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9/1/14 11:33 A

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dear tom

using this tablet keyboard is almost unbearable, even for one as dainty pawed as myself...and the abuse continues to be heaped upon my head...last night i hears partiers AND smelled a skunk....,at first i went out & barked at the skunk & then i decided to sing with the party people.... mom came stomping out to complain that 2:30 am was no time for singing...i pointed out that it certainly was as evidenced by the neighbors who were having a good time.....lulu was also having a bad night, so mom didn't get her full requirement of sleep.....but is lulu blamed? oh noooooo! it is still "poor lulu" around here.......did i get any apprevciation for warning thhe skunk to stay away or my singing? again, noooooo...all i got was *sob* "annie be quiet!!"

annie who is feeling so unappreciated

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9/1/14 7:05 A

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Dear Annie,

I am in constant contact with eagle central. All scouting eagles are still searching the glades for Prince and Roscoe, but so far not a trace. And while the war is winding down, it is still being waged, so no carrier eagles are available outside of the current war effort. Well, you can understand that of course.

I have sent a copy of this letter to your mom. The reason for that is the following message received from Prince.

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Dear Dad,

We are still waiting for rescue. It is now necessary to search a larger perimeter to our camping site for food (berries and eatable vegetation). We also have an area quite a ways from our campsite to be used for...well, business trips as we call them at home...(grin). But where are the eagles.

We realize that it may be difficult for the eagle scouts, even with their keen eyesight, to see us beneath the canopy of pine limbs and palm fronds. Therefore, we have enlisted the services of a friendly beaver, an engineer by trade, who we found working on a dam close by. We were able to negotiate a project with him. Basically we hold him up (Prince on Roscoe's shoulders and the beaver on Prince's shoulders) while he nibbles away at the branches that most obstruct the view of the eagles. Of course, the trick is to get out of the way when the branches fall without anyone getting hurt, but we have worked out a strategy for that, and we have leaves and other soft material below just in case. The result is a clear opening at the top of our camp site (we can see the stars at night now). For his work, the beaver is allowed to take all of the fallen timber for his dam project. The beaver can't believe that we would go to our effort in his behalf just so that we could see stars, but I guess he figures that if we are stupid enough to lift him to see stars, why should he look a gift horse in the mouth. Of course, he has no idea now very important it is for the eagles to be able to find us and thus the need for an opening in the tree limb canopy.

Prince, who waits patiently for the eagles to come.

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Needless to say, I have forwarded the information to eagle central where they can inform the scouts. This will give a new idea of what they will be looking for and more importantly through to find the boys.

Take care of yourself and Lulu Annie,
Your friend, Tom

Tom

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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8/31/14 8:01 P

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Dear tom

Mom took off the entire non-typing key...there was nothing under it, no dust etc....the repair shop fixed it Fri & sat. the entire computer stopped working..... The repair shop is closed until tues.....mom is unhappy... And I Hate using this tiny tablet keyboard! It's exhausting! Boy! Do I free the need of a chocolate cupcake, maybe two

Could you please ask the eagles pick up the boys? A) they are probably ready to return has B) I need a ride to fl. til all this chaos with mom's laptop is over!

Annie who does not want to break a nail on this crummy teeny keyboard

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that you are having difficulty with your dad. Imagine him blaming such an innocent doggie like yourself. I'm sure that you were just trying to help. Well, the only suggestion that I could make is that you just don't try to help your parents anymore. Of course, that does not preclude assisting the nurse Chihuahuas and that sort of thing.

By the way, Annie, you and I both know that you can type. I know your mom doesn't think so, but she just can't see beyond the paw. We know that you peck the keyboard with your dainty toe nails. And let's face it, how else could you type messages to me?

One thing that concerns me though. You don't think, do you, that you dropped bits of chicken or even road dust into the keyboard. I mean, your mom would be quite upset with that all things considered. No, I don't suppose so. I know that you have learned to clean up slobber left around, but it may be a bit harder to get it out of the keyboard. Well, just be careful with that, and our secret about your wonderful typing ability will remain between you and me. I won't say anything to your mom, OK!

I haven't heard from Roscoe or Prince, but assume that they are still waiting on someone to find them. I think the eagles are their best hope and have been in contact with them. Eagle scouts are circling the area as we speak.

Kathy said that she enjoyed her little adventure, especially since the Chihuahua troops were there to do battle. (Cows, she points out, are not well equipped to do battle with chupacabra.) She did feel a bit miffed that she and the others were made into decoys without total understanding of the dangers of the situation, but she said that she forgives the eagles. I suppose forgiving the eagles is a bit easier since she was able to enjoy some really sweet grass and other vegetation and since no one of the cow folk were hurt. They are now on their way home and you can let Lulu know that all is well with Kathy and the herd.

I've got to go Annie. Remember, your secret about typing (and you do it so well I might add) will stay between you and I.

Your friend,
Tom

Tom

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

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8/30/14 8:41 P

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dear tom,

i got into trouble with my dad this morning and it was so UNFAIR!! i was on the front porch where mom had put all the trash that needed to go to the dumpsters (there is no home trash pick up here) when what did i smell?? CHICKEN!! mom had bought another roasted chicken (for lulu, of course...*snort*).....mom always takes the bones off of the meat, but apparently she had left a little bit on.....i didn't want anything to go to waste....we all know how sick lulu is........so i was tearing open a trash bag in order to save the chicken meat for lulu when my dad discovered me and thought i was just tearing up trash bags like a common dog might....boy, did i get fussed at!!....he wouldn't listen to me as i tried to explain...he told me i was being a Bad Dog!! and then he made me help clean up the mess....it was awful! ... then i heard him tell mom that he caught me on the porch tearing open trash bags....did he scold her for being so sloppy by leaving meat on the bones??nnnnoooooooooooo!

i do appreciate you advice about staying out of mom's way...i have been trying to do that, altho it is difficult since she sometimes wanders anywhere and everywhere all over the house....i mean, really! how much should she expect from one tiny girl puppy?! mom continues to feel delicate, so perhaps her pain will remind her to be a bit more careful where she walks..... i think both my parents have been Quite Unreasonable! if this continues i will feel compelled to report them to the SPCA

mom's computer has continued to plague her with problems and she says it is going back to the repair shop on tues or wed...sigh....maybe she'll buy a new one, hopefully with large paw-sized keys

annie, who has been picked on far too much this week!

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Dear Annie,

You may have been tripped over but you are not a puppy. Those days of puppyhood are long gone, but then, now you are able to do so much more than you once could. As far as your mom tripping over you, my advice is simply to move to a less "in the way of traffic" place for yoga posing, napping and the like. That way you don't have to put up with people tripping over you. I mean, it is so uncomfortable when that happens to you.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Lulu (cc to TQ),

I have a couple of reports that I want to share with you. This first one is from Roscoe...

Tom, I will not be long winded. We are still waiting in our vegetation room. Its relatively cool in here during the day and protected at night. We have decided to wait for searchers to find us. We have not, however, heard of a search party and we have not seen eagles for quite some time, and I'll have to admit, we worry about that. Still, we have food in the form of berries and plants, so we wait. Let us know if there are search parties looking for us please.

Roscoe, survivor specialist 1st class.

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And from Kathy with the help of a Chihuahua archivist....

Tom,

We were marching southward at the request of eagles and under the guide of the lost cow as we shall call her. We quickly (for us) entered the glades and continued until we were surrounded by swamp on three sides (at least we could see swamps edge). And then it happened...

Hordes of chupacabra were coming at us at great speed. We didn't know what to do, but we did know that running would be useless. They would quickly outpace us and we would be done for. We learned later that we were being used as decoys to lure chupes into this area, giving Prince and Roscoe a chance to escape. But what about us?

Well, just as the chupes were getting dangerously close, a multitude of friendly Chihuahua troops suddenly appeared on three sides of us. They had slipped into the march grass and were waiting quietly. (We later learned that these are highly trained special forces of Chihuahuas.) Well, they surrounded the chupes and spread anti-chupe toxin leading to a multitude of poofs. And although the air was horrible to breath after that, almost all of the chupes were destroyed. It was quite amazing. Those few that were left fled into the marches, but we did see a few in battle with pythons. Some pythons were killed by the chupes, but we saw several poofs coming from the marches. It was a battle hard fought but it lasted for only a short time. Then it was over. Oh, by the way, the grasses were quite sweet here so we lingered before heading home, enjoying our meal.

Your friend who is missing you,
Kathy (with special thanks to the Chihuahua scribe who is typing
this for me)

Tom

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

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

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dear tom

thank you for the update from Prince....we are all so glad they are doing well....have any of the wawas sent out a search party? has kathy's group returned home yet? pls. keep us informed.......

the first aid classes are going reasonably well....the recruits have grumbled becuz if they don't fold the bandages Just Right, annie makes them re-do it until it is perfect....she points out that well-folded bandages take up less room in a backpack which is important when they are carrying a lot of stuff....she IS right, but sometimes her interpersonal skills are a bit lacking....the boys do not give me much trouble, altho some do seem to have problems measuring out proper doses even tho there is are instructions on each bottle...i have issued them all the proper size spoons and marked their needles and measuring cups.....i am beginning to think that the rumours about annie's trip with them into the pastures are false...some of these poor lads couldn't find their way out of a paper bag....on the other hand...at least they are enthusiastic and perhaps with a little time they will get better.....there are 2 or 3 new recruits that i am keeping my eye on becuz they seem extra-smart and 2 of them seem very interested in the medical aspects of first aid....perhaps they will be able to help me in the labs when i am physically not able to do all the chores.....there is one very small patch of cherry grass that i planted last fall that has survived....all the other died over the winter....this one is on top of a small mtn, so i cannot reach it unless pulled while sitting in a wagon (which does make me feel sort of queenly).....i am hoping i can teach these young drs-to-be (i hope). the sublte care and steps that go into cherry grass production....i have already spoke to BabyCakes about possibly taking them on for further training next spring......

Lulu
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dear tom

mom got her computer keyboard fixed this morning....its about time! its very difficult for a big-pawed girl to do all that cutting and pasting of a single letter

did you hear what happened?!! i was lying in the kitchen doorway minding my own business, relaxing on the cool tiles on a hot day when mom came around the corner and fell over me! i shrieked! she shrieked! she lay on the floor and i got out of the way....who knew that else the crazy woman would do? in fact, i avoided her the rest of the day just in case.....poor mom, did get hurt and have to go to the dr., but she is mostly okay now except for a few aches, pains and bruises.....i, thank heavens, was fine, so don't worry...all my practice with yoga poses left me more flexible, i guess....mom talks like it was all my fault...such nerve!

