San Diego Union-Tribune On The Chet And Bernie Series

The Chet and Bernie Mysteries follow the exploits of an unlikely private detective team: down-on-his-luck ex-cop Bernie Little and Chet, his loyal canine companion. They met in K-9 school, but Chet “left” the force due to an unfortunate event with an unsuspecting cat during a class exercise. Bernie exited the police force soon afterward, and the Little Detective Agency was born. These funny and intriguing mysteries are first-rate, with Southwest locales adding a special charm. The addition of Chet offers the reader a hilarious perspective on the human condition. – Pat Tirona



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103 Responses to “San Diego Union-Tribune On The Chet And Bernie Series”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:30 am on September 11th, 2011

    The “addition” of Chet ??? Excuuuuuse me???? !!!

    Good Sunday everyone. Chet, thanks for not posting about u-know-what that every news media is going on about today.

  2. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:44 am on September 11th, 2011

    Good morning, Howlers! I don’t think I like Bernie being referred to as a “down-on-his-luck ex-cop.” Makes him sound like someone pitiful. I think he’s pretty lucky — except for his finances, of course!

    P.S. I just got in trouble. Kind of. Mom came in and found me in her bed with my head on her pillow. She didn’t yell or anything. Just grumbled about having to wash the sheets today.

  3. bluecat
    8:51 am on September 11th, 2011

    Kirby – John Hart books are almost as good as SQ’s.

    OHs – our boy will be sorry about ND, too. He’s probably hoarse this morning.

    u-know-what might have been a bit easier if Chet had had a blog then, but we know each other now. Take care everybody.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:57 am on September 11th, 2011

    Oley, we agree about the addition. Sounds almost like Chet is an after thought, rather than the main character.

    Wolfie was posting at 3:48 a.m. Isn’t that 12:48 a.m his time? Wolfie, why are you not snoozing away at that time of the night?

    I am on a continuing winning streak. Barb rearranged her little freezer yesterday to make room for the 100 lb. of Bob she just brought home. She dropped a box of Omaha Steaks – tenderloins- next to the freezer, and didn’t notice it till last night. Since the box of steaks had been sitting on the floor for about 10 hours, she decided to cook them for me. Soooo, this morning for breakfast I got a half of a very fine steak. Does it get any better than this?

  5. B.Stover
    9:02 am on September 11th, 2011

    Was the cat “unsuspecting”? And do we know that Bernie was still in the police force when he first met Chet? Chet does have an interesting take on the “human condition.”

    Good morning all.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 am on September 11th, 2011

    Little update on Kelly’s less-than-lovable FIL. They were betting 3 days to 3 weeks before his next drink. Kelly picked him up at the nursing home at 11:00 and dropped him off at his home at 11:30 Friday. He shooed her out kickety-split.

    Well, he called them at 3:00 p.m. and had been drinking already. Since they had removed all alcohol from the home, that means in just over 3 hours he had gone out, purchased more vodka, and was half in the bag! Amazing to us!

    Problem is that he is so disruptive to their family liife – he calls hourly, and if they don’t answer, he calls their cells, if they don’t answer, he sends a text, then in a matter of minutes he is emailing his current demands. Then he escalates from there! With addiction, it is only about them.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:06 am on September 11th, 2011

    9-11!… Ten years ago this morning…snort!… I was probably just born then. We are watching the memorial and my friend is getting all choked up (again)….sniff!…Our plan to stay here all day will probably not fly with her mother and brother also have to endure one more day….snort!….For now we are not budging – in fact she will be getting ready to go work-out any minute now…heh!

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:10 am on September 11th, 2011

    We have been watching some of the specials on 9-11 also. Hard to believe it has been 10 years. Some of the interviews with first-responders and survivers are so graphic that it is hard to watch.

    Hope all the attention doesn’t encourage that new threat they have been talking about.

  9. Melanie
    9:22 am on September 11th, 2011

    I agree with you guys on the take of this review. Chet is the narrator; how can he be “addition”? Also picked up on Bernie and the police force thing. We know the upper people didn’t like him and that he left. Not sure how or why, but the new info in TDWKTM gives some interesting info.

    Riö, I think your friend has a great idea. Also if there are any tourist sites she MUST see that is always a way to stop the “same old, same old”.

    Sorry about the FIL stuff for your family Barb. I bet they’d like to change their phone numbers. Might stop him for a day. Oh and on the bet on when he was going to start again? I’m afraid I was right.

