Bowser and I feel caution is by far the better approach.

Tom, who with Bowser is considering our options


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

I do hope I am not too late....pls. don't fuss at Paws....what I told you I got from one of the wawa soldiers and I was misinformed....Paws did leave with a selection of Special Ops and regular soldiers to practice "war games" which I think means they are practicing detecting and fighting chupes....however, I suppose I could be wrong about this, too, since I did not actually get the information from Paws himself....what I was told that it will just be a 2 day event and then they will all be back here.....mostly he is communicating with our commander and yours to make sure everything is...and remains....good and safe on the homefronts.....I am sure y'all can call on him if you need him.....how is Prince doing today? do you need cherry grass? I know the special ops from here that are with you were carrying small bottles of it.....

annie spit out a marshmallow piece this morning that mom had hidden one of her pills in...sheesh! last night she had a lovely looooong barking session around 11pm and all mom said was that she was glad annie is obviously feeling better....the rest of us told annie to be quiet, which did not have much effect.....this morning and afternoon mom insisted on washing the underside of her ear which was all nasty from wound drainage, but annie absolutely refused to permit any cleaning of the wound or the nasty areas around it....mom says pop will be home tomorrow or fri. and so she will leave it to him *snicker*....as a joke, I offered to nip annie in the tail to distract her so mom could finish cleaning, but annie overheard me and shrieked until mom reassured her that there would be no nipping...*snicker*....she did go outside and roll in the grass, being very careful not to get the bad side on the ground....I do believe the cherry grass is working as it should...I am recording everything so at the meeting with the new vet she can see just how wonderful this tonic is.....besides the cherry grass, I think this interest in some guy named boomer that she says you want to introduce her to has perked her spirits enormously.....

Lulu who tried her paw at cookie baking for the wawas today....it did not go well and the wawas have begged me to stay out of the kitchen lol


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What on earth is Paws thinking? Why is he sending more special ops boys? We wish to avoid detection and too many cooks spoil the broth if you know what I mean. Good gravy train! I will need to message Paws on our private communicator and admonish him a bit for planning to send more here. I'll remind him that he is there to help with the defense of the Virginia homestead, not to take part in the rescue in NC. Oh my aching rawhide!

The search is on. Each team is heading to a designated area to search. Bowser and I are also heading to a designated area. Strange, our green companion seems to have decided to hop along with us. We have named him Hop Along Cassidy just for the fun of it. He stays right with us, but at times seems to want to take over the leadership role, trying to move us in a given direction. So far we have ignored him since we want to go to our designated area. He then gives up and comes with us. We recognize that he is a wild creature, so we never try to encourage him to come or not, but he does consistently. He is such a cute little fellow.

I have with me hand carried mobile communicators so that I can maintain the communications center operations while doubling as a search team member. We have arrived at our destination Area #4. It is the least likely area for the witch folk to be in. Those more likely areas have, of course, been designated for the special ops troops. Its about time for us to begin our systematic sweep of the area.

Tom, who hopes you get some rest and is praying for a quick recovery for Annie

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another day without cookies and the wawas are beginning to rumble....I asked the commander if I could train one of the wawas in light nursing duties and to stay with annie during the night...she does not sleep well becuz of the pain and spends most of her days and nights rapidly panting becuz she hurts so much (I am exhausted)....the wound drains constantly, but she will not let anyone touch it...this morning mom insisted on washing her ear which was crusty from rubbing against her wound...annie was not pleased, but mom bought her a whole roast chicken to make up for it....fortunately, for me, mom shared it, saying a whole chicken was too much for one little dog, altho annie insisted it wasn't.....my! it was tasty! mom said she was at the local natural foods store and woman she had never seen before approached her as she was looking at sugars and asked if she was going to make something good...mom replied that of course she was and the woman gave her a look like "I doubt it", so mom told her she was going to make something good that had chocolate in it (altho she had no plans to make anything, actually)...the woman said she could not eat chocolate and walked away....I told mom she should have shot her with a toxin gun....nothing would have happened (probably) except the woman would have been surprised, giving mom a chance to escape.......ah, weirdos are everywhere!....anyway, the commander told me to do what was necessary, so I am training a new night nurse for annie this afternoon....he will, of course, call me if anything happens or annie seems worse.....it will be nice to get some sleep.....

I asked around here if anyone knew anything about little green frogs and everyone just shook their heads, so enjoy your little new hopping friend

did I mention Paws arrived last night? he is dealing with the Special Ops boys and they plan to head out your way, I guess, this afternoon.....

wow! I almost had heart failure thinking I just saw a kitten walking on the front porch, but it turned out to be one of those pesky squirrels....I really need a pair of doggy glasses....hahaha

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Dear Lulu,

It pleases me that the new vet is open to discussion regarding cherry grass therapy. This means that using cherry grass to help Annie will not be a problem from the vets point-of-view, and most likely you will receive support rather than discouragement. This vet may be a real vet rather than a quack. How wonderful that she is there at this time when Annie is with so much need.

The special ops, Bowser and I have located a spot where we can remain anonymous in the vicinity of Old Salem. Our place is actually in Winston-Salem, but a stones throw from Old Salem. I doubt that any one will know who we are since this is a very pet-friendly neighborhood.

Almost immediately upon arrival something really strange happened. We were greeted by a relatively large bull frog which hopped all over the place. We tested it with a bit of toxin but it was not phased. When we got into our rental this crazy frog hopped right on inside. Its pretty active and so far has not been catchable. The strangest part of this is that this frog seems to prefer Bowser prepared meals to flies and the like. I've never seen anything quite like it.

Now that we are settled into our humble abode, the three ops teams will split up and each search a section of Old Salem for signs of witchly persons. Since they are conducting witchcraft investigations, we suspect they are not going to stand out all that much, and we shall need to search the various nooks and crannies of this historic town. As always I am coordinating communications, Bowser is in charge of meals, and the frog is just hopping all over the place. Its strange though, I find myself feeling somewhat attracted to the little green fellow. Let's face it, its not easy being green.

Tom, who is about to enjoy another Bowser breakfast.

Tom

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if you or BC need my help with Prince just holler...I have not had a lot of formal psychological training, but I have lived with annie for several years....actually there are quite a few canine therapists, but I doubt many, if any, have specialized in witch/chupe therapies....Prince is a strong guy and should recover eventually

annie went to the vet's today...for $124 which mom thot was a bit steep, but whatcha gonna do? the trip did not start off well...mom had bought a doggie ramp and annie tried it out for the first time this morning....all was well until she was about to step happily into the car...and the ramp fell......annie was not hurt, but both she and mom were pretty upset....after that annie was reluctant to get into the car, but mom pushed and got her into the back seat...after that things did get better......I went along, just on a consulting basis....guess what? when we got to the vet's office they weighed annie and she had lost another pound! mom and I cheered and made a big fuss and you could tell annie was pleased...she is now down to 95 lbs, so there is still plenty of her to go around.............

annie did not see the quack, but a vet student from a nearby university, VA Tech....she was quiet-spoken as opposed to the quack who is loud....annie was terrified and shedding faster than leaves falling in autumn...she refused to deal with the woman, preferring to stand with her face to the wall and pretend she was invisible.....this vet treated annie gently and with respect...she was quite willing to discuss cherry grass therapy with me and was extremely interested in it...I left her a small sample bottle....she wants to meet with me in a couple of weeks to hear more about cherry grass....I am very pleased about this, naturally......she (I have to call her "she" becuz I admit I do not remember her name...sigh....) actually had annie wagging her tail a little and smiling by the time we left.....of course, she cooed over Annie's swollen face, which looks more like a volleyball than a face at the moment, and prescribed a giant bottle of antibiotics which annie has to take 2x a day for a month...she goes back in 2 weeks for a checkup.....hopefully she will look more like a dog and less like a balloon face by then......we can tell she is really hurting....poor girl....

perhaps you can contact someone of the national level to check into our commander....he used to be topnotch, but seems to be slacking off lately......even the wawas have noticed...I do hope he is not trying the local moonshine which can lead to a variety of problems...

Lulu who is planning what she will discuss with the new vet

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Dear Lulu,

First let me wish poor Annie well with the quack. I feel so sorry for her, though admittedly she did make choices which brought it on herself. But those choices were well intentioned, at least from an Annie point of view. Keep me informed as to her progress. I do worry about her.

Your letter was disconcerting to say the least. You have no idea how upset we are at the commanders lack of confidentiality. He is assuming that the chupe camp will be notified of the rescue by that unidentified evil one, but we do not know that for sure. If news of the rescue leaks from Virginia, it could result in dire consequences which might otherwise have been avoided. The Florida commander has been far more discreet and shares our concerns. I have spoken with the Virginia commander regarding our concerns but he pretty much poo-pooed our concerns. Well, we shall share far less with him now. He will think he is in the loop, and he will be to an extent since he can provide useful input, but there are some key bits of information that shall remain unavailable to him. He will never know this for certain, though he may, in time, come to suspect that we are not disclosing all information to him. Meanwhile, we have reported his indiscretion to the national field commander, General Quicken Urcase. To be honest Lulu, if he decides that this indiscretion is of grave concern, I would NOT want to be on the Virginia commander's pads.

What follows is included in the information withheld from the Virginia commander:

Prince's debriefing has been completed. At first Prince could furnish no information. He often seemed confused and could not understand why some of the events did not connect or why there were times that he has no recollection what so ever. He wished to be more helpful and agreed to hypnosis. In fact, it was his suggestion.

Hypnosis led to considerable information, though nothing of certainty other than generalities. He did remember that Roscoe and Jack were together. He also remembered that they were being taken to a hiding place in Old Salem, NC. He remembers the unidentified saying that they would meet the reincarnated witches there who were looking for a few subjects on which to practice their witchcraft. Prince was being held away from the witches so that he could be taken there if one of the "subjects" died and the witches needed a replacement. Apparently the unidentified are quite fearful of the witches too.


We also learned more about the unidentified. It seems that they are capable of a process that they call dense memory fogging. That is what Prince was put through and why he couldn't remember important events. And it seems that they are more associated with the witches and the bidding of the witches than the chupes. As a matter of fact, it appears that the chupes were being used by them rather than being any sort of formal allies with the unidentified. It is quite unclear as to whether the larger chupe army or their brass knew anything about this specific operation.

Prince is with me now. He has been fed and is resting, but I see that he is awakening. Because of the traumatic events that he has been exposed to, and especially the memory fogging process, he needs my comforting so I shall need to tend to him now. It is a matter of canine post traumatic stress syndrome that we are dealing with at this time.

Tom, who is giving his Princely patient a very large rawhide bone.


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yes, I heard the news about Prince's rescue....the commander shared the news with the entire camp during dinner time while everyone who is not on duty was having dinner....he said that since the non-chupe guy got away he is aware of the wawas in the field and there is no point in maintaining secrecy.....hmmm.....the entire camp cheered, and those who are on duty were quickly informed by a few wawas who snuck out to spread the good news...these are trusted soldiers who know how to be discreet...apparently they have a secret paw code to indicate "rescue", so everyone is thrilled.....the wawas were hoping for some celebratory cookies from annie, but I had to thaw some dough and toss it in the oven....a baker I am not!....annie is just too ill...the guys were disappointed but they understood.....

mom is taking annie to the quack tomorrow....she says that if annie has to stay overnight she will not be surprised....at the very least she expects bandages and one of those ridiculous head cones that look like lampshades....do they still do that?! you'd think modern medicine would have advanced past that, but then the place is run by the quack......

