Spinetingler Magazine Review: The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Ah, what a pleasure to re-enter the world of Chet, the canine narrator and K-9 school dropout, and his human companion, Bernie. In the midst of a plethora of dark books and novels featuring over-the-top sadism and end-of-the-world thrillers [not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you], this charming series was just what I needed!

Not that there isn’t mystery aplenty here – including a missing person, murder etc. – after all, Bernie is a detective, and although very humorous, it isn’t your usual ‘cute-sy’ animal-detective tale either – – well, now that I think of it – – the latter does have his own blog [ChetTheDog.com]. The author [Quinn is the nom de plume of prolific author Peter Abrahams] has given us another terrific entry – – the fourth – – in this series, which is just as delightful as the prior books.

As the book opens, Bernie has been invited to be the keynote speaker at a p.i. convention, during which the organizer of the event offers Bernie $10,000 to buy Chet, which he refuses. Soon thereafter he is hired as a bodyguard. Neither of those things turns out to be as innocuous as one might think: The p.i. is not one to take no for an answer, and the bodyguard duty somehow morphs into a search for a boy who has gone missing while on a wilderness camp hike. Who better than a talented tracker like Chet to try to find him? But things, as always, get a bit more complicated; actually, a lot more complicated, and there is ultimately much more at stake. A quick and wonderfully entertaining book, and one that is highly recommended. – Gloria Feit

Welcome Ms. Sienna (with friend), dude who’s got my back (probably Jake), Mara, Dakota, and Jake.

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121 Responses to “Spinetingler Magazine Review: The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:35 am on February 12th, 2012

    Good morning everyone. Good review. This one did not reveal too much about the story, which we like better.

    Lots of Whitney stuff on the news this morning. She was 48, way too young to go.

    T & G, Sorry the date night was not a total success. At least you had cookies!

  2. Melanie
    10:23 am on February 12th, 2012

    Good Morning MagPie!

    T&G, I take it that your Mum and Pa didn’t dance?

    Riö, I’m sorry. I read your comment on coming over to the Cabin in the Mountains to The Pack. They are already planning the trip! Backpacks everywhere. For some reason they think they need Drop Bags and Treats!

    Going to put a chair by every doorway in the downstairs so as Dan goes in and out of rooms he has a place to sit if need be.

  3. B.Stover
    10:27 am on February 12th, 2012

    Good morning all.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    10:32 am on February 12th, 2012

    Good morning, Melanie! Happy Sunday to you.

    Read you report about Dan last night. I am glad he is physically recovering and may be able to come home. I know you would like him to. I think a major issue is whether he will be aware of his limitations and will be able to be careful. If he doesn’t remember to use his walker, or tries to do things beyone his capabilities, it might not be safe for him to be there. I guess that is what will be determined this week. Just don’t feel that you are being cruel or uncaring if you determine that he needs to be under supervised care 24/7. It is so hard when they reach this point.

  5. Melanie
    10:38 am on February 12th, 2012

    Hi B.Stover! I am hoping to convince a certain Royals’ Mum to send me some photos of her recently fired but unglazed pots. I would then post them.

    Hint, hint …

  6. Mollypop
    10:58 am on February 12th, 2012

    Royals’ Mum – Yes! Pictures please.

    I here at Sammies and she’s taking very good care of me. We slept from 9 last night until 8 this morning. She waited for her soft-boiled egg somewhat patiently, but there was no jumping up and down on me in bed this morning.

  7. Siber-H
    10:59 am on February 12th, 2012

    Good Morning Everyone

    That’s a very intelligent review!

    Only a few days left to buy your tickets for the drawing of the beautiful quilt on Snowhook’s blog.

    GO SNOWHOOK!!

  8. BearSpiritDog
    12:06 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Good Morning! (I’ll say it while it still is…as we slept in)

    Barb&Magpie: We can understand your decision to pass on The River and may do so here also. The only problem being…one tends to get pulled into these shows…and unless they are truly awful…we continue to watch week after week.

    Siber-H: Thanks for the reminder about the Snowhook Quilt Drawing. We bought tickets for everyone. Someone here would love to have that beautiful quilt for her very own!
    Did you see who had a B-Day yesterday? The Hot One! They are probably still in celebrating mode at the Oley Howlers.

    Tupper&Gilly: We read your sad account of your mama & dad’s date night. Dancing to Metallica? I don’t think so! We second the request for photos of the glazed pots your mama is working on!

    Melanie: It seems you have done all you can, safety-wise, to prepare for Dan’s visit on Tuesday. May all go well for you and Zoe, with the least possible amount of stress.

