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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Wasted Breath – Conversations with Sweetie

I am Sweetie, but I’m not the King or Queen or anything like that and that makes me so frustrated that I want to yell at everybody and why can’t I…

Me: Hold up there, girl. Settle down. How about a sunbath? It’s actually warmed up today.

Sweetie: …sunbathe like I want to, but noooo, the sky turned cold and stayed that way so no sunbath for Sweetie and…

Me: Listen! You can sunbathe today. It’s pleasant outside and dry. So go ahead…

Sweetie: …nobody cares that it’s been soooo boring during the bad weather…

Me: SWEETIE!

Sweetie: Huh? Did you say something, Lady Human?

Me: Isn’t it funny? When you are listening only to your own loud mouth go on and on, it is next to impossible to hear anything else.

Sweetie: Oh, don’t call yourself a loud mouth, ma’am. Now, as I was saying, if I could just go sunbathe a little…

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Bark-a-thon! – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Here me roar!

Sweetie: I don’t care! Here me roar louder!

Doodlebug: No, hear me!

Sweetie: No, me!

Me: No! Both of you, hear ME! What the freakzone is going on? You’ve been at this insane barking for…I’ve lost count how many minutes.

Doodlebug: Well, it hasn’t been long enough!

Me: Yes, it has been!

Sweetie: You see, Doodle? It worked! We got her to bark, too!

Me: What are you up to?

Doodlebug: Nothing. That’s the problem.

Me: Okay. Too much unused energy. I get it. It’s still pretty cold outside, but it’s dry. You can run around and work some of it off.

Doodlebug: I just got warmed up.

Sweetie: Yeah, I feel all toasty now. Barking is great exercise.

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When Will Normal Be? – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Make it stop, Lady Human.

Sweetie: She can’t. The humans don’t know how to make it stop.

Me: Make what stop?

Doodlebug: The strange.

Me: The strange what?

Sweetie: The strange everything.

Me: Could you be a little more specific?

Doodlebug: The too cold weather.

Sweetie: The humans running around like mad cows.

Doodlebug: The weird little lights everywhere.

Sweetie: The humans running around like mad cows.

Me: You already said that.

Sweetie: That’s a big one. I don’t like mad cows.

Me: Listen. It won’t stay cold forever and cold is normal in winter. And the holidays will be over soon, so less craziness…

Sweetie: A likely story. Next you’ll tell us that cows are normal.

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Make Do – Conversations with the Pack

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human, I have a complaint.

Sweetie: Stand in line! Lady Human, something is wrong. It is oh so cold IN THE HOUSE!

Doodlebug: Exactly! I know you humans do not manage the temperature outside very well, but at least inside it’s sometimes tolerable.

Me: Well, we’ve experienced something called an Arctic bomb cyclone.

Sweetie: I don’t care what it’s called. I call it stupid. Make it stop!

MoonCat: Meow!

Doodlebug: See! Even the cat says so and she never agrees with us on anything.

Me: The problem is that our central heating unit is not working right…

Sweetie: How come?

Me: I don’t know, but for the time being, we have our room heaters and we will make do.

Doodlebug: Make do? What is that? Yet another kind of human failure?

Me: Actually, it means we will get through this all right as uncomfortable as it may be for the short term.

Sweetie: Yep. Human failure.

Me: Hey, y’all did all right last night. You had your blankets and the little heater and I heard snoring all night long…

MoonCat: Meow. Make do.

Doodlebug: Bulldogs rule. We don’t “make do”. That’s for cats and humans.

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BEDTIME! – Conversations with the Pack

I am Doodlebug. King of the Olde English Bulldogges. I have a question.

Me: Nope. All questions postponed until tomorrow. Good night.

Doodlebug: I am the King. I cannot be postponed. My question is…

Me: Bedtime! No more questions! Good night!

Sweetie: But what about…

Me: Later!

MoonCat: Meow. Why does my water smell funny?

Me: Don’t know. Maybe your nose is working funny.

Sweetie: That was an answer, Lady Human. So my question is…

Me: Do you know what a snore is?

Doodlebug: Yes, of course.

Sweetie: Sure. We do it all the time.

Me: Snore.

Doodlebug: How come she gets to ask a question at bedtime?

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Cat Breath – Conversations with the Pack

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Sweetie: So?

