Friday, March 14, 2008


"Come along master," I barked.

"I think it is time we went to my Gibflat. Those Gibcats will be running riot without me to control them."

Master agreed so we loaded up my Landy. Misery was allowed to come too although I don't know why. Oh, I remember, she wanted to go to a boring lecture on neanderthals and modern humans. Dear me.

I sat in the back looking out to see what was going on. Then I bounded into the middle to lie on my Landy sofa.

I snoozed away merrily and then we stopped. We always slow down and have to stop at San Pedro de Al-CAT-ara because there are lots of traffic lights. I always get up and have a nice smell for cats naturally. Mistress seems to think it is called San Pedro de Alcantara but I know better.

When we got to the frontier I smiled at everyone because they are always interested in me. Dogs are so much more interesting than people. But no person wanted to see my passport. I was a bit disappointed, but master said it is because they are all used to me now and know that I am PippaGibDog and that I have my own GibKennelFlat which I share with master and Misery.

I had a little sniffy as we drove across the airfield. I was sure I could smell that pesky Harvey (aka Marmalade of the Green Collar) as we drove towards town. Master and mistress had a detour to the shops. Yawn. Then we went to my flat.

But there was something wrong when we walked in. I didn't recognise my sofa. It didn't smell the same. No, it was not my sofa. There was no Pippafur on it, and there was a clean throw on it. Master was quietly fainting on the floor. Mistress had vacuumed the sofa and washed my throws. How is a dog supposed to recognise his sofa if it is clean and doesn't smell Pippa-ish? So I lay on the floor. And then I went under my table.

Under my table, although even this smells of polish

Master and I had a nice evening together while Misery went off to her lecture. Apparently there was one interesting question in it about domesticated animals. It seems that domesticated wolves were the first animals that started to join the human pack. Of course. Are we stupid? Nice warm fires, and comfy places to sleep in return for chasing a few cats or other things. Perhaps it wasn't such a silly lecture after all.

I haven't seen Marmalade yet though. I did spot the nice black and white one lying next to a motor bike today but master had already seen him. Now I love master very much but sometimes I think he is nearly as miserable as Misery. So he dragged me into the flat while I was trying to go in the other direction. But in the evening we met lots of people we knew and they all stroked me because they know I am nice and friendly so that was good. One of master's previous work colleagues beamed at us and said his son had been asking where I was. I thought that was very nice so I gave him a special PippaSmile and all the family patted me.

Come along master

Striding out purposefully

Mistress thought she would have a snooze on my sofa and she put her nice sleepingbag on there. When she got up I thought it looked rather inviting so I bounded up. But master called me down and moved it off. I tell you, he is getting bad. I can just about control Misery but trying to organise two of them will be a bit tiring for poor old Pippadog.

Apart from that I am having a nice time chilling out here in Gib. A change is always as good as a rest although master seems to be looking for work which doesn't sound like a rest to me.

Now I want to mention The Forget Sit and Stay Gang who cleverly pointed out that Misery had snuck a flower onto my last post. I did not notice that. I did not notice it when mistress took the photo because I was doing my sleeping dog impersonation at the gate where I pretend to be snoozing but am really very alert and on guard. And when I checked my post for publication I was too busy wondering why I had turned into Pippa the Monochrome Dog to notice the flower. So thank you for bringing it to my attention. Barks will be had with Misery.

And darling Randi dedicated some lovely flowers and herself, I mean her lovely self and some flowers to me on her Randay post. Thank you Randi. I appreciate that very much although naturally you are far more beautiful than the flowers.

Sometimes, a dog can't be bothered to argue about a few flowers on his blog.....


The Army of Four said...

Mmm... flowers. Yummy. I can't wait for stuff to start growing here.
Play bows,

Gus and Louie said...

How are you going to know it is your sofa? What was your Mom thinking?
Don't worry it will have your smell back in no time. After all that is why it is called fur-niture..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Simba said...

Are you sleeping under the table or had you passed out from the smell of the shoes?

