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5/30/16 9:21 A

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dear Prince...

Sir! Corporal Nitti reporting sir! I am temporarily assigned as the new camp scribe here since the previous one is off in sick bay....apparently, while trying to record Annie's story of her adventures in fl (which has no business in the camp records since everything in her story occurred elsewhere, but she insisted, but the scribe dared to object and she "accidentally" stomped on his writing paw) there was an accident and now I have been stuck with this duty...*sob*....do you remember me? I was one of the new recruits, brought in to work in the amp's IT dept......you used to call me "Nitti the Brain"....well....anyway, how to I verify any of Annie's story? it is Quite fantastic, to the point of being unbelievable.....one of the other new guys suggested we just start an Annie Shelf in the camp library, similar to a fiction section in a human library....do you think that would be possible? would it be the right thing to do? I admit I am a bit afraid of Miss Annie....she is large and can be quite ferocious.....my friend, Al, said we would have to give a good excuse, like she has her own shelf so she can pull out an "incident report" and read it to us like a bedtime story, or becuz she is such a heroine she deserves her own special shelf, but many of the guys are heroes, too, and don't get their own shelf, so it seems unfair....anyway, I would appreciate some help from either you or roscoe....surely her stories of attacking giant snakes, dragging your dad to safety, guarding him night and day at the rehab center where she saved him from various medical boo-boos and pulling him from the brink of death 8 times, etc cannot be true.....so far, the only thing I can maybe accept as true is that she went to fl, but even that I am not sure about

Scribe Nitti who must lay down his pencil and go chase off one of the squirrels who seems quite upset that HENrietta is standing below his feeder


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5/29/16 10:33 P

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Dear Sis,

It was a crazy day today. Mom was out much of the day. She took me to the spa for a bath and toe nail grind. I've gotta tell you, when I walked out of there I looked like a million dollars. I still do, disguise and all. Roscoe helped me with my disguise.

Well, while I was being coddled by these cool gals at the spa, mom went shopping. She messed up though because someone stole her cell phone. I'm glad that you are in Virginia because you know how people blame you for so many things. Well, she used someone else's cell and called dad and dad immediately deactivated the cell. He then spent much of the afternoon changing passwords on his e-mail account, facebook, and all of their major accounts (bank and credit). He was worn out by the time he finished. Famous last words..."Why, just why can't there be one standard format for changing passwords? Why does it have to be such a hassle?" Well, he didn't get an answer but he did get the job done.

I'm sorry your mom is having so much trouble with her leg. I think going the ortho route is the right way to go though. Chiropractors tend to have limited insight over all. It's not that they can't be helpful under certain circumstances, but overall the medics have it going best I think. Oh, and of course that includes nurses. Dad saw a picture of your mom's leg in facebook. He said that didn't look like any brace he had ever seen before. I do wonder how on earth that contraption works.

Dad said I am putting on weight. Well, it's not my fault. Can I help it if Bowser serves delicious fattening food. And then I probably haven't had as much exercise as I should have. So it just isn't my fault at all. Dad says we are going to do something about that, so I figure he feels like he is about ready to take me to dog park. I do know that I am not being fed as well as I was being fed by the Bowser before my dad got involved. I work so hard to make him happy and then he withholds some of my food. It doesn't seem fair, though dad does say that it is for my own good and dad is always straight with me.

Fred had arrived. Both eagles who were involved in carrying him looked horrible. They walked with a stager and one nearly keeled over. Mom hurried to get raw hamburger into its beak and that helped revive it somewhat. They are napping in the shade of the pine woods behind our property before taking off for Eagle HQ. One of them told Fred to plan on finding another means of transportation when he returns to Virginia.

Prince, who needs to take his dad to bed.


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Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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5/29/16 7:32 P

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DEAR Prince

it is so good to hear that your dad is continuing to heal....I can tell you that he needs to continue to rest to recuperate....it was very noisy at the rehab center...I often tried to encourage him to do poses to make up the rest he missed due to nurses and staff coming in and out of his room at all hours....as you said, while reasonably comfortable, the rehab bed was not the normal shape that a bed should be.....if possible, when your dad is on the couch you might occasionally curl up next to him and lull him into taking a nap....napping builds his strength and aids in recovery....I am impressed that you are so skilled in OT and PT and able to get your dad to so easily cooperate in these processes.....you will be proud to know that he was very cooperative at the rehab center no matter how rough they were on him

I thought I was going to come home and recuperate f from my florida nursing experience, but mom is not doing well......the ER doctor said that what was wrong with her knee was not what the chiropractor diagnosed....mom is supposed to make an appt. with an orthopaedic dr. sometime this week....they gave her a brace in the ER that goes from thigh to ankle and, quite frankly, it is ugly.....she really needs to bling it up somehow, but it has 7 (really...7!!) Velcro straps that wrap around it, so she will have a difficult time finding a way to jazz it up..... it also slides down her leg if she walks much....I think they gave her the wrong size.....when your dad's knee has totally healed you might suggest he gets a tattoo so the scar does not stand out...perhaps he and your mom could get matching tattoos....of you...?? emoticon

Fred, the mastiff, has decided to come to fl., too, for further training...he will leave early tomorrow morning so expect him by mid-afternoon....apparently becuz he is so big, it is going to take an extra eagle to help carry his gondola and they are expecting to take a break or two along the way....if you think I need to return to fl., let me know and I will ride with him

Nurse Annie who needs to find a snack to build up her own strength

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5/28/16 11:34 P

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Dear Sis,

I'm home and you can tell TQ all about it. Dad was a mess when he got home. He said he had had a shower, but I could sniff out the scent of the human kennel. I know he was in a kennel and needed it all washed away, so I bathed him from head to toe. He was kind of squirmy but after it was over he thanked me. Not in so many words you understand, but rather in the way he kept petting me and loving me. We even had a short game of toss the ball and toss the bone. I kept him supplied with stuff to toss. I figure it will help his upper body strength. It's just the beginning of Prince OT. Next comes PT. For PT I encouraged him to take me outside. He did that, but not on leash. He let me do my stuff in the back and then called me back in, just like mom has been doing. Dad is a quick learner.

I'm glad Bowser is here. The food is always so much better when Bowser does the cooking. BC has been checking dad and has provided on cherry grass rub treatment. Hopefully it will help alleviate pain while curing the wound that the doctor gave him. I guess he must have had a really cruel doctor because he left a tremendous scar on dad's knee and leg.

Right now dad is sitting up. He can't sleep. I guess he got used to all the bends in the hospital and rehab beds. The bed mom and dad use is just a straight flat bed. Dad just isn't used to that anymore. He'll have to work on it though. He needs to relearn how to sleep in a normal bed.

Oh, I think he's going back again now. Of course I'll stay with him just in case he trips and falls or something. (Roscoe says to say hi.)

Prince


Tom

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

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

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


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5/27/16 6:33 P

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DEAR DAD,

just a quick note to let you know that I am home......Roscoe is with me and since you have a team of wawas at the rehab center we are setting things up here at the house to surprise any possible thugs and intruders....oh! this will be fun! I am so excited to see you tomorrow! bowser is preparing a special dinner in your honor....

I have to tell you that 2 gondolas showed up to carry all of us back to FL....when they landed, annie hopped out of one looking as pleased as punch with herself....waving "howdy boys!' to us she skipped into the house and I heard her announce to TQ that she was prepared to take over all nursing duties....did I hear TQ groan? she immediately went over and huffed into TQ's face....she said that breathing sacred dog breath onto an ailing human is extremely beneficial to them....she encouraged me to do the same to you.....hehehehe.....BC just shook her head....*grin*......you should have seen the poor eagle that was carrying Annie's gondola.....he looked a wreck.....apparently eagle courier service sent a trainee to carry annie.....I wonder if he quit his job after he got back to home base....

I promised mom I would help get the house ready for your arrival, so I'll talk to you tomorrow...if we have time, roscoe and I will don some of our disguises for you

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5/27/16 10:29 A

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Dear Prince,

Tomorrow I go home. Itís now time for you to go home. Just to let you know, Bowser and BC plan to return home today. There travel arrangements were confirmed this morning by Eagle travel serves. You can see how beneficial the trip will be for you. Just call into ETS (Eagle Travel Services) and make a reservation. If you do it quickly, you may be able to arrange for additional gondolas for when Bowser and BC leave and you could have a convoy.  Oh, by the way, feel free to ask Roscoe to join you for a while in Florida. I know you guys have become almost inseparable in your comradeship, and it would be fun to have the Ros spend some time with us.

Yesterday evening I had a visitor. It was not a pleasant visit though. The publishing company wants their $2000.00 NOW! I told the folks that I had not raised the money and it looks like this isnít going to work out. They spoke to me with less than respectful demeanor. I was told that they would be back on Saturday and if I didnít have the money I would get hurt. I didnít like that at all.

Because of my concerns over this, I contacted an attorney. He asked to see the contract and I told him it was a hand shake agreement. He was smiling from ear to ear. First, he told me I do not owe them a penny. Secondly he told me that it was clearly a con artist pulling a scam. Now he did tell me that I was likely in real danger from the thugs that had come for the money. He informed me that I would need protection. I immediately messaged HQ and asked for Chihuahua guards who are with me now. I dare them to try anything with my guards around me. I paid the attorney with my credit card and now am on the lookout for thugs who would attempt to hurt me. The Chihuahuas will turn the tables nicely.

I did notice one thing. As the attorney was talking about how dangerous this is and how they will likely attempt to hurt me, Annieís pose became one of wide eyes and trembling. She said it was an exercise. Shortly after that she said that since BC is returning to Florida that it is imperative that she go to Virginia. Her bags are packed (quickest packing job Iíve ever seen her do) and the eagles were contacted. Fortunately it was just in time to hop the gondola heading for the Bowser / BC pickup. The eagle is going to transport both ways, just different passengers. Oh, in order to expedite the transportation while maintaining some secrecy should anyone try to go after her prior to departure, she is traveling under the alias, ďSkinny Sweetness.Ē At least that is the name she gave to eagle services.

I should tell you that I didnít mention the bear to Annie. I know that she has enough on her mind as she prepares to resume her top dog status in Virginia. Also, Annie is not fond of bears and that extra worry on the way back could be dangerous. She may suddenly decide to vacate the gondola rather than continue all the way to Virginia. Well, you know, Annie is Annie, bless her heart.

Tom, who needs to get ready for OT or lunch, whichever comes first.


Tom

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

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

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


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5/27/16 3:35 A

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dear dad,

you are probably right about your friends being jealous of your literary success....perhaps if you offered to put their name in the dedication they would cough up a decent amount for publishing fees.....if they ask about a photograph, remember to tell them that is strictly reserved for just you and me....

can you hear the hammering that is going on here? it seems like everyone should be able to hear it as it seems to go on non-stop....but I am trying not to complain....the off-duty wawas are building bleachers and a running track for their version of the Kentucky Derby.....it is good to see them united in this project which brings them closer together as a team....there is some debate as to who and how many should do the actually running since it will be wawas taking to the actual race course.....and then there is the debate, should they have jockeys??? they were hoping to hold this event on Sunday, but due to some nearby storm, we have been having rain again so there is another debate as to weather they should run in the rain or wait for a sunny day.....Henrietta is just as happy for the delays as a single hen can only do so much and she is in charge of flowers for decorations....

we were invaded by a bear last night....it was a real bear, which we learned after shooting it with toxin several times with no poofs forthcoming....the bear was not real understanding about the whole thing....none of us got much sleep since we had to post extra guards

Prince who is going to go look and see if Bowser has made a snack...or two....

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5/26/16 11:01 A

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Dear Prince,

Iíve been thinking. Perhaps you should not ride anywhere with TQ, especially if she has had a happy pill. And you should, of course, encourage her not to drive, but if she insists, just go somewhere where she canít find you. Of course by the time she gets home you can be sitting sweetly on the door step wagging your lovely tail and saying to TQ, ďOh, where have you been. I went out to get in the car and it wasnít there.Ē Well, you get the idea. Just use whatever excuse you find convenient.

You mentioned the spider woman. I suppose she is doing OK. This morning VERY early she was discharged at her request (well, insistence). I donít think she was anywhere near ready to leave. Still, she did. I donít know. Some folks just donít have good judgment. I told Annie but she just yawned and returned to her poses.

You mentioned the book. That may take a while. Iíve been trying to raise the original $2,000.00 pre-publishing fee. Iíve talked to literally every one of my friends and told them about this marvelous opportunity. They all seemed to laugh at me and no one and I mean NO ONE would lend me a red cent. Good grief, some friends. Not only that but many of them suggested that it sounds like a scam. Personally I think they are just jealous but without their help, I donít think this project is going to happen. I know the publisher will be upset with me because we did shake on the deal, but at the same time, no money, no deal. You know what I mean?

As for your disguises, Prince, I think when you come home we shall need to discuss disguises at length. We will also be discussing diet. I didnít adopt a Belgian Lab, I adopted a good old red blooded American dog. Please give that some thought.

It does seem that TQ is having a lot of trouble getting needed treatment. I really think she should drop her doctor and just work with Baby Cakes. The problem with that is that soon Bowser and BC will be returning to NC which means that TQ would have a rather lengthy commute to see the doc.

Dad, who is about to have lunch.


Tom

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

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

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


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5/25/16 2:59 P

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dear Dad

thanks for sending another pill....I hope this one gets here safely and in its original form....TQ when to the city today and said the driving was fine, but while crossing the 2 lane street (at a somewhat accelerated clip since it was a busy street) she realized that perhaps for the day were a bit too ambitious...she forced herself to walk `1 1/2 blocks to the art museum to see paintings by a dead guy named norman Rockwell....she said it was terrific and even showed us some of his pictures on the internet....they were okay, I guess, but not many dogs in them....

glad to hear annie is doing okay....you didn't say anything about it, so I presume the anti-dog lady is still okay.......be assured that annie is plotting her revenge very carefully and WILL apply it when she considers the time is right.....hehehehe

congratulations on getting your book published! don't forget to submit a photo of you and me for the cover shot....

roscoe has been showing me some of his better disguises....there's more to it than I originally thought....TQ is pretty smart about most of our militia stuff, but she is stubborn over her distaste of roscoe's disguises....yesterday he and I and 6 wawas had to have a bath after she got a whiff of us.....humans must have odd olfactory senses.....the wawas tried to back out, saying they would shower back at the barracks, but TQ clenched her lips together in an unpleasant line and forced them to march under the hose and get scrubbed....with soap! yuk! ahhh, it was a damp group of us in the mess tent at dinner time.....in spite of TQ's obstinate ways, I felt I learned a lot and can't wait to share some of this with you after we both get home.....maybe we could get you disguised and you could surprise mom, hehehehe.....roscoe has become very learned in the art and composition of disguise mediums, so we are going to do an exchange when I return home...he will send me home with a variety of disguises which I will share with our local wawas, and in turn, I will collect some FL disguise materials (he is especially interested in the alligator one) and send it to him to study and try out.....should be fun

sheesh! TQ is hopping mad....her chiropractor told her on mon. to see her medical dr. for xrays and pain meds....she called her dr. and left a message with the nurse by 9am....the nurse called back around 10:30am for further info and said she would talk to the dr. and call back....today, 3 days later, a different nurse left TQ a message stating that her appt. is scheduled for June 2.....let me tell you, dad, TQ is being a bit snarly about the long wait and said she is going to talk to the chiro and find a different dr....or at least I think that is what she is muttering about, sometimes its difficult to understand her.....sometimes I think she has been hanging around annie too long....BC has been applying a cherry grass ointment which seems to help, but BC and bowser went on a picnic lunch and are not back yet, so who knows when Tq will get her next dose of cherry grass.....sigh........

Prince who is about to lead a deployment of wawas on maneuvers.....

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5/25/16 10:51 A

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Dear Prince,

You are right about the breakfast. I miss Bowserís cooking. At rehab the food is satisfactory as institutional food goes, but oh for a Bowser waffle or pancake. I am sitting here and dream-smelling his delightful breakfasts.

I have heard from all five publishers with mixed results. Four of them flat out rejected my novel. Grrrrr! The fifth accepted it as is with great kudos. I am really happy about that. They are a friendly group who work on the handshake policy rather than paper work. Well, Iíve filled out so many medical papers that that is refreshing. All I have to do now is raise the $2,000.00 pre-publishing fee. Then they will print up 10,000.00 books and only charge me $5.00 per book. The books sell for 29.95, so you can see the profit potential. Itís just fabulous! Let everyone there know that I am now an author.

It sounds like the medication that we sent worked pretty well for TQ. I guess we could call it a happy pill. I am sending another as we speak. This time we have created a special pouch so that the pill sits directly under the wing next to the fuselageÖer, body. It is sitting in a special pouch. Perhaps you can arrange for TQ to enjoy the entire pill undiluted with bird spit.



Since Annie tends to be quite active at night (I never know what she is up to because I am sleeping) she spends most of the day in the closet practicing poses. She is very dedicated you know. Oh, she does come out of pose at meal time. Itís uncanny how aware she can be of food while being totally oblivious to most anything else. Itís that active night life of course. Still, even with all of the activity, she still has time to sing for everyone around 2 to 3 AM. What a lady.

Tom, who is feeling pretty good about how things are going in rehab.



Tom

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

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

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


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5/24/16 12:59 P

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dear dad

I have heard that if you crack open your bedroom door and then place a small Dixie cup of water on top, the next person who pushes open your door will get a small shower....hehehehe....just thought you might find the possibilities humorous if you want nurses and staff not to wake you before the early light the dawn....so sad to hear what happened to the spider woman....*grin*...I do hope there are no more accidents occurring in her room *double snicker* (this will give annie something to do while in the closet...she quite enjoys plotting revenge)

publishers (so I've also heard) are not always enlightened creatures...perhaps you should write a story about a merry band of canines who go off on adventures, but send it to publishers of children's and young adult books....one might hope they would be more open minded....

late last night a small blue heron showed up, and after presenting proper credentials, was allowed to knock on TQ's door...the EGGMail courier who accidentally swallowed the pain pill you/annie sent TQ finally burped up about 1/3 of the pill when he fell off his tree branch and banged his head....knowing it was of extreme importance, one of the investigators who still happened to be at the scene, wrapped it up in a piece of leaf and immediately sent it to TQ via a passing heron....being a (naturally) bright canine and therefore knowing that no human is going to eat anything previously yakked up by a bird, I hid it in ice cream and then gave it to TQ....after she began feeling better, I told her the whole story....at first she sorta gagged at the thought of eating an already eaten bird-saliva-ed pill, but then she began laughing.....she is still feeling much better this morning....she said she is considering cancelling her dr. apt that the chiropractor wanted her to make for xrays and pain pills, but since she had cancelled it last week, she is not sure what to do now....the dr. is not one to listen to the hard facts of chupacabras, Belgian bassets, etc, strictly dealing with humans only and not believing in inter-species communications...silly man

Prince who hopes your breakfast was as delightful as his (but doubts it since there is only one bowser and he is here)

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5/24/16 9:17 A

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Dear Prince,

You asked if Iíve heard from the publisher yet. Yes indeed I have. I was a happy camper when I received the letter, that is until I opened it.

I wonít go into detail, but it said in effectÖĒDear Mr. H., Are you kidding? Are you bloominí nuts sending this piece of garbage (not the actual term) to us. No way Jose! REJECT! We recommend that you pursue an entirely different avenue for income production.Ē

Well Prince, it seems that the world is truly full of narrow minded folks without any sense of far sightedness. No problem though. I have now sent the manuscript to five additional companies. Iím quite certain that at least one of those companies will have the insight to publish, recognizing a master piece and wanting to capitalize on it. Itís just a matter of time Prince.

Well, Annie spent the night camping outside of my window. She used the wall as one side of her campsite and built a fire on the outside part of her mini-camp. She even found a bright shiny piece of metal which she used as a reflector to send heat towards her. She even serenaded to entire neighborhood between 2:00 and 3:00 AM. I donít really think her voice is improving, but it sounded good to hear her because I knew she was OK.

Remember the doctor who evicted Annie? Well, I heard him complaining this morning about having the bright shiny fender of his fancy sports car ripped away. He blames the neighborhood's teenage population and seemed to be quite upset. Now then, the fender very closely resembles Annie's heat reflector, but I'm sure that is just a coincidence.

This morning I continued with her efforts to see who would participate in the race. When I got to that troublesome woman down the hall, the one who reported Annie you know, I decided to let past behavior go and tried to put on a sunny face and ask her to join us. She immediately went into a tirade about me being that horrible dogs owner and I should be ashamed of myself for bringing her inside. I tried to explain to her that I was not the owner, but simply a very good friend. She would hear nothing of what I was saying about sweet Annie and finally I just gave up and walked away. Believe me, it was not easy to walk away, but I was determined to take the high road.

Later that night I heard screaming coming from her room. It seems that there were tarantulas in her bed and somehow a whole pitcher of ice water had fallen on her while she was sleeping. Hey, I know nothing about this other than what I heard. I did let her know that my theory is that she had been attacked by a chupacabra during her nap. I pointed out that Annie is a guard against such incidences but obviously could not protect her or anyone else because of her lock out. The woman just growled and so I simply walked away again, admittedly this time with a grin on my face.

Oh, and by the way, it seems that Annie has found an entry into and out of the place. She does have to walk through the wing where the folks with less than all of their marbles stay. She says its kinda creepy but not really in a threatening sort of way. I keep my closet door cracked so that she can stay in the closet whenever anyone comes into the room. Annie says that sometime it will be safe for everyone to come out of the closet, but for now she accepts the necessity of closet life.

