Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Blog takeover day : Harvey's humongous fungus



Mrs Boss says she's never known a Retriever get into as much trouble as me. Unfair! Was it my fault I fell down the stairs last week? I was responding to a crisis - namely, the sound of breaking glass and shouting. And what did I find when I landed with undue haste in the hall?





Mr and Mrs Boss had only gone and cracked the glass panel in the front door while trying to shift the old sofa out of the house. They were having a right old ding dong about who was to blame! Humans - honestly! Didn't they know I was on a mission to make that sofa mine. Yes I know I already have the best armchair, but sometimes a dog needs a little more space, you know?



I think Mrs Boss was still a mite tetchy after I tore through the fence the other week and destroyed two tennis balls belonging to the neighbours' grandchildren. A fortnight before that, I conquered the hedge on the opposite side and gave the other neighbours a scare. Mrs Boss says in ten years at Zigzag Road no Retrievers have ever escaped before. Well, that's hardly a record to boast about is it?




Anyway, on Sunday I tried to make amends to Mrs Boss by bringing her a present. I thought it was a ball. Mrs Boss thought it was a ball too. But when she picked it up she gave a shriek (not unlike the pesky parrot that keeps sitting on my fence). The item in question was bigger and heavier than she expected. "It's a humongous fungus," said Mrs Boss. Though you can see from the picture below that it does look similar to the ball they bought me in honour of the World Cup.

Mrs Boss says it's a good job I hadn't done more than take a nibble from the edge. In the hope of identifying exactly what the humongous fungus was, Mrs Boss cut it up. She thought it might be like the puffballs she used to collect for cooking on country walks. In fact, the fungus was totally solid...


Do let me and Mrs Boss know if you can tell us what it is. It smelt strongly of mushroom, it was quite spongy in a dense kind of way, and there was no stalk.


That's it from me.


With lots of wuff, Harvey. xx


P.S Mrs Boss forgot to tell me to add a link to Sally's blog. Apparently Sally is the one co-ordinating all this blog takeover stuff. I hear that if you shoot on over there you can find links to posts by writers' muses, husbands, and even (shock, horror) other dogs!

25 comments:

Quillers said...

Harvey, come and live with me, darling. You can have any sofa in the house! You're utterly adorable.

Don't know a darn thing about fungeses (fungii?) I'm afraid. The only mushrooms I have come with steak and chips.

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

ANY sofa Sally? How many do you have? Your place sounds perfect. I'll be right over in time for the steak and chips!

bazza said...

Hi Harvey! Maybe Mrs Boss doesn't understand that retreivers have to retreive. Genetically programmed, got no choice.
I don't know what the Fungoid thinggy is but my view is don't eat it.
Signed Bazza's cat, Ginger (only slightly more real than Schrodinger's cat).

bazza said...

PS: why did the mushroom go to the party?
Because he was a fun guy!
Signed Ginger xxx.

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Hey Ginger - come back here! Just because I'm a huge, hairy, manic streak of Retrieverness, that doesn't mean I'm gonna eat you. Stop running! I only want to play!

Old Kitty said...

AWww Hello there Harvey!!!

Well I think you are the cleverest doggie on this planet to have found, harvested AND delivered a delicious puff ball to Mrs and Mr Boss!! I think you deserve not only the best armchair but the new sofa as rewards!

I hope Mrs Boss will now give you extra treats too - just cos you're so adorable and lovely!!

Take care
x

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Another kitty! Come back! I just want to chase your tail instead of my own for a change!

Quillers said...

Well we only have two sofas at the moment (one in the front room and one in the kitchen), but there have been more on account of hubby accepting any old furnishings that friends offer him!

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Wow - 2 sofas all for me!

Teresa Ashby said...

Aw Harvey you're just gorgeous - come here and let me give you a big cuddle. That is one huge fungus you retrieved - good job you didn't eat it.

Debs said...

I do hope you've recovered from the shock of falling down the stairs, Harvey?

That is one impressive fungus and definitely humongous.

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Teresa, I hear you have a stash of Twixes! I'm sure you'll let me have one after that cuddle you've promised me. (Gosh, I'll be so full, what with steak and chips at Sally's too.)

Debs, I was a little wary of the stairs for a day or so, but you know you can't keep a good Retriever down!

Juliet Boyd said...

Harvey

You just need to take control of the situation - demand that the Bosses bring the sofa back! I have a sofa all to myself and I love it almost as much as my bed.

Freddie

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Freddie, you're absolutely right! I do deserve a sofa all to myself. But I have a cunning plan to sneak onto the new one here when no-one's looking!

L'Aussie said...

Oh Harvey, I hope you get to keep that sofa! Just don't let Mr and Mrs Boss anywhere near it!

Ellie said...

Hello, Harvey. That is one big fungus humongous!

Sue Houghton said...

Which bit of Retriever do your owners not get, Harvey. Tsk!
No idea what the fungus thing is but don't be tempted to nibble!

Talli Roland said...

Harvey! That fungus is disgusting! Good thing you're so cute. :)

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Thank you all for your support over the sofa issue. I never knew I was such a popular Retriever until now! I should try this blogging lark more often. By the way, Mrs Boss says someone on that Facebook thingy agrees that the fungus is a puffball. xx

Margo Berendsen said...

Ha ha, funny that a post in Harvey's voice should follow a post on voice. I gotta check out this other blog that is starting a new "voice of the muse" trend...

Suzanne Jones said...

Terrific post, Harvey.

:-)

Joanna said...

Hello Harvey, you have what is needed to be a great writer - dogged determination

HelenMHunt said...

Well done on finding such a humongous fungus. That's really very clever of you.

Joanne Fox said...

Harvey says:

Now I know what I'm looking for, I've spotted evidence of further fungi in that area. Dogged determination, Joanna - arf, arf! I think Mrs Boss wishes she had as much as me!

Colette McCormick said...

Harvey you are a sweetheart.