PAW AND ORDER: Chapter One, First Excerpt

We blasted out of bayou country, Bernie behind the wheel, me in the shotgun seat. Our ride’s a real old Porsche, the oldest we’ve had in our whole career. The last one got blown up; the one before that went off a cliff. And who can remember the one before that? Not me, amigo, except for how loud train whis­tles turn out to be from up real close. The point is, old Porsches are how we roll at the Little Detective Agency, just one of the things that makes us so successful, leaving out the finances part, where we’ve run into some hiccups I won’t go into now. And don’t get me started on hiccups, which is the annoying thing about them, namely that you can’t stop. What else do you need to know? Bernie’s last name is Little, which is how come we’re the Little Detective Agency. I’m Chet, pure and simple.

We came to a crossroads with a roadhouse on one corner. Ber­nie slowed down and read the sign: “Ti-Pierre’s Cajun BBQ.” No surprise there: for some time now, barbecue had been in the air, impossible to miss. Bernie tilted up his face—no need to describe his face, the best human face in the world—and took a sniff. “I can almost smell it,” he said. Yes, the best human face, not at all like those tiny-nosed human faces you see so often. Bernie had a nose that looked capable of doing big things. So why didn’t it? I turned to him, gave that nose a good long look. He gave me a good long look back.

“What’s on your mind, big guy?” he said. Then he smiled. “I got it—you’re up for one last taste of the local grub before we head for home.”

No! That wasn’t it at all! Bernie laughed and gave me a nice pat, scratched the spot between my ears where I can’t get to. And just like that, one last taste of the local grub was all alone in my mind, whatever had been there before completely gone. I couldn’t have been happier, which is how I like to operate.

We pulled into the parking lot at Ti-Pierre’s Cajun BBQ. I was just noticing all the bikes in the lot, the big kind that bikers like, when the phone buzzed. Bernie hit speaker.

(Continued tomorrow)

Welcome to the Friends gallery: Delli; Xeno & Xantara; Maggie; Jonas; K-9 dude; Sunny; Godiva (note to Godiva’s human companion: Spence will be at Murder By The Book in Houston Monday Aug. 11 at 6:30PM.)

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109 Responses to “PAW AND ORDER: Chapter One, First Excerpt”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    7:56 am on July 31st, 2014

    Oh no, who was on the phone? Can’t wait till tomorrow to find out.
    But guess we’ll have to.

    Good morning everyone. Barb is getting ready to leave us alone again today. Where doe she go?

  2. Barb & Maggie
    8:05 am on July 31st, 2014

    I see that the tuna salad debate continued after we went to bed last night. We have eaten it both ways, but prefer the one with egg. Just what you get used to, I guess.

    That is a great picture of Staff with her tomato, Staff, you look so good, and very healthy and happy. The farm life agrees with you.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:31 am on July 31st, 2014

    Good morning, B&M and everyone! Welcome to LOTS (more than 2) new friends. All good lookers :)
    Wowser, first excerpt, heh, heh, heh…that’s the way we roll. Gotta love TM/OFA.
    And speaking of the first excerpt, have a titilatingThursday.

  4. Wose-the small and meek
    9:30 am on July 31st, 2014

    Greetings!

    Tuna salad? Drain can of tuna packed in water. Use fork to separate chunks.
    Put on darkly toasted bread. YUM!

    Well, let me tell youse I have never seen a more handsome/beautiful pack of dogs and cats in all my life! Not to mention the most handsome musher in Alaska. Pixie, how do you live with all that handsomeness?

    All this excitement about the new book…..my heart can’t take it!

    Siber-H, I now have many pictures of you. You are handsome in all of them.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    9:59 am on July 31st, 2014

    A Bevy of Friends of Chet showed up in the Gallery this morning.
    Handsome all! (Magpie, is that you?)

    A Big Thank You to Spence & Admin for the Titillating Thursday Excerpt from Paw And Order.
    Can’t Wait for Tomorrow!

