Where The Heart Is

“A one night stand,” said Colonel Bob. “But memorable – and not just because I shipped out the next day.”

“Did you see her when you got leave?” Bernie said.

Colonel Bob shook his head. “I never went back home – there wasn’t anything left there for me.”

Not going back home? I didn’t get that at all. I love home! Our place is on Mesquite Road and backs right onto the canyon. The fun we have out there, me and Bernie! I thought about canyon fun for a while and when the while was over Bernie and Colonel Bob were talking about DNA. DNA comes up in our work from time to time – we’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie – but what it is exactly I’ll leave to you.


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64 Responses to “Where The Heart Is”

  1. B. Stover
    4:45 am on March 31st, 2010

    The plot thickens…wonder what's going on. They need Ray Jason to test his DNA to see if it "matches" Col. Bob.

    Rio: East Enders is on a Canadian station here usually on Saturdays and I've never gotten into it.

    SH: The first several seasons of Midsomer Murders were based on Caroline Graham's mystery novels of the same name (or subtitle). They are very good and you can get them as well as the dvds on amazon.com.

  2. diane
    4:48 am on March 31st, 2010

    "When the while is over…"

    poetical Chet!

  3. Melanie
    5:44 am on March 31st, 2010

    Whoo, still trying to wake up. Sun is SUPPOSED to come out.

    Chet, The Pack and I understand about the feeling of "home." Instead of the canyon we have the river. I swear when we've been away, whichever dogs I have with me wake up and stick their noses out the windows when we turn onto our street.

    They breath in "Home."

    I just wish you'd heard a little bit more about the DNA.

  4. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:45 am on March 31st, 2010

    Sad!… Doesn’t sound like Colonel Bob had a very happy home to grow up in….snort!…I wonder if he and Bernie had similar childhood experiences?… “Guys like us”… comes to mind…grunt!

    DNA!… I wonder if Colonel Bob would involve Chet and Bernie if Ray wasn’t his son?… wheeze!… He might just because he’s a decent fellow and it’s a good excuse to spend time with his old friend…sniff!

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:56 am on March 31st, 2010

    Hey!… Look what a friend of ours made!… wow!…CAKE!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1270047401-rio_cake2.JPG[/img]

  6. Debbie LM
    6:12 am on March 31st, 2010

    "Baby we were born to run" – eh Rio? You are a real songtalker my friend! Love the cake – FIERCE!

  7. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:13 am on March 31st, 2010

    Rio. Yum, yum, you are one lucky dog! Don't eat it all at once; while it may be great going in, it won't be so good coming out. Trust me, I speak from experience.

    We really love Midsomer Murders here in Chevy Chase, but a similar series which is equally as good is Inspector Lewis (the sequel or sorts to Inspector Morse, but in some respects even better). Definitely highly recommended.

    And Rio, I'm a bit disillusioned about A Horse With No Name — I like the song (and the group) a lot, but never thought of it quite that way. However, I am not sure I even want to ask you what you think about Puff the Magic Dragon. Wookie

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:27 am on March 31st, 2010


    Puff!…lived by the sea… snort!… that’s all I know…. grunt!… Wookie!.. I never thought of “A Horse With No Name” that way either till Molly (I think) brought up the fact that the lyrics meant different things to people… wheeze!

  9. Melanie
    6:29 am on March 31st, 2010

    Wookie, it's okay, just stay in your world where you like the songs and don't listen to Rio, unless, of course, he's handing out assignments. And eat all of his cake (cyberspace style) if he gives you any trouble. And not only will Rio not get any cake you won't have a stomach ache.

    We're big on Midsomer Murders and Inspector Lewis here.

  10. dawson
    6:30 am on March 31st, 2010


    Always feel a bit sad when people (and dogs and cats, etc.) don't have a good place to go home to. Maybe Colonel Bob lost his parents to an accident or something as he's awful young to not have anything to go home to. Now Bernie, we know he has a mother (a piece of work) but he never mentions his father. What's up with that?

