DOGSPEAK: Color Me Happy

Being a dog of certain *ahem* breeds (Rat Terrier with a smidge of Chihuahua) I have been known to struggle with anxiety.

A. Lot.

(Apparently mom struggles, too, and she has zero Chihuahua in her - go figure!)

Being a resourceful pooch I deal with my anxiety in a variety of ways...

  • resting with my favorite stuffy...
  • munching carrots...

  •  and getting a helping hand when meeting other dogs in the 'wild'...

But recently I tried something new to deal with my anxiety...coloring!

Specifically coloring pages from The Anxiety Relief Coloring Book for Adults: Mindful Coloring to Decrease Stress and Anxiety by Kara Holmes

(Kara really should include "Dogs" in the title...just sayin'.)

Just look at my handy paw-work!

Seriously...I can do ANYthing!

The author was thinking when she made this book...

"I’ve designed my coloring book with 67 unique patterns that have been proven to provide a calming effect to those struggling with anxiety. Some pages also include powerful affirmations to ward off negative thoughts and help the reader improve their outlook on life." ~Kara Holmes
Click on this picture ^ to nab your copy.

I'm especially proud that I got today's post done before the end of May because it is Anxiety & Depression Association of America's Mental Health Awareness Month.


 Today's poem is actually a throwback from a couple of years ago when I barked spoke about my dog avoidance anxiety challenges...

a hug and a hand
turns day into night
other dogs off-leash
there is no f(r)ight 

©2022, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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DOGSPEAK: Give That Wolf a Banana


Not a banana!


 I love May because mom watches the Eurovision Song Contest.

And as you know, I love cheese.

The Eurovision Song Contest is CHEESY in the best possible* a good way.

*it's not edible

2022 ESC brings together performers from 40 European-ish** countries to compete for the best song of the year. 

**I know I'm a pup of limited geographical knowledge, but I'm not sure when Australia relocated to Europe...

Previous ESC winners include Celine Dion, ABBA, and last year's winner, Måneskin.

As mom and dad watch, I lay on my pillow soaking up the sights and sounds of ESC.

One band that caught my attention is Subwoolfer from Norway.

Because, wolf.



I'm happy to report that, as of this writing, Subwoolfer is a finalist!

(The finals are Saturday 14 May is going to be a loooong night for a champion sleeper dog like me, but totally worth it to see the stage presentation/dancing/costumes.)

While the Subwoolfer's song Give That Wolf a Banana is catchy, they have it all wrong.

(I dare you to listen to it once and not sing "yum-yum-yum" on repeat in your head!)

Yes, save Grandma, but feed the wolf CHEESE

It's much more effective.

My poem is based on this song and will not make sense unless you've watched/heard the song.

Then again, it may not make sense even if you have. 

I am a dog after all.

You're welcome. 😄

Give yourself a dose of happy and watch all of the Eurovision Song Contest videos

Mom is also rooting for Switzerland to win (Marius Bear with Boys Do Cry - very Sinatra-like song) because then Switzerland will host ESC next year!!! 

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DOGSPEAK: Hangin' With My Gnomies

Switzerland has long been associated with gnomes...

...for both good and bad reasons.

(along our daily walking path)

In positive terms, they are thought of as mythological creatures that guard subterranean treasures

In more condescending terms, they are an unflattering nickname for Swiss bankers.

In dogspeak, they are friends.

Smidgey wrote this gnome poem for her neighborhood gnomies:


Last week I forgot to announce the fifth and final NPM winner of a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology - oops!

So without further ado, congratulations Sandra Y.! 

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Happy Mother's Day to all moms everywhere*! 🎕

*but most especially MY mom, Pat Magee, 94 years young!

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Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup!