Sneak Peek: A Fistful of Collars

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84 Responses to “Sneak Peek: A Fistful of Collars”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:51 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Good morning, y’all! What a great way to start the day, with a Chet and Bernie exerpt! My favorite line comes when Chet’s talking about Spike and him playing. It sounds like Spence wrote it just for me:

    “I have lots of unknowns in me, too.”

    Maybe we’ll get another exerpt tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. And before you know it, we’ll be able to read the whole book! Sounds like a good plan, huh Spence???

  2. OleyHowlers
    7:52 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Good morning! We can’t wait to read the sneak peek. But first there’s this:

    Bridger, may your journey be peaceful, and may you meet friends, both old and new, who will accompany you and fill your days until you are once again united with AJ, Rebecca, and the rest of your team. Boris and Misha, please help Bridger find his way.

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:02 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: I just went back and read yesterday’s posts. I’m so sorry about Bridger. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. OleyHowlers
    8:37 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Kirby, that was a Great Read (snicker), wasn’t it? We want more more more. Do you know that was the very first time that Kat got to read one of Chet’s books? Now she wants Mom to read all the others to her. Well, that would take up the summer of waiting for ACWI and FOC. But Mom says then she will never finish her 909 page Civil War history.

  5. Rose
    8:41 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca, I was reading last night’s posts early this morning as I usually do. While it always hurts to lose one that is loved, please know that Bridger will be well taken care of on the Rainbow Bridge, and that his heart still beats in yours and AJ’s. Bridger knew how much he was loved, and returned that love to you and AJ ten-fold. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. bluecat
    9:15 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca & AJ – Bridger will be one of the Invisible Ones who race with AJ and the team. He knows how much you care.

    Spence – thanks for a really big sneak peek. We love Chet’s voice.

    An early Happy 4th to Everybody. Be safe out there.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    9:20 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca & AJ: Friends and family are waiting to help Bridger cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Our prayers are with you who remain on this side. He knows how much he is loved.

    Chet, Spence & Admin: Thank you for the sampler first chapter. Now we Really can’t wait.

  8. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:34 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca and AJ; Others have said it so well. May his crossing be peaceful and painless; and the love from you to him and from him to you will always be there, even after he has gone. Wookie

  9. B.Stover
    10:24 am on July 3rd, 2012

    I’m resisting the temptation to read the excerpt but thank you Spence.

    Good morning all.

  10. Basil and Sage
    10:27 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Bella – we always like to think of crossing the Bridge kind of like shedding a big, heavy winter coat, and being able to dance in the sunshine, unburdened and free. We will pray for happy music for Bridger’s Dance.

  11. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:50 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Loss!…Seems like the Giants have lost a lot of friends this year…sniffle!…I hope they are holding each other up through this very hard time…wuffle!

  12. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:55 am on July 3rd, 2012

    facebookie!…I am resisting the urge to read the excerpt only because she doesn’t allow me messing around in facebookie…grunt!

    Work!…As my friend feared her vacation is starting off with a lot of work…sniff!…Right now O’Brother is trying to find the Big Orange Box so he can buy some fence stuff….wheeze!…Then once he gets back she has to go with him to another store to buy sprinkler system stuff….sneeze!…Is my friend happy? Yes, because all of this stuff needs to be done. She is wondering why it is finally being done on her vacation….grump!

  13. OleyHowlers
    11:04 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rio, The excerpt is not on facebook. It is at the link Chet posted at the top.

  14. Mollypop's Mom
    11:10 am on July 3rd, 2012

    I have two pics to post. I took these with my iphone. I can’t find my camera right now.

    This one is Sam in her new (cat) collar. And she shall have music wherever she goes.

  15. Mollypop's Mom
    11:11 am on July 3rd, 2012

    This is Rebecca giving her excellent presentation.

  16. B.Stover
    11:23 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Sam’s collar is perfect.

  17. Siber-H
    11:36 am on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca, We are sorry about Bridger. He will now be able to travel between Rainbow Bridge and the land beyond Rainbow Bridge where the Huskies go. It is a land of snow. He knows he was loved.

  18. Siber-H
    11:41 am on July 3rd, 2012

    We are going to join with those of you that are not reading the first chaper, but thank you, Spence, for making it available to us.
    We want to be able to look forward to ALL of the book in September.

    Thanks for the photos, Mollypop’s Mom. Sam looks good in pink.

  19. Rose
    12:56 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Thanks, Spence for posting the excerpt. I like the excitement and anticipation of waiting for each new Chet and Bernie book. I will not peak at the excerpt.

    MollyPop’s Mom: Sam’s collar is just right. Does she love to hear the bell music? Thanks for posting the pictures.

