Chetspeak on Sunday
“This must be Chet,” said Mayor Trimble. “What a handsome dog!” The mayor turned out to be a round little guy with more than one chin, very big ears and a string tie. In short, what wasn’t to like? “Happen to have some nice rawhide chews,” he said. “Can he have one?”
Bernie sighed, for no reason that I could come up with.
What a mayor did, exactly, was anybody’s guess, but one thing for sure: we had the best mayor around. Soon I was lying on the floor at Mayor Trimble’s side, working on a rawhide chew, tough and tasty, just the way I liked. The mayor introduced everybody – “’Course you already know Cal Luxton, head of security, and this is Vera Cobb, chief of staff.” Then came handshaking, hello hellos, and nobody took a single sniff of nobody, all very human, and everyone sat down.
Mayor Trimble rocked back in his chair. “Pleasure to have this opportunity to renew our friendship, Bernie.”
“Is that what we had?” Bernie said.
“Any mistakes were mine,” the mayor said. “Real or imagined. I should have patched things up long ago. Everything goes by so goddamn fast. Agreed?”
“That everything goes by fast?” Bernie said. “I won’t argue.”
– from A Fistful of Collars. Next week’s Chetspeak will be from The Sound and the Furry (coming Sept. 10).
Welcome Josh, Peck o’ Parrots, Gracie, Gracie & Molly, Helena (and her knee-length tongue).
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