Annie, the poor tripped-over puppy

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8/29/14 11:03 A

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Dear Lulu,
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Report from Prince this morning (EARLY):

Hi Dad,

Well, its been a rough couple of days, but we feel a bit safer now. Dodging panthers and bear was not pleasant but doable. We worked our way north until we came to waters edge. It seems that we had to travel west in order to reach a main land area. This worked out for us quite well until we came to the area where we would cross onto what appeared as mainland. But the water covered the connected area and that was full of marsh grasses. What worried us most is what might be living within the grasses.

Well, we sat down and chatted about the best way to cross. We decided to build a raft of palm leaves (plenty available) tied together with saw grass but before we could put our plan into action, we were attacked from the back land area by several alligators. This was not part of our plan. We had to jump into the swamp and swim for the next land area where we could outrun those green critters. We knew that we had very little time since the gators could greatly out swim us from a speed point of view. Still, we had no choice so jump we did and swim we did to the other bank. Out of the corner of our eyes we could see slithering snakes heading our way, but on we swam. Gators reached the shore and entered the water quickly, not fearing the snakes or anything. We climbed to the bank just in the nick of time (almost). Roscoe got a nip on the tail and lost some fur, but that was all. Then we ran. The gators came ashore quickly and ran toward us. They can run unbelievably fast but only for a short time. We knew that, no matter how sore our muscles and breathless we became, we must run at top speed to outpace these rascals. Eventually they slowed and while we kept running for a while, we did come to a place where our pat forked into three paths and we could see that one of the paths (to the right) opened into three more. We took the left path hoping that the hateful gators would see that the path to the right opened into additional paths (one travelled well, one in poor condition and one of extreme doubtfulness). The one well travelled path seemed most treacherous to us but we hoped that the hateful gators would follow that path in hopeful pursuit of us. Sure enough, they did. We decided at that moment that the left path was the right way to go.

Occasionally we would see a chupe, but usually it was by itself and appeared totally disoriented. I think it was lost from its pack. Anyway, when this occurred we would provide it with a little gift of anti-chupe toxin and watch the usual poof. You see, it was probably alone because it was the sole survivor of its group and we most certainly wanted to put it out of its misery.

We have found an area that seems quite safe for now. It is a room of sorts surrounded by high vegetation. It is covered over by a canopy of tree branches, though these are, for the most part, pine so that eagles could see us with their extremely sharp eyes. There is the main path in where we entered, though we have since covered the entrance with camouflaging green material that looks quite like the vegetation that is growing. The is also another exit path which is fairly overgrown and self camouflaging. This we consider an escape route should it be needed.

We will now conference with each other and devise a plan for leaving by either path if needed. We will also consider that hopefulness of remaining here and allowing eagles or others to find us when they look for us (and we are sure that they will). And, most importantly, we shall sleep, one at a time while the other guards. And this is what we shall do now...

Prince, the exhausted lab

Well, there you have it Lulu. Please make sure that TQ got her copy. And take care of yourself. You are a very special old girl, you know.

Tom, who thinks of you often dear Lulu

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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8/27/14 2:51 P

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dear tom,

i know tht teaching first aid with annie will be a challenge, but she means well...at the moment she is cutting up mom's fabrics so the recruits can learn to roll bandages...she said mom would not mind....i am not too sure about that as annie just took whatever fabrics appealed to her......

the computer store said keyboard repair will cost $35 including labor, but it will probably be next week before it can be done....they are waiting for the part to be sent...mom either has to use the @ or cut & paste in the a, either which is a pain

pls. let us know when you hear from the boys

Lulu

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Dear Annie,

Congratulations on your new position teaching first aid, a most valuable and honorable position. I know that you shall fulfill your duties admirably.

Tom, who is proud to be your friend

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Dear Lulu,

First off...Lulu, THIS IS FOR YOUR EYES ONLY! Whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT let Annie see this letter. Still, I thought you would enjoy it.

I went to speak to the Florida commander of Chihuahua troops who happened to be on the cell phone at the time. He was chuckling at first, then laughing out loud, and then laughing hysterically. I even laughed as I saw him go through his laughable antics.

When he finally got off the line, I asked him if he would care to share what it was that he found so tremendously humorous. He said of course he would...

It seems he had been consulting with the Virginia commander from your locale. The Virginia commander had relayed a story about his recent confrontation by one very ineffective tracker named Annie. You know who we are talking about. :)

Well, he said that it is important to him to keep all canines focused on the war effort and that he does not want to alienate anyone. But he said that this Annie was quite a challenge. He had to think quickly, but came up with an idea during the conversation. He decided that she could be kept quietly involved if he would assign her the chore of teaching first aid in the field to new recruits. Of course, this is pretty important stuff, so he wanted to make certain that the teaching was well planned and taught. He therefore made certain that you would co-teach. He anticipated that there would at times be a bit of a disagreement between the two of you when it comes to method and content of lessons, but he is quite certain that if that occurs you will put Annie in her place.

Apparently that was the source of the chuckles. Then as they elaborated and relayed various scenarios about how all this might unfold, their stories got quite hilarious and that brought on more and more laughter until they were pretty much rolling on the floor.

Ha, now just imagine two Chihuahua commanders on cell phones rolling on the floor with laughter and you can see why I joined in the laughter not even knowing what they were laughing about.

I just had to tell you about this. Again, please don't let Annie get near this message and delete it after you have read it.

Wishing you continuously improved health,
Tom

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Dear TQ,

No Prince or Roscoe report today. Nothing to worry about though I suppose. They are probably quite involved in finding there way out of the glades, where ever in the glades they may be. I do worry some though. One of the eagles mentioned crocodiles near where they were...some canal or something.

Tom

Tom

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

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

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

do not worry your little bald head.....while mom was out i made a copy of your comments re the cow mission & showed it to the Commandant....at first i was Very Upset, but then i realized it couldn't be true since i am natural born leader.....when he read the msg our Commandant turned quite pasty & began to shake....i thot i would need to yell for the nurse, but then he recovered & stated that he would find out who had said such lies & terrible things & he promised the culprit would be suitably punished...i offered to do the punishing, but he said it would be best if it came from him....we both greed that it was probably one of the new recruits who was upset for ruining the mission

i also came up with another terrific idea......the new recruits need to know how to help one another if someone is hurt in battle or on patrol (or even in kitchen duty)...........lulu & i are going to conduct joint sessions on basic first aid....we plan to divide it over 4 days....& then next week sometime there will be a practical exam where they bandage one another, apply medicines and cherry grass....we will use juice instead of real cherry grass......of course, since i am a natural teacher, i could do it all in one day, but lulu needs to feel useful so she will do the cherry grass part & other medicines while i concentrate on bandages, field gurneys & crutches, etc....we are spreading it out over several days in small groups becuz lulu doesn't have lot of energy....she is Very Excited about this & has been planning her lectures all morning....it is nice to see a smile on her lips

the 'puter shop said they would check on the cost of a new keyboard...mom hopes they hurry becuz pasting in a's is a pain she says

annie, who is a wonderful teacher & leader

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Dear Annie,

Gee, Annie, I've been pondering whether or not to discuss a certain topic with you. I would hate to offend you, and really, its all stuff that I heard in a round about way, but I feel somewhat compelled to tell you about it. Hmmmm.... well, OK... here goes. Please don't get upset. I certainly wouldn't want to cause that in any way...

Well, to make a long story short (and it was long with lots of details which I am going to leave out), I was talking with the Chihuahua commander last night (evening really), and it seems he heard from the commander from your area of Virginia. It seems he allowed a certain individual by the name of Annie lead a group of Chihuahua recruits on a cow mission. Well, it was a total fiasco according to that commander. Apparently he blamed the leadership entirely rather than the recruits. He said that this individual had no leadership skills what so ever, and that she had totally misdirected the Chihuahua recruits. According to the commander, "It will never happen again. Her leadership days here are finished."

Now I can't say if this has anything to do with the cow mission you lead. All I know is what was told to me and that is what I am simply passing on to you. I mean, it could have been a different Annie and a total coincidence that that leader with the same name lead recruit Chihuahuas in a failed tracking mission. That must be it Annie...simply a coincidence.

I did not send a report about Roscoe and Prince yesterday because nothing was received. Today I received the following...

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Hi Tom, Sorry we didn't message you yesterday. It was a difficult day.

There were no chupes to deal with. They seem to have disappeared. But we had other troubles. First of all, we are deep within the glades and quite hungry. We were searching for possible food and had just located a small area where berries were growing and ripe. We no more than started picking / eating the berries when we were confronted by a monstrous 18 foot python. No kidding, these guys are as scary as they are dangerous. We had to flee, but in doing so found both alligators and crocodiles all looking terribly hungry and all eye balling us.

We ran and dodged this creatures and almost became their lunch when a pair of eagles dropped down and grabbed us with their talons as gently as they could and dropped us on an area that seemed relatively safe (not that any where in the glades is safe). They had to leave us because apparently they were on a mission associated with the war, but promised to return as soon as they could.

Again we searched for food and found a small garden near a shack. We were harvesting some of the wonderful foods that I am certain was surplus considering the massive amount that the farming person had grown. Apparently it wasn't surplus after all because he came out and shot at us with his shot gun. We got out of there quickly I'll tell you, but nearly got pelleted with buckshot several times. We did get to eat our fill but were unable to carry off some of the stuff for a later meal.

We found what we thought may be a safe resting place and were just about to message you when a family of panthers came wondering down the path near our hiding place. We quietly slipped in amongst some scrubs and hid from them until they had passed. The scrubs had thorns making the experience horribly unpleasant.

After they had wondered down the road a ways, we decided to move further up the path creating greater distance between them and us. Unfortunately, we wondered into the realm of a black bear and her cub. The bear and cub seemed to be just wondering across the pathway, but we felt quite ill at ease needless to say. We didn't move. Dark had fallen and we decided to sleep while we could and then message you in the morning.

It is now morning and time to travel further to the north as best we can, not knowing what we shall run into in this miserable hot sultry land of grass, water and sand. Oh were are those eagles when we need them?

Roscoe

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Annie, make certain that your mom reads her copy of the Prince report, being sent at the same time. I didn't send a copy because this cow mission stuff may be best kept between you and me.

Your thoughtful friend,
Tom

Tom

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

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

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

do not mock mom bout her lptop.....she is getting redy to leve for the computer shop soon....your messge did mke me wonder if roscoe ever used this lptop....he does drool sometimes....i, of course, would never do such thing.....(computer geeks cn't @nlyze drool c@n they, telling which dog it cme from??? not tht i m worried, of course)

don't worry, tom, i will promise not to tke you into the w@ter t the be@ch......depending on the wether we m@y hve to wlk thru puddle, nd i do hope you don't f@ll into the c@n@l....h@h@h@......

you did not send report from ros...mom nd lulu will be very worried.....the goofbll recruits tht i took to the psture couldn't find their wy out of pper bg....they were pthetic.....they mde so much noise stumbling thru the woods & when we got there we got chsed by cowboys yelling & such becuz they spotted severl of the recruits who did not follow my directions & wlked right out into the open fields of the pstures......never s@w m@rt@ due to hsty retret......

there is mle gold finch, @n indigo bunting, mle red c@rdinl @ll t the bird feeder...which one should i hve for brekfst???



