Nantucket

“Ever been?” says Admin.

“Long time ago,” Spence says. “Ran into Ishmael.”

“Ha ha,” says Admin. “Did you see the Dishlickers cook book?”

“It’s great! We’re so grateful we got sent a copy. In case people don’t know, this is another wonderful project of the Plunderers, a – how would you put it?”

“Dynamic.”

“Exactly. A dynamic group of friends here at chetthedog.com. If they were running the country we’d be – what’s the expression?”

“Right side up.”

Today at 4, Cisco Brewery on Nantucket Island: Spencer Quinn, sponsored by Nantucket Bookworks.

Welcome Julian, Hannah, Andrew.

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147 Responses to “Nantucket”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:35 am on September 16th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Right side up indeed! And our platform could be: A bone in every home, and a fish in every dish!

  2. Barb & Maggie
    8:47 am on September 16th, 2011

    Right side up, dynamic. Yeah! We are basking in the compliments.

    And Kirby, LOVE that slogan. Better than a chicken in every pot. Hoover wasn’t it?

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:52 am on September 16th, 2011

    Indubitably! The whole quote was: A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. It was his campaign slogan in 1928.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:52 am on September 16th, 2011

    We are trying to control ourselves and just read a little of the Dog Who each night. Love everyting so far, except the cover. Now you know, being an English Shepherd, I love the herding breeds. That being said, I picture Chet being a more burly police/military type, just like Bernie. Maybe somewhat more like BSD. Border Collie look-a-like just doesn’t fit, IMHO.

  5. dawson
    9:10 am on September 16th, 2011

    Hey!
    I’m doing handstands! I’m doing cartwheels! I’m doing double back flips…oh wait. I’m staying right side up because we got a mention and because all you Plunderers and Chet keep me that way.

  6. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:11 am on September 16th, 2011

    Right side up and tip top too! Thanks Spence and Admin.

    It’s a glorious day here in Chevy Chase. Thank dog, fall has arrived. The low last night was in the 40s and the high today will be in the 60s. What glorious weather. I just love it. Kept the porch door open last night which allowed all the cool air to come in. Of course, mom and dad and grandpa may be freezing their whatsies off, but for me, it is just grand.

    So glad the cookbooks arrived yesterday for Barb and Maggie (and Macy too). I was getting a little worried about TMG, but they have appeared to have been foiled again.

    The last of the cookbooks got mailed yesterday –the final one to Dawson, first class, relatively plain envelope, with stamps and not a postage meter slip. I did have some trouble filling out that d**m customs form though; it really is not very dog friendly, especially for those of us who are large pawwed. Hope it gets there sometime this century.

    Going walkies soon, so BBL .

    Wookie

    P.S. We have picked up the pace a little on the book, we are up to Chapter 15 now. May accelerate a little more over the weekend too. It is sooooo good!

  7. Rose
    9:18 am on September 16th, 2011

    Good Morning Kirby and B&M:

    Like the slogan!

    What a beautiful, crisp, sunny day here in Westchester! I love this kind of weather!!

    Masquers: The trees are just changing a bit in some places. Hopefully, when our colors are in full bloom, the Prof and I can walk the Bear Mountain Bridge and take some photos!
    Question…Would you know anything about the weather in Salt Lake City at the end of October? The Prof will be there for a conference 10/24 thru 10/28, and I need to know what to pack for him. I will miss him during this time. Wish my Kat Kelly was still here to keep me company….

    Hi, Bear: Unfortunately, my transition date has been pushed back to October 10th. I think my boss is in denial…

    Good Friday Mroning to ALL!!!!!

  8. Rose
    9:20 am on September 16th, 2011

    That would be Good Friday MORNING to ALL! Jeez….

  9. Sam
    9:23 am on September 16th, 2011

    My girl comes home today! I’m going to play it cool and just say a casual hello and then walk away. I’m busy – I have naps to take, toys to shake, and chewies to chew.

  10. dawson
    9:25 am on September 16th, 2011

    Wookie: Thank you for the special attention. I forgot about the nuisance customs form. The things to know about that is that the item is never worth over $75. and that it is a gift. Otherwise, customs thinks they should be paid. I actually send you a card with the check yesterday. Thought I’d done it the day before but there it was in my bag when I went to work in the morning. We’ll see whose arrives first. One would think it would be the simple envelope.

  11. dawson
    9:27 am on September 16th, 2011

    Sam: I bet you jump into her arms and lavish her with licks and kisses!

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 am on September 16th, 2011

    Dynamic!…Damned Straight!…snort!

  13. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:47 am on September 16th, 2011

    DAwson — I put the value at well below $75 (actually $10), but didn’t know to check the gift box. Hopefully that won’t doom it to Canadian customs pergatory.

    Wookie

  14. Mollypop
    9:47 am on September 16th, 2011

    I love that we have librarians here on the blog and I admire your ‘get tough’ attitude.

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:50 am on September 16th, 2011

    A dog in every blog!

    A cat in every lap!

    An ipad for every lab!

    A mitten for every kitten!

    Maybe we can enter the 2012 race……

    Plunderers for President.

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:52 am on September 16th, 2011

    Gotta go! Mom’s turning off the computer because she has an appointment with the groomer, then she’s taking Maggie (one of Those Girls) to the v-e-t because she’s losing her hair.

