Interview with my dog

Not that I’m a big tea-leaf (thief) but when other people have great ideas, whether it’s in photography, graphic design or blogging, I’m all up for *ahem* borrowing that idea and making it my own.

My blogging friend Curtis ( does an interview thingy on a Thursday which I love so I thought to myself “Self, you should do that! Why don’t you interview the dog?” Anyway, I apologise to Curtis for stealing his ideas, plus his blog is so much more interesting than mine, so I’m not really all that sorry actually but here goes….

Hello Dawg, how are you today?

Hello Alba, I’m very well thank you. I’ve had a busy day though.

Daughter stopping dog from chasing squirrels!
Daughter stopping dog from chasing squirrels!

Oh, what have you been up to today then?

Well, first of all when they inhumanely FORCED me to get out of bed at the crack of 10 o’clock they threw me outside to do my business (I like my bed in the morning!) But it’s all good. Today there were squirrels so I had a fine time chasing them and barking. Then Buster next door joined in so we had a pretty good (loud) conversation going until SHE forced me back in.

Doesn’t she like you talking to the neighbours?

I don’t think she minds the talking to the neighbours, but Buster and I have a ‘loudest bark’ competiton going on, which I think I’m winning by a woof!

Ah, I see. So tell me dog, how did you spend the rest of your morning?

It was pretty boring actually. She walked me but it was a pitiful excuse for a walk. Only 1 mile today and not a squirrel or other dog in sight. But then when I came back I tried to help her in the garden by digging holes. She is very ungrateful you know. I was only trying to help her. How was I supposed to know what was a weed and what wasn’t? Anyway I need a place to hide my toys!

So why can't I bury my toys exactly???
So why can’t I bury my toys exactly???

After my busy morning it was time for a nap. You should hear the way she shouts at me at nap-time. I mean I’m human too and couches and sofa’s are for human’s aren’t they?

Get Aff The Couch.... that's all I EVER HEAR!!!
Get Aff The Couch…. that’s all I EVER HEAR!!!

How about the rest of your day? Did you do anything fun in the afternoon?

No, not really. I mean it was more of the same. I chased some birds that came to the bird feeder. I dug some more holes when she wasn’t watching. I stole some food off her plate at lunchtime. I ripped another hole in my blanket. You know, the usual dog-type stuff.

Har, har. I laugh in the face of danger and dance with coyotes and death! I'm bad to the bone!!!
Har, har. I laugh in the face of danger and dance with coyotes and death! I’m bad to the bone!!!

Well, I’d like to thank you for taking time off from your busy schedule to answer my questions. Do you mind if I post some photographs of you?

Not at all. I’m very photogenic. She says that if I wasn’t “so darned cute” she’d send me off to play with the coyotes. Not sure what she means by that, but if I’m going to be in the coyote gang I want a black leather jacket with ‘DAWG’ studded across the back of it!

Thinking out loud…

One of my favourite ways to spend time is listening to music, and if the music is live then all the better. From my very first concert (Eagles cover-band in the local pub when I was 17) to last Sunday’s concert in St. Louis I’ve loved every single band/singer/group I’ve ever heard live. I can’t think of one group I wouldn’t go and hear again (yep, even the Eagles cover-band. I still have a spot for ‘Lying Eyes’ all these years later)

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day here in the USA so my daughter and I managed to get tickets to go see Ed Sheeran in St. Louis. He wouldn’t have been my first choice as I’m not a big fan of his poppy stuff (The A-team and Lego House don’t rank high on my favourites list) but I do like Bloodstream and his Hobbitey-little-song and absolutely love ‘Make it Rain’ (which I know he didn’t write, but it’s still my favourite). Anyway live he was just amazing. How can one man with one guitar and one loop machine (or whatever it’s called) make so much wonderful LOUD music. He was fantastic and I thoroughly recommend going to see him if you can.

Next concert is on Sunday – a Blues Festival at a local vineyard. Excited about that one  too!

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Oh yeah, and support act was…….. Hanson. Yep, Hanson of Mmmmbop fame. And they were very good actually! 😉

Hanson lowres

Happy groovin’ Blogging Buddies 🙂

New life

Red Cardinal chicks
Red Cardinal chicks

Life is such a roller-coaster, full of incredible highs and lows and rushing around at 100mph that sometimes it’s nice to STOP and just wonder at the miracle of nature.

As an aside – Red Cardinals must be the daftest birds around though – why would they build a nest 2 feet off the ground when there’s a gigantic puppy running around the garden. We had to erect a temporary fence round the tree to keep the dog away from the chicks. There’s plenty of trees round the side of the house where the dog can’t get to, but no, they nest right in the dog’s ‘play’ area!


Now I know why parent’s can’t wait to be grand-parents. It’s called REVENGE! We need to have some payback for not killing them as teenagers.

That’s all today – just a wee moan, so here’s a picture of my last cat. I did think about photographing my kids bedrooms, but I know you’d rather look at the cat.

Is it too early for alcohol?

This is a cat - not a teenager. You're welcome.
This is a cat – not a teenager. You’re welcome.