Daily Archives: 07/07/2016

Guess What Started Yesterday?

The running of the bulls!

WOW – Can you believe it’s already that time of the year again.  Starting yesterday and running through July 14th, starts the Running of the Bulls. Really? People really put their lives in jeopardy to run through the streets of Pamplona, Spain chased by B.U.L.L.S with HORNS. I gotta ask. Are you crazy?! This is not only for one day but it is a annual festival that starts today.

I understand it is a tradition. The first thing they do is take a statue of San Fermin and parade it through Pamplona. This saint is believed to ‘protect’ the runners as they are being chased by the mean bulls. And, it really did look festive on television. They even had musicians playing and singing. And they had people standing on balconies throughout the streets that watched the bulls chasing the humans. Now, I enjoyed the music, the singing and I could even watch.

But, this little pig doesn’t run that fast to participate in the running FROM the bulls – snorts. I would be a nice little snack for them. Shivers. And the actual bull run lasts about four minutes – but still I don’t think this oinker would have a chance.

So instead of ‘running’ from the bulls, I thought I would do it ‘my’ way 🙂

A couple of years ago, I started my own “Running of the Bulls.”  I carried my king size Egyptian cotton sheet from the bedroom into the front room. At times, mommy would hold it for me so I could run through it. You know, like she was fighting a ‘bull’ per say. She would call me a pigatador – snorts. It was fun and kept me busy for some time. Even daddy got into the game playing and would hold it up for me.

It was really fun. I’m not sure who it wore out faster – me, mommy or daddy. Even Hemi, the purr thing here at the Hotel Thompson, got into the action and would run through it. What can I say – we are so easily entertained!

This year, I think we are taking some of this fun out in my magical back yard.  If you see us out there, we are just practicing… nothing to fear yet – evil snorts!


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Spotlight Thursday – Meet Reilly and Denny

Spotlight Thursday

Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY.  This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better.  Some of them, you may already know.  We hope that you enjoy this series!

Name:  Reilly and Denny

Age:  Reilly is 9 and Denny is 5

Location:  Jacksonville, Florida

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What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents?  Reilly – I was 3 weeks old when I first met my peeps – my breeder had two shelties and two dachshund and was a very caring of wonderful lady. Mom picked me up and I snuggled right into her arms like I belonged there and promptly fell asleep – yes I chose her – I knew she was special. Dad was busy cuddling a baby dachshund and I wasn’t to sure about him. Mom and Dad came to visit me every week until I was ready to go home with them and Mom gave me my name straight away and my breeder called me that all the time so by time I was ready to go home I already knew it. Here I am tasting my first ever bacon beggin strip – I wasn’t sure what to do with it so I ran around the garden until I finally figured out how tasty is was.

Denny – I was already 11 weeks old when I met Mom and Dad for the first time – I was very tiny for my age and hadn’t had a lot of human contact so I was pretty timid but Mom snuggled me close and whispered lots of soft words in my ears. I took me a few weeks to get use to them and Mom was my favorite for sure – but eventually I knew they would protect me and care for me no matter what. It took nearly a year before I went to Dad for my first cuddle and since then he is my now my ‘go to guy’ for snuggles’

What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home?  Reilly – I just knew right from the first time I met my Mom that this was the person who would love me forever. When we arrived at my new home there was a huge big fenced garden for me to run in and so many places to sniff. Mom had a basket full of toys for me and she would take me everywhere with her. I especially knew it was my home though when the gardener left the gate open after mowing the lawn and Mom went and told them off because I could of gotten lost.

Denny – I took me a long time to get use to being in a house and having people around but I knew it was forever home when Mom bought me a bed and put it next to her bed – it was my special spot and every night I would curl up in and felt safe and loved.

What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home?   Reilly – the very first night I was home with Mom and Dad – they had set up a little play pen for me to keep me safe. Mom was just going up the stairs when she heard me yelp she turned around in a panic wondering why I was crying and lost her footing and fell backwards down the stairs, She dislocated her shoulder and got badly bruised and even though she was in a lot of pain she called to dad and made him check on me first. There was nothing wrong – I just didn’t want to be alone in the play pen. Mom had to go to the hospital to get a pain shot and x-ray (she put her shoulder back in place herself) and even though she had her arm in a sling she still managed to drive from Minnesota to Nebraska the next day to where we were going to live.

Denny – My oh oh moment was when I discovered the joys of digging in flower pots and decided one day to help Mom by emptying them all out on the deck. Mom wasn’t angry as it was the end of winter and Mom was going to empty the pots out anyway to get them ready for some spring planting. What was amazing is I didn’t get dirty at all 🙂

 Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why?  Reilly and Denny – without a doubt it is Mom she is a easy mark for that sad eye look or that sad little whimper- we have her well trained to give us our meals at a certain time – to go walkies when we rattle our leads. Mom also NEVER eats all her food so sometimes she will let us have a little bit of her meal – Dad is tough – he never shares.

What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you?  That they don’t think we understand when they spell something instead of saying it.  Trust us – we know what V-E-T means and B-A-T-H means.


Hope you enjoyed meeting my friend – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!


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