A Little Snack

“Okay for Chet to have a little snack?” said Uncle Rio. We were back in the Valley, inside Uncle Rio’s bar. Okay for me to have a little snack? There was only one answer to that.

“Well,” Bernie said, “he just had a chew strip and – Chet! Paws off the bar!”

Oops.

Uncle Rio laughed. “I think he’s hungry. Happen to have half a steak sandwich I can’t finish.”

“Why not?”

“Cholesterol,” Uncle Rio said. “The doc’s giving me a hard time.”

Cholesterol? A new one on me. It zipped through my mind and disappeared. The truth was there was really only one thing on my mind at the moment.

“All right,” Bernie said.

Uncle Rio reached behind the bar, tossed me half a steak sandwich. I caught it – not the first steak sandwich I’d snagged, amigo – and took it under the nearest table. Sometimes it’s nice to snack with a roof over your head.

“Ratko Savic been around?” Bernie said.

“Not lately,” said Uncle Rio. “He got himself a job.”

“What kind of job?”

“Caretaker at Cactus Heights.”

“What’s that?”

“One of those abandoned housing developments,” Uncle Rio said.

“Chet?” said Bernie. “Let’s go, big guy.”

I scarfed up the last morsels and was on my feet, set to go.

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150 Responses to “A Little Snack”

  1. Melanie
    3:43 am on August 16th, 2010

    A HA

    The game is a feet.

    (I'd say foot, but Chet's got four of them)

  2. Barb & Maggie
    4:03 am on August 16th, 2010

    I bet Chet doesn't have to worry about cholesterol at all!

    Ratko…any one who has Rat in their name has got to be a perp, if you ask me.

    Kirby and Buford will be back home today. Kirby, do your people remember the names of any towns they went through in n.w. Illinois? Did they take Rt. 20, coming east from Iowa?

  3. Jasper the Poodle
    4:25 am on August 16th, 2010

    Chet = my amigo.

    My mom is eager to see the dentist this afternoon to get rid of her bothersome toothache. Me? Mom says I'm due for the dentist too. No clue about that. I'm just thinking about that sandwich.

  4. B. Stover
    4:29 am on August 16th, 2010

    So is Cactus Heights the same housing development that C&B went to to meet Foster?

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:45 am on August 16th, 2010

    Stover – my guess is that it is, and that's where they're headed now! I still wonder about that smell from the housing development. What on earth was it?????

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:47 am on August 16th, 2010

    Jasper, I hope your mom doesn't have to have one of those nasty root canals that humans keep talking about! Tell her that Wolfie wishes her some good luck. I'm sending the luck through blurmobile – a new trick I learned just this weekend!! Hah!

  7. Riö - The Evil
    5:06 am on August 16th, 2010

    Heh!… I bet the smell at the housing development was Ratko!…snort!

    Chet!… I always run and hide when I get something substantial to eat too!… grunt!…That hasn’t happened in a long while though….grump!

  8. Barb & Maggie
    5:11 am on August 16th, 2010

    Rio, there were a lot of tables at that party you attended, and we all saw you begging. Didn't anyone toss you something substantial?

  9. Riö - The Evil
    5:22 am on August 16th, 2010

    Barb!…There were some really little kids toddling around so I followed them and cleaned up the floor… snort!… The grown-ups were stingy probably because someone kept telling everyone not to feed me….growl!

  10. B. Stover
    5:37 am on August 16th, 2010

    In the post of May 17 they first meet Foster at the housing development in the valley.

    May 20 Chet "picked up a scent, very faint, but one that was real important in my job."

    May 21 Chet smells "another faint whiff of that smell I knew was…so important in our line of work."

    May 22 Bernie takes out money to give to Foster and Chet says the "bills have perfume…same kind that Tulip wears" and it overpowers the other scent.

    May 24 Chet mentions the "faint scent."

    May 25 still at the housing development Chet is "not picking up that scent anymore."

  11. Siberian Husky
    5:42 am on August 16th, 2010

    I think we'll be going back to the abandoned housing development. Those places are depressing…fitting for a dude with the name of Ratko. With a name like Cactus Heights, it sounds like one of the lower end ones.

    I'm glad Chet scored half a steak sandwich. That is one for the nation within a nation. Oh boy, I'd like to meet Uncle Rio.

  12. Riö - The Evil
    5:43 am on August 16th, 2010

    Tulip!… I knew I remembered Tulip’s perfume being at the housing development!…grunt! … That’s why I do not trust Tulip….snort!

  13. Melanie
    5:43 am on August 16th, 2010

    Very good B. Stover.

    I wonder if he smelled Ratko . .

    but dead or alive?

    Would he remember Ratko's smell since he did a little nip here and there?

  14. Siberian Husky
    5:48 am on August 16th, 2010

    Jasper, Good Luck to your mom!!

    Mom once had a dog that had a root canal. Not me, no way

    Rio, why is Rocky in the Arctic? Have I missed something? Should I go get him?

  15. B. Stover
    5:50 am on August 16th, 2010

    I bet Chet would remember Ratko's smell. However, he connected the smell in Tulip's motel room with Foster not Ratko. It was Tulip who said Ratko wore that cologne that must be the same as Foster's cologne. Also, remember that it was Bernie who had the money that smelled of Tulip's perfume.

