The Princess Tails

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


Knotted (an adaptation of Rapunzel starring Princess Zena)

Once upon a time there were two TT’s (Tibetan Terriers) who desperately wanted a litter of puppies. The father TT wanted a son to carry on his genes, the mother TT wanted a puppy to love.

One day Suprize (for that was the father’s name) was walking in a local park and met a wizard called Prissy Paws. For some reason he confided his dilemma to Prissy Paws and the wizard had a great idea.
He promised to give Suprize a magic potion to give to Stormie his wife so that they would have puppies, but only if he could have one female puppy from the litter.

Wizard Prissy Paws has a plan

Wizard Prissy Paws has a plan

Suprize agreed. He would have agreed to anything but in truth he was only interested in the male puppies and giving away a female was nothing to him, just another mouth that he wouldn’t have to worry about feeding.

When he went home he gave Stormie the magic potion but he didn’t tell her about the deal he had made. He knew she would be cross. Soon afterwards on one cold and wet night two puppies were born. One girls and one weak boy.

Suprize was furious but he wasn’t going to double cross the wizard so he grabbed the girl who was Princess Zena and went out to meet the Wizard. Stormie cried and Princess Zena cried but Suprize took no notice.

He met Wizard Prissy Paws in a cold and lonely wood and handed over little Princess Zena who was shivering with fright and the cold.

Wizard Prissy Paws was delighted. He was an ambitious wizard and so far because he was so small the other wizards had not really taken him seriously.

He devised a plan to make them notice him. He was going to embark on a psychological study and perform experiments on the lovely and gentle Princess Zena. When he wrote up his work the other wizards would be forced to acknowledge that he was the cleverest wizard of them all. He would probably be feted and become famous.

Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws dreams of his fame

Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws dreams of his fame

Wizard Prissy Paws had found a tower in the middle of a forest where he was going to keep Princess Zena all alone. Once a day he planned to visit her and give her a little food and tell her scary tales. Then he would write down everything that he observed and he would be recognised as a true scholar and highly educated wizard.

Princess Zena's tower

Princess Zena’s tower

Each day the Wizard Prissy Paws would visit the tower for his social experiments.

There was no door to the tower so he shouted up to her:
‘Princess Zena, Princess Zena let down your long and fluffy tail that I might climb up without fail’

Then the Princess, who did indeed have a beautiful long, fluffy tail, let her tail dangle out of the window and Wizard Prissy Paws climbed up.

Once in the tower he gave her food and drink and then he made up stories about what was happening outside her prison walls.

He told her that her brother had died and she was very sad even though she didn’t know her brother very well. The next day he told that far from being dead, that her brother was living happily with her parents and no-one missed her. Then he would ask her how she was feeling so he could write it all down.

Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws experiments on the gentle Princess Zena

Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws experiments on the gentle Princess Zena

He would return home to his comfortable bed each night to write up his latest experiments on his laptop delighted at the progress he was making.

Princess Zena meanwhile grew more beautiful and sadder but she could see no way out.

She became more and more timid and was so frightened of the wicked Wizard Prissy Paws that she didn’t even think about escaping.

Each time Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws left her she would promise herself that she wouldn’t let down her tail again, but each day when he appeared she was so lonely and hungry that she would let him climb up.

Then one day a prince from a foreign land was wandering through the forest and saw the tower where the Princess Zena was being held.

Prince Jet finds the tower

Prince Jet finds the tower

He was bored. All the dragons had been slain and there seemed no more heroic deeds to be performed. He didn’t really want to return home to rule his kingdom without having had at least one adventure.

Whilst he was sitting quietly pondering these things he heard a distant sobbing. He stood at the edge of the forest and saw an island in the middle of a lake. The crying seemed to come from the tower on the island.

Intrigued he sat at the edge of the wood and waited.

Eventually he saw wicked Wizard Prissy Paws approach and say some magical words which made a little bridge appear over the water.

Wizard Prissy Paws crossed the bridge and cried up:
‘Princess Zena, Princess Zena let down your long and fluffy tail that I might climb up without fail’

Prince Jet, for it was the handsome Jet himself, crept to the edge of the trees and was amazed to see a beautiful long, black tail be lowered from the tower window and the nasty wizard climb up it.

He watched for a couple of hours and heard the wizard ranting and shouting nonsense and heard the sobs of Princess Zena. His chivalrous heart was moved. What in earth was going on?
 He waited until Wizard Prissy Paws left and then crept to the edge of the lake.

Hero Prince Jet swims the lake

Hero Prince Jet swims the lake

He dipped a paw in. Just water. He didn’t need a bridge. He swam easily to the island and shouted up:

‘Princess Zena, Princess Zena let down your long and fluffy tail that I might climb up without fail’

The Princess did as she was asked and imagine her shock and delight when it wasn’t Wizard Prissy Paws but the handsome Prince Jet who climbed in through her window.

She fell in love with him instantly, and because this is a fairy tail and it was meant to be, Prince Jet no sooner looked into the beautiful brown eyes of Princess Zena than he lost his heart to her too.

From being so sad, Princess Zena was suddenly very happy, but there was still the problem of Wizard Prissy Paws to overcome. How were they to break the evil contract he had made and set the Princess free.

Prince Jet had an idea. He looked at the tail of the Princess and his own tail and he discovered that they were not dissimilar.

Prince Jet and Princess Zena curled up together that night and the Princess slept properly for the first time since being locked in the tower.

The next day they talked and played a little together and Prince Jet told Princess Zena about his large and friendly family and about his kingdom of which she was to be queen.
Princess Zena was enraptured.
Then when it came near to the time when the Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws was expected Prince Jet helped Princess Zena to escape the tower and hide in the forest until he, Prince Jet, called her.

Princess Zena hides in the forest

Princess Zena hides in the forest

‘Princess Zena, Princess Zena let down your long and fluffy tail that I might climb up without fail’
Prince Jet grinned and lowered his tail for wicked Wizard Prissy Paws to climb up.

As Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws climbed in through the window Prince Jet leapt at him and grabbed him by the throat. The wicked Wizard Prissy Paws shook with fear because like many bullies he was actually very cowardly at heart.

Prince Jet Leaps at Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws

Prince Jet Leaps at Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws

Prince Jet dragged the bedraggled Wizard to the bottom of the tower and Princess Zena joined them.

Princess Zena’s kind heart was wrung. He had been very wicked but she could not see him torn to pieces in front of her.
‘Wait’ she said to Prince Jettie, ‘I know he has been very wicked, but is there some other way of punishing him without taking his life?’

Prince Jet, who had never intended to kill the wicked wizard only to frighten him into letting the Princess go, decided to give Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws a lesson he would never forget.

‘I could have my wizards turn him into a bunny.’ he said

Bunny Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws

Bunny Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws

Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws paled and begged them not to turn him into a bunny. ‘Not that I have anything against bunnies,’ he said hastily, it’s just that I would hate to have to live in a small burrow. I’m claustrophobic you see.’

‘Well okay,’ said Jet. ‘I won’t have you turned into a fluffy bunny. How would you like to be banished to the desert?’

Bedouin Wizard Prissy Paws

Wizard Prissy Paws in the desert

‘Please, not the desert.’ he pleaded. ‘My eyes hurt in the bright sun.’

‘Okay,’ said Jet. ‘I won’t have you sent into the desert. How do you feel about snow?’

Eskimo Prissy Paws

Eskimo Prissy Paws

‘The snow!’ gasped Prissy Paws. ‘I could never survive in the cold. You had better kill me now and get it over with.’ And he looked so dejected that Jet decided that he had learnt his lesson and stopped teasing him.

He stripped the wicked Wizard Prissy Paws of his powers and his laptop and then they did something which made Prissy Paws shiver with fear.

‘Henceforth’ announced Prince Jet. Who has a very regal way of talking. ‘Henceforth, you shall be known as Devon, Prissy Paws and your care has been entrusted to two faithful subjects of this land of OZ who are kind and understanding and will help to reveal to you the error of your ways.’

