Early to Bed – Conversations with Stella and Wiggles

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human has a bad habit.

Me:  Only one?

Stella:  No, but I am too tired to talk about more than one.

Me:  All right then. What is my failing today?

Wiggles:  You stay up too late. When you should be asleep, you are punching that little black box with your fingers and looking at talking pictures or listening to weird music.

Me:  Yeah, but I wear earphones for the music, so…

Wiggles:  Uh, sensitive dog ears.

Stella:  Uh-huh. Can’t fool us. We know what you’re doing.

Me:  Listen. Y’all can go on to sleep any time you want to. I like to wind down first.

Stella:  Did you get away with this sort of thing when you were a puppy?

Me:  I am a human. I was never a puppy.

Stella:  I can tell. Puppies have better sense than to stay up late when they could be sleeping. IiAlways be sleeping!

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Don’t Talk Ugly to the Cat – Conversaations with Stella, Doodlebug and MoonCat

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Doodlebug:  Hey, Stinkyface! Move aside!

Me:  What’s all the noise?

Doodlebug:  Stinkyface.

Stella:  Doodle is yelling at Stinky…I mean MoonCat.

Me:  Doodle, cut it out. She’s not bothering you.

Doodlebug:  She’s staring at me with her stinky face.

Me:  And you are barking at her with yours.

Doodlebug:  Hey!

Me:  You know it’s true. Just smell your own breath sometime after one of your outdoor nasty snacks. Now get along with each other and don’t talk ugly to MoonCat.

MoonCat: Meow!

Me:  You see. She agrees.

Doodlebug:  Well, I don’t. I’m a bulldog. You’ll never catch me agreeing with a cat.

MoonCat:  Meow! Stinkyface.

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Brunch Time – Conversations with Stella and Wiggles

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me:  Time to rise and shine. Past time really.

Wiggles:  I don’t want breakfast unless it’s in bed.

Me:  That’s good because we’re way past breakfast time and I don’t serve breakfast in bed anyway. We’ve overslept. So how about brunch?

Stella:  What is brunch?

Me:  Brunch is breakfast, only later.

Wiggles:  I’ll have brunch in bed then.

Me:  I don’t serve…

Stella:  You said you don’t serve breakfast in bed. You said nothing about brunch. I’ll have mine right here.

Me:  You’ll both have yours in the usual place.

Stella:  I’ve said it before, and I say it again. This is the worst hotel ever.

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Stella the Restless – Conversations with Stella

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. I’m getting out of bed. No, I’m not. I’m getting back up on the bed. Now I’m going to sleep. Nope. I was wrong. I’m back up.

Me:  Do you need to go outside?

Stella:  Yep. Let’s do that.

Me:  Okay.

Stella:  Whee!

Me:  Okay, back to bed.

Stella:  Yep. Bed. Sleep. Nope. No sleep for anybody tonight.

Me:  Well, I’m going to sleep.

Stella:  Not if I can help it. Whee!

Me:  What is the problem? Why can’t you settle down? I’ve never seen you like this…

Stella:  Problem? What prob…SNORE…

Me:  Okay. Good night, girl.

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Put Your Hand on My Head – Conversations with Stella

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

Me:  You usually are. What are you waiting for this time?

Stella:  Can’t you tell? Look at me. What do you see?

Me:  Your head is tilted toward my hand.

Stella:  Therefore?

Me:  You want me to scratch your head.

Stella:  Ehhh! Wrong! Guess again.

Me:  How about just telling me?

Stella:  Here. My head goes under your hand like this. There.

Me:  And now what?

Stella:  Nothing. Just let your hand rest on my head.

Me:  Why?

Stella:  Because it feels solid. It makes me feel secure. Like you’re in charge.

Me:  But we both know that I’m not.

Stella:  True. But another thing. With your hand on my head, I’m not likely to go floating up into the air.

Me:  Is that a real danger?

Stella:  In this weird world, Lady Human, yes.

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Crackly Paper in the Dark – Conversations with Stella

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. What is that noise?

Me: Hmmm?

Stella: That crackly paper noise. Is there a rat eating something in here?

Me:  Mmmm. Nope.

Stella:  Sounds like a rat to me.

Me:  Nope.

Stella:  Lady Human! Are you eating in here?

Me:  Maybe. A little bit.

Stella:  Shame on you.

Me:  Shame on me nothing! Remember the crackers, Cracker Girl!

Stella:  That’s different. My crackers are necessary.

Me:  So is my snack.

Stella:  Next time pick something quieter.

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Rubbing Shoulders – Conversations with Stella, Wiggles, and Miss Sweetie

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. What are you two up to? Whatever it is, cut it out!

Wiggles:  Move over, Sweetie!

Miss Sweetie:  There’s nowhere to move.

Me:  What did I say about trying to get through the door all at once?

Miss Sweetie:  Uh, I forget.

Wiggles:  Uh, I don’t care.

Me:  Look at y’all, stuck at the shoulders for trying to power through the door at the same time.

Wiggles:  Not a problem.

Miss Sweetie:  Bulldogs power through everything. Stand back and watch.

Me:  Standing back is something I will definitely do.

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Bulldog Time Clock – Conversations with Stella and Wiggles

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Wiggles:  It’s time!

Stella:  It’s been time for a long time.

Wiggles:  Nope. It’s time right now. Lady Human! Bedtime!

Me:  I knew that’s what you were going to say.

Stella:  I would have gone to bed willingly a long time ago.

Me: But I wasn’t ready yet.

Stella:  What’s that got to do with it?

Wiggles:  Hey, enough talk. Time’s a wastin’! Bedtime! My bulldog clock says so and it’s never wrong.

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Sanctuary – Conversations with Stella and the Pack

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Doodlebug:  Lady Human! Let me in! Let me in!

Me:  What’s going on now?

Wiggles:  Hide! Hide! Hide!

Me:  Okay, let me check it out.

Miss Sweetie:  No, Lady Human! Save yourself! And us! Don’t forget to save us!

Me:  It’s just some heavy equipment. Somebody’s got some big job to do around here. It’s a lot of noise, but it doesn’t have anything to do with us.

Stella:  If it’s in our ears, it has to do with us. We need a safe place. What you humans call a something or other. A place where the loud ones can’t get to us.

Me:  A sanctuary?

Stella:  Yeah! That’s the thing! This is our sanctuary where no one can bother us. Now, go and guard the door, Lady Human, so no one can bother us.

Me:  Wait. Is the house your sanctuary, or am I?

Stella:  The one’s no good without the other, ma’am. 

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Don’t Trip Yourself Up! – Conversations with Stella and Doodlebug

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Hey, watch where you’re going, son!

Doodlebug:  Sorry, Aunt Stella! Got to hurry!

Me:  Slow down, Doodle!

Doodlebug:  Can’t do it, Lady Human! Never slow down! Never! Never! Nev… Whoop!

Me:  See what can happen when you run everywhere.

Stella:  Big old feet like yours won’t keep you from tripping over them.

Doodlebug:  Who put that corner there? I don’t remember that.

Me:  It’s been there for always.

Doodlebug:  Well, someone needs to fix that double quick. It’s a real sliding hazard. For bulldogs. With big feet. Who run everywhere.

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