Humans Working Things Out

“It’s a short story,” Admin says. “Short stories are meant to be read in one sitting.”

“Maybe,” says Spence, “but this one – and don’t get me wrong, I like it – “

“Even though it’s dogless?” says Admin.

“Aw, c’mon,” says Spence. “And you don’t do too badly with the nation within the nation yourself. Remember that quote from the L. A. Times? About Oblivion, maybe? Something like ‘His funny and stout-hearted dogs are unmatched by anyone’s, including Dashiell Hammett’s and Robert B. Parker’s.'”

“So?” says Admin.

“I thought you guys were on your way to the gym,” Bernie says.

And they’re off. Whew. Now we can relax.

“Tell you what,” Bernie says. “What’s the name of this story again? Phase 2? It’s almost 6000 words. No one wants to read that off the screen in one chunk. Let’s divide it in 3 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. A little weekend reading kind of thing.”

Bernie’s words drift over me, nice and warm. My eyelids are getting heavy.


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27 Responses to “Humans Working Things Out”

  1. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 am on March 4th, 2010

    Tension!… Admin wants to slug Spence. I can just feel it…snort! Spence! Don’t let Admin spot for you today while lifting weights…heh!

    Wha!?… Has the short story UP ALL NIGHT been swapped for PHASE 2?… Snort!… or does Mr. Abraham change story titles as often as he changes his underware?….grunt!

  2. Chet The Dog
    5:55 am on March 4th, 2010

    Hi Rio – kind of complicated, maybe, but Phase 2 is a short story in a short story collection from Harper Teen called Up All Night.

  3. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:09 am on March 4th, 2010

    Chet!… clear as mud!… thanks.

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:09 am on March 4th, 2010

    Chet. Thanks for the clarification. All this confusion is hurting my head and Rio's too. In any event, I definitely vote yes for posting the story in three installments as Bernie suggested (Bernie is always so smart, just as you've noted). While you are at it, do you think you could ask Spence to just post his current appearances plans somewhere on this blog; if we have to wait to get the other web site fixed, it could take a long time. My dad had actually checked at Politics & Prose, a great independent book store in Washington, DC, to see if they could book him for a speaking engagement, but they thought his book tour (whatever that is) was probably already set and they were booked up until June anyway. It still would be so cool if he could speak there though — they even allow members of the nation within a nation to attend. I didn't go but my mom and dad heard the author of a book called "One Nation Under Dog" speak there and said a lot of our kind were in attendance. Weird name for a book though, kind of obvious, isn't it. And speaking of books, my dad just got a book called "One Good Dog" that had a recommendation from Spence on it, as well as a bunch of other authors he likes a lot. He started it and thinks it is a good read. PFC Wookie

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:27 am on March 4th, 2010

    Wookie!… I wish we could go on that Book Tour together!…snort!….I tell you what!.. You come and get me when the time comes….gruff!… I will ride on your big strong back and we will just go from bookstore to bookstore…..wheeze!… following Spence around the east coast…. Snort!… I wonder if he will ever come out to the Wild Wild West?

  6. Siberian Husky
    7:08 am on March 4th, 2010

    Chet: Tell Admin. that everything will be ok. Many of us here are reading and enjoying dogless books by that other guy. Admin. needs to have more faith in both us and Spence. I don't care what the title of the story is and three installments would be just fine. My attention span is not the world's greatest anyway.

    Rio: Spence really does need to visit the Wild Wild West, doesn't he? We'd picket if we had to so the bookstores would let us dogs in. I might even go the groomer for that-maybe.

  7. Siberian Husky
    7:20 am on March 4th, 2010

    Wookie: When your dad finishes "One Good Dog", let us know if he liked it. Mom picked it up and looked at it the other day at the bookstore and decided she might buy it another time. She bought "Love is the Best Medicine" by the vet, Dr. Nick Trout.

  8. J V
    7:47 am on March 4th, 2010


  9. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:49 am on March 4th, 2010

    SH. Will do. BTW, my mom and dad both read Dr. Trout's first book, "Tell Me Where It Hurts" which they both really liked a lot. I think your mom will like his latest book a lot too. Also, did anyone see the front page article in today's Wall Street Journal (I have very diverse reading interests) concerning the bomb sniffing dogs that are serving with American troops in Afghanistan and the fact that some are suffering from a form of canine post traumatic stress disorder. One labrador retriever in particular, First Sgt. Gunner, is having a real difficult time. Personally (or perhaps I should say doggally), I have a lot of respect for all of those guys and what they have to deal with. I feel really bad for Gunner, who I know is trying is best, but I don't like loud sounds either and can understand how that can affect him. I do hope he finds a great forever home when he returns to the States. Here's saluting you Gunner and all of the other members of the nation within the nation that are serving our country one way or another. PFC Wookie

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:17 am on March 4th, 2010

    Wow!…Wookie!.. you are so full of good and interesting information today!… Wookie!… are you brave enough to click on the DogLore.Net link on the post that appeared right before Siber-H’s first post???…snort!

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:53 am on March 4th, 2010

    Wow!…Wookie!.. you are so full of good and interesting information today….snort!

