Old Dogs

“Is this possible,” Spence says, “that this Uncle Chi Chi character – see below, if we can get this link to work – is the oldest dog in the world?”

I perked up. How old was I again? I’d heard Bernie talking about it recently, but the number slipped my mind. Was it more than two? Two’s plenty for me.

“And that whole dog years thing,” says Admin. “I never bought that.”

“You’re in a slightly better mood today.”

“Yeah – that suggestion from Kirby T. Penworthy, amended by Rio, about getting volume 6 of The World at War from the library perked me up. And way more than that – the good news about Staff. But I’m wondering if anyone knows of some real old dogs.”

There was General Beauregard, of course. I love hanging out with him when we visit our weapons guy, Otis DeWayne. Is there one of those visits in To Fetch A Thief?


(Nice job, Rosie!)

(Note from Admin: If link doesn’t work, please try villagevoice.com, click on Runnin’ Scared under blogs, and scroll down to previous posts.)


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127 Responses to “Old Dogs”

  1. B. Stover
    3:57 am on July 28th, 2010

    I'm glad Admin is in a better mood…..I think.

  2. B. Stover
    4:17 am on July 28th, 2010

    I like Rosie Gray's style.

  3. Melanie
    4:19 am on July 28th, 2010

    The dog was cute. The talking heads were strange. Our oldest is Ellie, she's going to be eleven.

    I'm still wondering how Rosie got on the computer to let Chet know about Uncle Chi Chi. She's not a very mechanical dog.

    Wöökie, please let your mom know that she can do both if she wants, this quilt is going to be cool!

  4. Riö - The Evil
    4:48 am on July 28th, 2010

    Interesting!…. Rosie is the name of one of the Charming Mr. Abrahams children…. snort… I’m glad Kirby and I could help Admin out with the library suggestions…heh! !… I thought we were going to get back to Astrid today?….grunt!

  5. Siberian Husky
    5:09 am on July 28th, 2010

    Mom had a 50 lb. dog live to be almost 18…an Australian Dingo cross. The vet said he was too ornery to go sooner. Mom says that is probably true.

    Some of the winning Iditarod mushers (I don't know about the other mushers) have had their lead sled dogs live to be around 18.

    We don't buy into the whole dog years thing either.

    5:21 am on July 28th, 2010

    Good morning, all. Uncle Chi Chi eats a food made by Halo. That's the company that Ellen Degeneres is involved with. All natural and very expensive. We don't go along with the 7 year theory either, but have seen some complicated charts at the vet's office that calculate doggy age.

  7. Melanie
    5:48 am on July 28th, 2010

    There's supposed to be a difference in the amount of years per year if the dog is a large breed. I remember that, but have no idea what it is.

    Riö, YSAS is in "In Vino Veritas". It's near the beginning but after the fork lift race. Divya sees Jill, at the hospital, eating a donut. As Jill walks in YSAS is coming in the door behind them.

    Then when Divya says, "The bought you cheap breakfast food," you catch a glimpse of him behind them.

    Lastly, when Divya and Jill are coming out of the office and Divya says, ". . nausea and strange craving's, huh?" you can see YSAS still in the hall talking to a doc.

    Someday his day will come . . I'm just glad I didn't have to go through the whole program again.

  8. B. Stover
    5:51 am on July 28th, 2010

    The fate of the 400 pre-signed copies of TFAT is in "Nick's hands now. Should have info in the future" (according to Spence on Facebook). Who is Nick? Perhaps we should have someone go and have a chat with him.

  9. Riö - The Evil
    6:04 am on July 28th, 2010

    YSAS!… Yes! We finally saw him… snort!… I was hoping to get a better look at his face but it was so fast and he was quite away back from the main characters….drat!…We also saw the wine bottle being opened by tapping the bottom of it 3 times on the pole (or whatever)….heh!

  10. Mollypop
    6:25 am on July 28th, 2010

    YSAS – I'm so glad we got to actually see him. I'm sure we'll see him again. How many actors would let a Pug interview them? He's great.

  11. Mollie (a black pood
    6:33 am on July 28th, 2010

    Rio: Your picture in the crocheted outfit takes the cake! Maybe you should go into modeling.

    Our family had a black and white minature poodle (before I came along) that lived to be 20 years old. Her name was Mazie.

