Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: Lost In The Rain

I found this little guy walking in the rain not far from my house yesterday. Weighed all of 3-4 lbs, wet.  No tags, no chip, no idea where he came from, I let him sleep in my car (wrapped in a blanket sitting atop a puppy pad) all day while we searched for his owners. I thought it was less stressful than a crate and/or bringing him anywhere near my  pups. It was warm enough that I wasn’t worried about him.

I let the Humane Society know I had him, put notices on the local message boards, drove around the neighborhood. Around 5 pm the HS called and asked me to bring him in for intake and I agreed. I’d felt like I ran out of options and he really couldn’t stay with me overnight,  but told them to call me if no one claimed him.

He was a little grumpy old man – my guess part terrier, part Chihuahua – but sweet as could be.

Around midnight last night got a message from the neighborhood message board about a missing dog. It was him. They were successfully reunited this morning.

Happy ending. I on the other hand got absolutely NOTHING done yesterday.

Open thread

92 replies
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    Achrachno says:

    You saved a pup — that’s not nothing.

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    Snoopy says:

    I on the other hand got absolutely NOTHING done yesterday.

    I disagree. Taking care of a fellow creature in need is far from nothing.

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    Cat48 says:

    Good for you! A story with a happy ending. He’s cute too.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Happy endings rock.

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    JMG says:

    You got one hell of a lot more done than I did, and more than most other folks, too.

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    Shell says:

    got absolutely NOTHING done yesterday.

    Oh, YES, you did.

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    Gianduja Kiss says:

    Oh, so glad it worked out – happy ending for all! Thank you for taking care of him.

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    skyweaver says:

    Oh you got a lot done yesterday! And thanks on behalf of all pet lovers. I’m sure the owners were frantic. I would be.

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    Cermet says:

    Congrats – a job very well done.

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    trollhattan says:

    Big world out there for such a tiny dog. Glad to hear he’s home and safe!

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    Elie says:

    You are a good good person. That is enough Thank you for being you

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    rikyrah says:

    You got a lot done. Took care of an animal in need, and helped heal the broken heart of the owner.

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    geg6 says:

    You are the best, TaMara. With creatures great and small.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Achrachno: Absolutely agree. A day well spent, TaMara.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Good doggie!

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    germy says:

    Perhaps a chip and a collar are in his future. Sad to think of the little guy wandering around with no ID. He’s lucky he was found by TaMara, of all people.

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    LOL. Well now I’m embarrassed. I didn’t mean for this to be a “good job, TaMara” thread. I was just relating my day. But thanks!

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    Ruckus says:

    Nothing done?
    You helped a grumpy old man. This grumpy old man thanks you!

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    MoxieM says:

    What Snoopy & everyone else said: what could be more important that aid to a needy creature? You did that! Well done!

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    Kay (not the front pager) says:

    Reminds me of my chi’s Fourth of July adventure, which I’ve written about here before. This little guy looks a lot more miserable than my guy did when we found him though. And yes, that grumpy old man quality is a chihuahua characteristic. Combined with his large ears and overall size, I’d say he’s at least part chihuahua. I’m really glad you were able to reunite him with his people. I’m sure they are too.

    I’ve been waiting to hear about how Lily is doing. Just hope no news is good news…

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    Wag says:

    Good for you. Rescuing a true rain dog. According to Tom Waits a Rain Dog is a dog caught in the rain, with its whole trail washed away by the water so he can’t get back home.

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    germy says:

    Fact checking:

    Hi @amychozick! The 1st line (“Things were already looking bad when Chelsea Clinton popped the Champagne”) is false. I would have been happy to tell you that if you’d asked, which you didn’t. Looking forward to the correction once you fact check. Thanks!— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 20, 2018

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    germy says:

    Fact checking:

    After James Comey says that key part of pre-election NYT Russia-Trump story was 'wrong," Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells me it was "NOT inaccurate."— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) April 20, 2018

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    raven says:

    This was the Bohdi the day we found him almost 14 years ago. Raven was not thrilled. I looked around for who lost him for a couple of days but, after the first vet bill, he was ours.

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    Mark says:

    What’s up with Ivanka & Jared? Haven’t heard much about them for a while. Has Jared got that Middle East peace thing worked out yet?

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    Baud says:

    good job, TaMara

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    Kathleen says:

    @germy: Lots of discussion on Twitter about Chozick’s diary entries about her mommmy issues with Hillary – I mean her book about 2016 campaign to make her feel inadequate. I’m old enough to remember when she fan girl gushed over Mother Pence’s homemade cookies. SHILLARY NEVER BAKED COOKIES FOR HER!!!!!! I just hope Costco has pizza samples for the dedication of Amy’s remaindered bin.

