What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
Yes, I’ve been Pebbled. This gorgeous little imp who came into our lives last August has stolen our hearts, and the hearts of all who see her. And she is not shy about flaunting her cuteness. No; she insists on flirting with all.
To remind my readers: Back in August 2017, The C.C. advised there would be an addition to our family in the guise of a Papillon puppy-dog. To say I was surprised would be an understatement. However, within one week she was ours. Her kennel name; ‘Eternal Flame’ didn’t really suit this little bundle of energy and sweetness, so we called her, Miss Fidget.
Now this was not and is not a respectable name for any little self respecting puppy-dog! But, try as we may, her ‘real’ name eluded us!
Then, some time later, in October, they (The C.C.) informed me that whenever I felt bored I could sit and ponder and would be given… Well, I’ll just quote them here:
“To circumnavigate this boredom we have given our dearest the means to overcome, yes indeed. We have given our dearest the means to explore newness in the form of fantasy; a fantasy that bespeaks of reality. We shall explain:
Our dearest is clairvoyant. That is to say; the future, to some extent, is known to her. However, we shall allow our dearest to know the future of all things. Our dearest only need sit and contemplate and the future shall be given.”
Guess what the first thing was I wanted to know? You guessed it: It was Miss Fidget’s ‘proper’ name; the one meant just for her. I am very pleased to introduce:
❤ Pebble ❤
our most recent (and cutest) addition to our family.
And who, with her trusty sidekick, Big Beau; fight a never ending battle for the best morsels of food, the softest turf in the yard, and the hearts of every single human being alike.
Yes, her name is ‘Pebble’ (formerly, & on occasion still: Miss Fidget).
Look what I found today ~ the cutest little Papillon girl there ever was!
Flame, or Miss Fidget, as I’ve been calling her this day, is 6 months old, totally captivating, and thoroughly has my heart.
The C.C. advised me recently (last Thursday) that we would be having a new addition to our sweet home in the form of a little Papillon dog. To say I was surprised would be true.
Overnight I became quite excited and called a number of breeders the following day. Sunday saw me investigating two adult girls, but, alas, they were not for me. However, today I emailed a few breeders expressing my interest, and I called/phoned a couple, too. Rebecca said:
“I have a little six month old who gets car sick and is a little timid for the show ring. I’ve been considering selling her as a pet.”
“Yes, please,” I said. “Can you send me an image or two?”
Within two minutes she was mine. Yes, yes, yes came the response when I saw her cute little face.
And what a surprise I had when I showed Rebecca images of our beautiful ‘Beau’ ~ our rescue dog.
“Oh, who is his breeder?” Rebecca asked.
“Oh no, he is a rescue dog,” I replied.
“Yes, but who is the breeder?”
I was quite perplexed. It must have shown on my face.
Rebecca said, “He is a Papillon!”
Oh my; I’ve had a little Papillon for 4 years and did not know it.
“But, his ears don’t have the typical length of hair, and he is quite big.”
“Yes,” replied Rebecca. “He is a big boy (11 inches) and not all Papillons have the typical fluffy ears.” He’s a Papillon!”
Two huge surprises in one. I’ve loved the Papillon Dog for so long, and had one all along. What a great day it’s been.
Papillon (Butterfly/Continental Toy Spaniel) Reflection (Listen while you read)
The beautiful Papillon or Butterfly dog is one which, very soon, will grace the home of our dearest Carolyn. We informed her of this, this day. Did we not, dearest?
Yes you did. Just as I learned about our last dog, Beaux
whilst surfing the net; the same has happened this day. I’m not sure I’m ready to accept a third dog into our home just yet; but, I know this will happen at some point soon!
Indeed, dearest. Shall we now proceed with the reflection?
Yes, please do.
The beautiful Papillon dog is one that will fill the home with love, laughter, tears and joy. Oh yes, Dear Ones, the Papillon is not only sweet in temperament; but also hardy and long lived. We say ‘long lived’, Dear Ones, in the sense that it retains its personality to its end. And what is its personality? We shall tell you.
The Papillon is a social creature in need of social gatherings. It will beam with love when taken for a walk. It will revel in the company of other sensitive animals; not only dogs, Dear Hearts. Oh yes, the Papillon, apart from its small but robust frame, will enjoy all company.
Do not fear when small children play with this dearest of animals; it will rejoice in the contact and be, ultimately, the one to retire when, and if, the play is not cordial. Yes, Dear Ones, should a child become overly overt in its communications, both physical and mental, the delightful Papillon will sensitively manoeuvre out of harms way, so to speak.