    BBL

  17. dawson
    9:56 am on September 16th, 2011

    Wookie: It won’t matter at all that you didn’t check the gift box since the monetary value is so low.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 am on September 16th, 2011

    Value!…It’s a good thing Wookie did not check the “Priceless” box!…heh!…Or the “Thing of Beauty” box…snorkel!

  19. Staff
    10:07 am on September 16th, 2011

    Good morning all,
    I have a moment to catch up before I leave for the church where the TOGA is being held.

    Well if we get to rule the world, or the USA, we will have to remember that Rio is the supreme commander. Although Alice will probably complain a bit. She likes to think her beautiful fluffy tail makes her special.

  20. B.Stover
    10:13 am on September 16th, 2011

    LOL!! Love it! As long as you don’t run into Moby-Dick you’ll be fine Spence.

    Good morning all.

  21. B.Stover
    10:27 am on September 16th, 2011

    I finished Dog Who yesterday. Love it. Here’s my favorite line (and this isn’t really a spoiler): “How fiercely I growled, actually thrilling myself….”

  22. Rose
    10:28 am on September 16th, 2011

    Sam: I don’t think you’ll have time to play it cool. Your girl will be so excited to see you, she probably won’t let you out of her arms. And, like Dawson said….

    Mollypop: Love the cartoon! :)

    Bear: Love your campaign slogans! Plunderers in 2012!!!! (Do I see anymore patches in the future???) :)

  23. Rose
    10:31 am on September 16th, 2011

    B: Good Morning! That was a great line! I’m just wondering about the appearance of a certain someone in the book, and if the someone will be a continuing thread in the next book. (Don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t finished).

  24. BearSpiritDog
    10:42 am on September 16th, 2011

    Spence loves the Cookbook! Thank you B. And, Thank you Chet,
    Spence and Admin! Feeling Tip Top and Right-Side Up. A very good way to start the day.

  25. B.Stover
    10:49 am on September 16th, 2011

    Rose: I’m trying to think who you mean by a certain someone….Does the name start with an I?

  26. BearSpiritDog
    10:49 am on September 16th, 2011

    Er, Rose. I’d like to take credit for the campaign slogans, but it was Wolfie. Those are some good ones Wolfie!
    Thanks for letting us know about the job. Seems your old boss values you work so much he is reluctant to see you move on. It’s a good thing to be valued and appreciated where we work (and other places too)

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 am on September 16th, 2011

    Spencer!… Don’t fall off the ferry on the way back from the Brewery. I used to know a poem about Nantucket that went something like this;

    There once was a man from Nantucket
    Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
    But his daughter, named Nan,
    Ran away with a man
    And as for the bucket, Nantucket. …snort!…There have been other versions of this over the years…heh!

  28. Masquers
    10:59 am on September 16th, 2011

    Of Course, being of the feline variety, I always land on my feet. Which means I am always right (side-up that is heh,heh)

    Hmm…I wonder if Spence will be sampling the suds. Difficult to be at a brewery and not have a brewski.

    Rose: WeatherKat will check out the SLC area for you on the dates mentioned for the Prof’s trip next month.

  29. Rose
    11:27 am on September 16th, 2011

    Bear: It is nice to be appreciated, but I think my current boss really didn’t appreciate me until now. Like the Prof says, “You know what you’ve got, you never know what you are going to get.”

    Wolfie: Nice job on the slogans!

    B: No, not I. Unidentified….

    Hi Masquers: I can always depend on you!

  30. B.Stover
    11:38 am on September 16th, 2011

    Rose: Okay. I know who you mean. Yes….very interesting!(Chet wagged his tail….LOL!)

    How long before people finish Dog Who?

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on September 16th, 2011

    Weeks!…And Weeks!…snort!

  32. Masquers
    11:51 am on September 16th, 2011

    Kirby: Funny story from last night – Librarians Gone Bad!

    MollyPop: That is a cute cartoon and so true. No chance of returning our book late as our library has yet to notify us that it is in.

    I, too, am reading one or two chapters a day. I cannot bear to see it end. Unlike Mr. Patterson, Spence doesn’t churn one out each month. So we must savor each word.

  33. B.Stover
    12:03 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Then I’ll put SPOILER ALERT before I comment on Dog Who.

    Mollypop: I’ve known librarians like that….sorry Kirby.

    Where is Melanie?

  34. Belle Starr
    12:17 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose: I’m on my way.

  35. Rose
    12:20 pm on September 16th, 2011

    B: Spoiler Alerts sound good! Smiling about Chet wagging his tail….

    Masquers: I couldn’t bear to see Dog Who end either, but I just couldn’t resist plundering on. Now I’ll just have to go back and read the whole series again.

    Come in, Melanie….

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:21 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Belle!…Whatever you do don’t stop in Colorado or my friend will dognap you…grunt!…And I will teach you all my tricks!..snort!

  37. Rose
    12:22 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Belle: Waiting with open arms, cuddles, and tummies!!!!

  38. Rose
    12:24 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Bear: Further to campaign slogans….DUH! Sometimes I confuse you and Wolfie.

    Tummies to you both!

  39. Siber-H
    12:47 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Nantucket…Mom has read history books about it and watched programs on the history channel about it. That is where the whaling ship sailed from that was sunk by a whale, and Melville got the idea for Moby Dick from that true story.

    Now is a really good time to thank those of you who got my photo into the cookbook. Thank You!