Dad, who is getting ready for OT.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/24/2016 (09:21)
Tom

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

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

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


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5/23/16 8:37 P

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dear dad,

everyone here is appalled at that narrow-minded doctor's attitude....perhaps you can ask mom to bring some of the wawas and a ladder to help annie get over the fence.....what a nasty, nasty man....and annie is probably terrified that some villain will try to kidnap her while she is alone outside....she is such a little dog.....that female patient who complained should be....um.....bitten! if she participates in the wheelchair races I hope you beat her by a mile! you know, if annie is stuck outside after dark she will probably sing to keep herself company which might cause more problems....(at least if she does, I hope she does it under the grumpy woman's window)...perhaps mom should just take her back to the house with her tonight....they can play in the vault and eat chocolate to cheer themselves up...hehehehe..then mom could sneak her back to you before she goes to work.....

dad, i think TQ may send me home tonight..and send roscoe with me.....we had leftover beans with our dinner which has had aromatic results....really, .I don't think its so bad, but i don't think TQ can take much more....we have been banned to the bunk house with the wawas until the clouds in the house dissipate....sigh....personally i think TQ is over-reacting....

did you hear from the publisher yet, the one you sent your story to?? i was looking at several books on TQ's shelf and on the inside or back cover many of them have a picture of the author, some have the author and his dog....i was thinking you and i would be a grand picture on your book...what do you think??

prince, your Belgian lab, who is about to have cookies and ice cream for dessert tonight

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Dear Prince,

For Annie, today was the best of days; today was the worst of daysÖ

First thing this morning she received honors. She and I were in our room when the entire staff from OT, PT, and orthopedic wing came into the room. They announced that Annie had unanimously been voted (by staff) the best companion dog that they have ever had on the floor. (Donít tell Annie that she is the first and only as well.) She was given a certificate of excellence and a pat on the head and stroke on the back by each and every staff person. There was wonderful food of celebration, though I noticed that she didnít eat much of the popcorn. Annie just beamed. I do wish you could all have seen her receive these honors.

Later I asked the CNA about organizing wheel chair races. The CNA thought that it would be a good idea but didnít see when staff could do that. Annie immediately piped upÖĒI could do it,Ē she said. ďIím a natural at organizing things and events.Ē

Well, her offer was accepted and she went about the business of organizing. She said that first she needed to see how many patients would participate so she went from room to room seeking that information. That may actually have been her downfall. It seems that one of the patients called her doctor about Annie being in the hospital. She claims she is allergic to dogs, but Annie and I think that she just doesnít like pooches and uses the allergic excuse. The doctor came around, found her, and raised the roof about a dog on premises. (Obviously, he was a very narrow minded physician.)

It was then that Annie was given the boot, the staff was given admonitions to NOT let that mangy mutt back in, and the facility was put on permanent lock down. Right now Annie is outside of my window looking in with the most forlorn look imaginable. Even for those who didnít like her they would have to feel sorry for her. My heart goes out to this poor baby.

I did go to the window and told her that I know that this should never have happened and somehow we shall find a way in for her. Perhaps it will need to be during the middle of the night. In the meanwhile I have made a couple of trips to the court yard. True, we canít pass through the gateless iron fence, but we can talk and I can pet her heard. That seems to help her more than anything.

Dad, who is still waiting for OT and the second session of PT.


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dear dad

I have been sending annie the same message over and over....all I say is "thank you for rescuing my dad" or "thank you for taking such good care of my dad".....either I got no response or the old "this phone has been permanently disabled" message....boy, that girl can hold onto a pout.....(are Belgian bassets naturally pouty? *grin*)....yesterday, I finally received a reply which said "I am naturally kind, compassionate and forgiving--go away", so I think I am wearing her down....hehehehehe lucky you to have such a personal opera every night.....perhaps you should hide a bit of your nightly dessert under your pillow and whip it out under her nose as soon as she begins to sing....tell her its hers if she lays off with the tunes........bribery has been known to work with the Annster.....

yeah, about that harness....don't really know where its gotten to..i was wearing it when I arrived, but I probably just took it off during a training session and forgot to put it back on and now I can't remember where it is...yep, that's probably it.....It might still fit, unless I left it in a field and it shrunk in all the rain we've had.....don't worry...btw, are you trying to say I might be a Belgian lab?? teeheehee

speaking of fitness, I'm glad to hear you've been working so hard...have you organized wheelchair races yet? TQ says she is about to gnaw her own leg off....that pain pill you sent??? umm....you need to speak to your personal nurse about wrapping them better....apparently the EGGMail courier was carrying it in his beak when he hit some turbulence over Georgia....he swallowed the pill....reports said he was found hanging by his toes, upside down in a large oak tree singing show tunes....he was feeling no pain......*snicker*

Roscoe who has a big meeting with the commander, roscoe and the head of the Special Ops division, but only AFTER he enjoys a Bowser breakfast...yum!

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Dear Prince,

Like you, Iím not much into horse racing, but it does sound like you guys had a cool party. But listen here buddy, watch that eating. Does your harness still fitÖor did you remove it?

Every day they work me harder in PT and OT. Man, todayís was some crazy challenge. During the session with PT, they had me walk the hall just using one hand on the bar on the wall. Actually, it was just a matter of letting my hand slide along the while I walked. Oh, and the cruel ones took my walker from me for this and a lot of other exercises. I did get to put my foot high on the wall and no one complained. Well, except for me. What they made me do with my leg during this exercise was NOT a piece of cake. But I got through it. There were several other difficult exercises but I wonít bore you with that. Just know that when I got back to the room they shoved a pain pill down my gullet and slapped ice on my knee. Iím feeling better now for some reason.

Annie is hitting it off pretty well with the staff. They all seem to love her. She gets oh so much attention now. We have a special spot in my room thoughÖthe closet with the door closedÖ for any time that the administration or the doctors come around. Staff suggested this. Apparently there is a difference in attitude between staff and doctors. In fact, she sleeps in the closet during the night, but for that they leave the door slid open. When all is settled, she sometimes comes over to my bed, jumps into my bed, and cuddles up next to me. That works pretty well until she feels the urge to sing. In fact, the singing has been a huge problem for everyone including me and excluding Annie. Annie frankly doesnít see the problem at all.

Come home soon Prince. When Annie and I get discharged from the hospital, she will be up against the brig commander and that is NOT good, as you know.

Dad, who is ready for a bit of shut eye.


Tom

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we are all here --TQ, Mr. Twinkie, me, Ros, and all the off-duty wawas, BC & Bowser--in front of the tv waiting to watch the Preakness....now, normally horse-racing is not something I would find all that exciting, but this is a big deal and TQ has made chili and chips, rice, crackers, and 3 desserts of brownies, cookies, and cupcakes...it is a Preakness Party...Roscoe said last year The Kid was here and everyone made silly hats and the Kid even made one for him.....this is all quite fun...we can eat whatever we want....TQ suggested that perhaps we should have a dog race, running around one of the pastures....she said it would work off any extra calories we consume during the PP today....everyone likes the idea....I asked TQ if she would do the special cooking, but Bowser jumped in and said he would be willing to prepare everything....you commented that some labs have a tendency towards plumpness; I think it wouldn't hurt Bowser to run the race with us, hehehehe..perhaps we should invite our chubby friend, Jack, to come down for the big event, too.....

shame on you for stealing mom's chocolate! *grin* of course, I guess you need it, since the cookies I sent you "disappeared".....its amazing the amount of thieves that are hanging around the rehab center.....speaking of rehab.....I offered to call in an eagle to transport TQ to your rehab place, telling her that they could probably help her knee like they are doing for you....TQ thanked me but declined, stating that she is afraid of heights...(she even told me a story of a zip line incident in Jamaica involving heights and fear and not stopping)......she came up with the idea of getting a wagon and letting us pull her when she needs to go somewhere....not sure we canines like this idea.....

as you have probably been told, there are a lot of squirrels living here who feast like Belgian bassets on the sunflower seed TQ puts out for the birds....she stores the sunflower seeds in a big metal trash can, but has the wild bird seed in a big rubber trash can....can you believe it?!! the squirrels have chewed holes all over the top in an attempt to get in and steal even more seed......TQ was not pleased so she taped over the holes with duct tape and then sprinkled hot sauce on the lid........those sneaky squirrels figured out to chew holes in the BOTTOM of the trash can....*tsk* *tsk* *tsk*....TQ taped over the new hole and hot sauced the entirebottom, but they gnawed thru it again.....it is war!! *grin* TQ bought a metal trash can today and is waiting for Mr. Twinkie to get it out of the car and put it in the shed.....

Prince who has bet Roscoe 2 cookies that Nyquist is going to win the Preakness

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Dear Prince,

I am sorry to hear about TQís painful IT tendon. The knee pop sounds a bit like my experience with my meniscus prior to surgery. Let her know that I am no stranger to pain and that I can sympathize with her.

Oh, and by the way Prince, you dad has just completed writing the great American novel. That would not have been possible had it not been for the generous contribution of an entire pocket of paper from none other than TQ. I received the paper today, wrote the novel, and shipped it off to the publishers. So far I have heard nothing from the publisher, but I suppose they need time to read it, digest it, and recognize the genius in it.

Joanie too was the recipient of gifts from TQ. She received two lovely chocolate bars from TQ wrapped in a lovely string. Unfortunately the string came undone and one of the bars dropped into my lap and hid between my legs. ĎTis a puzzle as to how that may have happened, but suffice it to say that Iím quite certain that your mom wonít mind, being concerned about calorie intake and all. In fact, Iím so certain of that that I donít even think it is worth mentioning. ;)

By the way, Prince, you need to watch your calorie intake as well. While you are doing reasonably well, labs do have a tendency to gain too much weight. I think that is only because they are such perfectly eager eaters. Itís a wonderful trait provided you donít get carried away with it. For example, the 3 cookies and the added ice cream? Really? Perhaps you should reconsider. Just saying.

This afternoon something interesting happened. A nurse brought me a box of lovely looking cookies. But then something very strange happened. I was reaching for my first cookie and suddenly I saw brown and white in front of my eyes for a moment and the box was empty. Very strange really. My guess is that someone sent me some disappearing cookies that they thought could be used for their next magic show but they went poof in the night before I could eat them. Later when I told Annie about it she seemed unconcerned and just said that is probably exactly what happened. Well, the box it turns out was from you and Roscoe. So my guess is that that magician exchanged the cookies before you could ship the box to our nursing station. Or perhaps you, Roscoe and I have a more plausible explanation but have decided to let well enough alone.

Dad, who needs to get ready for the Bowser wannabes that keep bringing me my food. Itís not bad food, but it is definitely not Bowser cosine.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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the guy came out to fix the internet and it worked for about 6 hrs. before petering out again....the good news is that while on the roof mr twinkie found a nice level that the guy who came out last week left here....

can anyone join you for PT?? TQ tripped several weeks ago and severely hurt or tore the IT tendon in her leg and still can barely walk altho she is seeing a chiropractor 2x per week...her medical dr. said this is best, but things do not seem to be getting better and TQ is very unhappy.....apparently it is quite painful....the worst thing is when her knee suddenly pops, TQ squeals and we all jump....she says this happens in public, too, which causes the public to immediately scramble to get as far away from her as possible....on the good side, TQ is not outside walking so her bodyguards are being assigned to more important tasks....we have also hired a baker-in-training from a local community college to provide our nightly cookies...this is working out quite well...I may have told her that roscoe and I are entitled to 3 cookies per night instead of the usual 2 that everyone else gets....yum....tell annie not to rush home...you need her so.....btw, we mailed you a small box of cookies via EGGMail, but these will be delivered directly to the nurses' station at the rehab center so a small hairy nurse will not be tempted beyond her capacity for self-restraint.....however, if they do not make it to you, check for crumbs at your local nurses station......

rumor has it that your local brig commander has learned that annie is in the area and is gnashing his teeth becuz he has been unable to catch her.....yet....hehehehe.....some things never change....

Prince who is going to see if there is any ice cream to go with his cookies

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Dear Prince,

Like you, I could definitely go for some of those wonderful Bowser pancakes. This mornings breakfast, while healthy from a calorie point of view, was not adequate preparation for the PT and OT torture chambers that I undergo daily. Never the less, I got through it in good shape. Oh, I may have a few sore crampy muscles, but they keep telling me I'm doing good. I don't know. They torture me and then tell me I'm doing good. Go figure.

I still have one more PT this PM, and then it starts all over again tomorrow. Yep, that's right, they do PT seven days a week. I guess they just have to exercise their form of sadism on a daily basis. :D

Now the funny thing is, that although PT and OT are hard, I feel so very much better each day after the whole thing is finished. And I'm making significant progress in my recovery. Well, I do have a lot of motivation. I want to get back on the dance floor. Annie says that she would love to help with that. Hmmmm. I doubt she will still be here when I'm ready to get back on the floor (if I'm lucky) but I know she has eyes on the vault (even though she doesn't know where it is). I know that she has approached Joanie several times about that but has not yet had success. I'm doing my best to stay out of that conversation, what with her rescuing me and all. But if I am forced into it, I will have to take Joanie's part. Annie won't like that and I'm sure that Miss Sweetie will quickly become Miss Sour Puss. (Don't tell her that I mentioned that side of her personality please.) (grinning from ear to ear)

Dad, who is about to fall asl...zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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 dad,

vampires?? torture chambers? oh my! its a good thing you have annie taking care of you....I shall send her a message immediately to advise her of your predicament....I am sure that any dog who bit the head off of a giant snake can take down a vampire with 1 paw tied behind her back....bwahahahaha .....tell her I do not like baking/cooking so will not be sending any more pies via EGGMail, especially since there are thieves in the area *snicker*

I found a joke for you to cheer you up:
Jerry was in the hospital recovering from surgery when a nurse asks him how he is feeling.
ďIím OK but I didnít like the four-letter-word the doctor used in surgery,Ē he answered.
ďWhat did he say,Ē asked the nurse.
ďOOPS!Ē

here's another one:
Before going in for surgery I thought it would be funny if I posted a note on myself telling the surgeon to be careful. After the surgery I found another note on myself .ĒAnyone know where my cell phone is????????Ē

HAHAHAHAHAHA

prince who is hoping BC and Bowser return from their little 2nd honeymoon trip soon cuz certain labs feel a need for pancakes in their tummies




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Dear Prince,

Annie slipped up to my room during the night as is her M.O. I received the usual cherry grass treatment. Then she curled up next to my feet and fell asleep. Although I quickly fell asleep, around two this morning I was awakened by Annie's singing. She kept me awake until about 3:45 when apparently staff heard the singing. The came down and seemed a bit unsettled by a canine sleeping on the bed next to me. Instead of dealing with Annie, they told me I had no business allowing that dirty dog near my leg that needs to remain sterile. I tried to explain that I really couldn't do much about it and perhaps they should be talking to Annie. But before I could say much they were on the phone calling Animal Control. Annie got the message loud and clear and quickly disappeared.

I didn't see Annie again until early this morning. She walked in with a box that appeared to be one from Virginia, one of those EGGmail boxes you know. It was empty. Annie sat it down and I a very disgusted sounding growling sound stated that some devilish animal must have gotten to it because it was empty when she found it. She suggested that maybe we could request a second box from you and Ros.

At this point I asked her about the pie goo and crumbs on her whiskers and around her mouth. She got a kind of sheepish look and then brightened and said, "That must have stuck to me when I was sniffing for the culprit that took our pies. I was about to ask her more about that when she suddenly picked up her ears and said that she thought she heard a nurse coming. She said she wanted to avoid the mess we had this morning with those nasty nurses and darted out of the room and away. Now when I say darted, believe me, I don't think that I have ever seen her move with that speed. She could have been super dog at that moment. Oh, and by the way, it was a false alarm. There were no nurses coming.

Prince, you and the Ros can send more pie if you wish, but somehow I think that its going to be hopeless. I just rather suspect that that nasty animal, what ever it was, will get that package also. Now I wonder what animal it could be... snicker.

I suppose by now Bowser is with Baby Cakes doing what ever those two do when they are alone. As long as they have been away from each other I would not be surprised if you didn't see a Bowser meal for a while. I'm pretty sure they both have their priorities.

Tom, who had to submit to the torture chamber again this morning and this afternoon, and all of this after a visit from the vampires this morning.


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dear dad

being the heroine always puts annie in a good mood, so as long as y'all are getting along together everyone here says you can feel free to keep her there.....having bowser here will be great...I can't wait for breakfast tomorrow and goooooood eating! we have given him and BC the night off....there are no patients in the hospital, and we had actually suggested that she return home, but BC said she felt she needed to stay until annie is home or a competent doctor is assigned to this infirmary....BC said she will be out an add on the Canine dog doctor website in case there is anyone looking for such a position.....apparently Annie's reputation has spread far and wide and it may be very difficult to find someone who will take the position on a permanent basis.......

tell annie that roscoe and I baked you AND her a pie...it will arrive around noon tomorrow via EGGMail at the shade tree in the back of the rehab center.....if she cannot be there on time the courier will just leave the box under the tree......I hope no hungry feral cat comes and steals it....hehehehehe

glad to hear you are doing well

Prince...............and Roscoe who hear the sound of approaching eagle's wings and see BC hurrying to the landing pad

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Hi Prince,

I asked Annie about Roscoe's theory of what might have happened in that field and she insists that everything that she told me is the absolute truth in every detail. There really was no one to observe all of this, the scribe being elsewhere. It does, however, occur to me that I would not have been in that field had I not had to go after a distraught Annie. Perhaps she needs this for her self esteem so I have said nothing about why I went into that field in the first place. I'm quite certain that somewhere in that thick skull lies the truth of it all, but getting into her head...well, you know. (snicker)

Meanwhile, although her actions of sneaking into this facility in the middle of the night are highly irregular, she is cute and a pleasure to have near me when no other four legged person is here. Well, Bowser of course, but he remains at home.

Speaking of Bowser, I think he is quite concerned about being away from BC for so long. It is telling on him to be sure. For this reason I suggested that he go to Virginia to visit BC while I am away from home. He assures me that he will return just as soon as he learns of my return home. I'm sure BC will be happy to have him there. He is in eagle transit as we speak.

Oh, you may want to give BC a heads up on Bowser's arrival. She may want to pretty up a bit. You know how these woman can be. :)

Dad, who is going to prepare tomorrow's picture upload to facebook. By the way Prince, be sure to stop by my page and check them out. (You used to be able to view them before the upload.)

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 DAD,

wow! what an adventure story! I am thrilled that you are okay and doing well...I guess mom is glad, too, that annie was able to rescue you....perhaps she will open her vault to annie in gratitude *snicker*.....its good to know that annie has decided to stay around to help with your recovery....I doubt eagles carry swollen-headed passengers....hehehehehe

TQ and her friend were gone all day yesterday and will be gone today, too....I am not sure what they are doing, but mr. TQ is in the Great State of Texas which leaves me and ros in charge of everything...............I do mean, EVERYTHING! apparently this means getting the evening cookies done, too, which I did not realize until a wawa came a knockin' on the door asking for them last evening...sigh...by this time TQ was home, but was so exhausted from her daytime adventures she had gone to bed......boy! ros, the wawa and I had to QUIETLY rustle up a quick dessert or there might have been mutiny! emoticon ...we were able to raid the pantry and come up with some old cookies that mr. tq had hidden away, some dried fruit, and bit of ice cream in the bottom of several old containers in the back of the freezer, so......cookie or cookie bits on the bottom of the dish, covered with ice cream with a few pumpkin seeds or raisins sprinkled on top...all covered with a bit of chocolate sauce! everyone seemed pleased, but I guess we will have to think of something else for tonight...TQ has not done any grocery shopping and other than a box of tofu and some wilted celery, there is nothing there....I suppose I could try to make cheesecakes like the ones I made for you, but I have never done it on my own....I, too, have a lot of things to do today...military-type things....running a house is a lot of work...I've already got the wash going....ros is doing a fast floor-licking and then we are out of here and into the field! (any field, any where.....Calgon take me awayyyyyyyyyyyyy)..maybe we can beg the mess tent chef to take pity and help us out.....

I just let roscoe read your message...he asked if you could have possibly tripped, hit your head on a rock and just had a bad dream involving snakes.....he said if annie really is there, assisting with your recovery and "helping" the nursing staff, to please keep her as long as you need her there.....he says we are getting a lot more done here than we would if she was here "assisting" us

PRINCE who really misses Bowser's cooking

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Dear Prince,

You aren't going to believe what you read here, but believe it, its true.

I followed Annie's trail deep into the glades. Very deep in fact. There were unpleasant creatures everywhere. At long last I spotted her. I called to her but she kept going...on and on. It was then that it happened.

While concentrating upon Annie, a python slithered in behind me and wrapped me it his deathly hug. I let out a final word, "help." Then I lost consciousness. Apparently Annie heard my call for help. She says that she rushed to me, and taking the python by the head, she bit it straight off. She quickly yanked the hideous snakes body from me. In the process, the snakes body ripped open my knee and my knee was torn from my body. Thinking quickly, she created a makeshift knee from things growing in the glades. She then bound my knee with willow and, pushing herself under me, carried me back home and to a hospital in the area. The hospital staff cleaned the wound and Annie treated it with cherry grass.

I am now in a rehab facility where I am recovering from my ordeal. Annie slips in during the night and treats the would with cherry grass. I am feeling much better

Prince, this lady saved my life. I am indebted to her, a fact that I doubt she will let me ever forget. When you see her, beware of extremely huge swollen head. But I don't know what I would have done without her.

Dad, who is about to kick back and watch DWTS. :)

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 dad

sooner or later you will get back to civilization...I do hope you come back dragging that fat basset behind you.....try not to get eaten by an alligator...

pRINCE who is going to see if TQ needs a taste tester in the kitchen

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Dear Prince,

I won't go into details just now, but trust me, a PET scan and a CAT scan are medical procedures. Ask BC about them so that she can enlighten you.

As for Annie, I know you are right about being a bit sneaky, but sometimes I think things should just be laid out for her, though with the UTMOST tact. :)

The special ops team and I have just about reached the receptive end for transmissions. I just hope that you can ge t all f t s mes e.

D d, wh

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 dad

I have the utmost confidence in your abilities to find annie.........and I am afraid what TQ would do if I told her about annie's predicatment...therefore, I am not saying a word unless it absolutely becomes necessary (like she is eaten by an alligator).....

there is something I need to ask you about, something you wrote earlier, that has bothered me all day....you said you were going for a PET scan.....does this mean you are going to go look for a new pet? shouldn't I be with you? you also mentioned a CT scan...does this mean you are looking for a cat? IMHO, dad, cats are okay, but I was kinda hoping that if you were gonna get me a companion, it would be more of a friend I could romp with out in the mamey patch...you know, another dog...or a kangaroo.....but if a cat is what you want, I can adjust (I am naturally friendly and accommodating...hehehehe).....

when you find annie, and she is pouting, remind her that you will need her expert nursing advice and care....and you can also remind her how mom will need her and perhaps even hint that she and mom might have time to go into the vault.....you don't actually have to promise this, just hint at the possibilities.....sometimes you've gotta be sneaky to get around annie)

roscoe put in an order for 2 cases of toxin and toxin guns.....TQ pointed out that perhaps we are being overly concerned, that the possum might be large due to pregnancy since it is Spring after all, but she had no good explanation for the turkey.....we are going to stick to our plan of blasting every wild critter in the area, no matter what size

TQ showed me an article that said of all the different types of canines in the world, labs are the ones most prone to fatness....as you can imagine, I was incensed! I am planning to write a letter of rebuttal to the author of this scurrilous article....I cannot believe anybody would publish such utter nonsense!!!

