The Saginaw News On To Fetch A Thief

When Peanut the elephant and his trainer disappear from a family circus in financial trouble, private eye Bernie Little and his canine partner Chet take the case.

The trail leads to Mexico, separating Bernie and Chet and forcing Chet to take matters into his own paws. This delightfully offbeat mystery combines suspense with lacings of humor, most of which comes from Chet’s extremely “doggy” narration.

This is the third entry in the “Chet and Bernie” mystery series. The writer is a New York Times best-selling author writing under the pseudonym of Spencer Quinn. Fun for both mystery and dog lovers.

—  Kate Tesdell, 2/13/11

Tonight: Westminster


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180 Responses to “The Saginaw News On To Fetch A Thief”

  1. Wolfie
    8:20 am on February 14th, 2011

    Tonight is going to be fun! I love watching my kind get the attention they deserve! Maybe mom will pop us up some popcorn. Yummers!

  2. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:39 am on February 14th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! I was just thinking, the really good news about the report that Spence figures to have the latest C&B book finished soon is that we’ll get to continue with Astrid case — finally! Soon we’ll get the answers we’ve all been waiting for!!!

  3. B.Stover
    8:47 am on February 14th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Yes, I’d love to get back to the Astrid case.

  4. B.Stover
    8:55 am on February 14th, 2011

    Saginaw is in Michigan…just in case people didn’t know that.

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:20 am on February 14th, 2011

    Rio: I’ve decided to post the “before” pictures of Mom and Dad’s closet. I’m going to do one at a time so I don’t have any problems — I hope!

    The first one is looking into the closet from the library. You can see one of the siding walls, and it looks like someone made an old exterior window into a shelf. The door on the end goes to Mom and Dad’s bedroom.

  6. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:24 am on February 14th, 2011

    The second shows the chimney — no fireplace, just chimney! The house is only one story, so we can’t figure out what the chimney is for — there’s no opening for a wood stove or anything, unless it’s on the fourth side that we can’t see.

  7. Sam
    9:27 am on February 14th, 2011

    Kirby, that ceiling that got oiled is huge! No wonder it was so much work.

  8. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:27 am on February 14th, 2011

    The third is further down the chimney wall and shows the door into the bathroom.

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:31 am on February 14th, 2011

    And here is the fourth wall — siding again, and another shelf built into what looks like an old exterior window. You can see the edge of the doorway leading to the library — three doors into this one small room!

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:34 am on February 14th, 2011

    And now for the piece de resistance: this is what the floor looked like when we took up the carpeting! Isn’t it beautiful?!

  11. Barb & Maggie
    9:45 am on February 14th, 2011

    Love that floor. You are going to keep it right? Snicker.

  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:47 am on February 14th, 2011

    Sam: You’re right — it is a lot of work, and there are still some spots that need yet another coat! You should have seen Dad when he did the kitchen ceiling — it’s 15 by 15 and 13 feet off the ground! He did a lot of cussing on that one! Mom couldn’t help with it because she doesn’t do ladders!!! (Luckily, the closet ceiling is 95 inches high, so Mom can do that on a step-stool.) He also has done the ceilings in the dining room and part of the hallway. The part of the hallway he hasn’t done is above the stairs to the attic and must be about a hundred feet in the air! I think he’s going to have to get some scaffolding for that part!

    So far Mom and Dad have put one coat of white paint in the closet, and Mom’s going to do another coat on her next day off. You can’t tell real well from the pictures, but it used to be off-white, so they’re painting it “real” white to make it brighter in there, since there aren’t any windows and the lighting isn’t the best. One of these days they might try to get an electrician in to put some real lighting in the ceiling, but until that happens they’ll settle for the motion-detecting hanging light.

    They’re leaving the siding and the chimney and the built-in shelves. They say they want to leave the “character” of the closet the way it is, but I think they just don’t want to do all the work to make look like a brand-new closet!

  13. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:49 am on February 14th, 2011

    B&M: I love the floor, too! Don’t know why Mom and Dad want to cover it up — maybe it’s because of all the stains on it and the holes where the kitchen sink used to be!

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    10:10 am on February 14th, 2011

    We think the term “delightfully offbeat” is applicable not only to the wonderful Chet books, but also to the postings of the plunderers.

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 am on February 14th, 2011

    Valentines!…. Happy Valentines everybody! I hope Bernie didn’t forget all about it this year like he almost did last year…heh!…Judging from Chet’s post it looks like he might have….chorkel!

