Those Who Sow in Tears…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


This post is dedicated to:
“Little Buddy” Chance,
German Shepherd Princess Xena,
Canine Sammy, Buddy Dude and his feline  family,
Honey Bunny & friends and the “Young Mistress”.

Honey Bunny 2005

“Those who Sow in Tears,
Shall Reap with Shouts of Joy.”


 As I listened to the beautiful songstress
singing this refrain,
while watching today’s morning Mass on
You Tube’s Daily Mass Channel on
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
by Father John Bertao,
my heart went out to all human beings and
creatures who roam our earth, sky and waters.
Last but not least,
“our house pets who love us so dearly.”


Blessed are the humans who take care
with great love and dedication to make
a better place on earth for all who
are vulnerable and in need of care and love.


I praise the Lord who knows best, however,
it pains me that despite of all the good
to be found in our world,
there are so many human beings more brutal
than the wildest beasts roaming the earth,
who make life a hell on earth for many
caring people
trying to better the lives of others.

Today my heart goes out to our daughter,
whoes life seems to be destined and
devoted to all who are in need of help,
always asking herself
“could I have done more?”


Little feline Chance you were dearly beloved,
by the only one you took a liking to,
and instantly ran to on the Highway
when you were in distress.

Immediately, the “Young Mistress”
took a liking to you.
Defended and cared for you with love,
patience and genuine dedication.

The only human being you really trusted
was at your side to feed you, caress you
and wished you a restful sleep, not knowing
some time later you would make your
journey to the Rainbow Bridge.

Now, at age 16, may you Rest in Peace
companion feline Little Buddy Chance.
Enjoy being united with your beautiful
German Shepherd guardian friend
“Warrior Princess Xena”

Xena and I in  Caledon Park
who went to Rainbow Bridge in
the Summer of 2009 at age 13
and feline buddy Dude.

Thanks for all the fun and chuckles
for all the times you made us and
“The Young Mistress” smile.

With love, too, from Empress Zoe Labrador,
felines: Hope, Arduinna, Black Cat,


“Litlle Lion” aka Shi Poo Tippy and playmates.


And Little Lion’s favorite walker

“The Lad Upstairs”

who would rather wander the wide world!


Little Buddy Chance passed away peacefully
in the early hours of the stormy night
of July 23-24th, 2017, gently cared for and caressed in the
comfort of “the Young Mistress” love and the glow of candlelight.

We will never forget you Little Buddy Chance, Dude,
Taz, Conan, Mom Vicki or any of our beloved
companion animals who brought us so much joy.


We are happy and thankful to include the
following ceremony link for furry companions,
in recognition of beloved pets
and wildlife worldwide.

May this link be a comfort zone for many.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the
links and animations.

Photos as usual by “The Blog Muse”.


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Summer in Canada Winter in Australia…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*heart_purple


Hullo Fans & Friends of All Ages :)

Another visit to the grooming-salon and the Vet in July has passed.

New photos of my appearance will be uploaded soon. :)

Without further ado,

the schools are out and Summer is around.
July and August are the fun months,
so make the most of it and if you have a
chance, dance with bare feet in beach sand.


What did we discover so far???

A lot of cool summer goodies!

 Google Doodle and the Government of Canada
highlighted the Totem Poles and Agriculture.

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More about totem poles on:

 Agriculture 150…

 See how much agriculture has grown:


Mateys, last but not least,  check Little Lion’s favorite subject…

“The Pirate of the 1000 Islands!”

Now over to Little Lion’s LOOK-OUT 
where a spectacle is going on between two felines,
crossing in the middle path of
 the “Young Mistress” Secret Garden,
where just a few minutes ago the birds were
chirping their beautiful songs, 
and now a feline war seems to be going on.


So much for peaceful interactions!

This may not happen around the 1000 Islands
despite of the pirating which went on
there in the past,

but in feline land they show their claws
when they meet.
Their shriek is annoying! Woof!!!


Perhaps the cats are feeling too hot.
Feeling too hot is not good for anyone.

When the temperature is too hot most plants
in the gardens are not feeling too happy.
Exept e.g. succulents like the sedums
in our gardens who can hold water.
Because of the many rainy days this
Spring they have grown quite huge.


In particular we love this photo of
a sedum garden sculpture,
it brings a big smile.

The “Pink Eye Bug” has slowed “Mistress Mommy”
down, but the virus is on the way out.


 Some unrest seems to be creeping up in
the fair city we are living where some
citizens don’t seem to realize ,
“United, we stand together.
Divided, we ruin the fun for each other.”


Canada may have won the hearts of 18,000 people
around the world who voted Canada #1
but, unrest seems to lift its ugly head
in some places, 
like the dragon in St. George’s legend and
diplomacy is thrown into the trash can.

But, hey, there is wonderful news, too! :)

It’s a fun Bison year in Canada’s
BANFF National Park.

