Friday, July 27, 2007

La cucaracha

One day, just after we had all come back from Gibraltar, mistress was lying in the bath. (I have forgotten to tell you this story so I am telling it now)

Well, she lies in the bath most days to be honest.

But my GibKennelFlat only has a shower so after the hot dusty journey back home, mistress was idling in there.

For some strange reason master was talking to her and I was hiding behind him. I'm pretty wary of the bathroom as I don't see why on earth they both like to jump into a huge plastic bowl of water so I normally keep well away.

Although sometimes in the mornings I stand in the doorway and have a bit of a macho chat with master when he is having a shave or something.

Suddenly she shrieked and dived out of the bath and ran into the bedroom. Frightened the life out of me. I ran even further away.

That left master to deal with the cockroach that had nonchalantly scuttled right round the top edge of the bath. While she was in there.

So he flipped it into the bath. And pointed out to mistress that it didn't seem able to swim. It had drowned. He thought they were bombproof. Master so tries to be a good Buddhist but that wasn't one of those occasions.

"Eeeek!" she shrieked again. Or something like that. "You're not going to get into the bath now are you?"

"Of course I am. No point in wasting water." And promptly climbed in. Mistress was nearly sick.

The year after they first bought our house in Spain, mistress noticed they had a new pet in the bathroom. It was a cute sort of tropical-looking creature. Deep-reddish colour, quiet, and just used to lurk in a corner of the bathroom.

Mistress called it the "Naked Lunch Creature". And then she remembered why she was calling it the Naked Lunch Creature. It reminded her of the film. Set in the Interzone. After that, every time she saw the new pet she screamed.

She was going to walk out of the film when they went to see it. To start with, it was boring and then later, it was off the wall. But they both stuck it out and decided it was a good film. They still talk about it now - hence the name for the new pet (hah!)

For any of you who don't know what we're talking about there are some links to follow. The book link is just a photo. Pretty yuk if you don't like cockroaches. If you read about the book you may not wish to view the YouTube video. book cover link here

This vid clip is not for the faint-hearted. Mistress thinks it is as disgusting now as she did years ago. Although she did laugh this time when she watched it again. But now she has been to Tanger. video link here

The whole point of this story is that mistress can not look at cockroaches without thinking of Naked Lunch.

And mistress says they are even worse in Australia. When they had their flat in Sydney, the cockies were huge. Master and mistress came in one night and there was a mega-sized one trying to FLY out of the window.

(Another occasion where mistress felt sick).

How do you dogpals in the Americas (ie North, Central and South), and south-east Asia, manage? What are yours like?

Fortunately we don't have many. Because I'm not interested in chasing them. Too small. Cats and rats for me anyday.

Hope I haven't offended anydog or their peeps. But cockroaches are a part of life in hot countries. And I'm a Spanish dog. Mistress is a wimp though. In fact I think I might do a poll. Is mistress a wimp? (Need to get her to do it for me though, sigh).


Oscar Airedale said...

I like snapping my teethies around bugs, but I'm not sure I'd like a cockroach snackie!

Oscar x

Blue said...

Trying to recover from laughing!
The floods have effected my sense of humour!
Hhhum. How awful!
Actually I'd be screaming like mistress.. not that keen on creepy-crawlies. Cockroaches a deffinate no-no, having had to walk over a HOTEL kitchen floor covered with them - long story!

Pats & best wishes to all
have a good w/e

Baron Von Woofer said...

My mom doesn't like any kind of bug... I don't think most of the female people do. She is always calling dad in to dispose of them.

I prefer a nice rawhide chewie to bug snacks.

- Mac

Ferndoggle said...

Your Mistress is no wimp! Our Mom would have run screaming. She doesn't mind bugs...but cockroaches are icky!

Sherman, Penny & Lola

The Husky in the Window said...

Oh Pippa, the bug incident sounds awful for your mistress. We had a large flying cockroach in our dog/craft room the other day. I jumped up and caught it. Of course my mom screamed "MayaMarie drop it." I let it got b/c it was flutterig. We do have those nasty bugs here in South Louisiana.

Our husky mobile has air so we are quite spoiled here. But I would still go for a ride in your Lady.

I tagged you. Check it out.
Husky Hugs. MayaMarie

Frasypoo said...

Well,my mommy had a few 100 raochie pets in India.They never died...did not matter if you squished them really hard.They were hardy creatures.Over here daddy screams when he sees one and mommy squishes them and takes them to the trash in a napkin....while daddy is hiding in the next room.

So I tried bringing in a rotting dead squirrel thinking she liked dead creatures.She almost shot out of the roof screaming!

Lorenza said...

Hola Pippa.
A mi me gusta cazar cucarachas, pero mi mama no puede ni verlas. Grita y corre cada vez que ve una. No son agradables pero me gusta verlas correr cada vez que me acerco.
Aqui en Mexico en epoca de calor hay muchas! No en mi casa afortunadamente pero si las puedes ver en las calles! Ewww!
Buenas noches

Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

There is nooooo way our mommy would ever go into that bathroom again! She was all a quiver and "eeeuuuuwwww" ing just reading your post. However, that picture of you at the top is quite fetching! You are such a handsome guy.

Bella said...

Mama absolutley hates cock-roaches!! Thankfully In Melbourne where we live we don't get many at all & thank Dog not those HUGE ones they get in Sydney !!!
Mama had to work in Syd for a while & would sleep with a can of spray by the bed out of fear.
All other bugs ok - if they are in the house she catches them & returns to the garden - even spiders.
Us puppies like to cacth the flies !!

Ume said...

hi Pippa,
your mum is no wimp, most lady hoomans freak out at the sight of roaches, my Jiejie included. we dun get them in our house, as we stay in high-rise apartments. but we can find a handful of them running around the rubbish chutes. Jiejie juz detour to avoid running into them.

Kerrio said...

Fortunately we don't have that kind of thing here, just flies and wasps, thought we HAVE had hornets and once or twice stag beetles - which are HUGE.

Don't envy you the roaches, we used to get mega-ones in Bermuda.

Snogs etc
Kerrio & co

wally said...

HAHAHA! My ma ape loves Naked Lunch and the buggy typewriter.

We don't have those big bugs here. We do have rodents (which my sissy and I oddly don't hunt but if you'd like to stop by...) and we have had a bat in the house.

My ma ape did say that when she was in Uganda she once saw the BIGGEST grossest cockroach she'd ever seen and it kind of weirded her out--and it was also in the bathtub! Maybe they're not such dirty creatures?


Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Pippa,
Cockroaches in the US might be smaller than what you get. We don't have them at our house, but we've seen them before at places. Mistress is NOT a wimp. Auntie C freaks just if she sees a spider, hehehehehe!

Sorry to tell you here, but we didn't know your email, did you hear the sad news about Oscar the Airedale this morning? He got very very sick yesterday & passed away this morning. See his blog for details. We're so sad & hope his parents can get through this.
Luv & Wirey Hugs,
Butchy & Snickers

Dog lover said...

Hi Pippadoggy!

I love your face in the first picture -- it looks almost as if you are disgusted with cockroaches as much as I am!

We have big, flying ones here in Asia -- which I always try to keep away from! Yuck!


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