Sneak Peek: The Sound and the Furry

I sat up straight. We rounded a curve and spotted some dudes in orange jump suits picking up trash by the road side, a sheriff’s van idling behind them, yellow light flashing. Bernie eased off the gas. We’d put a lot of perps into orange jump suits and you never knew when you’d bump into an old pal.

“Hey,” Bernie said. “Isn’t that Frenchie Boutette?”

The little roly-poly dude at the end, poking at a scrap of paper, missing, taking a short break? He glanced our way, recognized the car, easy to tell from how his eyebrows shot up. Yes, Frenchie for sure. We pulled over.

“Frenchie! How’s it going?”

Frenchie looked at Bernie, then at me, and backed away.

“Don’t be shy,” Bernie said. “We’re not going to bite you.”

“Think I’m fallin’ for that line again?” Frenchie said. “Slipped your mind how Chet bit me that last time, down in Arroyo Seco?”

“Come on, Frenchie. How can you call that a bite?”

“Because of all the blood,” Frenchie said.

“Barely a scratch,” Bernie said. “Booze thins the blood. And why did you try to run away in the first place?”

“Because I didn’t want to do time. Why else? Like maybe I was training for the Boston Marathon?”

Bernie laughed. “Haven’t lost your sense of humor.”

A sheriff’s deputy came over, shotgun pointed down, although not completely down. Weapons are something I keep a close eye on.

“What’s goin’ on here?” he said.

“I was just saying that Frenchie hasn’t lost his sense of humor.”

“Bernie?” the deputy said.

“Hey, Waldo,” said Bernie. “How’s it going?”

“Hundred and seven in the shade and I’m out here with the scum of the earth – how do you think it’s going?” Deputy Waldo said, the shotgun now pointed directly at the ground, just the way I like. “This Chet?”

“Yup.”

“Heard about him.” Deputy Waldo gave me a close look. Right away, just from a change is his eyes – tiny eyes and pretty cold until this moment – I could tell he liked me and my kind. “A pretty big dude,” Waldo went on. “What’s he weigh?”

“Getting him on the scale’s not easy,” Bernie said.

I remembered that game! Bernie tried to pick me up, maybe with some idea of standing with me on the scale. Lots of fun, but no one picks me up, amigo.

“A hundred plus,” Bernie was saying. “And he’s strong for his size.”

“You got him from the K-9 program?”

“Basically.”

“He flunked out – was what went down?” Waldo said. “Hard to believe.”

“A long story,” Bernie said.

And not one I wanted to dwell on at that moment. Flunked out on the very last day, with only the leaping test left, and leaping was my very best thing. The good part was I actually couldn’t dwell on it for long, on account of the details growing hazier in my mind every day. I was pretty sure a cat was involved, and maybe some blood – but I might have been getting it all mixed up with Frenchie’s blood. I’d never meant to do Frenchie any harm, just grab him by the pant leg, which was how we usually ended cases at the Little Detective Agency, but Frenchie had strangely chubby calves, and all of a sudden I’d found myself … best not to go there. Sometimes things happen before you even know it – let’s leave it at that.

Meanwhile Deputy Waldo was saying, “Is he allowed any treats?” He handed Bernie the shotgun, fished through his pockets. Allowed? That was a new one on me. “Don’t have any dog treats as such,” Waldo said. “But here’s a Slim Jim, kind of a weakness of mine.”

Not a whole Slim Jim – one end completely chewed off – but one thing was clear: Deputy Waldo and I were peas in a pod, although peas, in or out of the pod – and I had experience with both kinds – didn’t do it for me at all. Also I was kind of confused on the weakness part. The very next moment I was fully occupied and none of that – peas, pods, weaknesses – mattered the least little bit.

– coming Sept 10 (next Tuesday). Spence is thinking of reading this selection on the tour. 

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149 Responses to “Sneak Peek: The Sound and the Furry”

  1. O'Howlers
    9:25 am on September 4th, 2013

    Deja vu all over again.
    Good morning! Here’s to better luck on the blog and yahoo and …

  2. Tupper and Gilly
    9:32 am on September 4th, 2013

    Good morning Howlers. Good morning all.
    We hope this is a really loooonnnnggg book since this preview is so long.

    Finally, at long last, it’s a lovely day here.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:39 am on September 4th, 2013

    Good morning all. That was a wonderful glimpse into the newest book. And a nice long preview. Loved it and we can’t wait!

