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11/20/14 7:15 A

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dear tom, *thumping to make sure he stays awake*

sad to say, since lulu got sick she has turned into quite a loud snorer....annie always was, but if she is sleeping on the lanai at least you are spared that part of the chorus....roscoe is a loud licker, licking the floor, bed, carpet, etc until he has soothed himself enough to go to sleep....sometimes i feel like going in the guest room is the only way i will get any sleep when all 3 of them are in my bedroom.....lucky for you joanie does not snore...the cacophony would be tremendous

while i am glad everyone is safely back, pls. remind my 3 that they MUST be home by tues....The Kid is coming on Wed, but baths are tues...there is lots of cooking to be done and i must have taste-testers and cleaner-uppers....there is NO backing out....in between household and guest duties roscoe is free to spend time with the troops...the Interim Commander has lots to discuss with him.....i am having a filling done on tues. morning, so annie may have to be in charge of some of the cooking chores while i am at the dentist.....

pls. thank jack for me for his effots....that package of a pie and dvds was sent out yesterday, regular EGGmail, so should be arriving sometime today...pls. don't tell him ahead of time...i want it to be a surprise....

TQ who is trying to decide whether to stay home and knit all morning or go buy a coat and some tomatoes

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Dear TQ,

Roscoe and Prince are home and tucked safely into their beds. Annie still sleeps on the lanai. I think she has actually gotten used to it and likes it. Lulu reluctantly leaves Kathy and sleeps close to the bed on my side. Prince objected to that since that is his normal spot and Lulu got up and moved over, sleeping close to him. She muttered a few unintelligible words on her way was still cuddled close to him. Roscoe is at the foot of the bed, and when I got up this morning I nearly tripped over him. He let out a sleepy, "Hey, watch it there, I'm sleeping." He then went back to sleep.

I slept very little. It seems I kept hearing heavy breathing everywhere and a few snorts and snores tossed in. When I finally did get to sleep the alarm went off, letting me know that it was time whether I liked it or not. I didn't.

After dressing, I headed out and was followed by three canines, Prince leading the pack. Out to the lanai we headed in single file, being greeted by a wagging basset tail. Then to the outer door where four canines followed, pretty much knocking me off my feet as they did. I'll let them go first next time. After taking care of business, three canines headed my call to come in, Lulu remaining cuddled next to Kathy who seems to have become a permanent resident. She is also earning her keep by handling mowing activities around here. However, because it is that time of year when the grass stops it rampant growth, Kathy may have to spend some time mowing the neighbors lawns as well just to keep up with her rent payments. She does furnish a good bit of material to add to the compost, keeping the compost quite ripe. Its a struggle to find adequate brown material to mix in. With her green material is almost unnecessary.

It got horribly cold yesterday. I think your weather is moving in, though briefly. We had a high yesterday of mid 70s and last night it hit 49 degrees. I asked Annie if she needed an extra blanket or anything, but she seemed quite content except for expressing some discomfort in being bothered during her yoga posses.

Bowser is here preparing breakfast and Baby Cakes is assisting. Annie has been relegated to the clean up crew, a chore which she relishes. Roscoe is scheduled for a meeting with the commander at 7:30, or shortly after breakfast, whichever comes first. The commander eats regularly at 6:00 in the officers mess hall.

So you can see, all is well in the Tom.H household.

Tom, who is able to rest comfortably for the first time since the kids capture and who is looking forward to showcase rehearsal this afternoon.

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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11/19/14 8:22 P

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dear tom.

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news!!! i shared your information with the wawas and you should have heard the shouts of joy! they were hoping that roscoe would come home today, but i explained they were going to your house and then would have to rest and recover from their experiences......i told the Interim Commander to send anything of major importance via courier and roscoe could read it as soon as he was ready/able......

it is so cold here! it was 20 degrees by the time i got up this morning and decided to brave the outside world to read the outdoor thermometer....i had to go out and take hot water to all the water containers for the chickens and dogs.....twice! everything was frozen over! although i do not like taking care of house plants, the wawas and i carried in several pots of plants, such as my thyme pot, in the hopes they might survive the winter this year.....i am knitting the wawas all sorts of warm vests, socks etc for the wawas since this is supposed to be an extra-cold winter this year....

TQ who is thrilled with the good news

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11/19/14 9:51 A

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Dear TQ,

The kids are free, free, free at last...
...but Jack was caught!

Here's how it all went down according to Roscoe:

Jack had been through this drill before, all but the very last door, the door to the cell room. He cautiously made his way to that room, found no booby traps in spite of the roomers, and was able to pick the master lock that opens the switch that unlocks all cells. He ran to the cell containing the kids and opened the door, freeing Prince and Roscoe. He then, with the help of our two kids, opened all of the cells...every last one!

They then moved from level to level. In the 4th level, the trail of dogs ran to the door, but three guards spotted them. The first thing the guard did was to strike the alarm, but it failed to sound because Jack had dismantled it. They then ran toward the dogs, but were more equipped to stop human people, not doggie people. Two of the guards got bit, one on the behind (leaving some cloth behind as well) and one on the ankle as he ran. The third had almost immediately run and escaped injury.

In the 3rd level hallway, two guards rushed them, again ill equipped to deal with canines. They didn't even catch up to the fast moving pooches.

In the 2nd level, one dog was caught by three guards. Three canines attacked those guards in a one on one fight and the guards lost. Four canines quickly joined the trail of dogs who were now in the 1st level, or lobby level.

In the lobby level were receptionists, guards, and several animal control people. The receptionists stayed well away from the rushing canines. The guards rushed the dogs as did the animal control people but failed to catch anyone before they reached the door.

One very fast footed animal control person ran after the feeing dogs and dove at the dog in the rear, catching him by the tail. They wrestled a bit until the animal control person had this little pooch securely snug in his arms and was seen by Roscoe as he was heading back toward the compound. Calling to Prince Roscoe shouted, "That's Jack!" Both Prince and Roscoe ran at top speed, catching up with the lone animal control guy just before he reached the compound entrance. This poor fellow was no match for three determined dogs and Jack was quickly free, his capture lasting only about 1 1/2 minutes. (Jack calculated the time of capture using his biological clock. He insists that canine bio-clocks are far more accurate than human bio-clocks and that is why they know precisely when it is time to eat.)

The happy threesome are currently flying home via Dottie gondola. It is reported that she is a happy eagle, having bonded with Roscoe, Prince and even with Jack. Oh yes, Jack is sleeping, now adjusted to night shift. And on the positive side, Prince has detoxed and is no longer in need of coffee (according to Prince). I think we shall still monitor Prince's intake just to be on the safe side.

Annie, Lulu, and Kathy are beside themselves with joy over the news of the canines release from that horrible facility in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kathy says that is one place she never wants to fly too. Then after thinking about it a while, she added, "Well, I actually wouldn't want to fly anywhere."

Tom, who eagerly awaits the landing of our children and the genius, Jack.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/19/2014 (10:00)
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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11/19/14 8:37 A

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dear tom,

i am thrilled at hearing about Jack's progress....he does take amazing risks....when he returns home i am sending him a homemade pie and an entire set of Law & Order and Covert Affairs and Prison Break....he should get a lot of information out of watching those shows and thereby be better prepared should such a situation happen again (let's hope it doesn't)..he should probably take notes....

annie was thrilled to be included in your dance studio yesterday....she told me all about it, although her version differs slightly from yours.....perhaps you were unaware, but annie noticed a lot of dancers appeared quite unhappy with the instructor which is why she ran him off.....being an exceptional teacher in all things as well as an expert in yoga poses and flexibility, she decided....only after waiting for someone else to step up for the position which no one did....to take over and teach the remainder of the class......these are only minor variations from your slightly inaccurate version of the story, and she said you also misunderstood the studio owner....when he yelled (you thought) "you're fired!" what he was really saying was "you're fantastic!".....he wants you to bring back annie every time.....tom, you really need to get those ears of yours checked

i,too, had an experience yesterday.....i ordered some special yarn last june....recently, i asked the vendor for a refund since the yarn never came in....turns out she never ordered to yarn....she offered me a check or store credit...i asked for $$$....no problem....check never came, so i stopped by the store and left her a message....then i phoned her a few days later...."oh i forgot to mail the check until i got your note, but i put it in the mail the next day".....guess what? no check.....i called her again, and got long, nonsensical story, about howshe put the check in the mail the day i previously called her (remember, she said at that time it was already in the mail)....yesterday i waited until her local store opened (she also has one in another town which is where she spends most of her time) and called her, again saying "no check"...i think she could tell by the tone of my voice my natural cherub-like demeanor was fading......as she started into another lying...er, made-up excuse, i asked if i could take her up on her orginal offer of store credit instead of cash and she agreed...."good!" i shouted, and told her i was at the store and she needed to speak to her employee to authorize it...she hemmed and hahhed, but she did as i demanded, er asked....i knew if i had called her from home she never would get around to notifying her employee here to give me the store credit.....so i got my yarn, found a good pattern, and didn't have to bite anyone (annie always suggests biting if someone does not get the point of their error).....actually, i had a small troop neighborhood kittens who volunteered to go to the other shop invade the place and play with the yarns or otherwise do what needed to be done to get my $$ or yarn

the cows are quiet this morning.....the chickens are quiet.....the wild birds are quiet except for one who whistles occasionally...........its almost eerie

TQ

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11/18/14 9:30 P

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Dear TQ,

Jack reports that he has worked his way through the 4th door, which happens to be the inner most door before reaching the cells. Each of the cells is locked by a master lock that locks and unlocks all cell doors at one time. Again time ran out, but not before he caught Roscoe's eye and winked. He then gave him an index toe sign to signify one more day. He saw Roscoe go from having a dejected look to getting a twinkle in his eye and a flick in his tail...er, rear end. Prince was asleep but I'm sure Roscoe will let him know that help is on the way. It gives them hope and this is so good.

The way out for Jack was a bit tricky. In the 2nd level (counting levels from entry inward), two guards came around a corner just as Jack was entering the hall between the 2nd level and the first level (where Jack disarms and resets the alarm system). Jack darted back into the 3rd level not knowing for sure whether he had been seen. Apparently he escaped detection because the guards just kept on walking and jabbering about inconsequential matters (Jacks description). More guards then appeared in the 3rd level, but Jack slipped quietly into the 2nd and proceeded to the doorway to the first. Peeking through a crack he opened into the outer entry area, he saw a large clock. It had always been there of course, but this was different. The clock said that it was 7:05. The first shift of workers arrive at 7:00. Still, Jack saw no one in the outer lobby area. He slipped quietly into the entry and reset all alarms. He then slipped outside before the last couple of seconds ticked away that would arm that alarm.

Just as he stepped outside, he heard a car door close fairly loudly. "Door slammer," he thought to himself. Never the less, he took that as a warning and slithered beneath a low cut bush. He heard boots hitting the ground in rapid succession.

He heard a woman's voice. "I told you we were going to be late, didn't I? I told ya we were!"

A man responded with, "Oh hush. The boss isn't here yet, we are the first here. Don't sweat it."

The woman responded, "It's a good thing for you that he isn't here. We got lucky this time. Next time I'm going to drive."

And from the man, "We'll see about that toots!"

Then the door slammed behind the pair. Jack slithered out from under the bush and left the area very rapidly. "First order of business," he thought, "is to find food." He slipped into an ally behind what has become his favorite restaurant. In short order (no pun intended) the first course of uneaten scrap food was placed in a container outside. Jack carefully removed the sanitary cover to the container and devoured the left over corn bread and eggs. He then waited for the next feast and was able to recycle a half eaten stack of marvelous pancakes with blueberry syrup. There was bacon on the side, though Jack consumed his side dish first. Feeling full, he moved on to his chosen place of rest, a well hidden shed with two exits, neither of which was all that noticeable form the outside.

There he messaged me just before settling in for a good days sleep. (Keep in mind that he now works night shift.)

**********

On a lighter side, Annie went dancing with me today. I had class and rehearsal. I'm doing a trio dance and Annie showed us how this could so easily be a quad dance. So there I was, dancing with three different ladies at one time. I'll have to admit that it was a bit of a handful.

After rehearsal we had class. That went quite well until Annie disagreed with the instructor and took over the class, chasing the instructor out of the door. The owner of the establishment, observing the entire situation, stepped in. He fired Annie, told me not to come back ever again, and went running after the instructor that Annie had run off.

As far as coming back, I'm not worried. I am, after all, their videographer.

Tom, who is anxiously awaiting Jack's next report. He seems to be getting closer to success TQ, assuming that he does not get caught by the guards. (Oh yes, Lulu sends greetings.)

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/18/2014 (21:37)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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


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dear tom,

i guess being a genius doesn't mean you are fast....i have ordered jack a book for xmas (written in canine, of course) from amazon.com called "How to Pick Locks F*A*S*T For Fun and Profit"....don't tell him; let it be a secret (I was gonna get "lockpicking for dummies" but was afraid jack would be offended).....

it has been so cold here that i am glad the girls are staying with you....lulu used to love the cold, although i am not sure if that has changed along with her health issues or not and annie has always preferred a nice, warm bed (preferably with a cookie in it)....i have been working double time, knitting little scarves, jackets and socks for little wawas....one guy asked for a woolen, knitted holster for his sidearm, and i pointed out that this is quite unnecessary, but i may make him one for xmas if i have time.....

with joanie;s help annie has launched a new line of jewelry, for both canines and humans....she sent me a pic of a piece featuring her aunt ethel which is really rather quite fetching....i shall send it to you on fb in case you haven't already seen it.....annie said she needed some extra money for some new dress costumes...she and joanie are preparing a big dance extravaganza....i asked why she did not just use some of joanie's dresses ...annie replied that joanie pointed out that since they do not have the same figure shape it would much more classy to have dresses handmade to fit her basset figure....so annie is having several dresses made....she and joanie have been collaborating on design ideas

TQ.......are those #@!% cows bellowing again?? batten down the hatches, matey!


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11/17/14 6:13 A

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Dear TQ,

I understand what you are saying about Hollywood and am with you on that 100%. I relayed that to Jack who simply did a "shaking head" icon and said that perhaps we had best just leave it at "agree to disagree about it." I don't know TQ, Jack can be quite head strong. I know that he is a genius, but really, the fact that Hollywood reports only absolute truth in all that it does is well known. Jack, by disagreeing with us has chosen to disagree with the largest part of humanity. I just don't understand him sometimes.

Jack reports the following: He was able to enter the outer door and disable the alarm system. Being able to do this efficiently will help when he makes his final effort to free the kids. The first inner locked door has a combination. He had taken supplies for a wax impression, but that will do him no good with the combo lock. He did of course, have the foresight to take with him his trusty stethoscope. With that, he was able to figure out the first three numbers of a four number combo lock. After that he ran out of time, but after taking careful notes of the procedures to this spot, he reset all the alarms and worked his way out, locking the outer door and hiding just before the first of the day time employees reached the parking lot. "Close call," he thought. He is now seeking food and rest before continuing with his prep work for tonight's efforts. He is hoping to reach at least the third if not the fourth inner door, but since the guard numbers increase the further in you go, the more difficult each level is going to be. Again he warns that this is taking some considerable time.

TQ, have you thought about hiring The Rock?

No news today from the war zone. Hope all is well with you. Annie and Lulu send their greetings. Lulu complains of difficulty in walking, but when she is not aware that I am watching seems to do reasonably well in spite of being directionally challenged.

Best wishes,
Tom

Tom

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

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

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


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dear tom

not only am i a veteran of several tv shows, but i have watched the occasional theatre movie starting The Rock who could do everything Jack described and still have time leftover in a 2 hr movie....i know these movies are telling us the absolute truth becuz hollywood would not lie to the american public....however, i realize that Jack may not be up on the latest espionage-type methods of breaking and entering, etc. and i know he is doing his best....

i am glad that dottie is keeping you up to date of the current battle, altho the chupe news was horrible....i think that information musta reached the wawas here becuz they are all very quiet and walking around with long faces......

how is annie? I worry since her last weigh-in at the vets where she had lost 3 lbs...we don't want her wasting away to nothing...is her paw better? and lulu? pls. make sure she eats....and when she is napping pls have someone check on her occasionally to make sure she is still breathing.....i am so looking forward to seeing them all in a week or so.....i am sure annie has been enjoying helping joanie with the xmas village.....

TQ who is hating this keyboard...what is left of it


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11/16/14 5:53 P

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Dear TQ,

It seems to me that it is about time to get your a's & in order. :)

I sent your message to Jack. He was a bit miffed and said that you have obviously not understood the circumstances that Roscoe and Prince have gotten themselves into. It may take only 7 minutes disarming one of the alarms, but there are seven. And for each of the seven alarms there are several guards to dodge. There are also a series of inner locks. Booby traps are suspected as well, especially between the inner door and the cells. These have to be discovered and disarmed, not as easy even as disarming the alarms. No, you just don't understand. (sigh) Well TQ, keep in mind that was from Jack, but frankly, he's a pretty sharp cookie. (Of course, when I speak of smart cookie, I am referring to his description and understanding of the set up and his appreciation of the difficulty of the task at paw.)

