Sundays With Ingrid

Ingrid went around to the side, unlocked the mudroom door. Nigel ambled out.

“Hey, boy,” said Ingrid, reaching down to pat him.

Nigel loved to be patted, maybe his second favorite thing, next to food. But now he changed course, making a kind of slow-motion swerve that took him just out of reach of her hand.


Nigel, crossing the lawn, swiveled his head around in her direction, walking one way, looking another. He had a jowly face and tweedy sort of coat, just like Nigel Bruce who’d played Dr. Watson in the old black-and-white Sherlock Holmes movies; Ingrid, a lover of Sherlock Holmes, had them all on DVD. Her Nigel, like Dr. Watson, could be slow on the uptake. Unlike Dr. Watson, he wasn’t always reliable.

For example, the way he was now avoiding eye contact and had resumed his course, headed for the road. Nigel wasn’t allowed on the road. Ingrid, with a book in hand called Training Even the Dumbest Dog, had spent hours with Nigel, teaching him not to leave the property, rewarding his eventual success with a pig-out of Hebrew Nationals, his hot dog of choice.

Nigel paused at the edge of the lawn, right forepaw raised in the attitude of one of those clever pointing dogs that understand commands in several languages. Was he remembering those hot dogs, even maybe just a little bit? “Nigel?”

He stepped onto the street, a dainty little movement—like Zero Mostel in the Producers movie, one of Ingrid’s favorites—that still surprised her and always meant no good. The next moment he was picking up the pace, pushing himself into that waddling trot, his top speed.


Ingrid dropped her backpack, hurried after him. Nigel tried to go faster—she could tell from the furious way his scruffy tail was wagging, slowing him down if anything. He reached the other side of Maple Lane, sniffed at the Grunellos’ grass, and then made a beeline for the stone angel birdbath that stood by their front door.

“Don’t you dare,” said Ingrid, running across the lawn.

Too late. Nigel raised his leg against the birdbath. Ingrid grabbed his collar and dragged him away, trailing a golden arc all the way back to the road. Nigel didn’t like the Grunellos, a quiet middle-aged couple who were kind to animals, never bothered anybody, and spent a lot of time away. Like now, please God. At the edge of the driveway he snatched up the Grunellos’ copy of The Echo.

“Put that down.”

But he clung to the rolled-up newspaper with all his might until they were back at the mudroom door. Then he dropped it in a casual sort of way and scrambled inside.

“Kiss those hot dogs good-bye,” Ingrid said. She could hear him panting in the kitchen as though he’d just performed some incredible feat.

From Behind the Curtain.



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109 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Melanie
    3:49 am on July 25th, 2010

    Nigel!! My kind of dog. I think I need to find the book, Training Even the Dumbest Dog, not for my dogs though. For me. So I guess I need, Training Even the Scatterbrained Owner.

    Left the bag of garbage on the floor, because something else caught my eye that HAD to be done. By the time I got back . . . The Pack was in seventh heaven.

    Well done Staff, stay there until YOU feel you are ready to go home.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    4:25 am on July 25th, 2010

    Good morning Melanie and Staff. Glad to hear you are feeling a little better this morning, Staff.

    We are happy – it is not raining!

    Nigel and Chet have something in common – Hebrew Nationals. Have to admit, they have good taste.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    5:02 am on July 25th, 2010

    Barb is going to make pesto this morning. She is better at cooking than sewing. She is going to freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then it will be handy when she needs it for pasta or bruschetta. Barb says it is yummy mixed with her heirloom tomatoes.

    We went to the farmer's market yesterday, and no one had tomatoes yet, so guess we are not too far behind.

  4. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 am on July 25th, 2010

    Again?…. We just had this story of Nigel not too long ago….drat!… I remember the hotdog conversations that came out of this post….snort!… Its like having a re-run post…grump!

    Today!… Along with a lot of other stuff will be the day we work on my quilt squares… gruff!… Finally there will be some progress… yeah!

  5. B. Stover
    5:23 am on July 25th, 2010

    "Too late." MMMMM…this seems to echo a Facebook exchange from yesterday, though I don't know who represents whom in the story. I love Nigel almost as much as I love Ingrid. (Of course, Chet is the best!)