  12. Mollie (a black pood
    6:46 am on July 28th, 2010

    Barb & Maggie: Here is my guess re your research on Kirby's ancestory: He is not part poodle.

  13. Riö - The Evil
    7:04 am on July 28th, 2010

    Kirby!… Hey! We are narrowing it down….snort!…He is not Pug, not Poodle, part cow, part rabbit and part donkey… heh!…Don’t worry Kirby ole pal, we will figure it out…. grunt!

  14. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:08 am on July 28th, 2010

    A certain "old dog" that I know of would not know poetry if it jumped up an bit his chubby rump.

    Mr. Penworthy< I would give my condolences on your Angels lost but…well, that would just be insincere, so I won't. The Rangers only get a good team once a decade so let's let it be this year and be done with it. No Ranger bashing on the sports shows, very unusual for this time of year!

    Kirby not a poodle, uhmm not a chihuahua either i theenk.

    7:34 am on July 28th, 2010

    Did Kirby ever come thru with his size? That will help us determine his background.

  16. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:45 am on July 28th, 2010

    Bob test 😈

  17. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:46 am on July 28th, 2010

    hmmm, not bobbing

  18. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:46 am on July 28th, 2010


  19. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:47 am on July 28th, 2010


  20. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:47 am on July 28th, 2010

    oh well

  21. Debbie LM
    7:49 am on July 28th, 2010

    Some quilt squares. Mollypop

  22. Debbie LM
    7:50 am on July 28th, 2010

    Arrrguh! Try again

  23. Chet The Dog
    9:12 am on July 28th, 2010

    Interesting!…. Rosie is the name of one of the Charming Mr. Abrahams children…. snort

    – Rio

    Admin: Rio – the CIA needs you!

  24. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 am on July 28th, 2010

    And Lily, Ben and Seth, right?

    Bye folks, we are heading out for a day, and will not be by a computer. Back Thurs afternoon.

    If pre-signed books become available in the next 24, could someone put a hold on 1 or 2 for Barb and Maggie? Thanks, guys, ands have a good day. Special howdy going out to Staff.

  25. Riö - The Evil
    9:17 am on July 28th, 2010

    Heh!… I knew it!…snort!… He has mentioned 3 out of 4 of his children so far… snorkel!

  26. Riö - The Evil
    9:20 am on July 28th, 2010

    Hmmm…. How come Admin is being so nice to me today?…. grunt!…He is up to something…groan!… Now I am worried… fret!

  27. Riö - The Evil
    9:25 am on July 28th, 2010

    Wookie!… Will you help Debbie post some photos!?…. grunt!… I thought she was supposed to be Tech Support. Why is she having so much trouble??…. wheeze!… I’m DYING to see those quilt squares….sneeze! … I need to compare them to the crappy ones someone has made for me… sigh.

  28. B. Stover
    9:40 am on July 28th, 2010

    You worry too much Rio.

  29. Riö - The Evil
    9:45 am on July 28th, 2010

    Stover!… Now I will worry that I worry too much… groan!… Have you started the book yet?…sniff!

  30. Wölfie Wigglebu
    9:49 am on July 28th, 2010

    I think Kirby may have a hint of Great Dane. Plus some donkey, lol!

  31. Riö - The Evil
    9:55 am on July 28th, 2010

    Wolfie!… Not sure about the Great Dane, but there is definitely some Donkey in there!…heh!

  32. B. Stover
    10:24 am on July 28th, 2010

    Rio: I just finished the first chapter of Dixie.

  33. Riö - The Evil
    10:30 am on July 28th, 2010

    Stover!..Go for two!…snort!

  34. B. Stover
    10:35 am on July 28th, 2010


  35. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:55 am on July 28th, 2010

    Rio. I'm currently finishing up a very important secret mission, but should be able to assist Debbie LM (aka Tech Support/mom) a bit later. Wookie

  36. Riö - The Evil
    11:04 am on July 28th, 2010

    Interesting!… I just got a text from Rockie the Undercover Squirrel regarding your secret mission….snort!…Things seem to be going swimmingly… grunt!… Maybe I should bring Rockie back from the Actic one day….hmmm.

  37. Riö - The Evil
    12:33 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Kirby!…Good news for the Angels…snort!…They are ahead of Boston by 1 right now. 3-1 top of the Sixth…. heh!

