Chetspeak on Sunday

I went over to our side window. And there he was at his side window!

Iggy stared at me. I stared at Iggy. After a bit of that, he turned and trotted away, wagging that stubby little tail of his. A few moments later, he returned. Now he had something in his mouth. It looked like … oh, no, was that possible? Iggy had a whole package of bacon? And I didn’t?

Iggy stared at me. I stared at Iggy. I recognized that wrapping, mostly see-through, with a gold band at the top: we had the same kind – excellent bacon, farm-fresh and organic, according to Bernie – in the fridge. I wanted bacon real bad, and not just any bacon, but Iggy’s bacon. He just stood there, the package in his mouth. Mr. Parsons appeared in the background, approaching Iggy slowly, on account of his walker. Iggy didn’t seem to be aware of Mr. Parsons at all: he was too busy making sure I got a nice long look at that bacon. And now Mr. Parsons was right behind him. Grab that bacon, Mr. Parsons, quick! Mr. Parsons reached down to grab the bacon, but not quick. Iggy saw his hand at the last moment and booked; also not quick, but quick enough. Mr. Parsons stumped after him, both of them vanishing from my sight.

– from THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.

(And in other news, School Library Journal calls WOOF “hilarious.” Coming April 28.)

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121 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:54 am on January 25th, 2015

    Good Morning! Happy Egg AND BACON Day! Thanks, Chet. We love that scene with Iggy showing off the bacon. Made us start drooling for some odd reason.

  2. BearSpiritDog
    8:54 am on January 25th, 2015

    Good Morning, Chet & Iggy!!
    JHappy Chet’s Speak Everyone!!!

  3. BearSpiritDog
    8:55 am on January 25th, 2015

    O’Howlers! Yikes. We’re Twins!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:56 am on January 25th, 2015

    Good morning OH and everyone! Chetspeak, ya gotta love it. We do and today’s is like a sign or something. Egg Day! Mom make us scramgled eggs eith bacon crumbles thi morning then we went out in the 33F yard and romped and stomped. Mom got cold so she went back in before we did.
    ML WOW. Read about you job and congrats! Busy for you and more treaties for MTMP and the girls :)
    Have a surefire Sunday.

  5. O'Howlers
    8:57 am on January 25th, 2015

    Here is a photo Pop snapped of our creek, while we were on an early morning stroll for the newspaper. Everything looks so peaceful, but we are getting another snowstorm overnight into Monday, with 2-4 inches and wind. Then, Monday night, a Nor’easter is going to dump 1-2 feet of snow on us!!!!

  6. Herd of Hounds
    8:58 am on January 25th, 2015

    Hey BSD! Gah, the “s” key is still sticking and got a cut on the right paw so we have been missing some letters :( Think we’ll go lick the wound for a while.

  7. Diane C.
    9:05 am on January 25th, 2015

    Hello All and Happy Sunday–what a great chice for today’s Chetspeak. I’d really like to see more of Iggy in the future…

  8. Meashka
    9:05 am on January 25th, 2015

    ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!

    Melanie, the pup not the beloved friend or beloved wife, is fully sponsored!! Run, Melanie, run!
    And Clyde, he of the wonderful smooches and love of all people, is also a sponsored member of the Snowhook Team!!!!
    Woo Hooo!!!

  9. Diane C.
    9:11 am on January 25th, 2015

    Macy’s Mom–Yay for paid work! Congratulations (and it’s Ralph’s where I live, not that anyone asked).
    Everyone on the painting/cost thread–thanks for reminding me–I need to get my kitchen done and won’t even try to do it myself. It’s skilled work and time-consuming and worth a reasonable fee.
    (Just blew 20 minutes watching Sherlock outtakes–time to start the REAL day…)

  10. Masquers
    9:11 am on January 25th, 2015

    Howlers: Kool photo of the creek…looks like a snow day coming up for your mom.
    Wooohooo for Melanie and Clyde! Go Snowhook doggies!
    Hey, HOH, sorry about the sticky “s” key, but what are youse calling this day without it?
    Good morning, DianeC and all.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    9:26 am on January 25th, 2015

    Masquer, we are calling it a pain in the rear. Have to type slowly and reread constantly.

  12. dawson
    9:27 am on January 25th, 2015

    Chetspeak: Mr. Parsons is getting his exercise this morning, chasing Iggy with his bacon.

    O’Howlers: I love your little creek.

    HOH: Take care of your paws (and your s)!

    Congratulations to Melanie and Clyde, the two newest sponsored members of the Iditarod Team 2015. Go Snowhook!

  13. Herd of Hounds
    9:32 am on January 25th, 2015

    Kroeger’s in TN is Kroeger’s but there aren’t any down here in our corner. Knoxville, Nashville, Bristol all have them but we are the red-headed step child.

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    9:51 am on January 25th, 2015

    Morning, family.
    While the Storyteller fries bacon and eggs ( his one and only culinary skill) we are watching Sunday Morning on CBS. Great story about Stonehenge; a place that has always fascinated Mama. She would love to go to England and explore the Arthurian sites like Tintagel, Merlin’s Cave….ahhhh, to dream of dragons and brave Knights and round tables and magic.

  15. Wose-the small and meek
    9:54 am on January 25th, 2015

    ML: Congrats on the new job!

    Lurking…..

  16. B.Stover
    9:57 am on January 25th, 2015

    Iggy is in big trouble…and he “booked”! Love it.

    Howlers: Wonderful picture of the creek and bare trees.

    Good morning all.

  17. B.Stover
    10:25 am on January 25th, 2015

    Why is Kroger (which we have here) called different things in different places?

    ML: Thank you for your thoughts on flappers vs the good wife. When I was a kid I remember a friend of my mother saying that it was, “nice to be taken care of.” I was appalled then and I still am. It’s as though that generation (again, a gross generalization) gave up everything that the generations of women before them had fought for…because they preferred to be comfortable. Bah!

    I think I need more coffee.

  18. Meashka
    10:34 am on January 25th, 2015

    Bah! Indeed, Prof Bee.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    10:36 am on January 25th, 2015

    We just looked up Kroger and the history, in a nutshell is: Began in Cincinnati OH, was successful and spread thru mid west and south. Acquired other small chains and has “banner” stores (whatever that means) like Safeway, Ralph’s etc. Perhaps many names so not monoploly? Second largest grocery in U.S. after Wally World.

  20. Billy's Buddy
    10:51 am on January 25th, 2015

    This is one of my favorite passages from all of the Chet books. Love it!

    Back from Florida where we were treated yesterday to the warm weather version of what the OH family is scheduled to receive: moisture and lots of it.

    It is good to be back with my blog family. I will be spending some time reading. Good morning all.

  21. Diane C.
    10:52 am on January 25th, 2015

    B. Stover–I also mourn the setback to the women’s rights movement(s) that the ’50s and early ’60s represented, but don’t forget that a huge amount of persuasion had been expended inculcating that worldview in middle-class women (for the poor, of course, women often worked for money, plus a second shift at home, and still didn’t make progress).
    HOH–Have you tried cleaning the sticky key? Alcohol and an old toothbrush or stripped-down q-tip should work…
    T and G’s Mama–You’ve already read The Once and Future King, right? (Otherwise I’d recommend–in fact, now would be a good time to re-read in any case.)

  22. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:59 am on January 25th, 2015

    Good morning all. Happy Sunday. Snowing and blowing here.

    Rio, We looked up that book that you recommended and it looks very interesting. Will be making a trip to the library tomorrow to see if they have it.

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:02 am on January 25th, 2015

    Diane – if it is a well researched book about Arthur, we have read it. The Once And Future King, the Lawhead trilogy, the Crystal Cave trilogy (brain cramp on the woman author’s name), The Mists of Avalon…you name it.
    We
    We are just fascinated by the different interpretations of the facts and legends of Camelot.

