Chetspeak on Sunday

“Guess so,” said Moondog. He glanced around, fixed his gaze on the mule, now standing on a ledge above the cliff. “But what about Rummy? Can’t just leave him up there.”

Bernie looked up at the mule. “How about calling him?”

Rummy seemed to be watching us, too. Was he still chewing on that straw? Too far away to tell for sure.

“Like calling him works,” said Moondog. “He’s a mule, for god sake.”

Bernie turned to me. “Chet?” he said.

What happened after that seemed to go on forever and was dusty, bloody and noisy. Let’s just get it on record that I went up onto that ledge and persuaded Rummy to come back down and leave it like that.

– from The Dog Who Knew Too Much.

Welcome Rango (quite possibly the first Rango on the blog!).


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85 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:14 am on April 6th, 2014

    Good mornng, everyone! Sunday, Chetspeak (dealing with a mule!), Egg Day (go Fern of the coup) ML posting late last night with unusual urn topppers AND the time is right (la, la, la). Life is good with this blogily (blog family)!
    Have a scintilating Sunday no matter the weather.

  2. O'Howlers
    9:14 am on April 6th, 2014

    Good morning! Happy Egg Day! Happy Chetspeak Day!
    Diane, we were reading every other word yesterday, and totally missed your recipe for Indian cauliflower. It sounds very yummy. We will be trying it,.
    Staff, your new machine is lovely. How many sewing machines are in your current collection?
    Siber, yep! The Huskies beat those Gators. Peace in the World. Allelujah!

  3. Wose-the small and meek
    9:56 am on April 6th, 2014


    Happy Egg Day!

    Fern, your new home is lovely!

    Staff, your new sewing machine is lovely. I, too, ask the same question….how many do you have?

    Rio and Siber-H, GO ROCKIES!

    Wyatt, you can test dainty licks on me all you want. I am feeling like I could use a lot of them.

    Sending big love and hugs to Zoe and her family, ML, Macy, and the rest of the pack, and BooBear, Karen and Truman.

    I will lurk/post today.

    Hope everyone has a sunny Sunday!

  4. BearSpiritDog
    10:05 am on April 6th, 2014

    It’s Morning, It’s Sunday
    and with that nice excerpt from The Dog Who
    we are Off to a Great Day.

    Good Morning to the Hounds, O’Howlers & All.
    with a special Bear Hug for Wose.

  5. Staff
    10:13 am on April 6th, 2014

    I have almost enough. That is as much as I will admit. Strangely sewing machines are difficult to count. I think I have enough until I see another pretty one.

  6. dawson
    10:30 am on April 6th, 2014

    Chet could have called on his Corgi buddies to come and herd that mule down. I wonder if it was Chet or the mule that got bloody.

    Macy’s Mom: Wow! I did not know that fancy boxes like that were made. Staff should add that one to her uncountable number of sewing machines lest we use a real one after she is gone. Wait! Will I be here?

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:30 am on April 6th, 2014

    Belle Starr with her sparkles and Staff with her sewing machines…could they be twins?

  8. B. Stover
    10:38 am on April 6th, 2014

    I’m wondering if mules kick. I suppose like horses, they can rear and them come down kicking. Yikes!

    Good morning all.

  9. Diane C.
    10:49 am on April 6th, 2014

    Hello Everyone and a Happy Sunday to all.
    I found I enjoyed this morning’s Chetspeak inordinately–maybe I should reread TDWKTM. Dare we hope for a Chetspeak from the Iggy Chronicles at some point?
    since it’s Sunday, here’s the latest update on K9 officer Bruno (with T-shirt for sale–no surprise there):

    Mules have nice noses. I hope the blood was from a scrape against a rock.

  10. dawson
    10:52 am on April 6th, 2014

    BStover: This is from a web site that sells mules:
    “Do mules kick?
    Of course, but with more discrimination than horses and with a lot more accuracy. There is nowhere in 360 degrees and several feet away that a mule cannot reach you, if he wants you. If it is a warning, you will be expertly tapped.”

