Bulldog Grass Trimmers – Conversations with Stella and the Pack


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human is spending too much time trimming down the wild grasses.

Me:  This has been a wet spring. When the weather dries out as summer comes on, the grasses will not grow so fast.

Tiger:  Lady Human, we have a plan.

Doodlebug:  We want to help you with the wild grasses.

Me:  Well, I saw out back where you all trampled some of it down before I even got a chance to cut it.  I still have to chop it up or it will snag our feet.

Miss Sweetie:  We can help you. Even without a long stick that makes an annoying noise.

Wiggles:  Yes. We can help. Our teeth will do the job. Grass eating is a specialty of ours.

Stella:  Let us help, Lady Human.

Me:  I know. I’ve seen you. Honestly, I don’t believe that you can trim all the wild grass as much as you would like to. While I appreciate the offer, but I expect I will still be using my grass trimmer.

Stella:  Suit yourself. We try to save you time. We try to save you money.

Miss Sweetie:  We try to eat your delicious grass. And then sometimes we throw it up.

Me:  Okay, thank you.

Stella:  Here we are…a bunch of bulldog grass trimmers. Some humans just don’t know when they’ve got a good deal.





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The Joys of the Cold, Wet Mud – Conversations with Stella and Miss Sweetie


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. It has been cold, and the sky has been crying all day.

Me:  Yesterday set a record low for cold around here in May. Why isn’t Sweetie coming in? It’s all wet out there.

20170315_170602.jpgStella:  Sweetie likes water.

Me:  Baths and puppy pools, yeah, but she’s never been a fan of mud and rain. I’m going out to see what she’s up to. Sweetie!

Stella:  Look behind the chicken run.

Me:  Sweetie!

Miss Sweetie:  Over here, Lady Human!

Me:  Why are you just sitting there?

Miss Sweetie:  This is my special hiding place.

Me:  Sorry to say this, girl, but you aren’t hidden very well.

Miss Sweetie:  But these little trees are hiding me.

Me:  Not so much.

Miss Sweetie:  Awww. I just wanted some privacy.

Me:  Well, you can sit there if you want. Isn’t the ground pretty cold and wet though?

Miss Sweetie:  Mmmm. The way I like it.

Me:  Okay…well…enjoy it.

Miss Sweetie:  May I come back inside?

Me:  Sure. Whenever you’re ready.

Miss Sweetie:  I’M READY!

Me:  I thought you were enjoying…

Miss Sweetie:  Lady Human, do you enjoy sitting in cold mud?

Me:  No, I can’t say that I do.

Miss Sweetie: Why can’t you say?

Me:  That means I don’t.

Miss Sweetie:  It is an acquired habit.

Me:  How did you acquire it?

Miss Sweetie: By sitting in cold mud.







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Real Animals for a Real World – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. I am real.

Me:  Yep. You sure are. REAL real.

Stella:  I already said that, Lady Human. Now you are repeating me and yourself. As I was saying, I am real. A real live dog. But Lady Human has all sorts of fake animals sitting around. There are dogs and bears and a tiger and an elephant and even a frog…ewww.

Me:  Lots of variety.

Stella:  But you have real animals, like me and the pack and Pearl the Parakeet and Moon Cat and the chickens. What do you need with stuffed animals? A stuffed animal is not nearly as alive as a real one.

Me:  I know, but you can’t use a real animal as a pillow. At least not all the time.

Stella:  I use you as a pillow all the time.

Me:  True.

Stella:  You are nice and squishy.

Me:  Thank you. I think. The thing about stuffed animals for pillows is that they are cushy, and they don’t move around. And some of them are gifts from a long time ago and reminders.

Stella:  Aren’t we reminders?

Me:  Sure. Every day. But these things are reminders of what happened way before I ever met any of y’all. They remind me of who gave them to me and where they came from. Like that bear, for instance. It came from a little shop in Alexandria, Virginia many years ago. And Tall Man gave me that elephant one day when I was feeling a little down. How could I keep real elephants and bears in the house? And then there’s still the whole soft pillow issue.

