I ran right over and dug up my lacrosse ball. You don’t see lacrosse balls that often, but they’re fine bouncers and chewing on them makes your teeth feel great.

I dropped the lacrosse ball at Bernie’s feet. At first he didn’t seem to see it; his eyes were all cloudy. I picked up the ball and dropped it at his feet again. His eyes cleared.

“Wanna play a little fetch?” he said.


Bernie picked up the ball, reared back and fired it up Mesquite Road. Bernie pitched for Army until his arm blew out, if I haven’t mentioned that already, but he still has a great arm, if you’re asking me. The ball soared away, finally touching down and making a bunch of those huge lacrosse ball bounces. It was still bouncing when I snatched it out of the air with one quick head lunge, wheeled around – my claws actually ripping into the pavement! – and tore off, back to Bernie, airborne almost the whole time. I dropped it at his feet.

“That was quick,” Bernie said.

We did it again. And again. And once more. And a few more times after that. And again. And once more. And a few more –

“Chet! My arm’s falling off.”

Uh-oh. Didn’t want to see that. We went into the house and drank some water, me from my bowl, Bernie from the tap.

From To Fetch A Thief.

Welcome Chancey, Mattie Faye, Friendly Dude, Indie (and pal), Spider (Scout’s friend).


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71 Responses to “Fetch”

  1. OleyHowlers
    9:28 am on October 17th, 2011

    Good morning! What a specimen you are, Chet. Meashka loves to fetch balls too…a few times only.
    Chet, Kat is most definitely NOT a dude, altho she is Friendly.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:41 am on October 17th, 2011

    Good morning, all. Barb is off for the morning, so will check in later.

    I am not a ball fetcher, not even once. Sorry, I just don’t see the point. Now give me a furry little creature running across the yard, and I would chase it till the cows come home. Different strokes, as they say…

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:42 am on October 17th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Lacrosse! Now there’s a great ball! But I may not get to go to any lacrosse games next spring. 🙁 I heard Dad telling Mom that he’s not too thrilled with the new lacrosse coach, so he’s thinking he’s not going to assist this year. Hmmmm. Where is my lacrosse ball, anyway? Maybe Mom put it up with all my other toys when Those Girls came. Wonder how I can get it back. Pondering….

  4. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 am on October 17th, 2011

    Story!…I wish Rebeccer would learn how to close off her Italics….grunt! This “” is how you do it…..snort!

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:46 am on October 17th, 2011

    Grump!…I will have to send the instructions to her via the Secret Decoder Device because the blog wants to translate the symbols….sniff!

  6. Macy the Min-pin
    10:38 am on October 17th, 2011

    He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire. She is pregnant. The firefighter was afraid of her at first, because he had never been around a Doberman before. When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest. A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, “The Observer,” noticed this red Doberman in the distance looking at the fireman. He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do. As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies, and kissed him, just as the photographer snapped this photograph. *sigh* dogs are so awesome.
    By: Nicky Crawford

  7. OleyHowlers
    10:39 am on October 17th, 2011

    Sniffing and sighing here, Macy. Thanks for posting that.

  8. B.Stover
    10:42 am on October 17th, 2011

    I don’t know what lacrosse is. Off to class.

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:44 am on October 17th, 2011

    Lacrosse!….Seems like an old topic to me….grunt!…One we’ve covered several times in fact…sniff!

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:13 am on October 17th, 2011

    Oh, Macy. That was a great photo. Thanks!

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:13 am on October 17th, 2011

    Rio: You can never have too much lacrosse!!!

  12. Melanie
    11:30 am on October 17th, 2011

    The Pack has never tried lacrosse balls. Hmmm. . . The family down the street has a lacrosse player who practices in the yard . . .

    Great picture Macy! Firefighters are totally awesome. Yesterday, we had a firefighter in MA that caught a 6 year old child who was dropped 3 stories to get away from the flames.

    Why do Dobies have such a bad rep?

    Macy: Sorry about your knee. Ice, heat, ice, heat, the tens unit. What I wouldn’t give for one of those infrared machines. If not better, get an x-ray. There are a lot of things in your knee that can get moved around.

    Oh, and another question . . . Why do guys drink from the tap and from cartons and not from glasses? Inquiring minds want to know.

