Sneak Peek: The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Women of a certain type have an effect on Bernie. This was that type of woman, easy to see just from the way Bernie’s mouth fell slightly open. Curvy shape: check. Big blue eyes: check. Face tilted up in his direction: check. Poor Bernie: that was all it took.

“That’s me,” Bernie said. “And this is Chet.”

She backed away. “He’s so big. I’m not comfortable around dogs.”

Not comfortable around me? True, I’m a hundred-plus-pounder, but she had nothing to be uncomfortable about, unless she pulled a gun or something like that. I watched her hands, square-shaped, a little plump, with bright red nails.

“You can be comfortable around Chet,” Bernie said.

“Why is he looking at me like that?”

Bernie glanced over at me. “Uh, not sure, actually. But he means well.”

Of course I did! But I kept my eyes on her hands, just in case. Funny how the mind works: mine was making some kind of connection between red nails and guns. Then I started thinking about the way women paint their nails—I’d seen Leda, Bernie’s ex-wife, do it many times—and men never did. Next I thought about what human nails were for, so small and dull-edged. And after that I lost the thread.

“My name’s Anya Vereen,” the woman was saying. “I heard of you from a friend.”

“Who?” said Bernie.

“You might not know her by her real name,” Anya said.

“No?” said Bernie. “What name would I know her by?”


Autumn! I knew Autumn. She worked for Livia Moon at Livia’s Friendly Coffee and More, over in Pottsdale—not in the coffee part out front but in the house of ill-repute part out back. Autumn was one of those humans who really liked me and my kind—the nation within the nation, Bernie calls us—and she’s also a world-class patter. We’d interviewed her not too long ago, but the details of the case weren’t coming to me at the moment.

“Ah,” said Bernie. Then came a silence. Silences like that often happened when Bernie was getting to know women of a certain type.

“Ah?” said Anya. “Meaning what?”

“Nothing,” Bernie said. “Nothing at all—just that, yes, I’ve met Autumn.”

“And you’ve jumped to the conclusion that I’m in the same line of work.”

“No,” said Bernie.

He was right about that. I love Bernie, and he can do just about anything—you should see him in a fight!—but jumping is not one of them. That’s on account of his war wound. Bernie went to war in the desert—not our desert, but some other desert far away, and this was before we got together—and came back with his leg wound. He never talks about it, but he limps sometimes when he’s tired. When that happens I slow down a bit so he can keep up.

“Because I’m not in her line of work,” Anya said. “Although sometimes I wish I was.”


“She’s making real good money. I should know—I do her taxes.”

“You’re an accountant, Anya?”

“Correct. And you’re not pronouncing my name right.”


“It’s like On Ya.”



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136 Responses to “Sneak Peek: The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 am on July 12th, 2011

    Good morning everyone. Beautiful, quiet day here, not like yesterday. Many are still cleaning up and without power.

    Barb has to leave shortly to go to the dentist. Why do humans care so much about keeping those useless little teeth clean?

    We watched a good movie last night. Well done but very upsetting too. It is called Skin, and no it is not a porno film. It is a docu-film about Ssndra Laing, born dark skinned in 1955 to white parents in aperthaid South Africa. Boy, you talk about wrong time and wrong place! Her parents were in the conservative Nationist party, and tried to declare her white. Her life was a living hell. She was played very well by Sophia Okonedo, a British actress of Nigarian/Polish Jewish descent. She was also in Secret Life of Bees, which is one of our very favorite movies. Does anyone else know her story, or see the movie?

  2. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 am on July 12th, 2011

    Yowzer!…. I can’t wait to win an autographed and paw printed copy of this book!….Woooooo!….It is going to be seriously fun to read…snort!snort!yeep!

  3. bluecat
    9:39 am on July 12th, 2011

    Kirby – was it you who said The Dog Who might close the Astrid case? You could be spot on.

    Good morning, Everybody. Stay cool if you can. Heat index over 100 here and we’re not in a desert.

  4. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 am on July 12th, 2011

    Junior!… Rio Junior, listen up….grunt!….Git yer photo out here on Chet’s place ASAP….snort!…That way if you win the Friend of the Month drawing, you can have the book sent directly to my new address….sniff!… I’ll let you know if it is any good or not.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:54 am on July 12th, 2011

    Maybe we are going to get closure on the Astrid case after all! A little over two months till publcation date, right?

    Oh, that was supposed to be Sandra Laing.

  6. Cocoa
    9:58 am on July 12th, 2011

    Preview looks good! Hopefully Diana will read all of it to me!

