Pub Date!

Today is pub date for WOOF, first in the new Bowser and Birdie middle-grade series. Here’s a sample:

“Hey, Birdie,” said Mrs. Claymore, turning to us. “What you got there?”

“My birthday present. His name’s Bowser.”

Mrs. Claymore gave me a narrow-eyed look. “Gonna eat – “ she began, then started over. “Gonna be sizable when he fills out.” She raised her voice. “Nola! Come see what the cat dragged in.”

Whoa! I had a quick look around, spotted no cats, which I already knew from the complete absence of cat scent in this place, maybe the best thing about it. I’ve had adventures with cats in the past, none good. They have a way of yawning right in my face that really gets me going. And when I get going, I can charge like you wouldn’t believe! I’d scare the pants off anybody – although it’s my opinion that humans look better with their pants on. But back to cats. They’re amazingly quick with their front paws. Zip, zip, and before you know it your nose is bleeding, and the nasty dude with the fast paws is gazing down at you from the top of a piano or high up in a tree. Here’s one thing you can count on: no cat will ever drag ol’ – what was my name again? Bowser? Yes. Hey! I liked it! – ol’ Bowser anywhere at any time, no how. Do you get an allowance? Bet it all on me going places under my own power, dragged by nobody, especially of the cattish type.

Also, PAW AND ORDER, #7 in the Chet and Bernie series (for adults, but teens read them, too) is out in paperback today. “Makes a great springtime stocking stuffer!” Admin says.


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70 Responses to “Pub Date!”

  1. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    7:58 am on April 28th, 2015

    Got it yesterday. Thank you Barnes & Noble. And good morning to everyone on this glorious spring morning here in Chevy Chase.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:24 am on April 28th, 2015

    We posted this earlier, but we got our package from B & N too. The cover is embossed or in relief, not sure which term is correct.

    I am going to try to control myself and not open my copy until I am finished with The Sweetheart Season, since that is a library book and must be returned soon.

    Beautiful day here, may reach mid 60s and sunny. Off to the office now.

    Oh, and MaryLou, enjoy your happiness. You deserve it and I am sure you are making Gary’s life better, too.

  3. Howlers
    8:43 am on April 28th, 2015

    Good morning. It is supposed to go up to 67 here today,, which makes the ‘rents happy.
    Stay safe, Teddy’s dad.
    Spring stockings? Cool!

  4. B.Stover
    8:47 am on April 28th, 2015

    I’ve been having problems with the blog this morning.

    Woof is on my Kindle and I’m rereading this excellent novel. What fun!

    Good morning all.

  5. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:04 am on April 28th, 2015

    What I meant to add about the cover is that Bowser is in relief and that is what makes the cover outstanding.

    We are also concerned about the chaos in Baltimore. Have a nephew in Annapolis and we are worried about his safety today.

  6. Tupper and Gilly
    9:32 am on April 28th, 2015

    Morning everyone.
    “Spring stocking stuffer”? Mama is just looking forward to weather warm enough to allow her to not stuff her cold toes into stockings or socks before she goes out.full page article in our newspaper today about the danger and prevalence of ticks. Ick.

  7. Teddy Ruff Rider
    9:34 am on April 28th, 2015

    Barb — My dad says that Annapolis is far enough away from Baltimore that there should not be any problems there. The situation in Baltimore though continues to be very tense.

  8. dawson
    9:37 am on April 28th, 2015

    Good morning to all.
    I realized at about the time y’all were getting it on your devices that I have forgotten to order Woof!

    I am soon on my way to the airport to go home to my best friend. He has been very patient while I go gallivanting around and now I am looking forward to staying put with him for a long time.

    Can’t wait to get out of Vancouver.

  9. Wose-the small and meek
    9:43 am on April 28th, 2015


    ML, I am very happy to hear that you have Gary to share happy moments with. Getting out of bed every day is a struggle for me as well, especially when I see Grizz leaving to go to work, and I spend another day at home. We are blog sisters, and we will take each new day together. Remember, I am standing beside in spirit, and Gary is standing beside you in the flesh.

