Discovery of an Unknown Tribe…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Hullo Everyone!

Great News!
The discovery of an Unknown Tribe.

A very fascinating story by the beautiful
Boreal Princess of The North.

Who describes the discovery
as the “Invisible” Tribe of the year.

Let’s explore this a bit more before
Little Lion and I go on with our latest
story as told by the “Boreal Princess.”

We know there are many tribes in the world
visible to us, should we be so lucky meeting them.
We learn about these tribes at school
or through the internet and other media.

The “Boreal Princess” prefers to refer to
the new tribe as the Invisible Tribe.

In “Word of the Day” Merriam-Webster
explains this invisible Tribe  as follows:

live in the woods behind your house,
gathering berries at night
and sleeping by day under a child’s bed.”

From this statement we may assume that
the “Mugwumps” are living everywhere in
the world, but has anyone seen them
eye to eye???


We don’t think so and if they are
we mere mortals can’t see them.
Luckily for parents and children,
the “Mugwumps” seem less frightening
as the “Boogyman” hiding in the closet
or under the kids beds.

The “Mugwumps” remind Little Lion about
Sesame’s Blue Cookie Monster.
He is harmless, too.
He just loves to gobble up
freshly baked cookies!


Without further ado enjoy the story
as told by the “Boreal Princess”,
who tells us that the “Mugwumps” are
a merry and peaceful hardworking tribe.
While invisible to the rest of the world
they are vital to the berry fields.
They are silent, playful and gentle
and as sweet as a strawberry!


After their work is done, the “Mugwumps” 
scatter unseen by all,
and take their recluse in any home near
a wooded area, where they hide under
the beds of the children,
until the first droplets of glinstering
dew at dawn transform the surroundings
in an enchanted world.


like to be entertained by kids and jesters.
They do play pranks at times.
You may wonder if the
“Mugwumps” have anything to do
with the hoaxes on April Fool’s Day?”

Perhaps “yes” perhaps “no”.

Maybe the Museum of Hoaxes can tell you so.

There is one day during a special year
that the invisible “Mugwumps” can be seen
when they are in the woods or resting
under the children’s beds at night.
This happens only if you put a large
sign on your front garden very early
on the first of April,
when that date falls on a Saturday!

It should read:

Welcome Here TODAY All Day Long.


Paste or draw a strawberry or other
berry on it. It will please the “Mugwumps”.

Very Important!

The sign has to be put on your
front lawn and be visible
to all who pass by.

Good Luck!
This is your chance to meet the invisible
“Mugwumps” Tribe.
This chance will not come again soon.
So, please, pass this info on
to all your friends.

We thank the beautiful
“Boreal Princess” of The North
for this exciting “Mugwumps” news.
It may make April 1, 2017 for all a
Happy and Interesting Fool’s Day!

The “Blog Muse” aka “Mistress Mommy” says… gypsy_reading_palm

If the above is not enough foolishness,
here below are the best 100 Pranks.


Have a smiling April Fool’s Day everyone!

See you all again next Saturday!


Time to check the LOOK-OUT and then
the lad and I are going out
for another walk and we will scout
for the “Mugwumps” in the wet flurries.

“Mommy”… I need a Milk-bone snack,
please put some in the Lad’s back-pack.

“Okay, you poor hungry pooch!”

Gotcha Mommy!
April Fools!!!  “Fish!”


“I will get you for this”, Little rascal!

Here we go!
Catch us if you can!



Woof…Woof… Woof!

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

If you like the strawberry animations,

for more strawberry fun.

Its raining and snowing here.
Spring must be hiding somewhere.
The question is, where oh where???


Photos as usual by yours truly.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Don’t fool too many people, today!


To All who celebrate a birthday on April 1st:
Have a very Happy Birthday
with lots of presents and laughs!


We shall meet again next Saturday!


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Yup Yup Yup…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Hullo Frolicking Fans,

I don’t know about you, but…

I love Milk-bones yup-yup-yup…

The Milk-bones on the pantry shelf
Are teasing me each day
Mischievous like a christmas elf
This is what they say:

“Be as clever as a fox
If you want to be happy
Don’t stare at the box
Grab one or two or three.
Yup, yup, yups
They are up for grabs.”