  6. Riö - The Evil
    6:39 am on July 25th, 2010

    Ingrid!… Just this very moment we finished Down the Rabbit Hole!… snort!snort!… What a great story even though we had it figured out quite a while back…. Gruff!…But the way the Charming Mr. Abrahams ended it so dramatically was still very surprising…wheeze!… And the conversation between Chief Strade, Ingrid and Joey in the Extra’s part was priceless….grunt!… Ingrid’s conversation with the Charming Mr. Abrahams was amazing! She actually got the guy to answer some questions! Holy Cow!…heh!… Absolutely wonderful!

  7. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:44 am on July 25th, 2010

    Rio. Thanks for the feedback. This is the same picture, but without the green border and cropped better (I hope). Let's see if it works better. Wookie

  8. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:45 am on July 25th, 2010

    Sorry, I may need to do some more to fix it; it's the same as before. Wookie

  9. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:45 am on July 25th, 2010

    There we go; it's fixed now, is that better? Wookie

  10. Riö - The Evil
    6:49 am on July 25th, 2010

    Wookie!…That looks a lot better!… snort!… Now I can tell it is you pal… grunt!…not some mystery blob…heh!…. Why don’t you try one of the photos where you have a bowtie on?

    Staff Update!… Here is the latest from Staff:

    “I had a setback last evening. I ate some Chili in an attempt to use beans to get some ( you know what) out of my body. It was fairly spicy and it 'came back at me', so I spent an uncomfortable evening with the little blue bags they use. I feel much better now. I have had some water and still feel fairly good. I had to sit up most of the night though because every time I lay down I would have another episode. Ish!

    I still plan on coming home today. Just a much wiser woman about what I should and should not eat right now.

    Love you all,


  11. staff
    6:51 am on July 25th, 2010

    Evidently it is a good thing I didn't go home yesterday. And the Dr. wants me to stay another day too because my total got screwed up from throwing up. I need some rest so I am not unhappy. I want to get it right first.

    I had a goal of a shower today but then all the doctors and nurses came in at the same time. I will take another spit bath, and hope that does the trick. Now I am taking a nap.

    Night all,


  12. staff
    6:53 am on July 25th, 2010

    not my total, my totals.

    Anyway the numbers from the tests they give me constantly. I have to put a sign on the door to get some rest.


  13. Riö - The Evil
    6:57 am on July 25th, 2010

    Wow!… I was thinking of Staff at the same time she was posting an update after my update… heh!… Mental Telepathy or what?…snort!

  14. Barb & Maggie
    7:09 am on July 25th, 2010

    Wookie, the new pic is much better. Now we can actually see you.

    Staff, sorry to hear about the setback. Get some rest.

    Barb just made her pesto. It was a lot of work and mess for 7 little ice cubes of pesto. Hope it tastes good. Maybe next time she shoud just buy it!

  15. abbiethekitty
    7:23 am on July 25th, 2010

    test, test test

  16. alice johnson
    7:23 am on July 25th, 2010

    test test test

  17. abbiethekitty
    7:25 am on July 25th, 2010

    test test test

  18. staff
    7:25 am on July 25th, 2010

    test test test

  19. alice johnson
    7:28 am on July 25th, 2010

    test test test. Come on in Alice!

  20. abbiethekitty
    7:29 am on July 25th, 2010

    tee hee,

    They are moderating Alice.


  21. Riö - The Evil
    7:36 am on July 25th, 2010

    Hey!…. Oh happy Day!… Staff and AbbieTheKat have Avatars!… snicker!… Poor. poor Alice out in moderation land!…heh!

  22. Siberian Husky
    7:37 am on July 25th, 2010

    Staff, We are glad to hear from you! I'm sorry you learned the hard way, just like my mom once did, that it takes the tummy awhile to get back to normal after any kind of surgery. We want you to rest and take it easy.

  23. staff
    7:39 am on July 25th, 2010

    Mr Husky, please don't nag. Yes I have learned and a nasty lesson it was!


    22 staples do not like you to jerk them about like that.


    (poor little Alice)

  24. Melanie
    7:44 am on July 25th, 2010

    Look at all those Avatars. Are we cool or what?

    Wöökie, I can see your wonderful face now.

    Abbie is gorgeous and Staff??? If you're looking like that after surgery, no wonder they're keeping you.

    Poor Alice.

