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4/19/15 11:59 A

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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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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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4/18/15 3:24 P

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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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4/18/15 7:53 A

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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.
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4/16/15 9:46 A

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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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4/16/15 6:08 A

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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4/11/15 2:52 P

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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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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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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Dear Lulu,

I agree that you are most likely overworked, but believe me, there are those who appreciate all that you do, and I am lead cheerleader when it comes to appreciating your worthy efforts to relieve pain and suffering.

Roscoe, Prince, and Paws are here. All three are holding meetings of a most secret nature. I am not even allowed near their area. Now that is a first, but perhaps they are trying to protect me. Anyway, they keep saying need to know and I have no need to know. OK!

Apparently you confronted Annie on some of her comments in her message to me because she wrote me this morning and truthfully, it wasn't pretty. It reminded me so much of Miss Piggy at her worst. I guess she won't be wanting to visit any time soon. (smiling from ear to ear)

Now then Lulu. I know that you can't leave your mom just yet, but when you feel she is well enough, just know that our home is always open to you. You are most welcomed to come just to rest up when ever you wish. As you know, I keep the coop that you and Bear shared in as much repair as I can so that you can spend time there whenever you wish. I sometimes go there and think on fond memories of that sweet boy. And of course you have Baby Cakes and Kathy here to spend time with. And always Joanie and I are here for you. Now then, take care of your mom so that she can be well and you can choose to come when ever you so desire. (I have made special arrangements with the eagles for one of our Chihuahuas to accompany you if there is no one there to accompany you.) Of course, Annie needs her own accompanying person and none of our Chihuahuas here are willing to do that, possibly on the commander's orders considering that she is brig-bound should she come.

Tom, who has laundry to move before he can eat a Bowser meal.

Tom

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DEAR TOM,

strange does not even begin to describe this Easter! mom and i stopped at the mcmansion this morning where the absentee former owner has asked us to occasionally check on his beehives....don't know whether it was the recent strong winds or a very large bear, but the beehives were a MESS and mom had to message the owner's wife with pictures and a brief description in both english and portuguese (wife is from brazil)

my dad chopped down a couple of huge, dead pine trees a week ago and today decided to chop them up and then move them next to the outdoor firepit.......only he moved them with the tractor gouging holes in the yard and scraping up the grass....mom was Not Pleased and now her shoulder hurts after helping move all the logs and tossing them into piles, etcc....i TOLD her not to do it, but would she listen?! NO!?? and now i am going to have to keep cherry grass ointment on a cranky patient...sigh....

and then there is annie........she is acting like Little Miss Queen Bee since mom believes her story about being at your house......she even showed mom a pair of high heels that she claims her dear, dear friend joanie gave her.......heaven knows where she got them.......

its enough to make one think of going into retirement on a secluded island far, far away

Lulu an overworked and underappreciated doctor who needs a nap!

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Dear Lulu,

Happy Easter. I must admit that its been a strange Easter so far. Let me explain.

This morning I received a message from Annie that makes no sense what so ever. In the message she said "Dear Tom...Please send Lulu and mom a note telling them how good I was during these last few days while staying with you. I'll pay you later."

Lulu, I just don't understand that. Why would she want me to send you and TQ those notes? First, she wasn't here, so she is either telling me she wants me to tell a bold face lie or she is fantasizing. Maybe she is on something Lulu. Please try to figure it all out and let me know. Oh, and then she tells me she will pay me later. For what? Does she think I sold her something. Good grief, that poor deluded child. Please try to help her.

Oh, and then to make the morning even stranger, I got a message from Bernardo. It was written in Spanish, so I had to have it translated first. It was a copy of a letter he has written to a canine newsletter advice to the lovelorn columnist. He thought it might help me to encourage Annie to hear his marriage proposal. Why on earth does he think I want to get in the middle of THAT! Good gravy train! That's about the last place I want to be.

I also got a note from Prince telling me that he and Roscoe feel they are getting nowhere fast with the negotiations for piece with the Russian chupacabra and that war continues to be waged between east and west, though it may be a bit more subtle than it once was. Still, nasty deeds continue to occur. He states that he and Roscoe are coming home to regroup. He also indicated that they would both be coming directly to Florida where Paws will also be meeting with them regarding some important matters. He didn't go into detail, but it is understandable considering the uncertain nature of private matters sent via the internet.

And to add to all of that, I received a 4th message. This one was from your mom pretty much unwittingly confirming to me everything that you are telling me about her. Lulu, you do have so much to deal with these days. Try to remember that when your life seems to have rolled into the pits, all roads lead uphill toward better times.

And so, Lulu...my Easter wish for you: May all of your Easter biscuits be packed with meet and may they be plentiful.

Say hi to everyone. And good luck with Annie.

Tom, who is being called by Bowser. Oh what a lovely call it is...a Bowser lunch.

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

i am NOT sick, nor have i been....a slight knock on the head, a good nap and all is right with the world....are you aware that lulu SNORES?!! and she sleeps right next to my side of the bed...sigh....and she is sooo BOSSY! she and Stalin would have made great friends!

happy easter to you! the easter bunny did not visit here, but something better did!
she looks like she has been having a lovely time at your house, but we are so happy to see her here! lulu has also been trying to boss annie, insisting they go somewhere for a private chat, and annie has been adamant about staying here with me to enjoy a lovely morning.....i just do not understand what has gotten into lulu these days....as The Kid says "lulu is a grumpy old lady"

speaking of The Kid...did lulu tell you the good news? The Kid wants to come out here this summer and camp outside WITH LULU...she feels Lulu will protect her from the bears.....the look on Lulu's face was priceless when i told her.....HAHAHAHAHA

in honor of easter, this morning when lulu and i went to the convenience store to buy a newspaper (and her mini reese's cup) we went next door to Dairy Queen and i bought everyone a breakfast biscuit....roscoe and annie got sausage and lulu her usual egg and bacon...they were all quite pleased

hope you and joanie are enjoying a lovely morning filled with friends and chocolate bunnies

TQ who is going to put on her tennis shoes and go for a waddle
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dear tom

mom is still being obnoxious, expecially about bedtime......i guess you've heard the news....the portly princess is home with no explanations (yet) of where she has been.....mom seems to think annie was at your house...annie is saying nothing, but is sticking close to mom so i cannot question her....grrrrrrrrrr

Lulu who feels in need of another DQ breakfast biscuit, but has no way to get there....

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Dear Lulu,

I can totally understand how you are feeling. Let me explain something to you that may help make sense out of all of this business.

Its been my experience that when human patients feel really really bad, they are quite cooperative and willing to do what ever it takes to get well. Needless to say, when treatment is appropriate, involving cherry grass tonic and proper doses etc., they get better. Well, you know that of course. But here's the thing. When they start feeling better, they inevitably want to get well faster than they can heal. They become impatient. They want to do things that they are not yet ready to do...well, like stay up really late. They start craving unhealthy foods. Sometimes they can be very stubborn about taking their medicines, claiming that they are just fine thank you. Well, you get the idea.

And of course, when humans get like that, their canine care takers have a lot more to put up with than usual. I know that is difficult Lulu, but the fact that your mom is feeling well enough to get crabby, cranky and cantankerous, just attests to the effectiveness of your treatment regimen. Keep up the good work, in spite of all the nonsense that your mom might through your way. In the long run she will return to her normal disposition and you will be able to relax, knowing that she is now well...well, when it happens that is. :)

As for Paws, I did not say that he saw Annie. What I said is that he saw someone who looked like Annie. He really thought it was Annie when he called to her, but when she continued to run off, he began to wonder if it was indeed Annie. So he has the belief that it was Annie but harbors serious doubts. I think with the running off behavior it pretty much makes sense that Paws would be confused. And of course I have no idea if it were Annie, but I would nevertheless keep my eyes open for a canine person who looks like Annie. Then determine if it is or just who it is.

I'm thinking you should fire the guards and take up night watchperson yourself. You might have them stay in until you get your mom into bed (perhaps a rather difficult chore) and then send them on their marry way. You, of course, will need ample sleep during the day to deal with night duty. You can do it though, I know you know you can!

Tom

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Dear TQ,

Try to remember that you have been tremendously sick and that Lulu has been at your side all this time nursing you to health. Lulu may be extremely tired from all that effort, so you should sleep with her when ever she needs to sleep. You do still have a ways to go, but it is good to know that you are feeling better. Lulu is a trained nurse / doctor who has your best interests at heart. Try your best to follow her lead, and when at long last she leads you into the bedroom, follow her there and sleep. It will help in your final recovery. And yes TQ, you still need further recovery thought you are doing remarkably well.

Tom, who is quite exhausted and is about to take an afternoon nap (or work on some photos)

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dear tom

Lulu is being a real pain in the youknowwhere! when she decides it is bedtime, she nags until i trot off to bed whether i am ready or not...i tell her to go on her own, but she insists that i come, too! and she is also being bossy about my continuing to take cherry grass tonice for the remainder of the week even though i am feeling fine.....actually, the tonic part i don't mind now that i am used to the taste, but she is so BOSSY! she is also continuously fussing about annie.....annie has gone off to visit friends, i am sure, and is fine....i don't recall exactly where she has gone, but i still have a bit of amnesia related to my head injury.....i am sure it will come back to me......thank heavens mr. twinkie requested my help putting down some mulch this morning or i think i would have to throttle lulu.....if this keeps up i am sending her down to you telling her that alfred needs some nursing care...

TQ who is feeling a bit tense due to constant nagging
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mom is a real pill of a patient.....perhaps the unusual grumpiness is part of her head injury...i do hope she is not permanently mentally disabled, becuz, quite frankly, she can be difficult to live with these days......

you said paws saw annie near a house? whose house?!! hector and oscar both stayed in the house last night "to keep one another awake"...i think they played cards and drank beer most of the night.......i know i woke around 2 am and could hear them.....they said they have patrolled periodically, but never heard anything except me snoring.....i pointed out that i do NOT snore, but the bozos just giggled.......they were both asleep when i got up this morning and my entire freshly roasted chicken was gone! they both swore they did not touch it....and when i demanded to know where the beer came from, they said it was in a cooler in the kitchen with a note that said "guards, help yourself" so they thought i had left it for them......both the note and cooler were gone.......and i did NOT leave it for them!

