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New Places

Mom is visiting two new places this week. She will speak at two schools that she’s never visited before. She has packed up her bag of supplies and box of goodies.

I smell gum...

I smell gum…

At school, she will talk and listen and read and ask and answer questions.

school visit

Somehow, she already knows it will be fun.

At home, I’ll be sad and lonely and possibly a little scared to be by myself. I will check out the window, listen by the door, bark at shadows and phantom sounds, and take 562 naps.


Somehow, I already know it will NOT be fun.

Soon, Mom and I will be moving to a new place. She’ll be packing up bags and boxes and moving men will come and go a lot. I will try not to be afraid, but just in case, my safety crate is here.


This will be our little balcony.


And this will be our little dog park.


Somehow, we both already know this will be a TON of fun.


Comments on: "New Places" (66)

  1. Sounds exciting about you moving. Benji says he calls his ‘crate’ his ‘den’ a nice safe place.Perhaps when Mom goes a second time to the new school she will take you with her.
    Take the opportunity to have lots of naps ’till she gets home. Mary & Benji x x x

    • You and Benji guessed it, M. Napping is definitely a huge part of my plan for the school visiting days. Paws crossed that I go along sometime soon…

      Love and licks,

  2. oh that are great news… I mean apart that you were lonely at hoem like a spider in a rum barrel…. I like your balcony very much… it’s a good place for a book and a comfy chair and an ice tea in summer :o)

  3. I bet your Mom would take you to the schools if she COULD…..maybe she wants to make sure they are “pup-friendly” before taking you Cupcake. So you and Mom are moving? WOW….that’s a big project but it looks like you’ll have a nice little balcony AND a great pup-park to explore! That’s EXCITING! Will there be swings nearby?????

    Love, Angel Sam and Teddy

    • Thanks, Angel S and T. There is a gorgeous park down the street from us. About the same distance away as my regular park at my house now. I’m sure there are swings. Plus a duck pond, paddle boats, gardens, and a snack stand. Fun!

      Love and licks,

  4. Moving house is exciting, Cupcake. You’ll have new places to explore. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

    • Thanks, C. It will be super fun. I hope I can be brave and not turn to stone in our new neighborhood. I can’t wait to try out our new street for a street nap.

      Love and licks,

  5. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Wow, lots of exciting things are happening for you and Mom, Cupcake! I’m happy for mom that she has two new schools to visit, I’m sure the kids and teachers will enjoy her visit. I’m sorry you don’t get to go this time but naps are a great way to help time go by faster so 562 should do it. Can’t wait to see more pictures of your new home and dog park. The pups think you are very brave and would come keep you company if they could.
    ~cuddles Margret

    • Thanks, M. We are excited about all the new stuff. I will try to live up to the pups’ impression of me. Being brave is a tough nut to crack.

      Love and licks

  6. Naps are good, Cupcake. I missed that you were moving… that little balcony will be fun! The dog park is going to be super FUN!

  7. Looks good Cupcake. What an adventure you are going to have. BOL! Ray.

  8. Squeals with piggy excitement. You’re getting a new place? How awesome is that beautiful!? Don’t forget to send me your new address… you know in case I want to send you a love letter 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

    • *blush* Sweet, B. I will definitely send our new address. We aren’t officially moving till the end of April, but there are boxes around already!

      Love and licks

  9. Oh Cupcake, a move!! We all about that!! Lots of work and stress….and than home sweet home again. As long as mom and you have each other right? Good luck!!! Xo Johanna

  10. Good luck with your move!

  11. Oh, looks like a great new place! The end of the move will be great, though we do not envy you the moving part. We’re hopefully done with that for a couple years!

  12. Congratulations on the upcoming move, Cupcake, and for being such a brave pup when Mom is visiting schools. Chili watches tv or listens to the radio when we’re out & about, but mainly we think he paces and stares out of windows and listens for footsteps, hoping they’re ours.

    • Thanks, P. I am a lot like Chili when I am alone. Mom watches me on her spy camera and sees me looking for her and wandering around checking things out. Lately, she leaves the TV on for me. Apparently, Food Network makes me feel better.

      Love and licks

  13. Frankie and Ernie said:

    Cupcake??? You are going to MOVE?? WE did that about 18 months ago… It was sort of scary and FUN all together. Make SURE that SHE packs YOUR stuffs FURST… and do NOT allow any of that INSANE… “CULLING” of the Old Toys and Stuffs.

    • Thanks for the advice, F and E. It’s too late, though. There is CONSTANT culling of my toys around here. Soon as I get them to be just right, they’re gone. She’s a lunatic!

      Love and licks

  14. Sounds like mom’s going to have some fun. Sounds like moving is going to keep mom busy and you’ll need to find places to hide so you won’t get bowled over by boxes and movers. But it also sounds like you’re putting the cart before the horse while mom’s at the schools this week. Why not just decide that the alone time could be fun for you too? Cookies flying out of the wall, windows to look through and make smuggy faces on. Blankets to snuggle in – a lot – sleep is my favorite alone time activity. You can have loads of fun. Don’t fret. Use your time wisely, grasshopper. You’ll have fun too.

    • Thanks, G. You’ve got a good point. I will try to relax and watch Food Network and drool on the window and snuggle in the blankets and other cuddly things Mom leaves for me. Then I will go from there. As far as the moving, we are taking it one step at a time. …just putting one paw in front of the other.

