The Princess Tails

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

I’M BACK………………… for now


Hi everyone and a huge thanks to those who wrote to me and encouraged me to continue on with my musings, pup rearing tips and tails of triumph 🙂

Taking in the summer air

Still looking good 🙂

Despite his diagnosis of heart murmur and fear he would only live a few months Devon, aka Prissy Paws, is still with us and we go gently with him. He still comes into our house and turns up his nose at us. Sometimes I find him gazing at Raffles with what looks like wonder in his eyes. I imagine he is wondering what he is. He isn’t really afraid. He lines up with us for treats and things and Raffy is the perfect gentleman around him. He doesn’t try and get him to play or step on him or anything!



Raffy is a pup no longer. He is now 17 months old and weighs in at 37 kilos. No kidding!! 37 kilos and he may still be bulking up a bit!! I tell you he is a giant. In fact he is literally a giant. In the States there is apparently a category of Standard Poodle called Giant Standards and he fits. That is so typical of my family. Not content with getting a bigger dog they have to get a huge one. Well they needn’t expect me to play with him however gentle he may be. 37 kilos against 12 is just not fair.


Raffles all grown up

We spend most mornings at the dog park. Though of course I don’t go out if it’s wet. I have discovered that there is a plot for the Standard Poodles to take over the village. I warn you all now, it may even be a worldwide threat. Be alert.

When we got Raffles we knew of two other Standards at the park. Then we met Ollie and Rosie. Then Cassie became his bestie. Then Ringo appeared. Then Daisy came on the scene. Geordie and Leo made occasional visits and now there is Paris and Jack as well as Jacques and Coco Chanel. I tell you…… it is a conspiracy.

I occasionally run with the others but on the whole my business is to check the incomers. I particularly object to some of the labradors that dash into our group of pals expecting to grab all the attention and I usually have to tell them off until they improve my manners. The Help stops me doing this but I believe it is an important job. The poodles are just playing and would accept anybody, I am more discerning!


Paris in front, Rosie the red and Ollie the black walking behind.

Paris is one of the smaller Standards and steals everyone’s heart (except mine). They are all taken in by the mooning looks and cuddles. I know she is just manipulating them and whilst all the other poodles run around she hangs about for hugs. Ollie does the same too but he doesn’t make big eyes at everyone like Paris and I quite like him.


Supervising the play from a distance.


Joining in the stick chewing game with Raffy and Cassie

Very, very occasionally I try to play with Raffy but it isn’t easy. Tug of war is no fun at all, one pull and I have to let go. I have been pulled across the floor by him once but I decided it wasn’t that much fun.


Looking cool in his summer coat

Going out into the garden has become fraught with danger for me. Raffy is always hoping that I will feel like a game of chase. I do occasionally but I have to keep him guessing by not encouraging it too often. When we do I move too fast for The Help to get a photo and it usually ends like this below – a race to the door and my favourite hiding place, under the desk!


Finally. Made it safely indoors!

The Help wanted to get a photo of us both together so you could see the difference in size, but I was in a very scratchy mood and I usually walk away from the camera. After all, I am a star and I’m not just going to give away my image 😉

Raffles loves the camera and when it comes out he begins to pose.


Spot the differences!!!

Whilst our games usually end with me running for cover, we have other ways of making life fun too. Like who gets onto the red sofa first. Usually we share it, but sometimes one of us hogs it and the other one has to lie in the bed on the floor.

The laugh on his face says it all - he got the sofa first.

The laugh on his face says it all – he got the sofa first.

And despite his size. This often happens at night:

Doesn't he look stupid

Doesn’t he look stupid

So there we are. A very quick catch up to bring you up to date. I hope I will be back shortly and with luck I’ll be able to keep The Help posting from now on.

With love from Zena, the happy 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.

47 thoughts on “I’M BACK………………… for now

  1. Yay whee are so glad to see you back (Basil is especially!) A lot has changed with you as it has in the Hutch household so it’s nice to get an update on what you’ve been up to.

    Raffles has really grown and whee are so glad Prissy Paws is still fighting on.

    Whee hope to hear more from you and The Help soon. Have a great day ^_^

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  2. Welcome back. Me and Nellie have missed you and Raffles and hearing of your adventures. Love Nellie and Jasper, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.

