The Summer Guest, or Do You Like Opera?

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I am very happy and very upset. We’re having a summer guest but I’m NOT allowed to come to the airport!

Supposedly they’re too many dogs during summer time, and I won’t be able to “handle myself” the way a well behaved Boxer girl should.

That’s very unfair! I know perfectly well how to behave! Not my fault if bad mannered dogs provoke me? Now I should pay the price?


This is Ann, she’s Veronica’s childhood friend. She’s an “Agent” whatever that is. I only know it involves Opera and Opera singers.

You know what an Opera lover Veronica is. She has travelled with Ann to many Opera houses to listen to her singers, London, New York… Me?


She even drags Dennis along. I say drag because I think she tricks him into going, poor Dennis. He’s more of a “Rock and Roll, Jazz” kind of guy.


I don’t really get this whole Opera thing? Unfortunately, I’m constantly submitted to the sound of it. What’s so great? It’s just a bunch of guys singing.

Apparently some Operas last for hours, like five hours!!! Can you believe that??? Who in their right mind can sit for that amount of time and just LISTEN??

They’re not even fun! It’s mostly dramas with unhappy love, jealousy, betrayal, and deaths of all sorts!

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The virus has even spread to Veronica’s children, mostly ZC and NC. Together they sit there and cry, yes you heard me: CRY!! P L E A S E! Can they get more pathetic?!


Enough with the Opera nonsense, let’s talk about what’s really important: ANN LOVES DOGS! Yes! She has a huge Poodle called Felix.

Veronica finds him gorgeous.


I most reluctantly have to agree, he’s kind of handsome. Apparently that’s not all, he’s obedient, friendly with other dogs, fun… in other words, perfect.


That’s what Veronica thinks, she likes him a lot. We haven’t been introduced since he lives in Sweden.

Come to think of it, I keep hearing about these Swedish “fun loving” dogs. Perhaps I need to travel there, and check it out for myself…

…or not…do I really want to meet all these goodie goodie dogs?


Ann has been a very sad lately, because of Rolex.

This is him, so cute. He lived with Ann for too short a time. A wonderful adorable pup, and Felix’s best friend. At only five months old he had to leave for Fairyland.


Not sure I understood why, only that there was a problem.

Ann was devastated and Felix very sad, he’d lost his best friend. Rolex is with Lego now, I know she’ll take good care of him, she’s the best surrogate Mom ever!

Although, they really need to reconsider this whole “no visit” policy. I miss my Lego.


Ann arrives from the airport and we start our greeting ceremony. I’ve known Ann since I was a tiny pup. She likes me very much. Well, what’s not to like?


I’m beside myself with joy. I haven’t seen her in a while and I simply adore her.


Ann and Veronica chill in the garden all afternoon. Boy can these two talk…pffff. It’s a non stop babble: Opera, dogs, family and so on…


All this bla bla gets a little boring and I decide to go for a diversion, that is I sigh, several times, loudly!


Ann, who’s a dog’s true friend, gets the hint. Yes that’s right, enough talking!


We play “Chase me around the garden you’ll never catch me or take my toy”! We had a ball!


She’s the best and doesn’t mind me hanging out around the table. (Unlike somebody else I will, out of courtesy, not name…)


She even shares her food. Absolutely right, I deserve a little treat. I’m such an amazing perfect Boxer girl! Just like her Felix. Yes It’s worth mentioning!


Ann’s an early bird and goes swimming first thing in the morning. Like most people here she tries to lure me in.

It’s amazing how each family member or guest feels the urge to trick me into the pool.

Everybody listen. Loud and clear: FELICIA DOES NOT SWIM!


Most unfortunately, I was in for a big shock: Ann’s leaving, already. She’s going with Veronica to the mountains for some stupid Music festival to listen to a Soprano.

An Opera, Electra, written by some guy called Strauss. Who does he think he is, this Richard Strauss character? It’s all his fault they’re abandoning me!

