DETENTE (A Four-Way Post)

Things are getting out of hand.  Time to bring in the negotiators:


Cody112914aDear Peacekeeping Bears (I’m sorry, I don’t know your names),

I have been a Bad Dog, and I don’t know how to fix it.  I went on the Bark-O-Net (you know, all the dogs barking from different houses?), and my neighbor Rex suggested I should try to contact you.  Here’s my story:

I made friends with a cat in Seattle by the name of Mehitabel.  I thought Mehitabel was my friend, especially when she was so comforting when I thought my Mom was about to die.  But then Mehitabel gave me some bad advice about my Mom’s new pet, Teddy Rosalie – Mehitabel told me to eat Teddy Rosalie!  So I tried to.  And Mom got angry.  And Teddy Rosalie called her friend Vlad the Vampire to come all the way from Great Britain to protect her!

Now Vlad’s hiding in all kinds of weird places and scaring the heck out of me.  Then Mehitabel found out that Vlad’s planning on doing the same to her – and now Mehitabel and Vlad are at war!  I’m scared all the time.

Can you help?

Fearfully yours, Cody

PS:  Mehitabel also told me pandas are bad, but I’ve heard they’re pretty much in the same boat I am – which puts them on my side, doesn’t it?


Captain Will Bear (small)ATTENTION: Cody

FROM:  Bear Peacekeeping Command Headquarters, Customer Services Sub-Command, Office of the Bear General, Communications Detail #10101010, 1 Collaborative Way, Hinterland, State of Peace , New World Order

Thank you Cody for your communication. We here at Bear Peacekeeping Headquarters (BPH) take all requests for assistance seriously.  Our very first order of business is to make sure all participants currently have all their stuffing still in place (or for those unfortunate flesh beings – are unharmed). That being the case (which it sounds like it is) we bear down to stop the hostilities immediately. It is only then that we come to bear on solving the issues – once the safety of the participants is guaranteed.

Peacekeeping Bear Platoon (small)We definitely can help you Cody and can have a platoon of Swiss Bear Peacekeepers (we use many nationalities in our services and given your participants are multi national in nature, the Swiss should do a good job) on their way within a day at your request. I cannot say how the final negotiations will progress until we have stabilized the situation and all are secure. If you choose to accept our offer of help, I suggest that you take some steps in preparation for our arrival.

First, please advise all the participants that we are coming, so there are no surprises (this can be done by bark-o-gram if you choose). Also advise them that we will not bear any interference or actions taken while we are en route or on site. Given one of your participants is Vlad the Vampire, give him fair warning that we come with all the knowledge and weapons used in the Olde Worlde and expect his cooperation. We have an invisibility cloak detector and disruptor as well as a speed limiting force field .The cat Mehitabel will be more difficult given her distance and attitude. Tell her we have vets on call, should she be unruly or difficult.

And make sure all participants are aware that we use force only in the extreme to protect ourselves or other participants – so if every one behaves this will be a bears’ picnic.

Please advise if you wish us to dispatch the Swiss Bear Peacekeepers to aid in your situation.

Yours most peacefully,

General Thomas P. Bearing, Bear Peacekeeping Command Headquarters, Customer Services Sub-Command, Office of the Bear General, Communications Detail #10101010


Cody051114aDear General Bearing,

Please come immediately.  I will let Mehitabel and Vlad know that you will be arriving soon.  Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly!

Gratefully yours, Cody



are you nuts? inviting more bears to this poo fest? It is bad enough that we already have all those cursed pandas and Teddy Rosalie, not to mention that deluded vampire bear, but do you really think this so called Bear Peacekeeping force is going to be unbiased?

I really hope you can call them off. I’ll let you have my favorite catnip mousie if you do.

Apprehensively yours, Mehitabel 


Photo0418Dear Rosalie,  Cody, Mehitabel and  General Thomas P Bearing,

Well, well  what a pretty  pass  this  has  come  to! I  thought  I  was handling  the  situation with  complete  competence. I  have  actually  been a  mediator for  many  many  years  now. That  said I  am not  proud  and  am quite  prepared  for the  Swiss Bear Peacekeeping  core  to  arrive  and assist.

Mehitabel  my  dear  cat ( choke, cough wretch )  you seem  to  be the only  one at  odds  to this  attempt  at  mediation. Far be it from me to  point  the  paw  but it  seems  that only  you  are  at odds  with the suggestion.Perhaps  you  would  feel  better if you had  something in your  corner, Gnomes  of Zurich or  maybe the UN ( the  guy  with  the  pretty blue hats) . Feel  free to  pick  any  representative  you  choose! We  do  not  want  you  to  feel  out numbered or  un-advantaged !