    Anyhoo, I think I TOTALLY AGREE with Chet’s perspective on the human condition.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    9:34 am on September 11th, 2011

    Melanie, We also had the impression that Bernie had already left the force when he met Chet.

    How were the beans? How do you fix yours?

  11. Barb & Maggie
    9:45 am on September 11th, 2011

    Kelly was telling Barb yesterday that she had gone over to FIL’s house while he was in nursing home and cleaned out the kitchen walk-in pantry that was filled to over-flowing. This was at his request. She spent half a day there, but do you think he said thank you?

    No – he is fixated on a package of yeast that was in a baggy along with a roll recipe (from his bread maker). Kelly told him she would go on line and download the recipe, but he calls repeatedly and says “Did you find the yeast?” Of course, she can go buy more, but hasn’t had a chance yet. OMG, I would seriously have to bite him!

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:09 am on September 11th, 2011

    B&M, we do not understand how or why Kelly puts up with fil. That is thankless and is dragging down others’ life.

    Bluecat, Mom & Pop received a text warning them not to watch that game. oops…we fell asleep waiting for them to come home last night. Do you think that’s why our boys didn’t bring that one home?

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:10 am on September 11th, 2011

    Good morning all – sorry we missed all of you yesterday – we were just catching up on the blog this morning.
    Pyrapalooza was fun and funny. 50 massive white dogs, strolling around, with their adoring people attached to their leashes. Thats a LOT of fur!

    We were also relieved that Chet and Bernie’s place was a haven from the news and sadness of today. But, we also remember the spirit of community and caring that came out of that day. For quite some time after, people were more courteous, more considerate of others and more appreciative of all they had.
    So, that is what we chose to remember from this day. We want to remember the courage of all the emergency workers, the giving, generous outpouring of care from all over the world. And we remember and take to heart all those wrenching stories of how some folks never got to say goodbye.

    In rememberance of all those souls lost, of all those hearts broken and of all those giving hands, we chose to remember this day by making sure that the people we love KNOW we love them.

    So, on this day, we want to let all of you know that you are a very important part of our lives. We laugh and cry with you, we learn and teach, we support and get encouragement. And each of you is a special gift to our lives. We want you to know that we love all of you and are grateful to have this marvelous family/ community. Thank you for your open arms.

    (Ok – in light of the day, we’ll even say it – we do love you Basil and Sage)

  14. OleyHowlers
    10:11 am on September 11th, 2011

    Oh, and Maggie: Steaks for breakfast! Are you living the life or what? You tell me.

  15. Sasha
    10:19 am on September 11th, 2011

    None of the Howlers except for me was living here, back then. Neither was Buddy or T.C. But you know, T.C. arrived shortly after and hence her name. Mom wasted spent countless hours watching news and grieving, instead of enjoying life as she should have been. Then, 17 days later, Shiek had his accident that caused him to lose his left eye. So the lesson Mom learned was that, while you are sad for other people’s losses, you can’t let that take away your focus and enjoyment of what you have. Because it can all be so fleeting.
    With that thought, we continue to hope for a good hike today.

  16. B.Stover
    10:20 am on September 11th, 2011

    T&G: Very thoughtful post. Thank you. (I’m sure Basil and Sage appreciate it also.)

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:25 am on September 11th, 2011

    Tupper!…Gilly!…Nice sentiments. Except for the Basil and Sage part…snort!

    Breakfast!….I’ve had mine, now she is ready to go have hers…sniff!….This is usually where we meet up with her mother and brother and figure out how to waste time before we absolutely have to go out to her sisters place…grunt! ….One more day! One more day!…wheeze!

    Henry!…Here is one more photo of Henry the Pot-Bellied Pig…grunt!

  18. Melanie
    10:27 am on September 11th, 2011

    HEY EVERYBODY! (That’s from “The Simpsons”)
    I like totally love you guys . . .


  19. OleyHowlers
    10:33 am on September 11th, 2011

    T&G: That was a beautiful post.

  20. Rose
    10:57 am on September 11th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Thank you, T&G for that lovely and introspective post. By the time I finished reading, my eyes were a little blurry and wet.

    Kirby: Good eye, my friend. You would make an excellent detective! To all the inquiring minds….I accepted a position as an Editor in the Medical Writing Department of the biotech/pharmaceutical company where I am currenty working. After five years working as a document coordinator (read: Administrative Assistant), I will now have the opportunity to exercise my brain, and do more meaningful work. I expect to start the first week of October. The Prof and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Dobbs Ferry, The Half Moon to celebrate.

