Tonight in San Diego

At 7 PM: Spencer Quinn at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, talking about A Fistful of Collars, signing copies and paw-printing them too, if the ink supply holds up.

Welcome Nick the therapy dog.


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74 Responses to “Tonight in San Diego”

  1. Masquers
    11:12 am on September 17th, 2012

    Spence in San Diego tonight! I’ll bet Mlaiuppa and Ramses will be there.

  2. B.Stover
    11:39 am on September 17th, 2012

    I haven’t been in San Diego in a very long time. Have a good reading.

    Good morning all.

  3. Siber-H
    11:45 am on September 17th, 2012

    Good Luck, Spence!

    Good Morning All

    What a cute photo Tenzing posted last night!

  4. Melanie
    11:50 am on September 17th, 2012

    Almost Good Afternoon from here.

    Nick the Therapy Dog looks like Boone who commented last week.

    Spence continues his Nationwide Twister tour.

    I am going in for tests today. yippee (that’s sarcastic font)

    Dan is doing okay.

  5. OleyHowlers
    12:35 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Whoa! The end of Chapter 17 was totally unexpected.

  6. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:17 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Howlers!…Very surprising that!…sniff!

  7. Trigger
    1:46 pm on September 17th, 2012

    This is the best book yet!
    News from a fan on Facebook: Spence will be at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop tomorrow 3-ish. Hopefully one of us will be there to meet and greet. Maila is confident she will be the Chosen One.

  8. Siber-H
    3:03 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Trigger, You should be the one to go. You are a legend in the art and science of counter surfing.

  9. SnowBella
    3:15 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Do you think Spence could be taught the fine art of counter surfing?

  10. Siber-H
    3:23 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Rebecca, If anyone could teach Spence, Trigger could.

  11. Terry Ballard
    3:31 pm on September 17th, 2012

    This is going to be tough. Have to tell you that our neighbor dog Brad passed away Saturday night. We got a garbled message at about 10 from Brad’s mom, and by the time we heard the audio message the worst was confirmed. I went with Donna and our son Bob to talk to her. She’d been saying for weeks that Brad was spending a lot of time with the vet – enlarged heart, loss of appetite and, lately coughing. I walked with Yuji and Brad a week ago and there was nothing in his looks or behavior to tip you off that he was in trouble. Brad was a one dog community resource – a read-to-me dog for first graders and visitor to retirement homes, and lots of smiles with people in between. He was Yuji’s best pal and Yuji is already looking perplexed walking by Brad’s house. During the hour that we were there helping with the grieving process, something odd happened. From behind Donna’s head we heard the distinct sound of a dog coughing. “What was that?” exclaimed Brad’s mom. Donna was glad that there were four people in the room to witness this. For my money it was a signal. “I’m okay…I’m out of pain…I will love you forever.” Rest is peace Brad.

  12. Siber-H
    3:40 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Terry, That is tough. We are sorry.
    That is a beautiful, peaceful photo.

  13. SnowBella
    3:44 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Brad will visit his mom as long as she needs him whether she is aware of it or not. My guess is he will also visit her as he needs. Comfort and peace.

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    3:54 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Terry – sorry to hear that Brad has crossed the bridge. What a series of events with him being picked as FOM, you knowing him, and then his passing. Glad for his mom that he had his moment in the sun here.

  15. BearSpiritDog
    3:59 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Terry: Our heartfelt prayers go out to Brad’s mom, to all of you who will miss him and to Yuji who will miss his pal.
    There is no doubt in our mind that Brad is very near…with everyone there and here on the blog in his place of honor.

  16. dawson
    4:39 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Be in peace Brad and thanks for all you’ve done. I’m glad you were friend of the month and that Terry helped us know you better.

  17. OleyHowlers
    4:42 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Terry, we echo what everyone has said. Please convey our most heartfelt condolences to Brad’s mom. He is such a beautiful Member of the Nation. Sniff.

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:45 pm on September 17th, 2012

    I don’t believe in coincidences….I never met Brad but I feel as if I know him. I am glad that he was Honored as a friend this month. Very sad, though.

    My boy Chad is safely on the train and will be arriving in Portland in two hours. He is determined to make a fresh start. We are all feeling hopeful.

  19. B.Stover
    5:08 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Here is to beautiful Brad.

  20. SnowBella
    5:30 pm on September 17th, 2012

    To Brad!

  21. SnowBella
    5:35 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Wolfie: I am hoping for only the best for your family.

  22. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:59 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Terry — That is such sad news about Brad, but thank you for letting us know. I really can’t add anything to what everyone else has said; they’ve said it so well. Brad’s mom is lucky to have a friend like you. And be sure to give Yugi an extra hug from all of us.


  23. Wose
    6:02 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Peace be with you, Brad, and for your family. You are a handsome friend of the month. My deepest sympathies to his family.

    Terry, thanks for helping us get to know Brad better.

  24. Wose
    6:05 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Wolfie, keeping good thoughts and sending powerful prayers to you, Chad, and your family! God bless!

  25. Wose
    6:08 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Hi Bear and Masquers!

    Your book arrived today. I am in the middle of reading a very good book called, FOLLOWING ATTICUS. I will take very good care of it. I hope you don’t mind if I have it for a little bit.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    6:26 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Wose: Please read the book at your leisure. There is no hurry to return it.

    Wolfie: May Chad truly find a fresh start in Portland. Your boys are always in our prayers.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    6:30 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Just letting you all know that we heard from Melanie. She is home from her scope thingie and got reassuring news. However, she is exhausted, and has a sore throat. She may check in on this here blog later on – but then again, she may just eat dinner ( no food for the past 24 hours) and fall asleep.

  28. c.hobbit
    6:56 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Good dog, Brad for comforting your family at the time of your passing. So glad you were FOM

  29. SnowBella
    7:00 pm on September 17th, 2012

    The Smoochers are seeing to it that te quilt is tucked around Melanie and her’s, Wolfie’s family, and those grieving Brad’s loss including Yugi.

  30. c.hobbit
    7:30 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Quote from a book by Sara Paretsky: “Perfect love casts out fear, we are told. None of us is capable of perfect love, but as we help each other along this difficult journey which is life, the love we bear for one another does ease our burdens. And even in death, that love binds us together; truly, in death, we are not divided.”

    Thanks to all of you who are accompanying me and others on our various journeys. Perhaps, as humans, we are indeed not capable of perfect love but I would argue that dogs certainly are. They give so much and keep trying to understand us humans and put up with our foibles and shortcomings.

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:31 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Bucket!…I hope Brad finished his Bucket-List by being the FOC on Chets blog right before he had to leave…sniffle!…He gave his family one last gift in the form of an Autographed and Paw Printed book and of course that one last cough goodbye…wuffle!

  32. SnowBella
    7:36 pm on September 17th, 2012

    CHH: Both sentiments, you’re as well as the authors are beautiful. I consider myself lucky to be counted among the Plunderers —for the laughter, friendship, support, and the heartaches made bearable. Truly, we are blessed. Thank you for the reminder.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:37 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Plundering!… My friend says the boat-load of prayers must be helping because she did not dread going to the busy-screwed-up-damned-place this morning….snort!….She just plundered through till quitting time and then left leaving it all behind her…heh!heh!…She doesn’t even feel upset tonight. That’s good cuz Beau and I are really looking forward to our first Peyton Manning football game tonight!….Wooooo!…Baseball has prevented us from seeing him play as a Bronco so far…heh!heh!

  34. SnowBella
    7:37 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Gah! Autocorrect! It should be your’s not you’re.

  35. mlaiuppa
    7:39 pm on September 17th, 2012


    I’ve already got my books packed and in the car. I’m at my parents’ house for dinner. They’re on a few blocks from Mysterious Galaxy.

    I can’t wait.