  38. Riö - The Evil
    12:58 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Uh oh!… The tide is turning… snort!… Boston and LA are tied.

  39. Mollypop
    1:16 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wookster – Tell your Mom that my Mom is sewing away on the square for Little Princessy Sam.

  40. Melanie
    1:18 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Kirby T. I think someone said a coursing hound. I can see that. I would also like your size.

    Back from visiting Dan. Had a great time. Now that he's an hour away, it is a lot easier. Zoë handled the dogs and I got to be stuck in traffic for 45 minutes. Why on earth they have to pave and make a round about. I didn't like round abouts in England, can't imagine why we have to have one here. So, they tell you take an alternate route but only when you get up there and it's too late to take one. Jeez.

    Anyhoo, Dan looks great.

  41. Riö - The Evil
    1:25 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wow!… Grand Slam for the Red Sox!… snort!… I wonder if Spencer is jumping around right now spilling his Cahor wine?… heh!

  42. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:55 pm on July 28th, 2010

    To all you guess-the-species contestants: Here are my stats: I weigh about 20 pounds, and I'm 13 inches high at the shoulder, 19 inches to the top of my head, and 24 inches from nose to hindquarters. And Mom took a full-length picture so you can see me in all my glory!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280357317-100_1309.JPG[/img]

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:58 pm on July 28th, 2010

    And here's a picture of my big brother, Buford.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280357873-100_1317.JPG[/img]

  44. B. Stover
    1:58 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Melanie: I'm so glad that Dan is doing well. I remember the first round about that I drove on in England…I was quite sure I'd never get off of it. Useless things.

  45. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:01 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Melanie and Bee: Mom said when they lived at Fort Devens, she used to drive to Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge, and she always was scared to death of the roundabout on the way there. More than once she had to go around more than once!

  46. Melanie
    2:35 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Perhaps a Beagle's body? Not the coloring, the head or ears though.

    Or part Podengo Pequeno? A Portuguese Rabbit Hound, right size and body, ears are up, and "especially mobile". The color isn't quite right.

    Lab is always a good guess. Lab's are really quick and fertile!

  47. Siberian Husky
    2:36 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Rio can't join up with the CIA cause we need him here.

    Kirby, tell Buford that we are pleased to meet him. I don't know, and I can't guess what Kirby is a mix of. Is there some kind of terrier in him? You are both very handsome, and I think your mom takes good photos.

    Round abouts have even made it to NM. I'm afraid the round about virus is spreading across the US. NM drivers are not dealing well with them at all.

  48. dawson
    2:39 pm on July 28th, 2010


    Kirby T Penworthy: I was not expecting those stats. I thought you were more like Maggie's size. And check out that tail. If we add that in you are 2.5 feet long. And Buford is taller than I expected. All in all, you are a very interesting dog. Pondering…

    Melanie: Glad Dan is closer and getting all rehabed up. Sorry about the roundabout. I have never been on one.

  49. Sam
    2:55 pm on July 28th, 2010

    They started putting in roundabouts here too. Mom got a big surprise when we came to a double one. It is built like a figure 8. I guess I'm lucky we aren't still going around it now.

  50. Melanie
    3:07 pm on July 28th, 2010

    A double roundabout? That just sounds diabolical.

  51. B. Stover
    3:18 pm on July 28th, 2010

    The double roundabout (I had to look it up and it is one word…bloody British) has my head spinning.

    Kirby T and Buford: It doesn't matter to me what breed(s) you guys are. I think you're both beautiful, bright and happy.

  52. Riö - The Evil
    3:22 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Roundabouts!… Well get this, my friend has to drive through FIVE consecutive roundabouts to get to her new Busy Season place… heh!…She says she feels dizzy and sick by the time she parks the car in the morning….snort!…Then there are the ‘First Timers’ who don’t know the rules to the roundabouts…grunt! …That’s always scary, cuz they have no clue what to do once they are on the roundabout going round and round…heh!… One can only imagine five consecutive roundabouts in the winter-time… wheeze!

  53. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:25 pm on July 28th, 2010

    X-nay on the Great Ayday, Kirby. Donkey, yes. I can see that quite clearly, especically in the eyes.

    I don't like roundabouts either. They scare me.

    I'm glad that Dan is feeling better. Slowly but surely we are getting all of our little chickees home. Staff, how are you feeling today?

