I Treat Bob in Portland While I Drink Beer in a Bar in Naples

 

Criminently! I’ve ruined my post by giving out too much information in its title. Now there’s not much to add.

Well, now that I’m down here, I might as well flesh it out a bit.

We’ve left Bob with a friend while Marie and I go on a two-week cruise on the Mediterranean. We left our treat-dispensing device in our friend’s home.

So I open the app, which presents me with a live shot of my friend’s washroom, and call Bob through the device’s built-in speaker. (“Here Bob. Want a treat Bob?”) When he shows up, I take his photo and dispense a few treats, which shoot out from a little hole in the device. Bob probably thinks I’ve been turned into a robot.

It’s almost like being there.

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There are 30 comments.

  1. Arahant Member

    KentForrester: I take his photo and dispense a few treats…

    Bob looks a lot shorter from that angle.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:37 PM PDT
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  2. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    KentForrester: I take his photo and dispense a few treats…

    Bob looks a lot shorter from that angle.

    He would seem to have a bit of Corgi in him. But he doesn’t. He is, however, half chihuahua.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 3:13 AM PDT
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  3. Blondie Thatcher

    I love this! Bob is a good boy!

    • #3
    • September 19, 2019, at 4:36 AM PDT
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  4. PHCheese Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    KentForrester: I take his photo and dispense a few treats…

    Bob looks a lot shorter from that angle.

    He would seem to have a bit of Corgi in him. But he doesn’t. He is, however, half chihuahua.

    It’s his legs half that is chihuahua for sure.

    • #4
    • September 19, 2019, at 7:46 AM PDT
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  5. Vance Richards Member

    And when you get back he will hear your voice and think, “This guy is pretending to be my food dish. I’m not falling for that.”

    • #5
    • September 19, 2019, at 8:24 AM PDT
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  6. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    And when you get back he will hear your voice and think, “This guy is pretending to be my food dish. I’m not falling for that.”

    Ha ha. Good one, Vance. I’ll have to have treats ready for Bob. 

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    • September 19, 2019, at 9:51 AM PDT
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  7. She Thatcher
    She

    Bob is, as my geezer friends remark when they’re trying to be relevant, “totes adorbs.”

    Have a safe and fun trip.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 10:00 AM PDT
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  8. Cow Girl Thatcher

    Oh man! That is pretty awesome! We’re always in BIG, BIG trouble whenever we return from any trip–but we have a cat. So, absolutely nothing we could do would make up for the lack of 24/7 Cat Butlers. But, maybe we ought to try this one anyway…

     

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    • September 19, 2019, at 3:19 PM PDT
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  9. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Bon Voyage! Bob looks like he is in good hands. Is this your first time away from him for that long?

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    • September 19, 2019, at 3:20 PM PDT
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  10. Western Chauvinist Member

    Bob is one lucky dog. I’ve just been talking to my dogs on the phone while I’m remote. How so last century of me!

    • #10
    • September 19, 2019, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  11. Mark Camp Member

    Someone slipped a comment about cats into this dog thread and we are supposed to be ok with that?

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    • September 19, 2019, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  12. She Thatcher
    She

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Someone slipped a comment about cats into this dog thread and we are supposed to be ok with that?

    Not only that, @kentforrester keeps mangling my favorite word, and I’m supposed to be OK with that.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 4:43 PM PDT
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  13. Arahant Member

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Someone slipped a comment about cats into this dog thread and we are supposed to be ok with that?

    Yes.

    • #13
    • September 19, 2019, at 4:59 PM PDT
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  14. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Bon Voyage! Bob looks like he is in good hands. Is this your first time away from him for that long?

    Cat, it is. I miss him. I approach dogs on the Italian streets and talk to them and give them long pets. 

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    • September 19, 2019, at 6:12 PM PDT
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  15. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    She (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Someone slipped a comment about cats into this dog thread and we are supposed to be ok with that?

    Not only that, @kentforrester keeps mangling my favorite word, and I’m supposed to be OK with that.

    Mrs. She, it’s true that your childhood mispronunciation of “criminently” is totes adorbs and inspired me to use the word, but you’ve let it lapse recently and I now own the word. So I’m going to have to ask you to refrain from using any variation of the word, including “criminuntly,” “crimanutly,” or “crimenuntly.” Thank you.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 6:28 PM PDT
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  16. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    By the way, She, I am now appropriating “totes adorbs.” It’s mine now. 

    • #16
    • September 19, 2019, at 6:51 PM PDT
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  17. She Thatcher
    She

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    By the way, She, I am now appropriating “totes adorbs.” It’s mine now.