    Wose: Siber-H is indeed a Handsome Member of the Nation Within. (and if his mom, who he says is not good at taking pictures, didn’t take those photos who did?)_

  6. Tupper's Mama
    10:03 am on July 31st, 2014

    Morning all.
    Wonder what food group we will all obsess about today. Barbecue maybe? Memphis vs Texas?

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:10 am on July 31st, 2014

    Missouri vs South Carolina?

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    10:10 am on July 31st, 2014

    BSD, I would like to know who took all Siber’s pictures as well. He is handsomely posed in each picture.

  9. Masquers
    10:10 am on July 31st, 2014

    Staff: What were you doing up at that unkatly hour this morning?
    I know…it’s difficult to sleep when someone is whining about their baseball team.
    T&G: We here are still obsessing about tuna salad. My dear friend Rose has it down to purrfection…tuna, plain and simple, that’s how I like it and it’s how she always serves it when I’m visiting her and the Prof.

  10. Masquers
    10:12 am on July 31st, 2014

    Rose! Simultaneous posts with our avatars side by side!

  11. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:22 am on July 31st, 2014

    WOW! …WOW!…WOW!….snort!

  12. Tupper's Mama
    10:31 am on July 31st, 2014

    Rio – who’s a happy Pug?

  13. Herd of Hounds
    10:37 am on July 31st, 2014

    Wose seems to be matching many with post times today.

  14. B.Stover
    10:40 am on July 31st, 2014

    Chet always makes me laugh. I think it’s Suzy on the phone.

    Good morning all.

  15. O'Howlers
    10:53 am on July 31st, 2014

    Good morning. We are not reading the excerpts. We want to read the entire book when it shows up on our Kindles.

  16. Masquers
    11:01 am on July 31st, 2014

    HOH: A triple!

  17. Herd of Hounds
    11:10 am on July 31st, 2014

    What a day! And Agent Patsy popped up on our right (in the snow, what else?).

  18. BearSpiritDog
    11:32 am on July 31st, 2014

    Agent Patsy, in Disguise we presume?

  19. Herd of Hounds
    11:34 am on July 31st, 2014

    Staff, don’t think anyone can beat your gigantifical ‘mater. Yesterday we took 10 lbs around to neighbors (at least they aren’t hiding from us yet). Today the DDD walked in with 2.5 lbs, see…

  20. Herd of Hounds
    11:36 am on July 31st, 2014

    BSD, covered in snow, so Newf-naturale!

  21. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:42 am on July 31st, 2014

    Tomatoes!…How come my friends tomatoes do not look at all like those Tennessee Tomatoes?….grump!

  22. Herd of Hounds
    11:50 am on July 31st, 2014

    WE think they like heat, humidity and moderate rain; not Noah’s ark rain and hail.

  23. Dawson
    11:53 am on July 31st, 2014

    Good morning!

    My favorite line so far: “Bernie had a nose that looked capable of doing big things.” Snort!

    Staff: Nice tomato! It is making me drool a little.

  24. Herd of Hounds
    11:57 am on July 31st, 2014

    Morning, Awesome one! G-son brought a shirt that says, “I brought the AWESOME, what did you bring?”. We’ll try to swipe it from him since it has your name on it :)

  25. Dawson
    11:57 am on July 31st, 2014

    HOH: My garden is like your garden. Weeds think it is their garden. Looked pretty good when I left but by the time I return it will be hard to find the beets and tomatoes for all the weeds.

    Thanks for the excellent excerpt Spence!

