On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Today – for those who wait for paperback editions – let’s do Of Mutts And Men, the Chet and Bernie novel before the latest, Tender Is The Bite – now in pb.

A rooftop chase? Who’s got it better than me?

Chasing down perps is what we do, me and Bernie. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, Little being Bernie’s last name. I’m Chet, pure and simple. When it comes to chasing down perps, rooftop chasing is what you might call a specialty within a specialty, if you see what I mean. And if you don’t then … then actually I’m right there with you. The point is that rooftop chases don’t happen often, so when they do you’ve got to enjoy them with all your heart. No problem. Enjoying with all my heart is one of my best things, right up there with leaping and grabbing perps by the pant leg.

There are two kinds of perps who get involved in rooftop chases. The first kind – and most perps are the first kind – realize pretty quick that it’s game over unless you’re up for doing something daring, and they’re all dared out by that time: you can see it in their eyes. The second kind of perp believes somewhere deep down that he can fly. What we had on this particular warehouse rooftop in the most rundown section of South Pedroia, which is the most rundown part of the whole Valley, was the second kind of perp.


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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:28 am on August 29th, 2021

    The second kind of perp is scary.

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:34 am on August 29th, 2021


    “Enjoying with all my heart is one of my best things”…Love that line!

    Make it a good day!

  3. mlaiuppa
    6:37 pm on August 29th, 2021

    Aside from numbers after two is there anything that isn’t one of Chet’s best things?

    Got Freyja’s Wisdom results. Way more detailed than Embark.

    Asian and Oceanian

    54% Siberian Husky
    5% Chow Chow
    5% Jindo
    3% Akita
    3% Samoyed
    3% Alaskan Malamute
    2% Chinese Shar-Pei


    9% Border Collie
    3% Australian Cattle Dog
    2% German Shepherd Dog
    1% Australian Shepherd


    4% Boxer
    2% Rottweiler


    2% Cocker Spaniel
    2% Golden Retriever

    I’ve done a little more research into Siberians and there is a coloring that has a black tipped tail instead of white. Agouti. All of the sample photos I’ve been looking at have been of show dogs that don’t look at all like her, but I started looking at older photos of working sled dogs, some of Togo the hero of the diphtheria run to Nome and Freyja looks very much like Togo. Similar facial markings. Much like a Keeshond. Same size. Found a site with a lot of info on colors and markings and such. I think her ancestors were more working dogs than show dogs which is why she looks nothing like the photos I’ve been seeing.

    She’s actually quite quiet for a Siberian. There has been some scolding and trash talking, barking, but no howling. None. That may be the Border Collie influence.

    Now that I know she’s mostly Siberian and Border Collie and not Keeshond, I think I might look into lure coursing for her. There is a local club that has meets about once a month. She might enjoy running full tilt once she gets the idea of chasing a plastic bag instead of birds or mice. Even Diana might like it.

    Does anyone here have any experience with CAT or FastCAT? Lure coursing?

  4. Herd of Hounds
    6:48 pm on August 29th, 2021

    Oh wow what a wonderful background to have in one dog!
    I guess it’s no wonder she is going to be so special.
    Regarding today’s beginning, a purp that thinks he can fly is really scary.

  5. Hobbit
    7:04 pm on August 29th, 2021

    MLAIUPPA: very interesting. I might see about testing Sadie…

    Today was a rare sunny day so I did touch up painting on my garage trim and porch railings. It involved getting on a ladder as I did yesterday when I changed out the burnt out florescent tubes in my garage. Standing on ladders with numb feet is really different. I had to concentrate on my balance…and then sit down and recover. My apologies to Digger who had to work in a very messy and darkened environment. I will owe him a photo of my cleaned out garage (in a few weeks).

    The kitties are enjoying the sunshine but the leaves are starting to turn yellow and there is snow on the mountain tops. I will hope for an Indian summer but prepare for the autumn chill.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    7:14 pm on August 29th, 2021

    Oh hobbit! We are hoping everything turns around and goes well for your move. The new hobbit hotel will be as wonderful as the one you are in now.
    Digger had a dream about the house you are in right now last night. Get in touch with him because it was a really weird dream.
    I know that i am looking forward to the 50th Iditarod this March.
    Heck, I look forward to anything in March!

  7. mlaiuppa
    5:54 am on August 30th, 2021

    Hobbit (and anyone thinking of it.)

    I did both Embark and Wisdom panel.

    For doggy DNA ancestry Wisdom panel was more thorough.

    If you are interested in possibly finding blood relatives of your dog, then go with Embark. We found Pete, Diana’s brother that way. Also Dolly’s Mom and sister.

    I only did the health screening through Embark but I suspect Wisdom is just as good.

    The prices aren’t that different for the different levels ( basic or the added health screening) but Wisdom had results faster.

    Not only interesting but I think very valuable. Since some medical conditions are breed specific it’s nice to know what breeds you’re dealing with so you know what they’re prone to. Plus the health can help you prepare for anything that might come up. Thankfully all of the dogs are clear of any genetic or breed specific issues that they can currently test for. Doesn’t mean something won’t happen, but at least I know none of them have the genetic pre-disposition.

    It’s also valuable to know what breeds you’re dealing with regarding behavior. Now that I know she’s a mostly Siberian with some Border Collie and not Keeshond, I know what activities are better for her and how to approach training and what to expect. For instance Diana isn’t a lab but looks like one. She’s actually a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever with some pit bull, Collie and a smidge of Rottweiler. She loves balls but she doesn’t fetch. Freyja doesn’t fetch but she does have a prey drive. She’s caught birds and I think was hunting mice today. She’s using the dog house and has dug herself a little nest in a planter. Also that I can never trust her off leash and need to constantly check to make sure the yard is secure. When I walk her I’ll need to make sure she wears a secure harness and attach the leash to the harness and her collar.

    My parent’s Dolly is GSD, pit bull, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel and only about 6% Blue Lacey Coonhound but the coonhound seems to be very dominant, at least in her behavior and vocalizations.

    Ramses was a fetching fool and also loved the water. He was Afghan Hound/Boston Terrier plus some other stuff including Dalmatian and Chihuahua. He was definitely a sight hound and I could see the Boston gait when he ran toward me.

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