@nnie, @ supremely good hunter

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Dear Annie,

I have a desk top. Now the nice thing about desk tops (outside of the fact that operators sometimes leave slobber behind) is that if a keyboard goes bad (its never happened to me) you can just toss the keyboard and get a new one without the hassle of replacing the whole computer. Of course, they aren't all that mobile, but then I figure that is what a smart phone is for. Of course, I use my smart phone where they have wi fi since I only have 250 MB available. Works for me. (Unlimited text and talk with anyone...even with you Annie).

I'm glad that you demonstrated to the Chihuahua recruits how to track animals making loud bellowing sounds. Now that take real skill. But Annie, if we go to the beach, I just will not follow you into the ocean. (Relax Annie...just a little tracker humor, you understand...snicker.)

I really think you are needed at home though. Lulu needs you there, whether you realize it or not. She is having hard times.

Your friend,
Tom, who is about to have the first Bowser meal in a very long time, since he has a leave for one evening and night. I suggested a light mean and then he is to rest with us in the family room in order to be ready to return to duty.

Tom

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

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I SAW THAT, TOM!!! i am, too, a natural trackeri!! the Commandant has called me to lead a group of new recruits to the gonzalez pasture this morning.....as loudly as the cows are bawlling you'd think the goofballs could find it themselves, but i m taking them to show them how to do it stealthily since we fear the death truck might be there and we might have to to extract (that means remove or in this case, rescue) lulu's friend, marta (not that they are close like with Kathy, but lulu needs no extra stress at this time).....and these new recruits, while eager, are not proficient at soldiering.....i can't believe you would cast asperions on my tracking skills........well, yes i can since it is you *snort*....the next time i come to fl you and i,,...and i mean ONLY you and i are going on a hike.......i have planned this.....we both will be blindfolded and someone will take us to a spot far from home..like the beach, or behind Kathy's barn, or tht churro stnd near the dog park,....and I, yes I will lead us home!!! you will see!

btw, we are all glad to her the lads are fine....i hope they get home soon
Annie, who is in a bit of a huff
p.s. Sundy: lulu hd @ b@d night which me@ns everyone hd @ b@d night....she refused to e@t @ll dy & @ll evening she p@ced & did the turning in circles....the doggie doors were open but she didn't wnt to go outside vi@ the front porch becuz (1) the hens were blocking the exit & she didn't w@nt to risk tripping down the st@irs.....she finlly consented to go out the b@ck door which hs @ r@mp to the ground but then would come b@ck in & st@rt pnting, pcing, circling over nd over...@ 3m mom cooked her hmburgers of which she @te 2.....but tht did not stop her beh@vior, @ltho it got the rest of us up.....@4m mom moved into the guest room w/out informing lulu so she finlly woke up my d@d.......this morning she @te brekfst....do not cross mom, tho....she's only hd @ couple hours of sleep & is feeling @s me@n @s @ be@r...or chupe!....
btw, the @ hs completely quit working on mom's puter, so tomorrow it is going to the shop.....mom does not w@nt to buy @ new l@ptop....c@n geeks do keybord-ectomies?


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Dear TQ,

This is a copy of the message that I received from Prince this morning...

Hi Dad,
It has been difficult writing since we have been dodging those angry beasts. Whenever we found a spot in which to hide that we thought was safe, we would try to message you and then we would here the sounds of chupes. Now and then we would see a poof which we assume is one of the injured chupes who finally died from the blast at chupe HQ, and we would secretly cheer because that was one less chupe to dodge, but we did so quietly, scarcely able to breath for fear the chupes would hear.

Today something strange has happened. It sounds like most of the chupes have left, maybe all of them. We feel comfortable enough to message but are afraid to leave our relatively secure hiding place. We are waiting for day light so that we can survey our area since our last move was made in extreme haste having been discovered. We sprayed anti chupe toxin as we left, but we have only a small amount left. We had to abandon one fairly large container of the stuff during one of our hasty moves. I suppose at this point the worst part of it all is being altogether unaware of our whereabouts. We wonder if the chupacabra have abandoned their search for us. Believe me, we truly hope that is the case.

Prince

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I also received a message from Kathy. This will not be a verbatim copy, but rather, my interpretation of what I think she is trying to say. Keep in mind that cows have extreme difficulty working with these devices, hoofs being what they are. The cow pretty much has to tongue the keyboard and frequently will fat-tongue it. Add all of this to the fact that communication is limited in the first place by language... well, you get the picture. Anyway, this is the best that I can make out from her attempted communication.

Tom...we are here. Decoy set. Eagles pleased. Kathy

Well, that's all very interesting and hopeful in my opinion. I just wish we knew the exact whereabouts of our boys. Please pass all of this information on to Lulu and Annie as I know they will be interested. Oh yes, and please discourage Annie from thinking she is a natural at tracking. I can just see her getting lost in the glades, being at great risk, and creating a second search problem for eagles and others.

Tom

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der tom,

you know me so well....yes, indeedy, i m usually quite compassionate....even last night when lulu was pacing at 1am, i let mom drag me from where i was sleeping to the side so lulu could walk past me to get to the next doggy bed.....however, i admit tht i was bit miffed when tht did not suit Her Highness and she insisted on having my bed so mom said "of course, lulu" and just rolled me over to the other bed....i would have given up my comfy bed and moved If Anyone Had Bothered To Ask ME!!!---but no one did which i found rather rude

i think the constant rain this week adds to lulu depression...mom and pop also think lu's vision has deteriorated altho not as much as her hearing.......or maybe its that she cannot move her head as much which limits her viewing...you'd think with all her physical problems she would officially turn over the position of Alpha Dog to me, but no...she still insists she is top puppy around here and has the nip to prove it.....sigh......mom bought a new dry dog food which lulu despises; i noticed when mom came home she had a new can of a new brand of dog food FOR LULU...just one can! *snort* i'll be lucky if i get a tiny taste......grrrr

everyone hopes tht you hear from our boys soon....and when you do, don't forget to let us know.....

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Dear Annie,

I'm glad you brought to my attention how week poor Lulu still is. Her condition is hard for her and she needs to be near her mom I'm sure, though, that someone as naturally aware as yourself realizes that already.

Of course, you will want to stay with her and help care for her at home. I do understand that. It is because you are so unselfish and such a natural at being that way. It's that inner beauty that makes you who you are, so loving and adorable. You are making a wise decision to remain with Lulu, and as much as Baby Cakes and I could use your talents here, I truly believe that Lulu needs you even more.

Tom, your appreciative friend

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Dear Lulu,

Baby Cakes did get your message and said that it was tremendously helpful. She wants to call you back just to chat for a while, but she is so very busy that she is unable to. She asked me to express her appreciation for your invaluable help. Though you cannot be here now, your brilliant advice is helpful more than you can possibly imagine. She asked that you remain near your phone and computer so that, if she gets a break, she can speak to you. Please understand that if she does call, she can be called away in a split second and may not even have time to finish her sentence or say goodbye. It is just how things are here at the moment.

We learned of threats from dog park...chupes disguised as woodpeckers...and so I took Jack and Diesel over to explore. Sure enough, there were several chupe-woodpeckers there, so Diesel went after the ground peckers while Jack, using a devise that, you guessed it, he invented, went after air borne peckers. I'm pretty sure we poofed the lot of them.

Sadly, there is no further report from our favorite boys in the glades. I did get a quick Tom... from them but that was it. It came to a sudden end!

Tom, who is really really really ready for lunch. (Oh how I wish Bowser was not in the field with the fighting Chihuahuas.)



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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

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dear tom

when i saw your pictures of Kathy & her team i got a tear in my eye.....they look so brave marching forward into the thick of things.....thanks for sending me the message re: BabyCakes....i phoned, but her voice mail picked up....i guess she will call when she has a minute if she has more questions....i did leave a detailed message about proper dosage for chupe bites.....oh, i wish i was there! while at her computer, mom said a wren landed on the windowsill & requested to come into the house....mom notified the guard on duty and all we saw afterwards was small poof! in the sky.....since i am not able to be any real help to anyone, i do try to travel with mom whenever she drives anywhere, thereby relieving a wawa guard from that duty.....thanks for the news about roscoe & prince....they are so brave.....

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dear tom.,

yesterday mom walked to the mailbox and being such perilous times, lulu and i went with her...she told me she posted some pics on fb.....what she did not post was a picture of the tree line with a slight, gentle incline in the ground of about foot which lulu wobbled up becuz she thought she smelled something important.....all of a sudden there was a thud... we all turned to look and there was lulu sliding down on her back....her legs had given out again....she seemed to take the incident fairly well and rolled over, got up, & continued on, but on the way back we could all tell she was tiring....mom poured water into her hand from a bottle for lulu, but lulu couldn't figure out what was mom was trying to do....i don't think lulu could turn her head enough to see the water or mom's hand..............she knew she was missing something and later i heard her crying.....this morning mom let us go with her to town...lulu tried to stand up on the arm rest to hang her head out the window and fell back into her seat....we could tell she was embarrassed....poor girl.....she really feels bad tht she is not in FL helping out...couldn't you get the eagles to pick her up?....i, of course, would come with her, so she won't fall out of the gondola

Annie, who is ready to go as soon as you say the word
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dear tomthis morning on FB one of the women crafters i follow asked who hd been camping this summer.........i replied that i had not due to the increased activity in the area of bears & chupes..(she hasn't asked what chupe is so she possibily is already a believer?? she is in PA)
TQ, who is not afraid to mention the reality of chupes

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Dear Lulu,

I do understand your concern, and that person may in fact continue to think of chupes as fantasy, but I truly believe that was the best course of action and represents the best hope that she will come to reality on her own accord. This will make it hers and she will keep it within her.

Yesterday afternoon I was talking with Kathy, hoping to learn more about the stray cows experiences during the war, thinking that maybe, just maybe there would be a gem of information that would be helpful. I would like to have spoken to the cow who had the experiences, but she is so hard to understand. You see, I have been talking with Kathy for a very long time, and she speaks a little broken English. I speak some cow, but you see, Kathy and the other cows speak a different dialect of cow, and while Kathy understands them and they her without difficulty, it adds tremendously to the difficulty that I have when trying to speak with them and conversely, their understanding of me. I won't bother you with how one of the conversations went that actually lead to a serious misunderstanding. Kathy helped clear it up...but now, information of greater importance.

