Where We Are Right Now In The Dog Who Knew Too Much

The sheriff reached for a folder and started leafing through papers. After a while he belched a couple times. That made me want to belch, too, but I had no belches inside me. The sheriff rose and went through the side door. I heard a toilet seat bang down. A moment or two later, a door at the back opened and Mack poked his head in. “Sheriff?” he said. He looked around with those too-close-together eyes and went away. But he didn’t quite close the door behind him.

The next thing I knew I was through that doorway and in a long, not very well lit corridor with bare cement walls and no one in sight. I walked to the end, turned a corner, and right away smelled the smell I wanted to smell most in the world: Bernie!

I sped up. Cells appeared on one side of the corridor. I knew cells, of course, had helped walk perps into them on plenty of occasions. No perps here: all these cells were empty except … except for the last one. And – oh, no! – there was Bernie.

Here’s to a quick recovery for Melanie!
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  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:58 am on January 15th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Looks like another tight squeeze for our intrepid heroes! The good news is that we know they’ll find some way out of their predicament — the bad news is that we have to wait too long to find out how!

    How’re you feeling, Melanie??? Now that that knee is alien free, I hope your recovery is well on its way!!!

  2. Jasper the Poodle
    10:23 am on January 15th, 2011

    Morning, plunderers! Jazzy’s mom here. Jasper is having a spa day, getting washed, fluffed, clipped, squeezed, massaged, and hugged. Me? I’m hanging on Facebook, playing Farkle and Bejeweled, and enjoying not driving to Lansing today. Recover quickly Melanie, Zoe, feel better B, hugs to Rio, Kirby, and Alice Johnson. I’m feeling warm and lovey today, I see.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 am on January 15th, 2011

    Good morning everyone. Hope Melanie is able to post this morning. How ya feeling?

  4. B.Stover
    10:33 am on January 15th, 2011

    I love getting these sneak peeks but I want to read the novel NOW!!

    Good morning all.

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:35 am on January 15th, 2011

    Wow!…Wow! Wow!…This is so great!…Wow!…snort!

  6. dawson
    10:36 am on January 15th, 2011

    Oh no! Chet: Try to get Bernie out of that cell while the toilet seat is still down.
    Thanks for the juicy tid-bit Spencer.
    Melanie: Be nice to your knee today.
    Macy MinPin: Have your mom take it easy and get better this weekend.
    C.Harris: Thanks for taking back -10 degrees…although I heard the missing -10 was heading down Staffs’ way. Heh.
    Off to work.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 am on January 15th, 2011

    Liz!… You are correct! Martha follows Chet on Twitter…heh! …How about that guys and gals!….snort!

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 am on January 15th, 2011

    Finally!… Someone here has finally decided her latest ill-fated project is finished…grunt!… She even went so far as trying to take a photo of it, but her camera needs recharging so the perfect lighting opportunity will be missed…grump!… Maybe later today I will post it – or maybe not….snort!

    Now!…She has to get started on her best friends project due by Feb. 26th for the annual birthday lunch…snort!… She doesn’t even have all the supplies necessary to complete this big project as of yet…sniff!….They have been ordered, but who knows if the package will get by the marauding goats or not…wheeze!

  9. Mollypop
    11:59 am on January 15th, 2011

    It’s a good thing I copied the picture of a chubby little Pug with a green bow on his tail.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:51 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Store!…Well, our peaceful day is getting crapped up again…grunt!….We have to run to the grocery story and pick up a “few things” so that her mother can fix lunch for her brother and his wife who will be visiting…snort!… Not that we don’t want to see them, we do, but why do we always have to go to the store first…wheeze!… This always puts my friend in a very bad mood…sneeze!

  11. C. Harris
    1:29 pm on January 15th, 2011

    OMG, Bernie’s in jail! Who is with Chet…any guesses?

    Dawson….it is supposed to get to -46 tonight. Why do these temps always happen when I am on vacation? Three-day weekend and it is supposed to be cold through Monday.

  12. Wolfie
    3:11 pm on January 15th, 2011

    It is cold here, for us, 42 degrees. Damp and foggy and a good day to stay home and recharge. (Of course, mom already took Cody to Saturday school, went to the grocery store, the hardware store, and has done 6 loads of laundry. Me? I have been napping by the fire with Teddie.

