Chetspeak on Sunday

“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 me coming when my 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. Bobby opened the back door of his black-and-white.

“In,” he said.

– from A Cat Was Involved, the first Chet and Bernie e-short story. (#3, The Teitelbaum Divorce, comes out July 8.)

Welcome Bob (security expert).


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78 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    7:54 am on May 4th, 2014

    Good morning all and Happy Chetspeak Sunday.

    Going to relax and watch saving Mr. Banks this morning and then head out to Chuck E Cheeses this afternoon for Jack’s 5th b-day party. Nothing more fun than 2 hours of 14 wild crazy little boys, playing video games and eating bad pizza.

  2. O'Howlers
    8:12 am on May 4th, 2014

    Happy Egg Day! We feel your pain, Chet. Darn two-leggers trying to rush us when we are doing our thing. They need to learn to relax. Take Barb, for example. She is going to have a wonderfully relaxing afternoon at Chuck E Cheese. Heh heh heh heh!

    The event for Jaxon was beautiful. The cake thing was something Jake and Kirsten did earlier and they threw it out before people arrived. There were some stuffties at the grave, and a balloon. When everyone arrived, it was storming like crazy. Then it stopped, and got dark, and a nice little crescent moon came out. Everyone was given a Chinese lantern. When Jake said it was time, they all lighted them. What a beautiful awesome scene! Have you guys ever seen Chinese lanterns? This was the first time Mom and Pop did. They oohed and aahed. These things go way way way up and look like stars. After the last one disappeared, they came back home. That was it. What a very nice tribute and celebration for their boy.
    Hope this shows up when you enlarge it.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:58 am on May 4th, 2014

    Good morning B&M(&LB) and OH and everyone! Life is wonderful with Sunday and Chetspeak and Egg Day! Our eggs were scrambled today. July??? We are still waiting for the Teitelbaum divirce. Sounds like lots of fun.
    Have a super Sunday. (except maybe poor Barb who “gets” to go the Chuck E. Cheese)

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:59 am on May 4th, 2014

    GAH! “divorce” Foto looks like stars 🙂

  5. Staff
    9:10 am on May 4th, 2014

    Rio I am OK. Really I think I posted on Friday night. I should go back and look just to prove you wrong but I am still sleepy from waking up too early.

    Yesterday was quilting at the Henhouse with my pals. So cool to be back. Tonight we go to see Spiderman 2 at the Delchar Theatre which is reopening this weekend.

    It got down to the middle 20’s last night and there is frost on the car and plants. Yikes. Last frost date is more than 2 weeks away. Still too muddy to work in the garden. Darn it all.

    I think I will go make an egg or two for breakfast. (I am going to be getting fresh eggs from a local person this summer! Starting on Tuesday.


  6. Staff
    9:28 am on May 4th, 2014

    Ah, plunderers. I will be quilting again this afternoon so please do not send out the rescue squad. Hugs to you all.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:29 am on May 4th, 2014

    Staff, what a nice story. Hope the theatre works out for them. Mom has an agenda of 2 things today, 1 fun: redoing the herb garden 1 not fun: paying the bills 🙁

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:29 am on May 4th, 2014

    Howlers, the services sounds beautiful. The Chinese lanterns were the perfect touch.

    We are really enjoying Saving Mr. Banks.

  9. Wose-the small and meek
    9:40 am on May 4th, 2014


    O’Howlers, How beautiful it must have been to watch the Chinese Lanterns float away into the night sky. sniff

    Staff, Great story about the theatre!

    Enjoy Egg Day!

  10. B.Stover
    9:54 am on May 4th, 2014

    I was wondering why Spence put “#3” before the Teitelbaum Divorce e-story and then I remembered the Iggy Chronicles. What fun!

    Masquers and Rio: I’ve watched the three episodes of Fargo. It’s very well done. (I’m a fan of Martin Freeman and he puts on an American accent very well.) I find it interesting that the Thornton character is named Malvo. (“Mal”–bad, abnormal.)

    Think I’ll watch the Saving Mr. Banks movie later today. Sounds like a good idea Barb.

    Good morning Chet and all.

  11. C.hobbiti
    9:57 am on May 4th, 2014

    Hobbit on the move…flying home today. Because there is a huge bike race through NYC today, we caught a shuttle to the airport at 7:15 am before they started closing streets. So we got to the airport at 8:00 am and our plane doesn’t leave until 1:00 pm. First we go to Salt Lake City arriving at 4:30 and then take off for Anchorage at 7:30 pm. I hope to be home shortly after 11:00 Alaska time. A very long day but Sadie awaits. Happy reunion time!

