We Were So LuckyPosted: March 17, 2023 Filed under: Our Human Mommy Speaks | Tags: Birthday, Dogs, Golden Retriever, Harper Lee, Pet Photography, Pets, Rainbow Bridge, St. Patrick's Day, Thek9harperlee 6 Comments
It’s been almost seven months since we said goodbye to Miss Harper Lee. Today would have been her 14th birthday. I took a photo every year of Harper Lee’s life to celebrate her big day. This is the first year that I haven’t been able to do that, so I put together a collage of past birthday photos.
We were so lucky to have had our St. Patrick’s Day birthday girl in our lives for more than 13 years. We will celebrate that always, on this day and every other day of the year.
Miss Harper Lee’s Family
Give Me the GavelPosted: January 4, 2023 Filed under: Buzz from The Bee, Things I Like | Tags: Dogs, Golden Retriever, Pet Photography, Speaker of the House, Tallulah, Tallulah Bee, Thek9harperlee 8 Comments
Buzz from The Bee
Alright, I’ve watched the humans dilly dally on this speaker-of-the-house vote long enough. Give me the gavel. I’ll do it. I promise to represent everyone fairly–even the kitty cats, lizards, and squirrels–and everyone already knows that I’m (hu)man’s best friend.
Speaker Tallulah Bee. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Now let’s get this House of Representatives party started.
P.S. Many thanks to Sen. Chuck Schumer for letting me borrow his glasses.
Toy Introductions Day 13: Dudley DogPosted: October 13, 2022 Filed under: Things I Like | Tags: Aromadog, Aromatherapy, Daily Blog, Daily Toy Introductions, Dog Toys, Dogs, Dudley Dog, Golden Retriever, October 2022 Daily Toy Introductions, Tallulah, Tallulah Bee, theGoldenBird&Bee 8 Comments
Tallulah’s Turn . . .
In April 2020, long before Birdie Blue joined our family, Dudley Dog came to live with us. Dudley was selected because he lacks stuffing and seemed to be something that I might not destroy, which is a high priority in toy selection around here. Harper Lee and I immediately fell in love with him. Our human mommy noticed that we liked to snuggle with Dudley and fall asleep. We were so unusually calm with Dudley that Mommy pulled his packaging out of the trash to read about him.
It turns out that Dudley is infused with essential oils that help sooth negative emotions and ease and balance the transition to a new environment, but Harper Lee and I didn’t have negative emotions and we’d lived in our environment for years. Then again, it was April 2020. Remember the early days of COVID-19? Who didn’t have negative emotions? And weren’t we all trying to balance the transition to a new environment? Dudley’s special powers have probably long since left his unstuffed body, but I still like to nap with him. Night night. Sweet dreams.
Toy Introductions Day 7: Dead BunnyPosted: October 7, 2022 Filed under: Things I Like | Tags: Daily Blog, Daily Toy Introductions, Dead Bunny, Dog Toys, Dogs, Golden Retriever, No-Stuffing Toys, October 2022 Daily Toy Introductions, Tallulah, Tallulah Bee 7 Comments
Tallulah’s Turn . . .
So, I’m a little embarrassed about this introduction. I don’t name the toys. I just play with them, ok? We call this one Dead Bunny. I mean, look at him. The name fits, right? Birdie and I would never, ever kill an actual bunny. Mostly because we’ve never seen one, but still, we probably wouldn’t do it. Much like Fred the Red Fox, Dead Bunny’s tail squeaker has gone silent, but his head squeaker has a pitch that makes dog heads twist within a two-block radius.
Dead Bunny suffered a serious back tear at some point. Why are you looking at me? He was nearly ripped in half, but the skillful surgeon at Squeaky Toy Hospital managed to sew him back together and he’s been good as new ever since . . . well, as good as new as a Dead Bunny can be.
Toy Introductions Day 5: Ollie the OctopusPosted: October 5, 2022 Filed under: Things I Like | Tags: Daily Blog, Daily Toy Introductions, Dog Toys, Dogs, Golden Retriever, October 2022 Daily Toy Introductions, Ollie the Octopus, Pet Photography, Pets, Tallulah, Tallulah Bee 3 Comments
Tallulah’s Turn . . .
You know how when you find the perfect toy, you just want to shout to the world to let everyone know how perfect it is? Well, this is me shouting, and I’m telling you that Ollie the Octopus is perfection. Ollie came to live with us more than a year ago. He still squeaks . . .
. . . and he’s never ripped. He has eight legs. Wait, what’s that? My research staff (aka Mommy) tells me that these appendages on an octopus are called arms. Arms, legs, whatever. I just know that Birdie likes to grab one arm, I like to grab another, and then we like to see if we can rip Ollie right down the middle. No luck. Ollie is still in one piece.
