Paperback Excitement!

“Excitement?” says Admin. “Isn’t that a little over the top?”

“Maybe,” Spence says. “But what if we’re in an over-the-top frame of mind?”

Today is pub date for the paperback edition of A Fistful of Collars, book 5 in the Chet and Bernie series.

Welcome Audrey (nice name!), Sophie & Angel, Abi the little warrior.


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82 Responses to “Paperback Excitement!”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:16 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Good morning! Abi is new FOC! Also welcome to Audrey 🙂 , Sophie, and Angel.

    Mom is home again, and it looks like a repeat of yesterday. Second day, same as the first.

  2. Rose
    8:49 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Hey there, Howlers!

    Abi is so adorable, and the new FOC are a good looking bunch!

    Enjoy the day! One more day of work for me! Yippee!

    Staff, Dawson, and Turtleman: I received my pawfolio. I LOVE it!
    It is way too pretty to write in.

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    10:06 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Good morning Family far and wide.
    It is still grey and damp here and the weather guy says Thursday will be the start of a heat wave. Oh yippee.
    FDM – Abi gets more adorable each time we see her. If she ever wants to come stay with her Auntiie Tup and Gil, just say the word.
    And now – we need to go supervise from under the work table.

  4. B. Stover
    10:11 am on July 2nd, 2013

    I’d like to see Spence in an over-the-top frame of mind. I’ll check out the paperback when I’m next in Barnes and Noble.

    It’s very damp here also and we’re supposed to have more thunderstorms. At least it’s not hot.

    I love Abi!

    Good morning all.

  5. O'Howlers
    10:34 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Apparently, the pepper plants are loving the wet weather, as we see peppers on each of them, except the habbonera which usually comes later. We see tomatoes also, but we are worried about the effects of all this wetness on those guys. Also worried about our potatoes which are still in the ground.
    On the chickie front, the ‘rents are still fussing and fawning and worrying over those little things. Are they warm enough? Are they too warm? Should we let them outside? Should we open a window? Jeez this is getting old. They’re stupid mini-chickens for cripes sake.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    10:54 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Oleys, Barb never let hers out till they are fully feathered. Think that is around 4-5 weeks. Also, wait till the grass is not wet. They cal chill easily when they are young. Is there wire on the top of the pen? Gotta watch for hawks during the day.

    Barb is going to take me for a little play time with Fred, the crazy Lab next door. BBL

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    10:55 am on July 2nd, 2013

    “Stupid mini-chickens” = appe-teasers.
    tee hee

  8. BearSpiritDog
    10:57 am on July 2nd, 2013

    B: We are becoming concerned Spence is going to Run Out of Colors for the new book covers. Of course the paperbacks can be the same as the hard-book editions, but what about the others…what then?

    Abi is so Cute! A little Ball of Fluff.

    Siber-H: Have a great time on your trip to the Mountain Springs. It will be much cooler there. You will be missed, if only for a day.

    Wose: A nice Long Weekend coming up for you and Grizz? Enjoy!

    O’Howlers: We have one lonely Strawberry almost ready to harvest. One more day.
    About the chickies…there is a rumor one can become addicted to the care of them. Do you know about this?
    I know Barb&Magpie are missing theirs.

    Melanie: Yesterdays Tea was Lovely. Thank you for the invite.

    Tupper&Gilly: Don’t they always say the Quiet Before the Storm…or is it in the Eye of the Storm?
    Please tell the Storyteller thank you for last nights Prayer for the Firefighters. We bowed our heads in a Moment of Silence for those Brave Souls.

    Long Holiday Weekend for most of youse too?

  9. O'Howlers Mom
    11:09 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Barb: Not to worry. It is very hot here so those chickies are fine. They are supposed to be at 80 now, which is what their coop is. By Thursday, ithey should be at 75 and their run is between 75 and 80. It has a full roof on it so it is not wet. At night, they have a heat lamp. I was told the “rules” by our feed guy, who also told me to let the chickies tell me. They are spread out and loving life and don’t seem cold at all. When the heat lamp is on they stay far away from it.