  12. O'Howlers
    10:00 am on May 4th, 2014

    Barb and Wose, it was beautiful. And fun. Jake told Mom that since this worked so well, they will probably do it every year. Mom thought maybe she wouldn’t keep going to it. But this morning, when thinking about how much fun it was being with family and sending up those gorgeous lanterns, she is on board for repeating this every year. Their nephew is so warm and sensitive and upbeat, making the event a joy to witness and partake in. She knows Jake and Kirstin had tears in their eyes, but nothing sad or macabre was part of this occasion.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    10:12 am on May 4th, 2014

    Hobbit, safe travels and a warm Sadie reunion. The herd sends: dainty licks, slobbery licks and 3 pawed romping.

  14. Barb & Maggie
    10:50 am on May 4th, 2014

    The movie was very good, although we found P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, to be a most unlikable, difficult and crabby woman. It must have taken great patience to work with her in the making of the movie.

    Howlers, it does sound like the ceremony was a positive tribute and not sad or depressing. Glad it went well.

    Boobear, any more eggs yet?

    Now Barb must start getting ready for the afternoon frolic.

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    10:59 am on May 4th, 2014

    Happy Homecoming Hobbit! We are so glad you had a (mostly) wonderful time.

    Supremely Satisfying Sewing Staff – we would love to see you beautiful creations.

    Blissful Birthday Bash Barb – you are a GOOD grandmother.

    Howlers – we are glad the gathering was warm, peaceful and healing. We will pray that the new baby brings them great and everlasting joy.

    Packing and organizing today. Getting anxious and excited.

  16. Princess Sam
    11:27 am on May 4th, 2014

    I’m back from my trip to my Girl’s school! I thought we were there to break her out of there, but it was peaceful and she said she would be home soon. We brought back a lot of stuff that smells like her so that was good. I made myself right at home in her dorm room and stayed underfoot, which helps the moving process a lot. Loulou was a pest as usual.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    11:54 am on May 4th, 2014

    OH, several weeks back we mentioned Siberian iris but had none blooming.Today while battling weeds and working on herbs, we found one lonely one in a place they have never been before. Took a foto for you since it will be in the 80’s all week and are sure it won’t last long.

    Doesn’t have much leaf like bearded and Dutch and only about 1 foot tall.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    12:07 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Very pretty, HOH. Bearded Iris were Barb’s dad’s favorite flower. She inherited her love of gardening and animals from him.

    Did we tell you Lily, age 12 is checking out colleges where she can take her horse with her? She has also decided she wants to be a vet. So proud of her. That was Barb’s dream when she was a kid.

    Safe travels back home C. Hobbit. Bet Sadie will be happy to see you.

  19. B.Stover
    12:15 pm on May 4th, 2014

    HOH: That is a beautiful iris.

    Barb: Michigan State University (Lansing, Michigan) has an excellent vet college. Lily may want to check it out.

  20. O'Howlers
    12:15 pm on May 4th, 2014

    HOH, that Siberian Iris is very pretty. We planted those Siberiab Blues (bugloss) last weekend. The flower gardens were mulched yesterday, so we don’t see how that will work out.
    Hobbit: Have a good trip. We believe Sadie already knows you are on your way.
    Sammy, sometimes having stuff with their smell helps out.

  21. O'Howlers
    12:16 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Gah! Siberian Blues!

  22. Diane C.
    12:19 pm on May 4th, 2014

    A late Good Morning and Happy Egg Day to everyone.
    O’H thank you for the beautiful description and photo (those were the lanterns, right?).
    Hobbit–Welcome home and have a quick and comfortable readjustment to your own time zone. (I forgot to mention earlier that I had found and watched “Gallipoli” on TV the day after you had written about visiting the memorial, which gave the movie new resonance.)
    Dawson–I had missed it catching up before, but happy you like the cauliflower/potato/pea recipe. It seems like a natural combination once you try it, but not until you do.
    HOH and other punsters–Dare I hope…?
    I’ll be back a little later to tell y’all about learning Historic European Martial Arts (only a little–but I got to play with two kinds of REAL swords! No bloodshed) yesterday.
    Be well and remember your sunblock, all.

  23. c.hobbit
    12:25 pm on May 4th, 2014

    From Gallipoli Memorial. I also took individual photos of the gravestones that had inscriptions on them from family

  24. Herd of Hounds
    12:30 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Diane, the DDD said he didn’t like his beard at first. But, it grew on him 🙂

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:33 pm on May 4th, 2014

    DianeC, see…

  26. O'Howlers
    12:37 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Diane, yes those were lanterns. They look like stars when they get so high. They are actually big, kite-like bags that have a fuse attached. You light that, and then when the bag fills with hot air, you release it and it floats up up up. Or so we were told. They don’t allow Members of the Nation in the cemetary. Go figure.

  27. Diane C.
    12:43 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Hobbit–Thank you. The more I learn about WWI the more it draws me, for some reason, so thaks for adding to my store of information.
    HOH–Ah, that was quick! (Still searching rapidly-deteriorating brain for a snappy comeback.) Thank you for a giggle to start the day.