    Closet!… That seems like a very big closet with 3 doors leading into it!…snort!…How big is it anyways Kirby?…sniff!

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:17 am on February 14th, 2011

    T&G: Mom and Dad watched a show about the royal family for a little while last night, and they showed the corgis — I thought of you!

    Does anyone remember Princess Anne fighting off a kidnapping attempt? Mom and Dad were surprised — they didn’t remember anything about that!

  17. Mollypop
    10:18 am on February 14th, 2011

    The Westminster schedule in EST times:

    tonight – 8-9 on USA, then 9-11 on CNBC
    tomorrow – 8-11 on USA

  18. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:32 am on February 14th, 2011

    Rio: Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too! I almost forgot about it — this morning Dad kissed Mom and told her, “Happy Jedeveon Clowney Day”! Some people have called Clowney the No. 1 high school football recruit in the country, but unlike the other players, Jedeveon Clowney decided not to to sign on Signing Day. Instead he decided to make his annoucement today, which is not only Valentine’s Day but his birthday! So he’s got the whole state — well, people who care anyway! — waiting with baited breath for today’s announcement. Will he disappoint half of the state by choosing the University of South Carolina? Devastate the other half of the state by selecting Clemson University? or will he simply destroy us all by going out of state? The State newspaper has had a “Clowney Watch” article in the paper every day for months — will he, won’t he? Today’s paper has a big photo of him on the front page and a half-page photo of him on the front of the sports page.

    Oh joy! NOT! He just announced during the LIVE press conference on ESPN that he has chosen South Carolina. Since my boy and girl root for Clemson, I’m sad for them. But I totally am glad this whole circus is over! I was getting really tired of it! The only problem is that Dad will listen to his sports show tomorrow morning while he’s making my breakfast, and that ALL THEY’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT!!!

  19. B.Stover
    10:32 am on February 14th, 2011

    Kirby: I think it would be fascinating if they could find blueprints and pictures of the original house. I wonder what the rooms leading off of the kitchen were. It could explain the number of doors.

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 am on February 14th, 2011

    News!… It’s good to know that the people in the Carolina’s are up on all the hard hitting news of the day….grunt!

  21. Melanie
    10:43 am on February 14th, 2011

    Kirby: Magnificent pictures! That’s a lot of work. The floor reminds me of the floor in our downstairs bathroom. Sort of very early 70’s.

    Chet: Congrats! Ummm. Does B.Stover have a “nom de plume”?

    Going down the hill for PT. BBL

  22. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:44 am on February 14th, 2011

    Bee: Most of the rooms in this house have at least two or three doors in them. It makes it hard to arrange furniture, especially when combined with the windows and fireplaces! The office, kitchen, dining room and master bathroom all have three doors; the library has four — and a fireplace!

    Mom and Dad have often wondered about the history of this house — Mom even bought a book about how to research old houses. One of these days she might even get around to reading it and following the instructions!!!

  23. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:48 am on February 14th, 2011

    Rio: Now that Jedeveon Clowney has made his big announcement, maybe the folks around he will remember there’s an outside world!

  24. B.Stover
    10:49 am on February 14th, 2011

    Here’s the Wikipedia article on Valentine’s Day. The vintage cards are interesting.

  25. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:50 am on February 14th, 2011

    Oops! That’s supposed to be “folks around here,” but maybe the folks around “he” will remember, too! It’s ridiculous giving all that attention to a high school football player — regardless of how good he is!

  26. B.Stover
    10:53 am on February 14th, 2011

    Kirby: They could go to city hall (or the equivalent) to look up any tax records. There should have been an Abstract for the house which they should have received when they bought the house. If not, check with the title company or the previous owners.

  27. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:54 am on February 14th, 2011

    Bee: When Mom and Dad went to the antique stores this weekend they had a lot of vintage Valentine’s Day cards on display. There’s something so sweet and innocent about those cards!

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:59 am on February 14th, 2011

    Bee: One of the previous owners did come by to see the house once when Dad was outside doing some work on it. He had done extensive remodeling inside — he’s the one who raised the ceiling back to the original height after someone else had lowered it. Mom and Dad were grateful to him for that, but they weren’t as thrilled when they found out from another source that he had found a bunch of stuff behind one of the fireplaces when he was remodeling — an old newspaper and other stuff, we’re not sure what — and apparently kept it all when he moved. Mom and Dad thought that should have stayed with the house!