Lulu who may have to stay up all night, IF i can find anyone brave enough to deal with mom

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Dear Lulu,

I'm so glad that you are feeling good and ready to dance. Hey, I'll be happy to be your partner for a dance or two. Dancing is something I sort of like...well, really really like to do. :)

It bothers me that your mom is not taking this business of the missing stuff seriously. But then, she has been out of it for a couple of days and probably can't really relate to the many things that have happened. Let her be herself for a couple of days and as this business continues (which I rather suspect it will), then watch her. I'll bet she will begin to take this business very seriously.

I did not recognize to print, though it is rather broad. Hmmmmm. As for the cookies, have Hector stay over to guard again tonight. Inform him that you will not be setting out cookies. If cookies appear, let them be. In the morning, package them and send them to me. I'll have Jack analyze them for sedative substances and the like. We need to get to the bottom of this.

Paws messaged me and asked if I had seen Annie. He thought he saw her near the house but couldn't be sure. When he called out to Annie, who ever he saw quickly disappeared into the bushes. He never found the person, who ever it may have been. He did say that he is pretty sure the person is true canine and not a shape shifting chupe. Paws had to break silence and risk blowing his cover to contact me, but he felt it was necessary. He will, however, continue facebook silence for now.

Tom, who is about to inquire why Bowser hasn't started lunch yet.



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

i admitted to hector when he came to stay inside the house for the night that i was wondering if perhaps a shadow creature was hiding in the house...or a bat (but would a bat take a blanket? who knows what a shadow creature would steal).....we did a room to room search....and found nothing......occasionally we heard a bit of scrabbling, so after the inside searching hector volunteered to look under the house and then on the roof.....nothing.....i went to bed around 10pm and when i got up this morning, hector, who was supposed to be on guard duty was fast asleep......with a sharp bark i woke him up...his excuse was that after he ate the cookies i left for him he must have fallen asleep....tom, i did not leave cookies for him.....hmmmm....outside Wendell searched around the house and found strange footprints we did not know from whence they came

the good news is that mom is back and feeling fine and normal except she does not remember the past couple of days...oh well....i mentioned the food and blanket mysteries, but she only commented that she would get me more chicken.....she does not seem to be taking this seriously......

it is another beautiful sunny and windy day here

Lulu who is feeling so great she could almost dance and thinks its time for a walk outdoors


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Dear Lulu,

I am so glad to hear that your mom is better. But what a mystery...the "Mystery of the Disappearing Food / etc."

My mind began to wander a bit when I read about that, and my first thought was maybe Paws had emergency need and, because of his secret mission, could not allow himself to be exposed. But then I thought about Paws character and realized that is something that Paws just would not do. I mean, the need would have had to be extreme, and while food need sometimes is, Paws would never steal a blanket. He would rather suffer discomfort than to deprive someone else of comfort. So I pretty much eliminated that as a likelihood.

Then I began to wonder where our missing Miss Annie might have gone to and then I began to wonder if, for some reason, Annie was home but did not want anyone else to know that she is. Now then, I can't understand why that would be, unless she is laboring under the assumption that Bernardo is still there or may return. The food, blanket, etc.... well, I hate to say it, but taking things of that sort...well, Annie is a natural. And she would be the first to admit to being a natural as long as she didn't realize just exactly what she was admitting to. Perhaps you should ask the Chihuahuas to look for any signs of the presence of one Miss Annie. They could look for chubby deep foot prints, white and brown Annie-like hair on trees or ground, chicken bones where chicken bones should not be...well, I'm sure you get the idea. Just let me know what you learn.

I did hear from Prince. He writes...

Dad,
Along with the Western Ukrainians, Roscoe and I are trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement to this boarder crossing fiasco by Russian chupacabra. The Eastern Ukrainian chupes are actually supportive of the boarder crossing. Together, they are a formidable foe and are absolutely stubborn when it comes to negotiations. Not only that, but they tell bold face lies such as denying that they crossed the boarder. Its a tough negotiative assignment, one that I fear we may not be able to carry off. Dad, its looking more and more like another very vicious chupe war is building. We still have hope, but our hopes are being systematically dashed one by one. War may be eminent. Ask the commanders in both Florida and Virginia to coordinate preparations in case we need paws on the ground. Needless to say, we cannot leave our homelands undefended, so that has to be taken into consideration. Other states may wish to contribute their brave to do this horrendous task, a task which we hope shall not come to fruition, but one that, none the less, we must be prepared to undertake. (You can quote me on that too. Just keep it away from the media.)
Prince

Well Lulu, as you can see, dark times are not just here but everywhere. What a strange time we live in. You could almost say that: "It is the best of times. It is the worst of times." (My apologies to Charles Dickens.)

Keep a wary eye for the notorious household thief. Perhaps you will be able to identify her.

Tom

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i do hope that policeman can keep ahold of bernardo's leash until they get south of the border.....now i have a problem and don't quite know where to turn or what to do about it....things here are disappearing....in the house, i mean....or being moved.....probably becuz i don't hear so good i don't realize it when something is happening....for example:last night i left a bowl of my unfinished dinner on the floor next to the water dish....just in case i felt like a midnight snack....i am kind of a restless sleeper so i am up a lot.....this morning when i got up for the day i trotted over to my dish....the bowl was still there, but it was empty....and so was my tummy! i know i did not get up in the night to consume it or i would still feel a bit full......and my chicken in the refrigerator keeps disappearing, too.....but its not only food....my blanket that mom puts down in front of the tv on wet days so we don't track mud and rainwater onto the carpet....its gone! and mom's little pillow that she sometimes uses to brace her arm when she is doing a lot of knitting is missing, too.....this morning i made a list of everything that was missing or disturbed in the house....first i asked a couple of the guards if similar things were happening in the wawa camp, but they said no (except for Tigo who is always forgetting where he puts his glasses, but they always turn up).....so i took my list to the commander.....he can't figure it out, either......since i don't see or hear as well as i used to, the commander graciously offered to let Hector stay in the house tonight to see if he spots anything awry.....the commander says its probably just mice, but this seems unlikely (to me)

mom seems better this afternoon.....

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Dear Lulu,

I did hear from Prince this morning who informs me that Roscoe is much relieved after hearing from you. In fact, both are in meetings with meetings scheduled all day and possibly into the night. Tomorrow they will resume again. Its truly a terrifically busy time for the boys, so I don't think talking to Prince about TQ is a wise idea. I do fully support your decision to minimize the complications (well...lie about them) under the current circumstances. That is something that I would not normally approve of as you well know, but these are desperate times and desperate times call for desperate measures. So yes, you did the right thing!

Whether or not the Gonzalez's cow managed the proper translation, it got the desired result. Poor Bernardo...ah, but lucky Annie (where ever she is). To be honest, I'm a bit concerned about Annie. It is unlike her not to contact one of us, even if it is only to tell how she is utterly appreciated for her natural abilities. I wish we had someone to send for a search, but I can't think of anyone.

Paws is missing too, well, sort of. He is on a secret mission. I have learned that it has something to do with shadow creatures, probably in your area, and that it involves undercover espionage, so I have not tried to contact him further. I do believe that he will contact Jack as soon as this thing of his is over.

Although we have recently had our share of darkness which sent Kathy and the herd scrambling to the barn (at least as quickly as cows scramble), now it is bright and lovely and the herd can be heard chatting up a storm in the pasture. Now that is a little different, since they usually quietly munch the growth in the pasture or kick back and enjoy a good cud chaw with each other. But from what I can gather when I listen carefully is that there is just so much to talk about. Why, I have even heard some discussion of Bernardo amongst them. Apparently there was internet chatter emanating from the Gonzalez's herd. When ever I heard the word Bernardo, it was accompanied by a good bit of laugher. (That poor old Mexican dog...I'll bet his master with the Uzi will be watching him like a beady-eyed hawk.)

OK, a knock on the door...must be Bowser. He's early, but this morning after breakfast he did say he was going to fix me something special for lunch. It probably just takes longer than usual.

*********

I'm back. It wasn't Bowser. Rather, it was Bernardo shouting "Please Senior Tom...please, please, please hide me. I'm being chased by a monster." Up the road about 1/2 a city block I could see a crazy guy who appeared to be Latino running and waving an Uzi in the air and shouting "Stop Bernardo...that's my dog...stop him...stop Bernardo...don't let him get away." There were a few other choice comments which I prefer not to repeat here. It was all rather comical, and though I felt somewhat sorry for Bernardo, we both know whose dog Bernardo is and all I could do was let the dog's owner have Bernardo. I did spend a little time talking about a dog's need for adequate nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Bernardo seemed to be listening to my comments intently. I could see a small smile creeping on his lips until the policeman said, "But Senior, I, policeman extraordinaire, do take care of my dog. I don't know why he is so queek to run away."

I listened, and all I could respond with was "Just saying..."

A Mexican police officer walked proudly toward a broken down dingy car dragging a dejected dog on a leash behind him. I felt sad as I heard poor Bernardo crying out..."Oh my Annie, my Annie, my little Chiquita."

