I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me: Happy Birthday, girl! You are 9 years old today!

Stella: Does that mean I can drive a car?

Me: No. That’s not ever going to happen, no matter how old you are.

Stella: Unfair. I watched you the other day. It’s not so hard. Now that I’m 9, can I pick out my own food?

Me: No, I think we should stick with the healthy stuff you already eat.

Stella: So what good is it being 9 years old?

Me: Well, humans like to think that we are a year wiser.

Stella: Lady Human, you know as well as I do that humans are silly creatures who think all sorts of crazy things. Wiser? Where’s the evidence?

Now, let’s get down to birthday business and talk seriously about cheese and peanut butter crackers.

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Pondering – Conversations with Stella

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human is being quiet. Too quiet. Swat a fly! Tell us to “cut it out!” Say something!

Me: Sorry, girl. I was just thinking about someone I used to know.

Stella: A human? Do I know them?

Me: No, he went away long before you came. I learned last night that he has passed away and he was a young man. I’m pondering.

Stella: Passed away like Wiggles passed away?

Me: Yeah.

Stella: Are you sad? You feel to me as though you are.

Me: Yeah, a little. Mainly over missed opportunities. It had been so long since I saw him or spoke with him and I thought my feelings now are silly at this point and don’t really matter. But I was reading about grief last night from a book by C.S. Lewis. He said, “Whatever is matters.” It helped me.

Stella: C.S. Lewis…was he a bulldog? He sounds like one.

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No Sunbathing Today – Conversations with Stella and the Pack

I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges and even I know it is not a day for sunbathing.

Miss Sweetie: But I want to.

Doodlebug: I never sunbath. It wastes valuable exploration time.

Me: There’s not going to be any of that either today.

Doodlebug and Sweetie: Awwww!

Me: Y’all, it’s headed for 108° this afternoon. Outdoor activities are curtailed.

MoonCat: I never sunbathe. I lounge indoors. Far more civilized.

Miss Sweetie: But what if my sun goes away?

Me: Not much chance of that happening this week.

Stella: Or ever again.

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Pick A Spot! – Conversations with Stella and Miss Sweetie

Me:  Come on, Sweetie.
Miss Sweetie: I’m thinking.
Stella:  There’s no thinking about it. Go potty! Now!
Miss Sweetie:  That’s not it there. That’s not right.
Me:  Sweetie, it’s hot out here! Just pick a spot.
Miss Sweetie:  I can’t go just anywhere.

Me:  You can go anywhere in the yard.
Miss Sweetie:  I’ll just save it.
Me and Stella:  NOOOO!!!

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Save Your Breath – Conversations with Stella

Stella:  Lady Human! Lady Human! You have let it happen again!
Me:  Calm down, girl! What have I gone and done now?
Stella:  You let it get hot again.
Me:  Yeah, that’s just like me. Letting summer come around.
Stella:  Make it stop.
Me:  It will stop in time. Along about September. Maybe. Calm down. You’re winding yourself up for no reason. You’re panting and it’s just not that hot in here.
Stella:  Panting…is…important.
Me:  Save your breath. Relax. It’s the best thing to beat the heat.
Stella:  I’ve been relaxing my whole bulldog life and I haven’t beat it ‘til yet.

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