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8/15/17 1:16 P

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Dear Annie,

I do understand. Just take care of your mom. When she is feeling better we can continue our conversations, but right now just concentrate on your nursing duties. That will be a full time job.

Prince, who is still taking care of dad

Tom

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8/15/17 12:37 A

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dear pRINCE

sinnce mom's surgery she is having a lot of idfficulty reading any sort of print.....she will not be able to be here often.....dr. BC is amazed at my natural nursing powers/ skills.....(as she should be).......it is good you are at home becuz your dad would hve a fit over your diet here....Roscoe hs become qquite fond of the candy Starbursts which myy dad shares with him......the other night certain wawas commentedd on how the rumbling of my little basset tummy could alert the chupes to our posistion....caan you believe that i had to put up with such mockery?!!...at the hospitL MOM MET 2 PET THerpyEDgs swho assured her the hospital was cchupe-free and were on alert......i hope mom makes or guys some icee-cream soon

Annie who is exhausted from all her nursing requirements.....

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8/6/17 12:50 P

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Dear Annie,

Boy, if Tom and Prince didnít need me so much here, Iíd come up to that hospital and give them ďwhat forĒ for forcibly removing my precious Baby Cakes. That action by the hospital makes my hair stand on end! Grrrrrrr!

Iím thinking perhaps the surgeon could use his influence as a doctor on staff at the hospital to have Baby Cakes allowed in so that she can assist him. Barring that, perhaps your mom could smuggle you in when she goes in. Oh, and by the way, how long will she be away? Do you know?

It makes no sense to bar canines from the hospital. It must be a very backward hospital. Do they not allow therapy dogs in the hospital? When Tom had his cancer surgery, they brought around therapy dogs. Tom had a huge smile on his face as soon as the dog got there. Well, see what I mean? I guess Prince wasnít so happy though when Tom got home and he smelled the therapy pooch. Prince didnít say much except for a sniff and a look because he was so happy to have his daddy back home.

Annie, please give your mom our best. We are all thinking about her and wishing the best for her.

Bowser, who needs to make lunch.


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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8/6/17 11:50 A

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dear Bowser

as you may have learned, your lovely wife was forcibly removed from the hospital, partially becuz they have a very discriminatory No Dogs rule and because my mom was not there...they let her come home for the weekend, although she will go back tonight for her surgery which was rescheduled for tomorrow....mom has done a lot of snuggling with me and Roscoe, saying she will miss us.....this is understandable, but slightly annoying......she kept saying there was a surprise coming for us, but did not tell us it was The Kid.....sometimes you and Tom keep Prince on a very strict diet, but we could have used some of that close supervision....we ate chicken, DQ sausage biscuits, and when it came to the chocollate cake, i was so full i refused to eat any until out of mere politeness i FORCED myself to take a tiny bite so as not to hurt anyone's feelings...sheesh! lst night there were roasted marshsmallows and while mom said i was limited to 1, Roscoe and BC did not ccome out for nay so i was again forced to suck down 3 due to sheer politeness and good manners......i slid as much over to the wawas becuz i m a natural sharer, but it was difficult.... mom's doctor lives not too far from here, so BC has gone oover to his farm to visit him and have an in-depth discussion with him about the benefits of cherry grass...i am sure she will make him see the light......it will be goood to have her assistance here when mom returns home

Annie who spies Roscoe asleep under the hammock and is going to go "consult" with him
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8/3/17 2:14 P

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Dear Annie,

It is good to know that you are on duty and ready to care for your mom as soon as she returns from the hospital. She truly will need you.

Meanwhile, I am hopping an eagle red eye flight Thursday night and will arrive at the hospital heliport bright and early. It is my intention to conference with your mom's neurosurgeon. I will, of course, be prepared to scrub in and serve as assistant during the operation. I would perform the operation but alas, I am not a neurosurgeon. However, it has been my experience that these guys are severely lacking in knowledge of cherry grass. I will therefore educate your mom's surgeon about the use of cherry grass injections to help with the recovery process. UNC-Canine research shows that use of cherry grass injections can improve recovery time no less that 30% and sometimes as much as 50%. That is a benefit that is well worth the effort.

I will stay at the hospital as long as your mom resides there in order to make sure proper after care is being given. I will not, however, return home with her knowing that you will be expertly serving as her home based nurse. Your skills will be sorely needed during the recovery time, so rest up Annie. She will need you.

Oh, there is one thing that I would appreciate your doing for me. Will you take charge of a small number of Chihuahuas and help them prepare eagle payment and fling it on the McMansion? I wouldn't normally ask you to do that, but your mom is getting ready for her surgical ordeal and you're skills in organization are, well, reputable. Thanks in advance for your assistance with this.

Dr. Cakes, MD who is most appreciative of skillful nurses like Annie A.

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Dear Roscoe,

Dr. Cakes will be dropped at the hospital's heliport Friday morning very early. I plan to join her on her red eye flight, but will come with the eagle to Camp TQ. Dr. Cakes have asked Annie to prepare eagle payment and fling it on the McMansion. She is expected to "employ" a small patrol of Chihuahuas to "assist" her with this task, though she will be in charge, of course. My thought is that it might be appropriate for you to watch over the operation from a distance just in case you are needed. (I think you know what I mean.)

Prince, who is looking forward to seeing his good buddy and ready to do battle with the enemy should the need arise.

Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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8/3/17 10:08 A

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dear Prince

we are looking forward to whatever supplies you are sending.....there has been reports of chupes headed this way from where they were cmping not far from here........we are prepared and have some scouts watching the progression of the chupes as they march this way, rguing amoungst themselves.....last night they got into a battle with the local ccoyotes.....we did not join in so as to keep our location secret.......

i had an interesting experience this morning when i attempted to wake up.....i found myself chanined to my bed!!! guess who did that?!!! It was Annie's attempt to let me know that all travel is off until after mom's surgery next week.....i thought this was a bit much, and i admit we exchanged a bit of growling as i let her know this was rude and unnecessary......sheesh! what a sister! can i give her to you? lol

Roscoe who is going to an organization and strategy meeting



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7/31/17 10:19 A

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA, (TOP SECRET)
FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH

Roscoe caught a flight to VA this morning. He should arrive late afternoon. Please have TQ prepare payment.

The chupacabra army heading toward us divided into two separate units and appeared to be preparing to surround our encampment. All was quiet for some time. Then there were loud noises and black clouds coming from some distance away. Our first thought was that the chupes had taken on our scouts. Not so. Wonder of wonders, two of our scouts returned to report while the others stayed to watch the chupes and report any further developments.

The initial scouts who reported to us stated that the chupes had had a huge disagreement between factions and were at war with each other. That was the noise and the clouds were accumulations of chupe poofs. Later the rest of the scouts returned and reported that the battle waged hard and heavy until only a few chupes were left of one of the factions. They looked around and suddenly realized what they had done. They were heading back toward the tunnel but there were so few of them that the scouts that were left eliminated them, thus preventing any chupe reports to their headquarters, wherever that may be.

The threat here being over, we are packaging what now have become surplus supplies, including water cannon and long range rifles as well as several barrels of anti-chupe toxin and sending these to you. I have stayed behind to supervise this operation, making sure we have adequate supplies but sparing all that we can. I will join you post haste when this operation completes.

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Dear Annie,

A word of sage advice, practical nurses do not become doctors. I recommend that you work towards your RN degree and then, while practicing as an RN that you work educationally toward becoming a Nurse Practitioner. This will make it possible for you to take on quite a few of the tasks that doctors do though of course you will still report to a doctor for whom you work.

Dr. Baby Cakes, MD


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/31/2017 (10:22)
Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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7/29/17 8:42 A

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE (TOP SECRET)
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

our investigators caught up and interviewed the turkeys who told Annie that there are chupes gathering on the far side of the mcmansion.....please inform Roscoe that a small camp of chupes is in the woods on the far side of the bee hives that are within the chain link fence area...the turkeys thought they were doing us a favor by informing Annie.....for some reason they really like her.....i am thinking about using them as regular informants if they prove dependable......yesterday i hired a large heron to fly over the entire mcmansion property which encompasses about 300+ acres.....the heron said that if you go past the small chupe camp that i just mentioned until you reach the road, cross the road and go about another mile into the woods, there is a much larger camp of chupes......the herson said the chupes fired arrows at him so he was not able to get more details or pictures.......(he wore a camera collararound one leg).........this sounds serious.....will you be returning here (immediately) or should i call for reinforcements.....with the Spec. Ops and other wawas who traveled with you were are a bit short of our normal amount of paws on the ground......perhaps the So. Cazrolina militia which is quite large can spare a few wawas

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Dear Dr, Baby Cakes

things appear to be heating up with the chupes around here.....i am ever ready to go forth where my nursing skills are needed

annie who is such a superior nurse she should get her M.D, license

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7/29/17 6:46 A

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Dear Annie,

Itís a comfort knowing that you are standing by dear.

Dr. Baby Cakes, ferocious warrior of the healing arts.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: ROSCOE, CAMP TH, FL

Our scouts report that the chupacabra are on the move in greater numbers than they have ever seen. Typical of chupacabra, their movement is chaotic with some moving quickly and some slowly, some out in front taking long breaks while the slower ones pass them by. There is even more arguing amongst them than usual. Even the officers are continuously growling at one another. Frequent fights break out between the ranks and at least five chupacabras have poofed at the claws of their fellow chupes.

While it is great to see them at each otherís throats (literally), they also seem a meaner (if that is possible) bunch more eager psychologically to do battle even than most chupacabra. That will not be good when they get here.

On the positive side, we have received our orders of anti-chupe toxin, barrels of it. We have also purchased a large number of water rifles and canon which we have quickly refurbished into very powerful toxin weapons. Our soldiers have easily adapted to the weaponry and we are ready to meet the enemy.

We have set our forces in the manner that you and I have discussed. I will not repeat that setup in writing of course, not even in a top secret document. We both know that is for face to face only without written record. It is just simply too too top secret. I have made a couple of modifications which I will tell you about when we next meet.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/29/2017 (06:46)
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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7/27/17 5:25 P

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Brother Roscoe

you are full of beans!....or at least kibble....i know that with Bowser there you are eating like a king!...i do not worry about where to lay my weary head....i can camp out in Prince's pad or, even better, Joannie keeps a comfy spot right under her bed just for me.....shw would not let me, her bff, suffer........BabyCakes says she will contact me if the battle rages there and she needs me to come help.....until then, i shall remain here.....this way i will be available if there is any trouble here

this afternoon i discovered a BIG black snake on the lanai........the guard said it was a real snake, but you know i have n extraordinary sniffer and i could smell it was a disguised chupesnake....i sent the guard to go get a toxin gun, but he was so slow the snake had slithered away before he got back.....i barked and barked a warning, but mom made me come inside.....it is not my fault that idiot soldier lost the opportunity to bag a chupesnake!

Annie who is hanging out in the house while the heavens let loose with a ton of rain and a bit of thunder

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dear Dr. BabyCakes

you are correct that Camp TQ will definitely need my superior nursing skills if here is a battle against the Forces of Evil (chupes) ....The Commander here is investigating the size of the chupe camp not far from here......i may be called upon to lead our troops into battle since Roscoe is in FL and i have a tremendously ferocious bark which may bring the chupes sto their knees in fear......HOWEVER, should you need me there, holler......do not delay....once the injured are flowing in you might be overwhelmed, so you will need me there at the first sign of battle......make sure you have plenty of cherry grass......

Nurse Annie, Nurse Most Excellent


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7/27/17 10:19 A

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET) (SUPER IMPORTANT!)
FROM: DR. BABY CAKES, CAMP TH, FL

Please DO NOT send Annie using any form of transportation. Our hospital IS ready for all contingencies. I will let you know if and when her services are needed. (That would occur if we were in dire straits.)

I repeat: DO NOT SEND ANNIE by any means. Roscoe has already contacted Eagle HQ to let them know that Annie is not needed here yet and should not be transported here. Eagle HQ has put a hold and a block on any transport requests that involve Annie.

Annie can be very helpful in times of emergency when there are many patients in need of help. At other times, wellÖhow can I put this delicately? Hmmm, I canít. At other times she is a pure nuisance.

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Dear Annie,

While we do so appreciate your desire to help here, we know that you have learned of chupacabra near your camp. After a great deal of deliberation, we have decided that it would be best for you to stay there just in case of attack on Camp TQ. We will call upon your excellent nursing skills if our camp is attacked and there are multiple injuries.

Again, thanks so very much for your interest in our welfare.

Dr. Baby Cakes, who is about to make rounds at the infirmary.

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Dear Sister,

I was looking forward to your being here but Baby Cakes and I discussed it and feel that your services are so needed in VA that it would be totally selfish of us to ask you to come here unless we were to suffer massive injuries at the claws of the enemy.

It may be just as well that you donít come. Currently Andromeda has set up spy HQ in my pad (with my blessings of course). We have a number of military brass who have taken an interest in the current approach of the chupacabra (different that most you see). They have taken up all available beds at camp as well as the lanai. We even have some in the house. If you were to come, you would have to bunk over night in the brig and stay in the hospital all day (12 hour shifts). Further, with the numbers here we have had to ration the food for each set of feet on the ground. Itís barely enough for our regular soldiers and myself, though the brass are eating well. You would not like it at all. We eat kibbles and water over and over, and not many kibbles at that. Well, just count your lucky stars that we arenít requesting that you be here.

Your brother, who is wishing you the best at Camp VA (Prince sends his love too.)


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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7/27/17 9:01 A

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TO; ROSCOE, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMMANDER, CAMP TQ

do you know how difficult it can be to pry information out of your sister? after reading your message about all the military knowledge Annie claims to have i decided the best way to learn anything from her was to use charm and flattery......sigh......i invited her for afternoon tea and snacks.....needless to say, if there was food involved, i knew she would be there......

after wsettling down with a couple of bowls of sandwhiches and cookies, we started talking....*double sigh*.....she immediately took my comfiest chair because she still has aches and pains from her gondola fall.......(anorexic bones are delicate, you know lol)...Annie claims a couple of turkeys from the group that hangs out on the mcmansion front yard were the ones who told her about the nearby chupes.....beccause your mom tells her she is ferocious when she barks for an hour or more at things no one else can see, and because she is the only one who "knows" where these chupes are located she "knows" that she would be the best one to lead our wawas into battle.......*triple sigh*......i tried to flatter her out of this idea, talking about how valuable she is to the Camp, etc, but i am not sure it had any efect....she sees herself as the Noble Leader of The Troops.....sheesh!

i have sent investigators out who have found no encampment of chupes anywhere around the mcmansion or its surrounding woods......a seperate team will interview these turkeys this morning......

Annie mentioned that BC will want her to come to FL for her nursing skills if there is a battle ....i think she should leave her now so she will bee there in plenty of time to get the hospital ready before the injured start flowing in......she did say that Prince has a special pad where she can stay, although Joanie will beg for her to stay in the house......

i will let you know as soon as she is on her way

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET!)
FROM: ROSCOE, CAMP TH, FL

Annie states that she was ďtoldĒ that there are a small number of Chupes on the other side of the Mc Mansion. (Apparently she did not see them nor did she state who told her about them.) She is under the impression that you want some NC soldiers to come to Camp TQ which Annie is supposed to lead into battle.

To be honest, this whole thing just doesnít sound right. I decided to contact you for confirmation and if it is needed a heads up on this situation. Iím pretty sure our well trained soldiers can deal with a small group of chupes without any help.

Please let me know the situation and if help is needed. The enemy is on the move in Florida, but of course if war breaks out in VA I will need to be there just as Prince will need to be here.

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Dear Mom,

I am so sorry that I didnít tell you about my departure. It was extremely early in the morning and I didnít know the night before that it would come when it did. We were particularly interested in avoiding a certain anorexic Belgian Basset from interfering with my flight again if you know who I mean. But mom, it wonít happen again, even if I have to wake you in the middle of the night to let you know an unexpected flight has arrived.