  26. Diane C.
    12:00 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Hello All–I’m late because I was listening to one of my brokers telling me that a) there are no decent bonds to be had out there; and b) how his dog Maggie was the ring-bearer at his recent wedding (Awwwww…and no accidents apparently–she performed like a pro)
    If you can stand one more vote–in my youth I enjoyed tuna salad with or without egg, but definitely with chopped onion in either case. No sweet pickle relish–or indeed sweet anything–to interfere with the flavor. Now that I no longer eat meat or fish, I have found that roughly mashed chickpeas with a little mayonnaise do the job beautifully. (I know that some people try this with mashed firm tofu, which might work if you froze the tofu first, but I’d advise against it.)
    All the dogs are gorgeous–I don’t envy whoever makes the calendar selections.
    ML–Nice to have you back (I was wondering about that water, too).
    My suggestion for today’s food discussion: oatmeal cookies–what do you add in, how do you spice? (I tend to be a purist, but do acknowledge one variation involving peanut butter and sesame seeds.)
    Geez–I’m so glad I just checked the top of this–I have been thinking it was Wednesday…

  27. B.Stover
    12:05 pm on July 31st, 2014

    HOH: Your tomatoes look extremely delicious!

  28. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:12 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Mission!….Remember the Mind Control Device Agent 00-Wookie planted some years ago in Spencer’s office? Specifically the ones on The Quilt??…snort!…I believe we finally have them working at tip-top cutting edge Mission Control excellance…snort!…Spencer is giving us a WHOLE CHAPTER of his brand new book! Is he under the influence or what?!…WOOOOOO!WEEEEE!

  29. Siber-H
    12:18 pm on July 31st, 2014

    You guys, It is Tupper’s Mom that has taken the best pictures of me. Thank you for the kind compliments.

    Mom does not throw away tomatoes that people give her.

    Mom uses the recipe for oatmeal cookies that is on the Quaker’s oatmeal box because she is also a purist.

  30. Masquers
    12:19 pm on July 31st, 2014

    DianeC: You mean it’s not? (Wednesday I mean)
    Gasp…that means…this-is-the-last-day to pack. YEEP.

    Tomatoes! We had so many last year we almost OD on them.

  31. Siber-H
    12:24 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Ditto to what my fellow Sibers said about reading the excerpts from the book. I want the complete book in my paws before starting it.

  32. Staff
    12:47 pm on July 31st, 2014

    HOH those tomatoes are beautiful. I really prefer smaller tomatoes so I don’t have any leftovers left over. There is nothing nastier than a refrigerated tomato part. Grump.

  33. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:58 pm on July 31st, 2014

    CHobbit!…and Nana, check your SDD’s and be quite quick about it…snort!

  34. Martha
    1:04 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Back to tuna… There is a recipe for tuna and white bean bruschetta in today’s paper. No mayo. Uses tuna, white beans, olive oil, celery, olives and onions. I am intrigued.

  35. Diane C.
    1:20 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Martha–Oooh–black olives, right?
    Siber-H, Masquers, et al–I’ve never tried it, but I’ve long been aware that there are “mystery cake” recipes out there that use tomato soup to replace part of the butter and eggs, so I assume smashed tomatoes would also do nicely (and I know for a fact that there’s a recipe for green tomato cake (which ends up tasting like spice cake) for those who engage in pre-emptive harvesting.

  36. Dawson
    1:42 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Martha: That sounds like a delish tuna salad!

    Oatmeal cookies!
    I soak the raisins in the eggs for awhile before mixing them. I do not like crunchy raisins.

  37. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:43 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Pitcher!….Hey, I just read where the Twins are going to sign an undrafted pitcher who came out of no where…sniff!…He throws 100 mile an hour fast balls…gasp!…Now why can’t the Rockies scouting team find guys like this Brandon Poulson?…grump!

  38. Siber-H
    2:09 pm on July 31st, 2014

    I’d like to see that guy pitch. I wonder if he can get those 100 mph fast balls in the strike zone. Us Rockies and Twins fans need some baseball excitement.

  39. Diane C.
    2:09 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Dawson–What a good idea! Thanks.
    Rio–An undrafted pitcher? What do they do, open the bottles and then pour the beer into the pitcher? What would be the point of that?

