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Annie 2 was discovered to have 6 paws....4 in the front and 2 in the back...she was poofed immediately

if possible, pls. radio Prince immediately.....the neighbours are not in residence, so the eagle may land on the roof of the mcmansion which will be much closer to our camp.....also, the weather channels are calling for possible tornados in the next county which could spread to here....both of these pieces of information need to be sent to Prince so he can share the information with his eagle as it may affect flight patterns and conditions.....we have had rain all week (including hail) and the NW corner of the gonzalez' pasture...the planned landing area...is sort of swamp-like at the moment

in case of a weather emergency, the transporting eagle may sleep on the lower lanai of the mcmansion.....if he wants us to we can hang tarps over the long open side to keep out rain...the gonzalez' barn is filled with hay bales and some sort of truck,...however, I am sure El Toro Grande could push the truck outside and the bales could be stacked on the sides to the roof, or out in the rain (altho that will really upset Senor Gonzalez).....a third possibility would be for us to create a huge tent in one of the pastures for the eagle to sleep in, but if strong winds do come he might become tangled in the tarps and blown to whoknowswhere...tell Prince to let me know where they will land and where the eagle wants to sleep

Roscoe
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TO; OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
FROM; PRIVATE MOTTO BADWHISKERS

I spoke to Roscoe today..or tried to....about my catching the eagle transport back to FL...he responded with an abrupt "no" and then said until he has time to sit down and talk with me, he will not okay any changes....However, he did tell me to go to the Commander's secretary to get all the proper forms for a transfer and fill them out.....he said that if I can get them completed and to him by the end of the day, he will look them over and we will meet after lunch tomorrow and have our talk....the Commander will be there, too....My sweetness, I am so nervous meeting with both of the camp bigwigs, but I will tape your picture over my heart to keep me strong.....Prince will be here this evening for a few days and then the hunt for the perpetrator of the hole, the megaphone and several other "stunts" is going to be hunted down like a rabid possum! in fact, there was a chupe possum here this morning...it was poofed, but the camp is on high alert because they have not had a disguised chupe on the property near the house in several weeks....there is concern in the air about how it may have gotten thru the protected areas...in fact when TQ (she is the Big Boss here) first saw it thru the window she thought it was a white bunny...this is what alerted her to something being not right....rumor has it that she woke Roscoe and he went outside with his mom and shot it with toxin....unfortunately, the guard on house duty in the front of the house was fast asleep on one of the lanai rockers and is now in big, big trouble....he may actually be flown back to your camp in handcuffs on the return flight of the eagle that is bringing Prince...the prisioner will be turned over to your Brig Commander since we do not have a proper brig here....upon hearing that news, the poor handcuffed wawa was so scared he piddled on the lanai....apparently your brig commander has quite a scary reputation.....I have actually gone to Roscoe, handed in my completed transfer papers, and offered to accompany the prisoner on the flight to FL....he said he would think about it and let me know....then he winked and told me to pack my travel pack.......so! I think I will see you soon....as soon as Roscoe gives me the aye or nay on my trip I will let you know
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My dearest BC,

My paw is healing and I am OK. I did have the on duty medical staff check me after I burned it and they gave me some cherry grass ointment with instructions and applied the first dose as they instructed me. My paw is healing and I am glad. It has made cooking a bit awkward but now it effects my cooking less and less. Healing is a marvelous thing.

I know what you mean about Annie. Yes, she can be a paw full alright. I'm glad that you are working on your relationship, but I warn you not to expect much from her. I mean, Annie is Annie. She always has been and she always will be. She takes things to heart. She also tends to live in a separate reality. That being said, she does have sweet moments and I urge you to make the most of those moments to improve your relationship with her. It will be hard for her to recognize the fact that you are the doctor and she is the nurse and it is her job to accept orders from you. I suppose for the sake of relationship, you will need to find ways to keep the orders as soft and non-offensive (from her perspective) as you can. I think what it takes is constant sugar coating, and when you are rushed, that is so very hard to do.

Bowser, who is needed in the kitchen to fix breakfast for the family.

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Dear Roscoe,

I have had breakfast and my bags are packed. I'm expecting eagle landing in 1/2 hour. I shall arrive VA this PM late. Please advise re: eagle landing site since there are some problems with Annie and the eagles as well as the conflict with the commander. Eagle service has been restricted at the VA site and is limited to the two of us. There may be exceptions made if one of us vouches for the passenger, but never can it be by order of the commander. Awkward I know, but this is how it is for now. If we do not hear regarding landing site, then expect us to be at the NE corner of the Gonzales's pasture. I think we should plan on going on an investigative trek limited to just the two of us. We can maintain quietness and secretiveness to our investigative approach better that way.

Bowser will not be with me. He feels that his duty is here, and he is not yet free to take another vacation. He regrets that he will not be able to come, but insists that if and when you visit here he will fix you a super duper extra special pancake stack that you will never never ever never forget.

Prince, who is looking forward to seeing his best friend and brother.

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TO: MY PRECIOUS MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS WHO NEEDS DESPARATELY TO TOUCH YOU.

Prince is on his way to VA. He left a few minutes ago. The gondola is scheduled to land at the NE corner of the Gonzales's pasture. I have spoken to the eagle carrier who says that if you are there he will transport you to FL. Could you speak with your commander who has said that she will grant you a week? I miss you so very much. Oh, and maybe you could have her complete the appropriate paper work for a transfer if she is willing.

I am and will always be YOUR Paprika as you are my heart throb.

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FOR ROSCOE'S EYES ONLY

Are you sure that opossum looking creature is really not a disguised chupe? And yes, I do understand the Annie 2 reference. LOL

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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FOR TOM AND PRINCE'S EYES ONLY

although her name is Daisy, we call this one Annie 2....any guesses as to why? *GRIN* (see msg below for further info)



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dear Bowser,

are you okay?!! Roscoe said you burned your paw and I worry that it will become infected....if you run out of cherry grass ointment, there is more in a green box on the shelves to the right of my desk in my clinic...top shelf, middle...I think.....

the patient who was in critical condition has been upgraded to serious which means he can have a few visitors, although I don't let in more than 3 at a time and only with a 10 mins. visitation period....the poor little guy does not have much energy so after 10 mins. he is zonked....annie and I have more or less divided duties...I have the 1 patient in the worst condition and she has the 3 with broken legs.........2 of them will be released tomorrow morning, but the 3rd will have another couple of days here as his leg was broken in 2 places.......

although we help each other when needed, I would not say we are friends, but in the infirmary, at least, we get along.....for some reason annie thinks I am bossy...dictatorial even....I hardly see myself this way, but am attempting to watch how I speak to her....I have to admit sometimes I have found myself speaking in such a way as she may interpret it as "giving orders"......I am just trying to get the job done...no time for small talk...however, I am trying to be a bit more gentle when I tell/ask her something and to phrase something as a suggestion or a minor comment instead of fussing at her.....*shaking head*...lordy, she is SUCH a baby! oh well......the patients are what is important.....TQ made a new recipe for vanilla and caramel ice cream yesterday...it was delicious! do you want me to get the recipe? it would be delicious in milkshakes

BC who is tired, but thoughts of you make me smile
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Dear Prince,

do you think you have time to hop an eagle to here for a few days? annie, who says she has a naturally excellent sniffer, offered to help us and I had to beg BC to tell Annie that she just couldn't cope with all the patients in the infirmary without her help....boy, am I going to owe BC!! *grin*.....however, annie later came to me and said she regretfully had to retract her offer because BC needed her to stay at the infirmary......her nose is in the air and her chest is puffed out in pride (although it is hard to tell with all the rest of her being so "puffy").....sheesh!

it was quiet last night, but it is weird that the investigative team has not found any sign of whoever dug the trap and who is howling.....is it the same person? or is it more than one? and is it a human person, canine, cat or chupe? we could use your tracking skills if you are free (although try not to fall into the hole...its deep)

Roscoe who is hoping to see his brother soon

p.s. maybe Bowser could hop into the gondola for a short visit; BC misses him terribly..........and if he does come tell him I am expecting pancakes
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TO; SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
FROM: PRIVATE MOTTO BADWHISKERS

my sweet flower, I have missed our daily chats...there have been weird happenings here....first I was put on a search and rescue team which was traumatic and exhaustive, although I admit that finding the missing team and bringing them up from the trap was also exhilarating (after it was all over....during the actual rescue it was rough)....when we returned to camp we were ordered to bed to rest up before the next mission....in the middle of a good rabbit-chasing dream I was awakened, told to get my boots on, and to meet my team in front of the mess tent....after our team was gathered, the sleepy cook stumbled out and handed us all breakfast sandwiches and coffee and then we began a loooooong hike, in absolute stealth mode....we walked up a mountain and down the other side, over hill and down dale........we never actually seemed to do anything...now we are back at base camp...I had dinner and a 30 min. break.... the line to use the public computer was long, and those still waiting are growling at me to hurry up, so I must go, my precious.....

.I will write again as soon as I am able...quite frankly I hate this marching, soldiering stuff...I don't feel I am very good at it.....I was so much happier as a scribe....I know I can share my deepest feelings with you and feel assured you will keep my confidences.....I look forward to visiting with you soon (I hope).......


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Dear Roscoe,

Oops, I goofed. Just goes to show you that I am out of my mind. I've been that way ever since my Baby Cakes left. I know she has to go where duty requires it just as I have to work in the kitchen here as duty requires, but oh how I miss her.

So yes, I was a bit out of my mind. I was probably either thinking about your visit here hoping that Baby Cakes could hop on the gondola with you or I was falling asleep due to lack of sleep that I have experienced since she has been away. The other day I was dreaming about her while I was cooking and I burnt my paw. It is still very sore. How I do wish she would return.

and now...signing off...BOWSER...with my name clearly written. (Sorry if you had to experience any humiliation my firend.)

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My dear Baby Cakes,

Sorry about that last letter (the signature). I am half crazy with you being gone, and have not slept well. I am missing you so very much. I hope that poor fellow in critical condition recovers, and from a selfish point of view, very very soon!

I know you need to be there and I am really glad that you can help them, but oh how I miss you. I sleep with your picture next to my bed and my paw wrapped around where you would be were you here. When I do finally sleep I have delicious dreams of you my Baby Cakes. Hurry home when you can.

NOT Roscoe / but BOWSER!!!!! :)

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Dear Roscoe,

Large cats don't use megaphones. The location of that megaphone is highly suspicious. That Annie slept through it is amazing. All in all, brother and bff, be very very careful! I do not like the sound of all that is going on there. In fact, I am contemplating the possibility of coming to VA. If you go into battle, I want to be with you brother. We have always had each other's backs, and that should continue. Besides, I'll have to admit that your mom's ice cream medicine sounds delicious. It reminds me of a song... "A spoon full of ice cream helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down. In a most delightful way." I'll sing the whole song for you if you'd like. Heh heh.

Prince, who is ready to pack his bag if you just say the word.


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Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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are you out of your mind??!! hahahaha....look at how you signed your last message to your wife.....boy, have we all gotten a hoot out of that one even though I have had to take a lot of ribbing..........in fact, when I get to FL I think you should make me a BIG plate of bbq-d ribs to make up for it...

Roscoe who has not been sending your wife love letters
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Dear Bowser,

oh, boy! you must have been trying to type and flip pancakes at the same time to send me the letter that you did---signed the way it was.....

everything is here is as well as can be expected....those wawas with just a broken leg are still having a bit of pain, but are doing well....the one that was in critical condition seems just a whisker better today....he is not out of the woods yet (hmmmm, bad analogy perhaps), but we are hopeful

BC who is looking forward to seeing her sweetie in a few days
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dear Prince

things here are getting curiouser and curiouser.....last night around midnight we heard a large cat howl....perhaps like a cat in heat or one getting ready to fight...this was not a housecat, I daresay as we were in the house with the windows shut and the noise was coming from the woods.....it woke me up and mom, too....annie, thank heavens, slept through it......we only heard it the once............odd,, yes? but what is even odder is that this morning one of the investigative team discovered a large megaphone-type apparatus up in a tall pine tree located about 1/4 mi. from the hole and other traps in that area....we can only assume they are related............the investigation continues

Roscoe who has about had enough......but mom has begun soaking the cashews to make me some vanilla ice cream......for medicinal purposes, of course

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Dear Annie,

I told Paprika Puppy-Paws that Motto Badwhiskers is back in camp and is safe. She was so relieved that she jump into my arms and gave me a wet kiss. Then she sighed and said that she just cannot wait to see her Motto. She wanted you to know how much she appreciates your helping him by conveying the message. She also said that she is sorry that it inconvenienced you.

I am so glad that you can assist BC while she naps. I know that she is under tremendous pressure with all the sick soldiers and especially the one who is in critical condition. She needs her rest and without your assistance she would likely not be able to take that short nap during her strenuous efforts with her patients. I do want you to know that I appreciate your postponing another career choice in order to help Dr. BC during these difficult days.

Your friend,
Tom

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My dearest Baby Cakes,

I have sent the requested package in the manner you prescribed. I personally, with Prince's help, loaded into the gondola. Roscoe has been informed of the secret landing place. He will personally retrieve it for you. You may want to join him at the place of landing. He can tell you where that is.

My sweet Baby Cakes, I will be so very glad when this business in VA is concluded and you have rejoined me here. Life without you is nearly unbearable in spite of the good people here.

Roscoe, who is dreaming of times alone with his precious Baby Cakes.

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Dear Roscoe,

You sound so exhausted. You cannot serve well if you become ill or continue feeling exhausted. You NEED some R & R. I know that you have some business to conclude, but my friend, you need to delegate some of your duties to others. The one task that you must not delegate is that of pickup of the package with Baby Cakes. No one else can be trusted with such a pick up. But you could use that moment with BC to relax since there should be little concern other than getting to the package unobserved by others, especially you know who, said person, being needed to assist while BC is with you for package pick up.

Take care my bro,
Prince


Tom

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

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

please tell Pippy Puddly-poo that her friend Muddy Baldwhiskers is back in camp and is okay...(why am I the messenger??! These folks have the weirdest names that I can never remember with so much else going on)....the rescue team did not get back until 4am (that 's 4 In The Morning!!)...what I heard is that there was a long line to use the computer so the Commander came out dressed in her robe and tail curlers and ordered all of the team members to bed.....Badwhiskers will contact her when he is able

the reason it took the rescue team so long to wind up their duties was that 3 of the wounded each had a broken leg.....one, the final one to be hauled out of the hole had 3 broken legs, a broken tail, 2 broken whiskers and a stick through his paw.....BC noticed the stick had been sharpened at both ends and there was some sort of goo smeared on each end....she has turned it over to whomever is investigating the trap....this patient with the multiple injuries is in critical condition....the others are not as bad.....none of them are feeling perky at the moment

Annie who is on duty while BC is taking a nap
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Dearest Bowser

I miss you so much, and now it looks like I may be here longer than originally estimated....there were several wawas injured in a diabolical trip...one of the patients is severely wounded and for him I need to request your help.....first have the Officer of the Day call Eagle Transportation for and emergency medical supplies delivery ASAP....since eagles refuse to set talons down here becuz of some conflict with Annie (imagine that!) tell the eagle receptionist that it will be a "drop and go" over the infirmary roof...one of the wawas here can climb up onto the roof to retrieve the package.....after you get the OD busy arranging the pick up with the eagles, please go into my hospital area...on my desk in a blue pencil holder...dump out the pens/pencils and in the very bottom will be a brass key....use it to unlock the cabinet to the left of the door with the big red cross on it...on the 2nd shelf from the top on the right side is a brown box, taped shut, with the words "hospital masks" written on the front and top in black magic marker....as you may have guessed, my intelligent spouse, the box does not contain hospital masks....inside are vials of a very powerful cherry grass/morphine product that I made up for emergencies...this is an emergency.....wrap the box in bubble wrap and put it in another box....make sure it is taped securely.....then hold onto it until its time for the eagle to arrive.....I would prefer that you place the box in the eagle's gondola, but if you find yourself busy doing other things, please entrust the box to someone you trust implicitly....we would not want that box to fall into the wrong paws.....

BabyCakes who misses her beloved and is looking forward to seeing him in a few days
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Dear Prince

All is chaotic here.....whoever dug that hole was evil....truly evil....BC's sharp eyes noticed some gunk on the tips of a stick that pierced one of the injured wawa's paws......she had the sense to scrap a bit of the goo onto a microscope glass and as soon as the patients were all taken care of, BC analyzed the stuff and found it was poisonous.....she has called in another scientist from UNC-Canine Science Dept to help her determine what type of poison and has asked Bowser to send to special meds. from FL ....the dog that had the stick through his paw got some of the poison into his system and is in much worse condition that the others....he also had more severe injuries....

the team investigating the hole and the trap are amazed at the deviousness and details used by whoever set it up....I have spent hours and hours out there...the camp cook sends meals and snacks out to us because everyone is too busy to come in to eat.....I may have to cancel the meeting with the police commander on wed. if we are still in such a mess....I will wait until tomorrow afternoon to determine whether or not to cancel

Roscoe who is so exhausted he doesn't know his tail from his whiskers



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TO: ANNIE, in care of VA MILITIA
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
Thanks for the information about Pvt. Badwhiskers.

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Dear Roscoe,

I hope that the rescue of the Chihuahuas who fell into that hole was a success. After thinking about who may have made the hole, distractions, etc. it occurs to me that some of those nasty humans from Mississippi may have escaped the fire. They would likely seek revenge and also probably look for canines to perform dastardly deeds on. If this is the case, then you need to prepare the troops for the take down of humans, reminding them of course that most humans are pretty much OK folks but that there are some really bad apples.

I'm looking forward to your visit though I wish it were for a longer time. I think we can store cookies in the old coop that Lulu and Bear once used as their home. As for the ice cream, I guess we will just have to finish that off as soon as you arrive. I am so looking forward to it.

Remember, you deserve a vacation just as much as the next guy. Don't hesitate to put the brakes on the expectations of the commander and others. That's the nice thing about being associated with the military without actually being in the military. :)

Prince, who is going to practice Annie poses and meditate on ice cream.

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Dear Annie,

I am so glad to hear that you are going to continue with your nursing career. Painting will be wonderful, but since you aren't going to market the product of your efforts, you could use that as a hobby and much needed escape. Then you could enjoy the best of both worlds.

I understand that BC may come there due to some injured Chihuahua soldiers. I know how happy that makes you. You will have help with the medical side of things and someone who can answer your nursing questions if they come up. Baby Cakes has told me how much she appreciates your able assistance when the two of you work together. I suggested that she tell you about that, but she said she had better not. She seems to think you may get a "big head" if she does tell you about it. What on earth does she mean by that?

I'm surprised that you heard the Trumpeter talk, but the bringing back of the coal industry is like that stupid clown. In this time of global warming and climate change, he should be talking about doing away with coal and focusing on clean energy, but there are so many who can't see beyond their narrow-minded faces that changing mind-sets is clearly difficult. I'm very concerned about the Trumpeter. I think if he got elected it would be the downfall of dogdom everywhere.

Well, I do hope that your mom is feeling better today. As for attitude..hmmm...never mind.

Tom, whose attitude is suggesting to him to go back to bed for a while.


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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TO; SCRIBE PAPPY-RICA PUDDLYPAWS, Florida Militia....if not deliverable, then deliver to the Commander, Florida Militia and she will have it delivered to proper recipient
FROM: Annie, Belgian Basset Extraordinaire, Top Dog, VA Militia and Surrounding Lands

Please inform the above said Pappy Paws the message that her friend Motley Bad-Whiskers has been deployed on a rescue mission, as part of a team being sent to rescue some of our wawas who have.......oh! apparently I am not allowed to discuss the mission...just know your Bad Whisterks friend will be busy for a day or two and therefore not able to message...he asked that I inform you that he is fine and he is wearing his helmet (whatever that means)..he will contact you as soon as he is able
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Dear Prince

I will bring you a carton of mom's ice cream when I come..i have upgraded my courier eagle to one of the Express Transport Courier which should get me to FL in half the time...the ice cream will be packed in a cooler of ice...but becuz of the weight of the ice, I am not packing anything else to bring with me, so I may have to borrow a water bowl, etc. off of you....I have decided that I will arrive on Thurs. afternoon...even if the police commander likes what he sees here, we can sign a contract while he is here on WEd. afternoon, but I will inform him that I have a previous commitment out of town and will not be able to begin accommodating his officers until next Mon....this will make my FL stay shorter than I would like, but will give us time to strategize over various issues.....I am bringing one of the wawas, but I was thinking that I should invite Annie so she can hang out with her best friend, the Brig Commander....hahahahahaha (joke)...Annie made granola bars yesterday so she said she will send you a box of them and a couple of can of various cookies....before we enter your house, we should perhaps hide everything someplace that your dad won't find them...Annie said one can of cookies is for your mom and dad, so you can carry that into the house and your dad (hopefully) will suspect nothing........btw, did you tell him that you were eating his ice cream strictly for medicinal purposes??? *grin*

on a more serious matter, one of the teams sent out to investigate who is howling in the woods did not return last night.....a search and rescue team was sent out and able to find the missing ones fairly easily.....down in a deep hole, deliberately dug in an area of the woods with lots of big trees and therefore, shadowy, which made it difficult to see any ground disturbance until it was too late....there were other distractions nearby which is also why our guys did not see the trap until they were in it....the investigators have taken photos of the distractions and I will bring them with me to show you...they are....well....devious, invisible and rather incredible....obviously not chupe-made......because the hole is so deep and because 3 of the wawas who fell into it each broke 1 or more legs, the rescue operation may take all day.....annie is setting up things in the hospital and has already phoned BC to send some more cherry-grass tonic.....I heard BC may be onboard the emergency gondola which is already in the air.......for 2 ladies who detest one another, when the chips are down they sure do work together well (not happily, but efficiently *grin)

Roscoe who is already tired of making plans for the extra officers
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Dear Tom

I am not sure when I am going to be able to launch my painting career....This morning we received word that a team of wawas out in the woods had fallen into a deep hole and several have broken legs...I have been rushing around to make sure everything in the infirmary is ready for them whenever the rescue team gets them out....I asked BC for more tonic and she is coming out to assist....her eagle is expected to arrive in less than an hours....sigh...this means I will have to entertain her and/or listen to her harp on what she sees as faults in MY hospital until the wounded arrive....I had considered setting up an easel in the hospital ward, thinking it would be relaxing for me and yet I would be there if a patient needed me, and it would also cheer up the wounded, distracting them from their pain to see me in artistic mode, BUT I know that grump BC will complain about that, too...sigh....I took some temporary supplies out to the rescuers to toss down to the wounded and one of them asked me to send a message to his friend paddy pooperpaws....so I did.....all I know is that poddypaws is the scribe...if you know that pooch pls. let him know his friend here is busy and will write later...........*shaking head*

The Trumpeter spoke near here last night and promised to bring coal mining back as an energy industry......more head shaking*

Mom was in the city yesterday and strained the only part of her ribs that still haven't healed...a young salesman started talking to her and would not shut up.....he finally noticed the look she was giving him and realized that his death was imminent if he kept talking nonstop...he turned pale, took a step back, mom left....hehehe........don't know where she gets the attitude....teeheehee

Annie who is cleaning the woods dirt off her uniform

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Dear Roscoe,

I asked the commander about the space in the barracks and he said that his scribe had already asked about that. She reserved one space for a visitor. I wonder what that's all about.