    Remember, I want to be the Secretary of the Interior.
    Wolfie, I do not want a cat in my lap.

  40. Siber-H
    1:01 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose, mom said to pack clothes for the Prof. to layer. He could encounter everything from a moist cold front going through to spectacular autumn days.
    Also, Rose, There is a kitty out there in the world waiting for you to adopt him/her when the time is right.

  41. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:16 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom and Maggie are back. Mom is properly groomed, but Maggie’s hair is still missing. Turns out the Frontline isn’t working quite as well as it should (I think we’ve discussed this before) and Maggie’s allergic to flea bites. So she got a steriod shot and now she’s taking the same flea pills that I am, and Mom has to wash/powder everything with borax to get rid of all the fleas.

    Mom loved the cartoon. But Bee, Mom’s nicer. She’s even been known to tell people if they can’t renew something because someone’s waiting for it, that if they want they can keep the item and just pay the fine for a few days. (It’s only 20 cents a day for a book — even if you keep it an extra week, it’s a lot less than going out and buying it!)

  42. B.Stover
    1:28 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Kirby: I know your mom is nicer. So is my brother who was a school librarian before he retired.

    The first sentence of Melville’s Moby-Dick is “Call me Ishmael.” Whenever I see that name I think of the novel rather than the bibical story.

  43. BearSpiritDog
    1:56 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Hey! I remember Ishmael. Isn’t that G&BooBear’s new friend?

    Kirby: Our library cleverly doesn’t charge late fees. Of course the tardy ones feel guilty and slip a extra donation into the box to make up for it. So the library comes out ahead.

  44. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:58 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Bee: I’m glad your brother is a good guy. School librarians absolutely should be nice — mean ones turn kids off to reading!

    One of the things they discussed at the conference Mom went to on Wednesday was Accelerated Reading and Lexile scores. Have any of you had to deal with those? Mom had a run-in with my girl’s middle school principal because my girl flunked reading one semester. Turns out she didn’t make her quota of points because towards the end of the semester she decided to read “Pride and Prejudice” — heavy reading for an eighth-grader! — and hadn’t finished in time to take the test. As she put it, if she had read a bunch of “baby books,” she would have had more than enough points. But since she was reading something challenging, she fell short. She told Mom at the time, “I used to love reading, but I don’t anymore.” It just about broke Mom’s heart. It took my girl years to recover from that. The good news is that she’s back to reading again, and even has her boyfriend reading for pleasure, too! (His mom was astonished when she walked in the room and found the two of them reading books!!!)

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:03 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Ishmael!… After the biblical reference we always think of the Gorilla…snort!… Ishmael was written by Daniel Quinn. Probably no relation to Spencer…sniff!

    http://www.ecofuture.org/pk/pkar9504.html

  46. Gus and BooBear
    2:06 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Yes, our little brother is Ishmael! What a character he is!

    Gus here….BooBear doesn’t like Ishmael. She’s jealous of him. She was the baby until Toes found him for us as a goodbye gift. But he’s really a cool little dude. Maybe mom will post recent pics later.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    2:09 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Kirby: Kudos to your girl for reading the challenging stuff at such a young age. Happy to hear she now loves reading again – no thanks to that principal so intent on “following the rules”.

  48. Melanie
    2:16 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I’m here. Took Dan and Zoë out to the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore and then several other places. Been resting since.

    I got great socks. I was going to take a picture and post them, but they are now upstairs and the camera is downstairs. if I get them together . . .

    Love the cartoon, LOVE THE POST!

    “l” Must be spacing out . . . Please use SDD Rose and B.Stover.

    Did you guys know that I pass Herman Melville’s house when I go to do errands one way? Have never been in though.

  49. Siber-H
    2:37 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Don’t feel bad Melanie. Mom has never been to the Balloon Fiesta. She would go in Melvill’e house, though, and to a museum in Nantucket if she were Spence. They gotta have a museum there.

  50. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:06 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie. You should invite all the Plunderers for a visit. That way you’ll have a reason to visit Mr. Melville’s house. Mom & Dad mostly go to Washington monuments when friends visit. Although they always like to take me to the Tidal Basin in Spring for the cherry blossoms. Lots of fun, pink snow and everyone stops to pet me. Lots of out of town people hug me because they left their dogs at home and miss them. I say just let us ride shotgun and we should come along on all family vacations. Wookie the tour guide

  51. B.Stover
    3:08 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie: Do you mean you want Rose and I to send you an email about what we were referring to? (I don’t have Rose’s email address.)

  52. B.Stover
    3:14 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie: I just sent you an email explaining what Rose and I are referring to. DO NOT read it if you aren’t finished with Dog Who.

  53. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:19 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Bee: Now that you’ve finished TDWKTM, how do you feel about Susie? Are you still not a fan?

  54. B.Stover
    3:23 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Kirby: I’m still not a fan but I’m not sure why. Pondering.

  55. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:39 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Bee: I think I like her even more.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:42 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Suzie!… We are only on chapter 15 or so….snort!…So here is my opinion of Ms Suzie Cue….sniff!…She is way too insecure. I mean the way she turned tail and drove away after seeing Bernie with Anya was really silly…grunt!…I know it will play into the story later somehow, but I wanted to nip her when she did that silly school girl move…gruffle!…My friend on the other paw thinks maybe Bernie does not go out of his way to make her feel secure in their relationship…hmmm.

