Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Letters From The Editor

Greetings loyal readers! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

I have decided it was time to add a new section to The Daily Bone in which I express my professional opinions about the world of humans. This actually goes back to the very roots of The Daily Bone when it was conceived in late 2012. There was an election going on and I was convinced to run for the Office of President of the USA, under the Squeaky Party. Our platform was that squeaky toys will bring about world peace, and that everyone should have a squeaky toy. Anyhow, I did a lot of editorials about politics, and human behavior in general. But enough about that!

Here's a letter I wrote in response to a post our dear friend Carol made on facebook a few days ago. 

Dear Carol. Ghostwriter and I were checking out our facebook page, and came across your post about Peanut the Squirrel. I had a very hard time resisting putting up the following pictures as responses to this post. But I was told by ghostwriter that it wasn't nice to trash the vibe of the post on fb to people whom we don't know, other than you Carol, and who obviously like (gag) squirrels. But I thought you'd like the pictures anyway!

Chester L. W. Spaniel
Editor and Chief of The Daily Bone

I will now show you one of my opinion essays from way back in 2013. The photos are from then too.

Today, we will do an exercise in doggie logic. The president says all the scandals that have been going around in the past few months are phony bologna. OK, what do telephones have to do with bologna? Is there a new type of smart phone made out of luncheon meat? I guess that wouldn’t be a bad idea. After you’re done yaking with your friends on your break, you can eat your phone for lunch. I consulted my esteemed colleague, Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel, chairman of the Yum Yum Coalition, and he said that wouldn’t work. We doggies would be more likely to just eat the phone without using it as a communication device. Then it would go through our doggie digestive system and end up in our backyard. I don’t think the NSA would be too happy about that, especially if we ate a whole bunch of broccoli the day before. After that, the infamous CCC (Conniving Chipmunk Consortium) or the evil Squirrel Cartel might steal them and then be able to listen in on our phone calls. What a disaster that would be to our national security! Oh, but then you could turn it around on them and use the GPS to locate and destroy their headquarters. In other words, our phony bologna would be turned into doggie poop spy drones! Boom! Leaves and sticks and fur would be flying everywhere! Bwa ha ha ha ha! Isn’t technology great? But then, lets take this one step further. Who would market it: Oscar Meyer or Verizon? Sounds like a big legal battle might ensue over this. Next, the EPA will come around and ban them and spoil all our fun. And the FDA will say that we cannot be putting phony ingredients in our bologna. It would then turn into a big scandal that would be talked about and deeply analyzed in minute detail by every TV station, a congressional investigation would have to be initiated, Rand Paul would do a filibuster about it, and finally, the president would have to make a big speech saying he is closely monitoring the situation. Therefore, according to doggie logic, I have defined what the president means by a phony bologna scandal. (Where the heck does our president come up with these crackpot ideas anyway?) And that’s a memo.

Whew! That was a lot of work!

So where do I sign up for one of those yum yum bologna phones! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Wrap-up

Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

It's been a long and eventful two weeks! The Blogville Pawlympics was a great success. The closing ceremonies were excellent, with speeches from the Blogville Mayoral candidates, and past mayors. Afterwards, there was a big party where we all had a blast! To see everything for yourself, please check out the following blog sites: 

Closing Ceremonies and Speeches

Big Party at Dory's Place

I had a great time with all my friends and especially my dearest Princess Leah! 

Oh, and our favorite  miniature human, Ryan, came over to visit yesterday too! He showed me this picture that was taken at his house. I see he's got a problem with the Conniving Chipmunk Consortium raiding the bird seeds on his deck. Yipes! I couldn't wait to go over there and chase that little bugger away! But ghostwriter said I did enough for one day.

We had a big dinner at our house with chicken and biscuits. Ghostwriter had too much chicken to fit in the baking pan, so she gave me a whole bowl full of it to eat all by myself! Then I got some green beans and cake too! Yum! 
And my Jason human took me for a walk. Wow! What an exciting day and … 

… snooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Yum Yum Saturday With Pawlympic Updates

Hello foodies! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

I've been working real hard on my food watching skills. I think I'm getting better at it. 

Steak, vegetables, and wild rice.

Chicken pot pie.

Fresh tomatoes.

Um, enchilada and melon balls, maybe?

