Chetspeak on Sunday

Today: More background for SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY. This is from A FISTFUL OF COLLARS:

Bernie opened the box, took out a chew strip, gave it a little shake. “Up and over, big guy,” he said. One thing about the chew strips from Rover and Company: they had the best smell in the world. And another thing about them: if they got shaken like that, the smell got even stronger, especially if the breeze suddenly shifted a bit, now blowing – no, not hard – but right in your face. How to describe it? Like a wonderfully beefy breeze, hickory smoked? Something of the kind, and maybe given time I could have described it better, but it was too late. I was already in mid-air, soaring over the gate – clearing it by plenty, by the way; I checked – and headed for a nice soft landing in the canyon.

The naked bulb over the gate went on. The gate swung open. Bernie and Mr. Parsons gazed out at me, caught in the circle of light. I gazed back at them.

“Right after I took that picture,” Mr. Parsons said, “I heard a woman calling for him and the little critter took off.”

“Catch the name?” said Bernie.

“Shooter,” Mr. Parsons said.

“Oh, boy,” Bernie said.

And here’s a great picture book (by Sarah Weeks and David Small) that we discovered at the Texas Library Assoc. Conference:




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60 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    9:55 am on April 19th, 2015

    Oh, Boy is Right! We Cannot Wait for the New Book!!

    Sunday Brunch coming up. Can’t wait for that either. 🙂

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:55 am on April 19th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Chetspeak, and more to do with Scents (ha,ha) and Sensibility. The smell of the chew, she sound of it rattling, the clearing of the gate and, oops, poor Chet. Happy Egg Day! Good Sunday but no sun here.
    We will have a soggy Sunday. Hope yours is a sunny one.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:56 am on April 19th, 2015

    BSD, twins 🙂

  4. BearSpiritDog
    9:58 am on April 19th, 2015

    Hounds: Can it be? A Double D. We’re Twins!

    Gone for the rest of the day…Have a Good One Everyone.

  5. Oley Howlers
    10:00 am on April 19th, 2015

    Happy Sunday. Oh Boy is right. We can’t wait to meet Shooter!!! SAS can’t come soon enough.
    More chores and errands to be done today, so that we are freed up when the ‘rents are no longer on call.
    retirement can’t come soon enugh.

  6. B.Stover
    10:04 am on April 19th, 2015

    Shooter…. This is going to be fun!

    Good morning all.

  7. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:50 am on April 19th, 2015

    Agreed, can’t wait to meet the little guy!

    Rainy probably this afternoon. Right now time to get out there and play in the yard. Planted some zucchini, Patty Pans and Yellow Crookneck squash in peat pots for outside planting next month. Went to Ace and got a refill LP tank for the grill. Productive day so far!

    Going to Lily’s B-Day party this afternoon. Got her a card and a $50. bill, Like they say, “right size, right color”. Have a terrific day everyone.

  8. Diane C.
    11:03 am on April 19th, 2015

    Good Morning all and Happy Egg Day! BSD, have a wonderful time wherever you’re going to be, B, M and L I find myself suddenly very absorbed in the whole squash issue since Conan’s new diet restrictions have moved me to consider adding various items to his restricted (and expensive in canned form) diet. This week I’ve discovered that a) everyone here with 4 legs REALLY like string beans (a new experience for me) and b) they love squash, too.
    My goals for today (after church/temple and some grading) is to determine how best to combine eggwhites, barley or oatmmeal or rice, squash and/or sweet potatoes and some “good” fats into something that will hold together without crumbling and maing a mess.
    If anyone has a good recipe for doggie meatloaf or dumplings that can be adapted for these ingredients, I’d love to hear about it.
    Now off to catch up on the past few day’s of the blog.
    Have a wonderful day, dear virtual family (including new members about whom I am about to learn).

  9. Diane C.
    11:12 am on April 19th, 2015

    T and G–why not surprise your Mama the next time she’s away by redoing your home to look like Versailles? I’m sure they could give some good advice at your local Home Improvement emporium.
    I notice there’s a fair amount to be read about spike heels and I haven’t done so yet, but can I safely assume you’ve included Christopher’s Marlowe’s alleged comment that high heels were invented by a woman who was always being kissed on the forehead?
    Always a treat to hear from Natasha, my role model…
    Now I really AM off…(no, not my rocker)

  10. B.Stover
    11:15 am on April 19th, 2015

    For those who like Justified, Amazon currently has a sale on the dvds–up to 67% off. The sale ends Saturday, April 25.

    (I sound like an advertisement.)

  11. B.Stover
    11:18 am on April 19th, 2015

    Diane: I love the alleged comment by Christopher Marlowe.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    12:04 pm on April 19th, 2015

    HRH B you are making us smile.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    12:10 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Diane – we are little confused. Are you actually making something for Conan and Miss Pretty, or are you trying a vegetarian casserole for humans?

    And we will think about a Versailles re-do. Problem is, we can’t reach both the pedals and the steering wheel on the carto get to the home remodeling store. Wonder what we could do online…….

  14. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    12:41 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T & G, I believe Diane said a doggy meatloaf, but it doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Although I would do the whole eggs.

