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

“What is this character thinking?”

“How does she feel about this?”

“Why is he afraid of that?”

“Who makes her happy?”

These are questions that Mom’s critique group named ConnieLindaJenVijiLaurieandOtherJen ask her about her work. They ask these and many other questions to help Mom to investigate deeper into her characters, their motivations, their feelings, and their goals.

Mom is clearly in the branches, but she needs to dig way down there in the roots.

I am not a doggie who digs – at least not outside.


Sometimes, I dig the pupper cover on the sofa to get it out of the way.

And sometimes, I dig the covers on the bed to make a comfy nest for sleeping while Mom is in the shower.

Of course, as soon as I get the pile just right, Mom comes out of the shower, gets dressed, and chases me off the bed.

Seriously? WHY??

Then I am forced to dig the blanket in my own bed.

Today, Mom dug into the robot vacuum. She dumps the trash cup every day. But just like with her critique partners – when the app told her to – she had to dig deeper. Extractors, filters, edge sweepers, contacts, and sensors were removed, checked, cleaned, wiped, polished, and returned.

Apparently, some of this grossness (ALL of this grossness) is my fault.


I’d like to speak with my lawyer…

Mom says, ” I’m ankle-deep in dog hair, here!” and “How can you shed so much and still have fur?” and “I’m going to save all this hair, make a new dog, and throw you in the garbage.” and…  well, after that I stopped hearing her. I have ALWAYS wanted to get into the garbage. This may be my big chance!



Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (32)

  1. hehehe your mum would never throw you away,and Dogs dig…its natural.You look adorable today,xx Speedy

  2. yes that is THE chance… your mama knows what dogs really want… we never are allowed in the trashcan, but that is the best place to dig to da roots for getting that empty tuna can ;O)

  3. I turned the lawn into a rabbit warren when I was a pup! That’s a good thing, right?

    One of my names is ‘the Hair Factory’ – I get the blame for clogging up the vacuum cleaner, the filter in the washing machine, the back of the fridge… the list goes on! 😀

    • I think you made some rabbits really happy when you were a pup, C. You saved their tiny feet a LOT of work. I think your parents are naughty to call you The Hair Factory when they should be calling you The Fluffiest Dog In The World.

      Love and licks,

  4. OH Cupcake…..your Mom would never get rid of you OR your hair. You are her inspiration and you make her giggle and show her how “uncomplicated” life can be sometimes. That’s what my Mom says about me. She says sometimes “if only I could be you for a little while”……not sure EXACTLY what that means but I think it has to do with complications. ANYWAY, here’s to naps anywhere you can find them!

    Hugs, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. I think when your mom says she wants to be you, maybe she just wants to climb up on the bathroom sink and sip water…

      Love and licks,

  5. Whatever you do DON’T get in the garbage. You may end up going out with it and it’s not the kind of out that gets you to the park. I dig blankets too. They are cool, man. Oh. Not that kind of dig. Well I hope momma can get to the root of Book 2! That’s what I’m sayin’! Keep diggin’!!! 🤪

    • Thanks for the heads up, G. and S. I do want to get into the garbage pail, but I do NOT want to go down the garbage chute. I don’t really even like going near the garbage chute OR the trash room at all. I should leave the digging to Mom…

      Love and licks,

  6. MOL MOL…we all have our dig full moments, Cupcake and what a lucky doggie you are..look at all that garbage….MOL😹We catch you when your mom has made her own doggie, Cupcake, so don’t worry about that…MOL😸Pawkisses for a wonderful week ahead🐾😽💞

  7. Hey Girl, your Mom and Mine just don’t understand FUR!!! We do, don’t we? Boomer

  8. Maybe you should dig into the garbage and see what motivated it to become garbage. Or maybe it was lack of motivation.

  9. chesterspaniel said:

    I like to do all those things too! Oh, and I just got a buzz cut, and there are still dust bunnies floating around the house. It must from some other doggie.

  10. Margret Abbott said:

    Cupcake, You have to dig in order to make a comfy nest and you must have done a great job because you look might comfy.
    Oh and good job to your Mom for digging out and getting the robot vac up and going. Ours gets clogged and sends silly messages to My Margret. ~ nose nudges Bonnie Pup

    • Mom’s robot vacuum also sends her messages. Plus, she knew to clean it out when it was doing a sloppy job one day. Usually it makes everything very neat… until I start walking around.

      Love and licks,

      • Margret Abbott said:

        Making sure the vacuum works up to its potential is certainly a very important job. One which you are doing very well.

  11. Digging is lotsa fun. We all dig in our beds sso they’re more comfy. Your mom is rounding out the personalities of each character until the person can reach out and talk to her. Her characters will have the ability to talk to everyone when she’s finished.

    Jean, Shoko, Tyebe and Budd

    • I would think that you are a big inspiration for your mom’s books. With all that digging, she should get the message to dig deeper, right? Around here, I’m the couch digger and Lucy is the shredder. Xena

    • Good insight, J, S, T, and B. But when those characters start talking, I’m going to hide behind the big chair. Just saying… #cantbetoocareful

      Love and licks,

  12. You look pretty dang comfortable on the couch after digging and making that spot your own! I think Rita, our Roomba is related to your Roomba, Cupcake. I think your Mom has shared a great quote today!

  13. It’s doubtful there’s anything of pup interest in the garbage, Cupcake. The really good stuff has already been consumed and I can’t imagine your mum tossing you into it. Good luck with finding your roots; given our weather, we continue to search for sun in the highest tree possible.

  14. It sounds like Mom has a great group that keeps her busy, but I am so glad she has so much time for you and Mom and I just love the photos she takes of you. 😀

    Digging sure is lots of fun. I think you will love digging into the seasand too. I wish you can come and visit me, then we can have lots of fun! 😀

    I also love to dig on the bed at night and sometimes I dig my way under the covers and Mom and Dad will laugh at me. Then I dig my way out again and kiss Mom until she can’t breathe. 😀

    That robot vacuum sure looks like it can be lots of work. Tell Mom she must she all my hair! Mom says one day she will knit a jersey from it. 😀

    Hahahahhaha! Mom will never throw you in the garbage or make a new dog. She loves you too much! 😀

    I just love you and your Mom’s stories Cupcake. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

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