Review of Dog Tails by Tara Chevrestt – 3.5 Stars

Dog Tails: Three Humorous Short Stories for Dog LoversDog Tails: Three Humorous Short Stories for Dog Lovers by Tara Chevrestt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I was undecided whether to leave a review for this or not, it’s difficult to advise others who are considering reading it of any more info than what it says in the description.
Three short stories all told from the viewpoint of dogs. Sweet, humorous and a cheap collection. I’m not sure what age bracket this book was aimed at. Most dog owners will enjoy it but I’d probably recommend it as more of something to be read with a child (maybe not the first story but definitely the other two).
Summary
The Bad – A little bit too sugary sweet for adult readers (I think but that could be put down to personal taste).
The Good – Easy, quick reads at a low price. I imagine this book would be quite a nice book to read with a pet loving child too.

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Similar to Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two by Sue Vincent – to see a review for this Click Here

Holidays for Hounds

I paced back and forth.

How could she do this to me? Again?

I had used the biggest brown eyes I could manage. I had even let out the whimper that always got me the last biscuit.

But no, she had left me anyway. Holidays she called it! A holiday indeed! I have to share all my food and bones and belly rubs! Okay, that meant there were other woofs around to play with but that’s not really the point now is it?

In fact, it would serve her right if I sat at this exact same spot until she reappeared.

I could look so starved and tired she would never leave me again. Although I can hear biscuits being put into a bowl…and is that…yes it is…CHICKEN…with layers of gravy…Winner! Well maybe not the starve part, that would be silly.

But when she shows up I can just act really sad, let out that cry again and she’ll never have a holiday again.

Sounds like a plan. Anyway better go – it’s chicken time!

Dogs at Fence Image by Yinglan


Image: Thanks to Yinglan

Story originally written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) a flash fiction challenge with stories in 100-175 words (or less). Check it out for more fun flash fiction.

#Maydays Prompt – Man’s Best Friend

“If you don’t have a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Vincent Van Gogh

If you don't have a dog - Vincent Van Gogh

For today’s #maydays prompt who can resist an animal lover. May you write something special about Man’s Best Friend.:)

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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When you have a dog in your life…

…there is always reason to laugh!

A Bit Long in the Tooth

Our oldest little woof, is now over 11 years old
Not a hugely old age, for a mongrel I’m told
But changes have started, life’s taken its toll
And some of these changes, are starting to show

It started around the eyes, (as most ladies will know)
Although it isn’t wrinkles, that started to show
Her patches were once a lovely deep brown
But they’re now speckled white, with the odd grey around

She’s a lot more tired and, loves nothing more than a nap
(and I must say, I’m a bit envious of that)
But when she curls up, into a nice doggy dream
She snores the house down, ’til I’m ready to scream

She’s always been the boss, the one to lead
But her direction is off, causing laughter indeed
On her daily walk, she caused such a lark
By charging at the poo bin and proceeding to bark

There is also the incident with the sneaky lamppost
That must have snuck up beside her and said boo like a ghost
She didn’t like it, not one bit
And gave it a good barking too, she looked such a…ditz

Another walk lately was a scene quite mad,
She had heard the rustling of a carrier bag
Assuming it was an enemy, she set off on foot
Disappointed at the outcome, although it was such a hoot

So, time has come, to keep her on the lead
It won’t be easy and she won’t be best pleased
The problem with her craziness is it’s me that looks mad
Laughing alone in a field with a dog and a bag!

 

Millie asleep

Catching up on a nap!

 



Originally written in response to #WQWWCLaddie - Dog laughter tail
by Colleen and Ronovan over at Silverthreading. Check it out for more inspirational writing quotes with today’s theme “Laughter”. Hope my attempt gave a few more people a giggle. KL ❤

6 Years Together – It’s a Dog’s Life

Dog Bed exploded!