    Bernie would love it. San Diego is enjoying some Arizona weather right now. Should have been here Friday and Saturday. It was in the triple digits.

    Hey, Spence. I’ll be the lady in the big black hat. (Ramses will stay at the ‘rents playing with his girlfriend. He isn’t too good with booksignings.)

  36. Wose
    7:50 pm on September 17th, 2012

    CHH, the quote and your words are beautiful. I want to thank the Plunderers for allowing me into the pack, cheering me up when I down and very depressed, for making me laugh, for sharing their hopes, dreams, and lives with me. I am honored.

    Thank you all.

  37. Wose
    7:52 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Rio! Please check your SDD when able.

  38. Barb & Maggie
    8:05 pm on September 17th, 2012

    We are so sorry to hear about Brad. What a lovely boy he was! Glad we got to know him as FOM. Peace be with you, Brad, and your family.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    8:36 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: Was Kelly able to do the Badge ID reduction?

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Rose!…wheeze!…We just got back from our walk…cough!…I don’t know if I have time to check the SDD before Peyton takes the field…snort!snort!…I hope he doesn’t get hurt tonight…wheeze!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:44 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Game!…ON!…SiberH, are you watching this or are you strictly a baseball fan?…snort!

  42. Macy the Min-pin
    8:47 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Please add our condolences to Brad’s family.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Talk!….Spencers talk will be in about an hour from now….snort!…I sure wouldn’t want to be sitting behind M.Lappaw or however you say it…gruffle!…What with that big black hat on and all…sniff!

  44. Masquers
    9:18 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Riö: Heh, heh…I know…Isn’t that always the way?

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Unbelievable!….sniff!….Peyton Manning has thrown 3 interceptions in the first freakin’ quarter – so far…grump!…I seriously hope this improves tonight or this will be a record breaking Bad News Bears sort of game…wuffle!sneeze!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on September 17th, 2012

    HUGE!…FIGHT!FIGHT!FIGHT!….Woooooooo!!!…I’ve never seen anything like it youse guys…snort!…A fumble happened and then all hell broke loose…gasp!

  47. Siber-H
    9:36 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Rio, I try to like football. I try very hard. Denver, of course, is the team I cheer for.

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Referees!….Whats the story with the Refs?…sniff!…I’m a baseball guy, I’m not up on all the football gossip these days. But something is up with the Refs who are not that experienced….grunt!…Is there a Ref Strike or sumthing?…yoooo!hooooo!….Anybody else out here tonight?

  49. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Bear, No, the badges are super-sized. There was no link that we could find to resize, and I also tried sending to my pictures. That didn’t give me a resize option either. May just have to go with it. They take up about 1/3 to 1/2 of a sheet of paper. He won’t be able to miss us for sure!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Barb!…Please just send the photos via email to Melanie or Mollys Mom (or even me)…sniff!…We can down-size the super-size and you will not have to be embarrassed when meeting Spencer…heh!heh!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    9:59 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Time to call it a day!
    Good Night to All – Bear

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Gah!…We here had to surf back to the Rockies game because there was something definitely wrong with the football game…grunt!…It was messing with our flat heads. Beau is very disappointed because he really wanted to see Peyton Manning do well tonight on national tv for our team…grumble!spit!

  53. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:22 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Sneeze!…I am very disappointed…kaaa-chew!sneezle!

  54. Gus & BooBear
    10:41 pm on September 17th, 2012

    So sorry to hear about Brad. He was evidently a very special dog. It is always so hard to let go of our babies when we have to. He is still with the family in spirit, and as someone said earlier, he will be there as long as needed and as long as he needs to be there.

    We just realized that Spence was pawtographing the books at the Houston signing. Didn’t even notice until now. Hope he remembers Chet’s stamp as the other stops. We know Chet was there in heart.

    Beau, you need to give Peyton some time to restart. He was out hurt for an entire season and he will probably get his groove straightened out soon (hopefully, NOT against the Texans!) Rio, the regular refs are locked out by the owners, we think. Desparately need them back.