But now on to more pressing matters. Dad did not, I repeat, did NOT bring me ice cream. When I read your letter it sounded like a great idea to raid the freezer for a little ice cream. Well, I couldn't reach dishes so what was I to do? I had to just open a carton of ice cream and go for it. It was heavenly...well, heavenly hash, that is. (It's a flavor Ros in case you don't know that flavor.)

Now there is one little problem. Thanks to your suggestion, I got into that wonderful carton of ice cream, but DAD CAUGHT ME. He was NOT a happy camper! He took the carton from me, and can you believe it, threw it away! He then told Roscoe that I was back on rations and he locked the freezer. Oh Roscoe, what have I done. And for that matter, why did you suggest it. No, I'm not blaming you. I made the decision to follow your bad advice, but now its rations only. Kibbles, just kibbles. And water. They give human prisoners bread and water I hear; and I am stuck with kibbles and water. Oh why oh why did I steel that carton of ice cream?

Prince, who is getting hungry just thinking about food.

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Dear Annie,

I'm glad that you are not going into politics. It is such a rat race. But the painting. I kind of like the idea of painting just for the sheer beauty of it and not to make money. Ah, the true arteest. I will look forward to viewing your first master piece. Is your mom going to fork over the bucks needed to buy your art supplies? Just wondering where they will be coming from.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: MY HANDSOME AND VERY BRAVE MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS WHO CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE HERE

I spoke with our commander and he said that when you visit you can fill out a form CANINE 10-22 which is your application for the destination militia that you would like to apply for. It must be accompanied by a form CANINE 10-21, which is a release from your commander for transfer from your current destination militia. You should talk with your commander before you leave in order to secure that form.

Oh Motto, it frightens me that you are going into the field on an obviously dangerous mission. You are so brave my handsome wonderful Motto. Please be careful honey-Motto. I am so worried about you, you brave cute thing you.


Tom

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

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

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

your dad couldn't bring you home some ice cream??? I bet he was planning on it and then ate it......hehehehe....last week mom made both mint chocolate chip AND chocolate ice cream.....mom had to stop taking one of her medicine for her ribs becuz she recently had a bad reaction to it, so she said she NEEDED ice cream for medicinal purposes.....mom gave both me and annie some of both kinds and it was deeeelicious! I liked the mint one best....annie says your mom keeps ice cream in the freezer for your dad....you know, you've gone through some rough experiences lately...perhaps you should have a little ice cream for medicinal purposes, too....go see what's in your freezer.........for medicinal purposes, of course...hehehehe.......

btw, both annie and lulu have accompanied your dad to some of his dance events....you should be allowed to go, too, although you would have to dress up...you could probably persuade annie to design a tuxedo for you....hehehehe....I suggest buying one at the mall....it won't be as individualized as Annie's would be, but it will definitely be easier on your nerves *grin*

Roscoe who will (hopefuly) be there sometime soon

p.s. one of the privates here has asked to hop the gondola with me when I come...will there be room in the barracks for an extra soldier for a few days? he will be on leave, visiting a friend on your base
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dear Tom

mom reminded me that the Trumpeter is a politician, but it is too late for me to jump into that particular race....such a shame, because I know I would win....however, roscoe told me some of the things the president is required to do....I looked it up and he is right (you know if you find it on the internet its true).....therefore, at this time, I think I don't want to be a politician......as far as being an artist....I would be painting for the sheer beauty that I would put on canvas...I would not be worried about selling my works, although as lovely as they would be, I am sure they would sell with no problem....anyway, I have not yet settled on a definite new career....there are a myriad of possibilities, but I want to try something a bit different...........just haven't figured out what quite yet

Annie who will let you know when she makes a final decision
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FROM; PRIVATE MOTTO BADWHISKERS WHO WILL HOPEFULLY BE IN FL SOON

following your idea of me transferring to FL I approached Roscoe who is the Top Dog here (others claim that title, but its not worth discussing) about the possibility....he said we would discuss it while in the gondola and if he approves, he will talk it over with my Commander here and if she approves, she will talk to your Commander there...it sounds like it may take a couple of weeks for everything to occur officially, but as long as I am there with you during the waiting period I don't care about the politics of everything....

something has been making a weird howling in the woods....its not in the same woods, its not at the same time every day...or even everyday....everyone here is being extra vigilant...several attempts have been made to locate the source of this howling without success.....the concern is that it is a lone, possibly rogue, chupe.....tonight I will be paired with a more experienced wawa and we will be part of the search group when on duty.....my dear Paprika, know that I will be thinking of your during my entire tour of duty.....

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Dear Roscoe,

Your academy choice makes sense. I can just hear Annie though. First she will say that you will never survive those crazy canines and when you do she will have all sorts of feelings. My suggestion is that you high tail it out of there after you return before Annie knows that you are home after a successful training session. Heh heh.

I'm not surprised about Mama Deer's answer. Wait until young and rambunctious grows up and no longer has to depend upon Mama Deer's permission.

Dad went dancing last night. I mean he actually danced! It was a ball. Oh yes, and it was an ice cream social with all homemade ice cream. Rhythm in Motion furnished the ice cream and everyone brought a topping. Dad said it was so good. I wish he had taken me but it turns out they kind of frown on canines coming to their events. I would love to have had some of that ice cream though.

Prince, who is drooling over the ice cream he didn't get to eat.

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Dear Annie,

Well, well, politics or painting. Interesting. Let me share my two cents worth.

Politics are interesting but actually quite strenuous. You are constantly looking for your next job and there is always someone nearby trying out for that same job. It is, in other words, a rat race. Oh yes, and you just have to be a skilled liar and I just don't think you would want to go there. These people called politicians are always trying to sell themselves to everyone. They brag about their accomplishments and where they have had problems they lie about it. You see what I mean, Annie, you just don't fit in with that. Or, hmmm.... oh, never mind. I don't think you would like that.

I'm going chime in with the Ros. Painting does provide an opportunity for you to work with your marvelous color schemes. However, it also requires a great deal of patients. I mean, you can spend hours...days even...on a single painting. And then when you are finished you have to find a way to sell it at a very big price. New artists struggle. The best known ones are dead. So it means sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice for many years...even for a life time. But if you can handle living in poverty you might do well.

Any way Annie, the choice is yours. I just wanted to express a few ideas for you to weigh.

Tom, who is trying to picture you as a politician on a soap box.

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FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Oh Motto, I am so disappointed that you will have to wait, but at least it is probably only going to be for a short while. I guess I'll just have to wait, but isn't it wonderful that we can still write each other?

I think it is just so sweet that you have my picture inside your helmet. Oh Motto, please please please be careful out there. You just never know where or when one of those horrible chupacabra creatures will show up. I worry about you sweet Motto.

Oh, and that reminds me. I spoke with the commander here about a transfer for you. He said that he would be OK with it but that you would have to request that transfer directly from your commander. Anyway, just wondering what your ideas are about a transfer.


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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I was all set to come to FL on an early Monday flight until I received a phone call from the head of the canine police academy who wants to come out here, look things over, and perhaps have a training session or two from me or the Spec. Ops guys for his canines, mostly shepherds......he requested Wed. or Thurs. morning....therefore, there is no point in my coming out until I finish with this meeting....the police commander suggested a possibility of even a 6mos. training period for some of his officers and when they leave, a new group would come in for training....the good from this would be (1) establishing relationships with the local police in one, or maybe more, of the surrounding counties, (2) we would have a slightly increased force if there was a chupe attack and (3) if there was a large battle we would have big pool of officer/soldiers to call upon if needed (4) there would be a larger awareness of chupes and the officers could spread this information when they return to their respective communities and (5) they are willing to PAY for this training (yay!)............the bad aspect would be....Annie....she hasn't said any more about it and SEEMS to be back to normal, but there is a strong possibility that having any officers here, or at least the ones that offended her (or might offend her) would trigger her revenge mode and make everyone's life unpleasant....of course, we could have a class on dealing with the fat and insane....hehehe (do not breath a word of what I just said to her!)..............anyway, I called the police commander back, suggesting Tues or Wed. if he wants this week, so I think we are going to meet on Wed. If he likes what we do here, I wonder when he will want to begin classes for his men.......this would certainly require a large commitment of my time here, although after we get things rolling, I am hoping that I will be able to take time off occasionally to deal with other things.....I think several of the Spec. Ops guys could take over some of the classes.....

Roscoe...who is beginning to feel a bit overworked and in need of a Bowser meal or two.....

p.s. did I tell you that Mama Deer said no to her the suggestion of her rambunctious fawn joining our spy network? oh well
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Dear Tom,

I was not treated well at the academy and you are correct in that I might do well to consider the fields of nursing and/or dress design where I am naturally talented....the problem is that the universe has bestowed up me so many natural talents that it is hard to pick just one or two...I would have made a terrific police officer because I am naturally talented in so many of those areas required by a servant of the law....I am an extremely excellent sniffer, and my tracking skills are beyond compare, etc, etc, etc.....lately, my life has been somewhat chaotic, so I am thinking that something a bit more relaxing might be good for a while...I am debating between two choices, politics or painting.....Roscoe favors painting because I am so naturally good with colors.....I shall have to meditate on this...Roscoe also raised the idea of working in a field where I am not so naturally gifted in order to increase my skills, but so far I cannot think of anything that I am not absolutely wonderful at

Annie who has almost too many choices to choose from

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my beautiful Paprika....Roscoe has put off his trip to FL for a few days due to a big meeting of some sort, so at this time I do not know when I shall be arriving...I will be sure to write you immediately as soon as I know....I did call eagle courier services on my own to see if they could transport just me, but they said they do not make trips for Privates in non-emergency matters.....and they said that matters of the heart do not constitute an emergency...sigh.....

as you can see, my Commander has changed my rank from Unoffical Scribe to Private....this means I am marching and shooting and doing everything all the newbies are doing...sigh...it is hot today.....the Commander did say that I still can go to FL with Roscoe for a week whenever he decides to go, but in the meantime, there is "no room for non-productive soldiers" so she has decided to give me some military training....it would not be bad if it wasn't so darned hot....every time I feel I can't go on anymore I take off my helmet and wipe my brow (I made another, smaller copy of the picture you sent and have it taped inside my helmet where I get to see it every time I take it off for a moment)


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Dear Roscoe,

I recommend eagle, and if you are really interested in coming, I can arrange eagle transport for you. As you know, there are some specific restrictions for eagle services at your home and base. It pretty much centers around Annie, but then why am I not surprised? However, I can arrange eagle transport and have a landing in a specified neutral area if you wish. Just let me know if you want to come and what day would be best. You can recommend a neutral landing area or I can specify the NE corner of the Gonzales's pasture. If I make the contact with eagle services from here, it will eliminate the eagle's concerns over Annie making the call and using your name for her own purposes. It seems the eagle's trust of the Annie situation is very slim for some reason.

Prince, who would love to share laughs about Annie and Bowser meals with his bro.

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Dear Annie,

Oh my, what a tail of woe you told regarding the academy. What a horrible experience that you underwent. I feel so sorry for you Annie. Obviously those old police dogs just weren't as easily swayed to your way of thinking as the Chihuahuas that you live close to in VA.

As far as careers go, I don't see why you don't continue to pursue your nursing career or dress making career. You have spoken so often about your natural talent in those fields, and one is always wise to move in the direction of one's natural talents when they exist.

I am proud of you Annie for how quickly you recognized that police dogging is not your cup of tea, especially when you first would have to deal with that difficult academy.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Putting your picture of me under your pillow was such a cute thing Motto. I just loved how you did that and how you talked about it.

It scares me to think of you in the field up there with all those bad bad creatures running around. It sounds so dangerous. Please be very careful dearest Motto. Maybe you could ask for a transfer to Florida where things are pretty quiet now on the chupacabra front. And we could spend a lot of time together.

As for a vacation in Florida, coming with Roscoe and all...OH YES! I would just love having you here. We've never had a chance to be together face to face. I just think that would be the most marvelous thing ever in the whole wide world.


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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oh, dear, dear brother Prince,

I may have to catch the next eagle, owl or fast train to FL....Annie is home and she is on a tear....everybody is trying to stay out of her way...those not on duty are volunteering for extra time on the front lines........she went on a barking tear until mom yelled at her to "Puleeeeeese Shut Up!!!" ...this did not work, so mom finally went outside, grabbed Annie by the snout and told her enough was enough and there was to be No MORE Barking....Annie stopped, but she was quite aggrieved about it......she got mom up at 4am this morning, which is never a good thing, so now there are 2 grumps....sheesh! maybe they will both go back to bed before they bite someone's tail off (I did hear mom telling annie she was going to take her tail off if the barking continued...wow!)

Roscoe who thinks a steak and some peace would be nice
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Dear Tom

there is no point in you telling anyone about my new career because I have changed my mind...first of all they sent a dirty, smelly car to pick me up with the most peculiar driver....when we finally got to the academy, the idiot in charge of all the new enrollees refused to help me with my trunks, nor would he let the wawas who accompanied me even get out of the car...in fact, he would not even let me get my trunks out of the car....I tried to explain the necessity of them, but he would not listen, so finally I just told him who I was....his meager response after he checked my name off some list was "yeah, go to the line on the left".....wait in line? me? so I walked to the front of the line, hoping I would find someone more reasonable and perhaps with half a brain to talk to......surprisingly, this did not happen.....everyone "in charge" had "attitude" and was extremely bossy and they liked to yell....at one point, I was wandering around looking for whomever was in charge of this madhouse and I stopped to get myself a nice bowl of refreshing water at the fountain...some jerk in a cop uniform came along and deliberately kicked my bowl away and shouted at me to get to my classroom....that was IT!! Turned out, when I looked up, that it was the canine cop who had been on tv the other night for catching that human prison escapee.....I must say he was gooooooood looking, but handsome or not, I stood to my full height and looked at that German Shepherd right in the eye and told him to drop the attitude and to try and act like a normal canine! he looked completely shocked...then I told him the name of the dog I had spoken to when I called about joining the police dog and demanded (yes, I DEMANDED, can you believe it?*grin*) that he tell me how to find her.......he offered to take me to her office...I tried to make polite conversation, but he did not say a word.....when we got to the correct office,the recruiter asked me to refresh her memory of who I am so I (again) told her my name, explained that I had already undergone all the necessary training that I need to due to my relationship with the militia, and that I only needed to be issued a badge, gun and certificate and I would be ready for my first assignment.....everybody laughed...can you believe it?...I was told I would have to take a small test, to prove I know everything, and IF I passed, then I would be sworn in as a true police dog...I followed that police dog fellow down to the "range"....a new guy came up and began ordering me around...that's right, ordering and he was not the only one....all of the instructors were martinets, demanding this, demanding that, and not a please or thank you among them...they also wanted me to wear ugly boots instead of my lovely pink heels, but I said no.....it was an ugly, ugly day....BUT it made me understand why the Brig Commander is the way he is....he is one of THEM.....quite frankly, I am not sure the BC will ever change...I noticed that those guys loved all that military nonsense.....by 10am I had decided I was done.....there were no snacks, or even break times, everybody was barking orders, they wear ugly uniforms, and I heard the lunch menu was pretty awful......at 11am I said good-bye, and marched right out to my car, waking up the driver and telling him to take me home.....everyone was glad to see me, I could tell, but I admit I was exhausted and immediately had a couple of bowls of lunch and then took a nap.....

Annie who is going to have to think of a new career goal
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TO: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
FROM: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS

your suggestion of hanging your picture on the wall by my bed did not work as I live in a barracks with several other wawas, all of whom found a reason to drop by and ask if you might be interested in dating them or if you had a sister who would be interested in a date...I told them one and all that not a single one of them was worthy of touching a PUPPY-PAWS toenail.....I thought I'd never get to sleep....finally I just put your picture under my pillow so I could be closer to you ......

The Commander here told me yesterday that since all is quiet here that I should go back into the regular duty rotation which means I might be out in the field for several days at a time....she also mentioned that I have not taken any "leave" in a long time and could check the calendar if I was interested in taking some now.....what do you think? I know Roscoe is considering catching an eagle flight to FL next week.....do you think I should see if there was room in his gondola for one more?




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Dear Roscoe,

Oh how I could be a squirrel watching Annie's arrival at the academy. I predict it is going to be something else. Heh heh. To be honest, I kind of feel sorry for the old girl. She has no idea what she is in for. And when she finds out... my guess is outta there like a tornado. It's both hilarious and quite sad. I know when she returns home she will be hurting, so we shall have to be kind. Yet, she has been warned. We will have to exercise the utmost control not to say "I told you so," in so many words. Well, maybe just one quick I told you so would be OK. (snicker)

Do you remember Paprika Puppy-Paws from Mississippi, you know, the official scribe. Well, she is here now and acting kind of strange. She has a far away dreamy look about her that I can't quite explain, though I think I've seen it before. I don't remember who it was on though. Ah well, probably just my imagination.

Well bro, I'm looking forward when the two of us can get together again, preferably here where Bowser serves the greatest food on earth.

Prince, who had steak for lunch and is looking for his afternoon treat...hmmm, maybe an ice cream super sundae the say Bowser makes them.

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FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Motto, you wrote such cute things. I'm printing out your letters and saving them so that I can look at them and re-read them at night. Oh, and I agree with you, you should put my picture somewhere else...maybe on your bedroom wall so that you can look at me as you fall asleep. (feeling my face blush)

Motto, there is something I need to tell you. This is hard, but I really have to be honest. I'm starting to have feelings for you Motto. I need to know. If you do not feel like that or if this is awkward for you, please let me know. I just had to be honest with you.

Paprika, who is trying to get up the nerve to hit the send key.


Tom

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

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

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

Annie left this morning with 2 trunks of "necessities"....we shall see how long this lasts......she was not very pleased this morning when she saw that her ride was a dented, battle-scared police car and her "chauffeur" (1) refused to carry her trunks (thank heavens there were wawas around to put them into the trunk of the car---Annie ordered 4 of them to hop in the back with her stuff so they could carry her trunks to her "suite" when she arrives at the academy).......and (2) made her ride in the front passenger seat instead of letting her stretch out and nap in the back seat and (3) provided no full refrigerator of snacks....however, I think her driver was mellowing a bit when they left as Annie pulled out a packed picnic basket and offered to shared her roast beef sandwiches and cookies.....this will not get her through the academy, but at least her ride may be a bit more enjoyable if the driver is pleasant.......I wonder if I should tell the mess tent cook to expect her back in camp for lunch....hehehehehe

Roscoe who is surely missing the wonderful Bowser breakfasts....since you had 2 helpings, have a 3rd one just for me lol
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yowzaa! you are gorgeous! I have your picture in a frame on my desk this morning and all the guys seem to find reasons to stop in for "a word" about something, but really to stare at your photo and whistle....when they ask who you are, I tell them you are my cousin and when they drool, I tell them extraordinary good looks run in the family.....lol.......I think I may have to move your picture because how can I be expected to work with those absolutely gorgeous eyes looking at me?




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Dear Annie,

You are leaving for the academy already? Wow! So quickly. Please be careful. By the way, you asked me to keep this new challenge secret, but it seems some folks know. I'm wondering. You are about to embark (em - BARK heh heh) on a new career. Shouldn't this momentous occasion be recognized. Say a good bye PARTY or something? Just wondering what your feelings are about that.

Now then, a word of friendly advice (and I do hope this is how you will take it): I'm quite certain that the typist did not err in his or her letter to you. I would, if I were you (and I'm not, of course) follow the instructions in that letter to the letter. You will find that law enforcement persons are very much black and white and do not entertain shades of gray very well. If they say jump, they really do mean jump. If they say no jewelry...well, you get the idea. Just recommendations of course. What you take you must decide. Oh, did I mention that they may confiscate those items not on the OK to take list. Going to the police academy is a bit like joining the military.

Oh, one more thing. This business of your own personal paparazzi. Have you considered what that might do if they want to use you for undercover work. It would blow your cover. Think ahead girl. Your work is risky enough without adding to it.

Best of luck my dear friend,
Tom

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Dear Roscoe,

Between you and me dad told me where Annie is off to. Ha! I give her about an hour at the most. Did you know she is actually taking jewelry after being told not to. Wait until they take it from her along with a lot of her other unnecessary stuff. Heh heh. She is going to throw a tizzy just before leaving for home. I predict that she will return realizing that nurses are sorely needed and she just couldn't leave all those sick soldiers without her natural nursing skills. Heh heh. Oh, dad wasn't supposed to tell me about her plans so whatever you do, don't let her know that he told me.

I am so glad to hear that your limp is gone and that you can lose those poultices. I know how anxious you were to get back out there with the soldiers for training sessions and the like. And of course there is your meeting today. Yep, this is happening at the right time.

I'm curious about the howling. Naturally you need to investigate the possible chupacabra connection, but also consider the possibility of wolves. In either case be careful, but between the two I'd op for a meeting with wolves if I had my druthers. Remember, the gray wolf has the same ancestral history as you and I. They are our cousins.

Well, Bowser is back on the job. I questioned him about maybe just wanting to cuddle with Baby Cakes and he said he was sick. Then he asked me if I had ever heard of love sick. Heh heh. I think that pretty much says it all.

We had one of those special Bowser pancake stacks this morning. Oh, so good. I may have gained 10 pounds, especially since I (burp) had seconds.

Prince, who needs a bit of a nap to let the pancakes settle in his swollen tummy.

