Friday, June 26, 2009

The Birthday celebration continues...

First, a note from Mommy. We join our blogging friends in celebrating the long and happy life of Dakota. Her days and years were filled with lots of fun with Thunder and Phantom. She slept peacefully each night knowing how much her Mommy and Dad loved her. And when she got weary and filled with pain, her Mommy and Daddy gently made her pain go away. We should all be treated with the same compassion as we show our beloved pets.

In the span of a handful of years, our pets go from babies with their silly antics, to our same-age companions, to senior citizens —older and probably wiser than we'll ever be. We are blessed that they share their brief lives with us. And impact our lives profoundly.

So in the spirit of celebrating those handfuls of days...we return to Rosie's birthday celebration...

After dinner and cake and romantic strolls in the garden, a roar in the sky drew our attention to the heavens. (Remember, this is Scotland in June and the sun doesn't set until after 11:00 p.m.)

It was our pal Ruby in the beautiful AireRuby. She'd painted the jet a lovely hue of rose in honor of the birthday girl.

For the next half hour, we watched an incredible aerial show over the rooftops of Dughallmor Manor.

She even did some special sky-writing on my behalf!

Then she was joined by the rest of her Ruby Arrow Squadron—an elite corps of all-female dog pilots!

As they took a final pass over the Manor, suddenly a sky diver parachuted from the plane!

It was Just Harry!!! The returning hero of the Heron Wars, he was instrumental in the return of Myrna and Gilbert's wheely baby boy. He'd been attending dozens of tickertape parades and award dinners, but he was getting a bit bored and frankly, he missed his buddy Jakie!

His timing could not have been better, as we needed a baritone to round out our quartet. Usually, we perform as a Beatles tribute band, but on this special occasion, we renamed ourselves The Beagles.

Jake had a song commissioned by the esteemed lyricist Gussie just for the birthday celebration.

Please sing along to the tune of "The Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond."

Upon Beagleland we are goin' ta stand,
All of us hip deep in the heather.
And me and my dog pals a courtin' we will go,
in the shade of the lovely Loch Lomon'

Now I've got my Gabbi and Petey his Rose,
and Eric's providin the transport.
We'll hide from the Aunties and share a tiny dram,
and we're hopin the girrrls don't wear panties.

And Marvin will join us and so will Lacie Beast
and we won't care so much 'bout the weather,
Til Hamish the Westie serves his Haggis feast
then we'll all return home to get better.

Ahhh, no one does the standards like Gussie!

Then I took to the stage to sing a special song from the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," dedicated to my birthday girl, my Rosie-Posie.

I was never crazy for flowers,
I confess that nothing left me colder;
I could watch a tulip for hours
And all I'd feel was sev'ral hours older!
Lilacs and lilies, any bloom you please,
All what they did was make me shrug or sneeze;
But now I love each blossom that I see,
For a lovely little rose loves me.

Now my life is rosy, when I'm with my Rosie,
With a girl like Rosie,
How could I be blue?
Paw in paw we'll mosey
Me and little Rosie,
We will be so cozy
Under a red blanket for two.

Oh! I once heard a poem that goes:
"A rose is a rose is a rose"
Well I don't agree,
Take it from me,
There's one rose sweeter than any that grows!
That's my Rosie,
I'm so glad she chose me;
Life is one sweet beautiful song,
When love is right then
What can be wrong?
Life is one sweet beautiful song
To me!


Jake of Florida said...


That's all I can say for now. Perhaps later when I stop laughing and admiring somebody's incredible imagination!!!

Mom to the Barkalots.

the magic sleigh said...

WOOOOO! What a great end to a beawootiful day!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Bobby said...

Well what a great day everyone had, love the blog.

Gus said...

OOOHHHH...who was flyin those planes. Canine Amelia Earharts?

What a wonderful Barkday you have planned for Lovely Miss Rose:


Martha said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing end to our adventure.
We had sight of that song by the famous Gussie previously - very funny!
I trust whilst everyone was hiding from us we had a wee dram outselves!
Petey you are most creative nephew.
HRH Auntie Bailey and Just Martha xxxxxxx

Clive said...


You are absolutely brillant! I don't how you think it all up!

We so enjoyed reading that - just in from a difficult dinner and that was just what we needed!