    Chet: I'm grateful you have a wonderful home with a canyon out back for those certain springtime nights when a female barks.

    Melanie: I've always wanted a creek like yours on my property.

    I'll bet Bernie would too – he likes water. Love the image of the Newfs frolicking in it.

    Rio: Wow, you have a very talented cake-making friend. That cake bears a striking resemblance to you…and to that pug that was dressed up like Darth Vader. Happy Birthday Rio

  11. Sam
    7:44 am on March 31st, 2010

    Rio – What is the 'Thank You' cake thanking you for?

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:57 am on March 31st, 2010

    That’s!… A bit personal don’t you think Sam-I-Am?… snort!

  13. dawson
    8:02 am on March 31st, 2010

    Thank You Rio: For oh…so many things. Things too numerous to mention. Like that embarrassing thing with what's his name. Interesting because I also had an embarrassing thing with him.

    Well…embarrassing for him. Seems he gets around, tho.


  14. B. Stover
    8:17 am on March 31st, 2010

    I hope Col. Bob is such a decent person that he wants to help Astrid and Ray no matter what the relationship. That's assuming that A and R have a problem and need his help. Wasn't there something about them being missing?

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:26 am on March 31st, 2010

    Well!… I’m sure I remember that Ray Jason is missing….snort!… but now I don’t remember if Astrid went missing also….hmmm!… Do you guys think all of this is in “To Fetch a Thief”?…. grunt!

  16. dawson
    8:46 am on March 31st, 2010

    Chet: There's one thing missing about Astrid and Ray and that's information.

    Rio: Something about an actor on 24…maybe I just had a dream. Are you going to eat that cake?

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  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:49 am on March 31st, 2010

    Zippy!…. OH!.. Keifer Sutherland…. Snicker!…. heh… oh my!… that’s quite a long story… snort!…. one day when I’m not so busy I may write it up and throw it out here for you… heh!

  19. B. Stover
    8:52 am on March 31st, 2010

    I don't think any of the Col. Bob, Astrid or Ray story is in TFAT.

  20. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:36 am on March 31st, 2010

    Really!?…. I guess all along since Chet first started mentioning Colonel Bob…snort!… I thought he was talking about their next adventure….grunt!… which I took to be TFAT….hmmm… interesting…gasp!

  21. B. Stover
    9:44 am on March 31st, 2010

    It may be a blog story. That happened several months ago with a story about a cave-in, a film tin, and a painting, which I don't believe will be in a novel. The Col. B story is really interesting though, so perhaps that will be in a future novel. I think that any time Chet gives us parts of TFAT, he will let us know.

  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:00 am on March 31st, 2010

    Wow!… A blog story!….snort!… so it could be a special story just for us guys?… gruff!… How awesome is that?…snort!snort!

  23. B. Stover
    10:27 am on March 31st, 2010

    If you go to the "tag" section on the right and click on "Greed Case" you'll get the ending of the blog story I was talking about.

  24. Melanie
    11:48 am on March 31st, 2010

    Was just reading the newsletter from the Newfoundland club around here. They had a Cabin Fever Blowout party and had a new game just for Newfs.
    It’s called . .


    How many bowling pins can a Newf knock over in a set amount of time.

    Now there’s someone who knows Newfoundlands!

  25. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:10 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Grunt!… Who said it was my birthday?… snort!… It’s a “thank you” cake… snicker!

  26. dawson
    12:20 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Thank You Rio. Magnificent Cake.
    Melanie: KLUTZ sounds like great fun.

  27. B. Stover
    12:36 pm on March 31st, 2010

    That’s a wonderful cake Rio. It’s too perfect to eat.

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:59 am on March 31st, 2010

    Thanks!… I will check out that story tonight!… snort!… after this day-from-hell is over….grump!

  29. Siberian Husky
    12:03 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Chet; I'm enjoying the story. You are doing a good job of staying awake. Keep up the good work friend!

