“Back from the Tucson Festival of Books?” says Admin.

“A great time,” Spence says. “A wonderful festival – and there are lots of Chet and Bernie readers out there. Also the sun shines and it’s warm! Met so many very nice people.”

“Plus you were in New Mexico as well?”


“Have a chance to sample any of that Tractor beer in Albuquerque?”

“All too briefly. Many thanks to the Festival people, all the volunteers, the panel moderators – Tim Hallinan, Cara Black, and Mike Hayes – and those two fine AZ bookstores, Poisoned Pen and Clues Unlimited.”

Welcome new Tucson friends Sadie the Aussie sheep and Little Mo the orange tabby.





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65 Responses to “Tucson”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    7:57 am on March 18th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! AJ gets to fly home first class, just as he deserves 🙂 And OFA is home, yippee! Alaska and Arizona..2 beautiful places each with their own unique beauty.
    Have a home from Tucson and the trail Tuesday.

  2. dawson
    7:59 am on March 18th, 2014

    Wherever that picture above is located – that’s a place I want to visit.

    Tractor beer?

    Welcome Sadie and Little Mo.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:13 am on March 18th, 2014

    Dawson, the saguaro cactus is beautiful and has a very limited range. Mom is off (as y’all know), oh, to run errands and try to reclaim the house that was a shambles 🙁

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:24 am on March 18th, 2014

    Good morning all. Glad OFA is back home. Evidently no one threw anything, which makes it a good trip.

    First class for Rebecca and A.J. They deserve it.

    More melting will happen today, which means the m word coming up. Oh how Barb hates mud tracked into the house.

    And it gets better. Lucy is coming tomorrow or Thursday. We are excited about it!

    And even better…we are hosting Sammy, the 10 month old Newf pup for 8 days. Kelly and family are going to Florida for spring break and were worrit about Sam, as he has been going thru the electric fence. The other two will stay at home with the dog sitter, but they were concerned about Sammy’s safety. It will be an exhausting week with triple dogs, but we would feel terrible if we said no and then something bad happened. Sammy will arrive Saturday.

    Now Barb must get ready for the big job interview.

  5. Princess Sam
    8:32 am on March 18th, 2014

    I quickly went to the friends of Chet to see the picture of an Aussie sheep. It’s an Aussie shepherd. Tee hee.

  6. Wose-the small and meek
    8:42 am on March 18th, 2014


    First Class for our Pixie and her Giant! Will there be champagne and chocolate covered strawberries I hope?
    Do the dogs fly First Class too? I wonder.

    Sammie, I have missed you on this here blog. It is nice to hear from you.

    Yay!, to Spence for the kick-off of his book tour.

    I wonder if Rio, and the Thieves are sleeping off their green beer.

    Belle Starr, I miss you and Mama Luna. I hope you got lots of tummies during Plunderfest!

    Rio, Jr is one heck of a dog! He gives good hugs too.

  7. Basil and Sage
    8:43 am on March 18th, 2014

    Giggling here Sammie. Spencer got Otter Corked!

    Good morning all.

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    8:43 am on March 18th, 2014

    Thinking of Macy’s mom and pop, Truman, and keeping Zoe in my heart.

  9. Wose-the small and meek
    8:44 am on March 18th, 2014

    HerbKats : Youse are up early. Not enough green beer?

  10. Wose-the small and meek
    8:48 am on March 18th, 2014

    Missing Siber-H too.

  11. Wolfie
    8:54 am on March 18th, 2014

    Job interview, Barb? Did I miss something?

    Good morning, everyone.

  12. Masquers
    8:56 am on March 18th, 2014

    Heh. Like OFA yesterday, We here are en avion today. ^..^

  13. dawson
    9:02 am on March 18th, 2014

    Masquers: I hope Rio will be tracking your flight.

    A pox on these tax forms!

  14. B. Stover
    9:11 am on March 18th, 2014

    Welcome back Spence and good morning all.

  15. Basil and Sage
    9:21 am on March 18th, 2014

    Wose – we are most often up with the sun, but it would not do our Katly reputations any good to admit that.

    Good trip Masquers! Hoping wifi is available in the mountainous state.

  16. Wose-the small and meek
    9:25 am on March 18th, 2014

    Masquers, my friend: Safe travels!

  17. O'Howlers
    9:27 am on March 18th, 2014

    Good trip Nana. Someone or someones on this here blog are always traveling of late.
    Barb, ditto to what Wolfie said: job interview?

  18. Barb & Maggie
    9:41 am on March 18th, 2014

    Not a major job – just 2 days a week x 7 hours. Agent that Barb worked with years ago want her to come in and talk. It would be a position for support person with the same company where she worked for 20 years. And best of all he is Not a crazy person. Keep paws crossed for her. She is heading out now, will be back at noon.

  19. Diane C.
    10:24 am on March 18th, 2014

    The Happiest of Tuesdays to everyone.

    Warm thoughts and prayers for the Macy family, paws crossed for Barb, shared confusion with B. Stover about Tractor beer (tractor image doesn’t conjure “refreshment” immediately)

    Have to go, Conan is barking at me, and I don’t know why, but he’s loud and it’s early.

