The Princess Tails

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

Sharing the Love & Happy Birthday Miss Eight


So we’ve been a little quiet on the blog front. I can tell you it has been anything but quiet on the ground here.

Not only has there been a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity to get my outfit organised for the Valentine’s Ball, but we are also having a few family health issues.

This has not been fun. The Help’s father has been having some health issues over the last twelve months. Then two days ago her mother decided to get sick too and The Help was out at the hospital until 4.30am! Was I glad to see her safely home. And now her mother is safely home too so I hope we can breathe and relax.

Fortunately her mother is doing quite well and I am hoping normal service (focus on ME) will resume again soon.

Mollie & Alfie's Valentine Ball Invitation

Mollie & Alfie’s Valentine Ball Invitation

Mollie, Alfie & Ranger are busy organising the ball. Rather them than The Help is all I can say. I don’t think she’ll be able to organise herself out of a paper bag at the moment! I had huge problems getting the outfit for the ball to my taste but I think we got there in the end. Hope you’ll all come and join in – just have a peep. We’ll let you know when it’s on, then you can vote for me 😉

There is a rumour (started by Ranger) that Cinderella will be there. What is a ball without Cinderella? Raffles and I had a chat, we think it could be Doggy! Yes, really. You wait and see.

Talking of the pup (pup…ha!), he had to go to the vet this week and have a vaccination. He didn’t even notice because at the moment of impact The Help gave him a treat. Yes. He is THAT easy! The shock came when it was weigh in time. At just 7 months he is 27.6 kilos. He is not fat however, it is all big poodle muscle.

I tried to play tug-of-war with him last week. You can imagine how that went. Raffles got the toy, I got the toy. Raffles tugged, I staggered off to one side and found I didn’t have the toy any more! We are not altogether compatible in the weight and strength stakes.

I do think however, that I have a stronger stomach than he does. He seems to get sick quite a lot. Maybe it was the vaccination, maybe it was his dinner but 6.00 am this morning he starts all the signs of being sick. Not able to go outside, which he usually does on these occasions, he decided (as he has done in the past) that my bed was the place to be sick in. My bed! What’s wrong with his? So I scrabbled at the door to get The Help up. She slept through it but The Boss heard me and came out to help. Raffles was still sick on my bed, but only a little bit. So now The Help has to wash it – teach her to get up faster when I tell her to the next time 😀

As this is the month of love there has been a lovely award going around. The Why I love Thee Award created by Nerissa and her family who are obviously very talented because it is a lovely award.

Nerissa passed this award onto Nellie who has passed it along to everyone! Now, I’m not sure if the original aim of this lovely award was only for cats but …… TOUGH! I’m a friend of Nellie’s and I WANT this one!!!!


You can see why I like it can’t you? It is really pretty, so thank you Nellie for allowing all your pals to have this award and thank you to Nerissa’s Mum for making it 🙂

There are rules, but they are simple. Thank the one who gave it to you, post the award, tell everyone why you love someone and then nominate a friend or friends and pass it on.

I thought about who I should talk about because I have a lot of love for those around me. I am growing to love Raffles because he helps me to feel safe when we’re alone, I love The Boss because he is gentle and kind and looks after me. I love The Help’s parents because they come by a lot and it is always fun to see them. I love Miss Seven who is actually Miss Eight today and I love number one and number two sons but I don’t see enough of them.

Really, it is obvious. I have to tell you that for all the joking and sarcasm I love The Help.

I love her because she is always looking out for me. She feeds me. She walks me. She makes sure I’m safe when we’re out and she makes safe places for me when Raffles decides he wants to play and I don’t.

I love her because she sat up with me for three nights holding me as I cried when Zac died.

I love her because even though Raffles isn’t the pup I would have chosen, she did get him because she was thinking of me and he will grow into a fantastic pal.

I love her because I can depend on her.

I love her because every night, after dinner I jump up on her and she rubs my tummy. And if she stops a gentle ‘bop’ from my paw reminds her to continue 🙂

I love her because she loves me and she shows me in lots of ways that I am special to her and I do the same to her.

I was never in a horrible home. I haven’t had a background of abuse or cruelty. The Help found me when I was a tiny pup (as pups should be) and straight away I was loved, nurtured and protected. I am a very lucky Tibetan and I have The Help and her family (and Zac) to thank for that and I do. I love them all and I am thankful that I have never had to be afraid of those around me who are supposed to care for me.

Okay. Sloppiness over……. 😀

I also want to pass this on to those who read this blog and enjoy such things. Like Nellie, you have helped me and shown love to me in different ways and so now I give this award to you.

