Who is in the photo at right?
Here we see me (Peter Abrahams, but known as Spencer Quinn when it comes to my Chet and Bernie mystery series) and Pearl, a one-year-old golden retriever who so far is getting by on looks alone.
What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?
We're out on the gazebo in the morning. I'm on my way to work. Pearl has something on her mind.
Any treats for you or Pearl on this occasion?
Yes. I've got some small treats in my hand that you can't see. That's what Pearl has in mind.
The coffee is Valparaiso (Guatemalan) from Barismo, a great coffee roaster in Arlington, Mass. I'm drinking it hot and black, as usual.
Any dogs--besides Chet, of course--in your new novel?
Yes, but in A Fistful of Collars, the most important supporting role by a four-footer is that of Brando - a cat that Chet is forced to get along with. Sort of.
What is Pearl's proudest moment?
We have another dog here - Audrey, much more senior in residence. Pearl's proudest moment is always when she gets hold of something of Audrey's - an antler treat, for example - and prances around with it.
Who is Pearl's best pet-pal?
In a frenemy sort of way: Audrey [photo right].
If Pearl could change one thing about her fellow beachcombers, what would it be?
We live near a beach on Cape Cod but dogs aren't allowed in summer. A bad rule and Pearl would change it today if she could. So would I.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Pearl could speak, which actor should do her voice?
If Pearl could answer only one question in English, what would you ask her?
I'd ask if anything hurts. Dogs are so stoical it's sometimes hard to tell if a vet visit is in order.
Visit Chet the Dog's blog and Facebook page, and Peter Abrahams's website.
See-- Coffee with a Canine: Peter Abrahams and Audrey (September 2011).