Americans! Step Up!

“Almost the end of the month,” says Spence.

“Still time to be eligible for August’s Friend of the Month contest,” says Admin. “All you have to do is enter a photo in the Friends of Chet section. Winner gets to have the photo displayed for the month in the special Friend of the Month box, and the winner’s human companion receives a copy of the most recent Chet and Bernie book – in this case, To Fetch A Thief – signed by you.”

“Right,” says Spence. “But is there maybe just a little too much emphasis on winning?”

“Huh?” says Admin. “Winning is as American as apple pie.”

Spence thinks about that. “So,” he says, “if you won an apple pie contest, you’d be … ?”

“The uber American,” says Admin. “More American than … than Bobby Orr!”

“Isn’t he Canadian?”

Admin’s face – not the most pleasant to begin with – gets even more that way. Then all of a sudden he’s laughing. And so’s Spence. Laughing and laughing. These guys! Not so easy to understand.

Welcome Abigail and Zen. Owen and Patch – please retry.

And congratulations to Rosie on her new staff job at the Village Voice. Look for the Rosie Gray byline.

Oh yeah – don’t forget the Simon and Schuster sweepstakes.


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91 Responses to “Americans! Step Up!”

  1. dawson
    8:24 am on July 29th, 2011

    Good morning.
    Bobby Orr: The reason many British Columbians wanted Boston rather than Vancouver to win the last Stanley Cup.
    Congratulations on Rosie being back at the Village Voice.

  2. dawson
    8:32 am on July 29th, 2011

    Americans like winning.
    LizF and I can’t enter the sweepstakes. The rules should read: Must be from one of the 50 United States OR a Plunderer…ahem!
    That would work.

  3. Macy the Min-pin
    8:53 am on July 29th, 2011

    You tell ’em Dawson.

    Good Morning! I heard a GREAT song on the radio just now. I think it is called “It’s Raining Min-pins”.

  4. Melanie
    8:59 am on July 29th, 2011

    Morning all! I am BUSY this morning. Getting my rooms ready for my sister and packing for my trip! YEA!

    But not too busy to say . . . Congratulations to NYC Rosie and the Village Voice is lucky to have her work there!

  5. bluecat
    9:04 am on July 29th, 2011

    Like father, like daughter. How cool is that?

    Good weekend, Everybody. Safe travels, Melanie, and hope you can stay cool.

  6. dawson
    9:19 am on July 29th, 2011

    Melanie: Enjoy! Give YSAS a kiss from me. 😉

  7. BearSpiritDog
    9:27 am on July 29th, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone!
    Especially to the Early-Birds
    Melanie ehjoy your trip to NYC!

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:42 am on July 29th, 2011

    Good morning and happy weekend everyone!

    Dawson, Please explain your Bobbie Orr comments. We know he is a Canadian hockey player, but is he not very well liked up there?

    Weather is quiet and communities around here are trying to clean up from the storm. Several surrounding towns are flooded, and crews from Rockford west are tring to clean up the downed trees.

    Barb is planning a day trip tomorrow to Lake Geneva for a steak/lobster cookout. Yum. I have to stay home but Jordan the vet tech is coming for the day to play with me. She is much nicer than the V E T!

  9. B.Stover
    9:51 am on July 29th, 2011

    Well done Rosie! I’ve forgotten what the sweepstakes are all about.

    Have an excellent trip Melanie. Enjoy the cookout Barb.

    Good morning all.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 am on July 29th, 2011

    Rosie!….Wow! A Staff job, not just an Intern anymore!….Wooooo!…That is very exciting!! Congratulations Rosie!…snort!…The best thing is now she will be able to torture the next Intern…heh!

    Clarkson!…Remember what we talked about Melanie….sniff!… Don’t come back empty handed, you hear?….snorkel!…Have autographed photo in hand and ready to mail to me, me! Me!…heh!

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:01 am on July 29th, 2011

    Melanie, Have a wonderful time and give us some pics and/or a video when you return. No falls! Please stay upright.

    Great news about Rosie!

  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:49 am on July 29th, 2011

    Heh,heh..,just noticed
    a little omission here
    causing our avatar to

  13. Rose
    10:52 am on July 29th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Have a great trip Melanie!

    Congratulations, Rosie!

    Hey, I am the only one who thinks Bear deserves a few extra days to have his handsome self pictured under Friend of the Month?

  14. Siber-H
    10:56 am on July 29th, 2011

    Melanie, Have a great trip and tell us all about it when you return home.

