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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Labrador Wisdom

Boogie and Gypsy are a bit peeved that they have not been properly introduced on this blog. Although they have been mentioned in passing a few times, they would like to be given a chance to say their piece. So here is their long-overdue photograph (the yellow one is Boogie, the black one’s Gypsy) – and in their own words, the golden rules they live by.

Boogie has distilled the wisdom and experience of nine years into the following words of advice:

1. It is never a bad time to take a nap
2. Melting eyes and a woebegone face can usually get you anything you want
3. If they give you an inch, take two yards. It is the only way to ensure your place on the bed
4. Turning into a dead weight is the most effective way to avoid doing what you don’t want to do
5. The surest way to make sure you have the pillow to yourself is to drool on it
6. When you’re really in trouble, it is best to grovel
7. Be suspicious of anyone who wants to lure you out of the room with a biscuit. In life, there are no free biscuits
8. Be careful of going to sleep with your toes exposed. You never know who may be lurking with a nail-cutter
9. Never, NEVER waste food

Gypsy admires Boogie and thinks she's really cool. But while she emulates her in many ways, she secretly disagrees with Boogie on several important issues. Here is a glimpse of Gypsy's ideology:

1. It is never a bad time for a walk
2. Keep your eyes on the ball at all times
3. Speed and agility are the surest ways to win – and don’t let Boogie tell you otherwise
4. A good tummy rub a day is essential for happiness
5. Cuddling up with someone you love is a cure for all evils
6. Be suspicious of doorbells that ring before 8 am. They usually mean a visit from the vet
7. An outstretched paw can make up for the gravest of misdeeds

8. A bean bag is the best thing ever invented. After chewies.
Never, NEVER waste food

Boogie and Gypsy would like to thank you for your attention, and are available to respond to questions, comments and discussion.


  • anjali,

    Those are the wisest dogs i have come across ... not to forget how cute they are and a little scary when u meet them for the first time!!

    i completely agree with Boogies philosphy to life ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:42 AM, November 28, 2005  

  • Gosh! They are adorable!! I absolutely LOVE dogs...especially puppies. We have adopted one from my in-laws and she thinks she belongs to a royal family. She is 12 years old but does not behave it :-) Don't dogs make you laugh? They do the weirdest of things.

    And if you have ever noticed stray dogs in india after the world has gone to sleep - they are always running - as if they have a mission to accomplish. They are very focused about where they are headed :-S

    By Blogger ..., at 2:51 AM, November 29, 2005  

  • very cute doggies you have there. i am also planning on adopting a black laby...i just love the way they look at u when they knw they have done something wrong...cant help but melt :)

    By Blogger Siri, at 5:08 AM, November 29, 2005  

  • "The surest way to make sure you have the pillow to yourself is to drool on it"

    I think my husband knows your dogs

    By Blogger The ramblings of a shoe fiend, at 5:25 AM, November 29, 2005  

  • Cute and funny..

    I kind of fancy Gypsy better.. :D..

    I'm glad I bloghopped over. Some damn good writing here.. :-)

    By Blogger Leon, at 12:03 AM, November 30, 2005  

  • Madam Boogie, Madam Gypsy, one is overwhelmed by your collective wisdom. Please feel free to visit one's humble blog anytime.

    By Blogger One in a Billion, at 8:27 AM, November 30, 2005  

  • hmmm....they haven't said anything abt their mistress, though...great post, as usual..

    By Blogger the Monk, at 11:07 AM, November 30, 2005  

  • anon: B&G are quite delighted to know you find them scary. That's quite a feat from their perspective, given their hitherto unsuccessful struggles with inducing fear in cats and squirrels

    Keya: Welcome! And yes, I know all about these 'royal' dogs :)

    siri: Yes, those melting looks are tough, aren't they?. And these rascals know it too!

    sf: lol ... boogie's wisdom has spread far and wide!

    leon: welcome - and a delighted gypsy waves hi!

    the one: boogie and gypsy graciously accept your invitation. You will soon find them frequent visitors to your blog. They recognize in you a kindred wisdom.

    monk: thanks ... and you forget, their words of wisdom have been carefully edited by their mistress. All wisecracks about said mistress have been painstakingly deleted.

    By Blogger Anjali, at 12:08 AM, December 01, 2005  

  • boogie and gypsy..pray...tell me where i can find your brother/sister kind in bangalore...i assure you they will get a doting friend in me :-)
    and do ask your mistress to check out my thoughts (at my blog) in order to help you decide

    By Blogger Siri, at 12:48 AM, December 01, 2005  

  • Who let the dogs out?

    Kiddin..good one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:20 AM, December 01, 2005  

  • Lovely! I think I will co-opt every one of their gems of advice. No reason why they should'nt work for me, right?

    By Blogger Sujatha, at 5:49 AM, December 01, 2005  

  • Siri - B&G will let you know if they come across anyone of their kind :)

    anon - :)

    Sujatha: No reason at all. I have been learning at the feet of these masters myself!

    By Blogger Anjali, at 3:53 AM, December 03, 2005  

  • Anjali, YOU have been learning at their feet?! Somehow, having seen them in action, and known you for so long, i think THEY have learnt at your feet!

    Nice post.

    By Anonymous tara, at 5:19 AM, December 03, 2005  

  • Boogie and Gypsy, Hi! Oops, I meant bow!

    By Blogger Rahul, at 11:08 PM, January 17, 2006  

  • Dogs bring forth the utmost in unconditional love. My dog Honey(who was found in a dumspter) has always greeted me with love and carries an uplifting and contagious energy. I see Boogie and Gypsy will bring you so much love and laughter.

    Thanks for sharing


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:53 PM, December 29, 2006  

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