  24. Diane C.
    11:12 am on January 25th, 2015

    T and G–Me too, although probably to a lesser degree. When I was a Fine Arts student I had it in mind to do a full-length (dance/theater) work based on the Arthurian legends and did make a start on it. Proved too big. There are a number of excerpts from Purcell’s opera King Arthur on YouTube if you’re up for combing through them (“Fairest Isle” is the big hit tune).
    (Also in the ’50s a Royal Ballet work called Picnic at Tintagel about the Tristan and Yseult story–NOT to be found anywhere on YouTube)
    I haven’t thought about this in years…thanks.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    11:20 am on January 25th, 2015

    T&G Mary Stewart

  26. Herd of Hounds
    11:25 am on January 25th, 2015

    And Diane, we used a can of compressed air we found hiding in a sock drawer (of all places) and the miscreant “s” seems to be successfully unstuck. Please note all the lovely “s”es we just used! Mississippi, Tennessee, success, our ‘s’ is returned.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    11:27 am on January 25th, 2015

    Royals and Diane: Merlin, especially, has always been a Big Favorite here. It’s the Magic that intrigues us.

    Diane: This is One We Love. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde – Prelude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=fktwPGCR7Yw&x-yt-cl=84503534

    Krogers is QFC in these parts.

    Welcome back, Billy’s Buddy!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    11:29 am on January 25th, 2015

    T&G’s Mama, Stewart’s trilogy is actually a 4 book series: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day.

  29. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:31 am on January 25th, 2015

    The photo of the creek is lovely. And quiet, for the moment. Tomorrow will be another story.

    ML Congrats on the new job. Jewel-Osco is the biggest chain grocery around here. Looked them up and they are not affiliated with Kroger.

    Waiting for Josh to come over and install my two new faucets in the master bath.

  30. Masquers
    11:31 am on January 25th, 2015

    DianeC: You have saved the day for HOH! Their recalcitrant “s” is back on the job.
    Someone here loves Mary Stewart too.

  31. Diane C.
    11:46 am on January 25th, 2015

    HOH–and what an “s” it is!
    BSD–Wagner! Yeah! (And a young Zubin M. conducting–he came to the LA Phil as a romping boy of 26!)
    Tupper’s Mama, HOH, BSD and all other Arthurians and/or Pre-Raphaelite lovers–Check out Burne-Jones’ “Beguiling of Merlin”
    (some of the other Pre-Raphs also worked on Arthurian themes, but this is the one that sticks in my mind–what’s left of it…)
    http://www.artmagick.com/pictures/picture.aspx?id=6019

  32. Siber-H
    11:50 am on January 25th, 2015

    Happy Chetspeak Day All
    Bacon is the perfect subject for a Chetspeak Sunday.

    Welcome back Billy’s Buddy!

    Some of you may be in the path of blizzard.
    Wose, Perhaps you will get snow this time.

  33. B.Stover
    11:51 am on January 25th, 2015

    HOH: Thank you for the info on Kroger.

    DianeC: Offhand, do you have some examples of the persuasion that was expended on the good wife generation? (Real question. I’d really be interested.)

    There’s a new biography of van Gogh, A Power Seething. What a great (and appropriate) title. It’s a quotation from one of his letters to Theo.

    T&G: I’ve been interested in Stonehenge for years and have a number of books on it. I’ve just ordered a new book (published in 2013) titled Stonehenge: A New Understanding by Mike Parker Pearson. I missed the CBS presentation so I’ll see if it’s online.

  34. B.Stover
    11:56 am on January 25th, 2015

    I love The Beguiling of Merlin. It was used on the cover of A.S. Byatt’s novel, Possession…one of my favorites.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    12:01 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Stonehenge! Another Place Nana Wants to See!

    Diane: The Beguiling of Merlin…loved reading it again. The Name of the site, ArtMagick, is intriguing as well.

