On Sundays we do beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker (I know – I promised never to use that word again, but what can you do? It’s a funny word.). As you may know, the Chet and Bernie series can be read in any order. 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 five C&B e-short stories, A CAT WAS INVOLVED. Here’s how it starts:

“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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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:13 am on May 12th, 2019

    Chet makes us smile (and sometimes lol). This was one of the lol times.
    Enjoy your day.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:01 am on May 12th, 2019


    I am laughing at this beginning! :^)

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

    Good day to all!

  3. B.Stover
    10:23 am on May 12th, 2019

    I love Chet’s attitude.

    Good morning all.

  4. BooBear
    8:05 pm on May 12th, 2019

    Love that short story about how Chet and Bernie got together. Mom needs to check and make sure we have all the short stories. 5?

    Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, especially those of us 4 legged kids (or kits as the case is here).

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on May 12th, 2019

    Happy Pug Day!…Oh, wait…snort!…Well that works too!..heh!heh!…My friend finally got the internet connection working…grunt!…Took forever and ever. I probably missed a lot of stuff!…yeeep!

    Mother!…Today I was home alone while my “Friend The Fearless” took Mother shopping at a couple of garden centers…sniff!…She bought flowers and what-nots. My friend came home with bags of Dirt!…bah!…She did not buy any flowers as it has been too cold here and she doesn’t want to buy flowers that will die dead overnight…grunt!…So I have lots of big flower pots and dirt hanging out in the patio…waiting….waiting..for Spring to arrive…grump!burp!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on May 12th, 2019

    Lunch!….After garden shopping my friend took Mother out for lunch to a nice place. (not the one she took Staff to when she visited. Although that is a nice place too!)…snort!…It was late afternoon after most of the huge crowd had left. Well they had a very nice meal and then the waiter came up and told my friend someone, who he couldn’t say who, had paid for their meal!!…snort!snort!…My friend questioned the waiter, but he said he was sworn to secrecy and could not say who paid for their Mother’s Day Meal. He said they even tipped him grandly and so there was no need for my friend to tip…snorkel!…What a nice thing for someone to do! It made this Mother’s Day very special…sniff!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on May 12th, 2019

    Music!…Who here loves the music of Queen?…sniff!sniff!

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