While talking with Kathy, a scouting eagle landed and spoke to Kathy. Kathy explained to me that battles are waging in the south by angry retreating chupacabra and the cows were needed. She was not clear as to what their role would be. She felt duty bound and was immediately off, rounding up the other cattle to lead them to the place designated by the eagle. Here is Kathy (you will know which one of course) along side the other cows heading in the direction specified by the eagle (towards the western parts of the everglades):

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Shortly after that picture was taken, Kathy was in front and leading a long line of the others to the exact spot designated by the eagle. They are a little hidden, but its understandable since they are a ways further along and into taller grasses already:

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The Chihuahuas continue the battle in the north, pushing the chupe lines further south. We still have injured filtering in, but the lineup at intake lessens. The hospital is still bulging and infections are becoming a serious problem. Baby Cakes has asked for a consultation with you regarding cherry grass poultice treatment of chupe bite infections. She knows that these infections rack right along with the super germs in hospitals and elsewhere (places that I suspect have been infiltrated by chupes in disguise), and she knows that cherry grass represents these brave soldiers only hope, but she needs consultation regarding mixing and dosage under current battle conditions.

I did hear from Roscoe, but the message was short...

Tom...somewhere deep in glades / managed to blow up chupe HQ killing most top brass and many soldiers assigned to them. Some injured chupes and others not injured but unusually angry even for a chupe, have been pursuing us. The....shhhhhh...got to go....

That was all, but it does let us know three facts: 1. The boys are still alive and probably OK; 2. They are deep within the glades but being sought after by angry chupes; and 3. They blew up chupe HQ. I can't be sure of this of course, but considering when we lost communication with them, I believe it was just prior to the sudden strange behavior of the chupes in the north and the consequent advances that our Chihuahua boys have been making. And so their message brings us both good and bad news. I will, of course, keep you informed.

Lulu, please inform TQ and Annie about the course of events to date.

Tom, who misses having you here Lulu. (Say hi to Annie.)

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

pls.forgive me....i see your point in having the person read back messages...i only fear that she will continue to think the dngers of chupes is just a fantsy......i m fine with staying here, altho i do feel guilty tht BabyCkes is stuck with so much work and i had hoped to be able to be of some smll assistance......we seem to be invaded with a multitude of baby chupe shape shifters trying out their new skills.....why do they choose us?? their mamas must know the risk they run of possibily losing their children to our toxin shooters.....oh well..........its probably better that i stay here & try (TRY) to guide annie who sees herself as Steven Segal in a pretty uniform ready and able to take out the "bad guys".....sheesh! i am still pretty wobbly on my legs and some days my head is straighter than others.......sorta like this A key which sometimes works, other times doesn't, & occasionally types 2 or more a's at once.....dr. woof did a thorough check over of me looking for bites or ticks in case i had been bitten by a disguised baby chupe which might cause this disease but he did not find nything and i hve let mom furminate me severl times ....she never found nything, but my coat does look gorgeous.....pls. be careful nd let us know if you hear from our guys

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der tom
did you hear that those lying egles cncelled out flight?!! i told lulu to explain tht in this time of war in fl, the troops need me to guide them to victory.....i ws standing next to her when she ws talking to the egle receptionist and i heard tht large-clawed beast laugh....boy, i will snatch tht egle bald-headed if we ever meet.....i will make her sorry she ever laughed at me! pah! i told lulu to start working on other modes of transporttion but she said she needed nap.....she told me to talk to the Commandant about how i could help here....*snort* i knocked on his door and could hear him moving around in there, but when i said it was me, ready to lead his troops, all movenment stopped and the C never opened the door.....i WILL find him today.....gotta go....i think i hear mom in the kitchen and i should go investigate
Annie

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Dear Lulu,

Oh, you of little faith. Surely you don't think that I would lead anyone astray on this chupacabra business. Its true that I referred our messages as fantasy, but that was for good reason. It is quite true also that if one argues with an individual about points-of-view, they drive each other further and further apart, making much of the other ones false thinking solid and fairly permanent. Neither convinces the other.

You will also notice that I directed that individual to read through our messages of several years by going backward and reading many of them. You have to understand that when one tries to convince another of one's point-of-view, one must start with where the other is at the moment and work from there. It is my hope that, after reading our messages over time, that person will come to the true realization that this is not, in fact, fantasy. Rather, it is an amazing reality that she needs desperately to comprehend. Capiche?

Oh, and Lulu, I'm sure you are wondering where the eagle ride is. There was a sudden need for eagle transportation in the middle of the everglades. It was an emergency and your eagle had to abandon your request. That eagle apologizes, but knows that you, being of sound mind and wise, will understand. In fact, eagle services have actually underestimated the need for transportation associated with this terrible bloody war and has suspended any and all commercial transportation indefinitely. There will be NO exceptions.

As disappointed as I am not to have you come, I, like the eagles, do know that you will understand the urgency of the eagle transport need.

Oh, by the way, do let Annie know that her natural talents will be missed.

Again, there has been no report from Prince or Roscoe. Please pass this disturbing information on to TQ as well as my condolences regarding her gnawed on victim status.

Tom

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

how could you?!! how could you tell that person the chupes are all fantasy?!! if you do not explain the Very REAL dangers of chupacabras how will humans know to protect themselves...or even just spot them?!!! Roscoe & Prince will be so shocked & ashamed of you....*tsk* *tsk*.....

Lulu

P.S i used my considerable influence with the Eagles transport service and Annie should be arriving this afternoon.....she has packed both battle fatigues and nursing outfits....she will be there for 1 week.....i m accompanying her, altho i will not be able to do much to help.....(it was the only way to get her there...you know the rules).....i shall be returning with her next tues.
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what are you talking about? annie has not travelled anywhere....i saw her this morning....she and lulu were going for a walk together....true, i have not seen them since, but i have been inside most of the morning after being rudely glared at by one of the squirrels who was Quite Indignant tht i had moved his feeder......it rained all day yesterday & is supposed to continued thru next Sat....no sun until sunday....so, attempting to be kind, i moved the squirrel feeder where it would be more under cover.....tht did not set well with Sam, so now i have moved it closer to where it was....don't know if sam will accept that, either....i have a dove sitting on the bannister waiting for me to bring out the feeder, altho is it sitting bout 2 feet away....sigh........for my troubles i was gnawed on my various no-see-ums and am now itching to death...

TQ

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Thanks Sweet Young thing. TQ and I have been enjoying a mutual story telling fantasy for several years now. Feel free to go backwards and pick up on some of our tails (er, that would be tales). :)

Tom

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I'm not sure what this thread is "about" but I have to tell you, I'm enjoying it!

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.
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Dear TQ,

I received a note from Annie and it appears that she has not yet given up on her Florida trip or hitchhiking. I think you had best watch her closely.

The tide here seems to be turning. The chupacabra are slowly retreating. They seem in total disarray. A couple of chupacabra with no disguise wondered into our property but did not seem to be after anyone. They appeared totally lost. As a precaution, anti-chupe toxin was tossed on them and sure enough, poof / poof.

In general, the chupacabra in the field seem to not know what they should be doing in battle. This is quite fortunate for our troops. Fewer wounded are filtering through intake now, and poofing is everywhere. Of course, the air remains foul.

I saw the herd in the field on the other side of the canal late yesterday afternoon. This is the first I've seen of them since the war began. Then I saw a pickup truck with one cow in it. My first thought was, "Oh no, the farmer has discovered that these milk givers are not official dairy type. This is the first of the death trucks. My heart sank, especially since I did not see Kathy amongst the herd. Then I heard a sound to my left just beyond where I was watching. "Hi Tom." It was Kathy!

I looked at the truck in the field and saw that the cow in it had either been released or escaped. I asked Kathy about it. She explained that when the war began, the herd gathered at the barn and huddled within it for safety. The farmer found it quite hard to understand the behavior of the herd and no one could explain it to him because he does not speak cow. "Can you imagine a farmer who keeps cows and has never learned to speak cow," she asked. Kathy is so good at rambling and getting away from the focus. I said that that was incredible but then redirected her to my concern regarding the truck and cow.

"Oh yes," she responded. "The herd has now returned to the field since fighting has diminished somewhat, and besides, the farmer kicked them out of the bard. That cow in the truck...well, it seems that that cow had wondered from the herd when the war began. She has been roaming from place to place, hiding from all manner of hideous creatures. The farmer found this lost sheep (er, cow) and returned her to the herd. She is shaky and totally traumatized, but she is so happy to be home again with the herd. Kathy says that she is really pretty hard to put up with because she is constantly yacking about her experiences when chupacabra were chasing her or within 10 feet of her hiding place, etc. Kathy says she thinks Gertrude is exaggerating but can't be sure since she was safe and sound with the rest of the herd.

While I can report good news that the tide appears to be turning in this war (let us hope that that remains so), I cannot report much from Prince and Roscoe. I received the following message from Roscoe...

Dear Tom,

We are...

That was all; there was nothing more. Please don't read too much into the abrupt ending to the communication TQ. I can only report that which I know about the messages that I receive from our precious children.

Tom

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i m still in VA......turns out the mail lady does not come on sundays....i waited for hours....my dad picked me up when he came home from sangha.....he also told me tht under federal law sharon, the mail lady is forbidden to give me a ride nywhere.....how absurd!!! sharon likes me.....i will ask her today if she might tke me to fl...if necessry i will explin bout the chupes.....you never know how humns will react to tht sort of news.....gotta go get ready.....maybe i can round up few of my friends for nursing duty

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Dear Annie,

Good luck with that. I hope that you discussed it with your mom before taking off.

Your friend, Tom

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TQ,

Are you aware that Annie is standing by the mailbox waiting for a car to hitchhike to Florida. You might want to check on her if you are unaware of this.

I received no report from the two behind enemy lines. Very worried about that.

The front has quieted somewhat. Neither side seems to be advancing but fighting continues. This is seen as a good thing by our commander because before this, we were definitely slowly retreating. There are many wounded soldiers. Sadly, we have lost one who was found near the side of the road just south of here. His poor mangled body was reverently carried back to our HQ. Funeral services are this afternoon, but not many will be in attendance. Most are either in battle or catching a short break to sleep and recover before returning to the front. North Carolina troops have arrived. Some Alabama troops have arrived. Apparently debate continues in Alabama but a few dedicated soldiers have come without receiving orders in order to aid the effort. Reports are that there are several troops from various states moving in our direction, though altogether the many other states have fewer troops in total than those of Florida and Georgia. Oh well, all troops that come are greatly appreciated.

The air here is putrid with poofed chupacabra. Hospital beds are filled and the less seriously wounded soldiers fill the pathways between beds. Our lanai is constantly busy with intake. Baby Cakes and the staff are exhausted as are all troops and supporting personnel. These are the worst of times.

I need now to prepare breakfast for all nursing staff and hospitalized troops. Many of the troops require specialized diets. Oh, and our cherry grass supplies are dwindling with each day of fighting.