Sigh!  my Milk-bone dreams
I cannot satisfy
I don’t have the means
The pantry shelf is not doggy high.

So what do I do?

I wait till “Mistress Mommy”
scarf’s them up!

What else is there that I can do???

Luckily Mommy scarf’s them up
at every meal.
I like my Milk-bones and doggy treats,
I could munch on them all day long.


I would like to try cakes
and cookies, too,
but that seems to be taboo.
I am sneaky… when my humans are making
a snack in the kitchen, I am spying


for anything that may fall on the floor.
I like food hunting and I like to
spread my kibble around.

One day I may wiggle the kitchen table


and cookies may magically spill.
Don’t tell “Mommy” aka the “Blog Muse!”

See you later! LOL!

Hi Friends and Fans,

In this beautiful Slavic head-dress,
I feel like a princess.


Did you hear the happy Country news?
Norway has won this year’s vote as
“Happiest Country in the world.”
The Danish magic trolls are so happy
that they will be celebrating all year.

The other day I stumbled on troll pictures.
If you have troll photos you are invited
to send them to the troll shop link below.

You are also invited to make a
  beautiful cave for your trolls.


Trolls remind me about earlier days
when little girls and boys  collected
tiny troll dolls and cute troll animals.

 Little Lion may enjoy this link. :)

The inventor of the famous Troll dolls
is the Danish woodcutter

Thomas Dam.

Enjoy the slideshow!  We did!!

I see Little Lion popping up!
See you all next week again.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Hello… I am back! Did you miss me??

Not much excitement at the LOOK-OUT!

This week Mother Nature presented us
with sun, cold, wind, rain and snow.


See you all again next week and if you
meet a troll lion tell him to call me.

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

All other photos by the
“Blog Muse”
I did not snap a hot snapshot this week,
I had a cookie hangover.


Have a fun weekend.
See you next Saturday!

Enjoy Rosanna and her entourage.

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The Little Golden Books…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Halloa Fans,

As you can see,
Little Lion is in a book discussion
with his playmates.

So today I have the honour to
entertain you first.


“A book, too, can be a star.”
~Madeleine L’Engle~


A sparkling quote;
one of my favorites. :)

The other day I was reminiscing about
children’s books, fairy tales and
“the good old times”
when everything was a lot cheaper.

It brought me back to a time, when the
grocery list included, a fairy tale
and/or a “Little Golden Book.”


Little puppy Poky stands out in many
a child and a grown-up’s mind.

There are so many more!

To my shame, I have to admit I
was not acquainted with

“The Golden Book Gown.”

To my delight I spotted this “Golden Oldie” the other day.

As well as:


Shortly thereafter I checked
what one can do with “Magic Pens.”
A fine idea for Easter Eggs!

Free Instructions on:

By serendipity, I landed at

a perfect “Holiday Celebrations” site.

Meet Angie and her beloved Family!
Enjoy this holiday blog year round.


I can’t wait till I see the garden faeries
with their magic paintbrushes bring
the spring gardens back to life.

Aha, here comes Little Lion to
pass on more book fun for the younger crowd.

See you next Saturday!
Enjoy my Rhyme Time with the little ones.


Hullo Everyone!

I hope you liked having time off school
and read a good book or two.
As you know April is book month and
April is creeping up on you!

I like pirate and monster stories.
Do you?

Yesterday I spotted with my pirate eye,
a dog’s diary.


Available in Canada August 1, 2017:
Trade Paperback

 It’s a nice birthday present
or a Christmas gift for anyone who
likes dogs, adventures, Christmas, crafts,
recipes and Charles Dickens pooch
“Tiny Tim.”
The review says:

“Tiny Tim tells a tale
as lively as a holiday gig.”

Like this cocky feline,


who thinks this sign
will keep a canine out of the way!”

Tiny Tim is going to be on my
“Mistress Mommy’s Christmas List!”

We both will love Tiny Tim’s story.

We got a lot of snow earlier this week.
Green snow ideas popped into my mind.


My appointment with the groomer was
delayed a couple of days
because of the heavy snowfall.
I did not mind!
“Mistress Mommy” is not allowed to stay
with me and that makes me nervous.
I know she waits for me in the store
but I can’t spy on her.
Anyhow, I am good now for a few months.