  28. Herd of Hounds
    1:29 pm on May 4th, 2014

    CHobbit’s air adventure home should be just beginning. Safe passage and try to get in a nap.

  29. dawson
    2:18 pm on May 4th, 2014

    I love today’s Chetspeak: “Bobby gave me a funny look. I gave him a funny look back.”

    Barb&Maggie: You get the “Most Fearless Grandmom of the Year” award.

    O’Howler’s: What a moving celebration of young Jaxon’s life. I have never seen Chinese lanterns.

    Tupper&Gilly’sMama: I always get that feeling the day before I leave on a trip. Give SiberH a couple scritches from me.

    CHobbit: A very long day of travel! I will refresh my limited knowledge of Gallipoli today. Or tomorrow.

    Princess Sam: It’s a good thing you were there to keep Loulou in line while you supervised the moving of your girl’s things back home to you, you, you!

    HOH: Love the iris!

    DDD: Just finished the daily cribbage game and I am disgusted to say that I smell a skunk!

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    2:19 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Wanna hear about an air adventure?
    Mama went to the priceline website today to double check her flight times, only to find that they had cancelled her flight and her car. She still had hotel rooms in New Mexico.
    After hours on the phone and chat room, Mama has her ticket and car back. But she had to point out to the “service rep” that here she is in Massachusetts, and the hotels are in New Mexico in less than 48 hours, and that not having the superhero ability to soar thru the air, she WOULD NEED HER PLANE TICKET BACK!
    Only then did the rep finally understand.

    We hate outsourcing!

  31. Herd of Hounds
    2:32 pm on May 4th, 2014

    T&G’s Mama, hope that the ticket snafu is the only eventful part of your travels. We are sure missing Siber H. Be sure to say “HEY” from the hillbilly HOH.

  32. Wose-the small and meek
    3:12 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Sammie, glad you were there to supervise things at your girl’s school. Did you find any Chapstick?

    Hobbit, safe travels! It was wonderful to share your vacation with you! Your pictures were great!

    HOH, very pretty Siberian Iris. It made me think of Melanie. sniff

    B&M, it is wonderful that Lily wants to be a vet. She certainly has the compassion for animals. She’ll be tip-top!

    Can’t wait for Siber-H to return home!!

    Pixie, hope you are feeling better. Did you follow the drill last night?
    Belle Starr, why are you not in charge?

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:19 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Gardening!…grunt!….Those guys were all outside getting pots filled with dirt for the yearly gardening fiasco…sniff!…And the little bitty garden area that is reserved for salad this year. No chili pepper is the word…sniff!…Everyone except me and Beau are really tired….heh!heh!….Later my friend says she is going for the long walk again without us…chuffle!…If she can get out of her chair that is.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    5:41 pm on May 4th, 2014

    I am in agreement with
    Rio’s friend. Tired from hoeing and chopping those pots and raised beds. Sure hope this plan works better than past years. more sun on veggies and herbs don’t care.

  35. BooBear
    6:07 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Still just one egg. And haven’t seen mama bird around nest.

  36. Wose-the small and meek
    6:15 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Just saw the GOOGLE doodle. It is a tribute to Audrey Hepburn.

  37. Mollypop's Mom
    6:18 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Here are some pictures of the beautiful lanterns. In the first one, Jay is helping getting it lit.

  38. Mollypop's Mom
    6:19 pm on May 4th, 2014

    And off it goes.

  39. Mollypop's Mom
    6:20 pm on May 4th, 2014
  40. Wose-the small and meek
    6:39 pm on May 4th, 2014

    MPM, Just beautiful!

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:40 pm on May 4th, 2014

    MollysMaw!….This finally explains all those UFO’s…snort!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    6:40 pm on May 4th, 2014

    MPM, thanks for the fotos. That was really beautiful.

  43. Tupper and Gilly
    6:49 pm on May 4th, 2014

    We don’t mean to be a wet blanket, but aren’t those lanterns a fire danger?

  44. Mollypop's Mom
    7:13 pm on May 4th, 2014

    The lanterns have a small candle that generates enough heat to make them float up into the air. The candle doesn’t last very long so the fire goes out and the lanterns float to the ground.

  45. Billy's Buddy
    7:15 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Dear Friends,

    Will you please consider sending loving thoughts and prayers to a wonderful friend of dogs and kats? My friend Marie has rescued many of the nation within over the years. On December 15, her husband and partner in rescue passed away and tomorrow she is going to have to help their darling Chloe, who cannot stand or walk any longer, across the Rainbow Bridge.

    We will travel 150 miles tomorrow to be with her, but her heart is heavy tonight.

    Thank you!

    Billy’s Buddy, Linda

  46. Herd of Hounds
    7:26 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda, of course you will all be in our thoughts on such an emotional day. LLots of doggie love goes with you too.