Follow the Blog to keep in touch with
Canada’s Bison!

This beautiful park is 140 years old
and has taken the Bison under its wing.
To make a fantastic long Bison story
short, the Bison are thriving and are
thundering their story through Banff!

As well through the photographic lens of
Photo Warrior Jason Kenzie.


Little Lion says:
“My Kind of Warrior Journalist”
recommends to watch all the videos on
the photo warrior’s website.


In Australia winter celebrations have
arrived, somehow different from the
snowy winters in Canada, but
“Old Man Winter”
is visiting beautiful Australia.

Australia has another only mammal in the
world, the Platypus, and other
unique animals as the Kangaroo and
the Koala.


 Until next time when we will meet again,
two weeks from now,
on Saturday, July 29th.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the animations,
links and the artists and video makers.

Photos as usual by “Mistress  Mommy”
and the snappy photographer,
he-he-he that’s
“Little Rascal-Woofie” me!.

With the exception of the Totem Pole Friends.

Totem Pole photo courtesy of one of
the Blog Muse’s longstanding Toronto friends.

With thanks to the artists and makers,

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Hurrah It’s Canada Day…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Hi Folks Old and Young,

It’s my task today to entertain you
as “Mistress Mommy” aka the Blog Muse
is wrestling a pink bacterial invasion
known as “Pink Eye”.

If you spot her trying to do a little
bit of work in or around the house
be aware!

Front garden 2005
Do not approach her ’cause you may catch
the culprit, too.
And that would make “Mistress Mommy”
feel very sad, because she does not want
anybody to catch the bacterial virus.

Her eye, head and cheek are pretty painful
despite of the antibiotic eye-drop every
4 hours.
After 10 days it should be healed.
We are looking forward to that time
so we can have our walks together again.
For now the Lad Upstairs is walking me
as “Mommy” does not feel up to it.


I am going to make it short and just
wish you all a very
Happy Canada Day.


And urge you to explore Canada on July 1st
in your own surroundings or
visit a science centre,  e.g.


Until next time have a fun Holiday and
to our American friends have a great
July 4th.



To American, Canadian and International fans,
family and friends we trust that you will enjoy
Angie’s website:

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the animations,
links and the artists and video makers.

Photos as usual by  Mommy”
and the snappy photographer,
he-he-he that’s
“Little Rascal-Woofie” me!.


May you all enjoy the beauty of  Mother Nature.


 With thanks to the makers have fun viewing

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Forever In Our Hearts…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Celebrating the peace you longed for
and found on June 8, 2017.

Dear Sister Els, Aunt Els…

With love and in dedication to you.

It is said, mere mortals and pets
find Heaven
at the end of the rainbow where the
clouds gather in all their white glory,
and where in the midnight blue sky
the heavenly stars twinkle like diamonds.

May your light shine there forever and
may you feel extremely happy
and at peace.

Suzy, Garden Art

 On earth we will keep on loving and
missing you, while happy memories will
sustain all who have known and loved you.


 White flowers in our gardens will remind us
of you and our beautiful Mamma and Oma,
as well as poppies remind us of the love
of our Pappa and Opa for his family,
wild and domestic animals,
birds and fauna.


Last but not least of all our dearly beloved
who will welcome you in their midst.


In the gardens birds sing their song
very early in the morning
and again before they retire in the evening.

 The link below reminds us of the importance
of family, friends, love, peace and togetherness.

As well as our little rascal who seems
to need a bit of rest before the next
critter sneaks by his Look-Out!


Thus we bid you “Good Night”.
We will look for your shining light
at the brilliance of the evening stars.


Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the animations,
links and the artists and video makers.

Photos as usual by “Gypsy Joy aka the Blog Muse”
and the snappy photographer,
he-he-he that’s
“Little Rascal-Woofie” me!.

May you all enjoy the beauty of white flowers.


Dear Family, Friends and Fans,

We will meet again on Saturday,
June 25th!
Just in time of
Canada’s 150 birthday Celebration.


But before I go,
in memory of my Mom who was fond of cacti,
and my dear Sister who was fond of white flowers,
I am very pleased to pass on
the cacti website of a lovely
Irish Lady and her Swedish beau.


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Hey, You make my day…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Hello Fans, Friends and Family,

I feel a bit sluggish today!

Hope you all had a terrific Mother’s Day
and if you are living in Ontario also
a very fine Victoria Holiday.

I would like to tell you that
Empress Zoe Labrador and I had a fun-tastic
lake adventure on Victoria Day,
but it did not happen because we
did not venture that far.
We stayed close to home and we don’t
live near a lake.
I did have fun venturing through
the garden

and tracing tracks on my daily walks.
Empress Zoe lives pretty far away from us.

“Mistress Mommy” showed me
the garden choice for the 2017 perennials and annuals
and theme garden suggestions for

Children’s Gardens.

Was fun!

