Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy and Bailey Get Motivated

Lucy and Bailey

“Hey, Lucy. The sun is out.”

“Wa—huh. Oh, it’s you, Boss.”

“Come on let’s go outside.”

“Aw Boss. You know I’m still recovering from that teeth extravaganza.”

“How about you Bailey?”

“How about you Bailey what Pops?”

“Outside. You and me. Toss around the old tennis ball.”

“Mmm. Sounds delightful but I’ll pass.”

“Here. Take this toy. We’ll play fetch.”

“Gee Pops. Ever hear of siesta.”

“Sure, but you know I have a post tomorrow and I thought we could get some photos of a man and his dogs having a great time.”

“Hey, Lucy. You hear Pops. You in?”

“Oh yeah. I have the toy which you tucked under my paw. Now if I could only get up and take it to you, Boss.”

“Okay, you two. I can see we are going to have to spin this story in a different direction.”

“What are you doing, Pops?

“Bringing out the props.”

“There Bailey. You are now reading a magazine.”

“Pops I don’t read.”

“Doesn’t make any difference. This is fiction for heaven’s sake. Now you look at the magazine and I’ll create the storyline that you would rather read than go outside.”

“No one is going to buy that one, Pops.”

“Okay then. Here is Lucy reading all about celebrity pets.”

“Celebrity Pets? What kind of hogwash is that, Boss?”

“Oh come on. You can pretend to enjoy books on pets. In my story, you are going to ask how come you can’t have a pet?”

“A pet? I don’t want a pet unless it is stuffed with peanut butter.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Okay, Boss. We get it. Outside it is. This is more like it huh, Bailey?”


“You can say that again, Lucy. I have to wonder why we fight this?”

“Maybe cause it is the Boss’ idea.”

“Good point.”




  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Two of my favourite people.. well three really.. Lucy and Bailey giving their human John Howell a run for his money.. happens every week and you would think that he would learn by now….

    1. Thank you, Sally. 😀

  2. Brilliant. My dogs are opposite to Lucy and Bailey. It is difficult to get them to stop playing and come inside!

    1. I have to admire your dogs. Sometimes these guys are just lazy.

      1. My cat, Betty, is very lazy. Her favourite occupations are eating and sleeping!

      2. Our cats were like that. They lived a long and happy life.

  3. Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    You just have to love this 💜

    1. Thank you for the lovely reblog , Willow. 🙂

      1. It’s a pleasure John 😉

  4. After having oral surgery on Monday, I can relate to Lucy preferring to wallow on the couch. LOL! The photo of Bailey is priceless. Thanks for the smiles, John!

    1. Ooooh. I hope you are feeling better, Jill. Never fun. Hugs.

  5. I have to cringe – it sorta sounds like me as a kid!! 🙂

    1. Sounds like all of us, GP. Parents were always on a different plain when it came to playing outside. Remember being called in just when the game was getting good? Or being told to go out when the comic book story was about to take a twist? Age old conflict.

  6. “Cause it’s the Boss’s idea.” What a perfect line. Then there’s the toy stuffed with peanut butter. I love how Bailey and Lucy think! Great post, John.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jennie. 😀

      1. You’re welcome, John. 😀

  7. Gotta say, they ARE pretty agreeable to your terms. They were willing to take on roles they weren’t altogether comfortable with for the director’s sake. They respected your vision that much..

    Not to mention, they’re so darned cute!

    1. They usually do as I ask. Yesterday was a day they just wanted to be left alone. They love to lay in the sun. Chasing balls? Not so much.

      1. I can’t blame them for their love of laying in the sun. I mean . . I wouldn’t want my mellow harshed either with chasing balls . . .:)

      2. It does seem pretty disruptive when you think about it. “Here boss. You can have your ball back. What the–Why are you throwing it away again?”

      3. It’s a good thing they know how much you love them.

      4. Ha ha ha. So true.

  8. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    Lucy and Bailey are independent-minded furry kids in this delightful episode brought to us by author John W. Howell. Please enjoy and share.

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  9. ahaahha Great pictures!

    1. Thank you, Pam. 😀

  10. Those are great photos for “get caught reading” – Lucy seems like she’d much rather continue her nap. Maybe you’re not paying them enough, John.

    I love it when they just don’t want to play. I’ll toss a toy to Maddie, she catches it, drops it and gives me that look.

    1. The look is everything. “later.” Thanks, Dan

    2. Yes indeed. I’ll have to remember this for May. (Crystal would say that isn’t too likely these days.) That pic of Bailey reading is perfection, John.

      1. Thanks, teagan. Hope it brought a smile.

  11. It really is hard to gather the energy to go outside. 🙂

    1. Ha haha. Especially when you work as hard as these two. Thanks, Charles.

  12. Love the pic of Bailey reading! The glasses suit her.

    1. She is a card. Right after the photo she swiped them off and onto the floor.

  13. Oh, my gosh! The spectacles are hilarious! Another great post from you and the girls.

    1. Thank you, Staci. As you can see they weren’t buying my plot. 😀

      1. Sometimes family sabotages our efforts more than external critics. You made it work, John. 🙂

      2. Yes they do at times. Thats, Staci.

  14. Simply DELIGHTFUL! ♥

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray

  15. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a fun story. I loved it. 😀 The photo of Bailey wearing “her” glasses is a classic, as in it belongs on the cover of BARK. Have a good one, John.

    1. The cover of BARK. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Gwen.

  16. This is priceless, one of my all time favorites! I love their little toy bones and Bailey reading was hysterical. What a fun ending, outside frolicking in the sun. Thanks for the huge smile to start my day.

    1. I’m glad I could give you a smile, Mae. 🙂

  17. Mine have similar focus. When they play you about can’t stop them. When they nap you can’t raise them. Cute images today.

  18. These two are so expressive. It’s like you can read their faces. Great segment! Now, to get myself motivated. Fetch? Nah….I think I’ll cruise through some more blogs. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jan

  19. Funny how they resist going outside and then they’re all about rolling in the grass! Lol … your pups are so cute!

    1. Thank you, Marie.:-D

  20. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Poster pups, Lucy and Bailey take a reluctant photo-call in the fresh air… 😀 Hilarious! 😛

    1. Thank you for the share, Jan

  21. Bailey and Lucy are just like small children, John.

    1. They are very much like small children. Thanks, Robbie.

  22. This is adorable, John. Lol. I’m especially fond of the glasses on Bailey. Too funny.

    1. Thank you so much, Diana. She was not too fond of them.

  23. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I’m glad they got a little reading in before enjoying the sun…lol. This is all too familiar:)

    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Denise.

  24. They could have a career in acting, John 🙂
    Not sure I could get my big dufus to wear glasses, cute!

    1. The glasses only stayed for a few seconds. I was lucky to get the shot.

  25. Silly puppies! Do they do that rolling thing only when it’s nice outside? Dallas loves to do something like that in the snow. Sadly, all we’ve had of late is rain.

    1. Yup. Just in the sun.

  26. Oh, those furry kids! 🙂 xo

  27. Loved the pose with the glasses, lol. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Debby. She hates them

      1. Don’t blame her! 🙂

  28. Lucy and Bailey – in any sate – rock hard.

    1. Thanks, Hook. 😀

  29. This is great, John! I love your humor, and the props photo with glasses and magazine is adorable! Glad they finally went outside and realized that it’s the best decision!

  30. Good one, John! Your dogs are perfect characters for dialogue. It’s their look that says it all! You’re got it down pat! 🐶 Christine

    1. Thank you, Christine. 😀

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