Clubbing (3)

“It’s about a dancer who used to work here,” Bernie said, “and maybe still does. In fact, I hope she does.”

The bouncer gazed down at Bernie. “Don’t hear so good, do you, bud?”

“That’s such a tough-guy cliche, that don’t-hear-so-good-thing,” Bernie said. “You need new material.”

The bouncer’s face – this was at Club Utopia, by the way, and we were hunting for Astrid Jason, whose son Ray was waiting in the car, on account of that was what Bernie told him to do – swelled up and got red. Always interesting when that happens, so I was ready when the bouncer put his huge hands on Bernie’s chest and gave him a push.

“Chet!” Bernie said, staggering back a bit but  not falling. “Stay!”

Stay? I know stay, of course, pretty basic, but was this a good moment for staying?

Spencer Quinn schedule, more to come:

Friday, July 30, 10-12 AM – Brewster Books, Brewster MA.

Saturday, August 21, 4:15 PM – BarkWorldExpo, Atlantic Station, Atlanta GA.

Sept. 3-5 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur GA (exact time to come).

September 17-19 – Salem Book Festival, Salem MA (exact time to come).

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  1. B. Stover
    4:17 am on July 16th, 2010

    Well, we know that Ray is in the car but nothing yet about Astrid. I'm sure Bernie knows what he's doing Chet, but I know how you feel. We are "staying" also. Grump…as Rio would say.

  2. Melanie
    4:24 am on July 16th, 2010

    That Bouncer is going to live up to his job by bouncing if Chet decides NOT to stay!

    A friend sent sent an email about a Newfoundland in England with a JOB! Hope they pay with lots of treats!

    There's a Waterpark (Alton Towers Resort) that has hired a Newfoundland dog as a life guard. Pretty cool.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279286658-max-298230167.jpg[/img]

  3. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:26 am on July 16th, 2010

    Good morning everyone. As the master of ceremonies of today's celebration, I thought I would get things started early, although the celebration will run the entire day and night, with our friends joining whenever they can. This celebration is in honor of Gracie and her 12 gorgeous Newf pups, but it is also in honor of two really rocking girls, Melanie and Zoe (is it alright to call you girls?). Let the treats and the good times flow all day long. Wooo! Wooo! (I'm even decked out in my party best, which you will see in a separate posting, in case it get moderated.) Wookie

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:27 am on July 16th, 2010

    And here's the picture of your master of ceremonies. Wookie

  5. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:28 am on July 16th, 2010

    Sorry about that

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:29 am on July 16th, 2010

    Today is the puppy shower!!!

    Can't wait to see everyone and eat, eat, eat!! I'm bringing plenty of doggie bags for leftovers and 12 brand new collars decorated with diamonds and rubies and a few shooting stars for luck!!!

    I am having a difficult time trying to decide what to wear. Should I wear my basic black collar or should I wear my new red collar? Hmmmm…..decisions, decisions…..

    Wolfie Wonderdog

  7. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:31 am on July 16th, 2010

    Don't know why my picture isn't appearing. I'll try again

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279287055-plaid tie.jpg[/img]

  8. Sam
    4:35 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie, you are so handsome! I'm totally ready to party all day. Mom said when they go out later the laptop will be left on for me.

  9. Riö - The Evil
    4:39 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie!…. How many bow-ties do you own pal?… heh!… Wookie, are you going to introduce each and every one of the puppies?…snort!

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:39 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie, wookie, wookie….

    My mom thinks that you are one handsome dude!!! She loves your bow tie. I hope she doesn't get any ideas about me….

  11. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:41 am on July 16th, 2010

    Yes!! I want to see the Puppies introduced one at a time!!!

    Go wookie go!!

    C'mon Melanie, bring the Puppies out!!!

    PS How is Dan doing? I'm going to eat some puppy treats in his honor!!!

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:43 am on July 16th, 2010

    If that bouncer gives Chet a hard time, then we can all jump in and help, right, Pack?

  13. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:44 am on July 16th, 2010

    And speaking of Chet, I wonder if he's going to make an appearance today to meet the pups?

  14. B. Stover
    4:44 am on July 16th, 2010

    You guys are making me laugh. You look very handsome Wookie. The current Doctor Who always says, "Bow ties a cooooool." He wears one.

    I like the Newf lifeguard Melanie. I have six each of the following pies for the puppy shower:

    Cherry

    Apple

    Blueberry

    Peach

    Rhubarb

    Lemon Meringue

    Banana Cream

    Butterscotch Cream

    Southern Pecan

    Pumpkin

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:46 am on July 16th, 2010

    Bee- the pies sound yummy!! I'll have a slice of each, please!

    I forget, who is bringing the frosty paws? That would taste great on my pies!

  16. Riö - The Evil
    4:48 am on July 16th, 2010

    Ooops!…Sorry! In my excitement I skipped on one of the pumkin pies… grunt!

  17. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:51 am on July 16th, 2010

    No worries, Rio. We dogs don't worry about smished pies.

    Did you bring all 2,000 party favors?

    (whispered) or did you drink them all?

  18. Riö - The Evil
    5:03 am on July 16th, 2010

    Umm…. The party favors have mysteriously disappeared….snort!… We think Mother Bogar and her friend Pappy drank them and disposed of the evidence….grunt!…Last night at midnight four fire crackers went off scaring the crap out of my friend. …heh!… I had a sneaking suspicion then that the favors would be gone when we looked for them this morning….wheeze!

