Re-Introducing Colonel Bob, Part 2 (From Thereby Hangs A Tail)

“Who’s your client?” said Colonel Bob.

Bernie smiled. Have I mentioned what a great smile Bernie has? “You haven’t changed,” he said. “The client is the husband of one of the missing women, Adelina Borghese. They own the dog.”

Adelina: in my mind I saw her with ants on her face, and didn’t feel like the biscuit anymore.

“And the other woman?” said Colonel Bob.

“Suzie Sanchez. She’s a reporter for the Valley Tribune. We were in Clauson’s Wells on a tip from her.”

“Got pictures of the women?” said the colonel.

Bernie did. I caught a glimpse as he handed them over: Adelina holding Princess; and Suzie and Bernie in our back yard at home. Colonel Bob studied that one the longest. “You married?”

“Not anymore,” said Bernie.

“This the ex?”


“Any kids?”


“Boy or girl?”


“Two girls here – twins. The mom got custody.”

“Uh-huh,” said Bernie. Silence. Bernie drained his glass and rose. “We better hit the road. I owe you guys.”

“Hell you do,” said Colonel Bob.

I rose, too.

“What a smart dog,” said the major. I liked the major; one of those humans with a feel for me and my guys.

“We’ll keep an eye out for these women,” said Colonel Bob. “And the pooch. But I wouldn’t mind a quick swing over to Clauson’s Wells, if you’ve got time. Shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes.”

Twenty minutes? I didn’t know what that was exactly; but not long, right? And I’d come so far, although the details of the journey were getting a little hazy in my mind. But far, that was the point. So how was this going to be possible?

I only started to get it when we were actually up in the chopper, Bernie and me kind of close together in the back, Colonel Bob at the controls up front. Were we zooming or what? The ground down below blew right by. Wow. So this was how the birds felt. The pukey part, too, I wondered? The truth was I preferred the Porsche, riding shotgun.


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37 Responses to “Re-Introducing Colonel Bob, Part 2 (From Thereby Hangs A Tail)”

  1. B. Stover
    4:00 am on February 24th, 2010


  2. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:51 am on February 24th, 2010

    Yes!…indeed Stover…Grunt!… Either we are missing some big clue in all of this….Snort!…or Spence finally remembered that Colonel Bob has 2 girls here – twins…. WAIT!… Colonel Bob said, “Here”….hmmmm.

  3. B. Stover
    5:03 am on February 24th, 2010

    The "here" point is interesting. I interpreted it to mean that Col. Bob was referring to himself rather than to place. He doesn't speak in full sentences in most of the scene.

  4. Melanie
    5:12 am on February 24th, 2010

    Fascinating (as Spock would say) . . .

    Things to think about as we dig out from 20 inches of snow. 16 miles down the hill they had 2 inches. Wojo, why did you send the stuff up here?

    I think the "here" remark allows Col. Bob to have a son, wonder if he's in circus?

    Must reread that section again.

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:13 am on February 24th, 2010

    Mmmmphf!….So did I, Stover…So did I…Grunt!… But I think this is how ole pencil head is going to get out of his faux paw….Snort!… I’m guessing when pointy initially wrote this banter, “here” did mean Colonel Bob…Snort!… but later realizing he needed the Colonel to have a son, he was incredibly relieved to notice he used the word “here”, instead of “myself”…wheeze! … very clever…mmmm!

  6. B. Stover
    5:24 am on February 24th, 2010

    Perhaps Col. Bob did not have a son with his, now, ex-wife but with another woman and didn't know he had a son until recently. Since he's in the military, he's been in various parts of the world. Now something has happened to the son and the mother has told Col. Bob about him because she needs his help and he needs the help of Chet and Bernie.

  7. Chet The Dog
    5:27 am on February 24th, 2010

    From Spence to B. Stover: I think you're ready to take over the series.

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:31 am on February 24th, 2010

    Wooo!… Way to go Stover!…Wow!…a nod from the the Man himself! …very cool.

  9. B. Stover
    5:38 am on February 24th, 2010

    From B to Spence: I can only give backstory. You are the one with the talent to fill in details and make it an exciting story.

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 am on February 24th, 2010

    And!…the best thing is!…snort!… we now know for certain there Can be a Colonel Bob’s son in a legitimate (or illegitimate) way, whichever the case may be…Snort!