    It was a lovely night, and we had the chance to see the sun set over the Hudson River while we enjoyed a great meal. I want to thank all of you for your good wishes.

    P.S. Belle Starr, this new job will never take me away from sending you cuddles and tummies. Someday, maybe you can pack your pink, sparkling backpack and come to New York! XOXO

    In the spirit of this day, I too, would like to thank all the Pluderers for your support, friendship, and love.

  21. The Catty Librarian
    11:13 am on September 11th, 2011

    Elliot yowls “Good Morning” to all from the garage roof where he’s guarding the perimeter. He agrees with B. Stover that there is probably no such thing as an “unsuspecting cat.”

    Can’t wait to find out more about Bernie leaving the force – when I finally get the book!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    11:13 am on September 11th, 2011

    Barb was trying to explain the blog to a couple of relatives yesterday. Think we will read them T & G’s post. That just explain it all and beautifully expressed.

    Oley, Kelly’s reason for doing what she does is two fold. First to try to help share the burden with her husband, Chad. Secondly, she had respect for her MIL who just passed. She doesn’t want someone who didn’t know Sue to come in and throw things out, without looking thru them first. It has nothing to do with loving feelings for the old “Richard”.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    11:15 am on September 11th, 2011

    We like the review because it short, but some of the “facts” are doubtful. The search continues for that perfect one. There have been a couple of good ones, but too long in our opinion.

    Macy: Thanks for checking in and letting us know you are in no danger. But that heat! It is very bad when one can’t even go for a walk in the evening.

    Barb&Magpie: Poor Kelly! We think it is no use trying to do a good deed for someone like the fil. They definitely have their own agendas and as you said, it is always about them.

    Rio: What an ordeal for your friend, mother and brother. You would think some people would be on their best behavior not having visited in a while.

    Familia. Ain’t Life Grand.

  24. B.Stover
    11:24 am on September 11th, 2011

    Rose: Congratulations on your new job. It sounds as though it will be both intereting and fun. Do you know how many publications the department puts out?

  25. OleyHowlers
    11:25 am on September 11th, 2011

    Rose, congratulations on your fantastic new job!!

    Macy, please keep your chin up … we all pray for rain and cooler temps to finally reach your part of the country.

    No word yet on that little Duke yet. Rio, we agree on the name not fitting the dude. If he joins our family, we will be asking for ideas.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    11:27 am on September 11th, 2011

    Rose – CONGRATULATIONS!! How wonderful, especially to be appreciated for your Brain!

    Rio – we have great respect for your friend, going for work-outs while on vacation. Our Mama says that when we are on vacation, our only work-out will be long walks on the beach, and lifting heavy bags of lobster.
    (and honestly, Rio – that is one UGLY pig – icky pooky)

    Barb – you raised a good girl, with a big heart.

    Macy – cool washcloths, AC and Frosty Paws!

  27. B.Stover
    11:30 am on September 11th, 2011

    This morning I woke up thinking that the reason “shoppe” was spelled that way in the Middle Ages is that it probably resembled the sound of the Old English “sceoppa” from which it was derived. The “e” on the end would have been pronounced like a short “a.” (The scribal “e” I mentioned is always silent.)

    The sun finally came out. I’m going for a walk.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    11:31 am on September 11th, 2011

    Oley, Not just steak, but fillet mignon. Barb’s loss, my gain!

    Barb is about 60 pages into One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson. Her character development takes awhile to develop, but her books get better as you get deeper into the story.

    Here is our lovely plan for the day: grass cutting, sitting on the patio reading, having some lunch, and taking a nap. Does that sound heavenly, or what?

    Rio, hope you survive the day OK. Maybe you could sneak a little llama poop on the sly!

  29. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:39 am on September 11th, 2011

    We have now heard from just about everyone about the cookbooks, so I think the ones that we ordered are all taken at this time, although a few Plunderers (Tupper & Gilly; Dawson; C. Harris) still need to post their addresses on Dishlickers for us to mail the cookbooks to them. For those who have posted addresses, the cookbooks were mailed out yesterday and should arrive early next week (TMG notwithstanding). Barb & Maggie, check your SDD for more details on your order.

    As regards placing a follow-up order, the deal that my mom was able to negotiate was a one-time special offer, and really cannot be repeated (she has a way of begging that I think she learned from me!) However, there are actually a number of publishing alternatives that can be found on the Internet and, if there is interest in ordering some additional copies, the best thing to do may simply be to check out those publishers.


