April 20th 2009 4:35 am
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If my tail were long enough it would be entwined around both rear legs; and if I could blush I would be fire-bush red; and if I could speak properly I would express how sad I am that my Mum has neglected Dogster for such a long time… She, of course, is totally embarrassed, as she should be. Mutters something about wishing she had never set up a separate email account for Dogster because she would always forget to check it, and now that she finalllllly taking the time to do so discovered that yahoo has deactivated it & deleted everything!!!! So after checking the Dogster account, and updating the correct email there, she deigns to sit & write a few words on my behalf. Truly, beyond inexcusable and embarrassing!!!
I have missed all my friends far too much and am very very cross with Mum. She has a lot to make up for it. We will try since we have sooooooooooo many zealies to distribute! At least that will be fun!! I hope to take a few minutes and check the pages of our old buddies…
By way of explanation, we have spent several months in Rome on & off, keeping very busy and apparently under cover. Doubt that explains anything… I know it is too much to expect my old buddies to say hello with open paws. My desire is simply to say hello to them & to you!! Mum says she that to be fair with all my buddies takes time… Whattttevah!!
I hope your Easter, Christmas, and everything in between have been grand, that this finds you and all in great shape & good health, and that Mum will make the effort to re-connect more regularly now. Truth be told, Mum has kept a little bit in touch with Mimi’s Mum on Facebook, which my Mum joined a few months ago. But now I am a little worried because Mimi’s Mum has suddenly disappeared from there, and knowing her health has its ups & downs, I wonder if anyone knows anything…
My biggest hugs to all of you with my evermore wiggly wiggle-waggs,
May 14th 2008 3:16 pm
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Because we planned a trip to the island of Malta in the Mediterrannean, and since it follows the rigid rules of domestic animals entering the UK, Mum made me endure the discomfort of that dreaded 'Praziquantel' shot!! Howwww could she! I whimpered & even cried in advance... but she still made me... Thank goodness it was not quite as absolutely dreadful as the first time... I guess the hugs afterwards were sort of worth it - the trip certainly was!
The island's recorded history dates back at least seven thousand years!! Amazing towns, architecture, landscapes, sea, land, rocks, sheep & goats, and a camelleon I met 'up close & personal' (see the photo?)! Where we stayed, surrounded by rare and gorgeous greenery, reigned two beautiful & gracious Dalmations, and a fat, lumpy, matriarchal type who took it upon herself to mother me, following me everywhere and even foiling devious plots of fast sneaks into areas off limits to me!!! All three females, I must admit they were really sweet, and we became fast friends. Even the white Scotty that joined us later, reputedly nasty & ornery, could not have been more ladylike with me!
We saw lots of the island, sniffed the good sea air, walked, chatted and ate marvellous food. We met various people whom Mum knew, since she had been there many times in the past.
And then she left me.... She said she cried, couldn't sleep, but was reassured that the lady with whom I stayed was reliable, sweet, and very caring, all of which is true. But she still left me... to go to Lourdes on a pilgrimage.
I have now forgiven her, of course. My resolve to put on my worst pout & offer her a cold shoulder dissolved the moment I heard her voice, which means our reunion was truly delicious, joyous, and beyond relieving!!!
We are now back in Rome, following the previous routine in pleasant weather, which works very well for me!!
I even got over the diarrhea that hit me the last day!! Phew!
'Later... with wiggle-waggs!
April 4th 2008 11:09 am
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*running, wiggle-wagging, jumping, panting, stopping to cover face with embarrassment...blush blush, wiggle-wagging, waving paw….*
OMD, omd!!!!!!!! First of all SORRRRRYYYYYY to everybuddy for having basically fallen off the face of the earth!! I know I have missed woofdays of sweet pals, have not thanked anybuddy yet for the lovely rosettes & special gifts for MY woofday, have not written, communicated, or even popped in on Dogster!! I am embarrassed & truly sorry because I miss everyone!!!!! It's alllll Mum's fault, she freely admits it with regret & even shame (victory!!). Pleeeeease forgive us.
