The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

The Petrified Princess


Good grief! It’s not a puppy, it’s a pony! I kid you not.

Yesterday was the big day. I could sense the excitement. Fragile items were cleared away, new toys prepared and ‘new arrival’ could be sensed in the air.

I can’t say I knew what to expect but I did expect a puppy. Puppies are small and cute right? They tumble along, lie on their backs and everyone goes ‘ahhhh’.

Not my puppy.

What does The Producer do but turn up with this enormous ‘thing’ calling it a puppy. I have my doubts. You judge from the pics. Does this look like a 14 week puppy to you? This thing is bigger than I am.

Anyway, they bring it home and I am excited. A friend thinks I. Nice after being so sad and depressed since Zac crossed the rainbow bridge. He was nervous of me, me! Little me. Great, thought I and reassured him that I was friendly. I must have overdone it though because the next thing I know he’s growling.

It may look like we’re having fun but believe you me I’m running, running for my life!

The Producer told him not to (far too gently in my opinion) and then the fun really started. We went into the house and I thought we’d have a little play. Trouble is he decided to take it far to seriously and went for me – twice! I think The Producer should have done more than growl at him, she should have sent him back!

She told me I should have put him in his place but I’m not that sort of a dog.

This is his ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ look. They tell me he’s a Standard Poodle, oh yes, crossed with what I want to know – a Polar Bear?
Actually Polaris is his kennel name so I think I might be on the right track there.

To add insult to injury when night came we had to sleep in the same area. We had a few beds to choose from but of course he wanted mine, my special new bed. This time The Producer wasn’t there to help me so guess what! He slept in my butterfly bed and got his smell all over it – yuck.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the other big bed was nearby and The Producer didn’t get up until 3.00am to let him out. Too late! He’d poohed and peed in the big bed which meant he’d ruined both of them for me. No quiet peaceful night for me.Β  He didn’t cry – I did!

‘No Name’ sitting with The Producer’s Beloved – that man is 6 feet tall and that dog is sitting down!! Puppy??? Do they think I’m stupid?

I am not impressed.

All today he’s been coming the puppy, trying to play, let bygones be bygones. Huh! I am not happy and I am not going to pretend I am. Also, I don’t trust him. He still wants to get into whatever bed I’m in and as I won’t get in with him I have to vacate it to him. He is playing power games – at 14 weeks!

They haven’t agreed on a name yet. I think they should call him ‘Ivan the Terrible’.

Get used to the photos (unless they send him away – yay!) because The Producer has already indicated what a relief it is to photograph a non-black dog and even I, not his fan, admit he is handsome.

I am not sure where this relationship is going but I have heard of them talking about puppy training classes beginning next week. I hope it’s live in!

Love The Pessimistic Princess

Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

37 thoughts on “The Petrified Princess

  1. Haha, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

    • I’m not so sure. He sure isn’t employee material, I may have to rethink the bodyguard idea, I’d be under more threat from him than outsiders at the moment!

  2. aw, Princess. I’m sorry the friendship didn’t start out as you expected. But be patient and yes, assert your authority! He’s a puppy. A BIG puppy, but a puppy nonetheless. He’s going to make mistakes unless you show him the right way to do it. Have you considered that maybe he wants to be on your bed or with you *because* it smells of you? Standard poodles are intelligent, so assert your authority, show him the house rules, and he’ll figure out his place in your pack.

    Miss D

    • I have discovered something about myself, I am not assertive. Not in that area. Assertive with The Producer yes, other dogs – no. I have always relied on Zac to sort things out for me and so I never learnt. I am no good at this puppy thing and he is so big he scares me a bit.
      The Producer tells me I’ll get used to it and we’ll be best friends – ha! We’ll see.

  3. I know the feeling. I have to put up with a new white puppy also.

    • You have my sympathy. Want to swap your white puppy for my cream one? At least your white puppy looks even weight for you, my cream puppy is huuuuuugggggggeeeee!