    Teddy, I am glad that you are far away from all the danger in Baltimore. I can’t bear to watch any of it on the news. I would be beside myself if anything bad happened to you, your mom and pop, or your girl Zeta, and her ‘rents. Be safe my bestest friend.

  10. Wose-the small and meek
    9:44 am on April 28th, 2015

    Awesome, that is a great photo! Safe travels to you!

    10:21 am on April 28th, 2015

    Safe travels Dawson. You are going home just in time to enjoy some nice springtime weather.

  12. Alice M. Johnson
    10:39 am on April 28th, 2015

    Cattish??? Sniff. And humphhh!
    Staff is not taking it slow. snort. She will just have to read it twice.

    Go Birdie Gaux!

  13. BearSpiritDog
    10:59 am on April 28th, 2015

    Waiting Patiently. No Woof here until later in the day. Growl.

    Dawson: The Man Who Lives in Your House will be very happy to see you.

    ML: Glad Gary is there to help make your days More Fun.

    Have a Good Day Everyone.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    11:38 am on April 28th, 2015

    Morning everyone! Couldn’t get the blog before the library, grump. Don’t know if it the blog or our wi-fi. When I get back to the yellow brick abode, I’ll find out. Okay, tea time is over, time to hit the books. P.S. Waiting with baity breath for WOOF to arrive.

  15. dawson
    11:53 am on April 28th, 2015

    Staff: Did you get your pawtographed edition of Woof already?!

    Bowzer is a bit tough on the kats but he has reason if he’s had his sensitive nose scratched by one. Heh!

    I’m glad my head is screwed on this morning. If only my brain was engaged. I left all my snacks in the hotel fridge. Not really a bad thing as I’ve been eating the same snacks for several days and ready for some variety.

    I am looking forward to seeing the kats and giving them a good brushing, something the man who lives in my house doesn’t do. Then they will forgive me for abandoning them for so long.

  16. dawson
    12:08 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Weather report: Right now at home it is 39 degrees but forecast to be a high of 69 degrees today. Also 70 percent humidity but no precipitation forecast. All rather unusual for this time of year, except for the 39 degree part.

  17. Siber's Mom
    12:28 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Spence, Happy publishing day and congratulations on another great book!

    ML, I ditto all the positive things everyone has already said about you and Gary. You deserve some happiness, care, and comfort.

    I think we are going to have a buggy season also because we have gotten more rain than normal.

  18. Chet The Dog
    2:01 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Test. Some reports of bugginess?

    2:01 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Everyone is saying that this will be a bad year for ticks. So far we have not had one in the 3 years back in town.

    We are switching vets. Love the little gal who just took over our retiring vet’s practice, bu I think they are charging me unnecessarily. I called to make an appointment for Lucy to get a heartworm test and get her shots. They said they have to do her annual physical too. I said I didn’t need that service. I was told “it is state law” that the vet do a physical. This consists of opening the mouth, feeling the stomach, and listening to the heart. Bing, bang, boom, $60.00. They did this with Maggie too, refusing to give me the requested service till I forked over $60.00.

    When I called another clinic and told them about the state law comment their reaction was “WHAT!” so now we are switching.

    Anyone else have any experience with this practice or have an opinion?

  20. Herd of Hounds
    2:14 pm on April 28th, 2015

    B&M&L, not clue on that law (?) Our v e t lets us know what he thinks works best that is OKAY. We let him know what we can get the dogs to take or not! Bada bing, bada boom MEDS?
    Now mom is scrubbing kitchen floor and waiting for the DDD to awaken from nap and Sears to show with the BIG fridge/freezer. Dinner? Tonight? As the spanish say ?Quien sabe? (One small difference and the blog isn’t really accepting stuff!)

  21. BearSpiritDog
    2:14 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Hi, Chet. Tried to respond to your post, but our comment is Not Processing.

  22. Masquers
    2:17 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Chet: I was just informed: “Please slow down,you are posting too fast!”

  23. Herd of Hounds
    2:24 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Took 20 minutes for our 2:14 post to show. This was from Home computer. The 11:38 was done from the Ifone at the mall/library area.

  24. Staff
    2:28 pm on April 28th, 2015

    I had trouble yesterday…Posting too fast on my first post. This is a test…

  25. Staff
    2:29 pm on April 28th, 2015

    No problems for me…(YAY, High fives)!

