Archive for February, 2013

Last Day Of The Month


February 28th, 2013 Posted 7:51 am

Admin smacks his forehead. “February! Almost got caught with our pants down.”

“That would never do,” says Spence. “Last day of the month means it’s the last chance to be March’s Friend of the Month. Just send in a photo to the Friends gallery. The random number generator – “

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” – does the rest. Winner gets displayed over in the special place where Jackson is now, and the winner’s human companion gets a signed and paw-printed copy of A Fistful of Collars.”

“Fun, easy, and no taxes!”

Welcome Dakota, Jake, Mara; Ella.




The Cloud


February 27th, 2013 Posted 8:57 am

“Hi, Bernie.”

“Hi, Daniel. Everything all right?”

“Mrs. Parsons could be doing a little better.”

“Sorry to hear that.”

“But she’s cheerful,” said Mr. Parsons. “No complaints. And she was real pleased, the way you replaced her soap collection. Much obliged.”

“Don’t mention it,” Bernie said.

Soap collection? Itty-bitty brightly colored things in a toilet, the water rising and rising and rising? My one visit to Iggy’s house, some time back? The plumber racing up in his truck? I came close to remembering some of that. But, as humans said, no cigar, and no cigar was just peachy with me – I’d toyed with a stub or two and cigars didn’t do it, although I have no problem with the smell. And funnily enough peaches weren’t really peachy with me, either, so why did … ? Somewhere in there I lost the thread.

“ … puppy I was telling you about?” Mr. Parsons was saying.

“The one you saw in the canyon?” Bernie said.

“Exactly,” said Mr. Parsons. “Spotted the little fella again this afternoon. Even managed to snap a picture of him on my cell phone – first time I got the damn thing to work.”

“Soon you’ll be uploading to the cloud,” Bernie said.

Mr. Parsons gave Bernie a quick look, then nodded. “That’s true,” he said. “And except for how I’ll miss Mrs. Parsons, I’m ready. I’ve had a good life.”

From A Fistful of Collars.

Welcome Bogart (first Bogart in the Friends gallery? We think so.)


Stay Off The Ice, Pifas!


February 26th, 2013 Posted 8:06 am

“Have we done a dog on the ice story this winter?” Admin says. “Here’s one from Lake Michigan. Pifas is the name – kind of looks like Rufus, another Nova Scotia duck trolling retriever of our acquaintance.”,0,4702826.story

Welcome Honey (and in answer to your question, the next Chet and Bernie mystery is The Sound and the Furry, coming in Sept.):

Honey: playful, caring, & curious.  What\'s next, Chet?


Tucson Book Festival


February 25th, 2013 Posted 7:12 am

“We’ll be there,” Spence says. “March 8 to 10.”

“Can’t wait,” says Admin. “It’s supposed to be a great festival.”

Welcome Jade:

I love listening to all your adventures! Love, Jade


The Books

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