Tom

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*standing by mailbox, hitchhiking* der tom, i am on my wy!!!! --annie

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry you can't make it here. The Chihuahua hospital is overflowing with the wounded. For every Chihuahua discharged, five more arrive. Let's just say they are bulging at the seams. Meanwhile, our lanai is a very busy place where injured soldiers are brought by eagle carrier and where Baby Cakes does intake. It is now known as the trauma center for the hospital. Poor Baby Cakes and her very limited staff are overwhelmed. And I've had to cook since Bowser is near the front serving rationed food to the multitude of soldiers. Every eagle and gondola is involved in the struggle and bookings are being cancelled and rescheduled constantly by only one eagle communications operator. Its understandable that they would not be able to carry you.

I'm sure that you must have looked stunning at the ceremony. We have so many to honor here, but no time for that. Its all about the business war here.

Tom

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Dear TQ,

Enclosed find the most recent report from Prince:

Dear dad,

Roscoe actually was funny yesterday. He heard a noise while finishing his report to you and he knew that it wasn't me. So he came out heavily armed with anti-chupe toxin ready to defend himself, and was about to spread it when he saw that it was me. He really believed that it was not me because I was taking my turn at sleeping, but time had come and I was awake, so I had gone out to relieve myself. I just about got a dose of anti-chupe toxin thrown in my face. I'm glad he realized it in time.

We have devised a plan which I cannot tell you about. We still have a bit more investigating to do to be sure that we bring maximum damage to the chupe war effort. I will report it as soon as we execute our plan and escape from this nasty area. Meanwhile, I can tell you nothing of it. Slim as it may be, there is always the possibility that our messages will be found by the wrong individuals.

Prince, the war weary warrior.

Tom

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det tom,

i hd not considered tht my computer's problems may be caused by chupe hacker....i will notify the wwa IT guy to get on it, especilly since it hs lso been running quite slowly t times....i did see tht little wren looking into my bedroom window this morning.....he hs been cting very odd

i hve been trying to remember to bring in the bird feeders at night so discourage whomever is biting big chunks out of them under the cover of drkness....the problem is tht i forget to put them out gain erly in the morning......the birds nd squirrels re not pleased

we re pleased to read roscoe's report....he nd prince were so clever to outwit tht angry chupe....they re in such terrible danger, tho......i wish they would come home

annie is pushing me to get off as she hs something she wants to sy....laters

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oh, everyone!

you should hv been at my awrds ceremony....i looked ever so lovely in a lightly ruffled dress, my ears gently blowing in the breeze....the commndant present me with a "ntural disguised-chupe finder" medl which he hung round my neck s the wawas cheered nd whistled....even lulu came nd wagged her tail.....then we went into the mess tent nd enjoyed cookies nd cupckes nd punch.....one of the younger wws pushed the fce of his buddy into the punch and the rest of the dy tht waw had to wlk round with red snout....it ws hilrious.......nd i looked so lovely

Annie

p.s. i finlly contcted the egles....i hd to borrow phone from one of the wwas....(there must be something wrong with our phone which would explain why the egles never picked up when i called).....the sad news is tht they re busy nd booked for weeks ahead so i don't know when i will be ble to get there......i ws hoping to even help BbyCkes with the cherry grss production during slow periods....i m sure she would love to hve me s prt of her tem......mom relly needs to do something with this keybord!!
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Dear TQ,

I'm a little concerned about your keyboard. While you feel it is a curse of modern technology, it well might be sabotage by a shape-shifted chupacabra whose intent is to interfere with the communication system of its enemy (enemy meaning all beings other than chupes or chupe allies). You may want to look into that. If Annie was still doing maple syrup, I'd have to wonder about that possibility, but at this point it is quite unlikely.

I am so glad that Lulu is feeling a little better. It seems that she has up days and down days, but that her up days seem to be increasing ever so slowly and her down days decreasing at the same speed. That is a good thing.

Now then, a copy of a message received early this morning from Roscoe:

Tom. May be interrupted at any time so I'll keep this short. Have been on the outskirts of chupe HQ for some time. Have been making careful study of chupe behavior. This has helped tremendously. We have noticed that whenever chupes pass one another they give a chupe signal so to speak. We surmise that it is a form of password or ID that basically says, "yes, I am chupacabra." We have learned to give that signal, though not perfectly. This may be OK. It turns out that when we watch the shape-shifted chupes give the signal, while there are differences between the shifted chupes, none of the shifted ones give a perfect signal. This seems to be a recognized trait between chupes and they do not stop one another as long as the signal is given.

One concern is that they are an ornery bunch and often pick fights amongst each other. Moreover, I have never seen one chupe back down from a fight unless it starts to loose quite clearly. This is not good since it will not be wise for us to be caught up in one of these fights. The looser usually takes several wounds before backing off, and this would cause infection and toxin to enter our bodies so we could not afford to be involved in that sort of conflict. Yes, we carry anti-chupe toxin, but if we use it once we will be battling the entire chupe army stationed at their HG. Not a good thing at all!

We were able to enter HQ today and begin our search for information. While we failed to attain much helpful info, we did learn that chupes are being called the war from all locales in the US, Canada, Mexico...well, from the entire North, Central, and South American continents. Most have actually arrived already and have gone to war. I do wonder how our poor Chihuahua troops are holding against this horrible horde.

During our movement into the chupe HG, we were confronted by an angry chupe who had stubbed his toe and was extremely agitated. Well, I remained in his face as a normal chupe would do and Prince proceeded to his rear sniffing all the way (characteristic for those creatures that the chupes thought we were emulating). Having one at his tail and one in his face, I guess he decided to bite the bullet and move on. Prince and I breathed a collective sigh of relief when that happened.

We have since returned to our hiding place (which I will not describe just in case this message is found by chupe technologists who hack the net). Admittedly, we are not too concerned since their technology is actually quite primitive. Whow! I'm hearing something nearby and it is NOT Prince. Gotta go.

Roscoe

Tom

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dear tom

nnie WANTS to come to fla where she feels she would be an asset to the chupe-fighting team.....she believes she is a naturl chupe-finder when those dastardly cretures are in disguise....however, she hs had difficulty in rrnging trnsportion....................the spelling...or mis-spellings in this nd annie's letters are due to a very sticky A key...sometimes the a types and sometimes it doesn't...sometimes, when it types, it prints several aas.......i hve done everything....blowing air, wiping with damp q-tip, cleaning with dentl floss, etc....it just will not behve nd since the rest of the keybord is fine it does not seem reasonable to buy a new lptop just becuz the does not work......sometimes i hve to hit it several times to get it to type which i think just mkes it worse..... ahhhhhh! the curses of modern technology......................

lulu must be feeling a bit better since she let me comb her the other night....the lst time i tried she claimed it hurt, but she realized she was greatly in need of a sp day nd since she is not ble to do such thing she did let me comb her s long as i promised to do so Verrrrrrrry Gently...

we are all so gld to her roscoe nd prince re okay...i do wish they would return home...they re in such danger where they are...

i have a new sunflower that just opened 3 days ago....a bumblebee hs been on it lmost non-stop.....this morning i went out to fill the bird feeder nd as i pproached the sunflower i thought i would see if i could pet the bee....everytime i put my finger close to her she would hold out one back foot....if i took my finger away she eventully put the foot down....a couple of times i put my finger under her foot nd she just kept it there.....one time i touched her bck which seemed to surprise her but she just kept doing whatever she is doing on my flower....(you gotta choose your bees carefully)...here come dve, the squirrel......

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Dear TQ,

I have received a strange message from Annie who says she is on her way to Florida. However, her usually impeccable spelling was filled with miserably misspelled words. This is not her style. When she arrives she will be welcomed of course, but certain Chihuahuas are assigned to checking her out. As part of the process (quite early) she will be sprayed over her entire body. It will be a protectant spray as far as she is concerned, but will contain a dose of anti-chupe toxin just in case this is not Annie at all. I do hope that you understand. If she survives the spray (and she will unless this is a chupe in disguise) she will be sent through Jack's wash (which has been extremely busy these days washing all Chihuahua soldiers who return from the front). After her bath, she will immediately be assigned to nursing duties at the main hospital. (We think she will fit through the Chihuahua hospital doors.)

Now this is of great importance, a short message from Prince:

Dad...R & I behind enemy lines. Infiltrating HQ. Information to be sent to commandant. Our love.

That is all that I got. I suppose we will get details if they ever get back home. I continue to be quite worried about them.

Tom

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oh der, oh der, oh der tom! (the A is still sticking!)

i can see by your messge that y'all NEED me to be there!! i did go with my dad on his trip, hiding in the backseat before he left and not waking up until we were in dayton, ohio....do you realize tht ohio is NOT ner fl?? i tried my darndest to hve him get on the right road to fl. but he refused......i even forced myself to be friendly with horse tht pulled carriage with people in it, but the horse did not know where fl. ws....sigh............there re no buses here...the squirrels here claim they do not know where fl. is......sigh......lulu is holding her own, not great, not bad, and so i can fford some time to assist in your bttles......i did get a request from the local Commndant here for me to stay nd perform nursing duties if needed.....a contingent of wawas from PA travelled home with us nd is setting up camp in case there is trouble here....the snke on the front porch yesterday ws definitely chupe (he went poof)....i explined to the commandant that i will help out s much as possible since lulu is not up to nursing at all.....however, if roscoe or prince calls i MUST go to fl since i m such ntural chupe finder....he said he understood...then he smiled....he pparently was Quite Plesed tht i am staying...sigh...

Annie, who is changing into her nurses uniform nd rolling bandges with lulu

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Dear Annie,

I am so sorry that you are having communication problems with the eagles, but bear in mind that a war is being waged and they are involved in the movement of injured soldiers to our nursing quarters. I doubt that any are available for general transportation at all.

I still have not heard from Roscoe or Prince nor have any of the injured soldiers (those who are able to speak) seen them. The one good thing is that they are not among the injured. But they do appear to be missing in action. Of course, with this horrible never ending war, it is unlikely that they even have time to communicate from the front. This is the worst I've seen.

The chupes came within feet of our SE property border before a multitude of Chihuahuas drove them back. It was not without cost though, as several soldiers were seriously injured. (Keep in mind that any open wound from a chupe is a serious injury considering the infection and toxin that introduces.)

On the positive side, a large contingent of Georgia Chihuahua soldiers arrived this morning and they say that NC soldiers are not far behind. They are unaware of soldiers from any other state, but did hear that the Alabama boys are still debating whether or not to join the fight. About half of the Georgian soldiers have joined the fight while the others are setting up living quarters for their soldiers with special quarters for their leaders. I swear they brought a truck load of grits with them.

As they entered the fray, some of our boys were able to be relieved for a short time of rest. Some haven't slept since the war began and are exhausted. They all look frail, having had little time to eat. They will report back for duty this evening and another group of soldiers will be able to rest...and so it will go from now on, rotating moments of much needed rest.

I have talked with a few of the soldiers, though they were half asleep when I talked. No, none of them know anything about the where abouts of Roscoe and Prince.

