Chetspeak (Or Sundays With Chet)

We went home. I loved home and hadn’t been there in way too long. While Bernie got the mail out of the box and flipped through it – lines appearing on his forehead, meaning lots of bills – I ran around the lawn sniffing for trespassers. And did we have them, in spades. Spades are a kind of shovel, which I know on account of this perp who once swung one at Bernie and was now wearing an orange jump suit at Central State, somewhere in all that being the connection between spades and trespassers, but why worry where exactly? Instead I followed the scents: squirrel, bird, the mailman, toad, and several of my guys, including – Iggy? Was it possible Iggy had been out? I hadn’t smelled Iggy in a long time, couldn’t be sure. I glanced over at Iggy’s place and at that very moment he ran up to the window and saw me. He started barking that yip-yip-yip, got his front paws up against the glass, lost his balance and tumbled out of sight.

From Thereby Hangs A Tail.


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96 Responses to “Chetspeak (Or Sundays With Chet)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    7:52 am on April 21st, 2013

    Wowser! Chetspeak and egg day. Can life get any better? Maybe a r i d e in the c a r (and mom thinks we can’t spell). Gooood morning everyone! Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr(sorry, we got carried away)eat day.

  2. c.hobbit
    8:18 am on April 21st, 2013

    Flying home today from my adventure. I had a great time and hope I still feel that way when I add up the bills. It will be good to be home

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:21 am on April 21st, 2013

    Hobbit: Glad to hear from you. Safe trip home.

  4. B. Stover
    8:21 am on April 21st, 2013

    Poor Iggy.

    Good morning all.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    8:31 am on April 21st, 2013

    Good morning all. Love Chetspeak! Happy Egg Day to those who participate.

    No rain today, but we can’t catch a break. No more than two days in a row without rain for the next 8-10 days. 42 counties have been designated disaster areas.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    9:58 am on April 21st, 2013

    Iggy! Hope the little guy is Okay.

    Alice: That video last night was Great. Loved it!

    So sorry Wolfie. I know your mom’s in a jam with those new arrivals, but Please don’t send any of those #10’s up this way.
    Someone we know would be quite purrturbed.

    Egg Day! See youse in a whiles.

  7. Wose
    10:20 am on April 21st, 2013

    Greetings and Happy Egg Day!

    Wolfie: Please send two of the cutest kittens to me, one for Belle Starr, and one for me.

    RIO and Siber-H: Your team is rockin’ and rolling there way to the top! You guys need to get one of those foam # 1 fingers. You too, Junior!

    CHobbit: Hope you had a great time in Vegas!

  8. Herd of Hounds
    10:26 am on April 21st, 2013

    Wolfie: We don’t need no stinking kitties. (Mom: Girls, that’s not nice. Cats have their place, too and lots of people like them.) OK, T-cat, the feral can stay under the trailer and in the front, but NO more! (Mpm: Sorry Wolfie, guess you’ll need to send those #10’s elsewhere. Maybe Melanie & bear pack?)

  9. Barb & Maggie
    10:28 am on April 21st, 2013

    We are going to B&N to order a cute chicken book that was recommended by two Plunderers, and will preorder the new Robbie book that is coming out May 16th. Can’t wait!

    C Hobbit, did you do anything wild and crazy while you were in Vegas?

  10. dawson
    10:40 am on April 21st, 2013

    Gotta love Iggy.

    Safe trip to CHobbit. May the bills get lost in the mail.

    HOH: Did Darah wake you up early?

    Wolfie: You can send a kitty over here. Alice and Abby will be going home and I will have no one to pet. Plus, when Dad finds me talking to myself I can say I’m talking to the cat.

    Good egg day to all and g’night to Miz Liz.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    10:42 am on April 21st, 2013

    Dawson: Does a duck make quack-quack in the water?

  12. c.hobbit
    10:42 am on April 21st, 2013

    Worse: had a great time in Vegas. Last night I saw a Bon Jovi concert. My first major concert in too many years to remember. I really enjoyed it, the production effects * were great and the sound perfect–loud but not painful, clear with no feedback or echo.
    Barb: nothing wild and crazy that I need to go to church over. Just deciding to do the trip was my wild and crazy moment.
    Wolfie: post some photos in a few weeks. Kittens are almost as cute as puppies.
    B.Stover: we need a lesson in effects and affects. Have you covered that yet?