  29. B.Stover
    11:09 am on February 14th, 2011

    Perhaps they could at least ask him if they could look at the stuff. There might be architectual records also if you can find out who the architect was.

  30. Wolfie
    11:15 am on February 14th, 2011

    Sam…..will you be my Valentine?

  31. Wolfie
    11:20 am on February 14th, 2011

    Kirby, that looks like quite a job. I’m glad that you are there to supervise!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:21 am on February 14th, 2011

    Stover!… Isn’t there a famous Saginaw Bridge, or am I thinking of another one that’s in Northern Michigan?….grunt!

  33. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:30 am on February 14th, 2011

    Bee: Unfortunately, Dad didn’t think to get his new address or even his name — he wasn’t the one Mom and Dad bought the house from, and we’re not sure how long ago he had it. All Dad remembers from their conversation is that he and his dad did a lot of work on the house, and sometime after they sold the house and moved away he and his wife got a divorce — Mom and Dad wondered if it had anything to do with he and his dad spending so much time on the house!

    Wolfie: I’m not sure how much supervising I’ll be able to do — it’s much too tempting to run in circles through the house since those two doors are open!

  34. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:42 am on February 14th, 2011

    Drat! Mom’s shutting down the computer so she can go to work.


  35. B.Stover
    11:44 am on February 14th, 2011

    There are bridges in Saginaw county but I think you are referring to the Mackinac Bridge that connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan.

    Here’s an article that contains pictures.

  36. B.Stover
    11:46 am on February 14th, 2011

    My last post was to Rio.

  37. Wolfie
    11:56 am on February 14th, 2011


    Does anyone know how to add photos from the iPad to the blog?


  38. B.Stover
    11:58 am on February 14th, 2011

    By the way, Mackinac is pronounced Mackinaw.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Stover!…That’s the one! My friend went up to see that bridge years ago with another friend. It was pretty amazing apparently!…snort!

  40. dawson
    12:50 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Fond memories of riding across that bridge with Dad driving the old Rambler station wagon, all the kids playing the alphabet game or bickering or asking to stop to pee, on our way to Grandma and Grampa’s house.

  41. Barb & Maggie
    12:52 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Kirby, Have never heard of Clowney, but did read the the Boyntin Spaniel is the state dog of S.C.

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

  42. dawson
    12:56 pm on February 14th, 2011

    B.Stover! The song Saginaw, Michigan is going around and around in my head. I could never forget what state Saginaw is in because of that song. I wish that song would go away.
    I am attempting to have a coffee with foamy richness with my new tool for making milk foamy.

  43. dawson
    1:11 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Hmmmm. Leo Kottke does an excellent version of Saginaw, Michigan.

  44. Mollypop
    1:13 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Wolfie – That Sam is impossible. She gets upset with Jack because he steals all the toys. Mom says she just doesn’t know what Sam sees in him – you are so much cuter!

  45. Rose
    1:25 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all…
    I hope Bernie didn’t forget about Suzie.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:32 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Bernie!… I think Bernie totally forgot about Susie on Valentines Day…snort!… Is she gonna be mad or what?…heh!

  47. B.Stover
    1:53 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Rio: Did your friend go to Mackinac Island? They don’t allow cars there….You get there by ferry. It’s fun riding around the island on bikes–one or two-seaters. And the fudge is delicious. I think that the movie Somewhere In Time was filmed there. I haven’t been there in years.

    Dawson: I don’t remember that song. Where did your grandparents live?

  48. B.Stover
    1:55 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Dawson: What device did you get to make foamy richness? Mine is called Aerolatte and I got it at Bed, Bath and Beyond. (I think that’s a national chain.)

    Why don’t I care if Bernie forgot Suzie?

  49. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:03 pm on February 14th, 2011
  50. Mollypop
    2:09 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Macy – Good story!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:15 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Stover!…She said they did go to Mackinaw Island. They did not ride bikes like she wanted to because her friends stupid bar-fly sister invited herself along on the trip and ruined the whole thing for my friend….grump!…This sister didn’t want to see any of the island except the insides of dark smelly bars….growl!….What a hag she was…sniff!

  52. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:15 pm on February 14th, 2011
  53. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:15 pm on February 14th, 2011

    sorry about the double post

  54. Siber-H
    2:18 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Congratulations on another great review, Spence!

    Happy Valtentines Day to all you lovely ladies that I hang out with here on Chet”s blog. Hearts and flowers and husky hugs to you.
    Sam, I would choose Wolfie.