    Hi B! What are your plans for this relaxing Sunday?

    Sammy: Good to hear you are taking such good care of your Aunt Molly’s Mom. A soft boiled egg does sound good for breakfast. Off I go…..

  9. Melanie
    12:10 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Sam, take good care of MollyPop’s Mom! She probably needs her lap covered with a beautiful dog.

    Chilly here. With the wind chill it’s 0 degrees. I think we’re getting B.Stover’s weather from yesterday.

    Rosalyn is having a beauty day today. Tuesday morning she will be doing a bit of acupuncture by the famous JonnyG!

  10. Siber-H
    12:11 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Oh My Gosh, Happy Birthday (one day late) Meashka!
    Love,
    Siber-H

  11. B.Stover
    12:13 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Hi Bear. I have absolutely no plans for the day which I think is the best plan!

    It’s 26 here today. Wow! A heat wave.

  12. Gus & BooBear
    12:21 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Hi, everybody. Good Sunday morning to everyone. We’ve just caught up on last weeks blogging and, what a group we have!! Comfort coming from southeast Texas for those who need it. Dad had a procedure Friday that had him VERY nervous but got great news that all is fine and the test need not be redone for 10 years.

    Mom and Dad are replacing their kitchen counters with granite and went yesterday morning to pick out the slabs that will be used. How fun but intimidating at the same time. If a wrong choice is made, well, we will just have to live with it. Both seem very happy with their choices. The island will have a different granite than the rest of the counters. When they saw the 2 slabs side by side, they were so excited! Since both felt the same way, they felt the right choice was made.

    Barb & Maggie (and Melanie, of course), Mom has started reading White Wings and is enjoying it immensely! Only about a quarter through it yet but having a hard time putting it down to do housework that needs doing.

    Melanie, feel your pain about Dan. It is so hard. In some ways, being home 24/7 with family (and dogs) makes one feel so much better than having to stay in a rehab. But it can be a difficult situation for you and Zoe both physically and mentally. Do you maybe have coverage in a medicare supplement that would cover in-home care? Maybe having someone come in daily to help Dan with his rehab and physical care could really help. He would be more apt to take orders and suggestions from someone outside the family. That way you and Zoe wouldn’t always be the “bad” guys telling him what he can’t do.

    Rebecca and AJ, we are getting so excited about the race. Hope we can get our Insider figured out by race time or Mom is gonna be very angry. Luckily, we will have SiberH to keep the play by play updated here on the blog.

    Back to housework (sigh)

  13. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:24 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Mom’s cream of broccoli soup tastes good but looks all lumpy because (apparently) the soup was cooked at too high a temp after adding the cheese. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:29 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Bee, those are our favorite kind of days!

    Congrats on your dad’s tests, G and BB.

    We bought a our raffle ticket!

    Rebecca, how did the meeting with your potential sponsor work out?

  15. Gus & BooBear
    12:30 pm on February 12th, 2012

    And Rio, we have heard that it can take up to 2 years before a dog or cat fully recovers from a previous trauma. If Beau was ignored for such a long time, he is probably trying to make sure your friend knows he is there, even if it means misbehaving. Now that he is receiving love and attention, he may be acting out to receive additional validation that he has a place with y’all. The fact that the person who dropped him off with your friend has not even felt compelled to inquire about how he is indicates that he was practically ignored for his entire life.
    He will eventually realize that he is loved even when he misbehaves and not feel the need to test you.

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    12:36 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Greetings all –
    Gus and BooBear – wooooohoooooo!!!!! Glad to hear the good news!

    Melanie – no, they didn’t dance. That kind of music turns Dad into the “frog in a blender” school of dancer, and Mama just wasn’t dressed to be ROTFLOL

    Mama is going down to her Mud Room soon. The fired pots she has are undecorated as yet. They are fired but now need the decorative paintwork and bling. We can show them to you “naked” now, and then show you again when they are completely finished – ok?

    And now, asking advice from this gang of knowledgable cooks: does anyone have any advice on using smoked pork hocks, specifically in a bean soup?

  17. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:40 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Ooooooooo, can’t wait to see the photos!

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    12:40 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Wolfie – what are the “lumps” made of? Is it cheese that solidified when it hit the hot soup? Or flour?