Apparently it popped up on Facebook
That this was 6 years to the day
I don’t understand what the problem was
I kept myself busy that day

This wouldn’t really have happened
Had she not left me alone anyway
Apparently she’s got this work stuff
That means she can’t stay home and play

Millie asleep

Each morning I get a nice long walk
Now that she’s learned her lesson
I’m much more lively than Millie
So you could say it was a blessing

Laddie Millie - Walks

I don’t need as much sleep
And need a lot more room to play
Now we have a new house
For me to roam in each day

I even have my own bedroom
But from the letterbox for some reason I’m banned
She didn’t want those bills anyway
I’m sure I was lending a hand

Laddie - White Bed

So 6 years together – we’ve made it
I’ve found my forever family
We may cause chaos together but
She wouldn’t change a thing about me

It is a Dog’s Life after all. – Laddie 🐾

Millie - A dogs life

Dogs do guilty very well

I got a lovely soft bed when I was little, but I quickly out grew out of it…

Dog Bed before.png 

The boss said my legs grew too quick for my body. She said I walked like bambi on ice and it’s not really my fault I ran into a lamp-post once, a story she loves to tell people. It’s not really my fault my breaks legs didn’t work. I was just trying to grow big and strong as fast as I could. My long legs even helped me rescue a cooked chicken from the worktop one day. Well she had already had some of it, so there was no point risking her going back for seconds…

So, I may have got a little bored one day… and I may have taken matters into my own hands…

 

Dog Bed exploded!.png

It just went poooofffff!!

 

… it just went pooofff!!!.. She’s lucky I’m still alive really…

 Dog Bed New

Guilty?… Well maybe just a tiny little bit, but all is well that ends well as I got a nice new BIG bed!

With Woofs
Laddie

The Visitor

She regularly leaves us on the outside looking in! How rude – on this occasion she even sat there giggling and took a photo – cheeky mare!

Daisy and Laddie

She often does this in the kitchen too. She is allowed in but if she’s cooking I must maintain the paws behind the line (well the metal doorstrip) policy, she says I push my luck as my paws creep over but I think she forgets I have such big paws and I just want a quick feel of the nice cool kitchen tiles. If she has happened to drop something I might try to investigate it while I’m there, but honestly who wouldn’t.

In this photo our friend Daisy (the spaniel) was visiting for her holidays. Daisy does magic tricks – she can open doors. Those that feed me were not so happy about that, especially after they had thought they would create a special device to stop her entering the kitchen. Instead she opened the back door and the patio doors and let us through the living room. She was so shocked to see us in the hallway when she came back from the shop it was hilarious.

Wonder if Daisy does fridge doors too – I’d like “a look in” there…

Much Woofs Laddie

The ruff with the smooth

I have 2 dogs Laddie and Millie, earlier this year I had the bright idea to go on holiday with the woofalo’s. Laddie & MillieThe break started off well with the dogs sleeping soundly in the car the majority of the way there (apart from a quick pit stop of course). Then we arrived at the hotel, right on the waterfront of a beautiful loch. Of course the dogs immediately decided they wanted a paddle, of course we refused and tried to drag them to the hotel instead, however the very accommodating owners gave us some doggie towels that they kept for just that purpose. So after the long drive we thought they could do with the stretch and we decided to let them wade at paws depth quickly.

We then returned to our hotel and got shown to our room. Now as I have said I have never visited a pet friendly hotel before, but climbing the staircase with its pretty mahogany banisters and prestige paintings on the walls with two dogs in tow is a very odd sensation indeed! Nevertheless we got to the room, put the dog beds in, had a quick cuppa and decided to have a little wander around the pretty village. Stopping for a cuppa and a sandwich in town.