Roscoe, who must admit he is enjoying Bowserís cooking.

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Dear Annie,

Thanks for letting me know about the chupes on the other side of the McMansion. Please keep me informed.

Your bro, who is about to sit down to a Bowser dinner.


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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7/26/17 8:45 A

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dear Roscoe,

In the future, please let me know your travel plans BEFORE you go.....i worry when you are not around......annie is missing you, i think.....she was lying in the sun on the front porch yesterday with HENrietta aned i heard her mention your name several times.......

Mom who is going ton sweep, vacuum and mop today
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Hey, Ros!

it looks like it might rian...yay! a break in the heat would be nice......on my morning patrol this morning, i was told there is a small encampment of chupes in the woods on the other side of the mcmansion.......i guess i think the commander has called for the loan of a few extra soldiers from the NC camp, so it looks like i may be called upon to lead them and our guys into battle should one arise.......thank heavens i am always prepared....

AAnnie who needs to go work on a new cookie recipe

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Dear Mom,

I had to make a trip to Florida. Prince is in need of help regarding a huge build up of enemy forces. Sorry that I didnít have time to tell you about it.

Annie says that you are experiencing a large amount of canine hair in the house. Itís probably Annieís hair, so you might want to send her outside while you vacuum the floors. At least I wonít be in your way.

Have a wonderful cleaning day mom,
Roscoe

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Dear Annie,

Thanks for the heads up sis. I told mom this would be a great time to vacuum. You may want to recover from your gondola fall outside today. I can just see you basking in the sun! Have a great day sister.

Roscoe

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ
FROM: PRINCE

First I want to thank you for sending the special ops with Roscoe. They will be of immeasurable assistance should battle break out.

Secondly, please let me know immediately should there be a chupe attack there. We would not want to be responsible for your shortage of good fighting Chihuahuas. They will be returned to your camp immediately upon request.

Thirdly, we shall keep you informed. Our spy patrols indicate preparation for the movement of a large contingency of chupacabra. It is not yet possible to determine where they may be headed, but we are preparing for them and we also have scouts out warning canines everywhere in our district.

And last but certainly not least, our intelligence agencies have learned that, during the last election at least three of the trumpet canines met with at least three of the chupacabras, all of the chupacabra deligates have been involved with the chupacabra leadership. We fear that the trumpet canines may have been colluding with the enemy during the election process!


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/26/2017 (06:12)
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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TO; PRINCE
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this morning, before daybreak, Roscoe met the new eagle courier and is now headed to meet you at Camp Howe....he is accompanied by a platoon of wawa soldiers and 7 Sp. Ops. wawas to help you in your upcoming battle against the forces of chupes.....this leaves us slightly short-handed if a loarge contingent of chupes attacks here.....fortunately, our dedicated spies have seen no signs that this is in the offing, but one can never be 100% sure about anything when it comes to chupes.....

i have asked Annie to prepare our hospital for possible patients if, indeed, there is a battle here against chupes....she is to make sure that she has more than enough bandages, cherry grass, and that everything is ready to roll if necessary......

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hey Rossssssssssssssscoe,

mom is looking for you.....where are you? mom is driving me nuts, muttering about vacuuming, too much dog hair and baths.....contact her immediately......i tried to cover for you by telling her you were probably out on patrol......hurry up...call her....before she gets out that dratted vacuum

Annie who is recovering from her fall off the gondola yesterday

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Dear Roscoe,

You painted a very vivid picture of Annie trying to climb into the gondola. I told Andromeda about it and we both howled at length. I do, however, hope that Annie was not injured during her fall and also that the Chihuahuas were OK after their being literally spilled from the gondola. Oh Annie, will you ever learn?

Wow! A battle with skunkachupes! I am so glad that you werenít skunked in the process. (LOL) That is a concern, however. We need someone to develop a long range anti-chupe toxin riffle. That would be the perfect weapon for just that sort of battle.

I have called Eagle HQ and have explained the problem that they had and was able to convince them that the whole affair was Annieís fault, not yours. I also explained to them that you had a different pick up point that you have now set up just to avoid that problem occurring again. They have softened toward you and understand the problem. I guess with the two of us, they finally got the message. At any rate, you should be able to complete arrangements with time frame now.

I think your main problem will be to get the eagle payment to the McMansion without Annie realizing what you are doing. You might get one of the Chihuahuas to disguise as a bear, perfume itself with a small amount of bear doo-doo, and distract Annie. We all know that Annie will then begin to howl. While she is howling, you can get the payment on the roof. Noises associated with that process will likely not be heard by a howling Annie. We know that when one is constantly ďtalkingĒ that individual is likely not listening. :)

Prince, who is looking forward to your visit.


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

have you ever tried to explain anything to annie when she was in a .....um....bad mood? she swears BC was trying to pull a fast one on her, but she never really explained what that was....she did try. but she made no sense....imagine! she did seem gratified that BC wanted to create a recipe for HER

part of the problem when your eagle showed up her to transport me to FL was that annie tried to scramble into the gondola....the eagle would have none of it, but annie was determined....."BC needs me!" she kept hollering, but the eagle kept shrieking "no Annies"...at one point he lifted off the ground a little while annie was hanging on to the gondola, fat little legs waving in the air, the eagle tilting because of the uneven weight distribution, wawas rolling on the ground laughing hysterically...all the guys that were supposed to travel with me, fell out of the gondola like it was raining wawas.....finally the eagle lowered himself to the ground, gave a big shake, annie dropped off and into the wild blue yonder went the eagle....he said he would send a replacement....someday....later i had to spend quite a bit of time being shouted it by eagle headquarters...i apologized over and over again....and now have to meet any future couriers over at the mcmansion property so Annie won't be there....*snort*

Roscoe who hopes to see you soon

there was a small battle last night with disguised chupes who were trying to imitate skunks....thank heavens there were only a couple, because they did not understand that skunks don't "fire" until they are upset....these guy "leaked" the entire time.....while they were easily defeated, it was a smelly battle.....plus annie hates skunks and barked incessantly the entire time....i have talked to mom and she says i ccan go to Camp Howe if i need to...i will call eagle transportation and try to soothe feathers and make arrangements



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Dear Roscoe,

Iím a bit disappointed. I mean, you had arranged for eagle transportation and were bringing special ops to help with our situation here. As per your instructions, I prepared payment for the eagles and had set plans for your arrival. Imagine my surprise when you did not arrive. Dad was quite disappointed also. There was one group that was not disappointed however. That would be that huge group of vultures who made a meal of rotting hamburger meat on the rooftop. I can still hear them gobbling it up up there. It took them a couple of days but they are gone now, thank goodness.

I do understand your need to be there at this time, however. If that was chupe activity that close, you will need to be on guard constantly.

By the way, I think I might be able to illuminate you on the reason Annie is in a bit of a twit. Baby Cakes had indicated that she was going to develop a recipe using cherry grass tonic. Baby Cakes shared a recent Annie letter with me and we both had a howl over it. You see Baby Cakes was going to give it to Annie so that she could use it in her book. It was a favor to Annie using carefully medically approved measures of cherry grass. Apparently Annie thought she was stealing her idea for a cook book. If you think about it, it is rather humorous. On the other hand, it wonít do to have Annie ticked at BC, so perhaps you can (carefully) explain it to her. Meanwhile, I shall go somewhere (perhaps my pad) and laugh myself silly. Of course, Andromeda will have to know what I am laughing about since he is currently staying in the pad.

Please keep me informed about the chupe activity in your area and I will do the same regarding this area. Also, best of luck old buddy when you tell Annie what BC meant about the recipe. Oh, and I would think about how you might best tell her using gentle caution in the process.

Prince, who is still finding the Annie letter a real howl.


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DR. Baby Cakes

the BabyCakes dessert cookbooks are published by Clarkson Potter.....there is also quite a line of BabyCakes cupcake and donut makers.............and now you mention possibly trying to create a canine cookie recipe which has cherry grass as an ingredient...........................just what are you trying to pull here, chickie? the book i looked up was printed in 2010, before you became so famous .........and i have created several recipes which incorporate cherry grass, both as an ingredient which is mixed into the batter, and as a glaze which is spread on top of the cookie...both versions are well-recieved.......are you jealous because i am going to be famous in the cookie world??

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Annie is upset about something BabyCakes has supposedly done.....her lower lip is sticking out so far as she pouts,l growls and mutters that i am surprised she does not trip over it.....i am taking the cowardly way out and trying to stay far away

last night we had intruders on the roof of the house.....they were running back and forth and making lots of racket.....thank the stars that they were noisy becuz the house guard called for reinforcements with toxin guns, and there were poofs all over the place.....one of the guards actually got a partial glimpse of the critter and swears it was a chupe, so if one was a chupe, all of the roof runners were likely to be chupes....my best sniffers went up on the roof this morning and said there was that distinct nasty odor that many chupes put off......oh, Prince, this is not good....

Roscoe, who is going to a meeting to discuss having extra guards, etc on duty tonight

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Dear Annie,

I appreciate that you are standing by in case of war. If that happens we will most likely need you. Iíll let you know. So far things have remained quiet here.

You asked about my publisher. Iím afraid that you have me confused with another Baby Cakes. I have never written a cookbook of any kind. I do have articles published in certain medical journals published by the Oxford Canine University Press, but other than that, no publisher. Iím sorry that I couldnít be more help to you, but Iím sure you will find someone. You might look over some of that other Baby Cakes books and see who publishes her work. It will be either on the cover or the title page. Best of luck to you in your book endeavor dear.

Baby Cakes, who is considering creating a recipe for cookies that incorporates cherry grass tonic for general well being. (Perhaps you would lie to include it in your book.)


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dear Dr. Baby Cakes

i hear rumors of possible chupe aggression in your area.....please know that i am ready to come there at a moment's notice if you need my excellent nursing skills.....just holler and send an eagle and i will be there

there have been no signs of chupe threats here, probably becuz it is so darned hot....today temps are supposed to be close to 100F and the news guy said it will feel hotter than 103,,,,,you know i am too darned delicate for this!

may i ask who your publisher is? mom has seen several BabyCakes dessert cookbooks at the bookstore and i am working on a canine cookie cookbook that will need to be published when i am done.....boy, its a lot of work! the public will be thrilled when my book hits the market shelves

Annie who is working on a new recipe

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Dear Roscoe,

It is currently 1:00 PM. Our troops and friends of Jack and Jackís family have gathered here for a celebration of Jackís life. We chose this time to run concurrent with your ceremony. I suspect that Jack is looking down at us and feeling quite proud of himself at this time. He should be. He accomplished a lot here. He was, in so many ways, the canineís answer to the humanís Albert Einstein. Rest in peace Jack. We shall see you when the time comes.

We have prepared for your arrival in all of the ways that you requested. Bowser is looking forward to one more at the dinner table, and Andromeda says heís excited because there will be more crumbs and scraps.

I spoke with Baby Cakes about Annie coming. She wants Annie to know that she is grateful for her offer. At this time, war is not an absolute certainty. We have sent an adversary to negotiate peace with the chupacoons, though admittedly that is highly unlikely to be the outcome. Special ops teams (2 of them) are stationed close to the adversary for defensive purposes only and we have a vehicle and driver in case a swift retreat becomes essential.

BC did say that it might be good if Annie were to pack and be prepared to leave at a momentís notice in the event of a large scale war. At that point her services would most definitely be needed, though right now she may be needed equally at Camp TQ.

Thanks for coming and bringing the Special Forces,
Prince


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dear Prince,

Mom got teary-eyed when i told her about Jack........our whole camp is in mouring because almost everybody here knew aand liked the little guy........Annie came up with a good idea....there will be a memorial service here and Jack will be posthumously awarded a medal of the golden paw for all his contributions to science and his help to canines everywhere.....wish you could be here, but we are doing the ceremony at 1pm today..........


i understand your concern about the build up of chupes in your area....i have arranged for an eagle gondola to pick me up at 1:30 this afternoon, so tell Bowser there will be one more for dinner......i am also bringing a another eagle courier to pick up a team of wawa soldiers, including 3 Sp, Ops guys to fill out oyour troops......pls. inform the mess tennt to prepare extras for a late lunch and dinner........they just left...mom is grumbling bout all the hamburger on the roof........she's not really mad, but when she goes to town she says she will have to load up with more hamburger and sometimes the meat dept. gives her odd looks.......hehehehehe

Annie has offered to come with me to add her nursing skills if you think necessary.......i told her to talk to BC *snort*

Roscoe who hears mom calling with breakfast................

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Dear Annie,

We are looking forward to your extravagant gift of not one, not two, but three boxes of cookies. We are hoping that they are big boxes. Andromeda sends his love and says that the cookie crumbs were wonderful. He is now looking forward to the crumbs from three boxes and can hardly wait. He spends much of his time in my pad working on something (top secret military).

By the way, Tom and Michaela rehearsed yesterday. Tom said that the rehearsal went well for the most part but that they have a few ďrough spotsĒ to work out together. I asked them if they thought they would need your help, but both were quick to insist that this is something that they must work out together without any help. Tom said that itís a good thing that they donít need your help because he knows you are very busy creating recipes and setting up your cookie baking book.

Prince, who greatly appreciates your cookie baking.

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Dear Roscoe,

Something is amiss. Andromeda has appointed a few spy associates who work for him. He has also developed a communication system so that he can remain in a central location (my pad) and communicate with his associates. He told me that there is a huge build up of chupacoons within the tunneling system near Six Mile Cypress. It appears that they are preparing for war. While it is uncertain who their enemy might be, it is assumed that we most definitely qualify.

We are taking precautions, have ordered additional supplies of anti-chupe toxin and other needed war materials. We have notified the eagle air defenses of a possible invasion of Camp TH and they are on notice. All leaves have been cancelled. Baby Cakes has ordered additional medical equipment including a very large supply of cherry grass materials. Kathy Cow has been notified that danger may be approaching and she is informing the other pasture girls.

Iím afraid that my time has not been used to sufficiently train our new recruits or update training for our seasoned warriors. If there is any chance that you could help with this it would be greatly appreciated.

Now then, I have some seriously sad news to report. Do you remember the explosion in Jackís lab a while back? Well, that was his last experiment and it destroyed the lab. Jack was terribly unhappy about it and said that what he did to cause the explosion he knew better. He said he should never have mixed those chemicals in that quantity.

We have spent some time cheering him up, and I think we pretty much accomplished that. He did make the decision to resign from his scientific career and just relax. His retirement was short lived however. Yesterday he was taken to the vet. He was diagnosed with severe cardiovascular disease. It was recommended that the family let him go, whatever that means. I asked dad about it and he said that Jack is now in heaven with Bear and Lulu. I am going to miss that little guy so much.

Prince, who is going to pick wild flowers for Jackís family.


Tom

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ATTENTION: PRINCE, CAMP HOWE
FROM; EGGMAIL

you will be recieving a delivery today of 3 boxes.....3! we do not know the contents but were informed that all are fragile. Please be available to accept delivery between noon and 4pm or have a designated canine ready to accept delivery.

Thank you
EGGMAIL CARRIER #7

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dear Prince

you are forgiven for stealing the cookies i sent...i understand why you wanted to share their deliciousness.....i am sending you 3 boxes of cookies via EGGMAIL...one box is just for you...one box is for the entire Camp Howe (including the Brig Commander...hahahaha) and one box is ONLY for Tom and Joanie.........i worked all day yesterday baking them and i packed them extra carefully.....i was lucky to find space on their Early Bird flight headed your way today.......Enjoy.......mom went walking at home today rather than at the College and she called me a slacker for not joining her......she did not understand how tired i was! (and i did not leave any cookies for her....oops!)

Annie who is exhausted

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Dear Annie,

I really donít blame Prince for the cookie thing. He wanted some of his friends to taste your cookies because he was proud of you and your baking skills. But his friends got carried away. He had no idea that would happen. I know this because I have just discussed it with Prince.

