B. Stover was puzzled by a reference in yesterday’s post to a monkey scene in TO FETCH A THIEF. Yes, a puzzle for sure, seeing as there is no such scene. But a baboon plays a role:

I ran onto the loading dock. Still some light left and I could see Peanut clearly. She was on the ground, walking toward the perp’s old – what was the word? – jalopy. That was it. She walked over to the jalopy, lifted one of her huge round feet and stomped down, crushing the whole front end. Why? I had no idea, but I liked it, liked it a whole lot. Then Peanut raised her trunk high and blew a beautiful trumpeting sound up toward the darkening sky. I loved that trumpeting sound – as good as Roy Eldridge or better – and was hoping for more, when the baboon blew right by me with a whoosh of air, flew out into the night and disappeared from view, although not before I saw that he had the sombrero.

I jumped down onto the ground and went over to Peanut. This was the Peanut Case, meaning she was my responsibility. First I had to get her attention. That probably meant waiting until she’d finished crushing the jalopy’s back end. It didn’t take long.



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61 Responses to “Monkey in TO FETCH A THIEF”

  1. Wose-the small and meek
    8:26 am on July 1st, 2015


    Congratulations to Bowser, July’s Friend of the Month!

    I was just looking at the MLB standings, and if the World Series was played today, Spence made the right pick. I miss Siber-H. There was always lots of baseball talk on this here blog when he and Rio exchanged posts. sniff.

    Royal Mum, Your house and landscaping look lovely! And look at the four-leggeds on the Plunderer calendar page!

  2. Masquers
    8:26 am on July 1st, 2015

    Off to a wonderfluffing appointment.
    But first…Good morning to all.

  3. Masquers
    8:27 am on July 1st, 2015

    Especially my good friend Rose.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    8:29 am on July 1st, 2015

    Dog knows, We all Miss Siber-H too. sniff.

  5. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:58 am on July 1st, 2015

    Good morning all. Yeah, a baboon is not a monkey! But thanks for the clarification, Spence and Admin.

    Off to the office for my first of two days this week. Office is closed on Friday for the holiday.

    Barb is bummed big time. Monday she stepped on her new scale to weigh, after 2 months of eating clean. No cheating, just good, healthy food. She thought she was down 15 lbs, so imagine her surprise when she saw a loss of 6 crummy pounds! Gah! Double Gah!

    Now she has to face the fact – her nightly cocktails are the problem. She loves sitting out on the patio at the end of the day with Lucy and me, and having her strengthing cocktail. Josh says too many calories, too much sugar. So starting yesterday, bye bye cocktail, hello water. Sob.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    9:08 am on July 1st, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! We let mom sleep in since we know that being held under the bed for 2 hours yesterday. Hey, OFA is under a tornado warning for the next 30minutes!
    Have a wickedly wonderful Wednesday!

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:13 am on July 1st, 2015

    Barb, have you ever seen a “Skinny Girl” or “Skinny Gal” wine? Itis supposed to be a reduced calorie wine. Mom hasn’t tried it yet.

  8. O'Howlers
    9:25 am on July 1st, 2015

    Admin: random, my paw!

    Happy Birthday to Wolfie’s Maw!!!!

  9. Herd of Hounds
    9:33 am on July 1st, 2015

    Hey! Who stole our avatar?

  10. Herd of Hounds
    9:34 am on July 1st, 2015

    Glad that witch is back!

  11. O'Howlers
    10:08 am on July 1st, 2015

    We just learned that we three are getting wonderfluffed (and defurminated) today!!!! And there will be a photographer coming here this evening. Yikes! Could this be our opportunity to be discovered?

  12. Herd of Hounds
    10:13 am on July 1st, 2015

    Aren’t y’all lucky? Share when you can.

  13. B.Stover
    10:27 am on July 1st, 2015

    LOL! Thank you Spence. I love that scene.

    Good morning all.

  14. dawson
    10:28 am on July 1st, 2015

    Happy birthday to Wolfie’s Mom, Mr. Fireslippers and Canada!

    BStover: Hat tip for keeping Spence on his toes.

  15. O'Howlers
    10:36 am on July 1st, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Ole’ Fireslippers!
    And Happy Canada Day, Dawson!

  16. B.Stover
    10:44 am on July 1st, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Staff, Wolfie’s mom and Canada.

    Thank you Dawson!

  17. BooBear
    10:50 am on July 1st, 2015

    Kat, I wonder if Bella will be in the pics with the 3 of y’all.

  18. Tupper's Mama
    11:02 am on July 1st, 2015

    Happiest of birthdays to Wolfie’s Mom, and Mr. Fireslippers.
    Thunderstorms and torrential rains here. At least the plants won’t need watering.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    11:31 am on July 1st, 2015

    Oh! Yes, happiest of b-days to Wolfie’s Mom, Mr. FireSlippers. Fare thee well Sibers on the June calendar and welcome to woyal and Wrotten for July.

