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August 27th, 2010 Posted 10:05 am

How come? First, Rosie leaves for Prague today. There’s a lot of real intense packing going on around here. Admin and Spence have been sent on lots of errands, including to aisles in drugstores they’re pretty unfamiliar with. Second, Admin finished Robbie yesterday (probable title – Robyn Hoodly and Her Band of Thieves) and he’s looking very sleepy. And there may be other reasons, but isn’t two enough?

As for the quilt, everyone here loves it! It looks real comfortable, but Bernie already said, “Don’t get any ideas, big guy. That’s going on a wall, way way up.”

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Plundering On

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August 26th, 2010 Posted 9:25 am

“I’ve got a few questions for Ratko Savic,” Bernie said. We were back in that abandoned housing development, Cactus Heights. Bernie went over the questions, kind of hard to follow, something about Astrid knowing Ratko, maybe, or possibly Foster knowing Ratko. And did Albie come up? Tulip? No sense worrying about all that.

Bernie glanced around. “There are so many of these godforsaken places these days. How’s the economy ever going to turn around with all this emptiness?” The economy – was that like our finances? They were a mess. If I haven’t mentioned the Hawaiian pants episode, I’ll do it now. And who could forget the tin futures?

We got out of the car, started walking from house to house. Lots of scraps blew around and weeds grew through the cracked pavements of the driveways. “Ratko’s not doing much of a job when it comes to caretaking,” Bernie said. Then he added something else. I missed whatever it was, on account of a smell I picked up, coming from the next house. Hadn’t I smelled this before, in pretty much this same spot?

“Chet? Where’re you going, big guy?”

Great ID badge yesterday.

And today our thoughts are with Dan and family.

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Viva Italia

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August 25th, 2010 Posted 10:00 am

“Here’s something you’d like, big guy,” Bernie says. I hurry into the office, thinking: treat! Wouldn’t you? But there’s no treat. Bernie’s at the computer. “They’ve got a whole team of dog lifeguards in Italy, 300 of them so far, all trained at the Italian School of Canine Lifeguards. The dogs wear a harness or tow a buoy or raft that swimmers in trouble can grab onto. Sometimes they even leap out of helicopters or speedboats.”

Wow! Where’s Italy, again?

“Says here that the school will train any breed as long as they weigh at least 66 pounds – no problem there, Chet – but they work mostly with Labs, Newfs and goldens – well, you’ve got all that and more, except maybe not the golden part. Any golden in you?”

What was the question? More important, when were we checking out this school?

Hat tip – Wookie.

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Dental Fun

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August 24th, 2010 Posted 8:45 am

“Here’s something nice from Lois,” Spence says. “She’s a dental hygienist who’s listed all the dental references in Dog On It for her newsletter. Should we post it or get back to Astrid?”

“Post,” says Admin. “I need one more day with Robbie.”

Robbie – there’s lots of talk about Robbie these days, something Admin’s working on. I wish he’d finish! Sometimes humans forget about having fun. But I’ve liked just about every one I’ve ever met, including lots of perps and gangbangers. Although not Mr. Gulagov (now breaking rocks in the hot sun).

From Lois in Beverly Hills:

On p. 261 you write, “Dentists.’ Said Albie. ‘I love dentists. They make good money, look around for investments, always pick wrong, get buried.” Why the dentist part?

On p. 266 you write -“Not a big fan of popcorn myself; mostly air, except for those unpopped kernels that get stuck between my teeth, sometimes for days. Even now I could feel a little something caught back there. When was my next appointment with the groomer? She always brushed my teeth, one of my favorite things in the whole world.” P. 269 -“I couldn’t wait for the toothbrush.” Why mention Janie always brushed Chet’s teeth and have toothbrushing as one of Chet’s favorite things? 269-“I couldn’t wait for the toothbrush.”

On p.270 you continue the toothbrush theme with “And then, finally, the toothbrush. Janie always sang a song while she brushed my teeth, ‘Brush your teeth with Colgate, Colgate dental cream, It cleans your breath, What a toothpaste, while it cleans your teeth.” Is this the old jingle from years ago? Why include the song? I loved it.

For your own information the dental tidbits for DOG ON IT are. p.1 “Need to go out?…Just because my back teeth are floating.” 11 “He had lots of different smiles. This particular on I thought of as just showing teeth. I did the same. Bernie has nice teeth for a human, but I’m only being realistic when I say they’re nothing compared to mine.” 4. –“I crushed the ice cubes. Made my teeth feel great.” 46.-“teeth bared,” “my own teeth bared,” “and sank my teeth into his leg,”  53 “A wax ball would probably be kind of soft, unlike our lacrosse ball, say which made my teeth feel great every time I gave it a good hard squeeze.” 66. ”Denim scraps hung from my mouth, snagged on my teeth.” 68-“My lips curled back from my teeth all by themselves.”  87 ”He had huge teeth for a human, and bright, the brightest I’d ever seen.” 88-“Saliva started leaking out of my mouth,” 92-gritting those huge teeth of his,” 93-“He smiled, smiled right at me with those big bright teeth.” 102-“Behind those huge teeth, at the back of her throat.” 134-“had to be careful about the toothpicks,” 143_”..and lots of movies, too—check out White Fangs’’ fight with Cherokee!..” 154-“…and smiled.  A real big smile but not teeth. No teeth? How did that happen?” 155-“huge fangs exposed” 180-“Dylan smiled-he had nice teeth for a human, bug and bright, had to give him that—“ 221-“my lip got hooked over one of my eyeteeth.” 225-“get my teeth on a pant leg or two,” 235-“but it was caught between my teeth.” 256-“It smelled like Bernie’s breath in the morning, if he’d been smoking the night before and hadn’t brushed his teeth yet,..” 257 “Spike faced me, showed his teeth, all yellow and brown now, and growled. I showed my teeth and growled back.” 271-“-an ugly brute, with an overbite and no chin.” 16. 296-“Have I mentioned the size of my teeth? Like daggers, and not much smaller.” “I dug a tooth deep into what was left, pulled back with a side-to-side motion that always-“ 298-“opening wide and sinking my teeth into Harold’s wrist.”

Hat tip to Lois.

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