Now Available: To Fetch A Thief In Paperback

Not a shadow, I saw, but a man, and a big one. He ran across the main street toward the motel, carrying something that picked up a few moonlit sparkles. At the same time, the big man’s scent drifted to me, a nasty, stale smell I remembered. Those bad guys I get close enough to sink my teeth into tend to have smells that stay with me. I charged across the street just as the big guy threw the shiny thing through a window in the motel: our window.

From inside came a flash, bright as day, and then a huge boom that blew out all the window glass and a chunk of the wall. The big guy turned and I got a real good look at him – bandanna, sideburns, twisted nose: Jocko. He saw me and took off toward a pickup parked down the street. I wanted to go after him, wanted that real bad. Instead I leaped through the hole in the wall.

The room was on fire – the bed, the walls, everything – with sheets of flame bursting up to the ceiling and tearing right through. And so much smoke, hurting my eyes, filling my nose in a horrible way. Where was Bernie? I couldn’t see him, couldn’t smell him, could only smell smoke. I barked and barked again.

“Chet?”

And there he was, almost lost in the smoke, crawling on the floor, but in the wrong direction, toward one of the burning walls. I ran over – the air so hot now, crackling all around – and pushed at Bernie, turning him around. He got a hand on me, staggered to his feet. Then came another boom and the whole outside wall vanished and burning stuff started pelting down on us like a fiery rain. We dove through the space where the wall had stood, rolled into the street, got up and ran, me and Bernie together.

KA-BOOM!

We turned to watch. The motel went up in flames. They rose to the sky and from their very tips hurled red fragments of curtains and bedding and furniture even higher. Maybe it was kind of beautiful in a way.

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110 Responses to “Now Available: To Fetch A Thief In Paperback”

  1. dawson
    8:50 am on July 6th, 2011

    KA-BOOM! Chet, you are so brave while saving Bernie’s life.

  2. BearSpiritDog
    9:03 am on July 6th, 2011

    Chet: Why were you outside by yourself again? I’ve forgotten. It’s a good thing TFAT is now out in paperback (the good kind) so we can reread this exciting tale.

    Did I say Good Morning?

  3. Sam
    9:46 am on July 6th, 2011

    Molly is coming today. There’s a sailboat race tonight and then tomorrow is basement cleaning day. Aunt Mollysmom will be helping my Mom clean since her stuff is there too, just like Rio and his friend are doing. No fun here when those two start something like this. I have to be careful because they may accidentally toss me out too.

  4. Masquers
    9:47 am on July 6th, 2011

    For Wookie (Rio, Siber-H & all the guys & gals who love the game)

    http://dogwork.com/dbase8/

  5. B.Stover
    9:53 am on July 6th, 2011

    Good morning Chet the Jet and everyone.

    Sam: They would never toss you out.

  6. OleyHowlers
    10:11 am on July 6th, 2011

    Good morning Chet, Dawson, Bear, Sam, Masquers, and B.Stover.

    Chet you are so brave, but we remember why you were outside, and it was NOT GOOD.

    Sam, stay far away while all that packing and tossing is being done. Better safe than sorry.

    Masquers, thanks for the video. We loved it, except we are trying to figure out why Jake is catching a frisbee when he is supposed to catch a baseball. Meashka could be a baseball star. She can catch anything. Could play outfield or infield. Heck, she can even pitch.

  7. Melanie
    10:18 am on July 6th, 2011

    What a wonderful scary image, Chet. . .

    Sam: Keep your bark on high volume, just in case.

    Good morning everyone! Pool guy coming today. He’s going to tell us just how big of a filter we need!

    Turns out the pool company didn’t send the correct one.

  8. Melanie
    10:25 am on July 6th, 2011

    I want to be a baseball star too! Great video, Masquers!

  9. OleyHowlers
    10:30 am on July 6th, 2011

    Next Plunderers Project: Field a baseball team!

