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9/20/14 11:00 A

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dear tom

i have made a couple of attempts to explain to mom about roscoe's chupe business, but she does not want to hear any "mere excuses".....and, quite frankly, i think she tunes annie out a lot of the time---as we all tend to do..... emoticon mom says The Kid is looking forward to feeding roscoe biscuits and going on walks with him.....isn't it just too bad that my illness keeps me from participating in all those things *snicker with a hee-haw on top*.....and even annie gets worn out from too many biscuits and too much attention, although she tries mightily to force down every biscuit offered in the spirit of hospitality and friendship.....last time The Kid was here she snarled at her fiercely after being startled into wakefulness when The Kid climbed on top of her while she was practicing poses.....for her transgression, annie got smacked and scolded and The Kid, who was crying, got a lot of cooing and "poor babies" although i did hear mom later tell The Kid not to bother annie when she was eating or sleeping......this visit will be interesting since this is the first time The Kid has been here without her parents....i don't blame roscoe for being reluctant to appear...sometimes that Kid can be a spoiled brat....even mom says so, but only under her breath where no one else (but me) can hear her......just thinking about spending 10 days, especially the one where they are all day in the car going back to alabama, makes mom twitch.....this could be the straw that breaks and turns mom in into a drinker......sigh......

anyway, pls. try to encourage to finish up his business as soon as possible...i am not sure how long annie and mom can cope without the ros here to help....the wawas are useless as they fade into the forest as soon as they see The Kid approaching....lol
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dear tom/ros./prince

i did it! i caught another bird...or a chupe disguised as a bird....lulu thought it was a sparrow and said it was following me around the property yesterday as i went to check on the guards and make sure everyone was at their post (and to offer a few words of encouragement to keep up morale)......after i returned back home the little bugger followed me into the screen in part of the porch....it thought i was unaware of its presence, but i fooled it! i grabbed it by the tail!!! the rest of the bird (it was a wren, not a sparrow) zoomed to the top of the porch where there are several places to perch....i pretended to go indoors to take a nap...my plan was to capture it after it relaxed, thinking i was asleep....unfortunately, mom saw it, alerted my dad and they chased it outside.,....i tried to go out and stop them and they yelled at me to get back into the house....they didn't want me to eat "the sweet little thing"....mom did look at me and raise an eyebrow and i nodded back, so she realized it was a disguised chupe, but by that time, my dad (a non-believer) has let it free outside.......still, the tail feathers have been sent for analyzation at the anti-chupe lab at UNCC-Canine....they are working on figuring out the dna sequence of chupes in general and hope to learn how they can change into other forms.....i do see another medal in my future for my heroic tail snatching

annie who is a natural bird catcher

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9/20/14 6:32 A

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Dear Lulu,

I passed the message on to the Ros about your mom's absolute expectations for his appearance during kid time. His response was interesting...

"I will go there if business here is concluded and I am not needed for duties elsewhere. The business of chupe is absolutely priority #1. Tell Lulu I will try to make it. If this business continues between time, you and I can make up a story about my leaving and not returning when the eagle flight arrived. Later, after all this business is finished, I will go there and personally apologize to mom. It bothers me though that mom expects me to entertain that kid. I'd rather bite the kid than entertain, and it just seems to me that mom should be the kid's entertainer since the kid is coming to see her. Oh well, it is what it is. Just let her know that I'll be there...even though you and I know that I will try but cannot promise."

Well Lulu, you can see what a pickle your mom's demands make for Roscoe, though in fairness, TQ simply has no early idea of how extraordinarily important the business is or that the Ros is not relaxing in the luxury of Florida living. It may be time to share a little bit of it with TQ, though I'm surprised that she has not picked up a bit of the fact of Roscoe's absence from Florida just by listening to Annie. Hmmmm....it may be she is not so inclined to listen to her though since the fall that she took due to Annie's...uh, pose positioning. (I do hope that your mom is recovering from that unfortunate incident.) I think though that we had best say nothing, since a little information begs for more and is often worse than no news at all.

Ah, We have been called to the dining hall. Time for breakfast. I wonder what fabulous food they have prepared for us this morning. :)

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/20/2014 (06:37)
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9/19/14 1:54 P

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*laughing quietly* oh, tom!

you were right...annie has pranced around the entire wawa camp and our property informing everyone that you confided in her about your secret meetings, but as she is a natural secret keeper she can not possibly divulge any further information about what you and roscoe and prince are up to.........i did notice that while she was doing this a sparrow was flitting from bush to tree to whatever was near annie; i suspect it was eavesdropping for the "other" side......good thing annie did not have any more secrets to share *snicker*

you, too, must promise to keep secret my plans to visit fl....i am trying to make arrangements to meet a single-passenger-gondola-carrying eagle at applebees if they will promise to toss raw hamburger on the roof....the hamburger part is the sticking point in the negotiations....sigh....i think i can get mom to agree to let me visit fl. while she and my dad take the Kid back to alabama.....a nearby craftsman is making me a special harness with quick release snaps (in case of accident) that will hold me in the gondola in case of dizziness or wobbly footing, altho i am going to try to just lay down in the bottom and nap.....the harness will also have a special pocket for my pills and a small of amout of cherry grass tonic

speaking of alabama, mom is insisting that roscoe be here, paws on the ground, no later than next tues...no ifs, ands, or buts.....The Kid adores him and mom expects him to be here to help entertain her.....

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blither, blather.....blither, blather.........tom, i don't care how busy roscoe is, you remind him he MUST be here by next tues at the latest....he must stay until the following mon. at the minimum.....his niece will be here, she is 5 yrs old, and she is expecting to see him.....there is no room for argument or negotiation here...remind him pls.

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9/19/14 6:08 A

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Dear Annie,

Oh yes, of course we were disappointed with your inability to come to Florida due to some apparently high level decisions. But of course, you know you are always welcomed...uh, most of the time. This particular time would not be all that good though. Joanie is so extremely preoccupied with butterflies (its complicated). And for myself...

I received a call early yesterday morning from Roscoe. I was urgently needed in the anti-chupacabra and anti-shadow creature efforts. After the call, a very large canine (Great Dane in fact) picked me up in a transport limo and rushed me to the airport. I was then flown to ...uh, oh yes, I can't mention that. I met with Roscoe there and quickly the two of us proceeded to conference HG for serious discussions. I'm sorry Annie, but I really can't go into this further. I'm sure that you understand...I mean, I can't go into it with anyone.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I'm sure by now Annie has told you and probably the whole world that I chose to tell HER about my secret travels but that she couldn't possibly reveal where I went. Am I right? Well, the reason she can't reveal where I went is because I didn't tell her.

Now then, what I am about to say is to be kept in strict confidence. I feel quite comfortable discussing this with you just as I would have discussed it with Bear, as you have shown over and over how you can maintain confidentiality. And, well, I really need to be able to discuss it with someone.

I was taken to the airport and boarded on a special military plane controlled by a little known branch of the Chihuahua air farce. From there I was flown non-stop to Portland, Oregon. While there I was met by Roscoe and together we proceeded to a high level meeting of Chihuahua brass and certain other key figures for high level talks regarding the chupacabra and shadow creature menace. Our meeting was held at a lovely lodge located on beautiful Mount Hood. Food is excellent by the way, as they spare no expense at this level. Meetings were held in a special secretive chamber in the depth of the mountain. (Remember, the very existence of this chamber is totally hush hush.) Prince was the only other occupant of our room (Roscoe, Prince, myself) but the meeting consisted of individuals (all canine other than myself) from various sections of the US as well as representatives from a vast number of countries. There were also, of course, the usual interpreter staff to assist with language difficulties. Bear would have loved that part of the meeting.

I look forward to telling you more about the content of the meeting, but I feel this should be done in person in a private place so that no one, and I mean NO ONE can intercept even a part of the conversation. Hopefully you will be able to visit in a couple of weeks (I should be home by then although my plans are totally unknown even to me at this point). Meanwhile, I will share with you those things I feel that I can via letter.

As always, this is spoken to you in total confidence, and unlike some of the things we discuss, this is strictly for us...not even your mom can be told yet.

Take care and continue to improve physically dear Lulu,
Tom

PS Oh yes, Roscoe and Prince send there love (and this is the one part of this conversation that you can share with everyone).

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/19/2014 (06:13)
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9/18/14 9:52 A

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DEAR TOM

there was a lot of commotion over in the wawa's camp yesterday and now your message explains what all the howling was about.....it seems a bit unfair that the young, impressionable (and not very bright) soldier was punished for annie's conniving....yet she feels perfectly innocent, claiming she just asked him to make a phone call for her since her phone did not seem to be working properly....i do want to state that i had no knowledge of or participation in this little fiasco....sheesh! sometimes you gotta wonder how annie's brain works! *giggle*

i appreciate the info on the new individual gondolas that are now available....hopefully i will be able to use one soon, maybe in a couple of weeks.....mom mentioned The Kid is coming next week and when they go back to alabama the following monday annie and i will be going for a stay at the spa.....hmm...don't know if i will be able to come before all this occurs, but perhaps afterwards.....

yesterday i wanted to show off for my dad so he would realize how much better i am so i actually jumped a little when he brought out breakfast...i got both front feet off the ground (altho not very high) and i landed perfectly....he was quite impressed and i admit i was a bit impressed with myself, too lol i haven't fallen in quite a while....my walk wavers from side to side sometimes and i get tired easily, but i think a nice stay someplace warm and sunny, perhaps lying on the edge of a canal as i talk to a bovine friend on the other side, could only help my healing... the problem will be how to keep annie distracted elsewhere when i make my takeoff......

uh-oh...here comes annie...i'd better close now so she doesn't see what we are talking about
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please, don't you and joanie cry, tom....i know you expected me be there and yet i am here....there was a disruption of plans on this end (i cannot say more for fear joanie will become distraught...she was so dying to see me)......next time you see roscoe would you please ask him to come home...it need only be for a day or two, but apparently there is a new rule from the eagles that if they are transporting me, roscoe has to accompany me....i assume this is because they are afraid i might be kidnapped or something, but it is still a stupid rule....he also has to be on board if lulu is travelling so as to prevent her from falling overboard if she has a dizzy spell......possibily bowser could substitute, but he seldom comes here....this is important...do not forget to tell roscoe
annie who is quite DisPleased with the eaGle TranSport serVices

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9/17/14 1:18 P

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Dear Annie,

You may be wondering why the eagle transport failed to pick you up today. Well, I have learned from the commander here that eagle transport called him for verification since the recruits name was not on the list. The commander immediately called the commander in your area who was interested in learning who had made this call. It seems that the recruit has been thrown in the brig and awaits trial for impersonating an officer. It is expected that his punishment will be harsh and serve as an example for others. Needless to say, your transportation was immediately cancelled.

I am so sorry that we will not be able to see you Annie. But again, even though Lulu says she is better, it is preferable for you to remain there and keep a loving eye on her. She is a wonderful nurse, but sometimes even the best of nurses need nursing themselves. And of course, she trained you so you would be the logical choice. And a worthy calling it is that you have as well.

Your friend who will sacrifice seeing you for the greater good,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Kathy was asking about you this morning, saying how much she missed you. And then out of a clear blue, she said that she has not seen Roscoe or Prince lately and wonders where they might have gone. I'm a little concerned about information leaking considering the highly confidential nature of their mission, so I simply told Kathy that the boys were coming to Virginia to visit with you and Annie. This way the true nature of their trip remains secretive, even though I only have a glimpse into that nature.

I'm glad to hear that you are doing better Lulu, and sincerely and deeply hope that your progress continues to improve. Perhaps you will even be able to visit in Florida one of these days. Oh, and by the way, it is my understanding that eagle services have very small gondolas for use by individuals, but if you were to mention that that is what you want, there would unfortunately (cough) not be enough room for Annie to join you. I know that would be disappointing for Annie, but perhaps you could use a short time apart anyway. Just saying.

Take care dear Lulu,
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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dear tom

thanks for the marvelous idea!! this morning i was chatting with the guard on the back of the house...his job is so boring.....all the new recruits get this job, i think to keep them out of trouble....you know what a naturally sympathic soul i am, so i brought him an early morning bowl of water and some donuts that i made myself.....while we were talking i mentioned how i needed to go to fl. to give BabyCakes and the others an updated nursing course but had no means of transportation.....i mentioned that the eagles receptionist never answers the phone when i call and expressed concern that he was not ill......this new recruit --without my even asking---immediately pulled out his phone, got eagle transport on the line, and ordered a courier to pick me up at 9am this morning.....so it looks like i am on my way to fla!!!! let's see...today is wed....i shall return here on monday..this means you and joanie and all my friends will get to enjoy me for 5 whole days!!!

