Springing Eternal

“How did the talk go in Norwell last night?” Admin says.

“No one threw anything,” says Spence.

“You told the Amazon story?”


“God Almighty. Not the pre-school story, too?”


“The one review thing?”


“The drowning?”

“No,” says Spence, “not the drowning this time.”

“Then maybe there’s hope,” says Admin.

Of course there’s hope!

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79 Responses to “Springing Eternal”

  1. B. Stover
    3:32 am on April 27th, 2010

    Okay, I want to hear the Amazon story, the pre-school story, the one review thing….perhaps not the "drowning." Have a great interview. (And I hope someone on the blog will listen in and report.)

  2. Melanie
    4:22 am on April 27th, 2010

    Hey B. Stover!

    I googled "drowning" and "Spencer Quinn" and found a website called Jungle Red Writers, dated April 30, 2009, where Spencer talks about "The Jungle Red Quiz: Tell us four things about you that no one knows. Only three can be true."

    PA wrote

    "1. I drowned once.

    2. I took a few points off Jimmy Connors.

    3. I never cheated on a test or exam.

    4. I had a phone conversation with a Manson family member.

    Couldn't find anything else. Anybody have more luck?

    You guys stayed up late last night. Wolfie!!! I'm glad you ran, your boys were brave.

    Since I don't stay up as late as you guys, don't seem to have the knack of dog naps, I read the posts this morning.

    Reminded me that at the Newfoundland Dog Nationals, they always have a Rescue parade. Each person who brought their Newfoundland rescue writes about what life was like before their forever homes and how they are doing now. Each dog is cheered and applauded around the ring.

    It's beautiful and everyone cries. As I am right now.

  3. dawson
    4:55 am on April 27th, 2010

    Crying…oh no!

    Melanie: That is so sad/wonderful. But don't start me off again. Yesterday was my no-tail-wags day.

    That is some list you came up with. Which one isn't true? It's gotta be #3. Right B.Stover?

    Today: Sunshine springing eternal.

  4. Melanie
    5:15 am on April 27th, 2010

    Dawson, don't worry, the Pack has cleaned up my tears. Sunshine is springing eternal in our hearts today. We're waiting for the rain to end!

  5. Melanie
    5:17 am on April 27th, 2010

    Snicker, I googled "Spence Quinn" and "pre-school" and the third in line was B.Stover's comment!!

    No luck with Amazon. Well, actually a lot of luck, too much luck, it was all about PA's books on Amazon.

  6. AbbietheKitty
    5:45 am on April 27th, 2010

    Good Morning,


  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:48 am on April 27th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!… Good Morning!… snort!

  8. AbbietheKitty
    5:58 am on April 27th, 2010


    I googled Spencer Quinn and grade school and got this link…



  9. AbbietheKitty
    6:01 am on April 27th, 2010

    Good morning Riö,

    Twins lost last night too.

    Bummer eh?


  10. AbbietheKitty
    6:06 am on April 27th, 2010

    And how about this one, written by his SISTER!


    Why haven't we done this before? Or have you all been doing it and not telling me?


  11. Sam
    6:11 am on April 27th, 2010

    AbbieThatKat – those links are great. I'm glad someone's awake this morning.

  12. AbbietheKitty
    6:18 am on April 27th, 2010

    HI there Sam,

    I have to post this morning cause I will be gone all afternoon and until about 9 at night. Gotta say all my 'howdies' now.

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:20 am on April 27th, 2010

    Heh!… Abbie, we’ve been doing it and not telling you! … snort! I like the part where he talks about the idea for Chet and Bernie!…grunt!

    “I went to the office – over the garage, commuting distance fifteen feet – and wrote the first page. Then I wanted to know what happened next.”

  14. Sam
    6:21 am on April 27th, 2010

    Shouldn't you be saying 'meowsies'? Laff laff.

  15. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:28 am on April 27th, 2010

    Gosh, everyone, the posts over the last couple of days leave a guy all choked up and speechless (at least until now). It was so touching to hear Alice Johnson's rescue story, and the touching posts from SiberH, Wolfie and last, but not least, our supreme Commander, Commander Rio. This really is a special place, and special thanks to Spencer Quinn/Peter Abrahams for making it possible.

    My mom and dad are reading the book on Dogtown, it is both inspirational and really sad at the same time. It's so horrible that members of the nation within a nation and their various cousin nations (i.e., kats) are subjected to such horrible treatment. By fortunately, so many like me have found loving and caring forever homes, even if our beginnings were rocky.

