Chetspeak on Sunday

That was when I got a bad shock. We were in a kind of office – desk, chairs, computer, none of that shocking – and standing by the desk was the cop who’d spoken to Rick, also not shocking. The shocking part was the clown sitting in one of the chairs. I’d seen clowns on TV. They scare me every time, and this was much worse. The clown had a horrible white face with a red mouth and green eyes and nasty orange hair sprouting out of his head here and there. And it wasn’t just the sight of him: how about the smell? Partly he smelled like Livia Moon, who operated a house of ill-repute, whatever that may be, in Pottsdale, and partly he smelled like a human male. I hardly ever go backward, but I was going backward now, and barking my head off.

“Easy, Chet,” said Bernie.

“Dogs hate me,” said the clown.

He had a soft voice, actually sort of nice, although not as nice of Bernie’s, of course. I stopped barking, not all at once, more this gradual dial-down thing I do.

– from To Fetch A Thief.

Welcome little Miss Diva.


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92 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Melanie
    9:28 am on July 14th, 2013

    Chet, our Pack doesn’t do the dial down thing. They just have to have the last bark.

    Good Morning All . . Good, because I looked out at one of the gardens, saw a Raven, and a hummer was at the Bee Balm.

    Now I’m going back under the quilt. The weather is back to a Yuck factor of 10.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:50 am on July 14th, 2013

    Gooood morning, everyone! Love the Chetspeak 🙂 HOH is like the pack, no dial down here either. Yesterday was a 2 step day for mom. She felt so gooood, she did toooo much in the house and yard…2 steps forward. Today she feels like caca (not a crow) so will be under the quilt, lurking and loving the HOH for a bit.

    Chetspeak, Egg day, let’s keep it simple Sunday…..KISS.

  3. Macy
    10:08 am on July 14th, 2013

    Melanie and Sharon, it is ACTUALLY going to rain here today, so we are going to do the faux quilt here. We feel ok, just not like doing anything. You two enjoy the healing power of the quilt, and here are a couple of dainty licks, too. Hope you don’t mind, but I bet neither of you are squeamish about “Dog Germs!!!” -Lucy Van Pelt of Snoopy fame.

  4. dawson
    10:27 am on July 14th, 2013

    Keeping it simple: I love Chetspeak.

    New FOC: Little Miss Diva (almost a Princess) is a sweet, petite quilt tester.

    Melanie, Zoe & Sharon: The quilt was washed and hung out on the line on a sunny, breezy day so it’s fresh and clean for y’all.

    MacyMinPin: I was getting ready for my daily bike ride but now I see it is sprinkling. I could easily do a faux quilt number and lay about reading my Larry Millett Sherlock Holmes novel.

  5. B. Stover
    10:28 am on July 14th, 2013

    I love the way Chet narrates.

    Good morning all.

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 am on July 14th, 2013

    Ooooh Melanie!….After your coco check your SDD…snort!

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 am on July 14th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Isn’t awake yet, but once she does wake up I hope she will check her SDD…sniff!…Where is my breakfast anyways?…snort!…I loved the clown in Chet’s adventure….heh!heh!

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 am on July 14th, 2013
  9. Mr Staff
    11:15 am on July 14th, 2013

    Alert – Pokey LaFarge will be on the Letterman show Tuesday, July 18 – due to my unceasing promotion, I’m sure.
    1st link – the original band
    2nd link – the current band
    3rd link – from the cd “live in Holland”. Excellent music for the car.

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:16 am on July 14th, 2013

    Hey, I just realized that next year is Snowhook’s tenth anniversary!

  11. Tupper and Gilly
    11:29 am on July 14th, 2013

    Hey everyone – Mama peeked out of workroom long enough to see who is about. She is still cramming and jamming, getting ready for the upcoming series of shows. And praying for good weather – or at least – no rain on upcoming weekends.

    We actually do the dial down thing. We bark like mad, and when Mama tells us “hush” we bark softer and softer. But we still “burble” for a while, that is until Mama gets really tired of it and slaps the table. Then we stop.

