Category Archives: LIVING WITH MLLE. RENEE

Living and loving a four-footed friend and companion.

Mlle. Renee Takes Me For A Walk

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THE CALL OF THE WILD!

Every afternoon Renee will walk into the living room and walk over to the rocking chair where her walking leach hangs. She will hit it several times with her nose to let me know it is time for our almost daily constitutional. (She doesn’t go out on rainy days. Smart dog, she hates getting her feet wet.) Some days I pick the route, other days I let her lead the way.DSC00712

She has her own favorite treks around the neighborhood.DSC00715

And most of them involve utility poles where she can check if anyone new has visited her stomping grounds. Recently, she discovered grasshoppers who seem to always hop into her path.DSC00707

Usually, they will hop away as soon as she sees them. Unfortunately, the other day a three-incher landed in front of her and failed to hop away. Naturally, being the great hunting hound, she caught him in her snicker-snacking teeth. One bite, and she spit him back out. Lesson learned, grasshoppers taste bad,

and she is not inclined to add them to her regular menu. And with that, she lead me back home where she could wash her mouth out with cool, clean water.

DSC00713She also knows there is a jar of little bitty-bones on the kitchen counter waiting for her return.

WHO TURNED OFF THE HEAT IN HERE!

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Over the weekend the outside overnight temps dropped into the forties. Since inside heating/cooling system was still on the summer setting, Renee and I woke up to a house with a temp in low sixties. Instead of coming into my room and jumping up on my bed as usual, Renee snuggled deep into her pillows and warm blanket on the sofa in the living room. When I got up, I added her winter sweater and she spent the rest of the morning snoozing in warmth until the furnace started sending up heat.

RAINY DAYS AND RENEE

Rainy Days And Renee

Enough said!

MASTERING THE ART OF SLEEPING

I am totally convinced that dogs are the only creatures who have mastered the art of sleeping. As proof, I offer this photographic evidence of Mlle. Renee captured in my ongoing scientific canine sleep study. Today, she decided to doze next to my chair in my office as I worked on the computer.Today

Yesterday, she opted for a spot on my bed where she could catch the cool air from the floor vent in front of her.DSC00216

(I wasn’t sleeping, I was resting my eyes!”)

Sure, that’s why she carried her pillow onto the bed.DogDays

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(Okay, beware the REVENGE OF RENEE the next time you fall asleep watching TV!)

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 17

The Origami Butterfly for Thursday … Day 17 -WhiteTiger

THE WHITE TIGER STRIPED BUTTERFLY

That right, I’m offering a fantasy butterfly of my imagination. OK, I had a sheet of folding paper at the bottom of my paper box that was covered with zebra stripes, and I decided to either use it or throw it away. So waste not, want not!

So I spent a good part of the day at the veterinary hospital with my faithful friend, Mlle. Renee. No problem, just a follow-up visit for last week’s ear infection. And she passed with flying color. (Renee is golden brown from head to toe with the exception of the white tip of her tail and her spotted right front boot of white with tan freckles. We had a long wait because the office was crowded. All the staff spoils her with pats, and naturally she works the crowd. The infection is all cleared up, and the swelling of her ear  caused by the broken blood vessel is almost all back to normal.The vet did discover that the point on one of her rear teeth was broken off and advised extraction before the nerve becomes exposed. (They could put a cap on it for about a thousand bucks, but he advised extraction.) And my wallet agreed!

And that was my Thursday!  And the weather is still amazingly cool for July!

MY LAUGH OF THE DAY!

While I was waiting for the vet, a woman with three little boys came in and the oldest climbed onto the dog scale  and shouted, “Mom, I weigh 50 dog pounds!”

MLLE RENEE SAYS…

“93̊ means siesta in dog speak!”DSC00008

So what did dogs do before AC?

INSIDE THE MIND OF MLLE. RENEE!

Today’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was INSIDE, and I decided to use one of the many “inside” photos I’ve taken of my ever faithful and photogenic companion.  But how could I decide on a single photo when I had so many  from which to chose? Well, these were the finalists…

SO, THEY SAY SAINT LOUIS IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES?

According to some new APP that analyzes photos for smiles, Saint Louis, followed closely by Kansas City, is the happiest city in the United States. I find that really strange since we live in such a miserable state filled and run by some of the bigoted, repressive, gun-totingest, Bible-belt politicians outside of Kansas and Arizona. In order to test this Smile APP Theory, I decided to review some of my Saint Louis photos for smile content.DSC00425

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, the photos reveal high SMILE content. As well as, a high level of literacy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I guess that APP was right.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO SLEEP IN, THE PARADE IS SURE GOING TO PASS YOU BY!

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Well, today was the first parade of the Mardi Gras revelries and as usual Mlle. Renee decided to sleep in. It was the annual Beggin’ Pet Parade in Soulard.

Actually, Mlle. Renee really isn’t into playing dress up. She’d be willing to nibble on a piece King Cake or even a Beggin’ Strip, but in the middle of a parade of canines (and cats) I’m sure she would rather play run, roll and chase. GAD-ZOOKS! I have visions of being pulled through the streets behind a pack of wild and crazy parade pets.

Besides, on Sunday, I like to sleep in, too.

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS WITH MLLE. RENEE!

TODAY IS VALENTINE’S DAY…valentines-day

So Happy Valentine’s to all of visitors to the Smiling Bagel’s online home.

Today is also the fifth anniversary of me and Mlle. Renee. I adopted her on Valentine’s Day  2009. And I think it was the luckiest day ever for both of us. She knew it was a special day, and she came into my bedroom about five in the morning. Actually, she was probably cold and wanted to sleep at the foot of my bed and keep my feet warm. It was a cold and gloomy day so we slept in and didn’t get up until eleven. She heard the mailman come up on the front porch and she had to wake me up to go get it. We actually received a Valentine card from Marika and Dash who live in Arkansas. Here she is checking it out.

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We just discovered that Marika and I share a distant family relationship. Her mother was born in Alsenborn a village in the Rhineland of Germany where my Great Grandfather Franz Edler was born. Not only that, but one of the remaining Edlers in Alsenborn (all Edlers are related in Alsenborn) is married to her great-aunt. So that’s almost a distant family relationship, isn’t it?

For our anniversary dinner I made a cheese-burger pizza (no onions or garlic) which we shared. As you probably know already, cheese is Renee’s favorite food. Well, right after butter that is. The fifth anniversay is the Wooden anniversary. So I guess I’ll give her a stick as soon as the snow melts.

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