“Hot Dog” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Hi, Ziggy here.

I know, I know, it’s been an absolute age since I last managed to get my paws on John’s iPad. 

Since he stupidly shattered his wrist he’s been spending hours with it in his hands (the iPad, not his now repairing wrist) because he’s ((as he repeatedly (some may say whiningly) points out)) unable do a lot of the chores that he did before the accident. My Mum Rose has been marvellous though, she’s not only done the stuff she normally does but most of the stuff that he (or so he said) used to do. 

I’m pleased to report though that he’s slowly but surely getting the use of it back although I know I’ve still got to be careful and not jump on his arm or run into it.

A short while ago I celebrated my 5th birthday which roughly coincided with my 3rd anniversary of being adopted by Rose and John. I know, I know, doesn’t time fly by. 

I’ve still got my job as Head of Security for Highbury House which, to be honest, is now a bit of a doddle. The occasional patrol of the grounds (sounds a lot grander than run around the garden, doesn’t it), bark at any bikes that go by, jump at the gate and bark before I verify their credentials and go to the gate and greet Rose and John whenever they return home. As I said, it’s a doddle.

On sentry duty at the front gate.

The payment package is good too. Endless places to sleep:

I am partial to the western, lagoon facing, veranda ( as is John, by the way ). A great place to catch the breeze.

My bed obviously.

I quite like the cooling effect of the floor tiles too.

And there’s so much of it to sleep on.

I can sleep in the toilet (restroom for non UK readers) if I want to.

Or sleep near John when he takes one of his (many) naps.

Or snuggle down next to Rose when she takes one of her very infrequent (she works so hard) 30 winks (told you she works hard, he has 40!).

Or get Rose to take my bed outside so I can be really comfortable.

It’s a big bed

so there’s always room for Rose. Have I mentioned that I really, really like her.

What’s not to like (love) !

Remuneration also includes all meals and as many treats as I can coerce out of Rose (you know the drill, wag my tail, smile at her, put my head in her lap. They all work. I’ve just got to remember to mix them up a bit)and a dental stick every day to keep the old pearly whites in tip-top condition. I’ve also got a medical  package that provides preventative care to make sure I don’t get fleas or ticks or heartworm ( sounds ghastly, doesn’t it).

Then there’s the grooming element of my ‘salary’ package , the deluxe shampoo (no haircut because Rose prefers me to keep it long) at the Pampered Paws spa.

Oh, and a lifetime membership of a huge gymnasium (otherwise referred to as ‘the garden) where I can chase iguanas all day long . I’ve just got to remember not to catch them. They taste horrible and make me sick.

And if that wasn’t enough I also get free holidays when I get to stay at the fantastic 5 Paws Hotel Pampered Paws where I get to meet up with my old friends and, if I’m lucky – and I usually am -make new ones. 

At a recent stay at my favourite resort taking an early morning stroll. I’m the exceptionally good looking ‘boy’ on the right .One hot dog !

I have a great time on holiday and I normally get to take 2 or 3 a year. Spoilt ? Maybe. But like L’Oréal, I’m worth it . And Rose always brings me back a present or two.

Rose bought these for me when she and John were recently in Nicaragua. I much prefer the real thing but these are great fun too. 

Anyway, got to dash. John’s moaning about not being able to find his iPad . Maybe when they next go away they’ll get one just for me. 

The headline for today’s (much awaited) edition is based on track 4 of side 1 of In Through the Out Door, the album released by Led Zepplin in 1979 which reached number 1 on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard Hot 200.


  1. emilys72016 says:

    Always love a Ziggy post. He has a quite a nice “dog’s life”. A lucky canine indeed!

    1. Probably (sic) a bit spoilt Emily.

  2. Kris says:

    Zigster…in your otherwise idyllic existence…maybe you could get your ‘charges’ to consider a female companion for…you know, a little canine collaboration. Explain to them when they are both napping, they could both have a pillow!🐕🐕🐕

    1. What a great idea Kris. Definitely a paws for thought.

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