Always In Our Hearts

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I Was A Pine Cone Impoverished Dog

Editor's note: We do not EAT the pine cones, only chew on them under close supervision. They basically break apart pretty easily, but feel good on the gums. Mmmm. Gum massage...
What, you may ask, am I staring at so intently?

Well, it started with this guy (Bogart)

giving this guy (Kirby)

I believe my response was something like, "WHOA! I've never seen a pine cone THAT big before," and I raved to Kirby and Bogart about the pine cone bonding they were doing. Well, a couple of weeks later, I got this in the mail.

If this box had winged its way to me from sunny California, then I was going to take my time and savor the opening of it!

Normally I like to rip right in. Not this time! See the gentle love nibbles I'm giving the box?

Looky looky what came out of that box!

Have you EVER seen a more lovely cone?

I had to investigate the depths of its crunchy goodness.

Mmmwah... mmwahhh, mmmmmwah! This could take some time...

At this point I had settled in for a good long gnawing session.

When I went outside to take a little whiz break, look who tried to hone in on the cone.

Thoughtful as ever, Bogart had sent a puppy training cone (as he called it) so Stella could enjoy some pint-sized crunchiness. (Notice how she's snubbing the training cone for the bigger DOG-SIZED pine cone of destiny?)

My girl made a point to steer Stella to the training cone. Another struggle for power averted (thank DOG)!

As a diversionary tactic, I started paying attention to the box.

And of course, Stella dropped the cone, and came over for a little tug session.

When she gets this look in her eyes, it's serious folks.

Notice, even when Stella (off camera) tried a diversionary tactic of her own (in order to get the box), I still maintained possession of said box! Sometimes it's tough being a big brother.

Bogart, thanks for the very cool and very large pine cone!! You are one great buddy! Stella sometimes sleeps with her training cone. She thinks you're a rock star!

Viva la Pine Cone!!

Goober love,
Stanley & Stella


Amber-Mae said...

That's one big pine cone! Is it safe for us to chew on it? I've never seen or tasted one before becoz Malaysia has none...I love to shred boxes too. They taste good don't they?

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Luckie Girl said...

This is amazing..I have *never* seen such big pine cones! Where do they come from? Pine Trees? How big would that pine tree be to have such a HUGE cone?

Boo said...

stanley, miss sunshade is a pine cone lover too. but not sure who started the "pine loving" game first tho.

wet wet licks


Noah the Airedale said...

Hey matie, you've got that sister of yours worked your moves.
As for that pine cone whoah!!! its huge. Enjoy!

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Harry said...

Gosh, that is indeed a huge pine cone! I hope you manage to enjoy it in peace and quiet, but I have my doubts you will!

Toodle pip,
Harry x

Simba said...

That is the biggest pine cone I have ever seen

Simba xx

Maggie & Mitch said...

That is one big pinecone! Have you destroyed it yet, Stanley?
I know that "look" very well! Anytime you see the whites of their eyes it means trouble!

Love ya lots,

Peanut said...

hey if you chew that one all up and need a new one let me know. We have pine cones that size here. In fact my kids brought a whole bunch of them in the house one day and I got to chew one.

Ruby Bleu said...

So you can chew on pine cones and not get sicky? Mom never lets me have any fun - hmphhhhhh! Even Stella got one!!!

Oh well...

Enjoy yours for me!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Persephone & Buster said...

my goodness stanley -- it appears you are no longer a "pine cone impoverished dog"! wow!! stanley, that's one aireeedale-size pinecone...did you get any pine nuts from it? is that where pine nuts come from?
Ms. Persephone and the rest of them....waiting for the ups man to visit ;o]]

Lacy said...

woofies Stanley and Stella...whoaaa watt a big pine cone...heehee and stellas iz cute too, but me finks she likes urs bestest....and boxes r fun to chew too..

b safe,

Molly and Taffy said...

Hi Stanley

That pine cone looks delicious. I like cones as well but never seen one that size before! Enjoy it. How thoughtful of Bogart to send a puppy sized cone to Stella.

Molly and Taffy

Sophie Brador said...

Stanny, That pine cone is as big as your head! I didn't even know that chewing on pine cones was an option. All the miniature ones we get here are buried under snow, but I have seen some pine cone wreaths hanging on neighbourhood doors. My mom and I may need to do a little midnight raid.


Mack said...

That Stella!
She wants to hone in on that big ole pinecone! Kinda reminds me of that evil cocker, Paris!

Lenny said...

Wow, awesome pine cones! Excellent strategy, Stan - you are the diversionary tactic master.

Your friend, Lenny

Asta said...

Sweet Sweet Stanley Love
That is twuly a Pawsome cone!!!!
I'm glad Stella got hew baby cone so you could keep the hoomoungous one that befits youw status as king of the house andwulew of Goobewstan..I hope you have many delicious houws with it!!!
Do you swallow the bits? ow just nibble play with them??
I have to get one
smoochie kisses
Astawoni FB

Murphey said...

You are the master! Loved how you kept control of the box, I am gonna have to try that the next time Reilly tries to steal something from me.