  4. B. Stover
    9:45 am on September 4th, 2013

    I’m not going to read it yet but thank you Spence. Only six more days….

    Good morning all.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    10:08 am on September 4th, 2013

    Bee, You have more will power than we do. Reading this snippet whets the appetite.

  6. Masquers
    10:10 am on September 4th, 2013

    soon, Spence will be here, very soon.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:14 am on September 4th, 2013

    And the Awesome One too! WoooHooo!!!
    Thanks for the Preview Spence.
    Good Day to Everyone.
    And What Kind of a Day is it anyway?
    Hounds? What do you say?

  8. Masquers
    10:19 am on September 4th, 2013

    Then…after that…the Pixie flies into town with a backpack decorated in pink bling (don’t ask…it’s a Belle Starr thing.)
    must order my stamp=must order my stamp-must order my stamp=must order

  9. Herd of Hounds
    10:51 am on September 4th, 2013

    Goood morning, everyone! om just came in from the v e t as we were out of Emma P’s meds and no one was “home” before she left :( Glad so many auction items went to good homes. Here’s hoping the blog stays up ‘ running.

    Have a wiggly Wednesday!

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:53 am on September 4th, 2013

    Tour!…Sob!Sob!Sob!

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:55 am on September 4th, 2013

    Because of our computer problems, we missed the auction finals. Can anyone give us the high lights, and tell us what some of the most expensive items sold for? Especially, what did Joe E. pay for #1?

  12. Macy the min-pin
    11:08 am on September 4th, 2013

    My computer is just fine, yet I did not see any auction finals.
    Hmm.

    Oh, good morning y’all.

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:14 am on September 4th, 2013

    Finals!…Are not the Final Bids under the Comments section of Auction Page??…grunt!

  14. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:17 am on September 4th, 2013

    Blog!…Link for those too lazy to go back and find it…heh!

    http://snowhookiditarod2014auction.blogspot.ca/

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:30 am on September 4th, 2013

    Thank you Rio, for your kindness. Today we were able to look at the comments without jamming up our computer.

  16. Siber-H
    11:30 am on September 4th, 2013

    Good Morning All

    Ditto to what Stover said about not going to read it, but thank you, Spence.

    The final bids for the auctin items are showing up for me on the auction site.

  17. O'Howlers
    11:30 am on September 4th, 2013

    Rio, Did you get RJ’s booties?

  18. Herd of Hounds
    11:34 am on September 4th, 2013

    Final bids, yea. Recipients, no.

  19. O'Howlers
    11:38 am on September 4th, 2013

    Hey! Whitey-Lance is on the Snowhook calendar for September!!! We here love that guy.

  20. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on September 4th, 2013

    Owners!…If the winners want to say what they won that is up to them…grunt!…I thought we went through some of this last night already…sniff!…I won the Quilted Flower wall hanging, and the Doggie Bag package…grunt!…Zoe beat me out of the Salt & Pepper shakers and the Chickens. I did win the finger puppets for Barb…heh!

  21. dawson
    11:44 am on September 4th, 2013

    Spencer: I read this sneak peek before, right? I love, love, love it. Where oh where am I going to get my pawprinted signed copy?

    Rio: How big is this Poppy quilling? I leave at 4 am Saturday. I could make an extra donation if you send it to Canada…or send you some money for postage. I don’t have room in my luggage for such an item. Remember about sending things to Canada: Do not send priority mail; do not write “fragile” on it; it is worth no more than $40. (they will ask you the value on the slip you have to fill out); it is a gift (this is also on the slip).
    Myself I would not pay for insurance or tracking. This is asking for trouble. Be patient and wait.

    I don’t know when I am coming back to the States again. I have no plans to spend next summer here. In fact, I have plans to spend next summer at home, home, home.

  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on September 4th, 2013

    Dawson!…I thought you said you were not going to bid on anything because of the hassle (and expense) of sending stuff to Canada…grunt!…How come you had to bid on my friends item anyways?…sniff!

  23. Herd of Hounds
    11:55 am on September 4th, 2013

    Is Rio having a bad hair (tail) day? Mom is here, too since she is having trouble getting Emma’s meds…

  24. Macy the min-pin
    11:58 am on September 4th, 2013

    Look pugbuster, not knowing where something is is not a sign of laziness. Don’t make me come over there and take a bite outta that cinnamon roll.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:59 am on September 4th, 2013

    Dawson: PawPrinted Copy? We Here may have a Plan…….

