Chetspeak on Sunday

When I awoke, I was back to feeling tip-top, so tip-top I knew I must have done some world-class thinking. I sat up straight, stuck my head out the window. Ah, the Valley. No place like it. The Valley goes on forever in all directions, and those smells! You haven’t smelled till you’ve smelled the Valley. Hot rubber, hot pavement, hot sauce, hot charcoal ash, hot everything! Yes, even hot ice cream. Plus all kinds of grease – deep-fry grease, pizza grease, burrito grease, unwashed human skin grease and human hair grease – not to mention the grease on my tail at this very moment. Where had that come from? I tried to remember, but not hard. Back to the lovely smells of the Valley, all of them with something in common, namely the dry dusty scent of the desert. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Bernie glanced over at me. “Smell anything, big guy?”

He stuck his own head out the window and took a few sniffs.

“I don’t,” he said.

That Bernie! The best human sense of humor in the business, bar none. This had to be one of his little jokes, what with the whole river of smells flowing by and us smack in the middle of it. A nice refreshing breeze sprang up behind me so I turned to check it out – I can probably turn my head a bit farther around than you, no offense – and there was my greasy tail, wagging away. I just love Bernie. – from A Fistful of Collars.

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76 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:02 am on August 4th, 2013

    Gooood morning,everyone! Chetspeak! Wow..loved the “river of smells”…kind of like an aquifer of scent. Egg day, too. Does life get any better?

    Whoo hoo, it’s summer so have a sundae Sunday!

  2. B. Stover
    9:28 am on August 4th, 2013

    I just love Chet and Bernie!

    HOH: I like “sundae Sunday”–what a good idea.

    Good morning all.

  3. dawson
    9:31 am on August 4th, 2013

    Great sense of humor that Bernie, heh heh.

    Speaking of grease, I was eating a sausage sandwich when I crunched on something hard…it kind of looks like a tooth but it isn’t mine. Whew and eeew!

  4. Melanie
    10:00 am on August 4th, 2013

    Chet, you go ahead and look behind you. If I tried that my head would probably get stuck.

    Good Chetspeak Morning! Except for Dawson. YUCK. (It was probably a bit of bone.)

    I am off down the Hills to watch the Mechanical Engineer Nephew (I can’t use “men”) in the Berkshire Highlanders Bagpipers! He’s a drummer.

    Did you know that they use ear plugs? I might have to dig mine out.

    See you guys later!

  5. Herd of Hounds
    10:07 am on August 4th, 2013

    CLawson (heh, heh) after mom finished gagging she said that she hoped it was a bit of bone from the grinding process.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    10:26 am on August 4th, 2013

    Get ready, get set, Peck of Parrots, getting ready to remodel bird room.

  7. B. Stover
    10:34 am on August 4th, 2013

    Dawson: Sometimes sausage has bits of gristle in it.

  8. Princess Sam
    11:00 am on August 4th, 2013

    HOH, great picture of the parrots. We her love parrots, but Mommy won’t get me one.

  9. Oley Howlers
    11:02 am on August 4th, 2013

    Good Morning, and Happy Egg Day!
    That Bernie! What a card!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    11:08 am on August 4th, 2013

    Love Chetspeak. Poor Bernie, with the limatations of the human nose. Chet, I don’t think he was joking when he said he couldn’t smell anything.

    Dawson, yes we vote for a bit of bone. Everything but the squeal goes into sausage. We have some chicken-spinach-asiago sausage that we may have for lunch. Hope there is nothing unidentifable in ours!

    Parrots, I want one. Barb says the chickens are as close as we will ever get. Barb’s daughter Shannon (Crazy Cat Lady), used to have a huge cage with Society Finches. She had about 12 at one time. 12 = 1 parrot.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    11:38 am on August 4th, 2013

    B&M: Mom started with small boids as a goil. She wasn’t allowed a dog and her mom had a kat fobia! Had lots of flinches and budgies and canaries. The only problem with the big guys is the BEAK. Barb is one smart cookie!

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    12:55 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Hey everyone. Mama is being allowed a coffee break from her work table. She is finishing a project, then they have to go to the studio to start the packing for the show. We would appreciate any and all crossed paws and fingers for a good show. It is a first time one, and those have a history of being HUGE or being a dud. Very little grey area in between. We are hoping for huge.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    1:04 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Hoping U Get Everything!

  14. Pancho & Lefty
    1:35 pm on August 4th, 2013

    T&G: No need to ask twice. Prayers and positive thoughts for a very successful show.

  15. Siber-H
    1:38 pm on August 4th, 2013

    T&G, Sled dog paws crossed for HUGE.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    1:57 pm on August 4th, 2013

    We send good thoughts your way. Is the really big shew next weekend?

  17. Herd of Hounds
    2:00 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rio: Mom heard that your Rockies will be in NY with the Mets on T/W/Th. True?
    We might get that here, kinds of like Diamondback game today.

  18. Wookie's dad
    2:03 pm on August 4th, 2013

    We are still blushing here in Chevy Chase (except for Teddy of course, who feels no embarrassment) for all the sweet things said about us on Friday night.

    Teddy’s socialization is going great. He is the star now of two different farm markets, in each case what used to be about a 10 minute stroll-through takes closer to an hour, because everyone (two legged and four legged) wants to say hi to Teddy. He has even been to two restaurants with outdoor seating, one that was a pizza place and the other a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant (pizza being slightly our favorite). Some friends are coming over for dinner tonight, ostensibly to see us but really to see you know who. We are woking on devil dog containment with some (but not complete) success, although may be a bit a cross purposes with Pancho and Lefty. At least we now know why Teddy wants extra treats left out at bedtime.

    Wishing Golinka and story teller HUGE success at the upcoming show.

  19. Pancho & Lefty
    2:46 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: All the sweet things said are true. We may be thieves, but we’re not liars. There is a sure fire way for devil dog confinement—Stop caring. It is simple in theory, but very hard to master. We thank you for the extra treats. Delish! We did leave a thank you note—Outlaws we may be, but we’re not without manners—but we fear, Teddy has embraced the devil dog within and ate the note before you had a chance to read it.

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:53 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Queasy!….Gah!…Someone here just came back from a old-timey restaurant that used to have good food…sniff!…But something has changed and the food is gross now…grunt!…Really awful says someone who hardly ate anything she ordered. After reading about Dawson’s sausage sandwich she is really ready to toss her cookies…gah!

  21. Kat
    3:13 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Cookies!!!! Hey, Rio’s Friend, could you please toss some cookies my way? Pretty please, with sugar and spice and a bacon strip on top?

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:15 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Kat!…urp!…Believe you me that was not what came out when she tossed them….gah!

  23. Melanie
    3:16 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Riö, hope your friend is okay. That reminds me of the tome Zoë was getting over the flu, and I showed her a present I got for my sister.

    Do NOT show some one in that state a bag of dried meal worms.

    Had a great time at the Ethnic Fair. Nephew and group did a fine LOUD job.

    Here is a car that is as old as Zoë. She says it’s in better shape than she is. (Please excuse the thumb)

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:23 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Melanie!…Gah!…You are not helping.

  25. SnowBella
    3:33 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rio: Tell your friend to think of good things like Nutter Butters and Lurker pretzels. Leave the worms for the birds.

  26. Herd of Hounds
    3:36 pm on August 4th, 2013

    About what could ever Rio be speaking? (Wowser…did we do it grammatically cricketally?)

  27. Melanie
    3:53 pm on August 4th, 2013

    HOH, your POP are redoing their own room? Mighty smart birds . .

    Wöökie’s Paw, it is obvious that Teddie has figured out his mission in life is to charm all.

    Pancho & Lefty, you guys are doing a fantastic job teaching Teddie what he needs to know. Is being charming something the two of you do?
    Also, could you ask Belle Star to ask Luna to ask Bella if something arrived for her from the Newf Pack?

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    4:07 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Speaking of arrivals, Mama wants to know if everyone who made a purchase from the boutique got their package. She mailed not only boutique items, but personal packages all on the same day, and we just heard that one never arrived.
    GAH – dam goats.

    And in answer to questions – the show they leave for on Wed is not the big Fair that Rose and Prof Grizz came to. That one is coming soon. This one is a weekday show at a big Indian museum, in conjunction with their 25 th anniversary. They will be having a big birthday cake one day, seafood that would have been typical of the local tribes the next day, and then tradition Hawaiian music and a luau the final day with a group of Hawaiian natives coming just for the celebration.

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    4:30 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Melanie – whaddyya say you go snag that car, we will grab a bag of mealworms and we”ll all go visit the Peck o Parrots to watch the renovations.

