To Fetch A Thief: Review (Wilmington Star News)

“To Fetch a Thief”

by Ben Steelman

O frabjous day! Calloo! Callay! Spencer Quinn has finished another “Chet and Bernie” mystery, and “To Fetch a Thief” (Atria Books, $25) is ready in time for the holidays.

If you’re a mystery lover, a dog lover or just looking for a fun read, I hope you’ve discovered Chet and Bernie already, in Quinn’s previous books, “Dog On It” and “Thereby Hangs a Tail.”

If not, you’re in for a treat.

Quinn’s mysteries are narrated by Chet (no last name). Chet is a dog, a large, intelligent black-and-white mixed breed. (How can a dog narrate a book? How does Santa Claus land on the roof and get down the chimney, even when your house doesn’t have a chimney? Just go with it for a moment.)

Being a dog, Chet is a little slow about some things — he can’t count much beyond 2, he’s vague on human geography, and he gets confused when his boss, Bernie, uses a metaphor like “strike while the iron is hot.” (Chet’s had unhappy experiences with Bernie’s electric iron.)

On the other hand, he’s very sharp about dog things. His sense of smell is A-1, and while he’s weak on colors, he’s a careful observer, and he catches things that even Bernie — an ex-policeman and pretty-good gumshoe — doesn’t spot.

Chet was going to be a police dog, but he flunked his finals at the Academy. (It’s a long story — something about a cat wandering on to the field during Chet’s trials.) So, now he works for the Little Detective Agency; little is Bernie’s last name, and he’s also the only P.I. in the agency, so it fits.

Bernie is pretty ordinary as private eyes go: Ex-cop, ex-military, with a crabby ex-wife, and a son he loves but doesn’t see often enough, with a weakness for Hawaiian shirts, Jim Beam and get-rich-quick schemes that keep the Little Detective Agency perpetually short of cash.

Together, Chet and Bernie make a terrific team. In “Dog On It,” they wrestled with Russian mafiosi and real-estate scams. (Chet, as I said, is bad about specifics, but they seem to operate in Arizona, or some Southwestern state very much like it.) In “Thereby Hangs a Tail,” they handled the kidnapping of a fluffy purebred poodle from one of those hotsy-totsy dog shows, like the ones you see on cable TV.

And for “To Fetch a Thief,” our gang gets to go to the circus. A down-on-its-luck, one-ring circus hits town, and Bernie’s son Charlie wants to go. Bernie’s been lucky enough to score a couple of tickets, a side benefit of a divorce case our heroes were working. But someone’s made off with Peanut the Elephant, and Peanut’s trainer has disappeared, too.

Has Peanut been ”liberated” by animal-rights activists? Is the circus’ shady owner somehow involved? (He’s not a REAL colonel.) Popo the Clown hires Chet and Bernie to find out — and the trail will lead them over the border into Mexico and genuine danger.

Quinn, who lives on Cape Cod with his wife and dog, has a gift for hardboiled and Kibbled dialogue, and his novels are a delicious mix of comedy,  of quirky character studies (in the manner of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen) and Sam Spade-style action. I can’t think of a better break from the headlines.

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115 Responses to “To Fetch A Thief: Review (Wilmington Star News)”

  1. Mollypop
    3:54 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Barb! We are so glad you're back. That report is a Thanksgiving Gift.

    I bet MagPie! is doing a good job of taking care of you.

  2. Wolfie
    4:32 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Yippee!! Welcome back, Barb! Your good news is a Blessing indeed! With your sweet Magpie, now you can really start healing!

  3. Wolfie
    4:37 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Fabulous review, however………

    Chet is NOT slow!! He just doesn't worry about the unimportant things. Unlike a lot humans, who Can count past 2, and look at what a mess the economy is in now.

    And I wonder where PA's kids live? I know that Rosie is abroad, but do the other kids have their own house? Geez.

  4. Melanie
    4:41 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Good Morning All! At last a critic with a sense of humor! Loved it.

    Hope all are getting better, all the others are staying well.