  16. Siberian Husky
    5:52 am on August 16th, 2010

    ok, lol I just read Rio's post again…Rocky is back from the Arctic. I don't think he should go up there again without me.

  17. B. Stover
    5:52 am on August 16th, 2010

    Wolfie: I like the "blurmobile."

    Jasper: Tell us if all goes well with the dentist.

  18. Debbie LM
    6:05 am on August 16th, 2010

    Poor Rio. What's the point of a party without lots of food from unsuspecting humans petting the "cute doggie" and giving him a nibble. Heck with enough humans around a guy can get a really good snack!!!!

  19. Riö - The Evil
    6:07 am on August 16th, 2010

    Background!…For those with limited memory banks… snort! ….Rockie was banished to the Arctic as an undercover Walrus for well over a month now… grunt!… His fondness for fine food and wine caused him to miss the opportunity to snag Wookie’s copy of the ARC and cost him his good standing…. wheeze!… He has been given another chance to protect Sammy’s package once it gets to North Dakota… sniff!… He is hanging out at the post office disguised as a Pom Princess in case the marauding Goats make a dash for the quilt squares!…. sneeze!… Everybody Clear?

  20. Siberian Husky
    6:11 am on August 16th, 2010

    10-4 Good Buddy.

  21. Riö - The Evil
    6:11 am on August 16th, 2010

    Debbie!…Will you adopt me?… sniffle!

  22. Riö - The Evil
    6:16 am on August 16th, 2010

    SiberH!… I wasn’t specifically targeting you with limited memory remark, but if the paw fits….well then…. snort!

  23. Siberian Husky
    6:25 am on August 16th, 2010

    The fact that Rocky got to go to the Arctic and I didn't may have short circuited my memory chip. I wouldn't have gone undercover as a walrus anyway…wolf, yes, walrus, no.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    6:29 am on August 16th, 2010

    Rockie!… That guy doesn’t really have any choice in the disguise he has to wear, if you get my drift…. Heh!

  25. B. Stover
    6:31 am on August 16th, 2010

    What's a Pom Princess?

  26. Riö - The Evil
    6:43 am on August 16th, 2010

    Pom!…Short for Pomeranian… snort!

  27. Riö - The Evil
    6:58 am on August 16th, 2010

    Triangulate!… We need to triangulate all of the characters meaning Foster, Astrid, Ray, Tulip and Ratko to find out what the connection is to Astrid being missing and Ray being set-up!…snort!….They keep spinning around in my brain….gah!

  28. Mollie (a black pood
    7:04 am on August 16th, 2010

    Lots of interesting posts yesterday. I was busy watching Molly the Owl's 4th egg hatch. B.Stover: I am looking forward to the Sherlock Holmes series. I have read all the books. Wolfie: Interesting article in Parade. Rachael Ray has a Pit Bull. Rio: You are looking very James Bondish in your pictures. I love Rocky the Skirrel. I had a feeling the smell at the housing development would be important later on.

  29. Mollypop
    7:13 am on August 16th, 2010

    Mom has worked on Little Sammie's picture for the quilt. We need to get everyone's opinion. Do you like it or do we go back to the drawing board?

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1281975163-IMG_0780-Edit.JPG[/img]

  30. Riö - The Evil
    7:24 am on August 16th, 2010

    Sammie!… All your wine stains are gone!….snort!… Looking good little lady!… sneeze!

  31. dawson
    7:43 am on August 16th, 2010

    Sammie: Looking just like a little movie princess should.

  32. Siberian Husky
    7:56 am on August 16th, 2010

    Molly, the picture of Sam is perfect!! After seeing this photo, the casting directors will be knocking on her door. Hmmm, the photo doesn't slow down my scrolling.

    Dawson made it home from the woods!

  33. Mollypop
    8:00 am on August 16th, 2010

    Okay – Staff, this is it. You can take this off the blog, Sam's Girl can maybe stop conniping, and we're on our way. No concerns about Marauding Goats because Rockie has that piece covered.

  34. Mollypop
    8:03 am on August 16th, 2010

    Siber-H – This picture has fewer pixels than Rio's because it was cropped to get just Sam's face.

  35. Riö - The Evil
    8:23 am on August 16th, 2010

    Staff!… She is getting poked today and probably reading the ARC…sob!sob!sob!

  36. dawson
    8:32 am on August 16th, 2010

    Rio: Splendid picture of you in a shaken not stirred bow tie. Have you lost weight?

    I'm happy to be home but in serious need of a nap. Catch up later.

  37. Riö - The Evil
    8:35 am on August 16th, 2010

    Dawson!… I can gain or lose weight depending on the angle my photo is taken….snort!

  38. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:05 am on August 16th, 2010

    Well, I'm pleased to report that Mollypop's square is now safely in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service as well (express mail) with delivery in North Dakota promised for tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest (goats permitting). Rio, do you think Rocky can look out for it and assure its safe passage as well. And Sam, that is a beautiful photo; you are a real doll (and definitely a princess in waiting). Wookie

    P.S. Rio, if Debbie LM were to adopt you, would that make us brothers? I though I detected a slight family resemblance somewhere. I do have some good Pug buddies here; there was one in particular (he has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge) who would go romping with me through tall grass, with me taking the lead role and my Pug friend basically walking directly underneath me as I blazed a path forward. W

  39. B. Stover
    9:11 am on August 16th, 2010

    I love the picture of Sammie (and it doesn't slow down my computer either).

