Bernie closed the freezer door, a good thing because I didn’t want to look at Albie lying in that cold empty box anymore. We heard the distant moan again, and followed the sound. It led us out a door and into the enormous back yard. The close-clipped grass felt springy under my paws, like a putting green. I like putting greens a lot, but this wasn’t the time for anything like that, because of this guy sitting on the deck by Albie’s pool. There were a few booze bottles lying near him; he was rubbing his head with one hand; and the other hand held a gun.

Hey! For a moment, I almost recognized this dude; in fact, thought he was Colonel Bob. But he was way too young to be Colonel Bob.

Bernie took out the .38 Special. “Drop it, Ray,” he said.

Our thoughts are with Rio and family today.

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50 Responses to “Poolside”

  1. Sam
    4:01 am on June 17th, 2010

    Lexi, here's the Quacky Baseball. Do you feel better now? Spenser played a trick on you.

  2. B. Stover
    4:42 am on June 17th, 2010

    What an interesting turn of events. I hope we can find out more about Ray now. (I don't think he killed Albie.)

    What age group is the target audience for Quacky Baseball? It looks like fun.

  3. Chet The Dog
    4:44 am on June 17th, 2010

    To B. Stover from Admin: Target audience is 3-8.

  4. B. Stover
    4:57 am on June 17th, 2010

    Thanks Admin. I don't know anyone in that age group but I'm going to get it anyway. I don't believe that PA has ever done a book like this before, collaborating with an artist. What fun!

  5. Lexi
    5:17 am on June 17th, 2010

    Gah! Spencer! How could you be so cruel and pull a trick on a puppy?! Grr! I wanna bite something right now! Possibly Ray. What the hell is he doing there anyways? And what beef could he possibly have with Albie? The suspense continues….

    5:38 am on June 17th, 2010

    We hope Rio's friend's father spent a peaceful night. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  7. B. Stover
    5:52 am on June 17th, 2010

    I keep thinking that if Ray did kill Albie (but I really don't think he did), then that would mean something drastic must have happened to Astrid. I think I'll stop speculating.

  8. Siberian Husky
    6:05 am on June 17th, 2010

    Ah Ha Spence surprised us today. Not the first time that has happened.

    The cover of Quacky Baseball is totally cute. Mom knows the perfect little boy to give it. That is, after I read it. I'll be very careful with it so the kid won't know he is not getting a brand new book.

  9. Siberian Husky
    6:13 am on June 17th, 2010

    That should be "give it to" up there.

    Thinking of you, Rio

    The game starts at 11:10 (my time) today and Jimenez is pitching.

    6:40 am on June 17th, 2010

    We thought Melanie would enjoy this pic. Barb's grand-dog Gus plopped himself down in the wading pool and stayed there for over 2 hours. Guess he needed to cool off!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1276789152-Gus in Pool.jpg[/img]

  11. Lexi
    6:40 am on June 17th, 2010

    Thinking of you, Rio! I bet you I can safely say tailwags and licks from all of us here.

  12. Siberian Husky
    6:49 am on June 17th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie, What a handsome guy!! He looks like he is really enjoying himself. Mom wishes I would do that to cool off, but she can just go on wishing till the cows come home.

  13. Sam
    7:18 am on June 17th, 2010

    MagPie! Today's blog is titled Poolside and Gus is right in the swim.

  14. Staff
    8:35 am on June 17th, 2010

    Good afternoon everyone.

    Packing to go visit Sister #3 today. I have to do laundry. See you all later.

    ~Rio, best wishes.


  15. Melanie
    8:51 am on June 17th, 2010

    Wow, No wonder Ray is moaning if he finished all those bottles. I don't think he killed Albie either, but he might have put him in the freezer if he thought his mom did it.

    What a perfect name! "Gus"

    He's definitely in the "swim" of things for this post.

    He's gorgeous!

    Spent most of the morning going to the vet with Grace. She became very lathargic and wouldn't eat. The vet has given her fluids (through the neck muscle) and two types of anti-biotics. She was just VERY TIRED!

    So with one anti-biotic taking care of one "thing" she can now eat anything, we just have to get her to eat.

    I tried a donut, but she said no. So Ellie who was getting that once a year blood test done got both.

    Grace should be fine.

    Albie obviously won't be, hope Ray will be and Chet and Bernie will save the day!

