It’s that time of year again. Pet parents–aka pawrents–around the globe are struggling to capture the furrier members of their families in that perfect holiday pose. Can you sense the worldwide stress?
It was all so much easier before Tallulah Bee joined our family. I sat. I posed. My human mommy/personal photographer snapped. And the Christmas photo was complete. (Click here, here, and here to see some of my photos from Christmases past.)
This is Tallulah’s third Christmas, so you would think that my little sister would have the hang of it by now. Think again. She managed to stick her tongue out for at least half of the attempts.
And when her tongue wasn’t sticking out, her eyes were closed.
Okay, I was a little guilty of that offense too. By the way, Mommy realized too late that she probably should have pulled that weed before the photo shoot started. Seeing it in photo after photo helps Tallulah feel slightly better knowing that she wasn’t the only obstacle to capturing the perfect holiday picture.
It was all oh so tiring for a seasoned professional like me.
We eventually got the perfect shot . . . or the this-will-have-to-do-because-we’re-running-out-of-time-and-it-probably-won’t-get-any-better-than-this photo. Clearly, this was not it. Just like those packages under the tree, you’ll have to wait for Christmas morning to see the final product. I think it will be worth the wait . . . and the effort!
Footnote: Our special Christmas bandanas are from our friends at Geaux Fideaux Pet Accessories and Bandanas. It’s not too late to peruse their holiday collections and order your very own beautiful bandanas. They also have college colors, spring looks, summer styles, and more. Click here to take a look.
Earlier this week, the weather humans started predicting doom and gloom: days and days of cold, cloudy, windy, rainy, sleety, and even possibly snowy days. Not your typical New Orleans forecast. When Santa saw what Tallulah and I faced, he made a special early delivery just for us.
Our Christmas beds arrived Tuesday, and Tallulah and could not possibly be happier . . . or more comfy, cozy, and warm.
It’s as if I’m sleeping on a cloud. Santa even brought a third bed that stays in the bedroom. I get to sleep on that one at night. It’s just for me. No sharing with Tallulah . . . just like when I was an only dog and didn’t have to share. Santa is such a great guy.
We’ll have cold temps through next week, but at least the sun should come back to see us by this weekend. Until then, Tallulah and I will enjoy our early Christmas presents as we dream about Santa.
“Wait a minute,” Tallulah said. “Santa’s still coming back on Christmas Eve to bring more stuff, right?” Yes, Tallulah, Santa will be here again. You can go back to sleep.
I wish you a perfectly peaceful weekend . . . and sweet dreams. ❤
Did you miss me? I sure missed you. First let me say thank you to everyone who joined me for the October Daily Photo Challenge, and thank you for all of your sweet comments. My human mommy/blogging assistant and I got a bit behind with our replies, but we read and enjoyed each and every single message you shared. After the challenges of daily posts in October, we took a little break in November. And what better place to recharge your blogging batteries than a beautiful beach.
Tallulah and I supervised the humans as they loaded the chariot and we all set out for Dauphin Island, Alabama. It’s slightly more than a two-hour drive from New Orleans, but when we arrived we felt as if we were a world away.
By the time we unloaded the chariot and settled into our home-away-from-home, Mother Nature was welcoming us with a breathtaking sunset.
I gazed out at the Gulf of Mexico and wondered what adventures the next day would bring . . .
. . . and then Tallulah and I crashed.
We were up with the sun the next morning.
Tallulah had her eye on the water . . .
. . . and before long her toes were in the sand. It was nearly impossible to keep Tallulah on dry land. She hopped over and through the waves, proved to us that she really can swim, ran along the beach, and then did it all over again and again.
As for me, I did my best Baywatch lifeguard impersonation and warned Tallulah and my human daddy to stay near the shore. Mommy says I was slightly obnoxious. I prefer to think of myself as a concerned and loving older sister.
Our second sunrise on Dauphin Island hinted at rougher weather to come. The island is no stranger to meteorological challenges. Just weeks before our getaway, Hurricane Nate made a little visit.
The storm’s winds and tidal surge covered the main road with about six feet of sand. The sand has since been plowed to the roadside and will eventually be sifted and returned to the beach, but for now it makes the road feel a bit like a tunnel.