Guys, I need a “bite”, I feel hungry!
Here comes the “Blog Muse”,
with a “Printer Version Friendly”
kids garden theme!

I will be back soon!
Woof… Woof!


 Hi! Everyone!

Did you know there is a
“Kids Gardening Movement?”

I did not! But, now I do! :)

“The Kids Gardening Movement” has
how to start a kids gardening club.

Theme gardens for kids are “in”!

The info of this year’s favorite flowers
is told by the artist/writer Elisabeth Ginsburg,

from whom we can learn a lot on the
subject of art and colour.

Canna – “Orange Punch” highlights the
brilliance of the sun during the summer.


I love planting and looking at Canna’s,
Calla’s and Orange Tiger Lillies
gently waving to and fro in a breeze,
caressed by sparkling sunbeams
or lit-up by a lantern lightpost.
It’s a very striking sight.

The above lily was grown by the “Young Mistress”!

I was so deeply emerged in orange flowerland
on May 18th that I decided that day
to make a homemade zizzling orange punch
to serve during a pleasant gathering with friends.
It was a hot day, 30 degrees.

In the gardens,

early tulips are withering away,
but many mid-season tulips are blossoming.
The late tulips are showing their buds,
while the early irises stand in bloom
and/or have buds.


 A real treat are the forget-me-nots
popping up here and there among other
may/june plants and the white blossom
of the pear trees scattered all over
the backyard greenery, walkway and terraces
like a bride and groom had just passed through.

I called my homemade brew,

“Passionate Five-Alive-Mandarin-Maraschino Punch
from the “Blog Muse’s Kitchen”.

For this cool treat you need:

1 frozen can of five-alive
passionate Peach Citrus.
Dilute this with 2 ice-cold cans of Ginger Ale
add 1 can of Cold Water,
plus 1 can 10 oz.
Mandarin Oranges in light syrup,
two teaspoons of freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
and 20 Maraschino Cherries.

Voila,  a bowl full of

“Passionate Five-Alive-Mandarin-Maraschino Punch”!


After you have filled the glasses
return the punch bowl to the fridge
and add more cold Ginger Ale when needed
for a 2nd or 3rd refreshment.

Serves at least 5 people 2 to 3 times.
Serve with a large spoon to scoop the fruit.

Add ice-cubes (optional).

From the Kitchen back to the Little Rascal :)


When I am busy in a room and I don’t hear
someone entering my home, Little Lion
presses one of his favorite little toys
against my legs to let me know family
or a friend has come for a visit.

The little rascal is so-o-o fond of humans
he welcomes everyone with a
favorite musical squeezy toy.
It’s as if he is trying to say:

“Come in my friend and be our guest.
We are so glad you came
What took you so long to come along?
Hey, you make our day!
Have a seat and grab a treat.”

Putting up a “Beware of Dog” sign
would be a big joke as he is the
friendliest dog in the neighbourhood.


Last but not least another update on
my favorite subject of the year:
Canada 150!

Have fun checking the above link and
learning more about Canada’s
interesting history.


Enjoy tending your garden,
balcony or the plants indoors.
Above all discover nature’s beauty and inhale the fresh air!

See you again on Saturday, June 11, 2017.


Hey, it’s me again!
I took a little nap after my snack!
It was quiet at the LOOK-OUT.
So far, I did not spot the Mother Raccoon
carrying her baby in her mouth over
the top of the neighbour’s fence as
“Mommy’s” friend told us the other day.
I only saw a sneaky feline,
a tricky squirrel
and a bird flying by.

I have seen a raccoon coming by at midnight
several times before but not a baby raccoon.
We growl at each other and I make a
lot of noise when I see the raccoon.

The other day the “young mistress”
saw eye-to-eye again with a coyote!


Last Saturday she discovered that
a Mother bird had build a nest by a
window and had laid one egg in it.
Inside the house one feline is keeping
watch on the nest but it does not seem
to worry the bird.


In one of the “Young Mistress” garden pots
a tiny tree frog has made its home.
Before that she reported June bugs flying by,
meeting a hawk eye-to-eye, an owl and
birds who seem to have fled into the forest.

Seems like a creature invasion to me!


Maik in The Netherlands a belated
Happy Birthday to You
We heard that you had a swell party.
Have a lot of fun riding your motorcycle!

It’s time to say: “Good Bye!”

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the animations,
links and the artists and video makers.

Photos as usual by “Mistress Mommy”
and the snappy photographer,
he-he-he that’s “little rascal” me!
I make sure “Mommy” keeps
the wobbly camera straight!

Next time a bit more about Canada 150
and other adventures and fun stuff.
Keep tuning in! :)


As our hearts and thoughts are especially
on May 26th by our beloved Henry,
we hope you all may enjoy Disney and
the frolicking teapot’s voice of
Dame Angela Lansbury!

Enjoy “The Young Mistress” choice
of joy for You and Me! :)

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