Devon, aka the Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws begged the Prince not to make him into a house pet, but Jet insisted and he was sent to his new home.

Princess Zena with stars in her eyes travelled with Prince Jet to his kingdom where she was welcomed and adored and she was never locked up, mistreated or alone ever again.

Princess Zena and Prince Jet lived happily ever after

Princess Zena and Prince Jet lived happily ever after

As for the ex Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws, something very strange happened. He actually enjoyed being Devon Prissy Paws and living in a house with a couple of slaves to feed him, walk him and make him comfortable.

'Breakfast? A croissant, chicken and some bacon on the side please.'

‘Breakfast? A croissant, chicken and some bacon on the side please.’

He discovered that a life of ease suited him much better than a life of striving to excel in academia. In fact it was the best thing that had ever happened to him. So there!!

Sucks to Princess Zena and Prince Jet says Prissy Paws

Sucks to Princess Zena and Prince Jet says Prissy Paws

And so they all lived happily ever after

Love Zena, and thanks to Jet who requested a part in my next production. I hope he enjoyed it.


The Four Little Piggies & Princess Zena (based on The Three Pigs)

Princess Zena: As Princess Zena
Raffles: Raffles, The Personal Trainer
Doggie: Evil Doggie
Piggies: number 1 – Nutty, 
Piggie number 2 – Nibbles, 
Piggie number 3 – Buddy, 
Piggie number 4 – Basil

Brief appearance by: Mollie


Four little pigs were walking in a forest one day and they found a beautiful Princess crying quietly.

Beautiful Princess Zena crying in the forest

‘What are you doing here beautiful princess?’ they asked, ‘The woods are not safe. There is a big, black evil Doggie who roams about playing rough and peeing on things.’

Evil Doggie planning his next move

Princess Zena, for it was indeed that famous beauty, looked afraid.
‘I didn’t know he came here as well. He is the cause of all my troubles.’
Basil, who had become instantly smitten with the beautiful princess stepped forward.

‘We will help you Princess Zena.’ he said,  ‘We are the bravest piggies in the land.’

The four brave piggies: Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

Nutty, Nibbles & Buddy exchanged looks. Their whiskers quivered. What was Basil letting them in for now? They were only little guinea pigs, how could they overcome Doggie?

Princess Zena raised her beautiful brown eyes still swimming with tears.
‘Can you really help me?’ she asked with wonder in her voice. ‘What amazing piggies you must be indeed.’

Basil puffed out his little chest and squeaked, ‘Whatever it is, we will help. Won’t we Nibbles, Nutty & Buddy?’
He turned to the other piggies who were shamed into offering to help too.
‘Of course, of course,’ they whiffled and were rewarded with a big smile from the beautiful Princess Zena.

‘So just what is the problem?’ asked Buddy feeling that he should be a little more assertive in this fairy tail.

‘Well, it is like this,’ shared the Princess. ‘Since my wonderful Zac died I have been so lonely and sad that I wanted to find another companion to play with me and protect me. So I put my profile on a dating site and waited to see who would contact me.’

Nibbles gasped, ‘Don’t you know how risky that is?’

‘I do now,’ said The Princess, ‘But I did think it was a good idea at the time. I was so lonely I would have done anything.’

Buddy nodded. He had lost a pal, he knew how it felt.

Princess Zena continued with her story. ‘I was contacted by quite a few possible candidates including Doggie who described himself as a cute cavoodle who liked to play gentle games and was willing to sleep on the tiles.’

Now it was Nutty who gasped.

Princess Zena nodded,  ‘As you know, he is nothing of the kind. He is a big Spanish Water Dog who likes water and mud and all the things I hate!’ she shuddered.

‘Before I knew who he really was I arranged to meet with him and bring him home with me but a kind Collie called Mollie warned me that he had lied in his profile, something to do with liking to win, so I politely declined his offer to move in with me.’

Basil quivered with indignation. Fancy trying to trick such a sweet and innocent little thing as Princess Zena.

