From The Wilmington Star News

April 4th, 2010 07:00am

Whodunit goes to the dogs

by Ben Steelman

Face it, the mystery genre is a cat’s world.

Lilian jackson Braun wrote nearly three dozen “The Cat Who …” mysteries starring the ex-journalist Qwill and his Siamese cats KoKo and YumYum, who generally policed matters in Moose County, in upstate Michigan. Rita Mae Brown “co-authored” a series of novels with her cat Sneaky Pie, mostly stazrring the feline sleuth Mrs. Murphy.

Dogs generally fare less well in the mystery universe; witness the hapless (and mistreated)  title character of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

So it was nice to discover “Dog On It” by Spencer Quinn, published last year by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster and now available in paperback.

(Thanks to John Wood, the witty and erudite retired professor who turned me on to this wonderful work. Wood — who happens to be married to former Wilmington City Council member Margaret Haynes — can often be found volunteering at the information desk at the Wilmington airport, and he’s well worth getting to know.)

Quinn’s novels so far are narrated by Chet, a sharp and generally cheerful mixed-breed — he got upset, briefly, when a newspaper reporter described him as a “mongrel” — with mismatched ears.

Chet was going to be a K-9 patrol dog for the police, until he flunked his exam. (Why, oh why, did that cat have to wander onto the training field at just the wrong time?)

So now, Chet lives and works with Bernie, an ex-West Pointer, ex-cop and current private eye with an ex-wife, a son he doesn’t see often enough, a weakness for bourbon and chronic money troubles.

Chet and Bernie live in a fast-growing, unspecified Southweatern state, probably Arizona (although they take detours to Las Vegas and parts of New Mexico). Missing persons cases are their specialty, and in “Dog On It,” they land a corker.

The ex-wife of a high-rolling developer calls the team in when her teenaged daughter, Madison goes missing. (Chet, with his top-notch nose, quickly finds the bag of marijuana hidden in her bedroom.)

The surly high schooler quickly shows up, claiming she detoured to a movie with friends, but Bernie — who knows how to interrogate — quickly figures out she’s lying. (After all, “Dr. Zhivago” doesn’t have a tennis scene.)

Before long, Madison goes missing again, this time for real — and the trail quickly goes cold. Chet and Bernie will have to contend with Russian mafiosi, biker gangs, surly punk rockers and a host of denizens of the New West.

As mysteries go, this is a highly satisfying exercise, with a good supply of red herrings, plenty of character and a minimum of wasted space. Quinn has a subtle sense of humor (a kid named Fletcher turns out to be a high school archery star — look it up), and he keeps a steady pace.

The real strength of the book, however, is Chet, one of the most winning and convincing canines in recent literature.

Chet is a dog who thinks like a dog. He distrusts birds — his prime suspect is Cap’n Crunch, Madison’s foul-mouthed pet parrot — and anyone who feeds him is his best friend for life, like Cleon Maxwell, the estimable proprietor of a first-rate rib joint.

He’s vague on human concepts like ”a million,” and (rather like Ziva on “NCIS”) he has trouble understanding the idioms (like “red herring” or “whole ball of wax”) that Bernie likes to throw out from time to time. He can also be distracted by passing road runners (the birds, not the humans) and javalenas.

In his own way, however, Chet is extremely smart. He notices things that Bernie (who’s no slouch) doesn’t, like the aroma of borscht — although, since he can’t speak English, getting Bernie’s attention can sometimes be difficult.

He’s fearless, and utterly devoted to his boss — which is fortunate, since Chet has to take as much damage and abuse in this first book as Philip Marlowe or Mike Hammer. In this volume, he’s stabbed in the flank (by a perp who’s slashing Bernie’s tires), locked in a trunk by the bad guys, has the tip of one ear slashed off, and winds up — temporarily, thank goodness — on Doggie Death Row at a local pound, when the bad guys steal his collar. (Moral: Make sure your pet pooch has The Chip.)