  11. B. Stover
    6:02 am on February 24th, 2010

    I like your way with words, Rio! Now I have to grade essays.

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:04 am on February 24th, 2010

    Mmmmm!… High praise indeed!… snort!

  13. Gus & BooBear
    6:08 am on February 24th, 2010

    We can surmise from her last post that B Stover is an English teacher which gives her paws up on the rest of us on some of this technical stuff…but good cover, Chet & Bernie! We think B.Stover's idea is a "legitimate" background and it's time to proceed with the case!!

    How jealous are we that B.Stover got a personal nod from the head man himself!

  14. Mollypop
    6:21 am on February 24th, 2010

    And even jealouser and jealouser because B. Stover got an autographed and paw-printed copy of THAT before it came out.

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:24 am on February 24th, 2010

    Wow!…Stover has an autographed copy of book 2?…Snort!…who else is in this club of autographed copies?…Very Cool!…snort!

  16. Melanie
    6:32 am on February 24th, 2010

    I always thought of our fighting men and women as Brave, Wonderful and Pure.

    Well, two out of three ain't bad!

  17. Melanie
    6:34 am on February 24th, 2010

    Oh, the electricity has gone off, luckily after the 2008 ice storm that left us with no electricity for DAYS, we got a generator that is hooked up to the heat, refrig, two lights and most important THE COMPUTER!!!


    Might have to read tonight by computer light.

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:43 am on February 24th, 2010

    Melanie!… Do I need to send Wookie over your way with supplies!….Snort!…he’s sober again, you know….Grunt!

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:11 am on February 24th, 2010

    Guys!… you should go out to ‘Friends of Chet’ and check out Romeo!…Snort!… he’s a beauty!… Gruff!… I imagine Chet looks a lot like that guy!…wheeze!

  20. Melanie
    10:47 am on February 24th, 2010

    Commander Rio, should be okay here. Unless the pack gets really hungry. That could be a problem. Just don't send the cats . . .

  21. Melanie
    1:37 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Commander Rio, Romeo is one good looking dude. Had been awhile since I'd been looking at the Friends of Chet, that Hobson scaring off the coyote was great!

  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:41 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Grunt!…Testing! Testing!… is this blog working???…grumble!… I don't see anybody…snort!.. and its been hours since I last checked…Surely someone has something to say???… mmmmm…

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:46 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Ooops!… I do see that Melanie posted something a couple of hours ago…Grunt!… but still, it is unusually quiet today…phhhhf…. was there a party and nobody invited me!?…Grunt!… that happens alot!…mmmmmm

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:57 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Melanie!… the Kats don’t seem to be interested in going anywhere!…Snort!…they have missed their opportunity…Burp!

    Did you see Romeo!?….what a guy!… snort!

  25. Gus & BooBear
    4:02 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Kats here, Commander Rio! Sorry, we were thrown off by your question about our weight! Afraid we may not meet your requirements for a special ops agent. Gus is a slender fellow with a heart problem, so may not be able to handle the stress of undercover work. BooBear is a very petite kat but with a bit of a weight problem, as in pretty fat. But she thinks she may be able to get in shape for any assignment. Perhaps she can serve in the reserves until she's up to your requirement.

    Apolo races again tonight. Hope he can take those Koreans!!

  26. dawson
    4:26 pm on February 24th, 2010


    The heat went off sometime last night and I woke with icicles for toes, wishing I had a fur coat. I tried to reattach a belt and wheel that had fell off (bad language was involved) but in the end I had to call an expert. I consoled myself with reading old Chet the Dog posts for hours. And friends of Chet – you are all so wonderful to look at. Heart warming and Toe warming

    Gus and Boo Bear you are beautiful. Gus, your heart will never survive Rio's physical assignments. Suggest instead you take up hypnotism – Alice could assist. Thanks for the heads up on Apolo

    Ohno racing – I was about to miss it again.

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:31 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Whew!…Kats!… I thought it was time for Spence to call in IT …snort!,,, and let me tell you from personal experience, that is Never a Good Thing!…Grumble.

    So! lets get this straight!… snort!… you said you wanted to go on a mission knowing FULL FREAKIN’ WELL you could not deliver!,,, COUGH!….are you out of your Kat Minds?…. do you know how much time I have spent figuring out the “Plan”?… Of course you don’t !… SNORT!… you are Kats!.. WOT was I thinking???… WHEEZE!….

