The Princess Tails

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

The Tardy Princess


It isn’t me that’s tardy – it’s The Help. She can give loads of excuses but the fact remains. She has not blogged about me for days and days and days. This is not good enough. I have a public to keep informed. Perhaps I should switch to Twitter so I can Tweet my every move.

‘Just been to the park BOL. Barked at white Maltese.’


‘Finished most of my dinner. Having a drink now then it’s tummy rub time.’

I do think that I could be popular. After all some of the tweets out there are not as interesting. However, I would still have to use The Help so I expect it would fail.

Now that I’m here I must get on with some lovely business. Our wonderful pal Easy gave me the Liebster award. I don’t know how many of these Liebster awards are out there but this one must have been made with me in mind. It is pink! So thank you, thank you, thank you Easy. If you don’t know Easy he is a very handsome Weimeraner who lives in a French village and leads a very interesting life. I always know I am going to have a smile on my face when I go and visit so I recommend you pop over too.


I need to tell you eleven things about myself:

1. I am in charge of civil disobedience at the park now. Whenever a dog is down I am there barking until it gets up and is safe again. Can’t have the others picking on it.

Me, policing the park

Me, policing the park

2. There is a Jack Russell called Pippin who lives in one of the gardens alongside the park and we love to race up and down barking and snarling at each other but if Pippin comes into the park we ignore each other πŸ™‚ I love a bit of contrariness.

3. The Help is growing my hair longer again which means more brushing 😦 but I am prettier πŸ™‚

See my curl? The longer my coat the more it will wave :-)

See my curl? The longer my coat the more it will wave πŸ™‚

4. Right at this moment I am lying in front of the air conditioner because it’s over 32 C outside!

5. Also right now I am not feeling too well. I haven’t eaten cheesecake Easy but I still feel that there is a queasiness in my tummy. Raffles was ill for a few days and got to eat cooked chicken and rice. I am hoping for the same!

6. I am the main guard dog in the house now. The puppy looks to me for when to bark! I’m looking forward to handing over those duties in a few months.

7. I have decided recently that I have been too easy on The Help. To keep her on her toes and to keep the focus on me I have begun to insist on variety for dinner, and I don’t like it all mixed up. It has to be kept in separate little compartments πŸ™‚ After all, I am a Princess!

8. I have never eaten ice-cream. I think this is a great lack in my life and it has become one of my ambitions to try ice cream one day, simply because so many of you tell me how good it is on your blogs.

9. I am able to eat a whole bowl of food very quickly and leave the half of a little white pill that The Help wants me to eat. Do it every time πŸ™‚

10. Michelle who lives in France is staying with me at the moment so I am getting even more cuddles and attention πŸ™‚ You can read about my french cousins Boodle and Dunthorne here in Zac‘s blog. I’m sorry she couldn’t bring the dogs with her, we could have had fun but I do understand it’s a long way for them to come.

11. I am an honorary poodle at the park and since Raffles and Ringo have grown so similar I also have to check the right dog goes home with the right owner! Can you spot the difference in the photo above or below?

See what I mean? I'm keeping the big dogs in order.

See what I mean? Where’s Raffles? I’m keeping the big dogs in order.

Now Easy has asked me eleven more questions which I have to answer (phew).

1. What was your favourite book/movie in your childhood? Lady and the Tramp. I love Lady and wanted curly hair just like hers.

2. What was the animal of your dreams as a child? Pegasus because he can fly and sometimes I watch the birds and think it would be cool to fly. Then when I joined Zac he told me that horses were evil so my dreams of Pegasus whisking me up into the tree tops was abandoned.

3. Can you read books or watch movies about anipals without an happy end? No, I am made sad too easily. Life has been sad enough I don’t want to read about sad stories!

4. If you have to describe your anipal with one word, what would you choose? I asked The Help about this and she paused and then said ‘Uncomplicated’. Not sure I like that. When Zac was with me she would have called me joyful.

5. If you had to pick β€œThe animal of the year” who would it be? Now that Zac isn’t here I guess I can like horses again so it would have to the racehorse Black Caviar.

6. Is there any animal of the world who scares you? Pretty much any animal that shows it’s teeth but in particular bears. As we don’t have bears in Australia I will continue to be scared of sharks in the water and snakes in the long grass.