  36. Diane C.
    12:08 pm on January 25th, 2015

    B. Stover–Let me give this a comprehensive thin, but I recall a chunk of analysis of media content in the early part of Millett’s Sexual Politics and/or Friedan’s Feminine Mystique (I’m thinking the latter) discussing the changes in content of both stories and advertising in women’s magazines once the 50s rolled around. There is a great deal of material on the web (just Google “Female role+Popular Culture 1950s”) but some is more respectable than others–e.g. cherry-picked material). As a child I recall “family” TV shows that often concluded with the message that women just couldn’t handle it in the big world and belonged in the home–that “everyone” ended up happier that way (and I was appalled then, yes, I was).
    So more to come once I think about it…

  37. O'Howlers
    12:11 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Stonehenge! Heh heh heh! We are sorry to be so immature, but we now cannot stop thinking about the Griswalds visiting Stonehenge.
    http://youtu.be/DewEKz9TzmM

  38. Diane C.
    12:13 pm on January 25th, 2015

    …that was supposed to be “think” in my first sentence. (“Possession” you say–I’ll look for it–and HOH can practice typing the 4 esses…)
    BSD–Stonehenge also one of mine, although I hear you can only get within 15 yards of the actual stones (which does make sense…)

  39. Diane C.
    12:19 pm on January 25th, 2015
  40. Tupper and Gilly
    12:29 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Aha! Mary Stewart. Yes! Thanks HOH. And yes, it is 4 part. And we read all 4. We really liked the Mists of Avalon too – book, not the movie. Arthurian from the side of the women. Very interesting counterpoint.
    We also love Lawhead’s speculation that Merlin’s roots are from Atlantis. Hmmmm

    Now, on the 50’s woman – we remember seeing an episode of Dr Welby, MD where the wife was terminally ill, and the good doctor and manly husband decided not to tell her because as a woman she wouldn’t be able to handle it. We jumped out of our chair, screaming “WHAT???” at the tv. Woman can handle anything.

  41. Meashka
    12:30 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio, Rio! Wherefore art thou? Please go check out your SDD and reply. Pretty please, with sugar and spice and a cherry on top. (Kat’s idea…grumble)

  42. Tupper and Gilly
    12:31 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Oh- and Bee – the episode on Sunday Morning mentioned that there is an upcoming show on the Smithsonian Channel all about Stonehenge.

  43. dawson
    12:34 pm on January 25th, 2015

    DianeC: Thanks for the link to the Beguiling of Merlin. Interesting!

  44. Meashka's Mom
    12:37 pm on January 25th, 2015

    There is such an interesting dynamic at play here today. On the one paw, you are discussing all of the legends of heroic knights in shining armor. On the other paw, you are wondering why post-WW II women wanted to be “rescued” and pampered and taken care of. Don’t you see? We were all brought up on those fantasies of heroic knights who would ride in, and sweep us off our feet, and cherish and provide for us happily ever after. We were all taught to train for intermediate type careers, because we only needed to work until we got married, and then stayed home to be housewives and moms…”homemakers”.
    I think the same training is being taught today, with this silly-ass Princess culture. All little girls are being raised in pinks and purples, with princess dolls and Barbie dreams. I refuse to buy “girl” stuff for any of the neices. Whateve I get ffor nephews is good for the neices.

  45. Tupper's Mama
    12:54 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Howlers Mom – you make an interesting point, but we are as intrigued by the women of old. Yes, the Knights went off on crusades. They slew the dragons and battled at jousting. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And men today play football and race fast cars etc. We think that there is some genetic factor hence the world wide case of the men going off to war or to hunt while the women did not. Even in societies such as the Mohawk, where women own everything and control governmental decisions, the men are still the hunters, warriors and even the more flamboyant dancers.
    We don’t need no stinkin’ rescuers. We can rescue ourselves, and when necessary, drag those big, burly men right along with us.

  46. B.Stover
    1:01 pm on January 25th, 2015

    For anyone interested, here is a link to the CBS News story about Stonehenge. It contains a video, article and pictures.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/uncovering-the-long-hidden-secrets-of-stonehenge/

  47. B.Stover
    1:11 pm on January 25th, 2015

    You guys are making me smile…and laugh.

    One factor could be that men are physically stronger than women.

    DianeC: Thank you. I have both of those books and will check it out.

  48. B.Stover
    1:13 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Continuing the King Arthur theme, I’m assuming that people are familiar with the BBC series, Merlin, that was on tv several years ago. I enjoyed it and have some of it on dvd. Here’s a link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin_%28TV_series%29

  49. Basil and Sage
    1:30 pm on January 25th, 2015

    We LOVED the show Merlin. Yes, it was changed some to be acceptable as family viewing (Modred being a foundling who captures Morgana’s heart, instead of being the child of Arthur and Morgana), but the relationship between Gius and Merlin, the development of Arthur as a worthy ruler, and the Dragon – we do love that dragon – made this show eminently watchable.