    Front coming through.

  25. B. Stover
    7:48 am on July 25th, 2010

    I like the new avatars of Staff and Abbie. Wookie: I like this avatar much better.

    Rio: I read Down the Rabbit Hole on my Kindle and it does not seem to have "extras." Could you elaborate more?

  26. Siberian Husky
    7:55 am on July 25th, 2010

    I got skunked this morning! It is before sunrise in the morning when mom and I get up, and I always go outside to wait for the slowpoke to get ready to go to the dog park. It could have been worse because the skunk was on the other side of the fence. It would have been a dead skunk if it were in my yard, and I would have smelled even worse. I don't think I smell bad, but mom has spent the morning de-skunking me. I don't know what the big deal is because the smell fades over time and no de-skunking is necessary.

  27. Melanie
    7:56 am on July 25th, 2010

    Sandlewood works well. Especially if you've brought the smell into the house.

    Did you have a good time?

  28. Siberian Husky
    8:04 am on July 25th, 2010

    I had a really good time, but mom wants to know if you mean like a sandlewood candle? Since you suggested that, I think she is planning on buying a sandlewood candle today.

    Have you ever had a Newf skunked?

  29. B. Stover
    9:04 am on July 25th, 2010

    SH: How was she de-skunking you?

  30. Melanie
    9:13 am on July 25th, 2010

    We used sandlewood incense. And then a few drops of oil in a lot of water over (this was Clara, my rescue) her entire body, plus tomato juice and anything else we could think of. The sandlewood lasted longer than anything else.

  31. Siberian Husky
    9:35 am on July 25th, 2010

    Stover and Melanie, mom used a neutralizing pet deodorizer. She just poured it on me and rubbed it into my fur. It does more or less work, but none of those products for de-skunking work perfectly. The product itself has no odor so it doesn't mask the smell, just neutralizes it.

    Mom likes the idea of the sandlewood oil in lots of water after a bath. That would be okay with me as long as I don't end up smelling like a girl. A bath is not okay with me. This is overkill.

  32. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:40 am on July 25th, 2010

    Rio: I got some donut this morning! Mom and Dad were eating donuts, and I gave them The Look, and they gave me some donut. Not a whole one, just a little piece, but it was good! I'm sorry you didn't get any yesterday.

    But I know one thing I'll never beg for: chili. That doesn't sound like good stuff at all! I'm sorry you were so sick, Staff. I hope you're feeling better now. But staples? Did the doctor run out of thread and needles? I though they were supposed to sew you back together, not use their office equipment!

  33. B. Stover
    10:12 am on July 25th, 2010

    Alice's avatar is up. She looks especially beautiful!

  34. Melanie
    10:42 am on July 25th, 2010

    Siber-H, you will not smell like a girl.

    And even if you did your manly presence would keep away any comments.

    (ahem, Riö)

  35. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:44 am on July 25th, 2010

    Mom took my picture, so I hope it will show up!

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:07 am on July 25th, 2010

    I'm trying one more time!

  37. Riö - The Evil
    11:17 am on July 25th, 2010

    OMG!….We have spent over half of a day trying to get our computer back to normal….Grump!… It was infected with two nasty virus’ while I was looking on the internet for some photo’s of what I want to put on my quilt square!….dammit!… The day is almost over and she has a lot of other stuff to do yet… crap!

    SiberH!…Skunked! O’ geeze!… snort!… I’m glad I haven’t run into one of those smelly bastards yet…sniff!sniff!… We’ve both had a miserable day… wheeze!…Rockies game on rain delay… bummer!

  38. B. Stover
    11:29 am on July 25th, 2010

    Well at least the Newfs are happy after the garbage bag excursion. And Barb has pesto!

  39. B. Stover
    11:31 am on July 25th, 2010

    There is a new Poirot mystery on tonight. Cheryl Campbell is in it. I've always liked her.

  40. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:32 am on July 25th, 2010

    Mom took my picture and put in on that gravatar place, and I tried to post twice, but right now they're "awaiting moderation" whatever that means. Ho hum! I hate waiting!

  41. Mollypop
    11:33 am on July 25th, 2010

    Siber-H – After I got skunked the groomer used a product with an odd name – Massengill Douche. She said she de-skunks lots of dogs and swears that this stuff does the trick. Funny name though.