    Or at least we only burble under our breath.

  12. Barb & Maggie
    11:36 am on July 14th, 2013

    Good morning all. We love Chetspeak Sundays. Should be Egg Day too, but we are all out. Last two times Barb stopped for eggs they were sold out. So here this was a peanut butter on toast Sunday.

    Barb just did the last bit of lawn mowing, before it got too hot.
    Still she was just about melted when she came in. Have to water the two new Black Hills Spruce pine trees that are planted in the way back, and then it will be a day of rest.

  13. Wose
    11:38 am on July 14th, 2013

    Good Sunday Morning!

    Wolfie: Ten years! Wow! It would be really great if all us Plunderers could celebrate in Alaska !

    We are in for a very hot week this week…90’s and high humidity! Yuck!

    Grizz and I kept away from the kids yesterday.

    Rio! You are a good boy. Beau too.

    CHobbit, please take care of yourself. Get that ear checked again.

    Food shopping today….

  14. Staff
    12:15 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Here is a quilt for Corgi lovers…

    AbbietheKitty likes all the recent quilt tester shown recently on Friends of Chet…

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:05 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Links!….How did Mr. Staff manage to post 3 links in one post?….grunt!…Mine never show up if I do that.

  16. Siber-H
    1:54 pm on July 14th, 2013

    I never have to dial down any barking because I don’t bark. Mom says that is both a plus and a minus.

    I am going to play Mr. Staff’s links because I could never stay up for Letterman. Thanks Mr. Staff.

    Timmy pitched a no-hitter last night! We are happy for him.

  17. O'Howlers
    2:20 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Happy Egg Day!
    If we dialed down any more, our hearts would not be beating.

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    2:41 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Awwww – Mama wants that Corgi quilt! Did you know that that Welsh legend is where Gilly’s name came from? Another facet of the story about Corgis and fairies is that in reward for serving as their mighty steeds, the Fairy Folk weave wreaths and garlands to drape over the Corgis shoulders. And the flowers they use are called Gilly Flowers.

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    2:48 pm on July 14th, 2013
  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:54 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Gah!….Someone finally finished all her cleaning and organizing of project supplies. She realized that she has absolutely no Red Paper…grunt!… And she is almost out of little display stands. Orders have been placed and now all is well with the world…heh!…Whew!

    Beau!…He seems to be putting more weight on his back leg. But he can sure get around quickly on only 3….heh!

  21. B. Stover
    3:17 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Charlie and I decided that since we were in France we’d go to Paris. We went to the Orangery and saw Monet’s lily paintings in the round room. Then to the Rodin Museum, the Louvre and, my favorite, the Musee D’Orsay. We saw Rodin’s Gates of Hell which, of course, depicts scenes from Dante’s Inferno. Charlie was very impressed with it. Now we are resting in my easy chair. I have a lovely glass of Merlot and Charlie has his bowl of water.

  22. B. Stover
    3:24 pm on July 14th, 2013

    The Wikipedia article on Gates of Hell.

  23. Herd of Hounds
    3:27 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Macy: Enjoy your rain. Thanks for the licks, mom enjoyed them. CHobbit: GET THAT EAR LOOKED AT! Did we yell loudly enough? Hmm…hearing, balance, brain? Rio: Glad to hear that Beau is on the mend.

    Has anyone noticed that “goofey” and newfie rhyme? Wonder why that is (ha!)

  24. Siber-H
    3:44 pm on July 14th, 2013

    C.Hobbit, Ditto to what HOH said about the ear.

  25. Melanie
    4:28 pm on July 14th, 2013

    C.Hobbit, you just need a different antibiotic.

    It’s link day! And I don’t mean sausages. Stop drooling on my iPaw, Frank. You goofy Newfy you.

    Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Riö, you are correct. That saying has had the Nation Within wondering the meaning for years.

    Oh, I was going to put up a link to join the fun, but my head aches again.

    BBL, maybe.