    I was actually going to continue last night . . . but the internet went out.

  5. AbbietheKitty
    4:45 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Good morning everyone. I liked the review. He sounds like a real fan. And he knew it was a cat, not a squirrel, that was Chet's downfall at the Police Academy.

    We Kats appreciate attention to detail.

    Kats have been the downfall of many a dog….eh Rio?

  6. B.Stover
    4:49 am on November 22nd, 2010

    "Kibbled dialogue"?? Wonder what that is. Good review and well deserved.

    Good morning all.

    How are you feeling Mollypop?

  7. Barb & Maggie
    4:52 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Good Morning, all! Doing well here. Trying to catch up on emails, phone messages, mail, etc. Just taking it slow and easy.

    Good review. He seemed like he might have acutally read the books! Did another reviewer say it was a squirrel that messed with Chet?

  8. AbbietheKitty
    4:57 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Good Morning Barb and Maggie,

    I think the one on Saturday was the reviewer that thought it was a squirrel. Alice noticed it immediately.

    Glad you are up. Slow and easy is the best way. And remember those lifting instructions! They will drive you crazy but they are important.

    Staff said that everytime she had lifting instructions she wanted to rearrange the bedroom furniture. Never failed. Probably had something to do with staying in bed more than normal.

  9. B.Stover
    5:06 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Heh!! Alice was number 100 last night and posted the fact but Rio whimped out.

    Barb, I'm glad you're doing well.

  10. Mollypop
    5:07 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Hi B. We're feeling better, but still conniping that someone who is sick would come to visit and spread the joy.

    Mom's problem is that she goes a few days after getting sick and then it becomes a bacterial infection. We're trying to avoid this – like the plague (ha ha).

    So I'm keeping her resting because I seem to know better than she does.

  11. Staff
    5:17 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Mollypop,

    Those sick people are all over. I am really firm about it when they call. They are always the ones who want to come over. Why do you think that is? They always think that it is OK for THEM to come over, just not those other sickies.

  12. Melanie
    5:20 am on November 22nd, 2010

    I bet if Riö would ask politely, Alice would have the poison washed off her fur.

    Fact it, Riö, that is one good looking Kat!

  13. Melanie
    5:22 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Staff and MollyPop!

    I agree. I will tell people, "No, I don't shake hands, or hug or kiss anyone with a cold, flu or teaches children." No offense teachers, but you guys must have iron clad immune systems!

  14. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:23 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Morning everyone. I'm afraid I have some bad news today. When Dad got up this morning he found Buford splayed on the floor, with one of his front legs in a strange position. Mom and Dad rushed him to the veterinarian, thinking Buf had hurt his leg, but it turns out to be worse than that. The vet thinks he had a mild stroke which resulted in his leg not working right. So now Buf can't stand without help. The vet gave him a steriod shot and some pills, and says that if it's going to get better it'll happen in the first three or four days. It's been a couple hours since he got his shot, and Mom thinks his leg is less rigid, but she says maybe she's just seeing what she hopes to see. So everyone please send your best prayers for Buford.

  15. Riö - The Evil
    5:34 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Buford!… Oh no. I will be saying a pug prayer for the old guy….sniff!…Hang in there Buford, you can pull through this….sigh…Kirby, keep us posted on how he is doing…snuffle!

  16. Melanie
    5:34 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Oh Buford, Please get well. You have a family that loves you.

    Kirby: Make sure he gets canine companionship. That always helps the Pack.

  17. Riö - The Evil
    5:36 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Alice!…I did not wimp out last night. …grunt!…There is no way in hell I will be caught dead giving Alice a slobbering kiss…heh!…Even though she really wants me to….snort!

  18. Barb & Maggie
    5:49 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Is Buford and old guy? We hope he gets better quick!

  19. Sam
    5:51 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Princess prayers for Buford and for his family.

  20. Sam
    5:52 am on November 22nd, 2010

    BTW, Lexi's puppy pictures are cute, but

    I am the cutest dog in the world.