    My boys had a tough week. Chad was suspended for fighting a new kid at lunch. Cody fought another kid after school. And of course, they posted everything on facebook and mom had a total of seven calls from the principal. The big meeting will be on Wednesday at 3:00. We were supposed to go to Fresno today to shop for the Winter formal but we have to wait and see if they have been expelled first. No sense in wasting her time or money, she says.

    Bee – when is your next doctor’s appointment? Have you started taking the steroids yet? How are you feeling?

    Melanie, you may be in some discomfort today. (Ha ha, don’t you just love it when horrible pain is described as such?) I hope it isn’t too bad.

    Macy – did you mom make it to the doctor yet?

    And now Bernie’s in jail. Lots to worry about, still.

  13. Wolfie
    3:14 pm on January 15th, 2011

    I wonder why I, Wolfie, always forget the second half of the parenthesis?

    Pondering…..

  14. Wolfie
    3:15 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Did you know: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is our longest word. What does it mean?

    I found this on the dictionary.com website,

  15. B.Stover
    3:15 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Wolfie: I don’t start the steroids until the cause of the infection is determined which will be after the bronchoscopy. I’m calling next week to get that set up. The nebulizer is working well.

    I hope things go well for you next Wednesday. Let us know.

  16. Wolfie
    3:15 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Oh oh, I am being moderated. I guess Mike doesn’t like really long words!

  17. B.Stover
    3:17 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Wolfie: What was the long word? By the way, the wind chill here is 13 and we have about four inches of snow.

  18. Wolfie
    3:17 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Bee – I am glad that you are getting some relief!

  19. B.Stover
    3:19 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Forgot: The first set of blood work came back normal. (The second set is to see if it is a fungus infection.) Really tired of doctors.

  20. Staff
    3:52 pm on January 15th, 2011

    On a lighter note,
    Alice Johnson has been nagging me for a middle name. She seems to want Marie. I don’t know why she started thinking about this here in her middle age.

    Anyway I agreed to ask the blog if you think she needs one and if so what should it be.

    Fire when ready.

  21. Siber-H
    4:16 pm on January 15th, 2011

    I can tell right now that I am going to be chewing my toenails more than ever before while reading Dog Who. Mom had bettter get in a good suppoly of chew strips. I’ll share them with her.

    Staff, Mom says that sometimes when you have had an animal companion live with you for awhile, a middle name just sort of falls into place. So, if you like Marie and Alice likes Marie…Go for it! We think it suits Alice.
    My middle name is Dude, Caleb Dude. The dog mom had before me had the middle name of Bubba.

  22. Siber-H
    4:25 pm on January 15th, 2011

    High of 50 degrees here today, sun is shining, no wind. I’ve mostly been hanging out in the house. Mom says it is too nice a day for me to want to be outside.

  23. B.Stover
    4:31 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Staff: I think Aurora would fit Alice because her eyes and fur are luminous.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:32 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Home!… We came home just in time for her to shoot a photo of the finished ill-fated project…grunt!… Here is what the new and hopefully improved basket looks like…snort!

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:37 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Grumble!… It’s not her favorite project, but here it is finished… sniff!… It has been put in a shadowbox and will not be worked on ever again…snort!

  26. Staff
    4:47 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Dear Rio,
    Please tell your friend that I like the way she moved beyond the vase edges. It helps to change the shape from straight to a little more curvy.
    I didn’t notice on the first version that the little blue flowers were different colors. I really like that. I also notice that the light blue ones at the bottom are a new flower shape. Did you make that one up yourself? It is very interesting. I was trying to figure out how it is made.
    I have some flowers that change colors. They start out one color and change as they mature. Very pretty.
    Thank you for giving us a touch of summer on this cold day. (At least it isn’t snowing.)

  27. B.Stover
    4:57 pm on January 15th, 2011

    That’s beautiful Rio.

  28. Staff
    4:58 pm on January 15th, 2011

    BStover,
    Aurora??? I don’t know that pragmatic little Alice is the Aurora type. Four more syllables are a lot for such a little cat.

    I will tell her your suggestion and we can see what happens.

    I wonder why Bernie is in jail and Chet isn’t?
    Or maybe he was, since the door was closed.

