I’ve been reading Debbie’s blog for quite some time now and it’s one of my firm favourites. There are three things I love about Deb’s Random Writings; it’s easy to read, her photos are gorgeous and best of all, she’s a huge animal lover and serial pet rescuer. So of course, it was a natural move to ask Debbie’s pets to take part in my pet interview series. Luckily, they were ALL happy to oblige! So I shall stand aside and introduce the pets!
1. What’s your name, what sort of animal are you and what makes you a brilliant pet?
Flossy: “Me first! Me first! I’m the cutest!” (helicopter tail lifting the dust from the carpet).
“I’m Flossy and I am a pavement special. I love cuddling in close with my people and keeping them warm with my hot breath on their faces.” (Not a habit we embrace, Floss!)
Rascal: “That doesn’t make you brilliant, that makes you soft!… I’m Rascal. I’m a Silky/ Yorkie cross (which I am most of the time). I am brilliant at causing trouble and throwing my weight around… All three kilos of it!… And I can empty the toybox at the back of the chair faster than any of the other woosies.”
Alphie: “I’m Alphie and I’m a Yorkie type. I was the only male that counted in this house which was brilliant, now I would say I was brilliant at acting dumb. They think I’m daft. I’m not. I just have them wrapped around my dewclaw.” (Is that a fact Alph?)
Zola: “Me next. Me next!… I’m Zola and I’m a very pretty dog. I’m brilliant because I have a mind of my own and am not afraid to use it. I don’t come when called and would have food off the kitchen counter given the chance!” (We are onto you. You aren’t even hungry anymore).
Buddy: “What’s going on? What’s going on?…. OooOOooo I’m Buddy and I’m one of them. Not them, but them.” He says looking at his people. ” I am brilliant because they thought I was going to die, but I had them fooled and got my forever home just like that. Now I may look like one of that lot (dogs), but I think like the other lot (people).”
Ugg: “How dare they forget me! My name’s Ugg and I am the no-longer-feral cat. I am brilliant at patrolling the wood piles and keeping vermin at bay.”
2. Tell me about the person or family who live with you
After much mumbling and discussion…..
Zola: ” They are the greatest. They take us walking and feed us, not once but twice a day!… And they keep the fire lit just for us.” (Not only for you, might I point out?).
Rascal: “They don’t have a brain cell between them. Why else would they keep bringing home abandoned dogs? They are obviously abandoned for a reason! I’m never going to maintain my place at the top of this household if they keep bringing home strays!” (Rascal, you poor, deluded dog. You are not top dog and I think you know it, you are only fooling yourself).
Alphie: “Debs is my favourite. I won’t go anywhere without her, in fact, sometimes I refuse to move without her. And she combs and cuts me. I like that. She gives me grated cheese if I sit still whilst being groomed.”
Buddy: “I can’t understand why they don’t like me ‘helping’ with the laundry. I pick up clothes and they take them away. I am only trying to help, so I agree with Rascal on this one. They don’t have many braincells between them.”
Flossy: “I love Gregs. He stays in bed late, so I get to snuggle in and keep him warm for hours.”
Alphie, Zola and Buddy in unison: “That is favouritism, we have to sleep in our own beds!” (Gregs’ dog. Gregs’ choice, I’m afraid).
Ugg: “What can I say? They are okay. They feed me and I know when I am onto a good thing.”
3. Pets always choose their families for a reason so what do you love about yours?
Rascal: “This one’s easy. I chose Catherine because I could see we were one of a kind. Strong headed. stubborn and persistant.”
Alphie: “Did I chose them? I can’t remember doing that”…. (That about sums you up Alph. You are a daft dog, with a short attention span)… ” That’s what she thinks! It works every time!”
Flossy: “I spent a long time living at the side of a busy main road, where many people tried to look after me. I love the fact that Debs took no notice when I growled at her when she picked me up. I could have taken her down had I really wanted to!”… (I’m sure you could have, but you didn’t)… “They were only meant to foster me whilst I was recovering from surgery, so I had a short time to win their hearts. I love the fact they are so easy to win over!”… (We have a no more dogs policy now Floss. You were a lucky one).
Buddy: “I was only a foster dog too, but they kept me as well! Am I a lucky one too? Am I? Am I?…I knew it was between me and my sister, so I had to play really sick, but determined to live, to win them over. And it worked! I love them because they are soft too.”
Zola: “When I saw Neal out running, I knew I had to have him. I followed him home, gave the family one of my cutest looks and I won their hearts. So I too love the fact they are soft.”
Ugg: “I knew a good thing when I saw it. They fed me when I was pregnant, which was one less thing for me to worry about. They have made my life easier.”
4. Try as we might to find the perfect family, they never live up to our expectations. What do yours do that drive you mad?
Buddy: “Not allowing me to help with the laundry really upsets me. I’m only trying to be helpful. I don’t see why they won’t let me. I only chew the corners!”
Zola: “I do love my family, but would love them so much more if they let me eat off the table… Or the kitchen tops… Or their plates… But they just don’t get it!”
Rascal: “Where should I start? They don’t let me be the boss or put the other dogs in their places. I could do a much better job than them at keeping the motley pack in order! And they won’t let me run to next door’s gate and take on their dogs either. They never let me be me!… They just don’t understand me!”
Flossy: “They won’t let me breathe in their faces. I’m only trying to keep them warm with my hot breath. I know what it’s like to be cold, but try as I might they won’t let me.”