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    bemused says:

    Dammit, CNN and other places reporting all types of romaine lettuce should be avoided due to ecoli. I’ve already eaten some recently purchased romaine so I’m not going to toss it. I just wonder how long until I see romaine in supermarket again.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @germy: There is no hell hot enough to adequately reward Dean Baquet for his assholishness and wrongness.

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    Baud says:

    @germy: Was Amy one of the three women on that WaPo panel bitching about Hillary?

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    Kathleen says:

    Also too I appreciate your work on behalf of the little critter Tamara.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Awww. I’m glad you were able to help reunite him with his people. Definitely not a wasted day.

    I’m going to the Festival of Books tomorrow and deciding if I’m finally going to have to be that middle-aged woman and bring a rolling bag with me. My shoulders are still messed up after being on crutches for so long and I think I’ll be more comfortable. It’ll be a PITA on the Metro, though.

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    bemused says:


    I love it when you post that pic. Makes me want to look at pics of all our Sammies when they were puppies. Irresistible.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    We had an absolutely wonderful day today. Weather forecast was 68 and sunny so I took the DH for a drive through the Trough of Bowland. (Sorry no photos because my camera needs an English charger and DH can’t figure out how to email photos from his phone, I will post links so you can see where we went). Trough of Bowland link We went to the Jubilee Tower which was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and has fantastic view over the whole of Morecambe Bay onto the Lake District. From there we continued through the Trough (as it is known locally) to Slaidburn. Where we stopped at the local roadside cafe by the River Hodder for a cup of tea (diet coke for the DH :). On the way there were tiny spring lambs bouncing around in the fells, some looked almost brand new. On the way into Slaidburn the hedgerow verges were awash with daffodils, buttercups, daisies and primroses (one of my favourite flowers). We wandered down to the River Hodder with our drinks and there were banks of Trilliums all blooming purple which the bees were really enjoying. Out of Slaidburn we took the Fell Road to Bentham. My little car just about dragged herself up the steep roads to get over the fells and at points I thought she was going to start going backward. Cyclists were passing me :) When we got into Bentham,_North_Yorkshire. As we arrived we drove past the War Memorial where a brass band was getting ready to play to begin a commemoration of the centenary of the Awarding of the Victoria Cross to Charles V. Robertson V.C. and The Revd. Theodore Bayley Hardy V.C. We found a spot at the Hogs and Heifers pub and I had another cup of tea and DH another diet coke. The ceremony was lovely (I found out from the program that the Brass Band was from Kirby Lonsdale After lunch (cheese toasties and more tea!) we drove back through the Forest of Bowland to Lancaster. It was an absolutely wonderful day and it was so good to feel the sun on my face for a change. I still can’t believe that all this wonderful stuff is right on my doorstep.

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    Baud says:

    @bemused: My favorite too.

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    germy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    PEOPLE. @ChelseaClinton has marched over to the register and demanded to see ALL the receipts. I am loving this.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 21, 2018

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    Mary G says:

    @raven: I have always adored that one. It’s the definition of a picture being worth a thousand words. Bohdi’s all bouncy “wanna play? we’ll be bFFs!” and Raven is looking at you like “No. Really. No.”

    TaMara, you did something very important all day.

    @germy: The saddest thing I’ve heard about the Chozick story (I refuse to read it) is that when they came and told Hillary that she had lost the election, she said something like “I knew it. They were never going to let me be president.” It makes my blood boil that she was right.

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    bemused says:


    We have tons of puppy pics from four Sams because they were so darn cute, sleeping or in action. We had a near tornado with wind knocking some some trees in the yard with our first two. So hilarious to see two small 9 week old pups “helping” my husband clear the debris, trying to haul branches away. They were having a blast.

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    germy says:

    @Kathleen: Chelsea was breastfeeding at a different location than where the writer says she was “popping a champagne bottle”

    Then changes it to "several people told me", after Chelsea told her she was in an an entirely different location and not popping champagne.
    Does Amy Chozick believe Chelsea Clinton is lying? Because that is NOT a retraction,
    @nytimes.— Donna Gratehouse (@DonnaDiva) April 21, 2018

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    Kathleen says:

    @bemused: I’m at Chipotle and there is no romaine. I just got romaine slad at Kroger across the street today and ate romaine slad from there earlier this week. Other Kroger stores not carrying it. One Panera last Friday had it and a different one didn’t have it on Saturday. Very weird. If it’s available I’m eating it. But I also voted for Nader in 2000 so I cannot be very bright sometimes (hangs head in shame, ducks and exits stage left in the spirit if Snagglepuss).

