Quite some time ago, Lytton, my dog, was tagged by Yolanda Elizabet’s Bliss Team to participate in a cat meme. Lytton was most delighted and decided that the Bliss team had bestowed this honour on him because they knew he’d had been taught to respect and to admire all felines. Hazel, our departed, and much-missed friend, taught Lytton well. (Lytton & Hazel pictured above).
Lytton was keen to answer the following questions in his own words, so I dutifully did the transcription for him.
a) My favourite song of all time is, of course, Who Let the Dogs Out? by the Baha Men. Benoît, my big brother, used to sing it to me constantly until my mum told him to stop.
b) Howling at the Moon, by The Ramones, is also a good song. Mostly I don’t howl at the moon, but I love to howl along with sirens. Even if I hear a siren in the middle of the night, I enjoy howling along to it. That doesn’t always go over so well with my mum since I sleep on her bed.
So of one thing I am sure, It’s a friendship so pure,
Angels singing all around my door, so fine.
Yeah, ain’t but one thing to do
Spend my natural life with you,
You’re the finest dog I knew, so fine.
d) I love listening to The Snowy Path, a slip jig by the wonderful Irish group, Altan. My mum learned to play it on the fiddle and so I have listened and listened to her playing it. When we are having a snowstorm, she always plays it for me.
Speaking of snowy paths, check out my new alpaca green and orange scarf that my mum made for me. I wore it this afternoon when we went to the park. (see pic above)
e) I also like listening to Eva Cassidy sing, especially Fields of Gold. My favourite thing to do is run across fields in the autumn just after the harvest. I once chased a fox but it ran faster than I did.
You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold
a) By far my favourite toy is Berry Bolanski (pictured here with blue bandanna). When I was younger, I chewed off Berry’s nose. That’s when Benoît gave Berry to me. I carry Berry all over the place and usually he sleeps with me.
b) When I was a puppy, Benoît used to put biscuits in Lyle, Lyle Crocodile’s mouth. When I sat down, then I got the biscuits. Lyle, Lyle often hangs out with Berry and me.
c) Since I love to chase and retrieve things, I have a good collection of gummed-up tennis balls. I’ve also got some golf balls and softballs that I found in the river near our house. There is a golf course on one side of the river and baseball diamonds on the other.
e) Platy the Platypus is another toy that I play with when Berry or Lyle are in another room. As you can see from the photograph, I’ve treated Platy with care. He just has one tiny rip in his nose.
b) Although I am not given more than tiny bits of milk chocolate, I have often snuck chocolate off the kitchen counter or from the places where my mum hides it. I ate an entire big chocolate bunny when I was two-years-old. I still remember that fondly.
d) One of my best food memories is of eating a big piece of Benoît’s angel food birthday cake. Every time my grandma makes this cake, I get to have a taste too.
e) I don’t know why I love licking out yogurt containers so much. Any flavour is fine with me. When I’m finished with the yogurt container, I have to get the yogurt wiped off the top of my nose. I also put lots of holes in the plastic containers since I’m a bit over-enthusiastic in making sure there isn’t any yogurt left.
b) Since I am now seven-years-old, I’m often found napping during the day at my mum’s feet or on the couch. At night, I sleep tucked in close to my mum.
d) I love sitting up on couch and having someone rub my tummy or scratch behind my ears. Ah, there are not many things in life that can be better than that.
e) Every day, I look forward to running in the park. I have all my favourite spots where I sniff and check out who else has been visiting. Sometimes my mum gets annoyed when I take ages to make my tour. But really, it wouldn’t be very friendly if I didn’t leave my own greeting, in turn, for all of my dog friends.
It’s a relief that I only have to list five, since I have quite a few more than that.
b) As soon as my mum and brother leave, I do a tour of the kitchen to see if they’ve left anything edible on the counter. They usually put their food out of my reach, but from time to time, they forget. That’s when I have fun and stock up on human food.
d) I like to play tricks on my mum when I’m in the park. When it’s time to go home, I often hide behind a tree and hope that my mum can’t see me. That’s what I’m doing in the picture above. Hmmm, I wonder why my mum can always find me.
e) Sometimes I pretend that I can’t hear my mum calling me. That is probably my longest bad habit, along with hiding behind trees.
Because I like cats and I really miss Hazel bossing me around, I also want to tag Kylee’s eight cats at Our Little Acre. Simba, the resident dog, might also want to speak up. I think they probably get up to lots of mischief.
And now it’s time for a final treat before bed. Thanks for reading about me.
Love Lytton oxoxo