So, there I was, having a lovely snooze – I was chasing squirrels in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, it were right grand an’all – when blow me down, if I didn’t hear the strangest noise. It sounded all, like, snotty and undignified.
I leapt off the bed and padded through to the office. There she was, wringing her hands and wailing in front of the laptop.
‘What the blooming heck is wrong this time?’ I barked, leaping onto my favourite chair.
She looked over at me. You’ve never seen a face like it. Well, you probably have, seeing as she constantly posts photos here, I mean, give me a break, who needs to see that many dresses? Or her noggin? Anyway, it wasn’t a pretty sight. All red and blotchy.
‘Ella!’ she cried.
‘That’s my name, don’t wear it out.’ I’d been awake for two minutes and she STILL hadn’t given me breakfast. ‘Come on, spill.’
‘I just don’t know how … I can’t … I mean…’ She was doing that crying thing again. ‘I don’t know how to make everyone feel better.’
‘Is that all? Come on.’ I circled a paw through the air for her to hand the laptop over.
She slid it onto the dog table and opened the screen. ‘What are you … doing?’ She stared as my paws started to fly across the keyboard.
‘Don’t worry,’ I told her. ‘I’ll make it sound like it’s you writing. Just like I always do. Now, go get me breakfast. And whilst you’re at it, light me a goddamn cigar.’
She shuffled off, all pathetic like, and I started writing…
5 LESSONS LEARNT FROM ELLA DURING LOCKDOWN
Ella came to us at three months old. She’d already gone to a different family, but that hadn’t worked out. She was cautious about getting in the car, and was sick on the journey. (Ahem!) She didn’t want to walk into her new home. But within 30 minutes, she’d spotted the innate mother in our family and they’ve been bonded, ever since.
You could adapt by sewing something totally new or out of your comfort zone? I remember when Karen-I-mean-me sewed this dress!
In recent times, routine has never been more important, starting with the Hard Dinner Stare. You may see this in your household right now, even if you don’t own a pet.
Routine is important. Even to human beings.
Could you find your 15 minutes of sewing routine, to conquer world anxiety?
I know. Hard, right now. But there’s an argument for switching off from the news – especially at dog walk time. Ella doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in the world right now. (Er, rude?) I wish I was more like her.
Switch off from social media – not this social media. Maybe stare out of the window instead? Cats and pigeons have absolutely no clue about social distancing. You could even take a photo and share it with an outraged comment. You know the type of thing: I can’t believe it! I was in the park and there were people in the park! Here’s a photo to prove it.
Finally, if in doubt, get your glad rags on!
With thanks to Susan Young, who suggested it was time to share the ruff photo again and to @petersilieundco who asked for more Ella snaps.