The Princess Tails

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

The Naked Princess


Well. Not really.

But it feels a bit like it.

Yesterday I was this cute, shaggy and okay I acknowledge it, slightly knotted Tibetan.

Portrait of a shaggy dog

Portrait of a shaggy dog

Then I went to the spa. They bathed me, cut me and combed me and I think they went a little too far!

I feel so naked!

I feel so naked!

And not only do I have to deal with the sudden loss of my long hair (on the one hand it’s easier to run around, on the other I feel strange) but on my return I had to cope with the ministrations of Raffles who was very concerned about where I had been and why I looked different on my return.

'So then I had a bath and they got out the big dryer......'

‘So then I had a bath and they got out the big dryer……’

To my embarrassment the cut revealed that I have been enjoying a few too many puppy treats lately and for the first time in my life I have a little more belly than I should. I am mortified.

Then, to add insult to injury it was a little cold this morning and The Help thought that maybe the short cut might be too much of a shock for me so I had to go out looking like this.

Oh the shame!

Oh the shame! If looks could kill…….

At least it’s purple – the royal colour. See my skinny little legs. I did hear The Help say to keep the leg hair longer. Sigh. It’s always the same when you go to get a haircut. They get carried away and you spend the next few months growing it again. The Help complains about her hair being cut too. It must be a family thing πŸ™‚

For those of you who saw the pictures of our garden yesterday and were so kind about it, we thought we’d show you pictures of what it was like before the big trees came down and they made a big lawn for us to run on.

This was the garden until last year

This was the back garden when Zac & I moved here

The garden until last year

The garden until last year

The Boss worked hard and had it looking pretty. We had a little patch of grass and then we went through the arch and behind that shed you can just see three really big trees. They began to lean rather badly and threaten neighbours. That’s when The Help and The Boss decided that they couldn’t leave them up any more.



That before picture looks great. Zac and I loved exploring the different parts of the garden but nothing would grow down where the shed is because of those big trees. The other problem was that the garden took a lot of water. Not good in a country like Australia where there is so little rain.

The in-between stage.

The in-between stage.

The Boss spent ages moving the plants, then he got someone in to take the trees down and move the sheds and then he had to put down turf. And all this time I couldn’t use the garden.

It was cute before but I guess it was worth it because this is what we have now and as you have all mentioned, it is a great garden for us to run around in – when I feel like running!

A Pergola stands where the big trees used to be so we can sit in the shade and watch the pup playing on the lawn.

A Pergola stands where the big trees used to be so we can sit in the shade and watch the pup playing on the lawn.

What a difference? Do you prefer the before or after? We’re hoping this one won’t use as much water as well as giving us space to run.

Have a good day.

Love from Zena, the plump 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.

35 thoughts on “The Naked Princess

  1. It’s obvious that you had no say on any of this.

  2. Oh Princess Zena…you look…aroootiful!!! What lovely eyes you have! Sammy let out a loooooong wolf whistle when he saw your picture now. We think you look just pawsome and that purple puffer jacket of yours is just grrrreat.

    We like your “after” garden, it looks perfect for zoomies and other running games. Mom likes your “before” garden best but says the “after” is just as nice.

    Have grrrreat day you cutie!
    Wally & Sammy

    • Thank you for that guys. I need a morale booster at the moment.
      Yes, the garden is great for zoomies and other games. We like the before and after garden πŸ™‚ But the after garden also gives more light to the house and makes it seem bigger so The Help likes that.

  3. Both versions are great for different reasons. I love big trees and shade, I also love space to play!

    • Clowie – have you thought of the diplomatic service? You are a natural πŸ˜€

      • Ah, you made me laugh! But I was being honest, I do like both!!

      • πŸ™‚ Yes, we do too. Looking back on the before pictures it looks so cute!! Then we look out at the space and the eye can travel so far across the blue Australian sky and we like that too. πŸ™‚

      • Something similar happened with our garden when I was a puppy. They decided we needed a strong fence at the back in place of the hedge and they moved things that were in the middle to make a larger lawn.

      • One thing so often turns into another!

  4. Oh dear. Zak has had a few too many treats too and is also due to be groomed soon. But we think your new haircut looks very cool. Zak works on the theory that, like humans, his hair always grows back (and then I take him to the groomer again…..). And he totally approves of your yard with lots of space to run round in.

    • This is definitely a garden for young kids and dogs, both of which we have in the family πŸ™‚ The Help is even tempted to think about a pool again but I don’t think The Boss is into the cleaning of it!!
      As for my tummy…. well, training a pup is hard work and you have to give incentives and so what if I get a little when he gets a little. It would be unfair to be any other way wouldn’t it? Anyway, it’s not my fault. The Help is in charge of the biscuit tin!!