    Okay.. Okay.,breath!…breath!…wheeze!…I now realize, you didn’t really request a mission outright…you implied it….snort!… I should never have yelled at you that way… it’s just that this mission is now very personal to me now…. snuff!… Very sorry Kats for the outburst!… Rats!

    How heavy is Boots anyway??? … as long as he is not as big as A-Kat we may be able to make this work… mmmm… be calm now… very calm.. [ kats! ]… stay calm…

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:33 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Sorry!.. Boots is a she!…my bad!… snuff.

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:57 pm on February 24th, 2010

    A-Kat!… you are damn right when you say that “Kats don’t get it!”… snort!… oh, but I bet you meant something else….Grunt!… Abbie, is there any hope of me having a Kat on this very special mission?? … wheeze!… is it even possible to trust a Kat?…. sigh!…you really are the only one I trust and try to protect!.., sniffle.. I hope you know that…Grunt!…, can you loose 5 pounds in a couple of days???

  30. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:07 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Abbie!… did you see all the good stuff Stover figured out this morning!…Wow… that was like watching a human computer at work!…snort!.. and come to find out she is a Professor!, maybe a PHD… very impressive!…

  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Sheesh!…I'm freakin' talkin’ to myself again!.. Snort!… what the Hell?… Wheeze!… That’s what I get trying to talk to Kats!… Never Again…Snort!…

  32. dawson
    5:56 pm on February 24th, 2010


    B.Stover: Great intelligence-keep it up and you may win a copy of the next book, too.

    Rio: How long did it take you to figure out "the Plan"? And are you calling Abbie overweight? Could be solid muscle, ya know.

    Muscle does weigh more than fat. And what do you think about Canadian hockey now?

    Gus and Boo Bear: Despite your heads up I missed the Apolo race.


    Abbie: Tell your staff I'd rather have icicle toes than turf toes.

    Jenifer: With 1 enn- I've changed my name to just Dawson, pure

    and simple, so there aren't 2 Jenifers with 1 enn. And to fool my sister.

  33. Mollypop
    6:01 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Cmndr Rio – Emma the pug was here for a birthday party. My she looks so good – in a sweater with pink and purple stripes. Her diet is working but she is still shaped like a football.

    Up past my bedtime so zzzzz.

  34. Siberian Husky
    6:10 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Just stopped in to say hello so Rio won't be totally talking to himself. There is no Olympics tonight for me because our freakin (I learned that word from Rio lol) tv station is having a really big technical problem. They are off the air, deader than a doornail.

    I'm going to sleep now and dreaming dreams of Sable. I found her on the Friends of Chet page. woo woo

  35. AbbietheKitty
    9:45 pm on February 24th, 2010

    Hi there friends.
    Just read the posts and see that poor Rio was almost talking to himself today. Maybe the eyes of Alice were causing a disruption in the force. Hope all is better now.
    Back at work yesterday in spite of ‘turf toe’ for the staff. She sure is tuckered out. Anybody out there have ‘turf toe’? I am sure glad cats don’t get it.
    (yes, this is Abbie. Alice is asleep and dreaming. She mutters and snores in her sleep so we can tell)

  36. Gus & BooBear
    1:51 am on February 25th, 2010

    Commander Rio, we guess we won't be able to reach your high requirements and will just have to settle for being observers of you and Wookie handling the tricky business of undercover work. But we will read daily and dream big dreams of being the best spies ever.

    Kats, out.

  37. AbbietheKitty
    3:28 am on February 25th, 2010

    OOOO I have to go to work but I need to report what has been happening this morning.

    Alice and Abbie have been running around like crazy. Usually Alice chases Abbie but today it was Alice after Abbie then Abbie after Alice.

    For a while there Abbie had Alice trapped in one room, but she finally got out after a lot of sparring with paws under the door.

    I am not sure what is going on but Rio! I think Alice is on the move and in spite of her greater weight Abbie is not able to stop her. I will be gone all day but my worry is what will happen when I am gone.

    Take care Rio, Wookie et all,

    Oh yeah, B.Stover has it figured out.

    Hurriedly and worriedly, from Staff

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