    Macy, Good for those lads that rescued the dog, and I’m glad she has an owner and a home.

  55. Sam
    2:31 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Wolf, yes! I will be your Valentine!

  56. dawson
    2:31 pm on February 14th, 2011

    B.Stover. My grandparents lived in Crystal, Michigan. Mom was born in Alma. I was born in Detroit.
    Yes, an aerolatte. I need to follow the directions. I “frothed too much” for my first cup. Heh. I love this. I’m going to drag out my old expresso coffee pot now.
    After I read Macy’s stories.

  57. Sam
    2:33 pm on February 14th, 2011

    iPad strikes again. I said Wolfie.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:21 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sweethearts!… I wonder what Wookie has in store for his girlfriend Audrey?…snorkel!… I hope he remembers to clean out the Wookiemobile from the Super Bowl road trip before he picks her up for their date tonight.…heh!

  59. Melanie
    3:46 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Jeez, we’re already at over 50 comments. I’ll catch up later.

    MagPie: tell Barb the book came today and Thankyou!

    PT Ted says that though my leg is really hurting, it’s probably I slept on it wrong. It’s not infected. Whew.

  60. B.Stover
    3:59 pm on February 14th, 2011

    That’s good news Melanie.

    Ane Sam is Wolfie’s valentine. Excellent!

    4:02 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Melanie, That Media Mail is pretty fast! It is less expensive, too, and it seems that they do not want to tell you about it at the P.O. At least not at our P.O. Then they questioned Barb to make sure it really was ONLY a book that she was sending.

    Last week she was going to send a $4.00 bag of chili mix to her brother, and they wanted $7.98 to send it. She said no, she would keep it and make her own chili.

  62. Siber-H
    4:12 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sam, You made an intelligent choice for your Valentine. You couldn’t find a nicer guy than Wolfie, and I’m sure he won’t steal your toys.

    Oh dog…I am going to the groomer this afternoon. The only thing remotely funny about this is that the groomer can’t do me unless her husband is home to help her.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:27 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Groomers!… I feel sorry for those poor groomers….snorkel!… I can only imagine the hell SiberH can raise while getting bathed….grunt!…and then blow-dried…yeep!

  64. dawson
    4:27 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Siber H: That is sort of funny. The groomer gets to spend Valentine’s day with her husband making you look good.

  65. dawson
    4:27 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Siber H: That is sort of funny. The groomer gets to spend Valentine’s day with her husband making you look good.

  66. dawson
    4:30 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sheeesh! Wasn’t this problem disgusted yesterday? I do occasionally have that “duplicate comment” remark show up, but never when it actually happens. I press the submit button once, and once only, and it shows up twice. I do not have the shakes from drinking too much coffee. I’m going for a nap, damn it all.

  67. Melanie
    4:35 pm on February 14th, 2011

    That is a great story, Macy!

    OTAS and F have taken in another dog. This one is a lab, Emma. Emma is way over weight; she looks like a seal. OTAS and F have put her on a good diet kibble and are beginning to exercise her. I asked if they were using the tread mill (they do that for Papi, he’s very muscular) and they aren’t yet. She can hardly walk. They are starting her off very slowly and not very far.

  68. Mollypop
    4:56 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Melaine – Hooray for OTAS and F!!!! And Lucky Emma.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:51 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Tiger!… That classy Tiger Woods is being fined for spitting on the golf course during a tournament….snort!….Imagine having to putt over his wad of spit…..gah!

  70. Mollie (a black poodle)
    6:06 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
    B.Stover: Thanks for the info re the Aerolatte. There’s a Bed,Bath & Beyond near here. What kind of coffee pot do you use with it? Any certain kind of coffee?

  71. LizF
    6:24 pm on February 14th, 2011

    ‘It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw’… (four?) Simon and Garfunkle.

    I’m sorry that it looks like Bernie forgot Suzie on Valentines.

  72. Melanie
    6:41 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Hi LizF! Is Valentine’s Day celebrated where you are?

  73. LizF
    6:52 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Hi Melanie! Yes it is, though not to the extent as it is there. Noone in the office here did anything for the day, noone got flowers… sigh…

  74. Melanie
    7:10 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Oh Yes, now I remember . . .

    The Valentine Kangaroo! The one that hops to all the houses with her joey giving out a rose. How could I forget that?