    I agree with Rio that we need to root extra hard for Peter at the Edgar awards on Thursday night. Also, fyi, he is on a panel tomorrow at the 2010 Edgar Symposium in New York City dealing with Writing Juvenile & Young Adult Mysteries (2:45-3:45 pm). More details on the Mystery Writers of America web page if you are interested. (I would put in the link but don't want to run the chance of being moderated).

    AbbietheKitty — thanks for the link to his sister's web page. FYI, the second part of the interview was published on her web page on January 26.

    PFC Wookie

  16. AbbietheKitty
    6:45 am on April 27th, 2010

    Hi there Wookie,

    I found the second part of her interview by searching her blog for 'part 2'. It came right up.


  17. Sam
    7:01 am on April 27th, 2010

    Oh dear – I have posted twice this a.m. and got out-of-office email from mbaker at bakermedia.com (site admin?) with the exact timestamps as my posts and the email is titled with today's blog title. Well, I'll see what happens with this post.

    Fire away!

  18. Sam
    7:03 am on April 27th, 2010

    Yup, another email.


  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:46 am on April 27th, 2010

    Uh-oh!… Sam is in the Blog Twilight Zone!…. snort!

  20. Sam
    8:02 am on April 27th, 2010

    Well then – I'll just do a little song from the Muppets accompanied by bluesy music:

    In a cabin in the wood

    A monster by the window stood.

    Saw a rabbit hoppin' by, knocking on the door.

    Help me, help me, sir he said.

    I ate the farmer's lettuce bed.

    Come on in the monster cried

    and sit down by the fire.

  21. Sam
    8:04 am on April 27th, 2010

    Re: [Chet The Dog] Comment: "Springing Eternal"

    from Michael Baker

    I will be out of the office 4/27 and be returning 4/28.

    Keep those cards and letters coming in!

  22. AbbietheKitty
    8:08 am on April 27th, 2010

    Sam, I got those too.


  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:15 am on April 27th, 2010

    Wow!… How bizarro world is that?….heh!

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:26 am on April 27th, 2010

    Abbie and Sam!…. Maybe the emails will stop once Mike Baker gets back to his office…. snort!

  25. Siberian Husky
    8:53 am on April 27th, 2010

    There is always hope! The nation within a nation is born with hope programmed into our souls. That is one reason the more intelligent members of the human species like to hang out with us dogs.

    This is an enthusiastic AMEN to Rio's prayer last night. That was a good one, my friend.

  26. diane
    9:01 am on April 27th, 2010

    Siberian Husky took the words right out of my mouth! I was about to say that members of chet's tribes are the most hopeful beings on the planet – and we would all be better off if we acted more like them…

    except maybe for the butt-sniffing.


  27. Siberian Husky
    9:02 am on April 27th, 2010

    HELP…HELP…HELP, MR. Admin. I am getting those emails.

    bet you all thought I was going to the groomer,tee hee…I am not going to the groomer.

  28. Melanie
    9:05 am on April 27th, 2010

    Hey Abbie and Sam, I also got two of them. Was trying to figure out it was. So the Admin has a name?

  29. Siberian Husky
    9:13 am on April 27th, 2010

    I am sooo tempted to reply. Someone stop me!!

  30. Sam
    10:17 am on April 27th, 2010

    Michael Baker will come back to a very full mailbox. Tee hee laff.

    Rio must be getting these too.

  31. Sam
    10:19 am on April 27th, 2010

    Hey – I didn't get an email this time. Darn, it was getting to be fun.

  32. Sam
    10:24 am on April 27th, 2010

    On the facebook Chet Appreciation Society, it lists admins as Spencer Quinn and Michael Baker. Officers are Spencer Quinn as dog walker, and David Brown as bacon administrator.

  33. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:37 am on April 27th, 2010

    Crap!… Yup, I got them too…. Snort!… I say we all pound the guy with emails… heh!… Forward all your junkie stuff to him….grunt!… On second thought…mmmm…. Better play nice. He is the Blog IT guy…. heh!

  34. Siberian Husky
    10:44 am on April 27th, 2010

    Do you guys realize that we have Admin.'s email address now. Sigh, I'll be a good dog and delete it and forget it. The forgetting will be the easy part for me.

  35. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:49 am on April 27th, 2010

    Heh!… I’m going to email Mike and ask him if he knows anything really embarrassing about Spencer!… snort!

  36. Siberian Husky
    10:58 am on April 27th, 2010

    Abbie: Thanks for the links. I hadn't done a recent search, so it was all new to me.

    We have Mrs.Abrahams to thank for the suggestion to write something with dogs in it.

