Wednesday, June 29, 2016


This is a TDB fast breaking news bulletin! I'm Special Agent Emeritus of the Double Doggie Homeland Security System Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel reporting live from the back yard where I have found a pear that has been cut from my pear tree. It looks like the work of the Evil Squirrel Cartel! 

After being joined by my assiduous assistant Special Agent Chester L. W. Spaniel,
we are on the case! 

Don't worry. We'll find the culprit! 

We've already determined an operative has been trying to build another command center in the silver maple tree. They try this every year, in the same spot. See that overgrown area up there? Ghostwriter zapped it with the hose and knocked most of the leaves and sticks out. She reported seeing a rather small and scrawny squirrel come creeping out. 

We believe this operative must be one of this year's youngsters because of the shoddy construction that was so easily dislodged.

The pear tree doesn't have many pears growing this year, so it's especially important to keep a close watch on it. We'll update you as our investigation continues.


Don't forget to submit your entries to our Blogville Pawlympics Ear Flap Challenge which will take place on August 10, 2016! 

Send a picture of your doggie with his or her ears flapping as he or she runs, jumps, hangs his or her head out the car window, or sits in the wind. Anything that makes those ears flap! It doesn't have to be a recent photo. In fact we've found our best ear flappage photos were from snowy winter days, like this one below. 

Send one photo per doggie to: Christinersrn at gmail dot com as soon as possible!

Your doggie doesn't have long ears? Don't worry. There are lots of other events and challenges. Surely you'll find one that your doggie (or kitty cat, or other pet) is good at!
For more information and a schedule of events go to:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pawlympics Challenge Plus Saturday With Joey Dog


This is a TDB fast breaking news alert! We're your dedicated doggie reporters Chester L. W. Spaniel, and Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel. The Daily Bone will be hosting an event in the Blogville Pawlympics on August 10, 2016. The challenge will be Ear Flapping! 

This will be an event for, but not limited to, our long-eared breeds. Send a still photo of your doggie running or jumping with his or her ears flapping like the one below. You may also enter a photo of your doggie with his or her head hanging out the car window, or even sitting in the wind or in front of a fan. Anything that induces spectacular ear flappage! 

Send your entries to: Christinersrn at gmail dot com by July 15.

Please note, we do not expect anyone to take  off like Dumbo in the cartoon above, but we like to think about it for inspiration. 

We now return to your regularly scheduled program already in progress:

Hello everybody. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your exasperated doggie host
Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel.

I finally got a picture of my favorite home cooked meal before I ate it all. Here is ground beef with potatoes, barley and vegetables. Doesn't it look delicious?

1 pound of 80% lean ground beef
3 or 4 potatoes unpeeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup carrots chopped
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup barley

Put first 4 ingredients in a big pot with enough water to cover, and place over high heat. Break up the ground beef with a metal spoon or spatula. When the whole thing comes to a boil, add the barley. Stir well. Reduce heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until barley is soft. Add more water if it seems dry. It makes enough for several meals depending on the size of your doggie.

We had a little lesson in food watching yesterday. I don't think my capricious associate Chester L. W. Spaniel will ever get it right! First, I'll demonstrate proper technique. You must sit or stand quietly, and stare soulfully up at the food and your human. 

Enter Chester:

Sit still, doofus!

No! Don't stick your tongue out! That's rude! 

Hey, now where are you going?

Oh, you're back. What did I tell you about sticking your tongue out? 

OK. I give up! 


One of my humans found a picture of me food watching in my younger years. 

And now for a few funnies. I hope you have a great weekend! And don't forget to send your fabulous ear flapping photos to us by July 15!

Fred Basset

On a Claire Day

The Other Coast

Oooooo! Dinner time again!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Flower Friday

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

We don't have much time, since ghostwriter has to go to work soon. But here are some of our flowers in our garden. 

Clemetis vine on the back fence.

Lamb's Ears.

Blue flower that sends up one stem and two leaves a year, and that's all. 

Milkweed with bee.



Daisy with bug.

If you'll excuse me now, ghostwriter wants me and my erudite colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel to come into her office for a while with the door closed. 

Hey! She didn't tell us evil invaders are coming over to fix the fridge! Bark bark bark woof woof woof bark woof bark bark bark woof bark growl, snarl, bark bark woof woof!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Who Done It?

This is a TDB news flash! I'm your miffed doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Somebody ate our strawberries! Yesterday, they were almost ripe.

This morning, they were all gone except this little one with a bit taken out of it. And then later on, someone stole that too! Grrrrrrr!

I conducted a thorough search of the premises.

I'm pretty sure it was that stinky little chipmunk! I couldn't find him, though. So I went back inside to grumble about it in ghostwriter's office. But then, I heard an annoying sound like, "chuck, chuck, chuck, squawah, chuck chuck squawah." I immediately jumped up and looked out the window, and this is what I saw:

Hey dogface! Where's that peanut butter sandwich you owe me? 

It was that rude squirrel, alias Twinkletoes, and he was making a racket! 
A good barking sent him packing! "No sandwiches for you!"

Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark!

Hey, wait a minute! I wonder how grilled squirrel stuffed with strawberries tastes? 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Evening News

Greetings friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

It's the first day of Summer. Hooray! That means it's the longest day of the year and the shortest night too. This year it just happens to fall on a full moon as well. 

I'm going to be looking out for the moon tonight if our weather cooperates. Hopefully I'll get to have a nice long talk with my dearest Princess Leah, who, by the way, agreed to go to the dance at Christmas's place in August. My esteemed colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel will be attending with our good friend, the lovely Momo. Leah and Momo, please send your photos to:

Moon and planets last night.

Now here's a word from Joey dog:

Hello. I've been watching my pear tree in the back yard carefully. It seems there aren't very many pears growing this year. Both Chester and I will be keeping a careful watch on them so that the Evil Squirrel Cartel doesn't steal them.

Fortunately, our favorite miniature human, Ryan, came over to visit yesterday and thought up an ingenious plan.

He drove his dump truck over to the other side of the yard and collected some pine cones. He then placed them on the branches of the pear tree. The squirrels will be fooled into thinking that this is a pine tree, and that they can eat the seeds from the pine cones instead of the pears. 

You see? What a great idea! Now back to you Chester! Chester?

It looks like Chester's taking a nap before the moon comes up!

Good night everyone!