  50. Tupper and Gilly
    1:48 pm on January 25th, 2015

    aaaaaarrrrrrgggghhhh – stinking Wrotten Kats – get OFF our avatar!

    As if you two good for nothings could be discussing the ramifications of relationships between a wizard and his mentor. bah!

  51. Tupper' and Gilly
    1:50 pm on January 25th, 2015

    This is all those lousy Kats are good for – mooching Gramp’s lunch. And hey, Kats are NOT allowed on the table!!!!

  52. Meashka
    1:51 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Hey, Peeps! All race dogs that were started are now fully funded, so first one of you to open up the funding on the next one gets dibs.
    Only one Otherwise Dog is still partially funded: Doc. But we may have him fully sponsored in a little bit. I am waiting to hear for sure.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    2:20 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: The Mohawk society, where women own everything and control governmental decisions, Now THAT is one we can get behind!

    O’Howlers: Yes! So Much Going On Here Today! The Many Threads of Information are Mind Boggling.
    Very Soon there will be Data Overload. I Must Take a Nap before continuing.

  54. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    2:36 pm on January 25th, 2015

    I have nothing intelligent to offer, so heading off to the store and then starting a pot roast. Josh, Jess and the kids are going to see Paddington and then coming for dinner.

  55. Diane C.
    3:25 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Meashka’s Mom, T and G’s Mama, B.Stover et all on the Arthurian thread–I’m really entertained, fascinated and enriched by all your conributions(also had never seen the Griswold clip, Thanks).
    I don’t think the Arthurian thing is interesting as a society where women have to be rescued so much as the various backstories (and sometimes out-front stories) of struggling to overcome personal character failings. It is true that female roles are pretty much limited to princess or sorceress, and very often the guys’ character failings are related to spending too much time around women (the only guys to actually get near the Grail are celibate and virgin plus one who has “sinned” with a woman, but only once[???]) so when we get to those parts I identify with the guys: aid those in need of aid, behave honorably, do justice. Sue me.

  56. Wookie's and Teddy's dad
    3:45 pm on January 25th, 2015

    On a somewhat lighter note (and as I probably have the least to offer on the proper role of women in society), I hope everyone has gone to the store and gotten all of their french toast supplies for the upcoming week. We have here, although it appears as though the DC area will only be brushed by the tail of the storm. For those of you further north, just be careful out there.

  57. Tupper's Mama
    4:10 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Given a choice, I would pick sorceress over princess any day of the week.

    As to the upcoming storm – our local and usually histrionic weather guy is kind of shrugging his shoulders. No one seems to know if our little valley is going to get wallomped or passed by. We have heard everything from “snow showers” to “the end of the world as we know it”.
    But the freezer is full, got plenty of milk and eggs for us, and our snowblower guy is ready, willing and able. So, bring it on. Or not. Doesn’t matter to us. Not going out in it.

  58. Mollypop's Mom
    4:14 pm on January 25th, 2015

    O’Howlers, stay indoors. Work from home. Sounds like a dangerous storm.

    Last November we had all those people stranded on the roads. Scary.

  59. O'Howlers
    4:25 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Mom thinks she will be ok tomorrow, as tonight’s snow is only supposed to be 2-4″. But Tuesday will be a wfh day for sure. For both Mom and Pop.

  60. Masquers
    4:27 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Howlers: My advice is to take MPM’s advice – Weatherkat

  61. BearSpiritDog
    4:33 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: Nana is in Full Agreement with your most Excellent Choice of Sorceress.

  62. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:30 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Our 2-4″ snow fall ended up being 1-2″ at most. Not a big deal at all.

    We agree, all you in the storm’s path, stay safe and warm inside on Tuesday.

    The comforting aroma of pot roast is filling the house, potatoes and carrots will be added to the pot shortly. Salad of mixed greens, red onion, pecans, diced apple, crumbled blue cheese will be topped with french dressing and croutons. Hot biscuits for the kids will round out the meal. No dessert, but then we almost never have dessert.