  40. Diane C.
    2:10 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio–Ooops..never mind…

  41. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:15 pm on July 31st, 2014

    SiberH!…I read that he could be playing in a real game as soon as this weekend…heh!…I wonder what Mr.FireSlippers thinks of this. Too bad we cannot see Twins games as I would like to see this guy pitch too….snuffle!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    2:16 pm on July 31st, 2014

    DianeC. LOL…undrafted pitcher.
    Dawson, never thought of soaking raisin in egg, always ysed boiling H20 then recycle H20 for liquid. Aldo a pinch of cinnamon. No purist here with spices.

  43. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:20 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Minors!…When I say “real game” I probably mean he will pitch in the Minors for a while before they put him out on Target Field…snort!

  44. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:43 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Maskers!…Let yer maw know she has an SDD waiting for her and CHobbit…snort!…Are you finished packing yet?…heh!

  45. Herd of Hounds
    2:56 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Mom is making a summer thing that has lost favor over the past half century…pickles eggs. She has seen them white or with beets to make them pink.
    She says beets taste like cut grass (how would she know?) but puts them in the egg/spice/vinegar/H20 liquid so the egg pinkens as the egg absorbs the juice. We like ’em too, even though the 2 leggers say something about cholesterol. The hard part is waiting for the eggs to marinate.

  46. Siber-H
    3:13 pm on July 31st, 2014

    My dad likes pickled eggs…the pink ones. He can’t get anyone else we know to try them and mom doesn’t even want to look at them.

  47. Herd of Hounds
    3:23 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Our mom used to think that way but they really are quite delish and easy to make. More later since DDD is trolling the kitchen searching for goodies :( Nothing will be left for the HOH, poor us, we might starrrrrrve.

  48. Masquers
    3:25 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Martha: Although this kat is a tuna purist, I find that recipe you found in the paper intriguing, as well.

    DianeC: Our mind’s on the brewski, is it?

    Riö: Done packing? Non.

  49. Riö -The Evil Pug
    3:27 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Pickled!…gag!

  50. Herd of Hounds
    3:28 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Did you hear about the guy that was hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was just a soft drink :)

  51. Herd of Hounds
    3:41 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Oh, no, he just walked in with 4 more ‘maters…what’s a gal to do?

  52. BearSpiritDog
    3:49 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Staff: Your Photo yesterday of the Tomato Plant looks slightly futuristic (think Jack in the Beanstock)…if viewed from the proper angle…and with BIG Imagination.

    Hounds: Tomato Cake?

  53. Herd of Hounds
    4:36 pm on July 31st, 2014

    BSD, fair idea. Also found a 1960’s recipe for “governor’s sauce”. Goes with roast/burgers/meatloaf. A sweet and vinegar condiment. Mmm?

  54. Herd of Hounds
    6:06 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Abbie the Kitty and Maggie-pie are the Chet’s friends now. What a day :)

  55. O'Howlers
    6:11 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Red beet eggs! Siber, those are a favorite in this house!

    We are very jealous of HOH and Staff’s tomatoes. Ours are not doing well at all. All the rain we had did serious damage, and then this week’s big storm broke the strings and blew the plants down. We will not be using the stringing method next year.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    6:17 pm on July 31st, 2014

    We’ve used cage frames, ropes and wooden “y”‘s this year :(

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    6:24 pm on July 31st, 2014

    We still don’t have red tomatoes – if all the green ones go red at once, we are going to be inundated.
    But it’s ok – we LOVE an easy tomato pie recipe that we use. Our friend the Mohawk drummer (remember him) will show up any time of the day or night if we offer to make that pie.
    Our recent favorite tuna salad uses a prepacked chick pea salad we get from Costco – it is called “Balela” which is a Mediterranean blend of chick peas, black beans, mint, chili, and other herbs and spices in olive oil. A scoop of that mixed into a can of tuna – yum!

    We just got back from the docs office – got bit by something at the show on Sunday. It has been itching, but today had a big, raised, red circle around it, and the whole leg was swollen and sore. Doc said it is not a tick bite (whew), but apparently we have now developed an allergy to some kind of bug bite. Prescriptions and benydryl for a few days – doc talked about hospital and IV’s, but we think this lesser course will do just fine. Sheesh – it’s always something, huh?

