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 Christ 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 at that.



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102 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:03 am on December 7th, 2014

    Another Chetspeak Sunday already. Where has the time gone?

    Loved that scene, and persuading a mule is no easy task. Actually had a mule once. Her name was Daisy and Kelly used to ride her.

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:09 am on December 7th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Mules, huh, a creature unto themselves. Loved the Chetspeak and it is Egg Day. Ours will have a little leftover cheese sauce from the other night 🙂
    Cool and grey here and Darah’s nest to the last class (she’s no Einstein!)
    Have a saucy Sunday.

  3. O'Howlers
    8:40 am on December 7th, 2014

    Happy Egg Day! Good job with Rummy, Chet! Heh!!
    The Boutique is today!?!?! We think it will start at 4:00pm our (eastern) time.
    AJ, we saw your post about Idaho, but we didn’t know it was for a funeral. :(. We offer our condolences.
    Pop is going to an Iggles game today. Mom is a football widow.

  4. O'Howlers
    8:40 am on December 7th, 2014

    We forgot to remind Darah to study up so she can pass her Final.

  5. B.Stover
    8:51 am on December 7th, 2014

    “Persuaded” the donkey to come down. LOL!

    Good morning all.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    9:01 am on December 7th, 2014

    We think mule herding and kat herding have a lot in common except that mule herding has more hoof and kick involved!

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:27 am on December 7th, 2014

    OH: (Darah here), thanks for the reminder. Most of the stuff they ask me to do is easy peasy: like sitting beside mom. A real no-brainer ’cause I know she has a cookie in her pocket. Lie down? Sure, I’m your basic couch-potato kind of gal. Sit? Heck, done that since I was a pup. The only one that makes no sense at all is “STAY”. Duh? Why? The cookies aren’t forthcoming and no one is giving me bellies, so what is the point?
    I’m sure I’ll graduate at the head of my class 🙂

  8. BearSpiritDog
    9:32 am on December 7th, 2014

    Chet and We all agree…Sunday kinda sneaks up on you.
    But, Hey, it’s Egg Day so it’s All Good.

    Hounds: Mules and Kats…You’ve got that right!

    AJ: Same as the O’Howlers, we didn’t know your trip was a sad one.
    Sending Love & Hugs.

  9. Staff
    10:04 am on December 7th, 2014

    O’Howlers, if you think it is after noon eastern time you will be missing some fun things. Just sayin’

    Dawson says that 8 a.m. AK time is Noon eastern.

    We had all better check…

  10. Luna
    10:24 am on December 7th, 2014

    We will open the doors to the boutique at 8am (AK) today. As usual, the items are great! Thank you to all youse who stocked the shelves.

    Before he left, the Giant put me in charge. No real surprise there.

  11. Tupper and Gilly
    10:27 am on December 7th, 2014

    Paws atremble, we await the noon hour here. We do love to shop, we just hate malls.
    AJ – we hope your time with your family is warm and healing for you all

    Barb – we were so tired last night, we forgot to tell you that your “new” kitchen set looks beautiful.

  12. dawson
    10:28 am on December 7th, 2014

    “Like calling him works.” Heh, heh.
    Mules and Sibers have something in common.
    Dad’s eggs had bacon, avocado, tomato and cheese with it. Yummers!

    AJ: Sorry to hear about your Gramps.

    I’m ready for the boutique. I think it will be open at 11:00 midwest time.

  13. Wolfie
    10:34 am on December 7th, 2014

    I just received a text message from Claudie, my sweet old kitty who crossed the Bridge on Thursday night. He loves it there! Apparently there have been some recent arrivals and the celebrations have been out of this world!

  14. Billy's Buddy
    10:40 am on December 7th, 2014

    I love Chet’s summarizing skills.

    Barb, your furniture is beautiful. You are one talented decorator.

    Safe trip with happy memories wished to AJ.

    Good luck to Darah Thea on her staying power.

    Everyone’s eggs sound delish.

    Excited about the boutique.

    Whew! Have a good day all.

  15. Staff
    10:55 am on December 7th, 2014

    wolfie! long time no see.

  16. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:01 am on December 7th, 2014

    Yes, the Rainbow Bridge was a busy place this week. Morgan, Lyla and Jack’s dear companion has crossed too. She was tired and weary and she went in the best way possible – just dozed off in her warm comfy bed at home. That was a gift.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:02 am on December 7th, 2014

    Wolfie: Claudie was Welcomed On the Other Side with open paws on Thursday.
    Head bumps to you.

