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7/28/16 10:16 A

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Dear TQ,

I have to tell you something, but don't tell dad because he doesn't know yet. I'll tell him sometime, but when the time is right. Anyway, when I got home dad was very excited that I wanted to learn photography. He gave me one of his old cameras, a Minolta SRT 101. It's a film camera, so he gave me a roll of film and told me to shoot very carefully because I could only take 36 pictures on the roll. We will have to buy more when it runs out. (Can you imagine, buying that stuff when some cameras don't even use film. Sheesh!)

Well, dad spent several hours Sunday showing me how to use the camera and giving me picture taking pointers. Good how to do stuff from my own dad...I'm so proud.

BUT...alas, I took the camera over to the field on Monday and left it somewhere in the paw paw patch. Yesterday I realized what I had done so Nitty and I went to the paw paw patch to locate the camera. After about an hour we found it, but it had rained and the camera was submersed in a shallow temporary lake of rain water. The camera was ruined. Even when it dried out it didn't work. And the film...oh TQ, it was a pile of jelly and cellophane wrapper but you couldn't even eat the jelly.

I'm afraid there will be no B & W pictures...no pictures at all. Now I have to find a time and a way to tell my dad what happened or figure out a story that he may believe, like having my camera stolen or something.

Prince, who is hiding in Bear and Lulu's coop and feeling very unhappy.

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Dear Roscoe,

Wow, what an exciting and scary adventure you and your mom had. I hope that Madame Zelda can figure out what is going on. By the way, that was an interesting picture. Is there a stream nearby? I think it is a fish someone caught. They call that species log salmon. At least that's what I have heard.

Ros, I left my camera in the paw paw patch and when I went to get it it was all messed up and broken and useless and the pictures I had taken are gone 'cuz the film was all screwed up and I don't know what I'm going to tell dad. Can you think of any good stories. I don't think I want to tell him what really happened. I'm so unhappy.

Prince, who is going to ask Bowser to send some food to Bear's and Lulu's coop where I am hiding out. (I need a Chihuahua messenger / courier.)


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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7/27/16 8:24 P

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Dear Prince

I am looking forward to seeing some of your night shots and black and white photography. B&W can be quite dramatic....Boy George and his little brother Jerrold the Foxx are here tonight...Jerrold, whom you know is quite timid around strangers, stamped his foot at me...I was on the front porch which is built several feet above ground and therefore has quite a resonant sound, so I stomped back....Scared Jerrold so bad, I think he ran to the next county.....Roscoe was with me, and he about fell over laughing.......

don't forget to share your marvelous jokes, Prince Jokey Jokester

TQ who will let Roscoe tell you of this morning's adventures
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Prince,

we had an experience that could have been very dangerous this morning...Mom wanted to go walking before it got too hot, so annie and I and a few bodyguards went with her....we were all walking along a grassy path.....and then suddenly we weren't.....well, what I mean to say is that we were, indeed, walking, but all of a sudden we were not in our own backyard....it was weird....mom got a little freaked out when she saw 2 streams merge where there has never been 2 streams before....and we saw a log that looked like a chicken...or maybe a turtle (there is some debate)...this is not natural and has never been in this area before and me and mom have been hiking around this area for YEARS! I hustled mom past it as quickly as possible and then when she was out of the range of danger, one of the wawas fired toxin onto it.....poof! mom tried to get a photo of it, but was knocked on her butt in the excitement of it all.... Her picture did not come out very well.....imagine that a disguised chupe would be so close to a human!

when we first began our walk, as soon as we were out in the driveway we could smell that Mr. Stinkypants had passed through quite recently...In fact, mom commented that it smelled like Mr. Stinkypants had quite a party with a bunch of other skunks....at the time we just held our noses and laughed....now I wonder if the chupe activity we stumbled upon had something to do with Mr. S's noxious emissions... annie and I did come across some very distinct chupe smells while on our walk.....not good.....

we could not find our way out of the never-ending woods as mom now calls that area....and it seemed to go straight up, although there should not have been a mountain there...we should have been able to turn left and wind up back at the house, but that was not possible....finally we all just back-tracked until we came to the place where the 2 streams met, found our path, and scrambled out of there! mom had all sorts of little bug bites and at one point looked down and saw a big thorn hanging out of her leg....it almost looked like a toenail, but annie checked and made sure that it was, indeed, plant material.....however, when we got back annie insisted that mom take an large dose of cherry grass, just in case...mom said all she needed was a bath, but you know how persistent annie can be, so mom trundled over to the infirmary and took her cherry grass, grumbling all the way back to the house....hehehehehe

Roscoe who has been told by a wawa whose girlfriend is a psychic that when we went into the woods we me have actually passed through a "portal" into another dimension....she is very excited to come out here to check the place out...hmmm....I guess she will be here tomorrow, the famous Madame Zelda

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7/27/16 10:52 A

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Dear TQ,

Since I am not there, the raccoon photography needs to be up to you. With all that prep work by Rocko, I do hope that you took pictures. Please share them if you did. Meanwhile I shall take photos here in Florida. Dad said he would help me if I would pay attention to what he is saying and refrain from telling jokes. It will be difficult since I have so much kid material to work with, but I'll do my best.

Prince

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Dear Roscoe,

I've been telling joke after joke from my notes and no one laughs except an occasional totally fake chuckle. I really didn't think my parents had much of a sense of humor until I told them about Annie and the Eggmail adventure. LOL My dad about fell off of the couch and I thought mom was going to split a side laughing. I don't know Roscoe. Maybe stories from real life are the way to go.

I don't know what's gotten into Bowser. This morning he gave me a small bowl of dry food. Then he turned around and fed dad a waffle with lots of good stuff on it. It just isn't fair Roscoe, it's just not fair at all!

Today Nitti, Lulu swiffer girl, and I are going to go back to Kathy's field. Of course we'll say hi to Kathy, but our main goal is to see if any more of the paw paws have ripened or if we can find another paw paw tree. Right now I could really use a few paw paws in my paws.

Prince, the hungry one.


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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7/26/16 6:10 P

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Dear Prince

have you been able to work on your photography? Rocko, the raccoon, was back last night cleaning up under the bird feeders and I think he was a little bit disappointed that no one bothered to take his picture...I noticed his tail looked like it had been brushed and he kept looking towards the front porch, keeping one side facing the lanai (his best photographic side?)....since Lulu has had some acting experience, perhaps she would make a good model....if Nitti doesn't mind....

TQ
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Dear Prince

oh, my! you should have been here this morning.......*roflmao* the EGGmail couriers showed up around 7:30a.m....they picked up the 3 little boxes marked "books" and left, totally ignoring the mysterious big box....about 9a.m. annie chewed her way out of the big box becuz she needed a snack....when she sauntered back outside, half a donut in one paw, she noticed the book boxes were gone....... she looked a bit puzzled and asked where the house guard had put them.....he told her the couriers had picked them up earlier...then he turned around and went back to guarding....annie pitched a royal FIT!.....donut crumbs sputtered from her whiskers....her tail spun in circles....she howled imprecations that would make you blush!! the rest of the wawas that were nearby all turned to face the woods so she would not see their grins...oh, it was a show! a couple of wawas had to run into the woods so they could laugh aloud in safety....lol.....

I hope you are sharing your jokes with everyone there ...lol

Roscoe who is hoping mom is making a good dinner.....she has been adding some of The Kid's leftovers to our kibble which has amped up the flavor tremendously

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7/26/16 9:45 A

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Dear Roscoe,

I do hope that your pole cat neighbor survived his upsetting experience. Poor little guy. I don't know what happened, but if he had to raise a stink about it, it must have been pretty bad. I'm sure his objections will linger for a while. And perhaps the source of his discontentment will here after treat him with greater respect.

I do hope that Annie realizes that EGGmail has a weight limitation. I mean, after a visit by the kid Annie plans on having herself transported by EGGmail. Really? Well, good luck with that. You might mention to her that EGGmail carriers have, on occasion, dropped packages from great heights. Of course, Annie might just bounce like a ball. Well, she is round like one, especially since the kid was there.

We did see a person in the mamey grove. I immediately chased him out of there great guard that I am. He went straight to the house and talked with dad. Seems he was sampling mameys. He then wanted to purchase some but dad's price was too high. They guys price was too low. Dad came down a bit and the fellow went up a bit. Finally they met in the middle of that price range, but dad had added a clause. The buyer nor any representative of his company nor anyone else could use a mamey seed to plant a tree nor could they use asexual reproductive methods to create more mamey trees. This would assure that this customer continuously returns for business. Cool, huh? Except that the numbskull didn't go for it. I think he was dead set on creating his own mamey grove. NO WAY was dad going to allow that. The guy left after dad made him give back the seeds of a mamey tree that he had stuffed the pockets of his jacket with. The guy left with a bit of a disgruntled look about him for some reason.

By the way, Roscoe. After Bowser's skimpy dinner I went out to find more paw paws, perhaps on our property. Nothing. I guess they are all over in Kathy's pasture. But I did find a hand full of those small extra sweet bananas on our banana tree. Ate them all I did.

It's a good thing I ate the bananas when I did. Mom took a walk in our back yard and I saw her looking at the banana tree. Then she went down to the tree and walked around it several times. Well, that was it until later that evening when mom said to dad, "I wonder why our banana tree didn't produce this year. By now there is usually ripe bananas on the tree." Dad just said that maybe it's going to be a late season this year. Heheh Don't say anything to them Roscoe.

Prince, who is about to bug Bowser for a mid morning snack.


Tom

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

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

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

you left your 16 joke books and tablets with jokes that you wrote down here, so annie is going to meet the EGGmail courier tomorrow ...er, I mean couriers since it will take several to carry all those boxes...I admit I was surprised that annie would go to such efforts on your behalf until I noticed one of the boxes was quite large.....large enough, perhaps, to hold a Belgian basset...hehehehe..............

I told mom about your pawpaws.......she said they grow here, but she has never tasted one....there was an article in the local paper about a man who grows "international" vegetables, such as bittermelon, and he also gets fruit from a partner if Florida...mom said she sent the farmer an email asking if his FL connection can swing by your place to pick some of the mamey and send them here for her...so far, she has not received a reply, but if you see a stranger in the mamey grove, be sure to have someone check his credentials....

Mr. Stinkypants, the skunk that lives down by the main road, apparently had an upsetting experience this morning as we could smell him at the house and mom said that it was really awful down by the road as she drove by....he sure is free and easy about raising that tail....annie suggested that perhaps he is a big bean eater.....mom suggested annie include Mr. Stinkypants in one of the boxes on the front porch that she is sending to you....mom was just kidding, but annie just shuddered.......

otherwise, all is quiet here

Roscoe




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7/25/16 2:24 P

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Dear Roscoe,

I would have written sooner, but dad and mom and I had a really busy eventful day yesterday.

First, I arrived just in time for lunch. Dad was outside catapulting eagle food to the roof. It's a neat catapult that Jack created. I'll talk with Jack and see if he won't make one for your mom since getting food to the roof is always a bit of a challenge.

After the eagle consumed his pay, he left for the glades. Dad and I came inside for lunch which Bowser had prepared and ready for us. Frankly I was a little disappointed. It's true that it was more than Bowser used to serve, but far less than I have grown accustomed to in Virginia. Further, there were no treats what so ever.

Nothing was planned for the afternoon, so when I saw Lulu talking with Kathy, I went out and said that I would walk Lulu over to the pasture. Both Lulu and Kathy were excited about that, and about that time Nitti showed up and decided to go with us. Well, off we went, north to the crossing and south to the pasture. There is a grove of trees within the pasture pretty much directly east of our house. We met Kathy at the grove as was planned. The shade was so appreciated. And so was the old paw paw tree we found within the grove. Oh so good. Kathy could reach the paw paws and she divided them between us. All in all a fun afternoon.

Now then, I almost forgot. There was one little incident while we were in the grove. A python had previously slithered into one of the trees and was hanging there directly in front of us. Nitti and I looked at each other and the python grinned from tympanic membrane to tympanic membrane. Nitti quickly withdrew his toxin pistol and fired. Poof. Well, I guess by now "poof" pretty much says it all. heheh Lulu was so impressed by Nitti's quickness. She cuddled next to him and gave him a huge lick right on his lips. Ha! Nitti grew weak and red-faced. Lulu said something like "Oh Nitti, you really are my hero you know." All poor Nitti could say was "Shucks Lulu, it weren't nothin'." Kathy and I laughed until we were blue in our respective faces.

The fact remains that Nitti was kind of a hero, having wiped out that chupe quickly. I'm just glad it was a chupe because Nitti told me later that if it hadn't been, he was probably going to be dead meat having angered a python whose slither abilities are quite advanced. I simply said, we would have ran Nitti. We would have ran as fast as we could.

Well, after a while Nitti, Lulu and I wondered back to our home. I enjoyed walking behind those two who walked paw in paw. It looked a little like a human's three legged race. (Have you have ever seen one of those crazy things?)

By the way Roscoe, what did Annie say when she woke up and realized I was gone. Oh, I know, she would have eaten first, but I mean after she ate. What did she have to say? Just curious.