Oh, now I hear Bowser at the door,
Tom

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Dear tom

the sun is shining brightly and the winds have calmed....i have advised roscoe (again) not to return, that mom is doing well....that was actually a bit of a lie since mom, while concious, seems to be stuck in 1967 and doesn't recognize any of us.....at least she is not worrying about annie who is still not home......roscoe's work is so important, and if it was a ruse by the shadow creatures to bring him home, i do not want them to succeed.....on the other hand, i feel very guilty for deliberately decieving roscoe.....perhaps i should talk to prince later, and see what he thinks i should do

i don't think bernardo was sneaking...i think he was terrified *snort*....unfortunately, his boasting got on the commander's nerves and the commander called the mexican police in cozumel using one of the gonzalez cows as a translator......oh, how i would have loved to listened in on that phone call! the commander was not sure if things were translated correctly, but the end result was that early this morning, a mustachioed, beady-eyed mexican police officer showed up at our house, uzi slung over his shoulder, and snapped a leash on bernardo's collar and off they went...howls of "i cannot go! my dumpling is on her way back to marry me!" and "tell my little chiquita that i will be back for her!" were heard as the toyota rental car bumped down the driveway.....

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Dear Lulu,

Has TQ snapped out of her unconscious state yet? Are the roses and sunshine still shining brightly?

Baby Cakes, acting immediately upon the request to send cherry grass, called eagle emergency transport and then packed the case of cherry grass. The eagle transport carrier arrived around midnight (woke us all up) and is now on her way to Virginia. Actually, by now she may have arrived. If not, she will quite soon.

I heard from Roscoe who asked if I think he should return to Virginia. He was up most of the night debating. He is, quite naturally, very concerned.

In another communication, Prince reports that Roscoe has worn a thin spot on the carpet in their room due to his pacing and that Roscoe kept Prince up most of the night alternating between pacing and imagining all sorts of catastrophic conclusions to the incidents in Virginia. Prince is pleading for some definitive conclusions regarding TQ so that he can get some rest. :) I have not responded to Prince or Roscoe simply because I don't know the exact circumstances up there. Perhaps you could message the Ros with a current update. Of course, I would appreciate similar updates.

I hope that Bernardo has been helpful. From the multitude of stories about his heroics in Mexico, I felt sure that he would rise to the occasion in Virginia, but from your recent message, I really am left with a great deal of uncertainties. Oh well, I am probably just mis-reading what you are saying and I have probably simply not read between the lines. Were his actions secretive for some reason?

Bowser calling, gotta go...
Tom

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DEAr tom

a tremendous darkness covered our house and a loud thunderclap-like sound only louder rent the air....we all fell over....bernardo was over at the gonzalez pasture talking with that nasty beast they keep on a chain....a black german shepherd.....*shudder* (we despise one another and i admit that in my younger days i shouted/barked some really scathing things at him when he was chasing our car)......when a couple of wawas spotted Bernardo, 4 cows had been knocked all the way over and were just lying there waving their hooves in the air and mooing kinda woozily when bernardo showed up running ffor all he was worth with his tail between his legs...of course, when he saw the rest of us watching him, he immediately pulled up sharply and began barking orders as tho he was in charge....the commander marched over and told B to stop making all that racket and to go check on TQ since there had been no sign of anyone since the thunderclap........i brought the cherry grass with me and watched as bernardo and paco tried to get the front door open.....finally they gave up and paco began to chew thru the front screen....(B just stood there and watched *snort*)....turns out mom was lying on the floor with a chair leg lying on her head....the guys carried her to bed and i gave her some intravenous cherry grass....she is resting comfortably, but still unconcious.....i did mention this to roscoe in an email.....we are not sure what exactly happened, but think it might be some sort of shadow creature attack, perhaps a ruse to lure roscoe and prince back here.....i told him to stay where he was.....

this morning everything is sunshine and flowers again.....windy, but no sign of darkness or danger anywhere....i tried to send a message to annie, but her mailbox was reported full.....it would be nice if she could bother to get back here soon.....

Lulu....who requests BabyCakes to send another case of cherry grass

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Dear Bernardo,

Make haste. Show us your best police work. Gather and deputize some sharp Chihuahuas. TQ may be in serious trouble. Find her quickly and report to me her condition and where abouts. Take some of Lulu's cherry grass tonic with you...she will be able to tell you what you need. And leave Lulu at home to care for TQ if she should happen to return. I'm suspecting a traumatic event may have taken place. It is even possible that she was taken by...oh no...shadow creatures. Please Bernardo, do not wait. Use that wonderful expertise that you so quickly talk about and most quickly put it into action for TQs benefit.

Tom, your Florida connection

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Dear Lulu,

Please let me know if TQ is OK. Her message was cut short quickly and at a time that she was describing most unfortunate conditions in your area of Virginia.

Send Bernardo to find her (I've already talked with him). You will probably agree that B should carry cherry grass tonic with him. We do not know how weak or disoriented poor TQ may be when she is found. And I can only hope that she will be quickly found.

I have already sent notice to Prince who will share that with Roscoe. The boys need to know what is going on here. I sent it to their place of meeting for the...uh, conference. You know the place.

By the way, is Annie back yet? If not, I think I'd just let her go unless she contacts you and is lost or something. You know how hysterical she can be and then the kind of solutions she comes up with to solve the problem. Sadly, her solutions are usually problems needing solutions.

Tom, who hears Bowser knocking

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dear tom

annie is not home yet, having decided to see if she could find a warm welcome at my cousin's house in Detroit.....she hitched a ride with a trucker who dropped her off at the edge of the city, refusing to enter any further......he hollered after her that he would have lunch at the mcdonald's down the street so if she decided she did not like my cousin's house she could hitch a ride outta there with him......needless to say, as soon as he mentioned mcdonald's she skedaddled back into the cab with him and last i heard they were scarfing down happy meals and milkshakes.....she said that the trucker was real nice to her, but i am not pleased with her travelling around whoknowswhere with whoknowswhom......she'd better head her little hiney home soon! bernardo, who claims to be the best police dog in all of mexico, has offered to go find and fetch her, stating that as soon as they return to my house they will be married in fine style, but in the meantime he is eating me out of house and home and spending a lot of time telling mexican adventure stories to the wawas, ones where he is always the hero of the stories....bernardo is a bit disappointed that we do not have any cervesa in the house and that its quite a jaunt to the nearest neighbourhood bar...annie may be right about bernardo....hmmmmm

i think your idea of spending the day dancing around the house in lieu of other tasks is a good one if you need your fix.....

halt! there is a very large crow in my front yard...jusst wandering around....i never have them here....in the yard i mean....and all the songbirds and squirrels are gone!.....and the skies are getting dark again!! i think i should go alert the



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Dear TQ,

Today there seems to be an awareness that Prince is missing as well since our skies cleared. Its a shame that we have to look to the skies for knowledge about the whereabouts of the shadow creatures. Mark my words, someday there will be a network of observers who, through our high tech communications systems, will keep all of us up to date regarding precisely where these horrible shadow creatures are. Why, I wouldn't be surprised if they would develop electronic tracking devises to keep tabs on the creatures. I am so looking forward to that perfectly wonderful tomorrow.

I should have known that the population at the dance studio would be small, but never has it come to this, the last minute calling off of the party and lesson. And, well...you know how much I need my dance fix and how very long its been since my last one. Maybe I should just put my light project off and spend the afternoon dancing around the house. I'll just dance like no one is watching.

Well, I suppose that Annie is back by now. I most likely would have heard from Bernardo via facebook message were she not. But with her back, I suppose he is way to busy courting his dear little Annie...er, perhaps not so little.

I was a bit concerned when Bernardo and a couple of the Chihuahua soldiers wanted to continue their discussions of Mexican chupacabra and took their discussion to a bar. I was even more concerned when the bar closed while they hid in one of the corners of the storage room. I was way more concerned when I heard that they consumed much of the contents of the storage room. But I was relieved when I heard that they had left immediately after the doors were opened this morning and that Bernardo headed straight for your place to see Annie. Oh, by the way, during our communications back and forth, I might possibly accidently dropped a little hint that Annie had worn out her welcome in Arizona rather rapidly and was heading back home. She thought Bernardo had taken off for Arizona and was eager to return home. I knew immediately that that may have been the wrong thing to say just as soon as Bernardo said something like "Oh gracious Senior, I am so very happy to be hearing that and I shall now go to my beautiful Annie and propose that we have a big fat Mexican canine wedding. I'm sorry. Perhaps when Annie meets him she will be very happy to have him there. Between you and me Twinkie, Annie can be a bit manipulative and controlling, and frankly I think that is exactly the temperament that Bernardo will appreciate. Oh those cute crazy canines.

Tom, who is so happy that Bowser is cooking up some chili for dinner. I can't wait. The cooler weather is perfect for that.

Tom

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dear tom

word must be out that roscoe has left home becuz skies are clear and bright this morning.....the wawas and i cooked up a plan yesterday to discuss roscoe's whereabouts while we were standing around outside.....example: me: did you know roscoe is at a meeting in Calif?
wawa: really? i thought it was in the bahamas.........or later me: you do know that roscoe is at the conference, right? wawa: yes, but i feel bad that its still cold in N. Dakota.....don't know if it really threw any evil ones off the track, but as i said the skies are clear....(note: just came back from outside....the water dishes for dogs and chickens are frozen and it is C*O*L*D!!)

how shocking that so few turned up for dance last night, but obviously even if people are not actually aware of the dangers of shadow people, they somehow instinctively knew danger was lurking about

i heard from annie this morning....well, actually i heard from my sister, who has thrown annie out and sent her back to va. after annie chased all her cats around the apt....(14 cats in a 1 bdrm apt?! sheesh!).... bernardo arrived late yesterday, and is on the way to az. to find his beloved annie...annie, who complains bitterly that the guys i find for her are "unsuitable", is on her way home, so they will probably miss one another....however, before he left here, i did feed bernardo a stack of pancakes (not as good as bowser's, of course) and packed him a lunch for his travels of bbq tofu and choc. chip cookies....he had put on 3 lbs. by the time he left.....also, before he headed towards az. he spent some time at the wawa encampment and was quite interested in everything he learned....he was aware of the existence of chupes and is scheduled to give a lecture on mexican chupes and how they deal with them when he returns from az with his blushing belgian basset bride *snort*

TQ

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Dear TQ,

Has Roscoe left for the Ukraine yet? Prince left yesterday. I know they are going to meet there and wanted to arrive separately so as not to be too obvious. I'm a little concerned about Prince being there by himself.