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FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Oh Motto, you are sooooo handsome. You also have very cute lips. Thanks for sending me your picture. I have printed it out and as soon as I am certain it is dry I will frame it. I'm going to put that frame in my bedroom so that I can look at it as I fall asleep.

Here is my picture. I hope that you aren't disappointed.



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Tom

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

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

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

mom has decided not to take her computer to the repair shop today...I told her I had lots of important stuff to take care of on it and she said she would wait.....perhaps until I am at the police academy....she is trying to hide it, but I can tell she is worried about it as I can tell from your last message that you are, too....be calm....the police academy probably won't even be necessary for me since I have already had so much experience with the militia here and in FL.....everybody knows what a great sniffer I am and as for the drabness of the uniform, I am sure I can gussy it up since I am such a terrific designer....tomorrow is the day I leave and I am quite excited about it.....the academy sent a list of what I should bring with me, but obviously there are a number of errors on it....their typist should be fired....there is no mention of ball gowns for the end of training dance and it says "no jewelry"....nonsense! we all know I always wear my pearls when I go out, even when I am in army uniform.....I was thinking of taking a wawa with me to take photographs of myself accomplishing tasks at the academy...sort of like my own paparazzi, but Roscoe said that would be rude since it would make everyone else jealous...perhaps he is right...sigh...

Annie who must go pack her trunks for tomorrow's Police Academy adventure

p.s remember, Tom, not a word to the Brig Commander
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after all that drooling you did here thinking about a Bowser meal all you got was kibble?...!!!!HAHAHAHA!!! poor fella! should I send Annie down there to nurse him back to health? I bet she would get him back on his feet in no time flat!! are you sure he just didn't take a day off to snuggle with BC? Annie is going into Roanoke to begin her new "career"....I am not allowed yet to say what it is, but when I am able to share the "exciting news" (which A is sure it will be to one and all), you will laugh so hard you will leave a puddle on the floor.....its a doozy!

my limp is gone and I no longer have to wear that poultice on my foot,, thank heavens.....all the wawas have been released from the infirmary except one who will likely get Annie's approval for release sometime after lunch and meditation time.....I must say they were driving her nuts, always playing little jokes and tricks on her.....hehehehe

last night there was a strange howling in the woods.....it wasn't the coyotes who always travel in packs...whatever it was, we think there was just one or two of it.....several scouts went in search of it, but never found anything....even annie heard it around midnight...it woke her from a deep sleep and set her to barking which kept mom and me awake, but my dad just rolled over in bed and never woke up.....we just heard it again, a lone high-pitched keening sound....more wawas toting toxin guns are already on the way to see if they can find what is making that noise.....I am worried it is somehow chupe-related....I will keep you informed.....

Roscoe who is thinking that perhaps a roast beef sandwich platter for lunch in the mess tent sounds good for a mid-morning snack *snicker*
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TO: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
FROM; MOTTO BADWHISKERS

I have only recently acquired the family history since I learned we may possibly be related....Ma has not sent me any further information..... I am enclosing the photo that you asked for....the lady that lives her took it.....she is quite fond of taking pictures will you send me one of you sometime soon?


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Dear Annie,

I will take the dress design to dance Friday and discuss it with Michaela. It is quite lovely so I'm sure that she will like it. However, I won't see her until then so we shall have to wait.

Uh...hmmmm...police dog. Interesting. I suspect that your nursing skills will come in handy since police dogs are sometimes involved in rescue operations. But Annie, are you aware of just how dangerous police dogging can be? I mean, they have police dogs sniff out drugs, bombs and all sorts of things. If a bomb goes off, well, that can be the end of the dog. Oh, I don't even want to think about it. Please be extra careful Annie.

One thing about it, you can leave your trunk at home and travel light. They will issue you your uniform. Those uniforms aren't all that pretty to look at but they are utilitarian. There will be a place for your gun, pawcuffs, badge, night stick, and other equipment. Don't worry, the weight of all of that equipment won't bother you after you get used to it. At the academy you will learn how to fight, take orders, handle criminal type dogs and humans, take orders, march, take orders, do many exercises, take orders, and the like. And they will provide you with food. It is my understanding that at least a few of the cooks for the academies are OK.

Anyway, I want you to know that I am proud of you for moving forward with this really dangerous but honorable profession.

Tom

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Dear Roscoe,

After a pleasant flight I landed and of course dad had the eagle payment ready to go. We had some unexpected weather so I didn't get in until 3 PM. Dinner had been served and it wasn't time for supper. Dad gave me some kibbles to hold me over until super time, but then Bowser called in sick and I had to put up with my dad's cooking. Wouldn't you know it? After all the anticipation for a Bowser feast, I get kibbles and a bit of crunchy treats. What a start to my time at home.

Oh, by the way, our Mississippi scribe is here in Florida. Apparently this is where Paprika came from and returned to after the mission. I found her writing to the unofficial scribe in VA. She seemed quite preoccupied so I just let her write. I'll stop by for a visit at a time when she isn't so busy.

Prince, whose stomach is growling.

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TO: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Wow, you really get into that relative ancestor stuff, don't you Motto. I don't know anything about my ancestors and what I do know is just speculation from those I've asked. We don't have any official records. But I love to hear you tell about your ancestry Motto. You sound so intelligent when you talk that way. By the way, Motto, would you happen to have a picture of yourself that you could send. I'm just curious. If you send me one of you I'll send you one of me. You can just scan it and send it electronically and I'll print it out and frame it here.


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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I'm glad to hear the Mississippi battle is over and that you escaped safe and sound.....I've asked my ma if she knows any more about the family history, particularly the Badwhiskers - Puppy-Paws link.....she said she would talk to my dad and his Aunt Teeny who is the family historian....or just the family gossip as my ma calls her.....Ma called me back and said all she could find out was that a Sweetie Pie Badwhiskers married a Bartholomew "BathBoy" SpottyTail.....they had 3 or 4 pups and their daughter, Missy, MIGHT have married a Barkley Puppy-Paws or a Barkley Pretty-Paws ....(Aunt Teeny tends to be a might forgetful at times...mama says this is because Auntie always adds a bit of home "remedy" in her water dish)....however, there was also a MayBell Badwhiskers who chased after a Puppy-Paws who was passing thru town and they moved "down South" where they eventually married and had a passel of pups before Mr. Puppy-Paws (first name unknown) left MayBell for a Dalmation named Daisy ?? with a large inheritance of steak bones... Dad said they lost contact with that part of the family and when pressed for more information, Aunt Teeny said, "who?" and then delicately passed out......ah, well, such is family.....They did say that the Puppy-Paws family is rather large and spread out.....I will let you know if I learn of anymore family history

It is a lovely Fall day here in VA....my mom just bought a lumber board at the local hardware store to place across the top of the break in the porch bannister where the side steps come up....this is so the pregnant squirrel can walk across from the tree side of the bannister to the sunflower bird seed side without having to leap.....mom likes most of the woodland critters, even Mr. Stinkypants the skunk....phew! emoticon

I hope you are having a lovely day

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has Prince landed? did you like the drawings I sent with him? I knew Mikaela would be thrilled to know I am the designer....since you have told her about the new dress I hope she is using this time wisely to find a good seamstress and picking out material...of course, I have made notations on each design for recommended colors and fabrics, but I will let you and your dance partner confer on the final pick.....if I am not able to be at this dance function, (you have not sent me the actual dates and times yet, but I assume they will be on my official invitation which you will send SOON), please send me photos

I would like to tell you about my new career choice, but I need you to PROMISE to keep it a secret....I do NOT want the Brig Commander to know until I come to visit.....he will be wowed! remember I told you about the recent jail escapee who was captured by a police dog? there was all kinds of news about it on the tv and newspapers and I have decided that being (1) naturally civic minded and (2) naturally stunningly photogenic that I am going to be a police dog....I will start at the police dog academy on Wed....Roscoe has scoffed at this idea, but I am sure I will be perfect for the job....my growl will frighten the horrible-ist criminal and I will probably win so many awards for bravery that I will run out of room to display them....I don't know how much I will be able to write while I am at the academy, but Roscoe can keep you up to date....everyone here will miss me terribly....they try to keep a brave smile on their faces, but I see them wiping their eyes because they will miss me so....

Mom is taking her computer into the repair shop tomorrow so she probably will not be online here on SP for several days....there is an SP app that she can get for her tablet, but it does not allow access to the various teams which mom says is very frustrating

Annie who reminds you that this police dog venture is TOP SECRET


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Dear Annie,

Prince is probably in the air by now, flying with the eagles. I wait for his arrival, but in the meantime, I shall write to you my dear friend.

I can't wait to see the drawings that you are sending with Prince. I'm so excited. I've told Michaela about your design and how you are working so hard on her dress design and she was... well, beside herself with excitement. In fact, she was lost for words. All she could say was "Oh no!" And she repeated it over and over. I think I saw her break a sweat over it. Such excitement.

All is quiet here. I did hear the brig commander order his guards to check the gondola that Prince is riding in to be sure you didn't hitch a ride with him. How ridiculous. Of course you wouldn't do that. But you know how that silly brig commander is.

Tom, who needs to see Bowser about a breakfast. :)

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TO: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

I just wanted to let you know that this Mississippi business is over with. The last time we talked we spoke about the Georgia Puppy-Paws, and even though I am a Jersey girl, I told you that I think we had an ancestor that migrated from Georgia or somewhere down south. Anyway, I kind of enjoyed our conversation so I thought I'd send this and see if you are interested in talking back and forth...kind of like pen pals. I really enjoyed the time that we spoke with each other before. ;)


Tom

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

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

are you feeling better yet? perhaps your tummy was upset by the consumption of chocolate milk combined with the cheesy eggs....my suggestion is to forego the chocolate milk and the cheese....however, Annie has instructed me on the importance of not being wasteful, so when I get home, I will eat the cheese and chocolate milk, perhaps for an afternoon snack when I get home tomorrow..............
....................my eagle will pick me up around 8 am and I should be home by mid-afternoon, maybe earlier if we have a good tail wind......

I had to roll on the floor laughing at your story about mom and the kingfisher.....I can easily visualize her running for the camera and then having the sassy feathered fowl fly off just as she is ready to take the picture....maybe if she uses a lot of flattery, the bird will consent to a shot or two............and bribery often works.

Roscoe will not be flying with me tomorrow because he has a meeting on Wed. with the Deer Council over the matter of having Ms. SmartyPants and maybe others becoming a Junior Spy or a Junior Officer in the anti-chupe efforts.....Roscoe has been trying to come up with a title that will make Ms. SP feel important, but not too, too important.....

Prince who is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow
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I will send updated design drawings with Prince tomorrow morning....I hope they meet your approval

The wounded in the hospital are doing well, which is making them restless and antsy...Two were released today, but only for light duty.....5 more remain in the infirmary, but I think one will be able to leave tomorrow....thank heavens!

Annie who is going to go finish up those drawings Right Now

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Dear Annie,

I do appreciate your decision to continue with designing the dress. BC would have been a last resort and I would have her do it only if you did not have the time to continue with this effort. Your designs are certainly on the right track. I can hardly wait to see the combined effect.

You have mentioned how mischievous your patients are, but they are quite sick. Have you considered that maybe there is someone else doing those dastardly deeds? My thoughts somehow just sort of drifted to Mr. Smarty Pants, but who knows? You probably have more direct evidence there, but just a thought...you may want to look for evidence of mud and prints appearing on the floor. Ah, but I'm sure you have already thought of that.

I don't recall your telling me about your new career. What precisely are you thinking about Nurse Annie?

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Prince,

Funny that you should mention breakfast and Bowser. Let me tell you about this mornings feast. First, he fixed scrambled eggs Mexicana. So nicely spiced and with Mexican cheeses mixed in. It was like an omelet and scrambled eggs combined. Then we had a short stack of pancakes smothered in jelly been marmalade covered generously with homemade whipped cream with sprinkles on top. Of course he served chocolate milk to drink with the breakfast. When we finished eating he gave us all seconds of everything. Now I am feeling well stuffed and quite happy.

I have to tell on your mom a little. She is trying to get a really good picture of a kingfisher who lives right on the other side of the canal. She saw him on the electric pole right outside of our house yesterday morning so she went to get her camera. When she came out he gave her a na na na na -- naaa -- na sound and off he went before she could focus. This morning he was there and laughed and said, "I'm sorry about yesterday. Go get your camera while I pose for you." Well, your mom ran inside and got her camera and went back outside. He looked at her and said, "Ha, just kidding." And off he flew. Your mom was steaming when she came inside. She feels that he is deliberately irritating her. Well, I have to agree, but somehow I find it somewhat funny. (snicker)

I am looking forward to your return home on Monday. But in the meanwhile, enjoy your vacation with Roscoe, Annie and the gang.

Dad, who thinks he needs to lie down for a while until his stomach settles a little.


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Tom

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

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

sit down...let me explain that these designs require a lot of thought and meditation before putting pen to paper....fortunately for you I am a natural designer, so what I can achieve others would never be able to do.....do NOT EVER let BC touch my designs!!! ).....did you consider just erasing the lines on the design you do not want or using Wite Out? (were you aware that the mother of Mike Nesbitt who was a guitar player in the band The Monkees invented Wite Out from which she earned over $25million?) I am glad you saw through my joke of #3 and disgarded it.....I would have been alarmed otherwise.....lol......I will TRY to work up something that combines the other 2...When I Have Time.......sheesh....you would think that those who are hospitalized would be to sick to give me trouble, but no....even with fevers, mild infections or cuts where they have to stay off their paws, etc they still manage to hide my implements, put grape juice in my test tubes, hide my thermometers in the middle of yards and yards of rolled bandages, etc......sheesh....I will be glad when this last batch is released because I am off to start a new career next week.....

Annie who must go check on her little charges
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dear dad

did you hear about Annie's new career *rolling on floor laughing my tail off*....this one should be short-lived......at least it keeps her from bothering me about catching a ride to fl with me on Mon....I have forbidden *grin* Roscoe or the commander to say anything to her about it until after my eagle and I are aloft

I am so looking forward to that first Bowser breakfast that you described....you know what we had here this morning? cereal..COLD cereal....it was disgusting......I gave mine to Henrietta...now that is a hen who appreciates cereal....I finally was able to coax the cook into heating me a couple of bagels with peanut butter....apparently the cook had a late night last night with some friends and did not return to camp until the wee hours this morning and he was just not feeling up to much activity....he has gone back to his bunk to sleep it off until lunch...sigh....maybe Roscoe and I should see what TQ is planning for lunch.....

Prince who is feeling less than stuffed and not at all pleased about it



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Dear Prince,

I can't say that I blame you for giving up on the eagle transport / VA militia situation. It sounds quite complex. It also is probably just a matter of misunderstanding, a slight communication mix up or something. I wouldn't worry about it. Just enjoy your time there with your firends.

Bowser made waffles this morning. Once made, they were covered with blueberry compote, whipped cream (the home made real stuff), then a layer of apple-cinnamon compote followed by more whipped cream with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top and a maraschino cherry carefully placed in the center. It looked so good that I hated to eat it, but what can I say, I did eat it and it was oh so good. I told him I thought you might like this so he is planning on having it the first morning you are home.

Dad, who hears Bowser in the kitchen now. I wonder what wonderful lunch he is planning.

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Dear Annie,

I've examined the designs that you submitted. I think we can dispense with #3 immediately. There are things I like about #2 and #1, but there are problems with both as well. I think it wise to remove the kitty parts from #1. I would not replace them with pictures of yourself though. There are reasons for that. This is a dance performance. If you have pictures of your lovely self on the dress, I fear people may focus on those and miss the dance altogether. You understand I hope. Perhaps the design of the #2 dress in the form of the #1 dress, losing all that busy work the #1 design has on it. Perhaps you could work up one more drawing combining the positive aspects of #1 and #2.

Of course, if you are too busy to do that I will understand. I guess I just haven't appreciated how terribly busy you are. It is certainly not my intention to stress you further. If you feel that reworking the design is just too much for you, even with your natural talent, I'm sure I can find someone else to help me. In fact, if I remember right, BC once said she could help but of course I thought of you first. Well, just let me know whether you want to rework it or if I should discuss it with BC.

Your good friend,
Tom

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TO: COMMANDER VA MILITIA
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

With the release of the prisoners, all troops have been able to focus on the war effort. While it stalled for a while, our superior forces and especially with air support have routed the chupacabra militia. They simply collapsed and began a fast retreat which was answered by attack. Proofs were everywhere. The air was foul with chupe poof vapor, but is now dissipating with the breezes that blow in the evening. It is quiet now. Soldiers returning home are restless and the MS military bars are bustling with activity. All is under control. BC is returning to FL. I too will be returning to FL, my job here being quite complete.

This is the last report for this uprising.


Tom

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

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

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

I have given up on the eagle-wawa issue.....I never feel I am receiving the whole answer....what I have heard was that Annie was planning to come to the battlefield, bringing a trunkload of medical supplies, but when the eagle saw annie he took off before she could get into the gondola.....some say that it was an eagle that had once carried annie long ago and she threw up in his gondola and made fun of his big yellow "clown" feet and just generally annoyed him.....however, I have also heard that when the commander here filed a complaint with eagle headquarters they said the did not appreciate the hostility and all carriers were refusing to transport annie anywhere....the fact that this was an emergency, war-related courier mission did not invalidate the eagles "no-annie" rule...it is the commander's position that in times of such an emergency that annie should be couriered when necessary..........hence, the tongue out gesture to the eagles.......therefore, the wawas are now using the newly formed owl transportation services for packages, etc. although they admit the owls are not as efficient as the eagles....also, at this time, the owls do not carry passengers...........I wonder, dad, how many owls it would take to carry annie? hahahahaha................when the wawas here saw the wounded being unloaded from the gondolas, they felt so thankful and grateful, that at that moment all was forgiven and they saluted the eagles as a sign of respect.....I am not sure all the wawas here have forgiven the eagles....not sure they haven't.....annie doesn't seem to care, which is unusual in itself.....I am trying to keep my head down and nose covered just in case.....I have seen a few owls picking up deliveries, but I understand there is an unbreakable contract, so the camp will be required to pay the monthly fees whether the commander uses them or not, so I suppose she might as well use them..........

thanks for the weeks reprieve of dietary restrictions when I get home....I am looking forward to a big...no, lets make that a BIG...stack of Bowser's famous pancakes, with plenty of maple syrup and whipped cream.....you might want to warn him.......food here is pretty good, but nothing like the Bows.....hehehehe

Prince who is going to check on what will be for today's lunch
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Dear Tom

are you insane?! you cannot...just cannot...change your mind at this late date....you complained becuz the dress design I sent last night had layers and was too long...BUT you also said earlier that you liked Cinderella's dress which was long and layered.....why are you so difficult to please? I am working hard here...Roscoe's limp is not improved, the wounded are not so wounded that they cannot drive me crazy, and your boy Prince constantly disappears from his bed, usually to be found in the mess tent when I finally hunt him down....and now you expect me to work up a whole new format for Mikaela's dress?

Annie who is submitting some more designs
#1 based on a Cinderella design... (but I will leave off the Hello Kitty parts , altho I do think their replacement with pictures of me would be a lovely touch
#2 one that will twirl
#3 one that is shorter and will swirl during turns


I will expect you to pick one and have Mikaela take it to her dressmaker immediately....I have decided that after all the wounded are released back for duty I am going to embark on a new career and will not have time for more dress design

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Dear Prince,

I am so happy to hear that you have arrived safely in VA. You have no idea how worried I have been about you, Roscoe, and the soldiers.

While I would love to send Bowser your way, he feels that his obligations here and at the Smith's precludes travel. He is a sort of set in his way kind of chef you know, but oh how we love his way. The good news is that you can pretty much count on him being here when you return home, and for one week I am going to give him permission to disregard restrictions on your diet. I suspect that you will make the most of that. :)

When you return home, please know that Roscoe is welcomed here any time, though I rather suspect he will want to spend some time at his home after his efforts in your behalf and while he finishes recuperating from his rear foot ordeal. Of course Annie is also welcomed here, but...uh, there are complications here for her as well as transportation issues. Ah well, let her know she is welcomed.

Sounds like quite a strange set of circumstances surrounding your landing in VA. I'm not certain what the doggie tongue signifies but I did receive a picture of a Chihuahua with its tongue stuck out. It's my understanding that there is some sort of ongoing disagreement between the Eagle Transport Service (a service that I have always found most cooperative) and the members of the militia there. Somehow I think Annie is involved but not certain just how. You might ask her about it, though you may get a pretty one sided response if you know what I mean and I'm sure that you do. (grin)

Well, I look forward to seeing you in the near future Prince. Have a pleasant stay in VA.

Dad, who hears Bowser calling (uh, perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned that).

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Dear Annie,

I like your idea of Prince staying until Monday. That gives him time to rest and it gives you a chance to enjoy Prince and Roscoe.

As for the dress. I'll look forward to seeing design #2 reworked. As for #1, its pretty, but it looks like there are several layers. Will it be too hot for Michaela. Also, I'm concerned about the length and the way it flares out at the bottom. I fear I may step on the dress which could be a complete disaster during the performance. You may want to consider raising the length some and letting it hand down more with plenty of cloth so that the flare can result when Michaela spins around. Just some recommendations for your consideration.

Your 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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oh, your mention of Bowser makes me long for some of his delicious pancakes...I don't suppose you would be willing to spare him for a few days...hmmmmm? *sending his dad his most imploring look*.....

we all arrived in VA this morning which has increased the camp population greatly...landing was a bit of a problem...usually when there is more than one or two eagles they just land on the roof of the mcmansion next door, but the owners are in residence, so the VA wawas had to make a clearing on the mountainside behind the mcmansion.....all the raw hamburger had to be scraped off the roof and transported by wheelbarrows thru the woods (so the mcmansion humans who are non-believers in chupes, wawa militias, etc did not witness anything)...they really worked hard! when we arrived some of the those who were imprisioned found they were still too weak for the long walk thru the woods to the camp, sos the hamburger-transporting wheelbarrows were used to carry the weak ones home....a runner went ahead to warn annie to have beds prepared in the infirmary, but thankfully, she already had that done...however, since the weak ones could stand or sit, she made them all take a bath before climbing into bed.....they were too weak to go thru the shower that Jack made, so some of the off-duty gave them all bubble baths.....anyway, all of us wound up taking a bubble bath and having bubble fights until Annie yelled "enough!!" and the weak were carried into the infirmary where annie gave everyone some sort of cherry grass.....since I am able to walk, even though I am EXTREMELY skinny, (*hint, hint*) Annie has given me a bed in TQ's house where I am hoping to rectify my thin situation *grin*...TQ has already mentioned making brownies for me and Roscoe this afternoon.....yum!