    Rio: What do you mean by triangulate? It sounds like a plan but I don't know what to do.

  40. Riö - The Evil
    9:39 am on August 16th, 2010

    Wookie!…That would indeed make us brothers, but I would still be your Commander… snort!

  41. Barb & Maggie
    9:41 am on August 16th, 2010

    We love Sammie's picture too. Is it hard to stay so clean? You don't even have tear stains below your eyes. Ho do you do it, my dear?

  42. Riö - The Evil
    9:43 am on August 16th, 2010

    Stover!… I need more time to think about my Triangulation idea… grunt!… Think of our characters as possible triangles wheeze!….There could be several variations. One on each corner, how do they connect to each other? …. Cough!… If they used their cell phones to call each other we could get Molly to triangulate the calls and find out who is talking to who and so and so on….. sneeze!….Just a thought.

  43. Riö - The Evil
    10:12 am on August 16th, 2010

    Example!…. I see a possible triangle between these 3 characters… snort!

    1.Albie – Boss to Foster. Does he own Cactus Heights?

    2.Foster – Took Bernie to Cactus Heights. Worked for Albie.

    3.Ratko – Works at Cactus Heights. He might know Foster and Albie.

  44. B. Stover
    10:29 am on August 16th, 2010

    Triangulated speculation:

    Astrid knows Foster, Ray and Tulip. We don't know if she knows Ratko.

    Tulip, C&B know Ratko.

    Foster apparently did not know Ray though Ray said that someone working for Albie called him (the set up). We don't know if Foster knows Ratko or Tulip.

    Ray did not know about Club Utopia and did not know Tulip before going there with C&B.

    We don't know enough about Ratko and we are assuming that Cactus Heights is the same housing development.

  45. B. Stover
    10:32 am on August 16th, 2010

    Actually the above may be going in circles rather than being triangulation…..

  46. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:32 am on August 16th, 2010

    Rio. For sure, you will always be the Commander. Your humble servant (and possible brother) Wookie

  47. Riö - The Evil
    10:40 am on August 16th, 2010

    Okay!… So your first Triangulation looks like this…snort!

    1.Astrid – Mother to Ray. Knows Foster through Albie. Worked with Tulip.

    2.Ray – Son of Astrid. Knew Albie – Foster worked for Albie. Fixed Tulips car and left with her.

    3.Tulip – Worked with Astrid says she stored her stuff. Astrid knew Foster good chance Tulip met him too. She took Ray for a ride.

  48. Riö - The Evil
    10:42 am on August 16th, 2010

    Oopps!… That last one should have been a Square….snort!…Too much Foster without him being a corner…grunt!

  49. B. Stover
    10:51 am on August 16th, 2010

    Do we know that Ray knew Albie?

    More speculation: Albie divorced Astrid because he thought she was interested in the "other dude." Foster could not be the other dude because Albie would, at the very least, have fired Foster if so.

    Why didn't Ray know about Club Utopia? How long has it been since he saw/spoke with Astrid?

    Astrid…Foster (assuming he took her suitcases from Tulip's room)….other dude. Who is he? And then where does Ratko come in?

  50. B. Stover
    10:55 am on August 16th, 2010

    Just thought of something else: If Astrid has run away (rather than being taken), and if she asked Foster to get her suitcases, why didn't she tell Tulip?

  51. B. Stover
    10:59 am on August 16th, 2010

    And (I'm assuming for the purposes of this speculation that Tulip is a friend to Astrid), why did Astrid ask Tulip to keep her suitcases? Bernie had to have asked Tulip about this. There is a gap as we said before between finding the suitcases missing and Tulip and Ray driving off.

  52. dawson
    11:06 am on August 16th, 2010

    Yikes! Obfuscation by triangulation speculation, circles and squares.

    The other dude is Colonel Bob. He just doesn't know it yet.

  53. Riö - The Evil
    11:09 am on August 16th, 2010

    Funny!… No one has seen the suitcases except for Tulip…. snort!…. She says she was holding them for Astrid… grunt!… Would she have a reason to lie to Bernie?… sniff! Sniff!… Maybe she wanted to get Ray all alone all along… hmmmm.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    11:11 am on August 16th, 2010

    Huuuh!… I think Dawson may have something there!….grunt! …Col Bob has to be a part of this somehow besides the guy who spends money….SNORT!… Money he gave Bernie that Smelt Like Tulip!… gah!

  55. Sam
    11:25 am on August 16th, 2010

    MagPie! You make me laff. First of all I get groomed every two weeks, for crying out loud. My yukky kibble is dye-free, so no tear stains there, but yet I am a mess of dark tear stains. I'm sure it has nothing to do with me begging and getting food all day long, from four different family members who don't know I got it from the other guys. If I plan it right, I don't have to eat the kibble at all.

    So then Aunt Mollysmom fixed my picture in Photoshop. Ta da!

  56. Riö - The Evil
    11:30 am on August 16th, 2010

    Sammie!… Deception and Air Brushing! You have the qualities of a true Princess…snort!