  16. B. Stover
    9:14 am on June 17th, 2010

    I thought of another question: Does Ray have a hangover or is he knocked out? The "few booze bottles" raise all sorts of questions. Who was drinking? Was it a party? Or was Ray trying to get up his courage to….do….something.

    Gus is beautiful. He's calm but commanding at the same time. I certainly hope Grace is okay.

  17. B. Stover
    9:19 am on June 17th, 2010

    I thought of something else: Do dogs get post-partum depression?

  18. Siberian Husky
    10:04 am on June 17th, 2010

    Good question Stover…maybe Melanie knows.

    Melanie, tell Grace that we want her to feel better quick and that her friend, Siber-H, said to EAT!

  19. Mollypop
    10:19 am on June 17th, 2010

    I'm a picky eater and the vet says I should weigh a lot more than I do. If they would feed me doughnuts, there would be no problem!

    What will you give to Grace to get her eating again?

  20. Siberian Husky
    10:37 am on June 17th, 2010

    Rio can't be here with us right now, so I'll do this for him…

    ROCKIES WON!!! Jimenez did it again!! WOO WOO

  21. Melanie
    11:23 am on June 17th, 2010

    I hand fed Grace while she was nursing the pups. She ate a small can of dog food, 1/3 of a box of vanilla ice cream and some Nurtra Stat (paste with lots of good stuff and high in calories.)

    She is now back to sleep. So are the pups.

    Yes, dogs can get depressed after whelping. They will completely ignore their pups. Grace is not doing that. Ros didn't know what to do with Rose (she was the only one in Ros's first litter) and ignored her. So we put peanut butter all over Rose and by the time Ros had licked her clean, she had accepted Rose!

  22. Siberian Husky
    11:39 am on June 17th, 2010

    I am learning a lot about newborn puppies.

  23. B. Stover
    12:00 pm on June 17th, 2010

    I'm glad that Grace ate. You must all be exhausted, Melanie.

    I'm off to an Italian dinner with my sister-in-law and her family.

    12:39 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Grace, Keep chewing away. You need lots of calories right now!

  25. Sam
    1:05 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Are you all still up all night with the puppies? Or do you sleep in shifts?

  26. Siberian Husky
    1:22 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Melanie and Zoe, along with Grace, must be getting tired. Take care of yourselves.

  27. wookie of chevy chas
    1:25 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Nursing all those puppies must be exhausting. Is that all she ate? Why only half the ice cream? Tell her whipped cream and a cruller is always yummy. Ask Chet about those crullers!

    Best thought to Rio we are. Thinking of you big guy! Wookie

  28. Riö - The Evil
    1:29 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Hey!…We are home for a while!… snort!snort!… I had to check everything inside and out to make sure its all still here and where I left it… grunt!… Someone’s brother came over to her mom’s house to stay for a while so we took the opportunity to check out our home… sniff!… Everything seems to be in order here so I can rest easy. She is hoping her brother decides to spend the night with her mom tonight so we can sleep in our own beds… wheeze!

    Snuffle!…At one point today her dad fell into a coma-like state and would not wake up… grunt!….Then Aunt Lily came to visit and slapped him around and yelled at him to wake up and talk to her!… sniff!…Aunt Lily can be a little radical at times… snort!…My friend and her mom were horrified! But with all the slapping and yelling, her dad did not wake up… grunt!… So Aunt Lily had a cup of coffee and a donut (which she loves)…wheeze!… Then with her strength renewed, she went into her dad’s bedroom and slapped him around again!! ….gruff!…This time to all of our amazement he woke up and recognized everyone! Even Me!…snort! … The nurse said this coma-state will happen again …sigh

    Finally!… I am so very overwhelmed by all of your thoughts and prayers for us today… sniff!…You are all a very wonderful bunch of Dogs, Kats and Humans alike… grunt!… I know I have said this before but here I go again….snorkel!…We all came here because of our love for the Chet and Bernie mysteries and found more than we expected! …sniff!…We found new friends. And PUPPIES!… heh!

    Home!…We are home for awhile so let me catch up on the mystery of the day!… snort!… I can’t wait to speculate and see what Stover has been suggesting… grunt!

  29. Lexi
    1:45 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Yay Rio! You're back! It wasn't the same without you here. *pout* Bee, make no comment at my pouting. I want to pout freely.

  30. Riö - The Evil
    2:09 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Set-up!… I smell a carefully staged set-up regarding Ray and his incriminating situation!… snort!… I know set-ups very well indeed. I am the Master of set-ups when it comes to agitating horses and calves and letting Pepper take all the blame. …heh!… I always come out smelling like a rose, and Pepper gets the scolding! I love visiting the farm…sneeze!… We need to do that real soon again if you ask me…grunt!

