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dear tom

#1Son and his wife, were here this afternoon...#1Son is a chef and owner of a high end restaurant far away......he and I did consult on what food to prepare for my dad and Jack while mom is away...he gave me a couple of good points to make my duties a bit easier while still providing a good healthy meal.....in turn, I offered to take any extra restaurant food off his hands...he has a dog, but she can not eat as well as I can, so I would naturally be a good taste tester for new recipes and also good at disposal of extra foods to those less fortunate (like myself).......jack did not get to meet #1Son becuz he was in his lab and had a big "Do Not Disturb" sign on his door

what is it with Commanders?! I have 3 wawas working here and will need double that when mom leaves....there is a lot to do with running a household....I think I am going to pay the Big C a visit after reading your message about what he said....we will need to straighten out a few things (meaning him!)....if he expects me to run this house AND continue to bake cookies for the wawas' nightly snack he had better fork up a few extra guys to help......it will only be for a few days...sheesh! after all, he wants to keep Jack happy with no distractions......jack did talk to me a teeny bit when we were bringing his things into the house (the wawas were doing the actually heavy lifting while I was directing them and making sure they were Very Careful with Jack's equipment.)... that clever pup said he made a hologram of himself working in his lab to keep his dad from realizing that he had left home.....I could admire that type of sneakiness....er, creativity...

Annie who is wondering if she sent her dad to the store with a shopping list if he would by ribs

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Dear Annie,

I now understand a message I received from your commander. He was ranting and raving about no end to your unreasonable demands, etc. And it ended with it will be a cold day in a hot place before you are assigned more helpers. In fact, he was threatening to remove those you already have. I really don't know why he had his pants in such a wad. Your request seemed quite reasonable to me, especially since you will need to take care of Jack while he is there. Well, you know, Jack has his head in the clouds most of the time and will not even think to eat, drink or sleep. His problem solving is all that he focuses on. It is so fortunate that he has you, who just happens to be a natural at taking care of eccentric scientists. Yes, Jack is a very lucky canine.

Your idea about what to do with Kathy Cow was quite brilliant, though the girls have put a bit of a twist on it. There is a small pasture outside of the hospital quite large enough to sustain one cow. Kathy has been given the task of greeting those who come to visit patients and to wishing well to those leaving the hospital after treatment. She does her job very well, though admittedly there are few visitors and even fewer patients leaving during her shift. However, Lulu takes lunch and breaks with Kathy and the two of them chat. Meanwhile, Kathy can wile away the hours eating grass and chewing cud while waiting for her good friend. It appears to all be working out splendidly. Thanks so much for your brilliant suggestion. Oh, did I mention Kathy's broad smile as she carries out her greeting and well wishing duties? :)

I'm so glad that your mom was able to accommodate Jack inside, what with all his massive lab materials and supplies. I'm sure that I wouldn't need to remind you of the importance of leaving Jack's equipment and computers alone, what with all the very technical scientific data stored within the computers. And I'm certain too that you would just naturally use your mom or dad's computer equipment.

I know that you are very busy while your mom is in Arizona. It is fortunate that your dad is there of course. Are you able to fix your dad's meals as well as yours and Jack's? And then of course you have clean up duty. And without Chihuahuas. Gee Annie, you are a brave young lady to take on all of that. But then, I guess Belgian stock are particularly hardy. And you do want to carry on with that hardy capable reputation that they have developed over the years. So, my hat is off to you. Perhaps after your mom gets home you will be honored with a brave working lady award just to show the appreciation you so richly deserve (or will after you complete your hard days).

Tom, who hears Bowser calling and must respond to the chefs call to dinner so that I won't miss out. (You know what they say Annie, he or she who hesitates is lost!)


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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5/22/15 9:37 A

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dear tom

mom has said she will turn over the craft room to Jack as soon as she finishes the pajama pants she is making for The Kid's dad....she is in there working on it right now.....she says if necessary, Jack can use the guest room, too......she told me to make sure the wawas get the hamburger up on the roof pronto since it still needs to thaw a bit.............

mom is leaving sunday morning for Arizona and will not return until thurs, I think.....mom said I will be in charge of inside the house....yes, my dad will be here, but he will be working in his office so somebody needs to be aware of what is going on........sheesh! good thing I am a natural leader and responsible pup, becuz mom is assigning me an awful lot of extra tasks...I am going to inform the commander that he MUST assign me several extra wawas to act as my minions...er, helpers... and do my bidding.....mom has stated quite firmly that the house MUST be clean when she gets home (I guess she is not totally over that mud thing...what a grudge holder!) so they will need to get busy.....I have a list of chores for them to do.....

mom did say that if I do a good job and don't get into any trouble while she is away,, she will bring me a present...I hope it is a new dog bed since when she washed the cover on mine she messed up the bed part.....I had it just the way I like it, with a nice dip in the middle and up on the sides for a pillow-like effect no matter which way I am lying on it.....when mom put the cover back on my bed she shook it and fluffed it trying to get all the inside stuffing even...can you believe it!?! what nerve! my bed has just not been right since even tho I have been trying to rearrange it to its old shape......I am not happy at all......just thinking about it makes me need a cookie and a good half hour of poses....

when you mentioned both Lulu and BC are working day shift and Kathy Cow is feeling left out I had a brilliant idea! why not assign Kathy some assistant nursing duties? that way she can be of help and still spend time with lulu......................after that I had another idea....I could fly out of here when Jack arrives with his returning eagles....you know I am a natural nurse so I could help the girls, providing guidance where needed and while I am there I could talk to the commander about his overwhelming crush on me.......oh, no! I promised mom I would stay here and guard the house.....hmmm.....maybe Kathy could assist now and when Jack returns to fl. I could fly with him....more hmmmms....I shall have to mull over this problem at bit mo.....tzzzt! tzzt!

what was that tremendous BOOM!?! tzzt! tzzt!

Annie who must g z-z-z-z-

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5/22/15 9:13 A

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Dear Annie,

I'm totally with your mom on one thing. The cost of hamburger is going up and so is eagle hamburger consumption. I talked with Jack about sending one shipment per day instead of three or more. He said that he would try, but so often his second and third formulae are dependent upon the results of the previous formula.

I then talked with Joe (Jack's dad) about letting Jack return to Virginia in order to continue his extremely important work. Joe doesn't buy into the concept of chupacabra, nor does he really believe that Jack is capable of the miraculous things that he does. Oh, he loves Jack alright, but just doesn't fully understand him. Its a shame, but for that reason Joe did not give his blessing to Jack returning to Virginia.

Please have TQ prepare for Jack's landing in Virginia this afternoon. Extra hamburger will be essential since the gondola (possibly two gondolas) will be quite heavy. Jack was picked up by eagle carrier services just minutes ago. I did not notice if one or two eagles were required as I was in the front of their house distracting Joe with a discussion about lawn mowers. Jack has removed every bit of lab equipment from his lab, leaving the physical lab vacant of all instrumentation, computers, etc. He will require a water proofed area there, preferably one of the rooms in the house, to set up his full lab. Having all of his equipment on hand will be good and especially since he is right on sight with the invisible wall. I'm sure if you explain it to your mom she will have no problem sacrificing space for Jack, possibly letting him take over the computer room. I believe that TQ has the necessary appreciation for the seriousness of the circumstances.

Lulu informs me that the hospital here is now turning a corner toward Chihuahua health. All critical patients are now upgraded to serious with recovery expected for everyone that is left. We did loose two Chihuahuas from that horrible battle (I mean, of course, of those who were fortunate enough to make it to the hospital in time). The three amputees are covering nicely with PT started and counseling being given. Baby Cakes has taken on most of the counseling day to day, with a canine psychiatrist visiting once per week, usually on Tuesdays. Lulu tends to the cherry grass therapy. Night shifts for these two are no longer needed and they work together during the day now, though admittedly it is a long day.

Cathy is not a happy cow though. She feels that she has less time with Lulu than she had when the girls were doing shift work. Bowser likes the arrangement though, since he is with Baby Cakes all night and she is not feeling so stressed.

Our Chihuahua soldiers and special ops unit located a small group of chupacabra between the outer and inner lines of defense as feared. And feared even more is that there may be many more. The search for chupes who got in through the gap has intensified. Those that were found were quickly dispatched, but not before one escaped. We are concerned that the escapee may let others know that their cover has been blown.

Again, prepare for Jack's arrival. Hopefully, once he has his indoor lab set up right there, he will be able to solve this fence problem once and for all.

Tom, who is contemplating a photo shoot but who may decide to work on his dance routine instead. Decisions, decisions!

Tom

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

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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I am paw-stomping mad!! mom locked up the computer in a hard plastic box with a lock when she said I could not use it until 7am This Morning! first of all the punishment was unjust as you know and worse, at 7am did mom come with the key?! heck no! mom had gone out early to run errands! she did not leave the key for me, and the computer was still in its box up on a top shelf in dad's office (he is away, too) and the ladders were in the back of the truck and mom took the truck to run her errands....soooooooooo unfairrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! a-wooooooo!!!

when mom came home this afternoon I would have given her a piece of my mind, but lucky for her I was in the middle of doing my afternoon pose session and did not want to give her the satisfaction of seeing me beg..(Belgian bassets do not believe in begging...that is more for common/non-Belgian dogs)....hmpfh! after sufficient time to let her know I was Highly Displeased with her, I ended my poses and reclined on the front lanai until she "remembered" to unlock that box and put the computer back where it belongs......now here I am...mom is going to have to BEG me for a tail wag or a lick, let me tell you!

Apparently Jack's dad has refused to let him return here to work on the barrier....to get around that Jack has been making formulas and sending them by eagle courier to a select couple of wawas here to test them on the sound barrier......so far nothing has worked and all the local stores are running very low on hamburger since we have to feed so many eagles...sometimes we have 3 deliveries per day.....mom is feeling a bit testy about this, and let me tell you, seeing those huge, yellow clown feet soar overhead as they come in for a landing can give a poor dog the willies *shudder*

mom did admit that the mud I tracked in was not all my fault...she says what ticked her off was that I did not clean up the mess I made.....*snort* if my dad had not scraped off the grass with the tractor we would not have such a mud pit when it rains.....I hope the new seed grows quickly....however, it was a good learning experience in disguise....mom was not impressed and pointed out that if I had been wearing shoes I could have taken them off at the door and come into the house with clean feet..........*shaking head*....sometimes mom just does not get it.....

Roscoe has investigated the squirrels that come here regularly and says they are all right...I pointed out Skinny Pants, the new guy and roscoe said he would be checked out immediately....also, after reading your last letter, I suggested to the commander that all squirrels in the wooded area surrounding our property might need to be properly scrutinized....the commander sighed and muttered something about that being an awful lot of squirrels and how come he gets all the nuts at camp.....I did not understand what he was going on about, but he said it was probably a good idea and would implement it immediately

Annie who has finally been able to set things right in her world and is quite pleased about it

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Dear Annie,

I hear that you got into trouble just for rehearsing Roscoe's recommended camouflage techniques. Your mom should be happy that you didn't use the recommended material. I assume that you were preparing to search for shape-shifting chupes before you were interrupted. We need to talk with your mom about that.

Well, by now you probably have computer privileges again. If not, you can always use the other computer...the one that your mom doesn't know about. Don't worry, I won't say a thing to her about that.

I understand that especially fat and especially thin squirrels are now suspect for being shape shifting chupes. Be especially on the look out for such creatures, for if they are in fact chupes, they are particularly dangerous. The super fat ones steel food and take it to their chupe dens to feed the masses. The thin ones are either chupe commanders checking the work of the fat ones, or sometimes just simply regular squirrels who have been shoved aside by the shape-shifted evil ones.

Be sure to let Roscoe know if you locate any of those creatures. And enjoy your cookies, the ones that you take to the Chihuahuas (you know, the ones that just happen to fall off the tray).

Tom, who needs to check on the patients at the hospital.

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Dear TQ,

I'm surprised that a group of Chihuahuas would be sent to clean the lab while Jack is away. They know he keeps it locked. Something isn't quite right there. I think you should look into that. It may be trouble of a serious nature.

Tom, who hears Joanie coming in the door carrying goodies. (Hmmm, wonder what is in those sacks.)

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/20/2015 (14:17)
Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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when I awoke this morning I noticed the dogbeds next to my side of my bed were either bloody or muddy....once I got both eyes opened and peered again, I realized it was mud....then I noticed a trail of mud plops leading from the beds out of our bedroom and finally to the one bed by the front door with the culprit in it------------Annie, of course! so I swept up the bits and pieces of mud, got a washcloth and wiped big chunks of mud from her paws, gave her my frowny look which always scares the pants off of her and informed her that she is banned from the computer for the entire day and night of today....she may get on it again after 7am tomorrow.....hmpfh! yes, it did storm last night, but it has stormed many times before, and she has never tracked in mud like this...I am going to have to wash the dog bed covers as soon as I can dislodge annie from her bed (which may not be easy)....

I am pleased to report that the new squirrel seat/bridge that I installed has worked....basically it is just a piece of wood that is screwed to a L-joint which is attached to one of the lanai posts.....the sunflower seed feeder is located at the end of the post...now the fat little rascals can sit comfortably and there is no mess on my lanai since the seeds they drop land in the dirt below.....the guy that is on the seat/bridge now has been chowing down for quite some time....at least 4 doves are on the lanai floor below him, zeroing in for some possible squirrel-tail pulling if Fatty does not give up his seat.....aha! Skinny Squirrel has showed up.....perhaps he will chase Mr. Fatcakes away, altho if the Fat One has to run, he may fall over and just roll down our ramp.....so far, Skinny is not making his move....hmmm....I may soon be blamed for the rise in the overweight squirrel population....some coyote is going to have a succulent meal if Fat Bottoms is ever caught........people here hunt squirrels......I can see it if you are really, really hungry, but otherwise its an awful lot of work to get enough for a meal....oh! Skinny Pants made his move and Fat Stuff just ignored him and continued to stuff his cheeks, so Skinny just wandered off........no wonder he is such a String Bean

a small group of wawas were sent over from Housekeeping to clean Jack's lab while he is away....they found at least 3 papers, all appearing to come from different writings of Jack's...could they be missing formula papers?? Apparently Jack told them to fax them him, but we do not have a working fax machine here.....the wawa in the office said they could hear Jack grinding his teeth......isn't he supposed to return soon? my informant said Jack was also not pleased that they had been in his lab and thought it had been locked.........well, of course it was locked, but that never stopped a special ops wawa...

TQ who must go look for kale for breakfast since she does not have a bowser here to fix her a delicious breakfast.......*sniffle*....so sad........

