What’s In A Name?

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and therefore time for What’s In A Name, where Spence discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series.

Spencer Quinn: How about a corporate name, actually two of them, from Paw and Order (coming Aug. 5)?

Ms. P: Shoot.

SQ: Here are two that play a role in the story – Terrapin Exports and Preakness Development.

Ms. P: Do I catch Maryland references?

SQ: You do! But when Bernie makes a comment very like the one you just did, a certain character – who should be able to make the same connection – does not.

Ms. P: And that becomes a clue?

SQ: There are all sorts of ways to sprinkle clues in a mystery.

Ms. P: Sounds like fun! See you next month for another round of What’s In A Name! Maybe we can do Barnum, also from Paw and Order.

SQ: You got it!




Welcome Stitch and Wilbur.


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100 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:25 am on July 15th, 2014

    Clues! Sniffing out a Clue and following it. It’s what we do best.
    Chet & I.

  2. BearSpiritDog
    8:29 am on July 15th, 2014

    Did I just say and moi? I mean the Plunderers, of course!
    Cannot Wait for August 5th! Plunder On until then!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:42 am on July 15th, 2014

    Good morning, BSD and everyone! Big storm here last night but never fear, we held down the g-son while he laughed and laughed. Terrapin Exports and 2 friends of the turtle persuasion…almost fishy that one. Mom is getting ready to go to the Library with the g-son.
    Have a finely tuned Tuesday.

  4. Masquers
    8:50 am on July 15th, 2014

    Storms for the HOH & Howlers…Polar Vortex for B&M.
    What’s it like where youse are?

  5. Masquers
    8:51 am on July 15th, 2014

    Gasp. my avatar!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    8:54 am on July 15th, 2014

    Aug. 5th can’t come soon enough! Hum, something to do with turtles?

    HOH, have fun with the Grand. They can tire you out!

    Staff, that is basically the way we did our beans, but maybe next time we will try the mushrooms and onions added in, like Howlers did. Your beans are a big hit around here. Many thanks.

    Now off to the salt mines. Taking homemade chicken salad, cottage cheese with chives and a tomato to share with the big boss.

  7. Wose-the small and meek
    8:56 am on July 15th, 2014


    Another tropic-like day here in our neck of the woods! Ick!

    I will have to wait for Rio or Siber-H to tell me who won the Home Run Derby.

    Derek Jeter will be the lead-off batter for the American League. His last All Star game. sniff sniff SOB
    I cannot believe this is the Captain’s last season. Twenty years with the same team! Wish I could be at his last Yankee Stadium game.. sniff sniff SOB SOB

    In between all this crumpled Kleenex, I am thinking that with all this baseball talk, there has not been much pie making for HRH, B. Too much reading with Charley on the easy chair. Let’s see…..Cherry, Key Lime, Chocolate Cream, Blueberry….

    I think a rescue team must be sent to find my VBFF forever. I hope she sent a sparkly trail.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    9:01 am on July 15th, 2014

    Staff, read your post from the wee hours of the morn as you sat under the cheetah throw. We believe that our mom won that throw and now we are just waiting.

  9. Kat
    9:09 am on July 15th, 2014

    Good morning! It is still raining Kats and Zeuses here today.
    Maryland connection? Hey! I have one of those. Did I miss a clue?

  10. Wose-the small and meek
    9:32 am on July 15th, 2014

    Oh, Kat! That is my most favorite picture of you!

  11. ML
    9:40 am on July 15th, 2014

    Polar vortex may have lost a little of its punch by the time it reached the Lone Star State, but any break in the heat is welcome in July, and the rain is nice too. I was going to mow the back 40 this morning, but as they say, it was too wet to plow, so I trimmed a little cleaned a little, weeded a little, collapsed a lot.

    Tomorrow I start the Texas branch of Rose’s summer camp. Should I pack sunscreen? Probably not.

  12. Kat
    10:00 am on July 15th, 2014

    Heh Heh! Wose, I knew you would love seeing me on that boat on the Chesapeake Ocean again.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:03 am on July 15th, 2014

    ML – aww, what a shame that it is too wet to now the lawn. So, are you ready for camp? Do you have name tags sewn into all your underwear?
    Glad you are taking this time for yourself. And all paws crossed that you find peace, calm and solace at camp.

  14. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:23 am on July 15th, 2014

    Maryland!…I don’t get the whole Maryland connection in the Whats in a Name bit…grump!…Heck he didn’t explain anything in that post…sniff!