    At airport–no good food to be had. Thought there would be a decent restaurant to have a nice breakfast before my flight. Ugh.

  13. Siber-H
    10:42 am on April 21st, 2013

    I check for fresh scents every morning when I first go out…just like Chet.
    If only mom would let me spend some time outside at night, I could reduce the number of critters passing through my yard.

    I am almost too superstitious to talk about where the Rockies are in the standings. It’s like I am holding my breath 24/7 now.

    More snow is in the forecast for Rio. Yark! This is unbelieveable.

  14. Siber-H
    10:48 am on April 21st, 2013

    C.Harris, We are very glad you had a good time in Vegas!

    Barb’s post reminded us to pre-order the new Robbie book from Amazon today. May 16th is approaching fast. Yippie!!

  15. O'Howlers
    11:04 am on April 21st, 2013

    Happy Egg Day! We never get tired of hearing from Chet. We just love that guy. And just like our buddy Siber-H, our #1 priority each morning is to sniff our perimeter to be aware of any trespassers in the night.
    Our baseball team is doing just as bad as Rio’s team is doing good. It is going to be a long summer. Mom says we can root a little for the Red Sox, just to show unity with them after their scary times. Hmmmmm….that sounds impossible for us.

  16. Masquers
    11:22 am on April 21st, 2013

    CHobbit: Have a good flight home.
    You are the brave one…having ventured forth solo into sin city and emerged to tell the tale…and with pocketbook intact.
    Siber: Speaking of which…the one night I spent at your house, after our infamous Vegas trip with B, I have memories of being kept awake most of the night with sounds of the backyard critters scurrying about.
    The howl of a coyote (((shudder))) never to be forgotten.
    Rose: Belle would love one of the wee ones to have as her own, but remember the allergies!
    Howlers: Youse are late for brunch!

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 am on April 21st, 2013

    Good morning all. We have absolutely nothing important, newsworthy or witty to say, so we are just checking in to say hello.

  18. B. Stover
    11:51 am on April 21st, 2013

    Affect and effect are very difficult words. The easiest way to distinguish them is to think of “affect” as a verb and “effect” as a noun:

    “Running five miles affects my knees.”

    “The effect of running five miles is that my knees are sore.”

    However…”affect” can also be a noun but it is pronounced a bit differently: “affffffect.” It refers to a feeling.

    “Effect” as a verb means to bring about: “Measures were taken at the airport to effect security.”

  19. O'Howlers
    12:06 pm on April 21st, 2013

    No wondeR we can’t keep those two words straight. We are still confused, Bee.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:20 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Here is a word game that Bee probably knows. What is the only (we think) 9 letter word in the English language that will still be an English word each time you take away a letter?

  21. B. Stover
    12:33 pm on April 21st, 2013

    This is a link to a short article on affect/effect.

  22. B. Stover
    12:35 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb: I used to know but I’ve forgotten what the word is.

    What is the only word in English that does not rhyme with anything?

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:42 pm on April 21st, 2013


  24. B. Stover
    12:43 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb: Correct!

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:49 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Yea!! Does that mean I get a gold star? Also, that is a hint on the 9 letter word.

  26. Herd of Hounds
    1:11 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Thought we has it but we recounted the letters. Each of us had 2 letters and mom said that isn’t 9 🙁

  27. Belle Starr
    1:22 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Numbers and grammar at the same time make my head hurt. I think I will crawl back under the quilt with Wose. My Four-legged and I went on a Swedish fish run. I would like it duly noted that Griz had no new sparkles added while he slept. It was a very boring night, but if you catch him in the right light, his hair glitters.

  28. B. Stover
    1:35 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Blast! Even with the hint I still don’t remember the word.

  29. Masquers
    1:49 pm on April 21st, 2013

    I don’t remember the word either, but did know the difference between effect and affect.
    Do I get an A for effort?

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:50 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Fireworks!….sniff!….Someone is making a big pot of flamin’ hot green chili and then her mother decided she needed to make something too at the exact same time…heh!heh!…It’s always fun to watch them fight in and over the kitchen…chorkel!

