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7/3/15 5:36 P

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Dear Lulu,

I did get a short message from Prince today, but it appeared to have been written quickly and ended abruptly. Anyway, this is what he said...

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Dad,

While sniffing out the professor, we were surprised by being surrounded by a huge number of chupacabra and other beasts (unknown name as of now). One of the unknowns immediately stripped us of our anti-chupe toxin and Roscoe and I were taken away. We ended up in a dark place, though we were blindfolded during the trip and have no idea where we are. Once in the rather dark and dreary dungeon-like room our blindfolds were removed and we found ourselves with Professor Fagan.

We have been fed very little and what we have been given is a horrible tasting gruel. We eat it because it will give some nourishment, but it is truly disgusting. It is fortunate that I have been able (so far) to hide my cell phone because I'm certain I would loose it were they to.. oh, I hear them. They are

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That's it Lulu. That is all that I got, and none of it is good news. Well, maybe if Prince is able to keep his cell phone hidden (where ever he hides it)...I suppose that is good news, but that's about it.

Tom, who truly hates to be the bearer of horribly bad news.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/3/2015 (17:37)
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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.
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DEAR TOM

oh, it has been crazy here...mom purchased a new smart phone which is quite an improvement over the old one which only did text and calls...however, mom hates it and wants to return it....nooooooooooooo! there are so many of those app thingys that i could download and play with.......mom was really pulling her hair out last night and she ate a LOT of my cookies due to phone-related stress......in fact, i had to make an extra batch just for her, but then i was able to get to lie down and do poses with me, which calmed things down

i have been working on top secret plans which i cannot discuss.....they are Very Secret

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Dear tom

it is beginning to storm here, but i wanted to let you know that we have not heard anything either from the boys, but remember that there is often no cell reception in rural areas..here is mrs Fagan's contact #(***)***-**** and**********@woof.com

Lulu who has not given annie her c-g ointment yet and now she is nowhere in sight

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Dear Annie,

I missed talking with you yesterday and I am sorry. I had some serious business on my mind and didn't get to send letters to everyone that I had planned on talking to. I did send Lulu a message because I had some business concerning nursing and doctoring that I needed to tell her about. Of course, I felt quite comfortable using your common address since I know that you and she respect each other's privacy. I know, for example, that Lulu would never open a letter addressed to you nor would you open one address to her. And of course, if Roscoe were there that would carry over to him as well. That's why I can relax and write to both of you feeling ever so comfortable.

Now then, I understand that you are baking cookies for the Chihuahua troops. I think that is so noble of you and what a fine effort you are making towards the war effort as a whole. You might want to organize this into something larger considering the possibilities of an all out attack by chupacabra. You could name it something like...I don't know...how about Annie's Canine USO. Well, just a thought.

It must be quite difficult for you to bake those marvelous cookies and not eat any, always remembering your diet. You should be commended for that brave act. I certainly understand the struggle that you must go though to not eat any. All I can say is that I truly admire your tenacity.

Tom, who must now check his mail for word from Prince

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Dear Lulu,

I'm sorry that you have to deal with Annie's questioning. Hopefully she will concentrate on plans and cookies, thus fulfilling both her role and her imagined role in this war effort. It was a great idea on your part to provide her with a "vault" to hold her "plans" that she is creating.

Now then, I have not heard from Prince since yesterday morning, so I do not know the results of their activities yesterday. Have you by any chance heard from either of the boys? I'll be honest with you Lulu, I'm feeling a little worried, though granted I know they are quite busy. Well, just as soon as either of us hears we need to let the other know.

Tom

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

alas, annie already had read your message before I came into the house this morning....she was more offended that you think she is a blabber mouth than she is worried about jack...at the moment anyways.....I tried to explain that if she knew about jack and the professor possibly being in trouble you were afraid she would be so worried she might cry.....even she admitted that sometimes when she cries she howls and while howling, she shares her grief with the world (whether the world wants to know about it or not)....I also carefully explained your real concern of her possibly running off to save her friends, thereby making herself vulnerable to chupes who know how important she is to the cause of destroying them, kidnappers and other villains.....everyone would be so worried that troops would have to be sent out to rescue her....finally I drew a circle in the dirt with my paw depicting canines following canines, followed by more canine and more canines....annie laughed and agreed that she would stay home and not say anything to anyone for fear one of the wawas would overhear which would then get out to the chupes who would start hunting for our guys....I told her that if she needed to discuss it at all to come straight to me and we would talk about the situation privately...tom, in the past 3 hours, annie has come to me 6 times with comments, ideas and suggestions....I may go insane before everybody is found and comes home......right now I have her in jack's lab here (yes, I know he would choke if he knew, but I need a break) drawing up various plans for rescue...I have given annie a key to the closet which I told her can be her vault for hiding her plans and keeping them safe from prying eyes....I also told her we must act normally, as though nothing is wrong, which means she must continue to bake cookies....this, too, should keep her busy.....................sigh...........it
s gonna be a long, long day

Lulu who may have to sip her own cherry grass periodically just to keep her sanity

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7/1/15 9:25 A

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Dear Lulu,

Please read the following message that Prince sent me. He asked that I message you and forward it because he wants to keep you in the loop. I wondered why he didn't just send you a carbon copy but apparently he is afraid that carbon copies far too often fall into the wrong hands. I don't know that that is so, but it is Prince's reasoning, so here is an exact copy of that part of the message that he wants forwarded...

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Hi Dad,

Roscoe and I have landed at UNC-canine and proceeded immediately to the home of Jack's favorite professor, a bull terrier by the name of Dr. Fagan. Mrs. Fagan was there but she was a bit of a mess, wringing her paws and had obviously had too much to drink.

Mrs. Fagan stated that Jack had arrived ten days ago and he and Dr. Fagan had left for a meeting in Canine Commons. Then she broke down into a howling bawl and was barely able to get the words out...they were absent from the meeting and haven't been heard from since.

Obviously, something is amiss. Roscoe and I immediately left to sniff the trail from Dr. Fagan's home to Canine Commons. Yes, it has been 10 days and the trail is cold. There are many different scents along this well traveled trail, but we did find a very faint unmistakably Jack odor. It was weak but we followed it. Sadly, in a short distance it suddenly turned into a wooded area and disappeared. Instead, we picked up the scent of wet pepper and lost the ability to sniff out anything from this point on. As soon as our canine super olfactory senses return to us, we shall move out of the peppery area and sniff for clues.

That's all that I can report now. That was last night. The Ros and I, having slept and eaten, are about to start our search again this morning. I shall get back to you regarding our findings. The good thing is that we have found Jack's scent so we know he was here. The bad news is that the scent drifted into the woods and there is some suggestion of foul play (the wet pepper scent). We are quite worried about him.

Please let Lulu know about this. I needed to send this to you and I'm not comfortable with carbon copies, those so often landing in the wrong paws.

Prince

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Well Lulu, that is it. Now we shall simply need to wait and see what these boys learn about Jack and the professor. I would not tell Annie. I fear the news about Jack would be everywhere after that and Jack's dad is worried enough about him. Besides, if Fagan and Jack have been taken by someone, it could tip them off to the fact that we are looking for Jack and the professor.

Tom, who is standing by waiting for further information regarding the Jack situation

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/1/2015 (09:34)
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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dear tom

just to let you know the boys got off safely on their trip once the eagle felt better....there was a bit of a delay while someone went to find enough Alka-Seltzer for the fellow who apparently ate an older mouse which gave him a bit of a gassy tummy (not pleasant for either the eagle or those around him)....the hens are pouting becuz the eagle blamed them for the old mouse.....mutterings of no mice being available the next time the eagle shows up have been overheard.....since there was a delay, we all went for a walk with mom....a bee tried to sting Roscoe and refused to leave him alone.....since this was suspicious bee behavior it had to be poofed.....roscoe disappeared in the cloud of toxin, but once it cleared there is was, poof, I guess, that he is not a disguised chupe....lol.......everybody laughed, including The Ros.....the bee was gone, too, but nobody is quite sure if it flew away or was actually poofed.......this experience led to a long, boring discussion on possibile manufacture of a smaller toxin gun for smaller critters so as to better aim and waste less toxin vs. what if one encounters a large possible chupe and is only armed with a small toxin gun vs. carrying both sizes and possibly grabbing the wrong gun in the heat of the moment vs....blah, blah, blah.....

mom painted the dining room yesterday.....moving the furniture out of the way really confused lulu when she came in after dinner...she had a very difficult time finding her way in and out and around unless mom guided her.....mom and lulu sat and watched most of the women's world cup soccer match while I took it as a good opportunity to do extra poses.....early this morning mom pulled all the protective tape off the wall and threw away the newspapers that were covering the floor.......now she is concerned that perhaps another coat of paint is needed and she doesn't have enough........oh well...if she would just decorate the walls with pictures of me who would notice the paint? right?!!

Annie who will keep you updated on any further news from the guys

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Dear Aunt Annie,

Oh, you poor put upon pooch. I read your letter and felt so very sorry for you. I wish that the Ros had made things more clear for you about the trip that we must take.

This trip, Auntie, is of the very highest most top secret meetings of all meetings. The brass there told us that we absolutely must travel alone. We were told that if we bring anyone with us, they would have to kill that person (human or canine person -- anyone). We both wanted you to go with us but we care so deeply for you deer Auntie that we knew that we could not risk your life just to satisfy our desires to have your gorgeous company. That is the only reason that you were not invited to go.

Now then, please be careful what you say to Roscoe. His avoidance of detail with you was meant not to hurt your feelings, and I fear it has done just the opposite. But the less you say to Roscoe about it the better. You know how he wears his feelings just skin deep. I don't know if he could handle it if he realized that your feelings were hurt. Oh, I know he puts on that rough tough exterior, but...well Aunt Annie, you know what I mean.

Prince, who with Roscoe are well on our way now to our destination. We will be so very happy when we can return to enjoy your company for a while. We can plan a party perhaps. Say, you are a natural at that, why don't you do that? Just make the time of it flexible since we cannot predict when we will return. I'm quite certain thought that we will be here by the second Tuesday of next week.

Prince, who is surveying the land below as we fly towards our destination.

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Dear Lulu,

I understand that the cuts are not healing quickly on Annie. I have learned that she is not using her medication all the time. You may have to sit on her a bit to get her to take them. (Better to sit on her than visa versa...heh heh) We'll let you know when we get to our destination. Oh, and anything that Annie may say about the trip being dangerous...well, just let it go into one ear and out the other. She may be harboring a few delusions. We'll tell you more when we return. Should be good for a bit of a laugh. (grinning from ear to ear)

Meanwhile, should we be wrong about our suspicions, and if Jack should happen to show up there, please just let us know ASAP.

Prince

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/30/2015 (15:19)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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

Prince are you there? mom has the wawas throwing raw hamburger on the roof and roscoe mentioned that you might be on your way....he is looking rather tense and said the 2 of you would be going immediately (or at least as soon as the eagle has eaten and rested) to UNC canine....ever so politely, I mentioned that I wanted to go....I thot I might go shopping while you guys were off "consulting".....but roscoe said no....and when I asked for a reasonable explanation as to why since he said y'all would be in a gondola that carries at least 3, he was a bit rude in his almighty, snooty "it's military business" reply........you know, I don't need that in my life....I work hard for the "cause" and I have the war scars to prove it (e.g...my neck)...just becuz my war efforts are usually different from his, that is no reasons to be all bossy and pompous about it.....pls. do not let his Mr. Macho attitude wash off on you, dear nephew....in any case, revenge will be mine and roscoe will not be receiving any cookies tonight after dinner...hmpfh!

mom's phone got wet yesterday and is not working right...this means I have no phone, either...and she refuses to go look for a new one until wed. when she goes into the city for other errands.....let me tell you what...I am so displeased......mom looked up the cost of a phone on amazon.com and was appalled at the price...I guess her phone is pretty old and was not top of the line to begin with.....I sweetly suggested that she get a new one with a big keypad on it.....she gave me "that look" and suggested I keep my dainty little paws off of it............and mom mentioned that my neck does not look any better...no worse, but no better....I admit I stopped using lulu's ointment since I thought it was healing, and now lulu has fussed at me.....I am getting beat up all over the place here.....what is this, pick on annie day??

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Dear Annie,

I took video of dad's performance. In fact, I did the whole showcase. Of course, the one that we are most interested in will be dad's performance, and I'm going to surprise him by posting it on his facebook page just as soon as I get an opportunity to edit it. He is spending a lot of time on facebook editing some wedding video and pictures he and mom took, so it may take a while before I can post it. I have to sneak into his computer you know. Oh yes, and I have to clean up the slobber afterwards so that he has no idea I've been here.

I'm most happy to learn that you are doing so well with your health. I'm quite certain Lulu's ointment will help. She is quite a genius when it comes to cherry grass and nursing you know. She is pretty good as a doctor as well, though I sometimes think she sticks to too narrow a path in her approach. I know cherry grass is a marvelous thing, the new wonder drug, but she may be over extending its value just a smidgen.

Prince, who may see you sooner than you may expect (who knows)

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Dear Roscoe,

This is, indeed, disturbing news about Jack. I am not going to call you. Instead, I called eagle services and scheduled an emergency gondola to Virginia. That gondola will stand by when I get there. I'm thinking a trip to UNC-canine might be a good place to start our search. Have your mom prepare eagle payment and if you agree with me, be packed so that we can leave ASAP. Otherwise we shall consult regarding our plan. The reason that I mentioned UNC-canine is that it seems to me that that is the most likely place that Jack would gravitate towards when he has new information to share with the canine scientific community.

By the way, I hear that UNC-canine has gone to the dogs. It must be a wonderful place.

Prince, who shall arrive between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon today.

Tom

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

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

call me immediately!! Jack left here weeks ago after destroying the sound barrier....after reading your message I checked his lab and there is no note or any other indicators as to where he might be...he flew out on one of the eagle couriers....I have contacted them, but being Sunday their regular office staff and the newbie answering the phones does not know anything....I told him to call you if he gets any information as I am going out to consult with the wawas he was working with.....this could be very serious since Jack is not one to just wander off

Roscoe

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oh,, it would have been wonderful if I had been there with you to watch the dance...lulu would have enjoyed it, too....I knew I should have found a way to get there...that Michaela is always in need of my advice...she should have emailed me if she knew she was having problems...silly woman....I hope she and dad do well.....you know if you polish his special dancing shoes (dog spit does wonders) it would boost his self-confidence while he is out on the floor....

mom took off my collar to see if it is perhaps rubbing on my neck which would be keeping it from healing faster...lulu gave me some skin ointment, the main ingredient which is..... guess?!! yep...cherry grass! oh well, it does have a pleasant smell, so I have consented to rub it on....I do hope no evil villains plan on kidnapping me becuz my name and ph. number are on my collar and rescuers would need that....I shall stick close to the house until mom puts my collar back on....I am thinking of having it embroidered with pearls since I look so naturally lovely in them

Annie who is hoping dinner time is coming soon

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Dear Roscoe,

How is Jack doing? Has he been working on the formula? Is he any where near finished with that? His dad is going out of his mind ever since Jack slipped away without leaving a trace. Of course, I said nothing to Joe about knowing Jack was going to leave, but neither Joe nor I have heard about how Jack is, so we need to know. Of course, Joe doesn't need to know where he is. If he knew that he would likely just get in the car and forcibly take Jack back home. In his twisted mind he thinks he owns Jack when you and I know it is just the other way around.

Prince

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Dear Lulu,

I heard about your brave encounter with Spike the other day. Way to go. I sure wish I had been there to witness that. Oh well, perhaps another time.

Today is dad's performance. I sure hope he does OK with it. He and Michaela had to do another small tweak after dress rehearsal yesterday. It all has to do with floor navigation. I told dad that they need to buy him a bigger floor, but they don't seem to see it that way. They just never listen to my really very practical suggestions.

Dad and I both wish that you could be here to witness the performance. I'm going to take a video of it and put it on You Tube. That way you and the rest of your family can view it whenever you wish. I hope all goes well with my recording.

Prince

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Dear Aunt Annie,

I am so proud of your brave stance from within the house during the horrendous down pouring of rain last night. I'll bet everyone was appreciative of your electrifying howl that kept the bad guys at bay. You are such a natural Auntie.

Now I've got to tell you something but its between you and me, OK? Dad didn't do so well at the dress rehearsal last night. They actually had to tweak the routine again. Dad said it was just to fit everything on the floor, but personally I think he wanted to make certain moves in ways that would be best viewed by the audience. He is just a show off. I'll bet you would never do anything like....uh, lost my train of thought. Probably not important.

I do with that you and your sister and brother were here so that we could all ban together as we creep into the theater. Wouldn't it be an adventure though? And we could all watch (and critique) dad. Of course, I'll take video, but that is never as satisfactory as being there and seeing the whole thing in person. I mean, the atmosphere is charged with excitement and anticipation, and as the show rolls on, the excitement increases and people yell and scream with delight. It is an amazing display. Oh yeah, and the dancing ain't bad either.