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:28 am on April 27th, 2010

    Snort!… I used to think Mrs. Abrahams was Admin…. Heh!

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:29 am on April 27th, 2010

    Except!… At that point I thought she was Mrs. Quinn… snort!

  39. Sam
    11:32 am on April 27th, 2010

    Yeah – There's a Mr. Quinn and no Mrs. That's what they get when they start with this name changing stuff.

    My name is Samantha Lynn!

  40. Melanie
    11:51 am on April 27th, 2010

    Riö, keep us informed if Admin sends you anything on Spence or Peter or that dude.

  41. B. Stover
    12:14 pm on April 27th, 2010

    When I googled Spencer Quinn pre school, I got this site which may include the pre-school story:


    Did anyone listen to the Sirius interview?

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:41 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Seriously? …. Not I…. snort!

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:11 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Wookie!… Is it true that Audrey does everything backwards?… snort! … heh!

  44. Sam
    1:11 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Everyone (girls) in our family has the middle name Lynn. Molly's name is Mollypop Lynn. It goes all the way back to my great-grandmother. My girl's middle name is Lynn; so is Mom's.

    Do you see how easy this is?

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:12 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Snort!… I do see a definite pattern… grunt!

  46. Bluecat
    1:16 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Good detective work, everybody. You uncovered the identity of Admin and found some back stories. Keep looking. There are probably stories within stories.

    Chet – thanks for reminding us this morning: of course there's hope.

    Paws crossed for an Edgar award.

  47. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:15 pm on April 27th, 2010


    It's not that I stay up late, it's that you guys go to bed too early! By the time I start posting, youse all are sawing logs.

    It's what I get for living on the west coast.

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:24 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Oh!… I just noticed! AbbieTheKat put bling on my name for the first time!…. Yea!…She figured it out!…snort!

    Hmmm!… For some reason I don’t think Mike Baker is the real true “Admin”….snort!… I remember a past post that sort of gave up the identity of the “Admin” we have come to know and … ugh… respect….grunt!… but I will let you all figure that one out!… wheeze!… Since today has been a fact finding mission sort-of day!… whooo!

  49. B. Stover
    3:32 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Rio: You're funny….seriously.

    Today students were throwing a frisbee in the quad and I immediately thought of Chet.

  50. B. Stover
    3:37 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Rio: Are you referring to the post that had Admin asking Spence who had taught him everything he knew about writing?

  51. Melanie
    3:38 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Hey Everyone, All of you take care!

    Time for bed, Wolfie Wigglebutt!

    Going to snuggle down with a dog or two, it's 37 degrees out and still raining . . .

    It's not snowing though and there's no tornados, no hurricanes and Hope is Springing Eternal!

  52. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:41 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Rocks On!… Isn’t life great?… snuff!… Got the rigorous walk out of the way…wheeze!… Had supper, dry kibble and a TACO!… gruff!… Yup lucky night, she dropped a whole taco on the floor!… whoooo!.. It was very tasty indeed! HOT Too!. … snort!… I spit out the lettuce and tomatoes bits… gulp!… A Pug can move very fast indeed (even after a long walk) when food is involved!… heh!

  53. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:50 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Stover!… No.

  54. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:40 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Whoa!… I was wrong!… snort! … He did not change the wording its still out there on April 11th….heh!… For some reason I thought it was sooner, Time Flies!…grunt!

  55. B. Stover
    4:46 pm on April 27th, 2010

    It's given away first on March 4.

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:49 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Seriously!… I do not get the March 4th give away…snort!…explain please?

  57. B. Stover
    4:55 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Spence is telling Admin that he, Admin, does not do too badly having dogs in books and then Oblivion is given as an example.

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:00 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Well! … Its just common sense any way!…snort!…All fun, fun, fun!…heh!… If we could only get more Col. Bob and his story, we wouldn’t have to focus so much on the personal lives of those two writers and their Admin! …heh!

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:02 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Jeeze!…Rockies are up 11-Nothing top of the 4th!…wheeze!.. Making up for last nights boo boos!…heh!

  60. B. Stover
    5:03 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Since he–Admin–taught him–Spence–everything he knows about writing.

    How about more Col. Bob and a contest for a prize?

  61. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:20 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Stover!… Now that statement finally makes sense to me!… snort!

    Hey!.. a contest, that’s an idea!…snort!… Whats the prize?….grunt!… We could do with some money…whooo!

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:25 pm on April 27th, 2010

    mmmm…. I wonder if Melanie is snuggling in with Bess tonight….snort!… I bet Bess alone could keep at least five Pugs warm during the night!… grunt!… Not that I would ever want to share her or that I even know four other Pugs (thank goodness!)…heh!