Chet’s narration has that trimmed-down, almost hardboiled quality of good American crime fiction, but with an air of poetry, too:

“One thing about humans: They like to get high This comes up over and over again in our work …  But the actual getting-high part was something I never understood, puzzled over for a long time. What was it all about? And then one day it hit me. What was my favorite thing to do in the whole wide world? Riding shotgun in (Bernie’s) Porsche, far and away. Sitting up high, wind pushing my face all out of shape, and sights and smells — especially smells — rushing by so fast I couldn’t take them all in. Speed, rush, sensation: I knew about getting high, had  been high lots of times.”

Happily, there’s already a sequel out: “Thereby Hangs a Tail,” released by Atria in January ($25, still in hardcover). Through the good offices of their police buddy Lt. Stine, Chet and Bernie get a security gig at a big Westminster-style dog show — guarding a pedigreed pooch named Princess. Then Princess and her owner are both abducted. I can’t wait.

Happy Easter, everybody. Tomorrow back to Colonel Bob – except did Bakersfield come up? So maybe …

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  1. Rose
    3:45 am on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter Bernie and Chet (and you too Admin)! Nice props from the Wilmington Star News!

  2. Bluecat
    4:00 am on April 4th, 2010

    Thanks for the welcome a few days ago. Mom's reading old blogs and comments to catch up. You guys rock. You created a family. She's working her way through Mr. A's books; they rock, too. They have echoes of Chet's voice in them and the way Mr. A plays with language and your imagination…in the Tutor, Ruby's thoughts have backpacks. How cool is that? BTW, come Monday night, we'll be rooting for the Butler BULLDOGS. Happy Spring everybody.

  3. B. Stover
    5:45 am on April 4th, 2010

    Bakersfield?

  4. B. Stover
    6:01 am on April 4th, 2010

    Can anyone explain the "subtle sense of humor" of a boy named Fletcher turning out to be a high school archery star?

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:12 am on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter!

    Stover!…. I was just going to ask you the same thing?…snort!… I zero’d in on that line too!…heh!… I think Bakersfield is in reference to where Col. Bob was when he saw the young man who looked like him…grunt!

  6. Bluecat
    6:13 am on April 4th, 2010

    fletcher – a person who makes arrows…dictionary.com

  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:15 am on April 4th, 2010

    Pssst!… Stover!… if you want to get rid of the “Blue” – just highlight and delete the characters in the ‘Website’ field below….snort!

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:19 am on April 4th, 2010

    BlueKat!… Nice work!… Makes me wonder how many other subtle things we missed in both books!…grunt!

    Hey….KittyKat!… whatcha look like anyway?… I’ve never seen a blue Siamese before!..snort!

  9. Melanie
    6:38 am on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter all,

    The Easter Beagle has not put in an appearance as of yet, but he should get here for the Pack's dinner.

    I wondered the same thing about Bakersfield. Hope some one does some research. All I have found is that it's in CA. I would look up in the THAT, but lent it to an ailing neighbor.

    Wolfie! Wigglebutt, huh? Well, that probably means you're a very HAPPY dog, though I'll be glad to call you Wolf-Dog. Also I have interigated the Pack about their whereabouts for the time in question. Gracie and Katie had no alibies, it could be that Mattie bribed them into blowing the fuse.

    Rio, Bess does not watch baseball, I'm sorry to say . . she needs a bit more action.

    Sam, Bess starts barking at zebras, which starts up the whole Pack and they run outside to see where the trouble is. She sits there looking at them leave as if they are idiots, and says "Hey, they're in the box thing."

    We have had to move the TV and computer back so when she feel the urge to lunge at either of them, they are out of her reach!

    Happy Easter CHET! What did the critic mean when he said "one of the most winning and convincing canines in recent literature"?

    I mean yes he's winning but CONVINCING?? It's obvious that this dude doesn't know that Chet and Bernie are real and live in the SW and have a detective agency.

    Convincing? HE'S REAL!

    At least in the mind of the NEWF PACK!