  42. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:47 am on July 25th, 2010

    How long does this moderation thing take? Does it happen every time if you have an avatar, or is it just the first time?

  43. B. Stover
    12:09 pm on July 25th, 2010

    T: I wasn't moderated when I put up the avatar. It takes anywhere from an hour to a day when one is moderated.

  44. Siberian Husky
    12:17 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Wow!! Another member of the blog team has been skunked, my friend, Molly. Mom says she thinks, in the back of her mind, that she has heard of your groomer's method of de-skunking. I told mom , Don't you dare!

    Kirby, the moderation only happens the first time.

  45. Melanie
    12:42 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Kirby T, I was moderated the first time for around 15 minutes.

    YSAS was coming home today with SO (significant other)

    Now they're coming tomorrow. I'm glad since He hasn't slept since Friday night (cast party last night) and she worked all day today.

    Dan to REHAB tomorrow!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    12:43 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Molly, Is that Massengill method for real? We live in the country, so may need to know how to deskunk at some point. The tomato juice bath is not all that effective, from what I hear.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    12:47 pm on July 25th, 2010

    We just watched a movie called Sweet Land. It was really good. Has anyone else seen it?

  48. Riö - The Evil
    1:05 pm on July 25th, 2010

    SiberH!…Get ready for your douche bath pal!… HEH!HEH!HEH!… Photos! I want photos of this event!… snicker!

  49. Siberian Husky
    1:09 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Barb, mom can tell you from experience that the tomato juice bath doesn't work that well. She thinks the Massengill method is for real, but Molly can tell us more.

    Very glad Dan is doing so well, Melanie. He'll be closer to home now.

  50. Siberian Husky
    1:12 pm on July 25th, 2010

    No way, Rio! I've already had my bath, and tomorrow when the herb store is open, mom is buying some sandlewood oil. You and I have had better days than this one, Rio.

  51. B. Stover
    1:20 pm on July 25th, 2010

    SH: Do you still smell skunky?

    Melanie: I'm glad about Dan.

  52. Mollypop
    1:28 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Okay – Listen up you guys. My groomer used Massengill on me and it really works.

    Now if I were Rio giving you this advice, you might have reason to be suspicious, and he'd be laughing his curly-tailed derrière off.

  53. Melanie
    1:31 pm on July 25th, 2010

    That's very true, MollyPop.

    Thanks, B. Stover.

    Looking forward to Agatha Christie tonight.

    Zoë and I just finished The Duchess of Duke Street series. Very good.

    Gemma Jones is Louisa Trotter. She also plays the nurse on the Harry Potter films.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    1:35 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Rockies!…Are just about to tie or win the game!…snort!… I am gnawing on the couch right now!…yeep!

  55. Riö - The Evil
    1:36 pm on July 25th, 2010

    What!?…. Crappola!…Again they lose!… sob!sob!sob!…This is getting bad, bad, bad! …Stupid Ump calling Outs when they were NOT OUTS!… crap!

  56. Barb & Maggie
    1:44 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Molly, Thanks, we will pass the word around. Believe it or not, the little white foo foo (Barb calls him a Maltese) down the road got skunked not long ago. They tried various methods, and finally bought some shampoo from the groomer, so we will let them know. We assume you just squirt it on and the rinse off?

  57. Riö - The Evil
    1:54 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Grump!… I have one square almost ready to send to Staff….snort!… I could have two squares ready but someone ironed on the sticky back stuff to the Fabric Photos while they still had their paper backing on….wheeze!…Can you believe this crap?… cough!…What the hell was she thinking?… grumble!…It was so close to being done but NO! Now we have to make yet another trip to the Sewing Store to get more iron on sticky back stuff… GROWL!… I have a quilting headache….sniff!… and a Rockies road-trip hangover …sob!sob!sob!

  58. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:57 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Moderated, moderated, PHOOEY! It's not like it's a naked picture or anything…oh wait. I'm not wearing anything, so technically I guess it is a naked picture. Quick, Woofie, can I borrow your bow tie?

    Rats! I think I'll go help my mom make some cupcakes for a birthday party at her work tomorrow. Maybe she'll let me lick the bowl! Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes…mmmmmmm!