  63. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:33 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Forgot to ask if anyone has read the Emily Hansen series by Sarah Andrews? We have one started, The Bone Hunter. It is ok, but hasn’t really grabbed us yet.

  64. Mollypop's Mom
    5:38 pm on January 25th, 2015

    I hVe a book to recommend: City of Light by Lauren Belfer. It takes place here in Buffalo in the early 1900’s when there was first electricity from Niagara Falls. A very good book.

  65. Mollypop's Mom
    6:38 pm on January 25th, 2015

    It’s fiction.

  66. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:41 pm on January 25th, 2015

    MPM, I wrote it down. Now I have yours and Rio’s to check out. I like novels set in the eras of WWI and WWII. Any other suggestions?

  67. O'Howlers
    6:43 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Where is Rio?

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Here!…I am HERE!…snort!…Been a busy day following my friend around and around…heh!…But she is done with everythig now, except for some laundry…grunt!….So I am here. And I have responded to Measka and SiberH needs to check his SDD also….wheeze!

    Book!…All this talk about womens rights – boy oh boy do I have a book suggestion for youse guys!…snort!…Right after I help my friend take the last load of laundry upstairs…guffle!

  69. BearSpiritDog
    7:23 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Yes, Where Are You, Rio?

  70. BearSpiritDog
    7:24 pm on January 25th, 2015

    WoooHooo! We Posted at the Same Time!!

  71. Siber-H
    7:27 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio, I sent you an SDD

  72. Herd of Hounds
    7:33 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Wow, mom just got back to us, us, us. Tough time finding ladies “foundations” since the washing maching ate the last 2 :( Arthurian legend and women in society have been fascinating topics! Mom had been writing down authors and book titles. She fed s son, spongetta and the guy Spongetta is with now…weird situation. BUT all in all, a pleasant dinner. Perhaps this is giving mom a more comapssionate view of Wolfie…what say you MA? Miss you on this blog.

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:37 pm on January 25th, 2015

    1873!…snort!…The latest book we are reading in-between chores and what not is set in Washington State 1873. Lots of strange stuff happening then…sniff!…And Karen Joy Fowler has captured it in her remarkable book titled, “Sarah Canary”…sneeze!…We are not even half way through the story, but it is incredibly hard to put down….wheeze!…It revolves around a women who mysteriously appears to a camp of China Men who are traveling and looking for work on the railroad…grunt!…She does not speak but makes bird-like sounds..sniff!…One China Man, Chin, is tasked with taking her to a town where she can be looked after…heh!heh!…Oh the adventures that ensue…wheeze!…So after you read KJF’s book set in 1947, take a look at this book set in 1873 when women’s rights movements were just emerging…Zow!…I can’t wait to get a chance to read more of it!…burp!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on January 25th, 2015

    SiberH!….grunt!snuffle!

  75. Herd of Hounds
    7:42 pm on January 25th, 2015

    T&G’s mama, Mary Stewart just crosed the rainbow bridge in May of 2014. She disliked the fame her wonderful writing brought her.

  76. ALR
    7:43 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Barb, Maggi and Lucy, have you read the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear? Takes place right after WWl London and beyond. Great series, though after the fifth book, I feel I need a bit of a break from Maisie. If you have not read these books I caition everyone to please read them in order!

  77. O'Howlers
    7:49 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Mom is so darn angry. She had to spend the past several hours on the crisis line at work, about an issue that was not hers, and which she could prove was not hers, yet they would not release her. So much for dinner. So much for a relaxing evening. AND, she already is scheduled to work both of the next two weekends. We think she should retire. We can all just eat ramen(?) noodles.

  78. ALR
    7:49 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Also Louise Penny’s series with Inspector Gamache is way at the top of my list, and I would be remiss if I did not mention the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross for light hearted fun! Each of these series is best read in order because ANY GOOD AUTHOR (just like OFA) keeps building the charactors book by book. Of course this is just my opinion and I admit freely being partial to series. In fact the only reason I bought the first Chet book was that the display said it was first in a series! Whew, I thought…..that means the dog doesn’t die!

