Sneak Peek: The Beginning of A Fistful of Collars

“Heard you drove another one off a cliff,” said Nixon Panero. He spat a thin brown stream of chewing tobacco into an empty paint can, or maybe not that empty. Yellow paint, the yellow of egg yolks, now with a brown swirl in the middle: there’s all kinds of beauty in life.

“You heard wrong,” said Bernie.

Uh-oh. Bernie was looking at Nixon in an irritated sort of way. Wasn’t Nixon our buddy? True, Nixon’s eyes were too close together, even for a human, but he was one of the best mechanics in the Valley according to Bernie, and if Bernie said so then that was that, and besides, Nixon was also one of our top sources on the street, even though we once put him away for a year or so. Or maybe because of it! Anything’s possible with perps, believe me. We’ve taken down lots, me and my partner, Bernie. That’s what we do at the Little Detective Agency. He’s Bernie Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.

From A Fistful of Collars, coming Sept. 11.
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114 Responses to “Sneak Peek: The Beginning of A Fistful of Collars”

  1. Rose
    8:44 am on August 29th, 2012

    Good Morning All!

    It is a beautiful day here in Westchester.

    I saw this on the news this morning:

    http://www.inquisitr.com/310191/meet-venus-the-amazing-two-faced-chimera-cat-video/

  2. Rose
    8:46 am on August 29th, 2012
  3. Rose
    8:47 am on August 29th, 2012

    Sammie, I hope you are taking good care of Molly’s Mom, and that you got your nice soft boiled egg on your kibble.

  4. Melanie
    8:51 am on August 29th, 2012

    Morning Rose, I think I’ll miss the Kat with two faces.

    Release date for AFOC is slowly . . . slowly . . . coming our way. Sigh.
    Have I ever told you that I’m bad at waiting?

    YSAS and Friend decided to do a ghost walk in a near-by cemetery. It’s really DARK out here. So they pass the old, abandoned for years, Girl Scout camp and then there’s the graveyard . . . Friend said, WE ARE NOT GETTING OUT OF THIS CAR! It probably didn’t help that I said to be loud because of the bears. Which is true but citified people get a little nervous when I mention it.

    OF COURSE, they find two lost dogs. Put them in the car and drive 2 miles down the road to a house. The guy came out and said yup one is my dog. He stays around the house until the neighbor’s dog (and he pointed out the other one) comes calling and leads him astray.

    So no ghosts, no horror movie outcome, lost dogs and found, just another day in the life of YSAS!

  5. Melanie
    9:01 am on August 29th, 2012

    Okay, skipped the Kat with two faces, but Dan, Zoë and I really enjoyed the two videos of the koala.

    What is it about Koala bears? They are so wonderful!

  6. OleyHowlers
    9:05 am on August 29th, 2012

    Good morning! Can’t wait for AFOC.
    We will have to watch the videos later. Pop is doing an online class now and won’t be able to hear if we play videos.
    Glad YSAS was able to help the two lost doggies.
    We are twirling with happiness for Aunt MollysMom’s new eyesight. Kat is afraid she won’t love her as much now that she can truly see her ! Silly Kat.

  7. B.Stover
    9:08 am on August 29th, 2012

    I have to have a talk with Chet about the beauties in life.

    Love the picture in the Facebook section.

    Good morning all.

  8. Rose
    9:12 am on August 29th, 2012

    Melanie, hope you are feeling a bit better. What a guy YSAS is! I love a man that loves and rescues animals. The two faced kat is actually beautiful. SHe was on the TODAY show this morning, and is very sweet.

    I LOVE koala bears!

  9. Rose
    9:14 am on August 29th, 2012

    Oh, Kat! Molly’s Mom will love you just as much as she did before!

