Today we are so pleased to have Bogart Handsome Devil with us. Bogart is a 3 year old Airedale Terrier who lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and maintains a fantastic blog, To Aire is Divine. If you haven’t seen this site, you really have to visit because he has great pictures of all his adventures. Today we’re going to discuss getting ready for the holidays.
MAX: Bogart, what are you planning for the holidays this year?
BOGART: I had much destruction of holiday decorations in mind, but the humans seem to have thought of that before I did. In the last few years, my cats (I share my house with 5 of the furry little buggers) have taught me a lot about holiday destruction, from cracking delicate ornaments to vomiting on family heirlooms all the way through to climbing to the very top of the tree from the inside. They are very talented, indeed. But since we are in a new place (we moved from Los Angeles to Portland just a few months ago) the humans decided to forego a tree and all of the various accoutrements. Yes, I am disappointed, but can be appeased if a brightly-wrapped bag of treats appears (maybe).
MAX: Bernie and I used to take all the decorations off the tree too! For a long time, Mom and Dad just decorated the top half of the tree and left the bottom half bare! What do you like best about the holidays?
BOGART: Mostly the increase in the scraps of human food which reach my waiting jaws. Mmm… bacon.
MAX: I always liked anything on the counter that was edible. I bet, you didn’t know I was a World Champion Counter Surfer for many years!Will you have a real or artificial tree?
BOGART: No tree this year – the silver one we had last year went to that great Christmas Tree Stand in the sky after massive feline intervention. I’ll just have to settle for the big trees in the forest outside of our house. At least I can pee on those and no one yells at me.
MAX: How do you help decorate?
BOGART: I assist in weeding out the unworthy decorations by breaking them, bringing them into other rooms, or burying them in the backyard.
MAX: Some decorations just call out to be buried-like that one of Larry Bird that my Dad is so fond of. Do you have a favorite holiday snack or treat?
BOGART: I am partial to the chicken jerky that dad makes – other doggie cookies only occasionally interest me – and I am very good at exasperating pet store owners (and dog treat makers) with my ability to resist almost any treat offered to me. So nothing fancy, just jerky and LOTS of it, please.
MAX: Try my recipe for Ahhh-mmm Morsels. Trust me, you’ll like it! Will your dad be brewing up anything special for the holidays at the Black & Tan Brewery?
BOGART: I certainly hope so. Something that will go with the snowy winter that we’re having to keep us all warm and toasty.
MAX: Will be playing any reindeer games with your family or friends?
BOGART: I will not be strapping on any of those silly stuffed antlers – I hate wearing anything on my head – but am open to other games that involve tennis balls, soccer balls, or sticks…
MAX: Nothing on the head, I agree! What is the one gift you’re hoping to get?
BOGART: I’m hoping to find a girl Airedale under my figurative tree – I am lookin’ for love – I’ve been trying to find my very own baby mama for awhile now. I am an intact boy, ready to mambo, and can promise that I will make spectacular, intelligent, and dashing pups.
MAX: Looks like you found a pretty sweet Baby Mama. You’re such a stud! What is your favorite gift to give?
BOGART: My love, of course. I have to limit most humans to a certain number of head tilts, nose pokes, and stump wags as their delicate hearts cannot take the levels of cuteness that I am capable of giving. And yes – I AM A GIVER.
MAX: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
BOGART: I’m sure that mama would want me to say that coming to live with her was the greatest gift I’ve ever received… so don’t tell her I’m saying this. But truly, the best gift ever was coming to live with mama and dad because they treat me like a King (of Terriers) – they take me with them everywhere, I get to go on lots of walkies and big adventures, and I am really, really loved. Other than that, I do really like the industrial dehydrator that arrived last year so that dad can make me my fresh jerky. Oh, and anything that squeaks.
MAX: My family was my best gift too. Anything else you’d like to say to our blog audience?
BOGART: Living life to the Max is a FANTASTIC thing, and something I also aspire to, as both an Airedale Terrier and a young fuzzy man.
MAX: Bogart, I want to thank you so much for visiting our blog today. Sounds like you’re really living Life to the MAX! Will you think about your New Year’s Resolutions and come back and visit us before the New Year?
BOGART: I will definitely visit you often – Woof!
Thanks Bogart and you have arfully happy holidays too. And remember to visit Bogart at his blog at http://www.toaireisdivine.com/blog/. Enjoy your holidays to the MAX!