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7/28/14 10:50 A

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dear dad

I asked annie to explain in more detail as to how cows become hamburger, but she was obviously uncomfortable with the whole conversation and quite frankly, her flimsy explanation was not at all satisfactory....I am eagerly awaiting your explanation .....I told annie that you were going to give me a better explanation and her response was a rather huffy "good!" as she walked over to see if lulu had left anything on her plate....

lulu had left everything on her plate, altho the ants were going after whatever they could grab before annie could get to it....lulu is refusing to eat anything at all, even ice cream .....its hard to imagine turning down ice cream, isn't it?....she probably does not drink 2 cups of water a day......twinkie and mr. twinkie are trying everything.....she is losing weight, of course, but seems in good spirits....yesterday she went walking with twinkie and me, roscoe and annie....not once, but twice!! we can't go too far becuz lulu gets tired, but she enjoys it...she still walks like a drunk....this morning twinkie took lulu for a ride...roscoe went along for support....when they came home lulu was wagging her tail all over the place......its so good to see her happy......then they all walked to the grape arbor....her head is back on straight, too...which has only happened since she has been taking her motion sick pill (which her mom or dad has to force her to swallow...she is not a pill-taking kind of girl).....lulu has a vet appt. on thurs afternoon with her mom, dad and dr. woof.....I wanted to go, too, but with dr. woof in the car where would I sit?? I doubt a wawa could find room!!

I spoke to annie about the biting thing and she claims she was just kidding....she was sewing her dress for the performance at the time.....she wants me to wear a white ruffed collar...she swears it will be manly and showed me a pic of a man's old-timey ruffled shirt....I told her it was not happening, so she is not pleased.........sigh....sometimes I see why others think she is a bit difficult to get along with....

since lulu is holding her own, roscoe and I are leaving on this afternoon's eagle flight...is the wawa battalion that went off to gather some of the everglades "fungus" back yet? ros wanted to make a brief stop there, but the Eagle said it will be dark by the time we get there, so we will just come straight to the house.....pls. make sure you leave the hamburger on the roof before you and mom go to bed....depending on when we arrive I may not see you and mom until morning tomorrow...I hope bowser is making one of his wonderful breakfasts.....

your handsome and smart son,
Prince



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7/28/14 7:04 A

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Dear TQ,

I have not felt at all that you or the others have "jabbered on" about Lulu. I feel close to this old girl and have experienced your discussion about her as inclusive and informative. I am so very sorry to hear that she is slipping further. Just please know that my thoughts are very much with you and with Lulu.

Tom

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Dear Prince,

I believe Annie does not fully appreciate the position that Greg and Michaela have in the studio. They are not only instructors, but owners of the studio as well. I fear a nip in the heel would result in a kick in the butt, and you and Annie would never again be permitted to enter the studio. It would be wise for you to understand this, and if Annie cannot be convinced, then it may serve you well to dance and sing solo. I fear that Annie's attitude may result in the demise of your dancing career. Think on this most carefully.

When you return home, I will explain the cow / hamburger relationship. It is not a comfortable one and I'm sure that you will have additional questions. We will talk on this later.

Twinkie is probably right when she says Dr. Woof is eating her out of house and home. The cost of medicine has always been high and it just keeps going up at an unprecedented rate. Of course, Dr. Woof is paid in a manner similar to how eagles are paid, and thus the appetite. Sometimes I wonder about the price of medicine these days. I think there needs to be some serious changes in the system of medical distribution in this country. We think that we have the best in the world, yet it is only the best for the very wealthy. Just a thought.

I hope that Lulu was able to appreciate your duet with Annie. Sometimes silence is more appreciated that entertainment, a factor that I suspect Annie hasn't figured out yet.

Dad, who is about to join Bowser for a fantastic waffle breakfast. (He does waffles even better than pancakes, if that is possible.)

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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7/26/14 8:11 P

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dear tom

I just want to thank you for letting me, annie, prince and anyone else jabber on about lulu and her health problems....she is slowly and surely going downhill.....you tolerance and kindness has meant a lot.
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dear dad,
do I need to come home to lead the troops into battle? roscoe said he is receiving "intel" constantly, and we will return to fl. either tomorrow afternoon or Monday....lulu is not doing well at all....everyone here is tense and unhappy......she is only eating milk, and perhaps a wee bit of yogurt...she refuses to even eat the roast chicken.....if roscoe needs to come to fl. he wants to return here as soon as possible.....I am concerned that ros is distracted by lulu's condition and will not be able to lead the troops.....he, of course, says this is nonsense and not to get too big for my britches, but this is what one would expect a distracted leader to say, isn't it??

annie says a good nip in the Achilles tendon (she says its in the heel area) will put a stop to any opposition by greg or mikaela or anyone else.....besides, she says, we are so naturally talented that we are a shoe-in....you will love our performance! however, dad, you have to promise not to spy on me (or me and annie when she comes) when I am/we are in rehearsal......our planned performance is top secret, annie says, until time to present it to an audience (you and the others).

the death trucks showed up at the gonzalez' yesterday, but marta again escaped....and guess what?! she has a calf! there are very few cows over in the pastures.....I asked annie what the death truck does and she said it changes the cows into hamburger....I don't understand and am not sure I want to......hamburger is what we feed the giant eagles and it doesn't look cow-like at all......hmmm.....

dr. woof did not go home yesterday....he said he needs to stay here to keep a constant eye on lulu and to work on a better medicine solution...he feels the cherry grass is good, but perhaps needs something in addition to that......twinkie says he is eating us out of house and home.....he ate a dozen cupcakes for dessert after lunch....in 2 bites......dr. woof also whispered that sometimes you just have to let go.....*sob* annie and I are going to sing to her tonight......
Prince, leader of chupes and natural born singer

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Dear Prince,

I really don't like the sound of things concerning Lulu. My suggestion (please pass this on to Twinkie) is to take Lulu to see one of the human quacks and inform Dr. Woof her actions. Suggest to Dr. Woof that he join in at the canine hospital to consult with the human quack. Oh, and inform the human that Dr. Woof will have equal footing with him and that final recommendations are to be made to Twinkie who will make the final decisions regarding Lulu's treatment. Needless to say, Lulu must be constantly consulted regarding her thoughts in the matter, and cherry grass must absolutely be a part of the treatment.

I am happy to hear that Annie feels quite confident regarding the outcome of the auditions, but please keep in mind that there is such a thing as over confidence. That looses more ball games and messes up more performances than pretty much anything else that I can think of. And she MUST not underestimate Greg & Michaela's cautiousness when it comes to including people (human or canine) in the show. This is NOT easy and requires fantastic dedication and effort.

Curious. I have heard nothing about the everglades fungus infection. But then I am not surprised. You know how they tend to keep things of a truly serious nature quiet so as not to panic the public. The Chihuahua commander says it is referred to as the Everglades plague, well, at least among those who really know what it is all about. We have noticed a paucity of chupacabra in the immediate vicinity, but the commander says that this is not at all surprising. He says that it is most likely our chupes joined the Everglades chupes. He also expresses concerns that this large gathering of chupes is heading toward Lehigh Acres travelling mostly at night. Shadow creatures are said to be close by them. There are some other as yet unidentified but horribly ugly creatures with them as well. The commander says that if this march continues he will need to call for reinforcements, and likely that will include some of the Chihuahuas and others from Virginia. He has already ordered a very large quantity of anti-chupe toxin which is shipped and on its way, but traveling by truck with a driver who seems to be taking his own sweet time, apparently not appreciating the urgency of this delivery. Tell Roscoe to be ready to travel, and Prince, you will need to travel with him. The two of you together are so much more effective in battle than either of you alone, and you have each others backs, so important in chupe fighting.

Dad, who is continuing to dream dance but now with chupacabra interference thinking. Its like static in the mind.

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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7/25/14 3:11 P

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dear dad

I showed annie your letter about how we would have to audition...her response was "oh, poo! no problem" and then she snorted (rather unattractively) and we both giggled....so I feel confident there will be no problem with the auditions.....you need not worry yourself about them.....today annie is helping me reach a much higher pitch than I am used to in my howling....she says she is quite pleased with my efforts, altho I am not sure twinkie is equally as thrilled.....

we shot toxin...or "toxinated" as some of the wawas here say....on several chupe bunnies last night.....all but 3 went poof! it was glorious! at one point a police car came to the house with its lights twirling because of a report that fireworks were being set off here......twinkie denied any such thing and the officer could find no proof although there was still a wisp or two of smoke in the air....even he admitted it did not smell like fireworks....twinkie invited him in for cupcakes and coffee so by the time he left he was feeling pretty relaxed and agreed it musta been a mistake......

roscoe saw a news report that said some of the Everglades is being destroyed by a fungus of some sort....ros said he has heard rumors that it comes from chupe fur rubbing on certain plants...this could mean a large chupe infestation in the Everglades.....this morning roscoe consulted with the commander at your house who is sending out a delegation to investigate...if the problem is chupe related, we may have to go to the Everglades immediately.....the scientists at UNC Canine have developed a test kit to help determine exactly what this fungus may be and what causes it....expect an EggMail Xpress delivery for the commander today with several of these kits.......ros is reluctant to leave here becuz of lulu's condition (she did not eat today, either), but lulu told him to go if he needs to....I will let you know when a decision has been made...

Prince, known as The Warrior Prince (oh, quit laughing, Annie)

later......Dr. Woof has been called in.....he is out on an emergency somewhere, but twinkie left orders with his secretary that he MUST come see lulu as soon as possible

Prince, who is Very Worried

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7/25/14 7:08 A

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Dear Prince,

As for the showcase, dream on...both you and Annie. Dream on. Seriously, dream on. I call it dream dancing. Listen my Prince, I have discussed this with Greg, the owner of the studio. I had to talk long and hard with him, but he has agreed to the following. You and Annie get it all together. Then you audition for me. Don't expect me to play favorites. If anything, as your dad, I will be harder on you and Annie than on anyone else who auditions for me. If I like it...and I mean really really really like it, I will arrange a second audition with Greg. But don't expect me to go easy on you and do NOT expect a free pass just because you are my boy. No...it won't work like that at all...either for you or for Annie. If (and only if) you can pass my scrutiny, then you will audition for Greg and Michaela. Either of them can veto your performance or accept it in part or entirely. Frankly, they are a LOT tougher than I am and I've already warned you about me. But IF you get past me, then you must prove yourself to both Greg and Michaela. Good luck with that. I think that, should you make it that far, the best you can hope for will be partial acceptance. Greg has already made it perfectly clear to me that you will not be the stars or control the show. And the show will not center around you, but rather you will complement the show. I'll send you the theme in a special message, but keep in mind that this theme is not yet public which means that it is totally secret. I know that you can keep a secret but I'm a bit concerned about Annie. You may want to not share it with her, but just make certain that your routine falls within the framework of the theme. Please let Annie know that the theme has been chosen by those who choose such things and that any suggestions for a theme by you or Annie will be disregarded as though it had never been said. Well, good luck Prince. I wish the two of you the best.

And good luck with your chupe - bunny hunt. I'm sorry there are chupes in this world and that you have to place yourself in danger going about the business of ridding the world of such creatures, but as you perform your duties as chupe hunter and destroyer, you become more and more a hero.

Your proud dad who is about to join Bowser in the kitchen for one of his super deluxe breakfasts.

Tom

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

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

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


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7/24/14 12:22 P

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dear dad,

too late...I did not realize your nov. showcase was a secret from annie, so I told her about it when you first mentioned it the other day.....she thinks that she and I can put on a great presentation....in fact, annie suggested your dance group could make our performance the main focus of the show and then you and mikaela and the others can do your parts in a way that shows off our part....we are talking over several ideas and annie is going to make her own dresses (she thinks you or mom probably lost the key to the vault and are just too ashamed to admit it to her.....)...we are going to work out the basics here...then we will work separately when I return to fla. ..later she will come out to fl. and we will join our perfected parts together...it will be the most glorious dance program ever seen!!!!

roscoe is calling me to go out on patrol with him this afternoon right after lunch...the chupe-bunny thing has him quite disturbed and he says he doesn't want me "overly influenced" by annie, whatever that means........

I do have good news....twinkie bought a roasted chicken and gave some to lulu which she ate....twinkie said she will buy or make anything that will encourage lulu to eat......maybe lu will have a better day today

Prince, who is ready to take some chupe bunnies down!!!


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7/24/14 11:03 A

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Dear Prince,

Sorry to hear about your matted fur with sparkles. But I'm happy that the coop turned out so well. Taking on a large house is quite different than painting a coop. Still, if you are interested, you should practice on Twinkie's house. This way there are several canines working on it and you have a better chance of finishing it in reasonable time. Then if you still have house painting ambitions when you get home, instead of wasting your time on our stucco house, we can hire you out. We will run the operation and collect the fee. You will, of course, receive payment for labor, say 10% of the total net profits.

As far as your Aunt Annie's self image (her feeling of thinness), I think you did just exactly the right thing when you stayed quiet. Annie is a sweet pooch without a doubt, but she does have some delusions, particularly about herself. There is no point in trying to correct her thinking either. Many have tried in one way or another and no one has succeeded. I point to that poor unfortunate Chihuahua as an example of how Annie reacts. No Prince, just enjoy her as she is and let her live in her deluded state. No one is perfect and this is an example of how Annie is not perfect.

I'm so sorry to hear about how Lulu had a bad day yesterday. We all love her and feel deep concern for her. Only time will tell us how this will turn out. Let's just hope together that all goes well for this dear old lady.

I continue to spend a lot of time thinking about November's showcase. I have some ideas, but I'm not certain if I can pull it all off. I'll tell you more about it when you get home, but I don't want to mention it here. You know how un-private letters can be on the internet, and you know also how Miss Annie does have some difficulty keeping information to herself, so I think you will understand why I want to wait until you are home and I can tell you in person.

Your dad, the dream dancer.

Tom

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

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

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


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dear dad
we painted the outside of the chicken coop and it looks SPLENDID....I asked if this paint would wash off in the rain, too, and annie said it would, but there was a special paint made for outside stuff that we could use but it did not come in quite as many pretty colors and it was hard to get out of fur....we all talked about it and decided to use both....annie was right...the outside stuff is stuck in my fur...fortunately, she only had 3 cans of the stuff, all partially used......she said we could throw glitter into the outside paint to liven it up....the coop does look lovely....I asked twinkie to send you a picture, but she can't find her camera...she promises to look for it today....I hope she hurries, cuz its already rained some and may do more later and I want you to see how beautiful our work of art is....I am thinking of painting our house when we get home....I wonder if jack would loan his catapult to get paint to the higher areas....you and mom will love it.....

dad, I sorta have a problem...something happened yesterday and I didn't know exactly what to do...I knew to be polite, but a proper response escaped me....see, what happened was this.....annie, the world's greatest aunt, and I were just hanging out on the front porch talking about my singing and all of a sudden she said something like "I know others are jealous of me because I am so tiny and dainty"...........I guess I was surprised into silence, which turned out to be a good thing, becuz a nearby guard wawa laughed aloud......as you may guess, annie did not take this well, and before anyone knew what was happening that wawa was turning tail over ears thru the air.....who knew my aunt could move so fast? her paw just reached over and backhanded him before he ever saw it coming...,and he is a guard!!! then all the other wawas who came rushing to see what was going on laughed at him.....he turned beet red, which is not a pretty color on a wawa, and tucked his tail between his legs as he resumed his post.....he did apologize to annie and when she flicked her paw at him in response he cringed and braced his feet......then conversation with annie picked back up like nothing had ever happened...............dad, she said she is tiny!!! we all love annie, but tiny she is not!!!! I have never heard of anyone being so self-deluded....I didn't know if I should try to make her face the truth of her un-tininess or just let her go on with her self-deception...we all love her, including her bigness, but...but...tiny?? roscoe was out on patrol and now he is sleeping, so I haven't had an opportunity to discuss this with him....(there was a possible chupe-bunny alert and I think 2 were poofed)

sad news yesterday....lulu had a very bad day.....her head seemed more crooked and she was not eating as well......she didn't feel like talking much during the day, either.....she was coming out of the house last evening and saw a bunny...she tried to speed up, fell down the last step on her face...HARD...and then rolled until she could get her feet working right underneath her.....it was so sad....today she seems a bit better, but her dad said she did not eat much.....I have been trying to think of what she might like and twinkie said she would get anything that lulu would want to eat, so I am sending her to the store to buy either a whole roasted chicken or hamburger (we needed more anyway since we used the last of it for the eagle who brought me)

I don't like this outside paint that is still in my fur...it clumps.....roscoe told twinkie to get some paint remover at the store, too.....sigh

Prince, who is looking good and glittery and needs to go practice his singing

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7/23/14 1:18 P

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Dear Prince,

I'll get right to the point. We are NOT going to move to West Virginia. End of story.