  47. O'Howlers
    7:30 pm on May 4th, 2014

    MPM, Those are the Chinese lanterns that Mom and Pop helped send up to Jaxon last night!

    BB, we are sending love to Marie. ❤️

  48. Barb & Maggie
    7:42 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Back home and relaxing for the rest of the evening. Survived the party. Not sure Jack even realized Barb was there. He was sort of dazed and unfocused from all the video games. Personally we like home parties better. Going to one of those tomorrow night for Ben who will be 8. That is the end of child parties for a while, Thank Dog.

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:45 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda!….You guys be careful on that long trip…sniffle!

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:46 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Blankets!…I thought Corgi was The Queen’s English for “Wet Blanket(s)”….chorkel!

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    7:49 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda – your friend is a good person to allow her beloved Chloe to a peaceful and gentle path across the Bridge. They will both be in our prayers tonight.

  52. BooBear
    8:08 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda, we will send purrs and prayers to your friend. This is always such a hard decision to make and made harder since she lost her husband such a short time ago. You are a wonderful friend to make the trip to be with her.

    BooBear and Karen

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    8:08 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Rio – that was not funny.

  54. Wose-the small and meek
    8:15 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda, sending loving thoughts and prayers to Marie.

  55. Thieves!
    8:27 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda: Consider the prayers prayed.

    Wose: If Belle Starr were in charge it would be sparkle this and glitter that. Our Lady is ultimately in charge because she has those fancy thumbs, but when she is at work Luna takes the helm.

  56. dawson
    8:32 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Many prayers going out to help Chloe and Marie lighten their load. Many friends on both sides of the bridge.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    8:33 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Linda, Glad you can be there to lend support to your friend tomorrow. Making that decision is never easy.

  58. Mollypop's Mom
    8:46 pm on May 4th, 2014

    L the L, it’s good you will be there with your friend.

  59. Wose-the small and meek
    8:51 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Thieves! A little sparkle this and glitter that never hurt anyone. Make sure your Lady locks the door tonight.

  60. O'Howlers
    8:52 pm on May 4th, 2014

    We just finished Episode 3 of Fargo. No more worries about spoilers.

  61. Thieves!
    8:52 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Wose: Our Lady is locked and loaded!

  62. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Locked!…And Loaded…snort!….Glad to hear it! Be safe not sorry…wheeze!

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Wheeze!….Back from our gang-walk…grunt!….Beau is huffing and puffing but he will not take a drink of water till he has his treat(greenie joint medicine)…gruffle!

  64. Wose-the small and meek
    9:20 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Thieves! What Rio said!

  65. Tyb
    9:51 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Back to the Chinese lanterns. The flame burns for only 3 minutes and as long as it burns the lantern rises. When the fire goes out the lanterns comes down. There are several makers of these lanterns. I don’t know about the rest, but the ones we have used are 100% biodegradable, so there is no litter when they come down,

  66. Thieves!
    10:31 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Wose: Our Lady wouldn’t risk making the Giant worrying more than he already does so she is sure to stay locked and loaded. She also has us, and we’re no puppy dogs—er, you know what we mean.

    Where is our favorite min-pin?

  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Thieves!…Does this mean you will be sleeping in front of the doors instead of on the big-bed and or the compfy couch?…sniff!

  68. Thieves!
    10:42 pm on May 4th, 2014

    We couldn’t get on the bed even if we tried. Belle Starr called dibs on the bed and refuses to give an inch. Reports say Belle Starr is a cover hog. Squeal and snort!

  69. Tupper and Gilly
    11:05 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Ooo Thieves – you better be careful or Belle Starr will be in a Bad Mood.

  70. Thieves!
    11:17 pm on May 4th, 2014

    T&G: We’ll risk it.

  71. Kat
    11:32 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Belly and I are twins.

  72. Belle Starr
    11:35 pm on May 4th, 2014

    Kat: That must mean you are adorable. I am adorable. I can’t help it.

  73. Staff
    12:10 am on May 5th, 2014

    Dear Linda, Pawrayers going out for you and your friend at this most difficult time.

  74. Staff
    12:19 am on May 5th, 2014

    Guess who was on sale at Petco. Now then who needs one? Rose these are the baby Mr.Carrot. They are only about 6 inches tall. Staff did not buy the larger one although it was on sale too.

  75. Macy's mom
    12:25 am on May 5th, 2014

    Min-pin is around and about. MP mom is bummed and no fun.

  76. Staff
    12:40 am on May 5th, 2014

    OK Macy, I am sending you a Mr.Carrot to share with Mary Lou. Four more left (Alice took one)

  77. c.hobbit
    4:13 am on May 5th, 2014


  78. Kat
    5:32 am on May 5th, 2014

    Hurray for our traveling Hobbit!

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