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:33 am on July 6th, 2011

    Bidding! No! two highly desired items have slipped from our paws during the night. TFAT – Chet, where are you?

  11. Snowhook Bella
    10:38 am on July 6th, 2011

    I have the feeling that a book store is in my very near future. I haven’t had time to read since before last race season and I can’t wait to catch up with Chet the Jet.

    Princess Sam: Isn’t there some chapstick that needs tending to in Aunt Mollysmom purse? Her purse is unlikely to be tossed out among the other items.

  12. Siber-H
    10:49 am on July 6th, 2011

    Thanks for the video, Masquers. Your’re my kind of kat.

    Be still my heart…I didn’t know Meashka played baseball!
    (whispering) The Rockies could use some help right now.

    Sam, DO NOT eat anything.

  13. Snowhook Bella
    10:54 am on July 6th, 2011

    Sam: Chapstick is for the wearing, not the eating. (Unless you’re like Belle Starr who woke me up one morning by licking the chapstick off my lips. It was my favorite and apparently her favorite as well—grape Fanta).

  14. Buddy and T.C.
    10:55 am on July 6th, 2011

    Siber: We act as Meashka’s agents, and she plays only for the Phils (or Plunderers).

  15. C. Harris
    11:32 am on July 6th, 2011

    re: Melanie’s video yesterday…is it just me that can’t tell the newfs apart?

  16. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:33 am on July 6th, 2011

    Masquers — What a wonderful video. Jake has definitely got a great life, a real diamond in the rough. Wookie

  17. Melanie
    11:52 am on July 6th, 2011

    C.Harris, don’t worry about telling them apart. It takes most people a while.

    Size: shortest to tallest . . . Mattie, Katie, Grace, Ros, Mac, Rose, Patsy, Ellie and Franklin.

    Then their faces are different, some of them have longer bodies, I can tell most Newfs apart easily.

    Now, if I had to teach a room full of children??? Different entirely.

  18. Sam
    12:12 pm on July 6th, 2011

    SnowBella – Here’s a picture of me from last summer. Aunt Mollysmom caught me going through her purse and she asked me what I was doing. I said, “Nothing.”

  19. Snowhook Bella
    12:14 pm on July 6th, 2011

    A Newf only a mother could tell apart…

    We have three all white males from the Outlaw litter. People always ask how we can tell the James-Younger gang apart. Younger has freckles on his nose, Frank has the best manners among the three and Jesse has the slighest bit of orange on his ears.

    We also three other all white males for the Wild Oats litter, the litter sired by Whitey-Lance. This lot is easier to tell apart. Garrett has flip-flop ears and blue eyes, Abe is shy and Marco can’t get enough love.

  20. Snowhook Bella
    12:28 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Princess Sam: I love the picture. It is obvious to me that you were doing nothing, yet my mother informed me a lady’s purse is a sacred thing.

  21. Melanie
    12:28 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Also if we call them by name, the one names raises his/her head. Unless the word “treat” is involved. Then they all come running.

    Sam: You look completely innocent.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:56 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Eyes!…. I’ve been watching over Auction Central, but I needed help…snort!…. My friend just got back from the eye doctor and she says she can’t see because her pupils are too large…grunt!…What the hell good are eye doctors if all they do is make you blind….sneeze!… I hope she was able to see enough to update some of the bids correctly…gruffle!

  23. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:56 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Princess Sam -is royal perogative to commandeer anything you feel you must have. How do you think Natasha got Lear jet and selection of vonderful hats?

    Rio – do not grump at me. You know you love Natasha, no matter vhat

  24. Siber-H
    1:07 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rio, Your friend can wait till her eyes are back to normal to help you update the auction bids. Mom can’t see either after visiting the eye doctor.

  25. OleyHowlers
    1:26 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Sam, looks to us that you were just helping Aunt Mollysmom locate her purse. Great job. We are sure she appreciated the help.

