Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My five books - well, our five books

Master has told me I need to get on with a bit of macho-bonding. And stop sniffing after all you beautiful bitches.

But I am not going to do it today.

I am going to write about our books. Well, mistress's doggy books.

I was originally tagged by Blue from England to write about books, but naughty mistress STOLE the tag and wrote about her favourite books on her blog.

Anyway, I have been tagged again, for the same thing, by beautiful MayaMarie, the Husky in the Window, (one of my adorable girlfriends I might add) so now we HAVE to write about doggy books.

Here is mistress's Observer's Book of Dogs. It cost seven shillings about 30 years ago. She liked it because when she was little she could learn all about different doggies.

Then she got another book. She especially liked this one because it had colour piccies. The Observer book only has black and white piccies. But this book cost 16 shillings. So that is more than twice as many dog biscuits as the other book.

Then she started to spend her pocket money on books with big colour photos. Here is a nice book with soppy puppy pix and it only cost 13 shillings.

She has some more old doggy books but that is (almost) enough for this post. Many years later when she went to an office and earned lots of pennies for dogbix like lots of your moms, she had some spare money and used to like going to book shops.

So this is the last book she bought. It has lots of beautiful photos and answers to interesting questions like "Why do some dogs chase their own tails?" And it cost a mega £16.99.

And lastly here are some excerpts from the Blue Peter Fifth Book (cost ten shillings). No, it's not Shep. The dogs being bathed are Petra and Patch. And for those of you who don't know, the presenters are Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves.

Here is the story of Bengo. Mistress loved to read about Bengo. He was a boxer doggy, and because mistress grew up with a boxer called Tarquin, she has always had a soft spot for them. (And now I have a beautiful boxer girlfriend called Penny - oops, not allowed to talk about girlfriends today).

Tarquin was her best friend. She didn't have brothers and sisters so when her mummy and daddy told her off, she would always go and hug Tarquin because he didn't care what she did. Us dogs are like that.

So those are our five books. They aren't mine at all really. Mistress has stolen this post by default. She has a house full of books, and as you can see, she doesn't exactly get rid of them because they are old.

When they were travelling round Spain in their 30-year-old Landy (not the one I go in, the green one in the garage that I have sat in and had my photo taken in) they met some nice Swiss people.

Master and mistress had their OLD Landy and a small back-packing tent. They stayed on camp sites with many expensive campervans and caravans. Some people felt sorry for them because they looked poor (not understanding the difference between poor and eccentric British says mistress) but most people were nice.

They had drinks with the friendly Swiss people, and the man, who used to be in the Swiss police, gave master a Swiss army knife with the police insignia. It was a nice present.

And they said they would visit master and mistress the next year. They did. The ex-police officer looked round the house with his eyes and mouth wide open. Not because of the small, basic house, but because of the amount of books. Master and mistress never heard from them again.


wally said...

Haha! Your story about the Swiss people made the ma ape laugh. But then I pointed out OUR bookshelves and she got sheepish. Though not the good kind of sheep that I could herd (or you could tend).


Tofu Burger said...

Didn't know that Swiss police officers were afraid of books? Now I know :)


The Husky in the Window said...

Hello my Pippa. I must say, you look very dreamy on that sofa.
Your mistress must be a great book colletor. The one about Bengo must be a fun one to read.
Well, good night for now.
Till tomorrow......
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Lorenza said...

Hola Pippa.
Puedo ver que a Mistress le gustan mucho los libros. Algunos caros otros no tanto, verdad?
Por que el asombro con los libros?? Penso que lo morderian??
Buenas noches
Dulces sueños con tus novias!

Goofy said...

You look real comfy on the couch... Can I tag along?

Oscar Airedale said...

Those books look interesting. I bet you'd be in big trouble if you chewed them!

Oscar x

Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

Wow, and we thought our mom had a lot of books! She has tons of them and she works in a library! You'd think she would be tired of them, but she keeps bringing home more. She appreciates the love of old classics. She's never met any Swiss army folks, must be because she worls with books!

Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

You do look extra dreamy on that couch, Pippa. You were making Misty roll over and over with delight. Guinness is just staring at your dreamy picture wearing a silly smile. You know how to make the ladies go crazy.

Ferndoggle said...

Scaring people off with your books, eh??? That's an interesting idea. At least Pippa didn't scare them away...he would never do that!


wally said...


I ONLY kiss my two apes. Strangers get no love. BUT if you are tongue-averse I would recommend working your eyes. You have very piercing eyes and I have no doubt they could be very effective at mind control. I use my big brown ones to my advantage.

If that fails, whine like a baby. I do that for belly rubs.


HHHHarry said...

Pippa what you done to my mum, she's just read your post and started shouting Oh wow, I had that!, I had that!I think she means the 1st book in your list.
She's trying to push me of the PC at the moment, cos she says she has to e-mail your mistress, but I've in the chair now and I'm staying put (bit like you and your sofa)
Licks H

Frasypoo said...

Hi Pippa,
We totally get the books part at our house.My mom is a book worm !She actually carried over 40 books wehen she immigrated here.Her baggage allowance was taken over by books...do you know what she reads...Enid Blyton,William by Richmal Crompton,TinTin and Asterix,Agatha Christie etc.She said she read all that when she was young and it reminds her off a happy childhood !!Those are her happy books !!


Hi Pippa Same as Harry's mom, my mom has the observers book of dogs, and dogwatching,but not the illustrated one though.She thought she was the only one daft enough to have a book thirty odd years old.She's also got a bookcase full of assorted dog books (and I thought Abby was strange)
love Holly

Blue said...

Great post!
I've a house full of books too. I've even my mother school prize books as well as my own childhood ones.
Emptied the bottom shelf of my many book shelves because of the floods, have them all piled up the stairs & double stacked on higher shelves..


Roxie, Sammy and Andy said...

Dusty Doodles asked us about our 5 favorite books. We still need to answer him. This is going to be tough because most of the books in this house belong to Mom.

We didn't know Swiss people were afraid of books. You learn something new all the time.

Natasha said...

Hello Pippa & Kate...

Those are cool books you have there. My mommy used to have LOADS of books too, but when she married Daddy and moved to this house, she left them all at Grandma's. So now we only have a few shelves of books but it's beginning to grow... Her most recent book was of course Harry Potter.

She wanted to buy this Giant Doggie Encyclopaedia too but Daddy said it was too expensive. Books are very expensive here in Malaysia, which is why when Mommy lived in England many years ago, she bought so many books esp from Galloway & Porter.

Okay then Pippa... take care.

Big hug

Tasha & Eva said...

Hey Pippa, Eva here. Those look like really good books. Does mistress ever read to you from them? We didn't realize that the Swiss were afraid of books! How strange is that? Thank you for the well wishes for Tasha. She is feeling much better now! Have a fun weekend.