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Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 19th Sep '09 8:48 PM


NIcely done, Pat. I believe you're the first Plati out of the chute with the new theme?
Thanks for boldly going where none (except the editor) have gone before.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 19th Sep '09 8:58 PM

Good one. It'll be fun to learn more about your pets (or somebody's pets).

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 19th Sep '09 10:21 PM

That was terrific - agree with Dave - would like to hear more about the pets when the puzzle is done.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Sat, 19th Sep '09 11:09 PM

I really enjoyed this, Pat! I learned some trivia tidbits I didn't know that I might need for a rainy day. I'm looking forward to hearing about the pets when the puzzle is over! Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

Lynnm  (Level: 223.6 - Posts: 1927)
Sat, 19th Sep '09 11:15 PM

I'm getting a kick out of this puzzle theme. Great job, Pat!

Virtus  (Level: 159.5 - Posts: 2448)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 12:38 AM

This series looks like it is going to be really fun. Great job and good trivia. Maybe all the authors can give us a short description of their pets to add to the fun. Thanks!!


Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 20th Sep '09 12:43 AM

Indeed, Anne, we've invited all Platipuzzle authors to share details about the pets they choose after their WP is over. We're delighted you're enjoying this series.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 12:52 AM

Its strange how random these puzzles end up being. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I actually got to know little tidbits about Salzy's pets.

Alvandy  (Level: 226.0 - Posts: 7527)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 1:57 AM

Congrats to Pat for a great start to this series.
You deserve a "pet" [or "pat"] on the back for a fun puzzle.

Jeannette  (Level: 109.9 - Posts: 1736)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 6:10 AM

congrates Pat enjoyed it hugs x j

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 8:27 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I have a busy day at church, but later today I will write a little bit about each of my pets and post all of the phrases and clues.

Lowiq  (Level: 201.4 - Posts: 1938)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 8:48 AM

I guess I have a busy day at church too. Enjoyed your puzzle...not just because I scored better than usual!
Thanks for getting us off and rolling!

Garrybl  (Level: 276.7 - Posts: 6611)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 10:17 AM

Excellently constructed and most enjoyable.


Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 10:26 AM


Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 10:31 AM

Really enjoyed your puzzle Pat, thanks.

Looking forward to hearing about your pets.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 4:28 PM

a star on the honeymooners or a fictional detective ("Trixie") ... Trixie was some kind of a terrier we had when I was little. I'll tell you more about Trixie in the next one about Shep.

a dog named in an old song or george of the jungles elephant companion ("Shep") .... Shep was a German shepherd/collie mix I would guess. Shep was my constant companion when I was very young. One summer afternoon I woke up from my nap and tried to go outside to find Shep. He was at the door but wouldn't let me open the screen door to come out. Finally my mother came to see what was wrong with the silly dog and she found a huge bullsnake coiled up just outside the door sunning itself. My mother took an axe and chopped the snake in two. Shep and Trixie then grabbed the pieces and played catch for hours juggling the pieces of that snake between them.

king of childrens show in the fifties or another name for wild blue yonder ("Sky") .... Sky belonged to my former daughter-in-law. The apartment complex was going to make her get rid of him so my granddaughter called and begged me to take Sky until she could find a good home for him. That was several years ago. He's a beautiful cat with long silvery gray hair. He's affectionate too. He loves to lay on my chest and put his paws around my neck in a "hug" or he'll pat my cheek with his paw. Trouble is, I "know" where those paws have been!

a talking mule or director ford coppola ("Francis") .. Francis is another cat my granddaughter begged me to keep just until she found her a good home. Guess she did, 'cause I've had Francis for probably 6 or 7 years now.

southeastern us mountain range or add an e for robinson king of motown ("Smoky") ... Smoky was another long-haired gray Himalayan. A hand-me-down pet from my former daughter-in-law.

baseball hall of famer reese or music hall of famer king ("Pee Wee") -- Pee Wee was a black Persian my grandmother gave me when I was in grade school - my first indoor pet. Pee Wee was an excellent hunter but she never ate her kill until she had brought it to the house and shown me what she had.

a region of southern us or carter in designing women ("Dixie") -- Dixie, a German Shepherd, saved our lives. The firebox on our wall furnace cracked during the night and Dixie kept licking my face and nudging me until I woke up enough to smell the fumes and get up and open windows and doors.

a spice good for upset tummies or a cutie on gilligans island ("Ginger") .... another German Shepherd, she went everywhere with my four little boys. If I called them and they didn't answer, I would call Ginger and she would come. Then I knew where to find the boys. My youngest was too little to open the screen door, so I nailed a strip of leather at the bottom of the door so he could pull the door open with that. It wasn't long until Ginger was mysteriously showing up in the house without anyone letting her in. She also loved to go down the slide in the park with the kids.

what sometimes determines an outcome or another name for lady luck ("Chance") ... Chance's picture is on my profile. He's an Australian shepherd, border collie, something or other mix. He was in the animal shelter scheduled to be euthanized the next morning. I looked into his sad brown eyes and I was hooked! I took him as a foster dog to get him ready for a new home but 2 years later and I still have him. He's been badly abused and has some serious issues, so no one else would put up with him, I'm afraid.

the capital of wyoming or a tribe of native americans in the great plains ("Cheyenne") .... Cheyenne is my most recent addition. She was rescued by the animal shelter from an owner that was burning her and not getting vet care for her. I can't imagine what horrible things were done to her. She's chocolate Lab/pit bull cross and the sweetest and smartest dog. Every so often something will happen that will take her back mentally into the horrors of her former owner, and she trembles in fear but she comes out of it pretty quickly now.

My other pets I didn't use was Sami Jo, a German shepherd, that runs and barks after cars, not in a straight line but twirling in circles while moving forward. I call her my whirling dervish. Sami was a gift from my son - he picked her up at the animal shelter at 1 p.m. and she was sheduled to be put down at 5 p.m. that day.

I had another German shepherd, Heidiann, who was a sweetheart. Broke my heart when I had to put her down several years ago.

If you take anything from my notes about my pets, I hope you think about rescuing animals from the animal shelters instead of buying from breeders that advertise in the paper or, worse yet, sell dogs out of the back of a car or pickup somewhere.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 4:31 PM

Good puzzle! Maybe you should do one one your mom, she sure sounds interesting!

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5867)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 7:07 PM

Dang, I missed it and I am so sorry.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 11:03 PM

Thanks for sharing those stories about your pets, Pat! I really enjoyed reading them. Animals are amazing, and it's fascinating for me to read how many times they've saved people's lives, even at risk to themselves.

Thanks also for reminding us about rescue agencies and animal shelters.

-- Geri

Garrybl  (Level: 276.7 - Posts: 6611)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 11:09 PM

Great stories; and now I feel really inferior for just having had that goldfish for just one week.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 20th Sep '09 11:29 PM

Great stories. Those are much more interesting than the strange WP theme.

Your petpourri sounds a lot like mine. 4 dogs - all rescue. Same with 4 cats. One horse that is actually my own, one I took in from my sister, and another who was running loose about a month ago. We caught him and put him in one of our pastures. The guy showed up and asked if he could stay here until he got his fence fixed that weekend. We said sure and we've never seen him again. I don't even know the guy's name. sigh.

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