  29. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:12 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio’s friend – very nice. Mom knows from experience that sometimes you can work something to death and you can’t even be objective about it anymore. Good job.

    We tried to get mom to the Dr. today, but all the other sickies called first. Maybe Monday.

    Alice Anise Johnson

    My name is Macy Grace. Sometimes mom sings Oh Ma-cy Grace,where have you gone, You snea-kee lit-tle dog….heh-heh I am in stealth mode. I am an not the same color as the stealth bomber for nothing.

    I noticed on Friends of Chet Macy’s nap time. That is not me.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:29 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Staff!… Now she thinks its too busy….snort!… It went from lacking to over-done…grunt!… But thanks for your nice comments. That is not a new flower type, she used it on grandmas project just a couple of times….sniff!…Why does Alice think she needs a middle name….strange.

    Alice! Anus Johnson…snorkel!

    Hair!…My friend is getting ready to leave again to get her hair cut…cough!…What a waste of money I say. Why can’t she just shed like I do…snort!

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:31 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Hoo!…MinPin had the same idea for Alice’s middle name, she just spelled it wrong…heh!heh!

  32. LizF
    5:47 pm on January 15th, 2011

    That’s funny Rio! Nice work on the solution for the basket too, well done – it can be really hard to keep flogging a frustrating project.

    Caleb Dude – how cool is that name! Cricket’s middle name is Victoria. CVF.

  33. Basil and Sage Aristocat
    5:52 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Greetings all. Basil and Sage here. Its a COOOLLDD day here, below zero, so those silly Corgis are sacked out in the kitchen, curled up next to the stove.
    We think Alice Johnson is a lovely Kat, deserving of an aristocratic name. Basil thinks “Roosevelt” would sound just right.(He is a great fan of Eleanor, both the person and the mystery series character) Myself, I prefer “Merriweather”. Don’t really care about the Lewis and Clark association, (they were just a couple of lost guys who finally had the sense to ask a woman for directions)But I think Alice Merriweather Johnson has a Boston Brahman type of ring. No matter what tho Miss Alice, don’t take any suggestions from that Rio guy. I’m sure all his suggestions would be just rude.

  34. Tupper & Gilly
    5:59 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Hey you sneaky kats…get away from that computer…rowwf, rowwf.
    Ok, everyone,we’re back. Those kats just thought we were sleeping. So Alice wants a middle name. Boy, kats are just never satisfied are they. First they want middle names, next its their own catnip mousies, next its the world. Don’t give in Staff. Just say NO

  35. bluecat
    6:17 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio – it’s purrrrrfectly beautiful.

  36. Siber-H
    6:28 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio, We agree with Bluecat. The colors are beautiful!

  37. luvwlk's Buddy Boy
    6:36 pm on January 15th, 2011

    My person is getting frustrated with the little snippets. She has resorted to getting out the first book and starting to read that one again which is cool with me because I am getting caught up now. I know Bernie will be just fine because after all he has Chet to rely on. We dogs always take care of our person’s even when they don’t realize that we are.

  38. B.Stover
    6:41 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Does CVF refer to Cricket’s initials?

  39. Mollie (a black poodle)
    7:08 pm on January 15th, 2011

    It’s always scary when Chet and Bernie are separated. The book sounds like it has a lot of suspense.

    Rio: Tell your friend that sometimes no matter what you do you aren’t satisfied with the end result in craft projects. You are always more critical than others. The latest picture looks like the basket is not so square. Very pretty.

    Last year someone mentioned Midsomer Murders. I finally found it on a TV station I don’t watch much. Thank you whoever it was. I am really enjoying watching the mysteries.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:24 pm on January 15th, 2011

    AFC!…The AFC playoff game is on and we are watching it!…snort!… The Steelers are ahead of the Baltimore Birds… grunt!…This is going to be close though!…heh!

    Buddy!… Heh! That is a great looking big bear of a guy! Wow!…snort!… He might even be bigger than Agent Wookie, but just by a little bit…sniff!

  41. Wolfie
    7:29 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio, tell your friend that the project is beautiful. She is much too hard on herself. I don’t think it’s too busy. It has a lot of visual interest that is appealing to the eye.

    Does Alice know what letter her middle name starts with?