    A big congratulations to Rosie! The Village Voice showed their intelligence in hiring her.

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:55 am on July 29th, 2011

    Rose!…Yes, you are the only one who thinks Bear’s dead face should be up there amonst the living any longer than possible…grunt!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    11:55 am on July 29th, 2011

    Why thank you Rose! A couple extra days in the place of honor would be great! We’ll just have to wait and see. Remembering our Buddy was yanked off his throne early last month. So there are no guarantees.

    Barb&Maggie: The Lobster/Steak combo is one of our favorites – Nana enjoys the lobster. The steak is for me! Maybe add some corn-on-the-cob and your famous potato salad and we have a feast.

  17. Tyb
    12:01 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Have a wonderful trip. Stay safe and take a BIG bite of the Big Apple.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:01 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Shudder!…The Ghost and I posted at the same time…snort!

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:02 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Yikes!…The Mr Tibbs I posted at the same time…yeep!!

  20. Alice M. Johnson
    12:14 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Try again Rio

  21. Alice M. Johnson
    12:15 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Drat, we missed him. It would have been a three-fer. Oh well. BBL

  22. BearSpiritDog
    12:29 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Arriving in Fredistad this morning, then on to Tonsberg for a couple of days.

    Rio: Did you say something?

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:34 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Bear!…I’m tired of looking at yer fuzzy face!…snort!…It’s time for someone new up there. Namely, Me!…grunt!…I’m with Admin – Winning is everything and everything is winning….dammit!…Bobby Orr is as American as Ubaldo Jimenez…sniff!

  24. Rose
    1:06 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Rio, you are the only one who thinks Bear should be yanked. A little jealous, huh?

    Bear, you deserve the extra days as your picture was not up on the 1st of the month, AND they spelled you’re name wrong!

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:12 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Oh brother!…grump!

  26. Barb & Maggie
    1:38 pm on July 29th, 2011

    We vote for MORE BEAR, MORE BEAR, and MORE BEAR! So there.

  27. Macy the Min-pin
    1:43 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Bear, Bear, morning, noon,
    and night!!

  28. Rose
    1:53 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Remember, Rio, all good things come to those who wait! 🙂

  29. Rose
    1:54 pm on July 29th, 2011

    …And every dog has their day, Rio! (maybe month in this case) 🙂

  30. Snowhook Bella
    1:58 pm on July 29th, 2011

    A Rosie Gray byline—it has a ring to it. Congrats!

    Melanie: Take a lot of pictures to share and have a wonderful time! Please tell YSAS thank you for the headshot for the auction.

    Shake, rattle and roll—I woke up to a 5.4 magnitude earthquake yesterday morning. So far I haven’t been able to find any damage to the house. A couple of years ago we had an earthquake that separated the awing from our front door.

  31. Rose
    2:26 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Rebecca: Glad to hear you (and the house) are safe and sound!

  32. BearSpiritDog
    2:36 pm on July 29th, 2011

    SnowBella: Yikes! Earthquakes – not our favorite things. Lots in CA – very few here (so far…) How does the pack take all the rock ‘n rolling?

  33. Snowhook Bella
    2:59 pm on July 29th, 2011

    BearSpirtiDog: This past earthquake happened quite early in the morning so the dogs and I slept through it.

    A few years ago after back surgery I had nothing but time on my hands as I was flat on my back for several weeks. I was amazed at the number of small earthquakes we had each week. I soon was able to predict the earthquakes with some accuracy: the dogs would begin to act up, suddenly fall silent and then the earth would begin moving. The largest of the earthquakes from that time caused our well to collapse on itself leaving us without a good water source, but we’ve learned to live with our water as it is (or sometimes isn’t).

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:14 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Earthquake!…. Now there is something I have never experienced in my whole life…sniff! …Because of this merging of two households thing going on, there are two large buffets with nothing but glassware inside of each of them in the dining room….grunt!…If a large earthquake hit us it would be an awful mess for someone else to clean up…sniff! ….Just the other night her mother dropped on small glass on the kitchen floor!…snort!…Chaos ensued. I was chased out of the house and left to yeep!yeep!yeep! to get in while she took forever to clean-up that one little glass….wheeze! …If those buffets blow apart, I will be outside for the rest of my life…grunt!

  35. B.Stover
    3:22 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Earthquakes…yikes! The beauty and the sublime of Nature. (I’m still “in” the Romantic period.)