  20. Staff
    11:53 am on July 1st, 2015

    I’ll have to make sure old Fireslippers sees these posts. Heh. He is not getting anything from me until tomorrow. Today he must work!

    I wonder why B couldn’t find the monkey scene? It was one whole sentence and a baboon not a monkey, but hey!

  21. Diane C.
    12:24 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Good Morning to All–I too miss Siber-H, but we’ll meet again i the fullness of time.
    B,M and L–Six pounds is infinitely better than zero pounds! Well done and keep it up! I wish I had your discipline.
    Best wishes to all about to be made even more beautiful (as if that were possible).

  22. Diane C.
    12:27 pm on July 1st, 2015

    One of my students brought this up during a class discussion. At first I couldn’t believe it because it seemed so silly, but then I thought–what if it’s silly enough to work? Not a good recurring strategy, but I find myself strangely taken by the whole business.

    Also, Happy Canada Day, and Happy B-day to Wolfie’s Mom and to Fireslippers (that can’t be his birth name…)

  23. Wose-the small and meek
    12:59 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Many happy returns of the day to Wolfie’s mom and also to Mr. Fireslippers! Hope ice-cream cake is involved.

  24. Herd of Hounds
    1:27 pm on July 1st, 2015

    A clever idea on the bail out. Perhaps even some non-Europeans might contribute. Is Dawson throwing a skillet today? And Diane yes, Mr. fire slippers has a real name but you’re going to have to beg for it.

  25. BooBear
    1:27 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Happy Birthday, Wolfie’s Mom!!

    Happy Birthday, Mr Staff (aka Mr. Fireslippers)!!

  26. Diane C.
    2:00 pm on July 1st, 2015

    HOH–Um, is it Valentine? Amilcare? Rumplestiltskin?

  27. Tyb
    2:50 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Congratulations, Bowser. Here’s your month.

    4:45 pm on July 1st, 2015

    I had to chuckle over Diane’s question about Mr. Fireslippers. Maybe someone can tell her how he got that name. AKA Jim/Mr. Staff.

  29. BearSpiritDog
    5:02 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Happiest of Birthdays to Wolfie’s Mom and Mr. Fireslippers!!
    Stay Safe, Royals!!!
    Great July Calendar, TYB!

  30. c.hobbit
    5:10 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Happy b-day to Mr. Fireslippers. May it be a good day (even if he has to work) and a good year.

    Barb: congrats on the minus 6 pounds. Yes, alcohol has a lot of empty calories. I sometimes make a smoothie with crushed ice and fruit. Just establish a new habit.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    5:14 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Barb: We agree…6 pounds is a Big Deal…Celebrate!

  32. O'Howlers
    6:07 pm on July 1st, 2015

    We got wonderfluffed. That grooming place will never be the same.
    Mom will not allow us to go outside now.

    Barb, For what it’s worth, Mom says that she lost weight without giving up wine altogether. She cut down on it a lot during her diet, but she could still have some from time to time. She also continued to eat toast with her egg every day. She makes a whole wheat loaf, with lots of good stuff in it, like oats and flax and raisins and stuff. She just kept track of all her calories eaten, and calories burned with an app called Lose It.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    6:14 pm on July 1st, 2015

    1) Diane is crazy!
    2) Tyb, love the new calendar!
    3:23 posting too fast!

  34. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:17 pm on July 1st, 2015

    No, 6 lbs was way too little. Should have been 12-15.So now we are going to try an experiment and see what a month or two with no cocktails will do. We are facing a deadline of 10/09, when Barb flies to North Carolina to celebrate her 70th with the siblings. 21 lbs must be gone by then. That is only 1 1/2 lbs per week. Should be doable.

  35. Staff
    6:33 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Barb you blabbermouth! LOL. I lost a pound a week by not being able to digest any food and having it run right through me. I don’t recommend it though.

    Diane, here is the link to the thing that made Rio name my husband (AKA Mr.Staff) Mr.Fireslippers. It took a long time to stick. Probably because it takes too long to type.

  36. Queen Tupper and Court Jester Gilly
    6:58 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Mama says she doesn’t have cocktails, or wine, or bread, or desserts.
    She should be a stick.

    Instead, she is a log.


  37. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:59 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Sorry, I didn’t know it was a secret.

  38. dawson
    7:18 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Staff: So, what? Did I get Mr. Fireslippers’ birthday wrong by a day? Because I know you are not so cruel as to make him work on his birthday.

  39. Herd of Hounds
    7:19 pm on July 1st, 2015

    2years ago when mom was in the hospital she lost almost 20 lbs in the week and a half after Cancer surgery. She calls it the ” Ausweitzs” diet…not highly recommended! 6:57

  40. Herd of Hounds
    7:35 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Now she says she loves stepping on the scale! Nobody grouses when she gains weight. She just keeps 3 sizes of clothes in the closet (s). Heh,heh,heh!

