The Princess Tails

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

The Party Princess


I am pretty impressed with myself. I think I should write a book about how to throw a great party or how to celebrate a new puppy.

It is only the third time Raffles has been to the park and already he is feeling at home and getting to know the guys and it’s all down to me – of course.

It is a new role for me. In happier times I was the one who was being looked after by Zac. I was the one who could play frivolously with others whilst he looked on with careworn eyes and scouted for danger. Now I have to warn some of the bouncier dogs to be careful around my puppy. He is only a baby after all and could get hurt. When he’s bigger and takes up his body-guarding role I will sit back and relax.

My first tip is to enter the park calmly. I am introducing him to some of my favourite sniffs and showing him the popular message boards in the park so that he learns to know who’s around. Being prepared is important. There are a couple of dogs who I like to keep a distance from and if I know they’re in the reserve I’ll look out for them. So this first step is essential.

A patch of grass with some really important information

After that I instruct Raffles to walk around the perimeter whilst I point out to him who is sitting around and who is running and playing so he begins to recognise them.

Here we are casually strolling down the path eyeing up the other party goers – me and my puppy!

Once we’ve had a good look around and sussed out the ‘guests’ we move in to the group we fancy is having the most fun or influence.

Here I am introducing Raffles to some of the ‘in’ crowd

Introductions are where I am on high alert. A rather high-energy Labrador powered into us today and I had to shout at him to back off. It was a total shock to me, The Producer and The Director to find I have become quite protective of the little guy.

I relax as I see that the mingling stage is going well and they are accepting Raffles as my pal.

The next step is a gentle game of chase which Raffles was invited to join in.

That’s my tail disappearing out of the picture – that’s how fast I am!

So I reckon my job as social hostess is pretty near complete. I do have a few more regulars to introduce him to and some irregulars too that I’ve got to know over the years, but the ice is broken and once again it is all down to me – the Party Princess!

We walk home. I lead the way to show him how you should walk nicely on the lead but I’m not sure how well he’s getting it because I can’t look behind me! When we arrive home I sometimes play with him and I sometimes don’t. It depends how I feel. But at some point this is what happens:

My beautiful new bed!

Now I ask you – is that a fair division of space? I think not!!

Love from Zena, park socialite

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.

35 thoughts on “The Party Princess

  1. He is becoming quite the socialite! Under your tutiledge, of course!

    • Yes, I’m teaching him about who to be friends with and who to avoid so that when he’s older he knows who to ‘block’ and who to keep in my iPad πŸ˜€

  2. It’s all part of a process. We lost Kenzie earlier this month and now I’m training Kaci. At some point, you have to give up being trained and use that knowledge to train another. Mortality hits you in the snout.

    • It has been a shock to me. I never thought of Zac not being there and knowing how devastated The Producer was as well didn’t help me. But you are so right. Sometimes the world just doesn’t go according to plan and then you find yourself in a new situation. Fortunately you and I can adapt. That makes us great survivors πŸ™‚

  3. Zena you are definitely a perfect Hostess! It warms our hearts to see the wonderful care you are taking of Raffles. What a good girl! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  4. I think you’re doing a great job! Zac would be proud of you!

    • I don’t think Zac would be able to believe his eyes if he saw me now. I imagine him peering over the rainbow bridge with his new pals shaking his head in wonder at the responsibility I am showing towards Raffles. But I agree, he would be proud because all of the things I am doing with Raffles now, he did with me so his legacy is living on and all that he taught me is not wasted.

  5. Zena, you are doing a fantastic job, see, you had it inside all the time. Zac would be so proud of you πŸ™‚ xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  6. Zena it seems you’re doing a grand job of showing Raffles the ropes, introducing him to friends, teaching him how to behave around your friends and in general being the PERFECT Party Princess! YAY! Also, I wanted to let you know that in my Saturday blog I nominated you for an award so come visit me to see!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  7. That’s never a fair division of space…. but sometimes the whole life isn’t fair. I’m in the same position as you: I share my bed with my staff, because I’m a friendly and generous dog and at the end I’m the guy who is sleeping on the foot of the bed. I think in political circles they called this: hostile takeover :o)

    • You are so right Easy about life not being fair. If it was, you would have the whole bed and your staff would take the edges and all of your seven stomachs would be full all of the time and there would never, ever, ever be any cheesecake πŸ˜€

  8. Hey Princess Zena, Jet here. (Hey Raffles)

    Oh PZ, you’ve outdone yourself in the event management arena. Raffles could not have a finer guide. We particularly enjoyed your message board description!

    About the space sharing on the new princess puff…. sort of like the fact that Little Miss Toy Takeover has relieved me of ALL my prior toys! What can you do?

    • I just dug your messages out of the spam folder – sorry about missing them 😦
      Don’t get me started on the toys!!!! Nothing is sacred. My princess puff will never be the same again, or smell the same again!

  9. You are doing a fantastic jog. It’s a big responsibility!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  10. Looks like you guys had a fun day! I love the photo where you are zooming out of the picture so fast that both your back legs are off the ground! That takes some talent!!

    • Oh yes, I can still run quite fast, although my muscles are a bit sore at the moment from the sudden increase in activity since he’s come on the scene! I am very good at cornering though and he is still in his clumsy puppy stage with legs flying all over the place – very funny to watch πŸ˜€

  11. Zena, you are the best big sister a puppy could ask for! And I’m really happy that is turning out to be much more fun than expected πŸ™‚

    • I think I’m pretty amazing too πŸ˜€
      We’re rubbing along okay and as he gets bigger I begin to see that he could be very useful in the long run. We’ve just got to get over the toddler stage!

  12. Zena you are doing an utterly fabulous job teaching and protecting your new puppy. How clever you are to have figured everything out with no prior experience. We are very, very impressed with you πŸ™‚

  13. It’s great that you’re showing Raffles the ropes! You must feel quite proud of yourself. I almost think you’re getting quite fond of him.

    • Well he certainly does liven up the place and I’m not sleeping all day any more! I might miss him if he went, maybe we could arrange to send him away for a few days so I could see?

  14. Wow Zena Raffles is so lucky to have you showing the ropes!! I would however put my paw down on the bed sharing, you can’t be too generous or the puppy won’t know their place!!

  15. Princess Zena, you’re a very good teacher. It’s so fantastic that what you’ve learned of your beloved Zac, to pass on to the puppy.. that’s what friends are for, isn’t it πŸ™‚

    • And of course The Producer does nothing but laugh and tell me it’s karma for all the times I did the same to Zac!!!
      But I do realise that I have to get it right now or he’ll be unbearable to live with as he gets bigger. Aye! That thought it enough to make me go and live with Prissy Paws!!

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