The Holiday

Finally, after lots of dedicated attempts snoozing, here a recount of the last couple of weeks just after Irma’s visit. We had barely gotten organized when Ms. Zulu and I were dropped off at a doggie resort. We had both been there many times before. The resort has a pool and we can play lots with other dogs. Even Ms. Zulu who normally doesn’t play anymore with other dogs played some. Still, we were very happy when we were picked up after fur-ever two weeks. Once home, Ms. Zulu and I slept and slept and slept for several days. At long last, we are now back on some sort of a regular schedule.

The humans showed us the photos of their trip to Europe. It was said to be a work/ visit family & friends/ holiday kind of trip. It beats me why we couldn’t go. M said something about a long uncomfortable flight but I am not completely convinced.  Anyhowls, the humans seem to have had fun. On their list was a visit to CERN in Geneva. That’s where the antimatter factory is located. What that is? Beat’s me, I thought antimatter didn’t matter, so not sure why we need a factory for the stuff. BTW, I like their view of the Mont Blanc.

I noticed that CERN has a Big Box just like the one I have been in a couple of times; you know the one that takes you to alternate realities. It’s amazing the humans made it back in one piece without my Dogtor skills. There was lots of stuff to get your tail tangled up in too. And do you know that CERN has its own mice shelter? It was guarded by a big pussycat.

The photos show that Geneva’s libraries are guarded by a dog who seems to have gotten her outfit at the same store as Ms. Zulu. The library job must be a boring one; the dog looks a bit sad. Ms. Zulu sure could have cheered up the place with her happy face. I would have been happy to help my big sis with the reading part too. After all, I’m a certified R.E.A.D. dog.

In Rome, the humans went to the Vatican and the Colosseum. They also visited Pompeii which is located further south in Italy.  Pompeii’s streets seem a bit empty. I’m sure Ms. Zulu would have been happy to herd some customers there.

There were no empty streets in the Vatican. It is said that 30.000 – 45.000 people visit the Vatican each day! The Vatican was guarded by two wolfs. Two doesn’t seem enough for such a large crowd. Ms. Zulu and I could have easily helped with crowd control. Ms. Zulu would have licked the people to death and I could have done my reversed Reiki on the remainder of the crowd.

The Vatican apparently has some beautiful paintings. Raphael, one of the painters, was a real visionary. Don’t you agree? Michelangelo is another famous painter who painted lots of walls and ceilings in the Vatican. As you can see below, Ms. Zulu and I even received a postcard from the Vatican with a photo of one of Michelangelo’s famous paintings located in the Sistine Chapel. It was a bit disappointing that the card was not signed by the pope himself, but hey who knows what happens in the future or in an alternate reality. I can always take another trip in the Big Box.

Lots of doors to old buildings in Rome remained closed to the humans. If I would have been there with my special Dogtor gear I could have opened them for sure. I bet next time they will think twice before the humans decide not to take us!

Happy tails, keep dreaming big, 

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

MP-7

MP7b.jpg

I’m ready, are you?

Wow, what a day. After a walk and putting on my Dogtor uniform we went to a local college in town to do some dogtoring. It’s finals week so I was asked together with two of my furry Dogtor colleagues to show up at the student’s library to do some destressing. When we walked in we first had to go through a metal detector. It’s good that I left my S-SD device at home otherwise the guard would have confiscated it. But I have to say, the guard was a very nice lady who greeted me enthusiastically with open arms. Inside the library, there were rows and rows of tables with students who tried to study. I guess we were a bit of a distraction as lots of heads turned when we walked in.

Finally, way back in the building, we were able to sit down and students who needed some destressing could sit with us. Lots of hands touched me and supposedly I touched many hearts. I did what I call reversed Reiki. While the hands touched me, I gave the students positive energy so that they would be able to relax and focus better on their studies. They said it worked. I am sure showing them my tricks helped too. The destress event leader even had to do some crowd control. At some point, students had to wait for almost 15 minutes before they could touch me.

Many students remarked that I was a handsome looking one and wanted to take a picture of me. I’m glad their cameras didn’t flash otherwise I would have lost my eyesight. When we were done and tried to walk towards the door, we didn’t make much progress at first because there were more people who wanted my reversed Reiki touch. I felt like a celebrity. I think my scarf makes me look like one.

MP7.jpg

Back in the car

Stay cool and have a relaxing afternoon,
Benji

MP-6

Wow, another mission accomplished.  I visited the emergency center again. This time I went with another Dogtor. Her name is Katrina. She graduated at the same time I did and she is already 15 years old.  That is 3+ years older than my big sis and 10 times older than me! Isn’t that something?! Katrina is very calm. She loves to lie down whenever there is a chance. I rather sit and smile at people.

I’ve noticed that people seem to recognize me more and more. They call my name and want to say hi. They even want to take pictures of me. I got lots of practice at headquarters sitting still for a photo plus treat, so I always say “no problemo” [ed. as long as there are treats].

