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8/29/15 9:57 A

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Dear Annie,

I think that you did admirably with the campfire. You are to be congratulated. I like it that you are going to keep the campfire going. The pups will love you for it. Researching the commander is a great idea. I know that sometimes teachers have to deal with those things they do not like, and often times research of a particularly disagreeable topic is a part of the job. But honestly Annie, that often times leads to enlightenment in ways you would not anticipate. When you learn something of the commanders history, you may begin to understand why she is the way she is. The same could be said for the male commander with similar traits (the opposite side of the same coin perhaps). I would encourage you to postpone teaching about the commander for a while and deal with persons who you like, but at the same time investigate the commander thoroughly. Really get an understanding about her before you try to pass knowledge on to the pups. That will help them the most. You know, if you keep this up, you may even earn the teacher of the year award. Just saying.

Wow! Wounded again. Really Annie, maybe you should stay away from the battles. Yes, you are a brave and valiant warrior, but as a teacher of pups, you cannot be replaced. You need to keep your body healthy, both in order to teach at your top speed but also as an example to the pups. They will train to be warriors, sure. But with the fainting of one pup you can see that now is not the time for them to have to deal with the horrible realities of war. Ponder this during meditation and posing and see if you come to the same conclusion.

I understand that you are a bit disappointed by Lulu's choice of Baby Cakes for teaching formulae etc. to. But Annie, think about it. Baby Cakes lives in Florida (though Bowser is starting to wonder about that). Cherry grass grows only in Florida and in fact in selected areas. And here is the most important thing. You are choosing the path of a teaching master. Following that path takes 100% of your time and dedication. It is not something that should be interfered with by spending part of your time doing other things. This cherry grass business is also a full time thing, one that will take Baby Cakes dedication 100% of the time. Neither of you can be all things to all canines. Each of you can best serve (and earn the gratitude of others) by following your chosen path with total dedication. I know that you will understand these words, Annie. You are a bright and capable educator and learner.

Tom, who is about to chat with Bowser

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Dear Roscoe,

With the advent of the potential hurricane, the chupes from this area headed north to north Florida and regrouped there. Our scouts followed them and are currently observing them. It seems that they have caught wind of the potential change in the storms path and the fact that it is weakening. They are currently sitting around discussing...well, arguing between themselves whether to return to attack us or head for Virginia and join their brothers in destruction there. The only thing they have agreed to at this point is that they are going to encourage more chupes to join them as they travel in either direction. Just a heads up.

Prince

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dear tom

the campfire event went extremely well except for the part about all the new recruits meeting lulu...by the time we got to that part of the program my dad had taken lulu in the house and she refused to come back outside, claiming that is too much walking up and down steps...she sleeps in most nights until about 11pm when she gets up and goes back outside which is far too late to keep the "puppies" up....Roscoe is going to take care of that part today during lunchtime since Lu spends her days outside.....I must say I think the recruits understood the idea of who lulu really is and have a new found respect for "the old lady".....this leads me to think that perhaps once a week for another few weeks I will do this with the young pups, campfire fun and teaching them about the leaders of this militia, including....sigh...the new commander....this *ick* will involve me getting to know more about her first *shudder*

we are on high alert here these stormy days (stormy in your area, not here where the sun still shines brightly).....the first group of fleeing chupes attacked in the wee hours this morning.....I had just gotten up and was on the lanai when the alarm sounded from the gonzalez'...we are never sure these days if it is a real attack or an upset cow because there is a new house going up in their pasture.....Pvt Ricardo took one of the newbies and went to check and they came running back.....the recruit screamed "horrible creatures are headed this way!" and then fell over in a faint! Pvt. Ricardo, showing admirable calm, stepped over the recruit, quickly talked to roscoe, and off they went to get anti-toxin guns....I, of course, was at the same time, getting into my camouflage uniform and pearls, ready to do battle....perhaps the chupes were not even aware our encampment was here, cuz they came charging in, seemingly disorganized and not so many of them.....I heard many shouts of "go, Ears!" as I charged 3 who were trying to get onto my lanai.....roscoe came up behind them and poof! they were gone....it was a very short battle....later, while I was doing calming poses in the living room, mom came over and exclaimed, "annie, how did you get new cuts on your legs?"....I had not even realized I had a small wound above each ankle and one on my shoulder.....mom grabbed that cherry grass ointment and slathered in on.....I know it does good things, but I don't like it.......we don't know if I got scratched by a chupe (serious) or maybe instead on a piece of wood or old barbed wire when I chased them back into the woods (not so serious)...BC is acting like I am a big fool who did it on purpose....several of the young recruits said they saw my ears fly as I headed into battle.....of course, I told them this is nonsense since my ears remained attached to my head at all times....this sent them into a paroxysm of giggles...silly kids!

speaking of BC, she and lulu have been discussing cherry grass formulas....BC wants to make sure she has all the formulas becuz apparently she is going to take over the manufacture of the medicines and tonics as well as grow the stuff......she always was lulu's favorite *sniff* I bet I could do that stuff, too *double sniff* I am naturally gifted at all that science stuff

btw, we found the missing hen, ms. red....she won't say, but I think she was dallying with the rooster on the other side of the house

Annie who would like to visit fla. if the hurricane there and all the busy stuff here ever comes to an end

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8/28/15 11:55 A

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Dear Annie,

Prince is here demanding food. I explained to him that it is early and he will need to wait. He disagrees. Oh well! He nags but I've got my ears closed. (I may need ear plugs though if he keeps this nonsense up.)

I really like your plan with the new recruits. It is a teaching moment and a bonding moment. This is a great start. I wouldn't worry about the commander. You have reached out and she refused your efforts. So be it. Just proceed as you will. If she comes to you and throughs some sort of fit, oh well, you can let her know that you tried to work with her on this. Seems like you are off to a good start. I'm proud of your efforts Annie. Just keep up the good work!

Tom, who very shortly will be discussing lunch with Bowser

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Dear Annie,

Sometimes I wonder about my dad. He is being so stubborn. It's time for lunch and he refuses to acknowledge that fact. Its a good thing I love him. Otherwise he might just get a nip on his leg. Grrrrr!

Oh, before I forget to tell you, I have trained several new troops in the art and technique of using anti-chupe toxin. The techniques are easy to learn. The art of its use including the avoidance of chupe bites during battle are not so easy to teach. But they have done well and I think are basically ready for battle. At this point only experience will increase their readiness.

Also, its a good thing that they have basic readiness because our scouts have reported more chupe movements. We are expecting action in days, not weeks. Its good that I am here since Roscoe is not. I think, though, that Roscoe may be need there considering some of the reports he has sent me. Yes, we keep in very close contact, especially during times of potential crisis.

Gotta go, think dad is finally talking with Bowser about lunch. Yippee!

Prince

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- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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dear tom

I liked your idea of being an independent contractor,, which I guess I was under the previous commander when I taught the wawas meditation and poses.....being a naturally polite canine I went over to the commander's tent to discuss it with her, but she refused to come to the door....I know she was in there! I even shouted that it was me, annie, but still no response...fine! she can pout all she wants....she knows where I am when she wants me....

we have a new group of recruits here, most of whom seem almost too young to join a militia..since the commander is not 'available", I have spoken to roscoe and made a plan....tonight, after dinner, cookies will be served around the campfire, with all the new recruits sitting in front and any "old-timers" who want to come being in the back....we will sing a few songs (its a full moon tonight) and I will quietly bring up the subject of lulu and explain who she is, what she has contributed to this militia as well as in the world of medicine and anti-chupe medicine and then we will sing a few more songs before bedtime....then, tomorrow...or another day depending on how lulu feels ros and I will take all the newbies over to meet her....just a quick hello so she does not get too tired out....the commander may come if she so chooses *slight growl*

the only hitch to this plan is we are on alert......some human delivery guys brought something to the house and mom asked that they leave the cardboard box that it came in as she has a project requiring a lot of cardboard......roscoe has smelled that huge box all over and declared that it definitely has a fairly fresh chupe odor to it in a few spots.....the problem is that we don't know when the chupe came in contact with the box......ros did a very thorough inspection of the box, inside and out, and has been using it with one of his training classes this morning........I just wish he would move it off the front lanai ....its in the way of one of my favorite posing spots

we are also missing Ms. Red, one of the hens.....the new recruits have been whispering about a possible chupe kidnapping, but since the rooster is also missing, I suspect other reasons..............oh wait! Beauty just walked around the corner of the house...ms. red is not with him, but he is sidling up to Sister now.....he canoodles with all the hens when possible

annie who supposes it is up to her to go make sure ms. red is okay....such a diligent worker and friend, one who never needs a reward for all her efforts..sigh



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Dear Annie,

While the commander was perhaps a twit, she did help you resolve your dilemma...that of taking or not taking the job. Between you and me, I think we should get the first commander who would not allow female soldiers and this commander together and let them hash it out. I don't think I'd want to stay in the room long though. Such polarized points of view can lead to considerable violence. It seldom leads to reason.

But the thing is, though she didn't know what she was doing, I do think she did you a favor in the long run. You will no longer have to suffer sleepless nights while you ponder your decision. (You did suffer from that strain didn't you? Well of course you did Annie, being a canine of great contemplative seriousness and steadfast determination.)

As for that canine who made socially incorrect remarks to Lulu, I guess you set him straight. Still, I suspect there are a lot of the Chihuahua folk who don't really understand such things as socially, politically or sick-canine correctness. I had mentioned to you in a message on facebook that perhaps you might want to teach a class that would help them. They definitely need that. Somehow, Annie, I have the feeling that you would be a natural at that. The more I think about it, the more I think that this just might be your calling. Of course, you could bake cookies and take them to class to share with the students. That would not only be a socially correct way to interact with the students, but would help with their bonding with you and their classmate, and even provide an incentive to those not in the class to become a part of the class ASAP. :) Oh Annie, I see great things for you should you decide to follow this path. And it would be a path of people helping, one of great respect and adoration.

Now then one word of advise. Should you choose to follow that teaching path, do not under any circumstances join the military. That would place you directly under the control of that commander, not a desirable position in which to be except for those who are more militarily oriented. Rather, remain an independent contractor, stressing your independence. If they want you, they get your expertise, not your subjection to their unknowledgeable wills. Just a suggestion of course Annie, just a suggestion.

Tom, who hopes your day will get better.

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 tom *snuffle* *snuffle*

it has not been a good day here at the farm...........no, I am not referring to lulu........I mean between me and the commander!....she is such a twit! she told me she had to have my answer about the job today....I explained that I have been weighing the pros and cons and we decided to sit down over cookies and tea to discuss it......very civilized, don't you think??DO YOU KNOW WHAT?!!! do you know why she picked me? becuz I am female!! she did NOT pick me based on all my knowledge and experience with nursing! she did NOT pick me becuz I am a "people person" (that means good with humans and canines)! she did NOT pick me becuz of my natural administrative and organizational skills! she did NOT pick me becuz she thought I would bring new skills and viewpoints to the job! *sob*....she only picked me becuz I am a female....AND she said she would provide guidance (meaning her point of view) when I am floundering....floundering? me?! I have never floundered a day in my puppy-pawed life! also, she asked BabyCakes before she asked me, but BC turned her down, so I was the only other female option left!! so I am merely the 2nd choice female.....pah! I turned her down flat! I told her the reason we only have male wawas here is becuz the first militia commander did not believe in female soldiers...he drank and went to rehab never to return...the 2nd commander might have eventually allowed female soldiers, but he was a blabby mouth and replaced.....and then I told her that while a female can do just about anything a male can do, this includes being replaced! needless to say, we did not part amicably.....

later that day, a new wawa recruit who does not know lulu asked if she was expecting a large littler of puppies....fortunately I was there as lulu tried to explain that she was sick, etc....I told her to save her breath, informed the little whippersnapper in no uncertain terms that he had better apologize, and after he stammered out a very embarrassed apology, I whapped him a good one with my paw....we have not seen him the rest of the day.....

Annie who is not having a particularly good day and so is going to go do poses and chill

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Dear Lulu,

I was happy to hear about your great day with your family. Now then, I'm afraid that the rumor about Annie being offered the position of running the hospital is NOT a rumor. Trust me, we are all appalled. I'm uncertain if Annie knows that she was not the first considered, but she is undecided at this point. We are all trying to discourage her without her knowing what we are doing. So far it doesn't seem to be working all that well. With me, she even smells a rat. Now then, she is right. I don't want her to take the job. But you know Annie. If she believes that I don't want her to, she will take it just to prove a point. She is a case.

I have a feeling that the only way that we are going to keep her from accepting the position is if the commander rescinds her offer. Any influence that you might be able to exert on the commander (if you are up to it) might help. Any suggestions for a new head would also help the commander. I know that the commander does respect your work and ideas. Its sad that she didn't come to you before going off half corked and asking anyone who she thought might have an interest in taking on this stressful position. But Annie...oh Lulu, that would be the end of the hospital as we know it. I think Annie expects to issue orders and be treated as a master of staff slaves. If she proceeds with that, she is going to find herself quite staffless.

Tom, who hopes the commander will come to her senses.

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Dear Baby Cakes,

I'm glad that you are going to stop in NC to teach about chupe wound recognition. I know you are eager to return home to Bowser, and believe me, he is anxious for you to do that. But your mission is so very important that the extra time spent in NC will be well worth it in the long run.

I mentioned to Lulu that her input with the commander might be quite valuable. However, you and I both know that she is not able to make the trip to see her, short as it may be. Maybe you could arrange to bring the commander to Lulu if Lulu is OK with that. That could expedite a much needed meeting between the two. Don't let Lulu's sleeping get in the way. Let the commander stay for a while while Lulu rests. (Feed her stuff and the like, what ever it takes.) And then let them meet. I know that Lulu's input will be invaluable. You could stand by to support Lulu or add suggestions if you see fit. One word of advise: don't, what ever you do, let Annie even know that the commander is there or what she is there for. I don't need to go into detail on this. Its basically just a heads up and you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Tom, who is about to see Bowser for lunch.

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Dear Annie,

You did misunderstand I think. Its not that I don't want you to take that hospital job. Rather, I am experiencing concern over the many losses that both you and those around you would suffer if you do take it. I'm thinking of the troops who are so dependent upon your moral building techniques, unequalled in the realm of canine moral boosters. I'm thinking about those who depend upon your presence for their own strength to carry on during hard times. About comradeship with those around you. Oh, so many things that I have not space here to innumerate them. Please do understand from whence I come my dear dear Annie.

Tom, who is feeling a weight of concern on his shoulders for you dear Annie

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 tom

I am feeling reasonably well today...and yesterday, too....last night mom came home from a class and she and I sat out on the grass together for a while, talking and not talking...roscoe joined us and annie galloped around in the background, then my dad joined us and annie came over...all we needed was a campfire, s;mores and The Kid *snort*...afterwards, I went into the house to rest for awhile...but when I went outside several hours later, a skunk was in the area...I think all of Annie's barking (did I mention the fool barked all night long....or at least seemed to?!) irritated the skunk, becuz the air was soon filled with its unique aroma....fortunately, it did not spray annie directly......mom showed me the pics of prince on fb, so I was relieved to know he got home safely and that jack is okay, too......

Lulu who just heard the rumor that annie is being considered for the position of running the hospital and is appalled......
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dear tom and bowser

dr. Fagan is doing very well....he is up walking around and eating normally.....when he saw his surgery scars and tail amputation (just a bit off the end), he just laughed...even after he is released he will have to be checked on regularly by a local nurse in nc who is adept at chupe- wound-recognition (which I will have to teach her) to make sure none of his injuries show any sign of re-infection....we think we've got it all, but with such devastating wounds filled with chupe drool one can never know.....drs buzzy and bailey are returning home this afternoon......did you hear annie has been asked to run the hospital here?! she doesn't know it, but I was asked before she was, but turned it down....I am so looking forward to returning home and being with my Bowser.....I guess we are all waiting on lulu to pass, but she keeps on going...yesterday she tried to go walking with her mom and annie and roscoe.....she went about 30 yards and then had to be carried home by her dad.....still, she tries to keep a good humour about the whole situation.....let's all remember to continue to subtley discourage annie from taking the job.......I think the commander meant well, but she has not been here long enough to see annie in "action"

BabyCakes who is missing her sweetie back home
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oh tom,

if I didn't know better, i''d think you didn't want me to take that job.....after all, if I was Chief Administrator I would have an aide who would fetch my meals for me......and one of my plans to revamp the hospital would be to have gourmet meals at all times with a snack bar of delicious treats for whenever a patient or staff member was in need of a bit of pickmeup.....and I would MAKE poses compulsory for all patients and staff who could do so.....it is a benefit for their health, after all....cookies would be served every night before bedtime.....soft sheets, nice music....it could all be so nice....oh yeah,...I would have to find some good doctors and nurses to have on call 24/7...when those chupe wars get going it can get pretty riotous (?) in here.......on the other hand, you are probably correct about my having to give up my other interests and friends....not a good thing....my fans would miss me terribly........and if I start the job and then realize its not for me and quit, the hospital would be so lost after my input....it would be difficult to find a replacement even close to being my equal......such decisions! such decisions!

Annie who needs to do more poses to work on this dilemma





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Dear Annie,

To answer your first question, no I did not give that Chihuahua pooch permission to write to me using that computer. In fact, I don't actually know him. He must have been watching how you write to me and wanted to follow in your paw prints. That's my guess anyway.

I know how difficult it is for you to make the decision about the job. As you said, so many decisions and poses, so little time. Oh, if you decide to take the job, you wouldn't have to worry about pose practice. No time for that...oh no, no time at all. And of course you could forget about all those activities and talents that you are a natural for. Again, no time.

I suppose that it might simplify your busy life. All of your energies would be focused in one direction, the hospital. Of course, within that life you may find that your focus will be divided in a multitude of ways, and while you are trying to resolve one problem two or three more will pop up, but hey, I'm sure that you are a natural at multitasking.

Now then, if you do decide to take the position, I'm certain that you will enjoy it...or, perhaps enjoy isn't the right term since there will be no time for such frivolity. Let me rephrase this. It will be something that you can sink your teeth into. Yes, I think that fits. Of course, in this case you are feeding your heart and soul, not your stomach. I mean, eating a proper meal? Ha, no time for that. But with your dedication to the tasks and administrative duties of the hospital, I'm certain that you will not have time to miss such things as gourmet feasts. And when you think about it, such eating habits could lead to having a truly thin girlish figure...maybe even extremely thin. But hey, who needs their Belgian anyway? Its your dedication to hard labor that counts, right Annie.

Well, I hear Bowser calling. (He has found a way to serve as breakfast cook and mess hall lead cook at the same time.) Isn't that wonderful. Oh, that's right, I need to stop mentioning that since your eating habits may be about to change, depending upon your decision. Oh, silly me, I am talking almost as if you have made the decision to take the job. And I know that you are still pondering it.

Tom, who is about to enjoy a full ten course Bowser breakfast.