  10. Terry Ballard
    9:25 am on August 29th, 2012

    A beautiful morning here on the island of Manhattan as well. Counting the days now. Two more morning rush hour commutes to go. With Labor Day approaching, should be a piece of cake. I now have a second animal rescue facility interested in my peculiar talents. My wife has now changed her tune from predicting that retirement will find me dying on the vine. Now it’s “You’re having too much fun with this.” Can’t make everybody happy.

  11. B.Stover
    9:36 am on August 29th, 2012

    I’m laughing at Wolfie’s Astrid comment from last night.

    Melanie: The description of the two faces of the cat simply refers to the coloring.

    Terry: Retirement is wonderful.

  12. Melanie
    9:45 am on August 29th, 2012

    Thanks, B.Stover. I did look after you explained it. Cute Kat. YSAS and Friend are now awake and making a coffee run. You can take them out of the city, but they still have city habits. You don’t make coffee . . you take your morning walk and get coffee. So here they don’t make coffee . . they drive 4 miles to get it.

    On tap for the day . . . We talk to the Paint and Construction guys about the next things that need fixing before winter. YSAS and Friend go with Zoë and all the Pack up for a walk / run. Come back, we go get peaches. Start making peach brandy. YSAS and Friend make dinner.

    I’m tired just reading about it!

  13. Melanie
    9:45 am on August 29th, 2012

    Terry, “peculiar” talents? Snicker

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:13 am on August 29th, 2012

    Melanie, tell us more about YSAS’s Friend. Is he twitter pated?

  15. Rose
    10:20 am on August 29th, 2012

    I wonder what Masquers will think of the two-faced cat??

  16. Masquers
    10:27 am on August 29th, 2012

    Look…Chet has given us more of AFOC…we owe it all to Riö. snicker.
    Rose! Venus even has her own Facebookie page.
    A Koala kutie.
    Melanie: Driving 4 miles for a morning espresso? We can understand this would be a necessary start to the day for YSAS & Friend. What does Friend think of the Pack?

  17. Rose
    10:37 am on August 29th, 2012

    Rio, here are your fried pickles

  18. Rose
    10:38 am on August 29th, 2012

    Rio, I’ll have to try again

  19. Princess Sam
    10:43 am on August 29th, 2012

    The Little Wookies are getting baths. So cute. It’s a dog-o-mat.

  20. OleyHowlers
    10:44 am on August 29th, 2012

    That Koala Bear is a super cutie. We don’t think that split-faced kat is cute though.

    We read that whole first paragraph from AFOC before. Thinking it was at the end of ACWI on our kindle.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    11:00 am on August 29th, 2012

    O.Howlers: Whew. I thought I was losing it…my first thought was deja vu…this sounds eerily familiar.

    Wose: Our first thought was: that kat is ready for Halloween.

    Sammie: Dog-O-Mat. lol.

  22. Siber-H
    11:11 am on August 29th, 2012

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I am not reading Chet’s post today because the book will be out soon and I want it to be all fresh and new to me when I start reading it.

  23. Siber-H
    11:19 am on August 29th, 2012

    Melanie’s mentioning a cemetery reminded me of something I wanted to tell Stover:

    Awhile back there was a short article in the newspaper about an old cemetery in Albuquerque. It said some Stovers were buried there and these Stovers were one of the founding families of Albuquerque. There was no other information in the article on these Stovers.
    This surprised me because I would have guessed all the founding families of Albuquerque were Spanish. I wish I knew more.

  24. B.Stover
    11:22 am on August 29th, 2012

    I just remembered….School starts today………and I don’t have to be there!!!!!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:27 am on August 29th, 2012

    Our Wolfie…the Eternal Optimist.

    Siber-H: Did the team win last night? (In other words, are you one step closer to “you know what”.)

    B: Yay! No school for you.
    We were thinking (always a dangerous thing) you may be enjoying your retirement and Terry about to enjoy his, but we know some who are working more hours than ever….e.g., Jay and TYB.
    BTW, TYB, almost time for the September calendar!