  30. Melanie
    4:36 pm on August 4th, 2013

    I want to go!

    First, I am climbing on our soapbox. Who used this thing last? There is pizza and ice cream all over it.

    Anypaw, I am ranting about CLAMSHELLS! I don’t mean those things that are left after I’ve had a great dinner . . I mean that CARPOLA packaging!

    I bought a knife today. I had to argue with the salesman because he was trying to sell me an easy knife to open. I kept sayingI didn’t want an easy opening knofe. I wanted one that I would have to make a decision to open it. I know myself, and I know what I want.

    At home I have to open the snigglefritz thing using a dull pair of sissors. It is difficult to do with sharp ones much less dull ones. Finally get the knife out. No directions on how to use the lock. It’s stuck open! I did find the cautions . . Don’t use to chop ice, don’t open bottles . . I believe I have bought MAN knife.

    Okay, I’ve finished. Let me take the Simple Green and wash this box off for the next person.

  31. Charming Chickens
    4:46 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Mealworms? Did someone say mealworms? Let us at ’em!

  32. Herd of Hounds
    4:59 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Melanie: POP here (squak!) Give us a wall! Give us furniture (squak) Give us us carpet (squak) We are great redecorators . Your room, our room, any room!

  33. Mollypop's Mom
    5:08 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Ya gotta love small towns. Friday night I mailed Dawson’s (or whatever alias she’s using now) envelope back to her. It was put in the slot right at the post office. The next pickup is Monday at 5 PM!!!!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    5:12 pm on August 4th, 2013

    We are even better with carpet…oh, and that round bed… give us 30 min…toast.

  35. SnowBella
    5:49 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Pug Brother: Please check your SDD.

  36. dawson
    5:54 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Mollypop’s Mom: I’m here until September. I miss my small town.

    Melanie: Whew! I’m glad you got the knife that is hard to open. I’m not talking about the packaging either. When you get mad at me I don’t want you to be able to flip that thing open like a switchblade. I want it to take a while so I can get my running shoe (s) on!

  37. Pancho & Lefty
    5:55 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Charm! Charm is a must have in an Outlaw’s bag of tricks. Charm is the difference between a pocket being picked nice and smooth and one of us doing the distracting while the other attacks the pockets from behind. Do we have charm?—You tell us. Better yet—does a pug’s tail curl?

    Melanie: We’ve had to scold our Lady for falling behind on emails. She says she’s been busy with travel, and so many other things she can’t see straight. We are to tell you that she did receive a very special, very useful something from the Pack and just in time, too. Her old very useful something was just about worn out, out, out. Thank you from the bottom of our sled dog hearts for thinking of our Lady.

  38. Pancho & Lefty
    6:00 pm on August 4th, 2013

    If Melanie had teeth like us, she wouldn’t need a knife. Our teeth come ready to use. Useful things, teeth.

  39. Melanie
    6:23 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Next time I will ask youse guys to blur over and help.

    Bella, The Pack is glad it made it. They have been doing the secret tracker device to watch for it”

    Maybe now I can have the microwave back. Not sure why they needed that to power anything. Of course, I have been smelling popcorn . .

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:57 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rebecca!….snorkel!…Someone here says she owes you a lot of major Quilling Time…heh!heh!…You are the Best of the Best pal!…wheeze!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:59 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Melanie!…I may have gotten on that Soapbox a while back, but got distracted with all the food that was left there to take a stand on anything….snort!

  42. Pancho & Lefty
    7:07 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rio: Our Lady says to think nothing of it. We say best of the best?—What are we, dry kibble?

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:10 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Pancho!….You two are Slim-Jims if I ever saw one or two…sniff!…Slick, deceivingly tasty, but not really good for a guys health…heh!

  44. SnowBella
    7:11 pm on August 4th, 2013

    What a day! I saw Secret Agent 00Wookie up top earlier today, and now, Commander Rio is up top in his spy bowtie.

  45. Herd of Hounds
    7:13 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Oh Rio, you should write reviews…deceivingly tasty,,,snort!

  46. Pancho & Lefty
    7:16 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Not really good for a guy’s health is another way of saying living on the edge.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:17 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Sharon!….Don’t you know? I spend my whole life criticizing everyone….burp!

  48. Beau - The Black Pug
    7:22 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Sneeze!….Is dat der Edge the thing dat is beyond our fence?…sneeze!…And I would like to say “Howdy” to my friend CHobbit Hairy…sniff!…She said she missed me when I was recovering from my accidental jumping off of da chair incidental…grunt!sneeze!