    Sorry about your Rockies, Rio. I sure hope the Angels pull it off tonight against those stupid Rangers (sorry Macy)! Six games back, ouch!!!

  59. Siberian Husky
    2:03 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I believe you, Molly!

    Barb, mom believes in keeping the de-skunking products on hand before you need them.

    Stover, yes I still smell a bit skunky. Time is the only sure cure. Mom says she has had so much experience with the dog getting skunked problem (in their own yard) that she is used to the smell. In other words, it could be worse than she thinks it is. My dad is the same way. The smell just doesn't really bother them anymore. It is a somewhat different smell than when you come across a skunk that is road kill. Sane humans would still say that it is a very bad smell.

  60. Sam
    2:08 pm on July 25th, 2010

    MagPie, I am a Maltese and I'm tired of you big dogs calling me a foo foo dog. I just so happen to be getting ready to play the role of Princess when Chet's second movie comes out.

  61. B. Stover
    2:20 pm on July 25th, 2010

    A quilting headache is good Rio.

    Melanie: I watched Duchess of Duke Street when it was on tv years ago. I also have the dvd. Gemma Jones is good. She was in one of the early Morse episodes also.

    My sinus infection is back again and I can't taste anything. So, Sam, please tell your dad that I'm still saving the Cahors. I'll drink it when I can taste things again as a celebration.

  62. Melanie
    2:42 pm on July 25th, 2010

    B. Stover, you definitely want to drink the Cahors when you can TASTE!

    Sam, I would not call you a foo foo dog. Foo-foo was a white poodle in the Muppets; Miss Piggy's dog.

    You are not a poodle. You are also not a Foo Dog; Chinese guardian lions (statues that some people mistake as dogs.)

    You are a Princess, right and true!

  63. Riö - The Evil
    3:05 pm on July 25th, 2010

    What!?….Chet’s second movie?…. snort!….Good grief we haven’t even survived the first one yet….grump!…. If there is even going to be a first one (hope NOT!)… cough!

  64. Barb & Maggie
    3:12 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Sam, Sorry, no insult intended. I just meant more of a lap dog. Is that ok to say? Actually Barb loves that little dog. He is a real charmer. I just thought it was funny that he went after a skunk, when I have never had the honor.

  65. Sam
    3:22 pm on July 25th, 2010

    MagPie, you are completely forgiven. I was being too sensitive.

    Plus I admire your ratting skills.

  66. B. Stover
    3:24 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Rio: Why don't you want there to be a movie of the Chet and Bernie novels?

  67. Riö - The Evil
    3:28 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Sammie!… Have you run out and bought your hair extensions yet!?… snorkel!… Are you in some sort of acting class in preparation for the “Big Role”?… heh!… Do you even know how to Sit, Stay or Roll-over?….snicker!… Now that your competition is gone you should be feeling quite good about this whole thing…heh!

  68. Riö - The Evil
    3:40 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Stover!… I’m so afraid that the story will have the “Hollywood” treatment… grunt! …and will have all the wrong actors, the wrong voices and will not stick to the story line in the book. That’s all! … snort!… I am glad of the ultimate wealth it will bring the Charming Mr. Abrahams of course… sniff!

  69. B. Stover
    3:51 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I understand, Rio.

  70. Riö - The Evil
    4:16 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Stover!…. How do you feel about this movie project?… snort! … Please let me know how the Poirot Masterpiece is tonight… maybe!… I can stay up for it if it is very good!…heh! …I love Poirot…sniff!… Who is Poirots sidekick?…grunt!…For some reason I cannot think of his name!…sneeze!

  71. Riö - The Evil
    4:21 pm on July 25th, 2010

    MagPie!… I bet if you ever went after a skunk the skunk would lose big time!…heh!…He would still stink but he would not be walking around or breathing anymore… cackle!

  72. B. Stover
    4:27 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Rio: Poirot's sidekick (in only some of the books I think) is Hastings. The one on tonight is Appointment with Death. John Hannah is in it. So far it's good.

  73. Riö - The Evil
    4:37 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Stover!… I know you are busy watching the Great Poirot but … snort!… when do you want to start reading Last of the Dixie Heroes?…. wheeze!… We here try to read books together and she is at Busy Season during the week…cough!… Sometimes we can squeeze in a chapter a day one a good day… grunt!…So it might be slow going for you – I just think it would be very interesting to comment on it as we read it together… sneeze!… chapter by chapter…(I have no idea why except for something Blue Kat said one day and now I can’t remember what that was!)… grunt!….Any suggestions my dear???

