Have a Lucky St. Paddy’s Day 2018!

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*

Hi Friends, young and old and in-between!
Just for St. Paddy’s Day,
“Mistress Mommy” and I are in disguise.
As pictured here above I’m a Panda Teddy.
“Mommy” is stitching me a fancy green bow,
so I can grab a Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold!

 This weekend our eyes are on
the weather forecast,
urging to keep an eye on Canada’s
Aurora Sky.
As well as on the St. Patrick’s Day Parades.
A good idea as it’s still freezing cold
and snowy at times.
Often, too cold, for venturing outside.
Also, a bird is annoying me by waking me up
every morning at 6:00 AM.
I want him to find another home.
No luck!
The critter seems to be protected by
“Mommy” and an Angel. Grrr…

“Mommy” tried very hard this morning
to get me to like the cardinal
by telling me this lengthy story:

“For uncountable years our garden has
attracted wildlife. Even an owl visited once.
I was looking out of the master bedroom
and there he sat, perched on our pear tree
looking at me straight in the eye.”

“I was just as captivated by the owl’s visit,
as we were in early November once,
when a flock of Canada Geese decided
to take a rest and landed in our street.
Geese fly often pretty low over our house.
These days, they honk to greet us.
A pity, none sweep down for a short rest.”

I thought about telling “Mommy”, that I
would have loved to chase them all,
but I did not. “Mommy” would not have liked
me telling her this. So I licked her
hand instead and went to the kitchen
to eat my breakfast.

Here comes “Mommy” to entertain you!

Bye for now. I’m going to visit the
“Lad Upstairs,”  I like to go for a walk. 🙂

That’s a neat costume, Mommy!”

“Thank you, Little Lion!”

Hi Everyone!

What’s up, I hear you thinking!

Tomorrow, Saturday,

it’s St. Paddy’s Day aka Leprechaun Day.
Parades will be held in many countries.
Some children will make a leprechaun trap
to catch the mischievous elf if they can.
So they may get three wishes from the elf
and perhaps his pot of gold as well.


Have you ever made a leprechaun trap?
If not try it, it’s fun!

The leprechaun may get away but your child
could “trap” a small bag filled with
chocolate “gold” coins, to share with
other kiddies on St. Paddy’s Day.
It will bring a great big smile.
Happy memories last a lifetime!

How to make the leprechaun trap? Visit:


Chocolate coins may be purchased in many stores
everywhere as well as in “Dollar Stores” in Canada.

To get an idea, view special chocolate coins
for an occasion on:


If you like serving an Irish bread give
a genuine Irish Barmbrack bread a try.
It will highlight the fun on St. Patrick’s Day.
Serve each slice with a chocolate “gold” coin
tucked in the middle.
If you are lucky and have an authentic
Canadian Loonie or Toonie 
use the Canadian coin instead.

Serve buttered Barmbrack bread for breakfast
and/or in the afternoon with a cup of
sweetened green tea or
add a bit of green food colour to a glass
of cold or hot lemon or lime juice.

Never heard about a Barmbrack bread, check:


For more fun for your child add a brief note,
how you were so lucky to grab the Loonie,
or Toonie or a chocolate coin
from the pot of gold from an Irish Leprechaun.

Your reputation may get a bit smudged
as the kids may refer to you as
“my pirate Mom or Dad”
when they tell their friends you 
“stole” the Leprechaun’s gold.
You are their hero on St. Paddy’s Day!

Be prepared that you may have to follow up
your leprechaun adventure with a great story.
How, when and where you captured the
golden coins from the leprechaun.
Lots of fun for the little ones to relay
your leprechaun tale to their friends.
Their smiles will be as brilliant as
the view of an Irish rainbow.

Should your child meet or catch a leprechaun,
tell us about his/her adventure by sending
an e-mail to Little Lion and Gypsy Joy at:

“I’m back Mommy!
The “Lad Upstairs” is stuck on the telephone.”

Guys and Gals, I heard Mommy’s request.
Don’t skunk me,

’cause the green faery will get ya!

On behalf of us all:
“May the “Luck of the Irish be with you!”

With thanks to the makers,
enjoy the green entertainment
Little Lion has put his paw on.

Have fun and stay safe on St. Paddy’s Day.

Bye-bye, see you next time!
The “Green Lad” is pretty funny.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Happy Day Everyone!

This is my dreamy friend.

She and I together with Gypsy Joy,

The Young Mistress and her Zoo


The Lad Upstairs are wishing everyone a

very pleasant

International Women’s Day!

Sing and dance with my favorite Flamenco Girl…

Smiles and love!

Feast a little with your lovely Family, Friends and Pets!

Dedicated to All Females and their Loved Ones.

