Beginnings (1): Dog On It

I could smell him – or rather the booze on his breath, before he even opened the door – but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours. The key scratched against the lock, finally found the slot. The door opened and in, with a little stumble, came Bernie Little, founder and part-owner (his ex-wife Leda walked off with the rest) of the Little Detective Agency. I’d seen him look worse, but not often.

He mustered a weak smile. “Hey, Chet.”

I raised my tail and let it thump down on the rug, just so, sending a message.

“I’m a little late, sorry. Need to go out?”

Why would that be? Just because my back teeth were floating? But then I thought, what the hell, the poor guy, and I went over and pressed my head against the side of his leg. He scratched between my ears, really digging his fingers in, the way I like. Bliss. How about a little more, down the back of the neck? I hunched my shoulders a bit, giving him the idea. Ah, nice. Very nice.


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106 Responses to “Beginnings (1): Dog On It”

  1. B.Stover
    9:33 am on May 21st, 2012

    I remember this.

    Good morning all.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 am on May 21st, 2012

    Good morning Bee and everyone. I remember that opening, too. Who would have thought back then that picking up that book would eventually lead me to this blog and all my most intelligent and interesting friends!

    Have to scoot. Going to visit a friend in Wisconsin. Be back this afternoon.

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:37 am on May 21st, 2012

    Good morning, Chet! We love reading this part of DOI. So true how us guys get over everything and love unconditionally.
    We got caught up on last night’s posts while waiting for this morning’s blog.
    B&M: we had the same dinner as youse guys! The thickest, meatiest pork chop ever. Pop made it long and slow on the grill, with his super “rub”. We had fresh-picked lettuce…not spinach, but close!
    Sibe, after your trip north, during which we know Natasha will be following hou, come on east to our farm. There is no Borzoi that can get past The Hot One if you want her help.

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:56 am on May 21st, 2012

    Good morning, Bee! And good morning to all y’all! I’ve been AWOL this past weekend. Lots happening — for Mom and Dad, that is. Nothing for me. Just nothing. Trapped here in the house with that Molly dog, and they wouldn’t even leave the computer on for me. 🙁

    Mom did her introduction at the book festival — she said she was nervous and talked way too fast and she could feel her face getting red. But at least she didn’t trip over the mike cord or anything (probably because it was a cordless mike). At least nobody walked out — poor Bernie! And then she spent more time at the festival, and got to meet Pat Conroy and Richard Paul Evans! And then last night she went to a handbell concert — really cool! I know that probably sounds pretty boring to most of you, but she said they were using all sorts of different bells — one kind alone had seven and a half octaves! — and chimes and drums. And there were costumes, and a fog machine and a lava lamp while they played “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. And they played “Flight of the Bumblebee” — really amazing! I wish I could have been there, but this isn’t Stovernia, and they wouldn’t allow our kind. 🙁

    And Dad had graduation this weekend, so now he has a faculty meeting this morning, and then he’s mine all mine for the summer!

  5. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:02 am on May 21st, 2012

    Bliss!…And thats how Chet was born…snort!…I sure with the Beginning, beginning was coming out in June as originally promised…grunt!

    Home!…Someone actually did stay home today with me and Beau…snort!…We are going to have a wonderful day, I can just tell. She’s moving around kinda slow yet, so that means no walking, no gardening, no nuthing that exerts energy…bliss!

  6. Rose
    10:12 am on May 21st, 2012

    Greetings All!

  7. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:15 am on May 21st, 2012

    Rio: Perhaps your friend’s mom can take you on your brutal walk tonight — I know you’ll miss it otherwise!

  8. Siber-H
    10:30 am on May 21st, 2012

    Spence’s post this morning brings back such good memories.

    Fellow Sibers, Thanks for your offer and I will take you up on it. I need The Hot One’s help. The Borzoi has brain damage.

    Rio, I guess you know by now that the Rockies have joined the Red Sox in last place in their divisions. The Twins are at the bottom also. The Snakes spent one year at the bottom and next year made it to the playoffs. There is hope for all.