  74. staff
    4:41 pm on July 25th, 2010

    WEEE! Dan gets to go to rehab and that is lots closer right? That will be good. My mother says 'two steps forward, one step back' and 'take it one day at a time'. She got out, so can Dan.

    Siber-H, When my cat Gypsy (Now over the Rainbow Bridge) was skunked my vet had us use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap and wash her gently. It might be a more 'manly' choice than Massengill. Of course you don't like baths, ahem, so maybe not. Your mom could mix the sandalwood smell in with it too.

    I had an ultra sound to make sure the new kidney was working. The technician said that blood is going through it, and I heard it whooshing, so that usually means all is going well. They did it cause my numbers went wackie after I tossed my cookies.

    So one more day in the hosp. and tomorrow we will see how it goes.


  75. Barb & Maggie
    4:48 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I have yet to encounter a skunk, but one time there was a opossum in the bushes, and I grabbed it and shook it just a tiny bit (doing my pest eradication job), and set it down. Barb came along a few minutes later with a shovel, picked it up and set it out in the side yard. After a while, it got up and tottered away. Fooled me!

  76. Barb & Maggie
    4:56 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Staff, Bro, the doc at Duke, said it is common for the kidney to take a while to get up to speed. And again, he had questions: Have you met this friend, and how do you know her? What kind of blog? Very confusing to the outside world, I guess.

  77. Riö - The Evil
    5:01 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Staff!… That is very good news indeed about your new kidney!… snort!… Oh how you have improved the outlook on my day with your news!…sniff!…Did you read about the Quilting Faux Paw we had earlier?…cough!…Her fault, not mine.…dammit! ….We are both so very glad you are doing well!…sniffle!… PS: I love your Avatar!

    Kirby!… I am curious as to how your Angels are doing against those Rangers tonight!…snort!…Any updates pal?…heh!… If the Rockies can’t win, I need someone to root for or I will feel depressed and sad… sniffle!… A hotdog sounds really good right now, Hebrew Nationals, to be exact! … grunt!…But she says it is too late to eat food like that and so I will go hungry once again…grumble!

  78. Melanie
    5:28 pm on July 25th, 2010

    So kidneys go whoosh. Who would have guessed?

    Congratulations on your body making music, Staff!

    Just finished "Appointment with Death." Very good. Must reread it again, because I don't remember a lot of those side plots.

    I now have an "Appointment with Sleep." Nite all

  79. Siberian Husky
    5:28 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Staff, I bet Gypsy didn't like the bath any better than I did. The smell doesn't bother us animals, but it sure gets you two-leggeds going. I'm glad you are feeling better than you were last night.

    Barb, you have stated perfectly how difficult it is to explain this blog to the outside world. Mom has tried more than once to say she knows someone that has 10 Newfs. The most difficult of all, though, is trying to explain this quilt and how we are going about our quilting to the outside world. Mom has found that she can usually stop people's questions by saying, "Well, it is a daily blog that it written by a dog". And, if she really wants to get people going, she tells them that I post on it.

  80. B. Stover
    5:30 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I'm a slow reader Rio. I'll be reading it on my Kindle. We can start any time that you want to. When we do, we should ask Mollypop to set up a page for it on Facebook.

    Staff: That's good news. Hope you can go home soon.

  81. wookie of chevy chas
    5:31 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Bad thunderstorms here and we lost power for several hours, so missed Poirot tonight. Kirby. I can see your avatar on your first two posts earlier this afternoon, but not on the later ones. Just keep trying and don't worry about being moderated. Wookie

  82. Sam
    5:32 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I see T's avatar is finally up. Yea. Looking good T.

  83. B. Stover
    5:35 pm on July 25th, 2010

    SH: That is funny!

    Melanie: I don't remember some of the things they had tonight in Appointment with Death either. Let me know what you find when you reread it.

  84. Riö - The Evil
    5:39 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Blog!… Heh! I don’t think my friend says a freakin’ word about this blog or what I get up to on it… grunt!… First off, if they are not fans of Chet and second off if they are not fans of reading and writing …grunt!…then to heck with em’ all!…snort!… I’m only allowed out ‘here’ to keep me busy during the day while she is gone and then at night she is busy doing all kinds of busy things and I am out of her way while monitoring the blog and thinking up our next scheme…heh!