Shaved ice is probably quite delicious. It would be a lot like the stuff they sell at carnivals, circuses, fairs and the like. They call them snow cones. But Prince, I really don't think they are good for canines. I'm rather surprised that Twinkie would serve those to you. I'm beginning just how healthy your visit there is going to turn out to be. Getting concerned about you Prince Charming!

I've been thinking about a dance for the next showcase. It will be in November and I really want to start choreographing it soon. First, I have to decide on the right song for the theme and then work on it from there. I'm getting some ideas, but I have a few things to sort out first. By that, I mean I have a couple of key questions to ask Michaela.

Make certain that you stay outside during the rain. It is good to get that paint washed from you. Of course, if you still have paint on you when you return to Florida, there is always Jack's machine. Well, you know what I mean. :)

By the way, your singing was amazing. I hope you don't mind, but I've sent it on to canine Hollywood which is located right here in Florida. I can't wait to hear what they say about it.

Have fun Prince, but stay out of trouble (I'm sure you will...cough),
Dad

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/23/2014 (13:38)
Tom

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

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

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


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oh, Dad

you are so funny.....twinkie says she has a friend in W. VA who wore zoris (flip-flops) and pajamas in the snow to go grab a dead fox before anyone else got to it (its a long story)...mom did admit that this woman is a bit whacko,......twinkie said the locals get their food into their mansions before the snow comes and that the people who own those mansions pay someone to come take all that snow away.....however, twinkie also showed me some you tube videos of them doing their w. va dancing and i gotta agree, dad, that it looks awful compared to what you and mom do....not a graceful movement in the bunch!!

lulu is not eating this morning no matter what her mom and dad have offered her, so i am going to take out a plate of scrambled eggs that i cooked myself (tell bowser not to worry, i am not going to take over his job..........yet) and see if she will eat for me......

twinkie also made what she calls "shaved ice" and said this is similar to snow.....doesn't seem so bad if a dog is wearing boots......and annie showed me how to put different flavors on it (altho she declined to have maple syrup on hers)....pretty good eating! you should try it! i wanna move to the snow! you and mom would learn to like living in a mansion and eating snow...yum! yum!

we have still not painted the outside of the chicken coop becuz it has been raining everyday...it looks sunny today so annie says perhaps this afternoon...this will be great because the rain has washed most of the paint off of me from when we painted the inside...

Prince who hopes you enjoyed the video sent of me singing

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Dear Prince,

Let me tell you more about mansions in West Virginia since you apparently lack certain information. First off, they may sound glorious, but you have to understand that in W.V. it is not what you know, but who you know that will help you. You don't know anyone...not really, and frankly, you never will because you have to be born knowing them.

Now then, did they tell you about winters in W.V.? Try to picture this...snow falling (that's frozen white stuff that falls instead of rain like tiny ice cubes only they are star shaped) constantly until the ground is covered. Not just covered, but covered with several feet of that frozen stuff. The weather is so cold that you can't go outside, and even if you could you would have to build tunnels in the snow to get anywhere. That means you had better have lots of food inside the mansion. And don't plan on going to any dances either because you won't be able to get to those. Besides, what they call dancing is a lot like standing in one place moving your feet around to the sound of the music with your arms hanging down, all of this while someone else just fiddles around. Remember, you can't get to the dance in the winter, but if you could that is what you would be doing.

Oh, and minters are miserably long. Ever hear the term cabin fever? Well, it was invented just for those poor W. Virginia folk. They go a little mad every winter and it just gets worse and worse the longer they live there.

So, Prince, we don't plan on moving there and I don't think you should either.

Give our love to Lulu and the gang,
Dad

P.S. Has Roscoe tried spreading anti-chupe toxin around the parameter of the chicken quarters, er... coops?

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/22/2014 (11:12)
Tom

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

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

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


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dear Dad,

Lulu is napping right now (she does a lot of that) so I thought I'd drop you a line or two....first of all, you and mom can quit working outside in the heat becuz I found a lovely mansion in W. VA (it's real name is apparently West By God Virginia according to the locals)....according to my new friend Sir Stanislaus Von Tennant aka Bobbsey, all mansions come with ground keepers and maids and cooks who will prepare sumptuous meals....talk to mom about moving.....

this is not to say that I eat poorly at Twinkie's....the food is good, but its not as fabulously fancy as I had at Bobbsey's.....lulu always gets special meals in an attempt to get her to eat, and sometimes she offers me some....its hard to turn her down but roscoe says I must becuz she needs her strength.....I will try to follow your advice and walk on whichever side she is listing on, but some days she tilts one way and some days she tilts others.....Twinkie's got a sister with something called Parkinson's disease and she says the sister sometimes tilts, too, but her sister will hold up an arm/hand to help steady herself.....lulu tried this once and fell right over, so I guess it doesn't work for her.......lulu is pretty good-humoured about it all.....

sometimes when lulu is napping I go work with Roscoe or the other wawas.....there is apparently a chicken thief around here and I have been asked to help discover who the intruder is becuz no one knows if it is a chupe or just a regular thief.......I am going to be put on night duty tonight since the thief only comes when it is dark....we were missing another hen this morning....or at least no one has located her yet (she tends to be somewhat of a loner).....anyway, I am going to amble over to lulu's car and take a nap with her so I can be wide awake tonight.....

Prince who is glad he is here where its cool and rainy....

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Dear Prince,

I was so happy to hear that you are spending a lot of time with your sister-in-law, Lulu. She is very special and like a daughter to us. As you know, she was married to the brother that you never knew but who now looks down upon you and I suspect with some pride at the fine young man you are becoming. I am quite sure that Lulu will very much appreciate your being with her and close to her, though at times she may not feel quite up to expressing that. You will just need to understand that.

I think that you have chosen an excellent color to paint with. Needless to say, some of the paint will not fling from your tail and will remain with you until you have a thorough bathing such as you can receive from Jack's wonderful shower bathing and scrubbing machine. In the meanwhile, pink will look quite stunning next to your sleek shiny black coat. And probably droplets will spray over your entire coat along with some of the various colors the other painting canines will be slinging. You will likely have multi-color polka dots. It should be quite interesting. (cough) Well, enjoy yourself now but remember that you will be in line shortly for Jack's canine washing machine.

Yesterday your mom was off from work and we stayed busy all day. I didn't even have time to write. Today looks like another busy one with laundry and yard mowing in our tremendous heat (much hotter even than when you flew out). And the humidity doesn't help either. We are having a heat wave but I need to mow the grass because yesterday was the first day without showers and this afternoon we could get more showers (which here translate to thunder storms as you well know).

Keep on taking good care of your sister-in-law and enjoy the paint party. By the way, speaking of Lulu, you may wish to walk on the side that she tends to list toward. That way you can help balance her if she starts to loose her balance or stray from the straight and narrow path (from the car to the house).

Your very proud Dad

Tom

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took lulu via the ever promised car ride to visit Marta, a gonzalez cow and to the convenience store to get the sunday paper....lulu could not hop in the car by herself and as soon as I lifted all her paws off the ground, she rolled sideways...due, I guess, to her faulty navigational system....when I put her on the car seat, she lay on her side, unable to right herself.....but just as I was beginning to panic, working together, we were able to roll her right side up and get her feet under her....then she was fine....when we got home, I opened the door to get out and as I turned to get her, lulu hopped out on her own...again, when her front paws were in the air she started to roll over, but the open door caught her and braced her until her back paws hit the ground...once all four feet were on the ground she was fine..........at the convenience store I bought her favorite mini reese's cup, but I still had to break it into 8 pieces before she was able to consume it

prince was quite shocked to see lulu like this and spent a lot of time with her yesterday under the car (her favorite spot)...and when she went walking he stayed right by her side.....annie organized and reorganized and reorganized again my craft room which she had planned to paint with a canine painting party waiting for prince to come inside..she was a bit put out...happily for me, those plans have changed somewhat....the dogs are going to paint one of the old chicken coops today that is still standing.....this way, lulu can watch from under the car (we may move the car closer to the party, but hopefully out of the paint range)....Prince is quite happy with this arrangement and told annie she was the kindest, most wonderful and thoughtful auntie ever to think of this....some humble basset that we all know puffed out in happiness and pride and demanded a dog biscuit from me as her reward......prince is quite eager to get started and has chosen a sparkly pink for his first color....
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mom is in conference with Dr. Woof and can't be disturbed......I just happened to be lying on the other side of the door and couldn't help but overhear (bassets are naturals at excellent hearing becuz of their long, adorable ears) that the dr. is going to try a cherry grass experimental tonic on lulu....he and lulu have discussed it and worked on this new formula, so we shall see...lulu is getting better, but its very slowly.....and after her head tilt got worse at the vets dr. woof was concerned that this could happen again...I think it must be cherry grass with a neck muscle loosener......its's difficult to hear clearly thru thick wooden doors even when one's ear is up against the door (not that I was eavesdropping, but sometimes during poses ears can go in different directions).

I have already supervised the eagle food spread on the roof and the wawas are using catapults to get it up there right now.....I am not sure how many mice the hens will be able to find....there is a bunny that hangs around our yard at night and a wawa has been sent to see if he is willing to give himself or any relatives over to an eagles lunch....personally, I doubt that he will since rabbits are known for their selfish personalities.......

they should be here soon
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Dear Annie,

Prince left early this morning and should arrive quite soon. Have your mom prepare eagle payment. It seems that the Tennant guy's 3rd cousins kid met Prince and wanted him. So big wig Tennant said "sure" and Prince heard it. He immediately slipped out and demanded the eagle continue his flight. And what a flight it was...

No more had they taken off than gun shots were heard. Turns out a bunch of folks just over the first hill decided that they might be watching them and opened fire with shot guns. It was only by the eagles swift movements and careful training in gun shot avoidance procedures that they escaped. Near the men was a device that Prince had not seen before but the eagle said it was a still. It was, fortunately, located in a deeply wooded area and the eagle was able to use the wooded area as cover by flying low and zig sagging. Still, it wasn't easy.

As they dropped down below their current altitude (the land where the bootleggers lived), they were suddenly and without warning surrounded by very thick clouds... well, fog really from the eagles point of view. Visibility was extremely limited and more than once the eagle managed to just miss objects as he flew. He needed to stay low though, so that he could view the land area beneath the "fog." That, he said, was essential for navigation.

And so it went, one scary moment to the next until they finally arrived at a flat area near a busy highway. Located on the side of the road was a beautiful family restaurant with freshly tossed goodies behind. Since they had taken off suddenly and before breakfast, they decided to feast there. Prince was in hobo heaven but the eagle was only able to locate a few bits of sausage which he said he wasn't fond of. He did finally locate a couple of mice which he feels will tide him over until he arrives at their destination. It was from this area that Prince sent me his message. They were scheduled to take off immediately after his quick transmission, and apparently just in time since there were two men with long clubs (brooms perhaps) running towards the eagle and Prince.

Well, that's all I know about their morning so far. Look for them soon. Tell your mom about the arrival and give our love to Roscoe and Lulu. Oh, and please make sure Lulu is still taking her cherry grass tonic.

Tom, who is eager to hear of Prince's arrival,


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Tom,

Eagle Flight Services called to let us know that Prince will not be here until tomorrow....apparently the canine big wig demanded to be delivered home first, but he and Prince did become friends so he has invited your canine to spend the night at his mansion....the eagle agreed that this was the best plan, rather than huff back to VA, becuz the Tennant family lays out quite a spread of raw hamburger, freshly diced rabbit, at least a doz. fresh mice on the hoof and other delicious yummies...the eagle swore that Prince would be served a canine's dream of good food....apparently my nephew agreed to this, so his arrival is not expected until at least noon on Sat. (they tend to sleep in on Saturdays....and Prince and his new friend and the eagle will be enjoying a relaxing breakfast before takeoff'''

I admit I was a bit miffed at first, but who can blame Prince,.....

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Dear Aunt Annie,

OMG! O - M - G, eight, almost 9? OMG!!!!! And she has a boy friend? OMG! Well, you can be sure I will have nothing, and I mean NOTHING to do with that hussy EVER! I can't believe she twisted my paw the way she did. Oh, those words she used. She meant none of it. And you are right, I'll bet she is the gold digger above and beyond all others. Oh Annie, thank you so much for your most valuable information. I'm not even going to answer her letters...well, unless I decide to give her what for if you know what I mean. Good gravy train! I wonder if I will ever believe another lady dog again.

By the way, the party sounds really really great. I'm not much into howling at the moon (I think you are a natural with that but I am sort of laid back and value my night time sleep.) In fact, I sometimes have to herd my folks back to the bed room if they decide to stay up too late. But hey, the party food would be great. I mean, I'm into eating big time. So I'm going to ask dad if I can hop an eagle flight (oh, I like that expression) and drop in on you (literally...he he). Just a minute.

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OK, its a go. Dad says I can come but warned me to stay away from Bing (as if I needed a warning...I've got information from you dear aunt). Dad is making arrangements with the eagles now. I've never seen him move so fast on plans. Hmmmm...I wonder why. Hmmm... Well, I guess I've been a little reluctant to mind him lately, but surely that has nothing to do with it. No, he's just being a good dad and providing me with a much deserved vacation.

Dad just called and said that I'm in luck. There is an eagle flying by on another drop, and should be here within half an hour. I will arrive there by evening. His other drop is beyond in West Virginia... some dog with the last name of Tennent. He belongs to some politician whose family pretty much owns W. Virginia. Anyway, it will be interesting to rub elbows with a big wig pooch. I'll tell you about it when I get there. See you later.

Your nephew who is so excited about the party and visit in Virginia,
Prince

Tom

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dear sweet, confused nephew,

I understand why it is exciting to meet an interest-ed/ing female online.....but really, if you want to find a young lady, I can talk to some of my fl. friends to look for a suitable "friend" for you...you also should keep your eyes open at the dog park for possible new lady friends.....even canine e-harmony might have some lovely ladies looking for a handsome lad like yourself,...Bing, however, is not the girl for you......what has she told you about herself? are you aware she is 8, almost 9, years old???--waaayyy too old for you.....she is a smooth talker, but she will take all your snacks......you asked what "hook up" means...in the way that bing is using it, it means she wants to be your girlfriend, but according to my brother she already has a boyfriend......so....this means she is also not trustworthy......believe me, you can do better,...much, much better (and how would you two hook up? I bet she would expect you to pay for all the travelling)....

my sister and THE KID left today....we are so excited....mom said we can have a party to celebrate our "freedom" from the constant barrage of energy of a 5 yr old....she said we can howl at the moon all night if we want.....she said wee can use her radio and I am making snacks of all varieties......pls. hop an eagle and come if you can

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Dear Annie,

Dad is kind of busy today so I decided to slip into the computer room and write my favorite aunt. Well, actually, my only aunt, but if I had some more you would be my favorite.