  9. BearSpiritDog
    10:39 am on May 21st, 2012

    Reminiscing with you all. We here were drawn to this very first book in the series because of the Cool Cover and the book title. Dog On It…Chet and Bernie in the Porsche…flying down the road to the next Adventure…and those ears! Definitely the Ears. Heh.

    The Island Studio Tour concluded yesterday, a self tour of 62 artists, 37 studios and galleries featuring; sculpture, glass, photography, printmaking, jewelry, fiber & textile wear, painting, wood and ceramics. The tour extends over two weekends each year. Thank dog the weather was warm and sunny for the opening day last weekend. We would have loved to purchase a especially coveted piece, but are keeping funds on hand for our very own Spring Boutique next weekend.
    A Rainy Morning here. Wishing a Good Day to All.

    Siber-H: It is better to keep moving. You will have a good time on your Road Trip.

  10. Melanie
    10:43 am on May 21st, 2012

    On the Road Again,
    Siber-H is on the road again

    Goin’ places that he’s never been,
    Having fun with the Snowhook pack

    So he’s hitting the road again.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:44 am on May 21st, 2012

    “an” not “a” especially coveted piece.

  12. Masquers
    10:48 am on May 21st, 2012

    The Continuing Adventures of Siber-H as chronicled by Melanie and The River Bears.

  13. Melanie
    10:51 am on May 21st, 2012

    Good morning all,

    Hmmm, so I’ve had 3.5 hours of sleep. No particular reason.

    FYI: Be careful when you close the back hatch of a Subaru, especially when you are tired, you can actually hit your head and then scrape your face. I look “interesting”.
    Luckily, this happened after the wedding.

    Riö, take care of your friend’s back. This does not sound good.

    Update on the honeymooners. They went spelunking! Had to wear wetsuits and hardhats, swam through part of the cave. OTAS and GLAD thought of me while they did it. Would love to do that, after my trip to Alaska of course. Speaking of which I need to buy a lottery ticket.

  14. Melanie
    10:52 am on May 21st, 2012

    I’m not sure who Siber-H is traveling with, but they take great pictures.

  15. Siber-H
    10:56 am on May 21st, 2012

    Love the phot, Melanie. Thank YOu1
    About the photos, you can all safely assume that it isn’t my mom I am traveling with.

  16. Siber-H
    11:00 am on May 21st, 2012

    I am now having trouble with my posts posting before I am ready to hit the submit bar. I think it is me and not “them”.

  17. Melanie
    11:09 am on May 21st, 2012

    The Royals’ Mum and I were thinking about contacting Alice to fly us over to California so we could watch the eclipse with our feet in the sand and water at our ankles. She never answered her phone. Sigh.

    The first eclipse I remember was during my Mother Earth stage. Had chickens on a farm and was walking outside watching the lighting change. The chickens started getting ready for bed and then got totally confused when the sun came back.

    When we lived in Marblehead, we had a partial eclipse and that was were I learned you could follow the eclipse by watching the shadows of the leaves. AWESOME!

  18. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:12 am on May 21st, 2012

    Hey, I forgot to tell you — I got my pawtographed copy of “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” last week! Thanks, Spence! I bet the postal people were wondering who the package was from — the return address was a pawprint! Only Spence sent my prize to Mom instead of me. And on top of that he forgot how to spell my name. I feel just like Rodney Dangerfield, “I tell ya, I get no respect!”

  19. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:15 am on May 21st, 2012

    Bear!…I am very proud of you keeping all your money for the Spring Boutique…snort!…What a great thing to do!

    Gone!…Now that SiberH is finally gone on his way up north things can get back to normal around here…grunt!…Now I’m in the best chair with the remote by my side….heh!heh!

  20. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:17 am on May 21st, 2012

    Melanie!… What are you trying to do? Scrape your face off?…grunt!…I think you need to go take a nap and stay out of cars altogether…wheeze!

  21. Masquers
    11:23 am on May 21st, 2012

    Rio: Sure your friend is happy to have her comfortable chair back, but you and Beau are going to miss your pal Siber…being there with you to cheer on your beloved Rockies as they (go down in flames) fight their way back to the top.
    I am convinced that if only I could view these games there would be a much different ending. In this alternate reality the Rockies would be battling their way to the playoffs.