  19. Alice M. Johnson
    12:50 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Staff loves ham hocks in soup. You put it in water to cover and simmer until the meat falls off the bones. Then you strain the broth out, putting it back in the pot, and pick the meat out and put it in the pot too. Then add tomato juice/sauce/V8 or even tomato paste. Add onions, celery, beans, garlic and whatever else you heart desires.
    She also puts in basil, oregano, dry mustard, some tabasco and any other spice that calls to her at the moment.
    She likes it fairly thickish so she adds lots of different beans if she has them.

    She says she hasn’t had that for a long time and you are making her hungry.

  20. Sam
    12:50 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I just finished my kong stuffed with biscuit and topped off with peanut butter. This is part of my plan for helping Molly’s Mom get better. She was just sitting around and needed to be doing something. You know, “idle hands do the devil’s work” or something like that. Now I can continue my nap on her lap.

  21. Barb & Maggie
    12:52 pm on February 12th, 2012

    We use smoked hocks all the time in pea soup and bean soup. The ones we have are very meaty, sort of like a mini-ham.
    Just soak the beans first, then add water, chopped onion, diced carrots, and the hock. Either bake or stove top on simmer for several hours till meat falls off the bone, and beans are soft.

    Wolfie, wonder if a blender or food processor would work for the lumps.

    Son Josh went to a church fund raiser last night and spent $60 on 12 raffle tickets. There were a total of 700 tickets sold. He won a $1,000 prize! Bears tickets, a night at a Chicago 5 star hotel, with added breakfast for 2, and a $350. gift card to Chicag Prime, a very pricey restaurant. Pretty exciting for him and his wife! I suggested they take mom along, but he just chuckled!

  22. Siber-H
    12:55 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I’ll get right back to you guys on your cooking problems.

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    12:59 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Thanks Barb and Alice Johnson – we have a great mixed bean soup mix from Red Mill, and thought it would be a great cold day dinner.

    Sammie – We will have to soon start calling you Princess Nightingale, 4 Legged Nurse par excellance!

    And a wooohooo for Joshie too!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    1:00 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Ummmm – Siber….we love you, really we do….but we think we will stick with Barb and Alice.

    Maybe you could work on a technique for us to defrag our computer in less time…

  25. Siber-H
    1:06 pm on February 12th, 2012

    T&G My solution is to take the computer to the nice geek who has a shop down the street.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    1:08 pm on February 12th, 2012

    We have never used a tomato base in our bean soup but it does sound good! We usually use navy beans or the multi-bean mix. Also, after soaking several hours,we pour out that water and start fresh. Barb’s mom always claimed that this would cut down on the….well you know, the negative bean effect.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    1:12 pm on February 12th, 2012

    ok – off to the Mud Room. Will send pics to Melanie who is wonderful about putting things on the blog for us.

  28. Staff
    1:14 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I like to use the bean mix too, but discovered early on living at the farm that I couldn’t use the water there to cook beans. They never ever ever get done. The water there has a very high mineral content. So we would have to go get distilled water to use for those meals.
    Now that we can buy no salt beans in the can we use them, but the multi bean packs are much more interesting.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:23 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Sunday!… Hey someone finally finished her fun project…snort!…Now she is debating about starting another fun one or going to the grocery store…grunt! ….Her mother is making no sign of leaving the house today, so she will probably have to go do the shopping…sniff!

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:31 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Photo!…snort!….Here is the finished project. Her mother says it is very cute in person…wuffle!

  31. Siber-H
    1:33 pm on February 12th, 2012

    WOW! Rio…looks like Spring!

  32. Gus & BooBear
    1:38 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Beautiful, Rio!

  33. Melanie
    1:45 pm on February 12th, 2012

    “very cute in person”? It’s beautiful!!

    Gus and BooBear, glad to hear that the tests and such went so well!

    T&G, waiting for pics. Might want to put something up here on the blog to tell me when. I’m going upstairs for awhile.

    The soup sounds delish!

    I’ve got to go and cut out stickers. 150 of them. BBL

    (Siber-H, let me know when you start the stove up to cook, I’m going to hunker down in case of explosion)

  34. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:48 pm on February 12th, 2012

    The lumps are cheese. GAH.

  35. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:51 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rio, this is your best work yet. It is stunning.

    Sammie, you are a saint to allow your aunt to fill up your kong. I know that you are sacrificing just for her well being.

    St. Sammie. It has a nice ring.

  36. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:53 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Melanie, would you have time to post photos of the decals and magnets for Snowhook?

    Pretty please?

  37. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:55 pm on February 12th, 2012

    And congrats to Josh. I know how he feels because mom says that we are going to win the quilt from snow hook.

  38. Melanie
    2:01 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Pottery pictures in, but I have to go pick up Ros. BBL

  39. B.Stover
    2:16 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Wolfie: I would put the soup in a blender. How large are the lumps?