  58. Wose-the small and meek
    6:40 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Grizz and I celebrated day 2 of Cheesecake Day at the Cheesecake Factory. Slices were half-price, so each of us indulged in a slice of Original Cheesecake. I can report that slice was very yummy! burp! Ooops, pardon me.

  59. Wose-the small and meek
    6:41 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Masquers, that is why I love you….we are so much alike!

  60. Wose-the small and meek
    6:45 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Howlers Mom, Thank you for sending pictures of Zeusikov, and my favorite, Kat on her boat.

    Zeusikov, Your nose isn’t THAT big!

  61. Wose-the small and meek
    6:47 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Royals, Please, no hospitals. Get well soon!

  62. Herd of Hounds
    7:21 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Golinka, welcome to our mom’s world of bugs. Sometimes it takes 36 hours for a bug bite to react and then…whamo! nasty reaction:( We are hoping and pawraying this doesn’t happen to youse too. PLEASE.

  63. BearSpiritDog
    7:25 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Royal Mum: Carpola! This will never do. First you get Rained Out, then get BIT too?
    Glad it wasn’t a Tick, but know it must be Very Uncomfortable.
    Paws crossed for a Speedy Recovery.

  64. Diane C.
    7:32 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Masquers–(Un)draft(ed)+pitcher=beer, although apparently not in this case…
    HOH–Soft drink! HOHOHO I am a fan of pickled eggs. Pickled almost anything, actually.
    In response to an earlier comment, I think tomorrow we’ll find that it’s Leda on the phone.

  65. Diane C.
    7:37 pm on July 31st, 2014

    HOH–Sweet and vinegar governor’s sauce? Is this the governor of crazyland?
    T and G–(Your Mom, actually, I think) I am so sorry to hear that you’ve fallen prey to some bug. Taking B1 doesn’t seem to help repel the little devils (no matter how many people recommend) bit I have heard good things about Avon Skin-So-Soft. Not that any of this is helpful at this point, but I do hope you recover quickly. (Right now I have a bite on my face that makes me look like I have old-age acne–yuck).
    Wose–How many days in Cheesecake Day? Is it like the 12 days of Christmas?

  66. Herd of Hounds
    7:53 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Oh DianeC. Cheesecake Day sounds like more fun than any pie we have ever had or thought of, you clever gal!

  67. Belle Starr
    7:55 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Wose: The Giant’s handsomeness is good practice for that damn pixie to handle my level of adorableness. She says he could be half as handsome and would still be hot.

  68. Belle Starr
    7:58 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Diane: You may or may not know that cheesecake is the official race watching food of the kennel. It is practically its own food group come race time. According to that damn pixie and Wyatt who snagged a piece off the Giant’s plate it is delish.

  69. ML
    8:11 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Good evening y’all. Back from day camp, day 1. Had my nap, now looking for something to eat that will fix itself. Not finding it. {{sigh}} I envy you guys that enjoy making food. I do not.

    Later taters.

  70. Barb & Maggie
    8:19 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Do they think it is a spider bite? Hope it gets better fast!

    We too have a ton of green tomatoes. Have had 5 or 6 red ones, but have fingers and paws crossed that we have a bunch by next Friday when all the relatives are here.

  71. Basil and Sage
    8:22 pm on July 31st, 2014

    No worries about Mama – she will be as right as rain in a day or two. Personally, we think she is just milking it for sympathy.

  72. O'Howlers
    8:28 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Right as rain? As if rain is ever right. Speaking of: it is going to rain our very first vacation weekend. Grump

  73. Masquers
    8:42 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Howlers: What? Rain is simply not allowed on vacation days, unless it is very brief and immediately followed by a rainbow.

  74. Mollypop's Mom
    8:43 pm on July 31st, 2014

    ML, I am with you. I am so tired of fixing my own food. I have to have it gluten-free and this has just become a misery.

