Tallulah’s Turn . . .
Birdie and I took a little break from our toys today to enjoy a beautiful morning stroll through New Orleans City Park. I visited City Park with my sister Harper Lee quite a few times. You can click here to see me as a very young puppy on an autumn day in 2015 and here to see me on an early spring day in 2017. I had fun today showing Birdie some the spots I visited with Harper Lee.
Birdie and I love our toys a lot, as you’ve seen, but we love each other even more. Our humans say that they added Birdie to our family so that I wouldn’t be alone when Harper Lee left us one day. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn’t super excited about the addition for a while. I thought I would have been fine as an only dog. Birdie bonded more with Harper Lee than with me, and I was perfectly pleased to let that happen. And then, a little more than a month ago, Harper Lee left the house and never came back. Birdie and I have been inseparable ever since. We play bitey face on our dog bed and we snuggle for side-by-side naps.
The truth is, if all of our toys disappeared from our basket and the Land of Forbidden Toys was completely emptied, Birdie and I would be happy just having each other. I mean, let’s hope that doesn’t happen, but you get the idea. After we finish our month-long toy introductions, we’re going to continue with the blog. Our human mommy is so thankful to have Harper Lee’s posts to look back on now that Harper Lee has crossed the Rainbow Bridge; she also wants us to be able to create, share, and preserve all the adventures that Birdie and I have. You’ll see some blog transitions throughout October. We’ll also be making some changes to our Instagram and Twitter accounts, but the handles on both will remain @thek9harperlee, because Miss Harper Lee will always be the foundation of everything.
Moving forward is a funny thing. In some ways, it means leaving the past behind. In other ways, it means building on where you were, what you did, and who was there with you. I’m thankful that Birdie and I will be able to travel along our own blogging path together. I’m even more thankful that Harper Lee created a beautiful legacy for us to continue. Sundays are for sisters, and Birdie and I had the best in Harper Lee.
Tallulah and I join our humans
in sending Merry Christmas wishes
to friends far and near
and a 2018 filled with cheer!
Love, Miss Harper Lee
In keeping with the theme for this the 22nd day of the October Photo Challenge, Tallulah and I are sending a huge shout-out to PETS around the world. You bring love and laughter everywhere you go. You’re compassionate and caring to everyone you meet. You make a house a home. You’re the best!
We’re entering the homestretch of the October Photo Challenge. This week will be filled with drinks and selfies and fun events and favorite places. Woo hoo! That’s my kind of week. 🙂
A Conversation Between Sisters Based on Today’s October Photo Challenge: TREAT
Tallulah: Hey, Sissy. Don’t turn around, but I think there’s a giant alligator behind us.
Harper Lee: He has some pretty big teeth doesn’t he, Bubba?
Tallulah: You don’t think he’s going to eat us, do you?
Harper Lee: He does kind of look like he’s ready for a tasty Golden treat.
Final Update on Nate: Speaking of a nice treat, Hurricane Nate came and went last night and left us with a glorious morning for our daily walk. The storm passed just to our east. The mayor lifted our 7 p.m. curfew less than two hours after it started. And, best of all, we never lost power. We had a bit of wind and rain, but nothing compared to what those in Nate’s direct path saw. Here’s hoping that this year’s hurricane season has had its last hurrah. This one has been brutal and Tallulah and I say enough is enough. We need more treats and fewer tricks from Mother Nature. Wishing you clear skies in the week to come!
Tallulah and I love a challenge, so this month we’re tackling the October Photo Challenge. The first daily challenge is ideal for a couple of sisters: SELFIE. Tallulah and I grabbed our human mommy/blogging assistant’s phone (our credit’s not too good, so we don’t have our own phones) and channeled our inner Kardashians to get the perfect selfie. Tallulah might have taken it a bit too far by trying to do that whole selfie duck face thing, but I think I look pretty good. The right angle is soooo important when it comes to the perfect selfie. And our Geaux Fideaux bandanas lend a stylish autumnal touch.
Care to join us in the October Photo Challenge? Here’s the daily photo list. Start snapping . . . and happy October!
It’s important for big sisters to let little sisters know who rules. I’ll always remember this moment when the pecking order was made abundantly clear to a certain pesky little sister. Tallulah had just joined our family and she had the nerve to pull all of my toys out of my toy basket and act like they belonged to her. Seriously?
With one bark, I let Tallulah Bee know that I was still the Queen Bee in my house . . . and I got the toy.
That was a little more than two years ago. From time to time, I still have to remind Tallulah that I am the big sister and that being the big sister has its privileges. But for the most part, she understands: Big Sisters Rule!