    Is Belle Starr travelling? If so, does she wear sparkles?

  20. Loulou
    10:40 am on March 18th, 2014

    Oh no! Houston we have a problem!

    I just did an inventory of my toys and stuff and my carry bag with the pink handles is missing. I last saw Rio in it and he was heading out the door. Rio stole my carry bag!!!!

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    10:47 am on March 18th, 2014

    LouLou – when the Wrotten Kats blurred Rio home, they were not proficient enough to include the bag. So, it is here, safe and sound, and being aired out from Pugish emanations.

    Shall we send it home to you, little one? We can’t have you missing out on being carried about like the (junior) Princess you are.

  22. Loulou
    10:53 am on March 18th, 2014

    Whew! It’s a good thing Rio is so heavy that the Wrotten Kats couldn’t carry him and the bag too. I’ll ask Mommy to SDD you.

  23. O'Howlers
    11:16 am on March 18th, 2014

    Loulou, sounds like another trip for your mom. Make sure she takes you you you this time.

  24. Siber-H
    12:13 pm on March 18th, 2014

    I’m here now…thank you Wose.

    If Spence was here in the morning, the weather was okay. If he was here the afternoon, the weather sucked…wind.
    (whispering) I have never heard of Tractor beer, but I will ask around. Maybe the dogs at the dog park know something about it.

    Macy, Hugs…You and your family are in our prayers.

    Barb, Paws crossed.

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:20 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Tracking!…All my tracking equipment is set-up to track Maskers and his entourage this afternoon….snort!…I cannot get my photo copying thingy to work though, so we may or may not have photos of his plane flying to dawg knows where…grunt!

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:32 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Beer!…Did I just hear someone say there is Tracker Beer for those who are Tracking Maskers?…sniff!

  27. Siber-H
    12:50 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Rio, no, tractor beer not tracker beer.
    Though, we sure could have used some tracker beer with that blasted gps tracker.

  28. c.hobbit
    1:01 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Good morning everyone. I sent out a few more Melanie buttons and will shop for more supplies. I can make 10 more if I can find more photo buttons. Would you let me know if you still would like one? Check Rio’s adventures at the Musher’s Banquet if you’d like to see a photo of one. Thanks.

    I returned to exercise class yesterday. It is amazing how fast you lose any fitness with a 3-week break. I am a bit limited still because of vertigo…BBL

  29. Herd of Hounds
    1:07 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Rio, tracker beer, heh, heh, heh. But you have earned one in the past 3 weeks, lots of Plunder travels.
    Lou Lou, Rio never mentioned to mom that that lovely pink-handled bag wasn’t his. She just thought he was getting in touch with his feminine side.
    Macy, dainty licks to your peeps to give them strength.

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    1:24 pm on March 18th, 2014

    CHobbit – guess what very important package got here Monday.

    So we have some buttons to send out to folks from here too.

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:47 pm on March 18th, 2014

    CHobbit!…I got my button!…WoooHoooo!…That was a very creative thing to do for everyone…snorkel!…You are the best Hobbit ever!…chuffle!

  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:07 pm on March 18th, 2014

    MISSING!….Beau and I are watching the news about the Missing Aeroplane….gasp!…This is a huge scary mystery…wheeze!…I have a very dreadful feeling about this whole thing…gurgle!…It has been missing for way too long now for pete’s sake…grunt!…I hate to think where it will turn up….shudder!

  33. BooBear
    2:22 pm on March 18th, 2014

    C.Hobbit, Mom got her button yesterday!! Thank you so much!

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:24 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Tracking!….Maskers, Nana and Bear are scheduled for take-off in 15 minutes…snort!…I sure hope they don’t go a’missing…wheeze!

  35. Wolfie
    2:41 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Yay, I got my button also!!!

    Thank you, Ms Hobbit!

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:43 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Taxiing!…Maskers is taxiing around on a runway…sniff!…Soon he will be flying as high as a Kool Jazz Kat can fly, legally….snort!

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:47 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Flight!….They are in flight now!….WoooHooo!…Flying due East to Montana….snort!….Maskers is on his way to a Dude Ranch!…Yippppeeee!

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:06 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Masquers, watch out for the horses (apologies to the Howler’s equines)!

  39. Barb & Maggie
    3:09 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Barb’s interview went very well. She starts work next week, just 3-4 hours both days for training. Since we will have extra dogs here, she doesn’t want to be gone a whole day.

    Sammy cam up to visit me. It was OK, except he is 10 months old and not yet fixed. He was way too interested in my girly parts so I had to bare my teeth a couple of times. Being a typical Newfie, he was clueless as to my message to back off. Barb was afraid I might bite him, but that didn’t happen (yet).

    Happy flying Masquers.

  40. Herd of Hounds
    3:14 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Maggie, be glad he wasn’t a French-airhead (aka labradoodle). They NEVER get the message. (-Darah)

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:47 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Travelors!…Maskers and Company have just left Idaho and are now in the vast state of Montana…snort!…Swiftly on their way to the Billings Airport, which is still almost 2 hours away…wheeze!…Are these western states big or what?…gruffle!