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Prince is free and appears to be physically OK, though he is exhausted and famished. They fed him very little and always that bland gruel that can only be tolerated by the extremely hungry. He is currently being debriefed. We are hoping to gain clues as to the whereabouts of Roscoe.

The rescue was difficult. It was carried out under cover of night. All chupe guards were accounted for and each sp ops team had certain guards assigned to them. There were twelve chupe guards and six ops, making that part of the operation quite simple. Needless to say, all chupes were poofed.

That was the good news. You will remember that there was also an unidentified creature whose attributes we know little about. Well, we know more about them now, but unfortunately, this one got away which means that the arrival of our special ops and the rescue will be known by the enemy. That ends our hope for the element of surprise and will make our work here far more difficult.

Here is what we have learned about the unidentified creature. For one thing it is definitely not susceptible to anti-chupe toxin. We know now also that it can fly. It does not fly like an airplane, bird or helicopter, though the latter is closer than the former two. What we observed was that it rose directly up into the air and then darted out away from its vertical path making that 90 degree change. And finally, we observed that as it rose it became less and less opaque, and as it moved away that opacity reached the zero point, making the creature totally invisible. This is, quite frankly, frightening to say the least.

Tom, who is about to confer with the special ops troops as well as two commanders via long range communications regarding our next steps. Hopefully Prince's debriefing will finish soon and we can learn something from him.

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annie is doing much worse, so much so that mom has already been muttering about making her wear "the lampshade of shame" AND taking her to the vet's tomorrow...the wound is draining like snow under a warm sky which is good if the chupe toxins are also draining, but i am not confident that she will come away unscathed from this....annie also shakes her head a lot...since she won't let me see, i am not sure if she has dirt down in her ear or if she is shaking becuz she is in pain....since she won't let me do anything except gently paw back the ear once a day to look at her cheek, i cannot apply any ointment, so i am adding cherry grass tonic to her water as well as mixing it in with her food.....i think the dr. is going to have to knock her out to examine her or at least wear steel arm covers...it will take every assistant in the place to hold her while the poor man attempts to get close to her.....i have informed her that this is what will happen, but she just cries...it is pitiful....mom has walked around outside looking for some sort of animal burrow that she must be ramming her face into to get at something, but so far no one has spotted anything.....

the commander and i are so glad to hear that Prince will soon be rescued....until it actually happens, no news about him being located is being mentioned for fear it could get back to the chupes...who knows what ears are listening!? mom and dad saw a kangaroo deer yesterday as it leapt about near the mailbox.....even my dad saw the kangaroo resemblance and behavior....of course, mom notified the sgt on duty who passed along the info immediately to one of the toxin gun experts...soon thereafter a couple of poofs were seen dissipating into the sky.....

lulu who had an exhausting night nursing annie and is going to take a quick nap while the patient is meditating

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Dear Lulu,

I am quite concerned about poor Annie and her condition. We both know that chupe wounds are nothing to mess with. Obviously she needs treatment and obviously she is not being the best of patients to say the least. You might consider this...tell her this: Annie, we are not able to treat you because you won't let us. You must have treatment. Therefore we shall need to take you to the quack, er...doctor who will place you in a tiny restrictive cage after he applies a non removable dressing over the wound and of course puts his own greasy ointment on it. He likely will shave more hair away from the wound. He may use a lamp shade on your head to keep you from pawing at it. Most assuredly, it will be quite unpleasant, far more so than my treatment when you cooperate. Your choice Annie, work with us or face the quack. Well Lulu, just a suggestion. You and I both know she needs cherry grass to deal with the chupacabra poison that they inject with their horrid fangs, but the idea is to get Annie to cooperate, not to actually have to take her to the quack. If you do need to take her, then she will likely be more than happy to bargain her way back with promised cooperation to which you can promise a return to the quack should she break her promise of cooperation. Let me know what you think of this Lulu, and if you go with it how Annie responds to it.

As far as dealing with the act of leaving and the rules breaking, at least for Annie I suggest waiting until the health matters clear up. I would not reward her in any way. Her current condition seems punishment enough, and all natural consequence. But that is for your mom to decide as time passes. As for the AWOL Chihuahua soldiers, you can leave that to the commander and the army to decide. Frankly I would not want to be in their shoes, though with luck the commander may recognize some of the positives of which you spoke.

Now then, on to the matter of the missing canines. All three special ops teams are here with me. The identity of the black tail has been confirmed. It belongs to Prince who is being held in a cell within the vegetation room and is guarded by a multitude of chupacabra. There is one of the unidentified creatures, equally as hideous as chupacabra but not nearly so dim witted and totally immune from toxin. Roscoe is not with them.

We are working on a plan to rescue Prince. The chupes will be easily dispatched with anti-chupe toxin. Not a problem really as long as we make sure none escape to warn Roscoe's captures. His whereabouts are still unknown. The primary problem though is the unidentified. We know that it is immune to anti-chupe toxin. We do not know how agile it is in battle nor do we know what weapon systems it may have. We also don't know if it may be capable of special physical or metaphysical powers. We are currently observing it from a distance to determine any of the above attributes to the best of our collective abilities. We also have one team, (#1) Queenie and Cuervo in close proximity to observe the patters of the chupe group and the behavior of the un-IDed creature. They slipped into position during the night and are particularly talented in non-detection modalities. We hope that we can gather needed information quickly because we feel urgency concerning both Prince's need for rescue and the need to locate Roscoe. Hopefully Prince will be able to provide a clue regarding the Ros.

Tom, who is ready for another cup of coffee.

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you are quite right about the rest of us being in danger.....annie has been severely hurt and I have her in the infirmary....yesterday annie did not show up for breakfast...very unusual...I sent one of the guards to check on her and he said he could hear her snoring in the lab where she had been working on rescue plans.....we just figured she had been working hard and fallen asleep at her desk....a couple of hours later I went to her lab since there had been no sign of her and it was almost lunchtime.....placing my ear against the door, I could hear nothing, but the guard said he could hear her snoring....I raised a paw and tapped lightly on the door......no response......I tapped much harder......still no response and the guard reported she was still snoring....worried now, I tried to enter the lab, but the door was locked...the guard and I barked, but annie did not answer.....the guard ran and fetched a few more wawas who took down the door...........the snoring continued, but no annie...it was a tape on a perpetual loop!! quickly, the soldiers went and did a headcount while I checked the room....all her rescue and battle plan sketches were missing as well as her new uniform...the wawas reported back that 5 of their own were AWOL! the commander threw his cap on the ground and jumped on it several times!!....several attempts were made to contact annie and the individual missing wawas, but nobody answered their phones..........just before lunch the sgt. on duty got a call asking for rescue, including an extra strong palanquin (or maybe just a wheelbarrow) to carry annie.....apparently somewhere near UNC-Canine annie and her band of dedicated soldiers were ambushed by a small pack of chupacabras who were on the march headed toward VA.....annie fought viciously and managed to sit on a chupe before he was dispatched with a toxin gun....she also protected her "boys" as much as possible, leaving them free to manage the toxin guns (for which they will be sent to the brig for stealing them from the wawa camp here) .....

remember Annie's scar on her neck and the cut on her cheek? now, about 1/3 of the side of her face has no fur and is just bright pink raw meat.....she is in a lot of pain....her eye is red and swollen again....she refuses to wear a bandage on the wound, which normally would be fine, but I have some concerns about her ear rubbing against it and depositing dirt and creating infection....she refuses to let me put cherry grass ointment on it becuz she is in pain...really, she is being a big sissy, but I am trying to be understanding.....mom helped me put a bandage on it, but she pawed it right off....she also refuses to let me tape her ear back so it is out of the way.......oh! it is going to be a rough night of nursing!

no one knows quite what to do.....certainly annie and her band of merry men should be punished for (1) defying the commander and going off without permission (2) stealing a couple of the toxin guns, (3) going AWOL (which is sort of like #1, but also a bit different), (4) refusing to answer their phones when they could see it was home base calling,.....and the list goes on and on...........ON THE OTHER HAND, (1) they dispatched a small group of chupes who were headed here with the intent of doing us harm, (2) annie was wounded in battle, fighting valiantly to save her men, (3) this group was dedicated to rescuing their missing comrades..........there have already been several discussions about what to do for punishment/reward for annie and the others....I do think there will be brig time for several, if not all, who were involved.....but perhaps not too long ......the commander says he will be glad when Paws arrives.....he is quite concerned that once news gets out about the complete destruction of the chupes, more may head this way to avenge their fallen brothers

Lulu who is having a shot of cherry-grass elixir to keep her strength up

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Dear Lulu,

Ops #2 report: Chewbacca observed a black canine tail entering a very dense vegetative area near a lake. It appeared that the canine to which the tail is attached was being pulled and trying to resist. In this area are several rooms carved out of the thick vegetation which serve as space for tent campers. Bella and Chewbacca are laying low on a nearby hillside watching the area for signs of activity. Coordinates have been sent to ops #1 and #3.

Nothing else new today. Keep me informed about activities on your end. There is reason to believe that with both Prince and Roscoe gone and some of the special ops, our respective locations may be in danger. The most likely target is Virginia since its relative proximity to UNC-canine makes it the most likely place to help disrupt rescue efforts, or at least this is how we think the chupacabra brass and their more able assistants (still unidentified) may be thinking. For this reason, Paws is on the way to your location in order to assist with anti-toxin warfare.

Tom

Tom

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

Annie insists that she is coming to "rescue me." I doubt that she will be able to talk the eagles into a flight to Kauai since those flights are rare and only used for military purposes. Also, this morning I did send eagle HQ a note saying that all is going as planned even though we have very few clues as to the whereabouts of our boys. No, I don't think they are likely to make that flight, especially since they know exactly where we are located.

Yesterday Bowser and I had a serious talk about his cooking. We decided to do exactly what you had suggested (or surmised). However, he is moving cooking operations away from Ops Com HQ. A few local soldiers are watching and waiting to determine if any of the bad guys show up. Of course, they also expect to reap some rewards via being fed some of the Bowser specials.

Now to the really serious stuff: Pepe' and Goose (Ops team #3) have located an area that looks like both canines and chupes previously occupied the area. Tracks suggest that it was vacated and occupants moved north. The remnants of a cell phone that had possibly been demolished between two rocks was found. The chip serial number traces back to Virginia but the contents of the chip were not readable. We are pretty sure that the cell phone belonged to Roscoe. No other clues were found. Ops #3 is heading north. Bella and Chewbacca (Ops #2) and Queenie and Cuervo (Ops #1) have been informed of developments and have altered their travel directions accordingly.

Tom, who is patiently waiting for a Chihuahua soldier to deliver his Bowser breakfast. (Seems quite late. I wonder... hmmmm....)

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Dear Annie,

All is well here. Please do not attempt the treacherous Pacific crossing. I am OK.

Tom

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I agree with you in that bowser should probably not be cooking lest those wonderful food smells attract a variety of friendly and not so friendly visitors.........perhaps that is bowser's plan....to bring the enemy to their knees, begging for some delicious meals...this would be quite a good tool for negotiations lol

it has been a quiet afternoon....from my spot under the car I have watched a variety of soldiers going in and out of the commanders office....annie has been holed up in mom' s sewing room making a new uniform to impress her troops (and any possible newspaper reporters that may be around at the time of rescue??)