Annie who is packing as quickly as her little paws can move!
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dear tom

i have been feeling pretty good lately....i do, tho, wish it would stop raining! it' been everyday for weeks!! how i long for some sunshine!!

don't worry, i will not share confidential information with annie.....she may not mean to be a blabbermouth, but sometimes news just spills out of her....unintentionally, of course.......*snicker*......

good news! mom reported seeing marta, the gonzalez' cow, a couple of days ago....the death truck was there a week ago and we hadn't seen her in awhile, so i was concerned....boy, do i miss my chats with Kathy

i am glad the boys are travelling with eagle transport....one can usually feel pretty safe with them.....whatever they are doing, i am sure they are fine.....how does joanie cope with Prince being gone? (last i heard she was still not a believer in the existence of chupes)......that Prince has grown up into a pretty smart cookie.....he is such a great guy!! annie misses some of his puppy days, but still adores him as her favorite nephew....

Lulu

some of the hens have taken to visiting with me when i am resting under one of the cars...they will sit under the other car and we we occasionally chat.....you know, they are not as dumb as everyone thinks emoticon

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Dear Annie,

I can assure you that the transportation for the boys has nothing to do with their just being boys. Remember that Lulu really has no problem obtaining transportation (usually), depending of course upon the purpose of the trip. Nursing duties are seriously attended to as are special diplomatic missions and other highly secretive missions. And that is how the boys got immediate urgent transportation. It is not especially luxurious, it is eagle flight, but it is efficient and effective for their purposes.

Cheer up little miffed Annie, there will likely come a time for you to travel, perhaps even someday with nurse Lulu on her way to help sick Chihuahua soldiers.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Your comments were quite interesting, especially since Jack pointed out the same concerns regarding planting a device. "Besides," he said, "a device is quite unnecessary. Here is why..."

Jack pointed out that the boys actually have such a device. It is their microchip. Jack did measure the boys before flight so that he could be certain the flight was safe. Well, that's what he told the boys. Actually, he scanned the microchips.

Now then, with that information, he was able to build a device which, when set to the micro code, can magnify the signal up to a million fold and tell precisely where the boy is who has this chip. The action is swift and precise, turning off in a microsecond so that others will not be able to read the signal. Quite fascinating really.

Currently the boys are in Chillicothe, Illinois. At least they are in a wooded area near the Illinois river very close to Chillicothe. (Perhaps I shouldn't have shared that.) I suppose it will be advisable that I do not share any other information other than the fact that they are again en route via eagle services. Any lack of additional location sitings will remain secret for their protection. You understand.

Lulu, please share this with your mom. Annie really doesn't need to know because she will think I'm withholding information whereas you will totally understand. Let your mom know that the letter is totally confidential.

I continue to be concerned about your health and hold you in my thoughts daily,
Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/16/2014 (09:39)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

okiay, so the guys are travelling again...big, hairy deal! when i want to travel i can't get anywhere! i do not understand why this is so.....is it becuz they are guys? is it becuz they are sort of celebrities? pfft! i DEMAND equal time! i DEMAND equal rights! i DEMAND luxury transportation to fl (and back) at the times of my choosing!!!

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dear tom

i am not sure the hidden listening devices are a good idea...you don't want anyone to feel you betrayed them do you? on the other hand i can see where you might feel reassured knowing where they are just in case they run into any trouble.....please keep me and mom notified with whatever news you feel.....i contacted the eagles today to see about my travelling to fl to help out during R & P's absence, but they said i had to have roscoe or another sizeable dog travelling with me in case i have a dizzy spell (which,unfortunately, does still happen)....they defined sizeable as between wawa and annie, the wawas being too small and annie being waaaaaaaaaaayy to large......

btw, that is not annie in the fb pic mom has on her page....apparently annie was doing her poses when it was time to take the pics so that is a "stand in"......*snort*
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9/15/14 1:21 P

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Dear Annie,
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First let me complement you on your facebook picture. The pose is super and the tongue sticking out just adds attitude. It was, well...so you!

This morning Prince and Roscoe had a long conversation with the head Chihuahua. They were with him for a rather lengthy visit and emerged with a sense of urgency. I have no idea what its all about, but the boys are packing their duffels as we speak. I asked if they were going somewhere (silly question...why else pack?) and they said "Yes." That was all that they said, so I asked "where?" They said that they were so very sorry but that they could not tell me. This was so secretive that even I cannot know. Now I've got to tell you, I am quite concerned. Any trip that secretive has to be extremely dangerous. And why wouldn't they tell me, master of secret keeping? Yes, I am more than concerned, I am Worried with a capital "W." I will tell you more later. I am going to see Jack and see if he can plant a tracer of some sort on them (secretly of course...they need to not know!).

Tom, the ambivalently miffed and worried.

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

altho lulu had a bad night last fri. she has since then been doing pretty well, so she might be able to spare me for 2 or 3 days....we shall see

yesterday mom's friend called....she dislocated her shoulder and now is wearing a sling on her arm just like mom....they could be twins...i did overhear mom asking if she had fallen over me, too, and then she cackled like she had said something funny.....let me tell you i was NOT as amused and demanded a biscuit in apology (which mom gave me).....mom woke up with her shoulder hurting today...i hope she doesn't expect me to sob with sympathy!!*growl*

i did call Vulture Expediters.........they refused to carry me, saying they had heard stories from the eagle transporters....can you imagine such nonsense?!! they asked if roscoe would be travelling with me and when i explained that i would be travelling alone the vulture slammed down the phone!! so rude!!! i have also spoken to the Commandant who must have a connection to some transport system since sometimes the wawas have to move from one place to another quickly......the Commandant was lengthily explaining about the quick movement of troops when i (politely) cut him off, explaining i just needed to get to fl....he turned all red in the face, huffed and puffed and then explained that military transportation systems would not carry civilians.....i pointed out that they sometimes help carry visiting dignitaries and he huffed and puffed some more and said i did not qualify..then he suggested i contact the eagles..........sigh......so here i am back at square one again

annie, who knows joanie wants to see her real soon and is trying to get there

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Dear Annie,

As for the plane, not a chance. It is for diplomatic use only. Roscoe, it turns out, is a part of the diplomatic corps and I was asked along because I am one of the few human believers and my incite into human behavior might help, especially with the issue of human conversion to our understanding of the fact that chupacabra are real. You may not believe it Annie, but whenever I spell out chupacabra in the message systems, it is underlined as though it were misspelled. How ridiculous.

I think as far as transportation you still need to explore vulture carrier services. Had you done so when you first started talking about coming here, you would be here by now. True! You might be skinny and emaciated, but you would be here.

Just a reminder...Lulu does still need you.
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I think it may be quite possible that a chupacabra could take human form. Chupes are notoriously dim witted, so it might be hard for them to take either human or canine form for the most part, but on the other hand, I have met some humans...far more than I care to admit...who very well could have been chupe. Perhaps I'll start carrying anti-chupe toxin whenever I am somewhere without either Prince or Roscoe, you know, just in case.

Bowser is here. Time to fix lunch. He may need me to supply the ingredients.

Tom, who is missing you Lulu

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

do you think you can get me on one of those super fast planes to take me from here to fl??

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dear roscoe, tom & prince

what an exciting time you had....having seen so much chupe action here, mom has decided to take the "bull by the horns" so to speak and speak out occasionally about chupes hiding in our midst.....she says most of the time conversation just stops for a moment and then people continue as those that "c" word was never mentioned......we are also wondering if chupes can take human form since the last time the UPS truck came i, personally, spoke to the driver about chupes to explain why he has to go thru so much security before coming down our driveway......the guy's eyes got real big and he has never returned.....we know they can take animal form.....a few night ago there was a bird, supposedly a carolina wren, hopping and fluttering around our screened in front porch....this was at midnight!!...and we all know that normal birds would have been asleep by then.....when mom and annie finally got him outside did he fly?? noooooooooooo...he just hopped away until he was out of sight.....i notified the guards, but it was gone by the time they got there........which brings up an area in anti-chupe defenses.........how to mobilize wawas even more quickly when a call goes out of a definite chupe sighting......i shall be discussing this with roscoe next week...

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Dear Lulu, TQ, and Annie,

This is very hush hush. I have just returned from an extremely important mission. Leaving early Friday morning, I arrived in London, England quite late in the morning. Roscoe accompanied me.

We immediately were joined by several canines from the London CWP (chupe watch patrol). We were rushed to a secret meeting place (I can't even tell you where) and we discussed the current increased chupe activity in England and in particular London. Ideas were exchanged. An order was placed with the manufacturing concern in the US that manufactures anti chupe toxin.

Meanwhile, they had a number of rather useful ideas about strategy for our boys here in the good old USA. Some of them concern means of convincing humans of chupe activity, though I did notice that they really weren't able to point out successful conversions in their fair city.

After a rather intense discussion, they drove us into the city where we would seek accommodations for the night. It was necessary to cross the London bridge on the way, and there were reports that it would be falling down quite soon, so they wanted to get us across the bridge quickly. At the motel we were met by a fair lady who checked us all in and gave us access to a secret conference room reserved for the most sensitive discussions.

It is that room where we met for 2 hours this morning before coming home. The flight was swift as it took less than an hour compared with over four hours going. Prince said it had to do with time changes whatever that means.

I cannot discuss with you the content of the last meetings at all, but Roscoe will be meeting with top Chihuahua brass later today.

Your friend,
Tom

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9/12/14 10:25 A

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DEAR TOM

i am checking with a variety of fl. limosines and will let you know if i find a reasonable one....i am also considering other methods of transportation...my main requirement is luxurious accomodations....mom told me today that railway cars are dirty and smelly and sometimes have odd people riding in them who might not be dog friendly.....this is disturbing news...the eagles still won't answer my phone calls...i wonder if their lines are out due to a storm or something...pls. remember to use a lot of suntan lotion or wear a couple of chihuahuas on your head at the beach so you won't get sunburned....

your friend
annie, who would love to run at the beach

p.s. the best churros are usually found in the trashcans near the churro stand....

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Dear Annie,

I do so hate disappointing you. If you ride the rails, I think there is a station in Jacksonville. Its only about 3 or 4 hundred miles from here. I'm not certain how you will get here from there though. You see, we cannot send a limo. The chupe wars nearly bankrupted us and then the celebration for our heroes finished us off. You have no idea how expensive the gourmet food for heroes is these days.

Now then, the good news if you solve your transportation issue. Joanie did say that she has some lovely material that you may use to fashion your own dress. She got a super bargain at Goodwill for a used Italian table cloth. (There are only a few stains on it and they look like, well, like part of the dress.) She thinks the red and black striped checkerboard pattern will go nicely with your brown and while fur.

Oh, I've got to go. The heroes and I are going over to the beach for the day.

Take care Annie,
Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/11/2014 (15:02)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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

you've obviously enjoyed too much partying becuz you are making no sense, i.e. "canines like yourself must also take some responsibility for their actions as well.".....i have done No Wrong.......my humans are the ones not paying attention and then blaming me..........

i do like the train idea.....there is a train that come thru town and i can just envision myself riding the rails with my ears blowing in the wind......exactly how far away is the train from your house? surely you could send a limosine and a nice meal to pick me up??? hmmmm....and lulu could be tied inside the car....the only problem would be getting her actually INSIDE the car as she cannot run....i wonder if the wawas could catapult her?? hmmmm.....i asked lulu about the vulture late last night when she was sleepy,...the story she told me was horrific! i am too delicate to go thru such adventures!!!

like i said, don't worry about joanie and the vault....she and i are tighter than ticks....and we may decide to create our own new costumes anyway......hmmm i bet she's got some terrific fabrics....

annie who is going to check on the train schedule while (hopefully) tom checks on the limosine possibilities


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Dear Annie,
Dear poor poor Annie,
Oh Annie, you poor baby...

I would so much enjoy your company. Why, just yesterday while we were having that marvelous celebration feast, I said to Roscoe and Prince (one on each side of me during the celebration), boys, this feast somehow reminds me of Annie. Maybe because she so much enjoys celebrating and helping get everything ready. "We miss her, don't we boy," said I.

Roscoe grinned and agreed. He suggests eagle flight if Lulu is ready, but if she isn't he said that you should go the vulture route. This brought on an uproar of laughter from the entire table where the Ros was sitting. I guess they must think its a good idea.