Anyway, dad, mom and I spent the evening discussing the events of the day. Dad laughed a lot when I told him about the paw paw tree adventure. Unfortunately, Bowser had gotten wind of it from Nitti earlier and gave me a very skimpy dinner. Grrrrrr! I figured later on I'd get some treats from dad, but nothing. Nothing from anyone. Oh, where is the kid when you need her?


Prince, who has decided to wonder around our property and look for lonely paw paw trees in need of harvesting.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/25/2016 (14:38)
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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7/23/16 3:50 P

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dear dad,

What do you call a cow that plays a musical instrument?
(A Moo-sician!)

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Cowsgo
Cowsgo who?
No they don't, cows-go moo. HAHAHA...you can share these with Kathy Cow if you want

Roscoe and I are hanging out with Paws and a couple of the professors from UNC-Canine...we've had lunch and now retired to an air-conditioned lounge in the back of the UNC cafeteria to discuss all sorts of chupe-related matters.....did you know they have a special eagle landing area on the roof of this building? it's so cool....as soon as the signal goes off in the kitchen part of the cafeteria, raw hamburger is loaded onto what is called a dumbwaiter, a machine sort of like and elevator, but much smaller and meant to carry small loads, such as the eagle payment hamburger, and then it ascends to the roof where the worker who rode up with the hamburger spreads it out for the incoming eagle....(it also makes a great escape route in case of emergency and can be moved by pulling on a rope if the electricity is out)....isn't that neat?! there is also a grove of shady trees nearby that canines can use as a park and the eagles can perch in the trees....UNC-canine is so progressive! I know Roscoe lectures here once in a great while and has consulted with some of the professors periodically...I think it would be great to be either a teacher or a student here....for a short time, of course....I may look into it sometime.....if you don't mind

annie texted me and after dinner there is going to be a special awards ceremony honoring roscoe's heroism in saving The Kid.....we won't get home until dinner time, so this will be a great surprise....the eagle courier that has transported us today is planning to stay over tonight and will bring me home first thing tomorrow morning....TQ has promised to give the key to the refrigerator to the night house guard so he can fetch the eagle's breakfast morning hamburger and we will leave here as soon as the eagle feels there is enough light to fly safely.....in other words, EARLY! I expect to be home by lunch....

speaking of lunch, the lack of treats now that The Kid has left to go home has left all of us Very Hungry....she was only here a few days and its amazing how fast one's tummy gets used to extra treats........and how grumpy it gets when the treats are no longer incoming...sigh....I have been so hungry today between meals....thank heavens for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch today.....Paws made a slight dig about how much Roscoe and I ate...lol.........

Prince who is hoping Bowser has a big meal ready when he gets home

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7/23/16 11:09 A

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Dear Mr. Prince Joke Jokey Jokester,

As always it was good to hear from you. I congratulate you for being on top and aware of conversations regarding chupes and monitoring for the slippage of top secret information. It is commendable that you are diligent in following through with those important aspects of your military connections.

Prince, yes...I have roasted marshmallows over a fire using a stick. I did that when I was a kid and often did it with my human kids. It's been a while since I've roasted them though. I know how delicious they can be...oh yes, and how caloric as well (not good for the size of the tummy). Some folks liked letting them burn and eating them either by peeling the black off or eating them black and all. (yuk) Personally I like roasting all around them to a golden brownish marvelously tasting gourmet cuisine. But enough of that. It's making me hungry and I'm trying not to eat snacks at all (well, except for my ginger candy...I have to have ginger candy you now...unless I've had my ginger jam...or...well, uh.... never mind).

That was a fascinating story about Boy George and the other deer. I think "Deer Chaser" did an excellent job, though I feel sorry for Boy George who was basically innocent in this matter. Still, accidents do happen with deer. When your mom was a kid, a deer ran into and over her. It was all accidental, but she was hurt none the less. Deer are beautiful animals and pretty gentle creatures, often fearful for their own lives. But they are big and if they feel threatened, they run. If they run into you, it can hurt. I do hope that Boy George will venture back after the kid leaves and that Roscoe will return to his live and let live attitude. That is the one that I subscribe to in all possible matters.

You know Prince, Annie is always welcome to come here as far as I am concerned. But there is the problem of the commander. I just need to know when she will be here so that I can make certain all of my things and your mom's dresses are properly locked away. As for Annie, we can always put another bed on the lanai. It works well for everyone. Annie can enjoy sleeping not under exactly, but in view of the stars and we can enjoy a nearly sound proof wall between her and us. It is amazing you know, that while we can't hear anything else we can always hear Annie. Oh, the sound is muffled and soft, but hearable none the less.

Tom, who has a kitchen date with Bowser


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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7/22/16 9:45 A

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dear dad,

Why do hummingbirds hum?
(Because they forgot the words!) HAHAHAHAHA

The Kid has given us all nicknames.....Last time she was here, she called Roscoe "Mr. Handsome", but this time she called him "Mr. Cutie Eyes" or "Prince Cutie Eyes"....Annie is Princess Fluffy Yums" and I am "Prince Jokey Jokester" or "Mr. Prince Joke Jokey Jokester"

I overheard TQ discussing chupes with The Kid's mom, telling her that there has been a lot of chupe-related problems around here lately....The Mom just nodded knowingly....she understands about chupes! I am always so amazed when any human acknowledges the existence of those evil creatures.....I was ready to go in and interrupt if TQ began to blab about any of the top secret stuff, but their conversation changed course after that......

dad, have you ever had marshmallows cooked over a hot, burning fire...on a stick?!! oh! they are FABULOUS! Roscoe told me they would be.......sheer heaven! I will teach you how to do it when I get home..........which will be Sunday morning


you will never believe it!---well, you will...but it was amazing!! last night the family was sitting around playing a card game called rummy which The Kid really enjoys.....and all sorts of deer kept coming up to the feeders....Boy George, Darla Jean, Peggy Sue, etc, etc....they were mostly empty......The Kid was so excited and even The Mom went out to take pics of them sometimes between card hands.....anyway, TQ went out around 8pm to bring in the feeders and when they went out Boy George was on the edge of the yard, maybe 15 ft. away....he just stood there and watched....Roscoe had gone out with them and was sitting on the lanai....The Kid went and got some corn in an old plastic flower pot and poured it on the ground ....Boy George was watching and The Kid was enchanted that he was so near........Boy George took a tentative step forward, TQ reached for The Kid's arm, ready to jerk her out of the way if Boy George got any closer before they left and took a step back---------but then Roscoe charged! he chased that deer back into the woods!! Nobody was gonna hurt his mom or The Kid while he was around!!!! The Kid shrieked! and after Boy George got his furry hind end into the trees TQ yelled "no!"....upon hearing his mom's command, Roscoe stopped....The Kid, not understanding that a deer might hurt her, even accidentally, was practically in tears....TQ hustled her up the stairs and back into the house whereupon she had to explain what had happened.....Roscoe was patted and praised the rest of the night.....Mr. Twinkie walked outside several times and patrolled the lanai, keeping an eye out for Boy George.....that poor young buck may never return....he was not intending any harm, he was just hungry and Roscoe had never gone after him before....around here its usually "live and let be" .......(well, except when annie is complaining)......now Roscoe has had the name "Deer Chaser" added to his long list of "titles".....Ros just laughs it off, but I think he was really pleased that his dad was so proud of him..

Tomorrow afternoon, Roscoe and I are taking an eagle courier to UNC-NC to meet with Paws and some of the professors who are involved in chupe research...Paws is not usually involved in this aspect of chupe studies, but he is lecturing this week there on the economics of chupe-invaded areas, so we thought we would all meet up for lunch and some interesting discussion...It should be fun.....we will fly back later in the afternoon and I will take the early morning courier flight back to FL.....Roscoe plans to stay here and Annie said she thinks the bear problem has been taken care of so she could return with me, but then she moans and says she is just to exhausted after taking care of The Kid all week and she needs more rest time....Ros and I are encouraging her to take all the rest she needs, so I don't expect her to be with me......I know you, and especially the Brig Commander, will be crushed *snort*

Prince who plans to discuss the addition of cooked marshmallows to the daily menu with
Bowser when he gets back

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Dear Prince,

Rest assured that Teenage Ninja Turtles is NOT based in reality. Think about it. Was there even one mention of chupacabra on the show. NO! Well, see what I mean? Just not real. Fake villains; fake heroes.

Really Prince! CNNcanine! You get it on your TV. You get that, the Dog channel, and of course, the Canine Adventure Channel along with many other channels for dogs. The problem is that you don't examine the other channels. You stay with Lassie Adventures channel. Take a look. Broaden your horizons. Enjoy all of the wonderful dog channels on canine cable that we pay big bucks for just so that you have something to fill your leisure time. Just don't forget that we need some cuddle time too.

Well, you won't believe it. It seems that Kathy Cow and Lulu the swiffer girl have become best of friends. They spend hours talking with each other over the canal. It reminds me so much of Bear's wife, Lulu. I think at least one canine wishes they weren't such good friends though. Nitti frequently has to go looking for Lulu. She always says goodbye to Kathy when he comes and joins him. And she goes to Kathy when Nitti is preoccupied with duties or a Nitti project like cutting grass around their earth dug out hut. Still, when they aren't together he misses her. And when he comes to take her home, he almost always gets the sad big eye from Kathy, though Kathy would never say anything of a derogatory nature to him. She is much too nice for that, not to mention that she wouldn't want to upset her new friend, Lulu swiffer girl.

I've located a camera that you can use Prince. It's an old Nikon point and shoot type, but it has lots of options on it including the ability to shoot in B&W. I think you'll like it. It is a good starter camera and provides several features that you can learn about and carry that over to your next camera. I would let you use my Canon Xsi but I sometimes carry it with me if I want two lenses mounted and ready. Of course my T5i is my primary camera now.

I do hope that you get that growling in your stomach taken care of quickly. You know how it is. If you growl all day it's only natural that you will be dog tired at night. (Just a little human humor with my apologies to dogs everywhere.) snicker

Dad, who is now growling too and in need of discussing that with Bowser


Tom

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

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

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

The Kid did not leave yet....tomorrow? next week? I don't know ffor sure yet....I do plan on coming home after she leaves....TQ has thanked me many time for being such a big help *puffing out chest with pride*....annie has told me she appreciates my help with The Kid, too.
Right now there is another Kid here, a 3 yr old, so the 2 of them are busy and we canines are enjoying a bit of rest......

are you sure the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are NOT real? I asked The Kid about it and she said it is part cartoon, part real life....she did not explain which part was which, so I admit to being a bit confused....roscoe and annie were not there, so they were not able to answer my questions, but annie said she seldom pays attention to anything on tv unless it is canine-related, and that on human tv there is a definite scarcity of dog news...she recommended DOGCNN...can we get that on our tv, dad? please!

I am excited about learning more about B&W (see, I am already using the professional terms)...I know we will have fun with our lessons

I need to go supervise the Kids since the adults are busy....I really feel the need for a snack, so not to be rude, but I hope the new kid goes home soon

Prince who feels his tummy growling


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Dear Prince,

First, let me assure you that the kid's program, Teenage Ninja Turtles has no basis in fact. Anything that you see on that show is absolutely fantasy. Kids enjoy that sort of thing. Some of them even believe that the stories are true.

Now then, I think it is terrible that such TV shows are shown to kids. They get used to the fantasy idea and then they start doubting some of life's realities, well...you know, like the presence of chupacabra. And then they go about their lives totally unaware of the dangers that may befall them from the hostile behaviors of chupacabra and other hateful animals. Sometimes they even carry this ignorance over in to the political arena, but I won't get into that here other than to say that there is one particular political big shot whose picture of the world is more unreal than that of a child's view of Teenage Ninja Turtles. We shall hope that he fades quickly as the weeks pass.

Prince, if the kid is leaving it is time for you to come home. I've discussed your concerns about food with Bowser. He says that we can slowly wean you off of that treat diet you have been on and work from there. He has a plan and since he is a kitchen genius, I am certain that you will be happy with it.

As for B & W, that is not the only way to shoot at night. It is one way that can produce dramatic photos. Color is also valuable, especially where colored lights are present. As for B & W, you may find a setting on your camera under scenes or within the menues where you can set it for B & W. If not, it can be done with post processing and I can help you with that when you return home.

By the way, the kid won't know me, but you can tell her that your dad greets her and wants her to have a nice trip home.

Dad, who is going to visit Bowser in the kitchen about his specialty, pancakes.