  22. Rose
    11:25 am on May 21st, 2012

    Siber-Rambo, the Prof and I welcome all four-leggeds to our apartment (whispering) just in case you need to hide……

  23. Macy the Min-pin
    11:30 am on May 21st, 2012

    On the road again…mom has only been home for a week, but she really wishes she could be on the road again. We are having a garage sale this weekend and it involves mom least favorite activity..perspiring…If she would just pant occasionally she would stay much cooler.

  24. OleyHowlers
    11:32 am on May 21st, 2012

    Melanie, we understand completely. The hatch on our Huskymobile has some bad springs so it does not always open all the way, and Mom is always hitting her head on it.

  25. Siber-H
    11:48 am on May 21st, 2012

    Thanks Rose, As far as distances go in this country, you aren’t far from the Howlers. That would be fun.
    I’ll take you to a Yankees game on mom’s credit card.

    Rio! It was never me in that chair. I do not get on any furniture. It was you wearing a Husky costume.
    It was ME in the bathroom in the morning, however.

  26. Snowhook Bella
    11:59 am on May 21st, 2012

    Ummm…what if it is a certain spy who is taking pictures of SiberH while he hides?

  27. Rose
    12:03 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Siber, the Yankees game would be fun (hopefully, they will start winning).

    I don’t know if anyone noticed the new picture under the Friends of Chet.

  28. Siber-H
    12:21 pm on May 21st, 2012


  29. Riö –The Evil Pug
    12:38 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Foiled!…heh!snort!heh!…She is a very good spy, I have to give her that…heh!…I never caught sight of her the whole time SiberH was here…chorkel!

  30. Rose
    12:47 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Kirby, how exciting for you! My question was it signed Kirky T. or Kirby T.?

  31. Riö –The Evil Pug
    12:51 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Wrappers!…Although, come to think of it I did some some Nutter Butter candy wrappers lying around…sniff!…At the time I thought her mother had dropped them….snort!

  32. OleyHowlers
    1:14 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rose, Good Catch!!! My how Pearl has grown! Wow!

    We are about halfway thru Karin Hendrickson’s Iditarod journal, and it is so good! We are also reading a very massive Civil War history, McPherson’s “Battle Cry of Freedom”, so we only just got back to Karin’s today.

  33. B.Stover
    2:28 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I saw Zingers for the first time at the market. They are similar to Hostess Cupcakes aren’t they?

  34. Masquers
    2:38 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Okay. How does that work. If Pearl is chosen as FOTM does Admin get a copy of the book Spence has autographed?
    Rose: I have the same question for Kirby, or Kirky as the case may be. lol
    Howlers: Karin’s Iditarod journal is fascinating. It is covering so many details of life on the trail of which we had no knowledge.

    Zinglers are addictive.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    2:58 pm on May 21st, 2012

    We would LOVE to see Pearl as Friend of the Month!!!

  36. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:01 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Mom remembers how she kept seeing the cover of DOI in called out other, over and over until she could not resist.

  37. Rose
    3:11 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Wolfie: The same thing that happened to your mom, happened to me. I was in B&N and I hear my named being called, but it wasn’t the Prof….I think it was Chet.

  38. Macy the Min-pin
    3:26 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I think Spence must have had divine guidance when naming DOI, because we, too, were drawn by the name.

    Through the miracle of following a link and a link and a link, I found some adorable hand made teddy bears. Does anyone have an idea who the creator is? Alice?

  39. Snowhook Bella
    3:41 pm on May 21st, 2012

    The dogs are howling. That must mean they can sense SiberH heading north.

    Rio: I hope your friend’s back is feeling better today and that you’re allowing her to rest.

    KirkyT: I think your mom should use Spence’s assessment methods for whether or not his public speaking was successful. Did anyone throw anything at your mom? No? She must have knocked it out of the ballpark.

    AJ is mentioned in Karin’s tell all.

  40. Staff
    3:59 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Staff has been known to make Teddy Bears. Over the years she has made over 30 of them. Mostly they went to family but at one time she thought she could sell them.