7. Have you ever tried Dog- or Cat food? The Help tells me that when she was a child she ate the dog’s chocolate drops! Really you cannot take her anywhere.

8. Would you like to understand Dog- or Cat language? I would love The Help to be better at dog so that she can understand what I am saying faster.

9. Would you like do know what your anipals are thinking? Really? She thinks she does but thankfully she doesn’t πŸ™‚

10. What was the funniest thing what you bought for your anipal? Raffles! Here was I expecting a cute little puppy and in walked colossus – very amusing.

Now I’m not going to award anyone because I don’t know who has this award. Probably most of you by now.

What I will say is that if you are reading this and don’t have it please help yourself πŸ™‚

Now I must go and continue to prepare my tent for the camping trip with Sammy. I’ve completed my scavenger hunt and now I’m just getting a few bits and pieces together a Princess needs to go camping. Remember, I do not like to get wet, muddy or too hot. I like soft cushions, good food and company. So camping should be right up my street BOL πŸ˜€

Lying on the carpet in the air conditioning planning what to take on Sammy's camping trip. What a great way to spend Sunday.

Lying on the carpet in the air conditioning planning what to take on Sammy’s camping trip. What a great way to spend Sunday.

Love Zena, the rather warm 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.

54 thoughts on “The Tardy Princess

  1. You have it easy. Sometimes in the summer it gets to 48 here.

  2. Hey Zena, welcome back! I know all about tardiness – She is far from a consistent assistant and we have had words, once or twice, about it!

    Congratulations on your award! I loved reading all about you – and your photographs of the park made me want to join you! Talk about fun!!!



    • Thanks Groucho. The park is tons of fun – it would be great to have some of my blog pals join us. Never mind we’ll have to go camping with Sammy instead πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations on your new award, Zena! And good work keeping things in good order at the park πŸ˜€

  4. Dear Princess, the humans can really let you down, eh! You are looking particularly gorgeous at the moment with all those curls πŸ˜‰

  5. Princess, you can send some heat over to us, we need sun and warmth. Don’t worry about your looks, Zena, we like you with short hair too. And congratulations on your Liebster award. My mom (granny’s daughter) ate cat food, she thought it were cookies.. MOL πŸ™‚

    • Yes I’m sure you’re ready for some warmth by now. We’ve been looking at the pictures of the snow and thinking it looks very pretty but…….
      I suppose everyone can make a mistake once, at least The Help didn’t continue to eat the dog’s chocolate drops πŸ™‚

  6. Nice to read your adventures again. Enjoy camping.

  7. You lead the perfect life. Cuddle well with Michelle. (((xxx^.^xxx)))

  8. Well Princess Zena…..what a wonderful response to Easy’s Liebster Award – we got to learn a whole bunch more stuff about you! Honestly I don’t see HOW you manage to keep dogs sorted at the park – Raffles and that other white doggie look SO MUCH alike right down to their blue collars! I bet Raffles has a certain “scent” that you know and other little things about him that make him stand out in a crowd though. Anyway, bravo for you keeping tabs on him and all the other dogs there. I’m glad you’re getting your tent sorted – this time NEXT week we’ll all be AT CAMP! YAY!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Sorting out the big dogs is a HUGE task but fortunately I am up to it πŸ™‚
      Yes, The Help was very embarrassed about the collar. It won’t last long. With all the rough play he’s losing the blue ‘stones’ so he’ll need a new one soon. I have instructed The Help to go for red then people will be able to tell Raffles & Ringo apart πŸ™‚
      Even Ringo’s owner called Raffles Ringo at one point….. it was very funny.
      Raffy does have a different expression on his face and he doesn’t prance in the same way.

  9. congrats on your award! Hoping you are feeling better soon! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. O Princess I have tears in my eyes – with laughing. Your answers are great! …the funniest thing: Raffles. BOL!!! …and yes, Cheesecake is more a weapon than a treat ;o) But I will work in my secret lab now for discovering the recipe of “frosty paws” – If I’ll find it and if it is “clinically tested” on the staff – I will send you the recipe, so you can make your own ice cream. (assumed the staff will survive the pilot batch)

    • Maybe you should try ‘frosty paws’ on your neighbours first and if they survive move onto the staff and then us. It could be uncomfortable without your staff πŸ™‚

      • hahaha I found a recipe , I think I can start test NΒ° 1 next weekend ;o)

      • Great….. I look forward to hearing about the effect on the local populace or will it be pupulace?

