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Mom’s latest story is pretty much of a mess.

It’s shifting focus all over the place, getting longer, but going nowhere, and Martin is stuck in the basement with no suspense, no crisis, no obstacles, no nuthin’. AND some of the secondary characters are trying to take over Martin’s spot as star of the book. Not cool. Mom will move on to a new story on Monday. Bye, Martin. We’ll see you around the neighborhood. Another time. Maybe.

Messes happen. Nobody knows that better than I do. I’ve been a mess-making champion from way back.

In the morning, after my walk, I take a crazy fit and play with toys and run and zoom and slide all over the place.

*sigh* That was fun…

In the afternoon, I get a special treat, and it’s so delicious that I lick and lick and lick the spot where it was until there’s a wet spot on the floor that’s 92 times bigger than the treat.

After dinner, I make myself comfy on the couch for some TV. Most times, I have to rearrange the cover that Mom has to protect the material from my furs and nails.

Mom says, “Cover.” I say, “Uncover.”

When messes happen, there’s only one thing to do. Clean them up!



Comments on: "Mess" (57)

  1. yes, that is true… we n eed such a vacuum cleaner for our minds too… then we can start fresh and all small parts what blocked the good thoughts are in a dustbag. Like Martin who can wait there for a while…. maybe it happenend because martin and mess start with the same letter?

    • Ha! Yes, P. Martin and Mess are a little too close for comfort. Mom is vacuuming that guy out and starting fresh.

      Love and licks,

  2. Oh Cupcake, my Mom has put aside many “starts” for stories when things just aren’t clicking but most of the time she revisited later and gave them a new lease on life! I bet your Mom will do that with Martin! I am so amazed at your ability to lie on the floor with the sucky monster inches away from your nose and be cool as a cucumber. You’re my inspiration Cupcake! Happy Monday……

    Love, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. The vacuum is out and roaring SO often around here, I’ve gotten used to it for my own survival!

      Love and licks,

  3. That story sounds as though it may turn out to be very interesting. If your mom takes a break from it and lets the ideas percolate, who knows what may happen?

    P.S. I always get up and go to another room when they switch the vacuum cleaner on.

    • I hope you’re right, C. The story started out like gang busters. Maybe Mom will mind-write for a while and go back to it afterwards.

      Love and licks,

  4. I getcha! We are in the midst of a giant mess right now. Sometimes you just have to step back and recalculate. And get back to the mess later. I like the way you don’t let that vacuum cleaner inspire you to jump into action. 😉❤🐾🐾

    • Gah! Jump into action – I see what you did there. Vacuuming is routine around here – WAAAAYYYY too often, so I can’t be bothered flipping out. I save that for the maintenance guys in the golf cart. Mom and I know your mess. We also had that mess a couple of months ago.

      Love and licks,

  5. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Oh Cupcake, you are very brave when the “noisy eats everything in it’s path” thing comes out. I don’t like that at all and head for the farthest place away from it. Do you give lessons? ~Belle Pup
    PS tell your mom from My Margret that Martin’s story will be written when it’s his time for his story to be told and to hang in there.

    • Thanks, B. and thanks to Your Margret for the encouragement. Practice makes perfect for vacuum behavior. If Your Margret pulls that monster out 16 times a day, you’ll get lots of practice like me!

      Love and licks,

  6. Sometimes when you get stuck in a mess you just have to move on. I am always shifting focus and all over the place. I used to have all my ducks in a row but now I am mostly all befuddled in a good way. I bet zooming on those hardwoods is a little tricky but fun! I am impressed by the fact that the super sucker does not bother you AT ALL. You are not afraid of that machine… such a brave girl!

    • I am very brave for the super sucker, Pix. Ducks in a row is overrated – it takes all the adventure out of life. Befuddled is better!

      Love and licks,

  7. Stepping away at times gives messes new perspective, Cupcake. It’s part of the creative process. No one like to watch the process of making sausage but when it’s done and is nice and tasty, the early mess doesn’t matter. Good luck with coming up with some great sausages. 😉

    • Thanks, M. Wait! Did you say sausages! I have never had sausages, but I’m pretty sure I like them! A lot.

      Love and licks,

  8. chesterspaniel said:

    We had some pretty monumental messes when the siblings still lived at home.

    I’d be barking at that vacuum cleaner!

    Have a great 4th of July!

    • Thanks, C. I learned a long time ago that barking at the vacuum only makes her keep it out longer! I just ignore it till it goes back in the closet.

      Love and licks,

  9. Yes, messes happen by themselves too. I was shocked but after playing quietly with my toys..there can be a big mess around me….I didn’t do it…it just happened…all by itself. I’m not going to tidy up a mess I didn’t do. It’s a shame I say.