    Sadly she is not good at selling her bears. It would be like selling Alice or Abbie. She can’t do it.

    Most of these are her bears. They kept Mr.Staff company last year when he was home alone.

  41. Staff
    4:01 pm on May 21st, 2012

    the big fuzzy one in the middle is her first bear. His name is Bearnard. The little pink one was purchased, not made by Staff. the grey one with his back to the couch is also one of hers.

  42. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:08 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Melanie — It is also a common problem with Volvo station wagons as well. Not that I have that problem, but other members of the family do. Wookie

  43. Rose
    4:17 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Staff, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the teddy bears!!!!!
    (whispering) would she consider making one for me???

  44. Riö –The Evil Pug
    4:23 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Yawn!…We are up from our nap…sniff!…Did I miss anything? Bears! Staff those bears would sell like hot-cakes at the Spring Boutique…snorkel!…Someone here says she knows how you feel about making something and then selling it. Sometimes its very hard to part with something you’ve spent hours upon hours making…snuffle!

  45. Snowhook Bella
    4:32 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Howlers: Any word on your aunt? I hope she is doing better.

    I’ve been dwelling on something for a couple of days. As the only Plunderer from this here blog to meet our one and only CHobbit Harris in person, I don’t think she has 10 additional pounds to lose. She is a speck, a speck I tell you, of a thing!

    Rio: I am please to tell you that the Howlers have donated a beautiful item not for the MMSB, but for an auction. How they can part with it, I don’t know.

  46. Siber-H
    4:46 pm on May 21st, 2012

    One of those bears would sure look good in my pile of stuffed animals.

    Melanie, we have the same problem with the shell on my truck. The back part comes down and hits mom on the head. It hit me once on the butt. Once was enough.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    4:54 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Staff: Those Teddies are Great!!! I know you can’t “bear” to sell them, but would you consider donating one or two for our future Auction?

  48. Macy the Min-pin
    4:58 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Don’t stop the presses or anything, but mom just got a call for an interview. A real one. The first real one in one year and 4 months. Is she a little nervous? No, more like terrified. It is for Administrative Court Clerk to the Justice of the Peace. We are not quite sure why the people in charge think that mom is qualified for this, but at least it is an interview. Wow, she really needs to get her hair cut. And nails done, and face lifted, and liposuction and new clothes…

  49. Snowhook Bella
    5:01 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy: Too late! I stopped the presses—friends don’t let friends twirl and press; it’s just not safe. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. What day is the interview?

  50. Rose
    5:11 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy, that is great news!!!! Fingers crossed her too! Tell your mom to be herself on the interview!!!!

  51. Siber-H
    5:14 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy, We are all super cheering for your mom! We helped Jasper’s mom get her job.

  52. BearSpiritDog
    5:15 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy: Paws, toes, fingers and tails crossed.

  53. Staff
    5:36 pm on May 21st, 2012

    You can do it Macy. Remember to stand as tall as you can and to smile. Kitty love coming your way!

  54. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:37 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy — That is great news and good luck to your mom. Just one bit of advice, if a cat streaks by during the interview, she should refrain from chasing it. Just ask Chet. Wookie

  55. OleyHowlers
    5:47 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Woo Hoo, Macy!!!!! We all wish your mom the very bestest of good fortune on hour interview! Why would they think she can do that job you ask? Simple. Because she can! She can! She can!!!

    Staff, we are in love with everyone of those bears!

  56. OleyHowlers
    5:49 pm on May 21st, 2012

    HER interview…not hour interview. Geez. Altho, the longer it goes the better, most likely.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    6:09 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Barb is back home and caught up on the blog. Macy, good luck to your mom on her interview. Barb did a lot of driving today, so she is going to go relax on the patio for a bit.

    She is really irritated, because she can’t remember how she came across DOI. She thinks she checked it out from the library, but can’t remember anyone recommending it to her. She thinks she first came on the blog in the spring of 2010. How could we check that? Cosmo was still on here at that time. How could such important things be a blurr?

