Wednesday, April 29, 2009

...and what a day it was!

Thank you so much for your birthday wishes, my blogger pals. It's really awesome when you guys use doggie phrases in your comments!

My birthday started off with a lovely surprise last night. I got to join my humans when they went out for dinner at the Boathouse (Amber's been there too. But then again, Amber gets to go to lots of cool places). I was so excited! Now, in Malaysia, most restaurants don't allow dogs, so it is a rare treat indeed. The Boathouse provided a red doggie bowl filled with water and some doggie treats, which I finished in less than 5 seconds. Of course, trust mum to have thought about my beagle appetite. Whilst she and dad had NZ tenderloin steak and scallop spaghetti, I chomped on my special Pedigree bone treat which they bought from Bangkok.

Dad was rather nervous about how I would behave in a restaurant but apart from a few loud and deep barks at two noisy motor-cycles nearby, I reckon I was the perfect lady beagle. In fact, after I chomped down the bone and finished sniffing my surroundings (typical beagle!), I was ready for a snooze...What a great end to my pre-birthday treat!

The surprises continued today. Instead of the normal morning walk, mum detoured to a small park nearby (that's the great thing about mum working from home - she can take the time off to do things like that. Sweet!) I went off-leash, happily exploring the grounds with mum keeping a close eye coz the park isn't fenced off. However, she wasn't quick enough to stop me from rolling over a small dollop of squirrel poo. Humans just don't understand why we love sniffing, licking, eating and rolling over squirrel poo! Now ordinarily, I would be sent to the doghouse (or more likely, the bath house) for doing something like that, but since it is my birthday, I got off scott-free!

After that, we had a game of fetch - my favourite! The day is getting better and better.

Anyway, I figured since it was my birthday, I should apply beagle doggedness to my negotiation skills. After all, my humans have already done what they've never done before - take me out to a restaurant. So I figured there must be something special about turning 7 years old. Now, typically, I communicate with my humans with expressions and paw-language (yeap, I sit in front of my humans and paw them when I want something - usually it's my dinner). But I imagine if I could talk with mum, our conversation would be something like this:

Kess: "Mum, it's my birthday. I've been a good beagle. Surely, I deserve some special treats, you know...the edible super yummy finger licking kind..."
Mum: "That's why we took you out for dinner last night. You enjoyed yourself, didn't you?"
Kess: "It was super cool. We should do it more often. The thing is, you guys got to eat steak and scallops and all I got was a bone. Not that it wasn't a yummy bone. But surely, I deserve a little bit more. You know, Oorvi gets KFC and Maggie and Mitch gets ice cream..."
Mum: "Hmm...Let me think about it"

Will this underdog beagle get her fondest birthday wish for a special dinner treat? Or will mum, the top dog overrule her?


ev said...

happy birthday sweetie! sounds like you had an awesome day! i just watched marley and me and i loved it! funny and touching. some parts reminded me of you and some parts reminded me of you pal, rusky. get mum to let you watch (if you haven't), it's a beautiful depiction of human's relationship with their dogs. i betcha mum's gonna shed a tear or two too ;) *hugs*


Sounds like a dog gone good barkday, any way you bark it.

Dog speed,

Essex & Deacon

Martha said...

What a great day - we would never be allowed in a restaurant in the UK! Lucky if they let us sit outside when it is nice. You got special treatment alright!
No humans do not understand the whole rolling about in smelly things - we go to great lengths to get nice and smelly and then they wash us!!!
You see they want dogs but dont want to live in the doghouse! They want nice pleasant houses. Glad your mum was more understanding on your barkday but she will no doubt wash you anyway!
Martha & Bailey xx

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

I am soooo sure rolling in skhwirrel poo was amongst the highligts of your pawesome barkday!

Tank woo fur sharing!


Anonymous said...

Happy 7th birthday, Kess! What a beautiful birthday girl you are! And you got to go out to a real restaurant? Woo hoo! I vote for ice cream next!

See ya!

Life With Dogs said...

I am late making the rounds, so happy birthday! Glad you enjoyed the restaurant visit, that is a huge treat. Love the pics!

Cinnamon and Mint said...

Hi Kess,
Happy Birthday, little lady!!
You are a lucky Beagle!! As, here in Auckland, we have never heard of a restaurant which allows dogs inside, Cookie and Cinnamon have never been to one like that, althouh they have been to cafes with tables outside.
I bet you got something special for dinner as well. Am I right? I wonder what you got if you did.

Lorenza said...

Happy Birthday Kess!
Sounds like you had a pawesome celebration even without that yummy steak!
Kisses and hugs

i said...

Happy barkday! Sounds like you have a great time there. Dining in a restaurant, rolling in squirrel poo in the park...Pure bliss!

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