    At one point in Frankenstein the creature compares himself to Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost. (It is one of the books he finds and reads.) I thought of another question: What is the difference (emotions/motives) between Milton’s Satan and the creature? We not longer teach Paradise Lost in World Masterpieces 1 (I’m teaching WM2) so I can’t ask it. Blast! That would make a good paper topic. I’ll have to write out an answer at sometime.

  36. OleyHowlers
    3:24 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Hello Plunderers.
    Lots going on today…earthquakes(!!), Rosie gets staff job at the Village Voice, Melanie leaving for NYC, Bear giving us play-by-play from Norway, talk of Number 4.
    Mom came home super early today, and tells us we could be on the computer for just a bit before she disconnects us from the world.

  37. Melanie
    3:38 pm on July 29th, 2011

    When we first moved out here to Western MA, we had a 3. something quake. It did wake me up, but I thought one of the dogs had gotten off the bed!

    Thanks for all the good wishes. I will take plenty of pictures.

    All you dogs! (sorry Kats) Orvis is having their Cover Dog Contest!

    I think a Plunderer should win it, if not a Plunderer, then a Friend of Chet’s dog!

  38. Siber-H
    3:45 pm on July 29th, 2011

    The Hot One should enter it.

    3:46 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Melanie asked the other day if we were reading Shape Shifter by Hillerman, and yes we are. Have been savoring this book, since it was his last one before his death in 2008. Like his books alot, but there is one little thing that is annoying. He uses the word wry alot. Many, many, many times in each book. Have never seen it used before, so always notice it. It usually is “He made a wry smile”, or “it produced a wry smile”. I know it is silly and petty, but can’t help it, it’s like a poke with a sharp stick.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:59 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Contest!…Now this is a real Contest!…woooo!… I hope my friend enters a shot of me (even though I don’t let her take any good photos of me.)…snort!snort!… I could beat that guy, Yoda on page two of the Recent Entries…heh!…Geeze, is he fat!

  41. Mollypop
    4:04 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Mom had her doctor’s appointment today and was given an antibiotic. We knew this would have to happen after 3 weeks of GI distress, but now are afraid of the side effects. Mom will wait until tomorrow and start first thing in the morning. The cure may be worse than the disease.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:11 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Photo!…Check out this guy!…snort!…He’s in the contest…heh!
    I bet I could beat him too…wuffle!

  43. OleyHowlers
    4:17 pm on July 29th, 2011

    O We would love to enter Meashka in that contest…if only we had a mom & pop who were great photographers.

    Well, Mom says time to turn off the laptop. We are checking out to go on our long-awaited 2-week blissful vacation!!! Talk to you when we get back!

  44. Rose
    4:17 pm on July 29th, 2011

    You could definitely beat this guy, especially if your friend submits the picture of you sleeping! 🙂

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:23 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Wait!…Here’s the guy to beat!…snort!…He’s a great looking guy and someone took a decent photo of him lying in the grass…sniff!

  46. Rose
    4:23 pm on July 29th, 2011


    Enjoy your vacation…Viva la Vida!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:24 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Willy!…His name is Willy, but he looks like he could be related to Mad Max…heh!…Maybe a distant cousin.

  48. Rose
    4:26 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Rio, the picture is small, and doesn’t seem to enlarge when clicked on….

  49. B.Stover
    4:36 pm on July 29th, 2011

    I was just wondering about Mollypop’s mom. Are you staying with Sam?

  50. B.Stover
    4:37 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Howlers: Have a blissful time!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    5:19 pm on July 29th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Have a Wonderul Time!

  52. dawson
    5:32 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Bobby Orr!
    Barb and Maggie: One of the greatest ever hockey players…played for Boston. That’s why there are quite a few Boston Bruin fans up here in Canada. Even though their geographical team (Vancouver) was in the play offs, they still rooted for Boston because they were fans of Bobby Orr way back when Vancouver didn’t have a team. (Sorry to make you wait but I was gone to the old folks place.)

    5:36 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Molly’s Mom, Feel better, this has been going on way too long!

  54. dawson
    5:46 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Melanie: I’m laughing about a 3 point something earthquake being comparable to a Newf getting off the bed!

  55. Siber-H
    5:54 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Mollypop, I hope the antibiotics help without causing her too many problems. We want her to feel better soon.