  58. Macy the Min-pin
    6:39 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Not much time to fret, it is at 10 am tomorrow. Rebecca, do you know of a good interview prep website?

    She got the hair and nails done. No time for facelift or lipo and no money for clothes.

  59. Mollypop's Mom
    6:39 pm on May 21st, 2012

    MagPie – Did you come on the blog before, during or after Astrid? You could use the search box on the right, below the FB stuff, to bring up the Astrid posts to see if you’re in there. If you are, you can keep paging backward. This blog began with the inauguration of Pres. Obama.

  60. Macy's mom
    6:42 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone. I will try to remember not to chase any cats.

  61. B.Stover
    6:55 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I bought DOI when I walked into Barnes and Noble and saw it displayed on the main table. It was a B&B “Mail Selection” and I still have that pamphlet in my copy.

    Macy’s Mom: As someone already said, be yourself. You would be perfect for the job.

  62. Melanie
    7:01 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Good Thoughts To Macy’s Mom at 10 am tomorrow! Goo thing too because I am totally zonked and going to bed now.

    For you Facebookies? Go to Zoe’s page and you’ll see GLAD hooping at the wedding!

    (Love the Bears)
    (Jasper, I haven’t forgotten. Well, actually I had because I was so freaking tired, but it will be to you tomorrow)

    I bought DOI at B&N. Could NOT resist the cover.


  63. Barb & Maggie
    7:02 pm on May 21st, 2012

    MPM, We were on way before Astrid.

  64. OleyHowlers
    7:43 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rebecca! Yes, AJ is in Karin’s Iditarod Recap! So cool to read what was happening in Unakaleet and Shaktoolik.

    Mom ordered DOI from Amazon as soon as it came out, because a co-worker showed her a review or write-up of it.

  65. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on May 21st, 2012

    SiberH!…Do you have cable up north whereever you are these day?…sniff!…If you do you better turn on the game and see who is ahead right now!…grunt!…At least for a few minutes anyway…wheeze!

  66. OleyHowlers
    8:38 pm on May 21st, 2012

    We finished the Iditarod Recap and are heading off to bed. G’night.

  67. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Nevermind!…A grandslam just took away their meager lead…sob!

  68. Siber-H
    8:41 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rio, yes I am watching the game. The Rockies were leading and then the grandslam. sob
    That new stadium is sure nice and colorful.

  69. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:54 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Bummed!…This is depressing…sob!…The last inning was 30 minutes long…grunt!

    Melanie!…If you are still awake, please check your SDD…grunt!

  70. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Bed!…Hmmm. Melanie went to bed about 2 hours ago…heh!heh!…I guess she will just have to check her SDD in the AM…sniff!

  71. Siber-H
    9:00 pm on May 21st, 2012

    The Rockies are only behind by 2 runs.

  72. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Walk!….Well, someone needs to walk around and stretch her back again…snort!…She says I have to go with her…wheeze!…Its too hot out – I don’t wanna go…gasp!

  73. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on May 21st, 2012

    SiberH!…We are hoping they will be ahead again when we get back from this damned walk…grunt!

  74. BearSpiritDog
    9:06 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Suppertime. Then we are going to read some more of Karin’s Iditarod Journal.
    See youse in the am – Bear

  75. Snowhook Bella
    9:20 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy: Please check your SDD.

  76. Siber-H
    9:23 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rio, You are missing the player with the very big rip in his pants. The camera zeroed in on it.
    The fans at this stadium are not eating and drinking their way through the game like they do at Coors Field.

  77. Barb & Maggie
    9:34 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I think maybe a review in the Best Friends magazine might have been the reason we looked for DOI at the library. That is ringing a bell in the old memories.

    Long day, we are saying good night too. Rio, hope your friend’s back is better tomorrow.

  78. Jasper the Poodle
    9:42 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Macy: Will think, pray, twirl and yip at your job opportunity tomorrow. Yes, the Plunderers got my mom her job, they can get one for you too. Mom would sometimes go 4-6 months at a time between phone interviews or actual face to face interviews.

    Melanie: It will be there when you get to it. No big deal.