  4. Oh Zena, he is a furry Kevin Costner! You’ll be the envy of every princess with a handsome hunk like that to protect you in the park and he’ll make your black coat look so sleek and shiny. You just have to get through the next few months while he learns some manners! I expect he’s a lot clumsier than you were at that age, but he won’t stay clumsy.
    I hope you’ll be friends soon.

  5. Oh Zean he’s huge..bol. So funny..We think Ivan’s a great name πŸ™‚ I don’t think I would want him pooing in my bed..Can’t wait to hear all the stories πŸ™‚ and remember..YOUZ the boss!! xx–xx
    Mollie and Alfie

    • Well the ‘parentals’ are debating. One likes Raffles, the other is happy to stick to the kennel name and call him Polo (Polaris), Remi (Remington) has been in the mix, Gucci, and then of course there are my more appropriate names of Ivan the Terrible, Genghis Khan and Cannibal.
      I don’t feel the boss I can tell you and I suspect he knows it!

  6. Sorry, it’z early for me..I spelt ya name wrong..So sorry Zena.. xx00x

  7. hmmm… Zena I think this could be a perfect Bodyguard for you… maybe you should give him a chance to win your heart? I like the name Ivan the Terrible… or you can name him Rasputin BOL

    • Oh love Rasputin…. they did lots of nasty things to him which yesterday I would have supported today…. well, we did have a little play earlier and although I didn’t fully abandon myself to the game, I didn’t get savaged either so that is progress.

  8. Oh no!! Zena, you need to find your inner warrior princess and put Ivan the terrible in his place!! You can do it. Good luck!

  9. Keep that young and beautiful one on your side Zena – he’ll come in very handy when you’ve knocked him into shape πŸ˜‰

  10. Wow Zena…..he does look like part polar bear! You two do look cool together though – black and white – like a great big OREO cookie! I like Hannibal the Cannibal for a name but I suppose your humans will name him something sensible. I do hope you can adjust to him – I have a feeling he’s there to stay!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • The Oreo cookie thing is quite funny. Yeah, I’m beginning to have that sinking feeling that he might not be going anywhere. Mind you I just had the satisfaction of barking at a possum and seeing him high-tail it into the house! Guess he’s more of a baby than I gave him credit for.

  11. He probably cannot help being annoying – I have the same problem 😦 Although sleeping in your bed is taking it too far. Maybe he just needs to understand how things work at your house and then he will be a nice friend to play with? I hope so!

  12. Me feels your pain! Wes gots Kozmo almost 2 years ago – me HATES him! Me thoughts me would never ever have anything of my own again…Then the pawrents brought home our new hairy slobbery sister Cinnamon just over a year ago. Her and Kzomo is bestest buddies!
    Thank Cod! Now they entertains each other!
    Me is quite looking forward to hearing of your new puppy and how he is tormenting yous!

    • Love that idea! Love to see the face of Producer’s beloved if she suggested adding another to take the pressure off me! Ha! You’d experience the fallout in Europe BOL!!!!

  13. Hi Zena,
    Wow, this “puppy” is quite the polar bear!! We know it’s hard to share, especially with such a big furiend, but you will get used to it. Just like how we got used to our ever-happy, slobbery Scribble πŸ™‚
    You can always vent to us!
    Joules & Prescott

  14. Zena you definitely have your work cut out for you! The nerve of that “puppy” pooping and peeing in YOUR beds! That’s no respect, that’s for sure!
    I have to tell you…I think the name “ivan the terrible” is perfect for this guy!
    He is a “looker” though!
    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • Yeah, yeah I know. Pretty face and get away with murder! Anyway, the beds are all clean again and he didn’t pee or poop last night so things are looking up. Not far to go to look up after that start however!

  15. But if you’re still the small, little one, you’ll still be the Princess πŸ˜‰
    Well, he IS a big puppy.

  16. Maybe he Is genetic manipulated, Princess? He looks like a great guy to me and I’m sure you’ll be friends in no time πŸ™‚

  17. He is very handsome and I think in time you will be great friends!

    • Yes, he is rather handsome. Fortunately we are opposites so I am not jealous. I am a cute middle sized black dog, he is a handsome, soon-to-be-large cream dog! See – no competition πŸ˜€

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