I do hope somebody hears from the boys soon

Lulu who plans to continue her observations from under the car
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HANG ON,TOM! I AM COMING TO RESCUE YOU!

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Dear Lulu,

I assume that you learned your meditation techniques from the master, Miss Annie. And you likely have so many poses to choose from. I suspect some may be difficult for you though since you do not poses her remarkable Belgian build. :)

Bowser and I have a keen hide away, one that the bad guys will never find. The drawback is Bowser's constant decision to cook this and that, leading to odors wafting forth, leading to the attraction of who knows what. I've talked with him about it, but he insists we should both act natural, and the natural thing for him to do is cook.

I shall be referring to the teams of special ops as numbers 1 through 3. Ops #1 is made up of Queenie and Cuervo. They are lagging behind a bit to detect anyone following the other teams. They will also be doing a careful search for any clues that have been missed, though with the care that all the teams take I doubt that much if any will be misses.

Team #3 did find some black canine hair, and their field DNA ID kit determined that these hairs belonged to Prince. A paw print pointed the way from this particular location. The team continues and team #2 has been redirected to move pretty much in the direction of team 3.

There have been no new messages today but it may be that Jack's and Prince's phones have been found and confiscated. There is little doubt that they are prisoners still, and considering the skill level of the non-chupe creatures working with the chupes, it is quite unlikely that they could hide their phones for long.

Tom, who is scoffing down a mid-afternoon Bowser snack while directing giant fans upward to blow food odors into space.

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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DEAr tom

I asked annie where she got her information from and she said one of the guards was delivering something to the commander's office and overheard (eavesdropped??) our leader's conversation with your troop's leader...he mentioned it to annie and now annie is armed and dangerous with this information.....she did ask me this morning if Kauai was an island and when I replied in the affirmative, pointing out that it would take days of swimming non-stop she shuddered....she has been trying to hire an eagle to take her, but they claim not to travel that far...I mentioned that I thought there were a lot of sharks and other dog eaters in the ocean waters, too.....she is quite upset....at one point she started to call jack to have him invent a way to help her travel over water until she remembered that we are looking for jack....annie does not handle frustration well.....I have suggested she vent her ire by pounding cookie dough or relaxing with poses.........she just growled....she has mentioned that perhaps she should go stay with Ms. Fagan to act as a bodyguard and ninja warrior if necessary.....sigh........the drama never ends with her........her problem now is (1) finding directions to ms. Fagan's house..........and we both know that if she harasses the other professors enough someone will break and tell her and (2) she wants to take a deployment of soldiers with her....there are quite a few who are willing to go, but the commander has forbidden it.....I have suggested she be in charge of the hens who are preparing bandages, but she is not interested...I have even suggested she take on the position of head nurse if the situation arises....still no interest...recently I suggested that even if our guys are rescued, the chupes might persue them and annie could be in charge of planning, designing and putting into action defense plans (I spoke to the commander before I did this and he okayed it since he would have his special ops on alert no matter what annie thought up).....she liked this idea, but after an hour of no fighting action she is bored and back to whining and fussing............its gonna be a long day

have you heard anything new from our boys?? ms. Fagan is being moved to a new location, unknown to the UNC-Canine professors, just in case...our commander arranged it seeing as how annie is going off halfcocked.....(I have her drawing out very detailed plans for defense here, but who knows how long that will last)......ms. Fagan will retain her special phone in case her hsb or jack tries to contact her and the special guards that have been with her will move with her...it is all very hush-hush...........good luck on your ventures....

Lulu who is going to take a swig of cherry grass to calm her nerves and then go meditate under the car for an hour or so lol

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Dear Annie,

Please do not attempt to find us. Our hideout in Kauai is quite top secret.

Tom, who expects you to keep this message totally secret.

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dear Lulu,

How on earth does Annie gain so much information from messages that are addressed to you? It amazes me. Because of that, I've had to send her a note in which I divulged information I had hoped not to divulge. I did ask her to keep it top secret. You may wish to listen carefully for any symptoms of blabber-mouthism displayed by her. Of course, I fully expect her to keep the secret, but you can still exercise an alertness, this being so very important.

Queenie, one of the female Chihuahua special ops from Florida has dropped the communication devise with Mrs. Fagan with instructions for hiding it and using it. It will be totally untraceable. She will then rendezvous with her comrade at a predetermined place. Bowser, my constant companion and I have set up headquarters at our secret location in K... er, secret location. We are ready to coordinate communications and issue alerts as needed.

The other five have separated into pairs for the purpose of secretive exploration as only special ops can carry out. Cuervo is holding back some until Queenie is able to join him, though he is slowly on the move. Note that each pair is made up of a Florida Chihuahua and a Virginia Chihuahua. This was done on purpose since advanced training is slightly different for the two geographical locations and this will maximize the logistical tools each pair has to work with. Meanwhile, each pair has been carefully matched using their psychological profiles, thus maximizing the probability for success.

It is comforting to know that you have prepared for the worst possible scenario with medications and beds. You will be appreciative of the fact that Baby Cakes is preparing for large shipments of various medications and supplies should they be needed.

Tom, who really hopes Annie can keep a lid on it all

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/6/2015 (09:42)
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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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oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!


while it was a good move for y'all to land on the roof of the mcmansion next door to pick up our guys, so that annie was not disturbed *snort*, this morning one of the guards mentioned the night time activities to annie........boy! was she ticked! I just pretended I was not aware of anything...annie was so suspicious she even sniffed my paws and growled that they smelled like wet grass, perhaps the wet grass next door...I pointed out that our property has grass everywhere and it has been raining for days.....that threw her off the track, but she is in her "war room" now busily planning a rescue mission of her own.......oh! I could just throttle that stupid blabbermouth wawa! I pointed out that we do not know where the guys are, since they left UNC-Canine and headed into the woods...they could be in Georgia by now....or Maine!--or so I tried to divert her.....I suggested she consult her maps which she is doing.........she has also been trying to get a meeting with our commander to "bring him up to date"...I was going to try to put a stop to that, but decided the commander was on his own and he could handle (or try to) Annie...hehehehe

the hospital is ready! the bandages are ready! the cherry grass is ready in all forms! BC says everything is ready there, too......

Lulu
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Tom
if you get this, I am on my way...stay strong...stay brave...I will rescue you soon
Annie

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Dear Lulu,

I got a message from Prince this morning. He didn't sign it, but it could only be from him...

Dad,
Help.

That was it. I've talked with our commander and brought him up to speed. We conferenced in your commander and made a plan. Bowser and I are leaving via gondola this evening (under cover of dark) along with three special ops Chihuahuas. We will land there early morning (still dark) where we will add three special ops boys from your group. Expect two gondolas, but don't worry about feeding the the eagles. We have packed food in one of the gondolas and will distribute it when we get there. Your roof top activities would be too revealing. Actually, we plan to feed just before arrival there, stopping off at the collage. Once there, the pickup will be quick. From there we will proceed to UNC canine where we will institute a search. The search will be conducted by four special ops boys and two special ops girls, all Chihuahuas of course. Bowser and I will locate away from campus but serve as a communications center and basically coordinate field operations from there. We will be in contact with both commanders, Mrs. Fagan, and of course the special ops. Communication with the special ops requires great care, and we will always be on standby to receive calls, not send since sending could tip off someone they were secretly pursuing.

Your job, Lulu, will be of the utmost importance. In addition to standing by well prepared for nursing and doctoring, you will be charged with the most impossible mission, to keep Miss Annie at bay (oh, pardon the pun). Really, she must not know. Should she somehow catch wind of the event to occur during the night (and she is on alert) then your job will be to prevent her reaching the gondolas. Now then, there is no way she will be allowed to enter a gondola, but to be honest, the special ops are not known for their politeness and I fear Annie could be hurt. Also, we really want no attention what so ever to be directed toward our landing, feeding, collecting of 3 sp ops, and take off for obvious reasons. Annie, bless her heart, has never been accused of being truly successfully secretive. I'm not certain that even Annie would claim being a natural at that...well, maybe not anyway.

Tom, who needs to finish preparations for the upcoming gondola trip.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/5/2015 (15:40)
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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

annie knows that I have head from you and is impatiently pacing to hear from me what you said.... I don't want to give her much detail for fear she will mount her own rescue mission and we all know how those go...we do not need to rescue her, too!...I have shared your message with the Commander....he will probably your commander to discuss possible rescue operations.....again, we need to keep this from annie...it was strange that Prince mentioned seeing Dr. Fagan, but did not say anything about Jack...I wonder if Jack is there, or did he avoid capture?? or is he in another part of the cave?? did you hear the news about Mrs. Fagan? she received an anonymous package on her front porch this morning with a tooth in it....she said it might be her husband's---or not.......the note said "piece by piece until we get what we want".....no signature, no explanation of what is wanted.....

ack! annie is driving me crazy......I think I will just tell her you heard from Prince and he has not found Jack yet....I will be vague about everything else...and change the subject as quickly as possible

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Dear Lulu,

I did get a short message from Prince today, but it appeared to have been written quickly and ended abruptly. Anyway, this is what he said...

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Dad,

While sniffing out the professor, we were surprised by being surrounded by a huge number of chupacabra and other beasts (unknown name as of now). One of the unknowns immediately stripped us of our anti-chupe toxin and Roscoe and I were taken away. We ended up in a dark place, though we were blindfolded during the trip and have no idea where we are. Once in the rather dark and dreary dungeon-like room our blindfolds were removed and we found ourselves with Professor Fagan.

We have been fed very little and what we have been given is a horrible tasting gruel. We eat it because it will give some nourishment, but it is truly disgusting. It is fortunate that I have been able (so far) to hide my cell phone because I'm certain I would loose it were they to.. oh, I hear them. They are

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That's it Lulu. That is all that I got, and none of it is good news. Well, maybe if Prince is able to keep his cell phone hidden (where ever he hides it)...I suppose that is good news, but that's about it.

Tom, who truly hates to be the bearer of horribly bad news.

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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 TOM

oh, it has been crazy here...mom purchased a new smart phone which is quite an improvement over the old one which only did text and calls...however, mom hates it and wants to return it....nooooooooooooo! there are so many of those app thingys that i could download and play with.......mom was really pulling her hair out last night and she ate a LOT of my cookies due to phone-related stress......in fact, i had to make an extra batch just for her, but then i was able to get to lie down and do poses with me, which calmed things down

i have been working on top secret plans which i cannot discuss.....they are Very Secret

Annie whose lips are sealed
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Dear tom

it is beginning to storm here, but i wanted to let you know that we have not heard anything either from the boys, but remember that there is often no cell reception in rural areas..here is mrs Fagan's contact #(***)***-**** and**********@woof.com

Lulu who has not given annie her c-g ointment yet and now she is nowhere in sight

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Dear Annie,

I missed talking with you yesterday and I am sorry. I had some serious business on my mind and didn't get to send letters to everyone that I had planned on talking to. I did send Lulu a message because I had some business concerning nursing and doctoring that I needed to tell her about. Of course, I felt quite comfortable using your common address since I know that you and she respect each other's privacy. I know, for example, that Lulu would never open a letter addressed to you nor would you open one address to her. And of course, if Roscoe were there that would carry over to him as well. That's why I can relax and write to both of you feeling ever so comfortable.