  75. B.Stover
    7:11 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Mollie: I have a Mr. Coffee espresso machine that I got either from Bed, Bath…or You also need a tamper to press down the grounds, and a metal pitcher with handle and spout to heat the milk in. I use french roast coffee beans that I grind. You need to use a spatula to let the warm milk into the coffee (in the cup) and then pour the foam on top.

    You can do lots of different things with the coffee. There are syrups to sweeten it (I sometimes use vanilla), some put carmel or chocolate syrup on the foam, or you can sprinkle coco powder or cinnimon on top.

  76. Mollypop
    7:17 pm on February 14th, 2011

    B. – You make the latte just like they do at Starbucks! Wow!

  77. LizF
    7:35 pm on February 14th, 2011

    That is so cute!!!!! Thank you, that brightens the day I must say. (I hope the thorns aren’t uncomfortable in the pouch for the mama).

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Stoverbucks!….I can see it all now!…snort!…The advertisement: “Walk into Stoverbucks and get that rich frothiness you crave morning, noon or night! Stover makes it herself while you watch! Then she gives you an English Lit lesson for Free!”…snort!snort!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:40 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Or!…Perhaps, “ Receive a Free English Lit Lesson on Request with purchase of a Grande Frothy. For a fee add a Poetry Lesson will be included.”….sniff!…Depending on the volumn of the crowd of course…gruff!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:43 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Ooops!…The Ad Editor jumbled the text!….grump! … For a small fee she will include a Poetry Lesson. Lessons are limited so act fast!….snort!

  81. Jasper the Poodle
    7:47 pm on February 14th, 2011

    B: I like your kawfee skilz a-latte. Heh!

    Mom is finally home and she’s been muttering. Apparently some a**hole chickypoo at her busy place decided that today would be a good day to slam back some shots on the drive to the busy place. Coworker smelled al-kee-hawl, told the boss, who came to mom’s cube PDQ. Mom spent her afternoon at the doctor’s office helping the chicky breathe into a boxy thingy with a buncha numbers that come out the end of it. Regardless of adamant de-niles, the numbers don’t lie! And the numbers say: drunk on your a** chicky! Mom is preparing her steel-toed stillettos to punt the snockered chick to the next farm down the road. Maybe that place won’t care that her yolks are scrambled, but mom’s busy place won’t put up with it. Mom can’t stop shaking her head and saying, “Stupid, stupid, stupid!” I hope she stops the muttering before the Nation’s Oscars come on.

    Oh yeah, it’s Valentine’s Day, and my 2-legged brother’s 24th birthday. Mom says if he wants a nip or two, he will do so at home, ’cause she raised him right.

  82. Mollie (a black poodle)
    7:50 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Very clever Rio. B. can do that in her spare time. She would have a lot of customers.

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Fired!… Wow! Jasper someone who works in the same department with my friend at the not-busy-at-all place was fired today too!….snort!… It totally upset my friend, only by the fact that she has not been given a clear reason as to why this person is gone now….sniff!….It’s been a very upsetting day for her and we are really looking forward to the WDShow….snort! ….Actually I think it has started on one of the channels….yeep! yeep! ….Go Pugs! Go Pugs!….wooooo!

  84. Melanie
    8:05 pm on February 14th, 2011

    The Pack and I will be watching the Nation’s Oscars (love that BTW) tomorrow. They are sound asleep and I will be heading that way shortly.

    Jasper: Some people just never learn unless they are hit with several metaphorical bricks.

    Riö: Sorry your friend is upset about her friend. Seems to me that not-busy-at-all place needs to give an explanation. Though if it is the NBAAP perhaps that is the reason.

  85. B.Stover
    8:12 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Mollypop: Except mine is better because I use more foam and less warm milk.

  86. B.Stover
    8:16 pm on February 14th, 2011

    I’m laughing at Rio…..though that might be a good idea…..

  87. B.Stover
    8:20 pm on February 14th, 2011

    The bluetick coon hound is a beauty.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Melanie!….No, busy is as busy does and it will get riot-like busy soon at that place….grunt!…That was not the reason…sniff!

    Show!…We here are watching the Nation’s big show, and we can’t wait to see the Newfie come out! …snort!….I wonder how SiberH came out of his bath…heh!heh!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Outfits!…The clothing selection of the Handlers is not disappointing us tonight…heh!snort!heh!… What dazzling outfits…har!snort!

  90. Siber-H
    8:46 pm on February 14th, 2011

    The powder puff is reporting in. Thanks for thinking of me, Rio
    Did I miss a Newf or a Wonderfluffed Siberian in the dog show? We just turned the tv on.
    I have not been Wonderfluffed, in case you are wondering.