  26. BearSpiritDog
    12:00 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: Are you Saying there will NOT be a listing of the Winners on this here Blog? I for one would Very Much like to see it.

  27. Herd of Hounds
    12:01 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Ya’ll are soooo much like a pack of sissies it ain’t funny. That’s why we love ya’ll. OH NO… noon, first Wed. We need to go sing with test sirens BBL.

  28. Rose
    12:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Awesome Dawson: I am glad you to get to own such a beautiful piece by Rio’s friend.

    Now I know I don’t want to play cards with you!

  29. Macy the min-pin
    12:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Mr. Husky, I never saw you mention that on the poster for the book name item, one of the comments was Yark. I thought that was a nice shout out.

    Are you saying to look under the comments for each item for the final bid?

    Mom is shutting me down, she is going to her v-e-t. BBL

  30. Rose
    12:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    New background on this here website.

  31. Melanie
    12:07 pm on September 4th, 2013

    I did a reading for Zoë. We both laughed, and no one threw anything.

    HOH, Sirens? I remember sirens when I was growing up in tornado alley.

    Today is beautiful! I have promised, both Zoë and YSAS, that I would not do anything that would hurt my back.

    Sigh, there is much to be done . .

  32. Herd of Hounds
    12:16 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Melanie: Here we test our “new clear sigh reens” at the first of each month. It is a lot like tornado or if ya”ll are old enough, the “test of the nuclear broadcast system” of the 50’s/60’s :(

  33. Herd of Hounds
    12:18 pm on September 4th, 2013

    OK mom is worried about saying this, BUT, at least the taxpayers don’t have to give a free ride to Ariel Castro for the next lifetime.

  34. Howlers
    12:21 pm on September 4th, 2013

    sigh. Zoe beat us out on the Boy and Girl lovey-dovey salt & pepper shakers? We’ve been blaming Masquers!

    Wookie’s mom & dad…READ this!
    http://www.smartbrief.com/08/28/13/md-dog-deaths-prompt-canine-influenza-warning-2#.UidcPGi9KSM

  35. B. Stover
    12:22 pm on September 4th, 2013

    The cicadas are calling out loudly here. I love that sound.

  36. Masquers
    12:24 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Riö & Dawson: Please check your SDDs.

  37. Howlers
    12:25 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Who won the cool howling pillowcases? We tried hard for those!

  38. Masquers
    12:25 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Howlers: Wrongfully accused…again.

  39. Rose
    12:26 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HOH: Agreed!!!

  40. Melanie
    12:29 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Zoë didn’t get the lovey pair of dogs. She got the Funky Chickens!

    HOH, yes, I am old enough to remember that. Huddled under our desks.

  41. Siber-H
    12:30 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HOH That was mom’s first thought when she read it in the paper this morning. Me, I was reading the sports pages.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    12:30 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rose: Sometimes it is awkward to have an opinion, but since we are all girls, we agree with mommy. No man can control another’s life, canine, feline, human, simian OR sushi.

  43. B. Stover
    12:31 pm on September 4th, 2013

    They test the sirens on the first Saturday of every month at 1PM here.

  44. Howlers
    12:33 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HOH and Wose: no tears were shed here.

    Masquers, you told us (maybe implied) that you took those out from under us, didn’t you?

  45. Tupper and Gilly
    12:36 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Macy – cinnamon buns are bad for your diet.

    Dawson – no more summers stateside? But, but, but…..

    Melanie – Sit. Stay. Heal!

  46. B. Stover
    12:37 pm on September 4th, 2013

    I already posted that I won the Northern Lights necklace at the auction.

    Barb: In case you didn’t see it, Joe Erickson (I believe) had the final bid of $650 on item number one.

  47. Rose
    12:44 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HOH: Amen to that!

  48. Barb & Maggie
    12:44 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Bee, We did just look that up. Thank you.

    Castro didn’t want to serve his 1,000 years in prison. Those 3 young women got 10 years, he served 3 weeks. No tears here either.

  49. Siber-H
    12:49 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Miss Macy? What “Yark” are you talking about?

    I actually yark more here on the blog than I do out in the world.