  13. Melanie
    11:31 am on October 17th, 2011

    C.Harris You said you were collecting books. Would you like me to send you some from our overflowing bookshelves? What do you read?

  14. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:37 am on October 17th, 2011

    Mom’s off to work — BBL!!!

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:38 am on October 17th, 2011


    Mama!…Here’s an update on my good friend Mama Biscuit…wheeze!…she went to an apple orchard this past weekend. Look how big those apples are!…sniff!

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    11:44 am on October 17th, 2011

    Hi everyone – catching up from last night.

    Bella – lovely story, as usual. Your ladies must indeed trust you implicitly to allow you to handle their newborns. Zoe has that same gift, but we have seen many loving dog owners whose new mamas wouldn’t let them touch mewling, brand new babies.

    Macy – new avatar?

    Nattie – “ve call it scarf”??? tee hee, you silly, little spy

    Gilly will play fetch for quite a while with her favorite “woobie” as long as it has a squeaker. But after 5 or 6 throws, she is ready to lay down and just chew on it.
    Basil the Fetch Playing Kat, will go after bell balls or a ball made of Klondike Bar foil for hours and hours and hours. And if it isn’t taken away from him before bedtime, woe betide those who are trying to sleep.

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:46 am on October 17th, 2011

    We went to the orchard yesterday too! Got cider donuts and honey cream spread and apples and pears. Yummers!
    Mama is making a crumb top apple-pear pie, and we are getting nice big chuncks of crispy apples as she is cutting them.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:50 am on October 17th, 2011

    Apples!…I want to go to an Apple Orchard…grunt!…I never get to leave this damned yard…sniff!

  19. BearSpiritDog
    12:38 pm on October 17th, 2011

    I myself prefer tennis balls to chase and chew on. Although, when at the beach a nice stick will do just fine.
    SnowBella: Another lovely story I missed until this morning. Must try to stay up for my bedtime stories.
    Macy: A new avatar and a great photo and story of the fireman and the Dobie mom.
    Tupper&Gilly: Boy, I’ll bet your kitchen is smelling real good about now!
    Barb&Magie: We were wondering about that…will Jackson Brodie in Case Histories be as pictured in our mind. It will probably be a week before the show will be online. Hard to be patient.
    Nattie: Is nice to hear from you!

  20. B.Stover
    12:53 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Barb: I think Case Histories is very good. I almost didn’t recognize Jason Isaacs without blond hair. I think that the next episode is this coming Sunday.

  21. Masquers
    12:59 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Bella: I am thinking I would look quite sporty in one of your neck gaiters this winter. Put me on the list. They would also be an unusual gift.

    Basil: My preference is tennis balls – maybe even ones that belong to someone else. After which it would be time for a nap. Don’t know anything about lacrosse balls. Not a kat thing I guess.

    Do I see a speck of sunshine out there? Hoping for a bit of warmer weather before the coldness settles in. Going to check it out…..

  22. Barb & Maggie
    1:13 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Bear and Bee, We also loved Case Histories. There were a lot of characters thrown at you, sort of like her books. Then as the plot developes, you get to see the connections.

    Bear, Did you watch Song Catcher?

    Macy, Great picture. It brought tears to Barb’s eyes. Barb’s daughter had a Dobie years ago, and she was a big sweetheart. They definitely do not deserve their reps.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    1:26 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Barb: Yes, we finally watched Song Catcher. It was quite different than expected. Like the Aidan Quinn character says, people on the outside have a certain opinion of mountain people that live in the backwoods. It was a good story with great old folk songs. Nana especially liked the lead character – a very strong woman.

    A friend of ours had 2 Dobies as guard dogs. The resident goat was more to be feared than they were. Although, we had never seen them in action when a perp was around.

  24. B.Stover
    1:33 pm on October 17th, 2011

    I had a doberman. He was my best friend.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    2:47 pm on October 17th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Kat at FOC is a dudette, not a dude.

    Rio: Either Mamma Biscuit is very small, or those apples are very big. What a great blog she has! And, Hurray for Curly Tail Pug Rescue!

    B: I know you must muss your friend very much. Our companions, no matter two-legged or four, are always in our hearts and memories no matter how much time passes.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    2:51 pm on October 17th, 2011

    That last comment about Kat should have been directed to Chet, not the O.Howlers. Good to see her photo up there!

