The Princess Tails

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

Romance in the Air?


I know, I know. It’s been ages again. I’m afraid for the moment that is likely to be the pattern. I can’t rely on The Help. She isn’t old, but like me her immune system isn’t good (unlike me inbreeding is not the cause!!!!!).

So for a while posts are likely to be random unless some new medication begins to work in which case she could be like a runaway train.

'We're doing a blog? Really? Finally!'

‘We’re doing a blog? Really? Finally!’

I’m sorry that we’ve been keeping you on the edge of your seats.

We haven’t?

You mean you’ve forgotten? You have a life apart from me? How is that even possible?

Well! I am shocked. I’m not sure I will recover. I had thought that I would be in your thoughts night and day. However. I will rise from the bitter blow. I will move forward and remind you of my dilemma.

In one of my last posts I met Prince, the vertically challenged corgi who I charged at making loud noises which is the way I vet all new dogs and which is really an invitation to play. It is. Honestly. Ask any dog. They never bother. In fact usually they ignore me so they can’t feel threatened. The owners don’t always like it though and The Help gets embarrassed. Anyway, I digress.

Do you remember now? Shall I continue with the story? It seemed appropriate to get everyone up to date especially at this time as the world is gearing up for Valentines day and romance. I am very current am I not? My story is probably being played out in a billion homes all over the world.

To remind you of Prince here is his picture.



Prince has been to the park a couple of times since our first introduction. As you know, I was agonising over our future together. Here was I Princess Zena, and here was Prince. Was he my Prince? It never occurred to me that I might not be his Princess, after all I am ….. Gorgeous.

You see? Wonderful. Who could not adore me :-D

You see? Wonderful. Who could not adore me 😀

He certainly wasn’t my idea of my prince, but then how often do we meet our ideal prince? Was I being sizist? Yes, I do know that isn’t a word, but you know what I mean don’t you? If he was a little taller would I feel differently? After all, we all know that the outer package is just that, the wrapping, it’s what’s inside that counts.

By the way talking about wrappings, here’s a quick shot of me at Christmas. Who’s the best present of all?

Spot the dog

Spot the dog!

Anyway, back to the topic on hand. I felt the pressure I can tell you. Something was lacking. I tried hard to generate emotion. I felt I should feel something.

But I didn’t feel IT. I have to be honest. I wasn’t bowled over and like any Princess I wanted to feel excitement, anticipation, joy. Something. Anything. Nevertheless I decided I had to give him a chance. If the universe was bringing me my Prince who was I to turn tail and run.

I thought and thought

I thought and thought

I gave him a chance. I gave him two. And nothing. Zilch. Nada. Rien. The last time I saw him I didn’t even want to rush at him I just felt a dreadful boredom and I could see he felt the same. He lives with another corgi called Pemba so I think they’re happy together and I’m so relieved about that. I understand it too. When I had Zac, I had my Prince. I didn’t need anyone else (except The Help, we still need the opposable thumb thing for opening tins).

Perhaps a girl only has one Prince. And do you know what? I’m okay with that. I had the greatest Prince ever and I couldn’t find another. I don’t want to find another. I’m happy to have the memory of my Prince and cherish the times we had. Now I’m happy to have friends.

Me, the pup and Ollie hanging out at the park (sorry about the blurry pic we didn't want to keep still).

Me, the pup and Ollie hanging out at the park (sorry about the blurry pic we didn’t want to keep still).

It has made me think though. I’ve deigned to play with Raffles a couple of times this week, not too often because I don’t want him to think he’s won me over, it’s only been 18 months. I have wondered about him finding his special somedog (it definitely is not me) but he seems happy having lots of pals. His bestie is Cassie but he has a special friendship with Ollie too.

Ollie & Raff have a bit of a bromance going on :-)

Ollie & Raff have a bit of a bromance going on 🙂 And yes, that is genuine licking, no sticks or anything in the mouth.

