Albie Rose (From Dog On It – Necessary Background)

Albie Rose lived in the biggest house I’d ever seen, more like a palace, surrounded by high walls. A guy with big shoulders and a gun on his hip led us across vast green lawns to a huge swimming pool. On a deck chair by the pool lay a fat old man in a tiny bathing suit. His skin was oiled and deeply tanned, just about the color and texture of a turkey Leda had left too long in the oven one Thanksgiving. I tried not to look.

“Mr. Rose?” said the guy with the gun.

The old man opened his eyes, hard eyes I didn’t like at all. “You Bernie Little?” he said.

Bernie nodded.

Albie Rose waved the guy with the gun away. He strolled to the end of the pool and stood by the diving board, probably way too hot in his all-black outfit. I was pretty hot myself; the pool looked inviting.

“Did some checking up,” Albie Rose said, still flat on his back. “You have an interesting reputation.”

Bernie nodded again.

Albie Rose glanced over at me. “Not one of those trained attack dogs, is it?”

“Not trained, no,” said Bernie.

An it? I was an it? I moved a little closer to poolside.

“I don’t like violence,” Albie Rose said.

“Me either, Mr. Rose,” said Bernie.

“Call me Albie. Only my wives called me Mr. Rose. But as for violence, sometimes there’s no other way – am I right, Foster?”

“Yes, sir,” said the man with the gun.

“I’m sure this isn’t one of those times,” Bernie said.

“Take a seat,” said Albie.

Bernie pulled up another deck chair, sat on the end. “I understand you’re a kind of financier.”

“Not kind of,” Albie said. “How much are you looking for?”


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64 Responses to “Albie Rose (From Dog On It – Necessary Background)”

  1. B. Stover
    4:14 am on April 14th, 2010

    I think we all need to pay close attention. (Why can't I remember this part? Gasp!! as Rio would say.)

  2. Melanie
    4:23 am on April 14th, 2010

    B. Stover, I'm sort of remembering this. Bernie wasn't looking for money, he was looking for information. Maybe in Las Vegas??

    He obviously doesn't think well of women if he has his wives call him MR. ROSE.

    He's scary though. I hope CB or son or son's mom didn't get involved with him.

  3. Gus and BooBear
    4:54 am on April 14th, 2010

    Whoa! Where is this going? Hope CB's son isn't messed up with this character! But the title today says Necessay Background so that's not looking too good. And in that little speedo there's no pnts leg to grap. Pay attention, Chet . We need more info.

  4. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:59 am on April 14th, 2010

    Hmmm…. This is right after Bernie learned that the knife used on Chet was made in Russia…snort!…At this point he knew the father of the kidnapped girl, who was a Land Developer, was in financial trouble….grunt!… Bernie was trying to track down the loan shark who was loaning the Father/Developer the money… wheeze!… I believe it was Albie Rose who helped Bernie connect the Russian knife with the Russian loan shark… snort!… I think this chapter ended with Chet in the pool!…heh!

  5. Gus and BooBear
    5:41 am on April 14th, 2010

    But where's it going now,Rio? Sounds like CB's son may be in hot water and it's going to be Chet and Bernie to the rescue!

  6. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 am on April 14th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… I don’t know where the Col. Bob story is going or how Albie Rose fits into it….snort!… If I did, you could just call me ‘Spencer’ and I could be rich and famous…heh!… I was just filling in the gap for Stover, who can’t remember this part of the book….wheeze!

  7. B. Stover
    6:14 am on April 14th, 2010

    Thanks Rio; you have an excellent memory. I looked Albie Rose up using the search engine on my Kindle. I know Melanie is correct that this is a scary dude, but I like him. Here's something he says to Bernie after he basically calls Bernie a dreamer: "Too many goddamn dreamers…That's what's wrong with the American dream."

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:18 am on April 14th, 2010

    Bee, you are much nicer than I am.

    Referring to our Chet as an "it"?


  9. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:30 am on April 14th, 2010

    Heh!… Remember how Albie wanted Bernie to work for him as a strong arm?… heh!…I think Chet thought the money sounded good. (I may be making that part up, about the money I mean…mmm)… snort!

  10. Jasper the Poodle
    6:33 am on April 14th, 2010

    Well, who can blame Chet? Our finances are a mess!

  11. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:36 am on April 14th, 2010

    On March 24, Chet and Bernie were on their way to Vegas, on a hunch. I'm trying to remember; doesn't Albie Rose live in Vegas?

    I would like to think that Bernie is smart enough not to have business dealings with Albie, so I think that Melanie is right.

    Ray Jason is somehow tied up with Albie,and not in a good way.

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:37 am on April 14th, 2010

    I have a question for Bernie: if you and Chet are partners, how come he isn't listed on your business cards??

  13. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:41 am on April 14th, 2010

    Oops, I just realized that G and BB were the ones who put that together. Sorry guys, you are the best!