  27. Barb & Maggie
    3:10 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Bear, Glad you enjoyed Song Catcher. There were a couple of scenes which we did not expect – shocking would be too strong of a word, more like mildly surprising or unexpected. I think you know what we mean. Still the story was well told and the music hauntly beautiful. We also liked the lead character and Aidan Quinn’s part.

  28. Snowhook Bella
    3:40 pm on October 17th, 2011

    I had a dream last night about pug gaitors. It was a lot like a neck gaitor, but instead of wearing it around a non-existant neck, he wore it like a dog jacket around his middle.

    Speaking of pugs, an evil on to be exact, I recieved a very helpful message in my SDD about how to close my italics. I have arrived.

    Thank you to BSD for being the first to submit his item for the MMCS.

  29. Mollypop
    3:46 pm on October 17th, 2011

    We also liked Case Histories.

    SnowBella – The Road to Nome was a good show, even though hard to watch. Now we see that you had a part in it too.

  30. BearSpiritDog
    3:52 pm on October 17th, 2011

    A big thank you to Melanie for the help with the MMCS photo. I don’t know what went wrong, but you saved the day!

  31. Snowhook Bella
    3:56 pm on October 17th, 2011

    BSD: Melanie does have a knack, doesn’t she?

    Mollypop: The Cruelest Miles is a book about the race to Nome to save lives. It is a good book.

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:02 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Whodunnit!…. Who wants to know who did it in the story Case Histories?….heh!….I could tell you all if you like…snort!

    Gators!….Pug-gators my rear!…snort!

  33. OleyHowlers
    4:09 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Kat got to go for a ride without us. We were mad, til we found out she went to the v-e-t. Mom said she did real well. We knew she would.

  34. Masquers
    4:17 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Kat knows she is a lucky dog to have found her forever home. Going to the v-e-t is a small price to pay.
    How is Shiek doing? We know he is in good paws with Meashka looking out for him.

  35. OleyHowlers
    4:19 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Shiek is healing quite nicely. Thanks for asking about him. Poor Meashka gets stressed out with all of her responsibilities. Now they added Chief Kat Trainer to her long list.

  36. Melanie
    4:24 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Riö: Instead of using the neck gator around your invisible neck perhaps you could put it around your tummy. You could have a tummy gator. . .

  37. Barb & Maggie
    4:43 pm on October 17th, 2011

    We just read a review on Case Histories, the PBS series. It basically said it was good but hard to understand the accents. We did not read Case Histories, but did read the next 2 books that the 3 parts are based on-One Good Turn and When Will There Be Good News. Jackson Brodie is her reoccuring character that first appears in CH. The next 2 are shown on the 23rd and 30th.

  38. B.Stover
    5:52 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Barb: I didn’t have trouble understanding the accents–even though they are Yorkshire.

  39. Rose
    6:09 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Evening All!

    OH: It is great to see Kat’s picture on FOC. She is a real cutie. Glad she did well at the v-e-t. Good news about Shiek too!

    Macy: like your new avatar, but miss your pretty face.

  40. Mollypop
    6:16 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Missy Min-Pin – Your avatar stinks big time. Don’t you know baseball season is over?

  41. Melanie
    6:32 pm on October 17th, 2011

    I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes people are responding to comments that I haven’t seen yet. ex. Bella’s comment on pug gators.

    Now It could be that I just don’t see them (Scarecrow), but Dog, it sometimes I think the comments come up for me later.

    Internet or brain weirdness? Pondering . . .

  42. Rose
    7:18 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Health questions:

    B, how is your brother?

    Bear: How is son #2

  43. B.Stover
    7:27 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Rose: My brother is doing well. They have not found any cause for the problem. He’s getting iron shots and vitamins from the doctor. Thank you for asking.

  44. Barb & Maggie
    7:28 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Bee, I thought it was fairly easy to understand, although I think we missed a few slang things.

  45. Rose
    8:19 pm on October 17th, 2011

    B: I’m glad to hear your brother is doing well. Continued good thoughts coming from Westchester for him.

  46. B.Stover
    8:24 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Barb: I’m going to pay more attention to accents in the next episode. I don’t remember any slang.

  47. Melanie
    8:25 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Good night all, I set off my twisted rib and it’s aching. To Bed!


  48. BearSpiritDog
    8:47 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Rose: #2 son still not 100%, but improved enough to go back to work; always a good thing. Was told to watch his diet or else! That means no more mac and cheese, Rio!

    B & Barb: It’s funny about accents. We’ve seen news reports that showed subtitles at the bottom of the screen because the producers thought no one would understand what was being said. The English slang is different from ours – loo for bathroom, petrol for gas, etc.

    Well, Melanie is off to bed with Patsy, so that must mean it is suppertime here, Midsomer Murders, then bed. Will be back in the am – Bear

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Twisted!…When did Melanie get a twisted Rib?…grunt!….Take care Melanie, that has got to hurt like Hell!…snort!…Oh and the Gators comment is from last night that’s why you didn’t see it today…sniff!

    Walk!….heh!…I will have you know that I did not have to walk the Brutal Walk tonight…snort!….She went to that other place. I love love love that other place…heh!…It has given me back my freedom from aching paws…wheeze!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Baseball!….There is no baseball on tonight is there?….sob!sob!sob!….The season is almost over….sob!sob!sob!… The World Series starts on Wednesday thank goodness for that….wuffle!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Bear!….It must be hard being dead and having to keep track of what is going on around here on the blog…heh!snort!….Nan’s son can eat as much Mac N Cheese as he wants, its that dreaded Tuna Casserole that will kill him…grunt!….Keep him away from that deadly dish of fish and noodles….sniff!

  52. B.Stover
    9:06 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Good night all.

  53. Snowhook Bella
    9:11 pm on October 17th, 2011

    According to WeatherGiant, it snowed in Willow today. According to the same giant, it also melted, but the dogs trained in a winter wonderland.

    Twisted Rib sounds like the name of a BBQ joint. Melanie—take care of yourself.

    B and BSD: It’s good to hear that no one is back in the hospital. Add my well wishes to Rose’s.

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on October 17th, 2011

    BBQ!….Rebeccer, did you ever see the video that Melanie made of Clarkson as he made some awesome looking and sounding BBQ Ribs?….slurp!…It makes me hungry just thinking about it…wooooo!….That Clarkson sure is talented..

    Ooooooer!….A great big spider is walking across the floor down here….yeep!yeep!…She won’t let me at him…grunt!…She tried to kill it with something heavy but it got away….yeep!yeep! …I could have taken care of that Spider in no time if she would have let me…sniff!

  55. Snowhook Bella
    9:46 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Rio: I think YSAS’ Food Channel debut was before my time. Don’t snort at me, but I don’t think I’ve ever had ribs before. Note to self: Must find rib joint…

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Aaaahhhh!….So you missed his Nurse Performance too…heh!…That is a really good one…sniff!… I can’t find it for you tonight, but I bet someone else will or maybe tomorrow we can get Melanie to post the links again….snort!…These are must see videos for sure….wheeze!

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    9:57 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Rio – Mama lived in the Florida everglades for a while. She says you may want to be careful about mentioning your butt and ‘gators in the breath.
    Just sayin’

    Well, the CL is at it full time. Mama is the Marketing Manager there and after a meeting with CL and co-workers, Mama had a full calendar of events scheduled for the next 2 months. Press releases have been sent, posters made, contacts made etc.
    Then today in staff meeting, CL announces that she has “re-thought the whole thing, and changed all the dates”.
    After she makes her whole presentation, she asked Mama what she thought. Mama told her, “I think you’re an idiot.”
    And Mama still has a job.
    Does THAT tell you how crazy that lady really is?

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Gators!… Stinky Mama lived in the Land O’ Gators?….snort!…No wander she is fearless and calls her Crazy Boss an Idiot…heh!snort!heh!….I had to clap my paws together when I heard that!…snort!… And she still has her job. Unbelievable!…wheeze! …Stinky Mama has got to give us more details. What did the Crazy one say and do after being called an Idiot?…heh!

  59. Snowhook Bella
    10:18 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Posteriors and sharp gator teeth don’t mix—this is sound advice for anyone.

    T&G: Your mama is probably one of the few to shoot straight with CL.

  60. Snowhook Bella
    10:33 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Macy: I just saw the picture you posted this morning. Thank you for sharing the wonderful story.

