Acting Up – Conversations with Stella

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Wait! Am I? No. Yes. No. Who am I? What is going on?

Me:  Stella! What is wrong?

Stella:  Nothing. Everything.

Me:  Stop bouncing on the bed. Settle down!

Stella:  I am settled down. No, I’m not. Jump. Jump. Jump.

Me:  Why are you doing this? What’s the problem?

Stella:  I don’t have a problem. You do. You do.

Me:  I’m not the one jumping on the bed.

Stella:  Well, maybe you should be. It might make you feel better.

Me:  Here. Does that feel better? If I rub your shoulders like that…

Stella:  Well, yeah…ooh, yeah, that’s better. Just keep doing that.

Me:  So what’s wrong?

Stella:  The humans are crazy.

Me:  What’s new about that?

Stella:  Nothing, but it makes it hard for me to go to sleep.

Me:  You go on to sleep. I’ll stay up if need be.

Stella:  You’ll do that?

Me:  Sure. I do it all the time.

Stella:  Wow. Okay. Just let me know if you need help handling crazy humans.

Me:  All right, Stella. Good night.

Stella:  It’s a good night if you say so, Lady Human.

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When You Make Up Your Mind – Conversations with Stella and Miss Sweetie

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me:  Okay, Sweetie, in or out, one direction or the other.

Miss Sweetie:  Hmmm.

Me:  Make up your mind.

Miss Sweetie:  I don’t have one of those.

Me:  A mind?

Stella:  See, Lady Human, I told you.

Me:  “Make up your mind” just means you decide something. Don’t halt between two opinions.

Miss Sweetie:  What if I go outside and I don’t like it? It’s a little windy.

Me:  Then come to the door and I’ll let you back in.

Miss Sweetie:  But what if I come back inside and inside is boring?

Stella:  Then sit around and be bored until next time.

Miss Sweetie:  I’m not sure about this mind making thing. I’ll just sit right here in the doorway until I get a mind.

Stella:  Nope. We’ll be waiting too long for that. The house will fill up with flies and skeeters.

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Sunbathing Beauties – Conversations with Stella, Wiggles, and Miss Sweetie

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Wiggles and Sweetie won’t come inside, Lady Human. They’re laying around like big ole pigs.

Me:  The sun is out. The temperature is moderate. Bulldog sunbathing weather.

Stella:  It’s weird.

Wiggles: Just because you don’t like the sun doesn’t mean we don’t.

Miss Sweetie:  Sun, sun, come to stay. Rain can go the other way.

Stella:  If sun is so good, why isn’t Doodlebug out here?

Me:  He was out here earlier. He doesn’t stay too long. I think he gets hot fast.

Stella:  Then why don’t I like it?

Me:  To each her own.

Stella:  Well, I’m going in. Come on, Lady Human.

Me:  I think I’ll sit out here for a while. The air is fresh. The sky is clear. There is no wind.

Stella:  So, I have to go sit inside the stale, sunless house alone?

Wiggles:  Nope. Doodlebug will keep you company.

Miss Sweetie:  Yeah, y’all can be stale and sunless together.

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The Meaning of the Word “No” – Conversations with Stella and the Pack

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me:  Potty time!

Stella:  Do you have to announce it like that?

Me:  Apparently. Hey, Sweetie, the door is this way. All the way out.

Miss Sweetie:  I’m sniffing over here.

Me:  No, it is going outside time.

Miss Sweetie: Later.

Me:  No, now. Do you know the meaning of the word ‘no’?

Miss Sweetie:  Mmmm, no.

Wiggles:  I know what it means. It means we do what we want.

Doodlebug:  And when you say that word, it means keep doing what we are doing.

Stella:  I think you should forget about that word. It is short and annoying, and nobody here understands what it means. Find another word that everyone likes and use that.

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The Sky Is Falling! – Conversations with Stella and the Pack

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human! How could you let this happen?

Wiggles:  Pieces of the sky are falling on us! Make it stop!

Me:  That is snow. A rare event here, I’ll admit. But not a disaster. And you still mistakenly assume that I can change or stop or start anything I want to just because I want to.

