A Little Personal – Lucy, Bailey and Stella – Summer Heat

Lucy, Bailey, and Stella

“Hi, Boss.”

“Hi, Lucy. What is going on?”

“Well at breakfast this morning, Stella was calling Bailey, and I chicken.”

“Oh dear. Do you know why?

“She said we were afraid to go outside.”

“And it looks like she might be right.”

“Aw, boss don’t take sides.”

“Okay, I will talk to her.”

“Stella, did you call your sisters chicken?”

“I confess I did.”

“How come?”

“The last time they went out, they went through the motions.”

“And then?”

“Well, Lucy got all squinty after a minute.”

“Yes, then what happened?”

“Bailey did her “Turkey on a platter” imitation and with that unsettled face.”

“But they did go outside.”

“Yeah for two minutes then it was into the shade and beg you to come in.”

“Well, you know Bailey is a Princess.”

“Check out Lucy too.”

“So I don’t think calling names is a good idea, do you?”


“You know, John. I calls ’em as I see ’em.”

“You never go outside, Stella.”

“Not my fault, John. You were the one to decide to make me an inside kitty.”

“Let’s forget it.”

“I knew you would see it my way.”


  1. Looks like Stella has an attitude problem. She’s behaving in a distictly speciesist fashion.

    1. To be read “spoiled.” Thanks, Keith.

  2. I really enjoy these posts with the pets, John. I laughed out loud at *“Turkey on a platter” imitation* — perfect name for that posture.
    Crystal is watching her favorite YouTube video of deer while I have coffee and brace myself for the office. One day at a time — as long as she still feels good.
    Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs.

    1. I’m so glad to hear she is feeling okay. The one day at a time route is the way to go. Hugs.

  3. Stella cuts right to the chase, huh Boss? 😁

    1. She does not mince words (to be read complaints) Thanks, Pilgrim. 🙂

      1. I dig that in a woman.

      2. She is all woman too. 😉

  4. Ha! Your “turkey on a platter” position is what we call “the stuffed chicken” pose. Too funny.

    1. Ha ha ha. I like “stuffed chicken,” Staci. Thanks for that. 😀

  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    I love these dialogues! LOL. Cats and dogs coexist in such funny ways – especially if we can step back and see it as such. Thank you for the morning delight! 🙂

    1. Stella was sniffing Bailey’s paws this morning. I was waiting for a comment but she just wanted to sniff. Thanks, Gwen.

  6. Looks like Stella is ruling the roost. She’s such a diva! Thanks for the smiles, John.

    1. You are welcome, Jill. Thanks for the nice words. 🙂

  7. Oh but I love theses stories of “the kids”👏👏👏 you’ve got the cutest babies! And your dialogues are great😂! I think you should consider turning this into a book!

    1. I will need a few more hours in the day. I like the suggestion though. Thanks, Elizabeth.

      1. I do think kids and adults would love it though!!!

  8. I was wondering if Stella was an indoor cat. Can’t say I blame Lucy and Bailey for preferring the shade to the heat.

    1. Stella has been indoors since she was rescued. Shade is nice, AC better. Thanks, Charles.

      1. So with them on the AC advantage. More people should accept that fact. 😀

  9. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell posts another winner today with Lucy, Bailey, and Stella… hilarious – you don’t want to miss this…

  10. Nothing like a bit of ‘pot-calling’! LOL! I bet Stella knows all the sunny and breezy/shady spots around the house and hogs them all the time! 😛

    1. She is the master of personal comfort. Thanks, Jan. 🙂

  11. Haha! I’m with Lucy and Bailey,

    1. Thanks, Michelle. 😀

  12. Cats always think they’re right – Bailey and Lucy should just nod and move on.

    1. I think you are right, Teri.

  13. Love the expressive faces on these fur babies and your dialogue fits them to a “T.”

    1. Thank you, Jan. 🙂

  14. Glad to see that Stella put you straight.

  15. You scared me with that headline, after the summer I’ve had. So glad they all have a degree of common sense. Otto has that turkey leg yoga position down pat.

    1. Ha ha ha. Yeah you have had a rough time. I didn’t even think about a possible scare. Sorry

  16. Never argue with a cat. A feline always wins 🙂

  17. Always a treat, John! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie

  18. That’s a cat for ya… Ours is an outdoor cat, but she certainly puts on the airs of an indoor cat.

  19. Princess kitties always get the last word, don’t they?!!

    1. I think so. They seem to demand it.

  20. I love these posts John.. a therapist would have a field day with Stella.. Lucy and Bailey are just being dogs… Stella is being…. borderline feline narcissism complex…I hope you have deep pockets. x

    1. She is a born again Narcissist.

  21. Indoor kitties have it made. I suspected that Stella was an indoor kitty. Charming dialogue as always – oh, photo/illustrations are perfect! A little overcast today so maybe it would not be too bad outside for your other babies. We got a nice shower this morning.

    1. We didn’t get much at all. Very disappointing. Thanks, Jo

  22. Ain’t no arguing with a cat, John.

    1. Found this in spam.I agree

      1. Aw, spam??? I’m sad.

      2. Gotta use smaller words. Ha ha ha.

      3. And fewer, I suppose. Story of my life.

    1. Oh, I know. I have been for years. 😀

  23. Ha, ha! This is an adorable post, John—so sweet and funny. I love the pictures!😁👍

    1. Thank you ,Vashti.

  24. I love thes conversations John. It would make a great Sunday comic series you know.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Wish I could draw.

      1. I know what you mean. I can draw but cartooning is a different animal. Id still be on the first frame by the third edition! Lol

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