  15. Masquers
    10:34 am on July 15th, 2014

    Kat! Sailing on the bay.
    Riö: Me too…haven’t a clue.

  16. Zoe
    10:34 am on July 15th, 2014

    The lovely picture of purple iris arrived in great shape. Thanks Karen and Boo Bear.
    I will get a picture of it and one of the lovely brass plaque that our friend Tom had made for Melanie’ s bench.

    Could you guys blurr to the celebration? Zoe

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    10:44 am on July 15th, 2014

    Rio – terrapins is the name of the Unniversity of Maryland football team. And the Preakness is run in Maryland.
    Sounds to us like there are some shell( no pun intended) corporations involved.
    Hmmm – August 5th will tell

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    10:47 am on July 15th, 2014

    Where’s Professor Emeritus Bee this morning?

  19. Masquers
    10:52 am on July 15th, 2014

    T&G: I think she and Charlie are wrapped in a blanket this morning, having a cuppa tea and reading from their favorite book.
    Zoë: Of course we can blurr to the celebration!
    I can see it now…a plethora of plunderers all around you.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    10:57 am on July 15th, 2014

    Zoe: Mattie long ago taught me her Teleportation Technique so Bear will most definitely be there, along with the rest of the Plunderer Pack.

  21. Staff
    10:58 am on July 15th, 2014


    If you need to write that nicely dog related letter.

    Have to go make me some breakfast now. Youse guys play safe. And HOH if you tell me you have sent your moola to Snowhook I will put that lovely Cheeta throw in a box and mail it out.


    Quilting tonight!

  22. B.Stover
    11:00 am on July 15th, 2014

    This reminds me of the Preakness Stakes (thoroughbred horse race). I wonder why the character couldn’t make the Maryland connection. Perhaps an impostor in disguise! This is going to be fun!

    T&G: I’ve been gardening. It’s a lovely 69 here with sun and big fluffy clouds. I have the windows open.

    Rose: It looks like I’d better start baking!

    Good morning all.

  23. dawson
    11:05 am on July 15th, 2014

    Zoe: I will be on the road visiting my late m-i-l’s partner but will definitely take some time to blur on over. What time should I plan on being there?

    T&G: Thanks for explaining the Maryland connection.

    I’m not sure how I’m going to order a signed Paw and Order. I just hope some bookstore will send it to Canada with no goats involved.

    We are sweltering up here. Humidity and all!

  24. Masquers
    11:05 am on July 15th, 2014

    B: You’re late. Please disregard that last SDD.
    btw: The second season of Elementary is looking very good. Some new characters are being introduced.
    Thanks for the link, Staff. If I ever have to write a letter to BSD…..

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:08 am on July 15th, 2014

    Dawson: Never Fear. BSD is on the case. Signed copy of Paw And Order coming up! (soon)

    Wose: Thank Dog you reminded Prof. B about the Pie!

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    11:10 am on July 15th, 2014

    Bee – so that Polar Vortex did get to you. As much as we love summer, 69 degrees sounds lovely to us right about now. As it is, we are living in a tropical rainforest – hot, thick humidity with bouts of downpours.

    But you should see our zucchini plant! It is loving this, and just for fun, we are letting it do what it wants. It is now over 20 feet from the furthest blossom back to the main plant body. We have counted over two dozen blossoms. And that is just so far.

    Shades of Little Shop of Horrors. tee hee

  27. BearSpiritDog
    11:14 am on July 15th, 2014

    Tupper&Gilly: Careful! Those Zucchini and Pumpkin plants will take over the garden if you let them. Little Shop of Horrors indeed.

  28. B.Stover
    11:30 am on July 15th, 2014

    Kat is making me laugh. (Sorry.) How is your ark?

    Masquers: I’m going to catch up on Elementary tonight.

    Rio: I caught up on Murder in the First. I can’t decide whether the Tom Felton character is innocent or guilty. He’s a bully of a different sort but as with the Potter films, there is something pathetic about him. (I think he sent the video to Wilkerson’s wife. Also, since he is a computer wiz, perhaps he somehow “wrote” the suicide note found on Mark’s laptop.)

  29. Kat
    11:55 am on July 15th, 2014

    Bee, The ark is coming along nicely. I am planning to sail it on the brand spanking new Oley River.

  30. Kat
    12:18 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Zöe, my momma was supposed to drive me me me up to your celebration, but she said that date is booked by something important to the rest of my family. So I will just have to use my blurring skills, and I hope I can locate those mountains.