And then Prince suggested hitching rides on railroad trains. (another uproar of laughter from the crowd) I pointed out that the railroad doesn't really operate anywhere near Lehigh Acres, and Prince just said in a low merry sounding voice, "I know." (More laughter) Well, of course we were making merry so all that laughter is understandable, though I personally thought the timing was a bit off. It was as if they were laughing about your transportation... Well, Annie, I for one do not see a thing about that that is the least bit humorous. Oh well, I guess everyone there will just have to learn the fact that timing is everything.

As for the vault...forget it. Joanie will kill anyone who gets any where near the vault, and she is one (like myself) who believes that gun ownership should be controlled and registered. So you see, Annie, she takes this vault dance-dress thing pretty seriously. You had best be aware of that and perhaps not even mention it when the vulture brings you.

I still feel that you are needed in Virginia...not only by Lulu (poor baby for real), but by your mom as well. And Annie, while I know that you think humans should be responsible for their own actions (I agree with you on that), canines like yourself must also take some responsibility for their actions as well.

OK Annie...I'm about all talked out. Now, after all of that Bowser chow, I'm...well, a little tired. Think I'll strike a pose...like a log laying on the forest floor (only I will responsibly place this log on our bed.

Goodnight...or goday or...hmmm...
Tom, the weary zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

one cannot just demand my mom to do something like supply candy.....her eyes go all squinty and one would sometimes swear fire comes out of them....it can be rather scarey....and she wears an odd little smile, but one knows its not a friendly smile...more like a "i just might have to bite you" smile.....and i really hate to be bitten......true, mom has never actually bitten me, but she makes you think it just might be possible......so i will have to think of something else......the KID is coming here and then everyone (mom, dad & The Kid) will be travelling back to alabama...it will be for a total of about 10 days....this will be at the end of this month/beginning of Oct....so i figure when they return mom will be so exhausted that that may be a good time to approach the candy business....i will have the house all clean and a good meal waiting for them when they return....mom will be in just the right mood to pat her favorite basset on the head and then agree to whatever i say without really realizing what she is saying *double snicker with candy corn on top* ......................................

yesterday mom came home with a whole box of dog biscuits which she said could not be opened until THE KID gets here.....do you think that is fair??!! and they are small-sized biscuits since she said THE KID gives me too many...pah! i pointed out that for safety reasons i should taste-test several biscuits, but she ignored me....in fact she quite rudely told me that her shoulder was hurting and to go away!!! later, i was trying to obey her by not laying on the kitchen floor....i was laying around the corner and my dad walked around said corner...i tried to stand up quickly to get out of the way just as he stepped over me....we almost had another accident...............and he fussed at me!! ....lately, people have been sympathizing with mom having to wear her sore arm in a sling and nobody is asking "was the dog okay?".....life here is just getting impossible!!! i NEED to come to fl...NOW

don't worry about joanie and the vault stuff......she just gets a little tetchy when she is tired or stressed.....you probably just asked her at the wrong time....when i am there, leaning my little face up to hers, all will be fine....she does adore me so....i will try to phone the eagles for a flight reservation this afternoon

annie who needs to visit fl. soon

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Dear Annie,

To answer your last question first, we live in the boonies (like your family), but then, you've been here so you know that. So no, we do not get trick or treaters. I really think you should have your mom drive you to a rather nice neighborhood near the college. Either that, or change your approach to trick or treating. Tell your mom that you want that mound of candy and that she had better get it before Halloween or you will bring forth the trick part of trick or treat. You don't need to tell her what the trick is, of course. That's the beauty of tricks...they are surprises. Kind of like your skunk trick (except that the skunk didn't cooperate) and your welcome mat pose trick (which sort of had a few draw backs too). I think you and I are going to have to think hard about your next trick to make certain it is 100% successful instead of just 97.3 % successful.

I have given greetings to Prince and hugs to the Ros for you as you requested. They both smiled and sent their love to you. They did suggest that it may be better for you to stay there for the time being since Lulu really does need your help even if she doesn't admit it. Oh, and Joanie did mention to let you know that the vault is still off limits. I really don't know why she had to bring that up, but it seems to agitate her every time that you mention the words vault, dress, or costume. Just a Joanie-ism I suppose.

When Lulu mentioned vulture transport, I suspect she was just engaging in a little facetious humor. She does like to jest a bit now and then. I think its kind of cute though, don't you?

Did I mention that there is going to be an awards ceremony this afternoon to honor Prince and Roscoe as heroes after their heroic destruction of the chupe HQ? It was after the HQ destruction and destruction of most of the top brass that what organization the chupes can muster fell apart completely and resulted in the final canine victory. So you see, those boys did a wonderful job. Yes, they were in harms way and risk their lives, but they succeeded and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. Who knows the results had the chupes been victorious. One thing for sure, many innocent folks (human and canine) would have suffered terribly if not paid with their lives. And it wouldn't have stopped in Florida. It would have moved on through Virginia and parts north and west. Yes, these boys are tremendous heroes and let us never forget their valor. Oh, and of course we will have an after party once the ceremony finishes.

I hear Bowser, master chef for the celebratory after party. I will need to help him by making sure that he has all that he needs. It will be a huge feast, and those boys deserve every thing that we can do for them.

Well, talk to you later Annie. Important things to do now...
Tom, who is extremely busy preparing for the celebration for Prince and the Ros

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/9/2014 (09:27)
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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,

when i got up this morning my dad had gone into the city....mom was home and was supposed to give lulu her pills and breakfast.....lu ate her breakfast, but she refused the pills stating emphatically that she only wanted to take the cherry grass.....mom cannot do anything with her hurt arm, so she couldn't do anything except tell lulu "wait til your father gets home"....lulu snorted (rather rudely, i thought...thank heavens i am naturally well-mannered).......but sure enough, when my dad got home lulu had to take her pills.....we have tried to reduce her antibiotic, but the 2x my dad tired this you could see that lulu was obviously got worse......we did take lulu off the prescription motion-sick pill, using a drugstore brand.....it works, but not as well as the walking in circles has increased when she is in the house unless mom sits on the floor and pets her.........and she is a little bit more wobbly.......the antibiotic alone is $80 every 2 weeks....

i was lying on the kitchen floor last evening, by coincidence in the same spot where mom fell over me.....my dad came thru carrying an armload to stuff and not paying attention and he tripped over me, too.....he did not fall, but he did fuss at me............like it was MY FAULT!! i noticed that a couple of the wawas were lying in that spot this afternoon and mom made them move....she has declared that no one (dogs, people, chupes, NOTHING) may lie in the entrance to the kitchen.......sheesh! why do humans take no responsibility for their own faults?!! *slight growl*

please tell Prince that his favorite aunt sends greetings....and tell roscoe his sweet baby sister sends hugs.......i am/we are so glad that they are home and safe......i want to come to fl. soon.....just trying to arrange transportation....i have tried to call the eagles several times today and once again, no one picks up.....i am thinking of sending myself via EGGmail Super Xpress so i will arrive within an hour of pickup here.....lulu suggested vulture transport and then giggled til her tail turned red.......this makes me suspicious, so perhaps vultures will be only considered as a last, desperate measure

Annie, who is naturally sweet-natured

p.s. do you all get trick or treaters? i could come then and joanie and i could go to the vault to try on costumes

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Dear Lulu,

The eagle has landed. The boys were rushed to the dog wash that Jack built for a quick clean up, then dried off, fed and shown their beds which they eagerly occupied. The eagle was paid in roof top hamburger and is on her merry way to the glades. She did an admirable job with rescue when you realize that the boys could no longer be where they had been seen by scout. Of course, they weren't far from that spot as the eagle flies and spies.

It seems to me that Annie is pretty much over doing playing her "You stink" joke, what ever that is, but I suppose if she is a happy camper, let her go for it. (grin)

You know, Lulu, we are all concerned about you and anxious to hear that you are feeling better. Prince, of course, never knew Bear, but he has heard much of him and is proud to be his brother. He knows that you became Mrs. Lulu-Bear and that makes you special in his book too. Of course, he knew you both here and there, so you are already special to him, but that relationship thing just adds to it all. Well, Lulu, just take it easy, stay with the cherry grass, and keep getting better all the time.

Be sure to say hi to your mom and sister, and let them know that the boys are safely home. Oh, and know that your special shack is waiting for you for when you feel up to coming.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/8/2014 (06:36)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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


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oh, tom!
we were all so excited to hear that the boys were finally rescued! the wawas were notified as well as annie and mom and we are all going to have a small celebration here in honor of their safe return....annie is in the kitchen mixing up batter for cupcakes for everyone after dinner tonight....i heard that some of the wawas who are off-duty are planning on performing karaoke...(let's hope not!)......

there are strange noises coming from the gonzalez pasture....cows mooing loudly and male voices yelling "ya-hoo" type shouts....i suspect there are a bunch of adult males "playing" cowboy, much to the consternation of the cows who are not enjoying the game as much as the beer-swilling cowboys....not sure if any horses are involved, altho a 4-wheeler's engine can occasionally be heard over the noise....ah, these modern cowboys.....several of the new recruits who messed up when they went out with annie are among those who have gone to investigate....the newbies have had several more opportunities to practice stealth tactics since that debacle.....annie was invited to lead the group, and i could see that she was tempted, but cupcake duty called, so sgt. paco led the group....i did make sure that at least 2 of the new guys carried their first aid backpacks.....i tried to impress upon them how important it is for them to be ready to help their fellow wawas...or perhaps even a wounded cow if it sprains it's ankle trying to elude the caballeros (cowboys)

annie is yelling greetings to you and the fl. gang from the kitchen.....she says "you stink" and then giggles uproariously *shaking head*

thanks for the good news
Lulu

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Dear TQ,

Annie and I shared a little inside joke. I'm glad that she is enjoying it so much. It is good that she is laughing and giggling. It takes energy to do that and that burns calories. Well, you know.

My, what a strange night you had. I cannot imagine why the chickens would suddenly decide to make your bedroom their home. But I suppose that with the storm and all, they might have just been looking for a place where they could feel safe. I suppose I should be quite thankful that we take care of wild birds rather than domesticated ones.

You seem so suspicious about dear Miss Annie. Obviously she is just having fun.

Tom

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Dear Annie,

I am so glad that you enjoyed setting up for the little joke, but I think maybe it would be wise to leave the chickens out of the plot unless they decide to wonder in themselves. Your mom is mighty suspicious that you had something to do with it. ;)

Tom, who enjoys a good joke but thinks the chickens had best be on their own.

(Annie...we are all aware of Lulu's condition and our thoughts are with her. I understand your concern.)

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Dear Lulu,

Report from Roscoe:

Dear Tom,

Our cover is blown. This morning we saw pythons dangling from trees and slithering about. Time to move on, we decided. We took the back escape path out of there and headed in a northwest direction. We could see a flat sandy area ahead with possible buildings. When we got there we discovered that the buildings were actually grass huts. Remembering some of our experiences (both good and bad) from previous adventures, we decided to move around the huts on the east side. We were doing well until we found a hut resident out hunting. We happened onto him suddenly and he, though started by us as well, started coming toward us. We ran. We could hear him saying "Come back. I just want to be your friend."

Well, maybe, but we weren't taking any chances. We moved quickly on and shortly after that heard a gruffer voice saying, "Them dogs...I'm gonna get me them dogs."

Now we were beginning to wish that we had stayed with the first guy. This guy was running after us and gaining on us. We have never seen a human run this fast. He just about had us...

Thud! Something hit him on the head. It had come from above him. It was a gondola. The gruff one hit the ground. The eagle landed his gondola just beyond where the gruff one lay. We leaped into the gondola and the eagle took off before the guy could even get back on his feet. We were heading home.

Tired, happy, hungry...
Yours,
Roscoe

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Well, Lulu, there you have it. Share it with TQ first and then Annie and the Chihuahuas. I know that they will be quite happy. I am expecting a landing shortly and have prepared eagle payment and food and beds for the boys.

Tom, who is so happy to be able to report the happy news from Prince and Roscoe.

Tom

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

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

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


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dear tom

what did you say to annie? she came in the bedroom the other night giggling like a loon (its 3am while this is all going on) and saying "you stink!" and then running out of the room and into the closet in my craft room........later, the next morning, after she woke up at her more normal hour (8:30-ish) she ran into the kitchen where i was, barking "you stink" and laughing so hard she got the hiccups...when i asked her what on earth she was shrieking about, between giggles and hiccups she said "ask tom".............and then she laughed until it was time to begin her early morning nap......very weird

..........and speaking of weird, it was a kind of stormy night....normally under such conditions i let the hens sleep on the front porch where it is covered and they are somewhat protected, but i couldn't find them that night and so assumed they were under the house.....the next morning i found the hens enclosed in the bathroom....which was disgustingly dirty and smelly by the time i let them out and shooed them to the front yard......when i asked annie about it, she gave me her big-eyes-innocent look which usually means she is guilty, but why would she put the hens in the bathroom?? when asked directly why she did this, she pushes it off with "why would you assume i did such a thing?' and immediately wanders off and begins a session of yoga poses...

obviously she was up to something and you may or may not have been involved....hmmmmm

i heard the boys sent a message that they are well and still waiting for eagle rescue.....i do hope that will be soon

TQ
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dear tom

our plan went off perfectly......mom is a little suspicious, but still unsure......the only hitch was the skunk did not come that night.....do you think that made a difference?

