Today was the big day that Petits Fours Pet Boutique finally opened for business, offering everything from organic food and risque t-shirts to Italian leather leashes and plush pink Cadillac doggy beds. The place has come a long way in a fairly short time. Check out the before and after pics. Better yet, if you have a cat or dog, go check out the shop itself. Or, double better yet, even if you don’t have a cat or dog, go by the shop and load up on accessories and THEN go get yourself a puppy. When I swung by early this afternoon to drop off her lunch, Fondy reported no unforeseen problems – with the possible exception of a woman who kept testing out the pet furniture by sitting on the various chairs and sofas, leading Fondy to come up with the following warning label: “For Dogs/Cats, Max 40lbs”. Apparently, things got crazy-busy later in the day, so much so that Fondy likened it to my chocolate party crowd.

Oh, and speaking of chocolate, I dropped by Monde Chocolat on my way home and picked up a varied selection that I’ll be offering/“testing on” some of the crew later this week. Among the exotic creations to be enjoyed: White Nougat with Red Nuts, Grey Poppy-Cherry, Cashew + Pineapple, Cheese-Walnuts-Grapes, Sour Cherries with Sesame, Hempseed + Mocca.

It’s nice to be back home for a change with nothing to do except finish up A Clash of Kings and launch right into A Storm of Swords (and ignore the two people who came knocking at my front door this afternoon who looked like Mormons but may have been real estate agents or, quite possibly, Mormon real estate agents). I brought both books to set with me this past week and was amazed by how many people recognized the titles and told me how much they had loved the series. One voracious reader, Sean, suggested a book by author Wilbur Smith titled “River God” – epic historical fiction. Anyone read it?

Today’s pics: More Harmony, Petits Fours Pet Boutique for all your petly needs.

Video: Click on the date for Genii Jerry (a.k.a. Extra’s Jerry Penacoli).

Let’s play catch up with the mailbag –

Danielle writes: “I was wondering if you wanted to look at my Story Arc idea for Atlantis.”

Answer: I’m unable to read either fan fiction or fan pitches. Sorry.

Edward4th writes: “WOW you have a DRIVER?”

Answer: Only when I’m headed to remote forest locations. Larry is not only a professional driver, but an expert in weaponless bear/cougar/wolverine combat.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Will the opening credits for season 4 change from last year’s?”

Answer: Yup.

Frostfox writes: “I didn’t win fanartist either (I have two Hugo’s, where would I put a third? 🙂 ) but my friend’s Geri, Lee and Randy won for their fanzine, Dave won fanwriter (as per usual) and Patrick won editor, so it’s not all bad news.”

Answer: Well, congratulations for being nominated. And, I agree. Three Hugo’s would be gauche.

Mrs. B108 writes: “1)Can we expect Teyla’s pregnancy to have an emotional impact on the team’s dynamic? 2)Will we be surprised at the truth behind the Athosian’s dissapearance?”

Answers: 1) Yes. 2) Depends. How easy do you surprise?

Voodoolizzy writes: “Ever had a Thai massage?”

Answer: Nope. I’m more of a Swedish massage type of guy – you know, the type of massage that doesn’t leave you bruised and in excruciating pain.

Diamond-Raven writes: “I had a question concerning your end of things. How do you guys manage to stick to your budget when you’re writing scripts?”

Answer: Some episodes are bigger and, thus, more expensive than others. But, at the end of the year, things even out and so long as we the overall season budget has not been surpassed, then all is well (a.k.a. – We get to keep our jobs).

Lorr54 writes: “ I’m sure that even the blanks used in the weapons cause a lot of noise. Do the actors have any kind of hearing protection?”

Answer: Cast and crew are provided with ear plugs for the shoot ‘em ups.

Tatinha writes: “Would be wonderful if we had some pictures and videos about episodes that will be aired in the season 4’s first half”

Answer: There are pics of the first half episodes in previous blog entires.

53 thoughts on “September 1, 2007

  1. Good morning (at least it’s morning here in Sydney anyway)!

    I’d like to say – lovely pics again!