‘After that experience,’ continued the Princess, ‘I decided that advertising for a companion was not a good idea so I withdrew my details and instead I employed a personal trainer to keep me fit. His name is Raffles and he keeps me running and working out all day!

When Doggie heard about this he was angry and he has sworn to get even with me because he doesn’t like to lose.

So Raffles and I ran into these woods to hide from him, but I am afraid and cold because we have nowhere to stay and I don’t like the rain. Princess Zena began to cry again.

Princess Zena & Raffles running into the forest

At this point Raffles came out from behind a tree and looked at the piggies rather nervously.

‘It is alright Raffie,’ said Princess Zena, ‘These Piggies are going to help us.’
She turned trusting eyes onto the piggies and they were filled with pride at her faith in them and became determined to outwit Doggie.

‘Wait a moment,’ said Basil, and he took his three friends to one side and they had a discussion.

They all agreed that the first thing that was needed was a shelter to protect Princess Zena but unfortunately they could not agree on how to build this shelter.

Nutty felt that a cardboard house was all that was needed and it had the added benefit of being very quick and easy to make which meant they would have plenty of time to enjoy some of the forest foods before Doggie came.

So he chewed and chewed and before long his cardboard house was ready. He tried it out. Perfect! And with so much time to spare before evening he could fill up on that wonderful patch of fresh grass he had seen.

Nutty working on his cardboard house

Basil inspected Nutty’s house but did not feel it was really strong enough to withstand an angry Doggie.

Basil inspecting Nutty’s finished house

Like Basil, Nibbles was not very sure that the cardboard house would be strong enough to stop Doggie, so he collected a lot of straw from the forest floor to build his house. It smelt so good too, and as soon as he finished the house he went ambling off to eat some dandelions he had spotted.

Nibbles’ straw house

Buddy looked at the cardboard house and the house of straw and thought that they were both a little flimsy. He wanted to build the best house.
‘I know,’ he thought, ‘I will build my house of sticks.’
So he collected a lot of sticks and built his house and he was very pleased with it. He couldn’t see where Basil was but he wasn’t concerned. His house of sticks would protect them from Doggie. He snuffled off to find some wild strawberries to eat.

Buddy’s house of sticks

Basil saw the houses his pals had built and was very concerned. They didn’t look strong enough to protect Princess Zena from the evil Doggie.

He looked at the angle of the sun and measured the distance from the trees and he spent all day building a villa out of brick with roof tiles, an open fire and double glazed windows because he was concerned about the environment and heat loss.
He worked all day and hadn’t eaten at all and when he finished his house he was very tired but he was also pleased. He’d even built a little pool so that Raffles could teach Princess Zena to swim and exercise!

Basil’s villa

Just as he stepped back to admire his house there was a crashing through the woods and he heard Princess Zena scream.

‘Quick!’ shouted Nutty, ‘Into my cardboard house.’

The little piggies, Raffles and Princess Zena rushed into the little cardboard house. It was a very tight fit and they couldn’t really move. Raffles was afraid.

From outside they heard a roar from Doggie. ‘I will not lose,’ he roared. ‘I will break down your house and I’ll pee on your heads.’

The little friends looked at each other in horror! Pee on their heads?

No sooner had Doggie uttered the threat than he swiped the cardboard house to one side with his paw and the Piggies had to cling to Raffles as they ran with Princess Zena to safety.

Raffles, Zena and the four piggies fleeing from Doggie deeper into the forest

‘Quick!’ Shouted Nibbles, run to my house of straw, ‘That will stop him. The six friends ran very fast into the house of straw.

Princess Zena’s eyes were wide with fear and Raffles was shaking as they crowded into the house. Princess Zena began to sneeze as her allergies reacted to the straw.
They had only just had enough time to catch their breath when there was another roar from Doggie and he laughed at their house of straw.

“I’m coming in to pee on your heads.’ he yelled, and then his nose twitched and he gave an enormous sneeze which blew away the house of straw.

