Thursday – A Little Personal – Housebound

“Hey, Lucy. Do you want to come up here on the couch you look a little down.”

“To tell you the truth, I wish there was something to play with.”

“I know it is boring when you can’t go outside.”

“Yeah, why can’t we go out?

“For heaven’s sake, Lucy. Can you take a look at the thermometer? It is 30 degrees F out there.”

“Whats that in centigrade?

“You tire me out, Lucy. You really do. We can’t go out there even in our blankets.”

“Why’s that?”

“Pops says the wind chill is too much for his old bones. Look at him. He looks zonked.”

“I heard that. I’m not zonked. Just resting my eyes. Mom is going to take care of you two.”

“What is that, Mom? Looks like a hedgehog.”

“These are pigs you two. Now go and have fun.”

“Hold on Mom. Not sure about this.”

“Okay, I’ll set it on the poof. You take your time.

“Hey, Bailey. Come sniff this thing.”

“Hmm. I don’t know about this funny looking thing. Look at the color.”

“Also check out those beady eyes. The thing gives me the creeps”

“Well, Bailey, there is only one thing to do.”

“What is that, Lucy?”

“Pounce, grab, shake, and kill it”

“Boy, you are an animal for sure.”



Lucy and Bailey

“There, there, little piggy. I’ll protect you from the big bad Great White Shark. Can you oink for me?”


  1. Delightful, John. Love the photos too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Cynthia. Always a treat to get a comment like yours. πŸ™‚

      1. You are welcome, John.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Another great photo story, John. With temps in the single digits in the Midwest, it’s difficult to get enthused about anything – so I identify with Lucy and Bailey. Mom’s piggy gifts were a perfect distraction. πŸ™‚ Stay warm!

    1. Thank you, Gwen. I think you need to stay warmer in a single digit environment.

  3. Boxers play with such gusto!

    1. They do for sure. Thanks, Pam.

  4. Always tough to keep the kids and animals entertained during the cold.

    1. So true. Of course with animals you only need to occupy them for about six minutes. Then it’s nap time. Kids not so much. πŸ˜€

      1. Ah, nap time. What we all should aspire to.

  5. I just love these girls. They always put a smile on my face.

    1. I’m glad Staci. They are pretty funny.

      1. That they are. But I think their Papa might have something to do with it, too.

      2. Well………..:-D

  6. So cute. Otto had one of those pigs at one time. We had to get rid of his latex toys because he developed an allergy.

    1. We only bring these out in an emergency. Lucy gets obsessive compulsive and we have to take it away after ten minutes or so. Thanks, Craig.

      1. I’ve seen that happen before. Emergency pigs sounds like a great story title.

      2. Emergency Pigs from the Sky.

      3. Damn. I thought you were going to write it.

  7. Aw…I loved this, John! I hope your temperatures warm up so you can all get outside to play. Nice slippers! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. These are my UGG slippers. Very much needed. πŸ˜€

      1. They look comfy! πŸ™‚

      2. So comfy. Can only wear them for maybe five days out of the year.

  8. These piggies are hilarious and that not even counting the dogs’ expressions. Great one, John. Stay warm!

    1. Thanks, Jan. You need to stay warm as well. πŸ˜€

  9. I love reading about these two and their escapades. But let them know that Maddie says she hopes it *warms up* to 30 today. Her first walk outside was when it was 8Β°f and, just for Lucy, that’s -13.3Β°c


    1. I would have to get treadmills for these two at that temperature. Thanks, Dan.

  10. Now, here’s one advantage dogs have over cats. A couple of dogs begging to go out, or playing with a toy, provide much more diversion than a cat who’s power-napping.

    1. A power nap with a head upside down is not much entertainment for sure, Linda. Thanks. πŸ˜€

  11. John, I have purchased several of these pigs for my granddogs. They make the funniest sound when they squeak!

    1. They do Lynn. Makes us laugh.

  12. Constant entertainment! Thanks, John! πŸ™‚

    1. I’m glad you liked it, Natalie. πŸ™‚

  13. Aw how cute. Ha I like your end statement β€˜can you oink for me’

    1. Ha ha ha. Like the pig is really protected. Thanks.

  14. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell gifts us with another delightful episode with his furry kids, Lucy and Bailey. Please share…

    1. Thank you , John.

      1. You’re most welcome, good sir.

  15. Aww, I love their little toys. Indoor play is much better when the temps are bitter cold. Your girls are charmers, John!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Have a great weekend.

  16. Ugh! 😦 My fuel tank emptied itself without telling anyone, so I’m reading this with a scarf and fingerless gloves. completely empathise with staying in the warm and just messing with fun piggies! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh no. I hope you got a refill before long. Stay warm, Jan

      1. Have a handy plugin heater so not shivering – got to get the plumber out to sort the radiators that’ve got knocked out now! πŸ˜‰

  17. They look so sad about not going outside – but new toys always give a different perspective.

    1. They can conger a sad look faster than Charlie Chaplin.

  18. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Brought a smile seeing them take care of those colorful pigs:) Great pics and stay warm!

    1. They love them. We are trying to stay warm. Thank you, Denise.

  19. Music and soup always works for me on a cold day, but I can see where these two might scoff at such a thing, lol.

    1. They love soup and music. More of the former though. πŸ˜€

      1. Soup or soup bones? πŸ™‚

      2. They don’t get either but they would devour both.

  20. John, you managed to make me smile even after the day I’ve had. I’m so glad I stopped to look at this before I head home. Now to take care of Excedrin headache number 47,813… Hugs

    1. Ha haha. Glad to help. Now go home and forget,

  21. At least Bailey is in tune with the rest of the world. Meanwhile, I stay in as well … especially to play with toys.

  22. Bet that was a fun few minutes…giggle.

  23. “The Pooches and their Pigs” sounds like an interesting title for a new book. A children’s story. Only, I don’t think to be kind to those who might be different from you could be the theme. Ha!

    1. Go write it, Susan. Sounds like a good one.

  24. Hard tending the girls when it’s freezing outside. Looks like you found a good way to keep them entertained!

    1. That and the couch. They are happy.

  25. Lucy and Bailey are adorable. And I think you summed up their thoughts pretty accurately. Of course, their faces were dead giveaways πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you, Tina.

      1. πŸ™‚ ❀

  26. Sounds like Lucy and Bailey had a lot of fun with those piggies, John. Great idea.

    1. They do like them. We have to take them away after a few minutes cause Lucy gets worked up. I think her prey drive is higher than Baileys.

  27. Pigs to the rescue. I love these posts, John.

    1. Thank you, Jennie. They are fun to do. These two really have me laughing at times.

  28. It sounds like Lucy and Bailey had fun with those pigs. πŸ™‚

    1. They did for sure. Only a few minutes though. Thanks, Michelle.

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