  75. Herd of Hounds
    8:45 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rain is always right just not at the right time :) The bumberschute you carry makes all the difference. or is that umbrella? or is that parasol? Or is that paraguas? We have confused ourselves.

  76. Herd of Hounds
    8:47 pm on July 31st, 2014

    To heck with it, lets just wear a poncho!

  77. Diane C.
    8:50 pm on July 31st, 2014

    HOH–I think it was Wose who mentioned that we’re in Day 2 of Cheesecake Day (which is fine with me).
    Belle Starr–I didn’t know, but it makes perfect sense as cheesecake is one of nature’s Perfect Foods (check out the caps, BSD). Also, if ML had a cheesecake on hand right now she wouldn’t have to think twice about food prep.
    ML–Do you have chili on hand? If you have chili and spinach or carrots in any form you can combine them in one bowl and enjoy. (No, it in no way resembles Fine Dining, but it makes up for that in being complete and nourishing. Tasty too.)Failing that, I liked the PB and tomato sandwich from yesterday…

  78. Herd of Hounds
    9:18 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Did anyone else see that tomorrow is the first and OFA is looking for a new FOTM? GAH! Rio, Siber, Sammy how can any of us be FOTM when we are distracted by Paw and Order?

  79. Staff
    9:24 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio, I hate to have to tell you this but Mr.Fireslippers has never heard of Brandon. He told me “They signed Suzuki though.” My faith in him as my baseball source is at an all time low. All this time he has been sitting in front of the TV with baseball on but not paying attention.

    Sheesh!

  80. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on July 31st, 2014

    FOM!…I do not think I will ever be FOM…grump!…It’s just not in the stars. How many damned photoz do I have to upload?…grumble!…I figure I will win the lottery before I win FOM….sniff!kick!spit!

  81. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Staffie!…I am most definitely disappointed in Mr.FireSlippers letting this big story slip by him…grunt!…Here we are all licking our paws in anticipation of this young unheard of trucker-guy doing really well, and Mr.FireSlippers is oblivious to the whole story…yeeesh!grunt!

  82. Thieves!
    9:33 pm on July 31st, 2014

    The Giant and Pixie spare no expense when it comes to our kibble, they will take extra time in soaking meat, cutting fish and chopping beef for us, but for the two leggeds the house rules are if you are waiting for someone to make you something to eat, you will starve to death. It is every musher and best-damn-handling-wife for themselves except for when the Giant makes eggs for our Lady for breakfast in bed. She’s got it pretty good. That’s what she says and we have no reason to believe she is lying. Up until they met Mick and Jodi, the people not the pups, Thanksgiving dinner was turkey TV dinners. They felt so grown up when they were invited for Thanksgiving dinner at Mick and Jodi’s home. We think pity was a big part of the invitation. That and not having a working oven for several years.

  83. Staff
    9:40 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Queen B. Stover please check your SDD sometime in the next day or so. Heh.

  84. Charlie
    9:45 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Speaking of Queen B…

    B: Do you have plans for Paw and Order’s pub date? If not, what do you say we spend some quality time in your lazy chair. You can do all the reading out loud and I will do all the listening. What good are my big floppy ears if not for listening to you read about Chet and Bernie?

  85. Siber-H
    9:49 pm on July 31st, 2014

    HOH None of us will ever be FOTM. It will always be strangers appearing on our blog for a month.

  86. Thieves!
    9:51 pm on July 31st, 2014

    SiberH: Chet and Bernie of the Little Detective Agency litter were FOTM on facebookie. What if we do a write-in campaign for one of our own. Snowhook can add several paw prints to the petition if you think it will help.

  87. Barb & Maggie
    10:02 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Siber, I think you speak the truth, sad to say.

    Nighty noodles.

  88. Siber-H
    10:04 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Thieves, Snowhook has a lot of paws with which to sign the petition. Anything is worth a try.