Prince, who needs to take his dad out on a leash.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 6/28/2015 (11:15)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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dear Prince

HOLD ON! ROSSSSSSSSSSSCOE!!!....sorry...a "squirrel" slid out of the willow tree and across the bannister like a flood of furry oil towards the squirrel feeder.....oh wow! that one just went up in a big poof!..........since I am naturally ever-vigilant I saw it happen and hollered.....another disguised chupe/squirrel bites the dust.....Spike, the young deer, strolled across the yard this morning, but lulu did not bother him.....heck, most of the time he could tap dance right in front of the car where she naps and she would not know he is there...mom went out there with her camera just in case there was more spike/lulu action, but came back in disappointed....

I am sorry that your dance muscles are sore this morning...you must have put on quite a show....I am sure everybody was impressed...did your dad video you? woooheee! I bet that was some show........you know you get your naturally good dancing skills from me, hehehehe (but don't tell your dad...he will be jealous)...a good romp in the dog park will get some of the soreness out...........speaking of dog parks....there is one is the city (not that I have been to it) and I heard a lady complaining about it on the radio....she was not fussing about the dogs, but rather a woman who brought a child there and let it run around, paying no attention to it until a running dog accidentally knocked the child down...then mama was up and screaming at the dog owner......sheesh! nutters are everywhere!

last night there was a big storm...there was some lightening and thunder, which makes roscoe uneasy, altho he tries to pretend he is still mr. macho.....*snort*....it was at 2am....the rain was coming down in buckets...I could tell there were bad things out hiding in the rain..every bit of fur on my back was standing straight up......I barked first on the lanai, but nobody paid any attention to me and it was wet, so I went back in the house and barked by the glass front door.....whatever the evil was that was lurking there, I kept it away from the house......this morning I spoke to one of the guards and apparently the on duty soldiers last night could sense the vileness out there...special ops were deployed to find it, but never found anything.....they complained that it was very noisy, what with the rain and myself........hmpfh! I pointed out that I kept the "thing" distracted from them which was my intent in the first place and also kept it away from my house......the commander just gave me a stare.......oh yeah, like I should be intimidated....*snort*....I am naturally brave and not easily scared by a mere wawa, no matter what the rank....

Annie, who is debating between breakfast or meditating...oh! I've already had breakfast....it was so small I hardly noticed hahahahaha


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Dear Annie,

I've pictured your mom and Lulu and the deer in my mind's eye as you spoke about it. Yes, I did have to laugh...even out loud. But oh, what a wasted photo opportunity that would have been. Poor Spike though. It must have frightened him pretty badly. I've been wondering about Lulu's health. Apparently she is doing fairly well if she was able to do a 20 foot sprint. How did she walk after that burst of energy?

I wouldn't worry too much about kid #2 coming. The kid was there already recently so it will probably be quite awhile before she comes again. By then, who knows, she may have decided to change bff's. You know how changeable young people can be. Then too, its a long time off. You will most likely know in advance who is coming and can cross that bridge when you come to it. Meanwhile, you are without kids and can enjoy your treatless peace. In other words, you can loose some of those pounds without the stress of kids trying to feed you empty calories.

Well Annie, I danced last night. Actually, I danced hard, and this morning I'm regretting it. Oh, its just sore muscles. I didn't damage anything this time. But tonight is dress rehearsal and I really need to be limber to do my dance. And tomorrow is the showcase. Well, I guess I'll be hitting the ibuprofen again. I don't like using much of that stuff, but this time it is essential.

Speaking of the performance, I've been collecting dad's video equipment and getting it ready. Last night dad was looking for his camera. Not good! I quickly placed in somewhere that dad might have left it without thinking and then I went and got him and showed him where HE had left it. He thanked me profusely and gave me an extra special treat. (Snicker) Maybe I'll use this in the future with different things that dad will be looking for. He'll never suspect I'm the one who hid his stuff in the first place.

Chupe activity here has been minimal except for those multitude of lizards. They are on the lanai and in the garage now. They hide in corners behind stuff and they are hard to find except when they are out roaming around. Dad says he gets glimpses of them, but by the time he gets a wide mouth plastic jar to put them in while carrying them outside, they hide. I'm pretty sure I know what they are which is why I carry my anti-chupe toxin with me at all times. The problem is, dad always scares them away before I learn that they are out of hiding. I keep telling dad to let me take care of them but he doesn't listen. I think he is afraid that I'll kill one that isn't a chupe. I keep telling dad that non-chupes do not respond to the anti-chupe toxin in any way, but he just doesn't listen. Humans! What are you going to do?

Prince, who is becoming distracted by the sounds of Bowser in the kitchen and now has to go investigate and offer help.

Tom

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

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

Horrible news!! Aaaaaa-woooooo!!! mom was talking to The Kid's mom on the phone this morning and apparently The Kid has been inviting her best human friend to come here with her next time they come..........we shall be overrun with Kidlings!!!! I will be FORCED to abandon my diet...oh, my stars and whiskers! 2 of them!!! Woooooooooooo! mom says not to get myself all worked up, that #2Kid will not be coming....The Kid had been telling her friend about all the animals here...birds, squirrels, chickens, deer and "lots of dogs"..etc. #2Kid is afraid of all animals, so mom promised she will not be coming.....hmmm....you know kids, tho.....they can change their mind in a minute, so I am not convinced.....AAAAAAaaa-Wooooooooooooooooo
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it is a good thing you are going to the dance performances with your dad....this way, if he forgets what he should be doing, you can whisper a reminder to him.....too bad I am not there cuz I am an excellent dancer and we could get out on the dance floor and show everybody how it should be done.........I know your dad sometimes worries if Michaela is going to be to performing her routines properly...since I am such a natural at dancing, I should really be there to make sure she understands her tasks.....hmmm...I think I shall pencil that in on my calendar of things to do next time I am in fla...."give Michaela dancing lessons"

mom made unchicken nuggets this morning and gave me 1/4 of one and half of a "wing" (without hot sauce)...pretty tasty....I suppose I shall have to do an extra 30 mins. of poses to get rid of those surplus calories......mom commented today that I do not look any thinner, which kinda hurt my feelings.....she said she may have to reduce my meager rations even more........how much tinier does she expect me to get?! a strong breeze and I could be blown to Mississippi!! silly woman!

good news! I finally finished my antibiotics that the vet gave me.....my eye looks great and I see a little fur growing back over my neck and face wounds...............

oh! last night Spike, a boy deer came to visit.....he comes all the time to eat the birdseed and has been okayed by the wawas...........he was standing under the willow tree keeping a firm eye on roscoe and lulu....lulu, who can't see further than her own front paw, did not realize he was there until she was about 5 feet away from him and then she took OFFFFFFFFFF chasing him across the yard to the fence....Spike jumped clear and lulu came to a stop....but she peed on the spot where he had last been standing to let him know the error of his ways.....mom was also standing there, camera in hand, but was so flabbergasted to see lulu run that she just stood there with her mouth hanging open.....it was all pretty funny, watching lulu run (only about 20 ft) and mom looking so astonished.......

Annie, who needs to go work off those extra calories with some strenuous posing

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We have notice skinks here as well, but so far they have been outside as far as we know. It seems to me that the lizard skink populations are growing. One wonders why they are increasing so rapidly. I think I'll mention that during the next inner circle Skype conference. Of course, I won't be able to share the outcome with you after the conference as it will most likely be need to know. I appreciate your sharing your skink observations with me. I do think this could be an important development.

Dad felt pretty good about his showcase rehearsal yesterday. Tonight he just dances at the party. Then tomorrow is dress rehearsal and Sunday is the performance...the showcase. The showcase is named "On The Wild Side." Wow! If you would watch dad dance you would know just how well his routine fits the theme. (I sometimes wonder about that guy!) Anyway, they made major changes in how some of the elements are danced as late as yesterday, so I hope that dad remembers all of the changes and executes them properly during dress rehearsal and the performance. I'm going to sneak over to the show (in spite of the fact that all tickets are sold) and take video of dad's performance. I'll post it on You Tube and share it with you just as soon as I think its safe. (I don't want dad to know that I've done this.)

Oh, Bowser is calling. I wonder what marvelous dinner he has prepared for dad and I. (Personally, I think he does a whole lot better when mom is here than when its just dad and I. Maybe he likes mom better.)

Prince

Tom

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maybe you will receive this...maybe not....those destructive chupes sure are meanies...and seem to be getting more intelligent in their plots...how is this happening? I mean...really! up until recently they all seemed dumber than dirt.....determined, yes, but not bright....ah, I should not look down on those naturally less intelligent than canines.....(but it is so easy to do so...hehehehehe) ...perhaps they just stumbled over the outdoor cables going into the house and tore thru them, not sure what they were destroying, but not caring, either...just intent on mischief........ oh well, if your computer does not work you and your dad can spend your extra free time at the dog park....perhaps you and tom could teach a dancing class there

tell your dad I finally saw a picture of that Miss Piggy he once mentioned, asking if I knew her....I have to admit that for a pig she is gorgeous....her beauty, of course, is not as natural as mine, but she does look good.....

we had a small scare here yesterday....mom was walking by the guest bathroom and shrieked....then she walked out to the office and ask my dad to go fetch the large skink out of the bathroom....he muttered, so mom got the broom and shooed all of us away from the front door.........the skink was back sunning itself under the skylight when mom returned, but tried to run and hide, so mom stood still between the toilet and bathtub........the skink peered out from under the sink, but instead of returning to its tanning spot, it ran up the back of the wastebasket......mom quickly picked up the container and put it on the little rug, thinking, I guess, that if the skink jumped onto the run she could roll it up and carry it outside that way...the skink stayed on the far side of the wastebasket.........mom carried the entire thing outside to the lanai ...the skink raised its head and looked at mom and then mom ran back into the house to get her camera......by this time I had notified roscoe......he came running up just as mom was about to press the camera button and the skink was looking at her right in the eye........before that button could click, roscoe had scared it off the wastebasket...he and the skink eyeballed one another, and roscoe took a sniff and declared it okay...it was a real skink.......mom was miffed that roscoe did not let her get a pic before scaring the chupe/skink...............mom is usually pretty smart about chupes, but admitted she noticed but did not pay attention to the possibility of the skink being a disguised chupe.....she said she was just not paying attention........roscoe gave her a sharp reminder and shook his head...........then my dad showed up to get the skink out of the bathroom......hahahahaha

oh, prince, when you mentioned those delicious bowser pancakes I admit I felt a bit of drool coming on, so I immediately had to go meditate....ummmm...whipped cream....chocolate chips.....oops!

Annie who needs to go meditate some more until visions of delicious bowers meals stop dancing in my head

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Dear Aunt Annie,

I'm glad to hear you are on the mend. Is Lulu using cherry grass ointment yet or is she just giving you the tonic. Which ever it is, it apparently is working. Oh, and congratulations on moving on from the scarf thing.

Ft. Walton Beach, Florida is really a long way from us. Its actually in the pan handle area of Florida. Its over a days drive, though an eagle could get there in a few hours. Oh, uh... she doesn't travel by eagle, does she? Just wondering.

I think you are getting the hang of this diet stuff, at least the eating part. Hang in there Auntie, I'm waggling for ya.

Well, some strange stuff going on here. The chupacabra special ops managed to cut some wires or something. They totally disrupted online messaging and research for a full day and night. Dad called the company and they were unable to find the problem in the system so they are sending us a new modem. Then today the line was suddenly up and running, but we have e-mails stating that the modem is sent. Another e-mail refers to a change in our service. What change? We didn't order a change? It's the chupes for sure. It doesn't say what the change is but that it will occur tomorrow. Now then, we are supposed to receive our modem either tomorrow or Monday. The chupes are confusing us. Its all a plot I tell you, a dastardly plot! But we are ready. Our Chihuahua forces and on super high alert (highest of all alerts) and we are expecting those rotten critters. Our special ops are well beyond our property boundary watching for suspicious activity. Guards have been posted on several levels from beyond the outer perimeter to the various levels on down to those roaming guards who are right near the house. The canal is being watched especially carefully. The chupes appear to be approaching this business more intelligently this time, which makes us wonder, who is behind them?

Prince, who must take time out from his chupacabra concerns to assist Bowser with his Bowser apple jack waffles with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and blue berry compote.


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dearest nephew Prince

you will be so pleased to know that I am much better.....and so is Sister, that spoiled hen....she finally felt able to come outside and hang out with her sisters....she has a very slight limp...I still get "yutz" in my eye which mom wipes out periodically.....I am sure it will clear up....today I went without my neck scarves and no one seemed to notice my neck wound....yay!

this morning my dad made our breakfasts, forgetting that we no longer eat as much as we used to.....he was quite surprised when there were leftovers in everybody's dishes... hehehe ...I have been very good on my diet as far as the eating goes...I admit I am not much on the exercise portion of slimming down...........but then it is not like I really need to, do I? if I lose weight too fast I will have flabby skin, and I just cannot have that happen..... I have found that just doing poses on the front lanai keeps the squirrels away and I do not actually have to bother with chasing them......we, too, have had quite a few instances of disguised chupes trying to infiltrate our property.....sometimes they cause chaos and other times they just seem intent on getting closer to wawa headquarters....they certainly are sneaky (altho also incompetent with their disguises, thank heavens)......I always try to remain vigilant while I am posing on the lanai ....even when my eyes are closed I have supersonic basset hearing

The Kid and her parents have gone to the beach in ft. Walton beach, fl....is that near you? They were all in the ocean yesterday when a 5 ft. shark swam between them.....*shudder* this is why good bassets stay out of the water.....

Annie who must go rest after just the mere thot of being a shark's lunch

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Dear Annie,

Interesting thing about the bird bath. Fact is, one of our bird feeders was broken and one of the poles holding two feeders was badly listing. When I saw this, I asked our resident woodpecker what happened. He said he wasn't certain, but he did see a squirrel and a raccoon walking side by side heading for the feeders. Now then, I've never known a squirrel and raccoon who would befriend one another, so I sniffed a rat. Sure enough, we found the two (we meaning myself and one of the Chihuahua soldiers that I had accompany me with our hunt). We checked them with toxin and poof / poof, two more disguised chupes blown away.

As for my dad and mom, they are better. And dad's leg / foot situation hasn't prevented me from going out the same number of times each day. The difference is in quality. We aren't walking the pathway or the road. Its go out, go pee, go home. Dad never goes exploring and sniffing with me...I mean he used to, but not now. I'll be glad when he is totally mended. I try my best not to jerk him around so much knowing that he is hurting, but I'll admit that I do give some gentle yanks. When he starts taking me for longer walks, I'll know that he is better and then I can yank him all over the place. Oh Annie, that is so much fun. I'm always careful though. I try to get him hot under the collar without letting him boil over if you know what I mean. :)

Annie, I do hope that your mom is better. I know that you take your nursing duties quite seriously and I'm sure that you took good care of her. You probably even struck poses and meditated on the best course of treatment to take. It does interest me that Lulu did not trust you to take the right medicine dose for yourself but left your mom under your care completely. It seems a bit inconsistent unless...oh, never mind.

Prince, who hears Bowser in the kitchen fixing his famous pancakes. Gotta go now!

Tom

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

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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oh, my poor nephew...how will you get to the dog park, or even outside in your yard to take care of "business" if your dad can barely hobble? oh well, one piddle on the carpet and tom will find a way to get you outside.....*snicker*

good news is that the fur has grown back over the cheek wound and you can't even see it...the one on my neck is also starting to get a bit of fur.....i'll be glad when it all grows back and my natural beauty is restored...it is hot outside and the scarves I have to wear to cover the ugly wound make me sweaty...mom says my eyes look better, but not great......I do so dislike it when something interferes with my natural gorgeousness..

mom had a small migraine today and I was forced into nursing duties.....lulu said that taking care of me and the hen is enough and I can pitch in to take care of mom.....I suggested that I take care of myself and she could take care of mom and the hen,, perhaps keeping them both in the coop *snort*....lulu, quite rudely I might say, said she couldn't trust me to take the proper dosages of cherry grass (she doesn't care about the meds from "the quack")...pfft! fortunately, for me, mom took a long nap and then worked at the sewing machine, leaving me with much needed time to practice my poses.....

when we got up this morning one of the bird feeders was on the ground, broken and destroyed....mom was overheard to mutter something impolite about deer who break feeders, but there room for doubt about the culprit so investigators are double checking....one of the investigators was overheard to say that there was no odor of chupe around the fallen feeder

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Dear Annie,

You asked if there were small yappy dogs at dog park. Well, yes. Thing is though, they have two sections, each with separate fences. One fence is in common and you can run back and forth with the small dogs running and yapping on the other side. That's fun because they may think they are boss but they can't keep up very well. And if you get tired of all that yapping, you just leave them to their own yap and set off and play with the big dogs in your big dog section. I spend most of my time playing with the big guys, but sometimes when dad and I are walking the perimeter of the big dog area, when we pass by the yapper cage, I tease them and run them ragged, then leave them. (snicker)

I guess dad and mom must have had a really good time yesterday at dance because they came home limping and have been moaning ever since. Dad said he did something to a ligament on the bottom of his foot during a waltz due to the rise and fall thing a dancer does while waltzing. When his foot gave out, he did something else to the lower leg right into the calf muscle. Mom didn't even make it onto the dance floor. She did something to her ankle that made it swell and become painful. I'll tell you Annie, my parents, what a pair.