  26. Kat
    11:34 am on August 29th, 2012

    Almost time for new FOM ! Should I post a new picture of me me me ?

  27. Masquers
    11:38 am on August 29th, 2012

    Speaking of retirement…CHobbit is already preparing for winter.
    And, Bella, you had best put on some socks with those sandals.
    Is this weather normal for you both? Here on the Island 30 degree temps are considered cold even in the dead of winter!
    Kat: You would make a fine FOM.

  28. B.Stover
    11:38 am on August 29th, 2012

    SH: Thank you. That’s really interesting. My brother and I did some searching a while ago and our first paternal ancestor was Hans Stauffer from Bern, Switzerland born in the 16th Century. The first to come to America via Germany was in the 18th century and the name finally became “Stover” in the early 19th century. When was Albuquerque founded?

  29. Masquers
    11:39 am on August 29th, 2012

    Now…the Cable Guy is on his way.
    BBL

  30. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:40 am on August 29th, 2012

    Sam — I suspect the little Wookies are no more fond of baths than the big Wookie is. Although spa day afterwards (getting blown dry with a hair dryer) can be quite nice.
    Wookie

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    11:48 am on August 29th, 2012

    Greetings all. Quick check in and out. We are using the new, birthday computer, and today is the day that all the old computer stuff gets transfered onto this one. So, everything is gonna get unplugged.

    But that’s ok – Mama is spending the day making lasagna(to freeze and take to the beach for the annual dinner party) and spaghetti sauce for tonight. And we get pasta! Woo hoo!

  32. bluecat
    12:11 pm on August 29th, 2012

    me-me-me as GLAD sees me.

  33. bluecat
    12:12 pm on August 29th, 2012

    me-me-me as GLAD sees me.

  34. bluecat
    12:14 pm on August 29th, 2012

    The Horse

  35. OleyHowlers
    12:23 pm on August 29th, 2012

    We love the painting of you and your horse, Bluecat!

  36. B.Stover
    12:35 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Beautiful pictures Bluecat. Thank you for showing us.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    12:49 pm on August 29th, 2012

    BlueCat: GLAD does extraordinary work. The pictures of you and your horse are beautiful.

    Wose: Still waiting for the photo of that fried pickle!

  38. Terry Ballard
    12:49 pm on August 29th, 2012

    BearSpirit – Yep, Terry is counting the hours now and comes up with the figure of 51. Meanwhile I’m in talks with a second animal shelter on Long Island – this one wants me to come in on weekends and take pictures of the animals. life is tough alright….

  39. Siber-H
    12:53 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Bluecat, Those paintings are unbelieveable. The one of you is more than outstanding.

    Bear, The Rockies did win last night but they are still buried deep in the basement.

  40. Siber-H
    1:00 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Stover, Wikipedia says Albuq. was founded in 1706, but the Spanish were living here before that. In 1885 Albuquerque was incorporated as a town.

  41. Melanie
    1:06 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Back for a minute. YSAS and Friend have gone to a hydroponics store about 25 miles away. SHE loves the Pack. The Pack loves her. She is NOT an actor!

    We have just hooked up Dan to the O2 for the first time. Patsy had to come in (and I do mean “HAD”) to check everything out. She sniffed, Dan, the hose, and the machine. She is now taking a nap.

    In fact, the whole Pack is taking a nap because YSAS RAN with them today! Zoë and I only walk with the Pack. We let them do the running. So this was a treat.

    BlueKat, love the pictures!

    Dan’s side of the family came to North America very early. Two younger sons of a guy. One went to VA where we ended up at one point. The other went North of Boston, where we ended up. That son moved to Western MA. Where we are now. Weird.

    Time to do some more work.

  42. Siber-H
    1:18 pm on August 29th, 2012

    This family history stuff is interesting. I love it.

    GLAD is so talented, she should be making millions. IMHO

  43. SnowBella
    1:39 pm on August 29th, 2012

    BluKat: what wonderful pictures. Is that Foxy Leo, the Iditarod horse?