I want to ask your advice about stuff. I've been talking to this really hot Virginia chick by the name of Bing. She has given me all kind of ideas. She wants to come down here and supervise a paint party. Then she wants me to go on a fabulous adventure with her. she said something about hooking up with her, but I don't know what that means. I asked dad about what hooking up meant, and he said that it was not really a concern of mine. That had something to do with some vet but we don't go to him any more. He was the one that saw me when I was in temporary housing called humain society or something like that. Anyway, the vet that I have now is really nice except when she sticks a sharp needle in me or messes around with my behind, but all in all I like her. And the folks they have with her, well, they are just really neat. Oh, and they give you treats and stuff. Why, it makes you even almost want to visit. (I said ALMOST!).

Anyway Annie, what I wanted to ask you was the meaning of "hook up" and what you think I should do about going on an adventure with Bing. Dad kinda looked over my shoulder while I talked with her and he said absolutely NOT...no way was I to go with her. But I don't know. I think it might be kinda fun. What cha think Annie?

Your inquisitive adventurous nephew,
Prince

Tom

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lulu is eating like a trucker!..mom thought lulu had lost 10 lbs since she got sick, but the vet said it was 14.....she seems to be working on regaining her weight......her head is still really tilted and my dad had to carry her outside this morning....he says the navigational equipment in her brain is not working...last night she could not find her way out from behind a door that mom wanted to open and when it stormed in the afternoon she walked in circles in the yard becuz she couldn't focus to come up the steps........mom cried yesterday and she told lulu that she could be with bear if she needed to, but lu said bear does not want her to be a quitter.....this morning she woke mom up at 5:30 am....do you know that is such an ugly hour of the morning??? once dad carried her outside and she got her bearings she was okay.....well, except when she fell on her nose when she tried to piddle.....

as for bing contacting Prince, you'd better watch out for her.....she's a sneaky one.....she'll give the humans her cute face look so that she gets ALL the treats.....she is also an older girl, too old for my favorite nephew ...she is 8 yrs old.....she also has heart problems...all in all she is a shifty character and not worthy of Prince....when roscoe first met her he shot her with toxin cuz he sniffed something odd about her and was concerned she might be a chupe in disguise....turns out she did not go poof (too bad), but he is not overly fond of her....gotta trust roscoe's instincts, right?

mom is throwing out the last of my sister's chocolate birthday cake to the chickens (my sister and THE KID went back to Alabama this morning.....yay).....I think I need to go out and help the chickens cuz there is an awful lot of cake and if they eat too much they might get sick.....you know I am a natural at being kind...

Annie, who is kind to chickens

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Dear Annie,

Thanks for your very descriptive report about your stay. I am so very sorry to hear all that you talked about regarding Lulu though. As you know, because she was married to Bear, she has a very special place in my heart (as do you of course...whew!). Well, all three of you are special, but my heart goes out to Lulu who seems to be so very sick.

It was most disheartening to hear of the level of security in place at this time at the spa. It pretty much spoils the vacation in a way, though you did seem to find ways to whop it up a bit. I heard through the grapevine that that level of security was not put into place until they heard that you three were on your way. I don't understand why that would be, but I just heard about it. Probably just a rumor. Strange though, Annie, your name was specifically mentioned for some reason.

Oh my, I just heard Prince let out a cry of joy. When I asked him what he was so excited about, he said something about a paint party right here. Someone must have messaged him because I didn't tell him, and I didn't see him looking over my shoulder. Hmmmm... who I wonder? Oh, wait...I hear Prince now. He's on the cell phone. He's talking to... hmmmm... OMG, he's talking to Bing! What next. Apparently he met Bing online. OMG!

Annie, I need to go. I need to monitor this call. Say hi to everyone and give our love to Roscoe and Lulu. Oh, and tell Lulu to get well...we are all pulling for her.

Tom, the shocked on his way to monitor a call.

Tom

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dear tom,

you will not believe how HORRIBLE our weekend was!!! security had been tightened and the main door leading into all the guest rooms was triple locked and chained so I was not able to get out to the front desk computer and phone while we were incarcerated.....so, no pizza, no parties..well, we had a few parties, but they were rather subdued since we could not order in food.....and the radio was on the other side of the locked door so we had no music.....dogs, however, as you well know, are resourceful...perhaps the most naturally resourceful of all animals....no radio? we sang...we howled.....no pizza? we traded what food we had and did manage to find a couple of bags of dry food.....we were able to pick the locks of our individual cages and would each move into a new cage when the weekend caretakers came....they were so confused...it was really quite funny!

lulu, sadly, is worse and was not able to party with most of us...she did change cages a couple of times, but that was the most she could accomplish....her head is even more canted to the side and when mom put her in the car this morning, her legs collapsed under her and she could not stand up...she just lay on her side and made strange little noises....one of the attendants came out to help, but could not get lulu up....once on the ground, tho, lulu could stand, altho she walks/stumbles sideways more than she did before the visit to the "spa" *snort*...mom is really upset and is nibbling chocolate along with her unsweet tea.....the attendant took lulu back inside to see the vet.....this turned out to be a new vet who could not find anything new wrong, but suggested (several times) that perhaps lulu has a brain tumor and they could take blood tests....when mom asked what the blood tests would show in relation to this disease, the vet admitted that nothing new would show up on the blood tests....mom said she will never see this vet at the place ever again.....(I believe the word "moron" was used, but mom was muttering and I am not totally sure).....part of the problem was that the vet staff confiscated the cherry grass tonic....dr. woof will be here by lunchtime to see what he can do for lulu and to bring her some tonic......we gave her some when we got home and she just lapped it up.....we hope its not too late to rectify the damage that occurred due to lack of the c-g tonic.......

the painting party was cancelled becuz Bing was sick, but when we come back to fl. (not sure just when that will be), we will bring little containers of paint for Prince...I am looking for some glow in the dark paint just for him......
Annie
p.s. THE KID goes back home tomorrow....wheeeee

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To whom it may concern (again):

Please pass this message to Lulu, Roscoe and Annie...

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Hi you three spa goers,

I received an interesting message from your mom about the wedding and a few other interesting events of the weekend. I thought surely you would have escaped and high tailed it to the wedding, but I gather you are just having too much fun. Either that, or security is stronger than I thought.

Prince wants the three of you to tell him all about the paint party as soon as you can. He wishes that he could be with you. He thought about some glow in the dark shade of pink or something. Frankly, I think he wants to use his tail at night to scare people. Let's face it, with his totally black fur, he is pretty hard to see in the dark, and a waggling glow in the dark tail might just be eerie enough to frighten some of the neighborhood kids. All in fun, of course, since there is only one kid who he would try to scare and she is a dog loving teenager.

Well, I here you are gong to be dragged away from your staycation tomorrow, so best of luck to you. I hope that you enjoyed your time there.

Your dad-in-law / uncle...Tom

Tom

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we are home from the wedding and what an adventurous weekend it has been...and continues to be....first, the canines were hauled off to the spa.....as always I had to escort annie and her spa leader, occasionally pushing from behind to get her to her luxury guest room....roscoe went willingly becuz his good buddy offered to take him....lulu's personal escort was sarah...I don't know her well, but she has that same knowitall attitude that her daddy has....I told her about lulu's health problems, she indicated she understood and then proceeded to drag lulu towards the guest rooms...I halted that and reminded sarah that lulu cannot walk that fast.,...she nodded and then dragged her some more and when I stopped that sarah sighed and picked up lulu and hot-footed it back towards the kennels,...er, guest rooms.....I complained to the receptionist who apologized all over the place (I got the impression that the receptionist was not fond of sarah either)....a bit later the manager of the establishment phoned me to apologize and assured me that sarah would be "spoken to"......
so! off to the wedding

before we left for the rehearsal dinner we celebrated my daughter's birthday....while we were at lunch mr. twinkie received a message from #1 son that he and the bride had gone to the courthouse and gotten married.......apparently (we learned later) the Methodist minister from Arkansas was not licensed in the state of va. so he could not legally perform the wedding on sat.....which is why the bride and groom got legally married in a rush on fri.....but the rehearsal dinner continued as planned.....on sat. morning we took #1Daughter and THE KID to a wild animal park where you drive thru, seeing lots of animals and feeding them pellets from buckets.....THE KID was so startled the first time a llama reached in to grab some food that she dropped the entire bucket (in the car)......fortunately we bought extras......THE KID was enamoured with all the baby deer.....later another llama came to the back window on the side of #1 daughter......there was a great, loud sound and then the sounds of screaming from the back seat and the smell of llama poop throughout the car.......my daughter said the llama sneezed....reality was the llama exploded...there was green, grassy, poopy-smelling stuff on their clothes, in their hair, all over the car....THE KID was crying/screeching, Daughter was hysterical, and I was laughing til I cried as I passed back every napkin in the glove compartment (mr. .twinkie was giving me nasty looks and mouthing scathing remarks in my direction)......after most of the mess was mopped off those who were drenched in green llama snot, the route continued...when we got to the end the girls went to the ladies' room to wash off and then we went into the gift shop which restored THE KID'S good mood...enough so that she wanted to go thru the walking area to see other animals......we left, had lunch and went back to the hotel for showers and resting until time to go to the wedding.......

the wedding took place at 4pm in 90F temps outside....everyone was sweating buckets and the minister, a visiting uncle, went on and on and on.....I took lots of pictures......after the ceremony food and friendship was continued under a large tent for several hours...

this morning we returned home....#1Daughter, trying to phone her husband, went outside, walked down a ramp, tripped over Francine (a large black snake) and sprained her ankle.....she has spent the afternoon with her leg propped up with an ice pack on it....I have had a finger wrapped in a hot cloth soaked with Epsom salts due to an infection from cut I received when I went to get my nails done for the wedding earlier in the week.....sigh...

tomorrow morning I will go pick up the dogs from the spa...I do hope they are not too reluctant to leave the place....btw, when they weighed lulu she has lost 10 lbs in the past 2 weeks due to her illness

TQ




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To whom this may concern:

Please pass this message to the following guests: Lulu, Roscoe, and Annie.

My dear poor daughter-in-law, niece, and nephew,

It was with deep sorrow that I learned of your dilemma, that of being shoved off to the spa. We all know that it isn't a spa at all, but truly a torture chamber. You have my deepest sympathies.

However, now that you are there, I strongly suggest that you make the very best of it that you can. First, close your eyes and remember some of the very difficult adventures that you have experienced and survived. True, it was rough, but you returned home to live in the lap of luxury, complete with home cooked meals and wonderful Bowser biscuits. Oh, and don't forget Bowser's amazing pancakes. (Annie, you can have yours with a fruit compote and whipped cream rather than that map...er, unmentionable syrup.)

Next know that all trips are finite. They end. All things end, the good and the bad. So it shall it be with your spa incarceration.

Now then, you have contemplated previous hardships and considered future hope. Your next task is the most important. Find a way to enjoy this time. Yes, that's what I said and that's what I meant...find a way to ENJOY this trip. There are new folks to chat with and to get to know. Each will have his or her story to tell...listen and enjoy their adventures. Share your adventures with them. Why, I'll bet just that much could keep you pleasantly occupied for days. Oh, and my guess is that when you share your adventures, every guy and gal there will be in utter awe of each of you. Yes, I predict a truly good time there.

Oh, and if all else fails, find a way to escape. Frankly, it can't be any harder than so many of the miraculous escapes you have made during your adventures. You may even wish to spend part of the time huddling together and contemplating your next adventure.

Remember, most of all, always, no matter what the circumstances are, find a way to have FUN!

Your dad-in-law / uncle... Tom

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/12/2014 (08:30)
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dear fl. group

lulu has gone to stay the weekend at the spa....she was not very well treated by the kennel...er, spa attendant who was taking her back to her luxury room, so I complained and everyone fell over themselves apologizing.........annie and roscoe have also chosen to stay at the spa with her to help her feel better (roscoe also does not like bing)...ros send a large contingent of wawas to help with the painting project......

my son and his fiancé have gone to the justice of the peace and gotten married...there will be a wedding ceremony tomorrow and The Kid will be a flower girl.....we will be away until sun.

TQ

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Dear Sleepless One,

I sympathize with your dilemma. But I shall assume that your question about leaving Annie in charge is simply a rhetorical one. It may be time to hire a full time maid and nursemaid for kids and canines. Just a suggestion. Of course, if you hired such a creature, you might be forced to take a small staycation at a local mountain retreat. Just sayin'...

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Dear Annie,

I just wrote your mom but I don't think she will want to share her message with you. But then, you may not wish to share your message with her, especially the part about letting the kid stuff you with biscuits. The eagles absolutely refuse to send a gondola there for the purpose of letting you shirk your kid duties (their words, not mine).

I think if I were you I would work very diligently on two life matters. One would be a strong sense of determination and motivation towards keeping your lovely girlish figure; the other, the ability to politely but firmly say no. Now I know for a fact that neither of these are easy talents to perfect, but I know you girl, and I know that you can. Just set your mind stubbornly on your goals and you can succeed. I have faith in you.

Sorry about the eagle thing,
Tom

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dearest tom

pls. send an eagle's gondola immediately....it truly is an emergency....THE KID is here!! I have been fed more dog biscuits today than I have ever eaten in a month!! (and, of course, to be polite I HAD to eat them.....sigh.....) they are all leaving tomorrow after lunch to go to my brother's wedding, but I don't know if I will last until then...I could pop!! bing is not sending a car until early sunday morning....puleeeessee....rescue me now! roscoe has been friendly, but decided to stay outside which leaves me the sole responsibility of being "cute" for THE KID....right now everybody but mom has gone to the store....if you send the eagle right now I can escape before they get back...I am exhausted....I have gone on two (yes, 2!!) long walks in the woods the THE KID and my dad....I am a mere shell of the beautiful basset I used to be...*sob*....hurry! I am waiting!!

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fortunately annie and roscoe, particularly roscoe, are always ready to jump in and eat whatever lulu can't manage....

lulu drove me nuts last night, breathing in my face, sighing, pacing....I was home alone and she wanted,...nay, insisted...on sleeping outside...I walked her several times (including 2 am and 4am), but that did not satisfy her....finally at about 6:30 I said she could go outside and sit under the car.....I took her some breakfast of tuna and yogurt but she did not want it.....I have had 2 hrs of sleep and am feeling pretty testy....I am thinking a nap is in my near future...should I leave annie in charge?

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Dear Aunt Annie,

Please tell Bing that I am so very sorry that I can't be in Virginia for the paint party. I understood when the eagle left with only you and Roscoe. I mean, let's face it, that was a gondola full. Of course there was no room for me, but then I talked with dad and asked him to hire another eagle gondola for me to travel to Virginia. (The eagles don't make me have an escort!) Well, dad and mom can be so stingy and cheap. (They say they are just being frugal, what ever that means.) Anyway, I have tried all sorts of cuteness tricks as well as threatening running away on my own or arranging my own transportation, but nothing is working. Besides, I have a reputation to protect. I'm known as a "good dog," and believe me, treat-wise that pays. So I have to be very careful, but between you and me, I get away with stuff all the time that they don't know about.

Well, say hi to Roscoe and Lulu and Bing for me, and if you want to share this letter with Bing you can, just to let him know my failure to come had nothing to do with her.

Prince, the "good dog" (snicker)

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Dear TQ,

I think Prince may have sent a message to Annie this morning, though I'm not certain.

Last night I took Prince to dance class. He was amazing. He is the only one who really "got it."

I don't know if you know it or not, but there are three levels to dance: 1) bronze, which is divided into bronze 1 and bronze 2, 2 being the more difficult half and 1 being the very basic stuff; 2) silver, which is the intermediate yet very difficult patterns (patterns, no longer steps), and gold (super difficult). The class is intermediate (silver) which only about 10% of all dance students (nantion wide) take. Our class is NOT easy.