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5/19/15 6:43 A

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Dear Annie,

You are quite welcome. I am more than happy to keep an eye on the commander and let you know when it is safe to return to Florida. It most definitely is not at this time. I saw the commander on a routine visit to the hospital (I stop by each patient and talk with them for a short while just to let then know that they are thought of). When I saw the commander he asked about you. I will not go into detail about what he asked since I know that you are not interested in him, but suffice it to say that he is definitely interested in you, your whereabouts and your plans. I did my best to quiet his concerns...er, hopes...that you would soon be returning. I will continue to watch closely and monitor this situation.

I saw your picture. I must say, cows can be so blind sometimes. (Don't mention that comment to Kathy...grin.) I am glad that the Chihuahuas poofed that non-cow creature. Its terrible how those hideous creatures can infiltrate so many places just by shape-shifting. But I suppose that we should all be thankful that they seldom (if ever) get it completely right. And with the expert training given by Roscoe and Prince...well, so far they haven't managed to keep a shape-shifted chupe on our properties for any real length of time.

You will recall that at the end of my previous message I noticed a Chihuahua messenger heading this way. Basically his job was simply to give us a heads up. It seems that the outer special ops units had one area between two units fairly vulnerable. Having noticed it, they have now plugged the vulnerable spot, but they are concerned that some chupacabra forces may have found it before the special ops got it plugged. In other words, there may be chupes on this side of the outer fortresses though not likely within the property perimeter guarded by our regular troops. That area of uncertainty involves a great many square miles and a multitude of hiding places. A small contingency of regular soldiers and one small sub-unit of special ops have joined forces to search the area in question. That will be a long and uncertain process though.

I've got to tell you Annie, it gives me the shivers thinking about how close to our home these abominable creatures may be living and plotting. We are all on edge.

Tom, who hears Bowser calling him for breakfast.

Tom

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

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

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

thank you for offering to keep an eye on that commander situation...I appreciate it....maybe when he goes on vacation, I can sneak in for a quick visit.....its a shame I cannot be there for Joanie's first day at the new job helping her pick out the best outfit to start her new career....I am a natural at fashion.....oh well...she can call me if she needs any advice...

some of the wawas on patrol spotted a disguised chupe today....it was trying to mingle with the rest of the herd, but not doing a very good job of it...

one shot from the toxin gun and, poof! it was history!
Annie who is going to create a new cookie recipe for the wawas tonight


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Dear Annie,

I am so glad to hear that Crazy Daisy is out of the invisible fence. Hanging there must have been horrible. She well might have lost weight making it easier for her to be freed, but remember, it was you who made that final effort which freed her. Congratulations for your quick thinking and successful action.

You asked if I think the commander may have a crush on you. I hadn't thought about it but your mom may be quite correct. I mean, keeping you in the brig may have been his way of keeping his adorable Annie close at hand. Now then, that's a bit controlling if you ask me, and I'm sure you must have found it that way as well, but then he is the commander and control is his gig. So it all sort of makes sense in a funny sort of way.

You feel that you must stay away for some time, and while Joanie and I will most certainly miss you, we do fully understand. And we feel that you are doing the right thing in this matter. If you wish, I could tell you when I think it may be safe to return to Florida, being that I am close to the situation here and now am aware of that which I need to watch for. Just let me know how you feel about that.

Tom, who is waiting for Bowser to finish dinner.

Dear TQ,

Fabulous idea telling Annie that the commander may have a crush on her. I doubt that she will be bugging you to find her transportation here for a while, and we both know that the eagles aren't likely to carry her again for a long time. Of course, they might were she to loose about half her weight, but we both know that's not about to happen.

It may be just as well that she doesn't come anyway. There has been activity near several of the outposts, though nothing definitive yet. But scouts remain on watch and special forces units remain ready to respond.

Lulu is looking good and doing well in the hospital as always, and Baby Cakes, though she holds down her shifts admirably, is looking so much more rested and obviously feeling much better. And I might add, Bowser is one cheerful chef. Actually, the quality of the meals have improved since BC arrived, not that they weren't wonderful, but now...oh TQ, all I can say is that it is a gourmet banquet around here morning, noon and night. Oh the pounds, but oh the food...so good.

Even Kathy is settling down somewhat. Of course Lulu talks with her some now and has explained to her how she is desperately needed in the Chihuahua hospital. Kathy is starting to understand, and while she remains just over the fence in the pasture, she is accepting Lulu's circumstances. Lulu tried to spend an hour a day with her now, and that keeps Kathy calm. It also provides an outlet for Lulu to vent when things get hectic in the hospital. It is all coming together here.

Tom, who sees a Chihuahua messenger heading this way

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

yep, Crazie Dazie is out of the barrier...I, being a natural problem solver, advised the wawas to slather on the butter around her stuck area.....they patted on a tiny bit of oil and CD stayed stuck in the barrier.....after 2 1/2 days of listening to her incessant blather (she is a terrible singer and she sang "mooooooooo river" several times *shudder*).......I climbed the ladder, armed with 3 bottles of canola oil and soaked that bovine until she popped right out....some of those jealous wawas tried to say CD came out so easily becuz she lost weight hanging up there, but that is just envy speaking....we know it was due to my brilliant idea of using the oil

mom said something really mean to me....so horrible it is almost too difficult to repeat......she said that maybe your commander has a crush on me......do you think this is true? it would explain so many things, but, really, I have no such feelings for him.....and yet I know I am a natural magnet for the lovelorn...sigh....I shall have to find a way to let him down gently.....I hope you and joanie will be disappointed, but in case mom is correct I think it would be best if I stay home for a while....

mom, and I and a contingent of wawas went walking in the woods a couple of evenings ago...the wawas spread out in guard formation and soon we couldn't see them, altho we knew they were there......mom thought she heard a deer snorting in the woods so she stood behind a tree and snorted back and stomped her foot.....a few mins. later she heard the snorting again.....oh, she was sooo excited! this went on for several mins. with mom occasionally peering from behind the tree, camera ready to snap a pic of her snorting doe...all of a sudden one of the special forces guys walked out from behind a bush, snorting and sneezing from allergies....there was no deer! hahahaha! it was so funny! (mom looked a bit disappointed tho)....but she cheered up again when she almost stepped on one of the squirrels who was so busy digging at the base of a big tree that he never heard her coming......boy! did he jump, run up a nearby tree and scold her for several mins...I didn't like the way he talked to mom, especially since he was one of those who eats birdseed in our yard....I offered to bite him when he came down, but mom said not to worry about it and we went home.....

Jack left her via eagle courier services, but said he will be back in a few days....he said his dad really needs him at home and there is nothing he can do here until he gets all his papers put back in order....the quiet of florida, jack said, will make it easier to concentrate on his papers and formulas, but he will be back maybe by the end of the week......

Annie who is off to make another batch of cookies.....





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Dear TQ,

I feel so sorry for poor Daisie. Has Jack solved her problem yet? Has he assembled the papers in proper order and are any missing? Has he yet dissolved the invisible fence? Have those hideous chupes attacked yet? Oh, so many questions, so many worries. I fear I shall not sleep well until I have answers.

All seems calm on the front here, and yet one special ops unit reports whispers of unrest in the far reaches of our outposts. They are truly a long way out, and it is quite difficult to say whether that will move toward us or simply quietly die out. Still, it is worth staying alert about, and the troops here are preparing for what ever may come of that disturbance. We shall wait, watch and see.

One thing that is not so calm here is Kathy Cow. It seems she got wind of Lulu's presence and wants to know where Lulu is and why she hasn't come for a visit, let alone not telling Kathy she is here. I've had a long talk with her in spite of speaking in broken cow, trying my best to explain the situation, but Kathy is having none of it. Kathy insists she could be invaluable as a helper to Lulu during her shifts and cheering her when she is home, but we all know that that would brake down into constant interference, something that Lulu just simply cannot afford. I have therefore had to demand that Kathy remain in her pasture. In addition, I have assigned a couple members of our Dog Scout troop to keep an eye on Kathy and report any transgressions to the rule of staying in pasture. The pups (Dog Scouts) assigned to this are working on their Eagle Scout status and this is their Eagle Scout project which means that they will most likely be extremely diligent in their efforts. They have worked up a schedule for watch making it possible for each pup to have free time not to mention time for school work and the like. Their teachers are fortunately working with them, assigning home assignments during this time so that they can do their Eagle Scout shift work. It's wonderful to see such positive young pups working so hard on an extremely worthwhile project.

Tom, who hears Bowser calling him for breakfast. (Bowser says we are having a stack of French toast cooked in bacon grease with syrup and whipped cream, a slab of bacon, and a strawberry milk shake on the side.) (Why oh why can't I loose weight?)

Tom

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

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

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dear tom

I finally just flat out asked annie if she had seen the commander while she was in fl....all she said was he came to the hospital twice to see her dance for the patients...she sounded very disinterested in the whole topic...I mentioned how much he enjoyed her cookies and suggested that perhaps the commander has a wee crush on her ......annie turned pale and immediately had to go rest on her bed......she will probably be doing poses the rest of the day to get her equilibrium back...

we have a problem here at the sound barrier.....one of the cows, known as Crazie Daisie, decided to try to jump thru the hole that jack's formula created and got stuck
in the pic you will see not only Daisie, but get the full effect of the invisible shield.....although Daisie is not happy she has been reassured that it is a minor problem and as soon as Jack gets his papers sorted (almost done) he will find the correct formula, apply more to the area around the gap--or what was the gap until Daisie filled it-- and then she will be free.....on the other hand, this happened late yesterday afternoon and Daisie is one unhappy cow.....annie has suggested using any oil that the eagle did not use during her "clown feet" massage to rub around Daisie and the hole edges to help slide Daisie thru.....mattresses have been applied on both sides of the barrier on the ground below Daisie and the wawas with the smallest paws are up on ladders pouring oils in attempt to free her.......there has been some motion, but so far Daisie is still stuck....when they thought they were close to successfully freeing her, one wawa asked Daisie to suck in her stomachs so they could push her out of the hole....this did not go well since when Daisie suck in, all that air went out.....Daisie was so embarrassed she turned pink, 3 wawas fell off the ladder and if anything, the poor girl is stuck tighter than ever...............

in the meantime reports of another group of chupes has regrouped and is reported headed this way

TQ who is going to check on annie; perhaps she has recovered

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Dear TQ,

Lulu arrived here safely early this morning and caught a short nap before heading for the hospital. I walked with her because I wanted to see first hand how she and BC were going to work together. I also wanted to make sure that the commander did not interfere with the trained medical staff.

I was quite impressed when Lulu got there and immediately took charge. Her first action was to set up a schedule that would give each of the canines rest. Basically, there are three shifts and the canines will alternate between them with Lulu taking the first shift and giving BC her first real break since she started working with the wounded. The first shift is from 7 AM until 3 PM; the second from 3 PM until 11 PM; and the third shift is from 11 PM until 7 AM. Its not quite that simple though. Each canine will stay 15 minutes or so past their shift time so that turn-over reports can be given. AM shift will include morning meds, breakfast and lunch. PM shift will include dinner and PM meds. Of course special meds can be given anytime during the day as needed or required. The night shift is basically a sleeping shift, with the on-canine sleeping at the hospital and remaining on-call, and the off-canine returning home for a true break from the rat race that the hospital is these days.

This will represent the first real rest for Baby Cakes. With Lulu taking the first shift, she can come home and sleep or rest for the entire morning and early afternoon. Bowser of course will take care of feeding her a special breakfast. Prince and I will, of course, join them. (Poor Joanie has yet to serve time in her own prison, work in that old job.) She will then relieve Lulu for the afternoon shift and then will come home during the night shift. Obviously, with three shifts, the nurse/doctor will alternate each shift and nights then alternate, Lulu having the first one and BC the second.

Though shift changing is difficult, this arrangement seemed the best to Lulu considering the lack of true medical personnel. Yes, they have nurse practitioners and the like, but they are not trained in the science and art of cherry grass therapy, the essential key in the healing process for all illnesses and most definitely for chupacabra inflicted wounds. Suffice it to say that without cherry grass, more wounded would die than live. With it, recovery is around 95% successful. Lulu hopes, through her own research, to make that 100%, but so far that has not been possible.

Now you might ask what my job will be in all of this. BC gave me my job. She wants me to keep Bowser at bay during her sleep times, at least for the first time home. She loves him dearly and loves being with him, but right now she is so very much in need of sleep. I think Bowser understands, but still he has a hard time keeping his paws off of her. He just needs to touch her he says, and as long as touch and cuddle allows BC to sleep, then so be it.

I almost forgot to mention. Lulu brought me Annie's box of cookies which looked really...uh...interesting, but I sent them with Lulu to share with BC. They are also sharing a few of them with certain other personnel. Don't tell Annie, but Lulu even gave the commander a couple of lovely cookies. She waited until he ate them and praised them highly before telling him who had made them. She laughed and said that he almost gagged when she told him the maker of the cookies. BC and I pretty much enjoyed that too.

Oh, before I forget it, it amazes me just how much of the trip Annie forgot to tell you. It seems she dwelled on the 5% of the time in the beginning when she worked (played) in the hospital before the rest of the more or less disastrous time that she spent in the brig. But then, I guess she is a natural at selective memory.

Tom, who is about to join BC and Bowser for breakfast. (Oh oh, seems I forgot that I was going to work with Bowser and spent my time at the computer while he prepared a scrumptious waffle and whipped cream delight.)

Tom

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

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

annie is back and happily ensconced in the kitchen making cookies for the gang here....she "knows" everyone here missed her wonderful snacks.........I asked about her experiences in fl. and she said everything was just fine....except for the sick guys in the infirmary....I asked if anything special had happened while she was there and if she enjoyed her stay.....she said it was wonderful as always, but it was good to be home....annie said the only difficult part was having to deal with soooo many wounded.....she, of course, is a natural nurse, but BC was stressed a lot....lulu, annie said, will be quite busy.....

I built a walkway from the bannister to the birdfeeder in the hopes this will solve the squirrel messiness problem....so far I have not seen a squirrel near the feeder....mr twinkie and I have been doing some construction on the lanai which has been quite disturbing to the hummingbirds, sqirrels and songbirds who dislike the banging of hammers and buzzzzing of electric saws, as well as the presence of myself and mr. twinkie..I did bait the walkway with chopped walnuts, but then I went to the store so I don't know if a squirrel got the nuts or birds knocked them off.....

the eagle had to have foot massages when it got here with annie and her "chaperone"....not only did it wear a harness to carry the gondola, but it clutched the top of the gondola with its talons, the better to hang onto its massive weight without tipping over.....annie claimed she is a natural at giving massages, but she refused to touch "those giant, yellow clown toes", so several others jumped in to help the poor eagle.....it lay on a lounge of soft tree branches while seven wawas attended to the massage.........it took every bit of lotion and oil I had in the house, including cooking oil....there was a slight altercation when one of the wawas attempted to clip the eagle's talons, but once that was straightened out all was well.....that was one happy eagle when she left here this morning carrying lulu, the "chaperone" and a couple of the special forces guys who want to do some training in the Everglades

I am so happy my laptop is home....it is moving faster than ever and seems to wear a glow of happiness.....I loaded a SP app onto my tablet, but cannot access teams with it.......I can access my sp homepage, but only "friends", "photos" and comments people left for me....and I can access general blog comments of strangers I have no interest in....sigh...oh well, home again, home again, jiggety jig

TQ who was supposed to mention that annie sent you a box of cookies with lulu



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Dear TQ,

Is Annie there yet? I'm really quite anxious to hear about her.

