On Sundays we do beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™ As you may know, the Chet and Bernie series can-be-read-in-anyorder™. One of the reasons for that is that Chet and Bernie are already together by the time of book 1, Dog On It. For how they got together, you have to read the first of the C&B e-short stories, A Cat Was Involved.

“Chet—let’s get a move on, buddy.”

Chet? That was me, and getting a move on was my kind of thing. Plus here at K-9 school they were big fans of coming after your name was called—pretty soon after, in fact, if you wanted a treat. Which I always did. But at this particular moment, I had just lifted my leg, and once started in on something like that, there’s really no stopping till it’s over, as you probably know. I’m not referring to the brief leg lift for marking purposes, over and done with in a flash. This was the other kind, much longer-lasting, and often a peaceful break in the day, where the mind can wander in a pleasant sort of—


I finished up and trotted over to Officer Bobby Torres. Bobby gave me a funny look. I gave him a funny look back. His eyes, dark and watchful, narrowed a bit, and he wrote something on his clipboard. I yawned.


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11 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:27 am on March 20th, 2022

    Good morning to all!
    Always love the beginnings because sometimes I haven’t seen them in quite a while. A Cat Was Involved may be a short story but it’s one of our favorites of the C&B writings.
    Happy first day of spring, and it’s about time! A lot of places have had a rough winter. Around here today it is chilly but still sunny.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:01 am on March 20th, 2022

    Iditarod 50 is now in the history books. The last four mushers are into Nome.
    A. Reitan has the Red Lantern and crossed under the Burled Arch at 21 minutes till midnight Alaska time.

  3. B. Stover
    10:48 am on March 20th, 2022

    I remember that beginning.

    Good day to all.

  4. mlaiuppa
    7:13 pm on March 20th, 2022

    I love A Cat Was Involved.

    Chet is an outside the box thinking sort of dog. No way he would be happy in the restricted by the book environment of police dog. He needed an outside the box sort of partner and Bernie is perfect. Who else would be teaching Chet how to open all sorts of door handles? Who else would “listen” to what Chet is trying to tell him?

    Police work is for the kibble and a biscuit every day sort of do. Chet is a BBQ and Slim Jim sort of dog. He would grow to be miserable with the limitations of conventional police dog work.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    7:21 pm on March 20th, 2022

    Thanks to CnB our tripaw, Pookie enjoyed travels with the DDD and mom.
    Our girls have been so special! We think all of the dogs who have been part of our lives.

  6. mlaiuppa
    9:36 pm on March 20th, 2022

    Watching the livestream of the Iditarod banquet.

    Did someone send me a text? They are not on my contacts list and if I can’t identify them, I will be blocking them from text messages. I figure it’s someone from here because they mentioned the race being over. Number is a 423 are code. Tennessee?

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on March 20th, 2022

    Mlaiuppa!….If it is a Tennessee number block it for good…grunt!

  8. mlaiuppa
    10:15 pm on March 20th, 2022

    Riõ. You are excessively evil.

    Watching the awards now. I want Dan to get an award for starting with 14 dogs and ending with 14 dogs.

    Glad Travis got an award for among other things lending his sled to Chad so he could finish and in the process get most improved.

  9. mlaiuppa
    10:21 pm on March 20th, 2022

    Yay! Dan Kaduce got the Leonard Seppala Humanitarian Award for his dog care.

  10. dawson
    10:54 pm on March 20th, 2022

    HOH is from Tennessee. Good for Dan Kaduce!

  11. Staff
    11:50 pm on March 20th, 2022

    Just trying to keep up with my Little sister.

    I bet I’m the only one with a vintage sewing machine on her bookcase!

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