Stella:  You are too modest, Lady Human. We all know how this human thing works.

Wiggles:  Yes, we have all seen light fly out of the ceiling when your fingers touch the wall.

Me:  There is an explanation for that.  You see, there are wires…

Miss Sweetie:  Nope.

Doodlebug:  The white sky stuff is landing on my back! I can’t go to the potty like this!

Me:  That could prove to be a problem.

Miss Sweetie:  NO! Take it away!

Me:  It’s not even sticking on the ground. The ground is too warm.

Sweetie:  And what is the white sky stuff when it hits the warm ground? Fake rain!

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Bulldogs Eat the World! – Conversations with Stella and the Pack

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. What do we want?

All:  FOOD!

Stella:  When do we want it?

Doodlebug:  Yesterday!

Me:  What is going on here?

Stella:  Don’t interrupt us, Lady Human! We are demanding expanded bulldog eating rights! What do we want?

All:  FOOD!

Stella:  When do we want it?

Miss Sweetie:  I have no idea.

Stella:  What do we want?

Wiggles:  CAT POOP!

Stella:  Whoa there, Wiggles!

Me:  Each of you ate three times today.

Stella:  Not good enough! Bulldogs eat the world!

Me:  Sorry, you are going to have to postpone that.

Stella:  What? How long?

Me:  A good long while.

Stella:  Well…all right. We still get three meals a day though, right?

Me:  Sure.

Stella:  Phew! I thought we had fouled that up.

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Guessing Game – Conversations with Stella

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human! I’m waiting!

Me:  Waiting for what?

Stella:  Guess.

Me:  No, let’s not play that game today.

Stella:  I like this game. Guess. Guess. Guess what I want.

Me:  Uhm…potty?

Stella:  Uhm, let me think about that. Uhm, nope.

Me:  A good long nap?

Stella:  Been there, done that.

Me:  Food?

Stella:  Always. You know the path to my heart.

Me:  You already ate your allotment for the day. Sorry.

Stella:  You need a hint.

Me:  You’ve turned your back to me.

Stella:  Hint.

Me:  Oh, back scratch?

Stella: Close, but no dog treat. Scratch my rear end. Was that really so hard?

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Furniture Mover – Conversations with Stella and Wiggles

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human, you had better come in here and see this.

Me:  Uh-oh. That’s never good. What? Wiggles!

Wiggles:  Hhmmm?

Me:  Not again!

Wiggles:  I was just standing here, minding my own business…

Stella:  No, you weren’t. You were minding the cat’s litter box business.

Me:  How did you even…we moved that furniture…those heavy wooden boxes…those shelves…

Wiggles:  Where there is a will, there is a way. Isn’t that what the humans say?

Stella:  She slid those shelves over just enough so she could enter the secret cat space.

Me:  Smart. Annoying but smart. Now we are going to have to find something even more stout to stop this. Meanwhile…

Wiggles:  Aw, no, don’t shut me out of my favorite room.

Me:  You can go in my room. Until we figure this out, you can’t be loose in the cat box area without constant supervision.

Wiggles:  Aw.

Me:  You pushed the limits one time too often.

Stella:  Yes, Wiggles, if the humans need their furniture moved or the cat box cleaned, they will call someone.

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Bark Off! – Conversations with Stella and the Pack

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Wiggles:  Oh, go tell somebody else! I’m tired of hearing it!

Stella:  Who do you think you are? Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges? No! Because that would be me!

Doodlebug:  Stop the loud chitter-chatter!

Stella:  I never chitter or chatter! Your mouth is bigger than everybody’s.

Doodlebug:  THANK YOU!

Me:  What is all the noise about?

Wiggles:  NOTHING!

Stella:  WIGGLES STARTED IT!

Wiggles:  I SURE DID!

Stella:  THIS IS A CONTEST! WHO WON, LADY HUMAN?

Me:  Miss Sweetie did. She kept quiet in the face of tremendous temptation. You win, Sweetie. I’ll have to find you a trophy.

Miss Sweetie:  Something large and edible, please.

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