      • I think both ;o) hope we can drive tomorrow in case of Mr. winter who is torturing us ;o)

      • Yes Mr Winter is isn’t he? Miss Summer has been cooking us!! However, we have woken up this morning with the expectation of a cool change and when I see the pics of people wading around in the snow in your part of the world I feel a little cooler too…. wait a minute while I get The Help to turn up the air conditioning πŸ™‚
        There….. now I can shiver in sympathy with you πŸ˜€

      • We should mix our weather – then it could be perfect. We hast need a hair dryer and then I can blow the cold weather to you and you can do it vice versa with your hot weather. Why no one had this idea earlier?

      • You are indeed the most brilliant Weimaraner. I’m blowing now, it should reach you in a couple of months ;-{

      • I will do it too and I hope you will get it in some months too – we are smart dogs huh?

      • The world has no idea how smart we are! We will even out global warming in not time πŸ˜€

      • Than they all have to pay the tax to us – brilliant!

      • Wonderful! Think what we could do with all that tax – we’d be able to eat all the chicken and bacon we want, hire extra staff – I could buy a beach house for Raffles to go and live in. Sigh. Why do I think we’ll never be acknowledged.

      • hahaha Zena – you are great … a beach house for Raffles BOL… I think that could be a problem to be acknowledged…I put my thinking cap on :o)

      • No problem is too hard for you Easy – you are the King of lateral thinking πŸ™‚

  11. Summer what is that we have not seen for awhile in the UK lol

  12. Dear Zena! Mes Loved your answers! Me loves these awards becasue wes learns so much about our furrends and their peeps!

  13. Loved your answers Zena…Just wondering if you really don’t feel well or just want some chicken and rice…just sayin’ πŸ˜‰ I sent in my scavenger hunt too and not I’m trying to get Momz to work on my tent…Camping is gonna be great fun!

  14. Our Mummy has also not been all that reliable of late! Whee were thinking about Twitter but all whee really do is eat and sleep and poop and whee are surprised anyfurry reads a blog about us doing that let alone Twitter!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

    • From what I hear there are plenty of people on Twitter who seem to think the world is interested in those things from them so why not from us!!!

  15. I can do that Zena, leave the little white thing in the bottom of the bowl.. Big congratulations on the lovely award, it’s great reading more about you. I think you are pretty with long or short hair πŸ™‚ xxx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Thank you. The Boss is threatening me with a hair cut but I’m trying to avoid it as long as possible. The Help has begun crushing my pills – even I can’t filter those little bits out!

  16. I think you need to get Raffles and Ringo to wear collars of different colours – it’s far too confusing!
    It sounds like you’ll need Raffles to help you with your luggage for the camping trip!
    Congratulations on your award.

    • Yes, I’ve already told The Help that pale blue was a stupid idea and she does admit it! She was drawn to the pretty blue stones on it, as those pretty blue stones are gradually being pulled off by Cassie, his brown poodle friend I have no doubts that a new collar will be on it’s way very soon.
      Good idea with the camping trip – I can use Raffles to pull the sledge!

  17. Congrats on the award Princess!
    Can’t wait for the camping trip, I’ve just sent my tent in. It’s quite big so I hope you will pop by for a visit:-)

  18. Zena…Congrats on your award!!!! We send you woofs and wags today!!!!

  19. you are so great at group control at the dog park Zena…very very impressive! And I do like your new fur ‘do’…looks good on you! Stay cool, you are gonna luvluvluv the cool ocean breeze and the mountain air at Camp Sammy!

    • I am so looking forward to it all Savvy. I just hope The Help is available at all times to respond and do my bidding – she usually is πŸ˜‰

  20. Zena, I love your one your help used to describe you “uncomplicated” so true. I am so sorry for your help’s recent health struggles, and hope this is just a temporary blip for them. You guys still look like your having the times of your lives out with friends. Our thoughts are with you guys this week, can’t wait for more posts when all is well! love from leah(kirby’s help) and Kirby

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s