Currently we are doing Viennese waltz, a very difficult dance to begin with. Last night we were informed that the pattern we are learning is listed in his Arthur Murray syllabus as gold #3. Yikes! Where the heck did silver go?

But what I'm getting at is that Prince was the only one who really got this pattern and was able to pull it off without a hitch. Granted, he is a tad more limber than the rest of us, but still... sheez, that was discouraging. Anyway, Prince promised to help me at home and I plan to work on it daily until next class. Also, my class partner, Deb and I plan to meet early Friday before tango class and party in order to go over what we have so far learned. I may take Prince with me so that he can help the two of us work on this lesson.

Tom, who is currently trying to untangle his legs and feet.

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much to lulu's disgust and disappointment we are all out of rotisserie chicken....I suppose I could get another one tomorrow when I go into town.....sometimes I have the inkling that perhaps I am being squoogled by her, but then she falls on her nose and I know she is not pretending.....she is quite alarmed that the vet said her head may always be crooked and even Dr. Woof is a bit concerned since her walking is a bit better, but he head is still to the side.....I try to reassure her that she is making progress, abeit very slowly...the tripping and falling really irritates her.....the 100 yr old man who is the roommate of mr. twinkie's father in the nursing home fell and now he walks sideways, too...lulu is 14 which makes her 98 in dog years....she and Bob are a lot alike these days.....I had to take her out for a walk at 1am last night...my experiment with leaving her access to the front porch did not work as she insists on being on grass to take care of business.....

I sent your message on to bing, but doubt that will close the rift between her and annie....I told her that if she does not go to the painting party she will have to stay the weekend at the spa with lulu......I have not mentioned to anyone that The Kid is arriving on thurs and will be here until tues., altho annie has asked repeatedly why we are making such a fuss about cleaning the house.,...

man! it is hot! we bug-bombed so now all the windows are opening so the house can air out....the dogs are outside, much to Annie's disgust......roscoe has found a nice cool place in a "nest" he dug out in the red clay....he is disgusting to look at with red paws and even red mud on his nose and chin...."good disguise" he told me.....*snicker*

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It's understandable that Dr. Woof would show up at meal time. After all, this is how he gets paid for his invaluable work. I'll bet that he is still a lot cheaper than the quack. I do hope you saved some of that wonderful rotisserie chicken for him. Oh, and you can tell Lulu that Prince does, in fact, like rotisserie chicken, though we are not as generous with ours as you are since we are omnivores.

I am very happy to hear of Lulu's improvements. It is good that she and the good Dr. consult regarding the cherry grass dosage. She definitely has the expertise, but the doctor can help keep things objective. Wonderful combination of talents in my humble opinion.

I've discussed things with Prince and you can assure Bing that Annie never bad-mouthed her to Prince. Prince's failure to come was based totally upon occupancy capacity for the gondola. Annie had to return and Roscoe with her as her guardian since this is a requirement of eagle services.

Today Prince and I were outside. We went out early and saw two visitors other than birds. One was a cat who is a neighbor who visits in hopes of obtaining an avian meal. Prince immediately chased it away, sending it home as is his duty. But when he took after the rabbit, it ran exceedingly fast and with out any sort of hopping movement, but rather with its rear legs extending very much like a canine. Prince usually holds back with bunnies, letting them think they are getting away, but when he saw this one run, he quickened his pace and shot anti-chupe toxin at the creature. You guessed it. Poof! And that was all there was of that, except that it serves as a warning that the chupacabra threat is alive and well. We haven't seen this since their recent defeat, and it suggests that they are rebuilding and possibly planning another invasion. This worries me since the defeat of them was recent enough for them to remember how they were defeated and learn from it. Though I will admit, chupacabra are extremely aggressive but not terribly intelligent or very prone to leaning anything outside of pure instinct. Still, I worry.

Give Lulu, Roscoe, and Annie our love and say hi to Bing for us.

Tom and Prince, who are now on guard along with the Chihuahuas.

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good news on the Lulu front....while still listing to the side as she walks, yesterday she started eating cooked eggs, 2 scrambled at a time, thank you.....this morning at the grocery store I picked up one of those already cooked rotisserie whole chickens....when I got home I offered her some, hoping she would eat at least a couple of bites.....she ate over 1/3 of the chicken with roscoe and others eating quite a bit of it, too.....I knew those delicious smells would be irresistible!! annie was in the house and didn't know about it until it was too late....what little chicken was left is now in the 'frig, and I will try it again at dinner time....lulu suggested that joanie pick up a chicken for Prince while she is a work.....lulu swears he will love it......I think her walking is a bit less wobbly today, too, altho when Dr. Woof showed up (a breakfast time) and put her thru her paces, lulu tried to make a turn, lost control, wound up making a large half circle and almost fell on her nose......poor lu looked a bit frustrated.....

bing is quite upset that Prince will not be coming to the painting party.....she and annie have never gotten along so she blames annie for talking bad about her.....annie swears she never badmouthed bing to anyone in fl ("why would I bother to even mention that beast?")....

the extra carpets I laid down next to the one in the tv room did-didn't work....I saw lulu walk on the first one 2 or 3 times and then she would look down, realize she was off the regular carpet and back onto her Rug-Of-Safety.....when it came time to go outside to take care of "business" she paced on the ROS but refused to leave it until mr. twinkie picked her up and carried her...partway to the door he put her down and told her to walk the rest of the way...she looked surprised, but after a few moments did so......I had to get up at 1am and take her out...mr. t suggested that I should have just left her out to sleep under a car as she likes to do....I pointed out that if a coyote or even a bunny attacked at this stage she still could not defend herself....perhaps if she walked in wobbly circles and fell on her nose the attackers would be too surprised to do anything but run away, but since its not a sure thing I feel she is safer inside....roscoe agreed with this, so inside at night lulu reluctantly agreed to stay....I take her fresh water and food during the day.....

dr. woof and lulu have been having a long discussion and have been making notes and calculations.....apparently they are going to try an adjustment to her cherry grass medications to see if that helps........now dr. woof is at the door wondering if, perhaps, it might be lunch time...sigh (that guy eats A LOT)
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Hi TQ,

Prince, Joanie and I are very happy to hear of Lulu's progress, especially the eating. I think the trip was probably good for her. I would love it if she would gain strength and balance, but all of this takes time. Her lack of balance might be accompanied with dizziness which often leads to feeling a little nauseated, and that may have something to do with lack of appetite. If so, then her eating is a good sign on multiple levels. Just a guess though. I'll leave the Dx up to Dr. Woof.

Prince had planned to make the trip to Virginia and hates missing the paint party. However, Annie and Roscoe left fairly suddenly and at that time arrangements were made for only one gondola. The eagle flatly refused to take three canines, though did express a preference for Roscoe and Prince. Annie, of course, insisted that she NEEDED to leave here and get to Virginia. Roscoe would like to have stayed until the last minute, but had to accompany Annie. I gather all went well with the trip, though I know "it ain't over 'till the fat lady sings," what ever that means.

I had a really busy day today. After church, Prince took me to dog park and showed me a wonderful time, introducing me to a couple of his friends. Then he and I returned home to eat. Then Prince took me to Petsmart where he excused himself for a short time while he got a manicure. Then the pampered pooch and I returned home. Joanie spent all of that time cleaning but had lunch ready for us when we returned from dog park. She was still cleaning and working when Prince and I got home from the nail salon, so I pitched in and worked on the kitchen, including doing a couple days accumulation of dishes (the non-dishwasher variety). And of course I continued with counters, etc. All in all, it was a wonderfully productive day. Oh, did I mention, while I was working on dishes, Prince mopped the kitchen floor for us. Joanie, of course, had cleaned the floors but then, when I cleaned the counters there were a few boo-boos made.

As for Annie's dietary needs, I've asked Baby Cakes and the Chihuahua nurses to set up her schedule for you and mail it. You will also get her strength training and aerobic schedule in the same e-mail. You may wish to not mention this to Annie because she tends to want to be in charge of her own eating, exercising, and posing schedules. However, she seems to have different ideas about these things than the professionals and for that reason, we feel the sending of that information is of the essence.

Let Mr. T know that she had grown to monstrous size following the syrup incident, and the goal was to return her to her arrival weight which was deemed only slightly unacceptable by the eagles for moving her, though they still prefer to have nothing to do with her for a variety of reasons which I shall refrain from mentioning.

Tom, he is so sorry to see Miss Annie and Roscoe leave. (cough)

Tom

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dear tom!

annie and roscoe arrived safely, altho mr. twinkie was overheard to remark that annie did not look any thinner to him...I pointed out (1) that he needed to shush so as not to hurt her feelings and (2) he did not know how large she had gotten after the maple syrup fiasco, so...again...shush.....annie, thank heavens, did not hear him as she was too busy preening and showing everyone how svelte she is and how well/fast she jogs.....she is in talking to the Commandant about offering jogging classes to the troops...i believe i saw him roll his eyes and she headed towards him, but my glasses were a bit smudgy so perhaps i am mistaken

the best news is that this morning, being sunday, I planned to go to the convenience store to get my newspaper...last night mr. twinkie asked if I was going to take lulu as it is something she and I do together every sunday morning....seeing as how unsteady she is on her feet, I said I would be going by myself....this morning I started to ask roscoe if he would care to go with me since lulu could not.....well, let me tell you, lulu interrupted and demanded..insisted... on going for the ride....of course I had to lift her into the car....I drove very slowly and carefully to the main road and I let her have the window down, altho if she had made any attempt of standing, I would have grabbed her and shut the window....she sat the entire way, just looking at the scenery....when we got to the store I almost did not buy her usual mini-reese's cup, but thought she might want to at least smell it (remember, she is only eating a little bit of yogurt and raw eggs),....well! I had to break that mini cup into about 8 pieces, but she ate them, one by one as I handed them to her.....next door to the convenience store is Dairy Queen...I bought 2 sausage and 2 egg biscuits.....lulu appeared mildly interested....when I got home, I had to lift her out of the car (she is so lightweight, its not difficult)....I gave roscoe and annie each a sausage biscuit and offered lulu in little bites, the cooked egg from one of the biscuits....she ate the entire thing! i tossed the biscuit part to annie and roscoe and offered lulu the egg from the next biscuit....torn in little pieces she ate it all AND about 1/4 of the biscuit itself....(annie and roscoe forced themselves to finish the remaining biscuit parts).....this is the most lulu has eaten all week....then, the poor dear decided she needed to pee, so lurching like a drunken sailor, she toddled over to the grass...afterwards, she crawled under the car and took a nap....we are all so thrilled that she ate!!!

TQ

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dear tom.

what happened? why did Prince not come? I thought he was going to help paint...I showed Bing a picture of him and she was so looking forward to meeting "that handsome guy".....oh, how will I tell her that he did not come?? she will be soooo disappointed.....(I hope this does not cause her to paint her parents house in drab, sad colors)

no one sent me a dietary list for annie and she has requested a large breakfast when she gets home....I will be out, probably, when they arrive so I left her a bowl with a cup of cooked oatmeal in it.....I do hope it will not be all dried out and icky by the time they get here....there is a walloping big pile of raw hamburger on the roof for the eagle, but with so few chickens here now, they were only able to catch 3 mice which are in a cage next to the hamburger.....I gave the hens the expected time table and they all plan to be in the coop by 9 where they will remain until after the eagle leaves.......the squirrels plan to vacate the area, too

how kind of annie to sing a farewell song for you and joanie.....she is such a sweetheart......

lulu is walking a little better but has developed a fear of the floor which is wood in the tv room.....if she is on the carpet she will not leave unless mr. twinkie carries her......coming into the house she will walk on the wood floors with nary a problem, including into the tv room, but once she gets on that carpet she is adamant about not leaving on her own.....last night she really needed to go outside to relieve herself...she kept wobbling over to me....I brought her yogurt, water, an egg, etc etc...still, she kept nudging me with her head....drove me crazy!! finally mr. twinkie (aka Nurse) thought that perhaps she needed to tinkle....he tried to coax her to follow him....no go.....he put the leash on her and attempted to walk her out....nope......he put a blanket on the floor so her dainty toes would not have to touch wood....almost, but after 3 steps she scurried back to the safety of the carpet, at which point Nurse sighed, picked her up and carried her to the door.....she scurried outside with him, took care of nature and walked right back into the house.......its only when she is leaving the den that she freaks about stepping on the floor...I think she slipped once when this disease first hit, and she blames the floor, not the illness......I suppose I shall have to discuss this with Dr. Woof when he arrives today.....(I made chocolate cupcakes last night and saved several for him)

speaking of Dr. Woof....when he was here yesterday I asked if he knew our vet.....he and lulu just looked at one another and laughed........I took that as a "yes"

TQ who is going to look for a cheap carpet runner for the den for lulu

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Dear TQ,

I just need to let you know that Roscoe and Annie took off very early this morning for Virginia. Roscoe arranged the flight late last night immediately after Annie's last weigh in by the Chihuahuas. She will be hungry because the Chihuahuas didn't allow her to have breakfast (or anything since her last weigh in). Be prepared. The eagles charge a good bit extra for these last minute early morning express flights, not to mention the sur charge for Annie due to her weight and, uh...other factors. Arrival will be after 9 this AM but not later than 10:30. At least, that is what the eagles told the messenger Chihuahua who delivered the message to me.

Roscoe is quite anxious to be home with Lulu as he is very concerned about her. Annie, on the other hand, just seems anxious to leave here. I don't think she had as much fun this time as she usually does. She seemed very anxious to, well...in her words..."get outta here." That phrase was finalized by the most hideous someone's done someone wrong song that I have ever heard. She sung it just before leaving and woke both Joanie and me up. At first I thought it was some high pitched hideous fire work or something, but no, it was Annie. Poor baby. I hope she didn't get urt somehow.

Let me know when the kids arrive. I always worry.

Tom

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Hi mom,

Roscoe and I are on our way home. I'm sending this with the smart phone that you gave him before his Texas trip, remember? I just can't wait to get home. By the way, Tom didn't feed me breakfast...some sort of torture or crazy ritual I suspect. I can't wait to see the huge breakfast that you fix me. I am so looking forward to settling in.

Mom, can I ask you a question? Do I have to ever go back to Florida? I don't like it there much any more.

Your soon to be pampered pooch, Annie

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dear Everyone

lulu's walking seems to be a wee bit better in the mornings...she walked down the stairs by herself this morning with only a little bit of wobble....thank heavens, since her dad was getting tired of carrying her.......she is still barely eating....yogurt only...2 days ago she ate a bit of tuna, but not since then and an egg.....and she still has to be hand fed becuz her head is still tilted crookedly....late last night I even offered her a bite of ice cream which we all know she loves and she would not touch it......the vet said the condition would last a few days and Dr. Woof said it would last "until it doesn't"......lulu is feeling well enough to want to sit outside under one of the cars again, so we let her do that for a few hours everyday....mr. twinkie, since he is the only one who can carry her and also the one who can more easily crawl under the car to make her come inside, has become a wonderful nurse, taking her water and checking on her frequently throughout the day......I hope if I get sick I will get such good care......lulu will usually only eat from my hand,, but I think that is becuz in his desire for her to get well, her dad loads up a plate of possible gustatory delights to tempt her, when in fact, she can't bear to look at it.... dr. Woof said he would be by sometime to check on her...I'd better have plenty of snacks ready.....sigh
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dear annie,
oh, how sad that bowser forgot about your maple syrup avoidance, but still...he made them special just for you, which is his way of showing how much he loves you.....just remember that part....and you can also remember how noble you were to turn down the temptation of pancakes......you are so naturally noble

in addition to working out with the wawas, have you practiced dancing with tom and joanie....dancing is great exercise and you are so naturally graceful.....(and perhaps you and joanie could even dress up to add more fun to the practice session).....I know that Prince sometimes practices with his dad and they even go to dance events together sometimes where Prince receives lots of attention.....you would like that......

have fun....................y'all do not need to arrive here until wed. or thurs.....see you soon
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TQ:

Did either Dr. R Woof or the quack give any idea as to whether or not Lulu's condition will improve? We are all concerned and continue to be. It must be hard for her when she has been so active.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but the Chihuahuas really enjoyed those delicious maple syrup cookies that you sent. Annie watched from a distance drooling, yet knowing that she could not eat the cookies nor could she stand the flavor were we to let her have some of the cookies. Poor Annie.