Jack also said that he and Rufus are extremely busy and that he cannot take the time to explain details of everything he is doing, especially when someone in Virginia is going to question his efforts or plans. Therefore, he will henceforth leave the details of his doings out of his communications, thank you. (That too from Jack.) Jack can be a bit cantankerous, but then that seems to be the way with geniuses sometimes. He really is a delightful fellow when you get to know him.

I should point out that the boys are kept in cells deep within the complex and separated from the outside world with many walls, each with locked doors. Its done that way to make certain the inmates stay put on the one hand and on the other, to prevent sounds of the outside world reaching their delicate ears and stimulating nostalgia. You see, the keepers are, after all, humane.

Dottie, who keeps in touch with me about the war, messaged me that the enemy has captured and killed one of the chihuahua soldiers. The soldier was made an example of and the killing was published. It is a sad state of affairs, but the chupacabra are definitely an insane inhumane group whose very existence on this planet is a travesty.

Keep our poor boys in your thoughts TQ,
Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/16/2014 (17:59)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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


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dear tom

i am having computer malfunctions, so tomorrow its back to the repair shop.....

you may not realize that i am a veteran watcher of scientific television documentaries such as law & order and covert affairs.....i know that the longest it can take to disengage a major switch and shut off all alarms without detection is 7 mins. ...unless jack and rufus decide to take a break to discuss blood pressure meds. & the life threatening side effects, then they might need 8 mins.....since rufus is a former employee this should make their job easier...i suggest jack circle the outside of the building after the employees are gone for the day and shout "coffee! lots of free delicious coffee out here!" Prince, upon hearing that will immediately break out of jail with roscoe (and others?) right on his tail...

i passed along your suggestions of what to do with the cave to the Interim Commander (roscoe needs to be here to appoint a permanent commander)....he kinda snickered as he promised to read them and then (thinking i could not see what he was doing) dumped them in the trash......i sighed and told them they were from Jack, not something i created...the Commander had the grace to look embarrassed as he retrieved the papers....he tried to explain that women do not understand the intracacies of war and battle and surely i understood,,,,,*snort*

i am typing with the a off its seat a & upside down.....

TQ whose finger is getting sore

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Dear TQ,

I think it would be appropriate to point out that Jack is working on the escape problem as rapidly as he can. To pressure him might be the very thing that would lead to disruption and mistakes. Let's let Jack work on this problem for a while.

He has the key made. Now he realizes that he will have to enter the facility after it closes. He therefore needs to figure out how not to trip the various alarms (they have several). Turning them off would be preferable. He says its worse that Joanie's dress vault. As you can see, Twinkie, he has his paws full.

I did bring up the matter of the cave with Jack. It was interesting, really. He pointed out that caves are products of erosion and any removal of dirt or addition of debris would likely encourage rapid erosion. Jack, however, suggests leaving it as it is. He said that often times you can turn negativity into positivity. He says that this may be just one example of that.

He is suggesting the following plan. Its rather simple really. Wait until the chupes are inside. Have special ops shoot toxin pellets at any guards that may be posted. Line the entrance completely with small toxin mines. This needs to be not only the width of the entrance, but several feet towards the rear as well. Cover the mines.

Now then, it will be clear when the chupes emerge for an attack. The first to leave will be poofed immediately. Those back further will likely retreat and order their special ops forces to remove the mines. Have our Chihuahuas ready for this by placing snipers in hidden locations near the entrance. Pick off the special ops with toxin pellets while they are still far back. The chupes are likely to send suicidal volunteers to eliminate the mines the hard way. Help them commit suicide by pellet shooting them before they reach the mines. The more "volunteers" the more poofed chupes. Eventually the ones remaining will either panic and rush the entrance or remain within, being too fearful to come out of the cave. If they panic and come out in force, simply destroy the bunch with a rocket grenade of toxin spray. If they hang back, fearful of leaving, toss toxin grenades into the cave. OK, problem solved. "See how easy that was?" (Jack's words).

Now back to the business of freeing our incarcerated innocent boys. I can report that Jack has located a recently discharged disgruntled employee of the maximum security facility in which wait our brave children. Together, Jack and the employee, a canine guard know by the name of Rufus McDougal, are drawing a map of the interior of the facility. It will include the location of all of the alarm switches and most of the security information needed to disarm the alarm system. There remains one major problem though. All of the alarm locations are tied in with a master security switch. Only the warden of the facility has the ability to turn that switch on or off, the switch being located in a secret spot and unlocked by a key of which there is but one and that one is worn, even at night according to sources, around his neck.

As you can see Twinkie, it ain't a pretty picture.

Tom, who had a great time dancing last night

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/15/2014 (13:36)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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


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Oh, *sob*, tom

no rescued lads yet? how long can this take?? you need to light a fire under jack's tail to get him moving.....my poor babies.......i suppose i should be happy to know that at least they are safe, warm and fed.....it is (literally) freezing here........

if the cold weather continues that should chase the chupes back to their caves or wherever they live.....they are notorious for hating the cold.....maybe they should be sent to a russian gulag where it is always cold and icy.....

our local wawas have decided that destroying the cave on the gonzalez property would be good for all since the chupes have been known on more than one occasion to hide there....however, this is causing a ruckus with the gonzalez' who claim that since the cave is on their property, they should be the ones to decide to keep it or not....destroying it means (1) cementing up the entrance, (2) completely filling the cave with dirt or (3) digging it completely out which would leave a big hole in the mountainside......the gonzalez' forbid #3, saying it would look so ugly (ugly worse than having chupes hide there?) (the gonzalez humans are not big believers in chupes, either....like michael, they think all the trouble and noise comes from coyotes)......#1 is also ugly, although our Interim Commander promised to bring in an artist to paint a woodland scene on the cement to help it blend in......and #2, the gonzalez father wants to know exactly where that dirt and debris are coming from to fill the cave and asks what happens after dirt settles, tree limbs rot and the cave has to be re-filled....it will be an constant job, and even the IC agrees that is not the best solution....basically Senor Gonzalez says to leave his cave alone...this is not acceptable to our chupe fighters, so everyone is looking for other possibilities.....

does this never end?
TQ

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Wow girl! Not so fast. Our boys have been found but not rescued. Furthermore, they cannot be bailed out. Since Prince is suspected of having rabies and Roscoe was with him, they are locked up in this maximum security clink for up to six months. Further, at the end of the quarantine time, all expense will be ours if we claim them and bail them.

We all know that Prince does not have rabies but that he brought this on himself with his coffee addiction. And none of us wants to see him or Roscoe incarcerated for six months. That is a horrible sentence for canines so young and innocent. Well, young anyway.

This is why Jack has made an impression and is now involved in crafting a key. That will just be the first step. Sadly, this is a maximum security facility and Jack has learned through questioning a former inmate that there are guards within 24 / 7. No, this is not going to be easy, and Jack realizes that if he is caught in the process of helping our boys escape, that he himself could be incarcerated. Never the less, being of brave heart, he shall make the attempt. However, he is still gathering information. You see, if he fails, it will be many times more difficult if not impossible to effect an escape from the inside of a cell.

We shall both have to have patient.

Meanwhile Dottie, who is transporting Jack, learned from a passing war weary eagle that our air defenses have been quite effective with the war near Gatlinburg. For one thing, the current leader of the chupacabra was in a convoy, moving from the original chupe HQ to a new location closer to the action. He was toxin bombed, an action which killed many chupes who were with him. Reports have it that he was either seriously injured or killed. It is uncertain whether toxin reached him or if he was injured from falling chupacabra and poof air. The eagle said that they are trying to ascertain that information, but as you can imagine, it is often hard to obtain clear cut information from a war zone.

According to reliable sources within the war zone the chupacabra leaders have called for retaliatory terror throughout the country and the world. These attacks are to be in retaliation for the eagle / Chihuahua air attacks on the chupe command and soldiers. Attacks are imminent and will occur without warning.

I'm glad to hear that the incident with the shapes (shape shifted chupes) who were apparently ready to attack the cows in your area was stifled by some excellent defensive moves made by ETG and the response by brave Chihuahua soldiers. I suspect that that incident is simply one of many that may be attempted throughout the US and the world.

Our forces here in Florida are on guard and ready for pretty much anything. Kathy asked the commander for protection of the pasture where her sister cows live. The commander simply said, "Relax girl, its covered already."

Now to plan my escape. I need to attend showcase rehearsal and the Chihuahua guards have been doubled. This isn't going to be easy.

Tom, who is back at the drawing board.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/13/2014 (13:01)
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"the boys are found!".."the boys are found!" *joyously dancing around the room* ...."and jack will rescue them".."yipee!"

ah, tom, thanks for the good news.....did jack tell you exactly where they are? perhaps you could facilitate things by just giving the place a call....you could even use one of annie's credit cards to bail the boys out.....(if you do, tell the kids to skedaddle quickly as i don't know how good these cards are)........i have complete faith in jack's inventive abilities and feel free to tell him so if you hear from him again.....its wonderful to hear the boys are well, give or take a large headache or two.....lulu and babycakes will fix prince right up with a proper dosage of cherry grass tonic as soon as he gets home.....

late yesterday afternoon the gonzalez' cows started bellowing and i admit all i could was "another chupe battle?? not again!"......however, it was still daylight out, a very odd time for an attack.....it turns out (and i got this info straight from the Interim Commander) movement of strange-looking creatures had been spotted by Marta, Daisy, and Maria along the edge of the pasture where it meets the woods....there is a big cave up on that hillside.....as the girls carefully mosied in that direction they realized the strange critters were moving in the direction of the cave and they were trying to keep out of sight, but they were so odd-looking the heifers couldn't help but notice them......daisy meandered back towards the pasture where El Toro Grande, the bull, was grazing with several other cows giggling and batting their eyes around him....marta and maria continued to keep a watch on the creatures going up the mountainside.....after pushing her way through the admiring crowd (who were not happy to give up their space near the handsome ETG), she whispered in his ear about what they had seen........and it was a good thing she did! ETG set off the alarm, bellowing loudly and instructing all the girl around him to do so, too....he instructed them to act like there was going to be a little "love action" going on so the strange creatures would not become alarmed.....the bellowing alerted our troops and several were deployed to our end of the woods where maria had ever so casually wandered, grazing, to alert the wawas as to what they had seen......just before dusk, a team of wawas armed with toxin guns snuck up on the cave and fired into it....for hours all you could see was the smoke poofing up towards the sky.....apparently the strangers were (badly done) shape shifter chupes who were planning to attack after dark.....not a chupe escaped destruction by the toxin and not a single wawa was hurt......later this morning there will be a ceremony honoring all the cows, especially marta, daisy and maria.....i do wish annie was here....i am attempting to make sweet feed cookies and some fresh hay salads for everybody, but she is so much better at it than i am.......

TQ who needs to run to the feed store to buy more sweet feed.....

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Dear TQ,

Yes, its quite a delightful autumn day here as well. However, it is quite chilly, the high only reaching 81 degrees. Ah well, it cools to 61 at night (or really, by the early morning hours just before sunrise). Its rough, but I do my best to put up with it.

I consulted Bowser for you regarding the recipe. He says that bourbon is a kind of whiskey. I asked him if he meant brand and he said no, just a type. So in answer to your question, does the recipe call for bourbon or whiskey, the answer is yes. (Good luck with that.)

Well, the doc showed up right on time. Thing is, none of the neighborhood animals showed up. And worst of all, Kathy, Lulu, Annie, Bowser and Baby Cakes were no where to be found. The doctor waited here for most of the day, but finally gave up. He stormed off in quite a huff, but not before yelling something about sending you a bill for a house call which was not cancelled. Really Twinkie, he acted in quite an unprofessional manner. I was truly amazed. You can decide whether to toss the bill in the trash or pay it, but I doubt that he could reach you legally since he has no license to practice in your state and therefore should not have even accepted the business...er, appointment.

Now here is the interesting thing. Had he stayed another five minutes he could have examined all of our current guests as well as our cook and his mate. I asked them where they had been and they just said they had business with the Chihuahua commander. They all admitted forgetting about the visit by the vet, Lulu hanging her head as though she was ashamed and Annie...well, Annie with paw on forehead and with the most dramatic apology that I have yet witnessed from a canine. Ah well, perhaps another time.

Well, Jack has found our lost boys, but all is not well. They were captured by animal control (which Prince felt was quite humiliating). They are under lock and key in a very noisy environment. Roscoe told Jack that Prince has not taken his paws away from his ears since they got there. He has a coffee withdrawal headache and the noise is particularly hard for him to take. He lies there softly whining while the Ros does his best to comfort him.

The facility is air tight according to Jack. He just found them this morning (not in the 4-square sub grid area where he first looked and where the hair was found). Jack plans another trip there after dark and after the facility closes. He plans to try taking an impression of the lock in order to somehow devise a key to the place. He sees no other way.

One good thing...just his being there has given Roscoe and Prince hope of escape. Keep in mind though, that the inside may present additional problems. This is, as Roscoe explained, a maximum security facility. They were brought there because of Prince's erratic behavior. They were fearful of rabies, even after the Ros tried to explain to them his coffee addiction. They pretended to not even hear Roscoe, being so very rude in so many ways.

I'll keep you informed.

Best wishes,
Tom, who has another dance rehearsal tomorrow and will again have to figure out a way to avoid the Chihuahua guards.

Tom

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dear tom,

you mean my babies are not home yet?!! i thought surely jack would have located the boys and everyone would be celebrating at your house

i am watching a woodpecker in the willow tree, thinking about bowser making breakfast in a couple of weeks with The Kid and how much the girls will enjoy their visit this morning with the travelling vet.....was the line of other waiting customers very long outside your house when you awoke this morning?? i do hope kathy did not bring the entire herd as arrangements can always be made for large groups (possibly with discounted rates).....oh, well, as long as he can make my girls feel better....the fact that annie has one of mr. tq's card is fine....i am sure he won't mind, altho i was thinking maybe she would use one of those that she so often "finds" instead......how is joanie doing with the village? i do hope annie is being helpful....they have such a special relationship.....btw, i found a recipe for apple pie that calls for 1/2 c. of bourbon whiskey.....does this mean 1/2c. bourbon or 1/2 c.whiskey? (i am not a drinker) i do wish i had bowser nearby to decipher these things for me......

it has been so quiet here with no canines other than the wawas..occasionally i hear a muted shout such as "tennnnnn...shun!!" as they carry on with their military maneuvers......no one is baking cookies in my kitchen, etc. etc....(or barking in the wee hours of the night)....its a lovely, chilly autumn day.....hope yours is a good one

TQ

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Dear TQ,

I told Lulu and Annie about the vet coming tomorrow morning. I thought surely that they would be excited but to be honest, they seemed quite the opposite. I'm sure its just nerves associated with past experiences with vets and has nothing to do with the prospect of coming home to assist with the kid. Annie reluctantly started sorting through her credit cards and found one to use. It was strange since it had Mr. TQ's name on it and Annie just said that they are reluctant to issue a card to a canine for some reason and that Mr. TQ had to cosign for the card. Well naturely that explained everything.

I heard from Jack. He has found a large concentration of Prince and Roscoe hairs, but no Prince or Roscoe. This concerns me tremendously. Jack continues his search, but with the hairs that were found, he is focusing on that area (all within a 4 sq. sub-grid.) The hairs were located near a dumpster behind a Creole restaurant. Jack said the place makes him lick his chops uncontrollably. He said that he just doesn't understand it.

Hoping to hear good news from Jack tomorrow,
Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/11/2014 (14:14)
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dear tom,

please let lulu and annie know that i have found a vet in your area that does home visits and he will be coming by wed. at 10am to examine both of them and provide them with all shots, medicines and surgical procedures that he deems necessary...i told the vet annie would put the costs on her credit cards of which she seems to have an enormous and never ending supply.....any other dogs, cats, cows and chickens (no gators...gators are seen on thursdays only) in your area that feel the need of his services should be at your house to start lining up by 6am at the latest....he says he often attracts quite a crowd.....i did inquire about his medical background and he sent me a copy of his diplomas from famous internet, online veterinary schools in the bahamas.....seems very professional.....

well...did jack find our missing guys? i was expecting that sure i would hear from you that they had been found by now...perhaps you are too busy celebrating??

how are annie and joanie doing with the christmas village? it would be nice if it was mostly done by thanksgiving since i don't know how The Kid feels about unpacking and cleanup....annie did call early this morning and we did discuss joanie's somewhat unreasonable possessiveness of many things, such as dance dresses and her village items....annie said joanie just worries that something might get damaged which is why annie is one of the very few allowed into joanie's inner circle of sharing.....she said she is working on joanie on letting The Kid play with her christmas village pieces, but not having much luck....annie did point out that while joanie is at work The Kid will be free to rearrange the village as she sees fit, thereby keeping busy and out of other trouble.....annie also explained to bowser that The Kid has lots of experience baking christmas cookies, so he should not worry about her in the kitchen and that she, annie, would help with the clean up and taste-testing.....she said bowser mumbled something that she did not quite hear, but assured me it was probably just words of excitement over having a new cooking partner

tell roscoe to give me a call when there is a break in the partying
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Dear TQ,

Annie and Lulu send greetings. I told them the good news about the kid coming here and they seemed a bit uncomfortable with it for some reason. I thought that they would be happy to hear it. Any way, Annie has suddenly made a remarkable recovery with her paw, but I'm afraid she is just being noble and forcing herself to grin and bear the pain. She will need to stay for observation for a while. And Lulu, poor baby. She seemed a bit agitated by the news and got up to pace. Sadly, she staggered and fell next to Kathy. Kathy told her not to worry, that she would protect her, but somehow I don't think Lulu was convinced. I then told Kathy how wonderful the kid was with cows and told her stories about the kid with the Gonzales's cows. I thought that would really make Kathy happy, but she just groaned. I wonder if she is feeling well.