  14. B. Stover
    6:46 am on April 14th, 2010

    Chet doesn't like the smell of him or his tiny bathing suit. One part of the scene that shows the Chet/Bernie relationship is after Chet dove into the pool and comes back out with a rubber ring toy. Bernie tells him to drop it. "Aw, did I have to?" Then Albie says he can keep it. "I dropped the shiny rubber ring by the side of the pool." It's after that that Albie tells Bernie about the Russian and offers Chet and Bernie a job, which they reject. Good scene and well done.

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:02 am on April 14th, 2010

    Stover!… Can you think of one that wasn't well done?… heh!

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:21 am on April 14th, 2010

    Say, I looked at the business cards again. They do have Chet's on it, signed by his own Paw!

    I apologize.

  17. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:09 am on April 14th, 2010

    April!… Do you guys realize that the Charming Mr. Abrahams has a new book coming out this month?… snort!… It’s called “Bullet Point”… grunt! … It’s one of those young adult mysteries I think….snort!… I’m sneaking a peak at it right now… heh!

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:40 am on April 14th, 2010

    Peak!… Just go to the and search on the book…. Snort!… It will allow you to read the first few pages at least…. grunt!…. I did the same for “Reality Check”, which is the Edgar nominee… heh!

  19. B. Stover
    8:43 am on April 14th, 2010

    I pre-ordered Bullet Point through Amazon but had forgotten. I already have Reality Check on my Kindle and started reading it but haven't had time to get back to it.

  20. B. Stover
    8:44 am on April 14th, 2010

    And "peak" is the point of a mountain.

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:47 am on April 14th, 2010

    Heh!… Thank you Ms. Stover…. Snort!… Next time I will peek…. Grunt!

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  23. B. Stover
    9:26 am on April 14th, 2010

    Isn't the English language fun…..

  24. Chet The Dog
    9:42 am on April 14th, 2010

    Spence says there's also pique. Personally I have no clue what's going on right now.

  25. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:47 am on April 14th, 2010

    Snort!… Well at least we piqued Spence’s interest!… grunt!… Look I used it in a sentence….heh!

  26. Siberian Husky
    9:56 am on April 14th, 2010

    Thanks for the reminder on the new PA book coming out. I can order Reality Check at the same time. They have already shipped (bless them) my Echo Falls series so I can't add to that order.

    After reading Chet's post today, I'll re-read that chapter in Dog On It. I have already read that book twice, but I don't remember much about this. Thank goodness, B.Stover also forgot. Makes me feel better about not remembering.

  27. Siberian Husky
    10:02 am on April 14th, 2010

    Melanie; How is your dad doing? I hope he makes a speedy and full recovery.

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:07 am on April 14th, 2010

    Wha!?… Do you speed read like Evelyn Wood or something?…. snort!… I can’t figure out how someone can forget whole chapters in a book they just recently read … twice!… my mind boggles!

  29. Siberian Husky
    10:11 am on April 14th, 2010

    TENNIS BALL ALERT (of all things)

    The new issue of Bark magazine has an article on the levels of lead in tennis balls. The tennis balls that are made for pets have unacceptable high levels of lead in them.

    The good news is that the tennis balls that are made to actually play tennis with are just fine. The levels of lead in them are okay.

    I don't play with tennis balls, but I thought some of you might.

  30. Siberian Husky
    10:16 am on April 14th, 2010

    I don't know, Rio, I don't know. Do you suppose young Siberians can get alzheimers.

    ps even Stover forgot

  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:21 am on April 14th, 2010

    Hmmm… She rarely forgets…. Snort!… but you!… I bet you still don’t recall the iced pond in The Tutor, do you??… grunt!… maybe there are some vitamins you could take or something…..wheeze!

  32. Gus and BooBear
    10:31 am on April 14th, 2010

    Wolfie, thanks for the acknowledgement. We always seem to upset Rio with our rhetorical questions. Just thought he might have an idea or two but we'll wait for Chet and Bernie to fill in the gaps

  33. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:39 am on April 14th, 2010

    Siber-H!… Have you read Oblivion yet?…. snort!… I’m sure this is one you can relate to…. Heh!

    Grunt!…There’s also a very good movie I’d like to recommend to you… wheeze!… It’s called “Memento”… snort!… With this movie you have to watch it all the way through, then start over and just watch just Color scenes… gasp!… then watch only the Black and White scenes… grunt!… When the Black and White turn to Color that’s the magical point… Heh! … Something like that anyway… snort! … it’s been a while since that movie hypnotized me…. Grunt!

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:44 am on April 14th, 2010

    Siber-H!… And remember (heh)… you are in good company!… snort!… Spencer has no memory either…. Grunt!… I’m amazed that guy can get through the day…. Grunt!

    Puss N’ Boots!… You did not upset me with your questions this morning…. snort!… I’m not a morning guy and sometimes I’m just snappy in the early hours.… gruff!

  35. B. Stover
    12:05 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Not at the moment.

  36. Melanie
    11:29 am on April 14th, 2010

    I watched Memento. Never watched just the color or b/w scenes though. Great ending or was it great beginning?