  54. B. Stover
    3:26 pm on July 28th, 2010

    When did we start having roundabouts in America? I think its downright un-American.

  55. Abbiethekitty
    3:27 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Hi everyone,

    Staff was in and out yesterday and then came back this morning and slept in the recliner all afternoon. Then she came into the quilt room where the computer lives and sat in a chair. I haven't used her for a lap yet. She seems sort of creaky and fragile. She put a pillow on her tummy and said I could 'lap' but I just made her scratch my ears and leaned into her hand.

    I have been sleeping in the other chair near her and that is enough for now.

    Maybe tomorrow.


  56. Riö - The Evil
    3:28 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Amazing!… I actually do see some Chihuahua in Kirby from the side view… golly!… His family history must be a lively one!…heh!

  57. Melanie
    3:29 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Abbie, you are such a sweet kitty.

  58. Riö - The Evil
    3:34 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Stover!…I’ve been told that we have had them in Colorado for at least 10 years or more now, I would have to research that to be accurate… snort!…They started in the mountains and have moved across the whole state… grunt!

    AbbieTheKat!… It’s good that you are giving Staff some space…cough!… The weight of you on her could do terrible damage right now… grunt!… Keep your distance kitty!…sneeze!

  59. B. Stover
    3:41 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Roundabouts in the mountains???

    Glad to hear about Staff from Abbie. Keep well.

  60. Debbie LM
    3:44 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Well let's see if this works

  61. Debbie LM
    3:48 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Last try I changed the size of the file to see if that works

  62. Riö - The Evil
    3:50 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Debbie!…. Let that damn link to the file appear before you hit submit!… [head slap!]… Where is Wookie at???… grunt! … I’ve been waiting all day to see these quilt squares… grumble!

  63. Abbiethekitty
    3:52 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Hey Debbie LM,

    Sometimes I have to wait quite a while for the file to show up in the window where you type your message. You have to wait for that before you hit submit comment.

    And I am sure you are scrolling down to the 'choose file' link to attach the file, aren't you?


  64. Melanie
    3:54 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Roundabouts and ups&downs? Is that what they call them in the mountains?

    Busy day tomorrow. Stud owner and breeder are coming to see the pups.

    Need them to be pretty!

  65. Abbiethekitty
    3:56 pm on July 28th, 2010


    Staff is a little nervous because they don't want her to garden the rest of this year, and if she pets the kats she has to go wash her hands right away. And no kitty licks! Humph!

    Very annoying when your legs are hurting and you don't want to be wandering around very much.

    I am going to go stare at her chair now and see if she will sit down and be a lap.


    (see http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nancydrew)

  66. Debbie LM
    3:58 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wookie is here helping and so we'll hope for the best This is Siber H

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280365095-Siber H.jpg[/img]

  67. Alice Johnson
    3:59 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Goodness such a fuss. And she won't let me do my nose bump. I love to nose bump. It is my "hello". She just gives me her cheek. AS IF!

    Alice Johnson

  68. Riö - The Evil
    3:59 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wow!… Rockies game just starting and right off the bat Tulo (finally back from injuries) is ready to Kill!…snort!… He just hit a ball right at the Pirates pitchers head… oh my!…The pitcher ducked but not enough, he is going out of the game now… wheeze!…Poor guy, I hope he is alright…..sniff!… Last night our Closer got driven off in an ambulance, and now this… yeep!…Baseball is a dangerous game no doubt about it!…snuffle!

  69. Debbie LM
    4:00 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Thanks for the support all. Here is The Pack

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280365201-the pack.jpg[/img]

  70. Staff
    4:00 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Debbie LM and Siber H!

    Absolutely beautiful. OMG I love it!

    Woooeee I bet Rio is jealous now.


  71. Debbie LM
    4:01 pm on July 28th, 2010
  72. Debbie LM
    4:03 pm on July 28th, 2010
  73. Debbie LM
    4:05 pm on July 28th, 2010
  74. Debbie LM
    4:06 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Sam's block is still in progress – anyone else need a block?

  75. Staff
    4:06 pm on July 28th, 2010

    WoWser. This is going to be a really fun quilt! I love the fabric being used for the framing. LOVE IT.

    Tee Hee.

    This is just what I needed to cheer me up. Thank you guys!

    Now I have to go and look for a pix of Rio in a doily. Dawson told me I missed that one. Heh.