Mommy did buy me a new toy and I liked it.
But I was not letting her know
how much I liked the new toy, until much later,
when we were back in the house
and “Mommy” wanted to play with it.
I grabbed it quickly and ran
around in circles.
Then I took a nap because I was exhausted.

Later I scared Mommy” and the Lad with
my green monster outfit,
I looked like the “monster in green”
on this photo from “Mommy’s” album.


It was only Mommy’s green scarf!
I just wanted to celebrate St. Paddy’s
but I scared everyone, that was hilarious!

It’s quiet as a mouse at the LOOK-OUT.
Not much to fuss about.

Next time I will show you a picture
of my new playmate.

Have a fun weekend.
See you next Saturday!

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

All other photos by the
“Blog Muse”
and me,  the snapping photographer.
I forgot to snap one this week,
so have a look at this picture
courtesy Lady Val in Australia.

Thanks Mame! Hope you’re doing well! :)


Hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Keep in touch and enjoy
the little leprechaun.


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March Break Fun…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*



 Hullo Everyone,

The Lad Upstairs and I enjoyed our walk
in the cold air. 

Spring is still in hiding.

The lad is so-o-o much fun to walk with.
“Mistress Mommy” always has me sit by
the curb when we have to cross the streets.
The lad just let’s me cross all by myself.
Being on the Flexi leash gives me freedom!

Anyhoo, my word for “anyhow”.  :)
I stole that expression from the
young mistress.  She is fun!
It’s a pity she does not have a car
of her own these days.
I think she should have a “croc” car,
like this one.


Don’t you think that would be cool?

Since I am not “Puss in Boots”
I came up with the idea,
“Go, fund me”
I have heard so much about.

What do you think happened?


My humans stared at me.
They shook their heads
and mumbled over and over,
“where did he get that idea?”
I answered with a few friendly grrr’s
and some nasty snarls, to let my
humans know I was serious.
Why shun a brilliant idea such as mine.
Clever felines as “Puss in Boots” you
don’t hear about these days.
In my opinion, that’s why
“Go, fund me” was invented.

The “Young Mistress” youngest feline
Arduinna agrees with me.


shamrocks_1 She is pretty clever, that’s why she hides
most of the time somewhere in the house.
She is afraid that someone may discover,
that she is related to her ancestor
“Puss in Boots” & “The Cat in the Hat”.
Keep Arduinna’s secret safe!
Promise me!!!
Someone may kidnap her if you tell.
‘Cause every lad would like to be a
Marquis and live in a castle.

Excuse me,
I have to check up at the LOOK-OUT.
“Mommy” can you come to the blog stage?

“Sure Little Lion dash away!”

Good Day Fans and Friends,
“Little Lion” holds everyone in his grip! :)



It’s still well below zero in Ontario.
In British Columbia it’s Spring.
All the gardens are in bloom.
Each year they have a
Greater Victoria Flower Count.
In 2016 the flower count was 25 billion.
Imagine that!


Their Spring Prelude
at the Butchards Gardens starts on
January 15th when the rest of Canada
is covered with snow and the gardens
and many animals are hibernating.

But an Irish feast is on its way its soon
St. Paddy’s Day!


The master of this page is back!
He has a few fun surprises for you
and I have one for you & Little Lion.


Click on the story video
“I, Crocodile”, on the website:

A fantastic crocodile story
and illustrations for young and old
by the artist-writer Fred Marcellino.

Enjoy and take care.
Have a fun weekend.
we will chat again next Saturday! :)


 Hi folks did you miss me?

The Blog Muse told me not to forget
to tell every Ontario fan to set the
clocks 1 hour ahead
before you jump in bed on the evening
of Saturday March 11, 2017.


Daytime Savings Time in most of Canada
starts March 12, 2017 at 2:00 AM
when the clocks are put ahead 1 hour.

There is a lot to do during March Break
starting March 13th in Ontario.
In many places you can go to a
Maple Syrup Farm,
buy Maple Kisses, Maple Cookies and
Maple Syrup. Delicious on ice cream!
Visit a science centre or have fun at a
butterfly conservatory.
Or read a sappy snappy Maple story.

What about a visit to the cool
Upside Down House?
It may make you dizzy but its awesome!
Children and cool pets like to stay there forever.
(Scroll down to the end of this blog.)