  10. B. Stover
    6:58 am on April 4th, 2010

    Bakersfield is mentioned in yesterday's post, A Tiny Scrap. It's were Col. B was driving when he saw his younger look-alike.

    Excellent research, Bluecat. Thank you very much. Rio: I think that Bluecat is very smart and practical. (And I loved the Siamese cats, KoKo and YumYum in Braun's books.)

    Melanie: I love your stories. I think that Wolfie Wigglebutt must be a happy dog also.

  11. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    7:26 am on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter to everyone. The day got off to a great start — extra bacon for breakfast, what could be better than that. Then a great walk down by Rock Creek. I also got my mom a Happy Easter card — its one of those musical ones. It says Happy Easter on the front and then when you open it, it plays a tune we have come to know here on the blog very well –Lollypop, Lollypop (to the tune of Mollypop, Mollypop). I signed the card as from me and all of my friends on the blog (I didn;t think you would mind).

    Speaking of music, I think its going to be just one of those days to slow down and not move too fast, just kicking down the cobblestones and feelin' groovy.

    I've got no deeds to do,

    No promises to keep.

    I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.

    Let the morning time drop all it's petals on me.

    Life, I love you,

    All is groovy.

    Later everyone. Wookie

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:45 am on April 4th, 2010

    Abbie!… I’m a one Blog kinda guy!… snort!… I only play in this playground …snicker!…. I guess I will have to live with the sewing party questions swirling around in my head forever!….heh!

    Stover!… Did you read my comments up above?…sniff!… Or are you mad at me for some reason?… grunt!… I have a feeling you and BlueKat will become fast friends…wheeze!

    Wow!… Look at Wookie sing!… heh!… Life is Groovy!… snicker!… Bess is Groovy!

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  14. Mollypop
    8:06 am on April 4th, 2010

    Wooks – What a great card to give your Mom for Easter – the Lollipop song. My Mom is singing and dancing again, just from reading about it.

  15. dawson
    8:46 am on April 4th, 2010

    Wow!

    Another excellent review!

    Blue Cat: first-rate memory and detection.

    Wookie: such a marvelous voice, could listen to you all day.

    WW of the WWW: your pictures are there to stay.

    Melanie: you could write a book about those Newfie antics!

    Spencer Quinn: Is that your first baby boy? Looks as if some puppy has patted him down.

  16. B. Stover
    8:53 am on April 4th, 2010

    Sorry Rio. After I sent the post I realized that I was duplicating your info.

  17. Melanie
    9:07 am on April 4th, 2010

    Well, we were making the Pack's dinner, and the Easter Beagle showed up!

    Told you he would. .

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1270404455-IMG_0642.jpg[/img]

  18. AbbietheKitty
    9:20 am on April 4th, 2010

    Wow! Do the newf's eat the eggs shell and all????

    Inquiring Cats want to know.

    Abbie

  19. Melanie
    9:24 am on April 4th, 2010

    Abbie, Yes, they eat the shell and all. They need the calcium. Think of it as crunching on mouse (not moose) bones. The Newfs will eat anything. This morning Mattie ate a raw potato. It doesn't seem to have bothered her any. A few years ago, one of our ladies got a hold of jar of Vaseline. Ate the whole thing. They must have iron stomaches.

    The eight older members of the Pack eat four cups of food a day with supplements and such. The two youngest eat five cups!

  20. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:30 am on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter, Nation!

    Bakersfield = "Armpit of California". Honest. I'm not sure why CB would go there on purpose. Bob seemed like a pretty smart guy but we may need to rethink that.

    I am VERY happy except that I miss my boys. They were getting high but not in a good way like Chet, so they had to go to a school. I got to visit them on Christmas and we went through Bakersfield, but we didn't stop. This was good because I personally don't like the smell of armpits. Dog's armpits never smell, more proof that we may be superior to our humans.

    Melanie: I wouldn't mention our suspicions to the town. People get worried when water is scarce. Just ask Bernie.