  10. O'Howlers Mom
    11:13 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Bear, there are risks involved which Chicken Lady neglected to inform me of. Take a look at this video:

  11. Masquers
    11:14 am on July 2nd, 2013

    The day is overcast and comfortably kool (for now).
    Time for a run to the market before the day heats up and the weekly sales run out.

    Meanwhile over on facebookie…there is an interesting article on discipline for the nation within.
    Also, their FOTM is supposedly from Seattle. Beau’s cover story is complete.

  12. BearSpiritDog
    11:16 am on July 2nd, 2013

    O’Howlers: That is so funny!

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:20 am on July 2nd, 2013

    OMD. Bebbe is still FOTM.
    It seems Wookie’s Dad’s Legal Council worked.

  14. FinnDogsMom
    11:24 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Happy Day, everyone!

    Abi is very happy to be a FOC and thank you for all the compliments. I think her fluff got bigger from all the kudos.

    Tupper and Gilly: May have to take you up on that. 🙂

    The vet says she’s going through Puppy Uglies; Pom puppies don’t look like a normal Pom until about 12-18 months old…I don’t think she’s ugly, to be honest.

  15. O'Howlers
    11:31 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: We would like to hire you on retainer, just in case there is any trouble about missing birds and we somehow get framed. How about it? Dima is willing to save up his Bacon Strips if that works.

  16. Melanie
    11:34 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Abi is a puppy? How much bigger will she get? Right now she would be a very cute addition to Frank’s nose. A Nose Ornament so to speak.

    Back from the puncturer, lots of needles today.

    Now I have to make phone calls, try an experiment . . usually madness.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:41 am on July 2nd, 2013

    Oleys, That video was so funny, and true. We progressed to the sheep and goats. Just never made the feta, but we should have!

    Sounds like your folks are doing everything right with their new babies.

    Barb took me next door and I had to chase that crazy Fred around and around, yippy at him because he did not seem to know I was herding him. Now I am back home, tongue hanging out, laying in a cool corner of the den. I am whooped!

  18. B. Stover
    12:18 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Bear: The color of the book covers is a dilemma. Can we come up with a solution?

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    1:17 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    BearSpiritDog – fear not with colors. There are plenty of off- primary colors to choose. Magenta, puse, tangerine, sienna…..
    OFA will never be able to write enough books to use up ALL the colors. Even if he could write 2 or 3 a year (subtle hint)

  20. FinnDogsMom
    1:21 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Melanie: Yes, Abi is still a puppy, but she will only get to about seven or eight pounds…she will not be a big thing.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    1:36 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    B: Tupper&Gilly have solved the Dilemma! (we hope)

    FinnDog: Abi is the size of a small Kat! How much does she weigh now?

    Melanie: Let us know how that “Experiment” turns out.

    Magpie: Is Fred your Canine Trainer?

  22. FinnDogsMom
    1:41 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    BearSpiritDog: She’s a gigantic four pounds!

  23. dawson
    1:47 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    O’Howlers Mom: I laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes at that video. Hey! When you get to where you are making the fe-ta, I’m coming to visit.
    Little Abi is very cute. I thought she was a cat in the very first picture you posted.
    I have to catch up on the blog.
    I so wanted to make that lovely tea Melanie had. I have never had a cucumber sandwich.
    Thank you, A&L, for the prayer for the firefighters in Arizona.

  24. B. Stover
    1:50 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Thank you T&G.

    Dawson: Cucumber sandwiches are wonderful.

  25. Masquers
    2:06 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Does anyone know of a way to boast cell phone reception? I can tell if a call or message is incoming, but trying to talk is neigh impossible. At home we have our own little cell tower which is hooked up through the computer’s router.
    Mom will make a call to see what the folks at Sprint advise.

    Staying cool as a cucumber.
    Melanie: I would loved to have sampled one of those little sandwiches. Your High Tea sounds like it was so much fun.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    2:11 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    We have had cucumber sandwiches on little rye rounds with a bit of cream cheese on the bread. Then dill sprinkled on the cucumber slice. Yum.

