What Maddie Likes

“I’m good. I like this step.”

If we were having a beer, well, you’d be having water.

“I thought you were going to the bar.”

“Not today. I thought I’d sit here with you for a while.”

“Thanks. I like sitting out here.”

“We know, Maddie, we know.”

“Well, it was your idea, you and Faith. You guys built that patio for my cot.”

“No, we built that patio for mom.”


“You took over the patio, and when we moved the bench out of the way, you started sitting on the steps.”

“I like sitting on the steps. I thought you knew that. I figured it’s why you moved the bench over here.”

“We moved the bench over here, so we could take comfortable chairs over there. This bench is not comfortable.”

“Then why did you buy it?”

“It’s pretty. We wanted to make a pretty little place for mom to sit – for a few minutes – while working in her garden.”

“Wow. I really got this all mixed up. I thought the whole thing was so you guys could sit with me.”

“No, this had nothing to do with you. We bring you outside to, well, you know.”

“Go to the bathroom?”


“I prefer exploring the yard and I love sitting.”

“Yes, but you have to go to the bathroom.”

“I know, but sometimes, I forget. I get distracted.”

“Well, we do enjoy sitting here with you, and it seems to help your mood.”

“Yeah, it calms me down quite a bit. I know I can be a jerk now and then.”

“Hmmm, yeah, I think I’ll just have to agree with that, you can be a jerk. I think MiMi and MuMu would agree, too.”

“They’re cats. I know they’re our cats, and I really do love them, but sometimes, all I see is cat, and I think I should chase them.”

“You don’t chase the squirrels or the bunnies.”

“They’re not cats.”

“I see.”

“So, what else do you enjoy doing?”

“Why are you asking?.”

“I’m sharing this with the people who read my blog. It’s part of the Cherished Blogfest. Some of those people really seem to like you a lot.”

“Then maybe you should edit out the part about the cats, and my being a jerk.”

“I think they would understand.”

“OK. I mean, I’m not always a jerk.”

“We know.”

“Well, I guess the other things I like are laying on the couch, especially when I can snuggle up next to mom or when I can use your legs as a pillow. I really like it when Faith comes over and I can lay next to her.”

“There seems to be a pattern forming.”

“You know, sometimes, when I snuggle with mom, MuMu joins us. I’m nice to her then.”

“MuMu likes to snuggle too.”

“She bumps my nose sometimes. I like that.”

“MuMu wants to be your friend. So, is that it? You like to sit and you like to lay down.”

“I like to walk. Like when I take you to the park and when I take mom on her walks. Like I said, I like to explore.”

“Well, it’s getting cold. I think we should go inside.”

“Is it going to snow?”

“No, not today.”

“Soon? Is it going to snow soon?”

“Maybe in a month or two. We usually don’t see much snow until December.”

“I’m not good with dates, but you know why I’m asking. Don’t you?”

“Mt. Maddie?”

“Yes – I love Mt. Maddie!”

“We know.”

“I like climbing up and sitting on top. I can see all over the neighborhood from up there.”

“That’s quite a list. Add in all your toys and it must be hard to pick a favorite.”

“Nah, that’s pretty easy.”


“I love you guys.”

This post is part of  the Cherished Blogfest. The blogfest is hosted by Damyanti Biswas, Dan AntionCheryl PenningtonPeter NenaSharukh Bamboat, Mary Giese, and Kate PowellPaul Ruddockit is open to anyone who wants to tell the world about something or someone they cherish. If you want to join us, click here. The blogfest is open until Midnight Sunday.


  1. Hi Dan – lovely … and so true … animools are special – Maddie very much so – but I won’t forget the whole fandambilly … cheers and happy weekend – Hilary

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    • Thanks Judy. She really does love being with her people. I’ve got some work to do, but I’m starting out on the couch with her and my coffee. We’ll walk in s but and I’m sure I’ll end up on that bench.

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  2. Gibbs gives Maddie two thumbs up for being a jerk sometimes. I don’t know why that would be….

    Ahhh, the life of a dog. Sleep, eat, play with toys, poop. Sounds very similar to a cat’s life, along with the fact that we spoil them both. Maddie is forever adorable and she deserves extra couch time today. Thanks for sharing her in your CBF post!

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    • Thanks Mary. And tell Gibbs Maddie sends him a high five (four). We’re in the couch. As soon as she’s ready, she’ll let me know that it’s time for my walk. Thanks for encouraging this post.

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    • Ha ha. She really doesn’t like being off leash, unless we are playing. If we let her out on her own she stays by the door until we come. She has done neurological issues that we’re still learning how do deal with.

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  3. What a great post Dan. Maddie, aka The Sometimes Jerk, is s diamond in the rough. You are too funny, the way you describe the jerk/cats relationship. Something tells me MiMi and MuMu are quite capable of defending themsleves though. Happy weekend! I feel Mt Maddie is just around a windy corner here.

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    • Thanks Cheryl. Unfortunately, neither MiMi nor MuMu know how to be a cat. If they would stand up to Maddie and smack her, they’d be fine. It’s like we have three dysfunctional pets 🙁

      My. Maddie should be 6-8 weeks out. We need snow and highs in 30s or lower.


  4. Awwww. It’s too early for me to have a beer, but I think water, in the guise of tea, will work quite well, thank you. What a lovely and loving post, Dan. One of our foster dogs took over the game chair, which, because it sits rights on the floor, was just perfect for her (pit bulls being shorter than Maddie.) We put a towel over it and she made it her place to curl up…at least if she wasn’t wanting to sit on our laps. :-)


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      • Maddie looks like a charmer! My doggies are Charley, a brown & white Shih Tzu and Sammy, a black & white Lhasa Apo. Not really dogs, more like little fur boys! Act just like brothers! I had a German Shepherd as a kid. then as an adult an Alsatian Shepherd. Finding smaller dogs are easier to transport and walk! Christine

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  5. Love reading about Maddie and her favorites — very good that you finally interviewed her — she had commented that this was getting a tad annoying, being that she is often talked about but not asked for her opinion…. She emailed me.

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    • Thanks. Mt. Maddie is the huge pile of snow that results from my clearing paths for Maddie and so we can access the firewood we have piled in the back. There are a few photos (near the end of the gallery). All the setters have loved that pile. There have been Mt Mitzi, Mt Reilly and Mt Mollie before this little dingbat arrived.

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  6. I hope you’ll take this as the compliment it’s intended to be: this conversation was charming. I didn’t want it to end. I think you’re the only person I know who can get inside the head of a dog. That’s some skill you have.

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  7. Maddie is definitely someone who is a member of your family and extended to your blogging friendly community, too. She’s quite a gal, such a character. I cannot see the “jerk” part but trust your opinion. 🙂

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