    And I like it that you’re getting the hang out of posting Videos for us. They’re incredible. Does you camcorder/camera immediately convert the file to FLV or is that the photobucket feature?

    Have a nice weekend and let us know how those chocy tasting go! Also great to hear that the pet shop is up and running 🙂

    M

  2. As the questions return, so do I. I’ve been enjoying your Harmonious on-location week Joe, and I gotta say…I wished I knew where Widgeon Park was so I can spy on the filming. Oh well.

    Good luck to Fondy on her business!!

    Ok, question time: Which episodes have yet to be filmed? Are all of the episodes being written/finished being written?

    Thanks!!

  3. Hi Joe same Q’s as last time. 🙂

    1) I can see that you guys are gonna be (possibly) rushed for the finale as you guys are gonna film it AFTER the season goes on the air? 2) is that good or bad? 3) how long does it take to flim one eposide? and the last one has been a bit changed… 4) If you see Rachel can you pass on a “hi” from her counterparts kitty please?

    If you had to pick a type of Chocolate from the USA what would you go with? I fopr one perfer Dove Chocolates (those little personal messages are actually pretty much true in my case)

  4. Thanks for taking even more time out of your day to post those videos. They really are a lot of fun and much appreciated.

    So does Fondy’s new store have a website, yet? I’ve got a dog AND a cat who always love to get new kinds of treats…

  5. Yay for posting video!
    And yay for the pet boutique!

    Are there plans for a petit fours website?

  6. If you consider you pugs your kids, happy father’s day! (well it is here in Australia anyway!)

    And just ignore my ignorance, but I was wondering, why exactly are things measure out so precisely with a tape measure?

  7. We often read of you getting chocolate from your adoring fans. Any chance of sending me a scrummy bar(s) of chocolate?!

  8. Impressive before-and-after photos! Wish Fondy luck for me with the new venture. Here’s a photo of me in my new venture. I’m the short one. I’ve just about mastered the art of writing reports in cop-speak rather than English. I’m pretty good at being polite to people who are yelling at me, too, which makes your more snarky blog entries just that much more enjoyable.

  9. River God is excellent,it is part of a triology with the seventh scroll and Warlock being two and three…I’m in the middle of the latter at the moment and all three are a bloody good yarn…please give them a go

  10. Sounds like fun! Can’t wait to see this all come togethor. It’s what, about a month before season 4 premieres? 😉 I’m sure I’ll be throwing a ‘let’s all find out what happened to them all’ party.

    Speaking of First Strike though, Ronon mentions about midway through the episode how he wishes that he could do something to help. Is this an angle that will be explored at all?

  11. Oh joy oh joy – Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses or Baptists…. either way, religious solicitation is a pain. I had two girls wake me up this morning pounding on my door at 9:30. (Saturday means sleep, why don’t people understand that? :p)

    So, if you prefer Swedish massage, I guess that means no deep tissue work?

    Darn! Means I won’t be able to really dig deep on you were I ever to get you on my table. *laugh* (Not like there’s a huge chance you’d ever be in Missouri anyway! *g*)

    Good luck to Fondy on the store – if I ever make it to Vancouver, I will have to stop in there and find something for my ever so abused cat, Lovecraft. 🙂

  12. The pet boutique looks wonderful and if I lived within a 40 mile radius I’d surely drop in! Sadly, it’s more like a 2,400 mile radius and the gasoline would cost far more than any item in the shop. Darn those gas prices.

    The need for the warning label…this just goes to show for every silly warning label you read, realize that they are there because at some point, some one, tried whatever the warning pertains too.

    These pictures are fantastic, love the vids. And I’m rather glad you (and your camera) did not get eaten by a bear, cougar or mosquito.

  13. Joe,

    With college football having kicked off recently, this all important question comes to mind… Do you have a favorite college football team?

  14. Oh WOW! Fondy’s store is so TOTALLY adorable! I love the set up and the curio cabinet use. And the Sniffany pillow…priceless!

