Ms. Zulu

Belén finished the sculptures! Here is Ms. Zulu in her beautiful outfit adorned with a flower. Isn’t she gorgeous?! Click the link below to see all photos.   

Ms. Zulu Los esmaltes nos permiten experimentar con colores y texturas, cambiando ligeramente la proporción de los componentes (óxidos, minerales …) pero también variando la temperatura o las condiciones de la cocción. Ms. Zulu posa con su amplio y calentito abrigo negro, discreción y elegancia unidos, combinado con unos calcetines blancos y una rosa amarilla […]

via Ms. Zulu, segundo fuego — Arcilla y fuego

Irma

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As was predicted, the cone of terror arrived last night. Irma was quite thirsty; complete rivers and bays got sucked dry by her. My big sis and I tried our best to slow down the monster. Irma approached us in a counterclockwise motion. So I ran in clockwise circles with Mach 2+ speed to slow her down. Ms. Zulu cheered me on. Then she practiced Zuluism pretty much all day and into the night. This always helps to calm down our universe.

At night we decided to sleep together in Ms. Zulu’s favorite spot. It’s the safest spot in the house. Headquarters pretty much feels like a fortress, it is completely locked down with hurricane shutters closed. Trees did come down around us but so far nothing got damaged where we are. I tried to warn the humans when I heard one fall but as usual, they failed to hear anything.

 

 

We lost power just after midnight and are now using a generator intermittently. Everyone is advised to stay inside today. I knew all would be OK for us as soon as I could do my business outside without getting my behind blown away and breakfast with drinks were served right on time. We hope that everyone is safe and remains to do so.

Over and out,

0011 aka Benji 

Updates

We are preparing for Hurricane Irma so we will be AWOL for a bit. Irma must be Harvey’s sister because she looks very mean. We are keeping all our digits crossed that she will lessen her temper. Maybe we all need to spray some lavender spray in her direction. It seems to help everyone when I’m on my Dogtor missions. I will also throw some of my reversed Reiki in the mix. In the meantime enjoy Belén Soto’s sculptures of me and Ms. Zulu. 

Over and out,

Benji

Benji Algunos ya lo conocéis por sus emocionantes aventuras , Benji, también conocido como “Agente 0011” es un perro encantador, siempre tan serio y elegante … en muy poco tiempo ha pasado de un refugio de animales abandonados a trabajar como perro de terapia con humanos que necesitan de su ayuda. Su currículum es […]

via Benji — Arcilla y fuego

Ms. Zulu A Ms. Zulu también la conoceréis por sus constantes apariciones en el blog de Benji, Life of Benji, también conocida como “Big Sister” ella es su fiel compañera de aventuras, en el equipo es la voz de la experiencia, sus sabios consejos son esenciales para controlar el ímpetu con el que Benji afronta […]

via Ms. Zulu — Arcilla y fuego

Twelve and more!

Lots has happened these past few weeks, so it’s time for an update. Our CCI visitor is gone with the wind again, more on that subject later. We also celebrated Ms. Zulu’s 12th birthday. That’s a lot of years! We don’t know her exact birthday as she, just like me, was adopted from the shelter but we celebrate it around the beginning of August. And guess what we found in our mailbox yesterday: an email from Belén Soto with photos of the clay figurines of Ms. Zulu and me that she is working on.

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Photo credits: © Belén Soto 2017

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The first draft

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Ms. Zulu

This is based on the modeling work Ms. Zulu and I did last year. Belén said that she will show more photos on her website Arcilla Fuego soon. We are really excited about it and just couldn’t wait any longer to show you so we asked Belén for permission. Aren’t the figurines gorgeous?! You can see that Ms. Zulu and I are waiting for treats. On that note let’s walk to our doggie pantry to see if we can get some yummies in our real tummies.

 

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Cool Hot Summer Fun: 8

What to do on one of those lazy Sunny Days? Make new friends! This one was technically speaking not a new one as he had been hiding in our doggie pantry since November 2016. Yes, you read that right. That’s when a V.I.P. stayed with us and we did the coastal tour. Oh, those were the days. Cool temps, excellent company, what else could one want.

From l. to r.: Ducky, Crab, Moose, Rabbit, Rhino, Rope, Wallie, and Mr. Crocodile

I’m glad we found Mr. Crocodile. We hope he can stay and play with us for a long time to come. It all depends on his heart a.k.a. squeaker. Sometimes I have to do CPR on my friends. In the past, I have experienced some losses (see R.I.P. Ducky I). I guess I have to practice more. I also hope that Mr. Crocodile is a good soccer player. I love to play that game. More about that later; it’s getting pretty close to dinner time!