Your deeply worried friend,
Tom

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dear everyone,

mom says i am not to write again until someone there responds, but this is Important News.....today i spotted 2 wild birds on the front porch (the screened in part) AND a rather large black snake who said she was francine, but i could tell it wasn't, plus a passel of turkeys in the field (also fakes since i don't think a turkey can fly that high)....in each and every case i sounded the alarm.....they were all determined to be chupes in disguise.....there was also a wren that has banged into the same window repetedly either due to vanity or insanity....(its difficult to tell with birds/chupes).....anyway, the wawas poofed them all except one of the turkeys....at the moment the wawas are surrounding the house and about to poof the snake/chupe.....mom is feeling pretty tense about all this odd wildlife activity.....i have suggested the consumption of chocolate which i will share with her to soothe her nerves.....she said that sounds pretty good.......but tomorrow i am going to get medals!!! geez, who knew i would be natural at chupe detection?!! i am going to make myself an army uniform and come join you, roscoe, for the big battle as soon as i can make flight arrangements (if those stupid eagles would ever answer their phone....no one ever picks up when i call)

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Dear Annie,

I am writing in large measure in behalf of your nephew and brother. I have sent a copy to Twinkie. I was unable to write yesterday because everything was so hectic.

The night before last around 1:30 AM or so I awoke to horrible noises from outside well beyond our bedroom, yet quite audible. Prince and Roscoe were both missing. Later I learned that we have been attacked by a huge horde of creatures from the SE. Crossing the canal were hundreds of chupacabra accompanied by some gargoyles, chupe / gargoyle mixed breeds, and even a few shadow creatures.

Our valiant troops leaped into action, alone with Prince, Roscoe, and Bowser. Baby Cakes and the Chihuahua nurse brigade swung into action setting up the intake nursing facility and emergency station on the lanai. Further to the northwest a more permanent hospital is in operation. It is hidden and underground since chupes do not honor wounded soldiers. They take no prisoners, and due to the nature of the chupe army and their allies, neither do we.

Wounded Chihuahua soldiers are showing up or being carried by stretcher to intake. I have been assisting Baby Cakes and the Chihuahua nurses as best I can, all of us taking our orders from Baby Cakes. Lulu is gravely missed. Fatigue is as much our enemy as the hordes of evil crossing the canal. Reports are that for every poof, 10 more evil creatures emerge from the shadows. We are fighting brilliantly, yet sheer numbers are driving the front ever closer to our home base. The air is filled with foul smelling poofing gases. We all wear masks to dim the odor, but they are of little help.

We have sent out call for reinforcements to a multitude of states. We are learning of troop movements to come to our rescue, but none have yet arrived.

I need now to return to the lanai to assist Baby Cakes. Keep us in your thoughts.

Tom

Tom

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dear wise nephew Prince,

you are so right....lulu does need me even if she does not realize it and is sometimes an unappreciative cur.....as a joke the other day, i quoted Dr. Woof who said he would kick her tail if she did not take her medicine.....she laughed when he said it.......when i said it she curled her lip and snarled at me....it was really rather rude...and, i admit, somewhat hurtful.....mom did give me a small bit of freshly baked brownie, which i did not share with lulu seeing how disagreeable she had been.....however, she has been going downhill and perhaps she is not feeling well.....the quack dr. thinks lulu's infection may be in her brain.....last sat. the wobbly legs walk started again...it's her back legs that wobble, sway or give out.....she is eating like a horse, tho.....3 hamburgers at a time! tonight mom scrambled 6 eggs, half of which lulu got for dinner ALONG with pieces of roast chicken....the rest of the eggs will go with her breakfast.....or perhaps for a snack tonight!!! (which would mean she gets hamburgers for breakfast)....this is So UNFair!! .............mom is going dogfood shopping tomorrow...........dry dogfood for me and more chicken, burger and eggs for lulu.............*stomping dainty paw in frustration*......mom even stands around and watches lulu eat to make sure no one (me) shares her meals *grrrr*......lulu sure stays skinny in spite of her piggish ways.....frankly, i don't know how she does it......i am, as you know, a well-built woman, but if i ate like she does i would be FAT............oh well *big sigh*

we are all concerned about a possible impending battle that you may be facing against the chupes.....it is good you have made a good battle song....this is the sort of thing that is good for morale.......perhaps...if you have time...you could think up a few more songs...or at least a battle cry or two.....this will rally the troops and give them courage to face the enemy when things are tough......i am Very Proud of you............have you considered that perhaps you are a natural song writer??

Aunt Annie who is going to go check on Mz. Skinny Grumpy Pants (lulu)

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Dear Aunt Annie,

While I admire your brave consideration of a disguised trip to Florida, I feel that Baby Cakes can handle the job here, especially with the assistance of a whole team of well trained nurse Chihuahuas. And I know how much you are needed in Virginia. Lulu may not admit it, but you know that she needs and appreciates you silently.

I have taken your advice and have rehearsed my singing. Its a song that we shall go into battle with: "Stout-hearted men." Please notice that it has not been modified to be sung as "Stout-bodied females."

I feel so sorry for you. Lulu is being so beautifully fed and you are hamburger withdraw. You have not even been given chicken scraps. Though I suppose were you to be given the scraps left after Lulu ate it would seem quite ingratiating. Just be brave dear Annie, for your time will come.

I've got to go. Its time for morning meeting with Roscoe and the Chihuahua leaders. Talk with you later.

Prince, the warrior

Tom

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dear Prince

do you think you will need me to come to fl? perhaps for nursing duties, moral support, etc...? i will have to wear a disguise to get on an eagle's flight becuz for some unknown reason they have taken a dislike to me.....i think they are jealous of me for a variety of reasons.....oh well, if you need me, holler...i have a lot of costumes i can wear for a disguise......if nothing else, i could sing to entertain the troops.......i will tell you that taking care of lulu can be Quite a Chore......her new meds from dr. woof came today and she did take them, but she is still wobbling when she walks.......mom cooked her 3...yes, 3!!!.... hamburgers for dinner and the piggy ate them ALL....she probably would've eaten 3 more if mom would have made them......she does not share! and did mom make any for me?/ OHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! i had to content myself with dry dog food.....sigh....there are brownies in the oven and i bet lulu will eat them all if given half a chance.....*bitter sighing and mumbling* ...they sure smell good.....OH! my dad is leaving for Pennsylvannia dn New Jersey tomorrow for the week....is that anywhere need fl? i will see if he will give me ride....

Annie, who encourages you to practice your singing even as your prepare for battle

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Dear Aunt Annie,

Oh Auntie, believe me, I know how very much I can and have learned from you. You have taught me how to do poses when I am not interested in doing a task; you have taught me how to eat as much as my tummy can hold; you have taught me how to annoy eagles; and you have taught me the art of dancing. How could I ever thank you enough. But you are right, I do have serious chupe business here. You have no idea how serious this business is. We are about to be invaded by a hord of the things from the SW. They are there, waiting. Even as they wait, more join them. The commander and Roscoe have discussed the possibility of attacking them first before more come, but we have decided to take the high road and let them attack first. We are sending a team of negotiating Chihuahuas hoping against hope that we can solve this unsolvable tension diplomatically, but we seriously doubt that it will occur. Still, we hope.

I am so sorry to hear that Lulu has taken a turn for the worse. I am glad, though, that Dr. Woof is on the job and that Lulu is accepting the necessity for taking meds ongoing until totally well. I told dad, mom and Roscoe about it and they expressed their deep concern as well.

Looking forward to someday when I can again visit you in Virginia.

Your loyal nephew, Prince

Tom

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dear Prince,

we can almost always learn something from everyone we meet....you may need to continue learning from roscoe and I understand...you have also learned many things from me, your incredibly brilliant aunt....war-type things are better learned from roscoe...I, of a naturally more peaceful nature, can teach things like yoga poses, etc.....I understand your need to remain in fl. where chupe danger is high.....

we are having a problem with lulu-maybe....as often happens with patients, lulu was feeling so much better, so when she ran out of her medicine she didn't order anymore....she finished the antibiotic 3 days ago and yesterday she started walking like a drunken sailor again....today she finished her motion-sick pills..........at least lulu has realized her error .....dr. woof who is still away at a medical conference called and told her that he would kick her tail if she continued to not take her cherry grass tonic in the proper dose...he sent her meds thru EGGMail Xpress.......(not that I was eavesdropping, but lulu had accidentally put the call on speakerphone when she first started talking to dr.woof...hehehehe)...she is mostly only eating chicken......dad is thinking that tomorrow he may offer her tuna or *gasp* canned dog food........of course, as part of my nursing duties, I will offer to clean up any food she cannot eat and will even carry her bowl back to her if mom has to fill it with chicken....

Annie, the Wonder Nurse

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Dear Aunt Annie,

I showed your message to Roscoe and we had a good lau...er, discussed the matter with great care and at length. It was decided that I will remain here. No matter how many chupes you have identified, and of course we both know that you are a natural woman, we feel it is best that I receive my training from Roscoe who is learned and has a college degree in all matters chupe. Its not that your ID services have not been valuable, but we feel that I need a more rounded approach, though we acknowledge that you are certainly well rounded yourself. You understand. So I will be remaining here in Florida. Keep in mind that we are in the middle of an extremely serious crisis and expect battle at any moment.

Your nephew,
Prince the brilliant (thanks for the new name Annie)

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Dear Sis,

We are eagerly awaiting further news about Lulu. She needs more than chicken and must continue her cherry grass at the proper dosage level. Give her our love from the entire Florida gang, including Baby Cakes and Bowser who seem to now be here more often than they are at home.

Roscoe, the battle ready chupe fighter

Tom

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dear brilliant nephew

if you want to learn about chupes in their disguises/various forms you should come here...I have discovered baby chupes that had changed into the form of baby possums (they were hideous!)...I was able to identify them by their shark-like eyes and the fact that most of them rolled instead of walked.....( disguised chupes have not yet mastered the ability to get their disguise perfectly.........that's the way most identify them as not being the real thing).....no one else here identified these critters for the intruders they were.........the other day mom came home and told me how a cow at the gonzalez' had barked like a dog at her....immediately I identified this as suspicious behavior and sent a group of toxin-carrying soldiers out to investigate.....soon their were cow-sized poofs in the sky......also in the past week there was a chupe-hummingbird.....none of the wawas could shoot it down, so once again I took control and the chupe/hummingbird was so frightened to learn that I was in charge that it flew away, never to return.......(mom said the hummer was fat due to carrying an egg and once it laid the egg it was a normal looking hummingbird again....mom swears the hummer came to visit her this afternoon, but I know this isn't right...poor deluded mom)....its obvious I am a natural chupe identifier....come here and I will teach you everything you need to know.............