Both Roscoe and Annie are anxious to return to Virginia and be with there sister. Roscoe would have left already, but he knows that he must remain in order to accompany Annie, an eagle requirement. I think Annie is the only one (human or canine) that doesn't understand that (in her words) "silly rule."

Annie's bloating has gone down to the point where it cannot even be detected. You will be happy to learn that a thorough examination of her mouth (not easy as you can imagine) reveals no more sores. Her weight remains elevated to a level where flight is still quite impossible but she looses a little every day thanks to the diligence and firmness of the Chihuahuas who threaten rear nipping if she doesn't follow through with her aerobics program. Strength training is proceeding quite well and in fact she is becoming strong to the point of being difficult to handle in situations where her will and ours conflict. Still, Baby Cakes insists that her training needs to continue and the Chihuahuas carry out her nursely orders If all continues to go as planned, I think she will be ready to travel by tomorrow. We shall see.

Tom

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Dear mom,

This morning I was really very hungry and so, when Bowser came over, I begged him to build me a pancake that would top all pancakes he has ever made. Bowser was so nice. He did exactly as I requested. I was about to dive into it when I detected an odor...of maple syrup. Oh no! Maple syrup in my pancake. I couldn't eat a bite. I asked for another without maple and he said "OK" but then her returned and told me that Tom has closed the kitchen until lunch. Oh mom, I am forced to go without breakfast. I know that Bowser knew that I could no longer eat maple but maybe he forgot. He seemed to be trying to really make me something nice that I would like and seemed to think maple syrup was my favorite. Oh, that word. I can hardly even say it without feeling nauseated. Well, Bowser knows now. I told him to make the same pancake tomorrow, but to use something different for flavor...anything but maple syrup flavor.

Annie, who is now starving from lack of food and is consequently depraved...er, deprived.

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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Dr. Reginald Woof came by at lunchtime (fancy, that!) to check on Lulu....lulu said she felt bad about coming home earlier than the others so she thought she would return to fl. on the return flight when the others arrive....she said the cherry grass fields need to be checked on....Dr. Woof told her Very Firmly that she had decided to put herself in his care and he adamantly refuses to let her fly anywhere....she has what he calls the "Wobbles" which is brought on, not as the vet thinks, by old age, but by overwork and stress....he said it is usually very intelligent canines who get this....dr. woof also pointed out that she could have a dizzy spell and fall right out of the gondola! lulu grimaced, but agreed to stay here....

this morning Lulu could not walk at all and mr. twinkie had to carry her outside, but this afternoon she seems, while still wobbly, a wee bit steadier....I bought her Vienna sausage which she usually adores and tried to feed her one, but she wanted nothing to do with it....right now yogurt is the only thing she consents to eat, and very little of that....she did eat an egg yesterday so when I go to the grocery store tomorrow I will buy a dozen.....hopefully, lulu will be fully recovered in time for the wedding....if not, she may have to stay home, or at least miss the painting party but perhaps could attend the wedding

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dear Annie

just know that you are continuing to be your kind, beautiful self no matter how grumpy others may be....has it been hot down there? sometimes people are affected by the heat; it makes them irritable......you know, if you are going to attend the painting party, you don't need a dress from Joanie's vault...all you will need is your naturally beautiful tail! the wedding is going to be outside in the late afternoon, so it will be HOT! already everybody is grumbling about it...what was your brother thinking of??? you'd think they would have considered an air-conditioned church or reception room.....*tsk* *tsk*......

I am not sure how else you can express your kindness and gratitude to joanie, tom and the others....perhaps you could rearrange their house for them so it flows with the feng shui..,.,you are such a natural at decorating and you could express your inner beauty.......(do not drool in tom's dance shoes, tho...I suspect he is rather fussy about that sort of thing)

see you soon
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Dear Twinkie,

I am so sorry to hear that Lulu is so sick. Give her my love and tell her that I am thinking about her a lot.

Annie: I caught her peeing on the new tree. She said that you told her to water it and this is what you meant. I had to explain to her that the water she was using also had within it a rather strong fertilizer. Also I told her that plants must not be over watered and that the reins this time of year would take care of water needs.

After she had left (I thought) I got the hose and watered the tree with plain well water. Annie saw me and said that I was being hypocritical and that I shouldn't water the tree if she isn't allowed to. I had to explain that fertilizer can be way too strong and needs to be thinned or it will burn the plant. OK, she understood this. So later I saw her peeing in the watering can. Then she used to hose to thin it and proceeded to water my other tree. Hmmm... well, it may not be bad if she doesn't repeat this too often.

Tom, who watches birds and plants.

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Dear mom,

OK, I did what you suggested but I don't think Tom and Joanie were to happy about it. They didn't even thank me and asked me not to water any more plants. I just don't understand them. Sing to them and they put you out; help them with their plants and they get upset. And don't even mention the dress vault (now that is really aggravating). I'm ready to come home. Its just that, well, I need to loose more weight before the eagles will carry me, but I'm getting really close.

The Chihuahuas came by to exercise me and I explained that I had already exercised. I watered the plants. They said that maybe, just maybe the second tree involving lifting the watering can might count for something...they called it strength training, but I got no points for aerobic work and that is what is needed. You can't please Tom & Joanie and you can't please the Chihuahuas. They all want more, more, more... I can't stand it here. I'm ready to scream!

Your hard working, very trying daughter, Annie

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dear annie,

I know that the florida sun can be a bit harsh for someone of your delicate nature, but sometimes we have to join our friends even when their activities are not our favorite....put on a big hat and go help.....perhaps you could help dig the hole, or at least direct wawas on how to do it....and after the plant is in the ground and covered with dirt, you could offer to "water" it for joanie......remember to be helpful for all the kindness everyone has shown you during your illness

tom suggested I send a box of cookies for all your caretakers....I sent a big, big box to them on sunday via Eggmail........did it not arrive??? or is everything already eaten?

pls. tell tom that the vet said nothing is wrong with lulu....he said her dizziness is something that happens sometimes in older dogs......she is to stay inside the house as much as possible (you know she will hate this) and we are to try to encourage her to drink water....he said the dizziness should pass in a few days and she will be back to walking normally and eating....I opened a can of tuna and offered it to her and she got up and wobbled out of the room, claiming the odor made her feel worse.....she would not eat her favorite, yogurt, this morning either......supposedly some canine dr., a friend of hers, will come by this afternoon and take a good sniff of lulu.....it will be interesting to see what she says

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later, wed. evening..

lulu is very sick...mr. twinkie took her to the vet becuz I cannot carry her....she is extremely dizzy and wobbles more than walks.....her head is canted to one side...she cannot eat unless she is hand fed and then, only very tiny pieces, one at a time, so i have fed her twice....yogurt the first time and oily tuna fish the second.....wawas sat nearby, outraged that they were not getting the same meals.......lulu is restless becuz (I think) she is uncomfortable.....the vet said this is common on old dogs and should pass in a few days......mr. twinkie took her for a walk on the leash this afternoon out to the garden, but had to carry her back....poor old dog.....

the canine doctor, lulu's friend, arrived just around dinnertime and while lulu was not interested in eating, the doctor had had a very busy day and was happy to join us.....after dinner, the dr, gave lulu a complete all over body sniff....she said things don't look good, but prescribed a dose of cherry grass tonic, thickened with gravy which also gives food nutrients, too......I am not sure of the doctor's breed, but I remember when lulu was introducing her to cherry grass and they had long discussions on how best to use it on patients......right now she keeps getting up, turning in circles several times, sitting down and then it all starts over again...maybe lulu will feel better tomorrow....


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Dear TQ,

Worry not about what to do with all of that maple syrup. As you know, Annie needs to be on a strict diet in order to be ready to travel by the required date. I suggest that you make up cookies that are strongly flavored with delicious maple syrup and send them for the Chihuahua soldiers who have worked so hard helping Miss Annie. They would love it and Annie would not be tempted.

Give poor Lulu our best and tell her we both miss her and are quite concerned about her.

Tom

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Dear Mom,

Thanks for the words about my singing. I was afraid that Joanie and Tom didn't appreciate my efforts. It's not easy giving concerts at 3 AM you know. But now that I understand it, I will sing to them every night, but only from the mamey grove.

Joanie is strange. She seemed in a good mood when I brought up the dress vault. I thought that would cheer her even more and could be something we girls could do together. But no, her mood had not been good at all. She was in a bad mood which she was disguising very well, and when I mentioned doing something, she actually kind of lost it. OK, I understand that she has a plant planting project going, but geeze. Well, maybe tonight.

Annie, your dress vault frustrated Bassett.

Tom

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dear tom

do not be alarmed when lulu does not show up for breakfast.....she called Very Late last night and said she wasn't feeling well and that she just wanted to come home....she took the Super Stealth Flight which I am not allowed to discuss here since it is an open platform, but while Very Expensive, it also got here within 2 hrs....lulu cannot walk right with her back left hip and she can't turn her head to eat....I even offered her ice cream which she could not manage to take from my hand,, but did turn her head almost 90degrees to get a little...this morning she tried, but gave up on breakfast....I must call her favorite vet (aka "the Quack")..she is complaining that this is NOT what she wanted.....she said she just wanted to be home and she has a call in to an equally competent canine doctor who will come over to check on her this afternoon...mostly she just wants a nap.....

glad to hear annie is doing so much better ANd has lost her taste for maple syrup....but oh, what shall we do with the cases we have here??? and how nice that she was so thoughtful to sing for you last night

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dear annie

you are so thoughtful and kind....singing for joanie and tom was a lovely gift.....remember that being a natural singer, your voice carries well which is probably why you were moved to the mamey grove.....being so close to them, tom and joanie realized some of your gorgeous sound was literally going right over their heads....having you sing from a distance let them enjoy your voice even more.......perhaps next time you can do a medley of show tunes.....

lulu is here and not feeling well....she will probably stay here until the rest of you arrive for the wedding and then you can all travel together to the house painting party.....

see you soon
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Dear mom,

I am really doing well and feeling pretty good. Last night Tom & Joanie let me sleep inside...well, for most of the night. I took your suggestion and sang to them exactly at 3 AM. To be honest though, I don't think they really appreciated my singing as much as you do. I started to sing and was immediately ushered by them to the lanai and from there by a brigade of Chihuahuas to the mamey grove. I really don't understand it.

Tom and Joanie slept late today, later than usual and that is no exaggeration. After they got up I was allowed to return to the house, but only if I would prance to the house. Well, I pranced with no trouble at all. You see how agile I am becoming. And I have lost much of my extra weight according to Lulu. I really don't think I gained that much, but everyone here says that I did. Something to do with something called calories in that maple syrup stuff. Believe me, that won't be a problem any more. I really don't like the stuff now, which surprises me because I used to love it, but now I get to feeling sickish just thinking about it. Tom had Bowser built pancakes this morning and used a maple syrup flavored syrup on them. Yuk! I had to leave the kitchen. I just don't understand.

Anyway, I have not yet been allowed to have a full Bowser meal, but I am sure looking forward to when I can. I think today I'll talk with Joanie about the dress vault. She seems to be in a pretty good mood and isn't working, so maybe...just maybe we could go.

Annie, your sweet and delicate daughter.

Tom

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dear annie
nipping at you?! nipping at you indeed! I think that was outlawed years ago by the Geneva Convention, Article III, Paragraph 96.7b, subparagraph 51.19A..you poor, delicate baby! perhaps joanie can make you a back end cover so that all the nippers get is a mouthful of fabric when they are so rude...you ought to ask your sister to find you kinder, gentler caretakers who will understand your delicate nature....

so far I have only seen 2 hens and the rooster this morninng....still, its early yet..the others may show up..something has been nipping...er, nibbling at the hens since you have been gone and their numbers are dropping rapidly.....with you gone, there has been no ferocious barking to frighten hen thieves away....it is so quiet with you gone, I can barely sleep through the night.....tom and joanie are sooo lucky to have you there.....I hope you plan on singing them a thank you song....3 am is one of your best times......your voice carries so nicely in the quiet, early morning air......

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Oh Mom,

Please be careful what you say in our letters. No one is supposed to know about the mamey grove. Its just a nice secluded area where my home away from home is for now.

This morning was strange. You will remember that I am forced to do exercises. Well, yesterday they considered my wobbling to and from the house my exercise. Not today. The expected my move at prance speed. Can you imagine? When I went slower than they wanted, an army of Chihuahuas would nip at my tail end force me to move at prance speed. They said it was for my own good, but I think they are just being sadistic. I didn't like it. I didn't like it at all. Not one wee bit did I like it. I am so very angry with them. For my own good indeed! Just wait until I am fully recovered. They will find out what nipping is really all about. Grrrrrrr!

Your frustrated adopted daughter, Annie

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 annie

lulu has informed me that you will need to stick to a special diet when you get home, so don't worry about any maple syrup...I have sent a huge box of cookies for all your caretakers to thank them for being so good to you.....this uses up most of the cookie dough you left in the freezer......also, remember that tom is known to exaggerate, so beware that all the wonders he has told you about at home, may not be so....but you know we will all work to make you a happy basset.....I am sure you will be back in 100% perfect health when you return...

fyi, Bing has invited you and the whole gang to paint #1son's house while he and his girlfriend are off being married...they will be gone a couple of days which gives you all plenty of time to paint.....being a natural at painting I am sure you will be a great help in guiding the others.....and the house is big enough that you and bing will not have to interact often....also, this time you will be eating her snacks....in fact, I hear there will be quite a bit of food of all sorts for you guys......

I must go out and refill the bird feeders that those blasted grackles have be at, sucking down the seed like it is water.....they are worse than the squirrels......there was deer out in the front yard, but the wawa guard said it was a real one and with no ferocious dogs such as yourself around, it just moseyed around for a while before it took off, almost landing on one of the hens when it jumped over the fence......(btw, we are now down to 5 hens, plus the rooster, through a series of unfortunate incidents)

you should cuddle up on the couch with tom and joanie this afternoon....they have missed you while you were down in the mamey grove

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Dear Mom,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm feeling much better and was even able to waddle up to the house, though before nightfall they are going to escort me back to my special home for recuperative therapy. (That's the name Lulu and the rest have given it and I kinda like it.)

Well, Tom told me of all the wonderful things you are going to do for me when I get home. I love your idea of yoga lessons. That should be amazing. I just hope that I can find enough students to fill the family room. I don't think Tom had teaching yoga in mind, but I can because I'm a natural.

Oh, I just wanted to tell you. When you make the cookies and stuff that Tom says you will be making for me, do me a favor. Leave out the maple syrup. I'm not so fond of it any more for some reason.

Annie, who is about to be returned to her very own recuperative home. I am so honored here. I've had a lot of visitors there. Even Joanie came to visit me once, but she seemed to talk mostly about my staying away from the vault. Of course, she was kidding.

OK mom, that's it... bye for now.

