Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!


Even though my brain is very tiny, and I am not a great problem solver, I am able to devise a strategy for survival when necessary. Surviving was the name of the game when I lived on the street by myself for three years before I was rescued.

Me at the high-kill shelter with my puppies.

Mom is surviving as a writer. Even though she hasn’t had a story published in a while, she plugs away – writing, revising, editing, and submitting. And reading, researching, critiquing, and creating. That’s her strategy.

My strategy changes from time to time. I like to stay proactive and flexible.

Often, I hide – under cars…

behind the bleachers…

and half under the bed…

Nobody will ever find me here.

I watch – the ceiling

through the window…

and out the door…I’ve also had success with my strategy of staring with…

and without the head tilt…

I’m known for keeping my distance…

Keep reading. I’ll just listen from over here behind the chair…


and straight-up stubbornness.

Mom should step up her strategy game. Apparently, plugging away isn’t proactive and flexible enough!

I’m fine. I swear. It’s not too cold for a street nap. #staystubborn



Comments on: "Strategy" (44)

  1. so cute and clever

  2. our strategy is stubbornness too, we can be like mules… and no carrot can change our mind… butt treats can ;O)

    • It’s my favorite strategy of them all, P. And you kids have got the advantage of doing everything times two! Brilliant!

      Love and licks,

  3. Cupcake I think your strategy is just fine…….it’s like mine in fact – “keep the human on her toes”……if we become predictable we’ll be boring and we wouldn’t want that right? Heaven forbid we should EVER be boring!

    Cupcake that photo of you with your babies makes me sad but also glad because you got such a wonderful FOREVER home……….

    Love, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. You are so right. Humans MUST be kept alert and uncertain. Our strategies must keep changing so they never know what to expect.

      Love and licks,

  4. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Strategies are good tools to have. I can see that they helped you stay safe while you were waiting to start your life with your mom. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Always! I took good care of my puppies till they were adopted. When I was left behind, people came from NJ and rescued me so Mom could find me. It all worked just the way it was supposed to! Yay! #rescuerocks

      Love and licks,

  5. Best strategies ever. Now. You need to help mom with hers. Maybe she just needs to change things up a little. Donโ€™t ask me how. Iโ€™m not a writer. But seems there might be a rut involved here. Gotta step out of it and I think thatโ€™s done by mixing things up. Mixing? That sounds like a cake thing. This could be going somewhere. ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

    • Thanks, G. Nothing could go wrong if it’s about cake! Mixing things up definitely needs to be part of the plan… For stories AND for dessert! Oh yeah!

      Love and licks,

  6. Sweet little Cupcake, what a survivor you are and you so deserve this sheltered but active, lovely life and the friendship with yuor mom!!! Me thinks, you only need one strategy: just keep on being so incredibly cute and clever!!! Xoxoxo Chalrey and Johanna

    • Awwww…. Thanks, J. and C. You’re the second person who called me clever today. Actually the second person who called me clever IN MY LIFE! Woot! Me – clever. Imagine that!

      Love and licks,

  7. Stubborn is good, but I do prefer to be described as determined.

    I do the head tilt when I’m thinking hard, or trying to look extra cute!

    • The head tilt would definitely bring you off as extra cute, C. And determined has such a positive vibe. Determined it is!

      Love and licks,

  8. Cupcake, my heart goes out to you at that shelter with your puppies. No wonder your Mom couldn’t resist adopting you. And that explains a lot about your fears and behaviors. (I can hear you saying “What?!” And yep, perhaps your Mom may need to change strategies with you. (Although we all know you would just adapt and find other ways #staystubborn.) Amy, Lucy and Xena

    • Thanks, A., L., and X. Lucky Mom has figured out ways to work around my crazy behaviors. She always knows what to do. And I keep changing so she keeps changing. I like to keep her on her toes.

      Love and licks,

  9. I like your plan, Cupcake. Mindy and I practice your plan lots! Boomer P.S. I’m so glad you got adopted. I understand that wonderous need.

  10. Stubborn is the way to go. I know it sounds spoiled but it’s not. Take our word for it.

    Shoko, Tyebe and Budd

    • Oh, I DO take your word, S., T., and B. I have tested the theory many many times. Plus, I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as “spoiled.”

      Love and licks,

  11. chesterspaniel said:

    We are very glad you were rescued! How lucky! I don’t think I’d have been able to survive on the streets for very long.

  12. Strategies are important especially this week when we are scheming ways to get some turkey!

  13. Stubborn is just another word for persistence, Cupcake, and I know you’re Mom understands that term. Happy Thanksgiving – I hope your persistence pays off with lots of turkey treats.

    • You’re right, P. Mom and I are both beyond persistent! I think that’s why we get along so well. Or maybe why she calls me “naughty” a lot..

      Love and licks,

  14. Cupcake, you sure know the moves when you’re outside. You always look ravishing in your sweater.


  15. Hang in there, Genevieve!
    As usual, youโ€™re adorable, Cupcake.

  16. I love your strategies, C! Great post, like always. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. It sounds like you both know what you are doing.

  18. Cupcake, oh my… I don’t think I have ever seen this picture of you with your puppies. I didn’t even know you had puppies. I am so happy you and your Mom found each other. I think I have some “stubborn” going on. I am happy to see a street nap!!!

    • Thanks. I do see some stubborn strategy in you, Pix! I’m pretty sure my puppies were cute. They were adopted right away and I was left behind. That’s because I was waiting for Mom to find me. #missionaccomplished

      Love and licks,

  19. Cupcake, we are very happy to see you with your puppies in that photo. It’s great that all of you were able to find furever homes. Love all the different strategies that you come up with in different situations. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Have a wonderful day.

    • Thanks, World of A. My puppies and I were pretty lucky coming from such a tough place to survive, I hope they’re doing as well as I am! #rescuerocks

      Love and licks,

  20. I think you are more stubborn that I am, but I AM stubborn as well, There are things mom has spoken of to me that I listen to, show interest to her, and immediately go right back to doing what I want, when I want. And where were your booties out there in the snow?

    • Being stubborn is very entertaining. Moms get surprised every time. You sound like you have good technique, KI. That whole pretending to listen is genius. I turn my head when Mom tries to tell me things. I pretend she’s not there. I only wear the boots when there’s too much rock salt on the ground. My paws are fine in the snow, but they burn when they touch the road salt. And Mom won’t carry me because of me apparently being a fat little meatloaf.

      Love and licks,

  21. Charlee: “Wow, Cupcake, your strategy is a lot like mine. Maybe you are an honorary cat!”
    Chaplin: “Or maybe you are an honorary small dog, Charlee.”

  22. That stragedy almost looks like a lifestyle, Cupcake, I have kind of the same..MOL ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for coming to my Pawty. Hope you had a great time, like I had ๐Ÿ˜€ Extra Pawkisses for a wonderful day๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

  23. M. K. Clinton said:

    How did we not know that you were rescued along with your puppies?!? Bless your precious little heart. โ™ฅ

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