Indeed, an International Day for the Noble Gents and Sons in

Noble Ladies and Daughters lives, should be just as nice!

See you next time!

With thanks to the makers, enjoy:

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FurEver Friends…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*

Hello Everyone!

Feeling a bit empty now the
World Winter games are finished?

You are not alone, but all good things
have a good ending and more good tidings
are on the way. Soon it will be Spring!

Most of us may never be lucky
to win a Money Lottery,
to cruise and travel around
the world
lugging a suitcase and camera to film
the culture and beauty of the
faraway world outside our own door.

Having said this, since we live in an
inspiring age where many things are
a possibility
due to the technology we live in,
young and old may feel privileged knowing
they are connected with their kinfolks,
friends and the whole wide world.

This, too, like everything else has
its drawbacks, as we all know.
At times we are unable to take our minds off
from the gruelling stories we hear and see
on TV, or read about in the newspapers.
During these moments we are so very
pleased we have little ones around us
or pets who need our attention to keep us
focussed on the positive things in life.

On such days we try to focus on:

“Low Stress Recipes”
Which are Not Recipes
So No One Can Feel Stressed Out.
*Gypsy Joy*

Since Little Lion has taken a liking to
rain puddles all around us he knows
how to keep our minds focussed on him.

Here comes the Little Rascal to chat with you.


Hi There Folks and Furever Paw Friends…

Keep in mind:
“It is worms which destroy a tree,
it is worry which destroys a man.”
~Turkish Proverb~

You want to eliminate “worry” for your humans.
If you don’t, you may be out on the street
in every season of the year and you
cannot view the winter magic
from your Look-Out in a heated room.

So, please pass this on
to all your PAW Friends!

The Best FOUR Stress Relievers
For Your Humans and Furry Friends.

1. Always greet your humans with your
favorite toy in your mouth.
They will laugh out loud
and when they laugh they cannot shout.
Even though you may have shaken the
feathers or foam out of their best pillow,
because you did not want to be left alone.

2. Run to get your best squeeze toy.
Play a sweet melody that will give them joy.
Run around the room, stroke their legs
and swing or prance, do a little dance.
Just give them your love and all their
worries will be chased away!

3. After they have given you a treat
’cause you are so-o-o sweet,
and they are relaxing with a cup of tea,
your humans will feel cozy
and it’s neat to rest at their feet.

4. Do a Food-Hunting test.
See if your humans, too,  belong to the world’s best
Food Hunters in the North, South, East and West.
I will give you a hint:
“Check the weekly shopping,
they bring to their nest.
That will be your Human-Hunting test.”

Take it from me “be kind” and
keep # 1-4 foremost in your mind.
If you don’t, do not bawl when
your humans are stressed as you know the rest.
“You may be left to fend for yourself,
and to seek help from a forest- elf!”

 Back to Mistress Mommy, see you later!
the Lad and the puddles are calling me!

“Okay, Little Lion, away and splash a bit!”

Hi again!

Not much fun going on outside or inside,
now the Winter Olympics are finished.

However, here is a beautiful slide for you from Yahoo! 🙂


 Since the snow flakes seem to have disappeared
and rainy, frosty and milder days
have taken their place and flooded
parts of our city
and surrounding areas, bringing with it
sorrow and destruction to some families
and neighbourhoods,
winter magic has disappeared, too.
Out of town snow can still
be found in the forests where one by one
animals are waking up.

Aha! Little Lion has returned!

“Puddle-wet again little guy?”

 “Yeah Mommy, it’s fun to splash!”

Hi Guys! I’m back again!

Anyone who likes to see snow flakes
on a computer screen enjoy this snowy site:


Have I ever told you before that Mommy
is fond of the Murdock mysteries?
And all the adventures in
“Toronto, the Good”
as Inspector Brackenreid calls Toronto.
Not to forget Constable George Crabtree
who seems to be the most adventurous
of the crew and always makes her laugh.
Detective Murdoch reminds her of her Dad
and Dr. Julia Ogden a bit about her Mum,
’cause Julia is elegant and fun.

All the other actors are remarkable and fun, too.
Find out for yourself when you surf to:


Better, watch the TV show or read the book!

Behind every good book, a TV show
a movie or poem, there is a great writer:


He-He-He, I overhear Mistress Mommy saying:
“Is not he a little sweetheart?”
Meaning: her Little Rascal Woofie Me!

Her best friends,
like to tickle me under my chin!
I love blowing bubbles at them. 🙂

Most of all,
I am fond of the “Young Mistress” and her Zoo,
who brought me to Mommy a few years ago. 
The “Lad Upstairs” , aka the “Food-Hunter” who walks me
on the Flexie leash, so I can run every which way, and
the “Blog Muse aka Gypsy Joy and Mistress Mommy”,
who walks me on a shorter leather leash
with a splendid bow-tie.
A present from the “Young Mistress”.

