On Sunday we do beginnings, taking look at a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Most of the books in Chet and Bernie series take place in the Valley, but three do not. The first of those is The Dog Who Knew Too Much (which takes place partly into Valley, true, but mostly in southwest Colorado).

Was I proud of Bernie or what? True, he’d been pretty nervous going into this gig. I can always tell when Bernie’s nervous – which hardly ever happens, and never when we’re in action – because his smell sharpens a bit, although it’s still the best human smell there is, apples, bourbon, salt and pepper; but now, up on the stage, he was doing great.

“Which, um,” he was saying, “reminds me of a joke. “Sort of. Maybe not a joke,” he went on, turning a page, “more like a – “ and at that moment the whole wad of papers somehow jumped out of his hands, all the pages gliding down in different directions.



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17 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:26 am on April 5th, 2020


    One of my favorite beginnings!

    Here are the wascally wabbit and the BluKat that Rio’s Friend has crocheted. They are unfinished, but absolutely adorable!!

    Create the best day!

    P.S. Spence, did you receive my e-mail?

  2. B. Stover
    11:37 am on April 5th, 2020

    That beginning makes me laugh!

    I like the crocheted animals.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    12:12 pm on April 5th, 2020

    One again Rio’s friend shows her real creative talents with a photo assist from Ms. Wose. They are truly awesome.

  4. Wee Nigel!
    1:00 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Rio: The wabbit and the kat! Yeep! Well done, Friend! Even though the wabbit ears aren’t Wee Nigel ears, they are impressive. Real things on beauty!

  5. Bluecat
    3:14 pm on April 5th, 2020

    I must have a BluKat of my very own or I will be in a very bad mood.
    Just sayin’.
    They’re precious.

  6. Wee Nigel
    5:07 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Blue: I believe youse and others are unaware of the names of the litter we rescued last spring. They are our Also Ran litter and are named: Jackson, Garcia, Hank, Wallace, Amalia, Dawson, and Bluekat. Yeep! They are named to honor dogs who have passed, dogs who are named after people we love, and named after…cough…a kat we adore.

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:47 pm on April 5th, 2020

    All of Friend’s art is truly amazing!

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:03 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Wee Nigel: Whenever I see your ears, I think of the hat that Sally Field wore when she appeared on television as “The Flying Nun.” :^)

  9. Wee Nigel
    7:09 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Wose: It is quite blustery here today. I’ve spent the better part of the afternoon with the Giant on a leash so he doesn’t blow away. I used to do the same thing with Ole Doc. It’s all fun and games until a gusts catches one’s ears and woosh!

  10. Bluecat
    7:44 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Wee – I like being an Also Ran because I was a rescue too. Yeep!

  11. Wee Nigel
    7:54 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Blue: The Also Rans are named for dogs who have run before…and then there is Bluekat. She, yes she, was named by the Giant. Milady, as Chief Naming Officer, supervises him while he tried his paw at naming names.

  12. Bluecat
    7:59 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Wee – head bumps ❤️

  13. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:00 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Wee: The Giant is lucky to have you as his anchor!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Kind!…My friend is blushing after reading all youse guys kind words….snorkel!…She says she has crochet-thumb. A crocheting malady that happens when one does too much crocheting of stuffed animals…grunt!… She has been working on another animal. So far the body, Head, 2 ears and 2 legs have been created…snort!…No wonder her thumb hurts…wheeze!

  15. Wee Nigel
    9:04 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Friend: Please check your SDD!!! This is not a pug drill.

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Wee!….Yes i heard that today and my friend will be considering postponing any trips to get groceries… grunt!…But i am outta beer dammit!…wheeze!

  17. Thieves!
    10:06 pm on April 5th, 2020

    Rio: We can blur by a vat! Just snort the word. It will have to be a bit of a crash landing so we can properly be social and distant.

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