    BSD, I guess you could call Fred my trainer. He is one crazy Lab, that is for sure. Barb and Jamie, Fred’s person, thought we could both benefit from the exercise. We are going to have a little play date once or twice a week. I wasn’t too happy with him at first because he came bounding out of the house and started jumping and barking right in my face. I had to snap at him a couple of times till he backed off a little. After that we hit it off pretty well.

  27. Wookie's Dad
    4:28 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    OH — Tell Dima the bacon strips sound great and definitely consider me on retainer. Fried chicken is also acceptable as an alternative fee arrangement as well.

  28. c.hobbit
    4:38 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: heh, heh. Sounds like both you and Dima are in Cahoots together. Sounds like a place of trouble. Be careful.

  29. c.hobbit
    4:39 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: you might want to consider in Cognito next on your trip.

  30. Masquers
    4:49 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: The Plunderer feel much safer knowing you’ve got our six.

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    4:54 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Masquers – the best way to boost cell phone reception is to change your carrier. Sorry, but the one you mentioned is just terrible around here. We switched a few years back to one that had coverage as far as the “horizon” (hint hint) No more trouble after that.

    We know a full grown Pom – we really like her, but we are afraid to play with her as she is so tiny. The cool thing about Poms is they retain that puppy face look all their lives.

  32. Masquers
    5:02 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Thanks for the feedback T&G. Horizon…far…? Unfortunately the “hint” went right over my head. Does it start with a V?

  33. Barb & Maggie
    5:12 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Oh, Masquers…..

    Barb has had Cell One for years and has been happy with it. They are selling out and her service will be ending soon. They sold to another company. Hint: to run really fast for a short distance. Masquers, does that give you any ideas?

    Anyhoo, the company that T & G mentioned is supposed to be much better in this area. The other one, not so much. Only drawback in not switching over automatically to the new company is that we will lose our cell # that Barb has had for about 8 years.

  34. Masquers
    5:34 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    B&M: Awwwwk! Losing cell number not an option.
    Can you send me a SDD? It’s too hot to handle from here.

    T&G: Youse as well.

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    5:47 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Masquers – put down that saxophone and go check your email.

  36. c.hobbit
    5:49 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Whoever is in charge (FCC?) made it a law that you can transfer your cell phone number to a new carrier. It is not 100% possible in all cases but I’ve had no problems keeping my cell phone number.

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:50 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Hazards!…I cannot view that video until my friend comes home, if she ever comes home…grunt!…But I can think of a few backyard hazards those chickens would cause without even seeing it…sniff!sniff!

  38. Princess Sam
    5:58 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    FinnDogsMom, I’m a Maltese and now weigh 8 pounds. I’m supposed to be 7 pounds and was unil last year. I don’t know what happened. I will be five years old on August 2 so if anyone wants to start gathering birthday gift for me it would be a good idea to start now.

  39. Masquers
    6:11 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    T&G: Checked and responded!
    CHobbit: That is good to know. It is imperative I keep my current number as it relates to business.
    My dear Sam and fellow Smoocher: The shopping has begun. The date is easy to remember as it is the same as our dear Gram.

  40. Princess Sam
    6:41 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Oh dear, I’m in trouble. Mommy says that my birthday isn’t until August 22. And I should not be asking for gifts.

  41. Masquers
    6:45 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Oh, Sammie: However are we going to remember?

  42. BearSpiritDog
    6:46 pm on July 2nd, 2013
  43. Barb & Maggie
    6:55 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    That is good to know about being able to keep the existing phone number. It is such a pain to give everyone a new number.

    Our sweet young neighbor asked Barb for some green onions today from the garden. She just brought over a salad like Rio’s friend’s green onion – cottage cheese salad. She also adds tomatoes and cucumbers. Barb is going to have some for dinner. Loos good.

  44. Tupper and Gilly
    7:13 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    BSD – love the picture. And the sentiment.

    The Storyteller is out for a walk. All by himself. For about a mile. With just a cane.

    He is amazing.