  11. dawson
    10:56 am on April 6th, 2014

    DianeC: Thanks for the continued Bruno updates.

  12. Tupper's Mama
    10:58 am on April 6th, 2014

    Bee- do mules kick? Oh hell, yes. Haven’t you ever heard that expression “licks like a mule”? Thru are more likely to put their head down and kick with both hind legs. Ouch!

    Egg day got off to a late (and eggless) start here today. Had to take the Storyteller back to the ER last night. I got home at 3 am – he got to stay at Club Med for now. Mystery fever they need to diagnose. Personally, I think he just goes for the food.

  13. B. Stover
    11:07 am on April 6th, 2014

    Thank you Dawson.

    Chet: Stay away from mules.

  14. dawson
    11:16 am on April 6th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama: I can hardly believe he goes for the food when he has a grand chef right at home. I hope they find the reason for the fever STAT!

  15. Herd of Hounds
    11:20 am on April 6th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama, mom always told us it was “kicks like a Missouri mule”. Tell the Story teller to eat his fill, feel better and find his was home to you, you, you!

    Diane, TY for the Bruno update.

    Dawson, don’t you just love looking things up on the information superhighway ? Mom does.

  16. Diane C.
    11:38 am on April 6th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama–Hope the Storyteller is out and about soon (you really think he goes for the food)?

  17. dawson
    11:39 am on April 6th, 2014

    HOH: Yes, but I’ve been spending way too much time sitting in front of the computer and not getting much done. Yesterday I told myself that today I would start to limit myself so I will be gone for awhile. Later.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    11:50 am on April 6th, 2014

    Good morning and Happy Sunday/Egg Day.

    Is the Storyteller going to be home in time for the roast duck dinner, or are you putting that off till he returns? Is this related to his pneumonia?

    Jack is coming for a while. Jess asked if he could come for “a few hours” while she and Lyla shop for a communion dress. Jeeze, how long does it take to buy one dress for a 7 year old?

  19. BearSpiritDog
    12:49 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Prayers for The Storyteller to Feel Better Very Very Soon.
    Tupper’s Mama: (whispering) just a hunch, but we don’t think he is going to club med for the food…someone here speaks from experience)

    Maggie: Lucky You! A Play-date with Jack.

  20. Wose-the small and meek
    1:00 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Hope that this fever is nothing serious, and that the Storyteller is feeling tip-top soon.

  21. Tupper's Mama
    1:08 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Postcard from Club Med – the Storyteller is happy, comfortable and feisty. Some of his bloodwork came back wonky, so they are keeping him to do blood cultures and lots of other tests.
    The cardiologist came in and pronounced that the Storyteller has a good heart. Yup, we knew that.
    They are treating him like royalty since he is now a triple tripper.

  22. Macy's mom
    1:09 pm on April 6th, 2014

    I seem to remember a Certain Lady who used to have to take catered meals to Club Med and rehab, due to the disdain of a certain Storyteller for the cuisine. At the Bedford Hilton the chicken noodle soup was quite tasty (duh)as well as the dressing and gravy. After you learn the system, you discover that if the choices are both disgusting, you can mark them out and write in something like, “hot ham and cheese sandwich, please” Ditto with desert. ix-nay on the ello-j. Cookie please.

    Most places that I need to deal with are closed today, it is raining, and Niki is going home for a couple of days. zzzzzzz

  23. Wose-the small and meek
    1:13 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Ahem…can someone tell me what one would use “chicken paws” for. Grizz and I did our food shopping, and next to the chicken cutlets, were chicken feet.

  24. Siber-H
    1:14 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Mom says she deals with a mule everyday…one that also kicks.
    I have kicked mom, the groomer, and vets.

    T&G, Please keep us posted on the Storyteller. We hope Club Med finds out what is wrong and gets him back home soon. He is in our prayers.

    Macy’s mom and family, We are thinking of you guys.

