Creativity and Happiness: a guest post by Lola

My person is happiest when she’s doing something creative. She smiles and laughs more when she’s able to express her creativity through movement in dance, with words in her writing, or with color and texture when she plants flowers in the garden.

Lately, she’s been making a few special presents which she says is a lot more fun than buying them. I know she likes what she’s doing because she’s singing all the time. Sometimes she’s a little loud, but except for that, it sounds nice to me. The most fun is when she sings and dances at the same time. I love to join in and we boogie around the house together. She skips and twirls and I leap around her. We’ve got quite a routine.

Other than dancing, my creative endeavors lean toward excavation (I love to dig trenches in the back yard) and persuasion (I can find a million ways to coax my people to play with me). I’ve enjoyed my foray into writing, though, and I was honored when my pal Bongo gave me an award to celebrate my creative efforts. Thank you, Bongo, for giving my person and me the Kreativ Blogger award.

I met Bongo online after I visited his hometown and I love to read about his wonderful hikes. There are always great photos of the places he goes.  You can read about his adventures at Bongo Dog Blog.

In celebration of creativity, my task is to share a few things about myself. I’ll try to be as creative as I can without resorting to the fiction that my person likes to write.

  1. I love to dance with my person, whether it’s canine freestyle or just dancing around the living room.
  2. I’m good at catching rats.
  3. I am very, very, very fast, which is why I’m good at catching rats.
  4. I am an expert snuggler.
  5. My favorite place to sleep is on my other person’s side of the bed with my head resting on his pillow.

Since this award is for both my person and for me, I asked her who she wanted to pass it to. She chose  Quilting Under the Sun. Colleen shares photos of her beautiful quilting projects and stories about her family which includes two dogs and a cat. Sounds like a happy place to me. I’m sure you’ll enjoy a visit to Colleen’s blog.

And now, as a special holiday treat, I’d like to share a unique canine freestyle performance. Take a look at this trailer for the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe’s version of the Nutcracker. These are some creative canines.


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29 responses to “Creativity and Happiness: a guest post by Lola

  1. Congrats on your award, Lola. You sure do keep busy around there but I suppose there’s no other way to keep up your figure and all. Chasing rats takes a lotta skill. Not that I would know personally but they look pretty fast. Glad your person is happy with being creative. It does do the heart good. 🙂

    • lolapup

      Thanks, Totsy. I do expend a lot of energy when I’m patroling the yard for rats and other invaders. That does keep me trim.

  2. I can relate to your person–I’m at my happiest when I’m tapping into my creativity and this Christmas season I’ll be attempting to make many of my own presents. And what a great video! That takes some very talented pups.

    • lolapup

      Thanks for visiting, Stephanie. My person really does like to make things. She says sometimes her projects don’t work out like she plans, but if she’s having fun, she doesn’t mind. Glad you liked the video.

  3. Congrats to both of you, and that video is so cute!

    • lolapup

      Thanks! The video is great, isn’t it. I’ve put a copy of the DVD on my Christmas list. Maybe Santa will bring it to me.

  4. Lola, sweetheart, congratulations on your award! I so enjoyed this video! Those furry friends are brilliant! I watched it with Roxy on my lap cause she’s a snuggler like you and we chuckled with the black dog at the end dressed like a king. Later on we’re going to boogey in the kitchen–just like you and mom! 🙂

    • lolapup

      Thanks, Bella! I knew Roxy would like that video. The black dog did a great job in his role as the Mouse King. I guess some dogs are made for the stage. Enjoy your happy dancing.

  5. Congratulations on the award and thanks for sharing the creativity that makes us all smile!

  6. Dancing looks like a lot of fun, but my person says I probably wouldn’t cooperate. Maybe I could get some rat catching lessons from you Lola. My person says she’s never seen any around our house, but she just found some mounds in the yard that look like gophers.

    • lolapup

      Dancing is fun, but those dogs were pretty advanced. It takes a lot of practice to get to that level.
      I’d be happy to give you some rodent chasing tips, but I have to tell you that gophers are harder to catch than rats. They run for their tunnels and then you have to dig for them. I don’t mind digging, so I haven’t given up on clearing them out of the yard.

  7. CongRATulations Lola and Shary. Lola, I never knew you were an expert rat catcher!

  8. Lola, you and you human really deserve the award. Congratulations to you both!

  9. Congratulations Lola!!!! You deserve this ward for your great blog! Talk about excavations, one of our Collies MacKenzie loved to dig and once dug a hole big enough in my rose garden that I could’ve drove my pickup truck into it! Seriously… he had dug all day… LOL

    God Bless You,

    Chuck and the Collies 🙂

    • lolapup

      Thanks, Chuck. And thanks for being so understanding about digging. Once we get going on a project, it’s hard to stop. 🙂

  10. Nel

    Well-deserved, Lola and Shary! =)

    I wish I could be as fast as you, Lola (not for rat-catching though). As for digging, have you found anything interesting lately?

    • lolapup

      I’m always digging for gophers and mice, but I’ve never caught one in a tunnel. I keep trying, though.

  11. Lola, you truly deserve this honor!

  12. Congratulations, Lola. What an achievement! 🙂

  13. Wow, what a wonderful and fun post — congratulations on the award but bigger congrats on being an expert snuggler & dancer w/ your person — support and fun with pals like you really keeps us writers going!

    • lolapup

      Thanks, Julia. I do my best to help her be productive. Sometimes that means I have to interrupt her so she can take a break, though. Breaks are important. 🙂

  14. Fun post. Whenever my creativity needs a kick in the pants, I pet a cat. They’re pretty snoot and won’t share their creativity, but the static from their fur helps my brain recharge. Congrats on your award.

  15. Hi!
    We have been a touch behind in reading since mom had her operation. But, we collies understand the need for creativity such as group digging, group playing, group barking with the occasional individual creativity unique to our personalities such as doing something cute that makes out humans laugh! . 🙂 Great post!

    God Bless You!

    Chuck and the Collies 🙂

    • lolapup

      I’m glad your mom is recovering. Creative exercises are great for the brain, but group creativity is just plain fun!