  45. Masquers
    7:20 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Someone we know changed carriers (Land Line) and the phone number was changed. This person was very upset as they had had that same phone number for many years. AT&T?
    B&M: The brain kicked into gear. We got the hint. Yay. (youse are doomed)

  46. Masquers
    7:21 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Hurray for the Storyteller on a solo walk!

  47. Barb & Maggie
    7:23 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Three cheers for the Storyteller!

    Barb is going to the patio to grill a couple of chicken spinach

  48. Melanie
    7:36 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Staff, please check SDD.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Chicken!…Brats! Isn’t that redundant?…heh!heh!…My friend is home and I am as happy as I can get these days..sniff!…She says tonight is left-over night, but her mother ate all the good left-overs so she will having a coupla Hebrew National hotdawgs …snort!snort!…You know I will be getting my fair share of those babies…heh!

  50. Melanie
    7:45 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Whew . . I am now at the big computer so if I fall asleep I’ll fall off the chair.

    Why I woke up at 5:30 am is beyond my comprehension.

  51. Melanie
    7:50 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Dawson, I don’t make fancy cucumber sandwiches like Barb and MagPie. I score the cucumber with a fork – lengthwise – then peel it. When I cut it, the scoring has made excellent green indentations. I then cut it up like wheels.

    I place them on a buttered piece of bread. Add salt . . and viola! (dyslexic joke) It is done. With two cucumbers I was able to do 24 sandwiches.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Melanie!…That sounds pretty cheap-ass to me…snort!…You would have had a bigger turn-out if you had the Beer, Bacon and Hot-Wing Brats…chuffle!

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    7:54 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Now that the Storyteller is home safe and sound, Mama says we can go work in the cool,cement-floored Mud Room.

    we may be back much later. But not so much tomorrow as Mama is going to go get wonderfluffed. (Wonder what her groomer will think of the red hair?)

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    7:55 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Hey – we just realized Sassy is in her place of honor.

  55. Melanie
    7:56 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    My experiment for the day . .

    The nephews have put in the AC units for the past few years. Every year the AC units need more and more tape or towels underneath them.

    I thought I would THINK it through first. I took the hardest window – completely off plumb – and using shims, a 2 x 2 and pipe insulation foam, made it work.

    I will now do the 2 x 2, the pipe insulation foam and shims and correct each window so the AC unit drips OUTSIDE. I will not be moving any more AC units.

    Tomorrow I hit the road down to a lumber store.

    It isn’t beautiful, but it works!

  56. Melanie
    7:57 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Sassy has a great smile.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Sassy!…If Sassy thinks she can get through life on her great smile, she’s got another think coming….grump!spit!

  58. c.hobbit
    8:17 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    I know the FCC law (re keeping your phone number) pertained to cell phones when a customer changed carriers but it may have not pertained to land-lines. I can’t remember. I did a google inquiry and it seems like sometimes you can, sometimes you can’t.

  59. B. Stover
    8:46 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Sassy has a sassy smile–love it!

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    SiberH!…I bet that guy is camping out in the cool, cool mountains tonight!…snort!…I can just picture him lightly shaking his tambourine and yark-yarking! by the river…heh!…Or lake. They might be by a lake. Or a spring. Maybe it was a spring…sniff!…Anyways, I can just see him out there in the coolness, swatting mosquitoes, and lightly shaking his tambourine to the rhythm of the great outdoors…snorkel!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Buuurrrrp!….Boy, did I get most of that hotdawg or what?…heh!heh!…urp!

  62. Barb & Maggie
    8:55 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Good to know C hobbit. This is Barb’s cell we are talking about, so sounds like she may be able to keep the existing number.

    We are going to sign off. Rizzoli and Isles is coming on, so we will say nighty nite.

  63. c.hobbit
    9:13 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Apologies to Wookie’s Dad but I can’t resist:

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on July 2nd, 2013


  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Walk!…Oh Please! Someone says we have to go for a walk in about 20 plus minutes…grunt!…We tried to walk earlier than usual last night but Beau choked. The sun was still up and his black coat absorbed the heat even though it was not that hot and he did not want to move. He just wanted to stand there and look around like a fool…sniff!…So our walk was cut very short and that was the first time I appreciated Beau…heh!…But she is waiting till the sun is very low tonight before chancing it tonight…grumble!