  31. Herd of Hounds
    1:55 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Kitchen wars? Hey, maybe you can convince them to do “turkey wars” at Thanksgiving. That way there would be LOTS of pug-overs!

  32. Masquers
    2:03 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Riö: Youse are going to need some of that hot green chili to keep warm tomorrow and the next day.
    But then…then…by Friday 70 degree temperatures!
    Yes, you heard me right. Heh – Weatherkat

  33. Barb & Maggie
    2:14 pm on April 21st, 2013

    OK, here is the word:

  34. Princess Sam
    2:18 pm on April 21st, 2013

    It was 82° in Buffalo last Thursday. Then it got cold on Friday I don’t remember the temperature. Yesterday when Molly’s mom drove me back to Buffalo it was 33° and we got hailed on most of the way.

  35. B. Stover
    2:29 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb: I love it!!

  36. Barb & Maggie
    2:31 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Bee, I thought you would. It takes so little to keep us entertained.

  37. Masquers
    2:34 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Sammie: Is Mollys Mom still taking you (making you go) on the brutal walks? She and Riö’s friend must be sharing notes.

  38. B. Stover
    2:42 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb: LOL!

  39. Princess Sam
    2:51 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Masquers, Molly’s Mom takes me on two walks a day. The morning walk is half a mile. Then I get to come in and take a nap and get rested up because then comes the afternoon walk which is a whole mile. That’s a lot of steps for my short little legs.

  40. BearSpiritDog
    2:55 pm on April 21st, 2013

    We’re back from the Market and listening to A Prairie Home Companion which is broadcasting today from Austin, Texas.
    Nana was chuckling at Garrison Keillor’s take on the News of the Day, namely the latest vote by the Senate.

  41. Masquers
    2:58 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Sammie: On the pawsitive side you will be fit and ready for your screen shot should a Hollywood producer happen by.

  42. c.hobbit
    3:26 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Masquers: my pocketbook is NOT intact.
    B.Stover: thanks!
    In Seattle. Should be home with doggies in 7 more hours.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:40 pm on April 21st, 2013

    CHobbit!…She is a jet-setter…snort!

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:41 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Vegas!…I wonder what she bought me in Vegas!…chuffle!

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:42 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Game!….Zow!…Someone is running out of time to get the laundry in before the game starts here…sniff!…She spent too much time upstairs on her Big Idea and that Big Pot O’ Chili…sniff!sniff!…It makes my pug eyes water.

  46. Masquers
    4:09 pm on April 21st, 2013

    CHobbit! Seattle…gah…missed opportunity #3.

  47. Melanie
    4:10 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Youse guys are very entertaining today.
    Poultice madeand applied. Took longer today because she is feeling better!

    Still going to the v e t tomorrow to make sure everything is okay and probably to drain.

  48. Wose
    4:12 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Grizzly and I did our week’s shopping with the girls. Belle Starr tried to sneak and extra bag of Swedish fish into the shopping cart, but Luna showed her the error of her ways. I stayed behind and tried to sneak extra fish, but mama Luna has eyes in the back of her. Belle Starr and I both pouted and snuggled under the quilt, but then Grizzly suggested a nice walk, which we all enjoyed. Beautiful colors are starting to come alive.

  49. Wose
    4:15 pm on April 21st, 2013

    RIO! Since you are expert on all things Rockies, what do you attribute their recent success to? Is it management, or off season trades? They are really kickin’ butt!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:16 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Rose!…Speaking of girls, how is Shirley and Laverne doing these days?…sniff!

    Paper!…We are watching the game and my friend decided it is a good time to sort out all her paper…grunt!…What a mess. I am not allowed near any of it and now I cannot see the game very well from way over here….grump!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:19 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Rose!…My friend says it is because of the beautiful Rockies charm bracelet she wears non-stop!…snort!…She has to have it on along with another bracelet during every game. OR ELSE!…grunt!…I can’t tell you what I think it is or I will jinx the rest of the season….snorkel!…Just ask SiberH. We will do nothing to jinx our team whatever that something might be…wuffle!

  52. Tenzing
    4:25 pm on April 21st, 2013

    CHobbit: If it makes your wallet feel any better, I’m not in tact earlier. I’ve seen kats and dogs got to the low cost spay and neuter clinics, but the only time I’ve seen a wallet at the clinic is when it is time to pay.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    4:25 pm on April 21st, 2013

    This is a Good Day to Catch Up on some Missed TV shows.

