A Name From The Past

Tulip raised her tiny nose to the air, sniffed once or twice. A tiny, turned-up nose, no way it could be capable of anything, right? But then came a big surprise.

“Do you smell anything?” she said.

Bernie had a much bigger nose, although I’d known for a long time it was pretty much useless. He too sniffed the air. This was getting interesting.

“Um,” Bernie said. “Maybe floor wax?”

Floor wax? Tulip’s motel room was carpeted wall to wall. But you had to love Bernie, always the smartest human in the world.

Tulip shook her head. “I smell Sagebrush,” she said.

Impossible to miss sagebrush, of course, one of the strongest smells out there. Absolutely no trace of it in Tulip’s room, trust me.

Bernie sniffed again. “Well, maybe a tiny bit,” he said.

“I’m not talking about the plant,” Tulip said. “I’m talking about the cologne.”

“Cologne?” said Bernie.

“Sagebrush Cologne,” said Tulip. “For men. Ratko practically soaks himself in it.”

“Ratko?” Bernie said.

“Ratko Savic,” said Tulip.

We knew Ratko, me and Bernie; Ratko with his long drippy nose and fondness for knife play. Where had we found out he’d made parole? Oh, yeah. In a bar not far from the fairgrounds – won’t name the owner, right now, but I think it’s in To Fetch A Thief.


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114 Responses to “A Name From The Past”

  1. Melanie
    4:29 am on August 6th, 2010

    Okay, those of you with Kindles, is the mention of Ratko in any of the other books?

    Or do we wait until T-FAT comes out?


    a new character (to me, probably not to Wöökie and Staff) is now introduced. . .

    suitcases that were there are not there . . .

    the smell in the room is also the same as Foster's smell . . .

    it is not the same smell in the housing development . . .

    it is not coppery so there is no blood in the room . . .

    Ratko has a nasty name . . .

    if he hadn't already been introduced, elsewhere, I would think that PSQA has been reading Gracie's Running Scared blog . . .

  2. Melanie
    4:31 am on August 6th, 2010

    ALSO from last night . .

    The pups are leaving over this week. Start tomorrow. They are 8 1/2 weeks old.

    I will try to get a picture of Greedy Guts. GG is not the largest. That honor goes to Miss White/Pink who has an awesome face.

  3. dawson
    4:33 am on August 6th, 2010

    Chet: Now we're getting somewhere.

    Maybe Staff will run into Ratco Savic today.

    Wonder if Foster wears that cologne as well.

    Welcome home to Dan…be careful.

  4. BStover
    4:39 am on August 6th, 2010

    Melanie: I just checked on my Kindle and there is no Ratko. He must be introduced in TFAT.

    I wonder why Chet wouldn't name the fairgrounds owner. Maybe that would give something away. I also wonder what sagebrush (the plant) smells like.

  5. FattyKitty
    4:50 am on August 6th, 2010

    The Librarian says sagebrush the plant smells wonderful. In fact, she has a picture. In fact, Staff and the Librarian brought some home from their walk. Eastern Montana is sagebrush country. Do they have it in AZ where Chet & Bernie are?

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281102637-06 06 10 MT rimrocks flowers sage.JPG[/img]

  6. FattyKitty
    5:00 am on August 6th, 2010

    By the way, that's a picture of wild sagebrush growing, even though it looks much like the culinary variety. The American Indians hereabouts dry sage and make it into bundles that can be burned at ceremonies and special occasions. Then it smells different. Sweetgrass is also used. Here is a picture of one of the headstones at the Little Big Horn Battlefield. You can see the braided grass that was placed in front of it.

    – the Librarian via FK

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281103030-06 10 MT little big horn battlefield marker bear with horns braided grass offering.JPG[/img]

  7. BStover
    5:14 am on August 6th, 2010

    Thank you FattyKitty and Librarian. That is interesting. I wonder if sagebrush smells similar to the herb sage.

  8. Melanie
    5:26 am on August 6th, 2010

    According to Wikipedia:

    Garden or Common Sage is an "evergeen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves and blue to purplish flowers." Native to the Mediterranean region. Family name: Lamiaceae (mint)

    Common or big or blue/black or mountain sagebrush is "a shrub or small tree from the family Asteraceae. (aster, daisy, or sunflower family) It's "coarse, hardy silvery-grey bush with yellow flowers." When wet, smells like common sage, but they aren't related. You also wouldn't want to cook with it because it is bitter.