Now then, I understand that you are baking cookies for the Chihuahua troops. I think that is so noble of you and what a fine effort you are making towards the war effort as a whole. You might want to organize this into something larger considering the possibilities of an all out attack by chupacabra. You could name it something like...I don't know...how about Annie's Canine USO. Well, just a thought.

It must be quite difficult for you to bake those marvelous cookies and not eat any, always remembering your diet. You should be commended for that brave act. I certainly understand the struggle that you must go though to not eat any. All I can say is that I truly admire your tenacity.

Tom, who must now check his mail for word from Prince

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Dear Lulu,

I'm sorry that you have to deal with Annie's questioning. Hopefully she will concentrate on plans and cookies, thus fulfilling both her role and her imagined role in this war effort. It was a great idea on your part to provide her with a "vault" to hold her "plans" that she is creating.

Now then, I have not heard from Prince since yesterday morning, so I do not know the results of their activities yesterday. Have you by any chance heard from either of the boys? I'll be honest with you Lulu, I'm feeling a little worried, though granted I know they are quite busy. Well, just as soon as either of us hears we need to let the other know.

Tom

Tom

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

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

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


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dear tom

alas, annie already had read your message before I came into the house this morning....she was more offended that you think she is a blabber mouth than she is worried about jack...at the moment anyways.....I tried to explain that if she knew about jack and the professor possibly being in trouble you were afraid she would be so worried she might cry.....even she admitted that sometimes when she cries she howls and while howling, she shares her grief with the world (whether the world wants to know about it or not)....I also carefully explained your real concern of her possibly running off to save her friends, thereby making herself vulnerable to chupes who know how important she is to the cause of destroying them, kidnappers and other villains.....everyone would be so worried that troops would have to be sent out to rescue her....finally I drew a circle in the dirt with my paw depicting canines following canines, followed by more canine and more canines....annie laughed and agreed that she would stay home and not say anything to anyone for fear one of the wawas would overhear which would then get out to the chupes who would start hunting for our guys....I told her that if she needed to discuss it at all to come straight to me and we would talk about the situation privately...tom, in the past 3 hours, annie has come to me 6 times with comments, ideas and suggestions....I may go insane before everybody is found and comes home......right now I have her in jack's lab here (yes, I know he would choke if he knew, but I need a break) drawing up various plans for rescue...I have given annie a key to the closet which I told her can be her vault for hiding her plans and keeping them safe from prying eyes....I also told her we must act normally, as though nothing is wrong, which means she must continue to bake cookies....this, too, should keep her busy.....................sigh...........it
s gonna be a long, long day

Lulu who may have to sip her own cherry grass periodically just to keep her sanity

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Dear Lulu,

Please read the following message that Prince sent me. He asked that I message you and forward it because he wants to keep you in the loop. I wondered why he didn't just send you a carbon copy but apparently he is afraid that carbon copies far too often fall into the wrong hands. I don't know that that is so, but it is Prince's reasoning, so here is an exact copy of that part of the message that he wants forwarded...

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Hi Dad,

Roscoe and I have landed at UNC-canine and proceeded immediately to the home of Jack's favorite professor, a bull terrier by the name of Dr. Fagan. Mrs. Fagan was there but she was a bit of a mess, wringing her paws and had obviously had too much to drink.

Mrs. Fagan stated that Jack had arrived ten days ago and he and Dr. Fagan had left for a meeting in Canine Commons. Then she broke down into a howling bawl and was barely able to get the words out...they were absent from the meeting and haven't been heard from since.

Obviously, something is amiss. Roscoe and I immediately left to sniff the trail from Dr. Fagan's home to Canine Commons. Yes, it has been 10 days and the trail is cold. There are many different scents along this well traveled trail, but we did find a very faint unmistakably Jack odor. It was weak but we followed it. Sadly, in a short distance it suddenly turned into a wooded area and disappeared. Instead, we picked up the scent of wet pepper and lost the ability to sniff out anything from this point on. As soon as our canine super olfactory senses return to us, we shall move out of the peppery area and sniff for clues.

That's all that I can report now. That was last night. The Ros and I, having slept and eaten, are about to start our search again this morning. I shall get back to you regarding our findings. The good thing is that we have found Jack's scent so we know he was here. The bad news is that the scent drifted into the woods and there is some suggestion of foul play (the wet pepper scent). We are quite worried about him.

Please let Lulu know about this. I needed to send this to you and I'm not comfortable with carbon copies, those so often landing in the wrong paws.

Prince

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Well Lulu, that is it. Now we shall simply need to wait and see what these boys learn about Jack and the professor. I would not tell Annie. I fear the news about Jack would be everywhere after that and Jack's dad is worried enough about him. Besides, if Fagan and Jack have been taken by someone, it could tip them off to the fact that we are looking for Jack and the professor.

Tom, who is standing by waiting for further information regarding the Jack situation

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/1/2015 (09:34)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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dear tom

just to let you know the boys got off safely on their trip once the eagle felt better....there was a bit of a delay while someone went to find enough Alka-Seltzer for the fellow who apparently ate an older mouse which gave him a bit of a gassy tummy (not pleasant for either the eagle or those around him)....the hens are pouting becuz the eagle blamed them for the old mouse.....mutterings of no mice being available the next time the eagle shows up have been overheard.....since there was a delay, we all went for a walk with mom....a bee tried to sting Roscoe and refused to leave him alone.....since this was suspicious bee behavior it had to be poofed.....roscoe disappeared in the cloud of toxin, but once it cleared there is was, poof, I guess, that he is not a disguised chupe....lol.......everybody laughed, including The Ros.....the bee was gone, too, but nobody is quite sure if it flew away or was actually poofed.......this experience led to a long, boring discussion on possibile manufacture of a smaller toxin gun for smaller critters so as to better aim and waste less toxin vs. what if one encounters a large possible chupe and is only armed with a small toxin gun vs. carrying both sizes and possibly grabbing the wrong gun in the heat of the moment vs....blah, blah, blah.....

mom painted the dining room yesterday.....moving the furniture out of the way really confused lulu when she came in after dinner...she had a very difficult time finding her way in and out and around unless mom guided her.....mom and lulu sat and watched most of the women's world cup soccer match while I took it as a good opportunity to do extra poses.....early this morning mom pulled all the protective tape off the wall and threw away the newspapers that were covering the floor.......now she is concerned that perhaps another coat of paint is needed and she doesn't have enough........oh well...if she would just decorate the walls with pictures of me who would notice the paint? right?!!

Annie who will keep you updated on any further news from the guys

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Dear Aunt Annie,

Oh, you poor put upon pooch. I read your letter and felt so very sorry for you. I wish that the Ros had made things more clear for you about the trip that we must take.

This trip, Auntie, is of the very highest most top secret meetings of all meetings. The brass there told us that we absolutely must travel alone. We were told that if we bring anyone with us, they would have to kill that person (human or canine person -- anyone). We both wanted you to go with us but we care so deeply for you deer Auntie that we knew that we could not risk your life just to satisfy our desires to have your gorgeous company. That is the only reason that you were not invited to go.

Now then, please be careful what you say to Roscoe. His avoidance of detail with you was meant not to hurt your feelings, and I fear it has done just the opposite. But the less you say to Roscoe about it the better. You know how he wears his feelings just skin deep. I don't know if he could handle it if he realized that your feelings were hurt. Oh, I know he puts on that rough tough exterior, but...well Aunt Annie, you know what I mean.

Prince, who with Roscoe are well on our way now to our destination. We will be so very happy when we can return to enjoy your company for a while. We can plan a party perhaps. Say, you are a natural at that, why don't you do that? Just make the time of it flexible since we cannot predict when we will return. I'm quite certain thought that we will be here by the second Tuesday of next week.

Prince, who is surveying the land below as we fly towards our destination.

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Dear Lulu,

I understand that the cuts are not healing quickly on Annie. I have learned that she is not using her medication all the time. You may have to sit on her a bit to get her to take them. (Better to sit on her than visa versa...heh heh) We'll let you know when we get to our destination. Oh, and anything that Annie may say about the trip being dangerous...well, just let it go into one ear and out the other. She may be harboring a few delusions. We'll tell you more when we return. Should be good for a bit of a laugh. (grinning from ear to ear)

Meanwhile, should we be wrong about our suspicions, and if Jack should happen to show up there, please just let us know ASAP.

Prince

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/30/2015 (15:19)
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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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Prince?

Prince are you there? mom has the wawas throwing raw hamburger on the roof and roscoe mentioned that you might be on your way....he is looking rather tense and said the 2 of you would be going immediately (or at least as soon as the eagle has eaten and rested) to UNC canine....ever so politely, I mentioned that I wanted to go....I thot I might go shopping while you guys were off "consulting".....but roscoe said no....and when I asked for a reasonable explanation as to why since he said y'all would be in a gondola that carries at least 3, he was a bit rude in his almighty, snooty "it's military business" reply........you know, I don't need that in my life....I work hard for the "cause" and I have the war scars to prove it (e.g...my neck)...just becuz my war efforts are usually different from his, that is no reasons to be all bossy and pompous about it.....pls. do not let his Mr. Macho attitude wash off on you, dear nephew....in any case, revenge will be mine and roscoe will not be receiving any cookies tonight after dinner...hmpfh!

mom's phone got wet yesterday and is not working right...this means I have no phone, either...and she refuses to go look for a new one until wed. when she goes into the city for other errands.....let me tell you what...I am so displeased......mom looked up the cost of a phone on amazon.com and was appalled at the price...I guess her phone is pretty old and was not top of the line to begin with.....I sweetly suggested that she get a new one with a big keypad on it.....she gave me "that look" and suggested I keep my dainty little paws off of it............and mom mentioned that my neck does not look any better...no worse, but no better....I admit I stopped using lulu's ointment since I thought it was healing, and now lulu has fussed at me.....I am getting beat up all over the place here.....what is this, pick on annie day??

Annie who is going to relax with a single dog biscuit and some poses

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Dear Annie,

I took video of dad's performance. In fact, I did the whole showcase. Of course, the one that we are most interested in will be dad's performance, and I'm going to surprise him by posting it on his facebook page just as soon as I get an opportunity to edit it. He is spending a lot of time on facebook editing some wedding video and pictures he and mom took, so it may take a while before I can post it. I have to sneak into his computer you know. Oh yes, and I have to clean up the slobber afterwards so that he has no idea I've been here.

I'm most happy to learn that you are doing so well with your health. I'm quite certain Lulu's ointment will help. She is quite a genius when it comes to cherry grass and nursing you know. She is pretty good as a doctor as well, though I sometimes think she sticks to too narrow a path in her approach. I know cherry grass is a marvelous thing, the new wonder drug, but she may be over extending its value just a smidgen.

Prince, who may see you sooner than you may expect (who knows)

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Dear Roscoe,

This is, indeed, disturbing news about Jack. I am not going to call you. Instead, I called eagle services and scheduled an emergency gondola to Virginia. That gondola will stand by when I get there. I'm thinking a trip to UNC-canine might be a good place to start our search. Have your mom prepare eagle payment and if you agree with me, be packed so that we can leave ASAP. Otherwise we shall consult regarding our plan. The reason that I mentioned UNC-canine is that it seems to me that that is the most likely place that Jack would gravitate towards when he has new information to share with the canine scientific community.

By the way, I hear that UNC-canine has gone to the dogs. It must be a wonderful place.

Prince, who shall arrive between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon today.