  26. B.Stover
    2:45 pm on April 28th, 2015

    I had the same problem this morning: “Posting too fast.” When I try to reboot I get a message that the site is not available.

  27. Howlers
    2:45 pm on April 28th, 2015

    B,M&L, we were told the same thing about that laww change, and we aren’t even in the same state.

  28. Siber's Mom
    2:47 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Barb, I agree with your decision to switch vets. Since the vet clinic you were using was dishonest about the physical, it makes me suspicious about what else they might be dishonest about.

  29. Chet The Dog
    3:10 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Mike Baker has been notified of possible tech problems. Patience is a virtue! Also impatience, at times.

  30. BearSpiritDog
    3:14 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: We agree with Siber’s Mom and it seems like an Easy Way for the VET to get more money…Albeit at the Price of Integrity.

    Chet, Thanks! Always Patient, that’s me. 🙂

  31. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    3:17 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Chet, you are forgetting that immediate gratification is the American Way. I want it now!

  32. B.Stover
    3:19 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Thank you Chet.

    MPM: LOL!

  33. Chet The Dog
    3:35 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Test – Baker

  34. Michael Baker
    3:37 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Test as guest – Baker

  35. c.hobbit
    3:43 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Good day all. I was at B&N as soon as it opened today to buy Woof. They looked in the computer and said that it should be easy to find as there were 19 copies on the shelf. However, we couldn’t find it. I said that it was released today so she went in the back room where it was discovered that it hadn’t been shelved yet. When I went to the cashier to pay for it, she held the book for a wee bit looking at it and then commented that it looked like an interesting book to read.

  36. c.hobbit
    3:45 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Barb: I’d call your vet clinic and let them know that another clinic had never heard of this exam requirement law and that now they had lost your business. I’d also let them know that this would be an informative bit of news to put on your social media accounts–unless they could produce a copy of said law.

  37. Herd of Hounds
    3:51 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Hobbit, we have had trouble tracking down WOOF at the book store we ordered it from 🙁 Who ya gonna trust?

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:52 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Ain’t that amazin’? This afternoon’s blog seems to be working at breakneck speed, unlike the past few days! Wish we had know it was a system wide epidemic earlier.

  39. Siber's Mom
    3:55 pm on April 28th, 2015

    The blog is working good now. Thanks guys.

  40. Wose-the small and meek
    4:13 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Medical question…Has anyone on this here blog had a hiatal hernia?

  41. dawson
    5:06 pm on April 28th, 2015

    I am home a whole hour early! The pilot said we had a tail wind. I caught a ride with a neighbor and pulled up in front of the house, surprising the man who lives here in a frantic, if not successful, cleaning of the house. Ugh!

    Wose:That hernis sounds terrible. I hope you or Griz do not have one.

  42. Tupper and Gilly
    5:42 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Mama went to Barnes and Noble to get her Woof – they said they never heard of it. She explained the whole deal, and they checked in the back room too. Viola! There it was. So we got our store’s first copy too. Woo hoo – we are twins with The Hobbit!

    Barb – we had that issue when our old v e t sold his practice to a young whipper-snapper. They pulled that at our annual shot-in-the-butt appointment, and Mama flat out told them that if they were charging for a physical, then they dam well better take us girls back into the exam room and DO a physical – not just a pat on the head and a stethoscope.
    They decided to take the exams off the bill – but Mama decided to find a new v e t anyway. And we are much happier.

  43. Zoe
    5:55 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Just ordered WOOF a nice evening to look forward to!

  44. Masquers
    6:00 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Woof is here! And not one, but two. One for each of us. Heh.

  45. bluecat
    6:22 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Mom loves WOOF, especially this partial sentence:

    …lots of bugs hovering over the water like clouds of tiny sparks in the sunshine…

    Brilliant, Spence.

    Enjoy your evening, Everybody.

  46. Wose-the small and meek
    6:55 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Awesome, I am glad you are home safely.

    I may or may not be the one with a hiatal hernia. That is when part of your stomach gets pushed up into your esophagus (sp?). I am very scarrit, since I have many of the symptoms.