Tom

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ear plugs sound like a good investment...I, too, have heard both annie and the wawas singing...an ear-shattering noise it is....

mr. twinkie and I went to Richmond, the state's capital, to look for a hanging lamp for the dining area...drove 3 hrs in each direction and still didn't find anything.....sigh...we had found a lamp we liked locally,, but the sales clerk said it was the only one left, she couldn't find the box with the parts in it,, etc. etc.....hence the trip to Richmond.....mr. twinkie who is a salesman and a silver-tongued devil when he wants to be is going back to the local store next week and see if he can persuade someone at the store to find the box and sell him the lamp...perhaps even for a slight discount since it is the floor model.......we shall see

now we are home and mr. twinkie is watching the chile-brazil soccer game

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Well TQ, I'll have you know that I do, in fact, see Annie two or three times a day, and always always always give her words of encouragement. I do not use your suggested words though. Rather, I use my own. It comes across far more believable that way. Oh, by the way, don't be surprised about any questions about when you will be doing this or that. I've suggested certain rewards that you would be doing...serving, etc. when she gets home. All she has to do is loose the excess baggage so that the eagles can carry her.

I showed Lulu and the rest the picture of the 18 wheeler and explained the circumstances to them. Annie is not altogether happy about that since the nurses, led by Dr. Lulu, has removed all but the very basic most nutrition from Annie's diet and then, to add insult to injury, they make her do exercises. Can you believe it? Exercises! Poor Annie.

Annie is feeling better today. She can now get the tipsy toes of all four feet on the ground simultaneously. That is real progress, and aids greatly in the exercises the girls hare having her do. When I talked to her, she could even waggle her tail. There is improvement in the sores in her mouth, and she is able to sing along with the Chihuahuas. I'm not so pleased about that but it does keep Annie happy. She insists that when it comes to singing she is a natural. Well, I'll have to admit, I think she really is a natural...but a natural what is still to be determined. I bought ear plugs today.



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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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hmm...an 18 wheeler? that's a thought....nope....that will give everyone an excuse to slack off.....annie is going to ride in a gondola with everyone else.....OR everyone else is going to ride in an enclosed back of the 18 wheeler with annie....for hours and hours and hours...you might draw a picture of an 18 wheeler and explain better what I am saying to all those canines who WILL be travelling with annie.....there will be slackers,no one riding up front with the driver, no one who is off investigating things, etc....etc.........when the eagles drop off their load of dogs and have rested up here, they can swing by the pasture and grab Martha and bring her back to Kathy's......I don't dare go over there...the gonzalez' have a very mean black dog who has bitten another neighbor who was passing by on his bicycle....usually Sid Vicious (the dog...know around here as El Stupido becuz of his "I ain't afraid of no stinkin' chupes" attitude) is chained, but sometimes he is loose...unfortunately for Neighbour Leo who is an avid bicycle rider, they were both out one day at the same time and it did not end well for Leo......Lulu hates, hates HATES this dog...he used to be loose every sunday morning when we would drive by to go get a newspaper and Sid Vicious would chase us, barking hideous things about lulu's parentage......he is a solid black german shepherd which adds to his scary countenance.......

you are right...it was thoughtless of me not to mail the cookies....I will send off this afternoon a large box of cookies in a variety of flavors (tell annie I have used up most of her frozen cookie doughs)as a thank you for all those who have been attending to her and taking care of my precious little cupcake........you should wander down to the mamey grove and offer her a bit of encouragement...perhaps something like "when you can get all 4 legs on the ground and waddle up to the house, you can sleep on the couch next to me"...or "joanie will take you to the vault when you are better".....you know the sort of stuff that will stir her to more efforts....*snort*

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Good afternoon,

I have spent much of the day working on showcase DVDs, though I did take time out to watch soccer with Prince. It was enjoyable, though I would have preferred a different outcome. Still, the US advances due to some strange scoring procedure that I do not understand. After the game, Prince and I went outside and, using a tennis ball, had a soccer game of our own. Our soccer game is played on a purely friendly basis with a whole different set of rules. I throw the ball, Prince retrieves it, and then I chase him all over the place knowing full well that I will not now nor ever catch him. He is a tad faster than I, stacking the game in his favor. Fortunately, we never keep score.

Annie is looking ever so slightly better today. She eliminated a rather massive exhaust accompanied by particulate matter during the night. The night duty Chihuahuas were totally unhappy about it but the day crew loved it. She can now get one front leg and one rear leg to reach the ground simultaneously provided the legs are on her same side. She also managed a smile this morning, and thanks to cherry grass elixir being rubbed on her outer gums, she has lost some of the smaller sores with a decrease in size for the larger ones. I am quite happy about that, and needless to say, so is Annie.

The duckie arrived today and made Annie quite happy. The lack of cookies did not go unnoticed, though Annie didn't seem phased by that. No, it was the Chihuahuas who, knowing that she is not allowed cookies now and only a measured amount of nutritious food, had looked forward to scoffing down the cookies themselves.

Kathy was happy to hear from Martha and expressed relief that she has thus far been spared that final ride. She told Kathy about Martha but had to explain the cruel facts of life for cows on the Gonzales' farm. Lulu said that Kathy almost fainted when told about the death truck and then mooed a sigh of relief that she lives here and not there. She feels awfully sorry for Martha though, and sends her wishes for safety during death truck drive-aways. She suggests that Martha devise a new plan, one that involves escape. She wants Martha to know that Kathy would welcome her to the dairy heard here if she wishes. Oh, by the way, she may need to apply some make up (paint) in order to look like she fits in. She said that all the cows in her herd wear make up for the same reason, and though she came from Wisconsin, she didn't quite fit in with the Wisconsin population. That's why the girls wear make up. The farmer hasn't figured it out yet.

By the way, I doubt Annie will be eagle flight ready by the date in question. You may wish to rent an 18 wheeler and come down for her. Say, that would work out. You could bring Martha down when you come. Just load her with great care. I hear there are pretty severe penalties for rustling cattle.

Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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y'all better get my baby girl well....she MUST come home for the wedding which is in about 2 weeks.....can't you just stick a bit straw up her nether regions and let things ripppppppppppppp!!! I do appreciate that everyone is trying to make her feel better....I suppose this means that sending her a box of cookies is out of the question....sigh....instead I am sending her a toy stuffed duck andr mr. twinkie and I rubbed our hands all over it so she would know we are thinking of her...the duck is very cute......

there is a ugly, white-ish cow that lives at the gonzalez...she is a loner....I think she said her name is Martha, but she kept her head in the bushes the entire time we spoke so it was difficult to understand her......anyway, she asked if lulu would be by to visit anytime soon...apparently they met several months ago, and I think Martha is feeling a bit lonely.....she never hangs out with the others (she said its a plan to avoid going to the slaughterhouse when the rest go...;.so far, she claims, she has missed getting on the "death truck" twice......when I told her lulu would be away for a few more weeks, she just mooed and said to send along her greetings to lulu.......

mr. twinkie invited a friend to watch the soccer game at noon today.....the guy texted back, saying his entire family was coming, too.....in itself that is not a problem, but they have a beginning walker and a 3 yr old.....I told the wawas that strangers were coming over...they growled...I mentioned there would be 2 young kids and immediately there was a stampede into the woods....my house is not child proof...the 3 yr old is not a problem, but the 1 yr old is...I have been moving glassware from all over the house into the bedroom and my yarn is (hopefully) out of reach....sigh....its gonna be a long 2 hrs.....the mother said not to worry, she will watch the baby...yeah,,,but babies are quick......and then someone called them to say he wanted to come to their house to watch the game so they invited him to come to our house..........*moaning piteously*

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Hi TQ,

Well, I took your advice...or tried to. I went to Annie's enclosure (more on that later) with the intention of telling her how lovely she looked. But then, seeing her rolly-polly belly and the four little legs that no longer reach the ground, I couldn't do it without laughing. I couldn't even look at her. Even her cheeks are fat from all that sugar intake. Finally, I stared deeply into her eyes and said to her, "Oh Annie, what beautiful brown eyes you have." You could see I had made a hit with her. She just beamed...or tried to in her painful condition. She tried to smile, but the sores lining her mouth associated with all that sugar intake made that next to impossible. I could see that she was starting to feel sad again because she couldn't find a comfortable way to respond, so I simply said, "It's OK, Annie. I can see in your eyes that you heard me. I know you are in pain and can't respond any other way. But I can see it in your eyes." I think I saw her tail (or at least the tip of it sticking out from the rear fat, making every effort to waggle). I really do feel sorry for the old girl TQ.

We are doing all that we can to make her comfortable. Under the supervision of Jack, the Chihuahuas have built a protective enclosure which surrounds her and is topped with mosquito netting. She is in the shade so the netting protects her from mosquitoes and other nasty critters. There is a rubber fitted doggie door so that the Chihuahua care takers can enter. She is given water laced with cherry grass via a special "Annie-straw." She loves that devise, another Jack invention. She is not so fond of the mist that periodically sprays on her, but that is needed to keep that massive body reasonably cool during the hot Florida afternoons. Jack has even created an automatic umbrella that self raises over the entire enclosure for those late afternoon thunder storms. Its been quite effective so far. Like I said, we keep her as comfortable as we possibly can. Oh, did I mention, Lulu and Baby Cakes visit her at least once per day and serenade her. Poor baby, she tries to chime in, but in her current condition she just doesn't quite keep the harmony. No one says anything though. After all, it is all for her.

Well, Roscoe, Lulu, and the gang send there love. We asked Annie if there were any messages for her mom. She tried to answer, but just burped. Poor baby.

Tom

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poor, poor annie.....perhaps, while she is lying on her back (or as close to it as she can get) 2 or 3 of the wawa nurses could jump from a small height (like a chair) and land on her tummy area...that would expel the final (or at least a large amount) of what is ailing her and she could feel so much better............using your "good" eye you might go out (before the jumping) and tell her how lovely she looks.....flattery always makes annie feel better.....

glad to hear the surgery went so smoothly.,....last year the dr. mentioned ever-so-casually that I would need the same procedure....my hair immediately stood straight up, my eyes growing to the size of saucers as I shrieked "WHAT?!! you NEVER mentioned surgery before!!"....he looked kinda surprised, muttered something about "eventually" and scuttled away.....the next time I saw him he said the glaucoma pressure had decreased and said nothing about cataracts.......when I saw him again a couple of months ago, he refrained from any such nonsense talk...I remember visiting my dad in the hospital when he had his done (back in the late 50s or early 60s)....he was lying there with 2 metal patches taped over his eyes....musta scared me becuz I still remember that vividly to this day.....he is was in the hospital for several days

ah, the hens are finally appearing...I see Sister and Ms. Red....I will assume the others are on their way......oh, here's Henrietta and I heard Beauty...hmm...just Fat Lucy (who has lost weight since her sister died) and Other Sister....

TQ

p.s. oh how could I forget!??! I was looking at an online game and in the cast of characters, one of the bad guys is...Shadow People!!! I shrieked which brought the guards running...I explained, they looked at the game (and spent quite a lot of time playing it...they said it was part of their investigation *snort*) and in the end made a lot of notes and said they would have to discuss this with Roscoe who would probably have to investigate the game makers who are probably somewhere like Finland, etcc. etc.....(I sent Ros a separate message stating that investigation or not, he WILL be here for the wedding next month...............oooo...what if Annie has to miss it becuz she is still ill....she will be so disappointed....she will be howling to the moon all night....hehehehehe)


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GOOD MORNING TQ! (I've always wanted to say that...snicker)

I'm feeling quite good this morning after cataract surgery yesterday. Although my vision in my left eye (the first victim of the surgeon) is still a bit soft (and may be for up to six weeks), color is unbelievable. It is like I remember colors to be when I was a kid. So brilliant. When I close the eye with the new lens in it, and look through my right eye, it is as though I am looking at things through the Los Angeles smog on one of the worst smoggy days. Everything has a splotchy brownish overcast...something I was totally unaware of prior to surgery.

I would like to give Annie credit. Her heart is in the right place. She so wanted to be near me to comfort me this morning. Reports from her Chihuahua nurses are that she tried to crawl to me. She managed a full 3 inches before collapsing. She sighed and said, "Perhaps tomorrow." Just to make certain that she would recover from her syrup sipping binge, she assumed healing meditative speed bump poses. Sadly, the speed bump no longer looks like a speed bump, but rather like a small volcanic eruption in the middle of the road which has cooled and become a small mountain frozen in time. According to her nurses, Annie insists this pose is essential to her recovery, though those same nurses insist there they were NOT prescribed by any of the Chihuahua medical personnel. Lulu points out that she didn't prescribe them either, nor did she instruct any of the Chihuahua nurses in speed bump pose therapy. It seems that Annie is assuming the identity of Dr. Annie and heading those infamous words, "Physician, heal thy self."

Tom, who is heading those famous words of Bowser..."It's time for breakfast!"

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annie told me she was really ticked off about that cartoon I sent you on FB from Sunday's paper...the one where the artist got her name wrong.....she said as soon as she is feeling better she is going to hunt him down and make him sorry.....she met him at the maple syrup spill and he told her he worked for various newspapers and asked her about herself and her family.....she says she thought he was a reputable (??) journalist and now she finds he is a mere cartoonist who can't keep his facts straight.......

when I mentioned that you are having cataract surgery tomorrow poor annie just groaned....she said no matter how bad she is feeling she is going to drag herself to your bedside and help care for you.....I inquired how this would be possible, and she just moaned...she said that perhaps just having a warm, furry body next to you would make you feel better.....then she began muttering about the sacrifices she has to make.....poor joanie and babycakes...there will be 2 patients to take care of.......

let us know how you are feeling after the surgery............just do not post any gory pictures *shudder*....you know....the kind your lovely wife posts *shuddering again at the thought of blood and yuk* lulu, I hear, is making sure she has some extra cherry grass tonic on hand in case you need it.....

we had a small "incident" here last night.....I think there was a skunk in the yard or on the edge of the woods looking for a tasty chicken dinner......every wawa here was on alert as the aroma wafted on the evening breezes......I went out about 11pm and only found 4 hens.....Sister was missing.....(the rooster insists on sleeping in a pine tree nearby)....but this morning as I was tossing old hamburger buns to the girls, Sister walked through the hazelnut bushes....I was so glad to see her safe and unscathed....don't know where she slept...the others have taken to sleeping on the front porch step next to the screen door

have fun tomorrow....annie said she would make you cookies if she was able and hope BC makes enough for two (since she will be lying next to you all afternoon)

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It could have been worse, don't you think? I mean, Beauty and Dave in a stand off. Just think what might have happened if an all out battle of fisticuffs had followed the initial stare-down. Ah, life on the farm indeed!

Annie has become a bit of a problem, what with her bloating and her breaking noxious fumes. So I called on the eagles to carry her home to Virginia. They arrived this morning. They left shortly after arrival...with out Annie. They said there was no way on this green earth that they were going to carry her in her current condition. Grrrrr....and to make it worse, Annie just smiled the broadest smile I've ever seen on that face of hers...and that is saying a LOT! She smiled and exploded at the same moment....more of those noxious fumes.

It took the entire army of Chihuahuas plus Roscoe and Bowser to slowly haul her on a thick canvas tarp to the non-existent mamey grove. I do not have a mamey grove, but they hauled her to the spot where it would be if I did have one. But I don't, and will never admit to having one anyway. Oh, and don't expect me to discuss that spot further anyway because it is all top secret hush-hush stuff, see! Somehow, though, I suspect that what is growing in that spot will be, well...well fertilized.

I see Lulu and Kathy are outside talking again. Its all over the canal stuff, but I think I'll go over and listen in. I really don't want those two cooking up any more shenanigans. I've had enough trouble this week to last a very long time. Besides, I have cataract surgery tomorrow and I really don't want to have to deal with canine and bovine misadventures.

Tom, proprietor of the funny farm.