Your friend,
Tom


Dear Annie,

Iím sorry that you feel that I stole my dadís cookies. I made a HUGE mistake and shared a couple of them with my military friends. Unfortunately, wellÖyou know the old saying, give them a lick and theyíll take a chomp. And that is precisely what they did. I was so embarrassed when I had to tell my dad about the incident. Fortunately he understood. I do hope that you will too.

Prince, who is going to have Bowser bake some cookies for dad (though they may not be as perfect as yours were).


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dear tom

it's a shame that Prince was so SELFISH with cookies that were NOT sent to him *growling quietly*......maybe next time i should include extra...i do like your idea of writing and publishing my own canine cookie book....i told mom i would hire her to do the typing, but she said "absolutely not".....(soooo rude).....her laptop's keyboard is difficult for my paws....i went over to the one of the offices to use their computer which has better paw-sized keyboards and was told that since i am not military i was not allowed to use the military computers...can you believe that nonsense?!!! Roscoe asked me what i did with Lulu's computer.......but i never had it, so now the search is on! Ros says that it probably has no charge left, but once i plug it in, it should work.....nobody here seems so know where it is, but i am going to use my superior Belgian basset nose to sniff it out!

Annie who will work up some new recipes and then send Tom a personal box of deliciousness

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dear Prince

what is the matter with you?! i hear you stole your DAD'S box of cookies and he didn't get a single one!!!! BAD DOG!

Annie, world's best cookie maker



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Dear Noble Annie,

After thinking about it, you might do well to write and publish a recipe book yourself. I mean, who needs Martha Stewart? You do make such wonderful recipes. I guess you are just a very creative pooch. Well, give it some thought.

Oh, by the way, I didnít get to taste those last cookies you sent. Prince opened the package and sampled (at least) one. Then he wanted his friends at the camp to taste them and they just devoured them. The crumbs went to Andromeda. Unfortunately, I was at dance and couldnít intervene. Ah well, my loss.

Your friend,
Tom
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Dear Roscoe,

Iím glad that Annieís mood has changed. I think my dad had something to do with that. He wrote her a pump up letter and I think Annie was responding to it. Today he wrote her another letter following that one up. It includes an activity that, if Annie decides to follow the suggestion, will keep her out of your hair for some time to come. Just cross your toe nails in hopes that this will help.

The flight was delightful. It was cool in the high altitude and I could view the mountains, foothills and plains as I travelled. I could also see the black clouds looming over your head and knew that you were in for a severe storm.

All was well until we got near home. First it got breezy and then the winds came. It was all that my eagle could do to land the gondola safely. As soon as she got the gondola on the ground I jumped out and we removed the gondola from the eagle, tying it to a nearby tree. After eating, the eagle settled down in a pine woods for the night. She said there was no use flying in these winds, especially with a gondola attached. This morning is lovely and the eagle has mounted the gondola and is on her way to her headquarters.

Prince, who is happy to hear Bowser calling.


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

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dear Prince

how was your fflight? it has been thundering and raining here.....a nice break in the heat.....the guys are still talking about the visit yesterday of super-model Sweet Cindy......i think most of them are "in looooooooooove"...*snort*.......annie seemed back to her normal self today.....she has been hanging out with HENrietta and seems in a reasonably good mood......right now she is in the kitchen whipping up a batch of new "tough nuts to you, Martha Stewart" cookies and has promised them for dessert tonight in the mess tent.....i have seen her addding nuts and chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips into the dough, so i bet they'll be good

Roscoe who misses having his best buddy here to strategize with

Dear Tom

thank you for your letter and its kind words.....you certainly understand stuck up celebrities, whether they are models or famous cooks liks Mz. Stewart....as you said about MS, its her loss not to collaborate with me, and yes, i did make her a most generous offer.....i have been busy today making up a new cookie recipe......she will regret not being a part of this....the waawas are all looking forward to it and i am sending you a giant box of them via EGGMAIL...expect them this evening or before lunch on Sat.

your best basset friend, Annie, who suffers quietly and nobly when necessary

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Dear Prince,

When you receive this you will most likely be ďup in the air.Ē (grin) I had to scramble to get eagle payment ready, but it will be catapulted around lunch time. It would not do for it to get to ďripe.Ē If that happened, the vultures would feast and the eagle would be extremely upset.

Poor Annie. I can just imagine the stress she was put though, not to mention the stress that she then passed on to pretty much everyone within reach of her ďsnit.Ē I may write her a little note. Oh, what on earth possessed TQ to bring that lovely Chihuahua home? She must have caused quite a disruption in military activities in addition to creating problems for Annie. I suppose though that the military folks need a break on occasion from the drudgery of their on-going duties so perhaps it helped them a lot. It must have been quite a site watching the lovely Chihuahua parade in front of all of those boy dogs. (snicker)

There will be no problem finding bunk space for T. Hairy Hound. According to the commander, recruitment has been down lately and T. Hairy can bunk in the newbie barracks. He will, of course, be given privacy curtains in keeping with his status over the recruits that are there. Oh, by the way, our IT guy, Gandalf Tinkerfingers is so looking forward to T. Hairyís visit. He has apparently been toying with a number of virtual ideas that he has wanted to brainstorm with another IT guy. Iíd love to listen in on them, though I suspect most of what they will be saying will be way above my head.

Dad, who needs to let Bowser in. He is planning a special dinner for you Prince.

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Dear Annie,

It is my understanding that you have suffered a bad day or so at home. It is most unfortunate that you have to put up with that Chihuahua model. Frankly she is probably so made up with cosmetics and hair do that her natural self cannot even be recognized. Of course, Iím quite certain that, in addition to all the glamour treatments her manager has spread hype about her that borders on the ridiculous but captures the hearts of the male canine population. Iím sure she has nothing to offer that you couldnít offer given the same treatment and the will to surrender to your anorexia.

Further, it is my understanding that Martha Stewart rejected your offer for a canine cookie recipe book. Listen Annie, just consider it Marthaís loss. If she doesnít recognize talent itís her misfortune. Also, she is getting up in years and perhaps her taste buds arenít functioning as well as they once did, thus her misperception of the deliciousness of your cookies. Poor Martha. We have to just feel sorry for her. And what a loss it will be for her not to accept your generous offer.

So cheer up Annie, and remember how well accepted your cookies are by the military. Now they have active taste buds on their tongues and know delicious when they taste it!

Your friend, Tom


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dear dad,

i wrote you yesterday, but i see it is not here....*frowning*.....i will be arriving earlier than expected....in fact, around lunchtime TODAY!...eagle transport had an unexpected cancellation and offered me the space....yay! Roscoe is not coming at this time...perhaps later......i am bringing back with me a wawa, T. Hairy Hound who is one of the top IT guys here.....he is going to consult with our IT guys over some way to join forces, .......

It's just as well i am returning home....Annie was in a major snit yesterday.....first of all TQ came back from town talaking about the gorgeous female wawa she actually met....It was the famous wawa model, Sweet Cindy, who has appeared in Canine Illustrated and many other canine magazines.................later, when the mail arrived, there was a letter for Annie from Martha Stewart rejecting Annie's offer of collaboration on a canine cookie cookbook...Ms. Stewart said she tried the recipe that Annie sent her and it was not up to Ms. Stewart's or her fans high standards.....wow! there was a lot of growling coming from a fat.....er, i mean, anorexic, basset hound! it was a rough afternoon for the rest of us.....TQ turned on the air-con and let me push it up 1/2 notch which i told Annie i did for her so she could enjoy extra cool air from her favorite floor vent.......phew! at least that kept me in her good graces while she practically bit the whiskers off of any other dog who spoke to her or came near her......to end the evening a strange car drove up to the gates after dinner, but the guards let it in....TQ had arranged a surprise! when the car arrived at the house, out hopped Sweet Cindy!! she sniffed tails, shook paws and sang for all of us.....i swear some of the guys almost fainted with excitement....after Sweet Cindy posed for pics with a lot of the boys, she and her manaager got back into the car and took off, but i did manage to invite her to stop by Camape Howe if she is ever in our area.......TQ was right, that dame is GORGEOUS!...our front yard here looked like a giant mud puddle from all the drooling the guys did.....needless to say, Annie was Extremely Jealous and glared from the lanai the entire time our lovely visitor was here.....i am glad i am will be home soon.....i am tired of the drama

Prince who hears the sound of eagle wings approaching
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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE
FROM: PRINCE

I will be arriving home today, sometime early afternoon....please make sure dad has eagle payment on the roof...i will be bringing with me IT specialist, T. Hairy Hound who will be consulting with our IT dept. on ways to join forces and strengthen and protect our IT stuff (he speaks in much more technical terms).....please ask the IT GUYS to clear off an extra bunk if there is one available....if not, he can crash in my pad.....

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FORGET the photos, dad

why don't you take pics of me coming in THURSDAY in an eagle gondola.....we should arrive around lunch time....i know i said earlier i would be home Fri, but Annie has gotten on my last nerve and since all seems quiet here (and extremely hot) i thought i'd catch an earlier flight home

TQ came home from town and commented on a chihuahua she met there...she said the wawa was absolutely gorgeous and is apparently a top model in the canine modelling world....she will be next month's centerfold in Canine Illustrated and has been in several other magazines and ads....annie heard this and has pouted the rest of the day......also. Martha Stewart sent Annie a letter rejecting Annie's collaboration on a new canine cookie cookbook....Ms. Stewart had tried the recipe Annie sent her and said it was not up to her and her fan's standards.....Annie has been enraged all afternoon....its not pretty here.....TQ turned on the air conditioner and when she wasn't looking i stood on my hind legs and gently tapped the dial until it moved up 1/2 degree....i told Annie i did it for her so she could enjoy extra cool air from her favorite floor vent......therefore, i think i am still in favor with her.....she is so disgruntled by everything, she is practically snapping the whiskers off of everybody else....at least i am still in favor, but i am keeping a safe distance.....thank heavens there was a cancellation with eagle transport when i called to see if i could get a space on tomorrow's flight

if there are any snacks (other than Andromeda, hahahaha) in my pad, annie must have left them there....please ask any snakes to vacate the premises...perhaps you should invite Andromeda to sleep in the house

Prince who will see you tomorrow

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Dear Prince,

It was so good hearing from you, and I am very happy that you are getting so much exercise without a lot of treats. Oh, and by the way, trust me, Annie does not have anorexia. However, please donít mention it to her. Although she doesnít have anorexia, she does have a heightened sensitivity to pretty much anything that she may disagree with. Although Iím sure you are quite aware of that by now. Think about this though. Telling Annie that she is normal and does not have anorexia would be a terrible insult from Annieís point of view. I know, sounds crazy, but just consider whose mind you are dealing with. (Snicker)

I donít leave snacks under the table for Andromeda or anyone. I have, however, taken a very small ice chest (water proof lunch bag) down with considerable scraps of cheese, crackers, and other mouse-loved tidbits. I also took a small bowl of water to him. He was most appreciative. When I went there, I noticed that he had stuffed all sorts of cloth and other material under the doorway and into any crack, even the smallest of cracks. I asked him about it and he simply said, ďSnakes, I donít like them.Ē

I am so looking forward to your arrival. Please be sure to let me know exactly when the eagle will land. You know that I will have to have its payment ready. Oh, and please feel free to invite Roscoe if he would like some time with you in Florida.

There was a small explosion from Joeís house. I wonder what Jack is up to now.

Dad, who needs to work on some photos that he took the other day.


Tom

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7/11/17 11:09 A

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dear dad

TQ woke up early this morning and decided to go walking at the College...she invited me and Ros to go with her....annie was not invited because she has to be lifted into the car and TQ was not in the mood....also, annie does not like the 1.1 mile loop that TQ walks.....we had to be on leashes which was quite a shock since we usually run free here.....there were a lot of people walking and TQ knew some of them....there were also a lot of ducks and Canadian geese...the ducks are really demanding, expecting the walkers to offer up a toll of bread....they get really grumpy if no one gives them what they think is their due....they did not mess with us, but they did say some really rude things when they realized TQ had no bread.....Roscoe and i did one loop and sat in the car while TQ did a 2nd loop.....then when we got home all of us (including annie) walked to the mailbox and back for another mile....TQ said that it has been so quiet around here that we all need the exercise...annie said she hopes we will have a big dinner after all that ...she is very worried about too much calorie loss......she claims to have anorexia and is very sensitive to people commenting on how skinny she is......apparently, everyone is aware becuz i never hear anyone say she is too thin...

i don't mind if Andromeda stays in my cabin...you might need to save a few pancake scraps for him...i, of course, keep nothing to eat in my cabin.....in fact, if you just leave the scraps under the kitchen table Andromeda will get them himself so you don't have to bother taking them to him.....hehehehehe

unless something comes up, i will be flying home this weekend, maybe sooner if i can get on a flight on Fri....right now, eagle transport is booked......

Prince who is looking forward to being home again

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7/10/17 2:19 P

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Dear Prince,

I wouldnít be too concerned about Annieís popularity with the kids. You know Annie. She has a way of really coming on sweet when she wants too, and when treats may be involved, she wants to. You know she can snow anyone until they get to know her and have their first altercation with her. Then she shows her other side. Ah well, Annie is Annie, what can we say?

So, Michaela slipped you cookies, did she? I wasnít aware of it but always suspected as much. However, now that it is confirmed, I shall need to discuss your diet with her. You need not remind me; Iím quite certain that I will remember.

Iíve got to tell you, Iím quite proud of TQ for helping all three of you dogs to avoid treats. I just know that you feel good about not having treats and keeping your lean look about you. Way to go TQ; way to go Prince. And yes, way to go Roscoe and Annie. So glad that you enjoyed the kids.

Poor Annie, she must be starving. Wanting first bite on the mouse that was trapped. Wow! Now that is desperation. I suggest that we donít mention it to Andromeda when we see him. I suspect that that just wouldnít do at all.

Speaking of Andromeda, he dropped by looking for you. I told him you were in Virginia and he said, ďOh well, Iíll just make myself at home in his pad until her returns.Ē He then asked if you kept any snacks in the pad like crackers and cheese. I was about to answer, but he started looking around on his own and seemed quite happy to do so. So I just left him.

Dad, who is so looking forward to when his boy dog returns home.


Tom

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

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

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

the kids were great......but, what is it about Annie? kids all immediately fall in love with her....we all know that she's not that adorable*grin*........the youngest kid, who was 5, couldn't get enough of her, leaving the 8 & 9 year old to occasionally give us a pat.....i know i am at least as adorable as Annie.....it was a bit insulting....AND nobody gave us a single treat, NOT ONE!!! TQ said she did not mention that there were treats available because she forgot *snort*.....she said that after a while she was just counting the minutes until they left......the oldest kid has something wrong with him (caalled ADHD) and he talked non-stop for 3 hours....TQ's nerves were quivering from exhaustion....the mom said his usual routine and meds. had been disrupted by their trip....i admit i finally gave up on getting my proper attention and went outside with Roscoe.....

we have not seen any bears since i have been here......this morning we all went walking with TQ.....she had a mouse in a live trap that she had to release back into the wild....i wanted to make sure it was not Andromeda's ccousin, and Annie kept shouting "I get first bite!" .... sheesh! TQ opened the trap near the creek, but she did not let annie have a single morsel.....

tell Michaela that i said hi and i miss those cookies she used to slip me when i came to the dances with you..................................ooooo
h...you were aware of that right?

Prince who is going to offer to make TQ an ice cream cone........she always says i am such a big help when i am here

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Dear Prince,

I am so happy that you have made the trip safely. I know that you are looking forward to the arrival of the kids. Iím certain that the kids will want to give you treats. Iím counting on TQ to monitor that carefully. Not that I would begrudge youíre having treats; Iím only thinking of your health Prince.

Itís good that you and Roscoe can investigate the noise and smells in the area, but be extremely careful with that bear Prince. Bears are best shot with a 600 mm lens or longer from a very safe distance. Just saying.