    Wow!…I love the fact that the Charming Mr. Abrahams seems to really like baseball too!…snort!…That little kids book looks very inviting and even I would look it over just because of the baseball factor!…heh!… Speaking of baseball, we did not get to watch or listen to the game today!!!…sob!sob!… For some reason it was not shown on any of the channels that her mother has…grumble!…But we were able to watch them lose to the Twinkies the night before… crap!…I don’t know why it was not shown on the same channel or any others she tried to find… double crap!…But they WON! Whew! Finally, I was starting to get depressed over them, but now I believe again…heh!

    Lexi!…Hi! I'm glad you missed me, sometimes I don't think you like me very much, so now I know you really do!…heh!heh!

  31. Melanie
    2:17 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Welcome to your home, Riö!

    Wookie, that's all Grace ate in a one hour period. Then three hours went by and this time she ate, lots of ice cream, yogurt and a small can of food while she nursed the pups again. Now she is back to sleep. She also drank lots of water.

    We think she is on the mend.

    Sam, how's the Princess? Since we have the pups in laundry baskets (four pups per basket) Zoë is sleeping in the room and waking Grace up every four hours (for night time) to feed them. Takes an hour to get through the entire crew!

    A package came for Gracie today, but she is too tired to open it. We're hoping she'll open it tomorrow.

    Obviously, I've been tired, because when did Bernie but the 38 away? He's pulling it out again? Or was it already out?

    I still don't think Ray did it.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    2:28 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Rio, All of the gang missed you today. Aunt Lily sounds a little over the top. Is she a sister of your friend's dad?

  33. Riö - The Evil
    2:30 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Gracie!… Someone here made me write this because she loves puppies…snort!…I am so happy and relieved that Gracie is finding the strength to continue her motherly duties…grunt!…There!!! Now get off my back and let me post what I want to dammit! …wheeze!…Go find that thing you were looking for and leave me alone for gosh sakes! …sneeze!sneeze!….And be sure to pack my soft baseball toys for tonight! …crappola!…How the hell am I supposed to cope with all this without my soft baseball toys??? …seriously?

  34. Riö - The Evil
    2:39 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Aunt Lily!… How do I describe Aunt Lily??…sniff!… She is my friend’s dads older sister. At 84 years old she looks like she is maybe 60ish… cough!… She is on oxygen because she also Smoked All Her Life! And still does apparently…gasp!… She is not the brightest bulb in the litter, but she will be the last one to survive after my friends dad passes….sniffle! …She loves to play Bingo and actually wins a lot of money playing this game…snort!…I think she is one of those people with like 50 cards in front of them at one time…heh! …She used to live in Las Vegas and played Bingo there – a lot….snort!…My friend has played many a poker game along with Aunt Lily and Aunt Barb and others in her time…good times!

  35. Riö - The Evil
    2:55 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Okay!…We have to go back to her mom’s house. But it sounds like her brother will stay the night…snort!…I am always up for a car-ride!… sniff!…We may be back though, just depends on how her dad looks I guess… gruff!..Do you have my soft baseball toys just in case??…good! Lets go!

  36. dawson
    3:01 pm on June 17th, 2010


    Yup. I recognize a set-up too. Oldest sister used to do this kind of thing to her younger siblings before we were old enough to know better. Who is doing the set-up in this case? My best guess is Foster.

    I missed the whole ball-game but the Rockies didn't seem to need me rooting for them.

    Barb and Maggie: Gus looks very comfortable in that pool. He's very regal. He would get out to go pee wouldn't he?

    Melanie: What a creative idea to put peanut butter on Ros to have her accept Rose. Anyone would be exhausted taking care of 12 puppies. I commend all of you sleep deprived creatures.

    Rio: Glad you are back in your own home, hopefully for the night. I don't know what to say about Aunt Lily radical ways but I am grateful that your friend's dad woke up and you all got to talk to him.

  37. Melanie
    3:02 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Riö, Good Luck with baseball and your friend's dad.

    FYI, I would suggest not pouring tomato juice on your computer mouse.

  38. Siberian Husky
    3:05 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Rio, you have probably left by now, but want you to know it was great to hear from you. The baseball game this afternoon wasn't the same without you here clapping. Mom and I miss you, but you and your family are in our prayers. Aunt Lily, as Chet would say, sounds like a piece of work…a fun piece of work. Our best to all of you.