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 Mr. Tom

just to let you know that Ms. Lulu is still alive and seems to having a very good day today....the vet (whom Lulu vehemently refers to as "that quack" HAWHAWHAW) had expected her to be dead or in need of euthanasia today....she is not eating anything except the occasional dehydrated chicken stick broken into small pieces and a few swallows of water after that.....when Ms. Twinkie came home from the store today Ms. Lulu sat up, wagged her tail, and suggested she might be open to having another chicken stick....it took a while for Ms. Twinkie to take it out there because she had forgotten to fill the bird/squirrel feeders this morning before she left and when she got home there were several little birds who let her know the error of her ways.....what a potty mouth some of these little creatures have!

good news! there is a baby wawa who has moved in across the street (well, it is across the street if you march thru a mile of woods first, otherwise it is best to refer to the house as 'down the road").....his name is Pablo....barely bigger than the palm of his human mama's hand, he is not ready to train as a wawa soldier yet, but we have made contact, just to keep him aware of our presencce as well as explaining about the dangers of chupes...perhaps it was too early for the chupe information since it made him cry.....Pvt. Paco had to reassure him that we would protect him and all he had to do was contact us if he sighted any....technicians are installing emergency lines to his house this morning.....still, it is nice to have a young'un in the area

Glad to hear Sir Jack has arrived safely and I am sure Prince will be along soon

Sincerely
Master Sgt James Octavio Osorio Chihuahua
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dear Tom
did you give that long-winded dodo permission to write to you on this computer?!! I can't ask mom cuz she gets a little crazy when she hears of others using her computer....I wish I knew where lulu keeps hers.....I have asked her, but she acts like she is feeble-minded or something and doesn't know what I am talking about.....sometimes I think she is faking it..........

we are all overjoyed that lulu has passed The Quacks prediction of her death date....Lulu is feeling Quite Pleased with herself over this....

I still have not made a decision about the new job...I appreciated your congratulations becuz it quite an honor to be considered for such a position....and I am a natural leader as you well know....still........the disadvantage of the job would be exactly what you pointed out........24/7 I would be tied to that job.....I do not know if I am the sort of girl who can be tied down. Period. after all, I have many interests and would hate to have to give them all up for just one thing....I really want to go to Alabama and see if I can find that Belgian basset that my sister claims to have seen....after all, I am the only one I have ever known to be here....delimmas!! sigh....and I know joanie misses me so.............speaking of joanie...........how do I say this? now that I have lost weight, do you think she would mind if I temporarily altered some of her dresses to fit my new, sleek form (with elbows) ?? I had altered a few in the past since she is so much taller than I am and while I don't think she minded the altering in itself, she seemed a bit testy about my friend fluffy using her sewing machine.....we could take the dresses to fluffy's house I guess so she would not see fluffy using her machine.....oh well, since I do not know when I will be visiting, I guess this is not important now....but perhaps you could think of a way to ever so casually inquire about this.........no rush...............on the other hand, I have so much to offer the patients and staff.......I have been doing some serious thinking about ways to revamp current hospital practices if I do decide to take the job

Annie, who has so many decisions to make and poses to do

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Dear Annie,

I am so proud of you. So many wonderful things coming your way. I was excited to hear about your new job offer. Of course, I know what all you will have to give up in order to take that job. I mean, it is almost 24 / 7, and of course you will actually be on call 24 / 7. Ah, but you don't mind the sacrifice, do you Annie? One thing that is a bit disappointing though is the fact that there will be no way that you will ever be able to visit us in Florida. Ah well, I suppose we can sacrifice also. But we will miss you Annie.

I do have a few questions. Who will you appoint to carry on Lulu's research with cherry grass? (I recommend Baby Cakes.) How many shifts will you assign? Will all the shifts be of equal size or variable depending upon time of day? Which duties will you assign to whom? How do plan to handle training? Have you thought about how you will handle the commanders anger when things don't go just the way the commander thinks they should? Oh Annie, there are so many more questions, but lets just start with these.

Tom, who is thinking ever so much about Bowser breakfasts.

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Dear Prince,

I know that by now you are probably airborne, but I'm counting on your having access to a dependable cell phone. You somehow usually do.

Jack arrived yesterday just as you said that he would. Light loads are always an eagles delight. His dad was not prepared for eagle service so I had to make payment.

Almost immediately his dad noticed the green spot on his side. He asked Jack about it and Jack hemmed and hawed around so I spoke up. "Oh, that must be the grass stain Prince told me about when you slid into safe base playing ball tag in the pasture," I said.

"Uh...oh, yes, right. That was it. I almost forgot," sputtered Jack.

Later Jack told me that this was excellent. "Its a stain and dad accepted the story. Now I won't have to worry about showing him one side only. That is so hard to do anyway. Now then, as it wears away dad will just think that the stain is finally wearing off," said Jack.

Well, we both chuckled together about this. Oh, and we are both looking forward to your arrival this afternoon.

I think you did very well handling the Annie situation. I'm not certain that she had made up her mind though since I got a letter this morning. I've kind of reinforced your work. Perhaps the two of us together will have her convinced. I hope!

Apparently Paws got Roscoe's message. He sent me a note stating that he would like to join me here, but he is currently in consultation mode with top brass. Apparently they are currently assessing the overall nationwide chupe activity and noting specific hot spots such as Florida and Virginia.

I'm happy to hear that Dr. Fagan is better. I truly believe that this last bit of research that Lulu did was the culmination to her many wonderful nursing services through out the years. This new cherry grass formulation may be the life saving substance for canines (and maybe humans) for years to come. Baby Cakes has already stated that as soon as she is able to return to Florida she is going to begin the manufacturing process so that the substance can be produced in bulk. It will surely be needed sooner rather than later.

Again, Prince, we are looking forward to your early arrival this afternoon,

Dad


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this morning lulu insisted on going when mom went to get the sunday paper at the local store...she cannot bounce up and down, but she kept rolling her eyes in the direction of the car...mr. twinkie lifted her into the car and off lulu and her mom went....twinkie said she almost burst into tears in the store thinking this might be their last sunday ride together....she bought lulu's usual mini reese's cup treat and said she could tell when she got back to the car that lulu really, really wanted it.....so twinkie crumbled it and offered it....lulu took 2 small licks and turned her head away....twinkie cried all the way home.....about 2 hours later twinkie went out and lay partway under the car with lulu...it appears lulu had another small stroke as her bad eye was all red and pink....her mom has cried most of the morning........HOWEVER, Annie had a stroke of genius, believe it or not.....her mom was in the back office where the dog biscuits are kept....annie claimed she NEEDED one (and since I was with her I got one, too...hehehehe).....she suggest that her mom offered lulu one of those dried chicken slices that she loves.....lulu surely did want it, but could not eat something that big, so her mom broke into tiny pieces about the size of my toe, and lulu ate it and afterwards drank quite a bit of water....then she took a nap.....I did try to follow your suggestion (when annie finally left) about who she would recommend to take over her job when she retires.....her response was "I am not retiring...........well, I have been thinking about it....please bring drs. buzzy and bailey to me"......but when I got back with the docs lulu was asleep again, so we quietly tiptoed away.....I will ask her later

actually, annie came to me to ask what I thought about her taking over the running of the entire hospital.....she said her suggestion of giving lulu the chicken strip as well as her experience in nursing shows she has quite a bit of talent AND knowledge in that field....dad, its so hard to be diplomatic with my aunt, knowing she truly means well, and also knowing she is so totally not suited for the job.....sigh.........in response I asked if she wanted to be tied down to just one job.....aunty annie was quite shocked when I pointed how time consuming the job would be, especially all the administrative work, not just nursing....to stress the point, I mentioned she might not even have time for practicing poses....this, of course, horrified her.....and then she listed off all the other things she does...cookie baking for the troops, poses, "helping" with the new recruits training, advising the troop leaders, and she really wants to visit mom, keeping up troop morale, etc, etc.......she said she will have to do some serious thinking about this new job.....she also wondered that if she did not take over, then who would...nobody wants this hospital to close becuz having to take wounded soldiers all the way to fl. would be such a long trip......I suggested that if she decides not to take the job, perhaps she could help the commander come up with a few possible candidates and with her experience she would know what to look for in a good administrator.

another bit of good news.......jack left in the gondola very early this morning and should be back home any moment now.....there is on large spot on his left side that is still faintly greenish, but he said he will try to remember to stand with his right side always facing his dad until the telltale area has faded....also, dr. Fagan got out of bed for the first time this morning and practiced walking around....he was a little unsteady on his paws, but looks so much better....he has insisted that he be allowed to thank lulu when she wakes up this afternoon even if he has to ride in a wagon to get to her car......I think I will be returning home tomorrow.....chupe activity is pretty quiet here and roscoe says he can probably handle things....he does not feel he can leave with Lulu the way she is now unless there is an emergency....he did call up an old friend with the rhode island militia and they promised to send a few of their guys to fl....I do not know what sort of transportation they will use, but they will leave by this evening....roscoe has also sent a message to Paws to head to fl, but doesn't know when he will see it since he is busy doing some top secret thingy

Prince who is looking forward to seeing your tomorrow afternoon (annie wanted to come, but I pointed out how much lulu needs her, so she just said to now let my mom be too disappointed)

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guess what, tom? GUESS WHAT?!! My big sister (the Kid's mom) saw a Belgian Basset in Huntsville, AL....she said the dog was built just like me!! unfortunately she was driving with no place to stop and the basset was walking down the sidewalk, but I told her to keep her eyes open so if she sees it again she can stop and meet it and get more information....this is so exciting!

I know Prince told you about my fantastic job offer....whoowhee1

Annie who is almost overwhelmed by all this good news

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Dear Prince,

Please try to reassure Baby Cakes that Bowser's military cooking duties are only temporary. The fact is, we are spread extremely thin here, and every Chihuahua is needed in the field for defense. The rest of us just try to cover the jobs that were once done by a fully uniformed Chihuahua trooper.

I can't believe that the commander there made Annie head of the hospital / infirmary. Is she absolutely nuts. Annie has wonderfully good intentions, but head of the infirmary. You may want to discuss with Lulu who she would consider the best head for that position as she retires. This gives valid input which you could then relay to the commander. You might even cautiously relate some stories about Annie's behaviors without actually recommending against her. You know, just finding little ways to wake this commander up to the reality of dear sweet illusionary Annie. Then drop the Lulu recommendation on her. The rest, of course, is up to her. She is the commander for better or worst.

Things are truly tense here. Our Chihuahua scouts have observed the gathering of large numbers...no, HUGE numbers...of chupacabra only a few miles from here. They appear to be forming a ring around our compound, surrounding us as it were. (Do you like the "as it were" bit? I think it sounds so professorial. I've always wanted to use it.) But I appear to have digressed. We are doing our best to prepare for an onslaught (preventing an on slaughter as it were...ha, there it is again). Our Chihuahua forces are surrounding our fortress preparing to defend to the death, but they are young, inexperienced green troopers for the most part, many of whom have not yet been trained in anti-chupe toxin warfare. The cooks turned soldier are totally unprepared for the rigors of battle. Our greatest strength right now is our small but extremely brave special operations troopers.

Scouts are looking for chupacabra headquarters which this time has proven illusive. They have observed an area with heavier than normal chupe traffic (comings and goings) and are currently investigating that area as a possible location for headquarters, especially since the comings and goings of traffic there consists in part of an increased number of chupe brass. If this turns out to be chupe HQ, then our special ops will position themselves so that they can attack the chupe HQ as soon as hostilities break out. We all know how ineffective the chupe forces are once their brass has been eliminated. Our weakness of course, outside of sheer numbers, would primarily be the lack of anti-chupe toxin training for many of our new troops. Of course, you and Roscoe are still in Virginia, so training has fallen on those who have been trained, but their training efforts are somewhat inconsistent and often times they do not have the patients to go into every detail with the degree of care that you and Ros do. The newly trained are therefore only partially trained. Its scary.

Dad, who needs to stir up some dust with a vacuum sweeper.

Tom

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dear dad

you are right,...Lulu refuses to retire BUT we are trying to see to it that she is given jobs that only require mental exercises, not physical, and those mental problems are really not problems, having already been solved elsewhere or just not important....she seems a little suspicious, but does not have the energy to object....today the commander approached annie and asked her if she would take over as head of the hospital/infirmary after lulu passes......several of us heard this and we almost passed (out) ourselves....even annie looked shocked.....the commander went on to say that although she has heard several uncomplimentary stories of Annie's temperament and behavior, she has seen none of this....she went on to say that she has observed Annie working in the hospital as well as training the new nurses, and that Annie seems very knowledgeable and dedicated.....once she recovered from the shock I think annie almost peed herself with pride......the rest of us were naturally horrified.....the commander is new and does not know annie well... .sigh.......she told Annie to take a few days and think about it and in the meantime to continue on with her good work......even BabyCakes was alarmed and she is pretty much unflappable (she is also Not Happy about bowser being a military cook, btw)......on the other hand, if we do not find someone to take charge of the infirmary/hospital it will have to close, leaving yours as the only one in this part of the usa...........

using lulu's new formula, along with whatever else they need to do, Dr. buzzy says dr. Fagan is continuing to improve.......

even if I am not able to return home on sun. I think jack will be taking that eagle flight...most of the green is gone and he is anxious to see his family

Prince, who is anxious to see his family, too

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Dear Prince,

Lulu wrote me and said that her research is finished and all that remains is for live patient tests, Dr. Fagan being the prime subject. Apparently it is working, you know, his turn for the better. Baby Cakes was put in charge of testing. I wrote Lulu and suggested that she retire. She has worked so hard and been so dedicated, that she needs to let others take over now and just relax. I haven't heard from her about this, but you might want to reinforce what I said. You know Lulu, she just never gives up. Well, she needs her rest, so keep working on her to retire and let others handle these things now. She has done a marvelous job of training Baby Cakes. Now she just needs to trust Baby Cakes to do the job. And of course, Baby Cakes needs to find someone to train also, someone young, dedicated, and loaded with energy because that is what that job requires.

I fully understand your need to remain there Prince. We will make do. So far the crisis has not yet materialized so we can keep our paws crossed (and my fingers). Bowser has volunteered to work in the field with the army, though frankly, he is ill equipped. I suggested he serve as mess cook and he seemed to like that idea a lot. I'll miss those fabulous breakfasts but the chihuahua troops need nourishment now. They are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

Take care of yourself my boy. These are hard times.

Dad

Tom

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i do not know if i will make it home on fri.....dr. fagan has taken a turn for the better and drs. buzzy and bailey were planning to leave today, expecting lulu to take charge....since that has changed, everyone's plans have had to be changed, too.....Lulu said this is nonsense , that she will take over her duties again, but she can't stay awake long enough to complete 3 sentences, poor old girl......BabyCakes is now in charge of the hospital, but annie is in charge of hiring more nursing help....so far she has hired 2 which seem to be working out fairly well, plus the one she hired a few weeks ago is still here....the wawa's commander has put in a call for more militia and volunteers from Pennsylvania have agreed to come help...everybody here feels stretched thin....all the wawas take turns when they are off-duty guarding lulu....she is not aware of this, of course.....no one actually sits next to her, cuz that makes her cranky, so the guys take turns doing a variety of things in the vicinity of the car where she spends most of her time (underneath it)......ah, the subtle approach lol

talk at ya soon,
Prince who is working hard with these enthusiastic, but bumbling puppies ("puppies" is what we are calling the new recruits)

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Dear Prince,

I am quite concerned about Lulu. Please do not let anyone try to involve her in anything other than her research. I do hope that she finds her appetite soon.

You will remember that I had to investigate a loud noise just as I was finishing your last letter. Well, it was NOT a good thing that I found. The chihuahua troops had to deal with a sudden surprise attack by chupacabra.

The attack was quickly suppressed by the chihuahua guard, but an investigation followed. The investigation resulted when the commander felt that the attack was too quickly suppressed and the number of chupes far too few for such an attack. The chihuahua investigative team leaped into the task and confirmed the commanders fears. Further, chihuahua intelligence feels that this attack was most likely set up by the chupe brass as a suicidal mission to test preparedness and resolve of your chihuahua guard. Consequently, it is felt that an all out major offense is in the works and will likely occur sooner rather than later.

Our chihuahua troop levels are minimal, having sent a number to Virginia and North Carolina. Leadership is lacking as well, except of course by our relatively capable commander. Unfortunately, he is used to listening to advisers such as you and Roscoe. Even our nursing staff is left without the wonderful leadership of Lulu or Baby Cakes.

We are expecting the worst and are ill equipped to deal with it. Never the less, the commander is setting defenses as best he can. Hopefully our special ops troops will return to full strength with the return of those who did such a marvelous job at UNC Canine. Unfortunately, I haven't seen hide nor fur of them since they left here. I thought they had stopped off in Virginia but I think they should be here by now. I do know that those boys and girls are pretty independent and may have decided that they had earned a vacation, but you would think they would at least have let us know where they were going. Its pretty scary stuff here Prince.

Meanwhile, I had a delightful lesson yesterday in quickstep and I am thinking about using a little quickstep with my next performance routine.

Dad, who has a multitude of tasks to perform today

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you hit the nail right on the head when you described Annie's actions and the maneuvers....she actually hung in there for about 10 mins. (during which I was afraid she would stay the entire time), but then she suddenly remembered she had not make cookies for dessert for the troops and had to run off to attend to that little chore.....hee hee hee....but she is running faster and twinkie is right....you really can see her elbows! (*double heehee with a cookie on top) last evening a couple of deer were at the bird feeders...twinkie tried to get annie to go out on the lanai to see them........it took forever to get annie focused to where mom wanted her to look, but when she finally did see them, annie gave them a good barking at.....she refused to chase them...I think that since she got wounded she is feeling a little timid about going after anything upclose ...roscoe chased the deer until twinkie hollered at him to come back....for an old guy, he is amazingly fast!

this is the weirdest computer....today it waits about 10 seconds after you've finished typing to show the words..since this is a shared computer, nobody is pleased

Lulu is only eating every other day...we are all worried about her

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Dear Prince,

I hope your practice "maneuvers with the troops" went well. (grin) I'm sure your aunt thought she should practice as well, and I'm just as certain that you invited her simultaneously describing a very rigorous set of maneuvers. And I'm quite certain that your aunt Annie remembered a rather important task that she had to do, such as her maneuvers (practicing poses). Am I close? (snicker)

I'm really looking forward to your arrival Sunday. Since you left I've had to do my trips to dog park with Bowser, and while I enjoy that, its just not the same as doing it with my boy. So when you get here we can plan our next trip to that great and glorious park.

Things have actually been quite quiet here since you left. I think all the chupes have gone to sleep or have taken to the highway. Hopefully, its the highway and hopefully they stay away just as long as they aren't headed your way.

Its really been so restful here that... whow! A loud noise outside in our peaceful rural homestead...