I hope you have shown your dad your cuts by now. Just let him know that they are war wounds and he will love you for it and thank you for your service. Works every time.

Prince, who is about to hit dad up for a trip outside on his leash.

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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oh my stars! an altercation at the dog park?! I have never been to one of those, but it sounds very interesting, in a crazy sort of way....are there lots of small, yappy dogs there? I don't like those cuz they scare me....I am so tiny and they always want to get in your face and tell you they are boss....hmpf! I wouldn't mind sitting around, chatting with a bunch of girlfriends discussing we... girl talk, you know? roscoe might like a dog park as a place to relax and take a break...play hard like you did before returning to his duties....hmmm...maybe we can start one here.....we tried once, but it did not go so well......mom says the whole property is our dog park, but I think it probably is not the same.....

uh-oh! my dad just got home...he has been gone all week...I need to go show him my horrible wounds

Annie who is quickly arranging her scarf and sunglasses so as not to scare her dad right off

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Dear Annie,

Oh happy happy joy joy. Dad and I took mom to work this morning so that dad can pick her up after work and proceed to dance class and party. It is always fun taking mom to work and riding in the car, but this morning we went to dog park. You know how much I love dog park. There were a lot of dogs there this morning. Some of my old friends were there and then some new canine folk showed up. The usual humans were there there too, but a few new ones came too. I think the new humans and the new canines were together.

One of the canines was a real Milquetoast. I played with her some, but she would dart a couple of feet and then cower to the ground like "tell me what to do now master." Well, needless to say, I lost interest fast. I had good friends there who would make long runs with me and we had a blast. I kinda felt sorry for the Milquetoast though. Poor thing is afraid of her own tail.

There was one fast pooch there, a hound I think, who ran with me. Then this new guy showed up. I played with him some and then he played with the hound for a short while. I was playing with both of them when all of a sudden the hound said something (I didn't hear it well enough to tell you what it said), but the new guy jumped the hound and the hound howled like the world was coming to an end. It was an altercation and the new guys human grabbed him but the hound just stood there howling like there was no tomorrow. Well, I just stood there and watched this whole amazing thing. Let me tell you Annie, it was more fun than watching an action dog TV program. Frankly, I think they are both crazy. After that I played with someone else, but then dad asked me if I was ready to go and I was so tired that, yes, I was ready. I ran to the gate, sniffed my leash which was hanging there to let dad know I was ready for it. As soon as he got there (he's kinda slow you know) he opened the inner gate. He got my leash, walked into the inner chamber (that's what I call it), put the loopy end of the leash on and attached my end so that he could stay with me, and then I led him back to the car. I usually try to hurry him when we are going to the park, but after playing as hard as I do and running all over the place, well...we just take it easy on the return trip. Now I will probably just sleep all the time that dad and mom are at dance.

Prince, who is feeling the need for a really nice nap...ZZZZZzzzzzzzz

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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I have seen the first pics of the new baby and sadly for her, she does not look like me....she does have a small cuteness factor becuz she is a new baby, but nothing like my natural cuteness...oh well....our only similarity is in our tininess.....I don't know how much weight I have lost now, but looking in the mirror in the craft room, I can see I've still got "it".....those meds. have finally gotten me to feeling better.....the scab on my cheek is very small now.....and my eyes are not looking so swollen and red.....my neck wound is not scabbing and mom says it has less than when I went to the dr.....I swear I have done nothing but practice poses....lulu suggested that perhaps the fur will never grow over the wound ...not ever!! horrors! thank heavens I can wear a scarf when I go out in public...yesterday I walked partway to the mailbox and back with mom and lulu and roscoe....they went all the way, altho lulu was pretty worn out by the time she got back to the house........I would have gone all the way with them, but I got sidetracked teasing a mama turkey and her kids in the woods....I am a fierce soldier in the war against chupes and it was definitely a disguised chupe teaching her babies.....I bayed for the toxin- carrying wawas who poofed them all....BUT later on the way back home, in the very same area, roscoe found another mama turkey with babies....they, too, were poofed and an investigation is being conducted to see if it is a training area, or if there might be an underground entrance to this area.....an uncommon amount of turkeys have been spotted on the mcmansion property next door which will also have to be checked out...

Annie, who is going to need to meditate on how to create the perfect soldier uniform for a Belgian basset who will need a scarf to cover a hideous wound
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Her Pudginess took half a walk with us yesterday and did a dance this morning just to express how much better she is feeling...she said doing an interpretative dance to express how well she is feeling is the best way she could think of to thank me.....ah, sometimes she can be so sweet....she said she knew it was the cherry grass I have been prescribing and the proof is that sister, the hen, was up on the roost this morning when for the past week she has barely been able to walk.....I pointed out that something trying to break into the coop last night might also have scared her up onto her perch, but yes, the cherry grass has worked wonders with that old girl.....

this morning when mom went to take sister some fresh water she discovered that part of the fencing around one side of the bottom of the coop had been pushed in, hardwire that had been stapled in place with an industrial stapler, was now unstapled and pushed in....it musta been something big....a coyote wanting a chicken dinner or a bear wanting a corn dessert??there was no sign that whatever it was had actually gotten inside, but it was alarming....yesterday both annie and ros ran across chupes disguised as turkeys.....I am trying to keep things looking normal, but do have the hens rolling bandages and am making sure our infirmary is properly stocked "just in case"......BC will be sending me a couple of cases of c-g tonic....thank heavens for EGGmail.....mom found a package in a giant plastic bag from UPS left out along the roadside fence a couple of days ago....she was Not Pleased....EGGmail has the sense to deliver right to me at the house and the wawas will carry the tonic to the infirmary for me.....we are not officially on high alert, but I can see the increased movement of the troops and even those guys off duty are always watching their surroundings......I certainly do feel safe, but also feel I should give up lying under my car (aka my observation post, as annie calls it) in order not to stress the house guards any further.....annie is busy making a new soldier uniform for herself *shaking head*

Lulu, who thinks she may be hearing the flutter of courier wings.........oh! its only the rooster, flapping his wings before crowing....

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Dear Annie,

And well that you are feeling adorable this morning, as you well should feel. My guess is that that small loss of poundage has not damaged your gorgeousness one iota. You still remain a big beautiful bloated burly balky Belgian Bassett who would "b" so nice to "b" with. (Sorry, I "b" carried away...snicker).

That chicken your mom got sounds wonderful. I've even written a new song for the occasion. The first line of it is what follows: "If your a carnivore and you know it, clap your paws." You could sing that Annie. Hey, that would be a good middle of the night song, don't you think. Your family would love it.

Well, I need to discuss some medical issues with Lulu so I'll need to stop this message for now. I'm looking forward to our next serious discussion as soon as possible Annie.

Prince, who has been discussing cherry grass with Baby Cakes and needs to talk with Lulu.

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Dear Lulu,

I told Annie that I was going to message you about cherry grass. Nothing could be further from the truth, but I really did not want her questioning you about what I am going to discuss with you. Keep this top secret.

Disguised chupe sightings have become considerably more numerous. So have disguised chupe poofings. It is uncertain whether the increase in numbers are due to increased awareness on our parts, a realization that we are on to them on the chupes part, increased numbers to fill the gaps left by their dearly departed, or the possible approach to the time that the chupes are going to attack. While we are preparing for the last and worst possible scenario, none of the foregoing scenarios are happy events.

The reason that I bring this up is that your commander reports the same phenomena there, and consequently has placed troops on the highest of high alerts. You may have noticed more military activity. Of course, they hide that as much as possible. For example, your commander called an emergency meeting in the middle of a hideous rain storm. Of course Roscoe was a part of that meeting. Anyway, you should prepare yourself for attack and therefore for a sudden influx of very injured chupes.

Best of luck in these worst of times,
Prince, who has recently been awarded the position of top dog in the investigative unit.

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thank you for your information regarding the disguised chupes in your area....the commander and roscoe are giving annie a medal to wear on her collar in a ceremony this afternoon.....they were also going to give her a pie, entirely for herself, but ros remembered that she is on a diet so the wawa chef is making little mini cupcakes, I think, and annie gets just one....oh, she will not be pleased with that, hehehehe.....I told him he should make her a salad, hehehehe, but he said (1) he knew annie likes her sweets and (2) this is not something he wants to lose his head over if she becomes angry, the big woosie.....he said if he sees steam coming out of her ears he is going to sneak her another cupcake and make a big deal about it being a big secret, so she will prance around thinking she has put one over on everybody...you know how she is.....speaking of Annie's "war wounds", the medicine the vet gave her probably did not do her any harm, but when mom is not looking I also make her drink several doses of cherry grass tonic, and I think due to that more than the quack's meds, she is finally starting to feel better....the wound under her neck is not healing as fast as I would like, altho the cheek one has scabbed over nicely.....I am still trying to work on my cherry grass eye ointment, but mom has been sick for over 24 hrs, so between her, annie and Sister (the hen) I do not have much time for my research...now I know how jack sometimes feels......it has been very stormy here lately, so we have not had much chupe action, thank heavens......

Lulu who has taken care of mom and annie and now must go check on sister
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dear Prince

it wasn't mom who wanted to put that stupid hen in my closet, it was lulu....she insisted it would be easier to keep all the patients together....easier for whom? not the patients! mom is sick now...lulu says its some kind of virus....I wonder if she plans to put mom in my closet, too *snort*

last night it stormed from 3:00 in the afternoon until well after midnight....roscoe, who does not appreciate the magnificence of a good storm, ran outside when mom was not looking....he has some hidey hole out in the woods, I guess......fortunately, I am naturally brave, so I stayed inside with lulu to help take care of mom.....after a couple of hours, mom went on the lanai and hollered for roscoe and he came running in....

lulu is not eating much....she is given the same amount of food as me and roscoe and she can never finish it (I do try to help out with this when mom is not looking), so this morning mom thawed some chicken in the microwave and gave us all some extra....lulu gobbled this up (darn!), and while not enough, I thot it was mighty tasty, too....mom is debating on whether or not to buy another whole roasted chicken if she can get into town and the store...I sure hope she does......

I think I have a new sister! or is it cousin?? my sister, the one mom refers to as Idiot Child, supposedly gave birth today to a little girl.....apparently they live far, far away...mom said I would have to swim for hours and hours to get to her house *shudder*, but I would like to see a picture of the newborn pup...I wonder if she looks like me

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Dear Lulu,

This is serious business: the rabbit that I stared down yesterday was not an isolated incident. I know this after attending a meeting with the commander. There have been several sightings of disguised chupes on the property. All of them ended with the chupe running away rather than confrontation. A few of them were dispatched into poof-poof land, but most simply disappeared. It is believed by canine intelligence that the chupes are avoiding confrontation at all costs. It is further believed that each incident was an encounter with an observer-spy. Intelligence believes that they are collecting data on our movements and habits as well as our defenses in order to launch an all out attack, striking what ever weaknesses they may find.

For this reason we are beefing up defenses, increasing perimeter guards, and now incorporating moving guards who move about the property in a random fashion looking for possible disguised chupes. We are consciously changing many of our habits of movement, eating times, and the like, pretty much anything to throw off the spy-bunnies (a general term regardless of how they are disguised).

I think you should know that your commander was electronically conferenced in during our meeting. He feels that the chupes that Annie chased were quite likely chupes with the same purpose. Annie is actually quite lucky that they didn't attack, but followed there new behavior of running in order (it is presumed) to report back to headquarters any current findings.

Serious business, this. Oh, and by the way, this information is not for anyone to see or hear other than you. You are in the need to know category since a sudden outbreak of hostilities (quite possible after a concentrated spy effort like we are witnessing) effects you as doctor and nurse to the wounded.

Prince, who is about to write Annie about relatively inconsequential matters. :)

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Dear Annie,

It seems to me that, in spite of your natural anxiety, you handled the doctors appointment with great courage. You are most certainly to be congratulated for that. And it was wonderful to hear that someone leaving the place when you got there appreciated your enormous beauty.

I know that you are concerned about the loss of 3 pounds, but remember, you are still proudly walking about displaying those gorgeous 96 pounds that remain a part of you. And who could resist such beauty.

I hope all of those pills and the ointments work for you, but I'm still holding out the best hope for the completing of Lulu's cherry grass eye ointment. Meanwhile, you may want to include her general elixir as an aid to improved wound and eye health. Talk with her but my guess is that she will agree with me on that.

Now then, about the matter of your mom wanting to include the other patient in your private sleeping quarters. Doesn't she know that all chickens should now come out of the closet. That is no place for a bird. And it is yours, all yours...and your mom's and dad's. Just post a sign: "No chickens allowed."

I messaged Lulu. Hopefully, she will finish the cherry grass eye treatment shortly.

Prince, who is about to join Bowser in the kitchen and help with his super high-cal chili soup and pepper jack cheese crackers. I think he'll be preparing a banana split for dessert.




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dear Prince

the vet experience was not sooo bad yesterday...at least mom did not leave me there in one of those little cages.....

first, mom put me in the "dog car", the only one canines are allowed in, but it wouldn't start, so mom had to put me in the "good" car where I promptly shed all over the black back seat due to nervousness.....when we got to the vet's a man and woman were coming out the door and the man smiled and commented on my lovely largeness....I admit it made me feel good receive a little admiration as I went into the building....it was not too busy when we walked in and everybody greeted me....but then I had to stand on the scale...the results were horrible!!! I had lost 3 lbs!!! I told you I am fading away to nothing....I shall be nothing but a mere shell of myself if mom does not come to her senses soon....anyway, when I got in to see the vet it was not the usual guy (lulu calls him a quack).....this was a very nice lady who expressed proper concern over both my wounds and my eye.....since mom said she did not know how it had happened (she doesn't like to bring up the "chupe thing" with probable unbelievers), the vet was not sure if I had an eye infection or perhaps had run face first into something and somehow hurt my eye......(she couldn't tell the difference?!! perhaps lulu is right)......the vet went out of the room to get some medicine and mom whispered she wanted to mention that I was chasing a disguised chupe, but I told her not to...the vet came back in, took my leash and took me into the back room where she SHAVED MY FACE around the cheek wound.....she agreed with mom that the neck wound was older than the cheek wound by a day or two (that she could tell? but not the eye injury?!!) she said it looked like I had run into something.....twice! (maybe I should have let mom tell her about the chupe situation).......while the vet was out of the room mom called my dad to apprise him of the situation...he said to ask the vet why I looked larger if I had actually lost weight.....when the vet returned, mom got off the phone and asked the vet my dad's question....the vet hee-hawed and said she didn't know, but suggested that perhaps I will need plastic surgery on my skin after I lose all the weight....and then she hee-hawed some more.....personally, I found her attitude Very Rude! (all WHAT weight?!)

anyway, I now have to take 4 pills a day, plus and ointment for my neck & cheek and a different ointment for my eyes....mom just slips the pills into my food, so no problem, but I don't like the ointments.....I finally told lulu she could take the sample from my eye if she is Very Gentle and Very Careful and if her cherry grass eye aid was not as gooey as this vet's ointment......right now Lulu is out checking on that chicken....she suggested putting us together in a sick room, but I am not sharing my closet with anybody (except mom or dad whose clothes are hanging in there).....mom did give me 1/3 of a cheese slice on top of my dinner, probably becuz they don't eat cheese, but she said I deserved a little treat after the vet ordeal (a whole slice would have been much more soothing)

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Dear Lulu,

Thanks for the accurate information about Annie. I suspected that she was milking her injuries but apparently she does have some real stuff going on. I hope that you finished your eye ointment in time, but my guess is that your mom took Annie to the doctor either before you finished or in spite of your finishing. I know your mom well enough to know just how determined she can be. That's a good thing normally, though I doubt if either you or Annie think so in this particular incident.

Good luck with your cherry grass eye ointment. Even if you don't finish in time to help Annie this time, you will likely need it in the future. Also, even if Annie begins traditional quack treatments, supplemental treatment with cherry grass ointment will help...or even do the job. I mean, they can believe it was the quack meds but we know the truth, don't we Lulu?

Prince

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Dear Annie,

Just a note about that bunny chupe that ran. You understand that if I had had anti-chupe toxin, the bunny would have been instantly poofed. As it was, I had to rely on a cold hard stare. Ha, that thumper was shacking in his fuzzy tail. I loved it when he gave up and ran away at top speed. It was kind of funny, or at least would have been if it had just been an ordinary bunny and not a chupe disguised as a bunny. He may have gotten away with his disguise but he looked more like an Arizona jack rabbit than a Florida cotton tail. Those chupes just never get it right.