  26. Gus and BooBear
    1:33 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rats, no auction link today. We’ve been going back and forth since the auction started. We’ll have to go back to yesterday …. We need to see if last night’s late bid still stands.

    Hi, everyone! Sam, that is the cutest pic of u!

  27. Gus and BooBear
    1:39 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Still have it!!! Hope I get to keep it!!

  28. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I think that Sam was guarding the purse for Mollypop’s mom.

    G&BB: I discuss “cool and collected” on my blog today.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:57 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Update!…From Auction Central …snort!…We just skipped and twirled past $1900.00…,wooooo!… $1907.83 to be exact…Yippee!snort!

  30. dawson
    2:15 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: The Wild Oats litter. It seems as if Whitey-Lance has quite a few wild oats.

    If you go to the SnowhookKennels blog there is also a link to the auction…on the right hand side.

  31. Siber-H
    2:17 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Yippie!!! Keep bidding friends!!

    I’m keeping my bidding secret from my mom, but I figure there is nothing she can do about it when she finds out.

  32. B.Stover
    2:26 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Bear just sent an email to say that her broadband and tower are out and she’s just on a dial-up. Said she will BBL because, hopefully, it’s only temporary.

  33. OleyHowlers
    2:30 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Wow! W-L is a dad? Who knew? We don’t see the Wild Oats litter on the blog.

    Rio: Thanks for the update! Woo-Hoo!!! Thats alot of mula.

    Siber: If you are getting the ARC, promise not to leak any of the story.

  34. Melanie
    2:35 pm on July 6th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: look at 12:14 pm Bella comment . . .

  35. Rose
    2:42 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Sam: I love that picture! Looks to me like you were keeping a close watch over that bag.

    Rio: Why is it that all eye doctors were glasses?

    I hate those dilating drops too!

  36. OleyHowlers
    2:47 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Melanie, we saw that comment and thats what surprised us, so we looked at Snowhook’s blog for the Wild Oats litter.

    Meashka just “harvested” dinner. Its outside “curing” in the sun now.

  37. Snowhook Bella
    3:06 pm on July 6th, 2011

    The Wild Oats litter was courtesy of Whitey-Lance along with the accomodating nature of Morgan. Shortly before the 2010 Iditarod, W.L. and Morgan had more than witty conversation and not long after our wanderer’s return, the pups were born. The boys had a sister, yet sadly she died in the first weeks of life—AJ was able to be with her.

    The blog is a work in progress and I am overdue on updating the dog bios including the Wild Oats, the Mocking Bird litter, Zebbe and our two newest friends. One thing all dogs have in common that you can take to the puggy bank is that each is loved beyond measure.

    $1900! Oh my…

  38. OleyHowlers
    3:14 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Thanks for the update, Bella. That Whitey was probably sowing some more wild oats during his sojourn mid-Iditarod 2010. What a character.
    We were thinking that W-L’s jacket would go much higher if Wandering Dog is Included !
    “One thing all dogs have in common that you can take to the puggy bank is that each is loved beyond measure.” That statement made us all teary-eyed and is the reason Snowhook Team is so beloved by the Plunderers.

  39. Siber-H
    3:43 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians, A few of us, not me, have won advance copies of one of Chet’s books. No one has ever blabbed. Staff was given one as a get well gift once because she had major surgery.
    That was a thoughtful, wonderful, gift from Spence. We were all so happy about it. I know it helped her recover quicker.

  40. Alice M. Johnson
    3:49 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Wow Chet I remember that scene. It was way scary and you were wonderful to rescue Bernie.

    Love the diamond dog!

    Meashka is up on top of the page. Right under Bear Spirit Dog

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:50 pm on July 6th, 2011

    ARC!….If SiberH gets the ARC he said he would loan it to me….snorkel!…. What a great guy! What a pal!….wooooo! …But I’m not supposed to say if he bid on it or not…heh!

  42. Siber-H
    3:51 pm on July 6th, 2011

    What a girl that Meashka is!! I don’t want to gross everyone out, so I won’t ask what she caught for dinner.

