When Bloggers Play

I opened the door and my little friends came in.

We played, we  created, we published – what fun we had!

But like all adventures, a time came for it to end.

There were six collaborated posts, and unfortunately there will be no more in this series, at least not with the original characters.

Mehitabel (a real cat owned by Anne Belov a/k/a Bob T. Panda) has passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  She had a long life being pampered by Anne and annoyed by the pandas; hopefully, it wasn’t Mehitabel’s ninth – and final – life.  I’d like to think of her spending more lives creating havoc.  Puppy Cody so misses Mehitabel and her delicious evilness.

Paul Curran (the creator of the Peacekeeping Bears) died in October 2016.  At the time, I wrote a memoriam to Paul, which you can read here.  Of all the blogging friends I’ve lost over the years, I miss Paul the most.

Vlad (Willow’s awesome creation) is still “alive and kicking” – at least as much as a stuffed toy can  be alive – and occasionally makes virtual visits to see how Cody is faring.

And Vicky‘s Jamala the Red is also still hanging around.  It’s hard for Jamala to visit because it’s such a long trip from, literally, the other side of the world (and the opposite hemisphere!).

Teddy Rosalie is safely resting on a very high shelf of my desk where Puppy Cody can’t get to her.  She may or may not reappear in future posts – it will all depend on whether I again feel an urge to do touristy stuff while dragging along a tiny stuffed teddy bear.


And then there is Shadowpaws, Not CM‘s cat.  (Click here if you want to read the post that brought Not CM into the collaborated fray.)  Yes, Shadowpaws (actually two versions of the stuffed animal) are still sitting on the upper shelf of my desk, but it’s unlikely he will make further appearances here because I killed off Not CM in April of 2017.


Puppy Cody is, of course, still here and often featured on this blog.  I love my puppy, even when she’s “bad”.  Fortunately, at the ripe age of 9, she’s not bad very often these days.



So, how many bloggers and characters were there in those collborated posts?  Don’t forget that I wrote as both Cordelia’s Mom and Not CM. (Hint for those of you who are mathematically challenged – just count the photos!)  It was  total of 7 bloggers and 7 characters.  Pretty awesome, if you ask me!

Maybe someday there will be a new collaborated post series.  Who wants in?  Comment below or send me an email (cordeliasmom2012@yahoo.com) if such an idea piques your interest.


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A COUP? NOT ON MY WATCH! (Collaborated Post #6)

Australia joined the fray!  As did my satirical mirror blog.  Welcome  Jamala the Red Panda (owned by Vicky of  V Something Speaks) and Shadowpaws (owned by Yours Truly and featured on the Not Cordelia’s Mom site).  And so the fun continued!




Oh, oh – sounds like trouble is a-brewing! Look at the email exchange I found over on the Not CM site!


JamalaDear Mehitabel,

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a former resident of my nation’s capital – Canberra, Australia. I recently moved to Melbourne to be with a like-minded comrade. Although she is human she is surprisingly interesting. She is a fan of both the red and giant panda. It is through her connection to the giant panda that I read about your plight.

As a former Canberran, I am well versed in political machinations. May I suggest that the van full of peacekeeping bears is driven straight over the border into Mexico and left there. I hear a very influential man is about to build a wall separating that country from yours. Hopefully said bears will be stranded! If this does not work I have plenty of ideas. We in Australia have many ways of dealing with unwanted “visitors” – especially customs evading dogs! As for pesky vampires, I have a secret that may assist in dealing with Vlad. Please let me know if you would like assistance.

Your cat-like friend,

Jamala the Red Panda.


sm.mehitabelDear Jamala,

Please excuse me for my tardy reply. She WithThe Food has been very careful to put away the computer so that I couldn’t get into any mischief hmph! I wish she paid that much attention to pandas. They are much more troublesome than I am. Uh oh! I think I hear her coming. Better scamper.

I do like your idea about sending the bears in the truck to Mexico.

We’ll talk again soon as I can get online.



JamalaDear Mehitabel,

Thank you for responding. It is a shame that SheWithTheFood is so restrictive with your computer time. Perhaps you could take a leaf out of our Antipodean book. If our “leaders” get too out of hand we simply replace them! SheWithTheFood may be less restrictive if she feared being deposed. I am sure there would be many who would love to cater to your cat needs with the appropriate amount of servitude and gratitude while deluding themselves that they are your “leader”.

I must be off – I have to check who our current leader is. It has been weeks since the last coup.

Looking forward to our continued alliance.

Jamala the Red Panda



Dear Mehitabel and Jamala,

A coup? I am so in! Can I be an officer or something so I can stomp on Teddy Rosalie and Puppy Cody? And give Vlad orders to go back to England and stay there? Can I get some kind of authority over the Peacekeeping Bears?

Eagerly awaiting my call to action,



How can we get word to Vlad and the Peace Keeping bears that they are about to be overthrown?

Stay tuned for the next episode of Cats vs. Dogs vs. Bears vs. Pandas (if you are a new reader, click here for the last most recent episode – which, of course, then has links to all the previous ones!).