  79. Siber-H
    7:50 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio, I send you another SDD

  80. Tupper's Mama
    7:51 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Working on filling out art show jurying application.
    AAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
    This is worse than doing taxes.

  81. O'Howlers
    7:51 pm on January 25th, 2015

    The dog doesn’t die. That is our #1 prerequisite, ALR.

  82. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Meashka!….Check your SDD hotline!…snort!

  83. Mollypop's Mom
    8:00 pm on January 25th, 2015

    ALR, me too.

  84. Herd of Hounds
    8:03 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Yep, mom won’t let us read “dead dog” books. Thanks for the other series.

  85. Meashka
    8:09 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio, Please check your SDD, pronto.

  86. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:16 pm on January 25th, 2015

    SiberH!….Burp and Fart!…yeeep!

  87. Siber-H
    8:22 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio, I sent you another SDD.
    lol I do not know if the fart and yeep is your reply to my third SDD

  88. Masquers
    8:24 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Hi, ALR!

  89. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on January 25th, 2015

    SDD’s!….Measka and SiberH need to check them…chuffle!…Our evil plan is coming together nicely!….snort!

  90. Mollypop's Mom
    8:35 pm on January 25th, 2015

    What are you three up to?

  91. Herd of Hounds
    8:38 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Don’t know if this is an answer or not but the BURP and FART cracks us up! Particularly the PFFFFFFT part!

  92. Tezning
    8:39 pm on January 25th, 2015

    I’ve been burping and farting all day long with nary a SDD in sight. Not to self, it is possible to eat one too many Slim Jims.

  93. Herd of Hounds
    8:39 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Oh, wait, did we buy into something silly?

  94. Herd of Hounds
    8:45 pm on January 25th, 2015

    You goofey dogs! What are we commited to? We think you are dragging us to the slaughter.

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:48 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Tenzing!…If you do it right, you will get Doc’s love seat all to yourself…heh!heh!

  96. Tezning
    8:53 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio: I hadn’t thought of it like that. I think that idea has merit. If I get Doc’s loveseat, that opens my favorite pillow to Belle Starr for the taking. Doc usurped the straw cart, her favorite outside napping area a couple of days ago. It is like a game of chess.

  97. Siber-H
    8:55 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Ok, You guys. We are not engaging in any criminal activity. This was all a discussion about sponsoring dogs.

  98. Meashka
    8:57 pm on January 25th, 2015

    ATTENTION!!!

    Two more Snowhook dogs have been fully sponsored!
    Thanks to the partnership of hard-working construction engineer SiberH and his ne’er-do-well foreman Rio, both Race Dog/resident Thief Lefty and retired racer Doc have been sponsored.

    That brings the total of race dogs sponsored so far to 9!!!!
    Rio Jr., Charlie, Twig, Melanie, Truman, Maury, Lefty, Josephine and Clyde

    And a total of Otherwise Dogs is also at 9!!!
    Patsy Ann, Harris, Tenzing, Zebbe, Wyatt, Leonard, Doc, Elmer, and Gomez

  99. Siber-H
    9:04 pm on January 25th, 2015

    There is nothing Meashka can’t do. Now it is math and making lists.
    Seriously, Thank you Meashka for doing this.

  100. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:17 pm on January 25th, 2015

    We have to go back and read in more detail tomorrow. Looks like several good books to investigate.
    The family just left and we are turning on Downton Abbey.

    Be back tomorrow. Sweet dreams.

  101. Meashka
    9:21 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Siber-H, I am the family Consigliere. I do what I must.

  102. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Sponsored!…WOOOOOO and HOOOOO!…Plenty more out there waiting for their sponsors…snort!…Waiting and waiting. Wondering who will be their sugar-daddies or sugar-mamas….heh!heh!…And if you are wondering, I am still NOT funded….sniff!

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Thought!…..If someone out there Funds me – I will promise to send my funding onto Snowhook…snort!snort!….This will go towards the “Feed The Giant Fund” which has not been spoken of yet, but needs to be….wheeze!…If this guy does not have fuel, how will the team be taken care of? You tell me….snort!….So Fund Me and I will pass it directly to The Giants gigantic stomach…heh!heh!