By now you have probably started treatment, whether traditional or cherry grass. I do hope that the treatment is helping and that you are feeling better. Keep me informed about all the treatment efforts that are being made and if they are helping.

Prince, who has a meeting this morning with the commander.

Tom

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I am SICK! I think I have an eye infection...mom insists on taking me to the dr. this afternoon...lulu is hopping mad (as much as she can hop), saying her cherry grass ointment is almost ready and in the meantime mom should pour a bit of the regular tonic into my eye.....mom says I need treatment now.....she and mom have been muttering back and forth.....mom occasionally comes over, looks at my eye, makes a face and says we will be leaving for the dr. soon....mom has promised that she will get me into the car no matter what.....hmmm....I have asked to borrow a scarf so no one will see the 2 wounds on my face.....and maybe borrow a pair of sunglasses........mom said I would look like a lovely movie star.....lulu snorted...........and the nourishment is not getting any better here

I did hear, Prince, that this morning your faced down a formidable for--a chupe disguised as a bunny and you won! yay, Prince! you are so brave

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Dear Prince

in spite of her claims of chasing down a couple of chupe-disguised deer, I think annie was not chasing anything and possible walked into some old barbed wire fencing...or maybe a tall weed...she does have a couple of cuts on her face which are not pretty....her eyes do look to be infected....she really needs to let me take some samples for scientific studies, but she has refused to do so...........the girl is usually a big baby, but she is really milking this one and has mom more worried than usual about her.....the biggest worry is how to get the pudge into the car....mom and dad were discussing the possibility of getting a dog ramp....this may be a good idea.....I, too, need help getting into the car, but I am only half Annie's weight, so it does not cause mom any problems............I need to get back to the lab and finish my canine cherry grass eye ointment before mom rushes annie off to that quack

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Dear Lulu,

Annie wrote to me and expressed herself quite clearly about how badly she feels and how mistreated she is. I know that she can be a super drama queen, but I do find myself feeling concerned about her. Would you please just give me the straight stuff so that I don't have to sift through all of that drama?

Prince the Valliant, who defended the homestead from a disguised chupe while his dad and mom were off shooting some people who were doing the wedding thing.

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Dear Annie,

I hope that you feel better soon. Just let your mom and dad know that your sickness is no laughing matter except when it is and they should not be making so much fun with it. A little fun perhaps, but not so much.

Mom and Dad took pictures and video of a couple doing the wedding thing yesterday. Dad says he now has a lot of work editing and creating the video. He plans to also make a slide show from the better pictures that mom took, and then he will put together a data disc for the couple. Mom plans to edit all the pictures with some gimpy program (they call it GIMP). Dad says that the GIMP program is a lot like another program called Photoshop, except that GIMP is free and Photoshop is definitely not. Dad and mom seem to like free stuff a lot.

Well, I need to go help Bowser. So again, feel better soon, and let nurse Lulu help you.

Prince the Valliant, who stared down a chupe disguised as a bunny until the chupe ran away.

Tom

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*gasp* *wheez* dear prince

I am not a well puppy....besides the horrible scabby area on my neck waddle, my mucus problem is back....last night mom had to clean my eye which was completely covered, and then she put lulu's old eye ointment in them...icky! lulu informed me that she is working on a cherry grass ointment that is specifically for eye ailments, but admitted it probably will be gooey, too.....she wants to use me as her guinea pig, she said, whatever that is...I hope its something to eat.............anyway, after that I got my pill (at least it was covered in peanut butter)...mom also found a new wound on my cheek....everybody is making fun of me, saying things like "what did you get in a fight with? a bunny?".....nobody believes I was chasing down a dangerous chupe!!........I am spending a lot of time in mom's closet and she gets up in the night to make sure I am still breathing....this morning she chopped up 2 old vegan hotdogs (not as tasty as real meat ones, believe me) and divided them amongst our breakfast dishes, hiding my pill in hotdog....and she sprinkled the last of the shelled hemp seeds on the food...it really has no taste, but does make the food look prettier... one of the hens hurt her hip and lulu is out tending to her, but said the old girl may be a goner....well, I am sorry for her, but I AM ANNIE AND I DON'T FEEL GOOD....my dad said to take me to vets this week, but mom said it is his turn and to make sure I get weighed to see if I have lost any smidgen of a pound.....my dad snorted at the idea that I had lost any weight, and pointed out that he is leaving very early tomorrow and won't be home until fri....mom said she only has so much strength and after planting over a dozen butterfly bushes this morning she does not have any reserve strength to hoist me in and out of the car.....then they both LAUGHED, while I lie here uncared for, ignored like a rock in the driveway....*sob* ...its enough to make a little girl cry.....lulu calls me a drama queen like its a bad thing....I think I am going to go do some poses .....

could you pls. check with bowser to see if perhaps he is scheduled to head out this way (the sooner the better.....if he waits too long I will have withered away to nothing)

there is a new little soldier wannabe here...he is small, but not a wawa...much bigger actually....the wawas all laugh at him cuz he wears a dinosaur hat....roscoe said he might be a useful distraction when the chupes come...ros is outside trying to see if the new guy (a pug, altho some of the wawas call him a "plug" cuz he is roundish) is at all trainable....the pug/plug is young, perhaps too young for recruit duty??

Annie who is in dire need of a nap

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Dear Annie (to be read when you awake)...

This will enlighten you. My parents are, I'm convinced, totally wacko. You won't believe this Annie, you just won't. Today they finished cleaning the car. Mom got the inside chairs and hard surfaces. Dad got the windows and other glassy areas (sun roof; solar panel, etc.). He did a really great job outside. Then he did a super job on the front windows and the back hatchback door windows. OK, cool so far. But then Annie, and this is the part that you won't believe. He washed the inside of the back door windows. You know, those are the ones that we use for security. He washed of all of my nose prints which I have carefully worked on for a full year and 10 days. As you know Annie, when a car is stolen that a dog has ridden in, they take the dogs nose print (all dog noses are unique) and then match them to the window prints that all dogs so carefully create (well, when the window isn't open to let the dog breathe that rush of pure air). That is, of course, how they identify the stolen car. But dad, in his excessive ambitiousness, wiped a whole year and 10 days worth of carefully placed nose prints from the back windows. All of my efforts washed away in a matter of minutes.

Annie, you think you have problems with your mom's crazy diet. Listen, do you know the effort I will have to make to return the car to its identity safe condition? It is so hard to live with humans Annie. Sometimes I think about returning to the pack life. Still...there are the couches.

I told dad that I am willing to create a new set of identity nose prints, but he owes me big time. I'll expect many trips to dog park in return for my art work. (Its called barter, Annie.)

Prince, who hears a vehicle and needs to investigate.


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Dear Annie,

I liked your idea and tried to figure out a way to get out into the garage all last night. I could not figure out how to do it, what with the locked door and all. So there sits the car. I was unable to carry out your idea and I am so very glad. This morning, without warning, dad covered the back seat with my Kennel Club cover and let me hop inside. Then we took mom to her job. (Picture me: Prince, the chauffeur.) After that was great. Dad took me to dog park and he and I had a marvelous time. There were a lot of dogs there, most of whom I now know. We played and played and played until I could play no more and had to let dad know that I was ready to head home.

I know dad is going to pick mom up after work and take her to the dance party. Guess what? I don't even care. I am so exhausted that all I want to do is climb up on my couch (you know, the one that I let my dad and mom use too), strike a pose, and fall asleep. At one point in the past I thought that maybe dad took me to dog park just so that I wouldn't beg to go dancing with them, but I've learned that dad and I have so much fun at dog park that I really don't care to go dancing. I'll let the old man and mom do that. (snicker)

By the way, Annie, I know how concerned you are about you weight loss. I think that you should know that I have messaged your mom on facebook and told her exactly what I think about what she is doing. And Annie, I want you to know that I couldn't feel more sorry for you, poor baby!

Prince, who is going to the kitchen to round up a snack to hold me off until lunch. (Bowser made us a marvelous breakfast.)


Tom

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I am so glad you understand how dangerous it would be for me to get too thin...I do worry about this.....both mom and dad were all out all morning and yet I could not find a way to sneak something to eat...its pitiful, it truly is...a little bit ago mom was eating the leftover raw tabouli salad made with red bell peppers, mint, hemp seeds, etc....I am so hungry I was almost tempted to ask for a serving...it was so awful I had to go outside and meditate so I won't notice that I am starving...poor, poor me....oh, I wish bowser was here to do the cooking....

while they were out, mom and dad saw a bear and dad took pictures of it.....he said the bear did not seem particularly concerned to see them....boy, oh boy....if I was there, I would have made him concerned....dad took the pics with his phone, so they are not that great...mom said they could see his bear face as they eyeballed one another from a distance of about 30 ft.....mom said she was quite excited to see him..............why?! they are all over the place....they poop in the driveway and then roscoe rolls in it and mom gets all hooey about it....bears=nothing but trouble.....

if you want to play a joke on your mom and dad, why don't you sneak out at night and get your feet all muddy....then jump on the car and leave footprints....perhaps you could walk on the car in a nice pattern or spell "take Prince to dog park".....they would be so surprised the next morning.....OR........perhaps you can persuade your dad to call a taxi to take you to the dog park.....you've gotta do something to speed them up....

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Dear Annie,

Oh you poor thing. If your mom keeps messing with your diet that way, you are going to just end up skin and bones and probably just blow away in a wind storm. And then we won't know if you blew away or if the awful shadow creatures got you. Oh you poor thing.

Well, dad's back at it. This morning right after starting a laundry he went to the garage (without me I might add) and waxed that car. He was dripping wet when he came inside. He said it may not be hot but it is really HU-Mid. Frankly, I thought he would do better opening the garage door or even working outside on it, but he said that the mosquitoes are really bad due to our very strong over night thunder storms. Only mom knew about the storms. Dad and I slept right through them, and we were definitely more rested this morning than mom was. Anyway, the car is waxed. Dad said something about the inside of the car and the windows still needing work. Annie, can you believe how this thing is just dragging on and on. And the worst part is that my kennel club rear seat cover and guard isn't in place yet, and won't be until they finish this project. Well, you know what that means. No dog park trips. They are soooo slow finishing. Oh, and guess what! I even offered to help, but did they accept? NOOOOO! They actually refused my help. Well, I was a bit miffed I'll tell you. I expressed that too. While dad was out waxing in the garage WITHOUT ME I chewed up a paper napkin and left little pieces of it all over the floor. Serves them right!

Oh oh, something is going on outside. I can't see what it is from here but I can hear it. Dad hears it too. We need to go investigate...

Prince, the investigator

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I know what you mean about humans and their cars........and so many other things....I had advised mom to leave the window down on the car after it finished raining, but she said it might rain again, so she could not do that or the seats would get wetter.......

I am glad to hear you are helping with clean up duty in the kitchen...if you need any help, just holler...I am a natural expert at this...mom made something chocolate in the dehydrator (a cannoli shell, I think she said), but she over dried it and it broke when she tried to fold it, so I am thinking that perhaps some of it may come my way later.......mom knows I excel at cleaning up leftovers.....at the Spa yesterday mom started talking to some woman with a dog who had lost weight...the woman told mom to decrease my food to 1/8 c. if necessary until I drop a few pounds...........her dog was a daschund! I informed mom that Belgian bassets MUST eat their weight in delicious food every day! 1/8c. would not nourish my toenail! mom agreed, but we shall see if she increases the measly amount I am getting, especially now that The Kid is not force-feeding me snacks and marshmallows...speaking of which...mom is in the kitchen stirring up something...I should go supervise

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Dear Annie,

Your mom may have, in fact, seen my dad. It seems that he was called away suddenly for a meeting with Paws, Roscoe, and your commander. It was a secret meeting, though of course he shared the outcome of the meeting with me. I wish I could tell you more, but it is absolutely and totally completely a "need to know" discussion and outcome. Perhaps sometime you can be a part of the inner circle, though you are far more needed in the nursing circle rather than the war circle. And it is because of war that you are so needed. Darned chupacabra!

Well, yesterday dad worked on the side of the garage where the car goes but then he had to get ready for dance. You know how he is about dance. Geesh! Anyway, when mom got home from work she did some more out there and she must have called dad and told him about it because when he got home he just drove right on into that part of the garage. Now both of there cars are inside out of the rain. Dad says he needs to wash it again though before he waxes it. Oh Annie, will it ever end?

So, your mom left the window open while it rained and then when it wasn't raining she closed the window. It seems to me that she would want to open up the entire car when the rain was over with so that it could air out and dry. Otherwise it gets pretty stinky inside, though I'll admit, to my canine nose it is an interesting smell. Still, you would think... humans! Oh brother, you can't live with them; you can't live without them. So what is a dog to do?

Prince, who finds that it is time to assist Bowser with his delicate culinary skills. (My job is to clean up anything that may drop.)

Tom

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Dear Prince

I went to the Spa today to get my nails done...altho you know I am not one to brag, I have to admit they do look pretty.....then mom and I went to an office where the lady behind the desk commented on my beauty and mentioned that I look like some of those dogs she sees occasionally on tv...mom said that I was indeed a basset, but a Belgian basset who are larger built than common American bassets & twice as pretty.....the secretary just nodded in agreement.............after that we went to the grocery store, but I had to stay in the car...even with the windows down it was HOT and I panted until I cried.....Mom said she felt bad for me, so I got to sit in the front passenger seat (usually reserved for lulu) and was able to put my face right in front of the air con....sometimes being so delicate is tougher than people think.....mom said she is going out tomorrow morning for a different appt, but she promised I could stay home......phew!

yesterday roscoe stayed outside under the trees all day.....I thot he was recovering from The Kid's visit, but no!! he had seen The Kid and her mom drive away early in the morning and was outside waiting for his playmate to return....this morning he would come in the house and check all the places he and The Kid hung out together and when he could not find her he would go back outside to look for her......this happened several times......poor fool.....

you are right about how odd humans behave with their cars.......yesterday, after it had been raining hard here for a couple of hours, mom went out on the lanai and noticed the car window was down....shrieking "no! no!" she toddled out to the car and rolled up the window, moaning and muttering all the way back to the house.....its just a car and presumably it will eventually dry like everything else......she did not try to wipe it down like you folks did when their car got rained on, but I could see my mom was not very happy.....

while waiting in the car at the grocery store I thought I saw your dad....it was not him, of course, but it quite surprised me.....

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Dear Annie,

I received a message from Roscoe confirming your mom's assertion that he is now #1 dog with the kid. Are you sure it is just a rumor?

Actually Annie, that may play to your benefit. I mean, if Roscoe is number 1, won't he be the prime target when the kid descends upon your homestead in her next attack? Think about it. Now then, that being said, I'm quite certain that you can find a way to be very present when the marshmallows and other treats are being given out. In fact, I suspect you could find ways of getting the lions share of those...in your own sweet dainty way, of course. I mean, when it comes to scoffing down treats, you are a natural! :)

Dad has showcase rehearsal and dance class today. He asked me if I would like to come and watch but I turned him down. I know that you may think that is strange, but watching him work on the same things over and over until he "gets it" and then continue to work on things over and over is, well...BOARING! Class can be kind of interesting, but the ladies seem to all want to dance with me and it is just a bit much. Besides, I think dad gets a little jealous when I get all of the attention. So I figure I'll just stay home and chill. I may be able to watch cat woman on TV; maybe even Lassie.

Well, the car is still sitting in the drive way. More has been done in the garage but its not clear yet. Sometimes I wonder about my dad and mom.

Prince, who is ready to get dad off the posterior portion of his anatomy and connect him to the loopy end of his leash.

Tom

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okay...I re-read the car wash thing....it still makes No Sense....why wash a car after it got rained on? perhaps when you were not watching they went out driving, got the car muddy again, and therefore needed to wash it again...that makes more sense....the whole garage thing was just silly...however, I have been so exhausted today I have barely been able to lift a paw....I have remained in seclusion, moving only twice, practicing poses and deep, DEEP relaxation techniques....Roscoe has stayed outside under a tree all day, and lulu under the car....mom has been worn out, too, altho she misses #1Daughter immensely....probably The Kid, too.......I overheard my mom talking on the phone to my dad who was saying that during this visit with the Kid, I moved from Most Favored #1 position to #2, with Roscoe becoming the Most Favored Pup......let me squelch that rumor right now!! NOT SO! I will always retain Extremely Most Favored Status!

you are right about dinner time.....tonight mom is making pinto beans, black beans and sweet potatoes for all 3 of us......yuck! what is wrong with that woman?! I think I will wander over to the wawas' mess tent to see I can find something better.....I would prefer that mom would stick to a mix of canned and dry dog food....only a bit more of it.....tomorrow I have to go get my toenails trimmed and mom is going to ask them to weigh me......yah, right! like after a weekend of biscuits and marshmallows I will have lost weight! *snort*...however, afterwards she has to go to a business office and she is going to take me right inside the office.....that way, she thinks, the people won't talk so long, being afraid I might piddle on their carpet....as if! I am a grown up pup with extremely excellent manners...mom says the longer the office people talk, the worse I am to behave....and if things take too long, she might give me a treat if I piddle on the carpet.....negotiations are on-going at the moment....