Wishing you a happy 4th of July weekend,

please keep your furry and not-so-furry ones safe,

Benji

The Wedding

Remember Drake and Sol? After lots of preparations, Benji and Ms. Zulu attended their wedding.  It was their first and they can’t stop woofing about it. You can read all about it here:

via Here Comes the Bride — Graffiti Lux and Murals

What? No? Yes!

Yesterday, Ms. Zulu and I were reading the postcard that we received from Kosmo and his mom when all of a sudden I heard something. I had heard it before and I knew it was something noteworthy. So I looked up and barked. As usual, I was told to be quiet. Since I thought it was something really, really noteworthy I didn’t immediately. Finally, after some additional barks, my staff saw what I had heard and seen. At about 25-30 meters away, a big black bear looked us straight in the eye. I stood at the ready to protect my family. M said that wasn’t necessary as black bears are usually not dangerous. Just let the bear know you’re there and give the bear space.

M hopes the bear is a she and that we will see some cubs this summer. That would be something else. Luckily, there won’t be a bear hunt this year. The hunt in 2015 was awful in so many ways. We don’t need that as there are many good ways to coexist with bears. For more information on Florida bears look at Stop the Hunt website. We don’t have a photo of the bear we saw yesterday, but we found a photo of a bear in the archives. These were taken by one of my staff during a trip to Alaska way before I was born.

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You’ve Got Mail: 4

As a real retriever, I got the mail yesterday.  Ms. Zulu helped me as she herded me to the mailbox like a true herding dog. We forgot to empty the mailbox on Saturday. When we finally got around it on Sunday, we found this beautiful card from Kosmo and his mom in faraway Finland! If we would have known what was in the mailbox, we would have run with Mach 2+ speed.

Kosmo and mom wrote that the photo on the postcard is from their area. Isn’t that something? Can you imagine living in such a beautiful place? Kosmo and his mom are very lucky. If you want to read more about life in Finland, follow the blog Photofinland by Rantasalot.  Kosmo’s mom writes it and it’s wagnificent.

P.S. I hope to report tomorrow on what we saw when we admired the postcard. You won’t believe us.

Happy Tails,

Benji

Cool Hot Summer Fun: 5

You thought all the wet stuff was behind us, right? Well, so did I. Apparently, we forgot about the beach. The beach is actually fun as long as you don’t get saturated with the wet stuff. We go to the beach a lot in the winter and fall, but we hardly go in the summer. It’s Florida you know. If we go in the summer, we go at night when the sand is cool and still a bit wet. I love to play in the sand and look at sunsets.

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I have been going to the beach since I was a youngster (12-17-15). Click on the photo to watch my video

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The sand is fun (1-1-16)

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I like to just sit and enjoy the scenery (11-23-16)

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And reminisce about the day (2-5-17)

Phew, I made it through the wet stuff alright; onwards to the dry matter,

Benji

Cool Hot Summer Fun: 3A

OK, I tried to postpone this watery post as long as possible for reasons that you are probably well aware of by now.  However, higher authorities ruled differently and I was bound to get WET as part of the Cool Hot Summer Fun series. Yes, you read that right. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to DRINK water. However, do not soak me in the stuff. It’s wasteful you know. And it certainly isn’t fun.

There are many ways to get wet and all are bad: in the bathtub (not a good idea for the interior of your bathtub; I do have nails), a pool (are you nuts, I would drown!), on a wet towel (ok this one isn’t too bad), … Anyhowls, you get my drift. The other day headquarters decided that we had to try something else. Ms. Zulu and I both love to drink from a hose, so the thinking was that we would enjoy playing under a lawn sprinkler. Hmmm, in what kind of universe does that not totally soak you?

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This is not gonna work you guys

Of course Ms. Zulu and I are always a good sport so we did try this new game. The first attempt was with a spray nozzle attached to a water hose. The nozzle was quite rude. He was quick to point the finger, or whatever part it was, at us. I’m happy to report that the end score was: Spray Nozzle 00 – Benji 11. I even stayed dry and got all the treats. Ms. Zulu didn’t stay completely dry but she didn’t get wet to the bone either. Nor did she get any treats now I come to think of it. She can have some of my treats. Oh, I guess I inhaled them all. Well, I’m sure there are more wherever they came from. Look in the pantry.

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Ms. Zulu got a bit wet and was still smiling 

Since both Ms. Zulu and I didn’t really seem to cool down from this game, some more serious looking equipment was pulled out of the shed-with-one-hundred-and- thousand-plus-tools and a real sprinkler was attached to the hose. I will give you an update on that later.

