On The Road (From Thereby Hangs A Tail)

“Don’t know exactly what game they’re playing, that sheriff and his deputy,” Bernie said, back in the car, zooming out of Nowhereville, “but one thing’s for sure – they stink.”

No doubt about that, but it’s not putting Bernie down – something I would never do! – to say the sense of smell isn’t usually his strength. Bernie was full of surprises. And what was better than this? In the Porsche, on the job, two-lane blacktop stretching as far as I could see, big blue sky above. A little tasty nibble and everything would have been perfect. When had I last eaten? Couldn’t remember. My mind wandered a bit, mostly going over the smells of different foods I liked. Steak, for example, especially with A.1. sauce, burgers, especially bacon burgers, and just plain bacon, too, all by itself. In fact, the smell of just plain bacon sizzling over a flame was one of the most amazing things in life. You may not know this, your sense of smell perhaps more like Bernie’s, but there are two kinds of smells – smells you have to find and smells that find you. Bacon smell finds me, every time. Bernie likes his bacon crisp, but he always takes mine out of the pan first, because I prefer the juicy kind of bacon, with lots of those thick, white fatty parts, so delicious, and to tell the truth totally uncooked bacon wasn’t at all bad either, something I knew from this one time when somehow completely by accident I’d gotten hold of a whole family-size package of gourmet fresh-from-the-farm –

“Chet? You hungry? How does a picnic sound? I could go for a little picnic my – easy, boy.”

From Admin: For anyone wanting a business card – spence.quinn@gmail.com.

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15 Responses to “On The Road (From Thereby Hangs A Tail)”

  1. Diane
    8:19 am on January 25th, 2010

    Oh yeah…. having lunch at my desk at work: peanut-butter on toast. Have you ever had a peanut-butter and bacon sandwich? Yum Yum! Bacon is one of those foods that you could put in almost anything – and it would be improved!!

  2. Max & Buddy
    8:28 am on January 25th, 2010

    Chet, we just finished the new book — read it straight through with no stopping! It was great.

    We liked to hear about you and Princess. We're little guys, too and we're glad to know you like our size dogs! Mom was wondering what breed Princess is — did it say in the book??

    I think we're going to read your book again tonight just to make sure we didn't miss anything the first time!

    Max & Buddy (and Montana, too)

  3. Cosmo
    8:35 am on January 25th, 2010

    Hmmmmm, now you’ve made me hungry Chet!

  4. Chet The Dog
    8:50 am on January 25th, 2010

    Thanks, Max and Buddy (and Montana, too). As for the breed, does it ever say in the book? I don't think so. And to Cosmo – glad your appetite is good!

  5. Gus & BooBear
    8:53 am on January 25th, 2010

    In our active imaginations, Princess has to be a Pom! For some reason, that seems to fit. Mom ofter watches the dog shows on the Animal Planet and we can picture a Pom Princess striding forward with her little legs a blur! Any other opinions?

  6. B. Stover
    10:36 am on January 25th, 2010

    I just received my copy of the Little Detective Agency business card. I really like it. Thank you.

  7. Rebecca Rice
    11:12 am on January 25th, 2010

    As for Princess, I was picturing either a shih tzu or a maltese, something really, really fluffy. But poms are definitely pouffy too, so it's as good a guess as any.

    I just checked my mailbox and what do you think I found? A terrific surprise, waiting for me, signed and sent with business cards! How wonderful! I'm going to give one to my friends at Placing Paws Rescue and one to K-9 Playtime, where Wojo sometimes goes for doggy daycare.

    We took a looooong walk today, me, Wojo, and Henry. Walked pretty quickly, except for the slippery spots, for almost two hours. It was great! Henry's really strong, and he kinda pulls, but Wojo remembered his manners pretty well. By the end, we were all kind of together, instead of yanking and pulling each other a lot. Now the only problem: only one of us three is tired as a result of the walk. Guess which one.

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on January 25th, 2010

    BACON!! I'd bite someone's leg for BACON! Maybe I'll wet on the carpet if I don't get some soon!

  9. Cosmo
    12:42 pm on January 25th, 2010

    Yay! Forgot to tell you guys we finished the book a few days ago – LOVED IT – LOVED IT! Sure hope everything is OK for the next time around, we don't want to give anything away for you guys who haven't finished yet. We also got the business cards too, very nice quality. Just for fun, Mom put the web address into the browser, and we came right back here!

    Thanks guys! Tailwags, Cosmo

    ps – we picture Princess as a maltese or toy poodle 'cause she's white and has a pom-pom, hope we get to see her in the next adventure, Mom says she's got moxie (whatever that is)

  10. Rebecca Rice
    1:27 pm on January 25th, 2010

    I think Bernie should get admin to set up a website. Nothing fancy. Just, cases solved, perps put away, missing persons found, etc.

  11. Siberian Husky
    3:18 pm on January 25th, 2010

    Received the business card today. Thank you!

    Chet is right. Uncooked bacon isn't bad at all. I liberated some once from a cold skillet on the stove. I can eat while running. I bet Chet can too. I can always run faster than my mom.

  12. Diane Brodson
    4:17 pm on January 25th, 2010

    Yay! Business cards arrived! What fun – I'm going to carry one in my wallet!

    Thanks Chet!

  13. abbiethekitty
    4:42 pm on January 25th, 2010

    OOO I am so jealous that others have their business cards already, but I think I was a little late getting my name and address in so I am not too worried.

    Hey Cosmo… Did you notice how life imitates art? Thought about you.

    OK, back to work now. Tails up guys.


  14. Larry Adams
    8:18 pm on January 25th, 2010

    Chet–please make that idiot owner of yours take you to the vet to check out the "lump" I cannot read anymore of these wonderful books if I am going to anticipate (with a heavy heart) the worst—cancer, bullet, heaven knows what!

    Great start for a serioes. I have read only Dog On It and eagily anticipat receiving the new one. Thanks for a great read.

    Larry Adams

    Bakersfield, CA

    Proud owner of two champion Pekingese who have not nearly the nose of Chet.

  15. Gus & BooBear
    2:00 am on January 26th, 2010

    We haven't gotten our business cards either!!! Is Chet (or admin probably) discriminating against the cat nation?? Hopefully, ours will be in the mail today!

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