Thursday – A Little Personal – The Toy


“Excuse me, John.”

“Yes, Stella what is it?”

“Shouldn’t those canines be playing instead of sleeping all day?”

“I think you have a point. Let me talk to them.”

“Lucy. Wake up.”

“Huh…wait, what boss?”

“Don’t you think you and Bailey ought to do something other than sleep on the couch.”

Stella, Bailey and Lucy

“Aw. . . Man, Boss. I’m glad you woke me I had this dream that I was sleeping next to Stella.”

“Never happen. See you even dream of sleeping in your sleep. You guys need to do something.”

“How about you, Bailey.”

“Gosh, Pop. I’m good right where I am. Er, what did you have in mind?”

“So Lucy. Here is a toy. Why not play.”

“Boss, boss, boss. You expect me to play with a terry cloth pig? Maybe Stella would do that. Not I.”

“Nope, I’m good, John. Got my three-headed snake on a stick.”

“Here Bailey. Take this thing away from me.”

“Okay, Lucy. Only because I love you. Mmmmmfffffptttt.”

“Man this thing tastes like it’s been in mothballs.”

“Boss. We gave it the college try. This just isn’t our kind of toy.”

“Fine ladies. Hit the couch.”


    1. Thank you for the reblog. So nice.

  1. Lovely post, John… you have some lovely companions!

    1. Thank you, Anita. I sure have.

  2. Fun visit with the girls this morning, John. Aren’t pets funny with their reaction to different toys? I’ve bought Crystal cool looking toys that remain untouched while she plays and pounces on packing paper and bendy straws…
    Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs

    1. Oh, bendy straws. Gotta get some for Stella. Hugs, Teagan.

      1. Oh yes. They are Crystal’s new favorite thing, supplanting rings (from jars or large bottles). And almost paper balls, but they are a different game. 🐱

      2. Ha ha ha. Must try them.

  3. Aw, I loved reading this early this morning before I start my day! Cute commentary from the rulers of the house and such adorable photos of them all!!! Thanks for a happy start to my morning 😊

    1. Happy to get you rolling with a smile, Elizabeth.

      1. You sure did!! Funny how the little things in life like reading your blog first thing this mornng just jump started my day with such a big smile! I think Bailey stole my heart too!

  4. I’m with them. Some days, you just gotta sleep the hours away.

    1. Would be a nice thing to do at times. These guys make a professional job of it.

      1. Professional mattress and pillow testers. We need to make that a thing.

  5. I guess it’s true, it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie. Their expressions crack me up, John!

    1. It is a good saying. When Stella discovered Lucy sleeping next to her she immediately moved. It was so funny. 😀

  6. Love it! Those two are too much. You never know what toy is going to get their attention on any given day. Maddie dug something out today that she hasn’t played with in months.

    1. We just took a bunch to the shelter. We gave our two the opportunity to check them out, so the ignored went off to a better use.

      1. Oh my. If we did that, Maddie would tear the place apart looking for the ones we gave away.

      2. I think we get a little of that too.

  7. Gwen Plano · ·

    I love these weekly glimpses of your beautiful ladies. The dialogues and the photos are perfect – always evoking smiles. Thank you for the morning joy! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen. I always have fun with these. Glad you get a smile. 🙂

  8. Yup. Sometimes I think they would have chosen something different at the store. All I know is a ball can’t miss at my house. They both love them.

    1. We have taken them to Pet Smart and watched them choose a toy. The end is the same. On the floor – no action.

  9. Another adorable episode with the rulers of your house, John. Great pictures and dialog! Thanks for my morning smile, good sir!

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments, John

      1. You’re welcome, good sir. Thanks for the morning smile, good sir!😇

  10. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell gifts us with a new episode where Stella decides to stir the pot… poor Lucy and Bailey! Please, read on and enjoy your smile for the day!

    1. Thank you for the reblog, John.

      1. You’re welcome, John – my pleasure.

  11. Canines are all about participation activity – they love you to at least be their audience! My Toby won’t go and play in the garden unless there’s someone out there with him… But I think there’s only one diva in your place, John & it’s Stella! 😛

    1. I have to agree. She demands attention. Thanks, Jan.

  12. That darned cat!

    1. I know right? 😀

  13. Everyone knows that cats rule the roost. 🙂 But, in this case, I’d say they’re about equal.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jan. 😀

  14. Usually balls and strings here. Someone suggested ping pong balls – trying those next.

  15. Pet pics and stories always put a smile on my face. My dogs are sleeping at the moment, too. Maybe it’s the summer heat…

    Probably not.

    1. Probably not. 😀

  16. Stella looks quite indignant in that picture, lol.

    1. She has indignant down pat.

      1. Seriously though, they are beautiful little people.

      2. 🙂 Thanks, Pilgrim

  17. Great story, John! I like it a lot.
    Have a great day,
    P.S.: And just let sleeping dogs lie! 😉

    1. Ha ha ha. Good advice, Pit. 😀

  18. Absolutely loved it, John.

    1. Thank you, Greg, 🙂

  19. So cute, John! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Natalie. 🙂

  20. Too old for toys? Bummer.

  21. They’re adorable.The photos you grab are priceless….as is the dialogue.

    Always a highlight of my Thursdays, John!

    1. Thank you, Mae. So glad you enjoy it.

  22. This is too funny! John, you’ve got down pat what these fur-kids are saying and thinking. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Debbie.

  23. Very funny, John. These fur babies have you wrapped around their little paws.

    1. They do for sure. Thanks, Robbie.

  24. Nothing more fun than playing with the furkids!

    1. I agree. Thanks, Luanne.

  25. That look on Bailey ‘s face while on the couch is priceless.

    1. She is funny sometimes.

  26. Funny! Love the pictures! You’ll be up on my site at 5:50 EST this morning!

    1. Thank you, Phil.:-)

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