  20. B.Stover
    1:01 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Peek, peak, pique….Isn’t English fun.

  21. Melanie
    1:14 pm on July 3rd, 2012
  22. Snowhook Bella
    1:16 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Thank you for your words of comfort. I previously shared what made Bridger special. I said long ago when I realized that AJ and Bridger were one spirit in the same, I said they broke the mold with both. A couple of years ago, I can across this song that I adopted from Bridger. His other song is ‘Trouble me’ by 10,000 Maniacs.

  23. Snowhook Bella
    1:20 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    I tried to post this in a previous post which is waiting moderation. I want to share one of Bridger’s songs. I said long ago that they broke the mold with he and AJ.

  24. Masquers
    1:33 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Very nice, Melanie.

    To she who will have music wherever she goes – your new collar is purrfect.

    Riö: We here vote to keep the Auction as it is presently set-up. Your friend has taken her “vacation” in anticipation of manning Auction Central this coming weekend. As you suggested, those who will be out of town can arrange for proxy vote in their absence.

  25. Laurie
    2:01 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Why do none of the dogs on the covers of chet’s books have one white ear?

  26. OleyHowlers
    2:07 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Laurie, that is a question that has plagued those of us on this here blog since inception. We have never received an answer.

  27. Siber-H
    2:32 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Auction…I vote the same way as Masquers for the same reason.
    I’ll add another reason: The first day of the auction just would not be the same unless Rio is there.

  28. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:48 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Good news everyone and this may help with the auction situation too. Casa Wookie is once again electrically powered. We may not move back in until tomorrow, but PEPCO finally came through. There are, however, still traffic lights near where we life that are dark and the nearby grocery store, gas station etc. are still without power. Four days and counting. Sheesh.


  29. Masquers
    3:10 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Laurie: Chet masquerading as a Border Collie type on the cover of The Dog Who has one white ear…also in one version of TFAT he also has/had one white ear.
    Good news about the power situation at your home, Wookie. Will you be assisting Riö at Auction Central?

  30. Riö –The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Ultimately!….snort!…It will be up to Rebecca to post-pone or not and I have not heard the word “post-pone” from her. Although, I haven’t checked my email since this morning either…heh!heh!…Manning Auction Central can be a lot of work and you pretty much have to stay attached to the computer all day and late at night. Unless the bidding is really really slow….snort!…With only 3 days to place bids, I am expecting heavy traffic all three days…sniff!

  31. Riö –The Evil Pug
    3:13 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Wookie!…No one is more relieved than I am to hear you will be moving back home very soon…snort!snort!…I was wondering how I was going to maintain my composure on Sunday when things will really get Wild!….chorkel!…Dawg Bless PEPSI!…chuffle!

  32. B.Stover
    3:26 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    I hope things get back to normal for you soon Wookie.

  33. Rose
    3:33 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Wookie, glad to hear that you have your power back on and will be able to go home soon! Stay safe.

  34. Melanie
    3:50 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Laurie, the first draft of “To Fetch A Thief” had a white ear for Chet. It is actually on the bottom of this page. They took it out of the real cover.

    Wöökie’s Back! I hear that many people are not happy with PEPCO.

    Hmm, so far I have not had anytime off. I hope that I will be getting time off soon. Maybe tomorrow. I will say NO to anyone who asks me to do just one more thing.

    B.Stover: Check your SDD in a bit. I’m sort of almost getting to begin writing it.

    Did anyone notice we got TWO Chapters sneak peak?

  35. B.Stover
    4:03 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: Checked and responded.

  36. OleyHowlers
    4:30 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Wookie, excellent news about you home’s power. We hope for the best in the rest of your area.
    Melanie, yes we noticed there were two chapters. With Mom’s memory they will seem fresh and new when she re-reads them later this summer. Thanks for the peek (pique?), Spence.
    As for the auction, whatever youse guys decide is fine with us. We are just not sure we will be around at the end to out-bid youse all. 🙂

  37. Snowhook Bella
    4:34 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    All systems are a go for the auction this weekend. I posted a couple of comments about Bridger that are being moderated. No idea why.

  38. B.Stover
    4:40 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    We’re having a “severe” thunderstorm here and it dropped 8 degrees in five minutes. How is that possible?

  39. B.Stover
    4:44 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    “Peek”: to look furtively; “peak”: pointed end; “pique”: anger or resentment.

  40. BearSpiritDog
    5:10 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    B: Hmm…interesting. Can pique also be used as in “to pique your interest”?
    We woke up to rain, left to go to the market at the north end of the Island…no rain there…warm with sunshine…came back home…looks like it’s ready to pour.

  41. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:19 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Break!….It is Beer O’Clock here at our house!….Woooooo!…Cold beers all around and maybe I will get a bowl full…heh!heh!…If Beau drinks any he will probably spin in circles till he drops…chorkel!…Not a bad idea actually…hmmmm!