  9. Melanie
    5:27 am on August 6th, 2010

    Whoops, the common sagebrush is native to our arid areas.

  10. Gus and BooBear
    5:35 am on August 6th, 2010

    What would Bernie do without Chet!!?? Sometimes he is the common sense in the duo.

    Melanie, all the puppies have new homes? That must be a bittersweet time for y'all.

  11. Riö - The Evil
    5:41 am on August 6th, 2010

    Wha!?…. “Gracie’s Running Scared blog”?… snort! …. Someone is confused again today. Ratko Savic a perfect name for a drippy nosed guy…. heh! ….Finally we have another character in this tangled web of fluffiness….grunt!…I doubt he is Stover’s “other dude” though….sniff!

  12. Riö - The Evil
    6:18 am on August 6th, 2010

    Hey!…. My bedbug work has been blogged about on Runnin’ Scared!… snort!… There were sighting of bedbugs at the New York Public library… grunt!… When questioned here is what the spokes person said about how they got rid of the bugs!…wheeze!

    “So, Gayle, what actually happened?”

    We found two bed bugs — that is absolutely all. This was not an infestation. As one of our steps to make sure we did not have any problems, we brought in a dog, which sniffed the entire library, and we found no additional bed bugs. We did find hot spots, and we fumigated all of those, which the exterminator recommended. We're following all of the exterminator's recommendations.

    “When did all this go down?”

    This happened in the last two weeks. Fumigation was completed over the weekend. This is an ongoing process. We had the dog in on several occasions, and we've dealt with each instance of a hot spot as it's come up. A full cleaning of the library was completed over the weekend.

    Heh!… Another job well done by yours truly!….grunt!

  13. BStover
    6:46 am on August 6th, 2010

    I don't remember what the Runnin' Scared blog is.

    Rio: Why don't you think Ratko is the "other dude"?

    Melanie: Great research. I love the smell of sage (common) and of course love it in stuffing for turkey.

  14. Riö - The Evil
    6:50 am on August 6th, 2010


  15. Barb & Maggie
    6:55 am on August 6th, 2010

    Bee, I think he meant owner of the bar, not owner of the fairgrounds.

    Hoe all goes well with Dan coming home, puppies leaving, Staff's poking and Rio's package arriving today (paws crossed).

    We currently have 11 little peeps. 7 more eggs in the incubator, but they are probably duds. Very cute, Barb will try to get a picture or 2 this weekend.

    Barb is taking me to obedience class tomorrow. She says it will be fun, but I am not convinced.

    I have to go bark at the barn guys for a while, because they are almost finished rebuilding the barn and they are walking around MY YARD!

  16. BStover
    7:02 am on August 6th, 2010

    Rio: Seriously.

    Barb&Maggie: You're right; he is referring to the bar owner.

  17. Melanie
    7:09 am on August 6th, 2010

    Riö, I'm not confused. . . I'm exhausted. . . at least I remembered she was named after one of the dogs. Congrats on the well done work in the Library!

    Gus and BooBear, all have homes, plus a backup if the Stud owner decides not to take one. Snicker . . not all of the "marbles" have descended yet on the three he's looking at.

    MagPie, you go and bark at those intruders. The Pack is having a grand time barking at cyclists passing by the house. We seem to be on a regular route now for them. Of course, it doesn't help that the cyclists KNOW the dogs are here and call for them . . .


  18. Melanie
    7:14 am on August 6th, 2010

    Zoë had a funny story from yesterday.

    The van's AC is broken again. So we put the back seat down in the Subaru Outback. Put up a fence between the back and the driving area and put Grace and the 12 little pack in back and off they went.

    On the way home, Zoë and my sister stopped at a MacDonald's for coffee. They ordered and went to the first window. The guy taking the money said, "OMG, LOOK AT ALL THOSE PUPPIES! THEY ARE FANTASTIC!"

    Zoë thanked him and paid.

    By the time they got to the second window, all the inside customers had been left and every employee was jammed into the pickup window to see the pups!!

    Zoë said thanks to all the compliments AND they remembered the coffee.

  19. Riö - The Evil
    7:26 am on August 6th, 2010

    Okay!…First of all, Runnin’ Scared is in the Village Voice…snort!…The Charming Mr. Abrahams daughter Rosie is among those who contribute to the blog with interesting and usually amusing stories….wheeze!… Second of all, I don’t think Ratko Savic is the sort of guy Astrid would leave Albie for….grunt!….A drippy nosed knife wielding jailbird who hangs out in a bar near the fairgrounds…seriously!