    Recently there was a young U.S. Rep. from the Chicago suburbs who had to quit after the big stir he created when he had his D.C. office done to replicate Downton Abbey. Seems he used taxpayer funds for the expensive do, as well as padding a lot of other items on his expense account. Was supposedly a rising star (although not of MY party) until he wrecked havoc on his fledgling career.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    1:16 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T&G, think our beloved Siber H and appropriating his mom’s credit card for the auctions and boutiques. We think since there are 2 of youse and 2 kats and a Callie…that is more than 2 so y’all could really do some great things!

  16. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on April 19th, 2015

    I can think of one major problem having a home modeled on Versailles: Who would clean it?

  17. Herd of Hounds
    1:48 pm on April 19th, 2015

    HRH B, you are soooooooooo wise! ROFL

  18. c.hobbit
    2:33 pm on April 19th, 2015

    The Chet-like Shooter is reminding me of Sadie and Ikette.

    Mr. Big decided to spend last night outside and not come in. I got up at 2:30 to try and get him. He was completely safe as my back yard is enclosed in a 6′ wood fence and he is too big to jump 4′ much less 6′. No over the fence for him. He finally came in at 5 am and by that time it had started raining. Served him right not coming when called. Now it is sunny with clouds.

  19. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:18 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Hobbit, Something tells me he won’t figure out that he got wet because he wouldn’t come in when he was supposed to!

    Off to the birthday party. So far the rain is holding off, so maybe we can sit out on the patio with a glass of wine. BBL or tomorrow.

    Have a good evening everyone.

  20. Herd of Hounds
    4:30 pm on April 19th, 2015

    CHobbit, has anyone explained to Mr. Big that he is a kitty c/kat? Couldn’t hurt.

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    5:20 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Lamb chops! Woo hoo!
    (Not Mama’s favorite, but Gramp and the Storyteller love them and we get the trimmings)
    Hobbit – the problem may be that Mr. Big may feel he had to live up to his name.

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    5:29 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Hat tip to the otter cork.

  23. Herd of Hounds
    5:38 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T&G are sick puppies 🙂

  24. Diane C.
    5:42 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T and G–I am trying to concoct a meatloaf or pate that Conan can eat (and share if necessary since everyone here likes checking out the sibs’ dishes. I have been told low protein (although C’s expensive diet food has eggwhite as the leadoff ingredient–followed by stuff like cornstarch, and pork liver).
    when my beloved Tuffy was on a restricted diet, I fed him mostly mashed sweet potatoes mixed with a (very) little meat and cottage cheese which suited him well for another 11 months.
    However, I am getting conflicting info on the internet and have some trust issues with the v_e_t who hospitalized him. Monday we take ALL our info and check with the healthcare professional who looked after Tuffy.

  25. Diane C.
    5:45 pm on April 19th, 2015

    B. Stover–You raise an excellent point, but I run into the very same problem with ANY decor. My feeling–as long as you’re going to have anything that doesn’t have a sloped floor with a drain in the middle (and thus can’t just be hosed down) you’re stuck so it might as well be pretty (or at least have a few gilded items here and there).
    Have we seen a photo of Mr. Big? He sounds quite impressive…

  26. Diane C.
    5:48 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Hmmm–the attached piqued my curiosity as I misread it as “Beautiful Bulldozer” and I hoped for a pic of T and G’s Mama but no–those scamps in Iowa!

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:12 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Stover!….67% off!? …snort!…What an odd number. But its better than 2%…heh!…I have the whole of Breaking Bad, I should have all of Justified too!…snort!

    Ladies!….We just finished the first two episodes of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency…heh!heh!…Not entirely true to the books, but darn close enough! I loved it! Too bad the series didn’t take off…sniff!

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:15 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Quiche!….My friend made a ham and green onion quiche today….slurp!….She has not made quiche in quite some time but this baby looks awesome….heh!heh!…It blew-up like a souffle and then settled down and became a quiche..chuffle!…Food for busy-place lunch-time, so I’m told…grunt!

  29. Herd of Hounds
    6:29 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Diane C. Ignore the Iowa scamps. Our very own pink bulldozer is the queen nd will never let that position go!

  30. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:37 pm on April 19th, 2015

    GlamorourPuss!….Oh dear dawg…grunt!

  31. Wose-the small and meek
    6:59 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Grizz and I are back from dinner out after seeing “The Sound of Music.” Although I have been told by some people that I have a brick instead of a heart, there is something about the opening sequence, and the scene where the Reverend Mother sings “Climb Every Mountain” that chokes me up and brings tears to my eyes. sniff

  32. Tupper and Gilly
    7:08 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Wose – if you have a brick for a heart, a building made of such bricks would qualify as a bounce house. You are just a big old softy, and we know it.