  21. B.Stover
    6:00 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Get better Buford.

  22. Riö - The Evil
    6:07 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Princess!…. The Battle of the Princess’s begins!…snort!….Although, it seems Lexi has already won because, if her facts are straight, she is in the book and Sammie is not…heh!

  23. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:13 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Buford is 14. And with my concern for Buford, I forgot to say that I'm glad you're feeling so good, Barb, and I'm glad the two of you are back together and right where you belong!

  24. Wölfie
    6:18 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Wolfie hugs and kisses and prayers to Buford.

  25. Sam
    6:22 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Couldn't you just eat me up I was so cute!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1290442935-Sam wants to go too..jpg[/img]

  26. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:24 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Kirby. Please know that everyone here in Chevy Chase is saying human prayers and doggie prayers for Buford. Melanie was right too, canine companionship can make a big difference. And Buford, keep fighting, all the plunderers are behind you. Wookie

  27. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:37 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Thanks for your kind wishes, everyone. Buford seems to be resting comfortably now, but still hasn't been able to get up. Mom is getting ready to go to work so I won't be able to report for awhile. The good news is that because Dad teaches at a boarding school, they have the whole week off for Thanksgiving, so he can stay home and watch Buford today. I'll be back tonight with an update.

  28. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:54 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Sam, it might not be a good idea to give Some Dogs the idea to eat you up. I'm just saying..

    Kirby, 10 paws and 6 fingers crossed here. And wishes for the whole family to be strong in the hours and days to come. It is hard for any of us, 4 and 2 legged, to see a loved one getting older with the infirmaties that come with it. I don't really hug very well, but maybe your mom could hug you and say it was from me. Then,not only take care of Buford, but give extra love to mom and dad. I imagine that they may have known him longer than you. tiny, well-mannered kisses to you and Buford.

  29. Melanie
    7:00 am on November 22nd, 2010

    How's the Gus pup?

  30. Mollypop
    7:04 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Even thought I've been telling Mom to rest, she still thought she would go for a walk in our 52 degree temps and a drizzle of rain. But ha! The sky opened up with a deluge and even thunder and lightning. Mom will be reading and needlepointing today. She can feel fine all she wants but the trouble we're trying to avoid won't happen for a couple of days. So Mom, sit! stay!

  31. Barb & Maggie
    7:21 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Barb has been trying to read the old posts, but it is hard to catch up on so many. Read Rio's special prayer for Siber's dad, and see that he is getting better. Still haven't found the post that told what sent him to the hospital in the first place. Can someone fill us in?

    Barb says her doctor and hosptial experiences have been great. The surgeon not only gave her his cell # and said to call any time if she had concerns, but also, she received a card in the mail, signed by all the staff and doctor, telling her that it was a pleasure to be able to serve her. She says that The Monroe Clinic is the BEST!

  32. Riö - The Evil
    7:59 am on November 22nd, 2010

    MagPie!…I’m not completely sure what happened… snort!… SiberH is sort of out of the loop I think. He’s been busy digging and sleeping in holes and dragging leaves into the house…grunt!…I don’t recall him telling us much except that a Urinary Tract infection started the whole thing… sniff!

  33. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:05 am on November 22nd, 2010

    My grandma wound up in the hospital the same way. She went in with a pain in her back and they told her that she had such a bad UTI that the only way to treat it was with IVs so she was in for 3 days, no fun for her.

  34. B.Stover
    8:07 am on November 22nd, 2010

    There was also a blood infection I think regarding SH's dad. He has gone to rehab now.

    Mollypop–you tell her! Sit on her if you have to.

    My friend just emailed. He's on his way to Germany via JFK and Paris. (He's researching labs at a few universities there because we're working on a grant to get money to update some of our labs.) He said he didn't have a hard time at check-in. I was expecting pat-downs.