Dad, not to alarm you, but the place where I was imprisoned was beyond belief horrible! fortunately, we were rescued before any great harm was done to me or those traveling with me.....the canines that had already been taken into the house were not so lucky....all sorts of horrible experiments were being done on them and the howls and screams were beyond belief....most of them did not survive, nor did their captors expect them to......these humans were working in conjunction with the chupe leaders....I never knew a human could be so ...so...inhumane!! BC has arranged for a local canine psychiatrist who is temporarily stationed here to meet regularly with those who were imprisoned longer than we were and experienced much worse treatment than we did....me, those traveling with me and one or two others confined in our shed mostly just starved...others were beaten or worse...and this is before they were taken into the house.....those who survived will have nightmares or worse for a long time....some may never be able to return to active duty other than maybe a desk job......the commander has been visiting with each and every returnee giving each one a lick and words of praise....she is planning an awards ceremony...the camp cook is going to make a special dinner and annie hopes to make a special dessert if she has time.....she confided to me that if she does not have time she will order a cake and provide cake and ice cream which I am sure will be very popular

dad, something weird happened when we landed....the VA wawas were standing at attention as the gondolas touched ground.....the wawas looked up and to a man they stuck their tongues out at the eagles....but when they saw the canines step or crawl out of the gondolas the locals put their tongues back into their mouths.....they looked a bit sheepish, but then they looked up at the eagles again (who were looking pretty affronted) and each wawa gave them a deep salute....immediately the locals ran forward to help their fallen brothers, but dad, ....it was weird...on the walk back thru the woods, I asked what it was all about, but was told "never mind" and haven't learned a thing........................yet *hehehehe*

Prince, who is glad to be on safe ground.....

p.s. annie said their is a very bossy little fawn that hangs out here with her mom, aunts and half-siblings...annie calls her Miss Smartypants.....annie said the fawn is mean to her relatives, standing and hitting them with her front hooves and that we need to be aware that she may be dangerous to those in a weaker condition.....she said TQ says we are not to hurt Miss S-P, but we are allowed to bark at her or chase her away if she bothers anyone...TQ says Miss S-P is a spoiled brat (her mom, the doe, does nothing when she misbehaves) needs a newpaper across the nose, but that is unlikely to happen.....

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Dear BC

all the passengers arrived safely, although some had difficulty walking....Roscoe got out of the gondola with a filthy poultice hanging off of his foot and a severe limp on his left shoulder.....don't worry, I have bathed everyone (some arrived riding in hamburger wheelbarrows), and roscoe has a new, clean poultice applied to his foot as well as his shoulder....his wound does look healthy and healing...my hat is off to you for that.....everyone is being well taken care of

Nurse Annie who is a naturally caring canine in all aspects of the word
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dear tom

short note because I am swamped with work taking care of the new patients.....Prince looks pretty good...a little skinny.....and seems in fairly good spirits.....I am keeping an eye on him and have moved him into the house with roscoe.....the UPS guy handed mom a package this morning for my dad which was too heavy for her to hold and now her ribs are really bothering her....she does not want to take her meds that the doctor gave her because they make her sleepy and/or feel terrible for almost 24 hrs, but has accepted a cherry grass ice pack and taken some c-g tonic...I have told her she must stay reasonably quiet which has her a bit frustrated, but so far she is behaving.....I have told Ros and Prince to keep and eye on her when I am in the infirmary and I have told mom to keep and eye on them...they are all lying in the den so they can watch tv if they want, although I think everyone is more interested in taking a nap.......I have recommended to Prince that he stay here until Sunday at the very least and if he is doing well, he can go home on Monday......he is really looking forward to seeing you and will relate more of his adventures to you then

Nurse Annie who is busy, busy, busy!

p.s Dress Design #1 (good thing I stayed up late last night to work on this) (you may change the colors........more designs to follow)



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My dear so very put-upon canine friend Annie,

I had no idea the pressures that you are under at this time. Perhaps you should postpone the redesigning of the gown until after things settle down for you. With every word of your put-upon letter I could feel your pain.

Since Prince will be there for a while, I'd ask him to help you, but unfortunately he is recovering from his ordeal as prisoner of those horrid humans. I know that he will need the R & R, but sadly your care for him just adds to your burdens. You might want to have some of the Chihuahuas who were not imprisoned help you with the more mundane chores that you must perform. And perhaps you could train one of them to change poultices and the like (under your supervision of course). Well, just a suggestion.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Annie,

Roscoe, Prince and the Chihuahuas are in excellent physical shape. Roscoe still needs poultices but has become quite skilled at changing his own poultice. I know they are ready to travel and will probably recuperate more comfortably in familiar territory. That is why they are coming to VA now.

I do have one concern for Prince and the other canines who were imprisoned. They have suffered great emotional trauma. I feel that each should be evaluated by a canine psychiatrist. This is out of our area of expertise Annie. I know that your facility has a canine psychiatrist who is enlisted with the militia. Please refer each of the previously imprisoned canines to that person for psychiatric evaluation. Roscoe and the rescuing special ops Chihuahuas will NOT need to be referred. Do watch the physical progress that Roscoe is making.

Oh, and let me tell you, Roscoe's rescue of the captured soldiers and Prince was amazing. The fact that he kept going in spite of illness shows strength of character and a strong sense of duty. We are all quite proud of your brother.

Knowing that you are capable of carrying out these orders by myself (Dr. BC), I leave them in your capable paws, Nurse Annie.

Baby Cakes, who is missing her Bowser so very much.

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Dear Prince,

I haven't heard from you since you left for military exercises but I understand that you were imprisoned and then rescued by Roscoe and the Chihuahua special ops. Now that you are spending some R & R time in VA, I would appreciate your messages to keep me informed how you are doing.

As for myself, I grow stronger each day. I have little or no pain associated with the operation and look forward to my next follow up visit to my doctor (mid-October).

Let me know how TQ is doing. I know that from you I will be given an objective report.

Dad, who hears Bowser working in the kitchen.


Tom

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

Mom has not been feeling well the past 2 days, especially today....I have given her fresh cherry grass poultices and even gave her my own special cherry grass ice packs for her ribs.....she says she is beginning to feel better and has quit leaning to one side......Roscoe sent a note saying he will be here soon and is still wearing his poultice....I guess BC just was not up to the task of taking care of him....(and she thinks she is so high and mighty)....and now, in addition to taking care to 2 patients, upping security on the house and family because there is an escaped prisoner possibly lurking in the area, and now you want me to start fresh on new designs! ...

fortunately, my brain has been in fashion gear and I should be able to dash off a few more traditional possibilities.....really, if you want to be a sensation at this big dance event, you should think outside the box in your clothes designs....I am aware of these things....wearing the same styles as everyone else will not make you stand out....you want your outfits to POP!...to make you stand out in the crowd!! as soon as I get a free moment I will send you some designs...sigh....don't blame me if Mikaela is disappointed

Annie who must go supervise the putting of enough raw hamburger on the roof for the the influx of eagles and gondolas that is headed this way

p.s. hey! since eagles and gondolas are bringing loads of canines here, maybe I should hop into one and come to FL...that way you and I could put our heads together and work on these designs
p.s #2...rats! I can't come! I forgot about mom and roscoe! rats!! I know you are now crushed!
*growling in frustration*
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dear tom

I have no clue as to what you are talking about re: the pic of the wawa sticking its tongue out....I asked Annie, but she slapped a new ice pack on my side and walked away.....I asked the house guard who was out on the lanai, and he just shuffled his feet and didn't say much except that eagle headquarters had been rude, disrespected annie, and then he wandered off to inspect the birdfeeders.....I was told not to worry about it as non-personnel items are now being couriered via Owl Transportation Services ...I have never heard of them, but military business is not something I am much involved in unless I am asked....

Annie says Prince, Roscoe and several others will be arriving here soon.....I can'[t wait to see them all

TQ who is going to bed .............oh! annie said to tell you the escaped prisoner has been caught.....and it was a canine officer that sniffed out the lowlife criminal

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Dear Annie,

I'm not certain what you said to the EGGmail curriers, but your package arrived this morning at 8:00 AM. The poor pigeon that brought it was exhausted. He apparently flew all night to get it here on time. He was also quite hungry so I told him to help himself to the birdseed that is in back. Well, that didn't go so well. The birds who were there were determined not only to show him that he was at the bottom of the pecking order, but in fact was not even on the pecking order. Now then, birds are usually pretty nice people, but when I see one poor bird being bullied, well that pretty much gets to me. So I invited the pigeon inside the lanai and gave him a very healthy serving of mixed seed and sunflower seed. He just pecked away at it, enjoying every bit. The outdoor regulars watched...glared at him really. It was not pretty. After he ate, he took a short nap curled in a corner behind a chair where the others couldn't see him. After a while the others lost interest and left, returning to the business of eating their feast at the Seedy Restaurant. I let the pigeon fly through the house and out the front door. Once he reached the outside, he flew like a bat out of...he really flew rapidly toward the northwest.

I've looked at your designs Annie. I'm very sorry but these will not do. Oh, I like the colors of both and the bling is fabulous, but Annie, have you forgotten? This is for a human, not a canine. Human's have two arms. Woman like their gowns to flow open at the bottom. Even when they wear pant suits their legs extend down, not out. Please consider keeping the same basic design but redesign the matter in which it is worn.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear TQ,

What on earth is going on up there. I received a copy of a message sent to Eagle Transport from "almost all of the VA militia." There were no words; yet there were a thousand words. It contained a picture of a military Chihuahua with his tongue sticking out. What the wazang is going on up there?

Tom, who very shortly will be treated to another Bowser breakfast.

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To: Annie; cc to VA Militia CMD

Dear Annie,

Prince and I are on our way home. We will arrive late today. Prince plans a short visit in VA before returning to FL. We have accompanying our gondola with several other gondolas carrying the previously captured Chihuahua solders who are in need of a little R & R before returning to duty.

Roscoe, who is still nursing his rear paw with poultices and cherry grass tonic, but who is feeling much better.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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TO; EAGLE TRANSPORTATION HEADQUARTERS
FROM; ALMOST ALL VA MILITIA PERSONNEL


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to; EGGmail Courier Services
from Annie, Ferrum, VA frequent-flyer customer

yesterday morning before 10am (as required by you for same day service) I called, speaking to a Percival P. Pidgeon to make arrangements for pickup this morning, Tues. 9/13/16, by one of your couriers of a Very Important Envelope to be delivered to T. Howe of FL...you have made this run for us in both directions on many occasions with nary a problem. The envelope was placed at 6am this morning at the proper spot (end of the bannister) as required by your Rules of PickUp, Paragraph 132.8, subsection 10.3.....PickUp was supposed to be made between 7:30 & 8am....it is now 12:32pm and not a whisper of wing flutter has been heard...the envelope still sits in its appointed spot... Therefore, I fully expect an upgrade in services tomorrow morning with no additional charges to EGGMail Xpress with your courier arriving between 5:30 & 6am. There may be a reasonable explanation of your failure to pickup and deliver said envelope as promised, I should not have to suffer what is clearly your fault and not mine.

Annie, Belgian Basset in Charge, who is naturally patient and understanding
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Dear Tom

There was a delay in sending out the 2 lovely dress designs, due to an unknown problem with EGGMail Courier Service. I have requested that one of their faster EGGMail Xpress operatives pick up the envelope tomorrow (Wed. 9/14) and it should be delivered into your hands by lunchtime tomorrow. Since I have had a bit of extra time, I have tweaked both designs and I am sure you will be thrilled and delighted to lay eyes on them. They are in the subdued colors that you requested. After you pick the one you want your dance partner to wear, have her take it to the seamstress immediately. She needs to get it started now, because when the holiday rush begins, efforts on her dress may slow down (depending on what sort of seamstress she chooses)....if you need any more help in this matter just holler,...I can always add more sequins or rhinestones or a bow or two if necessary. don't forget to send me an official invitation to the dance so I can be in the audience to watch my dress receive the proper gasps of admiration that I know it will elicit....perhaps, as I give my thank you speech, I should prepare a short dance number to surprise and wow everyone.

Annie who thinking perhaps a new mini-waltz might be in order and perhaps should think about designing her own gown for the occasion
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FROM CMD, VA MILITIA

thank you for your latest email informing me of the status of Roscoe, and Prince and the rescue operation....I am glad to hear that everything went well. I trust those needing medical attention are receiving the help they need. In the past during battles in further away places, our infirmary has been used as a secondary hospital/recovery site....those wounded in engagements against the chupes were immediately treated at a nearby camp hospital and as soon as they were fit to travel were transported here by courier eagles for further recovery so as to provide an empty bed at the battlefield hospital for the next wounded.....pls. inform whomever is in charge of medical services there that we are available if needed....

is BC working there at this time? if so, please send her my regards...she is always such a delight when she is here`

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Dear Annie,

Actually I feel that your decision to remain at home is most wise. After all, your infirmary being used as a recovery infirmary is usually the first one that receives patients from other locations. You will have a most important role right there. Also, having made that decision, you will be available for your mom, and should Roscoe and Prince be sent there, you will be there for them. Now Annie, don't jump to conclusions. I'm not saying that Roscoe and Prince are hurt or in danger, but they are after all in a war zone from what I've been able to glean from this and that source. Therefore they may well be at risk.

Thank you for your kind invitation to come there. Unfortunately I must remain close to my doctors for follow up appointments, labs and the like. You understand I'm sure.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: CMD VA MILITIA
FROM: EAGLE TRANSPORT SERVICES

Thank you for your recent communication. We here at Eagle Transport appreciate your use of Owl Transport Services. You see, we feel that we have detected a slightly hostile tone and prefer to serve those who extend a more friendly demeanor. I'm sure that it was just coincidental that some felt your tone hostile though. We shall remain in readiness to serve you when you are ready.

It should be pointed out that Owl services will likely never carry personnel. There are at least two reasons for this. One, their size does not permit since they cannot meet carrier codes for strength and endurance. But outweighing even that consideration, frankly they just don't give a hoot for people (human or canine). It's who they are, plain and simple.

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TO: VA MILITIA CMD **TOP SECRET**
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Following the plan outlined in the previous communication, Prince, the Chihuahuas and the one inmate from the animal shelter were released. The gate keeper and guards were located and sent to sleep with chloroform. They didn't even know what hit them.

Once outside of the gate, the plan was for Roscoe to lead the special ops teams into the mansion and see what they could accomplish. Prince insisted upon joining Roscoe who pointed out to Prince that he was probably weak from lack of proper nourishment and sleep and should remain outside. Prince just laughed and pointed out to Roscoe that he was not one to talk, that he was limping and dragging a poultice bandage around on his rear foot. So the two of them together led the special ops teams into the mansion.

Inside they found a dark, dreary hallway poorly lit with oil lamps. To either side of the hallway were rooms for living including kitchen, living room, dining hall, billiard room, parlor, what appeared to be a lecture room, and a few empty rooms. Even the rooms that were furnished had little furniture in them and all rooms had a cold chilling atmosphere and a musty smell about them. There were unlit fireplaces scattered around this first floor of the mansion. There was no air conditioning and the rooms were hot and heavy with humidity. There was absolutely nothing pleasant anywhere.

At the end of the hall there were stairwells. One led upstairs and one down. Sounds were coming from upstairs and they sounded, well...more or less like human sleeping sounds, not that one would wish to meet the originators of those sounds.

The stairs leading down looked terribly ominous for some reason. But if one listened really carefully, it seemed that the sound of a canine weeping could be detected. That was the way the company proceeded.

Below the hallway that was previously travelled was another similar hallway, except that this one had dirt flooring rather than rotting wood. On either side of the hall were rooms. These rooms appeared more completely furnished than the living rooms from the first floor. But they were furnished as various specialized labs. Prince thought of Jack, except that Jack's labs were always bright and colorful while these were cold, dark and drab. One of the rooms appeared more geared towards being a torture chamber than a lab. One thing that all the rooms had in common were splotches of blood on the floor. A feeling of evil was everywhere.

At the far end of the hallway were two rooms with cages. In one of the rooms the cages were empty. In the other most cages were empty but three were occupied by canines. There was a collie, a chocolate lab, and a Chihuahua pup. It was the pup that was sobbing uncontrollably.

At first the canines looked at the special ops forces led by Prince and Roscoe, and they coward in the corners of their cages. They were begging. "Please don't take me." "Please, sir, not again." And then they begin to realize that this was different. These were not the ones who usually came.

Roscoe talked softly to them. "We are not your enemy. We are here to rescue you. Please stay with us when we release you and proceed very very quietly." As he spoke, Prince begin unlashing the cages and helping the weakened captives to the floor. The Chihuahua special ops stood guard and were prepared to stop any captive who got eager and ran ahead, but none did.

After release, the inmates and our brave soldiers crept quietly outside and beyond the gate. Prince and Roscoe led all captives to a hideout that Roscoe and the special ops had prepared. Once all were safe, the special ops teams took on one more duty.

Both teams entered the mansion once again. Each member of the teams took one of the lanterns that lit the hallway. They turned up the flame and smashed the lantern against the rotted wood floor which lit immediately. Flames began to envelope the walls of the mansion. Two lanterns were kept intact and taken outside where they were similarly used to burn the captive shed as well as another outbuilding. The teams then fled quickly to the hiding place where all watched the flames devour the mansion and outbuildings.

They reported that they could see weird looking humans in lab coats running around screaming. None seems well oriented as to their whereabouts. None seemed capable of figuring out what happened to their mansion. Sounds that they screamed cannot be repeated here. There was much disorientation and confusion but it was mixed with anger...no, with rage. Someone said that this was deliberate and ordered everyone to search for the perpetrators of this deed. But no one heeded his command. All were to self concerned to seek whoever it was that set the fire. And no one...not one single deranged human...even considered what may have happened to their captive canines. That in the opinion of everyone here was the most unforgivable deed they had observed, though the captives from the basement said that it was the least unforgivable deed that was done. They declined talking about any more of their experiences while held captive in that horrible place. Perhaps sometime they will be psychologically ready to disclose in full their experiences while captives.

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Dear Annie,

Prince, the Chihuahuas and I are all OK and will be heading home after a short rest at the MS headquarters.

Roscoe, who is zzzzzzzzzzzz


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,

Did you, perchance, speak to a Ronald "Rock and Roll" Eagle? he was the one who took off as I approached the gondola....I recognized him from a previous...unpleasant...trip.....(it was turbulent and I had a little "accident" in the gondola).....apparently he holds a grudge, although because I am naturally forgiving, I was willing to overlook the previous experience (I am pretty sure RnR deliberately created most of the turbulence himself...and since this was quite a while ago, I see no point in holding onto old grudges)

I have decided to stay home...you are welcome to come here.....mom reminded me that in times past when infirmaries where overfilled during distant battles, patients, once stabilized, were sent here for further healing....therefore, in case this were to happen again, I shall go prepare the infirmary

Nurse Annie who is naturally kind and forgiving

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TO: EAGLE TRANSPORT SERVICES
FROM: CMD VA MILITIA

THERE WERE SPECIAL REASONS WHY YOU COULD NOT BE GIVEN THE NAME OF YOUR PASSENGER THE OTHER DAY. DURING TIMES OF WAR, UTMOST SECRECY MUST BE KEPT AND THIS WAS A NEED-TO-KNOW SITUATION (IN WHICH YOU DID NOT NEED TO KNOW)....THIS COWARDLY BEHAVIOUR BY A CARRIER EAGLE DURING A TIME OF WAR SHOULD NOT BE CONDONED...HE SHOULD BE SEVERELY PUNISHED FOR LETTING PERSONAL FEELINGS INTERFERE WITH DOING THE JOB HE WAS HIRED TO DO. THIS NOTE IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT AN OFFICAL COMPLAINT HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORATATION COURT IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND.

FOLLOWING YOUR ADVISE, ALL MEDICAL MATERIALS HAVE BEEN REPACKED INTO SMALLER PACKAGES AND SENT TO THE FRONT LINES WITH THE NEWLY FORMED OWL TRANSPORATION SERVICES.....THEY HAVE AN OUTSTANDING REPUTATION FOR GETTING PACKAGES TO THEIR DESTINATION IN GOOD TIIME....WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY WILL SOON EXPAND THEIR SERVICES TO INCLUDE CARRYING PERSONNEL


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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry to hear about your most unfortunate recent experience with the carrier services. Naturally I contacted Eagle Services instantly to complain. They informed me that a recent high council had recommended that the Eagle Constitution be amended forbidding the carrying of one Annie Adams with the provision that other names can be added if 2/3 of the council agreed. This amendment was voted on an passed by all eagles at 100% to 0%. In other words, it was unanimously passed. Can you believe it? I can't.

My invitation remains open for you to come here if you can find an alternative form of transportation. Again, my deepest condolences for all that you have recently suffered.

Your friend, Tom

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TO: CMD VA MILITIA
FROM: EAGLE TRANSPORT SERVICES

I'll have to admit, commander, that you have raised a great deal of laughter here in the Everglades Eagle Land. You and Annie are the talk of the community; oh yes, and the laughing stock of the eagle nation. Personally, I'm sorry for that since you have no earthly idea what you have done.

You see, our Constitution has been amended to provide that one Annie Adams not be allowed to fly. Our carrier eagle was under orders to pick up an unknown passenger in VA and transport said passenger to MS. Naturally, when our carrier recognized Annie he immediately flew away with the gondola. It is his duty to observe all transportation rules and above all, to honor all provisions of the constitution. He actually takes an oath to do so. Consequently, when our community heard of his brave retreat without that certain passenger, it was a matter of honor and our carrier is being lavished with parties, gifts, and has earned the medal of distinction given only by the head eagle himself.

As for the supplies, we request that you repackage those in small units weighing less than 50 pounds per unit. Let us know when this is done and we will send an appropriate number of gondolas to ship supplies to MS.

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TO: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Most interesting heritage that we may in fact share. I would like to pursue this with you further after this nasty MS war business is concluded. At this time I must stay on task.