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    10:00 am on July 12th, 2011

    Good morning all!
    Coutning the days til the September release -its gonna be good!
    We love the video of the Corgis escaping. We don’t have crates anymore – In my former, bad life, I (Tupper) was kept in a crate 24/7 unless I was in a show ring. The person who owned me only cared about dogs if they won prizes. Mama cares about dogs who cuddle and snuggle and love her back. She said I don’t ever have to go in a crate again – especially since I start to tremble and whine if I even see one.
    Gilly probably never had anyplace of her own before she came here. She was a farm dog in a pack of dogs and had to fight for everything. Mama gave her a soft crate when she first came here and Gilly loved it – she would go in there for self imposed time outs and to sleep. Then one day, she decided that she felt safe without the crate, and never went back in.
    So now, we have our big, soft and fluffy beds, side by side in Mama’s bedroom. No baseball toys, but we’re ok with that.

  8. B.Stover
    10:11 am on July 12th, 2011

    I wonder if Anya is the client. Don’t think I like her. And there isn’t an Anya in the Astrid case as I recall….

    Good morning all.

  9. B.Stover
    10:13 am on July 12th, 2011

    Barb: I didn’t see either of the films that you mention. I’ve been meaning to watch Secret Life of Bees.

    Hello Cocoa.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:17 am on July 12th, 2011

    Bee, With your name, how can you now watch it? We love, love, love the book and the movie.

    Also The Help is coming out in movie next month. Previews look good.

  11. Tupper and Gilly
    10:17 am on July 12th, 2011

    Hi Bee – But Anya says that Bernie wouldn’t know Autumn’s real name….what if it was Astrid?

    Hi Cocoa

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 am on July 12th, 2011

    2 Cents!…. This is just my opinion but I seriously doubt the new book is going to be about Astrid….heh!…I can’t remember all the little snippets we’ve been given, but for some reason I think the story is set up in the mountains on a dude ranch or a park or something like that….sniff!…Aren’t there kids involved, or is that my imagination?…snorkel!

  13. B.Stover
    10:44 am on July 12th, 2011

    T&G: And is Autumn missing?

    All of the blog episodes of the Astrid case are on dishlickers in the 22-or-so-page document that Rio put together. It’s in a file labeled “Astrid Case”….I think.

  14. BearSpiritDog
    10:45 am on July 12th, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone.

    Very late this morning. When we went to read last night’s post’s we were marveling at Kirby’s wonderful little book. Thank you for posting it, Kirby. It was one of the auction items we “almost” won, but were out-bid at the last moment by you-know-who. If only it could be easily reproduced. Your mom could sell a lot of them!

    Bad Hair cuts! Nana has certainly had a few of those in her day. Hopefully that’s all in the past. In the last few years she has been going to a very talented gal who also owns her own shop. They are so hard to find and when you do it is a treasure.

    SnowBella: We would love to see a picture of you in your new haircut. You didn’t say whether you liked it or not, only that AJ didn’t recognize you.

    Tupper&Gilly: Tupper, I am so sorry you had to go through that terrible time with the previous owner. It is a comfort to know there are wonderful people in the world like your Royal Mum.

    Barb&Magpie: We have not seen the documentary you mentioned and are not familiar with the actress who placed the lead role (at least not the name) However, have read Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees” and have also seen the movie.

  15. dawson
    10:49 am on July 12th, 2011

    Chet: Oh this book is going to be good…and I get a sneak preview of the whole thing. WhoooHoooo!

    And Kirby’s book was posted last night. It is wonderful! How satisfying and comforting to get back to your own bed after traveling around the world. I am looking forward to reading it to my granddaughter before bedtime.

    Hi Cocoa: I know a cocoa that lives in Vancouver. An energetic, curly-haired sweetness of a dog.

    Staff: I wanted to congratulate you on winning the funky chicken quilt. I hope I get to see it when I visit.

  16. Siber-H
    10:58 am on July 12th, 2011

    Yippie!!! It won’t be long now until Chet’s new book arrives in the bookstores. Can’t wait to see the cover art, which we will probably get to see ahead of time…won’t we, Chet?

    AJ’s cousin won the toffee!! This is okay with me. I take back all my whining about who won the toffee.

  17. bluecat
    11:20 am on July 12th, 2011

    Bee & Rio – I found this from January 2011:
    Announcement from Admin: The Astrid case will resume after the completion of The Dog Who Knew Too Much. Otherwise: schizophrenia, in the common but solecistic sense of the term.

    Youse are right – again. Thought because Livia’s was mentioned, there might be a connection.

    Bee – I think you’d enjoy both book and movie The Secret Life of Bees.

    Has anyone read Ann Patchett books? Her latest is getting rave reviews.

  18. Melanie
    11:31 am on July 12th, 2011

    Hi Cocoa! Hmmm, that reminds me I haven’t had my second cup for the day!

    KirbyT: LOVED the book!

    Didn’t “Who Knew” start with them in CA at a PI convention and Bernie getting offered a job?

    Haircuts sort of: YSAS went to visit his father one vacation and decided to play a joke on him. He did that wash in wash out hair color and made his hair black. Then put a magnetic earring on! He looked great!