    Rio: That is absolutely gorgeous!

  40. OleyHowlers
    2:33 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Hello to all. Meashka’s birthday celebration continues. This morning, we all got smoked bones, with Meashka getting a huge one, and the rest of us getting weenie ones. Then Mom & Pop continued the celebration by going to a little French bistro for brunch. The Hot One was pretty Hot about that snub.
    G&BB, Great news about hour dad! We are delighted
    Barb, we are also happy for Josh for winning the big prize, but we fail to understand why he is taking his wife instead of his mom. Heh heh
    Melanie, so glad Dan is coming home for a visit but we understand the mixed emotions this news brings to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Zoe and Dan.
    Rio, your friend’s latest project made us feel very happy and springlike on a windy, bitterly cold day.
    T&G, too bad about your folks’ date, but now they have a chance for a do-over.
    Bear and Siber, Meashka says thanks for the b-day wishes.
    We are using last week’s chicken carcass to make chicken stock, a first for us. The kitchen is smelling very good and cozy. We are trying not to waste any of that great bird
    We need advice. Have any of you been crate-trained? Our little angel Kat, who was house-trained and fence-trained so quickly, still pees in her crate. Mom is pretty frustrated with that. She says she needs to know that she can hold it in a crate before she can have run of the house when they go away. Any ideas welcome.

  41. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:39 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rio. That is so beautiful. Your friend has just gotten to be incredibly talented. And I know that your supervision is the key, just like for me with my mom and her quilts. Wookie

  42. OleyHowlers
    2:56 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Hey Guys, we just saw this article. Apparently, Westminster Dog Show feels that Pedigree’s work to help rescue shelter dogs isn’t a good mix with their dog show image. So they dropped Pedigree as their sponsor.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/nyregion/westminster-dog-show-parts-ways-with-pedigree-a-longtime-sponsor.html?_r=1

  43. Staff
    3:00 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rio, fantastic work on your flower cart. Gosh I remember when your friend had just started and now look at her work!

    Dear Melanie, I know what you are going through. Take care of yourself dear. It is a difficult time.

    Mr. Husky, I stole your picture and made it into a puzzle. forgive me please.

    http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/B71590B85ED?m=07250D4146.9F485F8&z=6

  44. OleyHowlers
    3:06 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Hot doggedy. 2:14 . We know our Mr. Siber-H!

  45. Melanie
    3:11 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Life is a Fishbowl

  46. Gus & BooBear
    3:12 pm on February 12th, 2012

    We just did the SiberH puzzle in 3:37 and were very excited about it until we saw that it was really slow compared to others!

  47. Melanie
    3:13 pm on February 12th, 2012

    This one is in thanks to the Plunderers when they saw my first piece and said it reminded them of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. I went back to the painting and let this pot become that place. This one is called “Vincent’s Village”.
    The blue in the crevasses is the first step in creating that famous multi- hued sky.

  48. Melanie
    3:14 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Walkin’ my dog

  49. Barb & Maggie
    3:45 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Some much talent here! The flower cart is your friend’s best yet. Looks like spring! So glad mama likes it!

    Melanie, thank you for posting pictures of the pots. They are magnificant and we can’t wait to see them finished. What about the pot with the lizards? Will it be one color? Would love to see that one too.

    The AKC is loosing touch with reality. People realize that there is a difference between the top show dogs of the country that go to Westminster, and the ones that need adoption. Pedigree’s cause is a noble one.

  50. BearSpiritDog
    3:59 pm on February 12th, 2012

    O.Howlers: My link isn’t posting (didn’t you have this problem yesterday with a Dogster link?) I’ll share it on facebookie. It’s information about crate training.

  51. OleyHowlers
    4:16 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Thanks Nana. We have done all those things, except maybe we don’t make her stay in there when everyone is home. Altho we did do that in the beginning. She doesn’t mess up in the house…ever. Only when she has to be in her crate and Mom and Pop are not home.

  52. Siber-H
    4:17 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Thanks Staff, I am honored. I did the puzzle in 11 seconds.

  53. Siber-H
    4:22 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I’m looking forward to seeing the finished pots. Thanks for the photos, Melanie

    Fellow Sibers, I know you already know this, but the crate isn’t too big for Kat is it?

  54. BearSpiritDog
    4:23 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rio: It is true. Your Friend’s work just keeps getting better!

    Melanie: Thank you for the photos of the Royal Mum’s works in progress. We can’t wait to see the finished versions. I do believe there is a certain joy that is evident in her work since she escaped from the CL’s evil clutches.
    Ditto to Wolfie’s request.