  30. Barb & Maggie
    11:39 am on September 11th, 2011

    Oh, 1 more quick thing before we get going – Kelly’s Empire commercial is on tv and we finally saw it. It starts out with double savings, blah blah. If you don’t blink you can see them in the last 5 seconds of the ad. Hard to believe it took all day filming and 49 people to make that ad! BBL

  31. Siber-H
    11:44 am on September 11th, 2011

    T&G Very thoughtful post about what is important today. We love you guys…you are our siberspace family. Being thankful is better than being sad.

  32. Siber-H
    11:53 am on September 11th, 2011

    It seems that maybe The Dog Who is getting more publicity than the first three books. I hope so. This short review will do no harm because if someone starts reading the books because of it, they will forget exactly what was written in the review. They will just be glad they found the books.

  33. Masquers
    12:08 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Rio: One more day you say
    At least you had some fun
    along the way. That lovely
    win back in Council Bluffs
    gave you something to smile
    about and even shout hurray!

  34. Masquers
    12:31 pm on September 11th, 2011

    T&G: Your words are lovely and true. Thank you.
    That is the one thing to remember on this day.
    How we all came together at this place and time
    To help one another. What Plunderers always do.

    Maggie: Celebrating early we see. tee,hee.
    to Barb: (whispering) Not the Filet mignon!

    Rose: Excellent news on the new job! It is
    always good to move up within the company.
    Keeping the benefits while stretching your

    S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G. What a great idea!

  35. Melanie
    12:32 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Rose: Congratulations!

    Barb & MagPie: It is know surprise to me that it took forever to film 5 seconds!

    We are going to start a series called “Slings & Arrows”. Didn’t know much about it except it was on the free pile up the street. YSAS says it’s very good. Canadian and the main dude is from Due South!
    Bits from the back of the box. Passionate but unstable artistic director who’s haunted by the ghost of his predecessor. Each seams is one of Shakespeare’s plays. Backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst (they do “Hamlet”, “Macbeth”, and “King Lear”). Sounds fun.

    Need fun! Love the “Due South” series, but he have to wait to get the DVD’s to and from Netflix.

  36. Melanie
    12:33 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Oh Carpola, If only I could blame an iPaw on the “Know”. Nuts . . . Oh wait, I still haven’t found my computer glasses. Yes, that’s it!

  37. Mollypop
    12:41 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Leaving for Sam’s now. Mom has her chapstick well hidden.

    I see there’s a new Jack Reacher book that the description says is the beginning of the saga. Does anyone know about this? We only read one when it was offered free on Kindle last year, then loved it and want to read more. You guys advised to read them in order – so would this new one be where we should start?

  38. Siber-H
    1:02 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Mollypop, I read the Reacher books in order all except for 61 Hours, which I read first. I would advise reading them in order.
    Lee Child’s website says that he thinks you need to get to know Reacher before reading the one that is the beginning of the saga.
    His website tells you what order to read the books and just where the “beginnings” one fits in.
    Just click on books on his home page.

  39. Siber-H
    1:15 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Ok, It seems that the new Reacher book coming out this month is another prequel That makes two he has written.
    I would read the books in the order he wrote them.

    In the post above, I was talking about the first prequel he wrote.
    gah, I hope this makes sense.

  40. Snowhook Bella
    1:15 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Hello Plunderers!

    AJ and I are heading onto our wooded property to chop down trees in hopes of completing our firewood for the season.

    T&G: Thank you for the wonderful posting. The Plunderers are special creatures.

  41. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:18 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom just ordered pizza — online! How easy was that? So now when she thinks I’m here on Chet’s blog I can actually be ordering a pizza. Now I’ve just gotta figure out how to get to the pizza store. Oh, and how to pay for it. Pondering….

  42. Snowhook Bella
    1:24 pm on September 11th, 2011

    KirbyT: Any dog able to get away with laying on their person’s pillow without getting more than a mere mumbled thrown in their direction can surely figure the minor detail of paying for pizza. You can do it!

  43. BearSpiritDog
    1:40 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Kirby: If mom thinks you are cute you can get away with most anything. Just ask Princess Sam.

  44. Siber-H
    1:50 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Kirby, Check into home delivery for the pizza and see if they will run a tab.