    • That has also happened to me, S. Sometimes my toys used to positively explode when I was playing nicely. Mom called me the word of Naughty. Lately, my toys have learned to behave themselves.

      Love and licks,

  10. Lady said the mess made on the weekend by 3 dogs, 2 kids and 6 adults was almost too much for her.

    • That sounds like a HUGE potential for a HUGE mess, L and P. I hope you’re not afraid of the vacuum…

      Love and licks,

  11. You have to make a mess, otherwise what would your mom do to keep from getting bored? I mean, she probably loves to clean up after you. You’re obligated to make a mess, for her sake.

  12. Oh Cupcake, i LOVES makin’ messes too! I loves throwin’ all my toys in the middle of the floor, so I can watch Ma pick them up! BOL!
    OMD, I do the same thingie with the vacuum! I won’t move til Ma MAKES me move! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  13. Maybe Martin needs to marinate in the subconscious? Writing is hard work. Good thing you are there for fun and love ( and messes) xxxx Fiona

    • Thanks, F. Martin is in there marinating right now! Who knows what’ll happen when he makes an appearance again…?

      Love and licks,

  14. We hope Martin gets out of the basement, maybe he needs a sidekick named Cupcake.

  15. Cupcake, you may toss toys and make a few other messes, but you are so, so calm when the vacuum runs. What a brave pup! Chili & Sadie could use some calm lessons when the vacuum monster strikes near them. I hope you’re calm for the fireworks, too (we aren’t!).

    • What a bummer for C and S. Being afraid is the worst. I am afraid of a lot of random things, but firecrackers and the vacuum are fine with me. Don’t even ask about the dog in the mirror on the ceiling of the elevator at my new apartment… Ugh!

      Love and licks,

  16. C, we all have our own fears and issues. Yours are not the typical ones for dogs because, well, you are not a typical dog!
    P.S. Please ask you Mom if she would send me info on being/becoming/ a reading dog. Lucy might be just right for that. 🙂

  17. It looks to us like you have an ideal life, Cupcake. Walks, toys, treats, settee…….
    Your mum is doing a great job! We’re sure she’ll do a great job on her story too. Maybe it will help if you make extra mess?
    Monty and Chicken 🐾

    • I like how you think, M and C. If a little bit of mess is good, a BIG mess should be better! I’m on it!

      Love and licks,

  18. Don’t you just love when the humans have to vacuum around us? And when they have to put all of our toys back into the toy basket . . . again? And when they have mop up all the water we drool because we’re incapable of drinking like ladies? Ok, that last one only applies to my sister. But you get the idea. I mean what in the world would the humans do with all that extra time if they weren’t cleaning up the messes we make?

    • Ha! Good question, Miss HL. I’m pretty sure Mom would be bored to death without my messes to tidy up.

      Love and licks,

  19. I like the way you think beautiful. Life is messy – enjoy it. Life is too short. ❤ XOXO – Bacon

    • Thanks, B. I thrive on messiness. I’m like a pig. …in the best way ever, of course!

      Love and licks,

      • But of course! Let’s make some mess together beautiful. I’m sure our parents wouldn’t mind at all – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  20. You and Bentley would make a great team. We always jokingly say, “Don’t move, Bentley” he never does! BOL!

  21. What a mess….MOL 😀 But there’s always a vacuum cleaner to clean it up and start again 😉 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

    • Thanks, Little B. Vacuum cleaners are amazing. When Mom’s vacuum died, she thought we’d be buried in dog hair before the new one arrived. …but we made it. Whew!

      Love and licks,

  22. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay a messy howse is a cozy howse i always say!!! uhhh the hyoomans mite disagree tho!!! ha ha ok bye

    • The humans might disagree, D, but I AGREE 100%. Messes are fun to make and also fun to lie down on…

      Love and licks,

  23. Very good, Cupcake, very good! I can see only a really small room for further improvement:

  24. Life, in general, is messy too, Cupcake. Keep helping your mom and encourage her to keep going. Love your adorable photos and video. ❤

  25. Cupcake, I’ve scrapped lots of stories, too. Life is just messy sometimes! You’re brave! Our little Brownie RUNS & HIDES from the vacuum cleaner! 🙂

    • Thanks, P. There aren’t a lot of things I’m brave about, but I’m resigned to the vacuum. It’s out and running a thousand times a day. Mom says it’s because of my furs. I think it’s because she’s a psychopath.

      Love and licks,

      • Well, you sure look brave! I don’t worry much about Brownie’s fur which is longer than yours for sure! We just pick it up with our hands. Our vacuum is bigger and heavier than your mom’s!

  26. I love that the vacuum doesn’t bother you. 🙂

  27. […] You wait to get chased out of bed. […]

  28. Those toys leap around by themselves and then we get heck for making a mess. It’s not fair I say!

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