I thought for a moment that Bowser had lost it. I viewed him outside jumping up and down, turning forward and backward summer saults, running at a very fast pace all over the yard (he usually just lies around between meals while contemplating the next meal, recipes, etc. or reads recipe books written in canine). He even went into howling mode which for the Bowser is unheard of. Then I remembered, I did tell him about the fact that Lulu would be coming to help BC and that Baby Cakes would even get time off to rest. He didn't flip out. He is just one happy pooch, ecstatic really.

Now then, about your squirrels. What you need is to install several feeders at various locations. The squirrels can have their choice right after Bertha makes her choice. Don't worry about the seed dropping. Just be sure to invite a number of doves, bob-white, chuck-wills-widows, and whippoorwills to your yard as clean up crew for the under feeder grounds. You could, of course, get some special deer food pellets and set up a separate station for her, but there is no guarantee that Bertha would choose that over the seed dispenser. By the way, you might want to take several pictures and send prints with Lulu when she comes.

I've had a long talk with Joe, Jack's dad. I've explained the extremely difficult work that Jack is doing and its importance. I also impressed upon him that Jack was quite safe with you and your family there and that he could rest assured that Jack would be very well taken care of. Unfortunately Joe is a skeptic who doubts the very existence of chupacabra. (Isn't that sad?) He was, however, impressed with the case that I made for how well Jack would be taken care of. Joe has committed to one more week for Jack to be there. However, when that week is over Joe made clear that JACK MUST BE HOME! I can't stress enough the importance of his timely arrival here. The threat to Jack if he fails to be here is the removal and discarding of all lab materials and tools that he has accumulated and the permanent closing of his personal lab. Also Twinkie, keep in mind that Jack totally looses track of time let alone date. He will need your help with this. Frequent updating on the time he has left may help most.

Bowser and I told Baby Cakes that Lulu is coming and she jumped for joy. We have refrained from telling Kathy for obvious reasons. This is one time Lulu will not have time for her good friend in the pasture.

Tom, who is planning to work with Bowser this noon while we fix lunch.

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

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

we do not have any seriously wounded soldiers here, so lulu is preparing to hop aboard the gondola when annie arrives and return to fl. to help BC.....it will be good to get annie back here....the number of squirrels in the yard has increased to 4 or 5 and we have a huge doe named Big Butt Bertha (or at least that is how the wawas refer to her, but perhaps not to her face) who is eating my seed every night...the same seed the grackles are after....I moved the sunflower seed feeder to the other end of the lanai and the squirrels have not seemed able to find it, so I suppose I shall have to return it to its former spot....but they are so messy!! talking to them has done no good so perhaps I shall just post a sign which they will see every time they go to the feeder to remind them to be neater with the seeds....and not leave squirrel poo on the railings

jack is a hero!...............but we don't know how.........even jack does not know how.....he has tried so many different formulas on the sound barrier and then a gust of wind blew his notes all over the place that we don't know what formula went where......one of the last ones applied had no reaction at first, but a few hours later was seen to bubble and foam....by morning there was a big gap in the barrier wherever the formula had been applied and then dripped down............now if he can only figure out which formula he used............I heard thru the grapevine that jack's dad has been calling, demanding that jack return home immediately, so jack is really feeling the pressure to figure out this mess....lulu has been trying to help him organize his notes, but you know how persnickety jack can be.....even lulu cannot get things exactly right to suit him.....she says she is just hunting for papers that were blown off his desk, but she is no longer trying to put them in order....she just stacks them under paperweights and lets jack work on the sorting stuff......

TQ who is looking forward to seeing her baby girl, annie

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Dear TQ,

After multiple sessions with the commander and untold number of phone calls to eagle services, I have managed to arrange transportation and get Annie released from the brig. She is flying home as we speak, accompanied by one chihuahua, a brig guard who is reportedly extremely effective at her job. I cannot say when she will arrive. This is NOT express service, but because of the weight involved in the delivery, it may happen quite quickly. On the other hand, because of the weight involved in the delivery, a number of rest stops may be required. In either case, if my calculations are correct, Annie should arrive anytime from late tonight through early afternoon Wednesday. She was not particularly happy about the transportation but was willing to undergo the flight just to get out of the brig and hope for a truly well rounding (er, rounded) meal.

Kathy is well rested and back to her self again. It is almost as if she didn't suffer that traumatic situation. Well, that is until one of her sister cattle asks a question about her experience with the quick sand. At that point she does kind of have a hissy-fit.

Baby Cakes sends her love to Lulu and wants Lulu to know that everything is going well with the patients here. Well, that was from BC but I know for a fact that there are still several critical patients and that Baby Cakes is really quite exhausted. Still she carries on. She didn't want Lulu to worry about her, but I do think Lulu should know about her current condition. I'm personally quite concerned about her as is Bowser.

Tom, who is about to see if BC needs help with anything.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/11/2015 (14:25)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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Dear TQ,

Its bedtime. I won't be talking much but there are a few things you should know.

Joanie, who is about to embark on a new job, took me shopping with her today...for 6 hours. That's right, six hours. And on a dance day. The rest of the day was spent dancing, doing laundry, etc. Very busy. So here are the important things to know...

Kathy is home at long last, and resting. Lots and lots of resting between pasture grazing and cud chewing.

Annie is still in the brig, and try as I may, the commander won't budge. If you come down, take her home. That is the one way that the commander will let her go. And you could probably use another nurse there.

Sorry to hear that you have been under attack but it sounds like it went quite well. I know that all the troops will be quite weary but they must not slow their efforts. Chupes are, if anything, quite sneaky.

Give everyone my warm wishes for a safe defeat of those nasty creatures,
Tom

Tom

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

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

*whispering* there is a battle raging outside, mostly in the gonzalez pasture....we who are still on our property are on high alert....most of the wawas are fighting in the pasture....what happened is that the chupes were spotted sneaking across the gonzalez pasture....the gonzalez' shiz tzu ran over to the neighbours and from there whispered to one of out outfield wawa soldiers about the chupes approach....the wawa got the news back to to the commander, troops were deployed thru the woods via a new route across the road and thru the neighbour's woods to the front of the gonzalez pasture thereby trapping the chupes between our soldiers and the barrier....for once that barrier came in useful....our guys poofed those chupes into smithereens! however, not all of the chupes had been with the group that was poofed out of existence, so the ones who remained have gathered others and they have attacked from the mcmansion side, coming over the mountain at just the break of dawn....they thought they would surprise our troops, but the special forces suspected such a thing might happen and set traps to alert us if a surprise attack was attempted....the fighting has been going on for hours...a couple of times there were heavy explosions that rocked the house....i don't know what happened....we are waiting for news and i think we are supposed to maintain silence so as not to attract undue attention from the chupes

Lulu read your message about Kathy....she had tears in her eyes from laughing when she read the part about kathy getting her tummy tickled....she is so thrilled that kathy has been rescued.....the constant battles here have had her very stressed....at this point she has no nursing duties, but is prepared, knowing how unlikely it is that all of our soldiers will be unscathed....

annie is being unfairly punished! that commander is holding a grudge and being quite unreasonable!....i would come right down there and let him know the error of his ways if i was allowed to leave the house, but until this war is over (and the chupes defeated, of course) i am confined to the premises here.....perhaps the commander kinda likes annie......otherwise he would have just sent her back to va.....his approach lacks a certain flair, though.....maybe you could counsel him in more appropriate ways to win a girl's heart......hey! you could even teach him to dance so he and annie could dance together....

TQ who will write again when she can....


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Dear TQ,

I really liked your idea about taking Annie to the beach. I arranged it with the neighbor girls and then went over to Chihuahua HQ to retrieve Annie. I was about 1/2 hour late. Annie had been caught doing dance therapy again and was rushed directly to the brig. Poor Baby Cakes was sure I'd be mad at her and said that she had tried her best to get Annie to stop, but Annie insisted that by now (this was about 2 AM) the commander would be asleep. Baby Cakes told her that the patients need too sleep to which Annie replied that they do not. That they are in bed all day and can sleep any time. "Besides," she said, "this is a hospital and no one needs to sleep in a hospital." I assured Baby Cakes that it was not her fault and she should not blame herself.

I then went to the commander and demanded Annie's release from the Brig, telling him that I would take full responsibility for her. Well, the commander would hear none of that. "No," he replied, "Annie was warned and Annie will stay in the brig until she goes home. She can leave anytime but only if she is escorted directly to her transporter and heads directly to her Virginia home."

I then contacted eagle services and talked until I was blue in the face. They absolutely refuse to carry her anywhere unless it is an absolute emergency and then only if accompanied by someone who can control her. I tried to convince them that this was but they weren't listening any more than the commander listens. Oh TQ, this is a flat out tragedy of the Nth degree. I feel so helpless. Poor little Annie...uh, let me rephrase that. Poor Annie of the brig.

What you have read is the bad news and it was presented first. Now the good news...

Well, to be honest, it is not all good news. Kathy has been found. She had wandered into a palm and pine hammock in the everglades. The special forces unit found her late last night. Unfortunately, they found her belly deep in quick sand. They immediately sent an emissary to the farmer to have him bring truck and hoist. First they learned that the farmer does not speak canine. He speaks very little cow and pretty much only understands the cow phrase for "I want to be milked." One cow explained that he didn't have a hoist anyway.

The Chihuahua, a quick thinking young lad, asked the cows for a crew to pull Kathy from the sand. Several volunteers immediately stepped forward. Pablo (the Chihuahua) wasn't certain if they were volunteering or heading for a lush green grass a few steps in front of them, but decided to accept it as a volunteer movement. They were immediately tagged (in spite of some groaning by them) to help with the Kathy "operation quicksand" activity. Several ropes were secured from the barn as well as three horse saddles. Some wire was also taken. The crew headed for the site where Kathy was struggling not to struggle.

There were several communications between Pablo and the special ops unit that remained with Kathy. The term "operation quicksand" was used several times. According to a Chihuahua spy it seems that the chupacabra got wind of these transmissions but misinterpreted them considerably. They assumed it was some sort of new defensive maneuver that our troops had set up and spent hours of chupe command time trying to figure a way to overcome this hazard in spite of the fact that they knew nothing of what this imagined hazard consisted of. Ah well, chupes were never considered the brightest...just the brawniest.

When five cows and Pablo arrived at the Kathy site, the team went to work. Two palm rafts were built. A long rope was attached to each raft and carefully carried to the other side of the quick sand area. A Chihuahua special forces soldier mounted each of the rafts. They too had ropes tied around them just in case the raft sank into the sand. Fortunately, the rafts stayed afloat as long as rope tension was maintained.

One raft was pulled to one side of Kathy and one to the other side. On the far side the Chihuahua tied a rope to a curved wired (curved to a large half circle). The wire was then carefully circled around Kathy.

Kathy giggled at one point, saying to stop it. The wire end had touched her stomach and tickled her.

Now picture this...the wire was attached to a rope which was attached to the stirrup of a saddle turned upside down. The other stirrup was attached to another rope. The end of that rope was attached also to a long straight wire and passed over the top of Kathy to the Chihuahua on the near side of the quick sand "lake."

This process was repeated once (though the boys were prepared with a third set up just in case it was needed). They said that their motto is "Be Prepared." Well, after this was done, the rafts were pulled to the side of the quick sand lake and the ropes were tied to the team of five cows. Now picture that. Two saddles were beneath Kathy and held by ropes from either side and pulled by five cows. It was apparently quite a sight.

And pull they did. Heave ho. Kathy screamed as she felt a sucking at her stomach and then toppled side ways, but then sighed as she discovered that she was quickly skimming the surface once the sucking pain on her stomach subsided. Bam! She hit the side and shouted for the cows to stop pulling. But they continued until she was well onto dry safe sandy soil.

The ropes were then released and Kathy gingerly struggled to her feet. She felt weak and shaky all over, but she managed to stand. She thanked her sister cows repeatedly, and then, much to the chagrin of the Chihuahuas, hugged each one. She gave Pablo an especially solid hug and Pablo thought he was going to get squeezed until his insides popped through his skin. He actually blacked out but revived quickly. Kathy thought he had swooned and was going in for another hug but Pablo backed quickly away and said, "No Kathy, its OK. I get it that you are grateful."

The cows and Chihuahua special forces unit are now on their way home as I speak. They should be back to the home pasture within a couple of hours. Operation "quick sand" was a glorious success.

Be sure to let Lulu know.

Tom, who feels Annie has suffered an injustice and is looking for ways to provide proper transportation for her.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/7/2015 (07:56)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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dear tom

i think the commander was being quite unreasonably on dear little annie...after all, not only does dancing bring her relief, it entertains the wounded...annie means well, but she can only hold onto being good for short periods of time.....you need to take her dragonfly hunting with you or send her to spend a half day with fluffy and the gang at the beach.....let her run off a lot of that annie energy so she can return ready to work again.....and keep on the eagles about bringing her back home.....

lulu was somewhat cheered about the Kathy news....we all hope she will be found soon, safe and ready to return home......lulu is a bit upset that she is too delicate these days to join in the hunt for her good friend.....i mentioned that annie needs to come back here before she gets into trouble and before she could stop herself, Lulu said, "but mom, its so quiet here without her"......then she covered her mouth with her paw and said "sorry"............lulu suggested Prince take her back to fla. and someone else could come here with annie.....actually, lulu asked if she could travel by car since she is still a bit traumatized by her last gondola accident...and annie could return via car, thus saving the eagles a trip.....she is going to ask mr. twinkie tonight if he will drive them.......

it is still not considered safe here.....there have been small skirmishes with chupes...jack is still working on some sort of melting formula for the barrier, but i think he is also working on some type of object, like a catapult or special drill or extremely sharp rock that might destroy the shield (real information is on a need to know basis and jack does not feel i need to know... sigh).....