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    germy says:

    @Mary G: I think Robby Mook quoted that.

    Can I just say Robby Mook’s betrayal of Clinton’s reaction to delivering the bad news on Election Night is absolutely despicable. Hillary really had some real shits around her. Especially men.— Armando (@armandodkos) April 20, 2018

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    Baud says:

    @germy: Yes. Whenever a Clinton denounces a fabrication, they are lying.

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    germy says:


    Was Amy one of the three women on that WaPo panel bitching about Hillary?

    There was a WaPo panel bitching about Hillary? Are they pretending she’s president?

    I thought that was Fox News job.

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    Baud says:

    @bemused: I wish I had more pics of my puppy. Got him before camera phones, so not as convenient.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Romaine lettuce grown in AZ was all recalled because it’s contaminated with E. Coli. Don’t eat it.

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    Baud says:

    @germy: It was some infamous “me too” panel a while back. No one on that panel has any credibility IMHO.

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    Kathleen says:

    @germy: Yup. Love Chelsea. Such a class act. All of those effers at the FTFNYT narcissists need to be shamed and scorned though they are not capable of shame.

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    trollhattan says:

    Always look for opportunities to improve your child’s day. Daughter Unit headed out this morning for a high school “German Immersion” event in another town and I advised her to take a swimsuit and towel.


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’ve decided to just skip all lettuce and substitute it with bacon. Can’t be too careful.

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    chris says:

    Good job, Tamara! Poor little mite.

    This calls for CAKE!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @trollhattan: Did she?

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    Baud says:

    @trollhattan: I wish she had responded that Germans like to swim in the nude.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    Roll her eyes and remind me I’m still in the doghouse for the last “joke?” Yes, yes she did.

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    dnfree says:

    I see the title of this post and I immediately think “Lost in the rain in Juarez, and it’s Eastertime too…..” There are quite a few song references in posts here, many of which I don’t know, but I can do Dylan.

    When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez when it’s Easter time, too
    And your gravity fails and negativity don’t pull you through
    Don’t put on any airs when you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue
    They got some hungry women there and they really make a mess outta you

  57. 57
    trollhattan says:

    Pruitt lied? Say it ain’t so!

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who still has a job, must now confront yet another unflattering story in the endless parade of unflattering stories that is his life of late.

    Politico reported on Saturday that the lobbyist from whom Pruitt rented a below-market room during the first months of his tenure also had business with the EPA — a fact that Pruitt has strenuously denied.

    According to a disclosure form put out on Friday by the lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, J. Steven Hart lobbied the agency on issues “relating to support for EPA Chesapeake Bay Programs” during the first quarter of 2017, the opening months of the Trump administration. It was during this time that Hart and his wife rented Pruitt a room in their Capitol Hill condominium for the low, low, price of $50 a month.

    Pruitt had told Fox News earlier this month that “Hart has no clients that have business before this agency,” a statement that now looks straightforwardly wrong.

    No wonder Trump keeps him on, he makes Trump look good(ish) by comparison.

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    Mandalay says:

    While some folks here are (rightly) balking at the overuse of the label “hero”, this man really deserves it:

    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received Amnesty International’s highest honour for his protests against racial injustice.

    The human rights organisation said Kaepernick “chooses to speak out and inspire others despite the professional and personal risks”.

    Kaepernick first protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead.

    Other players followed suit, sparking criticism from President Donald Trump.

    Kaepernick received Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award, which recognises “individuals who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their lives and by example”…

    …”Kaepernick’s commitment is all the more remarkable because of the alarming levels of vitriol it has attracted from those in power,” he added.

    Accepting the award, Kaepernick said. “While taking a knee is a physical display that challenges the merits of who is excluded from the notion of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, the protest is also rooted in a convergence of my moralistic beliefs, and my love for the people.”

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    HeleninEire says:

    OMG only 8 hours till my niece Annie ( the other niece) and her boyfriend are here. Very excited. I should probably try to sleep. Gotta get up at 3:30 to get them at the airport at 5.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    THAT ARTICLE AND ITS COMMENTS PLUNGED ME INTO DESPAIR LAST NIGHT. I’ve gotten used to the WaPo comment sections, which greatly resemble BJ. The NYT comments on this article were all “Bernie woulda won,” “she didn’t go to Wisconsin,” “her e-mail server,” etc., etc., etc. Sometimes I think the NYT readership is as bad as Fox News viewers.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Also too if I couldn’t top off a more wonderful thoroughly British day I am watching the Queen’s 92nd Birthday Concert from The Royal Albert Hall on BBC1. Ha Ha. Remember that movie “The Americanization of Emily”? I am living the “Rebritishing of Britty” :)

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    ET says:

    Actually you got A LOT done – rescuing him and getting him to a place to be reunited which his humans. I just went to work.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia: Nothing matters except election results.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Remember when all of the women on that panel demanded that the RNC and Republican candidates return all of the money they received from serial harasser Steve Wynn?