Briefly, we landed in Rome on Feb 21st, and it has been non-stop since... for Mum, anyway, though I happpily tag along. After all, I am aware that either I run into my cousin Birillo, other pups along the way, or I get to check the floors of coffe-shops ('Bar') for tasty crumbs, meet people who squeak at me & finger my face a lot, or run in a safe part of the beautiful Villa Borghese. The last time, Sunday, there were soooooooo many children chasing after meeee that despite my fun Mum was concerned for my safety, so we moved on. Mum & I have been busy, busy, busy, sometimes doing stuff at home, often out, but the funnest time was going to England last month!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, let's be clear, getting the dreaded ''Praziquantel'' shot against ticks & tape worm as required by the Brits was simply horrid & darned uncomfortable!! Ouchie!! But beside that, the rest was grand. Actually... getting there was no picnic either! No planes or trains take doggies in the cabin to the UK, so Mum & I flew to Paris (ohhh-la-la!), rented a car, drove to Calais and onto the Eurotunnel (passed pet control like a charm despite Mum's fears), parked the car in Folkestone, & took the train into London!!! Phew! Fab time in London staying with friends overlooking the Thames who own the cutest black English Cocker Spaniel girl, 'Maxi', walked to Piccadilly Circus & other fun spots, and enjoyed ourselves immensely seeing some of Mum's old friends as well. The Queen, was not available when we stopped in at Buckingham Palace,, but we got word that she agreed to Knight officially me 'Sir Toliver', so we'll go back for sure! (heee-heee!)
After four nights we took another train to Newcastle to visit my 'sis' & her hubby!! We had a divine time with them for three whole days, even if it was rather chilly & windy, but the sun shone most of the time and all was absolutely marvellous! We love their beautiful house & the garden she created. Their cats (2), the size of panthers, were at first taken aback by my appearance, unsure of what they beheld. Eventually the black&white one (Ansel) became blazé about it all, preferring to sleep, while the greyish one (Marvin) hung around very curious, sometimes braving some form of rapprochement! Poor baby was nervous enough, though, that he threw up a couple of times. I had no clue I possess such powers!!!
The return trip was truly a challenge for all that we covered in two sessions on the way up we did in one day, including changing stations in London, barely making our connection, getting to the car park for the rental, as well as driving from Calais to Paris in nasty wind, rain & dreaded fog! Our guardian angels worked hard that day! We left my sis's house at 6:45 a.m., and arrived home in Rome at 11:50 p.m!!! Phew! For a trip that normally takes about two & a half hours!!
The weather here in Rome has generally been wonderful, although we've had two bouts of 'cold', which really... 50°sF compared to Milwaukee where the snow keeps falling & the temps rarely rise above 35°F hardly seems worthy of complaint. Of course then I feel cold... still waiting for the rest of my fur to grow in on my chest, tum, &...!! I prefer it when I can wallow in sunny mid 60°s to low 70°s!!
Easter Sunday we went to another cousin's in a lovely spot just outside of Rome. After noon Mass, we enjoyed a splendid lunch (I can vouch that it was delectable). They have 2 Jacks I did not see, & one Neapolitan Mastiff I did see, but this time I was shy, so I did not meet him to sniff. Mum thought he was magnificent... humpf! I did, though, when he wasn't around, get to indulge in my super-fast speedy-gonzalez barely-touch-the-ground runs for a few minutes in between the downpours!
Mum let me lick her ice cream cone (barely!!!) on my woofday two days ago, to the horror of some passers-by, as well as the chuckling & smiles of others. I also got a couple of new toys, some fab treats, & a dish of ravioli for pooches I can't wait to sink my teethies into!!!
Lots more going on, but now we must run. I will thank all who have been so generous with their St. Patty's Day, Easter, & woofday wishes, but in the meantime here is a grand heartfelt tail-wiggle-wagging THANK YOU!!!!!