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Busy Working Hard

Mom and I have been working hard.


Mom is working hard on two new stories, as usual.


What’s so difficult about this?

She writes a little bit of each one each day. When she gets to the end of them, she will put them away for a while and then revise the heck out of them to make them tight with no extra words. She will make sure they open with action and end with a twist. She will try to show and not tell. She will move the characters from place to place and keep the action coming so they aren’t talking heads.

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Then she will send her favorite one of them to her critique group friends to see what else she needs to work on.

I have been working hard too –  at the library…

img_3765…and at the veteran’s home.

fullsizerenderI have dressed up, listened to stories, sat on laps,


and given kisses. If you don’t think that’s hard work, think again. Sometimes I can barely stay awake on the ride home.

sleeping-in-the-carBesides my therapy work, I have begged for coffee. And it paid off.

img_3779I begged for a pancake on my 10th birthday. And got one of my very own.

img_3731I even fought the dreaded soccer net. Again. And won (with some help from Mom).

img_3776It’s a good thing I am a ball of energy…






Comments on: "Busy Working Hard" (64)

  1. I can see that you have a lot of responsibilities Cupcake. You and your mum have a lot of jobs between you. There are not many who work as hard as that. I say you deserve the odd snooze. Please be careful though. There seems to be some kind of raccoon in your bed!
    Monty 🐾

    • Thanks for the warning, M. That wily raccoon loves to cuddle up with me. One of these days, I plan to rip his face off.

      Love and licks,

  2. aw, of course you need a nap, cupcake )

  3. you are a super fabulous girl… you brought joy to the people and you won the net-battle…. I like the way your mama works on her stories…. it is a little like home decorating… sometimes we have to remove furnitures and vases to find the best place… and that’s not enough, we have to rearrange it much more that the house at the end becomes our home :o)

    • Thanks, E. Such wise words. Writing stories is a lot like redecorating and redecorating and redecorating…..

      Love and licks,

  4. After using all that energy, you need a nap for sure!

  5. hannahandlucy said:

    You must be exhausted Cupcake so we suggest you have a long nap.

  6. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Hi Cupcake, are still getting to know you but we saw a pic of you and your bday pancake, did you just have a birthday? If so Happy Birthday and rest up you’ve been really really busy! Oh, oh and good job winning the battle with the soccer net, it’s like doors you gotta show them who’s the boss! ~ nose nudges Bess Pup (the bouncy one)

    • Thanks, B. Yes, I turned ten years old a couple of weeks ago. Mom says now I am “old enough to know better…” Ha. I will NEVER know better.

      Love and licks,

  7. You DO work really hard and you ARE a bundle of energy and joy. I, on the other hand… 😂
    I commend you. Signed: Koda

    • Thanks, K. When it comes to energy, you can definitely give me a run for my money. Run – get it? See what I did there…?

      Love and licks,

  8. First off – happy birthday!

    Second – Ryder is now a therapy dog, but he has only been on nursing home visits. We will have to find some other places to visit. You are sure a busy pup!

    • Thanks, Collies. Yay for Ryder! Therapy work is fun and important. The veteran’s home where I work is also a nursing home. Smiles are always needed there. Good luck in your new career.

      Love and licks,

  9. Cupcake, you are doing such great things in the world! Just look at all the people you are making smile. We think you are totally awesome. Happy Birthday to a total ball of energy! You deserve those naps.
    Purrs from Hemingway and Steinbeck

  10. OhMyGee, the picture of you with your pancake for your 10th birthday!!! You give a lot of love Cupcake!

    • Thanks, Pix. My pancake was very delicious…. Even though it was markedly smaller than Mom’s TWO pancakes.

      Love and licks,

  11. aawww – you are a beautiful ball of energy my beautiful friend. XOXO – Bacon

    • Thanks, B. I love it when you call me Beautiful. It sounds so much better than when Mom calls me Knucklehead.

      Love and licks,

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cupcake!

    Boomer and Linda

  13. Cupcake, it looks exhausting to be a dog! I’m impressed at how much you get done!

  14. You are a beautiful ball of energy, Cupcake, and such a busy worker! No wonder you, and your Mom, get tired.

  15. HAPPY BARKDAY!!!!!!! OMD, your barkday foodable looks SOOOOO much better than mine did!!! You lucky doggie you!!! Your schedule sounds exhausting!!! I don’t knows how you do it! Do you have terrier in you?? BOL
    FABulous work gurl!
    Ruby ♥

    • Thanks for your happy wishes, R. Mom keeps me busy so I don’t turn into a boring piece of furniture. And yes, I am part Jack Russell Terrier. I also have a long monkey tail, so I might be part monkey.