I don't know what this one is yet.

The other night Dad made a stir fry using a new kind of sauce, which was OK. But he also decided to heat it up with a jalapeno pepper. Except it wasn't a jalapeno, but a really super hot serano pepper. Whooohoooo! It made everybody in the house cough when he cooked it, and we had to open all the windows! 

Holy guacamole! 

It actually turned out OK. We made Dad take all the hot peppers pieces, though. 


Wow! the Blogville Pawlympics is almost over. Today we have the Smile competition hosted by Arty at dorysbackyard. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face too!

Unfortunately, that's the very last event of the Blogville Pawlympics this year. But don't go away. There will be the Closing Ceremonies tomorrow and a big party too!

I was on the moon phone all night last night talking to my dearest Princess Leah about the party. I can't wait to see her there!

Getting back to the Yum Yum theme, I found some funny food-related comics for today.

Red and Rover

Take it From the Tinkersons


To wrap up today's broadcast, here's our random photo of my esteemed colleague Angel Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel, founder of the Yum Yum Coalition, and Doggie Chief Inspector, comestibles division. It was taken a year ago today! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flower Friday and Pawlympics Update

Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie host Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Our long, hot, dry summer continues. We had some rain in the past week, but a lot more is needed to green up the lawn! Our garden Buddha enjoyed the showers underneath the shelter of his giant milkweed plants. I hope he's praying for some more of that stormy weather! 

Our big hydrangea bush, that is usually covered with flowers this time of year, has only put out a few blooms. But the bees and wasps are glad to have them!

Ghostwriter thought these black-eye-susans were a loss. But they perked  right up after the rain. 

This time of year is usually big spider time. But all we can find are little ones. I think the birdies are eating them, or else they just don't have enough bugs to eat in this heat wave. This one in the picture below was actually quite small in it's web among the lily-of-the-valley leaves. 

Here is this week's mystery bug. Ghostwriter found it munching on the milkweed leaves. We thought only monarch butterflies like milkweeds. But after a bit of research, we found out this is actually called a milkweed beetle, and is completely harmless. We still haven't seen any monarch caterpillars or butterflies, though.

The roses are making a come-back after the drought and being devoured by Japanese beetles in July. Those bugs were terrible this summer, and decimated the birch and linden trees too!

Here's our old fashioned hosta by our back door, with no slugs on it this summer! 


Now it's time for the Blogville Pawlympics!

There was some great fly fishing hosted by Reana Bella and Dezi at:  dezizworld

We saw some Synchronized Walking and Looking at Oreo's Cookie Jar at: jazzis-world

Today you'll see yours truly doing some serious squeaky toy surgery, or as Jakey calls it, Stuffy Deading. That's one of my favorite sports! Please visit dorysbackyard to see this event! I tell you, the competition was really fierce! 

But that's not all! Hailey and Zaphod hosted Freestyle Napping today too. Wow! What a lot of contestants they had! Amazing! See for yourself at: kten-haileychronicles  Here are our entries:

Angel Joey dog.

And me.


Oh and, psssst, don't tell anyone. It's ghostwriter's birthday today too. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Howling Wednesday

Greetings friends new and old! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie correspondent 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

I've been waiting to see the moon for what seemed like ages. It's been up during the day, or else very late at night. But last night, even though it was cloudy, I got a glimpse of it. It looks like the sky will be clear tonight, so I intend to do some howling to my dearest Princess Leah. 

We've been so busy with the Pawlympics that we've hardly had any time for a good long talk on the moon phone! 

I'll be calling Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Which reminds me, today's Blogville Pawlympic event is Snuggling. Please check it out at:
margsanimals  I looked through the archives and found a photo of me and Joey dog having a snuggle back in April 2016. 

You know, during his last weeks of his life, he started to always want to snuggle next to ghostwriter. He could no longer jump up onto the couch, so Dad would pick him up and put him there. We didn't think much about it at the time. But now we think he knew he wouldn't be around much longer, so he got in all the snuggling he could before he left us for the Rainbow Bridge. 

Oh, and guess what? There was a big noisy howling dragon monster scary screaming machine truck driving around the neighborhood this morning. 

Wow! Was it ever loud!

I got in some good barking at that thing!

That's my job!