Chihuahua Gate

There is a vast and evil conspiracy afoot to keep innocent chihuahuas behind gates so they cannot do their duties in chasing cats and teaching big dogs who is the boss. Oreo and Guera are hoping some lover of little dogs will breach the gate and take them somewhere without cats or big dogs or baby gates where they can run wild through the house, except when they’re snuggling with people, of course. They are very good at snuggling.

The two little dogs were orphaned recently by the death of their human and have found a temporary home with me. They were traumatized by their loss but are still cheerful, active, and loving dogs who are making progress on re-learning their potty training. Unfortunately, they do love to chase cats and that has my clowder hissing and spitting, so this can only be a foster home for them. They are tightly bonded, so they need a home together.

They are both girls and we think they’re about four years old. Neither has been spayed so I am going to work on that and shots.

If anyone in southwestern Arizona could offer them an escape to a One True Home, please contact me here or on Facebook. The chihuahuas and I (and my cats) would be most grateful!

And, in case you thought I would make a post without a book in it – I recommend the cozy mystery Dial C for Chihuahua. It’s the first in a series of five books about a chihuahua who helps his human solve murders – he talks, but only to her – and has an ego as big as the universe.  In other words, he’s a perfectly normal chihuahua.

No disclaimer – I bought all the books in the series with my own hard-earned money.


I was lucky it was my day off today because I was too sick to go to work. The creeping cold is seeping out of my head and down towards my lungs – sniffle-cough-sniffff.  Since it’s also a grey rainy day, I’ve been craving comfort food, like the chocolate pudding my grandmother used to make for me when I was sick, and resisting the urge to find solace in calories.

All this made Carbs and Cadavers, a re-release of a mystery written by Ellery Adams and originally published under the nom de plume JB Stanley, the perfect read for the day.

James, our hero, is a fat, divorced, and lonely librarian who joins a diet supper club of other less-than-slender people – the Flab Five. He’s hoping to gain friends and lose pounds but he certainly doesn’t expect to nearly lose his life tracking down a murderer.

The themes of friendship and temptation run strong through the book, something the author excels at, and the characters and their flaws were a welcome relief from some of the too-perfect heroines we often find in cozy mysteries. The second in the series, Fit to Die, has also been re-released and will head to the top of my TBR pile.

In the meantime, I’m going to make a bowl of air-popped popcorn, chase it with coffee and Benadryl, and try very hard not to think about chocolate pudding.

Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalleyNote in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on its title in this blog, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #Carbs&cadavers #NetGalley

I haven’t got a clue…

…but I plan to find some as I explore the worlds of cozy mysteries, nibble on some brownies, sip a little coffee, and assure the cats that their supper has not been forgotten.

I began reading mysteries as a child, devouring the Nancy Drew series before moving on to Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, and oh so many others. I explored locked rooms, found my way through classic puzzlers, processed procedurals, and finally, with a sigh of relief, wrapped myself in cozy mysteries.

I still read other types of mysteries with some history, biography, and fantasy thrown in for variety, but there is nothing so comforting as a good cozy. I take mine with chocolate, a cup or two of coffee, and a purring cat. How do you take yours?