Well, I danced Friday night at the usual Friday night party and then again on Saturday for the grand re-opening. While there of course I saw Michaela. She asked about you. Oh yes, and she said something about Annie too. Uh, well, never mind about her Annie comment. But she was saying what a handsome boy you are. I think she is kind of taken by you, but then thatís understandable.

Dad, who is going to settle into a photo processing session.


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've made it safely to VA......the kids are not here yet...apparently they won't get here until later this afternoon....TQ seems quite pleased with this news, not that she's saying anything, but she does have a smile on her face......

there has been a report of "odd" noises, howling that is neither dogs or coyotes.....investigators have found no trace of a live animal or chupe, but said that in certain areas there is a very peculiar smell....i am going off with a team to check it out in about an hour after everyone finishes lunch......annie swears it has been her ferocious barking that has kept the "villians" at bay *snort*....Roscoe pointed out that she never even got off the front porch, but annie sneered and said there was no point in being foolish about it.....

mr. twinkie is on the tractor doing something he ccalls "bush hogging"....it looks akin to mowing and there are no pigs involved......must bbe some sort of farm term.......i walked with annie and tq this morning....was the definite smell of bear in the air, which set annie off on bellowing and barking.....sheesh


ooooooooooooooh! the cook just aannounced hotdogs for lunch, BUT after we return from our investigations he will have an ice cream cone for anyone who wants one............you can't object to that dad.....its so hot here i will have burned off a gazillion caolories

Prince who is gonna pack a water dish on this walk

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Dear Roscoe,

I'm up in the air. See you before you know it.

Prince, who is flying high in more than one way!

Tom

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

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

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

Iím going to leave tomorrow morning and will therefore be there by Friday evening. Dad is going dancing Friday evening but he never takes me. Iím really looking forward to seeing you and Annie.

Speaking of Annie, I hope she doesnít see where your mom hid the treats. If she finds it, she will eat it and find a way to blame your poor dad. You know Annie. You gotta love her but you also have to be very very aware of her shenanigans. (snicker)

Roscoe! My parents would never kill one of Kathyís sisters or any other cow. They harvest the meat from the grocery store. Why on earth would you think they would kill a poor cow?

Eagle flight arranged (check). Knapsack packed (check). See you Friday evening.

Prince (Hmmm, is that Bowser I hear in the kitchen?)


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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Prince!

mom said "you know Prince is always welcome here" when i suggested bringing you in for the weekend.....she promised there would be lots of snacks whether the kids show up or not....in fact, there will be a LOT of snacks if they don't show up....i saw mom hide cookies and other stuff so my dad won't get into it before the visitors arrive.....she said she may buy more....she thinks that perhaps having the kids bake and frost sugar cookies would keep them happy and occupied which would be delicious for us, so i am encouraging her in this idea........i know there will be popscicles, but probably not ice cream, at least until after the kids leave.....i did see mom had bought some of the Ben & Jerry's non-dairy chocolate AND ice cream cones, but she says that stuff is for her...but she promised to share a least a bite.....mom has been pouring a tiny bit of leftover coconut milk on our kibble which is good....i brought up how good you said steak over kibble is, but she said "no steak unless i am the one to go kill one of the Gonzalez cows......i think she is over-reacting....did your parents go kill one of Kathy's sisters? i doubt it.....oh well, we will find something

Roscoe who looks forward to seeing you soon


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Dear Roscoe,

Three kids coming this weekend. Hmmm! Iím giving serious thought about hopping an eagle flight for your neck of the woods for a mini-vacation for the weekend. Iím really not getting my share of junk food treats around here and kids are always an easy mark for junk food. Do you think your mom would mind? I mean, you can point out that if Iím there between Annie, you and I there would be a dog for each kid. Tell her what a load that would take off of her shoulders. Just let me know so that I can hire the eagle if itís OK with TQ. Oh, and after I am on board remind her to prepare the hamburger on the roof payment.

Well, dad and mom stayed home last night. I was glad because that war just continued worse than ever. We sent a couple of Chihuahua scouts over to that area to see what was going on and apparently some kids had gotten hold of their dadís weapons and were shooting them into the sky and all around that area. The Chihuahuas stayed for quite a while but did not see the enemy. Apparently it was well hidden. My guess is that when the kids run out of ammo the chupes will leave their hiding places and its curtains for the poor kids. Still, serves them right for stealing their dadís stuff.

Did I mention that Bowser fixed steak and stuff for dinner last night? Dad and mom even gave me some of the trimmed off meat. Oh, it was so good. Bowser placed the trimmings on a bed of kibbles and I was in 7th heaven (whatever that means). Thatís where dad said I was anyway.

Prince, who is going to hit dad up for a treat or two.


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

wow! sounds rough out your way.......it's alarming to think that chupes could get hold of that sort of weaponry.....it was nicely quiet here....it rained at night which kept Annie in and quiet.....during the day it was boring here, too....mom and dad went to greenwsboro, nc and bought "chicken" which mom tried to explain was not real chicken, but delicious.....they didn't share any though....sometimes parents are so rude....i didn't get any ice cream either......i got about 1" of popscicle after my dad bit the end off of his......it was good, but i could have used more......oh well.....

mom got a phone call from the rent-a-hearse people who complained about annie using mrs. Kowalski's casket as a cooler and the wet mess it made......there was some arguing, but i think its over now.....i don't know what the outcome was but mom looked as mad as a stormcloud for about an hour afterwards......the only part i overheard was mom's conversation with annie who was saying it was not her fault that such a strong-looking casket turned out to be cheaply made, which is what the hearse people were really upset about....that they were exposed for selling shoddy caskets as something expensive.....boy, that annie! maybe she should look into being a lawyer!

i think i heard mom say there are 3 kids coming here this weekend, but we do not have to get a bath ahead of time......mom says i know their daddy, so to please allow him and his family onto the property.....she showed me a photo.....i don't remember the man, but i will make a photo for the guards at the gate....annie is not at all pleased, becuz mom has told her repeatedly to be nice......i am always nice, but if the kids are obnoxious i am heading into the woods!

Roscoe who is not pleased to see it raining again

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7/4/17 3:27 P

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Dear Roscoe,

Itís kind of boring around here today. Dad cut the grass this morning (it took him nearly 2 Ĺ hours). So I figured on a game this afternoon. But no, all he wants to do is sit around on his duff. What a slacker. And momís no better. She worked on trimming and other things this morning while dad cut grass and she is sleeping at this very minute.

Dad mentioned yesterday that he wanted to go to some shindig today called fireworks, but he didnít offer to take me. He is so worn out that I wonder if maybe he will just stay home. If he does, Iím going to see if I can get him to take me out for a soft serve cone or something. I mean, it is supposed to be a holiday. Someone told me that treason is the reason for the season (speaking of July 4th), but I donít understand that. Oh well, I just hope my dad and mom stay home with me.

Iíve got to tell you though. There was a war going on last night not too far from Camp TH. There was lots of smoke and there were gun shots and bombs and there were colorful fire lights going up into the sky. Oh Roscoe, it was so noisy. I never knew the chupes had those kind of weapons. Either that, or the good guys from that area were fighting them with everything they had. I was going to go over and see what it was all about, but frankly, the noise had me kinda spooked andÖwell, to be totally honest, I was shaking in my boots.

Well, I told dad about it and suggested that he go over to see what it was all about but he just said that it was just fireworks. Well duh! I knew that. I mean smoke and bombs and gun fire and stuff. But who was fighting with whom. Thatís what I wanted to know. And if the chupacabra were involved, who was winning? I donít know about dad. He just didnít seem all that concerned.

Well, I hope that itís quiet tonight if dad and mom go to that shindig. But Iíd rather they stayed home and played ball with me or something. We could even invite Bowser for a feast. Heís cook, of course.

Prince, who is feeling bored and frustrated and when the war is being waged, frightened.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/4/2017 (15:31)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

mom told Annie to write thank you notes to everybody there, and she swears that she did.....however, considering how rudely and meanly everytbody in Florida treated her (she has been telling me all about it*grin*), it is surprising she did so *snort*......this bad treatment of her delicate self also includes the hearse driver, ...... Annie claims the only reason she ate in the vehicle after being told not to is because she was faint from hunger since the driver did not stop at proper meal and snack times........i suppose next time you will have to borrow your dad's car to drive her around.....i mentioned your comment about the tornado that apparently hit your bachelor pad....Annie says there was no bad weather while she was there, and if you need her to come back and fix up your pad, she is willing....she is quite distressed that her beautiful deccorating scheme was destroyed and is positive you are quite distraught over it....

this morning mom took me with her to do her walking around the college....is was HOT outside.....then we drove over to the lake area where mom planned to do some swimming....it is a campground.....it was wayyy too far away, so mom says we are not going there anymore....mom did not like the placce, so at least i did not have to get out and go into the water....i am not aa natural water dog like you......at the college we were followed by a dog with a collar, but no leash....he was about your size and he really wanted to join the militia, but mom did not understand...she kept shooing him away and would not give him aa ride in our car....however, i left a couple of messages next to a small bush giving directions to the camp, so i am expecting him at any time........he seemed like a very nice fellow

Roscoe who plans to send Annie back to help with your re-decorating if she does not stop whining about anything and everything......hehehehehehe

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Dear Roscoe,

Even though we had to shove her into the hearse, we got her there and obviously she is home since we have received messages from her. These messages were a mix of invitation to a luxury vacation in VA and a multitude of complaints. Apparently she has projected her foul attitude on all of us. Well bro, she is all yours. Have fun.

We also got a message from the hearse driver. Bowser had made Annie some delicious little cakes. The driver had politely asked Annie not to eat any until they could stop because he didnít want crumbs in his hearse. They draw rats and the like, not to mention cockroaches. Well, you know Annie. Rules are for everyone else, so she went right ahead and started eating one of the cakes. The driver confiscated the remainder of the cakes planning to return them to Annie one at a time at the various rest areas. However, she through such a fit with a foul mouth that he decided he would not give them to her at all. Granted, it was a bit spiteful on his part, but that kind of frustration can do that to a person.

Oh yes, there was an incident of some concern. It seems that Mrs. Kowalski's feet got icedÖliterally! Oh, and there were crumbs inside and outside of the casket. When the relatives of the deceased looked at the body prior to burial, they found cockroaches crawling all over her feet and through her toes. There was a similar problem inside the hearse. The driver asked Annie about it, but Annie had no idea what had happened. Yea, right! Bowser enlightened us referring to a message Annie had sent him in which she basically confessed her misdeed.

It is strange how trouble just seems to follow her around. Truly bro, I feel for you.

Prince, who is going to try to get his pad back in livable condition following a tornado that seems to have hit 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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TO:CCOMMANDER, PRINCE, TOM, JOANIE,B OWSER AND ALL WAWAS AT CAMP HOWE

Thanks to all of you for inviting me to stay at your lovely Florida camp/home.....it was good to get away for a few days and can't wait to do it again soon.....perhaps you should consider a mountain retreat in VA the next time you need a few days off.....you will be free to roam at will wherever you want with NO restrictions, and everybody will be happy to have you hear...The food is delicious, you accommodations will be xosy and comfy (no hard floors or drafts) and, of course, everyone will be happy to satisfy your every need with no grumbling and complaining........what an relaxing adventure you will enjoy here in the wilds of Camp TQ.....just remember to call ahead for reservations

Annie your most favorite Belgian basset

p.s Bowser, the little cakes you maade for my trip home were the deliciousist! unfortunately, i barely got to taste the first one before the hearse driver stole them for himself.....btw, did you ever think a casket could be a good hiding place? after the thief took my cakes and turned his attention back to the road, i quickly opened the casket and dumped the cooler of ice and other treats you had packed for me onto Mrs. Kowalski's feet....the driver never knew and i was able to stave off complete starvation by sneaking out a tidbit every so often when the ddriver was concentrating on his driving....apparently he has dreams of driving for NASCAR which is why i got home so quickly....

p.s -Prince
quite frankly, my visit to Camp Howe was a disaster....everybody was so mean-tempered...what is wrong with everyone? y'all need a class....no, several classes....onn the proper way to treaat an honoured guest....maybe next time i visit, i will teach a seminar on the subject.....i tried to fix up your bachelor pad as best i could, but i did not have much to work with......we SHALL talk later.....when are you coming out here next?


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My Dear Brother,

What have you been sniffing? Iíve had a really bad day through no fault of my own. It all started with the trip down. That ding-a-ling that drove me wanted to pull off and sleep all night and more. He was a terrible conversationalist. When I tried to discuss anything he just clamed up. And then, dear brother, when we stopped and he looked in the back, the ice chest was open and everything melted. He wanted to blame me for leaving it open. Nothing could be further from the truth. I did get a seving of ice cream or two or so, but I would NOT have left the chest door open. It all probably happened when he came to a sudden stop by slamming on his breaks. He even blamed me for that. I mean, all I did was ask him to stop. I needed to go out and piddle, but he thought I saw an animal cross the road or something. What does he want me to do bro? Piddle in the car? Apparently this crazy driver has mice or rats in the van because the chips were all gone. He wanted to blame me for that too. Well, when we finally got to Camp TH my driver was really mad at me. He should have been mad at himself because everything that happened was his fault, but no? He blamed me!

When I got there we got my little luggage bag into the house and all I heard from those who helped me with it were complaints. I should have done it myself, but those Chihuahua guards insisted upon helping. I was so shocked when they turned and complained after doing precisely what they had volunteered to do. Such treatment! Such treatment! (shaking my head from side to side)

OK, I rested a while and then went to volunteer my services to the commander. I thought maybe he would appreciate it if I were to teach a class or two to his new recruits. I just wanted to help.

Well, on the way over I saw Prince following me. He obviously wanted to take credit for my voluntary work, so I moved on faster. It was then that I saw the brig commander staring at me. Oh he looked so mean. I just ignored him and moved on toward the commanderís office.

When I got to the commanders office I knocked on the door but when I did the door flew open and I fell inside of her office. She was in some sort of meeting and really lost it when I fell into her office. Really Ros, she got red faced and yelled at me something fierce. She seemed to think I was trying to intrude upon the meeting. Well, those soldiers literally threw me out and the commander followed yelling horrible things to me. I donít remember what she said because my ears are not accustomed to hearing such nonsense.

Well, what could I do? I trotted on to Tomís house with Prince following me. Yes, he got there just as I fell into the commanders office. I think he actually sided with the commander. He yelled at me on the way home too, so I just closed my ears and moved ahead one foot in front of the other.

It was the worst day of my whole life (and I have had some bad days). And then I get your message. I just cried. I cried all night long. I wailed! I was beside myself. And all because of your letter deer brother. You have hurt me deeply. I shall try to forgive you because it is my nature to forgive but as deeply as you hurt me it will be very hard.

My deer sweet brother, could you possibly find something other than a hearse for my transportation home? I mean, that just seems so morbid and that on top of how I have been made to feel by just about everyone may be just too much.

Annie, who is going to go to Princeís pad and chill all by her lonesome self.

Ö

Dear Roscoe,

Iím exhausted. Annie howled at the top of her lungs all night. Even the walls between bed room and lanai would not stop that noise. Oh how I do look forward to the arrival of the hearse. Iíll tell Bowser to have a few special treats that will really pull Annie into the hearse, and Iíll have the commander appoint and command that eight solders stand by to lug her luggage into the hearse. Iím pretty sure at this time that is the only way we will be able to get their help.

Prince, who would like to take a nap but believes that Annie has taken over his hide a way pad.

TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TH, FL

Shut up!