  76. Debbie LM
    4:07 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Glad to be of help "Staff" I know you will put together a fabulous quilt!

  77. Riö - The Evil
    4:10 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Gasp!… Hells bells!…SiberH King of the No Talents square looks great!… groan!…I’m gonna be a flop… sob! …Girlfriend! You have some work to do this weekend! …dammit!

    Debbie!… Will you be sending that beautiful square off to Staff now to be integrated into the finished quilt?

    Staff!… Are you up to this project or should we delay it and let you tell us when you are felling stronger? … sniff!

  78. Riö - The Evil
    4:15 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Quilt!…This quilt will be a true blessing for Staff, a healing quilt for her to work on, and a special quilt for the Charming Mr. Abrahams and all his wonderful characters! Bookwise and Blogwise…. woooooo!… Whose idea was this anyway??? … heh!heh!

  79. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:17 pm on July 28th, 2010

    We would like a square. Everyone looks so pretty on theirs.

    Kirby there is for sure some min-pin in you, the ears and tail are variations of mine. That must be what makes you look so confident.

  80. Staff
    4:25 pm on July 28th, 2010

    OH Rio!

    Oh my!

    The doily sweater is totally amazing. Does your friend crochet? Oh right, this was not her stuff (thank Dog) Love the colors though.

    I always thought you would prefer an elegant navy blue though.

    Thank your friend for the pix! Looking very very good!


  81. Siberian Husky
    4:28 pm on July 28th, 2010

    The quilt squares are wonderful!!! Love them! Thank you from all of us no talents. The quality is so good that my dirty toys show up. I love my dirty toys, so mom can just live with it. AND, I have a black and white border to match my colors.

    Mollie, that is a terifically cute expression on your face.

    Melanie, which noble Newf is that one?

    Wookie and Wookie's mom, Great Job on the quilt squares!!! It was a good idea to put them up on the blog so we could all enjoy them.

  82. B. Stover
    4:29 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Debbie: The squares are beautiful.

    Staff: Instead of getting up to wash your hands, could you use the bottled antibacteria soap…the kind you don't need to use with water?

  83. Siberian Husky
    4:35 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wookie, you are looking like one beautiful dog on that quilt square. I would say handsome, but mom says beautiful…sorry, dude. You know how moms are.

    We are going to agree with Macy on the min-pin in Kirby thing.

  84. Staff
    4:38 pm on July 28th, 2010

    BStover! What a brilliant idea. One of the many wonderful care aids at the Hosp. 'donated' a bottle of that stuff to us. The nurses said that if your hands weren't dirty then it was way better than soap and water. I will have the Mr. find it for me.

    I can do the quilt blocks guys. It will be good for me. Make as many as you need to. We will just make the quilt bigger if we have too. Flexibility is important.

    I wonder if PA/SQ's kids will fight over it? I know I would.

    Hey, I was thinking it was a wall quilt, but maybe it is a snuggle quilt and I should put flannel on the back? Wookie? Any ideas yet? I suppose we should wait and see how big it turns out before we make these decisions.

    So great to see the blocks. And don't worry Rio, Every block will be wonderful. Even more so because of the struggles to make it yourself. Or rather, to nag your friend to make it. I hope she isn't totally turned off by the whole thing since it was your idea. Heh.


  85. Riö - The Evil
    4:50 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Gulp!…Well after all of Debbie’s fine art work, we both are very nervous to put up our one finished, well almost finished square, it still needs the Signature! And it is rough around the edges…snort!…But we really need some feedback from you guys because poor Mr. Abrahams may be looking at this quilt for a while…sniffle!…Please be honest and truthful in your opinions of my first square…wheeze! … She had a very difficult time getting 3 different photos to be at the right angles and the right color to combine it into one square…gasp! …And yes! That is Coors Field here in Colorado! … sniff!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280368145-IMG_0329.JPG[/img]

  86. Riö - The Evil
    5:02 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Staff!… I really loved your idea of it being a decorative Wall Quilt for his office where he writes!… snort!…Because then in a weird sort of quilt way we can all be there when he is writing the next Chet and Bernie mysteries!… sneeze!…Don’t you think?? I’ve seen some really big Wall Quilts and they are wonderful as decorations! …sniff!…It will be awesome! No Matter how bad mine turns out. It will be AWESOME!…sigh

  87. Siberian Husky
    5:03 pm on July 28th, 2010

    RIO!!! I LOVE IT!!! Your friend has done a dang fine job on it. She is not a no talent and we are not going to call her a no talent any more. It is perfect for you. Mom and I think the mountains in the backgroud add a special touch to it.

