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Robert rules me. Robert is a Westie--a West Highland Terrier. His motto is much like the Nike motto, "Just Do It!" Because when Robert wants something, like for me to write, I do it. If he was only a larger dog, I'm sure he would've taken up cattle herding as a career. As it is, he herds the cats, sometimes with the minor scratch and issue but he helps me organize the cats. Much like he organizes my writing schedule.
Robert sleeps late and because of his schedule, I wake early. We mosey on down to the den. Our first order of the day is to head outdoors and take care of business--potty business. Then, it's back inside to find a cushy spot on the couch, above my shoulder where Robert will sleep and I will work.
By 9 a.m., Robert's belly begins to growl, making Robert growl. He's a grumbler. He talks and often directs me just by breathing a certain way which means, "I'm dissatisfied about something, mummy." I always respond, "What's wrong, Robert?" Then he growls. I get up and try to decipher his growly words.
This all works quite well for Robert and until he eats, I get no peace. Once Robert's belly is full, we'll take another nap until nature calls again.
These are my days. I am run by Robert not the other way around. Even on walks, it's not unusual to find me begging Robert to continue walking. Or to say, "Come ON! Let's GO!" The leash strung tight between us, me leaning away from Robert and he from me as he sniffs the ground, undeterred by my commands.
My husband, Bob and I once watched an AKC dog show. When the Westie breed entered the arena that day, the announcer explained the bulk of Westie traits. Then he added, "Westies show a great deal of determination in their personality." What an understatement.
Bob once called Robert, Colonel Popcorn. And it stuck. Now Robert knows several nicknames...
· Colonel Popcorn
· Rotten Cotton
· Sugar Lump and
· Mister Squishy Pants
The first three nicknames all refer (in some way) to his color which is stark white. I'm not sure how I came up with Mister Squishy Pants but that name stuck as well.
Robert wanted me to mention, before I come to the end of this post, how happy he was to hear that Bookhounds YA had invited me to write a post for you. He also wanted me to mention that he really enjoyed reading SPIDER BRAINS: A LOVE STORY. So, like, I mean, if he enjoyed the story, then you will too. Of course, Robert has a very refined nature. I'm just sayin'.
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