The intelligent dogs’ guide to New Year’s Eve parties!

It’s New Year’s Eve. All over the world people are planning to spend a night watching TV, darn a few socks and maybe get an early night.

Well maybe a few people in Greenland are planning that, the rest of the human race is planning to have a party and the purpose of this blog post is to help us dogs enjoy the party.

Good boy!

Try and find out early whether your people are having their party in your house or going out to celebrate the New Year. If the plan is to have a party in your house then be a very well behaved dog for at least all of New Year’s Eve. If something happened on the 30th and you were told you were in trouble for a very long time do not worry. Humans have short memories and are always optimistic that a couple of good hours are an indicator of a brighter future. If the party is being held elsewhere you can do what you like as you will be locked inside when they are enjoying themselves.

Inter-species French kissing is not something which all humans appreciate!

They seem to want you to kiss them but when you try and find that morsel of a snack hidden at the back of their teeth they are very likely to scream. They will usually say something about it being disgusting and “you wouldn’t know where that dog puts its mouth”. The problem may in fact be that they do know. Anyway a polite lick is as far as you should go unless you want to spend the party in the back yard. This is particularly important advice for puppies.

Noise Annoys!

It is obvious that dogs who have found themselves “invited” to a New Year’s Eve party could find themselves quickly uninvited if they start barking or attract too much attention. However, there is another problem with New Year’s Eve and that is fireworks. I think no dog has ever figured out why humans like these incredibly noisy horrible things. Even if a New Year’s Eve party only extends to three people, a stick of celery and a glass of water there will be fireworks. Wear ear muffs and stay indoors when the people are going “Whoosh” and “Gosh” in the garden.

Beware of dancing humans!

Dogs just lie on the floor, legs upwards and sort of the scratch their back in what used to be called a groovy fashion. Pretty simple.

Humans are different. They make things complicated. They insist on dancing to music and try to look good while dancing. It is also unbelievable how much amnesia helps human dance. The last time some of them danced would have been at a Christmas party. A week ago. Despite the fact they should remember how this went, they will get up again at the New Year’s Eve party.

Dogs, be warned.

When the opportunities arises eat, drink and be merry!

The one positive things about humans dancing is that if they all get up there could be an excellent opportunity to check the food possibilities. At some stage you will probably be caught devouring someone’s sandwiches but if you make sure you are not caught until late in the evening and not caught by one of your humans then you will probably get away with it.

Happy New Year!

Our Cat

Our cat was in a bad mood. She is often in a bad mood. I guess this is one of the differences between dogs and cats. They go in for that moody stuff. We don’t. Today she was in a very bad mood. Usually Bonnie my Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi sister can get her out of the bad mood. Bonnie really loves the cat and likes nothing more than having a good wrestle with her. Bonnie tried to get her to cheer by sneaking up behind her and jumping on her. The cat just went and hid. Usually a move like that will have an appropriate response from the cat. The cat is very expert at using both her paws to pinch Bonnie’s bottom.

So we asked her what was up. She said, ‘Rusty what’s all this blog stuff?’ ‘You mention all sort of things but leave out your family. I have seen blogs on Easter eggs, how to select a human, how to house train your human but nothing on your family. Not one single blog is on Bonnie or the beautiful Sasza.’

As you can see the beautiful Sasza got her way. This blog is about her.

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As you can see from the photo she is a Pembrokeshire cat with an orange coat rather than a cardigan one like me. She is older than Bonnie or I. She has lived with Corgis all her life.

One of Sasza favourite hobbies is going for walks with us. This can be a bit embarrassing. We are walking down the street on our walk. As we pass each house the dog barks at us and we answer each bark with a tough no nonsense reply. Next thing, everyone hears the sweet little pussy cat shouting her little meows at us. This really cracks other dogs up. We might then chase her and she runs up a tree. Our pride slightly restored, we continue on our walk. Next thing she is behind us again and meowing so that every animal can hear. Bonnie loves this and can’t get enough of the cat. I would prefer a bit more respect from cats, particularly our cat.