  91. B.Stover
    8:49 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Well, I liked the redbone coonhound.

  92. AbbietheKitty
    8:49 pm on February 14th, 2011

    OK I read all the previous posts and am now off to watch the WKCS. BBL
    Abbie posting for
    for Alice and Staff too

  93. Sam
    8:50 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Siberia-H, the toys are next! I bet you look very handsome.

  94. B.Stover
    8:51 pm on February 14th, 2011

    SH: Why are you calling yourself powder puff?

  95. Siber-H
    8:57 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Stover, because I went to the blasted groomer today.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Channels!….Everyone needs to switch channels to CNBC now because the TOY category is coming up!…Woooo!…That’s Me!me!Me! and some of you other guys too…heh!….Go PUG!…gruff!

  97. Sam
    9:01 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Go Maltese!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:09 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Hey y’all — I’m back! Does the show have a “mixed mix” category? Because that’s who I’d root for!!!

  99. Tupper and Gilly
    9:11 pm on February 14th, 2011

    We hope that you all noticed that they used a CORGI to explain the perfection of breed standards. She was truly lovely too. Can’t wait for the herding class – the last one of the night to see how she does.
    That Scottish Deerhound was too gorgeous! did you see that action on the move? Wow! Grace on foot.

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    9:14 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Oh that poor little Italian greyhound looks TERRIFIED

  101. B.Stover
    9:15 pm on February 14th, 2011

    SH: I know you went to the groomer but you weren’t wunderfluffed.

  102. Sam
    9:16 pm on February 14th, 2011

    I have got to get air extensions!

  103. Sam
    9:17 pm on February 14th, 2011

    I have got to get hair extensions!

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    9:18 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sam – we think you are perfect just the way you are!

  105. Jasper the Poodle
    9:19 pm on February 14th, 2011

    The Maltese is very pretty.

  106. Tupper and Gilly
    9:21 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Did you hear that Macy? Min Pins are FEARLESS!

  107. AbbietheKitty
    9:22 pm on February 14th, 2011

    OOO, The pug will come up soon.

  108. Tupper and Gilly
    9:24 pm on February 14th, 2011

    The best thing about Pekeneese? If they run away from home, you can give them a two day head start and still catch up to them before they get to the end of the driveway.

  109. AbbietheKitty
    9:25 pm on February 14th, 2011

    That Peke is disgusting! It looks like a raccoon. Huh, They say he is a great dog! Not my choice. What a funny looking walk.

  110. Mollypop
    9:27 pm on February 14th, 2011

    I hate those poodle cuts!

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    9:28 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sturdy and Rough!! Pug Pug Pug

  112. AbbietheKitty
    9:30 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Well that pug was a cutie. Reminds us of someone we know.

  113. Tupper and Gilly
    9:30 pm on February 14th, 2011

    MollyPop – that show cut is kind of over the top silly isn’t it? We’re sure that you are much more sensible and therefore much more beautiful!

  114. dawson
    9:35 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sam: That Maltese’s hair does look wonderful (and wonderfluffed).

    The Min Pin is very impressive also.

    The little poodle is cute. Too bad about the hair cut.

    And there is Rio! Doing good on his exercise and diet program.

  115. Basil and Sage
    9:36 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Ha Rio ! – Did you see the commercial with the doggie dentures? You want we should order some of those for you?

  116. dawson
    9:38 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Oh! That time is was my double fault.
    I like the minpin, the papillion and the pug.

  117. Tupper and Gilly
    9:39 pm on February 14th, 2011

    No No No! The Pug was way better!

  118. Siber-H
    9:40 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Stover, It is because I smell like a powder puff, which mom says is better smelling than the perfume they sometimes put on dogs. It really is a powder puff scent…eee gads

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on February 14th, 2011

    PUG!…Wait. We are confused here, after the Peke won 1st, who won 2nd and 3rd…grunt!…At least my kind were picked in the final group…Woooo!…Oscar rules!..heh!

  120. Barb & Maggie
    9:44 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Did anyone notice that when the toys first walked in the Peke was carried? Did the Pug come in 3rd or 4th? Wasn’t sure.

    Riod, did you hear the breed description for the Pug? Pleasant, sensitive and loves kids! Didn’t mention grumping and farting!

