Thursday – A little Personal – Daylight Savings Time


“Hey, Boss.”

“Well, hello Lucy. You look like you have a problem.”

“Well, I certainly do. What time is it anyway?”

“It is ten minutes after four.”

“You aren’t serious? It has to be after five. My stomach is telling me it’s after five.”


“OMG. Best tell her about Daylight Savings Time, John.”

“Thanks, Stella. I think you’re right. ”

“Okay, Boss, so you and Stella have some kind of secret. How about letting me in on it?”

“We changed our clocks so that we will save daylight in the winter. Todays four o’clock was yesterday’s five o’clock.”

“Wait. I didn’t change my stomach. I’m hungry now.”


“I think you are in trouble now, John.”

“Thank you, Stella. I can handle this. Do you understand, Bailey?”


“Sure do, Pops. You humans can’t see well in the dark so you alter every nonhuman’s dinner time so that you won’t hit anything when you go outside at night. I’m so weak I don’t think I’m going to make it.”

“You’ll be fine, Bailey. I have to say your explanation makes some kind of warped sense. You understand now Lucy?”


“Yeah. I think it means I got to gut it out for forty-five minutes till dinner time”

“I knew you would get there , John. Nice job.”



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    I think I must be half-canine because I am always confused with daylight savings time. Then again, maybe being half-retired leads to confusion. 🙂 Great photos, John. Your little ladies have amazing camera presence, absolutely captivating.

    1. Thank you for the lovely words, Gwen. I am lucky to have them with me. 😀

  2. I’m fully on-board with Lucy and Bailey on this one. I don’t know why we can’t stop messing with time. Standard Time is fine with me. Let it get light when the sun rises. Lucy is just too cute for words.

    1. Thank you, Dan. Lucy always makes me laugh. 🙂

      1. Such a sweet face

  3. You did a great job here, John. Couldn’t help but chuckle at each photo and caption!

    1. Thank you, GP. I always like to hear reports on chuckles. 😀

  4. I’m with Bailey and Lucy. Always throws off the system for a week or so. Have to admit that I went looking for the post you were working on in the top pic. Didn’t have any luck. 😛

    1. I cheated a little. It was the Stream of Consciousness Saturday post of the 4th.

      1. I see. We’ll call it preparing things in advance. With animals, you never know when they’ll behave for the camera, so take the shots when you can.

      2. So true. The story formed up when Lucy was asking for food.

      3. We should cancel DST for the animals. They didn’t sign up for this confusion.

      4. I agree. They still get up too early.

  5. Loved this, John. The first shot of Lucy is classic. 🙂

    1. Pretty grumpy I would say. Thanks, Jill

  6. Thanks for making me smile. This is the best one yet!

    1. I’m glad you liked it, Lynne. Thanks for letting me know. 😀

  7. Loved this! I agree with Bailey and Lucy. Let’s stop messing with time.

    1. I’m with you three. Thanks, Michelle.

  8. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    We went through this last week in UK – it makes transatlantic time zones go completely goofy as they ‘spring forward & fall back’ on different dates! Those time changes are never worth the extra hour in bed though… Last Sunday seemed so looooooooooong!

    1. I know right. Who can lay around for an extra hour. Certainly not the pups. Thank you for the reblog. ;-D

  9. What a clever take on pets and daylight savings time. I just went through the same thing with my cat, Raven. She has since adjusted to the new feeding schedule, but it was a challenge for the first few days.
    That last shot of Lucy says it all if you’re a pet 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mae. She tends to be resigned to whatever is being decided. Not without her expression of silent protest though. 😀

  10. Awww, poor Lucy was hungry. I relate. It’s the same with children. They don’t understand why they don’t get to play outside anymore before dinner because it’s dark already. So, their solution was to bring the tricycle and bicycle into the house. 🙂

    1. Good solution for sure. (You could always wait the baseboards, right?) 😀

  11. My pets were always the same way. I got Otto’s head across my forehead about half an hour before the alarm was supposed to wake me up.

    1. Ha ha ha. I can just hear you saying “Hold it for a half hour, Otto.”

      1. You could be rewarded with a wet forehead.

      2. Not a pleasant idea regardless of which end it comes from.

  12. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell and his furry kids give us a hilarious new spin on the hardships of switching between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time!

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  13. Oh, my gosh. This is hilarious. Their expressions are perfect for their conversation.