  15. Dear Mr. Mallozzi,

    I hope you and your wife and the pups are doing spectacularly fine. I hope that you had time to relax this summer as I have. I’m very impatient for the release of season 4 of Atlantis so I will bother you with a question meanwhile, In the episode spoils of war, are some of the spoils space ships and zpms?

    thanks

    your montreal fan

  16. Oh, Fondy’s store looks awesome! I’ll be by soon to check it out. My darling dog has to have minor surgery on Tuesday so I might have to buy her a little present to cheer her up, and where better to buy it from than a fantastic looking store like that? Petcetera has nothing on Fondy’s tastes, obviously.

    I had a question concerning Sheppard’s military background that’s been the subject of much discussion. It’s been established that he’s Air Force, but why in ‘Rising’ did he say he’s flown half a dozen Army choppers and later a V-22 Osprey (a Marine chopper)? To my knowledge, Air Force personnel rarely fly such choppers. Did you just pick these helicopter names out of the sky (ha, ha, ha) or was it intentional (ie, was Sheppard Special Forces)? Many inquiring minds want to know.

    Thanks for the pics and the vids and have a wonderful weekend!

  17. NO WAY!!!

    You were at Monde Chocolat today?!?! We were at Monde Chocolat today too! I can’t believe we almost met you.lol. We were there about 4 o’clock. We got to meet the owner. He was really cool; we made sure to tell him that it was through your blog that we learned about the place. He spoke of inviting you to a special “dark chocolate of the world” tasting thing. Heehee…you’ll have to tell us how it is if you decide to go.

    It was so sweet: because we drove so far(from Oregon) he gave us a free bar of strawberry terra nostra chocolate AND gave us samples of a too-die-for new truffle. It was a milk chocolate one with coffee beans actually crushed in with the cacao beans from the beginning and then the inside has an espresso w/crisp mix. It was amazing!!(then again, I love coffee so of course I would think that…) It was really cool that he was having us sample a product that is still in production right now and hasn’t hit the shelves!

    There was only 3 of us but we bought enough chocolate for a small village to survive a bad winter on…lol. Thanx for the heads up about the place.

    We also hit Chocoatl over in Yaletown which was also amazingly delicious!! We went to some restaurants too here in Vancouver, but as it’s our last night here and a Saturday we are off to hit the town so we’ll tell you what we thought later.

    Cheers, Dani & Megan

    OUR chocolate pictures:
    http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f334/dani_in_europe/DSC_0715.jpg

    http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f334/dani_in_europe/DSC_0714.jpg

    http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f334/dani_in_europe/DSC_0712.jpg

    http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f334/dani_in_europe/DSC_0716.jpg

  18. Fondy’s shop looks lovely! I’m sure it will do well and much congratulations to her.

    I happen to have contact with a woman who heads up not one, but two fan forums for David Ogden Stiers. They are already talking about his appearing in season 4. So a quick question for you:

    If it is not too much to give away – in what episodes of season 4 will we see David Ogden Stiers appearing?

    Thanks for your time, Joe.

  19. Congratulations to Fondy and her business parter on the successful opening of Petits Fours!

    I’ll try to think of a short poem to parody in doggie form for the occasion.

    Until then…

  20. Lovely shop. I agree with the other comments, the ladies need to set up a website next.

  21. Ok, I’ve got it. This poem/parody aka pomarody is in honor of the opening of Petits Fours.

    This is what Emily Dickinson would say if Joe hit his head while out walking a dog and forgot who he was. This is based on Dickinson’s poem “The Chariot”. It also sounds nifty if you sing it to the tune of Gilligan’s Island. Here goes:

    Because Joe could not stop that pup
    She ran up to the tree
    She took a sniff and took her stance
    Because she had to pee

    They slowly walked, she sniffed each blade
    Of grass along the way
    His feet were tired, he longed for reest
    But this pup wants to play

    They passed a store where people browsed
    Their cell phones to their ears
    They passed the streets of moving cars
    Passed Firestones and Goodyears

    They paused before a shop that seemed
    Familiar and quite nice
    So in they went to see if it
    In measure would suffice

    And Fondy turned to greet her guests
    As they stepped through the door
    She smiled to see Joe and Lulu
    Back safe at Petits Fours

  22. I’ll have to second Diamond-Raven’s question about Sheppard and black ops, also considering Sheppard’s tactics used in The Storm/Eye he seems to be too well trained to be just a pilot. Will this answered in “Outcast’ or any other way?

  23. I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the behind-the-scenes pics. I really love things like that, and I can’t wait for Season 4. You all have always had MY viewing time, and that of my friends for out weekly, SCI-FI Friday Night Stargate parties.

    And Thank you again for the great shots of Joe F. & David H. Heaven!

  24. As you have reached hero status with me, Joe, I have decided that GeniiJerry is now the ever-important and highly awarded Tartan Army Lieutenant. I have dedicated my Qui Gon Jinn action figure that one of my eight yr. old campers gave to me, to him. Also, I’ve written into my will that Martin Gero gets my left sock when I bite the dust.

  25. Salut joseph!!
    Ah super la video du genii!!

    J adore les photos du magasin pour chien, j aime beuacoup ce genre de magasin en plus le nom est génial “Petites fours” ^^ trés bien choisi lol!

    Le tournage en forêt est terminer? ouff! vous allez pouvoir un peu vous reposez!

    Hier aprés midi j ai fait mon exposé sur mon stage, que javais fait au mon de juin …et chose incroyable , aprés m avoir relu, je me suis rendu compte que j avais écrit 8 foix “Stargate” à la place de “stage” ..glurp, inquiétant? oO

    voici quelques questions:
    1)Pourquoi on ne voit jamais Fondy sur les photos?
    2)L épisode tourné en forêt vous satisfait t’il?
    3) Rachel sera abstente dans quelques épisodes à cause de sa grossesse?
    4)Vous regarderez la diffusion de la saison 4 a la TV?

    Donc voila! Merci beaucoup! gros bisou!! je vous adore! a demain! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

  26. Bonjour, il est 9h00 à Poitiers et il fait très beau. Ce midi on va manger des moules frites accompagnées d’un bon petit vin blanc et en dessert tarte au citron. Vous aimez les moules-frites ?

    Dans quel épisode Mickaël fait son retour.Est-ce qu’il apparaît dans plusieurs épisodes ?

    merci

  27. What influenced your decision(s) in choosing the breed/color/sex of your dogs?

  28. meh. River God is ok. Not brilliant, just ok.

    If you’re into that kind of broad historical fiction with only a nod to actual history then you’ll probably enjoy it.

    Enjoying the blog as always Joe, thankyou! (And does Petit fours stock birdy stuff for us parrot owners? And will it do mailouts for those of us who live in the Southern hemisphere?)

  29. Thanks again for the vid and great pics Joe.

    Fondy’s store looks excellent and I wish I had such a store near me – though my credit card probably wouldn’t!

    A couple of questions today from me:

    How much more of Harmony is there to shoot, or is it done? And, which episode is going to shoot next?

    Thanks! 🙂

  30. Hi Joe:

    Fondy’s store looks very chique. Is it an upscale store?

    You said: Some episodes are bigger and, thus, more expensive than others. But, at the end of the year, things even out and so long as we the overall season budget has not been surpassed, then all is well (a.k.a. – We get to keep our jobs).
    Question: Is the budget set up so that if you don’t use all of it, the Funders tell you, “oh, I guess you didn’t need that much money. We’ll reduce the amount we give you next year.” Or maybe that’s just governments and the insane bureaucracy that human services must endure. Please save me from government funders.

    Patricia

  31. Nice flip of the shop space! Did she do that herself? I’m loving the arched shelving and the stylish register counter and wallpaper. Very chic.

    I’m beginning a flip of my own (about my sixth) and spent the entire day in sweltering heat creating a giant pile of nasty a tenant left for us – Which can be seen in my blog. The pictures are fun. Promise. =9

  32. Ah I was wondering if Fondy’s store was going to carry anything cat related (cat lover here). Another place to add to the list of what I need to visit when in Vancouver next. Best of luck to her with the store.