Tom

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call me immediately!! Jack left here weeks ago after destroying the sound barrier....after reading your message I checked his lab and there is no note or any other indicators as to where he might be...he flew out on one of the eagle couriers....I have contacted them, but being Sunday their regular office staff and the newbie answering the phones does not know anything....I told him to call you if he gets any information as I am going out to consult with the wawas he was working with.....this could be very serious since Jack is not one to just wander off

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oh,, it would have been wonderful if I had been there with you to watch the dance...lulu would have enjoyed it, too....I knew I should have found a way to get there...that Michaela is always in need of my advice...she should have emailed me if she knew she was having problems...silly woman....I hope she and dad do well.....you know if you polish his special dancing shoes (dog spit does wonders) it would boost his self-confidence while he is out on the floor....

mom took off my collar to see if it is perhaps rubbing on my neck which would be keeping it from healing faster...lulu gave me some skin ointment, the main ingredient which is..... guess?!! yep...cherry grass! oh well, it does have a pleasant smell, so I have consented to rub it on....I do hope no evil villains plan on kidnapping me becuz my name and ph. number are on my collar and rescuers would need that....I shall stick close to the house until mom puts my collar back on....I am thinking of having it embroidered with pearls since I look so naturally lovely in them

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Dear Roscoe,

How is Jack doing? Has he been working on the formula? Is he any where near finished with that? His dad is going out of his mind ever since Jack slipped away without leaving a trace. Of course, I said nothing to Joe about knowing Jack was going to leave, but neither Joe nor I have heard about how Jack is, so we need to know. Of course, Joe doesn't need to know where he is. If he knew that he would likely just get in the car and forcibly take Jack back home. In his twisted mind he thinks he owns Jack when you and I know it is just the other way around.

Prince

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Dear Lulu,

I heard about your brave encounter with Spike the other day. Way to go. I sure wish I had been there to witness that. Oh well, perhaps another time.

Today is dad's performance. I sure hope he does OK with it. He and Michaela had to do another small tweak after dress rehearsal yesterday. It all has to do with floor navigation. I told dad that they need to buy him a bigger floor, but they don't seem to see it that way. They just never listen to my really very practical suggestions.

Dad and I both wish that you could be here to witness the performance. I'm going to take a video of it and put it on You Tube. That way you and the rest of your family can view it whenever you wish. I hope all goes well with my recording.

Prince

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Dear Aunt Annie,

I am so proud of your brave stance from within the house during the horrendous down pouring of rain last night. I'll bet everyone was appreciative of your electrifying howl that kept the bad guys at bay. You are such a natural Auntie.

Now I've got to tell you something but its between you and me, OK? Dad didn't do so well at the dress rehearsal last night. They actually had to tweak the routine again. Dad said it was just to fit everything on the floor, but personally I think he wanted to make certain moves in ways that would be best viewed by the audience. He is just a show off. I'll bet you would never do anything like....uh, lost my train of thought. Probably not important.

I do with that you and your sister and brother were here so that we could all ban together as we creep into the theater. Wouldn't it be an adventure though? And we could all watch (and critique) dad. Of course, I'll take video, but that is never as satisfactory as being there and seeing the whole thing in person. I mean, the atmosphere is charged with excitement and anticipation, and as the show rolls on, the excitement increases and people yell and scream with delight. It is an amazing display. Oh yeah, and the dancing ain't bad either.

Prince, who needs to take his dad out on a leash.


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HOLD ON! ROSSSSSSSSSSSCOE!!!....sorry...a "squirrel" slid out of the willow tree and across the bannister like a flood of furry oil towards the squirrel feeder.....oh wow! that one just went up in a big poof!..........since I am naturally ever-vigilant I saw it happen and hollered.....another disguised chupe/squirrel bites the dust.....Spike, the young deer, strolled across the yard this morning, but lulu did not bother him.....heck, most of the time he could tap dance right in front of the car where she naps and she would not know he is there...mom went out there with her camera just in case there was more spike/lulu action, but came back in disappointed....

I am sorry that your dance muscles are sore this morning...you must have put on quite a show....I am sure everybody was impressed...did your dad video you? woooheee! I bet that was some show........you know you get your naturally good dancing skills from me, hehehehe (but don't tell your dad...he will be jealous)...a good romp in the dog park will get some of the soreness out...........speaking of dog parks....there is one is the city (not that I have been to it) and I heard a lady complaining about it on the radio....she was not fussing about the dogs, but rather a woman who brought a child there and let it run around, paying no attention to it until a running dog accidentally knocked the child down...then mama was up and screaming at the dog owner......sheesh! nutters are everywhere!

last night there was a big storm...there was some lightening and thunder, which makes roscoe uneasy, altho he tries to pretend he is still mr. macho.....*snort*....it was at 2am....the rain was coming down in buckets...I could tell there were bad things out hiding in the rain..every bit of fur on my back was standing straight up......I barked first on the lanai, but nobody paid any attention to me and it was wet, so I went back in the house and barked by the glass front door.....whatever the evil was that was lurking there, I kept it away from the house......this morning I spoke to one of the guards and apparently the on duty soldiers last night could sense the vileness out there...special ops were deployed to find it, but never found anything.....they complained that it was very noisy, what with the rain and myself........hmpfh! I pointed out that I kept the "thing" distracted from them which was my intent in the first place and also kept it away from my house......the commander just gave me a stare.......oh yeah, like I should be intimidated....*snort*....I am naturally brave and not easily scared by a mere wawa, no matter what the rank....

Annie, who is debating between breakfast or meditating...oh! I've already had breakfast....it was so small I hardly noticed hahahahaha


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Dear Annie,

I've pictured your mom and Lulu and the deer in my mind's eye as you spoke about it. Yes, I did have to laugh...even out loud. But oh, what a wasted photo opportunity that would have been. Poor Spike though. It must have frightened him pretty badly. I've been wondering about Lulu's health. Apparently she is doing fairly well if she was able to do a 20 foot sprint. How did she walk after that burst of energy?

I wouldn't worry too much about kid #2 coming. The kid was there already recently so it will probably be quite awhile before she comes again. By then, who knows, she may have decided to change bff's. You know how changeable young people can be. Then too, its a long time off. You will most likely know in advance who is coming and can cross that bridge when you come to it. Meanwhile, you are without kids and can enjoy your treatless peace. In other words, you can loose some of those pounds without the stress of kids trying to feed you empty calories.

Well Annie, I danced last night. Actually, I danced hard, and this morning I'm regretting it. Oh, its just sore muscles. I didn't damage anything this time. But tonight is dress rehearsal and I really need to be limber to do my dance. And tomorrow is the showcase. Well, I guess I'll be hitting the ibuprofen again. I don't like using much of that stuff, but this time it is essential.

Speaking of the performance, I've been collecting dad's video equipment and getting it ready. Last night dad was looking for his camera. Not good! I quickly placed in somewhere that dad might have left it without thinking and then I went and got him and showed him where HE had left it. He thanked me profusely and gave me an extra special treat. (Snicker) Maybe I'll use this in the future with different things that dad will be looking for. He'll never suspect I'm the one who hid his stuff in the first place.

Chupe activity here has been minimal except for those multitude of lizards. They are on the lanai and in the garage now. They hide in corners behind stuff and they are hard to find except when they are out roaming around. Dad says he gets glimpses of them, but by the time he gets a wide mouth plastic jar to put them in while carrying them outside, they hide. I'm pretty sure I know what they are which is why I carry my anti-chupe toxin with me at all times. The problem is, dad always scares them away before I learn that they are out of hiding. I keep telling dad to let me take care of them but he doesn't listen. I think he is afraid that I'll kill one that isn't a chupe. I keep telling dad that non-chupes do not respond to the anti-chupe toxin in any way, but he just doesn't listen. Humans! What are you going to do?

Prince, who is becoming distracted by the sounds of Bowser in the kitchen and now has to go investigate and offer help.

Tom

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Aaa-Wooooooo!! Prince!

Horrible news!! Aaaaaa-woooooo!!! mom was talking to The Kid's mom on the phone this morning and apparently The Kid has been inviting her best human friend to come here with her next time they come..........we shall be overrun with Kidlings!!!! I will be FORCED to abandon my diet...oh, my stars and whiskers! 2 of them!!! Woooooooooooo! mom says not to get myself all worked up, that #2Kid will not be coming....The Kid had been telling her friend about all the animals here...birds, squirrels, chickens, deer and "lots of dogs"..etc. #2Kid is afraid of all animals, so mom promised she will not be coming.....hmmm....you know kids, tho.....they can change their mind in a minute, so I am not convinced.....AAAAAAaaa-Wooooooooooooooooo
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it is a good thing you are going to the dance performances with your dad....this way, if he forgets what he should be doing, you can whisper a reminder to him.....too bad I am not there cuz I am an excellent dancer and we could get out on the dance floor and show everybody how it should be done.........I know your dad sometimes worries if Michaela is going to be to performing her routines properly...since I am such a natural at dancing, I should really be there to make sure she understands her tasks.....hmmm...I think I shall pencil that in on my calendar of things to do next time I am in fla...."give Michaela dancing lessons"

mom made unchicken nuggets this morning and gave me 1/4 of one and half of a "wing" (without hot sauce)...pretty tasty....I suppose I shall have to do an extra 30 mins. of poses to get rid of those surplus calories......mom commented today that I do not look any thinner, which kinda hurt my feelings.....she said she may have to reduce my meager rations even more........how much tinier does she expect me to get?! a strong breeze and I could be blown to Mississippi!! silly woman!

good news! I finally finished my antibiotics that the vet gave me.....my eye looks great and I see a little fur growing back over my neck and face wounds...............

oh! last night Spike, a boy deer came to visit.....he comes all the time to eat the birdseed and has been okayed by the wawas...........he was standing under the willow tree keeping a firm eye on roscoe and lulu....lulu, who can't see further than her own front paw, did not realize he was there until she was about 5 feet away from him and then she took OFFFFFFFFFF chasing him across the yard to the fence....Spike jumped clear and lulu came to a stop....but she peed on the spot where he had last been standing to let him know the error of his ways.....mom was also standing there, camera in hand, but was so flabbergasted to see lulu run that she just stood there with her mouth hanging open.....it was all pretty funny, watching lulu run (only about 20 ft) and mom looking so astonished.......

Annie, who needs to go work off those extra calories with some strenuous posing

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Dear Annie,

We have notice skinks here as well, but so far they have been outside as far as we know. It seems to me that the lizard skink populations are growing. One wonders why they are increasing so rapidly. I think I'll mention that during the next inner circle Skype conference. Of course, I won't be able to share the outcome with you after the conference as it will most likely be need to know. I appreciate your sharing your skink observations with me. I do think this could be an important development.

Dad felt pretty good about his showcase rehearsal yesterday. Tonight he just dances at the party. Then tomorrow is dress rehearsal and Sunday is the performance...the showcase. The showcase is named "On The Wild Side." Wow! If you would watch dad dance you would know just how well his routine fits the theme. (I sometimes wonder about that guy!) Anyway, they made major changes in how some of the elements are danced as late as yesterday, so I hope that dad remembers all of the changes and executes them properly during dress rehearsal and the performance. I'm going to sneak over to the show (in spite of the fact that all tickets are sold) and take video of dad's performance. I'll post it on You Tube and share it with you just as soon as I think its safe. (I don't want dad to know that I've done this.)