TQ who is having to do the cooking since BC and annie are both gone

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Dear TQ,

I had tried to include Annie in the previous trip, but the eagles refused saying that there was only one gondola immediately available for emergency use and with Roscoe and Lulu in the gondola, Annie would have been quite impossible. It seems that Annie's reputation precedes her. Ah well.

There was a bit of an incident at the hospital. It seems that when the commander walked in, he found Lulu hard at work and saw Annie dancing in front of several of the seriously ill patients. The commander asked Annie what she was doing. Her reply, "Why, I'm doing dance therapy, what does it look like I'm doing?" The commander growled, looked at her, and spoke to Lulu about it. Lulu said she just needed a short break. The commander returned to Annie and told her that there would be no more dance therapy, that she would remain on duty while in the hospital, and that another incident would be immediately rewarded by a quick trip to the brig. His final statement was, "Capisce!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch... Kathy is missing still. But the good news is that the special forces unit that has been searching for her found Kathy tracks leading into a hammock in the northern reaches of the everglades. They appeared fairly fresh, though it is hard to tell. Still, we have had a good bit of rain since the battle and they were not washed away. The unit is, as we speak, following the trail, though in places it is extremely hard to follow and washed out. There they have to look for simple indentations, broken twigs and the like. They are also fighting off a horde of mosquitos since there is no mosquito patrol serving those swampy outreaches. Its tough going for the unit and it must have been quite difficult for poor Kathy. They can only hope for the best.

I think that you should cautiously let Lulu know that they have not found her but have found tracks and are hopeful. This will give Lulu hope. I wouldn't go into detail though. It will just add to her worries.

I think Lulu should rest before she travels. Besides, you really can't be certain when or if hostilities might break out there. The chupes are, in general, quite restless these days. It may be the weather, it might be the recent full moon, it might even just be some wicked cycle they go through. Who knows. What we do know is that they are unpredictable and extremely dangerous unless proper defenses are set and ready.

I will keep you informed regarding Kathy, Annie, and all things Florida. Please let me know how things are going there.

Tom, who is really really ready for a Bowser lunch.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/6/2015 (10:47)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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annie? annie is still there? roscoe and lulu are here, but the gondola caught fire just as they were descending....it took piddling efforts of both dogs to put it out...lulu fell overboard while she was trying to help put out the fire, but roscoe grabbed her by her tail and held on til they reached ground.....the fire was caused by chupe weapons, the eagle is really ticked, especially as this has never, ever happened in courier history, but once the gondola is repaired, jack promises to coat it with fire-retardant.....seeking revenge, the eagle flew back out and "took out" several chupes with her talons....Bertha, the eagle is now on her way back to courier services, saying to call her when the gondola is done....Bertha put a big dent in the chupes advancing on our campsite and Roscoe and the special forces were able to sneak around and take out the rear chupe warriors while our wawas took out the front comers....i sat on the roof with Bertha and watched....it was both exciting and horrific.....we have had to call in a contractor to strengthen the roof since in her excitement/anger Bertha hopped up and down a bit which has caused some damage (i told mr. twinkie i had no idea what had happened).....none of our guys were seriously hurt, but the chupes that Bertha did not take out are probably not feeling perky............heck, they are probably not in existence anymore! lulu offered to return to fla if BC needs here, but the incident with the gondola has left her pretty shaken

i do not like the idea of annie being left alone in fl. with that grudge-holding commander....i realize BC probably needs her help, but pls. keep and eye on her and send her home when the crisis is over

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Dear TQ,

I had hoped to get back to you about conditions here but major dance obligations preclude that. I've been working on my routine all day and now must go to rehearsal.

Please let me know that Roscoe and Lulu have arrived safely. Roscoe is needed there to work with special ops and Lulu in the hospital. Baby Cakes remains here to manage our hospital, now full; and Prince remains here to manage any further chupe outbreaks.

Tom, who must get moving in order to rehearse.

Tom

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Roscoe Lulu on way via eagle express STOP watch further message STOP

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dear tom

you said chupes have scattered to parts unknown.....here, we know them....this morning i encountered a female possum carrying at least 5 babies on her back running for all she was worth from the direction of the mcmansion towards the wawa camp.....later i saw 2 male turkeys also fleeing in the same direction gobbling "they're coming! they're coming!" one of the house guards told me later that the possum described seeing a chupe battalion headed our way.....everybody is on high alert and the house, of course, is on lockdown...with both prince and roscoe in fl. things are a bit more tense than usual....however, the commander has been giving very positive moral support speeches and both the regular wawas and the special forces guys are pumped up and ready to do battle.....the hens are rolling bandages and i am preparing as best i can to help wherever needed altho i have been told to remain in the house until told by a wawa that i know that it is safe to leave....sigh....oh my stars!

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Dear TQ,

The canine children arrived this morning. There flight was delayed because the eagle who was carrying them, stopped after about 3 miles and called into eagle headquarters. He was unable to continue the trip with the weight of the gondola. They had to wait for a second eagle to assist. I'm not certain if it was Jack's "fresh" eagle or if another one came from HQ, but somehow they got that second one and the two of them managed to get Annie and Baby Cakes here.

Baby Cakes was greeted by Bowser in a warm embrace...hot really. I felt they should get a room, but eventually the greeting ended and Baby Cakes rushed off to see Lulu who was sulking in the bed room. I shared the news last night with her about Kathy, and she has been in the bedroom ever since. I think it is good that BC and A came here, though it is especially important that Annie behave herself, especially when in the canine camp and hospital.

Lulu, in spite of her grieving, recognized Baby Cakes with a warm hug and then the two of them spent some time talking. Eventually, BC told Lulu she needed to go to the hospital and take over nursing duties. She told Lulu to remain home today and rest. She plans to get Lulu to the hospital tomorrow though because she wants to get Kathy off of her mind.

Unlike BC, Annie rushed to the kitchen and was met there by Joanie. Annie was yelling "I'm starving, I'm starving."

Joanie simply stopped her, gave her one piece of a special treat made by Bowser, and that was that. Annie went to the lanai and laid down to pose and wait for BC. I know that doesn't sound like typical kitchen behavior for Annie, but you see, the treat Joanie gave her was a special Bowser designed treat. It contains 10 calories but makes you feel not just full, but stuffed. It was a few hours before Annie wanted food. By then Annie and Baby Cakes were at Chihuahua HQ in the hospital unit. There, Annie and BC will take turns going to lunch but will receive the same rations that the soldiers receive, modified slightly to match Annie's size. :)

The hospital is packed and includes a critical care unit which is filled to capacity. This is where the nurses and doctors spend at least 75% of their time. Its not a pretty sight, either. Baby Cakes is in charge of the nurses while Lulu is away and pretty much has the same status as the doctors since she is full filling Lulu's position. Annie is not very happy taking her orders from BC, but she has, so far, done so. Granted, there have been complaints, but the commander simply lets her know that she will carry out orders in the hospital or carry them out in the brig. Annie has chosen to carry them out in the hospital, though not without considerable and on-going protest.

The battle is over. We deal now with the aftermath of that battle. The chupacabra have retreated to parts unknown. Mostly they seem to be scattered, having become leaderless thanks to our special forces units. The outposts with guards and scouts have doubled in number, our commander swearing never to ever be caught off guard again. And Lulu is resting today with occasional sobs. I go back frequently to comfort her. I think she appreciates that, but nothing yet can dim the deeply felt grief of her loss of Kathy.

Speaking of Kathy, we do have one special forces unit assigned to investigate her disappearance. They are working closely with Karri since Karri knows Kathy's habits and behaviors. A few tracks that the forces believe are Kathy's lead off to the south east, but then come to an abrupt end. No clues have followed that abrupt ending. The investigation continues, but with few leads.

Hopefully I will be able to send a more cheerful message tomorrow. Until then, I shall rehearse my dance performance and comfort Lulu on breaks.

Tom


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dear tom

BabyCakes and Annie caught the first flight out this morning after reading your message...they feel lulu should not be alone at this time, having to attend to all the wounded by herself....BC got special permission from your commander to bring annie....under the stress of the situation and the plus of annie prior nursing experiences, he said she could come as long as she did not cause him any trouble......the girls used Jack's eagle since he is back from NC and ensconced in his lab doing whatever it is Jack does and the eagle was basically just hanging around watching his talons grow.....

Roscoe and Prince have been talking to your commander....they will be leaving this afternoon after a fresh eagle gets here, so expect them sometime after dinner,maybe quite late......

Jack has opted to stay here since (1) war is not his "thing" and he feels it is important to finish this job with the barrier and (2) he has almost got the formula completed to destroy the barrier....we did hear cows this afternoon after one of Jack's minion's sprayed the latest formula on a small section of the barrier.....everyone cheered, but within an hour the barrier had "healed" itself and once again silence descended....

a very young boxer puppy has been seen in the area...apparently he has heard of roscoe and our local militia and wants to join up....he has not made it to the house yet, but neighbours, thinking it either lost or abandoned, have seen it and tried to lure it into their cars, the puppy having nothing to do with such nonsense....

i took one of the wawas with me this morning when i went to do my traditional sunday morning newspaper buy.....got to the store around 8 am only to find no papers....apparently the printers at the newspaper plant broke down.....the wawa still claimed he was entitled to lulu usual mini reese's piece even if i was not able to buy a paper....hmpfh! the little guy should have been a lawyer...he was very persuasive (and yes, he did get his candy)

mr. twinkie is building something or other, working out on the front porch, much to the consternation of the squirrels and birds who feel they cannot go to their feeders with all the commotion going on....several of the birds are objecting strenuously...i went out to help for awhile....there was blood on various pieces of wood.....i asked mr. twinkie if it was his and recieved a curt "yes", so i did not question further :)


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Dear Baby Cakes, Roscoe and Prince,

I am sorry to have not messaged sooner. Sadly, late Friday evening, just as the sun was sinking into a luscious red and orange sunset, out of the clear blue came hordes of chupacabra. It was a total surprise attack and shock. Even our outlying scout - guard dogs saw nothing coming. How the enemy managed to get past them without being noticed is unclear. What was very clear was the impact of the attack.

Chihuahua forces jumped into action. Special forces units were assigned to slip behind enemy lines and create disruption in their supply route and hopefully locate their top brass and dispatch them. Regular troops moved into action extremely quickly, but the chupes had made significant gains in ground holdings. It slowed and then halted just outside of our lanai.

The battle as fiercely waged. Initially the chupacabra kept moving forward and then the line of fighting came to a halt. Savage attack was stopped with an equally savage defense. A multitude of chupes were poofed with toxin. Many of our dear Chihuahua troops were scratched and mauled during the battle.

Eventually (late Saturday; early Sunday...somewhere in that time frame) the line of battle began moving back away from the house. Special forces were able to dispatch the top brass of the chupe army and that was the turning point. We all know that the chupes become quite ineffective when there is no one to tell them what to do.

I've had very little sleep. I've spent much of the time in the Chihuahua hospital assisting the Chihuahua docs with their many patients. I took time out from that only to carry on necessary functions...eating, a few short recuperative naps, dancing...nothing but the absolute essentials of for living. Needless to say, Lulu was continuously in the Chihuahua hospital directing everyone in the use of cherry grass poultices and tonics. Without the poultices, many deaths would have occurred. That, or loss of limb, etc.

This morning I received a message from Karri Cow, a member of Kathy's herd and close cow friend. Lulu is still at the hospital. I feel sorry for her. When she returns, I'll let her rest before I break some news to her. Her dear friend Kathy Cow is missing. She was last seen early Saturday morning. She had wandered off during the thick of the battle, saying that she needed some alone time to think about Lulu. That was it. No one has yet heard from her since that time. The herd's bull ordered a disciplined spaced march through the pasture in hopes of locating Kathy, but to no avail. We all fear the worst.

Tom, who plans on taking a nap since he has not recovered yet from the war ordeal.


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dear tom

i talked it over with the commander....one of the wounded, as you know, was released from the infirmary and is on lite duty.... the more seriously wounded other one has finally begun to show some recovery and seems to be healing nicely...annie has been visiting him every day and brings him one cookie even tho she knows he can't eat it....she waves it in front of his nose and tells him that when he is well enough he can choose the type of cookie he wants and she will bake it for him (becuz she is a "natural baker" *snort*) this morning he finally asked if she can make raspberry chocolate bars.....she said "of course!", but i have noticed her pouring thru cookbooks all morning......the patient is still not able to eat cookies yet which gives our cookie chef a few days to find a proper recipe.....she is over with him now trying to be subtle as she asks what his mother used to put in her recipe.......and you know how subtle annie can be.....(*giggle*)

thanks for the news about Jack...no one here has heard anything, so its a relief to know that he and the eagle are safe and well.....twinkie has loaded her freezer with raw hamburger after being told a whole platoon of eagles might be arriving, so she is not pleased now that no one is coming......on the other hand she is glad that jack is not in danger and now she will have hamburger on hand for quite a few eagle visits as roscoe and the others travel back and forth...one of the wawa guards offered to take a load of hamburger back to the barracks "just to help out", but twinkie managed to shove it all into the freezer and then lock it shut......

fulfilling your request i did go over to Prince to have a chat with him about annie's ways....he laughed and said he was well aware....he said he continues to let his aunt treat him like a puppy as long as it does not interfere with his work.....he said it seems to make her happy....

BAbyCakes her misses her snoogy-woogie Bowser so much

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Dear Baby Cakes,

You may need to check your messages more often. I wrote you a long message and Annie answered it (sort of). So unless you gave her detailed information about what was in a part of the letter, she may be intercepting your mail. Or, she may just have heard you talking to Roscoe and took it upon herself to send me a message about it.

I will say this. She gave me a compliment, well...in a kind of left handed way, calling me brilliant but not as brilliant as she. Hmmm! Interesting. Between you and me, if I am not as brilliant as she is...uh, never mind. I had better not go there.

I've heard from Jack in a round about way. He sent a short message to his mom, Kim next door. He let her know that he is safe and working with some professors on a problem of interest. Kim knew nothing more, but at least telling me about his message did kind of resolve our concerns somewhat. We know that he is there and is working with the professors. That is more than we knew before, and it is good to know that he is safe.

Baby Cakes, will you do me a favor please. Prince has grown up to become a fine young man and I know he is working next to Roscoe and remains busy. Still...well, as you know, Annie can be a bit persuasive at time and often in a misdirected manner. Oh, her intentions are always good, but she gets onto something and won't let it go...and she hammers away at it ad infinitum until she succeeds in getting her wishes however misdirected they may be. Kind of talk to Prince and warn him about Annie's ways. He knows that of course, having experienced her before, but...well, you know. He is a man but he is still young. Its just the concerns of a dad.

By the way, how are the wounded coming? Have they reached the celebration stage of recovery yet? Bowser was just asking.