  19. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    5:25 am on July 16th, 2010

    Rio. We can go the firecrackers one better. This morning at shortly after 5:00 a.m., we actually had an earthquake hit the Washington, DC metro area — 3.6 on the Richter scale. Our house did shake a little bit, but not too much. But no earthquake will interfere with today's celebration. Rock on, everyone. And everyone remember to keep their prayers up and paws crossed for Dan's speedy recovery too. Wookie

  20. Riö - The Evil
    6:17 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie!… I heard about your earthquake on the news!… snort!… I immediately thought of the Advance Reader Copy and I hoped that it was not damaged….grunt!…Oh and then I thought of you too of course….heh!

  21. Mollypop
    6:17 am on July 16th, 2010

    I have a problem. I had special chew strips to give as party favors and now I can't find them. Well, I checked our security camera pictures from when Sam was here the other day and, uh oh, she's chewing on the last bits of something.

  22. Mollypop
    6:18 am on July 16th, 2010

    I hit submit too soon. Here we go.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279293494-Sam Chewing.jpg[/img]

  23. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:23 am on July 16th, 2010

    Rio. Glad to know you've got your priorities right. You can rest assured, though, the ARC is safe and still fully in my possession. Heh back at you. Wookie

  24. Riö - The Evil
    6:38 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie!… All kidding aside….snort!… Glad you are okay and in tip-top shape for today’s activities….grunt!

    Sammie!….It looks like Sammies hair is growing out….sniff!… I wonder if she has had any casting calls yet?…snort!

  25. Melanie
    6:40 am on July 16th, 2010

    I can't do one puppy at a time. They are bunch of wiggle worms. But I do have a selection of pictures that I'll be posting all day.!

    Zoë is with Dan. They are very happy.

    Here is our Puppy Princess on her throne waiting to get ready for the party.

  26. Melanie
    6:41 am on July 16th, 2010

    Man, I wish I'd remember to hit the choose file first.

    Try again.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279294887-IMG_1279.JPG[/img]

  27. Melanie
    6:56 am on July 16th, 2010

    The Pups have been helping to get ready.

    Rearranging the covers.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279295769-P1010015.JPG[/img]

  28. Melanie
    6:56 am on July 16th, 2010
  29. Riö - The Evil
    7:05 am on July 16th, 2010

    Uh oh!…Someone is emailing me and asking how I would like a Newf as a house partner…. Grump!… I wrote her back and said, “REMEMBER THE DROOL DAMMIT!”…. grumble!

  30. B. Stover
    7:25 am on July 16th, 2010

    Melanie: They are so cute, especially when they're helping.

  31. Melanie
    7:39 am on July 16th, 2010

    Oh yes, very cute. Very dangerous to try to mop the floor!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279298379-P1010017.JPG[/img]

  32. Riö - The Evil
    7:42 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wow!… I can’t believe how big they are already!…geeze!… Melanie, have they been weaned yet?… snort!

  33. B. Stover
    7:48 am on July 16th, 2010

    They're helping to mop the floor.

  34. Melanie
    7:56 am on July 16th, 2010

    Riö, they are "getting" weaned. Right now they have 1/2 weaning diet + 1/2 moist puppy chow, mixed with water. Mom is for dessert!

    While I was feeding them this morning, Jesse (our go to guy) was mowing the lawn. I had all twelve pups around my feet and they were fine UNTIL they heard the food go into the pans. All hell broke loose. Me, me, me, me, me and bark, bark, bark, bark, I was NOT fast enough.

    As I was finally getting the food on the floor, there was Jesse at the door asking if everything was okay. He heard them ABOVE the lawnmower!

    Zoë's lap before she left to see Dan.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279299395-IMG_1264.JPG[/img]

  35. Staff
    7:58 am on July 16th, 2010

    Jeez Rio is nagging me. sheesh,

    OK guys. Here is the place to send your requests for my addy.

    That would be to abbiethekitty at gmail dot com.

    OK Rio?

    I haven't even had a chance to read the blog yet, but I saw some really cute photos as I scrolled down.

    I will be back for the party!

    >^..^<

  36. Riö - The Evil
    8:37 am on July 16th, 2010

    Sigh!… Now I know some of the less technical of the group (i.e. SiberH) will enter that email address just the way Staff typed it up there….snort!…Which is WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! … Here is the correct email address: abbiethekitty@gmail.com

    Now!… I feel better all over!…snort!

  37. BARB & MAGGIE
    8:49 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie, Glad you didn't get shaken up too much, and we love your bow-tie. Super cool! Love all the puppy pictures and glad Dan is on the mend.

    Tough decision, but Barb wants a piece of pecan pie, and I will take a little taste of cherry and pumpkin. Got to save room for all the other goodies.

    I was hoping to surprise everyone with my special homemade rat pate, but unfortunately, my shopping expedition last night was unsuccessful.

    Wonder if Chet and Bernie are going to the party. Anyone know?

    Wags, MagPie

  38. Sam
    8:57 am on July 16th, 2010

    MagPie, did the rats not appear or you just couldn't catch them? You were so fast the night before that I'd bet you scared them all away.

  39. Sam
    8:58 am on July 16th, 2010

    Hey, those Newflets are way bigger than me! Wow!

  40. Riö - The Evil
    9:26 am on July 16th, 2010

    MagPie!…Wookie was Shaken Not Stirred… heh!