Dad, who needs to investigate loud ongoing noises

Tom

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I know you were expecting me home today, but I think I need to stay here another few days until roscoe returns from a conference......now that we have jack home, he is back in his lab working on a new bleaching formula....his lab, which is in twinkie's house, has a guard posted at the door and the entire house is surrounded by guards.....jack's story is a little weird....he does not remember clearly what happened to him, so his story is confusing and garbled, but essentially it is this......he (thinks) he was working on his fur-bleaching formula....the windows were closed in the lab and he was getting a little woozy from the fumes....he remembers trying to open the window without success, but then.jack says he does not remember anything after that except possibly being led by the paw by a very small, odd-looking creature thru the woods......I have tried to get him to draw the critter, but it is never the same way twice, altho it always has vague toadish-shape with cat whiskers.....we are suspecting a disguised chupe who either did something to alter jack's formula so that it made him faint or perhaps was spying on him and took an opportunity when it presented itself...(and how did a chupe in any form get past our guards?!) either way, it was somehow able to lure jack out of the house and off the property without anyone seeing him.....the next thing jack remembers is wandering around Rocky Mt, lost and looking for twinkie's house with birds following him and shrieking "Annie's cute!" at the top of their lungs............

nowadays nobody can enter jack's lab without being sprayed with anti-chupe toxin by the door guard, no matter how often the same person/canine has to go in and out.......since jack does not encourage visitors to his sacred place (the lab), this has not been a problem...........well, I take that back.....except for annie..............annie, who claims she is jack's assistant when needed, has gotten quite irritated with all the spraying.....jack, who does not really want her help, got tired of listening to her complaining and so he fixed her a special charm for her collar....all the guard had to do is shine his laser on it and if it glowed the right color then the guard was assured it was the real annie.... *snort*......annie did not like this either, fearing the laser might get her eyes ("not if you quit jiggling," she was told, much to the guard's sorrow after she nipped his ear), so now there is a diamond chip in her ear, ("like all the movie stars wear," I told her).....the guard uses his flashlight to direct a beam on the diamond and when it..................well, sorry dad, I guess that is need-to-know info, but let's just say it makes annie identifiable........it cannot be removed except with a special tool, otherwise an alarm goes off......I suppose a chupe could chew off the end of her ear, but he would have a heck of a time trying to do so what with aunt annie defending her ears as tho they were more valuable then ft. knox....this, as you may suspect, adds to the mythology of Annie's magic ears......sigh........annie is quite pleased with her celebrity ear......she is torn between wanting a matched set while I am trying to assure her that all the really famous movie stars just do the one-ear-earring thing............sheesh, my aunt is high maintence!!

even with the new appetite stimulant medicine lulu is still only eating sporatically......dr. buzzy has assured her that her formula is working well (dr. Fagan's infections seems to be drying up and healing altho he still is unconscious for the most part) and has ordered her to bed for 3 straight days, doing absolutely nothing....lulu said she would find this extremely boring, so dr. buzzy said the only alternative would be so go to a spa for the same amount of time to be pampered....he did not realize that twinkie uses the word "spa" in place of "boarding kennel at the vet's" so lulu has opted to stay at home, altho how much resting she will do remains to be seen

if all continues to go well here, I will be home on Sunday's regular eagle flight....I am booked on the early morning flight, so perhaps I will be there by the time you and mom get home from church

your son
Prince, who spies his aunt headed this way and thinks that it is time to practice maneuvers with the troops

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Dear Annie,

Yes, I knew Prince and Jack were on their way home from Rocky Mount. You see, he told me all about it when I messaged him on top secret messaging. But, of course, since it was on top secret messaging I was not able to tell you. You understand, top secret = need to know only. And there are very strict rules that spell out need to know. You did not meet the criteria, so my mouth was legally zipped.

I wish you had mentioned not to tell Joanie about your coming sooner. I had already done so. Well, I told her that you might come. Anyway, I couldn't find her yesterday for a while. It turns out that, for some reason, she was adding locks to the vault and storing keys and combinations (each lock takes both) in safe deposit boxes in different banks all over town and some out of town. She also got two sets of keys from each of the banks and stored two keys in each safe deposit box, one to open the box at the next bank and one decoy. In order to have the right key at the right time, you must open the boxes in precisely a certain order...sort of a huge combination in and of itself. I swear, I never know what measures of security she is going to from day to day. I just wonder what stimulated this all out effort.

Well, you must be very proud of your weight loss accomplishment so far Annie. And the crows definitely noticed. Yes, your program is going admirably well.

Although I've greeted Prince and Jack via top secret messaging to Prince, greet Jack for me again, will you. Prince may have decided that my greeting was a need to know and Jack didn't qualify. Oh yes, wish him well in his continued research to de-green himself.

Tom, who looks forward to seeing Prince again soon.

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DEAr tom

my favorite nephew was glimpsed at breakfast in the mess tent, but by the time I finished passing out my breakfast cookies he had disappeared again.......those whacko crows were also around this morning, but they have disappeared, too....roscoe said he might be going into town this afternoon, but when I told him I would accompany him, he remembered some chore he had to do here......I am having no luck finding a luxury traveling car to ride in so a motorcycle can pull it to florida.....what is up with that? I have been offered these things called "side cars" which have no roof on them, so I am not interested....I mean, really...what if I want to take a nap or need to practice my poses...I can't be doing that with no roof over my head, traveling at breakneck speeds, insects slamming into my snout...oh no! that just will not do! the search will continue..........pls. do not tell joanie I am coming...I want it to be a surprise and as of yet, I don't know when I can tell her I will be arriving.....I would hate for her to be disappointed....

hmmmmm...I see 3 squirrels under the willow tree....do I want to chase them? last night my dad made a big too-doo about being able to see my elbows...sheesh! you lose a couple of pounds and everybody makes a big deal about it....one good thing about the crows acting so silly is that I apparently still have my good looks.....I overheard mom saying something about my someday weighing down in the 70s.......I tried to pretend I did not hear that, but I almost passed out from the shock! I have absolutely no interest in being that thin...that's practically anorexic!

hold on..........I hear a noise coming up the driveway............hey! it's prince with a little green jack Russell terrier....JACK!!! i'll talk at ya laters!

Annie who is rushing to sniff her friend Jack

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Dear Annie,

I am not surprised by the things going on around there, except for the frog. I saw the picture and he does look like a very intelligent frog...the king of frogs, one might say.

As for the crows, well really Annie, can you blame them. You know they are loud mouths and shout out whatever they are thinking at a blink of an eye. So, seeing you, naturally they began shouting Annie is cute. I don't know, but it makes sense to me. Don't you think so too?

As for Prince, he wrote. He is extremely busy and I know that he is working with chihuahuas. There may actually be a bird or two involved, but his message was garbled so I'm not really certain of anything other than the fact that he is in the field working.

As for the eagle, well, perhaps it was just an ordinary eagle. You know they can come and go anytime, and obviously your mom isn't going to pay them since they do not perform the services that she pays for.

Yes, Annie, it all makes sense to me. But in the meantime, let me be the first to congratulate you on the excellent job you are doing with nursing and guard duties. Its not easy holding two jobs, so you are to be congratulated. You are the most important one who is making it possible for Lulu to give serious effort to her research. It just may be that her research will, in the long run, be responsible for Dr. Fagan's recovery not to mention helping countless others, and you, Annie, are a part of it all. So, congratulations!

Tom, who will be trying to contact Prince in a short while via top secret messaging since normal messaging isn't working for us.

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things are getting so weird around here I may decide to come to fl. for a visit...(I am sure joanie misses me terribly and would be thrilled to see me)....let me tell you what has been happening....first of all, last night, mom and dad went out to see someone named paula poundstone who was visiting in town....they were gone for hours leaving me to guard the house, never mind that I am already quite overburdened with nursing duties and being a companion and enforcer of cheer for mrs. Fagan......oh well, it is a good thing I am such a noble and selfless creature....while they were away I heard a slight plop which came from the direction of my water bowl on the lanai BUT mom instructed me to guard the INSIDE of the house....I growled, but thought perhaps it was one of the outdoor wawas helping himself to a drink...no problem, right? when mom and dad got home they discovered a fat toad in My Waterdish! ick...it musta had muddy feet, cuz my water was all dirty this morning.....last night mom told dad to remove said toad so he took it out to the yard.....this morning when mom lifted the top part of my watering bowl, that blasted toad was back again!!! (I will send you pics on fb)....mom dumped him out even further away....the toad was not pleased, stating it had a message for jack....upon hearing that jack is missing, the toad said it needed to speak to lulu, so mom pointed to where lulu was snoozing under the car....roscoe came over and gave the toad a dusting of anti-chupe toxin, but nothing happened, so it was allowed to go speak to Her Highness....................that was the first odd thing............the second oddness is a lot of crows have been showing up here today, much more than normal, all of them shouting "Annie's cute!"....while this is true as we all know, why am I suddenly the poster girl for cuteness to crows????? very weird.....later, when it was time for lunch I looked for Prince, but could not find him....one of the guards told me that Prince was probably out working with the new recruits.........hmmm....possibly, but I did not see him with them and the guard had an odd look on his face........also,I overheard one of the guards talking to another saying he thought he had seen an eagle take off from one of the far fields, but I don't think so....mom would have put hamburger on the roof..........I do not know what is going on around here, but its something strange...

other news, dr. buzzy had to do surgery on dr. Fagan.....since he was already bandaged practically from head to toe, its hard to tell what or where surgery was done....I was told that 2 " off the end of tail were removed, part of his left heel and a tiny bit of where his nose meets fur....hopefully this will help get rid of infection...........lulu, who is under orders to relax is working harder than ever on her new anti-chupe formula.....the first batch is being tested on dr. Fagan today....before that happened lulu had to have a long discussion with mrs. Fagan (which I was not allowed to attend) about the pros and possibilities of this new formula...she gave her permission so all we can do now is wait and see....

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Dear Prince,

I was pretty upset by the news about the bluebird. I contacted my crested flycatcher friend and complained. He said that he would look into it.

And look into it he did. It turns out that that particular bluebird was, indeed, the bluebird of happiness. He is a jolly creature who can pick you up when you are down. However, when it comes to serious business like finding Jack and the like, he is so easily distracted that little hope of follow through exists.

He next put out an all chirp alert via the Daily Chirp. Doing that payed big dividends. News reached the one bald eagle of eagles, the duly elected commander in chief of all bird folk within the US. He was quite unhappy by the performance of the bluebird but recognized lack of training and discipline in his case. Still, he performs his set task admirably so no disciplinary action will take place other than to remind him he is to advise proper authorities when he notes something of this nature.

Meanwhile, the commander in chief has detailed an entire brigade of crack reconnaissance black birds. They will spread themselves over the entire city and its outskirts and watch for any signs of a green dog. When one spots such a dog, that bird will chirp a message to the brigade commander while following said dog to its destination. When located, the bird will keep watch. While all of this is happening, the brigade commander will alert other birds to provide back up for the reporting bird. He will also alert you, Prince. Expect that to come as a coded message from a robin who will tweet "Annie's cute." I know, strange, but if Annie should happen to hear she will walk about with a swelled head and have no idea that you are gathering gear and preparing for an eagle landing.

The eagle will land will in the NE corner of the property. The eagle will take you to a landing site near the premises where Jack is being kept. (We now know from the bluebirds sighting that he was on leash when spotted so we can assume he has been dognapped.) From there you may have to lie low until Jack emerges from the premises. You will be informed of that by a blackbird trooper. Be prepared to attack. You must attack the leash holding with apparent viciousness, but don't actually harm that person. Rather, severely frighten them causing them to drop the leash. Then lead Jack to the eagles gondola and the two of you can return home.

That is the plan. Should events require it, improvise. The goal is to get Jack and yourself into the gondola ASAP. The carrier eagle will take it from there, bringing both of you safely home. Be prepared to be greeted by a somewhat irate Annie.

Dad, who is about to have a Bowser breakfast

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dear dad,

since Twinks was going into Rocky Mt, she gave me a ride...she dropped me off where I was supposed to meet the blue bird and said to msg her when I wanted a ride home....she planned to run several errands...........I waited for that bird...I waited...and waited...and waited...after about an hour, when I was ready to give up and call twinkie, the bird showed up, explaining that he had been busy tugging a particularly tasty worm out of its hole and time just slipped past him....*snort*...anyway, the green dog was NOT where he said it would be....we did run into annie and mrs. Fagan, their paws full of things for the new doctors....when I told annie that her mom would be picking me up later, both ladies dropped their packages and sat down under a nearby tree to wait......I pointed out that rocky mt has a leash law and they might be safer BEHIND the tree, but you know annie...she would have none of that! she pushed mrs. Fagan and their shopping prizes behind the tree and announced she would help me.............oh joy :( ........the bird said it would fly reconnaissance and while it was in the air annie and I sniffed around hoping to catch a scent of jack...............several times annie would shriek, "I've found him! I smell him!" and go racing off only to say all she found was a rock, or a shrub that jack might have rubbed against in passing, and one time, annie found a particularly delicious lollipop.....anyway, in the end we had to give up as twinkie pulled up in the car...we rode around looking, but never found jack....everyone has been quite perturbed over his disappearance....twinkie has promised to call both of the "pounds" as soon as she gets home (1 is no kill, and the other keeps a dog only a few days before disposing of him *shudder*)

since I have been gone most of the day I do not know what dr. buzzy has determined re: Dr. Fagan...I do know lulu was quite pleased to have a day to do nothing but work on her new formula

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Dear Lulu,

By now the doctors should be there. I hope they are able to help Dr. Fagan. I know that Buzzy has experience with very serious cases of chupacabra poisoning, but I am not certain that any of the cases were as serious as poor Dr. Fagan.

It is good to know that you will now be able to concentrate all efforts on your research rather than being torn in a dozen different directions. Perhaps now you can get some needed rest. I know that you must be exhausted.

I've received a message from Prince and he said that he has not yet located Jack. I will be sending him a message after I write to you. A clue came my way that I want to share with him. It may not amount to a hill of beans, but it is definitely worth following up.

By the way, Prince seems to be a bit of a clown these days. He sent me a picture of the toy he has somehow acquired. Quite interesting. Just don't let him focus on clowning when he needs to be focusing on finding poor Jack.

Tom, who wishes you a pleasant rest and success with your research

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Dear Prince,

I have happened onto a clue that may be helpful to you, or not. You do need to sniff it out though. I was wondering around the yard with my camera when a crested flycatcher spoke to me. He said in his birdy way that he has heard through the daily chirp about a bluebird in Virginia who spotted a small green canine near the town of Rocky Mount, Virginia. I asked if he could contact the bluebird who had seen this green canine and the flycatcher assured me that he could by using the daily chirp personals. He then proceeded to do so and had an immediate response. The bluebird is quite happy to help. We transmitted the picture of you with your ball toy. You will need to proceed toward Rocky Mount carrying the ball. The bluebird will recognize you as the one black lab who is searching for a green canine. The bluebird will then direct you to the spot where he first spotted the canine and further will run air reconnaissance in search for the same canine. A chirpwork will be in effect so that a message can be quickly transmitted to you via chirp once the canine is again spotted. You will be directed to the canines whereabouts as they change until you locate the little guy.

Now do keep in mind that bluebirds, while having a reputation for happiness are not always the most reliable. This particular one does appear to have a serious side and I have hope that this lead will help in the location of Jack. Furthermore, the bird reported that the green canine kept wandering around saying things like, "Oh where oh where can my Virginia home be," and "It's so hard being green," and "WHERE AM I?" Well, it does sound a little like Jack don't you think?

Well my boy, good luck with your mission. I do hope that you are able to locate Jack quickly.

Tom, who is proud to be your dad

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thank you so much for sending the good doctors...we sure can use their help and expertise..dr. Fagan is not doing well, and is actually going downhill....annie hired a nurse and may hire another....she is in charge of supervising this new person, altho BC may occasionally add some input (if she dares to risk her snout).....I will have to explain to the 2 drs. about annie when they arrive....and she knows she will be working the midnight shift (I've told her they are the most critical) so perhaps the doctors can have some peace while they work during the day.....

I also asked annie to be in charge of accomodations for the new doctors....she spent 3 hours watching M.A.S.H. reruns on tv....."research" she said....then she commandeered some off-duty wawas to erect a tent next to the infirmary and had them cut a door between the two tents....it actually makes some sense....she also made them watch an episode so they would "get the feel" of what she was going for.....annie directed, the wawas did the actual work....*snicker* .I did suggest that perhaps the doctors might appreciate something better than old army cots to sleep on, so (with some grumbling) she found 2 comfier beds, but outfitted them in camouflage and army green.....tomorrow I have her going shopping for "accessories" and insisted she take mrs. Fagan with her since the poor thing looks awful.....all the stress....

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dear dad

bad news first.......I honestly don't know if dr. Fagan is going to make it.....perhaps if he survives until the new doctors can get here he might have a chance.......maybe

once they arrive, lulu and I talked it over and decided it would be best if she concentrates on her anti-chupe infection formula since it appears that with all the continuous chupe aggression we will need it...she is exhausted and I hope with the new doctors here she will be able to de-stress a bit....

annie is....well, annie.........you never can decide to smack her in the snout with a wet leaf or just laugh at her.....yesterday she went walking in the woods and her mom kept commenting on how she could see Annie's elbows now that she has lost so much weight....annie laughed....she seems a bit mellower since she has recovered from her "accident"

still no sign of Jack.........don't tell his dad yet

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the news of the 2 dr. eminent arrival fills all of us with relief.....dr. Fagan, despite my best efforts, is not doing well...one of the infected areas is beginning to smell....and I admit that I am not at top form...don't know what is wrong, but BC supposes it is exhaustion....I will meet with the 2 drs. when they arrive and then turn over the majority of dr. Fagan's care to them, with myself in a consulting mode....this will give me time to continue working on my cherry grass-anti-chupe infection formula....it appears with the continued aggression by the chupes that this will be a necessary medicine for our troops in the very near future....

I asked annie to get accomodations ready for the 2 drs.....she spent the first 3 hrs. watch the old tv show M.A,S,H......"research" she said...then she commandeered a tent and had the wawas set it up next to the infirmary, cutting a connecting door between the two....then she assigned 3 wawas to watch 1 episode of MASH and set up the tent in a similar manner..........I hope the dr.s are fans of the show......I suggested they might want better mattresses than an army cot, so ever the interior decorator, annie has found 2 very comfy beds, but decorated them in camouflage and army green.....

I will have to explain about annie when the drs. arrive....I am also trying to put her on the midnight shift at the infirmary which will keep her out of their hair...er, fur.....I have also reminded her that mrs. Fagan is her 2nd responsibility and that the poor woman looks a wreck...I have suggested she take mrs. Fagan out to lunch which would give them both a needed break....and perhaps they can go shopping for things that the drs may need or something nice (flowers, a pillow, etc) to cheer up dr. Fagan.....the new nurse is looking a little frazzled, altho I am not sure if that is from working under annie or just from her duties in general

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Dear Lulu,

I think you should know that I have arranged for Dr. Buzz Foxytail to join you in the care of Dr. Fagan. Dr. Foxytail likes to be called Buzzy by those who work with him. Anyway, he is dean of the UNC-Canine School of Medicine, Department of Chupacabra toxicology. He has several treatment modalities to draw from and all are compatible with cherry grass treatment. He will arrive tonight.

With him will be a surgeon, Dr. Bailey Cutting, chief surgeon with UNC Canine, School of Medicine. He will be there just in case Dr. Fagan needs an amputation or other surgical procedure. As serious as Dr. Fagan's condition is, anything is possible. I should point out that Buzzy and Bailey have often worked together as a team and are close friends.