I also gave Joanie the good news about how the kid was going to help her, but Joanie said that just isn't going to happen. I never realized just how possessive she was with that village. When I first told her about the kid coming, she was all smiles, but as I proceeded to go into detail about how the kid would be helpful, those smiles, for some reason, turned upside down. She left the room muttering something about over her dead body, though I'm not absolutely certain what she was saying or what she was talking about. It was, after all, a mutter with her back turned.

I then told Bowser about how he was going to have help and gave him all of the information about it that you had given me. Bowser just smiled and said, "the kid stays out of the kitchen, she will eat what I feed her or go hungry. I could care less which choice she makes." With that, he returned calmly to his kitchen work. Oh, and I might add, it is going to be a marvelous feast this evening. One wonders why I can't loose weight. (grin) Well, I'll start with the moderation thing after Thanksgiving. :)

Jack has arrived in Biloxi, Mississippi. So far he hasn't found a thing. He has marked the entire city and outskirts into a grid within his fabulous mind and has started his search of the grid, one square at a time. He did mention in his message to me that he wished he had brought helpers with him (if he just had more than his prototype machine) so that the search would be faster. He expects to complete the grid in a day if all goes well. He feels fortunate that he can search by air with Dottie. A ground grid search would take at least a week. Oh, he did get one beep on his device, but upon investigation he discovered that it was simply a single shed hair of Prince. That tells him that the kids have been in the area, but that is all. While Jack explored and found the hair, Dottie found food running about. She grabbed it with unbelievable swiftness and, with that energy boost, the pair were off to continue their search.

Tom, who is looking forward to seeing the kid, and may be the only one in the family (including guests) who is for some reason.



Tom

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dear tom

last night The Kid lost her first tooth and i hear she wants to show off the empty space in her mouth to all the canines; a foto just won't do....so if my poor girls cannot make it home for thanksgiving, then i guess The Kid will just have to come to fl....you will like her...she is smart and full of energy.....she will love helping joanie arrange and then rearrange her village with or without joanie actually being there so if joanie has to go to work she can leave happily knowing that The Kid will have the village arranged by the time she gets home....and, having met some of the gonzalez calves one year and, giggling, sticking her hand in their mouths, she will be thrilled to meet kathy....lucky, lucky, kathy.....in the meantime, i suggest you send both girls to your vet...the one that likes to give lots of shots with with very large needles

annie has been known upon occasion to comment that jack is a "strange duck", but she likes him well enough, i guess....and there is no denying his intelligence.....his PR gun sounds like another wonderful invention....(perhaps he can sell the blueprints to the FBI or CIA).....i suspect as soon as he finds himself in an area known to have been where P & R have been he will find them shortly thereafter....i just know the next message from you will be that they have been found......whopeeee! speaking of his gun, what will jack do if you get lost?? you have no hair....will you be lost forever? (my suggestion would be to check at nearby dance studios)... jack needs to develop a similar gun using skin cells....

i am glad to hear dottie likes the dogs...i never heard a complaint after she rescued the girls, so perhaps she and annie get along......not all the eagles are as....um....tolerant...yes! tolerant as dottie.....perhaps dottie can fly the girls and roscoe home at thanksgiving so as not to disappoint The Kid...*slapping forehead* oh, yeah, i forgot....The Kid will be coming to your house while the parents and grandparents, aunt and uncle enjoy ...er, i mean....um..suffer through a sad, *snicker* quiet thanksgiving......hehehehe btw, inform bowser that The Kid can be somewhat picky about what she wants to eat, so he should let her help him in the kitchen *snort*

waiting to hear the good news that the guys are found....by the way, which biloxi are they at or near?? the one in mississippi or the one in washington??

TQ

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Dear TQ,

No one here has heard even a broken message from Prince or Roscoe. We can be fairly certain that they are either in Biloxi, Mississippi or in the vicinity of that city. Jack joined Dottie in the search and as we speak they are heading for that city. Jack has with him a devise that he developed just for the occasion. He had been working on it for some time, but now it is complete after a few days of absolutely concentrated effort.

We all know that Jack has some peculiarities. One of them is that he collects hair samples. I know it seems strange and I have always suspected a hair fetish, but at any rate, he has a small sampling of hair from both Prince and Roscoe. Well, he feeds the hair into the devise that he has invented. The devise analyses the hair and stores its DNA measurements. Jack can then aim the devise at any animal or area, and the devise will detect a match within a plus or minus .05% accuracy. Jack is quite proud of his devise and has named it his PR detection devise. I had to ask, "PR?" Jack said, "quite simple really. I named it after Prince and Roscoe...get it? P(rince) and R(oscoe). He said whether it is tracking Prince and Roscoe (which will be its first job) or someone else, it is likely to bring about good PR (as in public relations)." He quite obviously spoke with great pride.

It is good to know that he is gondola bound for Biloxi with Dottie. It gives me a sense of hope which I hope that you will share.

Well TQ, I have a confession. I let it slip, though certainly unintentionally, that the kid would be there and that their presence has been requested. They asked when and of course I told them. Unfortunately, Annie's paw has taken a turn for the worse. It may be infected. She is unable to hobble about without great difficulty and assures me that she is in no condition to fly. Lulu, too, found it necessary to lie down and snuggle into her bovine friend. She states that she is so weak that she certainly could not be expected to fly this soon. She reminded me that her time in Biloxi had been so terribly traumatic and she has not gotten anywhere near over it. No, flight is simply out of the question. At this point a very protective Kathy chimed in that Lulu will NOT be flying, so moo to you! Oh brother! I am so sorry that I mentioned the kid. Both canines seem to have taken a serious sudden turn for the worse.

I think I understand the channeling bit when Bowser was making pancakes. The wonderful pancakes that he made that day were a bit different from his usual marvelous concoction. Picture this: a large size dinner plate on which a stack of very special pancakes rest. The pancake dough made up a Twinkie flat cake. On top of that was Twinkie filling and then another Twinkie cake and on top of that more Twinkie filling. This continued five high. On top of all of that was (your choice) blue berry compote or strawberry compote. And on top of it all, whipped cream (lots of it) and in the center a lovely bright red very sweet cherry. Yes, it was a bit filling, but while it was being eaten it would melt in your mouth. Oh so good! Yes, I can understand your channeling Bowser. Perhaps someday you will be lucky enough to have him in your kitchen.

Annie volunteered her help with Joanie just as she said, but having seen her take a turn for the worse so suddenly, we insisted that she spend her time with Baby Cakes on the lanai and rest. Baby Cakes will keep close watch on the little angel. (I guess calling her a little angel might be a bit of an exaggeration; we both know she is not all that little.) And of course we are giving Lulu the same increased care, keeping her on the lanai. Kathy has moved up near the screen and continues talking with Lulu. Its cute really, the two of them as close as they can be with only a screen frame and screen between them.

Oh, I have to tell you. So cute! Annie choreographed an entire showcase dance for me. Unfortunately, I already have one for showcase, but I do know a couple at Rhythm who does not. They are quite concerned about that too. Yes, they have been a bit troublesome for me in the past (I won't go into that here), but I suggested that Annie offer it to them. It is my little way of letting them know that they are forgiven for the trouble they have caused. Perhaps by this gesture alone we will be on the way to establishing our relationship on down the road. And Annie can take pride in having a part of that. Isn't that nice?

I do hope that we hear something from the boys soon. Its good to know that Jack the genius is on the job and Dottie who has developed a fondness for the canines is eagle handling the gondola. I'm certain that if anyone can find them, they will.

Tom, who is currently going to see how Bowser is doing with lunch. He won't let me in the kitchen, but we can talk while he works.


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dear tom

thank heavens annie was able to overcome her personal pain to reach up and answer the phone...what a brave girl she is.....i asked when she and lulu plan on returning, but she says that has not been decided yet...first prince and roscoe must be rescued and return to fl....i pointed out that she could await their rescue and return in va, but she replied that she may have to lead rescue operations as soon as her wounded paw heals....i understand...such a brave, brave basset......in the meantime, she says joanie has begged annie for her input in designing her villages, so she is overwhelmed with work (she is also helping bowser design meal plans).....y'all are so lucky to have annie around to help...i did suggest she advise you on some new dance steps, so she plans to choreograph a new dance for you.....hehehehehe

babycakes is so kind to lulu.....lulu does like to feel included, as we all do, even when her brain is a bit fuzzy............have she and kathy solved all the world's problems yet? .i hope bowser is able to entice her to eat...hmmm...just thinking about feeding her i am getting the urge to make pancakes and i don't even like pancakes......i must be channeling bowser who must be making them or lulu who is thinking of eating some.... :)

regarding annie and her delicate paw.....years ago when we lived in guam, we had a cocker spaniel....she was riding in the back of the truck and either fell or jumped out.....mr. twinkie brought her home immediately and the poor little thing came limping to the house to tell me her story of woe....i happened to have cookies in the kitchen and gave her a couple.....immediately her limp went away.....later, a friend dropped by and the poor little dog limped her way over to the visitor to say hello....i handed the friend a couple of cookies which she gave to the cocker spaniel, who immediately stopped limping after consuming the cookies and went trotting merrily on her way........late in the afternoon another friend came by and the same thing happened with the cocker spaniel........just goes to show the healing powers of cookies i guess....once again, annie is right.....

i have not yet heard anything from prince or roscoe.....i do so worry about them.....mr. twinkie did ask me yesterday where that dog that drank coffee with him had gone.....i just shrugged my shoulders in a "who knows?" gesture.....

TQ

p.s. The Kid is arriving a couple of days before thanksgiving and will be here until the weekend....pls. make sure all of my kids have boarded a gondola to head back for va....perhaps reservations should be made now....i have not informed annie or lulu that The Kid will be here....no use alarming them too much ahead of time



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Dear TQ,

I should be surprised that Mr. T had not notice Lulu's absence, but to be honest, Joanie is so engrossed with her Christmas village that she has not yet noticed Prince's absence. Of course I've told her, but she continues to buzz along with the village, occasionally stopping to solicit my input. I tell her what I think and then she does what she thinks unless she just happens to like my ideas. (grin) Actually, she does seem to appreciate the input and has used several of my ideas.

Annie's paw is healing nicely but she continues to complain about great paw pain. She limps and often has to walk on three feet. She insists that cookies help take away the pain. The funny thing is, when she thinks no one is walking, she looses the limp. I wonder what that is all about. (snicker)

I had dance lesson and party yesterday and when I got home Annie snarled at me that Roscoe had called on our house phone. Annie got the phone but Roscoe was breaking up something terrible according to Annie. All she could here is the words "...trapped in..." and "Prince...paws over his head..." Beyond that, nothing. Then she said, "Oh yes, he said something about Prince and being watched and may have rabies and some other stuff that she couldn't understand. And the Ros did say something about danger. That was all though. Nothing more and some of that so raspy and broken that Annie can only guess at the words. She thinks that they are either in an area with poor reception or maybe there is no where to charge their batteries.

Bowser and Baby Cakes are here. While Bowser prepares meals for the entire family including visiting canines, Baby Cakes is working diligently on the cherry grass business. Every once in a while she will go out and ask Lulu for help with this or that. Lulu is loving that part. To be honest, I've seen Baby Cakes work very efficiently in the past with some of those areas she asks for help. I think sometimes she does that just to bolster Lulu's self esteem. Baby Cakes is no dummy and she is very fond of her friend from Virginia.

Tom, who is very worried about Prince and Roscoe and plans to watch the FSU vs. Virginia game on TV later to take his mind off of his troubles.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 11/8/2014 (06:52)
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oh tom,

i am so glad to hear the girls are safe at your house...i am sure that once annie finishes in the kitchen she will go out and help guide joanie in the creation of her Xmas village...(lucky joanie).......it's good if lulu can just lie in one place and chatting with kathy sounds like a lovely idea for both of them.....tell annie to call when she can...

i am worried about the boys, though.....unless prince can be made to stay away from those places where he can find his favorite caffeine roscoe will not be able to guide him home or call for help.....did dottie plan to go back today to where she left them? unless she paints the starbucks logo on the side of the gondola or on her own feathery chest, how will anyone get prince into the gondola? you'd better go to an atm and get enough $$ to post "bail" for prince if he gets picked up somewhere......roscoe won't abandon him, but i do not see how ros can drag P by his tail all the way to fl.......do you think i should drive out there??

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p.s. mr. twinkie went outside this morning to give lulu her breakfast and finally noticed she was not around.....*snicker*

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Dear TQ,

You will be happy to know that Annie and Lulu are here, though sadly, Prince and Roscoe are not. Annie filled me in on the rest of the story...

It seems that when Dottie set the gondola on the ground, it attracted a good bit of attention. Annie had loaded Lulu into the basket and with great effort, managed to hoist her body over the side of the gondola, falling with a thud on the floor. Roscoe was doing his best to contain Prince and get him into the basket when three men with long sticks and a loop at the end came at them. Roscoe yelled fly and Dottie did. Two dogs and and eagle were heading for Florida.

From the air, Annie could see Prince running crazed all over the place. Two men came at him, missed, and hit one another, knocking both of them out. A third man with loop stick came after Roscoe who easily outran him and then turned behind him and bit him in the behind, tearing a patch of his pants away. This guy ran for all he was worth towards his wagon, holding his hands over the exposed rear side and leaving his loop stick behind. Roscoe then turned toward the coffee crazed Prince but the eagle flew into a cloud and Annie could not see the result of that chase.

When Annie fell into the gondola, she hurt her paw, though I am happy to report that it is currently healing. The eagle knew where to fly, but remained within clouds to avoid detection (something she had learned during her basic training she said proudly). Annie was sure that they were lost and this is when she wrote you her message.

As I speak, Annie is in the kitchen assisting Bowser with clean up, Lulu is in back solving all of the world's problems with a much relieved cow, and I am reporting all that I know. Joanie? Oh, she is working on the Christmas village.

We have not heard from Prince nor Roscoe since their last observance by Annie.

I remained continuously concerned,
Tom

Tom

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dear tom

once roscoe is certain those dogs are our dogs, perhaps Dottie, the eagle, could call for reinforcements, although i don't know if there are any spare couriers available....boy, dottie is sure getting her training from this incident....i am extremely worried at no mention of lulu, but i am trying tohold it together.....one must hope for the best.....

starbucks has joined forces with the evil monsanto, so perhaps once learns of this, prince will be persuaded to forget about starbucks.....it depends on how interested prince is in human politics.....and hopefully, he won't know that there are other establishments sell coffee........

i agree, that if found, all canines should head immediately for fl. which is closer and they can recieve immediate medical help if needed (i am thinking mostly of lulu).....i know conditions may be crowded with everyone there, but annie can sleep under joanie's xmas village tables, or under roscoe can sleep there and annie can snore...er, sleep, under your bed....also.......oh! wait! i am getting an incoming message from annie..........it says

Mom! Help me! bzzz.....bzzz...We are lost! Prince ...bzzz.... insane with coffee and....bzz..bzzzzz....sore paw.......

that is all it said
oh my babies!!!

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Dear TQ,

I received the following from Roscoe:

Tom,

I am flying low over Biloxi, Mississippi. I've just spotted a black dog that looks very much like Prince doing back flips and another one that looks a lot like Annie trying very hard to get the black dog to stop flipping. The Annie-like dog was shouting..."the tapes, the tapes, remember the tapes." What ever that was all about, the black dog just kept flipping and flopping all over the place. We are going in for a closer look, even a landing. I plan to investigate this pair very carefully.

The Ros

Well, I would never have thought about Biloxi, Mississippi. But I know they do have gambling establishments there, Starbucks is everywhere, and they are quite close to being on the beach. I think Roscoe may have stumbled (er, flown up) against something. We shall see. I did notice the complete absence of mention of a Lulu like dog in the group. I'll be glad to hear from him again. I have hopes. In the meanwhile, I've messaged him and asked him to fly directly to Florida with passengers if what he is seeing is them. I know the eagle may complain both about number of passengers and Prince's over activity, but I told the Ros to just tie Prince up if needed, and as far as the over crowding, just tell the eagle that this is an absolute emergency.

Tom, who is currently holding his breath, hoping against hope that our children have been found.