    Magpie: Good win for Barb’s favorite son! Sounds like a fun time.
    The AKC vs Pedigree…snobs vs the commoners. There is going to be a huge backlash over the Westminster Dog Show’s decision to severe ties with the Pedigree Company.

    Gus&BooBear: That is great news about your dad. Always a scary time when tests and procedures are being done.

  55. BearSpiritDog
    4:27 pm on February 12th, 2012

    sever…jeez

  56. Masquers
    4:38 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Wolfie: Here is a link you might find helpful. http://www.allrecipes.com/howto/cheese-sauce-made-easy/

    Staff: I can’t wait to try the Siber puzzle! Though doubtful if his time can ever be beaten here.

    Meashka looking hot at the top!

  57. Siber-H
    4:56 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear, Very glad to hear the news about your dad!
    Are you guys able to join the Iditarod Insider now that the website has been re-designed?

  58. OleyHowlers
    5:11 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Kat’s krate has a divider, and we started out with it small, but maybe we increased it too much too soon. We are putting the partition back in, and keeping her in there while we are here with her. She is not happy.

  59. dawson
    5:18 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Bear Spirit Dog: Happy late but continuing birthday to Meashka!

    Gus & BooBear: Hoorah! Good for another 10 years.

    Wolfie: The only way I know to fix white/cheese sauce is to start over with a small batch then add the lumpy batch to it a small amount at a time , stirring until smooth with each addition and at lowest heat. I would try the blender or food processor method first.
    The decals and magnets look just like our patches, right?

    Love the pots of the Royal’s mum and the flower cart of Rio’s friend.

  60. B.Stover
    5:32 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I love the pots.

  61. Rose
    5:41 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Oh, Rio: Your friend’s flower cart is just amazing!!!

    Royal Mum: Love all your pots!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:41 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Salmon!…heh!snort!…Who has a very simple Salmon recipe??…snort!…Her mother is going to attempt to make it for supper…wheeze!…This I gotta see…heh!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:49 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Friend!…My friend says I have to say “Thank You” for all of the nice compliments regarding her last project…grunt!…She says I always forget to do that and it pisses her off…sniff! …So thanks for all the nice stuff you guys said about her flower cart…sneeze!

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    5:55 pm on February 12th, 2012

    quick check in while dinner is cooking.

    Rio – your friend’s work just keeps growing by leaps and bounds! The cart is wonderful. So, when is she going to do your portrait in quillwork?

  65. Sam
    5:57 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I have some dog abuse to report. Here’s what I have found out. When my Mom takes a shower, of course I go with her, and she reaches ino a container and gives me a chewie. When Molly’s Mom goes in the shower, she dumps the whole container. There are about 12 chewies and I can pick the one I want.

  66. Siber-H
    6:06 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Sam, Aunts and Grandparents are suppose to spoil us. Moms are not.

  67. B.Stover
    6:09 pm on February 12th, 2012

    What exactly is the abuse Sam??

  68. Sam
    6:17 pm on February 12th, 2012

    B., oh B. it’s so obvious. One lousy chewie vs. picking from the whole big bunch. Oh my, oh my.

  69. Melanie
    6:21 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Poor Sam … :(

    Barb, did your son happen to get a lottery ticket at the same time?

    Zoë read your comments from yesterday and today. She says thank you.

  70. B.Stover
    6:38 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Sam: Won’t you be eating all of those chewies?

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Sammie!….Boy oh, boy!…Sammie’s got the life I tell you what!….snort!…You’d think she was a full blood Princess or sumthing…grunt!

  72. Sam
    6:59 pm on February 12th, 2012

    B., no I only eat one chewie. The important thing is that I get to pick which one.

  73. OleyHowlers
    7:00 pm on February 12th, 2012

    T&G, your pots are simply amazing. We love your work, as you know.

  74. Melanie
    7:04 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Gusts up to 35 mph. Very cold.

    From The Royals’ Mum!

    Getting ready for dinner tonight, Leonard and I were talking and laughing about our “romantic date” last night. I reached into the potato bag, and pulled this out.
    Leonard says that now he’s all set. Doesn’t need any heart shaped goodies for valentine’s day.

  75. Melanie
    7:23 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Masquers and BSD, what kind of storm are having? Looks bad on radar.

    And our Texas friends? Are you actually getting snow?