  20. BStover
    7:49 am on August 6th, 2010

    I remember now. Thanks Rio.

    As I read the comment of Foster regarding the "other dude," Albie thought that Astrid was interested in him but she wasn't. And it was Albie who divorced Astrid because he thought she was interested in the other dude. So it doesn't matter what he looks like or what his character is because the interest is all on his part not on Astrid's part.

  21. Riö - The Evil
    8:16 am on August 6th, 2010

    Ah Ha!… If that is the case, then Ratko could be heavily involved in all this Astrid business…snort!…It makes creepy ratty sense too!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    8:29 am on August 6th, 2010

    I just reread my post above and I meant to say Hope, not Hoe. I was so anxious to start my barking and leaping at the guys through the French doors, that I didn't proof.

  23. Riö - The Evil
    9:15 am on August 6th, 2010

    Staff!… She is an hour ahead of us here, so that means it is around 1:15 there…. snort!…I sure hope she got to the post office already….grunt!… I think she said they close at 1:30 today….yeep!… I have to know if my package arrived safely. It is very worrisome this waiting about for something to arrive someplace else….fret!

  24. Siberian Husky
    9:39 am on August 6th, 2010

    With a name like Ratko, it sounds like a perp Maggie could take care of. Maggie, Obedience school is suppose to be fun for the dog, so they say.

    Mom and I love the pictures from Montana. Sagebrush grows in my dog park. You have to take a leaf and crush it to get a smell remotely resembling the sage you cook with. I don't think sage grows in Chet and Bernie's desert…the altitude may be too low there for it to grow. The American Indians here also use it in ceremonies. It smells good when they burn it.

    Let's see, Rio is working bed bug cases in New York City, and I am running the next Iditarod.

  25. Siberian Husky
    9:42 am on August 6th, 2010

    Melanie, thank you for answering all our puppy questions..sob, sniff

  26. Melanie
    9:48 am on August 6th, 2010
  27. Gus and BooBear
    9:50 am on August 6th, 2010

    Melanie, our cousin just bought a GreatDane puppy and told us he was pet quality not show quality. Didn't u say once that Gracie is a champion? Will be seeing 1or more of the 12 in the showring?

  28. Siberian Husky
    9:51 am on August 6th, 2010

    Cool, I'm sending mom out to buy that issue. They finally put something important on the cover of Time.

  29. Riö - The Evil
    10:00 am on August 6th, 2010

    Nice!… A smug Pug on the cover of Time!…. heh!….Where is Staff at!??… crap!

  30. Barb & Maggie
    10:03 am on August 6th, 2010

    People don't like to think animals are smart, expecially the ones they eat. Guess it't easier if they think the animals are dumb ands don't know any better.

    We will be looking for that magazine.

    Rio, Is that a relative of yours?

  31. Melanie
    10:13 am on August 6th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear. We've had that question asked of us. "Don't you sell just pet puppies, not show dog puppies."

    We sell puppies with the best breeding program we can get. Gracie's Grandmother and two Grandfathers were Champions, her mom, Patsy had points, and her Dad, Mac, wasn't shown before Dan got very sick several years ago and we gave up showing. The stud owner liked her pedigree, loved her head and the way she moved. She had all her clearances as did his dog. The stud was the 2009 Best of Breed in Westminster and he is a "specialty" dog (only does Best of Breed at shows.)

    As we tell people we just sell the best pups we can breed. It's up to them what they want to do with them.

    As of now: One will be trained to the cart (his owners have a nursery). Two others will be trained as Therapy dogs. Some will be doing water training. All will go to Puppy Kindergarten. The stud owner (if the "marbles" come down) will be training his for the show ring.

    We have to admit we are partial to people who want pets. That way we know there will be plenty of belly and ear rubs!

  32. Riö - The Evil
    10:23 am on August 6th, 2010

    MagPie!… No that guy is no relation to me… snort!… I’m just worried that when my friend sees this she will be thinking about getting another puppy or something really stupid….drat!

  33. B. Stover
    10:30 am on August 6th, 2010

    Melanie: That would have been a sight–Grace in the car with all twelve pups. Can't blame the McDonald's employees.

    I hope we hear from Staff soon. Rio is getting ansy…you can feel it through cyper space.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    10:51 am on August 6th, 2010

    Siber H, You are right, I could really sink my teeth into a perp with a name like Ratko. With a name like that, he should have big protruding teeth and beady eyes.