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Dear Prince, Roscoe, TQ and pretty much every one,

I'm concerned about the over sized animals. Keep in mind that any oddity is suggestive of a shape shifted chupacabra. Those who do not appear quite right need to be tested with anti-chupe toxin. I wish I could say more on this but I'm having problems of my own right now.

This morning while I was not watching Annie found the cake that you sent. I had it refrigerated but hidden I thought. She found it and started eating it, but I stopped her after one piece. She got very upset, first because I had obviously hid it and second because I had stopped her from eating it all.

She informed me that I was just like everyone else, an Annie hater. She told me that if I loved her I would let her eat to her heart's content so that she could regain her lovely Belgian Bassett figure. She retired to the bedroom to do poses to get over her tragic life.

That was earlier. Just now I have found a note from her. It reads:

Tom,

I am going to the cow pasture to say goodbye to my one and only friend in all the world to say goodbye. Then I am going to the everglades, find eagle HQ, and demand that they return me to Virginia. At least I know all the places I can hide, and there are still those there who recognize that I am top dog. Just keep your old cake you skin flint you!

She is no where to be found.

The everglades is a swamp and filled with many dangers, including gators, crocodiles, and pythons to name a few. It is no place for this dainty naive lady. I have packed appropriate gear. I've requested a team of special ops Chihuahuas to accompany me, and I will shortly be leaving for the everglades following the same path that Annie apparently took. I feel fairly confident that we will find her, but how I do wish Fred were here. Bowser will be with me as a Fred-back-up, though he certainly is no Fred. His best sniffing is done in the kitchen.

I need to tell you. Those places where we are going have no cell reception. I will not be able to respond to your messages or send messages to you. I will let you know when I am home with Annie. I do not plan on returning without her.

Tom, who is very concerned about Annie's chosen path.

Tom

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we may be having a problem here on the farm....a few days ago TQ said she saw a huge male turkey cross the driveway in front of her.....Mr. TQ saw it yesterday and marveled at its size.....last night there was the probably the largest gray possum ever seen waddling rapidly across the back yard into the woods, sort of an annie of the possum world, hehehehe.....we have one rather large squirrel here, too, but we think that is from over-eating....anyway, becuz of the sightings of these unusually over-sized critters (there was a very large rabbit here last weekend, right in the front yard!) roscoe and I have been a bit concerned that perhaps they are either chupes, disguised, or some other form of evilness disguised....roscoe is right now setting up a meeting for all those here at camp, both on and off duty.....we are having those who have qualified to shoot the toxin guns to do so at every over-sized creature and those who do not use the guns to report any and all unusual woodland animals (which they are supposed to do anyway).....we are also going to step up the toxin gun qualifying classes so more, if not all, of the wawas will be able to shoot them properly.....we do not have enough toxin guns for everybody to carry them at all times, but hope to do so in the not-to-distant future.....there has been some debate on whether every woodland animal should be blasted with toxin "just in case", but nothing has been definitely decided.....on one hand this would irritate many animals, especially the deer, and would also rapidly use up our toxin supplies....on the other hand, its better to be safe than sorry until we figure out what is going on......and then there is the debate as to which animals should be shot with toxin........what about the skinks and cicadas? the squirrels that come every day to eat from the birdfeeders and that we know by name? what about guests that come from outside that we are expecting? ahhh, what would seem to be an easy issue becomes more complicated the more it is looked at.....

I am glad your surgery will be soon just so you can get it done and over with....you are so fortunate to have annie there to be of help.....*snort*

Roscoe has been having running practices with some of the new recruits by chasing the aforementioned squirrels....it is just in fun, but driving TQ crazy....lol

tell mom I say hi

Prince who enjoyed making your cheesecake yesterday, but does not want to be a chef....however, taste-tester is always a good job lol


p.s. I asked TQ when she planned to bring annie home....she just smiled and said she has no plans, since annie is happy where she is at.......



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Dear Prince,

The cakes have arrived and I have carefully hidden them. I sampled one already and it was fabulous. When I reach the point where there is only about two small pieces left, I'll have one of the pieces and share the other with Annie. Until that time, hiding place is strictly need to know, and Annie does not, in spite of her differing opinion, need to know. She doesn't even need to know that they arrived. :)

Surgery is Thursday. I don't know what time but I'll receive a call tomorrow telling me. I just hope that the call doesn't come during two other medical appointments associated with another possible problem. One is a CT scan and the other a PET scan. This will all take time and I'll be away from the house. However, I can call the doctor's office when I get home either to respond to a message (hopefully) or to learn if they have called yet.

Annie has finally settled down. She spends a lot of time doing poses (at least that's what she says she is doing). Apparently they include snoring, though Annie informs me that I am just hearing the sounds of her deep breathing associated with the poses. When she is awake she lays fairly close to me but is pretty much constantly texting Kathy. I think she and Kathy are bonding pretty solidly. Perhaps Kathy sees her as a Lulu substitute. I kiddingly told Annie that but she informed me in no uncertain terms that this was HER relationship with HER GOOD FRIEND and to just butt out. Oops. "OK," I said, and smiled at her. She then got a sort of sheepish smile on her face and settled back to enjoy Dancing with the Stars with me. During the performances, she said something about really needing an outfit just like one of the dancers had on. I wondered how she would wear it considering that there just wasn't much to it, but Annie informed me that that was the beauty of it. Oops again. (snicker)

Annie asked me if I would take her to the local PetSmart. She said she had a few things she NEEDED to pick up. She let me know that she had her own credit card so I would not have to pay. Well, I had to tell her I just didn't have the time before going to the hospital and she said that she understood. She then asked where BC keeps nursing supplies, just in case she is needed...say, for me or who ever. I had to confess that I did not know where she kept her supplies. I do, but right now I just don't think Annie needs to know that, especially considering that there appears to be differences between this lady and the one who is now up there.

Come home when you are ready Prince, but no rush. I'll be in the hospital for three days after surgery and then go into rehab for a couple of weeks. You would have to come to rehab with your mom to see me, and you may have to sneak in through the back door since I suspect dogs are not allowed. Bummer, I know, but it is as it is.

Dad, who is going to see Bowser about menu planning. By the way, in spite of the difficulties Annie has with BC, she and Bowser are dong well together. Of course, Bowser is a very laid back kind of guy.

Tom

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TQ and I made this cheesecake together to make up for the one annie ate and have sent it by EggMail Xpres early this morning....in fact, there are 2 in case you need to share one....TQ made smaller, individual ones for everybody at camp after I tasted the first ones to make sure they were okay....I actually had to taste 2 and call in roscoe and fred to taste some, too for a group opinion....we finally decided after also tasting just a bowl of the topping that they passed our inspection *grin...............burp*......its good to hear that annie is safe and found protection with the cows and you....I bet mom will be surprised when she comes home from work and finds her "favorite basset" there....fyi, depending on what BC has told bowser, you might want to keep annie out of sight when he is at the house......TQ just smiled when I told her annie was at your house.......

geeze, there is a lot of squirrel courtship going on in the willow tree and front yard with patty chasing tom and tom chasing patty and bob chasing patty and patty chasing Louis, etc etc...there is a LOT of tail-fluffing going on..........sam is older and much fatter and prefers to spend his time at the feeder.....(sorta the annie of the squirrel world)
have you heard yet when your surgery date is? should I come home or stay here? you don't really need me since annie is there to take care of you...*big guffaw*

the even-better-than-finding-annie news is that both of the missing guards have been found....both were unconscious when we got to them....they were in a not-too-well-put-together wooden cage in a cave several miles from camp...it was mid-afternoon, but there were no chupe guards or guards of any kind anywhere around.......it was strange...........yet, on the way back to came it felt like we were being watched....everyone felt it, but we never spotted anyone or anything.... Lt. Potts (aka PottyBottom) is wounded, but doing fairly well....it is his scent that fred was most easily able to follow.....he has 2 broken legs and a deep scratch down one side to which BC applied some topical cherry grass medicine and maybe other stuff before she stitched him up....her stitches were so tiny and perfect she could be a success at quilting if she ever decided to quite doctoring....I told her this and she laughed....guess what?! I told her this when I was ASSISTING during the surgery and setting of Pott's broken legs....dad, it was marvelous to watch BC in action, but I do not think I want to be a doctor or a nurse.....*shudder*......usually the nurse would have helped, but she was with the other patient, 1st Sgt Goodman (aka "Good Dog")....he is in and out of consciousness, mostly out, with a high fever, delirium, and innumerable wounds.....he must have put up a huge fight and suffered severely for his efforts.....we do not know if he is going to make it.....all the guys here want to see him while he is still alive so once an hour 2 wawas are allowed in to say "hello" or "thanks" and gently touch a bandaged paw.....the guys are then quickly ushered out, but they are allowed to also stop by to speak briefly with Potts..........the first guard that was found is doing well and he is staying day and night in the hospital in order to keep and eye on his buddies....BC occasionally gives him small tasks to do, but mostly he sits by their sides....he still does not remember much of what happened.....

TQ has reminded me that the internet server guy should be arriving any minute to (hopefully) repair whatever the problem is..i will talk to you later

Prince who is going to see if TQ has any cheesecake samples she needs to get rid of (cuz I am naturally helpful *grin*)

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Message to Prince, Roscoe, Baby Cakes and TQ,

You can stop worrying. Annie is here.

This morning around 2 AM I was rather rudely awakened by a strange cow at the door. The cow said that she was sent by Kathy cow and had a message. She said that there is a strange Bassett in the cow posture and that she is a friend of Kathy's. "Apparently you know her too," said the cow. "Her name is Annie."

Well, it seems that Annie attempted to knock on my door the night before last but some of the brig commander's guards spotted her and she had to run like crazy to get to the pasture and seek protection from Kathy. Kathy was only too willing to oblige her.

Then the strange cow went on, "Annie spent the night telling Kathy and the rest of us all about some of the most horrible experiences that she had suffered right in her own home. She told us about Baby Cakes who has turned on her and how hateful she was. She also pointed out that Prince and Roscoe snuck away to play war in the field and supposingly was going after a couple of guards who had become lost (as if it took all that much talent to find two Chihuahua guards. She said the guards usually find me. And that wasn't all, she went on and on telling us her tail of woe."

I stopped the strange cow at this point and asked her what Kathy and Annie wanted.

"Well," said the cow, "she wants to come to your house but is afraid to. She would like for you to come and give her an escort to your home. She says that there are an unbelievable number of alien forces (including ones that should be friendly) between the house and the field where she is being protected by Kathy and the herd."

Well, I had to laugh but tried to cover it. I told the cow to go tell them I would be by around noon. That was noon today and Annie is here.

Oh boy is she here. She is now telling me her tail of woe and it goes on and on and on and on ad infinitum ad nausium. I've pointed out that she is in a safe place now and to just let it go and relax. I've even suggested poses. Nothing worked until I brought out the key lime cake. After that she was able to do poses. I do wish she had left me at least one piece of the cake though.

Tom, who will take care of this wayward Bassett until I hear from you about how to transport her home. I think the eagles won't return her. It seems they were pretty upset with her non stop wailing all the way here.

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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perhaps I was reading TQ wrong...she said she is not angry with us, and that the problem is between all of us canines and will leave it to us to solve...I thought I saw her giving BC the stink eye behind her back, but perhaps I was mistaken...later, they were seen speaking cordially together and TQ patted BC head when they parted company.....others said she was scowling all the way back to the house, but I did not see any of that.....

it was a chilly, but gloriously lovely day, when we broke camp this morning....Fred is hoping to either make contact with the missing guards or at least get close to wherever they are by mid-afternoon....he says one scent is fairly strong, but for some reason, the other guard's scent is weak and difficult to focus on...therefore, fred is mostly following the stronger scent...we hope both guards are together...it will be that much more difficult if it turns out they have been separated.....I do enjoy walking in the woods on a beautiful morning even tho we are always on guard against those vile chupes....

we did not get cookies last night which upset the wawas enormously....when asked why not, tq pointed out that annie was gone and no one asked her to do it; she says she just forgot about it, so I appointed one of the new recruits, Little Hairy, to remind her every day at 10am until annie returns....no matter what he is doing, LH is required to leave his duties to remind TQ about making cookies for that nights after dinner snack.....this may seem like Little Hairy is getting out of his regular training duties, but it will actually teach him organizational skills becuz he will have to arrange for someone else to stand in for him wherever he is (in the field, on patrol, in the disguise pits, etc) while he takes a few moments off to run to TQ....and if TQ is not home he has to find a way to leave her a message to remind her when she returns....his intructors and commanders know about this, but they are not to give him any leeway....Little Hairy strikes me as Very Smart with a great potential for future leadership, so this little duty is actually part of his training....

whoops! fred is baying....perhaps he has found something....

Prince, who is running thru the woods

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Dear Dad,

I am back in the field with Roscoe and Fred seeking the whereabouts of the missing guards. Fred said that the sent is much stronger and that we are getting closer. Fred concentrates on the sniff while Roscoe and I watch for chupacabra. We are in unfamiliar territory and close to the guards which means we may be close to a chupe stronghold. This is dangerous work.

To make matters worse, Annie has left home and no one seems to know her whereabouts. We worry about her while duty requires that we continue our search for the guards. If you should hear anything about the wayward Bassett, please let us know immediately.

Prince, who hears Fred calling for us to come quickly

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Day Notes: 5/8/16
Field Hospital, VA.
by Baby Cakes

Annie missed her first appointment with the outpatient canine psychotherapist. I went with two Chihuahua orderlies to locate Annie but she was no where to be found. I have written orders for her placement in the psychiatric facility in Morganton as soon as she is found. Meanwhile, the orderlies are searching for her.

End of Day Notes

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Dear Prince,

Your mom and I are missing you and look forward to your return home. It is relatively quiet here on the front, though the Chihuahua troops remain on alert.

A strange thing happened this morning. I got a knock on the door but when I opened the door no one was there. I noticed paw prints in the sand nearby that looked so much like Bassett paw prints, but the indent was not as deep as the typical (or what I've been led to believe is typical) Belgian paw print. One set seemed to be moving directly toward the front door; the other set was obviously a running print away from the front door. Very strange.

Dad, who is going to get together with Bowser who is missing Baby Cakes for a beer or two.

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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, Roscoe, Tom, Mom, BabyCakes, etc

Roscoe, prince was coming here to spend time with me, his favorite aunty and you stole him away. I know you were jealous, but that just was plain not nice.

Prince, I know you and Roscoe have lots of military things to do, but you ditched me...you did not even stop in to say hello when you arrived...you know very well that in spite of my hurt feelings, I would have been understanding and compassionate IF when you stopped in to let me know you had arrived you had told me that you had to go do things with Roscoe first...you know how naturally understanding and forgiving I can be...there have been several skirmishes lately with the local chupes...I am sorry to leave you stranded during this tumultuous time, but apparently my services are not really needed *sob*

Tom, I have recently been treated badly in my own home by prince, bc and roscoe...I know you will be shocked to hear this, but do not be too hard on them when they return home...I am sure they will be feeling quite ashamed of themselves and you should try to be as forgiving as I naturally am

Mom, check under the plant on the dining table for a note to you from me...it is Top Secret and you must not divulge its contents to anyone

BabyCakes, why are you here? who invited you? I know....nobody...you have invaded my home, insulted me, and made a mockery of all my efforts here...I hope you have a pleasant journey home........soon

Until BC leaves VA, I shall be going on retreat....the location is Top Secret which means Only Mom Knows or in BC's case, it means None Of Your Beeswax, Missy......y'all have hurt me terribly...my natural cheery disposition has been crushed under this onslaught of meanness, thoughtlessness and betrayal...suck eggs, y'all

Annie who will only receive messages from mom if it is an emergency

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It is very quiet here this afternoon

TQ
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whoaaaaa...I think roscoe and I and maybe even BC may be in trouble here....TQ caught Roscoe reading Annie's letter and I admit I was looking over his shoulder....we were snickering and making comments on what a drama queen annie can be.....TQ did not say anything after she took the letter from Roscoe's paw.....the letter did not say where annie plans to go (check our house and perhaps the brig, just in case), but she did say she would call mom every day....Roscoe tried to explain that we had not meant to be mean to annie and that we were only reading the letter becuz we needed to know where to go to find her....TQ id not sound angry, but she told us to just leave annie alone.....TQ has not glared, but roscoe and I feel a bit uneasy around her....we sense (with our natural canine detecting skills) that TQ is not happy with us....you know how she dotes on annie.....BC came to the house looking for us, and when we told her what had happened, she looked truly saddened by this turn of events....she tried to explain the reasons for her actions here to TQ, but TQ just quietly said, "stop" and left the room....with roscoe and I its kinda iffy, but we think BC is definitely on TQ's bad side.....sigh..........

ros, fred, myself and several wawas are going out this afternoon to continue the search for our missing gate guards....fred has an incredible nose! I bet we find them real soon

Prince who will try to keep in touch, but cell phone reception has been iffy here lately

TQ

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Dear Annie,

We know Baby Cakes well and we are quite certain you are not in danger. Quite the contrary, you are most fortunate to be in the capable hands of Baby Cakes, CMD. Dr. Cakes has an amazing reputation of warm friendly care with absolutely up to the minute technique and superior treatment modalities. Relax and enjoy the great treatment.

Prince and Roscoe

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Dear Dad,

I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but Annie is in the hospital under the capable care of Baby Cakes. If you send her flowers, please include my name.

Prince

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Day Notes: 5/7/16
Field Hospital, VA.
by Baby Cakes

Annie has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of wounds received in an altercation with me regarding her professionalism. During the discussion, she tripped and hit her jaw on a rock. Small lacerations and some swelling are being treated.

Her physical recovery is progressing satisfactorily. Unfortunately, her psychological illusions of what transpired are full of denial, projections, and negative defense mechanisms. She is narcissistically seeking sympathy from any one who will give it and making mountains out of mole hills with her obsessive exaggerations regarding the severity of her injuries. Upon discharge, possibly today (definitely by tomorrow) I plan to recommend psychotherapy. Hopefully out patient psychotherapy will be accepted and a program adhered to by Annie. Should she fail to show more than once within a two month period, then I shall recommend institutionalization for her psychiatric treatment. This is in her best interest and with effort she may be able to be released from the program with minimal stay time. Of course, that would take maximal effort. Hopefully she will follow through.

End of Day Notes

Tom

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Dear Prince, Roscoe, and Whomever will listen to a poor, little dog

I have been abused..severely so....you will probably find it impossible to believe, but everything I am about to tell you is the absolute truth and you KNOW I am naturally truthful!!! as you know, BabyCakes arrived here, altho no one knows why.....she has made several completely false and evil accusations against me, all utterly nonsensical, in front of the entire camp....she has always been jealous of me, but this time she went too far....she accused me of theft..ME! she accused me of fraud...ME!! she accused me of mismanagement...ME!! anyone who knows me knows that these accusations are patently untrue! I am a Belgium Basset and those who know me consider me a strong animal, but even I can only take so much....words were exchanged, BC physically attacked me, and then AFTER the camp commander barked at her to stop, BC pushed me down where I cracked my jaw on a rock...I am horribly wounded, possibly disfigured for life! and now I am in the infirmary under HER care! she could use the opportunity to hurt me again...I am terrified....I can't even close my eyes to meditate and practice poses becuz I am so afraid for my life! woe is me! I have had to use my personal funds to hire an around the clock bodyguard...and I had to hire a personal chef becuz I would not put it past her to poison my food..or at least drool on it......I pray I will be released early tomorrow .....unharmed.....

Annie who is feeling pale and frail and is thinking of taking a long vacation (perhaps FL) as soon as she is released from the infirmary..........



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Dear Roscoe and Prince,

Hopefully you will wrap up your search soon. It seems that your sister Annie and Bowser's lovely Baby Cakes have gotten into a bit of a scrap. In fact, had they been in a bar, it might be described as a bar room brawl, though I suppose at this point cat fight may be a tad more descriptive. At any rate, these ladies should be working together. I know that "top-dog" Annie does not take well to sharing authority and because BC is actually a doctor now, it means that Annie has to submit to her authority. I know that likely weighs heavy upon her, but this is simply how it is and she must accept that. Beyond the brawl I know nothing of circumstances, so you may wish to investigate carefully before attempting any intervention. Just saying...

Tom

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Dear Cpl. Juarez, Scribe

I have information concerning a bit of a rift between BC and Annie. In these tense times this is not good. I have enclosed a message from Pvt. 1st Class Antonio "Tony the Tiger" Pacheco de la Rosa that he sent to me. It will describe the circumstances to a degree. Any further information you may have should be sent to Prince or Roscoe for evaluation as I am expecting them to investigate this incident.

Tom, who is quite concerned over the developments in VA.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
May 6, 2016

This scribe had terminated scribbles as it was quite apparent after the Indiana ruckus who would lead the chupacabra. It was also apparent that Lassie had all but clinched the leadership of the good guys. Strange happens these days though among the chupacabra makes continuation of notes necessary.

True to form, the chupes remain unsettled. There are many individual arguments and derogatory double speak being uttered by many of the chupes who are not satisfied with the outcome of the battles for leadership. The executive committee led by Gen. Longsnout seems quite pleased with the unrest in the chupe camp. In his words, "The greater the unrest between those nitwits the less effective they will be come the war, and mark my words, the war will come."

I shall continue to follow the committee and maintain scribbles.

End of scribbles for this day.