Please let me know when they arrive and keep me posted on Dr. Fagan's condition.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Please take care of yourself. You won't be able to help anyone if you are not yourself healthy, rested and awake. Take time to sleep. You have Baby Cakes there. She can handle the care of Dr. Fagan. Granted, you must work on the new formula, but while you are waiting for various phases of it to complete, you can rest. Just assign someone to wake you at a specific time.

Now I'll have to tell you something. I have just had a communication glitch. While writing this, a chupacabra purposely interfered with it. The interference was disguised as a pop up add, but you and I both know the real source of this is chupe interference. Of course I "Xed" out immediately, but it concerns me that the chupes have even discovered a way to interfere with communications. This kind of thing needs to STOP.

I haven't heard from Prince but perhaps you can let me know how he is doing with his search for Jack. I am quite concerned. Jack disappeared and a disguised chupe shows up. Coincidence? I think not! I hope that Prince is actively searching the area for unknown footprints or has assigned a team to that task. This Jack-be-gone situation is NOT good. Not good at all!

Tom, who is about to practice for his dance class.

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DEAR tom

per your suggestion, the white frog was shot with a big dose of anti-chupe toxin....it disappeared!! so where is jack?

dr. Fagan is not doing well and has perhaps declined a bit more....however, having mrs. Fagan here has kept his spirits up.....babycakes and annie want to put me in the bed next to dr. Fagan's becuz I am exhausted...I am not eating, but who has time to eat when I am trying to find a way to get dr. Fagan back to good health?! I actually have a possible new formula that may work, but it won't be ready for several more hours....my eye has also been bothering me, but I think it is stress....annie has sent out a request over the canine job website requesting 2 nurses to help out here....she has had about a dozen applicants and they are all currently being investigated by our team here...a couple have already been eliminated, but annie says they've got three that look like very good possibilities.....

Prince is going to head up the investigation to find jack.....

Lulu who heard the timer beep on her formula and must go check it

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Dear Lulu,

I'm quite upset with the commander and her misguided visit to Jack's lab. Prince is on his way as we speak. He carries with him the translated version of frog to dog spell. Of course, the book of shadows was destroyed...right before it reincarnated itself. Realizing that we could not destroy it, we put it into a chest, locked the chest and buried the chest. We are hoping that it is not found for many lives...not dog lives, but giant redwood lives.

If the spell casting is needed, Roscoe will need to go to England for those two ingredients and the chihuahuas will need to find the other ingredients. Prince can help since he knows where the last ingredient was found. Hopefully, Jack will be able to solve the problem without recasting the spell. I'm not certain how well it works the second time around.

I do wonder about one thing though. That frog does not look at all like the deep green frog that Jack once was. In fact, it looks quite strange. Make certain that Jack is in fact Jack using just a bit of anti-chupe toxin. If it is not Jack, then rather than spell casting and the like it will be expedient to seek and find instead.

How is Dr. Fagan doing? I do hope that he is OK. And Mrs. Fagan, has she been able to settle in and just be with her husband? Let me know about all of this.

Tom, who is about to enjoy a Bowser lunch.

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dear tom

the funny news is that this morning there were 3 does walking across the front yard...mom woke annie from her nap..er, poses....and told her several times there were deer in the front yard...annie gave her the "what's your point?" glare, so mom told her to go chase them off....(I am not sure why since she usually wants them left alone....I think she was just seeing what annie would do)....the mom held open the door and gave annie the "get to it" look, so annie waddled out to the lanai, looked around, sniffed the air and just stood there....roscoe and mom went out next and mom whispered "deer".........roscoe obviously saw them, but when mom told him to go get them, he looked very confused...she put her hand on his face to try and make him look at them, but roscoe kept trying to look at mom's hand.....finally everyone just laughed and went back into the house ....the deer by that time had wandered back into the woods.....they were probably laughing,too

there has been a bit of a setback in the bleaching program....since annie has been helping me with dr. Fagan, jack was left to work on his color problem by himself...this was yesterday morning's result and as you can imagine, poor Jack was very upset
the expression on his face says it all........what jack thinks happened that yesterday the new commander came to meet jack....they went into his lab so he could show her around and when she found a stool to sit upon, she pushed aside a paper that was there, not realizing that jack puts everything exactly where he wants/needs it........later, when it was time to work on the new formula, things were out of order........but jack did not realize it until too late......you can tell by his expression, jack is not pleased....and the commander feels quite bad about it.....at least he is white with spots.....this morning he hopes change back to a dog, no matter what color and the commander has allowed him to have a wawa helper.....even tho changing from frog to dog was difficult the first time, jack says he may have a way do it which will be much easier this time...we hope so....

annie was quite enraged when she found out what had happened, but she is busy with mrs Fagan who spent most of last night howling at the moon.....mrs. F is calm and quiet when she is in the hospital with her husband, but the stress in seeing him in his condition is very stressful....now that babycakes is here, annie will get a little time off from nursing duties, but she is still gonna have to take a shift.....and when she is not at the hospital she is with ms Fagan, so she is one busy basset

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Dear Annie,

That photo of the talented Basset sitting upright with such wonderful posture was lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

It is so good to hear that poor Dr. Fagan is being cared for by you. If anyone can pull him through it will be you. Should he survive, I think it is safe to say that he was rescued in the nick of time. If not, then there is nothing left to say. Take care of him Lulu, and I know that you will. I'm glad that Baby Cakes will be there soon to relieve you. It is a burden being the only care taker, and while Annie wants to help in her heart, well...Annie is Annie, you know.

Nothing much is happening here. Oh, Prince and I heard of possible chupacabra at dog park and so we investigated that this morning. It turned out to be a false rumor, but we spent time investigating non the less. After carefully sniffing pretty much the entire park, Prince reported that his investigations show that chupacabra activity within the park proper is nil. He has now filed his report.

Bowser sends his love to everyone and especially Baby Cakes who he is missing already. I am most definitely enjoying Bowser breakfasts though. He actually spends more time here than he does at home, and most of the time he is at home is during sleeping hours. I wonder what his parents think about that. They have said nothing thus far so I'm not about to look for trouble. I enjoy Bowser cooking way to much to do that.

Tom, who will soon need to get ready to go dancing.

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dear tom

first of all, dr. Fagan is here after arriving safely on an ambulance eagle.....mom and dad were out of town, so annie had to raid the freezer to find a suitable meal for the eagle....it was a mix of raw hamburger, raw vegan sausage and vegan spinach lasagna....annie thawed it all in the microwave and then mixed it together....then she threw on a bit of taco seasoning and had the wawas catapult it onto the roof (jack had made us a special catapult which, when place in the correct spot on the lanai, tosses everything right onto the end of the roof where the eagles can easily reach it from a nearby tall pine tree..the ambulance driver seemed quite pleased with his usual meal, commenting that he does not get "grub like that" back at the nest as he gobbled it up.....annie was feeling pretty pleased until the eagle stated he wanted to give annie a little kiss on the cheek as thanks.........she smiled, wagged her tail once and fled into the house.....you know how she feel about the eagles' big yellow "clown" feet....and she was also afraid he might nick her healing cheek with his beak....one of the wawas who had watched her run suggested that perhaps it was a trick, that he really saw her as a nice, plump dessert....annie was Not Amused.....

anyway, back to dr. Fagan............you are correct...he is in horrible condition...the cat scratches on his nose are infected, and the wounds that the chupes deliberately drooled into are so swollen and inflamed that, quite frankly, I do not know if the poor doctor will recover....mrs. Fagan is supposed to arrive sometime today and annie is making sure she has a comfy bed ready....mrs. Fagan will share Annie's sleep area since they have become such close friends.......we are all hoping she does not bring the puppies, which, while adorable I am sure, will be a distraction to everyone trying to get their jobs done.....I have asked BabyCakes if she will come down to help me care for the good doctor for a week or two....by that time he either will have passed or be on the road to recovery....annie understands she may also be pressed into nursing service and since she survived a chupe wound, she may be needed to donate blood since she has good chupe-fighting antibodies.....while willing in spirit to do anything to help, annie has shown a bit of reluctance to have an actual needle stuck into her.....she pointed out that she has basset blood, Belgian basset blood, whereas dr. Fagan has his own breed of blood....I reminded her that (1) due to her strong Belgian blood she was able to fight off chupe infection and (2) promised her the utmost care would be taken with both her and dr. Fagan.....she may have to be forced into a chocolate-induced coma before she can stop shaking enough for me to put the needle in...sheesh! what a baby! BabyCakes should arrive within the hour, so annie is also in charge of making sure proper accommodations are set up for her stay, both in the house and at the clinic.....

jack and annie conducted a bleaching experiment yesterday which did not work....jack may be a slight shade lighter, but it is so slight it is difficult to tell for sure....poor guy...he was very depressed at the results (or lack thereof).....he has continued to work on another formula today by himself since annie is very busy getting everything ready for our soon to be arriving guests......

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Dear Annie,

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your new medal. You most certainly deserve it. Your large wound represents another badge demonstrating your courage. This you will always carry with you to some extent, that old war wound received during your courageous battle with vicious chupacabra. You are most deserving. Again, congratulations to the heroin.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I just congratulated Annie. I hope I didn't blow it up too much. She does have a tendency toward head swelling if you know what I mean.

I have wonderful news Lulu. Yesterday while I was preoccupied with new software the special ops entered the chupacabra fortress in a surprise attack and rescued the good doctor. They quickly left with the doctor and chupacabra came in force from everywhere with the intent to pursue. Our combined Florida and Virginia troops (all toxin trained) made short work of them. In the long run though, we have Roscoe and Paws to thank for their expert training of the troops. Prince helped also, but his training was given by Roscoe as well. And of course the educational experiences that Roscoe and Paws had at UNC Canine most definitely played a primary role. It all comes together. But it must continue with the education and training of more and more.

Dr. Fagan was helped to his home. He is not in good shape. There are many wounds following torture. He was tied to a rack and while there underwent severe torture. His nose was purposely scratched by a cat trained in torture methods. His sides were bitten by torture trained chupacabra, each dripping their noxious drool at the site of the wound. At one point he was hung by his tail.

The captures were trying to extract from his the formula for the anti-chupe toxin, but Dr. Fagan did not give in. They had hoped, knowing the formula, their scientists could develop and antidote or a preventative. Dr. Fagan admirable held his ground.

Now that he is home, his wounds will be cleaned and then he will be eagle transported to Virginia where you can aid in his recovery. I arranged that knowing that you would be OK with it and that you would take exceptionally good care of him. In fact, so seriously injured is he that you may well be his only hope.

Tom, who now plans to install windows 10 in his backup computer making it fully compatible with his primary computer.

Tom

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guess what happened, tom?

last evening, after cookie-time, there was a knock on the door of my house.....I was cleaning up in the kitchen so I let mom answer it.......mom said someone was here to see me..... it seemed like most of the off-duty soldiers were in my living room (but they knew not to touch my bed).....they were crowded everywhere! then the crowd parted and the guys who were with me at The Battle of Wounded Cheek walked down the aisle and lined up across the front......Bugsy stepped forward and announced that since I was not officially military I could not receive a military award, but in honour of my sacrifice to protect them and keep everyone both at the battlefield and home safe and in search of our missing comrades I had earned not only the love and appreciation of every wawa in the room as well as those on duty who could not attend the ceremony, but I was also being awarded a special medal ...then Barker stepped up and placed a ribbon with a fancy medal around my neck......it was so touching, I got teary-eyed....then all the wawas crowded around me and several gently touched my ear which I guess I did not mind....mom brought out cupcakes and bowls of water and punch.....it was a lovely time...........at one point, during the snack period, there was another knock at the door and the new commander walk in....everybody froze....but she just said she heard there was a party and smiled and asked why she had not been invited.....while everyone hemmed and hawed, I, being naturally gracious, walked over and took her by the paw and guided her to the snack table.....she and roscoe began chatting (I swear, he could talk to a log and it would be happy to hear him...he is sooo smooth)....conversations started back up the party continued.....it was a memorable evening

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dear tom.

there was a party last night in Annie's honour and she reveled in every moment of it....I must say she has been less "annie" since she got hurt, calmer and nicer, but also less spark...however, I don't expect it to last, but I am enjoying it while I can lol

I do hope you have your communications up and running again....it is absolutely necessary for you to stay in touch with those in the field as they search for dr. Fagan.....annie, actually, speaks via telephone with mrs. Fagan almost everyday, offering words of support and just generally checking in on her....they have become quite good friends.....

that possum did not return last night although I spent much of the evening outside under the car and the stars.....there was something sneaky about it and even tho it did not puff when hit with a dose of toxin, I do not trust it

Jack is going to be the subject of some of Annie's research into the bleaching of frog-dogs today....she has shared what information she has found on the subject, altho there is not much of it, with jack and together they are working on various formulas that may turn him back to looking like his old self...I will let you know

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Dear Annie,

My goodness what a wonderful report you gave. I'd love to see the transcript of that trial. Bob appears to be quite an excellent hypster, er...lawyer. What a fantastic account he seems to have given of your heroics. Surely you should receive some sort of certificate of honor.

I can't stay on long. Its raining and you know how these communication devices can be when the lightning strikes. Better to be safe than sorry.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I am certainly proud of your heroic efforts at keeping the household safe. Keep up the good work but don't forget that you must also protect yourself and be careful. Your primary effort toward this war effort has to do with care of the sick. We cannot do without you!

I'd like to report to you how things are going with the Dr. Fagan rescue, but I have made changes to my communications software today with some minor glitches. My time has been spent working on those glitches. For example, my primary security software stopped working and I had to remove it and reinstall it in order for it to work. The software company provided a special piece of software to do that since it seems to have been a problem others have experienced as well. Meanwhile, there are a couple of other glitches that still need to be addressed before I have full up communications with special ops.

Tom, who grows weary of software problem solving and plans a short break.

Tom

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I am free! I am a free little puppy! as you know I had a meeting with the commander....I took my lawyer, a Pekinese by the name of Bob.....he pointed out how I had valiantly gone forth to save our imperiled troops, he brought forth witness after witness (the wawas who had gone with me) who testified at my supreme bravery.......and showed large, color fotos of the wounds I received from the chupes...lulu testified as to how sick I had been and how much care I had needed, the dangers of chupe poisoning,.....Bob also showed the vet bill, exclaiming how I had been so hurt that I needed to see both lulu and a human vet, a vet student actually, who was now training in anti-chupe medicine under lulu's tutelage....the lawyer talked about how I am a changed basset, out chasing squirrels, skinks and skunks (from a distance) and instead of just lying in my bed, I lie on the mat in front of the glass front door watching for danger to home and the troops.....it was also pointed out that the AWOL wawas suffered a week in the brig....I, on the other hand, am not a member of the military and yet, to protect those in need, I threw myself into battle and would have gone even if none of the wawas had accompanied me....they chose to do so on their own......as a result I suffered much more with my facial wounds, was in danger of dying from chupe contamination of said wound,....it was also pointed out that one of the charges stated that I live on a military base and therefore am required to live under its rules.... Bob pointed out that I do NOT live on a military base, that this is privately owned land that allows the militia to camp here on a semi-permanent basis, and has no jurisdiction over non-military personnel......Bob even dared to suggest that the militia was free to move and establish a true military base elsewhere...........and lets not forget my constant efforts to bring cheer and beef up morale of all the troops when I am home by nightly cookies, singing to the wounded when they are here, performing dance and/or song events periodically for our noble soldiers....oh! why did nobody tape this....Bob sang my wonderful exploits for the court and if we had a copy, we could have shared it on facebook (human and canine) for the world to know....quite frankly, it was a lovely tribute to my natural noble nature.....oh, tom...you would have had to get out your hankie to keep your tears of pride and joy at bay....many of the wawa audience cheered after Bob's summation.....the commander continued to look quite scary and frowned a lot during the entire presentation, and I admit I did not have any idea how it would end.....

after Bob sat down, the commander humphed a bit a said that obviously my motives were well meant, if perhaps a bit impetuous, but due to lack of military training I had put myself and those that followed me into danger (pah!)....he did agree that while the AWOL soldiers had been punished by their time in the brig, I had suffered worse punishment with my wound and had to spend a week at the vet's AND have a bath to wash the last of the scabs and war dirt off of me....therefore, he intoned, it was the opinion of the court (himself) that I had suffered punishment enough for enduring the wound and its treatment and recovery, and that the matter would be ended...BUT I was never to do such a foolish thing again without first consulting with him or whomever was in charge of the camp.....

later, while we were celebrating in the house, so full of off-duty wawas you could hardly move, MPs (military police from wawa militia headquarters) arrived and arrested the commander for being a blabbermouth which had put basically everybody in danger by his thoughtless gabbing of troop positions.....he will have to go to main headquarters base and spend his time in the brig.....no one knows if he will be back....we have a new commander...and it is a female wawa.....everybody here was Quite Shocked becuz there have only been male leaders and wawas in our camp....you have mentioned occasionally female soldiers (such as Queenie), but we have never seen them here......this should be interesting......she is a bit scary, but she did take one of my cookies when she showed up and said it was quite tasty....then she walked over to her tent and I haven't seen her since..

Annie who is wondering if she and Commander McTuff will bond and be warrior sisters

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dear tom

I've still got it! last night I woke the entire house and camp up by barking non-stop and alerting everyone to possible chupe (disguised) danger....I had a "possum" cornered under the ramp leading off the lanai.....everybody came running....you could hear that evil sucker growling under the ramp, too scared and shaking in its little shoes to move.......mom was terrified it would attack me......and it might have, but I was not afraid........mom ordered the other canines to stay away...then she ran into the house, filled up a gallon jug with water, and ran back outside where she poured the water onto the ramp in the hopes the water would run down between the slats of the ramp........which it did......I assume mom meant to drown the possum, but I had to back out becuz (1) the flowing water blocked my view of the infiltrator and (2) I hate water...........while I kept trying to find a way around the water (which mom kept pouring in front of my face...she was apparently still sleepy and not thinking right), the possum ran out the other side of the ramp which I did not see...it was shot with toxin, which had no effect, so apparently it was a real possum....it made a rude gesture with its little fingers and disappeared into the night....I remained under the car the remainder of the night in case more danger arose, but word was out by then that I was still a force to be reckoned with and the rest of the night passed by quietly

Lulu who is feeling pretty brave

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Dear Annie,

I wish you the very best of luck this afternoon. Please be sure that you listen carefully to your canine attorney and do exactly as the lawyer says. Quite often that will involve saying much less rather than more. Let me know how it goes.

Tom, who feels the need for a nap. It must just be sleepy weather.

Dear Lulu,

Plans have changed drastically. Prince and I got home only to learn that special ops have located Dr. Fagan without doubt. He is being held in a fortress controlled by chupacabra. Special ops teams have surrounded the fortress but are in hiding. There purpose is to keep watch on the fortress to make certain Dr. Fagan is not removed. They have requested reinforcements prior to attempting a rescue. Once reinforcements are in place, the ops teams will rescue Dr. Fagan while the reinforcements (standard troops with toxin training) will destroy the fortress and all chupacabra that emerge.