Annie who is a master of the practical joke
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dear tom

so glad to hear the guys are okay even if still awaiting eagle rescue services?? maybe next time they should wear some sort of homing device or beeper that connects them to the eagles search team.....

annie's and my first aid classes went well.......i tried to keep my lectures short and interesting, while annie decided she would "help" by patrolling the room and smacking anyone not paying attention with a stick or nipping them on the ear.....one young recruit who had spent all night on patrol was having a difficult time staying awake....he was sitting in the middle of the row and annie had a hard time reaching him so she threw her stick at him....big mistake.....6 wawas leaped into the air in attempt to catch it.....i guess that old training never goes away lol.....

i can't wait until i can fly to fl. again...i do miss everyone there
Lulu

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psst! for tom's eyes only...
i am not sure lulu will ever be able to fly again....she is so unsteady on her feet, but don't say anything to her about it

annie who keeps an eye on lulu

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Dear Annie,

I can hardly wait to hear how things went when you put the plan into action tonight. But Annie, please don't get caught bringing the chickens in. That would really mess up everything.

Also, I want to congratulate you on your dreams of piles of candy. I always like it when people tell me about having sweet dreams. You should know, of course, that to get piles of candy, you dress up in a scary costume and your mom takes you from door to door in a neighborhood that looks like a lot of folks really go all out for Halloween. And you can only do it on the night of Halloween. I won't even go into the trick part with you, but you always say trick or treat and that is when they give you the treats. Good luck. Oh, and by the way, don't eat it all at once. It could be another maple syrup episode if you do, and you know what I mean by that.

Prince messaged me and said an eagle scout flew over and he thinks it saw Roscoe and himself in their vegetation room. But the eagle didn't fly down or even wave. He did turn and headed straight in a WNW direction. They are a bit concerned that there was no direct communication, but he hopes he is flying toward eagle HQ to report a sighting and direct a carrier eagle to head in our direction. Well, that is all speculation of course, but Prince and Roscoe are both quite capable of considered speculation. Keep your fingers crossed and let TQ know about all of this. It will make your mom happy even if the skunk incident to be does not.

Your friend and fellow plotter,
Tom

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

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

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

What a marvelous plan!! I shall do this tonight.....but I will have to hide the chickens since that is what the skunk is after....I can just say they must have wandered in thru the doggie door, too hahahaHAHAHaaaa!

Yesterday I heard Halloween is coming soon..and that people give candy...this sounds great, so I asked mom about it.....she was not a very good explainer....first she tried to give me a history lesson... all I really wanted to know about was the candy...so then she started to talk about vampires, etc....ick! all I wanted to know about was the candy!....next she started yakking about something else, so I shouted "what about the candy??!!"... Mom looked all me and kinda huffed...then she said that since we live as far away we never have anyone trick or treat here so she does not buy any candy....unbelievable!!! She did promise that if I dress up in a magnificent costume she would give me a treat..,how many treats I asked ..." One" she said...sigh..it's hardly worth the effort...

Are the boys home yet?

Annie who is dreaming of piles of candy

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Dear Annie,

OK...enough self pity. You don't need that. What you need is a plan and I'm going to help you with that. (You will need to wait until tonight to carry this plan out.)

Picture this. Night has fallen and around 2 AM or some time (when ever it happens), you hear that skunk. Ah ha, you think, he is coming.

Do you warn your family. NO WAY! You let that skunk come where ever it wants. If it wanders into the house through the doggie door, so much the better. Just let it happen and say not a word.

What you do though is to find a place to hide, say under a cover inside a closet. That would be perfect. You can locate and even prepare a place during the day in order to be ready.

Now then, its night and the skunk enters the house. You just chuckle to yourself knowing what will happen. Your dad or mom hear the skunk and think its you. He or she yells at the skunk and the skunk, feeling alarmed, does its business. (Oh, what a stick it will raise!)

You just stay in the closet during all of the commotion. In the morning, walk out of the closet and calmly go outdoors where the air is fresher. On your way out you can look at your dad and mom and say, "You people stick."

My guess is that after that they will never mind you patrolling the house and preventing a skunk stink attack.

Just a suggestion...

Your friend and adviser,
Tom

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

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

Mom &lulu were thrilled with your message & the Commandant let me read it over the loud speaker..... However the abuse here continues as I got yelled at again last night.....at 2am I sounded the alarm that the skunk was back....... My dad leapt out of bed, yelling at me...mom muttered that she could smell skunk, but dad was making so much noise he couldn't hear her.. or maybe didn, t care......anyway did he get yelled at? Nope, only me *sob* sometimes its hard to be a little dog

Annie who is warbling "nobody knows the trouble I've seen......"

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Dear Annie,

Chin up old girl! Its not as bad as it seems. Just keep reminding yourself of this simple truth, that it is not what others think of you, but what you think of yourself that is important. If you know in your heart that you are doing the right thing (and make certain that you are, of course), then it is not important what others think.

Now if you follow this, then you can let go of those sad feelings you are having and just enjoy the fact that you are alive and well. That helps while you help poor Lulu who is still not feeling well. Just appreciate your own health and appreciate the fact that you can be helpful. This will go a long way.

I got a short note from Roscoe which I am trusting that you will pass on to your mom:

Hi Tom,

Yesterday we saw a scouting eagle. It was going back and forth just west and south of our location. With each sweep back and forth it would get closer to where we are. We knew it was just a matter of time before this eagle scout located us, but alas, darkness came and the search ended for the day. Well, maybe today.

The Ros who waits to be found.

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Again, Annie, be sure to pass this on to your mom,

Your friend,
Tom

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using this tablet keyboard is almost unbearable, even for one as dainty pawed as myself...and the abuse continues to be heaped upon my head...last night i hears partiers AND smelled a skunk....,at first i went out & barked at the skunk & then i decided to sing with the party people.... mom came stomping out to complain that 2:30 am was no time for singing...i pointed out that it certainly was as evidenced by the neighbors who were having a good time.....lulu was also having a bad night, so mom didn't get her full requirement of sleep.....but is lulu blamed? oh noooooo! it is still "poor lulu" around here.......did i get any apprevciation for warning thhe skunk to stay away or my singing? again, noooooo...all i got was *sob* "annie be quiet!!"

annie who is feeling so unappreciated

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Dear Annie,

I am in constant contact with eagle central. All scouting eagles are still searching the glades for Prince and Roscoe, but so far not a trace. And while the war is winding down, it is still being waged, so no carrier eagles are available outside of the current war effort. Well, you can understand that of course.

I have sent a copy of this letter to your mom. The reason for that is the following message received from Prince.

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Dear Dad,

We are still waiting for rescue. It is now necessary to search a larger perimeter to our camping site for food (berries and eatable vegetation). We also have an area quite a ways from our campsite to be used for...well, business trips as we call them at home...(grin). But where are the eagles.

We realize that it may be difficult for the eagle scouts, even with their keen eyesight, to see us beneath the canopy of pine limbs and palm fronds. Therefore, we have enlisted the services of a friendly beaver, an engineer by trade, who we found working on a dam close by. We were able to negotiate a project with him. Basically we hold him up (Prince on Roscoe's shoulders and the beaver on Prince's shoulders) while he nibbles away at the branches that most obstruct the view of the eagles. Of course, the trick is to get out of the way when the branches fall without anyone getting hurt, but we have worked out a strategy for that, and we have leaves and other soft material below just in case. The result is a clear opening at the top of our camp site (we can see the stars at night now). For his work, the beaver is allowed to take all of the fallen timber for his dam project. The beaver can't believe that we would go to our effort in his behalf just so that we could see stars, but I guess he figures that if we are stupid enough to lift him to see stars, why should he look a gift horse in the mouth. Of course, he has no idea now very important it is for the eagles to be able to find us and thus the need for an opening in the tree limb canopy.

Prince, who waits patiently for the eagles to come.

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Needless to say, I have forwarded the information to eagle central where they can inform the scouts. This will give a new idea of what they will be looking for and more importantly through to find the boys.

Take care of yourself and Lulu Annie,
Your friend, Tom

Tom

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Dear tom

Mom took off the entire non-typing key...there was nothing under it, no dust etc....the repair shop fixed it Fri & sat. the entire computer stopped working..... The repair shop is closed until tues.....mom is unhappy... And I Hate using this tiny tablet keyboard! It's exhausting! Boy! Do I free the need of a chocolate cupcake, maybe two

Could you please ask the eagles pick up the boys? A) they are probably ready to return has B) I need a ride to fl. til all this chaos with mom's laptop is over!

Annie who does not want to break a nail on this crummy teeny keyboard

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that you are having difficulty with your dad. Imagine him blaming such an innocent doggie like yourself. I'm sure that you were just trying to help. Well, the only suggestion that I could make is that you just don't try to help your parents anymore. Of course, that does not preclude assisting the nurse Chihuahuas and that sort of thing.

By the way, Annie, you and I both know that you can type. I know your mom doesn't think so, but she just can't see beyond the paw. We know that you peck the keyboard with your dainty toe nails. And let's face it, how else could you type messages to me?

One thing that concerns me though. You don't think, do you, that you dropped bits of chicken or even road dust into the keyboard. I mean, your mom would be quite upset with that all things considered. No, I don't suppose so. I know that you have learned to clean up slobber left around, but it may be a bit harder to get it out of the keyboard. Well, just be careful with that, and our secret about your wonderful typing ability will remain between you and me. I won't say anything to your mom, OK!

I haven't heard from Roscoe or Prince, but assume that they are still waiting on someone to find them. I think the eagles are their best hope and have been in contact with them. Eagle scouts are circling the area as we speak.

Kathy said that she enjoyed her little adventure, especially since the Chihuahua troops were there to do battle. (Cows, she points out, are not well equipped to do battle with chupacabra.) She did feel a bit miffed that she and the others were made into decoys without total understanding of the dangers of the situation, but she said that she forgives the eagles. I suppose forgiving the eagles is a bit easier since she was able to enjoy some really sweet grass and other vegetation and since no one of the cow folk were hurt. They are now on their way home and you can let Lulu know that all is well with Kathy and the herd.

I've got to go Annie. Remember, your secret about typing (and you do it so well I might add) will stay between you and I.

Your friend,
Tom

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dear tom,

i got into trouble with my dad this morning and it was so UNFAIR!! i was on the front porch where mom had put all the trash that needed to go to the dumpsters (there is no home trash pick up here) when what did i smell?? CHICKEN!! mom had bought another roasted chicken (for lulu, of course...*snort*).....mom always takes the bones off of the meat, but apparently she had left a little bit on.....i didn't want anything to go to waste....we all know how sick lulu is........so i was tearing open a trash bag in order to save the chicken meat for lulu when my dad discovered me and thought i was just tearing up trash bags like a common dog might....boy, did i get fussed at!!....he wouldn't listen to me as i tried to explain...he told me i was being a Bad Dog!! and then he made me help clean up the mess....it was awful! ... then i heard him tell mom that he caught me on the porch tearing open trash bags....did he scold her for being so sloppy by leaving meat on the bones??nnnnoooooooooooo!

i do appreciate you advice about staying out of mom's way...i have been trying to do that, altho it is difficult since she sometimes wanders anywhere and everywhere all over the house....i mean, really! how much should she expect from one tiny girl puppy?! mom continues to feel delicate, so perhaps her pain will remind her to be a bit more careful where she walks..... i think both my parents have been Quite Unreasonable! if this continues i will feel compelled to report them to the SPCA

mom's computer has continued to plague her with problems and she says it is going back to the repair shop on tues or wed...sigh....maybe she'll buy a new one, hopefully with large paw-sized keys

annie, who has been picked on far too much this week!

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Dear Annie,

You may have been tripped over but you are not a puppy. Those days of puppyhood are long gone, but then, now you are able to do so much more than you once could. As far as your mom tripping over you, my advice is simply to move to a less "in the way of traffic" place for yoga posing, napping and the like. That way you don't have to put up with people tripping over you. I mean, it is so uncomfortable when that happens to you.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu (cc to TQ),

I have a couple of reports that I want to share with you. This first one is from Roscoe...