  45. Melanie
    2:11 pm on September 11th, 2011

    I just read that Reacher as a kid book. Good. I wouldn’t mind having a Reacher around the house every once in a while. Oh, wait. I sort of have two. Never mind.

  46. C. Harris
    2:18 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Wookie, I posted a message at dishlickers….

    Okay so I got the book, read the book, now waiting for the next one. Perhaps I should have just read a chapter a day (is that even possible?) to drag it out. Plus staying up to 2 am is costing me today.

    Good day all. Off to school to catch up. Can I already be behind 3.5 weeks into the school year?

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:56 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Farm!….This morning we fed the little llama, the one in the picture, some corn stalks and my friend tried and tried to pet him but he would not let her…sniff!….He kept snuffling at me through the fence and I snuffled back at him…heh!….You guys should have seen Henry the Pot-Bellied Pig sleeping in his pen…grunt!…He was snoring to beat the band…wow!…Even my friend doesn’t snore that loudly…chorkel!

    Escape!… So somehow my friend and her brother were allowed to leave the animal farm with me and come back to the hotel…wuffle!… We have another hour of “free” time before we have to make the 20 mile journey back there for, get this, “an early BBQ”…heh!…We fell for that trick the first afternoon we were here. There was no early BBQ and really, not even an actual BBQ…snort!…All lies, all the time. Just like how we were supposed to go fishing today at some lake and take a picnic…Lies!…Again, all lies!…grunt!…The good thing is we have to be back early tonight because we are leaving around 3:00am tomorrow morning to go home… HOME!…Someone here can’t freakin’ wait to get Home!!…wheeze! …Just so you know …sneeze! scratch!…. I’m having a great time!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:14 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Chet!….We are taking this free time to read the new book…snort!… We are just about to start chapter 8 after I finish this post…sniff!….She is waiting patiently for me. She has a lot of patience, unlike me, but last night with her bizarre family finally pushed her to the limit something burst or broke, not sure which. It was as if she just didn’t care anymore what those people thought, because in reality they don’t think or care anything of other peoples feelings…wuffle!…She finally told me all about it and I would have done much worse if I were in her position…snort!

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:25 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Book!….We are lovin’ the new book so much, we have to stop and drink in the goodness!…heh!… Did I mention before that we are using a photo of Belle Starr staring up at us as our book mark?…wiffle!…She is so damned cute very photogenic….woooooo!

  50. Masquers
    3:29 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Listen to Siber, Kirby. He has the online ordering thing mastered.

    Hey, Macy. WeatherKat would love to give you good news. Can we say blessing in disguise? If it rains now the parched earth will not be able to handle it and there would be flooding. Small consolation I know. But as the Newf pack and Howlers can tell you, when it rains it pours. Always too much of a good thing.

  51. B.Stover
    3:47 pm on September 11th, 2011

    I’m on chapter twenty-eight and stopping for now.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:51 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Shoot!… I sure wish someone would have been around to talk to this afternoon before I have to leave…sniff!…Gawd knows what will happen between now and when we get back here to the computer…heh!… I am hoping for a great big knock-down blow-out fight!…snort!… A good food fight would be the best. I could help clean-up along with 2 pups, a Jack Russell who thinks she owns the place, and 9 or 10 Kats…grunt!…All of which I have either had words with or chased off the porch…heh!

    Leaving!…Well, we will have to leave in a few minutes to go back out to the animal farm…snort!…Maybe there will actually be a BBQ today. One must always try to think positive in these situations. Situations where my friend is expecting the absolute worst…gruffle!sneeze!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:53 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Stover!..,You and I (and my friend) were reading the same book at the same time…snort!…That is very comforting in a way I cannot describe…woooo!

  54. Masquers
    4:19 pm on September 11th, 2011

    WeatherKat Weather Central

    Rio’s Travel Forecast for Monday, 12 Sept. 2011
    Daytime highs through Nebraska Hot – 90 degrees
    Isolated T-Storms in Denver area on Monday-30%.
    Tuesday partly cloudy – high 75.

    Sounds like you are planning to travel on through?
    A long trip, but with alternate drivers and a no.
    of rest stops you should be home by late afternoon.

  55. B.Stover
    4:20 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Hope things go better than your friend expects Rio.

  56. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:51 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Melanie, are you referring to Second Son? Mom read it and really like it.

  57. Gus & BooBear
    5:17 pm on September 11th, 2011

    We read Second Son and really liked it too. It is not available in print, only on ebook. Think Mom read it in one sitting.