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TO: VA MILITIA CMD **TOP SECRET**
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

This is a report regarding recent communication with Roscoe. This is what we know. The special ops teams have arrived at destination X. High on a hill (well, high considering how low the land is surrounding the area) there sits a mansion. The mansion is surrounded by a high brick wall. Roscoe feels that the high wall is far more than a privacy screen, but rather that it serves to hide activities of an extremely sinister nature. There was a small hole in the northeast corner of the wall, and Roscoe discovered a black nose stuck through it. It was Prince.

"I thought I sniffed you Ros," said Prince as Roscoe approached the corner.

"And I you," replied the Roscoe.

They continued to exchange information. The nature of activities behind the wall was not reveled in Roscoe's communication. What we do know is that all the missing Chihuahuas are there with Prince. There is no way through the locked gate except via key which is worn by one guard who is never out of site of two other guards. There is a shed within the compound where the dogs are kept. They are fed a tray of horrible gruel once every 24 hours.

There is an inmate there from prior to the arrival of Prince and the others. Apparently he was stolen from the local animal shelter along with several others. The others are not with them now, as they have, one by one, been taken inside the mansion. No one knows for sure what goes on in that mansion, but we hear howling from it and there is speculation that experiments are conducted on the canines taken inside. On occasion and always at night (midnight or later) fowl appearing creatures have been seen dragging bags and tossing them into a dug out area behind the mansion. As soon as the bag is dropped in, dirt is thrown over the bag and the dugout area awaits its next bagged victim. The thoughts of what is happening stirs evil nightmares when one tries to sleep.

Tonight Roscoe is going to try to effect a rescue. The special ops team that can repel will throw a hook line over the top and climb to the top of the wall. They will then pull the rope and reset it so that they can repel down into the compound. Once all team members are in, they will unlatch the shed that holds the prisoners, our dear friends. They will be asked to remain quietly in the shed until instructed to move out. The team will then locate the gate keeper and attack, using chloroform to render them all unconscious while retrieving keys. The gate will be unlocked and the canines from the shed moved outside of the gate. The other special ops team will join the repelling team within the compound. An attempt will be made to enter the mansion and rescue the poor canines from what is probably the lab. Roscoe and Prince will join into this effort. Since all is unknown within the mansion, no report can exist for plans since much of the effort will depend upon what is found. All aspects of the plan are subject to change if conditions warrant.


Tom

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tom, oh tom,

I have had a horrible and infuriating experience this morning.....as I was approaching the eagle that was supposed to transport me to the battlegrounds he took off without me!!! oh, woe is me! I hope when eagle transportation headquarters hears about this, they fire his feathers!!! at this time I am in limbo, not knowing whether the commander here will be able to find another mode of transportation for me.......do I remain here? do I go to the battlefield? or to FL as your caregiver (mom is still adamant about flying in a gondola)?

Annie who is taking off her combat boots since it looks like she is going to be home for awhile and perhaps lay down for a relaxing nap
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TO: EAGLE TRANSPORTATION HEADQUARTERS
FROM: COMMANDER VA MILITIA

why would I expect you to transport Annie? WHY?!! Because this is what you do!! there is chupe trouble in MS, the famous Prince is missing (the FL Prince, not the VA Prince Marshmallow of the Cutie Eyes), and Nurse Annie was supposed to be transported to the military hospital to help care for the wounded as the medical staff is being overwhelmed as it is inundated with wounded canines! THIS IS YOUR JOB?! YES,i realize there has been trouble with Annie during previous trips, but we had her properly sedated as demanded by your regulations....she may have been walking on her own 4 paws as she approached the waiting gondola, but she would have been asleep before your eagle lifted-off.....as it was, the accompanying wawas who were carrying her trunk had to hoist her sleeping self on top of said trunk and call in reinforcements to help them drag her and the trunk home....yes, I know Annie can be mouthy and pain in your tailfeathers (why do you think I so freely offered her services?), but she would have been ASLEEP...in her trunk she had medical supplies, including much needed cherry grass as well as extra anti-chupe toxin for the soldiers....you should be ashamed of such shoddy service and believe me, this will be reported all the way to the top eagle as well as in all public review sites such as EagleTransport, Eagle Courier Services, and the most famous Rate Our Eagles!
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FROM: COMMANDER VA MILITIA
TO: ALL MEMBERS, VA MILITIA

MOST OF YOU ARE AWARE THAT THE TRANSPORT EAGLE TOOK OFF WITHOUT ANNIE THIS MORNING EVEN THOUGH WE HAD HER PROPERLY DRUGGED AS REQUIRED BY EAGLE TRANSPORT RULES....RIGHT NOW, ANNIE IS BACK IN HER BED IN THE HOUSE, BUT WHEN THE DRUGS WEAR OFF SHE IS GOING TO BE REALLY, REALLY FURIOUS....FOR ALL THOSE ON DUTY, I SUGGEST YOU MELT INTO THE WOODS, PRACTING YOUR CAMOFLAUGE TECHNIQUES AS SOON AS YOU HEAR HER FIRST HOWL....FOR ALL WAWAS NOT ON DUTY, I SUGGEST YOU FIND WAYS TO DISAPPEAR....Y'ALL KNOW HOW SHE GETS WHEN SHE IS ON A TEAR...BEST OF LUCK TO ONE AND ALL.....

BTW, IF ANYONE KNOWS OF OTHERS MODES OF TRANSPORT (PERFERABLY ONE NOT PREVIOUSLY USED) PLEASE COME TO MY OFFICE IMMEDIATELY....SERIOUS SUGGESTIONS ONLY.....THANK YOU (THE ONE WHO FINDS A TRANSPORTER WILLING TO TAKE ANNIE AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND MEDICINES WILL RECIEVE A REWARD OF 3 DAY LEAVE BEGINNING AS SOON AS ANNIE IS REPORTED TO HAVE ARRIVED SAFELY IN MS)
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TO; OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
FROM: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS

Scribe Puppy-Paws I asked about your origins because we may be distant cousins...growing up, usually at big family gatherings, I heard stories about a distant branch of the family in New Jersey, started when one Jebediah Badwhiskers decided to strike out for new territory on his own and start a new life.....Jebediah was accompanied by his wife, Amelia Barkers Badwhiskers and 5 daughters and 2 sons....eventually they settled (and I may not have all the facts totally correct.....this comes from memories of stories told at family reunions and after certain members had been in the bowls of "sauce", stories tended to ramble and sometimes get exaggerated or just "rearranged") up in New England territories....One of the Badwhiskers daughters married into a Puppy-Paws family that moved to New York or New Jersey...In fact, many of jebediah's offspring married and scattered, bringing wawas to many wawa-less states of the Union......we have a proud family heritage, cuz.....

p.s. please inform those who were waiting for Nurse Annie that, although she was at the transportation site here at the correct time, the eagle (for some unknown reason) took off before annie could board, leaving behind both annie and critical cherry grass supplies as well as the anti-chupe toxin she was bringing....Nurse Annie was properly drugged as required by eagle transport services (I have heard stories that when awake, she does not travel well, but this is just rumor), and our commander is hopping mad....she knew that getting all that life-saving equipment to y'all is Extremely Important, (and I think she was looking forward to a vacation from the Big A)....at this time, new sources of transportation are being looked into, preferably one that already has top secret clearance becuz of the valuable equipment it will be bringing to you...pls. make sure that the top brass at your site understands that the fault lays with eagle transportation services and not with us
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TO: COMMANDER VA MILITIA
FROM: EAGLE TRANSPORTATION HEADQUARTERS

This morning we landed our gondola in the designated spot as per your request. However, when our carrier eagle saw the passenger waddling toward the gondola and the twelve Chihuahua slaves (er, soldiers) struggling to carry that huge trunk, the eagle took off. The eagle immediately recognized the prospective passenger as one Annie Adams. Now we have informed you and all commanders that she is on our will not fly list. She is just simply more than we can handle. Why would you, of all people, expect this of us? Anyway, she was last seen storming back toward her house in what appeared to be an all out tornado generating fit of anger. Please relay our apologies to those who have to experience her misdirected wrath.

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My dear friend Annie,

I was so sad to learn that you were planning on going to Mississippi. I find myself at a loss without either BC or Prince here and I find myself worrying more and more about Prince's absence. I was hoping that you would brave the trip here in spite of the evil brig commander and care for me and give me your loving company. Ah, but alas, you are off to the war like so many brave canine souls. Be safe my friend. You will be missed.

Tom, who still has Bowser and is looking forward to pancakes this morning. What a shame that I will have no other canines to share those pancakes with.

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ATTN: UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS
FROM; OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Please inform your commander that to date Nurse Annie has not arrived in camp though she was expected no later than this morning according to her expected departure time. We are concerned that she may have met with an unfortunate incident while traveling via eagle carrier. Please keep us informed as to your knowledge of her whereabouts until she is located.

Now then Motto Badwhiskers, I am from the New Jersey branch of Puppy-Paws. However, it is my understanding that one of my ancestors may have migrated to Jersey from south Georgia. Why do you ask?

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TO: COMMANDER VA MILITIA **TOP SECRET**
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

Our MS commander has received a top secret communication from Roscoe. In it he describes his current location, states that he has located Prince and the other Chihuahuas, indicates that he needs help, and requests two four-dog teams of special ops. He requests that at least one of those teams have specialized training in rappelling. Both teams are currently in transit to the designated location. Only the MS commander and the two teams know where that location is as it is being kept extremely top secret and on a need to know basis.


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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TO; COMMANDER MS MILITIA
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PLEASE inform whomever is in charge over the entire hospital wing that BC's admonitions about hiring Annie are subject to her prejudices against said skilled nurse.... those 2 have had a rivalry going for quite some time, each considering the other less skilled and overly bossy....our Annie is quite skilled as a nurse and because there is no permanent doctor assigned to our camp, she has taken on many of a physician's duties at times when so needed....she has always had a good reputation among her patients...she is a little forthright when speaking and sometimes that irritates others, but she does have a good heart and can be a very hard worker when necessary. she is able to calm herself in stressful situations thru meditation and yoga poses, when others may lose control under various stresses....Nurse Annie, like BC, got her initial training under the famous Lulu who lived here, so Annie was around her and able to pick up all sorts of valuable training and medicinal knowlege.....Lulu divided much of her time between VA and FL which is where she and BC formed a bond....both of these females, while adversaries, are extremely able in medical practices....I am sure you would find her services invaluable and I shall send her to you on the next available eagle although, if possible, it might be best if they are in separate areas of the hospital

Commander, VA Militia
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Dear Tom,

The commander here said she WANTS me to go to the MS camp where Roscoe and Prince are to help with the medical emergencies there during the current battles against the chupes...she said the doctors and nurses there are overwhelmed with casualties and that they NEED me.....she said she praised me highly to the commander of the MS militia and knows I will bring good to the name of our VA militia....this means, dear friend, that I cannot come down there to care for you (besides which mom was being a real pain about refusing to ride in an eagle even though I explained over and over that since she is also under my care she would have to come, too)....I know you will be disappointed, but trust you will continue to follow your healing regime as prescribed by that.....er, as described by BC....I have given mom all the papers with the designs for the 2 remaining dresses...she will mail them to you on Mon. via EGGMAIL....you can look them over and pick the one you want...if you think it needs further improvements, make notes and send back via EGGMAIL...I will work on them further when i return from the battlefield....you do realize, I hope, that I could be away for months........if you think they are all right, then take them to you favorite dressmaker and have her get started immediately.....I can't wait to see the joyful smiles on Mikaela's face when she tries on the finished product........

Annie who had to pack a wartime suitcase and is ready to roll.....
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ATTN: OFFICIAL SCRIBE PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS
FROM; UNOFFICIAL SCRIBE MOTTO BADWHISKERS

our commander will be sending to your camp our own nurse Annie....please be aware that annie, while a skilled nurse, has the temperament of an irritated rhinoceros....therefore, while you do have to be around her at times as you transcribe all the events that occur where you are, it is best not to actually engage Annie in conversation if at all possible......and if you see her talking/snarling with BC, run for cover..... good luck to you

P.S. are you related to the South Georgia Puppy-Paws family?

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FROM: CMD. VA FERRUM MILITIA

Re: your report on one Roscoe Adams as missing. His whereabouts are known but remain secret. That report was filed by a well-meaning but somewhat hysterical Bassett during one of her more hysterical moments. Any further communication from said Bassett should be ignored or at least checked with myself. She does not have access to certain classified information and is prone to panic at the drop of a whisker.

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Dear Annie,

I was quite aware that Prince left on military maneuvers. He is not truly missing, but where he went is classified information so I do not have that information. You know these military types, always going somewhere. I really don't think you have anything to be concerned about. If I were you, I'd just kick back and take pleasure in extra helpings of your mom's chocolate pie.

Your friend,
Tom

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TO: CMD. VA FERRUM MILITIA
SENT VIA MILITARY MESSAGING PER CMD FLORIDA MILITIA
FROM: TOM OF FLORIDA, FATHER OF PRINCE

I have received a disturbing message from Annie. She claims that Prince is missing. If this is so, I would like to be so informed. I thought he was on military maneuvers.

In addition to indicating to me that Prince is missing, Annie said that he was in the state of Mississippi. Is she now privy to top secret information? Prince's presence in Mississippi was not even known to me. I would be most appreciative of clarification of this matter.

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TO: CMD. VA MILITIA
FROM: PAPRIKA PUPPY-PAWS

This morning Roscoe was found to be missing from the infirmary. A note was found on his bed that simply said, "Gone to find Prince. I know his smell better than anyone and am best suited to track him." Some medical supplies are missing (cherry grass poultices and tonic). It is suspected that Roscoe plans on self-medicating. Two special ops Chihuahuas are also missing with notes left on their respective beds. "Gone under orders of Roscoe. Top secret mission."

The forces of evil have gotten reinforcements and their retreat has stopped. Currently the battle line is a standoff. Many of the evil ones have been poofed, but the MS militia is also sustaining injuries and flooding the hospital. BC and the MS staff are working at their limit 24 / 7. BC states that additional medical staff would be welcomed but begs you not to send Annie fearing that she would slow the medical work rather than assist it.


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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HEADLINES: CNN CANINE
THIS JUST IN:

A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) has been issued for Roscoe Adams last seen after dinner at his home last night...He may be a runaway or kidnapped....He has recently been treated for chupe poisoning and was last seen wearing a bandage on his right back paw....although thought to be under control, if any of the chupe poison went to his brain, he could be delusional and/or out of control.....approach with caution.....Roscoe was wearing a green collar with his name and phone number embroidered in black on it....his caretaker, the lovely and diligent Nurse Annie (an extremely rare Belgian Basset Hound) is distraught.... she states that Roscoe was last seen sleeping in his hospital bed at 2am this morning....Roscoe is a valued member of the Ferrum, VA Militia.....if seen, contact Commander, Ferrum Militia immediately at *** *** **** or Nurse Annie at *** *** ****

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Dear Tom

this morning mom gave me another (exceedingly small) bite of last night's delicious pie....she also prepared an equally tiny piece for Roscoe, but was surprised that he was not there.....she asked me if he was in his hospital bed...I told her no, but that he was feeling better and probably outside under his favorite pine tree, so she asked if I would give him his pie when I went to check on him.....of course, I agreed, but when I went to check on him, I couldn't find him.....I have looked everywhere, Tom...EVERYWHERE....the Commander does not know where he is either...... I have literally torn this place apart! no roscoe......tearing a place apart is exhausting, and my paw was getting a bit gooey from holding R's pie...so I ate it, (not out of revenge, but for added energy).....all the wawas claim no knowledge of where my dear brother may be......since the eagles don't fly at night, how far could he have gotten? One of the gonzalez twins said her bicycle has been stolen, but Ros...on a bike?? I fear chupe poisons have gone to his head and he has wandered off in a delusional fog.....everyone is out looking for him.......................................
..................and speaking of delusional......that spotted fawn has a big crush on Roscoe and cried her eyes out this morning when she heard he was gone....however, she is spreading the word throughout the forest animals to keep a lookout for him

Annie who is beside herself (not easy to do) with worry

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dear tom

I have received a message ffrom Roscoe and the Commander has received a message, too about Roscoe from that new scribe Paprica Puppy-Paws............apparently Ros has run off to join the search for missing Prince......were you aware of this, Tom? that Prince was missing?? I don't know which would be more effective.....should I come to florida to comfort you or go to the MS site and help in the search?

Annie who must go pack a bag

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that you are having problems with your patients. I know they have minds of their own, but really...wouldn't you think that they would allow you to care for them, knowing that you have their best interests at heart?

Yes, BC is not here, But you need not worry. I am recovering nicely and following my orders. I am permitted to drive and walk, but not dance which I find very hard. Still, I will not dance (mumbling: much) until released to do so. Meanwhile, heeling is just a function of time and following certain exercises.

Well Annie, I do hope that your patients see the light and begin cooperating with you. That piece of pie should be an excellent start.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Annie,

By the time you receive this you will realize that I am gone. Trust me, I know what I am doing. And by the way, your dressing is holding quite well. Cherry grass poultices and tonic will be available where I am going. Oh, and please don't ask where that is dear sister, for it is top secret need to know stuff. As of this moment, only my eagle and I know where we are.

Roscoe, who really does appreciate your helpful nursing skills.

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TO: COMMANDER, VA CHIHUAHUA FORCES (TOP SECRET)
FROM: PAPRICA-PUPPY PAWS, SCRIBE

We have an unexpected new arrival, namely Roscoe. BC examined him immediately upon his arrival and declared that he should not have traveled yet. She was quite angry with Annie for allowing Roscoe to travel, but Roscoe insisted that he slipped away without Annie's knowledge. He states he is here to pursue the missing, especially his brother and bff Prince. He states that he just learned of the disappearance of his dear friend from a Chihuahua scout he had requested to keep him informed.

BC is carefully treating the wound which she says is improving and feels that up until he was allowed to leave had been well nursed. She still tends to think Nurse Annie should have kept a closer watch, but she also realizes that Roscoe has uncanny abilities when it comes to maneuvers and is quite capable of following fox-like slyness and trickery. She assures everyone, including yourself, that she will not allow him to leave the military infirmary until she releases him for duty.

Little else has changed. Enemy continues its slow retreat under heavy anti-toxin fire and Prince and the missing Chihuahuas are still missing.


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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disgruntled, you say? you bet I am disgruntled....I hope you are a much better patient than those I have here....(1) mom was feeling good, and overdid things around the house this morning...I have her sitting with an icepack and have given her an extra dose of cherry grass....she did laundry and throwing bedspreads and sheets across the clothesline irritated her already sore areas....then she cooked up a storm, telling me my dad is going to get a wonderful and delicious dinner tonight....there is some kind of lentil-chickpea curry, with homemade apple-mango chutney, the rice is cooking right now, a peanut butter chocolate pie with homemade caramel sauce....and she even made coconut granola for tomorrow morning....for my dad!! did I get any of this? even the teeniest taste? oh, NO...not for me, altho I saw her licking her fingers several times....even when she spilled a bit of chocolate pie filling on the cutting board she just wiped it up with a damp cloth instead of putting the board on the floor for me to lick up....considering all the nursing I have done for her, I feel mom is being Quite Rude....if I wasn't just a naturally nice basset, I would be really, really mad!!!


(2) then there is Roscoe....he seems to be bouncing back quite well....as I told you yesterday, I let him lay out in the nice sunshine for a couple of hours where he could have visitors and watch everything going on during nearby training lessons...(we've got a newbie who during toxin gun firing practice is gonna die if he ever goes to battle cuz he can't hit a target if it is dancing right in front of him...its just pitiful).......everything went well, and Roscoe came in when I told him to, ate a nice dinner and went to bed.....since things went so well, and becuz Roscoe enjoyed it so, I decided to let him do the same today, although when he asked to stay out for an extra hour, I had to think about it, but said okay since he no longer has fever and liked visiting with his friends......I keep an eye on him, but this morning I had to run into the house to get a special coloured pencil for one of the dress designs....when I came out one of the wawas was whispering something in Ros' ear (not that I would eavesdrop, mind you).... I continued to work quietly on my drawings and when I looked up, .........................no Roscoe! I looked everywhere nearby thinking he had just gone to visit a tree or something, but my patient was gone.....finally, when my patience was about gone, I found him in the Commander's office...both of them were standing, nose to nose with one another, and there was a lot of shouting and the Commander kept saying "no, you are not ready yet" over and over and Roscoe was yelling "yes, I am"....I tried to break up the party and get my patient home, but during all the paw stamping they did at one another, Ros popped a couple of stitches and he had to lie on a guerney and let the wawas carry him home.....when I tried to politely inquire if I could be of help I was rudely told to go away.....

as you can see by these accurate examples, I have a couple of unruly, ungrateful patients...I feel like tying them both to a tree, pouring honey on their feet and letting the ants eat them!

Annie who is definitely feeling disgruntled, and needs to meditate for a long while

p.s. what do you mean BC is away? if you have no nurse, I shall report her to the canine caregivers assn.!!....feel free to hop an eagle and come here if you need my assistance...I know you will not vex me like these other 2

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MUCH MUCH LATER AFTER DINNER
guess what? mom told me I am a wonderful nurse, the world's best and gave me a (tiny) piece of her chocolate peanut butter pie with luscious coconut caramel sauce on top.....Roscoe got a bite, too, but I think mine was a tiny bit bigger......as it should be .....*wiggling in happiness*....

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Dear Annie,

It is good that you continue to work on the two designs. With the other design, it was mostly the color that distracted I believe, though frankly it was hard to see design past the color. The two that you are working on could turn out to be nothing short of elegant!

Oh, by the way, Dr. BC is on her way to assist with nursing in an area where there is a chupe uprising. I cannot go into further details since it is confidential and I know nothing more than that she has departed. I do know that the victims of chupacabra at that site are most fortunate in deed to have the skilled Dr. BC in attendance.

By the way, thanks for enclosing that portrait of yourself Annie. But, uh, you looked a bit disgruntled. Is everything OK?

Tom, is cannot wait until he can begin dancing again.

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TO: VA CHIHUAHUA FORCES COMMANDER
FROM: PAPRICA-PUPPY PAWS, SCRIBE

As of this writing (8 September 2016 @ 0630) there is no word from the missing Chihuahua troops or Prince. Search efforts under way. Scout eagles fully deployed. Still no word.

Dr. BC has arrived and is standing by in the event that she is eventually needed to care for Prince and his comrades. But no word yet.

As for the battle, it is going well with the chupacabra retreating at the pace of approximately 1 mile per hour.