  35. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 am on August 6th, 2010

    Rio, are you getting conippy yet?

  36. Riö - The Evil
    11:02 am on August 6th, 2010

    Staff!….She doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would make me suffer on purpose….snort!… I hope everything is okay with her and they make it back home soon….grunt!… The post office has long been closed… sob!… My package is just lying around somewhere, probably lost out in the Mid-West. Goats are probably chewing on it as I type… sob!sob!sob!

  37. B. Stover
    11:14 am on August 6th, 2010


  38. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:21 am on August 6th, 2010

    Well, I hope goats don't nibble on my package! Mom's getting ready to head to the post office with it right now, but I wanted to post the pictures of Buford and me. Mom apologizes to Staff in advance for any imperfections, but she has come to realize she's a perfectionist about some things, but quilting isn't one of them!

    [file ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281126003-100_1327.JPG[/file]

    [file ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281126082-100_1328.JPG[/file]

  39. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:23 am on August 6th, 2010

    I just posted my quilt squares at 4:21, but they're awaiting moderation. I'm sending Mom to the post office now, so I'm guessing the computer will be off for awhile. Back later!

  40. Siberian Husky
    11:46 am on August 6th, 2010

    Kirby, Your mom did good! You can be proud of her!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    11:52 am on August 6th, 2010

    Snuff!….How come they are sideways? …snort!

  42. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:58 am on August 6th, 2010

    Awe, I love the blocks! I think they are wonderful!!

    Bye puppies, I'll miss hearing all about you. You are all adorable!!

    Rio, calm down. Does your friend have any Zanac that you could take? Not that I'm in favor, mind you, but it would be better than having a heart attack!!!!

    And Rio, what would goats be doing in a post office????

    I'm not following you!

  43. B. Stover
    12:05 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Kirby: Great squares! Rio thinks that goats roam freely in the Midwest I guess.

  44. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:06 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Oops! Mom hadn't saved the turn-and-crop job on the squares. We'll try again so you don't have to lay on your computer to see them!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281128727-100_1327.JPG[/img]

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281128790-100_1328.JPG[/img]

  45. Riö - The Evil
    12:21 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Goats!… Isn’t the Mid-West riddled with goats?…. snort!

    Kirby!…Those are very professional looking squares!…grunt!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    12:29 pm on August 6th, 2010

    We have two goats here who will be happy to eat any packages, or at least nibble on them.

    Barb has a friend in town who asked her if she would let their toy poodle out tomorrow for them. She told Barb there will be a wash cloth to use to wipe her little butt when she comes back in.

    Barb says ahe knows a lot of people who wipe off doggy feet if weather is bad, but she has never know anyone who wipes the hind end!

  47. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:31 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Thanks, guys. Mom tried hard, but Grandma's really the quiltmaker in the family. Grandma tried to give her some tips over the phone, but she forgot to tell her to check the color of thread that was already in her machine from the last time she sewed — who knows how many months ago? So it wasn't until that she realized she had used navy blue thread instead of black! She had already had to pick out Buford's zigzag when the sewing machine malfunctioned (because she put the thread in wrong!), and she didn't feel like doing it again. So after many assurances from Dad that you can hardly notice, she left it. So now Buford — who can't even see his square! — gets the good one, and I get the not-so-good one. Just don't look too close or turn the light on!

  48. Barb & Maggie
    12:33 pm on August 6th, 2010

    We love those squares and Kirby, yours looks just like you, right down to the bent ear!

    Rio, there are a lot of goats, sheep and cows around where we live, but we are not riddled with them…snorkle.

  49. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:34 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Oops, that was supposed to be "it wasn't until later that she realized she had used navy blue thread."

  50. Riö - The Evil
    12:44 pm on August 6th, 2010

    MagPie!… I thought Goats roamed the hills and dales freely throughout the Mid-West… snort!… I even heard they are treated like cows are in India. No one can tell them what to do or harm them in anyway. …cough!… Their favorite pastime is to follow the rural mailmen and steal packages from the poor unsuspecting government workers… gasp! … I just know that is what happened to my package!…sob!sob!sob!…Those damn Goats!… fret!

  51. B. Stover
    12:56 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rural mailmen drive trucks and put mail in the mailboxes that are by the road. The drivers don't even have to get out of the trucks.

    There is a squirrel eating bread in my garden.

  52. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:59 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Calm down, Rio. Remember your package is being picked up by Mr. Staff at the post office, so no rural mailmen are even involved! Of course, if one of those marauding goats follows Mr. Staff as he leaves the post office…. Can you whip up a couple more squares, just in case???