  57. Barb & Maggie
    11:35 am on August 16th, 2010

    Well, Sam, your photo is delightful.

    OBFUSCATION! Dawson came up with a perfect word for all that speculation/triangulation going on up above. You guys are making my head spin!

    Sherlock Holmes said not to make a conclusion without proper data, or something like that. My mind is going all fuzzy…..

  58. Barb & Maggie
    11:39 am on August 16th, 2010

    I bet Lindsey or Paris would like to carry Sammie around in their handbags!

    Rio probably wouldn't fit, unless they had a backpack. Hee

  59. B. Stover
    11:39 am on August 16th, 2010

    But Col. Bob has not seen Astrid since the night that Ray was conceived. He told Bernie that and I think we have to take it as a given. He could not, therefore, be the other dude.

    Good point that Col. Bob gave the money to Bernie. However, it smells like the perfume Tulip uses. That does not necessarily mean that it was connected with Tulip. In the post giving that info Chet first says that it has gone through the hands of a woman; he knows because of the perfume etc. It would be similar to Foster and Ratko using the same cologne. And Chet likes Tulip.

  60. B. Stover
    11:44 am on August 16th, 2010

    Obfuscation is not the same as speculation, which is asking questions to see if we can find clues in the possible answers. We aren't transgressing Sherlock Holmes' philosophy because we aren't drawing conclusions.

  61. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:45 am on August 16th, 2010

    Sam, my dearest, I am smitten again. You are beautious!!

    Are you still going stead with the rat fink from day care?

  62. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:45 am on August 16th, 2010

    stead = steady. blush.

  63. B. Stover
    11:46 am on August 16th, 2010

    Rio: We would have to assume that Tulip knew Ray and I think that the info we have been given indicates that she did not know him before.

  64. dawson
    11:47 am on August 16th, 2010

    Not to change the subject but..

    B. Stover: I absolutely LOVEthe "plunder on" quilt square.

  65. Siberian Husky
    12:16 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I can understand the story the way Chet tells it…NO PROBLEM

    I will admit that my mind moves at the same speed Chet's does.

    You guys lost me at triangulation. (That's ok as long as you don't also confuse Spence)

  66. Mollypop
    12:23 pm on August 16th, 2010

    MagPie! When Sam was smaller she did ride around in her pink polka dot bag. I just happen to have a picture of that in Mom's Lightroom database.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1281993762-Pink Polka Dot Bag.jpg[/img]

  67. B. Stover
    12:34 pm on August 16th, 2010

    SH: How to you think Ratko fits into the Astrid case?

  68. Riö - The Evil
    12:43 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Molly!… Hey! Your mom uses the same Neil Med sinus rinse stuff that someone I know does!… snort! …Ain’t life a blast? Shooting water up their noses, gagging and spitting every morning. I swear she sounds alot like I do in the morning!… heh!

  69. B. Stover
    12:46 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Dawson: I'm glad you like the motto block.

  70. Barb & Maggie
    12:47 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Obfuscate = to make everything unclear and confused. Your speculation was causing my obfuscation, Stover!

    Love the little polka dot bag. Do they make one in my size? I would love to see Barb try to tote me around!

  71. Siberian Husky
    12:51 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I have no idea Stover, except with a name like that I would not expect him to be a nice guy. (Spence could fool us) It would not take a rocket scientist to be a caretaker of an abandoned housing development.

  72. Barb & Maggie
    12:54 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Staff should be getting back from her pokes. What chapter are you on now, Staff?

  73. Mollypop
    1:02 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Rio – My Mom does use the Neil Med stuff, but the picture is of Sam's Girl – she and her Mom use it too. We seem to do most everything together.

    I think someone recommended that to B. for her sinus infection.

  74. Siberian Husky
    1:07 pm on August 16th, 2010

    My mom wants to know, does it help with seasonal allergies?

  75. Barb & Maggie
    1:27 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I know nothing about Neil Med stuff, but I do want to report that Barb brought me a little lion cub stuffed toy today from the thrift shop.

    It took me only 5 minutes to chew the eyes out and pull half the stuffing out of his head. I am GOOD!

  76. Riö - The Evil
    1:40 pm on August 16th, 2010

    SiberH!…. My friend says, “It’s the stuff miracles are made of!”…. snort!…. Then after she does the water business she rubs some “AllergenBlock” around her nose. It is made by "Chloraseptic"….grunt!… “More Miracles!”… sniff!… Then she can pretty much go all day and night with no trouble till the next morning…. sneeze!cough!gasp!

  77. Mollypop
    1:43 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Siber-H – My family thinks that Neil Med is the Kat's P.J.s – how about that Kitty Kats? It helps with everything nasal so they all use it every day, but not me, of course. They buy it in the supermarket or Walgreen's (where Sam's picture was taken). If it's not in your area, there's always drugstore.com.

  78. Mollypop
    1:44 pm on August 16th, 2010

    BTW – Rio – That Neil Med finding was very observant of you!

  79. Staff
    1:45 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I have been busy today. Just got on and will be reading the posts. BBL

  80. Siberian Husky
    2:01 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Thanks guys for your answers. I imagine mom will be trying it, especially this fall along with the AllergenBlock. After reading Rio's description of the whole process, I am not looking forward to it. It still might be better than Benadryl. Mom is no fun when taking Benadryl.

