Bentley is going to celebrate his 9th birthday this Saturday, December 3rd. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been nine years since he was a wiggly long-eared wrinkly puppy. Then again, I can hardly remember life before he was in it. He has changed me in ways that I never dreamed possible. I will discuss that tomorrow.
You might remember on my birthday a couple of years ago when he was gracious enough to interview me. I decided it was time to ask him a few probing questions.
Me: “Bentley, thank you for agreeing to this interview. I know that you are a busy Basset.”
Bentley: “Never too busy for you, Mom. Are those the treats you promised?”
Me: “My first question is how life is different now that you are considered a senior?”
Bentley: “That’s rich! You asking me about being a senior as if you don’t already know. I may have a little white around the snout but I still have lots of pep in my paws.”
Me: “That’s for sure. You can walk circles around me and sometimes you try. Until you decide to stop, then it is like trying to move a mountain. Why do you do that, anyway?”
Bentley: “Sometimes I smell something in the air that needs detecting. Every once in a while, I hear something that requires me to pay attention. Mostly I just start thinking really deep thoughts.”
Me: “It has nothing to do with you wanting me to give you a treat to start walking again?”
Bentley: “You cut me to the quick! Go ahead and slide me another one of those jerky bites. Are we through or do you have more questions?”
Me: “Only a couple. What is your favorite part of the day? Before you answer, let’s rule out breakfast and dinner. That’s a given with a Basset Hound.”
Bentley: “It’s true, I do enjoy my food. Hmmm, I love when Daddy plays laser light with me. Our walks are always a lot of fun and I do enjoy a game of chase or wrestling with Pierre. All of those things make me happy. If hard pressed, I’d have to say the most favorite part of my day is when I wake you up. I love putting my front paws on the mattress and scratching until you wake up. It is so cute how you kiss my nose and tell me to give you a few more minutes. That always makes me chuckle. After I refuse to snooze, you roll out and lay down on the floor next to me for our quiet time when you scratch my belly, give me snuggles and kisses.”
Me: “That is the best way to start my days too. That brings me to my next question. Why do you like your belly scratched so much? I’ve seen you throw yourself down in front of friends, family, and complete strangers for almost nine years. What’s up with that?”
Bentley: “You know the saying, if it feels good, do it and it feels sooooo good! I am hoping to get extra belly rubs and scratches on Saturday.”
Me: “I think we can make that happen. It’s almost time for you to eat so one last question. Is there anything special that you’d like to do for your birthday?”
Bentley: “I’d like to make one of our friends super happy by having a birthday giveaway with some of my favorite things. Can you make that happen too?”
Me: “Why yes I can! Thanks to the awesome companies that we have worked with throughout the year. Many have generously offered to help celebrate with you by donating cool toys, treats and more. Since we don’t publish on the weekends, your birthday giveaway will begin on tomorrow, December 2nd. It is going to be wooftastic so we hope everyone comes back to enter. Thanks for answering a few questions today. Now, roll over and let me rub that belly.”
On a serious note…
It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote Pet Blogging Is Not Supposed to Hurt. I always want to believe that’s true but once again I find that is not always how it works. Writing and reading about our dogs, cats, and other pets is a fun way to escape from the harsh reality of life. In our world, the pets can talk, drive cars, and go to parties. It is a wonderful place to play. All too often those lines between our fantasy and real life collide and we have to face the heartbreak of losing a friend. It happened again this week when our favorite Weimaraner, Easy Rider crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I want to thank Easy for all of the laughs and love he provided us. He left big paw prints on our hearts that will never fade. We are sending our thought and prayers for his parents.
♥ Easy Forever ♥