Monday, December 5, 2016

EverythingDogBlog: Luis Montalvan Dies

Sad News: Luis Montalvan has died. RIP, Soldier.

Today, December 5, 2016, Luis Montalvan, an Iraq War veteran, died. He was well-known thanks to his service dog, a golden retriever named Tuesday. Montalvan was married earlier this year.

I met Luis and Tuesday in the Baltimore area a few years ago. Montalvan was from Maryland.

RIP, Captain.

Read More About It:

Here are the DogEvals reviews of Montalvan’s three books about his life withTuesday (a fourth book is due out in May of 2017: Since Tuesday: One Veteran, One Dog and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives):







Saturday, November 26, 2016

EverythingDogBlog: Scents and Sensability (dog, desert, private eye)

Scents and Sensability: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (#8), by Peter Abrahams, alias/aka/nom de plume/pen name Spencer Quinn (Simon and Schuster, 2015, 307 pages, $25)


Spencer Quinn Does it Again!

This time with Scents and Sensability.

What is so appealing about Quinn’s series of ‘who-dun-it’s’ that many Chet and Bernie fans are fans for life?

Is it the settings that, with nearly each book, center in more and more on Phoenix, Arizona, except the ones set in Washington, DC, or Louisiana or elsewhere? Is it the locales – be it a movie set or a circus or something simply mundane? Is it private eye Bernie, who has absolutely no flair for finances but always gets his man? Is it the complex plots that the reader reads with accelerating speed but then has to slow down so as not to miss all the loose ends that tie up so nicely in the end? Is it the striking, lemony-limey-raspberry-orangey cover shots that feature Chet, of course, and silhouettes against a wide expanse of sky?

No, No, and No. But They Help

It’s the narrator, Chet, Bernie’s delightfully daffy canine sidekick who sits in the shotgun seat of whatever Porsche Bernie happens to have at the moment. And even the perps (bad guys) are fairly likable.

Scents and Sensability takes us into the Arizona desert where endangered saguaro cacti are uprooted and sold on the black market one by one, where teens gather for a musical celebration in the desert (“Desert Man”), where Bernie discovers his missing wall safe with its missing grandfather watch, where we read about a kidnapping from long ago, plus a modern-day cult, and a prison murder (of course),

Remember Gracie?

Your grandmother will remember Gracie Allen, that lovable ditzy blonde, who was so smart she was dumb, always taking things too literally, even running for President on the Surprise Party ticket. Chet-the-dog narrates in the same manner which may be his most endearing quality, along with his utter devotion to Bernie and his uncanny ability to count to two.

Once you read one Chet-and-Bernie book, you’ll be hooked! And that’s a good thing.


To read other great reviews of other great Spencer Quinn books, click on To Fetch a Thief,
Paw and Order,


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Monday, November 21, 2016

EverythingDogBlog: Meet Wattson!

Wattson, the Super Dog

Yes, DogEvals did spell Wattson correctly!

Not Just a Dog

In northern Idaho, the utility company, Avista, has a dog that reminds one of Marmaduke*. (Does that make Wattson a dog spokesman or a spokesdog?)

A Super Dog!

Nevertheless, Wattson with red collar and blue cape is a doggone good dog,
who teaches kids about energy efficiency, conservation, and safety around electricity and natural gas.

How?

The Wattson webpage at www.avistakids.com has coloring pages, puzzles, lesson plans for school and home, plus The Wattson Show!

The Wattson Show

Kids love Wattson and The Wattson Show is reminiscent of The Howdy Doody Show when grandparents were kids in the last century - or the original Mickey Mouse Show.

Question

My only question is: Where was Wattson when I was a kid?


*Marmaduke
is America’s most lovable Great Dane who causes family escapades in comic strips (drawn by Brad Anderson from 1954-2005) and a movie (2010) starring Owen Wilson.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Face-off: Dogs and Cats in Bon Appetit (September and November)

Bon Appetit!
Sample Cover of Bon Appetit


Or should I say, “Bone Appetit”?

September

The September issue of Bon Appetit came a while back and I quickly perused it for dogs and cats. I didn’t expect to see many because pets don’t seem to sell food.

168 pages of food and I don’t cook! But I did receive a subscription to Bon Appetit in the mail as a gift so who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth?

Right away, a little white fluffy dog is walking the streets of probably a fall day in New York City with a woman and a man holding a pot – ah! Dogs selling Le Creuset cookware.

No cats.

A woman baking cookies wearing a T-shirt with four elephants and a cow selling Ben and Jerry’s and some fish selling . . . what else? Fish! But, no cats.

So September’s score is Dogs 1, Cats 0.

November, Special Thanksgiving Issue of Bon Appetit

Wow! Another 162 pages of fantastic food for Thanksgiving with all the details of the meal for you novices out there including a section with new ideas for leftovers.

The Thanksgiving issue contains the regular section of City Guide - this month of Stockholm – along with pages and pages to help you select the best cookware for any occasion, and mouth-watering photos of all things food, like turkey.

I love this magazine – and that comes from someone for whom cooking is oatmeal in the morning, egg salad sandwiches for lunch, and a salad for dinner. However, if I ever do use my stove or oven again, I just may try something from Bon Appetit.

However, I digress. We have a competition to get back to. And my favorite section: Common Mistakes.

Friday Face-off

Cats, none. Dogs, none, but plenty of turkeys (dead) and a few fish (also dead).


Sorry, dear reader. . . . but, enjoy the photos!