  25. O'Howlers
    1:30 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Wose, apparently there are people (not us) who love to eat chicken feet. We saw a couple raving about them on an HGTV House Hunter episode the other night.
    T&G, tell your mama to get the Storyteller back home with youse quickly! We hope his fever goes away, and the cause is diagnosed and treated.
    ML, you probably need some alone time by now. If not, we are all here for you, albeit virtually.
    We just got home from a Barks in the Park walk. There were many dogs, in all shapes and sizes, and we made sure we sniffed each one.
    Now it is time to go plant the onions, lettuce, and taters.
    Later, Gater (no, you were kicked by the huskies, weren’t you?)

  26. Macy's mom
    1:41 pm on April 6th, 2014

    How the heck does this happen?

  27. Siber-H
    1:48 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Professional makeup artist?

    In that picture, the dog/puppy has the body posture of a kat. It is a cute dog, but strange looking.

  28. dawson
    2:10 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Wose: Once, while working at a Chinese restaurant, I went in the back and in this huge sink were dozens and dozens of chicken feet. Freaked me right out. The Chinese owners did not serve these to the public but saved them for their supper after the restaurant was closed. I do not know how they were prepared.

  29. Tupper's Mama
    2:43 pm on April 6th, 2014

    We went to look up recipes for chicken feet.
    Sorry – but no thanks. There is a video on YouTube – we couldn’t watch past the part where she was cutting the toes off the feet.

    If her cooking videos don’t work out, she could have a career as a serial killer.

  30. Siber-H
    3:18 pm on April 6th, 2014

    lol That is a good one.

  31. dawson
    3:24 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama: Me too! The pictures of chicken feet looked like little 4 fingered hands…

  32. Wose-the small and meek
    3:43 pm on April 6th, 2014

    There is no way chicken feet will ever get past these lips. They looked really horrifying in the package. ack

  33. Diane C.
    3:50 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama–Gaah! I went to school with a girl from the PRC who was really fond of chicken feet. The descriptions alone would have kept me from watching the video. (Oddly, she found mayonnaise gross…)

  34. Wose-the small and meek
    3:52 pm on April 6th, 2014

    OMD! I watched a bit of that chicken feet video. I could splort!
    There is even a chicken feet recipe for dogs! Or I think you can feed them to your dog raw! EEEEEEEEWWWWWW!

    I wonder if the Snowhook dogs are served chicken feet?

    Royal Mum, it was pretty yucky when the nails were being snipped…..

  35. Wose-the small and meek
    4:59 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Diane, is there any meat on chicken feet? Isn’t it just like cartilage?
    BTW, I am not fond of mayonnaise either.

  36. Staff
    5:18 pm on April 6th, 2014

    I think we should talk about moose nose instead of chicken feet. Chicken feet hurt Fern’s feelings.

  37. Murphy Moose
    5:23 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Oh sure, worry about the CHICKEN’s hurt feelings…..

  38. Peck of Parrots
    5:31 pm on April 6th, 2014

    We have been quite because we have been sorely offended by the discussion. Even though we have a Panamanian aunty who has recipes for our kind, we do not discuss it in polite company. Bless her heart.

  39. Dirty Daddy Dawg
    5:40 pm on April 6th, 2014

    I’m an omnivore and will eat any part of Mr. Moose or Colonel Chicken or any other critter that is served. I have a healthy appetite.

  40. C.hobbiti
    6:23 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Triple D: my KY farm relatives ate anything that walked, hopped or slithered on the farm or flew through the air. And the platter of meat being served often looked too much like a critter without its fur.

    The vet had me buy raw chicken gizzards for my cat to chew on to help with teeth plaque. She said it worked in about 30% of the time. It didn’t work for my cat.

  41. Wose-the small and meek
    6:35 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Hobbit, Now you’re talking. I love chicken gizzards! When my mom made fried chicken for us, I always got the gizzard. Breaded and fried, yum!

    I do not want to offend Fern, with this talk of chicken feet.

    But I really want to know if the Snowhook team eats them. We know they love fish heads ….