  44. B.Stover
    1:53 pm on August 29th, 2012

    SH: What is the name of the newspaper that the article was in?

  45. Siber-H
    2:01 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Stover, The newspaper is the Albuquerque Journal. There was absolutely no information on the Stovers in that article except that they are buried there and they were one of the founding families of Albuquerque.
    It caught eye because I know a Stover, and I thought it was so strange that is was an anglo name.

  46. c.hobbit
    2:06 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Peter Abrahams and Pearl are featured today in the Coffee with Canine blog:
    http://coffeecanine.blogspot.com/

  47. B.Stover
    2:29 pm on August 29th, 2012

    SH: There is apparently a Stover Avenue in Albuquerque and the first president of the university was Elias S. Stover.

  48. Mollypop's Mom
    2:31 pm on August 29th, 2012

    BlueKat you are beautiful! GLAD is so so talented.

    I did like YSAS this morning – went out for coffee – and an egg mcmuffin to bring back and put on a gluten free roll. Sammie got egg and cheese so she’s happy.

  49. Siber-H
    2:51 pm on August 29th, 2012

    I don’t know how you found that info, Stover, but that is facinating.. I know when the university was first founded it was a distance away from the then small town of Albuquerque. I have seen old pictures of it out there in the middle of the desert. I will look up where Stover Ave. is in Albuquerque. Mom says she will drive me down it.

    CHarris, Thank you for the link!

  50. B.Stover
    2:52 pm on August 29th, 2012

    It came! Andrea’s pastel of Snowhook’s Lefty that I got at the auction:

  51. B.Stover
    2:55 pm on August 29th, 2012

    The photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s really beautiful.

    Melanie: Andrea mentioned matting and framing but could you ask her if the frame should have a glass covering. I’m guessing that it should not.

  52. SnowBella
    2:58 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Lefty—now, in two locations! I want to kiss that wet nose and squeeze those pink paws! GLAD is so talented! B, when you won the drawing from GLAD in the auction, I had no idea that it would be so amazing.

  53. Rose
    3:05 pm on August 29th, 2012
  54. Rose
    3:06 pm on August 29th, 2012

    RIO! Look up….fried pickles!

  55. B.Stover
    3:18 pm on August 29th, 2012

    SH: I don’t remember all of the sites I went to but I did Google searches. Stover Avenue is named after Elias S. Stover. Let me know when you drive down there.

    Fried pickles don’t look bad. However….

  56. Melanie
    3:20 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Will do B.Stover!

    Hmm, I was thinking it would be a solid large pickle on a stick!

    YSAS and Friend have found PEACHES (the fruit, not the hen)! Our area peaches are scarce. And we only had few on our trees.

    We will be making peach brandy just like Zoë’s Mom and Dad did during prohibition! Though we will be keeping the jars in the basement and not dig a hole and burying them. snicker. They had to do it in the middle of the night because the family next door were teetotalers!

  57. OleyHowlers
    3:39 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Those fried pickles look yummy.
    We love that painting of Lefty. We are saving our pennies to get a GLAD painting before she becomes world-famous and out of our league altogether.

  58. SnowBella
    3:42 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Blou and Alice M. up top. What a good looking duo!

  59. OleyHowlers
    3:47 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Thanks for the tip on Coffee with Canine, Hobbit! It was a fun interview. We were surprised that Audrey would sound like MM, the movie star, not the photo magician.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    3:51 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Wose: OMD. I’m so hungry that fried pickle actually looks good!

    B & Melanie: What interesting histories your families have.

    C.Hobbit: Love Coffee With A Canine! Thanks for the reminder and link.

    It is a GLAD day on the blog!

  61. B.Stover
    3:52 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Rebecca: Was Lefty in the 2012 Iditarod?

    Peach brandy sounds very nice. I once made dandelion wine using my grandfather’s recipe.