    Unfortunately, some people did not have a sense of humor and he got in as much trouble as if he had actually done it for real. 🙁

    Being YSAS he did something just as bad the next time!

    Four hoses in the pool emptying it for tomorrows big cleaning and new pump and filter.

  19. Masquers
    11:37 am on July 12th, 2011

    A night of tossing & turning followed by an overcast sky.

    “A Long Trek Home” may prove to be one. My heart is already breaking at the descriptions of salmon runs blocked by hydro- electric plants, the beautiful waterfalls now gone. Natural beauty now replaced by salmon farms and clear cut forests with only the sad remains of ancient giants. Some of it is very hard to read.

    Spence: Thank you for the excerpt from The Dog Who. Anya, yes we knew. And, Astrid, wouldn’t THAT be the kat’s meow…..

  20. Staff
    11:49 am on July 12th, 2011

    Welcome Cocoa, Is Diana your person?
    I am the staff person for Alice M. Johnson and AbbietheKitty.

    Kirby T. That is a wonderful book! We are mightily impressed and glad it is going to be in our family. Congrats Dawson, I knew it was right up your alley! (I didn’t know about the ARC though) I think now that you asked if I was bidding on it because you were bidding on it also.

    We need to see a picture of Rebecca’s new hair cut and Rio the good sled dog too.

    Off to take Maggie to the Clinic for a monthly blood test. See you all later this afternoon.

  21. Mollypop
    11:54 am on July 12th, 2011

    Masquers – On Earth Day back in 1970 my hero, Pogo Possum, said “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

  22. BearSpiritDog
    11:59 am on July 12th, 2011

    B: Don’t think we like Anya either.

    Hello to Cocoa & Diana!

    Wonder what ever happened to Cupcake? Her mom writes a blog that looked interesting – something about Tuesdays. Does anyone remember? She was last seen around the time we were making a list of all the Plunderers. Cupcake, if you are in lurking-mode please check in.

    Melanie: The pool sounds like lots of work. Hopefully the new pump will solve the majority of your problems. Loved the story of YSAS. The poor guy getting into such trouble over his harmless deception! I can just picture him in the black hair and earring. Seems he was already quite the actor way back when.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:12 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Scottie!…Didn’t you guys think it was kind of weird how Scottie kept leaving places and then immediately he would show up in a new place?…snort!… ”Beam me Up! Scottie!”…heh!

  24. Masquers
    12:22 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mollypop: Ohhhh! Pogo! Pogo Possum was my hero too. He always said it like it is. I only wish he was still around to speak his wise words. sigh.

    Another favorite was Alley Oop, created in 1932 by V.T. Hamlin. His adventures went off in diverse directions, such as the story of the Good Witch on Halloween and his Flying Carpet rides.

    A true blast from the past. Ah, the fond memories…

  25. Masquers
    12:53 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Bluecat: In researching Ann Patchett, I see she has written many acclaimed novels beginning in the ’90’s. Which one/ones do you recommend?

    For all of you suffering in the very high temperatures-try to stay cool!

    Bella & C.Harris: Have either of you ever seen, or heard of, a mosquito plant? It supposedly wards off those tiny vampires of the insect world. How great would that be!…if it worked.

  26. Snowhook Bella
    1:00 pm on July 12th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: Both AJ and I like the haircut a lot, he just didn’t recognize me with my straight hair. He is accutomed to my curls. The rain the past couple of days immediately took care of any hopes of straight hair I might have had.

    T&G: I am so glad you found your forever home, yet if anyone is going to stage a great escape, I count the two of you in list of suspects. I’d count W.L. as well.

    We have an active Lurker in our midst. While she may not post, she has actively supported Snowhook Kennel along with all the Plunderers. I’m pleased to announce, with her permission that Linda the Lurker won the Bath and Body Works gift set. She will put her winnings to good use and will be donating it as part of a “Feel Better Soon” silent auction basket in a fundraiser for her favorite horse rescue. She also won the Cat Handbag and that will be donated to — Her! Maybe we’ll see Linda on Chet’s sometime soon.

    Auction Update: For all of those winning bidders who paid via PayPal, I’ve emailed the donating Plunderer that the item can be shipped to the winning bidder. I don’t know what was better, seeing who won the items or the comments from Wookie in the emails to the winning better. That Wookie is a class act.

    Off to work.

  27. Siber-H
    1:10 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Wookie’s emails were funny!

    Hi Linda, and Thank You for your support for Snowhook!! (and a horse rescue)

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:11 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Wookie!…That wind-bag never runs out of quips. That’s why I keep him around….heh!…Say, I remember Linda the Lurker! I even took some bids off of her…snort! ….She seems to be a very nice sort of person. Maybe one day she will take the Plunder Plunge…..wuffle!