  41. Siberian Husky
    10:12 am on July 16th, 2010

    Thanks for thinking of me, Rio…the email address. BUT, I have a question, if Wookie's talented mom is going to to do the blocks from photos on Chet's blog, why do I need Abbie's email address. I am confused. (as usual)

    I will be back in awhile to party and enjoy all the pictures and food.

  42. Riö - The Evil
    10:22 am on July 16th, 2010

    SiberH!… If you can get a photo posted on this here blog…snicker!… Then I am sure Wookie’s talented mom can send your square to Staff for you …snort!… At least that’s what I am guessing… wheeze!…. But first things first. A Photo of yourself on the Blog….heh!… Keep in mind you may want to send a piece of cotton cloth to Staff with your signature on it to go with your "photo"… grunt!

  43. Melanie
    10:23 am on July 16th, 2010

    Third feeding of the day. Whew!

    I told them it was time to get ready and to stop playing.

    they weren't sure about that!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279308178-P1010014.JPG[/img]

  44. B. Stover
    10:28 am on July 16th, 2010

    I wonder what the pup's opinion is about tennis balls.

  45. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:31 am on July 16th, 2010

    Rio's got it right MagPie, like a good martini, but thanks for the concern. SiberH, Rio's got that right too; if you post your photo and have my mom make your block, we will send it to Staff for you. By the way, the puppies are just adorable. I hope they are enjoying the puppy shower too. Wookie

  46. Melanie
    10:32 am on July 16th, 2010

    Tennis balls are good.

    the Pack also likes tennis balls.

    They like to chase them.

    Fetching is something they do not like.

    So they chase the tennis balls and then sit there and tell us to pick them up and throw them again.

    The pups like to roll them under things and then bark until you get them out.

    the room has a million tennis balls in there.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    10:33 am on July 16th, 2010

    Sam, Mom took me out to the coop twice last night and the little ratatouilles never showed their toothy little faces. Guess the word is out about my hunting prowess, but we will try again tonight.

    Love the little one with the tennis ball. I found a yellow golf ball in my yard the other day, not sure where it came from, but it made for some nice chewing.

  48. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:13 am on July 16th, 2010

    Melanie. Maybe I'm part Newf and didn't know it. My attitude about fetch is pretty much the same as theirs. I'll humor my humans and get the darn ball once or twice, but after that, my attitude is, if they threw it and want it, they can get it themselves. People always say that goldens are "working dogs" but in my case, I like to think of myself more as a "management dog". Wookie

  49. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 am on July 16th, 2010

    I agree with Wookie, I do not chase balls, 'cause it is silly and serves no purpose. Jobs are supposed to have a purpose, for instance killing rats, which I would do anytime.

  50. Melanie
    11:42 am on July 16th, 2010

    Wöökie! love the "management dog" I think we have 10 "management dogs."

    Pups are running to get ready!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279312966-IMG_1281.JPG[/img]

  51. Siberian Husky
    12:01 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Okay, thanks Rio and Wookie. At least for the rest of today, I think I have it straight.

    Wookie looks like he is ready for the big time…He could host the Academy Awards. He is very distinguished looking gentlemen that has a great smile.

    Sam is ready to audition for the starring role in the movie. Her hair has grown out.

    Mom says she would feel a lot safer when swimming with a Newf as a lifeguard than a teenager.

    The puppies just get cuter and cuter. Happy Puppy Shower Day to them!!!!

    I'm ready for some salmon bon bons. Mom wants rhubarb and butterscotch pie.

  52. Siberian Husky
    12:08 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Mom thinks Chet should listen to Bernie, but I think Chet should GO FOR IT!!

    I'm beginning to think that Chet is the only dog on the blog that likes to play fetch.

  53. Riö - The Evil
    12:11 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Smack!….Sorry SiberH! I have eaten my way through most of the snacks and am onto the pies now… snort! grunt!snort!… slurp! OMG! That bowl of beer takes delish!… burp!

  54. Riö - The Evil
    12:12 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Slurp!…"takes" = "tastes"

  55. Abbiethekitty
    12:14 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Hi everyone! Staff just got back from 'town' and now we are ready to party! She says she wants Rhubarb pie. She is checking on her floral delivery. Since Wookie's Mom did those wonderful puppy quilts we decided to spring for the floral decorations.

    I would like a salmon treat please. Or two :-)

    Abbie

  56. Siberian Husky
    12:21 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Rio, I am not worried. Even you could not possibly eat all the food that Dawson ordered, but you might have to go the vet and have your stomach pumped. We wouldn't want that.

    I'll share my salmon treats with you, Abbie.

  57. Abbiethekitty
    12:23 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Thank you Mr Husky!

    Abbie

  58. Alice Johnson
    12:39 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Melanie those puppy pictures are as cute as kittens. Whoeee they are little dolls. Of course I won't like it when they are bigger than me…next week.

    Alice Johnson

  59. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:41 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Good afternoon everyone..we are all here.. Macy ..Belle ..Holly.. Annie.. Biddie.. We are bringing Macy's new specialty, cicada-on-toast, I got up early this a.m. for the freshest ones.

    I will bring my gifts a little later..how many she pups and how many he pups are there?

    Wookie, glad you were not stirred this a.m.

    Would someone keep an eye on Rio, since he seems lacking in self control. We will all have one of everything please.

