Tennis Lesson (From Thereby Hangs A Tail)

The tall blond guy took a ball from the bucket and hit it to Ganz. Ganz wore white shorts, had skinny legs like sticks. He swung his racquet and hit the ball back. The tall guy let it go by, took out another ball. “Brush up, Shermie, brush up. Spin on the ball, always spin on the ball.” He hit the ball over the net. Ganz swung, this time missing the ball completely. “Brush up but through, up but  through, up but through,” said the tall guy, sending over another ball. Brush? I knew brushes, saw none around. Maybe tennis was tougher than it looked, but I didn’t worry about that because a ball came bouncing over in our direction – we were now beside the court – and I snatched it out of the air, and who wouldn’t have, the ball being right there practically saying, “Catch me.” And then – this part was a bit harder to understand – I was on the court, racing toward the net. Up and over: not much of a challenge, tennis nets turning out not to be very high, but still it felt so great, being airborne and all, that I kind of twisted around still up there, if you see what I mean, and landed facing back at the net, and the next thing I knew I was jumping over it again, from the other direction, and, yes! doing the spin move once more, and when I landed this time, somehow with two balls in my mouth now – how had that happened? – I –


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9 Responses to “Tennis Lesson (From Thereby Hangs A Tail)”

  1. Shelley
    7:03 am on January 21st, 2010

    Loved the first book Chet! The second one should be on my doorstep when I get home tonight! Can't wait to dig into it.

  2. Gus & BooBear
    9:17 am on January 21st, 2010

    We were recently looking at all the handsome and pretty dogs posted on "Friends of Chet" and have come to the conclusion that we think Chet must look alot like Fritz (but with a white ear). Our second choice would be Cash the WonderDog, but didn't think that Border Collies get quite as big as Chet is portrayed. Of course, being cats, we may be way off track….any other opinions out there??

  3. Melanie
    9:49 am on January 21st, 2010

    Chet, I still laugh at this. What joy!

  4. LizF
    12:36 pm on January 21st, 2010

    I'm about three quarters of the way through the book. Can someone please tell me what bear claws are? I've never seen a cruller either…

  5. Melanie
    12:57 pm on January 21st, 2010

    Very large sugary donut type things with no holes. Sort of have ridges that look like tendons. Very good.

  6. Cosmo
    1:00 pm on January 21st, 2010

    Hi Liz, I've never had any of those yummy things either >:( but my Mom says to tell you that a bear claw is a big glazed donut, about the size of a bear paw, (so Chet you must've been full for about a minute before wanting another!) and a crueller is basically just a donut in the shape of a twisted stick. Either way, they're treats that taste awesome and very bad for ya! Sounds like you're about as far into the book that Mom is. We're hoping there's no pop quiz too soon, as we just finished the parts that were on the first one! Chet the Jet you are such a great athelete, I wish I could jump as high as you, but I'm more of a forty pounder, not a hundred pounder like you! I do have good balance though, so someone thought I might like to try "freestyle" whatever that is, but Mom says we don't have time and I'm busy with my pet therapy at the hospital and sniffing anyway. Thanks again my pals for thinking of me, I'm almost feeling "tip-top" again as Chet says. Here I am just last night, more like my old self enjoying a basted pressed rawhide-mmmmm. Mac, to answer your question, luckily I didn't have to wear that "lampshade thingy", but the vet said if I was licking too much down there I might have had too – phew! I did have to wear it when I had my other surgeries in GA though, so you were lucky yours was only three minutes. S.H. – I love your idea of showing off Chet & Bernie's biz card! My best friends in the neighborhood, Holly, Lucy and Cookie Dough will love it! I agree with Gus and BB, that Chet might look like Fritz. Welcome to all new friends of Chet, you guys look awesome!

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  7. megan
    5:12 pm on January 21st, 2010

    Hi friends. Cosmo, how r u doing? Megan told me that u had something medical done about u, forgot what tho. Something with a jury? Oh, u got arrested! Or am I wrong? Probaly am wrong. Yeah, I'm not smart like u Chet…….. yeah I really need to listen now on; probaly why my friends kinda ignore me……. Something about a bad influence. Yah, yah u know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna make a 'pledge' like mommy. I'm not sure what it means but yeah-yeah I'm doing it. I'm gonna listen now on- if I can work-up the nerve to…….care….. Yeah I'm gonna go know…..

  8. Rebecca Rice
    7:05 pm on January 21st, 2010

    Absoultely on the Fritz thing. I think Chet looks a lot like a German Shepherd… But there's something else in there too… Maybe a little border collie, actually, for the extra height in jumping.

    I don't know for sure, but I think there are a lot of police departments that will only use GS Dogs, and only the males– an officer doing a presentation I got to attend once said the female shepherds tend to be too timidly protective of their officer, and don't want to leave his or her side to do some of the jobs that require it. I kind of disagreed, but then what do I know? I'm not in law enforcement, and I'm no trainer.

    Anyhow, when we met Wojo for the first time, he had a lot of characteristics that reminded me of Chet. Not as much appearance as size and seriousness of intention to do a good job. I think that's a shepherd thing. But he also likes the play, with a puppy/retriever kinda sweetness.

  9. LizF
    2:16 am on January 22nd, 2010

    Thank you Melanie and Cosmo both, bear claws sound wicked!

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