    Peek, Peak, Pique? Wow, the level of rhetorical orthography in this Blog amazes me.

    Update: Dan did not have a good night. He is doing better now. Good chance he'll becoming home Thursday or Friday.

    Zoë took Ellie (our trained Therapy Dog) to the hospital and saw him and other patients. Cool.

    Unfortunately, she fell in the parking lot and sprained her ankle.

    We're on the look out for stray lightning bolts.

  37. B. Stover
    11:34 am on April 14th, 2010

    I forgot about pique. The French influence. I also love the word "piquant." Chet is probably feeling piqued at the moment.

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:37 am on April 14th, 2010

    Who is this Zoe?…. snort!… and how do you get the little “..” over the “o”?… grunt!

  39. Melanie
    11:44 am on April 14th, 2010

    Zoë is my mom, Dan's wife, the Alpha bitch of this house.

    To get the little thing over the "e" . . .

    hit option and the u at the same time, then type the letter that goes under it.

    Zoë says "I'm a nice Alpha bitch."

  40. B. Stover
    11:57 am on April 14th, 2010

    It's called an "umlaut." Isn't that a neat word! German.

  41. B. Stover
    12:00 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Melanie: Where is "option" on the keyboard?

    Rio: I have the dvd of Memento….I'll have to view it again. It's been a long time.

  42. B. Stover
    1:25 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Rio: How are you sneaking a peek? And thank you for the info.

    Wolfie: No need to apologize.

  43. Sam
    12:28 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Or RIÖ ??

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:28 pm on April 14th, 2010

    R̈io …. I got it!…heh!… Only I put the umlaut over the ‘R’ instead…. Snort!.. cuz Riö just looks weird…. Grunt!

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:30 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Oops! … how did that happen?… snort!… R̈io, Rïo, or Riö… it doesn't like capital letters for some reason…grunt!

  46. B. Stover
    12:43 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Regarding Sam's comment: I think Zoe is derived from the Greek word for life, from the Hebrew…Eve…life giving. Thus, it's not a German name and the diacritical mark…umlaut…is over the "e" but I don't know why it has an umlaut.

    12:50 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Snort!… this is an umlaut test…. Heh!… I wonder if I will be held in moderation???

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on April 14th, 2010

    heh!…I'm being moderated!… snort!

  49. Melanie
    1:54 pm on April 14th, 2010

    It is from the Greek. Not sure why the umlaut, but she was born in 1932 and that's how they did it then.

    I'll ask her tomorrow. She's in bed with three Newfs, her foot in the air and ice.

  50. Siberian Husky
    1:54 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Rio, I'm in really good company–Chet's memory is no better than mine.

    Yes, I have read Oblivion. I liked it. I even remember in general what the story is. I haven't seen "Memento". That movie sounds like it would tax my brain, but I still might like it. It might take more effort to watch than my all time favorite movie, "SNOWDOGS"!!!, but I could do it.

  51. Sam
    2:16 pm on April 14th, 2010

    The umlaut and other accent marks are used in pronunciation. In this case the umlaut makes it 'zo-ey', 2 syllables.

  52. Melanie
    3:22 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Ooo, Sam is smart!

    Very good!

  53. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:36 pm on April 14th, 2010

    hmmm… I still want to be 'Ri-oh!'…heh… with the cool German umlaut!

  54. Sam
    4:42 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Melanie – Mom checked out your blog to see which one Ellie is. It’s wonderful that she’s a trained therapy dog and at the same time could visit your Dad and help make him better.

    As always, your photography is excellent.

  55. Melanie
    3:48 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Commander Riö,

    just had to do it.

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:49 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Heh!… I think my other umlaut experiment is still being moderated….snort!… I hope it doesn’t bring down the whole blog… grunt!… that would be embarrassing… yiii.

  57. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:08 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Memento!… Just remember the Black and White is the past….snort!… and the Color is the future or present… hmmm… it’s been a while like I said… but the two come together towards the end (or the beginning)… Cool Movie!…. snort!

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:10 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Melanie! … LOVE IT! …snort!… its like my name has Bling!…heh!

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:11 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Heh!… Stover’s on fire today!…woooo!

  60. Sam
    5:12 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Mom says she doesn’t think that the Germans use an umlaut over the letter ‘e’.

  61. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:17 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Umlaut!… I need to learn how to do this!… snort!… I want to put an umlaut over my “o”…. grunt!

  62. Sam
    5:25 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Riö ??

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:54 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Well!… Rockies tonight!… snort!… So I am having great fun!… wheeze!… sorry you guys have nothing to say….heh!.. unless my umlaut experiment really did take everything out and I am the only living thing here now!… ooooer!

    Stover!….I loved the umlaut lesson!… Can you tell?… You are the best teacher Ever!…pug kiss????… ear nips????… Thanks for the fun!

  64. B. Stover
    3:16 am on April 15th, 2010

    Thanks Rio. I don't think I want to know what your umlaut experiment was.

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