  41. Wose-the small and meek
    7:50 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Staff, I am laughing out loud about the Fireslippers story!

    Seems as if today was a wonderfluffing day! I had my keratin treatment done today, and now my hair is very, very straight. Yay!

    O’Howlers, will we see pictures of youse all wonderfluffed?

  42. Herd of Hounds
    8:02 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Yes, yes, show us the wonderfluffed Howler’s, please!

  43. Diane C.
    8:47 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Staff–Thank you for the origin story of Mr. Fireslippers–no super powers to go with the name, huh?
    B, M and L–after I was misdiagnosed a couple of years ago, I was so frightened that I stopped drinking altogether and found that I had effortlessly lost a measurable amount of otherwise unbudging body weight. So I cut way back–maybe 3 days a month–and so far, so good…
    Did someone mention pix of wonderfluffed dogs? (And Rose? What about you?)

  44. Diane C.
    8:53 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Staff–Wow–you have conscientious firefighters for miles around (which is a good thing). Thank you for the origin story of Mr. Fireslippers–he should have gotten super powers to go with the name…but I guess an additional pair of slippers is OK, too.
    B, M and L–After I was misdiagnosed a couple of years ago (with and enlarged liver–which 3 out of 4 MDs found to be normal sized after all), I was so frightened that I stopped drinking altogether and found that I had effortlessly lost a measurable amount of otherwise unbudging body weight. So I cut way back–maybe 3 days a month–and so far, so good…
    Did someone mention pix of wonderfluffed dogs? (And Rose? What about you?)
    HOH–Tell yer Mom that we know she doesn’t need three different sizes–we’ve seen pictures…

  45. Herd of Hounds
    9:09 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Diane, one for summer, one for AK and Iditarod and long underwear and one just in case! So there, see, she does!

  46. Herd of Hounds
    9:11 pm on July 1st, 2015

    BTW, the DDD is in Elizabethtown, KY tonight so will be home with us, Us, US tomorrow! We have missed his fuzzy face.

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on July 1st, 2015

    SIX!….My friend got on the scale this morning too and she lost 6, count them!, 6 pounds too!…snort!…She was thrilled because it is damned hard for her to lose any weight – hello Golinka…grunt!…She says the weight left her body because of extreme stress and unhappiness – I believe she DID NOT give up any strengthening cocktails either…sniff!…She does not recommend this diet to anyone…wuffle!

  48. Herd of Hounds
    9:44 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Rio, your friend is in our pawrayers because y’all are important to us!

  49. Herd of Hounds
    9:52 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Oh, oh, idiots with fireworks…on the first, not the fourth, we just knew it! We are climbing under the bed now with the mommy dog. See y’all tomorrow.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Arithmetic!….Lets see, if she loses 6 pounds a month for 6 months…yeeeep!…She will be very close to her target weight….snort!snort!…I’m pretty sure it will happen as things are not really fun around here or at work. So the diet will continue no matter what. Unless Beau wins the Lottery. He says he has been buying a lotto ticket every week…snuffle!…Once a gamboler always a gamboler….heh!heh!

  51. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on July 1st, 2015


  52. Queen Tupper and Court Jester Gilly
    9:54 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Wonder how things went at the Howlers’ house today; if they are teaching Baby Bella all the tricks of the trade.

  53. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:07 pm on July 1st, 2015

    I will weigh next Monday and report if any additional pounds have been shed. They dam well better!

  54. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:12 pm on July 1st, 2015

    And now we are saying good night. Off to read for a bit and then an early night, since the office calls early tomorrow. Good day for the boss guy today. He added some good numbers to his production, part of which was from Barb’s suggestion. That made them both happy.

    Hello, Marylou (So sang Ricky Nelson).

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Air!…We finished watering our sad little garden and are now downstairs where it is cool…snort!…Mother is still in charge of the temperature upstairs and says it feels cool to her so the air-conditioner is OFF!OFF!OFF!…gah!

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Fifa!…Did I hear right today that the Women’s USA soccer team has advanced after beating Germany???….Yeeep! YES!

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Barb!…I never get to banter with youse anymore….sniff!….I have questions about my friend’s sad little garden and you are always going off to bed when I am on this here blog…snuffle!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Boloney!…I really want a boloney sandwich right now…I really do…sniff!…I don’t even like boloney, although I dish it out quite regularly…heh!heh!

  59. Queen Tupper and Court Jester Gilly
    11:38 pm on July 1st, 2015

    Rio – just so you know you aren’t talking to yourself, we will send you a smooch and a goodnight.
    G’night, family.

  60. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:13 am on July 2nd, 2015

    Sorry Rio. I did answer your question about taking off the blooms on the tomatoes. What other questions do you have? I will try to stay up later tonight. Have been going to bed at 9:00 which is only 8:00 your time.

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