  29. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:20 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Rebecca — thanks for the compliment; on that one, though, full credit should go to mom, positioned at the computer keyboard (although I was certainly giving her words of encouragement along the way). Wookie

  30. Barb & Maggie
    1:25 pm on July 12th, 2011

    BSD, If your Nana saw Secret Life of Bees, the actress Sophie Okenedo is the sister who was depressed, and put all the notes on the wall.

  31. Staff
    1:27 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I was wondering who won the cat handbag. Welcome Linda the Lurker. Heh. Alice is going to miss that bag. snicker…

  32. Staff
    1:30 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mr.Staff has this question:
    Do your Chet commenters have a substitute show for “The Event? I’m looking for one. Tried out one called Alphas last night since there was no ballgame.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:49 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mr.Staff!…Fallen Skies should do the trick….snort!…We have only watched one episode and it wasn’t half bad…sniff!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:50 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mr.Staff!…If it’s Aliens you want that is…heh!heh!

  35. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:58 pm on July 12th, 2011

    T&G yup, forever homes are the best. I know! Mom and Dad rescued me out of all the dogs GRREAT had brought along that day. Almost 30 doggies and lots of people and I picked them well, my best buddy Casey had come along also to make sure I was going to be a good neighbor!
    I also hate crates. No way was I going to stay in one. Mom & Dad tried that once and I almost broke it apart. That was the end of that! Wookie

  36. bluecat
    2:04 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Hi,Masquers. I just started Bel Canto, very well written, and am first on the list at the library for State of Wonder. My friend said the description of a snake in State of Wonder gave her chills. She and I have different ideas about what makes a book good but I trust her recommendations.

    Jump in, Linda and Cocoa. The water’s fine…

  37. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:11 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Hi Cocoa!

    Hi Linda!

    Sigh. Astrid…………

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    2:11 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Rio – When we read Kirby’s book, we figured that Scotty might have been a student of Wolfie’s – and just blurrrred from one place to the other.

  39. dawson
    2:20 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Congratulations to Linda for getting the cat bag and the Bath and Body Set. I saw that cat bag and it is sweet. It’s neat to see you support Snowhook and your favorite Horse Rescue at the same time.

    Rio: It’s been awhile since you’ve read a baby book to a 1 or 2 year old, eh? She’s neither going to care much about the plot nor think it’s weird that Scottie shows up in a different place each page.

  40. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:26 pm on July 12th, 2011

    And speaking of Dog Who, didn’t somebody mention that pre-preordering the book helps Spence? Something about the standings of the book on the best seller list or something?

  41. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:27 pm on July 12th, 2011

    And yes, it is not a well known fact, but Scotty was my prize student.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:29 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Babies!… I cut my teeth on the likes of James Ellroy’s LA Confidential and The Stand by Stephen King when I was a pup growing up…snort!…….grunt! …Just because you are young doesn’t mean you don’t want a plot….sniff! …’Beam Me Up Scottie’ is devoid of a plot as far as I can tell….sneeze! …I guess if you are a person in the gurglie stage of life, Scottie would do in a pinch…cough!

  43. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:29 pm on July 12th, 2011

    And get this:

    Whoo Hoo, the Snowhook calendars are on sale for $40, which includes shipping and handling!

  44. Tupper and Gilly
    2:31 pm on July 12th, 2011

    How embarrasing…Mama insists on posting a picture of us in our non-crate beds. Maybe this will explain why Corgis snore…

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:36 pm on July 12th, 2011

    OMG!…snort!heh!snort!…I would bite the hand that feeds me if she ever posted a photo of me in that position…grunt!

  46. Siber-H
    2:38 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Wolfie, yes, pre-ordering the book helps its first entry on the bestseller lists.

  47. B.Stover
    2:46 pm on July 12th, 2011

    T&G: Great picture!! Carefree and secure….

    Just had a mango for lunch. I ate it standing over the sink. It was juicy and delish! I’ve been making herb butters and herb vinegar. Pesto tomorrow.

    I think that Kirby’s book is an excellent way to get young children interested in books at a very early age. Children, young adults, adults reading to me is a fine thing.

  48. Siber-H
    2:47 pm on July 12th, 2011

    T&G CUTE!!

  49. B.Stover
    2:52 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I’m going to the post office tomorrow to send “The Deserter” to Wookie and company.

    Mr. Staff: I started watching Alphas last night and I think I will really enjoy it. (I enjoyed The Event.) I really like David Strathairn. Couldn’t stay up long enough last night to watch it all but I can get it On Demand and will be watching it this evening. You may like Warehouse 13….this is the third season. I liked Season 1 the best.

  50. Melanie
    3:51 pm on July 12th, 2011

    STOP SNICKERING MATTIE! I’ve seen you in worse positions.

    T&G: you look loverly dears.


    Linda the Lurker has been around for over a year, maybe two! She’s also very interested in the cookbook!

    Back from running errands. The Pool continues to drain. The AC is great!

    Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful! Can’t get much better than this!