    Fellow Siberians, Have a fun vacation!!
    I wonder if Meashka will miss me…sob

  56. Mollypop
    5:59 pm on July 29th, 2011

    B. – We’re here at Sam’s but don’t plan to stay for the full 10 days of this antibiotic. But I say, “we’ll see.”

  57. Macy the Min-pin
    6:35 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Barb and Mags, we know what you mean about words that bug you. Ours is, heh heh, alot. As in A LOT, giggle.

  58. Melanie
    6:47 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Riö, you have those guys beat!

    MollyPop’s Mom: Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt, yogurt! Or if you are lactose intolerant, Acidophilus. You can get them in pills.

    Dawson: I really wondered what was going on when the bed started shaking and rolling and shaking and rolling . . . One of the Pack had backed up against the bottom of the bed and was scratching his ears!

    OleyHowlers: Have a wonderful vacation!

    Siber-H: Of course, the hot one will miss you.

    Zoë says I better come back or she’s sending the Pack after me. I told her she could tell I was coming back because I wasn’t taking the dogs.

  59. B.Stover
    7:10 pm on July 29th, 2011

    My students always use the words “a lot” as though they are one word….which they are not.

  60. Macy the Min-pin
    7:16 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Melanie, I can see a movie opportunity, “Newfs Take Manhattan”!

  61. Melanie
    7:49 pm on July 29th, 2011

    B.Stover: I can see that, you know? Using alot alot? You know? I mean, it’s like one word, right? Even though my spell checker thingy? Says like it’s wrong? It’s says it alot, jeez.

  62. Snowhook Bella
    7:56 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Macy: The Newfs Take Manhattan—now, there is a screenplay waiting to be writting. I picture the movie opening with the morning following a nine newf night, a close up on the female lead as she wakes to an earthquake.

  63. Snowhook Bella
    8:02 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Ugh! Proofreading is my friend. It should be ‘wating to be written.’

  64. Melanie
    8:07 pm on July 29th, 2011

    I didn’t even notice, Bella. I mean, I REALLY didn’t notice! snicker

    Will I’ll check you guys out in the morning! Then at 10 am EST I am OUT OF HERE!

    Love and hugs to all you furry and non furry friends!


  65. BearSpiritDog
    8:26 pm on July 29th, 2011

    IE is freezing up on me…Grrrr

    Will check back in the am.

    Til then – Thanks for the Miles of Smiles!

    Nite all – Bear

  66. Alice M. Johnson
    8:51 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Your post at 7:49 had me laughing out loud. A lot!

  67. Tupper and Gilly
    8:58 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Greetings all from the wilds of Tiverton Rhode Island. They are all set up at the show and Mama says she and Dad didn’t
    even kill each other. (this is always a distinct possibility when they are setting up on a hot summer day)
    MELANIE Have a WONDERFUL time and give all three a kiss from us. Oh and one for Papi too.
    Rebecca – ok, we thought the local tornados were bad, but EARTHQUAKES??? Egads woman, does life truly have to be a thrill a minute for you??
    MollyPop – what Melanie said about yogurt! It works. Take it from one who has taken LOTS of antibiotics
    That’s all for tonight folks. Very early day tomorrow. All paws crossed for rich tourists who love Native things AND are willing to spend!!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Friday!….Woooo!…My friend is home now and all is right with the world…heh!heh!…She has spent time with her mother and has had some supper…sniff!…Me and her mom ate earlier.. snorkel!…but I still begged for some off her plate…yeep!yeep!… Now we are downstairs taking it easy and watching The Closer. This season seems a little lacking for some reason so far…hooo hmmm.

    Renters!…After tomorrow, we will not have to visit my other house much, if ever…heh!heh!…We will just collect the renters checks and that’s that.. snort!…What a great thing! My treat and toy budget will skyrocket and we will have steak every now and then…snort! …Plus, the Rockies will be on later. Life is good…Woooo!…Just that torture walk loomin’ in front of me…sigh!

    Siberh!…Sorry to burst your bubble, but The Hot One has never mentioned you…heh!heh! snorkel! …You will have to do more to attract her attention ..sniff!

  69. Snowhook Bella
    9:09 pm on July 29th, 2011

    The Iditarod tag Siber-H now has around his neck might help The Hot One take notice not that I think Siber-H needs any help.

  70. Siber-H
    9:11 pm on July 29th, 2011

    She has too!!!! She sent me two photographs of her beautiful self and she has talked to me on the blog.

  71. Siber-H
    9:12 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Thank You, Rebecca. Husky hugs to Rebecca

  72. Macy the Min-pin
    9:17 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Oh brother, “Junior High Huskies”, another book waiting to be written. “I think Caleb is so-ooo cute” “Did you see that he has an Iditarod tag? It makes me swoon. Handsome, AND an athlete”.