  62. Siber-H
    3:54 pm on August 29th, 2012

    I also thought the fried pickle would be a whole pickle on a stick. They look good to me. Mom is turning green.

    Stover, Thanks for showing us the painting of Lefty. It has been a good day for GLAD’s paintings on the blog.

  63. SnowBella
    3:56 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Wose: AJ left early this morning, before the world even thought about being light, to get on the road for a work trip. He gave me a kiss, a hug and reminded me to lock the something or other. I forget. To make sure I didn’t feel alone, Belle Starr chose to let me know she was with me by tasting the chapstick on my lips. When I didn’t open my eyes, she took it upon herself to lick my eyelids. I’m awake! I’m awake!

  64. Melanie
    4:04 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Bella, tell Belle Starr to eat some garlic first before she tries to wake you up. Patsy does that with me!

    Peach Brandy making is tomorrow. Tonight for dinner is a YSAS’s recipe.
    1/2 ground pork and 1/2 ground beef burgers.
    Fresh chives added from the garden and other spices.

    Yummers.

  65. SnowBella
    4:08 pm on August 29th, 2012

    B: Not only was Lefty in the Iditarod this year, he crossed the finish line in Nome. Ask him and he’ll tell you he led the entire way and was the saving grace to get the team off the sea ice. He did not and he was not. Lefty, while a stretcher of the truth, an adder of color to all stories and a down right thief, is a good boy.

  66. B.Stover
    4:25 pm on August 29th, 2012

    “Before the World Thought About Being Light” would make a good title to a story.

    My mom used to make fruitcake every year the day after Thanksgiving. She would wrap it in peach brandy-soaked cloth to let it “age.”

    I also made mead one time. It’s much easier to buy a bottle of it.

  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:28 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Brandy!…Peach brandy? How would one or two guys go about making that stuff in a basement somewhere?…snort!

  68. SnowBella
    4:55 pm on August 29th, 2012

    B: I know you have a soft spot for Charlie, but here is a photo of Lefty during his early, er, table dancing days. If Wookie’s said days were anything like Lefty’s, I’m surprised his parents survived.

  69. B.Stover
    5:12 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Is Lefty trying to eat a sign?

  70. SnowBella
    5:15 pm on August 29th, 2012

    B: Yes, I believe he thinks it ends in a preposition or mistakenly uses read as a noun, although I can never be too sure about what he is thinking. That picture was taken shortly after surgery to repair an eye wound. He was high on life and other elements. Notice the fencing down around his leg—this is also a result of his handy work.

  71. Siber-H
    5:40 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Me too, I want to know how one makes peach brandy. Doesn’t it have to be aged?

    Lefty, That is a cute photo.

    Hopefully, We will be hearing from Barb and Maggie soon.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:43 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Home!…Home!Home!Home!….yeep!yeeeeeeep! HOME!….My friend is home! They said she could leave early because of all the over-time she has been putting in…heh!…They probably didn’t want to pay her anymore time and 1/2…snorkel!…Immediately her mother pounced on her and away they went. Off to the gas station where her mother got her 3rd or 4th training session on how to fill up her car using a credit card at the pump….(((sigh)))…It can’t be that hard, can it? Beau does it all the time when he is moonlighting as a chauffeur with the Beaus-Mobile…snort!

  73. B.Stover
    6:08 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Lefty says he’s misunderstood.

  74. Wose
    6:18 pm on August 29th, 2012

    BlueCat, your portrait is absolutely gorgeous! I love the horse portrait as well.

    B, you are so lucky to own Lefty’s beautiful portrait!

    GLAD is an amazing artist!

  75. bluecat
    6:18 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Bee – I’m glad you have Lefty’s portrait. They’re even better in person, aren’t they? (our framer recommended glass with the frame – it’s also matted)

    Bella – yes, The Horse is the one who wandered with AJ on the trail.