  3. So good to see you back and we hope the Help can manage to pop in to the blogosphere more often! LOVE the photo of you two on each others beds! 😀

  4. OMD!!!! We are SO happy to hear from you…we MISSED you!!!!!!!!!
    Raffles is HUGE – WTD! And we’re glad to hear that Devon is doing ok.
    Princess, we really do hope that you stick around – we love reading about your life and adventures.
    BIG licks and love,
    Wally & Sammy

  5. It’s lovely to see you, Zena! Raffles does look grown up!
    I have a surprise for you today – a “fantabulous” award –

  6. It is so good to see you all, you know we have missed you 🙂 Just loved all the photo’s 🙂 Lets hope the help will let you visit Blogville more often xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  7. So brilliant to see you back, we have missed you guys!!

  8. Oh my friend Zena I’ve missed you! Good grief – Raffles is a GIANT! He’s a force to be reckoned with and I can’t say that I blame you for being a bit concerned over playing with him. HAHAHA It does sound like you’re happy though and healthy – and that’s the main thing. If you can pop into the blogosphere from time to time to say hello – well – that will be wonderful. Hope you have a super holiday with your HUGE brother and the rest of your family!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  9. Nice to see you around!
    Raffles is now officially a horse, he should be reclasified as part of the Equidae and not Canidae.

  10. Oh Princess Zena, how good to see you! And Raffles! He really is a big guy now :o) I’m glad you can use his big bed and he is happy with the small bet too – he is a gentledog, huh?

  11. Its wonderful to have you back and my how handsome Raffles has become. The Princess and a Prince. Hope to be reading more of your adventures more often xxxxx

  12. Good to see you back! Don’t be a stranger!

  13. I’m a terrier and I don’t trust poodles or poodle peeps. Your instincts and suspicions are probably correct. You’re a terrier (we’ll make you an hono(u)rary one genetically). You have brains and can outsmart those poodle peeps and their big dumb stiffs. We’re on YOUR side. Strip away their fur and they’ve got nothing.

    • Ha! This is true! I can run rings around him in lots of ways – all he has is bulk! He’s not at all cunning or manipulative. I’m the one that gets the belly rubs all night, I decide when we’ll play and I keep them in order at the park. I rock!!!!

  14. Hi, I was in a bit of a hurry yesterday so I’ve come back to say a bit more.
    It’s lovely that Raffles understands and is gentle around Devon. I love his expression in the photo on the sofa. Why is he squashing your bed, Zena!?

    • He is very tolerant of Devon and actually Devon seems to like him more than me which I think is insulting. But then it’s Devon so it isn’t much of a recommendation 🙂
      Well the bed thing is interesting. My grey bed is the softest bed in the house and is kept under the hall table for me to use at night. Sometimes I might share the big bed with Raffy but usually he spreads out on the big one and I curl up in my grey. Some nights however, I get to the big bed first and I spread myself out so there isn’t any room for him. When I do this, he drags my grey bed out from under the table and squashes himself into it. We have beds in the kitchen too and the sofa, but we like to start the night as close to the bedroom as possible.

  15. Rocco plays with his lab friend by hiding under a car and playing bitey-face from there. He has been jumped on too many times to try something braver!

  16. OMC Princess…there you are again. We have missed you and thought about you so much and Granny finally was looking for your gravatar on one of our posts and this one popped up. We had to read twice the date, because we couldn’t believe it 🙂 Phew…wat a relief to see you all again here and all still looking good. Leaving you some extra Pawkisses for the return 🙂

  17. oh Princess Zena!!! I missed you so very very much!!! Even if you only post now and then, purrlease let us know you and Raffles are doing well. Paw hugs, Savannah

  18. Omigoodness. What an enormous Poodle. That really isn’t fair. You poor dear.

    • Absolutely. Not quite what anyone expected – any of the other standards I come across I could deal with. He is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of poodles – but he’s desexed so none of Arnie’s other problems 😉

    • I know!! I did have hopes of making him my bodyguard but he doesn’t seem to understand the concept of protecting me so I have to watch out for him….sigh.

  19. I am so glad you’re back! I’m sorry I’ve only just popped by WP emails aren’t getting through and mummy keeps forgetting to check WP reader – she’s so slack!

  20. Glad to see you back Zena! Welcome back!
    OMC! Raffles IS big!

  21. We were wondering where you went! Wow, Raffles is all grown up now! Looking forward to reading your adventures again, Zena. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

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