  42. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:59 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Landed!…snort!…I fell asleep, but it looks like Maskers and the Gang have landed safely in Montana…heh!heh!…YeepPeeeYiii-OOO-KiiiiAaYY!…chuffle!

  43. ML
    5:01 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Hi y’all,

    If you go to the Texas Health Resources web page there is a link to email messages. Any of these received are printed out an delivered to the patient. He got one this morning from Belle!

    If you would like to send a message, the info is

    Rick Nash room 158. Texas Health HEB

    He had the biopsy today, no firm results yet but doc believes it is pancreatic. He is getting a port tomorrow.

  44. c.hobbit
    5:32 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Just sent Rick an email

    Go to http://www.texashealth.org/
    Under Locations select Texas Health HEB
    Select Email a Patient
    Fill out form ( Rick Nash, Room 158)
    At end of email message you will be asked to Select Location….it is
    Texas Health Harris Methodist Hurst-Euless-Bedford

  45. Barb & Maggie
    5:51 pm on March 18th, 2014

    C.Hobbit, Thanks for the good, easy to follow instructions. We just sent Rick a message too.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    6:12 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Nosotros tambiem. (OK Wose, Let ‘m know we are on board)

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    6:37 pm on March 18th, 2014

    I ni hefyd, which is Welsh for “Us too” – Rick is going to be buried in emails.

  48. Herd of Hounds
    6:41 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Sound good to us1

  49. Barb & Maggie
    7:06 pm on March 18th, 2014

    The more the better!

    Lucy is arriving tomorrow late morning.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    7:09 pm on March 18th, 2014

    B&M: Y’all are sooooooooooo lucky to have Lucy coming to have Lucy coming to live with y’all.

  51. O'Howlers
    7:33 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Email sent from PA, too.
    Bird netting finally finished. Chickies are now living in Chicken Shangri La.
    Dinner time.

  52. Mollypop's Mom
    7:44 pm on March 18th, 2014

    The more chickie pictures the merrier!

  53. c.hobbit
    7:57 pm on March 18th, 2014

    O’Howlers: does the chickies include Fern? Or do I need to start a betting pool about picking the date Fern goes from being an indoor chicken to an outdoor one.

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    8:02 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Hooray for Lucy Ball

  55. dawson
    8:16 pm on March 18th, 2014

    I’m glad Nana arrived safely in Montana. I hope the weather is fine.
    Barb&Maggie: Looking forward to hearing about how Lucy and Maggie get along and seeing some pictures.
    O’Howlers: That bird netting took quite a while to set up but Chicken Shangra La was not built in a day.
    I will send Rick mail but maybe not until tomorrow.
    Taxes are done and checks have been sent. It makes no sense to me that while I was working I did not have to pay but now that I am retired I do.
    Staff is off giving a quilting class and I again am going to bed early.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    8:28 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Hope our Email got to Mr. Rick. ML’s Mom, Pray this is what is needed. Going to bed now as mom isn’t comfortable….. Nighty night.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    8:37 pm on March 18th, 2014

    What HOH, You are beating us saying good night!

    We are excited about Lucy Ball coming tomorrow. Pictures will follow.

    Snow is melting in the backyard, so we are finally to start doing poop cleanup. What a mess!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Rick’s!…Got Mail!…snort!…Not from me yet – my friend says I am not to write it, she will do it for all of us in good time…sniff!

    Wind!…All it has done today is blow!blow!blow!…wheeze!…It blew all last night keeping Beau awake…grump!…Then he somehow managed to keep everyone else up all night long. Firecrackers do not bother him. What is the big deal about wind?…grumble!

  59. Tupper and Gilly
    9:11 pm on March 18th, 2014

    We must go to sleep. We mean, we have already been going to sleep, but now we are doing it official-like. In our nice warm bed.
    G’night all

  60. Barb & Maggie
    9:11 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Night noodles. Big day tomorrow.

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Excerpt!….I love the facebookie post from Paw And Order on the right over there…snort!…That is the most words we’ve been allowed to see from the story…chuffle!…I love it! And I am always in that kind of mood…snort!

  62. Macy's mom
    9:20 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Best of days to Barb, Maggie and Lucy. Good luck with the visitor too.

    I read every word, honest, but remember none.

    Love and hugs from me, and head bumps from the pooches.

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Macy!…I may not say it enough, or at all on this here blog, but my thoughts and my prayers are with you and your family as you find yourself in this situation so unexpectedly….sniffle!…We here have a good idea about what you are going through and my pug-heart is with you…wuffle!

  64. Pancho & Lefty
    10:52 pm on March 18th, 2014

    Like Rio’s pug heart prayers, our thieving, sled dog prayers are with Mr. Knash, the Knife Guy and his bride, Macy’s Maw.

  65. O'Howlers
    5:36 am on March 19th, 2014

    Fern will move to the great outdoors just as soon as her rehab coop is ready.

    Lucy!!! Best of luck, Barb and Maggie!

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