  26. Herd of Hounds
    4:44 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Lordy, raining again. As Gomer would say, “Surrr-prise, surrr-prise, surrr-prise!” Only issue is….mom is having new soffits, gutters & downspouts installed. The job is 1/4 of the way through. Where is the water? Where ever it wants to be 🙁

  27. Barb & Maggie
    4:49 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Bee, When you started your post about you and Charlie going to Paris, we at first thought you were talking about you and an ex going on vacation. Until we got to the last sentence that is. hahahaha

  28. c.hobbit
    4:50 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Don’t worry everyone. I am driving home today and will call my doctor tomorrow.

    I looked up what is the traditional 10-year anniversary gift and it is tin or aluminum. And dog bowls it is (ha, ha)

  29. Princess Sam
    4:57 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Charlie’s bowl of water. Ha ha ha.

  30. Barb & Maggie
    5:04 pm on July 14th, 2013

    The last 3 post have had ha-ha in them. We are a happy group today!

  31. Herd of Hounds
    5:07 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Happy and simple!

  32. Herd of Hounds
    5:07 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Ha, ha, ha.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:08 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Anniversary!….I thought the Giants already celebrated their 10th anniversary This Year…grunt!….Am I right or am I wrong. I doubt that I am wrong…heh!

  34. Princess Sam
    6:20 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Are we talking about the people or the kennel?

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:27 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Giants!….I’m talking about Giants, who are you talking about?…sniff!

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:41 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Game!…The Rockies are holding their slim lead so far in the bottom of the 7th inning…snort!…I don’t know why, but I am hot just watching that game…wheeze!…My friend, in all her wisdom, is making a hot bean-green chili soup for supper…gasp!…It is still simmering like fire on the stove. She made her typical beef and bean chili and then added a bowl of frozen green chili she had made a month ago…huffle!…This is going to be hot!hot!hot!….And I am already hot…sniff!

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:44 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Bread!….She is also going to bake a baguette in the outside oven to go along with the hot!hot!hot! chili…sniff!… Her mother just yelled down here saying the chili is really hot…heh!heh!…I told youse all, didn’t I?…snort!

  38. Herd of Hounds
    6:47 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Rio: Sounds really tasty. All mom gave us was garlic noodles and kielbasa.

  39. Staff
    6:49 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Dear Plunderers, Please harness your plunder power and send it to our neice for her dog Scout who is lost in Missoula MT. Help Scout, who is timid, be brave enough to find her way home. Thanks so much.

  40. Staff
    6:50 pm on July 14th, 2013


  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:52 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Kielbasa!…Is that sausage?…sniff!sniff!…If it is someone here loves that stuff, and it isn’t my friend…grunt!

    Spicy!….Because the chili is spicy her mother is eating right now without us…heh!heh!…She already put the bread in the oven knowing that my friend had a different time in mind to do this…grump!….She better be watching that bread, that’s all I can say on behalf of someone here who says she is NEVER COOKING AGAIN…huffle!spit!

  42. Staff
    6:57 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Mr.Staff says that he is ‘special’. Must be as special as Sharon HOH is with her posts. sniff. What about us ‘old’ timers? Huh? What about us!

  43. Herd of Hounds
    6:57 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Scout is in out pawrayers.

  44. Wose
    6:58 pm on July 14th, 2013

    RIO! Are any oof the Rockies coming to NY for the All-Starr game? This is the first one in Queens since 1964!

    Staff : Strong Grizz and Wose prayers and pawsitive thoughts for your niece and Scout.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:04 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Special!… Yes, I did compare Mr. Staff to Sharon when I saw that triple URL post…grunt!…How the hell do those two get away with stuff like that?…snort!

    Rose!…My Team has 2 players going to the All-Stars game that I know of for sure. Michael Cuddyer, thanks Staff, Mr. Staff and Linda The Lurker., for this amazing player…heh!…And our most awesome Carlos Gonzales…chuffle!…I hope I am not missing anyone – SiberH will correct me if I am…sniff!