  81. Staff
    2:04 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Molly (ABP) I have barn owls here at the farm. They have been making a lot of noise lately and I figure they are fledging. Such a noisy time of life for them. Their call is scary! It sounds like something is being slaughtered! I never knew what it was until USGS put up a site where you could go and hear the calls of the birds. Wonderful site!
    http://www.natureinstruct.org/dendroica/index.php
    It used to be available only to scientists, but now we can all use it.

    Staff

  82. Melanie
    2:06 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Jasper, I hope your mom had a better day at the dentist than I did.

    Triangulate . . . I am a victim of triangulation. I am now totally confused.

    Would it not be TOO much of a coincident for both Foster/Ratko AND Tulip/Astrid wearing the same scents???

    Where did CB come up with the money that smelled of Tulip anyhow? How long had those suitcases been there before they were taken?

    And again. .

    I hate dentists.

    Hi Staff! Hi Sam!! Love the pic! Blurmobile . . snicker.

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:13 pm on August 16th, 2010

    WE'RE HOME!!! Mom and Dad came and picked up Buford and me from the vet's kennel today — unfortunately, not before the groomer bathed us with some smelly stuff. Mom says I smell good, but we all know what human noses are like! Buford is totally exhausted — he's sleeping on MY new bed (which was his new bed), but that's OK because he's so glad to be home where he knows where everything is. (Besides, I took a little nap myself — on Dad's lap!)

    Barb and Maggie: Mom and Dad stopped in Iowa City to see a college friend, so they came on I-80 to I-74 and took that all the way through Illinois.

  84. Staff
    2:15 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Hey Dawson,

    Did you throw anything at the Treaty party, or didn't they do that?

    I was trying to tell the blog about your tossing of the heavy ax at a previous powwow, but I am not sure I got the story right. Maybe you should tell it correctly? It is so funny!

    Quilt news.

    I have the Cosmo and Sammy blocks printed out and drying. I will rinse them tonight and be ready to sew the blocks tomorrow. Then I need to get Mollypop's block and I will be ready to sew the top together.

    And yes, Rio, I see no reason why it won't be on time.

    Staff

    Staff

  85. Mollypop
    2:19 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Siber-H – About the Neil Med – you do know Rio might tend to exaggerate a bit. Mom puts warm water with the little packet of powder in the plastic bottle, squeezes the bottle so it goes up one side of her nose and comes out the other side, alternates twice and is done. No gagging, no snorkeling. Sinuses are all rinsed.

  86. Barb & Maggie
    2:27 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby, They were south of us. We are closer to Dubuque, so they

    didn't go by close enough for us to wave.

    Staff, glad you are back home. Can't wait to see the quilt top!

    You missed a lot of speculation and triangulation this afternoon!

  87. Jasper the Poodle
    2:29 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Hey, hey, hey! Jasper's mom here. Jazzy is taking a nap on the arm of my chair. Every now and then he'll shiver, give a low growl, then go back to sleep. Weird! I've got the laptop now, so watch out. Dentist said I have 2 choices: tooth is in process of dying and I'll need a root canal, or tooth may be just starting an infection. I've got $4 amoxicillin for 10 days and hopefully that will stave off any potential infection. It also may be possible that I am a closet teeth grinder, so I got one of those plastic doohickeys that you heat up and shape to your teeth. I'm going to try wearing that plastic thingy and see if the sensitivity goes bye bye. If pain increases in spite of drugs, I need to go back ASAP. That's the scoop for now.

    Can't wait to see the quilt!

  88. Siberian Husky
    2:31 pm on August 16th, 2010

    lol You are right Molly. It may not be a bad as Rio makes it out to be.

    Welcome back Kirby. I hope you guys don't smell like a powder puff. I'll never understand what groomers have against normal dog odor.

    We have a bird here that sounds like my dad's cell phone ringing. I'll try Staff's link.

  89. Sam
    2:34 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Wolfie, Jack and I have had a few squabbles, mostly over toys.

    Now that I've seen your handsome picture, well …

  90. Siberian Husky
    2:41 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Wake up Wolfie!!!

    Jasper, I hope the amoxicillian starts working quickly for your mom and that she feels better soon.

  91. B. Stover
    2:54 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I registered at Staff's bird site. It's really interesting. I listened to the barn owl and it does sound like something is being slaughtered. Shiver.

    Mollypop: What is the difference between what a neti pot does and neilmed?

    Welcome back Kirby.

    Jasper's mom: I had a root canal done several years ago and it was not painful. They numb the area and it is actually a relief because the pain (I had an abscessed tooth) is then gone.

  92. dawson
    2:58 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Dear Staff: I think the way you told the story was just fine…only I did take a 2nd throw. I didn't want to as I thought some might think I was being favored…but they insisted. I was a crowd favorite…they were hooting and falling around on the ground, tears of laughter in their eyes…not sure why, really.

    Melanie: Saw a huge Newf on the bike/hike trail today. Got a hug. Half white, half black. Are the puppies all gone?

  93. FattyKitty
    3:08 pm on August 16th, 2010

    My what a chatty bunch. Reading two days' worth is like going to a noisy party. I have no idea where we are with the Astrid/Tulip, Ratco/Albie and all-their-smells thing. I'm just going to wait for the book.