  50. Tupper and Gilly
    12:54 pm on September 4th, 2013

    It is such a beautiful day here in the sun with cooling breezes. We felt haikus coming on.

    Yellow butterfly bush
    Waving scented seduction
    Invites winged ones to dine

    Tomatoes blushing sunset red
    Bees lazing among the vines
    The fulfillment of summer’s work.

  51. Herd of Hounds
    12:56 pm on September 4th, 2013

    T&G’s Mama: Veeeeeeery nice.

  52. B. Stover
    1:08 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Siber-H: In case Macy doesn’t see your question, in the auction, item number one has a picture next to it of Chet with sayings printed around. The bottom right saying is “Yark.”

  53. O'Howlers
    1:16 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Bee, That necklace looks beautiful.

  54. Barb & Maggie
    1:18 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Does anyone know of a shrub or bush that will give nice fall color AND do well in mostly shade? Most bushes, like the burning bush, don’t really get much color without a lot of sun.

  55. Joe Erickson
    1:20 pm on September 4th, 2013

    I probably shouldn’t admit this, since I won the big prize, but I was the one who won the salt and pepper shakers, and the howling good pillow cases. It was a good day for me!

  56. BooBear
    1:23 pm on September 4th, 2013

    There is also “moi” on that picture. That is a shout out to Masquers, I believe!

  57. B. Stover
    1:25 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Howlers: I love the colors on the stone and the black cord “chain.”

  58. Herd of Hounds
    1:30 pm on September 4th, 2013

    We luv all ya’ll. Some times ya are too funny!

  59. BooBear
    1:34 pm on September 4th, 2013

    I think it would help my wounded pride at being outbid at everything I bid on to see a list posted (easy reading form) with the item, the winning bid and the winner (if they are a plunderer…anyone else could be listed as a non-plunderer.) This would be a good learning assignment for young Teddy RR!!

  60. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:37 pm on September 4th, 2013

    JoE!….sniff!…You are just lucky all the money goes to Snowhook…heh!

  61. dawson
    1:41 pm on September 4th, 2013

    JoeE: You will love the soft plushness of those pillowcases.

    Zoe: I love those funky chickens!

    Rio: I just couldn’t resist. If you really don’t want to send it to Canada, I guess you could re-sell it, but…but…but…

  62. Herd of Hounds
    1:41 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Boo Bear: We b with ya’ll.

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:47 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Dawson!…My friend says she will send it to Canada but it might not be mailed till after she gets back from Iowa…snort!…There is a lot to do this Saturday before those guy head out…grunt!…You know how long it takes her to package things up, so that is out of the question for this Saturday….wheeze!

  64. O'Howlers
    1:57 pm on September 4th, 2013

    JOE!!!!!! Say it ain’t so!!!! Our salt & pepper shakers AND our pillowcases????? WOW! But like Mom always says: “ya snooze…ya lose”. We snoozed on the salt & pepper shakers because we thought we had them won. And the pillow cases were going up, up, up ! We were bidding on so many other things!

  65. Siber-H
    1:57 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Oh, Thank You, Stover! I’m off to look at the Yark. Woo Woo This is so cool.

    Joe, you did good in the auction and none of us ever have hard feelings over who wins what.

  66. Siber-H
    1:59 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Beau would know about the burning bush.

  67. Masquers
    2:00 pm on September 4th, 2013

    BooBear: and yet…neither moi or the siber who yarks won the big prize.

  68. Masquers
    2:02 pm on September 4th, 2013

    B: Should that be “nor” instead of “or” in my last sentence?

  69. O'Howlers
    2:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    O.K. so did any of youse win the original photo of the 1900’s sled dog team?

  70. Siber-H
    2:05 pm on September 4th, 2013

    I would have bid on many more items than what I did, but the two auction pages scrolled up and down so slowly for me that I read my Kindle while scrolling.

    A pug in the know told me I may need to upgrade Internet Explorer.

  71. O'Howlers
    2:05 pm on September 4th, 2013

    And, Joe! Before you tell us of one more item you won: GET AN AVATAR!!!
    gravatar.com

  72. O'Howlers
    2:07 pm on September 4th, 2013

    We are not complaining, because we won A LOT!!! Still, Dima is pouting about not getting his name in the e-book. We hope, for his sake, that SQ/PA offers a simiar prize in the future.