  43. staff
    3:51 pm on July 6th, 2011

    And yes, that ARC was a wonderful help for me. I would take it along whenever I had to get blood drawn and I read a chapter each time! Sometimes I would read more than a chapter. I couldn’t help it if Chet or Bernie was in trouble I couldn’t leave them hanging there until I was poked again.

    Heh heh heh

  44. Snowhook Bella
    3:52 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Howlers: Sniff. Sob. Sniff, sniff. I can barely hear myself typing over the teariness of my mother over your teariness. She said, “I just love those Plunderers.” Sniff.

  45. B.Stover
    3:54 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Bear sent another email saying that her broadband is supposed to be fixed by 4 or 5 today–I think that that is her time.

  46. Siber-H
    3:54 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rio has won an advanced copy of one of Chet’s books and Rio read it and didn’t say a word about it. Woo Woo

  47. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Stover, Thanks for telling us about Bear, because we would have been worried.

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:57 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Stover!…Who?

  49. Siber-H
    3:58 pm on July 6th, 2011

    lol

  50. Siber-H
    4:00 pm on July 6th, 2011

    oops, sorry, I am not suppose to encourage Rio

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:09 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Pooped!….Well, everybody here is pooped out…snort!…Even her mother has quit talking. I wonder if she is still alive?…sniff!sniff!…Me and my friend are going downstairs to watch a movie and relax from all the work those guys did this morning. My friend still can’t see perfectly, so I hope she got that new bid on her Project updated correctly…..heh!wooo! …I love Aucitons!…wooooo!

  52. OleyHowlers
    4:21 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Siber, it was Groundhog! yummmm. We all were away from the computer because we were conducting our little “look over there…” maneuver to see if we could steal her meal.

    No more bids on my item since Sunday. sniff sniff. What if we were to throw in One Hunting Husky?

    Thanks for letting us know about Spence’s generosity with ARCs. That is truly sweet. We wish we could buy this ARC, but its way too rich for our blood. Maybe if we continue to hunt our food rather than eat that kibble, Mom would have more money?

  53. Wölfie
    4:28 pm on July 6th, 2011

    $1900+

    Gasp!

    Now I am teary eyed. This is so amazing!

  54. Wölfie
    4:34 pm on July 6th, 2011

    And here is a report on the patches:

    So far, we have received $559. I am sending checks of $500 to Snowhook, and $60 to Bear (Barb) for postage. (Some Plunderers paid extra to help out with postage costs.)

  55. Wölfie
    4:40 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Staff, I remember that! I was so impressed with your self control. And of course you couldn’t leave Chet in danger!

  56. Wölfie
    4:42 pm on July 6th, 2011

    THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH……

    will be here in exactly two months!!

    61 days!!!!!

    Wooo Hoooo!!!!

  57. Siber-H
    4:42 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Great idea, Fellow Siberians, I’d bid on the Hunting Husky. Those Siber girls are just the best when it comes to hunting…means less work for us guys.

  58. B.Stover
    4:56 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I won an advanced copy of THAT and Rio won an advanced copy of TFAT (I think). Neither of those were ARCs. Wookie won an ARC.

    Sorry but I don’t get the Stover Who? thing.

  59. OleyHowlers
    5:00 pm on July 6th, 2011

    We are so happy to know that you all kept from spilling the beans on your adv. copies of ARC. But when the book actually gets released, how do we know when everyone has read it? Isn’t it ever safe to discuss it?

  60. OleyHowlers
    5:01 pm on July 6th, 2011

    adv. copies OR ARC

  61. B.Stover
    5:06 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Howlers: We always put SPOILER ALERT when we say something about the new book.

  62. Melanie
    5:08 pm on July 6th, 2011

    We use SPOILER ALERTs! And we promised that we wouldn’t talk about it until people had read it.

    Very difficult.