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dear tom

do you think annie was spelling correctly? biloxi?!! there has been no mention of lulu...do you think she is still with them? she walks slower than a mud turtle, you know....i haven't seen or heard from roscoe since he left for gatlinburg late yesterday afternoon.....*pulling out hair* i am so worried about my pups....i sent ros a copy of the message you sent me so he can figure out which biloxi annie may be talking about.....and it also be a sneer against biloxi by nearby towns or cities that hate biloxi....i suggested he bring in more searchers.....the tracking hounds lost the scent shortly after they located the vw van and have returned home with their tails between their legs.......

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Poor Ros, you need sleep so badly. You are certainly up in the air a lot. Can't you sleep on the floor of the gondola. If need be, you could take a blanket with you on flights. It could also help you stay toasty warm. Ah, the comforts of home (almost).

Roscoe, as far as dancing inside, we really don't have a dancing floor. Besides, of those dances you gave me, the only one that I wouldn't dance in public is break, largely because I'm afraid I'd break my neck or something. I'm sure they gave it that name for a reason. And while I don't do the electric slide any more (its kinda dated), I do a mean samba line, Cuban shuffle, and a few others. As far as lindy is concerned, not only would I do it in public, I've actually incorporated a bit of it in my next performance. I choreographed that dance and so I could do just that. In fact, it will include east coast swing, lindy, foxtrot and ballet. (I had a little help with the ballet bit.) So you see, I've gotta dance and I just can't stay home. Although Prince seems to have gotten himself a bit addicted to coffee, I'm just that much more addicted to dancing. What can I say? (An no, its not an addiction that I wish to break.)

**********

Annie sent me a message. Here is what it said:

Dear Tom,

I'm very tired. I had to walk with Prince up and down the beach for hours before he came down from his coffee high. You have no idea what he can be like when he has gotten his paws on a pot of the stuff. He is now sleeping it off and I am forcing myself to stay awake so that I can watch over zzzzzzzzzzzzz ...oh! uh, where...oh yes...watch over him.

Tom, I have a question. There is a word that people keep repeating around here a lot. I think it may not be a nice word, so I haven't mentioned it before, but now I am seeing it on buildings and the like. Maybe you could help me with it. If its a bad word, I'm sorry, but I haven't seen it much anywhere else...well, no where else to the best of my knowledge. So it might be a clue to finding us. I mean, if its a word that is peculiar to this area or something, you might be able to figure it out. If you can't, well, then maybe Jack can. Anyway, have you ever heard the word biloxi before? Just saying.

Annie the exhausted, thanks to Mr. Prince.

Tom

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dear tom

you MUST listen to your commander....YOU MUST...it is for your own good! if you can't go out to the dance floor, make the dance floor come to you.....push the furniture back and dance in the living room...you and joanie can even indulge in those dances you seldom do out in public, such as break dancing, the electric slide, the lindy, etc (you can see i had to stop and do research on this *grin*).....or learn canine dances....the tail wag, the puppy, etc...we canines have some pretty cool dance moves, too......annie will be thrilled when she (finally) arrives to see you "twitch your ears to the right and your tail to the left".......but back to the topic..you MUST obey the commander........mom said she heard several gonzalez cows bellowing last evening and sure enough a small group of aggressive chupes tried to attack the property.....mom said she could hear the screams of battle even though the windows were closed.....and these were no coyotes!!! after everything was over and the smoke cleared, mom was summoned to the infirmary to take care of the wounded...fortunately there were only 2.....Pvt. Jorge had a splinter in his left hind paw and a scratch under his eye, probably from a tree branch...nothing serious...pvt. Bud was more seriously hurt when a chupe fell out of a tree, and landed on little Bud...but before he could do any harm to our guy, he was shot with the toxin gun and poofed....Little Bud was then physically attacked by 2 chupes....they were not particularly trying to hurt Bud (altho they probably didn't care if they did), but they were trying to steal his toxin gun! we can only assume they wanted it so as to develop an antidote or probably protective body armour against it......anyway, other wawas came to Bud's rescue by shooting those 2 with toxin and he and his toxin gun were saved...thank heavens everybody has been training extra hard lately and were easily on top of things when this attack happened....and thank our lucky stars mom was back home...i had told her to go home, becuz annie, lulu and prince were no where near the area where she had been searching....i told her it was more important to be home waiting to hear from annie or trying to contact her while dottie the eagle and i are out searching....i have picked up 2 hunting dogs from a neighbour, let them sniff some of annie and lulu's things, and will drop them where we last know for sure the missing ones have been...these hunting dogs are known to be exceptional trackers.....pls. let us know if you hear anything further

i think i am going to nap for an hour and then we will start searching again.......and gatlinburg has called saying they need me

roscoez-z-z-z-z

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Dear Roscoe,

The commander of the Chihuahua troops wasted no time flying into action. The flurry of activity was audible from our home. Joanie and I were ordered to close the house tight and neither let anyone enter nor leave. We were informed that dancing was off limits outside of the inside of our house. Of course, he obviously didn't mean me since the commander knows that I live on the dance floor. That's why I went to class and to showcase rehearsal today. When I got back the commander informed me that it most certainly did mean me. He was rather rude in the way that he talked to me. Oh well, Chihuahuas!

The troops here, although diminished by 50% with the other half fighting in the Gatlinburg area, are crack warriors and I'm certain they will have any incoming chupacabra well in paw when they arrive. Of course, the plan is still in place in spite of size of force.

I did hear from Annie today. She simply said that Prince had gotten hold of some of that Star Dollar coffee...oh, she corrected herself...Starbucks. Anyway, he drank quite a bit and she spent the entire afternoon getting him under control. She said I should go ahead and watch the video, but I really think I need to wait to see what happens. If I do watch it, Annie won't have much to hold over Prince's caffeine fried brain.

OK, that's about it. Think I'll go poor myself another espresso and settle in for the evening.

Tom, who is quite worried about everyone who is not at home right now. Roscoe, that includes you, not because you are lost, but because you are wearing yourself out. You are definitely type A. (You can ask me about that sometime.)

Tom

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

the eagle and i landed at the area where annie had indicated they had stopped, but we did not find them....we did find a flat place under a bush that smelled like lulu, so i think they were here at one time....we did not find the drivers or any place called star dollars, but that may have been becuz the eagle refused to do a walking search for our missing comrades and i feel we should stay together....we did find an old vw bus that looked similar to the one the guys we hired used, but it was locked so i could not get in to give it a good sniff test.....the eagle (Dottie...another new, young courier) and i did several flyovers in the general area, but did not see our missing friends.....i have tried to call annie's phone several times, but it just goes to voice mail which says "box full".......i am starting to get worried about them.....mom has not been home for 2 days, driving around every restaurant in a 100 mile radius, shouting their names, especially annie's and prince's (since lulu doesn't hear so well) and checking in at every ASPCA and animal rescue.....my dad is out of town all week, out towards ohio, so he is no help whatsoever...mom keeps expanding her search area, but is not hopeful....thanks to the information you sent, she is now also searching around large bodies of water, from lakes to swimming pools....she figures annie would recognize a beach if she saw one, having visited the one near you several times in the past.....she says she has not recieved any more messages from annie.....

i am exhausted....this afternoon dottie had to fly me back to gatlinburg and there are reports filtering in of small groups of chupes roaming separate areas, attacking wherever they choose....i have already talked to the commander at your house...a small contingent of chupes was spotted heading towards lehigh acres, altho still several miles away....please be careful and listen to whatever the wawas tell you.....and prepare you home to repel all attackers as the wawas will be protecting your property as best they can....it is tough when the majority are at the big gatlinburg battle which is still ongoing....i think i am going to call in some west coast wawas to come help build up our home militias

pls. let us know if you hear anything from the Missing Ones

Roscoe

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Dear TQ,

Another message from Annie received this morning:

Dear Tom,

We found the drivers. We found them but we couldn't get to them. They were in a big building with a lot of lights in front and a bunch of machines, tables and noise...oh, there was so much noise. A lot of people were tossing round colored discs on the tables and someone would throw polka dot cubes and then someone would shout with glee and the others at the table would look, well, kind of miserable. Our drivers were looking miserable.

We started in to tell him what we thought of leaving us that long but some guy grabbed us and threw us to the curb. For a business guy, he was really really rude! Not only that, but he stood guard and the door and would never let us in. I can still hear the noises in the place. Did I mention that our drivers were staggering around like maybe they had some of that watery stuff that does crazy things to humans.

Prince and I started back to join Lulu but we passed a place that got Prince's attention really quickly. It smelled kind of good and then I recognized the smell. Too late, Prince was inside already. I ran in and grabbed him and made him come outside (not easy, I'll tell you...I had to use tape threats). This place had something to do with astrology or astronomy I think. It was named Star something...oh yes, Star Dollars...or something like that.

Well, I got Prince back with Lulu and the three of us now need to gather together and make plans. It is pretty obvious that our drivers aren't going to take us home, and I don't think I'd want to ride with them in there current condition anyway.

By the way, the place that we found the drivers in wasn't the only building that had those kind of things inside. And there is a large...very very large...lake nearby and it is so big you can't even see the other side. Can you believe that? It kind of reminds me of when I went to the gulf in Florida, but I'm not certain that its the gulf. There is something different. Maybe its the direction or something.

Annie

*****

That's all I've heard so far TQ. I will, of course, keep you informed.

Tom

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dear tom,

roscoe and the eagle have directed their flight towards the area where they think annie's message may have come from.....i am so glad to hear they are alive, well, and reasonably safe...they can even sleep in the van at night if necessary.......leaving lulu to watch for anything is probably a mistake, but leaving her safe under a disguising bush is a brilliant idea.....once roscoe has located them, i know everything will be fine......i, too, recieved a message from annie right before roscoe took off...all it said was "come get us", so i tried to text back "roscoe is on the way", but i don't know if she got it or not....

please let me know if you hear anything

TQ

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Dear TQ and Roscoe,

I have a message from Annie. Its a bit on the strange side, but just receiving a message indicates that they are OK. It reads:

Dear Tom,

We drove for a long time, stopping now and then. We were allowed to piddle and the like, but were always rushed, like we were in a really huge hurry to get to Florida. I think maybe we are in Georgia or far north Florida because it is warm with a lot of Spanish moss hanging down. All the way down here our drivers were grumpy and it seemed like they really resented having to mess with us. I think they only wanted the money.

But now their moods are changing. They are not so grumpy and seem quite excited for some reason. I heard one of the guys saying that now they are poor but when they get back to the car they will be rich. This time they rushed out of the car and didn't even let us get out to piddle.

At first we were a bit miffed because we had been left behind in in the car without even a goodbye or a chance to get out and stretch our legs. But as time marched on we changed from miffed to angry to hurt to frightened, especially when three hours had gone by and the sun on the car was starting to feel quite hot. I mean, it had been dark and even a little chilly in the beginning, but now it was getting really hot. We knew that we needed to get out of the car, and we were happy to see that these crazy guys left the doors unlocked in their rush to leave.

We decided to get out of the car and stretch our legs. Prince wisely insisted that we take our stuff and so we helped each other on with our saddle bags. Of course, Prince and I have been sharing the load that Lulu would usually take.

Getting out of the car was not easy. We had been there too long and even though we helped her, she fell when she got out of the car. We helped her up and stayed on either side of her. She was quite wobbly but managed to keep going in a straight line largely because we kept her that way.

We found a street that went behind a row of restaurants. It was mostly deserted, but we could see people coming out of their buildings in back and putting stuff in dumpsters. Most of it was likely food, and we couldn't help ourselves. We needed to eat and so we raided the local non-ice box, a dumpster from an International House of Pancakes. We found gooey sticky pancakes with large bunches of syrup and even some whipped cream that someone couldn't finish eating. Their loss; our gain...so to speak.

We decided that we needed to find our drivers and get them moving again. So we made a plan. There was a cool place off the street (someone had called alley street or something like that). It was surrounded by bushes with lovely huge flowers, and we decided to make this our headquarters (Prince's term) for this operation. Prince called what we were going to do "Operation Driverfind." I don't know why we couldn't just say we were going out to look for our drivers.

Anyway, Lulu was to remain under the bush. Prince and I would search in different directions for our drivers, but after one hour we would return to HQ (with or without the drivers). Time seemed to pass quickly and I had no luck at all. I returned to HG. Prince returned also without any luck. Lulu seemed to think time had passed slowly and was wondering why we weren't back sooner. At any rate, that is where we are now, at HQ.

After we rest for a while and help Lulu with just a little walking exercise, we are going to repeat what we did earlier, but Prince and I will go in different directions that we did before. I wish I knew where we are, but neither Prince nor I have a clue yet. We do not plan to go back to the car but we do have it in view just in case someone returns. It's Lulu's job to watch, but I think she slept during this last hour long search. I don't know for certain... just saying.

Your favorite niece,
Annie

P.S. There sure are a lot of drunks in this town.

Tom

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

MY BABIES ARE LOST----AGAIN?!! roscoe just arrived and told me the news and then i sit down at the computer and read the message from you.....i have a fat-as...er, butted turkey....er, eagle gobbling hamburger on my roof and my children are missing? oh poor, poor annie....you know how sensitive and delicate she is....and then there is lulu who if she gets lost may never get found....i feel somewhat relieved that prince is with the girls since he usually has a level head on his shoulders......as soon as the chomping, burping bunch of feathers on the roof can rouse himself, he'd better start looking for my kids!!

TQ

p.s. i know roscoe and the eagle are exhausted...i have told them both to rest since it is already dusk...they can start searching in the morning....pls. let us know if you hear from them

p.s. roscoe checked, but the vw bus is too old and does not have gps tracking or onstar or any of that kind of stuff

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Dear TQ,

Its quiet inside here too. Bowser and Baby Cakes are in the kitchen working on lunch, but saying very little, worry painted on their faces. Kathy sits quietly outside, barely moving. Jack is searching high and low with his telescope. And I am waiting for word from Roscoe.

I sent Roscoe a message that the kids have not arrived. He acknowledged the message and indicated that they should be here. He has started search activities via gondola, but the eagles that are flying him are war weary and always on their way to a respit. Fresh eagles carry the Ros to the war zone and he mounts another war weary eagle and searches for as long as the eagle will allow.

I have those few Chihuahuas left outside of the war zone searching. No word from them yet. I have been badgering eagle central to send search scouts, but all are tied up with the war effort and none are willing to abandon their war efforts in order to search for the van. The state police and local police refuse to search, saying they have no proof that the kids have been gone for 24 hours or longer, and amber alert canine refuses action for the same reason.

Sadly Roscoe failed to obtain pictures of the van and drivers before they left, so few options are open there. He has expressed some mild concern regarding the drivers which have become major concerns at this point.

All we can do at this time is cross our fingers and wait, TQ. I'm sorry I did not contact you earlier about all of this, but I assumed that Roscoe was keeping you up to date. He means well TQ, but he is so pressed with the war effort, and now this.

Tom

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DEAR TOM

its so quiet here, on this rainy morning....you must have a full-house with all the added canines to your usual group....i bet bowser can make a breakfast that will entice lulu to eat....roscoe left right after the others did, giving last minute instructions to the new interim commander (our own Sgt. Flaco), and then heading to the gatlinburg area.....he should be returning here tomorrow i think he said, to help with the continued training of new bombers.....tell the kids i say hi....

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Dear Roscoe,

I'm a bit confused. The van left your place precisely 31 hours ago or earlier. They were to drive all night and switch off drivers. The route was carefully planned as were piddle stops.

It is now past 8:31 on the 31st and they have not yet arrived. Exactly when will they arrive. According to my calculations, they should have been here long before now. I've tried to be patient, but I'm feeling extremely concerned.

Granted, I was out shooting birds today. Well, you know, with a camera. But Bowser and Baby Cakes remained here in order to make certain that they would be alright. They had the whole low down regarding Lulu and what she needs and what she can and can't do. Kathy is standing in the back yard waiting not so patiently for her friend, pacing back and forth, scaring both butterflies and birds. She has already knocked over most of the feeders and I suspect that she will finish the job before long. The good part about her being here is that we haven't been visited by our overly friendly neighborhood raccoon who likes to eat the bird feed. Thing is, we've lost more feed with Kathy than with the raccoon.

Please let me know ASAP when they will arrive. If they should have been here by now (as per my calculations) then I need to know so that I can begin search efforts. I will likely need eagle help and that may not go well with the war effort and all. Oh, if any eagles are heading for their periodic respite from the war, would you have them keep their eyes open for the VW busozine.

Waiting for your answer with the approximate patients of Kathy, though I know that you will be as concerned as I should they not have gotten here within reasonable delay.