      Love and licks

  15. COOL! You have a balcony and a yard and it looks like you already have green grass! You go girl!! Boomer

    • Thanks, B. The green grass is actually astro-turf. Mom was happy because it won’t get muddy. I’m happy too because that means no baths.

      Love and licks

  16. A ton of fun is definitely what we would all love Cupcake! x

  17. Congratulations on the move! How cool there is a dog park — so many smells and lots of fun! Won’t show Archie your safety crate — never saw anything so fancy. Archie has a metal cage we cover and has a thick fleece cushion and his favorite blankets. He likes sleeping in his own space or retreating there on his own. But Cupcake, that is some fancy crate! And, I love balconies. Wish I had one.

    • Thanks, P. I used to have the metal crate like Archie when I first came here. Mom got rid of it after she saw that I was a good girl. This one is actually my travel crate. It folds up and carries like a flat suitcase. Mom calls it “handy, just in case.” It comes and goes, but I am always excited when she brings it out.

      Love and licks,

      • It is a nice travel crate. Since “home” for Archie the first four years of his life was a cage, we decided to use a cage until he adjusted to his new freedom. He still prefers it to sleep in. Door always open. But, it has come in handy when I’ve taken him to a babysitter.

  18. Your moving Cupcake!! A big step for us anipals. I know you will love it. How do I know? Because your mom will be there and she is your best friend.


    • You’re right, S. Mom will help me adjust. I know she’s looking forward to it because she said, “It’ll be months before I can leave this mutt alone in the new house.” That’s good, right…?

      Love and licks,

  19. Cupcake, remember that dogs do better with moves than cats, so you already have one thing in your favor. Thing two is that you and your Mom are going together. (That’s the BIG thing.) Thing 3 is that you will have a new place to explore and new neighbors to make into new friends. You are going to do great!!

    • Thanks, A. That I said encouraging. Mom brought me to our new neighborhood a few times to sniff around. It seems fun. Some friends already left me peemails!

      Love and licks,

  20. Great new places to sniff for new friends

  21. Moving into a new house is very exciting! Remember to bag the biggest bedroom for yourself, Cupcake. With regards to the days your mum is out at school – use that time to search the house for food. I’m sure you’ll find some, even if you have to go through every single cupboard and drawer. Good luck with the move!
    Monty and Chicken 🐾

    • Great advice, M and C. We only have one bedroom, so I will have to claim a big spot on Mom’s bed. Searching the house for food is brilliant. That is a good use of my time. Worse case scenario, I will lick the entire floor and possibly get a crumb or two. Floor licking is my favorite hobby.

      Love and licks,

  22. I hope your mom isn’t gone too long so you won’t be sad. A new move sounds very exciting!!

  23. Wow! A new home, that is very exciting!! I bet you will love having a little balcony. Sampson and Delilah love ours!

    • Yay, J. S and D and I can be balcony twins (triplets? quadruplets? – Ugh. I hate numbers!!). Mom is eager to see what I will decide to be afraid of at our new apartment.

      Love and licks,

  24. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay wot??? mooving??? i hav never had to moov but trixie and tucker had to moov twice and trouble and pooh bear had to moov siks times kan yoo beleev it??? siks times!!! thats like forty too times in dog times!!! ennyway it mite be skarry but i am shoor that wunse yoo git their it wil be just like home becuz ummm wel it wil be home!!! ha ha ok bye

    • SIX MOVES!? I’m not much with the numbers, but that sounds like a lot, D. I’ll try this one move and then decide if I ever want to do it again…. The only time I ever moved was when I got rescued. It worked out pretty well then, so I am hopeful. Home is ….well….home, like you said. #smartdoggie

      Love and licks,

  25. Oh Cupcake, that looks like a nice place to move. You will be all right staying by yourself. You have to guard the house while the mom is away. And maybe some day she can take you to the schools. Have a nice Sunday.

    • Thanks, M. I will have to sniff out the new house before I make any decisions. Mom says I may have to stay in my crate the first few times I am alone – like I did when I first came here.

      Love and licks,

  26. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake I wish it were near us! I’d love to learn some new things from you. 🙂

  27. Katie Isabella said:

    As an added enticements…I will help you guard the house because I patrol all the time that I’m not sleeping!

    • We would be great on patrol together, KI. Plus we’d take some awesome naps as well. #whatateam

      Love and licks,

  28. Oh, Cupcake, moving has a tendency to make the humans a little crazy (at least in my experience); but your new balcony and your new dog park look fabulous, so just focus on that. And make sure your mom packs all your toys and treats in one big box that says “OPEN THIS BOX FIRST!”

    • Mom already packed up some of my toys and dresses, Miss HL. She is not at all frazzled and feels like she has this whole move under control. As time gets closer, we’ll see if she does. …or if shes delusional!!

      Love and licks,

  29. That sounds so exciting, Cupcake. Hope the moving will go smoothly. I’m on my way to keep you company in the meantime 😀 Double Pawkiss for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

  30. Life is looking pretty good, Cupcake. ❤︎

  31. I am just reading you moved. Are you downsizing? I always live to hear from you and Cupcake on my blog . Thank u!!

  32. […] Shiny – Our apartment is shiny and new. The sunshine is shiny every morning in our balcony […]

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