Aunt Annie who is a natural at almost everything

Dear roscoe
lulu has stopped eating for the most part.....she will steal eat roast chicken and she ate some vegan burgers (plain, no bread or other condiments).....she says she does not need as much cherry grass.....this evening I phoned Dr,. Woof....his secretary said he is out of town, but she would relay the message.....the vet/quack said lulu cannot afford to lose much more weight.....I have told mom to make her some chocolate cupcakes and I would feed them to her, with my own paw if necessary, but she hasn't done it yet

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Dear Lulu,

I have sent you a copy of Annie's recent message and think you will enjoy it. However, you may wish to read it in complete privacy since Annie seems to have picked up on your laughing. As you know she can be rather curious (the courteous way of saying nosey). Fortunately you managed to distract her using the best possible distraction media, food. Well, I'm glad you ate the tuna. You must keep your strength up Lulu. Oh, and Baby Cakes wants me to remind you to take your cherry grass tonic, though I doubt very much that I need to give you that warning.

Baby Cakes says that the business is booming. She is so looking forward to your return, though she wants you healthy and rested before coming back. She, like all of us here in Florida, are concerned about you and wishing you a quick recovery.

Your bro the brave, Ros

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Dear Aunt Annie,

Roscoe was about to write you but was suddenly called to a leadership meeting. Apparently it concerns chupe business and something rapidly approaching from the SE. As soon as his meeting is over (it is upper level leaders only) I will be joining him. I am his protege, and learning quickly. I shall accompany him in battle if that follows as well it may. I have already learned how to use the anti-chupe toxin and I am studying the various formulae used for chupes, gargoyles, and chupe/gargoyle brood. Its complicated Annie, but I am learning, and according to Roscoe, learning quickly and well. He says that I'm really quite brilliant and if I apply myself I will learn quickly, though there is much to learn yet.

Oh oh, I need to go to the kitchen. Bowser is calling. Breakfast is ready!

Prince, who is oh so eager to eat Bowser waffles.

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dear roscoe,

lulu did not eat well last night or this morning.....she was offered tuna, but mom thinks she is holding out for another roast chicken....I think mom should buy 2 roast chickens since lulu is not sharing........

the fat hummingbird is no more....(I think).....we can't find it......nobody can........mom said it probably laid its egg and we just don't recognize it now....we all know better than that....personally, I think word got out that I was on the hunt and it fled in fear......*sticking out ample chest in pride*......there is a NEW problem, tho......sorta............mom was turning the car around in the gonzalez' driveway to come back home.....there were 4 black cows in the nearby fenced area next to the barn, munching hay (supposedly)......one of them barked....it was not a cough...it was a bark...a little dog bark....no dogs were visible.....as far as anyone knows, the gonzalez' have not gotten a new little dog...........a deployment of a dozen or so heavily armed wawas, including 3 with toxin guns are getting ready to leave to march thru the woods and pasture to the barn where these cows were having breakfast....I offered to go with them as their leader, but as one of the few smart wawas pointed out, (1) I am delicate and (2) am needed here at home....I will be in charge of taking care of the family if evacuation is required.....the role of a leader is not easy..........

lulu is outside laughing and rolling on the ground.....when I asked what was up she said she had received a funny message from you.......I asked what it was and she suddenly said she was hungry and began eating her tuna (I was sorta hoping to get ahold of that).....do you think she is becoming mentally unstable?

Annie, who is keeping an eye on everything that moves around here, guarding the homefront

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Dear Lulu,

I have sent you a private message (definitely not for Annie's eyes) with a copy of her recent message to me. I showed the message to Prince and the two of us laughed all night. It was the funniest thing we have read for a very long time. I think you will enjoy it too, but remember...NOT FOR ANNIE'S EYES!!!!!

Prince and I are so very happy that you are doing better. When Tom wakes up I'll let him know how you ate all that chicken and how much better you are feeling. I just know that he and Joanie will be so very happy about that. They really do care about you a lot.

Your bro the brave
Ros

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Dear Annie,

I just read your message and have shared the good news about Lulu with everyone. I know that you feel a bit left out on the chicken deal, but try to remember how sick Lulu has been. She is still recovering and needs all the help that she can get. Be good our mom too. Being the primary caretaker for a sick person is not an easy thing.

Your bro, Ros the brave

Tom

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dear roscoe

your wawas have been shooting toxin and other things at an usually fat hummingbird, suspecting that it is a chupe in disguise....they keep missing...but don't worry yourself, I am taking over the case and you know I am a natural at bringing down sneaky songbirds

lulu is doing well today....mom bought a whole roasted chicken and she has eaten about half of it.....I am not getting my fair share....you know a little dog like myself needs lots of caloric buildup for energy if I am going to hunt dangerous shape-changing chupes/hummingbirds....I have tried explaining this to both lulu and mom and they seem to be deaf...perhaps you could put in a good word since they seem to listen to you and I AM your favorite little sister....

Annie, who is gonna take the "hum" out of "hummingbird"

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Dear Aunt Annie,

Well, guess what! I did, as a matter of complete fact, manage to recruit one of the younger canines at the quacks office for dancing. She was trying to partner with me (though not nearly as well as you of course) and it made her mom very upset. She looked at me as though her dancing was MY fault. The fact is, this canine just wants to dance, and who can blame her. I don't know, auntie, what is this world coming to where humans don't let there kids dance? Good gravy train!

Prince, the perplexed

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Dear Lulu,

Wish you were here so that I could feed you real food. Can't talk though. I need to work on the feast I'm preparing for dad and Prince. (Mom's at work.)

Chef Bowser

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Dear Lulu,

I need to remind you that I too am a beef cow. (Shhhhhh!) You know I'm in disguise. Beef cows are intelligent too, but of course, there are exceptions. You apparently live near an exception. I suppose she will be jumping in the death truck soon enough, not knowing to avoid that trip at all costs, for the trip itself is at ALL costs if you know what I mean.

Lulu, I'm not certain, but I think I spotted a chupe on the SE corner of the pasture. I can't be sure, but it appeared to be using binoculars. I think it was a spy. No one ever talks to me other than the other bovine folk, so if you could mention this to the Ros it might be wise.

Kathy

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Dear Lulu,

I am totally a gasp. A full partner. Oh my, its enough to make a girl faint with joy. I do so much want to thank you for that.

Since you have mentioned it, I have a suggestion just to run past you. Once I am a full partner, perhaps we could set up two divisions. I could be primarily in charge of cherry grass used as vitamins and supplements; you could handle the medical division of the company. Needless to say, we would keep current with each other so that we can step in and handle the others division during sickness or vacations. Just an idea, please let me know what you think about it.

I do so hope you will now have a speedy recovery from this disease. I am so missing you in so many ways.

Baby Cakes

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Dear Lulu,

Can't talk. Any communication (including this one) forbidden by commandant. Preparing for major battle.

The Ros

Tom

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dear Fine Nephew,

you made a commotion in the vet's waiting room? good for you! you were just showing how well you dance which would encourage other dogs there to learn to do so and I am sure the humans were awestruck by your graceful moves...you did nothing wrong! quite frankly, I had not thought of doing that, but I have to go see our quack for a shot soon, so perhaps I shall show whomever is there a fancy dance step or two, too.....I heard that when mom took lulu back to the quack's last mon., the vet she really despises walked into the room to take care of lu and mom made her walk right back out and fetch the real vet/quack......unfortunately, I don't know the details since all mom said was "it isn't worth mentioning".....sigh.....don't forget to practice your singing.....if you began your practice at the time your mom has to get up for work she could wake up happy, listening to you rather than an ugly alarm clock...just sayin'

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dear bowser,

how I miss your fine cooking! my dad made me the WORST breakfast this morning, a mix of a variety of things that did not go together...baby food and peanut butter, a raw egg and milk...and he ground up my pills in the milk....mom said she'd see if the grocery store has any roasted chickens for me today...I think I am feeling well enough to eat some of that if mom takes the bones out......or some tuna would be nice.......I asked about the possibility of pancakes with maple syrup and whipped cream....mom just looked at me like I was nuts and annie shrieked "No! no maple syrup!"...then mom looked at annie like SHE was nuts...sigh...I
miss you bowser......*slight sob*

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dear Kathy,

I am not sure when I will be well enough to travel again, but I do miss you so and our wonderful chats.....I have been afflicted with some strange disease which caused me to lose a lot of weight and walk in circles.....there is a cow next door named Marta, but she has no interest in world affairs or in anything outside her immediate daily world....in her defense, she is a beef cow......I hope this disease works it way through me and I can return to fl. soon....I sure do miss everybody.....
lulu
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dear BabyCakes

I am so sorry the burden of cherry grass season has been dumped on your competent shoulders....at least I can feel secure that you are in charge....when I get back to fla. we shall draw up legal papers to make you full partner in the business....I have been working with the famous Dr. Woof on variations of the tonic to help with a variety of diseases....he is soooooo smart! ...and kind....I really enjoy working with him.......he can out eat annie ...who would have thought that was possible? but he is a big guy...huge...so he never looks fat like annie....I do not know when I will be able to travel.....this is a horrible disease.....however, it seems that I am getting a bit better, albeit very slowly......when I get back I want you (& bowser) to take a long, restful vacation......
Hugs,
lulu

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dear ros
I so wish I could be there to help with the wounded if another awful chupe battle comes to pass....rest assured that BabyCakes is extremely competent and will a marvelous help.....btw, the Commandant's sister is here and is extremely disappointed to learn you are in fl.....you remember, Darlene?? the one with the twitchy eye and bad breath who has a Major Crush on you? *laughing merrily*.....perhaps you can take her on a date when you get back *walking in circles cuz I'm laughing so hard*
Lulu
..............................annie! somebody! come make me stop circling!!!

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Dear Lulu,

I am so glad that you are feeling better. I do advise not doing circles for awhile though. Its a shame, of course, because I know how you love that, but for now, just work on handling the straight stuff...its been awhile for that you know.

Baby Cakes has been harvesting cherry grass left and right. Manufacture is full steam ahead with no end in sight. She has hired several neighborhood teenage (dog years) girls to assist with the process, though training does sometimes slow her down. The finished products are going onto the shelf and whole truckloads going off due to massive orders. Your bank account is bulging, but I won't tell Tom and you shouldn't tell your mom...you know, just in case they are feeling financially desperate for some concocted reason.

Meanwhile we have received the anti-toxin shipment which our commandant unloaded yesterday. The troops rolled a multitude of 50 gallon drums of the stuff and set them up in storage. Personally, I think it was a case of over-kill, but I suppose it is better to be over supplied rather than undersupplied. I'm not certain where the troops got the money to cover the cost of the shipment let alone the product, but it is my understanding that a credit card was used. I sort of quarried Tom about his and Joanie's cards, but according to them nothing is missing. Some of the troops are filling the more manageable working containers and field supply containers with toxin, and more of the stuff is being distributed to each and every trained troop. Notice the emphasis is on trained. We do not want an untrained soldier to carry the stuff. There training is for dispatching the fallen chupes before the toxin wears off.