    Mom found DOI at the library and loved it so she actually spent some of her unemployment money for a copy of her very own. It was her one frivilous expenditure for a whole year. Totally worth it.

    Beautiful cool day here in the middle of the mitten. Windows open, birds chirping. Great day.

  79. Snowhook Bella
    9:47 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I saw the picture of Tyb and his green, giant of a friend.

    A co-worker loand me a copy of DOI. I was busy with preparing for our first Iditarod at the time and it sat on my desk for a long time. When I needed to relieve stress, I’d read a page or two at random. Shortly after one of my best friends, Rowdy died I read DOI starting at page 1. With missing Rowdy and the memories of our wandering W.L. fresh, I blubbered my way through those long pages when Bernie and Chet were separated.

  80. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Memories!…Scattered pictures in my mind….sniff!…Someone bought DOI for her dad for Christmas 2009…snort!…He loved it!…heh!…He’d laugh and say, “That Chet!”…chorkel!

  81. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rockies!…Are they winning?…snort!…Its advertising and I can’t tell…wheeze!…I’m hot and tired from that walk and she says her back is starting to feel a little better…grunt!

  82. Siber-H
    10:05 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rio, The Snakes got another run while you were out walking. I did see a few moments of good pitching from the Rockies pitchers.

  83. Siber-H
    10:09 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Mom bought DOI the first time she saw it in B&N shortly after it was released. She just looked at the cover, read the first page, and bought it. She didn’t have to read very many pages in it to realize Chet was a real dog’s dog.

  84. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on May 21st, 2012


  85. Siber-H
    10:15 pm on May 21st, 2012

    The Rockies announceers are now using words like dismal and wasted. sniff

  86. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Frustrated!…I think they are totally frustrated with the team…grunt!…It will be interesting to hear what Jim Tracey has to say tonight…sniff!…He is not a happy camper either. Whats wrong with our team???!!!…Sob!

  87. AbbietheKitty
    10:22 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Staff went to the Mayville State University Library and DOI was on the old roll-top desk in the main room. That is where they put all the new books. She had to pass it on the way through the library and the cover and the funny title made her stop and pick it up.
    After she read a few pages she knew she was taking that book home to read.

    I first went to the blog when there were only one of two posts a day. When we had more than 10 posts it was a big thing. The first things I remember reading was the end of a blog story where Chet took video tape out of a storage container and let it blow away on the wind. I have no idea about the rest of the plot.

  88. Snowhook Bella
    10:37 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Only two posts a day! I can’t imagine. It seems now a day with only 70ish posts is low. I bet it was never imagined that we’d get to the darkest of dark sides, the black hole and require the use of bread crumbs and flashlights on high post days.

    Well grump. Maybe. I was scheduled to travel this week farther north than I’ve every been before. My trip was rescheduled which is probably a good thing so I can get the displays in the front window for the MMSB completed.

  89. Snowhook Bella
    10:44 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Have we heard from Awesome Dawson in a couple of days?

  90. Siber-H
    11:00 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rebecca, I don’t think we have heard from Dawson.
    Macy’s Mom, Good luck tomorrow!
    Rio, I hope your friend feels better tomorrow.

    night all

  91. Staff
    11:04 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Dawson is OK, but very busy with the parents. Hopefully she can get some time off to read the blog. I am so grateful to her for what she is doing now.

  92. C. Hobbit
    11:12 pm on May 21st, 2012

    First: good luck Macy, we will all be thinking of you and sending positive energy your way. Just remind us of the time.

    Second: I remember being in a bookstore in KY and picking up DOI because of the cover and then reading that first paragraph. I was hooked but put it back on the shelves a couple of times because I *never* buy hardcover books. But it turned out I couldn’t leave the store without it and have gone on and purchased hardcover copies of the series ever since. It won’t be the same getting the upcoming e-story.

    Third: Thanks Rebecca and Rio for the kind words about how tiny I am. In the photo of me at the official start of the Iditarod, I was wearing three layers of clothes and when I saw myself in Melanies super-fantastic video, I admit to being slightly horrified at how stuffed (big) I looked. Size 4 is the smallest jeans I could find in Fairbanks (and only 2 pair of them)–but I am about to go to the land of stores so there is hope.