Simba x


Hi Pippa,
Sounds like your mum had a bit of a spring clean in your Gib flat. But we are sure you can fix the clean sofa throw. Thanx for letting your mum post flowers again - our mum likes tham a lot.
Jazz and Dixie

JB's Big World said...

Furniture should have fur on it....ours does.
P.S. Please don't chase cats....I know you really love us, cats though, huh? :^)

The Zoo Crew said...

Lucky on an adventure. I wish I could be on an adventure but the doctor told me I can't do anything...hrmph!

peace + paws,


Kapp pack said...

SOunds like you had a very nice trip but I would have been upset my the clean sofa too! I'm pretending those bewootiful flowers were just for me.

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

wally said...

That looks like a lovely time. And it was quite nice of us to adopt and domesticate the naked apes when they are clearly quite useless.


Sophie Brador said...

Pippa, You should come to Canada. We have lots of cats to be on guard for, but no flowers. All the flowers are under a hundred million feet of snow, so you needn't worry about them. And I bet if you flash your eyes longingly enough, my mom would let you on the couch.


Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Hi Pippa! We think it's cool that you get to travel so much. Do you ever swim? We'd be swimming all the time!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Pippa!
I wonder what is the human obsession with cleaning everything!
They don't understand we love OUR smelly things!
I hope you are having a great time at Gib!
Kisses and hugs

Marvin said...

You live such an exciting life Pippa!

I love reading about your adventures, I wish I had a passport!

love and many licks, Marvin xxxx

One of the pack said...

Woof Pippa!
What is it with those female humans and the need to clean? Make sure you rub along the furniture before getting onto the sofa! They can never get all of our fur and wonderful aroma. It's so much better than flower petals and lasts much longer.

Have a great week.

The Forget Sit and Stay Gang

Bella said...

rather than the aroma of polish under the table - perhaps you are enjoying the aroma from the shoes - Hee heee

Tasha & Eva said...

Darling Pippa,
So when you are really sleeping and not pretending, do you dream of chasing cats and move your paws? Tasha does and she barks in her sleep too.

The Husky in the Window said...

Such a busy Pippa. I hope you got lots of toasty treats.

Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Thor said...

I hope they at least gave you lots of really good treats to make up for taking all of your fur off the sofa! That was NOT nice!


Randi said...

Hi Dear Darling Pippa...I'd love for you to come over my way & help me rest my paw paw...its a bit ouchie & I think having you guard it & keep it safe would make me feel much better...I bet I could get my mom to make you toast for your efforts too..

You look lovely in all your strong & handsome & peaceful...Can't wait to hear more adventures from you PippaGibFlat.

Love & Licks,

Helios said...

If I were you, I'd rubba rubba my fur and smell into the clean sofa immediately. In fact, I rubba rubba my M and MM every morning so that other dogs know that they are owned.

Cassidy said...

I hate my bed when mummy washes it so me understands your shock Pippa. Hope you get it nice and hairy and smellling nice soon!

Cassidy x

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Asta said...

I'm so sowwy youw bed was wuined..just when we get it totally comfy and nice smelling the hoomans wuin it..Gwwwww.You look lovely undew that chaiw, but it can't be as comfy as youw'we an intewnational staw, so of couwse they don't ask fow youw passpowt.
We went to Munich, cause some fwiends who live thewe complained that we hadn't visited..I didn't dwink too much
smoochie kisses,Asta

Gus and Louie said...

Looks like you can nap anywhere...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Balboa & Mommy said...

how dare they clean your pippafur off the sofa?!?!?! I guess you have to leave extra fur this time, hee hee.

You look so comfy under that table.

Frenchie Snorts

ChaChi Lu said...

Oh, we miss flowers! Thank you for sharing such a lovely picture. I just wish it was a scratch and sniff picture. Hope you get your sofa all good and smelly again!

~Chachi and JET

Asta said...

I'm glad you'we back on youw sofa..even if it's wolling awound laughing at youw mistwess, who I'm suwe is quite bootiful!It's a yucky wainy day today, so I'm continooing my nap
smoochie kisses,

Peanut said...

How could she wash your blanket? That isn't right.