  57. Belle Starr
    3:48 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rio: I think I would benefit from learning some of your tricks. I caught up on the blog and someone, she knows who she is, called me a terror. Can you believe? Yesterday, the same she laughed at me for not being able to make up my mind between a hug and a tummy. Maybe I will stop by your yard on the way home from taking care of Rose while her professor is away.

  58. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:48 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Mom says Bernie is just a man, which makes him pretty clueless! What’s that supposed to mean? I hope she’s just referring to two-legged males, and not us four-leggeds, because I think I’m pretty cluefull, and so is Chet!!!

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:54 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Brewery!…Well, Spencer is probably at the brewery by now having his first beer….snort!

  60. Snowhook Bella
    4:10 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I may or may not have sent a text to Jeremy, our handler who is keeping a watchful eye on the team as they all (dogs and handler) work with tourists this summer that if I didn’t get a picture of the pups, I might get in a very bad mood. 😉

    Puppy Pile of Two! I believe the white pup is the boy.

  61. Snowhook Bella
    4:12 pm on September 16th, 2011
  62. Siber-H
    4:14 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I bet Jeremy and the team will have some funny stories about working with the tourists. I hope Whitey-Lance has kept a journal.

  63. Siber-H
    4:18 pm on September 16th, 2011

    WOO WOO What cute puppies and future Iditarod stars!

  64. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:22 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rebecca: What a duo of doggies! Are they totally products of your kennel, or is the daddy one of the dogs from the summer tourist kennel?

  65. B.Stover
    4:27 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Kirby: I’m laughing. I know that your mom is only referring to the two-legged males!

    I think Suzie is superfluous.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:28 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Pups!…Looks like Whitey may have had a hand in that bunch!…heh!

  67. Snowhook Bella
    4:29 pm on September 16th, 2011

    The father is Johnny from our kennel. Johnny is all heart, but hasn’t ever made the race team. The song, “Just one Look,” that Melanie posted is true enough in the case of our girl, Zebbe.

  68. B.Stover
    4:30 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I love the way the white puppy is using the gray puppy as a pillow and the gray puppy doesn’t mind at all.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:31 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Suzie!…Unnecessary?…hmmm… She is definitely superfluous on the Cover Art….grunt!

  70. Rose
    4:33 pm on September 16th, 2011

    SiberH: Thanks for the advice about the clothes! The Prof and I have never been to Utah. We are both not sure to expect. Luckily, WeatherKat will be on the job once the departure day gets closer.

    You are so sweet. I hope that someday I’ll find the right kitty for me. I don’t want the Prof to be sick with allergies, so I had a tough decision to make.
    (Whispering) We watched Mishka (sp?)the “I love you” husky on the Today Show on Monday. If we could, the Prof and I would love to have a dog…I would insist that it must be a husky.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:37 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose!…I don’t think you know what you are getting yourself into if you get a Husky….snort!…Take SiberH for instance. There is a lot of stuff he does that he doesn’t tell us about…heh!

  72. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:38 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I like Susie.

    That’s all I am going to say on the matter.

  73. Rose
    4:39 pm on September 16th, 2011

    SIGH…..Rebecca, the puppies are so cute!

    Belle: It will be wonderful to have you take care of me. I’m afraid of you taking that long trip alone….

  74. Rose
    4:42 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Wolfie: So do I!!!!!

  75. Melanie
    4:44 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I get to be a cyber goddog mother, sniff!

    Here are my socks. I love my socks, but not as much as puppies.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:45 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Puggies!….I wonder if CHarris has been bamboozled by a pug puppy yet…heh! burp!

  77. B.Stover
    4:55 pm on September 16th, 2011

    It isn’t that I dislike Suzie the woman/character. (I do agree with Rio that her reaction to Anya is completely silly.) It is that she gets in the way of the partnership of Chet and Bernie. It would be like Irene Adler being in all of the Sherlock Holmes stories or Archie Goodwin more involved with Lily Rowan in the Nero Wolfe series.

  78. Siber-H
    5:05 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose, My mom says listen to Rio.
    I have new construction project going in the back yard now. It’s my best work ever!! I have dug down below the foundation of the house in one spot and am tunneling off of it under a concrete slab in another direction. Ok, so maybe some stucco on the house has been loosened in the process. No big jobs are without problems.

  79. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:13 pm on September 16th, 2011

    SiberH: I’d say all the work you’re doing on the house is sure to make your property value skyrocket. Your mom must be very proud of you!

    Spence should be well into his appearance by now. I wonder if anyone has thrown anything yet?

  80. Snowhook Bella
    5:13 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Siber-H: You are an expert in big projects; your mother shouldn’t question if a little bit of stucco needs to be sacrificed for the long term vision of the project.

    Melanie: Cyber Dogmother—I love it. I can’t wait to smell puppy breath and give puppy tummies…

    Rio: I was wondering the same thing about CHarris and the pugpy temptation. I could not resist.

    Rose: Utah is a beautiful place. I hope the professor has a great time.

  81. Belle Starr
    5:16 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose: I won’t be traveling alone. I will have my four-legged mama, Luna with me. I worry about her, you see and I don’t like to leave her alone. I hope you don’t mind if she comes with me—she’s bigger than me, but she will hardly take up any room at all. Have I mentioned that I’m smart enough to answer to my name as well as my mama’s name?—Like I said, I don’t like her to ever be alone.