Clover said...

Hey Stan and Stella!
That sure is a giant pine cone! What a cool gift to get in the mail! :) Hope you are still enjoying the cones.
Love Clover xo

Anonymous said...

What an awesome present from Bogart!! I love the photos of you and Stella playing tug with the box - looks like fun!


MJ's doghouse said...

holy pine cones bat man...that is the biggest pine cone i ever did are lucky you have such a good friend to send you one...

Tadpole said...

Holy dog! But don't they pokey-poke your gums? Our pine cones have pointy-points on them that can hurt!

Asta said...

I pwobably won't see Hamlet anymowe cause they'we making his dad move fwom his building which is neaw us and he'll have to leave the neighbowhood..he was vewy nice but NOT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! I want so much to come awound the cownew and bump into you ..sigh!......
smoochie kisses

Agatha and Archie said...

WHOA,,our main man! We are talking serious pine cone here buddy. Even the training cone was big! Now we live in the world of pine cones and we have never seen one so GENORMOUS!!! We see that look often(the one in Missy Stella's eyes) and when we see it.... BACK OUT SLOWLY...Love Agatha and the prisoner

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That sure is a HUGE pine cone. Bogart sure is nice to send one to you and one to Stella

~ Girl girl

Kirby said...

Hi Stanley,

How great is Bogart? He sends the BEST ever pinecones! They are seriously HUGE! I loved mine to pieces, literally, so Mom had to monitor me and take it away when I started to really chew it up. Got to say that was some sweet LA cone!

Your pal,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stan!
Sure Bogart was so nice sending you that huge pine cone!
Glad Stella enjoys it too!
Kisses and hugs

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

wow! Some pine cone!

I see lots of 'em on my walkies here in the woods in Scotland, but I am not bothered about them. You make them sound delicious!!!!!

Do you find the box things come in is sometimes more interesting than the actual present!!

lovely pics of you and your sissy.

love and licks, Marvin xxxxx

Pacco de Mongrel said...

i've never seen any pine cone that consider one of those giant size?...

Grammie said...

Moco says:
I have never had a pine cone to chew on. That one you got looks like a pineapple fruit. Boxes are OK, but mostly I like to chew on stuffies and treats. You and Stella are getting along very well. I bet she can be quite the imp.

Ferndoggle said...

Your pine cone is as big as Stella's head! Please tell your sissy I'm flattered by her admiration...a boy can never have too many suitors.


Le Mops said...

I love your pine cone. I didn't know you could eat them I just pee on them. Thanks for showing me something new. *snorT*
Le Mops

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Hmm...did everything come out ok in the end??? Sorry...couldn't resist...

Lacie gets that crazed look's frightening!

You do try to be the good big bro, gotta hand ya that, Stan!

If I'd eaten that...I'd a done barfies...most assuredly...


Sparky said...

Wow, that's a big pine cone! I don't think I've ever seen one that big before.

He he, I love the pictures of you and Stella playing with the box. I must say, boxes are actually the best part of a present! He he.


Petra said...

You never know what kind of surprises will come in the mail, do you?! You two sure have fun playing together. Stella wants to grow up & be JUST LIKE YOU, Stnaley!

Balboa & Mommy said...

WOW, that is the biggest pine cone ever!!!!! Have fun chewing on it.

ha ha ha, Stella is one little cutie.

Frenchie Snorts

Ashley said...

You guys are too cute! Maxy loves getting pressies too!

Maxy just won a contest and will be featured in an upcoming calendar!

We will be doing a drawing for FREE calendars. Just post a comment on our blog if you would like to be entered in the contest!

Happy New Year!

The Cat Realm said...

We didn't even know there are pine cones that size!!! I bet they make nice toys too!

Joe Stains said...

holy crap that pine cone is HUGE!! I sure have never seen something like that in my long life. I am glad your Mom was able to steer stella in the right direction!

Dilly said...


Be HEWGE pine cone!

Dilly clekt pine cones!

Dilly hav lots! (mostly littol wuns).

Dilly goin do foto ov pine cones for Stanley!


wally said...

Whoa! That IS a big pine cone! Do you think that's an Airedale thing cuz I know Miss Sunshade loves 'em too. Our border collie friend Tuchuck munches on them but he also eats his own poo so I don't necessarily trust his palate. Good for you standing up to your sissy. Can't let 'em walk all over you!


Jackson said...

Pine cones are great! How nice of Bogart to send you one each! J x

Aniemother said...

Now that's one seriously huge pine cone! OMD! And we love your stunt-doubles, too! Hope to see you on tv soon!

PS: We gave you an award.

the Wriggles


We have lots of pine cones here, but just little ones and they are all under the snow right now. Never have chewed on them though. They do look like a great toys

jaffeboy said...

Holy Gustmoly, that's a kick a** cone you got there!

I'm sure you had a fantastic time chewing on it.

Koobuss said...

I can't think of anything better than pine cones in a box! What a thoughtful gift from Bogart. He is such a nice guy!

Koobuss Kisses,