  42. OleyHowlers
    5:23 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    We’re with you, Rio. Mom finished cutting all our mucho grass. Pop is on his way home. Both of them will be home with us the rest of the week. If that isn’t beer o’clock, what is? We ask youse.

  43. B.Stover
    5:25 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Bear: Yes. To “pique” interest is done by challenging or provoking. (The synonym is “provoke.”)

  44. B.Stover
    5:26 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Bear: Forgot: That is the definition for the verb.

  45. Melanie
    5:34 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Had a serious talk with Zoë. We will be doing only what is necessary tomorrow.

    We are taking the day off!

    No matter what or who or which or how or . . .

  46. BearSpiritDog
    5:50 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    What could be better?
    A Day Off for Everyone!
    Happy Fourth of July!!!


  47. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    OleyHowlers!…burp!…By golly it is Beer O’Clock on the East Coast and the West Coast if you ask me….snort!…Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and O’Brother will still be here…heh!…This really has been a treat for her and her mother to have him around for so long, even though he is a big ole dork. He works hard and is a perfectionist. He is also an Electrician…heh!…Thats the part they love the most about him I think…snorkel!…I’ve never seen anyone eat as much as he does. He makes me proud…. chuffle! …Beau won’t let him out of his sight. He never wants to go outside, but if O’Brother is out there, he wants to be out there with him….heh!…She is keeping us both in right now because it is so hot outside…sniff!

  48. Riö –The Evil Pug
    6:06 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Maskers!…You haven’t had any visitors this afternoon, have you?…snort!

  49. Masquers
    6:14 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Hark! What’s that I hear? A familiar refrain…HEIGH Ho…HEIGH Ho…and it’s off to work we go.
    They have arrived! We don’t let any Tom, Dick & Harry into our house, but Mom says these guys are too cute too resist.
    The boys are so thankful for not being split up they wanted to begin working right away, but we said no. They will be joining us in our 4th of July celebration.
    Welcome to your forever home!

  50. Riö –The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Maskers!…Can I see some photos of them enjoying the 4th of July Celebration tomorrow?…snort!…Hopefully, no fights will break out after they have had a few beers…huffle!…What am I saying? They are your problem now!..heh!heh!

  51. Melanie
    6:53 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Masquers, HUH?
    Must have missed a post or two in there somewhere.

    Oh, now I remember what I was going to say before the Masquers’s comment.
    Staff, check your SDD.

  52. Masquers
    7:04 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: In case you missed it…Tom, Dick & Harry, the garden gnomes have arrived on the Island.
    Riö: It seems a couple of the boys are a little camera shy, so we can’t promise anything, but we will be at the ready to catch all the action.
    Corona on ice…steaks ready for the grill…Merlot for Mom…we are ready. Let the celebration begin!

  53. Melanie
    7:08 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Slapping back of my head and saying “Jeez Louise!”

    Tonight’s full moon is the Thunder Moon. We’re supposed to have storms too.
    Though not a whole heck of a lot of rain.

  54. Riö –The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Shy!…Those guys aren’t shy…snort!…They just want to be out of their packaging and into the Garden for the Big Party!….Woooo!…We are so happy that they have found a home that will appreciate them and keep them out of jail..snorkel!

  55. Riö –The Evil Pug
    7:37 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Cardinals!…I am so excited to watch the Rockies vs the Cardinals tonight again…snort!…I have a good feeling in my bones that our guys will winnit!…burp!chuffle!burp!…This could be the beer I guzzled or an actual feeling – not sure…wheeze!

  56. Melanie
    7:42 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    News from YSAS zombie hoard. They have finished filming in one area and McKey, the crew and the hoard were crossing the street to go to another location.
    A tour bus was at the corner and everyone saw the hoard. Cameras out, flashes going, screams of what was going on. What did the hoard do? Snapped into character and attacked the bus. The tourists loved it!

    The crew didn’t get a single shot because it took to long to get the camera up and running.

  57. Riö –The Evil Pug
    7:46 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Zombies!….Melanie it sounds like those guys are having so much fun!…heh!heh!…Oh, to be young and a Zombie…snorkel!

  58. Masquers
    7:47 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Lol! Picturing it now…zombies attaching a tour bus!

  59. Masquers
    7:48 pm on July 3rd, 2012


  60. Melanie
    8:29 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    He is a funny guy. He also had a blast.

    I was watering the gardens this morning and noticed that the earth was still dry an inch down. Hmmm. So I used the sprinkler this evening on some things. I am a klutz when it comes to the sprinkler. I am wet. I will be looking at soaker hoses on Thursday.


