Thursday, 5 April 2012

Harvey's sunshine award

Wotcha! Harvey here. It's been a while since Mrs Boss let me do a blog post. But last week she went through the end of her finger with the secateurs. Since then her typing has been even wonkier than normal. And that's saying something.

If you visit this blog often, you'll have guessed Mrs Boss is the kind of person who spends forever thinking about a thing before she does it. Her blog friends Patsy and Teresa both gave her awards a few weeks ago. Has she posted them to the blog? No!

So while she's off plastering up her finger again, I thought I'd grab Patsy's sunshine award for myself. I deserve it, don't I?

As recipient of this award I now have to tell you about what makes me happy.

1. Food. Mr and Mrs Boss are far too picky. They yank me away from all kinds of eating opportunities. Chips on the pavement. Bread by the duckpond. Nice bits of old wood, bursting with fibre. Just what a dog needs, I say. Bad for me, they say. And apparently the person beginning with V told them I was overweight. I don't know how he figures that out. Every time they try to put me on the scales, I lie on the floor, making myself as flat as a bearskin rug. So how do they know I'm overweight if I don't get on the nasty scales?

2. Digging. Mr and Mrs Boss don't understand that all the really interesting things in the garden are beneath the lawn. How am I supposed to retrieve them if I don't dig? Of course when Mrs Boss digs, she calls it something fancy, like 'dividing the hostas'. When I dig, she calls it 'ruining the grass'. What's grass anyway? Just a load of boring green stuff. And underneath there are things to eat.

3. Meeting people. Most people, anyway. You find the odd one who doesn't like dribble or doghair on their clothes. But most people appreciate me making a big fuss of them. Take the man who visited last week, for instance, to help Mr and Mrs Boss write something called a will. How boring it would all have been if I'd just ignored the will man. The will man loves dogs. I left extra doghair on his pinstripe suit, to show I love him too.

4. Barking. Some days you're just in the mood to let rip. You know what I mean? Bin day, for instance. When Mrs Boss is writing, she says my barking makes her jump. Wouldn't you think she'd be used to it after four and a half years?

5. Sleeping. You can't beat a nice snooze, even though there is an ongoing dispute with Mrs Boss about my favourite chair. I know I've won the battle really. She just likes to pretend she's in charge sometimes.

6. Playing. Chewing up tennis balls is the best sort of playing. But what a lot of people don't realise is that when you're a golden retriever, everything in life is a game. Humans take themselves far too seriously, in my opinion. Chill out! Would you rather be a wiggly worm, under the boring grass, living in the dark? Or up here in the sunshine, eating, greeting, and sniffing out fun? Mrs Boss says doing a will makes you think about these things.

Mrs Boss says I have to pass the sunshine award on to other blogging friends. Of course, she's taken so long thinking about it that most of them have it already! So I will just list the following three. If they would like to accept, all they have to do is paste the award to their own blogs, tell us what makes them happy, and pass it on. I would say "simples!". But I'm a retriever, not a meerkat.

Biddy Fraser at The Bluebell Blog

Joanna Campbell at Brightwriter60


Have a barking good Easter. Harvey xxx

26 comments:

Biddy Fraser said...

Thank you, Harvey - and I must say, what a highly intelligent dog you sound!

And what makes me happy? Well, there's so much to choose from, isn't there - but,family, friends, cats, music, writing (of course),fine windy days, 'Elegy Written in an English Country Churchyard' by Thomas Gray, boot fairs ... primroses ...

Joanna said...

Thank you, Harvey, for giving us these lovely examples of what makes you happy. And thank you again for passing this beautiful award to me. I shall enjoy thinking of some really nice things and in the meantime, enjoy a good rest in your favourite chair. x

joanne fox said...

How barkingly happy we all sound today! I feel like barking along to one of my favourite happy songs - Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World'. Feel free to join in.

hydra said...

Harvey, I love you! You are so wise and so funny. Please will you ask Mrs Boss to type out the book I know you have in you? Once her finger heals, of course! A very happy Easter to you and to Mr & Mrs Boss!

joanne fox said...

Bless you Hydra. Would you like me to send you a parcel of doghair?

Old Kitty said...

Aww beautiful Harvey!! You must look after Mrs Boss and hide those secateurs until she is all better! :-)

Yay for your beautiful award!!!

Sleeping, barking, playing...! What a great life, Harvey! Yay!

Take care
x

Diane Fordham said...

LOL... I enjoyed that. Thank you Harvey. *whispering* You should post more often ;-)

bazza said...

From Bazza’s cat Ginger:
Hi Harvey. You seem to have your human well under control. But we cats don't really go for duck-pond bread - not really classy enough for us!
Click here for Ginger’s owner, Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

joanne fox said...

Hello Old Kitty. I love kitties, any colour, any age.

Diane, I so agree!

Hey, Ginger, try it some time. (And Mrs Boss says thanks for the html advice which she thinks she's got the hang of now. I bet she hasn't really though.)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a wise and happy fellow you are, Harvey - enjoy all those simple pleasures, especially when no one is watching!

I do hope Mrs Boss has the full use of her finger very soon, as long as she lets you take over again sometime.

joanne fox said...

Happy Easter Rosemary!

Maria said...

Very funny, and how I wish I could bark sometimes!

joanne fox said...

Go to a big empty field where no-one can hear you. It'll be fun. Happy Easter.

Kay G. said...

Hello Harvey! How nice that your Mrs. Boss, Joanne, let you do a guest post. That's a very doglike thing to do! I hope she pats you on the head today with great affection.
Would you kindly let her know that I was so pleased to see her comment on my blog? And that it pleases me too to see that she has become a follower? What? You will follow me too? Thank you both!

joanne fox said...

Welcome to Zigzag Road, Kay. Mrs Boss and I are very happy to see you here. We hope you'll drop by again soon. Mrs Boss mostly writes the blog posts herself - but she's not as good at it as me!

Happy Easter.

Suzanne Jones said...

Terrific answers, Harvey :0)

XX

joanne fox said...

An extra big parcel of doghair coming your way Suzanne.

Dream it, then do it said...

Hope the finger heals soon.

Scribble Spud said...

Dear Harvey
Good news! Our landlady Sue (aka Scribble Spud) has signed up to your boss's blog so me and my older stepbrother Alfie the spaniel can keep up with your news. By the way, being intelligent (not like my brother) I have developed a distraction technique that is quite effective for getting at spilled chips and am also an accomplished escapologist. Alfie is mainly interested in sniffing things.
love Bronwen the Welsh collie x x

joanne fox said...

Keith, I'll tell her.

Welcome Bronwen, Alfie and Sue. I was getting into the old escapology myself. But then Mr and Mrs Boss got a new fence!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

This is my first time visiting and I am in love already. This post is absolutely adorable. I love it. I too have a golden and all the things you blogged about describe my Roscoe.
TFS. and stopping by my blog.
ANA

joanne fox said...

Greetings Roscoe and Ana!

Laraine Eddington said...

I think your Harvey and my Nixon would get along swimmingly...even though Nixon is illiterate

joanne fox said...

Bark is a universal language!

Teresa Ashby said...

How lovely and well deserved, Harvey! Indy says he agrees with you all the way - particularly with the chewing up tennis balls! x

joanne fox said...

Yumm. Fuzzy green coating, with a chewy rubber centre. Heaven!