Thursday – A Little Personal – Watchdogs

Lucy, Bailey, Stella

“Hey boss, we have a code red here.”

“Code red? Lucy. What’s a code red?

“Tell the boss what code red means, Bailey.”

“Intruders, pop. Code red means intruders.”


“They’re here. We have barbarians at the gate.”

“C’mon, Lucy. There is an easy explanation.”


“Easy for you boss. You don’t have to put your mouth on a dirty pant leg.”

“They are the painters. They are going to make us look beautiful.”

“What do you mean, us, Pop?”

“I should have said they will make our house beautiful.”

“You may have those canines fooled, John. I for one am keeping my options open.”

“You on the table, Stella?”

“Uh . . . it looks that way, John.”

“Does mom know you are up there?”


Well, I really don’t know. Never thought to ask.”

“I guess what I mean is has she ever asked you to jump up on the table?”

“You know. I can’t really recall. You going to tell her?

“Well, I think it is not important with everything else going on.”

“Good man, John. Give us a kiss.”


  1. This conversation seems oddly believable.

    1. Ha ha ha. SCORE for the fiction writer.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Ahhh, so sweet. It has to be worrisome for watchdogs when strangers are working on the house. Hope you all stay safe through the hurricane…

    1. We are going to Austin. Leaving today.

      1. Gwen Plano · ·

        Thank goodness 👍

      2. We are in Austin now. Thanks for your concern, Gwen

  3. Stella look so innocent. Bailey’s look in that first shot cracked me up! Be safe, John. The weather report doesn’t sound good.

    1. We have decided to leave. Heading for Austin today. Thanks, Jill

      1. I’m relieved to hear that, John. I think it’s a wise call. Drive safe.

      2. Thank you, Jill. We are in Austin now.

  4. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell gifts us with another heartwarming and hilarious episode with Lucy, Bailey, and Stella. You don’t want to miss this…

    1. Thank you for the reblog, John

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  5. I love this trio!

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  6. Look at that sweet Stella’s face. How could you resist?
    These three (and you) make such an entertaining team!

    1. Thank you, Mae. 🙂

  7. Always a treat, John! Thanks for the giggles. 🙂

    1. You are welcome, Natalie.

  8. These are my favorites. Good luck with the painters.

    1. Yes. They may need it.

  9. These are always SO spot-on and believable. Until I saw Gwen’s post, I didn’t know a hurricane is bearing down on Texas. Will you guys evacuate or ride it out? Whatever you do, stay safe and keep your fur babies safe!

    1. we have made the decision o leave. Thanks, Jan.

  10. John, I’m keeping you and your wife in my thoughts and prayers as the weather changes. Stay safe ♡
    Oh, and I love Thursdays with the sweeties at your place.

    1. Thank you, Audrey. We are heading to Austin.

      1. Good to hear. Houston is on the dirty side..hoping my ex stays safe…I think. 😉

      2. Your ex safe? Only Audrey would have that emotion. Hugs

  11. Cracked me up!

    1. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  12. I hear the hurricane might come your way. Here is hoping that you and Port Aransas stays safe and suffers no harm. Take care.

    1. Yeah, We are going to leave. Expecting a ten foot surge. (That’s about five feet higher than I want. It is expected that the electricity will be gone. So that is enough for me.

  13. Good decision to head away from there, John! Stay safe, my friend. Tell the critters I enjoyed their conversation this morning.

    1. In Austin now. Thanks, Debbie.

      1. You’ll still get rain, but you’ll avoid having to grab onto trees to keep from blowing out to the Gulf. Prayers for your safety!

      2. True. Thanks, Debbie.

  14. Glad you’re headed inland – stay safe!

    1. Here is Austin now. Thanks, Teri

  15. Safe travels with the evac John. Sending good thoughts.
    I spotted this title in my email this morning — It was hard to wait until lunchtime! This one is fabulous and Stella’s expressions topped it off. Thanks for making me laugh. Hugs on the wing.

    1. I’m so glad you could laugh, Teagan. Thank you.

  16. Thanks for adding some four-footed levity to my day.

    1. You are so welcome. Thank you.

  17. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Lol…can’t fool the cat! I could see a whole show based on your three!

    Stay safe!

  18. You have the differences nailed down between cats and dogs. Another fun post.

    1. Thank you, Craig.

  19. Stay safe John.. and lovely post as always… when we finally get our new dog I must make sure she connects with your lot on Skype perhaps… xxx

    1. That would be fun. Thanks, Sally.

  20. This is wonderful, John.

    1. Thank you , Robbie.

  21. Love this, you have the cat attitude down pat 🙂

    1. She is amazing in many ways. Thanks Jacquie

  22. Someone said the conversations are almost believable – they are! Have a safe trip to Austin, John. We plan on staying as we are high on a bluff. Will roll the shutters and hunker down with water, wine and whisky. Not looking forward to loosing power though!

    1. Yeah, I would have stayed but the police threw us out. Thanks Jo. Stay safe.

  23. These guys are so cute!!

  24. Thinking of you as the storm approaches … then again, you have quite the guard crew.

    1. Thanks Frank. We have a mandatory evacuation so we are now in Austin. Thanks for your concern

      1. Sounds good! Hope the homestead does well.

      2. We hope so as well. Does not look good since the storm is going to stall.

      3. And stalling would be Obama’s fault.

      4. You’ll enjoy this one … a response to me blaming the Harvey on Obama … “Damned Obama! I heard he could stop the rain, but just chooses not to since he was not born in this country and started ISIS.”

      5. Ha ha ha. Good one.

  25. I love these discourses John.
    Oh; and be safe in this coming weather!

    1. Thank you, Keith

  26. Great conversation. I’m sure this is how they think. Maddie understands completely. It’s a good thing we have vinyl siding.

    I was going to ask about the storm, but I see from other comments that you’ve moved to safety. I hope it’s less of an issue than forecast but mainly hope you all are well.

    1. Looks like flooding will be an issue. They are calling for 30 inches of rain. We are trying not to think of the results.

      1. Ugh. I’m so sorry. I hope the forecasters are wrong. It has happened…

    1. Hugs, Sally. 😀

  27. Brilliant and entertaining John.:)

    1. Thank you, Debby.

  28. Intruders at the gate!!! That’s it in a nutshell for them. 🙂 Hope all is okay with you guys! Keeping you and all in that mess in my thoughts and prayers!

    1. Thank you so much, Deborah. We still can’t go back until the authorities say it is okay. No word on the house yet.

      1. Thank you, Deborah.

    1. Thank you, Traci

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