  35. B.Stover
    8:20 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Yesterday Rio complained that I haven't been stuffing knowledge down your throats so here's an article to make up for it. It's about Wittgenstein who, though very difficult, makes a great deal of sense once you let your mind go abstract. I don't know if I buy the connection with autism or the gender difference and empathy, but the article contains this very interesting sentence: "Language is a system that arises to compensate for an empathy deficit." I agree with that but I also agree with Wittgenstein that there are some things we simply cannot understand about one another and never will be able to. It has to do with the solipsistic nature of our physical condition.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/b

  36. Alice Johnson
    8:57 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Kats have lots of empathy. I need staff to look up solipsistic for me. I don't think I have any of that. Do I?

    Alice Johnson

  37. Siber-H
    8:57 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Kirby, Husky and human prayers for Buford from us. Mom says to tell you she knows what you guys are going through. We are pulling for all of you.

    You guys basically answered Barb's question about what happened to my dad. Thanks… Mom is able to come and go now between the rehab and the house so she can spend more time with me. I can also go with her sometimes.

  38. Melanie
    8:58 am on November 22nd, 2010

    B.Stover: that looks very interesting. As soon as I find my brain I will read it.

    Riö: site is mostly done. if you take mckey carpenter, run it together, put the www in front and the dot com at the end, you can see it.

    Please let me know if you see any errors.

  39. Jasper the Poodle
    8:58 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Prayers for Buford. Mom says when I was in the shelter place before I came here to my wonderful forever home, my name was Buford.

    Barb, so glad you are fully on the mend. Plunder on, my friend.

  40. Siber-H
    9:11 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Another great review for TFAT! We are pleased that the reviewers are as smart as all of us.

    We will say it again, we are so happy about Barb's news!

    Molly, my mom got a cold a few weeks back the same way your mom got hers. The friend came into the house, set down, and announced 15 minutes later that he and the whole family were sick. Mom was pissed. Stupid people!

  41. Mollypop
    9:12 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Melanie – I like YSAS' web site. You do good work.

  42. B.Stover
    9:17 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Alice: Solipsistic is based on Latin solus meaning alone and ipse meaning self. It means that we can never get outside of our own minds and bodies.

  43. Siber-H
    9:19 am on November 22nd, 2010

    We have one little bone to pick with today's review of TFAT. We don't think Bernie is ordinary. He knows how to be a dog's best friend, and he is very much aware of issues like the southwest is running out of water.

    Cute Dog Alert! The Animal Channel is doing a program on the World's Cutest Dog tonight at 6 my time.

  44. Riö - The Evil
    9:34 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Hey!… Maybe Lil Ole Lexi or Sammie will be on that show!…snort!…SiberH, remind me to watch it tonight…grunt!

    Stover!….I can’t open your link…snort!…IE acts like there is a virus on it and aborts Big Time….grunt!…Talk about spreading germs…snuff!

  45. Gus and BooBear
    9:34 am on November 22nd, 2010

    We've been out of the loop for a couple of days and haven't had time to read all the posts but YEAH for Barb getting back home where Maggie can take the best care of her.

    Buford is in our prayers. Mom and Dad are going thru kind of the same thing with foster brother Sammie. Some kind of toxic infection caused him to lose the use of all 4 of his legs. The vet is trying some kind of treatment to get him back on his feet. It looked promising at first( we had him up and walking, using his legs with help) but now his back legs have given out on him again, so back to the vet. It's a shame because he is very alert and bright eyed. Prayers for him and for Buford.

    On a happier note, what a fun review!!! It seemed like the reviewer had fun with the books like we all do! How appropriate!!

    We will catch up with all the news you have posted after work!

  46. B.Stover
    10:13 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Rio: I didn't have any trouble clicking on the link just now. It's from the NYTimes Opinion page. Here is the link again.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/b

  47. B.Stover
    10:15 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Melanie: That is an excellent website. Great job! What are "prat falls" under special skills?

  48. Melanie
    10:22 am on November 22nd, 2010

    In the theatrical sense, prat falls means he can fall so that it looks like he is really falling. He has had casting directors freak out when they call for one in a scene, because her REALLY looks like he's fallen. One guy wanted to know about insurance.