    As I said when I introduced it into the conversation, “as my geezer friends remark when they’re trying to be relevant . . .”

    You’re spot on the money.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 7:08 PM PDT
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  18. She Thatcher
    She

    PS: Squatters rights do not apply to words and phrases. I’ll see you behind the cathedral at dawn. Swords or pistols?

    • #18
    • September 19, 2019, at 7:09 PM PDT
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  19. Arahant Member

    She (View Comment):
    As I said when I introduced it into the conversation, “as my geezer friends remark when they’re trying to be relevant . . .”

    Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 7:18 PM PDT
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  20. Arahant Member

    She (View Comment):

    PS: Squatters rights do not apply to words and phrases. I’ll see you behind the cathedral at dawn. Swords or pistols?

    Fish?

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    • September 19, 2019, at 7:18 PM PDT
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  21. Mark Camp Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    KentForrester: I take his photo and dispense a few treats…

    Bob looks a lot shorter from that angle.

    He would seem to have a bit of Corgi in him. But he doesn’t. He is, however, half chihuahua.

    It’s his legs half that is chihuahua for sure.

    Yes, it’s remarkable, isn’t it? I’ve observed any number of dogs who were pure chihuahua, and many who were one half chihuahua. But Bob is the first I’ve seen who is one half pure chihuahua.

    I assume that the odds of growing four chihuahua legs independently are very small, and that there is in fact a continuous layer of chihuahua connecting these distant parts.

    My aunt’s sister has a daughter whose mother used to be a scientist for the National Institutes of Chihuahua Research, before it was run down by a larger Agency that didn’t see it, back during the Reagan years. I shall have to ask her about this if I can find her at the next family reunion (she is rather short-legged herself.)

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    • September 19, 2019, at 7:19 PM PDT
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  22. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    She (View Comment):

    PS: Squatters rights do not apply to words and phrases. I’ll see you behind the cathedral at dawn. Swords or pistols?

    Wrestling, no holds barred. I like wrestling with women.

    How about tag team? Me and Kay of MT against you and Arahant. Old age and treachery, etc., you know.

    By the way, this thread may be getting a bit precious. You can be thrown off Ricochet, you know, for indulging in over preciousness.

    • #22
    • September 19, 2019, at 8:17 PM PDT
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  23. She Thatcher
    She

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    PS: Squatters rights do not apply to words and phrases. I’ll see you behind the cathedral at dawn. Swords or pistols?

    Wrestling, no holds barred. I like wrestling with women.

    How about tag team? Me and Kay of MT against you and Arahant. Old age and treachery, etc., you know.

    By the way, this thread may be getting a bit precious. You you can be thrown off Ricochet, you know, for indulging in over preciousness.

    • #23
    • September 19, 2019, at 8:20 PM PDT
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  24. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    Cow Girl (View Comment):

    Oh man! That is pretty awesome! We’re always in BIG, BIG trouble whenever we return from any trip–but we have a cat. So, absolutely nothing we could do would make up for the lack of 24/7 Cat Butlers. But, maybe we ought to try this one anyway…

     

    Cow Girl, the device would work perfectly with cats, though cats don’t come when called as well as dogs do. 

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    • September 19, 2019, at 8:32 PM PDT
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  25. Arahant Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):
    How about tag team? Me and Kay of MT against you and Arahant.

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! Leave me out of this one.

    • #25
    • September 19, 2019, at 8:33 PM PDT
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  26. Arahant Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):
    Cow Girl, the device would work perfectly with cats, though cats don’t come when called as well as dogs do.

    You just have to have the device where they will hang out anyway.

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    • September 19, 2019, at 8:39 PM PDT
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  27. Quietpi Member

    This brings to mind a cousin and his constant canine companion. Of them another relative once observed that, “when I die, I want to come back as Dean’s dog.”

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    • September 20, 2019, at 11:48 AM PDT
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  28. Quietpi Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):
    Cow Girl, the device would work perfectly with cats, though cats don’t come when called as well as dogs do.

    Cats take note of it, and consult their schedule to see if they want to fit it in. If a phone is involved, you will have to set it up so s/he / it can voice dial you.

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    • September 20, 2019, at 11:51 AM PDT
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  29. Brandon Shafer Coolidge

    Is your device a Furbo? I have a Furbo and its great!

    • #29
    • September 23, 2019, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  30. KentForrester Coolidge
    KentForrester Post author

    Brandon Shafer (View Comment):

    Is your device a Furbo? I have a Furbo and its great!

    Brandon, mine is a DOGNESS.

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    • September 23, 2019, at 12:29 PM PDT
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