I understand that Roscoe is trying to reach Paws but I doubt that he will be successful. Apparently (according to Jack) he is on a very secret mission and it has to do with the anti-shadow creature toxin. Beyond that and about that, I know nothing.

TQ, I have been informed by Chihuahua investigative agents that the gray skies and chilly conditions there have nothing what so ever to do with your packing of winter clothing. It is the secondary effects of a fairly large concentration of shadow creatures. I might add that the rains and darkness came to this area of Florida yesterday afternoon and are lingering. Kathy and the herd have taken up residence in their barn until the threat passes.

Last night I went dancing. Only two men (myself included in that number) and four ladies (including one 9 year old) showed up. All the others sensed the danger about and remained snuggled comfortably in their homes. The dance was called, and those of us who had weathered the darkness returned home, again venturing out into the dangers of the open highway during these horrific times. I am suffering because I missed my dance fix, but perhaps it actually was for the better since conditions grew even worse with the passing of time.

These are dark days in which we live.
Tom, who plans to fix breakfast since Bowser wisely did not venture out of his own home this morning.


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dear tom

i just got home and discovered that annie, who was looking a bit desperate, had packed and was heading out the door.....she said she is on her way to visit my sister in arizona and take care of her "cat problem"....i tried to inform her that my sister is a crazy cat lady who deliberately takes in cats needing homes and loves each and every one of her 14 cats"...before i had finished, annie jumped into a waiting limosine, yelling "that is utter nonsense" and was off like her tail was on fire.....when i walked into the house i found my computer on and opened to your last message, with a note propped against it that said "how could you?!!" i don't know what she was refering to....oh well, when bernardo shows up here, i shall send him on to arizona where a lot of people speak spanish and his little chiquita will be there....do you think i should try to call her and tell her to expect bernardo or just let it be a surprise??

roscoe and i were watching Canine CNN last night on the stories of the deplorable conditions in the Ukraine.....he told me about the trip he will be taking there....i suggested he take along several wawa troop deployments but he said that would be interpreted as a hostile act, so he and prince will be going in alone, just the two of them...he did say that he has a message into Paws who is a good diplomatic negotiator to see if he can join them, but has not recieved a reply yet......

its gray and rainy and chilly here, probably becuz i have already packed away my winter clothes...sigh..

TQ who is going to join roscoe soon for the noon news update and warm cookies

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Dear TQ,

Some strange developments happening here rather suddenly. I'll be brief though.

Apparently there is chupe trouble brewing somewhere and Prince quickly packed his bags and is on his way to meet Roscoe in the Ukraine. Wow! What are they up too. Prince did say that they do not have the benefit of anti-chupe toxin and said something about helping them with that after assessing the situation there. I did get the feeling that there are Russian chupacabra filtering in through the eastern Ukrainian border and joining up with some of the Ukrainian chupacabra. Apparently the Russian chupes have superior weaponry putting the Ukrainian government at some risk. The fear of course is that if the Ukraine falls to the chupacabra nation, other nations will follow. Prince and Roscoe hope to stabilize the situation first by providing adequate supplies of anti-chupacabra toxin and then, with that added strength it is hoped that diplomatic intervention and negotiation may help. Somehow, there does not seem to be a lot of faith in the diplomatic process though. P & R hope, in the long run, to increase hope and faith in diplomacy.

Now if that craziness is not enough, I had a really strange visitor show up at my door step. He was a skinny rather official looking dog with the name of Bernardo. It was difficult since he spoke only Spanish. Fortunately, Baby Cakes knows a bit of Spanish and was able, with some difficulty, to translate. Seems he was looking for the love of his life, one Annie Queen. He said something about Virginia but he had been given this address and it was the only place he knew to go.

Well, after discussing this with him at length through BCs interpretations, it became apparent that he was looking for Annie, that "lovely beautiful charming delightful hunk of sweetness" (his words) from Virginia. I've given him your address, but feared that he would have trouble left on his own what with his language difference. Therefore I contacted eagle services and arranged for eagle transportation. Well, we were very lucky with that. It seems that an eagle had just made a drop in Punta Gorda (just over the Caloosahatchee river a ways). He is really quite close by eagle airway, and was eating his reward when I called. He was quickly redirected to our home and came as soon as full payment for previous services were received. He is now on his way to your home with Bernardo who is ever so eager to meet and make love with his Annie. He says that once she sees him she'll want him; she'll know that she does." Bernardo said something about hoping Annie plays hard to get because that just turns him on. Well, I'm not certain how this all got started, but he did say that you gave him my address (I suppose by mistake) and so obviously you are OK with his visit.

Bowser, Baby Cakes, Joanie and I send our love to that lovely beautiful charming delightful hunk of sweetness whose name happens to be Annie. (We are all LOL). Oh, by the way, be sure to tell Annie that the boys and their eagle transporters may stop off in Belgium for a breakfast break before continuing on to the Ukraine. While they are there they may, if they have time, try to locate another Belgian Bassett and see if he or she can give them some statistics on the normal girth of the native Belgian Bassett. They thought Annie would be interested.

Tom, who is about to join Bowser and Baby Cakes for breakfast.

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dear tom

i was having breakfast with mom today....we had boiled kale, a green leafy vegetable....definitely not up to bowser's standard of tasty breakfasts...i ate a little to be polite, whenever mom placed a little on my paw, but let me tell you, i was dreaming of florida pancakes....sigh.....

pls, tell jack i got his message....i am working instead with the newer recruits on new ways to hunt chupes and how to determine if there is a chupe shape-changer vs. just an odd-looking duck.....the more advanced will be taught later on how to operate the anti-chupe toxin gun.....this morning (after the kale) i recieved a call from a group in the Ukraine that would like me to come speak about chupes and the dangers thereof....if he is free, i hope you do not mind if i take Prince with me.......the conference coordinator said it is still cold up there and advised us to wear winter coats....i will have extras for Prince to wear....annie offered to lend him one of her coats, but we would both have to share it at the same time in order for it to fit...*snicker*....and just when we were looking forward to spring....sigh...

Roscoe who needs to go out and see if all those wawas have finished lunch and are ready to go back to work
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dear prince,

pack your bags and every pair of socks you have....we will be leaving for the Ukraine next wed. to help them with their chupe problem.....apparently, hungry wolves were not bad enough...now a group (number unknown at this time) of chupes has crossed over from the Russian steppes and is raising chaos.....we have been called upon to aide them in this matter......i will be working with new recruits this afternoon, but if you could call me sometime after 4pm we can discuss the particulars of this trip in more detail....i have already spoken to eagle transportation services...our locals do not travel that far, but can connect up with a european eagle service to get us to our desired destination....

roscoe who is looking for his 3rd pair of socks that mom knit for him

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Dear Ros,

Jack feels that he, working with the UNC-canine staff, has found the problem, though the solution evades us still. It is not the toxin per se that is the problem, but rather it is the additive that is used to stabilize the toxin until it is released from the weaponry tanks. It appears to cause immediate dehydration of plant material followed instantly by rapid oxidation. The rapid fire of the weapon raises the temperature of the toxin and the result is fuel + oxygen + heat = fire. He and the UNC-canine folks are currently working on a solution. They feel that if they can eliminate any one of those three ingredients they will successfully solve the problem. Of course, they must eliminate the problem without loosing effectiveness of the toxin or diminishing the stabilizing effect of the stabilizing ingredient. That is where the difficulty comes in. Still, Jack feels it is only a matter of time before they find a solution. Meanwhile, he recommends non-use of the material for fear of sociological consequences. As he put it, humans tend to frown on fire setting.

Prince

Tom

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Bert, ernie and i took the new anti-shadow toxin to the blue ridge parkway yesterday afternoon and again, we had the same results.....small brush fires started each time the toxin came in contact with grass and trees...could it be something in the plant dna that is reacting to the toxin, could there be moonshine leakage in so many different places (a distinct possibility around here), could it be something in the way the toxin guns propel the toxin that ignites it upon contact with anything? needless to say, we have to find some way to negate this effect....on the local news here last night there was mention of pyromaniacs setting fires along the parkway...............and they meant us! i thought about calling in to explain what had happened, but figured the reaction might not go well, and mom gets pretty upset when police cars come up the driveway, so i just kept quiet.......i have tried to set up interviews with these particular local news people in the past to explain about chupes and the importance of being aware of them and the harm they can do, etc, and as you would expect they shooed me out the door, shaking their heads and muttering things like "this dog is nuts", etc.....definitely non-believers....we are going down to the lake area to practice shooting the toxin and see if it has any effect upon hitting water.....
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Dear Roscoe,

I have discussed the anti-shadow fire incident with Jack at great length. He assures me that the formula they used did not cause the fire. He did admit that there were slightly flammable ingredients but said they could not have caused the fire unless fire existed already. In other words, the solution may have fed the fire but never would it have caused the fire.

Now then, that being said, he did return to his personal lab to see if he could devise a fire retardant to add to the solution which would both counter the current fuel ingredients and even help extinguish an existing fire. He said that his research could take a while, and in an emergency we should use the current formulation. He is also in touch with the UNC-canine personnel with whom he worked during the formulation of the current solution. He is using them as consultants and also keeping them in the loop so that they can work with the manufacturing facility in NC.

Jack did mention one other consideration. He is familiar with the area that fired. He said that he is unaware of anything within the area that may have caused the fire to start with one possible exception. He ran across a still just north west of the farm and within a mile of the farms border. At the time that he saw it, it was not working. However, if someone fired it up it may well have been the origin point of the fire in question. Of course, should the spray start flaming at that point, it could quickly spread to all areas where spray has touch in the area. It is, after all, quite volatile once released from the tank.

Prince, who is about to spend time on his new day bed. (Oh, I sometimes let my dad and mom share it with me, at least when they are behaving well.)

