The Princess Tails

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


Bubble Magic

All the way back in November last year (yes I know that’s only two months ago but it sounds further back when I say last year), we received a prize from Misaki.

This prize was awesome. The edible treats were enjoyed straight away and were very much appreciated. The Producer has been hanging onto two of the other gifts until the timing was right.

One was the bling that Misaki sent for me. Because Raffles was just a puppy and still chewing on me a lot she didn’t want to attach diamond heart until he stopped getting my attention by dragging me around by my collar! Along the way she picked up some other little bits of bling for me too ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, the good news is he has stopped chewing on my collar so I can now wear my heart ๐Ÿ™‚

Misaki's bling heart, along with a little star, pink heart and a crown fit for a Princess which The Producer gave me :-)

Misaki’s bling heart, along with a little star, pink heart and a crown fit for a Princess which The Producer gave me ๐Ÿ™‚

Then one day last week the time was right for the bubble fun. Misaki had sent bubble mixture just for dogs and although we had tried them a couple of times the pup just didn’t seem to have the eye coordination to follow them. Last week however, the day was still, Raffles is older and number two son was here with his camera and willing to take photographs.

The Producer did admit it was difficult for her to blow bubbles and take pictures at the same time.

We all came out for the big moment and I have to say it was the greatest fun watching Raffles try to figure out what these floating things were and then chase them. He is quite a big boy and not exactly nimble. He still seems to have trouble getting his back legs to turn when he wants them to so he overshot the bubbles many times.

To be honest, I think the bubbles won but we got some fun photographs of the occasion and we still have some bubble mix left to play with another time.

Here then is Raffles hunting the Incredibubbles from Misaki and we do thank you again for these wonderful prizes which we are still enjoying as you can see.

Okay. What I am supposed to do with these?

Okay. What I am supposed to do with these?

Oooh look! They're like little soft balls

Oooh look! They’re like little soft balls

And another one bites the dust!

And another one bites the dust!

Bubbles? I don't see any bubbles  - where have they all gone?

Bubbles? I don’t see any bubbles – where have they all gone?

I can't reach!

I can’t reach!

I could have sworn I saw another one.

I could have sworn I saw another one.

Shhhhh - I'm concentrating

Shhhhh – I’m concentrating

Gone to ground!

Gone to ground!

If I creep up very quietly......

If I creep up very quietly……

What do you mean that's all for today?

What do you mean that’s all for today?

Thank you Misaki. The bubbles were heaps of fun :-)

Thank you Misaki. The bubbles were heaps of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

There are no photographs of me because I had fun watching the pup and didn’t try and chase the bubbles

Love from Zena, the bubbly Princess.


The Delighted Princess

I didn’t really think about prizes when I entered Raffles into the Halloween competition and made him all gory and frightening. For me it was satisfying and a little cathartic. But guess what? We received a parcel in the post yesterday, which is actually rather odd because we have no post on Saturday so either it had been in the post box since Friday and The Producer was very lax or it had been given to a neighbour by mistake and they popped it into our box.

Anyway, that is not so important but the parcel was. It had come all the way from the wonderful Misaki in the UK for Raffles. I would have loved to have seen the faces of the local post office if the parcel had been addressed to Princess Zena ๐Ÿ˜€

As Raffles is still quite little (in age you understand, not in size – he is humongous), I got to check it out first and boy oh boy you should see the goodies inside!

First I have to mention that Raffles was quite okay that we share this prize as he acknowledges that this is my blog and it was my idea to make him all scary and nasty looking. I in no way took advantage of the puppy (as if I could), and the only thing I insisted on was that he not touch the part of the present which was so obviously mine. I will reveal that further down.

Raffles was very intrigued by the parcel. We had to check it out to make sure it was safe, we’ve seen dogs do this on the television. I’m not quite sure what we were sniffing for but it smelt good to us so we gave The Producer permission to open it.

Doing our best impression of sniffer dogs – as seen on tv.

Having ascertained that the parcel was not a danger, The Producer opened it and was amazed.

Wow! Look at all these goodies for us to share!

We were rapt! This was incredible. The Producer doesn’t get us this stuff at Christmas (I have now officially classed her as mean).

Flavoured crocodile chews

You gotta love these. I’ve never seen them before which is odd because the real things roam around up country. I told Raffles all about crocs and we enjoyed chewing these and getting our revenge back on all the real crocs who have chewed dogs up north. PS: No crocodiles were harmed in the making of these chews!

Because the reserve was flooded with a water leak today we didn’t get the run we usually get so The Producer thought it would be a treat for us to enjoy part of our prize. It was wonderful! I half chewed mine and the pup wanted it even though he had only partly chewed his, so I swapped and he got my half chewed one and I got another nearly whole one ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes it’s fun having a puppy!

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask whatโ€™s for lunch. (Orson Wells)

I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food (Erma Bombeck)

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well (Virginia Woolf)

Don’t these look yummy? Unfortunately I haven’t found where The Producer has hidden them yet!

Here’s the kid modelling the biscuits, he looks a bit grubby but he has his first groom tomorrow so then he should be ready for gigs don’t you think? Wouldn’t you buy from that honest face?

Then we came across something way cool that we didn’t even know existed for us dogs. Bubbles! I am so looking forward to seeing how the kid behaves with bubbles, but The Producer wants to wait until Magic M (our favourite 7 year old) comes over before we play with them because she reckons we’ll have even more fun then.


I am so excited, I can’t wait to see the kid fall over his paws and play with these. Magic M had better hurry up and visit soon ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally, the piรจce de rรฉsistance. The most important part of the whole parcel. The gift that is mine, all mine. My own BLING! A beautiful diamond encrusted heart for my collar, just what I always wanted and The Producer was too mean to buy!

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond. (Mae West)

Paws off kid – these are not for sharing!

For the moment the diamond bling goes into a safe place too because Raffles is enjoying grabbing me by the collar and either chewing or pulling me around. When he is out of this stage I get to have a new collar (yay) and then the bling can go on ๐Ÿ˜€

So thanks Misaki. The competition was fun enough without any prizes, but we were overwhelmed by your generosity especially living on the other side of the world. The competition was held with Mollie and I really appreciate you guys and all you do to add fun to this blog world of ours. Most of you who know my blog will know Mollie, Alfie & Misaki. If you haven’t met them yet I recommend you visit their blogs. They will bring a smile to your face and make your day better.

Have a great week everyone and if anyone is concerned by the fact that Raffles is now twice my size and enjoys dragging me around by the collar, don’t worry too much. The Producer has pointed out a couple of ‘safe’ places for me when I no longer want to play so I’m okay!

Under The Producer’s desk and behind the door. This was one of Zac’s favourite places and now I know why!

Lots of love from Zena, a very happy and croc-filled Princess!