  73. B. Stover
    2:14 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Masquers: Yes, it should be “nor.”

  74. Tupper and Gilly
    2:26 pm on September 4th, 2013

    It is fun finding out who won what. And now for the shipping to the winners.
    We may have mentioned a few ( thousand) times that we are all going on vacation to the BEACH! So we may be gone when SnowBella notifies us of winner’s payments.
    If you would like your totally awesome auction winnings now, we are certainly willing to trust you. If you did win something, please send an SDD to us, with the address you want your item shipped. We will get those in the post before we go to the BEACH. To eat LOBSTERS.

  75. Masquers
    2:31 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Thank you, B.

  76. BearSpiritDog
    2:34 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Royals: There is No Big Hurry for your Mama to ship the 2 items we won as they are gifts…and not when youse are going to THE BEACH!!!

  77. B. Stover
    2:38 pm on September 4th, 2013

    …to eat LOBSTERS!

  78. BearSpiritDog
    2:41 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HEY! wE HAVE A PAGE 2!

  79. O'Howlers
    3:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    We did already pay for our items via online, but not sure if Bella has had a chance to process those payments.
    We are not in a RUSH, but we are very eggcited to see the necklaces we bught for Mom!
    Enjoy your LOBSTERS at the BEACH, T&G!

  80. dawson
    3:10 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: Tell your friend that works great for me because I will not actually get home, home until September 21st and I would like to be there to receive the package. I do want to compare your first quilling with this latest one. Whooohoooo!

    I’m going to get a stamp in my passport in Seattle! Unfortunately, I miss seeing Spencer by one lousy day. Bah!

    I am busy packing and organizing and fielding phone calls from health care providers. I finally found the shoe box of various kitchen utensils I acquired while I was here. It was under a stack of clothes. I had been looking for a half an hour. (sigh)

  81. BearSpiritDog
    3:19 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Dawson: Seems a Looong Time to get HOme from Seattle. Are you going by Wagon Train?

  82. BearSpiritDog
    3:31 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Dawson: This morning you mentioned to Spence having heard this reading from TSATF once before…Us too…Deja Vu?

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    3:32 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Or maybe by dog sled?

  84. O'Howlers
    3:40 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Dawson and Bear: us too…that’s why we posted Deja Vu this morning. But then we remembered where we read it bofore: it was at the end of our Kindle e-story “Iggy Chronicles”.

  85. Melanie
    3:49 pm on September 4th, 2013

    I’m glad you all enjoyed the art work for Item 1. Some of the comments were referenced from some blog or another.

    I’m behaving myself. I just finished watching “The Avengers” from 2012. Questions I asked YSAS
    Why do aliens and nasty superheros all ways invade NYC?
    Why does Hawk never run out of arrows? (He did finally. Ater shooting around 200 times)
    I have not received any answers. I imagine a sigh of OMD, or a rolling of the eyes.

    snicker

  86. Staff
    3:56 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Loved the sneak peak. I am going to have to call up one of those signing stops and order my signed copy today. After I catch up on the blog.

    Dawson— Check your SDD. There is a lovely long message from son Paul to read to Dad.

    It is nice to find out who won what, but it is not nice to post it on the blog unless you are the winner. It is a privacy issue. Most of us don’t care and post what we won, but that is why we don’t put up a list…

    And I won the Raven’s book that Melanie put up. It looks Grrrreeeaaat!.

  87. Masquers
    4:21 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Stagg: Check your SDD…in a minute.

  88. Barb & Maggie
    4:38 pm on September 4th, 2013

    We agree with Dawson, we did read part of this preview before, but only part of it. And do not remember where, but it was not from the e-story.

  89. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Stover!…Someone here needs your help – so would you check your SDD asap!….snort!snort!

  90. B. Stover
    5:15 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: Done (as you know actually).

  91. Masquers
    5:20 pm on September 4th, 2013

    But, but wasn’t there a list of winners posted on the blog last auction?
    Anywhoo…if I haven’t mentioned it before…Mom won the Kat Kups and Golinka’s Official CTD Blog Necklace now belongs to me, me, me.

  92. BearSpiritDog
    5:24 pm on September 4th, 2013

    My Auction Goodies are:
    LOve Dawg Mugs
    Husky Earrings (tan)
    Cawfee Cuff & Raven Earrings

  93. BearSpiritDog
    5:36 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Actually, the Love Dawg Mugs were an Extra Treat found in my In-Box this morning. I had failed to open it yesterday when the bone tired little Ruff Rider was barking his head off trying to get my attention. Sorry Teddy. You did your very best.
    All is Well that Ends Well. All Items paid & accounted for.