  121. Siber-H
    9:45 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Sam, I keep saying this, but I like your haircut better than the showdog stye.
    The pug was cute, Rio.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:46 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Pug!… Came in 3rd!! Yes!….Wow! We’ve not seen that happen in a while…sob!sob!sob!… Here’s to Oscar De La Hoya!…Wooooo! ….heh!… Now we are rooting for the Goldens, Newfs, Siber Huskies and Standard Poodles…sniff!…Who have I forgotten?….gruff!

  123. Tupper and Gilly
    9:48 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Did you all notice the Harrier Hound in the first group? His name was Chet! Wonder if a certain series of books was an influence. Googled Harrier Hound Chet and found this:

    Coda The Harrier – Ch. Downhome Family Tradition is proud to learn his son, Ch. Downhome HiTech Innovator (Chet), has won Best of Breed at Westminster today. Chet is the 3rd straight generation to have achieved this honour in his pedigree.

  124. Tupper and Gilly
    9:50 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Riiooooooooooo… forgot us…..sooobbb…you don’t love us anymore…….soooobbbbb.

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on February 14th, 2011

    MagPie!…That’s right. I am a pleasant fellow when things are going my way and when there are absolutely no kiddies around…snort!…The sensitive part was all made up by the announcer…heh!

    Corgis!…Have Corgies been up yet?…sniff!

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Corgis! ….NO I didn’t I swear!…sniff!… We just watched the all white Bulldog and my friend totally fell in love with him…grunt! ….Actually, I would not mind a bulldog brother. He would make me look slim and handsome…heh!

  127. B.Stover
    9:59 pm on February 14th, 2011

    I hate the puddle cut also.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:03 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Frenchi!…We were looking forward to the French bulldog, but he did not impress us…grunt!…Little tired looking, poor fellow…sniff!

  129. Barb & Maggie
    10:04 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Rio, Corgis are in the herding group. T & G, Aren’t Corgis considered a drover (drive the animals rather than round them up)?

  130. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:06 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Just turned it on. The Keson has definitely gone through a few cans of wonder fluff, if you ask me. Wookie

  131. AbbietheKitty
    10:06 pm on February 14th, 2011

    That Lo Chin looks lovely from the front and stupid in the back.

  132. Tupper and Gilly
    10:09 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Yup – we have heard all the “reasons” for that ridiculous, overblown, phooney poodle cut…but when they talk about the poodle as a hunting dog and then they show them backstage with the curlers and such in their hair….come on…..
    We still think that the show poodles must be embarrassed.

  133. AbbietheKitty
    10:09 pm on February 14th, 2011

    I liked the black poodle because you couldn’t see the pink skin. It didn’t look nearly as bad as the standard bred white. I prefer Mollypop, Jasper and MollyABP.

  134. Alice Johnson
    10:11 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Heh heh heh
    A cat-like dog! Hope he wins! Did you hear that Basil and Sage?

  135. Tupper and Gilly
    10:11 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Hi Barb and Maggie – no we aren’t drovers, even though we do have licences. Our legs are too short to reach the pedals.

  136. Basil and Sage
    10:15 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Hi Alice – there is no such thing as a cat-like dog, no matter what Siber and some of the others say. I mean, can you imagine US standing on that platform, letting the judge run his hands on our underbits, and then let a handler lift us off the table BY OUR TAILS??? We’d scratch their eyes out!

  137. Siber-H
    10:17 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Can you imagine me standing on that platform…I don’t think so.

  138. Tupper and Gilly
    10:17 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Good for the shar pei! First group win at Westminster!

  139. Siber-H
    10:19 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Oh wait, I guess the big guys don’t stand on a platform. I am so confused trying to follow the dog show, the Yukon Quest, and the blog.

  140. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Wookie!…Was the Keson the guy called “Skipper”?…heh!…We here like that name and he was fluffy…snort! …That was a disappointing round. Not one of our kind here on the blog won anything…grunt!

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:27 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Herding!…Group! This is Tupper and company now!…go Corgis!…Woooo!…snort!

  142. Alice Johnson
    10:28 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Basil and Sage,
    I love having my tail pulled. I wouldn’t like to be lifted by it though. Abbie hates to have her tail pulled. She is too heavy for that kind of lifting.


  143. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Borders!…That smarty pants Border Collie didn’t impress us much here…heh!

  144. Tupper and Gilly
    10:48 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Yeaaaaa!!!! Yahoooooo!!!!! Go CORGI!!!!

  145. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:49 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Molly is just adorable. Go Corgis! Wookie

  146. Tupper and Gilly
    10:54 pm on February 14th, 2011

    GOOOO CORGI!!!!! She’s made the cut!!!