Sorry, guys I have to disappear! It’s dinner time again
and I love my food and bone treat,
thus this is all for today.
Have fun till we meet again!

Like this Elf I am thinking of  all of you  and blowing bubbles to you!

With thanks to the makers, enjoy a lovely tiny snowy white therapy dog!

Is not he dandy looking, kind and smart, too?


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Its Family Day…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*

Have a treat on Family Day!

Hullo Everyone…
Happy Family Day To All!

Spilling the Beans…

I’m good at it “Mistress Mommy”
tells everyone, just read the blog!

I say: “Woof-Woof” It’s a goofy way
to stay in touch” especially on Family Day.

If you live near or in Toronto
it’s great fun for young and old to be
in “Toronto the Good”
as Toronto was called in the past
and to visit:


If only the weather were better I would
p/u puppies everywhere and beg the
“Lad Upstairs” to drive us there.

For now Mommy and I hope you will enjoy
this little winter poem.

Our Winter Tale today
Is going to be short
Mostly thanking the good Lord
And passing on a story
About Canadian winter glory
To wish you a Happy Family Day!

So do the Ice Hogs!


There is more fun to come along
View the art of the Canadian Carvers Society
Read the fascinating story
How the first artists travelled many miles
Their Ice Art brought joyful smiles
Each year “Winterlude” sings its magic song.


Last but not least we thank King Winter,
the Snow Queen, the Ice Artists and
the makers of the entertainment below.

Till next time be brave it soon will be

March Break!

BRR… Its time for my walk in Winter Wonderland …

The Lad says I have to go! It’s ice, snow and puddle time.

Hey, I don’t mind guys!

With thanks to the “Young Mistress” for my fun photo, enjoy:

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Cozy Snowy Happy Valentine…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Hi Friends!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

A bit of news since the last time we met here…

Mistress Mommy is writing a cozy mystery,
which she started writing in Autumn 2017,
but around Christmas she got unwell
and stopped writing for awhile.
I think she will be getting back into it soon.

I’m so-o-o proud of her!

Well, as soon as she has other things
under control again.
She laments from time to time that she seems
to be getting older and slower each day.

I tell her that this may be true but,
hey, you should never stand still by aging.
Don’t we all age from birth on?
I became 6 years old the day before Halloween
last year, and I’m not slowing down.


 “Rest between work and play and take a nap”,
I keep telling her.

Anyhow, “Mistress Mommy” is very much
interested in cozy pet mysteries.
Often I see her taking time off to read
a kindle sample chapter of a cozy dog
or other cozy pet mystery.
Woof!!! That should keep her young!
More so, since she signed up for a
daily Newsletter from:


And just today she spotted another website:


You really have to take a peek at this site
full of cozy mysteries.
This website invites others who have
a website to connect with them.
Perhaps it’s a good idea for us, too.

Let’s wait and see what “Mommy” is going
to do later on today or next week.
First she wants to discuss it with the
“Young Mistress” and the “Lad Upstairs”
before he is off to other adventures,
she whispered in my ear this morning,
when she let me out into the backyard
to romp in the old and fresh fallen snow.

It keeps looking like Christmas never left our city.
I’m getting a bit impatient as Mommy
has not walked me since late December.
Mind you, I’m not fotgotten ’cause the
Lad Upstairs walks me every day.
Also, I do my rounds in the back garden,
but it’s not the same.
The weather stays cold, freezing wet or
snowy and the family is afraid that the
“Lady of the House” will slip and fall
and break an ankle or hip again.

I just like pulling “Mommy” around,
so she gets some fresh air and exercise.
It will do her “old bones” good!

This morning “Mommy” and I e-mailed
a Valentine greeting to family and friends
and this Valentine blog is dedicated
to you all as we wish you the happiest
and sunniest day of them all!

Just as nice as this pleasant Valentine’s story:


 It may give you an idea to start a Happy Valentine tradition, too.
Let me know if you do 🙂

I wonder, what the “Young Mistress”
and her pet Empress Zoe Labrador are doing today.
The last I heard, they both had fun imitating
a wolf’s howl one night, when they spotted
a gang of coyotes at their front door.
I would have loved howling like a wolf, too.
It scared the coyotes back to the forest nearby
looking for the lone wolf.



Mommy, the “Blog Muse” adores this site!

This morning she felt a bit nostalgic.
I guessed right away why.

You may, too, when you read my  clue.
“Which country is known the most
for wearing wooden shoes?”

Well… no I did not mean England …

but they have famous and pretty apprentice clog makers, too.

Have fun watching the video below!


With thanks to the makers, enjoy:


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