The slightly rougher surf of our second beach day did little to deter Tallulah’s inner mermaid . . .
. . . but the cooler temperatures and overcast skies drove our humans to the beach house’s deck, where I caught up on some much-needed sleep after a busy October and Tallulah kept an eye to the sky as she tracked every single pelican and seagull that flew overhead. The poor girl might be slightly confused about exactly what it means to be a bird dog.
We watched the sun set on our last full Dauphin Island day with a determination to return as soon as possible. The little barrier island off the coast of Alabama was the perfect place to get away from it all and recharge before a busy holiday season . . . and it was the perfect springboard to bet back to blogging.
On this the final day of my October Photo Challenge, Tallulah Bee and I wish you a very Happy HALLOWEEN! We hope it’s been absolutely BEE–utiful. And I thank you so very much for joining me through this month of photo challenges. I buzzed with excitement from Day 1 to Day 31, and I hope you did too. It was so much fun sharing a few of my tricks and hopefully a treat or two with you. Cheers!
The end! 😉
When my human mommy planned this FUN EVENT for our Friday morning, she had absolutely no idea just how fun it would be. Tallulah and I went bobbing for apples. This was so exciting that a single photo could not possibly portray it. So I present to you a series of photos depicting Tallulah’s excellent apple bobbing skills. Mommy says that if the American Kennel Club gave ribbons for apple bobbing, Rhythm’s Tallulah Bee for Harper Lee would be an AKC Apple Bobbing Champion.
A note for Harper Lee’s Mommy: I was so stunned by Harper Lee and Tallulah’s apple bobbing skills, not to mention their absolute joy at going after the apples again and again and then finally sitting down to devour their prey. And, by the way, apples have a number of health benefits. We’re all for good healthy fun at our house. If your dog hasn’t bobbed for apples yet, I highly recommend this experience. Hope your weekend is filled with fun events. Cheers!
Tallulah and I are big drinkers. Oh, not like that. Our DRINK of choice is water. Tallulah likes hers on the rocks. I’m a straight up kind of girl. We’re very respectful of each other when it comes to food. Tallulah eats on one mat and I eat on another about two feet away. Only after I’m completely finished with my food does Tallulah venture over to lick my dinner bowl. But when it comes to drinking, you’ll often find us side-by-side over one bowl. It’s nice to have a drinking buddy.
My human mommy is super excited about tomorrow’s fun event . . . even though she has absolutely no idea whether or not it will work out. Wish us luck!
Last night, Tallulah and I accompanied our humans on a little stroll to see Ghost Manor. Let me take just a moment to state the obvious: My family really, really needs to step up its SELFIE game. Can you believe that we took literally dozens of selfies and this is the best we have to offer? This selfie is, as the kids would say, definitely not on fleek. But it got just a little embarrassing to continue the attempts as the crowds milled about, so this is what you get. Selfie failure aside, Ghost Manor at night was even better than I’d imagined when we visited a couple of weeks ago in the daytime. (Click here to refresh your memory.) The skeleton quartet serenaded us from the porch. A beautiful lady danced in an upstairs room . . . before she was consumed by flames. And all the while giant eyeballs peered down on us from above. Creepy!
OK, friends, we really need your help. What are your best secrets to capturing the perfect selfie?
Tallulah and I have joined our human mommy in the courtyard for a DRINK and some treats. Tallulah, who lacks taste and sophistication due to her youth, is going for the treat. I, on the other hand, am older and wiser so I go for the wine . . . even though I never actually get to have it. 😦 Mommy says wine can fix a Monday, so I hope it’s happy hour wherever you may be. Cheers!
How was your Monday? Did it require a happy hour? 😉
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. 🙂
Tallulah and I get our NAILS done once a month when we go to the groomer for our baths. Mommy says she’d give anything to have a mani-pedi spa day once a month. Too bad, Mommy. That’s a luxury that’s reserved for Golden girls. By the way, any guesses whose feet are whose in this photo?
Tomorrow’s October Photo Challenge topic is pets. What in the world will I do for that one. 😉