    Wookie: "la,la,la,la,la, laaaaa,la,

    All is groovy!"

    Bluecat: How can a thought have a backpack? Hmmmm, very confusing. I'll find out soon enough…..

    WW

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:44 am on April 4th, 2010

    Holy Crap!… Look at all those bowls of food!… yum!… Where do you live again Melanie?…snort!… After I visit Spencer in MA I will come stay with you for a while!…grunt!… Or at least until I am full…wheeze!

  22. dawson
    9:54 am on April 4th, 2010

    Commander Rio: I have a feeling that PA is benefiting from SQ not releasing the 3rd book of Chet and Bernie. The longer they wait to release TFAT the more PA's books sell. What do you think?

    Melanie: Love the Easter Beagle

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:21 am on April 4th, 2010

    Zippy!… My opinion is Mr. Abrahams books deserve to be read by as many people as possible… snort!… If he needs Spencer to help him achieve that then more power to him… grunt!…Everybody wins..wheeze!…especially us!

  24. bluecat
    11:37 am on April 4th, 2010

    Nothing magical about the work. Fletching was mentioned early in the Tutor, Ruby preparing her arrows. And Mom’s reading it now. PA plays with words and his readers’ minds. The Dixie book freaked Mom out. She’ll try to post a picture. Bluepoint Siamese – think Siamese but in shades of gray, with bright blue eyes. Mine happened to be crossed, no foolin’. later, ‘gators

  25. dawson
    10:37 am on April 4th, 2010

    Okay Rio: On your recommendation I will read one of PA's books – just to see what the rest of you are talking about. I'm sure you can't all be wrong.

  26. AbbietheKitty
    11:43 am on April 4th, 2010

    Congrats on the good review Spencer. We knew it already but it is nice to have it confirmed by an outside source.
    ~Fletcher, Way to go Bluecat!
    Also in ‘the Tutor’ the heroine likes archery. That is one difference between Ruby and Ingrid. Ingrid is into Soccer.
    ~Rio, I blogged about my Sewing party yesterday. Pictures too. All your smarty pants questions from yesterday will be answered.
    Staff
    “Dogs have family, Cats have staff”

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:14 am on April 4th, 2010

    Zippy!… Which one will you read first?… snort!

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:19 am on April 4th, 2010

    Siber-H!… I have finally been able to get some reading done on “In Their Wildest Dreams”….snort!… Because I had a slow start I wasn’t sure I was going to like it…wheeze!… But now I am hooked!… grunt!…That Mary Jane Krupsha is hilarious!…gasp!… Right now I am on page 124…snorkel!

  29. Siberian Husky
    11:26 am on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter Everyone!! Another great review of a book by my favorite author, Chet. I bought Dog on It shortly after it was released, read it, and then went to Amazon to see if other people loved it as much as I did. That's how I found Chet's blog. It was mentioned in one of the customer reviews. It was so neat to find out that I wouldn't have to wait till the next book came out to read more of Chet's adventures.

    I'm looking forward to more of the Col. Bob story tomorrow. Chet, try to stay awake.

  30. Siberian Husky
    11:37 am on April 4th, 2010

    Rio, It has some very funny lines in it. It is different than his other books. Let me know what you think when you finish it. I like the fact, also, that it takes place in Chet and Bernie country.

    Rio, have you found the book yet by PA called "The Fan"? I've been saving it till baseball season is underway. It is evidentally all about baseball–a suspense novel.

  31. Siberian Husky
    11:44 am on April 4th, 2010

    Melanie, I love your stories. No two ways about it–I am coming back in the next life as a Newf–five bowls of food, four bowls of food!! Well, wait a minute, that would also make me a water dog. For five bowls of food, I could probably deal with it.

  32. AbbietheKitty
    11:54 am on April 4th, 2010

    Rio, A HINT

    I suspicion that Zippy is going to read any of the PA books that the staff has read. Instructions have already be given and followed to keep them at the family home for when she visits.

