Shelby asked Spencer Quinn:

I think part of Chet's charm is everyone sees a little of their pet (or themselves) in him. Is Chet based on a dog in your life?

Spencer Quinn Well, Shelby, Chet is based on no particular member of the nation within - as Bernie calls the world of dogs - but I could never have written the character without having dogs in my life. Right now there are two,
Audrey and Pearl.

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