  53. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:00 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Bee: See? That's why you need a dog around. I'd get rid of that bread-eating fuzzbutt in no time flat!

  54. Riö - The Evil
    1:04 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Sneaky!… I’ve heard that those Goats work in herds of 3 or 4….snort!… They climb up on the back of one of the stronger Goats and take the package right out of the mailbox….cough!… In the case of my package they picked the lock on Staffs PO Box…. grump!… They’ve got my package I just know it…grump! … Sneaky bastards those Goats!

  55. dawson
    1:04 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Kirby T Penworthy: Tell your mom I love her quilt squares. I clicked on yours to enlarge it so I could see this infamous navy blue thread…it looks real good with navy blue thread…adds a bit of color.

    Barb and Maggie: I've never heard of wiping a dog's butt before. Maybe your friend has white carpeting. 🙂 Hope those interlopers vacate your yard soon.

    Melanie: Those Newfs will attract a crowd of admirers wherever they go. I'm honored to know them cyberishly and wish them all the best in their new homes. Sob, sob, sob.

  56. Siberian Husky
    1:06 pm on August 6th, 2010

    I hear the Rockies are going to get a goat for a mascot…a mountain goat, not a farm goat.

  57. Riö - The Evil
    1:17 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Wha!?…Damn those Goats!… snort!… Now they are horning in on my Rockies!?… grump!

  58. staff
    1:39 pm on August 6th, 2010

    OK Rio stop worrying, it came. I made a special trip home to pick it up because Shelia was afraid to put it in the PO Box. Then we went out to run about 5 errands. I was exhausted because of these stupid Blood Pressure pills, (which I am now officially allergic too) so I had to nap as soon as I got home.

    They are lovely and they both will go in so don't fret about that.

    Now I am going up to read my way down to here.



  59. dawson
    1:41 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Too bad. No conniption fit.

  60. staff
    1:53 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Kirby T and Buford have wonderful blocks. I love them!

    thanks guys for all you did to try to keep his strange illusion of PO marauding goats under control. Wonderful mind that pug has.

    Good luck to Melanie, Zoe and Dan. I know I was scared to come home. I threw up two days in a row because of nerves I think. But I have Mr Staff who only has me and Alice J. and Abbie to take care of.

    He does it nicely but still refuses to fold bedding.

    Maybe tomorrow I will feel like folding bedding, when this latest attempt at blood pressure control wears off. I am now officially allergic to calcium channel blockers and beta blockers. It is on my chart. I am on type # 3 of 4 different types of Blood pressure pills.

    They try the ones that are best for post transplant patients first. Hopefully I will find one without too much more trouble. High blood pressure is bad for kidneys.


  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:06 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Staff: Sorry about your allergy to the meds — I sure hope you get your BP under control faster than the folks in the Gulf did! And why bother folding bedding? It's just going to get all wrinkled when you sleep on it anyway. Just shove it on a shelf in the linen closet and forget about it. Better yet, just tell Mr. Staff to wash it and put it right back on the bed — no folding necessary!

  62. Melanie
    2:11 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Staff, I'm glad you are home again. As one who is allergic to many things, I understand the yuckiness of taking a med you are allergic to and the docs just think you have to get used to the med. Jeez.

    Riddled with goats? What are goats? The rats of the Midwest??

    I once had goats (Earth mother stage of life). I would paint their horns. The little one named Blackberry loved to greet me by jumping up on the top of my VW bug and dance.

    Rampaging goats . . . as someone I know would say "snort."

  63. B. Stover
    2:24 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Glad you're back Staff and that Rio's squares got there before the goats got to them. Hope you find the correct medicine.

    Well Rio…..

  64. Barb & Maggie
    2:31 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rio's goats sound like they belong in some si-fi movie. Our goats, Baby Goat and Stormy, don't jump over fences, don't jump on cars,don't eat quilt squares, nada. They are very calm, but then they are probably afraid of me!

    Staff, hope this new BP pill works for you.

    So very glad THE PACKAGE has arrived safely.

  65. Melanie
    2:45 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Kirby T Penworthy the 111th. I love the squares. I understand about not sewing often and forgetting how things work.

    Many times the underside of what I'm sewing looks like a puppy has eaten it.

    The pups have now gone to sleep. Quiet spreads through the house.

    Whew . . .

  66. B. Stover
    3:07 pm on August 6th, 2010

    A goat is often stalled with a nervous horse to keep the horse calm. It always works.

