Welcome my friends. I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living. It’s a step in the right direction for sure. I hope you come along for the ride. Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share. Hope you enjoy. Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤
Week of 05/06-05/12/2018 – Week 18
“Dear Journal – Life is better with a plan. I think I finally found a plan that I can work with and do every day. I’m a planner like that. So what is the plan you ask? I’m glad you asked Journal. So for part of my lunch during the week, I’m doing 15 minutes of light stretches/yoga. This has been giving me a solid rock during the week. I don’t feel as pressured or stressed when I get home. Another 15 minutes I do a solid walk. And then I’m watching what I’m eating. And the big one – no soda’s. I did it once for almost six months. I can do this again – no soda’s. And more water… water is your friend. Be one with your friend.”
This is my upward crane pose in doggy yoga – barks with puppy laughter. I went to work with mom one day and of course I was on my best behavior. This was me begging for her to stop work and take a break to hold me because well you know I needed some reassurance of how much she loved me. Do you ever get like that? Of course, she held me for the longest time. I even sat in her lap and on top of her desk while she worked. She said she could work over me… and she did – barks with puppy laughter.
Today I leave you with something from daddy. You know that he and mom can not go out unchaperoned together. That leads to trouble. Today’s video from daddy just proves that point. Hope you enjoy it my friends. Smooches and puppy licks.
Today April 16th is a day that Bacon’s mom can definitely wrap her arms around – National Stress Awareness Day. This day was created in 1992 sponsored by the Health Resource Network (HRN). They started this holiday to increase public awareness of the causes and cures of stress. And we all know that stress can come from a variety of different reasons: paying bills, work, children, schedules, car problems, friends – you name it and stress can come from it. And here in the United States with taxes being due yesterday, what better day to have this holiday then today?
Today is the day to acknowledge that you are stressed out and then do something about it. Go for a walk. Try some meditation. Try some exercise. Do some yoga. Just lay down and relax. Just for a bit, don’t concentrate on the wrongs in your life but concentrate on the things that you have to be grateful for. Shrug off this stress even if it is just for today. I know this afternoon me and Bacon are going to try yoga. Wish us luck – his downward pig pose is not something I’m looking forward to – chitter chatter!
Dear Bacon – We heard about your mission in life on becoming a Super Hero and wanting a cape. I think me and my brother will start a petition for you. With enough signatures, I think we can get your mom to get you at least dressed for the occasion. Super hero powers are something that you are born with. We’ve read enough of your blog to know that with enough thrust, you can fly. So, you’re half way there our friend. Signed Batdog and Robin
Dear Batdog and Robin – Thanks my friends! Ya’ll look totally awesome in your outfits. I am so working on mom for my cape. I could use all of the help I can get!
Dear Bacon – Don’t believe everything you read. Having a cape isn’t always the best thing in the world. My humans make me wear this cape and then make me sit in the corner. Why? Ask me why piggy? Because I got so excited with my cape that I might have tinkled on the carpet. What did they expect? So, they sat me in the corner with my cape on for time out. How embarrassing! Take it from me little guy. Don’t whizzle with excitement. Signed Super Tinkle
Dear Super Tinkle – I’m so sorry my friend. That look on your face says everything. At least they could have removed your cape before putting you in time out. What super hero gets put in time out? Having a cape is exciting. I really can’t tell how I will act. But, thanks for the heads up to contain myself – whizzle and all.
Dear Bacon – Be very specific in what you ask for in a cape. I too always wanted one. I just should have been a little more specific in the details. You know like, nothing over my head. Save that material to cover my goodies. I mean really. What super hero is out there with his goodies showing? I feel like a pervedog. Help. Signed Spider Perve
Dear Spider Perve – WOW – thank you so much my little friend. I really never thought about specifics in my cape. You are so right. I really need to be detailed on what I want in a cape. Okay – nothing on the piggy head but covering the bottom half – got it. Yeah, you are so right my friend!