  42. Hound's Mom
    6:36 pm on April 6th, 2014

    CHobbit: The girl’s vet said the same thing for teeth and breath with chick wings.
    It grossed me out but Pookey has never touched raw with bones. And yes, the DDD does eat most anything :/ My cousins on the hog farm in Iowa served CHICKEN. Chicken, chicken…roasted, fried, jello, gravy, ice cream. Well perhaps an exaggeration but…I still don’t like any carcass on the table 🙁

  43. Tupper and Gilly
    6:44 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Wose – Really? Chicken gizzards? But you question mayonnaise. And fried pickles?

    We still laugh at the scene in Indiana Jones Temple of Doom where they are invited to a “feast” at the maharaja’s palace.

  44. Herd of Hounds
    6:51 pm on April 6th, 2014

    T&G, why do you laugh? Sounds yummy and scrumptious to us!

  45. C.hobbiti
    6:53 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Maybe it was raw chicken wings rather than gizzards. Off to google…

  46. Herd of Hounds
    6:53 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Oh, oh. Mom just told us that today’s “feet” discussion was like going to Whittier, Alaska without a hood on her coat. Do the Plunderfest West people understand? Mom can be weird about her food and travels!

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:57 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Good Eats!…snort!… I’m a turkey and steak guy myself…sniff!…Beau he likes fish….gah!…But if its on he floor we will both dive after it to get first dibs. Then the growling and maneuvering starts…heh!heh!…I always win but sometimes regret it….spit!sputter!

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:58 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Siber-Mule!…heh!heh!…And someone here thinks Pugs are stubborn…snort!

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:00 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Innings!…We all were gone most of the day but got to see a few innings of the Rockies game….grump!

  50. Wose-the small and meek
    7:01 pm on April 6th, 2014

    T&G: What can I say?

  51. Siber-H
    7:02 pm on April 6th, 2014

    double grump

  52. Herd of Hounds
    7:02 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Rio, remember…the 5 second on the floor doesn’t work in a house with 2 second dogs 🙂

  53. Barb & Maggie
    7:04 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Wose, Your story is similar to Barb’s as a child, except her mom cooked the chicken liver for her. It was her special treat before dinner when they had fried chicken.

  54. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:15 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Mayo!…Who doesn’t like Mayo?….snort!!

  55. Barb & Maggie
    7:18 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Mayo we like, Miracle Whip, now that is yucky!

    Today got some mulch spread and a couple of flower beds cleaned up. Lovely day to be outside.

  56. Staff
    7:31 pm on April 6th, 2014

    I am jealous of your garden time Barb.

  57. Thieves!
    7:36 pm on April 6th, 2014

    No chicken feet for us. We do get frozen chicken skin as snacks. Yum!

    Our Lady is traveling to the village of moose head stew tomorrow. Why is he traveling? We have no idea. We think she needs to stay home, home, home.

    Wose: Wyatt is staying with Macy’s maw. We have been dispatche to the StoryTeller’s bedside. We are trying to get him to go best two out of three for wheelchair races in the hospital hall because he won the first race. Belle Starr has packed her sparkly pink back pack and is going to stay with you for as long as you need.

  58. Barb & Maggie
    7:44 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Chicken feet hold no appeal here. We thought people boiled them for flavoring, didn’t realize you could actually eat them.

    Yes, Staff, it was fun to get out there in the yard and get a few things done. Soon you will be back at the farm and can dig into the dirt.

    Time for dinner – French green beans with almonds and shrimp scampi.

  59. Wose-the small and meek
    8:36 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Thieves! I am glad that youse do not eat chicken feet. I love chicken skin…when it is cooked.

    I will wait for my VBFF, Belle Starr. If I fall asleep, she has the key.

    And yes, your Lady should stay home, home, home.

  60. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:49 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Advice!….Rebecca, stay home and never leave your yard until you are tip-top….sniff!…Else that tip-top feelng will get farther and farther away from you…grunt!