I am  ready for anything  …esp if  food  will be involved, but  I  am  not  a push over . I have not  been around  for eons  and I have learned  a thing or  two! OH! and I have plenty  of  allies I can call on if the cat  is unhelpful!

I remain your  un-humble servant.

Vladimir  the Omnipotent Immortal  Vampire


General Seeum Bear (small)ATTENTION: Cody

FROM:  Bear Peacekeeping Command Headquarters, Customer Services Sub-Command, Office of the Bear General, Communications Detail #10101010, 1 Collaborative Way, Hinterland, State of Peace, New World Order

At your request in your June 7  communique, we shall dispatch the platoon of Bear Peacekeepers today and they shall be en route to you. Expect arrival shortly.

 Yours most peacefully,

 General Thomas P. Bearing, Bear Peacekeeping Command Headquarters, Customer Services Sub-Command, Office of the Bear General, Communications Detail #10101010


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The foregoing is a collaborated post by Cordelia’s Mom (as Cody), Paul Curran (as General Thomas P. Bearing), Willowdot 21 (as Valdimir the Omnipotent Immortal Vampire), and Anne Belov a/k/a Bob T. Panda (as Mehitabel). 

We all hope you enjoyed this Four-Way Post.  Stay tuned for more – the negotiations have only just begun!

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Be sure to come back and read the comments. If I know my collaborators, they will each be fighting to have the last word!)


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Photos of the individual characters were supplied by each character’s owner, and the ending cartoon was drawn by Anne Belov a/k/a Bob T. Panda.

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35 Responses to DETENTE (A Four-Way Post)

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Bravo! This was a very fun read.

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  2. Paul says:

    Ha! Fun post CM- that devious cat Mehitabel won’t get away with this! (Well done with the editing.)


  3. I have to say these animal posts are my absolute favorite. Cody and Mehitabel were hilarious enough. Now that the bears are involved it’s just brilliant.


    • Thanks, hon. Maybe there will be a book in it someday. After you finish writing and publishing yours, you can advise me on how to do it. (Or I could ask Anne – after all, she published all those panda books!)


  4. I think we need the peace keeping team here, too. Can you sent contact information? I will be awaiting your response most eagerly!


    • Well, Marilyn, color me extremely embarrassed! Here it is more than 7 years later, and I only just now saw your comment as I was preparing to republish the post. I so wish I would have replied back then – maybe you could have joined the fray. That would have been awesome. Hope all is well with you and Garry as we begin 2023.


  5. Boy, things are a little tense over at my house! Mehitabel is hissing and grumbling to herself, and I went into my room to find all the pandas on the floor, with little bite marks on some of their ears. This is not good, but it was a lot of fun! I hope Vlad, the Swiss peacekeeping bears, and Teddy Rosalie all return from wherever Bob took the dump truck. Sorry about that.

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    • Well, I can’t imagine what you mean. Teddy Rosalie and Vlad (and Cody) are all here with me. And I’m pretty sure the Peacekeeping Bears are out patrolling or something. Do you suppose Bob put the wrong critters in that dump truck? You might want to count those pandas again- Mehitabel might have tricked Bob.

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    • Paul says:

      Ha! Little does Bob know that the Swiss Peacekeeping Bears have all opened their Swiss Bear Pocket Knives and cut their way out of the net. They have set up a command post in the rear of the dump truck and are waiting to pounce as soon as the truck stops. They have established communications with their headquarters using the stealth radios they had secreted by sewing parts into their uniforms. Road blocks are being set up as we speak. Tanks and bear carriers have been dispatched bringing reinforcements – they should intercept the dump truck momentarily. Air cover in the form of Blackhawks are now circling the road blocks awaiting the arrival of the dump truck..

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  7. Vicky V says:

    So exciting! Loving this adventure tail 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • candygai says:

      I know Vicky. All this interaction and mixed perspective has grabbed my attention. And, it is interesting that you should post, as I was wondering if it is I, Max would be entering this saga. It seems as if we need to involve another continent’s persepective. Thank you to the four original participants for sharing their interactions. Such hilarity. I would be rolling on the floor laughing if the room wasn’t spinning and the nurses weren’t so stern. Shh, don’t tell them I am I am on my cell.

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  9. willowdot21 says:

    Methitabel you LIE?!!

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  12. misifusa says:

    Oh my gosh, GIGGLING here! You are all so talented! I love it! Onto the next one! ♥


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