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Dear TQ,

Please give our warm greetings to dear mistreated Miss Annie and of course our love to Lulu and Roscoe. We are missing them since they left for home...including her royal dogship Annie. (grinning from ear to ear)

Prince, who is waiting patiently for Bowser

Tom

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dear tom

how thoughtful of you andd joanie to purchase a new couch....er, day bed...for Prince...with all the hard work he does i am sure he deserves such a treat....

annie, still complaining about her abuse and neglect while in fla., has been begging me for treats.....i've told her that i am currently cooking beet greens and she may share them with me....she did not look pleased, but i informed her she will get a good dose of potassium when she eats them....she said she prefers bananas, even tho they are way down on the list of potassium-providing foods....i had to inform her that we have no bananas, just beet greens, so she has now waddled out to the willow tree to see if perhaps the birds have spilled any seed out of their feeders that might appeal to her......

i went to the orthopaedist yesterday who let me know that i have bursitis in both shoulders and promptly gave me a shot in each......i think they heard me all the way in the lobby when i shrieked "oh, jesus!" when i got the first shot....for the second i just bit into my sweater...at least they were very brief shots....i had informed them that i am a real wuss when it comes to needles, and they just chortled, probably thinking i was exaggerating....hah! they learned! i do feel 80% better this morning......

roscoe needs to send Prince a message so i've got to get off

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dear Prince

there may be a problem with the new anti-shadow toxin.....there was a strange darkness swooping around the edge of the neighbour's fields, so with bert & ernie, our two most highly trusted and advanced wawas we shot just one dose of toxin.......the darkness disappeared, but the field caught on fire......soon their were fire trucks and a forest ranger and even an ambulance all hovering on the side of the road facing the fire and trying to put it out.....i do not know for sure if this is going to be a permanent side effect of the toxin, or if it was just a one time fluke....mom says we are not allowed to do further testing on our woods or any in the immediate area....bert, ernie and i will be heading for the blue ridge parkway this afternoon to do some more testing, but if the woods and fields catch on fire again we will have to return to UNC-canine for more production work....this cannot be an ongoing side effect of the toxin.....not only will it be dangerous, it will give our work a bad reputation....i will let you know what comes out of these experiments

Roscoe who is very concerned

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As you know by now, the kids got a really late start. I'm sorry about that. You see, when Annie got up, she was still sleepy and hungry and already she was running late but then she refused to leave their house until she had had breakfast. They fed her just to keep her moving. Oh, did I mention that she didn't pack until AFTER her breakfast? With Roscoe and Lulu packed and pacing the floor, time passed.

Annie finally meandered over to our property, but the moment she entered the property (she came in the back way) she was arrested by two guards and taken before the commander who instantly had her thrown into jail. I may never have known about that had the commander not sent a messenger informing me where she was and berating me for allowing her to return.

Well, it took me another hour of discussion with the commander before he finally relinquished her with an extremely firm warning about what will happen the next time she comes. Annie was made to listen to his messengers tirades. After she left, Annie sobbed for a while and told me how disgraced she felt. She insisted that all of this was soooo unfair (her words of course). Well, I did kind of feel sorry for her, though in truth all of this could have been avoided by faster movement on Annie's part and the choosing of a front (street) route.

Any way Bowser gave her a special treat he had concocted to sooth her nerves as he put it. He also packed a lot of treats to keep her content on the trip home. Annie was so pleased. I think she finished her special treat in one huge gulp. She was smiling broadly when she entered the gondola (with the help of Bowser, Prince and Roscoe). She immediately insisted that she was going to strike a pose to help her relax on the way home. Apparently it worked because when Bowser returned back home via the same eagle gondola he told me she slept all the way there. The treats he had packed for her mysteriously disappeared, though it is reported some of them ended up in the other gondola. Bowser reported a tremendously smooth trip, though the eagle did complain of excess weight and feared being arrested for over weight cargo. I had to feed the eagle almost twice the amount that I normally would have paid him.

Prince, as you now know, remained here. He felt duty bound to follow up on any questions that the Chihuahua solders may have regarding the anti-shadow toxin and its application.

Tom, who will be moving more furniture today to make room for our new couch which Prince enjoys calling his new day bed. (Oh brother!)

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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your trip sounds almost frightful! certainly you were not as appreciated as you should have been....your father and i are home and arrangements have been made for eagles to pick y'all up at 10am this morning....pls. be packed, ready, and at tom's by 9am...bowser is going to ride in the gondola with you and he has promised to bring snacks in case you need an energy boost during the long ride....in fact, he is making you a special pre-flight drink to help you enjoy your flight....he is aware of how brave and adventurous you are and wants you to enjoy your travels.....roscoe will ride with lulu....jack has made special harnesses for lulu so there is no danger of her falling out and BabyCakes has made you a special bed to add to your travelling comfort....please remember to say "thank you" to everyone......tell Prince he is welcome to come, too

let me tell you what happened in mexico, my dear belgian basset....we met a police dog named Bernardo...he was skinny.....even skinnier than lulu.......i told him what a handsome fellow he was and asked why he was so thin.....he explained that working for the police dept he always has to be prepared to chase down bad guys and being thin helps him run faster....i told him how fast you run when chasing deer and then showed him your picture.....he agreed then that he is obviously seriously underfed and looked at his "master" with a curled lip.....next i "accidentally" dropped the sandwiches i was carrying and Nardo gobbled them up....his "master" was so busy chatting with another police officer that he never noticed....(however, your father noticed at lunchtime when his sandwich was missing lol)....also Nardo asked if he could have a picture of you....i let him pick out one and he chose the one of you wearing your pearls......he says he is going to wear it on his collar always....i think he is in luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv....he says he will visit you next time he comes to the USA, so i gave him tom's address....*snicker*

while i was away i learned a lot about cooking....you will still have plenty of snacks, but perhaps ones with less sugar and oil.....its a good thing you like fruit, right? speaking of which, if you have a chance will you please go check tom's mamey grove and make sure everything looks good? bring home some fruit if any are ripe.....

Mom who is fed up with doing laundry after her trip
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Dear Tom

pls. expect annie at your house sometime between 9am and noon.....the eagles will be arriving to ferry them home...roscoe and bowser will be accompanying lulu and annie and bowser has been researching the best way to get a sleeping pill down annie ahead of take-off......

thank you so much for letting the kids stay for a week+...i do hope they were no trouble....we will be happy to host Prince here anytime......in fact, the beagle down the street that was here helping out during the last big chupe war has asked about him several times :)

TQ who is thrilled to be off that ship and back home again


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Dear Mom,

I hear that you are back, not that anyone bothered to tell me directly. I had to over hear it. I have to do that most of the time.

I thought staying with my friends would be fun. Well, it was sometimes, but most of the time it was not. For instance, they tried to entertain me but did not feed me at all well. I tried to return the favor of entertaining me by entertaining them, and what do you think they did? They made me sleep in the garage. And you know night time is my favorite time to entertain. What can I say? This girl is just a night person.

Now then, another thing I learned by keeping my enormous lovely ears open is that Tom and Lulu went to a dance on the Friday that we arrived. Grrrrrrr! Couldn't they have invited me? They used some lame excuse like it was too late when they thought of it and tried calling to me from home but for some reason couldn't make me hear. I think they must have whispered that call. I told them that too and it was all they could do to keep from laughing out loud.

Well, needless to say, on the one and only time that my friends and I went to the beach I invited Tom and Lulu to go too. I whispered it as loudly as I could whisper it with my face planted squarely into my bedding. For some reason they couldn't hear my invitation. (LOL)

The beach trip of a lot of fun except that everyone else got lost and I had to look for them. I was laying there in the sun contemplating where to look next when they happened onto me in their lost wonderings. Do you know they actually accused me of running off from them... ME! I was so aggravated that I said nothing all the way home. They did though. They chattered all the way home to the point that sleeping was impossible, and after a hard day at the beach, I needed my beauty rest. I also needed to eat more than usual because of all the exercise I had while contemplating and posing. (That takes a lot of energy.) But did they feed me more or something special. NO! They gave me the same old same old.

Oh mom, I will be so glad to get home because I know that you will spend a lot of extra time pampering me and feeding me special food treats. I deserve it more than the other canine members of our family. You know I do. And I have been almost mistreated here...and really mistreated in the food department...and sleeping in the garage. REALLY! What a horrible experience, and for me, a delicate lovely Bassett. Oh mom, when can I come home?

Your poor mistreated child, Annie

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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 TQ,

It may be awhile before you receive this because you are still travelling. After you dropped the kids off, I got Annie settled into her home away from home with Fluffy and the crew. Fluffy is quite up front about things and holds nothing back, as you may remember. Anyway, her first words to Annie were, "My God you have gotten fat!" You could see Annie was starting to tremble with anger and at the same time uncertain how to respond to her friend... or the person she thought was her friend. Then Fluffy laughed and said, "And how wonderful that looks on you Annie." Immediately Annie started to beam. She said to Fluffy, "And how skinny you are Fluffy!" And then Annie laughed again and said, "but skinny really does look good on you with your slight build." Fluffy snickered and off the two of them went. The other girls will be joining them a little later.

When we got home I sat down with Prince, Roscoe, and Lulu. I let them know that the doctor gave me a clean bill of "heart health" and said that I not only can dance, but should. He then grabbed my stomach area and said that I must get rid of this, that it is very dangerous. Yes, I know it is, but not an easy task. Its not like I haven't been working on it. Grrrrr!