Oh, Bowser is calling. I wonder what marvelous dinner he has prepared for dad and I. (Personally, I think he does a whole lot better when mom is here than when its just dad and I. Maybe he likes mom better.)

Prince

Tom

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maybe you will receive this...maybe not....those destructive chupes sure are meanies...and seem to be getting more intelligent in their plots...how is this happening? I mean...really! up until recently they all seemed dumber than dirt.....determined, yes, but not bright....ah, I should not look down on those naturally less intelligent than canines.....(but it is so easy to do so...hehehehehe) ...perhaps they just stumbled over the outdoor cables going into the house and tore thru them, not sure what they were destroying, but not caring, either...just intent on mischief........ oh well, if your computer does not work you and your dad can spend your extra free time at the dog park....perhaps you and tom could teach a dancing class there

tell your dad I finally saw a picture of that Miss Piggy he once mentioned, asking if I knew her....I have to admit that for a pig she is gorgeous....her beauty, of course, is not as natural as mine, but she does look good.....

we had a small scare here yesterday....mom was walking by the guest bathroom and shrieked....then she walked out to the office and ask my dad to go fetch the large skink out of the bathroom....he muttered, so mom got the broom and shooed all of us away from the front door.........the skink was back sunning itself under the skylight when mom returned, but tried to run and hide, so mom stood still between the toilet and bathtub........the skink peered out from under the sink, but instead of returning to its tanning spot, it ran up the back of the wastebasket......mom quickly picked up the container and put it on the little rug, thinking, I guess, that if the skink jumped onto the run she could roll it up and carry it outside that way...the skink stayed on the far side of the wastebasket.........mom carried the entire thing outside to the lanai ...the skink raised its head and looked at mom and then mom ran back into the house to get her camera......by this time I had notified roscoe......he came running up just as mom was about to press the camera button and the skink was looking at her right in the eye........before that button could click, roscoe had scared it off the wastebasket...he and the skink eyeballed one another, and roscoe took a sniff and declared it okay...it was a real skink.......mom was miffed that roscoe did not let her get a pic before scaring the chupe/skink...............mom is usually pretty smart about chupes, but admitted she noticed but did not pay attention to the possibility of the skink being a disguised chupe.....she said she was just not paying attention........roscoe gave her a sharp reminder and shook his head...........then my dad showed up to get the skink out of the bathroom......hahahahaha

oh, prince, when you mentioned those delicious bowser pancakes I admit I felt a bit of drool coming on, so I immediately had to go meditate....ummmm...whipped cream....chocolate chips.....oops!

Annie who needs to go meditate some more until visions of delicious bowers meals stop dancing in my head

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Dear Aunt Annie,

I'm glad to hear you are on the mend. Is Lulu using cherry grass ointment yet or is she just giving you the tonic. Which ever it is, it apparently is working. Oh, and congratulations on moving on from the scarf thing.

Ft. Walton Beach, Florida is really a long way from us. Its actually in the pan handle area of Florida. Its over a days drive, though an eagle could get there in a few hours. Oh, uh... she doesn't travel by eagle, does she? Just wondering.

I think you are getting the hang of this diet stuff, at least the eating part. Hang in there Auntie, I'm waggling for ya.

Well, some strange stuff going on here. The chupacabra special ops managed to cut some wires or something. They totally disrupted online messaging and research for a full day and night. Dad called the company and they were unable to find the problem in the system so they are sending us a new modem. Then today the line was suddenly up and running, but we have e-mails stating that the modem is sent. Another e-mail refers to a change in our service. What change? We didn't order a change? It's the chupes for sure. It doesn't say what the change is but that it will occur tomorrow. Now then, we are supposed to receive our modem either tomorrow or Monday. The chupes are confusing us. Its all a plot I tell you, a dastardly plot! But we are ready. Our Chihuahua forces and on super high alert (highest of all alerts) and we are expecting those rotten critters. Our special ops are well beyond our property boundary watching for suspicious activity. Guards have been posted on several levels from beyond the outer perimeter to the various levels on down to those roaming guards who are right near the house. The canal is being watched especially carefully. The chupes appear to be approaching this business more intelligently this time, which makes us wonder, who is behind them?

Prince, who must take time out from his chupacabra concerns to assist Bowser with his Bowser apple jack waffles with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and blue berry compote.


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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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dearest nephew Prince

you will be so pleased to know that I am much better.....and so is Sister, that spoiled hen....she finally felt able to come outside and hang out with her sisters....she has a very slight limp...I still get "yutz" in my eye which mom wipes out periodically.....I am sure it will clear up....today I went without my neck scarves and no one seemed to notice my neck wound....yay!

this morning my dad made our breakfasts, forgetting that we no longer eat as much as we used to.....he was quite surprised when there were leftovers in everybody's dishes... hehehe ...I have been very good on my diet as far as the eating goes...I admit I am not much on the exercise portion of slimming down...........but then it is not like I really need to, do I? if I lose weight too fast I will have flabby skin, and I just cannot have that happen..... I have found that just doing poses on the front lanai keeps the squirrels away and I do not actually have to bother with chasing them......we, too, have had quite a few instances of disguised chupes trying to infiltrate our property.....sometimes they cause chaos and other times they just seem intent on getting closer to wawa headquarters....they certainly are sneaky (altho also incompetent with their disguises, thank heavens)......I always try to remain vigilant while I am posing on the lanai ....even when my eyes are closed I have supersonic basset hearing

The Kid and her parents have gone to the beach in ft. Walton beach, fl....is that near you? They were all in the ocean yesterday when a 5 ft. shark swam between them.....*shudder* this is why good bassets stay out of the water.....

Annie who must go rest after just the mere thot of being a shark's lunch

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Dear Annie,

Interesting thing about the bird bath. Fact is, one of our bird feeders was broken and one of the poles holding two feeders was badly listing. When I saw this, I asked our resident woodpecker what happened. He said he wasn't certain, but he did see a squirrel and a raccoon walking side by side heading for the feeders. Now then, I've never known a squirrel and raccoon who would befriend one another, so I sniffed a rat. Sure enough, we found the two (we meaning myself and one of the Chihuahua soldiers that I had accompany me with our hunt). We checked them with toxin and poof / poof, two more disguised chupes blown away.

As for my dad and mom, they are better. And dad's leg / foot situation hasn't prevented me from going out the same number of times each day. The difference is in quality. We aren't walking the pathway or the road. Its go out, go pee, go home. Dad never goes exploring and sniffing with me...I mean he used to, but not now. I'll be glad when he is totally mended. I try my best not to jerk him around so much knowing that he is hurting, but I'll admit that I do give some gentle yanks. When he starts taking me for longer walks, I'll know that he is better and then I can yank him all over the place. Oh Annie, that is so much fun. I'm always careful though. I try to get him hot under the collar without letting him boil over if you know what I mean. :)

Annie, I do hope that your mom is better. I know that you take your nursing duties quite seriously and I'm sure that you took good care of her. You probably even struck poses and meditated on the best course of treatment to take. It does interest me that Lulu did not trust you to take the right medicine dose for yourself but left your mom under your care completely. It seems a bit inconsistent unless...oh, never mind.

Prince, who hears Bowser in the kitchen fixing his famous pancakes. Gotta go now!

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.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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oh, my poor nephew...how will you get to the dog park, or even outside in your yard to take care of "business" if your dad can barely hobble? oh well, one piddle on the carpet and tom will find a way to get you outside.....*snicker*

good news is that the fur has grown back over the cheek wound and you can't even see it...the one on my neck is also starting to get a bit of fur.....i'll be glad when it all grows back and my natural beauty is restored...it is hot outside and the scarves I have to wear to cover the ugly wound make me sweaty...mom says my eyes look better, but not great......I do so dislike it when something interferes with my natural gorgeousness..

mom had a small migraine today and I was forced into nursing duties.....lulu said that taking care of me and the hen is enough and I can pitch in to take care of mom.....I suggested that I take care of myself and she could take care of mom and the hen,, perhaps keeping them both in the coop *snort*....lulu, quite rudely I might say, said she couldn't trust me to take the proper dosages of cherry grass (she doesn't care about the meds from "the quack")...pfft! fortunately, for me, mom took a long nap and then worked at the sewing machine, leaving me with much needed time to practice my poses.....

when we got up this morning one of the bird feeders was on the ground, broken and destroyed....mom was overheard to mutter something impolite about deer who break feeders, but there room for doubt about the culprit so investigators are double checking....one of the investigators was overheard to say that there was no odor of chupe around the fallen feeder

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Dear Annie,

You asked if there were small yappy dogs at dog park. Well, yes. Thing is though, they have two sections, each with separate fences. One fence is in common and you can run back and forth with the small dogs running and yapping on the other side. That's fun because they may think they are boss but they can't keep up very well. And if you get tired of all that yapping, you just leave them to their own yap and set off and play with the big dogs in your big dog section. I spend most of my time playing with the big guys, but sometimes when dad and I are walking the perimeter of the big dog area, when we pass by the yapper cage, I tease them and run them ragged, then leave them. (snicker)

I guess dad and mom must have had a really good time yesterday at dance because they came home limping and have been moaning ever since. Dad said he did something to a ligament on the bottom of his foot during a waltz due to the rise and fall thing a dancer does while waltzing. When his foot gave out, he did something else to the lower leg right into the calf muscle. Mom didn't even make it onto the dance floor. She did something to her ankle that made it swell and become painful. I'll tell you Annie, my parents, what a pair.

I hope you have shown your dad your cuts by now. Just let him know that they are war wounds and he will love you for it and thank you for your service. Works every time.

Prince, who is about to hit dad up for a trip outside on his leash.

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.
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oh my stars! an altercation at the dog park?! I have never been to one of those, but it sounds very interesting, in a crazy sort of way....are there lots of small, yappy dogs there? I don't like those cuz they scare me....I am so tiny and they always want to get in your face and tell you they are boss....hmpf! I wouldn't mind sitting around, chatting with a bunch of girlfriends discussing we... girl talk, you know? roscoe might like a dog park as a place to relax and take a break...play hard like you did before returning to his duties....hmmm...maybe we can start one here.....we tried once, but it did not go so well......mom says the whole property is our dog park, but I think it probably is not the same.....

uh-oh! my dad just got home...he has been gone all week...I need to go show him my horrible wounds

Annie who is quickly arranging her scarf and sunglasses so as not to scare her dad right off

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Dear Annie,

Oh happy happy joy joy. Dad and I took mom to work this morning so that dad can pick her up after work and proceed to dance class and party. It is always fun taking mom to work and riding in the car, but this morning we went to dog park. You know how much I love dog park. There were a lot of dogs there this morning. Some of my old friends were there and then some new canine folk showed up. The usual humans were there there too, but a few new ones came too. I think the new humans and the new canines were together.

One of the canines was a real Milquetoast. I played with her some, but she would dart a couple of feet and then cower to the ground like "tell me what to do now master." Well, needless to say, I lost interest fast. I had good friends there who would make long runs with me and we had a blast. I kinda felt sorry for the Milquetoast though. Poor thing is afraid of her own tail.