  31. Alice M. Johnson
    12:48 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Zoe, Abbie, Staff and I have plans to be there. 2 p.m. Eastern is 1:00 our time. We will be on time. This is our virtual veggie contribution. Gluten free as requested. It is also in the Chet the Dog Dishlickers cookbook.

    Vallie’s Potpourri Veggie Salad

    Mr. Staff’s cousin Vallie was known far and wide as a great cook. This is one of her recipes. It is like a 3 bean salad on steroids. It keeps for several weeks in the fridge and serves 15. Great for Potluck or Church socials. You will get asked for the recipe.

    1-1/2 Cups white vinegar
    1 Cup salad oil
    2 Cups granulated sugar
    6 teaspoons salt
    Boil syrup until clear and no longer grainy. Cool.

    While syrup is cooling cut up veggies:

    1 small head cauliflower cut into small pieces
    3 raw carrots, shredded
    1 Cup celery, sliced
    1 Large Onion, diced small
    1- 2 oz. jar pimento’s, drained and chopped
    1 can garbanzo beans, drained
    1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained, cut in half if large
    1 can WHITE corn. (Vallie was firm about WHITE corn)
    1 pkg frozen french cut green beans (Vallie was firm about french cut) (canned not nearly as good)

    Pour sauce over veggies and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. I usually put it in an ice cream pail for storage. They have good lids. If it gets eaten up too fast just add more veggies for tomorrow.

  32. Alice M. Johnson
    12:50 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Note, I can’t always find white corn so I use the white/yellow corn in a can. I wonder if I can find some frozen white corn these days? I haven’t made this for several years. I am getting hungry for it NOW!

  33. c.hobbit
    1:19 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Good morning all. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds great.

    The bruising on my back and butt are downright amazing. If I was a teen, I am sure I would be taking selfies and posting them but I will spare all of youse. Trust me when I say that it is spectacular (the bruising, not the butt). heh

  34. BearSpiritDog
    1:44 pm on July 15th, 2014

    C.Hobbit: All we can say is Ouch! and you have our Sympathy.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    1:51 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Staff: Cousin Vallie’s Recipe looks Yummy.
    But Nana saw “sugar” & “salt” as two of the ingredients she has vowed to avoid and is wondering if these can be omitted.
    Or will this ruin the recipe? Can she use Stevia & a tiny amount of Sea Salt instead?

  36. BearSpiritDog
    1:52 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Sorry, Alice. I now see it was you posting (minus your avatar).

  37. Staff
    2:01 pm on July 15th, 2014

    No Bear, I don’t think it would be as good if you eliminated the sugar and salt. Stevia? Maybe. And remember you don’t usually drink the sauce. Drain it well as you take your serving and most of the sugar/salt will stay with the water in the container. That is what I tell myself as I eat it. However I must admit I haven’t indulged in it since I had to be careful of my salt intake. grump.

    I usually end up using lots more veggies than the recipe says and so I figure it gets even more diluted. cough cough cough

  38. Herd of Hounds
    2:02 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Home again, home again…40 toddlers invaded the library today. WE love ’em fricasseed, broasted, b-b-qed, on toast points…. Mom is ready for a nap BUT g-son has Lego building in mind so I have another skill to add to my résumé 🙁 🙂
    Love the looks of the recipe for pickled veggies, very similar to our marinated ‘maters.

  39. Zoe
    2:18 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Good recipes, blur on over any time after 2 PM..

  40. Masquers
    2:28 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Alice&Abbie: Please tell Staff her package has been wrapped securely, but not too neatly (unfortunately Bear’s big paws aren’t made for these kind of tasks) and is in a sturdy box ready to fly off to that state in which Far-Go is a city of some renown.
    Thanks, Zoë! We will be blurring in around two-ish with food & grog.

  41. Wose-the small and meek
    3:07 pm on July 15th, 2014

    This is my best friend, Fran Capo.


  42. dawson
    3:30 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Thanks Zoe, I’ll be there with bells on!

    The contents of the shed are strewn all over the back yard. The shed has been hosed out and is drying. I’m hot and hangry! I’m turning my back on the whole mess – going to play cribbage…or should I have a nap?

  43. Herd of Hounds
    3:31 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Boarder in the basement just called from WY to say he doesn’t think he can’t take Blondie on the road 🙂 Wowser we say! Blondie is officially a member of the HOH 🙂 Twirls, wags and howls.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    3:38 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Hounds: Great News about Blondie! (she never did seem like a truck’n dog.)

    Dawson: Someone here is doing the same…Turning-Her-Back-on-the- Mess and taking a nap instead.