While I will remain in Florida, Prince is already en route to serve in the battle. Several troops from Florida are on their way to NC as are a number of Virginia troops. You may be aware of the troop movements at your end. (It wouldn't surprise me if Annie's hearing were postponed due to troop movements, but I haven't heard about that happening yet.)

Meanwhile, I can say this. The fact that Jack is with you gives me great comfort. I know that he will receive the tender loving care that he so richly deserves. You are the best nurse / doctor that I know among the canines. Fact is, you are a better nurse than most human ones and with a few exceptions, even the best of human doctors refuse to explore the marvelous benefits of cherry grass. How foolish they are.

Tom, who is about to enjoy a Bowser breakfast. (Yes, he remained home with me this time.)

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

no, I never actually enlisted, but the commander says I live on a military base so it is almost the same thing since I am under his orders/command...also, I persuaded others who are enlisted personnel to go AWOL..these are the charges.............the appointment with the commander was changed from 10am to 2pm...I am Very Nervous

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Dear Tom

we can't wait to see Jack again, green or not...I have spoken firmly to annie about how she must not laugh at him or tease him becuz he feels depressed about it.....I am afraid I laid it on a bit thick, which one has to do to impress anything important into her thick skull.....now, if she does not go to the brig this afternoon after her meeting with the commander (we have hired a local canine lawyer to accompany her) annie says she will think of ways to cheer jack up.....it is her new "mission"...poor Jack...(no wonder you and Prince are heading the other way...lol)

mom wants to go out and pick dandelion leaves for dinner tonight....just a little jaunt around the house is okay, but since she might go into the woods if she cannot find enough or even on to the mcmansion property, papers had to be filed, a team of off-duty armed wawas have to go with her, travel reports have to be filled out, possible rescue strategies planned....what a mess! mom insists this is all nonsense and she doesn't want to put anyone to any bother, but it is required......an electrician came to the house this morning....the appointment was made 2 weeks ago, but still, all the coordination and permissions to allow this stranger onto the property was a lot of work.....i know the wawas in charge of this sort of thing worked for days........the guy was here for about an hour and then he left.........however, if he ever comes again, at least he will be on file so, hopefully, it will not be quite a labor-intensive to get him in next time....

mom got me the pills that stimulate my appetite and they do work.......boy, I could eat a whole roast chicken almost by myself (*subtle hint*)

Lulu who is torn between taking a nap and going dandelion picking

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Dear Annie,

I'm a bit confused. Are you actually enlisted in the military, or are you a civilian volunteer. Unless you formerly joined the military, you are not subject to AWOL charges. Now then, if you are employed, you could be fired. And if you are a volunteer, you can be banned. But jail for AWOL, I don't think so. (You didn't actually join, did you?)

Tom

Dear Lulu,

While I was reading your last message, Jack happened by in back of me and stopped to say hi to me and again thank me for all that I did, in spite of the green outcome. (He has pointed out that, when it comes to witchcraft, I am pretty green myself.) You can see that he is trying to make light of his condition, but when he saw what you said, he was not happy. He is feeling pretty sensitive right now and saw the worst of what you said rather than the better of it. I tried to talk with him, but he stormed off in a kind of tirade. Well, you know how Jack can be under normal circumstances, and these circumstances are not exactly normal.

Apart from that incident, we bathed Jack at his insistence. (I've never known him to do that, but he was hoping to loose the greenies.) It was a bit interesting. When he finished with his bath (and I thought he would never finish), the water had turned green. Jack however, remained green himself. That's the bad news. The good news is that his green has white highlights. Yes, there are now a few white hairs. We are hoping that, with the passing of time...oh, I dare not say more for fear of jinxing Jack. No joke! Jack has found hope but still caries with him his despair. He struggles with his ambivalence and his attitude can shift rapidly. We will soon be bringing him back to Virginia. I wanted to take him home, but he feels that it is much too soon to appear before his dad. He even fears that his dad would disown him now that he is green, but knowing Joe, I know for a fact that that is totally impossible. Never the less, he is an adult so we are respecting his wishes and will take him to Virginia to recuperate from his greenness. He does promise to return home soon, when he is white and brown or after one month passes, which ever comes first. It's a verbal contract. Please, Lulu, do not tease Jack about his condition and talk with the others about it as well. Jack needs this TLC now while he is recovering.

Meanwhile, the three Chihuahua special ops teams will continue searching for Dr. Fagan.

Did I mention Paws. He will remain behind with the ops teams to coordinate as Prince and I will be returning home. I asked Paws why he took so long getting back with that last ingredient prior to the blue moon spell casting. He explained that he had to take many detours. He detected danger and realized that there were three witches trying their gruesome best to follow find him. They were on his trail and he needed to loose them. He feared that they would either take the ingredient or worse, follow him until they found Jack the frog. Then who knows what! We may actually have all been frogs at that point.

Tom, who shudders to think of himself as a very small green creature who hopes and eats flies. I'm needing a Bowser meal right now just for reassurance.

Tom

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

the entire vet/spa experience was strange and I am glad it is over...since I have been home I have chased 1 skink, 2 squirrels, and last night in the wee hours I barked a severe warning to a skunk who was spreading his perfume near the house...my dad was not pleased with the barking, but this morning mom thanked me for doing such a good job in guarding the house....mom exclaimed this morning that she could see a bit of my elbow, meaning, I guess that my fat roles were not covering them so much.....I always try to accept compliments with modesty and grace and this morning was the same....I mentioned to mom that you wanted a foto of my cheek with new fur on it and she said that while she was away she put some thought into new foto "costumes" for me.....this is NOT good, becuz mom does not have my natural taste in style....

the commander dropped by, looked at my wound and asked me how my "vacation" at the spa had been....*snort* I informed him that it was no vacation and went into great and gruesome details....he said I have an appt in his office tomorrow morning re: the AWOL incident and to bring an attorney if I wanted to.....*shivering*..

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poor jack.....altho the idea of a green jack Russell does make one grin....how is he going to explain this to his dad? have you tried bathing him I Clorox? *grin*.....this laptop is having one of its bad days....will chat again later

Lulu who wants to try one of Annie's new black and white stripped cookies

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Dear Annie,

It sounds to me like you ended up making the most of your "spa" staycation. I'll have to admit that at first when I read your recent letter that I thought you were delirious or something, telling me that Roscoe walked past you on a leash. Then I remembered that he and Paws had not returned to our apartment (ask Lulu unless for some reason you already know about it). Well, I have it all figured out now.

I'd love to see a picture of you. Remember, I've seen that horrible wound before, and a new picture showing how wonderfully it has started to heal and how some of your hair is growing over it would really be nice to have. You know, a pictorial update of your healing progress.

I'm glad you are home and settled in, and I know that you are as well.

Tom, who will shortly be eating lunch.

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Dear Lulu,

I need to bring you up to date on the Jack situation. Its kind of a mixed bag.

You will remember that Prince came rushing home without Paws and Roscoe. I was quite concerned about this until Prince caught his breath and then told me what was up.

It seems that the two of them found the one remaining ingredient. That being the case, Prince rushed home (being the youngest and fastest) to tell me the results. Roscoe, now certain that he was free to recuperate from his recent ordeal, managed to secure eagle transport to the spa where he could join you and Annie for the last day (which of course you know), and Paws then returned at his usual slow and deliberate rate to the back yard.

Because Prince had reported in, we had the caldron boiling and all ingredients ready. Our special ops team had returned with their ingredients of course, and Roscoe had added his ingredients from England. So we knew that when Paws returned we would have everything needed.

Paws took his own sweat time. It grew later and later. Darkness fell. The moon was full and bright, casting strange shadows everywhere. A breeze blew through the trees creating moaning sounds. Still no Paws. Jack the frog paced back and forth making soft mournful croaking sounds. I felt so sorry for him. Prince talked softly with him but it didn't seem to soothe him.

Then through the trees at exactly 11:30 we saw a white moving ghostly figure. It was frightening to say the least. But as it grew closer we recognized Paws who carried our last ingredients between his teeth.

We began the process. First ingredients were carefully entered into the boiling cauldron in the precise order prescribed by the book. There were required time lapses between some of the ingredients and we didn't really have the time to waste. At 11:58 we added the rest of the ingredients, skipping one time lapse simply because we needed that last minute to say the words that would cast the spell.

The ingredients were boiling now. Jack was placed on a pedestal near the cauldron where the vapors from the boiling broth could saturate his green foggy skin. Together Prince, Queenie, Cuervo, and I spoke the required words in chorus.

Nothing happened. We were about to risk a second reciting but Queenie noticed that Jack Frog was growing larger. Soon we had in front of us a frog the size of Jack the dog. Frankly it was a bit ghastly to say the least. The campus clock chimes began to chime out the bewitching hour. Our frog was shaking. One...two...three... Jack sighed...four...five...six Jack laid down on the pedestal and I honestly believe I was seeing a frog whimper.

Seven...eight...nine Jack seemed to be having convulsions. Prince and I were becoming more and more concerned about this poor poor frog/dog. Ten...eleven...twelve... poof.

There he was, Jack the dog. I don't think he really knew he had changed. He was still whining, but now it sounded like dog-whine. "Jack, it's OK," I said putting my hand on his furry back.

"NO ITS NOT," shouted Jack. And in a whimpering voice, "Now I'll have to wait until the next blue moon."

He looked at me with wide eyes. Then he jumped straight up in the air, landed on the pedestal, and nearly fell off. I caught him just in the nick of time and carefully placed him on the ground. "Wow," said Jack. "I'm talking in dog...I'm talking in dog...I'm talking in dog," he exclaimed all the time doing a little doggy happy dance. I've never seen Jack quite like this. Well, not since he was just a pup that is.

He rushed into the apartment to look at himself in the mirror. I tried to slow him down. I wanted to warn him, but I was too late. I heard him yell before I could even get to the hallway leading to the bedroom. "NO!"

You see, Lulu, Jack had changed in almost every way. But, well, his fur is now green. I sat with him for an hour before he could settle even a little. Then I held his sobbing body until he fell asleep.

That's pretty much how things stand now. Like I said, its a mixed bag. It's mostly good news, but I think Jack is not so convinced that its really OK to be green, especially when you are a dog.

Tom

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dear tom,

WE ARE HOME! WE ARE HOME! *panting in doggy delight*....first lulu walked past my cell on her leash....then the girl came and took roscoe out, but not me...I was pretty indignant, let me tell you.....then she came and got me, which actually made me kinda nervous since I did not know what devious plan the staff might be up to...........but then I saw my mom...I started to tell her about my bath abuse, but she was exclaiming how pretty I looked, so we went outside and I ran towards my dad who was loading the other two into the dog car.....he was pretty amazed to see me running.......last night I decided to have an "introduction to poses" night for everybody, followed by a cookie social....it went quite well.....this morning the horrible staff woke us up well before anyone was ready since we had all had a pretty late night.....but they staff was making all kinds of noise so we couldn't sleep and running all over the place...there were red and blue blinking lights showing thru the window.......altho nobody said anything to me directly, scuttlebutt is that someone broke into the vet's building last night....nothing was missing, but the staff's snacks from their desks and a large tin of cookies that a grateful client had brought in....the bathing room was a real mess with shampoos, etc knocked to the floor.........reports were taken and there was a lot of chattering amongst the humans, but no one bothered to ask us canines anything....*snort*

Annie who has to get off becuz lulu wants to hog...er, chat on the computer now
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oh, tom,

I am so sorry I was not able to keep in contact while at the vets....mom usually leaves her laptop at home which allows me to take it with me while I am at the vets, but for some odd reason she took it with her this time...the staff person who took my weight made a mistake and I have only lost 6 lbs....annie was not pleased that we had lost the same amount, so I reminded her that since that silly girl had made a mistake with my weight, she had probably also done with hers and that she (annie) had probably really lost 7 or 8 lbs.....oh, you should have seen her puff up with pride.....she is doing better....even tho it is hotter than blazes, I saw her chasing a skink on the lanai a few mins. ago...you might caution roscoe about his eating habits...I do hear he has gained 3 lbs ...teeheehee

thanks for keeping me up to date on everything going on with your end.....it was good to read and catch up once we got home this afternoon.....jack certainly seems to be doing fairly well as a frog, but he always threw himself into al his projects...perhaps he will write a book about shape-changing after he is back to being a canine again.....you have to admire his fortitude...
let us know how the ceremony goes....we are all hoping he regains his normal shape, or you may have some 'splaining to do to his dad.....

mom said a smiling squirrel popped out from behind a bush at the hotel and told her she needed to get home as her birds and squirrels were out of food....mom thot that while the info was probably true, it was a bit odd to have a stranger squirrel deliver the message...my dad was standing a few feet away and claims he never saw any squirrel.......but when we got home, the feeders were, indeed, all empty, one lying broken (but fixable maybe) on the ground.....mom said she wished she had some anti-chupe toxin with her cuz the hotel squirrel was a bit "squirrely"

Lulu who is just happy to be home

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Dear Annie,

I was curious about your attitude toward your bath. You see, I take a shower every day and thoroughly enjoy it. Of course, showers are slightly different than baths, and of course I don't have nearly as much fur as you have, so maybe your bathing experience is somewhat different than mine. Still, I think if you would try to find ways to enjoy it you might find that its not so bad. I will say this though, that that girl who took you to the bath was a bit deceptive...well, a lot deceptive actually. Such deception tends to leave one wondering when and if she can be trusted. Of course, I know that you would never be guilty of deception and that I can most certainly trust you implicitly.

I do hope that by now you have regained your naturally positive attitude and were able to provide something special for the folks who share the spa with you. I suspect by now they have grown quite dependent upon your cheerful attitude to help them overcome their depressed feelings of abandonment. You know, they just have no idea how fortunate they are to have you there cheering the troops.

Have a pleasant stay Annie,
Tom

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Dear Lulu,

I've had to write this to you via our coded facebook account since I don't want anyone else seeing your message. I hope that you find a means of viewing it.

Roscoe has returned from England with the two needed ingredients. He said that Dr. Plumb of Oxford - Canine was so very helpful. He doubts that he would have located one of those ingredients with out the good professors help.

Meanwhile, team #1 of special ops has located all but one of the ingredients that we needed to locate here in the US. Prince, Paws, and Roscoe are searching for that one last ingredient. I have the caldron set up in the back yard of our apartment and disguised so that any snoopy local witches don't find it. It might give them a clue as to where we are.

I am quite concerned though. Casting the spell must occur before midnight tonight. At the final stroke of midnight the blue passes from the new moon and the spell becomes inactive until the next blue moon. That is the one thing I hadn't planned on. You see, when one blue moon passes without the casting, this spell is useless until the next blue moon, and we all know that the longer you wait the less likely the spell is to do its intended work, that of changing Jack Frog into Jack Canine.

I should let you know that Pepe and Goose located tracks near the area where the last Fagan clue was located. Interesting is the fact that the tracks between the previous clue location (near and old campfire) and the location of the new clue had been wiped away. It was as if the perpetrator of the trail camouflage felt that this far away from the campfire would be safe. Tracks appeared to be as follows: one canine with a foot size precisely like that of Dr. Fagan, three chupacabra footprints, and one...well, unidentified footprint. Teams 2 and 3 are currently following the new trail.

Oh, I see Prince running toward me. Hmmm, Roscoe and Paws are not with him. I need to go see what's up with this.

Tom

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OUTRAGE! *stomping delicate paws* THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! the *&^@$!! staff girl came and got me right at nap time..."we're gonna have fun today and you will look so beauuuuuuuutiful", she said.....she lied about the first part and I always look beauuuuutiful...but ...but.....this woman with whom I have always gotten along with will find a set of teeth on her behind if she ever approaches me again! what did she do?? she gave me a BATH!!! it was horrible....she got my wound wet and made sucking sounds with her teeth cuz when the little fur that has grown back got wet the wound area looked all ugly and bald....and then she scrubbed the rest of me from stem to stern! oh, I could barely totter back to my bed when she was done!......wait until I tell my mom what that girl did! ........*muttering inaudible threats and canine curses*

you are correct that I have natural social abilities and I suppose I should do something to keep all the animals happy this evening after the humans leave, but frankly, I am so traumatized by the whole bath incident, I don't know if I have the energy......I tried to look on the way to the spa area for cookie ingredients, but they are a little deficient in this area unless the staff are hiding things like butter in their desk drawers....

I hope my mom comes to claim me soon, because I don't know how much more I can take....

Annie who is trying to be brave in the midst of water torture

P.S. I still have not heard from Lulu altho a Pekinese who is also incarcerated here told me she and lulu had a bath at the same time.....

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*bZZZZ* *bzzt* hello? hello, tom? roscoe? can anyone hear me? annie and I are at the spa/vets....I forgot to pack my phone or computer, so I am borrowing this phone from a bulldog....reception is not the *bzzzzt* ....are both fine....I have not seen her much since we are *bzzz* parts *bzzzt* kennel.....hope you have found...*bzzzzzt*

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Dear Annie,

It sounds like you are having a marvelous time caring for all of the pooches and voluntarily serving as social secretary. You do have a knack for organizing a party. I think this is your most outstanding natural ability. Keep up the good work and I'm happy to see you turning what could be a negative situation into a positive one.

Tom, who must get back to work

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Dear Lulu,

Annie knows that we are working on code. Do you have any idea how she learned that?

We have completely deciphered the ingredients list, cauldron technology, and spell casting ritual. You will remember that Jack had figured out two of the puzzling double ingredients. Well, this morning he figured out the third but he changed his mind on the first. That concerns me. Why did he change his mind? Is he so certain about the ingredients now. I asked him repeatedly about the conflicted first ingredient but he kept emphatically pounding his webbed foot on the second of the two ingredients insisting by doing so that he had changed him mind. I asked him if this is a change and he nodded his little green head up and down while making a kind of soft croaking sound. I take that as a yes.

It's a good thing that we have reached this point since the day of casting is rapidly approaching and we still have some ingredients to collect. Many of these ingredients are not easily found. We have sent Roscoe to England to locate two of the ingredients since those particular ones do not grow in the US. We had already collected the first puzzle ingredient, but when Jack changed his mind that set us back a bit. It turns out that that is one of the ingredients that will have to be gotten from England. Roscoe has a connection with one of the Oxford professors. He apparently met that professor (Professor Plumb) while he was on a sabbatical while doing botanical research out of UNC Canine. At any rate, Roscoe contacted the professor who has promised to assist Roscoe in locating the needed ingredients. As much as the Ros hates doing this, he is going to try to convince the professor that he is collecting the items for botanical studies here. We feel that the fewer people who know about our work with the Book, the better.

One last thing. Chewbacca (team #2) has located a small torn piece of cloth which he is reasonably certain matches the cloth from the shirt that Mrs. Fagan says the professor was wearing. She had provided pictures also so Chewy is pretty certain that this was a part of Dr. Fagan's shirt. I've contacted team three and they are on their way to join Bella and Chewy in the search for the good doctor.

Tom, who now must check with Prince, Paws and Queenie (from team 1) to see how their ingredient collection is coming.