  73. Snowhook Bella
    9:18 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Siber-H: How could we forget the recent photos you were sent? Speaking of your winnings are the stuffed huskies still in hiding?

    Mollypop: I’ve been thinking about you lately and hope that you will respond well to the anitbiotics.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Ha!…. You can’t even post a photo of yourself with the tags on so how will she ever see them? Huh?…Plus, I remember almost everything and I distinctly do not remember The Hot On writing anything to you on this here blog…sniff!….I think, pal, you are a bit deluded right now…heh!heh!…Puppy Love!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Crap!…It’s almost walk-time…sniff!…Can’t we just hang out in the nice cool basement? I know, I know, I don’t want to look like that guy with the sunglasses and hat…sniff!…But why do we have to go so far????….yeep!

  76. Siber-H
    9:37 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Have a nice walk, Rio

    Rebecca, Mom put the stuffed Huskies up high on a bookshelf while I was outside. She thinks she fooled me and I don’t know where they are, but I do.

    Macy, I’m laughing

  77. B.Stover
    9:46 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Good night all.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Wheeze!… We are back. It’s still hot out dammit!…grump!cough!… I smell a lot like that bug spray…gah!…It’s horrible smelly stuff…sniff!

    Rockies!…Thank goodness the Rockies are playing tonight…wooooo!…I can forget about how hot I am and how much my feet hurt and how bad I smell now that I can watch the baseball game…snorkel!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Toys!…Mark my words, SiberH will get to those stuffed toys one way or another…heh!heh!…No doubt about it…sniff! …Are you watching the game SiberH, or the stuffed toys?…chorkel!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Crap!…There must be storms somewhere because our Root Sports channel is having issues – it keeps going in and out…grunt!…Or it’s just that damned Comcast that we so hate so much ….gruffle! …Figures, its Friday night and we could, if we wanted to, stay up for the whole game instead of sleeping through it on the big bed listening to it in bed under the awesome fan…snuffle!

  81. Siber-H
    10:31 pm on July 29th, 2011

    I’m watching the game, Rio. It must be Comcast that is having technical isues.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Technicality! ….Gah! For a second there we thought our TV was going out…grunt!…Just what we need at this point, but NO she switched to different channels and they are all Fine….grump!…It’s just Root Sports that is having trouble. Of course, the one channel we watch the most…sniff!…Why does this not surprise me?…grumble!

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Wait!…The frakin’ commercials are just fine, but the ballgame is all phuuuu—dd up…growl!grump!hiss!

  84. Siber-H
    10:47 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Root Sports is doing fine for me so maybe it is Comcast that is having trouble with Root Sports. I’ve seen that happen with Direct TV.

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:13 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Alone!…On the Blog!…sniff!… This used to happen a lot back when I first started posting here…heh!… Anyways, what I was going to say once I remembered what it was is while I was out looking at all the photos of the entries for the Photo Contest that Melanie mentioned, I could have sworn I saw Lil Lexi!…snort!…Oh, boy was it a perfect photo of her too…heh!…Doubtful I can go find it again tonight, but it sure brought back memories when I saw her photo…snuffle!… I wonder how she is doing anyways. She’s got to be almost two years old by now, don’t you think? …snorkel! …Those who never knew her are missing out, that’s for sure…chorkel!

  86. Siber-H
    11:23 pm on July 29th, 2011

    I miss Lexi and hope she is doing okay.

    We are turning in. I’ll be glad when the Rockies finish this West coast road trip. I checked and there are no radio stations here that broadcast the Rockies games…rats

    Orvis only shows dogs from the sporting group in in their catalogs so no Sibers or Pugs would win their photo contest.

    Night All

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Lexi!…Well, maybe this isn’t exactly how lil Lexi looks, but it sure brought back memories of her …heh!…Look, she’s even got the teenager attitude in this photo, whether its really her or not!…chuffle!sneeze!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on July 29th, 2011

    SiberH!… Never say Never!!…snort!

  89. Snowhook Bella
    11:53 pm on July 29th, 2011

    Belle Starr gives me that Lexi look all the time.

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:19 am on July 30th, 2011

    I miss Lexi too.

    Tomorrow mom will tell everyone about her very bad week.

  91. Snowhook Bella
    12:32 am on July 30th, 2011

    Mr. Wigglebutt: Hugs for your mom and tummies for you.

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