Remember more than a week ago when I promised you a special Saturday edition of Sunday Sisters with our photo entry for the Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest? Then along came a certain fella by the name of Harvey . . . as in Hurricane Harvey . . . and our attention was diverted to friends and family in the Houston area. We’re happy to report that everyone we know and love is in relatively good shape, but the story is far from the same for so many. The area still faces seemingly insurmountable challenges, and the recovery will be long and hard, so we ask that you keep the people (and animals) of Texas in your thoughts and prayers. Here in New Orleans, we started feeling the first of Harvey’s rain bands yesterday. Tallulah and I have plenty of food and our human mommy has an adequate supply of wine (as long as this thing isn’t too long or too bad 😉 ), so we should be ok. With all this Harvey stuff, we’re more than ready for a fun-filled diversion. Bring on the Pet Supermodel Contest . . . and get ready to vote!
I present to you our photo submission for the Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest. The competition is tough and we’re getting a bit of a late start, so Tallulah and I could really use your votes. It’s pretty easy. Click this link to go to the contest website. There are several pages of pet photos, and the order changes every day, so you may have to scroll through a few pages to find our photo. Then you just click the VOTE box. You can vote once every 24 hours through Friday, September 8, at 5 p.m. eastern time. (That means that if you vote at 10 a.m. one day, you won’t be able to vote until just after 10 a.m. the next day.) And our humans have discovered that you can vote once from each device you have . . . one vote from your computer, one from your phone, one from your tablet, etc. We’re pretty sure that’s not cheating. Feel free to share this post with friends, because if Tallulah and I finish in the top three we’re donating our prize to Zeus’s Rescues at Zeus’ Place. They’re currently sheltering pets who were in the path of Hurricane Harvey, so they really could use the help.
Remember . . . vote early and often. In this case, it’s ok. 🙂 And Happy Tuesday!
You’ll have to forgive us today. Tallulah and I are slightly exhausted from preparing for the Pet Supermodel Contest that our human daddy’s company holds every year. Each Winner (that’s what they call the employees at Impact Advisors) is invited to submit a photo or photos of their pets. The voting is open for two weeks and anyone can vote once every 24 hours. The top three vote getters win $150 to $50 in pet supplies or services.
Last year, we submitted separate photos. We did well–finishing in fourth and sixth place, thanks to all of our wonderful friends who voted for us–but we suspect that the separate entries might have split our votes. So this year, the humans got wise and decided to enter one photo featuring both of us. (I mean, who can resist two Golden girls in one picture?) From literally thousands of photos, the humans narrowed it down to four and then picked the one that we will enter in the contest.
These three contenders were the runners-up to the photo that we’ll be entering. Voting begins this coming Saturday (August 26), so expect to see our Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest photo in a special Saturday edition of Sunday Sisters. And then expect daily begging for votes. (Hey, we’re dogs, so we’re really good at begging.) You might get a little tired of the begging, but we want you to know that it’s for a good cause. If Tallulah and I finish in the top three, we’ll be donating our prize to Zeus’ Rescues at Zeus’ Place.
So Happy Sunday, and get ready to vote vote vote!
My sister, Tallulah, and I take our Guardians of the Gate duty very seriously. We’re always on the lookout, especially for dogs and cats and squirrels. We notice every person walking by, every bus arriving at the neighborhood school, and every bicycle pedaling to its next stop. Our Guardian efforts to date have been impeccably successful: Not a single dog, cat, squirrel, person, bus, or bicycle has entered our domain.
Psssst . . . here’s the real story . . . don’t tell our humans, ok? Tallulah and I love sleeping next to our gate. We’re usually butt-to-butt, Tallulah resting her head on the gate’s bottom bar and me with my face flat on the ground. True, we bark obnoxiously when dogs walk by, but that’s just because we want to visit. And as for the humans passing by? We’ve trained each and every one to stop and pet us and tell us how sweet and beautiful we are. I guess we’re really more typical Goldens than menacing Guardians. But that’s just between us, right?
My sister, Tallulah, and I love each other very much. More and more often, our humans find us touching . . . sometimes sitting side-by-side at the back gate, sometimes touching paws or heads as we sleep. The other night, Tallulah put her paw on my neck, placed her head on top of mine, and settled in for a little nap. That gave my human mommy/blogging assistant an idea: let’s feature a photo of Tallulah and me together each Sunday and call it “Sunday Sisters.” Hope you enjoy!
And speaking of fun Sunday series, today my friend Jasper the Fox Red featured me on his weekly Sunday Sessions. (You have to meet Jasper. He lives in Edinburgh. He has tons of energy. And he’s super handsome.) Have you ever wondered how I started blogging and why I love it so much? Click here to hop on over to Jasper’s Sunday Sessions and find out.