Tom

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dear tom

i decided to delay my flight to gatlinburg until the others left safely in their VW "limo" bus....lulu needed a bit of help boarding the van, which is typical these days....the wawas made her a ramp for getting in and out, but she still needs help balancing....annie and went over these instructions carefully several times with Surfer Dude and Atta Boy (not the brightest bulbs in the chandalier)....they seem to know what to do to assist her.....they know they have a schedule to keep ....i gave them the schedule, in fact, which includes times and places to stop for the kids to piddle....they have been instructed that the dogs MUST remain on leashes EVERY times they are taken outside....if the drivers need to stop for bathroom breaks, they must do it when they stop for the dogs and the dogs MUST stay in the van will the windows up until the drivers return.....and NO COFFEE....they complained that the rules seemed a bit harsh, but i reminded them that they are being paid a princely sum and there are subject to our rules.....so with a large bag of snacks for both drivers and canines they took off in a cloud of smoke.....

when they arrive, lulu will be confused and probably need help finding her hut or bed...wherever she plans to sleep.....pls. don't let her get too close to the canal or at least having someone keeping an eye on her occasionally as we don't want her to accidentally tumble in.....instead of a chew toy, if you have a mole around, she might appreciate that...she found one the other day and left its little corpse under the car, very proud of herself for still being able to catch the occasional trespasser.....she was not having one of her better days, since when i casually mentioned how the mole's little feet were pointing at the sky, lulu immediately tried to prevent me from seeing her special object.......later, my dad took it when she was not looking and got rid of it.....by the time she returned i think she had forgotten about it, since there were no complaints.....also, whoever feeds her needs to stay with her until she starts eating...she sometimes has a hard time figuring out what she is supposed to be doing with that bowl of food......i am sure sitting and talking with kathy will be good for her.....

i will keep you updated on the battle
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Dear Prince,

You know that I love you, right? So here is the thing.

The tapes arrived this morning. Your mom knows nothing whatsoever about them. I have not watched them and will not at this time. When you arrive in Florida to work on the military situation here I will give you one of the tapes which you may destroy as you wish. The other unwatched tape (marked by Annie as "more graphic") will be placed in the dress vault. There it will remain hidden in a secret compartment that even your mom knows nothing about. When I have decided that you are completely free of your coffee addiction, I will give it to you for your destruction or what ever you may wish to use it for. For example, you may wish to bury it in a water proof container to be used by yourself as a reminder should you ever desire coffee again. But like I said, its up to you.

I look forward to seeing you and the Chihuahua commander is anxiously awaiting your leadership.

Dad, who is at present sipping one of the last cups of coffee he will have until after you have conquered your coffee addiction.

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Dear Roscoe,

When the pseudo-limo arrives with Prince, I shall provide the driver and his assistant a full meal and a place to sleep overnight. I will then provide breakfast and send them on their way. Bowser said that he will help and of course Baby Cakes will assist him with his chefly duties.

I want you to know that I so much appreciate what you are doing for Prince as well as what Lulu and Annie are doing for him. I think about you in the war zone and breath a sigh of relief each and every time you are able to return to Virginia for a while.

I've told Kathie that Lulu will be coming, but that she will not be able to cross the street and go to the canal. Kathie said that she is going to take the north side crossing and come here. She will graze out side and be available each time that Lulu fells like joining her for grass and conversation. Kathy says that if Lulu isn't interested in grass (for eating that is), that she can just bring a chew toy out and they can pretend that it is a perfectly good cud. She says that she feels so sorry that Lulu isn't able to produce a real cud. It's just one of those unfortunate things that dogs have to put up with. (Keep in mind that Kathy is seldom able to step out of the cow box and sniff beyond her nose.)

Tom, who is starting to get things ready for visitors who are about to arrive (and for his boy who is in much need of some really tough love).

Tom

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*SOBBING* oh dad! annie said she sent you 2 of the tapes the other day that she made of me acting the fool due to caffeine inebriation.....oh, the horror! oh, the shame! i never wanted you to see those!! at least she sent the most mild ones....i have begged her to not to send you any others which get progressively worse....oh i will have to go did a hole to hide my head in it! pleeeease don't show them to mom....she would be traumatized if she ever saw me like that!!

I have been good ever since that slight slip-up with mr. twinkie.....i swear i have.....and annie says that since i have been trying hard roscoe may take me with him to gatlinburg in the next day or two

Prince, who is hanging his head in shame........("oh, do i see a coffee ring on the table...let me help you wipe up the mess, annie")
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dear tom

we have a problem....you may have forgotten that the eagles require annie to be completely knocked out when travelling via gondola and there has to be a "regular-sized" dog accompanying her during the flight (the wawas are too tiny to restrain her if she wakes up mid-flight)...........we also have the problem of lulu having to be tied down in case she loses her balance....although she is much improved she fell down again 2 days ago while out walking to the mailbox and back with mom....her reflexes are slower than a toddler's if something were to happen with either prince or annie.........prince, struggling with his addiction issues cannot travel alone or unsupervised, and i must leave for gatlinburg today...

i do agree that at this time, prince should return to fl....i will inform him that i need him to check on the wawas still remaining at your house.....we had another skirmish with a small group of chupes here yesterday morning......the gonzalez cows started bawling at 6am alerting us to the attack, so we vanquished our foes before they even realized what hit them.....anyway, i will tell prince that after these 2 surprise attacks, he needs to make sure all is ready at your home....annie and lulu will accompany him, lulu providing some tranquilizing cherry grass and annie ready to sit on him if necessary.....due to the emergency nature of the problem the militia is paying for an air-conditioned, dog treat stocked bar VW bus, similar to a limosine, but smaller, where they can all lay out in the back and rest and enjoy the trip.....they are leaving here around noon and the driver and his assistant will take turns napping and driving all the way thru to your home non-stop.....Surfer Dude (driver) and Atta Boy (assistant) will probably appreciate a light snack when they arrive.....they will probably have the munchies by then, so some chips and a couple of soda should keep them happy as they go on their way

roscoe

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Dear Annie,

Finding a plan to keep an addict from his/her enabler is pretty difficult. The best plan is to send Prince home and let me deal with him here. Eagle services is extremely busy with the war effort, but when I explained that Prince's recovery is actually part of the war effort since he has a key role in the structure of things, they agreed to provide transportation services from Virginia to Florida. However, it will be done by sending a fresh eagle to Virginia and then with passenger Prince to Gatlinburg. A war weary eagle needing rest will then carry Prince to Florida. They insist that he needs to be accompanied. Do you think you could possibly tear yourself away from your duties there long enough to help Prince reach Florida. I know that you will understand when I say that it is really unsafe to let Prince ride in an open gondola without a supervisory nurse. You could then suggest (that means demand with the use of blackmail videos) that Prince practice poses during the two trips. I realize that this means putting you in harms way for a short while during the Tennessee landing and take off, but you could also observe the war first hand which might be of some interest. Eagle services pointed out that Roscoe may need to ride with you during the first leg of the trip, but that should pose no problem.

Let me know if you are OK with this arrangement. Meanwhile, let me suggest that all three of you keep your weight down since three in a gondola can be quite a load. Oh, and don't let Prince know what is up. Just let him think you are all going to the war zone for inspection. He'll like that, adventure oriented as he seems to be.

Later dudette :)
Tom

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Dear Lulu and Roscoe,

I'm working on arrangements to immediately return Prince to Florida since I have learned of an enabler of coffee consumption in the Virginia homeland. (Of course, I speak of Mr. TQ.) Annie can fill you in on the details.

You need to know this and let her know this also, the one marked with blue ribbons is the one in which Prince is to be placed, whether or not he likes it. Annie will ride in that one too, and if there are no objections from the eagle, you (Roscoe) may join them on the first leg of the trip (to Gatlinburg). Lulu, if you want to come in Annie's place, you may. You will have to work that out with her, but I'm sure you can find a way to do that. But do keep in mind that Prince will need to be controlled while riding in the gondola. Else, he well might decide to jump out without thinking of the consequences.

Please let me know how this all works out, who is coming and the like. Of course I'll have eagle payment ready when you arrive Florida. I will also place my coffee supplies in the dress vault. Even Prince doesn't have keys to that safe. Meanwhile, I'm sure that your mom is supplying refueling for the war eagles and that will work well for this one as well.

Tom, who is planning frequent trips to a coffee shop near his dance studio.

Tom

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dear tom

humans in the beleaguered city have begun complaining about unusual air pollution and politicians are harrassing other officials to learn the source and to Do Something About It....this, of course, will possibly turn into a disaster if the human population discovers the existence of chupes and that there is a war going on in their midst that heretofor they were unaware of....we must work hard to end this conflict quickly! therefore, we are calling in more militias to do ground work, weeding out the chupes encampments....our bombers are working longer shifts and the eagles are being used to their maximum capacity....UNC Chapel Hill canine div. is busying making night vision goggles that will fit the eagles so we can continue bombing into the night.....everyone is exhausted.....i have been travelling between home and gatlinburg, trying to get the bombers trained faster here as well as lending support to our troops in the areas of fighting....i am going to take a quick nap before i have to get back to work...

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dear tom

i think my dad has become friends with Prince....he usually does not pay much attention to visiting dogs of any sort, but this morning i looked all over for your son and finally found him sitting next to my dad in the office.....my dad was smiling, his coffee cup in one hand and patting Prince on the head with the other, and when he saw me, he said "where did this fine fellow come from?"......Prince wouldn't meet my eyes and seemed to be quivering a little...i thought he was shaking in fear becuz he knew he should have been doing his assigned poses................................... BUT NO, HE WAS DRINKING COFFEE FROM A BOWL AT HIS PAWS THAT MY DAD HAD SET OUT FOR HIM........as i grabbed him by the ear and growled trying to lead him away, he leapt out the back door and began racing around the yard.....this was helpful to the practicing bombers, but roscoe gave me a very dirty look.....i bellowed that it was not my fault, that dad gave him coffee, but roscoe just went back to work......there is nothing to be done until the caffeine wears off.......i trotted back and tried to explain to my dad that Prince should not have coffee, but, still smiling, he said i was exaggerating, and not to get my panties in a twist....he did comment that Prince seemed to like an awful lot of sugar in his coffee.....sigh.....i stuck my paw in the bowl of coffee and when i lifted it the sugar was thick dripping off my toes......i decided i would just walk over the office floor and let my dad clean it up, but by then he was ignoring me and back at work on his computer, so i cleaned my paw, the floor and dumped out the bowl of coffee....i am going to spend some time this morning working on a plan to keep Prince and my dad separated in the mornings which is when dad drinks his caffeine....

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Dear Prince,

Keep up the good work. The first few days are the hardest. It will get better, trust me on that. But you must hang strong during these first days. I know you can do it Prince. It is up to you to actually do it. You are loved.

Dad

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Dear Annie,

Thanks so much for your diligent work with Prince. Keep up the good work. I know how much you are doing for him because Lulu gave me an accounting. I think that you may have found your calling...that of addiction nurse. That is, if you want to pursue that field. Some formal training may help, but you do seem to be a natural with it so the formal training would be a snap for you. I think the pay is fairly good for humans, though I've never heard about the pay for canines in the field. Keep in mind that part of that pay is the satisfaction you will feel with each successful case. Of course it is up to each addictee to resolve the addiction themselves, but they each need the kind of tough love that you can provide. Support with firmness. That is the key as you most certainly know.

Again, thanks for your efforts with Prince.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Thanks for you descriptive report in the Prince matter. It really helps me to know what is going on with my boy. I have to be very careful about what I say to him because I want him to be strong and I don't want to touch a nerve that will set him off and send him running to the cup. You are there and can see what his responses are to things and thus deal with it; but here I feel a sense of hopelessness. I am so fortunate that he is surrounded with such a warm and loving support system in Virginia. Thanks again Lulu for all that you are doing.

Tom

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Dear Roscoe,

I think it was a wise choice to give our addicted youngster a break from duties.

Meanwhile, you need to know that I have received a report from the Chihuahuas on the front line. Apparently the first wave of air toxin drops was successful in sending many chupe poofs into the air. That did result in rather foul air due to the large number of poofs, but Chihuahuas simply slipped into their canine gas masks and that helped.

Unfortunately the chupes scattered quickly after the first wave and are harder to find in large concentrations, making the air efforts less effective. Continued drops on small concentrations help, but are extremely expensive in terms of supplies used vs. number of chupe poofs. Continued air drops will be made and should be helpful, but the front line commander feels that paws on the ground will be inevitable in the fight against the advancing chupe army. Still, with the slowing of chupe reinforcements, the Chihuahua troops have recaptured much of the city, leaving only about 1/3 of it under chupe control.

The amazing thing about this whole scenario is that the human population within the city continues to deny the existence of chupacabra and continue about their business as usual kind of days. Fortunate for them that the chupes have not attacked the human population yet, but if they ever get a firm clawhold on the city, look out humans. Why are these humans so blind to what is going on all around them? That, I suppose, is a question for the human psychologists. But the question will likely never be asked by the human psychological community as long as the psychologists themselves remain blind to the existence of chupacabra. What a delirious dilemma!

Keep up the good work Roscoe. I look forward to seeing you again, soon I hope.

Tom

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DEAR DAD

*puffing out chest with pride* i have been caffeine-free for 6 whole hours....i do have the headache from H E Fiddlestix, but annie is teaching me to pose thru it....this is brutal!

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dear tom

we are letting prince take an easy day from warrior activities since i think much movement makes his eyes cross *grin*.....annie is really doing well with him....she caught him in the 'frig trying to sneak a Sprite O and informed him it has no sugar or caffeine and sugar substitutes are really bad for him....he was so disappointed.....he is taking his cherry grass and canine "aspirin" which i suppose helps a little, altho i think a lot of it is mind over matter....he thot the Sprite 0 helped his headache until annie told him he was not getting the caffeine and sugar that he thot he was......as soon as she told him, his headache came back.....he got a bit snarly around 111 am, so she started to play the video of some of his recent behaviour and he shaped up immediately, begging her to turn it off....."tough love" she said....she has said she cannot make any more cookies for the troops until he is better, which upset the wawas, so while Prince is taking a nap this afternoon annie is going to visit the wawa mess tent and see what she can whip for the guys without prince knowing about it

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Dear Roscoe,

I am so happy that the battle is over with the chupes who suddenly and without warning attacked. Were air strikes helpful? And have the airborne Chihuahuas sent a second wave to the battle in NC / TN? I have yet to hear the outcome of the first wave so please let me know if you hear anything. I do understand that several sets of paws are on the ground, Chihuahua special ops, who are guiding the flights to designated targets. That will, of course, help, but I am anxious to hear details.

Sounds like Mr. Prince is struggling with his addiction. Stand firm with him. He will never be an effective warrior or anything else if he remains coffee dependent.

Tom

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Dear Annie,

I have pieced together information from Roscoe and Prince and I would say that you are doing an excellent job in managing the Prince addiction problem. I'd love to see those videos, but I will never ask to see them. Your bit of constructive blackmail seems to be paying big dividends where the addiction issue in concerned. Keep up the good work.

Tom, who is very proud of you

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Dear Prince,

Addiction is a horrible disease. I'm happy to see that you are working on it. It will not be easy to break the coffee habit, but I have complete faith in your ability to sniff it out. It will be a struggle, but I know that you can do it. Everyone supports you, but you must deal with it yourself. No one can do it for you nor should you expect that. You addicted yourself but you can break it yourself. Hang in there pooch of mine, and stay strong. You can...you can... you can do it!

Dad

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drowsiness? headaches? Prince went into quite a rage this morning when he discovered there was no coffee.....he went out into the office and sniffed carefully around mr. twinkie's desk looking for perhaps a forgotten cup of coffee leftover from yesterday, he pulled open all the desk drawers looking for hidden coffee and even licked the top of the desk in the hopes of a still damp ring from mr. twinkie's coffee cup......this all happened before mr. twinkie was awake, so then your son went into the bedroom and sniffed mr. twinkie which woke him up and they both had a fit in the kitchen when there was no coffee to be found.....mr. twinkie went to the local dairy queen and bought himself a cup of joe, but not understanding Prince's ill-humour, did not buy him a cup....when he got back home, Prince was jonesing out and knocked mr. twinkie down, as prince tried desperately to get the cup.....mr. twinkie held on...ah it was a sight to make you laugh if you didn't know what was happening.....mr. twinkie kept asking "whose dog is this?" and "where did this dog come from?"..........anyway, annie videoed all of it...........she had apparently videoed Prince's madcap behaviour yesterday, too......she said she has plans........right now prince is complaining mightily of a headache......

i see lulu patrolling out in the front yard,,,,,,all is quiet this morning.....beauty the rooster and his consort, Sister, are outside.....i will keep you informed.....i have already spoken to the commander at your house about our surprise attack so please note that all the wawas remaing on your property are on full alert....please do not try to sneak out for dance and follow whatever rules the commander lays down....we cannot be too careful.....

Roscoe is going to lay down for a short nap
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oh dad,

*sob* i am so embarrassed! annie took pictures, videos, of me when i was on a caffeine "high"....i was a complete fool and of no help to anyone, except as a moving target, and even then i acted foolishly.....the shame of it all!......last night there was a surprise attack by a small contingent of chupes....we emerged victorious, but i don't think i was of much help.....as long as things are quiet around here as they are this morning, i am going to quietly nap and detox here....annie said lulu can help with the headaches......she also said no more sugar for a while....i asked how you and mom and her dad can drink coffee and still remain reasonable humans, and annie explained the concept of moderation to me.....she also explained that right now i can have NONE *sob* and that perhaps when i return back home you and i can work out a moderate amount....maybe.......annie says everytime i start getting cranky from lack of caffeine she is going to make me watch those awful videos....she has promised not to show them to anybody as long as i behave myself and act like a normal dog

Prince, who is so ashamed

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Dear Roscoe,

As unfortunate as war is, especially when it comes to you, it will give you opportunity to practice bombing missions without the fatigue created by travel. Send up your best and make certain that eyes carefully survey the bombing area. Reports from paws on the ground should be used.