Dear Bacon – Okay, I like turtles and I play with them in my back yard. Yes, I wanted to be a Super Hero. Where in the world did I go wrong with my parents? Why would they dress me like a TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) and think that was what I wanted in my Super Hero outfit? Really? Learn from me pal, have an open conversation with your humans. Signed Turtle Dog
Dear Turtle Dog – Does it help that you look cute and adorable? Okay, maybe that doesn’t help but you do. Personally, I wouldn’t go for the mask but at least your goodies are covered – snorts. And hey, the shell on your back could be a good thing. Just think if you fall, you have the comfort of some padding. I do appreciate the heads up my friend.
Dear Bacon – Just remember, Super Hero’s come in all shapes and sizes – not just dogs and cats. We can ALL be a Super Hero in some fashion. My humans got it right in my cape. It actually gives me just a tad bit of room to grow in. It’s so roomy that I can move. That’s important when you are doing your ninja kicks. I hope you get your cape soon my friend. Fly with Confidence! Signed Super Piggy
Dear Super Piggy – Thanks my friend. You are so full of confidence and that really inspires me. It reminds me of an old saying that my mommy says all of the time, “Bloom where you are planted.” I guess that could mean us anipals as well, huh? Keep up the great work my little Super Hero. Hope to see you flying in the skies soon.
Dear Bacon – Listen fellow swine. How do you get it made so easily? I live outside. I don’t get my own room in the house. Heck, the closest I get to the house is what they call a dog house. I don’t get air conditioning or room service…let alone turn down service at night with bedtime stories. Tell me pig – tell me how you got all that. Signed Bushwhacked
Dear Bushwhacked – I’m sorry little dude. My adopted parents didn’t have children and wanted a baby to nurture. They picked me. It was the best choice they could have made. Some of us just get lucky that way. You have nice things too. You get to run and play outside and roll in the mud. It’s not all luxury at Hotel Thompson. I have to take weekly baths – can you imagine?! I also have to live with 2 cats. You think I got it made – those things think they rule the roost here. I have to keep them in line. Hang in there dude. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the railroad tracks.
Dear Bacon – Welcome to the wild side. I’m a wild crab. I like to party. I like to boogey. What say you come to the beach and let your wild side down for a change. Signed Crabby Cakes.
Dear Crabby Cakes – Uumm, no. You really shouldn’t smoke dude. It stunts your growth. Look at yourself in the mirror. Thanks for the offer though. I respect your lifestyle. I’m just not a party pig.
Dear Bacon – I hear you talking about your two purr brothers all of the time. I would love to meet them. They could take Catarate with me. This is one of my moves that won me a medal at the CatOlympics. I could probably even teach you a couple of new tricks. Signed Catarate the Puss
Dear Catarate the Puss – Never underestimate my two purr brothers, especially Hemi. I think they would definitely enjoy your classes. I just don’t think *I’m* ready for the outcome of those classes… if you know what I mean. Congratulations on your medal at the CatOlympics. Keep up the hard work. By the way, I’m digging your outfit.
❤ Snorts with piggy laughter ❤
Dear Bacon – I’m a heavy metal squirrel rocker. Down to my squirrel collar and earring. I’m bad to the bone. When I’m in the neighborhood hunting nuts, people just hand them over to me. That’s how bad I am. Maybe we can come up with a look for you little man. What do you think – punk pig? Signed Punk Squirrel
Dear Punk Squirrel – Okay, I’ve seen it all now. I do appreciate your Mohawk. I sport one myself from time to time. As for the ear ring – I leave those to mom. The squirrel collar, I don’t care for. I don’t like anything around my neck. My mom learned that a long time ago. The look is cute though. You can lose the cigarette and still look punking. Why burn down your home in the tree with all of that smoke? Rock on!