    Diane – is the vet recommending low protein for kidney problems? If so, many vets (and human docs) now recommend not so much low protein as very high quality protein. One of the most important factors though is hydration – and many dogs just don’t drink enough water. There are two ways to increase fluid intake – buy or make low sodium meat broth, and make dinners more of a soup that a solid meal. A spoonful of two of the same meat broth can be stirred into the water bowl to increase drinking, or stir a little plain yogurt into the water.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    7:38 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Diane, WE have found yogurt to be palatable to all the puppies and helpfeul to those with nutrition issues so therefore (sorry Bernie) yogurt goes into every breakfast here and rice and meat (of some sort) gets added to all dinners of lamb and rice. This seems to help with allergies and other issues.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    7:39 pm on April 19th, 2015

    If Wose has a brick for a heart, then the wicked witch of the west has pretty pink skin…so there!

  35. Herd of Hounds
    7:42 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Wow, The WEather Channel said sever thunder storms would arrive at 7:05. BANG, dead on the nut! WE are sitting oin the basement watching tv on the tablet and taking turns with the ipaw 🙂

  36. Kat
    7:50 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T&G: Lambchops??? Really?????

  37. Kat
    7:51 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T&G: Lambchops??? Really?????

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    7:55 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Jat – ours were big, ugly, mean, nasty lambs. But they had good chops.

  39. Tupper and Gilly
    7:56 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Duh – KAT

  40. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Song!…The song for my evening is Blowing In the Wind…grunt!…We were just out for our walk-a-thon and Beau wanted to keep going. So instead of stopping at the big pole like i like to do we went to the next pole and the wind just kept blowing….grumble!…Damn his hide and I am not doing this again tomorrow…sniff!

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:12 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Rockies!…Swept and then folded like lawn chairs by the Dodgy Dodgers today…grump!

  42. Staff
    8:24 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Dawson, A Catty Librarian and son/nephew sent this photo from the wilds of North Dakota this afternoon at about 2. We just started getting rain at 6:00

  43. Staff
    8:24 pm on April 19th, 2015

    I MISS them! sniff

  44. Oley Howlers
    8:43 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Staff, you are making us cry, too.

  45. Oley Howlers
    8:45 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Mom and Pop mowed the grass this evening. They were all bundled up, because it is so cold and windy. Now we are all settled in, watching The Last of the Mohicans, and eating popcorn.

  46. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:54 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Back from the party. Good food and drink and now the rain is pouring down in buckets.

    Baye wanted to give her pet rabbit, Billy, to Jack and Lyla, because he doesn’t get enough attention plus their Little Joe would like a chance to tear him to pieces. He is so cute that he couldn’t be real. Josh picked him up and snuggled and cuddled him before putting him back in his cage. We got in his truck about 10 minutes later and he sneezed at least 50 or 60 times in the half hour ride home. Eyes watering, coughing, the whole bit. Looks like the deal might not go through.

    Rio, I think the 67% deal is 2/3’s off. That is 66666% which is usually rounded up to 67%.

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    8:56 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Wow – you have grass ready to mow? We still have a flat, sad, tan carpet, with just the smallest tinges of green.

  48. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:03 pm on April 19th, 2015

    T & G, Have cut our grass twice already. Signed up with True Green for one season, 7 times, which started last fall. They do not do the back yard where the dogs are, or the side where the veggies are. Hate to use chemicals, but the grass was awful and after just 3 treatments it looks awesome.

  49. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Dakota!…Either one of them, this is exactly how I imagine them to look scenery-wise…bah!

    Barb!…Stooping to the likes of chemicals?…snort!…Wot is the world coming to?…grunt!… Josh sounds like my friend after snuggling and cuddling us…snuffle!…But she says we are not a done deal yet, but after us there may be no more deals…grunt!

  50. Oley Howlers
    10:02 pm on April 19th, 2015

    The movie was very good.
    T&G, our grass is very green, and they finally had to break down and mow it today. sigh. And so it begins.
    Nighty night, all.

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    10:05 pm on April 19th, 2015

    This one made Mama laugh out loud.

  52. Oley Howlers
    10:15 pm on April 19th, 2015

    O.K. Still up. We love that, T&G. Mom laughed out loud.

    She just asked us if it would be considered cheating on Pop, if she dreams of Daniel Day-Lewis as Nathaniel Poe (“Hawkeye”). Hmmm

  53. Alice M. Johnson
    10:24 pm on April 19th, 2015

    GlamourPuss. Was that about me?

  54. Alice M. Johnson
    10:26 pm on April 19th, 2015

    It is well known that dog’s will do thier business ANYWHERE. I like a dedicated place myself.

    That was funny though, T&G.

  55. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Alice!….Sneaky Alice hiding in the cupboards. And with a really mean look on her fuzzy face…gurgle!

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    10:30 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Alice- you are the ORIGINAL GlamourPuss.
    Basil and Sage have this posted by their scratching post

  57. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on April 19th, 2015


  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Goodnight!….I hope all who are traveling tonight stay safe and sound and all those who are hiding in cloth cabinets stay there for a really long time….guffle!..Good night to all!…snorkel!

  59. Alice M. Johnson
    10:55 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Thanks T&G. That was the picture I wanted to post but it is on the other computer!

    Night all.

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    11:08 pm on April 19th, 2015

    Good night Rio.
    Good night to the rest of the family too.

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