  61. Tupper and Gilly
    10:34 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Bella – she would be more likely to shoot AT her….sigh

    Rio – Mama’s exact words to her were, “I think you’re an idiot. You seem determined to shoot yourself in the foot every time.”
    The CL had decided that there was “too much work to do (to get ready for) the scheduled open house at the beginning of November” and the anniversary of the opening of the business was in February, so we should postpone one, and move up the other to make just one event on Dec 17. Which meant cancelling the Holiday Gala, because it would now overlap that event, and “people wouldn’t come out twice.”
    Since the whole purpose of the open house AND the anniversary celebration was to publicize the place and bring in new people, Mama tried to explain to her that an early November event, followed by the Gala in early December, followed by the anniversary in late February would be a well spread out schedule and would MUCH easier to get media coverage for EACH event, keeping it in the public face over a 3 month period.
    Her answer? “Oh. Well, I’ll think about it”

    Dammit – where in the h e l l is that winning lottery ticket when we need it?

    The woman is NUTS I tell you – N V T S Nuts! (sorry, thats from a scene in “History of the World, Part 1” by Mel Brooks)

  62. Barb & Maggie
    10:39 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Big Kudos for The Royal Mum! You are wonderful!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Crazy!…. Well, she is thinking about it…heh!snort!…..Can’t wait to hear what she comes up with the next time you talk to her…chorkel! … I have no patience for people like that ….grunt!….I growl and grumble then I walk in the other direction…sniff!

    Gator!…If I wore a Gator the way Melanie wants me to, it would be more of a Girdle than a Gator ….sniff!….I think it would be too confining in oh so many ways….grunt!

  64. Staff
    11:07 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Just dropping in to say Hi. I have been busy finding a new big 16 oz. mug for Dad. He broke his favorite mug last night and all the ones we have are too small. I have also been busy trying to clean out the spare bedroom (known as my quilt room) for Dawson. There are too many quilting things in there she wouldn’t have room to unpack. Also cooking, doing dishes (ugh) making dinners and reading. I enjoy the reading and cleaning the spare room isn’t so bad. I get to play with my quilt things then.

    See you all tomorrow,

    Night all.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Goodnight!…Staff…snort!… I may or may not see you tomorrow…sniff!…I’m planning to escape from the back yard and go exploring….snort!… I get to glimpse a lot of different front yards while on the Brutal Walk but I never really get to check them out thoroughly…wheeze!…Tomorrow all that will change after I escape….sniff! ….So Goodnight Staff, maybe I will see you on Wednesday when the World Series starts…heh!

  66. Tupper and Gilly
    11:18 pm on October 17th, 2011

    Good night Staff.
    You need your rest before Dawson descends. You know how she always doubles everything up.
    tee hee

  67. Snowhook Bella
    12:18 am on October 18th, 2011

    Whew! I just made it to the laundry mat for the last load. They are changing their hours and I didn’t know. Luckily, I’m friends with the attendant and she said she didn’t mind. The giant needs clean clothes… 🙂

  68. Macy the Min-pin
    12:38 am on October 18th, 2011

    Yes Pollymop, you are correct. Yankee baseball season IS over.
    From St. Louis south to Arlington it is still GAME ON.(and the travel distance is not much at all) We can’t wait until Wednesday.

    Nitey nite.

  69. Gus & BooBear
    1:24 am on October 18th, 2011

    Hi, guys. Late again, as usual. Mom just wanted to answer the question from yesterday or day before about reading the Jack Reacher series. We concur with SiberH. Read the books in the order they were written. Even though there are a couple of prequels, you will enjoy them even more after watching the Reacher character develop with each book. Each book will stand alone and is very good. The only one we were disappointed in was “Nothing to Lose”. A very depressing setting and we felt the story didn’t quite come together. Mom went to see Lee Child at a signing when his next book came out and even he admitted that it wasn’t his best. But Jack Reacher will become very real to you. He’s not Bernie, mind you, but he’s up there.

    NOW, Mom is excited that she has found 2 really cool items to donate to the MMCS! She will be taking pictures to send to Melanie probably tomorrow evening and working on the descriptions. Hint, Hint….cats are involved!!

    Go, Rangers!!!!!!

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