  51. Mollypop
    4:25 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mom and I are reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourne. There is a dog, Mr. Pugglesworth, who is called Puggy. This is a good book even though the dog should have been Miss Poodlesworth.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:32 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Pugglesworth!….Thank-dawg I do not have to hide in shame over my name and/or sleeping position…heh!

  53. Masquers
    4:41 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Bluecat: Thanks for your book recommendation and also the mention of that note from Admin in January. It is good to hear about the intended completion of the Astrid Mystery.

    I am happy to hear Linda the Lurker will soon be receiving the Bath & Body Gift Set. It will be going to a good cause in our opinion.

    Kirby’s excellent little story is a perfect first reader for our youngest upcoming Book Connoisseurs. Starting early makes for an Avid Reader for life.

  54. Mollypop
    5:02 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mom just pre-ordered The Dog Who for her Kindle.

    5:12 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I like Scottie’s adventures, and after reading to five grandchildren, believe me, they do not demand much of a plot.

    This book has visual appeal and looks like there is texture to the pages, too. Barb bid on it, but she is glad Dawson got it. Jackson, our youngest is hard to hold down even for a quick book.

    And those Corgis look adorable, too. As far as a crate, I love my crate, and never make a peep when I am in there. Then again, I have never had any bad experiences either, so I don’t have issues or baggage.

  56. BearSpiritDog
    5:17 pm on July 12th, 2011

    The Great Toffee Mystery solved at last! Very good to know it went to the relative of a pack member. Now the stories of the delicious toffee will begin to spread far and wide!

    Woo Woo Wookie! You were our Auction Cheerleader for sure. The uplifting comments kept spirits high and the bids coming.

    Staff: Although, there was talk of cancellation, we were hoping The Event would be returning in a few months. It is difficult to get too interested in some of these new shows when the rug could be yanked out from under our feet, so to speak, at any time. Many of the shows are not available to us until they come out on Instant Replay or DVD.

  57. B.Stover
    5:36 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mr. Staff may like Haven on Syfy. The second season starts this Friday.

  58. OleyHowlers
    6:06 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Hello to all,
    Mom just got home from her office. Its hot here (89) but Mom says it is 95 where her office is.
    Tupper, we are sorry your show dog life was not much fun. We often wonder what the life of a show dog is like. If they are all like yours, we are very glad we ended up being farm dogs. Speaking of that, it sounds like Gully’s farm dog life was not as happy as ours. Why is that? We love being with our pack on the farm.
    As for crates, Sasha was put in a crate the first day she came here. When Pop got home, he found her covered in blood, from scratching to get out all day long. That was the end of the crate for her. Next, she was put in a stall, but she dug her way out. After that, she was given free run of the barn, but she dug her way out of that also. Mom decided that she was one husky not meant for confinement.
    We love the picture of you two in your beds. You really are priceless.

    Barb, we have never heard of the movie Skin or the story of Sandra Laing. We will be looking for that. Sounds sad but interesting.

    The Secret Life of Bees is one of Mom’s favorite books. She liked the movie too..but not near as much as the book (isn’t that always the case?)

    Welcome to Cocoa. Linda, thank you for supporting horses as well as Snowhook.

    Kirby, we read your book and we think it is a perfect book for a child. If we knew of any child to buy it for, believe us, Dawson would have had a run for her money here!

    Masquers, Long Trek Home sounds very very sad. We find it hard to read those books which makes us feel so helpless to make things better.

    Bella, waiting to see your bangs picture, as well as a picture of Gomez and Rio the Good Sled Dog.

    Whew! That was a lot to catch up on.

    We pre-ordered DWKTM months ago for our Kindle. When it appears, it will be like someone bought us a present!

  59. Tupper and Gilly
    6:20 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Howlers – not all show dogs are treated lime merchandise. We know of some truly wonderful dog show owners and handlers and some dogs just love being in the show ring. Tupper’s breeder was an anomaly who shouldn’t be allowed to breed grass seeds never mind dogs.
    And some dogs love crates too. The difference between being a dog owner and a dog lover is letting the dog be who THEY are, not demanding that they be the personality the human demands
    We knew some people who were such control freaks they only wanted their dog to poop when THEY wanted the dog to poop. Any question about why everyone of their dogs was nuts?
    Can you imagine if those crazy people adopted Rio??!! He would get them straightened out in no time flat.

  60. Melanie
    6:24 pm on July 12th, 2011

    OleyHowlers, don’t worry, most show dogs’ lives are not like that. If you remember the Newfoundland that won Westminster a few years back his favorite spot was on the dining room table. He would not eat anything, he just lay (?) in the middle of that table like a centerpiece and be adored!

    Can never figure out lay or lie or . . .

  61. BearSpiritDog
    6:24 pm on July 12th, 2011

    We pre-ordered The Dog Who immediately upon hearing of its upcoming publication. Amazon will speed it our way upon release. The library is a little slower on the uptake. Although a request was submitted in June, they have yet to order it. Library folks there are going to be many requests for this book and time’s a wast’n.