    YSAS had another adventure! He went to visit a friend who is moving to LA. She lives on the sixth floor. She needed a cigarette and they went to the roof, holding the door open with a piece of wood. It was cold and windy. She had her dachshund with her and someone moved the board and slammed the door shut.

    It was cold. They hammered on the door. Nothing. She put the dog in her jacket and down the fire escape they went. Except she had locked ALL the windows in her apartment.

    Down five flights of fire escape and some one has painted the fire escape ladder so it won’t slide. She was upset, but YSAS figured it out. He took her keys, climbed to the outside of the fire escape, went down as far as he could, then swung to the side and lowered himself by his hands until he reached the lowest rung and dropped.

    He then went in and up to her apartment and let her in the window.

    After laughing for a long time I told him he should be a stunt person!

  76. BearSpiritDog
    7:28 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Royals: We think that valentine potato is pretty amazing.

    Dawson: There is another version of the decals and magnets in watercolor.

    O.Howlers: I’m sure Kat is convinced she is a grown-up and the krate is for babies. Does she sleep in it?

    Last night C.Harris was talking about consulting Pet Psychics for problem behavior. Has anyone ever had any experience with this?

    All this talk of food has made me hungry. Nana made Split Pea Soup the other day, but followed a different recipe and added too much water. Hate it when that happens.

  77. Barb & Maggie
    7:38 pm on February 12th, 2012

    We do a simple baked salmom with a little butter, lemon (sliced or juice) and dill (dried is fine). Just sprinkle a little on top and bake till it flakes, 15-20 minutes. Delish! Good with rice as a side.

    Oley, we were going to suggest the same thing Bear said. Maybe the crate size is too big, so making it smaller should help. If she is 6 months old she should be able to go 6 hours without an accident.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:46 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Chocolates!….sniff!…I can smell them. Yes, they are on a top shelf down here somewhere that her mother should not be poking her short little self and nose into…heh!….My friend bought her a Valentines box full of the goodies. Her mother has a weakness for chocolate it is a well-known fact…wuffle!

    Supper!…Beau and I were stifled by the fish….grunt!…Neither of us wanted to beg for any of it. Yet we heard it was very, very good. Nevertheless, we decided to sit out this suppertime tag-team begging…grunt!

  79. Masquers
    7:49 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Storm? Nothing here…not even rain.
    I know Europe is having record breaking snow and ice storms. Many villages are cut off from supplies. The Paris Zoo has been closed and the animals brought inside.

    Poor YSAS and friend. Something you can laugh about after the fact, but not so amusing at the time. Problem solved thanks to his quick thinking.

    Barb&Magpie: The baked salmon sounds simple but tasty.

  80. Siber-H
    7:50 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Melanie, The Royals could sell that potato on eBay, especially since it is almost Valentine’s Day.

  81. Siber-H
    7:57 pm on February 12th, 2012

    The Yukon Quest is now a nose-to-nose race between Hugh Neff and Allen Moore
    The newspaper in Fairbanks is complaining about the trackers not working.
    In Canada, young wolves are pulling up the trail markers to play with them.
    The Yukon Quest is going to be on the tv program, Ice Road Truckers, this summer.

  82. dawson
    8:24 pm on February 12th, 2012

    BearSpiritDog: Do I order those watercolor decals and magnets from you or Snowhook?
    I’m going to watch the Grammy’s to educate myself in some music that is not from the 50’s or 60’s. Oh…there is Bonnie Raitt. I love her!

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    8:28 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Yummers! The potato was delish!

    Sammie – you have our sympathies! Our Mama is terribly cruel to us too! She keeps our cookies on top of the refridgerator! Helloooo – we’re CORGIS! Ya know – short legs!! How are we supposed to get to those cookies all the way up there? Sheesh!

  84. Melanie
    8:31 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Wind blowing through the rooms
    Gather Newf fur that’s been groomed
    Float them to our dinner dishes
    And cover our rice
    Yum, Newfie Spice!

    TTFN

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:34 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Yukon!….SiberH, our live tracking shows Allen Moor in the lead and Lance Mackey on his tail…grunt!…Is this not showing us the real story?….sniff!

  86. Siber-H
    8:45 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rio, I don”t think that is the real story. Don’t trust the trackers.
    I’m going to write the Quest this Spring and suggest they start charging us for GPS tracking and hire a better company next race.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Stinks!…Well, I just hope the Iditarods tracker is 100 times better than what we have all experienced so far with these trackers…grump!….I will be watching for your updates on the Race SiberH!….snort!

  88. Siber-H
    8:56 pm on February 12th, 2012

    The best I can tell is that Lance is in third place, but has gained a bit of time on Allen and Hugh.