    BStover and others: Thanks for the recommendations on the books. Mom is always looking for good stuff to read

    Mom wishes she had a creek on our property. I don't, but she does. Actually, that creek would be called a river here and they would make a state park out of it. People (not Siberians) who have lived in the desert a long time have this facination with water even though they love the desert. That's Bernie and Mom.

    Rio: You made Molly share the dog toys, so you should share the cake. You're a little guy and you'll get sick if you eat too much of it. I'm only concerned about your health.

  30. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:07 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Zippy!…What or Who are you going on about?… snort!

  31. Sam
    1:07 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Rio – Inquiring minds want to know.

  32. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:16 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Cake!… What’s Mine is Mine!… snort!….back off Siber-pal…. grunt!

  33. Mollypop
    12:26 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Right on, Siber-H. That chubby little pug should share since I had to. Just leave it on the counter and walk away. Tee hee.

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:42 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Alright!… You can all have a piece of me!….grunt!… Just leave me at least one piece please!!…wheeze!

  35. Melanie
    2:20 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Now I'm really tired. My brain is not working well, but I think B.Stover is right!

    I hit the Colonel Bob tag on the right to see all the posts he was listed in and the beginning one from this thread is where CB is flying Bernie and Chet back from the vacation in the Islands.

    After that he starts talking about CB's son, but he never mentions that it's in T-FAT!

    We might be having another Shaggy Dog story. I totally enjoyed the last on "Greed."

    I also hope that it's in T-FAT, but even if it isn't, a Chet story is one to keep all four paws set for a wild ride!

  36. Mollypop
    2:46 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Or in your case, Melanie – forty paws!

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:58 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Heh!…Good one Molly!…snicker!… 40 paws!…reminds me of a song…hmmmm!

  38. Siberian Husky
    3:14 pm on March 31st, 2010

    That was a cute one, Molly. Forty paws makes me realize how many toenails that would be to trim.

    I'm afraid to ask, Rio, but I'm going to anyway. What song?

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:37 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Siber-H!… We will leave the singing to later!…heh!… I need a good bit of something in me to sing it right….snort!…My friend is off work for 6 days straight!… Whoooo!… they are breakin’ out the beer already!… grunt!… Hoping I can get a bowl or two before the night is over!…yippee!

  40. Siberian Husky
    3:54 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Sounds like we will have a song later.

  41. Sam
    3:57 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Rio – Before you and Balloon Butt start a six-day beer fest – is the song you're thinking of either Four Strong Winds or Forty Shades of green?

  42. Melanie
    4:05 pm on March 31st, 2010

    I love the forty paws:

    Sam . . . I think the song will be "forty bottles of beer on the wall" and Rio will start singing after the first 60 are off the wall!

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:07 pm on March 31st, 2010


    And!… Just so you know…snort!… Only the Butt is left on the Cake!…heh!

  44. Siberian Husky
    4:08 pm on March 31st, 2010


  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:10 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Agent Mel!… That song is so damn boring!…snort!… You really think I would submit you all to that crap?… wheeze!… Think again!…The song I am thinking of should be on many of your minds for goodness sakes! ….grunt!

  46. dawson
    4:42 pm on March 31st, 2010


    I googled Forty Paws and got a blogspot about 10 cats, forty paws, 180 claws. Is Rio gonna sing about Kay Aaa Teez?

  47. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:04 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Zippy!… No.

  48. AbbietheKitty
    5:07 pm on March 31st, 2010

    He he he

    I would like to hear that!


    Heh heh heh

    Me too,

    Alice Johnson

    ~hey Rio did you ever find my video?


  49. Siberian Husky
    5:10 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Here comes Peter Cottontail?

  50. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:19 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Oh!… I forgot about Alice’s video!… snort!… That’s what I need to do maybe tomorrow…grunt!… I’m not in the mood for the Video Page tonight….wheeze!… Video Page is the Black Hole of Time Spent Unwell!… heh!…Except for Bizkut!