Stella:  You can use me for a pillow, Lady Human.

Me:  Really?

Stella:  Sure. For about as long as it takes you to fall asleep.





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The Watch Chicken – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Evening has settled in. It is almost snacking, Picture Box-watching bedtime for me and Lady Human and… wait…what’s that infernal racket?

Me:  One of the chickens is squawking about something. Let me go see.

Stella:  Me, too! I’m in charge here. Hey, what’s all that noise? Be quiet!

Me:  There’s a loud rumbling from somewhere. Probably a big truck. Shhh. It’s okay. Settle down.


Stella:  Why did she settle down when you said to? She ignored me. That’s just plain wrong.

Me:  They like it when I shush them. I guess they like the sound. It’ll be dark soon. They’ll go to sleep.

Stella: Is she like a guard dog, only she’s a watch chicken? How did that happen?

Me:  I don’t know. Loud noises can stir them up.

Stella:  Nope. Dogs watch and guard. Not chickens. What does she think she’s going to do? Chase off a dog or a human? I’d like to see that. Chickens chasing people.

Me:  It happens. Depends on how irritated the chicken is.

Stella:  I wouldn’t try it if I were her. No chicken is ever going to out irritate a bulldog.








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Smoked Beef Sundays – Conversations with Stella and the Pack


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. I always know when it is Sunday.

Tiger:  Me, too. Lady Human comes home from church smelling like smoked beef.

Stella:  Hey, I was going to say that!

Miss Sweetie:  Me, too.

Doodlebug:  Me, too.

Wiggles:  I was going to say that she leaves early and comes back when our lunch is late.

Me:  I don’t come home that late on Sundays. I do usually go to lunch with someone.

Wiggles:  And you come back smelling like the place where you ate. Today, it was a smoked beef place.

Tiger:  I hope you brought some home for everyone.

Me:  No, I did not.

Tiger:  Typical.

Stella:  For shame, Lady Human! You lied to a dog! I saw the box in your hand.

Me:  I did not lie. I brought food home, but I did not bring it for everyone. I brought it for me.

Stella:  Typical. Who are these Sunday people who put temptation in our paths by going to beef houses? Now we will be thinking about smoked beef all day long.

Me:  You are making me start to feel badly…maybe I can…

Stella:  Yee hah! You will share your beef?

Me:  No, but you can sniff my clothes again if it will make you feel better.

Stella:  That’s not much…

Tiger:  But better than nothing.

Wiggles:  Quick, before the scent fades.

Doodlebug:  Mmmmm, my favorite!

Miss Sweetie:  Lady Human, never wash your clothes again.

Me:  I believe that would be a mistake long term.









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The Yard Zipper – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde Bulldogges. Lady Human is playing in the yard with her new toy and she is not sharing. So unfair.

Me:  Whew! Glad that’s done for another few days.

Stella:  Why couldn’t we play with you, Lady Human?

Me:  I wasn’t playing.

Stella:  Sure, you were. We heard your new toy zipping around the yard.

Me:  That’s not a toy. It’s my new grass and weed trimmer.

Stella:  It sounds fun. But you’re keeping all the fun to yourself.

Me:  It’s no toy. It’s a tool for cutting down weeds and tall grass in tight places.

Stella:  We can do that. Just let us have the toy. Or better yet, you use it and we’ll chase it.

Me:  I can’t even risk having you outside when I’m using it. You all are already too interested in it when it’s just sitting around doing nothing but cooling off. When it’s running, it could hit you or sling pebbles or sharp grass blades at you.

Stella:  So, it’s like a dodge ball game. Or a throw ball game. Cool!

Me:   Stella, you don’t like those games. When I try them, you run to the door to get inside.

Stella:  But that’s the point of the whole game! Just think how fast I can run with the yard zipper throwing stuff at me.









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My Game, My Rules – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me:  Would Stella the Queen mind settling down when she is on my bed?