Tom, who needs to be cleaning the plates that are sitting on the table thanks to one Chef Bowser. :)


Tom

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

you are brilliant! (not as brilliant as me, of course, cuz i am a natural at brilliance, but still...you did good)....everyone was sitting around me as i read your message aloud..you said "squirrels might be quite useful in chupe identification being that they have the ability to create a birds eye view"......roscoe immediately ran outside and asked to negotiate with the head squirrel for this area......he wants to pay them to (1) keep an eye out for chupes...in any form...identification lecture to follow and (2) keep an eye on the sound barrier....i. e. when they notice it has melted a little......we do hear the cows sometimes when it melts a bit.....

i have let BabyCakes make breakfast this morning, but i read your message loud enough so she could hear, too.....i am not sure what she is making, but i heard the blender whirrrrrrr twice, so i hope it is something delicious......mom has been feeling like she needs a cookie..."just 1 she said, no more than 3"....i explained that i do not make only 1-3 cookies, but i could bake the others for the wawas, so she is happy with that.....i may have to send her to the store to buy ingredients...i would go, but most stores are snippy about pooches in the produce hehehehehehe

no one has heard from Jack or the eagle yet....fortunately, eagle headqtrs does not know this yet as they tend to get real hissy when one of their own goes missing.....roscoe says if we do not hear from Jack soon, he will call the eagle supervisor after lunch.....i guess mom better clean out the hamburger aisle at ALL the local stores if a bunch of those guys are coming in........sigh....

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Dear Babycakes,

It was good to get your message. Needless to say Bowser is missing you tremendously, so I have shared this with him. I might add, I miss you also.

And speaking of missing people of the canine persuasion, Jack's disappearance is odd. Though admittedly, he often just leaves without thinking to say anything to anyone. His head is more in the clouds than on solid ground if you know what I mean. And a consultation at UNC-canine might lead to helpful results for both Jack and the professors at the school.

I understand your mom's mixed feelings about the grackles. We have black birds here. They are different than grackles, but both the grackles and the black birds travel in large flocks, so when one come, a multitude comes. And they eat huge amounts leaving our lovely colorful songbirds without dinner. It's not the blackbirds aren't really nice folks. They are as a general rule, but its that there are so many of them that they just take over. I know that nature made them that way...to travel in large numbers. Some humans have large families too, but those large numbers can be a bit bothersome.

Its really too bad that blackbirds and grackles do travel in large numbers. I think this is why so many folks who are bird lovers really are not fond of them. Now if you sit down and talk to one...or a few since usually someone has to but into the conversation, you will find that they are quite nice. I would think of them as friendly and delightful folks who simply just outnumber their welcome.

It was interesting to hear about Roscoe and the squirrel. Bear was a gentle man who would never chase a squirrel, or if he did he would very carefully not catch it. Once when he was a pup he did catch one, nailing it to the tree with his paw on the squirrel's tail. He looked at the squirrel and the squirrel looked at him. He carefully removed his paw and allowed the squirrel to move on. Although the squirrel did move out of Bear's reach, they sat there for some time and carried on quite a conversation. They were, of course, friends after that.

Prince, well I'm afraid that he would follow more in Roscoe's foot prints on that issue. He seems a lot like Roscoe in many ways which might explain why they are so good together in a field of battle. When it comes to squirrels, well they both need a little help with that. Of course, it is always necessary to test whether it is truly a squirrel and not a chupe, but beyond that initial test they need help in recognizing that squirrels might be quite useful in chupe identification being that they have the ability to create a birds eye view...well, up to a point anyway. And of course chupes can't get that high. So the squirrels, with proper training, may be able to apply the needed anti-chupe toxin. Perhaps you could run that past both of those boys.

Oh Babycakes, Bowser is calling me to dinner.

Tom, whose appetite is huge this evening and who expects Chef Bowser to satisfy him completely.

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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there has been a new negative development, a new battle is developing, but not where you would expect.....twinkie took away the 2 bird feeders that were right next to the front porch bannister....she was tired of the mess the grackles made with the wild bird seed....there was also a sunflower seed feeder that the squirrels and a few other birds liked that she took down, too....twinkie rationalized her actions by stating, "i know all the things the birds eat have not emerged yet, but there are other feeders under the tree and i am tired of this mess....these rascals can go mooch elsewhere! "(she really does not like the grackles)
that afternoon the grackles were lining up in the willow tree and standing on the bannister rail, outraged, glaring at tq in the house and screeching at her to remedy the situation.......tq stood firm, altho she did look a bit nervous.....the next morning one of the squirrels was sitting on the bannister glaring at twinkie.........remembering that one of the squirrels was female and might have babies, twinkie relented and put the sunflower seed feeder back up, but not the other one.....she did fill all the feeders this morning, but before she did she noticed the wild bird seed holder was completely empty..."i'm NOT gonna fill it up again until y'all eat everything you knocked to the ground!!", but when she got to the tree she realized all the grackles' seed had been eaten....so tq refilled the feeder, thinking perhaps she had blamed the grackles unjustly and that a deer had eaten everything in the night.....as long as tq keeps the feeders filled i think we can avoid a war with the grackles........

we could hear squeals and squeaking from outside in the house and roscoe when roaring after the culprits....it was a couple of squirrels, either fighting or making squirrel whoopee....at first roscoe and his lieutenants thought it was invaders of some sort.....mom screamed "No, roscoe" so he stopped chasing them, but he did continue to give them a stern warning about proper behavior when they are on the property

annie is still feeling much better and is back in the kitchen whipping up batches of cookies for all the wawas and support staff.....she is sure they have almost faded away to nothing in the past few days without her cookies, altho in my opinion, none of them look any skinnier

Jack was talking yesterday about needing to go to UNC-Canine for a consultation meeting....we are all assuming that is where he is, since no one has seen him since his last barrier observation flight last night...the eagle is missing, too....Roscoe said he called the scientist that jack was supposed to meet with who said he has not seen jack yet, but expects he will be right along....Prince and Roscoe are quite worried.....

Babycakes

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Dear Prince,

It was good to know that you are putting first things first. You have your priorities straight. Let's face it, thinking on an empty stomach just doesn't get anyone anywhere. Your meeting with Roscoe came after breakfast. Such a wise pooch I have raised.

I hope Jack doesn't give up working on a language with which to communicate with the possible aliens. I really believe that waging piece is the way to go with these guys. Of course, being prepared for battle is always essential. Its interesting that Jack should explore the possible melting barrier. It would not hurt to be aware of how to destroy the barrier while simultaneously working on ways to communicate and moving toward a peaceful meeting with the aliens (if in fact that is what they are).

I haven't heard from Jack for a very long time so I assume that he is far too busy to be bothered with such mundane chores such as writing letters or sending messages. Hopefully he will solve some of the puzzles before too long.

I hope that your meeting with Roscoe was productive Prince. It seems to me that there is so much to focus on in this world today that I fear everything will become to diffused and we will end up focusing on nothing. Please keep me informed.

Dad, who is about to focus on his performance dance routine.

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dear tom

that Jack is a genius! (as we already know)....taking a needed break from trying to find ways to thwart the sound barrier, he found a 3 lb. board and fixed it to fit over the twinkie's weight scale...he told annie that he was aware of her need to keep an eye on her weight and this would enable her to do so she would not have to bother with trips to the vets and all the stress that can produce....annie very carefully stepped onto the board and presto, she was back to 98lbs!..annie was thrilled!! she was a bit suspicious for a moment of some inserts on the underneath side, but jack was able to reassure her that they were there to stablize the board.....we couldn't risk the board tipping and her spraining a delicate paw..........who knew jack could be such a smooth talker and psychologist as well as an inventor!!?!! annie is practically prancing around the front porch this morning....jack also warned her to never, ever go over 100lbs, becuz he did some research and belgian bassets who weigh over 100 lbs are considered FAT...fat in an unflattering, ugly way...........he even gave annie the papers he'd printed off to support this......later he whispered to me that he made it all up, but having written and read enough scientific papers he knew how to write one and make it look real, especially to a basset who was not familiar with such things.....i saw annie reading the "article" very carefully and then tucking it under her bed.....she also pulled out 3 of bowser's donuts that, in her depressed state, she could not manage to eat.....this morning she scarfed them down and then asked if i was making breakfast or if she was....i told her it was her kitchen so she could make the choice and then i told her i was so happy for her now that her weight is back up....we gave each other hugs and sniffs and i think we are friends again.........of course, as tempermental as that girl is, who knows....jack showed me how to change the inserts with heavier ones if annie loses weight again and has the other ones hidden in his small laboratory right now, but will transfer them to the safe in the commander's office before he leaves here................annie is happily puttering around in the kitchen now so i hope breakfast will be soon

BabyCakes who is going to set out bowls for breakfast
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Dear Dad

we had a breakthrough with the sound barrier last night, altho it was not of Jack's doing....it rained again a lot yesterday and during one of the eagle observational flights Jack noticed the barrier had melted a little.......was it due to the rain? we threw water on it and nothing happened.......later the shield had repaired itself....Jack has been furiously working with this possible clue on how to destroy the shield....he has been analyzing the rain puddles on the ground to see if they hold a clue...i think Jack is a little befuddled which is why he took a brain break to work on solving annie's problem with the scales...she is one happy pup!

i just heard the call to breakfast.........afterwards roscoe and i are going to have a meeting about the problems in the Ukraine and rumors of a possible chupe attack here, etc, etc......oh well, for now...Let's Eat!

Prince who is hoping annie is making pancakes

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Dear Prince,

It was good hearing from you. I've been missing you more than usual since your trip. Bowser is missing Baby Cakes too. The two of us spent some time together at dog park. We sat on a bench and talked. Bowser talked about Baby Cakes and some of the things that she does that he loves so much. And of course I spoke at length about you.

Now you and Baby Cakes are in Virginia and in harms way. I am both proud of you and frightened for you at the same time. Jack wrote me a short note in his not so spare time and said that he is convinced that the barrier is not of this world...that its makers are alien. This frightens me. If their intensions were peaceful, I feel that they would reveal their presence and seek our leaders to talk. But they have set a barrier and are hidden from our view. This is not good. NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!!! And of course we have to consider that they may first have run into chupacabra who convinced them that they were the original species inhabiting earth and that the others that they see (humans, canines and the like) are invading evil creatures. I most certainly would not put that past the chupes. Please be careful Prince. And pass that message on to Roscoe as well. And to all who are exploring the barrier.

Now we must also consider the possibility that these beings are here in peace, but are not certain how to express that to us without raising our fear and anxiety to the point where we enter into unnecessary battle. Sadly, if these aliens got here their science is quite advanced beyond ours (probably even beyond Jack's), and we must not anger them unnecessarily. We do need, of course, to exercise vigilance and try our best to find ways of communicating with them. Perhaps we can wage piece rather than war. I've mentioned this to Jack and he concurs. This is why he has directed to Chihuahua soldiers to cease their attacks on the barrier. He pointed out to them that further efforts are probably futile anyway.

I know that Jack is working diligently, not so much now to get past the barrier, but rather to find ways of communicating. He is exploring mathematical communicative techniques since, at least in its purest sense, it is most likely a common language.

Take care my Prince,
Dad

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Dear Baby Cakes,

I mentioned that you would like Bowser there for one day and he was ecstatic. He was ready to go and I had to let him know that it isn't time yet. But just as soon as you have word that both soldiers are mended, and when you are ready for your celebration, just let me know and I will arrange eagle express for Bowser. He is chomping at the bit so to speak, or would be if he were a horse. (snicker) You get the idea though. He misses you so very much Baby Cakes.

Your friend,
Tom

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DEAR TOM

it was a lovely trip....i tried to get jack to sit back and enjoy the views, but he remained hunched over his calculations throughout the entire ride...*shaking head and grinning*...everyone seemed to enjoy their donuts, but annie was not her usual estatic self....i think she is severely depressed...after talking to lulu i have added a cherry grass anti-depressant to the anti-inflammatory pill that the vet gave her..... i do hope this will help...due to an increase in pollen mom is not outside much, so she has not been taking annie for walks....i may have to do this to get her spirits up...we shall see...............in the meantime, i have been helping in the infirmary with the 2 burned wawas....the one who was less burned was released back to light duty until his leg fully heals....he comes in once a day for me to check it, but it looks like annie did a good job with him....the other soldier is still not doing well, but i think he will recover.....eventually....it is unsure at this time whether he will ever be able to perform his duties as a soldier again........i complimented annie on what a great nursing job she did with both wawas, but she just snored.....do you think you could spare bowser for 1 day? i thought that when this other wawa is able to be released from the infirmary bowser could come here and make up a celebratory batch of pancakes for the entire camp...and annie would get an extra big stack with whipped cream for saving those 2 wawas with her nursing skills...................but this is just a thought i had...we will see how things go here first.....
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things are tense here.....jack has been working hard on removing the sound barrier.....he sent a couple of the wawas to wal-mart to get one of those big water guns for pool or beach.....and a quart of acid....he gave them a list of other things, too....when they got back, jack had them pool the acid in the gun and fire it at the barrier.....that did nothing.....he had them do anything they could think of that (from a safe distance) might damage or destroy the thing......this kept everyone busy while he worked on more complicated solutions....hammers and rocks were thrown, blow torches attached to little skate boards were pushed to the perimeters, groundhogs and gophers were dared to dig under the shield.....nothing except the groundhogs and gophers would not go near the shield even tho some of them cried that their families were on the other side.....jack did air reconnaisance with one of the eagles and noticed this afternoon that a bit of one portion of the shield seem to have melted....he has been taking pictures and comparing the pics, the melted piece was fine this morning....ah.....but why? and later this evening it was back to normal.......this puzzle has jack working furiously

yesterday from the wood in the front of the house we heard sounds like a giant woodpecker....another badly disguised chupe was dispatched with a shot of the toxin gun.....how are they getting in with the shield in place? can they manipulate it? how? double the normal amount of wawas have been assigned guard duty at all times......militias from west va, and nc have been asked to seen soldiers to help

Prince who is working hard to keep the farm safe.....

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Dear Roscoe,

By now passengers and doughnuts should have arrived. You will realize that Baby Cakes made the trip, that Bowser made up doughnut packages for all the passengers, for you, and for Annie. Don't tell her, but Annie's doughnuts are actually 1/2 the size of those given to everyone else. Everyone should now be in doughnut heaven, except TQ. His failure to send to TQ was simply that his recipe was made up of canine only ingredients. Of curse, they did have other human or canine ingredients, but he felt that TQ might be turned off by some of the flavors.

He does plan to make up another package to send via EGGmial. This will be for TQ only since they are 100% human ingredients, though she may wish to share some with Annie since Annie has unusual tolerance to all ingredients. She and Prince both seem to have cast iron stomachs.

I do hope that you enjoy the doughnuts. I know that each of the passengers that have arrived have most likely already taken hold of their responsibilities. I believe Prince will be especially helpful working with you in this battle. And Jack, well...he was cooking ideas before he even left about how he was going to investigate the origins and composition of the electric sound proofing fence.

Tom, who is wishing all of you the best as you pursue an unknown enemy who appears allied with the chupacabra

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Dear Annie,

Although everyone has Bowser doughnuts, between you and I Bowser spent extra time making your doughnuts special. I think you are going to love them. Oh yes, he also sent you twice as many as the rest knowing that you will need them with your gorgeous Belgian basset belly.

I hear your vet told you that you have lost 3 pounds. Don't believe it. His scales are obviously broken or defective. I've seen recent pictures. You remain your lovely gorgeous self. Ignore comments by those folks who, like that vet, want to diminish your loveliness. They are obviously jealous.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear TQ,

Look for eggmail. There are special doughnuts for you made by none other that Chef Bowser. I know that you are going to enjoy these because I know that I have loved them and found myself stuffing my belly until it was bloated, being totally unable to stop eating.

As you know, Annie has received doughnuts as well. Don't worry. Although they have a delightfully fat taste to them (according to Bowser), they contain fat free ingredients as well as a Bowser secret herbal ingredient that melts away fat. Please don't let Annie know THAT!

Tom, who is about to partake in a wonderful Bowser brunch.

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things are getting worse around here........with annie, i mean.......i told her that you were sending her bowser donuts and they would arrive with prince and jack......she just looked sad, said "oh" and waddled back to her bed, snoring almost before her head hit the pillow....apparently mom jokingly called her "skinnybones" last night which depressed annie...she is very worried she is wasting away to nothing....

the wounded soldiers made it thru the night.....the camp doc had to stay with them as annie was too depressed to deal with everything....the doc was told to call her only if there was an emergency......i understand that lulu was stressed before she left and with the strange goings on here she might be stressed again, but these 2 wawas really need her care....could BC come for a day or two? we are going to have to send annie to a canine mental facility if this keeps up.....she was willing to go to a fat farm until she realized their purpose was to REDUCE your fat....she just got sadder and returned to bed

there have been no more incidents with the sound shield, altho none of the guys have tried to mess further with it....a couple tried to walk along it to see where it ended, but it just goes on and on and on....we are looking forward to jack's expertise in this matter and it will be nice to have prince here if things get any worse...he is a brave warrior and a great strategist

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Dear Roscoe,

I spoke with Lulu and she will not be returning for a while. She says that her heart is in return, but that she was extremely stressed out when she left Virginia and, well, she just must have some additional R & R. Kathy agreed with every word as she said it, nodding her head up and down. Kathy was quite calm during all of this, nodding, chewing her cud, and smiling in obvious appreciation of Lulu's wise choice. Lulu did say that she would continue to consult with Annie regarding cherry grass applications, tonic and the like via cell. Cellular meetings can be arranged via canine facebook messaging.

Jack, on the other hand, appreciates the need for his being there and is eager to meet the challenge. Well, you know Jack. No scientific problem is beyond his curiosity and interest. Nor has he ever shirked from a challenge. He should arrive mid-day today via eagle express.

Prince, listening to all of this business, has made a decision. He will accompany Jack. Prince is, as he put it, action oriented and wishes to be where the action is. He remains pre-packed at all times except for his toothbrush and was instantly ready to travel. He and Jack are bringing a small sample of Bowser's doggie doughnuts for Annie to help sooth her nerves after her vet ordeal of yesterday. Let Annie know that it was my idea to suggest that but that the boys jumped on the idea instantly.

Tom, who having discussed Bowser's doggie doughnuts is now ready for his morning rations of Bowser waffles and whipped cream with mixed toppings.



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i printed out your message to annie and left it next to her bed for when she wakes up.....she had to go to the vet this morning and was pretty stressed out even though nothing really happened to her....the vet looked at both ends and prescribed anti-inflammatory meds for both ends, staff people petted her and told her how pretty she is *gag* and she tried to meet a couple of other dogs, but mom wouldn't let her, not knowing what possible diseases the other canines were in there for....the humane society brought in their weekly allotment of dogs for shots and exams, some of whom were screaming in fear even tho the vet had not yet arrived for work....worst of all they weighed her and to her horror, annie discovered she has lost 3lbs.....now she is a mere 95lbs................all this has worn annie out and she said she wishes NOT to be disturbed

pls. tell jack not to worry about the anti-smell project for disguises....more important is this sound shield barrier....we can't seem to dislodge it........ask jack if he could take an emergency flight here to help us figure out what to do to get rid of this thing........you are right, this seems like more techology than chupes usually have....we sat around last night with some of the special forces leaders discussing this and what to possibly do about it.....a couple of the special forces guys snuck up under the cover of darkness and tried to drill holes in it..fire shot out of the drilled areas and got one of the soldiers....his buddy was burned badly on one leg, but he was standing to the side when the flames burst forth....he carried his friend's body back to base.....the soldier is still alive, but it is questionable if he will make it.......everyone here is very sad and depressed.....and ANGRY.....whatever has erected this shield is very smart, advanced technologically and dangerous.....annie spent the night with the wounded onse applying cherry grass ointment, poultices and forcing the patients to drink their doses....annie apparently consulted with lulu late, late last night.....she may want to return here when jack comes

Roscoe who is extremely worried

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Dear Annie,

I believe a little clarification is in order. I didn't purposely tell the commander that you sent that telegram. What happened was that the commander said something like "That telegram! It was a hoax. Just the sort of thing Annie would do if she were here!" Well, I said nothing, but the commander looked at my face and then suddenly said, "Wow, it was her, wasn't it?"

Annie, I just don't lie that well. I had to admit that it was. He had guessed it. I hated having to do that, but I am just plain lousy at lying. I am so sorry that I am not a ... better ... liar. Hmmmm. Well, it just happened Annie.

Tom, who is currently posing and meditating on when a lie may be justified. My mind is quiet.

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Dear Roscoe,

Don't tell Annie but last night Joanie had a hard time sleeping. It had to do with Annie's upcoming non-trip to Florida. Joanie would fall asleep and then wake herself up giggling. It happened over and over. I suppose I shouldn't have said anything to her about Annie's attempted manipulation of the commander, but I just couldn't help myself. I too was laughing all the time that I told her the whole story. It was one crazy night.

I am thinking about the battle you are about to face and wishing you success and safety. It always concerns me when you go into battle, but I know that this is necessary. Of course I want a complete and accurate account of the whole affair after it is over and you are ready to write the report.

I have a question. Annie tells me that you have acquired the nick name of Stinkweed. Why do you suppose that is? Oh, and she also appears to be proud of you because you have mastered the art of camouflage at a very high level.

Oh, by the way Ros, I've talked with Jack and asked if he could develop something to camouflage the camouflage from an olfactory point of view. He is working on it in his lab as we speak.

Erecting an invisible sound barrier between you and the cows requires some pretty high tech thinking skills, something for which chupes are not noted for. Are you sure you are about to do battle with chupacabra. Be sure that you know your enemy before advancing into battle. Anything else could be disastrous.

Tom, who got up WAY to early this morning and is now falling asleep in his chair.


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DEAR tom

you sabotaged me! i had it all worked out with the commander and being able to come visit, but you (deliberately) told the commander that i sent the telegram!! how outrageous! joanie is going to be so disappointed....i hope you are up to dealing with her wrath when she finds out what you did!

i will let you talk to Stinkweed.........that's Roscoe to you........the folks were eating dinner last night when all of a sudden mom asked "what is that awful smell?!" it was roscoe who had come in and sat next to mom's chair......his whole point in doing so was to show mom the effectiveness of disguises becuz she never heard/saw him coming until she smelled him.....mom was not pleased and roscoe had his neck and collars washed with the flowery soap....

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dear tom

you have really stepped in it with annie....mention your name and her eyes shoot death rays...its a good thing you are not here right now...

mom is taking annie to the vet's tomorrow, but she doesn't know it yet....hehehe

speaking of right now, it sounds like helicopters landing, but it is the plethora of eagles bringing troops...prince did a good job! we already had a small skirmish yesterday...... around dusk mom found a skinny black snake by the asparagus beds...you could tell it was a fake by the hose-like crick in its back...it also was not particularly friendly..i almost stepped on it before it moved away and it dissapited quickly once shot with the toxin gun....then walking alongside the house mom saw a snake tail, and about 3 ft. away its head popped up from the grass...it did let mom shake its tail (gently) which everyone knows is a polite greeting between black snakes and humans.....however, its skin was dusty-looking, not shiny like a real snake skin......he, too, was poofed with toxin.......this morning there was a crow in the tree where mom hangs the birdseed feeders.....this is always a bad sign.....the gonzalez cows have been unusually quiet, even when i barked in cow (thank you, kathy)....upon investigation, the emergency communication lines were found to be cut and an almost invisible sound shield had been erected on the edge of the pasture so the cows could not hear us and vice-versa......there was also a faint odor of chupe.....our troops have been keeping watch and now that the extra forces have arrived we are going to sally forth into possible battle.............

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Dear Annie,

I happened onto the commander this morning. He seemed a bit more perturbed than usual. He said that he got a weird telegram this morning very early. He ran two blocks away to see how his sick mother was doing and found her quite well and spry indeed. He was returning to HQ when he ran across me. He was saying something about what he would do if he ever learned who sent the telegram and I am afraid that your name kind of came up while he was ranting. I really didn't mean for it to Annie, and I am so sorry.

Well, it took a long time, but I calmed him somewhat and got him to agree to the previous agreement which, being an honorable dog, he did. But he will not budge in further negotiations. I was actually on my way to try to soften some of his agreed to restrictions, figuring I would just chip away until many were gone, but of course now that is a lost cause.

Lulu was sorry to hear about her mom reinjuring her bursitis shoulder, but said that it is so easy to do. She also said that her mom knows how to place the poultices, and she is a big girl. She knows she must do that to get well, so she will leave it up to her to take care of that part of her treatment. She did ask that you... oh, I'm sorry, she just corrected me. She wanted me to give that message to Roscoe. I guess it doesn't concern you. So please, just never mind.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Roscoe,

Lulu asked me to have you make sure your mom remembers to use her poultices for her bursitis arm. She knows that you are busy, and she isn't expecting that you will continuously hound her about it (which is one reason that she didn't say anything to Annie about it) but just a gentle reminder when you get up in the morning...you know.

What a fascinating sight we had this morning. A multitude of eagles dropped in, ate rewards (though we weren't required to pay for this), and then flew off with as many gondolas as eagles. The gondolas are filled with troops to reinforce your boys there. He is sending all special forces except for one unit which will remain here just in case a threat arises. He is sending only a couple of units of troopers since the two of you seem to feel that the special forces boys and girls can deal with the problem quite effectively. He continued with, "...not that it will be easy, but they can do it!" Just be sure to keep the landing field free of people (canine, avian, or human).

Tom, who will be attending a dance class later today

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dear tom

if your local commander is sending reinforcements here, who will guard me in the brig? remember, i am an expert lock picker (but lets not share that with the commander) i admit i do not like your commander's attitude....boy, he sure can hold a grudge...he needs to practice his poses more often...sheesh!

this afternoon some man came to the house to visit my mom and dad....i didn't pay him much attention since he did not particularly seem like a dog-type person.....when he was getting ready to leave mom went out and sat with roscoe so he wouldn't go all barky bananas on the guy......as mom was petting him, 2 whatappearedtobe deer poops fell out from under roscoe's collar....mom remarked that there was no point in saving them since the woods were full of them....roscoe replied that they were disguise pellets and it is always good to have them on hand in case of emergencies.....mom sigh...roscoe sighed...not sure who, if anyone, won that battle........

mom reinjured her bursitis shoulder, so i can't come right now since i am having to nurse her....(since lulu is not here to do her job).....pls. don't tell joanie about the possibility of my coming, since i am not sure how long this nursing detail will take...i will let you know.....btw, if the commander gets a telegram stating his mom is ill and he should go home immediately, pls. let him know that prince is fully capable of managing things in his absence, so he should take all the time he needs to stay with his mom who probably lives far, far away

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Dear Annie,

I've had a rather interesting discussion with the commander. He seems to be definite about your accommodations in the brig should you come. However, after negotiations I have made progress. He has agreed to giving you accommodations that are individual (no other inmates within the area) with freedom to have visitors when ever they may wish to come. He has also agreed to release you when ever transportation home is scheduled, though he insists that you be accompanied by troops until you have mounted the gondola or what ever other means of transportation has been arranged. The accompanying troops will surround the gondola or other transporting vehicle until it is on its way.

You will not be permitted to have with you any personal effects (cell phones, credit cards, cookies...what ever) but you will be fitted and dressed in a lovely white and black wide striped dress. You will look lovely in it. The commander states that he will provide ample brig food (bread and water mostly), but I was able to intervene here with my negotiations, insisting that a small amount of meat flavoring be added to the bread to make your stay more comfortable. And keep in mind, that those visiting you may be able to slip you a few extra goodies provided they can get them past the pat down procedures for visitors.

Well Annie, that was the best that I could do, but I think that you will appreciate the private accommodations and the flavored brig food. One or two of us should be able to spend a few minutes with you each day to keep you company.

Tom, who is expecting Bowser made steak for lunch. (I wonder what dinner will be.)

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Dear Roscoe,

I am not liking the situation that you have mentioned in your recent message. It sounds like very dangerous times there. I do hope that special forces training has been completed. It sounds like your special forces are about to get their first real life experiences in the field of battle. We wish you all well.

Please feel free to send Annie. Arrangements have be made for her. Also, our commander has given the OK for reinforcements to be sent but I'm sure that by now you have worked out the arrangements with him.

We will be thinking about you. Please be careful, and please keep me informed about the defense of your Virginia homestead.

Tom, who stands ready to help with this most serious matter from Florida (except of course during dance times)

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DEAR TOM

i've told mom that you are missing me terribly, especially my loving singing and howling....she is okay with my coming to visit and then returning with lulu and whomever else wanted to visit here (like my favorite sweetie-weetie nephew Princey-poo) (he adores it when i call him that)..... transportation may be a problem and i will work on that......i have also sent a fax to your local commander showing him the part of the message where you say you miss me and therefore it is okay for me to travel to your house....he replied with a lot of grumbling, so we are "in negotiations".....he also said he will be talking with you about this soon....don't let him intimidate you, tom, and make you back down....keep in mind how thrilled joanie would be if i came to visit.......