    Melanie – I watch the puppy cam and think about how amazing it must be to live with your Pack. All that energy moving around all the time, like the wind.

  76. Wose
    6:21 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Rebecca, what a lovely way to wake up! Belle Starr is certainly a much better alternative than a rude alarm clock!

  77. SnowBella
    6:24 pm on August 29th, 2012

    B: That’s a likely story and one I’ve heard before.

    Wose: A good eyeball licking classifies as a rude awakening in my book. Well, at least an awakening.

    Rio: I’m so glad you’re friend got to afternoon away from the busy place. I’m sure you can help find a way to enjoy it.

  78. Wose
    6:24 pm on August 29th, 2012

    I thought the pickle would be whole on a stick as well. Either way, I say yuck.
    The fried food next to it are green beans…now that I’d might eat.

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:34 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Pickles!.. Yuck!…grunt!…There is not much food I wouldn’t at least lick but this is definitely one I would walk on by…sniff!…Bad bad fried food choice…gah!

  80. Melanie
    6:47 pm on August 29th, 2012

    BlueKat, luckily the 145 lbs each of grown up Newfs grow tired!

    Peaches, sugar, sealed and aged!

    Looks like Lefty could be a great counter surfer!

  81. Melanie
    6:53 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Funny story at dinner . . . Just before YSAS and Friend got on the train they were running errands.

    Discussing a friend’s issue about something, YSAS was saying he was tired of the person’s s**t. He was emphasizing with his hand out and has he said that one word, a bird pooped onto his hand and it bounced up in the air and then landed in the middle of his hat!

    Karma . . snicker

  82. Rose
    6:53 pm on August 29th, 2012

    The lovely Royal Mum and the regal Storyteller

  83. Rose
    6:56 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Entertainment at the fair

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:57 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Poop!…Bird poop doesn’t usually bounce in my experience…sniff!…It usually slides. But that is a very funny story and I can imagine this happening to Clarkson…heh!snort!heh!

  85. Rose
    6:58 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Let’s try this again….

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:59 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Photo!…What a great photo of Golinka and Leonard….snort!snort!…Look at that Husky on the wall!!!…chuffle!

  87. Siber-H
    7:00 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Thanks Rose! We love seeing pictures of the Royals.
    What is the wolf in the background? It is white and I think it is a wolf.

  88. Rose
    7:01 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Me, wishing I could buy everything in the Royal Booth

  89. Rose
    7:05 pm on August 29th, 2012

    SiberH, yes, I think it is a wolf to be hung on a wall.

  90. Siber-H
    7:15 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Wow Rose, You got to see ALL that neat art in person.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:25 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Display!…I bet that display case was empty after Rose left….snort!

  92. BearSpiritDog
    7:41 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Great pictures, Wose!

    Siber-H: Yes, it does look like a white wolf up on the wall.

    Fortunately for us here the cable guy didn’t actually turn out to be The Cable Guy. He did a fine job and was in and out in a reasonable amount of time.
    Hopefully Barb&Magpie’s Comcast guy did just as well. She should be checking in soon.

    Rio: Finally got episode 7 on Amazon. We will be watching that very soon.

    So….supper first then the latest BB – Bear

  93. Wose
    7:44 pm on August 29th, 2012

    SiberH, it was pretty exciting to look at all the beautiful jewlery, ceramics, wall art, and of course the BEARS!

    Rio, only in my dreams were those display cases empty after I left.

  94. Trigger
    8:00 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Melanie: Hmm – You are right – Lefty does show great potential.

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:12 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! I had to help Mom and Dad round up all the stuff for the trash and recycling guys, but now I’m here!

    Mollypop’s Mom: Mom actually got to watch some eye surgery back when she was a medical reporter. It was bloodless, but still pretty ooky if you think about it too much! We’re glad it worked so well!

    Bluecat and Bee: Great art! Not as good as my portrait, of course, but with such a wonderful subject as moi, all youse guys never stood a chance! (Just kidding — they’re wonderful! GLAD has outdone herself.)