    Melanie: Did Dan come home today?

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:12 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Melanie: It's just a good thing I didn't have my dad help me make the squares. When he was in the army and had to sew on a patch, he used what he called the "spider web" method: Take a stitch in one place, then go across to the the other side and take another stitch. Keep doing that until the bottom side looks like a spider has been busy all day! (Then as soon as you can, take the uniform to the tailor shop and let them do it right!)

  68. Riö - The Evil
    3:34 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Yes!…Woooo!… I just knew that package would get there today! I just knew it!….heh!…Take that you stupid calming Goats!…Staff! Are you sure about that second one? I saw the background fabric coming through on the photo fabric….sniff!…and it wasn’t pretty. But she said she spent so much money on that damn fabric photo stuff that she would send it and see what miracles Staff could do with it… wheeze!

  69. FattyKitty
    3:36 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Lib was worrying about Staff too. Thank goodness she finally posted before there was a Librarian conniption fit. And the USPS slogan doesn't say anything about making it through the goat-infested midwest, so I understand the Pug's distress.

    Speaking of the Pug, there is a bar in Billings called Pug Mahon's. Are you related, Rio?

    Our slogan today is, "We Answer to a Higher Authority." This concerns dinner. Who can solve this Fatty Kitty mystery?

  70. Mollie (a black pood
    3:49 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Kirby: The squares are beautiful. The blue thread looks like it belongs there. I love the bent ear.

  71. Melanie
    3:50 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Dear Fatty Kitty, is it Hebrew National?

  72. Melanie
    3:52 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Chet loves those. I am planning on getting them for the Pack when the pups leave.

    It's Mollie, the black poodle!

  73. Riö - The Evil
    3:52 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Pug Mahon’s! …What a great name for a bar!… heh!…Thats like something the Charming Mr. Abrahams would come up with…snicker!… My friend says she would go there and she would even take me along!…snort!… Maybe there is a real Pug named Mahon that lives there….wow!…What a great place to live!

  74. Melanie
    3:58 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Whoops, I just remembered . .

    Yes, Dan is home. This is a big house and I have a workroom connected to my bedroom. So I'm letting Dan use my workroom so he's not stuck in their bedroom all day. He's got a computer he can watch DVDs on, a recliner and music if he wants it or he can sleep in their room. We have cut off the entire upstairs so he can move around and exercise without having the Pack's help.

    Everything is working out so far. Fingers crossed that the Pack doesn't decide to jump the gate.

    Nite all.

    Oh, wait. I did take a picture of Greedy Guts and of out biggest pup. They are not one and the same. I'll get it up tomorrow.

  75. wookie of chevy chas
    4:05 pm on August 6th, 2010

    We are in Western Maryland tonight at Savage River Lodge, a great place that even has doggie treats on the menu. Best of all, the temperature is really cool, down to the 50's tonight. Only problem, no computer, so stuck using my dad's Blackberry, which is really tough given the tiny keyboard and my rather large paws. Great blocks Kirby. Glad Rio's blocks arrived. Mom mailed all the ones she did to Staff before we left, so she should have them soon. Wookie

  76. Riö - The Evil
    4:05 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Heh!….Where is Molly and her cousin Sammy???….sniff!sniff!… I miss those two girls. Whats going on with them I wonder?….snort!… Molly! Sammy! Come Home!… sneeze!

  77. staff
    4:08 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Well I just printed out 2 more photo squares for Rio, and Jasper and Fatty Kitty's fabric square. I took the advise about Cosmo and left him off the quilt. I now have 6 photo squares to rinse, dry and border. Huh. I better get busy.

    I have all the vertical row's of my one block wonder done so I can take it off the design wall and start playing with the squares I have here.

    Here is a pic of it for Wookie. I am trying to get a pink and green one for my living room.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281143247-OneBlockWonder, pinkgreen.jpg[/img]


  78. staff
    4:09 pm on August 6th, 2010

    I seem to have trouble telling advise from advice. I should have taken some advice up above….drat. Hope B doesn't see it.


  79. Riö - The Evil
    4:12 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Wookie!… So does the name Ratko Savic ring any bells or blow any whistles?…. snort!…Or are you not at liberty to say even though Chet himself has said something about the guy? …grunt!

  80. Riö - The Evil
    4:16 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Staff!… Please DO NOT OVER-DO-IT!… snort!…We do not want you on the injury list my dear!… snorkel!… Be kind to yourself and take it easy….sneeze!