      Love and licks,

  16. Cupcake, you are just a cutie pie and a huge ball of energy. We really like your all American dress. Come join us for Sunday Selfies sometime. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Thanks, Kitties. All the old soldiers at the VA liked my flag dress, too! It made some of them giggle. Sunday Selfies are fun!

      Love and licks,

  17. I can see you sparkling of energy, Cupcake…just like me…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤

  18. Cupcake you are the most adorable bundle of fun EVER. I am sorry I didn’t know it was your birthday a couple of weeks ago – I would have send you a big box of pancakes! HAHA You already have the BEST gift ever….a Mom who loves you and a WHOLE lot of friends who adore you. That’s pretty SWEET if you ask me. But just in case you need more………here is a BIG SAMMY HUG just for you……….

    Love, Sammy

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes and the hug, S. Lord knows I will never win the Sammy Hug from the Tuesday Teaser, unless the teaser photo is taken in my living room. You are right – pancakes are great, but the best gifts of all are family, friends, and love.

      Love and licks,

  19. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, Mommy and I love to visit you here at your blog home. So we KNOW we would love to read any story that your mom creates too. Mom said she would get it to read to her new grandson when he is able to sit still and listen. Maybe even before! She said the started reading to my human brothers at 3 months of age. It’s never too soon.Love you Cupcake…truly and really. XXOO

    • Your Mom is super smart, KI. She is right about reading to kids. The sooner the better. I like to read and sometimes, I even do some writing by falling asleep on Mom’s iPad and typing QQQQQ with my ear.

      Love and licks,

  20. Hi Cupcake. Lexi used to be worn out after the children’s hospital visits. It takes a lot of concentration and energy to do good therapy. Kudos to you for your great work, and to your Mom for always sticking with it on her children’s books. ❤ to you both.

  21. You two sure are busy! Your work is awesome Cupcake. To bring a smile to someone’s lips is the best gift you could ever give. Your mom deserves a whole bunch of congrats for showing us how to win….sticking with something and making it great.

    Shoko and Kali

    • Thanks, S and K. Mom and I both have stick-to-it-ness. Also when I do my therapy work, I bring smiles plus smiles come right back to me and Mom!

      Love and licks,

  22. You and your mom have a busy life, with important work. Make sure you get plenty of rest, and remind your mom to take it easy too 🙂

    • Thanks, K. Mom and I do stay busy. Thanks for the reminder about staying rested. I always try to remind Mom about that. Sometimes, she calls me the name of Lazy.

      Love and licks,

  23. I sure hope you and your mom don’t work too hard Cupcake! Did I ever tell you my sister has a chicken named Cupcake? She entered her eggs in the Bloomsburg fair and won first place! That Cupcake works hard too,,,it must be the name 😉

    • Oh, wow, E. I didn’t even know your sister had a chicken. Cupcake is the perfect name for a hard working chicken. Plus, maybe someday a Cupcake egg will hatch into a real cupcake!

      Love and licks,

  24. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. .)

  25. Oh Cupcake, you are just too adorable, sweetie!

  26. P.S. Don’t work so hard. 😉

  27. Well, happy birthday to you, Cupcake. You don’t look a day over 6 and with all those snazzy outfits you could pass for 5. Keep of the good work, people are counting on you. Lady Caroline

    • Thanks, Lady C. You nailed it – I feel like I am 5. When I do something crazy, Mom says I’m old enough to know better. But I’m NOT!!

      Love and licks,

  28. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay yoo shoor do wurk hard!!! it is not eezy beeing a kuddly sooperhero anti-soccer-net therepyootik coffee drinking kroosayder!!! i am tired just thinking abowt it!!! yoo totaly ernd that pankayk for yore birthday!!! ok bye

  29. Happy Belated Birthday🎂

  30. Katie Isabella said:

    you sweetie!

  31. I’m exhausted just looking at all the things you do! You sure are busy, thank goodness you are there to help keep Mom on her toes.

  32. Reblogged this on Dog Mommy Blog and commented:
    Cupcake and her author are a hoot. 😀

  33. Belated Happy birthday Cupcake 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 Hope you have many more…😊😊😊

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