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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 dad

The Kid is watching an episode of Teenage Ninja Turtles tv show that has mutant squirrels that crawl into a human's body through their mouth...then it nests in the human's heart and multiplies..................or I think that is what just happened....it was so horrifying that I had to leave....The Kid and the family were gone for several hours today, but thank heavens they are home...I had missed my snacks and was terribly hungry by the time they returned.....roscoe and annie said The Kid smelled like Jelly Bean.....

yesterday when the family returned home, TQ noticed roscoe's nose and front paws where kinda orangey....then she noticed that the top of the bag of cheesy puffs was not folded down tightly...while there were no direct accusations, loaded comments were made...several of them.....I deny all participation in what may have been cheesy puff theft.... *subtle burp* I think (but am not 100% positive) that The Kid and her mom are leaving tomorrow to return to wherever it is that they live.....on one hand, if this is so I plan to sleep all day to recover (annie says that in her medical opinion this is the best way to get back to normal), but on the other hand, I may starve to death....I am not sure TQ will take up the slack as she tends to stick to a pretty rigid schedule......maybe if I can explain that tapering off of snacks would be better she will be willing to cooperate....*whimper*

you are right...the pic I sent of annie was taken too far away.....but I was trying to get a photo of her sniffing the bushes for cookies.....she was so funny! (without trying to be, which made it even funnier)....I am going to pursue this black and white photography that you talked about.....I would actually like to take night pictures in color....not sure how to do this, but I will practice and do some research until I get it right



why did the turkey cross the road?? because it was the chicken's day off! HARDEHARHARHAR

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Dear Prince,

I'm glad to hear that you are developing an interest in photography. Perhaps when you get home I'll give you one of my old camera. (Hmmm....wonder if I can find my Kodak Brownie camera that I used when I was a very young kid. Just kidding.)

I liked your picture of Anne sniffing. I guess you were trying to show how far back she was. From a photographic point of view, you may want to zoom in a bit closer to your subject. You can still include some background to tell the story of where you are. Of course, if you want to exaggerate the distance she has gotten from you, use a very wide angle lens. heheh It sort of a photographic lie but could be interesting, especially in discussing your walking adventures with Annie. (snicker)

The trail that you are walking on looks quite interesting. It would be a delightful place to spend some time just walking and gawking at all of the nature and treasure you might find alone the way. Wish I had braved the gondola and come with you.

Night photography is always fun Prince. I especially like it in cityscapes. Often dramatic results can be had by using B&W photography. (If you haven't yet run across that, it stands for Black and White.) Cityscapes (B&W or color) will often include interesting colored lights. In the country, find some scenes that are not terribly busy (not just a wooded area loaded with trees for instance) and be sure to use an extra long time in exposing. If there is a moon, cool. You can play with its light and how it effects the outcome of your subject's picture at various angles. Let me know how you do, Prince.

How did the card came go for the kid? I'll bet she won. (grin)

Tonight is dance night. I think if you were here I'd take you and your camera so that you could take some shots.

Dad, who needs to get busy on some household duties after which he will enjoy a Bowser prepared lunch.

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Mr. Tom told me about your findings with that raccoon. I'm still not convinced it was normal. It was, in my opinion, diseased at best, alien at worst. Please be careful, and do examine it again. Make certain that the anti toxin actually made contact. watch for foaming at the mouth or other strange physical conditions. By the way, this isn't just my opinion. I've discussed it with a number of trained officials including BC.


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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I have volunteered as the photographer for all activities that include both canines and The Kid....Even though I never did any photography at home I realize now how much I have picked up from you....Thank you...Roscoe just called me a chicken for volunteering and annie said "make sure you get my good side".......*SNORT* annie kept lagging behind on this morning's walk, supposedly sniffing out chupes and other vermin....at one point TQ turned around and told her to stop sniffing for cookies.....annie was Not Pleased, but the rest of us cracked up.....after that, every time she stopped to sniff something someone asked her what type of cookies she smelled.....hehehehehe

as for the episode with the raccoon (named Harold, but prefers the nickname "Rocky") he was able to slip away from our wawas who were armed with toxin guns.....he was spotted again last night under the willow tree, but "disappeared" before anyone could get close enough to shoot......traps are being mulled over right now with some of our top strategists, and will be put in place before darkness falls tonight.....it is difficult to believe that we were outwitted by a normal raccoon.....

I am developing an interest in night photography, but need to study up on it more......my nighttime shots are not as good as my daytime ones.....

glad to hear you had a great time out with friends......

Prince who is thinking of taking a quick run around the garden, maybe two, while The Kid is playing cards with her mom

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Dear Prince,

Skip the biscuit. Have a Rolaid or three.

Dad, who would never ever say he told you so. :)


Tom

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

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

I am overstuffed and exhausted...I now understand why annie hides...I am going to do the same...will write more later

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Dear Prince,

I repeat, do accept excessive treats with and evaluate what you take with wise careful choice. You may want to accept all treats in view of Roscoe's statement, but then you can hide most of them for a rainy day (or a day after the kid leaves). You know, Bowser and I are on top of this and the heavier you are when you return, the longer and more uncomfortable will be the slimming that shall follow your return. Just saying...

It's quite true Prince. The raccoon's behavior was quite strange. My guess is that if the Chihuahua soldiers can get a good shot with the toxin gun, there will be a poof. One concern is that if the raccoon doubles back without the Chihuahuas knowing it and then attacks the soldiers from the rear, damage could be done to some of our friends, the Chihuahua soldiers. Another possibility is that the raccoon gives the Chihuahuas the slip and returns to harm the human and canine folk at home. Watch especially that the kid doesn't go out and try to pet the raccoon, or (shutter) hand it a treat, making her hand it's next meal. (double shutter). You must watch that kid very carefully...you and the rest of the canines. Just don't let her approach that creature, as it is likely a chupacabra. (Have you talked with the kid about chupacabras? Did she believe you?) If the answer to either of those questions is "no," then you shall have to watch even more carefully. Remember, sweet as the kid may be, her judgment may not yet be all that it should be considering the dangers at paw.

Considering Annie's "I told you so" attitude that she gets, maybe tomorrow morning would be a good time for you and Roscoe to get up early and slip off for a long constitutional (walk). You can explain when you get back that just as Annie has a need for poses, the two of you have a need for walking exercise. She may not like it but that may soften her reaction to a degree. :)

Tonight there is much happening here in the Fort Myers area. Your mom and I are going to watch the Ft. Myers Miracle play the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Its baseball Prince. I know that we don't go to baseball games often (this may be the second or third time since arriving in Lehigh Acres during 2004, but this time we will be with a group from your mom's work and so it is more than baseball, it is social. And it should be fun. And boy do I like the fact that the tickets were paid for by her big boss. You know, it's the head honcho of the entire operation. Cool, huh?

OK, Prince, Bowser calls. :)

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Mr. Prince, I am quite concerned about the oddness of all that you have reported. I have discussed it with my commander and she agrees that this is, indeed, unusual behavior for both raccoon and chupe. Our intelligence team is exploring the information that you have sent and have found nothing. All they keep saying is..."Hmmm, something is missing; something is missing." Then they explore the info some more and repeat their very provocative statement, "Hmmm, something is missing; yes it is...missing I say."

In other words, they can't make hide nor fur out of it. I tried to get close enough to sniff their breath to see if they had been drinking, but they spotted me and informed me that this was utter top secret need to never know (for you) stuff and I was to be excused. Humph, never mind that I was the one that brought your reports to their collective attention (such as it is). Humph!!!!!


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Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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let's face it...."treat" and "minimum" have no relation to one another when The Kid is around.....TQ planned a party for today (where the treats flowed like water) and then the entire tribe went into town for a movie.....they were gone for several hours and while one part of each of us worried that we might starve to death if we did not eat every 20 mins., another part of each of us was appreciative of the break.....annie enjoyed her break with a long nap, but Roscoe and I forced ourselves to take a long walk and then an interview with the former captives of the chupe nation .........................although, I admit we did manage, at Roscoe's suggestion, to squeeze in a short nap before The Kid returned (he explained that it would be reasonable and good to build up our energy levels before she returned).....and its a good thing we did....it was another busy evening of dvd watching, card playing, jigsaw puzzling, horseshoes, etc....you might think this would give us plenty of leisure time, but let me correct that error in your thinking....hahahaha....during all of these activities and others The Kid constantly petted us with her hands or her feet while attending to other things as well as talking to us in that shrill voice that some humans adopt when speaking to an animal of any sort....and at the merest hint of interest on our part (often imaginary) she would neglect her other activities to devote more attention and treats to us.....during the day I heard TQ specifically and quite clearly tell The Kid "no more treats for a while" or "no more treats until after______", but basically The Kid ignored her.... TQ had bought the large size dog biscuits by mistake, but broke all the top layers of them in the newly opened box into halves.....The Kid, due to her ...ahem...naturally generous nature....*grin* would dig down into the bottom half of the biscuit box and give each of us a full-sized treat.....Roscoe warned me ahead of time to accept all treats, even if I was full, because to refuse would send The Kid into a tizzy, plying us with constant treats until we accepted one and she was soothed....sheesh! I admit I may return home a little heavier than when I left...hehehehe

there was sort of an odd occurrence here tonight....about 9pm Mr. Twinkie told us the raccoon was back under the willow tree where the bird feeders hang during the day....Everybody looked out windows except TQ who grabbed a camera and tippytoed out onto the lanai to take pics.....The raccoon had to know TQ was there because of the camera flash, but ignored her until the rest of the family came outside....it took off into the woods, but later returned...TQ went back outside to take more pics (she only got 2 reasonable ones out of 36)......while this was going on Annie went outside even tho all dogs were expressly told to stay inside the house.....Annie insisted that she could smell not only the raccoon itself, but its evil nature and snuck out through the dog door....of course, you know annie sneaking is like a heard of elephants tiptoeing.....when you go out of the front door (human or canine) the willow tree is on the left....annie turned right, when down the stairs and barked....the raccoon was alert during all this but not overly concerned.....odd.......
roscoe went out, but TQ pushed him back into the house...again, the raccoon knew that a dog was nearby, but did not seem to care....odd
that raccoon was out there for over an hour....TQ thought he was eating sunflower seeds that the birds had knocked to the ground from the feeders, but at other times, she said he looked more like was was...um...pooping....odd........
after about 30 mins. or more TQ went out to see if the raccoon was there and sure enough he was, so she took a couple more pics.....all of a sudden the raccoon jumped up on the tree trunk and just kinda hung there for about 3 mins....then it ran around to the back side of the tree (still half way up the trunk), it started snarling and growling and thrashing, ran further into the tree, out along a branch, jumped to the ground and cursing in raccoon once it hit the edge of the woods......odd
once it started the whole snarling bit, I was pleased to observe our wawas running after it, toxin guns at the ready....a separate group of alert wawas, similarly armed shot up into the entire tree just in case there really was some formidable raccoon enemy up there.....nothing in the tree poofed and I am waiting to hear the report of our wawas who were trailing after the raccoon...Annie, of course, if full of "I told you so"s, saying she keeps warning the guards that it is necessary to toxinize ALL wild animals, suspicious or not, just in case....fortunately it was late and she went to bed, but I fear we may have to listen to more of her tomorrow....perhaps we can find a way to direct more of the The Kid's attention her way to keep both of them busy *teeheehee*

Prince who is having a marvelous time *burp*
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From: Prince

We have had an encounter of a raccoon, possibly exhibiting unusual behavior of an unracoon-ish sort.....troop leaders armed with toxin guns are hot on its trail...possibly it could be diseased, or even worse, it could be a disguised chupe....

Our 4 missing guards, as you know, were found and liberated from their captor/s....there was only 1 chupe guard on duty....this in itself is very odd...the wawas said they only saw 1 other guard, 1 time, altho they think they heard other voices...due to being drugged they are not totally sure of this.....but there was none of the smell you would expect from a normal chupe encampment.....were these 2 chupes lost or rogue and took advantage of a situation when they came across our wawas? the place where we found them was out in the open and we are a bit concerned that it was a decoy of some sort, although so far, there has been no retaliation or trouble of any chupe kind....both annie and the guards said they heard what sounded like several howler monkeys when the soldiers first took off in search of them....several of our wawas investigated the area after we brought the guards back to camp and found no sign of monkeys, chupes or anything else that shouldn't normally be out in nature....nor has the howling been heard again....we are concerned that something bad is brewing, but at this time are clueless as to what it might be....in spite of spending much of our day dealing with The Kid, Roscoe and I are taking short, alternating shifts, to work with the troops here in case there is a battle or other trouble.....pls. continue to send your reports even if you do not hear from us....having to spend a large amount of time with The Kid lessens our computer time, but we need to keep one another alert to everything that is happening

Prince

p.s. I overheard Annie talking to the The Kid about redecorating the Brig Commander's cellblocks.....that should be interesting.....*snort*


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Well, perhaps the kid's canine relationship is better than Annie has suggested. I do have to keep in mind that those reports were from Annie, and of course you and I both know what we mean when we say "Annie is Annie." heheh. I began to understand this when I saw a picture that Roscoe posted on Canine facebook where she was resting her head on his body. He was having a chat with the kid. He called it pillow talk since he was the pillow. I had to give that one an LOL on Canine facebook.

My report to the commander is complete. I discussed the plan which is now in place. As you well know, we are now more prepared for any chupacabra uprising in any part of the country. In the event of an uprising in any given state, 25% of the Chihuahua forces of each adjoining state will immediately mobilize to help defend from the uprising, keeping in mind that the best defense is a really super offense. And of course in case of an all out war in any given area of the country where the chupe nation has joined its forces in total, 25% of Chihuahua forces in every state will join the Chihuahua defenses in that part of the country where all our war has broken out. Of course, the 75% of remaining forces in those non-threatened states will be on high alert, since we all know how these uprisings and wars can spread. There is no mercy shown by the chupe forces and none will be given by our forces. We shall hope that an all out uprising of the chupacabra nation never occurs, but now we are prepared for the event should it occur.