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dear tom

in spite of those idiot eagles, I have (after a number of unpleasant prior visits) learned to let my naturally cheerful personality assert itself and I make it my mission to cheer up those here who are depressed...this can take considerable effort on my part, but you know I am a naturally hard worker.....last night I ordered in pizza....all the other canines were quite surprised....we even shared with the cats...there was also a parrot who had several bites....in return, the parrot helped us hide the empty pizza boxes later.....tonight we are going to have karaoke which should be lots of fun.....while not everybody will be a good singer, anyone who wants a chance will be allowed to sing because we all know I am very fair....since I am naturally a marvelous singer, I will start things off and will jump in to rev things up if the evening starts to slow down too early...

in spite of my natural abilities to be the life of the party, I do wish I was there with you...it is obvious you need my help...congrats on almost completely solving the code...make sure you do not mention this to anyone in case that weirdo professor is still lurking about..he sounds like the sneaky type.......how is roscoe doing? did you tell him I've lost weight? he will be so pleased

have you heard from lulu? she requested a "cell" on the far, far side of the kennel becuz she was hoping for a quieter area .....she's sorta like jack when she is concentrating on her work...I did see her walk by this afternoon when she went for her consulting meeting with the new vet...she winked and waved her tail, but we did not have an opportunity to talk....she looked quite happy....I did not see return, but I was probably practicing my poses....

Annie who needs to practice a bit on her howling for tonight's showtime.....

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that the kenneling happened to you. The plan was for you to be kept in the kennel for approximately eight hours. Your mom and dad would leave and then during cover of early nightfall an eagle would pick you up secretly and bring you here. Sadly, I had to, uh, stretch the truth a bit to get eagle services to agree to the task. Unfortunately, when the carrier eagle arrived and saw who it was, she called eagle transport HQ. They said to forget it and the eagle returned to a different assignment. Never did I think this would happen. I thought that when the eagle got there she would grumble a bit, but she would carry on with her task rather than calling in. This time of all times. Go figure!

Did Lulu smuggle any cookies into the vets place?

Tom, who is working on problems associated with Dr. Fagan and Jack.

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Dear Lulu,

I know that you are in the spa, but I suspect that you have taken a devise with you for communication. I do hope so, because I have a lot to tell you.

What is most important is this: The translation team just finished our work...literally, 5 minutes ago. We have it translated except that there are the three double ingredient problems. We need to find which of the ingredients from each double we use. But Jack has made excellent headway. He has identified two and is currently working on the third. It's a good thing, too, since the full moon occurs on July 31st at 5:45 AM. We have decided that we will cast the spell exactly at that time. We should be able to finish before the moon is obliterated by intense sunlight. That is, assuming Jack can finish his work in time.

We have recalled special ops team 1 and assigned them to the collection of ingredients. These ingredients must be boiled together for at least three minutes of actual boil time. A little longer is alright, but any less time and you may have the remnants of part of the frog attached to the dog. For example, Jack the dog with two hind webbed feet, or any combination of dog and frog. This, of course, would be known as a d'frog, and only one known example of such a creature has ever been seen (17th century). (Failed chupacabra shape shifting does not count.) In the case of the 17th century spell error, the poor witch casting that misspell was defrocked by the council of warlocks and witches. From what we can glean from the literature, that witchly non-witch still, to this day, lives in disgrace.

I've got to go. Jack is motioning to me with his webbed foot.

Tom

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THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! I came to the vets yesterday to get my wound checked out by that nice new vet...lulu came, too, lugging a suitcase full of her papers and whoknowswhatall, which I thought was strange...I knew she had an appt to meet with MY vet to discuss cherry grass stuff, (altho why she needs all those notes, I don't understand, since she knows it all *snort*)...anyway, when we got there, as usual, we first had to get weighed...everybody cheered when I got on the scales becuz I had lost a little more weight...I am now down 6 lbs....my dad cheered the loudest, I think becuz he did not believe I am really losing weight....6 lbs. is A LOT and I demanded to immediately be taken to look in a mirror becuz I do not want to get too thin and lose my natural girlish beauty....nobody listened to me and then lulu got on the scale....she has not been eating much and its up to me or roscoe (when he is here) to finish her bowl if mom is not watching.....anyway, lulu has lost 10 lbs....mom said "that is not just from shedding her winter coat".....nobody exactly cheered...the humans all looked a bit worried since lulu is now at the least amount of weight she can be according to the loud regular vet.....maybe lulu's new vet friend will have some good advice for her when they meet.....mom has been bolstering lulu's meals with chicken again, and if the rest of us are around we get some tidbits, too...delicious! (why do the chickens wandering around our yard not smell this good?) anyway, after that, one of the young women that works there offered to take my leash, but instead of going into the exam room she took me to one of those boarding cages in the back!! I tried to tell her she was taking me to the wrong place, but she refused to listen! I did come to a complete halt when I spied a mirror and the poor girl almost fell over....she was a little huffy about it, but I NEEDED to stop and admire myself in the looking glass......and look I did.....tom, I DO look lovely, not scrawny at all....my fur is starting to grow back over my wound and soon I will be ready to take some pics for the Very Handsome Boomer.....anyway, along came lulu with another girl at the end of her leash, and so we continued walking together towards the back room (aka boarding area)...I laughed and told lulu mom was not going to be pleased when she could not find us in the examining room...lulu gave me a strange look and said we were boarding for the week and said mom had told us, but in the middle of speaking, I had just rolled over and started to snore...I was very rude, lulu said.....I swear, tom,, I do not remember any of this...perhaps it is becuz I am still recovering from my near brush with death and am still feeling delicate....sometimes, I admit, I am just so overcome with tiredness that I can't help but fall asleep....its lucky I can make it to my soft, comfy bed....and now it sounds like you need me to come keep that weird professor away and I am not able to get to you.....please forgive me

un-oh..i heard cars in the parking lot and now voices approaching the back door of the building...I guess the employees are starting to arrive and I have not even ordered pizzas yet...gotta go

Annie who is thinking "I'm on vacation, let the party begin"...rocking all night tonight at the vets (thank heavens I still remember how to pick a lock)

p.s. lulu was taken off to her own room and I have not heard a peep out of her...probably working on her cherry grass stuff again

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(hard to tell us apart, isn't it?? I am the pretty one)

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Dear Lulu,

I'm glad that you are looking toward your stay with the vet in the most positive light possible. Isn't it wonderful that the new vet is interested in your cherry grass therapy. It's also nice that she can talk with you about it. It may surprise you, but a lot of vets would not be able to do that. They fancy themselves as experts on canines, felines and the like, and yet know nothing what so ever about speaking conversational dog. Oh, they talk with dogs alright, but they don't listen and they have absolutely no understanding that what the dog is saying is in complete opposition to what they are saying. I think it is nothing short of a sham.

Now then, my daily report in matters here...

In the search for the doctor, the three teams met in the location where the note was found. They set out together towards Falls Lake but soon came to a fork in the pathway. Their maps indicated that both paths lead to the lake and are about the same distance. They just simply traverse different landscapes. Pepe and Goose (#3 team) followed the left fork (western most trail); Bella and Chewbacca (#2 team) followed the eastern most trail. Queenie and Cuervo (#1 team) remained at the fork, searching further for clues and waiting instructions from me. Those instructions will come if one of the other teams locates something of significance.

Meanwhile back at UNC Canine the research team continues our efforts. We did have a bit of a slowdown though. We have noticed that Professor Iseut has spent considerable time lately in the library, and it seems that he has been eyeballing us while we work. This morning while we were working he suddenly turned and moved directly toward our table. Needless to say, when Roscoe saw him coming he snarled a warning and we covered the book and our notes while leaving some of the library test book open and observable.

"I have noticed," said the professor in a kind of raspy high pitched voice, "that you seem to have an interest in mediaeval languages, particularly those of England. I wanted to meet you and let you know that I just happen to be a professor in this area."

"Now then," he continued, "if I might be (wringing his hands) of service I would be most happy to be your humble servant."

There was something about this man that we instinctively found unlikable and non-trustworthy. We knew that we would not get rid of him by simply blowing him off, so we decided to give him something to chew on. I said to the professor, "Professor," I said, "we are exploring some of Shakespeare's work and were interested in the witch and cauldron scene. We are just exploring some of the passages."

The professor looked at us still wringing his hands. "What exactly were you trying to figure out my dear young students," said the professor.

Well now, its been quite a while since I have been referred to as young and recognized immediately that this professor was trying to flatter me. But what was he buttering me up about?

"Well," I said, "we were trying to figure out what a newt is. And of course we were wondering if the witches extracted the poor animals eye while it was alive or if they used dead animals."

With that the professor let out a hideous howl and said, "Lad, you've got your flora and fauna all mixed up." He had stopped wringing his hands now and walked away cackling like the witch we had seen at the abandoned building.

"Whew," exclaimed Prince, "that was a close one." We agreed and decided that from now on we would translate with one set of eyes short, that set of eyes focused on the surroundings watching for one crazy nutty Professor Iseut.

We have made a bit more progress but it is oh so slow going Lulu.

Tom, who is looking for a cup of coffee and a moment to rest the weary eyes before continuing this tedious effort.


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horrible news! horrible news! mom is taking us for a stay at the vet's....she likes to refer to it as a spa, but it is the vet's!!! annie and I are SO displeased!! mom did point out that this will give me and the new vet plenty of opportunities to discuss cherry grass and all its many applications...she also said that since I will have a room *SNORT* to myself I will have plenty of time to work on my new formulas.................perhaps this will not be so bad after all...........mom has been cleaning out the refrigerator and we canines get to help...unfortunately, annie will be weighed at the vet's tomorrow when she goes for the check up on her face wound and mom said the scale may not be kind since annie has had so many snacks....I have not been much interested in eating, so my weigh-in will be very good......hehehe speaking of her wound, the fur has begun to grow back in part (but not all) of it,,..she looks like some guy who forgot to shave for a day or two, but mom tells her she looks lovely and that her natural beauty is coming back...annie swallows every word chooses to believe it.....

glad to hear that even in toad form Jack is still Jack, applying his great mind to code deciphering...by the time you receive this, he probably will have cracked the code....annie made tonight's cookies for the wawas in the shape of little green frogs, but has promised she will not tell the guy why she has done so....she just finds it highly amusing......

Lulu who must go pack all her notes, etc for her "vacation" at the "spa"

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Dear TQ,

Annie may have given me an opportunity to assist you in your efforts to make that dreaded trip to the spa. Let me know how it all goes.

Tom

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Dear Annie,

I truly appreciate your desire to assist in our efforts to secure Dr. Fagan. I'm afraid that a limo is quite out of the question, not that you don't deserve one, but rather because it will draw way to much attention to our secret efforts. I know that you will understand this. I have communicated with your mom and she is going to assist with the transportation by taking you a short way and then moving you to another mode of transportation. There will be a short lay over while you wait. Please don't be upset about that. It will be important that your mom and dad are not there when the other transport arrives. We do not want to tip off the bad guys, do we Annie?

I'm looking forward to seeing you and trust that there will be no glitch in making the switch. Your mom may include Lulu, but please don't mention that to her. We shall see how she is feeling. See you when you arrive Annie.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Please don't be concerned about your mom's confidential message. As I understand it it is mostly about Annie. I am, of course, sworn to secrecy and cannot divulge its contents. But on to really important matters...

Roscoe, Prince and I have completed another verse in the spell translation. We can only hope that we are correct. There have been, so far, three places where one word is code for more than one ingredient. Jack is looking for a thread in the whole that might tie one ingredient to the passage, thus eliminating the other coded ingredient. We have both listed in parentheses for him like this (daylily or mustard seed). If he finds the thread that will make it apparent which ingredient to use, he can simply touch the word with his pointer toe on his little webbed foot. He studies now, and when he studies, we stay quiet for him while working on our passages.

Now then on to the matter of the doctor. Team 3 was working the destination area as you will recall. Goose found something truly significant. It was a torn piece of a letter head belonging to Dr. Fagan. It gave the doctor's address on the letterhead. There was a small message scribbled in ink on the paper. It read..."help / being held captive / chupacabra are taking me to..." It was at this point that the paper ended with its edge quite burnt. We can only assume that it was tossed into a fire but that this part remained unburnt. We feel quite fortunate for that small bit though, since it seems to suggest quite strongly that Dr. Fagan was here. Oh yes, he had scribbled a date on the upper right hand corner...7/24. That is just three days ago.

Teams 1 and 2 have been alerted and are on their way to this place while team three scours the area looking for any clue as to which way they were traveling.

Tom, who is about to enjoy another Bowser meal. (We are so happy he is here.)

Tom

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dear tom

lately Michael has been traveling a lot, either Sun. thru fri. or mon thru fri, so this mon. I am going with him and the dogs are going to the...a...spa....lulu will have her consultation tim with the new vet and annie will have her wound exam, plus everyone will have baths..we will pick them up on fri or sat....they have not been informed of this yet becuz sometimes certain canines get a little persnickety about it, so this time I have decided not to inform them until tomorrow...lulu seems to be a bit suspicious, but she asks no questions so I tell no lies lol..I do not know what internet access will be available for me or for the girls while they are visiting the spa

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tom,

mom is up to something....first she sent you a confidential message that I was not allowed to see and she is gathering things and putting them on the dining room table, almost like she was planning on going somewhere, but she hasn't said a thing......oh well, I have my appointment to talk to Annie's new vet next week and am quite looking forward to it.....

as one human to another it might be better if you were the one to approach the nutty professor...hehehehe....if one of the dogs do it, he might be suspicious if he really is one of the witch people.....I am sure you can make up a reasonable story as to how you came by a copy of the page from the witch book

Lulu who has confidence that you will break the code soon
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dearest tom

should I go to dr. Fagan's house and help them? you know all bassets, especially Belgian basset are natural sniffers, and I bet I could follow the trail to find our missing Fagan....let me know....the commander keeps giving me the evil eye, so a few days away might be good for both of us

Annie who is really to spring into action as soon as she finishes her poses

p.s. send a limo this time

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Dear Lulu,

First I wish to comment upon your concerns that your mom is a witch. To date we have no conclusive proof that such is the case. There has never, to the best of my knowledge, been an accusation that she is a witch outside of your one over heard phone conversation. As for the phone conversation, it is possible you misunderstood what she was saying. But even if she did, in fact, accuse your mom of being a witch, one must carefully consider the source. From all that you have said, I must draw what I believe is the uncontroversial conclusion that this source is, well...unreliable.

As for your suggestion that we use a UNC Canine professor whose area is medieval languages is interesting. There is such an animal here, a human of some age who seems quite unkempt and demonstrates behavior that causes one to wonder if he is not a bit witchly himself. We will use him if we must, for it is essential to finish our work prior to full moon, but you will remember our concern about letting this book fall into wrong hands, and we fear truthfully that this professor, Professor Iseut, well might be in possession of the wrong hands. Of course, should his services be needed, we will electronically copy the passage that we are working with and not present him with the entire book, but our concern is that this will lead him to asking questions, questions that we do not wish to answer. We cannot copy it by hand as each aspect of the calligraphy within the book has meaning and our hands are not adept to dealing with such perfection in our writing. Rather, we are more adept at pushing buttons (keys).

We have made some progress during this past twenty four hours, but it is all so very slow. We grow weary from the tediosity of it all. But we persevere knowing full well that Jack is so very dependent upon it. A canine does not wish to live his life as a frog. The sad part is we have no assurance that, even if our translation is absolutely perfect, the spell will in fact work.

As for the Dr. Fagan matter, little can be reported. Team one is with Mrs. Fagan but alas, she has no news other than a vague note indicating where Dr. Fagan may have gone. Nor has she found anything at home other than that note that might serve as additional clues. The team will explore the home inside and out searching for anything, anything at all, that might help with the search.

Team two is on the path leading from home to his previous destination looking for anything that they can find along the way, and team three is at the supposed destination seeking clues. That destination is a large creek leading to Falls Lake, a small lake east north east of Durham. It seems Dr. Fagan loved fishing.

Tom, who must get back to the task of translation.

Tom

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

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

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dear tom

if you are looking for a good witch, my mom is one....I don't think I have ever seen witchy behavior from her, but maybe I am just used to her.....one day last feb my dad had his sister on the phone which was set on "speaker" and she was screaming that my mom is a witch.....you know how it is sometimes difficult to understand people over the speaker? but I think that is what she said....of course everyone here knows my aunt is (as mom says) "bats--t crazy".....I just say she has "issues" (and boy, does she!")..fortunately, she lives far away so I seldom interact with her.....speaking of horrors,............

my dad found an app on his phone called "hangouts" and he got a 3-way call going between himself, mom and my human big sister (mother of The Kid)....then The Kid got on the line and my dad held the phone down so we could all see AND hear her....I thought annie was going to cry...she didn't understand, she thought The Kid was somehow here, and that she would have to put up with endless hours of hearing "oh, you poor baby" and having her diet destroyed by the constant influx of biscuits.....my mom and dad seemed tickled pink over this video phone conversation, but annie and I were more thrilled when it ended.....annie said she felt the vapors coming on and had to go do deep breathing in her bed....

don't worry about that professor's attitude...sometimes humans are weird about things they do not understand....annie keeps making jokes about "our little green friend" and laughing....she knows you will "fix" him eventually, so she finds his current situation kind of amusing, especially since Jack seems to be taking it with such good grace....I think if he was upset, she would be very worried about him.....we both know he is in good hands.....

as far as translating goes, I saw a commercial on tv last night advertising a watch made by apple computers that does all sorts of language translations...mom thought it was "cool"..i asked if it would translate old English into modern English...she said probably not, but perhaps you could have someone check on this just in case........also, doesn't UNC have a medieval languages prof there? send whoever is checking on the watch over to the human side of UNC to check with the English teachers...they may be able to recommend someone knowledgeable in that area...

Lulu who is thinking of working on a cherry grass formula that could counteract shape changing spells put on by witches....a small demand, but useful when needed all the the same

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Dear Lulu,

We arrived UNC Canine yesterday afternoon and have pretty much camped in the library. We are making progress but it is slow. Working with the old English is almost like working with a foreign language about which we haven't a clue. We did, of course, have to leave at 10 last night when the library closed and then we returned this morning at 8 when it opened.

No one is at all surprised to see the group of canines gathered around a library table with books piled upon books, that large book of shadows opened in the center, and each of us talking together in low whispery voices. That is, they are not surprised to see the canines nor even one human, but they were pretty skeptical of one green guy. We explained that he was actually canine in disguise but most of the students thought we were putting them on. One of the faculty overheard us and immediately tossed anti-chupe toxin on Jack. Of course he wasn't the least bit harmed by it, but the chemical mix does smell a bit and is particularly strong when one is sitting inside a building. And Jack, poor little green Jack. He was so very embarrassed but then he became angry and tried to bite the professor. Of course, Jack is a frog and is ill equipped to bite professors, but the professor then took offense and decided to kick us all out of "his" library. Roscoe and I took the professor aside and explained the entire situation to him. I'm not really certain what transpired then. The professor, for some reason, allowed us to stay, but as he left he made the snide remark, "Son, there is no such thing as a witch. I don't know Lulu, perhaps he wants us to complete our research and discover that he is right. Unfortunately, we know that he is not.