  81. Riö - The Evil
    4:28 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Ummm…Staff! My friend says she did not Rinse, Dry or Border any of her photo fabric photos of me….gasp!…Will I fade into nothingness after a month or so?… grunt!…The directions on the photo fabric thing said nothing about rinsing and drying… Doomed! I am doomed as a quilt square…wheeze!cough!sneeze!

  82. B. Stover
    4:38 pm on August 6th, 2010

    I didn't.

  83. FattyKitty
    4:46 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Yes, Melanie, it is Hebrew Nationals. Yum yum.

    I feel gauche. I neglected to complement Kirby and Bruno's squares. They have mountains of doggie personality. It will be a remarkable quilt.

    Hmmm, I think all this doggie camaraderie is affecting me. I don't even care that my image will be placed in close proximity to the nation within…oh never mind.

    Staff, you already have a gorgeous quilt on the living room wall. What's wrong with that one?

  84. Riö - The Evil
    4:49 pm on August 6th, 2010

    OH! …. Thank goodness!…Stover didn’t rinse or dry either. But did you use Photo Fabric my dear?… I thought you embroidered a wine bottle or two on your square?….heh! … I sure wish you had embroidered your famous Motto on one and sent it in with your name under it!… wheeze!…That would be awesome to have on the quilt!

  85. Riö - The Evil
    5:04 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rockies!… Top of the 9th, the Rockies are up by 2 and up to bat right now!…heh!… I tried ever so hard not to post a baseball update, but I failed!…wheeze!

  86. Siberian Husky
    5:06 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rio, I wondered if you were watching this game. You never said a word till now.

  87. Riö - The Evil
    5:08 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Wow!Wow!Wow!….What a slide by Tulo!…heh!…6 – 3 now, Rockies…woooooooooo!

  88. wookie of chevy chas
    5:11 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Mom says WOW. She loved the quilt and wanted to know if it was done as a stack and whack (she wouldn't do that to me though) or kalidescope sqs? Beautiful!!!! Wookie the Quilt Tester

  89. B. Stover
    5:14 pm on August 6th, 2010

    "I didn't" was actually a reply to Staff hoping I hadn't noticed the advise rather than advice. However, I also did not rinse or dry my square which is an embroidered B. (The motto would have been neat but that would involve more embroidering than I could do.)

  90. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 pm on August 6th, 2010

    SiberH!… I don’t want to ‘bore’ the Non-Baseball Fans’… sniff!…But as the season progresses it will be harder and harder not to be extremely excited…..heh!… I’m sorry, I just cannot say something because we have reached the point where every game matters so much, but I do hope Chet will tell me to STOP THE BASEBALL CHATTER! …sniff!…if he is disturbed at all by it. (please, have mercy on my baseball soul Chet!, sniff!)

  91. Riö - The Evil
    5:17 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Stover!… I didn't think there was anything you could not do if you put your mind to it!…snort!

  92. Siberian Husky
    5:19 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Do Chet and Bernie follow MLB? If they do, it would be logical that they are Snake fans. hmmm The Snakes are in the gutter.

  93. Siberian Husky
    5:28 pm on August 6th, 2010


  94. Riö - The Evil
    5:28 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Hooray!…Rockies win 6 –3 tonight breaking their ‘On The Road’ losing streak!…sigh!….WOOOOO!… [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281148124-clap!clap!.gif[/img]

  95. B. Stover
    5:32 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Thank you Rio. I've never enjoyed sewing.

  96. Barb & Maggie
    5:32 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rio, you worry way to much. Chill!

    Ok, we missed something. We read that Cosmo would be included in the quilt because he was around so much last year. Then Staff said, according to advice, she would leave hime off the quilt. We missed a step, so what happened to Cosmo?

  97. Riö - The Evil
    5:34 pm on August 6th, 2010

    SiberH!…Why would Spencer be a Snakes fan for gosh sakes?…sniff!…Those guys Suck big time. Spencer is a Boston Red Sox fan big time and there is no way (no matter where Bernie and Chet might live) will he ever become a Snakes fan…heh! … If I’m lying, I’m dying!…gruff!

    WOOOOOOO! …Rockies win on the Road tonight!!….WOOOOOOO!

  98. Riö - The Evil
    5:39 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Stover!…Does this mean you will tackle the “Stover: Blog Adopted Motto Quilt Square” now?….heh!… You’ve got some free time, right?…(quit reading so fast and sew baby sew!!)…heh!