Beware of using Prince in battle. His coffee has been withheld and he may go into withdrawal. Sudden withholding can cause that. If he complains of headaches and extreme drowsiness, just agree with him and carry on, but keep him out of harms way. A desk job is recommended...or perhaps he could help in the hospital where coincidentally medical staff could observe him.

Let me know the outcome of the battle as soon as you possibly can.

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 are under attack! i repeat, we are under attack! the chupes have attacked and i just heard screaming in the woods....is it ours or theirs?? mr. twinkie thinks its the coyotes, but it is definitely chupes....all non-military flights have been cancelled until further notice....and all coffee was dumped down the drain while Prince was outside with the training units....neither he or mr. twinkie will be pleased, but in times of war sacrifices must be made.....everyone, including annie, is outside doing what they can to help in the battle....this attack was a complete surprise....lulu came in to alert those in the house....she may not be able to tell where sound is coming from, but she can still hear those horrible sounds of battle...she and twinkie are preparing bandages, cherry grass and other necessities to deal with the wounded......must go....things are in complete chaos here...just wanted to let you know that prince will not be flying home tomorrow.....

Sincerely,
Sgt. Octavio Mendoza, Sgt. of the Day, 1st Divison, VA Chihuahua Militia


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Dear Roscoe,

I am most pleased to hear of your excellent progress. Prince, I'm afraid, will be coming home post haste. He needs detox.

Tom

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Dear Prince,

I need you at home. This is an emergency. I have arranged eagle flight for tomorrow morning. Arrival will be quite early, say around 6:00 AM or so. Please be ready. This is of the utmost importance.

Dad

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Dear Annie,

I have demanded Prince's return home. I plan on a detox program. You are cordially invited to join him on his eagle flight. Please ask your mom. Because Prince is extremely hyper due to excess coffee and sugar, he will need some careful supervision. You are in charge of him. The eagles think Prince is accompanying you. Don't tell them otherwise. And I suggest that you don't let it slip to Prince that he is in your charge...at least not until after takeoff. Watch that he doesn't do something really stupid and fall overboard. When you arrive in Florida, you can help me with his detox program.

Tom

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Dear TQ,

I have basically ordered Prince back home and invited Annie. They leave tomorrow morning with your blessing. Please give it. Prince, as you may be aware, needs detox.

Tom


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dear tom

the first contingent of our most advanced wawa bombadiers left with their eagle couriers early this morning and will soon begin raining down death and destruction on the chupe troops....tomorrow the remaining wawas will go with a new set of eagles which are arriving today so they have a bit of practice time together.....perhaps this will be the needed thing to crack the chupes stronghold on the city...

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oh dad! oh dad! oh dad!

don't worry! don't worry at all! there were no donuts served this morning, even tho we had them yesterday morning and they do live up to advertisements and expectations in that they do go so well with coffee, but again, there were no donuts this morning where we only were offered toast, plain dry toast for breakfast or at least that is all annie offered me while ms. twinkie and lulu went to the store to get the sunday paper and roscoe supervised the departing wawas and eagles oh my, that was so exciting, but i didn't like plain dry toast all that much so i just had my coffee and it really wasn't all that tasty for some reason today or maybe it was and i just wanted something sweet for breakfast so you know what your most brilliant son did???huh?? do you?! i added sugar to my coffee even tho annie said her dad does not drink it that way, not ever, but i poured some sugar in my coffee and it was pretty good so when annie wasn't looking i decided to pour in more sugar and if fact, i poured and poured until annie did see me and took the sugar away, but that's okay even tho my coffee is a bit too sweet....i will drink a little and then add more coffee until it evens out.....have you ever tried coffee with sugar cuz its delicious even tho annie said i should leave the sugar out she said i could try it with almond milk, but i said no and tried to add more sugar but she slapped my hand away and sat on the sugar and believe you me it is Very Difficult to move annie when she doesn't want to move becuz she has a big rear end and when i told her that she nipped my ear which i thought was so rude especially since she asked how i got the coffee since her dad had put it up high on a shelf to keep others away from it which is really doubly rude don't you think? anyway, i told annie that i am very resourceful and can jump high which made her squint her eyes and not look cute which i also told her and she almost nipped me again and told me to go outside and practice being a target for the wawas which i am on my way to do but i had to stop and tell you what a marvelous time i having here and how i just love coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

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dear tom

he is getting waaaayy out of control...i am going to have to take firm measures with that boy

annie, the world's greatest aunt and disciplinarian

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Dear Prince,

The battle being waged on the NC and TN border is brutal. Reports are that the Chihuahua army is gaining some ground back, especially in the nearly captured city. It is the result of reinforcements arriving from Virginia, Florida, and coastal North Carolina. Some of the supplies used are being brought in by the reinforcing troops, but many are being dropped in the Chihuahua held city.

Now get this! The human population seems to be, for the most part, carrying on their daily activities as though nothing spectacular is happening, and apparently totally oblivious to the danger that they are in. Those hideous chupacabra have been known to bite their victims heads off, and that is not limited to unfortunate Chihuahuas, but has happened with humans as well.

Although the battle seems to be going our way at the moment, it is tight and word has it that chupacabra reinforcements are marching toward the city where the major fighting is taking place. What is desperately needed as soon as caninely possible, is an air attack spraying anti-chupe toxin in the areas of heavy chupe concentrations, especially those forces marching toward the city before they reach there. Although small numbers will be filtering in all the time from now until Tuesday, it is Tuesday that the largest concentrations will reach the city. If they could be bombarded by Monday it could prevent a tragedy. If training could be completed today and Sunday become a flight day for eagles and Chihuahuas, bombardment could take place on Mnday. I don't know if that is caninely possible, but if it can be done, that action alone could save the world. Talk with Roscoe and see if he feels it is possible. Remember, what is humanly impossible can sometimes be caninely quite possible. I have my fingers crossed and hoping that the two of you with the eagles and chupes can come through in this horrendous crisis.

By the way, cut down on the coffee and absolutely NO doughnuts. Even I have cut out doughnuts in lieu of healthier alternatives (except perhaps for a slip up last night...cough).

Your dad who is so proud of his warrior training son.

Tom

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dear dad

i am in loooooooooooooooovve....................wi
th coffee! oh, mr. twinkie makes some swell swill.......when i get home i am going to start having some with you and mom every morning......it will be fun to have something we can all share together....annie does not drink coffee, but she says she has heard it goes well with donuts...i think that sounds like a splendid idea, so i will advise bowser to to make some to go along with our morning coffee...doesn't that sound grand??

lulu is feeling a bit frustrated with her mom....tomorrow twinkie has to work at a festival in the garden, explaining about medicinal herbs, etc....lulu is insisting that her mom take a couple of bottles of cherry grass to share with the public, and twinkie is refusing, explaining that she can only use stuff that was available and in use in this area in the 1800s....lulu stresses the importance of getting cherry grass to the human public.....her mom agreed to take 2 bottles, but lulu suspects that her mom is going to leave the bottles in the car while she is working....trying to be sneaky, lulu suggested going along with her mom since she will be outside.....twinkie is not so dumb, and told lulu no.....its a bit tense between the two of them....

don't worry about the eagles....roscoe spoke to them this afternoon and the training eagles will be here at 6am so as to be able to give the wawas the experience of tossing bombs at dawn....twinkie has threatened everyone's life if they wake her up....they have promised to give both twinkie and annie earplugs tonight; they are also going to try and muzzle the rooster, but are not sure that will be possible.......however, i am going to enjoy participating in the rooster rodeo......(one of the hens escaped from the coop and is hanging out with beauty, the rooster....mr. twinkie said she can stay out until the rooster is caught.....)


Prince who is trying to use a lasso.....without great success

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Dear Prince,

I know what you mean when you describe your liking of flan. When I used to work for EDS (Electronic Data Services) years ago, we had a Christmas pot luck every year. One of the gentlemen there was from (I think) Cuba. He used to bring flan (made from scratch) to the potluck every year. It was to die for! I've had flan since, and while quite delicious, it is never the same as that wonderful concoction that he brought to work. Yes, do bring home the recipe when you come. We can try it with a variety of milks. Of course, that will require several attempts. (Are you up to it? ... grin)

It sounds to me that you really need eagles there. That catapult idea sounds ridiculously dangerous and we can't afford to loose any of the air borne Chihuahua warriors. I'll talk with eagle services and see if I can move them a bit. I've had some success with that lately, though to a limited degree.

Perhaps you should hire a chicken psychiatrist to look in on the rooster. One would not want his feathers ruffled to much.

Baby cakes has been on a diet of chicken soup and self prescribed cherry grass tonic. She is feeling better already and her temperature has returned to normal. She has high hopes of gaining enough strength to go dancing at the Halloween dress up party tonight at Rhythm in Motion. Hmmm, perhaps this is something you should not share with Annie. I can just imagine her trying the impossible, a trip here in costume ready to go dancing. What do you think Prince, does that conjure up any images in your mind? (snickering out loud) I'm going as a punk rock star. That is very very far from being my genera of music, but after all, it is Halloween, a time to be that which you are not. :)

Good luck with further training Prince. Oh yes, do send me a picture of yourself wearing one of Roscoe's coats if you can find the time. I'd love to see what you look like in it.

Dad

Tom

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dear dad

we all hope baby cakes will be feeling better soon....mr. twinkie also has a bad cold and twinkie spent yesterday making chicken-less chicken noodle soup......i admit it was tasty, but what was really good was the flan she made....have you ever had that? twinkie didn't think it was so good cuz she doesn't like the taste of nut milks (she used almond milk), and vowed to try again with coconut milk, but roscoe, annie and i thought it was wonderful.......simply delightful! i asked her to send along the recipe to bowser......

today we are using a catapult that jack designed to get the more advanced wawas up into the tops of the pine trees...some are over 50 ft. high......the soldiers not only have to hit the targets, but they have to find ways to stay up in the tree without holding on with their paws...some have been smart and tied themselves in with an improvised quick release belt (in case their eagle crashes) while a couple of idiots have said they have superior balance and will just hang on with their hind legs/paws......we shall see.....there has been a bit of rebellion in the ranks by the volunteer targets who have complained that being hit with the "bombs" actually hurts, so annie made a dozen or so little padded outfits to help protect their delicate selves....the rest are wearing pieces from a rubber pad that mr. twinkie had for camping that annie cut up.....she says he will not mind, but i am not too sure of that.......

speaking of mr. twinkie and his cold.......he and twinkie were supposed to work for several hours tomorrow at the local festival....this is when we planned to have the young eagles come and help practice with the bombing lessons.....now with mr. t here, i am a bit concerned....annie said she can put something in his coffee so he will not notice what is going on outside....in theory this sounds good, but i don't want her to give him something that will put him to sleep permanently....i think i will mention this to lulu so she can supervise......

the hens were getting out of control, or so mr. twinkie said, camping on the front porch right in front of the door, or actually on the porch if the door was left open, leaving in the mornings piles of poop and feathers....so they have now been confined to the coop and a fenced in small yard......the only chicken not yet caught is the rooster who sleeps in a tall pine tree......without his women around he has this sorta crazed look in his eye.....he knows where they are, but wants them to come out and join him, rather than going into the coop himself......we are all a little concerned about his mental strength these days.....most of the coop is made of wood, but the bottom is wire so the fresh air can blow in.....because it is cold in the mornings here i have had to borrow on of roscoe's coats....my florida fur is not strong enough to protect me here (where the temp was 43F this morning).....yesterday i helped twinkie in the coop put up protective coverings over the screens....she cut 2 vinyl table cloths in half (she said usually they use old feed bags but did not have enough this year) and stapled them to the wood above and below the screen....one table cloth was greenish with holly and red berries and the other was in summery colors and flowers....it really looks quite festive in there now and the hens are quite pleased.....i pointed out that twinkie will need at least 2 more vinyl tablecloths, maybe 3, and that mr. twinkie has tarps that would work.....twinkie pointed out that if she cut up mr. twinkie's tarps he would do his dance of fury, eyes bugging out, hair standing straight up, and jumping up and down...she said it would not be a pretty sight, but i think it might be interesting.....she says she has some burlap that can be used, although not enough, but that something will be found....she also wants to buy a bale of hay from the gonzalezes to put on the floor......roscoe and i really don't like her going over there since chupes have been known to sneak thru the gonzalez property to attack us here......you never know when they may be lurking, altho i admit things have been rather quiet lately since most chupes are in the gatlinburg area

your son,
Prince who is working hard and hopes to be rewarded with more flan


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Dear Prince,

Ha! What a laugh. You know, I think Annie should have been a politician. She can spin pretty much anything way out of context and meaning. Ah well. Rest assured that I did not invite her to Florida. I did say things that I thought would make her feel good, but she spun them way way out. By the way, don't tell her that I think she should have been a politician. She will just say that she has considered that as an occupation because she is a natural. Well, for once, she is correct. She is a natural. But believe me, we have enough of those political animals running around. Most of them happen to be human.

I'm not surprised that teaching the Chihuahuas to be expert bombardiers is quite difficult. I expected it to be. Its a little like learning a dance routine. You go on and on and it just seems that you will never quite get it. Then all of a sudden it comes together. You know that it will. You just hope that it comes together in time for the performance. That's pretty much where I am at with my current routine. Whew! Its largely a matter of reaching the point where the dance (or bombing a target) becomes a part of muscle memory. At least that's what we dancers call it. In reality it is a matter of habituating proper synaptic connections in the nervous system so that the action becomes essentially automated as soon as it is initiated. Never mind. I'll explain that more in detail when you are home. Just believe that hard work will pay off and you will create excellent bombardiers.

Wow! Bowser is here already and he is looking a bit rattled. Let me just check with him for a sec and see what's going on.

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I'm back. It turns out that Baby Cakes has the flu and Bowser was up with her all night. That explains why I had to get my own breakfast this morning. I need to go check on Baby Cakes and make sure she isn't getting dehydrated. Keep your whiskers up, you will succeed with those Chihuahuas and very well, I am certain of it.

Love,
Dad

Tom

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dear tom,

i passed along your suggestion of cleaning up after the wawas bombing practices to mom....she said "no thank you" and handed me a shovel and a bucket and then walked away....i really did not understand what she expected me to do with the shovel so i took it and the bucket and gave it to the wawa on duty near the front lanai and told him to clean it up....then i went back into the house....i am too busy to deal with such nonsense..late this afternoon Prince and i worked on our poses....he really needed help....apparently he has been slacking off while in fl.....i really emphasized the importance of practicing poses on a regular basis and Prince promised he would try to work on it more....please, tom, make sure he does his poses regularly.......

uh-oh! do i smell cookies burning? here's Prince

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dear dad

roscoe and i are working hard here....teaching the wawas to be good and ACcURATE bombers is much harder than you may think......

what did you say to annie? she is saying you said you want her to come to fla. to help you learn your dance steps....she is planning to come with us when we return to fl...she has already told her mom that you said you NEED her, so twinkie told her she can go and stay for a week

Prince

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Dear Annie,

Thanks for your report. Since I didn't hear from Roscoe or Prince, I just assumed they were busy, and of course they were, though I now know that they at least tried to contact me.

It sounds like the training is going splendidly. I really think that your mom could help out by cleaning up after training is over each day. I'm sure everyone involved in the training will be exhausted. Just let her know what a good idea it would be for her to clean up. I'm sure that you would help if you weren't so busy providing nourishing sweet snacks for the participants or if the persimmons were ripe but not overly so.

Nothing much happening here. I've been practicing dancing. I'm certain that if you were here you would have helped me with that, but perhaps it is best that I struggle by myself since dance is best learned that way, and with much...oh so much...practice.

Enjoy your evening Annie, and make certain that the boys and girls involved in the practice make good use of Jack's canine washer that he erected on your mom and dad's property.

Tom, who is relaxing after a hard day of dance practice at home.

Tom

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*WHINING PITEOUSLY*

dear tom

both roscoe and prince have tried to email you several times this morning, but we have had limited online or phone access due to high winds.....................or perhaps due to sabotage?? i am not supposed to know about possible sabotage problems, but wawa geeks have been swarming around and getting underpaw so its hard not to be aware of what is going on.....the guys are doing lots of training today with the wawa bombadiers....one time i looked out the window to watch and almost fell over from laughing....thanks heavens the window was closed and they could not hear me giggling......since it has been so terribly windy, roscoe and prince assigned about a dozen wawas to climb up into the willow tree.....targets were drawn on the ground and the soldiers had to practice tossing bombs and having them hit the targets....you should have seen them! the wawas were trying to balance on the swaying branches and the better they got, the higher they had to climb....some of the not-so-brave were hanging on for dear life!.....this afternoon, instead of targets drawn on the ground, roscoe and prince pretended they were the chupes and the soon-to-be bombers had to toss "bombs" (i think they were overripe persimmons, but i am not positive) and hit the guys.....its been pretty messy out there......tomorrow, after a bit of warmup practice, other wawas are going to be acting as the chupes so the bombers learn to hit smaller targets (or as targets will look from higher up)....i think on saturday, becuz mom and dad will be gone most of the day, a couple of younger eagles will be coming to assist with the training, taking the more advanced "students" even higher......mom's only comment has been "i just mowed that yard....clean it up when you are done".......

i am providing support with hot chocolate and cookies for everyone since its been rather chilly.....i suppose i could volunteer to be one of the moving targets, but i don't need to get my lovely fur full of disgusting smushed fruit.....