  94. BearSpiritDog
    5:38 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Woof!

  95. B. Stover
    5:47 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: Please check your email.

  96. Herd of Hounds
    6:23 pm on September 4th, 2013

    We think we got mom’s card and paid when she wasn’t looking. Siber Mr. Husky, is this easy or what?

  97. Siber-H
    6:38 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HOH Isn’t plastic and the internet wonderful!
    The more you do it the easier it gets.

  98. Staff
    6:42 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Hey Barb (and Maggie)
    Mr.Staff just brought in our first Black Krim tomato. It is a very deep green on the stem end fading into a rust and then down to a ripe looking red on the bottom. Is that ripe? It feels ripe. sniff

  99. Barb & Maggie
    6:50 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Staff, On some of the “black” tomatoes, the shoulders never do get totally red. We usually check the bottom end. If it feels soft, then the tomato is ripe. If you are unsure, wait one more day. Our Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Black Truffel never get totally red at the top. We just slice off the green part and discard.

  100. Barb & Maggie
    7:16 pm on September 4th, 2013

    T & G’s Mum, We are impressed with your hakus. We are incapable of doing that!

    Now out to do a pork tenderloin on the grill.

  101. Melanie
    7:19 pm on September 4th, 2013

    How come I hear about these LOBSTERS, and none ever comes this far west?

    It’s not like it’s across the country. The county, yes. The country, no.

  102. BearSpiritDog
    7:21 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Barb&Magpie: It must be time for Supper!
    Three more ripe ‘maters here and more on the way.
    One a day is the average, but Hey at least it’s a Bite of Delicious.

  103. Herd of Hounds
    7:23 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Topic change…Daddy dawg opened garage door. silly mommy opened upstairs door. Emma P….RAN! We loved watching mom run down the street in her jammies. A lady stopped in her truck to tattle on Emma. Mom is smoked! Emma is home safe, mom is still put out! We others are ling low till mom settles down.

  104. Wookie's Dad
    7:34 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Teddy is pleased to report that he won the Plunderers coffee mug (even though he doesn’t drink coffee yet).

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:42 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Auction Central!…Please check your SDD’s…snort!…This means you too Rose!…chuffle!

  106. Tupper and Gilly
    7:42 pm on September 4th, 2013

    HOH – must be that kind of day. The Storyteller went out to do errands, Mama was home on a business phone call, and looked at the reflection of the front yard in the glass of the kitchen door. Suddenly realized the reflection showed Tupper sitting on the front lawn. Huh? Doggies are NOT allowed outside unless in the fenced back yard, or on a leash. How did Tupper get out there? All pertinent doors were closed. Corgis cannot reach doorknobs. Front door is on a heavy spring closure.
    How did she do it?
    It’s a mystery.

  107. Basil and Sage
    7:43 pm on September 4th, 2013

    snigglefritz.
    All that work to open the dam door and the dam Corgi STILL doesn’t run away.

    carp.

  108. Herd of Hounds
    7:44 pm on September 4th, 2013

    And we are pleased to report that Teddy Ruff-Stuff was doing the AC and not the Darah the dozer or all hades could have broken loose and who knows what would have gone where!

  109. Basil and Sage
    7:47 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Whoa! Check this out!
    Kind of lot of annoying commentary, but the footage is amazing.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/two-dogs-appear-to-work-together-to-chase-cougar-off-property-191656346.html?vp=1

  110. Herd of Hounds
    7:49 pm on September 4th, 2013

    B&S: What would you do with out your doggies? Glad that yours and ours are home safely!

  111. Wose
    8:00 pm on September 4th, 2013

    RIO! I’m skipping and twirling!

  112. Herd of Hounds
    8:11 pm on September 4th, 2013

    B&S: Do Not pick on puppies!

    T&G and Emma: Stay home…you are loved!

    Cougars are only older ladies!1!!!!

  113. Siber-H
    8:43 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio, Check your SDD when able.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on September 4th, 2013

    SiberH!…Si Senior!…grunt!…I have checked and totally responded…snort!