  18. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:08 am on December 7th, 2014

    Photo!…Awwww….sniff!…That is an amazing foto of a girl and her best guy…wuffle!

  19. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:10 am on December 7th, 2014

    Pretzels!….Cookies!…Which of the two offerings will sell out first (or at all???)…sneeze!…Beau’s money is on The Cookies…heh!heh!

  20. Billy's Buddy
    11:15 am on December 7th, 2014

    Rio! Snort!

  21. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:16 am on December 7th, 2014

    Rebecca!…Put that pink hammer down and check your SDD…snorkel!

  22. BearSpiritDog
    11:17 am on December 7th, 2014

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: Yes, Morgan’s Journey was a good one…she went to sleep on this side, trotted across the Bridge with soft paws in a Dream, and woke up on the Other-Side.
    Loving thoughts to Lyla and Jack who are missing her now.

  23. Masquers
    11:21 am on December 7th, 2014

    Well, here it is…today…yesterday’s tomorrow…something exciting is on the way in 39 more minutes!

  24. Thieves!
    11:25 am on December 7th, 2014

    Rio: Thanks for distracting our Lady so we could take her pink hammer. Now, we won’t give back. Heh.

  25. Siber-H
    11:28 am on December 7th, 2014

    I want to thank all of you for your warm welcome home.

    AJ, We are sorry for your loss…safe travels and wonderful memories.

    ok, Dawson, Mom is laughing at your remark about mules and Sibers. I’m sure I would listen to Chet better than I do mom.

  26. Oley Howlers
    11:32 am on December 7th, 2014

    Staff! Thanks for setting us straight. We were somehow thinking noon AKT. Duh
    Barb, ditto what everyone said about your cool table and chairs. We love how they turned out.
    Wolfie, we are so sad to hear that you are missing your Claudie, but happy to hear that those who await us are enjoying their time.
    Dawson’s dad’s eggs sound delish.
    Dawson! Mules and Sibers? Hey! We resemble that remark! Heh!

  27. Oley Howlers
    11:36 am on December 7th, 2014

    Barb,we are sorry for Lyla and Jack, and happy that Morgan’s passing was so peaceful. That truly is the best people can hope for.

  28. Zeeus
    11:37 am on December 7th, 2014

    Every time my mom looks at me now, she says I am like a blender without a lid. What does that even mean? It must be good, right? She is always laughing when she says it.

  29. Mollypop's Mom
    11:38 am on December 7th, 2014

    It’s not just Barb’s talent as a decorator, but she can paint too! That’s a great skill to have.

  30. Diane C.
    11:40 am on December 7th, 2014

    Hello Dear Friends–Happy and sad to hear about Morgan and thinking of all in need of comfort (and/or joy) and sending pawsitive thoughts.
    Boutique? I missed the auction and now…? what are the boutique instructions?
    Also, Happy Egg Day.

  31. Staff
    11:57 am on December 7th, 2014

    five more minutes. Pant pant pant… I think I might hyperventilate.

  32. Thieves!
    12:00 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Our lady just unlocked the doors to the boutique. Remember, no pushing, no shoving.

  33. Billy's Buddy
    12:00 pm on December 7th, 2014

    MPM: you are right. Barb is an all-around talented person.

  34. Staff
    12:07 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Luna! Tell your lady to check her SDD Now! gasp!

  35. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Picturing Siber-H and Zeus up on the ridge Assisting Chet With the Mule.

    AUCTION Doors OPEN!!! hEY! Quit Shoving.

  36. Tupper's Mama
    12:08 pm on December 7th, 2014

    SCORE!!!! Perfect gift for our perfect V E T

  37. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:28 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Remember!…If you break it you buy it!….snort!

  38. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:33 pm on December 7th, 2014

    SOLD OUT!…Wow some stuff is already gone!gone!gone!….snort!…You have to refresh the page to see the Sold Out signs…heh!

  39. Staff
    12:41 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Whew! I think those Thieves tried to get away with a few of my boutique items. heh. But I talked to LUNA and she is as busy as a one armed paperhanger getting those items up and fielding purchases at the same time. Refresh please. There will be one more item coming up soon.

    OHOwlers I am thinking of you you you!