    My acupuncturist’s dog, Canine dog named Bear, caught the groundhog that was decimating their garden!

  63. B.Stover
    5:09 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I talked about it before people were finished with it. It’s too much fun to quote parts of it to wait…..

  64. C. Harris
    5:36 pm on July 6th, 2011

    re: eye doctor…has anyone had Lasik surgery? One of the things about being in KY for a length of time is that I get to have medical work done that insurance won’t pay for and which is really expensive in Alaska. In KY I got dental work done for $1,200 that would have cost $3,000 up here. I checked into Lasik surgery prior to my upcoming visit. In KY it costs $3,500 and it is 4x more expensive in AK. Wearing glasses is a pain in the butt in a cold, snowy climate so I am really thinking about it. I asked the surgeon about possible negative side effects and he said some people see halos around street lights for a time. I told him that it wasn’t a problem as I didn’t have street lights!!! ha, ha.

  65. B.Stover
    5:39 pm on July 6th, 2011

    CHarris: I have friends you have had that surgery and they like the results. I will never have it done but wearing glasses doesn’t bother me.

  66. OleyHowlers
    5:46 pm on July 6th, 2011

    C.Harris: Our mom had Lasik done long time ago (~14 years ago?) She never looked back heh heh. (we kill us)
    Her eyes were a little under-corrected which was good because then she didn’t need reading glasses for many years. However, now she does use reading glasses, which she says is not near as bad as having glasses on all the time. She just keeps cheap pairs in every room and in car, and in office. She has a pair of weakest prescription glasses in her car to use for nighttime driving.
    She hated glasses in winter also, with the way they fog up when you go indoors. She mostly wore contact lenses, but they tired her eyes out because they made them dry. And what she hated the most was the beach or swimming pools. She was blind as a bat and could never find her spot on the beach without her contacts.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    5:52 pm on July 6th, 2011

    We have been absent from the blog today. Company here, and very busy. We miss you guys, and will be back later or tomorrow morning. Hope you are having a fun day. Did see that we are at almost $2,000 for the auction. Ammazing!

  68. OleyHowlers
    5:54 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Mom says we have to go cook our meal now. Is she really going to help us cook up that hog? bbl

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:59 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Stover!… “Who” was a joke, nevermind….grunt!

  70. B.Stover
    6:01 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rio: Is it the baseball joke?

  71. C. Harris
    6:01 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Now that I have been outbid on everything, here is my new auction strategy: since the winners will be announced after 12:00 AM (EST) on July 10th, it will be a mere 7PM in Alaska. How many bloggers will be staying up to midnight to put in a last bid? I will still be wide awake and my fingers will be flying over the keyboard.

  72. B.Stover
    6:09 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I thought that the winners would be announced after 12PM EST…in other words, noon.

  73. C. Harris
    6:09 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rats! Foiled again

  74. B.Stover
    6:12 pm on July 6th, 2011

    CHarris: Your fingers need to fly over the keyboard just before 9AM your time….I think…..

  75. Siber-H
    6:14 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Stover, Mom says that it is to your credit that you don’t get the Stover Who? thing. She thinks Rio and I are a bit warped at times.

  76. dawson
    6:17 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Oh no! I will be working the 12 hour shifts on the last days of the auction or, as Rio calls it, the auciton. That means everyone will have a good chance to sneak in bids on me. Come to think of it, that may not be a bad thing. 😉

    Stover! You said we might worry about Bear and Rio said “Who?” That was the joke in a nutshell. Rio had already forgotten about what’sis name.

    C. Harris: I am losing 2 minutes of daylight each day.

  77. B.Stover
    6:18 pm on July 6th, 2011

    SH: I hate not understanding jokes (or anything) so please explain.

  78. dawson
    6:19 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Warped! That’s putting it mildly. Wait! I got the joke right away.

  79. B.Stover
    6:20 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Dawson: SH said we might worry about Bear. I suppose I get it….sigh. But I don’t think it funny.

