Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy Has a Question

“Hey, Boss.”

“Hi, Lucy. When you stand there like that, I know there is something on your mind.”

“How do you know I do not just adore you.”

“Um. I would say I just know. So what is the question.”

“Okay, then you caught me. I was wondering if that is Santa on the roof?”

“Santa? What makes you think Santa is on the roof?”

“Tell him, Bailey.”

“Well pops. We hear the pitter patter of pretty heavy deer up there.”

“I’m always amazed how you wake up from a sound sleep and seem to know what’s going on, Bailey.”

“Boss. Come over here and take a look.”

“Lucy. I don’t have to take a look.”

“Lucy’s not kidding, pops. You should see this.”

“Can’t you just tell me?”

“It looks like a bunch of elves delivering long pieces of metal.”

“That’s because they are the roofers, you two. Remember, the hurricane damaged our roof? These guys are fixing it.”

“But so much stuff, Boss. You should see it all.”

“I know, Lucy. They are replacing the whole roof, so there is a lot of stuff to put up there.”

“Can Bailey and I bark at them?”

“That would be a no. Lucy.”

“Beg for treats?”





  1. I think my Trevor’s reaction would have been considerably less sanguine, John. He’s never yet asked for permission to bark, he even runs out of the door barking in case there’s something there that needs his intervention (generally, there isn’t).

    1. Bailey has the same tendency. She saw a jack rabbit one morning and still thinks it might be there. Thanks, Keith.

      1. I daren’t tell you how many years ago it was that Trevor found a mouse in our basement. He still barks like mad if either of us goes near the door, then rushes down and sniffs around the area where he found it. So does Eos now, and the incident predates her arrival by about three years!

  2. Aww… I just love Lucy’s face!❤️

    1. Thanks, Jill. Me too. 😀

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Your pups’ expressions are always so endearing. Congrats on finally getting your roof replaced; four months is a long time to wait. Looks like something drinkable under the tree, maybe a celebration when the roofers leave. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Just could be. Thanks, Gwen. 😀

  4. Love those girls!

    1. Thank you, Pam. 😀

  5. This reminds me of when our roof was fixed a few years back and my son kept wondering what was going on. He’d stare out the window too. Kids and dogs seem to have a lot in common.

    1. I think their level of curiosity is pretty close. Thanks, Charles.

      1. And both groups seem to get into trouble with toilets and vacuums.

  6. I actually laughed out loud at this one. Loved the connection between Santa and the roofers.

    1. Thanks Craig. Metal roofs take a lot of pounding.

  7. Wow… the whole roof. Ouch. And I shudder to think about the noise, so I don’t blame you for not wanting to add barking to it. But no begging for treats? Have a heart John. 😉 Although I wouldn’t want a roofer to fall from a ladder tossing treats to the dogs… Have a thriving Thursday!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. These guys are on a very restricted no grain diet. I could just see them hitting up a worker for a piece of sandwich. Driving Thursday to you as well. 🙂

  8. This whole thing is precious, but I really love the ending.

    I hope the repairs go smoothly and are done quickly. We had to have a new roof put on a few years ago after a terrible storm (I think everyone in our subdivision needed new roofs). The noise is a headache, and it does break the dogs’ routine quite a bit. Wishing you a great day!

    1. Thank you, Staci. Yes, they were on watch the whole time. 😀

  9. So okay…. even though it is just roofers, do they still get presents?

    You know…. those little meaty treats would be nice.

  10. This is priceless! Hope the repairs go smoothly and things can get back to a normal calm for Lucy and Bailey.

  11. You just ruin all their fun. Glad you’re finally getting repairs!

  12. So cute! Hope the repairs go smoothly. Cheers! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie. 🙂

  13. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell’s furry kids, Lucy and Bailey give us a delightful and unique perspective on home repairs. Please enjoy….

  14. This is so cute! I especially loved Lucy asking “How do you know I do not just adore you?”

    I’m glad the repairs are finally under way and hope all goes smoothly. It sounds like Lucy and Bailey will have a lot of watching to keep them entertained.

    1. They were over the top in watchdogness. Thanks, Mae.

  15. John, your two are as shameless as my Dallas! He’d beg for anybody — pretty embarrassing to take him into the Home Depot or Petsmart, ha! Glad the roofers have arrived, just in time for the holidays. Hope they’ll finish before Santa comes.

    1. They finished yesterday. Thanks, Debbie.

  16. Tis the season for Santa after all! It is no wonder Lucy was confused!

    1. So true, Lynn. Thanks.

  17. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Some things are more important this time of year – like making sure that Santa has something strong to land on next week! Lucy and Bailey the Mustang Island boxers are wondering what the roofing elves are up to! 😀

    1. Thank you, Jan. I loved your intro.

  18. Love this, John! Very clever dialogue! You have very smart, polite dogs! Sammy, my guard dog just barks at the slightest noise. There’s no asking permission! 😉 Christine

    1. I wish it was true in real life. Lucy is quiet. Bailey sounds like Igor’s baying hound.

  19. Lol, I like the last one, “Beg for treats?” that would be my dog!
    Glad you’re roof is getting repaired, they came through fairly quick!

    1. They did. They were here two weeks ago and tore the old one off. Then back to put the new one on.

  20. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Glad to hear your roof is getting fixed! I can understand the confusion thinking it was Santa and his elves…they will be there soon enough:)

    1. These guys sounded like two ton Santas.

  21. Lucy is kind not to bark. I would have to bring Maddie to stay with you if we had roofers. She barks at me when I work outside.

    I’m glad to see your roof is being fixed, John Step by step, you guys are putting Harvey behind you. Tell Lucy you’ll make sure the guys don’t cover the chimney.

    1. We have a really nice roof too.

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  23. With all the noise that roofers make I am not surprised that the girls were on alert. I hope they are done before the rains start.

    1. Yes. They have finished.

  24. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANT! A great Christmas present, John. Thanks! ♥♥ Hugs to Bailey and Lucy! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. Merry Christmas to you.

  25. Aw gee, Scrooge, let them beg for treats at least!!

    1. Nope. You should see what these workers eat.

  26. Ha, ha! How cute! Lucy’s face is priceless.

    1. Thank you, Vashti.

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

  27. LOL! Diva Dog is the same, but when allowed to meet anyone who comes to the door they’re like instant best friend! She’s like me…a stranger is a friend she hasn’t met yet. Whadda think? I raised her well? Yeah, I think so too. “)

    1. I think so. Friendly is good. Bailey is reserved but Lucy falls over herself making visitors feel welcome. We always wonder what she would do with an intruder.

  28. I love these two. Good thing they’re in the Christmas spirit. 🙂🎄

    1. Yes. They are waiting for their toy and treat presents. 😀

  29. Awww! Come on John, a little bit of begging never did any dog any harm.

    1. Except when you see the hot sauce on the tacos.

    1. Thank you, Kim. We all enjoy doing them too. 🙂

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