  60. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:44 pm on July 16th, 2010
  61. Siberian Husky
    12:45 pm on July 16th, 2010

    The Newf Puppy Princess is adorable. Say, I wonder if they will let her date when she gets older.

  62. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:46 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Woohoo, it worked. 3 sets of these for the pups to get their hunting skills working. No stuffing (Annie sad) but 2 squeakers each. Happy Puppy Day, kids!

  63. Siberian Husky
    12:48 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Welcome, Macy and ladies. I want a stuffed skunk like the one in the picture.

  64. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:13 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Mr. Husky, you are not a pupaphile are you? The princess pup is much too young for you. (no offense intended)

  65. Barb & Maggie
    1:26 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Now, those stuffed (or unstuffed) guys I like! Barb goes to the thrift store and buy stuffed animals for me all the time. Not as good as those, however. First thing, I bite the eyes off, second, if there is a sqeeker, it gets removed. Then, we're good to go!

    Barb started reading A Perfect Crime, and guess what? There is a guy named Whitey in there who likes Pepsi and not Coke! Do we see a common thread?

  66. dawson
    1:39 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Yippee! Helloo everybody. Oh Wookie you are even more handsome and debonaire in person.

    WolfieWWWWW: You DO wiggle your butt! Very nice collar.

    Rio: You're not fat! Eat some more. May I have a beer?

    Barb and Maggie: Maggie, I'll throw some fetch it sticks and instead of bringing them back you can gobble them up.

    Siber H: Your blue eyes are more mezmerizing than Alices' yellow ones. I could look at them all day.

    Macy and Pack. Cicadas on toast! Now who was it that liked those crunchy earwigs? They'll love these.

    Sam! Watch out! Big ol' Greedy Guts almost stepped on you.

    Melanie: The newfs are so cute…and so big. I love them all. Where is the runt?

    The food arrived before I did. I'd better get some lemon meringue, some cherry and some butterscotch cream pie right now!

    I did call back and triple my order of salmon bon-bons. Don't mind if I do try some. I know they are for the nation but there's nothing in here that 2 leggeds can't enjoy.

    Staff: Are those floral arrangements edible? They are stunning.

    A toast to Melanie, Dan and Zoe and all the hard work involved in taking care of 10 adult Newfoundlanders and the dozen puppies.

  67. Melanie
    1:44 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Well, the pups are having a great time. They opened some fortune cookies (that was a mess) and I was able to save two of their fortunes. One isn't a fortune at all, but sort of moral thing. Which should not be confused by Riö by a morel and eaten. I think he needs to give his tummy a rest!

    "Having more money does not insure happiness." Zoë and I thought about this and decided yeah, but it does help.

    "A new friend helps you break out of an old routine." Routine? What the heck is a routine? Something new is always going around here.

    Siber-H: you will have to ask Princess Pup's new friend. But, you're right, you wouldn't want to date her right now. So PRINCESSY!

    Mattie got jealous of all the attention to the pups and has decided to sit on the dryer. It's right next to a door, so everytime anyone with two legs goes by, she wags her tail to get pet.

  68. Melanie
    1:48 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Franklin has gotten under the sofa (somehow) it's amazing to see. I think it was the thunderclap we had, but now he's entertaining the pups by balancing in on his shoulders. Perhaps, I should go take off the pups now. . .

    WAIT FRANKLIN! YOU WON'T FIT THOUGH THE DOOR!

  69. Melanie
    1:50 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Oh, and Macy? The Newf Princess thinks all the Princess on the Blog are something to emulate. We may regret that.

    They are loving those toys! Gracie has one in her mouth and all the pups are chasing her. Whoops, make that everyone here is chasing her. Not sure how this place is going to look after tonight.

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:02 pm on July 16th, 2010

    We are so glad the toys are a hit. Next time the Amex is left unattended, we just may get some for ourselves.

    Newf princess, hope your new friends realize you are a princess and give the respect we all deserve.

    No telling what your place will look like at the end of this day, especially with a certain pug stepping in everything, and possibly becoming inebriated. He didn't drive did he? *snicker*

  71. Melanie
    2:03 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Riö, Zöe says, go for the beer! She going for the vodka. It was a long day, but Dan was sitting up and able to talk! They have him on the correct antibiotic.

    Also, I had plans for the pups to have the quilts on as capes and snap their pictures as they sat so pretty. LOL! Well, I can dream, can't I?

    So a little later, I have more funny pictures with pups and quilts.

  72. Siberian Husky
    2:09 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Great news about Dan, Melanie. This makes the Puppy Shower even more special.

  73. Alice Johnson
    2:12 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Gosh this place is a madhouse. I am glad I am small and light. I decided the best place for me was on top of the draperies. Abbie tried for under the couch but somebody came in with her and moved it. They hadn't been introduced yet so now she is behind this recliner in the corner.

    Every once in a while she dashes out for some more salmon snacks. It is our favorite.

    Thank goodness Staff is willing to bring me some everyonce in a while. I have never seen so many dogs at once.

    (That Wookie is a hunk!) I love his tie.

    I wonder when the pups will open thier presents. I got them all bow ties in their own colors.

    Once they outgrow their yarn we will be able to tell them apart.

    Heh heh heh

  74. Siberian Husky
    2:17 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Franklin ia going to show me how he does his dispappearing trick and how to get under the sofa. I hope Rio isn't under the sofa or in the bathtub already, tee hee.