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/2/2017 (10:41)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

enough is enough! get your act together and behave yourself....no more bossiness, no more growling, no more rudeness! you may be a princess, but a true princess is gracious, demure and kind...and polite! if you ever want to be invited back, you'd better make people around you enjoy having you there...i am tired of hearing complaints about you....so far, you are offending everyone by your "serve me" attitude.......why don't you take the day off, go get your friends, and hunt for churros at the beach or chase seagulls.....have you even bothered to stop in and say hello to Dr. BC, Bowser or Jack? if i have to come down there and yank a knot in your tail, i will....and if i do, i will be sure to tell mom what you are doing...........she will not be happy.........btw, mom has been cleaning around your bed...you know what that means, and i even heard her muttering about getting you a new one.....

the ice cream man is NOT coming to pick you up on Monday....(you ticked him off, too).....i have made arrangements with the Ace Funeral Home to pick up in a large, air-conditioned black hearse at 5:30am on Monday morning to bring you back here....i have also made arrangements for the super-sized extra deluxe picnic basket to be in the back set for you.....stay out of the casket

stay away from the brig and the brig commander....instead of going into Joanie's vault, why don't you show her some of your gorgeous gowns, and you 2 can play dress up with your stuff.....maybe you could do a dance routine for tom and joanie.....maybe you can sleep in Prince's bachelor pad....i bet it needs some of your decorating expertise......

Roscoe who is disappointed to hear his sister is being such a pill
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Dear Prince

do not be alarmed, but a large black hearse will pull into the driveway at your house on Monday morning around 5:30 am......you may have to get help to drag Annie into the vehicle, because you know Annie does not get up that early....there will be a picnic basket in the backseat for her, but if Bowser has any leftovers, he might throw them in there, too to keep her occupied....at this point we are not concerned about diet.......

i have told Annie i will tattle to mom if she does not start behaving properly....in fact, i read her the riot act.....i suggested that she call her friends, Fluffy, suzy and the others to go chase seagulls...that should keep her busy......as well as a couple of other suggestions i put out there........hehehehehe

Roscoe who is planning to sleep the night through without Annie's barking
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TO; COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

having fun yet? *howling with laughter* it is strangely calm and quiet here *snickering madly*

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Dear Roscoe,

You are SO funny! Grrrrr! I have no idea how we shall be able to arrange transportation, but if I get a moment from following Annie around and getting her out of trouble or potential trouble, I shall see what I can do. Meanwhile, if you will work on transportation from your end I would appreciate it. By the way, that ice cream guy is apparently based in Virginia so you might remind him that he has a contract with Annie and press him a bit to fulfill the contract. There might be a slight problem though. I asked Annie if I could study a copy of the contract and she said that she doesnít have it. They made the contract with a shake of the paw. She is convinced he will be back but you know, she doesnít always have a firm hold on reality. Anyway, just check and then pressure the guy will you.

You will remember that yesterday I saw Annie heading for the military compound. I ran after her hoping to catch up and turn her back, thereby avoiding any problems. She had a huge head start and I failed to catch her in time.

She walked past the brig and the brig commander was sitting in the break area doing licks and sniffs with some of the other breakers. The brig commander stopped mid sniff when he saw Annie and just glared at her. She glared back. It was tense but Annie continued on her way seemingly unaffected by the experience. On the other hand, the brig commanders whiskers curled right in front of my eyes.

Annie continued until she reached the commanderís office. She didnít knock. That would be beneath her. She simply walked in. She walked in on a very secretive meeting with the top brass of the military. Two guards immediately grabbed her and tossed her out on her tail. She jumped up growling and started toward the guards but the commander stepped between them with her paw in the air indicating stop.

Annie looked at the commander and suddenly smiled and turned her sickeningly sweet disposition on. You know, the attitude that she uses first when she wants something. (Never mind the attitude when she doesnít get her way.)

ďGood morning, Commander,Ē she said, dripping with sweetness. ďI wanted to tell you that you are my favorite commander of all times. I mean, while I like my Commander you are simply the best.Ē

Annie went on with her superlatives about the commander, and the commander waited until she finished. The commander then looked at Annie, and though she was a bit red in the face, she remained appropriately calm. But she said in a firm voice, ďAnnie, you must knock before entering my office. NEVER walk in without knocking first. And Annie, after you knock you must wait until the door opens before coming in. If I donít answer and the door remains shut after you knock, then you will know NOT to enter. Is this understood?Ē

Annie smiled with her eyes wide open and her sweetness showing. ďSure Commander, she said and then continued with ďI was just wondering if you would like me to teach any classes. I wonít even charge my standard rate for you, but just because itís you.Ē

The commanderís response was that Annie would not be needed to teach classes and she is expected to remain away from the compound while she is in Florida. She can talk with soldiers outside of the compound, but she is not to come into the compound for any reason. The commander reminded her that she was especially expected to stay far away from the brig. With that the commander turned and entered her office before Annie could say anything more.

Annie growled and turned to return home. She was not happy. She was angry, very very angry. As she purposely passed the brig as close to it as she could get without going in, she saw the brig commander. She growled words that cannot be shared even in a top secret military message let alone a personal one. It was not pretty. The brig commander called to his staff and they started chasing Annie shouting to her that she was under arrest.

When Annie got to the lanai and felt safe, she turned to them and said she canít be under arrest. All charges have been pardoned by the commander. They simply said, ďThese are new charges. You disobeyed the Commander by coming close to the brig and you said things to the brig commander that reek with disrespect for an officer. You have now added resisting arrest. Care to try for more?Ē

Annie growled and walked inside. Iíve had to listen to her for nearly twenty-four hours grumbling about how she has been treated.

Prince, who is exhausted already from Annieís visit.


Tom

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The travel arrangements were that the ice cream truck driver would bring Annie home on Monday.......and now you say the guy backed out of the agreement? *grin*....i guess she may need to borrow your dad's car...or hop an eagle flight....see what you can arrange, oh Great Organizer......if she gives you any nonsense of staying longer, pretend to be sharing a big secret and tell her that i told you that mom is thinking of rearranging her bed and clean around and under it while she is gone, so she needs to get home quickly......if she is any trouble, you can let her stay in your bachelor pad.....hahahahahaha........of course, it will become HER bachelorette pad then.....*giggling madly at the thought she will never leave*......your commander said she was welcome to visit anytime, so you know where to cast the blame........send her off to play with her local friends, Fluffy, etc.....remember, Annie responds well to flattery.....i hope she and your mom enjoy playing dress up in the vault

Roscoe who is enjoying the new silence at Camp TQ (aand laughing a lot over the new chaos at Camp Howe)




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Dear Roscoe,

OMG, she is here, and what an entry she made.

The truck arrived and Annie was out almost before the truck came to a stop. First words were, "My suitcase is in the back. Someone get it please." Now then, the please was a nice touch but the tone of voice was not a request but an order.

Well, just to be sweet, one of the Chihuahuas entered the truck to get the luggage. He came out looking quite distraught and asked seven more to help. When they emerged, they were carrying Annie's "suitcase." But it was a huge trunk. All eight Chihuahuas were carrying it together like it were a casket, one on each end and three on each side. Even with eight Chihuahuas it was a struggle. (How did Annie manage to get that thing on board?) And really, for ONE weekend?

Well, dad could see that the truck driver was a bit upset and decided to help him by purchasing a round of ice cream for everyone. The poor driver just shook his head to indicate the negative. Then he said with a low raspy voice, "Someone who I shall not name," (he was looking directly at Annie) "...Someone left the door to the ice chest open and the ice, the ice cream and all the other cold products melted. I'd sell you some potato chips but someone ate them all."

This poor fellow looked like he was about to cry. He had dark circles under his eyes and his shirt was soaked with sweat. Dad invited the poor guy inside to rest a bit before starting his journey back north. He thanked dad and got out of the truck. He was barely able to walk. When we got inside he sat down and immediately fell asleep. Later he told us that he had not slept since they left Virginia. He said that he had pulled off the road into a rest area to rest but Annie would have nothing of it. She began to cry and wail "I only have a weekend. I have to get there. Get going. Please get going." And on and on until the poor gentleman's nerves were shot and he had no recourse but to continue the trip. He complained that Annie talked with him the whole way except when she was sleeping and then he claims that she snored so loudly that he was afraid that they would be arrested for disturbing the peace.

After he woke up, he announced that he needed to take off. He was opening his door to the truck and quickly moving into the vehicle. As he fastened his seat belt and started his engine, dad ask what time Monday he would be here for Annie. He simply said, "Ain't gonna happen." With that he sped down the road and we haven't seen nor heard from him since.

I looked at Annie and she just shrugged her shoulders. "Some people just don't enjoy pleasant conversation," she said as she headed outside to check on the birds at the feeders.

We figured that Annie would have arranged for a round trip with the driver, but apparently not. Do you have any idea how she plans to return to Virginia? She seems rather vague about that and avoidant when we bring up the subject.

Prince, who needs to go after Annie who seems to be wondering toward the military camp and quite close to the brig.


Tom

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

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

remember that Annie is our LITTLE sister and she needs our protection, so keep her away from the BC.......i was hoping he would not find out she was coming until after she got there...mom says she MUST come home on Monday...

Roscoe who knows it will be funtimes in FL once Annie gets there

TO: COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

are you ready? be prepared....Annie is headed your way....before she left, i mentioned the rules you shared (like sleeping on the lanai), but in typical Annie-fashion she just snorted and said those rules don't apply to her.....oh, it should be interesting around there.....TQ asked that Annie be sent home on Monday unless you need her for something special....hehehehe...i am trusting that she will be safe from the Brig Commander even if she is ccaught singing love songs on the roof at 2am...*giggle*.....she will be arriving in a white ice cream trucck with popsicicles and ice cream bars painted on the sides.....enjoy your weekend

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Dear Roscoe,

OH GOOD GRIEF! You've got to be kidding. Annie is coming via an ice cream truck. How on earth did she wangle that? I'll let dad know and warm mom. Oh good grief!

I went to see our commander to give him a heads up. He said that he had heard from your commander that Annie was coming. He did not seem all that happy about it, just more or less accepting.

I then walked past the brig. I didn't go in. I didn't have to. I could hear the brig commander growling about something. He seemed quite out of sorts. He kept repeating "I'll find a way. She isn't going to get away with it. I'll just find a way. She'll screw up and then I'll have her. I'll find a way."

Well, I didn't like the sound of that, so warn Annie to stay far far away from that heavy pawed dog.

Prince, who is laughing at his mom's reaction when I told her. (Her expression was priceless.)


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

do you know what is going on?---both of our commanders are discussing Annie coming down there and they say the Brig Commander will not bother her.................say what? are they nuts?!! i suspect that when your Commander is not around, the Brig Commander's lips curl up in a snarl whenever he thinks of Annie......there is no love lost between those 2.....Annie really wants to visit you, claiming she needs a break......she said your mom really misses her.......*raising an eyebrow*........she managed to persuade mom to let her make the trip....she will be travelling in an ice cream truck....don't be too excited when it pulls up in your driveway tomorrow....there probably won't be a single popscicle left *snort*.....expect her sometime tomorrow (Friday) between lunch and dinner......
Roscoe

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
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I liked your idea of testing the environment for bad guys that I called eagle headquarters and discussed the situation with them. Not good.

Eagle headquarters asked that I congratulate Annie and the Brig Commander for working through their previous grievances. They then pointed out that that does not alter the fact that eagle services has suspended transportation services for Annie. I pointed out that I believe Annie is dieting and may be a bit lighter than before. They seemed to feel that it was not just the weight, but her demeanor when in the gondola which created a risk both for her and her carrier eagle. While the travel ban on Annie has not been lifted, they do want to express their apologies for any inconvenience this may cause her.

It appears that other transportation will need to be arranged. I did discuss Annieís possible stay here again with Joanie, and again she very firmly stated that the vault is off limits to Annie and will remain so. To the end of her very firm statement, she added the words, ďEnd of story; end of discussion.Ē I donít think there was any question about how she feels on this subject. Sorry.

Now then, should you be able to arrange for her to come, please let her know that the brig commander will be no problem. I will constantly monitor the relationship between them. I do suspect that she will want to remain inside with Tom and Joanie most of the time. We can also build a camouflaged area for her to go out to run, piddle and the like. Sleeping will be on the lanai. Please let us know as far in advance as you are able regarding her trip should you find transportation.

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Dear Roscoe,

OK bro, that meal was fabulous I will admit. However, following that meal and continuing I have been on a very strict diet. Even dad and mom are watching what they eat. Yes, they watch and I watch as they put all of that delicious food on a fork, put into their mouths and eat it. Meanwhile, I get a few kibbles and the like. Sometimes I think I should just move up there.

Today dad went to the store after he had finished therapy. He got ice cream and nothing else. He bought two of momís favorite flavors and one for himself. Did he ask me what flavor I wanted? Oh no, not at all. He looked at me and smiled and said some nice words to me, but ice in the frig for meÖ no way. Oh woe is me!

I agree with you about a medal for Clarabelle. I was thinking about that and you just sort of took the bark out of my mouth. If you would care to spend some time here we could design a medal for her. Of course we would have to have a ceremony and should invite as many of the eagles as possible. I guess weíll have to feed them while they are here too. Iíll talk to dad about that if you are going to come.

Prince, who is going to go whine to Bowser about increasing both quality and quantity of my daily rations.


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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oh drats and darn it, Prince!

you write me about the fabulous feast you had while mom thawed some frozen blueberry waffles in the microwave, cut them up and mixed them with our kibble.....i realize this is a woman who has never eaten a true Bowser pancake or waffle....the ones she gave us were nasty! first of all i hate blueberries and mom knows this......i asked her why she gave us so many delicious (i had not tasted them yet) waffles and Annie piped up with "who said they were delicious?"....she snickered, but mom glared........we did not even get a tiny smidge of maple syrup! sometimes, if she is going to throw something out that she won't eat, mom will try to feed it to us, and i suspect that is what was happening this time...pah! Annie casually mentioned that maple syrup would havve been nice and i said a side of sausage would have rounded off the meal nicely....both of us were ignored by She Who Prepared The Meal.......oh, brother, i am so jealous of your sumptious meal!!! lol

i am glad Clarabelle got you home safely.....she sounds like quite an eagle! maybe we should give her a medal....or perhaps just send her a gift box of mice.....maybe we could form an eagle troop as part of the militia.....it is so nice that they are on our side......

Roscoe who is going to see what he might be able to scrounge up for a snack...a tasty snack

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TO; COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE
FROM; COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

i asked Annie into my office for tea and a chat......when i relayed your message, she both look delighted as well aas a bit nervous.....she is afraid the brig commander will not follow your orders......before she visits she thought you should talk to Joanie again, pointing out that permitting Annie to stay in her vault was for excellent reasons, and because she knows Annie so well, she knows Annie would never deliberately destroy all the lovely gowns stored in there......it would be a kind and patriotic move to let Annie hide out there.......after she left my office i saw her skipping back to the house and telling everyone that she would soon be going to the "fabulous Camp Howe", maybe "before the weekend"......i rushed after her and told her firmly to keep her big basset mouth shut about her trip.....she was not pleased, but understands it is for her safety......i think we will put off her trip for a few extra days....please advise your wawas to keep watch to see if there is any increased activity, such as enemy agents or helicopters showing up....i am wondering if word of her trip will reach the wrong ears.......if there seems to be unusual interest in her trip i may hire Prince's friend Clarabelle to show up here and pretend to fly off with our wild basset just to see if anyone follows........sigh.............it never ends

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ (TOP SECRET)
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TH

Re: the brig commander, we have found nothing to tie him directly with the trumpets nor do we have any evidence that he is actually a mole. We do know that he favored the trumpet party and likely voted against Lassie in the last election. However, there is no evidence of wrong doing.

If you would like to send Annie here, I'm certain that we can hide her, at least for a while. Joanie has made it quite clear that the hiding place will NOT be her dress vault, but she will welcome her into the house and smother her with petting and hugs.

We are quite aware of the rift between Annie and the brig commander. I have spoken with the brig commander and pointed out that I have pardoned Annie from any wrong doing in the past and that we will start with a clean slate. He wasn't too happy about that, but I warned him that his is how it is going to be and if he wants to do anything about Annie he shall have to clear it with me. Failure to do so will be failure to follow command and will result in all sorts of charges. Unless he wishes to become an inmate in his own brig and stripped of his command, he WILL comply!