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Heads up, tom

things are on high alert here.....temperature are gray, cold, windy and wet....possible sightings of shadow creatures have occurred altho they have not yet been confirmed....a small posse of chupes is reported headed this way.....while annie considers herself a mighty soldier, it would be better if she was at your house if there is a battle here since we all know her best way of taking down an enemy is by sitting on them

i have already been talking to prince about the possible need for reinforcements

paws is headed your way and should arrive tomorrow...don't know if he will be staying overnight or just for a few hours to consult with prince

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Dear Annie,

I am sorry that I didn't go into more detail about the injection, but I thought that perhaps Lulu would have explained it to you. They are trying their best to include humans, not only as patients, but as providers as well. They find it quite difficult to find humans who will listen to them. My vet, however, did listen. Now as far as Baby Cakes getting off her butt, not only did she but Lulu did as well. They were both there with me skillfully guiding the human vet as he learned the art of injecting without pain. Lulu was brilliant in her instruction and BC was keen with her observations, correcting the human vet not once, but twice. The result of the team at work was quite astounding. Lulu feels that this human vet is almost ready to work on his own, but also feels that one more supervised procedure would be advisable. The human vet was quite obviously rather proud of his accomplishment. I'm certain that he is on his way to a great career dealing with pain.

I really thought that the eggMail folks were a whole lot more efficient than that. It sounds like maybe one or two bad apples in the barrel. Its a shame that management can't see beyond their noses and choose to believe the carrier. Obviously the carrier cannot be trusted if you are correct.

Annie, I can kind of understand the attitude of the special forces. They work terribly hard in the field and with their training, and look upon the house as a moment of respite. Still, it wouldn't hurt to pitch in some. Perhaps you could diplomatically work it out.

Right now Baby Cakes is assisting Bowser and Prince is, uh...supervising the whole kitchen thing. At least, I'm quite certain Prince thinks so even if Bowser is getting a bit uncomfortable with his presence. Lulu, as you may have guessed, is with Kathy. Kathy is trying to convince Lulu that cows should have cow vets (not human vets working on cows) and that they should learn all about cherry grass. I think I heard Lulu disagreeing with Kathy, but I do believe she suggested canine vets for cows. I'm not certain how that discussion is continuing. I know that Kathy, when she gets her mind stuck on something, can be pretty hard to move in another direction. We shall see.

Well, we are all missing you, you GREAT BIG beautiful Basset you!
Tom, who is listening to the musical voice of Baby Cakes calling us all to dinner.

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

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

why did you vet give you the injection and not babycakes?! i understand why you wouldn't have lulu do it, what with her vision and balance problems, but you'd think that BC would get off her tail and do it....oh well, not my battle.......my mom and dad were gone overnight (taking Sassy home)....when they left mom said i was in charge in the house and roscoe would be in charge of the outside areas....let me tell you, i had wawas scrubbing and cleaning! ah, it was going great until roscoe came in and yelled that all soldiers, on duty or not, were to remain outside...what a grump! it's not like i pulled them off guard duty or out of classes.....these guys were not scheduled to be on duty until evening, so no point in letting them lie around and sleep or get soft...no...these guys are soldiers and by golly, they should be busy! the special forces did not work in the house....they said they were guests and therefore should have to do household manual labor.....i pointed out that they would also get no cookies.....hmpfh!

speaking of cookies..........i called EGGMail as soon as i recieved your message...the dispatcher was not aware of any hijackings, so she called for her supervisor....he said he paperwork from the courier said everything was delivered properly, but he would check into it...i bet that slimy courier devoured all the cookies himself and then lied on the paperwork to cover his feathered butt....oh, heads will roll over this one!

Annie who will find a new way to send her pals & the Commander some special cookies

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Dear Annie,

I really should have messaged you yesterday, but unfortunately I was tied up. First, I stopped by to see the human vet and he gave me a carefully placed dose of cherry grass elixir into my cervical spine. Although it relieved a lot of pain (cherry grass is wonderful stuff), I did feel quite tired and also wanted to rest the injection point during the afternoon, so Joanie and I (Joanie also had a procedure -- same vet) became couch potatoes in from of the TV all afternoon catching up on recorded programs. (Recorded programing is the only way to watch TV {except Dancing with the Stars}.) In the evening I couldn't help myself...I went to the dance lesson and party. Wow! Great stuff. And today I am feeling really really good!

Now then, I do have some rather disturbing news Annie. I am so sorry to report that a scout eagle stopped by yesterday afternoon and informed us that a package sent to the commander of our Chihuahua unit was hijacked in transit. I had no idea what he was talking about until you sent me the message but I suppose those were the cookies. He informed me also that there would be a charge for the information stop so I suggested that he transfer the charge to the sender...one Miss Annie of Virginia. Considering the manner in which payment is received, likely will charge additional for the trip back to Virginia. Sorry about that.

Oh, by the way, when I told Joanie about your message and then about the messenger, she laughed so hard that she cried. I asked if she was sorry you weren't going to be able to bribe the commander and she said no, that she just thinks the whole situation is one of the funniest things she has ever heard about. Annie, you should take a selfie right now and send it to Joanie. I would like to see who is laughing to the point of tears more... Joanie or you. I suspect it was you considering that you are likely shedding those marvelously large Belgian Basset tears.

Have a wonderful day Annie, and thanks for you message,
Tom (who is about to enjoy an extra special Bowser pancake)

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

our cousin, Sassy, a shih-tzu is visiting, and becuz she so admires me and wants to be just like me, she got ahold of the laptop yesterday and wrote you that letter...however, the smell of my cookies distracted her before she could sign off....we will try to prevent her from further writings...she goes home this afternoon, i think...she is such an addlepated ninny...she drives me bazonkers!

we had a new FEDEX guy yesterday...he came in a yellow rental truck becuz his regular one broke down....he also was not aware of the proper identification procedures required before entering the property and just came barreling thru the gates, never realizing how close he came to being totally eliminated from this earth.....however, when he jumped out of the truck and heard the barked commands from roscoe, i think he realized he had done something wrong....he apologized, listened to The Rules of Entrance, promised to do better and told the guys they were doing a great job....Roscoe was not impressed by the compliment, but the newer recruits puffed their little manly chests out in pride....(Roscoe said he is going to have a class lesson on Not Falling For Flattery)....the guys really were over-reacting just a bit...it was obvious this was a good guy....why you know, the first thing he said when i pranced up to his truck door was "you are beautiful".....obviously a man of good taste....i gave him 3 cookies when he left...he will be back.....i wonder if he ever drives to fl?

speaking of cookies i sent a large box of them to my old friends in the brig, including a special box just for the commander....i doubt there will be any further problems should i decide to visit you again..i know joanie will be thrilled to hear the good news

Annie, who just sent you and joanie a box of her new cookie recipe......
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i sent a big box of cookies to the brig and the courier also had a smaller box for you....go see Bob in the Brig....he is holding them for you...but you'd better hurry...he cannot hide them forever.....don't tell your dad or mom, becuz i am making a special surprise batch of cookies for them...they are called "Florida Dreamin'"...you could probably score a couple of those, too



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Dear Roscoe,

I have received a very strange message from...well, from who knows. It mentioned you, Annie and Lulu and talked about mom as if this person was talking about TQ. It was not signed and so I have no idea who it was from.

I might add that Prince and Kathy also received a letter, apparently by the same person, with a really hair brained idea which I will not even bother to tell you about. Prince laughed about it but Kathy kind of took it seriously and several Chihuahua troopers had to straighten her out. I'm not certain that she is completely convinced that the idea is a hair brained one, but she appears to have called off the herds advances toward our home.

I would appreciate it if you would investigate (if you have the time) and see if you can find out who it was that sent the message. I don't want to answer it just in case it is an unfriendly looking for intelligence info to share with the chupacabras. At the same time, I felt that the tone of the letter suggested that it was someone friendly and who refers to TQ as mom. Just sniff it out and let me know ASAP. I think the ID of this person might be important.

Tom, who is patiently awaiting your reply.

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

yesterday i suggested to roscoe that prince go over and negotiate with kathy to have the herd supply your local troops with disguises.....he said the herd might be willing to cooperate especially after their recent encounter with shadow creatures and has sent a message to both prince about it....annie suggested that if the herd agrees that prince model at least one of the disguises for you and joanie...and then mom and annie giggled like children......sheesh!

it has been cold, overcast and rainy for days........ever since i came back here actually.....the air seems a bit "funny", and while there is nothing one can exactly put ones paw on, we are all taking extra precautions.....

speaking of precautions...you did mention in a recent message about having several dr. appt....we were all quite worried until mom reminded us that you were in capable paws since both lulu and babycakes were there to take care of you.....unfortunately, annie overheard this...her ears shot straight up as she hollered "WHAT?!!" ,....then she went into a rant about being left behind....mom pointed out that she had heard that while she was recuperating from that bonk on the head, annie was out gallivanting whoknowswhere and perhaps it was time to have a discussion about it.....suddenly, annie could not chat any longer becuz, she said, it was time for poses, and it is necessary to maintain a strict routine.....mom gave her the youaretalkingnonsenseandiknowit look, but decided not to persue it at the time.....

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Dear TQ,

Lulu is having a marvelous time and I really cannot imagine her wearing out her welcome. She is a joy to have as a visitor and is always welcome.

Now then, Annie is not welcomed as a visitor...not because Joanie and I would not like having her here you understand, but rather because the commander has made it quite clear that if she comes anywhere near here they will toss her back into the brig. We all know that is not a pleasant place, and it is even worse for one certain delicate Belgian Bassett. Though it did serve to help thin her while she was there. Remember. Perhaps someday she will decide that she wants to reduce and we could suggest a brig retreat at the commanders spa. (snicker)

I loved the picture of Roscoe and the cows. Roscoe looked so happy there. And what generous cows to help him with camouflage, even with the provision of free camouflaging materials. You've just got to love those cows.

Prince is so busy with training duties these days that I seldom see him and I suspect the same is true with Roscoe. I will be glad when the forces are trained and ready to activate.

Tom, who is worn out from trips to multiple doctors yesterday but still has to practice dance before rehearsal and class this evening. (yawn)


Tom

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

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

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


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dear tom

i DO understand the necessity of various sorts of disguises when one is in battle....the problem began when roscoe wore his disguise into the HOUSE....THAT was inappropriate! Ros said he knew he was going back out into fieldwork and didn't want to change out of his "disguise", come into the house for a break, and then have to go back out to training and reapply his "disguise".....he mentioned that he sent you a pic on FB of him with some of the cows who often help with disguises *snort*.....anyway, we (i hope) have reached a new understanding about what is proper indoor wear as opposed to proper outdoor wear....

it rained! last sat. i transplanted a lot of fromthefrontyard plants to the front gates where there is no faucet or water supply except what i have to lug in large containers....it is so nice that Mother Nature is taking over this chore for now...once the plants become established in their new home, watering will not be a problem....i have given the commander orders that war training games are not to take place in my garden by the gates............he nodded, but then asked "you are annie's mother, right?'....what an odd dog....annie said it was a compliment of some sort and not to worry about it...roscoe just smiled............odd

it seems that our wawas and the new guys are getting along much better....roscoe led a very inspired (or so i was told) lecture on chupes and our guys demonstrated the toxin weapons which highly impressed the special forces soldiers...there will be more war games/training today with a lecture on shape-changing chupes, how to spot them, and then practice using the weapons....perhaps i shall go to town during the practice period since it may get very noisy around here.......

i do hope Lulu is behaving herself and not outstaying her welcome....she does so love her time in fl........its nice for her to have a non- work-related friend like kathy...i know she and BC are friends, but they do so much work and research together that it is nice for lulu to have someone else to just hang loose with......she was feeling pretty good when she left here, but send her home immediately if she declines and needs to go to the vet's...hehehehehe...don't let her walk too close to the edge of the canal....we don't want her rolling down the side and visiting alfred and his family

TQ who is going to encourage annie to make cookies for the troops again

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Dear TQ,

I understand that you have adverse feelings about that which Roscoe was rolling in, but please keep in mind that he is training some very special special forces troops. They must learn the art of quick camouflage when on the field of battle. Disgust must be overcome and smells tolerated. Keep in mind that these are truly desperate times.

Meanwhile in Florida, Kathy and Lulu are solving so many of the worlds problems, Prince is busy training our special forces (no roll in business yet), and Bowser, like clockwork, continues to serve as chief cook and bottle washers at our home. Oh, and we had more butterfly emergings today.

Oh, and at this moment Baby Cakes and Lulu are meeting, a meeting that Kathy is sitting in on. What a busy day.

Lulu sends her love,
Tom

Tom

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

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

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


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dear tom

it is like a Disney set here........the songbirds outside are twittering up quite a racket, 2 squirrels are playing chase around the tree truck while another is scarfing down sunflower seeds that Bambi knocked on the ground from the feeders.....lusty turkeys are gobbling to attract friendly females and a poor owl who probably can't sleep for all the racket is hooting out in the woods....

here, it has been quiet amongst the wawas and "others".....thats how the wawas referred to the special forces yesterday who were swaggering around like they were kings of the mountain after roscoe had them demonstrate a few of their techniques.....today..oh what in the jim jabbery jumpups is that SMELL?!!! oh, Roscoe, what is WRONG with you?!!!...................................
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......................i do NOT want to hear about disguises!!

*holding nose* THAT DOG WENT AND ROLLED IN SOMETHING DISGUSTING AND THEN CAME INTO THE HOUSE and SAT BEHIND MY CHAIR!!! oh well, the windows are now open and his paws and neck have been bathed in Meyer's soap, lemon verbena scented to be more precise....he will go around smelling like flowers while his cloth collar and his international no fleas and ticks repellant collar dry in the sun (also washed with Meyers)..........yuk! i feel so soiled! I do not like the scents of any Meyers liquid soaps but they are the only ones strong enough to get rid of the odors of stink bugs and critter poop

TQ who feels in need of an extremely hot bath with lots of soap!




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Dear Roscoe,

Remember, positive is always better than negative. I recommend that you find some ways to motivate the special forces. I mean, they are obviously motivated to fight, but help them turn that same motivation toward your training program. Remind them that enemy are the chupacabra, not each other. Help them to know how much they rely upon one another and help them work as a team.

And then, if all else fails, knock some snouts together. LOL

Lulu spent a little time with Jack this morning, a little time according to her and more time than she needed to according to Jack who is always anxious to return to his work in his lab. He is such a dedicated inventor / scientist. Good thing for us too.

After breaking away from Jack she trotted over...well, trotted as well as she could...to the canal to talk with Kathy who had come to the fence on the other side of the canal. There the two of them carried on a major conversation. It grew quite loud, so I invited Kathy to drop in over here for further conversation and some snacks. Bowser made up a special hey and grain biscuit recipe this morning which he wants her to try. Then too, for the half day or so that it takes Kathy to get here from over there we will have silence, and when she does, the girls can talk a lot softer that when they have to yell at each other over the canal. Then too, that will be less likely to disturb the local gator residents of the canal. That is far preferable to the alternative.