  5. I would have your garden any day, we think it is pretty and just lovely πŸ™‚ I think you look gorgeous Zena, just breath in a bit..bawahwawwww I’m not getting many treats at the moment as I have put a bit on, it’s the winter months, we will still look good in our bikini’s though πŸ™‚ xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Yeah – I’ve got winter to slim down for the bikini, you are heading into summer though so you’ll have to do an irrigation or something πŸ˜€
      I’m not too worried – The Help is worse than I am!!!

  6. BOL I just love your look in your coat – if looks could kill! BOL Typist was having a discussion with her other half last night, and they were discussing her weight, he pointed out she was thinner when they first met and that now she was (wait for this) comfy!!!! At least you to can be comfy together!

  7. Princess Z! Look at you all trimmed up and shining eyes (you’ve got to admit it’s nice to SEE now!). You know if you’re not happy with your new “do” it grows back quickly…..but I think you still look lovely – even with that purple coat on (tee hee). On the yard issue – I must admit that the before version looks more “interesting” from an exploring point of view – but I suppose it is tougher to keep watered and now you have a BIG lawn to play in which is something a doggy (or doggies) would love. As a cat I would like the before version best but were I a pup LAWN LAWN LAWN like you have now would be my preference!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • It is true that the eye thing is good. The Help does like to know which way I’m pointing!! And as for the garden, the before was pretty but The Help felt a little closed in (sigh). Now that we have the Behemoth though, the grass is really useful, he needs space if it’s only to turn around!!

  8. I think your cut looks great, the tree removal saddens me…….I am one that thinks the more trees the better

    • Don’t be sad about the trees. They were imports, didn’t attract the local nature and were, as I mentioned, leaning dangerously. We have now replanted with dozens more trees which are natives and which the parrots will love, much better for the area and for the wildlife. Every where The Help and The Boss go they plant tons of trees. One day they’ll stay in a house long enough to see them grow!

  9. Your garden got a “spa-day” too – but it’s such a lovely place. Mom would like to sit here with a book (how boring!) . I think you look great with your new hairstyle – you are always a beautiful Princess. btw: don’t forget to make a new picture for the milk-box … just in case :o)

    • My two sit there with books too, that and iPads! Sometimes they play with us on the grass but usually it’s a cup of something, a good book and the phone….. they I lie on the tiles and the pup tries to get me to play. I ignore him πŸ˜‰

  10. I think you look great, Zena! It’s a very sporty cut and just think how much time you will save getting ready every morning – more time for playing! I even like your smart purple coat πŸ™‚

    • I do agree about the getting ready part, I hated being brushed so I am relieved that I don’t have to suffer that every day. I haven’t made friends with the purple coat yet, but I understand the need for it when the sun isn’t out. Fortunately this morning I did not need it.

  11. Our yard looks like the “before” version Zena…more jungle than anything…our Summer rains seems to keep it going all year…Our oak trees are huge and ancient and Momz can’t imagine them coming down…they’ve been through many hurricanes…Looks like you got a too-close shave …don’t you hate it when they cut the bangs too short? I just remember that furs always grown back

    • We’d never cut a big oak tree down, they are so beautiful (although there are a lot of leaves in the Autumn :-). We’ve planted lots of trees in place of the three that came down, about 15!! Only one will be big though, got to remember the neighbours, the others are smaller trees and won’t do damage. Trees have a habit of dropping branches here when it’s dry which can be rather serious.
      I think more than the bangs, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m this tummy on skinny little legs at the moment. Makes my fetching plumpness look worse! So now I’m on reduced biscuits 😦

  12. Uh oh, I’m off to the groomers tomorrow. Mommy says I smell like a dog (really, Mommy?), so I think I’m just getting a bath. I hope I’m just getting a bath! I think the new version of the garden is the perfect place for you to work off the extra treats. Remember: Swimsuit season is just around the corner and a princess must make a good impression. πŸ˜‰

    • I hope your bath and groom time is a happy one. Yes, there is plenty of space to run around and drop those pounds, but not quite so many bushes to hide in. when the new trees and bushes grow up more I’m sure I’ll find places the big boy can’t find me though πŸ™‚

  13. Zena you and the garden are very beautiful xxx

  14. You look lovely Zena, even in your coat:-)
    I’d happily trade gardens, mine could fit in yours about 10 times over BOL

    • πŸ™‚ We probably should trade. I confess to being rather a couch potato, or rather a lap potato. Since Zac went I no longer go outside to play. I enjoy my walks to the park but if we don’t go that’s okay too. I like to stay close to The Help, preferably on her lap!! I leave tearing around the garden and exploring to the pup. I do wander out there for the necessities and occasionally I might find myself a tasty patch of grass but I just don’t play in the same way anymore.

  15. Zena, Dear – you look pawsome! A little less hair will be much cooler. Me likes your wide open yard. Sometime trees can be a bit much. They eats balls and frizbees that gets thrown!

    • Wow – you are so right about the trees eating the things that are thrown, I hadn’t remembered that. And they were terrible with the bubbles, ate them as fast as The Help could blow. Now we have wide open grass to enjoy our bubbles πŸ™‚

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