Tom, I will not be long winded. We are still waiting in our vegetation room. Its relatively cool in here during the day and protected at night. We have decided to wait for searchers to find us. We have not, however, heard of a search party and we have not seen eagles for quite some time, and I'll have to admit, we worry about that. Still, we have food in the form of berries and plants, so we wait. Let us know if there are search parties looking for us please.

Roscoe, survivor specialist 1st class.

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And from Kathy with the help of a Chihuahua archivist....

Tom,

We were marching southward at the request of eagles and under the guide of the lost cow as we shall call her. We quickly (for us) entered the glades and continued until we were surrounded by swamp on three sides (at least we could see swamps edge). And then it happened...

Hordes of chupacabra were coming at us at great speed. We didn't know what to do, but we did know that running would be useless. They would quickly outpace us and we would be done for. We learned later that we were being used as decoys to lure chupes into this area, giving Prince and Roscoe a chance to escape. But what about us?

Well, just as the chupes were getting dangerously close, a multitude of friendly Chihuahua troops suddenly appeared on three sides of us. They had slipped into the march grass and were waiting quietly. (We later learned that these are highly trained special forces of Chihuahuas.) Well, they surrounded the chupes and spread anti-chupe toxin leading to a multitude of poofs. And although the air was horrible to breath after that, almost all of the chupes were destroyed. It was quite amazing. Those few that were left fled into the marches, but we did see a few in battle with pythons. Some pythons were killed by the chupes, but we saw several poofs coming from the marches. It was a battle hard fought but it lasted for only a short time. Then it was over. Oh, by the way, the grasses were quite sweet here so we lingered before heading home, enjoying our meal.

Your friend who is missing you,
Kathy (with special thanks to the Chihuahua scribe who is typing
this for me)

Tom

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dear tom

thank you for the update from Prince....we are all so glad they are doing well....have any of the wawas sent out a search party? has kathy's group returned home yet? pls. keep us informed.......

the first aid classes are going reasonably well....the recruits have grumbled becuz if they don't fold the bandages Just Right, annie makes them re-do it until it is perfect....she points out that well-folded bandages take up less room in a backpack which is important when they are carrying a lot of stuff....she IS right, but sometimes her interpersonal skills are a bit lacking....the boys do not give me much trouble, altho some do seem to have problems measuring out proper doses even tho there is are instructions on each bottle...i have issued them all the proper size spoons and marked their needles and measuring cups.....i am beginning to think that the rumours about annie's trip with them into the pastures are false...some of these poor lads couldn't find their way out of a paper bag....on the other hand...at least they are enthusiastic and perhaps with a little time they will get better.....there are 2 or 3 new recruits that i am keeping my eye on becuz they seem extra-smart and 2 of them seem very interested in the medical aspects of first aid....perhaps they will be able to help me in the labs when i am physically not able to do all the chores.....there is one very small patch of cherry grass that i planted last fall that has survived....all the other died over the winter....this one is on top of a small mtn, so i cannot reach it unless pulled while sitting in a wagon (which does make me feel sort of queenly).....i am hoping i can teach these young drs-to-be (i hope). the sublte care and steps that go into cherry grass production....i have already spoke to BabyCakes about possibly taking them on for further training next spring......

Lulu
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dear tom

mom got her computer keyboard fixed this morning....its about time! its very difficult for a big-pawed girl to do all that cutting and pasting of a single letter

did you hear what happened?!! i was lying in the kitchen doorway minding my own business, relaxing on the cool tiles on a hot day when mom came around the corner and fell over me! i shrieked! she shrieked! she lay on the floor and i got out of the way....who knew that else the crazy woman would do? in fact, i avoided her the rest of the day just in case.....poor mom, did get hurt and have to go to the dr., but she is mostly okay now except for a few aches, pains and bruises.....i, thank heavens, was fine, so don't worry...all my practice with yoga poses left me more flexible, i guess....mom talks like it was all my fault...such nerve!

Annie, the poor tripped-over puppy

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Report from Prince this morning (EARLY):

Hi Dad,

Well, its been a rough couple of days, but we feel a bit safer now. Dodging panthers and bear was not pleasant but doable. We worked our way north until we came to waters edge. It seems that we had to travel west in order to reach a main land area. This worked out for us quite well until we came to the area where we would cross onto what appeared as mainland. But the water covered the connected area and that was full of marsh grasses. What worried us most is what might be living within the grasses.

Well, we sat down and chatted about the best way to cross. We decided to build a raft of palm leaves (plenty available) tied together with saw grass but before we could put our plan into action, we were attacked from the back land area by several alligators. This was not part of our plan. We had to jump into the swamp and swim for the next land area where we could outrun those green critters. We knew that we had very little time since the gators could greatly out swim us from a speed point of view. Still, we had no choice so jump we did and swim we did to the other bank. Out of the corner of our eyes we could see slithering snakes heading our way, but on we swam. Gators reached the shore and entered the water quickly, not fearing the snakes or anything. We climbed to the bank just in the nick of time (almost). Roscoe got a nip on the tail and lost some fur, but that was all. Then we ran. The gators came ashore quickly and ran toward us. They can run unbelievably fast but only for a short time. We knew that, no matter how sore our muscles and breathless we became, we must run at top speed to outpace these rascals. Eventually they slowed and while we kept running for a while, we did come to a place where our pat forked into three paths and we could see that one of the paths (to the right) opened into three more. We took the left path hoping that the hateful gators would see that the path to the right opened into additional paths (one travelled well, one in poor condition and one of extreme doubtfulness). The one well travelled path seemed most treacherous to us but we hoped that the hateful gators would follow that path in hopeful pursuit of us. Sure enough, they did. We decided at that moment that the left path was the right way to go.

Occasionally we would see a chupe, but usually it was by itself and appeared totally disoriented. I think it was lost from its pack. Anyway, when this occurred we would provide it with a little gift of anti-chupe toxin and watch the usual poof. You see, it was probably alone because it was the sole survivor of its group and we most certainly wanted to put it out of its misery.

We have found an area that seems quite safe for now. It is a room of sorts surrounded by high vegetation. It is covered over by a canopy of tree branches, though these are, for the most part, pine so that eagles could see us with their extremely sharp eyes. There is the main path in where we entered, though we have since covered the entrance with camouflaging green material that looks quite like the vegetation that is growing. The is also another exit path which is fairly overgrown and self camouflaging. This we consider an escape route should it be needed.

We will now conference with each other and devise a plan for leaving by either path if needed. We will also consider that hopefulness of remaining here and allowing eagles or others to find us when they look for us (and we are sure that they will). And, most importantly, we shall sleep, one at a time while the other guards. And this is what we shall do now...

Prince, the exhausted lab

Well, there you have it Lulu. Please make sure that TQ got her copy. And take care of yourself. You are a very special old girl, you know.

Tom, who thinks of you often dear Lulu

Tom

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dear tom,

i know tht teaching first aid with annie will be a challenge, but she means well...at the moment she is cutting up mom's fabrics so the recruits can learn to roll bandages...she said mom would not mind....i am not too sure about that as annie just took whatever fabrics appealed to her......

the computer store said keyboard repair will cost $35 including labor, but it will probably be next week before it can be done....they are waiting for the part to be sent...mom either has to use the @ or cut & paste in the a, either which is a pain

pls. let us know when you hear from the boys

Lulu

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Dear Annie,

Congratulations on your new position teaching first aid, a most valuable and honorable position. I know that you shall fulfill your duties admirably.

Tom, who is proud to be your friend

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Dear Lulu,

First off...Lulu, THIS IS FOR YOUR EYES ONLY! Whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT let Annie see this letter. Still, I thought you would enjoy it.

I went to speak to the Florida commander of Chihuahua troops who happened to be on the cell phone at the time. He was chuckling at first, then laughing out loud, and then laughing hysterically. I even laughed as I saw him go through his laughable antics.

When he finally got off the line, I asked him if he would care to share what it was that he found so tremendously humorous. He said of course he would...

It seems he had been consulting with the Virginia commander from your locale. The Virginia commander had relayed a story about his recent confrontation by one very ineffective tracker named Annie. You know who we are talking about. :)

Well, he said that it is important to him to keep all canines focused on the war effort and that he does not want to alienate anyone. But he said that this Annie was quite a challenge. He had to think quickly, but came up with an idea during the conversation. He decided that she could be kept quietly involved if he would assign her the chore of teaching first aid in the field to new recruits. Of course, this is pretty important stuff, so he wanted to make certain that the teaching was well planned and taught. He therefore made certain that you would co-teach. He anticipated that there would at times be a bit of a disagreement between the two of you when it comes to method and content of lessons, but he is quite certain that if that occurs you will put Annie in her place.

Apparently that was the source of the chuckles. Then as they elaborated and relayed various scenarios about how all this might unfold, their stories got quite hilarious and that brought on more and more laughter until they were pretty much rolling on the floor.

Ha, now just imagine two Chihuahua commanders on cell phones rolling on the floor with laughter and you can see why I joined in the laughter not even knowing what they were laughing about.

I just had to tell you about this. Again, please don't let Annie get near this message and delete it after you have read it.

Wishing you continuously improved health,
Tom

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Dear TQ,

No Prince or Roscoe report today. Nothing to worry about though I suppose. They are probably quite involved in finding there way out of the glades, where ever in the glades they may be. I do worry some though. One of the eagles mentioned crocodiles near where they were...some canal or something.

Tom

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oh dear, tom....oh tom

do not worry your little bald head.....while mom was out i made a copy of your comments re the cow mission & showed it to the Commandant....at first i was Very Upset, but then i realized it couldn't be true since i am natural born leader.....when he read the msg our Commandant turned quite pasty & began to shake....i thot i would need to yell for the nurse, but then he recovered & stated that he would find out who had said such lies & terrible things & he promised the culprit would be suitably punished...i offered to do the punishing, but he said it would be best if it came from him....we both greed that it was probably one of the new recruits who was upset for ruining the mission

i also came up with another terrific idea......the new recruits need to know how to help one another if someone is hurt in battle or on patrol (or even in kitchen duty)...........lulu & i are going to conduct joint sessions on basic first aid....we plan to divide it over 4 days....& then next week sometime there will be a practical exam where they bandage one another, apply medicines and cherry grass....we will use juice instead of real cherry grass......of course, since i am a natural teacher, i could do it all in one day, but lulu needs to feel useful so she will do the cherry grass part & other medicines while i concentrate on bandages, field gurneys & crutches, etc....we are spreading it out over several days in small groups becuz lulu doesn't have lot of energy....she is Very Excited about this & has been planning her lectures all morning....it is nice to see a smile on her lips

the 'puter shop said they would check on the cost of a new keyboard...mom hopes they hurry becuz pasting in a's is a pain she says

annie, who is a wonderful teacher & leader

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Gee, Annie, I've been pondering whether or not to discuss a certain topic with you. I would hate to offend you, and really, its all stuff that I heard in a round about way, but I feel somewhat compelled to tell you about it. Hmmmm.... well, OK... here goes. Please don't get upset. I certainly wouldn't want to cause that in any way...

Well, to make a long story short (and it was long with lots of details which I am going to leave out), I was talking with the Chihuahua commander last night (evening really), and it seems he heard from the commander from your area of Virginia. It seems he allowed a certain individual by the name of Annie lead a group of Chihuahua recruits on a cow mission. Well, it was a total fiasco according to that commander. Apparently he blamed the leadership entirely rather than the recruits. He said that this individual had no leadership skills what so ever, and that she had totally misdirected the Chihuahua recruits. According to the commander, "It will never happen again. Her leadership days here are finished."

Now I can't say if this has anything to do with the cow mission you lead. All I know is what was told to me and that is what I am simply passing on to you. I mean, it could have been a different Annie and a total coincidence that that leader with the same name lead recruit Chihuahuas in a failed tracking mission. That must be it Annie...simply a coincidence.

I did not send a report about Roscoe and Prince yesterday because nothing was received. Today I received the following...

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Hi Tom, Sorry we didn't message you yesterday. It was a difficult day.

There were no chupes to deal with. They seem to have disappeared. But we had other troubles. First of all, we are deep within the glades and quite hungry. We were searching for possible food and had just located a small area where berries were growing and ripe. We no more than started picking / eating the berries when we were confronted by a monstrous 18 foot python. No kidding, these guys are as scary as they are dangerous. We had to flee, but in doing so found both alligators and crocodiles all looking terribly hungry and all eye balling us.