  54. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:37 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Well, mom tried to mail off 7 kittens but Miss Daisy intervened. She gave mom the evil eye ad snuggled all the babies close to her. She is a good mama.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Mamas!…Thank dawg for evil mama kats…wheeze!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:55 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Paper!…Its all sorted by color and size and put away!…snort!…Now I can finally get close enough to watch the damned game…grunt!

  57. Siber-H
    5:02 pm on April 21st, 2013

    We are all settled in now and watching the game.

  58. Barb & Maggie
    5:40 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb walked the yard today with a spreader, puting down lawn fertilizer. Now her knees say this is enough. Time to relax and have a cocktail out on the patio.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb!…Someone here just finished all her chores for the day – so we will be joining you on your patio for the drink….snort!…I like cold beer in a bowl.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:13 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Rockies!…Are ahead 4 ta 2 – just as it should be except the 2 part…sniff!

  61. Wose
    6:20 pm on April 21st, 2013

    RIO! Tell your friend to keep wearing her good-luck bracelets then! I have been very impressed with your Rockies.
    Laverne and Shirley are just fine, in their place of honor in our living room.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:01 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Game!…The Rocks are 3 outs away from another WIN!…snort!…But I am sliding over to the couch cushions because those sneaky snakes could get a one run and the game will be tied, or worse they could get 2 runs…gulp!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:04 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Gasp!…My worst fears are coming true!…wheeze!….The Snakes have runners on 2nd and 3rd already….grump!

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on April 21st, 2013

    GAH!…the score is tied and the Snakes still have a guy on base…sniff!…THIRD BASE!

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:09 pm on April 21st, 2013

    GURGLE!…Now the Snakes are up by 1 and only have 2 outs…sniff!poop!

  66. Siber-H
    7:16 pm on April 21st, 2013


  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Dexter!…He is on base but Johnny Dirt In His Pants hit a fly ball…sniff!….TWO outs! Rutledge is up. Its all on him now…wheeze!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on April 21st, 2013

    BASE!…HIT!…heh! whew!….Dexter is on 3rd base and Rutledge is on 1st base…sneeze!…Now Eric Young is up to bat!….Woooo!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Putz!…sniff!…He wins the game for the Sneaky Snakes…grump!…I will have to make Beau put my broom away now. We still won 2 outta 3 of the series…heh!

  70. Barb & Maggie
    7:47 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Rio, We have some beer. Do you like Summer Shandy? Josh left a couple of bottles. Bowl is ready and chilled.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Barb!…Wheeze!…We just got back from a long walk to shake the Rockies loss off…sniff!…It did not work, but I am very thirsty now…snort!…So pour that beer out right now!…snorkel!

  72. Alice M. Johnson
    9:09 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Busy day here at the old homestead.

    First Dawson and I went to Turtleman’s ‘office’ at an artist studio and he showed us how to do Letterpress printing and we have started on a project for the auction. Heh heh heh. Dawson is really chuffed because she says that she is un-artistic and has never made anything for the auction.

    The project is all from stuff that the Turtleman rescued from recycling at different places where he works. Instead of them throwing it out he had them donate it and we get the benefit.

    The item is created and then bound by hand. It has been personalized with hand set type and amazing metallic foil embossing for Snowhook Kennels.

    Further embellishing is contemplated. That is all the hint for now.

    Later on. Much later on, there will be pictures.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Alice!….Excellent news!…snort!…Although, I am surprised they let you tag along…grunt!…This sounds like a very wonderful Auction Item no matter what…heh!

  74. Tenzing
    9:22 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Auction! My Lady can’t wait and we here are grateful for Dawson’s artistic expertise. Dawson is a triple threat what with her heretofore unknown artistic talent, her inner card shark and a killer smile.

  75. Princess Sam
    9:31 pm on April 21st, 2013

    We have trouble brewing here. About the item that I bought with my treat money for Molly’s mom to make for the auction, here’s the trouble. My girl, who would’ve thunk it, wants that item.

  76. O'Howlers
    9:36 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Princess, That’s not a problem; it is an opportunity. Your girl can be a new Auction Bidder!

