Saturday, July 7, 2012

Mr. B Goes To Del Mar

First of all, I would like to apologize to all my fans for not keeping you informed of all my activities for the last two years.  I have been remiss and will try to do better.  Promise. Mean it.

Last week, Mom and I took a road trip for the first time in forever. It was difficult deciding what to pack -- one wants to look fabulous, but not too dressy, when going to a beach town, so you can see the problem. Anyway, I eventually sorted it all out and off we went. It was a lovely day without any traffic and we were able to fly down to Del Mar in no time.

Here I am arriving at the Hotel Indigo, which turned out to be a puppy's dream.

Barbara was working at the front desk and I liked her right away.  She came out from behind the desk and gave me a big hug!  And let me lick her!  It was great!!!

Our room was wonderful.  It was huge, with a comfy bed.  I settled right in.

We went down by the pool to sunbath for awhile, then went for a walk looking at the shops.  And I must say Del Mar is a wonderful place -- water bowls, treats, friendly people. Loved it.

We'd had a big day and were both pretty tired, so we had room service and went to bed early.

Unfortunately, things took a darker turn in the morning.  It started out okay.  We walked over the the very dog friendly Stratford Court Cafe for breakfast. We liked it so much, we had breakfast there every morning.

Then Mom suggested we walk to the beach.  I'd never been to a beach before, but it sounded okay.  So, off we went.  We walked and we walked and we walked some more, until I was too tired to take another step. I sat down and put on my most pathetic face.  Fortunately, it worked -- Mom picked me up.  I could see much better from up there and it wasn't the least bit tiring.  However, for some reason Mom didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did.  Not sure why, it was her idea to go.

When we got to the beach, I knew it wasn't going to be fun -- the ground gave way,  wet dogs came bounding up to shake water all over me, and there were rocks and broken shells.  It was awful.  Then it got worse.  The water came charging at me from out of nowhere.  I tried to escape, but my leash was too short!  I got soaked.  And sandy.  Ugh.  I was a mess.  I made Mom take me back to the hotel, where I took to my bed.

When I felt a little better, I went down to the lobby to talk to Barbara, as I could tell she was the sympathetic sort.  She suggested I go relax on the patio, which I did.  And she was right, I felt pretty good after awhile. Of course, the dog biscuits she gave me helped a lot.

Later, when Mom came out with my leash, I made her promise she would never, never, never take me back to the beach. Once that was settled, we went to a Mexican restaurant, where I took a nice long nap in the sun, while Mom had dinner.

We had an early night, as I was still feeling a wee bit traumatized by the ocean, not to mention the wet dogs.

Our last day in Del Mar was lovely.  We had breakfast, then went to the park, where we sat on a bench watching the surfers. The ocean was just about the right distance away in my opinion.

Afterward, we went back to the hotel, where Mom read and I watched the people playing in the pool from the safety of the second floor balcony. We had a relaxing lunch at the Cafe Americana.

Then back to the hotel for a little more rest in the sun.  Had a nice dinner at Zeke's, where I met several lovely new friends, one of whom was so fascinated with me, that he almost sat in the fire pit. Then home to bed.

We got up bright and early, both of us ready to go home.  Shared one last love fest with Barbara, then hit the road.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

School Dog Days

Well I must say, home schooling is really fun!  I've gone on wonderful field trip, and met a lot of amazing creatures --  squirrels, dogs, people. All fabulous.  And did I mention recess?  Why didn't anyone tell me about recess???  I would have begged to go to school years ago.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Moving On Up

Well, Mom and I have taken a delightful old apartment on Wilshire Blvd.  While it isn't exactly "in the sky,"it is on the second floor.  It has large rooms with lots of light and we even have a lovely garden outside our front door. Still settling in, of course, but I think we will be happy here.

I have been going to doggie day care for the past week, but asked Mom if I could try home schooling instead.  You see I liked the other dogs okay, but really I'm a people person.  So, now I am going to spend my days with Allison.  I'm sure she has a great deal to teach me, and being at home will give me more time to work on my poetry. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Artist As A Young Dog

I have been getting in touch with my inner Bedlington, which has inspired me to create these poems. I hope you enjoy them.






I see a sparrow
The sparrow sees me
I get excited --
I pee



There once was a puppy named Boodles

He loved only black Standard Poodles

He’d gaze at one sweetly

Then kiss its nose neatly

Before running away, yelling, “Toodles”


I sit by the door
wagging my tail
as she leaves

I sit by the door
wagging my tail
as she returns



falls into
my bowl

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A December To Remember

Well, I must say December was indeed a lovely month. First, my dear friend, Steve, came to visit. Following our annual tradition, we stopped on the way home from the airport to buy our tree.

Then we scurried home to enjoy hot toddies and Christmas music. My dear neighbor, Raymond, came by to help us celebrate, and a lovely time was had by all. I must confess I got a little tipsy, and put on my elf outfit.
I should explain that the reason I have this costume is because I got a job as Santa's Little Helper at Urth Cafe over the holidays. I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful time I had! Hugging and kissing everyone who passed. I especially enjoyed the children and they all seemed to like me, too. As an added bonus, I now having an entry for my resume -- surely my elf impersonation will show any director that I have wide ranging acting abilities.

As if my December wasn't already overflowing with wonders, my dear friend, Helen, invited me over for a play date with Bella and Toby. She has a HUGE yard, and we ran up and down the stairs for hours. Do you know about stairs? I'd never actually seen a whole flight before, but after a couple of tries I got the hang of it. Just remember, if the step is as tall as you are, get all your feet on the first step before you try to climb up to the next one.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pour La Pooch

Not a day goes by without someone asking me, "Boodles, how do you always manage to look so fabulous?" So, I thought I would share my "secret" with all of you, my adoring fans -- It is Gia and her wonderful staff at Pour La Pooch. Not only do they primp and pamper me, but Gia always gives me a yummy chicken treat before I leave.

Monday, October 26, 2009

We Have A Winner

Modesty almost forbids me from mentioning the fact that I won the most creative costume award at the West Hollywood Dog Costume Contest yesterday. However, since I know how disappointed all my fans would be if I didn't share this wonderful news, I'm notifying all of you and sending along photos. I went as "A Sheep In Wolf's Clothing," and I must say that I was greeted with a warm reception by the spectators, the judges, and, especially, the MC, who I rewarded with a good licking.
I just love strutting down a runway, don't you? The flash bulbs, the applause, the joyous laughter -- it is just heaven. And then afterward, having all the paparazzi come over to take close ups and interview moi, well, it was just a lovely, lovely day. Plus, my beloved Godmother, June, came along to share it with me. I've already started making plans for next year. A gin fizz, Charles Lamb, Babe...well, I have a whole year to think about it.