  82. B.Stover
    5:30 pm on September 16th, 2011

    SH: I’m wondering what the purpose is of your new construction project. (Do all Huskies dig? And why?)

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:35 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Tunneling!… heh!…SiberH is building our new Underground Super-Secret Mission Control Headquarters…snort!… Sounds like he is right on schedule….wheeze!

  84. B.Stover
    5:35 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie: I like the socks, especially the orange and black ones.

  85. BearSpiritDog
    5:42 pm on September 16th, 2011

    B: SuperFluous Suzie sounds about right. As in on the cover.

    Melanie: We love those soft looking socks! Did I mention? Nana has socks to match every outfit.

    SnowBella: Funny how that one upturned paw in the pup photo reminds me of a hand. I had to look twice!

  86. Siber-H
    5:57 pm on September 16th, 2011

    The purpose of this particular project is to have FUN. It isn’t one I can nap in. Yes, most Huskies dig.

    Huskies dig for the fun of it, to make a nice place for a serious nap, to keep cooler in the summer, and for warmth in the snow in the winter.
    Oh, I almost forgot…there are Huskies who will dig to escape to get out in the world and have a great adventure. I don’t do that.

  87. dawson
    6:00 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I love Suzie. Suzie saved Chet’s life when he was about to be euthanized! Without Suzie, Chet would’ve been a goner. Plus, she always has dog treats with her.

  88. Snowhook Bella
    6:03 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Siber-H: We have quite a few diggers in the kennel. Take Charlotte, for instance—that little girl started digging a hole this week, now about knee deep that she’s been storing her portion of a moose inside.

    Melanie: I love a good pair of socks. When I landed my first professional job, Bev, my mother said if I had to dress like I grown up, I should at least have fun socks.

    BSD: I love those pink little paws.

    B Stover: I can’t tell if the boy is using his sister as a pillow or if she’s employing him as a blanket.

  89. BARB & MAGGIE
    6:05 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Barb wants those socks, all of them, now! Please ship.

    And sorry to disagree with anyone but we like Suzie. There is no reason Bernie has to be sad and lonely and “relationship-less” to be a good detective. Suzie is goodhearted and likes Chet and that is good enough for us. As far as her reaction of Anya, we haven’t gotten that far (because we are trying to stretch it out) but if you remember, Bernie didn’t tell her what he was doing on the assingment. If he had been more open about it she probably would have been less concerned. Per Barb, who as a woman has had a little experience in these matters, if a guy is hiding something there might be a good reason for it. And that is all we are going to say about that!

  90. OleyHowlers
    6:21 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Hello Everybody! We have been sitting around idle but couldn’t post; the reason being that it is Oley Fair time. Mom & Pop are over there every evening and Mom turns the computer off before she goes, and won’t let us in the house to turn it on. The fair is the biggest event of the year here. People come from all over, some as far away as California. But do you think we are ever taken to the fair? No !!! We have never been there. And its a hop-step away. Mom says there are lots of farm animals there and thats the reason we are not. We don’t get it.

    Suzie…how can anyone who loves Chet and Bernie not love love love Suzie? Like Dawson says, without Suzie, Chet would have been a goner…maybe many times over. And who doesn’t love someone who carries cookies in their car? We ask you.

    Siber, we are so excited to see pictures of your construction project in progress. It sounds great. You are inspiring us to get back to work ourselves.

    Stover, why ask why. We sibes are born to dig. Thats the thing about us. You just never know when you need an escape plan, or a convenient place to stash a bone, or cookies, or maybe a dead groundhog or two. Not to mention alternate sleeping arrangements.

    Melanie, great sox! Our mom says to tell you that while some women are clothes horses (what does that mean? …our horses never wear any clothes), and some love to buy shoes, and some love to buy purses, Mom lives to buy sox. She can never have too many. Fat sox, thin sox, high sox, short sox, fluffy sox, wooly sox…well you get the point.

  91. OleyHowlers
    6:22 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Our last post is in moderation…here goes shorter tries:

    Hello Everybody! We have been sitting around idle but couldn’t post; the reason being that it is Oley Fair time. Mom & Pop are over there every evening and Mom turns the computer off before she goes, and won’t let us in the house to turn it on. The fair is the biggest event of the year here. People come from all over, some as far away as California. But do you think we are ever taken to the fair? No !!! We have never been there. And its a hop-step away. Mom says there are lots of farm animals there and thats the reason we are not. We don’t get it.

    Suzie…how can anyone who loves Chet and Bernie not love love love Suzie? Like Dawson says, without Suzie, Chet would have been a goner…maybe many times over. And who doesn’t love someone who carries cookies in their car? We ask you.

    Siber, we are so excited to see pictures of your construction project in progress. It sounds great. You are inspiring us to get back to work ourselves.

  92. OleyHowlers
    6:23 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Stover, why ask why. We sibes are born to dig. Thats the thing about us. You just never know when you need an escape plan, or a convenient place to stash a bone, or cookies, or maybe a dead groundhog or two. Not to mention alternate sleeping arrangements.

  93. OleyHowlers
    6:23 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie, great sox! Our mom says to tell you that while some women are clothes horses (what does that mean? …our horses never wear any clothes), and some love to buy s h o e s, and some love to buy purses, Mom lives to buy sox. She can never have too many. Fat sox, thin sox, high sox, short sox, fluffy sox, wooly sox…well you get the point.