    And thanks again for the pics (and now vids)!

  33. Fondy’s store looks lovely!

    A really cheap way of having a rather effective webpage is to buy the domain name http://www.petitesfours.com. It is available (so far).

    This you can do by clicking on the following link: http://www.bravenet.com/webhosting/
    Buying just the domain name (the www.) is the cheap bit – about $8.95, but Bravenet also throw in a free domain name if you buy a package, which is worth thinking about.

    Bravenet are based in BC somewhere but have been hosting my company’s websites for years, despite the fact we are located in South Africa!

    If you don’t want to pay for an internet gateway (the sale is processed immediately) don’t put prices on the page, just put a “to order click here” logo.

    The customer contacts you and you email her the details and a method of paying securely via email. The best company for this is http://www.ammonet.com/ammonet-com/ammonet-card-system-eng.htm

    Ammonet (based in Switzerland) only store credit card details. It is up to you to log in, retrieve them and put the sale through manually.

    Then all you do is post the item.

    Please pass this on to Fondy and her partner. It is worth thinking about.

  34. Okay, the organic dog food I can understand (especially given the pet food scare from a few months ago). The shirts make sense (provided they’re for human wear). But, no offense, I just don’t get everything else. Why anyone would spend that much money to gussy up something that licks its own privates is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, I adore dogs and am fond of cats. I can’t imagine life without them. But…well, maybe if I had a really nice house I needed to accessorize or had more money than I reasonably knew what to do with. I could understand getting a nice-looking dog bed/furniture, if it weren’t that my dog tended to ruin such things. Though I can’t think of why a dog bed would have a weight limit. Isn’t it just squishy? Of course, none of my dogs come close to being under 40 pounds, so the point’s fairly moot in my case. …Which isn’t to say that I don’t wish Fondy the best of luck. In a city like Vancouver, I’m sure the shop will do wonderfully. For that city, it’s actually a pretty brilliant idea.

  35. Wow! That’s great. The store looks fantastic. Congratulations and all the best to you guys. What a super idea. Knowing your love for animals, the store will be a great hit. Lucky for our four legged friends to have people like you who care and are sharing your love of pets. All the best.

  36. Congrats to Fondy on the opening of Petis Four. It looks wonderful. If I lived in Vancouver, I would be sure to stop by.

    Thank you for the pictures from location shooting. They were a lot of fun.

  37. “Petits fours” It’s in french…rhooo lol !!

    These pics are so funny! I like!

    Last week, I was wrong, I asked questions whereas you said no question, lol ! (english and me…pouah! lol)
    So, I ask again: I really want to know if David.H and Joe.F are democrats or republicans…loool !!

    I’m very very curious, I know…Sry…

    Je le redis: vous êtes super !!
    Bisoux !!
    Charlie.

  38. héhéhé cé moi =D

    hey charlie vous a lassez un comemntaire aujourd hui! je l adore!^^ elle aussi a un blog!! Vous êtes une star sur les blogs francais^^!

    Je vais bientot me régaler en mangant un Mcdonald’s spécial coupe du monde de Rugby! miamiam…mais j aurais toujour cette petite voix dans ma tête qui me dira :
    “nan, ne mange pas sa! sa fait grossir”
    lol et bah je suis une fille ^^ c est normal! Mais je le savourais qu en même^^!

    Ah oui n oubliez pas le 7 septembre!! C est la coupe du monde de rugby en france! en plus l équipe du canada sera présente!
    …..hmmmmmm mais je ne pensse pas que vous aimez beaucoup le rugby?

    Bon aller !! GGRRROOSSSS BBIISOOOU!
    A demain!! Je vous adore(a force vous le savez lol=)

  39. Jodelle is really blossoming into a lovely (and extraordinarily talented) young woman. Her 13th BD is next month but her resume reflects that of an old pro in their 30s! All of my west coast industry friends who’ve worked with her say that she’s an absolute delight. Very professional and loads of fun to be around. I really hope that, if my show shoots in Vancouver, I can get her in a guest/recurring role. She’s something special, that girl.

