Always In Our Hearts

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

T T & A

Look. I know what's going on around here. Stella thinks I don't have a clue about the BBTP (Big Brother Training Program) she's trying to run me through. I had gotten enough advice from other dogs on how to be a big brother that I was prepared for almost any contingency. (Special thanks to Wally for his DVD training series for new big brothers of sissies).

So, while Stella thinks she's running the show, we know who's really in charge here. The key is to know how to walk that gentle balance between lovable big brother and push over. And, you've gotta know how to handle T T & A ~ Tongue, Teeth, and Attitude. Whenever Stella's coming at me, it's with one or a combination of those three things bearing down on me!

If you enlarge this photo you can see how she's coming at me with her tongue, and this is just on the way out the door.

Now, we've ALL seen Stella's baby alligator teeth. As a one time attack, those teeth are no big deal. But when they are coming at you constantly, it's like she's trying to strip me naked, one hair at a time.

Most of the time she's out of her little house and I'm around, she doesn't just want to be near me, she wants to be ON TOP OF ME! (We got bored watching "Running With Scissors." The book's so much better anyway).

So, when this starts getting on my nerves and I need a little break...

I just bust out this face...

And I end up here in the car, or somewhere else alone with my girl for a little Stanley Time. This usually involves a really long walk, a road trip to get ice cream or to go to the dogpark, or we go to my new favorite butcher to stockpile meatables, bone-ables, and organables (they make this great mix of ground up beef heart, liver and tripe that is to-die for)!

Don't get me wrong. I love the little monster. She's pretty entertaining, and hey, she loves me! But one thing I've learned. When it comes to The Stellanator, I just have to pick my battles. So, I let her pull the Wubba out of my mouth after tugging for a little bit, I let her drag my nylabone away when I drop it to scratch myself, and I pretty much let her do what she wants around me most of the time. But when I want a break or really need some Stella-free time, my hooman girl allows me to tell Stella off or show her that I'm boss with a friendly little nip. You see, because my girl has noticed how sweet I am to my sissy most of the time, and because I really play up that pained expression I showed you above, she doesn't mind whenever I DO choose to stand up to Stella.

Now, who do YOU think's in charge?



Peanut said...

Stanley my man. I always knew you were in charge. It's good you are getting time with your girl by yourself that is important

Ruby Bleu said...

Oh Stanny, I'm so happy that you are letting her know who is REALLY in charge. These pups today need to have boundaries and you are being so sweet to her! I'm so glad your girl knows the real deal. Oh and I can so take Stella if you need me to!!!

Lots of Licks, Your Ruby Bug

Mojo said...

Stan, your pained face breaks my heart! Poor, poor, long-suffering boy.

Glad to see you draw the line occasionally. You're super-patient but no pushover. Such a star.

Though I have to confess that watching your video reminded me of, well, me actually. I am on a mission to denude all dogs of their moustaches and beards and I am nearly seven months old. At least I don't stand on them like some scary nightmare incubus like the Stellanator does. Creeeepy.

big hairy hugs

Maggie & Mitch said...

You're just the sweetest big brother but it's obvious that you're no push over! Give em an inch and they take a mile! I have that same problem here! I'm glad you get your Stanley-time breaks - you need them!

Love ya lots,

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh Stella,This BBTP is working PERFECTLY!!!!!! You even have him convinced that he is in charge!!!( It took Archie much longer!!) Now,the next step....on second thought you had better call in case any one is looking...Love Your teacher,Agatha

Agatha and Archie said...

Stanley ,my main man,It pains me to see your face(you even lost the whites of your eyes there for a minute)I don't know how to tell you this but this has Agatha written all over it...........You had better call...Love Archie

Suki Sumo said...

You are SUCH a good brudder! And your sissy is one cute little lady. Such a looker. She seems small though for 23 weeks though? Or maybe I'm just a... compact pug.

Good luck, Gooberstand!

Luckie Girl said...

Hey Stan,
That pained look really works wonder with your girl huh? I guess the chill pill didn't quite work with little Stella. She may need a way way strong dosage. I'll like to watch Stella in action doing the exact same thing as me. Perhaps we can start some sychronise scratching team and rock & roll together.

Hercules said...

Yeah for Stanley! Mom almost broke out in tears when she saw your sad face. She wanted to go pick you up right then and give you a big hug...she knows you love your big hugs!

See you soon, okay?


Joe Stains said...

Stan I never doubted you even for a minute! I don't even know what she is trying to accomplish in that video you posted...I am not sure she does either for that fact! I am glad your human is sensitive to your Gooberosity and your need for some alone time!

ROSSI said...

oh Stanley.. i can see that u are a great brother!.. i would love to have a brother like you.. Hercules too.. he let me jump around him.. but aa.. i think am not that crazy and hyper active like Stella.. hahhhahaa.. but she really an adorable gal!.. take great care of her.. u guys will have lots of fun!

Gus said... ARE the MAN! I wish I had been as firm as you are when I first met Teka. I am such a southern gentleman of a wire, she still is taking advantage of me. I admire you for your wisdom.

Kirby said...

Stanley, we always knew you were the guy in charge. A big sweet fella like yourself knows how to balance sweet big brother with tough puppy teacher.
I love the look you use to get a little Stanley only time. Do you think that would work for me even if I'm an only dog?
Keep up the good work. You are well on your way to molding Stella into a perfect terrier princess!

Your pal,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stan.
We all know you are in charge as well as we know you are a big gentle boy!
Glad your gilr understands that you need your own time!
Have a good night

Toby said...

