Switzerland from a Different Angle - Smidgey

Moving across the world was a big decision. We had to take many factors into consideration - not the least of which was how this move would affect our dog, Smidgey.

Would she have to be quarantined?

Would she need a lot of vaccines/medication?
Just a rabies booster and an EU microchip.

Could she travel with us?
No, but the company provided a pet transport service.

Today, I thought I'd give our littlest, furriest member of the family a chance to speak...so to speak.

Smidgey on her throne.

Me (Bridget/Dog Mom): What was your first impression of Switzerland when you arrived in August?

Smidgey: Barkity-bark-bark-yip? Woof bark woof bark. Yip yip, woof woof, ruff YAP-PITY YAP!*

*translation: We live in Switzerland? Huh, I was wondering why I hadn't seen any cacti or snakes. Mostly I remember you were with me and then you weren't and then YOU WERE!

 Me:  Now that you've been here 3 1/2 months, have your impressions changed? How?

Smidgey: Bark-bark, yip? Woof woofity-woof ruff. Yippity-yap-yip. Yap-yap-yip?*

*translation: Has it been that long? You haven't disappeared again so I am happy. In fact you take me on the train in my nifty roller box. But, what's with the dog sweaters?

Roller dog = stroller dog.
Her eyes say it all.

Me: What are the things you like most about living in Switzerland so far?

Smidgey: Yip, yap, yippity-yap. Ruff, barkity-bark-bark-bark.*

*translation: You, dad, and Maureen. Also, I really like all the walks you take me on because of the grass and the smells and the food I find on the sidewalk.

Cuddle time!
Man's best friend...depending on the day.
Me: What things don't you like about living in Switzerland?

Smidgey: Yappity-yip-yap woof bark bark. Ruff, YIPYIPYIPYIP! YAAAAAAAAAAAP!*

*translation:  I miss Colleen and my nephew, Loki.
And, I hate electric cow fences! OOOOOOOUCH!

Who has the bed now?

Me: What part of this transition has been the hardest?

Smidgey: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!*

*translation: Don't bug me, I'm sleeping. 
Cocoon dog.

I guess that concludes our interview with Smidgey. She has a ruff rough life, doesn't she?

Here is my poem celebrating Smidgey's unique Rat Terrier nature:

with only two modes
turbo-speed or asleep
Smidge is either a lump
or taking a flying leap 

©2017, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.


Liz Steinglass said...

So cute. Maybe one day Smidgey would like to write a poem about that sweater.

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Colleen Magee-Uhlik said...

Lol. That's hilarious. Loki misses Smidgey top!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Liz! Yes, I think Smidge has a lot to 'say' about that sweater. Oh, the indignities of the cold... =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for commenting, Colleen! Yes, life is not the same without you and Loki lounging around the house. ;o)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

I'm so glad you pointed me here, Bridget. It took me a long time to leave a comment because I had plenty of back posts to catch up on too! Smidgey's pretty smart to realize that anywhere his family is IS home. Sounds like you all are going through some challenges, but are enjoying the adventure as it comes— a great strategy. It's nice to see you haven't lost your sense of humor or your creative zest. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for reading about our adventures, Michelle! I appreciate it. Humor is the only thing that keeps life balanced - otherwise it would be overwhelming (in Switzerland or anywhere else.)

Ralph Carpenter said...

nice post

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, André!

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