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Five Word Friday

Today’s 5 words are from an old story that Mom started working on recently. As always when she read it, she said out loud to herself, “Such a cute story.” And, “How can I make it better?” And, “Stop running so close to the….

…water dish. Ugh.” Then she said naughty words and, “I should buy stock in paper towels.” Then she called me the name, “Mental Case.” #rude

Friends – I have many dog friends at my apartment complex. They like to sniff me, and most of the time I turn to stone with fear or hide behind Mom for protection. Occasionally, I come out and sniff my friends. *shiver* Mom tells me I was brave and gives me a treat.

Jacket – I have a lot of jackets, sweaters, jammies, and t-shirts. I wear them all year round for cold protection, sun protection, and apparently filth protection in case I accidentally (on purpose) lie down in trash, dumpster spillage, or bird poop.

School – Mom says school visits are always fun and full of surprises.

She hasn’t been to any lately because of lockdown and the pandemic. Whenever book #2 comes out, the first thing she will do is schedule an author visit. I have been to school with Mom a bunch of times.

I liked the kids petting me, the teacher talking about me, and Mom letting me show off some of my tricks. But the absolute best part of school is named Lunchboxes. Oh boy – do they smell good.

Third – I am Mom’s 3rd doggie in her adult life. Before me there were Sandi and Smoki. I am the first doggie that Mom chose and trained and lived with all by herself. The elusive book #2 will really be Mom’s 3rd book if we count her e-book, which we do although it may or may not still be available on the platform that e-published it.

Halloween – Mom does not love Halloween at all. She has written one Halloween story in her life, and it isn’t one of her favorites. She says it’s PTSD from spending 35 Halloweens with 8- and 9-year-olds. #gofigure I love Halloween.

Comments on: "Five Word Friday" (47)

  1. we hope that things are back to normal soon and your mama can go to read her stories to da kids… we bet they missed her a lot!!!

  2. Cupcake your mom is an awesome story teller, this blog makes me so happy. I especially love the hilarious photos of you laying down on walks, you’re so precious! I think if she writes a story about you it would make a perfect children’s book. Much love to you both xoxo

    • Thanks, N. I always try to be precious, so I appreciate you noticing. Street naps are my favorite summer hobby. “Taking a walk” has a different meaning for us. A walk is when I sleep on the hot ground and Mom stands there like a jackass waiting for me to get up. #exerciseisoverrated

      Love and licks,

  3. Hahaha…school days with all that lunchboxes around are just perfect 😉 🐶
    You are way too cute in all your Halloween costumes 😉🐶💕

  4. Oh Cupcake – so many adorable photos of you! I see you’re back to street-napping which is one of your favorite things……and won’t it be FUN when you can visit kids in school again? I know they love you – you’re very lovable. Book 2 for your Mom means she’ll be out and about talking about it and you will be her “sidekick” (don’t worry – no kicking involved – it’s just one of those human words for “buddy”).

    Love and Hugs, Teddy

    • Oh yeah, T. It is back to street nap season for me. Thank you for clarifying that kicking thing. When Mom first rescued me from the street life, I was very afraid of the sound of soccer balls being kicked in my neighborhood. She did not want to wonder why. *shiver*

      Love and licks,

  5. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake I can’t wait for you and mom to go to school again and the kids and you will have the best of times! That poster one of the children made for you pictured in your blog is super good. Did your mom take it home and save it for you? It would be framed and on the wall over my beddie of I had such an honor! XXOO

    • Thanks, KI. School is a blast. Mom kept the Cupcake poster hanging on the bulletin board in her writing area for a LONG time. I don’t think it made the move when we came to our new apartment. But we LOVED it very much and you are right to call it an honor. It was!

      Love and licks,

  6. We hope Mom is having fun revising the old story. Our Mom likes to pull stories from drawers sometimes, too. We prefer when she pulls biscuits from the cupboard for us instead. ~your friends, the Two Orange Pups

    • LOL! LOL! You pups have the right idea. Reaching in for paper and reaching in for treats is a BIIIIGGG difference. I am with you on the right result! #brilliant

      Love and licks,

  7. Mental case? Stock in paper towels? I’m sorry but that was funny. 😂 🐶

    You are both the troopiest of troopers, waiting on the book #2 but I can see it on the horizon. It’s been long in the making (or I should say long in the right people making the smart decision to realize book #2 when they see it) It’s just around the corner. Paws crossed, dogfriend.