Aww Stanley your such a good big brother! I knew you were still in charge. ya just gotta let them think they are for awhile..just like my mommy and daddy. Im so in charge of them, they cater to my every whim! Just gotta know how to play the game right!

Love Toby

Love your irritated so look like your rolling your eyes!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

seems like stella manage to keep u occupied most of d time...

but gotta admit that puppy is pretty annoying sometimes...

best of luck to u..

Asta said...

Stanny my Love!
I'm so glad you pit youw foot down sometimes and tell hew enough is enough Baby Stells..I know you love hew and awe the bestest Bwudder evew, but sometimes it's nice to have a little peace and no shawk teefies,heheh she'll be a bettew sissy fow it latew , if you tell hew now!
smoochie kisses to both of you and extwa hugs and love to you my Goober Boy!
youw astaroni FB

Aniemother said...

Of course you're in charge, Stanley! We all remember how annoying little puppies can be (well.. Nimbus is just pretending to.. he IS the annoying puppy). Keep up the good work!

the WriggleButts

Harry said...

Watching that video is like watching my life at the moment. I think Stella and Cassidy are about the same size, they are both little minxes with the same method of attack, and I too have the same "help!" expression. I have not tried nipping yet though, maybe I should. I really think we should start a support group for us anfd any other beleaguered big brothers out there.

Toodle pip,
Harry x

Simba said...

Stella looks a bit scary in some of those photos.

Simba x

Goofy said...

u both look great together and i bet u r a good big brother...

Faya said...

OMD... she is full of life .... I am happy with a virtual brother... I thing it is enough for me...
Stan, please crow your paws for me. I have to go back to the vet because it is not going better with my hip....and I hate that...
Kisses, Faya

Ferndoggle said...

Stanley, you are such an excellent big brother. I wish Sherman was like you. ::Boo Hoo!::

Good for your girl for giving you some special Stanny time away from Stella.


Molly and Taffy said...

Stan, you are definitely in charge! You are a gentle giant.

Molly and Taffy

Asta said...

MySweet Silly Stanley
how could anyone evewy have a pwoblem with me dating you!!!
my Bwuvvew seems like a nice guy and not a bweedist at all despite the fact that he's fwom the south,hehehe
Does Stella have a pwoblem with you having thwee giwlfwiends? and such diffewent ones to boot? I think as long as ouw sissie and bruddew know we'we loved that's what mattews!
I wode on the wong side of the stweet when I fiwst got to London, but Gussie weminded me, and now I'm doing gweat!
smoochie kisses
Astwoni fb

Ike said...

I don't know how you do it, man. She's a shark!

Sophie Brador said...

I love your "Stanley time" face. That is priceless!!!! But you know, Stanny, you look pretty damn happy with the Stellanator. I really do think you love, love, love her. I'm just glad I don't have one.


Grammie said...

You are doing such a good job with Stella. Youngsters can be annoying at times even though we love them. Keep up the good work. You look like you could drive that car to anywhere you wanted to go.

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Prozac for you and 2 for the lil angel.

Frasier said...

You have a mature approach to being the boss !!!

Gus said...

Louie thinks Stella is definitely in charge, but what does he know, he is just a kid !!!

I have had a hard time teaching Louie that his toys will always be my toys and I have first choice !!

Gus & Louie

p.s. watch out for those alligator teeth, they may be small but the are still sharp.

Henry Helton said...

Stella seems like she is lots of fun. I am glad that you have her to play with.

Momo :) said...

Stanley Boy!!! You're the bestest brother!!! I'll remember TT &A rule just in case I'll get a sissy in the future. :)
Ice cream is great. I actually only got a chance to eat it a few times in summer but I won't forget how yummy it is! Now I want more!!

Momo xoxo

wally said...

Oh Stan Man I know who is in charge. There will only be one Goober. And I demand my me and mama time. No sissies allowed. I highly recommend making this a regular practice. Ours involve bully sticks (for me, not for the ma ape, lest you get a strange mental image).


Balboa & Mommy said...

I think Stella's so lucky to have such an understanding and loving big brother.

Frenchie SNorts

Bogart said...

Hey Stan,

Your butcher is a man after my own heart, my dad makes me Bogie-stew of heart, liver, and tripe (with a few carrots and sweet potatoes thrown in). Mm, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

It's good to let the little one know who's the boss. That's a good program Stan... good luck defending against those puppy teeth!


fee said...

i'm back stan, and o stella's so cute!!! how big is she? now merv is going to be busy with the two of you! how has your girl been? i trust that she too, is having her hands full with all you three!

Caz said...

I love the look of GIVE ME SOME PEACE MUM.But i can also see what a loving tolerant brother you are . Stella is a cutie though as much as you are handsome.


FleasGang said...

Who's in Charge? Don't fool yourself Stan - The Stellanator! But you're still a good big brother to her :-)

The FleasGang

Lenny said...

Some of those pictures would be pretty good for Balboa's photo caption contest! :)

Your friend, Lenny

Lacy said...

woofies Stanley and Stella!!! sumtimes ya jus gotta let sissy's no juz who iz boss...and ur girl still havin alone time wiff u is loves dat pictur of stella on the sidebar...u can c her mind plottin stuffs...

b safe,

Koobuss said...

Way to go, Stan!! You have to assert yourself sometimes.

Let her have her fun. She's still a baby. But you are the RULER!!!!

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Koobuss said...

Way to go, Stan!! You have to assert yourself sometimes.

Let her have her fun. She's still a baby. But you are the RULER!!!!

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Charlie said...

You're definitely the dog-in-charge!
- Charlie