You did Rosie proud!

lots of woofs

Eric said...

You outdid yourself Petey.Rosie was swooooning while you crooned,no wonder, bought a tear to me those Mary Jane shoes of Toffees which I had to cram my paws into for the Beagle tribute Band singing. Can't wagging wait to get back my Beatle boots. . ...

Wiry wags n kssies, Eric xx

Pawsome song lyrics from Gussie!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

What a fantastikh way to paw tribute to Dakota!

Yes, she was a furry furtunate khanine!

We should all be so lukhky!

PeeEssWoo: Tank woo fur sharing your Highland Flingin'!

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Petey...maybe I should have married ya...course ya didn't ask me, now did you...(Lacie bares her teeth slightly, then regains her usual good tra la la la humor...)

I mean I only say that as it's obvious you are like the best husband EVER!!!

What a fantastic celebration you've planned for sweet Rosie...( you ever call her Rosie Beast??? Just wunderin'.....)

It must have taken months to get the RAF and Ruby to coordinate those amazing aerial man u vers...funny they did MAN u vers when they're all girlie pilots...I sometimes wonder if I could fly??? (Lacie ponders this carefully tryin' to figure out if this could increase the # of available males for dating???)

Do you think Eric would give me a ride in his Zoomer car?? Maybe we could go around the cliffs of Scotland? Of course, with Toffee's permision...after irritating Sophie, I'm tryin' to stay outta trouble...

Aren't those Bark A Lot Boyz just the cutest things ever??? And their mouths are always yappin'!!!!

How many more nights do I have to room with Auntie Bailey? I mean she's a sweet old dear, but she's somewhat style crampin' if ya catch my driftie????

Need to go and wash for supper...I love dressing every night for dinner....

Love you the mostest, Petey....

(Lacie giggles and bats her lashes...more out of reflex than really thinkin' it's gonna do any good with this canine....)

Laciebeast er Girl.....

Abby said...

Hi, Petey...

What a great pawty...

I know Rosie must have loved it...

Abby xxxooo

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Petey, please give your Mom a big sloppy kiss from the OP Pack for her beautiful words about Dakota. We all miss her a lot but it is things like this that make it all a little easier.

We have enjoyed following your travels on your way to Rosie's birthday.

Woos, the OP Pack and Mom

Joe Stains said...

Aire Ruby is AMAZING! Great tunes guys!! I sure hope Jake is ok after that trip, WOW!

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Petey
Just catching up after a wee time away. Funny, only a few days ago I was reading about parallel universes in Gail's copy of New Scientist, and now here we have a practical demonstration of the principle!
I am so honoured to be playing a role in such an exciting Scottish adventure with all our friends. And totally thrilled to learn of my knighthood! (Us Scots might rant and rave about the class system, but few of us are ultimately immune to the attractions of a 'handle' to our names).
Just a couple of points of detail. Glenlivet is fine, but my absolute favourite malt is Highland Park (hint hint!) And as for the episode on the golf course - and all those lurid tartan trews - well, I guess you just proved what a bad idea the whole game is - and don't even let me get started on Donald Trump...
Now I'm off for my morning walk, humming the new version of Loch Lomond.
Cheers, Sir H.

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Awwww, I loved the songs, the Rose one is so romantic....*sigh*....but we still can't see any pics....hrrpmh....we have the memories of the wonderful celebrations, the Ruby Arrows show....everything was wonder Lacie is jealous, teehee!
Maybe you could email us one or two of the photos for our album?
We like Gussie's comment about Amelia Earhearts, haha....that dude's funny!

Your sweet words about Dakota made Mum leak....(and me, I am a sentimental hound) you have a special way with words.

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Lots of smoochy kisses,
Your wee wifey xxxx

Duke said...

OMG, we were just at the Dughallmor's blog! AireRuby can fly with the best of them! whoooooooohooooooo
What a celebration this is!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Marvin said...

oh my - no wonder I have been so darn tired, I have been having such adventures with youse all!

I actually thought I was dreaming it all, but the photos prove it is real.

We looked in the other day, but my J was not feeling too good, but the adventures made her smile so we came back now she is feeling better!

I will raise yet another dram to you all, and it won't be dried ham!

oh and my J loved the kilted one!

Marvin xxxxxxxx

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