    Which is soon!

    Alice Johnson

    Dear Lonnie and Gord,

    Just a hello from fellow members of the Chet blog. Now you have finished reading THAT and you are all caught up and get to wait like us.

    Welcome to the club.

    Abbie the Kitty

  33. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:55 am on April 4th, 2010

    Fan!… I’m not looking into reading the “The Fan” yet…hmmm… but I did not know it was about Baseball…snort!…I may have to reconsider the line up….grunt!… the one I was having trouble finding – at least on Barnes and Noble, was “Last of the Dixie Hero’s”….wheeze! … but I’ve still got others here to read yet!

  34. Rebecca Rice
    12:01 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Fuzzy Bunny Day from Wojo and Congo!

  35. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:01 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Alice!… I’m always a little on edge when you are being so nice….snort!… I wonder what you have your fluffy little paws into again… grunt!

  36. dawson
    12:21 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Rio and Alice: I think I will start with the Tutor since it may be a prequel to the Echo Falls Books and I know Alice will lend me it.

  37. AbbietheKitty
    12:28 pm on April 4th, 2010

    So Rio, what do you think was so 'nice' about Alice tattling on Zippy? I thought it was just her usual Alice Johnson ways.

    Staff

  38. B. Stover
    12:30 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Rio: You can get PA's Last of the Dixie Heros on Amazon.com. Just click on books and then type in his name and the title. Please let me know if you like it. It sounds interesting. I'm finishing End of Story which I really like and I've downloaded the three Echo Falls mysteries to my Kindle.

    Hi Rebecca. Who is Congo?

  39. B. Stover
    12:32 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Dawson: Let us know what you think of The Tutor. I really liked it.

  40. AbbietheKitty
    12:38 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Zippy, nice to talk to you. You and I usually miss each other here. MDP moved to her new home yesterday and is spending Easter unpacking etc.

    Staff

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:45 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Alice!… When I mention Alice and Nice in the same sentence….snort!… it means she hasn’t tried to strangle me in my sleep lately…grunt!… or sabotage a mission recently…wheeze! … I don’t know how her blabbing on Zippy is going to affect me “soon” though!…snuff!

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:10 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Geeze!… I will be up till Midnight reading this book!… snort!… Its so nice and peaceful here right now!… wheeze!… no where I have to be… sniff!… no one barking at me!… heh… just me and a good book!… “In Their Wildest Dreams”… Siber-H!… I am on page 192, Chapter Nineteen!… snort!… Pieces are coming together… heh!

  43. Melanie
    2:14 pm on April 4th, 2010

    We've ordered The Tutor. Should be in on Wednesday. Looking forward to finding out how thoughts have backpacks.

    We've enjoyed In Their Wildest Dreams, Nerve Damage, and Delusion.

    Been spending my day trying to find some pictures painted by oldest son, the artist.

    I know I've just seen them . . But trying to remember where????

    The Pack is not helping. They are just following me around and saying are there any treats in that cabinet? Are there treats in the closet? Are there treats in the drawer?

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:50 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Melanie!… let me know the next time your actor son is gonna be on a show!…snort!… maybe Bess and I can catch him…heh!…That would be very cool!

  45. Melanie
    3:07 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Rio, HBO will be running Boardwalk Empire soon. He's in outside background in some of those episodes.

    He'll be dressed in a 1920's three piece brown/beige wool suit with a hat. He has red hair and I think he has a mustache in that series.

    He is not usually near the camera when he's filming background. That way he can get more work!

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:15 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Oh!… drat!… We don’t have HBO… bummer!… but seems like he is working the system…snort!… please let us all know if he is on prime time or on Demand!…grunt!

  47. Sam
    3:34 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Mom is reading to me on her Kindle (we're an electronic and computer family, as you know) and we have enjoyed Nerve Damage and are now very into Oblivion. But, yesterday, Mom bought an iPad. She likes the size of the Kindle to carry with her and wanted the iPad more for reading newspapers, which the Kindle doesn't do well. Mom wants to see what a book is like on that iPad thing but there are only 9 of PA's books there. The prices of them are the same as for the Kindle. We have to make a choice.