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on April 27th, 2010

    One!… does have to wander about that Serious Interview today with Spencer…. snort!… God knows how he gets through a thing like that!… grunt!.. I’m thinking little cards with pertinent information on them to help him remember what the heck he is talking about…grunt!… Maybe he and his wife know sign language…heh!… She is over there on the side giving him the answers… Cuz!… It was all her idea any way!… wheeze!

  64. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:12 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Aha! This confirms what I have always suspected!

    I believe that Mr. Baker is the webmaster.

    Teddy and I had scrambled eggs, kibble, and a little bacon for dinner. We spit the kibble out – patooie! What does mom think we are? Dogs? Hah!

    We are not big fans of dog food.

  65. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:54 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Okay!… Everyone is in bed but me it seems!.. snort!…This is a big week and I am all a tingle!…. gruff!… Everyday is special now and we all need to be thinking about our guy!… whooo!… As Wookie pointed out, the Charming Mr. Abrahams will be on a panel discussion tomorrow afternoon…wheeze!… All these events are leading up to the Big Award!… sigh.

    Well!… I could go on an on… snort!.. but I really need some extra sleep now… heh!…Been burning the candle at both ends lately and its catching up to me…yawn!…

    Goodnight all and lets make tomorrow a good day…wheeze!..

  66. AbbietheKitty
    6:58 pm on April 27th, 2010


    Wow that young Rockies pitcher of yours is really good. I just saw some of it on Baseball Tonight. Great game! Twins won too but only 2 to 0.

    Got back from my fun quilting afternoon. I finished the binding on my queen sized bed quilt this afternoon. YAY!!!

    Abbie will be testing it soon. Hope that Mike Baker gets back tomorrow and we can clean out our in-boxes.

    Goodnight everyone.


  67. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Stover!… In fact! I was waiting for you to point it out, and you did not!… snort!… so I kept quiet…sniff!… but I can’t let everyone think Mikey is the true Admin… grunt!… He is IT support me thinks. Whole different set of tools….heh!

    Stover!… Quite searching for it… snort!… The wording has been changed! You will never find it now! … Damn!… I was hoping he wasn’t checking his blog!… drat!… Well my lips are sealed because he obviously doesn’t want it to be known…. wheeze!

  68. Bluecat
    9:19 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Rio – March 4, 2010?

  69. B. Stover
    9:21 pm on April 27th, 2010

    What about the post from March 4…..Admin is PA?

  70. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on April 27th, 2010

    Wolfie!… You would have enjoyed the taco I had tonight!…yum!… Blew my big fat Diet right out the window…snort!… but it was worth it!…heh!

    Rocks!… 12 – 1… Skipping, I’m skipping.. Although, my little leg muscles are sore…snort!…More like hippity hopping..a bit…sigh!…always to the left….Cramping.. I’m cramping… ouch!

  71. AbbietheKitty
    5:39 am on April 28th, 2010

    Gosh, Peter must be sleeping in this morning.


  72. B. Stover
    5:40 am on April 28th, 2010

    Or on his way to New York.

  73. AbbietheKitty
    5:44 am on April 28th, 2010

    OH yeah! The Edgars! Usually he lets us know when there won't be a post. Maybe Mike Baker has time off too and that's why we kept getting those out of the office notices.

  74. AbbietheKitty
    5:55 am on April 28th, 2010

    Rio always runs the blog!

  75. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:21 am on April 28th, 2010

    Yup!… Mr. Abrahams is probably in NYC by now….snort!… He’s on that panel discussion this afternoon… grunt!… He’s probably hobnobbing with all the other writers and drinking bloody marys this morning… heh!… We will just have to have fun without him hovering over us.

  76. Sam
    6:33 am on April 28th, 2010

    Mom watches a lot of webcams – elephants, eagles, and now Molly the Owl. She brings a lot of yuck food to the owlets. I bet our Kats can do this on the farm too.

  77. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:13 am on April 28th, 2010

    Writer!…. One of the writers for ‘Breaking Bad’ is also nominated for an Edgar…. Snort!… Stover have you been able to watch any of season one yet?… grunt!… my Netflix should show up today with the first few eps from season one… heh!… can’t wait!

  78. Sam
    10:49 am on April 28th, 2010

    So who’s in charge here? Let’s let Rio run the blog today.

  79. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:28 am on April 28th, 2010

    So!… Life on the Farm!…. snort!… I wonder what kind of chores Alice Johnson does while she is out roughing it on the family farmstead??…. grunt!

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