  75. dawson
    2:27 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Rio is snuggling in with Bess in front of the television because the Rockies game is on. He has one of the Monster Bones and 3 of the itty bitty bones for snacking.

  76. Mollypop
    2:34 pm on July 16th, 2010

    This party is so much fun. I'm eating pie and I have some of it smeared all over my face.

    Siber-H – I found Rio. He's dancing or maybe skipping and wearing a party hat. Whooie!

  77. Sam
    2:38 pm on July 16th, 2010

    I'm hiding under the sofa so I don't get stepped on. I can't jump up high like Alice can.

    There's a big black animal under here with me.

  78. Melanie
    2:39 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Well, I've also put on the highlights from the Iditarod for those Northern dogs.From the basement the words "Baa-ram-ewe" come drifting, Babe is on down there.

    Is someone sitting in there with Bess and Riö? I wouldn't want her to roll over on him.

    Wait . . . (screaming from puppy). Whew, it's okay one got into a corner and couldn't back himself up. I think it was Mr. Greedy Guts after a piece of salmon bon-bon.

  79. Riö - The Evil
    2:50 pm on July 16th, 2010

    WOOOOOOO! ….What a party!….WOOOOOOO!…. And I’m dancing around Bess showing off during the breaks in the Rockies game (it works for Grandma!) ….snort!snort!…Okay Bess, whew! Back to watching the game and heres my next bowl of beer!….WOOOOO!…What a party!…heh!

    SMOOOOOOCH! SLURP!….. Pug kisses are the best aren't they my Bess?… heh!

    Burp!…. Okay. I am full!… heh!… I’ve never written those words before in my life!…grunt!… How did I get this stupid hat on anyway???

  80. Staff
    2:51 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Sam, You and the big black one can be friends. Abbie was a little freaked out and had to move. Especially when he made the couch move.

    Dawson, isn't this fun? I can see you over there snacking with Rio! Heh, I learned some family news last night. Tee hee. Maybe if I have some of that Cahors I might tell it. I wonder if it has breathed long enough yet? (whoever heard of breathing wine?)

    I am waving at you!~~~~~~~~~

    That rhubarb pie was my favorite.

    Staff

  81. Melanie
    2:57 pm on July 16th, 2010

    I finally snitched a piece of the Pecan Pie . . WOW!

    Here's the first picture of pups in capes! As you can see it was a little difficult. Oh, and there is no runt in this litter!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279324620-IMG_1265.JPG[/img].

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:02 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Wow, I had to wait til Mom got home to come to the party — I wish she had taken the day off, because it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! Melanie, those Newfs are totally dapper in their quilt capes! After I finish admiring them, I think I'll take a look at the buffet. Any of that lemon meringue left?

  83. dawson
    3:05 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Melanie: I like that picture of Zoe's lap except that I can't actually see her lap. Just two legs sticking out.

    I thought I saw Rosie giving Alice a ride around on her back. Then I got distracted by trying to get a piece of that pecan pie. It seems to have a paw print on it. That's okay – it still tastes yummy.

    Another beer anyone? Rio?

    Kirby! You made it! And you're doing your Elvis impression. So cool. Aren't the Newfs big? I just want to bring one or two home with me…but how could you choose…they're all so cute.

  84. B. Stover
    3:07 pm on July 16th, 2010

    I am cracking up.

  85. Riö - The Evil
    3:07 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Alice!… Hey! Little bitty Alice! Come on over here and say Hi tome!…snort!…It’s the least you can do for making my life miserable for the first few months I knew you….grunt!… Alice, do you like baseball and beer?….wheeze!… Come here and be friendly for a change.. heh!

    SiberH!… Where is SiberH?…snort!…Oh he is busy gobbling up all the salmon treats while AbbieTheKat is looking the other way… cough!…I hope he comes over and watches the game with Bess and me…sigh….This is heaven…

    Hey!…. I am closer to Spencer and Admin than I have been in my whole life!… Woooo!…How exciting is that?… grunt!…Tooo bad they have not made an appearance at the awesome party!…sssslurrp!…ahhhh!

  86. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:09 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Thanks, Dawson! That Elvis impression is usually the hit of the party!

    I thought I might have a really special present to bring the Newfs today. Mom said some new ARCs came to the library today, but Chet's wasn't among them. They probably snagged it down at Main. Dagnabbit!

  87. Melanie
    3:17 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Kirby T! Mac and Ros was on the floor laughing trying to repeat, "Thank you, thank you very much" Very good!

    Riö, where you just trying to give Alice pug kisses????

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279325840-IMG_1269.JPG[/img]

  88. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:19 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Oh Mr. Penworthy how nice to meet you. And Mr. Wigglebutt *snicker* you wiggle so nicely. And of course Mr. Husky you are so *sigh*. Since Belle is a Chug, she is sizing up Rio. Holly is a chug also, but not as puggy as Belle. Annie and Biddie are giddy because this is their first non-family party. (girls..away from the beer bowl! Now!) They were a little confused about a couple of the guests until I explained Kats to them. They are still not sure how they feel about Kats, but they promised to behave.

    Ms. Mollypop have you seen anyone in the pies? My girls are looking very guilty about something. Think I'll go downstairs and check out the action there. Macy out.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    3:21 pm on July 16th, 2010

    We brought a little bourbon to toast the puppies. Rio, will that mix ok with the beer? Here's to long, healthy, happy forever homes to all the newbies and/or Newfies! Cheers to all, and the salmon bon-bons are delish!