    We don't know how your friend did it, but she did it!!! You should be very proud of her. It really is Rio watching over his Rockies.

  88. Debbie LM
    5:06 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Art! It's an art quilt square!!! Perfect. and Rio it is you at your very very best!!! Wow you can join Wookie's Quilting guild any time.

  89. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:08 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Rio the Rockies would not dare lose with you watching over them. Beautiful scenery at your park. We have a pretty ballpark, but no mountains.*sigh*

  90. Siberian Husky
    5:15 pm on July 28th, 2010

    I wish Rio could be there tonight, watching over the Rockies. They need help!!!

  91. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:16 pm on July 28th, 2010

    This is my sis Belle. She says hi!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280369752-tired dog 007.JPG[/img]

  92. dawson
    5:16 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wow! and double Wow-ilicious!

    Those squares are wonderful. When do these squares have to be sent in? 'Cus I haven't even begun to think about this yet and, by the way, did I tell you I almost flunked sewing in high school. D minus and a half. Staff, won't you help me? Puleeeze? (Remember that $5.00 sewing machine I found for you?) Whipped cream and a cherry on top?

    !!!Rio: That is wonderful as well. Cheese! I was thinking I could make something as good as you, but no way. Go Rockies!

  93. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:17 pm on July 28th, 2010
  94. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:18 pm on July 28th, 2010

    This my "pup" Biddy. She is afraid of the camera, so we had to sneak up on her.

  95. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:19 pm on July 28th, 2010
  96. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:22 pm on July 28th, 2010

    sYou have already met Annie. She and Biddy put themselves to bed when the camera came out.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280370117-tired dog 165.JPG[/img]

  97. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:24 pm on July 28th, 2010

    And last, my cousin Holly. We are a little crowded here, but nothing like the Newfs!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280370239-tired dog 162.JPG[/img]

  98. Riö - The Evil
    5:32 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wheeze!… Wow!… I thought it was campy and cartoon-ish …snort!…Thank you so much guys! We will send it off to staff when someone finally gets the other one done.. sigh!…What a relief!… Debbie, my friend has, in all her many visits to the sewing store, gotten to know the gal there who helps her and she told my friend, “…just think how much you have learned during this process!”…snort!… And my friend said, “Maybe I will become a quilt maker after all one day.”… heh!… Thank you Debbie and SiberH for your kind remarks and encouragement to plunder on with the next one!… snorkel!

  99. dawson
    5:32 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Macy MinPin: You certainly have a culturally diverse family. Here's a virtual pat and a scratch for all of them.

  100. dawson
    5:36 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Rio's fabulous quilt square reminds me that the one PA book I found at the used book store was The Fan. I'm saving it for when the World Series is on. The Rockies and Tigers have the exact same win/loss percentage at this point.

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:48 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Man, Rio, if the Rockies had a pug that big sitting in the outfield, just think of all the games they would win! First of all, nobody on the other team would be able to hit a homerun, and the players would all be so scared of you, they probably wouldn't even want to come up to bat!

    Debbie LM: Those squares look great!

    Are we all supposed to have photos on our squares? Mom and I had planned something closer to what Staff's avatar looks like, with cloth portraits of Buford and me. But would it look more unified if we all did the photo thing? Buford and I don't want to be the only "odd men" out!

  102. Siberian Husky
    5:49 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Dawson, Mom really liked The Fan…she really, really liked it.

    Macy, thanks for sharing your family with us. In your house, girls rule. I'd hate to be the only guy there. Also, love the picture of you in the Texas snow.

  103. Siberian Husky
    5:57 pm on July 28th, 2010

    I'm in the house, but my folks smell a skunk out there. Guess who, yours truly, will be going out to pee before bedtime on a leash tonight. Jeeeez

  104. FattyKitty
    6:02 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Those quilt squares are worthy of Staff's quilting ability. I muse: are we sure of the Pug's ancestry? Being the Center of the Universe is really a Cat trait. However, that square is the definition of Art as described in a previous post. It is not the Pug, yet it is the Pug.