    He didn't have to fall in this last play. He did have to fight with a guy who was 60 or 70 pounds heavier than he is. He ends up flipping him and then pinning him down. He said the audience gasped so it must have looked good.

  49. Melanie
    10:23 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Thanks for the kudos, folks!

    Riö, have you been able to see it?

  50. Lexi
    10:23 am on November 22nd, 2010

    I thought we were going back to Ray today…ah, well.

    DDoB:

    :) :( 😛 😐 😀

    3 days until Maggie comes over. Yikes.

    Siber-H. Weird. Mommy already recorded that thing about 2 days ago and we watched it. Huh.

    Tailwags and licks,

    Lexi. 😐

  51. Lexi
    10:42 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Uh-oh. Is there ANOTHER battle of the Princesses going on now? I thought we had this clear: I'm the Queen of Bobs, and Sammie is the Princess of the Blog.

    So who is the king of the blog? The queen? The prince? Who is the king of Bobs?

    Oh no. I think Chet should be the king of the blog, since this is his blog. And Rio could be the Prince. And Alice the Queen. Haha!

  52. Mollypop
    10:50 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Poodle prayers for Buford and G&BB's Sammie.

  53. Riö - The Evil
    10:56 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Melanie!… Yes! I did check out Clarkson’s webpage….snort!….It is very nicely done. I did not read the Special Skills page, but I will…sniff!… I think you should have a page where his fans can leave messages for him…heh! …Or not.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    11:01 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Lexi!… Why don’t you use your soon to be puppy picture as your Avatar?….grunt!

  55. Wölfie
    11:17 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Somebody was giving puppies away in front the grocery store, and even though mom told dad that puppies were off limits, dad couldnt' resist. Dad named him Gus. He is way too cute and everyone is ooohing and aweing and my feelings are a little hurt.

    I am the best and cutest dog in the family, plus I can blur.

    Sigh. Mom says that she loves me the best, me and Teddy, and gave me lots of mom kisses on my nose. Still…..

  56. Riö - The Evil
    11:23 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Lexi!..I meant to say “Soon to be Famous” Puppy picture…heh!…Once its published all the Hollywood producers will be knocking your door down to get you to star in the Chet and Bernie films… hoooo!….Then fur will fly!…snort!

  57. Melanie
    11:24 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Wölfie: Puppies ARE cute, and then they grow up. I'm glad you are cute and grown up and can blur, this means you are way above Gus the pup.

    People keep asking up, "Why do the Newfs have to grow up? They are so cute as puppies." MY feelings are there is nothing like an over 100 pounds, drooling pack of hair with senses of humor. But that's just me.

    An obviously Bernie.

    Lexi: What about Riö as Jester?

    Riö: Thanks for the encouragement. Though about the page to leave comments? I think you taking over one blog is enough!

  58. Melanie
    11:26 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Whoops, just ignore the typos in the above. I just woke up from a nap.

  59. Riö - The Evil
    11:28 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Wolfie!… The Puppy will always win… grunt!…Just remember that…snort!

  60. B.Stover
    11:49 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Wolfie: It's no contest. You can blur!

  61. Lexi
    11:50 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Just went over yesterday's comments; totally forgot about them. What's this about spelling and grammar? GRUFF. Yeah, I gotta work on that. But I'm only a 1 and 10 months old, there's gotta be SOME exception!

    And thanks to all who said that I am the cutest thing Lord of All Creations had made! But, the truth is, we all are! Especially Chet with that one white ear thing he has going on. 😀

    Whoa, Melanie? Might want to take some time to wake up more. Haha. I never said Rio was a Jester, or whatever.

    Rio! If I knew how to make an Avatar, then I would use my soon-to-be-famous picture as my Avatar. Loved that movie, by the way. Where was I? Avatars, yes.

    Blue people.

  62. Riö - The Evil
    11:54 am on November 22nd, 2010

    Lexi!…I’ve told you several times now how to create your Avatar…good grief!…snort!