Dear Bacon – We love to battle. We were made to battle. We’re actually pets too and not food. People don’t look at us as cute but we actually do have a sense of humor. We may not be cuddle buddies but people do look at us with this wondrous look on their face. Signed Lobster Buds
Dear Lobster Buds – I hate to be the piggy of bad news. That wondrous look is probably people salivating at the thought of you in their belly. I know I had my moment. People have a lot if different pets. Perhaps a bit of advice? Drop the utensils in battle. You’re just giving people ideas… Like you come with eating utensils.
Dear Bacon – I was watching a nature show at the zoo. What? Of course bears watch television. Anyway, it was about frogs. I’m fascinated on everything about them. I especially like the way they sit. I think it’s awesome. I also think I have perfected it. What do you think? Signed Crouching Frog Bear
Dear Crouching Frog Bear – Perhaps you need to change that channel to Dr Phil, Dr Oz or some other doctor show. You’re a bear. Bears are suppose to be … well bears not frogs. If you want to play frog, do it after the zoo closes. While the zoo is open, let your inner bear shine.
Dear Bacon – Me and my friend Bird have a wonderful game that we play. He comes down from the majestic sky, we grab on to each other and then I kitty dive. It’s a blast! We have so much fun. Next time you’re in town, come fly with us. Signed Flying Puss
Dear Flying Puss – Hey if this is your favorite pastime and you two trust each other, go for it. As far as flying pig, I’ll pass. There are downfalls to me flying. One thing, I weigh a lot more. Another thing, I think others world look at me as food. 🙂 happy flying.
They say that we can all stand on our heads. I don’t know. I think I may be vertically challenged or maybe my head is not flat enough. I just can’t seem to be able to do it all the way with my back legs straight up. It throws me off balance. Can you do it? Signed Not Happening
Dear Not Happening,
Never dear friend. Sometimes we are just not built to do these weird things that you see the humans partake. I can’t stand on my head. This pot belly of mine knocks me off center every time. And my mom, even though she’s human, she can’t do it either. Don’t try to be like everyone else. Make your own path and be happy – leave the sitting to your bottom.
There’s always that one idiot that has to pop in your picture. Can you relate? I was minding my own business in this shot. I just wanted it to look halfway decent to post on my Pet Harmony dating profile. Signed Available
Yep. I know exactly what you are talking about. Hemi, the purr thing here at the Hotel Thompson, thinks he should be in every camera shot. He is always photo bombing my pictures. Just keep smiling. Pay back can really be tortuous for our sidekicks. Right? Maybe sign up your friend as well on Pet Harmony and post his picture – of course with your picture cropped out. Snort giggles.
It’s a wonderful thing to have such great friends. Out in the pasture, sometimes I just get tuckered out. That’s my good buddy will help me out and let me take a nap. Isn’t that nice of him? Signed Sleepy on the Road
Dear Sleepy on the Road,
That is an excellent friend. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen that kind of friendship before. You are most definitely one lucky little guy!
I think I need some anti wrinkle cream. Every time I wake up, I have more wrinkles! Soon, you’ll just see one giant sloppy dog. What can a pooch do? Please help. Signed Wrinkles
As Lady Gaga once said, “Just put your paws up, Cause you were born this way, baby”. Embrace the way you are and don’t try to fight it my friend. Be happy in your own wrinkles.
After reading your column last week about a cat that does yoga, I thought what the heck. My master has a room for meditation so I tried it.
This position is called my sitting dog pose. I really does work on calming your nerves. Thanks little pig. Signed Peaceful Pal
Dear Peaceful Pal,
I’m glad it worked out for you. You do look really grounded in that picture. Keep up the great work!
Dear Bacon – hiccup,
My humans tell me that – slurred – I’m spending too much time with my close friend Jose. Hiccup. They don’t complain about me catting around on the streets anymore. They just don’t like my choice of friends. Hiccup. What should I do. Can they pick my friends? Signed Frisky Fiesta
Dear Frisky Fiesta,
You do understand that your friend Jose is not really ‘real’, right? Instead of having a problem with your choice of ‘friends’, you’re humans might want to look into some classes for you… With TAA (Tomcats Alcohol Anonymous). Perhaps you should lose the hat, get a new friend and start listening to the humans. Take care my friend.