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Busy-Place!…snort!…My friend came home all happy for a change from the damned busy-place. She told all of us that she was offered a new and better job in the IT Dept. at the busy-place…wheeze!…I actually saw her spinning and twirling in the living room…heh!heh!….Then Beau started chasing his tail and I started Yeeep! YEEEEP! Yeeeeping!…It was something!…chuffle!…I have not seen my friend this happy in a whole YEAR. It was a year this week when they did that software conversion thingy….heh!heh!…Woooooooooo!HOOOOOOO!

  116. BooBear
    9:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Hmmm, I still don’t know who won the horse bookends, the hammered tin pitcher or the wine/dog package! Inquiring minds are curious and want to know!

    BooBear

  117. BearSpiritDog
    9:06 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: That is Indeed Pawsative News for your Friend! It’s about Time she got a break at the busy place.

  118. BooBear
    9:08 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Way to go, Rio’s friend!! I guess you will have to give up your pillar after such a short time.
    BB

  119. Pancho & Lefty
    9:18 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Our Lady is biz, biz, busy today, but we wanted to say two things. First, we are starting to receive payments for the auction items; our Lady will try to notify the donors of the paid items tonight. Second, SPA-LORT! Congrats to Rio’s Friend!

    We think a party is in order to celebrate Rio’s good news, a successful auction, running after our kind in your jammies, and just because.

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Parteee!….WOOOOO!..I’m up for a party, but someone else is plum beat…sniff!…She says the stress of looking for a new job is very very very – something, I forget…grunt!

  121. Herd of Hounds
    9:37 pm on September 4th, 2013

    P&L: Don’t tell mom about a party ’cause I think she is still P.O.ed at me…BUT I know she loves me to pieces ’cause I got …bellies and kisses on my brachycephalic snout!

  122. Pancho & Lefty
    9:38 pm on September 4th, 2013

    What about this Friday night? That gives us time to get our paws on a beer hat to fit a certain flat head.

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Beer-Hat!….Now why wasn’t something like that on the ole Auction Block I ask youse?…snort! snort!

  124. Redbone Hound
    9:46 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Y’all know this ole hound is always ready to put in party duds and haul out the shine. And fer Brother Rio’s friend, Ah think we should make this a real humdinger. Siber – son, git your tambourine shined up. Masquers- let that sax wail.
    Miz Macy- shall Ah swing by an carry you to the party?

  125. Herd of Hounds
    9:49 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Friday pm. partay sounds good. Mom thought she’d be great today…BUT after not finding meds for Emms P (even v e t is bothered), auction, and the doggie/jammie marathon :( we believe she’d let the ipaw open more on Fri!

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Brother!…Redbone! My friend does not drink Shine, but I sure do. So bring enough for her and I both and I will make up the difference…heh!heh!chorkle!

  127. Herd of Hounds
    9:55 pm on September 4th, 2013

    We just tucked mommy dawg in, but she will be up for a Friday partay…for now…Nighty night….

  128. Staff
    9:56 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Mr.Staff is laughing away in the front room. Duck Dynasty is on. Evidently they are putting a hot tub in the front yard.

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Ducks!…Can someone explain to me what Duck Dynasty is???..snort!

  130. Siber-H
    10:00 pm on September 4th, 2013

    YARK!!!

    Yippie for Rio’s friend!!

    YARK and Party!!!
    Redbone, I am all over it

  131. Herd of Hounds
    10:03 pm on September 4th, 2013

    What did those silly gogs say? I’m so tired that ..zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  132. Alice M. Johnson
    10:04 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio. Congratulate your friend for me. I am happy happy happy for her.

    HOH I am sorry to hear about not being able to find meds for Emma P. I hope that gets solved soon. And one of the dangers of wearing your PJ’s all day is that you might have to chase someone down the street.

    Or, you might take a video and post it on the blog and after you look at it again you might notice that you have video’d yourself in your pj’s. Staff told me not to tell but I never do what she says. I am a KAT fer crisakes.

  133. Melanie
    10:09 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Friday Party! We are on . .

    Congratulations to Riö’s friend. Tht scratching post must have broght her good luck. When your friend is done with it, perhaps our resident thieves could “liberate” it and send it around to those who need some good luck.

    I’ll be going to sleep shortly, but first . . A little something for BelleStar.

  134. Barb & Maggie
    10:20 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Good news about Rio’s friend. Hard to explain Duck Dinasty! It has a cult following, but we are not part of it. Although Barb bought a duck caller for two of the Grands last Christmas.