Annie who needs to go plan her wardrobe if she is going to walk thru downtown tomorrow....




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Dear Annie,

Congratulations on loosing the kid, though it would have been nice had she been there for a while longer and I slipped up there via eagle for a marshmallow. :)

You may want to re-read the car wash paragraph. It makes sense. Just slow down and read carefully. I'm not about to try to re-explain that whole thing. Let's just say that the garage still isn't totally cleaned out and the car remains outside. I don't know about my mom and dad, though I do have some suspicions. (grin)

Today dad is doing all in house stuff including an extensive laundry. Seems they used a lot of clothes during the last part of the week and Sunday, so now dad has to clean it all up. Frankly Annie, I don't know why they don't just dress the way we dogs dress. It would save so much trouble. Of course, they don't have fur...hmmm, maybe that's why. I can't say I blame them for that! I mean, have you really looked at their furlessness? LOL

Now then, my question is: What ever are you going to do with the kid gone. I mean, my guess is that your mom will return to that home made dog food stuff. By the way, did she ever add flavorings to it from the list? Frankly, that home made stuff is a good reason NOT to visit you there. But you know that I will always welcome you here (even if the commander does not).

Prince, who hears Bowser calling and I'm oh so ready to eat one of his scrumptious meals.


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The Kid is gone! yep, she and her mom left this morning!.....*doing the sacred Belgian Basset happy dance * They will be back sooner or later, I am sure, so I will notify you then so you can teach her to play ball...I think she will like it, altho her germ-worrying mom probably wont play.....when The Kid fed Roscoe marshmallows off of her own stick and then used the same stick to cook an feed herself marshmallows, her mom got upset .....so silly.. roscoe, lulu and I will be spending the day in recovery....

wait !! your story made no sense.......(1) your parents washed the car...(2) then they began to clean out the oven, but did not finish, (3) it rained (4)the car got wet so they washed it becuz it got wet???? you musta left out a few things............(1) ok, (2) you bake cookies in an oven.....we do not have a garage, but we do have a chicken coop which is an enclosed building and it does not get that hot....so where do the cookies come into it..(4) if the car was already washed, there is no point to do so again becuz of rain.....I consider getting rained on bath enough....all I want afterwards is a warm, dry spot and a cookie

Annie who feels in need of a cookie after all

p.s. I often did go where The Kid was not to get a moment of peace, but in the pic I sent she hadfound me


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Dear Annie,

If I were to come, I'd bring a ball, but I'm not certain that the kid would know how to play ball my way the way my dad (who I carefully trained) knows how to play ball. Here are the rules: 1) dad (or kid) throws the ball; 2) I run to the ball and pick it up and immediately spit it out; 3) dad (or kid) goes to the ball now that I have shown them where it is, pick up the now wet and sloppy ball, and throw it again...repeat, repeat, repeat forever if it were up to me. Well, you get the picture. Do you think the kid would train as well and as quickly as my dad trained. (I'm really proud of dad because he learns my game so quickly.)

I've got to tell you about my mom and dad. They are a little backwards in my opinion. For instance, yesterday they washed the car; today they worked on cleaning the garage in order to park the car. But it rained over night, so they had to rinse off the car again. Now then, they didn't finish the garage because of the terrible heat (its like an oven). Well, it sat out and of course it rained this afternoon. Geesh, what is it about the rainy season that they don't understand? Yes, I love my dad and mom, but they can be a little...well...peculiar in their priorities.

I like your pose Annie, and I do see what you are saying about the kid. She is either very happy, very fiendish, or a mix of the two. I do have a question though. Why don't you just slip quietly into the woods and find a comfortable place to chill out. Of course, you could slip into the kitchen when the kid isn't looking and grab food. By the way, don't tell me you wouldn't do such a thing because I know for a fact that you have done it before...often! But then, you are a natural at being a theif, and very talented with it too. (Have you EVER been caught?)

Prince, who is contemplating whether or not to take the plunge into the danger zone of...dum, dum dum duuummmm...THE KID!

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DEAR Prince

you should come here...NOW!! you, with your outgoing personality, would probably get along with The Kid....and if you bring your ball she would throw it as often as you want,,...she did bring a Frisbee which Roscoe chased for her---once....I, of course, do not chase things (critters, perhaps).....plus, I am a little put out over the lack of marshmallows......just becuz I refused to walk all of the way out to the campfire.....it was quite a distance......today I got several gummie ninjas which were quite tasty, but not enough to satisfy a delicate girl....and my dad cut the amount of diet food we are receiving...it is horrible...pls. bring snacks....lots of them!

Annie who is underappreciated

P.S. Even in the midst of poses, I am tortured....notice the look of fiendish delight on The Kid's face


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Dear Suffering Annie,

I feel so sorry for you. Now I understand. Roscoe is getting all of the attention not to mention all of the marshmallows. Its a shame the kid is ignoring you, you poor suffering canine.

Prince, who is about to eat breakfast with dad and mom

Tom

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dear Prince

have fun? HAVE FUN?!! are you nuts?!! I will send you a photo on your dad's FB

Suffering Annie

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Dear Annie,

Dad and I went to dog park this morning. Boy was it fun. There were lots and lots of dogs there and I played with most of them. Dad walked around the perimeter several times and I tried to stay with him while running over to a new dog to play with. The dogs were pretty much all friendly.

Now then, there was this one little dog that, well frankly should have been in the section for small dogs. His dad was sitting on a park bench working on some kind of papers and this little dog stayed under the bench with a ball in his mouth. Every time dad and I walked by, this ornery little squirt would come out from under the bench with the ball in his mouth and bark / growl at me. First of all, that was really rude. You could tell right away that he didn't have any manners because he barked with his mouth full. And he was really an aggressive little...uh, squirt. Finally I got tired of it and so I just stayed there for a short time and barked right back at him. Oh, I'll tell you I gave him what for... Dad was walking and while I barked, naturally putting the dog in his place, his dad picked him up as if to protect him. Geesh, all I was doing was barking back at the loud mouth little squirt. My dad had to come back and tell me to come with him since I pretended not to hear dad calling. The little squirts dad was acting like he was totally victimized. Hey, if there was a victim here it was me. I didn't start that...uh, stuff, but you know, while I never instigate anything, I am not a pooch to back down when an aggressive little squirt comes at me over and over. I wanted to scare him but would never have hurt him. Still, the little squirts dad, the victimized actor, protected the ornery little...well, you get the picture. When dad got there he took my harness and gently led me away simply saying, come on Prince.

Well, I walked with dad a short ways and then saw one of my friends and played with him for a while. He was one of those cool dudes that I love running with. There were other cool dudes and dudettes there too, and we all had fun. And of course, we all ignored the ornery little squirt. I just hope that the next time that crazy dad and his crazy little squirt comes to the park, that they go to the little doggie area where they belong.

Have fun with the kid,
Prince


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we are suffering...SUFFERING, I say!! at least #1Daughter & mom are thinking about taking The Kid out for a couple of hours....phew! Lulu slept outside in the rain last night (under the car) rather than put up with The Kid....Roscoe (and you know mom DEMANDEDd he take a break from his meetings and come home for this event) and I listened to The Kid and my mom take turns reading a story, "Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth".....frankly, Junie B. Jones sounds like a perfect horror, but the book series is apparently quite popular among the younger set.......I hope they are leaving soon, becuz I am behind on my nap time and poses? sheesh! I haven't been able to get a full session of poses in since The Kid arrived

wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
l, there may be a slight reason why Jack is behind in his taking down the sound barrier...........I heard him say that it looked like a tornado went thru his lab while he was at lunch after the eagle left and once again, all his formula papers are scattered hither and yon........what can I say? these things happen..................I admit to nothing...lulu has prescribed a dose of cherry grass and also a c-g ointment to rub on the bald places where Jack's fur has fallen out......the problem is that he forget to take the meds. or rub the ointment on, so now lulu has to venture into the lab several times a day to make sure Jack gets the medication he needs.........possibly jack appreciates lulu's efforts, but you know how cranky he can be when he is interrupted in his lab......the stress of the interruptions adds to his problems....lulu did try slipping a note under his door, but jack never noticed, so she would stay outside his door and bark to remind him it was time to take his meds, but he would never notice, so now she just bulls her way inside and forces him to stop to take the cherry grass.....

Annie who is going to try and hurry everyone outside and on their way so all the canines can get some needed rest..........

p.s. too bad Prince didn't come home with roscoe...The Kid would have loved a new puppy face



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Dear Lulu,

I thought by now Jack would have figured out which formula worked for the fence. He had the whole thing down to one or two ingredients out of 5 possible ingredients. Why on earth is he so perplexed. That is not like Jack. The stress must really be getting to him. Lulu, you have done some pretty amazing things with cherry grass. Have you found anything in the cherry grass compounds that might help relieve stress and tension? Jack could certainly use a shot or two of something like that.

I understand you concern about the home made dog food. I talked with Bowser about it and he just scrunched up his nose when he heard the ingredients. But then he started writing. He wrote a list of ingredients that will spice the mixture up without adding calories (or at least not many). Furthermore, by using these ingredients you could enjoy different flavors on different meals. It is a remarkable set of flavors, and though I'm not certain it would be to my liking, he assures me that it will make any red blooded American pooch's mouth drool. He is going to call your mom and tell her about the ingredients and how to use these ingredients.

I am sorry that you had a rough trip and on top of that you will have to put up with "the kid." Maybe you, Annie, and Roscoe could take a long walk into the deep dark woods and then turn it into a camping trip. That trip could come to an end about the time the kid goes home.

I'm about to write Annie. I am going to purposefully avoid discussing the Jack / baggage incident with her. No point in ruffling her feathers...er, standing her hair on end over this.

Tom, who is pretty tired after washing the truck. (Boy was it a mess!)

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Dear Annie,

In spite of the fact that you weren't here to help, Michaela and I struggled through the routine, tweaking one part of it. It was a struggle, but Michaela managed finally to "get it." True, it took a long time and was something that you could have helped her get into shape with so quickly. But we managed, just as I hope that you will manage to get through this very troublesome time with "the kid" being there. I suspect that the kid will struggle too, since I think your mom will very likely limit the number of treats she allows the kid to give away. Oh my. Double trouble! Putting up with the kid and not even getting those rewarding treats that always used to make the effort of putting up with the kid worthwhile, at least on the culinary level. I'll be thinking about you Annie...feel my warm vibes coming your way as you slip off into a private quiet space for meditation.

Tom, who needs to discuss lunch with Bowser

Tom

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do not cry...try to contain your severe disappointment.....after reading your messages I could tell you are having problems with Michaela, so being natural dance teacher I packed my bags and waited for Lulu to arrive....as usual, the eagle was gulping his meal and I had to wait...then jack had to unload a small, but apparently heavy box from the gondola and he and the eagle had to have a small "meeting",..sigh....finally, when they appeared to be about done, I hauled my luggage out to the gondola....I thot I heard the eagle mutter "oh, no!" as he scrambled about trying to put his gondola harness back on (he was probably worried I would report him for lazing about with Jack)....then Jack showed up with a different box...he walked right in front of me and put his box in the gondola...can you imagine the nerve?!! I, as you know, take no guff, and reached in and tossed his box on the ground and started loading in my stuff.....Jack tried to remove my bags and I shrieked....then that uppity eagle demanded to see our tickets...TICKETS?!!!....this was utter nonsense! but Jack waved a piece of paper in the air, claiming it was his ticket (but I was never able to get a good look at it), so his stuff was in and I was left fuming on the ground as the eagle took flight...I tried to explain that it was an emergency, that you really needed me, but to no avail......I AM MAD AND SOMEBODY IS GONNA PAY

eww! I just saw what I guess was supposed to be a dove, but it had an odd shape and looked like it had no wings...I ever so casually pointed it out to the nearest wawa who shot it with toxin and, poof, it was gone....since a portion of the barrier came down we have been invaded by chupes in badly done disguises......there have been a lot of these
......yes, I know they resemble those bats from madagasgar, but they are so obviously not local that they stand out in the trees...they look like someone has been reading too much Harry Potter

Annie who feels bad that you will have to teach Michaela on your own
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dear tom

my arrival home was delayed due to stormy weather.....we didn't arrive home until Tues morning, but the eagle had a friend of a friend of a friend in Greensboro who put us up for the night....the craziness still reigns here.........Jack does not look good....the stress of the sound barrier problems has his hair falling out in clumps....all this rain is messing with his being able to test his formulas, and now Annie is mad at him....jack has probably already forgotten about it, but you know annie...she is probably plotting revenge.......mom's laptop is giving her problems, but only with typing on SP....everywhere else is fine....this is maddening
I should have stayed in fla......on top of everything else, mom has decided to make our dog food in an effort to get annie to lose weight....it is a mix of ground turkey, veggies and rice....annie loves it, but after eating it once, I refuse to eat it again....roscoe is going to hate it....mom is Not Pleased since she has a whole tub of the stuff and only annie to eat it.....

AND...

The Kid is coming! we just learned she will arrive tomorrow afternoon....annie has gone into deep, deep meditative poses to deal with the stress of it..... I did whisper to her that she no longer has to worry about revenge on Jack, that The Kid will be revenge enough....she giggled until I thot she was gonna wet the floor...........but she didn't...:)

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Dear Annie,

Has Lulu arrived yet? I am always concerned until I hear that our world travelers have arrived at their destination. I'm anxious also to hear what her thoughts are for the new gondola design. There are not many of those in production yet, but they knew that she needed one of the totally enclosed models so they decided to let her have a ride in the new design. It is expected to speed the trip by 20% of the original time due to its aerodynamics.

You suggested dancing on roller skates. That is an interesting idea, though its a little late for this time around. Perhaps in a future showcase. It could be quite graceful I suppose, assuming that we could emulate those wonderful ice dancers who dance with ice skates. They are beautifully graceful. Oh, and by the way Annie, its a showcase performance, not a competition. Oh, and if you would like to sell tickets in your state, you are free to do so. They start at $25.00 for the two hour dance event. Let me emphasize thought that you will need to pay for the tickets in advance in order for them to be released to you. Stress the importance of ordering quickly since we nearly always play to a full house. I might add that I will be doing the video for the event, with Joanie filling in as videographer when I am not available (dancing, bowing or what have you). Of course, I do all the edits.

Wow! Your mom is going to make you your very own dog food. How wonderful. And to be honest Annie, I don't think you should worry about over loosing. Knowing you, your body is just built for maintaining its Belgian style.

Remember that I heard some sort of ruckus outside yesterday? Well, it turned out to be worth less than a hill of beans. It was a couple of special ops guys and a couple of regular troops who kind of got into it over pretty much nothing. I think there is a little jealousy on the part of the regulars and perhaps a bit of excess ego on the parts of the special ops guys. I told them to take their discussion far from the house and they all immediately complied. It's not that they like listening to me, but they do know that I am friends with the commander. Well, at least as far as they are concerned I am. (snicker)

Tom, who is about to tweak the showcase routine and hopes that his pro partner can handle the change. (grin)

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 received a text message around 9am from lulu saying all was well and they were on their way, so I expect they will be here soon....I do hope BC remembered to send lulu home with lots of snacks for her trip...the wawas on eagle duty will be here soon to get the hamburger and load it on the roof.....since I am busy painting my nails, I think I will send one of them over to the chicken coop to collect the mice

mom has decided to make us our own dogfood....she is going to change around lulu's meals a bit and then we will all eat the same thing...mom said this will be an experiment and if we (meaning roscoe mostly) don't lose any weight we will go back to regular dog food......this is what she thinks, but if the new meals are anything like what lulu is getting now I will never look at dry food again! mom picked her first ripe bell pepper of the season...she offered me a bite---bleh!---even mom admitted it was not very tasty.....she said she plans to make us beans with sweet potato and other veggies one night.....she even showed me a pic of 2 pugs who eat veggies every night with beans or lentils; one pug had a celery stick in its mouth.....mom said they looked happy.....personally, I thought their eyes looked a bit glazed and sad.....oh, well....it should be easy for me to lose the 1/2 lb, altho I plan to put it back on right away after I get praised for following my diet and achieving mom's goals cuz I don't want to look too skinny....a Belgian basset should never appear too thin.....the diet will be a lot harder for roscoe so I plan to take my time losing my 1/2 lb so as not to make him feel bad.......he is lucky I am such a naturally empathetic pooch.....mom commented that when I lost my weight maybe I could start chasing the squirrels like the one sitting on the lanai making a mess with his sunflower seeds....yeah..........right........and all the rest of the time she is always after us to be kind to the wild animals.......what's a girl to do? one of the wawas asked if I would have to stop making cookies while on the diet....he looked very worried, so I reassured him that cookie production would continue as usual

have you considered dancing on roller skates? I admit it is not very graceful, but it would certainly put a little something different into your act....good luck on the competition...if you need me to come coach Michaela just holler and I will be there

Annie who is thinking about making a peanut butter and ginger cookie

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Lulu and her eagle service eagle took off this morning at 10 minutes before 6 AM. The sun had not yet popped above the horizon but it was close and the dawns early light gave enough glow for take off and the start of the long journey. Lulu was tucked into her travel safe gondola. (That is what they are now calling the closed top gondolas.) She complained last time of being left to travel in the dark, but eagle services have now installed small port holes on all four "sides" of the gondola. The gondola is actually shaped like an oval except for having a slightly blunted front end that fans out near the top. It is that triangular area in the front and back that have windows, and although they provide light, they are difficult to see out of unless Lulu were to stand on her hind feet, something she is not fond of doing while riding the gondola. Fortunately, the side windows are lower and provide excellent views from a sitting position. She loves the new gondola design, and the eagles love it too as the oval shape provides a more aerodynamic design making flight much easier, especially in heavy winds.