Tom

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dear Mr. Tom

please allow me to introduce myself...I am Pvt. 1st Class Antonio "Tony the Tiger" Pacheco de la Rosa, new official scribe to this post....you may call me Tony or Sir.....I am writing because the big senors, Roscoe and Prince and Fred along with some of the others have gone off on a rescue mission for the 2 missing guards....I have been told they are hot on the trail although actual rescue may be a couple of days away becuz the scent of our missing comrades is not fresh.....all we can do is hope for the best.....Dr. BC (wow! is she a cutie!...and yes, I realize the lovely dr. is married, but I can look, can't I?) is prepared for the worst....in a personal interview late this morning, she has told me that she has plenty of bandages and cherry grass and other possibly necessary items at the ready in case one or both of the guards is wounded,,,she mentioned that when she first arrived here, the infirmary was lacking in some medications that she feels are absolutely necessary to have on hand at all times and special arrangements have been made to have these items flown in special delivery....they will be arriving today and I will cover this news when it happens

speaking of wounded, several wawas remain in the infirmary after a couple of days of sporatic fighting with our glorious troops..... there were no life-threatening injuries and everyone should be back to work by Monday at the latest.....

there is also a non-chupe-battle patient at the infirmary....our Beloved Miss Annie is there and if her jaw was not taped shut I am sure she would be grinding her teeth in anguish, but that is just this reporter's opinion....there was a real tail-twisting fight on the front lawn this morning at 9:57 which began as shouting between Dr. Lovely, er Dr. BC and Miss Annie....apparently there were a variety of accusations tossed about dealing mostly with fraud and bossiness....Miss Annie, after airing some insults, was slapped by the engaging Dr. and the Dr. had her tail nipped by our resident queen....after that is was around and around they went!! Our Illustrious Commander, Capt. Marguerite Whiskers finally stepped in, motioning for some of the cheering wawas to step in and pull the combatants apart as she barked "Stop this nonsense!".....I don't know who was more shocked...the Commander tends to run a tight, well-oiled camp and seldom has to interfere in such petty problems.....she was so angry her whiskers stood straight out and quivered on the ends.....both fighters were sent to the infirmary to have their wounds licked and bandaged...annie fell (or was pushed by Dr. BC, depending on whose story you listen to) on a rock and really banged her chin, hence the bandage holding her snout closed...all food has had to be sucked in by a straw which has made our Belgian empress very Unhappy....rumor has it that she will be released tomorrow....

I do believe the specially ordered medications are about to arrive,..i hear the sounds of the courier's wings

Most courteously your
Scribe Tony who always chasing the news

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Dear Annie,

I'm afraid that you have your dates wrong. It is not this weekend that I arrive, but next week end. But I too am looking forward to seeing you.

I was aware that Dr. BC was planning a visit to the hospital at your post. I'm not certain what she may have said to you, but unless it is treatment related, I wouldn't fret about it. Do keep in mind that now that she has a CMD that any treatment orders she issues will supersede and treatment plans by nurses and nurse practitioners. So in the area of treatment, tread lightly dear sister. Otherwise, I doubt if there could be anything that you need be concerned about because I know that you act with the utmost appropriate manner at all times, what with being naturally proper and all.

Let me know when Ros returns if he is wearing camouflage. (grin) I know that that can be a smelly situation. (arf arf).

Prince

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Hi Dad,

Fred returned and announced that he has picked up a trace of the odors from both missing guards. However, the smell is faint and indicates that they are no longer in that area. Because tracking distances may become great, he has requested that Roscoe, the chihuahuas and I follow along, always staying a ways behind so as to not interfere with the smell. He assures me that we will now find them. He says that one of them is definitely healthy; however, one may be wounded or worse.

Prince, who now must began the march to...who knows where!

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Day Notes: 5/5/16
Field Hospital, VA.
by Baby Cakes

I confronted Annie regarding the treatment and the order for cherry grass ophthalmic ointment. She was unhappy about the change in treatment plan but appears to be going with it, though she said little in the way of confirmation.

My main concern with her has to do with the discussion of the credit card, the ointment, and the failure to follow up. She denies everything except that the ointment was "appropriately" ordered and just hasn't gotten here yet. I went into detail regarding my concerns and again she is in denial. I've drawn the conclusion that, as much as I truly hate doing this, I shall have to submit a report to the commander. I know that this is going to cause unpleasantness in our relationship, but my hope is that when it is over and resolved we can work through our differences. But this is my professional duty and I must follow through though it saddens me.

End of Day Notes


Tom

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

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

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

I am so excited that you will be arriving soon...tomorrow, I would guess! the funniest thing happened this morning...when I went outside after breakfast I could almost swear I smelled your scent on the air....I must have been imagining things....that obnoxious BabyCakes did arrive..i know...I know...I should keep my opinions to myself since I know everyone else adores her....how she can fool so many is beyond me....I guess I just am naturally discerning about one's true self no matter how they try to pretend to be someone else.....oh well, why I am not sure why she even bothered to come, I suppose I should try to avoid her...she does tend to try to pick arguments with me over the silliest things....she is probably jealous of all my natural nursing (and other) abilities.....staying out of her bossy way will give me more time for poses....I wonder why she is here????

I cannot find Roscoe this morning, but suspect he is out in the gonzalez pastures....I know he wanted to show you some new disguises when you get here.....*yuck*

annie who is going to go bake a new cookie called Brother in your honour



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Arrival and First Day Notes
Field Hospital, VA.
by Baby Cakes

Our eagle flight went well and the landing was smooth. I immediately entered the hospital, identified myself, and asked for Nurse Destiny. After a few moments wait, she appeared looking well dressed in her very neat nurse costume. She appeared clean and her toe nails were nicely ground. As we shook paws, I noticed not a single sharp area on her nails and her grip was comfortably confident. She greeted me warmly.

I requested a tour of the hospital and she immediately agreed. Going from room to room, I noticed that Destiny related to each of the patients warmly and yet professionally. Her bed side manner was impeccable. She checked the condition of each patient and always gave them a word of encouragement. Never have I witnessed more competent rounds by a nurse in any hospital. Her prescribed treatment (there is no doctor here) was appropriate for each and every patient.

Finally we came to the room of the injured guard. His room was a private room and was quite dark. "The guard," explained Destiny, "passes in and out of sleep, and is often close to comatose." She went on to say that she has applied liberal amounts of cherry grass ointment to each wound.

Destiny and I went to lunch in the hospital cafeteria and I found it to be quite excellent as hospital cafeterias go. While eating, we had a discussion about the guard's treatment. I suggested to her that a proper treatment would include an internal cherry grass antibiotic supplement tablet, though in his case it might be best administered intravenously. She then said that she was glad to hear me say that. She felt the same as I but there were problems. First, the hospital is out of that particular form of cherry grass. Secondly, Annie insists that she has ordered the substance but that it hasn't come yet and we will just have to wait. And thirdly, Annie insists that that substance is not appropriate for this patient anyway and because it is very expensive it should not be wasted where not needed.

As a doctor, I wrote orders for the guard to receive the antibiotic cherry grass intravenously. I mentioned to Destiny (probably didn't need to) that as a doctor my orders superseded nurse Annie's orders. We then went to the office to explore the current status of Annie's order for the substance.

What we found was astonishing. First, the order was dated March 28th of this year. It should have arrived a few days at the most after the order was placed. There was no follow up. There was a message from the company that produces it that the credit card used was no longer active. Annie's payment for the drug was far lower than the amount she requisitioned from the hospital billing department. And the credit card was her own, not the hospitals.

I will try to clear this up with Annie before going to the appropriate authorities. I truly hope that she has a plausible explanation, but at the moment I fear the worst. This cannot be simply dropped. We are talking here about matters of life and death. There is no place for what appears to be apparent fraud. I am not accusing Annie of fraud...yet!

End first day notes.

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Dear Sister,

Really! Why do you persist in calling me nephew. I thought we had been there, done that. Oh, never mind.

I am sorry that you have had such a horrible experience with the honorable doctor at the vets. Perhaps some poses might help.

Prince

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Dear Dad,

Our flight went well. After dropping BC at the hospital, the eagle brought me to the designated meeting place with Roscoe and companions. We have a new recruit who I think will be a fabulous addition to our band of hunters and seekers. Fred is a large bloodhound with almost supernatural olfactory senses. He is truly a bloodhound among bloodhounds, an outstanding fellow. Roscoe obtained a few items from camp that belonged to the poor missing guards and presented them to Fred who immediately set out to sniff for their trail. Meanwhile, Roscoe and I are relaxing in an old hunter's cabin. The cabin is not in great repair but this may be a blessing in disguise. It is in a field and can therefore be seen, but because of the disrepair it is likely no one would expect anyone could be staying here. We do, none the less, post guard 24/7. No word yet from Fred. I'll try to keep you posted.

Prince, who is currently working on a delightful dog biscuit that Roscoe packed before leaving the house. We actually have a couple of boxes of them, unfortunately leaving none for Annie. But then, she has other things there and we are in the field working.



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Tom

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

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

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


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dear Nephew

I visited the quack today....the place was filled with all sorts of puppies doing that cute puppy stuff so nobody paid me any attention....it was very depressing.....when I finally got to see the quack he prescribed some kind of ointment for mom to put in my eyes every day....I hate that stuff! the quack's nurse took my temperature even tho I turned my face to the wall and refused to acknowledge her...everyone knows that is the canine sign of "go away", but while she apologized, she still did rude things with her thermometer....all in all it was a ghastly experience....I did meet a baby basset and was able to give her some advice....she piddled on the floor...obviously not Belgian.....(we naturally have more dignity)

Annie who feels the need to rest and continue to recover from her experiences over the weekend at the spa
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dear CMD BabyCakes

you must learn to ignore Annie's ravings.....she refers to her vet as a quack becuz that is what lulu used to call him before he was willing to accept cherry grass as a viable tonic.....he is actually a very competent, kind, compassionate man......if you are interested, I can set up an appointment for you to talk to him, but I assure you it is not necessary.....I have visited the kennels several times over the past many years and they always seem clean and roomy....Annie's eyes were already a bit overly pinkish before she spent last weekend at the "spa" so I suspect, she already had the infection before she went to spend the weekend in those luxurious accommodations.....Roscoe shares a suite with annie and uses his time to recruit other kennel guests to the militia or at least to alert them to the dangers of chupes....the kennel is referred to as "the spa" since my canines can and have received baths and pedicures, fur styles, etc. during their stays there....not every time, but it has happened...
TQ who needs to make annie a bowl of pancakes with syrup and whipped cream

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Prince,

meet me at the old hunters cabin in the far left field...there will be a large bloodhound with me names Fred.....I met him last weekend at the Spa....he is quite interested in joing the militia and I feel he will be quite a great addition seeing as he has already had quite a bit of training and experience in search and rescue...his credentials are very impressive....the Rocky Mt. militia is very tiny and not very well organized....after a bit of training from you and me, Fred might be a good one to reorganize and inspire the RM group....I will want your opinion after you have spent some time with him....

Roscoe who is sneaking out while annie is at the vet's

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Dear Roscoe,

There was much in your message of concern to me (us, really). Hereís the dealÖ

Expect a surprise arrival this afternoon by Eagle emergency services. Baby Cakes and I will be on board. Do NOT tell Annie. The eagle will drop BC off at the hospital. She will inspect it and work with the nurse assistant, training where needed. Again, do NOT tell Annie (for obvious reasons). We hope to arrive while Annie is having her eyes checked.

As for myself, please let me know a place where I can meet up with you. The eagle will drop me there so choose a place that is suitable for her landing. It seems that when the two of us are together we can move mountains so to speak. Oh, and just to let you know, dad made me a camouflaged jacket so that I will not have to borrow your potty pit camouflage sites.

Prince, who is looking forward to seeing you and working our magic together as we search for the missing.

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Dear TQ,

I heard about Annieís mishap at the ďspa.Ē (why you call it a spa Iíll never know.) Annie needs a competent doctor, not a quack! I suppose that the quack is the only show in town or Iím sure you would move on. Either that, or this bad place is better than the last bad place.

Well, it doesnít matter. I donít know what the doctor is going to do for Annie (or to her) but it is obvious that she contracted the problem there, likely due to unclean facilities. The quack should provide services free of charge and refund the cost of the spa stay. I suspect he wonít, but he should.

Whatever the quack orders, be sure to treat her eyes with cherry grass ophthalmic ointment. I am shipping a jar of it via EGGmail. It should arrive by tomorrow at the latest. It may appear suddenly sooner even than you might expect.

Baby Cakes, CMD (canine medical doctor)


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

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

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


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dear Prince

it appears annie has come home with an eye infection...or perhaps 2 eye infections...she has to return to the Spa to see the quack tomorrow morning....mom hasn't told her yet, but she won't be happy....perhaps mom can sweeten the deal with food.....when we got home today, there were thunderstorms and beards....I have had a rough day, let me tell you....

the guard that we found unconscious is doing better, but he said he doesn't know what hit him.....after looking over the hospital and the patient annie said the substitute nurse did well and then she crawled into a cot and slept for hours....the collars of the other two missing guards were left on a fence post near the gate, but there has been no sign of our missing comrades...annie volunteered to go find them tomorrow, but I pointed out that she can barely see the paw in front of her face, so she needs to stay home and go to the vet's....in turn, she pointed out that her nose works exceptionally well, which she demonstrated by take a piece of papaya from mom's fingers.....sigh.....I decided not to argue, but have notified a search group to be ready at dawn tomorrow before annie wakes up.....

I am sorry to hear you will not be arriving this week....we could use your help and, of course, it is always good to see you.....YOU will have to be the one to inform annie of your change in plans....perhaps tomorrow morning When I Am Not Home would be a good time...hehehehe....that way she can rage and woof and I won't have to hear it..

Roscoe who is packing (while annie is resting) for a search party

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Dear Sis,

Hang in there. It is past and you are home. Sit quietly and take some deep breaths and let the Oooommmmmmm drift out of your mouth...let it resonate...listen to your breathing...let all thoughts go...find your inner self and be enlightened. The spa is gone...the vet is gone...home sweet home. Now stay totally relaxed but be again in the world.

Prince, who is thinking of his poor sister and her frailed nerves.

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Hi Bro,

What a sister Annie is...and what a drama queen. I've enclosed the message that she sent me but please be sure that she doesn't see it or learn about it. It would totally unnerve the poor baby if she knew that I shared this with you and failed to respect the privacy that she expects from her subjects (snicker). Anyway, thought you might get a laugh or two or three out of it all. :)

Any word regarding the guards that are missing or the health of the one that was found...poor fellow. I do hope that the news is good.

Well, its looking more and more like Tom may not be going into the hospital for surgery, at least not at the time he expected to. He is, however, still waiting to hear from the surgeon's staff regarding conflicts associated with a couple of procedures he has had to have. One was last Thursday and one is scheduled for this Thursday. Surgery is supposed to be next Thursday.

Since dad's plans are totally up in the air, mine are, needless to say, also up in the air. I shall, however, try to keep you informed.

Prince, who is about to badger dad about dinner.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
May 2, 2016

Alert: major conflict appears to be building in the state of Indiana. Developments will be followed. More information to come as military analysis of the situation is completed.

End of scribbles for the day.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/2/2016 (16:59)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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


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*gasp* dear Prince

I can barely make it *gasp* ros and I are finally home after a hellish weekend in the brig...er, I mean spa...*whimper* I am exhausted, simply exhausted...*tiny sob* I am so glad you will be here in just a few more days.....when mom picked me up at the Spa she tried to make me walk up a ramp into the car becuz she has hurt her knee.....but did I do it? heck no! I walked on that thing once and it fell to the ground just as I was about to step into the car....fortunately, my physical self was not hurt altho I was emotionally scarred.....the Spa person attempted to push me from the back as mom pulled my leash, but I refused to budge....finally, they saw sense and told me to back down the ramp....then the staff person,Sarah, (the one none of us like, not even mom) tried to lift me....she waved mom out of the way as she firmly stated "I can lift her....no problem".....hah! my little toe-nails clutched that parking lot asphalt and I hunkered my belly to the ground and let me tell you...Missy Spa Girl got quite a workout this morning! hehehehehe.....mom tried to tell her how she gets me into the car, but MissKnowsItAll refused to listen (don't you just despise people like that?!).....I would have laughed out loud if I wasn't so busy trying to grab onto the ground.....finally, I decided that getting into the car was a waaaay better idea than putting up with that idiot anymore so I released my toehold on the ground and practically sailed into the back seat with roscoe.....(since Lulu has been gone, mom does not let anyone take over her front seat position, altho I would think that I should get that spot) or sailed as much as possible with a skinny, grouch human hanging onto my waist.......roscoe was laughing so hard he almost peed on the seat, silly beast.....I need to spend my day posing so I can recover...see you soon
Annie

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Lo Bro,

I hope that you learned something from the high...mucky-muck person. I can't imagine you having tea with anyone unless it is absolutely necessary in order to dig out info. Wine maybe, a beer absolutely, but tea. Oh brother, you must be desperate.

Of course, I had tea once. It was after a chupe scratch. Of course it was cherry grass tea but I think the tea you had with the muckster was probably not cherry grass. Oh, but I digress.

I was aware that Annie had called BC. Baby Cakes told me about it. She was a little perturbed with Annie but talked with her and answered her questions. It seems that the questions were pretty basic stuff...stuff that Annie should know instantly without consultation, research, etc. And then when BC explained things to Annie, she had to repeat several times using different examples and the like until the ideas finally sunk into Annie's thick skull (BCs terminology). Good gravy train, I thought Annie was a "natural" at nursing. I'm starting to wonder if she is competent to handle that stuff on her own. I know she can be a great help when she has direction by leaders in her field, but her independent life with the patient...hmmm, something to be desired. Hope all the patients survive her and recover anyway.

Please keep me in the loop when you find other guards and how the already found guard is doing. I'm thinking bear attack, not chupe. BC pretty much agrees considering the descriptions that Annie has given, though apparently Annie's descriptions are a bit exaggerated and almost always revert in what a wonderful thing she has done for the patient. That makes it especially hard for BC to diagnose from a distance. Let me know if she needs to come up there... you know, possible life or death for the patients.

And do let me know what you learn about what Annie is up to.

Prince, who is going to try to get my lazy dad to take me to dog park. (All he is doing these days is leaving me home and going to doctors, labs, and the like...grrrrr!)

Tom

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

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

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


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dear Prince

sometimes I think my sister needs her tail tied in a knot.....an astonishing thing happened today.....the new gate guards (more about that in a minute) let in a stranger who showed all the proper credentials....turns out he was a delegate from the Belgium Canine Resistance Movement located somewhere near Brussels (actual knowledge of the site is on a "need to know" only basis and apparently I have not received the proper clearance *snort*)....he was here to see Annie.....with a small bow he presented her with her diamond and Swarovski crystal encrusted Medal of Honor for all her work and assistance (also more coming up later)...you should have seen that smug little basset preen....I tried to take the delegate aside, a very proper fellow, to obtain more information, but he would have none of it....right now I have him over in the mess hall with some of the guys and we are going to share a couple of brewskis when I get over there...I want to find out what is really going on

now...the new gate guards.....I was about to give them a real snapping for letting a stranger on the grounds, credentials or not, when one of them informed me that annie had advised them that she was expecting the visitor.....she had never said a word to me! if not for Annie's heads up, the guards promised they never would have let the stranger pass.....I guess I believe them, but I did give a short lecture on the importance of security, and yesterday's occurance with the chupe who was on the property................................AL
SO, we found one of the missing guards.....actually the new gate guards heard moaning in the brush behind the old house down where the well used to be...turns out it was one of the regular gate guards who was missing....he has been in and out of a coma all day, and is resting in the infirmary....annie has been put in charge of taking care of him, (which keeps her out of other mischief)....she said he has sustained a blow to the back of the head and there are some scratches on his legs which may or may not be chupe in origin....I think annie has called BC twice to discuss this.....everyone is feeling pretty grim that one of our own was attacked.....

while annie is busy in the hospital with her patient I tried to ask her about her role with the Belgian bassets resistance movement or BBRM as she calls it.....she just blew me off with an "oh, it was nothing".............nothing?!! blowing off possible fame?? does this sound like our annie?!! something is afoot and it makes me curious and perhaps a bit uncomfortable since we both know how she can be

Roscoe who is about to go have "tea" with a Belgian Griffon Bruxellois high-mucky muck

P.S. Mom and dad are going out of town today and won't return to pick us up at the Spa until Monday, altho I think they will be home earlier...anyway, I doubt I will have much opportunity to communicate with you.....the Spa staff has been much more careful about locking phones, computers, doors, etc since one of Annie's escapade last year that involved a lot of pizza and the police.......I shall take the opportunity to share with those other Spa guests the facts about chupes and the militia....lord knows what Annie's plans will be (she doesn't know yet about the Spa...hehehehhe)

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Hi ya sis,

Iím glad you have it all under control with grizzlies and the like. Just beware of chupes in disguise. You can never know for sure without the toxin test.

Your bro, Prince

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Oh brother, brother,

You should have seen the note I got from fat headed Annie. Actually, Iím a little concerned about her. If she goes about the business of fighting grizzlies and the like (or even black bears), she would be in deep trouble. You and I know that but by now her head is so swollen with her self delusions that anything might happen. Watch her carefully bro. She is a funny one and we love teasing her, but we really would not want anything to happen to her.

I wish I were there. What you are describing sounds like a comedy of errors. And this from a group who only recently defeated an entire group of chupacabra during a surprise attack. Go figure. I would like to have seen all the recent mishaps though. Although some injuries occurred, you will have to admit that it had to be a comical sight. Oh, and I can see why a certain Chihuahua would prefer secretarial duties to gopher duties. LOL

Now that being said, obviously some of yesterdayís events were quite serious. Iíll have to hand it to you though, you are a natural when it comes to handling the ďnaturalized sisterĒ and her blown out of proportion self concept. (snicker)

Things have been quiet on the Florida front. Work continues on the alert system but we should finish today.

Prince, who is thinking about Bowser and the kitchen (heh heh)

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 26, 2016

The skirmishes have ended. Sadly the Trumpets were quite successful in yesterdays skirmishes. Meanwhile, the St. Bernard and his forces won one skirmish and the collie the other four. It looks pretty clear now that Lassie is going to likely be the leader of the good guys, but the St. Bernard hopes to help her follow a more progressive plan than might otherwise have been so. The St. Bernard vows to continue the struggle though.