  45. Masquers
    3:39 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Where’s that Siber? He’s late to the blog.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    3:40 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Our mom is excited but exhausted and thinks a nap sounds grrreat!

  47. Siber-H
    3:52 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Wose, Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby.
    I know you are sad about Derek Jeter. I would be too.

    It rained so my internet went down about the time the Home Run Derby started.

    I’m with Rio…I don’t get today’s post by Spence. My brain could be fogged with humidity. gah

  48. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Hi Masquers, They really did get the internet fixed quickly this time. I am surprised.

    I’m driving my old, borrowed Porsche to Zoe’s house. Rio can ride with me if he contributes gas money.

  49. Masquers
    5:01 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Road trip!

  50. Masquers
    5:04 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Gah. I just posted on a blog from the past by mistake.
    a real faux paw, so to speak.

  51. Diane C.
    5:18 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Hello All–I was catching up and am now something of a wreck from the Ikette emotional roller-coaster. (I was hopeful, then excited, now feeling strangely lonely…)
    I hope you’ve all been having a better week than I have, although it sounds like several of you have had significant challenges, so know that you (and various HH members) are in my prayers.
    On the bright side, we succeeded in shaving under Conan’s tail (although not without a struggle).
    BSD–Was it A Dog’s Purpose?
    C. Hobbit–You have probably burned enough karma lately for the rest of the decade (not much comfort, I know, but something). I hope your troubles are all behind you.

  52. Wose-the small and meek
    5:21 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Thanks you for the info, Siber-H!

  53. Wose-the small and meek
    5:23 pm on July 15th, 2014

    ML: Good luck at summer camp. My good thoughts are always with you.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    5:58 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Hello, Diane. We have been Wondering Where You Were.
    And…Thank You…Yes, it is A Dog’s Purpose. Nana liked the book and wanted to send it to her sister in Montana but couldn’t remember the name.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    7:41 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Back home and starving to pieces, as they say. So a burger is being cooked as we speak.

    Here is a picture of Lily that Kelly sent over today. That girl LOVES her horse! Isn’t that a picture of total contentment?

    Sorry, it is right side up in our file!

  56. Barb & Maggie
    7:43 pm on July 15th, 2014

    I just clicked on the picture to enlarge it and it turned right side up!

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:44 pm on July 15th, 2014


    All-Star!…Game should be starting very soon now…sneeze! …My friend got out of doing dishes because she said it is supposed to start at 5:30 our time…gurgle!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on July 15th, 2014

    SiberH!…Is it my imagination or did they NOT introduce Tulo in the line-up tonight? ….gah! …I thought he was going to be the starting short-stop!…gah!gah! and gah!

  59. Siber-H
    7:56 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Rio, I don’t know because my stupid newspaper said the game started at 6. I am turning on the tv now.

  60. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:56 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Confused!…So NOW they are introducing the STARTING players…wheeze!…For a moment there I thought I was in the Twilight Zone…gasp!

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:57 pm on July 15th, 2014

    SiberH!…Your newspaper is correct…sniff! …Sort of.

  62. Siber-H
    8:18 pm on July 15th, 2014

    That is usually the case with my newspaper…sort of

    Yes, Tulo is in the starting lineup.

  63. ML
    8:29 pm on July 15th, 2014

    My first baseball game of the season, sniff.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Jeter!….I sure hope Rose is watching this All-Star Game…sniffle!

  65. Siber-H
    8:44 pm on July 15th, 2014

    ML is watching with us!

    Rio, I had the same thought about Rose.

  66. Wose-the small and meek
    8:45 pm on July 15th, 2014


  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Rose!…Yay!…Wooooo!…The National League is fighting back…heh!heh!….Score 3 ta 2 so far and what a great game!…snort!snort!

  68. Wose-the small and meek
    8:55 pm on July 15th, 2014

    RIO! I might have to miss my bedtime for this game!

  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Rose!…You better miss your bedtime!…snort!…This is going to be a real Whopper!…heh!heh!

  70. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Kershaw!…Pitching!…Woooooo!…This is the one time I can cheer for him…chorkel!

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    9:07 pm on July 15th, 2014




    Good night.

  72. ML
    9:08 pm on July 15th, 2014


  73. Wose-the small and meek
    9:10 pm on July 15th, 2014

    RIO! Grizz will have to carry me to bed tonight.

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on July 15th, 2014

    SiberH!…Isn’t it great to see young Charlie Blackmon walking around in the dugout with the Big Dawgs!….snort!…He has got to be thrilled to death right now…heh!heh!…Such a nice young man. I have a baseball with his name on it…chuffle!