While Lulu is waiting for Kathy, she and Baby Cakes are having a rather lengthy discussion about cherry grass harvesting, processing, and product formulae. It is really intense and included a short brain storming session which produced several hot new ideas according to nurse / doctor Lulu. One major topic on which they focused was the use of cherry grass in the treatment of shadow creature induced amnesia syndrome (SCIAS).

As we well know, virtually 100 % of shadow creature victims who find a way to return home suffer from SCIAS. That's why they feel research into the use of cherry grass to treat SCIAS is so vital. They have outlines their plans for the initial research efforts. They have even engaged a golden retriever who happens to be an advertising guru, to find ways to get a large number of SCIAS victims to volunteer for medicine research. Each volunteer will be given free physicals, free medical workups during the test period, and will learn whether they were in the control group or treatment group ten weeks after research findings are final and published. Baby Cakes plans to try to work a deal with the eagles to provide free transportation for those participants who have to come more than 5 miles to the research facility (apparently housed in Lulu's Florida coop. She says that Bear would be quite proud to know of the wonderful use of their coop.

Prince informed me of a few interesting things. He says that the girls tried to solicit his services in printing signs and the like for the clinics exterior (the coop now has become the clinic). Prince had to decline due to his busy schedule associated with training of Chihuahua soldiers, so Lulu plans to ask Kathy for her help. Lulu says that she has it on good authority that cows have gotten a great deal of art practice as well as sign making when printing up their wonderful televised "eat more chicken" signs.

Kathy is here now and just informed me that 'eat more chicken" is misspelled. She was going to go into detail, but I informed her that I needed to get inside in case Bowser needed help in the kitchen. (grin)

Tom, who is going to try to relax some before Joanie gets home.

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

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

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


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DEAR TOM

i got home just in time....mom was right! those special forces guys were out of control!...our commander already had 3 of them in the brig for really bad behaviors and most of the rest were on notice to shape up or move to the pasture on the other side of the gonzalez house....neither mom or annie is speaking to any of them and our troops have been seriously offended by their sense of entitlement and superior attitude.....it is going to have to take some serious work to mend all these fences.........

on a more positive note i did have some of the special forces guys working with some of our wawas and i do think this has helped relations a bit.....now that i am back and have them working together in a variety of exercises things between the 2 groups will hopefully mellow out.......mom is willing to give the new guys another chance, but it will be hard going to get annie to chill out....i suggested she make some more cookies and she just snorted and rolled over to begin poses and tune me out.....she has also stopped making cookies for our guys as long as the special forces fellows are sharing the same mess hall.....our wawas are quite upset over this and several have begged her to not punish them for the misdeeds of the others.....i have seen her slip several of our beggars a couple of freshly made cookies when she thinks i am not paying attention......sigh...........at this point in my life i should not have to worry about everybody's delicate temperments!

glad to hear lulu arrived safely....she was a bit nervous about the whole thing of going by herself when she left so i gave her my old, favorite stuffed toy from my puppyhood to hang on to when she was feeling tense.....she was hugging it for all she was worth when they took off....mom was kind enough to put out a small snack for the eagle before he took off even tho they were in a hurry.....its a long trip, roundtrip, and i am sure the eagle was hungry

uh-oh....i hear some raised barking going on outside....i'd better get out there

Roscoe who is about ready to knowck some snouts together

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Dear Roscoe,

Lulu told us that you arrived safely to your Virginia destination. Just to let you know, Lulu has arrived safely in Florida. She claims that it was one of the smoothest flights ever. She loves the new one passenger gondola design and plans to let Jack know this morning as soon as she sees him. I let her know that he seldom leaves his lab anymore so she will probably need to visit him there. His failure to leave his lab probably has something to do with his currently ever increasing weight. I've noticed that he hasn't mentioned Annie's need to reduce lately. :)

Lulu plans to just chill at home this morning. This afternoon she may visit Kathy, stopping by Jack's lab on her way. She is still uncertain about those plans. She is looking forward to a Bowser breakfast.

When Lulu arrived late last night she and Prince seemed overjoyed to see each other, greeting one another with exuberant doggie greetings. This morning, however, Prince spent only a few moments before running off to meet with the Chihuahua commander. "War business," he exclaimed just before leaving the house. It blew me away that he didn't wait for Bowser to serve breakfast, but apparently the call of duty was quite strong.

Lulu just came in, drowsy eyed and bushy tailed. She said to make sure that her mom knows that she safely arrived. She said to tell her that she has big plans for today. I asked her about her plans and she said, "Well, you know, chill and then visit friends." (Gotta love it!)

Good luck with the special forces,
Tom

Tom

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

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

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


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DEAR TOM

i have everything i need for traveling pack in a backpack that i can wear during the trip....i will be ready....Herself, the Prom Queen, has no idea as she has been in negotiations with the leader of the special forces troop that is here,(they have been raising cain and being extremely noisy).....also the goldfinches have returned en masse......let me tell you, i am ready to leave this House of Crazy and take a vacation....mom said she understands and will not say a word to annie until i am airborne...and if annie is here in the house when roscoe arrives she said she will keep annie distracted until i leave....after all, didn't annie just return from your place? *snort*.....

mom is also placing annie on squirrel duty in the hopes she will be spurred into action and lose a few pounds chasing them....no one believes annie would actually be able to catch one, even if the squirrel fell while running away, broke a foot and had to hobble on 3 legs with a crick in its neck which made him only able to look to the left *grin*...in fact, when mom asked the squirrels (who will be paid in nuts) to help in annie's exercise program they agreed and then laughed to hard they could barely stand up! one accidentally blew sunflower seeds out of his cheeks!

last night, walking to the mailbox, we could hear fire engines on the road that runs behind the mountain that sits behind our house...and there was a definite smokey scent in the air....about 10pm last night we heard fire engines again....mom was planning what to take if we had to evacuate, realizing, of course, with all the dogs in the car there would not be much room for anything else.......she decided her laptop and maybe her cameras and had them sitting together on the table, but thank heavens, nothing happened or our side of the mountain......

today starts the big weekend at some place called Appomatox which is only about 3 hrs from here of the anniversary of the signing of the documents that ended the Civil War (aka the War of Northern Aggression),....my dad had to drive thru the town early this morning and said there were state troopers everywhere and the town was expecting at least 20,000 visitors....mom asked why since the south has never actually ended the war, and my dad said the tourists were probably coming to make sure those papers were not going to be signed, hahahaha.....sigh... humans!

Lulu who looks forward to seeing you soon

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Dear Lulu,

Roscoe left mid-morning today. I spoke with the eagle and he is ready to transport you here should you decide to come. He will land there late this afternoon, so please be prepared should you be coming with the eagle. He will have to take off quickly to make the most of daylight hours. Night flight is possible but quite uncomfortable. Perhaps that quick takeoff will actually be advantageous since you know who might otherwise decide to attempt the flight.

Now then, the gondola is a new design, one which Jack helped design. It is a single passenger express gondola with curved in upper parts that makes it virtually impossible to fall out of. Unfortunately it makes it quite difficult to see over as well, but let's face it, not everyone likes window seats anyway. The point is, it will be perfectly safe for you even if you are feeling unsteady and you will not need a co-passenger.

I do recommend that you pack secretly. There is no point in letting Miss Annie be aware of your intentions. Your mom can inform her after you have departed. Just a suggestion. Should she learn of your flight prematurely, just let her know that the gondola is a single passenger gondola and that it has certain weight restrictions which precludes the marvelous Belgian Bassett breed. :)

I do hope that you come Lulu. I've mentioned the possibility to Kathy who, like most cows, do not see things in shades of gray, but rather black and white. As far as she is concerned, you are coming...period. Of course, she is quite difficult to reason with, so if you don't come, I shall cross that bridge at that time. Of course Prince, Joanie and I are very much looking forward to your visit. I haven't mentioned it to Baby Cakes yet since she didn't accompany Bowser this morning, though he may have mentioned it to her. We shall see.

Tom, who is very much looking forward to seeing you.

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

mom took annie for a walk in the woods and, for once, annie did not balk....this may have been becuz mom had a walking stick in her hand and gave annie's delicate posterior a gentle nudge with the end of it as annie was standing in the open doorway not moving....(probably trying to decide which pudgy foot should go first).....since the ground is so uneven i did not go, but they were accompanied by wawas alfredo and victor, altho with the special forces here everyone feels pretty safe......

speaking of the special forces, oh my stars, tom! mom happened to be outside on the lanai when there was a big noise as a tree fell.....a tree chopped down, it turns out, by the special forces guys.....mom was hopping up and down mad! she yelled at the elite soldiers who gradually melted into the foliage as mom continued to rant, so mom stomped off and bellowed at the commander about how these new guys are NOT allowed to cut down perfectly healthy trees......the commander had to go and have a chat with their commander...it was not pretty......until roscoe gets here and formal training and meetings begin these guys seem to think they are on vacation....and it is obviously getting on mom's nerves.....annie's, too, as evidenced by what happened when she took over a welcoming tray of her homemade cookies yesterday.....one of the special soldiers apparently thought he was "joe cool" and made some leering comment and annie knocked him head over teakettle! she has vowed not to take them any more cookies until the offender apologizes to her.....this may take awhile as all the wawa's buddies laughed at him and he felt very humiliated.....it is rumored that when he recovered he called her "fat", which fortunately for all, annie did not hear or mr. smarty mouth would no longer be alive as we all know....i do not know if i can wait until late may to visit, tom....i have just about reached my final level of craziness here....when is roscoe coming? perhaps i could ride back when the gondola drops him off.....

LULU who is beginning to feel a little crazy herself

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Dear Lulu,

I was thrilled to hear that you are considering coming for a vacation. You are always welcome to come here. We love having you. You are a marvelous guest and have contributed so much to the welfare of everyone with your ingenious work with cherry grass that we are quite proud to have you as our daughter-in-law. You are dear to our hearts. We look forward to your arrival. Just let me know when you plan to come and if you need any help arranging transportation by eagle. And of course, when you come I'm sure that Annie will enjoy her vacation at that wonderful spa. (grin)

I think you are probably correct that the noise in the woods is associated with special forces Chihuahua troops, but do keep me informed about that. I expected some disturbance, but nothing like the noise that you describe. They are supposed to be able to slip in and out of target areas in silence and secretiveness and do what ever their assignment calls for. Of course, if their assignment calls for blowing something up or some other explosive thing, then the noise at that moment is inevitable.

Its time for my Bowser breakfast,
Tom

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

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

mom was putting out seed for the wild birds when we heard this horrendous noise from the woods, similar to what one would imagine and several people being murdered might sound like....mom said, "no wonder they call it a Murder of crows!"......everybody here just froze in their tracks....i think, perhaps, some of the special forces must have arrived early and are doing whatever they do in the woods....i know i sent Hector down to find out exactly what was going on and he came back saying there are "no tresspassing" signs and strange wawas with uzis guarding the perimeter.......he immediately went off and spoke to the commander and i have heard no more about it.....we have a herd of 6 deer that hang out a lot in the pasture next the orchard and they were complaining about being banned from their usual sleeping area by these new wawas.....annie is in the kitchen baking extra cookies for the new arrivals....i advised her not to bother since they do not seem to want visitors but she just replied with a haughty "oh, nonsense!" so i've let her go about her business

mom is going to visit one of her sisters for a few days later next month, so i think i will take that opportunity to come to fl. if that is all right with you.....and let's not tell the Insufferable One or else she will be insisting on coming along, too, and frankly, i need a break from life here....i am looking forward to chilling out with kathy and the herd, consulting with BabyCakes, possibly going to a dance or two, and chowing down on bowser's delicious meals........and quiet! (well, quiet when compared to annie's whining and complaining, chicken-stealing ghosts, screeching special forces, etc)......in the meantime, i will be stocking up on cherry grass here in case of war casualties and maybe even teaching a class or two to the special forces guys

Lulu who is due for a vacation

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Dear Lulu,

It sounds like your mom is feeling much better and I am happy to hear that. Exercise is always good. Much of my exercise is associated with dancing (as you know) and today I will be rehearsing with Michaela. We are doing a tango for showcase. I've enjoyed choreographing it, though one verse of our song is held in reserve since tango is our month long series of lessons for April and I want to incorporate some of the stuff John gives us. (You remember John...he thought you were quite a lady when you visited the studio.)

But I digress. We were speaking of exercise. As for Annie, you need to decide what your primary objective is. If it is your mom's exercise, suggest she use the leash. She will be able to pull the pudgy one all along the walk, giving her a challenging use of much energy. If it is exercise for Annie, use the chocolate dog biscuit. Keep in mind that keeping up with Annie who will be chasing food can be quite taxing as well. :)

Prince, Roscoe, and Paws have finished meetings. Each came away from the meeting with very serious faces. They are still not sharing what they have been discussing. I do know that Roscoe and Paws will be heading for Virginia within a day or two. Prince will remain here to work with the commander and the Chihuahua troops. Roscoe will be working with the commander and Chihuahua troops in Virginia, and Paws will be working with the special forces assigned to the Ukraine. Oh, that reminds me, expect additional Chihuahua special forces troops to arrive since that unit is made up of troops from both Florida and Virginia. I understand additional troops will arrive from other states as well. It should be quite a party (grin). You needn't worry about them though. They will be training in the back woods and living off the land. Oh yes, I almost forgot. I am to warn you that you should ignore the extra noise associated with war games. Those "games" are an essential part of the training process. You can let the others in your family know that Chihuahua troops will be carrying on war games and it could get noisy. They really don't need to know that these are special forces. It just might upset your mom. :)

Bowser calls (think Bowser waffles today)
Tom


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

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


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dear tom

i have found a new way to help mom....exercise! yesterday, as i mentioned, mom and i went on a long walk/run.....later, she worked with my dad moving wood from 2 cut pine trees, and last night we all went for a walk.....boy, oh boy! she took her cherry grass and went right to sleep when i told her it was bedtime! today i made her do the walk/run and now she is outside washing the car...she also did a little weight lifting and maybe tonight i can get everyone to walk again........welllll, i am not sure about the pudgy princess....she cannot even keep up with me, and you know i am as slow as molasses these days.....and that basset sure can snore! mom said she may have to put Her Highness on a leash...mom really wants her to lose weight, altho annie does not seem at all interested.....mom said its either the leash or holding a long stick with a chocolate dog biscuit tied to it......

speaking of food, nothing else has disappeared her lately....hmmm...it's a mystery *snort*

Lulu who is dreaming of a bowser breakfast

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