Alphie: “They laugh at me and think I’m stupid. They think I don’t understand when they say someone is doing an ‘Alphie’. It does hurt, but I am one step ahead, because I know I am not as daft as they think I am.”
Ugg: “That’s easy. Sometimes they give me food I really don’t fancy and then won’t give me anything else until my next feed! Is that really how you treat a pet?”
5. What do your family love the most about you?
Zola: “My prettiness and my ears. And the fact I like to hoover around the edges of the kitchen for crumbs saving them a job”
Alphie: “I would say they love the fact that I am still very puppy like even though I am four. People are always commenting how I seem so much younger.”
Rascal: ” There is nothing unlovable about me, so I say they love everything about me. They may say they don’t like my strops, but I know they do really.”
Flossy: “They love my waggy tail. They always call me helicopter tail, which I take as a compliment.”
Ugg: “They love the fact I keep the rodent population down. I know before I came along, they sometimes got them in the house and those daft dogs would just let them in.”
6. What do your family do that they’re really proud of?
After another mumbled discussion…
Zola: “Debs always seems so proud after she has swept the carpet of my wood chewings.”
Buddy: “I would agree with that too. When she sweeps she always looks so proud of her clean rugs, so much so that we feel we have to mess them up again.”… (MmmMMmmm, I don’t believe I have ever thanked you for that?).
Flossy: “I would say that Neal is proud of his grass. He is always vacuuming it in the summer.”
Rascal: “Catherine always looks proud when she has found something she has lost”.
Alphie: “I’ve never noticed them looking proud of anything, other than me after I’ve been washed and trimmed. Who can blame them?”
Ugg: “They seem to class being able to stroke and pet me as an achievement. It’s the least I can do for them.”
7. What do your family do that make you proud of them?
In unison: “Look after our every need and are always there for us.”
Ugg: “They had me and my kittens sterilized even though we weren’t technically their pets.”
8. How can humans resolve the tragic truth that so many pets are unwanted or mistreated?
Alphie: “When I was much younger I had my puppy making ‘gems’ removed. My people said it was for the best and would stop unwanted puppies being born. I can’t imagine why anyone would not want a puppy if they are as cute as me? But hey, the world is a funny place!… So my answer is to have all puppy making bits removed.”
Flossy: “Living on the streets I witnessed and experienced what it is like not to be loved. It is a terrible life, so I agree with Alphie. Pets should be sterlised.”
Rascal: “Even I agree that no pet deserves to be mistreated, although there are a few I’d like to mistreat! Not taking on a pet on a whim is another good way of keeping cruelty down. Pets shouldn’t be taken on spur of the moment, there is a lifelong commitment once you take on an animal. Any animal. Whether I like them or not!”
Zola: “Not allowing pets to have babies sounds a good place to start. There are too many unwanted animals in the world. Most of them not as lucky as me and my dog family.”
Buddy: “Really thinking before getting a pet would be one way. I am guessing that my dog Mum was a big dog and when the cruel owner didn’t want baby big dogs he (or she) just dumped me and my sister and left us to die. I was so young and ill I can’t even remember my Mum and try not to think of her. I know that when my ‘gems’ appear I won’t be having much time to get to know them, but that’s okay if it stops unwanted puppies from being born. I won’t cry. I promise.”
Ugg: “Get them sterilized.”
9. It is said that pets don’t live as long as humans because they don’t have as much to learn. What words of advice do you have that humans could learn from?
Rascal: “Don’t have much to learn? *snort* We are quick learners that is all! Know that dogs will, one day, rule the earth and they had better listen!”
Flossy: “Kindness and tolerance should prevail. Always be kind and tolerate other people, after all no one is perfect.”… *Shoots a glance at Rascal*
Zola: “A little kindness goes a long way… And that means allowing me to eat from the table, their plates and the kitchen tops every now and again.”
Alphie: “Don’t bully. It’s just cruel and causes lasting damage. You may think those sly comments don’t hurt, but they cut to the bone.”
Buddy: “Don’t underestimate the power of kindness. It can do great things”.
Ugg: “Never fully trust a cat!”
10. What are the little things that make your family one in a million?
Flossy: “The fact that they took me in when I was at my lowest and now I get to sleep in a warm, comfy bed and doze in front of a fire”.
Zola: “They love me unconditionally… Now where’s my breakfast?”
Rascal: ” They do put up with my nonsense and that’s what makes them special… But you mustn’t tell them that!”
Alphie: “I suffer with something that is called sudden onset aggression. It’s a condition that I have had since birth and I know if I were a bigger dog I wouldn’t be safe to be around. For the most part I am the friendliest little dog in the world. But sometimes when I am asleep or in that world between sleep and consciousness, something clicks and I attack the nearest thing to me.
I don’t know I am doing it and it is over in a moment and leaves me feeling a little confused. It can cause trouble with the other dogs too. I know if I were a big dog I would no longer be here as I would be dangerous to be around. My family know the signs, like my tail suddenly going into overdrive when I am sleeping and know what not to do. They are prepared to watch over me and for that they are one in a million.”
Buddy: “They took me and my sister in when we were dumped and they wouldn’t let me die, when there were times I so wanted to. If it weren’t for them neither me or my sister would have the lives we live today. They will always be my one in a million family.”
Ugg: “Even though I am not your typical pet cat and am not easy to love, they love me warts and all. That is what makes them one in a million.”