    Take SiberH’s advice and read the series in the order it was written. There is one in the series that is a prequel but it helps to already know the character.

    T&G, thank you for the wonderful post earlier. Dad is amazed by the “family” that has developed on the blog. He thinks it is really amazing that people who haven’t met have bonded to form the group we have. Thank you, Chet and SQ.

  58. Melanie
    5:26 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Yes, Wölfie, just couldn’t remember the name!

    Riö, The Pack is hoping for the food fight. I’m hoping for what ever is easiest on your friend.

    Patsy and I went to our beach today. She went wading and had a good time smelling things. The others used the pool.

    I was going to take Dan to the Habitat for Humanity restore near us tomorrow. Luckily, I looked it up because it’s only open Fridays and Saturdays. Guess we’ll go on Friday!

  59. Melanie
    5:27 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Oh, duh, rolling eyes here.

    Just finished the first episode of the first season of “Slings and Arrows”. Really liked it and really glad that YSAS doesn’t drink like those actors do!

  60. Barb & Maggie
    5:56 pm on September 11th, 2011

    We have tracked our 3 books, and they made it as far as Rockford, Il yesterday, and the package is now at a UPS location.
    That should mean delivery tomorrow, Oh, what a happy birthday present that will be!

    We have a delema because we have two Kate Atkinson books that are loan from another library. That means if Barb wants to read them, she has to do it pronto. This is going to be hard on the old girl!

    Rio, Hopefully there will be a Bar-b-que and there will be a lot of spillage!

  61. OleyHowlers
    6:19 pm on September 11th, 2011

    We are reading White Wings and loving it.

    Rio, we hope your evening goes better than expected, and that you get a bar-b-q.

    Going to try to watch Burn Notice tonight.

  62. Melanie
    6:25 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Glad you’re enjoying White Wings, OleyHowlers! I’m not sure I told everyone that Dan thinks it is wonderful that it is going around The Plunderers and everyone is signing it.

  63. Rose
    6:53 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Thanks to all for your good wishes on my new job!

    B: The company publishes protocols, Informed Consent Forms, Clinical Study Reports (to name just a few) with regard to the Clinical Trials being conducted.

    Rio: Hope there are lots of BBQ droppings!

    I’m at a scary part of the DW….Going back to read some more now.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    7:05 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Can we get on the list for White Wings?

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Back!….We are back and never ever going out there again according to my friend…heh!…I forgot to say goodbye to llama and Henry…drat!…BBQ consisted of some burnt cheeseburgers and a jar of pickles. That’s all I could see from my vantage point…grunt!…I got some, but not enough so I am begging for more right now while she is packing us up again….yeep!wheeze!yeep!… She is packing up everything and only keeping out what we will need first thing because we will be hitting the road really really early tomorrow morning….sniff! …Her mother wants to “get together” and discuss the travel plans…sniffle! …As far as we are concerned the plan is Get Up Early and Get The Hell Outta Here Lickety Split and Don’t Look Back!…dammit!

  66. BearSpiritDog
    7:42 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: Bear is after the O.Howlers. I don’t know who follows us. Maybe Dawson knows.

    Is there a way to keep track of who is next? Post on Dish? Actually, if each recipient knows who follows them that should do the trick.

    We still have The Search if anyone is interested let me know.

  67. OleyHowlers
    7:46 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Speaking of Dawson, we haven’t heard from her….she didn’t say anything about Buddy’s poem announcing the arrival of White Wings. Did she say she wouldn’t be around?

  68. Melanie
    7:48 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Riö, Bummer for your friend. I’m glad you guys are getting “The Hell OUtta Here Lickety Split and Don’t Look Back!”

    Pickels . . . We love Wickles. Pickles with a hot twist!

  69. Tupper and Gilly
    7:49 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Oh Rio – so sorry that your “vacation” was so rotten. Mama is a firm believer in Choosing Your Family as opposed to just having to like them because they are related by blood.
    She says most of her family is so crazy, she wonders how she ended up “normal”….or is she???

    Wookie – Mama forgot all about posting her address at Dishlickers when she was in there doing the housekeeping. She will do it now, or you can just wait for the mail to arrive. She sent it along with her check.

    Gotta go supervise the rest of the Packing for the Beach – we have to make sure they pack our blankies, and bones, and woobies, and treats and …..

    Talk to you all later.

  70. BearSpiritDog
    8:02 pm on September 11th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Buddy’s poem was great! I don’t think we’ve heard from Dawson since before then now that you mention it.