Stella:  Wait. I will ask her. Oh, that’s me. Would I mind settling down when I am on Lady Human’s bed? I would if I could, but I can’t.

Me:  Can’t? Or won’t?

Stella:  Same difference. I am a bulldog. I can’t do what I can’t do. I can’t do what I won’t do. And I won’t do what I can’t do.

Me:  That makes a strange amount of sense.

Stella:  Bulldog sense.

Me:  Does there have to be so much flipping around?

Stella:  This is a flipping game. Flipping games mean flipping. My game, my rules.

Me:  Why can’t we play one of my games?

Stella:  One of your games where we sit around and stare at each other.

Me:  Yeah, that sounds good.

Stella:  I will be blunt, Lady Human. Your games are boring. Now it’s your turn to flip.

Me:  I don’t flip very well.

Stella:  I know. That’s why I always win. Too late. You lost your turn. My turn to flip again because…

Me:  Let me guess. Your game, your rules.




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Wiggles on the Loose! – Conversations with Stella and the Pack


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Help! Oh, me! Oh, my! Wiggles knocked a gate aside and squeezed through a gap in our invincible fence.

Me:  I hear her barking outside! I’m going after her!

Stella:  What if she gets in the road? What if a monstrous rolling box runs over her? What if…what if…what if we never see her again?

Miss Sweetie:  Wiggles is smarter than I am. I was outside, too. I didn’t leave the yard. Wiggles must have had a good reason for walking into the unknown land.

Me:  We’re back!

Stella:  Wiggles! Where did you go?


Me:  I found her standing on the front porch, facing the front door, waiting to be let back into the house.

Stella:  Why ever did you squeeze out of the fence?

Wiggles:  I wanted adventure.

Doodlebug:  But you came right back.

Wiggles:  I had enough adventure. And I remembered. My food is in here.

Tiger:  She will try it again, Lady Human. She’s just that kind.

Me:  And you aren’t?

Tiger:  I know where I am well off.

Me:  I’m going outside…alone…to work on the fence. No more adventures.

Stella:  All right, tell me, Wiggles. What happened out there? Why did you come right back?

Wiggles:  I heard something. I think it was Lady Human. She was talking to the Great Creator. I had to go to the door and bark.

Stella:  How could you hear her? She was inside. Until we heard you bark from outside, she didn’t even know that you were gone.

Wiggles:  But He did.






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The Great Dog Food Disaster – Official Pack Meeting – Conversations with Stella and the Pack


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Pack meeting is hereby called to order.

Tiger:  How did this food disaster come about?

Doodlebug:  Didn’t you like the softy food we’ve been getting the last few days?

Tiger:  It makes my stomach feel bad. I love it.

Miss Sweetie:  I love it. Bring on some more.

Wiggles:  Didn’t it make you feel bad?

Miss Sweetie:  Yes.

Wiggles:  And you still want to eat it?

Miss Sweetie:  Sure. Watch the humans. They eat stuff that makes them feel bad and they still want it. Humans are always right.

Stella:  Objection! Humans are not always right. Lady Human said so. Lady Human is always right.

Me:  I wish that were so, Stella girl.

Stella:  This is a pack meeting. Lady Human, are you a member of the pack? Because you don’t look like a bulldog.

Me:  Sorry.

Tiger:  But how did this food disaster come about? We had our good food and then there was hardly any of it left and the softy food got added and we kept waiting and our food was hard to find, and the softy food was wonderful and then we started feeling not so well and…

Stella:  Yes, Lady Human, how did the food shortage disaster occur?

Me:  Wait. Am I a member of the pack now?

Stella:  Consult! (whisper…whisper…whisper) No.

Me:  Then I don’t have to answer any of your questions.

Stella:  Okay. Hold on. Consult! (whisper…whisper…whisper) All right. You are a pack member…sort of. How did the food shortage disaster occur?

Me:  I dispute the use of the word ‘disaster’.

Miss Sweetie:  What does ‘dispute’ mean?

