The Princess Tails

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

The Present Princess


Yesterday is the past,

Tomorrow’s the future,

But today is a gift.

That’s why it’s called the present 🙂

by Bill Keane

I came across this quote this week and thought it was good.

Over the last few posts I’ve been looking into the past, I cannot look into the future with any degree of certainty, but I can enjoy today. So that is what I decided to do.

Then when I was checking the blogs I follow what do I find? A present! Really! Isn’t that neat? It must be a sign. I must live in the present with presents. I’ll have to make sure The Help understands this.

Here is my present. An award from Savvy over at Savannah’s Paw Tracks.

My favourite Thing Award

My favourite Things Award

Isn’t it pretty? It’s even in my favourite red (my collar and lead are red). And all those gorgeous flowers, just what I need to brighten up a windy winters day.

So a huge thank you goes to Savannah’s Paw Tracks for picking me to receive this pretty award. It doesn’t have too many rules which is great. I only have to thank Savvy which being a well brought up Tibetan I would have done without the rules!

Then I have to tell you my six favourite things.

Then I have to pass it on – if I want to 😉

So, here goes.

My Six Favourite Things:

1. My new bed. I know, I know. To some of you this may seem boring but I am a Princess. I like my comfort and my very special bed that was bought for me just after Zac ran away to the Rainbow Bridge got all squashed by the puppy. Last week The Help went out and bought me a new special bed and it goes under the table in the hall so that the big guy cannot smush it!

My new bed :-)

My new bed 🙂

2. This sort of relates to number one. I love (and need) my hiding places. The places I can go to escape the big guy when he wants to play and I don’t want to be played with. He is usually pretty good and leaves me alone, I don’t get sucked quite as much as I used to but if he is excited I need my Zena only zones.

Escape Zone 1 - under the desk (can you see me on the screen?)

Escape Zone 1 – under the desk (can you see me on the screen?)

Zena Escape Zone number 2 - on the sofa in the lounge that the big boy isn't allowed on. I love this one :-)

Zena Escape Zone number 2 – on the sofa in the lounge that the big boy isn’t allowed on. I love this one 🙂

3. My third favourite thing is puppies. Proper puppies. Not puppies like Raffles who come already bigger than me, little puppies. There is a spaniel puppy that comes to the park a lot. I think it’s lost it’s legs because it is so tiny! I love playing with that puppy and I don’t even mind when it hangs off my ears with it’s sharp teeth. I would like a puppy. I don’t have a photo of Barley the spaniel puppy yet, but I’ll have to remember to get The Help to take one.

4. My fourth favourite thing is evenings when I get to lie on The Help and she rubs my tummy. If she doesn’t get arm ache she rubs my tummy most of the evening. I like that.

5. My fifth favourite thing might surprise you. It’s Raffles. I know he can be a bit full-on for me when he wants to play but I have said before that I am not a Princess who likes to be alone and I rather like going to the park with Raffles. He is one of the biggest dogs we see in the park and it makes me feel very safe. He is very gentle for his size and sometimes when I’m getting a cuddle from The Help he comes up and begins licking under my neck and I make a sort of purring sound, I can’t help it! So I am glad he’s around and I’m not alone. It is good to have company.

Raffles - 10 months

Raffles – 10 months

6. My sixth favourite thing would be my collar. The Help has ordered me a new one, the same as Raffles. It is still red and I hope I like it as much. It is very odd but I am rather like Lady from Lady and the Tramp. I am proud of my collar and I feel undressed without it. When I have to have one of those horrible baths I am not comfortable until my collar goes back on again. I am naked without it!

This has been interesting. There are lots of things that I like and it was hard to choose six. I didn’t choose my family because I think it is obvious that for all of us our favourite things would be our people.

Now who to pass this onto who has not already received it…..hmmm…… tricky.

1. Little Binky at Angel’s Whisper. I would love to know your six favourite things.

2. Gizmo over at Terrier Torrent should have some amusing favourite things.

3. Easy over at Easy Weimaraner is bound to make you chuckle with his six favourite things.

Now to another blogville matter of importance.

Many of you know that Savvy has been doing an amazing job in helping Leo. Leo was sick and Savvy and family got him all better again. But Savvy has been through a lot in the past and is only just recovering from a lot of trauma and sadly cannot cope with Leo too.

This means that Leo needs his own home, his own castle where he can be doted upon and loved as he should be. Go here to learn more about the sort of place that Leo is looking for.

leos-castle-smallOkay. Perhaps Leo won’t mind if he doesn’t live in a castle with all those turrets (think of the cleaning). But he really does need his own place before he gets too settled in to what is Savvy’s home.

So if you know anyone who fits the criteria; loves cats, patient, calm, wants an indoor cat, currently without a furpal, stay at home and willing to be adored for the rest of their lives. If you think you are that person, or know someone who could be that person please contact Savvy’s Mom.

In our look back series we talked about a lot of pets who were adopted by The Help and with time and patience every one of them turned out to be fantastic. Leo will be too, he just needs to be given the right chance and the right castle.

I know we are a long way away, but I’m hoping some of our followers may be close to the area and you never know – perhaps even now someone is reading this who knows where Leo’s furrever home could be.

I leave you with a quick update on Prissy Paws who you may remember was diagnosed with a stage four heart murmur a couple of months ago. He is okay. He is sleeping a lot now and sadly he is still grumpy with us and doesn’t like us near him, but we understand that and accept him for who he is. He is not in pain but he finds it difficult to play with his toys now. Maybe he’ll figure in one of our stories again soon, but this time I might give him a more heroic role!

Devon or Prissy Paws last weekend when he visited us.

Devon or Prissy Paws last weekend when he visited us.