Annie who is making peanut butter/hamburger cookies for dessert tonight

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Dear TQ,

Good grief! Do you mean to tell me that the teachers are not enlightened about chupes. I thought surely that the education community would be on top of current events and understand the chupe problem. And you offered hope for the situation by demonstrating the destruction of a shape-shifted raccoon appearing chupacabra, and rather than seeing hope for the demise of these horrible and dangerous creatures, all the teacher could see was the associated violence. Oh TQ, what is this world coming to? What's more, you had those unruly children under control, a task the teachers obviously couldn't accomplish.

I think that you missed your calling. I think that you should have been a teacher. Then instead of raising a lost generation, we would have children raised who are under control and who fully understand the hidden threat of the chupacabra nation. That alone would be a major accomplishment in our effort to save the world from the chupacabra menace.

I received a message from Prince this morning. I was so happy to hear that he arrived safely. It is most unfortunate though that you and the three kids had to drive all the way to the college campus just to pick him up. He was so happy that he was given the honor of sitting in the front seat with you. But you would think that the stupid eagle could have gone all the way to your home. Surely she would have noticed the hamburger on the roof and would have been drawn to it by odder and instinct. But no, she stopped at the college because it had a larger landing field. And then to be upset by not being rewarded for her efforts in carrying Prince all the way there! Really! Sometimes I really wonder about the eagles. I know, she is a trainee, but still.

Best of luck with all that you must deal with in Virginia,
Tom

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Dear Roscoe,

I messaged your mom but neglected to let her know that I have filed a complaint with eagle services regarding Eloise's failures in the transport of Prince to your home. With all that she has to do, she does not need to worry about filing complaints and the like. There were five forms, each needing to be filed in triplicate. I'll tell you, those eagles! When will they ever wake up to the computer age. They should never need more than one copy of a form filed electronically and then backed up appropriately.

How is training going? I'm sure it is not easy to train a bunch of Chihuahuas to ride eagle carrier and then bomb their targets with perfect accuracy. Still, that is your charge. I'm hoping that you will turn out a squadron of excellent Chihuahua bombardiers' who, when they are serving their country, will return with many aces. We so need to defend against those fiends. Let me know how it is going and how I may help if needed. Meanwhile I have my hands and feet full with dance.

Tom

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dear tom,.

i have been assured that the hamburger which has been aging nicely on the roof for 2 days will do nicely for an errant Eloise after she delivers her passenger.....lulu has brought me a bottle of cherry grass tonic, explaining that Prince may need it if he has a headache or any other gastrointestinal problems....roscoe said first things first, and he will have a talk with Prince about the chupe situation....during that time he will determine if there is still an alarming amount of gas emanating from Prince....if so, they will continue to "confer" until its safe to bring Prince into the house to say hello.....annie is a bit put out because she does not immediately get to play games and hang out with her favorite nephew, so she is venting in the kitchen by making cookies.....there is apparently a possibility of cinnamon rolls for breakfast tomorrow, altho she complains that the icing always gets between her toes......since annie's cinnamon rolls tend to be crunchy with the heaviness of large rocks, we are all hoping that she will be too tired to make any.....the basecamp cook generously offered to make breakfast tomorrow, but she said she would let him know...sigh....my job is to make sure that she is too busy to think about making the rolls, so as soon as the cookies are done i am assigning her the chore of making up the guest bed for prince and decorating his sleeping area.....

in other news, i sewed up the hideously bright orange sheets to make a large pumpkin and hung a "welcome Great Pumpkin" sign on it....this morning 3 yellow busloads of small toddlers pulled up from the local elementary school to pick their pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.....they were pretty disappointed to discover they were in the wrong place....annie had to hand out all the cookies she had already made to soothe their little sniffling souls....then, while the bus drivers tried to figure out where they had made a wrong turn, the little monsters,,,,er, darlings...ran amok in the garden area....one of the little....um, dears...who had snuck off into the woods to take a wee piddle spotted a wawa who thought he was standing guard deep enough in the woods where he wouldn't be noticed...he wasn't.....he says all he heard was squealing before several hands grabbed him and started pulling him this way and that... he tried to hang onto his uzi, but lost it in the scuffle.....he also lost his hat and vest........a teacher grabbed the wawa-sized uzi away from a child and then lectured me on leaving guns around where children could get ahold of them.....the children were passing the poor wawa around like he was a....um...tuna sandwich....while other wawas who had not been discovered were gufawing til they could barely stand up....still, none of them ventured out of hiding to save their fellow soldier....finally i put my fingers in my mouth and let out a whistle that brought all the little...um...darlings...to a halt with complete silence...i made them sit in the grass and said i was going to tell them a story, a true story.....i started to tell them about chupes using terms little ones could understand.....then i called for roscoe and explained how he helps rid our world of chupes.....at that point one of the teachers (the one who had fussed at me earlier) started huffing and puffing,, saying this was not an appropriate topic for small ears.....so i explained quickly about the toxin used to exterminate chupes and had the poor mauled wawa demonstrate with a toxin gun.....he aimed it at a raccoon in a nearby tree and "poof" ...no raccoon.....the teacher shrieked, and all the adults immediately hustled their unruly charges back into the buses.....one of the kids, a chubby tyke, dodged the teacher, ran over and kissed the wawa she had manhandled earlier right on the nose and said "i love you, doggie" as her annoying teacher grabbed her and forcefully led her back to the buses.....the poor wawa will never hear the end of this, i tell you....the others have been teasing him mercilessly.....and the sheets are being taken down and put back on the bed.......sigh

TQ

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Mystery solved and all are well, but I am NOT a happy camper.

Eagle scouts located the carrier eagle in Boone, NC. More accurately, it was just outside of Boone on north side. It seems that there was a rather marvelous restaurant located there and the eagle, who was familiar with the restaurant from a previous trip talked Prince into enjoying a feast before continuing. Well, as you know, when it comes to food Prince has a real weakness which is why Bowser and I try to regulate both quality and quantity of his food intake.

They had located the back of the restaurant where perfectly good food left on plates had been placed. Yes, it was in thin plastic bags, but those offered no problem to the eagle and Prince. They ate their share and an army's share as well. The eagle suggested that they find a spot to rest as both were quite tired. Besides, food induced sleepiness had taken hold of both.

In the process of looking for safe quarters to sleep in (or on) they ran across a bottle of what they thought was cream soda. It had a surprisingly strong bite to it but before long it entered the stomach rather smoothly according to the eagle who by now spoke in eagle slurs. They did find a place to sleep, no matter how unsafe, and quickly fell asleep. And this is where they were found.

As soon as I received that report, I phoned eagle customer service who informed me that all of their regular carrier eagles were involved in the war effort and that Eloise Eagle was, in fact, a trainee. I'm afraid that I went off in a bit of a rant with customer service, all the while knowing that they had nothing what so ever to do with the incident other than being the only ones I was aloud to speak with and whose primary job it was to let the dissatisfied nitwits calling in rant and rave and defuse their anger. I will say this though. The folks, even the supervisor that I spoke with (assuming he actually was the supervisor) were really quite nice. Why, they even apologized for any inconvenience this may have caused me. I'm quite certain that that was a very sincere apology.

This morning Eloise Eagle and Prince are on their merry way to your home in Virginia with Prince singing at the top of his lungs (according to eagle reports), "Carry me back to old Verginny."

TQ, I highly recommend preparing a very delightful food payment for the eagle regardless of how you may feel about it. Keep in mind all that gourmet food that they ate not to mention the product of fermentation that they consumed following dinner. Suffice it to say that this eagle, who is not yet fully trained in delivery and even less well trained in customer interactions, could drop some rather nasty and highly odiferous poop bombs. Just saying.

Expect the delinquent eagle and her passenger to arrive mid to late morning today, though they may be early since they are being propelled in part by obnoxious gaseous expulsions. It is my understanding that Prince keeps saying along with his rather strange laughter that he is happy that those obnoxious exhaust fumes are behind him as he keeps his nose pointed towards his destination.

Tom, the unhappy camper

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dear tom

roscoe was aware that prince was coming but had neglected to tell me.....it is now 2pm and there has been no sign of him or any new eagles....roscoe is here and is in communication with eagle headquarters, hopefully gaining some useful information......annie is looking for army boots in her size and a loaded uzi, ready to march wherever her favorite nephew is and blast possible kidnappers to......(i cannot repeat her exact words in polite company)....

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You were not aware that Prince was coming? I wonder, did the chupacabra intercept a rather large communication dated 10/18/14 (yesterday) indicating his arrival for that evening or night? It was sent to Roscoe but I would assume that he would have shared that with you. (I think Annie may have received something from Prince, but I suspect that was something entirely different.) I'm concerned about delivery of communications. Please let me know ASAP. It will not do to have chupacabra intercepts on these messages. The information is by far too important!

Tom

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dear tom

have not seen prince...roscoe and lulu went with me to the store to get a newspaper this morning and there was a lot of hullabaloo going on in the wawa camp...i shall check there and get back to you

TQ

later............nope, the wawas have not seen prince yet, either, but said he may not arrive until later morning or perhaps he went straight to the battle area

the big commotion at the wawa camp earlier was that the eagle had left a big pile of eagle poo and a couple of the wawas coming in from patrol stepped in it, slipped, and fell, knocking over several others sorta like falling dominoes....then a poo-throwing contest started and let's just say it was a noisy stinky mess over there.....roscoe said he had not heard that prince was planning to visit, but not to be alarmed..it was probably just a spontaneous idea and if he is not here by noon we will notify you

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TQ, has Prince arrived yet? I've heard nothing about him arriving and I noticed a message for him in his in box from Roscoe. Is everything OK there?

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Dear Roscoe,

How is the training going? The general is most anxious to get the eagle / Chihuahua air force off and running. You need to be spending 100% of your time in training efforts at Chihuahua camp Virginia, not splitting your time between training (war) efforts and mom and dad protection duties. They need to just stay out of the woods. You should let them know that these are critical times and you do not have time for such shenanigans.

The better reports from the battle field are false as you should be aware. They are out there only to protect the moral of the US citizen and the Chihuahua warriors. Yes, in some areas the forces of good are advancing, but not mentioned in the reports are those areas in which the forces of evil are advancing. Beware of the hype and concentrate on your duties.

Tom, who is eager to hear about Prince and if he arrived in Virginia by late last night as he was supposed to.

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Dear Prince,

Where are you? Please message me!

Dad

Tom

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dear Prince

mom said she was going to take the new orange sheets and sew them together and stuff them and then put it in the garden with a sign saying "The Great Pumpkin"....my dad says he likes the sheets; mom said she cannot sleep with the glare coming off the sheets.......or perhaps that is actually due to annie barking in the wee hours......

i went into the woods today, accompanying my mom and dad as they cut dead oak trees for firewood for my human brother and his new wife.....they did not know how much effort this took for the canines...first we had to secure the intended tree area and then we had to protect set up patrols to keep mom and dad safe......this took a lot of time and wawas to coordinate, pulling those off duty back to being on duty....sheesh! my mom, i think, had some awareness of what was going on and tried to stay in one small area, but my dad, who was clueless, wandered all over the place.......what a pain this whole operation was! lulu and annie even came out into the woods to help, but my dad yelled at everyone to stay out of the way and when he tried to shoo lulu she kept falling down....*shaking head*

we have heard good reports out of the battlefield area....our side seems to be winning by a slight margin...

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Dear Aunt Annie,

I have no doubt at all that you are playing an extremely important role in the chupe wars and you should know that I am extremely proud of you. But really auntie, you need to relax a bit when you intercept messages between Roscoe and I. What you were reading was nothing more than mere guy talk. Its a kind of code as you most likely know, in which on the surface it appears that we are making fun of you but underneath is the expression of true admiration. But I'm sure that you know that.

Keep doing the wonderful work that you are doing with the Chihuahuas and continue to make me proud my wonderful aunt.

Your proud as punch nephew,
Prince

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Dear Roscoe,

Were you aware that Annie intercepted my last letter to you? Oh man, was she in a huff. Ha! Anyway, I wrote her and hopefully smoothed things over a bit. She really is a sweet lady, you know. Oh, by the way, if she asks you to tell her more about the guy code, just smile and let her know that that information can only be shared with other man-dogs.

On to the serious side of the war. I was a bit taken back when you described the eagle bombings. I really thought there would be more to that. I have taken it up with the general in Washington. He has issued orders that bombings be undertaken by carrier eagles and that two Chihuahua warriors ride within the gondolas. Each gondola will carry, in addition to the two Chihuahuas, at least a full case of anti-chupe toxin bombs (converted toxin grenades). The eagles will swoop down over the chupacabra concentrations and the Chihuahua warriors will bombard them with grenades. These will be set to explode just over the chupe concentrations, spraying a mist of toxin over a fairly wide area.

Now then, as you are probably aware by this time, training will be needed and will take place in Virginia. You will be in command of the entire Chihuahua warrior program and I will be working closely with you. That will, of course, necessitate my travel to Virginia. Be aware that I leave via one of the assigned carrier eagles today. I should be there by late evening or early night time.

Training will need to concentrate on eagle swooping abilities (remember, these are carrier eagles), Chihuahua accuracy in dropping grenade bombs at levels where the explosion is just above the heads of the enemy, and then retreat before possible retaliation. A group of Chihuahua troops, preferably those still in training, can be used as dummy chupacabra for practice purposes, and special grenade bombs will be used that spray a harmless water solution with dye to determine number of hits and misses. Oh, by the way, these practice grenade bombs do make a rather loud popping sound when exploding to emit the spray of dye water. If it becomes annoying to anyone (you know, like your mom) just let her know that this is essential to the war effort. I'm sure she will understand.

Chihuahua warriors will all be volunteers. The general has already considered the difficulties in getting Chihuahua volunteers, so he has issued special collar decorations showing the wearers to be Chihuahua warrior heros. He also is aware of Chihuahua vanity and feels that these decorations will be just the trick to encourage volunteers. In fact, it is expected to work so well that you and I may have our paws full sorting out the best candidates. The general thinks we should keep in mind testing for quickness of mind and body as well as the history of the candidates moral and military motivation.

Prince, who will see you shortly and who is looking forward to seeing Lulu as well. Oh, and of course Annie...(grinning from ear to ear).

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 10/18/2014 (09:48)
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dear smarty pants nephew

i read what you said about me......and just remember how many of my cookies you have eaten, young man!! emoticon ...you may think you are such a high mucky-muck in the world of the anti-chupe movement, but i remember when you were a young pup and oh, i suppose i could tell a tale or two *snicker*....however, i do not have the time to do battle with you...SP is in my viewfinder.....why? they only have 2 emoticons of dogs, and neither is a basset hound! can you believe that? (stop pushing roscoe, it's my turn on the computer now!) the head of SP tried to tell me these emoticons were just symbolic, to represent ALL dogs....i told him what he could do with his lousy emoticons and that he needs to get a basset in there--F*A*S*T! he said he will take it under advisement...*snort*...i am going to keep on him about this......okay, here's roscoe who desperately wants to tell you something...boy, he's pushy!!

Annie who fights for justice for basset hounds and those less important!
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Dear Prince,

wow! annie is sure long-winded! i wanted to report that 2 of the eagles are here after carrying out a "bombing" mission....they said they each had 2 actual bombs which they did drop, 3 of which at least did not hit their designated targets, but one which might have.... they did not feel that they accomplished their mission so they continued to drop bombs of eagle "doody"....they said they hit 2 chupes, almost drowning them, which slowed them up enough to let wawa ground soldiers finish them off...the eagles are here to "reload" by consuming as many mice and moles as they can eat......as always, their presence makes the hens nervous, but in spite of that, they are helping to round up furry snacks for their much larger feathered "friends".....they also said human news people, hearing of possible bombings and other goings-on, have started to gather in the area, each trying to out-beat the competition to discover what is going on.....so far, none of the reporters have gotten things right which still does not stop them from reporting innuendos and rumors....one headline this morning screamed "Gatlinburg under attack!!" and another, "Terrorists on the outskirts plan to take over the city!" .....this idiocy is creating all sorts of havoc making the troops work much harder.....and, of course, there is no mention of the actual danger--chupes....however, word is circulating amongst many of the city canines and more and more are coming to help the wawas in the fight.....the news people have not yet linked the mystery of the disappearing dogs to the battle to save their city, but its only a matter of time....lulu is having a good day so far, so i've informed mom that i am going to fly back with the eagles to observe what is actually going on..i will let you know

Roscoe

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Dear Roscoe,

I suggest that you have your mom use the sheets to create a special Halloween decoration. Perhaps Annie can help design it (snicker). I'm glad to hear that she continues to take her role in the chupe wars in total seriousness. (double snicker) I know she does excellent work in the kitchen, but I've always thought of her in the clean up crew kind of way. (triple snicker)

I'm glad that you mentioned the movement of troops. We too have sent Floridian Chihuahua troops to the war zone. I only hope that these troops on the move get there in time to deal with the chupes before they wipe out the town that they now surround.