This is hard work Lulu. I wish we could just run across a good witch and have her translate for us. They do exist, though few and far between. Proof of that is the good witch of the north that Dorothy once befriended. Sadly we have not seen hide nor hair of her nor any one that would fit the description of a good witch, so we continue with our tedious and uncertain translation efforts.

We have made headway. We have learned, for example, that this spell must be carried out at midnight during a full moon. This gives us considerable time in that a full moon will not occur until July 31 Fr. 06:45 AM. Now then, we shall need to wait until August 1st since the spell must be cast at midnight during a full moon. The book warns that a triple disaster will occur if the spell is cast during a waxing moon, so you can see our need to wait until August 1st. The book does not specify in the least what that disaster might be, but we wish to use utmost caution. These spells are obviously quite powerful and specific, which is why we are concerned with the careful translation of the book.

We have told all three special ops teams that, because we have time we believe it best that they go into the field and renew the search for Dr. Fagan. I will use my mobile communications devise (cell phone) to maintain team coordination. The three teams will work independently but will share what ever information they can come up with.

The special ops teams were thrilled to be out in the field doing the work that they prefer most. They are an action-oriented group. We said nothing to them about our relief having them out of our hair so that we could concentrate our efforts towards spell translation.

Tom, who is wishing Annie the best with her new doctor. (And Lulu, isn't it nice to have someone there to discuss cherry grass with.)

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 tom

annie was quite pleased to hear that all her old teammates in the attempt to rescue Prince and Roscoe are now out of the brig....rumor has it (rumors manufactured especially for annie, hehehe) that they were tortured, starved and never allowed to do poses....annie is extremely worried, which is keeping her quiet and in her bed.....fortunately I guess, for her she seems to have developed a tiny infection in part of her wound which will keep her here for a few days longer.....(one might almost think she scratched herself in order to get this infection)

translating witch codes must be extremely difficult...I have heard that they are a difficult people, smelly, cranky & devious

mom is taking annie to be checked by the vet net week and this is when I, too, shall see her new vet to tell her more about cherry grass....mom said she is thinking of having them bathe annie and asked if I wanted a spa day, too *squinting eyes* ..she is acting a bit peculiar, actually about this visit to the vets.........hmmmm

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Dear Lulu,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having such problems with Annie. I think she is going to need an unpleasant lesson, one that demonstrates to the Chihuahuas just how phony her heroism is. It's a shame to do that to her, but sometimes the need for reality necessitates drastic measures. Give it some thought Lulu.

You will remember that Jack pointed to a passage in the book. Prince, Roscoe and I immediately started working on a translation.

One thing to note is that it appears to be the unfrogging spell. We can't be certain of this yet, but to the best of our ability to transcribe this book, this seems plausible, and the fact that Jack pointed it out makes that even more probable. Oh how I wish that Jack the frog could speak in his native canine tongue.

The list of ingredients needed is fairly long and quite difficult to decipher. You see, the witches of the day in which the Book of Shadows was written used all sorts of code to disguise the contents of the book. For example, "Adder's Tongue" is an old name for the plant dogstooth violet. And "Eye of Newt" is, depending upon which herbalist (witch) you consult, a daylily or mustard seed. Both of those ingredients are a part of the list in this passage. We shall need to go to the UNC-canine library to complete our research. In order to do that, we shall need to make our way from Old Salem to the triangle where UNC-Canine is located. We have contacted Eagle services and expect transportation this afternoon. The witches seldom come out during the brightest part of day, preferring the dark to carry on their dark craft. Not all witches are dark, of course, but these most certainly are.

Meanwhile, we pour over our passage, trying desperately to decipher more of the recipe as well as the spoken words. Oh how do you pronounce some of these spell words?

Tom

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

if y'all had planned immediately to continue the search for dr. Fagan I had planned to send annie to stay with the wife "to provide moral support", which really means to get her out of my hair....the annie cult is still going strong and she is beginning to succumb to the idolatry....normally, she can be a bit of a...*ahem*...challenge to live with, but now that she is accepting all the worship as her natural due, she is beginning to become impossible...."you! (pointing at me as Her Largeness lies on her bed), "fetch me 3,um..no,...6...make it 7...of those black and white cookies that I made earlier".....this happened yesterday....I did let her know the error of her ways in speaking to me like that, but the wawas who idolize her will jump at her command......the only thing that keeps her in line is the commander becuz she is still afraid of going to the brig......in fact, the commander came by yesterday to see how well her face is healing and asked if I was still putting medication on it......then he left....annie seemed quite relieved and was feeling queenly again when I told her that the commander is just waiting for her face to need no further care before deciding on her fate....he doesn't want to be bothered with nursing care in the brig which would give her access to outside company (me) during her time of isolation.....poor annie, I guess I should not have scared her so.....but she was very well behaved for at least an hour.....

the other canines who went AWOL with annie on her last little adventure, have served their sentences and were released from the brig this morning, looking a bit thinner, but happy to be free again.....before they were allowed to leave Paws had a stern talk with them, telling them that from time to time he asks for volunteers to join his special training classes, and for them NOT to apply becuz they have shown that they cannot obey orders or their official leader.....he was really stern with them and I heard one was crying by the time he left, but none of them have come over to see annie (yet)....apparently Paws really read them the riot act...

tell roscoe to take it slowly and we hope to see him and prince and jack sometime in the near future.....if you need me to send any more cherry grass, just holler

Lulu who is thinking about training an assistant nurse

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Dear Lulu,

As you know, our search has gotten quite side-tracked from Dr. Fagan. I fear we need to solve the Jack frog problem before we continue our search. We will not be returning home soon, not because of our fear of chupes between here and there, but rather, because we need to search for Dr. Fagan.

Then too, so far our reading of the Book of Shadows has not led to anything constructive. It is quite difficult to read. The verbage is very old English and sometimes almost impossible to transcribe into an understandable set of phrases today. We will be continuing our research soon.

Another reason for remaining where we are while we do our research is that the UNC-canine library is accessible should we need it for any reason. We also have some professors to consult with should that be needed. And finally, when we are ready to return to our search for Dr. Fagan, we are in place to do so.

I need to go. Jack is pointing to a passage in the book.

Tom


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

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

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

annie laughed until she choked at the idea of Jack as a little green frog....not that she meant anything mean by it....at first she thought I was kidding, and when she realized I really meant that Jack was now a frog, she said she was picturing him as a frog with a dog-shaped nose and whiskers.....I have to admit, the idea made me smile, too.....and then she said she thought of you dropping Jack into his dad's palm and trying to explain everything......we are all so glad that everyone has been rescued even if not back to their original condition...

annie is currently researching how to turn a frog into a dog.....this is not something that one finds a lot of information about on Google, so I am letting her search to her heart's content....it makes her feel useful and she is out of my hair......when she grows tired of that (I estimate about 10 mins) I will suggest she think of a new cookie recipe for roscoe that will provide lots of vitamins, minerals and general dog nutrition.....that and poses will keep her busy at least thru mid-afternoon.....oh! I looked over....research must have worn her out becuz she is already in poses mode.....

please be careful as your return towards home...there are, as you know, chupes everywhere and roscoe's captor and her friends may also be after you.....did y'all find any sign of dr. Fagan??? I relayed to Paws what you told me but he said he had already heard from you....he is working with some of the special ops on combating air attacks (as from the witches) in case they come this far, or if they have to go to your aid....who knows how many of them there are?!! Paws asked me not to say anything to our commander who is apparently under review for being a blabbermouth...Paws said he will be the one to decide which information to share with him.....this is certainly fine with me, but who knows how long annie can keep mum.....fortunately she does not chat with him often

Lulu who is going to have one of Annie's breakfast cookies and finish recovering from having to jump on her to keep her home




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Dear Lulu,

I hope you survived that tackle. That was a brave thing that you did!!!!!

But let me see, where was I? Oh yes...

The remaining witch creature entered the building. She was "singing" if you could call it that and doing a witch-like happy dance. She apparently had a great time with her sister witch creatures.

Quite quickly she proceeded down into the tunnel. That was our clue. Just as quickly we all ran for the gate in the fence and back toward our humble abode taking the bushy and shady path. We did not wish to walk together in the open. Our frog being slow was carried on the back of one of the Chihuahuas, Queenie I believe if my memory serves me well. Meanwhile, I carried poor Roscoe who was exhausted. He was not heavy, having become little more than skin and bones. Well, at least not as heavy as one might expect.

Back at our place we ate real food, giving Roscoe a measured amount so that he didn't take in too much at once considering his condition. We did feed him more frequently than most. Today, though still drawn in appearance, he seems to have increased energy and most definitely a wonderful happy mood, though he jumps at each and every small sound.

I called everyone together and spoke to them. "Now that we have Roscoe, we must concentrate on finding Jack. Ros, do you have any idea where we might start looking."

Roscoe quickly sported a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. I wondered if he were feeling jolly or if he were reacting to something. Then he spoke. "You could begin right here in this room," he said.

Well, OK, its understandable that he would be a little disoriented after his ordeal. But he continued by pointing to our little frog friend and saying, "that is Jack." The frog hopped over to Roscoe and Ros put his paws around the little guy in a sort of petting / cuddle hold.

That pretty much convinced me that Roscoe was delirious. But Roscoe kept on talking and I was determined to let him speak to his hearts content considering how long he had been silently obedient to that horrible evil one.

"This really is Jack, Tom. You will remember how I did absolutely anything that the witch wanted me to do. Even if her spell failed to make me do it, I did it to keep her happy. Jack did not cooperate, though in fairness he was her first victim. When Jack refused to cooperate she turned him into, well...that!" (Ros pointed to our green friend.) Jack hopped out of there, but I knew then that I must cooperate. When I did I got fed just tiny bits of nasty moldy gruel. When first fed I refused, but with time I had no choice. It was eat this nasty stuff or die. I thought about just dying, but I never lost hope that someone would look for me and hopefully find me. I am so glad that you did Tom, and that you had the help of all of these fine Chihuahua troops."

"Special operation troops," Cuervo piped up. Roscoe smiled and nodded.

And then I added, "Roscoe, if it were not for our little green...uh, Jack here, we would not have found you. But now we need to find a way to break the witches spell and get the Jack that we all know and love back."

I've never seen a frog blush before, but I'm pretty sure what I saw was just that at that moment.

Jack pointed at the book that he had had us take from the hearth. On the cover it read "Book of Shadows." Ros nodded at it too. "Within this book somewhere we will find the answer. We must find it, use it, and then destroy the book."

Some of the Chihuahuas gasped when Roscoe said destroy the book, but I understood what he was getting at and agreed. This book could be dangerous in the wrong hands, and we really don't want those witches to get their boney warted fingers on it again. And so we began our search within the book. I turned the pages on cue; Jack read.

We have taken a break from our research and this I have used to message you. Shortly we shall continue with our search / research.

Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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HANG ON, TOM! I AM COMING! I WILL RESCUE YOU!

Annie

*ooff* *thud*
- - - - - - -no, tom, annie will not be going anywhere *pant* *pant* (tackling her is no easy job)
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Dear Lulu,

We had planned on meeting with all the Chihuahuas during the evening to develop a plan of action and then probably enter into that plan today. It didn't quite work out that way. Here is what has transpired.

We had gathered and brainstormed. Everyone had different ideas about how we should proceed and none of them seemed to gel with the others. Our vocal level would raise somewhat and I had to constantly remind everyone that we need to whisper throughout the entire meeting. There seemed to be two camps, those who wanted to storm the place and attack the evil one and those who wanted to approach with reason and caution and try to get Roscoe out of their lair without them knowing. I was part of the latter group, but I had promised an open discussion until we came to consensus. My bad! This group, it seemed was never going to come to a consensus.

But then something happened that brought us together as one. We all heard a chilling cackle. Peering out from under the bushes, we saw the evil one. She seemed at first to be alone, but then she walked to the other side of the fence in front and met up with two others who seemed quite similar in appearance to this one. Together they took to the sky on what appeared to be slim grey colored tubes with a wide area at the base. As we watched closely, we saw a trail of exhaust flowing from the end of the broad section. The whole contraption could easily be confused as a broom were it not for the exhaust the followed the broom-shaped objects, each carrying a passenger.

Suddenly the majority of us wanted to try to get into the building and locate Roscoe before this evil one returned. There were those who held back at first though, stating that this one may be a representative from a group living here and there may be more beneath the trap door. We were debating this when our little green friend gave us a "come on" motion with its webbed foot and headed for the building. Our frog has demonstrated uncanny awareness of events before and so we chose to follow it, party out of trust and partly out of loyalty now to a frog that has become our friend.

We entered the building via the front door and lifted the trap door with caution. We were trying to see what lay below and follow our cautious way when our frog jumped in, sliding down to a floor below. This entry was the beginning of a tunnel that went to the west. Following the tunnel (really the frog who hopped on ahead) we came to a door. This ended the tunnel. The frog pointed to the latch with its webbed foot and I opened it. Everyone was prepared for literally anything.

Upon opening the door, we encountered two chupacabra who leapt toward us. Pepe and Goose immediately disposed of them using anti-chupe toxin. We thought we were going to choke on the poof fumes, but after awhile it circulated into a vent at the top. Inside was a fireplace over which hung a huge iron caldron. In the center of the room was a table and stool. These were quite rustic but appeared serviceable. There were cabinets, a straw bed, and shelves on which were all sorts of things. Most of those things on the shelves did not look at all appetizing. Towards the back of the room was an opening covered with a gate. The gate was held shut with a large pad lock. Within the cage was Roscoe, laying there in a daze.

We heard the croaking sound of our frog and looked around at him. He was pointing again, this time at the hearth of the fire place. Above the hearth was a peg and on that peg were several keys. We removed this ring of keys and begin trying each one in the pad lock. Eventually we found the one that opened the lock and we pulled open the gate. Roscoe just laid there dazed. I petted him and spoke softly to him. After a while he looked up at me. Then, for the first time a saw just a glimmer of a sparkle in his eye. He got up, though doing so was a struggle. The entire party of Chihuahuas, Roscoe, frog, and I quickly begin to leave, but the frog croaked at us again and again pointed to the hearth. On the hearth was a large book. I took the book and this seemed to satisfy our frog. We quickly left and followed the tunnel upwards. Upon reaching the room we heard a cackle outside. One of the Chihuahuas had a large blanket and we all cowered beneath it in the darkest corner, feeling pretty certain that we would be caught. Our hearts beat as one and perspiration streaked from my face. Each dog, Roscoe and Chihuahua in turn, drooled a foamy drool from its mouth, and even our little green friend seemed to turn nearly white.

The cackling outside was obviously a chorus of cackles. There were conversational sounds but we could not make that out. It continued for nearly an hour, all the time we cowered beneath our blanket. The waxing crescent moon that gave off a tiny bit of light outside apparently slipped quietly behind the horizon. The cackles became soft and it sounded like one cackler left. In about another 15 minutes the second left leaving but one. But one...the one that would stay here. The one who lives below. The one who captured and kept poor Roscoe. Would she find us hidden under the blanket?

Oh Lulu, Roscoe needs my attention. I'll need to continue this in my next message.

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

as soon as I read your message I immediately changed my passwords...I was gonna have our IT wawa check my computer, but have put that off until later....I thought it was more important to finish reading your message.....I also told annie that boomer wants to be pen pals...she twitched her ear and sighed and went back to sleep....she is quite depressed this morning becuz she decided she was well enough to look in the mirror....NOT a good idea....I will talk to her after she finishes her poses this afternoon which always puts her in a better mood.....also, a wawa who was making a delivery to the house ran over and touched Annie's ear before anyone could stop him...he is now spreading the word that when he touched her ear his paw tingled and he felt the magic.....everyone is whispering that Annie's magic ears can fly.....this is a mess!

more important is your description of roscoe....my poor brother! this so does NOT sound like the roscoe we all know and love....I showed your message to Paws and he will be contacting you soon.....if there is anything we can do here now please let us know....do you want us to send boxes of food to your nearest post office for pick up by some of your wawas? oh! oh! we all want to do something~ *wringing paws*...y'all please be careful

Lulu who is extremely worried about roscoe



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Dear Annie,

Boomer wants to know, since you can't come down here for a while, if you would be pen pals with him until you can. He wants me to give him your message box address so that he can write to you. Is that ok with you?

I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better, but please continue to take good care of yourself and allow nurse Lulu to treat your ear. Also, it sounds like the last doctor you saw may be for real, not the quack like the other guy. I'd stick with her if I were you.

Tom

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Dear Lulu,

Annie wrote me and seemed to know a lot about what is going on, pretty much as if she read the messages I've been sending you. Please remember that this information is pretty much private stuff and shared only with you. If you did not allow Annie access to your messages, then someone may be snooping. I shall not mention names, but you may wish to look into that.

Now then, I need to share recent events, a combination of the good, the bad, and the evil.

After a few moments a figure emerged from that building through the front door. We could not see who it was, but we heard a hideous cackle coming from the front of the building. This was followed by relative quiet, though we could here low voices. Then we saw a pair of people emerge from the front of the house and move into the open area to the side. Our little green friend was shaking like a leaf. Bowser and I couldn't believe what we saw.

One was the ugliest lady that we have ever seen. She had a long nose with warts and scraggly grey hair. She was dressed in black and cackled ever so frequently, a cackle that sent chills down the spine.

With her was a canine person. We knew him immediately, though he was thin and his rib bones shown on his side. It was Roscoe! Poor poor Roscoe!

I started to crawl out from the bushes immediately to go to his aid, but Bowser stopped me and the frog also popped in front of me and held his webbed foot up as a sign to stop. Bowser whispered to me, "We don't know what this creature is. And we don't know what she can do. Keep in mind that mention has been made of witchly creatures and even the unidentified seemed fearful of them. We had best wait and explore before entering this den of the unknown. As much as I hated to say it, I had to agree.

As we watched, the human like creature made Roscoe jump through several hoops. She would appear to be casting spells and when she did, Roscoe would demonstrate strange behaviors, different for each spell this creature cast. Roscoe seemed docile and eager to do exactly as this person commanded. He also appeared spiritless and totally submissive to the every whim of this humanoid creature.

After a while the humanoid pointed her boney finger toward the building and Roscoe walked toward the front of the building, the human like creature following cackling all the way. Then they disappeared and silence prevailed.

The good news is that we have found Roscoe. The bad is that he seems spiritless and extremely thin, making us question his health. The evil is that we have observed a humanoid creature who filled the very air with a chill and who seemed to dominate Roscoe to the Nth degree.

Lulu, we are regrouping. Bowser and I need to discuss this development and consider a plan of action. Meanwhile, I have notified all three special ops teams to abandon
their current search areas and join us here. When they arrive near the area, they are to slip into the compound one at a time with at least 1/2 hour separating each additional Chihuahua's entrance. They know were the bushes are and will crawl beneath and join us in the central area. There is some space in the midst of this thicket where we are gathering and meeting and planning. We have rations for four more days. Here we shall all contribute to the brainstorming of a basic plan, and then details will be worked out. Wish us luck Lulu. Roscoe's very life may depend upon our success.