Have a great day everyone, enjoy the present

Love from Zena, the caring 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.

36 thoughts on “The Present Princess

  1. Oh Princess Zena, I am so very happy you have your special Zena spaces to be alone when you need a break. I have those spaces too and they are very impawtant. I love you Zena, wish I could give you a snuggle…and thank you so very much for posting about Leo…he really is a wonderful kitty and I am the reason he can’t stay here. I am afraid. He would be kind and fun but I am afraid, not just him, but of many things and certainly of other cats, even kittens. I am not nasty, I am just fearful. I really want Leo to be furry happy. paw hugs, Savvy

    • I understand Savvy. It is a little bit like Devon. We don’t know what trauma was in his past that makes him afraid of all dogs, even me who he has known for years, but it is what it is. He is frightened so we respect his boundaries. Unlike you, he has learnt to like us at a distance! He can be quite stimulated when he visits us and will line up with us for treats, he just doesn’t like physical contact. You have had a lot of trauma and now the one place you had begun to feel safe in has suddenly become scary because of FB Leo. Not his fault, but not yours either. You need your safe castle and Leo needs his. Your Mom must be really hoping to find someone very, very quickly before Leo gets too settled in.
      Special spaces and special people are important to all of us – we can have a quick cyber-snuggle – there – not to threatening for you was it? 😀 Zena xxx

  2. I’ll never get any stage of heart murmur. I’m heartless.

  3. Huge congratulations on the award Princess Zena – we just loved reading about your 6 favourite things (your new bed looks AMAZING) and it made our little hearts happy to see that Raffles made it onto the list.

    Have a grrreat weekend gorgeous girl
    Wally & Sammy

  4. Congratulations on your Favorite things Award, Princess, and thank you so much for passing it on to me. We love the quote and thanks to you, today is definitely a gift 🙂
    Your new bed looks very comfy, Zena and I know all about hiding places, when the intruders are around, I need my own space too.
    We hope Leo will find his castle, he deserves a forever home! Don’t you think Prissy Paws is just a little insecure, he looks very cute and friendly. Thank Cat he’s doing fine 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend, Princess. Pawkisses, Little Binky 🙂

    • Prissy Paws was in a particularly cute position so The Help snapped off as many photos as she could – he can often look quite grumpy which isn’t really his true nature! He loves people, he just isn’t keen on dogs getting close.
      You have a good weekend too, lots of love 🙂

  5. You love puppies but not ones like Raffles that come bigger than you, we were laughing Zena..Big Congrats on the lovely award 🙂 fit for a Princess xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Yep 🙂 That’s it exactly. I was playing with Barley in the park today. He’s a spaniel puppy and he’s small with very sharp teeth – that’s the sort of puppy they should have given me!

  6. I love your new bed!

  7. What a lovely post and update Princess Z! I’m glad Raffles was on your six fave things list – you two have become good buddies and that’s lovely. We’re also hoping that Leo soon finds a home……!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Yes, we have our paws crossed too. I remember when we helped to re-home Brie, I got very confused having her for only three weeks. She seemed to be taking my place and I didn’t know where I belonged. It was a relief for me when she left so I know how Savvy feels.

  8. Congratulations on your award, Zena! Red suits you nicely. That spot on the sofa looks comfortable! You look great on your Apple screen. I think yours is a newer version of ours!

    • You’re Apple fans too!! I knew we had a lot in common 😉 The Help loves her computer, although she has dropped hints that she wouldn’t mind a new one for her birthday! Hers is about three years old now and they’ve even better screens since she had it!

      • We were a bit nervous when we made the move from Windows to Mac, but very glad that we did. I think our screen must be about 6 or 7, it’s still perfect, but I’d like a new computer to drive it! It’s on the list, but things keep jumping in above it.

      • I’m glad you’re enjoying them. We’ve always had them and The Help is very pleased, she doubts very much that she would be blogging if she’d stuck to the original PC they had – it hated her!! It seemed to break whenever she turned it on. She’s a bit crazy about technology so we are an Apple house! iPhone/iPad/iTV/iMac & Powermac for The Boss when he travels – true converts 😉

  9. Congratulations on your lovely award, Zena, and I was so happy to se that Raffles is one o our favorite things! I like to sleep under my humans’ desk, too. The harder they work, the harder I sleep. 🙂

  10. oh we love your new bed 🙂 COMFY

  11. Congratulations to your award and thanks for a wonderful post. You are a very wise Princess – today is a gift! btw: do you have some room for me in your new bed? we are still bed-less :o)

    • We have a big double bed Easy which you could share and not be afraid of floating off in – of course you’d have to negotiate with Raffles but I have learnt that if he won’t let me on the double bed with him I go to the sofa and then he is cross because he wants the sofa, then I get the double bed to myself!! You just have to know how to play him 😉
      Hope you get your bed back soon

  12. Thank you so much for thinking of me Zena…this is a lovely award and I’m so proud today…It was interesting to hear that it’s cold and windy at your house now cause we’re right in the midst of hot Summer…One of the best things about my blog is meeting friends from around the world and learning so much about them and where they live…It was great to hear about some of your favorite things and will share mine soon…smooches to you Princess

  13. Congrats on your award Zena, love your list of favourite things 🙂

  14. Couldn’t agree with you more Zena, living in the present, with presents, is a great thing 🙂 Wonderful award and very well deserved. Litchi also loves small puppies and is somewhat unsure of the ones that are bigger than her, so you are definitely not alone.

  15. I love your six favorite things, Zena. Especially your Raffles as your favorite thing. And I’m sending special HUGS to Devon!!!

    • Thanks for the Devon hugs, he is slowing down and we are all very concerned. Hugs are great at any time but especially times like these 🙂

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