  63. B.Stover
    12:10 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Lexi: What did you like about the movie Avatar?

  64. Mollypop
    12:12 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Rio – Don't you dare get Sam all Poodled up about Lexi getting any movie roles. Mom and I will be with her tomorrow and my ankles will be all nipped up.

    Lexi can go be in Lassie movies.

  65. Riö - The Evil
    12:36 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Molly!… I don’t think they make Lassie movies any longer…heh!

  66. Siber-H
    12:53 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Sam is suppose to be our movie Princess and Lexi is Princess of the blog, but if Lexi has become Queen of the Bobs…girls, sigh. At the dog park I just walk away when the girls get into it, and it is always the girls that are getting into it.

  67. Riö - The Evil
    1:01 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    SiberH!…Is there a Pug at the dog park instigating the fights…heh!snort!heh!

  68. Siber-H
    1:08 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    No, Rio, I have only seen one pug there once, and he was a really nice guy. It is the GIRLS that quarrel. I'm not being prejudiced or anything, some of my best friends are girls.

  69. Riö - The Evil
    1:12 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    SiberH!…Maybe that's why they are called the "B" word…snort!…It all makes sense now…sniff!

  70. B.Stover
    1:14 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    The girls are only quarreling because Rio is setting them up.

  71. B.Stover
    1:15 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    There is a B word for boys as well Rio.

  72. Riö - The Evil
    1:16 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Stover!…I know. B = Boys…heh!…and Boys just want to have fun!…grunt!

  73. Barb & Maggie
    1:25 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    We saw McKey's web site. Very nice! Did you set it up Melanie?

    We hate to agree, but it is true that the girls seem to cause more trouble. Sorry about that since we are both girls! It just seems like the boys are usually more laid back. Unless there was a girl dog around that was interested in um, you know. The that changes things!

  74. Mollypop
    1:27 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Sam's girl just texted Mom asking where we were. Mom said we weren't going to be there until tomorrow. They had ordered a lot of pizza.

    Sigh – kibble again.

  75. B.Stover
    2:00 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Mollypop: Cold pizza is good.

  76. Mollypop
    2:02 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Oh B. – You're always looking at the positive side. I want pizza and I want it now!

  77. Mollypop
    2:04 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    And Sam is having pizza now and will have cold pizza tomorrow too. No fair!

  78. Barb & Maggie
    2:05 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    My neighbor Ellen just deliverd "Meals On Wheels". She made roast pork loin and baked butternut squash. Looks delish!

  79. Siber-H
    2:14 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Rio, You said to remind you that the World's Cutest Dog program is on at 6 on the Animal Channel. I don't know if you and I can stand an entire hour of CUTE, but maybe your friend and my mom would enjoy it.

  80. Melanie
    2:19 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Barb & MagPie: I have to agree that girls are much more about pecking order than guys. EXCEPT, as you wrote, when there are girls with very interesting smells. Sort of like middle school students, I think.

    MollyPop: Pizza is good, but I think Barb & MagPie's dinner sounds better.

    I set up the website using iWeb on the Mac. Easy for those people that are linear thinkers. Being a lateral thinker it always takes me longer.

  81. Siber-H
    2:54 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    I goofed! Rio, the program starts at 7 instead of 6 our time.

  82. Riö - The Evil
    3:01 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    SiberH!… Cutest Dogs aren’t on until 7:00 our time…heh!…I hope we haven’t seen it before cuz I am looking forward to seeing Lil Lexi or Sammie on this show…chorkel! …If it's stupid we will go back to something else more interesting…grunt!

    Molly!….You are missing out on Pizza?…snort!…How could this have happened? OMG!…grunt!… I have not had a bite of Pizza in so long, I can’t even remember when it was…grump!

  83. Alice Johnson
    3:09 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Well two more people have arrived at the house ready to pet me. A Catty Librarian and her Sailor Man are here. They actually came in around 2:30 our time but everyone has been busy laughing so I didn't get a chance to post.