  94. OleyHowlers
    6:25 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Oh yeah, and to Kirby, your mom is for sure only talking about 2-leggeds, because as you say, everyone in The Nation is clueful. heh heh

  95. Gus and BooBear
    6:33 pm on September 16th, 2011

    This book changed our opinion if Susie. In the previous books, we could take her or leave her. This one developed her character more.

    Still absolutely HATE the cover art. Mom would find her mind picture of Chet changing back and forth between a border collie mix (not near big or intimidating enough) and her long time mind picture of a large GSD type. And Susie should not have been on the cover!!

  96. OleyHowlers
    6:36 pm on September 16th, 2011

    But Suzie is smart and she is needed for help in solving the mysteries. We like having her join the team, as long as Chet still gets to ride shotgun, that is.

  97. B.Stover
    6:56 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Suzie is not necessary in the solving of the mystery in Dog Who.

  98. BearSpiritDog
    7:01 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Sox, Sox, Sox – Can’t have enough of them we say.

    Rose: Siber is quite right. Utah weather in late October is definitely on the coolish side, especially in the evenings, so tell the Prof to pack accordingly. Seasonal high is 59 – Low is 38. As we get closer to the departure date we will update the forecast.

    Thank you Siber for the assistance temperature-wise.

    Doesn’t sound that bad to me (only in the evenings) but this is how some describe it.

    WeatherKat

  99. Masquers
    7:05 pm on September 16th, 2011

    ACK!!! I am beyond mortified! If you were wondering where Natasha has been here is your answer. Back to switching avatars. Yikes!

  100. Siber-H
    7:07 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I like Suzie now.

    Fellow Sibers, you won’t be seeing any pictures of my new construction project. Mom doesn’t “do” cameras and computers. I could send you some of the pieces of stucco that have fallen in my project. The color is adobe brown.

  101. B.Stover
    7:09 pm on September 16th, 2011

    On Chet’s Facebook page there is a link to an interview with Spence. (Above in the FB section is the link to FB.) Here’s the link to the interview though I haven’t listened yet:

    http://thepetengineer.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/what-its-like-to-get-inside-a-dogs-mind/

  102. BearSpiritDog
    7:12 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Don’t worry WeatherKat I’m not stealing your thunder. After all, I did give you credit for the COLD comment.

    I agree with some of you about Suzie. Although I DO NOT like her on the cover (along with Chet pictured as a Border Collie) she has done her part to save the day on several different occasions.

  103. Siber-H
    7:16 pm on September 16th, 2011

    The altitude of Salt Lake City is 4210 feet above sea level. That is about 1500 feet lower than what Rio and I live at.

    Thanks for the link Stover. I’m going to listen to it after dinner.

  104. Barb & Maggie
    7:23 pm on September 16th, 2011

    We will not be able to post. When Barb got home the screen was almost black, so we cant’t read anything. Looks like we will be buying a new monitor tomorrow. Bye for now

  105. BearSpiritDog
    7:37 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Siber-H: You guys are mountain men!

    B: I listened to the Spence interview with The Pet Engineer. It’s about 5 min. long. We found it very interesting to hear Spence tell in his own words how the Chet & Bernie series came about. You can feel the close relationship he has with Audrey. I also like the book synopsis. It’s brief, to the point and details the story quite well. The show hostess does have an unusual accent.

  106. Siber-H
    7:41 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Great interview with Spence! You guys have to listen!

    I think the show hostess is the Borzoi who has practiced her English and is on a secret spy mission.

  107. Melanie
    7:42 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Bringing in the beans,
    bringing in the beans,
    Here we go rejoicing,
    bringing in the beans!

    The poor garden is now stripped. Sign, couldn’t plant until the middle of June and having to bring everything in now. The beans and the tomatoes still have flowers on them. Jeez .. .

    8 green tomatoes (lots of others that were less than 1/2 inch round), so it will be Fried Green Tomatoes tomorrow! Yummers . .

    Thank you for admiring my sox. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. . .
    Two years ago I bought black sox. Then Zoë and Dan bought a different size black sox. So we were always looking in each others laundry pile. Last year I bought navy blue sox. Great in the sun, but that was the only time I could see which ones were blue or black.

    So this year I went for color! Just like my purple foot things.

  108. Rose
    7:59 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Twirling here! The Prof and I weren’t home more than ten minutes, when “ding-dong”, our door bell sounds. It was the UPS man with a package from Wellesly Books….My signed and paw-printed copy of Dog Who arrived!!!!!!

  109. Rose
    8:02 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie: Very cool socks indeed. In certain circles, I am known for my socks. I have several pairs that I purchased at Little Mismatched that I love!!!

    http://www.littlemissmatched.com/?gclid=CKKLwMr8oqsCFQVN4AodWVrUkg

  110. BearSpiritDog
    8:03 pm on September 16th, 2011

    B: There was one problem with the Facebookie link. It doesn’t actually take one to the interview site. Try this:

    http://www.thepetengineer.com/podcasts_and_blogs.html

  111. Rose
    8:04 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Thank you, Bear, Siber, and WeatherKat for all the good info about Utah. It is most appreciated.