  46. Siber-H
    7:06 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Staff, Prayers and thoughts going out for Scout…may she have a quick and safe journey back home.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:07 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Scout!….Phone Home!!…snort!…You must find your way HOME…sniff!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Harness!…Scouts harness fits her the same way mine fits me…ouch!tight!…snuffle!burp!

  49. Barb & Maggie
    7:40 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Scout, we are sending homeward bound thoughts your way. Please be safe.

  50. Siber-H
    7:43 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Rio, Tulo is going to the All Star Game.

  51. dawson
    7:54 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Oh no. Prayers for Scout.

    Rio & Sharon are making me hungry.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on July 14th, 2013

    SiberH!…Right. If he doesn’t get hurt between now and then…grump!…He might play.

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on July 14th, 2013

    SiberH!…He might trip at the airport and sprang his groin, you never know…gruffle!

  54. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Well, Maybe they would let him set in the dugout with a taped up groin and watch the game.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:06 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Watch!….He is good at watching from the sidelines…sniff!…Everyone relies on him way too much – it makes me mad…grump!

  56. Melanie
    8:10 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Pawsitive thoughts for Scout’s homecoming.

    Ros blurred over to Paris to take a picture of Charlie and B.Stover in the round room.

    They are just to the right side of the picture. Ros waited a tad too long to snap it.

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    8:12 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Scou – ooouuuttt! Scooouuu-ouuuuttttt! Come one home, puppy. Whose a good girl? Scout’s a good girl, yes she is. She’s a good girl heading home.

  58. Siber-H
    8:13 pm on July 14th, 2013

    We are having an electrical storm and are unplugging the computer.


  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:14 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Melanie!…Have you given any thought to checking your SDD lately?…grunt!

  60. O'Howlers
    8:16 pm on July 14th, 2013

    We are pulling for Scout here. Staff, did you post Scout’s picture and info on facebook? A ton of dogs have been found that way. We’ll share, and so will others. The ‘rents Goddaughter lives in Montana and she will likely share too.

    Barb, Mom started Blessings of the Animals.

  61. Gus and BooBear
    8:35 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Thinking about Scout and praying she is found soon.

  62. B. Stover
    8:59 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Melanie: We didn’t see Ros.

  63. Barb & Maggie
    9:00 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Oleys, Hope you like the book. Barb really enjoyed it.

    Time to head for the covers. See everyone tomorrow.

  64. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:11 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Gah, the Giants (the baseball team not our mushers)lost badly. Ouch.

    We will keep some prayers for the good dog Scout.

    According to Snowhook’s page, the kennel was established in 2004. I think we need to hoo ha it up!

  65. Herd of Hounds
    9:21 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Exciting news,but…long day. Nghty night.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Brother!…Maybe next year when they actually HAVE an anniversary we can think about what to do…grunt!….Right now we need to think of ways to get the team to the starting line and beyond…snort!

  67. Melanie
    9:43 pm on July 14th, 2013

    B.Stover, she was dressed as a waterlily.

    Riö, I did find some purddy stuff on my computer. I have transferred it over to the other computer where I do my work. I will get to it when I am feeling tip top. Or at least tip or top.

    Bed calls,

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Melanie!….That is all I can ask of you, Maestro…snorkel!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Beau!…That black fool actually wanted to go for a walk tonight…grunt!…So, she put his halter on him and took him out in the back yard and out through the gate…sniff!…It was slow going but he made it out onto the sidewalk and then to the end of our big fence line. Then they came back and he had to rest for awhile before he got back to the patio…wuffle!…She does not know if this is good or bad for him. That’s the hard part. Should he be kept quiet and not do anything or should he be using his little gimpy leg?…sniff!

  70. Macy
    11:01 pm on July 14th, 2013

    Home, Scout, good dog.


  71. Staff
    11:15 pm on July 14th, 2013

    O’Howlers, Yes, Scout’s picture is up on our niece’s facebook page and they have posters and handouts at the local vets and large stores in the area. They have also contacted the humane society, animal control and the local police.

    Poor Scout is scared I am sure. Please come home Scouter.

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