  84. Riö - The Evil
    3:17 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Alice!….Great! Now the Witches Brew will really be done up right on Thanksgiving!…snort!…I am glad the Librarian made it safely and you are all together for Thanksgiving!…wooooo!

  85. Mollypop
    3:33 pm on November 22nd, 2010
  86. Melanie
    3:37 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    I'm with the turkey. If he's that smart, he doesn't get cooked!

    I was hoping to be up and get #100, but I'm too tired.

    So glad The Catty Librarian and Sailor have arrived safely.

    TTFN

  87. LizF
    3:47 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Melanie the website looks great. I don't want to be dim but what does 'the New York Scout with the Carolyn Jenks agency' mean? Great pictures too.

    Sorry to hear about everyone's bad health, especially Sammie having a relapse. But good to see Barb back and doing so well.

    You're probably all busy watching the cutest dogs show!

  88. Riö - The Evil
    3:50 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Liz!…Four more minutes and then we will be watching the Cutest Dog show…heh!…She’s cutting paper for the next project – I think she’s lost her mind…grunt!

  89. LizF
    3:54 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Does that mean the poinsettias are all done and you have nothing to chew up?

  90. Riö - The Evil
    4:18 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Liz!…The Poinsettias are done and locked away in a drawer…heh!…I didn’t have a chance with that one…grump!….Now she is weaving paper and gearing up to make a Bonsai Plant in a big fat pot…huh? …I have no idea what Bonsai is….sniff!…We are going to change the channel, this show is way to weird….grunt!

  91. B.Stover
    4:25 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Lie to Me is on.

  92. Siber-H
    4:26 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    We are going to read. The dogs are great, but the talking human heads are making me sick.

  93. Riö - The Evil
    4:44 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Yup!…That’s what ruined it for us too… snort! … The Talking Heads. Dumb and dumber…grump!…Oh good, maybe we will actually get to watch Lie To Me tonight!…woooo!…I’m hungry. I keep thinking about Thanksgiving and Turkey and Gravy and Stuffing and PIE! PIE! PIE!….yeep!yeep!yeep!

  94. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Dawson!… I wonder what kind of good stuff she cooked up today…snort!…Those sisters sure are keeping to themselves today…grump!

  95. LizF
    4:47 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    The bonsai plant sounds like lots of work! Those projects are getting more complicated by the day.

  96. Mollypop
    5:00 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    I'm still thinking about pizza.

  97. B.Stover
    5:01 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Lie to Me was good. Night all.

  98. Barb & Maggie
    5:04 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Hi Liz, Rio and Siber.

    Glad all the sisters are together and enjoying themselves.

    It was in the upper 60's here today, and tomorrow supposed to be in the 20's and 20's. Wow! Glad we are mostly inside.

    Barb is leaving at 9:00 for her Oncology consult tomorrow morning. She is taking her friend out to lunch afterwards for taking her there. Going to a new Tex Mex place in Monroe. Started by former chefs of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, so they must be good. Hope she brings me a doggy bag!

    May be going to bed soon. See you tomorrow.

  99. Riö - The Evil
    5:04 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Bonsai!…She says it will be a challenge. Probably for both of us…grunt!…Molly I am still thinking of Pizza too!…dammit!….Goodnight Stover! …snort!…we are watching your show now…heh!

  100. LizF
    5:34 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    No scarves, but an occasional beret…

    Not yet sold. I'll let you know how long it takes when i actually finish one! A large one that's underway now, since three weeks ago, is a bit over half done. They slow down as they go along.

  101. Riö - The Evil
    5:41 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Berets!… I was going to say something about berets, but I thought that would be a little over the top!…snort!…Those guys in Paris are something…heh!…berets! snort!… So Liz, why don’t you take photo’s of your work in progress and post it out here for us guys to behold and remark on…grunt!… I can assure you all the remarking quips will be on the favorable side. Well, most of them anyway…heh!

  102. LizF
    5:55 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Okay, as soon as i get a new camera (mine was stolen in Paris!)

    I'd better get back to work. ttfn!

