Monday, August 18, 2008

When Dogs Decorate


I've collected ironstone for years, and I'm always reshuffling it.


The clinking attracts a four-legged designer--he runs over to investigate. "What's this?" he says. "She's moving the dishes again--ooh, I don't like it."





"Less is more," he says and knocks down one of the apples.



"Oops, it fell."



And it rolls!


"I"ll take my payment in Milk Bones," says Mister.


Mister trots off to chase a fly, and the human immediately replaces the apple.



By the time Mister returns, he's stunned. She's removed all of the edibles," says Mister. "And added orange flowers. I'm not sure I like this!"


"No, wait, I smell something rottingly divine."



How to tell my mistress that the pottery, not to mention the orange flowers, look wrong, wrong, wrong? How to gently encourage her to group them? Maybe if I run to the bedroom, she'll follow.

One bark means No, don't put it there, and two barks mean, yes, try it there. Three means, Stop! You've gone too far! Four, your scale is off. Five, count your accessories--3s, 5, 7s, 9s. Six, it's time for a break.


It worked! She's catching on.



"If I DO say so myself, it looks much better. Everyone should have a decorating dog."


"Now that I straightened HER out, now it's time to nap.Unless someone wants to hire me, that is."

33 comments:

  1. * Yep, they're "PRICELESS", aren't they? * (Thanks, Mister, for the happy smiles n' chuckles!)~~~

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  2. Everything you (or Mister) touch is somehow turned to magic.

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  3. How adorable, and oh so funny! I have a decorating cat, she knocked something off the table, and I looked at it and thought it looks much better without that item, she's smarter than I am! She knows everytime I change something and comes and sniffs it! Your little Yorkies are so cute, wish I had one! Connie/puddin07

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  4. You're hired Mister! Do you charge by the hour or take a commission? Can you teach Sophie some of your tricks?
    I think I want to start building an ironstone collection. Yours is just lovely!

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  5. You're such a funny pair & you're both hired! Thanks for the giggles & I love all your ironstone & pottery.

    Diane

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  6. I have a Pooh that gets right bent out of shape if I change things...she snorts and moans, and lays on the items that are in question...You would think she would be used to it by now!

    I do think she and Mister would be great friends!
    It all looks great...thanks for the giggles

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  7. Dogs are allways smart. Think about the ones that can smell where cancer is in the body. That is a real trick. Kathy

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  8. Thanks for the chuckle~~~my Tally likes to decorate too only hers is with her fur on one particular chair of mine which she claims is hers~~LOL French;)

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  9. Hi Gollum,
    Your cute Mister is very talented little guy! :-) Love your collections of ironstone, too! BTW, I finally took the plunge and started a blog :-)
    http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ Love for you to stop by and visit sometime!
    Susan

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  10. Mister is a master decorator.

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  11. What a fun and happy post to read this morning...thanks for the upbeat start to my day!
    ;-) Brown-Eyes (aka Bo)

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  12. And I thought my dog was smart, because she sits on command! Obviously, Mister has watched his mistress rearrange frequently and has picked up some excellent decorating skills. This was fun. Laurie, a/k/a bargainhunr

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  13. Gollum, I've often wondered how you are able to accomplish so much in your day. Surely, you must have 30 hours in your day while the rest of us have but 24. Now I know your secret... it's your able pawed assistant! Such a great blog today. Carol

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  14. ah ha! So we have it! Mister is your design accomplice for all of these lovely spaces - I knew you couldn't do it all alone, it is just too perfect, like 4 eyes had surveyed every area instead of 2. Wish I had a decorating dog! ;) Scott has collected Pfaltzgraff Heritage pattern for a number of years. We have so much of it that we could literally have a dinner party for 50 and everyone would have a setting from dessert bowl to dinner plate, and everything in between. The ironstone pattern you have collected is very similar to our pfaltzgraff, which we love! I've never even thought of spacing it out like you and Mr. have, but I wonder if it would look funny since it's not a collection, but rather our everyday "china". I do have a small collection of it in a green that was not a common manufacture that is mostly serving dishes. Can you ask Mister what he thinks? ;)

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  15. Heeheehee! I actually remember when you posted some of these pics on RMS. It was funny then and it's still funny now. Doggy power!!!!!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  16. What a cute story to wake up to! Loved it...that Mister is a design guru! Mine doesn't decorate, but feels nothing looks perfect until she's sitting on it! The ultimate accessory!

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  17. Too funny! I could use a little doggy help over here. Does he take consulting jobs?

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  18. Mister I believe you are a decorating diva like your master.. I love the white ironstone.. I remember some of his antics from before.. glad to know he hasn't slowed down any... he is "adorable".. hugs ~lynne~

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  19. How cute is that! I love creamware too (I don't have real ironstone), and started a collection last year. Just love it, so versatile to move around. Your's is beautiful, as is your whole house.

    Rhoda

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  20. *** LAURIE's comment is so cute, n' she raises a good point there!*** Sooo, gotta get "sleeping Belle" OFF of my FEET right now n' have HER help ME w/ some projects ~~~ and we'll see how she does...........!!! Thanks, Gollum!*** Linda

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  21. Please, Mister, please, don't play B17.... wait, that's not what I meant to type. Please, Mister, please come and teach my 3 yorkies to decorate because their Mommy needs your help desperately!! Beautiful job - Mister has quite the eye. :)

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  22. Never underestimate the powers of a fur baby! Just adorable.
    Lisa & Alfie

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  23. He is very talented. How is he with the cleaning? My Daisy has a fight with my swifer duster each time I use it. My cleaning lady just gave up and bought her one of her own. We think that she believes it to be alive??

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  24. That is so sweet girl!!! lol I love your ironstone and the cabinet is just gorgeous with it in there!

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  25. Justine I so remember this also it was the cutest thing Gollum... you have a mighty cute desigm star in the making there with Mister.. this was so funny thanks again for sharing. hugs and smiles

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  26. Gollum, been away for a few days. I just love yorkies. My daughter's friend has one. They gave it a bath at my home one day, and when I saw it wet I laughed so hard that I started crying. There my fav next to my weiner minnie. love J

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  27. You're both adorable...and Crumpet says we're nuts if we don't hire Mister. Crumpet says he has amazing taste for one of those "little dogs".

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  28. Dooney-girl (who sits in my lap while I read your blog each day) LOVED today's post! I think there may be the beginnings of "puppy love" for Mister in her little Min Pin heart! I do, however, believe their potential love match will include a reversal of traditional roles. Dooney girl doesn't decorate, but does enjoy sitting in her Lazy Dog Recliner...hmmmm.

    Thanks for the puppy pics! Priceless

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  29. Just love your commentary and the photos for three reasons... cute, cute doggy, lovely ironstone and photos give close-ups of your fabulous furniture and accessories! Just LOVE it ALL!!! Great job on the blog. :-) - SherylCanadianGirl

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  30. Too cute! Can I borrow him for a weekend?

    Laura :)

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  31. Love your Ironstone! Your doggie post is so cute, I have a Yorkie too, but mine would not have been so well behaved...he would have eaten the apple!

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  32. I remember these pictures from RMS! I loved them then and still do, so adorable of your little decorator to help you out!

    I love ironstone and hope to collect it someday!

    Kady

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  33. My first time to visit your blog. And yes, I had fun. Everything is beautiful. Thank you.

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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