    SiberH!…Telling the truth about this Blog is not the best route for you and your family…heh!…Come up with a good story and stick with it…sneeze!…Until you convert them like Staff seems to have done with all her sisters!…heh!

  85. Siberian Husky
    5:45 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Kirby's avatar is up! He is a cute guy! We are all so classy with our avatars!!

    Rio, bottom of the eighth and the score is Texas 6, Angels 3.

  86. Riö - The Evil
    5:47 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Whoa!… I am struggling with Kirby’s vision he has for his Avator…snort!… What the Hell kind of pooch are you anyway??… heh!…Glad you made it this far, maybe a little tweeking?…snorkel!

  87. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Wha!?…Why is SiberH giving me updates on the Texas Rangers????… Skunked!….And still checking scores, what a guy!…. snort!

  88. Siberian Husky
    5:50 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Rio, telling the truth about this blog is impossible. Try explaining it to someone, sometime, in the outside world, and see how far you get.

  89. Siberian Husky
    5:58 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Mom just fell out of the chair laughing at Rio's post about the baseball game.

    I am going outside to pee now before bedtime, but mom insists on going out before me with a flashlight. I wonder why.

  90. Riö - The Evil
    5:59 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Stover!… egarding Last of the Dixie Heroes… snort!… Her and I will definitely be able to start it on this Wednesday afternoon…grunt!… A chapter a day (hopefully) thru this Sunday…grunt!… Then I will have to give you an update cause apparently things get very tricky during busy season next week…heh! … Oh! If things change I am instructed to notify you as quickly as possible… gruff!

  91. Riö - The Evil
    6:11 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Sigh, SiberH!…I said, "Telling the truth about this Blog is NOT the best route for you and your family."… snort!…Read every word pal, every word!…sneeze!… Good grief! Now I am advocating Lying. Never a good thing….wheeze!…Think of it more as just “being quiet” about the whole blog issue …cough!

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:12 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Hey! My picture showed up! Mom says she doesn't like that picture so much, but at least it's there. We tried to get one with my Elvis look, but I something distracted me (what me, distracted?) and I looked away before the camera snapped. Sorry we didn't answer anybody earlier, but I was boycotting the blog until my avatar got unmoderated.

    Rio: What kind of pooch am I? Your guess is as good as mine! A little of this, a little of that…. Oh, and you probably know by now my Angels lost. We're falling further and further behind those stupid Rangers. Oh wait, Mom says we don't say "stupid" in this house. We're falling further and further behind those &$%@#^% Rangers. Is that better? Sigh! Congratulations, Macy. (Nobody can say I'm not polite!)

  93. Barb & Maggie
    6:13 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Siber H, Let your mom go first, and be careful! Look out for little black and white creatures. No more douches for you, my friend.

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:14 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Maybe I'll try a big picture so you can see it better!

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:17 pm on July 25th, 2010
  96. Riö - The Evil
    6:39 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Wow!… You are a Mystery!…heh!

  97. staff
    6:46 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Melanie, It is the blood thru the kidneys that goes whoosh.

    The kidneys themselves are silent. I listened to the ultrasound. Blood is very loud!

    BarbandMaggie, If I get any unanswered questions I shall have you check with your bro at Duke. Information is important.

    I chose my Transplant doctor for two reasons. One, he was the closest transplant center and more importantly his name is Dr Mistry. pronounced Mystery. With a name like mine what else could I do? Had to have Dr Mistry!

    My sister, the librarian, was a little perturbed that you all had the latest info. She told my bro, Jon that if he wanted to know anything about my transplant he had to go to Chet the

    "What",he wanted to know, "is the name of this dog?"


    Now her fatty kitty is posting!

    Maybe we will even get TurtleManFred to post here too! He is a stitch and can talk like a duck. He was going to be my donor kidney if we could make up one of these multiple matches. He didn't match me but he would have matched someone.

    Kirby T, is that your tongue? I can't tell your ear from a tail. What is that thing in the upper right? Ear? Tail? On Mollypop's avatar it is the tail so maybe that is confusing me.