  40. Luna
    12:54 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Staff: Everything is under control. The items have been displayed in the front window of the boutique. The Thieves have been given the look.

  41. dawson
    1:07 pm on December 7th, 2014

    What a great place to shop. When I buy Staff’s items, the delivery is immediate!

    I don’t know if the O’Howlers or I won the wolf pillowcases. I waited for several minutes before I put my order in to give them a chance.

  42. Luna
    1:12 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Dawson: You bought the pillow cases!

  43. O'Howlers
    1:17 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Carpola! Mom chose that 1 minute to take her shower

  44. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    1:28 pm on December 7th, 2014

    I hesitated for one minute and the teapot vase was gone. Rats!

  45. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:41 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Linda!…The Cookies are ahead by 2 tins…snort!snort!

  46. B.Stover
    1:57 pm on December 7th, 2014

    There are wonderful things in the boutique. I’d love pretzels and cookies but I don’t want to pay by credit/debit card or paypal.

  47. Billy's Buddy
    2:02 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Bee, just email the Snowhook address and say you want an order of pretzels and cookies and you can send a check to Rebecca. That’s what I do.

    Cookies are ahead!

  48. B.Stover
    2:06 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Thanks BB. I just ordered one of each via email.

  49. Herd of Hounds
    2:06 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Stover and BB, thank you for answering my (unasked) question. We will make mom write the check when we get Darah home from school. What great stuff!

  50. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:12 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Cookies!…Winnit!…They are SOLD OUT already!…zow!

  51. c.hobbit
    2:16 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Phooey. I missed out on the cookies (not that they are on my diet anyway)

  52. Billy's Buddy
    2:22 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Molasses cookies — Delish!

  53. Luna
    2:24 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Mistake! My mama made a mistake. There is still one tin of cookies left. Any takers?

  54. c.hobbit
    2:30 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Luna: Gasp! I hoped I typed fast enough to get the last tin of cookies

  55. Luna
    2:34 pm on December 7th, 2014

    CHobbit: Your tiny Hobbit hands were fast! You secured the last tin of molasses cookies! The cookies are now, truly sold out, out, out.

  56. BearSpiritDog
    2:57 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Cookies GONE?! This Cannot Be Happening!!! Darn that kat anyway…He sent me On a Mission…Now all is lost. Sob!!!

  57. c.hobbit
    2:58 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Luna: was it Belle Starr, the Thieves or Harris that distracted your mama long enough to make a counting error? Or one of the 40+ other dogs?

  58. Thieves!
    3:09 pm on December 7th, 2014

    CHobbit: We’ll answer that question. We operate by a strict rule: Always blame Belle Starr. Belle Starr recently adopted a strict policy of her own: Always blame Harris, the second hand sled dog not the Hobbit. In summary, we are innocent.

  59. c.hobbit
    3:10 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Cat People out there: I have one mama cat who still hisses and hides after 2 months in residence. Her kittens are gone. I have 2 Feliway plugins (which has helped). She is out in the room more and meows when she sees me like she wants to be friends but her initial reaction to being approached is fear. I’ve tried not looking at her directly, approaching from the side, being on the floor and have had no success.

    My fostering mentor comes and calmly crawls to the cat (which is cowering in a corner), talks to her, picks her up, wraps her gently in a towel and holds her for a long time without her wanting to leave. I am not sure she likes it or is just paralyzed with fear. The cat has never swatted her or bitten her in the process of being picked up. If she hands me the cat, I hold her for a long time but I have not been successful doing this on my own. The foster mentor is way too busy to help me and will be out-of-town for 2 weeks.

    Should I confine the cat to a small room and then just spend time in the room reading and letting her get used to me? She does come into the family room while I am watching TV at night and lays on the floor not far from me. I talk to her and walk by her but cannot try and make any contact with her.

    I need to heavily socialize her so that she is adoptable. Plus I need to be able to take her to the vet to get spayed on the 18th. What advice do you have? I feed her chicken and tuna and other good food so she has to like me entering her space to some extent.

  60. c.hobbit
    3:13 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Another painting day ahead of me. I’ve been delaying leaving the house as it has been misting rain. BBL

  61. Tupper's Mama
    3:17 pm on December 7th, 2014

    CHobbit – if the Mama cat was feral, or semi feral, you may never get her to be socialized, no matter how sweet, kind and generous you are with her.
    Just like some babies in orphanages suffer from not being handled enough and can therefore never grow up to accept human contact, a feral cat may not have the capacity to enjoy being handled.
    She may just end up being a “in the room” cat instead of a cuddle cat. We suggest that you keep doing what you are doing, but don’t make a lot of demands – she may just be who she is.