I received a message from Jack. He told me how angry he was about the Chihuahuas not saving the data from the last formula. Then he said once he cooled down, because it was the last formula he created, he could remember it...well, all but one or two ingredients and he knows that they are a combination of one or two of five difference chemicals. He feels that a modicum of effort will be needed to figure the formula out. Meanwhile, he has fired all the Chihuahuas that were working with him and has hired two new ones who look quite promising. They are young and quite enthusiastic. The only drawback is the need to train them, especially in the spelling of chemical and compound names. He won't be coming back in Lulu's gondola after all.

So, you and the Ros are going to go on a diet eh? Well, I'm not going to hold my breath when it comes to you. I know how Belgian bassets need their food. And of course, you wouldn't want to get skinny and dry up and blow away. Oh tragedy of tragedies.

Tomorrow is showcase rehearsal day for me. I'm thinking about a slight change in the routine, largely associated with floor navigation. I think it will work, but I'll have to try it with Michaela. It will be a kind of keen alteration of one of the elements if we can pull it off. I haven't told Michaela about it yet since I just dreamt it up last night while dream dancing. I'll introduce it tomorrow. :) I know that you could do this maneuver being a natural and all. I just hope that Michaela can.

Oh my, I'm hearing a ruckus outside. I need to go check on it.
Tom



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DEAR tom

the computer is behaving better, but I have not given up on getting my own laptop....I am still working on mom, altho she pretends not to be listening.....

tell bowser to make sure to provide a lot of snacks for lulu and whomever is chaperoning her...we don't want her to go hungry, do we? *snickering daintily* ...if there are any leftovers I will be sure to put them in the refrigerator, so there will be no waste.....mom has purchased what should be more than enough hamburger for the eagle courier....my dad locked the chickens in the coop for several days while he put down grass seed and hay on top of it....(those chickens are extraordinarily fond of scratching in the hay) so I have instructed them to get busy catching the mice that live in the coop...my dad has also said that roscoe and I need to go on a diet....I've countered that the diet should wait until roscoe comes back...no point in my starting ahead of him and making him feel bad when he sees how skinny I am when he gets back and realizes I've had a head start.....besides, I only need to lose--at the most--1/2 lb....whereas ros needs to lose at least 5....

did I tell you about the big boom I heard the other day?? part of the sound barrier broke off and collapsed.....jack has been working on formulas and having wawas apply the formulas on various parts of the shield...unfortunately, the wawas slacked off on their recording duties and now no one knows which formula was the successful one....jack is SO ANGRY!!! I never saw a small dog jump so high while screeching and pulling his fur out.....it was both scary and funny.....he said he is going home on the return eagle flight and we will just have to live with the remaining sound barrier.........whoa! he is soooooo mad! BUT...this morning I walked out with mom to the front gate area...she was going to do some weed eating while I went along to keep her company......while we were there, since part of the barrier is down, we could hear the Sunday morning cow choir....it was actually quite lovely...I was going to join in, but mom told me to just relax and enjoy the girls.......

Annie who supposes she should go make some "welcome home" cookies for lulu

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Dear Annie,

I didn't like the sound of that explosion. You need to stay inside. Let me remind you that you are a Belgian Bassett and far too delicate for war. Besides, the Chihuahuas will be way to busy to listen to you for long, and you know how testy the commander can get if he thinks you are trying to interfere with his command. That's just his nature and there isn't much that even you could do to change his behavior. Another thing...if it is war, then there will be need for a great deal of extra food and that is where you can put your natural talent's to work. You will also most likely need a kitchen staff who you will naturally need to supervise. Please do let me know, though, what the big bang was all about.

Lulu is packed and ready to travel. It doesn't take her long because she has learned to pack light. Meanwhile, there was a long line of visitors waiting to see her when we got home from church. Guess who was in front of the line...yep, Kathy of course. But several of her Chihuahua friends were there too. Of course, at the very head of the line by virtue of being inside was Bowser and Baby. There are always loads of sniffs, hugs, licks and the like when they gather. Bowser is making a full meal for us, and also snack treats for all visitors so that they will feel welcomed and remember this moment for ever. I think he was just kidding around when he asked if I thought he should feed Kathy hay seeds.

Oh, speaking of Bowser, he is calling now...
Tom

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watch yourself, tom

although I am a naturally genius-type Belgian basset, I can sometimes be unaware of the lesser human phrases and expessions...how was supposed to know your horse comment was not a literal statement? no need to be condescending about it....*munching on a cookie to soothe insulted nerves*.......

I passed along your suggestion of a new laptop to mom.....she just said "hmmm"...she said she would rather buy a new camera lens......who cares about another camera accessory when I could have my own laptop!! I will work on her about this.....I know how to work my magic on her.......hehehehe

telling mom that eagle payment would be higher did not make mom happy....she just huffed and got all squinty-eyed before she wandered off, muttering.....

whoaaaaaaaaaa! there was a HUGE explosion outside....I'd better go check...the troops may need someone to supervise

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Oh Annie, good grief!

"I'm so hungry that I could eat a horse" is just an expression. It just means that you are super-duper hungry. No self respecting American would eat a horse, though I'm not so sure about the Belgians (snicker).

I have no idea why you are having so many problems typing at SP. I have never had a problem...well, that kind of problem, at this site. Has your mom considered a new computer? She could then give you the old one and of course you could use her new one when she isn't looking...er, I mean when you need to access SP. (grin) You may want to not let your mom see that paragraph if you know what I mean.

Lulu is relaxing today, though she did slip over to the hospital and chat for a short time with staff. She is telling them goodbye, at least for now. This morning she had a long talk with Kathy who still can't (or won't) believe that Lulu is leaving Monday. She is planning a leisurely evening with Joanie and I. Tomorrow after church she will pack, and then her plans are open. She does want to be well packed before doing anything else with the exception of church. That way, she says, she won't get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to pack stuff. I thought that was quite wise.

By the way Annie, don't let your mom forget the eagle payment. It will only be one eagle, but it is express and those express eagles do demand a hefty share. I think the straight through flight tires them and causes a degree of crankiness.

I got a simple message from Prince this morning: Dad, Have arrived. All is well. Prince. That is all that he wrote. I've never known him so hurried when he was messaging. I hope things really are OK with him.

Tom, who is fed up. (I've already eaten...snicker)


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Eewww,Tom

a horse?! really? they are very hairy.......mom ate horse once....she didn't care for it...said it had an odd taste...she was not informed of the meat's identity until after dinner was over....this was in France...I told her she probably would have dined better in Belgium...hahaha (I am a natural comedienne)

mom and I always have problems typing on this site....SP is the only website where the keyboard does not work properly....you are much more computer smart than we are....got any clues as to why? here is a sentence if I do not correct it ......my nas Annie and I a ne beautiful Belgiaanbhasse (My name is Annie and I am one beautiful Belgian basset)

Lulu called mom and said she would be home Mon, so mom is quite pleased....I do hope Miz Bossy Pants has mellowed and is gonna be NOT so bossy............btw, I think mom was being sarcastic when she suggested I open a brothel....I finally got to look up its definition last night and was appalled.....what puppy in her right mind.....?? (well, a poodle maybe..they are always a little flaky).....mom wanted to have one of those mother-daughter talks, but I had cookies to bake so I scuttled into the kitchen and locked the door behind me....phew!

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Dear Annie,

I think you have made a wise decision wearing your "boy friend's" picture, possibly warding off those suitors. I would advise against the dating service though. Yes, it might be lucrative for you, but I know that those boys and girls in the field need absolute concentration, and relationships can be quite distracting. The special ops boys probably aren't even allowed to develop relationships outside of one nighters. As for the brothel idea that your mom is putting forth, absolutely skip it. First off, it is probably as illegal in Virginia as it is in Florida. Secondly, it would probably lead to patients of a different kind that Lulu would need to care for, and if war breaks out again, she is simply not going to have the time for that sort of thing.

Now then, you asked about Roscoe and Paws and sadly I have to say I have no earthly idea where either of them might be. Prince is here at the moment, but he is scheduled for eagle lift off this afternoon. He is being carried by eagle confidential travel service. They file no flight plan and move in several strange directions before landing at the agreed upon destination. The reason for the erratic trip is, of course, to baffle anyone who may wish to try to follow them. I asked Prince where he was going and all I got was, "Sorry dad, its on a need to know basis and right now you don't need to know."

It always bothers me when Prince leaves and I have no idea where he is going or how long he plans to be away. I have no way of checking on him to see if he is OK. He always assures me that he will keep in touch, but sometimes he is too busy to message me and he can go days without letting me know. So yes, Annie, I am worried.

On a happier note, the last patient is scheduled for release from the hospital today, probably late afternoon but of course they will never tell you exactly when the patient will be released. I think its a little mind-game they play with us all. Anyway, Lulu plans to attend dance with Joanie and I this evening and then spend the weekend relaxing and socializing with Kathy, Baby Cakes and Bowser, and (well, Prince if he were just going to be here) and of course Joanie and I. Her flight to Virginia is schooled for Monday morning early which should get her into her home in Virginia early afternoon, though as you know, those flight schedules can be really loose. So I'd say, just be ready for her arrival anytime during Monday afternoon.

Tom, who hears the sweet voice of Bowser calling..."Come and get it." I'm so hungry after spending time with Prince in dog park that I could definitely eat a horse.

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Dear tom

it's a good thing you said lulu is coming home soon becuz mom has been grumbling about that since she got home...she really wants lulu here....

I found your research very interesting...it would have been nice if you had cited all the places you found your information on, but as long as it is just between us, I suppose I don't need your references...I did look on google images for Belgian basset hounds and found a pic of a guy who is very handsome...I printed it out and have it in a jeweled wallet I am wearing around my neck...a couple of the wawas have asked about it so I pull out the picture, showing it to one and all, claiming he is my new boyfriend.....I am hoping this gets back to the commander here so he will realize I am already "occupied"....I am also thinking of starting an online dating service for Chihuahuas since so many of the guys here need a good woman.....and from what I have seen on tv ads, they make a lot of money without requiring much work on my part.....mom asked why don't I just start a wawa brothel...and then she told me to butt out of their lives, otherwise I was gonna find a lot of trouble....pfft!

has anyone heard from roscoe lately? we heard from him about a week ago where he was at some conference or something but he couldn't/wouldn't say where, what exactly he was doing or when he was coming home......mom just rolled her eyes.....is Prince with him? or Paws?

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Dear Annie,

I talked with our commander today about some recent activity at the outer boarder of our defenses. During the conversation, both your commander and your name came up though I cannot remember which came first. Following that discussion the commander seemed quite out of sorts. I really think there is some jealousy there associated with your commander's feelings toward you. I may be wrong of course, but it just felt like that. Well, I thought that I would just pass that interesting tidbit along in case you were interested.

I've been curious since our discussions about Belgian builds and the like. First I googled images of Belgian people and found them to be of normal build, possibly thinner than the average American. Then I looked at Belgian animals and found them a rather thin and sleek bunch. Then I checked on Belgian dogs and found them all to be quite thin and sleek. Most were quite muscular indicating that they are prone to a good bit of exercise. And then I got really specific and googled images of Belgian Bassets. Ah, finally. Most of them were built quite low to the ground, and you could tell that they were well rounded. So it would seem that only the Belgian bassets have that enormously marvelous well rounded low down look. Yes, they are truly unique. So we can forget about eagles and the like. Only Bassets...oh, maybe the cows, but that is not unique. Cows look well rounded pretty much everywhere that they are adequately fed and given an adequate dose of hormonal chemicals. Of course they eat a lot so fortunately there is an adequate supply of chemicalized grains, corn and the like to satisfy their appetites.

By the way, Kathy eats only naturally grown grasses and the like from a pasture. I just wanted to make certain that bit was in here just in case you ever share it with her.

Lulu sends her love. She also says that the patients at the hospital are making exceptional progress and she expects to be coming home quite soon, possibly by early next week.

Tom, who is about to check on Bowser's progress regarding lunch.

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DEAR TOM

mom got home last night after being in Arizona for 3 days....she was tired and on the verge of cranky, I think, by the look of her, but she looked around the house briefly and praised me for doing an excellent job....when she gave me my reward I was so excited...she gave me a cowgirl hat...I do look lovely in it, altho it is a bit plain...........it certainly was a surprise, since I never thought I would ever need such a thing, but mom says all the Arizona girls wear them....I wore it outside this morning and I think a lot of the wawas were envious...some of the guys wanted to wear it, but I did not want their sweaty little heads to marr the lovely finish on my hat...I think I may jazz it up a little with a few shiny baubles and beads when I find some free time....now that mom is home I hope she does not expect me to continue on with the extra duties she had assigned while she was away...quite frankly I am exhausted......

that comment you made about the commander having a crush is a bit disturbing.....while it is naturally understandable, I have always tried to conduct myself with him in a dignified and businesslike manner.....ask anyone! my natural delightfulness must just seep out whether I want it to or not......I must plan on how to let the Commander down without crushing his spirit

the comments you and mom have made about other Belgian animal species at first threw me for a loop........who ever heard of Belgian cats, eagles, etc? but then mom asked if I had ever seen another Belgian basset? mom said she did years ago before I was born---an 89 lb fellow she met at the vet's.....and if there are Belgian bassets why not other species? Belgium must be a place of fine, well-built creatures...perhaps humans, too.....mom has promised me special computer time to research this issue....I will let you know........(does this mean those giant yellow clown feet of the eagles could come from Belgian stock? surely not! they are most likely to have come descendants of Barnum & Bailey performing eagles *shudder*)

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Dear Annie,

I may be wrong, but I think the commanders here and there communicate frequently. Further, I would not be surprised if the commander here is not the only one with a crush on you. It just may be that the commander there has a bit of a budding crush as well. But don't worry, its probably the season, you know...spring fever and all that. Its a long time before June, the marriage month. Or...oh that's right, Just is just around the corner.

Your offer to taste test and to take left over food off of #1son's hands was just so generous Annie, but have you considered the distance. Would he have to ship you the left overs? Just wondering.

Tom who slept poorly last night and is thinking about trying some of your best poses.

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dear tom

#1Son and his wife, were here this afternoon...#1Son is a chef and owner of a high end restaurant far away......he and I did consult on what food to prepare for my dad and Jack while mom is away...he gave me a couple of good points to make my duties a bit easier while still providing a good healthy meal.....in turn, I offered to take any extra restaurant food off his hands...he has a dog, but she can not eat as well as I can, so I would naturally be a good taste tester for new recipes and also good at disposal of extra foods to those less fortunate (like myself).......jack did not get to meet #1Son becuz he was in his lab and had a big "Do Not Disturb" sign on his door

what is it with Commanders?! I have 3 wawas working here and will need double that when mom leaves....there is a lot to do with running a household....I think I am going to pay the Big C a visit after reading your message about what he said....we will need to straighten out a few things (meaning him!)....if he expects me to run this house AND continue to bake cookies for the wawas' nightly snack he had better fork up a few extra guys to help......it will only be for a few days...sheesh! after all, he wants to keep Jack happy with no distractions......jack did talk to me a teeny bit when we were bringing his things into the house (the wawas were doing the actually heavy lifting while I was directing them and making sure they were Very Careful with Jack's equipment.)... that clever pup said he made a hologram of himself working in his lab to keep his dad from realizing that he had left home.....I could admire that type of sneakiness....er, creativity...

Annie who is wondering if she sent her dad to the store with a shopping list if he would by ribs

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Dear Annie,

I now understand a message I received from your commander. He was ranting and raving about no end to your unreasonable demands, etc. And it ended with it will be a cold day in a hot place before you are assigned more helpers. In fact, he was threatening to remove those you already have. I really don't know why he had his pants in such a wad. Your request seemed quite reasonable to me, especially since you will need to take care of Jack while he is there. Well, you know, Jack has his head in the clouds most of the time and will not even think to eat, drink or sleep. His problem solving is all that he focuses on. It is so fortunate that he has you, who just happens to be a natural at taking care of eccentric scientists. Yes, Jack is a very lucky canine.