  55. Masquers
    10:42 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Beau! You are up later than usual. Sorry the game turned out to be a dud.

  56. Gus & BooBear
    10:42 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Meant to type, NOT pawtographing the books in Houston.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    10:42 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Rio, OK, We will do it in the morning. Thanks, and good night.

  58. Gus & BooBear
    10:45 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Good night,all. Monday is gone, always a good feeling.

  59. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:46 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Locked!…Out! How come? …snort!…These newby refs are still screwing up the game – we just switched back after the half-time break…grumble! …Baseball is so much more organized…heh!heh!..And clean. And nice. And just everything. …wuffle!

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Gah!…Beau always leaves his logon long after he is gone. He is supposed to clean-up after his self, but he never does…grunt!…He is the football fan – go figure…huffle!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Gah!…Again! That heckler is back – he must have season tickets, damn him!…grump!…WE are watching baseball now. You can hear him (the heckler) so clearly over the tv. He must be really annoying to the fans who sit around him…grump!…I wish they would all gang up and shove a hot-dawg down his loud-mouthed throat…grumble!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on September 17th, 2012

    ALONE!….Well, no one is talking to us so good-freakin’-night…and beyond…grump!

  63. Masquers
    11:51 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Good night Rio!
    And, All.

  64. Masquers
    11:54 pm on September 17th, 2012

    A good night prayer for Brad and family.
    Brad you are a very special dog. sniff.

  65. SnowBella
    11:54 pm on September 17th, 2012

    Gah! I just got home and Rio is already in his soft, warm bed with all his baseball toys. Night, all.

  66. Wose
    5:49 am on September 18th, 2012

    BooBear, you are up top at 5:49. AM!

  67. Terry Ballard
    9:01 am on September 18th, 2012

    Great thanks for all of the wonderful comments about Brad. The photo was from my vast archive from the west of Ireland. Brad’s mom wrote me last night that she had seen the blog and was very touched by all of the love that flowed through this. Blessings to all of you.

  68. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:07 am on September 18th, 2012

    Has anyone seen the video about Ah Ah, a stuffed blue monkey being returned to his boy? AAnd did anyone notice that Rio was there, supervising? I didn’t realize that Rio was so sentimental!

  69. dawson
    11:17 am on September 18th, 2012

    Wolfie: That is a sweet video, sniff.

  70. Tupper and Gilly
    11:32 am on September 18th, 2012

    Battening down the hatches here. There is supposed to be a major rain/wind/thunderstorm here starting this afternoon. We may go watch the ocean from the safety of the car. The waves ought to be impressive.

  71. Staff
    11:33 am on September 18th, 2012

    So sorry to hear about Brad. I know he will be missed. Sending hugs to his Mom and Yuji, his friend.

    Good luck Chad. Hopefully a new town will be a new good start for you.

    The blue monkey video made me tear up. Sniff

    I wonder if Spence is having internet connection problems this morning?

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    11:52 am on September 18th, 2012

    We think Spence is still on west coast time, or is racing to the airport to get to his personal Lear jet to fly home.

  73. B.Stover
    12:05 pm on September 18th, 2012

    I’ll be glad when the blog is back on Eastern time rather than Pacific time.

  74. mlaiuppa
    7:16 pm on September 18th, 2012

    My condolences to Brad’s family. I know very well what it is like to lose such a friend. My Caesar was quite the community dog, although not quite as active as Brad. But all the dogless children in the neighborhood could count in him as a surrogate and the International Festival was his favorite. Could always count on stumbling across a dropped hot dog or nacho.

    Spence did indeed remember to bring the paw stamp. All my books are autographed and pawtographed. I have a smaller version I use for Christmas cards. Caesar, Goliath and now Ramses use it as a signature. I even used to use it at school for papers, telling the kids it was the Caesar paw of approval. He’s still my desktop image.

    BTW Peter told us that he’s signed a long term contract and is already working on book SIX! Yay!

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