  147. Tupper and Gilly
    10:56 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Ah poop. Well, the beardie is pretty, but we liked Molly better.

  148. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:57 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Molly was robbed. She should have won! Wookie

  149. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Herding!..Group who will win? OH the Corgi got in the final cut!…Wooo!…Corgi wins fourth!….Wooooo! Hoooo!

  150. Tupper and Gilly
    11:00 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Well, our favorite from tonight’s winners is the Scottish Deerhound. We hope that the Newfie and the Golden and the Siberian all do well tomorrow.
    Best in Show is going to be great…as long as that dam little raccoon, oops we mean Peke doesnt’ win…

  151. B.Stover
    11:00 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Good night all.

  152. Alice Johnson
    11:00 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Basil and Sage,
    Do Tupper and Gilly have tails?

  153. Alice Johnson
    11:02 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Staff says she has to go to bed right NOW.
    Drat it all.

    See you tomorrow.

  154. Barb & Maggie
    11:04 pm on February 14th, 2011

    T & G We were thinking along the lines of drovers vs gathers, but your answer was better….and the Pembroke placed 4th. Not bad at all. We have to say the Beardie was georgous and had such fluid movement.

  155. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Tomorrow!… Do we get to see the Goldens, the Newfs and the Huskies tomorrow night?….sniff!…I hope I didn’t miss anyone today…snuffle!

    A Pug came in 3rd!…heeee! heeee!!…snort!

  156. Tupper and Gilly
    11:11 pm on February 14th, 2011

    That beardie was pretty. Mama had a beardie once, long before she discovered that Corgis are the bestest dogs ever. But she did say that the beardie was a wonderful doggie, and was absolutly responsible for keeping Mama’s mother from surrendering to a medically induced depression. That little dog never left her side, and let her use her coat for a crying towel. She was such a good companion, and smart as a box of harvard graduates.

  157. Barb & Maggie
    11:14 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Rio, Goldens would be in the hunting dog group and Newfs and Huskeys are both in the working dog group, both tomorrow, along with the Terrier group. Tonight we had hounds, toy, non-working and herding.

    That is all the thinking we can do for tonight. Good night, all.

  158. Basil and Sage
    11:16 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Alice – no Tupper and Gilly don’t have tails. They are the Queen’s type of Corgis.
    Besides which, if they had tails, we would have pulled them off by now.
    Hmmmmm…maybe THAT’s why Mama has Corgis……

    Good night everyone. Now that the stupid dawg show is over, we can curl up in bed with Mama…haha, the Corgis can’t jump that high.

  159. Barb & Maggie
    11:19 pm on February 14th, 2011

    One last thing, in England they call the herding group pastoral, and the hunting group is called the gun dogs. We sort of like the sound of pastoral.

  160. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 pm on February 14th, 2011

    Facebook!… Sort of watching a Facebook news thing and at the same time knowing we need to go to our beds…NOW!…snort!

    FB!…Mark Zuckerburg…growl!..Beware, be smart like SiberH and NOT participate if you do not have to in Facebook…grunt!…Facebook has way too much information about everyone…grump!…. My friend is going to disconnect her account as soon as possible even though she gave no info. ..sniff!…She will try to erase everything she can anyway …blah!Puke! … And grump! Sick of this bullshit data selling crap!…growl!

  161. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:43 pm on February 14th, 2011
  162. C. Harris
    12:07 am on February 15th, 2011

    Supposed to get to -50 tonight. Yukon Quest should be finishing in a couple of days. Warmer temps are coming at the end of the week. Valentine’s Day means that I make 300+ balloon bouquets (an annual fundraiser for the library). Started early and finished at the last bell except for teachers’ orders which took another 30 minutes. Tired! Every year I mean to take photos but every year I am too busy. Oh well, survived another one.

  163. Gus & BooBear
    12:30 am on February 15th, 2011

    Hey, guys. A shar pei won the non-working class. She was really pretty. Isn’t that what Lola and Franklin are? Can’t wait until tomorrow for the working class! We love the big dogs.

    Rio, we wondered if your email to the judge of the toys got the pug chosen in the final cut or kept him from the number 1 spot?

  164. Sharon Wellman
    2:55 pm on February 16th, 2011

    Just wondering what kind of dog Princess is supposed to be (in the book Thereby Hangs a Tale? I’m thinking a Pomeranian but wonder if anyone knows for sure. THANKS. Sharon

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