We ran and dodged this creatures and almost became their lunch when a pair of eagles dropped down and grabbed us with their talons as gently as they could and dropped us on an area that seemed relatively safe (not that any where in the glades is safe). They had to leave us because apparently they were on a mission associated with the war, but promised to return as soon as they could.

Again we searched for food and found a small garden near a shack. We were harvesting some of the wonderful foods that I am certain was surplus considering the massive amount that the farming person had grown. Apparently it wasn't surplus after all because he came out and shot at us with his shot gun. We got out of there quickly I'll tell you, but nearly got pelleted with buckshot several times. We did get to eat our fill but were unable to carry off some of the stuff for a later meal.

We found what we thought may be a safe resting place and were just about to message you when a family of panthers came wondering down the path near our hiding place. We quietly slipped in amongst some scrubs and hid from them until they had passed. The scrubs had thorns making the experience horribly unpleasant.

After they had wondered down the road a ways, we decided to move further up the path creating greater distance between them and us. Unfortunately, we wondered into the realm of a black bear and her cub. The bear and cub seemed to be just wondering across the pathway, but we felt quite ill at ease needless to say. We didn't move. Dark had fallen and we decided to sleep while we could and then message you in the morning.

It is now morning and time to travel further to the north as best we can, not knowing what we shall run into in this miserable hot sultry land of grass, water and sand. Oh were are those eagles when we need them?

Roscoe

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Annie, make certain that your mom reads her copy of the Prince report, being sent at the same time. I didn't send a copy because this cow mission stuff may be best kept between you and me.

Your thoughtful friend,
Tom

Tom

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oooooh tom

do not mock mom bout her lptop.....she is getting redy to leve for the computer shop soon....your messge did mke me wonder if roscoe ever used this lptop....he does drool sometimes....i, of course, would never do such thing.....(computer geeks cn't @nlyze drool c@n they, telling which dog it cme from??? not tht i m worried, of course)

don't worry, tom, i will promise not to tke you into the w@ter t the be@ch......depending on the wether we m@y hve to wlk thru puddle, nd i do hope you don't f@ll into the c@n@l....h@h@h@......

you did not send report from ros...mom nd lulu will be very worried.....the goofbll recruits tht i took to the psture couldn't find their wy out of pper bg....they were pthetic.....they mde so much noise stumbling thru the woods & when we got there we got chsed by cowboys yelling & such becuz they spotted severl of the recruits who did not follow my directions & wlked right out into the open fields of the pstures......never s@w m@rt@ due to hsty retret......

there is mle gold finch, @n indigo bunting, mle red c@rdinl @ll t the bird feeder...which one should i hve for brekfst???



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Dear Annie,

I have a desk top. Now the nice thing about desk tops (outside of the fact that operators sometimes leave slobber behind) is that if a keyboard goes bad (its never happened to me) you can just toss the keyboard and get a new one without the hassle of replacing the whole computer. Of course, they aren't all that mobile, but then I figure that is what a smart phone is for. Of course, I use my smart phone where they have wi fi since I only have 250 MB available. Works for me. (Unlimited text and talk with anyone...even with you Annie).

I'm glad that you demonstrated to the Chihuahua recruits how to track animals making loud bellowing sounds. Now that take real skill. But Annie, if we go to the beach, I just will not follow you into the ocean. (Relax Annie...just a little tracker humor, you understand...snicker.)

I really think you are needed at home though. Lulu needs you there, whether you realize it or not. She is having hard times.

Your friend,
Tom, who is about to have the first Bowser meal in a very long time, since he has a leave for one evening and night. I suggested a light mean and then he is to rest with us in the family room in order to be ready to return to duty.

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I SAW THAT, TOM!!! i am, too, a natural trackeri!! the Commandant has called me to lead a group of new recruits to the gonzalez pasture this morning.....as loudly as the cows are bawlling you'd think the goofballs could find it themselves, but i m taking them to show them how to do it stealthily since we fear the death truck might be there and we might have to to extract (that means remove or in this case, rescue) lulu's friend, marta (not that they are close like with Kathy, but lulu needs no extra stress at this time).....and these new recruits, while eager, are not proficient at soldiering.....i can't believe you would cast asperions on my tracking skills........well, yes i can since it is you *snort*....the next time i come to fl you and i,,...and i mean ONLY you and i are going on a hike.......i have planned this.....we both will be blindfolded and someone will take us to a spot far from home..like the beach, or behind Kathy's barn, or tht churro stnd near the dog park,....and I, yes I will lead us home!!! you will see!

btw, we are all glad to her the lads are fine....i hope they get home soon
Annie, who is in a bit of a huff
p.s. Sundy: lulu hd @ b@d night which me@ns everyone hd @ b@d night....she refused to e@t @ll dy & @ll evening she p@ced & did the turning in circles....the doggie doors were open but she didn't wnt to go outside vi@ the front porch becuz (1) the hens were blocking the exit & she didn't w@nt to risk tripping down the st@irs.....she finlly consented to go out the b@ck door which hs @ r@mp to the ground but then would come b@ck in & st@rt pnting, pcing, circling over nd over...@ 3m mom cooked her hmburgers of which she @te 2.....but tht did not stop her beh@vior, @ltho it got the rest of us up.....@4m mom moved into the guest room w/out informing lulu so she finlly woke up my d@d.......this morning she @te brekfst....do not cross mom, tho....she's only hd @ couple hours of sleep & is feeling @s me@n @s @ be@r...or chupe!....
btw, the @ hs completely quit working on mom's puter, so tomorrow it is going to the shop.....mom does not w@nt to buy @ new l@ptop....c@n geeks do keybord-ectomies?


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Dear TQ,

This is a copy of the message that I received from Prince this morning...

Hi Dad,
It has been difficult writing since we have been dodging those angry beasts. Whenever we found a spot in which to hide that we thought was safe, we would try to message you and then we would here the sounds of chupes. Now and then we would see a poof which we assume is one of the injured chupes who finally died from the blast at chupe HQ, and we would secretly cheer because that was one less chupe to dodge, but we did so quietly, scarcely able to breath for fear the chupes would hear.

Today something strange has happened. It sounds like most of the chupes have left, maybe all of them. We feel comfortable enough to message but are afraid to leave our relatively secure hiding place. We are waiting for day light so that we can survey our area since our last move was made in extreme haste having been discovered. We sprayed anti chupe toxin as we left, but we have only a small amount left. We had to abandon one fairly large container of the stuff during one of our hasty moves. I suppose at this point the worst part of it all is being altogether unaware of our whereabouts. We wonder if the chupacabra have abandoned their search for us. Believe me, we truly hope that is the case.

Prince

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I also received a message from Kathy. This will not be a verbatim copy, but rather, my interpretation of what I think she is trying to say. Keep in mind that cows have extreme difficulty working with these devices, hoofs being what they are. The cow pretty much has to tongue the keyboard and frequently will fat-tongue it. Add all of this to the fact that communication is limited in the first place by language... well, you get the picture. Anyway, this is the best that I can make out from her attempted communication.

Tom...we are here. Decoy set. Eagles pleased. Kathy

Well, that's all very interesting and hopeful in my opinion. I just wish we knew the exact whereabouts of our boys. Please pass all of this information on to Lulu and Annie as I know they will be interested. Oh yes, and please discourage Annie from thinking she is a natural at tracking. I can just see her getting lost in the glades, being at great risk, and creating a second search problem for eagles and others.

Tom

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der tom,

you know me so well....yes, indeedy, i m usually quite compassionate....even last night when lulu was pacing at 1am, i let mom drag me from where i was sleeping to the side so lulu could walk past me to get to the next doggy bed.....however, i admit tht i was bit miffed when tht did not suit Her Highness and she insisted on having my bed so mom said "of course, lulu" and just rolled me over to the other bed....i would have given up my comfy bed and moved If Anyone Had Bothered To Ask ME!!!---but no one did which i found rather rude

i think the constant rain this week adds to lulu depression...mom and pop also think lu's vision has deteriorated altho not as much as her hearing.......or maybe its that she cannot move her head as much which limits her viewing...you'd think with all her physical problems she would officially turn over the position of Alpha Dog to me, but no...she still insists she is top puppy around here and has the nip to prove it.....sigh......mom bought a new dry dog food which lulu despises; i noticed when mom came home she had a new can of a new brand of dog food FOR LULU...just one can! *snort* i'll be lucky if i get a tiny taste......grrrr

everyone hopes tht you hear from our boys soon....and when you do, don't forget to let us know.....

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Dear Annie,

I'm glad you brought to my attention how week poor Lulu still is. Her condition is hard for her and she needs to be near her mom I'm sure, though, that someone as naturally aware as yourself realizes that already.

Of course, you will want to stay with her and help care for her at home. I do understand that. It is because you are so unselfish and such a natural at being that way. It's that inner beauty that makes you who you are, so loving and adorable. You are making a wise decision to remain with Lulu, and as much as Baby Cakes and I could use your talents here, I truly believe that Lulu needs you even more.

Tom, your appreciative friend

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Dear Lulu,

Baby Cakes did get your message and said that it was tremendously helpful. She wants to call you back just to chat for a while, but she is so very busy that she is unable to. She asked me to express her appreciation for your invaluable help. Though you cannot be here now, your brilliant advice is helpful more than you can possibly imagine. She asked that you remain near your phone and computer so that, if she gets a break, she can speak to you. Please understand that if she does call, she can be called away in a split second and may not even have time to finish her sentence or say goodbye. It is just how things are here at the moment.

We learned of threats from dog park...chupes disguised as woodpeckers...and so I took Jack and Diesel over to explore. Sure enough, there were several chupe-woodpeckers there, so Diesel went after the ground peckers while Jack, using a devise that, you guessed it, he invented, went after air borne peckers. I'm pretty sure we poofed the lot of them.

Sadly, there is no further report from our favorite boys in the glades. I did get a quick Tom... from them but that was it. It came to a sudden end!

Tom, who is really really really ready for lunch. (Oh how I wish Bowser was not in the field with the fighting Chihuahuas.)



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dear tom

when i saw your pictures of Kathy & her team i got a tear in my eye.....they look so brave marching forward into the thick of things.....thanks for sending me the message re: BabyCakes....i phoned, but her voice mail picked up....i guess she will call when she has a minute if she has more questions....i did leave a detailed message about proper dosage for chupe bites.....oh, i wish i was there! while at her computer, mom said a wren landed on the windowsill & requested to come into the house....mom notified the guard on duty and all we saw afterwards was small poof! in the sky.....since i am not able to be any real help to anyone, i do try to travel with mom whenever she drives anywhere, thereby relieving a wawa guard from that duty.....thanks for the news about roscoe & prince....they are so brave.....

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dear tom.,

yesterday mom walked to the mailbox and being such perilous times, lulu and i went with her...she told me she posted some pics on fb.....what she did not post was a picture of the tree line with a slight, gentle incline in the ground of about foot which lulu wobbled up becuz she thought she smelled something important.....all of a sudden there was a thud... we all turned to look and there was lulu sliding down on her back....her legs had given out again....she seemed to take the incident fairly well and rolled over, got up, & continued on, but on the way back we could all tell she was tiring....mom poured water into her hand from a bottle for lulu, but lulu couldn't figure out what was mom was trying to do....i don't think lulu could turn her head enough to see the water or mom's hand..............she knew she was missing something and later i heard her crying.....this morning mom let us go with her to town...lulu tried to stand up on the arm rest to hang her head out the window and fell back into her seat....we could tell she was embarrassed....poor girl.....she really feels bad tht she is not in FL helping out...couldn't you get the eagles to pick her up?....i, of course, would come with her, so she won't fall out of the gondola

Annie, who is ready to go as soon as you say the word
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dear tomthis morning on FB one of the women crafters i follow asked who hd been camping this summer.........i replied that i had not due to the increased activity in the area of bears & chupes..(she hasn't asked what chupe is so she possibily is already a believer?? she is in PA)
TQ, who is not afraid to mention the reality of chupes

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Dear Lulu,

I do understand your concern, and that person may in fact continue to think of chupes as fantasy, but I truly believe that was the best course of action and represents the best hope that she will come to reality on her own accord. This will make it hers and she will keep it within her.

Yesterday afternoon I was talking with Kathy, hoping to learn more about the stray cows experiences during the war, thinking that maybe, just maybe there would be a gem of information that would be helpful. I would like to have spoken to the cow who had the experiences, but she is so hard to understand. You see, I have been talking with Kathy for a very long time, and she speaks a little broken English. I speak some cow, but you see, Kathy and the other cows speak a different dialect of cow, and while Kathy understands them and they her without difficulty, it adds tremendously to the difficulty that I have when trying to speak with them and conversely, their understanding of me. I won't bother you with how one of the conversations went that actually lead to a serious misunderstanding. Kathy helped clear it up...but now, information of greater importance.