Your idea about what to do with Kathy Cow was quite brilliant, though the girls have put a bit of a twist on it. There is a small pasture outside of the hospital quite large enough to sustain one cow. Kathy has been given the task of greeting those who come to visit patients and to wishing well to those leaving the hospital after treatment. She does her job very well, though admittedly there are few visitors and even fewer patients leaving during her shift. However, Lulu takes lunch and breaks with Kathy and the two of them chat. Meanwhile, Kathy can wile away the hours eating grass and chewing cud while waiting for her good friend. It appears to all be working out splendidly. Thanks so much for your brilliant suggestion. Oh, did I mention Kathy's broad smile as she carries out her greeting and well wishing duties? :)

I'm so glad that your mom was able to accommodate Jack inside, what with all his massive lab materials and supplies. I'm sure that I wouldn't need to remind you of the importance of leaving Jack's equipment and computers alone, what with all the very technical scientific data stored within the computers. And I'm certain too that you would just naturally use your mom or dad's computer equipment.

I know that you are very busy while your mom is in Arizona. It is fortunate that your dad is there of course. Are you able to fix your dad's meals as well as yours and Jack's? And then of course you have clean up duty. And without Chihuahuas. Gee Annie, you are a brave young lady to take on all of that. But then, I guess Belgian stock are particularly hardy. And you do want to carry on with that hardy capable reputation that they have developed over the years. So, my hat is off to you. Perhaps after your mom gets home you will be honored with a brave working lady award just to show the appreciation you so richly deserve (or will after you complete your hard days).

Tom, who hears Bowser calling and must respond to the chefs call to dinner so that I won't miss out. (You know what they say Annie, he or she who hesitates is lost!)


Tom

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dear tom

mom has said she will turn over the craft room to Jack as soon as she finishes the pajama pants she is making for The Kid's dad....she is in there working on it right now.....she says if necessary, Jack can use the guest room, too......she told me to make sure the wawas get the hamburger up on the roof pronto since it still needs to thaw a bit.............

mom is leaving sunday morning for Arizona and will not return until thurs, I think.....mom said I will be in charge of inside the house....yes, my dad will be here, but he will be working in his office so somebody needs to be aware of what is going on........sheesh! good thing I am a natural leader and responsible pup, becuz mom is assigning me an awful lot of extra tasks...I am going to inform the commander that he MUST assign me several extra wawas to act as my minions...er, helpers... and do my bidding.....mom has stated quite firmly that the house MUST be clean when she gets home (I guess she is not totally over that mud thing...what a grudge holder!) so they will need to get busy.....I have a list of chores for them to do.....

mom did say that if I do a good job and don't get into any trouble while she is away,, she will bring me a present...I hope it is a new dog bed since when she washed the cover on mine she messed up the bed part.....I had it just the way I like it, with a nice dip in the middle and up on the sides for a pillow-like effect no matter which way I am lying on it.....when mom put the cover back on my bed she shook it and fluffed it trying to get all the inside stuffing even...can you believe it!?! what nerve! my bed has just not been right since even tho I have been trying to rearrange it to its old shape......I am not happy at all......just thinking about it makes me need a cookie and a good half hour of poses....

when you mentioned both Lulu and BC are working day shift and Kathy Cow is feeling left out I had a brilliant idea! why not assign Kathy some assistant nursing duties? that way she can be of help and still spend time with lulu......................after that I had another idea....I could fly out of here when Jack arrives with his returning eagles....you know I am a natural nurse so I could help the girls, providing guidance where needed and while I am there I could talk to the commander about his overwhelming crush on me.......oh, no! I promised mom I would stay here and guard the house.....hmmm.....maybe Kathy could assist now and when Jack returns to fl. I could fly with him....more hmmmms....I shall have to mull over this problem at bit mo.....tzzzt! tzzt!

what was that tremendous BOOM!?! tzzt! tzzt!

Annie who must g z-z-z-z-

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Dear Annie,

I'm totally with your mom on one thing. The cost of hamburger is going up and so is eagle hamburger consumption. I talked with Jack about sending one shipment per day instead of three or more. He said that he would try, but so often his second and third formulae are dependent upon the results of the previous formula.

I then talked with Joe (Jack's dad) about letting Jack return to Virginia in order to continue his extremely important work. Joe doesn't buy into the concept of chupacabra, nor does he really believe that Jack is capable of the miraculous things that he does. Oh, he loves Jack alright, but just doesn't fully understand him. Its a shame, but for that reason Joe did not give his blessing to Jack returning to Virginia.

Please have TQ prepare for Jack's landing in Virginia this afternoon. Extra hamburger will be essential since the gondola (possibly two gondolas) will be quite heavy. Jack was picked up by eagle carrier services just minutes ago. I did not notice if one or two eagles were required as I was in the front of their house distracting Joe with a discussion about lawn mowers. Jack has removed every bit of lab equipment from his lab, leaving the physical lab vacant of all instrumentation, computers, etc. He will require a water proofed area there, preferably one of the rooms in the house, to set up his full lab. Having all of his equipment on hand will be good and especially since he is right on sight with the invisible wall. I'm sure if you explain it to your mom she will have no problem sacrificing space for Jack, possibly letting him take over the computer room. I believe that TQ has the necessary appreciation for the seriousness of the circumstances.

Lulu informs me that the hospital here is now turning a corner toward Chihuahua health. All critical patients are now upgraded to serious with recovery expected for everyone that is left. We did loose two Chihuahuas from that horrible battle (I mean, of course, of those who were fortunate enough to make it to the hospital in time). The three amputees are covering nicely with PT started and counseling being given. Baby Cakes has taken on most of the counseling day to day, with a canine psychiatrist visiting once per week, usually on Tuesdays. Lulu tends to the cherry grass therapy. Night shifts for these two are no longer needed and they work together during the day now, though admittedly it is a long day.

Cathy is not a happy cow though. She feels that she has less time with Lulu than she had when the girls were doing shift work. Bowser likes the arrangement though, since he is with Baby Cakes all night and she is not feeling so stressed.

Our Chihuahua soldiers and special ops unit located a small group of chupacabra between the outer and inner lines of defense as feared. And feared even more is that there may be many more. The search for chupes who got in through the gap has intensified. Those that were found were quickly dispatched, but not before one escaped. We are concerned that the escapee may let others know that their cover has been blown.

Again, prepare for Jack's arrival. Hopefully, once he has his indoor lab set up right there, he will be able to solve this fence problem once and for all.

Tom, who is contemplating a photo shoot but who may decide to work on his dance routine instead. Decisions, decisions!

Tom

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I am paw-stomping mad!! mom locked up the computer in a hard plastic box with a lock when she said I could not use it until 7am This Morning! first of all the punishment was unjust as you know and worse, at 7am did mom come with the key?! heck no! mom had gone out early to run errands! she did not leave the key for me, and the computer was still in its box up on a top shelf in dad's office (he is away, too) and the ladders were in the back of the truck and mom took the truck to run her errands....soooooooooo unfairrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! a-wooooooo!!!

when mom came home this afternoon I would have given her a piece of my mind, but lucky for her I was in the middle of doing my afternoon pose session and did not want to give her the satisfaction of seeing me beg..(Belgian bassets do not believe in begging...that is more for common/non-Belgian dogs)....hmpfh! after sufficient time to let her know I was Highly Displeased with her, I ended my poses and reclined on the front lanai until she "remembered" to unlock that box and put the computer back where it belongs......now here I am...mom is going to have to BEG me for a tail wag or a lick, let me tell you!

Apparently Jack's dad has refused to let him return here to work on the barrier....to get around that Jack has been making formulas and sending them by eagle courier to a select couple of wawas here to test them on the sound barrier......so far nothing has worked and all the local stores are running very low on hamburger since we have to feed so many eagles...sometimes we have 3 deliveries per day.....mom is feeling a bit testy about this, and let me tell you, seeing those huge, yellow clown feet soar overhead as they come in for a landing can give a poor dog the willies *shudder*

mom did admit that the mud I tracked in was not all my fault...she says what ticked her off was that I did not clean up the mess I made.....*snort* if my dad had not scraped off the grass with the tractor we would not have such a mud pit when it rains.....I hope the new seed grows quickly....however, it was a good learning experience in disguise....mom was not impressed and pointed out that if I had been wearing shoes I could have taken them off at the door and come into the house with clean feet..........*shaking head*....sometimes mom just does not get it.....

Roscoe has investigated the squirrels that come here regularly and says they are all right...I pointed out Skinny Pants, the new guy and roscoe said he would be checked out immediately....also, after reading your last letter, I suggested to the commander that all squirrels in the wooded area surrounding our property might need to be properly scrutinized....the commander sighed and muttered something about that being an awful lot of squirrels and how come he gets all the nuts at camp.....I did not understand what he was going on about, but he said it was probably a good idea and would implement it immediately

Annie who has finally been able to set things right in her world and is quite pleased about it

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Dear Annie,

I hear that you got into trouble just for rehearsing Roscoe's recommended camouflage techniques. Your mom should be happy that you didn't use the recommended material. I assume that you were preparing to search for shape-shifting chupes before you were interrupted. We need to talk with your mom about that.

Well, by now you probably have computer privileges again. If not, you can always use the other computer...the one that your mom doesn't know about. Don't worry, I won't say a thing to her about that.

I understand that especially fat and especially thin squirrels are now suspect for being shape shifting chupes. Be especially on the look out for such creatures, for if they are in fact chupes, they are particularly dangerous. The super fat ones steel food and take it to their chupe dens to feed the masses. The thin ones are either chupe commanders checking the work of the fat ones, or sometimes just simply regular squirrels who have been shoved aside by the shape-shifted evil ones.

Be sure to let Roscoe know if you locate any of those creatures. And enjoy your cookies, the ones that you take to the Chihuahuas (you know, the ones that just happen to fall off the tray).

Tom, who needs to check on the patients at the hospital.

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Dear TQ,

I'm surprised that a group of Chihuahuas would be sent to clean the lab while Jack is away. They know he keeps it locked. Something isn't quite right there. I think you should look into that. It may be trouble of a serious nature.

Tom, who hears Joanie coming in the door carrying goodies. (Hmmm, wonder what is in those sacks.)

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when I awoke this morning I noticed the dogbeds next to my side of my bed were either bloody or muddy....once I got both eyes opened and peered again, I realized it was mud....then I noticed a trail of mud plops leading from the beds out of our bedroom and finally to the one bed by the front door with the culprit in it------------Annie, of course! so I swept up the bits and pieces of mud, got a washcloth and wiped big chunks of mud from her paws, gave her my frowny look which always scares the pants off of her and informed her that she is banned from the computer for the entire day and night of today....she may get on it again after 7am tomorrow.....hmpfh! yes, it did storm last night, but it has stormed many times before, and she has never tracked in mud like this...I am going to have to wash the dog bed covers as soon as I can dislodge annie from her bed (which may not be easy)....

I am pleased to report that the new squirrel seat/bridge that I installed has worked....basically it is just a piece of wood that is screwed to a L-joint which is attached to one of the lanai posts.....the sunflower seed feeder is located at the end of the post...now the fat little rascals can sit comfortably and there is no mess on my lanai since the seeds they drop land in the dirt below.....the guy that is on the seat/bridge now has been chowing down for quite some time....at least 4 doves are on the lanai floor below him, zeroing in for some possible squirrel-tail pulling if Fatty does not give up his seat.....aha! Skinny Squirrel has showed up.....perhaps he will chase Mr. Fatcakes away, altho if the Fat One has to run, he may fall over and just roll down our ramp.....so far, Skinny is not making his move....hmmm....I may soon be blamed for the rise in the overweight squirrel population....some coyote is going to have a succulent meal if Fat Bottoms is ever caught........people here hunt squirrels......I can see it if you are really, really hungry, but otherwise its an awful lot of work to get enough for a meal....oh! Skinny Pants made his move and Fat Stuff just ignored him and continued to stuff his cheeks, so Skinny just wandered off........no wonder he is such a String Bean

a small group of wawas were sent over from Housekeeping to clean Jack's lab while he is away....they found at least 3 papers, all appearing to come from different writings of Jack's...could they be missing formula papers?? Apparently Jack told them to fax them him, but we do not have a working fax machine here.....the wawa in the office said they could hear Jack grinding his teeth......isn't he supposed to return soon? my informant said Jack was also not pleased that they had been in his lab and thought it had been locked.........well, of course it was locked, but that never stopped a special ops wawa...

TQ who must go look for kale for breakfast since she does not have a bowser here to fix her a delicious breakfast.......*sniffle*....so sad........

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Dear Annie,

You are quite welcome. I am more than happy to keep an eye on the commander and let you know when it is safe to return to Florida. It most definitely is not at this time. I saw the commander on a routine visit to the hospital (I stop by each patient and talk with them for a short while just to let then know that they are thought of). When I saw the commander he asked about you. I will not go into detail about what he asked since I know that you are not interested in him, but suffice it to say that he is definitely interested in you, your whereabouts and your plans. I did my best to quiet his concerns...er, hopes...that you would soon be returning. I will continue to watch closely and monitor this situation.

I saw your picture. I must say, cows can be so blind sometimes. (Don't mention that comment to Kathy...grin.) I am glad that the Chihuahuas poofed that non-cow creature. Its terrible how those hideous creatures can infiltrate so many places just by shape-shifting. But I suppose that we should all be thankful that they seldom (if ever) get it completely right. And with the expert training given by Roscoe and Prince...well, so far they haven't managed to keep a shape-shifted chupe on our properties for any real length of time.

You will recall that at the end of my previous message I noticed a Chihuahua messenger heading this way. Basically his job was simply to give us a heads up. It seems that the outer special ops units had one area between two units fairly vulnerable. Having noticed it, they have now plugged the vulnerable spot, but they are concerned that some chupacabra forces may have found it before the special ops got it plugged. In other words, there may be chupes on this side of the outer fortresses though not likely within the property perimeter guarded by our regular troops. That area of uncertainty involves a great many square miles and a multitude of hiding places. A small contingency of regular soldiers and one small sub-unit of special ops have joined forces to search the area in question. That will be a long and uncertain process though.

I've got to tell you Annie, it gives me the shivers thinking about how close to our home these abominable creatures may be living and plotting. We are all on edge.

Tom, who hears Bowser calling him for breakfast.

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

thank you for offering to keep an eye on that commander situation...I appreciate it....maybe when he goes on vacation, I can sneak in for a quick visit.....its a shame I cannot be there for Joanie's first day at the new job helping her pick out the best outfit to start her new career....I am a natural at fashion.....oh well...she can call me if she needs any advice...

some of the wawas on patrol spotted a disguised chupe today....it was trying to mingle with the rest of the herd, but not doing a very good job of it...

one shot from the toxin gun and, poof! it was history!
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Dear Annie,

I am so glad to hear that Crazy Daisy is out of the invisible fence. Hanging there must have been horrible. She well might have lost weight making it easier for her to be freed, but remember, it was you who made that final effort which freed her. Congratulations for your quick thinking and successful action.

You asked if I think the commander may have a crush on you. I hadn't thought about it but your mom may be quite correct. I mean, keeping you in the brig may have been his way of keeping his adorable Annie close at hand. Now then, that's a bit controlling if you ask me, and I'm sure you must have found it that way as well, but then he is the commander and control is his gig. So it all sort of makes sense in a funny sort of way.

You feel that you must stay away for some time, and while Joanie and I will most certainly miss you, we do fully understand. And we feel that you are doing the right thing in this matter. If you wish, I could tell you when I think it may be safe to return to Florida, being that I am close to the situation here and now am aware of that which I need to watch for. Just let me know how you feel about that.

Tom, who is waiting for Bowser to finish dinner.

Dear TQ,

Fabulous idea telling Annie that the commander may have a crush on her. I doubt that she will be bugging you to find her transportation here for a while, and we both know that the eagles aren't likely to carry her again for a long time. Of course, they might were she to loose about half her weight, but we both know that's not about to happen.

It may be just as well that she doesn't come anyway. There has been activity near several of the outposts, though nothing definitive yet. But scouts remain on watch and special forces units remain ready to respond.

Lulu is looking good and doing well in the hospital as always, and Baby Cakes, though she holds down her shifts admirably, is looking so much more rested and obviously feeling much better. And I might add, Bowser is one cheerful chef. Actually, the quality of the meals have improved since BC arrived, not that they weren't wonderful, but now...oh TQ, all I can say is that it is a gourmet banquet around here morning, noon and night. Oh the pounds, but oh the food...so good.