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:55 am on March 4th, 2010

    Snore!… I think everyone is having a nice nap this afternoon!…. yawn!… I just read the parts with Buster the funny and stout-hearted dog in Oblivion…. Gruff!… I wonder if Buster was the foreshadowing of Chet!?… snort!

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  14. Lexi
    11:56 am on March 4th, 2010

    Gggrrrrr!What? Who? Why? When? How? Where? Phase 2? What's that all about? Oh, and Chet! Bite Admin! Bite him! Get him out of the way from Spence. Call Wookie if u have to! Wookie! Get ready!

    And the gym? Why would they be going to the gym? They workout?

    Oh, and Megan really hates me. Yesterday, I got out of my harness. Ran all around Montoya, where we live. Megan has asthma, so she was swearing at me to stop. nut, I don't like her mad. What should I do?

  15. B. Stover
    12:34 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Looking forward to the first installment tomorrow, always assuming Admin doesn't interfer.

    I'll have to read Oblivion after I read The Tutor to see if Buster is the precursor to Chet. Interesting. And spring break starts now!

  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:44 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Woof!… I can just see Stover with a big ole glass of wine in her hands Right Now!…snort!

    Oblivion!… I can’t seem to ever get enough time all in a row to read as much as I want of this book!…wheeze!… When I do get to read it, I just sink into it… snort!… and I want to try and remember every detail, but that’s the problem, isn’t it?….remembering. …Awesome!… Mr. Abrahams is Awesome!…Gruff!

  17. B. Stover
    1:33 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Hey, I've just finished a big ole glass of wine! Tomorrow I fly to Florida….two hours of reading on my Kindle…uninterrupted….I hope.

  18. Melanie
    1:37 pm on March 4th, 2010

    I'm reading Delusions by the other guy.

    Wookie, about Gunner. . I remember in one of the Dog Whisperer episodes he works with a dog (army, I think, but not sure about bomb sniffer) with PTS disorder.

    He did a great job with him.

    Been in Boston. Had to get up at 5 to get there at 8:45. Yuck. Decided being with the pack out here in Western MA is much more fun.

  19. Mollypop
    1:57 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Mom was reading The Help on her Kindle and put it aside to read Nerve Damage. She was moaning about not having enough reading time for all the good books mentioned right here. So guess what, she hurt her knee skiing, yes more moaning, but now lots of time to catch up on all her reading – with a big poodle (ooof!) in her lap.

  20. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:06 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Guys!!…. I think I am having a Happy Thought!….snort!snort!… Isn’t’ this a great group to belong to?…sniff!…. we all like to read and we all love the same author(s)… grunt!….and it just doesn’t get much better than that sometimes!…. Hooray! …

    [ although, there is always the Alice factor to mess things up!… mmmmphf! ]

  21. Siberian Husky
    2:09 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Very well said Wookie! Here's my salute along with yours!

    Lexi, Lexi, Lexi: You should take a very deep breath and behave is what you should do. On a more realistic note, the pet stores now sell no-slip collars, or if you pull on a leash, head collars are a wonderful invention. We use both on young huskies that are adopted out by husky rescue. We also refer the new husky parents to two very good dog trainers that we know. Pulling out of a harness is not safe for you or Megan.

  22. Siberian Husky
    2:12 pm on March 4th, 2010

    That's a good happy thought Rio.

  23. Mollypop
    2:34 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Melanie – I hopped in Mom's lap and cuddled up, then I wondered what it was like to have a Newf hop in your lap. Like double ooof!

  24. AbbietheKitty
    3:20 pm on March 4th, 2010


    You are so right. We like cats (and dogs) and we like books too. And we like to chat on the computer.

    Doesn't get better than this.

    Alice and Abbie

  25. Gus & BooBear
    3:20 pm on March 4th, 2010

    This is a pretty good group (even including us kats!!) Love hearing all about books because Mom is a constant reader!! She does work, but instead of shopping or going out to eat during her lunch hour, she paper bags her lunch and reads for an hour. Except for the day when she stocks up at PetsMart!! Right now, she's re-reading Spence's books in preparation for release of T-FAT, but is looking forward to reading the other guy's books and is taking notes about which ones you guys are recommending. Hope they have dogs in them….she thinks Chet hung the moon!!

  26. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:32 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Strange!… I think AbbietheKat just put Alice’s name on that post to be nice…snort!… I don’t think Alice wants everyone to be happy around here!…wheeze!…. Alice is a Trouble Maker!… grunt!… Alice wants to stop Spence from writing about us ‘The Nation within a Nation’ and focus on Kaaa Aaaa Tee ‘S…. “Kats” for those of you who cannot spell!… Grunt!

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:01 pm on March 4th, 2010

    Puss N' Boots!… the two books I can vouch for that have dogs in them are..”The Tutor”, Great dog in that one!…snort!… and “Oblivion”..the dog 'to me' is very Chet-Like without him being the one telling the story, or even expecting to be like Chet… mmmmm!… but as far as I know…grunt!…it’s a short ride!… unless he, Buster, shows up later, which would be great, but I don’t expect it… Grunt! …although, I don’t really know what to expect from this book right now?…wow! … that’s greatness!

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