    Fourth: I am about to go walk my dogs on the flood plain and have been picking up tons of bullet casings. I wish people would pick up their crap when they shoot. No big wildlife sightings yet –lots of moose tracks– but the rabbits are changing from their winter white coats so right now they are easy to spot.

  93. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:12 pm on May 21st, 2012

    My dad saw DOI at Barnes & Noble and just thought it looked interesting, and so he bought it. He started reading it one night in bed with mom and me, and he was laughing so much that mom made him read it out loud to her and me. That actually began what is a very special tradition now in our household of dad reading to mom and me aloud each night before we go to bed. We’ve done all four Chet & Bernie’s that way, as well as a lot of other books as well (including a number of Rosenfelts, Laurie Kings, Jacqueline Winspeares, Joanna Flukes and a bunch of others too). What a great tradition, all started because of SQ. Wookie

    P.S. Sorry about the Rockies, guys.

  94. C. Hobbit
    11:22 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I also remember those days of just a handful of posts on the blog. Even though I read the blog every day, I didn’t post very much. There was no community of posters and we didn’t interact with each other but just with Spence’s posts. [In those early days the posts were mostly in Chet’s voice like what is on Facebook now.] It was Rio who brought us all together and keeps us on the trail to adventure (and PMs us when we are MIA). Thanks Rio!

  95. Snowhook Bella
    11:22 pm on May 21st, 2012

    I love hearing all the stories of how we each discovered DOI. I especially like hearing about the tradition it started for Wookie and his family and that Rio’s friend bought it as a gift for her dad.

    CHH: It is hard not to look small standing next to AJ, but I can say that when he is no where in sight, you still look like a speck! I see a Target in your near future as you go shopping.

    Macy: Check your SDD again. You should have blurred up here last week; I spoke at a luncheon about interviewing for jobs.

  96. Macy's mom
    11:23 pm on May 21st, 2012

    Rebecca, SSD sent.

    Thank you all for your good wishes. I hate to let you down, so I will do my best, not that that will guarantee anything, but…

  97. Macy's mom
    12:45 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Wow Rebecca, could you blur down here and be me tomorrow?

  98. Macy's mom
    12:47 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Nitey-night,sleep tight. I will be back post-interview.

  99. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:49 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Dear Lord of All Creation, tonight we ask you to be with Macy’s mom tomorrow as she interviews for this job. We ask that you give her a spirit of calm confidence. We ask that you you open the way for Mary Lou to be hired, unless you have something better in mind. Amen.

  100. Snowhook Bella
    12:53 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Amen. Wonderful prayer, Wolfie.

  101. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:04 am on May 22nd, 2012


    I just had a terrible thought……

    What if DOI had the Green Border Collie Cover ( of The Dog Who) instead?

    None of us would be here now.

    Yikes. I’m going to bed.

  102. Rose
    6:13 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Macy’s Mom, I don’t know if you go back and read the blogs from the night before, but I hope you do. I’m sending strong prayers and good wishes to you for your interview this morning. You CAN do this!!

    Hugs and good luck!

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:58 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Since last night was Mom’s late night, I didn’t get back on the computer, but I wanted to wish Macy’s mom some great, great, good luck at her interview this morning! We’ll be keeping our paws crossed!!!

    And Mom first found DOI when she was at Barnes and Noble. Since she used to work in a bookstore and knew that the big displays are dictated by the corporate office, she wondered what the fuss was about a book by a first-time author (at that time she didn’t know SQ was PA!) She didn’t buy it, but she remembered it when she saw it at the library and decided to give it a try. And we’re both real glad she did!

    Oh, and the prize book isn’t signed to Kirby T. or Kirky T. It’s just signed to nobody — just his signature and Chet’s pawprint.

    See y’all later!

  104. Macy's mom
    8:47 am on May 22nd, 2012

    Just stopped by to thank you all again for your support and thanks to Mary for the wonderful prayer. It really did help to calm my mind this morning.

    Tails crossed!

    Green cover indeed! ehh

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