    Tupper&Gilly: Have fun at the Beach!

    Rio: Safe trip.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:12 pm on September 11th, 2011

    President!…Speaking now…sniff!

  72. Siber-H
    8:14 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Rio, I’m glad you guys got outta there and back to the hotel early. I know you had a good time but I’m sorry it was so rotten for your friend.
    Have a safe trip. A Harvest moon will be shinning down on you.
    The Rockies beat the Reds today 4-1.

    T&G, Have Fun at the beach! Keep in touch if you can.

  73. Barb & Maggie
    8:19 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Barb’s DIL is pretty sharp on the computer. Is the cookbook that we are getting from Wookie in a sprial form? She said she might be able to help Barb with making more copies. The other thought was ordering a pdf copy from Snowhook for $10.00. How do we do that? Is that on Dishlickers?

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Rotten!… Well, someone here knew all along how it would bad the trip would be but did not factor in a few things that made it even worse than expected. She came along on the trip entirely for her mother…sniff!… We have learned something on this trip about her mother. Not only do we love her and want to protect her very much, but the fact is she treats brother the same way she treats my friend, so now my friend knows NOT to take it personally…heh!… As brother says, “She is at the age where she says whatever comes into her head no matter what it is, so just filter a lot of stuff out.” ….snort!…Good advice. Tomorrow mother will ride shot-gun and he can take his own advice all day long…chorkel!

  75. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:22 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Rio. Bummer! So sorry this has been the trip from H e l l. Just make sure your friends packs up all your baseball toys, you wouldn’t want any of those left behind. Wookie

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on September 11th, 2011

    SiberH!…We Really Really miss watching the Rockies!…snort!…So thanks for the short updates…heh!

  77. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:26 pm on September 11th, 2011

    B&M. Yes, the cookbooks are spiral bound. Wookie

  78. Snowhook Bella
    8:29 pm on September 11th, 2011

    T&G: I am fortuante to have a wonderful family, but I like the idea of being able to choose your family not related by blood. In a way, that’s what it seems like we have here at Chet’s—kind of like when a stray finds their forever home.

    Siber-H: Belle Starr is a bit disappointed that she didn’t get to go on the rescue mission. She was looking forward to meeting the Iditarod fan that got things going between Chet’s and Snowhook.

    We’ve had a busy day. Friends of the Kennel, Mick and Jodi (not giants, I assure you) came by to dismantle a greenhouse we have on our property. We’ve never used it. We call it an even trade for a meat saw they gave us. It was fun to spend time with friends.

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:31 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Sister!… It’s not that my friend does not love her sister very, very much, it is just how things have turned out over the years that is disturbing….sniff!… Although, there may be a glimmer of hope for the future. All the new farm animals may be the key. Henry included! …. Maybe. Only time will tell…snort!

    Wookie!…I supervised the packing of the few toys she brought along for me..sniffle!…She says I can sleep in the big, big bed because my bed is already in the car…heh!

  80. Barb & Maggie
    8:41 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Safe traveling tomorrow Rio.

    We are now going to watch a Netflix movie, as we have watched a lot of the tributes to 9/11 already.

    The movie sounds uplifting. A Storm in Summer, 2000, with Peter Falk as a Jewish deli owner, and Aaron Meeks as an inner city kid that comes to stay with him for the summer. Looks good.

    We are also going to grill a steak from our new beef order. Ta ta for now

  81. B.Stover
    8:42 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Barb: The pdf of the cookbook is in dishlickers in the folder Finished Cookbook. You can just download it from there and don’t need to pay anything.

  82. Siber-H
    8:44 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Rebecca, if the trip had lasted any longer we might have been mounting a rescue mission. It would have not been Rio that needed rescuing, though.

    Rio, I think what your friend learned about her mom made the whole trip worthwile. That is very wise advice from your friend’s brother.
    Mom says she knows that it can be difficult.

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Memories! … My friend says the last time she was in Iowa to visit her sister was 10 years ago this week….snort!…She says they arrived home 3 days before 9-11. So today is bringing back all kinds of memories from that trip and that time frame…sniff! …The memorial continues on tv tonight…wuffle! …We missed most of it this morning so this is a good thing. President Bush was a Rock during that time. Lets not forget that either…snuffle!