When we were done with all the Dogtoring, M and I went to an embroidery place. I went inside to say hi and gave them my blue bandana that will be embroidered with our logo. I will try to remember to show you the result as soon as it’s done.

Next on our agenda was the Pet Supermarket.  Yeah, we needed more treats and another bag of food. M says that’s because one being in our household eats at least for two three. I can tell you that ain’t me because my tummy always feels like it could hold lots more yummies.

More pictures were taken at the Pet Supermarket too. This was nicely balanced out with treats. Thanks to the friendly lady assistant at the store who did notice that I could use some more. At the cash register, one of the shoppers asked if I was up for adoption. M didn’t know how fast to say no, pay, and practically drag me outside. I guess that’s an affirmative NO.

To sum things up, it was a productive day and I can rest assured that my forever home will be forever, ever after.  How’s that for a good ending?!

Night, night and sleep tight,

Benji

 

 

 

MP-5

Another Mission Impossible became Possible. I was called up for duty to the emergency center for the second time. As we walked from the car to the entrance an ambulance came up with its siren on. It didn’t distract me as I munched on lots of treats. It’s always nice when they show up at the right time. The need for me must have been high because lots of people were standing right at the door to greet me.  Needless to say, I did a lot of pawshaking. The youngest guy I saw was three years old. I helped him and his dad ease their stay.

When we were done we went to my favorite store. There were numerous interruptions as we walked through the petstore. People kept asking us about my Dogtor status. We were supposed to get one bag of dry food and one bag of treats. We walked out of the store with a big bag of dry food and eight different kinds of treats. I guess I had earned my keep.

Happy Wednesday,
Benji

MP-3

Hi peeps, just wanted to let you know that another super-secret mission is behind me. The covert operation was yesterday while the actual mission in Dogtor uniform was today. No gates this time, but impressive heavy wooden doors and lots of small corridors with people coming from nowhere and everywhere. We passed a cook in one of the corridors. I detected him from miles away. I liked him a lot, he smelled delish. He can come to my house anytime.

And guess what: there was another big box in the building! Before I started my missions, I never saw one and now they show up out of nowhere. M found it to be a sign. I have to agree with her. So after we had completed MP-3, we went into the city and found one to practice with. This one was pretty obvious as you can see. It said Dream Big in 3D. I guess higher authorities didn’t want me to miss the big box. The only thing that was missing was my S-SD device.

Happy Dreams, make them big,
0011

MP-2

Yesterday, I was called up for a second super-secret-mission (Mission Possible 2). This time the higher authorities wanted my expertise as a real Dogtor at a special community with gates and everything. Of course, as a real soldier, I did not refuse. My preparations for this mission was two-fold. The day prior we had a thorough scrub session to fight pesky microorganism. This part is getting a lot easier. M now knows that I like some good food with my bath and that the water temperature needs to be right, i.e. not too cold and not too hot. On the day of the mission I did the usual: go for a walk with my prep team, take an extra long nap, meditate, brush my teeth, put on my best suit and tie, and then I was finally good to go.

mp2bcr

All suited up

My prep team consisted of Ms. Zulu and M. Ms. Zulu adds lots of practical wisdom to the team. She is especially well versed in Zuluism and she taught me how to take long refreshing naps. M is for tactical advice and general guidance. And of course, she is my chauffeur. Q was missing in action. He seems to be busy with other missions.

Once we were on the premises, the action began. I met B, another real Dogtor and her supervisor. We decided to walk around to sniff out if all was secure. Only after the OK sign from us Dogtors did we go inside the building. Doors automatically slid open with my magic harness and we were welcomed by lots of people who were happy to see us. I had to watch out for rolling wheelchairs that could easily squash my tail and frail toes that I tried to avoid. From time to time, big storage carts would come flying around corners. It looked like they had wings, they were so fast. They were noisy too, I can tell you that.

There was also a big box that we stepped into. It was located away from the main area, in a carpeted hallway. Doors closed once we were inside. Then a low hum, a bit of shaking, and the doors opened again. I made sure to take in the surroundings before I stepped out. I immediately noticed that something was off. I am 100%  sure that the layout of the hallway and rooms was exactly the same but here is the kicker, the people were different and there was no carpet anymore on the floor. I must have time traveled!  Now I come to think of it, the box kind of looked like the TARDIS, you know the time machine. This one was gray instead of blue though. Maybe this machine worked properly, contrary to the one my esteemed colleague Doctor Who uses.

If I would have known that I would time travel, I would have brought my S-SD. It probably would have helped on the way back to our timeline. You see, I had a bit of a problem getting back in the big box so the executive decision was made to take the staircase. Luckily this one did not end up in heaven so I was able to return sound and safely on solid ground. M said that we will try to find another big box (there are more?!) so that we can practice how to better commandeer the device.  Sounds like a plan to me.