  112. Rose
    8:06 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Belle: I am glad you will be traveling with your mom, Luna. She is most certainly welcome to take care of me too!

  113. Rose
    8:12 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Siber: What’s wrong with a little digging? When I change bags or shoes I have an awful lot of digging to do! :)

  114. BearSpiritDog
    8:13 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Ooooh Rose! You are so lucky! I can hardly wait until I see what Spence signed. Another week of torture waiting for the UPS truck.

    And, here Barb&Magpie are with no monitor. They will be “in the dark” blogwise.

  115. Rose
    8:14 pm on September 16th, 2011

    My last comment is awaiting moderation…Was it because I mentioned s-h-o-e-s????

  116. Rose
    8:22 pm on September 16th, 2011

    BeaR: My copy was inscribed “To Rose’, and paw-printed by my request. I couldn’t really think of anything clever….

  117. Rose
    8:23 pm on September 16th, 2011

    SiberH: Do you think the Prof will have any trouble with altitude sickness?

  118. Siber-H
    8:41 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose, He won’t have any problems at all as long as he doesn’t try to go for a long run. He’ll be fine walking anywhere he wants to walk. He might want to take it easy on the alcholic drinks because they will affect him more than they would at sea level.

  119. Belle Starr
    8:45 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose: I want you to know that keep an eye on Luna will not get in the way of me taking care of you. My two-legged mama (the same She that laughed at me yesterday) also requires my services when AJ is away.

  120. Snowhook Bella
    8:48 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rose: Before AJ and I moved to AK (when we were just a two dog pack), we were living on a mountain just outside of Park City; PC is about a 30 minute drive out of SLC. It is a beautiful area, known for its skiing; visitors come from all over, and I don’t think the altitude effects their day to day unless they engage in very physical activity.

  121. Barb & Maggie
    9:08 pm on September 16th, 2011

    The monitor has lightened up so we are back. It must be slowly fading away, because it took forever to be able to read the screen.

    Bear, We listened to the interview. I think the hostess has a South American accent of some kind. What do you think?
    Her questions were not great, but the interview was really good, I thought.

  122. dawson
    9:09 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Melanie/Rose: I like your socks a lot. Staff sent me a 3 pack of the little mismatched socks after Rose posted that website. I wore a pair of them to work on my birthday and showed them off to anyone who came near. The reactions were very enjoyable. Those socks match everything.

  123. Melanie
    9:19 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Congratulations to everyone who received something cool in the mail, or is going away, or is coming home, or . . . what the heck, we’re all “right side up”!

    Going to bed shortly. Patsy has been waiting for ages! Time to fire up the heated mattress pad.

    TTFN

    (for Belle Star: your two legged mom wasn’t laughing at you, she was enjoying you tremendously)
    (for Sam: I hope your girl is doing you justice!)

  124. BearSpiritDog
    9:27 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Barb&Magie: Thank dog! It does look like you’ll need a new monitor very soon though. At least you’re getting a warning. The last monitor that went out on us gave no warning at all. Sometimes you can pick them up cheap on Craig’s List. We have been looking for a larger flat screen monitor. As to the interviewer’s accent – not sure which country she is from. Siber-H may be right – the Borzoi on a secret mission. What better way to inflltrate the world of books at the precise time Spence’s new book is hitting the bookstores.

    What a group of sox affectionados we have here! Better than shoes and much less expensive.

  125. BearSpiritDog
    9:31 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Interestingly enough, my last comment ssys “awaiting moderation” but it did post. What’s up with that? And, yes, the forbidden word was mentioned. Mike Baker, that is just creepy!

  126. BearSpiritDog
    9:33 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Okay. We are off to bed before we get into more trouble. – Bear

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Interview!….I too thought Natasha was in disguise as The Pet Engineer…heh!… It sounded like she was trying change her accent by using another accent causing her to sound strange….chorkel!…At least she didn’t ask him where he initially got the idea to write the books…snort! …Once again he did not mention Me!…grump!

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Cake!… Every where there are great smelling little spice-carrot cakes cooling off upstairs…gurgle!… I begged and begged and yeeped and yeeped but I was not given one bite…sob!sob!sob!… She said she couldn’t spare even one of them because they are for an English Tea Party Wedding Shower tomorrow afternoon…grumble!…All Forty of them will be taken away and eaten by strangers…gah!

  129. Snowhook Bella
    9:58 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rio: Cheesecake is the official food of Snowhook’s race season. Does your friend like cheesecake? Coach, my father told me that I have to make sure that we live on more than just cheesecake when you come North to Alaska.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Cheesecake!…snort!… It doesn’t matter what she likes cuz I love cheesecake and will sit there and eat it with you if you let me….wooooooo!wheeeee!…Just don’t balance the plate on my head. I don’t like that…grunt!

    Frosting!….Tomorrow morning she will be whipping up her cream cheese frosting and slathering those little cakes with it…..slurp! gurgle!…I’m so hungry now I could cry…sob!

  131. Barb & Maggie
    10:07 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rio, You might have a good point about that accent. At first we though she sounded eastern European, than South American. What did you think.

    Going to go read a little then off to slumber land.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Up!… Did you guys see that movie called “Up”?…snort!… Do you remember that guy named Dug? He could talk because he had some fancy collar on to translate his thoughts…heh!…This is how I think Natasha was able to take over at the Pet Engineers radio station and interview Spencer…snort!… All those questions about Audrey were very suspicious….sniff!… Wookie will have to keep a close eye or two on Audrey just to make sure there’s no funny business being planned….grunt!