Doodlebug: The cat smells good.

Me: Yeah, I saw you all nose to nose.

Sweetie: It’s her food. I’ll have what she’s having.

Doodlebug: Me, too. Me first.

Me: No, you’ll have your regular food.

Sweetie: How come, Lady Human? Hers smells better.

Me: Nothing better. Just different. Of course, if you want to skip your teatime snack…

Doodlebug and Sweetie NOOO!

Sweetie: What would make you suggest such a terrible thing?

Doodlebug: Yeah, just because the cat’s breath smells delicious.

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Winker – Conversations with Doodlebug

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human, what’s that in your hand?

Me:  Nothing much.

Doodlebug:  Yes, it is. Put it down! That’s an order!

Me:  Oh, come on, boy. It’s just eyedrops. You’ve got some allergy goo in your right eye. You look like you’re winking.

Doodlebug:  Nobody touches the eyes. NOBODY! Not even me!

Me:  This doesn’t sting. The vet said this was the best stuff to use. It just takes a second….there…done.

Doodlebug:  Wait. That feels all right. My eye isn’t stuck in wink mode anymore. This is great! DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!

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Poop Matters – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. I need to poop.

Me:  You just went out.

Doodlebug:  Things happen.

Sweetie:  I need to poop, too.

Me:  You just came back in as well. What did you two spend your time out there doing.

Doodlebug: Well, not pooping.

Sweetie: I think that would be obvious, Lady Human.

Me:  All right then. Go out again. Get your business done.

Doodlebug:  Hey, poop is a big deal.

Me:  Yep. For everyone.

Sweetie:  So special for humans that y’all dedicate special rooms for it INSIDE THE HOUSE! So unfair!

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Graying Days – Conversations with Doodlebug and Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.  Lady Human, my front paws look funny.

Me:  They look fine to me.

Doodlebug:  No, there was little white hairs all over them and they are supposed to be black like the rest of me.

Me:  Well, that’s not anything wrong. You’re just turning a bit gray.

Doodlebug:  But I don’t like it.

Me:  None of us really do. It’s an age thing. You’ve gotten to an age where some of your hair runs out of color and the hairs go white or gray.

Doodlebug:  But what about Sweetie?  We are the same age. Why isn’t she graying?

Me:  She may be, but since her head and body are white and brown, it just doesn’t show up as much as it does on you.

Sweetie:  Ha! Ha!

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The Traditional Shake it Off – Conversations with Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Sweetie, why do you have to do that every time?

Sweetie:  What do I do every time? Breathe. Eat. Drink. Sleep.

Doodlebug:  No, how come you shake yourself all over every time you wake up from a nap? I don’t do that and I am the king. So I don’t see any reason why you should do it.

Sweetie:  Let’s see. Why do I shake myself all over after a nap? Well, number one, it makes me feel good, like everything is in place. Number two, it wakes my skin up. Number three, it clears my head and gets me to thinking.

Doodlebug:  Really? I didn’t think you did that.

Sweetie:  Oh, all the time, but not when I sleep. Number 4, it’s traditional and you don’t break with tradition lightly.

Me:  How did it become a tradition and not just a habit?

Sweetie:  You know. Lady Human. You do something and do something and do something and then it starts to be odd when you don’t and then it starts to mean something to you, and I shake myself off and that starts everything over again. It’s a new day. So now it’s a tradition. And don’t you dare tell me not to do it or I’ll start a new tradition like stepping on your toes.

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Cracker Snacker – Conversations with the Pack

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me:  Okay, Doodlebug! This is the second time I’ve found the cheese cracker box on the ground and this time the bag has been pulled out of it. Did you do this?

Doodlebug:  How dare you accuse the king of stealing cheese crackers! Kings do not steal crackers. They are offered crackers by their humble subjects which, by the way, you have not done for several days so if I had tried to sneak a snack, who could have blamed me?

Me: Sweetie?

Miss Sweetie:  Do I look as though I could have jumped up on the counter and knocked that cracker box down? Next candidate?

Me:  MoonCat?

MoonCat:  Meow.

Me:  You did this.

MoonCat:  Meow.

Me:  You’ve never even tasted a cheese cracker before.

MoonCat:  It was about time I did. Honorary bulldog, remember?

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