While talking with Kathy, a scouting eagle landed and spoke to Kathy. Kathy explained to me that battles are waging in the south by angry retreating chupacabra and the cows were needed. She was not clear as to what their role would be. She felt duty bound and was immediately off, rounding up the other cattle to lead them to the place designated by the eagle. Here is Kathy (you will know which one of course) along side the other cows heading in the direction specified by the eagle (towards the western parts of the everglades):

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Shortly after that picture was taken, Kathy was in front and leading a long line of the others to the exact spot designated by the eagle. They are a little hidden, but its understandable since they are a ways further along and into taller grasses already:

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The Chihuahuas continue the battle in the north, pushing the chupe lines further south. We still have injured filtering in, but the lineup at intake lessens. The hospital is still bulging and infections are becoming a serious problem. Baby Cakes has asked for a consultation with you regarding cherry grass poultice treatment of chupe bite infections. She knows that these infections rack right along with the super germs in hospitals and elsewhere (places that I suspect have been infiltrated by chupes in disguise), and she knows that cherry grass represents these brave soldiers only hope, but she needs consultation regarding mixing and dosage under current battle conditions.

I did hear from Roscoe, but the message was short...

Tom...somewhere deep in glades / managed to blow up chupe HQ killing most top brass and many soldiers assigned to them. Some injured chupes and others not injured but unusually angry even for a chupe, have been pursuing us. The....shhhhhh...got to go....

That was all, but it does let us know three facts: 1. The boys are still alive and probably OK; 2. They are deep within the glades but being sought after by angry chupes; and 3. They blew up chupe HQ. I can't be sure of this of course, but considering when we lost communication with them, I believe it was just prior to the sudden strange behavior of the chupes in the north and the consequent advances that our Chihuahua boys have been making. And so their message brings us both good and bad news. I will, of course, keep you informed.

Lulu, please inform TQ and Annie about the course of events to date.

Tom, who misses having you here Lulu. (Say hi to Annie.)

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deaar tom,

pls.forgive me....i see your point in having the person read back messages...i only fear that she will continue to think the dngers of chupes is just a fantsy......i m fine with staying here, altho i do feel guilty tht BabyCkes is stuck with so much work and i had hoped to be able to be of some smll assistance......we seem to be invaded with a multitude of baby chupe shape shifters trying out their new skills.....why do they choose us?? their mamas must know the risk they run of possibily losing their children to our toxin shooters.....oh well..........its probably better that i stay here & try (TRY) to guide annie who sees herself as Steven Segal in a pretty uniform ready and able to take out the "bad guys".....sheesh! i am still pretty wobbly on my legs and some days my head is straighter than others.......sorta like this A key which sometimes works, other times doesn't, & occasionally types 2 or more a's at once.....dr. woof did a thorough check over of me looking for bites or ticks in case i had been bitten by a disguised baby chupe which might cause this disease but he did not find nything and i hve let mom furminate me severl times ....she never found nything, but my coat does look gorgeous.....pls. be careful nd let us know if you hear from our guys

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der tom
did you hear that those lying egles cncelled out flight?!! i told lulu to explain tht in this time of war in fl, the troops need me to guide them to victory.....i ws standing next to her when she ws talking to the egle receptionist and i heard tht large-clawed beast laugh....boy, i will snatch tht egle bald-headed if we ever meet.....i will make her sorry she ever laughed at me! pah! i told lulu to start working on other modes of transporttion but she said she needed nap.....she told me to talk to the Commandant about how i could help here....*snort* i knocked on his door and could hear him moving around in there, but when i said it was me, ready to lead his troops, all movenment stopped and the C never opened the door.....i WILL find him today.....gotta go....i think i hear mom in the kitchen and i should go investigate
Annie

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Dear Lulu,

Oh, you of little faith. Surely you don't think that I would lead anyone astray on this chupacabra business. Its true that I referred our messages as fantasy, but that was for good reason. It is quite true also that if one argues with an individual about points-of-view, they drive each other further and further apart, making much of the other ones false thinking solid and fairly permanent. Neither convinces the other.

You will also notice that I directed that individual to read through our messages of several years by going backward and reading many of them. You have to understand that when one tries to convince another of one's point-of-view, one must start with where the other is at the moment and work from there. It is my hope that, after reading our messages over time, that person will come to the true realization that this is not, in fact, fantasy. Rather, it is an amazing reality that she needs desperately to comprehend. Capiche?

Oh, and Lulu, I'm sure you are wondering where the eagle ride is. There was a sudden need for eagle transportation in the middle of the everglades. It was an emergency and your eagle had to abandon your request. That eagle apologizes, but knows that you, being of sound mind and wise, will understand. In fact, eagle services have actually underestimated the need for transportation associated with this terrible bloody war and has suspended any and all commercial transportation indefinitely. There will be NO exceptions.

As disappointed as I am not to have you come, I, like the eagles, do know that you will understand the urgency of the eagle transport need.

Oh, by the way, do let Annie know that her natural talents will be missed.

Again, there has been no report from Prince or Roscoe. Please pass this disturbing information on to TQ as well as my condolences regarding her gnawed on victim status.

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,

how could you?!! how could you tell that person the chupes are all fantasy?!! if you do not explain the Very REAL dangers of chupacabras how will humans know to protect themselves...or even just spot them?!!! Roscoe & Prince will be so shocked & ashamed of you....*tsk* *tsk*.....

Lulu

P.S i used my considerable influence with the Eagles transport service and Annie should be arriving this afternoon.....she has packed both battle fatigues and nursing outfits....she will be there for 1 week.....i m accompanying her, altho i will not be able to do much to help.....(it was the only way to get her there...you know the rules).....i shall be returning with her next tues.
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what are you talking about? annie has not travelled anywhere....i saw her this morning....she and lulu were going for a walk together....true, i have not seen them since, but i have been inside most of the morning after being rudely glared at by one of the squirrels who was Quite Indignant tht i had moved his feeder......it rained all day yesterday & is supposed to continued thru next Sat....no sun until sunday....so, attempting to be kind, i moved the squirrel feeder where it would be more under cover.....tht did not set well with Sam, so now i have moved it closer to where it was....don't know if sam will accept that, either....i have a dove sitting on the bannister waiting for me to bring out the feeder, altho is it sitting bout 2 feet away....sigh........for my troubles i was gnawed on my various no-see-ums and am now itching to death...

TQ

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Thanks Sweet Young thing. TQ and I have been enjoying a mutual story telling fantasy for several years now. Feel free to go backwards and pick up on some of our tails (er, that would be tales). :)

Tom

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I'm not sure what this thread is "about" but I have to tell you, I'm enjoying it!

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.
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Dear TQ,

I received a note from Annie and it appears that she has not yet given up on her Florida trip or hitchhiking. I think you had best watch her closely.

The tide here seems to be turning. The chupacabra are slowly retreating. They seem in total disarray. A couple of chupacabra with no disguise wondered into our property but did not seem to be after anyone. They appeared totally lost. As a precaution, anti-chupe toxin was tossed on them and sure enough, poof / poof.

In general, the chupacabra in the field seem to not know what they should be doing in battle. This is quite fortunate for our troops. Fewer wounded are filtering through intake now, and poofing is everywhere. Of course, the air remains foul.

I saw the herd in the field on the other side of the canal late yesterday afternoon. This is the first I've seen of them since the war began. Then I saw a pickup truck with one cow in it. My first thought was, "Oh no, the farmer has discovered that these milk givers are not official dairy type. This is the first of the death trucks. My heart sank, especially since I did not see Kathy amongst the herd. Then I heard a sound to my left just beyond where I was watching. "Hi Tom." It was Kathy!

I looked at the truck in the field and saw that the cow in it had either been released or escaped. I asked Kathy about it. She explained that when the war began, the herd gathered at the barn and huddled within it for safety. The farmer found it quite hard to understand the behavior of the herd and no one could explain it to him because he does not speak cow. "Can you imagine a farmer who keeps cows and has never learned to speak cow," she asked. Kathy is so good at rambling and getting away from the focus. I said that that was incredible but then redirected her to my concern regarding the truck and cow.

"Oh yes," she responded. "The herd has now returned to the field since fighting has diminished somewhat, and besides, the farmer kicked them out of the bard. That cow in the truck...well, it seems that that cow had wondered from the herd when the war began. She has been roaming from place to place, hiding from all manner of hideous creatures. The farmer found this lost sheep (er, cow) and returned her to the herd. She is shaky and totally traumatized, but she is so happy to be home again with the herd. Kathy says that she is really pretty hard to put up with because she is constantly yacking about her experiences when chupacabra were chasing her or within 10 feet of her hiding place, etc. Kathy says she thinks Gertrude is exaggerating but can't be sure since she was safe and sound with the rest of the herd.

While I can report good news that the tide appears to be turning in this war (let us hope that that remains so), I cannot report much from Prince and Roscoe. I received the following message from Roscoe...

Dear Tom,

We are...

That was all; there was nothing more. Please don't read too much into the abrupt ending to the communication TQ. I can only report that which I know about the messages that I receive from our precious children.

Tom

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i m still in VA......turns out the mail lady does not come on sundays....i waited for hours....my dad picked me up when he came home from sangha.....he also told me tht under federal law sharon, the mail lady is forbidden to give me a ride nywhere.....how absurd!!! sharon likes me.....i will ask her today if she might tke me to fl...if necessry i will explin bout the chupes.....you never know how humns will react to tht sort of news.....gotta go get ready.....maybe i can round up few of my friends for nursing duty

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8/18/14 6:18 A

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Dear Annie,

Good luck with that. I hope that you discussed it with your mom before taking off.

Your friend, Tom

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TQ,

Are you aware that Annie is standing by the mailbox waiting for a car to hitchhike to Florida. You might want to check on her if you are unaware of this.

I received no report from the two behind enemy lines. Very worried about that.

The front has quieted somewhat. Neither side seems to be advancing but fighting continues. This is seen as a good thing by our commander because before this, we were definitely slowly retreating. There are many wounded soldiers. Sadly, we have lost one who was found near the side of the road just south of here. His poor mangled body was reverently carried back to our HQ. Funeral services are this afternoon, but not many will be in attendance. Most are either in battle or catching a short break to sleep and recover before returning to the front. North Carolina troops have arrived. Some Alabama troops have arrived. Apparently debate continues in Alabama but a few dedicated soldiers have come without receiving orders in order to aid the effort. Reports are that there are several troops from various states moving in our direction, though altogether the many other states have fewer troops in total than those of Florida and Georgia. Oh well, all troops that come are greatly appreciated.

The air here is putrid with poofed chupacabra. Hospital beds are filled and the less seriously wounded soldiers fill the pathways between beds. Our lanai is constantly busy with intake. Baby Cakes and the staff are exhausted as are all troops and supporting personnel. These are the worst of times.

I need now to prepare breakfast for all nursing staff and hospitalized troops. Many of the troops require specialized diets. Oh, and our cherry grass supplies are dwindling with each day of fighting.

Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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8/17/14 12:07 P

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*standing by mailbox, hitchhiking* der tom, i am on my wy!!!! --annie

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8/17/14 11:53 A

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry you can't make it here. The Chihuahua hospital is overflowing with the wounded. For every Chihuahua discharged, five more arrive. Let's just say they are bulging at the seams. Meanwhile, our lanai is a very busy place where injured soldiers are brought by eagle carrier and where Baby Cakes does intake. It is now known as the trauma center for the hospital. Poor Baby Cakes and her very limited staff are overwhelmed. And I've had to cook since Bowser is near the front serving rationed food to the multitude of soldiers. Every eagle and gondola is involved in the struggle and bookings are being cancelled and rescheduled constantly by only one eagle communications operator. Its understandable that they would not be able to carry you.

I'm sure that you must have looked stunning at the ceremony. We have so many to honor here, but no time for that. Its all about the business war here.

Tom

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Dear TQ,

Enclosed find the most recent report from Prince:

Dear dad,

Roscoe actually was funny yesterday. He heard a noise while finishing his report to you and he knew that it wasn't me. So he came out heavily armed with anti-chupe toxin ready to defend himself, and was about to spread it when he saw that it was me. He really believed that it was not me because I was taking my turn at sleeping, but time had come and I was awake, so I had gone out to relieve myself. I just about got a dose of anti-chupe toxin thrown in my face. I'm glad he realized it in time.