  96. B.Stover
    8:18 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Comcast is making modifications to the cable system here on Thursday and Friday so if I’m not on the blog, that is the reason.

  97. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:29 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Lefty,yes, I trained him well, didn’t I?
    Wookie

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Potential!…Lefty’s counter-surfing potential is very high indeed…snort!…I bet he could clear a counter-top in one fell swoop of his big ole paw…grunt!…Plus he is a thief by nature so throw that in the mix and you have a Grand Master Counter-Surfer…chuffle!

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Agent Wookie!….You’ve been busy!…snort!

  100. Lefty
    8:40 pm on August 29th, 2012

    The Wookster is a great teacher. While I can clear a countertop in a single bound, it’s my brother, Pancho that has natural, dog given talent. Maybe some time when My Lady has some down time she will write the story of Pancho and an early morning excursion that left him several feet above the ground. It’s her story to tell, not mine.

  101. SnowBella
    8:47 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Is it just me, or does Golinka look beautiful in that color?

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Rebecca!…I’d say she was very fetching in that color….snorkel!

  103. Siber-H
    8:55 pm on August 29th, 2012

    I agree, She looks both fetching and beautiful.

  104. dawson
    9:01 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Some great art on the blog today.

    BlueCat you are gorgeous.
    Kirby T: The drawing of you is exquisite.

    That white wolf is eye-catching and there is a woman to the left of the wolf. I’d like to see a close up of her.

    Mollypop’s Mom: I’m glad you have a new set of eyes and everything went well during the operations.

    Melanie: Bird poop bounces? What kind of bird? Only to YSAS could this happen.

  105. SnowBella
    9:06 pm on August 29th, 2012

    YSAS lives a charmed life for sure—even bird poop bounces off of him. We have a kennel theory that if you end the day with poop on your head, things didn’t go your way. One evening I arrived home to find Quigley in such a state. I looked at him. He looked at me. I looked at Rowdy, Quig’s mentor who looked at me as if to say, ‘I told him, but he didn’t listen. They never do when they’re that young.’

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Theory!…Getting through the day without going to bed with poop on yer head should be everyones daily goal…snort!

  107. dawson
    9:12 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Oh yeah, I forgot.
    BearSpiritDog: I received Rose’s book in the mail yesterday. Some of the book was set right in this neighborhood. Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun, the lakes I ride my bike around, are mentioned as is Edina which is the rich suburb where I go to estate sales. I signed the book and sent it on to OleyHowlers.

  108. Princess Sam
    9:23 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Dawson, Edina is often a question on Mommy’s crossword puzzles.

  109. dawson
    9:25 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Oh yeah, I forgot.
    B.Stover: Lefty looks so sweet in that picture but I bet he is thinking up some mischief!

  110. dawson
    9:28 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Princess Sam: Really? I guess with 3 vowels out of 5 letters it would be a go-to word for the crossword puzzle makers.

  111. OleyHowlers
    9:59 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Golinka’s wolf looks a lot like Watching Eyes!!!

    A package is on it’s way to us. Kool.

    Time for bed here…thats the way the poop bounces. heh heh

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on August 29th, 2012

    Howlers!…heh!snort!heh!…I wonder what kind of bird it was anyways?…sniff!

  113. SnowBella
    11:06 pm on August 29th, 2012

    I just finished what ranks on the top of the stupid things I’ve done today list. I decided since AJ is away I would surprise him by working on the cabin. I climbed our ladder and tried paining the corners and hard to get areas near the roofing. I was halfway finished with one side before I realized that if I fell there was no AJ, no neighbors and Belle Starr doesn’t know the number for 911. I quit then and there and came inside.

  114. Staff
    12:19 am on August 30th, 2012

    Rebecca, Sometimes common sense takes a while to penetrate our brains. I am glad you stopped. Now lock the DOOR.

    Night all.

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