  89. dawson
    8:58 pm on February 12th, 2012

    What the…! This isn’t music…it is noise from the depths of h e – -. The crowd seems to love it, though. (I must be old.)
    Downton Abbey is coming on. I’m switching channels.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Grammys!….Dawson we are going to watch the Grammys too..sniff!…Usually we do not, but tonight we might give it another chance…chorkel!…Hey! Bruce Springsteen!…wooooooo!

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Bruno!…Mars reminds me of the 50’s singers because his band is dressed all the same and they have an “act”….heh!….I like them…snort!

  92. Sam
    9:20 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Who are these Beach Boys who are not from any beach that we know of?

  93. Sam
    9:23 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Now we’ve got some real ones too. Give me a break.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Sammie!… The Grammys have only just begun here in this time-zone and so far they have been fantastic!…snort!… I thought the Beach Boys were dead and long gone….sniff!….Did they rise from the grave for this show…heh!

  95. BearSpiritDog
    10:10 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Melanie: We love your Newfie poem, but not sure about the ending.

    Dawson: Same as the patch orders, the decals and magnets are ordered from and paid for through Snowhook, but processed by Bear.

    No Grammys here…will have to wait until tomorrow for the results. We did see that Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse won for best duet.

  96. Masquers
    10:18 pm on February 12th, 2012


    With a little help from a friend.

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    10:22 pm on February 12th, 2012

    BSD and CHarris – a long time ago, Mama met an animal psychic at a show. That woman wanted something of Mama’s but couldn’t afford it – she offered to barter a reading for it.
    At that time our Gramp had a wonderful old black dog who had gone deaf. She was very confused by it, and wasnt happy any more. She never wagged her tail, or came to be petted.
    Mama wanted to know something about her Corgi, but the psychic kept saying that the Corgi’s friend needed help. She said the black dog was unhappy – MAma had NOT said anything about Gramp’s dog. So Mama then told her that the dog was getting old and seemed unhappy, but she was in good health.
    The psychic said the black dog was unhappy because she didn’t understand. The psychic lady sat and meditated for a little bit, then told Mama that she had communicated with the black dog, explained to her that her ears were worn out and didn’t work anymore, but that it was ok, that we would always love her and take care of her.
    Mama thought “yeah, right”, but a barter is a barter, and she completed the deal they had made.
    When Mama got home that night, the black dog came running over to her, wagging and smiling. Gramp said she had been bouncing around like a puppy all afternoon. She was a different dog from that day til the day she left for the Rainbow Bridge.

    And as a side note – the psychic lady told Dad that his cat, whom we had gotten from a shelter, had lived in a number of places before she came to us, and that she left each of her own free will. She said the cat was plannig to stay with us forever but would soon be leaving – the kitty died a month later of cancer. Dad had never even told her that he had a cat.

    Coincedences – maybe. But Mama sure wishes she could talk to that lady again.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Beach! ….Boys! Man those guys are really brave for getting together again and they aren’t too bad either…wooooo!….Is that Brian Wilson?? ….heh! heh!

  99. dawson
    10:31 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Bruno Mars! I liked him too. And Katy Perry. Adele was okay. I missed the Beach Boys…are they fluffy? Maybe it was just that one act that I couldn’t stand.
    Awww. Glen Campbell…has Alzheimer’s disease. he’s getting a lifetime achievement award.

    Masquers: Great teamwork!

    T&G: Hmmmm. Whatever happened it’s good your old black dog started wagging his tail again.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Psyche!…..Boy oh boy! I’m sure glad my friend never runs into any phychics….wheeze!…She’d find out things I’ve done and got away with long ago…heh!whew!….Although, it would be nice to figure out what Beau is thinking sometimes….sniff!…He was a perfect angel today…grunt! ….Now Paul McCartney!…..Woooooo!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Swift!….Who was the opening act for Taylor Swift!???…..wow!….Those guys were awesome, even Mr. Staff would like those guys…grunt!…I did not catch their name though – It was a guy and a gal…sob!sob!….Anybody know who they are????….wheeze!

  102. Staff
    10:45 pm on February 12th, 2012
  103. BearSpiritDog
    10:47 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: We do believe communication between species via telepathy is not only possible, but is done to one degree or another every day within our family units.
    Animal psychics have become very popular these last few years. Some, such as the lady your mama was so fortunate to have met, are very good at it. We believe it takes a rare and finely tuned individual to make such a connection. Your mama was fortunate to have met such a one.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Civil!…War duo?…snort!…Thanks Staff! I will check out that link tomorrow. Right now my face is glued to the tv screen and the Grammys…snort!….Katie Perry is up now…chuffle!