  77. Barb & Maggie
    9:39 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Rio’s beer is poured and we say good night!

  78. O'Howlers
    9:43 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Good night from us too. We are exhausted from watching all the work getting done today.

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on April 21st, 2013

    sammie!…tell her she can have the item after she pays a fortune for it at the auction,,,,snort!

  80. Tenzing
    9:55 pm on April 21st, 2013

    My Lady has had to sit on her paws during each auction. There is always so many wonderful items, but then she reminds herself of two things: 1) our finances are a mess, and 2) it defeats the purpose.

  81. Melanie
    10:13 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Auction. Is it that time again? Whew, let’s see . . I have some pictures of my niece’s shower that I’m working on. Can’t get her to bid on them though, I’ve told her they were her shower gift.

    How about some Golinka’s golinka poultice? Good for what ails you.

    Could anyone donate some time? About a day, maybe two. Could slip them in between Sunday and Monday. No one could find me and I could go to the beach. Or someplace with a hot tub. I’d pay $2 for that. Maybe even more depending on who I get a into a bidding war with.

    Whoops, ending with a preposition, that means it is . .

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Auction!…Is it time to start thinking about the Summer Auction?….snort!…You betcha! It is time to start creating or finding those special items that everyone will want to bid on, thus ensuring that Snowhook will have another crack at the Big Big Race next year….WhoooooWheeee!

  83. Tenzing
    10:33 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Question: What makes a Snowhook auction more special than any other auction?

    Answer: The Plunderers!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Unique!…I think the Auction is Unique because nobody else does it the way we do…sniff!….If they do, it’s because they stole the idea…grunt!…But they still do not know how Auction Central works…heh!heh!…No one knows that except for The Few, The Proud and The Brave…chuffle!

  85. Tenzing
    11:17 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Agreed! The few, the proud, the brave, the stuffed with hot wings, those fortified with beer!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Mr. Tenzing!…The would-be thieves do not need to know about the perks of the job…sniff!…blabber mouth.

  87. Tenzing
    11:25 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Rio: Don’t worry. I’ve spread the word about the long hours, the cold, hard pillows without any baseball toys, the lack of tummy breaks, and the stress that can straighten the curliest of tails, the last minute, behind the scene drama.

  88. Tenzing
    11:27 pm on April 21st, 2013

    I’ve also mentioned that the beer is flatter than a certain pug’s head, and the hot wings are colder than another pug’s pillow.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:32 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Job!…Just so everyone knows it’s not my dream job…burp!…I may be accepting resumes for a new trainee soon…sniff!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Mr. Tenzing!…You got that right!…((wink, wink, nod nod))…heh!snort!

  91. Tenzing
    11:43 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Wink, wink. Nod, nod. Snort, snort. Wag, wag. I forgot the rest of the secret handshake…

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:50 pm on April 21st, 2013

    Training!….sniff!…I do believe an Agent Training Course is needed…grunt!….But who do I get to run it??…wheeze!

  93. Tenzing
    12:28 am on April 22nd, 2013

    Slim Jim consumption should be part of the agent training. The ability to scarf down processed beef sticks is an essential skill for any agent, secret or otherwise.

  94. c.hobbit
    1:23 am on April 22nd, 2013

    Is there cheesecake involved or is that just for the Iditarod?
    Home Sweet Home. Tired. Need to pick up my regular life with all its errands and responsibilities tomorrow.

  95. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:37 am on April 22nd, 2013

    Auction, yes! We have 7 kittens we can auction off! Just don’t tell mom.

    Lessee, if we can get $1,000 per kit, take away one, add 30, hmmmm….that is a lot of dough! They are all black and gray stripey pants, except for one golden kitten. We can probably get $10,000 for him or her, easy peasy.

    Nome, here we come!

  96. c.hobbit
    1:50 am on April 22nd, 2013

    Wolfie: sometimes at auction when items are bundled together, you can make more money. Just saying you have options i.e. a pair of kittens together: a boy AND girl; identical twin kittens, etc. The golden kitten is a great selling point for sure. Look at all your options. Also if you need to come up with a sob story to help sell them along with accompanying photos ranging from adorable to pitiful.

    What are you doing up so late? Helping to feed the kittens or take care of mama?

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