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

while I appreciate your kind words I must take umbrage at your sentence "She really is an excellent doctor, and so wonderful that she had your services as a skilled nurse to she assist."....BC may call herself a doctor....heck! she may call herself a sheep for all I care, but she does not have my natural abilities....you are correct in how lucky she had me there to "assist"...she may have thought I was "assisting", but I was actually teaching...sheesh! I feel I am not getting quite all the attention due to myself


because he is doing so well, I allowed roscoe to lie outside on the lanai in the sun for a few hours.....of course, I kept an eye on him the entire time, sending wawas to fetch me a bowl of water or a snack or anything else I needed....mom said she was going out to the chiropractor and would return home soon.....she LIED! she was gone for half the day and when she finally came back she grabbed an icepack and slapped it onto her sore ribs area.....she did too much....she does NOT listen to me! I am going to have to hide her car keys or shackle her to a chair.....hmpfh! I am a naturally excellent, top-of-the-line physician, but I am not a miracle worker! *howling in frustration*.......I will tell you that I was able to get further work done on the dress designs (having scrapped the one you did not want) while Roscoe's constant flow of visitors kept him occupied......

Annie who is sending mom and Roscoe in for a nap becuz it is poses time for an exhausted nurse

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FROM: COMMANDER VA MILITIA

dear Commander

have you heard yet from Prince?....we are all so worried here....Roscoe nor Annie has been informed for fear one or both of them would defy orders and head out towards the battlefields, neither one of whom is really physically able (and in some cases, mentally unstable, hahaha).....please keep us informed.....the wawas here, I noticed, have been training extra hard today after hearing the news, preparing to possibly join the search for our missing comrades....

our thanks to you and Paprica for the information....we hope to receive better news in your next communication

COMMANDER VA MILITIA


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Dear Annie,

I am so happy to hear that Roscoe is doing well, though I know he has to spend more time recovering from his ordeal. I personally attribute his progress to BC's marvelous surgical skill. I've seen that many times when she works with the injured Chihuahua troops here. She really is an excellent doctor, and so wonderful that she had your services as a skilled nurse to assist.

Now what surprises me (pleasantly) is how well you, Roscoe and the deer are getting along. I know that interspecies relationships can be difficult, but oh so worth the effort Annie. I believe you must be a natural at befriending those who have been disenfranchised or belong to a prey group. That's a wonderful talent Annie. But of course it goes with your nursing skills very well.

Even as your mom and Roscoe start showing significant improvement, they still have recovery time and are especially vulnerable because they will tend to forget what they went through and move wrongly or over exert themselves causing re-injury. This will likely be particularly true with your mom. Keep a very keen eye on both of them Annie.

Tom, who is about to fall asleep at the keyboard.

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TOP SECRET; CONFIDENTIAL; FOR VA COMMANDER ONLY
FROM; PRINCE

I am so sorry that you have to put up with my sister Annie, but the fact is she lives there. That being said, keep in mind always that Annie has an uncanny sense about her that something is amiss. That may, in fact, be her only actual "natural" talent, though it is probably the only one that she would deny, clamming all other talents.

Thing is, you must must must always keep all documents (especially top secret ones) under lock and key, or else destroy them. And you probably should keep the key to that lock under lock and key to several levels. Annie has... well, a strong will and is very determined to find what she wants, so that is the level of caution needed around her.

I can assure you that when her charges are well, she will be on your "case" again to achieve her desired objectives. She will not be easy to avoid, but at all costs you must. Unfortunately, if her "sweet side" doesn't win out, then she turns to her other side, one that you may prefer not to meet. I cannot rule out physical aggression. So if those times come when her charges are OK, you may wish to think about a 24/7 army of guard Chihuahuas for your own protection. Just saying...

As for Paprika, it is unlikely that our commander would let her go. It was a hard sell to get her to let us take her, but she recognized the importance of recording these events and wanted accuracy. Paprika herself said that she would never take a position there. I'm afraid that pretty much returns to the Annie situation. Seems that Annie's reputation precedes her among the military scribes. It has even eked out into the civilian population among those whose occupations would make them a candidate for the military scribe service.

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Dear Annie,

I am so glad that you are lending your talents to the care and recovery of your mom and Roscoe. I predict that with your warm caring attention they will be up and back in shape in no time. I'm proud of you Annie.

Tom

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TO: VA CHIHUAHUA FORCES COMMANDER
FROM: PAPRICA-PUPPY PAWS, SCRIBE

While the arrival of the special ops teams from VA and FL have given apparent advantage to the Chihuahua forces, all is not well.

A small battalion of MS Chihuahuas doing battle in the NW quadrant of the conflict area are missing and have not reported in for over twenty four hours now. For this reason one of the Virginia special ops teams under the leadership of Prince has gone in search of them. They report back every hour on the hour providing location and findings. Their last report from Price himself was three hours ago and reads as follows...

"Landscape very dense trees with wet forest floors. Much flooding, fog. Visibility nearly zero and following compass carefully, though not always finding our map and the compass to be in agreement. We are hearing sounds that are uncertain in origin. Scouts not finding source of sounds yet. We are...OMG... (message sent)"

If no more communication from Prince and / or team members are received within one hour (0800 7 Sept 2016), a search will be undertaken which will include eagle support and paws on the ground.



Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 9/7/2016 (08:52)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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dear Tom

you left out the best part...what BC said about my drawings....you indicated she used an H word to describe them...."heavenly", is what first comes to mind, but there could be others....heartbreakingly beautiful, harmonic, happy, etc etc.....I am glad she liked them, because normally she is quite jealous of everything I do....

Roscoe is doing much better today after his surgery....I changed the dressings this morning and his surgical wound looks good and the swelling has gone down almost completely

we had a funny (sorta) incident this morning.....when he was allowed outside to take care of "business" Baby Fawn was under the willow tree looking for corn and birdseed to eat...BY HERSELF! we have never seen Baby unless she was accompanied by mama and aunties....she ran into the edge of the woods, but kept an eye on us as mom hung out the feeders and put HEN-rietta's corn out.....Roscoe wanted a moment of privacy, so while I sat a few feet away behind a hazelnut bush, and mom went into the house, Baby pranced out and as soon as she saw Roscoe she began to run towards him.....she froze when she saw mom watching, but then ran towards Ros again.......Ros' eyes got real big as he realized she was headed straight towards him...we think Baby thought Ros was another deer....he is sort of the right color, after all.....I growled at BAby not to get too close, and Roscoe finished up what he was doing and skeddaled as fast as a wounded dog could towards me and the house while Baby leaped through tall grass into the woods on the other side of the driveway....everyone is teasing Roscoe, calling him "Deer Boy" and "Oh, you deer dog", etc.....he has laughed, but now he is exhausted and napping....mom is troubled that Baby was by herself and even tossed out a couple of apples although nobody has been back to claim them......still, laughter is good medicine

Annie who feels very pleased at how well yesterday's surgical lesson went and feels she enabled BC to learn a lot
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FROM; VA COMMANDER, (SOON TO HAVE A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN)

before I stepped out of my office to go get that necessary cup of morning coffee I looked around to make sure annie was not around....I spied her across the camp watching Roscoe who was watching a baby deer......everything seemed safe and off I went to the mess tent
when I returned, not 15 mins. later, Annie was in my office, pacing and my papers were messed up on my desk.....she demanded several cases of anti-chupe toxin,as well as most of the cherry grass supply here, a courier eagle and was determined to lead a team of our local wawas into battle in Mississippi....she said her brother, Prince, needed her there since Roscoe is not yet able to help in the battles......what?! is she crazy?...I reminded her that she has Roscoe and her mom to take care of.....she paced and muttered, thinking about this....finally she looked up and said that her mom was almost better since she ribs had stopped moving around for the most part and therefore her mom could take care of Roscoe...or BC could fly here to do so, but she needed to go help in the hospital tents taking care of the wounded at the battle zone.....I tried to reason with her (is that even possible?) and pointed out that it would be easier to send BC to the front if needed while she stayed here to take care of Roscoe, one of our greatest military strategists.....finally, without gagging, mind you, I pointed out how no one else could give roscoe the proper care he needs, certainly not her mom who is still in some pain herself and not as ably trained as she (annie) is.....

I have taken pains to make sure ALL our medical supplies are locked up, especially the cherry grass, and the anti-chupe toxin has been moved and hidden in another tent under lock and key........and I, only I, have the keys to everything......your whacko sister will have to rip them from my dead body to ever get her paws on them!!! Annie has a good heart, and means well...Prince, I understand this.....but...............well, you can fill in the rest...hahahaha

take care and know we are all cheering for you

VA Commander

p.s. you might ask Paprika if she was a permanent scribe position here after the battle is over...we have not had one since the last one left to become your IT guy
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Dear tom UPDATE

Baby Fawn returned to the tree, but this time mama was near by.....Again, Roscoe was outside trying to take care of 'business" when one of the auntie deer walked right past him, maybe 4 feet away....Auntie looked at him and Roscoe pretended he was not watching her, but I could tell he was alarmed since he knows he is not at his fighting best if it came down to that...my dad was standing on the lanai talking to Ros and all the deer, but they just ignored him...deer are so weird....but we are all glad that Baby is back with her mom

Annie who is exhausted from all that she has to do, but like the trooper she is, keeps at it



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Dear Annie,

I welcomed BC home late last night and Bowser provided a late night light meal to hold her over until morning. She was exhausted after her flight, surgery, and flight again. I was able to talk with her about her trip for a short while as she ate, but then she quickly drifted off to dreamland on the lanai.

After reading your last message, I forwarded a copy to Prince. He is currently away on military matters and did not have access to your message here at home. You know how these boys are.

BC delivered the dress designs that you had prepared. She gave them to me and said, "these designs are h......." You know, never mind what she said. After all, it is my judgment that matters. However, each was oh so beautiful in its own way. And I really was having a hard time deciding. I did think the one with the orange, red, and purple weave design was perhaps a bit hot for a waltz, but between the other two, well...I think I'll leave it up to your artistic awareness to make the choice. It's likely just above my head dear Annie, and this falls within the realm of your natural abilities.

By the way, I liked how you said you dealt with BC's training. It was quite wise of you to "allow" BC to do the surgery as a training tool. Fortunately you were there to watch over her work. I suspect you even kept your paws in the project by assisting BC where she needed your help. It was all quite nice.

Tom, who is about to enjoy a Bowser breakfast.

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TO: VA CHIHUAHUA FORCES COMMANDER
FROM: PAPRICA-PUPPY PAWS, SCRIBE

Prince and the four teams and I arrived at the reconnaissance area precisely on time. The VA teams arrived within ten minutes. Scouting eagles had already done their job and led all forces with all military equipment and supplies to a location north of the Mississippi HQ where we set up our own HQ.

Prince then proceeded to the local forces HQ and was pleased to find that Paws had already notified the Mississippi commander of our coming. He knew what to expect and was grateful for the help. If he had any uncertainties about allowing Prince absolute control over our forces he did not show signs of that, though he was obviously quite firm in maintaining command of his own forces as it should be.

Within the hour the MS commander had appointed a team to learn the use of anti-chupe toxin. Our trainers took these troops into a nearby skirmish and demonstrated the absolute effectiveness of the toxin. Then training began on the use of toxin equipment and conservation of limited supplies of toxin. The MS Chihuahua troops were very attentive and worked hard to learn that which they needed.

There was one incident near the beginning of training. The MS troops were a bit reticent to recognize the absolute authority of Prince and the authority of the trainers. However, the MS troops included Captain Bark-A-Lot, who was to the letter military in every way. He quickly straightened out the MS troopers and from that point on all went well with the training, though it continues today.

Our air force team, after consulting with the MS commander regarding current battle lines, has gone into action with remarkable success. The chupacabra nation to date in this part of the country had never encountered anti-chupe toxin and were caught by complete surprise. They are retreating in many areas to the amazement of the MS troops in battle.

Oh, those troops are a battle weary group and the infirmaries and canine hospitals are filled to capacity and in most cases over flowing. Their medical staff is worn out yet continue working unreasonably long hours. Prince has contacted AL and LA state commanders requesting medical personnel and supplies. He made it clear that a carbon copy was being sent to Paws. While the MS commander had made similar requests without success, Prince has received full cooperation from those commanders. We suspect that the copies sent to PAWS may have had a great deal to do with the increased cooperation.

Recovery of lost territory will take time as the enemy is now well dug in. But time will be on our side at this point with the arrival of our teams and the introduction of anti-chupe toxin. Oh, just wanted to relate something that the MS commander said in passing. "I can't believe how effective this toxin stuff is. Why have I been so against it?" All that I can say is that he is 100% for it now. There is no greater commitment than that of a reformed anti anti-chupe toxin individual, and when that individual has high level authority such as the MS commander, that reformed attitude goes a very long way indeed.


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 and PRince

guess what?! I was in the kitchen sterilizing scalpels and other surgical equipment when BC walked in through the front door...I was so surprised! BC said she had sent me a note, so I had to politely explain that when one is on duty, one does not have time to stay on the internet..........she said she came to assist me in doing Roscoe's toe lancing....wasn't that sweet? she wanted to observe and learn from me....however, I feel that experience is the best teacher so I made her do the actual surgery.....yes, it was minor surgery, but I told her there was no shame in that; she needs to start small and work her way up to the big stuff.......I must say she did a good job for a beginner.....Roscoe came thru it like a trooper....BC left some extra cherry grass which was also nice.....yes, BC was her normal stuffy, bossy self, but being of a naturally generous nature I just overlooked it....I do believe some of her behavior come from being insecure around others, like myself, who know so much more than her...oh well...she does okay....BC left on the 3pm eagle flight so as to be home by bedtime and bowser *snort*

Annie who will keep watch on Roscoe all through the night and believes BC learned a lot today

p/s/ Tom--I sent a small packet of the 3 different dress designs back to you with BC...go thru them, peruse them carefully and when you pick the one you want, let me know.....if you want major design changes, mark the drawings with the changes you want and send them back to me via EGGMail....you can take as long as you want, but we are under a deadline here....I will get final drawings back to you asap so Joanie's seamstress can start working of creating the dress of your dreams....I will write down what fabric she must use and the seamstress will need to be given Mikaels's contact information so she can go in for fittings



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Dear Annie,

You did well to contact me regarding Roscoe's toe. Drainage is the proper procedure. I am currently aboard a carrier gondola and will be there within an hour. Please remember nurse Annie that this procedure is one that must only be completed by a doctor. However, your assistance will be needed. I look forward to working with you.

I know this is not necessary, but I should point out that were you to do the procedure or start without me, it would be absolutely necessary, by law, for me to report you to the CNA (Canine Nursing Association) and you know, since there have been previous blemishes on your record, there is no question what so ever that you would lose your nursing license. But of course, I know that you would not proceed without me nor would you fail to assist me. We are both excellent professionals within our respective professions (you as nurse; myself as doctor / surgeon). This is why I knew that this reminder was unnecessary. I am just naturally careful in all that I do.

BC, CN, CMD, DO, surgeon

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Dear BC,

As per your request, twenty of our bravest Chihuahua guards will be ready to meet you, escort you, and stand by you should there be any unpleasant response from co-workers and the like.

The VA Commander


Tom

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

Annie has gone off to work on her dress drawings, so I have a few moments to write....she is very strict about patients having Total Rest, which means no computers, phones, etc....I suppose she is right, but I have things that Must be done, wound or no wound........my scratch is infected down near my toes and annie is mentioned the possibility of draining it which I admit makes me nervous....the thought of annie with a scapel should make anyone cringe! right now I just have a poultice on it in the hope that will draw out more of the chupe poisons....man, how do they live with their nasty selves?

anyway.....I have consulted with the Commander...boy, you should have been here for that one...not the consult itself, but the almost riot when Nurse Annie returned and found the Commander talking to me.....No Business is another rule in the infirmary....sheesh, there are a lot of rules.....The Commander and I started talking about the weather as soon as we saw Nurse Bossypants standing there, glaring, but she had overheard enough not to be fooled....Annie insisted the Commander leave, and the Commander was determined not to go...so Annie fiddled around within listening distance until after the Commander left....then I faked going to sleep...and somehow I did....when I woke up Annie was busy drawing something, the floor was littlered with crumpled papers, and I could see Mom was napping...you should be reciev z-z-z-z-z

Roscoe who feels a definite nap coming on
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after meeting with Roscoe at the infirmary, first let me assure you he seems to be doing fairly well...our beloved (*snort*) Nurse Annie has been doing a magnificent job....I was able to meet with Roscoe before he was moved up to the house......he and I decided that 3 Spec. Ops teams will meet you at the designated site...they left by secret courier eagle this morning and they should arrive at your meeting place early this afternoon.....once they are dropped off, the eagles will remain nearby.....and extra eagle is flying with our teams bringing food supplies and extra toxin....Sp. Ops team leaders will follow your instructions in all matters.....available "friendlies" will provide hamburger for the eagles at specific areas which they are aware of......Roscoe hopes to be able to join you in a day or two, but I would not count of it...his foot looks....well gross!

Commander, VA Militia
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Dear BC,

During a recent encounter with chupes Roscoe managed to get his foot scratched by one of those filthy creatures....as expected, he has been ill since the chupe poison entered his body....using a variety of cherry grass treatments, I have been able to stave off any worsening of his condition, although his foot alarms me....it is puffy, smelly and I will have to drain the poisons out later this morning.....there is a possibility of him losing a toe due to infection....if so, I trust you will throw aside your natural jealousies of my abilities, and fly here to assist in the surgery.....I have sent you photos so you can see for yourself the damage to Roscoe's foot

Nurse Annie who has natural healing abilities

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Dear Annie,

It sounds to me like you have things well organized in the house with both patients and your designing project handy. Well done. I probably don't need to say this, but keep in mind...patients first, then design. Patients always are the most important.

Anyway, it is good to hear that you have support from the PA, whatever her name is. Very few of us humans understand the true value of cherry grass or the presence of chupacabra. It's quite fortunate that your mom and I do.

You Florida friend,
Tom

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TO: VA COMMANDER, TOP SECRET
FROM: PRINCE

Our Florida Commander has assigned a scribe, Paprika-Puppy Paws, as scribe. Apparently she received her name from her parents because of her spicy personality coupled by her small but very agile paws. She may be the fastest typist I have yet witnessed among Chihuahua AND human typists. Our commander assures me that her ability to witness and report accurately is uncanny.

Once we are located in field, I shall ask Paprika to send copies not only to our commander, but carbon's to you as well. Fortunately, in this delightful digital age you cannot tell the carbons from the original. It's just...number of copies: 2. :) If you would please keep Roscoe informed of our activities and progress I would be grateful.

Prince, who is ready to fly. I'll be meeting with our troops prior to leaving to discuss motivational issues (which is not a problem / just like to make sure). You know, a little pep talk never hurt anyone. If you would like to meet with your team and send them off with a pep talk, that would be wonderful.

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Dear Roscoe,

Take care my dear friend and brother. I have asked the VA Commander to keep you informed of any activities that she may be aware of concerning my activities or VA / FL military activity. I know you want to remain in the loop during your period of recovery.

Prince, who is definitely ready for that awaited call from Bowser who is whistling (hideously) as he practices his wonderful cooking craft.


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

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

there was a small skirmish against a band of foaming-at-the-mouth-wild chupes who were on a mission of destruction of our militia a few nights ago....they were spotted skulking along the edge of the gonzalez pasture and heading into the woods...a secret alarm was sent to our militia by El Toro Grande (probably it was actually one of the heifers, but that Bull likes to take all the credit! imagine!) .....Armed with anti-chupe toxin, our teams, including Spec. Ops boys, melted into the woods intent on repelling the evil trespassers....a battle ensued, and as Roscoe turned away to help a fallen wawa, he was almost physically attacked by a chupe...fortunately, a nearby wawa blasted the chupe with toxin just as it reached my brother, so no harm was done-----or so everyone thought.....later, after the battle was over, Roscoe began not to feel good and one of the wawas noticed a large scratch on his right hind foot...apparently, the chupe either stepped on or kicked Roscoe and his dirty, chupe poisons got into the laceration....Roscoe was taken immediately to the infirmary and I was summoned.....the wound has been cleaned and is now being cared for with a proper amounts of cherry grass.....yesterday he was in and out of consciousness, but now seems to be more "here" than "out there" this morning.....I ordered Roscoe moved into the house where it would be easier for me to take care of him and mom and where he will be less disturbed by wawas and military matters.........mom was doing a better this morning until she tried to hang sheets on the clothesline....now she is hurting quite a bit.....still, she is more alert and is trying to be a cooperative patient....I have cut back on the medication prescribed by the doctor...but am still making her wear cherry grass poultices on her back and side.....

speaking of poultices, mom's regular doctor was out of town, so she saw a new P/A named Lauren...no Jennifer...no, well, her name is not important....the clinic has a strict "no animals" policy, so while in the waiting area, mom told the receptionist she was going to the "ladies room", but actually she went to a side door and snuck me in....nobody noticed....I made it into the exam room...the P/A was surprised when she realized I was there and mom explained what had happened and how she had been wearing the d-g poultices and taking the tonic as prescribed by me....the P/A, who had been patting me on the head, was astonished and praised me highly for my insights into using cherry grass....apparently she had heard about it a long time ago from a local vet, the one lulu always referred to as "the quack"......the P/A gave mom some medication for pain, but instructed her very firmly to listen to me and to keep using the poultices.....

Annie who is feeling Quite Pleased with herself

P.S. if Roscoe continues to recover rapidly he should be released from here in a few days

Dear Tom

don't worry! I can practically hear you biting your nails over worry that I will not have Mikaela's dress design done in time....by moving Roscoe into the house my nursing duties are a bit easier and I do not have to waste time running back and forth across the camp to the infirmary and then running back to the house to take care of mom......I am hoping to be able to send you preliminary drawings next week....I will keep a copy of them here....you need to look over the designs and make corrections where you want things changed...I know this will not be a slur on my drawing, but you seem to have very definite ideas in mind and I am trying to go there....I am working on at least 3 different dress designs so you will have plenty of leeway in picking out what you want....

Annie who is a natural designer and thinks you will have a difficult time choosing just one design

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Dear Annie,

I have learned that Roscoe was chupe scratched and is a little worse for the wear these days. It is most fortunate that he has your nursing services. You now have two family members in need of your help. Take good care of both.

