The Princess Tails

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


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Park Day Princess

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Gizmo over at Terrier Torrent has declared 26 April Park Day. So I thought I’d join in.

Gizmo does something calls geo-caching which sounds fun, complicated and like you might need to walk through mud or water so I don’t do that.

I do however go to the park every day. Most of you have seen my park. We have a few places around us where we can go but we love going where we meet up with our pals to play.

Here’s some of my Park Day contributions, I hope you don’t find them too tame after Gizmo’s adventures!

My park has the best smells

My park has the best smells

My park has great space to run free

My park has great spaces to run free

And there's sometimes good places to hide.

And there’s sometimes good places to hide.

At my park I keep the score!

At my park I keep the score!

At our park we meet our pals.

At our park we meet our pals.

At my park all shapes and sizes are welcome

At my park all shapes and sizes are welcome

At my park we can all join in

At my park we get cuddles too

At my park sometimes I join in the fun.

At my parkĀ  I join in the fun.

Sometimes I stand and watch

Sometimes I stand and watch

Sometimes I sit and watch

Sometimes I sit and think (really, I do)

Sometimes I find a good stick to chew

Sometimes I find a good stick to chew

At my park we always have fun and I get lots of exercise

At my park we always have fun and I get lots of exercise

And after our daily play at the park we always do this!

And after our daily play at the park we always do this!

This is my real-life park. I am not an intrepid explorer like Gizmo.

I have the beach nearby but I don’t like getting my paws wet.

I am a social butterfly. I enjoy going to my local and meeting up with the pals for a run. I am motivated by the group.

So this is my Park Day contribution.

Have fun from Zena, the stay-at-home Princess


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The Party Princess

I am pretty impressed with myself. I think I should write a book about how to throw a great party or how to celebrate a new puppy.

It is only the third time Raffles has been to the park and already he is feeling at home and getting to know the guys and it’s all down to me – of course.

It is a new role for me. In happier times I was the one who was being looked after by Zac. I was the one who could play frivolously with others whilst he looked on with careworn eyes and scouted for danger. Now I have to warn some of the bouncier dogs to be careful around my puppy. He is only a baby after all and could get hurt. When he’s bigger and takes up his body-guarding role I will sit back and relax.

My first tip is to enter the park calmly. I am introducing him to some of my favourite sniffs and showing him the popular message boards in the park so that he learns to know who’s around. Being prepared is important. There are a couple of dogs who I like to keep a distance from and if I know they’re in the reserve I’ll look out for them. So this first step is essential.

A patch of grass with some really important information

After that I instruct Raffles to walk around the perimeter whilst I point out to him who is sitting around and who is running and playing so he begins to recognise them.

Here we are casually strolling down the path eyeing up the other party goers – me and my puppy!

Once we’ve had a good look around and sussed out the ‘guests’ we move in to the group we fancy is having the most fun or influence.

Here I am introducing Raffles to some of the ‘in’ crowd

Introductions are where I am on high alert. A rather high-energy Labrador powered into us today and I had to shout at him to back off. It was a total shock to me, The Producer and The Director to find I have become quite protective of the little guy.

I relax as I see that the mingling stage is going well and they are accepting Raffles as my pal.

The next step is a gentle game of chase which Raffles was invited to join in.

That’s my tail disappearing out of the picture – that’s how fast I am!

So I reckon my job as social hostess is pretty near complete. I do have a few more regulars to introduce him to and some irregulars too that I’ve got to know over the years, but the ice is broken and once again it is all down to me – the Party Princess!

We walk home. I lead the way to show him how you should walk nicely on the lead but I’m not sure how well he’s getting it because I can’t look behind me! When we arrive home I sometimes play with him and I sometimes don’t. It depends how I feel. But at some point this is what happens:

My beautiful new bed!

Now I ask you – is that a fair division of space? I think not!!

Love from Zena, park socialite