  89. Basil and Sage
    10:08 pm on July 31st, 2014

    We demand a Kat FOTM this month. Preferably, one of us.

    G’night all.

  90. Staff
    10:24 pm on July 31st, 2014

    After supper tonight we had a lovely dessert of Queen B’s Zucchini Bread and ice cream. YUM. We used yellow squash instead of zucchini.

    Mr.Staff brought up a new gallon of ice cream. He refuses to buy low fat ice cream but the local ice cream maker has started putting ‘low fat’ in tiny print and he misses it. The last two gallons have been low fat. Snicker. I have stopped telling him because he does need to do something about his weight and once he finds out he throws it out and goes to buy a new one. tee hee. Now don’t any of you tell!

  91. Alice M. Johnson
    10:25 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Kats for FOM!

  92. AbbietheKitty
    10:26 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Yeah! What she said!

  93. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Gah!…It is bad enough that Rose is going to let Kats be on the calendar…grump!…No Kat FOM – If I cannot be FOM, then no Kat can be FOM…wheeze!

  94. Thieves!
    10:39 pm on July 31st, 2014

    We just ran the entire team across an ink pad. We are all inked up with no place to stamp our paw prints. What is a dog team to do?

  95. Siber-H
    10:44 pm on July 31st, 2014

    We had a chicken once for a whole month as FOTM. That was embarrassing.

    Masquers and Bear, Tell Nana I will miss her but I hope she has a great trip.

  96. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:49 pm on July 31st, 2014

    SiberH!…Didn’t we have a Turtle too?…grump!…The only redeeming factor was it was TurtleMan and I love that guy…snort!

  97. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Inked!…This make me think of my special stamp that NO ONE has seen yet..snuffle!..Who will be the first?…heh!heh!

  98. Thieves!
    10:53 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio: We call dibs on being the first! If we can only sneak you out of your yard…

  99. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Gah!…No sneaking out tonight. No way, no how….grunt!…Plus that stamp and that ink is under lock and key…grumble!…She thinks I will get every Tom, Dick and Hairy to sign my special Passport book…grump!…As if I have no discerning values..sniff!

  100. Thieves!
    10:59 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio: Damn. It was worth a shot since there are no call backs on dibs.

  101. Thieves!
    11:01 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio: Smooch!

  102. Herd of Hounds
    11:01 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Oh Rio you’re so fine! going nighty night now :)

  103. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:12 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Thieves!…gah!spit!

  104. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:13 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Plus!…If I let youse Thieves sign my book I would never see it again…grunt!

  105. Herd of Hounds
    11:20 pm on July 31st, 2014

    OK, so maybe not quite nighty night yet. Like Dan Montague, Mom’s Papa was a child of the Depression and a WWII pilot. Didn’t move as much as our friend’s family but was constantly doing things. He crossed the bridge 10 years ago today and our mom really misses him. What a guy! We hope all those who have gone before are happy and will welcome us when we arrive…someday.

  106. Siber-H
    11:28 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio, I had forgotten about the turtle.

    Night All

  107. Thieves!
    11:31 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio: That is the risk you take.

    Nighty noodles.

  108. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:36 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Sharon!…We miss my friend’s Paw too, but we know you will be welcomed one day as will all of us. It is the one inevitable thing we can count on…heh!heh!…So as Nana says, and this is not a quote, live each day to the fullest and go everywhere you can go…She did inspire my friend and that is all I can say right now…gurgle!

  109. Staff
    11:49 pm on July 31st, 2014

    Rio, Make sure your friend brings her passport when she goes to see Spence. Maybe he will sign it and you will be the only one with his signature. Unless the Royals remembered to bring their passport to Bahston when they saw him.

    I know we would all love to have that stamp in our passport.

    I wonder if he will be bringing his passport on the tour??? Gasp!
    Rio’s friend could be in HIS passport. We did give him one didn’t we Dawson? grump. I am sure she is not at Cousin whoever’s deck right now to answer this question.

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