Not a Good Imitation – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me: Ruff! Ruff! Ruff!

Doodlebug: What does that mean, Lady Human? That doesn’t even make any sense, bulldog or otherwise.

Me: I am just imitating what I heard you all doing this morning.

Sweetie: That is not a good imitation, ma’am. First of all, you are not a bulldog, so the voice is all wrong. Next, there is no sincere heart-felt complaint in it. When we grumble, we mean it.

Me: I couldn’t tell what y’all meant. Humans have a old saying though. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Doodlebug: What is flattery? It sounds interesting, like something to eat maybe?

Sweetie: But if it isn’t, we aren’t really interested. Old bulldog saying: “If it’s not food, it’s not worth our time.”

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My Midnight Friend – Conversations with Doodlebug and MoonCat

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me: What is going on here? It’s almost midnight.

MoonCat: Meow. We talk.

Doodlebug: Yeah. We are best friends. Friends talk.

Me: At midnight?

Doodlebug: What better time, Lady Human? We don’t get interrupted at midnight…usually.

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Handy – Conversations with Doodlebug

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human, how come I don’t have hands like a human? If I did, I could do so much more damage than I can with just my mouth and paws.

Me: The Great Creator is wiser than that. He has plenty to deal with as it is with what all we humans do with our hands.

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The Ole Bribery Ploy – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Sweetie: And I am Princess Sweetie.

Doodlebug: Since when?

Sweetie: Since I said so.

Doodlebug: Lady Human, you have forgotten something.

Me: I don’t think so.

Doodlebug: Uh, yes, you have.

Sweetie: Second treat.

Me: Oh, that was just a one time thing. You were so restless last night and I thought a bribe…uh, treat might distract you so you could settle down…

Doodlebug: And it worked.

Me: Well, yeah, it did.

Sweetie: So time for another bribe…uh, treat.

Doodlebug: Yep. Look how jumpy and barky we are. A bribe…uh, treat is just the thing to encourage our cooperation and transition into bedtime mode.

Me: I’ve obviously made a mistake with the treats.

Sweetie: Yes. Yes, you have.

Doodlebug: Bribery is a hard habit to break on both ends. So fork ’em over and none of those cheap leftovers, not that we won’t gobble those up, too.

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Noisemakers – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Sweetie: And I am a beautiful Princess whose beauty sleep has been interrupted two nights in a row. Make them stop, Lady Human.

Doodlebug: Yes, I order that, too! Enough is enough. The booming and banging is out of control.

Me: It has been louder and longer this year, I’ll admit. Not so much a New Year’s celebration as a letting off of steam.

Sweetie: I hear them. There they go again.

Me: Whatever they had left over from last night is being shot off now.

Doodlebug: Humans have no business calling bulldogs loud.

Sweetie: Yeah, we may bark wildly at random hours for no obvious reason, but at least we don’t blow up the sky.

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