  80. Melanie
    6:26 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I still don’t get it.

    Next week we will have to empty the pool, have the cleaners come and really clean it, get a heavier duty pump and filter.

    So much for trusting those other guys. . .

  81. dawson
    6:30 pm on July 6th, 2011

    B.Stover: Yes, excuse me…Siber H. said we might worry. And yes…it’s not that funny. Heh.
    Gee Whiz! At one point I owned lots of auction items. Now I’m down to just one. And everything costs a lot more now.
    Hello Mr. Bank Manager…could you up my line of credit, please? You’d be happy to? Of course you would.

  82. BearSpiritDog
    6:41 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Bear is Back! And, I see a certain one of you (I’m not mentioning names, but he keeps his money in a “puggy bank”) did not even notice I was gone! Shame on you! I am the FOTM after all and deserve your respect and adoration. Heh!

  83. Melanie
    6:43 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Hi Bear, Bye Bear!

    Bad storm coming our way. Turning off the computer!

  84. C. Harris
    6:46 pm on July 6th, 2011

    For Rio: The Anchorage newspaper is reporting that a pug was dognapped early Tuesday morning during a burglary. On the way out the door, 3-year old Snuffy was snatched. The thief was apprehended by police and she had what appeared to be “shed pug hair” on her jacket. Oh, and she was drunk. Thief was charged with 1st degree burglary and 2nd degree theft. Pug is home. No photos, darn.

  85. Snowhook Bella
    6:49 pm on July 6th, 2011

    C Harris: I had lasik about six years ago. My wire rimmed glasses would freeze to my nose while I was mushing or the screws would freeze, break and the lens would fall out. I came home off the trail, this was before AJ started mushing, with only one lens more than once. I had lasik done when I was traveling outside for work. It was much less expensive and I wouldn’t hesitate to make the same decision again. No streetlights—sounds familiar.

  86. BearSpiritDog
    7:00 pm on July 6th, 2011

    We are turning in early also. Because of the outage we are behind schedule. Talk to y’all tomorrow. – Bear

    (But, before we say good night – a little peak to see how the bidding is going…..)

  87. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    7:02 pm on July 6th, 2011

    CHarris-if that Puglet vas anything like OUR Puglet the their probably would have brought him back anyvay

    Think “Ransom of Red Chief”

  88. Siber-H
    7:25 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Oh Dawg…someone pick me up off the floor where I fell laughing

  89. Liz
    8:02 pm on July 6th, 2011

    CH, a friend of mine had that eye surgery and was very happy with it.

    It’s a good thing i’m getting Wolfie’s toffee, because i made it again last night and this time i undercooked it. THat doesn’t work well…

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:05 pm on July 6th, 2011

    DawgNapped!…Hell, if someone dawgNapped me they would regret it big time…snort!…First I would let off all that gas I had built up inside me that I had politely kept in till I got OUT!OUT! Outside. Or as luck would have it, a DawgNappers get-away car…sniff!… I have other annoying qualities, but I think this one would do the trick…heh!heh!

  91. C. Harris
    8:07 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rio: there is no coincidence that the pug’s name was “Snuffy”

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:09 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rockies!…Hey!….The Rockies are still playing baseball against those damned Atlanta Braves.…grump! …It is 5 ta Nuthing the Braves bottom of the 3rd.…mimmph!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on July 6th, 2011

    CHarris!…I once had a Pug friend named “Retch”….sniff!…Go figure…heh!

  94. Snowhook Bella
    8:11 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Getting pugnapped is one way to beat the don’t-leave-the-yard rule. Not a good option, but an option…

  95. Buddy and T.C.
    8:24 pm on July 6th, 2011

    We think we should organize a pug-napping.

  96. Siber-H
    8:31 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I will be glad to see the Rockies get out of Atlanta. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. grump

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:43 pm on July 6th, 2011

    SiberH!…I’d really like to see them get our of Atlanta with their scalps on…snort!…Or at least their pride…grump!