Double-O-Eleven

Busy, Busy, Busy…

So far I have had a busy week. I guess no rest for the wicked! Besides my regular tactical training, I had my first official agility training on Sunday. I’ve been at different sites to test out some equipment before, but last Sunday was my first organized training as a real Dogtor.

There were all kinds of equipment varying from what they call an A-frame to elaborate tunnels and jumps. The seesaw was a different kind of animal. It’s a strange device. It felt like walking the plank, for real. If you ask me, I honestly believe that somebody needs more carpentry training. You would think that they would know by now how to fabricate a steady boardwalk. Oh well, I guess we just have to make do. Luckily there was excellent food on the premises, so life was good after all. At the end of the session my belly was full and while my chauffeur drove me back to headquarters, I was able to get some well-deserved rest.

In order to be able to train more intensively, we also started building our own track at headquarters. It will look a lot more like what I am likely to encounter in the field. Hopefully, the installer has some decent carpentry skills. M supervises the effort so we should be good. It’s all hush, hush right now, so we don’t have photos yet. More on that later. First I need to rest some more so that I can show up in good shape for the next training session.

B

MI-2

A quick update. At the moment I am pretty busy preparing for my second Mission Impossible (MI-2). Since I get a lot of questions about my new line of work, I thought that I would explain, to the extent possible, what I do. Most of it is classified, but I can at least try to describe the general gist. My assistant just finished updating my resume too, so take a peek (click here) for a short overview of what I do.

M (Mom) is the head of SIS (Super Individual Service) where I work. She determines my assignments and supervises my work. Both M and I are at headquarters a lot to prepare for my missions. I am not only trained at headquarters but also off-site. It’s a nice mix of different types of training and locations which prepare me well for my super-secret-missions. While I’m training and on special missions, I wear my special camo-suit. On a mission I also wear my magic blue harness. This harness opens doors to alternative realities that otherwise remain closed to us canines. For very special occasions, I wear a red bow tie. It has been speculated that it enhances the magic power of my blue harness. I am in the process of testing this theory.

My tools are either fabricated or modified at headquarters. Q is the tinkerer, he gives technical advice or modifies tools as needed. The Super-Screwdriver (S-SD) that I am showing in the photos above is a tool that I recently learned to use. It is not to be confused with Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver. You have to be really careful with the S-SD. A turn to the left unscrews the world. However, a wrong turn to the right (yeah I know it is counterintuitive that’s what makes it so hard) and you screw up the world even more. And that my friends is definitely not advisable considering the current state of affairs. Hmmm, what else? Ah, Ms. Zulu adds that I am well known for my fast handshakes left and right and hugs that are as sweet as honey. Oh, and I love a good chase. OK, I have to go now. Have a great week, spread some hugs while you are on a roll.

0011 a.k.a. B

Mission Possible

mp1

Back at headquarters after a successful run 

Yahoo! On Valentine’s Day Mission Impossible 1 (MI-1 for you insiders) became Mission Possible. The preparations were a bit harsh as I had to be cleaned top to bottom. Yes, that includes ears, mouth, and nails! And you know that taking a bath is not one of my favorite endeavors. But on our missions, we are fighting pesky microorganisms so it has to be done. It helped that I was fed lots of yummies during the ordeal. The amount was almost as much as my dinner. Now I come to think of it, I think we pretty much skipped my dinner. Hmmm…, I only had a little bite after my bath… I was tricked!!!

Once onsite, doors automatically opened for me, and nurses and patients of all ages welcomed us with open arms. Maybe my blue harness is a magic cape after all. Inside the not to be named building, I discovered that I was the only real dogtor in attendance. Fortunately, my training kicked in immediately and I was on red alert for imminent action. I can even say that I single-pawedly was able to save a day here and there by shaking hands left and right and giving out hugs like candy. The red bow tie that I picked out for this special V-day certainly helped too. Looking back, I can now rest assured that my numero uno super-secret-mission was a success. Onward to the next one; but first I will take a well-deserved big nap!

Signing off,

Double-O-Eleven.

Mission Impossible: 1

We are preparing for my first secret mission in the field: Code Name MI-1. The mission is planned for next week. That means that we had to 1) go out in the field, 2) scope the area, 3) do a test run, and 4) debrief.

I am happy to report that we were able to successfully scope the area (no we can’t show you the real site as I would have to k.ll-u). The test run had to be done off-site for various obvious reasons. Since we had to get some paint we thought we would go to the Home Depot, a home improvement store, and kill two birds with one stone. Yes, that is a figure of speech;  we don’t really kill birds here either. After all, we are now dogtors! We talked with a lot of people at the test run site. Everybody seems to be interested in what I am doing these days.

Understandably, nerves are running a bit high at this point but the results of the test run during the debrief showed us that we are in tip-top shape. Just keep your paws, fingers, or other digits crossed for a successful mission next week and we should be good to go. Double-O-Eleven (a.k.a. Benji).