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*tsk* *tsk* you indulged in your desire to go dancing, leaving my poor baby girl annie to eat her weight (and then some) in maple syrup.....well, now you are paying the price, buddy boy...I suggest you get someone to roll her onto a gurney and haul her bloated self to the hammock in the mamey garden....that way, the gas will be out of the house and when things get worse annie will be far, far away.....I guess this means she has eaten her way out of any possibility of getting in any of Joanie's lovely dresses...oh, poor annie, she will be so disappointed....

sarah, the missing hen, had already been missing for more than 24 hrs. when mr. twinkie and I went to the concert....and we did not go there to enjoy the music of a fellow Hawaiian...oh, no! we went to spread the word....jake shimabukuro promised if his tour bus spots sarah they will immediately have her sent back home in an air-conditioned cab....also, sarah is mostly deaf, (and has a bit of dementia as evidenced by the sudden squawks she would give), so we thought she might be at the concert hall enjoying the music which was uncommonly loud and therefore she could enjoy it....see? we were not out just to satisfy our own desires, we were out for the good of all.....now don't you feel ashamed??

you just missed the funniest incident of which I did not get a photo...this time.....dave, the squirrel was minding his own business stealing sunflower seeds from my feeder.....the chickens were up on the front porch and beauty, the rooster, decided to jump up onto the bannister so as to greet the morning....this surprised the youknowwhat out of dave and he jumped from the feeder to the bannister...he and beauty just stared at one another, beauty, towering over dave, with a "what's your problem?" look and dave with his tail all fluffed out to its enth degree giving beauty the "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!!" look...

ah...life on the farm

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Good grief TQ, I can't believe that you ran off and watched a silly concert when that poor defenseless old hen was running about at the mercy of every one of your local coyotes. Have you no sense of responsibility, no compassion? How terrible!

My leaving with the canines gone was understandable. I mean, we are talking showcase rehearsal you know. And the show must go on regardless of any or all circumstances, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, for...well, for all things...you know. And besides, we are also talking adult dogs here, and super intelligent ones as well, dogs who have survived many an adventure far better than I would have. Still, I must admit that I was most happy to see them staggering in last night just after I had returned from dress rehearsal. Well, with the exception of Annie. I was about to round them up and head out for a search for that girl, but decided not to until first light.

Well, come first light and we were about to head out and here came something toward us. At first I thought it was a walking blimp. But no, it turned out to be Annie. I think she had doubled her weight over night. Turns out she stayed at the syrup site and swallowed literally gallons of the stuff. Right now she is complaining of a severe stomach ache and is in the infirmary. Her only comment between moans was, "I'll never ever ever never eat or drink another milligram of maple syrup. (Yeah, right!) Anyway, the poor girl is in the lanai infirmary being watched over by BC and Lulu. There isn't much they can do for her other than keep her comfortable as possible, feed her oil and water (that would be oil of castor) and let nature take its course.

Meanwhile I have decided to rehearse my routine but I can't hear the music over the rather explosive sounds coming from the lanai. I asked Jack about harvesting the exhaust and using it to fuel a vehicle with, but Jack simply said, "Are you kidding? Not I, nor anyone I suspect, would venture onto the lanai right now." By the way, Twinkie, did you know that canine olfactory sense is about 100,000 times as keen as human olfactory sense.

Tom, who is currently passing out gas masks for all nearby humans and canines.

PS I just got notification from the Florida Highway Patrol. They are sending their appreciation and honors to Annie for her thorough clean up job. They wish there were more such amazingly self sacrificing citizens such as this lady who would voluntarily help with clean up, though in Annie's case, she did it all on her own.

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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shame on you, tom! leaving those poor, defenseless dogs/cow alone in the dark on a sticky highway.....I hope they made it back safely in spite of your lackadaisical care......hmpfh!

we are missing a hen...sarah as not been seen for 2 days...her feathers are sort of orangey, but she has no feathers on the top of her head or the bottom of her neck (there are feathers in between) (her head and neck skin is bright red), she is mostly deaf, she drags her left leg and is older than molasses (and looks it).....if she shows up there, pls. let me know...lulu and annie and roscoe can identify her if an unknown hen shows up at your place....I suspect a possible coyote kidnapping.....

we went to a concert of jake shimabukuro, a Hawaii ukulele player...man! that guy plays with passion! he is fantastic! I got teary-eyed when he played an old, traditional Hawaiian song...thank heavens he only played the one, or I would have been sobbing and grabbing the bottom of strangers' shirts to blow my nose.....

there was a big rainstorm last night and I guess the squirrels are sleeping in....I was concerned yesterday about them not showing up, but they did...eventually.....they said they had been busy, but I think they are just too lazy to get up and out of the nest early.....

it is so quiet here with no dogs.......annie, I miss your 2am howling....you should sing for tom and joanie

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Hi TQ,

Just to let you know, Prince and I have devised a little plot regarding Annie the determined for tonight. It involves the vault, time, and a few other minor details. I'm not going to divulge any more than that since Annie seems to have a propensity for gleaning information from her mom. Oh, did I mention that Joanie is in on it? (snicker)

Good grief, the doorbell...I wonder who that could be. Just a minute please.

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Well well, it was Kathy looking for Lulu. Lulu came to the door and soon was getting ready to leave with Kathy. It seems that there is a maple syrup truck nearby on hiway 29 that has overturned and oozing syrup all over the side of the road. Kathy wants to go investigate but wants company. I told Lulu she could go as long as she gets home before dark (around 8:30 or 9:00 PM). She and Kathy are on their way, but unfortunately Annie seems to want to tag along. I told Annie absolutely NOT, that she would slow them down and they need to be home before it gets dark. Annie is now on the lanai feeling quite dejected. What a shame.

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Baby Cakes and Bowser just come over. Bowser plans to work on dinner tonight and Baby Cakes came to talk with the girls. I explained to her that Lulu and Kathy went to highway 29 to investigate a maple syrup truck accident but that Annie was still outside. Baby Cakes informed me that that was not so...not so at all. The lanai is empty according to her. I said that that was imposable since Annie had been sent there and I know she wouldn't run off without first getting permission. Still, upon investigation, I find that she is not there. She is probably just walking around the property. Still, just to be on the safe side I sent Prince to tell Roscoe and the Chihuahuas that Kathy and Lulu were going to highway 29 to investigate a maple syrup truck accident and that Annie has disappeared, probably walking around. He has not yet returned.

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Oh deer, its time to leave and none of the dogs have returned yet. Oh well, I'm sure they will be OK. I need to leave for dress rehearsal. Talk to you later.

Tom, who is in the car and headed for rehearsal all by himself. :)


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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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oh dear! please don't be upset, but annie called as I was reading your message....she asked what you had to say so I was reading to her aloud and did not realize until it was too late that you did not want her to know about your dancing plans for this evening.....annie didn't say anything when we both realized I had let the cat out of the bag....she just sorta humphed and said she had to go........hmm...I wonder what the rush was......perhaps she decided it was time to go to the vault with joanie.....she said you have been very uncooperative about it....

it is oddly quiet outside this morning....no squirrels, no birds at the feeders except grackles and you know grackles....i have asked them if there is anything going on, but they are such airheads...the only replies I go were "huh?" and "gotta eat before fat ed gets here"

tonight jake shimabukuro from Hawaii will be performing at the local music center in town....of course mr. twinkie and I are going to support my homeboy.....the doors to the music center open an hour before the show so I have informed mr. t. that we WILL be there to get front row seats as soon as the doors swing wide....I am thinking of foregoing my usual leg exercises today so my knee will not hurt tonight.....I have been doing excercises to strengthen knee muscles, but then I ache....it's tough being so delicate

good luck and good fun in your dance competition tonight....

TQ

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Say TQ, that turned out to be a grand idea...the bit about Prince learning what he can from Annie. I brought it up with Prince and he said, "Sure dad, I'll be happy to glean what information I can from Annie. Keep in mind that I have excellent espionage experience. Remember how I learned about things in the cave of the elves when we were captive. I'll use some of the same techniques. Of course, I'll use what ever I have to use...including treats. I'll start sniffing around today."

I expect a report by tomorrow if not sooner. Prince wastes no time...ever.

Prince and I will be spending a lot of time today and tomorrow getting ready for the dress rehearsal tomorrow. I've decided to let Prince go, provided that he does not mention anything about dancing and rehearsal to the others, especially Annie. That is important. I'd hate to have to hold back a 99.9 pound dog bent on going. Especially her, because she is more bent than most. She is capable of bending to...beds, cans of maple syrup, the truth.



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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

while my carpets and drapes will all be at the dry cleaners next month, there will be plenty of grass for Prince to roll on....also, as they run thru tall grasses and the woods I dare say most of the paint will rub off....we once had a hen who wore green paint (quite proudly) for about 3 months after helping us paint the coop, but chickens do not do as much rolling around as dogs do.....I will offer baths after the painting sessions, but doubt there will be many takers....even for cookies I doubt annie would jump (well, daintily step, I should say) into the tub.......

speaking of annie,,,she still insists that joanie WANTS to loan her one of her dresses, so I suggest you leave that to the womenfolk.......right now, annie is trying to decide what color she wants to wear while waiting for joanie to have a day off

perhaps you might ask annie what Prince's plans are...for a bribe of a tasty sort you can probably get her to blab everything she know

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Dear TQ,

Prince is so excited again, thanks to your discussion of latex paint. I told him it would be great then for him to go. I also instructed him to go right on into your house when he is there, pointing out to him just how OK you are with it. He can roll around and generally make sure the paint comes off of his fir. I did point out that he would need to get it all off though before coming back home, since any evidence of paint on him would be grounds for the use of Jack's washing machine. He said he would be very through and would try to get into your home before any of the paint dries on him. He felt that unlikely considering how quickly latex dries (smart pooch), but I told him not to worry. Any that fails to rub off can be flaked off by rolling around and rubbing on carpets or drapes. He then began to devise all sorts of ways he could flack it off (again, smart pooch). He is so looking forward to his trip to Virginia.

With the advent of the rainy season, the cherry grass has grown well. As for the spoiled elixir, it turns out after investigation, that some noxious weeds had gotten mixed into the cherry grass. Lulu is now doing daily inspections and has trained Baby Cakes to do the same. She plans to train several of the Chihuahuas but they will always operate under the advisement of either Lulu or Baby Cakes. After all, there must be supervisors, you know.

Showcase rehearsal went well and I was able to slip out without you know who. Unfortunately, he took offense at that action and is planning to double his efforts for dress rehearsal Saturday. I think I shall need to triple my efforts at slipping come Friday.

Tom, who dances in his sleep when he can't dance on the floor.

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 Prince,

the description your father gave you of the clean up procedures after painting were for enamel painting....we are planning on using latex, which only requires a modicum of soap and water.......or if bathing is not desired, you can just wear it until it wears off....do not be afraid to come and join the painting party! do you want me to pick out the colors or do you canines want to do it as part of the surprise??

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dear tom

I am glad lulu is able to spend time with Kathy....she so values lulu's friendship......it was also good to hear that even with the "product recall" of the diluted cherry grass that there is still enough to harvest a sufficient crop....I was worried they might be short....the various patches of cherry grass that lulu tried to plant here just have not worked out....I don't think any of the growing plots have survived....we must not have the right kind of soil......

now down to a mere 7 chickens, I have only seen 4 this morning so I am going to take some bread outside in hopes of luring out the others.........just to make sure they are still with us.....

we are waiting for the appliance guy to deliver the new stove.....the cost of purchasing a new top for the old one was almost as much as buying a brand new stove....and if I added in the price of a new stove handle it was more than the cost of a new stove....plus the old one was over 20 yrs old......I do trust that this new one will last at least as long....my in-laws have the same stove as our old one and it is older that ours was...being a naturally helpful sort I was planning on taking the old one outside so everything would be ready for the delivery guy to wheel in the new one, plug it in, and voila! everything would be ready to work......but alas, when we moved #1son into the new house we left the moving dolly, so I am not going to be as helpful as I hoped......I do not know when to expect delivery so last evening I made tonight's dinner just in case delivery was too late in the day........so prepared.....I shoulda been a boy scout...

TQ


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Dear TQ,

Oh my...where to start. The beginning I suppose, that being the most logical spot.

Prince came to me so very excited about your proposal to paint the bride and grooms house. He was really very anxious to get the show on the road so to speak. Well of course, I love to see him excited and didn't want to dash that, but I did spend a little time discussing the consequence of painting, namely, telling him about how we would have to wash him in lie soap and scrub until we have his fir dislodged from his skin (reassuring him, of course, that it will grow back...I hope). I described a bit more of the clean up procedure for dogs who paint with their tails (or any parts of themselves) or who even enter a house that has been freshly painted. I fear I was a bit graphic. Poor baby. He just seems to have lost his appetite for painting. I am so very sorry about that. I know that you were counting on him.

Sadly, there was nothing of the hen left for Roscoe to inspect, regardless of what all he may have learned. Oh, it was not for his not trying, but you have to understand that Florida vultures are larger than most vultures and they are already big birds. They stood their ground with the Ros until their clean up chore was finished, and dropped the bones in a pile of dirt occupied by fire ants. Roscoe has encountered fire ants before during some of his adventures here, and was in no mood to argue with those six legged critters.

Now then, this business of Annie borrowing a dress. I asked Joanie about that and was told that Annie is obviously deluded. She said that if Annie continues to talk about that that she would send her on an earlier than expected eagle flight all by her lonesome.

And finally, yes, G-O-D is D-O-G spelled backwards. You see, not only is dog man's best friend, but they are held in such high esteem by God that they were given that honor.

Lulu and Baby Cakes have been manufacturing more cherry grass elixir even though there is still a good supply of it. As Lulu points out, you just never know when you will receive more than the usual number of orders or, heaven forbid, when a chupe / shadow war might break out. However, right now Lulu has taken a break and is over at the canal chatting with Kathy across the canal.

Lulu, Roscoe, and Annie send their love. Prince sends his apologies for opting out of the paint project.

Tom, who is preparing for eye exam, showcase rehearsal and dance lesson today. (Showcase is Saturday)

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Dear Prince,

rejoice! the painting does not have to be done until next month when lulu, roscoe and annie MUST return for their brother's wedding...you, of course, are invited, too....your description of tail painting gave me an idea...instead of painting my bathroom, I am going to ask everyone to paint the bride and groom's house while they are away at the wedding....the humans also have a dog, a nice female named Bing (altho annie says she eats too many snacks, particularly Annie's snacks)....she will be able to help, too....the bride and groom just bought an old house, a real fixer-upper, so to come home to a freshly painted house will be quite a delightful surprise for them.....
Aunt TQ

Dear tom,

I had to rush one of the work sheds, grabbing a ton of cheese on the way out the door, and throw it in the live animal traps in the shed...then I distributed the traps around the property with the hope that mice would flock to vegan cheese.....while the turnout was not what I had hoped for, there were enough to satisfy a grumpy eagle when he saw what was waiting for him..along with the traditional raw hamburger of course.....

sad news about the dead hen, I guess.....who knows what could have been learned from the corpse....and poor roscoe did not get to roll in any remaining pieces I hope...or you will be giving him a bath while wearing a clothespin on your nose.........................

annie texted me that joanie is going to loan her one of her special dresses to bring back here to wear to the wedding...that is so sweet of joanie...she and annie do seem to have a special bond......annie said joanie told her to have you take her to the vault and that she could pick out whichever dress she wants....I hope y'all do this soon so that annie can get matching shoes, since joanie is unlikely to have 2 pair of matching shoes.....annie often mentions how sad it is that humans only have 2 feet.....

I think it was extremely nice that prince accompanied you to church since G-O-D is just D-O-G spelled backwards......