There was one fast pooch there, a hound I think, who ran with me. Then this new guy showed up. I played with him some and then he played with the hound for a short while. I was playing with both of them when all of a sudden the hound said something (I didn't hear it well enough to tell you what it said), but the new guy jumped the hound and the hound howled like the world was coming to an end. It was an altercation and the new guys human grabbed him but the hound just stood there howling like there was no tomorrow. Well, I just stood there and watched this whole amazing thing. Let me tell you Annie, it was more fun than watching an action dog TV program. Frankly, I think they are both crazy. After that I played with someone else, but then dad asked me if I was ready to go and I was so tired that, yes, I was ready. I ran to the gate, sniffed my leash which was hanging there to let dad know I was ready for it. As soon as he got there (he's kinda slow you know) he opened the inner gate. He got my leash, walked into the inner chamber (that's what I call it), put the loopy end of the leash on and attached my end so that he could stay with me, and then I led him back to the car. I usually try to hurry him when we are going to the park, but after playing as hard as I do and running all over the place, well...we just take it easy on the return trip. Now I will probably just sleep all the time that dad and mom are at dance.

Prince, who is feeling the need for a really nice nap...ZZZZZzzzzzzzz

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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I have seen the first pics of the new baby and sadly for her, she does not look like me....she does have a small cuteness factor becuz she is a new baby, but nothing like my natural cuteness...oh well....our only similarity is in our tininess.....I don't know how much weight I have lost now, but looking in the mirror in the craft room, I can see I've still got "it".....those meds. have finally gotten me to feeling better.....the scab on my cheek is very small now.....and my eyes are not looking so swollen and red.....my neck wound is not scabbing and mom says it has less than when I went to the dr.....I swear I have done nothing but practice poses....lulu suggested that perhaps the fur will never grow over the wound ...not ever!! horrors! thank heavens I can wear a scarf when I go out in public...yesterday I walked partway to the mailbox and back with mom and lulu and roscoe....they went all the way, altho lulu was pretty worn out by the time she got back to the house........I would have gone all the way with them, but I got sidetracked teasing a mama turkey and her kids in the woods....I am a fierce soldier in the war against chupes and it was definitely a disguised chupe teaching her babies.....I bayed for the toxin- carrying wawas who poofed them all....BUT later on the way back home, in the very same area, roscoe found another mama turkey with babies....they, too, were poofed and an investigation is being conducted to see if it is a training area, or if there might be an underground entrance to this area.....an uncommon amount of turkeys have been spotted on the mcmansion property next door which will also have to be checked out...

Annie, who is going to need to meditate on how to create the perfect soldier uniform for a Belgian basset who will need a scarf to cover a hideous wound
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Her Pudginess took half a walk with us yesterday and did a dance this morning just to express how much better she is feeling...she said doing an interpretative dance to express how well she is feeling is the best way she could think of to thank me.....ah, sometimes she can be so sweet....she said she knew it was the cherry grass I have been prescribing and the proof is that sister, the hen, was up on the roost this morning when for the past week she has barely been able to walk.....I pointed out that something trying to break into the coop last night might also have scared her up onto her perch, but yes, the cherry grass has worked wonders with that old girl.....

this morning when mom went to take sister some fresh water she discovered that part of the fencing around one side of the bottom of the coop had been pushed in, hardwire that had been stapled in place with an industrial stapler, was now unstapled and pushed in....it musta been something big....a coyote wanting a chicken dinner or a bear wanting a corn dessert??there was no sign that whatever it was had actually gotten inside, but it was alarming....yesterday both annie and ros ran across chupes disguised as turkeys.....I am trying to keep things looking normal, but do have the hens rolling bandages and am making sure our infirmary is properly stocked "just in case"......BC will be sending me a couple of cases of c-g tonic....thank heavens for EGGmail.....mom found a package in a giant plastic bag from UPS left out along the roadside fence a couple of days ago....she was Not Pleased....EGGmail has the sense to deliver right to me at the house and the wawas will carry the tonic to the infirmary for me.....we are not officially on high alert, but I can see the increased movement of the troops and even those guys off duty are always watching their surroundings......I certainly do feel safe, but also feel I should give up lying under my car (aka my observation post, as annie calls it) in order not to stress the house guards any further.....annie is busy making a new soldier uniform for herself *shaking head*

Lulu, who thinks she may be hearing the flutter of courier wings.........oh! its only the rooster, flapping his wings before crowing....

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Dear Annie,

And well that you are feeling adorable this morning, as you well should feel. My guess is that that small loss of poundage has not damaged your gorgeousness one iota. You still remain a big beautiful bloated burly balky Belgian Bassett who would "b" so nice to "b" with. (Sorry, I "b" carried away...snicker).

That chicken your mom got sounds wonderful. I've even written a new song for the occasion. The first line of it is what follows: "If your a carnivore and you know it, clap your paws." You could sing that Annie. Hey, that would be a good middle of the night song, don't you think. Your family would love it.

Well, I need to discuss some medical issues with Lulu so I'll need to stop this message for now. I'm looking forward to our next serious discussion as soon as possible Annie.

Prince, who has been discussing cherry grass with Baby Cakes and needs to talk with Lulu.

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Dear Lulu,

I told Annie that I was going to message you about cherry grass. Nothing could be further from the truth, but I really did not want her questioning you about what I am going to discuss with you. Keep this top secret.

Disguised chupe sightings have become considerably more numerous. So have disguised chupe poofings. It is uncertain whether the increase in numbers are due to increased awareness on our parts, a realization that we are on to them on the chupes part, increased numbers to fill the gaps left by their dearly departed, or the possible approach to the time that the chupes are going to attack. While we are preparing for the last and worst possible scenario, none of the foregoing scenarios are happy events.

The reason that I bring this up is that your commander reports the same phenomena there, and consequently has placed troops on the highest of high alerts. You may have noticed more military activity. Of course, they hide that as much as possible. For example, your commander called an emergency meeting in the middle of a hideous rain storm. Of course Roscoe was a part of that meeting. Anyway, you should prepare yourself for attack and therefore for a sudden influx of very injured chupes.

Best of luck in these worst of times,
Prince, who has recently been awarded the position of top dog in the investigative unit.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/18/2015 (09:55)
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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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thank you for your information regarding the disguised chupes in your area....the commander and roscoe are giving annie a medal to wear on her collar in a ceremony this afternoon.....they were also going to give her a pie, entirely for herself, but ros remembered that she is on a diet so the wawa chef is making little mini cupcakes, I think, and annie gets just one....oh, she will not be pleased with that, hehehehe.....I told him he should make her a salad, hehehehe, but he said (1) he knew annie likes her sweets and (2) this is not something he wants to lose his head over if she becomes angry, the big woosie.....he said if he sees steam coming out of her ears he is going to sneak her another cupcake and make a big deal about it being a big secret, so she will prance around thinking she has put one over on everybody...you know how she is.....speaking of Annie's "war wounds", the medicine the vet gave her probably did not do her any harm, but when mom is not looking I also make her drink several doses of cherry grass tonic, and I think due to that more than the quack's meds, she is finally starting to feel better....the wound under her neck is not healing as fast as I would like, altho the cheek one has scabbed over nicely.....I am still trying to work on my cherry grass eye ointment, but mom has been sick for over 24 hrs, so between her, annie and Sister (the hen) I do not have much time for my research...now I know how jack sometimes feels......it has been very stormy here lately, so we have not had much chupe action, thank heavens......

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dear Prince

it wasn't mom who wanted to put that stupid hen in my closet, it was lulu....she insisted it would be easier to keep all the patients together....easier for whom? not the patients! mom is sick now...lulu says its some kind of virus....I wonder if she plans to put mom in my closet, too *snort*

last night it stormed from 3:00 in the afternoon until well after midnight....roscoe, who does not appreciate the magnificence of a good storm, ran outside when mom was not looking....he has some hidey hole out in the woods, I guess......fortunately, I am naturally brave, so I stayed inside with lulu to help take care of mom.....after a couple of hours, mom went on the lanai and hollered for roscoe and he came running in....

lulu is not eating much....she is given the same amount of food as me and roscoe and she can never finish it (I do try to help out with this when mom is not looking), so this morning mom thawed some chicken in the microwave and gave us all some extra....lulu gobbled this up (darn!), and while not enough, I thot it was mighty tasty, too....mom is debating on whether or not to buy another whole roasted chicken if she can get into town and the store...I sure hope she does......

I think I have a new sister! or is it cousin?? my sister, the one mom refers to as Idiot Child, supposedly gave birth today to a little girl.....apparently they live far, far away...mom said I would have to swim for hours and hours to get to her house *shudder*, but I would like to see a picture of the newborn pup...I wonder if she looks like me

Annie who is feeling particularly adorable this morning

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Dear Lulu,

This is serious business: the rabbit that I stared down yesterday was not an isolated incident. I know this after attending a meeting with the commander. There have been several sightings of disguised chupes on the property. All of them ended with the chupe running away rather than confrontation. A few of them were dispatched into poof-poof land, but most simply disappeared. It is believed by canine intelligence that the chupes are avoiding confrontation at all costs. It is further believed that each incident was an encounter with an observer-spy. Intelligence believes that they are collecting data on our movements and habits as well as our defenses in order to launch an all out attack, striking what ever weaknesses they may find.

For this reason we are beefing up defenses, increasing perimeter guards, and now incorporating moving guards who move about the property in a random fashion looking for possible disguised chupes. We are consciously changing many of our habits of movement, eating times, and the like, pretty much anything to throw off the spy-bunnies (a general term regardless of how they are disguised).

I think you should know that your commander was electronically conferenced in during our meeting. He feels that the chupes that Annie chased were quite likely chupes with the same purpose. Annie is actually quite lucky that they didn't attack, but followed there new behavior of running in order (it is presumed) to report back to headquarters any current findings.

Serious business, this. Oh, and by the way, this information is not for anyone to see or hear other than you. You are in the need to know category since a sudden outbreak of hostilities (quite possible after a concentrated spy effort like we are witnessing) effects you as doctor and nurse to the wounded.

Prince, who is about to write Annie about relatively inconsequential matters. :)

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Dear Annie,

It seems to me that, in spite of your natural anxiety, you handled the doctors appointment with great courage. You are most certainly to be congratulated for that. And it was wonderful to hear that someone leaving the place when you got there appreciated your enormous beauty.

I know that you are concerned about the loss of 3 pounds, but remember, you are still proudly walking about displaying those gorgeous 96 pounds that remain a part of you. And who could resist such beauty.

I hope all of those pills and the ointments work for you, but I'm still holding out the best hope for the completing of Lulu's cherry grass eye ointment. Meanwhile, you may want to include her general elixir as an aid to improved wound and eye health. Talk with her but my guess is that she will agree with me on that.

Now then, about the matter of your mom wanting to include the other patient in your private sleeping quarters. Doesn't she know that all chickens should now come out of the closet. That is no place for a bird. And it is yours, all yours...and your mom's and dad's. Just post a sign: "No chickens allowed."

I messaged Lulu. Hopefully, she will finish the cherry grass eye treatment shortly.

Prince, who is about to join Bowser in the kitchen and help with his super high-cal chili soup and pepper jack cheese crackers. I think he'll be preparing a banana split for dessert.




Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/17/2015 (11:57)
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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the vet experience was not sooo bad yesterday...at least mom did not leave me there in one of those little cages.....

first, mom put me in the "dog car", the only one canines are allowed in, but it wouldn't start, so mom had to put me in the "good" car where I promptly shed all over the black back seat due to nervousness.....when we got to the vet's a man and woman were coming out the door and the man smiled and commented on my lovely largeness....I admit it made me feel good receive a little admiration as I went into the building....it was not too busy when we walked in and everybody greeted me....but then I had to stand on the scale...the results were horrible!!! I had lost 3 lbs!!! I told you I am fading away to nothing....I shall be nothing but a mere shell of myself if mom does not come to her senses soon....anyway, when I got in to see the vet it was not the usual guy (lulu calls him a quack).....this was a very nice lady who expressed proper concern over both my wounds and my eye.....since mom said she did not know how it had happened (she doesn't like to bring up the "chupe thing" with probable unbelievers), the vet was not sure if I had an eye infection or perhaps had run face first into something and somehow hurt my eye......(she couldn't tell the difference?!! perhaps lulu is right)......the vet went out of the room to get some medicine and mom whispered she wanted to mention that I was chasing a disguised chupe, but I told her not to...the vet came back in, took my leash and took me into the back room where she SHAVED MY FACE around the cheek wound.....she agreed with mom that the neck wound was older than the cheek wound by a day or two (that she could tell? but not the eye injury?!!) she said it looked like I had run into something.....twice! (maybe I should have let mom tell her about the chupe situation).......while the vet was out of the room mom called my dad to apprise him of the situation...he said to ask the vet why I looked larger if I had actually lost weight.....when the vet returned, mom got off the phone and asked the vet my dad's question....the vet hee-hawed and said she didn't know, but suggested that perhaps I will need plastic surgery on my skin after I lose all the weight....and then she hee-hawed some more.....personally, I found her attitude Very Rude! (all WHAT weight?!)

anyway, I now have to take 4 pills a day, plus and ointment for my neck & cheek and a different ointment for my eyes....mom just slips the pills into my food, so no problem, but I don't like the ointments.....I finally told lulu she could take the sample from my eye if she is Very Gentle and Very Careful and if her cherry grass eye aid was not as gooey as this vet's ointment......right now Lulu is out checking on that chicken....she suggested putting us together in a sick room, but I am not sharing my closet with anybody (except mom or dad whose clothes are hanging in there).....mom did give me 1/3 of a cheese slice on top of my dinner, probably becuz they don't eat cheese, but she said I deserved a little treat after the vet ordeal (a whole slice would have been much more soothing)

Annie who is staying in the house until her face heals up

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Dear Lulu,

Thanks for the accurate information about Annie. I suspected that she was milking her injuries but apparently she does have some real stuff going on. I hope that you finished your eye ointment in time, but my guess is that your mom took Annie to the doctor either before you finished or in spite of your finishing. I know your mom well enough to know just how determined she can be. That's a good thing normally, though I doubt if either you or Annie think so in this particular incident.

Good luck with your cherry grass eye ointment. Even if you don't finish in time to help Annie this time, you will likely need it in the future. Also, even if Annie begins traditional quack treatments, supplemental treatment with cherry grass ointment will help...or even do the job. I mean, they can believe it was the quack meds but we know the truth, don't we Lulu?

Prince

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Dear Annie,

Just a note about that bunny chupe that ran. You understand that if I had had anti-chupe toxin, the bunny would have been instantly poofed. As it was, I had to rely on a cold hard stare. Ha, that thumper was shacking in his fuzzy tail. I loved it when he gave up and ran away at top speed. It was kind of funny, or at least would have been if it had just been an ordinary bunny and not a chupe disguised as a bunny. He may have gotten away with his disguise but he looked more like an Arizona jack rabbit than a Florida cotton tail. Those chupes just never get it right.

By now you have probably started treatment, whether traditional or cherry grass. I do hope that the treatment is helping and that you are feeling better. Keep me informed about all the treatment efforts that are being made and if they are helping.

Prince, who has a meeting this morning with the commander.

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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I am SICK! I think I have an eye infection...mom insists on taking me to the dr. this afternoon...lulu is hopping mad (as much as she can hop), saying her cherry grass ointment is almost ready and in the meantime mom should pour a bit of the regular tonic into my eye.....mom says I need treatment now.....she and mom have been muttering back and forth.....mom occasionally comes over, looks at my eye, makes a face and says we will be leaving for the dr. soon....mom has promised that she will get me into the car no matter what.....hmmm....I have asked to borrow a scarf so no one will see the 2 wounds on my face.....and maybe borrow a pair of sunglasses........mom said I would look like a lovely movie star.....lulu snorted...........and the nourishment is not getting any better here

I did hear, Prince, that this morning your faced down a formidable for--a chupe disguised as a bunny and you won! yay, Prince! you are so brave

Annie who must close her eyes and take a nap now
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in spite of her claims of chasing down a couple of chupe-disguised deer, I think annie was not chasing anything and possible walked into some old barbed wire fencing...or maybe a tall weed...she does have a couple of cuts on her face which are not pretty....her eyes do look to be infected....she really needs to let me take some samples for scientific studies, but she has refused to do so...........the girl is usually a big baby, but she is really milking this one and has mom more worried than usual about her.....the biggest worry is how to get the pudge into the car....mom and dad were discussing the possibility of getting a dog ramp....this may be a good idea.....I, too, need help getting into the car, but I am only half Annie's weight, so it does not cause mom any problems............I need to get back to the lab and finish my canine cherry grass eye ointment before mom rushes annie off to that quack

Lulu who is off to the lab and some serious thinking

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Dear Lulu,

Annie wrote to me and expressed herself quite clearly about how badly she feels and how mistreated she is. I know that she can be a super drama queen, but I do find myself feeling concerned about her. Would you please just give me the straight stuff so that I don't have to sift through all of that drama?

Prince the Valliant, who defended the homestead from a disguised chupe while his dad and mom were off shooting some people who were doing the wedding thing.

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Dear Annie,

I hope that you feel better soon. Just let your mom and dad know that your sickness is no laughing matter except when it is and they should not be making so much fun with it. A little fun perhaps, but not so much.

Mom and Dad took pictures and video of a couple doing the wedding thing yesterday. Dad says he now has a lot of work editing and creating the video. He plans to also make a slide show from the better pictures that mom took, and then he will put together a data disc for the couple. Mom plans to edit all the pictures with some gimpy program (they call it GIMP). Dad says that the GIMP program is a lot like another program called Photoshop, except that GIMP is free and Photoshop is definitely not. Dad and mom seem to like free stuff a lot.

Well, I need to go help Bowser. So again, feel better soon, and let nurse Lulu help you.

Prince the Valliant, who stared down a chupe disguised as a bunny until the chupe ran away.

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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*gasp* *wheez* dear prince

I am not a well puppy....besides the horrible scabby area on my neck waddle, my mucus problem is back....last night mom had to clean my eye which was completely covered, and then she put lulu's old eye ointment in them...icky! lulu informed me that she is working on a cherry grass ointment that is specifically for eye ailments, but admitted it probably will be gooey, too.....she wants to use me as her guinea pig, she said, whatever that is...I hope its something to eat.............anyway, after that I got my pill (at least it was covered in peanut butter)...mom also found a new wound on my cheek....everybody is making fun of me, saying things like "what did you get in a fight with? a bunny?".....nobody believes I was chasing down a dangerous chupe!!........I am spending a lot of time in mom's closet and she gets up in the night to make sure I am still breathing....this morning she chopped up 2 old vegan hotdogs (not as tasty as real meat ones, believe me) and divided them amongst our breakfast dishes, hiding my pill in hotdog....and she sprinkled the last of the shelled hemp seeds on the food...it really has no taste, but does make the food look prettier... one of the hens hurt her hip and lulu is out tending to her, but said the old girl may be a goner....well, I am sorry for her, but I AM ANNIE AND I DON'T FEEL GOOD....my dad said to take me to vets this week, but mom said it is his turn and to make sure I get weighed to see if I have lost any smidgen of a pound.....my dad snorted at the idea that I had lost any weight, and pointed out that he is leaving very early tomorrow and won't be home until fri....mom said she only has so much strength and after planting over a dozen butterfly bushes this morning she does not have any reserve strength to hoist me in and out of the car.....then they both LAUGHED, while I lie here uncared for, ignored like a rock in the driveway....*sob* ...its enough to make a little girl cry.....lulu calls me a drama queen like its a bad thing....I think I am going to go do some poses .....

could you pls. check with bowser to see if perhaps he is scheduled to head out this way (the sooner the better.....if he waits too long I will have withered away to nothing)

there is a new little soldier wannabe here...he is small, but not a wawa...much bigger actually....the wawas all laugh at him cuz he wears a dinosaur hat....roscoe said he might be a useful distraction when the chupes come...ros is outside trying to see if the new guy (a pug, altho some of the wawas call him a "plug" cuz he is roundish) is at all trainable....the pug/plug is young, perhaps too young for recruit duty??

Annie who is in dire need of a nap

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Dear Annie (to be read when you awake)...

This will enlighten you. My parents are, I'm convinced, totally wacko. You won't believe this Annie, you just won't. Today they finished cleaning the car. Mom got the inside chairs and hard surfaces. Dad got the windows and other glassy areas (sun roof; solar panel, etc.). He did a really great job outside. Then he did a super job on the front windows and the back hatchback door windows. OK, cool so far. But then Annie, and this is the part that you won't believe. He washed the inside of the back door windows. You know, those are the ones that we use for security. He washed of all of my nose prints which I have carefully worked on for a full year and 10 days. As you know Annie, when a car is stolen that a dog has ridden in, they take the dogs nose print (all dog noses are unique) and then match them to the window prints that all dogs so carefully create (well, when the window isn't open to let the dog breathe that rush of pure air). That is, of course, how they identify the stolen car. But dad, in his excessive ambitiousness, wiped a whole year and 10 days worth of carefully placed nose prints from the back windows. All of my efforts washed away in a matter of minutes.

Annie, you think you have problems with your mom's crazy diet. Listen, do you know the effort I will have to make to return the car to its identity safe condition? It is so hard to live with humans Annie. Sometimes I think about returning to the pack life. Still...there are the couches.

I told dad that I am willing to create a new set of identity nose prints, but he owes me big time. I'll expect many trips to dog park in return for my art work. (Its called barter, Annie.)

Prince, who hears a vehicle and needs to investigate.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/13/2015 (11:33)
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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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Dear Annie,

I liked your idea and tried to figure out a way to get out into the garage all last night. I could not figure out how to do it, what with the locked door and all. So there sits the car. I was unable to carry out your idea and I am so very glad. This morning, without warning, dad covered the back seat with my Kennel Club cover and let me hop inside. Then we took mom to her job. (Picture me: Prince, the chauffeur.) After that was great. Dad took me to dog park and he and I had a marvelous time. There were a lot of dogs there, most of whom I now know. We played and played and played until I could play no more and had to let dad know that I was ready to head home.

I know dad is going to pick mom up after work and take her to the dance party. Guess what? I don't even care. I am so exhausted that all I want to do is climb up on my couch (you know, the one that I let my dad and mom use too), strike a pose, and fall asleep. At one point in the past I thought that maybe dad took me to dog park just so that I wouldn't beg to go dancing with them, but I've learned that dad and I have so much fun at dog park that I really don't care to go dancing. I'll let the old man and mom do that. (snicker)

By the way, Annie, I know how concerned you are about you weight loss. I think that you should know that I have messaged your mom on facebook and told her exactly what I think about what she is doing. And Annie, I want you to know that I couldn't feel more sorry for you, poor baby!

Prince, who is going to the kitchen to round up a snack to hold me off until lunch. (Bowser made us a marvelous breakfast.)


Tom

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

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

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


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