End of scribbles for this day.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/27/2016 (12:06)
Tom

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

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

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


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dearest sweet nephew

do not concern yourself about my recent encounter with the bear....as everyone knows Belgian bassets are naturally brave and ferocious when necessary....that grizzly, however hungry, knew not to mess with me....mom says that when we walk to the mailbox she occasionally looks for a tree that she can scramble up in case a crazed bear or coyote heads towards us....she instructs us canines to head in the opposite direction from the attacker, to run like the wind..pah! unless that grizz or coyote has at least 3 broken legs it will catch mom before she reaches her tree...she is not fast like me, nor a good climber....therefore, it will be up to me to drag mom out of the way and maybe even push her up into the tree before turning and taking down the attacker....I am naturally brave, but I do appreciate your concern for your dear aunt

Annie who needs a cookie to ensure that her strength is tip top for any sudden need
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dear bro,

I may have to hire your Wild Thang.....you would not believe what went on here yesterday....it was just one of "those" days I guess.....3 trainees were practicing covert maneuvers and somehow wound up all in the same place, literally falling over one another....one was fine, one lost a whisker and the 3rd sprained an ankle.....the wawa with the sprained ankle was the one who had to serve as Annie's gopher while she was in quarantine last week....since he cannot be out in the field due to his injury for a few days I asked if would like to continue as her personal servant until he recovers......man, I thought he was going to cry....hahaha....I took mercy on him this morning and assigned him secretarial duties instead.....at lunch, the mess tent chef burned the hamburgers.....at mail time, mom, annie and I and a couple of guards walked to retrieve the mail..... on the way back to the house we all heard a couple of loud thuds.... what happened? first, a small red-tailed hawk who is a subcontractor for the eagles was flew INTO the tree carrying supplies to the wawa waiting in the top branches....apparently his glasses fell off when he looked down to see which tree he was supposed to land in....he was not seriously hurt, but was quite embarrassed....the 2nd thump we heard was the wawa falling out of the tree and hitting the ground.....he, too, suffers now from a sprained ankle and as well as a bent tail....sheesh! there were also supposed to thunderstorms all night long, but none of that happened, thank heavens.....(I hate storms)

it was not all fun yesterday, though....we thought we had cleared out the chupe encampment after the mini-battle the other night, but there was at least one straggler,....walking to the mailbox we heard a noise in the brush...when we stopped, the noise stopped...when we started walking again, we heard whatever was on the other side of the trees start walking, too.....one of the guards carried a toxin gun...he snuck over and blasted what turned out to be a disguised chupe.....it was on the property and very close to us!! this was alarming.....when we got to the gates/mailbox, there were no guards on duty...apparently they are MIA...a search party is looking for them....annie wants to lead another search party, but I have appealed to her natural organizing abilities *snort* to get her to coordinate searchers, organize equipment, schedules, etc....at least it keeps her home and we can nod in agreement when she is explaining her ideas while actually ignoring her plans as we institute our own....and yes, I realize she will probably take credit for them, but that is okay if it keeps her quiet and out of everyone's way

Roscoe who is looking forward to spending time with his best friend and bro


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Hi Bro,
Sounds like a song I used to hear now and then only this time applied to your local chupacabra population (that once was)..."Wipe Out." My congratulations to the chihuahua troops and special forces, and to your expert planning for such emergencies. Bravo bro!

I wondered where Jack slipped off to during those days. He told me about it since I am in the loop. We discussed putting those plans and alert devise in here and after a few modifications (needed to fit this environment and layout) set to work. Jack and the techies are out there as we speak working on the project. We are not using eagles here because that would raise suspicion among the chupes (woods are not dense enough). However, a few of the special ops boys have befriended a local bob cat and that cat has agreed to do the climbing and installation of high components. Of course assistance in the actual high installation is needed but we are fortunate enough to have a skilled techie whose hobby is climbing, and of course she was recruited as well. After a job is completed, the techie known affectionately as "the wild thang" and the bob cat climb down and she pets the bob cat while it drinks milk and then cuddles with her. Have you ever heard a bob cat purr? It is quite a site. Oh, I might add that Wild Thang attracts a large number of wishful onlookers, but they don't dare try anything since Wild Thang can be really really wild at times.

I got a note from Annie in which she tells about the encounter with the bear. Her telling is interestingly quite different from your telling of it as you most likely can imagine. Its quite humorous really, but don't tell Annie I said that. She may think I'm making fun of her. I am, but I don't want her to know it. (snicker)

I need to write a quick note to Annie and then go out and see how the alert project is coming.

Prince

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Dear Annie,

Please dear sister, let us know all about the meeting with the hairy lookslikeadustmop dog. I'd love to hear about its name and how it came to hear about you. I'm happy for you that you have another fan Annie.

(Prince takes a moment of time out to regain his composure after laughing
until he was blue in the face.)

I am so proud of you. Were you frightened when you saw that monstrous grizzly bear Sister Annie? It must have been very frightening. Oh, I'm just glad it wasn't a chupacabra in disguise. What would you have done if it had been my dear sister. I'm shuttering as I speak. (Prince is snickering until he can't sit still, shaking and shuttering all over the place.)

Well, I need to go check on some military matters sis. ttyl

Prince

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 26, 2016

Skirmishes are being waged in 5 separate state districts as I write. Details in the next Scribbles Script when news about these is forthcoming.

End of scribbles for this day.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/26/2016 (14:15)
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dear Prince,

it has been busy here! last night we had 2 small, but separate skirmishes....one was with the chupes who had been camped just beyond the mcmansion....notice i used the past tense of the verb "have" (HAD)...hehehehe.......the chupes are no longer parked anywhere near us after last night's little encounter.....even tho they did not attack until 3am, our guys roused themselves and blasted the enemy! in fact, if mom had awoken and turned on the outdoor lights she still would not have been able to see anything becuz the air would have been dark with the smoke from zapped chupes! it was glorious! we had not a single injury or worse....the new alert system we have recently put in place worked! a team that I put together composed of a few spec. ops guys, a couple of techies and myself worked for several weeks on the new plan and when we got everything built (jack was here for 3 days...don't tell mom or annie, it was a top secret, in and out mission) some of our best tree climbers attached everything ....a few eagles were called into help along the edges of the property so as not to alert the nearby chupes....it was done a little at a time so the chupes would not get suspicious......oh well, I will show you the plans and talk about it more with you when you get here.....

the other battle was not chupe-related at all.....around 10pm last night, annie was on her bed by the front door where she likes to "guard" the front door (amazing how much "guarding" sounds like snoring in her case)....she is known to growl periodically and frequently bark without actually waddling outside to do anything ("I alert everyone...they can take over from there," she says), but last night, along with the growling she suddenly gave this weird little high-pitched cry......I think it was pure terror altho she will never admit to it.....mom turned on the lights but did not see anything.....this morning we discovered a bear had torn down one of the birdfeeders and smashed it into several pieces....when the guards on duty were asked why they did not sound the alarm, I was informed that the bear had been sprayed with toxin and there was no effect, so since it was a real bear, looked like a real bear, had teeth like a real bear, the guards just left it alone...how could I fuss? they were right....mom just said "oh well"....I think she was a little excited that a bear had been in the yard...I know she wants to get a picture of one....but not too close.....the barrel of chicken corn is on the lanai and she is thinking of moving it further away from the house.....

annie wants to write so see ya later

Roscoe who is going to go order more toxin since we used so much last night
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dear prince and tom

this morning, while coming back from town mom was behind a car that had a wawa and one of those hairy lookslikeadustmop dogs sitting in the back...mom said she sent it messages via telepathy about chupes and the militia....the wawa looked back at mom and asked if the "divine Miss Annie" would be there becuz he has heard so much about me.....he lives far from us, but roscoe said he would arrange transporation if the wawa wants to come check out the militia...the dust mop dog wants to come, too....I guess this means I should dress up to meet the little guy.....ahhhh, another fan.....



oh! once again I am a hero...or heroine, if you want to be proper about it, hehehe....last night there was a bear in the front yard....I sounded the alarm before anybody even realized it was there.....this was one hungry bear...bears are waking up now after winter's hibernation and this thing probably wanted to eat ME becuz I am tender and sweet....it tried to tippy-toe up to the house, but I heard it....let me tell you, this beast was HUGE...I think it was a GRIZZLY...mom said there are no grizzlies in Va, but I asked if one could have possibly gotten lost and migrated down here..........mom admitted that it was probably possible, altho unlikely....well, the unlikely has happened, right here in my own front yard!! it roared its frustration at not being able to eat me and instead knocked down a birdfeeder and ate all the feed, but i could see the anger in its beady little eyes....it looked right at me and I could tell it plans to come back to get me another time...*shiver*

Annie who needs to go meditate to calm her nerves after thinking about the bear

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Dear Queenie,

I think you need to know something about me. I spoke of my royalty with tongue in cheek. How I got named was associated with the prince's birth in England, but I am not royal. In fact, I would not want to be. I would not want any sort of royalty in the United States. Our forefathers stole passage on their masters ships to escape the tyranny of a royal system in England and elsewhere. Obviously there were a few immigrants from Belgium as well. (smile) As a result, I have no respect what so ever for royalty in the US. I say, let the royals all stay in Europe and those of us who love freedom remain in the US. Well, just saying. I do hope this doesn't annoy you in any way dear sister.

I shall eagerly look forward to all the activities that you have planned. But what on earth could you have planned that would need to exclude our brother Roscoe? Are we not a happy threesome?

Chocolates I shall bring,
Prince, the unroyal adventurer

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Dear Roscoe,

Oh brother. I told her that my name came from the fact that I was adopted on the day the prince of England was born and my parents announced that if England could have their prince we could have our. You know by now pretty much how far Annie took that one. One has got to choose ones words and content very carefully with Annie, and even then... oh brother!

As for the brig commander, believe me Ros, there is no love lost with Annie. He has only one thought, a vindictive one and that is to incarcerate her for life. She really got to him when she was here. Therefore, for her own sake, she should remain in Virginia. Any conclusion that he is deliriously in love with her is totally Annie's illusion blown beyond belief. I highly recommend that you do not challenge that illusion for your own safety. Well, you know what I mean.

Prince, who is about to check on dad and see if he is ready for Bowser to get moving in the kitchen. My suggestion to Bowser didn't seem to have much effect.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 25, 2016

Flash! So much is happening. The factions are skirmishing in the NE with the greatest prize being the state of Pennsylvania. It is expected that this will shortly break out into a full blown battle.

The minor factions appear to be joining forces, at least for now, in the fight against the Trumpet faction. It is the opinion of General Longsnout that this union of minor factions will not last long, but in all camps it is an attempt to defuse the majority vote and carry the battle to another realm, therein to fight again against one another without the Trumpets controlling the contest. This is an interesting development and will bear watching.

Meanwhile, the St. Bernard and the collie continue doing battle, though the collie seems to be more focused on dealing blows to the Trumpets while the St. Bernard is struggling to gain ground but appears to be struggling with his hope of winning. The one thing that is apparent between the Lassie and the St. Bernard is that the winner of these skirmishes will be supported in the long run by the looser of skirmishes. And together they will fight the chupacabra, regardless of leadership. The chupes, well...the jury is still out regarding support for other factions. We shall see.

End of scribbles for this day.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/25/2016 (08:47)
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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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oh beloved royal one,

we are most definitely related....you, perhaps, have seen pictures of me in the past wearing my crown....I am certainly a queen, I just know it!

roscoe is not around at the moment...probably off somewhere with some of the troops doing whoknowswhat....when he returns I shall sit him down and invite him to join in several of our activities with the condition that he adheres (without complaint) to my rules....there are a few events that I have planned just for me and you....roscoe will have to find something to keep himself occupied during those times.....you should bring a camera...perhaps Jack can fix one up that will attach to your collar....that way, you can send pics to your dad of our adventures which will keep his spirits up while he is recovering

chocolates are always appreciated....

Queen Annie who can't wait to see her princely nephew
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dear Prince

what did you tell HER?? annie has been searching for over an hour for her "golden crown" saying that you expect to see her in it when you arrive.....her precious headgear is a burger king paper crown spray-painted gold that she has pasted plastic jewels to......however, she will tell you they are real and for your own safety do not dispute her.....sometimes I wonder about her mental stability....*shaking head*

keep your whacko brig commander's paws off of my sister! *guffaw* think about it...if they got married, that would double the crazy, and we both have all the crazy we can handle as it is......(if they got married they would have to live in fl....I could not have them here!)

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Hi Bro,

Don't worry Ros, there is no way that I am going to inform Annie of anything until I am absolutely certain that it will occur. Then I will make my decisions with great deliberation. You need not worry about that. Oh, and as for you joining the activities Annie has planned, I will write her a butter her up a bit...maybe even with chocolates. (grin)

As for our crazy brig commander, he is a wild one. However, he is kept in that position for good reason. It is a blue moon on a foggy night before any Chihuahua trooper gets sent to the brig. The brig commanders reputation precedes him and the troops are well aware of the dire threat that being tossed into the brig means. In fact, it is for this reason more than any that our troops have the reputation of being the most disciplined of troops through out the United States and beyond. Yes, the brig commander's position is assured as long as he remains in the service, and he is a career service trooper with a great deal of gung ho dedication. If Annie got shoved into this brig again, her top dogdom would be totally doomed. It is not the place for Annie. I fear that there would be psychiatric implications for poor Annie for the rest of her life which is why it is important to protect her from being tossed into the calaboose in this district.

I'm proud of the work that you are doing to clean up the grounds there. Each piece of junk that is hauled off to the dump is one more piece of junk that the chupacabra cannot hide behind should they attack the fort. I question the use of dumps though. There should be recycling facilities for all waste material (past and present). Of course there is not. (sigh) Perhaps I should discuss this matter with Jack. Maybe he could find ways to recycle some of the currently non-recyclable materials.

I will look forward to reviewing your various strategies when I arrive. A wide variety of strategies will leave the chupes always vulnerable to the element of surprise and also provide the troops with a variety of options depending upon the circumstances that they are then operating under.

Prince

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My dear auntie Sis,

Prince is not my name sake. I happened to be adopted at the time that the Prince of England was born. That is where I got my name. You may consider me an American royal if you wish. I know...that is anti-constitutional, but it is what it is.

As for Roscoe joining into our activities, I would be happy if he were to join all of our activities as long as you describe and lead the activity. I'm sure Ros would agree to that condition. I suspect that he recognizes your expertise in planning as a natural for you.

Do you mind if I bring a few chocolate candies to share?

Prince, the American royal.

Tom

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

did you think about what you said? if you delay your arrival here due to your dad's surgery being delayed, annie will (1) either bust a gut or(2) show up on your doorstep before you know what's happening or (3) both.................save yourself! do NOT tell her that the surgery might be delayed....she will be contacting both your dad and his doctor to straighten things out...and she will feel obligated to come to fl. to help your dad in his hour of need....hehehehe....poor tom.......also,.if you do not show up on time, annie will be terribly disappointed.....think about she behaves when she is disappointed....at least give me some warning before you have to tell her you will not be arriving on time...I need time to run and hide *roflmao*

all was quiet last night....nary a chupe was heard....mom woke up after hearing a possum..or annie...walking on the front porch in high heels...she ran out to save Henrietta, who roosts on a blanket holder on the porch, but no hen-hungry critters were in sight.....now she blames me, saying I was dreaming and my toenails were beating a sound on the bookcase, which woke her up, etc. etc....ah, I guess this is what us Stinky Beasts do *snort* sometimes I think I live in a crazy house! of course, you have the brig commander who is insane with his love for annie (according to annie) to I guess I shouldn't complain

in honor of Earth Day those wawas not on duty helped my mom and dad clean up around the greenhouse/tool shed, etc...they took 2 truckloads of junk to the dump....tomorrow they are loading a lot of stuff that also has to go on the tractor trailer and hauling it to the dumpsters..........some guy is meeting them there to take a lot of it which he sells for scrap metal.....boy are there going to be some tired, aching wawas....annie has offered to massage little shoulders and guide the group in a "healing, meditative pose" before bedtime.....fortunately I am on duty with a group of special ops working out different strategies for possible chupe battles....I will appreciate your insights when you finally arrive

Roscoe who suddenly feels the need for a hot fudge sundae and is going to see what is available in the mess tent

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dear Prince

did you dye your fur purple in memory of your recently deceased namesake?

there are so many exciting things planned for when you are here....roscoe seems a bit jealous, so I thought perhaps we could invite him to join us for one or two of our fun events...would that be okay with you?

Annie who is a natural planner



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Dear Ros,

From now on I will make it a point to call Annie sis and not auntie. Let's face it, I just can't help myself. (snicker)

I'm a little concerned about the closeness of those chupes. Its true that they are preoccupied with each other, but what if they get really discouraged with that battle and decide to take their frustrations out on the canines and humans? I trust that you have discussed defenses with the commander in order to assure our forces' safety should such an event occur.

On the surface I like your plan to give Annie a couple of days of individual attention. But Ros, she can be really intense...I mean REALY intense. It would be good if you were with me so that some of the intensity could be defused. I fear I may not last an entire two days of that hound without your help. We can still do the activities she chooses, letting her feel she is in charge, but in our hearts we will know exactly what we are doing. (grin) And we can help each other. When one of us sees the other fading, we can just put our paws around the one who is fading and remind him that in a couple (or less) days we will be alone with each other so that we can enjoy each other and still be involved in military matters. These days it is particularly important to support one another and the military.

By the way, apparently dad is experiencing a few issues other than the knee. It is possible, though not necessarily likely, that these issues will cause a delay in the knee problem. Man, sometimes I think my dad is getting old.

Your bro, who is in desperate need of a snack.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 22, 2016

NY is in the past. New skirmishes are occurring in other states. The howling of the chupacabra can be heard the most, with accusations and name calling being hurled between factions. The Trumpets faction is also hurling insults at the good guys with such comments as "I'm looking forward to fighting that Lousy Lassie." Oh, when will the stupid Trumpets slow down and look more like leadership material. The leader of the Trumpets faction is oblivious to any thing but himself. Like one would expect of a chupe, he is filled with hate and acting in a totally stupid way. Even some of his own faction wonders if maybe he shouldn't cool some of his hateful nastiness, at least until after the choosing. But he continues to carry on with total obliviousness to all that truly is.

End of Scribbles for this day.

Tom

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

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

while annie is extremely...er, naturally...fond of being the one in authority, you've gotta remember that my mom is an island girl where "auntie" is a title of respect, she has taught this to annie...I suspect in Annie's case it is a bit of both.....

interesting to read Pvt. Juarez' notes.....we, too, have heard chupes howling on the far side of the mcmansion for the past 2 nights....trying to sneak up on them has been difficult cuz annie just can't keep her big mouth shut! she starts howling back to warn them away, then mom stomps out after her, ordering her to come back into the house and with all that racket, the chupes hear them and immediately shut down their noise....whatever is going on with the chupes, it is apparently highly divisive and is too upsetting to keep them from attacking becuz they are so busy arguing and fighting amongst themselves............well, that is my theory....annie says its becuz she has frightened them into silence and submission....yeah, right......our patrols do not usually go out that far, but we are sending a deployment of the special ops to see what they can find out....annie has not been told of this....she would probably want to lead them *sighing deeply*

mom's sister is having surgery in AZ the same day your dad is having his....even tho you are coming here and annie is happy with that, she is still torn with wanting to be there to "help"...as well as going to Arizona to advise auntie's doctor....this guy sounds like a real jerk and could probably use some advice from annie....I have tried to push her to go, but she refuses unless auntie gets all 20 of her cats out of the apt before she arrives, carpets must be shampooed and dried, dog snax must fill the frig, a dog- sized bed must be installed, etc. etc.....needless to say, she will most likely be HERE when you arrive....I was thinking that perhaps if we give annie a couple of days of undivided attention from you right at first, then it might be easier to get away from her afterwards...we could tell her that we are going to practice a bit with the special ops and then take off....I have already got my backpack, plus one for you, out of the house....they are in my office in the gonzalez barn which annie knows nothing about....I will tell you that yesterday mom, annie and I went walking along the creek bed and mom told annie several times to stay up on the main land and not to try to slide down to the water where we were.....as soon as annie realized we might get out of sight, she slapped that fat butt down and slid down the 8 or 10 feet to where we were.....she is not easy to ditch....and becuz she has such short legs, her belly was FILTHY by the time we got home....(altho nobody called her a Filthy Beast)....

let me know if you hear anything important from Pvt. Juarez...we are concerned with the group being so close to the house here......

Roscoe who is hoping mom is going to want to walk to the mailbox soon

p.s. we are having an issue with Henrietta, the one surviving hen here...she has begun to crow in the morning when she first wakes up......we have had her shot twice with toxin, but nothing happens, but she is still a real hen....after breakfast she disappears for the rest of the day until bedtime.....mysteriouser and mysteriouser



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Dear Roscoe,

I hate to say it bro, but your mom's nose is a dead ringer for an Annie nose...well, sniff wise. And what's worse, she just doesn't appreciate the better smells in life. Honestly Ros, I think she is a hopeless case. If I were you I'd just disguise myself when I'm in the field and ready to fight chupes. Just a suggestion.

Dad and I haven't been over at Chihuahua HQ for a while, so we had best check there to see what may be sitting on the military top secret communications devise. I suspect that by now there may be more scribbles.

I've been thinking about our plans for Annie. Listen Ros, I do want to have some fun with her like we plan, but I also think we need to let her enjoy us at times too. She is, after all, my sister-in-law in spite of the fact that she wants to make me her nephew. I think that has to do with her apparent "top dog" status. I mean, a sister and brother in law relationship is on an equal basis whereas an aunt / nephew status implies some degree of authority for the aunt, assuming that the aunt is older which Annie definitely is. Anyway, I shall continue to treat her as a sis so that maybe someday she will get the message...well, you know what I mean.

Prince, who continues to look forward to his trip to Virginia.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 19, 2016

There was a massive battle yesterday in NY. It was something of a divisive battle within the chupe camp and not much better for the good guys.

The Trumpets faction of chupes are free to blow hot air today as their leader won the battle. In fact, it was a massive win. A lot of chupes from the other factions are becoming quite agitated with this faction and this may lead to serious break ups of the total chupe army in the future if they can't find a way to pull together. We all know though that they are not very keen at bridging gaps, coming together, or compromise. They are more of a my way or the highway group. So we shall follow and see.

Lassie won the battle between Lassie and the St. Bernard. The St. Bernard expresses hope in future battles but the collie is looking more and more like she will win the war. Although some bitterness was expressed during the height of battle between these factions, there is still a sense of mutual respect and concern for uniting after the war finishes. This is good to see.

This war of good guys is far more serious about promoting solutions to problems that the chupes. The chupes seem totally engrossed in name calling and mud slinging activities. When all of this is over, it is so very important that the good guys win. The consequence of the other side winning is total chaos with everyone subservient to the chupacabra. And if the Trumpets win...well, I don't even want to go there at this time.

End of Scribbles for the day.