  47. Siber's Mom
    7:05 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, If you have a hiatal hernia, modern medicine can fix it.
    I don’t want you to be scared.

  48. Herd of Hounds
    7:06 pm on April 28th, 2015

    WOOF arrived in a more timely manner than the new fridge. They claimed a 2 hour window and pulled in 15 minutes tardy.

  49. Herd of Hounds
    7:09 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, listen to Siber’s Mom. She is a smart lady.

  50. Wose-the small and meek
    7:18 pm on April 28th, 2015

    SiberMom, I am hoping that if it is a hiatal hernia that only medicine will do the trick. Just the thought that I may have to drink that barium stuff is making me turn green. I will try not to be scarrit.

  51. Siber's Mom
    7:46 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, I don’t know. You may be right and medicine alone will fix it. I hope so. I am going to look it up on the internet.
    I know about that barium stuff, but if you have to, you have to in order to get better.

    There is another condition where acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus. (sp?) I know that can be fixed with just meds.

  52. Siber's Mom
    8:00 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, Go to Web MD and look up hiatal hernia. In a nutshell they say gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) goes along with a hiatal hernia. Both conditions can be treated with medicine and maybe lifestyle changes. Only in the most serious cases is surgery necessary.

  53. Wose-the small and meek
    8:15 pm on April 28th, 2015

    SiberMom, thank you!

  54. Siber's Mom
    8:21 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, You are very welcome.

  55. Herd of Hounds
    8:37 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, you are in our pawrayers nmore than usual tonight.

  56. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:43 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Wose, I was told years ago that I had a hiatal hernia. I have treated it with diet and I find now that I have gone vegetarian there are no more problems. The Dr. McDougall plan has been the best for me. His newest book, The Starch Solution, has been a real help. For quick lunches, his pea soup and pad Thai in serving cups make a delicious meal.

  57. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:41 pm on April 28th, 2015

    MP & LL Mom, When did you go vegetarian?

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Woof!…OUT!…WooooHooo!…Although, I here do not have a copy of it in my hot little paws….grumble!

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Whoa!….Look at that! The Fabulous Baker Boy was a guest on the blog today…snort!…A rare treat indeed – but it always means trouble!…grunt!

  60. Tupper And Gilly
    10:37 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Rio – Mike Baker came and went before anyone could get out a cane.

  61. Siber's Mom
    11:00 pm on April 28th, 2015

    The Rockies have tied up the game and I am getting so sleepy.

    Hey Macy, I read the Rangers are getting Hamilton back. The Angels paid millions to get rid of him. I hope he behaves himself and does Texas proud.

  62. Tupper And Gilly
    11:04 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Siber’s Mom- if you’re gonna talk baseball, we’re gonna get Barb and Staff to start talking about tomatoes!
    Just fair warning.
    tee hee

  63. Siber's Mom
    11:11 pm on April 28th, 2015

    T&G It’s ok….no tomatoes please. lol

    The Rockies are now behind by 2 runs. I am going to sleep.

    Night All

  64. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Gah!…This game is driving me to drink more beer…slurp!…I bout had a heart attack when the Snakes pitcher got hit in the face with a 115 mile an hour ball off the bat of our Cargo…whuffle!wheeze!

  65. Tupper And Gilly
    11:35 pm on April 28th, 2015

    Going to bed.
    Not a tomato bed. Not a bed with baseball toys.
    See ya all tomorrow

  66. Wolfie
    12:44 am on April 29th, 2015

    Wose, I have one. I take Ned’s and it’s no big deal.

  67. AJ
    1:29 am on April 29th, 2015

    This cat would not survive chez nous.

  68. AJ
    1:36 am on April 29th, 2015

    Rebecca just informed me that this photo has been over shared… and that I would be judged harshly for re-sharing it here. So, now I’ll go sit in the corner.

  69. Herd of Hounds
    7:43 am on April 29th, 2015

    AJ, no corner necessary. That foto always reminds us of Chet.
    Wose, my post last night should have said “more” not nmore. Dang big paws 🙁

  70. Kat
    7:57 am on April 29th, 2015

    Well, Grump! AJ came and went with nary a word about my A-Team tryout.

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