    Pre-Orders! We ordered “Scream of the White Bears” by David Clement Davies from Abrams prior to the much anticipated release date last year. They charged us the price of the book right away. Then, when a fatal disagreement ensued between author and publisher, they failed to refund our money. It took several attempts to straighten it out. We have since been in communication with the author who, after many legal battles, intends to first release his book in the UK. His acclaimed first novel Firebringer was followed by The Sight and Fell. A wonderful fantasy writer, DCD’s last two novels feature wolves as the main characters. As s lover of this genre, we found the stories very entertaining.

  62. Melanie
    6:26 pm on July 12th, 2011

    T&G, I remember taking Patsy to WI to the Newfoundland Nationals and she WOULDN’T pee or poop the entire trip! When we got there, got settled and found some stones, dog did she “relieve” herself!

  63. OleyHowlers
    6:26 pm on July 12th, 2011

    LOL T&G! For sure, Rio could train those types !!!

    Mom always says that if anyone should ask her what the most important trait is for someone hoping to adopt a Siberian Husky, she would answer that you need a sense of humor. Sounds pretty much like what you are saying about not being a control freak, and letting the dog be who they are; not demanding they be the personality their human thinks they should be.

  64. Melanie
    6:27 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Hey BSD! Posting buddy! Okay, I’ve never heard of this guy. WHY NOT!

    Will look him up post haste.

  65. Melanie
    6:28 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Then I’m OleyHowers’ posting buddy!

  66. OleyHowlers
    6:28 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mom has also pre-ordered (she thinks…) Anne River Siddons upcoming book. due out this month…now she needs to check her Kindle.
    Do any of you read her books? She is one of Mom’s favs.

  67. Mollypop
    6:35 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Melanie – You are right, ‘lay’ is correct.

  68. dawson
    6:47 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Melanie: A Newfoundland on the dining room table…that would a)be a large dining room table and b)solve any problems of too much clutter on the tabletop.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    7:00 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Have made a list of everyone’s movie, tv, author and book recommendations. Looks like we’ll be busy for a while!

    O.Howlers: Sasha is my kind of girl with her great escape artist techniques! Many are the stories of Bear’s adventures away from home, but that’s best left for another day. Seems as though there are quite a few of us here on the blog who don’t like being confined – even in a space as big as a barn. Freedom is our cry!

  70. B.Stover
    7:11 pm on July 12th, 2011

    “He would not eat anything. He would just lie in the middle of the table like a centerpiece and be adored.”

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:14 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom’s home so here I am! Thanks to everyone who liked my book.

    Dawson: I figure when you read your granddaughter the part about the aquifer, you might have to do some explaining. But then she’ll be ready for the Chet and Bernie books!

  72. Liz
    7:17 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Oley – where does Sasha sleep now?

    Good morning everyone, too many interesting things to be able to comment on! (I’m at work, after all..)

    T&G – such an adorable pic!

  73. Mollypop
    7:19 pm on July 12th, 2011

    B. – Now I’m confused. I was thinking “I lay in bed all day” was the correct past tense, but did the word ‘just’ make a difference? Oh wait, did the ‘would’ – oh carp!

  74. Melanie
    7:30 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Carpola, now I’m totally confused! The dog was really cute though.

  75. OleyHowlers
    7:31 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Liz, Sasha has always had a bed in Mom & Pop’s bedroom, just like all of us. The crate/stall/barn was an attempt at keeping her safe when Mom & Pop were at work, before she learned the Invisible Fence.

    But she was a very fast learner after all !

  76. Liz
    7:37 pm on July 12th, 2011

    She sounds like a dog who knows what she wants! I like that.

  77. Melanie
    7:46 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I can’t remember if I told you guys . . .
    After watching YSAS on July 30th in NYC, he and I go off to OTAS and F’s in NJ and have fun. F has to work on Monday, so I will do things with my Guys during the day and THEN . . . Monday night I get to go and see her try on her wedding dress!!!

    Awesome! This is going to be so much fun!

    I remember shopping with my guys. If the store smelled wrong, or had the wrong lighting, we didn’t go in.

    They would stand at the entrance, glance around, and if they didn’t see anything they liked within the first ten feet? Forget it.

    If they ever walked into a store anything I picked out was wrong.

    I learned to entertain myself. I would find the most ATROCIOUS clothes and bring them over to my guys and say, “Here, this would be perfect on you!” making sure that I projected my voice as much as possible.

    Oh, dog, I loved shopping with them. They didn’t find it so wonderful though. Hmmm, I wonder why?

  78. Melanie
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  79. B.Stover
    7:55 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mollypop: Right–“would” in this case represents habitual action and takes the present form of the verb. The problem with lay and lie is caused because “lay” is the past of “lie” but it is also the present transitive verb “lay”: “Lay the book on the table.” (Transitive–it needs a direct object to complete the sense.) Don’t know if this makes sense….