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Ravens!… I bet Dan and Wookie and Wookies Pa and Grandpa are all rooting for the Ravens to win tonight…heh!… I am Tooo! They just messed up a 55 yard punt return for a goal…drat! …But they are down there again ready to score…snort!

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Alice!..Buttdinsky Johnson! …heh!…

    Game!… TIED! 24 – 24!…ooer! This is exciting football!…wheeze!

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Project!…I will email her and tell her that you guys think the project is okay and she should just get over it.…grunt!…Now that she has started the next one she will be obsessed with it till it is finally finished… sneeze!cough!

  45. Tupper & Gilly
    7:46 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Greetings from Melanie! She is doing very well, she says much better than she had hoped to be by this time. She has been up, using just a cane, and is scooting around the house a little via her wheeled office chair. She sends her best to all of you and her thanks and says she hopes to be able to get to the computer tomorrow to say hi.
    Rio – that quilled picture is truly wonderful. Artists are always too hard on themselves.
    Buddy Boy – Tupper and Gilly’s Big Sister, Callie is a Pyranees too. She is having a wonderful time in the snow and sends her woofs to you.
    Hey Jasper – are you home from the spa and simply gorgeous?
    And has anyone deciphered Wolfie’s big word yet?

  46. B.Stover
    7:48 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Mollie: I really love Midsomer Murders. I think you can get them on Netflix if you have that. I’ve been watching Rosemary & Thyme which I got from Netflix.

  47. Wolfie
    7:49 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Bee I believe that CVF are Cricket’s initials. I think that is pretty funny – Cricket Victoria! What a combination!

  48. Wolfie
    7:52 pm on January 15th, 2011

    I would type my big word again but it would just get moderated. Here’s a hint: Bee would find it especially interesting.

  49. Mollypop
    7:53 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio – Your friend’s project is lovely – very pleasing – nice basket.

  50. B.Stover
    7:53 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Wolfie: I looked it up. I don’t think I’ve been around that kind of dust. Where is that dust located?

  51. Mollypop
    7:57 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Wolfie – I see your big word.

  52. Tupper & Gilly
    8:00 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Bee – according to wikipedia, the only place that dust exists is in the minds of some very imaginative puzzle experts.

  53. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:08 pm on January 15th, 2011

    B. I don’t have Netflix but I can get Rosemary & Thyme & most of the shows I like on a PBS station. I did not know about Midsomer Murders tho. I don’t know all of the ones I might like.
    Darn, I did not want the Steelers to win.

  54. Mollypop
    8:21 pm on January 15th, 2011

    As I have mentioned before, we all have the middle name Lynn. My grandma had it as her first name and now we all have it. Sam’s Mom, her girl, other family dogs, Mom’s granddaughters, and even our giant koi fish, Gertrude Lynn. Sam is Samantha Lynn, of course.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Crap!…Those damned Steelers!…ugh!

    Mollie!… We here love Midsomer Murders…snort!snort!… Although, there still are a few we have not seen me thinks…heh!

    Tupper!… I’m so glad Melanie is doing well….sniffle!… I hope she doesn’t over-do too quickly. I also hope Zoe is coping okay with the work load all on her shoulders…snuffle!… I wish I could help her some way. But I think I would get trampled and slobbered and not really do anything helpful at all…snuff!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Alice!…Dyemeorange Johnson

  57. Tupper & Gilly
    8:43 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio – behave yourself!
    Melanie’s sister Martha is staying with them for now – bless her heart.

  58. B.Stover
    8:47 pm on January 15th, 2011

    I’m glad Melanie is doing well.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Grunt!…What did I do?…sniff!

  60. Siber-H
    9:15 pm on January 15th, 2011

    You didn’t do anything, poopsie

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Sibero-h!… You must be referring to Wookie!…heh!

    Alice!..Fakethattail Johnson!…snort!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Goonies!…We are watching The Goonies…snort!…We never get tired of this movie…heh!

  63. Tupper & Gilly
    9:34 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Good night Rio – you grumpy little goonie you!
    Good night all.

  64. Siber-H
    9:59 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Alice, You need to let us know what middle name you have decided upon. There have been a lot of suggestions on the blog today.

  65. B.Stover
    10:01 pm on January 15th, 2011

    I’ve been watching Primeval.

    Good night all.