  40. 1) Will Sheppard show more of an emotional side this season?

    2) Will what happens to Ronon this season stunt his slow-forming ability to trust?

  41. Hi Joe,
    I was reading Sun Tzu ‘The Art of War’ today and came across this quote

    “If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy’s position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy’s position weak.”

    Do the Wraith have any allies or will they be making any?

    I know they have the Wraith worshippers but they only serve, from what I have seen, on the Hiveships. Will we be seeing any more of them?

    I love the pictures and the videos. You could send the one of Sheppard firing his P90 to your scammer Ali with the sub line
    ‘And this is how we would deal with any orphans who the crocodiles miss’

    Pauline

  42. Edward4th writes: “WOW you have a DRIVER?”

    Answer: Only when I’m headed to remote forest locations. Larry is not only a professional driver, but an expert in weaponless bear/cougar/wolverine combat.

    COOL! I’d rather have to deal with bear/cougar/wolverine than white van man for which I have an extremely large and heavy dog chain, those guys should NEVER be allowed out unfettered.

    Good luck to Fondy on her new venture, looks somewhat like extreme makeover H.E.

  43. *waves*

    Okay, i’ve rambled again, you might wnat to go get a drink and I should be done by the time you get back. 😛

    “Shawna said…
    Okay, the organic dog food I can understand (especially given the pet food scare from a few months ago). The shirts make sense (provided they’re for human wear). But, no offense, I just don’t get everything else. Why anyone would spend that much money to gussy up something that licks its own privates is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, I adore dogs and am fond of cats. I can’t imagine life without them. But…well, maybe if I had a really nice house I needed to accessorize or had more money than I reasonably knew what to do with. I could understand getting a nice-looking dog bed/furniture, if it weren’t that my dog tended to ruin such things. Though I can’t think of why a dog bed would have a weight limit. Isn’t it just squishy? Of course, none of my dogs come close to being under 40 pounds, so the point’s fairly moot in my case. …Which isn’t to say that I don’t wish Fondy the best of luck. In a city like Vancouver, I’m sure the shop will do wonderfully. For that city, it’s actually a pretty brilliant idea.”

    From personal experience of having cats and a dog. The cat beds are so they sleep there instead of on your laptop or under the duvet (biting toes) or are good for older cats/dogs who have joint problems and you don’t like them on the sofa or on your knee. The cat/dog toys are so they chew them instead of your funiture… likewaise the scratching posts.

    The treats can be for neurotic cats who instead of suckling on ears can suck on the treats. Treats for dogs are just like chocolates for humans always welcomed. And the dog and cat blankets can be used for again neurotic cats who need a comfort blanket and have serious issues. 😉 There are a lot of dogs out there that weigh more than 40lbs though, and it let’s them know that they have their bed and you have yours…. except a lot o dogs I know still can’t get that message. And the toys, well, while they’re playing with the toys they’re not bringing you dead animals, nor are they ruining your furniture during the early puppy months. 😀

    Speaking of which, how’s Lulu doing these days? Has she recovered from her traumatic event of falling down the stairs with you, or have you scarred her for life, lol?

    Best of luck to Fondy and her business partner. The shop and the cake looks fantastic, and so very chic! Great to see a shop where we can spoil our babies.

    *hugs*

  44. oops, sorry, meant to say thanks for the Jery vid and Harmony pics. *slaps head* 😀 And while i’m here, a question before I forget. I’m just watching ‘The siege’ fab three-parter btw, and notice that Shep got stunned *squeee* multiple times. So, I was wondering is there a number of times someone can get hit with a Wraith stunner before they die ala the Zat, or do other elements come into play when someone’s ‘hit’ multiple times?

    Thanking you Mr M you’re a very wise and kind man. Sorry for being so chatty today.

    *hugs*

  45. Gee, I hope there are enough insane Paris Hilton/Britney Spears types who like to dress their dogs up like they’re children for that shop to make money.

    Personally, I’ve never understood why anyone would want to dress a dog up like it’s a child. Or in costume like yours are in your profile picture.