  84. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:00 pm on September 11th, 2011

    The relationships that we have with our families of origin can be complex indeed.
    Especially when addictions are involved. In mom’s family, it was alcohol, and it took years of therapy for us to understand how much it impacted her. With growth and maturity came healing.

    Rio, your friend was sweet to do this for her mom.

  85. Masquers
    9:07 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Safe trip home my friend.

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Everyone!…heh!… I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that I should thank all of you guys for your well-wishes and support during this ordeal vacation …sniff!…We have a very, very long day ahead of us tomorrow, but I will be thinking of all of you and ways to torment each of you all day long in that damned car…grunt!…”Car Ride!” will never have the same meaning for me after this…wuffle!

    Weather-Kat!…Special thanks for the forecast!…snort!….Looks like it will be hot as hell tomorrow and then bearable later on….sniff!

  87. Snowhook Bella
    9:28 pm on September 11th, 2011

    I think there might be something to the heart of gold theory—it was really nice of Rio’s friend to do this for her mother, and it was really nice of Rio to be there for his friend.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Okay!… This is it from me till Tuesday sometime unless a miracle happens and we arrive home sooner than my friend suspects we will, …grunt!…She will go straight back to the busy-place and I will continue my day-time duties at her mother’s house…heh!…So goodbye and goodnight all youse guys!…snorkel!

  89. Melanie
    9:38 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Riö, after this car ride, I wish for you short car rides to places like Pizza joints, and donut places and delis and beautiful flat parks!

    Okay, late tonight. YEA for Melanie! Stayed up after 9:30!


  90. Macy the Min-pin
    10:23 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Hi everybody, we are still here, still panting.

    Mom has been pretty introspective today. The fact that she was working for American Airlines That Day made the entire situation so very surreal. Hundreds to thousands of people sent flowers to our building, the world HQ of AA. Someone dressed teddy bears with ribbons bearing (ugh bad pun) the names of all the flight crews lost that day. Eventually, the flowers were diverted to other locations, as the air was overwhelming with the smell of the flowers. To this day, strong flower smells take mom right back there. The end side of the building is all windows, with flights from DFW coming straight at us. On every floor, people gathered at the windows to take in the unbelievable sight of clear, planeless skies. *sigh* What direction would her life have taken if not for this terrible tragedy? She was one of the first to be laid off, a week later, the first wave of a mass of people in this area to lose jobs in the aftermath. *double sigh*. I think she needs to think about something else now.

    Strange, too, is the fact that Rick Perry was our governor then (and now) and now is himself running for Top Dog.

    Good night my wonderful, thoughtful anipals.

  91. OleyHowlers
    10:24 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Have a safe trip Rio.

    Good night to all.

  92. Snowhook Bella
    10:30 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Good night all.

  93. Siber-H
    10:43 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Macy, You are right…your mom needs to think of something else now, but I appreciate you sharing that story with us. It just goes to show that 9/ll touched many lives that were far away from the actual events happening that day.
    It is time now to look toward tomorrow.

    Good Night Everyone

  94. Staff
    11:00 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Goodnight all.

    I also am glad that Chet did not post about 9/11 today.

    Hope that Rio has a tolerable trip home and that the insight from her brother helps in the days ahead. I have to use that insight with my father fairly often. He is a micro manager and likes to have things done HIS way. It is one of the only ways he has left of being in control. Getting old is no fun and I keep working at remembering that fact. Sometimes it helps.

    I saw a beautiful black Great Dane at the hardware store today. What a pretty dog. 132 pounds and really large, but slender. Wow.

  95. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:25 pm on September 11th, 2011

    Macy, thank you for sharing. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to work in the airline industry and be so directly impacted, only to be laid off the following week. It must have been heartbreaking. I have you on my list of daily prayers, asking our great Creator for a fabulous job for you. Take care.

  96. Macy the Min-pin
    12:00 am on September 12th, 2011

    Wolfie, thank you. A man at church today asked me if I still worked “there”. He said that his company may be looking for an admin. ass’t and would let me know. Not holding my breath, but I appreciate him thinking of me.


  97. Macy the Min-pin
    12:02 am on September 12th, 2011

    Hope Gus and Boo Bear are OK. I just heard that there is a herd of monkeys loose in Houston. Yikes, a police officer has been injured by one. Drought, fire, and now a plague of monkeys.

  98. Macy the Min-pin
    12:18 am on September 12th, 2011

    Today’s Kindle deal of the day is Thunder Dog, the story of a guide dog who led his companion down the stairs to safety on 9/11. We will let you know how it is.

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