You will delight, dearest, when the Papillon, intended for you, finds its way into your home and heart.
FUN! LET’S HAVE FUN! Come on. Fun…….! Etcetera…, etcetera…., etcetera……..
(Why can’t we have fun? Go on; tell me. Why can’t we have fun? Isn’t that a good thing to do; to have fun? Awwwwww go on; tell me why. Go on; tell me. Why?
And this is the personality of the beautiful Basset Hound. He/she enjoys having fun and does not understand why there should not be more of it.
Be patient if you have a Basset Hound personality around you; they may not be aware of their preponderance toward fun. They may think ‘having fun’ is the normal state of affairs; and why not? Why not indeed?
However, this personality type will eventually learn that life holds other meanings. He/she will come to appreciate the responsibilities of life, eventually. Until then, we must allow this personality to ‘have its way’. It will not learn to appreciate the more serious aspects of life until it has ‘had its fill’ of enjoyment. That is to say this personality, more than most, has an innate sense of joy. Would we remove this state from them? We would hope not. Be patient. Be patient and allow.
To those of you who are the Basset Hound personality we say: Allow the joy, dear friend. Allow yourself to be Peter Pan for as long as it takes. We can neither change our personality nor ‘take wing’. We must accept those things that are our innate personality and accept the challenges they bring. One would think ‘having fun’ was not a ‘challenge’ to be overcome. And yet; you know of the times when you feel you are going ‘overboard’. Don’t you? Yes, my friend. You know, and so do we.
Allow your personality to have its way and, in time, it will no longer be a problem for you. No, it will no longer be a problem; for you will have moderated your behaviour to allow both the fun things in life to be yours, as well as the more serious.
Enjoy your personality, dear friend; enjoy!)
Beagle Reflection(Listen while you read)
Now to take things a little more seriously! Like loving and living. Yeah, I’d say those things need to be taken more seriously. And what about the times when we’re needed to ‘be there’ when our loved ones are in need. Yeah; I’d say those are the times we need to take seriously.
But seriously. Don’t you think those moments, when we’re needed, constitute moments in time when all else pales into insignificance: Yeah; I’d say that’s true.
I don’t care for frivolity; except when it’s a necessary part of circumstances. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy having fun; far from that. No, I mean I take things as they come. If they come with seriousness; then I enjoy it. If they come with fun; then I enjoy that too. What I do say is this:
I think life should be a serious matter, taken with fun.
Yeah sure; I’m having a two way bet here! That’s life though.
Animals reflect our behaviour. The animals that we like and feel a closeness to, encounter often, attract, dream about and think upon have a role to play in that moment of our lives. They offer an understanding to us of the ‘play’ that is our current experience, and give insight into the intricacies of our lives. Following is the understanding for the gorgeous dogs ~ Alaskan Malamute, American Eskimo Dog or American/German Spitz and Basenji.
It needs to be noted that were a dog to have been mothered/fathered by two or more differing types of dog, one must note the characteristics of both, or all of the known breeds within this coupling to ascertain the many characteristics which their choice has to offer.
(Should you have a request for a reflection, let me know; I’d be happy to oblige.)
“Tireless; that’s what they say; bloody tireless. Why can’t they see that’s not me?”
(We have a job to do and it will be done… Yeah! Is that what you think?
Do you really think that I want to be doing, doing, doing constantly over and over again? Really? No, I don’t want to be ‘tireless’; I’m not tireless. I tire just like everybody. I’m not tireless. How many times do I need to say this? I’m not tireless!!! Ahhhhhhhhh; that feels better.
Please understand that I want to please; I want to make all things good for you. However, I’m not superman. No, I’m not. I’m just me; just like everybody else that you see walkin’ about. That’s right. Just like everyone else…. ‘Bout time you saw that; don’t you think? Then maybe you’d not expect quite so much of me. That’s all I ask. Don’t expect quite so much of me. I’m happy to do my share; absolutely…. Happy to do even a little bit more than my share. But, lay off me once in a while, will you? Yeah; just recognise my need for a little rest, a little peace and quiet….
Thanks; I really do appreciate this…..!
“Well, my dear friend, I’m glad to help.”
It’s not often that an energy thanks me. I have been feeling an overwhelming compassion for this personality because, even though it is so willing to assist, its help is often ‘expected’ and not appreciated.
I appreciate you Malamute personality, and I assure you I will see to it (if ever I come in contact with you) that I’ll remember your misunderstood nature.)
American Eskimo Dog or American/German Spitz(Listen while you read)
Lighten up, lighten up! The load’s never too heavy to bear.