    How come I never heard the story about the ax. Dawson tells funny stories and I'm sorry I missed this one. You should hear the one about the bugs attacking her.

  94. Mollypop
    3:14 pm on August 16th, 2010

    B. – The Neil Med does the same thing as a neti pot. The neti pot works on gravity so Mom had trouble tipping her head and getting it running in. The plastic bottle gets squeezed and is so much easier to use.

    Mom was just at Staff's bird site too. We also have a window tab open with Molly the Owl. This morning she ripped up a nice fresh rat that McGee had just dropped off. The owlets are precious.

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:14 pm on August 16th, 2010

    OK, I'm trying to catch up, so I decided to do Rio's triangulation idea, but ended up with some kind of flow chart instead. I'm going to try to attach it.

    [file ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1282004067-Triangulation.docx[/file]

  96. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:18 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I don't think that worked — let me try again.

    [file ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1282004301-Triangulation.docx[/file]

  97. B. Stover
    3:23 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby: I couldn't open the document.

  98. FattyKitty
    3:25 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Ho ho! I think it worked because it made about as much sense as all the triangulation did.

    BTW – triangulation is also a term that describes a manipulative relationship between 3 people (one person plays the other two against each other).

    Here is a picture of what I get when I click on your link, Kirby:

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1282004707-2010-08-16_1818.png[/img]

  99. FattyKitty
    3:27 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Oh – something else. Kirby, you have Word 2007. Not everybody can open a "docx." You have the option of saving it to Word 2003 and then everybody is more likely to be able to open it.

    Your floppy ear is my favorite. >^..^<

  100. Gus and BooBear
    3:29 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Boy, the topics we cover on this blog!! Dentists and sinus washes. Neither sounds fun to us. But the story is getting more and more confusing. We still think Foster is the "other guy" that Astrid was interested in. But who killed Albie and set Ray up? Poor ColBob… he's not getting the answers he's looking for.

    Melanie, has the last puppy gone home?

  101. Riö - The Evil
    3:46 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Wow!… The comment count is already at 100 when I logged in tonight! What the heck?… snort!

    Puss N’ Boots!… Ha! I don’t know why, but whenever I read your posts I have the voice of Betty White in my head! … snort!… It just cracks me up! heh!

  102. B. Stover
    3:47 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Thank you Mollypop.

  103. Staff
    3:54 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Fatty Kitty,

    I too love the bug stories that Dawson tells! Absotively hilarious.

    I had a root canal just about 2 months ago. If I hadn't done it I would not have been allowed to have the kidney transplant. I didn't have the option of waiting.

    Until I had the root canal and went through the 10 days of antibiotics I was off the transplant list. That is why I didn't wait for the dentist here to fit me in…well that and the horrible pain!

    Glad that is over. I couldn't wait to have it as I wanted the pain to just go away. The procedure was nothing compared to the pain beforehand.

    Ahhh memories…..

  104. Staff
    4:00 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Boy we certainly have a fine succesor to greedy guts in the barn owl webcam.

  105. abbiethekitty
    4:08 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby I got your flow chart. Staff updated Word 2003 so it can download .docx. Looks impressive to me. It didn't help me though. Still confused!

    AbbietheKitty

  106. Siberian Husky
    4:14 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I want to hear Dawson's bug stories, when she has time.

  107. Riö - The Evil
    4:21 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Teeth!… My teeth never bother me!…snort!…I think they all have a mind of their own…grunt!

  108. Mollypop
    4:29 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby – I read your flow chart but it doesn't have any lines connecting the boxes, at least my copy doesn't, so it doesn't flow. However, if we had some more sophisticated software, we could all work on this together. Charting it was a good idea.

  109. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:31 pm on August 16th, 2010

    OK, I'm back from my dinner break — that is Mom and Dad's dinner break with much begging from me! Since I couldn't get the other thing to do right — and since Mom and I were both too tired from our vacations to figure it out — we decided to print it out and scan it. Then you can click on it and see it bigger. I hope!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1282008664-Chet flowchart.jpg[/img]

  110. Mollypop
    4:33 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Jasper – I hope your Mom's tooth feels better soon. That's no fun.

    B. – Mom has that same Bookworm game over 4 million now. This is all from the advice you gave her.

  111. Mollypop
    4:35 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby – Excellent!!!!

  112. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:37 pm on August 16th, 2010

    The good news is that it looks relatively straight forward. The bad news is that Mom and I still can't figure out whodunnit! Maybe after we recover from our vacation….

  113. B. Stover
    4:37 pm on August 16th, 2010

    I'd like to get Kirby's chart but can't open it.

  114. B. Stover
    4:39 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Oh…Thanks Kirby.

  115. dawson
    4:40 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Bugs attacking me. Ugh! There were a few pincher bugs out this weekend. I came up behind a row of people watching an indigenous guessing game. The game consists of 12 people, 6 on each side kneeling on their knees with a blanket in front of them to cover their hands while they hide a small stone in one hand or the other. Then the other side appoints a guesser and he guesses which hand(s) the opposite side has concealed their stones in. There is a judge on each end to make sure no cheating happens and to keep score. And behind each row of six stone hiders are drummers making an awful racket pounding on their drums while the hiders are crouched over the blanket, hands underneath passing stones back and forth. When the hiders have their stone where they want it they bring their hands out from under the blanket and the guesser guesses. This is the first time I have seen this game and there is a lot I don't understand about it…but a pincher bug flew onto the judge's hair who was in front of me. He felt it because they do not land lightly..thump!