Anyway, I let Lulu and the boys know that I was going to an art walk this evening which included a mystery walk which happens to be all of the dance studios performing and dancing. There are even amateur dance contests. It will include a lot of dancing. I wanted to know if they would like to come with me. Well, Roscoe and Prince insisted that they had weapon business to attend to, organizing lesson times, etc. with the commander. They said that otherwise they would have loved to come. Lulu on the other had was anxious to join me, so she and I will be going. Joanie is undecided. I think Lulu will enjoy this evening a lot. There will be some walking but mostly we will be gathered together with our Rhythm in Motion family and she will be most welcomed. She may even be the center of attention. :)

Right now the kids are unpacking and getting settled in for the stay. You need not worry about them over staying their welcome. These three are always a joy to have, and they all have serious business to deal with while they are here.

Have a safe trip home (or where ever you are off too...I forgot to ask).
Tom

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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mom has made seating arrangements which will all give us a turn at being separated from annie during the trip.....she is really not a bad rider in a car as long as there are plenty of snacks and room to stretch out and snooze...its the stretching out part that can be annoying becuz she does take up a fair amount of space.....however, since mom will be in the car annie knows she will have to mind her p's and q's.......btw, annie has put on a few pounds since you last saw her....please try to refrain from mentioning it, unless you can phrase it like a compliment....and please advise any others who might run into her (joanie, bowser, BC, etc) because you know how sensitive the little princess can be....my dad will pick us up next fri. afternoon....mom is worried that we are overstaying our welcome and says you can send us to stay with annie if necessary

mom drank an entire cup of coffee this morning and is not feeling well becuz of it....its been 6 hrs. and 2 alka-seltzers since she drank it, but she is still not feeling perky...i have tried to get her to take a soothing dose of cherry grass, but she says she does not want to put anything in her tummy, even my tonic.....how can she be so stubborn or short-sighted? she knows better!!! sometimes i feel so frustrated when i get no cooperation! *growling ominously*

well, i am packed for my trip....annie is still dithering over what she simply MUST bring and what must stay here.....hehehehe....roscoe and prince have already loaded their new weapons into the trunk of the car, and annie has declared there is just not enough room leftover for her NEEDS.....mom is being firm in her refusal to rent a cargo van to pull along behind us just to accomodate annie.....i keep reminding her that her friends will have stuff if she needs to borrow anything, but as annie points out, SHE is a natural trend setter and must set a good example for the others to follow...*snort*

how are you feeling today? when i get there i will review your cherry grass dosage and make any necessary adjustments

Lulu who is excited about traveling tomorrow

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Dear Lulu,

I fear that Annie's normal delusions of grander are having delusions of grander themselves. LOL. She is way over packing and way over expecting and way over anticipating vault access which will of course never happen. She is also making arrangements with Kathy which are totally unrealistic. I shall need to discuss that with Kathy and get things s-moo-thed over.

Traveling with her will be a trip (to say the least). It will probably be a trip that you will be glad is over. Do not expect a lot of piece and quiet in the car, though you know Annie and I doubt that you would expect piece and quiet anyway. :)

I know that you will want to rest during the trip, but it may be difficult with Annie's excitable chatter. Perhaps you could have Prince and Roscoe sit between you and Annie, thus buffering the sound somewhat. Just and idea for you to consider of course.

Oh, and for now you may want to supervise Annie's packing. When I said she was way over packing, trust me, that was a tremendous understatement. You will have your mom on your side with this issue, you can be sure.

I am so looking forward to seeing you, Prince and Roscoe. Oh, I suppose I'll enjoy Annie too, as long as I am not "over exposed." :)

Be safe,
Tom

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dear tom

oh, you are clever.....i caught your implied concern about lulu's mental faculties, so instead of just relaying your message from BC i let her read the entire thing....then, because i am naturally thoughtful, i offered to print it off for her....she just smiled, and said she would remember.....she did say that when we get to fla. the first think she absolutely had to do was visit with kathy....she asked that i reassure you that the girls in the herd have worked out a method to help her safely cross over to the pasture and arrangements have been made to keep her safe from shadow people and cow hooves while she is there....she did not explain to me because she said the shadows may have spies and it is best no one knows who doesn't need to and then she whispered in my ear that she would call upon me if she needs help becuz she knows i am naturally helpful and trustworthy....*puffing out chest in pride*....she is soooo right!

how delightful that bowser wants to make us all breakfast....what a sweet thing to do...perhaps he should just do it one day...or maybe two....so he does not tire himself out.....and tell him i will help with the clean up afterwards.....he should call fluffy the night before to ascertain how many will be in attendance for the morning meal.....

i had 9 suitcases packed for the trip (we are arriving THIS fri, hopefully around lunchtime) and was not finished yet, but mom just came in and said i had to cut back....i asked exactly what she meant, and she pointed out that lulu is taking her notes and perhaps some medical supplies and still only filled half of a small backpack....mom said perhaps i could fit all my stuff into the other half...........as you can imagine i just snorted......but i guess i could borrow whatever else i needed from joanie, right? why don't you just leave the vault key at fluffy's and i will use it only if necessary....i am still trying to argue with mom to let me bring more....she said roscoe and prince have weapons and stuff that will be taking up most of the trunk space, plus she and my dad will each have a suitcase....sigh......mom said she probably will not be able to communicate for about 10 days but expects me to be on my best behavior...........*snort*......as if i am ever anything else but well behaved and wonderful

Annie who is sorting thru piles of belongings and trying to decide what absolutely MUST come and might possibly be able to stay

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Dear Annie,

I think your decision to remain at your friends home is wonderful. You have obviously given a great deal of thought to this and arrived at what I believe is the very best choice.

I've pretty much lost track of time. When is it again that you will be traveling? It seems to me that it is very very soon. Please send me a reminder of your arrival date / time.

When you see Lulu, please let her know that Baby Cakes has all the cherry grass and other raw ingredients lined up for her cherry grass experimentation. The lanai now looks like a science lab with a butterfly operation on the side. Its pretty wild.

Now then Annie, Baby Cakes feels that it is very important that Lulu get that message just the way it was written, but I told her that I have complete confidence in you and know that you can be trusted to deliver the message as is (no additions or subtractions nor embellishments).

Tom, who enjoyed a wonderful Bowser breakfast earlier this AM.

P.S. Annie, Bowser says that he will be fixing breakfasts at your friends house too, right after serving ours. He personally arranged it with them. How cool is that?

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

you hit the nail on the head when you said it was my natural geniusness that told me i should stay at my friend fluffy's house.....i will miss you and the gang so, and i hope everyone will cope without me being right on the premises....but you did remind of the danger i would be in....probably i would be a natural target for any creatures wanting a prized Belgian basset, so, yes, it would be best for me to stay with my friends....if you and joanie feel uncomfortable becuz of the danger or if you just miss me too much i am sure you will allowed to stay over at fluffy's...we can have a big camp out in her backyard......

lulu said the stupid vet tech could not interpret his own tests....sheesh! this is why you need an animal vet....mom's dr. couldn't read an xray if it was a picture of her own face....she did not graduate at the top of her class in medical school (she is only a P/A).....don't worry...lulu and i will be there soon...Lulu will get you straightened out...she suspects your cherry grass dosage is incorrect and will reassess and represcribe it once she sees you....if you get desperate for nursing care, i can put on my nurse uniform and sneak into your house to take care of you...........and for you, someone who recognizes my natural genius, i will risk this....even knowing that BC may tattle..... emoticon

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Dear Annie,

I hear that you are reconsidering staying here. May I remind you that your early release from the brig was conditioned upon, among other things, that you not return to our home. I spoke with the commander to see if he would let that go, but he seems quite determined to carry out the remainder of the brig sentence should you return. I really feel bad about that, but it is what it is.

Aside from that, I spoke with Joanie. She fully understands the need for you to be where it is safe. She promises that we will visit you at least once during your stay, and have a very wonderful time during that visit. She thinks that you will have a great time with your friends in Florida too, and most importantly, you will be out of danger which will give Joanie piece of mind not worrying about you.

So you see Annie, your original idea about staying with them is the best all around idea possible. It was pure genius on your part to decide upon doing that. Oh, and I am looking forward to visiting your there too.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I've sent Annie a letter reminding her of the unfinished brig sentence with one condition to not return. I also mentioned a few other things about staying with her friends and concluded by telling her it was pure genius of her to decide to stay with them. I thought that I should remind you that it was her idea to stay with them (grin). Thing is, she will probably need your support to accept the inevitable and stay where it is safe.

Oh, something to tell your mom. I did stop over and visit with the families where Annie will be staying. They are quite delightful people and happy that Annie is coming. She will be most welcomed. They did mention giving her special treats flavored with maple syrup. I then proceeded to relate to them the story of how Annie has an excessive (to say the least) amount of it and was now allergic. They thanked me for that and promised not to include those treats in Annie's cuisine. All is well on that front.

I received a message from Prince who said that he and Roscoe are doing even better than expected now that the troops are taking this seriously and expects to be on schedule for your trip home to Florida. We look forward to all of you being here, though I know that Roscoe and Prince will be tied up with teaching and you and Baby Cakes will be working hard on preparations for a possible was with the shadow creatures. And of course you will want some time with Kathy who is so excited that you are coming. I fear that she is expecting more of your time than you will have to give, but you can work it out with her when you get here.

Shadow activity has increased in the fields with two near misses. If it weren't for the defensive bonding together of the herd I shudder to think what might have happened. All of this means that for Kathy's safety and yours, you will need for the herd to come close to the fence and you will need to find a way to intermingle with the herd to avoid either you or Kathy becoming a victim. Then, because of size differences, you will need to be cautious that no accident occurs while you are mingling. You may just want to stay on the outer band of the herd so as not to get stomped.

As for my physical diagnosis, there still is none. The test cannot be interpreted by the technician who gave it. I have another test tomorrow, but I won't hear much until the next appointment which is yet to be scheduled. Rest assured that if you are not here in time to join me, I will give you full information about what is said.