  104. Lefty, the Fully Sponsored
    9:41 pm on January 25th, 2015

    We want to thank all youse for your generosity. A big thank you to Howlers for doing math on our behalf.

    Pancho is teasing that he has never seen me blush so much before, but the thought of being fully sponsored has me blushing so much my white fur is pink. Doc’s tail hasn’t stopped wagging since he heard the news. His tail is a happy tail.

    Rio: Strategy and secret weapons! We here have decided that if we have you as a hood ornament for the sled, and Beau’s prayers we will have the competitive edge over other teams.

  105. Herd of Hounds
    9:43 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio, what the hey! Sometimes you are too much!

  106. Siber-H
    9:46 pm on January 25th, 2015

    WOW!
    Meashka speaks Italian right out of The Godfather.

  107. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Funded!…All I want to be is Funded!…snort!….Is that too much to ask? Is it?…heh!heh!….I’ve asked a lot of youse guys before and I will do it again and again…Please Fund Me!…wheeze!…Beau needs some funding too as I stole all his gamboling monies for Doc’s funding…heh!…So if you fund Beau it will also go to the gigantic stomach up north!….chuffle!

  108. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Meashka!…Right now she is our God-Mother….wheeze!…I will kiss and slurp over her extended front paw…gurgle!

  109. Meashka
    9:56 pm on January 25th, 2015

    sigh. Youse guys are too much, but I must bid you all good night.

  110. Tupper's Mama
    10:11 pm on January 25th, 2015

    My gracious – we go and fight our way through paperwork for a while, and we come back to find that Rio is exploding with flatulence and a bunch of race dogs are funded.

    Boy, it doesn’t take long to miss a lot on this here blog.

    The weather guys are now saying that we will get hit with MegaStorm later tomorrow evening. So, we will be out in the morning doing the errands that we planned to do later in the week. But at least we don’t have to get groceries – the news stories are already coming in of empty shelves and panic stricken shoppers. Geez people, relax. Its a snowstorm, not the apocalypse. Then again, I guess you wouldn’t have to shop for the apocalypse, would you?

    G’night, family

  111. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Edge!…Competitive edge is exactly what our Team Snowhook needs…snort!…And it is US, the Plunderers….woooooo!…No one else has US, do they?…heh!heh!…We are the competitive EDGE…chuffle!

  112. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Golinka!…Be careful during the apocalypse storm…snuffle!…Put the Kats outside.

  113. BearSpiritDog
    10:18 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Downton…Abbey! Goodnight from Bear.

  114. Thieves!
    10:20 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Speaking of gamboling, we think Rio exploding with flatulence is always a safe bet.

  115. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Gas!…A constant reminder to me that I am alive…snorkel!…This is a take-off from one of the characters in the awesome book we are reading (see above) because he always fears he does not really exist…snuffle!…One whiff and you know I exist amigo!…heh!heh!

  116. Thieves!
    10:49 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio: Depending on the weather pattern, we get a whiff of your constant reminder.

  117. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Thieves!….heh!heh!…I will try harder….grunt!

  118. Thieves!
    11:15 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Rio: We find that oddly comforting, even Luna. She says we can blur by tomorrow and give you some Slim Jims to aid in your try-harder-efforts.

  119. Staff
    11:31 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Once more I am late to the blog. I must catch up. But before I start reading further I notice there is talk of Stonehenge. I too would like to see it. I did see Carhenge though. One misty morning my friend Lois and I were on our way back from Knitting Camp in Colorado. We were in the high plains of western Nebraska and drove over a rise and saw this sitting in the mist in front of us. We both said “We have GOT to stop here!” It is a cool place.

    Note, this is NOT my photo. I don’t have any photo’s from that trip darn it all.

  120. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:38 pm on January 25th, 2015

    Knitting!…Camp in Colorado?….snort!…I am truly amazed…hehheh!…Someone here has been to Stonehenge and was at the time amazed to be there…wuffle!…Sacred Ground.

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