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Artdog Quote of the Week: Gratitude and Opportunity

A final thought on gratitude as the month closes:

What are you grateful for?

IMAGE: I’m grateful to Kerri Richardson’s blog, for this image. 🙂

Artdog Image of Interest: Benefits of Gratitude

In case you were wondering if it’s worth the effort . . .

Now your last excuse for ingratitude is gone.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Golden Eagles Coaching.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Be grateful! Enjoy the day! Cherish your family (and forgive them)! Oh, and watch out for what lurks under the table . . .

IMAGE: Many thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook Page, for this image.

Artdog Quote of the Week: Quiet Joy

What greater joy?

IMAGE: Many thanks to American Greetings and artist Mary Engelbreit

Artdog Image of Interest: Watching You

As we prepare to create the holiday feast, don’t forget who’ll be watching.

IMAGE: Many thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook page for this image!

Recommended Reading: The Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn

Because I am writing an sf novel with a canine protagonist that involves a mystery, I like to keep up with what else is being written in this general category (you might be amazed how many there are). And sometimes I find wonderful things!

Case in point: the “Chet and Bernie Mysteries” of Spencer Quinn. The first two novels in this deservedly-bestselling series, which has now stretched to 8 novels and several e-shorts, are:

Dog On It (2009)
Told entirely from the viewpoint of Chet, the 100-lb. K9-training “reject” with one black ear and one white ear, this entertaining, fast-paced story grabbed me from the very first line. 

Chet lives with his human partner, PI Bernie Little (of the Little Detective Agency). Their home is in an unnamed southwestern state, in a place Chet only knows as The Valley. 

In their first adventure, they’re on the trail of Madison, a teenager who may or may not have been kidnapped, and is the focus of a dispute between her divorced parents. 

Mom Cynthia Chambliss is convinced her daughter has been kidnapped, and hires Chet and Bernie to find her. Dad Damon Keefer (who smells suspiciously of cat) tells Bernie she’s probably run away, but demands details of the investigation. 

Turns out Mom is right, but when Madison briefly turns up again, it almost looks as if the case will come to nothing . . . until she disappears again. Good thing Chet is on the job! He follows her trail–and ends up in deep trouble, himself. 

Will Chet and Bernie unravel the clues in time? Who is the mysterious Russian? Was Madison really in Las Vegas the whole time, after all? And how does the knife in the parking lot fit in? Enjoy the suspenseful fun as you read the book to find out.

Thereby Hangs a Tail (2010)
Chet and Bernie return for a second adventure, this time on a mission to investigate threats made against a show dog named Princess. Her owner, the wealthy Adelina Borghese, is worried.

The partners need the money, so they take what seems at first to be a silly job as bodyguards to a pampered puffball. But when both Princess and Adelina disappear, things get serious very quickly. 

What are the secrets of the ghost town where Chet finds Princess? Who is the sniper? Will Princess and Chet survive their trek across the desert? Where has Bernie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, disappeared to? Read and find out! You’ll be glad you did.

Chet spins his tales well, yet remains very convincingly a dog. it’s one of the things I love most about him. He could only have been written by a man who intimately understands dogs. Quinn (actually the thriller-writer Peter Abrahams) clearly has a long and close relationship with the species. (His current canine family members are Audrey and Pearl. They live with him and his wife on Cape Cod).

While the “Chet and Bernie Mysteries” are not at all like what I’m writing, they have been a delicious discovery. I hope you’ll enjoy them, too!

IMAGES: The cover images for Dog On It and Thereby Hangs aTail are both courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Many thanks for both!

Artdog Quote of the Week: Happy and Thankful

Cause and effect:

Practice Gratitude each day.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Ellensburg Christian School.

Artdog Image of Interest: Step aside, Batman!

After all it was just Halloween recently! I found this photo on the K9s4Cops Facebook page, and couldn’t resist. 

Here’s the story behind the picture: “Officer Shawn Burger and K9 Rocky of the Milwaukee Police Department snapped this photo during training one night. Step aside Batman….there’s a new hero in town.” 

This is what Rocky looks like, when not doing spooky SFX.

IMAGE: Many thanks to K9s4Cops and the Milwaukee PD.

To All Veterans: THANK YOU!

It’s always worth saying again. Thank you for your service!

IMAGE: Many thanks to the Nampa Library for this image.

Artdog Quote of the Week: Finding Potential

Make the most of each day!

IMAGE: Many thanks to Daughter by Design.

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