If you send Annie, please inform her that all past charges and consequences have been pardoned and dropped. Let her know that this is a new beginning for her. That being said, it is expected that both she and the brig commander will be on their best behavior. Point out to Annie that while all past behavioral mishaps and mistakes have been dropped, this does not preclude disciplinary action from current or future misbehavior.


Dear Roscoe,

Home sweet home and how sweet it is to be here. Getting here was not so easy.

About one hour on our normal route we were buzzed by a copter. Soon after that several copters were seen in the distance heading toward my eagle and I. Clarabelle (my eagle) and I saw the copters about at the same moment flying low on the horizon. We knew evasive action would need be taken.

A short distance to the west of our trajectory there was a wooded edge with a small clearing close to it. Clarabelle landed the gondola on that clearing and instructed me to enter the dense wooded area and remain still. She let the gondola go and asked that I try to pull it into the forest as far as was caninely possible. I did as she instructed.

She flew directly toward the copters, now swift and flexible without the hindrance of the gondola and passenger. The lead copter saw her coming and seemed to panic. The copter weaved and zigzagged as though its pilot was totally unsure of which way to go to dodge that oncoming eagle. Just as Clarabelle reached the area of the copter she swooped up nearly hitting the copters canopy. The pilot sunk low in his seat and in doing so mismanaged the controls. The copter started it's swirly path to doom below until, just at the last moment, the pilot was able to regain control. I laughed, though I knew that with many copters coming in our direction Clarabelle would be no match for the group.

Then I saw her flying toward the closest squadron of copters and I started to fear she would surely meet her doom. Not so! She dropped below the copters and flew toward the ground. Several copters followed her down, their pilots obviously angered and confused.

Clarabelle darted into a tight clearing at the edge of the forest, folding her wings as she reached entry making her movement into the forest for at least a ways possible. Not so with the copters. Caught off guard, the copter pilots seemed to suddenly realize that the forest loomed dangerously close ahead. One tried to follow Clarabelle but immediately had its main prop shattered sending the body of the copter crashing into a tree. Many of the others, in their efforts to avoid the forest altogether, either turned to swiftly, losing control and slamming into the forest edge trees. With their copters destroyed, Clarabelle could see the pilots staggering out and walking away from the forest. One of them was highly decorated, having gained a bouquet of red bud and dogwood wrapped loosely around his body. He even sported a dandelion boutonniere. "Ah, how dapper," thought Clarabelle, as she watched the remaining copters head in the direction of Camp TQ.

I returned to the clearing near the edge of the forest and pulled the gondola to the clearing as well. While I couldn't see as clearly from my distance, I could definitely see that the threat was over and Clarabelle had managed the entire squadron of copters single-footed, a five talon victory!

When we got home the eagle was well paid, and after I told dad about our battle with the copters, he was amazed and gave the eagle a special treat, three field mice that our neighbor cat had caught. (No, Andromeda was not among them.) We then went inside and I told dad all about my trip to Virginia and we played music and danced and laughed and then Bowser served the most scrumptious feast I've ever had. I mean, we started with a meat lovers pizza, we had garlic bread sticks, there was pooch pasta, and for desert we had doughnuts and ice cream. Oh man, Ros, I could hardly waddle to my bed last night.

Prince, who thinks he may just be happy to be put on a diet.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/27/2017 (15:18)
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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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP HOWL (HEHEHEHEHEHEHE)
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

as you know Prince returned home to FL today....i trust he had good winds and made it back by supper time.....about an hour after he took off, large black government helicopters and jets began flying over our camp.....thank heavens that the netting we put over the trees prevented them from seeing too much.....they remainded in the area for about 45 mins before finally leaving........our brave wawas went immediately on alert, armed to the teeth.....Annie was hustled into hiding. ...we don't know exactly what the purpose of this show of air force was for except possibly intimidation.....we stood strong....

has there been any further development on the controversy of your Brig Commander and his possible connections with Trumpet agents? i was thinking that we need to find a place to send Annie for awhile where her safety is guaranteed......the mother of The Kid says Annie cannot stay at her house....what we probably need is a WW2 bunker that is built like a vacation hotel on the inside lest our little basset become disenchanted with her accomodations.....*snort*......perhaps you could ask Prince if his mom plans to go on vacation anytime soon......from what i have heard of the famous dress vault, Annie would be safely hidden there....until she ran out of dresses to play in.....................if you can ask around about possible suitable locales in which to stash a very noticeable basset, i would appreciate it....i am wracking my brain here, but this all has to remain really hush-hush
do you know what our government wants her for? rumors abound that they think she is a topnotch computer expert...............our Annie?!! *snort* its difficult to image our government could be so wrong!

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dear Prince

you left too soon............or maybe it was because you left........about an hour after your departure, the skies overhead were filled with government planes and helicopters.....we could have used you here........one of the helicopters hovered and lowered a rope......as someone began to climb down the rope, one of our ran over and set the rope on fire.....its amazing how fast somebody can shimmy up a burning rope when he doesn't want his butt to burn......

did you make it home to enjoy some of those delicious bower pancakes? it would be sad if you were late and your dad was forced to eat them so they didn't go to waste....i suppose we could send Annie to hide out in your bachelor pad with bowser as her personal chef....hehehehe....think that would work? *grinning*.............we sure miss you around here...HENrietta has been appointed Annie's personal aide, which means she just keeps an eye on her, making sure Annie is not kidnapped again.....so far, so good.....

Roscoe who just found a partial container of ice cream in the back of the 'frig and is sad that he must eat it by himself *snorting merrily*


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I enjoyed your response to my recent communication. I should point out though, that while Bassets have those characteristics they have been found to be extremely good with kids. Perhaps that is why Annie is such a wonderful baby sitter for the kid. Perhaps she should be given that job on a permanent basis.

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Dear Prince,

Of course you can come home today. I canít wait to see you my boy!

Now then, about Mildred. She did not speak with a southern accent. She actually spoke with a Midwestern accent, which is to say that she spoke with a typical south Florida accent which could be an accent from any number of northern or Midwestern states. Well, you know, south Florida being the melting pot for former snow birds and the like.

Now then, that being said, she is most definitely a canal bird, and while this is a ways away from our canal, it is within the same general area and part of the canal system that is attached to our canal. She may well have moved from our canal to this canal without even leaving the water. If I see her again Iíll ask her about that. Unfortunately, I didnít see her today when I was at that location.

I let Bowser know that you would be home today so he will be prepared with proper food. I did, of course, remind him of your diet, but I think we can skip the diet during the first celebration of your homecoming meal. Bring your appetite.

Dad, who is doing the happy dance because his boy dog is coming home.


Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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Prince was in my office when your message camp in....i shared with him the part you wrote about basset characteristics and then we were both laughing so hard we raced each other to get out the door and to the nearest bush (i do not allow piddling on my office carpet...lol) ....TQ came looking for Prince about that time and (after looking around to make sure Annie was nowhere around) we shared with her what the experts had said....she laughed and said she once read that bassets will do whatever their human wants them to do-----as long as it is what the basset wants to do.....that's pretty much true, she said.....TQ agreed with what you wrote, too......

unfortunately, Prince continued to giggle on the way back to the house with TQ and when they ran across Annie, Prince almost fell over he began laughing so hard.....i was watching from my office doorway and when i heard him say "stubborn and slow to obey" in between gales of laughter, i quietly backed into my office and shut the door.....by then, TQ was laughing hysterically, too, while Annie was frowning....i am sure she did not realize they were laughing about her or she would have done more than frown........sigh.......i thought Prince was more discreet than that.....lol

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Dear dad

would you mind if i return home tomorrow, Monday? it has been very quiet here and i have been thinking of new ways to improve my bachelor pad......besides, i miss you and mom and think we should sit down together over plates of bowser's pancakes with whipped cream and maple syrup....just a tiny bit, of course.....

Roscoe is going to stay here.....it has been quiet this weekend, but he is not sure the danger from secret agents is over.......Annie said she is ferocious enough to guard TQ, but Roscoe reminded her that last night she heard TQ's tummy grumble and immediately leaped out of bed, barking and running outside.....this woke up TQ who had to go outside and force her to return to bed.....then Roscoe snorted and they both walked off in opposite directions....besides, after the kidnapping incident, while Annie says she feels braver than usual, she seems to be a bit more timid and cautious, trembling at the mere thought of those agents grabbing her again...

also, i have heard rumors that our Brig Commander has some sort of connection with agents of the Trumpeter.....is this true? ...............................i find this quite disturbing

you asked about Mildred, the duck...does she quack with a southern accent? i have met several ducks when i am here....i do recall a mildred....she was quite a nice duck....however, i have also met a few ducks paddling through the canal.....i am not sure if i have met a mildred in that group.....does she have a florida accent? i can't wait to see the babies...i bet they are cute.....

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Your message that the dog belonging to the FBI guy is not currently living there was interesting. You see, while investigating the plausibility of my recent suggestion a bit more, I discussed Basset hounds with our breed characteristics specialist. It turns out that Bassets are very stubborn and slow to obey. They seldom listen to any suggestion to come, and will often follow a scent without any mind for commands and the like. This is why you seldom find a Basset in the military. They are quite likable but somewhat difficult to live with. At least, that is what our breed expert says. It sounds like they would be especially difficult to re-educate, and may quickly revert to their former brain washed behavior.

Please make sure that Annie never ever ever never ever sees this communication. It likely would not set well with her.

Dear Prince,

Are you still planning to return home on Tuesday? Iím really missing you.

I happened onto a mother duck and about 10 ducklings the other day. The ducklings were about as big as mom, but they were still following her around. Sadly, I didnít have my camera with me because it would have made a cute picture. Anyway, apparently momma duck had met you somewhere. Of course the ducklings didnít know you having been hatched since you and mom last talked. Her name was Mildred. Do you remember her?

Itís been quiet around here. We havenít seen SUVs or copters for quite some time. I guess all the activity right now is up there. Frankly, thatís OK with me. I could use a bit of rest. Seems that when there is activity here that our military is engaged in, it gets very noisy and naps and sometimes sleep are hard to come by.

Dad, who hears Bowser calling me for lunch. Oh, and what a feast it is going to be.


Tom

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ALas, i was not clear in my last message...it is the aunt and uncle (of the american basset which lives with the FBI guy) that owns the mcmansion next door.....Annie once met the FBI guy, but he and his dog have not been out in a couple of years....The owners show up several times a year to spout their political Trumpet gibberish.....they are not half as bad as the people who were the previous owners who sported rush limbaugh bumper stickers on their vehicles.....for some reason that property seems to attract wealthy right-wing whack jobs....the former owner shows up periodically because he still keeps bee hives on the property...the bees say he "preaches" his political ideals to them, but they are usually too busy to pay him any mind....they are more on the lookout for bears who have been known to climb the fence, knock over hives and steal honey...they consider bears the rudest animal on earth.....hah! they obviously don't know chupes......when i told Annie about the ideas in your message, she said we should make noises the next time the owners are next door about how nice it would be to see the FBI guy and his

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Wow! Do you realize what an opportunity you have? It is time for Annie to take action. This is an opportunity for her to buddy up to the Bassett next door and gain its favor. She can show it around, feed it snacks, gain its confidence. Then she can casually take the next door Bassett to a meeting. That Bassett can think itís just a fun meeting, but then a couple of trainers can engage in re-educating the next door Basset.

What I have in mind is trying to show this dog the light. Let the light of democracy shine in its eyes. Wipe away the clouds of doom and negativity that the trumpets spread. Of course, the process will take a while and it wonít be easy.

Once you feel certain that this Bassett understands the light and strength of your enlightenment, it can be developed into a fabulous private eye for our side. I mean, it lives in that negative atmosphere and is surrounded by those who speak freely about their hatred. The Bassett can then inform a contact Chihuahua about individuals or packs that the trumpeters are targeting next. When the good guys have that knowledge, they can move to protect the targeted individual or group.

I would not waste time though if you plan to pursue this plan. First you must work out the details with your personnel. Then you must put the plan into action. Annie can and should be involved, but warn her not to mention the Belgian thing. I mean, that might promote negative reactions before you even have the opportunity to re-educate this pooch.

By the way, if the eagles agree to help, my suggestion regarding the eagles is to have them scout out such things as black SUVs, men in black suits, and spy copters.


Tom

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We, too, seem to be inundated by nasty little people in black suits, arriving in black SUVs....actually, we sometimes do not see them arrive, but a couple of our operatives found what appeared to be a parking lot of them about 1/2 mi. from here.....also, the humans who officially own the mcmansion next door are Trumpeters.....and the brother of one of the owners actually works for the FBI....needless to say, they are not open to change....none of them live there most of the time, but appparently they have felt the flutter of patriotism and are letting the agents of the trumpet government use their property.....Annie is particularly outraged....or would be if she wasn't so frightened of them, because the FBI guy owns a basset....she feels he has gained a lot of knowledge of general bassetness from his own pooch which is how he has insights into her possible behaviours.....because Annie has bragged for years about being a BElgian basset, even though she has a birth ccertificate to prove she is an American citizen she said when she was held captive she was threatened with permanent deportation to Belgium.....

we ordered a lot of camouflage netting which arrived yesterday by special courier eagle and this morning our guys are spreading it over the tops of the trees....with special permssion, the courier eagle is helping which makes the work go faster....since Annie was woofing about the eagle's big, yellow clown feet, we have her inside thawing hamburger which will be used for payment for the eagle....HENrietta has been assigned to find several mice, also as a thank you to our eagle friend......

the eagle informed us that there are reports within the eagle community of chupes raiding eagle nests.....therefore, any eagle is happy to join in the fight to eradicate chupes.....


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These humans in their black SUVs seem to be becoming as much a nuisance as the canines in their SUVs, maybe more. We havenít seen any more SUVs in the area, but we have noticed helicopters flying over head as though they owned the place. We are pretty certain they are spy copters and we are therefore being extremely cautious in all that we do outside of cover of rooftop. I have met with our engineers and have discussed the feasibility of a series of tunnels for quick movement without detection form above. Apparently there are some serious problems associated with tree roots (you can only cut a few from each tree) and non-detectable dirt disposal. The engineering team is working on solving those problems.

Tunneling may not be feasible. The military strategy planning team points out that tunnels will need to be guarded to prevent the enemy from finding and using them against us. And also if there is a mole that we do not detect, that mole may well share the secret of the tunnels with the enemy. And then there is the time factor. (sigh)

You know, Commander, after rethinking all of this while talking with you, Iím thinking itís time to return to the proverbial drawing board. Bummer! Oh those black suited devils and their copters. Grrrrrrr

Ö..

Dear Prince,

Iím happy that you have the sense to not attend an unsupervised party, but I was very sad to hear that TQ was not feeling well. Perhaps she is feeling better if she could tolerate the sorbet. Yes, sorbet is quite good. But Prince, TQ did the right thing not offering you seconds. It may be that sorbet has less calories than ice cream, but unfortunately that doesnít exactly make it a diet food. It still has its share of calories.

Iím curious. Have you noticed any strange black vehicles lately? Just wondering.

Dad, who is about to check out the lunch menu with Bowser. (For some reason I think Iíd like ice cream for desert.)