  61. O'Howlers
    8:53 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Our garden is planted! Well. The cold-weather plants, anyway. Lettuce, onions, and potatoes.
    HOH mentioned Whittier. Mom said her meal in little Whittier was her best meal in Alaska. She had Copper River Salmon!!!! That is the best meal on earth, for her.
    We are now watching the last part of Iditarod 2014 on the Sportsman Channel.

  62. Staff
    9:54 pm on April 6th, 2014

    My cousin Mike, who has the strangest luck with pets, posted this on facebookie…

    “we are adopting a beautiful smallish Husky named Pepper. 4 years old, and spent her whole life to this point tethered to a tree. Despite that she has a lovely temperament, low-key and rather passive. We hope she’ll be a good foil for Tank’s more dominant, in-your-face (in a good way) manner.”

    More news expected shortly…

  63. Siber-H
    10:21 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Staff, We are cheering for Mike and Pepper. It sounds very promising.

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    10:23 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Ok, now life is just not fair. We had to stay home tonight while Mama went to see the Storyteller. Then she comes home and tells us he is having wheelchair races in the hallway with some rather questionable looking scamps.

    Not sure exactly who they were, but the kitchen staff was kept busy bringing custom-hot buffalo wings, and crispy crust pizza to the room.


  65. Barb & Maggie
    10:44 pm on April 6th, 2014

    We think we have an idea about who those scamps might be. And how can you go wrong with pizza and hot wings!

    Off to bed. That inter-lopper Lucy is no longer sleeping in a crate at night. She is now on Barb’s bed. She jumps up there somehow, with her short little legs, and doesn’t move till morning. She doesn’t leave much room for me, me, me!

  66. Thieves!
    10:52 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Questionable looking scamps? Never saw them. It was just us here until Stinky Mama arrived. They must have come and gone before we got here. We can attest that the hot wings and pizza has been plentiful. That Storyteller sure knows how to throw a party.

  67. Thieves!
    11:09 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Rio: We agree with your advice, but our Lady says this travel can’t be rescheduled. She will be there for a few days and then will be back home to us, us, us.

  68. Staff
    11:11 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Gosh I hope the Storyteller will be able to get some rest. He might have to go home for some sleep. Wheelchair races indeed.

    just because I can…

  69. Staff
    11:13 pm on April 6th, 2014

    nighty noodle all youse guys. And it has been a long time since I said g’morning to LizF in Oz where it is turning into fall…poor dears…

  70. Tupper and Gilly
    11:26 pm on April 6th, 2014

    G’night all. Tomorrow is another day.


  71. Macy's mom
    11:51 pm on April 6th, 2014

    Fall…oh, fall you are so fine, but spring you are so fickle, winds so fierce, then air so cold, I know not what you bring me next.

    Wyatt is a comfort for sure, but he is getting pretty damp on this teary, teary night.

  72. C.hobbiti
    12:12 am on April 7th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom: healing tears. Tomorrow’s will follow one after another. Just think of us and know we hold you close in our hearts as we do Zoe and her family.

  73. Wyatt
    12:36 am on April 7th, 2014

    Macy’s Maw: Am I damp? I hadn’t noticed. Besides, I wouldn’t care if I were soaked. I am here for you and all your tears. Dainty licks.

  74. BooBear
    12:52 am on April 7th, 2014

    ML, now that the frenzy of last month is over and the end has come and gone, the reality has to be overwhelming. Tears will help but time will be the greatest healer. Hold your puppies close and let them comfort you. We are all here for you in thought and prayer. I only wish we could do more.

  75. Macy's mom
    12:54 am on April 7th, 2014

    BB mom, love your man with all your heart.

  76. dawson
    1:25 am on April 7th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom: Rivers of tears eventually allow a broken heart to mend. You can use our shoulders to soak up the tears. We will not melt nor will we mind. When you get tired, Wyatt can shake off the tears and become a soft pillow and the quilt will keep you warm.

  77. Macy's mom
    1:33 am on April 7th, 2014

    Thank you JD.

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