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Dear Prince,

I would love to have seen the bear and her cups enjoying the rewards so wisely promised by you and Roscoe. That must have been a delight to watch. And it is good to see the bear population represented by a cheerful and sweet bear (who is also an expert negotiator--LOL).

I like how you kept the four victims of the chupe capture in the same room. Was that Annie's idea or BC's, or did it come from someone else? Just curious. By the way, it amazed both BC and me that Annie actually entered into a serious consultation with Dr. BC. It would be nice to think that this was the beginning of the thawing of the ice between the two. Hmmm, somehow I think that may be a tad doubtful. :)

It's been pretty quiet around here which has given me time to rest and take photos in the yard. I thought about visiting Kathy Cow and maybe shooting pictures while I was there, but the flies have been thick this year and you know how they seem to gather around Kathy and her family. I've decided to wait on that until a winter month when the flies are few, though of course that can change in a wink of an eye if circumstances warrant it; still, it would only be for an emergency that I would travel over there.

Oh, by the way (and share this with Roscoe), Nitti and Cpt. Thornfoot have become best of friends. They frequently are seen at the lemon aide stand sipping aides and sharing stories about their Virginia experiences. One name keeps coming up, but I won't mention that just in case that particular canine should happen to read this. I'm not implying that anyone up there might be a tad bit nosey or anything. (snicker)

I hope that you are enjoying the kid while keeping your treat consumption to a minimum.

Dad, who would like for you to give my warm greetings to TQ, Roscoe and Annie.


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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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Thornfoot, you big chicken!! *grin* of course, I understand the need and importance of you reporting as soon as possible back at FL Headquarters, but I can't help but wonder if you aren't just a teesy bit frightened by stories of The Kid....just remember, you can't believe everything annie says.......or at least I hope not.....This will be the first meeting of mine with The Kid...Roscoe says she is quite delightful and she talks to him on all sorts of topics, none of this "I am human, you are a mere dog" attitude....plus, she feeds you all sorts of treats....last time she was here, she apparently didn't want to "bother" TQ about when to give the dogs treats since TQ was trying to keep a tighter rein on the flow out of the biscuit box....TQ saw her walking down the back ramp (which leads to the office where the box is kept)....when questioned, the delightful child told her grandmother that she did not want to bother her (by asking if she could give annie and roscoe yet another treat)...I admit I asked TQ to buy Beggin Strips which I had seen advertised on tv and which look mighty tasty....there is a bag of them now waiting in the biscuit box....don't tell my dad, but TQ bought us from DQ sausage biscuits, their fried potato patties and some eggs with gravy for breakfast this morning....yes, it could have been made here at home, but it would not have been real eggs or real sausage and there would have been at least 50% less grease and fat....it was delicioussssss!--don't tell my dad! now, Captain, go report to the Commander.!!

Prince who is feeling it is time for a nap before The Kid arrives

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DEAR dad

congratulations on your dancing...I wish I had been there to see it! annie recommends an ice pack and perhaps an extra dose of cherry grass, both elixir and as a knee rub ointment .. TQ said her knee has been known to swell a little and/or hurt a little when she has pushed it too far, but sometimes you've just got to give it a try (or so she says)....

the bear got his full complement of corn and ice cream.....the cubs especially enjoyed the ice cream, so I went back and got some more and snuck them a little extra....mama had to have her full share, too lol.....and don't worry about MY diet....both TQ and I will keep an eye on my waistline....the walk to and from the chupe camp probably burned enough calories to keep annie skinny for a week....perhaps we should have taken her with us....(just kidding)...temperatures have been in the 90s here which made the hiking rougher.....let me tell you, dad, there was something weird about that chupe encampment.....there was no sign of any other chupes except the one guard...our soldiers said they only saw one other chupe when they were there, although sometimes they thought they heard other voices and growls coming from several yards a way.........or they may had been delusional....they are not sure....it was located in the complete opposite direction from where the big chupe camp had been that we destroyed several weeks ago....its just very, very odd......the soldiers gave a very brief description of what happened to them, but it is obviously not complete....they were checked over by annie and pronounced physically fit in that they had no visible injuries....she gave them a dose of cherry grass "just in case"....there was some debate about having them spend a day or two in the infirmary for "observation", but all 4 of the wawas whined to be allowed to return to their regular bunks....some adjustments were made so that all of them could sleep in the regular barracks, but one of their roommates was moved out so the 4th soldier could move in.....we wanted them all in the same barracks in case one or more has a problem, mental or physical....there are 2 other wawas who also bunk in that same tent and they will keep an eye on their bedmates.....the "victims" are also required to drink a half cup of water every hour until bedtime since they are quite dehydrated, plus annie wants to get any remaining drugs out of their bodies.....I did overhear annie calling BC and the 2of m discussing this issue of how much water the wawas should consume......you would have been impressed...for once, (and probably this is the ONLY time) annie was polite---not overly friendly, but polite--to BC and listened to BC and actually discussed the water "prescription"....after the phone conversation ended I did see annie snort and then kick up the dirt with her hind feet......hehehehe...poor BC..she will probably never win in Annie's book

Prince who must go run a few laps around the pasture to keep his manly figure







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Dear Prince,

I am so glad that you found the missing Chihuahua soldiers. I know that you will need to be careful what you say, but be sure to let TQ know how tremendously helpful that fine bear and her cubs were. She needs to have a bit of an attitude adjustment when it comes to bears. (grin) And do make sure that bear is well rewarded, keeping in mind that news travels among bears and a chinchy reward could alter the outcome of that news.

Did Roscoe let you know that I did my first post-surgical cha cha Friday night? I've got to tell you though, I spent all day Saturday recuperating from Friday night. It was well worth it though. Friday night was a blast! My knee and leg did get a bit swollen and sore though, thus the recuperative time on Saturday.

I hope the Chihuahua solders are awake enough for debriefing. I know it needs to be done immediately, but a follow up after they are refreshed may be beneficial also. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the rescue when you have the time.

I know with the kid there that your time is going to be mostly taken up. Please Prince, don't over eat. You have slimmed beautifully and it would be a shame to have to start over with that. Hmmm, DQ from TQ. Sometimes I have to wonder about her. And then treats from the kid. Yikes!

Dad, who has suddenly gotten hungry and is going to enjoy another Bowser meal.

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Virginia: Att. Prince
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

I am sorry Prince, but I will be returning directly to Florida. The kids reputation precedes her and I feel, after my travels all over this great country of ours, that I am truly not up to dealing with the kid. I am returning to Florida HQ for a much needed rest. I do hope that you will understand.


Tom

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dear dad

we have promised TQ that we will be home by lunchtime today...Ros tried to negotiate an "after lunch" into the agreement, but TQ said that gave us too much leeway, so lunch it is (even though we don't know when The Kid will arrive)....however, she did promise a Dairy Queen lunch, which, while nowhere near as good as Bowser's, is still full of fat and grease and deliciousness.....I hope we can make it....Ros and I and the Sp. Ops boys have spent the night in the woods....at first the trail of the missing wawas was easy to scent, but there was a lot of rain last night and eventually we lost it completely...we had to promise a bucket of cracked corn to a local bear who promised to lead us to our missing compatriots...I do hope TQ and HEN-rietta will deliver becuz this guy...er....gal.... led us Right To the missing soldiers....I mean we stopped within 10" of them! the bear, with the promise of some ice cream to go with her corn, made a lot of noise thrashing around in the brush.. i should mention this was a mama bear with 2 cubs in tow.....There was one chupe guard watching our guys who tried to get aggressive with the bear, but when the bear showed her very sizeable teeth, the guard ran off.....we threw our 4 guys onto the bear's back and beat a hasty retreat....they seem to be okay, but very weak....they said they refused to eat (not that they were offered much), but feared the food might be drugged or poisoned...they did notice that on the few times they drank a sip of water, they felt extremely drowsy afterwards....they tried to catch rain water in their mouths whenever possible.....Mama bear considered this a training lesson for the cubs and they seemed very attentive to her commands and lectures.....I will tell you more after we get back to camp and have debriefed the soldiers....and after we have enjoyed our DQ lunch *burp* hahahaha

Prince who is feeling ready for lunch
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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida

As you know, Roscoe and I are at base camp in Ferrum, VA....There has been a problem with bears, chupes and soon, a small non-eatable child (hahahaha)...pls, inform Cpt. Thornfoot that we can be reached here directly if needed. If he decides to visit we may be able to possibly smuggle him in through a back path in the woods...remind him, however, that Annie is here and she is not only nosy, she often looks for escape routes and hiding places when The Kid is here....and The Kid likes to explore, too, so anonymity cannot be 100% guaranteed.

Prince who is leading a bear, 2 cubs, several wawas and Roscoe back to camp

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Dear Roscoe,

I feel certain that the hamburger that Annie placed upon the roof was that which her mom gave her. Sometimes it is wise to ask additional questions, like “Annie, where is the REST of the hamburger.” Well, you get the point just as Annie got a rounded tummy. :)

You and Prince need to be especially careful considering all the sounds that have been reported and the fact that the special ops scouts that went before have not yet returned. This does not sound at all good. Make certain that the two of you have each others backs.

Let Prince know that I went dancing last night. He will know that, but let him know that I danced my first cha cha since surgery. It gets better every day! That being said, I am trying to recuperate today. Seems I’m a tad sore (hmmm…pretty much everywhere).

Tom, who just enjoyed a fantastic Bowser lunch (or perhaps I shouldn’t mention that). Heheh.


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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

Spoke with the head honcho whose name shall not be printed even here. He acknowledges the plan and efforts to put it into effect and has given the go ahead via presidential proclamation. It shall be reclassified super top secret.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/16/2016 (14:06)
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

just a note to let you know Prince and I arrived safely.....mom isn't feeling well, so she put annie in charge of getting eagle payment up on the roof......the payment appeared to be a bit skimpy, altho annie swears it was what mom gave her....I made her go into the freezer, thaw some hamburger in the microwave and bring it outside whereupon a wawa catapulted it up onto the roof to the eagle who was giving annie (and her exceedingly round tummy) a very frosty glare........

the wawa troop that set out on wed. after the Howlers has not yet returned, so Prince and I and a couple of the Special Ops are going to do a quick reconnaissance to see if we can find any trace of them....I ever so casually asked annie to point out the direction she had heard the howlers.....we have not told her we are going out in the field...no point in having Her Highness offering to accompany us......we are sneaking out the back of the camp in about 2 mins.....Prince or I will contact you when we learn something...I have contacted the fl. commander to apprise him of the situation just in case we need reinforcements.....

Roscoe who is glad to be home

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My Dear Sister,

In your last message, as you talked about whipping the Howlers with your paw and both ears tied behind you, I couldn't help but visualize the lion in the Wizard of Oz. I won't go into any of the various attributes of that particular lion, but of course lions are referred to as the king of beasts, whatever that may mean. They don't wear crowns, you know.

Nitti is not with us and will not be travelling to Virginia. First off, he is sorely needed in his duties and loves his Florida job. Secondly, he says that he somehow gets cold feet whenever he thinks of Virginia. I truly don't understand that. Do you Annie?

Now then, there is something in your message that does truly puzzle me. You said "....I have to nap in the house if I want to get any poses done properly....." Annie, you have always told me that posing and naps have nothing to do with each other. Poses are just poses, very important in meditation and yoga. Still, you connect them to naps in this statement. Please Annie, explain this to me. I get so confused about the differences of poses and naps sometimes as it is, and then with this statement of yours...well, you understand.

I shall look forward to learning more about the howler and Chihuahua scout incident. I may message HQ...or no, I'll wait until I'm there and then consult with them. I'm sure that the hush hush about it all has to do with military secrecy. But of course I'll let you know what I can about it when I myself learn what has happened.

Snoopy is right in a sense, dogs don't pay rent. Yet, they most definitely earn their keep by guard duties and the exchange of warm and furry love with their humans. And let's face it, most of us (at least those with warm and furry humans) love our work, even if we do have to put up with the coolness of the house where our humans dwell.

Expect landing today around noon. Please have mom prepare eagle payment.

Roscoe, who with Prince, is enjoying the view from above.


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 Roscoe

Trumpeters, mumpeters...I could whip any number of them with a paw and both ears tied behind my back.....is, by chance, Nitti with you? our newly installed new internet provider is failing, often stopping all transmissions in the middle of a word, requiring a several seconds, or even mins. wait, until it starts up again....this is very frustrating....maybe it is due to constant stormy weather....do you think if Jack built a cover over the house it would help? it would be nice if Nitti could fix it.....

as you know we have loads of goldfinches that hang out here and I have hired several of them into my security agency to act as alarms....they are being paid in thistle seed...or will be as soon as I can get mom to pick some up at the store.....boy, are they gabby! all they do is yak...constantly...all day long....I have to nap in the house if I want to get any poses done properly.....