  49. Pancho & Lefty
    7:31 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Beau: Good to see you pal. Just beyond the fence is one edge. If you get close enough we could blur by and slip you some Slim Jims through the fence.

    Where is our Adventuring Hobbit? And Wolfie, and Masquers and Bear? Who else are we missing?

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:31 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Beau!…Heh!…He is trying to use “bigger” words so that he can fit in with everyone on this here blog…chuffle!…This should be good. He now has a big ole dictionary beside his big ole Bible…heh!

  51. Herd of Hounds
    7:31 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Beau: goood to hear from you! (This is an “eye rhyme”. Ask the Empress Queen about that))

  52. Beau - The Black Pug
    7:36 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Sneeze!….Wha?…sneeze!…Let me check my big ole book…cough!

  53. dawson
    7:40 pm on August 4th, 2013

    We are missing R Wose.

  54. Herd of Hounds
    7:41 pm on August 4th, 2013

    We (HoH & mom) are rereading the C&B books prior to the release of TSATF. In TFAT Chet notices when a Mexican motel wants more for him to stay: “Fifty pesos more for me? What was that all about?”

    We’ve been in that situation before 🙁

  55. Pancho & Lefty
    7:41 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Beau fits in on this here blog, big words or no. Without Beau, no other pug quotes the Good Book or makes up scripture. He fills a niche thus saith us.

  56. Belle Starr
    7:45 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Wose is my very, most special, best friend.

    We also haven’t heard from Jasper in the middle of the mitten for a long time. I hope he and his mama are doing well.

  57. Herd of Hounds
    7:47 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Pancho & Lefty: you guys are right, as usual and you crack us up!

  58. Pancho & Lefty
    8:03 pm on August 4th, 2013

    HOH: Our Lady says the truth can be funny.

  59. Herd of Hounds
    8:11 pm on August 4th, 2013

    P&L: Your lady is very perceptive!

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Fit!…Beau!…heh! He is too fat to fit anywhere these days…grunt!

  61. Herd of Hounds
    8:43 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Look,mom is travel ready!

  62. B. Stover
    8:44 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Apparently the season finale of The Killing is on tonight. I’m going to watch it later in the week on On Demand.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Stover!…Really? That is surprising…sniff!…We will not be watching it tonight either…grunt!…Someone here is trying to get through the 3rd ep of The Bridge before she goes back to doing work-stuff…sniff!

  64. Herd of Hounds
    8:52 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rio,you are so rude to Beau…like our Emma nipping Darah…or Jack taking on the giant!

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:54 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Sharon!…What’s yer point? ….grunt!

  66. Herd of Hounds
    8:57 pm on August 4th, 2013

    You are right…no point. Keep nipping!

  67. Herd of Hounds
    9:28 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Nighty night.

  68. Barb & Maggie
    9:52 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Nighty night from us too.

  69. SnowBella
    10:11 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rio: Check your SDD.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rebecca!…heh!snort!heh!…Now that’s pretty dern funny…snort!

  71. SnowBella
    10:45 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Dern! Such language!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:21 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Rebecca!…Hang out with me and you will learn lots of new words…snort!…Like derrrrat! burp!

  73. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:21 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Mom has been recuperating from cooking and making three meals a day for our visitors. Fried chicken for breakfast? Not a problem, coming right up! The boys were lovely, and we miss them. But it is nice eating cereal and sandwiches!

    Right now, mom is cleaning her sewing room and it looks like a tornado touched down! Yeep!

  74. Staff
    11:25 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Oh Wolfie I know all about a messy sewing room. I have been cleaning this whole farmhouse for the first time in several years. (Maybe 5) and everything I don’t know where to put goes into the sewing room. It is a disaster.

    A friend used to describe that look this way. “It looks like somebody stirred it” snicker

    Nighty messy macaroni.

  75. Tenzing
    11:33 pm on August 4th, 2013

    Wolfie: You had me at fried. Glad you enjoyed your visitors.

  76. SnowBella
    1:51 am on August 5th, 2013

    Plunderers: I’m a bit behind, yet I put something together for those of you coming north to Alaska or at least thinking about making the journey. It is a bit long, but hopefully informative. I sent the information via SDD to Dishlickers. Wheeze!

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