Tom

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Subtlety just not work at my house! I thought about what you said the other day, how humans do not appreciate the smells that dog relish and therefore my mom would probably not want to work with me on disguises.....I feel she needs to just understand how to apply a disguise in case it is necessary....without telling mom why, I sat with her and asked her to explain how humans feel about perfume (which is a human form of disguise...yheech!)...she said that while some women pour it on themselves with a funnel, the best form of perfume is just a dab behind the ears and/or on the wrist....it got me thinking that if I put on a very, very tiny dab of disguise, mom would like it and then gradually I could teach her to enjoy heavier amounts.....last evening while mom was reading, I snuck into the room and lay quietly....my intention was to see if she even noticed....oh my! that woman must have a nose like a canine....like a Belgian basset!! "what is that odor?" she began muttering...at first I was surprised that she could even smell it, but then I began to feel pleased that she was obviously enchanted with the new odor........just as I was about to invite her to try a little on herself, she came at me with a soapy, wet washcloth, mumbling things like "stinky boy" and "stinky beast".........rather rude, I think............however, you know me...I don't hold a grudge, so this afternoon I tried again....I even dabbed a tiny bit on my foot as mom said....I was attacked with a cold water hose, soap, a scrub brush and a washcloth....it was awful....and I was only wearing a small amount of disguise....really, do you think I overdid it?


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Dear Sister Annie,

As for doing poses, I am much too busy for that. Oh, I sometimes do a pose or two in the evening after an extremely busy day. I find it refreshing. But I'm not a pose-king which would be similar to a pose-queen that I know. Yes, dad appears to be more of a pose-king, so I just let it be...unless I have to issue a stranger-danger alarm. More often than not, after I issue the alarm, dad will check to see who it is and announce that it was just False Alarm, whoever he is. Apparently he's OK because dad never seems upset that he is around.

What on earth did you say to BC? She is fuming. She pointed out that you barely know what you are doing (her words, not mine you understand) and that she was trained over a long period with Lulu herself. I explained to her that you were upset because you were not with me all the time. She had just taken a short break to eat and have a cup of coffee flavored milk which is why she was away from dad during the moment to which you were referring. She said she tried to tell you about that but couldn't get a word in edge-wise. She said that when you finally shut up (again, her words) you slammed the phone down leaving her with nothing but fired up. I think she is still fired up. I've never seen her so angry. It may be well if the two of you not be together for a while. Just saying.

Prince, who is still trying to help BC calm down

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Hi bro...

You would not believe what happened between BC and Annie. Annie called BC and read her the riot act because she thought she wasn't taking good care of dad. Good grief, she had stepped away for a 1/2 lunch break is all. She is taking excellent care of my dad.

Oh, I've got to tell you. She wrote dad a message and congratulated him on following her posing instructions so well. Ha ha...dad said that he was sleeping. He said that the only time he has ever done serious posing was when Annie was here, and he said that only looked serious. I told dad I was going to have a good laugh with Annie over that, but dad said "don't you dare." He said that he does not want to disillusion that very illusioned Belgian Bassett. "Let her have her illusions Prince," said dad. "She seems to need them to carry on with her life."

Well, Annie and her planned activities. Ha ha. She should know by now that I'm more of a spontaneous canine dude. And you know how she is. She will plan a year of activities and expect them to all be done within a day or two. Then she will go into poses, being totally exhausted from all of the planning and miss any of the activities that actually got carried out. (snicker)

You said that you got that weird look from the bluebirds wife. She may be a little crazy too. But consider another possibility. She may have tried over and over to get him to get help and then just gave up. Who knows? Only she and her crazy half knows for sure.

Well bro, I'm looking forward to the trip though I wish it weren't because of dad. But I think you and I are going to have a great time together. And Annie? Oh, we will have a great time with her too...snicker.

Prince, who is going to help dad take a walk.


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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 suspect that if you had checked on your dad carefully you would have realized he was not merely dreaming, but was actually deep into his poses....this is harder than you may think and often requires a different sort of breathing which, to the uninitiated, may sound like snoring or dreaming....ahem....if you practiced your poses more often you would be aware of that, mister *tee hee hee*.....I will add "pose practice" to the list of things I have planned for your visit.....

speaking of your dad and his pose practice, you should have just slapped that ice pack on his knee...it probably would not have disturbed him too much....and where was BC??? that BabyCakes, I thought, was taking care of all doctoring and nursing duties there when I am not in florida....I shall be sending her a strongly worded message, believe me! do you think I should come out there now to help take care of your dad? I could stay until the surgery date and then we could fly back here together (although I admit it would be difficult to tear myself away when I know how beneficial my services would be both at the hospital and rehab. center)

Annie who has noticed that Henrietta, the one remaining hen, has not gone to her roosting spot on the lanai and must go check on her.....sigh....a Belgian basset's work is never done

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dear Tom.

I am so proud of you for practicing your poses so determinedly...Prince has mentioned your efforts on several occasions....good for you! keep up the good work!

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Hey, bro

don't know what you said to annie but she has been adding activities to her list all day of things she plans for you two to do...*hahahahaha*......

I have tried to speak to the demented blue bird, but he ignores me or shouts at me to go away.....he is really coo-koo.......I tried to bring up the possibility of him seeing a birdy shrink to his wife, but she just looked down her beak at me and said that that was not likely to happen....perhaps she is a bit odd, too....annie has threatened to eat him becuz he has disturbed her sleep for several mornings....she has growled warnings to him, but he just laughs and bangs again on the window....I think he makes faces at her, too....I have asked mom if she has a large butterfly net so we can catch him, but she doesn't know where one would be....annie suggested a sledgehammer instead of a net....(being awakened from her naps can make her really cranky *giggle*).....

The Ros who is going to go ask the Gonzalez cows if any of them can weave a grass net



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Hi bro,

Stir the hornets nest...haha, that may be why I think it might be a good idea if you and I were to rise and shine before Annie even knows its morning, grab a bite to eat and then head out for a day of adventure. What do you think? (I'd love to hear what Annie says after she wakes up...snicker.)

Yes I like pot roast, and I like chicken, and I like lamb, and I like...well, pretty much everything. There's a human kid named Mikie who will eat anything. I just might be the canine version of that kid. (grin)

Now then, that bluebird. "One should not judge without flying a mile in another birds wings" is an old avian proverb. I think you should first talk with the blue bird quietly in a level tone. Ask why he does what he does. See if you can work through this behavior with him. Let him feel your love...love is healing. You see, this bird is obviously disturbed and one must try to get to the bottom of any disturbance in a fellow animal being. If you can't help him, then you need to refer him to an avian psychiatrist. If the bird won't fly on his own to get help, then discuss his case with some of the avian brass. See if you can't get a forced commitment to an avian psychiatric facility. However you do it, please remember that this poor bird needs help.

Somehow I doubt very much that your mom will disguise herself in the manner that you do Ros. Humans tend to be offended by that gorgeous perfume smell. Perhaps you could get her to disguise herself as Uncle Sam (I thought about the Easter bunny but Easter is over and Independence day is on the way...hay hay hay!

Prince, who needs to discuss the lunch menu with Bowser.

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Dear Annie,

Tom is resting his sore knee so he asked that I write to you. He should have ice on it but doesn't so I may have to step up my supervision of my dad and see to it that he carries out the doctors orders to the letter. Right now I hear him dreaming so I'm certainly not going to wake him.

Sounds like you will be up and running around in no time. I just can't wait to see you. I think the three of us (my bro and sis) are going to have such a good time. I just hope there are no chupe uprisings during that time because I look at this trip as a vacation from the multitude of military matters I have had to deal with lately.

Anyway, I will see you before long.

Your bro, who is now going to get Bowser on the stick if you know what I mean (and I'm SURE that you do!) snicker

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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oh you do like to poke the hornets nest, don't you? *snicker*...deliberately antagonizing annie can be dangerous *double snicker with a guffaw*....your plan will also reinforce our abilities to move stealthily through the woods (altho we already can do that since we are "naturals" *doubling over with laughter*) mom wanted to send annie to stay with her sister in AZ who is having surgery the same day as your dad, but auntie has 20 cats in a small apt, and they are not dog-friendly, so annie said she could not go becuz you are coming here...she also claimed that she had to be at the ready in case your mom or dad calls her to come there due to incompetence at the rehab center.....mom just gave her "the look", but said she is thrilled that you will be here again.....she told me to make sure your room is ready (already done) and asked if you like pot roast...mom knows we will probably eat in the mess tent, but wanted to do something special for you....I told her to check with annie becuz annie is making special plans for your stay here.....this time mom gave me "the look"...hehehehe

oh! that pesky bluebird has been banging on the window since he woke up this morning....I think he is mad that mom broke her promise yesterday of not putting up more ribbon flashing until fri...mom says he pooped on the screen and the window sill so she had to get a ladder and clean it off...therefore she added flashing....he is not deterred....this morning, mom shut the curtain in the room, but it did not stop him at all so she smacked the window with her hand....that scared him, but he just moved down to another window....mom is a bit ticked...mom did put out a dish of dried meal worms, but the feathered beast shows no interest in them......they are really gross-looking....if you jiggle the bag they come in even the slightest bit it looks like they are crawling....yuk!

mom gave her nutrition talk last night to a health group in town....she said everybody laughed and clapped when she told them how much weight her Belgian basset had lost by walking.....annie is ever so pleased....I think she may have to continue her stay in the infirmary until the swelling of her head goes down....she told mom that next time she expects mom to take her.....annie was a bit peeved to hear they served food afterwards and mom did not bring her any, especially when she heard mom did not eat much becuz she just wasn't hungry.....annie finds that especially rude, reasoning that if the food was put out there the cook's feelings would be hurt if nobody ate it.........annie is naturally kind and understanding and therefore would not have left a crumb...*snort*

I am trying to persuade mom to come out into the field with me and some of the younger trainees....I am worried about these smaller disguised chupes (like the crickets).....they are definitely spies, but after the one flew right at mom's face a couple of days ago, I am concerned that they see her as weak and also may attack her to get to us,,,if she is out with the rest of the trainees, their spies will realize she is a force to be reckoned with, too...in fact, I have considered giving her some private training and then putting her outside with some beginners to she will look really tough compared to the newbies.....no chupe is going to go after my mom!!!

Roscoe who is trying to figure out a persuasive argument to get her mom to roll in a disguise hehehehehe
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dear Prince and tom

I know you have been extremely worried about me being in the infirmary....as you know, once again I was the hero (I am a natural at heroism) when I slapped my paw down on top of a villainous cricket which was a chupe in disguise In My House that was menacing mom....she was terrified, but I ran in and saved the day....again......roscoe insisted I stay in the infirmary in quarantine to make sure the chupe did not poison me...pshaw! I was too fast for that scurvy bugger....I am so naturally fast that he was dead before he even realized what had happened.....anyway, I think I am getting out of here today...you may be feeling bad that I am in here all alone, but I have used my time wisely, by re-organizing and cleaning up things in the infirmary and practicing poses.....

Prince, I am so looking forward to your visit...with all this time on my hands in the infirmary I have trying to decide on what we can do while you are here...I have so many wonderful ideas...I keep trying to narrow down the list, but its going to take more that one day to do everything....thank goodness we have lots of time since you will be here for awhile....

Annie who has sent her assistant for her breakfast dessert

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Dear Annie,

You have no idea how fortunate you are. If you were in the brig here there would be no gopher for you...just hard labor with eating dependent upon finishing and amount based on how well you did your job. This brig is NO picnic.

Anyway, I just feel that you are at too much of a risk here. That brig guy is one tough cookie and he is laying in wait for you. I think it wise for me to come there. We can have a lot of fun up there.

And as for dog park, mom won't take us and dad has to be with us. Well, that won't work with dad in the hospital and all. So I'll just come there if mom and dad say its OK. They are usually pretty good about that.

By the way, now that I'm a little older I've been thinking. Even though I never knew Bear, he was my brother. You and I are related via Bear's marriage to Lulu. Hey Annie, that makes you my sister-in-law. How about that sis?

Oh, I here Jack calling me and he seems quite excited. I'd better find out what he wants.

Prince, your bro-in-law

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Dear Roscoe,

I've been thinking. Since Bear was my bother and his wife Lulu was your sister, that makes you my brother-in-law. How cool is that? I've always wanted a brother.

So bro, I plan to come to Virginia while dad is away. Annie asked me to spend a full day with her as you know, but I purposely didn't address that issue when I wrote back. I doubt she will even notice. Anyway, if she does, I've got a cool idea. Let's play together with her that day, taking her way way off into the woods and trying our best to loose her. Since you will be following you can drop out of sight and then rush forward using the woods as camouflage. Get ahead of her and then wait for me. After she goes past (I'll have her lead because she is a natural leader...heheheheh) then you can motion to me and I'll drop out. We shouldn't have much of a problem leaving and finding a place where she can't find us. We can wait until quite late...almost dark maybe... and then "find her." (Never mind that we will be following her and watching her fret.) We will save her and help her get home. (What else are brothers there for...snicker.)

You know bro, the rest of the time that I'm there we can tease her about how she got lost and needed her hero brothers to locate and save her. Oh what fun we will have at her expense. I know she will get mad as a porcupine under attack but you and I both know that we can out run her. At the end of the day when she is collapsing into poses we can take credit for all the exercise that we helped her get. (oh, double snicker)

Well bro, if you have any other cool ideas let me know.

Prince, who is going to lay around and conjure up more plans for you and I with Annie. Bahahahaha!


Tom

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

since I show no signs of infection, I will be released from the infirmary tomorrow....if you prefer to come here that will be fine, although I was thinking it would great good fun for just the two of us in Fl, too....you could introduce me to your friends at the dog park....I guess I am just concerned that if you come here you will spend all your time with Roscoe and once again I will be ignored *sniffle*.....promise me that if you come here you will devote one whole day with me..roscoe can even tag along but there must be no military stuff (even if 27 jillion chupes invade) ......

I am so pleased that tom has taken seriously what he has learned about poses...you should encourage him in this and actually it would not hurt you to practice a bit, too....he should practice a lot before his surgery to keep himself relaxed and calm

mom came to see me this morning and brought me a large plate of pancakes for breakfast....they are not as good as bowser's, but they are tasty...she put my favorite fruit, mango, in them and piled lots of whipped cream on top.....since she had gone to so much effort I did not want to hurt her feelings by telling her that I had already had a breakfast from the mess tent, so I forced myself to gobble down the pancakes...I am naturally kind that way, always looking out for others as you well know

mom said that pesky bluebird is banging on the windows even tho she put out an offering of meal worms....he is handsome, but very annoying....as soon as I get out of here I am going to help her with her problem and eat the little buzzard! I bet it won't be hard to catch him...I am just going to wear a lovely collar of mirrors and when he comes in for a dive bomb, down the gullet he will go....hehehehehe....ah, I am just naturally clever

this evening, right after my dinner, mom is going to go give a speech to a health group in town...she says last time she went they had food samples which were delicious, and she is hoping they will have more this time....maybe I should go with her.....after all, part of her talk is about me....she is going to tell everyone how I have gone from 99lbs. to 83lbs...I suggested that if I cannot get out of the infirmary in time to go she should at least take pictures of me so everyone can see that even with such a severe weight loss one can still look lovely

Annie who must go through recent photos to find the best for mom to take with her...."Oh gopher, I neeeeeddd you to go find my photo albumsssssssss............................
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it will be great to have you here....and after we practice some new camouflage techniques...you can share them with your dad when you return home...he will be so impressed....maybe he could catch a ride here in an ambulance gondola...he could spend his days on the lanai doing poses with annie.....hehehehehe...........speaking of whom, your favorite aunt is so excited that she will get to spend time with you whether you come here or she comes there.....she is Making Plans......you poor soul....hehehehehe.....I am sure it will be all right....she can be fun (for short periods of time) and she does adore you......I have been told I can tag along if I want to...hmmm...perhaps you two need some special aunty-nephew time; I am sure I can find something else to do hahahahaHA

Roscoe who must go take care of ANOTHER fight between Pvt. Gomez and Pvt. Barkley...I swear I am going to send one of them to you!

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Dear Annie,

According to Roscoe, you currently have mental, er...I mean medical problems and are being cared for in a military hospital. I know that you are suffering greatly from that circumstance, even with a gopher to serve you. Unless you are released sooner than anticipated, perhaps I had best spend my "alone time" in Virginia. That way I could enjoy visiting you and also spend some time with the Ros. He wants to give me advanced camouflage training.

Dad cut 1/2 of the grass this morning and now is quite sore. He also can't seem to keep his eyes open but I suspect that is more from lack of sleep. Anyway, he appears content to just sit on the couch and let the world go by. I asked him about it and he said that he was just practicing poses that you taught him. Then he laughed hysterically before going back to sleep. I wonder about him sometimes.

Prince

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Hi Ros,

I've copied and enclosed a letter that I just wrote to Annie. I think you will get a kick out of parts of it. Whatever you do, don't tell Annie that I sent you a copy of her letter. I'm not certain how she might react to that but I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't be pretty if you know what I mean.

The thing is, I may visit you in May. We could have bunches of fun, and once in a while I could slip in and spend a couple of minutes with Ms. Naturely Knows it All. (snicker)

On a more serious note, I think you and I should check out some of those things your mom keeps finding on the property. They may possibly have chupacabra significance.

Prince, who is hoping a trip to VA will be possible in May.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 18, 2016

There are multiple reports from special ops of a serious build up of forces in NY state. The two sides are themselves divided. The chupacabra forces are made up of multiple smaller groups of self interest with two of them being more powerful than the others. The Trumpet faction seems the stronger at this time and is blowing a lot of hot fowl air in the form of insults and name calling which seems to be their weapons of choice.

Even the forces of good are divided into two separate factions with our two heros, the St. Bernard and Lassie, going nose to nose at each other. Some sniper fire has been popped off between the chupacabra and the forces of good, but most of the activity seems at this time to be between factions.

This scribe will keep you informed. Stay tuned to your top secret military channel.

End of scribbles for the day.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/18/2016 (15:06)
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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*gasping in shock*, Prince!!!

you will NOT be alone in that empty house!! either you will come here, or I will come there, whichever you prefer.....I know you are supposed to guard the house, but there are wawas for that and you can just lock the doors and come here if you want....of course, I am quite willing to come there....I am supposed to be assisting in the surgery and recovery for your dad, but he seems hesitant to have me do this....I think he is feeling a bit overwhelmed and feels embarrassed to have me help him....this is nonsense, of course...after all, what are friends for? but anyway, if you want me there, just tell me when to come and I shall be there....we could have lots of fun...and Homeland Security has warned the brig commander to leave me alone, so..in theory...he will not arrest me, but one never knows with the mentally unstable....he might lock me up with evil intentions in mind...however, once I am in the house with you, he can do nothing...NOTHING..........have you considered going to work with your mom?? the day of the surgery she will not be going to the office, but she might, at least part time, after that and you could go and keep her company...you know all those ladies would make a big fuss over you and feed you treats...hmmm, maybe WE should go to the office.....hehehehehe.....anyway, decide whether you want me there or you to come here and let me know.....

Aunt Annie who just had a vision of herself arriving at your house, standing on Kathy's back as she gallops up to the front door....and the astonished look on the brig commander's face...hehehe


dear Prince

annie has really stepped in it...literally...this time....we think we have a serious problem with disguised chupe infiltration.......mom has discovered 3 grasshoppers (??) within 4 days INSIDETHE HOUSE....this afternoon some flying thing with a long stinger (NOT a bee) flew right at mom's face by the clothesline....we are thinking its because mom is considered the weak link....at first mom was just tossing the grasshoppers outside, but the one this morning somehow seemed a bit suspicious to mom, so she hollered for the guard outside the house to bring the toxin gun....he hollered to someone else and all that hollering and barking woke up annie.....you know how she can be when awakened from her beauty sleep....sigh....she waddled over and slapped one big paw down on top of the grasshopper.....just then the guard with the toxin gun ran in....I was right behind him.....I had to get a stick and pry the grasshopper body from between Annie's toes....she was not pleased....then the guard shot the g'hopper with the toxin and poof! your favorite aunt swears the critter did not bite her, but you know we cannot take chances with that sort of thing, so she is now in quarantine in the infirmary...she has it all to herself since there are no other patients and while she was a bit upset at first, she has settled into her role as Queen of the Infirmary....one of the privates who fell asleep during class is being punished by being assigned as Annie's personal go-fer for the entire day.....I bet he will never nod off in any class ever again....she is keeping him busy fetching all the things she "needs"...*snort*

if the rehab center where you're dad will go after his surgery has any flaws or problems I am sure annie would be willing to come down and whip the place into shape....the employees will either get it together or they will all mutiny (I suspect mutiny)...tell your dad to keep it in mind
Roscoe who is laughing at the thought of annie straightening up the nurses and staff at the rehab place




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Dear Annie,

Tom asked me to write you while he does his pre-op exercises for the day.

He said to tell you that the doctors here are just doing their jobs according to human standards. He said it would be good for you to just relax and not worry about this business. Oh, and he told me to tell you that he seriously believes that the brig commander will toss you into the brig if you show up down here. He suspects that you will be incarcerated for a VERY long time. He cautions you, for your sake, to stay in Virginia.

Now that I've told you that, I need to tell you about something else. This worries me. Mom and dad went somewhere today. When they came home they were talking about where they went. Apparently the have gone to a couple of places (one of them yesterday) and have decided on a place where dad will be spending some time. It sounds to me like he is going to be there for a couple of weeks after he finishes up at the hospital. That's three days at the hospital and 14 days at this place. Annie, that is seventeen days in a row that he will be away from me...SEVENTEEN DAYS! It really frightens me. I know that sometimes I have to leave home but that's business and I'm pretty much always with someone like Roscoe or someone. But it SOUNDS like I'm going to be home alone. Oh, mom will be in and out and feed me and stuff like that, but I will have a lot of alone time.

Now if that is not enough, I am expected to recruit some of the best Chihuahua guard dogs and, with them, guard the house. I really think that dad is expecting way too much. I will, however, do my best. You know, if you could get down here you and I could have a lot of fun at home while we share the task of guarding. Just a thought. We would have to find a way to slip you inside without the brig commander knowing. If you want to come and can find a way, let me know and I'll start watching the brig commanders habitual movements and what pattern his Chihuahua forces move and see what kind of plan I can come up with. Of course I'll make this a military planning event and no one will be the wiser.

Prince, who is contemplating mischievous shenanigans if mom and dad are away.