I think I shall make that my Oscar acceptance speech 😀

Today is Miss Seven’s birthday so she shall now be known as Miss Eight. We cannot believe it! Eight! We met her first when she was about six and she has grown a lot since then, though Raffles is heavier!

So to Miss Eight who is fast becoming able to read this blog herself:

I Hope you have a wonderful birthday and Raffles sends hugs, licks and cuddles as do we all – except of course The Help and The Boss who just send hugs and love!!


Love from Zena, the Loving & Lovely 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.

30 thoughts on “Sharing the Love & Happy Birthday Miss Eight

  1. Oh! Zena! Me is so happy that yous tooked the award! Me LOVES yous!
    Did yous know that MY NAME was supposed to be Zena (after the warrior Princess?)
    Me is also looking forward to seeing yous at the Valentine Ball!
    Kisses Dear Grrl Friend

    • Thank you (happy dance) 😀
      Yep….. Zena, warrior Princess….. that’s me 😀
      They joke that when they named me they didn’t know I was going to be all Princess and no warrior but you wait….. I’ll show them…. one day!

  2. I thought you comforted her when Zac crossed. You both needed it.

    • You are absolutely right Kyla – we did comfort each other and that is another thing that is lovely about love – being there for the one you love as well as having the one you love comfort you 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday Miss Eight! Have a wonderful day filled with loves and hugs and slobbers 😀
    I am sending lots of get well wishes for the Helps Mom and Dad. What a hard time you have had there. I am also sending lots of love and strength because I know that the pain of losing Zac will still be unbearable. You have done wonderfully, still getting posts but I do understand what is going on behind the scenes. Hug big hugs coming your way.
    Can’t wait for the ball and cannot say thank you enough for having dressed up Raffles and Litchi – you are a star!!!!

    • (blushing) It was my pleasure and thank you for all the hugs, love and strength. Definitely appreciated. We are thinking of you and Jangles too, so much to be sad about if we dwell on it, so instead we will enjoy ourselves at the ball and help each other through it 🙂

  4. Oh what post Princess Zena with such a lot of love – I love you! Happy, Happy Birthday Miss Eight! Maybe you can train Raffles to use the stairs if he is sick? Your bed is absolutely the wrong place ;o) I can’t wait to see you at the Valentines Ball. I hope you want to dance with me too? Maybe a wild Dog-n’-Roll?

  5. sending hugs to the help. Happy BIRTHDAY Miss Eight. We can’t wait to see all the excitement at the ball 🙂 Just flying round quick, there’s work to be done..BOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  6. I got leaky eyes when I read your acceptance speech xxx

  7. Love your blog, and I went back and read Zac’s, too. I have a rescued Tibetan Terrier. I’ve had Kismet since he was one, now he will be turning 15 this year. They are special fur babies, aren’t they?

    • Ooooh – love to meet other TT’s. Thanks for dropping by, I’m over to yours to meet Kismet and his pals now – 15 years old. He has done well. I wish Zac had been born with healthier genes so that he could still be with us. Eight was too young to go OTRB. See you at yours 🙂

  8. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! LOVE the new look of your blog and loved the feature about you on Pet Blogs United!
    Hoping everyone has been restored to good health too!

  9. What a beautiful acceptance speech for this charming award…You do look pretty in pink Zena…sorry fur the family health problems…it’s hard when the hoomins aren’t doing well…I have no doubt you will be beautiful at the Ball, but you will have to go pretty far to beat our my gorgeous Misaki…her outfit is stunning and we make a pawsome couple…See you at the Ball!

  10. So glad you are back to blogging again, missed you there for a while Zena. We are so sorry your help’sfam is having health issues right now, hopefully they will get better very very soon! Thinking of you guys! As for the ball, Kirby is so excited, he doesn’t even remember what his outfit is for the ball nor does he care , but as his ma I hope he gets a couple votes too, because I worked hard on it!! lol, see you at the ball guys!

  11. Sorry to hear you have also been having a tough time. Our Mummy is finally on the mend so whee are around to send all our loves and piggy whiffles to you all.

    Basil is very much looking forward to having the bootiful Princess on his arm.

    Have a lovely day

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

  12. I am very glad you have such a wonderful family who loves you oh so much, Zena 🙂 All that love sure made you into one wonderful pup!

  13. Happy Birthday, Miss Eight. I hope you’ll have a wonderful birthday!
    Princess Zena, I hope your family is feeling better now and you and Raffles had a great time at the Valentine’s ball. I was carried away with your words, Zena, they touched my heart 🙂

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