Tom, who is looking forward to seeing all of you soon

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dear tom

there may be a problem in dogtown, so to speak.....annie is very worried that joanie will be distraught when she learns that annie will be staying at fluffy's house....and she knows you will be terribly hurt by her "abandonment".....therefore, she has been saying that she will stay at your house and just visit fluffy.....i am doing my best, pointing out how (1) she has already promised fluffy to stay at her house, (2) how the commander at your house does not like her (for some odd reason) and (3) how excited you and joanie will be to visit her friends in their homes......annie is wavering about what to do.....mom said that if annie is staying at an unknown (to mom) home then she wants you, tom, to visit and make sure it is suitable to a dog of annie's sensibilities......i have also pointed out that fluffy will be crushed if annie does not stay there becuz she has planned so many fun activities for all of annie's friends (a sleepover, a beauty makeover, a day at the beach, a spa day, etc etc).....still....annie feels unsure about what to do, where to stay.....be prepared for Princess Poundage to sleep under your bed at night.....

there have been several conferences which included me, roscoe and prince discussing the psychological effects of dealing with an unseen enemy and how to avoid these problems when possible and how to deal with the ones that will affect our troops.....this is a very tricky problem...there has been talk of someone (Babycakes?) taking some psychology courses that deal with wartime traumas..i, of course, have already done that and now hold advanced degrees in this field, so hopefully the combination of c-g and psych help will get us thru...

speaking of tricky problems, i so wish i was there to go with you to the human vet....i would like to know exactly what his diagnosis it and what he prescribes for you....don't forget to mention to the vet that you are taking regular doese of cherry grass......mom is now being afflicted with arthritis in her shoulders and i have prescribed an oral dose of cherry grass both morning and night as well as an ointment and, on very painful days, a poultice.....she says she knows the c.g is all that keeps her going, altho i have noticed that she carries a large bottle of ibuprophen around in her purse....she sees the orthopaedist in 2 weeks and is hoping for the same shots she got in her knee.....

Lulu who can't wait to come to fl. on fri........(p.s. mom may not be able to get online until she returns in 10 days)

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Dear Annie,

Congratulations on the family doggie door. Shrinkage is a terrible thing.

Your friend,
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Dear Lulu,

I guess I thought that dilution wouldn't matter as long as I consumed my full dosage of tonic. I've gone back to the traditional method of gulping the nasty stuff down, but so far it hasn't done a thing. This afternoon I'm seeing a human vet for the first of two tests. I'll really be glad when these tests are finished and the results are interpreted.

Meanwhile, I am eager for your arrival along with the others of course. Prince and Roscoe will find the Chihuahua troops here a far more disciplined and eager to learn group. In fact, they keep asking when their training will begin. Our commander runs a very tight ship, yet is open to feedback and self evaluation. The troops are veterans for the most part and the newbies quickly fall into line and take on the serious view of the older soldiers. I think the training will go well here.

As for cherry grass, the troops here are familiar with the benefits of cherry grass therapy. They will be quite surprised when you tell them about the unknown effects of cherry grass in treating shadow creature wounds, but they will take it in stride. The wounds of shadow creatures are, for the most part, psychological anyway and require medicine of a different nature. I do suspect however that cherry grass may strengthen the weakened immune systems associated with shadow capture.

You spoke of attending a dance class. Right now I have discontinued all dancing until I have the results of these tests. Then I shall discuss continuing dance with the doctors. Of course I'd love to have you there, but only when I am able to return to my normal activities.

Tom, who, having already consumed his Bowser breakfast, is truly fed up.

Tom

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dear tom

aha! the problem is obvious! when you mix the cherry grass with water you dilute its strength...you must just be strong and suck it down, the faster the better (for you)....mom has consented to try a few taste tests, but after the 3rd one, she quit.....she gave me a couple of drinks (papaya juice, carrot juice, whiskey) that humans like, and quite frankly, i don't know if i can lower myself to make anything that tastes that bad.....it is a conundrum

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Dear tom,

mom spray-painted something in the house and now the entire place STINKS! i have had to borrow her laptop and take it out onto the lanai.....

i have to admit that this medicine the vet gave me is wonderful.....he and i are going to have a talk on its ingredients to see if they are something i could incorporate into cherry grass tonic for the very, very ill.....i felt much calmer and ate my breakfast this morning....and this was AFTER mom i went to buy a newspaper and i ate my reese's cup treat AND almost an entire egg and bacon biscuit from DQ....(everyone else got sausage biscuits)...even better, Dairy Queen did not screw up our order, which even tho a simple one, they have been known to mess up.....mom does not buy us biscuits very often, so this was special to celebrate (we hope) the end of snow....i am feeling better than i have in weeks.....admittedly, it may be the warmer weather and sunshine rather than the vet's pills, that contribute to my overall frisky feelings today...i hope mom wants to go for a walk, for i am in the mood! and i feel so much better about traveling, looking forward to chatting with kathy and working with BC as well as munching a deliciousssss bowser breakfast! perhaps if you go to a dance class i could come, too, just to watch... emoticon

roscoe and prince and the others have been working very hard to teach the soldiers about shadow creatures and the anti-toxin.....they have shortened lectures, or at least have a break in the middle during which annie serve cookies.....she thumps anyone on the head who grumbles about the classes or who falls asleep during them....some of the classes R & P teach jointly and some separately....i even spoke during one class to tell the "students" that cherry grass, while somewhat helpful, has not yet been developed to ward off any wounds inflicted by the shadow creatures which really upset some of the little guys......the idea was to try to make them realize how dangerous these creatures are and how careful they must be around them..... yesterday roscoe and i met wi---------

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yeah, yeah! that was lulu, but tom, i have such exciting news i just had to tell you NOW! you are aware of the alarming winter shrinkage over the past few months of my doggie door....its difficult even for a tiny dog such as myself to go out thru it and impossible to get back in....sometimes i have had to wake mom up at 2am to have her let me in.....can you visualize it? a poor, shivering Belgian basset outside in the dark, waiting....hoping...someone will let her into the house and her nice warm bed?? well, mom and dad went out for a few hours yesterday and when they came home they brought me a new, larger doggie door!! its beautiful! mom says she really hopes this one will not shrink.....i explained that cold weather and probable inferior building materials are what contributed to the deterioration of the current one....i do hope my dad will install it this afternoon.....i am sooo excited.....i asked if i could have my name painted above the entrance,but mom said others use the door, too, and might feel hurt that their names are not above the door....heck! they can have their names their, too, as long as my name is the biggest.......

hmm....i think i see a possible wawa spy headed towards my lab, i need to run

Annie who is twirling with delight at her new door

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Dear Annie,

Even though you will not be staying with us, we are looking forward to having you near. Just knowing that we can see you will be a comfort during these stressful times. Perhaps we could meet for a picnic lunch on the beach. You can discuss that with your friends and I will discuss it with Joanie. Of course, it all depends upon this shadow business as we will be quite busy with that, but surely we can find some time. I would so hate to miss seeing you at least once.

Lulu will need to stay here. She and Baby Cakes will have a great deal of work to do together with the cherry grass business. Of course, this solves the problem of the uncertain relationship between your friends and Lulu, doesn't it. :)

Oh, I hear Bowser calling me to breakfast. Let Lulu know that I'll try to write her a little later (after breakfast) if I have time.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Well, I think I have succeeded in calming Annie. I'm sorry that you had to listen to her wailing. She thought I was plotting against her rather than for her. Well, I think you understand.

Anyway, let us discuss cherry grass. I've been taking doses as you have directed but I'm still feeling about the same. I've been taking my cherry grass, but it has not been pleasant. I have found that if I mix it with black cherry concentrate and then mix the whole thing with water, it helps. I do have to be careful to stir vigorously, otherwise there seems to be separation between tonic and cherry juice. The first time I did it it was tasting pretty wonderful until I hit the fishy lower level. (Apparently the tonic is heavier than the cherry juice.) Even now I can taste a little fishiness to the juice. Don't misunderstand me. I like fish, just not fish flavored tonic or drinks. Is TQ helping with taste tests?

OK, gotta run. I need to lay down. I'm feeling week and out of breath. I'm looking forward to when you are here and able to nurse me back to health.

Tom, who will be seeing a human vet tomorrow.

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OH, DEARest tom

how could i have have doubted your loyalty?...i feel (almost) ashamed! this misunderstanding must have something to do with the differences in canine/human cultures....i told fluffy yesterday that i would be staying at her place and i know she and sheba and the others have been planning all sorts of fun events for my visit, but perhaps we can still get together sometime while i am there....we all know that i am too delicate to be around something as spooky as shadow creatures, but perhaps we could meet somewhere for lunch...joanie would be so sad if she did not get to see me at least once.....there may be a slight problem, though....i asked fluffy and punkin AND mazie if lulu could stay with us and none of them were very excited about the idea becuz last time my friends came to visit at your house lulu snapped at them....i've tried to explain that she was sick at the time, but they still did not warm up to the idea to hosting her, altho sheba said she would if necessary....do you think lulu could stay at your place? she has not been eating much these past couple of weeks, and altho mom got her some appetite encourager pills today at the vets, she is still skinny and would probably fit under your bed easily where she wouldn't bother anybody....or perhaps she could nap in kathy's barn between chats......

i do hope you are feeling better....i know i am since you explained your previous message...i am sending you a box of my special "marble" cookies....they are delicious! (i think mom is getting a cold, so i must stay here this week to take care of her...i know you were hoping i could catch and eagle ride and come earlier this week)

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Oh Annie, Annie, Annie,

How could you have so misinterpreted my message to Lulu? Let me show you precisely what I meant.

I said: For some reason, I have a feeling that Annie is going to be a handful when she gets here.

What I meant: You are so giving that it will be hard to get you away from the danger zone (the shadow creatures are all around the cow pasture and some are actually over our home).

I said: We will need to work hard to get her out with her girl friends. I'll try to contact them and let them know that Annie will be here. Then when Annie comes they can show up and invite her to do something. Once together, I think Annie will be drawn to the girls and their activities.

What I meant was: It will be so much safer for you if you are with them away from this danger zone.

I said: She did so much enjoy them before.