Tom

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dear tom

I told you that your doctor needed an attitude readjustment...he was very jealous when I offered to step in and help during the surgery....sheesh! you forgot to mention the new hospital date and doctor....try to keep up, tom....oh well, I can find it.....of course they want me, but the new place just does not want a lot of media attention while i am working there...I am not sure why the Belgian diplomat would come looking for me....probably to bring me my now-diamond encrusted medal...did he leave it with you? no? he probably feels honour-bound to deliver it in person...it was pretty much of a sure bet that the brig commander would not like being put in his place by Homeland Security....that guy is just crazy for me...sigh...(who knew how difficult it sometimes can be when one is so naturally adorable??) as for BC, she will be fine....I told her she had to make sure the Prince goes to the dog park daily, but since she is feeling a bit overwhelmed I will arrange for a taxi to transport him to and from the place.....perhaps he could have the wawas create a new dog park, right at home...just move Joanie's butterfly bushes...she won't mind...spread the word and then all of Prince's friends could come visit at the house...bowser could even set up a canine concession stand...wow! I am naturally filled with an abundance of good ideas today!

here is picture off me with Ms. Red....out of natural kindness to her I did not wear my nurse's uniform becuz the little cap (which looks so adorable on me) scared her for some reason..in turn she kept her ugly chicken feet under her feathers....in this photo we were actually having a discussion about Lulu, next to whom she is now buried...Lulu was in charge of protecting all the hens and did a good job

mom got several pictures of that nasty little bluebird that bangs on the windows....roscoe said that since her job is taking pictures of, not actually capturing the little momser, she gets 2 extra cookies after dinner tonight....mom is declared the winner of the contest even tho she had not officially entered it.....personally, I think roscoe just got tired of waiting on the 2 teams....yesterday afternoon he led the shooting class to a spot at the edge of the woods with a clear view of the back windows...as soon as the little feathered beast showed up, Ros grabbed a toxin gun and shot the annoyance...since this turned out to be a real bird, it was pretty ticked, but the young troops were in awe, and now everyone knows it is a real bird and not a disguised chupe....Ros says he, too, will be joining mom for his 2 extra cookies too.....hehehe (since I bake them I get as many as I want).....while they munch their rewards, mom and roscoe are going to go over ideas for a possible new contest between some of the wawa teams....they seemed to enjoy that sort of thing....I suggested they see which team could design the most jeweled necklace for me, but mom did not seem to think that was a good idea....probably she is just jealous....ros and mom did say I could make up a new cookie recipe with a "name this cookie" contest....I have to discuss this with the night chef and then I have to think of a new cookie....maybe the guys should have to guess the secret ingredient....hmmm....I bet I could come with a million of these great cookie contest ideas...too bad roscoe has limited me to only one.....maybe I could run another contest when I am in fl....well, I will, of course, be extremely busy with you, but I could instruct bowser what to do.....

Annie who is cogitating on several new cookie ideas and realizing she will have to be her own taste tester

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Dear Annie,

What on earth did you say to the surgeon? Good gravy train, Annie, I had to find both a new surgeon and new hospital. The new surgeon made my being his patient contingent upon never ever mentioning his name or his hospital to you. The entire medical community here is fuming and I keep hearing your name. What DID you say to the surgeon?

Not only that, but for some reason the brig commander is fuming. I keep hearing your name and it is associated with words and phrases which are NOT complementary.

And then there is BC. Good grief. Did you give her a multitude of things to do? She keeps pacing back and forth outside and whining..."Annie, I am only one dog. I am only one dog. Why do you keep piling on?"

And then that agent from homeland security that knocked on the door and spoke to me in less than courteous demeanor. He seemed to think that you would either be here or at a hospital in the area. Where did he get that idea?

Not to mention that canine Belgian diplomat with the very stern face who wanted to speak with you.

Oh Annie, dear Annie, are you in trouble?

Tom & Prince

Tom

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dear Prince and Tom

I know everyone was extremely worried during my recent absence, especially since it was Top Secret and a strict Need to Know was enforced by the Homeland Security of 2 nations....I have now been given the okay to share with you my experiences since you have received clearance from both Homeland Security, Securite Nationale as well as Interpol....as you are aware I have been Quite Concerned with the terrorist situation in Brussels and all of Belgium....I have been in constant contact with my counterpart in my country of origin, even offering to take in as many bassets as would like to escape and come here...I am proud to say that not one has taken me up on my noble offer, preferring to stay and defend their homeland...to this end I have freely given advice and ideas on how to deal with the situation, both militarily and otherwise....in appreciation of my dedicated and valiant efforts I was given Belgium's highest canine award, the beautiful Canin Lťgion d'honneur medal (which will be even more beautiful after Brussel's finest jeweler, M. Grosnez, frames it in diamonds and pearls)....due to security issues on mom's computer I am not allowed to show you the medal or fotos of the awards ceremony, but I am allowed to share this foto of my host family
I also cannot discuss transportation arrangements....this hush-hush business, while the necessity is completely understandable, can be SUCH an inconvenience , but lets just say the accommodations were the finest......I enjoyed meeting several of my distant cousins (aren't all Belgian bassets related??) and hope to return again some day. ....being naturally gracious, I continued to extend my invitation to any who wanted to return to the USA with me or come at a later date....everyone was so in awe of brave and noble self....I pointed out that this is part of the natural package of being a Belgian basset....the standing ovation I received was wonderful....it is surprising that all that barking did not immediately scare every terrorist out of the country.....

Annie who is naturally exhausted from such experiences
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Dear Tom,

I have emailed your surgeon that I will be there to guide him during your upcoming knee surgery....I have also asked Homeland Security to contact the brig commander so there will be no misunderstanding of the purpose of my visit and he will not be hoping for a little hanky-panky (you know how he is)....pls. do not tell Kathy of my impending visit as I do not expect to have much time for personal meetings what with being so busy overseeing your surgery and followup care....if i have time, i will check in with her, but no point in having her disappointed if this does not work out.....I have alerted BC that I will only be there for a few days and she must step up to the plate after that...she has also been advised to have large quantities of cherry grass on hand...I will bringing my own special blend of cure-all, but those are top secret and I do not feel confident in sharing with her now....when I am there I will evaluate her competency and if I think she is able, I will advise BC on how to administer them after I return here.....Bowser will need to have extra-large pancake servings with both syrup and whipped cream for me to help me keep up my strength.....you would be surprised how many calories nursing/doctoring can burn.....

oh! your doctor is calling me....I will chat again later.....

Annie who must give your doctor an attitude readjustment (he seems a bit jealous of my plans to attend your surgery)

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Dear Annie,

I am looking forward to seeing you. Apparently you messaged the brig commander and have things squared away with him because for some reason he has stationed himself and his jail Chihuahua guards around our house with 24/7 watches set up. I didn't realize just how much he apparently adores you to set up near the house to watch for you.

I asked the brig commander who was watching the inmates at the brig and he said there are none. You had better come soon though because he said he is expecting an inmate any time now and so if you don't get here soon the commander and guards may have to leave the house and that would mean you would miss the party or what ever he is arranging for you.

Outside of party preparations, all is quiet on the Florida front.

Tom

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Dear Roscoe,

Please be very careful. I have heard of times when the chupes sabotaged home electronic equipment and then, while everyone was working to solve the problem, they would pull their shenanigans. And then there is the bear...or non-bear. My guess is that that is a chupe and further that that chupe was responsible for the wallpapered computer system. You may want to station a guard close by to protect the teckies who are working on your computer.

Everything is quiet here, well with the exception of some noise coming from the jail guards outside watching for Annie. Dad actually thinks those guys are planning a party but I am quite certain that it is otherwise and that there might be dire consequences for poor Aunt Annie if she does venture down here. You may want to try to cram some sense into that girl's think skull. Yeah, I know. But at least you could try.

Dad is going dancing tonight and I'm holding down the fort. As quiet as it has been, I fear I shall get bored. I suppose that beats the alternative though.

Prince, who is getting bored since this message is finished and wo needs to take a nap.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 14, 2016

Today's meeting was short. General Longsnout has disbanded the committee temporarily. All participants are to remain in touch via top secret military communications. Any skirmishes that occur will be reported directly to Cpl. Juarez (that would be me) who will write a specialized scribbles and send it to all participants via the usual channels. The scribe will also be responsible for recording the event for the scribbles. Any other unusual events will be similarly noted.

Each district commander will communicate with all state militias within his/her district and make certain that communication of skirmishes and the like are complete throughout the district. We must collect data from each and every skirmish in order to know precisely where we stand. One major skirmish is expected in NY state as early as Tuesday of this week. The district commander has been requested to take extremely careful notes and statistics from that skirmish and immediately forward the information to the scribe who will assemble that with all other information and also forward information about said skirmish to all district commanders and all participants in this committee.

The general cautioned us all very emphatically that we must continuously exercise top secret need to know protocol at all times. This is a delicate matter said the general.

End of scribbles for the day.

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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I typed a long message to you earlier when all of a sudden the entire computer screen when black....after about 30 sec. the wallpaper screen came on....I cut the computer off completely and when I rebooted it it got stuck before it finished...mom was upset....I put out techies on it and went out and helped mom bring up trash from the old Tinsley trash piles....what a mess...annie and I smelled something strange....mom said "uh-oh, the bears are awake", but I am not so sure it was a bear....it was something with big claws, but it just did not have the right bear smell....Annie's nose was twitching so hard it almost flew off her face.....she agrees that it was not bear, either....I told her we would have some of the on-duty wawas send out a search party and everyone is on heightened alert

speaking of alerts, neither team captured the bluebird, altho the team with the most recruits won 1 extra cookie per team member last night,,,yes, yes....I know I said yesterday that the winning team would get 2 cookies each.....but altho the winning team fired the toxin gun at the bluebird (more than once...sigh), they only skimmed the very tip of his tail.....a portion of his tail poofed, but that is all......since they only "wounded" and did not destroy the chupe-bird, they did not get the complete prize.....they have all spent the morning at the shooting range this morning...sigh......they have no aim, but at least they are enthusiastic.....

something alive was in the storage shed on the lanai last night....annie and I chased it off, but this is of great concern being so close to mom's bedroom window....this is the same shed with the possum poo was found and where the bird seed and chicken food is kept....extra patrols tonight will keep an eye on it

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dear tom and prince

it has been busy here, what with giant possum monsters in the lanai shed last night and the recent scent of chupe in the woods not far behind the house this morning....fortunately for everybody I have an extremely sensitive nose as well as naturally acute hearing....even tho mom hissed at me to be quiet at 1am last night, I knew we were in danger and led the troops in chasing the varmint.....

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Dear Roscoe,

I do hope that you test that blue bird. I keep wondering if it is chupe and it is trying to break into the house. I'm thinking he may break himself first though. Is it strange in any way (outside of speed and crazy house window hitting)?

I doubt that you will have much success recruiting Cpl. Juarez as videographer since he is currently on assignment with Gen. Longsnout and the committee. Besides, with housing and his true love Petunia keeping house and the Corporal happy, he will probably milk this assignment as long as he can. I think you had best look for someone in Virginia to handle the assignment. Dad might like to do that but it seems he has some issues that will keep him busy medically for a while.

I'm really worried about dad. If he has the procedure done that he is planning to have done, well then...who is going to stay home with me? Who is going to transport me to dog park? Who is going to FEED ME!!!!! Yes, I do worry a lot about dad.

I am looking forward to seeing what sort of mischievous game Aunt Annie is playing. And I'd love to slip my paw under that bed of hers while she is fast asleep and grab the phone. It would be quite interesting to see just where her calls and missed calls are coming from. I'll bet there is a ton of information on the phone if you can wade through the gossip and garbage. I do know that Kathy Cow and Annie have been exchanging text messages, but I have no idea what they are talking about.

Dad and I are going to walk over to HQ after I finish this and see if there are any messages on military top secret. We don't always get a daily scribbles, but when you do it is important to keep up with what is being discussed...well, you know.

Prince, who is having trouble keeping his eyes open.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 13, 2016

There are rumors of a major political dispute brewing in NY between Lassie and the St. Bernard. The St. Bernard, though having marvelous ideas, is having a difficult time convincing the voting public that he is the better candidate. It is believed to be due in part to the reality that Lassie has been on the scene for a very long time. We can never forget the many movies she was in several years back, movies that placed her in the hearts of many. Unlike the disputes on the chupe side, Lassie and the St. Bernard likely will forgive each other and work to help the other once this business if finished.

End of scribbles for the day.

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Dear Roscoe,

I suspect that by now you have read the daily scribbles at the VA HQ. It's a shame that we can't discuss this more but being limited at this time to only reading one type of communication on the top secret inter-military messaging devise, we shall have to be content knowing that the other has the same knowledge of this business.

On the way home from military HQ, dad talked with me about a theory he has. He says that the chupes political factions are doing serious battle. The Trumpet seems to be blowing a lot of tunes about how corrupt his own party is. (Duh! Really?) Anyway, dad thinks he is in the process of setting up a split if he looses (sour grapes in advance, I suppose). He is creating his excuse for splitting from the chupe party by blaming party leaders for his loses while stirring up those faithfuls who follow him so that they will come with him when he splits. Of course this may not be the case, but dad feels that he sees many signs of that occurring. Now I'll tell you Ros, if dad is right I can't think of a better scenario when it comes to the final war between the chupes and the good guys. Keep your toenails crossed that dad is right.

Prince, who plans to take a nap with dad just as soon as I finish this message...like right now!

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dear Prince

Annie is home, but too exhausted to discuss her recent absence....all she said was "no, it had nothing to do with possum poo......top secret"....then she began snoring....she is resting/recovering on the lanai, near, but not next to mrs. red, the dying hen.....she can protect her if necessary, but mrs. red can have her privacy and peace....annie has "deputized" the squirrels as orderlies to keep an eye on her as they check out all the see on the ground.....Annie's cell phone keeps buzzing.......either that or her bed has a large cricket underneath it.....I was going to pull her phone out from under her bed, but in a flash her paw was on top of mine.."leave it alone please" she said....pfft! it can buzz all it wants to with that attitude.....I admit her secrecy has me a bit curious...secrets are not something she is good at keeping as we all know, so I suspepct she will spill the beans soon

glad to hear you were able to meet up with Captain Bark....he sounds like a good fellow....I have been thinking that I should tour the entire state of VA to speak about the dangers that chupes present and recruit new members.....the bigger areas, like DC, are already aware and have some sort of militia/security presence, but so many of the smaller areas have no clue....

I would like to hire a videographer to take some training films....I would like to get our old friend Scribbles who married Petunia, but I think annie would bite both their heads off if they returned here....not sure what the dispute is about, but I am going to ask him to recommend somebody else...

I know your dad has been hanging out with a variety of birds, but we have a large male bluebird who keeps attacking the house windows....he is rude, aggressive and a real pain....and fast, very fast....no one has been able to sneak up and shoot him with the toxin gun....I think annie plans on eating him, given the opportunity.....I have some of the recruits and young privates working on a plan to capture the feathered creature...and another group of recruits/pvts working on a plan to spray him with toxin....whichever teams achieves their goal first gets a 2 extra cookies for each team member at dinner...and lots of clapping and recognition :)

Roscoe who needs to go help mom hang bird flashing (which does not seem to scare the bluebird away)

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Dear TQ,

It may be just as well that Annie is not there. When she returns, I suggest that you do not tell her about my knee surgery. I'm certain that she would volunteer to help me and be quite well meaning about it, but you and I know that, as able as she is and skilled in her task, she so often expects something in return...often times a lot, and I am not likely to be up to that. And no, I am not going to give her a credit card and leave it up to her to fulfill her expectations. She may have a rather dreary time here with Joanie being at work and yours truly being in recovery.

It seems to me that if possum poo played a role in Annie's disappearance, that Mr. Roscoe could be called into action, sniffing her out. He seems to have a well tuned in sense for poos of all sorts.

Prince took me with him to dog park today and I saw him constantly running with a dog about his size and energy level. I thought it really cute the way that they were playing, but on the way home Prince explained that all of that was simply a smoke screen for the discussion they were having. It turns out that the dog was Captain Bark, commander of a nearby doggie territory. They were coordinating mutual defenses for the big chupe war that is most certainly coming. Prince said that by coordinating the war effort great efficiency can be developed and the end of the chupe attackers finished quickly.

I asked Prince why, if he knew for certain there was going to be a war with the chupes, why he and the other defenders of dogdom simply attack the chupes, providing for themselves the element of surprise. Prince looked at me with soulful eyes and said, "Really dad, we are better than that!" I never questioned him again.

Tom, who needs to consult Bowser

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Dear Roscoe,

I assume that you have the Chihuahua troops on lookout for Annie, but have you told them about the possum poo yet? That, it seems to me, should be the most outstanding clue. You may be able to sniff her out with ease if she put on camouflage.

Prince, who had to take his dad with him in order to meet Captain Bark at the park.

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

possum poo was discovered yesterday in the storage shed at the end of the front lanai and I think annie has gone off to investigate....last evening I finally found ms. red preparing to sleep under the car in lulu's old spot...not a safe place at night for a chicken, so I shooed her off towards her usual sleeping spot on the glider on the front porch, but she could not get up the steps....I picked her up....she is as thin as thin can be.....this morning she could not get off the glider by herself, so I carried her around with a small container of chicken feed until we found a mutually agreeable spot under the willow tree were the other bird feeders are....after putting her and the feed down, I brought her a small container of water...she has touch neither and only moved 2 steps away, now standing next to the Buddha statue that a neighbor carved with a chain saw (it looks remarkably like the neighbor).....ms. red just sighs in a tired voice that "its time"....I left a post-it on the wall next to Annie's bed for her to check on ms. red, but annie is not particularly fond of the chickens......its her abhorrence of their feet, dontcha know.....

I guess having your knee surgery sooner than later is a good thing...the faster its done and healed, the faster you are back twirling on the dance floor....I shall pass the news on to annie....you know she has those fantastic natural nursing/doctoring/dancing abilities

TQ
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dear Prince,

I am not sure where annie is, which is somewhat alarming becuz annie always seems to let the whole world know exactly where she is....even when she is in bed everyone knows it from the snores (*giggle*)....perhaps she is off pouting somewhere for some imagined offense.....when I am out in the field today I shall have a look around.....no need to tell everybody yet.....I taped a biscuit to her bed, so I expect she will be along soon *teeheehee*....if she doesn't turn up soon, you might consider looking around your place , particularly the brig....remember, if she's there, she's your problem, oh favored nephew *rolling on the floor laughing mightily*

Roscoe

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Dear Roscoe,

Dad has been getting messages from Annie who claims to be in a top secret place...need to know kind of thing. Where on earth is she? You and I both know that the chances of her being sent to a top secret place is between slim and none, and I'm thinking none. Is she just pulling our legs or is she somewhere and not telling. My guess is that she has gone somewhere in her dreams. I think she does that a lot you know.

Prince, who is always and forever ready for Bowser to drop by.

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Dear TQ,

Perhaps Annie prefers her bed unstuffed in the center. She may even have arranged it that way. Perhaps for some reason she prefers feeling the floor against her stomach or side or back, whichever way she is sleeping. Just a thought.

Sorry to hear about Ms. Red. Please give her my best wishes for a speedy recovery...well, for a recovery. Perhaps Annie could help her. She may be lacking in some areas (between you, me and the lamppost), but admittedly she makes a fair nurse thanks to being trained by Dr. Lulu. I'm not saying she is a natural you understand, though I'm certain that is what she will claim. :)

With a little luck you won't need to go to the city for a while. :)

Tom, who has now scheduled knee surgery for mid May. I knew it was time because it is making dancing nearly impossible and I cannot have that!!!!!

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

the only place I have seen annie go it to her bed....her new bed..... which she has somehow made a dip in the middle of...all the stuff seems to be shoved to the side and I can feel the floor in the flat middle when I stand on it to open the window....hmmm...I do have some stuffing leftover from the chicken house...I suppose I could shove that into the flat middle...its been stored in the coop, tho, and I would be concerned it has bugs....hmmmm...we shall see

for a day that was supposed to be cloudy and gray, it is beautifully sunny outside...Ms. Red, one of the 2 remaining hens, is probably not going to live thru the summer....she is all puffy and does not look well....she has refused all cherry grass tonic and is not eating much....Henrietta, the other hen, seems in fine shape....I got a new bag of chicken feed this morning which got them both excited...but when I looked out later, Ms. Red was standing in the midst of the pile I scattered on the ground, just standing, not eating....they are both elderly girls, long past the egg-laying stage....

TQ who had to drive into the city (2 days in a row!!) and hopes not to repeat the experience again soon
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dear tom

at this point I cannot tell you where I am....top secret, you know....homeland security is working hard to keep me safe, I am sure....shhhh....I will be home in a couple of days and tell you all about it then

Annie (aka Agent 009 1/2...hahahahaha)

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Dear TQ,

Tell Annie good luck for me as she is leaving for her top secret conference. I doubt that my message will reach her in time. Any idea where she is going?

Tom, who is thinking about Annie travelling.

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Dear Roscoe,

As long as you have your private place that is good. However, if someone does find it, you may want to discuss with your commander working at HQ and having a Chihuahua guard surround you to keep your business private from...uh, prying eyes. Well, you know.

Prince

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
June 11, 2016

A report has come in indicating that one of the chupacabra factions has actually claimed that the system is corrupt. Gen. Longsnout commented that that is unbelievable coming from one of the chupe factions. He pointed out that their entire nation is corrupt. This brought laughter from most of the attendees. One did not laugh. In fact, he looked offended. We think he was day dreaming but he will be watched in case he is a chupe spy.


End of scribbles for the day.

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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it's always nice to be home again....I was so happy when I got back to the farm I threw myself down in a big pile of "disguise"....sheer bliss! my dad was on the tractor and he and mom were digging up what mom said was probably old WWII ordinance, but turned out to be a 2 ft. block of cement with part of an old pipe embedded in it....phew!....they have some project going...I did see annie waddling over to investigate, but they chased her away...I wish they would let her help since it would keep her out of our business.....trying to get some privacy for this morning's conference call was almost impossible....I had to go to my secret office in the gonzalez barn and even then I locked the door to make sure there would be no "interruptions".....its difficult to believe Miss Nosey has not discovered this place yet....she has been known to say she doesn't like the barn or like to get within 6 feet of it becuz of all the muck in and around it....yay, cows!

Roscoe who will talk to you again at the next conference call youknowwhen
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dear tom

I am going out of town for a few days...3, I think...perhaps more....it is top secret...very confidential...talk to you when I return

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Dear Annie,

Prince arrived home yesterday and I suspect Roscoe did as well. It turns out that they were on a serious business trip associated with the chubacabra menace and the like. He isn't saying much about it but apparently they have made other arrangements for meeting.

