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The Slice Who Could Ever Be Sick Of Those Fun Pet Stories?

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 1996

We got a call from a Coeur d’Alene reader who said she’s sick of stories about kids and pets.

Well, we’re not.

And we are willing to prove it.

Packing it away: Gary Penrod passed along this tale about a dog named Chip that belonged to his friend, Bob.

Bob died in his early 40s a few years ago. But his pals still talk about this incident.

“We had hunted the opening weekend of hunting season together since we were in our mid-twenties,” wrote Penrod. “We always hunted for deer from dawn until 11 a.m., then we would go back and get the dogs and hunt pheasants during the middle of the day.

“When we left camp before sunup, Bob had chained Chip (a barrel-chested yellow lab) to the bumper of his truck.

“When we returned at 11, Chip was lying on the ground away from the truck and appeared to be sick. Chip WAS sick! He had broken the chain and managed to get open our two food ice-chests. Following is what Chip ate: Four 16-ounce T-bones. Two pounds of bacon. Two dozen eggs. Two pounds of lunch meat. One pound of cheese. An undetermined amount of cookies. One pound of butter.

“Chip was SICK. Bob went to town to replace the groceries. The rest of us laughed. We still laugh, it reminds us of our good friend Bob.”

Best reason to keep the TV off and interact with real people tonight: According to TV Week, TBS is having a Patrick Swayze film festival.

Customers for life: Readers reported getting great service at the Chevron near NorthTown, the Bon Marche, the lay-away department at the Kmart on Division, the Scollard’s cleaners downtown and Empire Ford.

Today is International Children’s Book Day: If you are stumped about how to observe it, we would offer three choices. 1.) Read to a child. 2.) Start writing a children’s book. 3.) Be offended by someone else’s book.

Warm-up question: Do you detect an extra spring in your pets’ step when they hear the theme music for National Geographic TV specials?

Today’s Slice question: What Inland Northwest newsmaker shows up in your dreams?

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The Slice appears Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098.



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