Stella:  She argues against it.

Tiger:  Hey, she is a bulldog pack member.

Stella:  It was a disaster for our stomachs.

Wiggles:  I still think that the softy food was delicious. Given the choice, I would do it all again.

Me:  It is a very good brand. You haven’t had trouble with it before when I have used it in small amounts because I had to hide medicine…okay, too much information.

Doodlebug:  You hid medicine in delicious food?

Me:  Well, yeah.

Doodlebug:  Can I have some hidden medicine now?

Me:  I guess your stomachs just can’t handle it in a bigger amount. But the problem is resolved.

Stella:  The disaster, you mean.

Me:  We have plenty of your yellow bag food for the next couple of weeks. By then, I can talk to the people who make it. They can tell me more places to get it if we need to.

Tiger:  Okay.

Wiggles:  Good deal.

Doodlebug:  Fair enough.

Miss Sweetie:  Mmmmm. Food.

Stella:  A likely story. Pack meeting adjourned…until the next food disaster.









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The Great Dog Food Hunt – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Today is the day – the day that our dog food will be back. They promised. We have had to stretch our rations with another dog food…wonderful, softy food, but honestly, though it tastes great, it has been making us feel weird. But today is the day.

Me:  Do you already have the yellow bags of Victor’s now?

Stella:  Lady Human is polite when she speaks to humans on the black box she holds in her hands all the time. I don’t know why.

Me:  No? Tomorrow. Thursday. Okay. Thank you.

Stella:  Here comes the food! Here comes the food!

Me:  No. They don’t expect theirs to arrive until tomorrow. Thursday.

Stella:  Un-uh! They said Wednesday. I was standing right there when they said it. Whatever a Wednesday is, it happens today.

Me:  The weather may have caused a delay. I’ll make some calls.

Stella:  Shhh! Don’t tell the others. They may throw a food riot.

Me:  They won’t riot. They love the softy food. I just think it is not the best long term for you. Hello, I was checking to see if you have any Victor dog food in the yellow bags…Okay, I see. Thank you for your help. They have some Victor’s, but not the yellow bag stuff y’all are used to. More people must be buying it up.

Stella:  What? Woe is me! Woe is us! Whatever shall we do? Woe! Ah-ooooo!

Me:  Stella! No howling, please! I’ll check with Tall Man. He may know another place.

Stella:  Why me? Why, oh why?

Me:  Okay, he said to check back with our regular place. I did and they have some other varieties of your dog food. So, I’m going there right now. I’ll be back before lunch.

Stella:  Woe! Woe! Woe! Why? Why? Why? Lady Human told me that those big monstrous rolling boxes on the big road carried our food. Where did they take it? Are they eating it themselves? Did they feed it to their dogs? To their cats? To their horses? Time passes slowly when you are thinking about food…Nap. Dream. Food…

Me:  Here it is! I got it! Perfect timing. The semi-truck got there just before I did. It was a surprise to the feed store people, too.

Stella:  A surprise? Why should they be surprised? It’s Wednesday, isn’t it?





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The Bluebonnet Jaunt – The Road Home – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.

Me:  Jiggety, joggety, all the way home.

Stella:  Is Jiggety Joggety where we live?

Me:  No. It’s an old children’s rhyme. But we are on the way home. And we are going to stop by the feed store on the way to save some time, to go ahead and pick up dog food which I would have to do in a few days anyway.

Stella:  Food? Our food?

Me:  Yep. We’re going by near there anyhow so…

Stella:  Food! Food! Food! I’ve been there before.

Me:  No. That was the other place. It got sold.

Stella:  Wait. Are they building a fast meat place there, too?

Me:  I don’t think so. But you never know nowadays.

Stella:  Is this it? Is this it? Oh, so fun!

Me:  Yes. Come on. You can go inside here. Hey, I need to get two 50-pound bags of the Victor yellow.

Voice in the Feed Store:  Sorry. We are out of the yellow Victor. We will have it back in on Wednesday.