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Jamala image and text by Vicky V (V Something Speaks); Mehitabel image and text by Anne Belov (a/k/a Bob T. Panda, The Panda Chronicles); ShadowPaws images and text by Cordelia’s Mom


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DETENTE (A Four-Way Post) (Collaborated Post #5)

By now, everyone wanted in on the fun.  The 5th collaborated post was a joint effort by Cordelia’s Mom, from New York State, USA (as Cody), Paul Curran, from Canada (as General Thomas P. Bearing), Willowdot 21, from Great Britain (as Valdimir the Omnipotent Immortal Vampire), and Anne Belov a/k/a Bob T. Panda, from Washington State, USA (as Mehitabel).  The best group of bloggers ever, but not the only bloggers who joined (see next week’s Collaborated Post #6).  Enjoy!


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

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Click here to read the comments on the original post, as my collaborators and I each fought 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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THE PLOT THICKENS (Joint Post by Willow21 and Cordelia’s Mom) (Collaborated Post #4)

The Blizzard of 2022 is over and we could all use a little humor, at least here in Buffalo, New York.  Please enjoy the fourth collaborated post, which was written from Teddy Rosalie’s viewpoint and which introduced Vlad the Great, coming all the way from Great Britain to join the fray (thank you, Willow!) … and all Vlad asked for as payment was a supply of bananas and peanut butter on toast.

(PS – Be sure to return for the truly awesome FOUR-WAY collaborated post, which I will republish next week.)



Help is on the way. Should Cody and Mehitabel be worried? (Click here for the back story.)



Enough is enough.  I thought I could handle the situation here at my house, but that silly Cody dog is making my life miserable.  CookieCakes (a/k/a Cordelia’s Mom) has no idea what goes on when she’s not here.  She thinks by putting me on top of the dresser that I’m safe. 

My purpose here on earth is to watch over CookieCakes.  How can I do that if I’m locked in a bedroom all day?  So I find ways to get out and patrol. But I’m way too old to keep dodging that dog, just because I look like all the stuffed toys that Cody has shredded.

I think it’s time to call in reinforcements.  I’m taking you up your offer to come over here and straighten that dog out – maybe you can scare her straight or something.

And as long as you’re here, perhaps you can make a side-trip to Cody’s cat friend, Mehitabel.  God knows she really needs straightening out – and I’m sure the pandas will thank you.

When can I expect your arrival?  Are there any special supplies you’d like me to have on hand?

Looking forward to working with you, Teddy Rosalie

PS:  I’m thinking maybe you could “dog-sit” [snicker] when CookieCakes and I go on photoshoots.  Then you’d have lots of time to “re-train” that beast.  Would that work for you?


IMG_20150507_161719869Dear Teddy Rosalie, 

I  am ready  to visit  and  assist  immediately!

I  must  apologize –  it  appears  your  last  communication  slip  passed me  .. probably  the  dog  or  her  catty  friend  interfering! I  am sure that  with  my  eons  of  knowledge   and  your  intimate knowledge  of Cody  and  your  dear  human  we  can  sort  things  out.

In anticipation, Vlad  the  Great



Come right away.  CookieCakes is seriously distracted, what with the construction people coming in soon, and she’s been setting me down in some really unusual places.  I can’t run very fast, and I certainly can’t show any movement when CookieCakes is in the room.  It just a matter of time before that silly dog eats me.

I’m stocking up on peanut butter and bananas.  See you soon.

Waiting with bated breath, Teddy Rosalie.


Photo0261My  Dearest  Rosalie Bear,

I  am on  my  way  post  hast. I  am  just  throwing  a  few  things into my  valise:

A  spare  cape  of  invisibility (one  size  fits  all) – if  CookieCakes  is distracted   we may  need  to use  the  capes  as   means  of  escape  and for  getting  about  the  house and  neighbourhood  unmolested!!

Some  extra  nice  cookies  and  dog  biscuits  so  we can get  madam Cody  on our  side!

Also  my  special  anti-garlic  bracelet!  

And  some  pepper  spray  in case  that   pesky, sly  cat Mehitabel  comes  around.

Photo0418Did  you  mention  construction  workers? They can  be  an awful distraction  so  I understand  your  worries. I  am leaving  now –  I  can fly  at  the  speed  of  light even faster  if  I  put  my  mind  to  it! 

I have  enclosed   three pictures  of  myself   so  you  will recognize  me. (Note  to  self:  remember  not  to  wear  cape of  invisibility  on  arrival!)

Rest easy,  Lady Rosalie.  I  am on  my  way. By  the  time  you read this, I  shall be  by  your  side  to serve  and protect!

Yours, Vlad  the  speedy!

PS:  Put  that  toast  on – flying  makes  me hungry. xxxx



Willow21:  How is Vlad behaving?

Cordelia’s Mom:  Vlad is being very helpful, but staying out of sight, as one might expect.  Poor Cody is getting confused.  (PS:  I think I need to go out for some more bananas – Vlad’s a hungry little guy, isn’t he?)

Willow21:  Hungry… Better you feed him banana and peanut butter on toast than he starts on the blood milarkie!!

Cordelia’s Mom:   BTW, the washing machine was making a horrible noise this evening (seriously unbalanced load), and it scared the heck out of Cody.  Cody got tuckered out early because of it and is now sound asleep.  I think Vlad might have had something to do with it, don’t you?

Willow21:  Yes that definitely sounds like Vlad he probably put in a load of invisible capes, they weigh a ton you know. 😉


Willow (WillowDot21)  and I hope you have enjoyed the above collaborated post, and we both love to hear from our readers.   (For more Vlad stories, click here and here)

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Vlad mages by WillowDot; Teddy Rosalie images by Cordelia’s Mom

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