Last but not least I am wishing my
Irish “Faery Godmother in Florida”


“Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
On your blue bubble birthday
March 14th and on St. Patrick’s Day!”

Don’t forget St. Paddy’s fun folks…
March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day
or “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” day.’s_Day

For this fun fest,
Montreal and Ottawa are the best.

Grrr… Grrr… Grrr…
I forgot to take a snappy
leprechaun snapshot!

Grin-Grin… A cool animation!


That’s all for today… have a fun weekend.
See you next Saturday!

Sincere thanks to the “Young Mistress”
for feline Arduinna’s snapshot.
All other photos by the
“Blog Muse” and the snapping photographer


(that’s me he-he-he).

Hey, it’s snowing again!

I “wanna” go for a stroll in the snow! :)


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


Keep in touch and enjoy,

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Hurray It’s Book Day…

Shih Poo Tales
*Little Lion*
*Gypsy Joy*


Hullo Fans and Friends Young and Old,

A good time to get rid of all things cold. :)

It’s the first Saturday of Lent.

I am peeking into the garden by
Little Lion’s LOOK-OUT.

Nature is still in its winter’s sleep.
The enchantment of winter has vanished.
The garden view makes me wonder
what the month of March shall bring us.
More rain, storms and snow, a wet Easter?


Will we soon enjoy the blooms of the
orange crocusses and new tulip bulbs
I planted last fall?
Or will they have rotted away
in the soaking wet clay?

A bit disenchanted I utter aloud:

“if the squirrels are not trying to
dig up the bulbs or nip the buds,
its the rain haunting me.”

But today the sun is shining, hurray!

Upon hearing the word “squirrels”,
Little Lion dashes to the LOOK-OUT

to take charge of the imminent danger
lurking in the garden,
almost knocking me down and blasting
my ears with his barking.

A noble knight has to defend any
damsel in need!

I am stepping out of the way fans,
Little Lion is on the way. :)
Enjoy the books and the “trailer” fun.
As well, a teaching guide for
teachers and homeschoolers from:

See you next Saturday everyone,
have a fabulous weekend!

Here comes….


Little Lion!

Hullo! Everyone!

Snap… snap… snapping my way
wishing “Mistress Mommy” a good day!


Aye Mates, I did not spot any intruders,
they must have vanished.
I ran so-o-o fast to the LOOK-OUT
when I heard Mommy talk loud, that
I lost my milk bone snack on the way
and almost knocked “Mommy” down.

Without further ado…
I have a few fine book titles
to pass on for young and old.

The “Young Mistress” send us recently
a few links of a Lady writer,
who will be teaching a
self-publishing course
the young mistress will be attending.

The “Young Mistress”  is an artsy-crafty one. :)


“Mommy” read this week 2 kindle books
written by Cindy Crank and Lucinda Davis,
the pen names of the writer-teacher.

One book is titled:

“The Horse Book Volume 1″

A very interesting and historic story
with a lot of black and white photos
true facts and funny, too.

I love ponies!
I have a pony playmate. Do you?


A little secret…
It’s whispered that the “Young Mistress”
would love to own a mini horse.

He-He, imagine the mini horse and Empress Zoe,
the young mistress Labrador canine,


 both running through the house,
with the young mistress 4 felines
hitching a ride on their backs.

Wild, eh!

The “Blog Muse” aka “Mommy” and I
found a fine book,
titled “Banjo of Destiny” by Cary Fagan.

This writer discovered the 9 reasons
why parents are really weird.
I LOVE it!
Especially the “No Pet Reason”.
It`s so-o-o weird!!!

Enjoy, too, the best selling books
by Author W. Bruce Cameron
who is famous on Facebook for his give-away
on “Free Book Friday”.
That should bring a smile to
Mr. Cameron’s fans.


I am disappearing folks,
but before I do, remember…

“Be tender with the young,
compassioned with the aged,
tolerant of the weak,
because someday in your life
you will be all of these.”
~George Washington~

Sincere thanks to the “Young Mistress”
for Empress Zoe Labrador’s snapshot.

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

All other photos by the “Blog Muse” and
the snapping photographer (that’s me he-he-he).

Grrr… Grrr… Grrr…


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
See you next Saturday!


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