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:43 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Stover!…Amazon!… Well, its just that we have this HUGE gift card from Barnes and Noble….snort!… Another “thank you” gift from a while back… grunt!… We have been buying Mr. Abrahams and Spencer’s books with this… wheeze!… I guess we will have to bite the bullet soon and put our money where our mouth is…gasp!

  49. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:54 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Mom and Dad almost bought an Ipad yesterday. (I think it should be called an IPup, myself.) They said something about 3G and no flash and no camera, front or back. I lost interest when I realized that it was something non edible, but they sounded excited about it.

    What a talented group we have here! I am impressed. Melanie, tell your son that we would like to be in his movies too, because we are all so goodlooking! And good spies too. Hay! maybe he could be Bernie in the Movie and we could all be dogs in the Dog Show!! We already have a princess! Plus I already have a million photos of star shots on our blog! And the pack could be body guards!

    WW

  50. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:06 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Hmmm… We have a princess?… snort!… really?… Who would that be?… grunt!

  51. Mollypop
    4:10 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Well guys, I have just spent the day with Sam and also cousin Emma, who is a pug. I wanted Emma to play so I poked her with my pointy snoot. Nothing happened so I did it again. She fell off her Mom's lap and I got in trouble. Now I ask you, who's the problem here – the pug, of course.

  52. dawson
    4:11 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Wow!

    5W's : You are very, very smart!

  53. Melanie
    4:24 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Sounds good Wolf-dog! Of course, they'd have to change Bernie's age just a tad!

    But I think everyone here would be a winner at the dog show and everyone would sure have fun the way Chet did at the end of the show!

    Rio, SAM!!! is the princess!

    Sam and Wolf-dog, let me know how the iPads go. There sure are a lot of people who like them and a lot who don't. (Snicker)

    I have to iPods. One is for music and the other is the Potter Pod. It has on the Harry Potter books.

    Soon I might have to get another one, a Chet pod! Fast as a jet!

    Good night all,

    I look forward to reading the comments in the morning.

  54. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:38 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Sam-I-Am … is a princess in her own mind perhaps… snort!… But I do not regard her as a representative of the true Princess that Chet took care of… grunt!… I thought we had gone over this already?… snicker!… Sam has shown absolutely No Princess Qualities so far as I can tell… burp!

    Molly!… Well you answered your own question only incorrectly!…heh!… You Poked a Pug and then you Poked a Pug again and you got in trouble… snort!… Let that be a life lesson to you…grunt!

  55. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:50 pm on April 4th, 2010

    YES! I was thinking of Sam! It seems as if everyone agrees except for Rio. I wonder if maybe it's because Rio is blinded by Bess's enchanting beauty?? He's Twitterpated!

    I just reread an older blog and am confused by something. Why did Bob have a one night stand? It makes no sense. Everybody knows you don't stand at night. You walk around in tiny circles, lay down, sigh, and then go to sleep. Why stand up all night when you could just as easily lay down and be comfy? It's just one more thing about humans that I don't get.

    Dawson – Why, thank you. (he says modestly.)

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (oops, sorry, I got carried away WWWWWWWWWWWWheeeeeeeee!

  56. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:52 pm on April 4th, 2010

    YES! I was thinking of Sam! It seems as if everyone agrees except for Rio. I wonder if maybe it's because Rio is blinded by Bess's enchanting beauty?? He's Twitterpated!

    I just reread an older blog and am confused by something. Why did Bob have a one night stand? It makes no sense. Everybody knows you don't stand at night. You walk around in tiny circles, lay down, sigh, and then go to sleep. Why stand up all night when you could just as easily lay down and be comfy? It's just one more thing about humans that I don't get.

    Dawson – why, thank you. (He says modestly)

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWheeeeeeee (sorry, I got carried away!

