Tender Is The Bite (More)

Mrs. Publicist: Tender Is the Bite, the next Chet and Bernie, comes out July 6, unless it moves to June for Covid related reasons (and preorderable from all the usual outlets right this very minute). Did someone mention it was about ferrets and politics? Earlier in the week we gave you a scene featuring a ferret named Griffie. How about politics today? To set this up – Chet and Bernie arrive home to find their neighbors, Mr. Parsons and old man Heydrich, hammering lawn signs of opposing colors in their lawns and glaring at each other.


“Oh, god,” Bernie said in a low voice. We went into the house. Normally after a hard day’s work or even not a hard one, like today, we’d grab a drink first thing, bourbon or a beer for Bernie and water for me, but now we lingered by the window, me because he was doing it, and Bernie for reasons of his own. Outside old man Heydrich and Mr. Parsons hammered and glared, hammered and glared. Then from the Parsons’ house came Iggy’s amazingly high pitched yip-yip-yip. I trotted over to the side window, and there was Iggy, front paws against the glass of his side window, yipping in fury. I knew exactly what Iggy wanted to do, namely burst out of there and show old man Heydrich what was what, but the Parsons could never get the electric fence working right so these days Iggy stayed inside. Was it up to me as a friend to take care of the old man Heydrich problem? All I had to do was go to the door and Bernie would let me out. I could actually let myself out. Bernie and I had done a lot of work on door opening and I’d finally mastered the round type knob just the other night while Bernie was sleeping. So he didn’t know! Only I knew! What an exciting feeling! I started forming plans for old man Heydrich, but before they took shape Bernie backed away from the window, shook his head and said, “Politics, Chet. And the election’s not for a whole year.”

Politics? A new one on me. Was politics the glaring and hammering or the yip-yip-yipping? Or possibly all at once? Glaring, hammering, yip-yip-yipping? Politics sounded alarming. I hurried into the kitchen and lapped up all the water in my bowl.


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9 Responses to “Tender Is The Bite (More)”

  1. WATP
    8:03 am on January 23rd, 2021

    Wise choice, Chet, as always. And good morning to everyone.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    10:17 am on January 23rd, 2021

    Glaring, hammering and yipping. We think Chet hit the nail on the head.
    Good day everyone.

  3. B. Stover
    10:27 am on January 23rd, 2021

    Well said Chet.

    Good day to all.

  4. toni
    11:30 am on January 23rd, 2021

    Can’t wait for your next adventure Chet.

  5. dawson
    12:48 pm on January 23rd, 2021

    Chet: Stay hydrated!

    Good day to all.

  6. Mpop & Loulou’ Mom
    12:55 pm on January 23rd, 2021

    This is for Rio’s Friend.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:47 pm on January 23rd, 2021

    MollyPopsMom!…Is that Ole Man Heydrich? This is how I imagine him anyways…snort!snort!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on January 23rd, 2021

    Rose!…My friend finished another bow-wow yarn dawg today..2 more to go before the set is done!…chuffle!…Then onto the next project, whatever that is. I need a new coat and some booties. Just saying…snort!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on January 23rd, 2021

    Tender!…I am betting this latest book is going to be one of the best ever!…snort!…Spencer really couldn’t leave his garage office to go anywhere so he was entirely focused on this story the whole time!…snorkel!…That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it!…grunt!

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