TQ

p.s. lulu forgot her cherry grass, but I assume she has enough there if she gets sick again

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Well, I told Prince about your offer to have him there to help with the painting in the bath room. He is excited. He said, "Oh, what fun! I could paint the whole house. I could dance here and there and paint modern wall murals where ever I go and however it slings from my tail. I've always wanted to dabble in modern art, and what better dabbling that paint to tail to wall. I'll bet my art would raise some eyebrows. I'll bet I'm a natural (got that from Aunt Annie...grin). Oh, how exciting!." I told him we would think about it.

The eagles have landed. The sack carrying the dead hen was instantly attached by a horde of very hungry buzzards. I'm terribly sorry, but the sack has been torn to shreds and I'm afraid that hen's funeral was rather fast and furious. A local coyote showed interest in the hen sack until it discovered that the meat was dead. It doesn't even consider dead meat as meat; rather, living meat is meat. She was disappointed until she spotted the hens who simultaneously spotted her. The hens leaped into the gondola while pleading with the eagle to take off. Eagles tend to be stubborn critters, flying on their own wind, but seeing the coyote themselves obliged the hens, not because they were afraid (the insisted) but rather because they felt sorry for the hens. Eagles and hens are on their way to your home again. Most sadly, the eagles may be in a bit of an ornery mood having not had the time to consume the food placed on the roof for them. (I've offered that to the coyote but the she turned her noise up at it while the buzzards lavished on it.) Look for eagles and hens. My advise, have a LOT of eagle food ready for them. Like I said, the are in an ornery mood.

This morning Prince decided to accompany me to church, this being fathers day and all. The pastor was not terribly pleased since the assistant pastor is Joey the cat who Prince had an altercation with from the get-go. The congregation were mixed, some welcoming Prince with open arms; others trying to ignore him. This is unusual since this is an extremely warm and welcoming congregation. I don't know, it is something about a dog in church...or perhaps, just perhaps it is their jealously showing through, wishing that they had brought their dogs to church as well. One wonders what next Sunday will bring.

Oh, I'm afraid Prince didn't make the gondola ride, the journey beginning without warning. He will miss out on painting. I am so very sorry.

Tom, happy father of Prince on this father's day.

Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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oh, dear tom...Prince certainly has your number....he knows how to predict when you are going dancing even if you don't mention it....of course, with joanie helping him, you may be doomed to accept his presence....(she musta wanted to stay home with that new dishwasher, hehehehe)....you will need to send out an email to everyone in your dance group and find out who might have a female dog who would be willing to be P's dance partner.....

Michael mentioned yesterday that he wants to renovate our bathroom....he has definite plans in mind and was not amenable to my input.....this was not the problem....the probable problem is that he wants to hire one of the contractors we have had in the past!!! you have heard my stories of how well that has gone in the past....the one he wants to hire is the one who never came back to finish the job and who would show up one day and then we would not see him again for 3 or 4 (or more)....what work he did do wasn't so bad, it was just getting him to do it that was the problem (I think he has forgotten these little details).....I did mention I wanted to hire instead the Scott brothers from hgtv, but mr. twinkie was not impressed with that.....right now I am just laying low and hoping this new brain storm will blow away in the wind......the bathroom does need renewal, but I want a contractor who is extremely competent and able.....actually, while I agree the bathroom needs work, but I would rather use the money for vacation....I can throw on a new coat of paint and would be semi-satisfied....sigh.....maybe P could come here when the others return, and they can stay busy painting for me....might as well put those tails to good use

the hens are having a to-do with lulu....since 2 hens died under mysterious circumstances here recently, they are saying they want to go with lulu to fla. tomorrow....since there are only 7 left, including the rooster, they claim they won't take up much room....lulu said the eagles would have to be notified to bring a multi-critter carrier, instead of the single size she has ordered......there is a bit of clucking and growling going on...not sure how this will be resolved...don't be surprised when she arrives

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OMG! Twinkie, you would not believe it. Last night I thought I had made my get-away for dance though Joanie wasn't with me. I listened to music and whistled most of the way there. It was a delightful trip over to the Cape where the studio is located. Upon arrival, I merrily hopped out of the car and right behind me hopped...you guessed it, Prince.

I looked at Prince with stern eyes, "How?"

He looked back with big brown loving eyes, "Mommy helped."

She must have wanted a break from him, but good grief, I'm with him all day. Oh well, too late to return home, so I invited him to go in with me. After all, Rhythm in Motion is a dog friendly place.

Of course, when we walked in everyone made a fuss over Prince as he pranced from table to table. I barely had enough time to set up my video, and while I did Prince sucked up to pretty much everyone.

Then came the lesson...rumba. John is teaching instead of Greg, though Greg was there.

The men lined up on one side and the ladies on the other. Prince was right next to me looking proud as punch to be there. And John started. "Let's review the basics from last week since we have some first timers here," he said.

Prince was pulling at my pant leg with his teeth. He looked up at me and said, "Dad, am I a first timer?"

"Yes," I said, "I suppose that you are."

Prince smiled and the lesson continued, starting with the rumba box. The ladies performed their part and the men their part, all apart from one another. Prince did quite well, especially when demonstrating his Cuban motion. I mean, talk about wiggling your rear. Wow!

Then John had the ladies each choose a man that looked familiar. Deb chose to dance with me, and that is good because she is quite an excellent dancer. Prince, unfortunately, was not chosen, leaving him by himself. Now THAT was a mistake.

There were two lines of dancers. Prince ran down the inside of the first line, coming between the man and his partner. He turned and did the same with the other line. Dancers dance fairly close in rumba, and Princes actions had a reaction...that being that human male and female bodies were tossed about like bowling pins from a perfectly thrown ball. It was a strike. Not a single bowling pin was left standing. It was incredible.

At this point Prince was invited to sit in the dining area and watch. He declined, stating that he wanted his lesson. A few of the students left the floor, saying that they were not going to risk themselves until the black menace was off the floor. Prince was outraged of course. "No, they didn't just say that about me!" Long story short...he was placed in the largest bathroom and occasionally told to shut up, though at times in a somewhat harsher stronger terms. This is where he waited until the lesson was over. After that he settled into the dining room while we ate and made up with some of the folks who had been shockingly blown away by his presence. During open dancing, he disappeared though I learned latter that he had made close friends with Michaela who both cooks and cleans up afterwards. Prince volunteered to help clean up and I guess Michaela liked that. So did Steve, who said that there was a lot less garbage to carry out to the dumpster than usual. Prince, who seemed to have been bloated up with pride, just smiled.

Upon leaving Greg and John informed me that Prince was not welcomed here again. I said that I thought this place was dog friendly. Greg simply said, "Oh, it is; its just not Prince friendly." He was smiling though, and very politely added, "We are sorry for your inconvenience. You are important to us and your continued support of our business is truly appreciated."

"Oh, how nice," I thought.

Prince just grinned and laid back in the back seat of the car. I think I over heard him mutter, "Now, let me think how I'm going to pull this off next week."

Tom, who is determined to make a clean slip-away next time.

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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

lulu will be arriving at your place on sunday....she is take a mid-morning lift off so she can wish her dad a happy fathers day, and then she will arrive sometime in the afternoon to wish you the same.....I have told her she could travel as long as she continues to eat and can walk without difficulty......if she starts exhibiting signs of illness she must return home or let you take her to Prince's vet.......having a dim view of vets she shuddered at the thought, but promised....she will be discussing her new dietary requirements with bowser before she leaves.....

also, she is bringing the dead hen with her....it is will be in a special bag so that it neither smells or deteriorates the body further...this is for roscoe to study and perhaps pass on to a forensic team......roscoe did ask her to bring the corpse with her...pls. do not open it at all, becuz once the special bag is opened, lord knows what sort of odors it will emit.....

there is a series of childrens' books about a basset hound named Charlie....they are written by annie under her pen name Ree Drummond and, naturally, I have given a copy of each one to The Kid as they are published.....the latest one is Charlie the Ranch Dog "Where's the Bacon?".....annie has tried to disguise herself in the books by giving her character the name Charlie who does a lot of napping......and in this book there is also a dog named Rowdy who looks remarkably like lulu....all the stories take place on the ranch (farm)....this book is SO annie....the book is partially about what happened to Annie's/Charlie's missing breakfast of bacon (and how lulu/rowdy smells like bacon)...to quote.."Breakfast is my life".....I laughed all the way thru the book, seeing annie on every page...this is an "I Can Read" book so it will be perfect for The Kid who is learning to read.....btw, pls. inform all 3 dogs that they MUST return her by the 9th of July for the wedding of #1 Son (you might not mention that The Kid will be here, too).....I don't care if the worst chupe war battle is being fought in your backyard, my 3 dogs ABSOLUTELY MUST be here!!

TQ


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Dear TQ,

I can assure you that there were no typos in my previous communication. Alfred has commented that I have a very strange accent, but I don't think he understood the implications of what was said. This morning Alfred and the others were drinking some interesting concoctions and I asked what he was doing. He said they are drinking the ceremonial ferment of happiness, knowing that all is well with their dearly departed now incorporated. I turned quickly to hide my grin and waved to the old boy. I think he may have suspected that I was grinning but he didn't seem to care. The celebration juice seems to have him in a very pleasant state of mind.

I am quite curious about the cause of death for that poor dead hen who apparently met with a tragic and untimely passing. I've discussed her with Jack who felt that if the Chihuahuas are quite correct that the stiffness is not rigor, he suggests the possibility that she was frozen with fear and in the end was scared to death. Well, it does sound plausible, but I suspect the more up close and personal inspection by the Chihuahua coroner team will either confirm Jack's thoughts or shed new light on the situation. Aren't you glad that the hens don't hold to Alfred's beliefs, but rather, are a bunch of flockers?

Give our best to dear Lulu,
Tom and the gang

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

so does this mean you and joanie went to an agency and hired a new guy to do the dishes??

"And so I added, "May the farce be with you." did you mean to say this or was it a typo?
farce? I didn't know if you were slipping a bit of sarcasm in there which went over Alfred's head....I cracked up.....however if Alfred realizes you were being snide, you could begin to miss body parts....*double snicker*

we found another dead hen yesterday....she did not appear to be wounded in any way...Lucy's body was stiff as a board and I thought it was in full rigor mortis, but wawa investigators said that was wrong and in fact, the body was frozen, altho there was no cold involved....investigations are continuing...I had shoveled the body into an old feed bag...er, funeral shroud, and was going to take her to the chicken cemetery (county dumpsters), but the wawas' forensic team whisked her away from me, stating they would dispose of the body properly after they were done with it and reports were written.....sigh......is this further work of the chupes or shadow people or is it something new? this morning I could not find sarah, our oldest hen, anywhere....she is handicapped with a disabled leg, so she moves slowly and only travels in a small area around the yard so she should not have been difficult to find....guards shooed me back into the house and said they would check it out

uh-oh....I saw a tv commercial and it looked like that little jack russell, Jesse, whose videos you like and annie despises....do NOT mention this to annie...she would turn purple with jealousy, altho, of course, she would never admit to it.....

TQ

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Its been a very busy day. Joanie and I needed to do some shopping...actually, the dish washer gave out and needed replacing. No, not the dish washer named Tom; rather, the automatic / electric one that you stick dirty stuff into and pull clean stuff out of. Prince demanded that he go with us and resolving the conflict between his desire to go with our insistence that he stay here was not easy. In the long run, we compromised. We went without him but gave him very nice bribes...er, rewards for his responsible decision to remain at home.

Now this afternoon, Prince and I meandered over to the canal to look in on the funeral. What we saw was not terribly comforting, but Alfred assured me that this was not cannibalism, rather, alligators believe that the eating of the dead helps incorporate the dead gator into their own living selves and thus permits them to live forever. When I tried to hide my smile, Alfred very simply said, "Ah, you are obviously not a believer. I should point out to you that we are an ancient people, far older than humans, a relatively newcomer to the earthy neighborhood. You may wish to reconsider your thinking."

My response was, "Well Alfred, far be it from me to doubt your system of beliefs. And you do make a very clear point." I was feeling a bit uncomfortable at this point as you might have surmised. And so I added, "May the farce be with you." At this point I bowed and left, Prince by my side.

When we got home Prince looked up at me and asked, "Dad, do you think there is anything in what Alfred said."

I grinned and replied, "Prince, it is what he believes, and since Gabby was one of theirs, it is not for us to judge. Do I believe this business of eating the deceased? No, but the important thing for Alfred is that Alfred believes it. We need to just let it be."

Later on, Prince looked up at me and said, "Dad, I've been thinking. I think we should just let a lot of things be."

I laughed a bit and said to him, "I couldn't agree more Prince. Judging others is not cool."

We are now cuddled together writing posts for SP and facebook. :)



Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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hah! only after I posted did yesterday's post show up......when I first when to type a new comment for today your post still was not there....the news of gabby's passing was, indeed, very sad.......I do not think annie was being self-indulgent.....gatorlips probably needs annie even more now that her friend and mate has died....

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dear tom

the last post in this room that I can see was also from me and dated 6/7/14.....don't know what's going on with your posts....I see nothing from you for yesterday.....

an update on lulu: she is so determined to get back to fla that jumped into my car Without Assistance last sunday...twice!!! she does not seem as shaky when she stands or walks.....I guess the new batch of cherry grass tonic that Babycakes sent out (the real stuff, not the diluted nonsense) is finally doing its job.....quite frankly the idea of annie being in charge of the infirmary, no matter who the patients are, probably has done as much to spur her on as the cherry grass........we have been having small rainstorms which have involved a wee bit of thunder.....now that lulu is almost as deaf as a post she is coping with the storms so much better since she can't hear the thunder.....a few nights ago the storm was close and one could feel the thunder which has her a bit anxious, but still not as hysterical as in previous times.....

speaking of annie as head of the infirmary, how is that maple syrup working on the 'gators? she said that keeping her assistants as well as the gators supplied with fresh cookies has turned out to be a bigger chore that she thought....(she blames the gators big appetites, not the delicate bassets hounds)....she said she is calling in for more basset reinforcements to help in the kitchen...lucky you!

oh! almost forgot! there is a message for annie below from the squirrels
TQ
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Dear Anny

*squeak* *chitter* *chitter* *lots of tail flicking* *chitter* hahahahaha *chitter* *chitter*
Sam and Dave





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Good morning TQ,

This is a sad morning. Annie was working on speed bump poses with the two gator patients, and all seemed to be going well. Then dinner time came and she announced that to them. Gatorlips Galore seemed to be feeling much better and was most happy to receive her meal. On the other hand, Gabby seemed intent on continuing with the speed bump posing. Annie couldn't understand it, but figured if he was going to sleep ...er, practice speed bumping at eating time, it must really be what he needs. She volunteered to eat his food so that it would not go to waste. Later in the morning it was discovered that Gabby was not practicing speed bump poses any more. Rather, he had become a permanent speed bump. The funeral will be help later today.

Of course the funeral is a private matter for gators, no humans, bovines or canines allowed. It is our task to carry the poor deceased's carcass to the canal. The other gators will take it from there. Annie was asked to help move Gabby's body. The Chihuahuas felt that she would be great on the pull, and suggested that she could put the full weight of her body into the chore, but she refused, explaining that she needed to remain with Gatorlips since she is not out of danger yet. Annie pointed out that Gatorlips would be weakened in her grief for Gabby and therefore the danger of the effects of chupe toxin would be heightened. While her argument seems quite logical (especially for Annie), I couldn't help feel that, on a deeper level, there was a sort of self indulgent aspiration to the whole deal. Still, it is not for me to judge. This is totally between Annie and the Chihuahuas. Roscoe volunteered to help and served as lead during the difficult task of moving a 10 foot very heavy gator carcass to the canal. Once there, the Ros, who apparently has become quite attached to this gator, gave him one last full body hug. He had to be gently pulled away by the Chihuahuas. Unfortunately, Roscoe now smells like dead alligator. Jack is ready for Roscoe and is waiting at the dog wash devise.

Tom, who never suspected Roscoe of being a gator lover.

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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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