    The Librarian would love to spill the beans about why Dawson really got that D-, but I won't let her be rude. She needs manners, as I keep reminding her. I will keep her in check. Oops, she approaches. Must pretend I was only sleeping on the keeeeeeeeeeeeeys.

  105. Staff
    6:07 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Rio, I have been off taking my 11 pills for the night time dose or I would have posted sooner. Your square is wonderful. I love you out there in left field hovering over 'your guys'. Your square makes a perfect statement about you and the Rockies. I can't wait to see the second one.

    And yes, Dawson, I owe you a square or two, no doubt about it. Not only did you find me my wonderful Singer 301 in a beautiful cabinet for $5.00 but remember, last year, when you asked me if I knew what a 'Featherweight' was? And then we went to the estate sale and bought it? Yes, I owe you!

    I am going to put up pix of the two machines on the nest post. I am sure they will be moderated. Only for some reason I haven't documented the beige 301 Dawson found for me yet. However here is a pic of the same model in black. I use the brown one all the time though. It sews like a dream.

    The featherweight is pristine. The decals are perfect. I don't dare use it for fear I will scratch it with a pin. I have a decrepit one that I use that sews wonderfully. Looks don't count if you can sew like that machine.

    I am posting these to make Wookie's Mom jealous, you understand.


  106. Staff
    6:10 pm on July 28th, 2010

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280372857-2nd featheweight small.jpg[/img]

    this is the featherweight Dawson found for me.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1280372883-black 301 small.jpg[/img]

    This is my black 301. The cabinet of the one Dawson found (for $5) is more traditional than this. However I like this art deco style too.

    The quilt is the bottom of one of my very rare applique pieces. I don't do that much.


  107. Staff
    6:12 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Yep moderated. Wookie will have to show this to his Mom later on I guess.

    Other quilts can be seen at http://www.webshots.com and user name ncdrew in the community photo's

    Only if you are interested.


  108. abbiethekitty
    6:16 pm on July 28th, 2010

    This is a good photo day at the blog. They are my favorites.


  109. dawson
    6:17 pm on July 28th, 2010

    What the…?

    One cannot get away with anything. I don't remember, I do not remember anything except that Old Lady Grady hated me for no reason. And…I couldn't sew worth beans. Beans. I love beans.

  110. abbiethekitty
    6:23 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wookie,(begging letter follows)

    I was wondering, since Staff is sort of under the weather. But getting better…ahem. Maybe you could sort of get permission from Chet for you to loan a certain ARC out. You will be sending me some quilt squares andyway. I am sure it wouldn't add much to the weight. (Sniff sniff) I would treat it very carefully and send it right back.

    (Gentle cough)

    You know I am going to buy one anyway so SQ wouldn't be out any money….whimper…

    Oh well,

    If they tell you that you can't I will understand. somewhat.

    I thought it might be worth a try.

    Staff would really like it, I know. And we need to keep her cheerful.

    (pity her please)



  111. abbiethekitty
    6:30 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Kirby T.

    Abbie the Kitty and Alice Johnson were thinking of pieced squares without photo's too. I think the diversity will be good for the quilt.

    Hey there Fatty Kitty,

    Having a nice nap? Nice to hear from you. How is your waterlogged cell phone?

    So, will the Librarian be making you a square also Fatty Kitty? We are thinking 8 1/2 inch unfinished blocks. I happen to know she has a lovely Singer 66 hand-crank sewing machine at home.

    Dawson, Let me know what you want. Cat or Dog? Any special color?


  112. dawson
    6:30 pm on July 28th, 2010


    Fatty Kitty has an avatar but AbbietheKitty does not. However AbbittheKitty does have some balls trying to get that ARC out of Wookie!

    Hey! Fatty Kitty. Does your library get those Advance Reader Copies and do you have To Fetch a Thief? Dibs!

  113. Riö - The Evil
    6:35 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Staff!… Now there’s a good word, “decrepit”, it has come up in the course of conversation this week with someone else… heh!

    Ncdrew!… I cannot get your photos to come up my dear!…snort! … What am I doing wrong?…grunt!…I need more direction you computer flamboyant, you!…snorkel!