Nitti's friend, Swiffer Lulu, wants to consult with me on acting in one or more of my movies, so expect me to travel back to fl. with y'all after The Kid leaves.....I am sure that with your help when you and Prince are here, we will get that bear problem licked and I will be free to travel........(and since I am with you, on official alligator business, the Brig Commander will not be able to throw me into his brig, hehehehe).....besides, we will all need some rest time after The Kid leaves, and I love the idea of breathing deeply and calmly while lying back in that hammock in the mamey grove, practicing my poses.....

we have not heard the "howlers" today....a deployment of wawas went out yesterday morning, but have not returned....we did hear some noise late in the afternoon that could have been the sound of toxin guns shooting..........but what do I know?--after all, I am a mere civilian *snort*.....the wawas that remained at base camp seemed tense when we first heard the noise, but by cookie time last night, they all seemed much calmer and in a good mood, although I could not get any news out of any of them....I did tell one of them to make sure that all news is reported to you, no matter what......I do hope I was not overstepping my boundaries *titter*

Annie who needs to go make rounds to make sure her security forces are all in place....in this extremely hot weather, I forced myself to stay inside the chilly, air-conditioned house to make mom feel safer, even tho I am naturally a sun lover.......


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Dear Annie,

Our mission was successfully finished here and Prince and I are on our way home. The other member of our group has departed to complete still another task associated with the bringing together as we refer to the current portion of the total operation. I can't really share more about that.

From what you have said, I have no question at this point that those creatures are chupes. Keep in mind that the higher up the echelon they are the louder they get. It sounds to me like you have the chief Trumpeter there...the top chupe so to speak. Beware, he is a sly one who lies with every breath he takes. Should he come near the house, board it up and lay low. Call the Chihuahua military. We too shall soon arrive to lend assistance. Oh, and perhaps HENrietta had best lay low.

We have noticed that the Trumpeters are getting louder and more and more deceiving as time passes. We must watch the developments carefully, for all is not well.

Roscoe, who with Prince is enjoying the scenery from a well eagled gondola.

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

Phase one of mission successfully accomplished. Currently on my way to Washington. Will advise upon arrival.


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 Roscoe

mom swears she and my dad did not bring any howler monkeys back from Costa Rica when they were there a couple of years ago...I tend to believe her on this since there has been no sighting/hearing of them before today....a couple of years ago some monkeys escaped from the zoo in Roanoke, but I think they were all eventually caught, and none got this far....unless the zoo and news media are not telling us everything they know..........I suspect that you are correct,...chupes! this is what I thought when I first heard the howling, but did not want to alarm mom even though she was carrying a metal walking stick....we just hustled home and I've kept her indoors.....I just now saw HEN-rietta marching by, doing her assigned security rounds....I may have to give her a raise for doing such a good job....hey! you don't think that instead of chupes they were some of those vicious Trumpeters, do you? I was just thinking Howling=Trumpeting.....ah,well.....my dad is out of town and I shall remain vigilant throughout the night, no matter how sleep deprived I become

Annie who is naturally terrific when it comes to security

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Dear Annie,

Rest assured that if I can be there in time for the kid I will. I know full well the wrath of mom, but I must never the less repeat, this is a matter of grave importance and will be finished before I leave or my name isn't Roscoe. Prince and our unnamed companion are equally dedicated to the completion of this extremely important mission. It is one that will ensure the increased safety of all civilians everywhere, canine and human. This stop will end our part, but it must complete successfully. Please, dear sister, help mom to fully understand that.

Now about this howler monkey business. Annie, be careful, be very very careful. Howler monkeys live in the rain forests of South America. They are, for the most part, vegetarians (you can let your mom know about that) though they have been known to steal a chicken or two (keep that secret from Henrietta). Thing is, if you are hearing them in Virginia, you can be fairly certain that they are not true Howlers; rather, they are most likely chupacabra. That is why you must be careful.

Now don't worry about showing the way to the sound. Our special ops know that area like the palm of their collective hands. They know every path, every short cut, and every inch of land that can be traversed by any method, including crawling along the canopy of the trees. Now that is a special skill of theirs and may come in quite useful considering that is how the Howlers tend to travel most of the time (assuming that the chupe disguising itself as a Howler is likely to travel in the same manner). I have notified HQ already once I received your message and they have special ops scouts out and about on your property. Please let mom know of that as well.

Roscoe

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

When Roscoe, Prince and I work together, we tend to succeed. Such is the case with the southern California military Chihuahuas. However, there are still holdouts and they are in the streets protesting. Southern Cal military police are out rounding them up. When they return, they will be subjected to the military reeducation program. Prince and I are remaining here for a short while in order to observe and understand the reeducation program. We have heard some things about it and frankly, from what we have heard, it does not sound like a program that fits within the framework of our current national norms, though I suppose the Trumpeters would to see the norms change in that direction.


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Tom

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

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

I tried to tell mom that you were on a military mission and might not be home when The Kid is here.....she did not take it well....she has been planning all sorts of activities to keep The Kid busy and she expects you to participate.....does mom not understand the importance of your expeditions? I held her little face between my tiny paws and tried to explain it in words she would understand...mom's response was "if that boy wants to keep his tail and whiskers he had better be here".....but then she just laughed and said she knew you would not let her down....I advise you to show up, bro....no matter what

I took mom for her first walk up the mountain this morning....we went up the short side....mom did fine going up the mountain and didn't complain about her knee hurting until just before we got to the bottom.....all in all, it went well....UNTIL...right as we got back down to the bottom we heard the weirdest howling and hooing....it was not like coyotes....with my naturally sensitive hearing I could tell whatever was making at noise was fairly far away, but if we had to run, we were going to be in trouble....it sounded like howler monkeys, but normally they don't live here, not in the wild....we were near the front gates and those guards leaped on mom (literally) and dragged her the rest of the way onto our property and pushed us both towards the house., telling us to get moving.....I am a delicate little dog, but I can be speedy when necessary...although she claimed she was fine, I provided little words of encouragement all the way home.....we have been in the house the rest of the day just in case, although I fairly certain we are no longer in danger.....a group of the wawas, armed with toxin guns, headed back towards the front gates, but....I am not a part of the militia ...as has been pointed out often.....so I let them go on their own, although I could have led them right to the howlers and even showed them a short cut........but nobody asked me....sigh...

Annie, who is going to take a nap after her lengthy walk this morning

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Dear Annie,

Regarding the agents, they always test the wild animals as do all military personnel with anti-chupe toxin. But they do this in a non-intrusive manner. And while you were laughing your tail off, yes, the agents do use gators in the quest for information. Of course, the information is studied with great care by specially trained agents. It has been found that on 90% of the gator information, if one follows precisely the opposite of that which was said (or hissed really), they will find the truth. The hissings of slithering snakes are treated similarly. But intelligence gained from such encounters have, in the past, proven invaluable.

You need to understand why I am not going to send Bowser rations and you shall after I tell you this: I am currently on a military mission of great importance. My companions on this mission include Prince as well as others whose names I cannot reveal, even to you dear sister. Our travels have necessarily taken us to a state far to the west of Virginia and Florida. We hope to wrap up this mission before Thursday (Friday at the latest) and then travel together to Virginia to share the kid with you. You need to understand, however, that this military matter is of the utmost importance and if things go wrong it could preclude a timely arrival. Please cross your paws that all proceeds as planned.

Roscoe, who grows tired of military rations.

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

Have arrived southern California. Roscoe and Prince are here already. The distance and time difference has caused us to experience eagle lag. Even the eagles themselves seem especially groggy. Will rest this morning and then begin our negotiations this afternoon over dinner. Be informed that the three of us, working together, have developed a system that most commanders find hard to resist. Still, this is southern California and they do march to the beat of their own drummer Chihuahuas.


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 BIG Brother,

you know how you "expand" when exposed to a lot of Bowser's yummy meals?...I suggest, for your own health, to send the majority of your meals here which can then be frozen immediately (if not consumed by those ravenous eagle transporters)....after you return home, you can thaw a few of them out daily to supplement your mess tent meals (prepared by a chef who is well-meaning, but less capable than Bowser)...(I do hope that eagle does not eat them all!!!)

mom went out at dusk to photograph one of Boy George's wives who was feeding under the bird feeders...I did not bark, I did not growl...I just wanted to come outside for a bit of fresh air and companionship with my mom.......boy! was she harsh with me all because the doe ran off when I appeared....(I claim it was mom's fault, that the doe ran when it saw mom, not me, but mom refused to listen)...

In theory your idea of not interfering with normal wild animals sound like a fine policy, but (1) these days you can't always tell which are real critters and which are disguised chupes until you fire upon them once or twice with toxin and (2) I am not in the military (although I know you wish I would join up officially since I would naturally make a wonderful commander)...I have humans and house and, to some extent, property to guard.....as for you using wild animals as sort of spies in their natural world against chupes,etc.....all I can ask, dear brother, is....are you using alligators in this? do they attend your staff meetings with the other wawa soldiers? do they join you for lunch in the mess tent? HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA*R
OFLMTO* (rolling on the floor, laughing my tail off)

Annie who reminds her favorite big brother that he MUST return home this weekend before The Kid arrives.....

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Dear Annie,

First, I want to congratulate you on your performance and wonderful award. You must be very proud of yourself. And it certainly looks lovely on your collar. You wear it well.

That being said, I do hope that you will exercise extreme caution with those giant black...er, I mean grizzly bears. They can be extremely dangerous. I'd say they are almost as dangerous as a chupacabra, and we have all had experience with those beasts.

You do need to understand the military policy of paws off when it comes to natural everyday animals as opposed to chupacabra. There primary mission is defense against the chupacabra nation, an extremely dangerous enemy of all canines and humans (even if the majority of humans refuse to admit it). The paws off policy is in place because it couples with another policy which is to recruit as many naturally wild animals as possible as informants. To oppose the presence of these animals (bears included) would be to discourage their ability to observe and inform.

Granted, bears are not terribly reliable informants, but they can be bribed. We have some Chihuahua soldiers whose sole military duty is to gather intelligence from the wild inhabitants of our great land. These fine fearless Chihuahuas are known more often as agents and dress in plain fur rather than military fur. They have specialized training coupled with paws on experiences. I tell you this Annie in complete confidence. These agents are a part of a group of top secret operatives. You must never breath a word about them.

Now then, keep in mind that your job, as a home owner along with your parents, is naturally to defend your home. The formation of a Watch Guard group is admirable. I wish you the very best as you pursue these honorable endeavors.

Roscoe

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

We have worked with several outlying HQs and have met with excellent success. However, Prince is currently working with the southern California contingent and seems to have run into some resistance. Roscoe and I are proceeding to that location to bolster Prince's work. We find that the three of us together can overcome most resistance to this movement.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/11/2016 (08:36)
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 Everyone

look at these photos of me....the ceremony was particularly wonderful....in the first photo I have just received my medal and in the second I am thanking everyone and telling a joke


oh! did I not tell you what happened? not last night, but Saturday night I alerted the house to the dangers of a bear in the front yard, right next to the lanai...it began with some tremendous barking inside the house...mom came out and saw that I was extremely upset, and looked out on the lanai expecting to see a huge black snake...motion off to the left caught her eye and there, my oh my!, was a giant bear standing up, pulling down the pole that holds the birdfeeders during the day...mom said it was a black bear, and difficult to see becuz he blended in with the nighttime shadows (it was around midnight..or maybe only 10pm), but she ran and woke my dad...in the meantime, I kept letting that bear know it was time to move along....when both my parents came back, the bear was already hightailing it back into the woods and I ran out through the doggie door to let him know that I was on duty and he'd better not even think of coming back!!! dad ran out, alarmed that the bear might eat me since I am so tiny, but that bear was long gone...he and mom creeped around the lanai looking over the bannisters for the wretched beast, but he was gone.....mom patted me and told me I was a tremendous bear chaser and even my dad commented on my extraordinary sense of smell because I could smell him from inside the house....well, of course I could! the thing stunk! not as bad as the skunk, perhaps, but it gave off quite an unwashed bear odor....and since I am naturally blessed with such a keen sniffer, I knew it was a grizzly, which also explained why it was probably 10 ft. tall--or bigger

yesterday morning I tried to talk to the wawas, but they explained that if a real wild animal is only doing animal things they are forbidden to bother it....they did say that it had been shot with a toxin gun as it first entered the property, but once it proved to be a real bear, it was "paws-off" as far as they were concerned....this is unacceptable!............then last night around 11pm mom looked out the window and thought she saw a shadow moving, but there was no wind blowing, so she walked to the living room and peered out the front door....it was a young raccoon, checking to see if any seed was on the ground....she went back and got her camera and the binoculars...the binocs didn't help, so she carefully opened the door (which squeaks) and gradually stepped outside....while she was contemplating the best way to get to the bannister undetected, I decided that enough was enough....those nasty critters carry rabies, you know...I have had a vaccine shot for it, but mom has not.....mom heard me coming, and tried to block the doggie door with her foot.....she said the amazing thing was that at the same time she heard my dainty toenails on the wood floors, the raccoon apparently heard them, too, and took off.....I will tell you that mom hissed some rude things at me as she made me go back to the bedroom.....sometimes I am not properly appreciated, I tell you!!! around midnight mom said she saw a large doe under the willow tree, but it did not stay and after that mom went to bed,......again, I spoke to the wawas this morning, but they said "a rule is a rule" and "the animals are not actually hurting anything", so there is gonna be a new sheriff in town----ME! I am going to make up my own, non-military security team..if you know any good possible recruits, bring them with you

Annie, head of the New Watch Guard

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Dear Annie,

I loved the cartoon that you sent. The funny thing is that when dad takes me out for a driving lesson he sometimes does that just so that I can see how he feels when I do it. Golly, I don't know what he is talking about. I suspect he does enjoy that wonderful fresh country air blowing in his face though. But sometimes when he does it I want to do it too. I tried it the other day, but dad got all upset. He says you should never put your head out the window when you are driving. Sometimes I think humans have some really strange rules.