    Tonight!… is for celebrating and right now is American Idolatry… snicker!…and I just got a bowl of Beer!… gulp!gulp!.. I knew it would happen!…so much fun!

  51. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:21 pm on March 31st, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!… glad you FINALLY figured out the commentary of 3 entities…snort!…well done..at last!..snicker!

  52. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:28 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Siber-H!… Sometimes I really do worry about you… snort!…Peter-whatin-Tail?… my goodness!… grunt! …. All that makeup may be distorting your male perspective pal…heh!…lay off on the eyeliner!.. snicker!

  53. AbbietheKitty
    5:37 pm on March 31st, 2010

    I have been looking at video's now that Admin. has so nicely chosen them for us, and I looked at Pug videos. Now I know why Rio puts all those noisy sounds in his posts. I couldn't believe how noisy Pugs are! I always thought Rio was just uniquely grunty, but I see it is a family trait! Still makes me laugh though!

    Alice Johnson (who is a quiet little thing.)

  54. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:48 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Hmmm!… Alice Johnson is watching Pug videos!… snort!… I wonder if she is trying to figure me out?… heh!… Not gonna happen…gulp!burp! …I’m uniquely unique – sounds and all!…snicker!

  55. Siberian Husky
    5:51 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Rio!!! psssst Alice is getting pug videos from Admin.

  56. Siberian Husky
    5:56 pm on March 31st, 2010

    maybe she is just watching them on youtube.

  57. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:11 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Wha!?…Siber-H!… Do you think Alice and Admin know each other?… snort!… Are you thinking they have a personal connection?… ooooo-nooo… if that’s true, then Alice could be feeding Admin some information about what we are up to….Damn!…

    OH!.. Hopefully Alice is just watching them on Video Page.. whew!… I was very near thinking all of out Intel was completely at risk…sigh…What a relief!….Don’t EVER scare me like that again Siber-H!…gasp!…without concrete evidence!

    Beer!…Here!…Please!… snicker!

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:14 pm on March 31st, 2010


  59. Siberian Husky
    6:40 pm on March 31st, 2010

    After thinking about it, I don't think we have to worry about Alice. She has probably just been into the catnip and imagines she is watching pug videos. Chet wouldn't let Admin. put up pug videos just for Alice.

    Drink a bowl for me, Rio. Lights out for this dude–up early in the morning, put on my eyeliner, and off to the dog park.

  60. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:51 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Heh!…Siber-H!… You are a very good lookin' Husky!.. snort!.. No one can deny that pal!… Stay calm!.. wheeze!..And our mission time will come along again one day… sniff!.. gulp!burp..heh…Hopefully!

  61. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Sniff!..I’m so glad there are a few “Up all night” guys in the Wild Wild West!…snort!… I would be very lonely at night if not…gruff!…

    Hot Dogs!…I can't wait!..baseball and those hotdogs!…Beer Here!..snicker!!.. I may have to climb into my nice soft bed ..soon!… and dream about Tod Helton…wheeze!.. The Twins are going Down Down Down!..heh!

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:09 pm on March 31st, 2010

    hmmmm….Keifer Sutherland or Tod Helton(who lives just a few miles from us!!!)… we love them both!… snort!…How can we even choose?.. sigh!

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:22 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Well!… Goodnight!…sigh!.. I have the next 6 days with my best friend totally around here!…snort!… That will be either good or bad…grunt! … not sure…could be really interesting!…grunt! or not!.. I know we will be doing way more Reading than what we have been up to lately..snuff!…and there is still Cake Butt to eat!… snicker!…tomorrow then!

  64. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on March 31st, 2010

    Correction!… Tod Helton does NOT live anywhere near us!… bugger bugger… it was a big faux paw!…never mind.. blast!.. snort!..wheeze!.. forget I ever said it!..heh.

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