    Nighty noodles.

  135. dawson
    10:21 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: I am very HAPPY that your friend is FINALLY going to get into a job she can feel good about. Hooray!

    Party on Friday? I’m going to have to send my regrets because I will be getting up at 4 am Saturday morning to catch a plane. Ugh!
    Just thinking about it makes me tired. Yaaaawwwwnnnn. G’night everybody and morning to LizF in the down under land.

  136. Masquers
    10:24 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Redbone: Count me in for the Friday jam(boree).
    All you kats…be there or be square.
    but for now…G’night everyone…except for Liz, G’day to you.

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Awwww!…Dawson, you have to drop by for a few minutes at least…sniff!…A quick paw of poker maybe. Or just a bite to eat…grunt!…After Friday and maybe Saturday night, you won’t hear much from me unless Beau gets his act together and reports on the going’s on in Iowa…heh!heh!

  138. Herd of Hounds
    10:29 pm on September 4th, 2013

    What have the HOH agreed to while they thought I was dozing? I want them tooozzzzzzz

    Wowser, she’ll never remember! Partay!

  139. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Game!…OMYDawg. Why oh why do the games with the Dodgers always take FOREVER?…grunt!…They have been playing for 2 1/2 hours and are only in the 6th inning…wheeze!

  140. SnowBella
    11:06 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Rio: I spoke with the Giant tonight and he told me to tell you to tell your Friend congratulations. He is very happy for her. Something may or may not have been mentioned about lifting her to the burled arch like he has done at the retirement parties.

    I’d like to celebrate AJ getting home on Friday. He job ends in two days and he will be back home with me, me, me. This makes me happy.

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Burled!…Arch! OH!OH!OH!…snort!….When my friend reads that AJ congratulated her she will be so very happy!…wheeze!…Even more happy than she has been since she found out about it today…zow!heh!heh!…The fact that the Giant will be home for the party makes this a super-sized party!….WOOOOOO!

  142. Macy the min-pin
    11:18 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Mr Redbone, only a true southerner would offer to “carry” me to a party, lol. Sho nuff you can.

  143. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:22 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Planning!…I know there should be some planning I need to do for the party, but I’ve always been a Seat-Of-My-Pants sort of pug, so I guess I will just see how it goes…snort!…I will try to jimmy the back gate lock, but if that doesn’t work we will need a Newfie ladder so the smaller guys can climb up their backs over the fence..heh!…OR SiberH could dig a big hole under the fence…snort!…Either way will work out great!….Wow!…Everyone here will be too busy getting ready for the road-trip to Iowa to bother us in the back yard…chuffle!…Please bring lots of food and booze!…burp!

  144. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Goodnight!…Someone says she will sleep tight tonight without that knot in her stomach for the first time in a YEAR!….snort!…It is a wonder she has any stomach lining left at all by now…wheeze!….What a day! Wot a great day! Freedom is Near!….chuffle!

  145. c.hobbit
    11:52 pm on September 4th, 2013

    Just got home…
    Rio: I am so happy for your friend. What a joyous day for her plus a vacation coming up. What could be better. I say treaties for everyone!!!

    Speaking of jammies, this is for Belle Star (a baby sloth in pajamas):

  146. Macy the min-pin
    11:58 pm on September 4th, 2013

    A SLOTH in Pajamas? Isn’t that redundant?

  147. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:01 am on September 5th, 2013

    Whoo hoo, lots of stuff to celebrate! Count us in, in, in!

    And congratulations to Rio’s friend. We here are very happy for her’

  148. Belle Starr
    12:43 am on September 5th, 2013

    Melanie: If you cut me, do I not sparkle? A certain pixie says she did not steal my sparkles, but I don’t believe her. Pancho even fessed up to taking the sparkles to decorate Lefty’s tail, but I still thing my Two-Legged had a paw in it.

    CHH: Ooh! Can a get a baby sloth in pajamas and a baby piglet in pajamas? I will love them, and hold them, and kiss them.

    Wigglebutt is coming to the party, too! This is going to be the best.

  149. Howlers
    7:29 am on September 5th, 2013

    Congratulations to Rio’s friend. Mom shudders to think that a friend is joining the I/T ranks though. Our ‘rents are both in I/T and they never get enough time to do things with us us us. Hopefully, Rio’s friend’s I/T job will be better.

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