  75. ML
    9:12 pm on July 15th, 2014

    My aunt and uncle from Alaska are here. We were not expecting them for two weeks, but I am guessing that they decided to spend more time with mother. Whatever, I am happy to see them.

    Hey, the National League has a guy named Pug! Who by the way was smoked by YU!

  76. Billy's Buddy
    9:14 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Rio, SiberH and Wose,

    Mr. Lurker (Billy’s other buddy) and I are watching, also!

  77. Wose-the small and meek
    9:14 pm on July 15th, 2014

    RIO! I did not know Tulo wore the same number as Jeter.

  78. Wose-the small and meek
    9:15 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Next up at bat—- DE-REK JE-TER! Whoooooooooohooooooooooo!

  79. Macy min pin
    9:18 pm on July 15th, 2014

    It really goes against my nature to root for a Jankee. But I will bite the bullet. De-rek Je-ter

    who is this dude they have announcing?

  80. Wose-the small and meek
    9:19 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Thank you, Macy!

  81. Wose-the small and meek
    9:22 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Jeter, 2 for 2!!!!!!

    He ain’t the CAPTAIN for nothin’!!!

  82. Siber-H
    9:22 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Rio, Yes it is good to see Blackmon there. Yark! I didn’t know you had his autograph.

    Hi! Mr. and Mrs. Lurker

  83. Siber-H
    9:25 pm on July 15th, 2014

    This is a better All Star game than some I remember.

  84. Wose-the small and meek
    9:36 pm on July 15th, 2014


  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Walk!…grump!…Why is Rose crying? What did we miss other than the fact the the GAME IS TIED!….WOOOOOOO! HooooooOOOOO!

  86. dawson
    9:45 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Lily and Iowa are a perfect match!

    BSD: Are you going to one of OFA signings?

    Derek Jeter reminds me of our favorite musher because, as Digger might say, “He’s dishy!”

  87. Siber-H
    9:57 pm on July 15th, 2014

    I’m cheering for Jeter tonight.

  88. dawson
    10:00 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Tulo swims into second base!

  89. Macy min pin
    10:03 pm on July 15th, 2014

    dreamy, Dawson, dreamy

  90. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:03 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Tulo!…Yes! At least he got on base swimmingly….heh!….Bummer that other guy struck out…sniff!…It’s still early, that’s the good news!…WOOOOO!… Now Dawson is watching!…Yay!

  91. BearSpiritDog
    10:14 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Dawson: Yes! The Bainbridge Island signing is on our calender. WoooHooo!!! Your pawtagraphed copy of Paw And Order will soon be on its way to you, you, you.

    Do any of youse ever go back while refreshing the page and stop to reread a post from the beginning of the day and Say…Hey! That was sure a Long Time Ago.
    What’s Up with That?

  92. Billy's Buddy
    10:23 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Hi SiberH!

    The Lurkers (Billy’s Buddies) are helping their younger son sign an intent to purchase a condo tonight, so we will be in and out. (As if we know what we are doing. Ha!)

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Author!…Author!…snort!…I think our favorite Author will be visiting Maskers and Bear right before ME!ME!ME!…WooooHoooo!…Can it get any better than this?…heh!heh!

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:36 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Sandwich!…In-between Maskers, Bear and I is a stop in Houston…snort!…Hmmm. Who lives in Houston – seems like a couple of someones we know…heh!heh!

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on July 15th, 2014

    7th-Inning!….Everybody stand up, stretch, and sing God Bless America!…snorkel!…Home Sweet Home!…WOOOOO!

  96. Siber-H
    11:13 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Bear, yes to your question.

    We are turning in. I knew we wouldn’t make it to the end of the game, but it has been fun.
    I wonder if Rose made it.

    Night All

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Late!…This game is dragging on. I hate to leave but it is getting way past my cool soft bedtime….sniff!…My friend says we are NOT staying up for the end as it is taking far too long..grunt!

  98. BearSpiritDog
    11:26 pm on July 15th, 2014

    Siber-H: Did I ask a Question? Just Kidding. I remember only because it wasn’t that long ago.

    Beddy-Bye here too. Nite-tal – Bear

  99. Herd of Hounds
    11:39 pm on July 15th, 2014

    So, what do we do? You tell us.

  100. O'Howlers
    7:19 am on July 16th, 2014

    WE love love love that picture of Lily and her Iowa. Now Mom wants to get right on her Annie. Unfortunately, there are bills to pay, and mouths (ours) to feed, so she will get on her work instead. Hah!

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