Tell mom hi and let her know things are going well here, without adding to her worries by discussing the fact that reports of a massive chupe army approaching have been received from several independent sources. Just saying. I need to go now to consult with the commandant and review training of the chupe toxin trained Chihuahua soldiers.

Roscoe, the brave

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Dear Aunt Annie,

OK, too late. They took me to see that quack vet today. Well, really she was pretty nice, or I thought she was until she started doing stuff to me. She stuck needles into me (3 of them); she poked me with her finger where the light doesn't shine; she looked at my throat and teeth; she stuck a cold rode in that same unlit place; she fondled my rib cage and body; and just generally messes with me all over the place.

After all of that, she fed me several treats but made me sit, stay, come, etc. I think she was training Dad and Mom how to train me but I don't know why. Maybe it had to do with the scene I made when we first got there. They quickly took all the other patients into little rooms to wait while making dad, mom and me sit in the waiting room. When other kids and their parents started showing up, they snuck me into one of those rooms. Well, it was more private. Honest Annie, I didn't mean to make a scene and was really only rehearsing the dance we are going to do. And I didn't mean to re-injure dad's knee or mom's wrist or cause other painful expressions they uttered after I bumped or jumped into them...I mean, it was all just part of the dance. I can't help it if they have a small dance floor or if the place had people in it taking up part of the dance floor. Really, it was something else. Besides, everyone there knew that I was innocent and it was just my dad and mom's failure to train me in spite of extreme anxiety caused by there taking me to that place in the first place. Good gravy train!

I don't think they are taking the fungus problem to seriously. They all seem far more focused on the chupacabra crisis to deal with something as ridiculously silly as fungus.

Finally, thanks so much for the enlightenment concerning butterflies. I heard mom singing (or trying to sing) a familiar song, "Hello butterflies, my old friends." I think she must be deluded after all that you have said. Ah well, to each his or her own.

Prince, who is being deprived of using dance rehearsal opportunities






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

just wanted you to know that I am feeling much better the past few days.....I have been eating a little bit...more than I was anyhow....my head is still straight and I am steadier on my legs....mom had to chase me down the driveway to force one of the pills the quack prescribed....,.apparently I am still not steady enough on my dainty tootsies since eventually mom caught me, ..... it made her mad since I spit the pill out twice and mom had to go (shall I say, "stomp"?) into the house and wrap it in a reese's cup before I would consent to eat it....and annie ate what was left of my breakfast before mom or I could get back to it....mom threw the water from my bowl at annie ...boy! was she testy!....it was actually kinda funny, altho everyone had the good sense not to laugh until after mom went back into the house to get me some more food and water.......anyway, I believe that it was the new version of cherry grass that dr. woof and I concocted, altho the quack will probably take credit for it, doncha know? still, it feels so good to be almost back to being me!!! *twirling with joy*............*okay, I still have the problem of going in circles...somebody stop me!!*

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dear Prince,
RUN!..tell your mom and dad that you have to go investigate everglades fungus or some such thing, but run before they take you to the vets.....or tell them you know of a much better dr. who will make a house call.......all they have to do is pay the freight and dr. woof will come to your door....bowser will never have a more appreciative audience.....

speaking of fungus...have the results of what your wawas collected been analyzed yet? roscoe said he didn't know when he would be coming home, but he was sending the Commandant a special shipment of toxin ASAP due to all the baby chupes found in the Front Yard! no one knows how they got in, so close to the house...and at that size they could have infiltrated anywhere and everywhere..............or they could have if I was not around!! being a naturally good sniffer, I can always find those little buggers.....geez, they were ugly and they had those mouse-like feet only bigger *shudder*..ick!! speaking of which, you should have been at the awards ceremony yesterday.....it was wonderful....I looked simply ma'valous, my dear nephew....everyone said wonderful things about me and patted me, shook my paw or sniffed me.....and the food!.....oh, prince...the dessert buffet was divine.....luscious, decadent, scrumptious......there was chocolate and non-chocolate, caramel, whipped creams, and sprinkles........oh! it was all delicious!!

Annie who is feeling a bit rotund this morning

Later: I did some research on your question of butterflies.......first of all, don't bother talking to a butterfly....I attempted to speak civilly to 3 different ones...they were all dumber than a box of rocks....talk about "airheads" (ask your dad)...........secondly, your mom likes them probably becuz they are pretty...my mom thinks they are pretty, too........this means you shouldn't mess with them when your mom is around.........#3 they lay eggs...on leaves.....however, if you want to catch a butterfly and bury it to see if a butterfly tree will grow, please do and let me know what happens....my mom has several "butterfly bushes" and while I have seen butterflies on them, I have never seen one hatch or sprout branches.....#4 when they are born they are disgusting, ugly worms....do NOT step on them becuz they will squish between your toes and when you go to lick the goop off of your feet you will discover that they taste terrible....do not let them crawl on you for the same reason....when you go to remove them, you will find they taste nasty.......#5 somehow the worms change and develop wings, feet, etc.... #6 they have sticky feet and if you let them walk on your face it tickles......#7 some butterflies have short lifespans, others have longer ones, just like everything else.....basically just consider them pretty decorations that flitter thru the air.....

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Dear Annie,

I am home and already mom and dad are talking about things I don't much like. Thursday I go to the local spa / medical facility for a lot of stuff, from check up to several shots and... this is so embarrassing... an examination of my stool for the purpose of diagnosing heart worm and parasites (if any). Remember, its just a check up. No one thinks I have a problem, but they have to be sure. In fact, I guess they plan on these shenanigans each and every year, except one of my shots called rabies will be a three year shot now that I'm more grown up. To tell you the truth, it does NOT sound like fun and you know how I don't like stuff that's not fun. I'm a natural at playing. See Annie, I have my natural side too.

What's this I hear about strange hummers at your home? Let me know if they ID any more chupes there. And just for the record, I think the right thing was done with the baby chupes. I won't say any more since I don't know who might be reading this if you know what I mean.

Mom and dad (mostly mom) have been working on something they call a butterfly garden. It really seems strange to me. I thought butterflies came from eggs. I didn't know they were something that you plant in the ground. I may try catching a butterfly and planting it myself. Do you know if the butterflies that are produced on the plant look like the one that was planted. Just wondering.

OK, gotta go. Dad says the commander is on his way up and wants to talk with me Roscoe and me. I hope that its good news, but that little guy seldom has good news.

Prince, the charming one.

Tom

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dear tom,

I was so hoping that Roscoe would not hear about the baby chupes crawling around the front yard for a while....he already has so much to worry about.....unfortunately, the commandant felt he had to discuss this with our leader, and ros was about to hop on the next eagle headed this way.....the commandant was able to assure ros that everything was under control......yesterday afternoon, after several futile attempts to contact the wild animal expert, the commandant came to me and said he knew someone who knew a wildlife person who specializes in baby chupes and his someone would transport the babies to their next home.....I know they were chupes, but still....they were babies, so it was nice of the commandant's friend to take over for me......phew! I really did not want to handle the responsibility for them.......

so glad to hear your eye is doing well......now you will be able to see the streaks when you wash the windows....

hmmm....I think Alice, one of the hummingbirds, is about to lay an egg...she is really FAT...I wonder where her nest is......I have never see a hummer that fat.....in fact she can barely fly......hmmmmm....perhaps I should contact the Sgt. of the Day of a suspicious hummingbird flying near the window.....a few mins. ago there was another hummer just sitting on the red plastic flower of the feeder just staring at me...........

this is unusual....hold on....lulu is wandering around the front yard,...........she really ate well (for her) this morning....a plate of milk with peanut butter and baby food and a raw egg....(she didn't finish the egg, but she had some).....she walked into the vet's yesterday acting like she was normal...she walked in a reasonably straight line, no falling or wobbling.....after we got in to see the vet (it was crowded with dr. woof there, too), lulu let him examine her ears....he did something wrong and made her cry when he looked in her right ear and I had to grab her before she bit him.....she refused to turn her head for the vet to look in her left ear, making him bend like a pretzel to shine his little light in there...as soon as he let go of her, she turned around and faced the wall, adamantly refusing to let him touch her head anymore....basically, she pouted, muttering that dr. woof was never like this.....I believe I heard the word "quack!", but it was very quiet, so I could be mistaken...perhaps it was just a cough.....then dr. woof launched into a long-winded discussion of possible causes of lulu's health problem (the vet saw no problem with her ears, which dr. woof agreed with) and possible medicines she could take.....at one point lulu got so stressed she started walking in circles and so the conversation ended quickly, the upshot is that lulu is on a different motion-sick pill which may stimulate her appetite and an antibiotic just in case there is a bacterial cause for her illness.....I suppose I should go check on her...I am not comfortable with her walking in the woods unattended..

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did you hear? I am receiving a medal for finding a bunch of baby chupes in the front yard!! there will be a ceremony and everything, including a dessert buffet afterwards! oh, I wish you were here to enjoy this....don't tell my mom, but the commandant took the bucket of chupes telling mom that they were to be delivered to their new home.....only their new home was 6 little poofs that floated in the air about 20 mins. after mom handed over the bucket and went back inside the house.....I kept her distracted so she would not look out any windows.....sigh....mom kept cooing about them being babies, but, frankly, they were hideous babies, and no one is sad to see them go......

remember that part of the dance that goes "step step toe toe step"?.....I have been working on it and have added one more "toe" to it....I think you will like it

annie....step step toe toe toe step......should we have a twirl after the last step?

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Dear TQ,

Prince and Roscoe arrived this morning. Roscoe immediately trounced off to discuss the current state of readiness for the possible upcoming battle. He was not at all pleased to hear that the anti-chupe toxin has not arrived yet. It is currently in south Georgia with delivery expected tomorrow or the next day. He is conferring regarding strategy with the Chihuahua commander.

Prince came directly to me and out of the clear blue accosted me with the question, how do you make hamburger out of cows. I did my best to explain it to him and I think he understood. He said he was never ever going to have a hamburger again. Then he looked me sternly in the eye and said, "Dad, what are we having for dinner tonight. It's not hamburger is it dad?"

I said, "Oh, no Prince, I would not be serving us hamburger. We are going to have meatloaf tonight." Well, Prince was so relieved. Somehow I feel a little guilty not telling him "The Rest of the Story." (snicker)

OK, time for me to rest my eyes. One is dilated so hugely that it looks like a full moon has bean plastered right in front of that eye. I try to keep it closed while computing since its a bit hard to wear my heavy dark glasses while working here. I'll let you know later how Prince likes meat loaf. I sure hope he doesn't ask me for the recipe. :)

Tom

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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,
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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.

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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

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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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

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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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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

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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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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?

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

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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
Annie who must get back to pose practice


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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,


Tom

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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,.....

Annie

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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

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

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dear 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

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

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

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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7/11/14 10:37 A

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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 fiancι 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.

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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

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/11/2014 (08:41)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 7/9/2014 (08:17)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

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

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


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