By the way, thanks for the dissertation on skunks. I have looked them up on the internet and I see what you mean. It's a good thing you told me about them. Actually I think they are cute, but I really wouldn't want to get in a fuss with one of them.

Prince, who is about to slip into the mess ha...er, kitchen. It's time to eat.

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To: Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Virginia
From: Prince, Military consultant

I cannot wait to see those videos of Annie. They are going to be extremely entertaining. :)

Just to let you know, Cpt. Thornfoot, Roscoe and I have had a successful consultation with the commander of the first destination and are on our way to the second destination. The Commander of the first was totally in favor of the plan.


Tom

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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have you ever encountered a skunk? we have one that lives down at the end of our road....sometimes he strolls through our front yard like he owns it, leaving a trail of odor behind him...peeeeeee-ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I have barked at him on several occasions to warn him to hurry up and get to wherever he is going, but Mr. Stinkypants takes his time.....this morning as mom and dad drove into town Mr. Stinkpants was upset about something and the entire end of the road was hideous in fresh skunk odor....I, of course, who have a naturally highly alert sense of smell noticed it as soon as I walked out the front door, although my parents were unaware....what upset his furry self? the coyotes were out last night (I had to go bark at them to warn them off, too.......mom is afraid they will see me and yell "buffet!" and hustles me back into the house, though I can't imagine what she is blathering about)....I don't know or care what upset him....I am not sure he is well as he has been seen more than once looking rather ungroomed (can you imagine going out in public that way?) he looks like a black cat with a white stripe down his back and a big fluffy tail which mom says looks very raggedy...he's quick to toss that tail into the air and if you are a wise canine, you will immediately turn and head another way......that raised tail means he is ready to spray you....its ghastly when that happens...it stinks, it burns your eyes, and mom, who will say very uncomplimentary things, will have to give you several baths with tomato sauce and also soap and water.........I am telling you all of this to you will be aware when you come not to mess with any skunks.....I am not sure the eagles would give you a ride home if you smell bad, and I know your mom would refuse to let you in the house....you would be banished to the mamey grove until the smell went away....perhaps the brig commander would let you stay in one of his cells...hehehehehehe,,,if only you could persuade the skunk population to be part of your chupe alert network

Annie who tried to have tea this morning with the Commander, but she wasn't in
p.s. this cartoon reminded me of you, Prince, driving with your dad....teeheehee


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To Roscoe and Prince

Your plan is working...annie has come snooping around my office several times since she saw me put a file with Cpt. Thornfoot's name on it in a file drawer and then I locked it and put the key under a paper weight....(I made sure she saw me).....unbeknownst to Miss Annie, I have had hidden cameras installed in my office....today when I was alerted that she was headed my way, I snuck out the back and left the front door unlocked.....annie knocked with a cheerful "you-hoo!" and I had one of the office staff holler that he thought I was out somewhere....annie was seen trying my office door and when it opened under her paw she turned and hollered "Oh, no....she is here, but we are busy...don't interrupt".....annie proceeded to search my desk for the file drawer key and then retrieved the Thornfoot file......alas there was nothing there except a single sheet of paper saying he had transferred back to his old platoon on N. Dakota.....our girl looked pretty disappointed until she spotted the picture of Thornfoot peeking out from under some other papers on my desk.....the one of a found dog in Salem (which Salem? hehehehe) and a scribbled note in my pawprint saying "kidnapped?"......she was reading the page when I decided to give her a bit of a scare, and began walking loudly down the hall towards the office...oh, you should have seen her jump! she was sitting nicely in a chair across from my desk when I opened the door and said she had just popped in to bring some tea and morning cookies........as expected, the pictures of Thornfoot were gone from my desk, but I pretended not to notice.....Annie left a few mins. later....you can view the video tapes when you get here.....everything is going as planned

Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Virginia

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Dear Annie,

I should tell you that humans have this strange attraction to deer. Some humans find themselves attracted to all sorts of animals, plants and the like. Maybe that's a good thing though, because they adopt us canines and take pretty good care of us (most of the time). Some humans not so much and are best left alone.

Let's face it. We canines are attracted to other animals too. I mean, who else ya gonna chase? heheh Of course, it is better not to chase some of those animals (like bears for example), and that is just a matter of judgment. Not all canines have good judgment. It's a good thing that you, Roscoe and I as well as our friends are endowed with good judgment. (Well, most of us...snicker.)

OK, I'm going to climb up on the couch and snuggle with dad for a while. He seems to need that these days. Tonight he dances (again). That's why it's important to get our snuggle time taken care of early.

Prince, who actually enjoys a good snuggle now and then.

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida
From: Cpt. Thornfoot

Prince and Roscoe have arrived and are with me. Mission to begin as soon as supplies are gathered and packed.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/8/2016 (08:39)
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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okay! okay! I admit I was considering a mild form of revenge on mom for stashing away her little rug/my new sleeping spot, but last night she developed a sore throat and this morning it was worse, so how could I indulge myself when she needed my nursing services so much? I have dosed her cherry grass and made her take a nap....she has been awake for about 20 mins. and I am thinking that perhaps she needs another nap....she does say she feels a little better, thanks to my nursing care.........I offered to make dinner, but she said it was already done........soup! vegetable soup! yuk! how can a dog get her necessary calories from that?! Boy George, the deer, is outside under the willow tree, grazing on corn and bird seed...I have pointed out that if its time for him to eat, its probably a good time for me to eat, too....mom has said i can eat a little early tonight if I want....I also told her is is world chocolate day, so to please drizzle my kibble with chocolate syrup...she just looked at me and went back to watching Boy George thru the window....what on earth could be so interesting? his wives and children are probably out in the field near the chicken house while he is over here guzzling like a hog...sheesh!

while The Kid is here, mom has planned some games...I don't know what they are, but be warned that they may include dogs....

Annie who is going to go hunt for her dish so mom can fill it......

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Dear Annie,

Dad means well. He says he can't take me to dog park because I pull too hard when we get there before we reach the entry gate and he is afraid of what I will do with his knee. I'll admit that sometimes I get a little excited...well, a lot excited...and do try to hurry dad by dragging him all the way to the gate, but Annie, he is soooooooooooo slow! It must be a terrible thing to be human and move at their pace. I am so glad that I turned out canine.

You sound like you have "getting even with your mom" on your mind. Please Annie, try to remember that your mom feeds you, provides toys for you, gives you a place to sleep (even if it's not the one you want), and in general takes good care of you. Can you imagine having to stay outside with the bears and chupacabra? You may want to rethink the mom thing.

Now then, your bear problem. Have you considered placing pots of honey way out away from the home, refilling them every day of course? And at the same time you could stay outside all night and constantly bay at the moon. This along with the honey just might keep them away. Meanwhile I'll collect some alligators to bring with me when I come. We will need to keep them away from the house though. The kid might try to pet them and they don't like that.

Prince, who is considering meditating on a Bowser cookie.

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To: The Commander, Chihuahua HQ, Florida

From: Cpt. Thornfoot

Arrived at my destination 20. Be advised that I will begin operations forthwith.


Tom

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

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

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

if your dad can go dancing he certainly can take you to the dog park....after all, mostly you run around with your friends while he does his things....you assist him by staying at his beck and call around the house....therefore since he can go do his fun stuff, he should assist you in doing your fun stuff....fair's fair, after all.....do you need me to have a talk with him? I could do that....I am a naturally good speaker and explainer.....

my mom has been cantankerous lately, too....after lulu died she removed the dog beds that were on the floor next to mom's side of the bed.....she bought a small rug to put in that space, but informed me that I am not allowed to sleep there....I obeyed that rule for months, but recently decided that I wanted to sleep on the rug....mom tried to pretend she was going to step on me several times, but after awhile I figured out it was all a con and refused to move....so mom took the rug and hid it under the bed!!! isn't that the rudest thing you have ever heard?!!! she does not know who she is messing with!!*grin*

we have had a lot of trouble from bears...they are not bothering the wawas or the house (I have been known to bark ferocious warnings to make sure they behave), but they are around, pooping...er...I mean leaving disguise materials, and destroying trees and birdfeeders.....I am informing you of their presence becuz I am not sure how much interaction you have had with bears or how much you know about them....perhaps this is a subject you can discuss with roscoe to pass time on the gondola ride...

Annie who suggests you bring some Bowser pancakes with you (for me) on the gondola trip


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Dear Annie,

I'm going to stick to the gondola. I've kinda learned my lesson about how borrowing goes. The consequences of such an action are not worth it, well...not for me anyway. I know you can be a successful borrower, but I just don't seem to have the same technique. Ah well, over all my dad is pretty generous and I really don't want to mess that up.

I am looking forward to treats by the kid but at the same time I'll miss Bowser's cooking. Mostly I am coming there just to be with you and Roscoe. The kid and associated treats are just a bonus. By the way, I've learned that walking in the rain isn't so bad. Do you think that might be our way of escaping the kid when she gets to be too much for us?

As much as I love my dad and mom and my home too of course, I am looking forward to the vacation. You see, I have to spend most of my time laying around the house because dad doesn't take me to dog park anymore. He says it's because he is afraid I will jerk too hard and that could cause a problem for his knee job, but personally I think he is just lazy. (Don't tell him I said that though.)

Prince, who needs to meander over to HQ and see if there are any top secret military messages for me from Cpt. Thornfoot...uh...I mean from anyone. Who knows. Did I say Thornfoot...ha ha, we know he isn't going to message us from the Dakotas. Ha, he was pretty upset with the Virginia outfit, wasn't he. Heheh. Ah well, that's his problem. (snicker)


Tom

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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your dad is dancing? really?! aalready?!! wowza! mom is still doing her physical therapy exercises, but she's not dancing....even walking too much bothers her....sheesh! what a slacker! I am going to have to really push her to get busy!.....it is raining a lot here lately, but she is human and should be able to carry an umbrella while I remain at home baking cookies for the troops....she did offer to make me a rain outfit and while I am sure I would look stunningly adorable in it, I declined....walking in the rain is for humans, not delicate pooches such as myself..................I also thought you could also borrow your dad's driver's license and credit card, and rent a car, but its probably less vexing just to hop on the gondola....y'all will have fun....if its not too wet outside, The Kid likes to play zombie tag, a game my mom invented, where the humans walk like zombies and have to touch the dog's tail.....weird! (but it makes The Kid giggle, and Roscoe seems to enjoy it....I prefer to use that time to practice poses).....Zombie tag will have you running all over and mom lets us eat almost anything we want when The Kid is here........no rations.....

Annie who is going to meditate on a bowl full of chocolate cake with ice cream.....maybe The Kid does have her points

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Dear Annie,

You obviously don't know my dad very well. He started back to dancing 3 weeks ago. The first week he danced two dances, a waltz and a rumba. The second week he danced four, 2 waltzes and 2 rumbas. Last Friday he danced seven dances, 2 waltzes, 2 rumbas, 2 swings and a simple line dance. This week he is seriously thinking about going to dance on Wednesday and Friday. You see, when the dance floor calls his name, he is there instantly. I know Annie, crazy. But that's my dad.

As for "borrowing" his keys, I did that once as you will remember. Since then he has kept them in a vault with an impossible system of combination locks. Only dad can get into it. I mean, mom can't even get in, though I suppose if she wanted to she would just ask him how to do it and he would tell her. But you see, she has no intention of doing that. She is also upset with me for driving without a licensed driver in the car, and supports my dad 100% in this. It's a bummer Annie, but there just isn't a thing I can do about it.

That being said, I am thinking about hopping into the gondola with Roscoe when he comes there. It would be fun to suck up some extra kid treats rather than remain on the rations that my dad gives me. And because I could run all over the area, I would maintain my boyish figure too.

Prince, who is currently contemplating a mini-vacation in Virginia.