Me:  Okay. Wednesday. Okay.

Stella:  Where is the food? Bring on the food.

Me:  They ran out. There will be more on Wednesday.

Stella:  What? No food? How could this happen? How could you let this happen?

Me:  I don’t order it. They’ve never run out before. We’ll just have to make do and stretch what we have let until…Wednesday. I can add some softy food.

Stella:  Worst day ever! We are going to starve!

Me:  No, no, we’ll make do.

Stella:  I have an idea.

Me:  Oh, great.

Stella:  Turn around and go back to the barbecue place. Buy up all their barbecue and we will eat that until we get our regular food on Wednesday. Yay! Everybody wins. Yay, barbecue! What a wonderful world! Best day ever!









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The Bluebonnet Jaunt Part 2 1/2 – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human drove her rolling box to a place, once a special place but no more. The flowers that she calls ‘bluebonnets’ are gone from here and now she looks down. I wish we had never come.

Me:  No, I’m glad we came. I kept thinking about this place. I stopped here with one of my daughters and enjoyed the bluebonnets a few years back. But sometimes things change.

Stella:  Why?

Me:  I guess someone sold the land or leased it out to a fast food chain. The bluebonnets had to go when the burger restaurant came. So did the old building that looked like a spaceship. It had been here for decades. Now it’s all pavement.

Stella:  And meat. Wonderful, wonderful meat.

Me:  Yeah, I guess that would mean more to bulldogs.

Stella:  Lady Human, be very quiet. There is a large cow with long horns standing over there. A big, big cow that is white and blue and pink and yellow.


Me:  Oh, that’s not a real longhorn. That’s a statue.

Stella:  Why would a human make a statue of a longhorn?

Me:  Texans make statues of lots of things, even animals, like longhorns and horses and…

Stella:  Bulldogs?

Me:  Not that I’m aware of. Not yet anyway. Somebody will probably get around to it one of these days.

Stella:  A statue of a cow, but no bluebonnets. Will the bluebonnets come back?

Me:  Maybe.

Stella:  If they do, will the longhorn cow eat them?

Me:  Uh. No. Statues don’t eat.

Stella:  Good. That will give the bluebonnets a fighting chance. Lady Human, are you sad?

Me:  Not sad. Just a little disappointed. But it’s not so bad. After all, I’m here with you and that’s pretty special.

Stella:  I like being here with you, too. And I like being surrounded by meat.






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The Bluebonnet Jaunt Part 2 – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. I am in a rolling box. I think we are going to see the lady in the white coat, the one Lady Human calls ‘vet’.

Me:  No, we are not going to the vet.

Stella:  Now I am really confused.

Me:  As I told you, we are going on a jaunt, a short trip, to see bluebonnets. Flowers that bloom wild in the spring. And no, you may not eat them.

Stella:  We are not alone. Look at all these rolling boxes Look at those monstrous rolling boxes.

Me:  Semi-trucks.

Stella:  Yay! We are all going to look at bluebonnets.

Me:  No, most of these other people are going different places.

Stella:  Then why are they going along with us? The big rolling boxes are scary.

Me:  They are carrying things we all need. Like your food.

Stella:  In that case, they can stay on the road with us. Look! There are flowers!

Me:  Yes, pink, yellow, purple, orange.

Stella:  Where are our bluebonnets?

Me:  Just up ahead. We are coming up on the exit now.

Stella:  This is a great place, Lady Human. I smell meat. Wonderful.

Me:  Yes, there’s a barbecue place right over here where we will park and… What?

Stella:  What?

Me:  It’s gone. It’s all gone.

Stella:  The barbecue meat? Gone? Horrible! Horrible!

Me:  No, the barbecue is still here.

Stella:  Oh, you had me scared there for a minute.

Me:  I mean the bluebonnets are gone. All gone. And in their place…

Stella:  What?

Me:  A new fast food hamburger place.

Stella:  With meat? Wonderful! What a great jaunt this is! Let’s do this all the time!