    Yeah, me neither.

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    Baud says:

    @Mnemosyne: People are so disgusting.

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    germy says:

    @Baud: That would make an excellent campaign slogan.

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    Baud says:

    @germy: You think honestly will work this time?

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    geg6 says:

    I am going to see my niece compete in something called Beaver County Distinguished Young Woman. It’s for a $25K scholarship and the top ranked young women from local high schools are invited to compete. It’s sort of a pageant (evening gowns and talent) but with no bathing suits and more brains. Not sure how I feel about this, as an old feminist, but if she pulls in some scholarship cash, I guess I’m okay with it. She’s a great girl and deserves it.

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: What rikyrah said. That was a lot done, and well done too!

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    Baud says:


    with no bathing suits


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    Eljai says:

    @zhena gogolia: I made the mistake of reading that article too. On the one hand, Chozick seems to inch closer to admitting her culpability in falling for the Russian propaganda, but then she ends her article by saying it’s still Hillary’s fault not going to Wisconsin and for letting the election get so close. Of course, Amy never mentions voter suppression or the fact that Russ Feingold actually was in Wisconsin and he got fewer votes than Hillary. So IMHO, Amy can go pound sand.

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    satby says:

    @raven: I love that picture of Raven and the Bohdi when he was just a little fluffball.

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    bemused says:

    @Mary G:

    Only good thing about Chozick confessional is that it’s another confirmation that we have been right about media Clinton bias all along.

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    germy says:

    @Baud: You’ve got the misanthrope vote, but we won’t march for you.

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    KS in MA says:

    @chris: Ha!

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    Stardus614 says:

    ❤️❤️❤️ I would say you had a very successful day.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Sounds a little bit like how they choose the Rose Queen and her court for the Tournament of Roses Parade, though the young women have to actually apply for it. The academic requirements are pretty low to enter, but IIRC they become more important as the process goes on. And they don’t call it a pageant — it sounds more like a casting call.

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    WereBear says:

    You mean you didn’t get anything else done. :)

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    J R in WV says:


    “…all types of romaine lettuce should be avoided due to ecoli.”

    Not quite, they specify romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ area. Kroger’s had plenty of romaine, and eggs too, with a sign that their products were not covered by the recall or warning. I’ve got some from CA in the fridge which hasn’t hurt us so far.

    To the best of my knowledge Arizona does nothing to insure the cleanliness of farms, produce, milk or anything. You’re on your own, second amendment, guys!!!

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    Kathleen says:

    @Mnemosyne: I do trust Kroger because I know they’re vigilant about food safety but you’re right. It is better to be safe than sorry!

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    rikyrah says:

    The Governor of Missouri now has a mug shot😄😄😄

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    rikyrah says:

    Good luck to her and I hope that she brings home some cash $$$😄

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    sixthdoctor says:

    I come for the political commentary but stay for the pet stories. John, Tamara, all the frontpagers and commentators, you guys are a bunch of the menschiest mensches that ever mensched…

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @zhena gogolia: My lefty Twitter friends are currently all over some NYT article that they say is all about Dems in disarray, DNC terrified at all the new Democrats running for office and trying to push out the true progressives in favor of “horrible Republicans-lite”. Not getting off the boat. I assume it’s about Cuomo vs. Nixon to some degree.

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    J R in WV says:


    OMG that’s a funny pic, a great capture of Raven’s mood and Bhodi’s happy scamper.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us. LOL.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Matt McIrvin:


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    J R in WV says:


    So glad to see the rural beauty you have located in the midst of. I am amused by the description of the Trough of Bowland as a high pass at 968 feet! I live in the lowland of WV and am at 770 feet, passes in Arizona are much higher in the 6000 foot range. But if you have Trilliums, your spring is much advanced, we have them, but not near blooming yet.

    And of course height and steepness have nothing to do with one another.


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    MazeDancer says:

    Yay, Tamara!

    What great relief you brought to that sweet pup and his people. Well done!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Apparently romaine grown in CA should be hitting stores in a few weeks, so you shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

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    NotoriousJRT says:

    And I can add nothing more than thanks for looking after that little guy. Thanks, Tamara.

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    Danielle says:

    Yes you did. Look at the example you set and the hope you created for that family!!

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    Mel says:

    You did everything important! You rescued that little sweetheart, kept him safe, and made sure that his family could find him. Thank you for being you!

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