Perspective: a guest post by Lola

Lola's Serious FaceThere’s a lot of writing going on at our house, but somehow it isn’t getting onto the blog, so I decided to help out again. I’m very busy patrolling the yard and taking my person out for walks, but I don’t mind sacrificing a nap here and there so I can have a chat with friends.

My person has been working on a lot of short stories lately. She says it’s nice to actually complete a project sometimes. I guess novels are so long that they can seem impossible to finish. Dogs don’t ever let the size of a job intimidate them, though.  If you see a big pile of dirt, just start digging. Eventually, it will be flat. If there’s a tall hill in front of you, you don’t have to make the trip in one leap. Put one paw in front of the other and you’ll find your way to the top.

A big job doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s all in how you look at it. Perhaps one day my person will understand this.

Kway Paay Peak is a steep climb, but if you keep moving forward, you get to the top.

Kwaay Paay Peak is a steep climb, but if you keep moving forward, you get to the top.

She reads some of her stories to me and I like them a lot, especially the ones that are about dogs.  I was even the main character in one of them. In that story I’m outside in the back yard at night and then… never mind… I don’t want to spoil it for you.

If she works hard, she might get it published and then you can read it, too. Maybe the same will be true of her novel. It’s more about people than dogs, but there are dogs in it and she said I might have a cameo role.  I don’t know what that means but it sounds delicious.

It’s almost time for my next nap and I need to make one more pass around the yard. I hear a hawk calling and he’s probably perched in one of my pine trees. I’ve got work to do!

   Barking       Hawk


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26 responses to “Perspective: a guest post by Lola

  1. We’ve missed you Lola, so glad to read an update. Sounds like your person is doing an amazing job of writing, and I am keeping my fingers crossed her work gets published, too, because she really is a talented lady who works hard at her craft!

  2. Thank you Lola for filling us in on all the delightful details in your person’s life! I look forward to getting to read some of the outcomes of her process!

  3. Ah, now that’s my kind of thinking. Thought provoking and hopeful. And the closeup of Lola is amazing at high resolution.

    Though short, this is one of my favorites of your many blogs. But then I’ve always liked writing short stories even if, ultimately, I’d like to write a novel. Sometimes I think that short stories are like short journeys and a novel is a trip around the world. Is a life filled with short, interesting journeys any less fulfilling than a life which includes a trip around the world? I think it just might be (but I still think of that trip around the world from time to time).

    • Thanks, Tom! Bruce took that photo of Lola. He loves doing it, if only he had more time.

      I’ve always been a fan of short stories but haven’t written many until just lately. I love your travel analogy. I’m still working on those short journeys and that trip around the world!

  4. Lola, thanks for letting us know what your person has been up to. I look forward to reading her stories when she’s ready. In the meantime, that’s some hawk. Great photos!

    • Lola

      Thank you, Monica. I’ll tell her to keep working. I can’t take credit for the photos since I don’t have thumbs, but I am the inspiration.

  5. Hi Lola. Yes, you are right – everything in life is about perspective. I am very pleased to hear that your mom is writing. Good luck with that. By the way, great photos!

  6. What a fabulous post… I love this the most: “If you see a big pile of dirt, just start digging. Eventually, it will be flat.” That’s EXACTLY how I feel these days. Can’t wait to read the stories about you — and the others, too!

    • Lola

      I’m so glad you agree with my outlook. My person is easily overwhelmed by big jobs and I’m trying to teach her to take things one step at a time. She’s slow to learn, but I think she’ll get it.

  7. Let us know when these stories are published, please, Lola – can’t wait to read them!

  8. Dear Lola,
    I quite enjoyed reading your thoughts from the back of the woman’s chair. It will give me something to contemplate while I watch feline TV (out the window by the Woman’s chair). There are many birds I like to watch and I have been trying to figure out what makes the noise on the roof. I will have to be patient and see if I can spot the creature. Of course I will probably still chase round the house inside as it chases outside because it is fun to fluff my tail up and let loose.

    • Lola

      Hello, Cousin Lacy! I bet the things on the roof are crows or squirrels. If you bark at them, they’ll go away. Wait… I forgot. You don’t bark. Just keep chasing.

  9. Lola, I like your perspective! You’re right about putting one paw in front of the other. Sometimes it takes this kind of wisdom from man’s (or woman’s) best friend to see the big picture. Thank you!
    P.S. “Hi” to your person! 🙂

  10. Lola!! Roxy and I were so happy to see you had posted! We have missed your posts and your person’s as well! How wonderful to see that you’re busy patrolling the yard. I read to Roxy as well. She’s the protagonist of many of my posts. I think the stories that feature you should be fantastic! I hope you’ll post again soon! Hugs to you and your person from Roxy and me! 🙂

    • Lola

      I love reading about Roxy’s adventures. And I love that my person isn’t the only one with Internet friends! Hugs back to you both.

  11. I love Lola’s wisdom. Out of the mouths of pups…

  12. Lola! You’ve got to be the coolest dog EVER! I think you’re awesome Dude or Dudette? And I also think that we’ve got a lot to learn from you 🙂 Thanks for teaching us!

    • Lola

      Thank you, Connie! I’m a very happy, confident girl. That’s a natural state for most canines and I love sharing my perspective with my person and her friends. My person visited your blog and she says that you teach people to be happier, too and that you have a lot of wisdom to share. I’m so glad to have met you!

  13. Bipeds could learn a lot from us dogs about how to approach life!