Tom

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dear dad,

you don't have to worry about me attending any sort of little party here.......TQ and Mr. Twinkie decided to stay home because TQ was sick.....i do admit that when TQ woke up around 3am and was in the kitchen i went in to make sure she was all right....since she hadn't eaten all day, she was having a sliver of frogen sorbet pie, and she slipped me a bit, too.....she said you would not be mad since sorbet has less calories than ice cream and i was only getting a tiny bite.....it was good dad, and i certainly would not have turned down a second slice IF offered, but TQ went back to bed....sigh....i am going to teach mom or bowser how to make this

Prince who is on extra duty here
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after reading you last message i was laughing so hard i had to go out and lift a leg on a nearby bush........however, i think the visitor you had is now here...with reinforcements....there appears to be several black SUVs parked up the road from here....a contingent of guards was sent around to check our boarders and discovered several human intruders wearing black suits trying to ease themselves through the woods.....one of the guards radioed back to headquarters and now everybody is on alert, all borders are constantly being checked and the intruders that were first discovered were chased back to their cars......one human did approach our front gates, asking for Annie or any Belgian bassets....when informed that Annie had left the property to go on "vacation", the human in the ugly black suit did a lot of grumbling.....he was told that she may have gone to Alaska to help with black bear issues, but the guard was not certain.....the human climbed back into his car and left, but we fear they may be back.......please guard all communications because they may be hacked by goverment agents

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Rest assured that my lips are sealed.

This morning a man in a black suit, white shirt and black tie stopped by wanting to speak with Tom. His vehicle was nowhere to be seen, though he would have to have driven something to get here. What follows is a summation given to me by Tom:

"He was asking questions about our yard, our number of canines, etc. Of course I told him we had one dog, but he seemed more interested in Chihuahuas than Labrador Retrievers. Interesting! He also seemed to want to know about our Bassett Hound. I said that we did not have a Bassett here. He then clarified saying that he meant Belgian Bassett living nearby. Again I reiterated that I knew of no Belgian Bassetts or any other kind of Bassett living here or nearby. He then started talking about Canine Military personnel living in or near the premise. By now I had had enough. I pointed out that while I didnít want to be rude, this line of questioning was aggravating to say the least. He started asking another question and I decided to get rude. I slammed the door in his face, but not before giving a certain whistle signal. A contingent of guards ushered him off of the premises. It wasnít pretty and I have a piece of his boxer shorts and slacks as souvenirs (grin). And the man? Well, as he ran toward the next street where he had parked his car, you could see a bit of flesh hanging out from the rear." (heh heh)

Well Commander, we havenít seen that guy since. But one significant thing that we need to note is that this was a human. Is it possible that the trumpeter has hired a human spy?

Ö..

Dear Prince,

Party? What party? Prince, you must respect the sanctity of TQís home as well as her multiple flavors of ice cream. Your job is to guard and protect, not to P-A-R-T-Y! Here me well Prince. Keep in mind that unsupervised parties do not end well. Keep in mind that parties that do not end well could eliminate all future visits to Virginia. TQ may even decide Roscoe will not be allowed to come here for fear that you may be a bad influence. Now think on these things Prince. I trust you and know that you will do the right thing.

Iím glad that Annieís mood is a happier one today. And I know that you should not question her about anything that she gets into with the doctor. I probably shouldnít have ask you to find out about her unhappy mood, but I really didnít mean that you should inquire as to what went on. I was thinking more on the lines ofÖĒAnnie, are you OK? You look a little sad. Is there anything I can do to brighten your day?Ē Of course, that last sentence does open you up to all sorts of unreasonable requests, so perhaps you did the right thing when you just dropped it. Good thinking Prince. Now just continue with your excellent thinking when it comes to such things as unsupervised parties and the like. Just a suggestion.

Dad, who just has to be a dad because he loves you Prince.


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Tom

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you stated the men in the SUV were asking about Annie? what Annie? there is no Annie here.....let's just say she is on "vacation" in case anyone asks you.....that is the word that will be spread around here.....since she is known to not like the heat, we aare saying she has gone to Alaska....in truth, there was a recent incident where a large black bear killed a teenager in Alaska and since Annie feels she knows so much about black bears she did volunteer to help the Alaskan game wardens in their investigation................i said she volunteered....i did not say the state of Alska accepted her offer.......please do not breathe a word to anyone, ESPECIALLY the brig commander that our basset is in a safe house.....we were going to send her to the local spa while TQ and mr. twinkie are out of town, but that place could easily be penetrated by those with ill intentions.....air-conditioning, and a well-stocked refrigerator and maybe a tv set on the canine channel are all it takes to keep our girl happy..................the family should be home again by Tues.......we do appreciate Prince staying here to help protect us all

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hey dad

how's it going? TQ leaves tomorrow and won't be back until tues......let's just say there may be a blast out summer party here...............or so the rumors say....hehehehe......i cannot say where Annie might be while her parents are gone.....i did hear she is going to a hiding place.............mom's dress vault sounds like a good place.....hehehehe.....

you sorta asked why Annie did not look happy when i saw her leave Dr. Blossom's office the other day......i don't ask Annie about such things....it is not worth risking my whiskers to ask......she seems in a good mood today......

Prince who must go help TQ stock the freezer properly with things she bought to leave for us this weekend....(i didn't know they made that many kinds of ice cream, dad)


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Dear Prince,

I am so happy to hear that you have scratched the therapy dog vest off of your Christmas list. We could not possibly lend you out for therapy dog duty. You have your duties set right here at home. It is a hardship let you continue with military duties, but we know how incredibly important this is and so we make the necessary sacrifice. We must all sacrifice to some degree in this struggle for freedom from chupacabra.

So you have eagles, do you? We havenít gotten them here yet, though this is one of the stops that they frequently make. I suppose we shall have to expect them at some time in the near future. Perhaps Iíll be able to direct them to the pasture for poo purposes. I know the cattle wonít appreciate that, but itís not like they donít leave a bit of poo behind themselves. And I mean leave it right behind themselves.

Iím glad that you are able to stay behind and help TQ and family out. Yes, you are a great guard dog in addition to all of your other fine qualities. Will Roscoe and Annie be staying behind with you? Well, I suppose Annie will be going to the spa, but what about Roscoe?

I thought that Annie and Dr. Blossom had gotten off to a good start. Why do you think she wasnít happy the last time she left that office?

Dad, who is going to kick back and let his feet do the reclining.

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Interesting that Dr. Blossom wants to talk with the Brig Commander. My thoughts, good luck with that. The Brig Commander is fairly good at what he does, but his is quite set in his ways and takes the running of the brig extremely seriously. He has become a career brig master. He doesnít feel that he functions well outside of the brig, and doesnít even take his liberties when they come his way. He runs a taught ship but is quite professional in his doing so. Inmates seldom cross him for fear of retaliation, Annie being the notable exception. Apparently she pushed him every bit of the way while she was an inmate.

I donít like the sound of the black SUV and those who rode within. It sounds like the trumpets are after Annie again. You need to make sure that she is well hidden. I wouldnít be a bit surprised if those evil men would find a way in, especially if you have an active mole. And considering the hack job on my previous communication, I wouldnít be surprised to find that there is a mole.

You will remember the pacing that Kathy was doing in the field and the nervousness of the girls. Well, I sent a team of special ops to check out the pasture. They found little to rouse the girls so much, but they did spot a black SUV racing away just before they got there. Of course, they were on paw so they didnít try to follow SUV. They did question some of the girls though.

The response to the questioning was silence for the most part. Finally Kathy, brave Kathy, stepped forward. ďThey were asking about Annie,Ē she said. She didnít know that anything was strange so she said she thought Annie was at Camp TQ in VA. Then she began to get worried and decided to give no more information. She just said to them, ďI barely know Annie, but I donít think she ever comes here. Actually, she could be just about anywhere. Camp TQ is all I can remember and that was years ago.Ē

The special ops guys ask them why they took so long to answer his questions, mentioning that this has all been very helpful. Again there was some stammering around by the heard. Finally Kathy spoke up. ďThose guys said we were not to tell anyone that they were here or anything that was said. If we do, they will return and send us to the butchers. We donít like the butchers. Thatís why we didnít say anything. Please donít let those men dogs know that I told you!Ē With this she began to shake.

ďDonít worry,Ē said the special ops team leader. ďOur lips are sealed.Ē

Well, that was not the end of the black SUV and passengers. Our guards at Camp TH also saw them shortly after they left from the pasture. They were actually snooping around the camp grounds and peering into the windows where Prince lives. They started toward headquarters but by then our forces were ready for them. They charged with fixed bayonets and the cowardly trumpeters ran to their SUV and sped off as fast as that car could go. They turned the corner at such a pace that they nearly rolled their van. It was comical, and many a solder that day wished they had rolled the SUV. They would have delighted in capturing those canines who were illegally poking around our camp.

I am so sorry that poor Annie had to go through that trauma with those evil ones. Let her know that the entire Camp TH personnel are concerned about her. Well, that would be with the exception of the brig commander who tends to hold grudges and the like.


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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Annie showed me how i can buy a therapy dog vest on ebay.....she said she could make me one that is much more handsome than the plain ones on ebay.....but she said that it might be better to be a therapy dog for you incognito....you and mom and i would know i am your important therapy dog, but if i wear a vest to advertise it, stangers might want to "use" me and you would have to loan me out to them whether i like them or not.....i don't like the sound of this, so i have scratched "therapy dog vest" off of my Xmas list....hehehehe

there are some eagles here....no one called them, but these are new couriers in training, learning some of the more often used routes....they are zipping over the house, sounding like military jets....TQ got out an old sheet and wrote in big letters "poo over the woods" and had some of the wawas put in on the roof....she said she does not want eagle poo dropping out of the sky like wet, gooey bombs.....Roscoe said he would not mind the eagle poo in the front yard and promised to gather it up, but TQ said no......she did suggest that Roscoe ask them to poo in the Gonzalez pasture, but he does not want to mix it with the cows poo...Roscoe said it is important to keep the various poos "pure"......this is one of his areas of speciality, so i just leave the subject alone.......*grin*

mr. twinkie and TQ are going out of town for a few days this weekend......TQ asked if i would stay at least until they return on tuesday...she feels the house and property are safer if i am here to help the others....*puffing out manly chest in pride* on Thurs. they are going to #1Son's restaurant, but said there will be no leftovers to bring home....i bet that JellyBean eats well, having a dad and mom who own a fancy restaurant......maybe you and mom should open a restaurant.....you wouldn't have to buy my dog food anymore since you could bring home leftover steak bones and other delights......its just a thought...talk it over with mom

Prince who sees Annie coming out of Dr. Blossom's office and she does not look pleased....

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please be aware that Dr. BabyCakes will be returning home tomorrow morning....she should be back on the ground at your place before dinnertime...Dr. Blossom is staying on for a bit longer.....she says that she would like you to assign the Brig Commander some special time "off" to talk to her at least 2x a week for a while.....Annie has talked about their relationship, and Dr. Blossom wants to delve into it further as well as hear the Brig Commander's point of view.....as Dr. Blossom told me "one of those canines is NUTS!!" *grin*....i can't argue with her, lol......

there have been possible signs of more than usual chupe activity around here....no attacks, but everybody is on higher alert.....TQ claims she heard a strange thump on the porch around 2am, but there was no sign of bear, raccoon or other creature....the guards at or near the house said they saw or heard nothing.....we cannot summarily disregard TQ's report, though, since she has often been alert to nearby chupe presences....usually, Annie is very aware of chupes when they are near the house and there was nary a bark out of her....Dr. Blossom did mention that the medicine Dr. BabyCakes has prescribed for Annie's nerves may be making her sleep more soundly.....our Special Ops guys are working with the IT guys and a few of our engineers to rig up an alarm or even a trap that will let us know if a stranger is nearby, chupe or nonchupe intruder.......

while TQ was runnning errands this morning, 2 men in suits attempted to gain entrance through our front gates.....since they had not been previously cleared, they were refused.....Annie was bundled up and rushed to the guards office and asked to look at the tv screens which show what is going on at the front gates....as soon as she saw the men in black she began to whimper and moan....Dr. BabyCakes had to rush in and give her a shot of something....afterwards, a bed was put in a storage closet in my office where Annie huddled, crying piteously, until the medicine took effect and she went to sleep....i commanded that these strangers be restrained and brought to me (we were going to use a different office since Annie was snoring in mine), but these guys, were armed and swiftly fled in their black SUV......i can't say positively that they were government agents, but we all suspect they were....they certainly brought back bad memories for our Belgian basset, although she said she did not recognize their faces........if you have the time, i would like you to ever-so-casually mention to the Brig Commander that Annie will be coming back with Prince next week because she wants to see Joanie....if you think this will make the Brig Commander suspicious, perhaps just mention it while talking to a couple of your officers....gossip being what it is, word will eventually get back to your Brig Commander.....it will be interesting to see how he reacts or if any "friends" come to visit him

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This is serious. I did not say Annie; I said Kathy. Obviously that message was hacked and the contents intentionally changed. We are currently working with our IT guys to boost security. Suggest you do the same since we donít know where the hack originated.

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Dear Prince,

Thanks for telling me about the therapy dog. Iíve seen quite a few black labs serving in that capacity but none of them were particularly large, many of them smaller than you. That would not be a problem. However, donít you know that you are already a therapy dog. You do that for me each and every day when you are home. You need not train for it or serve in anotherís therapy. You are very much needed here as my therapy dog. Oh, and Roscoe is right, your military duties are of extreme importance. If the chupacabra and trumpets have control of this world permanently, our lives as we know them are over. Stay with what you are doing Prince. Your work is essential.

No Prince, I have not been brain washing TQ. I do however support her efforts to maintain a healthy diet for you and the other canines. Some day you will thank TQ and me that we did this for youÖ someday!

It sounds like your part of Virginia and our part of Florida is running on the same mold building schedule of wetness. This isnít good. Iíve noticed an increase in chupe activity when conditions are like this.

Dad, who is now going to go into the kitchen and eat a Bowser feast


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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your last message shocked me---you said Annie has been seen in the pasture across from your camp....who reported this? Annie, our Annie, has been right here...i am sure of it.....please double check on this

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TQ went somewhere today, but when she came home she told me she had seen a black lab wearing a "therapy dog" vest....she explained what that was and i think it sounds exciting and interesting....she said the black lab was a lot bigger than me, and expressed doubts that you would let me fatten up.....i had to agree.....she also mentioned that what with how busy military work keeps me, it would be difficult to find time for me to devote myself to therapy work....hmmmmm....BUT it really sounds like a good thing and i would like to do it...i bet i would be good at it......she said i should talk it over with you......Roscoe, is dead set against it....he gave me a long *yawn* lecture on how i am already doing good with our anti-chupe work and i will probably find i can't fit both things into our schedule....sigh.....you and i can talk about it when i get home.....discussing things over roasted marshmallows seems like a relaxing way to have a good talk, dad *grin*

TQ made Mr. Twinkie an ice cream/sorbet pie....i got a taste last night, but my "taste" was about the size of TQ's thumbnail, and nobody got seconds....have you been brainwashing her, dad? *chuckle*.....mr. twinkie is going to be gone the rest of the week, and i ever so casually mentioned that the pie would go to waste.....annie pointed out that it was frozen, and therefore, not likely to go bad....she also pointed out that her mom's pie was nowhere near as good as one she could make....i challenged her to prove it, but she just rolled over and sighed...........i have been working outside all day with Roscoe, but when we came in just now becuz it is going to storm any second, i did not smell any signs of pie or ice cream.....or any type of cooking.....TQ said dinner in the house is going to be ONLY greens, so if anyone wants anything else they have to go to the mess tent...not very subtle, is she? *snicker*........

it has been raining a lot here, too, dad, but no sign here of clouds of mosquitos....or bears or skunks....it has been very quiet,.....and damp..

Prince who fears he will get moldy if the rain does not stop

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Dear Prince,

When we had the pizza, we only got one slice each. You see, they were large slices and we didn't have a way to store extra pizza to bring home. So no, we don't have any for you, but oh it was soooo good. It had thin crust and was like a great New York pizza. Ah, but you probably don't know much about that.

We've been having a huge amount of rain which is good for our drought conditions but helps with the breeding of millions of mosquitoes. For this reason, we tend to remain inside most of the time. Of course, during the week Joanie goes to work and I will be going to the doctor quite a bit. That at least gets us out of the house. When Dr. Cakes returns here, I won't have to go out. I'll have medical care right here at home.