Tom, who now needs to greet the second Chihuahua special forces trooper and fill her in on current observations and conditions.

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DEAR TOM

maybe you should kiss the frog and see if he changes into something else...I have heard that this is what humans are supposed to do....hahahahahahA! glad to hear Prince is safe...I know you have been terribly worried about me, but I am on the mend....slowly, but surely....I am even thinking about trying my paw at baking cookies today or tomorrow, since lulu admittedly is pretty bad at it, and the wawas are suffering without my yum-yums.....however, I still lack a bit of my old energy, so we shall see how I feel this afternoon....I am afraid I cannot meet your buddy, Boomer, until my face heals, so tell him not to expect me too soon, but next week I know I will be back to baking and will send him a box of my tasty cookies....you and bowser take care.......and you might want to quit crawling around in the grass, cuz that stuff will stain and never come out of your clothes....hahahaha, *hiccup, snort*

Annie who is feeling much better and starting to get back her natural sense of humor
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Dear tom

as you can see Her Highness is feeling better....I worry that as she circulates among the wawas, and realizes she is idolized, her ego may swell to obnoxious proportions....if the annie cult has reached florida, I cannot send her there! the only thing left I can think of is to have her travel with our dad since he is often on the road all week....next week, I think he will only be gone 2 days, so that could be a short test trip for both of them.....hmmm...now I have to sell this idea to dad and I do not have any cookies to bribe him with.....some good news is that yesterday annie stuffed all her soldier uniforms (except for the jewelry) into the trash...the bad news is that as soon as I put the trash bag outside, the uniforms were stolen by adoring fans........sigh...and so the cult grows

did you see what came out from the trap door in the building? was is roscoe?! I will be so happy when he is rescued...I do worry that he will be in worse shape than Prince....who knows what those evil creatures will do to him? has anyone set up some sort of protective boundaries/guards around the chupe labs at UNC-Canine? if roscoe is forced to talk, those professors could be in danger! *pace, pace, worry, worry* please be very careful while you are out there.....after all this is over, your frog friend should be honored with a ceremony and a very small medal

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Here's the deal. Florida would not be the best choice. I have talked with the commander about it stressing leniency considering her condition and he is not terribly happy about that prospect. Baby Cakes feels that it would not be a wise choice since she needs such constant attention. And Joanie is unalterably opposed for some reason. But all of that, I believe, could be overcome. What cannot be overcome is the fact that Annie's reputation, real or not, has preceded her. The Annie cult is growing among the Chihuahua troops in Florida. I never dreamed it would spread so tremendously quickly. Why, some of the Chihuahuas actually believe she is some sort of Dog-God. It's gone crazy.

Fortunately our special ops Chihuahuas are either above that sort of Annie-worship, are aware of how crazy this all is, or are just so busy with the task at hand that they haven't got the time to think about it. whatever it may be, they have so far remained immune to the Annie cult.

Now then, as for the news here. While Bowser and I were discussing options, our green friend took matters into his own little webbed feet. He headed straight for the building. That is the worst possible thing he could do we thought, but away he went. We followed him while trying to remain hidden. That, of course, after exhausting our pleas for him to come back.

When he reached the building he boldly hopped up on the window ledge and looked inside. We figured that might be a bit safer for him than for us since he was just a frog as far as the buildings occupants might be concerned, or so we surmised. After looking around through the window, he used his webbed foot to motion to us to come. Well, we have learned to kind of trust this little guy so we approached the building, though with caution.

When we got there we carefully peeked into the window. We saw nothing. We more bravely peeked and still saw nothing. I stood up as did Bowser (on his hind feet) and looked all around, but we saw nothing. There was a door and this window, nothing more.

Feeling we had been misled, we walked around to the door and thrust it open. Within was an empty space. There was absolutely nothing there except a small rug, several cobwebs and dirt. I mean there was dirt every where. It was pretty obvious that this place was not occupied.

Needless to say, Bowser and I were a bit put out for wasting our time on a frog. We should have known not to trust a frog. At least that is what we were feeling, though neither of us said it to the frog or to each other.

Then Bowser looked around as we were leaving and stopped in his track. He gave me a nudge and pointed at the frog with his muzzle. What I saw made me do a double take. I was both amused and curious. The little green guy was, in Bowser's words, pawing at the rug. Bowser and I looked at each other and then we both came over to assist the frog. We pulled back the rug and were totally astonished by the sight of a trap door.

We reached for the door, trying to decide the best way to open it but then we heard noise coming from beneath it. All three of us headed for the doorway and curved around to the back of the building. as I was passing the window area, I saw the trap door opening up, hinged area toward the window. Good thing I thought. I was able to clear the window before what ever or who ever emerged from the space below the trap door.

In the back of the house there was a shrub area within the fence. There was not way that we could travel to the gate area since that would have placed us in plain sight of the doorway to the building. In back of the house we had some time left and swiftly covered the distance between the house and shrubs. Bowser and I hit the ground and crawled on our bellies under the brush and behind the bushes. Our little friend, who was less challenged with low areas, waited and greeted us with a foggy smile when we arrived.

We are watching to see what, if anything, emerges from the door way and comes into sight. Meanwhile, I am using this moment to talk with you Lulu.

Tom, who is feeling a bit shaky.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/17/2015 (10:35)
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that is quite an interesting little green friend you have there.....be careful...he could be luring you to an unsafe place where the chupes can easily find you......a double agent, so to speak

a matter has come up here which I have not mentioned, figuring it would blow over, but is actually gaining momentum......rumors about how annie fought for her guys have been traveling around the camp and are becoming more and more exaggerated....about her ferociousness, about how she killed, nay..slayed...40 or 60 or 140 chupes.....about how her ears flew out at side, almost like they were flying and providing more energy, about how they are special, magical ears....wawas, ever so casually, wander over to inquire as to how she is doing and want to touch her ears, especially the one covering her wound (apparently that one is even more powerful)....wawas from other militias have driven up to the gates just to see her, only to be turned away with a "she is not yet receiving visitors"....annie, who has been pretty well out of it all, had no idea what was happening as the Annie cult has grown, but now that she is feeling better, is beginning to get an inkling that (as she puts it) "the whole place is crazy!"....the commander has also heard these rumors and tries to quash them, but it only makes them stronger.....he scowls every time he sees her, even tho he is fairly sure she did not start them......annie who still has a possible brig sentence hanging over her tries to stay out of the commander's way at all times.....unfortunately, there has been new fuel to the fire this morning...in reality, annie found a dead bunny in the yard, a large one, gave it a sniff and walked on by (mom saw it all).....BUT rumor is that the rabbit was alive until annie sniffed it, whereupon it fell over dead....at this rate, the Catholic church is going to have to make medals with St. Annie on them and a pic of a Belgian Basset (so as not to be confused with St. Anne, mother of Mary).....sheesh! rumors are flying that she can, with a mere sniff, detect chupe bunnies and perhaps other disguised chupes.....even annie has publicly denied such nonsense, but the believers put this down to either (1) modesty or (2) being forced to deny "the truth" by the Man....*snort*.....annie is beginning to find the behavior of her worshippers annoying......well, not all of it....little gifts, such as a dog biscuit, a pearl, a credit card have been left at the front door for her and she is quite appreciative of this part of "annie worship", especially the biscuits......or maybe the credit cards......and you should see the look of adoration in the eyes of her followers...it is sickening......

once annie is 100% better and more aware of her surroundings, you and I know how dangerous this "annie cult" may be...it could go right to her head (swelling it out to the size of the rest of her body...hahahahha).....I may have to send her to fl. to stay with joanie just to get her out of here and to let the cult die down.....if this mass on her face would just quit draining! BC could give her the pills that she must take.....I have spoken to eagle services about possibly transporting annie to fl, and while they understand there is true need, they are still reluctant....I have assured them that she will not be allowed to fly until I am sure all danger to chupe disease is gone.....annie has mentioned wanting to go to fl. to meet your friend, Boomer, but she is not willing to do so until her face has healed which may be several months from now......I think she may be able to fly in a couple of weeks.......BC said she spoke to both joanie and your commander, neither who are thrilled at the possibility of annie staying on the property..........and of course she would have to since BC would have to give her the pills and watch for any sign of infection or other problems.......speaking of problems, she is quite the little problem, our annie..........

Lulu who is about to do her daily culture swab on Annie's cheek

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Dear Lulu,

Relax. I called Paws on our communicator, but I carefully checked his current circumstances before admonishing him for his decision to send special ops to NC. I'm so glad that I did. He was, as you suggested, in the field with the Chihuahuas special ops doing war games. Before leaving, he ran across a few rather non-busy troops (I think he used the term slackers) who were quite inquisitive about where he was going. He rather vaguely made reference to joining a search. Because this group were aware of the search (thanks to one Annie), they assumed that he was referring to that search. They then kept this information silent by telling several troops after making sure they were sworn to secrecy. You know, it went something like..."Yeah, I know where they are. But if I tell you you have to promise not to tell anyone. I wouldn't tell you but we are close buddies. We fought together a year ago, or was it two? Anyway"... and then on with the whereabouts information. I definitely think Paws needs to figure out just who they were and talk with the commander about them. I suggested that to Paws, but I think he is feeling a bit badly about having said anything to the "slackers." So we shall see.

Thanks for asking about Prince. He is actually doing quite well. We did leave him back in our rental. He will look after the place and concentrate on resting up. He knows to exercise extreme caution, especially when venturing outside.

I'm glad that Annie is interested in Boomer. I sent her that picture of our friends Bassett just to give her a reason for getting well. I suggest that you use that motivation when ever you can do so subtly. I want it to encourage her, but I don't want her catching on to what we are doing.

Now for the latest developments. Hop Along stayed with us until we came to a billboard advertising a company. The billboard said ROSENQUIST CONSTRUCTION SERVICE, the best in the business. It then gave a phone number. Our little green Hop Along hopped to that sign. It then looked up at the sign and tapped its little frog foot three times. He did this several times before Bowser looked at me and said, "Tom, look at the first three letters of that sign."

OMG, the first three letters were ROS. Suddenly we began to take our little friend seriously. After he was quite aware that we were with him, he begin hopping off in the direction from which we had come. We followed him. He then turned to the right at a point that he had previously appeared to try to get us to go. We followed. Now then, Hop Along is not the speediest little guy in the world. I mean, he is going top rate, but his size definitely slows him down. Still, he has taken us to a small building set apart from the rest with nothing around it but a fence. Hop Along Cassidy hoped through the fence, but needless to say, Bowser and I could not do so. We told Hop along to stay there while we found an entry and then we would join him. We could only hope that he understood, but when we started walking the perimeter of the fence, our little frog remained quite still. He has never before remained by himself, so we thought that he understood. We have found a gate with a sign that says "Trespassers will either be prosecuted to the full extent of the law or shot at our discretion."

We didn't like the looks of that but we knew that we must continue. We quietly entered, watching for any sort of alarm, and then followed the fence back to where Hop Along was waiting. We are now deciding how to proceed toward this building and this has given me the necessary break to message you. I should point out that our frog seems quite determined to travel directly toward the building, but Bowser and I feel caution is by far the better approach.

Tom, who with Bowser is considering our options


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I do hope I am not too late....pls. don't fuss at Paws....what I told you I got from one of the wawa soldiers and I was misinformed....Paws did leave with a selection of Special Ops and regular soldiers to practice "war games" which I think means they are practicing detecting and fighting chupes....however, I suppose I could be wrong about this, too, since I did not actually get the information from Paws himself....what I was told that it will just be a 2 day event and then they will all be back here.....mostly he is communicating with our commander and yours to make sure everything is...and remains....good and safe on the homefronts.....I am sure y'all can call on him if you need him.....how is Prince doing today? do you need cherry grass? I know the special ops from here that are with you were carrying small bottles of it.....

annie spit out a marshmallow piece this morning that mom had hidden one of her pills in...sheesh! last night she had a lovely looooong barking session around 11pm and all mom said was that she was glad annie is obviously feeling better....the rest of us told annie to be quiet, which did not have much effect.....this morning and afternoon mom insisted on washing the underside of her ear which was all nasty from wound drainage, but annie absolutely refused to permit any cleaning of the wound or the nasty areas around it....mom says pop will be home tomorrow or fri. and so she will leave it to him *snicker*....as a joke, I offered to nip annie in the tail to distract her so mom could finish cleaning, but annie overheard me and shrieked until mom reassured her that there would be no nipping...*snicker*....she did go outside and roll in the grass, being very careful not to get the bad side on the ground....I do believe the cherry grass is working as it should...I am recording everything so at the meeting with the new vet she can see just how wonderful this tonic is.....besides the cherry grass, I think this interest in some guy named boomer that she says you want to introduce her to has perked her spirits enormously.....

Lulu who tried her paw at cookie baking for the wawas today....it did not go well and the wawas have begged me to stay out of the kitchen lol


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Dear Lulu,

What on earth is Paws thinking? Why is he sending more special ops boys? We wish to avoid detection and too many cooks spoil the broth if you know what I mean. Good gravy train! I will need to message Paws on our private communicator and admonish him a bit for planning to send more here. I'll remind him that he is there to help with the defense of the Virginia homestead, not to take part in the rescue in NC. Oh my aching rawhide!

The search is on. Each team is heading to a designated area to search. Bowser and I are also heading to a designated area. Strange, our green companion seems to have decided to hop along with us. We have named him Hop Along Cassidy just for the fun of it. He stays right with us, but at times seems to want to take over the leadership role, trying to move us in a given direction. So far we have ignored him since we want to go to our designated area. He then gives up and comes with us. We recognize that he is a wild creature, so we never try to encourage him to come or not, but he does consistently. He is such a cute little fellow.

I have with me hand carried mobile communicators so that I can maintain the communications center operations while doubling as a search team member. We have arrived at our destination Area #4. It is the least likely area for the witch folk to be in. Those more likely areas have, of course, been designated for the special ops troops. Its about time for us to begin our systematic sweep of the area.

Tom, who hopes you get some rest and is praying for a quick recovery for Annie

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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

another day without cookies and the wawas are beginning to rumble....I asked the commander if I could train one of the wawas in light nursing duties and to stay with annie during the night...she does not sleep well becuz of the pain and spends most of her days and nights rapidly panting becuz she hurts so much (I am exhausted)....the wound drains constantly, but she will not let anyone touch it...this morning mom insisted on washing her ear which was crusty from rubbing against her wound...annie was not pleased, but mom bought her a whole roast chicken to make up for it....fortunately, for me, mom shared it, saying a whole chicken was too much for one little dog, altho annie insisted it wasn't.....my! it was tasty! mom said she was at the local natural foods store and woman she had never seen before approached her as she was looking at sugars and asked if she was going to make something good...mom replied that of course she was and the woman gave her a look like "I doubt it", so mom told her she was going to make something good that had chocolate in it (altho she had no plans to make anything, actually)...the woman said she could not eat chocolate and walked away....I told mom she should have shot her with a toxin gun....nothing would have happened (probably) except the woman would have been surprised, giving mom a chance to escape.......ah, weirdos are everywhere!....anyway, the commander told me to do what was necessary, so I am training a new night nurse for annie this afternoon....he will, of course, call me if anything happens or annie seems worse.....it will be nice to get some sleep.....

I asked around here if anyone knew anything about little green frogs and everyone just shook their heads, so enjoy your little new hopping friend

did I mention Paws arrived last night? he is dealing with the Special Ops boys and they plan to head out your way, I guess, this afternoon.....

wow! I almost had heart failure thinking I just saw a kitten walking on the front porch, but it turned out to be one of those pesky squirrels....I really need a pair of doggy glasses....hahaha

Lulu who wouldn't mind sniffing a kitten on the lanai

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Dear Lulu,

It pleases me that the new vet is open to discussion regarding cherry grass therapy. This means that using cherry grass to help Annie will not be a problem from the vets point-of-view, and most likely you will receive support rather than discouragement. This vet may be a real vet rather than a quack. How wonderful that she is there at this time when Annie is with so much need.

The special ops, Bowser and I have located a spot where we can remain anonymous in the vicinity of Old Salem. Our place is actually in Winston-Salem, but a stones throw from Old Salem. I doubt that any one will know who we are since this is a very pet-friendly neighborhood.

Almost immediately upon arrival something really strange happened. We were greeted by a relatively large bull frog which hopped all over the place. We tested it with a bit of toxin but it was not phased. When we got into our rental this crazy frog hopped right on inside. Its pretty active and so far has not been catchable. The strangest part of this is that this frog seems to prefer Bowser prepared meals to flies and the like. I've never seen anything quite like it.

Now that we are settled into our humble abode, the three ops teams will split up and each search a section of Old Salem for signs of witchly persons. Since they are conducting witchcraft investigations, we suspect they are not going to stand out all that much, and we shall need to search the various nooks and crannies of this historic town. As always I am coordinating communications, Bowser is in charge of meals, and the frog is just hopping all over the place. Its strange though, I find myself feeling somewhat attracted to the little green fellow. Let's face it, its not easy being green.

Tom, who is about to enjoy another Bowser breakfast.

Tom

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

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DEAR ToM

if you or BC need my help with Prince just holler...I have not had a lot of formal psychological training, but I have lived with annie for several years....actually there are quite a few canine therapists, but I doubt many, if any, have specialized in witch/chupe therapies....Prince is a strong guy and should recover eventually

annie went to the vet's today...for $124 which mom thot was a bit steep, but whatcha gonna do? the trip did not start off well...mom had bought a doggie ramp and annie tried it out for the first time this morning....all was well until she was about to step happily into the car...and the ramp fell......annie was not hurt, but both she and mom were pretty upset....after that annie was reluctant to get into the car, but mom pushed and got her into the back seat...after that things did get better......I went along, just on a consulting basis....guess what? when we got to the vet's office they weighed annie and she had lost another pound! mom and I cheered and made a big fuss and you could tell annie was pleased...she is now down to 95 lbs, so there is still plenty of her to go around.............

annie did not see the quack, but a vet student from a nearby university, VA Tech....she was quiet-spoken as opposed to the quack who is loud....annie was terrified and shedding faster than leaves falling in autumn...she refused to deal with the woman, preferring to stand with her face to the wall and pretend she was invisible.....this vet treated annie gently and with respect...she was quite willing to discuss cherry grass therapy with me and was extremely interested in it...I left her a small sample bottle....she wants to meet with me in a couple of weeks to hear more about cherry grass....I am very pleased about this, naturally......she (I have to call her "she" becuz I admit I do not remember her name...sigh....) actually had annie wagging her tail a little and smiling by the time we left.....of course, she cooed over Annie's swollen face, which looks more like a volleyball than a face at the moment, and prescribed a giant bottle of antibiotics which annie has to take 2x a day for a month...she goes back in 2 weeks for a checkup.....hopefully she will look more like a dog and less like a balloon face by then......we can tell she is really hurting....poor girl....

perhaps you can contact someone of the national level to check into our commander....he used to be topnotch, but seems to be slacking off lately......even the wawas have noticed...I do hope he is not trying the local moonshine which can lead to a variety of problems...

Lulu who is planning what she will discuss with the new vet

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