Sitting in the park the other day I watched the lad running and playing with Cassie, his bestie. He was having the time of his life. I don’t really run and play like that so much anymore, I like a supervisory role but I’m glad the pup has friends to play with. He has a great time with Ollie, they hug and kiss and then he runs and plays with Daisy and to be honest any friendly dog at the park can have Raffy. Yes. He’s that easy….. going 🙂

I remember playing with Zac, it was cool. I remember playing sniffs in the garden with him and watching tv and seeing who could finish dinner first. Life was more fun with him. But you know what they say, better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

I have had my Prince and I’m not looking to replace him. I have some pals who accept me around and don’t hassle me. They accept me for who I am and don’t ask more from me than I’ll give. That’s a pretty good place to be.

Anyone want to tell the guy he's too big for my favourite bed?

Anyone want to tell the guy he’s too big for my favourite bed?

Love from Zena, the contented 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.

29 thoughts on “Romance in the Air?

  1. Zena you are lucky to have found your one great love and even though he is no longer around in body, he is in spirit.
    Wally & Sammy

  2. I have been wondering what you were up to, Zena. I’m glad the Help felt up to helping you out with a post today. I hope the medication helps the Help (ha ha!) and she feels better soon.
    I’m glad you have some lovely friends and Raffles is turning out to be quite a gentleman. You’ll always have special and precious memories of Zac.

  3. Great to hear from you again Princess. You’re both looking mighty fine. Hope the Help gets over her immune system issues soon.

  4. Your very wise. Nice to see you back I have been waiting with baited breath to find out what you have been up to! See I care!

  5. Oh Zena my dear it’s been TOO LONG……I’ve wondered how you and Raffi were getting along and if in fact romance had found you in the park…..but just knowing that you’re “OK” with things however they are, makes me feel good. I won’t worry if it’s another thousand years before we hear from you again…..but I hope it isn’t THAT long…’s nice to catch up with the Princess!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  6. Maybe it’s time you helped the Help?

    • Good grief!!! The very idea 😦
      Anyway, all the documentation says that we pets help the sick and lonely just by being. I make sure I am an extra help to her immune system by making sure she rubs my tummy every evening getting extra doses of relaxation or whatever it is that we pets give to our furless ones.

  7. Great to hear from your Zena. Glad to hear you. hope the help feels better soon xxx

  8. Actually we did miss you and wondered how you were doing. We love this post, it’s so sweet and beautiful. You’re very lucky to have found such a special Prince in your life and to have such wonderful memories. And you’re very smart to see the difference between friendship and a true Prince. You’re one special gal. 🙂

  9. It’s good to have so much wonderful memories of your Prince, Princess. You may not find another Prince, but there are a lot of lovely furriends surrounding you, that’s priceless. Hope the Help will feel better soon. Extra Pawkisses for all of you 🙂

    • You are so right Little Binky. I am lucky to have lots of furriends and I know that Rosie’s mum will bring a puppy onto the scene in a few months which is something to look forward to, I love puppies.

  10. What great pigtures of you and Raffles and having fun with your furfriends!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

    • Yes, we are a bit of a challenge to photograph when we’re playing, and because Ollie and I are black The Help is forever saying rude words about us 😀 But it means she has to take a lot more pictures of us to get one that works 😉

  11. Zena – I’ve missed your gorgeousness and attitude. Glad to read what you’ve been up to. No dog could ever replace Zac, but I’m glad that you have Raffles and the Help to keep you company.
    p.s. Raffles is HUGE!

    • Thank you. Yes, Raffles’ hugeness has surprised everybody!! Fortunately with the seats down we can get him into The Help’s car or we’d need to change it! Not quite what we were expecting, but I do acknowledge he has a sweet nature.

  12. Love reading your blogs xxx

  13. Princess, we came by to wish you a Wonderful Christmas and all the best for a Happy, Healthy and Magical New Year 🙂 Little Binky and Granny ❤

    • Thank you so much. We almost prepared a post for Christmas but things have been frantic and a little sad here but I’m hoping to come out of hiding again soon.

      • I’m so sorry to hear this, Princess Zena. Hope everything will work out fine. Let me try to send you some Magical Pawkisses for the coming Year and we would love to hear from you again. Out of side doesn’t mean out of heart 🙂 ❤

      • We will try and catch up from time to time when the busy-ness allows. Mum is helping her Mum to move to a new house now so she hasn’t as much time for me – I am trying to be a very understanding and supportive Tibby.

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