Speaking of food Prince, tonight I had a pot pie. I wasn't all that hungry after having steak and mac 'n cheese this noon. Now I'm thinking about what I shall have for dessert. Oh my, decisions, decisions.

Dad, who is going to work his way through the ice creams, cookies and candy containers to determine what he wants for dessert. Say hi to Annie, Roscoe, TQ, and BC for me.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TH, FL

Thanks for keeping me in the loop regarding the Annie affair. Wow! Sounds like the good doctor is right on target with her.

As for the Brig Commander, nothing new to report. However, we suspect that he may have gotten wind of the investigation because he is being even more guarded in his responses than usual. I'll keep you posted.

Currently we have concerns regarding the pasture on the other side of the canal. We've seen the heard over there but they seem more active than usual. Annie was seen pacing back and forth. None of the girls seem to be eating as much as they usually do. All seem nervous. We've sent a special ops team to investigate, but they have not returned yet, not that they are expected to return for a couple of days or so, but we had hoped for a report. They do practice radio silence in situations like this, so not hearing from them by message is no surprise. I'll keep you informed.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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i don't know if i would like cannoli, but i guess i would be willing to try it next time you go to one of these food & music events...i certainly like pizza......sausage is best...if you save me some, go ahead and keep it in the frig..i'll get to it sooner or later

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this is a picture i drew of TQ and Blossom....they are getting along quite well now....i had to explain to Dr. Blossom that TQ was actually calling Annie a NU-NU Head, which means "silly" and there was no malice intended.....then i had BC make a formal introduction, becuz nobody had bothered to introduce Dr. Blossom to TQ and so TQ did not know who this bossy stranger was that was scolding her for calling Annie a Noodle (Nu Nu) Head....and Dr. Blossom, who is used to having her opinions easily accepted, did not know that TQ is Annie's mommy...in fact, the good doctor was a bit concerned to see a human stranger speaking to Annie in camp and was about to sound the alarm that government agents were back after Annie......anyway, all is good now and they are getting along fine.....i have noticed that Dr. Blossom has not been invited to sleep in the house, (TQ may still be holding a bit of a grudge) but if nobody tells her that this is sometimes allowed with TQ's canine friends, no one's feelings should be hurt.....there is a very nice guest cottage, and Dr. Blossom seems happy there......i will say that Dr. Blossom can sound very bossy at times....i don't think she means to, but, she is so used to giving advice and opinions and considered an authority in her field, that sometimes it just happens......to bad The Kid is not still here, hehehehehe

odn't worry about water wastefulness...i talked it over with Roscoe and we are going to add a Part 2 to the camouflage classes....when the time comes to divest oneself of the camouflage, there will be a lesson on washing it off ourselves in the creeks.....several of the wawas are not fond of water at all, in any way or form, so this may be an issue....if the camo has hardened and does not easily wash away, the wawa will have to float on his back or tummy until it softens up....we may have to hire a lifeguard to teach swim lessons...*snort*

Prince who is now thinking how good pizza would taste, but the cook in the mess tent said he is making quesadillas which are okay, but not equal to pizza.....i asked what TQ was preparing and she said lentil loaf.....but no gravy............ emoticon ..she doesn't care much for lentil loaf, either, but said she made it becuz they hadn't had it in a long time....yuk

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Dr. Blossom is an interesting character.....Annie knows who she is now, but does not seem to care that a psycchiatrist is delving into her recent experiences.....Dr. Blossom is an expert at hypnosis and has been using this to draw information out of Annie of what she saw or overheard while in captivity......apparently, the government agents somehow got the idea that Annie was a super-expert in computer technology and wanted her to help our government agencies like TSa, NSA, HSA, etc. etc. to tap into various foreign government agencies, as well as our own militias, etc. when they learned that Annie barely can find her way through a keyboard they was both angry and disappointed.....food was used to force Annie to do their bidding....they withheld food, a bed, and other comforts until they realized that no matter what they did, she just does not have the abilities they were seeking....i do not know who told them that our girl was such an expert, but i suspect they are now in serious trouble.......

speaking of trouble...have any more secret agents been talking with the Brig Commander?

Dr.Blossom also has noticed that Annie is very depressed, probably from her experiences at the paws of the cruel agents.......she has been getting her bark back, which i suppose is a good thing.....however, she will go into a longterm barking frenzy even though there is no actual danger. Roseberry (Dr. Blossom) says that barking ferociously makes Annie feel strong and safe and powerful, and therefore we should continue to let her bark unless she is keeping everyone up at night....the Dr. also said Annie just likes barking......she said it will take a lilttle longer, but eventually Annie will feel better enough to start baking cookies again....everybody will be happy when that happens......Dr. Blossom advised against letting Annie participate in any military maneuvers for the next several weeks as it may raise her fears again.....i explained that we do not invite her EVER to join in military actions here, but that certain Belgian bassets are strong-willed and do what they want ......Dr. Blossom said she would work on it with her patient.....

She also said Annie is vain, and obsessed with her ex-boyfriend, Dean who is Canadian and has his own plane.......we already no this, but Dr. Blossom seems quite surprised by all of annie's little quirks and weirdnesses.....lol...i also explained that she is Very Nosy, nd advised the dr. to keep anything she did not want annie to get into locked up and put where it will be difficult to get into......the Dr. seemed to poo-poo this idea until i convinced her that Annie is no respecter of persons if she wants to know something.....after i told her stories of some of the things Annie has done, she laughed til she allmost cried




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Dear Prince,

Iím so sorry that Annie is having so much difficulty following that harrowing experience at the hands of that group of the trumpetís men. And it sounds like TQ is unwittingly sabotaging Dr. Blossomís attempts to care for the poor girl. Unfortunately, TQís way adds trauma to Annieís previous trauma and amounts to piling on. Then if Annie hears Dr. Blossom trying to mediate with TQ, Dr. Blossomís way will be egosyntonic for Annie and she will likely start resenting her mom. This is truly becoming a major problem.

Prince, we thought about you while we were at the music walk. We ate pizza there and had a canolli for desert. We figured this is something you wouldnít like so we felt comfortable having it. You donít like those things, do you Prince?

There were several dogs with their masters at the festival. Itís good that you werenít there though. The music was sometimes so loud that I suspect it hurt the ears of every dog who was there. Because I was concerned about their ears, I was forced to stop and pet several of the canines. It was just because of their ears, you understand. Uh, you DO understand, donít you Prince?

Iím happy to hear that you are perfecting your drop and roll technique in disguise. Iím thinking that we need to find a different media for you to use though. It might save water. I mean, no matter how talented TQ is with her hose, the water still flows.

Dad, who is very tired after a very late night out and thinks he may take a nap


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 DAD

You and mom are going to a food and music festival WITHOUT me?? how rude.....*grin*

The meeting with the Commander was interesting....Dr. Blossom and Dr. Cakes also participated....it was all about Annie and how traumatized she was by the kidnapping. and how she has signs of PTSD....for instance, she barked for 2 hours even though there was been no sign of any sort of intruder or danger.....Dr. Blossom says we have to let her bark through her fears....apparently today Dr. Blossom overheard TQ calling Annie a NoodleHead and telling her to be quiet.....Dr. Blossom tried to tell TQ not to be so harsh with Annie and at this time in her life, Annie shhould recieve no reprimands for barking....from what we were told, TQ did not take this well (not knowing who Dr. Blossom is) and told Dr. Blossom to "buzz off"...i don't think the Dr. was used to this sort of reaction and when she tried to explain further, TQ squirted her soundly with the hose.....sometimes life here is like being in a circus!!! hehehehe,...................after dinner tonight, TQ told Henrietta that she was in charge of keeping an eye on Annie (Annie and Henrietta hang out a lot together).....

Roscoe did not get much poo in her gathering attempts today....you were right, the rain destroyed a lot of it....still, Roscoeo and I were able to show some of the newer recruits how to properly drop and roll........i must say that i am getting pretty good at this, dad :) TQ was not as impressed as she should be and both of us had to submit to the hose....sigh....

Prince who is going to see what's for dessert in the mess tent

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You donít need to worry about us roasting marshmallows without you. For that matter, you donít need to worry about us roasting marshmallows with you either. :) Ainít gonna happen.

I am so happy to hear that Annie is feeling better. I hope her recovery continues. I just knew that when Baby Cakes decided to take care of her friend that Annie would improve quickly. Baby Cakes is an amazing doctor.

You said I could guess what that meeting with Dr. Cakes, Dr. Blossom and the Commander is all about. Iím quite certain they would be discussing medical issues on a campus wide basis. Are there any issues with the infirmary? Oh, I suppose Annieís name may have popped up once or twice. (grin) They may also have talked about the defense of and use of the infirmary during times of war, dognappers on campus, etc. Well, gee Prince, why donít you just ask them? You are in the top secret loop.

Good luck with the poop walk after all of that rain. If you do find some and test it, be prepared for TQís really mean olí hose. (snicker)

Your mom and I may be going to a musical festival kind of thing one day. They will have all sorts of food there. We will think about you. Oh, that reminds me, feel free to stay at TQís for a while longer, but please not so long that you wear out your welcome. Remember, you are going to want to return one day. Always leave them wanting more of you.

Dad, who just had breakfast and is feeling really drowsy and ready for an early nap. (Wow!)


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/16/2017 (09:49)
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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dad!

finally i recieved your message! i am so happy! i was worried when i did not hear from you for so long....i thought perhaps you were ill......or better yet, that you and mom had gone on a short vacation.....or worse, that you and mom had bought a bag of the giant-sized marshmallows and were roasting them over the fire without me *grin*.....

Annie seems to be feeling better.....BabyCakes is here and gave her a bottle of something special which Annie is supposed to take whenever her tummy is upset.....it seems to work....BC's friend is here, Dr. Roseberry Blossom....they pal around whenever they have free time, which isn't all that often considering who their patient is....i did hear Dr. Blossom say to BC that Annie is an "interesting case".....nobody has to have a psychiatric degree to know that! hahahaha.....this morning, both ladies walked into the Commander's office and they haven't come out yet.....wanna guess what that meeting is about?

it has been raining a lot here lately.....Ros and i were teaching some defensive moves class when TQ came out and asked if we could move to another field cuz we were turning her front yard into a mud pit.....There were a lot more ticks in the pasture, so after dinner a bunch of us sat around and Henrietta came over and picked ticks off of each of us......before bed, those sleeping in the bunks had to walk thru a tub of water to rinse off their feet....in this dog's army, baths or showers were optional............however, that does not apply if one is sleeping in TQ's house...lol...Ros and I had to get hosed off and then dried with a towel.....after we went to bed (snacks have been lacking here since The Kid left, so no cookies or ice cream) it stormed, with thunder and lightening....TQ laid down with us, cuz storms make Ros jittery.....she told us stories.....it was nice,.....

today we are going to work with the Special Ops guys to make sure our camp is more secure so kidnappers and others of that sort cannot get in so easily....we are also taking some of the younger, less experience guys on a mud hike, and Ros wants to have a group gathering various sorts of poo for a camouflage class......we are also having a construction group build blockades to keep chupracoons away from the house.....did you know there was one on the front porch the other night?!!

........here comes the Commander, and Drs. Blossom and Cakes

Prince who will tell you about it later...

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TO: TOM, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

Please have your IT techs check all forms of communication....it seems you have been hacked.......we have had such issues here in the past, so it is possible.....Prince is very worried

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Dear Prince,

It is my understanding that your previous communication may have been hacked. Therefore, I am resending this.

It does sound like Annie is genuinely sick. I am so sorry that she is feeling so badly. And I never said that I didnít love the old girl. But you know as well as I that if Annie knew she was going to see a psychiatrist she would do everything and anything that she could think of to avoid seeing that doctor.

I really donít think there are issues left between Dr. Cakes and Annie, but if there are it is mostly one sided. I let Baby Cakes read your last message and she too is worried. In fact, she is so worried that she licked Bowser goodbye and is currently on an eagle flight heading for Virginia. Needless to say, she packed her doctor bag and it is with her.

Mom said ďNoĒ to your suggestion about a marshmallow roast with her. She said that the two of you are bonded anyway and that perhaps there is something else you might like to do with her, something that doesnít involve food. For example, you could walk around the yard with her while she works on garden plants.

Tell Roscoe to be really careful out there while collecting bear poo. Just make certain that there are none of the contributorís of the poo nearby.

Dad, who is starting to feel hungery for some reason after reading your roasted marshmallow message.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TH

I have reason to believe that my communication to you may have been hacked and you may not have received it. This is a resending of the previous communication.

Please be careful about judging the Brig Commander. While there has been some superficial circumstantial evidence, or rather, circumstantial suggestion that the brig commander is the mole assigned here, no conclusions have yet been drawn. The investigation continues. Further, Iím quite certain that if the Brig Commander is, in fact, guilty of being the mole, he would be totally convinced personally that he is playing the role of patriot. Keep in mind, they do brainwash their moles in what they call a re-education program.

Iím happy that Roseberry Blossom will be there today. Perhaps she could go with Dr. Cakes who will also be there in order to diagnose Annie and take over her treatment. That way she could get first impressions. She may even wish to discuss issues with Annie should Annie feel the least bit in a talkative mood.

We do have snakes in Florida. In fact, we have a lot of them and a lot of different kinds. One kind that we have thought about hiring as guard would serve in that capacity quite admirably. The problem is that the python might take a Chihuahua for lunch every once in a while. We just couldnít have that.

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Dear Annie,

Second sending of this short message:

I am so very sorry that you are not feeling well. In fact, it has come to my attention that you may be quite sick. Dr. Cakes was quite concerned about you as well, so much so that she immediately packed and caught the first eagle out for VA.

We all love you Annie. Please get well quickly. You remain in our thoughts.

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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Dear Prince,

It does sound like Annie is genuinely sick. I am so sorry that she is feeling so badly. And I never said that I didnít love the old girl. But you know as well as I that if Annie knew she was going to see a psychiatrist she would do everything and anything that she could think of to avoid seeing that doctor.

I really donít think there are issues left between Dr. Cakes and Annie, but if there are it is mostly one sided. I let Baby Cakes read your last message and she too is worried. In fact, she is so worried that she licked Bowser goodbye and is currently on an eagle flight heading for Virginia. Needless to say, she packed her doctor bag and it is with her.

Mom said ďNoĒ to your suggestion about a marshmallow roast with her. She said that the two of you are bonded anyway and that perhaps there is something else you might like to do with her, something that doesnít involve food. For example, you could walk around the yard with her while she works on garden plants.

Tell Roscoe to be really careful out there while collecting bear poo. Just make certain that there are none of the contributorís of the poo nearby.

Dad, who is starting to feel hungery for some reason after reading your roasted marshmallow message.

Ö

TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TH

Please be careful about judging the Brig Commander. While there has been some superficial circumstantial evidence, or rather, circumstantial suggestion that the brig commander is the mole assigned here, no conclusions have yet been drawn. The investigation continues. Further, Iím quite certain that if the Brig Commander is, in fact, guilty of being the mole, he would be totally convinced personally that he is playing the role of patriot. Keep in mind, they do brainwash their moles in what they call a re-education program.

Iím happy that Roseberry Blossom will be there today. Perhaps she could go with Dr. Cakes who will also be there in order to diagnose Annie and take over her treatment. That way she could get first impressions. She may even wish to discuss issues with Annie should Annie feel the least bit in a talkative mood.

We do have snakes in Florida. In fact, we have a lot of them and a lot of different kinds. One kind that we have thought about hiring as guard would serve in that capacity quite admirably. The problem is that the python might take a Chihuahua for lunch every once in a while. We just couldnít have that.

Ö

Dear Annie,

I am so very sorry that you are not feeling well. In fact, it has come to my attention that you may be quite sick. Dr. Cakes was quite concerned about you as well, so much so that she immediately packed and caught the first eagle out for VA.

We all love you Annie. Please get well quickly. You remain in our thoughts.

Your friend, Tom


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/14/2017 (11:54)
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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