That evening we left the dogs in the hotel room while we had our meal in the restaurant. Our hearts in our stomach as we crept back up the stairs, please don’t have destroyed anything, messed the room, or anything. They wouldn’t do that at home but you can’t help but worry in a strange place. When we opened the hotel room door our pooches came toddling over happy to see us and not a thing was out of place – phew! We took them down to the bar for a quick glass of wine or two before bed (for us not the pooches) and on the bar was a lovely jar of doggy treats. Honestly a tranquil bar with a roaring fire, a window seat overlooking the loch and two spoilt pooches, curled happily at our feet enjoying a quick nibble, it was lovely, if only I had known what was to come…

Now I know every dog owner and every dog has a different routine. Ours is this, at bedtime, the dogs go out for a last minute visit to the loo, and then get put in their beds in the utility room downstairs with a bowl of biscuits each. I sleep in the bedroom upstairs at the opposite end of the house. At home this works fairly well. In a hotel room, things are slightly different. We took them out for a quick scoot to which they had absolutely no interest in the loo just in getting back in the Loch. Eventually we gave up and headed back to the room, putting the dogs into bed and their biscuits down. All well and good until several hours later, pitch black in the middle of the night I was awoken with the persistant sound of “crunch, crunch, crunch.”

“Crunch, crunch, crunch”. Few seconds silence. “Crunch, crunch, crunch” – few seconds silence. After 5 minutes of feeling like I was taking part in the water torture experiment. I got up out the bed and removed the bowl of food to two very sad big brown eyes. I apologised and explained to Laddie that he would get them back in the morning. After a rather loud huffy sound he flounced down on his bed, clearly not overly pleased with the agreement. As I got back in bed my husband chuckled and said “I knew if I just laid here it would annoy you the most first”, the devious monkey!

Just drifting quietly back off to sleep the noise started back up again “crunch, crunch, crunch”.

“Laddie” I shouted, and shot up out the bed to take the biscuits off him. Only to find out Millie had joined in the game and was laid on her bed head rolled off the side in her dog bowl like lady-muck! Making the same apologies again I removed her bowl and crawled my way back into bed.

Once again I was awoken in my sleep, this time with the lapping of water. Now although cruel enough to take away the food (temporarily), I am not cruel enough to remove water. So instead I buried myself deep in the bed, pillows wrapped tightly round my ears and prayed for Laddie to get back into bed and go to sleep. Eventually this happened.

A few hours later, I was once again awoken, Laddie was laid on a rug next to my side of the bed trumping quite loudly. My god! I rolled over and shook my husband. “The dog needs out”.

“What?”

“The dog needs out, he is gassing me out!”

“Can’t you just go back to sleep, he is sleeping.”

“He might be but his backside isn’t!”

Eventually my dazed husband got up and slung his dressing gown on.

“You will need more than that.” I said pulling on my jeans, big woolly jumper and walking boots. We are talking about Scotland in the spring!

So at four o’clock in the morning in the pitch black we got ourselves composed and made the way down the hotel stairs to the front door with the two terrors. I kindly stayed inside ready to unlatch the hotel front door when he came back and sure enough I had been right, they needed a quick trip to the loo each.

So, why would I want to live this 24 hour period again?

I had my husband and my two dogs, basically my current little family altogether. We got to stay in a wonderful hotel, experience great food and enjoy the scenic views – together! The dogs were so wonderfully behaved, in the room, in the bar and on the walks. In fact we had people compliment them so often about how well behaved they were. Finally because in the morning we got up and did a long walk together. We truly felt like the only people on the earth. True peace and tranquillity together. This was our view:

View of the bench from the hilltop - scotland

Review of Laughter Lines by Sue Vincent – 5 Stars

Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail EndLaughter Lines: Life from the Tail End by Sue Vincent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic book full of uplifting stories that entice you in from the first page and capture the readers’ imagination quickly. I fell in love with Ani after reading Notes from a Small Dog(review). So it was great to catch up with both Ani and Sue’s adventures in this poetic sequel.
This book is all about fun and some of the stories will stick with me a long time, particularly adored the St George story and can imagine telling that to grandchildren. Ani of course, is marvellous as the star of the show in her tales. I found Vincent’s writing style very easy and enjoyable to read. Highly recommend it.
An excellent combo of “tails and tales” all rolled into one.

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For more of Sue’s wonderful writing visit her blog right here on wordpress- Daily Echo – (http://scvincent.com/).