I asked Boomer if something had happened when you were here, that you haven't really been yourself since you last saw the Boomer. He said he can't imagine what, though granted he has been preoccupied with his precious lady who he will be marrying.

Anyway Annie, I hope that you are feeling better and that my letters somehow help you.

Tom, who is going to discuss dinner with Bowser.

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Dear Roscoe,

General Longsnout has set up our meetings by top secret military group conferencing for us. Meetings are at 8 AM and of course we will have to go to our respective military HQs in order to be a part of meetings.

Prince, who is going to see what dad and Bowser are up to.

Tom

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

did I hear you correctly? boomer is getting married? (*paws over ears*)..oh, that poor guy! he thought he would never have me so he is settling for that she-um...-hag.....*sob* no, I am not crying becuz he is getting married, I am crying becuz he could have had so much more if he'd just had a bit more patience!

Annie who was suddenly called away *awoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo* *sob* *sniffle*
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dear tom

did annie tell you we had snow in va. yesterday? thank heavens she and I are here lying in the sun on the Georgia coast..i think she is having a good time


however, annie did receive a message from someone...an old friend, she said, but it made her cry....good news she said, but I wonder.......she is off trying a new form of meditation...she doesn't look happy, but perhaps it will help....you know how quiet and self-contained she is.....


we will head home today with promises of warmer weather ahead....since I have received no calls I assume all is well...
TQ who is packing her towel and waiting for annie to come in






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Dear Annie,

Please do not feel the need to come here just yet. I think they said something like scheduling my surgery for the second Tuesday of the sixth week in July. So you see, we have a long time before you will be needed. Oh, and after talking to the doctor, he said that you will not need to assist. It is my understanding that he has Baby Cakes for assistance though. We shall see.

I shot another bunch of pictures today. I felt I had to pamper myself after missing dance yesterday due to Joanie's medical procedure. I took a multitude of pictures but I'm pretty unhappy with all of them. There may be a couple of exceptions, but for the most part the are not up to my standard. I'm processing them now so that I can get a better look at them to see if I can salvage any.

You know, I've decided that the song has it wrong. Life is NOT a bowl of cherries. Life is a gaggle of doctors. Way to many of them. So why do they keep saying we have a shortage. I think all doctors want to specialize in something so that they can charge more money even if they don't know what they are doing. Oh what that piece of paper, the diploma, will do for a person. I suspect that they are now plotting to open a joint checking account for all doctors and just dump everyone else's money into that giant pot. It would save so much check writing paper.

Did I tell you I heard from Boomer? Apparently he is planning to marry the love of his life next week. Have you gotten an invitation yet?

Tom, who needs to discuss tonight's feast with Bowser. Hope you had a great ride home.


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mom said we were in Naples, but I think she was just confused...we were not in Italy, I am fairly certain.....in fact, I am not sure where we are...I asked mom and she said she is not exactly sure either, but that we are just fine.....after we left joanie and visited with mom's idiot cousin, we got in the car again and I feel asleep just as we were crossing a bridge....we are near the beach, that part I know....I tried to explain that we need to return to your house..."tom is home now!" I almost shrieked in my frustration...."oh hush!" she said and then rolled over on her beach towel....I have tried to explain until I am blue in the face that I NEED to get back to your house becuz I need to go talk to Boomer....all she does is snore....
when she wakes up I will explain to mom that I also need to meet with you to discuss your after-knee surgery care....could you please send me the date of when I will need to be there? I know you will have BabyCakes, but she is not me.....please let your dr. know that I am willing to help with the actual surgery if he needs my knowledgeable assistance....in fact, if I can get mom back to your house at all I may just move in and stay until your surgery.....the brig commander will just have to cope with it ....

Annie who is wondering if she can chew through this leash that has me tied to the umbrella...boy, do I need some snacks!

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Dear Annie,

I have been extremely busy these days. After going by eagle to the beach to meet with Snowy Egret Yellow Toes, I returned home. In fact, I must have just missed you. I had business with the yellow toes beach bird and was actually quite successful transacting the business. He did another very professional dance for me and I took notes. I want to incorporate some of the choreography into a piece that I am choreographing. However, his was faster paced and mine will be a slow romantic waltz. I think the steps will fit nicely though. Unfortunately I will need to postpone the waltz thing because I twisted my knee while trying to do the dance and the doctors say that I will need to have my knee totally replaced if I am to successfully dance another worthwhile dance. Well, you know me, I have got to dance. So who am I to argue with the skillful and wise doctor gods.

So you were in Italy? How wonderful. Did you take a swim in the ocean or eat at some of those really fabulous restaurants with marvelous Italian food? Were you able to talk with the waiters in Italian? Annie, I want to hear all about your trip to that country. I've never been there myself and want to learn all about it. I hope that you took a multitude of pictures of your Italian trip.

Tom, who envy's your good fortune of international travel.

Tom

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we made it to Fl late yesterday, but I don't know where we are.....it is in someplace called Naples, altho I think i would have remembered a plane ride to Italy........we spent the late afternoon at mom's cousin's house....I have never met this person...I have never even heard of her....the place is ghastly...there is a giant watering hole in the back yard and cats abound....I saw one of mom's cousins actually jump into the water hole...he splashed...I knew he was drowning and that I should go rescue him.....I did not go this guy... he lives with cats... what if he pulls me under? after all, he jumped into the water deliberately so I should respect his life choices.... I will get WET! it was an extremely difficult decision to make but I knew what I had to do....I raced around to grab the rescue ring...but somebody put it too high for me to reach!! so being my naturally selfless self, I barked an alert and was ready to jump in and save him when the guy climbed out of the giant water hole on his own...he was smiling....what a fool! I spent the rest of the time there practicing poses under a big green leafy plant...another cousin brought me a fresh cool bowl of water and a biscuit.....skimpy eats, but tasty....fortunately.............

...........we did have lunch with Joanie! mom picked her up at work and I was so excited....I wanted to sit in her lap, but mom made me stay in the backseat......how rude........we ate at some place that had an outdoor lanai so I could join the girls for lunch....mom ordered me my own hamburger and it was delicious....I asked for a 2nd, but she said no.....the 3 of us laughed and had a good girl time......when we took Joanie back to work (I suggested she take the afternoon off so we could all play together, but joanie said she had promised her boss that she would come back after lunch *sob*), Joanie gave mom the key to Lulu's old house where some of my stuff was stored from my recent trip there and we went out and got it......that sweet friend had kept all my clothes that were trashed by that stupid eagle trainee, including my dented tiara.....I told mom we could just toss it all, and she agreed that it was pretty much useless....mom did receive a fright when we were ready to leave and turned around to find the brig commander standing there behind us....he tried to tell mom that I was not allowed on the property unescorted and without special clearance from his dept....mom pointed out that I was being escorted by her...she showed him the key Joanie gave her, and then she told the bc that if he touched one hair on my body she would tie his tail in a knot.....they both curled their lips and glared at one another, but he let us pass without problem, although he watched us until we left....afterwards we stopped by to see Kathy....that was fun....mom talked to several of her sisters and patted them and told them all how beautiful they are.....mom went into the barn and brought out an extra bale of hay....she said she was sure the farmer would not mind, but she put it over in the far pasture where he was less likely to notice it......now we are in a hotel, but I am not sure where....

you need to meet us for lunch today....and bring roscoe and prince...mom would be thrilled...call me...
Annie who is ready for a session of poses

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that your day is not going well. It is a shame that I will not be home to greet you. I am...well, somewhere where I have important business. Joanie says she won't be home either, but don't worry, she asked the commander to greet you when you get there. I'm sure you remember him. Its the one in charge of the brig...you know, they call him the brig commander though I don't think that is his official title. I think its just an affectionate gesture. I once heard THE commander call him the jailer, but I don't know if that is official either. Well, anyway, he was awfully nice and complied with Joanie's request. I'm sure he will show you a good time.

Oh, by the way, after you spend some time chatting with the brig commander, you may wish to visit Kathy. She recently sent me a message via the Milk Kettle facebook group (I just call it the cow's page) saying how much she misses you. Well Annie, I thought that was sweet of her. If you do visit with her, please watch out for those patties.

Tom, who has an important meeting to attend.

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SCRIPT OF EVENTS: Cpl. Juarez, Scribe.
April 7, 2016

After having received a true report from the investigative committee regarding Snowy-Egret Yellow-Toes which included the results of an anti-chupacabra toxin test, it has been determined that Mr. Yellow-Toes is NOT a chupacabra. Rather, he is a very accomplished avian ballet dancer. He thought that Tom would appreciate his dance, but was quite disturbed to hear that he was suspect of being a shape-shifted chupacabra. The test being over, SE Yellow-Toes, in a true ar-teest manner, has demanded a personal in person apology from Tom. Tom has set out via eagle craft to appease this avian dancer. It is important to maintain allies when ever and where ever we have them.

It is Tom's plan to announce to SE that his dancing was so perfect that he felt certain it was too good to be true. That's why the suspicion. Tom hopes to entice this sweet snowy to dance for him again, and allow him to fully enjoy and appreciate his perfect performance. It is Tom's hope that this approach will appeal to the artist that is within this bird and that all will be forgiven (perhaps even forgotten).

Meanwhile, the rather hot skirmish from Wisconsin was discussed. It all came out OK, at least on the part of the good guys and no one really cares much about the bad guys. A new skirmish of some consequence is developing in New York and smaller skirmishes seem to be developing elsewhere. Will this madness never end was Gen. Longsnout's final comment as he dismissed the meeting.

End of scribbles for the day.

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help me tom (*whispering*)

I know it was a mistake to try to talk to mom when she was sleeping, but I was up early so I wanted her to get up and on the road so we could get to fl. sooner (after all, I could take a nap in the car)....mom grumbled and rolled over, so I very quietly, in a soothing sort of voice, attempted to remind her that we needed to get moving.....mom. got. mad......now she says we are staying right where we are...its near the beach she says. its warm she says. go down to the breakfast bar and don't bother me she says....she also said a few other things, one being that since it was my job to phone Joanie and I forgot it would be very rude to show up on her doorstep uninvited.....no, it wouldn't I said...Joanie won't mind I said....mom snarled that we are staying here......awoooooooooo I howled, forgetting momentarily that we are in a hotel.....guess what? we are not staying here anymore and I did not get to peruse the breakfast bar......*sob*...mom is glaring as she drives and not speaking to me...she hasn't even combed her hair....I am not sure where we are or where we are going....mom is not saying.....oh, poor, poor me.....

I guess I should come help you since we aren't going to your house (or boomer's)....I know I could tell immediately if that egret was a fake or not.....studying your pictures carefully, the first thing that struck me was its huge feet and awkward stance....did you notice those? and then I thought about pics 2 & 3....look at them carefully......while you were standing there with your camera, trying to look like an innocent bystander, did your feet accidentally do a few dance moves? cuz it looks like that weird bird is trying to execute a few dance steps and I wondered if he was imitating you!...I am sure mom and I will arrive by lunchtime...where do you want to meet us?

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Dear TQ,

I am starting to feel more and more certain that the snowy egret (he introduced himself as "snowy-egret yellow-toes" is truly a strange creature. It's true that he claims to be a performer, but some of his demeanor suggest to me the possibility of a disguised chupacabra. Of course, without the anti-chupe toxin it is quite impossible to tell. But I have presented a very large assortment of pictures to the committee and they to had concerns. In fact, they have sent a special ops team to investigate Mr. SE Yellow-Toes. What is your opinion?







In those pictures, notice in particular the legs, but in the following picture notice that dark area under the wing...a part that the chupe couldn't see to whiten as it shape shifted.



I know this is only a sample. I have close to 90 pictures of this creature, all quite different and just as strange. Not a bird, I contend. The committee tends to agree with me and has sent an investigative team.

Roscoe sends his love to you and his sister. Hopefully we can get this business settled once and for all and we can return to our homes.

I trust that you have talked with Joanie before leaving. When I'm away, she tends to spend a great deal of time with her friends, some of whom work at her former place and oh so much to talk about. I guess you could call it work place gossip. I'm sure that she would introduce the two of you. I suspect Annie will fit right in.

Tom, who needs to check the military top secret messaging for possible documents by a certain scribe.

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

mom is driving, so she said I shall have to do the writing today....mom said you are at a photography conference about birds....too bad....the weather here is below freezing (no snow, but verrrry cold) so we packed just our bikinis (and my pearls) and are headed to your house to keep Joanie company while you are away and to keep ourselves warm.....we will probably be at your house for several days until it warms up here.....

have you heard anything from my boom-boom yet? I bet he misses me......well! *huffing mightily* he had his chance......----whoaa! where did that truck come from?!! sheesh! some of the drivers around here!--anyway, back to the topic of boomer.....when he hears that I am back in town and have not come to see him, I bet his little heart will be crushed.....pah! mom said she can't wait to meet Kathy and my friends like fluffy, pomegranate etc (& the BC??)

if you need help finding birds, I am sure I can take a few days off and come help you

Annie who is looking forward to lunch

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Dear TQ,

You seemed to be struggling with the definition of Boom-Boom. Simple really. It is one of Annie's pet names for Mr. Boomer. She has a few more pet names, but now that this riddle is solved you will most likely figure out what those names mean when they come up. There may be a few names that are not so pleasant too. I overheard a tirade about Boomer from Annie. It started "that two timing ... " and went on from there, some of which is not fit to print. I think it was after she had seen his face book page and discovered that he was in a relationship. Really Twinkie, he said nothing what so ever about not being in a relationship and not once did I observe him leading Annie on. In fact, there were times when I really thought Annie was being very seductive in a doggie way and I would then see Boomer just roll his eyes. I'm inclined to think that perhaps Annie was expecting something that was never to be.

I have landed in a new location, the whereabouts being a "need to know" arrangement. I am still able to send messages, but I suspect if they discover that I am doing so they may cut that out just for the sake of not taking the chance of top secret stuff being let out of the bag like the proverbial cat.

On my last field trip I found a lot of birds, most of whom seemed quite normal. There was one little snowy egret that really concerned me though. His behavior was way out of the ordinary. I would like to have tested him with anti-chupe toxin, but I am not permitted to carry that since it might give my true intensions away. I was ordered to come to the secret meetings to discuss said bird with the committee. Everyone is being extremely cautious with all of this. Let me just say that every one of the canine folk here appear on edge. I am not yet privy to all of the information that has come out of those meetings and in fact am not allowed to attend them except by special permission such as my upcoming report regarding that very strange bird. I'll be telling about it and answering questions. Once that part of the meeting is finished, I will be dismissed. Most disconcerting this.

Roscoe, who is unable to write messages due to his degree of knowledge wants me to send you his love and to let you know that he will not be able to return home for a while.

Tom, who needs to get back to the business of birds.

Tom

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dear tom

interesting that you mentioned your recent watching of birds....mr. twinkie was out by the college the other morning and spied an osprey.......ospreys are not usually in this area...mr. t. was quite excited, but the rest of us are a bit concerned....WHY was the osprey here? did the very strong winds we have been having blow it off course? was it on a secret spy mission-------and if so, for whom was it spying?? annie is fearful that it has come to (1) eat her or (2) transport her somewhere, but it is way too small and they would crash, once again ruining all her outfits.....(either way, not good)....in the past few days there has been a noticeable increase of birds patrols overhead...I frequently look out the window and see a blur of color passing by at warp speed or a bird-shaped shadow going by....I have checked and been assured that they are "friendlies"...apparently the commander has reached an agreement of some sort with the song birds of the area, probably why I am having to fill the feeders more often.....come to think of it, there has not been much of a deer presence here since the beards first started 2 mos. ago....once in a while a doe wanders up, but not often

annie seems to be feeling better, off and on....sometimes, when she is feeling perky she says she is returning to fl...that she has a mission which apparently has to do with a boom-boom (she does not explain what this is, but perhaps you will understand).....a few mins. later she is morose and crying that she has no boom-boom.....another woman took her boom-boom....(ah these kids and their language)......yesterday the mailman dropped the mail right by the front door.....annie says she never heard him even tho she spent the entire day in her bed which is next to the front door on the inside of the house....(how could she not have heard him or his car?! we will have a discussion about doggie duties later today)..........perhaps today will be a better day......

TQ who discovered it is Very Cold outside when she went to fill the bird feeders this morning (but still no snow)
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dear bowser,

this is what mom fed me for breakfast this morning.....it is my morning kibble with a small dollop of whipped coconut cream...very tasty......pls. notice the size of the dollop......and see the yellow pancake underneath the kibble? (well, its really just a yellow circle on the bottom of the bowl, but I know it means that is where the pancake is supposed to go).....

Annie who came back from Fl mighty thin
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Dear TQ,

I fear I have been preoccupied for a while, thus making contact difficult. A communication came from the canine committee that is working on a chupe / shadow problem in...well, I really cannot mention where as it is need to know. They have requested my assistance. It seems that special ops spy team has found evidence of possible propaganda put out by the chupe / shadow folk. As you know, Avian, though mostly neutral, have on occasion assisted both human and canine populations. The eagle carriers are just an example. Roster alarms and crow warnings are other examples. But this propaganda is aimed at turning the loyalties of avian species toward them rather than us and our friendly companions, the canines.

Specifically I have been asked to help with spy activities in the area of SW Florida. It involves the taking and processing of many pictures. The main target of the photography is birds. After processing, I will ship them to the committee and they in turn will have analysts study the photos for any evidence of changes in appearance or apparent behavior. Of course, if I can find chupes or shadows to shoot, I am to do so. All has been going pretty routine until yesterday. It was then that Joanie and I found a snowy egret demonstrating some extremely strange behaviors. This bird is suspect and photos are being shipped to the committee as we speak. It may be that this bird is a chupe in disguise, but I seriously doubt it. It appeared far to intelligent for that. That leaves the possibility of a shadow in disguise or a bird under the influence of some of the evil propaganda that these creatures are spreading. I wish that I could share these pictures with you, but as you know, it is need to know stuff. Still, it was so interesting that I am going to do my best to find a way.

Take care of sweet Annie. She seemed so troubled when she left here. I simply haven't any idea what was bothering her. She may have gotten a message from somewhere. When we left we had planned a visit with Boomer. First she was ecstatic about the trip and then suddenly she was in a dark mood and wanted nothing more than to get home. I was concerned that there were problems there but your recent communications as well as hers made me feel that was not the case. Still, take care of her. She seems pretty much at her wits end about something. She is also showing signs of confusion, not knowing where she wants to be (there or here). Oh, give her a pet from me as well as a little scratch behind the ear. She always seems to enjoy that.

Tom, who needs to finish processing...no, not the pictures...the laundry. One of the machines just chimed its "get over here and do something" bell.

Tom

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

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

I wrote to annie yesterday that she should stay in fl. and reconsider her position on Boomer, but apparently she did not receive it....there certainly is no sign of it here on our usual message board....did I forget to hit "post" ?? or was it sabotaged?? wawa techies are investigating.......................anyway
, our little girl is home, safe and sound....the eagle looked pretty haggard when he arrived and after a light snack he decided he would stay over night....as soon as he phoned in to headqtrs. he went right to sleep and I did not see him stir until early this morning when he ate a huge breakfast and then took off for fl......annie waved as he left and shouted "see you again sometime" ....he did not reply, so I guess he didn't hear her....it looked like he made an obscene gesture with one wing, but it has been windy here, so I assume the winds were just ruffling his feathers....I did ask annie if there were any problems on her flight home and she said it went quite smoothly, altho she did mention to "her flyer" (the eagle) that she had so little luggage due to the problems on the way to fl. with that new trainee....apparently she talked about it the entire flight...poor, poor eagle...

altho weather announcers said we were to expect snow today, it is warmish and sunny outdoors and so not snow weather....ah well, I find I can receive equally good or better weather information by looking out my window most of the time......

thank you for having my precious little annie over for a visit

TQ who needs to see if her tiny girl needs a snack
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dear tom

the workers were all finished and gone by the time I returned home...thank our lucky stars! quite frankly I was tired of the dust and the noise....the new bed mom got me is quite comfy and I am going to bling it up as soon as I am rested from my trip home.....

mom and I briefly discussed the Boomer situation and his "lady love"...oh! it crushed me to see that on his canine fb page! he doesn't know what he is missing! *awoooooooooo* mom came up with some interesting possibilities....(1) she said Boomer may have fallen in love with a local basset, not having any idea that someone as wonderful as myself would ever enter his life...and that if I had given him a chance to get to know me, he would have thrown the girlfriend over for me......obviously he was interested in me since he told me not to come into the field with the llamas which he did in order to protect me from their big feet and disgusting spit....(2) did I bother to verify that this was Boomer's real page on canine fb? I admitted that I did not and mom pointed out that as mad-crazy in love with me as the brig commander is, that perhaps it was a fake page that he put up to discourage me from Boomer and that in my grief I would run straight into his paws.....tom, both of these could be true.....I have tried all morning to contact eagle headquarters to get a transport back to fl, becuz I know my boomer is missing me, but their phone either disconnects as soon as I tell the receptionist who I am or no one picks up at all.....oh, I wish my Lamborghini was here! perhaps I will look into another mode of transportation, but eagle headquarters really needs to improve their phone system.....sheesh!

Annie who will let you know when she will be arriving
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oh dear tom,

my annie sounds sooo upset.....you need to give her ice cream to calm her down....in case she hasn't left yet, I will send her a message

annie pumpkins,

remember, your boomer became involved in this current relationship only becuz he had not met you yet....he had probably despaired of ever meeting his true soul mate......or do you think that web page could have been put up by the brig commander in hopes that it would send you running to him in your despair?? you are not thinking, my girl...put your analytical brain to good use!....however, if you decide to come home your new bed is ready for you.....I am not telling our wawas here that you are returning...it would be cruel to get their hopes up if you decide to stay.....

Mom who is worried about her Precious Baby Girl
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dear tom,

I have heard reports out of the east (NYC) of a canine tussle of some sort, but I have only heard bits and pieces of the story from the guys here....apparently the dog, Lassie, is an acquaintance of Prince and Roscoe's....do you know anything about it?

have you heard anything about how much longer this conference will last? it seems like forever since I have seen Roscoe....the Kid is not here...the construction people are gone....it would be nice to see his smiling face, altho I know he is very busy on important work....

TQ who is watching the rain POUR and wishing for a bit of sun

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