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:26 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Macy: Likewise, I'm sure!

    A note to all you drinking-age pups (e.g. Rio!): I don't drink adult beverages — don't worry, I'm not opposed, just don't like the taste — so feel free to drink up my share!

  91. Riö - The Evil
    3:29 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Melanie!…Little bitty Alice won’t get close enough for me to give her a big sloppy kiss…snort!….She’s being all stuck-up and too busy fluffy her tail to be friendly…grunt!

    Cheers! To All!… Even those who have had knee surgery today…snort!…Nice bourbon!…Usually I do not drink the hard stuff..whooooo!…Now I know why…weeee!..Back to baseball and my Bessie!…sniff!

  92. Melanie
    3:31 pm on July 16th, 2010

    All the Puppies are bowing! I'm so proud of them. Thanks Barb & Maggie!

    Magpie have you been down in the river looking for rats? You're looking a bit wet!

  93. dawson
    3:41 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Melanie you deserve to be proud. I am so amazed they all bowed in unison! Those quilts look real good on the puppies. Or, those puppies look real good on the quilts.

    I'm doing my weight lifting exercises with one in each hand. Up down up down up down Whoops they're squealing and here comes Gracie. Sorry, sorry.

  94. dawson
    3:44 pm on July 16th, 2010

    B. Stover is explaining to Mr. Teal why using "read" as a noun is a no-no.

    Mollypop is teaching French phrases to Mr. Orange.

  95. Melanie
    3:45 pm on July 16th, 2010

    That's okay Dawson, they love to squeal. They were probably having a great time. We call it elevator! When I say "Who wants to go on an elevator?" They all come running. You might try that. . .

    Another quilt pic!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279327509-IMG_1273.JPG[/img]

  96. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:48 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Wheeeeeee….what a fabulous party!!!!

    Love the photos, love the puppies, love everything especially all the YUMMY FOOD!! (Here's a shout out to Dawson for placing the order!! I'm glad you were able to use Bernie's credit card to pay for all this. I'm sure it was $$$$$$$. Just tell the caterers to use the billing code for Tin Futures and Bernie will never even notice!!)

    Bee- these are the best (burp) darn virtual pies I have ever had!!! mmmmmmm-good!!

    The flowers are awesome, I hope the pups like the gifts!! (I used Bernie's Visa to pay for the gemstone collars. I hope he won't notice the $54,887.22 bill from Tiffany's!) Well worth it, though.

    Yippee Skippy, gosh it is so fun finally meeting everyone!! Hi SH, Rio – you are grand!- Melanie and pack – so pleased to make your accquaintance. Sam (blush) I'm still crushing on you! Macy and T, howdy all! Barb and Magpie and staff, you all look fab. Wookie, what can I say! You are de Man! Alice and AK, did I ever mention that some of my best friends are KATS? Mollypop, you are FIERCE!!! Wow!! If I have forgotten anyone, blame it on the sugar rush and all 14 pieces of pie!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:54 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Someone asked earlier if Bernie and Chet were expected to drop by. Now that I know that the food was charged to Bernie's c-a-r-d, maybe it's just as well if they don't!

  98. Melanie
    3:56 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Wölfie! You are looking Grand tonight! Just jump right in! FOURTEEN pieces of pie by the time you were half way through the room. I think that's even better than Siber-H. Though Sam is looking good with her face covered in lemon merigene.

    Another Quilt pic! I think that's every pup up (though it's hard to tell).

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279328190-IMG_1276.JPG[/img]

  99. dawson
    3:57 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Hey Rio: You might entice Alice with the salmon bon-bons. And here's a secret. She loves to have her tail pulled!

    And another toast to Lexi and Megan who are missing a fine party. We know you'd rather be here than getting knee surgery. We miss that spunky princess.

    Thanks for that tip on the credit card Wolfie Wonderdog of the Wild wild wigglebutt West.

  100. dawson
    4:07 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Who wants to go on an elevator? Aaaarrggh-help! Two at a time.

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:11 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Whaddaya mean, Dawson? Have a seat — now you can lift two with your hands and two with your feet. It's much more efficient that way — only three "elevator rides" to get all the pups in motion!

  102. Melanie
    4:12 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Look out guys there's an avalanche of the Nation within the Nation headed through the house! I think more food has arrived. No, no, Kats NOT THE FLOWERS!

    I sure hope Bernie's card is up to this. . .

    Looks like someone's getting tired.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279329148-IMG_1277.JPG[/img]

  103. Siberian Husky
    4:13 pm on July 16th, 2010

    I'm back, I'm finally back. I was running around outside trying to run off some of the food and get some fresh air. There are more scents in the air here than where I live. I'm joining Bess and Rio for the game now, and I'm ready for more food.

    My mother has done nothing but gush over the puppies since she got here and eat pie.

    Uh, after this party, we might have to take up a collection to help Chet and Bernie with their finances. We are far more reliable than tin futures.

    What a party! I don't drink either, Kirby. I had to give it up because I hallucinate when I drink.

  104. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:14 pm on July 16th, 2010

    That's the nice thing about capes — when you're tired they turn into blankets!

  105. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:15 pm on July 16th, 2010

    SiberH: Maybe we'd better not tell Rio that. If he drinks both our shares he's going to be one sick puppy in the morning!

  106. dawson
    4:17 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Hey that is more efficient, Kirby. But that puppy laying down under the quilt is making me tired. Think I'll just cuddle up with her for a minute. ZZZzzzzzz.

  107. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:21 pm on July 16th, 2010

    When my pups were small, the peeps would lower the recliner footrest and ask who wants to ride the elevator to get on the couch. It was fun watching them learn the ropes.

    Mr. Wigglyrump, I thing you mayhave been drinkingg. *hic* Oh, was that me? scuse me.

  108. dawson
    4:30 pm on July 16th, 2010

    What the…! Ellie, get off my head! What the…! Is that Drool!!!?

  109. Melanie
    4:31 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Boy was that delivery man surprised!

    Don't the pups look great in the diamond studded collars with the bow ties attached?

    I'm head to bed, was up early. You guys have a GREAT time, just let the pups drift off when and where they want to. And make sure you shut the doors on the way out.

    AND, Franklin and Mac are counting the puppies every time someone leaves!!

    I'll wade through the mess and read what happened tomorrow.

    Zoë is going to LOVE this!

    Sleep time!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279330313-IMG_1278.JPG[/img]

  110. Riö - The Evil
    4:37 pm on July 16th, 2010

    SiberH!… You are coming in on the top of the 9th inning and Rockies are behind!…Oh!…They are pitching to the Reds right now trying very hard not to let them score more runs!…Gulp! The Rockies blew it big time in the 8th inning, the bases were loaded and they struck out …crap!….Hey Bessie!.. My little flower…heh!

  111. Siberian Husky
    4:41 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Do we have any chew strips left? I need some serious chew strips for this baseball game.

  112. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Uh!…Melanie. I will need a ride home…snort!… She dropped me off and sped away really quickly…. cough!burp!…Can I stay over-night? … snort!..,Or better yet, can I stay till July 30th so I can hitch-hike to Brewster’s Books and see Admin talk about gawd knows what?….Please!?…sniff! burp!… I need some more beer!

  113. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:47 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Hey Rio! Would you mind flipping over to my game? Oh, never mind. I forgot the Angels are playing one of those dreaded West Coast games. Won't be on for awhile yet. Go ahead and finish watching your game. Just make sure you don't throw anything at the tv if the Rockies lose — remember it's Melanie's set, not yours!

  114. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:49 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Oh, and Rio, watch your language. Remember there are young'uns present (even if half of them have already fallen asleep)!

  115. Riö - The Evil
    4:50 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Wookie!…Where is Wookie our Master of Ceremonies!?….grunt!…We need another speech and then another toast!…wippeeee!…woooo!…Crap! 2 outs with man on first base for tying run!…yeep! SiberH! Yeep!…

  116. Siberian Husky
    4:54 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Yeep! is right

  117. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:00 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Sorry, Rio and SiberH. But now you can flip over to my game. It starts in 5 minutes!

  118. dawson
    5:02 pm on July 16th, 2010

    My team is getting clobbered but I'm still as contented as all get out just sitting here watching the little tails on these Newf puppies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Eleven? Mollypop's mom has a puppy hiding in her jacket pocket! Oh, Franklins got her. Nice try Mollypop's mom. :)

  119. dawson
    5:03 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Rio: I'm just gonna do a little clean-up here then I can drop you off on my way home if you want. Burp!

  120. Siberian Husky
    5:10 pm on July 16th, 2010

    We do need a closing speech by Wookie. He can always give it tomorrow

    I just want to say thank you to our hostess, Melanie, who has understandably gone to sleep, and to our stars of the party, the PUPPIES, who have also gone to sleep.

    It was a wonderful party because all of all you. The best group of dogs, cats, and people in Siberspace!

    The pictures of the puppies asleep are putting me to sleep.

    Good Night Friends! Rio, if you want to stay at Melanies for awhile, with all those big dogs and pupppies she would never know you were there.

    just a minute…my mom is trying to sneak out the back door with a puppy.

  121. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:15 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Honestly, Rio! First you throw your beer at the television when the Rockies lose, then you realize what you've done and lick it off the screen! I'm having a hard time watching my game with all that slobber blocking the players!

    (Whoopie — bottom of the 1st, we just came up to bat. So far it's a no-hitter for the Angels!)

  122. dawson
    5:16 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Hey! Mac! I wasn't trying to kidnap that puppy. I was just taking her for a little walk. Honest!

  123. dawson
    5:21 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Eeeuu. Is that Drool!!!?

    Goodnight all you Waggin' Tails.

    It doesn't get any better than this.

    (Only if Chet and Bernie had showed up).

  124. Siberian Husky
    5:22 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Kirby, I can't stay awake. We get up at 4:45 to get to the dog park before it gets too darn hot. I wish you luck with your game tonight. I'll check all the scores in the morning.

  125. Siberian Husky
    5:29 pm on July 16th, 2010

    I want to say thank you to Dawson for all the fine food. I'm going to have to run extra laps at the dog park all week to burn it off but it was worth every bite.

  126. Riö - The Evil
    5:38 pm on July 16th, 2010

    But! But!…. I don’t want go go home ever!…sniff!… I want to stay here and see Admin talk about whatever…snort!… sob!sob!sob!…First my Rockies lose, now I have to go home … snuff!…Dawson, I will catch a ride with SiberH and his mom, I guess….burp!… They are going South West and you are going North West ….snort! grunt!..bugger! ….Bye my Bess!… I will miss you terribly!…Good night my dear!…Night Puppie dawgs!

