I am Stella McStarFace. That’s Queen Stella to all of you bulldogs and humans alike.
Me: Stella, that comes across as demanding and rude.
Stella: Oh, good. That was what I intended. I am glad I made myself clear.
Me: You seem a little tense.
Stella: Wouldn’t you be tense if you had bulldogs barking in your ears all day long, trying to steal your treats and your toys?
Me: I do.
Stella: How do you calm down?
Me: I read. I have a couple of hobbies that I enjoy. I soak my feet in warm water. I may watch a little TV. Not politics though. That does not promote relaxation. Sometimes I give myself a massage.
Me: I rub tight muscles in my neck and shoulders. In fact, I got something for you dogs that will massage your skin. It is a glove that I wear on my hand. It has rubbery little nubs on one side and…
Stella: Me! Me! Me! Now! Now! Now!
Me: Okay, there’s that demanding tone again.
Stella: Massage! Massage! Massage!
Me: All right, here. I just rub your shoulders and down your back and up around your neck. Stella, if you sit up, it is easier.
Stella: Nope. Nap time.
Me: Well, I’ll continue the massage later.
Stella: No! Never stop!
Me: You wouldn’t want that.
Stella: Yes, I would.
Me: After a while, even good things get tired. Excess is to be avoided. Like too much food.
Stella: Is there ever such a thing as too much food?
Me: Oh, yes.
Stella: I would still like to try that.
Me: I will arrange to be on vacation somewhere else that day.
Stella: As you wish. More for me.
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