We can do it, you and I.
You know what they say.
“A load shared, is a load halved”.
Lighten up! Lighten up!
(You know we can do it when we band together… Yes, matey; that’s right. A problem shared, is a problem halved.
And this is what the beautiful American Eskimo Dog teaches us this day. Share your woes, share your fears, share your joys, and share your love.
A wondrous energy has the American Eskimo Dog, indeed.
Do you share yourself with all your idiosyncrasies; with all your foibles; with all your daring; with all your ups and all your downs?
Yes, my friends. The American Eskimo Dog asks this of you this day.
Allow that which is within to come outside to play, to cry, to laugh; to do whatever it needs to do.
This will always change.
A little sadness here, a little laughter there.
Indeed, ’tis a changing world in which we live, dear hearts.
Do we think we are any different? Yes? No?
Indeed not, my dear friends; we are no different…..!)
Basenji (Listen while you read)
Hello! How are you? Nice to see you! It’s a nice day. Going for a walk? The garden is lovely. Lovely smell in the air. Good day!
(May I have a word? We Basenji types do like to talk, you know. If it weren’t for the fact that we are above the ‘norm’ we would most certainly talk and talk and talk and talk. We do have a lot to say, you see. Yes, that’s right. WE HAVE A LOT TO SAY; and that which we do say is quite comical, interesting.
What is that you say? Verbose? Well, perhaps that is a fitting term. Hmmmmm, verbose. Yes, you are probably right. We are probably verbose; we Basenji types. Oh, alright, verbose we are. However, at least we have ‘something to say’. Not like many who have nought happening upstairs; if you know what I mean. I don’t mean to sound rude; oh, nothing would offend me more than thinking that others find me rude. Oh, no, that wouldn’t do at all. You see (not to put too finer point to it) we Basenji types do find the hm, hm, ‘common folk’ rather disturbing to our otherwise fine sensibility of character. I am a little embarrassed to say so; however, it is true. We do hold ourselves ‘a little above the rest’.
Now I’ve let the cat out of the bag. Cat! Cat! Who said anything about cats? Oh, those dreadful creatures with their stickiness all over them. Oh, such creatures are they. Washing and preening, washing and preening. Do they do anything else…….?
…..I shall just calm myself a minute. Please excuse me whilst I settle my mind……. Oh dear, I do seem to be giving away far too much of myself this day. FAR TOO MUCH. I am generally so refined and keep my opinions to myself. This I most certainly do. I do not wish for you or anybody to know me too well. A cover-up; you say? No, just another aspect of a finely tuned, well bred character. Oh darn; I hate giving myself away. I really do. NOW I’m a little cross. Yes, I’m a little cross because you have given me up. Yes you have. You have unsettled me and I have given away far too much of myself. I WILL COMPOSE MYSELF and begin again. Yes, that is what I shall do. Forgive me my outburst. Good day!
Charming, comes to mind as does self constraining / critiquing. There is probably a little of the Basenji personality in most of us. He would rather that we see him as he projects rather than think this outward show of refinement is a cover for a much more diverse thinking individual. Yes, the Basenji personality is a quick thinking, ever changing force of friskiness. We could all do with the ability to think on our feet as does the delightful, energetic qualities of this versatile well favoured canine.)
A happy childhood, indeed. The Lhasa Apso represents happiness.
Not all enjoy happiness, this is true. However, for those who inherit a Lhasa Apso; inherit happiness.
And this happiness is the result of good fortune. Good fortune for those of a gentler nature, indeed.
The Lhasa Apso is full of surprises. Indeed, dear friends, those who enjoy the wealth of delights of this breed will not only enjoy happiness, they will embody happiness.
“Hear, hear,” we hear all of you Lhasa Apso lovers calling. Hear, hear; is the cry of those who favour this happiness on four legs.
He/she may not look like ‘happiness, carrying loads of sunshine’; however, do not be fooled by the wisdom expressed in the face, and demeanour, of this outstanding breed. Do not be fooled by the old man expression. No, my friends; you will come to know this breed will ‘have your back’, indeed. This breed will be your constant companion, your dearest friend, your enemy’s dilemma. Yes, indeed; this breed understands man’s foibles and idiosyncrasies.
He/she shall guard you against intruders. He/she will own his/her place as a trophy upon the wall of excellence when it comes to guarding against intruders of a physical, and emotional nature. They will secure your presence with their keen eye; an eye that sees through the make-up of pretence.
Let a Lhasa Apso be your guide to personality; they will not let you down.