    Please tell me the shop doesn’t sell stuff like that?

    Dog treats, grooming products, bedding, that I understand. Ridiculous, embarrassing dog clothing, that just shows the owners have too much money and not enough sense.. it’s just sad.

  46. Rhooo spice de folle! Mdr !! Moi aussi je t’adore ma Nais !!

    Gros kissou ma poulette!!
    Vous aussi Joe !! Bisou !!
    Charlie.

  47. Hello Joe:

    I know you have sai din ther past that Carte rplays a “support” role but can you tell us if she plays a central role in the season and if she does does she have an arc that impacts Atlantis (beyond being the new Commander of Atlantis) something that makes her an invaluable member of the team, something that requires all her mental and intellectual power as well as her kick-ass abilities? Thanks very much. We certainly appreciate all your photos and tid-bits on what its like to make the show.

  48. Anonymous wonders, “Personally, I’ve never understood why anyone would want to dress a dog up like it’s a child.

    I’m sure you meant that sincerely, so I think you should look at it like a “different strokes, different folks” sort of thing.

    I’ve had eight dogs (no more than three at once) and they were each very different, with different, sometimes interesting and (to others) odd needs. Some liked what I’d call ordinary toys, two would *not* consider any object, no matter how fluffy, squeaky or tasty, a toy unless the object, in reality, belonged to me, and my present dog likes toys that have to be purchased from a special shop because he has (go figure) allergies.

    Although all of them suffered tremendously in cold weather, only one did himself and us a favor and wore apparel (or whatever one chooses to call it), so hypothermia remedies were not required after every outing between December 15 and March 1. Since he let us make him warm, but never deigned to make so much as a nod in the direction of a clothing item that pleased him, we humans chose for him, and oh yes we chose according to *our* tastes, his being obscure.

    I have always complained about the lack of imagination & service in shops that supposedly serve pets.

    I’d rather see shops with imagination than another department store-like giant that sells to the mainstream and therefore has excluded my dogs’ special needs and diets for so many years.

    Sometimes what’s chosen for the dogs is flaky, sometimes there’s a reason for it, but it’s all a “to each her own” kind of thing. No one’s really required to understand it unless it’s your pet and your credit card.

  49. Hey Joe…

    River God – I’ve read it several times. And I absolutely love it! As long as you’re happy with 1st person, the sheer characterisation of the speaker will carry you through. It’s simply a brilliant example of first person writing. Course…I may be a little biased!! It’s sequel, Seventh Scroll, is a bit of fun too although I wasn’t greatly impressed with the third one. Oh! And I’d be up for the Book Club! I’ve all ready read the Pratchett’s Hogfather! *grin*

    This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog – been kicking myself actually. I enjoy reading it so much but haven’t had the impetuous I guess…suddenly today though here goes!

    I hope the new boutique goes great…and excuse me for asking so early but any chance you’ll be at CreationEnt’s Vancouver con next April? Not the most interesting of questions to ask of you I know…but I’ll come up with something better, promise!!!

    DoS

    P.S. Chocolate? Awww man! Now I want some and I’m stuck in cloudy ol’ England!

  50. “River God” is decent. Smith creates an enjoyable, though not accurate, look at ancient regal Egyptian society. (But who are *we* to nitpick about the accuracy of story-telling as it relates to ancient Egyptian culture?) I also read the second of the trilogy. It was much more like a “Dirk Pitt plays Indian Jones” novel than a true follow-up to “River God.”

    I much prefer Edward Rutherfurd’s historical novels, but they require much more commitment and time than most readers can indulge – they’re not light fair. But if you can keep up with the plot twists of 10 years worth of SG-1 and 4 years worth of SGA, you can handle a Rutherfurd novel.

    I realize that this isn’t exactly the best forum to ask this question, but do you have any need for a 35mm photographer on set? I know films often hire a photographer, but I’m not sure if TV shows do. (Come on, you know you want to say, “Sure. Can I fly you to Vancouver for your interview?”) [insert big adorable grin here]

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