  103. Alice Johnson
    5:57 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Hi Liz and Rio,

    Yes the three sisters spent the last half hour planning the non-turkey day food. We think leftovers for Friday. So far we are thinking cheesecake with pears over a gingersnap crust instead of pie. Dawson has already made the gingersnaps.

    Have to go to bed because the house is getting a little crowded and I am typing in Dawson's bedroom and she just tucked herself in. She is reading her copy of Dan's book which she just received. I had both that copy and her signed TFAT to deliver to her when I came down.

    Nighty night all, except LizE, G'day to LizE.

    LizE, you better watch out. You were number 100 tonight cause Melanie was tired and went to bed.

  104. LizF
    6:05 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Dawson makes her own gingersnaps, wow!! She's terrific at that baking thing.

    Can i borrow your poison fur coat??

  105. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Wow!…. I feel really energized now and thirsty…heh!… But I am hearing someone else moving around getting ready for bed…drat!…I could sit here and talk with Liz all night long…damn!…Well, we are not totally gone yet, but it is getting close…Sure would like to hear from Dawson at some point…grunt! …Home made Ginger snaps my ass!…bunk!

  106. LizF
    6:56 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Bloody hell, remind me to log off early tomorrow!!

  107. LizF
    10:09 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Good luck tomorrow Barb. Good idea to treat yourselves afterwards!

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Bed!…Everyone is popping off to bed early tonight…yawn!…What’s up with that?…grunt!…Liz are you at your Other Job at the office?…sniff!…What are you working on Art-Wise right now??….snuffle!

  109. LizF
    10:24 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    I am.
    Artwise I’m working on some paintings based on my trip to Paris in september. Three weeks of pastries and museums and chocolate and lovely parisian dogs!

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    Parisian!… Hey! Do those guys wear scarves instead of collars?…heh!… Are these paintings that have not been created yet already sold?…grunt!…How long does it take you to finish one?….sniff!sniff!

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on November 22nd, 2010

    LIZ!….Here I come! Here I come! ….Snort! Snort!….Big Slobbery kisses all over your face and ears and then while I am at your ears, Nip! Nip! your earlobes…wheeze!…Now I am Nipping your nose!…SLURP right up your nose just because!….heh!…A few more slobbery licks right in the mouth for good luck!…snort!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 am on November 23rd, 2010

    Crap!…Broncos LOST again and on Monday Night Football for petes sake….snuff… Her Dad would have been beside himself this season…sniff!… Good thing he is not around to see this mess…snuffle….I do not EVER remember the Broncos being 3 –7….grunt!…Are you kidding me? …craaaap! …Well, like all you others, we are finally off to bed…grump!..Goodnight and sleep if you can…snapple!

  113. Gus & BooBear
    1:51 am on November 23rd, 2010

    Mom fell asleep watching Hawaii 5-0, and finally woke up and caught up on the last few days of blog news. Sounds like all those under the weather are feeling better finally. And it sounds like winter up north. We are really jealous…it was middle 80’s today and humid. Fall and winter should have cooler weather.

    SiberH–interesting to hear about huskies and holes. Mom has a friend at work who had a couple of huskies (one has since gone over the rainbow bridge) and he used to complain about them digging holes in his back yard all the time. Mom will have to tell him that it is a species thingy.

    Rio, your frineds quilling project was beautiful. Wish we could have a picture of the finished poinsettas.

    Melanie, LOVED your description of NYC the other day. You have inherited the literary style from Dan, we think. Mom has often wondered how she could find a city skyline and a freeway intricate interchange beautiful as well as nature’s natural beauty.

    A Catty Librarian–what in the world does a sailor man do in Montana?

    Mom does have a minor Thanksgiving horror story to tell on Wednesday but it will probably just be an appetizer to the stories we get from the other bloggers. Can’t wait.

    Prayers again for Buford, KirbyT. Be sure to give him time to recover. Sometimes the seniors take a little longer to get back on their feet than the young ones.

    Good night all.
    G&BB

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