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The Bluebonnet Jaunt Part 1 – Conversations with Stella and the Pack


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Where are we going? Where are we going? Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Times a’wastin’!

Tiger:  Me, too! I have a harness!

Me:  Sorry, girl. This one is just going to be me and Stella. That’s about all I can handle today. Next time… if you are able to behave around other dogs.

Tiger:  Awww.

Me:  Now let me finish getting ready. We’ll leave in a few minutes. Here. Let’s get your safety harness on. Stella. Stella!

Tall Man:  Let me help.

Me:  She is truly excited.

Stella:  We’re going! Wait! Where are we going?

Me:  We are going to a bluebonnet spot that I know about. The bluebonnets should be in full bloom. They peak around San Jacinto Day.

Stella:  Why?

Me:  I don’t know. Maybe in honor of San Jacinto Day.

Stella:  Let’s go! Let’s go!

Me:  I’ll make sure we have what we need. It’s not that far away.

Miss Sweetie:  I think we should go, too.

Doodlebug:  There is not enough room in her rolling box for all of us.

Wiggles:  I will take a nap.

Tiger:  What are bluebonnets? Can we eat them?

Stella:  Ah-ooooo! Ah-ooooo! Ah-ooooooooo!

Me:  What’s going on? Stella! Is that you howling?

Stella:  Ah-ooooo! You put my harness on. Once you do that, you have to take me wherever you are going.

Me:  We are going now. Come on. Here’s the leash.

Stella:  Come on. Hurry! Before somebody else eats all the bluebonnets.

Me:  Eats?








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What Is A Throne and Where Is Mine? – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. The cat acts as though she is the queen, but she isn’t. I have told her that any number of times. Still, she doesn’t listen. Like right now. She is sitting on one of the humans’ big chairs and sticking her snooty nose in the air.

Me:  I guess that chair is her version of a throne. She does look regal.


Stella:  Throne? Regal? Where is my dictionary?

Me:  You haven’t finished it. Throne means a chair that a king or queen sits on. Regal means royal , like a king or queen.

Stella:  The cat? Our Moon Cat? A queen’s chair? Regal? What’s she playing at?

Me:  She’s just being herself. And the chair is not a new thing. She sleeps on them all the time at night. You all don’t notice because you are already asleep yourselves.

Stella:  It’s not fair. Not fair at all. If that’s a throne and thrones are for queens, just you watch me sit on it. I’ll just…jump…climb…here I come…hold still, you silly throne! One more try! Hey, let me up there, dumb chair! I am your queen!

Me:  Sorry. The chair does not seem to be cooperating. It must not be a royalist.

Stella:  Sweetie can jump up on chairs and couches and pianos. Why can’t I?

Me:  Sweetie is taller than you are. And younger.

Stella:  Lady Human! How rude!

Me:  We’re dealing with facts here, girl.

Stella:  Here’s a fact. I need a throne. You are going to find me one. That is an order.

Me:  I’ll look around.

Stella:  Really look this time. Not like when you said you would find me a crown. And where is my crown? My head is still naked.







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The Troubles of Mankind – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. I am a bulldog and as hard as I may try, I don’t understand humans. Like today. They are tense. And sad. I sense it, but I don’t know what is causing it. I just wish I could help them get beyond it. What has happened, Lady Human?

Me:   A very famous, very old church burned today.

Stella:  Your church? The church you go to when you leave us some mornings?

Me:  No, not mine. One a long, long way from here. But distance doesn’t matter.

Stella:  The humans are gone?

Me:  No, thank the LORD! It may be that there were no injuries or deaths.

Stella:  So, the church is still there.

Me:  The ancient building has been almost destroyed. The roof has collapsed.

Stella:  But the church is still there.

Me:  Well, no, not the way it was…

Stella:  Lady Human, every time you tell us that you are going to church, do you think that we are so silly as to think that you are going to some building? Like when you go to a building to buy your food or to buy our treats? You go and you never come back carrying anything new in your hands. You go to your church, but you are not visiting a building. You have told me. You go to visit the Great Creator with your friends.