  62. Herd of Hounds
    3:18 pm on December 7th, 2014

    We dogs are so much more user friendly 🙂 Slobber, splort, twirl!

  63. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:43 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Wow!…If and only IF there is a big demand, my friend might be persuaded to ramp up the baking and make more cookies….grunt!…But like I say, it has to be worth her while…chuffle!

  64. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:22 pm on December 7th, 2014

    I am going to say no to the cookies even though they look delish. I am not baking any Christmas cookies this year due to the fact that my two biggest cookie eaters have gone Paleo and don’t eat sugar or flour. I was tempted to buy a tin, but I know I will eat all of them myself, and I have already gained back some weight.

    I don’t know a lot about cats (even though we had one living with us for 18 years). I remember reading one time that if feral kittens are not socialized by a certain age, they will remain feral.
    I bet Staff or Boobear’s mama will have some good advice.

  65. bluecat
    5:06 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Dear Hobbit – what Tupper’s Mama said is true from our experience. We brought a feral cat indoors and she lived for 19 years. She never warmed up to being held or stroked, let alone cuddled. She was a fine cat, though – playing sometimes – occasionally wanting to sit on a lap or sleep with a child. She tried to be friendly, but just couldn’t do it. If your cat didn’t want to be with you, you’d never see her. It’s nice that she comes to you; give her the freedom to do that. If we’d tried the towel-wrapping thing with KitKat, she would have freaked. The foster mentor much have tricks of the trade we don’t know about. Good luck.

  66. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:09 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Checklist!….That is 1 NO!…heh!heh!

  67. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:14 pm on December 7th, 2014

    CHobbit!…If you fed me tuna and chicken I would let you enter my space all the time. I wouldn’t even hisssss at you…snort!…Not from the front anyways…heh!

  68. O'Howlers
    5:16 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Somebody, buy that last tin of pretzels, pleeeeeze. Mom is a strong girl, but not that strong!

  69. Herd of Hounds
    5:18 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Rio, we got in on the cookie/pretzel battle before the cookies ran out, so that makes us a “no” by default.

  70. Herd of Hounds
    5:34 pm on December 7th, 2014

    (Darah Thea the black dozer here) Well, quite a day at Pawsitive Training School. There were lots of 2 leggers there, don’t know why except to see how good I can be. There was a really cute 2 legger puppy with blond hair, blue eyes and bright blue glasses. Mom said had “special knees” I didn’t see anything special about them but he smelled like cotton candy and applesauce, delish! He got lots of Newfie kisses from me 🙂
    I did everything my teacher asked, once! And now I have a diploma to prove it 🙂

  71. BearSpiritDog
    5:39 pm on December 7th, 2014

    More COOKIES? That would be a YES! from here.

    And Someone Here also has decided she MUST HAVE one of those cool mugs. We are now scrambling for loose change.

    C.Hobbit: I see a large Cat in your future.

  72. BearSpiritDog
    5:41 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Darah Thea: Congrats on your Diploma!

  73. Herd of Hounds
    5:47 pm on December 7th, 2014

    BSD, don’t let Darah fool you if she says she graduated at the top of her class. She was the ONLY one in her class!
    P.S. you have impeccable taste in soup sized mugs!

  74. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:48 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Cookies!…It is now 1 YES vs 1 NO…snort!

  75. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:48 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Congrats, Darah. We are impressed that you did the stay. We here will sit and down like crazy, but no one seems to feel the need for a long stay.

  76. C.hobbiti
    6:19 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Barb: I had planned to eat the cookies myself. Now I feel bad.
    Rio: I would boy another tin or even two and share them with family.

    The two mama cats are sisters and not feral. But the lived in a chaotic junked trailer with a family and a dog. Family was leaving the state so litters went into foster care. Don’t know why the two are so different.

    BSD: no! If I was going to get a cat, it wouldn’t be one that hissed at me.

    Taking a break from painting. Every time I go to the boutique I see something else I want.

  77. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:25 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Hobbit, Don’t you dare feel bad! You can eat all the cookies you want.

  78. Masquers
    6:30 pm on December 7th, 2014

    This curious kat has a question…how long is the Boutique open?