  99. B. Stover
    5:48 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rio: No….I don't like to sew. You do it.

    Barb&Maggie: Wookie's attorney dad advised not to put Cosmo on the quilt without permission.

  100. Siberian Husky
    6:02 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Rio, Spence wouldn't be a Snakes fan, but Chet and Bernie probably would because of where they live. Chet and Bernie would have no more reason to be a Red Sox fan than you and I would. The Snakes have had better years than this one.

    Having said all that, I'm not an Isotopes fan so sometimes logic doesn't prevail.

  101. Siberian Husky
    6:05 pm on August 6th, 2010

    I have just been informed that I have to go outside and pee.

    Good Night All!! If the bed bugs bite, call Rio. He's on the job!!!

  102. staff
    6:07 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Wookie I used the stack and whack technique shown in the book One Block Wonders by Maxine Rosenthal. You cut 6 identical layers of fabric into strips and then subcut the strips in triangles.

    You take your 6 (mostly) identical triangles and make hexagons and then play on the design wall until you are happy.

    I really enjoy the process until I have to sew it all up. That takes me more time. Heh.

    And yes, Fatty Kitty, I already have one in the living room, but it has a lot of blue in it. I am trying to get one closer to the color of the chair Abbie is sitting in for this photo. The other quilt is half hidden behind the chair. I put some hollow cubes in that one for variety.

  103. staff
    6:07 pm on August 6th, 2010
  104. staff
    6:11 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Hey guys,

    I am sure you read all the instructions with your fabric paper and did it correctly. Mine said to rinse then dry to make sure any extra ink was removed. (I used Printed Treasures brand) If yours did not tell you to do that then it won't be a problem.

    It probably won't be a problem anyway as wall hangings are seldom washed so the ink will have no chance to run.

    So stop with the worrying already.


  105. staff
    6:16 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Well it is time for me to take my 10 pm anti rejection drugs and then off to bed.

    No bedbugs here.

    Rio, how are your spiders?

    Night night.


  106. Riö - The Evil
    6:21 pm on August 6th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…She seems so confident and smug sitting there, I just want to Rain on Her Parade….grunt!…What’s that Alice been up to anyways?…sniff!

  107. FattyKitty
    6:48 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Abbie is not the smug one. Alice is. Alice is "Your Highness." Alice is on YouTube, getting a ride from Maggie. Alice is almost as smug as I. Or me. I believe Stover knows which. (Lib went to school in the '70s when they stopped teaching grammar in Mpls.)

    We are baseball fans here so we understand the fever. Alas, our MLB team is doing so badly that it can't be mentioned. Our minor league is doing a little better: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=

  108. Riö - The Evil
    7:15 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Fatty!… Wow! A fat-kat after my own baseball heart!…snort!… This is Amazing Grace!…Woooooo!… She understands the ever increasing Zeel and Squeal that will be Displayed in the upcoming weeks!…heh! …Glad to know I have allies on both sides of the fence….sniff! …Guys and Kats! Both baseball fans and both having a great time thru Sept. and (hopefully) Oct.! …heh!

  109. Riö - The Evil
    7:36 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Ummm!…Staff! She used the kind that Debbie told us about… snort!…I think it was the Printed Treasures type, but we do not have any recollection of rinsing and drying in the directions… gulp! …Hopefully, The Charming Mr. Abrahams will not be soaking this quilt in water any time soon after he receives it…gasp! …Or ever for that matter!

  110. Riö - The Evil
    7:39 pm on August 6th, 2010

    Tired!…Off to bed now!…snort!… No bedbugs or spiders have been spotted…grunt!…All clear to sleep the sleep of the dead. heh!… Its just been one of those kind of weeks….G'Night all! Happy dreams and so forth… snorkel!

  111. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:05 am on August 7th, 2010

    Since Chet and Bernie are specialists in missing persons (and dogs), then perhaps he can tell us whatever happened to Lexi, Sam and Mollypop!! I hope they are on vacation, chasing butterflies. But like Rio, I tend to worry.

    Staff – What an AWESOME quilt!!!!!!! Mom has made one of those too, and agrees that sewing the rowls tegether is a hassle. Can you take a pic of the original photo?????


  112. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:51 pm on August 7th, 2010

    all of this sewing talk has exhausted us. We are just waiting to see what Wookie's mom did of me.

    IMHO there are too many d*(&^n ogs in this house. I think we will start a survivor game, and vote on off a week until I am the only one left.*grumble*

    nitey nite,

    Macy out.

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