Even Kathy is settling down somewhat. Of course Lulu talks with her some now and has explained to her how she is desperately needed in the Chihuahua hospital. Kathy is starting to understand, and while she remains just over the fence in the pasture, she is accepting Lulu's circumstances. Lulu tried to spend an hour a day with her now, and that keeps Kathy calm. It also provides an outlet for Lulu to vent when things get hectic in the hospital. It is all coming together here.

Tom, who sees a Chihuahua messenger heading this way

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dear tom,

yep, Crazie Dazie is out of the barrier...I, being a natural problem solver, advised the wawas to slather on the butter around her stuck area.....they patted on a tiny bit of oil and CD stayed stuck in the barrier.....after 2 1/2 days of listening to her incessant blather (she is a terrible singer and she sang "mooooooooo river" several times *shudder*).......I climbed the ladder, armed with 3 bottles of canola oil and soaked that bovine until she popped right out....some of those jealous wawas tried to say CD came out so easily becuz she lost weight hanging up there, but that is just envy speaking....we know it was due to my brilliant idea of using the oil

mom said something really mean to me....so horrible it is almost too difficult to repeat......she said that maybe your commander has a crush on me......do you think this is true? it would explain so many things, but, really, I have no such feelings for him.....and yet I know I am a natural magnet for the lovelorn...sigh....I shall have to find a way to let him down gently.....I hope you and joanie will be disappointed, but in case mom is correct I think it would be best if I stay home for a while....

mom, and I and a contingent of wawas went walking in the woods a couple of evenings ago...the wawas spread out in guard formation and soon we couldn't see them, altho we knew they were there......mom thought she heard a deer snorting in the woods so she stood behind a tree and snorted back and stomped her foot.....a few mins. later she heard the snorting again.....oh, she was sooo excited! this went on for several mins. with mom occasionally peering from behind the tree, camera ready to snap a pic of her snorting doe...all of a sudden one of the special forces guys walked out from behind a bush, snorting and sneezing from allergies....there was no deer! hahahaha! it was so funny! (mom looked a bit disappointed tho)....but she cheered up again when she almost stepped on one of the squirrels who was so busy digging at the base of a big tree that he never heard her coming......boy! did he jump, run up a nearby tree and scold her for several mins...I didn't like the way he talked to mom, especially since he was one of those who eats birdseed in our yard....I offered to bite him when he came down, but mom said not to worry about it and we went home.....

Jack left her via eagle courier services, but said he will be back in a few days....he said his dad really needs him at home and there is nothing he can do here until he gets all his papers put back in order....the quiet of florida, jack said, will make it easier to concentrate on his papers and formulas, but he will be back maybe by the end of the week......

Annie who is off to make another batch of cookies.....





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Dear TQ,

I feel so sorry for poor Daisie. Has Jack solved her problem yet? Has he assembled the papers in proper order and are any missing? Has he yet dissolved the invisible fence? Have those hideous chupes attacked yet? Oh, so many questions, so many worries. I fear I shall not sleep well until I have answers.

All seems calm on the front here, and yet one special ops unit reports whispers of unrest in the far reaches of our outposts. They are truly a long way out, and it is quite difficult to say whether that will move toward us or simply quietly die out. Still, it is worth staying alert about, and the troops here are preparing for what ever may come of that disturbance. We shall wait, watch and see.

One thing that is not so calm here is Kathy Cow. It seems she got wind of Lulu's presence and wants to know where Lulu is and why she hasn't come for a visit, let alone not telling Kathy she is here. I've had a long talk with her in spite of speaking in broken cow, trying my best to explain the situation, but Kathy is having none of it. Kathy insists she could be invaluable as a helper to Lulu during her shifts and cheering her when she is home, but we all know that that would brake down into constant interference, something that Lulu just simply cannot afford. I have therefore had to demand that Kathy remain in her pasture. In addition, I have assigned a couple members of our Dog Scout troop to keep an eye on Kathy and report any transgressions to the rule of staying in pasture. The pups (Dog Scouts) assigned to this are working on their Eagle Scout status and this is their Eagle Scout project which means that they will most likely be extremely diligent in their efforts. They have worked up a schedule for watch making it possible for each pup to have free time not to mention time for school work and the like. Their teachers are fortunately working with them, assigning home assignments during this time so that they can do their Eagle Scout shift work. It's wonderful to see such positive young pups working so hard on an extremely worthwhile project.

Tom, who hears Bowser calling him for breakfast. (Bowser says we are having a stack of French toast cooked in bacon grease with syrup and whipped cream, a slab of bacon, and a strawberry milk shake on the side.) (Why oh why can't I loose weight?)

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

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dear tom

I finally just flat out asked annie if she had seen the commander while she was in fl....all she said was he came to the hospital twice to see her dance for the patients...she sounded very disinterested in the whole topic...I mentioned how much he enjoyed her cookies and suggested that perhaps the commander has a wee crush on her ......annie turned pale and immediately had to go rest on her bed......she will probably be doing poses the rest of the day to get her equilibrium back...

we have a problem here at the sound barrier.....one of the cows, known as Crazie Daisie, decided to try to jump thru the hole that jack's formula created and got stuck
in the pic you will see not only Daisie, but get the full effect of the invisible shield.....although Daisie is not happy she has been reassured that it is a minor problem and as soon as Jack gets his papers sorted (almost done) he will find the correct formula, apply more to the area around the gap--or what was the gap until Daisie filled it-- and then she will be free.....on the other hand, this happened late yesterday afternoon and Daisie is one unhappy cow.....annie has suggested using any oil that the eagle did not use during her "clown feet" massage to rub around Daisie and the hole edges to help slide Daisie thru.....mattresses have been applied on both sides of the barrier on the ground below Daisie and the wawas with the smallest paws are up on ladders pouring oils in attempt to free her.......there has been some motion, but so far Daisie is still stuck....when they thought they were close to successfully freeing her, one wawa asked Daisie to suck in her stomachs so they could push her out of the hole....this did not go well since when Daisie suck in, all that air went out.....Daisie was so embarrassed she turned pink, 3 wawas fell off the ladder and if anything, the poor girl is stuck tighter than ever...............

in the meantime reports of another group of chupes has regrouped and is reported headed this way

TQ who is going to check on annie; perhaps she has recovered

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Dear TQ,

Lulu arrived here safely early this morning and caught a short nap before heading for the hospital. I walked with her because I wanted to see first hand how she and BC were going to work together. I also wanted to make sure that the commander did not interfere with the trained medical staff.

I was quite impressed when Lulu got there and immediately took charge. Her first action was to set up a schedule that would give each of the canines rest. Basically, there are three shifts and the canines will alternate between them with Lulu taking the first shift and giving BC her first real break since she started working with the wounded. The first shift is from 7 AM until 3 PM; the second from 3 PM until 11 PM; and the third shift is from 11 PM until 7 AM. Its not quite that simple though. Each canine will stay 15 minutes or so past their shift time so that turn-over reports can be given. AM shift will include morning meds, breakfast and lunch. PM shift will include dinner and PM meds. Of course special meds can be given anytime during the day as needed or required. The night shift is basically a sleeping shift, with the on-canine sleeping at the hospital and remaining on-call, and the off-canine returning home for a true break from the rat race that the hospital is these days.

This will represent the first real rest for Baby Cakes. With Lulu taking the first shift, she can come home and sleep or rest for the entire morning and early afternoon. Bowser of course will take care of feeding her a special breakfast. Prince and I will, of course, join them. (Poor Joanie has yet to serve time in her own prison, work in that old job.) She will then relieve Lulu for the afternoon shift and then will come home during the night shift. Obviously, with three shifts, the nurse/doctor will alternate each shift and nights then alternate, Lulu having the first one and BC the second.

Though shift changing is difficult, this arrangement seemed the best to Lulu considering the lack of true medical personnel. Yes, they have nurse practitioners and the like, but they are not trained in the science and art of cherry grass therapy, the essential key in the healing process for all illnesses and most definitely for chupacabra inflicted wounds. Suffice it to say that without cherry grass, more wounded would die than live. With it, recovery is around 95% successful. Lulu hopes, through her own research, to make that 100%, but so far that has not been possible.

Now you might ask what my job will be in all of this. BC gave me my job. She wants me to keep Bowser at bay during her sleep times, at least for the first time home. She loves him dearly and loves being with him, but right now she is so very much in need of sleep. I think Bowser understands, but still he has a hard time keeping his paws off of her. He just needs to touch her he says, and as long as touch and cuddle allows BC to sleep, then so be it.

I almost forgot to mention. Lulu brought me Annie's box of cookies which looked really...uh...interesting, but I sent them with Lulu to share with BC. They are also sharing a few of them with certain other personnel. Don't tell Annie, but Lulu even gave the commander a couple of lovely cookies. She waited until he ate them and praised them highly before telling him who had made them. She laughed and said that he almost gagged when she told him the maker of the cookies. BC and I pretty much enjoyed that too.

Oh, before I forget it, it amazes me just how much of the trip Annie forgot to tell you. It seems she dwelled on the 5% of the time in the beginning when she worked (played) in the hospital before the rest of the more or less disastrous time that she spent in the brig. But then, I guess she is a natural at selective memory.

Tom, who is about to join BC and Bowser for breakfast. (Oh oh, seems I forgot that I was going to work with Bowser and spent my time at the computer while he prepared a scrumptious waffle and whipped cream delight.)

Tom

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

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

annie is back and happily ensconced in the kitchen making cookies for the gang here....she "knows" everyone here missed her wonderful snacks.........I asked about her experiences in fl. and she said everything was just fine....except for the sick guys in the infirmary....I asked if anything special had happened while she was there and if she enjoyed her stay.....she said it was wonderful as always, but it was good to be home....annie said the only difficult part was having to deal with soooo many wounded.....she, of course, is a natural nurse, but BC was stressed a lot....lulu, annie said, will be quite busy.....

I built a walkway from the bannister to the birdfeeder in the hopes this will solve the squirrel messiness problem....so far I have not seen a squirrel near the feeder....mr twinkie and I have been doing some construction on the lanai which has been quite disturbing to the hummingbirds, sqirrels and songbirds who dislike the banging of hammers and buzzzzing of electric saws, as well as the presence of myself and mr. twinkie..I did bait the walkway with chopped walnuts, but then I went to the store so I don't know if a squirrel got the nuts or birds knocked them off.....

the eagle had to have foot massages when it got here with annie and her "chaperone"....not only did it wear a harness to carry the gondola, but it clutched the top of the gondola with its talons, the better to hang onto its massive weight without tipping over.....annie claimed she is a natural at giving massages, but she refused to touch "those giant, yellow clown toes", so several others jumped in to help the poor eagle.....it lay on a lounge of soft tree branches while seven wawas attended to the massage.........it took every bit of lotion and oil I had in the house, including cooking oil....there was a slight altercation when one of the wawas attempted to clip the eagle's talons, but once that was straightened out all was well.....that was one happy eagle when she left here this morning carrying lulu, the "chaperone" and a couple of the special forces guys who want to do some training in the Everglades

I am so happy my laptop is home....it is moving faster than ever and seems to wear a glow of happiness.....I loaded a SP app onto my tablet, but cannot access teams with it.......I can access my sp homepage, but only "friends", "photos" and comments people left for me....and I can access general blog comments of strangers I have no interest in....sigh...oh well, home again, home again, jiggety jig

TQ who was supposed to mention that annie sent you a box of cookies with lulu



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Dear TQ,

Is Annie there yet? I'm really quite anxious to hear about her.

I thought for a moment that Bowser had lost it. I viewed him outside jumping up and down, turning forward and backward summer saults, running at a very fast pace all over the yard (he usually just lies around between meals while contemplating the next meal, recipes, etc. or reads recipe books written in canine). He even went into howling mode which for the Bowser is unheard of. Then I remembered, I did tell him about the fact that Lulu would be coming to help BC and that Baby Cakes would even get time off to rest. He didn't flip out. He is just one happy pooch, ecstatic really.

Now then, about your squirrels. What you need is to install several feeders at various locations. The squirrels can have their choice right after Bertha makes her choice. Don't worry about the seed dropping. Just be sure to invite a number of doves, bob-white, chuck-wills-widows, and whippoorwills to your yard as clean up crew for the under feeder grounds. You could, of course, get some special deer food pellets and set up a separate station for her, but there is no guarantee that Bertha would choose that over the seed dispenser. By the way, you might want to take several pictures and send prints with Lulu when she comes.

I've had a long talk with Joe, Jack's dad. I've explained the extremely difficult work that Jack is doing and its importance. I also impressed upon him that Jack was quite safe with you and your family there and that he could rest assured that Jack would be very well taken care of. Unfortunately Joe is a skeptic who doubts the very existence of chupacabra. (Isn't that sad?) He was, however, impressed with the case that I made for how well Jack would be taken care of. Joe has committed to one more week for Jack to be there. However, when that week is over Joe made clear that JACK MUST BE HOME! I can't stress enough the importance of his timely arrival here. The threat to Jack if he fails to be here is the removal and discarding of all lab materials and tools that he has accumulated and the permanent closing of his personal lab. Also Twinkie, keep in mind that Jack totally looses track of time let alone date. He will need your help with this. Frequent updating on the time he has left may help most.

Bowser and I told Baby Cakes that Lulu is coming and she jumped for joy. We have refrained from telling Kathy for obvious reasons. This is one time Lulu will not have time for her good friend in the pasture.

Tom, who is planning to work with Bowser this noon while we fix lunch.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/12/2015 (11:25)
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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

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

we do not have any seriously wounded soldiers here, so lulu is preparing to hop aboard the gondola when annie arrives and return to fl. to help BC.....it will be good to get annie back here....the number of squirrels in the yard has increased to 4 or 5 and we have a huge doe named Big Butt Bertha (or at least that is how the wawas refer to her, but perhaps not to her face) who is eating my seed every night...the same seed the grackles are after....I moved the sunflower seed feeder to the other end of the lanai and the squirrels have not seemed able to find it, so I suppose I shall have to return it to its former spot....but they are so messy!! talking to them has done no good so perhaps I shall just post a sign which they will see every time they go to the feeder to remind them to be neater with the seeds....and not leave squirrel poo on the railings

jack is a hero!...............but we don't know how.........even jack does not know how.....he has tried so many different formulas on the sound barrier and then a gust of wind blew his notes all over the place that we don't know what formula went where......one of the last ones applied had no reaction at first, but a few hours later was seen to bubble and foam....by morning there was a big gap in the barrier wherever the formula had been applied and then dripped down............now if he can only figure out which formula he used............I heard thru the grapevine that jack's dad has been calling, demanding that jack return home immediately, so jack is really feeling the pressure to figure out this mess....lulu has been trying to help him organize his notes, but you know how persnickety jack can be.....even lulu cannot get things exactly right to suit him.....she says she is just hunting for papers that were blown off his desk, but she is no longer trying to put them in order....she just stacks them under paperweights and lets jack work on the sorting stuff......

TQ who is looking forward to seeing her baby girl, annie

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Dear TQ,

After multiple sessions with the commander and untold number of phone calls to eagle services, I have managed to arrange transportation and get Annie released from the brig. She is flying home as we speak, accompanied by one chihuahua, a brig guard who is reportedly extremely effective at her job. I cannot say when she will arrive. This is NOT express service, but because of the weight involved in the delivery, it may happen quite quickly. On the other hand, because of the weight involved in the delivery, a number of rest stops may be required. In either case, if my calculations are correct, Annie should arrive anytime from late tonight through early afternoon Wednesday. She was not particularly happy about the transportation but was willing to undergo the flight just to get out of the brig and hope for a truly well rounding (er, rounded) meal.

Kathy is well rested and back to her self again. It is almost as if she didn't suffer that traumatic situation. Well, that is until one of her sister cattle asks a question about her experience with the quick sand. At that point she does kind of have a hissy-fit.

Baby Cakes sends her love to Lulu and wants Lulu to know that everything is going well with the patients here. Well, that was from BC but I know for a fact that there are still several critical patients and that Baby Cakes is really quite exhausted. Still she carries on. She didn't want Lulu to worry about her, but I do think Lulu should know about her current condition. I'm personally quite concerned about her as is Bowser.

Tom, who is about to see if BC needs help with anything.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/11/2015 (14:25)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Its bedtime. I won't be talking much but there are a few things you should know.

Joanie, who is about to embark on a new job, took me shopping with her today...for 6 hours. That's right, six hours. And on a dance day. The rest of the day was spent dancing, doing laundry, etc. Very busy. So here are the important things to know...

Kathy is home at long last, and resting. Lots and lots of resting between pasture grazing and cud chewing.

Annie is still in the brig, and try as I may, the commander won't budge. If you come down, take her home. That is the one way that the commander will let her go. And you could probably use another nurse there.

Sorry to hear that you have been under attack but it sounds like it went quite well. I know that all the troops will be quite weary but they must not slow their efforts. Chupes are, if anything, quite sneaky.

Give everyone my warm wishes for a safe defeat of those nasty creatures,
Tom

Tom

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

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

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