  133. Snowhook Bella
    10:46 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rio: I won’t try to balance the plate on your head if you don’t try and balance it on mine. Deal?

  134. Siber-H
    10:59 pm on September 16th, 2011

    I think the whole interview thing is fishy….Pet Engineer…That’s Me!
    So, where did they get the title of this radio station? Pet Engineer, indeed.

    Good Night Natasha, wherever you are.

    Good Night All

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Plates!….Plate balancing is not one of my talents, but I will chew on your couch covers when you aren’t looking….heh!

    Siber!….What the heck you doing up so late pal?…snort!… He is a full blood Siber-Engineer . He is putting all that natural knowledge to great use by digging our next undercover headquarters in an undisclosed stucco area…wheeze!cough!

  136. OleyHowlers
    11:09 pm on September 16th, 2011

    We’re back! The fair is over for the night….more fair fun tomorrow.
    We listened to Spencer’s interview but we didn’t hear Chet … or Audrey. We did think we could hear Natasha. a little more subtle.

  137. OleyHowlers
    11:12 pm on September 16th, 2011

    well, so much for our fun. Pop just said “Time for bed”. Good nite Rio, and whomever else is awake.

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Goodnight!…Ollie! Thanks for checking in pal(s)…heh!…We are running on empty but still up watching our most favorite show called Breaking Bad…snort!

  139. Snowhook Bella
    11:22 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Good night all youse who are going to bed. I’m almost at the end of TFAT—I had to walk away for a while when Chet first became beside himself and separated from Bernie.

    Maybe I’ll be able to start the Dog Who tomorrow—I asked AJ if I could give it as an early birthday present to myself. Woo and hoo!

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:34 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Awsome!… I think it is so great that Rebecca is reading all the Chet and Bernie books!…Woooo!….We all know she had read the first book, Dog On It and loved it…snort!…Thank goodness she knew who Chet was when we first approached her or she may have just thought we were Krazy Kats on the loose…heh!

    Rebecca!…You are reading the story that Sam hopes to Star in one day with all her hair extensions…heh!

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:36 pm on September 16th, 2011

    TFAT!…Oh wait, I always confuse TFAT with THAT…heh!…Sammie wants to star in THAT when it is made into a Disney Movie…snort!

  142. Snowhook Bella
    11:46 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Rio: Finding the time during the race season to read has always been a problem, but I decided not to be thwarted with the Dog Who coming out just before the race season starts. I pictured our Princess Sam throught THAT—she’ll be perfect for the movie hair extensions or no.

    More to Rio: During 2010 when W.L. was on the run, I recieved emails and comments on Snowhook’s blog of support from all over the world—it meant the world to me especially as I felt helpless in the effort, stuck at home as I was. So, those many months ago when comments appeared on the blog by a certain pug, Staff, Wookie and others it felt as an extension of the support from the year before—and odd as it sounds, visiting Chet’s for the first time felt like a reunion of long time friends.

  143. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:54 pm on September 16th, 2011

    Writing!…Wow! Breaking Bad is so amazingly good this season….snort!….Layer upon layer of great writing and story telling. Reminds us of The Charming Mr. Abrahams writing…sneeze!… Nothing really is as it seems along with all the different personalities involved and the amazing cinematography….snort! ….This show can’t end, and yet it cannot continue if it remains true to its nature…sob!sob!sob!…She is trying to uncurl her toes right now to continue watching….wiffle!

  144. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 am on September 17th, 2011

    Rebeccer!…When me and my friend are up there North To Alaska, you better not get all sentimental on us….snuffle!… We have told you before, “It was Meant to Be!”…snort!… You were a Plunderer before you even knew us…heh!

  145. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:04 am on September 17th, 2011

    Bee…..pondering your Lily Rowan comment. We agree that having Lily become a main character would be dreadful. We like her, but only as background filler.
    The relationship between Archie and Wolfe (hey, I wonder if that’s where I got my name?) was complex and wonderful.

    I like Susie because she reminds me of mom. A little insecure but extremely loyal. I would not want to see her role become any more prominent, but the Dog Who was just about right. Having said that, we wish that we were able to spend more time with Chet and Bernie together.

    I am going to go out on a limb here (don’t worry, if I fall then I can Blur myself to safety) and suggest that too much Susie means too little of our favorite duo.

    I also think that Chet should ride shotgun all the time. After all, he is the partner, not Susie.

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:27 am on September 17th, 2011

    Sleepy!….Well, we are going to say Goodnight!…snort!…My toys are all back where they are supposed to be and this makes me feel very, very secure…wuffle!… An extra blanket has been added to my bed because the temperature has been dropping considerably during the evenings. My friend finally realized I may be a cold silent lump of pug one morning if something wasn’t done…grumble!shiver!sneeze!brrrrrrrrrr!

  147. Belle Starr
    1:07 am on September 17th, 2011

    Rio: Agreed! It was meant to be!

    TFAT: I finished TFAT tonight. Until Chet and Bernie were reunited, I had to keep reminding myself that it will be okay—there is another book to follow.

    One of my favorite lines from the book that makes me laugh every time I think of it: “Message to Kit Carson: and orange jumpsuit is in your future.”

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