I meant: We all want you to enjoy this trip to the maximum but out of danger. Joanie agrees with all of this. She is as concerned about your safety as I am. The rest of us need to work, but you fortunately do not, and we all love and adore you and want you safe.

Annie, I hope that this clears up this misunderstanding. We are only thinking of you.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I just sent Annie a message. I hope that it will help calm her. Let me know how she is after receiving it.

I've heard from Prince. Training is going well for both Prince and Roscoe. I had to laugh a little though. Prince said that they are all learning, but with some its like pulling teeth to get them to study. He said he sometimes feels that you have to pound this information into their tiny little brains. He says it can be so exacerbating.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you. And Lulu, I so appreciate your efforts to fix the taste of the cherry grass for human consumption. I realize that it is hard for you to understand how a human tastes things just as it is hard for humans to understand how canines taste things. I suggest that you use TQ as a taste tester while you are developing the new flavored cherry grass products for humans.

Tom, who is about to have a smaller than usual Bowser breakfast.

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oh, dear, tom!

what have you done?!! you addressed your most recent message to "dear Annie", so naturally she read it first and when she got to the part about "For some reason, I have a feeling that Annie is going to be a handful when she gets here" she let out a howl,.....by the time she finished that paragraph she let out a roar.....she is soooo on the warpath....you really hurt her feelings............i am glad i am not in your shoes right now.......

humans don't like that flavor for medicine? it is due to the unique flavor of the cherry grass...canines love it! however, you are not the only one who has asked for other flavors, but with the same curative properties.....you probably would not like some of the flavors other canines have requested.....so far i have ignored these requests, but mom says lots of human meds come in "cherry" or "grape", strong flavors to cover up the mediciny taste...i shall think about this and talk to BC...perhaps we do need to develop flavors that appeal to both canines or humans, or perhaps a separate line of product for each...maybe each type of cherry grass medicine will have its own distinct flavor.....mom said i can use any of her cooking extracts, so i may try a few experiments, but i have to make very sure any additives do not affect the quality of the medicine.....


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WOE?!! (what on earth?) i thought you adored me, almost as much as joanie does...and now i see you are still plotting behind my back, even though i was willing to make sacrifices to come early to fl. to nurse you.....well, pfft! now i see you don't even want me there *sob* i suppose i should just stay here at the vets while everyone else goes to fl. to have fun *small moan*.......or maybe i will just stay at fluffy's or mazie's the entire time we are all in fl.....i bet joanie would be so sad that i am not there *small shriek* and she would be really mad at you and not cook your dinner becuz she would be so sad *medium sob/howl*.....oh, i know i should ignore your meanness, but i have such a naturally sensitive nature and just can't help by being crushed by your perfidy *howling at full volume*...oh, this cuts to my core.....

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Dear Annie,

Rest assured that I am being quite diligent about taking my cherry grass tonic. I was wondering though, is there any way that you could perhaps improve the flavor. I mean, because it is cherry grass shouldn't it taste more like cherries and less like raw fish? One cannot deny its effectiveness though.

For some reason, I have a feeling that Annie is going to be a handful when she gets here. We will need to work hard to get her out with her girl friends. I'll try to contact them and let them know that Annie will be here. Then when Annie comes they can show up and invite her to do something. Once together, I think Annie will be drawn to the girls and their activities. She did so much enjoy them before.

I haven't heard anything from Prince or Roscoe, but I suspect that the training is intense at this time and they just don't have time for correspondence.

Tom, who is about to eat a Bowser breakfast topped off with cherry grass tonic.

Tom

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DEAr tom

never mind Prince and Roscoe........more to the point, why are you still sick and going to the doctor?? have you been taking your proper doses at the correct times of cherry grass tonic? hmmmm? you know, if you skip one dose, it can set back your recovery period..........or are you, perhaps, just being human, not trusting totally in the tonic?? sigh....whatever the case, remember to continue taking the cherry grass along with whatever the dr. prescribes.....the dr's meds may be helpful, but it is the cherry grass that will make you well

as for leaving annie behind when the rest of us come up next week.....um....er....that may not be possible....mom and dad are going out of town and mom says that if annie goes to board at the vets...than we all have to board there.....and frankly, the vets does not want annie, either....they cannot prove she has caused commotion there in the past, but they are deeply suspicious that she is the culprit....or at least the leader of the troublemakers......i have suggested that while we are in fl that annie spend some quality time (and lots of it) with her friends fluffy, punkin, etc. at the beach and doing girly things like painting each others nails, etc.....she was interested until she heard you were sick....she is extremely concerned that you might unintentionally blab something in your feverish state about the location of a vault and the whereabouts of the vault key.....i asked why this is important, and she said that if this information got into the wrong paws, it could be a disaster, so it is vital that she is the one to be your nurse since she is "a natural at keeping secrets" *snort*...annie also pointed out that by the time we get there next week joanie will be exhausted from nursing duties and as her bff it is annie's DUTY to step in and give joanie a break......you should see this as another reason to continue taking your cherry grass........if you are well by the time we get there, then annie will be free to visit her friends (at their homes) as opposed to staying by your side 24/7...........

Lulu who thinks it is about time for your next dose of the tonic..don't forget!

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Dear Lulu,

Late last night I got a message from Roscoe. Apparently training has begun. Roscoe wrote the following:

I met with the Chihuahuas who have been carefully selected as weapons specialists for the possible shadow war. It began with Jack explaining the theory behind the toxin and weaponry. Frankly I think it pretty much went right over their heads. They tried to act interested and understanding, but there was a lot of fidgeting, sighing and the like. Next I spoke to the Chihuahuas and explained what we would be learning, our time frame etc. I kept it simple and they seemed to perk up with understanding with the exception of one who was asleep. I woke him and asked him what was going on and he said he was sorry, that it won't happen again. He said that he had a hard time sleeping last night because of all the excitement about coming to class this morning. Frankly I don't think so. I think Jack put him to sleep, but we shall never know for sure.

Prince began his classes too. Here's Prince to tell you about them.

Hi Dad,
Well, we met in a rather large room and I discussed the reasons for sniffing out shadow creatures and how difficult it was because they appeared to be no where. One of the younger ones raised his paw and said that he didn't see a reason for these classes. He said, after all Chihuahua's are just naturally great sniffers. Because others seemed to be nodding in agreement with him, I went into great detail about how very different sniffing out shadows is from sniffing out other things. In time I could see that I was reaching them. Now we can get into the nitty gritty of it all. Scents in this business are very subtile.

Well, that's about it for reports from Roscoe and Prince. Now one more thing. Annie seems very much bent on coming with you when you all come here. Please, please, please try to find ways to discourage her, and if all else fails, slip away without her knowing it.

Tom, who will be seeing the doctor sometime today.

Tom

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dear tom,

yesterday i sent BabyCakes a new cherry grass potion that should have you back in your dancing shoes in no time!.....it was supposed to have arrived by EGGmail SuperXpres by 10pm last night and i am sure BC will give you the first dose as soon as it gets there....the only "side effect" is that you cannot eat a heavy meal afterwards, so bowser will have to make you something very light if you feel hungry.....perhaps some weak broth and toast

......prince did say he phoned you last night, but you were sick, so he talked to his mom for a while....she must have forgotten to tell you, or you were so delirious that you forgot

our plan with annie worked....i spoke with roscoe while they were on the road traveling here and told him to leave the new toxin in their vehicle when they first arrived so annie could greet them without realizing anything was "up".....after she waddled off to her "work lab" the "spies" did their job, making the paranoid princess refuse to come out for fear someone would sneak in during her absence and steal her ideas and the specialized cake pans she had made....i even had to take her dinner to her, give the special knock, and then leave before she would open the door, peek out and grab her food.....back at the house we all laughed uproariously.....but not too loud for fear she would hear....about 7pm she asked me to bring her bed and pillows out to her becuz she feared her projects were not safe if left unattended.....hehehehe.......in the meantime, jack and prince snuck the toxin and weapons out of the truck and hid them......this morning, while annie is occupied in her lab, the guys will give lectures and demonstrations as well as some specialized training in the purpose and use of these new weapons in the war against shadows

Lulu who just heard it is going to snow again tomorrow and is beginning to pace

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Dear Lulu,

Has Roscoe, Prince and Jack arrived yet. They should have been there last night, but I haven't heard a word from them. I'm a little concerned in that they were carrying with them the anti-shadow toxin and weaponry.

Ah Lulu, what you have to do just to live with someone who is, well...a little beyond the norm. Best of luck with your plan. It sounds like you have left no stone unturned in your planning, though knowing Annie I fear she may find a loose stone. I mean, if there is one around she will find it as she most always does.

Well Lulu, I wish you were here now. I'm feeling a little under the weather. I'm sure you could find just the right cherry grass mix to help me.

Tom, who is never to sick to enjoy a Bowser breakfast! (Coming 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

although mom will be out, the rest of us have designed a plan to keep annie occupied...this morning one of the wawas will bring annie a "gift" of oven grade aluminum to make her specialty cake pans out of and another wawa who will exclaim over her natural talent will give her a drawing pad and pencils to figure out her designs....i am donating a special bakers mat for her to stand on to lessen tiring of her dainty paws from all that standing as she works......periodically someone will sneak up to her "work lab" where she is pounding out cake molds and pretend to be spying which will infuriate her, but also validate our interest in what she is doing, hopefully, making her more determined to stay in her lab.........i am thinking of giving her a walkie talkie so she can holler when she needs something, and not have to leave her lab, but i can also see her abusing that power, so i am still thinking this one over....however i will bring her a delightful lunch and a snack so she does not have to traipse all the way back to the house.....ahhhhh, the things we have to do

did joanie ever get her monarch butterfly t-shirt yet? if not, mom wants to send her one...pls. let us know

gotta run! gonna make annie a filling breakfast before all her gifts start to arrive *snicker* and then get things set up for the arrivals

Lulu who is gonna be one busy puppy today.

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