    He brushed it off and the guy behind him (and directly in front of me) stamped on it and flicked it behind him and right toward me. I'm terrified of those pincher bugs, even dead, and I shrieked a blood curdling scream, one any indigenous warrior would be proud of, one that could be heard over the racket those drummers were making and everybody looked, just for a second. Then we all cracked up laughing – specially the guy in front of me who hadn't known I was there.

  116. Barb & Maggie
    4:48 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby, Your chart makes sense, easier for us to follow, more so than some of the other postings today.

    Dawson does tell funny stories. And we like the hide the stone game.

  117. Riö - The Evil
    4:49 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Heh!… There are about 4 – 5 different conversations going on at once tonight…snicker!… Beats those days when we can hardly get one going, eh!?…. snorkel!… Chaos, I love it….sniff!sniff!

    Flow Charts!….We here Love flow charts!… OMG!… Kirby is absolutely amazing!…grunt! … But we will have to contain our excitement till later!…sniff!

    Tonight!…We are watching a Highly entertaining film called, “Lucky Slevin”… heh!.. …She has put off watching this for more than a week now because she thought it would be a “downer”… snort!… It had been so entertaining in a Gangster sort of way that we must finish it tonight! … grunt! … The writing is excellent! So witty!… heh!… Kirbys flow chart must wait for a bit!… sniff!

    Stover!…Save Kirbys flow chart as you would a photo then open it….snort!

  118. dawson
    4:53 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby T. Penworthy: That chart does make things so much clearer. Clear as mud really. I would like to add that Colonel Bob gave Bernie the money that smelled like Tulip and then Bernie gave it to Foster. Just to stir the mud up a little.

  119. Riö - The Evil
    4:55 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Dawson!… You should tell more stories!… heh!heh!

  120. staff
    4:57 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Dawson,

    I still remember your telling the story of the guy next door trying to wash his car and escape the pincher bugs at the same time. Your description of his capering was too funny.

    And I like your badminton racket styled bug zapper that electrocutes them when you hit them with it. Do you still have it?

  121. Siberian Husky
    5:01 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Good story Dawson! Why are you terrified of pincher bugs? They sound evil. I'd like to know more about them. I hate bugs myself…snap at them every time.

  122. Siberian Husky
    5:07 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Amazing work Kirby! That works better than what went on today. heh

  123. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:07 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Dawson: You're right — I should have put that in, although I'm not sure we know for sure where the money Bernie gave to Foster came from. I think we all just assumed it was from Col. Bob, but Bernie has been at Tulip's other place of employment — too tired to look that up, but it's some kind of place with "other" stuff in the back, and Tulip works in the "other" place. Maybe Bernie cashed a check there so he'd have something to give Foster?

    Oh, and we're not too fond of bugs either! Our house was built in 1888, so there are lots of cracks for bugs to get in! But pincher bugs sound particularly horrible!!!

  124. Riö - The Evil
    5:13 pm on August 16th, 2010

    SiberH!…The word "Pincher" alone should be enough to warn you about their evil ways!…grunt!

  125. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:18 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Rio: I didn't get to see many scores while I was in the kennel, but it doesn't look like I missed much! My Angels are still 8.5 games back. Sigh! Looks like we're joining your Rockies with that dubious distinction. It's a good thing the Angels aren't playing tonight — I'm sure I wouldn't be able to keep up with the game. Too many of our kind making all kinds of noise at the kennel makes it hard for a guy to get his handsome sleep! (Is that the male version of beauty sleep?)

  126. B. Stover
    5:25 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Mollypop: Excellent!

  127. Macy the Min Pin
    5:25 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Sad day everybody,

    Our Angie let me use her computer, since the fam is in New Mexico.

    They took our Grandma with them. Angie had to call and tell them That Grandma's Kat, Funny Face was gravely ill, and what should she do. Mom and Grandma had to make the decision to let FF go over the Rainbow Bridge, as he is around 15, diabetic, and now with failing kidneys.

    I know that he will say hello to all our four-leggers who have gone before him, but he will really be missed.

    Macy sad and out.

    Rio, what's with the crack about Pinschers dude?

  128. Macy the Min Pin
    5:33 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Does anybody know what day the quilt picture was posted? Mom wants to show it to Grandma.

  129. Siberian Husky
    5:35 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Macy, I am sorry about your grandma's kitty. That is so hard…I know your family will miss him. I'm sure Fatty Kitty was there at Rainbow Bridge to great him.

    Since Rio is watching a movie, I'll answer the question you put to him…Rio was talking about Pincher bugs not Pincher dogs. These bugs are to be found in Canada…the Great North.

  130. Macy the Min Pin
    5:36 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Kirby, "sorry" about your team. Next year, my man dog, next year.