  79. Herd of Hounds
    6:32 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Hobbit, mom got cookies and pretzels because she is trying to get her “Alaska figure” for March 🙂 Or someething like that.

  80. C.hobbiti
    6:34 pm on December 7th, 2014

    HOH: so right. No dieting allowed if you want to be warmly fluffy in the Alaskan winter.

  81. Herd of Hounds
    6:41 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Hey, If mom does AK in 2016, it will make it the 3rd time and the charm, so maybe she will get it right.
    Isn’t the boutique always on the “” site but with just what ever is available?

  82. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:55 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Sharon are you already talking about 2016? We are just approaching 2015.

  83. Herd of Hounds
    7:06 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Barb, got tickets, car and hotel for 2015 (some at Hobbit Hotel). Mom’s b-day is near the beginning of March and she loves the dogs and the race (you may have the snow, ice and white shiitake, thank you very much). She thinks it is better to go “north to Alaska” than to have a “ho hum” free dinner in the lower 48.
    Just sayin”

  84. Herd of Hounds
    7:08 pm on December 7th, 2014

    And, perhaps the 3rd time, we can be in NOME for the finish 🙂

  85. Herd of Hounds
    7:33 pm on December 7th, 2014

    BooBear, tell your mom to check her SDD quick like a good BOO.

  86. Masquers
    7:49 pm on December 7th, 2014

    HOH: You’re right…the boutique is open for shopping until the shelves are empty…and they’re emptying out fast!

  87. Herd of Hounds
    7:57 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Don’t anyone tell the DDD, but he admires AJ’s puzzles and is getting the puzzle package for his Christmas. Maybe we can keep him away from cards enough for mom to get better at cribbage 🙂

  88. Luna
    8:55 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Items are flying off the shelves and why shouldn’t they be? The donors of items really out did themselves.

    The Holiday Boutique will stay open until the items are gone. We have our general Mushers Mercantile that is always open with Snowhook items.

  89. BooBear
    9:32 pm on December 7th, 2014

    HOH’s, checked and responded.

    SOMEBODY buy the green cat pillow before mom breaks down and buys it! She has already bought the cat cards, a mug and the Snowhook calendar! But she loves the pillow.

  90. BearSpiritDog
    9:51 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Least we forget…Today is December 7th…Remembering to honor all those brave men and women on this Pearl Harbor Day.

  91. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Bear!…Good for you on remembering and telling all of us so we can remember too…snort!

  92. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:58 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Bear, You are right. How could we forget? Over 2400 men died that day and many more injured. Today was the 73rd anniversary.

  93. Herd of Hounds
    9:58 pm on December 7th, 2014

    A day that will that will live in infamy.

  94. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Cookie-Count!…It is now 3 Yes and 1 No….grunt!

  95. ML
    10:29 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Hi family, I am feeling a little better. Anyone who has my phone number is welcome to call me but I can’t promise not to to be weepy. Love you all.

  96. Masquers
    10:29 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Someone whose initials are BSD is twisting my tail to vote yes on more cookies.

  97. Masquers
    10:31 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Hi, ML! Welcome back! We posted at the same time. That has to be good luck for you.

  98. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on December 7th, 2014

    Maskers!…I already recorded your vote for more cookies…snort!…Your tail is being twisted for no reason at all…heh!heh!

  99. Tupper's Mama
    10:56 pm on December 7th, 2014

    ML – weepy is just fine. You have been through the wringer, and we understand weepy.
    And you need to understand love, support, friendship and caring. Cuz that’s what we all have for you.
    Welcome back, dear friend. You and your smart mouth little doggie too!

  100. Masquers
    11:34 pm on December 7th, 2014

    What? Riö, No! That paw count was for someone else in this household…I’m sure of it.

  101. Staff
    12:03 am on December 8th, 2014

    Hey Mary Lou, This is a hard time of year when you have lost a loved one. Last year all three of us sisters were very ho-hum about Christmas. Didn’t send out cards, get decorated or (hardly) anything. It was weird and not anyway like we had acted in the past. Hopefully it will be better this year, but the tree is still not up here in Minneapolis.

    Tomorrow maybe.

    Hugs to you from all of us.

  102. Staff
    12:04 am on December 8th, 2014

    Oh geez. Hopefully the Pug is in bed and won’t like in my ears and nose. YUCK!

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