  61. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Soakers!…If my friend had any say around here she would have soaker hoses set up all over…grunt!…We just came in from watering the tomatoes…sniff!…Her brother is staying another day!….Wooooooo!…Beau is ecstactic about this news…heh!

  62. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Game!…We get to watch the game for about an hour and 1/2 before someone says we are going on our evening walk…grunt!…The Rockies can with this thing with only …HEY!…The Rockies are ahead by ONE!…snort!snort!

  63. Snowhook Bella
    9:15 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Rio: I am glad you are now able to enjoy the game on your first day of your vacation. Good for youse!

  64. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:16 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca!….Where are you? Are you still in Utah? (again!)…grunt!

  65. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Exhausted!…Everyone here is exhausted from working and the heat…sniff!…Its time to quite for good I say…sneeze!

  66. Snowhook Bella
    9:24 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Rio: I am in Utah with my family. I will be here through the end of next week.

  67. dawson
    9:37 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca and AJ: Thank you for loving and caring for Bridger and for knowing when the time to let him go had arrived. Rest in Peace Bridger.

    Melanie: Those tourists got a free show. How exciting for them!

    Wookie: Home at last! I hope your maple tree survives.

    Thanks for all the reports and pictures from those who attended the Big Event. What fun!

  68. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Utah!…Well, if you have to be somewhere I guess Utah is okay too…grunt!

    SiberH!…Are you watching this game? You have not posted much at all today….wheeze!….Is everything okay pal??…sniff!

  69. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Dawson!…How was the wedding? Did you fit into your dress?…heh!heh!

  70. Siber-H
    9:49 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Yeah, thanks for asking Rio. Everything is okay and I am watching the game now. I have to supervise (from a distance) watering outside before we can start watching the game.

  71. dawson
    10:04 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Rio: The first wedding went well, except for the 2 year old flower girl who decided to have a tantrum and throw herself on the floor, kicking and screaming instead of spreading rose petals down the aisle. Heh. Yes, I fit into my dress, although by the end of the night it seemed to get tighter but that was a testimonial to the delish food that was served. The second wedding is this Saturday.

  72. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Supervising!….I know SiberH! The summer-time takes a lot more supervisory effort….sniff!…She is always out there doing something that I have to know about and make sure everything is okay…grunt!…Beau is starting to become very territorial of the whole damned yard, which is huge by the way….gruffle!…With him doing guard duty around the fence line and through the garden, that frees me up to keep a close eye on what she and that O’Brother of hers is up to….heh!heh!…Its not easy being Boss of Everything, let me tell youse!…grunt!

  73. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Gah!…She is going to make me leave this nice cool basement and go for a walk with Beau…grump!…I hate walking with that guy. He takes forever and he always tangles up the lines…wheeze!huffle!….Lets get this crap over-with so I can watch the end of the game..dammit!

  74. OleyHowlers
    10:22 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Goodnight all. We just finished our barbequed chicken and corn on the cob, time for beddy bye here.

  75. Staff
    10:33 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Twins vs Tigers tied 6 to 6 in the 6th.

  76. Siber-H
    10:47 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    The Rockies lead by one run in the eighth.

    Dawson, Perhaps Kat should have been the flower girl instead of the 2 year old.

  77. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    OMDawg!…WOOOOOOO!….The Rockies beat the Cardinals tonight!…snort!snort!…Wow!Wow!Wow!…heh!…WE are skipping, and twirling and skipping and twirling!….WOOOOOOOO!

  78. Siber-H
    11:19 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Oh my gosh! The Rockies held that one run lead and they won the game. WOO WOO

    There are bombs going off all around us. Mom says they are fireworks, but I think we are under attack.

    Night All

  79. Staff
    11:19 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Kat would have rolled over and presented her tummy to everyone on the way down the aisle. It would have taken forever….

  80. Staff
    11:20 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Twins up 7 to 6 in the 7th, but I have to go to bed. Night all.

  81. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Nice!….Staff! Way to leave us hanging….grunt!…Are you feeling okay? This is awful early for you little lady…sneeze!

  82. Snowhook Bella
    11:25 pm on July 3rd, 2012

    Kat is, er, very accommodating when tummies are involved.

  83. dawson
    12:01 am on July 4th, 2012

    Bottom of the ninth. The Tigers need 2 runs to tie.
    Kat would’ve been a great flower girl.
    This weekends wedding couple have one of Wookie’s relative living with them. I stayed with them on the way up here and Callie did to me what Kat did to Mollypop. Oof! She didn’t stay long though. Just long enough to make sure I wouldn’t kick her out of bed.

  84. dawson
    12:10 am on July 4th, 2012

    Twins win.
    Staff has very possibly been getting up early and being shortchanged on her naps lately. You’ve got to catch up on your sleep when you can, which reminds me…goodnight.

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