Princess Zena, Raffles, Basil, Buddy, Nibbles and Nutty were too stunned to move for a moment and then as Doggie sneezed again because of all the straw in his hair they took the opportunity to run as Doggie demolished the house of straw.

Doggie destroying the house of straw

‘To my house of sticks.’ commanded a rather puffed Buddy and again the pals rushed through the darkening woods, Doggie close behind them.
They reached the stick house just in time and slammed the door. Raffles thought that it was a good job he was a puppy and very fit because all this running around with four piggies on his back was very tiring.

The Pals fleeing the house of straw and running to the house of sticks

Inside the house of sticks they quaked with fear as Doggie circled the house muttering threats and swearing.

‘Ha!’ He laughed, ‘Do not think you are safe for I am Doggie the Dastardly and I will get in and pee on your heads.’

He then began to dig at the foundations of the house of sticks and they could hear him chewing up the sticks at an alarming rate.

Before long a tooth protruded through the walls and Princess Zena screamed.

‘Now I will be proved right!’ shouted Basil. ‘Quick, run to my villa and you shall be safe.’

So once again with the piggies on his back and Princess Zena holding onto his tail Raffles ran through the forest, Basil shouting directions into his ears.

Doggie finishing off the house of sticks

At last they reached the lovely modern villa he had built out of brick and finished with render.

They fell gratefully into the huge room and Raffles lay panting in front of the beautiful open fire whilst Princess Zena fussed about organising beds and supper for everyone.

Suddenly they froze as they heard once again the mocking laughter of Doggie!

‘Do you think this huge, thick wooden door can stop me? I will get in and pee on your heads!’ he screamed and he proceeded to dig at the door and the walls.

But Basil had made the foundations too deep and Doggie gave up. He was very cross.

Then he tried to break down the door but it was too strong.

He tried to jump in and break the glass but he couldn’t reach the windows.

Princess Zena was so happy. She and Raffles were safe at last and it was all due to Basil. She gave Basil a shining look and thanked him profusely. He puffed his little white furry chest out with pride and Princess Zena gave him the ZAG – the Princess Zena Award for Gallantry.

Raffles, Princess Zena and the four piggies snuggle up together for a rest before supper.

The friends were chatting in front of the fire and nibbling the remains of supper when Princess Zena heard a whining outside.

She looked out and her kind heart softened. It had begun to rain and Doggie was sat by the door shivering.

Wet Doggie!

He saw her looking out of the window and his head drooped.

‘What shall we do?’ she asked the others.

‘It is a trick.’ Scowled Raffles. ‘Let him stay out in the rain.’

Nutty thought of his cardboard house and shivered. ‘I don’t want to let him in to pee on my head.’ he said.

Nibbles agreed. ‘After all, he brought it on himself because he won’t accept losing.’ he said.

But Basil and Princess Zena were not so sure.

It was very cold outside and Doggie looked very miserable and sad. Surely he had learnt his lesson?

Basil opened the window just a little bit. ‘If we let you in do you promise on your honour to be good?’ he asked.

Doggie looked hopeful, ‘I do, I do,’ he answered quickly. A little too quickly Raffles thought and he scowled. He did not trust Doggie.

He went to the window and showed his puppy teeth.
‘If you come in, do you promise not to pee on our heads?’

Doggie looked shocked.

‘I never said I would pee on your heads.’ he said, ‘That would be disgusting! I said I would pee on your beds! Peeing on your heads!! Yuck. I would never do that!’

And he looked so hurt that they had believed such a nasty thing of him that Princess Zena decided to open the door and let him come in but before she did she made him promise not to pee on their beds either!

Doggie looked a little shamefaced. ‘Alright,’ he said, ‘I don’t do that anymore anyway.’

So they let Doggie in to sit by the fire and finish off the supper and they all became great friends and promised to have lots of play dates and share Raffles as a personal trainer, so Doggie won anyway!


Zena rolling out the tension after a hard workout from Raffles!

Love from the Zena, the Playful Princess

Thanks to Hutch a Good Life, Doggy’s Style and for allowing me to use their photos and to Mollie for her brief, but important appearance!