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Dear Commander,
Our plan is working. Cpt. Thornfoot is away and Annie does not suspect a thing. Neither does anyone else as far as I can tell. Roscoe and I are very happy about how well the plan is working out. Let's just hope that the Captain will remain safe during this extremely dangerous mission.
Prince


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/5/2016 (08:32)
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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geez, tell your dad not to be an old poop! since he can't go dancing yet, he certainly has more than enough time for you and him to take a leisurely drive to VA to pick me up...in fact if you don't leave until next week, you can bring roscoe and everyone can stay and enjoy time with The Kid.....maybe your mom can get some vacation time off from work and come, too....think of it! she and I could perform a dance duet for the entire camp! that would be so much fun....the family would, of course, be invited and The Kid would be in so much awe that she would temporarily be quiet....and with so many humans here, she would be distracted from forcing such enormous amounts of cookies down our throats.....hehehe (you know how hard I have to work to keep my girlish figure)...you have several days to persuade him, Prince, so start now becuz you know how stubborn your dad can be..........you may need an extra couple of days to work on him...lol......if nothing will persuade your dad you could just "borrow" his keys....

we have had a bit of excitement here.....one of the soldiers, a Captain Thornfoot, the one who gave mom the metal broom...remember him? anyway, he got in a huff or something, packed his bags this morning, called for a taxi to the airport and left...just left...never said a word to me....and rumor is that he never said much to the Commander other than "I quit this place!"....can you imagine?! I went over to share a cup of tea with the Commander this morning, but she said she was too busy and could not tell me anything about Cpt. Thornfoot...in fact, she absolutely refused to say a word about him...I could see his file on the top of her desk, but she put it in that drawer she always keeps locked....what's that about? I bet there is lots of interesting stuff in there....hehehe...HEN-rietta did say that perhaps his leaving was her fault because he had told her that a hen belongs on her nest and to get out of the big field....in response she told him to go stuff it....she said his face turned all red and his whiskers stood straight out as he marched off muttering "Chickens on the parade ground.....simply unacceptable!" Poor HEN-rietta was feeling bad about it until several of the wawas reassured her that Cpt. Thornfoot was just not happy with anything here, so it was not her fault....I crumbled up 1/3 of a cookie and gave it to her...it seemed to make her feel better.....I am naturally companionable as well as naturally compassionate so I stayed with her and ate the remainder of the cookie.....

mom suggested that perhaps The Kid could help me in the kitchen making my nightly cookies for the troops......hah! I. do. not. think. so.!!!

Annie who is looking forward to your arrival



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Dear Cpt. Thornfoot,

As much as I hate to admit it, that would be my mom and sister. But I beg you to remember that they are well meaning. Also keep in mind that they are not a part of the military. Rather, they are supporters of the military, or at least see themselves in that light. It is probably good that they are not military. Can you imagine how terribly difficult it would to bring them to compliance? Ah well, they are who they are, and that would be well-meaning civilians with a lack of understanding of military matters.

And my sister, well, she is one ham who honestly believes she is a natural at pretty much everything when in fact she is a natural only at one thing...doing her best to pretend to be a natural at everything. She is pretty much a grapefruit. Yes, a grapefruit. I think that pretty much sums it up.

What do I mean by grapefruit, you ask. Well, she is sweet, sour and bitter all wrapped up in a single package. (heheh) But always well-meaning (in her own mind, at least).

I'm sorry to see you leave. I think once you get the hang of the Virginia military you could be a real asset here. The secret is to hang a little looser. Just let things that happen go and continue on with your efforts. That's the formula that leads to success. Always the key is letting it all pass while pursuing a course of action. Maintain discipline within the military that are under your control and ignore all that surrounds you otherwise. Try it Cpt. Thornfoot. It has worked for me for many a human year.

Roscoe, who needs to read the current reports by those who were on guard last night.

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Dear Annie,

Lulu seems quite excited about starring in your movie. I wish I could come and get you but I'm afraid my dad has put a dent in my driving for a while. All he ever says to me is "I don't have the time to go to Virginia with you and you can't drive unless I'm with you." What a spoil sport!

Prince, who is going to discuss a snack with Bowser


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/4/2016 (10:09)
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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Can anything be done about your mother? your sister? here's the story: last night the coyotes were howling...your sister, annie, could be heard barking back at them from the house as she traveled from room to room until she finally stuck her head out the door, sounding the alarm for all on duty to be on their toes.....did she think we could not hear them? as I was marching up the front steps of the house your mom came out....she was um...er... dressed in bed clothes, highly inappropriate for military duty....she was NOT carrying the broom I gave her....or any broom....or even the golf club! she at least had the sense to grab your sister by the collar and force her back into the house....then she gave a cheery greeting to the guard on duty on the front porch....sheesh! he is supposed to be blending in with the shadows so no chupes or other invaders realize he is there until its too late....but then here comes your mom, all cheery and loud and waving her fingers right at the soldier! I gave a loud ha-rump as I reached the top step and your mom waved her fingers at me as she blocked the doggie door with her knee so annie could not come back outside...I attempted to inform her that both her dress and behavior were inappropriate during possible invasion by chupes....she gave me that steely-eyed look that annie sometimes gives the young recruits that makes them piddle and then she cheerily asked if I would like a cookie....a cookie! the house soldier squeaked a response of "I would" and then came several more "I woulds" from soldiers (yes, SOLDIERS) that were hidden in the darkness nearby......your mom went into the house and returned with a large platter of cookies which she laid on the table and said "help yourself, boys!"......can you imagine?!! some of the soldiers began to emerge from the darkness to get their cookie until I growled and sent them scurrying back to their posts...your mother then shoved----yes, shoved a cookie in my mouth and told me to get over myself and picked up the platter, walked out into the darkness, (with no broom, I might add) and handed out cookies to all the shadows.....the nerve! she undermined me! ...............................and then there is your sister who is a complete menace to discipline! I have heard her mention that in a couple of weeks a child will be here...a child! this is a military base! we need order! we need discipline! it has reached my ears that there is a canine doctor named BC who runs the camp hospital in a very professional way, but is seldom here...supposedly she is at your camp....I want her sent here at once! at once, I say! I will remind you, sir, that I transferred her from the most decorated militia in all of S. Dakota,,,,we march! we plan strategies and attacks! we have mock battles! we do not wear uniforms that have been decorated by an escapee from an art institute with bad taste (your sister)...we do not have cookies every night....we eat military rations! we run everyday for miles! we are a full military operation!!

I transferred here to learn more about chupes and because I had heard this is one of the most excellent and professional militias in the south (and because it is warmer).....Please accept this as my resignation....I cannot live in such unregulated squalor....

Cpt. Arielexus Thornfoot, formerly of the Ferrum VA militia and soon to be back in the Anderson, SD militia where it may be cold, but at least we know discipline

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Dear Annie,

Actually there is absolutely nothing wrong with Tom's car. Anything you may have heard about it being in bad shape has been grossly misrepresented. But then, so has Prince's driving abilities. Prince would have you believe that he is a driver extraordinaire, when in fact he is an extraordinarily crazy driver. He doesn't even have a driver's license. Rather, he has a learners permit and must always have an experienced licensed driver with him when he is behind the wheel. When we went to dog park, no such experienced driver accompanied Prince, which is why his dad got really upset with him and grounded him for life. By the way, Tom's bark is worse than his bite; Prince is already off grounding with the exception of driving, but his dad has taken him for his lesson anyway. Wow! Such discipline.

All of this being said, I think it is quite obvious that you will need to find another way here. I recommend using Kathy Cows pasture for a location, or we could move to the beach for a few shots as long as we go there during a time when Nitti can go with us. I just don't want to be far from him. I'm sure that a worldly dog like yourself who has had so many experiences with canine men will understand that.

Lulu, the swifferest swiffer girl ever. :)

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Dear Annie,

Yes, we heard from Captain Thornfoot. He seemed to be in a jovial mood when he called (not messaged) to tell us of the events of last night. He said that investigations show your dad to be correct, that the noise was from Henrietta. He was laughing when he said it was "much ado about nothing." I actually think he was laughing at all of you, well, with the possible exception of your dad, but even he went out to investigate the sounds of a single Hen (rietta). By the time he finished, everyone here was in stitches. Yep, funniest thing we have heard for ages. The fact is, we are still laughing at you and...er, I mean the Captain's story today. It was a classic. I'll tell you, the way he told it was so very funny. I believe he is a natural at story telling. I think you maybe should hire him to write the movie script.

Roscoe, who is heading out with Prince to study the flowers growing everywhere and maybe even to take some pictures that I'm guessing Tom will try to take credit for since they are on his camera.


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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I was planning on filming in Fl, but now Prince says he cannot pick me up in his dad's car...you might want to check on the validity of this statement...maybe the car is not in as bad shape as he says.....of course I will give you a starring role...and having an actress of your great caliber will be such a plus!

Annie who will be doing most of the writing herself
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Dear Prince, Roscoe and Tom

have you heard this morning from Captain Thornfoot or anyone here? we nearly had a chupe disaster!!! mom was reading in bed, pop was sleeping next to her, and I was on my bed on the floor....the bedroom door was closed....all of a sudden mom and I heard the front door close....mom woke up dad and grabbed my grandpa's golf club which she keeps next to the bed......dad opened the door and staggered out....we heard him open the front door....he turned on the lanai lights...HEN-rietta was really upset, standing up and teetering on her perch (she sleeps on the lanai)....pop went out....then mom went out, brandishing her golf club....I ran out and yelled at mom to grab the daggone broom! she did as my pop sneaked up on the storage building.....he banged on it a few times.....nothing happened except he started both mom and a rabbit in the grass....I yelled at a wawa to go chase after that bunny, that it might be a chupe in disguise...I yelled at someone to spray it with toxin!.....then mom and dad went into the house with dad saying it was probably HEN-rietta banging on the window....mom disagreed....I remained outside, guiding search parties all around the house....my dad said that perhaps it would be better to let me stay out in the living room near the doggie door and front door for the rest of the night....finally! he understands the value of my constant nightly vigilance!

Annie who is going to give herself a reward

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Dear Annie,

I'm afraid that driving to Virginia is quite out of the question. First of all, dad's car had to be towed to the junk yard after some nut ran a green light and slammed right into me. That and the fact that my dad has grounded me...he says for life, but I know he'll get over it as soon as they can scrape up the money to buy a new car. I'm not certain why his insurance won't cover it...something about an uninsured driver. Oh well, except for the minor inconvenience of not having a car, dad seems to be doing well after his initial outburst of exaggerated anger. Some thought it was a temper tantrum, but I think it was just cooped up unrest after his surgery and concerns about upcoming surgery. You know how he can get.

OK, OK Annie, none of the above is true, but I thought you might like an idea for a script. One thing is sort of true. When dad found out I had driven he took my keys and locked them into his vault along with his and mom's keys. He has a vault that is different than mom's. It's at home so it's more convenient, but its smaller, much smaller according to dad. He only has two combination locks on the door but I have yet to crack even one. Such is life.

Prince, who is going to hound dad to go fix lunch since Bowser is on vacation today.

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Dear Annie,

I would be interested in a part in the play. I do have certain standards to meet as swiffer girl, but you should be able to accommodate those. First, you will have to shoot here in Florida since I can't stand to be away from my sweet Nitti for more than one hour at a time; second, although I acknowledge you as director and producer, you will need to allow me to have the star role in the movie. (I do have lots of swiffer experience you know.) Well, think it over an let me know what you think. Oh, if I star in it Nitti will be willing to write it or locate a writer if needed.

Lulu, who is getting all gussied up just in case you show up.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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To All Whom May Hope To Be In My Movies

I am thinking about doing a documentary about this extraordinary dog, Snoopy...He presents the canine point of view so well, sums everything up in a few perfect words that humans can understand...I have been informed by some of the jealous wanna-be actors that Snoopy is just a cartoon, a mere comic strip character, just make believe...pah! these are the voices of the ignorant! Snoopy may only be a public "stage name" but there is real knowledge and wisdom behind all that si Snoopy....when one is a natural actress one can see these things more readily than the envious hopefuls with no real natural acting soul....pitiful....really pitiful...I shall have to dig down to do some real research to unearth the real Snoopy...When my movie is ready for production I shall let you know, providing when and where auditions will be held

Annie aka The Producer
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Prince!

Beloved and favored nephew and brother and even uncle if that will make you happy....

you can drive!??!! when did this come about? I would ask you to come here immediately to chauffeur me to Fl, but alas, the Kid is coming so I am home-bound until she leaves....Why don't you bring Roscoe when he HAS TO come home in a couple of weeks...you can stay and work with our militia and then when you return to Fl after The Kid has left, Roscoe and I and perhaps a few wawas can ride back with you...it will be a party in a prius (or whatever type of car you have)...What fun!