  127. Barb & Maggie
    5:40 pm on July 16th, 2010

    What a wonderful party. Thank you everyone. Bee, the pies were great. Dawson, thank you for all the wonderful food. I think this might have been our biggest number of posts to date! Do you need help with the clean up or poop patrol? Rio, sleep well, I hope you didn't have too much beer!

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:55 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Do you think I could stay just a few more minutes? The Mariners have two outs, then it will be our turn to bat in the bottom of the third. The score is 1-0, and we're winning! I promise I'll be quiet — not loud cheers to wake up Melanie and the pups, or any of the partygoers who've passed out in the corner!

  129. Mollypop
    5:59 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Well, I'm not ready to stop partying. Pour me another drink and I'll have some pie. Someone ate all the salmon bon bons – no fair.

    I'm like a circus poodle – I can dance on my hind legs and twirl and twirl and oops.

  130. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:14 pm on July 16th, 2010

    OK, it's the end of the third inning and we're ahead 3-0. Mom wants to leave, so I guess I'll make a run for the car and listen to the rest of the game on the radio. Boy oh boy do I wish Dick Enberg was still doing the play-by-play for the Angels! Oh, well….

    Don't worry, I've checked Mom's library tote bag and there are no puppies in there! Two dogs and two cats are enough for our household! I'll send Melanie my thanks in the morning — the poor woman was obviously exhausted after the day-long merriment. Meanwhile, thanks also to Dawson for all the delicious food (and to Bernie for footing the bill), although I never did get any of those salmon things everyone was talking about. I did manage to snag a piece of that lemon meringue, so thanks for that, Bee.

    It was so good to finally meet everyone in person — or should I say in dog? We ought to do this again — maybe we could crash the publisher's party for "To Fetch a Thief." I'm sure Spence wouldn't mind! It would be good to finally meet him, Peter, Admin, Bernie and Chet. (As long as Bernie doesn't figure out what happened to his credit card balance — think he'd hold a grudge?)

  131. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:24 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Oh my!!!Why didn't someone wake me? Very embarrassing to fall ashleep during a party. Must have been the exshitement. *hic* Where did everybody go? Oh Mr. Penworthy, there you are, watching a game. And Molly, may I join your dance. *twinkle twinkle* Has anyone seen Annie? She tends to go off to small spaces. And Biddie is not used to the late hour. Belle and Holly are party animals, oh brother, they are licking the empty pie plates. I guess that is their way of helping with the washing up.

  132. Alice Johnson
    6:27 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Hey Rio, I am still here. Up up up on the top of the drapes. That dratted Dawson told about my secret love of tail pulling and I think every puppy there pulled it at least once.

    Abbie was laughing so hard she forgot to hide.

    Usually I only let creatures I know pull my tail. Not that I don't know the puppies but really we have just met.

    And then Elvis came over to give it a go.

    There was this one really wiggly dog who wanted in on the tail pulling and kept putting his tail in my face! What is up with that?

    At least your tail knows where it is supposed to be. Close to your butt not waving all over.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279337206-alice tail.jpg[/img]

    Alice Johnson

  133. AlbbietheKitty
    6:30 pm on July 16th, 2010

    ummm, do you think we should help Dawson with the clean up? My goodness there are a lot of plates and bowls all over the place. Many of them have sleeping puppies in them. We better be really careful putting all that party paper in the trash. We might snag a quilted puppy by mistake.

    Gracie, we need your help here with the herd!

    AbbietheKitty

  134. Alice Johnson
    6:34 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Gosh I found a Pecan pie that somehow escaped the carnage. Yum!

    Hey! Mollypop put that down!

    Drat that is one fast Poodle. And she was only using two legs!

    Alice Johnson

  135. AbbietheKitty
    6:41 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Sleepy. I am getting very sleepy. I wonder where that Staff is. We need a ride home.

    Gosh Melanie and Gracie I just loved the party. Sorry Kirby T. Macy, Mollypop and Rio, but I just can't stay awake any longer.

    I really had a good time especially once all the puppies started pulling Alice's tail.

    teehee

    That was amazingly funny.

    Oh there you are Staff. We have to go now. Alice stop teasing Rio and get over here!

    Goodnight everyone.

    It was a blast.

    Can we do it again?

    Please.

    >^..^<

  136. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:43 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Well it does sound as though everyone had a truly wonderful time at the party. The puppies, even though mostly asleep now, were the star attractions, and my mom was particularly pleased that they seemed to enjoy their individual quilts, which looked even more spectacular as capes. I know that a few of our friends had to leave early, but the time we have all spent together has been so very special. While some of us have met before on the missions that Rio has chronicled for us, getting everyone together at one time in one place has been a truly memorable ocsasion. A very special thanks to Melanie for being such a wonderful hostess (and for not minding the mess we may have left), although we do promise to clean up before we leave. And for those still here, you should feel free to party on a while longer, but on behalf of all of us, please join me in extending our warmest and most special thanks to Bernie, Chet, Spence and the charming Mr. Abrahams, for making this wonderful evening possible, and also to Mike Baker for making the blog work so well, at least most of the time. Wookie the MC

  137. Mollypop
    7:21 pm on July 16th, 2010

    Most everyone is gone and I am cleaning up all the crumbs of this delicious food. But where did all the salmon bon bons go?

    I told Sam's Mom that I'd bring her home. Sam? Where's Sam?

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