    You might try a little closer picture. Closer is better.

    Rio, I too have tried explaining the blog. It is sort of fun in a confusing way. Some people don't blog at all so the whole concept is foreign to them. Even those who do seem a little surprised when I explain it is my cats who do most of the posting.

    In the winter, at my job, lots of people I see every year are readers and I have talked to them for years about books. This year I kept asking if they liked dogs and mysteries. If they did I told them about Dog On It and THAT and if they sounded interested I also gave them the name of the blog. Then I would say, My cats post on it. If you see a post from Alice Johnson or AbbietheKitty those are my cats. Usually met with silence. We shall see this year if anything came of it.



  98. Siberian Husky
    6:48 pm on July 25th, 2010

    A mystery, but what a handsome guy! (and a good photo)

  99. Riö - The Evil
    7:02 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Kirby!… From a certain angle it looks like you might be part Cow…snort!… I swear you sort of look like a Calf from a distance and off to an angle…heh!….Please say it is not so!…grunt!… You are a highly regarded member of the Blog Research Team now!…gruff!…Cows and or Calves have not yet shown up on this here blog…snuff!..But all animals are welcome!…Yeep!

  100. Riö - The Evil
    7:10 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Staff!… No no! First they have to fall in love with Chet and Bernie…snort!…Then you introduce them to the Blog….(maybe)… Not all are “like us”…heh! Too bad for them I say!…snicker!

    Now!…Off to bed for us!…yawn!…goodnight all!

  101. Siberian Husky
    7:15 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I'm trying not to laugh, but stop that, Rio…Kirby does not look like a cow. He does have very big, brown expressive eyes, and cute ears that flop over at the tip.

  102. staff
    7:16 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Kirby T,

    Love your picture. You are just AbbietheKitty's favorite type of Dog. (black and white) I bet if you crop the picture so the ears are at the top of the photo and your chin is at the bottom then it will be very good for your avatar.

    You can do it Kirby! You got this far. Now it will be easy to make just a little change to it.


  103. Siberian Husky
    7:18 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Good Night Everyone!

  104. Siberian Husky
    7:20 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Could Kirby have a touch of Border Collie in him?

  105. Barb & Maggie
    7:20 pm on July 25th, 2010

    I know what you mean – Barb talks to her daughter about the blog, and gets comments like "oh and ok". She just says "Read the books and then you will understand". Books are coming for son-in-law's birthday. Good night, all.

  106. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:24 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Staff: Mom tried getting closer, but I kept trying to lick her camera. Plus, it was so hot out today that all I wanted to do is go back in for a water break. (It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow — only 94 — so maybe we'll try again.) But no, it's not my tail, it's my floppy ear! You had a bad kidney, I have a bad ear, but Mom says it makes me look cute, so no ear transplant for me! I'm glad you're feeling well enough to be posting. It's amazing to think that just a few days ago you were in surgery — modern medicine is wonderful! Now we just have to wait for other stuff to "whoosh" through your new kidney!

    Rio: I think cow is the one think I can guarantee I'm not! No moos coming from that mouth!

    SiberH: Thanks! I think you're a handsome fella, too!

  107. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:34 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Dad just rolls his eyes everytime Mom and I discuss Chet and his blog. My boy laughs, too. (Although he helped Mom figure out the avatar thing.) So Mom got DOI on CD for them to listen to on their big trip. Mom already listened to it once (and read the book), but she says she would love to listen again. And our girl has two dogs of her own — my nieces — so I'm sure she'll love Chet! (When Mom and Dad said college students shouldn't have two dogs, she said it was their fault for raising her in a house filled with pets! When she and my nieces come for a visit, things get wild around here!)

  108. staff
    7:36 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Lovely to talk to you guys again tonight. See you tomorrow.

    Night all,


  109. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:35 pm on July 25th, 2010

    Mr. Penworthy you are quite handsome. Oh and "we beat the angels, we beat the angels" heh heh. Sorry to gloat, but "we beat the angels, we beat the angels" AND it was dog night at the ball park. The dog of the game was wearing a hood with a mohawk on it. I hope that this was done against his wishes, because he looked silll-ee!

    Also, designer dogs are great, because they are one of a kind. My puppies are all designer dogs, but that is definitely a story for another day.

    Macy out.

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