Hi!

Yep, we’re still alive. Although sometimes I wonder as my tummy always seems to be in need of more yummies. This time of the year is busier than ever with lots of trips and whatnot. Yesterday we went sailing again on the sailing Follower. The humans went too. They come in handy. After all, V.I.D.s shouldn’t have to lift a paw. I’m still waiting for the helicopter to haul us doggies on board. Even a lift-boy would do. I heard that’s what they do with the big V.I.P. sailors. Not sure why that hasn’t happened yet for us special agents.

Benji a.k.a. Mr. B or 0011

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The Follower

Hi, guys and gals, it’s me, Benji.  I’ve had a busy week and been trying to keep my head above water. Last week I was at doggie daycare e-fury single day. Man-o-man, I played hard and slept hard and still was tired! My plan was to rest for at least a week after all that but I guess there is just no rest for the wicked.  The day before Halloween I had to drive to the end of the world again with the humans. This time, the big white float, that still has to prove that it can float, had to be coaxed to follow us home. It was my task to make sure it would safely do so. I have to say I did a fine job because the float arrived in one piece and now happily sits in our backyard. I’m pretty sure there will be a follow-me-to-the-water kind of trip soon. Hope I can keep my head and paws dry. But first I will take a well-deserved nap.

Benji

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  

 

What’s for Dinner?

It’s a holiday weekend, so last night we went out for dinner. When we walked in, there was quite a racket. The piano seemed to be upset. It was harping on the same string over and over again. I was glad when the human stroking the piano got it to relax so that it cooed like a baby. I even got some real food this time. Yum!

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Wishing you a Bon Chew Weekend

Benji

We’re back!

16 monts.JPGWe have been back for a week now and are finally getting around to saying hi to everyone. So, HELLO to you and 2017! The humans went on a big trip to New Zealand, more on that on Anarette’s blog. Ms. Zulu and I couldn’t go with them. At first, I was a bit disappointed, but it was explained to us that we had to travel in a crate for 1.5  days and then had to go in doggy quarantine for at least 10 days. It sounded a lot like a prison. So thanks, but no thanks.

Anyways, Ms. Zulu and I stayed in a fabulous resort too. It even had a swimming pool. I don’t care much for the pool though as you already found out. So what did we do? Well, Ms. Zulu snoozed a lot and I played pretty much all day. I played with everyone. Big dogs, small dogs, white, black, yellow, really, it doesn’t matter to me. I would have played with kitties or others too, but they don’t have them at the doggy resort that I stayed at. And of course, I played fetch with the humans. I even lost weight, so HM has put me on a diet with extra treats. I don’t even have to dig into my own treat account for that. And I am allowed to eat more kibble; life can’t get better than this. Of course, I share some with Ms. Zulu too.

Once we got home from our vacation, we went for a walk in our neighborhood. Ms. Zulu and I had a lot of catching up to do. Lots of creatures left messages for us in the forest. Ms. Zulu is more into world politics, you know territorial disputes and such. At times she even seemed pissed. Not me, I am more interested in local social affairs and what everyone has to offer (yes, I can be bribed for the right amount of pinecones and such). You can imagine that it takes awhile before we are back to business as usual. We are still not completely caught up as the replies take contemplation, concentration, and dedication.

Wishing you happy wanderings in 2017, and a pinecone or two,

Benji.

A Coastal Tour

I don’t know about you but lots has happened here. The Deal Ms. Zulu and I had with mom went very well. And around Thanksgiving, we had a V.I.P. stay with us for a week.  The two occasions must be related.  It was the first time that I met Mom’s nephew. He is studying abroad for a semester and was able to visit us. So, both Ms. Zulu and I got lots of attention and we got to go on trips. It definitely was a week packed with fun stuff.

One day we toured around Florida’s coast. That day was a long day in the car, but I didn’t mind as I could sit next to our V.I.P. guest. Since I had just finished my studies I shared some of my successful secrets with him. No, I can’t tell you those because then they won’t be secrets any longer. And I let the V.I.P. sit in my favorite spot, it’s right behind the driver’s seat.

Ms. Zulu stayed home alone, she had to catch up on some much-needed sleep.  I don’t blame her, she has been on so many trips already that she forgot how many. And I have to say, I was dead tired too after such a long day. We walked and walked, I felt like Forrest Gump. I think I even saw his shrimp boat in Apalachicola (FL). It made me hungry. When dinner was served, I was a bit disappointed that it was not for me. Lucky for me, wherever I went, people pitied me (yes it does help when you look skinny) and I got some treats. Especially the Tin Man, at the Tin Shed, and the lady at the pet store Oysterbones were generous.  So a big thank you to all the wonderful people who kept me fed and petted while I walked Florida’s streets.

Happy Tails, Benji.