  131. Macy the Min Pin
    5:37 pm on August 16th, 2010

    oops only man should be struck

  132. Macy the Min Pin
    5:41 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Thanks my Siber friend. Also glad to hear that Rio was not dissing moi. The fam is loving NM, are in Taos right now and say that it is chillly. Mom had to stop and buy a sweater this morning. They are going to Red River tomorrow. I am glad that I am not there, because I am not crazy about the cold, and I would not doubt have to stop in for a sweater as well.

  133. Riö - The Evil
    5:43 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Sad!… And yet still feisty!… heh!…That’s what I like about you Min Pin!… snort!… Sorry about Funny Face, a name like that means he brought a lot of joy into the world, and hey! Maybe the guys, Fatty and Funny can get together become friends…or at the very least start a Vaudeville Show together!… gruff!…About the Pincher thing, it is regarding a nasty bug!… wheeze!…Once again you are caught not reading all the posts and accusing me wrongly of something which I did not have time to think of yet!…heh!!!

    Macy!… I am very sad that you are sad…sniff!… I wish I could give you a big Pug Kiss and Lick!…snorkel!

  134. dawson
    5:47 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Macy MinPin: Sorry about Funny Face.

    Pincher Bugs look like your earwigs only way fatter and bigger and they fly. Unlike earwigs, pincher bugs only come out in hot sun in the middle of the day. They have 2 inch antennas and a mandible to bit you with. Ouch. I have never actually been bitten by one.

  135. Siberian Husky
    5:52 pm on August 16th, 2010

    And, I bet they taste bad.

    Macy, I am glad your family is in Taos and Red River because it is NOT chilly here. It wouldn't hurt mom to just drive me up to the nice cool mountains.

  136. Riö - The Evil
    6:05 pm on August 16th, 2010

    SiberH!…Can we come visit you guys one day and camp out in the mountains of New Mexico!???… snort!snort!…That just sounds like so much fun!….gruff!…As long as you will protect us from all the desert critters!…yeep!

  137. Riö - The Evil
    6:08 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Dawson!…Those Bugs-From-Hell sound horrible!… yikes!… I would scream a bloody Pug Scream if one landed on me too!…shudder!

  138. Siberian Husky
    6:31 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Sure!! Rio!!! There really aren't many critters in our mountains to worry about…Bears, but one just uses common sense. There really aren't many critters in our desert to worry about either, just rattlesnakes, but once again, common sense rules. Chet's desert is a different story. He has more dangerous critters than we do.

    You can come visit anytime! I'll tell you a little secret, though, mom and I love the mountains in Colorado more than any others in the U.S., especially southwestern Colorado.

    Thank Goodness, none of us have to worry about Pincher Bugs. It is a strange bug that flies around in the sun and heat of the day.

  139. Siberian Husky
    6:42 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Good Night All!!

  140. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:45 pm on August 16th, 2010

    If you ever come down our way, you'll have to deal with Palmetto bugs! That's a genteel Southern way of saying giant flying cockroaches!!!

  141. Riö - The Evil
    6:47 pm on August 16th, 2010

    SiberH!…South Western is even a big trip for us!…snort!…One day we are going back there though and spending some time for sure!… grunt!… Nothing short of Breath taking and amazing! …wheeze!…Chet and Bernie should visit there sometime….heh!

  142. Riö - The Evil
    6:54 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Yikes!… Kirby, we here for some strange reason do want to visit Georgia some day even now knowing about big flying cockroaches that could attack us…Yeep!!…If you do not mind, I will have some questions for you to ask The Charming Mr. Abrahams in person when you get to meet him… sniff!!.. As the time draws near, we will tell you what they are….snort!

  143. Riö - The Evil
    6:56 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Goood night all!… snuffle!… Crawl into your warm soft beds with baseball toys in their perfect places and hope to hell there are no spiders or bugs waiting to suck the life out of you!… grunt!… Sleep Tight good friends!…sigh.

  144. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:11 pm on August 16th, 2010

    We're actually in South Carolina — just about 5 hours from Decatur. Mom visited the website for the book festival when she got home, and she's all excited about it. There are several children's book authors she would like to see, including Anna Dewdney, who writes the Llama Llama books; Jacky Davis and David Soman, who write the Ladybug Girl books; and Bob Shea, who wrote a great book titled Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. The only problem is that she's supposed to work that Saturday. When she goes back to work on Wednesday she'll have to see if she can take Sept. 4 off. It's Labor Day weekend, so it just depends on whether other people have asked for that day off — which would end up being a four-day-weekend.

  145. dawson
    7:19 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Hey!

    Those giant flying cockroaches look a lot like pincher bugs. I think they must be related. Ugh!

  146. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:24 pm on August 16th, 2010

    The good thing about Palmetto bugs, though, is that they don't bite. At least I don't think they bite. Now I'm worried. I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight!

  147. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:35 pm on August 16th, 2010

    OK, I'm off to bed where I have to worry about bedbugs AND Palmetto bugs. Yuck!

  148. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:48 pm on August 16th, 2010

    Macy – I was sorry to hear about your Grandma's cat. I wonder if Fatty Kitty was there to meet him once he crossed.

    Just to let you know, Sam, that I personally do not like toys.

    So you can play with all the toys all the time while I blur with adoration!!

  149. George Scott
    6:17 am on August 17th, 2010
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