I haven't heard much regarding the eagle bombardment of chupe headquarters and other chupe strongholds in that area, but it is my understanding that the chupes got wind of the impending action and scattered their HQ operations and other prime positions over a rather large geographic space. One wonders how they heard about it, but I suspect that the long winded news reporters had something to do about it. I've also heard that so far the bombardments have not been particularly effective, though they have slowed the chupe movements down somewhat. If you learn of anything else in the area (from reliable sources of course), please let me know.

Tell Lulu that I am thinking about her. If she is having a good day, you can tell her that she had best now drive her moms car...grin.

Prince

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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while still maintaining a stable force here, we have sent several wawa troops to help in the fighting....i understand wawa forces from SC are already there and this afternoon a small group made up of wawas from DC and MD have stopped over here for a snack and a break before moving on to the areas under attack.....annie is in her element, baking cookies like a banshee on crack and still trying to keep our troops in line...i told her i would take over the troops today, but she wants to do as much as she can..."the guys need me...i am their role model and inspiration", she said......does somebody have a swelled head??

lulu's head has straightened out, but the joke around here is that if she is in the car with mom and they get pulled over at one of those police sobriety checkpoints lulu will be in trouble since she cannot walk in a straight line.....on good days she takes her ailments with a good dose of humour....on bad days....well, one tries to not bother her too much on bad days....my dad is going to bring my old dog house down out of the woods for her....who knows if she will use it......perhaps the chickens will perch on top which would be cute......

mom ordered some new sheets online.....they were labelled as "salmon"....they arrived today.....they are not salmon.....they are glaring, eye-blindingly pumpkin orange! i laughed so hard i almost peed on the floor....mom was not as amused.....just wait until my dad sees them *snickerr*

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Dear Roscoe,

Prince let me read your last letter about Lulu. It saddened me.

My feeling is that she will not likely be able to resume nursing duties or full time business duties in the cherry grass business. I suggest that you discuss with her the possibility of turning these duties over to Baby Cakes full time. She, of course, would need to be willing to consult with Baby Cakes whenever needed. In the beginning, that may be often, though BC does have a great deal of knowledge concerning both fields, thanks to the constant work that she and Lulu have done together.

Explain to Lulu that we all reach an age when retirement is appropriate. Why, I've been retired now for 11 years, and I have enjoyed these years more than any other. You can tell her that, too.

As far as your being needed there to help her, I fully understand. I appreciate the fact that you are willing to leave to carry out the important anti-chupe business, and I appreciate the fact that your mom is willing to let you leave at will in order to do that. Perhaps sometime you will be able to slip out quietly just before the kid gets there and return miraculously just after the kid leaves (grin).

Tom, who has Lulu in his thoughts.

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Dear Roscoe,

Dad said that he wrote you a message concerning Lulu. Mine is of utmost importance, though it will be quite short.

Eagle scouts have reported the presence of chupacabra in large numbers just over the NC border into TN. There are chupe movements in and out of both states and at least one border town has been surrounded by the nasty creatures. You know that if that town is captured by them, it won't be pretty. Fortunately, many of the town folk have escaped and have taken residence in Gatlinburg. Chihuahuas of that town are fighting heroically against the chupes, but are loosing ground. Our commanding general has issued orders for the eagle air force to begin bombing raids on chupe strongholds. I do hope that all goes well with that and that it deters the chupes.

Prince

Tom

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update on lulu:

her current mental problems are not due to vestibular disease according to the vet
1. her vision is not good (as we already suspected)
2. "geratric" canines can developed something similar to human's alzheimers or demetia
3. lulu may have lesions on her brain affecting her cognitive abilities

dr's advice....keep and eye on her *snort*

this means i will be staying here a bit longer unless called to meetings of great import re: anti-chupe...mom and i have talked this over and she is okay with it....she still insists i must be here when The Kid is here.....

last night we had a horrendous rain storm....lulu came in, twirled and ran outside, preferring to remain under the car and get wet....this morning it was still drizzling when mom took her out her breakfast.....so mom held the umbrella over the both of them so lulu could eat her food....when my dad gets home he is going to drag my old dog house down and see if lulu will consider using it during bad weather....

i suggested to mom that we get her a full-time nurse, but mom replied with "nonsense!", so annie came up with a good idea.....every shift 1 off-duty wawa will be back on-duty to watch over lulu.....if she is having a good day they can sit around and chat...if she is having an off day he can just hang out where he can keep an eye on her.....yesterday she and i were playing when she stumbled and fell, rolling downhill a few times before she could get back up.....this new wawa duty will be to make sure she is safe.....

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i got the same message about possible deployment that you did...enough to say, i am always ready...i, too, have heard the rumors of the new chupe headquarters locations, but so far, everything is as yet unconfirmed....

going into stealth mode myself, this morning i rolled in some excellently aged bear poop to disguise my natural scent and snuck up on various wawas who were on duty at various posts around the properties.......in every case the guys were doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing and were exactly where they were supposed to be....i was quite pleased.......and they were quite surprised to see me, especially since annie had the same idea and in her own hippo-like way was "sneaking" thru the woods to check on the soldiers.....she, too, reported that everyone was doing what they should be doing, so she is going to make cookies for after dinner treats........i asked her how the mud boots were coming along, and her reply that the idea is being worked on, but presently was in the "thinking" stage.....*snicker*......

mom fenced off lulu's mudpuddle area last night....while doing so she had to chase lulu off 3x, once almost needing to drag her out from under the ramp where the mudpuddle is located......but lulu did not attempt to tear it down during the night....while mom was working she accidentally touched some stinging nettles with her arm, elbow and foot.....i didn't know moms were allowed to say those words! i have been admonished in the past never to say those words! mom also put up a large outdoor umbrella near the front lanai door in an attempt to help the hens who sleep there at night stay dry.....this morning she came home from the post office and the umbrella had be blown out of its stand and tore a big hole in the lanai screen...fortunately the hole was only a couple of feet above the one lulu made yesterday, so with considerable muttering, mom just tore all the screen out......there has been some suspicion that i tore the hole going into the lanai yesterday, but i suggest you ignore all those stories...no one can prove anything...and lulu still had to jump through it to escape.....

Roscoe


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Dear Roscoe,

Actually, Annie has gotten to the project of making boots that mud will not cling to. I know this because her response to that was to contact Jack and ask him to do it for her. She told him that if he would do that She would knit him a kilt. I think she is confusing a Jack Russell with a Scottie. Ah well. Jack ask me if this is for real and I explained to him that you had given that assignment to her as a joke. I did point out that boots of that nature might actually help though. Jack said he would meditate on it and get back too me as to whether he would actually take on the project. I sort of laughed, but cut it short since Jack pretty much seemed serious. I wouldn't be surprised though if he actually did take on the project. I've seen Jack meditate on problems before and come up with amazing enlightenment regarding solutions to the problems.

Oh, and in Annie's defense, let me point out that she did exactly as you asked. Your request was that she come up with a plan to make the boots in question, not to actually create them. And she did...her plan was to request help from Jack. Now that, it seems to me, was pretty sharp thinking on Annie's part, all things and dogs considered.

On to some pretty serious matters now. After the early apparent defeat of the chupacabra nation, apparently they have centered the headquarters of their operation in North Carolina. Meanwhile, there are reports of possible shadow creatures through out the world. Canada alone has evidence of some 80 suspected shadows. The US has only identified some 15 suspects, though personally I suspect a lot more are around.

No one actually knows the exact location of the chupe HQ, but current thinking has it near the border of Tennessee, possibly even over the border and fairly close to Gatlinburg. Currently Washington is considering sending Chihuahua special ops into that area, though it would be a tremendously dangerous operation. Another possibility is to send someone with experience such as you and I had in Texas. Our names were not mentioned of course, but don't be at all surprised if we get the call. It is certain, however, that we will not be alone if that should happen. This information has come to me by special secret messenger service and you may also have received this information, but I did not want you to be without the knowledge of these grave conditions.

Oh, one note of interest. The leader of the carrier Eagle Nation has agreed to send scouting eagles to fly air spy flights in search of chupe activity. Further, eagle air defense will be available to provide air defenses in the event of an actual war. This is very good news indeed.

Again, I need not repeat the absolute need for secrecy regarding these matters, and of course, especially the unspoken variables that I can only tell you in person.

He who has his ear to the wind,
Prince

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dear Prince

i did tell my mom that i was leaving, and that i had my own transportation and i would be back in a reasonable amount of time....she knows not to ask to many questions, so she just shrugged her shoulders, said okay and to be careful....as long as The Kid is not here i am usually free to come and go as i please without her getting all tense and huffy about it.....and (thank heavens) The Kid is back in Alabama....mom gave me a hug and a kiss on the top of my head when i left and when i returned she grinned and said "i'm so glad you're back" and hugged and kissed me again.........my mom loves me.....sometimes she just does not cope well without me....sigh.......

this morning even my dad said lulu is getting weirder and he is usually oblivious to things going on around him...mom called the vet who will not be in until tomorrow, but as mom said "lulu will still be weird tomorrow"......i try to be of some comfort to her when i can, but i really do not want to lie down in that nasty mud puddle she is now called home....even annie is concerned, altho if her concern is actually about lulu or about what lulu leaves in her dish one cannot be sure.....

oh Prince, you should be here just to watch annie! emoticon this morning she is decked out in her version of a camoflage uniform (with pearls, of course) and she is carrying a short riding crop which she snaps to get the guys attention.....she makes them form a line every morning to make sure they are dressed appropriately and then reads aloud their duties for the day....later she will go into stealth mode (or so she says) and check on each one to make sure they are where they are supposed to be....her stealth mode sounds more like a hippo crashing thru the jungle, so everyone is on high alert by the time she arrives.....ah, she revels in this! i, too, have checked on the wawas on duty and have not found any derelict...they are really doing well......

i do wish this rain would stop....california, i hear, is in drought alert and here we have so much water! lulu is going to get moldy if this keeps up and annie is frothing that the enemy might discover troop locations due to hearing the mud's sucking noises as they patrol....i have suggested she work on a plan to make boots that mud will not cling to no matter how deep and sqooshy it is....she is going to get to it right after mid-morning nap and poses...hehehehe

Roscoe

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Dear Roscoe,

I was so very sorry to hear that Lulu's condition is worsening. Please watch over her and give her all of our love from her Florida family.

Did you tell your mom where you suddenly went over the weekend. And was she upset? She knows how important your work is, but I don't think she likes it that you must on occasion disappear. Still, Dad tells me that a lot of wonderful work was completed during your meeting in Washington. I know that your sudden disappearance Friday night must have both surprised, frightened, and angered your mom, but what must be must be. A dog has to do what a dog has to do, and when that dog is in the upper ranks of an important mission, that of fighting chupacabra, well...enough said!

My dad still has not told anyone that he was at the meeting. He continues to insist that he was at an English country dance weekend. Yeah! A likely story. Can you believe that people are actually believing that. I'll bet if he told them that he was in Washington meeting with the top ranked generals in the chupacabra wars, no one would believe him. Well, humans are like that, aren't they? (Howling out loud.)

I think that you have done an excellent job in all that you have done so far, and putting Annie in charge of bossing around the undisciplined Chihuahua soldiers was an absolute stroke of genius. I can just see her in my mind's eye now. Ha! You have finally hit on a way in which she can truly make use of her "natural" talents. I'll just bet she is full of herself right now, convinced that she is a major player in the chupacabra wars. (Rolling on the floor laughing my tail off.)

We have completed our preparations here. I have inspected the outlying battalions. Each is located within the specified distance from headquarters as per the master plan. Each has scouts who will report any chupe movements in our direction. Each also has all the advantage for ambushing any moving chupe troops as per the plan. It's a wonderful set up. Needless to say, I will say no more other than that all preparations are in place as precisely set forth during our Hawaiian meeting. I wish I could be more specific, but you know the secrecy that surrounds the rest of the plan. Even the specifics of this part of the plan is highly guarded.

Oh my, its late and Roscoe is only now arriving. I do hope that he has something special planned for breakfast.

Prince, who is really really hungery



Tom

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ah, Prince,

it is so good to finally hear from you and recieve your earlier message, too....i wonder why they did not show up until this afternoon..........oh well, i am glad to hear things are okay in fl. Things are improving here among the troops now that the Commandant is gone.....i understand your preference for staying in fl., with your home and your family......the troops here have shown themselves willing to work and they are quickly getting themselves back into top shape---with a little help from me*GRIN*......annie has volunteered to pitch in and help me, and a couple of times i have used her natural bossiness to help the guys keep on task....i know if i leave annie in charge (of small things only) such as making sure they do their training exercises, the little despot in her comes out and you can hear her barking at any wawa who dares to lag behind the others or slack off even the tiniest bit...she can be quite the tyrant.....*chuckle*

lulu is....well...odd....i think perhaps the vestibular disease was not as much in remission as we thought....she often seems confused and actually has moments where she will be lying in front of the tv or even eating, then all of a sudden she twirls and runs out the door as if she is terrified.....IF you can catch her attention she will calm down...this morning she came in for a snack, ate 2 bites and then fled outside.....she lies in the red mud and is nasty to look at....my dad said he is thinking of blocking her mud area off with some chicken wire to keep her out of it, but he is travelling a lot lately so lulu doesn't have to worry about it yet..... a couple of nights ago she came at 2am, woke mom up, insisting she hadn't eaten in 3 days (and, yes, she had), so mom fixed her a bowl of yummies which she scarfed down....at 7 am she was ready for breakfast acting like nothing out of the ordinary had happened....i have asked her if she has continued to take her cherry grass tonic and she gets all secretive and snippy....i am wondering that if, in her advanced age, she does not have a touch of alzheimers.....

we have had one definite chupe sighting where 3 of the ugly critters were discovered sneaking towards our camp from the direction of the gonzalez pasture.....they were immediately dispatched into little puffs of nothingness......our wawa soldiers were magnificent and i praised them effusively.....we have several patrols out investigating the pastures, barn, and surrounding areas.........we are still looking for a new commander.....there is an ongoing investigation as to how the Commandant was given moonshine, which is prevalent in the area, but not likely to be where the C would encounter it.....he claims he recieved some in the mail...........very suspicious....

the work never stops, does it??
Roscoe

p.s. mom is doing better and if need be, we will hire a permanent nurse for lulu....i realize i cannot quite my life's work

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10/12/14 4:29 P

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Dear Roscoe,

Please let me know if this gets through. If it does, I can copy post of 10/8 and resend.

Prince

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!

your SP messages are not getting thru! pls. contact me via alternative methods at the previously planned time .....the chupes have a reputation for being vicious, but not overly bright, but all they need is 1 to step up their devious plots....be careful....rumors have it that they are once again up to no good, planning possible attacks on as yet unknown targets....i am still interviewing for a replacement for the commander here....so far i have not interviewed anybody of high enough caliber, although a couple might be prospects if we had time to train them........

annie and lulu send their greetings

Roscoe

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Dear Roscoe,

I found your letter quite disturbing. I understand your need to take care of those loved ones who are ill. But Roscoe, no one is prepared to take over your leadership roll in chupe affairs. I have trained under you but have never had the formal training that you have had. You are needed beyond any words that I could speak.

I know that you are deeply concerned about Lulu and your mom. But they will improve with time. Perhaps next time that your mom is with the kid she will act more judiciously, and as for the kid, perhaps her skill level at riding is not yet up to the point where she should be riding where ever or how ever she was at the time of the incident.

But Roscoe, we are all...everyone of us...called to be care givers on occasion. That is not cause to change our vocations; simply cause to require stepping into that difficult care giving role for the moment. And that moment passes in time and your vocation remains for a lifetime. You are a good son to your mom and brother to Lulu, but do not lose site of your calling in your leadership role in chupe affairs. Besides, in your role (and mine for that matter), you never know when you will again be called to exotic places and you know how much you enjoy that privilege.

As far as my moving to Virginia, that is quite out of the question. My dad and mom are not as young as they used to be. Dad needs my constant help in getting ready for dance and mom needs my help with her caterpillar farm. Its quite an undertaking you know. And I still have my duties here with the Chihuahua troops. It is no accident that these boys have not grown lax, but it takes constant observation and effort on my part. You understand don't you?

Please keep me informed of all things happening at your home and those things concerning the Chihuahua defense system. Also, of course, your vocational decisions. And if at any time you need to talk...know that I am but a message away.

Your brother in arms,
Prince

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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