Are baths really necessary? They freak me out. Signed Wet Purrbie
Dear Wet Purrbie,
I love baths. They’re very relaxing. Especially when mom puts bubbles in the water. Instead of fighting it, embrace it. My purr things here love the water. We all do. After a bath, we all get our hair done – that is heaven. Find your happy place during bath time and learn to enjoy it.
Just wanted to let you know man that we enjoy your posts. Happy Friday. Signed Don’t Worry Be Happy
Dear Don’t Worry Be Happy,
Thanks so much. It takes support and encouragement from fans like you to keep it going. I appreciate that. Happy Friday back to you.
Dear Bacon – Listen the water is fine my four legged pot bellied piggy. Why don’t you come for a swim with me. I’ll even teach you how to swim under the water. I’m sure you will catch on fast. What do you think? Signed Mr. Friendly
Dear Mr. Friendly – Not that I don’t appreciate your well… friendness but I think I’ll pass. For some reason, I think it’s better for this little oinker to stay on dry land, far away from the water and far, far away from your swimming lessons. Call it a premonition if you will. But, carry on my friend and thank you… really.
Dear Bacon – I see you – purr snicker. I have my eyes on your activities good or bad. I’m reporting back to that Evil Elf of yours Don Juan. You just wait. You’re going to get it when he comes out in November. Signed The Watcher
Dear The Watcher – Really?! It’s not bad enough that I have rogue elf that watches my every move, you’re going to as well? Rolls piggy eyes and walks away. This is so not fair in this oinker’s life. Can’t we all just get along? Snorts
Dear Bacon – The nerve of our family vet. Can you believe that (A) they had the nerve to come near my captains quarters with that proby thing and (B) they told my humans that *I* needed to go on a DIET?! What in the world was he thinking? Don’t my humans pay for his sound advice? What kind of crap advice is this? I think the look on my face tells you everything I think. Signed Tiny
Dear Tiny – Oh dear. That proby thing is awful. It must be a torture device from centuries long ago. Yep, that’s what I think. And that look on your face. Oh my. You are certainly not happy. And well… looks down at my pot belly. I am one NOT to give any advice to you on that four lettered dirty word – D.I.E.T. Shakes head – nope. Not the one to do that at all my friend.
Dear Bacon – I double kitty dare you to try this maneuver. Heck, I triple meow dare you. I dare you to put your back legs up over your head. In fact if you can do this position, I will personally come over every day and give you a piggy massage – heck I’ll even clean up your room for you. Signed Fear Factor Feline
Dear Fear Factor Feline – Really?! That’s okay my furry friend. That’s what I have my mommy for – massages and cleaning – snorts. Let’s hope that cannon of yours doesn’t go off while you are bent legs over head.
Dear Bacon – I hate it when I get into trouble here at my casa. Can you believe that my humans make me face the couch and sit here in time out? It’s so humiliating. Signed Unhappy Pooch
Dear Unhappy Pooch – WOW my friend. That is some look you have there facing your tomb of doom. It’s just not right. And to put you in this time out right in the middle of the living room where you can hear and see all of the fun activities going on around you. Shakes piggy head and clicks tongue. Nope, just not right. I’m sorry pal. Maybe when you come out of serving your time, you just ignore those humans. Show them who is getting timeout there. Don’t give them any affection. None whatsoever… can you last like what five seconds? Hang in there my bud!
Oh friends, here’s another Texts from Bacon that you can’t miss out on. The things that are communicated here at the Hotel Thompson never stop. It’s like living in a circus sometimes! Hope you enjoy. My texts are in blue and mom’s are in white. Have a great weekend – I can almost see the light from here on the couch!