Me:  Yes.

Stella:  So that church a long, long way from here is still there. The building got hurt and humans are sorry for that. The things that humans build are wonderful, but they are human. The Great Creator is much, much more.

Me:  Yes, thank you for reminding me, Stella.

Stella: You’re welcome, Lady Human. Even humans need to remember what is truly important sometimes.





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Bulldog Body Slamming – Conversations with Stella


20151220_230434.jpgI am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. BOOM!

Me:  Hey! What’s going on?

Stella:  BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Me:  Stella, cut it out! What are you doing?

Stella:  I like to cuddle.

Me:  You call this ‘cuddling’? You are ramming me with your whole body.

Stella:  I am just trying to get close to you.

Me:  By crashing into me?

Stella:  Yes. Isn’t it fun?

Me:  Not so much for me, no.

Stella:  It’s as I suspected. Humans don’t know how to enjoy themselves. Wait. That reminds me of something.

Me:  What?

Stella:  BOOM!






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Make It Stop Now! – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. My precious little head is getting wet and it is all Lady Human’s fault.

Me:  I didn’t make it rain.

Stella:  But you can stop it if you want to. I have seen you do it before.

Me:  I don’t know what you think you have seen, but I cannot stop rain on command.

Stella:  Well, start working harder on that. We have been dodging rain all day long. It is very tedious. My top half is all wet now.

Me:  If you hurry up and get your business done, you can go back in and dry off.

Stella:  I thought you and the other humans have machines in the sky that tell you when the rain is going to fall. What went wrong?

Me:  Sometimes the rain just comes anyway, on its own schedule.

Stella:  That is very disorderly. You all get that straightened out right away. Had I wanted to take a shower, I would have sorted that out with you – inside!





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Who Is In Charge Here? – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. What I say, goes.

Me:  The letter of the law.

Stella:  No. No letters. No law. Just what I say.

Me:  That’s about the same thing. But what if I say something different?

Stella:  I don’t know. What I say, goes. Unless…

Me:  Unless somebody with more authority says something else?

Stella:  Yes. No. Maybe. Do you have more authority than I do?

Me:  Who put humans in charge?

Stella:  The Great Creator.

Me:  So, who is in charge?

Stella:  Hey. Is that a trick question?

Me:  Not really.

Stella:  The Great Creator.

Me:  Yep. And…

Stella:  Me?

Me:  Well…

Stella:  Oh, okay. Humans are in charge.

Me:  Good girl!

Stella:  And then ME! I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. And don’t anybody forget it!





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Sunbath Slumber Party – Conversations with Stella, Wiggles, and Miss Sweetie


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. The sun, the sun, the all-pervasive sun.

Me:  Is ‘pervasive’ one of your words now?

Stella:  Yes. No. Maybe.  Why aren’t Wiggles and Miss Sweetie back in the house yet?

Me:  They are sleeping in the sun. I don’t mind. It is not that hot, and we have been under a widespread cloud cover for days.

Stella:  Hey! Wiggles! Sweetie! Wake up! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

Me:  Well, that’s kind of rude!

Stella:  Nobody sleeps on the job.

Me:  What job?

Stella:  Being a bulldog is a full-time job.

Wiggles:  What’s going on?

Miss Sweetie:  Why? What happened? Why?

Me:  Stella thinks that you have been out in the sun too long.

Miss Sweetie:  Why? Did the sun complain?

Me:  No. It’s just that you were both sleeping.

Stella:  That’s not the problem.

Me:  What is the problem then?

Stella:  They were having a slumber party and I was not invited.

Me:  It wasn’t a party exactly. There were no treats.

Stella:  They were enjoying themselves without including me.

Me:  Okay.

Stella:  Nobody gets to enjoy themselves without me. I thought you understood that.

Me:  I guess I missed that point. Sorry.

Stella:  Don’t let it happen again.








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