  66. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:17 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Sorry to get back so late — Mom and Dad went shopping because they’re getting ready to make a little room off the bathroom into a walk-in closet. So they were looking at chests and hanging rods and all that kind of stuff. I don’t understand why people need so many clothes. I have my everyday green collar, my special Iowa collar and my jacket. That’s it! Don’t need a walk-in closet for that. Oh, and then since they were in the “big city,” they went to a movie and out for dinner — and no doggie bag for me! Don’t know what they were thinking!!!

    Anyway, I wanted to put my two cents in for Alice’s middle name. Why waste time with a whole name? Why not just a middle initial, like maybe T? Oh wait, that one’s already taken! If she likes Marie, maybe she could use M. — Alice M. Johnson. I think it has a very nice ring to it!

  67. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:22 pm on January 15th, 2011

    We love Midsomer Murders here in Chevy Chase. We have a few of the more recent ones on DVD, because they are the only ones that are captioned (Grandpa is hard of hearing so he likes captions). Apparently, they are ahead of us in the UK, where there are at least 72 episodes (there are only about 60 that have been shown here in the U.S.). The plots are really intricate and John Nettles is terrific as Barnaby. We are watching Matlock on DVD now. We love Matlock too. Wookie

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Missing!…Where’s Wookie today?…snort!… I thought that reference to Poopsie would get a comment out of him…heh!…Goonies are still gooneying. I’m still hungry and she’s still quilling away while she watches those Goonies and me… sniff!… I want so badly to get really close to see what she is doing but she has all these little objects on her a board on her lap and she won’t let me get near…sneeze!…I wouldn’t lick them or anything, I’ve learned that lesson… cough!… All I want to do is sniiiffffle them to find out what they are… wheeze!cough!sneeze!

  69. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Glad Melanie is doing well.

    Hi Buddy, welcome.

    See you guys tomorrow.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Wookie!… How did all the Quilting events go? Were you and the guys okay on your own without The Debbie?….snort!…Most importantly, how is your back feeling? I hope you are taking care of yourself and not leaping high buildings just because you felt a little better there …heh! … No leaping, digging or rolling in deer poop for you till you are fully recovered pal!…grunt!

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:41 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Rio and Wookie: Did you notice that the two of you posted at the exact same time, and Rio was asking about Wookie? Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do! (That’s scary movie music, in case you can’t tell!)

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Kirby!…I was desperately trying to ignore that strange and scary fact…grunt!

  73. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:01 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Oops! Sorry! Just pretend my last post doesn’t exist!!!

  74. LizF
    11:16 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Sorry B, I missed you again. Yes, CVF are her initials! Hi everyone else, and goodnight, if you’re on the way to bed.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Liz!… Hi Liz. I am still up. She is listening to a cooking show while she is quilling some paper stuff…heh!… I’m tired but I’m not leaving the couch until she does tonight….snort!…Someone here did not get a chance to look through photos of me today and we know you are not in a hurry so maybe tomorrow she will get some .jpgs to you…sniff!… I will keep bugging her because there is no way I am missing out on this opportunity…gruff!

  76. Wolfie
    11:33 pm on January 15th, 2011

    Welcome to the Blog, Buddy. You are very handsome!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 am on January 16th, 2011

    Wolfie!… Doesn’t Buddy look like he could be the “Grandpa” of the blog?…heh!…He’s so big and laid back. If he sticks around I am going to call him Gramps!…snort!…He’s like a great big pillow that everyone could lay on..sniff!

  78. dawson
    12:07 am on January 16th, 2011

    Alice M. Johnson as Kirby T. suggested is good and the M could stand for “Moose” like when really big guys are called “Tiny”. Or Alice B. Johnson (Bear).

  79. dawson
    12:21 am on January 16th, 2011

    Wolfie: I thought you were making that long word up…but no. Sorry to here about the boys fighting.
    Rio: You are way too critical of yourself. You fixed the problem with the square pot and it looks wonderful. Did you get moderated for your anus comment? Heh.
    C.Harris: -46…ouch. It is a balmy -27 F here…but there is a bitter breeze.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:25 am on January 16th, 2011

    Alice!..F. Johnson (Femefatal)… snort!

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:00 am on January 16th, 2011

    Sleep!…Tight everybody!…snort!…I’m off to my bed now…yawn!

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