  80. B.Stover
    8:02 pm on July 12th, 2011

    If you can substitute “put” or “place” instead of “lay” in a sentence then you are using “lay” in the transitive sense. “Lay the book on the table.” “Put the book on the table.”

  81. OleyHowlers
    8:12 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Liz, Mom says that if we knew how to look up the word tenacious in the dictionary, we would find Sasha’s picture.

    Melanie, your NYC trip sounds like loads of fun!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on July 12th, 2011

    CRAP!…The All-Star game is frozen….grump!crap!…It’s been frozen on the same frame forever now…grunt!…SiberH, is this happening to you too?…sob!crap!sob!

  83. Staff
    9:19 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Thank you for all the suggestions for Mr.Staff. I am forwarding them to him. He is busy watching the All Star baseball game tonight. Rio are there any Rockies in it? One Twin is an alternate. All our good guys have been on the DL so long they weren’t voted in.

  84. Siber-H
    9:23 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Rio, I’m not having that problem so I would say your problem is with Comcast…not that Direct TV doesn’t have its share of problems.

  85. Staff
    9:23 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Rio, Mr.Husky…
    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Reds “have Ubaldo Jimenez on their radar” but also says “the Rockies will not trade Jimenez unless it is a perfect fit” and “the Reds are not certain buyers.” In other words … who knows. Rosenthal notes that the Reds, at 45-47 and four games back in the…

    use the link below to read the whole thing…

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Supper!… So my friend gets home tonight and all she wants to do is sit in a quiet place for 10 minutes or so without being disturbed….snort!…Her mother just can’t understand this whole exercise and is immediately driving my friend up the wall talking to her about making supper….heh!…So my friend tries to go sit outside but the damned moss-kee-toes are too bad and that is miserable also…sniff!…Making supper is always hilarious to watch because her mother is always in the way and telling her what to do…chorkel!…Most of the time my friend just stays out of the kitchen and eats whatever is thrown together by the one who knows everything. But she had bought some good hamburger and green chilis this weekend because a nice meatloaf sounded good. Well, the battle for the kitchen ensued and the meatloaf was not cooked the way my friend usually does it. She likes it a little crispy on the outside. Her mother would not let it bake long enough to even get the tomato sauce warm…snort! …Then she had the gall to ask my friend if the meat was bad after she had eaten two helpings…grunt! ….We are downstairs now and my friend is pretty hot under the collar…huffle!…Good news though, the All-Star game is finally being shown again so someone should calm down in a little while…heh!

  87. Siber-H
    9:28 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Staff, The Rockies shortstop is there in the starting lineup…Troy Tulowitski

  88. Macy the Min-pin
    9:29 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Hey ho y’all,

    On the crate question. Belle loves her crate. Annie puts herself to bed at 9:30, also in her crate. Holly and Biddy, ditto. HOWEVER, mom and dad tried to crate me and I put up with it a few times. After me singing loudly all night for several nights, I was crate free. (don’t tell them that I really was just singing). A new injustice has taken place recently. The doggy gate keeps me from protecting mom and dad while they sleep. Dad has issues with the covers, which he blames on me. Whatever. When a girl has to burrow…We shorthairs get cold easily. It never ceases to amuse mom when I run out and flop over in the sun. Sunshine on my belly makes me happy…..everybody sing along.

  89. Mollypop
    9:31 pm on July 12th, 2011

    B. – I reread what I wrote and realized the transitive thing. Mom says life is too short so she poured a glass of Cahors. Ergo, the English language has driven Mom to drink.

  90. Siber-H
    9:31 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Thanks Staff, I’ll read it after the game. As far as I am concerned, the Reds can get Ubaldo off their radar…sigh, not that I have any say in the matter.

  91. Macy the Min-pin
    9:32 pm on July 12th, 2011

    There are four, count ’em four, Ranger players on the team, plus Ron Washington is the manager. woot-woot

  92. Macy the Min-pin
    9:34 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Oh, and BTW, my full name is Duchess Macy Grace of Bedfordshire. Plunders can still call me Macy though.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Troy!….He is our only guy on the All-Star team this year…snort!… I hope I haven’t missed his first at bat – damned Comcast….grumble!

  94. Siber-H
    9:37 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Redbone will love this.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on July 12th, 2011

    GAH!…Now they are interupting the game because of a little tornado alert for our county…growl!grunt!

  96. Siber-H
    9:39 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Tulo did bat, Rio. He hit it to centerfield and it was caught, but, hey. He hit it!

  97. Macy the Min-pin
    9:39 pm on July 12th, 2011

    plunderers? plundererers? plunderesses?

    CJ is pitching!!!!!!woo and hoooooo!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Tulo!…I really want to see him hit a home-run tonight..snort!…Inbetween tornadoes and technical difficulties…grump!