  105. Barb & Maggie
    11:06 pm on February 12th, 2012

    T & G, that was a really neat story about the psychic and the old black dog. Also sad one about the kitty that left too soon.

    We watched Downton instead of the Grammys. Off to bed now.

    Good night!

  106. BearSpiritDog
    11:06 pm on February 12th, 2012

    The Civil Wars…Wow! those two were great!…thank you for the link, Staff.

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on February 12th, 2012

    ADELE!!!!!!….Woooooo!

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rollin’!….In the Deeeeeep!…heh!….Well, our plan to go to bed early is being thwarted by how entertaining the Grammys are this year (for a change)…heh!…So we are staying up for a while yet!….Woooooo!….Rollin’ in the Deeeeepppp!…zow!

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    11:19 pm on February 12th, 2012

    BSD – we certainly believe that all the 2 leggeds that truly love their 4 legged friends find ways to communicate. We have mentioned on the blog how some of us in this household “told” Mama what our names were – not even names that she was thinking of, but names that just WERE the names that belonged.

    And we wrote how Tupper just became Mama’s service dog – with no training at all -well – no training if if you don’t count Mama’s service dog who had crossed the Bridge right before Tupper came here.

    It always makes us laugh when we read a book where the animals are frustrated that their humans can’t understand them – like Chet and Bernie, Tucker Tee and Harry, KoKo and Quill. We are willing to bet that most 4 leggeds think humans are kind of pitifully dumb. Isn’t it a wonder that members of the Nation are so willing to give their humans their hearts?

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:31 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Glenn!…Campbell!….snort!….Well, we got to see ole Glen perform and he was amazing!…Woooo!….So now we have to call it a night and read about the rest of it tomorrow. ….sniff!…It is supposed to snow tonight and someone here will be in a very bad mood again if it actually does indeed drop a bunch of snow and ice for her to drive on again…grump!….So farewell and Goodnight!…sneeze!

    Pots!…My friend is still yearning for one of those amazing pots that Golinka is working on…chuffle!…Thank dawg that girl is a full-time artist now!…chuffle!

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    11:51 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Rio – our Mama wants your friend to leave her busy place, pack up you and Beau and come out here so they can have a studio together.
    Your friend can twirl paper, Mama can twirl clay, and we can all just twirl!

  112. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:59 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! I’m late tonight because Mom and Dad have been too busy all day to turn the computer on for me. :( After church Mom went grocery shopping — and she got kat food but nothing for me!!! (Because Dad told her I already had enough. What does he know?) Then Mom and Dad went to see the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks beat the Florida Gatorettes in basketball. USC is ranked after beating Tennessee a couple weeks ago — which Mom was a little conflicted about because she interviewed Pat Summit once and likes her a lot!

    After the game Mom and Dad did some shopping because Grandpa’s birthday is on Thursday. Then they stopped on the way home to pick up a very late supper. The good news is that Dad shared some of his french fries with me!

    And now Mom says I can be on the computer for a few minutes, then we have to turn it off and go to bed. :( So here goes:

    Rio: I loved the spring flowers! Your friend has definitely found her calling as a paper twirler!

    T&G: Mom loves, loves, loves the Starry Night pot. She says she can’t wait until it’s fired up! She wants to see what your mom does with the colors.

    Melanie: Good luck with the upcoming visit and with Dan’s recovery.

    I know I missed a bunch more, but we send our best to all y’all!!! G’night!

  113. BearSpiritDog
    12:11 am on February 13th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: The two-leggeds are lucky to have us to watch out for them. We love how you told your mama your names, but best of all SHE UNDERSTOOD.

    Turning in for the night. Will catch up with the news in the morning.
    Sleep tight everyone – Bear

  114. Masquers
    12:54 am on February 13th, 2012
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    1:04 am on February 13th, 2012


    Whistler, the missing Iditarod lead dog

  116. Masquers
    1:25 am on February 13th, 2012

    According to the Iditarod Trail Committee on F/b, the dog escaped sometime on Thursday. His German Musher had just arrived in Anchorage from Norway. She planned to spend 3 weeks in Willow training for the upcoming race.

  117. Snowhook Bella
    7:56 am on February 13th, 2012

    AJ told me about Whistler yesterday. I’ve awake for the past few hours thinking and praying for Whistler to be reunited with musher. AJ and I know te hurt she is hurting. Please pray for a reunion of Whistler and Sylvia.

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