    Doesn’t hurt that my dogs are looking at me the same way…

    1. I’m sure they wonder what is going on. Thanks, Staci.

  14. Our poor pets must be so confused by our dumb practices! Who determined Daylight Saving Time was a good idea anyway?

    1. No one will step up and take credit. Thanks, Debbie.

  15. Always a treat, John! Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you for letting me know, Natalie.

  16. Regarding Daylight Savings Time? Tell Lucy: my sentiments exactly. (Wonderful photos of the gang!)

    1. Thank you, JoAnn. 😀

  17. Those expressions – so perfect! My cat was confused also – but he wants to eat 24/7 anyway.

    1. Ha ha ha. Stella does every five hours in the daytime.

  18. This is so cute John! Hope Bailey made it to dinnertime!

    1. She did make it. She looked like she was on her last fume.

  19. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    The expressions that you captured certainly fits:) I have to admit, my stomach doesn’t understand time change either!

    1. Mine either.Of course I can look at the clock and tell myself to suck it up. 😀

  20. Those expressions are priceless.

    1. Thank you, Luanne.

  21. LOL. Oh the drama! 😀 Based on Lucy’s wonderful expressions, I think I know which of the three is the drama queen. Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs.

    1. You have her pegged exactly right, Teagan. Hugs.

    1. I love he word pitiful. That’s the pose they strike. Reality is so different. Spoiled would be the word here.

  22. Oh yeah! Tink reminds me every night when it is “greenie time” — he gets one a day to help keep his teeth and gums healthy, shortly before bedtime.) He loves them. Since Sunday he has been reminding me one hour earlier!

    Altho’ I posted my latest funnies about DST hoping to lighten my own mood about the hassle of changing each of my many clocks (no internal sense of time so I have them practically everywhere), DST is really crazier than it is funny!

    What will it take to stop this nonsense?
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    1. There doesn’t seem to be a way to stop the nonsense. It’s like atom bombs. When asked why we need them the answer is always because we need them. Why DST? To save daylight of course. Thanks, Madelyn.

      1. Ah yes – man’s obsession with manipulating time and its ravages — as if changing what time it gets dark or light does anything but confuse the hell out of most of us. ::sigh::

      2. I can’t even believe the farmers like it. To have a couple of hundred cows off schedule can’t be pleasant.

      3. I never thought about that, John. I wonder if the exposure to light regulates those cows somehow, since I’ve never read similar complaints from farmers.

      4. Big unknown for me.

      5. Me too – and I wonder if the chronobiologists are studying it.

      6. If so they should get busy on findings.

      7. The 3 most important features of findings: funding, funding, funding.

      8. Funny, yes, but also a very sad reality (especially with the Orange House).

  23. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    For those of you who in the US have just moved your clocks back, spare a thought for our four-legged family whose body clocks do not move in sync. John Howell’s tribe are a good example. I always took Sam a good week to get into the swing of getting his dinner an hour later… only he was less polite about it than Lucy and Bailey.. As for Stella, she is just a know it all….

    1. Than you for the lovely mention, Sally.

  24. Loved this John and thanks to Sally for sharing. Fabulous…. x

    1. Thank you, Jane. Glad you could visit. Here have a cookie. I have espresso too if you would like. 😀

      1. Marvellous, and we can have a natter? 🙂

      2. Of course, you can. Anytime.

  25. An adorable post. Reminds us that we humans are not the only ones who hate the time change, and need to adjust. On average, they say it takes 10 days…so, good luck !!

    1. They seem to be doing better. Lucy still starts her request demonstration at 4:30. I’m sure she thinks I forgot. Thanks, Van.

  26. That a way, Stella! …. keep those 3 straight!

    1. She does. Bless her heart.

  27. Leave it to the common sense of cats and dogs. We could all use it, especially when changing the time. Great post, John.

  28. I don’t think we need to change the clocks in this southern latitude. It’s always depressing when I go up north this time of year and it gets dark at 4PM. We don’t have that issue here.

    1. True enough. Let let the Yankees change everything all they want.

  29. I think an early dinner is in order here, John. Or perhaps a lite snack. I eman, look at those faces…..😕

    1. I know right? Thanks, Cheryl.

  30. I mean, I mean..

    1. I knew what you meant. 😀

%d bloggers like this: