Thursday – A Little Personal – Play Outside


“So Stella, what are you doing behind that chair?”

“Well. John, it’s like this. I can’t seem to find a place for a nap with those canines running around.”

“Come out here. That’s no place to nap.”


“Okay, John. I’m here.”

“What is the problem?”

“Whenever I try to lay down those oafs run over me.”

“That’s not good. What do you suggest?

“Take em outside and play doggie games with them. You know,Β heave something and have the fools go get it.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Alright Girls. Here is a toy.”

“OMG Boss. Please don’t throw it.”

“Yeah, Pops. We get the outdoor stuff. Not in the mood to put that dirty thing in my mouth.

“It’s not dirty, Bailey. Look.

“Bailey, don’t look. That thing looks like it has been outside for a month.”

“I just brought it out here. Honest.”

“Okay, Bailey. He threw it over there. I’m going to get up and take a look.”

“Go for it, Lucy. I’m staying right here.”

“Ya ha ha ha, Bailey. He actually washed it since the last time.”

“I told you two. It’s clean.”

“Let me see. Oh for heaven’s sake. Smells like Dawn.”

“You want clean, right? That’s what they use to get the oil off of birds.”

“Lucy. It may be just me, but I don’t even look like a bird do I?”

“No Bailey. You are a boxer. Boxers don’t play with toys that smell like Dawn.”

“Nice try, Boss. Bailey and I aren’t falling for it.”

“Yes, pops. You might as well hang it up. This toy is dead to us.”

“You guys stay out here. I’m going inside.


“Hey, Stella. Oops. I see you found a place to nap.”

“Huh. Sure did John. Any luck with the canines?”

“No, they didn’t want to play.”

“Too bad. Now maybe you could go outside and try again.”

“I think you are trying to get rid of me.”

“I don’t care what people say. I think you have a good grasp of the obvious.”



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Very sweet dialogue, John. You captured the personalities while offering a story. And, you’ve shared a glimpse of your paradise, which is gorgeous. Thank you on all counts! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Your words make me smile. πŸ™‚

  2. I don’t think I’d want to chase the ball when I could admire that beautiful view. Loved this, John! Happy Thursday!

    1. Thank you, Jill. I think you are right. πŸ˜€

  3. That’s one smart cat. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Charles.

  4. I love these posts, John. Stella, and most cats, have a way of pointing out the obvious to us. For the record, I think Maddie would be pretty upset if we washed her toys in Dawn.

    1. I think so too. Good thing this is fiction. Thanks, Dan. πŸ˜€

  5. I love these little forays!

    1. Thank you, Pam. πŸ™‚

  6. These are my favorite posts. Great job, John.

    1. Thank you, Staci. Glad you do.

  7. The perfect napping spot is important – Stella found a soft one.

    1. She did. Thanks, Teri

  8. Love your fur family. And your yard…. if I had a yard like that I’d never come in the house.

    1. Thank you. We do love our yard. We also like the beach with is out the front.

      1. … and out back, and on the roof, and in the crawlspace…

  9. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell delights us with this latest episode featuring his furry kids, Stella, Lucy, and Bailey. Read on… you’ll love it!

      1. You’re welcome, good sir.

  10. The final line is absolutely the perfect way to end that episode, John! Bravo! Molson?

  11. What a gorgeous view you have! As to the toy, I can see where the girls would reject something that smells like Dawn. Not that it’s a “bad” smell, just that it’s not old and familiar. I imagine most dogs are choosy that way!

    1. Yes, Dawn on a toy does not belong. Thanks, Debbie.

  12. Another very entertaining look into the lives and thoughts of Lucy, Bailey and Stella.

    1. Thank you, Kim. We all appreciate your visit.

      1. I look forward to your posts featuring Stella, Bailey and Lucy. They are wonderful characters!

      2. Thank you, Kim. All have unique personalities.

  13. I just adore these posts, John! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for your comment, Natalie.

  14. Brilliant John. It’s good to know who rules the roost at your place; just like the rest of us poor humans.

    1. I know right. Dear slaves to the fur kids

  15. Thursdays with your fur babies are becoming my favorite John Howell blog day – Well, that and Wednesdays. πŸ™‚ Love their expressions and your dialogue is perfect!

    1. Thank you, Jan. They are fun to capture.

  16. Aww! Your girls certainly keep you on your toes! πŸ˜€ KNow you wouldn’t want it any other way! πŸ˜‰

    1. Yup. I live for them.

  17. Aw, sweet Stella. Kitties need their naps for sure. Hugs.

  18. I think Stella has got your number here.

  19. What a gorgeous view you have, John! Stella is such a sweetie and she needs her beauty rest.

    1. True on the Stella beauty rest, Michelle. Thanks. πŸ˜€

  20. Wonderful view, John! Stella, I have 4 kitties that would totally agree with you. John, I had a dog that would do the same thing. Don’t you just love the way they lay with the back legs splayed out like frog legs?

    1. We call it the froggy position. Thank you, Cindy.

  21. Stella, you rule the roost. Way to go! But, you gotta know that dogs (oops, canines) like mungy grungy toys. Dawn, and be done. Please let John know. Then you can have all the best places in the house to nap.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jennie. They all told me.

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