    Dawson – Why, thank you. (he says modestly.)

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (oops, sorry, I got carried away WWWWWWWWWWWWheeeeeeeee!

  57. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:55 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Or maybe not so smart. Sigh.

    Admin? The repeition wasn't there when I sent it. Honest!

  58. Sam
    5:03 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Wolfie – Love you to pieces. Rio is being so mean to me (stamping her tiny foot). He doesn't see me as Princess because my stupid family had the groomer (sorry Siber-H) cut all my hair off!

  59. dawson
    5:04 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Dear 5W's: Don't even ask. Admin will not remove the duplicate. I already tried that one.

    Sam: Maybe you should grow your hair long to convince Rio.

  60. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:14 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Sam – Maybe Rio is jealous because he can't go his hair long like you can?

    I think you are a perfect princess!

    Only one W – I'm not going to fall for that twice, Admin.

  61. Sam
    5:18 pm on April 4th, 2010

    I could grow my haqir long if it didn't keep getting cut. This family of mine – oh where do I start. They send me to the **groomer** every 2 weeks! One visit is a shampoo and blow dry and the next is a cut. I have to run away.

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:22 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Wolfie… heh!… she and baby-she is all yours pal!… snort!… have fun!… heh!

  63. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:38 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Sam – did you catch that? Huh? Huh? Rio said that you can be the Princess!!!!!! All you need to do now is grow your hair long!! Maybe you can pretend to be sick on the days when you get your hair cut!! Shampoos and blowouts are a plus!!!

  64. Gus & BooBear
    5:51 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Happy Easter All!! Mom & Dad have been gone to friends all day so we haven't had access to the computer. Don't know if any are still up, but we wanted to check in. Mom has ordered 3 of PA's books but hasn't started them yet. She has to read a couple of books that were loaned to her first so she can return them.

    B.Stover, Mom has been a big fan of the "CatWho" series as well as the series written by Sneaky Pie Brown.

    That was a really neat review Chet posted today. It's always nice to see someone discover the Chet & Bernie series and realize what we all have known for a long time now. Chet and Bernie Rule!!!

    Happy Easter to all!

  65. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on April 4th, 2010

    W-Butt… I didn’t say she could be Princess… snort!… I just said You Deal With the Outcome of letting her think she is… heh… That’s a whole different matter…grunt!

  66. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:58 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… Thanks for putting my mind straight again!… snort!.. Happy Easter to you fella’s too!… sigh!

  67. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:33 pm on April 4th, 2010

    Oh.

    I guess you're right, Rio. Is there Something That You Know About Sam That I Don't? I am a newbie, you know.

    I still think she's princessy. Maybe if you saw Sam with long hair, you might change your mind?

    Sam? Do you think you could pull it off? I'm counting on you, Princess Baby!

    Dubya Dubya

  68. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:49 pm on April 4th, 2010

    W-butt…. I don’t know where to begin….snort!… This whole Sam thing is very new…sniff! …Right away she imagined herself as Princess!… geeze!… Because she is Molly’s cousin, and I adore Molly!…sniff! I wanted to accept Sam-I-Am into the group… wheeze!… But this princess delusion thing won’t stop…sigh!… Maybe its because she is so young.??? … grunt!…All little girls want to be a Princess!… I don’t know… snort!

  69. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:21 am on April 5th, 2010

    w-butt!… I remember what it’s like to be New… snort!…Just be yourself and don’t try to butt-in too much till you know what is really going on…grump!… We have a community here!…wheeze!…Not a place you can just barge into.. Please! gruff!… Join our group, but don’t try to dictate anything till you know all the stories… gruff!… because there are stories within stories here…wheeze!… And lots more you have no idea about unless you want to study History of The Blog!… heh!

  70. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:44 am on April 5th, 2010

    Good night my friends!…Even Alice! …. Snort!…Hope you all had a wonderful re-birth today!… Amen!

    Baseball is near… jee!…Things between the Twins and us could get interesting soon!… hecks-a-fire!

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