Please, Annie, keep me informed about Roscoe's progress. I am extremely concerned about hiM. He is, after all, my brother and my b...er, my brother just as you dear Annie are my sister. I care about both of you and worry when either one of you is hurting. And of course I am concerned about TQ as well following that nasty fall, but she has had your superior nursing services for a while and should be well on the mend by now. Make certain that she takes her cherry grass medication along with the stuff her human doctor gave her. She probably thinks the human doctor's medication is helping her but you and I both know it's the cherry grass.

Prince, who finds that both his family and extended family are falling apart physically.

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Dear Roscoe,

I'm so sorry that you have had that chupe mishap. I think about you constantly dear brother. Take care of yourself and be sure to use all the cherry grass medication that Annie administers. By the way, I'll be sending a message to your commander of a top secret nature regarding geography. (wink)

Again, take care my good friend and get well.

Prince, who hears Bowser in the kitchen.

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TO: COMMANDER OF VA CHIHUAHUA FORCES (TOP SECRET)
FROM: PRINCE

RE: the Chihuahua forces for Mississippi.
We shall join forces on Six September twenty sixteen at 0800. Our meeting place will be as follows:
Follow beach Blvd west from Biloxi to the turnoff (going north) to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. We will meet in the parking lot. At that hour, nothing else will be going on. We will send our scout eagles to search for the current location of battle and Mississippi Chihuahua HQ. After locating, we will descend near the HQ and report to the Mississippi Commander, explaining our mission carefully. I will take care of explanations. Our combined Chihuahua forces will simply wait for orders. Please advise your forces that I will coordinate efforts with Mississippi forces and will issue all orders to our combined forces under the authority granted by Paws himself.

END OF TOP SECRET MESSAGING TO VA CHIHUAHUA FORCES


Tom

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

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

this has to be quick, for if I am caught using the computer by Nurse Annie, I may lose more than whiskers.....we had a small engagement with a renegade group of chupes, off on their own and looking for trouble...there were only about 10 of them, and we dispatched them in quick order...not quick enough, however, since I got surprised from behind and got scratched by a chupe before he was poofed into oblivion....I admit I am not feeling well, and am in the infirmary under Annie's "tender" care......actually, she is pretty good at nursing....or I think she is since I seem to swim in and out of consciousness a lot.....mom went to the doctor yesterday who gave her some pills that make her sleep most of the time...if I was of a suspicious nature I might think annie was giving them to me, but she swears what I am going thru is common in chupe-poisoning cases and for me to suck it up and not be such a big baby.....sigh....such a bedside manner......*grin*....but she did bring me an extra cookie which was nice.....I did notice that since I don't have much appetite, Annie ate my cookie later *snicker*...I have passed along your message to our commander here....she said she has 3 Special Ops teams that she can send to meet you if you provide time and date and place...I hope to be out of here soon to join you.....

Roscoe who is feeling sleepy again and wantz-z-z-z-z

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Dear BFF,

You have no idea how much relief your last communication brought me. You may have forgiven me but I still find it hard to forgive myself for a slip that brought you pain my dear friend.

I can't be certain, but I think dad may have commissioned Annie to design Michaela's gown just so that Annie would have something to focus on other that her hurt feelings. Dad can be sneaky like that...sneaky like a coyote creeping in towards it prey. Heh heh. (Annie being the prey..snicker.)

But now to military matters. Our commander has given me permission to take four excellent Chihuahua special ops teams. One team will remain with Mississippi forces to show how effective chupe toxin is and to train members of the Mississippi forces how to use the anti-chupe toxin devices on ground. Another two teams will operate behind enemy lines, one team will serving primarily as gatherers of intelligence and one team to serve as destroyers of enemy resources (their food supplies, their ammunition dumps, etc.). One team will serve on both sides of the line. They will be the air force, each member being assigned a carrier eagle and using their specialized training in the bombing of chupes in battle and other concentration of chupe forces.

How are you doing with your commander? Do you have Chihuahua paws for ground operations yet? Please let me know your progress. I am free to fly with my entourage any time. I do want to wait until you are ready as well. It will be mutually beneficial to arrive there simultaneously so that we can not only assist the Mississippi Chihuahua military, but have each other's back as well.

Prince, who is going to visit Bowser in the kitchen to lend a tongue...er...paw in helping with meal prep. Heh heh.


Tom

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dearest friend and brother

I am not mad at you......I know how it is with annie....you can be going along, chatting nicely, all of a sudden she hones in on some innocent remark you just made and its like the world is on fire...yes, you let something slip, and she jumped on it like ants on a sugar cube, but such is life....its not like you let loose of important military secrets, although if you had, it probably would not have mattered since annie is only interested in comments that affect her....the swelling in my cheeks has gone done.....I am working on getting myself back into Her Highness' good graces....this afternoon I commented to mom in a Very Loud Voice that I had noticed Annie's sketches of some ball gowns that were so beautiful.....out of the corner of my eye I saw her puff up with pride and mom smiled, too--right before she dozed off again....the doctor has given her some meds that make her sleep a lot which, I suppose, is better than having her shrieking when she moves wrong....

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Dear TQ,

I am so sorry that you are in pain. But rest assured that you are not the only one. I too am in some pain due to surgery. Joanie is on her way to see a chiropractor as we speak. Roscoe is suffering the pain of whisker loss. Annie is experiencing hurt feelings. And Prince is in pain from his slip of tongue which led to the whole canine thing. His pain is possible loss of deep friendship.

Now the good thing is when everything is this far down, it has pretty much got to be uphill from here.

Tom, who has been respectfully demanded to vacate his computer so that his royal dogship can message someone.

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TO ROSCOE TOP SECRET
FROM PRINCE

Roscoe, I am certain that by now you have gotten the same communication from Paws that I got. I know that we are having our difficulties right now, but in the interest of military necessity I suggest we table those differences and difficulties until this Biloxi mess is cleared up. Are you with me on that brother?

Prince, who continues to feel sorry about his unfortunate slip of the tongue turning the good doctor into Ms. Hyde.

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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,

*typing 1-handed* I am off to see my local doctor about the recent crash landing I made on the side of our cast iron bathtub...annie is furious, especially since I am not taking her.....I have tried to explain that I am not criticizing her nursing abilities, but I need something for pain which keeps me up at night...and my moaning and walking around disturbs her sleep, so actually I am doing this to benefit HER so she will be able to get some decent sleep .....

as for the boys, this is what I have gathered:
1) Roscoe took Annie hiking. Annie was thrilled that her brother wanted to spend time with her
2) A few days ago Prince told Annie that the only reason Roscoe took her hiking was so that she would miss your surgery
3) Prince also indicated that everyone deliberately gave Annie the wrong date so that she would NOT be there for your surgery.
4) Annie about popped an artery due to anger and hurt feelings....she sobbed in my lap for HOURS and it took many biscuits and cookies to calm her down
5) Annie was crushed that Roscoe deceived her (she really looks up to him)
6)I have noticed a lack of whiskers on Roscoe's face
7) Roscoe has not said anything to me about anything, but I shall see what I can learn and get back to you

TQ who is in PAIN


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Dear TQ,

I do hope that you are feeling better after that nasty fall that you took. The kids managed to tell me all about it. It is fortunate that you have excellent nursing care by Annie. (Well, you do according to Annie.)

Speaking of our kids, what is going on? Do you have a clue. I mean, Annie is very angry at Roscoe. And Prince is moping around the house like the end of the world is at hand because of something his best friend and brother said to him. It's like all three are not able to tolerate each other. And they were the best of friends. I wish I knew what is going on so that we could help them work through this stuff and get their friendships back on.

Tom, who is scratching his head in total puzzlement.

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TO: PRINCE AND ROSCOE; TOP SECRET
FROM: PAWS, CURRENT NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR DEFENSE FROM CHUPACABRA

This is a national emergency of extreme importance. As you both know, there was concern over possible chupe war in Georgia. As it turns out, this was a planned distraction. Yes, I know, chupes are not known for being bright enough for such forethought, but apparently some of their members are evolving some sort of logical thinking. That is being researched as we speak, but now we must focus on the emergency.

If not Georgia, then where. War has broken out in Mississippi near the town of Biloxi. The Mississippi forces are proving no match for the chupes and have had to steadily retreat. One problem is that they did not take the anti-toxin seriously and consequently did not store any. Toxin is being shipped, but they need reinforcements.

Your tasks, Roscoe and Prince, will be to coordinate efforts with your respective commanders, take as large a force of special ops as you can in a practical sense and lead them into battle. It will be of the utmost importance that the two of you work closely on this endeavor. That is why you were chosen, because you have a unique comradeship. This will make your joint efforts natural.

I have advised eagle command. Two scout eagles are standing by for assist. Eagle command ensures me that all of their carrier eagles are on high alert and ready to render service. Currently there are 10 carriers for each of you available. Be sure to include bombardier Chihuahuas in each load so that you are ready for anything. Once landed and unloaded, the eagles are at your service and can be used in air strikes as well as transport. While we wish this was a situation that could be handled by air Chihuahuas alone, it is quite obvious that it will require paws on the ground.

One sad note: when you arrive you will see the war in full-wage. You will also see humans walking around doing business as though nothing is going on around them. These humans do not believe in chupacabra nor do they have a clue as to the dangers they will be exposed to if their Chihuahua defenders were defeated. Why oh why are so many humans so totally clueless. This is the sort of ignorance that could lead to the chupe-friendly candidate being elected to serve in Washington, DC.

Remember to keep in touch with each other and report to me progress and problems.


Tom

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

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

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dear Prince,

oh, no, dear brother....thanks for the offer of a lift and retreat to FL to hide from my sister, but that will not redeem you, HAHAHAHAHA......I will find something else you will have to do to repay me for you slip of the tongue and my whiskerless cheeks.....bwahaha.....mom hurt her side even worse last evening and so Annie is fully occupied with taking care of her, especially since my dad went into town this morning, therefore leaving the full "burden" upon Annie.....I actually haven't heard mom ask annie for anything, but I do see annie huffing and puffing with exertion as she does whatever it is that she does .....ever so casually I did ask A if she had applied cherry grass poultices to mom pain areas..(I was trying to avoid the mention of BC which would further annoy her),......"of course", she snapped, "alternated with ice packs".....then she huffed off.....I am thinking of making her a special lunch to show her how appreciated her nursing skills are, trying to look very humble and apologetic when I hand it to her (if you laugh I will pull you whisker out, *grin*)...I suppose I should see what "Cook" is making in the mess tent....................well, you didn't think I was going to cook it with my own dainty paws, did you? hahahahaha......

Prince who should probably go in and take a sniff at mom to check on her


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Dear Annie,

Obviously there are some grammatical errors in you composition, but as you say, poetic license. Has your mom ever listened to some of the music from the great movie Showboat. Even some of the song titles are grammatically erred. Ah well, moms. Dads too of course, but maybe more often for other things. :)

Annie, it seems to me that you should let the design work go for now. You're mom definitely needs your nursing services. I mentioned the fall to BC and she said cherry grass poultices. She also said that TQ should be examined by a human doctor as long as she is in VA and BC is in FL. Then she sort of snorted and left.

I did get the cookies. Well, my dad got them and opened them. Then he saw that they were for me and called showed me the contents of the box. Nothing but crumbs Annie. I mean, the box was full, nothing had been taken. But the whole mess had crumbled. I asked dad what he thought might have happened. Dad said that maybe EGGmail was not all that careful with the package. (You did neglect to mark it fragile.) Then dad looked and me, smiled and said, "I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles." Oh brother!

Prince, who is making cookie crumb and milk mush.

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TO ROSCOE * TOP SECRET * FOR ROSCOE'S EYES ONLY
FROM PRINCE

I'm sending this via military top secret messaging to keep wondering eyes away from it, especially you know who.

Brother, I am so very sorry for the slip up. One little slip and Annie was all over it. I tried my best to cover but it didn't work. Again, I am so so sorry Ros.

I've talked with dad and he said that you could visit for as long as you would like. If you wish, I'll arrange eagle transport and get you here post haste before there are any other uncomfortable Annie incidents. I like your sister during her disarmingly sweet moments, but oh how she can turn. I think your mom should have named her Dr. Jekyll. We could handled renaming her Ms. Hyde at those appropriate moments. Her sweetness disarms and you let your guard down (like I did). She would make a great spy if she had greater self control during her Hyde moments.

Prince, who is not feeling well after eating some cookie crumb milk mush, the cookie crumbs being complements of your sister.


Tom

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

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

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

I admit I was a little frustrated with mom for not letting me eat the mouse I found in her trash can...after all "finders, keepers"....however, I have composed a song about this
"oh, I love them mousies
Mousies what I love to eat
Bite they little heads off
Nibble on they tiny feet"......I should send you a video of me singing it....simply delightful

mom claims there are some grammatical errors in my song, but I told her "artistic license"...that ended that!

mom fell on Mon. and hit her side on the top/side of the cast iron bathtub, severely bruising her side and perhaps cracking a rib....she is driving me nuts with the moaning and groaning....it is difficult for a little dog to get in some quality meditation.....

your dad is cracking the whip to have me design an outfit for his dance partner....the extravaganza is only a few months away and so much for me to do....I may have to make one or more trips to FL to make sure the gown fits properly.....your dad says I do not need to help Mikaela with her choreography, but I have seen her dance, and believe me, she has always needed my help in the past....your dad has a definite idea in mind, and getting That Woman into gear may take some work on my part....Have you ever met her? she is a nice person, but she will need my help....

Mom is thinking about putting the mirror back outside tomorrow morning when she knows Boy George will be around....she is a bit worried that he may take seeing that "other buck" as a challenge, but wants to try get good pictures....we shall see...I have seen myself in the mirror and know I am quite gorgeous, but am not sure how a male deer will react

Annie who is exhausted between taking care of mom, putting up with the moaning noise, working for your dad, and guarding at night against the raccoon


p.s. did you get the cookies?
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dear Prince

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?? My sister is on the warpath....all the wawas are laughing and I think they are quite relieved that her anger is focused on me.....she walked up to me this morning while I was sitting in the mess tent discussing today's schedule with some of the team leaders...she looked calm and greeted everyone politely....then she said, "excuse me gentlemen", turned towards me, placed paws on each side of my face and yanked out almost all of my whiskers!! "Prince told me about the hiking trip" is all she said and walked out.....she has ignored me every time I try to speak to her....then she went and cried to mom...sigh....they are both giving me angry looks....I am rearranging my schedule and the special ops and I will be out in the field for a few days...hopefully, tempers will have be back to normal when we return....you will be able to contact me if necessary, of course......and you so owe me, brother, for this incident....

Roscoe who is so planning to collect on his "owe" from Prince one day soon
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Dear Annie,

Thanks for researching the squirrel / rabies thing. That tells me something of utmost importance. It suggests that the rabid squirrel in our neighborhood was, in fact, a chupacabra in disguise. With the approval of our Florida Commander I have dispatched a special ops team to hunt down and poofinate said disguised rodent. Needless to say, they carry anti-chupe toxin with them.

Interesting tail about the mirror. In the end (tail) one has to wonder if the deer was fearful, upset with the potential competition, or just admiring his beautiful self. There is no doubt in my mind that this sweet deer is quite sweet on himself, considering himself one hot dude!

Congratulation on your mouse success story. It is good that you could evict without killing. Now the mouse can live until he becomes nourishment for one of our feathered predator friends. The eagles and I thank you for your service.

Prince, who is feeling pretty good after having a Bowser waffle this morning (better even than his pancakes).

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Dear Annie,

I like your thinking about Michaela's hair. I am so looking forward to seeing your first drawing of your creation. I know her gown will be lovely. Now then, I really don't think that you need to help her with her choreography. In fact, if you try, it might aggravate her a tad and might make her resistant to wearing the lovely gown that you are designing. You know how sensitive artists can be, and Michaela is definitely an artist. Well, come to think of it, so are you. That's why I'm having you design the gown.

Tom, who is quite stuffed after one of those fantastic Bowser waffles this morning.

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TO ROSCOE - TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP SECRET
FROM PRINCE

I'm afraid, bro, that I may have screwed up this morning. I was on canine facebook and got into a casual conversation with Annie. I should have known that no conversation with her is ever casual. Anyway, she seems to have gotten from it a suggestion that perhaps the mountain adventure was less than accidental but rather a planned ploy to keep her away during surgery. The last thing she said was that she was looking for you. I sent you a quick note on cannine facebook, but in case you don't get it, beware of what you say. She may at this point try to trap you. Needless to say, we both know that her Bite is every bit as bad as her bark. So beware brother, and my apologies for having let something possibly slip. (Of course I blamed it on dad.)

Also, there is a report that the Trumpet's hairpiece is on the loose. Beware of it as it can be dangerous, very very dangerous. One operative managed to get a photo of it. This is it:



Tom

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

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

according to the Center for Disease Control "Small mammals such as squirrels, ... are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States", so your comment that squirrels could bite me or my mom when rabid is in error...most likely......perhaps you were thinking of alligators...I bet they have rabies....or course, with their big teeth, who would dare to bite them?...either way, I am not fond of squirrels, but they are somehow not as creepy as a raccoon.....

yesterday mom put out a 5' tall skinny mirror propped up against the trunk of the willow tree where the birdfeeders are....the birds and the squirrels did not seem at all upset by seeing themselves, but one of the does was quite concerned about it.....she would extend out her nose and pitch her ears forward, not understanding how it looked like another deer, but did not smell like one......it was fascinating to watch she said (*yawning), but she brought the mirror in this morning because she did not like seeing the deer scared.....that stupid raccoon did not show up...if the mirror scared him away then I saw keep it there permanently!

we have 2 fawns that come here with their mamas....mom had not seen them since the coyotes were here last week so she asked one of the does to bring them by here, if possible, just so she could see that they are okay....today the does brought one of the fawns....mom was quite pleased about that....

I did it again! mom came into her craft room, wondering what I was doing in there....I had a mousie trapped in the trash can! mom threw a towel over the top and took it outside and let is loose...she did not understand, she said, that I wanted to take care of the mouse myself ....mom said I am an extremely good sniffer (it comes natural)....she patted me on the head, but did not give me the cookie that I was hoping for.......maybe she is saving it for a surprise after dinner

Annie who wouldn't mind a stack of Bowser's pancakes
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dear Tom

glad to hear you viewed the Cinderella video, and I agree the Prince's pants with the red strip are just not suitable....I have been at my drawing board all day designing Mikaela's dress....I really think I should be there to help her with the choreography....as you know I am naturally a superior dancer and having seen her in the past, she needs my help.....besides sparkly shoes and a sparkly dress, I think she should wear long gloves for that romantic look.....I agree that her hair should be down, although having it swept up on the sides MIGHT be okay....I will factor this in as I draw out possible dress styles for her.....

Annie who is natural designer and artist....and, as you said,...genius


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Dear Annie,

Yes Annie, raccoons are natural thieves. It's what they do. And yes Annie, you do have many valuables. That reminds me (though certainly not a part of this conversation), I've been meaning to ask you where you get all of your valuables. Well, just curious you know.

As for rabies, well yes, they can carry rabies. On the other hand, so can many animals including squirrels. And yet squirrels are welcomed to the yard. Sometimes I hear they may even come indoors. Thing is Annie, seems a bit of a double standard to me. But, just saying. Granted, we most definitely would not want HENrietta to be eaten by one of those critters.

BC showed me the letter you sent her Annie. Somehow "Suck eggs, girl" seems a strange way to encourage her to have a good meal. But perhaps it just got lost in the translation somehow. I guess I'll leave your relationship with BC up to the two of you. I'll certainly never understand it; nor want to.

Dad is becoming a bit of a challenge. He went outside yesterday to take pictures and did not, I repeat, DID NOT take me with him. Grrrrrrr! I was fit to be tied, though I'd most certainly hate it if I were tied. But Annie, he was out there for an hour. Yes, he was taking pictures. Yes, he wore a cap to protect his beautiful bald head. But for an hour...without ME! I've said it before and I'll say it again... Grrrrrrrrrr!

Prince, who is wondering why Bowser isn't here yet.

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Dear Annie,

You certainly have lots of ideas. It's good that I chose to ask you for help with the outfitting of partner and self.

Michaela is a brunette. I shall assume that she will remain so for the next showcase. Currently she has fairly long hair which sometimes flows behind her and sometimes is held in a bun or other above the head devise. I like it flowing for our dance and will suggest that to her. I mean, it's a romantic waltz you know.

I checked on line for the Cinderella dance and observed the movie of the comic version of the dance per your suggestion (though you had suggested renting). I liked the colors except for his pants. Don't like that reddish touch. Then in my mind I altered it to a degree. I'm thinking white and blue combination. You know, a deep sky blue. I'd be all white of course, except for some sort of a splash blue that matches exactly the color of her lovely blue dress. Hmmm...oh, I had better let you do the designing. But you know, your suggestion about the movie was a stroke of genius Annie.

Tom, who is hearing Bowser at the door.

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Dear Roscoe,

Sometimes I think my dad is nuts. I mean really, he is working on that dance routine he choreographed a while back. Now don't misunderstand me, the tune that he is going to dance to is beautiful, but over and over and over during this day and every day? And then he gets this far away dreamy look in his eyes as he dances in his mind to this music. He even made a flick with different dancers doing the steps he plans to do and dancing to this tune. Now watching it makes it possible to see the whole routine, but really, when the people change and change while dancing. Oh good gravy train, I do hope I survive this.

Price, who needs to help Bowser in the kitchen.


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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Raccoons steal (and I have many valuables)
....they are prone to rabies around here, a disease that might make your buddy want to bite me...or mom....and they are shifty---they never take off that mask...they eat chickens when there is not a good bite of Belgian basset around...we only have one chicken left (which is fine with me)..mom would be Very Upset if your buddy eats HEN-rietta
mom feels uncomfortable about the rabies thing which is why she does not want him around so often.....I just don't like his attitude...

don't worry about my letter to BC...I told her I understood her natural jealousy of my abilities and invited her to partake of some eggs....perhaps a good meal would make her calmer and more agreeable...I was only thinking of her, after all....