  114. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:38 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Culturally diverse. We like it. Yep, the girls rule at our house. There are the five of us, Mom, Angie, and best of all, Dad. He says that he is surrounded by b-otches. I do not know why that would be an insult. I have been one for some times now.*hmmph*

    Mr. Husky, I thought you would appreciate the snow, since you are more sand bound than snow bound. We had fun, but are glad we don't have too much snow, as it is very cold on the princess paws. Oh, and Dawson, the girls say thanks for the pats and scratches, and they send cold, wet nose bumps back to you.

    Macy out.

  115. staff
    6:43 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Deadline for squares.

    I am trying to remember what I said before I was surprised by a kidney.

    I figured I would need about a month for assembly and quilting if I did it all myself.

    If our goal is to get it to PA for the TFAT publishing date then that would be mid August and we need mailing time so I would want to mail it by August 16 – 20th and if we have a month to put it together that means you guys better get working. You only have about another 2 weeks unless you want to blow the timeline all the smithereens.

    That means I better get to work on the ones I am doing too. At least I don't have to mail them. Heh.

    I have the photos for bluecat and Magpie on my desktop. Got them done B4 the great adventure. Now I need to print them and frame them. Tomorrow will do. I do not have to go see any doctors or needles tomorrow. First time in 2 weeks I think. I have the cat squares done, but they are in a safe place (OH NO!) so I have to search.

    Mumble mumble….stare off into space.

    Guess I am going to bed. Maybe I will figure it out in the morning.

    Night all!


  116. staff
    6:45 pm on July 28th, 2010


    So all lower case probably would work. Not Ncdrew


  117. dawson
    6:46 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Dog – a mongrel of some sort. Brown, black, white, red. Maybe stylized like your avatar. Or a Polski Owczarek Nizinny. I am Polish, after all.

  118. abbiethekitty
    6:46 pm on July 28th, 2010


  119. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:47 pm on July 28th, 2010
  120. abbiethekitty
    6:48 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Staff is going with your first choice. Heh. None of these ones where they have to look like something real. Ears flying or down?


  121. abbiethekitty
    6:49 pm on July 28th, 2010


    So tired.


  122. dawson
    6:50 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Good night all and thanks for all the photo's.

    Take it easy Staff.

    Chet: Back to Astrid tomorrow?

  123. Riö - The Evil
    6:55 pm on July 28th, 2010

    OH MY GAWD!…Staff has sent AbbieTheKat to beg and purr to poor Wookie, who is under careful watch of about a million lawyers, to secretly send her the precious ARC…. Gasp!… I never thought I would see the day!… gulp!…The odacity of it all! What is the word they use in “Kat On a Hot Tin Roof”?… Mendacity!… But that does not describe our Staff or our AbbieTheKat (on a hot tin roof), no matter how desperate they are for the ARC!…heh!heh!… I couldn’t get it, You guys don’t get it either!… snorkel!

  124. Riö - The Evil
    7:26 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Absolutely Freakin’ Amazing!…Wow!…. You guys are all pulling together as a team and we are creating a work of pure Art for the Charming Mr. Abrahams! … Wow!… I am so delighted in the hard-work and abilities of all of you….sniff!…The over-all effort and effect will be an amazing “ONE OF A KIND” decorative Wall Quilt that will hopefully hang in Mr. Abrahams office where he actually writes his amazing stories for us all…gruff!… Isn’t that an awesome thought??… To think that something you made in your home or on your computer is going to be in his possession as a big “Thank You!” for the hours of pure entertainment he has provided for us through his writing?.. I am very excited about it and I know Staff will have fun putting it together for us…heh!..Oh happy days! .. grunt!

  125. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:49 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Wookers and Debbie – I would love it if you could make a quilt square of me, Wolfie. Do you need a photo? Let me know what kind you would like – blurring is my specialty but I have unblurred also. Mom says that I am VERY handsome! Additionally, Mom will be making some pieced blocks. Hmmm…this is going to take some thought….

  126. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:51 pm on July 28th, 2010

    Ohhhh……the blocks are so gorgeous!!

    Our blog

    Has some very very very fine dogs

    with two cats (or more) in the yard

    Life used to be so hard

    but everything is easy cause of you (all)

    Sleep tight, everyone.

  127. Staff
    9:03 pm on July 28th, 2010

    OOO the pack! Love the curves! I wonder if the Henhouse has that black and white paw print fabric. I do want to use B&W for framing as needed. It is perfect!
    Wookie, my dear, your Mom is so talented!

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