In the meantime stay dry,

Benji

Does Anyone Know What Time It Is?

It’s Spotlight Thursday with a spotlight on Ms. Zulu! Go to Piglove (click here) to read all about it. To read last week’s interview with Benji click here.

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Ms. Zulu, January 2015

Wishing you a Pawbulous Thursday,

The ZAB team

 

 

Piglove: Spotlight Thursday

As promised, here is the link to the interview I did with Bacon. Bacon is a cute miniature pot bellied pig at Hotel Thompson.  He writes Piglove.  His main goal “is to bring a smile to your face”. He sure brings it to us when we are reading his blog.  Next week it is Ms. Zulu’s turn.

Spotlight Thursday – Meet Benjamin Griz de Tiger

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Smile!

Benji 

You’ve Got Mail: 3

Yeah, our postcard made it to our dear northern friends Doug, Dougy, and Andy! You can read all about it on Weggieboy’s blog.  Happy Tuesday!

What a wonderful post card! Ms. Zulu (on the left) and Benji are well known to Andy and Dougy because the four did interviews with each other, and found that dogs are nice and so are cats! They became friends and are now old buddies. (Check out these interview links if you’ve not read them.) If only […]

via Post 1387: old buddies write… — weggieboy’s blog

You’ve Got Mail: 2

We were very busy this morning writing a postcard to Doug, Andy, and Dougy. It’s not an easy affair. Once we figured out what we would write, we wrote the card and put a stamp on it. Unfortunately, we didn’t have to lick the stamp. And since we didn’t have to put the card in an envelope either, there was no licking at all. I can tell you that the usefulness of our long tongues is often overlooked.

Next, we walked to the mailbox and made sure that all was in order for the mail(wo)man to pick it up and deliver it to the boys up north. What we wrote and sent? I’m sure you will find out as soon as the boys get our postcard.

Patience is a virtue that will eventually lead to rewards,

Benji 

 

The Forbidden Fruit

The forbidden fruit is oh so tempting. This is the first year our apple tree is producing apples. The name of the apples is promising: Joy Apples. Last year I was too small to help myself to the Fuyu Persimmons; believe me, I tried.  The apple tree will be so much easier as I have grown and the apple tree is still a youngin. Supposedly the apples will even get bigger. I am not sure if I want to wait to see that theory come to fruition. I can wait a little bit but hey where is the joy in waiting much longer?

Have a great weekend, and may the rewards be big for those who wait,

Benji

You’ve Got Mail

Yahoo, we got mail from Doug, Andy, and Dougy! The postcard shows Mona Lisa with a kitty; isn’t that cute?! We were all very excited to read the card. We have put our heads together to send them a reply via snail mail. Stay tuned for the update.

Thanks, Doug, Andy, and Dougy!

The ZAB team

Interviews

A bit later than promised but here is an update on the interviews Ms. Zulu and I did with Bacon.  Mine will be published on 05/25/2017 and Ms. Zulu’s will be published on 06/01/2017. See Piglove’s Blog for all the great interviewees that went before us. We will let you know as soon as the interviews are published. 

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Just hang in there a little bit longer; soon enough you will get to know us even better,

Benji

Good Morning Sunshine

Wake-up, Wake-up! It’s another beautiful morning and Earth Day! We had a nice walk in the woods. As you can see the Pinecone Forest in our neck of the woods is recovering nicely from a dangerous affair. Hope you get to enjoy the outdoors today too.

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Reflect and

Relish the sounds of nature

The ZAB team

Happy Sunny Day

Here are some flowers to brighten your Easter Day. Next week will be busy so we are taking it easy today. Tuesday is MI-6 day and we are finalizing two big interviews with Bacon over at hotel Thompson for Spotlight Thursday.  Stay tuned for an update later this week. Wishing you a lazy and happy Sunny Day.

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Hmmm, not so sure what to think of them. Can you play with them or better yet, eat them?

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A close-up

The ZAB team

My Sis

Upon special request, here a picture of my big sis. Since she often has to stay home while I go on my secret missions, she gets to bicycle more with M. M says she still runs like a five-year-old although she will be twelve in August and had an ACL repair more than a year ago.

Here, on the photo below, Ms. Zulu is trying to catch her breath on one of those outings. Like me, she loves to run. “Edible treats are not necessary, the run is my reward”, she says. Can you believe that? I can’t imagine a life without treats.

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Happy Monday guys and girls;
Treat yourself to something nice today,
You deserve it!

Benji