Annie you doting auntie, sister, grandmother?? hahahahaha

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Dear Annie,

Let me make this perfectly clear. I do not want to be in your movies. And that is final. However, when you make your first movie, I'd love to watch it. Hmmm, Roscoe the critic. I could write about it and give it a rating with the help of my sidekick, Nitti. (holding paw over mouth trying not to laugh)

The Ros

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Dear Annie,

Yesterday I took Roscoe and Nitti to dog park. We had a great time. Tom couldn't go with us because he is still favoring his leg, you know, the one with the knee replacement. Well, we canines had a great time, though we did have folks asking us which human we were with. (We just pretended we didn't speak human.) Then as I was driving Tom's car home with my canine buds, we got pulled over by a cop. First he wanted to know where the costume party was. Now that's a silly question. There aren't any costume parties. Then he wanted to see my drivers license and dad's car registration. I told him I didn't know what he was talking about, but of course since I was pretending to not speak human, it just came out as a series of low growls and barks. The cop said that it really sounds realistic, but we needed to stop messing around and give him the ID and papers he had requested. Well, I didn't like his attitude at this point, so I just floored the gas pedal and we sped off. Looking in the rear view, I could see the cop just standing there writing something. Ha, did we give him the slip. (snicker)

Prince, driver extraordinaire


Tom

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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geez, louise! don't get your tail in a twist....the only bling I added was a pink dog collar...the kind with the spikes on it that Annie found for me at canine GoodWill....(1) I am quite aware at how heavy the broom Cpt. Thornfoot gave me is to begin with (2) I could not risk covering up essential toxin with bling, so I have added no other decorations except for my pink spikes...actually, becuz the new broom is so heavy I have asked the Captain to trade it in for my usual household broom.....once again, he is highly displeased....annie has taken the house broom over to whomever she needs to see to get it sprayed with anti-chupe toxin....she and I talked it over and came up with a plan...the musical broom from the Captain will remain by the entrance to the kitchen during the day and next to my side of the bed at night....but during the day I will generally carry the house broom around so it will be easily available if needed....in fact, Pvt. Pawfeathers (I assume it is a nickname, not sure of his real name) is putting a carrying strap on it so I can wear it over my shoulder, sorta like a machine gun....and it won't be in the way and I will be less like to wear off all the toxin from constant handling.....his price for this service is 5 large oatmeal raisin cookies....I think I can manage this.....you should have Prince see if his dad wants a broom like mine...

Mom who is feeling a tad cookie-ish at the moment
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don't worry about having to play different roles or being the star...I will be the star because I am a natural at such things...you can be you, in your military uniform which I will help get ready for you....you know, just checking it over to make sure there are no ripped seams or dirt smudges or perhaps adding a few extra medals and rhinestones...we shall see....

Annie who is thinking about casting bowser as the crazy, but loveable camp cook

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Dear Annie,

While I very much appreciate your offer to star me in a movie (you did have star in mind, didn't you), I shall have to decline. I am who I am and I love who I am. And I am way to honest to take on another persona. I often wonder about actors and actresses. Are they so out of touch with who they are that they must act the parts of others just to have a self? Ah, we could discuss this for years, but let's get back to the point. Again, thanks but no thanks. However, I do wish you the best of luck and success with your new endeavor.

Prince, who because he is who he is is going to seek out my dad and see if I can talk him into a treat.

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Dear Mom,

What is it about you woman and your blasted bling anyway? I mean, you complained about how heavy the broom is and now you want to bling it. That stuff is heavy. You may even double the weight of the broom if you put enough bling on it. Good gravy train mom.

By the way, when I brought this up I envisioned you with your own broom, not some heavy metal broom, even if it's not musical. heheh Heavy metal...get it mom? (grin)

Nitti and I enjoyed our time with Kathy Cow. And I had a wonderful time experimenting with camouflage. It wasn't so much fun when I got back to Tom's though. He ran me through that Jack's dog washing machine. Grrrrrrrr! I just do not like that machine at all.

Roscoe, who is looking for Bowser who isn't here yet. (Now where is that canine?)


Tom

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

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

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

you would have liked Bear....He was very smart, a natural at languages...He spoke Cow, including variations (the Gonzales cows speak sort of a Spanglish which can be quite difficult to understand) quite well and mastered quite a bit of Chicken when he was here with lulu. He also learned Rabbit and persuaded his wife, our Lulu, not to chase them anymore.....I do admit that since I do not speak Rabbit I continue to chase them.....or would if any dared to set paw on our property.....He was also just a nice, nice guy.....

since we feel the same way about movies I will save you a starring role when I make one....what sort of movie would you prefer to be in?? action?? comedy??

Annie aka The Producer

Dear Roscoe

Captain Thornfoot showed up a little while ago with a new broom "just for battle" he said...i offered him a cookie, but he saluted and turned on his little heel and left......kinda wound a bit tight, isn't he? lol....the broom seems to be made out of metal, some kind of steel perhaps? both broom straw and broom stick.....Thornfoot said he will bring me a couple more of them tomorrow so I can have one next to each door.....they are kinda heavy, you know.....and I am so delicate...I told him I would carry the one from room to room with me so I only really need one....apparently this is an experimental broom as it has been dipped in anti-chupe toxin....the idea is that if I am close enough to whack a chupe, perhaps just touching the toxin will be enough to poof him....the Captain is still not pleased about my being so close to a chupe....."this is dangerous work, best left to the military" he muttered....oh well, hopefully no chupes will charge the house and we will never have to use the broom......

Mom who may ask annie to "bling" the broom to make it more attractive

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Dear Mom,

A Captain Thornfoot called me via military communications last night. He wanted to discuss your interest in serving with the Chihuahua military effort against the chupacabra nation. He seems to have had several concerns. I suggested that we brainstorm ways in which you can use the talents that you have in serving in the war effort.

Together we decided that defense is your forte. Specifically, you can station at home. If and when those dastardly beasts break through the lines and charge the house, you can, armed with a broomstick, swat the living dickens out of them. They will think twice before ever again charging our home.

Roscoe, who is leaving on a mission with Nitti now.

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Dear Annie,

Roscoe and Nitti just left the house together. It seems that Nitti has decided to pay a visit to Kathy Cow. Since Lulu wanted to learn some of Bowser's cooking secrets, she stayed behind. (She said she may swiffer the house while she is here.) Nitti was uncertain of how to make the canal crossing on the north pass and then make his way to Kathy's barn. Roscoe decided to go with him as guide. He also said something about working on camouflage methodology research while he was in the cow pasture, whatever that may mean.

You mentioned that you are not into movies all that much. Well neither am I, though I do watch some of the ads, especially those with canine stars in them. But apparently my older brother who I never met, Bear, watched some movies. Dad showed me a series of pictures of Bear watching "Cat Woman." He seemed quite interested in the movie. I wish I had met him. Dad speaks so fondly of him, and I know he still misses him. Maybe I can talk dad into placing the "Bear watching a movie" pictures on facebook so that you can see them too.

Prince, who is waiting patiently (sort of) for Bowser to finish lunch. He is spending way too much time discussing recipes with Lulu.


Tom

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

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

movies?? no I have not seen anything worthy of my attentions...mom and dad have attempted to watch a few, although they admit that there has been nothing really good on....you have given me an idea...several actually....MOVIES! perhaps I shall become a movie producer....the more I think about it, the more excited I am about it....the only slight problem is that I do not have a movie camera....tom has several video cameras, bunches and bunches, so could you bring a couple of them when you come home before The Kid arrives (oo! new movie idea featuring The Kid!!) ?? I think the market needs a few new canine hero/heroine movies...comedies, action, drama, etc....I wonder if I can get the Brig Commander to be in one....he can be Igor, the hunchbacked, mentally deficient dungeon master...hehehehehehe

Annie who needs to go and meditate on this new field of endeavor
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Dear Roscoe

any chupe who disturbs my sleep (which includes disturbing Annie's sleep which makes her bark which disturbs my sleep) will henceforth be toast if I can get ahold of them.....I asked annie to inform the troops that from time to time I may participate in chupe-wacking....there is a Captain Thornfoot sitting here next to me....he has read your message outlining my duties and will be sending you a list of questions...I gather he does not totally approve of human interaction....I believe I heard him mutter to one of the house guards that "how can she sneak up on the enemy? she moves through the woods like an elephant on a rampage...no stealth at all".......sigh.....he is probably right....I do have a known tendency to trip over things...oh well, perhaps with a bit of guidance from you, it will work out....

Mom who is keeping a firm eye on those fat squirrels at the feeder
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dear roscoe...........again

you missed an "interesting" luncheon with #!Son, his lovely wife who pets me a lot, and....Jelly Bean................now you know how much mom and dad like LovelyWife.....and you know that mom is not thrilled when Jelly Bean comes over because she climbs all over the furniture and buries treats (MY treats!!) in the cushions.........and I think mom is afraid you or I might give her a bit of a nip....hehehehe...(the wawas try to stay out of sight).........wellllll, being a naturally wonderful hostess, I helped mom cover the sofa with an attractive sheet before they all arrived....then, after everyone greeted everyone else, and mom was keeping a firm eye on The Little Beast as she was leaping all over the furniture and running through the house , I decided it might be best for all concerned to take her outside....do you know that dog does not understand how to use a doggie door? I had to show her several times.......and later...several more times! of course I was naturally gracious about it, but finally LovelyWife had to just hold open the front door.....once we were outside I pointed out the squirrels and wild birds and JB was off! it was like she was racing for NASCAR! I admit that dog is fast.....although she never caught anything (or mom woulda probably yanked her tail).....by the time we all came in for lunch we were both exhausted...I lay on top of the floor vent (as is my right) and JB lay under the table....all of a sudden, JB jumped into her mom's lap and started sniffing things on her plate...LovelyWife just laughed and started talking to JB in baby talk as she had been all afternoon....I know dad was cringing, worried mom was gonna say something and I could tell mom had her lips clamped so tight just so she wouldn't.....I had to cover my mouth with my paws to keep from laughing....I guess mom's face betrayed her cuz shortly afterwards LovelyWife put JB back on the floor....perhaps I should have spoken to Jelly Bean about appropriate good manners, but decided it was a lost cause, and went back to meditating.....after JellyBean and her family went home mom said she had always liked LovelyWife but after the constant baby talk and the dog at the table she had lost points in mom's view........later I got almost 1/2 of a spice cupcake and later a tiny bit of chocolate...bliss! pure bliss

Annie who perhaps should open a canine etiquette school

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Dear Annie,

The last of the seriously injured Chihuahuas have been released from the lanai and the hospitalized Chihuahuas are all released. The only difference is that the serious two from the lanai are released to recuperate at home while those in the hospital were released to resume their respective military duties.

Last night was hot and humid, but there was a breeze and BC, Nitti, Lulu, Roscoe and I sat on the lanai discussing the many events of recent times involving chupes. It was clear that the chupes had suffered their second serious loss and should not have an appetite for war for some time. With that happy thought, the four of us just broke out into song, and a fine quintet it was. Dad came out on the lanai to see if all was well and when he noticed us all singing, he joined in, turning our fine quintet into a wonderful sextet.

With such perfect harmony, you can imagine how surprised we were when the police showed up to discuss the complaints of several neighbors. Of course we agreed to stop singing for the night and we all went inside. We discussed the complaints and came to the conclusion that it could not have possibly been the quality of our singing, but rather, the duration. You see, it had grown quite late and we are certain that this is what prompted the complaints. I still don't understand why they didn't just come over and ask us to end our singing for the night so that they could get some sleep.

During our discussions we decided that it was high time that we visit Kathy Cow. This morning the canine participants of the sextent went over to see her hoping to beat the heat that was sure to follow the early hours. Kathy was in the barn with the door closed. We opened the door and proceeded to go inside the barn.

"Close the door now," bellowed one of the girls within. "It's way too hot to leave it open."

We of course complied. We saw Kathy near the corner so we drifted over there and spoke with her. She was quite happy to see us. We introduced her to Nitti and Lulu. Oh my, that was all that it took. She started a long discussion of her friend Lulu from the past, telling the current Lulu what a wonderful canine she was and how close they had become. When we left she invited our current Lulu to return and visit any time. (We were not rejected by any means, but we did not receive that special invite, only Lulu.) I don't know if Lulu will be going over there again, but she seemed quite flattered by the invite. She did say that she would not be going without Nitti with her. Latter Nitti admitted to me that he thinks he might feel a bit out of place in that barn full of girls. Well, we shall see how it all goes.

Have a wonderful day Annie,
Prince, who here's the call of the Bowser. :)


Tom

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

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


you are right.....i am a lovely hostess!

Annie who enjoys cupcakes

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Dear Annie,

I try to be honest and give you the straight poop but you obviously don't want to hear it. Therefore, I repeat...HOGWASH!
Prince, who is not the one in need of an attitude adjustment.

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Dear Mom,

Of course you don't have to wear a costume other than an ID strap on your arm showing that you are with the canine troops of America. And I have checked and yes, you can be paid in cookies...any kind that you wish. Bowser promised to help with that.

Your duties would simply be to swat the heck out of those nasty chupes during any chupe uprising in Virginia. You would go out with the Chihuahua soldiers and return with them. Though unlikely you will be bit or scratched, if that should happen you will be treated by a human doctor who subscribes to the cherry grass regimen and will work with BC. Annie will NOT be your nurse unless you request her services. BC will be the canine consultant for any human doctor who treats you. She is well equipped to address both cherry grass therapy and chupacabra wounds.

Annie has been found to have some...uh, alternate approaches which thus far have not been approved of by the canine medical research council and some of which are highly questionable. We recommend that you do not hire her as nurse, though it may be best if you didn't mention this letter to her at all.

Roscoe, who needs to see Bowser about a Biscuit.

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Dear Annie,

I shall take you at your word and ask you anything about anything. Have you seen any good movies lately.

Roscoe


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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