Now I know that I’m not the only toy-destroying dog and that everyone out there is looking for toys that can survive their dog’s jaws of death, so I turned to my research staff (again, that’s my mommy) to find out who makes Ollie the Octopus. She thinks it’s a company called Tufflove, but she can’t find a website. She does remember that she bought Ollie at a Petco. Clearly, we’re not getting paid for this recommendation. If we were, we could hire a better research staff.
Toy Introductions Day 4: Red BallPosted: October 4, 2022 Filed under: Things I Like | Tags: Birdie, Birdie Blue, Daily Blog, Daily Toy Introductions, Dog Toys, Dogs, Golden Retriever, Kong, October 2022 Daily Toy Introductions, Pet Photography, Pets, Red Ball 6 Comments
Birdie’s Back . . .
Hello, my name is Birdie Blue and I’m ball obsessed. There, I said it. Now everyone knows. This is Red Ball. There used to be an Orange Ball, and before that another Orange Ball, but I’d rather not talk about what happened to them. You understand.
This ball is made by Kong (again, not a paid ad, just a recommendation) and it passes the Birdie test, which is a really challenging test. I love nothing more than trying to sink my teeth into a really good rubber ball. Maybe that’s not exactly true. I love nothing more than pestering my humans to get Red Ball down from its safe perch, which is just out of my reach, so I can play with it. Ok, I also love making my humans throw Red Ball to me over and over and over again.
There might be two things I love even more than all of those other things. I love rolling Red Ball out of the gate as people walk by on the sidewalk so that they’re forced to play with me. And I love rolling Red Ball outside of the gate when no one’s around so that my humans have to go get it for me. Humans make the best retrievers.
Toy Introductions Day 2: Will You Accept This Rose?Posted: October 2, 2022 Filed under: Things I Like | Tags: Bobbsey Twins, Daily Blog, Daily Toy Introductions, Dog Toys, Dogs, Geaux Fideaux, Golden Retriever, October 2022 Daily Toy Introductions, Pet Photography, Pets, Rose, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Toy Introductions 12 Comments
Hey, Birdie Blue here. I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so you’ll have to bear with me. Before I introduce the toy of the day, allow me to introduce myself. I joined the family in January 2021. I guess you could say I was a COVID puppy, but I was actually in the plans for a while. Tallulah’s sister, SoBe, is my mother, so that makes Tallulah my aunt and my sister, kind of. Only in the South, haha. My registered name is ParishLine’s That Tweet Chick is Trending, but you can call me Birdie…or The Bird…or Big Bird…or Little Bird…or, well, you get the idea. I loved Harper Lee very, very much. We used to play together all the time. I sort of worshipped her. Tallulah didn’t want to have much to do with me, and I gave Tallulah her space. I guess sisters can be that way sometimes. Things changed after Harper Lee crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Tallulah and I have become inseparable. Our humans call us the Bobbsey Twins. We play, and play, and play. I like to snuggle up next to Tallulah, and she’s ok with that. We both miss Harper Lee extremely, but I’m thankful to have Tallulah, and I think she’s thankful to have me. Enough of that. On to the Toy of the Day introduction.
Remember yesterday, when Tallulah told you that our toys have names? That’s not true in this case, but, as Mr. William Shakespeare once said, “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” Kind of blew your mind with my literary knowledge, huh? These roses were a gift from a couple of handsome Golden boys who run Geaux Fideaux, the place where we get our bandanas. Full disclosure, there used to be three roses, but Tallulah destroyed the pink one. She’s like that. Also, to all those people who ask our humans, “Do your dogs shed?” Yes, we do, all over the place and all the time, so please excuse all the dog hair on these roses. Have you seen “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” on tv? You know how sometimes those women practically fight each other to get a rose from the bachelor? Tallulah and I can be a lot like that with these roses. Who doesn’t want to be the girl who gets the rose? Better yet, who doesn’t want to be the girl in charge, the one who’s handing out the roses?
So, will you accept this rose, Golden Retriever hair and all?
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas . . .Posted: January 5, 2019 Filed under: People I Like, Places I Like, Things I Like | Tags: Dogs, Golden Retriever, Harper Lee, Patron Saint of Animals, Pet Photography, Pets, Photography, St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francisville, Tallulah, Thek9harperlee, Twelve Days of Christmas 5 Comments
. . . on a bluff in St. Francisville, Louisiana, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, St. Francis of Assisi–the patron saint of animals–focused a ray of light on Tallulah Bee and me. Such a perfect end to this Christmas season.
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas . . .Posted: January 4, 2019 Filed under: Places I Like, Things I Like | Tags: Butler Greenwood, Dogs, Golden Retriever, Harper Lee, Pet Photography, Pets, Photography, Tallulah, Thek9harperlee, Twelve Days of Christmas 3 Comments
. . . Tallulah and I welcomed Mr. Sunshine and Miss Blue Sky back into our lives. It seems we’ve had nothing but clouds, fog, and rain since Christmas, so you cannot begin to imagine how happy this day makes us.
Wishing you sunny skies and wide open fields. 🙂