The Princess Tails

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


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The Princess Remembers

I thought growing old would take longer. But here I am at eleven and a half and everyone is telling me how good I look for my age.

I am now on three medications a week but the response is usually, ‘Well what can you expect at her age. Things go wrong.’

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They say that when you get older you tend to live in the past more and more. Remembering.

So as everyone seems to be saying how old I am I decided to look back.

I decided to get the old photos out and play ‘I remember’.

I remember many more occasions than these but I think it would be too many pages.

I remember when I saw grass for the first time and meeting Zac (my Uncle) who was gentle and taught me everything.

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I remember cuddling up with Zac in bed.

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I remember Zac playing with me holding a tiny twig and not pulling so I could feel I won.

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I remember when the world was new and an exciting place with lots of new smells and sensations.

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I remember when I was small enough to fit on a lap with space to spare.

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I remember wanting to do whatever Zac did, to go wherever Zac went. I still do.

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I remember playing ‘we didn’t do it’ with Zac.

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Twigs in the house? Who? Me??????

I remember sharing the fun rocking lounger with Zac.

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I remember leading Zac a dance.

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‘Come on old fella. You’re only two years older than me.’

I remember Zac – the best Tibetan ever.

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I remember Zac teaching me to watch TV. Now I’ve taught Jazz (Raffy isn’t interested).

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I remember sharing the chair with Zac, even when he didn’t want me to.

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I remember our last time together at the park when Zac didn’t want to walk so we sat in the dust together and our friends came to visit.

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I remember my heart breaking in time with Mum’s heart.

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I remember lonely walks in the park after Zac left me.

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I remember lying in my bed and not wanting to get out.

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I remember meeting Raffy for the first time. It was not a success to begin with.

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I remember him getting into my bed with me.

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I remember introducing Raff to the garden.

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I remember tug of war when I won.

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I remember him growing.

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I remember him growing more.

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I remember him growing even more.

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I remember it being hard to share the sofa with Raff.

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I remember introducing him to the other poodles at the park.

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Daisy chasing a young Raffy with me shouting encouragement.

I remember Raffy playing finding lots of friends at the park. This is Cassie sharing her stick with us.

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I remember Christmas at the park with Raffy’s friends.

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I remember treats at the park

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I remember Raffy and Ollie kissing hello and feeling sooooo embarrassed!

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I remember how Raffy squeezing into my bed.

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I remember a sleepover with friends.

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I remember that bad hair day.

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I remember how Raffy and I like the sun.

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I remember good and bad, happy and sad and I hope to make more memories even though I am now an older Tibetan.

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I would love to hear your rememberings one day.

Love Zena – the remarkable Princess 🙂

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The Princess Looks Back For The Last Time

The Help and I debated this one. Should we? Shouldn’t we? As some of you have found the ‘looking back’ series a little sad we didn’t want to add to the use of tissues but on the other hand we eventually concluded that we couldn’t leave him out.

In this final look back we are talking about Zac. My wonderful pal. The Help’s soulmate. The one who got us into this blogging world and the one who left us too early. Most of you know about Zac, many of you followed him before you got to know me. If you didn’t know him this is his first post: A Mongolian Terror Is Born. And if you choose to you can read about his life.

He was my uncle. His mother and her son were bred together and unfortunately as they already had some strong crossovers in their pedigree it was not a good decision. This is why Zac suffered with so many health issues through his life. Sadly the breeders continue to produce puppies from the mother and son.

Zac catching the summer sun

Zac catching the summer sun

That said, The Help and I would not have changed him for a moment. The Help had him for two years before I came along to join the family. Zac called her his Beloved. He and The Help were besotted with each other. It doesn’t make me jealous, I was besotted with him too 🙂

And for the first two years he was very black, and then the grey started and by the time I came along he was already silver!

Zac with 'Big Dog', his favourite toy

Zac with ‘Big Dog’, his favourite toy

They say a picture is worth thousand words, so we are going to show you a few of our favourite pictures of the greatest furpup The Help has ever known.

But I want a game now!

But I want a game now!

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Zac!

He loved television, all sorts of shows.

He loved television, all sorts of shows.

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When I came on the scene he wasn’t jealous, he looked after me. Wasn’t I cute?

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Zac & Big Dog 8 years on

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For Zac – the Rainbow Bridge is a richer place with you in it.

From your Princess and your Beloved