  66. Princess Sam
    9:58 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Maybe Beau needs a reflective aluminum kind of jacket to stay cool.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Jacket!…heh!…If Beau had a jacket on he would not move at all…snort!…I do remember Wookie having a cooling type jacket they put on him, but I cannot remember the name of it…grunt!…We used to have a photo too, but I think it is still on our old computer. One day we will get all that info off the old onto the new…sniff!…After she finally quits or gets fired that is…heh!

  68. Melanie
    10:21 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Riö, if Beau gets am aluminum jacket I think you should have an aluminum hat.

    My eyes won’t focus. Methinks I did a tad too much today.


  69. Wookie's dad
    10:40 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    C Hobbit: Double snort! Great cartoon.

  70. Wookie's dad
    10:43 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Barb and Maggie and others. All phone numbers are supposed to be portable these days, whether cell or landline. If you are told otherwise, insist on portability and threaten to report them to the FCC if they don’t agree.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Wookies-Paw!…Tough on Communcation Moguls…snort!…He’s got their number! Oh yeah!…heh!heh!..If I ever have trouble with my little Go-Phone, I know who to call…sniff!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Wheeze!…We just got back, well earlier, from a really long walk to make up for the aborted walk last night….grump!cough!…Then we all sat/laid on the patio out back to cool off…wuffle!…Now me and her are downstairs watching the 9th inning of the game between the Dodgers and the Rockies…grump!…They are blowing us out of the water….growl!…Damned Dodgers.

  73. Macy
    11:13 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Or threaten them with Wookie’s Dad, cause he knows this stuff~

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Cooling!…Vest. That is what Wookie used to wear…heh!….I received an SDD from Wookie’s Maw that gave me that bit o’ info and absolutely nothing else…sniff!…Strange, but true!…grunt!….It was Blank as the night is dark. Or the day is light. Or CHobbit is an Enigma…heh!

  75. Alice M. Johnson
    11:25 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Wookies Dad.
    OOOO I love it when you talk lawyer. snicker.

    Melanie, now I am sorry I did not plant cucumbers. Oh, I replied to your SDD.

    Maggie that chicken video was great. The truth hurts.

    Tupper and Gilly if you have any questions, ask Melanie. heh heh heh.

    Quilted today. It was fun. Except that after I had spent 1.5 hours looking for a special foot for my sewing machine, I put it in a extra safe place when I moved back home, I forgot to bring the quilt I was going to use it on. Sheesh.

  76. c.hobbit
    11:26 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    This enigmatic hobbit needs info on cooling vest for my black dog. Even though it was much cooler today (barely in the 70s), Sadie’s fur sure got hot on our walk in the sunshine. It is supposed to be in the 70s all week. Who knows what next week will bring.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on July 2nd, 2013


  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    CHobbit!…Did you ever see Wookie’s Cooling Vest?…chuffle!…It looked like a little space suit, but he wore it well…heh!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:38 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    Goodnight!…Well, my friend came home, she talked to her mother while Beau and I fought for her attention. I ate most of her supper, we watched a show, we went on a long walk, we sat on the patio together, we cringed at the ending of the game, we read our blank SDD, I got a dig in on Alice. So now I am ready to go up to my soft cool bed…wuffle!…It has been a full-day of ups and downs….grunt!

  80. Staff
    11:41 pm on July 2nd, 2013

    SAy goodnight Rio.

    (Alice was unaware she was posting) I hate it when that happens.

  81. Redbone Hound
    12:07 am on July 3rd, 2013

    Greetins from the cool Jemez mountains. Me an mah buddy Siber have bin sittin by the campfire, jist passin the time- an passin a jug o ‘shine too.
    Siber got his tambourine, Ah got my gee-tar an we’re just singin up the moon.
    Wishin y’all coulda bin here with us.
    Specially mah little sugar pie.
    Good night Miz Macy.

  82. Macy
    12:30 am on July 3rd, 2013

    Nighty night sugar doodle <3

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