We have devised a plan which I cannot tell you about. We still have a bit more investigating to do to be sure that we bring maximum damage to the chupe war effort. I will report it as soon as we execute our plan and escape from this nasty area. Meanwhile, I can tell you nothing of it. Slim as it may be, there is always the possibility that our messages will be found by the wrong individuals.

Prince, the war weary warrior.

Tom

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

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

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


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8/16/14 9:00 A

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det tom,

i hd not considered tht my computer's problems may be caused by chupe hacker....i will notify the wwa IT guy to get on it, especilly since it hs lso been running quite slowly t times....i did see tht little wren looking into my bedroom window this morning.....he hs been cting very odd

i hve been trying to remember to bring in the bird feeders at night so discourage whomever is biting big chunks out of them under the cover of drkness....the problem is tht i forget to put them out gain erly in the morning......the birds nd squirrels re not pleased

we re pleased to read roscoe's report....he nd prince were so clever to outwit tht angry chupe....they re in such terrible danger, tho......i wish they would come home

annie is pushing me to get off as she hs something she wants to sy....laters

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oh, everyone!

you should hv been at my awrds ceremony....i looked ever so lovely in a lightly ruffled dress, my ears gently blowing in the breeze....the commndant present me with a "ntural disguised-chupe finder" medl which he hung round my neck s the wawas cheered nd whistled....even lulu came nd wagged her tail.....then we went into the mess tent nd enjoyed cookies nd cupckes nd punch.....one of the younger wws pushed the fce of his buddy into the punch and the rest of the dy tht waw had to wlk round with red snout....it ws hilrious.......nd i looked so lovely

Annie

p.s. i finlly contcted the egles....i hd to borrow phone from one of the wwas....(there must be something wrong with our phone which would explain why the egles never picked up when i called).....the sad news is tht they re busy nd booked for weeks ahead so i don't know when i will be ble to get there......i ws hoping to even help BbyCkes with the cherry grss production during slow periods....i m sure she would love to hve me s prt of her tem......mom relly needs to do something with this keybord!!
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8/16/14 7:12 A

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Dear TQ,

I'm a little concerned about your keyboard. While you feel it is a curse of modern technology, it well might be sabotage by a shape-shifted chupacabra whose intent is to interfere with the communication system of its enemy (enemy meaning all beings other than chupes or chupe allies). You may want to look into that. If Annie was still doing maple syrup, I'd have to wonder about that possibility, but at this point it is quite unlikely.

I am so glad that Lulu is feeling a little better. It seems that she has up days and down days, but that her up days seem to be increasing ever so slowly and her down days decreasing at the same speed. That is a good thing.

Now then, a copy of a message received early this morning from Roscoe:

Tom. May be interrupted at any time so I'll keep this short. Have been on the outskirts of chupe HQ for some time. Have been making careful study of chupe behavior. This has helped tremendously. We have noticed that whenever chupes pass one another they give a chupe signal so to speak. We surmise that it is a form of password or ID that basically says, "yes, I am chupacabra." We have learned to give that signal, though not perfectly. This may be OK. It turns out that when we watch the shape-shifted chupes give the signal, while there are differences between the shifted chupes, none of the shifted ones give a perfect signal. This seems to be a recognized trait between chupes and they do not stop one another as long as the signal is given.

One concern is that they are an ornery bunch and often pick fights amongst each other. Moreover, I have never seen one chupe back down from a fight unless it starts to loose quite clearly. This is not good since it will not be wise for us to be caught up in one of these fights. The looser usually takes several wounds before backing off, and this would cause infection and toxin to enter our bodies so we could not afford to be involved in that sort of conflict. Yes, we carry anti-chupe toxin, but if we use it once we will be battling the entire chupe army stationed at their HG. Not a good thing at all!

We were able to enter HQ today and begin our search for information. While we failed to attain much helpful info, we did learn that chupes are being called the war from all locales in the US, Canada, Mexico...well, from the entire North, Central, and South American continents. Most have actually arrived already and have gone to war. I do wonder how our poor Chihuahua troops are holding against this horrible horde.

During our movement into the chupe HG, we were confronted by an angry chupe who had stubbed his toe and was extremely agitated. Well, I remained in his face as a normal chupe would do and Prince proceeded to his rear sniffing all the way (characteristic for those creatures that the chupes thought we were emulating). Having one at his tail and one in his face, I guess he decided to bite the bullet and move on. Prince and I breathed a collective sigh of relief when that happened.

We have since returned to our hiding place (which I will not describe just in case this message is found by chupe technologists who hack the net). Admittedly, we are not too concerned since their technology is actually quite primitive. Whow! I'm hearing something nearby and it is NOT Prince. Gotta go.

Roscoe

Tom

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

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

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


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8/15/14 9:09 A

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dear tom

nnie WANTS to come to fla where she feels she would be an asset to the chupe-fighting team.....she believes she is a naturl chupe-finder when those dastardly cretures are in disguise....however, she hs had difficulty in rrnging trnsportion....................the spelling...or mis-spellings in this nd annie's letters are due to a very sticky A key...sometimes the a types and sometimes it doesn't...sometimes, when it types, it prints several aas.......i hve done everything....blowing air, wiping with damp q-tip, cleaning with dentl floss, etc....it just will not behve nd since the rest of the keybord is fine it does not seem reasonable to buy a new lptop just becuz the does not work......sometimes i hve to hit it several times to get it to type which i think just mkes it worse..... ahhhhhh! the curses of modern technology......................

lulu must be feeling a bit better since she let me comb her the other night....the lst time i tried she claimed it hurt, but she realized she was greatly in need of a sp day nd since she is not ble to do such thing she did let me comb her s long as i promised to do so Verrrrrrrry Gently...

we are all so gld to her roscoe nd prince re okay...i do wish they would return home...they re in such danger where they are...

i have a new sunflower that just opened 3 days ago....a bumblebee hs been on it lmost non-stop.....this morning i went out to fill the bird feeder nd as i pproached the sunflower i thought i would see if i could pet the bee....everytime i put my finger close to her she would hold out one back foot....if i took my finger away she eventully put the foot down....a couple of times i put my finger under her foot nd she just kept it there.....one time i touched her bck which seemed to surprise her but she just kept doing whatever she is doing on my flower....(you gotta choose your bees carefully)...here come dve, the squirrel......

TQ who hs new bee friend, but a lousy keybord

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8/15/14 6:03 A

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Dear TQ,

I have received a strange message from Annie who says she is on her way to Florida. However, her usually impeccable spelling was filled with miserably misspelled words. This is not her style. When she arrives she will be welcomed of course, but certain Chihuahuas are assigned to checking her out. As part of the process (quite early) she will be sprayed over her entire body. It will be a protectant spray as far as she is concerned, but will contain a dose of anti-chupe toxin just in case this is not Annie at all. I do hope that you understand. If she survives the spray (and she will unless this is a chupe in disguise) she will be sent through Jack's wash (which has been extremely busy these days washing all Chihuahua soldiers who return from the front). After her bath, she will immediately be assigned to nursing duties at the main hospital. (We think she will fit through the Chihuahua hospital doors.)

Now this is of great importance, a short message from Prince:

Dad...R & I behind enemy lines. Infiltrating HQ. Information to be sent to commandant. Our love.

That is all that I got. I suppose we will get details if they ever get back home. I continue to be quite worried about them.

Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 8/15/2014 (06:04)
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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oh der, oh der, oh der tom! (the A is still sticking!)

i can see by your messge that y'all NEED me to be there!! i did go with my dad on his trip, hiding in the backseat before he left and not waking up until we were in dayton, ohio....do you realize tht ohio is NOT ner fl?? i tried my darndest to hve him get on the right road to fl. but he refused......i even forced myself to be friendly with horse tht pulled carriage with people in it, but the horse did not know where fl. ws....sigh............there re no buses here...the squirrels here claim they do not know where fl. is......sigh......lulu is holding her own, not great, not bad, and so i can fford some time to assist in your bttles......i did get a request from the local Commndant here for me to stay nd perform nursing duties if needed.....a contingent of wawas from PA travelled home with us nd is setting up camp in case there is trouble here....the snke on the front porch yesterday ws definitely chupe (he went poof)....i explined to the commandant that i will help out s much as possible since lulu is not up to nursing at all.....however, if roscoe or prince calls i MUST go to fl since i m such ntural chupe finder....he said he understood...then he smiled....he pparently was Quite Plesed tht i am staying...sigh...

Annie, who is changing into her nurses uniform nd rolling bandges with lulu

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that you are having communication problems with the eagles, but bear in mind that a war is being waged and they are involved in the movement of injured soldiers to our nursing quarters. I doubt that any are available for general transportation at all.

I still have not heard from Roscoe or Prince nor have any of the injured soldiers (those who are able to speak) seen them. The one good thing is that they are not among the injured. But they do appear to be missing in action. Of course, with this horrible never ending war, it is unlikely that they even have time to communicate from the front. This is the worst I've seen.

The chupes came within feet of our SE property border before a multitude of Chihuahuas drove them back. It was not without cost though, as several soldiers were seriously injured. (Keep in mind that any open wound from a chupe is a serious injury considering the infection and toxin that introduces.)

On the positive side, a large contingent of Georgia Chihuahua soldiers arrived this morning and they say that NC soldiers are not far behind. They are unaware of soldiers from any other state, but did hear that the Alabama boys are still debating whether or not to join the fight. About half of the Georgian soldiers have joined the fight while the others are setting up living quarters for their soldiers with special quarters for their leaders. I swear they brought a truck load of grits with them.

As they entered the fray, some of our boys were able to be relieved for a short time of rest. Some haven't slept since the war began and are exhausted. They all look frail, having had little time to eat. They will report back for duty this evening and another group of soldiers will be able to rest...and so it will go from now on, rotating moments of much needed rest.

I have talked with a few of the soldiers, though they were half asleep when I talked. No, none of them know anything about the where abouts of Roscoe and Prince.

Your deeply worried friend,
Tom

Tom

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

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

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


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dear everyone,

mom says i am not to write again until someone there responds, but this is Important News.....today i spotted 2 wild birds on the front porch (the screened in part) AND a rather large black snake who said she was francine, but i could tell it wasn't, plus a passel of turkeys in the field (also fakes since i don't think a turkey can fly that high)....in each and every case i sounded the alarm.....they were all determined to be chupes in disguise.....there was also a wren that has banged into the same window repetedly either due to vanity or insanity....(its difficult to tell with birds/chupes).....anyway, the wawas poofed them all except one of the turkeys....at the moment the wawas are surrounding the house and about to poof the snake/chupe.....mom is feeling pretty tense about all this odd wildlife activity.....i have suggested the consumption of chocolate which i will share with her to soothe her nerves.....she said that sounds pretty good.......but tomorrow i am going to get medals!!! geez, who knew i would be natural at chupe detection?!! i am going to make myself an army uniform and come join you, roscoe, for the big battle as soon as i can make flight arrangements (if those stupid eagles would ever answer their phone....no one ever picks up when i call)

Annie, the Brave

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8/13/14 9:45 A

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Dear Annie,

I am writing in large measure in behalf of your nephew and brother. I have sent a copy to Twinkie. I was unable to write yesterday because everything was so hectic.

The night before last around 1:30 AM or so I awoke to horrible noises from outside well beyond our bedroom, yet quite audible. Prince and Roscoe were both missing. Later I learned that we have been attacked by a huge horde of creatures from the SE. Crossing the canal were hundreds of chupacabra accompanied by some gargoyles, chupe / gargoyle mixed breeds, and even a few shadow creatures.

Our valiant troops leaped into action, alone with Prince, Roscoe, and Bowser. Baby Cakes and the Chihuahua nurse brigade swung into action setting up the intake nursing facility and emergency station on the lanai. Further to the northwest a more permanent hospital is in operation. It is hidden and underground since chupes do not honor wounded soldiers. They take no prisoners, and due to the nature of the chupe army and their allies, neither do we.

Wounded Chihuahua soldiers are showing up or being carried by stretcher to intake. I have been assisting Baby Cakes and the Chihuahua nurses as best I can, all of us taking our orders from Baby Cakes. Lulu is gravely missed. Fatigue is as much our enemy as the hordes of evil crossing the canal. Reports are that for every poof, 10 more evil creatures emerge from the shadows. We are fighting brilliantly, yet sheer numbers are driving the front ever closer to our home base. The air is filled with foul smelling poofing gases. We all wear masks to dim the odor, but they are of little help.

We have sent out call for reinforcements to a multitude of states. We are learning of troop movements to come to our rescue, but none have yet arrived.

I need now to return to the lanai to assist Baby Cakes. Keep us in your thoughts.

Tom

Tom

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

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

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


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