  39. dawson
    3:38 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Melanie: Did you pour tomato juice on your computer mouse?

  40. Melanie
    3:47 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Ummm, yes . . .

    My mouse pad is not well.

    To bed! I've traveled enough in a car for the week.

    Want to travel in good dreams instead!

    Thinking of you, Riö and friend.

  41. Staff
    3:49 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Gosh darn it all. I had to leave in the 6th inning to go get my teeth cleaned. This was set up long ago before I had the root canal etc. So when I got out those darn Rockies had rallied behind Jiminez, drat it all.

    Oh well, 2 out of 3 is better than nothing and now we have to play the red hot Mets and the Phillies who are great again too.


    Still doing laundry and packing.

    ~Dawson…What do you mean I set you up? There was never anything ever set-uppy about me. I can't think of a thing!

    Nuh-uh! I might have tickled/tortured you a bit but NO set ups!


  42. dawson
    3:59 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Siber H: Ice Pilots NWT is on the HistoryW Channel here (starting now) and Ice Road Truckers follows.

  43. dawson
    4:02 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Staff: Oh…I thought you were traveling and I could get away with it. HA! I could give you specifics but…perhaps I shouldn't.

  44. Siberian Husky
    4:11 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Big Bummer, Dawson…It is not on my History Channel or my History International Channel. On my History Channel, it is Modern Marvels right now and then next is The Story of Us. They must be giving the two different countries different programing. I know I would like Ice Pilots NWT. Maybe the History Channel will find it in their heart to show it in the lower 48. Thanks for letting me know…I will keep my paws crossed.

  45. Staff
    4:26 pm on June 17th, 2010

    I will be traveling tomorrow. Then you can get away with it.

    And I saw your post about rooting for the Rockies too!


  46. Lexi
    4:29 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Good night, all! I'm hitting the hay earlier today. Megan just took me for a VERY long walk, for some reason, and, along the way, we met up with this old weirdo 2 legged and his dog. The dog was barking at me for no reason after I barked a hi. And I'm like, "O-kay…" And then the freaky, old 2 legged was giving Megan a hard time, untill Megan picked me up and walked quickly away. I see why Chet is so-what's the word?-amazed at how 2 leggeds can't really run like we do. I feel kinda bad for them, though. With no tail and only 2 legs? That must really suck.

    Well, good night you guys! Rio! Don't doubt that I don't like you! Don't ever do that! Grr!

    I'm tired and leaving. Bye!!!

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a tired-and kinda freaked-puppy.

  47. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:58 pm on June 17th, 2010

    What an eventful day this has been!

    Rio – I'm sorry to hear about your friend's dad. Especially after she just lost her aunt. Give her my kind regards, okay?

    Melanie – I was a little worried about Miss Gracie and I'm glad she's feeling better. And don't forget that Chicken Jerky is a magic cure-all!

    I don't think that Ray did Albie in, either, but I am curious as to what Ray is doing at Albie's. Hmmmmm…..

    Things have been crazy around here, and I can sum it all up with one word: Girls.

    Cody has met the love of his life and is completely twitterpated. (They have see each other three times in the last three years.) Luckily, she starts working in Yosemite next week.

    Chad had a girl, broke up with her, started "going with" a second girl but then a 3rd girl liked him and the girls started duking it out. I took MY cell phone away from them because I didn't like the drama and I am now the World's meanest mom. Good.

    This is only day 4 of being home. I am tired.

    Hope all is well. Sweet dreams and tail wags and don't let the bed bugs bite.

  48. dawson
    6:43 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Staff: Safe trip tomorrow. I'll root for the Twins when they aren't playing the Rockies UNLESS they get too far ahead of the Tigers. Then all bets are off.

    Wolfie: Darn those Girls. Raising your boys seems to take as much energy as raising 2 litters of Newfs! You too must have to sleep with one eye open at all times. MOM = Mean Old Mom. Hang in there.

    Siber H: Watched both Ice Pilots and Ice Road Truckers. Enjoyed them both.

  49. Staff & Cats
    7:46 pm on June 17th, 2010

    Goodnight Everyone.

    It is sure an eyeopener to see how little we chat when Rio isn't here to egg us on. He is going through a lot right now and I know our 'down under' thoughts are with him and his friend in their difficult time.

    Alice, Abbie and Staff

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    2:31 am on June 22nd, 2012

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