  99. Siber-H
    9:41 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Be thankful, Rio. An F-5 could be headed our way and Direct TV wouldn’t know it. At least you get a warning.

  100. Macy the Min-pin
    9:41 pm on July 12th, 2011

    well, carp

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on July 12th, 2011

    WOOOOOO!… Suddenly the National League takes the lead …heh!heh!…Woooooo!

  102. B.Stover
    9:47 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mollypop: Cahors is good to drink no matter what the reason.

  103. Siber-H
    9:49 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I want to see Lincecum and Wilson pitch.

  104. Buddy and T.C.
    9:53 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Meashka is being treated like royalty because she did something Mom considers heroic. We don’t understand, but boy is she ever being praised and rewarded. The pack had Frosty Paws in her honor.

    The starting N.L. pitcher is a Philly.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on July 12th, 2011

    WOOOOOO!…Tulo just got a base hit to first….WOOOOOOO!

  106. Staff
    9:58 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I just love the carp and carpola comments. Every one makes me think of the Triple, Double and Single Dawson Day. And thinking of that makes me laugh out loud.


  107. Siber-H
    9:58 pm on July 12th, 2011

    What did Meashka do? I’m sure it was something heroic. Any Siber girl that can play baseball and hunt is already heroic.

    I think the Philly starting pitcher, Roy, is unbelieveable…he is so good.

  108. BearSpiritDog
    9:59 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Cahors, a late supper and bed – sounds good to me! – Bear

  109. B.Stover
    10:03 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Good night all.

  110. dawson
    10:17 pm on July 12th, 2011

    I haven’t had very many double posts lately. However, someone insisted on getting me a new mouse today. It really moves fast. I don’t think it was the mouse but….
    Goodnight everyone.

  111. Liz
    10:31 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Macy, i think you should be allowed to burrow under the covers if you want/need to.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on July 12th, 2011

    GAH!…Now the game is being interupted for a flash flood warning in my county…grump!…Mother Nature I’ll have know you are interferring with the All-Star game…dammit!

  113. Snowhook Bella
    10:58 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Rio: I haven’t seen him twirl, but I saw him run. The dogs were out running and playing with AJ when I arrived home tonight and Rio was amongst the fray. I think he’ll do you proud, Rio, he’ll do you proud. Also, check your SDD.

  114. Siber-H
    11:06 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Mom is unplugging me….we are having an electrical storm minus the rain.

    The NL is going to win!!!

    Good Night All

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Junior!… He needs me to ride around on his back so he can become an even stronger runner…heh!snort!….Any chance for a free trip up to Alaska so I can work on training with Rio Junior?…snorkel!

    GAH!….Now the game is being disrupted by a Tornado WARNING….grunt!…This is more serious than an ALERT…sniff!…Maybe we should go upstairs and see if our expensive car is still in the driveway….hmmmm!

    YEEP!…Now the game is all freeze-framed again because of the weather….gasp!…I am going to miss the end of the All-Star Game, I just know it….dammit!grump!

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Goodnight!…And possibly, Goodbye everyone!…snort!…At least now there is a Rio Junior to carry on my legacy…heh!…yeep!yeep!…He gets my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys if I should perish in the night…yeep!

  117. Barb & Maggie
    11:21 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Good night all, we are off to bed. Busy day tomorrow.

  118. Snowhook Bella
    11:31 pm on July 12th, 2011

    Rio: Please check in later so we know all is well. I’ll be up late tonight. AJ just left for a few days for work. He will also collect Charlotte and bring her home. Stay safe, Commander Rio.

  119. Snowhook Bella
    12:02 am on July 13th, 2011

    Wolfie’s toffee must be meant for great things. I received an email from the winning bidder sharing the story how the bid was won.

    Knowing that the auction would end on Sunday, she made a mental note on Saturday night not to forget. She forgot. The idea that Wolfie’s toffee might fall into someone else’s hands struck her as she sat on the pew at church. Something about the church budget made Wolfie’s toffee come to mind—I can see the connection. Hurry! Hurry! As the preacher began the sermon, her husband placed the bid with no one except the angels being the wiser.

  120. OleyHowlers
    12:41 am on July 13th, 2011

    Ha Ha ! The winning bid was placed in Church! That is so funny. That toffee must be a religious experience.

    Hope Rio and Siber are o.k. with those bad storms rolling thru.

  121. Staff
    12:49 am on July 13th, 2011

    Goodnight OleyHowlers and Rebecca,
    Glad we are not having bad weather here.
    Stay well everyone.

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    I wonder if heavenly hosts will sing when the winning bidder opens the package of toffee. From what the Plunderers have said, the toffee is so good that it is quite possible.

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    Macy, did you come to your house with that long name and pregnant to boot?? And from the size of your babies, I’d say the Duchess was slumming, hmmmmm??

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