  98. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:51 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Melanie. I also respond quickly to the word treat! Mom says that the thought of the pack coming running for a treat boggles her mind (but a lot of things do that). Wookie

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Wookie!…Boggles…heh!snort!heh!… Wot a great word. Are you and Grandpa watching the Game tonight?…snort! ..I know! I know I am on Auction Duty tonight, but we are taking a break for the game…heh!…We are betting on how much more humiliation the team can take before they wake up and smell the campfire…snort!

  100. Macy the Min-pin
    10:01 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Melanie, do the Richter Scale people know about the Newfs? I would hate for them to think there was an earthquake every time someone said “treat”.

    Mr. Husky, we were laughing our trim backsides off too!

    Mom, Dad, and Angie all had Lasik and love it. Mom and Dad use reading glasses now, and also have the 12 pairs all over the house. Only occasionally do they have trouble at night, usually when their eyes are tired anyway. I just see what I see and I don’t know if it is good or not. I have never had my eyes tested.
    Unless you count when the v-e-t looked at them yesterday, but she did not ask me to read anything, so….

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Rain!… Hey, we actually had a rain storm here earlier…heh!…My friend was out there in her crocks trying to put a watering bucket somewhere where it would gather up some of that rain, which we have not seen all summer long…sniff!sniff!… I think it will be a nice cool night in my warm soft bed tonight…snuffle!

    Ugly!… Even the announcers are calling the Rockies road trip to Atlanta “Ugly”…snort!.grump! …Bottom of the 8th and the misery continues….sob!

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on July 6th, 2011

    OMG!….They have to play ONE more game at Atlanta….grump!…The misery continues….sob!

    Blog-Bug!…I tried to attach a photo to show how mad I am twice and it is not showing up…grump!….It must be a new blog bug..sniff!

  103. Siber-H
    10:14 pm on July 6th, 2011

    The torture is ended for tonight…the Rockies game is over with. sob, sob, sob

  104. Siber-H
    10:15 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Oh no!!! I thought tonight’s game in Atlanta was the last one. Oh grief

  105. OleyHowlers
    10:21 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Sorry about the Rockies, guys. Maybe you should come over to our side?

    Mom did not cook the groundhog. She did make us London Broil and it was great.

    Good nite to all.

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Tracey!…He says we (*the Rockies) are in a tough spot right now….grunt! …Tough spot meaning two of our best guys are out with injuries….sniff!

    Bed!….Someone here says it is time for bed because she is exhausted…grunt!…Okay by me!…heh!…Up, up, up we go. Upstairs where it is a lot warmer…sniff!Yawn!

  107. Siber-H
    10:54 pm on July 6th, 2011

    I hope CarGo and Tulo can return at 100%. I know the Rockies miss De La Rosa. I miss him. sniff

    night all

  108. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:25 pm on July 6th, 2011

    Liz, I have been making toffee for over 25 years and I still manage to over.under cook it once in a while. Don’t feel bad.

    When I make a double batch, I sweat bullets.

  109. Liz
    12:16 am on July 7th, 2011

    That’s a relief! A double batch??? i can’t imagine the pressure! All that butter… In fact, probably the undercooked one might not have tasted too bad, maybe a bit like fudge. Have you eaten it like that? The overcooked one was really hard on the teeth.

  110. Gus & BooBear
    12:29 am on July 7th, 2011

    We are smiling tonight. It was a “feel good” time reading today’s posts from the plunderers. AND we are still top cat on several items on the auction. But we are getting dangerously close to our allowance limit (plus we have to allow for shipping the jacket to whoever ends up with it). But there sure is another thing we want to go back and bid more on. (not the ARC, though. Quickly jumped out of our range.)

    Loved watching Jake, the Diamond Dog. And thanks for the explanation on the blog, B. Sometimes it amazes us that there really is history behind some of the things that we say in everyday language.

    Night, all.
    G&BB

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