    And Halloween ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, so there’s that. 🎃 👻 🧙🏼 🍭 😵‍💫
    ❤️ 📕 ❤️

    • Thanks, G. You know it about Halloween. Blerg. The costumes are cool, but I am never allowed to eat the candy. I didn’t see that twist coming. We love that you are always rooting for Mom’s success. Meanwhile, we are patient and plugging along as always. Mom says if it weren’t for me, a roll of paper towels would last forever!

      Love and licks,

  8. You dress up so NICELY!!!

  9. Still have a copy of your Mom’s ‘Put Your Ear on the Ball.” One of my favorites and there is nothing else I’ve seen like it. Love the classroom visits you both do — I bet you are a big hit too, Cupcake! What a great way to get ideas. Does your mom every read her stories to kids and ask them what they think?

    • Awww… Thanks, P. Mom usually doesn’t read her stories to kids as a test group. She thinks they will like her stories if they like her. Plus kids like being read to, so they’re not real picky about the story itself. She shows them to a friend or two and mostly her critique group. They’re objective.

      Love and licks,

  10. You help your mom a lot Cupcake. You both need to get back into the classrooms and have your mom read to them. You are her helpmate in the clasrooms.


    • Thanks, S. I keep trying to tell Mom how much of a help I am, but she is reluctant to believe me. I am a story waiting to happen.

      Love and licks,

  11. Does your mum make you smile as much as she (and of course you) do? She/you always crack us up. Happy Monday!
    Your fur-iends,
    Norman & Elsa 🐾

  12. Those are a lot of treats. You must have been very brave. 🙂

  13. Margret Abbott said:

    I hope that one day when you and your mom get to go back into the schools to see the kids that someone’s lunchbox will be slightly open and your mom will be distracted long enough for you to get at least a really really good sniff if not a nibble. ~ Bea Puppy

  14. OMD, this was a super duper postie!!!! I can’t waits to see your Moms bookie! And, not for nothin’, butts I would have jumped on that table and scarfed all those treaties before Ma knew what happened! BOL!!!
    You knows, I can honestly say, I have never laid down on a walkie…..I’ll have to think abouts that and see if it’s useful….😉
    I hopes you gets to visit the shrunken peeps real soon Cupcake! they do drop the bestest foodables!
    Ruby ♥

    • Thanks, R. You are SO right about the shrunken peeps. Not only do they drop awesome floorfood, but they also taste delicious. Sometimes their hands taste like french fries and their shoes taste like dirt, and their faces taste like bubblegum. I love those guys!

      Love and licks,

  15. No wonder you like Halloween, look at all those amazing and cute costumes. I especially love the convict – K94LIFE, hehehehe ! Stay cool and keep on napping 💛💛

    • Thanks, K. On Halloween, we trick or treat at the leasing office of our building. Mom gets more treats than I do, even though she doesn’t dress up.

      Love and licks,

  16. Lulu: “It’s nice of you to let your mom come along with you and talk about her book when you go out to meet your adoring public, Cupcake!”

  17. So your mom puts clothes on you to keep you clean. We. Are. Not. Letting. Mom. Read. This. Lucy and Xena

    • I know what you mean, kids. But besides the filth, it does help with my allergies, soooo…. My summer jammies have SPF protection in them and on superhot days Mom dips them in cold water before she puts them on me. That feels nice.

      Love and licks,

  18. You were your Mom’s third doggie? It is nice to know about Sandi and Smoki. I enjoy your outfits and it will be a great day when you can visit the schools again in your colorful dresses and sweaters. Oops with the water dish!

    • Thanks, Pix. Third in her adult life. Mom’s family ALWAYS had dogs. Lots and lots – Heidi, Major, Jet, Sport, Lady, Teddy, and a bunch that she doesn’t even remember. She is dog people from way back.

      Love and licks,

  19. Now about those treats…it’s only show, huh? One for you and the rest for the kids…eh…the furriends right? least the kids love you very much as you are right in the picture💗 You always look Stunning! in all your outfits, especially as the magician✨Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday to you and you mommy🐾😽💞

    • Thanks, Little B. Mom is famous for posing me with all sorts of yummy stuff and then giving me a Cheerio after the photo shoot. I think it;s called “bait and switch.”

      Love and licks,

  20. Fairy Queen said:

    Oh so sweet puppy 😍😍😍

  21. Super cute wardrobe! Don’t tell your Mom, but I love dressing my dogs for Halloween and also my cats! LOL

    • LOL! Thanks, M. Cats I’ve seen on Instagram do not do well with dressing up. I hope yours do better!

      Love and licks,

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