I am glad you are listening to me about taking care of your dad and his health...proper eating is essential to his recovery

Annie who is thinking about dinner and a nap

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dear Tom

what color of fur....er, hair does your partner have? after all, a blonde would not look so good in a mustardy greeny-dull yellow....for some reason, when I think of this dance thing, a cool ice blue comes to mind with lots of sparkles, either clear cut glass, real diamonds, silver sequins and/or glitter...pearls are a possibility, but only as a last effort (altho I always look stunning in pearls)......an emerald color is always nice if she can carry it off....hmmm....this will take some thinking about....there is a color lighter than taupe, but not silver that looks like water....it would be lovely......especially with sparkly things.....she needs to think "Cinderella at the ball" hmm...both of you should rent the Disney cartoon version of Cinderella (the original) and watch the scene where everyone is dancing at the ball...hmmm...let me think about this more.....so much is running through my mind........sparkly high heels, of course....

do you have a suit? a kerchief in the same color as Cinderella's...er, Michaela's dress would be nice...or a matching cumberbund......it sounds as though I may need to come down sometime before the show.....but only after you have had a couple of rehearsals so I can help you with the choreography if necessary (you, I know, Tom, can dance, but Michaela may need my assistance).....

Annie who is off to the drawing board and may need to meditate on this issue a lot

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Dear Annie,

Thanks for your offer to help with my medical needs, but I feel that medical is being expertly covered. And I'm sure that you must have misread that note from BC. I haven't seen it, but I doubt that it was snitty. Perhaps she worded things slightly differently than you would have and you misunderstood her words. When two people communicate, this sometimes happens. Anyway, I'm sure BC would not intentionally be snooty with you sweet Annie.

Now then, while I am not in need of your medical assistance, I would like some help with another matter. Please don't rush down here for this. You will likely be able to work at it at home far better, though it may take full concentration, so if you don't mind, you could respectfully request Chihuahua assistance with that nasty raccoon business. It would be good if you didn't have that as an obstruction to your creative thinking processes.

What I am talking about is this. During the next showcase, provided I have no more medical emergencies, I plan to dance a romantic waltz with my pro partner Michaela. The waltz music is slow and the dance seductive. No Annie, I have it choreographed and that is not what I am asking. I recall though that you have excellent taste in clothing design. We will need a waltz gown for her and suitable matching clothes for me. I can wear a suit or perhaps a shirt and slacks. Her gown must be absolutely elegant which is why I am requesting this of you. And my outfit should be distinctive but sport a small splash of color that matches the color of her dress. Keep in mind that this is not hot like cha cha, so keep reds to a minimum. Something cool perhaps, such as blue or...well, let me leave that to your expert consideration. But remember, this is romance. It is soft and tender and filled with loving passion. It is not hot, but rather warm. It is the stage of falling in love just before the total giving into love. And it is pure. Well, silly me, I'm sure you are well acquainted with the stage of love that I am talking about. Well, Annie, that should be enough for you to begin to consider your design. Please take your time as the next showcase will be in late January or the month of February, 2017. When you are ready, I will send you our measurements. That is, of course, if you decide to accept this challenge.

Tom, who is in need of carefully reviewing his choreography and learning it well so that when he teaches it to his pro partner he will be able to teach it well.

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Dear Annie,

BC showed me the last letter that you wrote her. She said that it expresses how you really are quite well. All I could say to her was something like: "To thy own self be true." I think that came from Franklyn Roosevelt, but a lot of great folks have followed that advise. BC just giggled for some reason and left. Oh well.

Sorry you are having raccoon problems. Really though, once you get to know those guys you will find they aren't bad folks...well, except for their habitual stealing. But they can't help that. It's just built into them.

Now the good news. Dad gets to return to a nearly normal diet today. He can also increase his food quantity. I'm counting on Bowser to increase food all around. If he doesn't, he will, for the first time ever, experience the wrath of Prince. He doesn't want to experience the wrath of Prince, believe me.

Prince, who is snickering and trying to figure out what wrath really is.


Tom

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dear Tom

I wrote a lovely letter to BC, sincerely apologizing for missing the surgery and offering her any help she might need from me, but what I received in return was a very snippy note...I realize she is extremely jealous of my natural nursing abilities, but really, there was no call for such behavior....perhaps it would be best if I refrained from bothering the envious little twit in the future....however, please know that I am here 24/7 if you need me for ANYTHING, medical or otherwise.....

you know things are extremely busy here, requiring my constant vigilance ......for example: last night I sat up on the front porch for HOURS in order to keep that nasty raccoon away....I tried growling from my bed, but he kept returning until I decided to sit outside and show him I meant business.....

still.....I will gladly turn over the raccoon assignment to one of the wawas if you decide to send an eagle to fetch me....my trunk is always packed in case I am called away unexpectedly to help with an emergency

Annie who is a naturally superior nurse
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Dear BC,

got your rude message....your jealousy is understandable...however, ......suck eggs, girl!

Annie is naturally superior at all things, including all medical care and procedures
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dear Prince

good luck with the eating issues and your dad...perhaps you could persuade bowser that during his recovery your dad might need to be encouraged to eat a bit more than usual...(and, of course, you will be next to him to assist in any way necessary, including removing uneaten food so neither your dad or bowser will feel badly)


BC seems quite jealous of my natural nursing talents and out of sheer stubbornness will probably refrain from calling me for help when needed, no matter how desperate...please keep an eye on her and on your dad as well, and call me if any problems arise...send an eagle and I will be there immediately....

your stupid raccoon friend was here last night wanting his photo taken...he has dreams of having his likeness put on the cover of Raccoon News Today....I told him you were not here and to go away...he scampered back into the woods, but soon showed up again...finally I had to sit out on the porch to remind him that he is not welcome here....I left him a map on how to get to Florida, but he did not pick it up....I have put a large apple on it in the hopes that if he returns tonight he will be attracted to the juicy snack and then see the map (what a dodo he is!)

Annie who is tired of that masked intruder, but will not let him share my gondola to FL (and
who is an natural expert on all things medical, including a poor appetite)

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Dear Annie,

I liked your suggestion of cleaning dad's plate. Unfortunately, his appetite is back and he only takes small portions anyway. It's really aggravating if you know what I mean. heh heh.

Prince, who is now dad's right paw man.

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Dear Annie,

Please don't worry about experiencing date-confusion. My doctor is the greatest and has had the excellent input by my home nurse/doctor BC. She had mentioned that you seemed a trifle upset by missing the dates, but I assure you that I was in absolutely excellent paws. There is, after all, none better than our own Baby Cakes. And with my other human doctor and Prince at my side, I made out quite well. So please, Annie, don't trouble yourself with concerns over not being here. In my mind you were with me in spirit, and that helped me more than you know.

Tom, whose recovery is progressing nicely

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Dear NURSE Annie,

It might have been nice to have had you with us during Tom's surgical ordeal. You could have taken dirty laundry to the laundry room, served Tom his food, emptied his catheter bag, and cleaned his room after procedures were finished. We had to have a Chihuahua orderly in to help with those things. But don't worry about it. We all managed quite well without you.

DOCTOR Baby Cakes


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Tom

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

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

if you eat dinners made by BOTH bowser AND your mom you will soon have a figure like Annie...hehehe....actually I envy you as dinner here tonight appears to be just kibble, plain dry kibble....I am feeling steak-ish.....oh well.....Annie and I got leftover pizza at breakfast which was pretty good

Cpt. Thornfoot was a pretty good soldier when he was working on that secret mission for us.....perhaps we will use his services again some day....I know Annie can be a real pain in the tail, but if one can find a way to deal with her in a positive way, then this helps to develop inter-personal and negotiating skills, both useful....some canines are not comfortable in alternative ways of looking at or dealing with situations that may not respond to traditional methods...once the deep snows start in S. Dakota, you may get a plea from Cpt. Thornfoot asking for a transfer to your militia....perhaps you could suggest he join the Calif. team... cool dude *snicker*

Roscoe is going to see if there is anything good to eat in the mess tent
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Dear Prince

I am glad to hear your dad is feeling better, but if he does not have much of an appetite you may find yourself FORCED to clean his plate for him.....he may protest, trying to be kind to you, but it is your DUTY not to let the food that your mom paid good money for go to waste....

Annie who is feeling like cookies and ice cream tonight
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dear tom

I am so embarrassed....mom got the surgery dates mixed up and so I missed your operation...I know you were counting on me to be there to guide both the dr. and BC.... do you need me to come down and hold your paw...er, hand... as you recover? I would be glad to do so, although mom says you are probably doing well with Prince and Bc by your side....I have been very busy here trying to keep the pregnant does in line....they are acting slightly aggressive and chase their husband all over the place.....I have barked at them severely many times to calm down...other times I just stay out of their way....mom says hormones are unpredictable....hmmmm...

did you hear I am a heroine...again? I chased away a bear that wanted to attack me and Roscoe when we were out hiking....Roscoe was amazed! it's true...I am amazing!!

Annie, queen of bear chasers
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Dear BC

I am so sorry that I missed attending Tom's surgery...I know you were counting on me to be there to guide you...If you have any questions, please feel free to give me call anytime....if I am in the midst of poses, I will return your call as soon as I am done.....if you feel you need me there send an eagle and I will be there! (I have a travel trunk packed at all times so I can be ready immediately)

Annie who is always willing to help out those in need


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Dear Roscoe,

I just got home (I'll explain) and found your letters. Just before my dad went up to have his new medical procedure, I was offered the treat of a trip in the car by mom. It wasn't until we had traveled a short while that I found the real reason for the trip. It seems Uncle Bob had to work long hours and could not care for me while they were gone. Mom took me to the spa. Yes, that's right! The Florida spa! This is a place I have only been on one previous occasion.

Well, I spent my time there, and frankly the staff was nice providing me with lots of treats. I felt a little at home because my family chose to send my food that I am familiar with rather than make me eat alien food. My care givers were fun to be with. But nights were hard. The caregivers went home, and while we had periodic visits by one caregiver, he just made rounds and made certain everyone was OK. But I adjusted knowing in my heart that my family would rescue me in the long run. And sure enough, mom dropped dad off at home and then got me. Oh, did I mention, they give report cards and I got an excellent behavior rating. Mom told dad about that while we were driving and I heard my dad's voice. He was so very proud of me.

When I got home, dad was on the couch with his feet propped up on the recliner. He was literally wrapped in pillows with the thickest one toward the center of the recliner where I live between them (except when I can slip on the recliner side until dad or mom tell me to move). After my initial greeting and a little more loving and petting stuff he tossed most of the pillows with the exception of the one between him and me. I think he is afraid my greetings will be a little too enthusiastic, and perhaps initially they were since I was so happy to see him that I forgot he is still recovering from that horrible surgery (whatever that is).

Well, mom is fixing dinner (our normal chef is off) and she may need some help.

Prince who is loving the smells coming from the kitchen.

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I am sorry to hear about Cpt. Thornfoots leaving, but I'm not surprised. I've observed his increasing discontent. I have a feeling he will be less satisfied with S Dakota than previously. He sees that outfit as a spit and polish military establishment and this is how he came up through the ranks. But my guess is that he will miss the action that we have here. It's one think to march through snow drifts and an entirely different thing to experience the action that we have here.

You can march very effectively through snow drifts with that military air about you. They think of themselves as totally fit. But all they are fit for is taking orders and counting (Hut one hut two hut one two three four). When it comes to action, military discipline is of course required, but so is the freedom to creatively seek out and destroy the enemy. Now that's where we come in. The Florida military and VA military are creative chupe seekers and battle hardened vets. You know, for now maybe it is better not to have someone who cannot deal creatively with chupes or with Annie but would prefer just marching and ordering and following orders.

Perhaps someday he will understand the difference. Let's hope so. For now if he is happy there, then so be it. He may not see chupe action that far north but surely there will be something to occupy his narrow mind. So we can forgive him and wish him the best for now.

Prince, who still needs to help mom in the kitchen....wait, Bowser just arrived. Oh joy!


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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you know that look that your parents' can give you that make you feel so guilty even if they don't say anything? mom has just given me that look after listening to Annie tell her tall tales of travel and adventure, all, of course, where she was extremely put upon, but always the heroine.....sigh..........I guess I am in "the dog house" once again

the gondola ride home with annie was less than enjoyable, what with her complaining constantly and being a stinking muddy mess....our courier eagle also gave us the rolling eyeball look of disdain....he didn't say anything, but when we got off, I overheard him mutter "now I understand"...still, we probably would have gotten away without incident if I had remembered to stuff a ham sandwich in Annie's mouth as we disembarked from the gondola (not that I had a ham sandwich).....Her Highness Miss Big Mouth had to go and make a loud remark disparaging the eagle's "big, yellow, hideous clown feet".....for her lack of politeness she got her tail nipped by an enraged eagle....Annie squealed and leaped into the air.....then she and the eagle got into a staring match.....finally, they both huffed and turned away, the eagle to his hamburger and annie scurrying into the house...she cried pitifully to mom...until she realized that what mom meant by "let me take care of that" included 3 baths (to get the mud and the stink off her as well as wash the "wounded" tail), but afterwards she got a bandaid on her tail and a cookie...she was last heard humming "I'm so pretty, oh so pretty" before curling up and going to bed.....

the eagle is going to remain her for a few days to assist in transporting some of the troops to a new area for training maneuvers...I feel an unfamiliar area will shake them out of their complacency of always being in an area they are familiar with and make them more aware and alert....a few...ahem...booby traps have already been set up in the area...but that is our little secret...hehehehe

how is your dad doing? you mentioned he has difficulty getting around to take you outside when necessary....why not borrow a page out of Annie's book and borrow his credit card, order a doggie door...or two...and pay somebody to come out and install them while your dad is napping....surely he won't be upset when he realizes you did this out of kindness and compassion for him.....please give him our greetings and best wishes.....

Roscoe who is never going hiking with his idiot sister again...never!...ever!

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I didn't notice when I first got home that our friend Cpt. Thornfoot was not around...when I got to my office I found this message in a sealed envelope from him on my desk, right next to my water dish so I could not miss it

TO: Roscoe
From: CPT Thornfoot

when I joined your militia it was because I had heard many reports of its topnotch reputation....and VA is much milder in the winter than our S. Dakota ones...quite frankly, I was tired of the cold and snow

as you know, I recently took a few days personal leave and went back to S. Dakota to visit with family, friends and to see my old mates in my SD militia...I was invited to join them on several of their manuvers....Roscoe, I am a military man...I like things orderly. I like the strict and strenuous requirements of a military life....I did not realize how much I appreciated them until after I left home....your group in Va is extremely effective and everyone seems to know their job....yet, the VA team does not have that strict military feel to it....in fact, compared to marching in snow over my head in SD, VA is more like a vacation at Disneyland...perhaps this is due to nightly cookies, or yoga classes, etc....let's face it, your sister is bossy and nuts and, at least in her mind, she runs everything even if she is not an enlisted military personnel...During my vacation home I realized that I do NOT enjoy this air of ...um...being at the circus or in it, that envelops the VA militia....Therefore, I feel I must resign my position under your command and return to the SD militia and all that it holds dear to my little military heart....your commander has already received approval and sent in the transfer papers to the SD commander....of course, I am always willing to assist you and Prince in any endeavors in the war against the chupes................this is contingent upon my not having to spend more than 2 days in Annie's presence again...on this I hold firm
YOUR FRIEND AND FELLOW SOLDIER
CPT. THORNFOOT,
SD MILITIA

Prince, I was shocked! I understand that Annie can be a bit much, but ....really? oh well....

Roscoe who must go reevaluate the type of militia we are running here

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Between eagle scouts and Chihuahua trackers we have located Annie. Poor baby was in the pond near the edge. All four legs were deep in mud and her body under water. Only her head remained above the water and it looked like one of the stones that the Chihuahuas crossed. As soon as one of the Chihuahuas placed his paw upon Annie's head, he knew something was different. He checked. Yep, it was Annie.

Removing her from the lake was not easy. The Chihuahua special ops had to strap rope around her, one strap around her underside near her front legs and one strap near her rear legs. The carrier eagle then got involved. The gondola was removed from the harness and hooks took its place. One hook was strung under each rope. The carrier eagle first struggled with weight buried in mud, but eventually Annie began to move upward, all of this time howling and yelling, "Be careful, oh please be careful...howl." Once lowered onto dry land, the Chihuahuas unhooked and removed the ropes.

Annie then turned to the Chihuahua who found her and growled, "YOU STEPPED ON MY HEAD; how dare you!"

Charlie Chihuahua the said, "Yep, good thing too. That's how we found you!"

Annie thought about it for a moment and then begrudgingly said, "Uh, thanks." Then she pranced along the trail as though nothing had ever happened, back to our camp. It was to see her, but you know Annie, she can be a mess!

Not too long after she returned to camp, we sat down and started mulling over the events of the day. I asked her why she had left camp by herself, but she didn't have time to answer. Out of a wild patch of weeds and bushes walked a black bear. Annie darted behind me and behind a bush. She then started howling...and howling...and...well, howling.

I felt uncomfortable but I had brought Annie here and felt responsible for her. I stayed put, staring deeply into the bears eyes. The bear rose from the ground looking as ferocious as possible. I stood my ground. I guess between my staring and Annie's howling, the bear got a bit confused and unnerved, because it simply turned around and headed back into the woods.

Needless to say Annie and I broke camp. I gave Annie her cell which I claimed to have found and which made her happy. I then contacted eagle services and asked for additional carrier eagles. I have sent Annie's luggage on the current eagle. The other eagles will be here shortly because they had an assignment nearby in North Carolina. We will be home tonight.

Roscoe, who is clearing camp, making certain that all parts look better than when we arrived. (That's a struggle because Annie keeps leaving things here and there or tosses scrap on the ground. Oh well, Annie is Annie but we love her.

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Dear Prince with cc: mom

I'm a hero. Roscoe and I made camp and were visited by a grizzly bear. I bravely howled at him until he couldn't take it anymore and ran away. It was funny really seeing him go. I had to sooth poor Roscoe's nerves before we could board the gondola and start our trip home.

Hey mom, get eagle payment ready, and you might want to let the Chihuahua's know about my heroism, especially the scribe.


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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Good to get your message...I have seen the eagles overhead...one of them dropped 3 sniffers/trackers nearby and they headed towards the pond...they all circled the pond several times and now are having a conference....I am watching from a distance as I don't want to interrupt them, but they do seem a little confused...what has my sister done?

I am glad to hear your dad is home and recovering under your care...point out to your dad that those are bones in the box are obviously for you and you should therefore be allowed to have them whenever you want them...phrase it politely, of course....and don't mention the caramel dipping sauce that we have hidden youknowhwere, the stuff we brought back from the conference....(unless you've already gobbled it all *grin*)

aha! one of the trackers is carefully walking across the pond on some rocks that are sticking out of the water...I will let you know what happens as soon as there is something to report...and if she shows up at your house, pls. let us know

Roscoe who is exhausted and ready to return home as soon as his lunatic sister is located....



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Dear Roscoe,

I have heard nothing from or about Annie. I'm quite concerned. In fact, I've called eagle HQ who are sending the scout eagles to search as well as one carrier eagle for standby when she is found. If I were you, I would not wander to far from where you were when she went missing. She may find a way to return. I've given the scout eagles the information that the German Sheppard shared with you, though pointed out that it was speculative. I've talked with our commander and she has opted to send some of our best sniffer Chihuahuas to help in the search on the ground. The will be riding with the one carrier eagle on his trip to your location. When they fly they will be coasting above the trail from Georgia on. My guess is that Annie has not gone far, knowing her. She is probably sleeping under a tree along the trail. Please keep me informed of progress.

BC and I have been trying to take good care of dad since his return home. He is quite sore and has a hard time getting up and sitting down. Sometimes it's been a real challenge getting him to let me outside to take care of natural needs. But somehow he manages. I guess he doesn't want to clean it up from the inside. Mom is working today, so that means it is all on me to take care of dad. Well, I do my best.

A box arrived yesterday with all sorts of neat things inside. There were two special treats that I suspect you or Annie or both included. For a moment I thought dad was going to eat one of them, but then he gave it to me and I really really liked it. There is one left, but I'm not certain when I'll get that one. I may have to help myself. (grin) Maybe my folks will thing the missing one was lost by them and replace it with a box of them. (snicker)

Prince, who is about to try to eat part of a waffle that dad left. It's pretty high up but I have talents. (snicker).

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Dear TQ,

I am really looking forward to eating some of those treats from box we recieved. Right now I have severe restrictions on diet, but eventually that will change and I'll be able to enjoy them. They all look wonderful, a fact confirmed by Joanie. Thanks so much for sending them.

Tom, who is struggling just to move around this morning. Between soreness and tiredness it's a struggle. I think some of the anesthesia is still in me. I'll be glad when it is not.

Again, thanks for that box of treats!

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 Mom

don't worry, Annie is with me...the batteries in her phone died and my phone is about out of charge....we are just enjoying a bit of brother-sister bonding time

Roscoe who is enjoying a vacation with his favorite sister
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dear Prince,

have you or your dad heard anything from Annie? she and I took an eagle flight just over to where the Trail goes near Greensboro...its not far from home, but would be a different ...and frankly, I don't think the eagle could take much more of Annie's comments without resorting to canine-eagle violence.....we landed smoothly and began our hike....within 15 mins. I began hearing "are we there yet?", "it's hooottt", "I'm tired", "my paws hurt",..... whining, whining, whining...like an oversized Belgian mosquito.....at minute #16, she pulled out her phone and announced "I am gonna call mom to come pick us up"....sheesh! what a baby! I pretended to admire greatly her phone which she had covered in rhinestones and other glittering do-dads....Annie handed it to me to admire more closely and, whoops!, I "accidentally" dropped it over the cliff into a pond of water far, far below....let me tell you, brother, that was one angry pooch, but I had brought along provisions especially for such moments and pulled out a bag of puffy, soft coconut cookies, in shades of pink and white....
I suggested we stop and rest in a quiet, shady glade and even mentioned that we might go swimming in the pond where I dropped her phone, perhaps retrieving it, but when Annie realized we would have to hike 2 mi. down to the pond and then 2 mi. back up to get back to the trail my dear sister opted to stay where we were and practice poses in the cool breezes here......the next morning, we started out again on the trail, although Annie seemed to have considerably less bounce in her waddle.....we walked further, and after lunch found a nice place, off the trail, to rest and practice poses....when I woke up she was gone!!! I raced around everywhere looking for her, even venturing back down the trail and the pond to see if she was searching for her phone, but no Annie.....I met a german shepherd who was walking with his humans who said he may have seen her heading towards Georgia, but he wasn't 100% it was Annie....what'll I do?!! you know she can't survive on her own....and if I tell mom I have lost her, well.....there will be H E double chopsticks to pay

Roscoe who is both annoyed and worried about his dim-witted sister

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