What’s wrong with them? Electra can surely not be as cool as playing with a Boxer! And not any Boxer: ME!


They might have abandoned.. but at the end of the day…

…I don’t care about stupid Opera, Electra or any Soprano, I’m on the Bed watching movies with Dennis!


Thank you Ann for sharing your wonderful Opera world with me.

Want to know more about Ann and her singers? Trust me, they’re great:

48 Hours With Little E

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Little E was here, yeah that’s her standing on the chair. She came for a short visit in the beginning of the summer. Supposedly to meet Baby L. I don’t believe a word of it, she came to see me!

Of course she did!


She loves me, and we have a special bond.

I really hope in time, Baby L will take a leaf out of her book. Right now she’s just lying around and still everything is about her, unbelievable.

I’m telling you, that baby’s getting way too much attention.


Anyway, let’s not get off track here, this is about ME and Little E!

We have our routine. First the “Catching up candy time”, she loves to give me all sorts of yummy treats.


I follow her around, I know wherever she is there’s bound to be some fun activities or goodies


She always shares her food. That is to say, she gives me all the stuff she doesn’t like…when nobody’s watching.

We make a great team!


She takes over the feeding moments, she’s a pro. I wait until she’s tells me “Varsågod” (Ok) to eat.

I know the rules…anyhow, Little E sure does!


We have our special games: the ” hide the toys” game, all over the house.


The “Race with the tractor” game. Every now and then she throws treats for me to catch. Love it.

She sure knows her way into a little Boxer girls heart.


The “catch the bubbles game”. I’m a true master here.


Then Baby L arrives and suddenly it’s all about her…typical!


Well to be fair it’s mostly DO and LS, Little E’s parents that are totally besotted by Baby L. They’re just like Veronica, “Ohhh so cute…adorable” etc etc they go on and on…

Yeah, yeah, that’s getting kind of old now!

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Indya’s of course there. She butts in to sit close to Little E…

I’m a kind of jealous here! Who’s does she think she is? Queen of everything? This is MY house. I should be the one sitting there! I’m the Queen!

I know being jealous is not nice…no need to point it out.


To make sure everybody’s attention is focused on her, Baby L falls asleep right on the middle of the table!!!

Can you believe that?  She has all this fancy equipment, a bed, a huge stroller, a crib, no, it has to be on the table! Unbelievable! The nerve of her!

Ok, I know, technically she did not do this on purpose but still, kind of suspicious…


Now that Indya’s here we’re not allowed out to play with Little E…apparently two Boxers can be overwhelming.

Ridiculous! We’re very civilised, Boxers are extremely calm dogs, everyone knows that!


Having Little E in the house is always very entertaining, she’s what one would call, “strong minded”. She throws tantrums every now and then, when things don’t go her way.

Then she sulks for a very long time.


Veronica, who’s a softy, feels sorry for her. She made EC go up to the attic to take out loads of old toys.

As by magic, Little E’s mood changes in a second she’s all happy and smiles again.

I have to agree with Veronica on this one. Yes, I’m a tender-hearted Boxer girl. Bet you didn’t know that! You must agree? Isn’t she adorable sitting there? She looks like a little angel.


An adorable little girl came over to play. Interesting, I wonder how that’s gonna work out…Little E has been known to have certain difficulties with the notion of sharing.

I feel for her, I know how hard this whole sharing business can be.

Amazingly enough, they play for hours with all the toys. Peacefully and friendly having the best time.


“Best time”…for them, us, sweet Boxer girls we’re kept apart…again…

The “Two Boxers Rule” is seriously starting to annoy me!


Without any warning the fun ended! Little E had to go home. Short visits shouldn’t be allowed.


We spent a long time saying our good byes, cuddling and I got some more candy, of course.

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She’s gone! Suddenly the house feels very empty, I nearly lost my appetite. I hope she’ll be back soon.

Miss you Little E