Always In Our Hearts

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

On Strike

Most of you probably don't know this, but my hooman girl is working on her thesis for her Master's degree... still. She says she's highly motivated to finally finish it this semester, but in the past, most of the time she has said she's working on it, she's not, and then I have to give her THE LOOK.

That is exactly where I sit in the green room (her office), right next to her computer desk with my trusty pig. If THE LOOK doesn't get her attention, then I shoot her a disgusted booty shot, something like this. Even this doesn't seem to phase her.

Since I have promised to help her finish her thesis, and since she's a master procrastinator (I wonder if that's what she's getting her degree in), I have decided to take matters into my own paws. I have vowed that I will not let her help me post anything on my blog until her next chapter is done. That's right. Once her next chapter is done, we'll post again on the blog.

I'm serious.

So, if you want to help by applying a little pawsitive peer pressure on her, or you want to guilt her a little (hey, whatever works), then please be my guest. Just remember. If we're not posting, it's because she's not writing (her thesis).

Stella's a little confused by all this thesis talk, so I've clued her into our plan. She's with me on this. It's tough love, but it's the least I can do for our girl.

So, if you need to vent about our lack of posts, please address them to my girl. It's all in her hands.

Goober love,

By the way...

Some of you were asking where Stella was during the last post. This photo might give you an idea what she's been up to. (She looks a little demented, doesn't she?)


Amber-Mae said...

You have the right to go on strike Stanley! Stanley's mom, stop doing your thesis! I know it's important, but Stanley's blog is much much more important, believe me...So if you can, please do stop ASAP!!!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Pacco de Mongrel said...

i hope ur mum will complete her master degree soon... then u can be your full time slave.....isn't that great?

Ruby Bleu said...

Hey Stanny...
I support you...I also sent you a peemail on this very topic. You will definitely be missed, but your Girl needs to get serious!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

P(ee)S: Oh, I forgot to mention in my peemail how happy I am you are going to school!! Let me know if I can help you with your know I love school!

Peanut said...

Okay stanley we understand but your girl needs to get on with it really. I don't know how many days we can handle not having a goober post.

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Hercules said...


Tell your Momma she had better get to writing or she is going to be disappointing a whole lotta pups and Mom and Dads out there...

Tell her I'll give her a huge kiss when she finishes...That'll motivate her for sure!

Love, Hercules

Gus said...

Stanley, Stanley, Stanley. I am surprised at you...don't you know that honey is better than vinegar? Offer your mom a positive alternative. Tell her if she finishes a chapter, you will take her out to dinner. Or get her some flowers. Or, well, you know her better than I do. Also. Muzzer says it is not nice of you to deprive her of your handsome smooch, and I am sure Asta feels the same way.


Mack said...

Woo Hoo - I like the way Stella is glaring at the kitty! You go girl!

I know you will be just what your girl needs to get that paper written!

Ferndoggle said...

Hmmmm, such a tough delima...Motivate the girl to finish her thesis, or tell her to quit & just take up blogging full time.

I think we'll take a little less Stanley & Stella now, for a LOT more of them later.

Good luck to your girl.

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Maggie & Mitch said...

Mitch and I talked it over and we're going to be totally unselfish and tell your girl to finish her thesis because once she does, she'll be less stressed and everyone will be happy, including you and Stella, Stanley!
Tell your girl to please hurry it up!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Lenny said...

Hey Stan - good for you for supporting your mom! My mom works at a university, and she used to work with doctoral students. One student took 17 years to finish her document!!! I hope you blog again sooner than that.

Your friend, Lenny

Moco said...

I hope the girl's thesis is in something that makes sense. You know, like how to make better treats or the effects of walks on the ozone. Good thing Grammie is old and doesn't have to go back to school. I doubt she could find her way to a class anymore or stay awake. Stella better be careful or Merv will give her the BIG SWAT.

Faya said...

Stanley I am with you !....
For the last picture : poor Merv !
Kisses, Faya

River said...

I hope the strike doesn't last too long - I'll miss seeing you both but it's great your so supportive of your human!!


Petra said...

Get to work, lady! We can't afford not to hear from Stanley and Stella for very long. Like about a day.

On the other hand, I know how demanding it is and how time consuming it is to work on a thesis.

This too will pass!

Lacy said...

woofies Stella and Stanley, me iz wiff ya...hmmm, stella and stanleys girl, git busy on dat thesis....heehee mayb i better git on me mama while me is gittin, she pose to b gittin organized...or anyways dat wuz one of her failed new years resulotions....

b safe,

Girl Girl Hamster said...

OH I hope your girl finises her current chapter too. I dont want to wait too long to see photos of you doggies.

Stella, what are you doing staring up to Merv there? hee

~ Girl girl

Arabella said...

Oh Stanley, you're so nice to help your mom out like this. I usually just distract her from her work work.

Bogart said...

Humans often need kicks-in-the-butt for things like this Stan, you're doing a good job.

How about this - I won't post any more closeups of my Aire-nose until she finishes her thesis! - happy to help in the cause...


Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Stanley,
You better help your Mama type her paper so she can keep up your bloggie. Does she like chocolate?? You can bribe her with that. It would work for our Mama, hehehehe.

Gussie updated his blog & his Auntie Re called from St. Loulis. See his blog. B & S stopped at her house for the night & then left sometime this morning. Don't be surprised if you see them at your door. Snickers might have taken my cell phone, haven't looked in my purse yet. Try calling: lam-bs4-sale, tee hee. Let me know if you see them.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Mama L.

Sophie Brador said...

Okay Stanley's girl, sit down and write! Once you get through the lit review, the rest will just spew out of you like lava. It's a breeze!

Do it for the kids. Do it for Stanley and Stella and the marvelous Merv. I promise, we'll all jump really high for you when you're done. And if you finish your thesis, my mom will finish her research and whip that up too, and then the karaoke can begin.

That's right. I said karaoke. Why? I have no idea.

the Corgi Girls said...

Stanly, what a ko-ink-ee-dink, our mum too! MASTER procrastinator on her Master's thesesseses. She wants... well, says she absolutely has to, for her sanity, or something like that... has to graduate this semester... its crunch time buddy...we'll give you our tele number, you can call and we can chat while our mums work hard...

M & I

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stan!
Sure I hope your girl finishes soon!
Nice butt shot!
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

wow this is indeed some VERY tough love. COME ON MOM get to work on that thesis, I don't know what I will do without Stan and Stella!

Scruffy & Lacie said...

First of all, Merv looks photoshopped...scary. Very scary.

Second...Stella looks cute, not whatever unflattering adjective you called her.

Thirdly,...ur doin the right thing, Stan. She's gotta get it done. 'Splain to her to break it up into manageable increments...(cool word, huh...)...and when she finish this chapter, you will allot her blog time as a reward.

I think you are doin' her a huge favor. She'll thank you for it.

So ur starting classes with Stella. Interesting. I love class. Lacie...well...she likes the agility part of it, but the actually listening to Mumsie...I don't think so.
We'll post the picks of ur pressie early next week after the souper bowl pawty. are u gonna make sure ur girl works when you and Stella are away???

Good luck, Man...and thanks again for the totally cool box of toys.

I will be dole-ing them out to Babystan...after I inspect them for possible damage or danger.


Asta said...

MySweetStanley Love

Between THE LOOK! and that booty shot..I'd have that thesis done nevew!! I'd want to keep seeing you do that, heheh
sewiously though..I suppowt you all the way! and cwoss my paws that youw giwl gets done toot sweet!
I'm glad Stella my little BBFF is behind you on this..maybe merv can do the witing while youw giwl wests .

I love you and miss you alweady
smoochie kisses Asta

Huskee Boy said...

Ahhh.. I remember the days when my mom was working on her thesis too!! Ughhh..
I just came over from Peanut's blog.. his mom's been pretty busy lately and to show his displeasure, he expressed his anal glans ON her bed. I can tell you that it sure worked! Maybe you'd wanna try it too?

Simba said...

I hope your human gets all the stuff done soon.

Simba x

Boo said...

stanley, as long as the girl feed u and stella!!!

wet wet licks


Molly and Taffy said...

Hello Stan

We shall miss you and Stella, and hope that your Mum can finish her thesis very very soon. We are sure with you invigilating she will work very hard.

Molly and Taffy

XXXXXXXXXXXXX From Taffy to Stella.

4xBs said...

oh dear, we hope we are going to hear from you regularly. tell your mom that we will help her write. we are good writers. we can slobber too. that always helps. maybe if you bark a lot she will write faster. we have to make her work. we can't be without your postings. she has to write her thesis for us, the dogs of DWB, your buddies.


pee ess - are we gonna get to see piccies of your new poodle friend?

Penny & Poppy said...

Tell your girl that if she will just post a picture of you and Stella once in a while, we should be able to live without you until her thesis is done. That way we won't have goober withdrawal! Love the LOOK!

Poppy & Penny

The Brat Pack said...

OOOhhhh nooo! How long is gonna take her to finish?!?!? She has to hurry!


Patience-please said...

Yeah, our servant has this dumb novel. She'd rather clean the oven some days.
We can totally relate.

wags from the whippets not looking forward to Goober fix withdrawal.

Noah the Airedale said...

You're poor girl Stanley. Oh the pressure.....that look of yours is a killer, not to mention the look Stella is giving Merv...cripes, she means business.
Good luck with the thesis Stanley's girl.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Gus and Louie said...

Stan you are so awesome to keep your Mom motivated.. You keep up the good work and I am sure she will fight and complain but she will thank you in the end....

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Maya and Kena said...

Good going Stanley!
That's the way!
We've got our paws crossed so that your mommy will finish here master degree thesis soon!!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Wow, that is some look! And little Stella is an incredibly precocious looker, too!

Can't wait for your girl to be a master of the universe!

Is her thesis on the interactions of terriers of uneven size?

jaffeboy said...

oooo, your girl better get cracking cos we don't want to loose out on your adventure cos of some peesies...

My Ma says Stella is looking WAY too cute. She may kidnap her.

I don't know what she's thinking really. I would have say "bring my buddy Stan home so we can wrestle!"

Lillie Valentine said...

I'd go on strike too, but maybe once your mom is done with school and getting that degree will mean she has MUCH more time for you and Stella!

Persephone & Buster said...

We love the M.P. (Master of Procrastination) idea! Now there's some irony in the notion that an airedale can motivate a human with an emotion (guilt) that said airedale has never experienced. We've never felt it either--must not be a terrier-thing.

Hey, try the obedience-training "positive-reinforcement" thing: take her out for a hot fudge sundae when she finishes three paragraphs!

We're sacrificing three possums for the success of the venture.


Sephie & Buser

Koobuss said...

Boy. that last picture is something else. I can just see what Stella has in mind. She better behave herself before she has big trouble!!

Just a warning!!!

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Koobuss said...

It's me again.

I heard that those thesesises can be a bugger. It's hard to stay motivated sometimes when there are so many more fun things to do. You are doing a great job keeping an eye on her, Stan. Keep up the good work.

If you need some help, let me know. I'll be happy to do whatever I can from this end. Mom, too. She's good at writing boring stuff. (Not that your girl's thesesises is boring. You know what I mean.) Oops!!

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Koobuss said...

Also, Good Luck to Lisa!!!

Jackson said...

Hey pal, I hope your girl finishes her thesis soon. She'll have a lot of angry dogs on her case if she doesn't! Hehehe! Jx

Putter said...

Stanley! Stanley!

I am an expert at helping with such projects! I wrote, I mean HELPED to write Mom's dissertation when I was just a PUP ... 8 weeks old ... So if ya need any tips ya let ME know, K?


Putter ...:)

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Holy bull pizzles that thesis must be sprayed with ape repellant! I know, why not just farm it out! Have your girl tell all your readers the chapters she needs and let us write them!

HIPSTER said...

Yo Stan - I think U & I would get along just fine. U think just like me. Love your blog, Wigglebutt wags, Lola

Momo & Pinot said...

Stanley Boy!
We think we understand what your girl needs to finish. Our hoooomans has kept saying they would take down our Christmas tree but guess what? It's still in our living room. (Helloooo, Valentine is coming soon!) Please let your girl focus on her work and we will be looking forward to seeing your photos.

Stella, what a lovely photo!

Momo & Pinot

Sparky said...

HA ha ha, that last picture of Stella and the cat! That's just too funny.


Ike said...

If your mom procrastinates like my dad, we'll never see you again :(

Oliver said...

Oh, Stanley and Stella, you are so good to your Mommy! I want her to finish her thesis too, so


Jan said...

Way to go, Stanley & Stella. Keep her walking the line so she finishes her thesis.

jans funny farm

Neko said...

My Mom did her dissertation before I was born but I hear that they like the thesis are very painful. Strike! Strike! Strike! Stanley but also remember that it hurts her slightly more than it hurts you and to try and be supportive. Love,Neko

Martha said...

I hope your girl gets her butt in gear, like now! I don't know if I can survive an extended period sans Stan & Stella. Love, Martha

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Good luck to your Mum with her Thesis, whatever a Thesis may be?

Does your Mama have a "lisp"? Cos a Thesis doesn't sound a word said properly to me, Marvin, the great Word Hound and Poet.

Still I really hope she has finished it very soon. We miss you. With her good luck from uth and licths, oooops ith cathing, thorry about that

Marvin xxxxxxxxxxxx

wally said...



ps. My ma ape is working on a manny-script. Hmmm. Should I tell her she's not a man?

Asta said...

My Dawlingest Stanley
I am westing, but I fowgot to mention, that on the way back fwom Rio, my cat fwiends and I stopped in Venice fow Cawneval I have to show evewyone those pictoowes too.hehe
But don't wowwy I'm westing now!!!
smochiest of smochies to all thwee of you and youw giwl too(the gweat biggest ones oawe youws
youw astawonisweetpeafuzzbutt

Agatha and Archie said...

Good luck,we will wait forever if need be but I am sure she will finish way befor that! Love A+A and good luck!!

Hammer said...

Hi Goobie and Stella
I hope your mum finishes her thesis and I also hope she doesn't stop typing your posts.
Thank you very much for showing Beau on your blog too. My mum and me appreciate this very much. Your mum made time for this.
Love from Hammer

William Tell said...

No, no, say it isn't so!!! No more Gooberstan?

Maybe if you write her thesis for her...I'm sure she'd appreciate that. :)

~William Tell

Hercules said...

Still on strike, huh? Nip your momma in the butt!

Love you guys!

Frasier said...


Hopefully she wont be mad at me for shouting at her, Stanley!But our good wishes are with her

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

OMD it's been Furever! We like fleeces, too, but yo mama must be obsessed!

Snowball said...

OMdoG! I can't believe that this is how you are trying to gather pawsitive peer pressure for your hooman girl to complete her thesis. What a good brother you are.

Hope to see your next blog entry soon .


Snowball said...

Happy Valentines Day, handsome Stanley err...rrr... ok... cutie Stella too.

Come back soon!


Lili said...

I know you're still on strike, Stanley, but I just wanted to wish you & your sis a Happy Valentine's Day!

wally said...

GOOBS! The writers are off strike, why aren't you?? Sigh.. I miss you and I want to give you big WOOBERSMOOCHES for Valentine's Day. (And a few Ethelpecks for the Stellanator, too).


Persephone & Buster said...

FOR THE LITTLE GOOBETTE...happy valentines day and a big slurp from theBUSTER


happy valentine day for stanley and another ladylike slurp from, Ms. Persephone

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Ahhh that puss cat looks like Sam, a tabby that Mummy had a few years ago!

Well enyway, Stan, I kno wat it's like to liv wiv a seerial pro-cras-tin-aytor as my Daddy is the werst (or best?) in the werld. His list ov jobs wud be as long as the road, if he got rownd to writin wun.

Well dun fer helpin owt. Hope she taykes the hint, altho I do miss seein yer arownd. An that's wun clarssy bum shot there. Wa-heyyy!!


Clover said...

Hi Stan and Stella,
Good for you, helping your girl get going on her thesis. My mom is exactly the same way, with procrastination!! I hope the writing is going well, and once your girl is all done with her thesis, maybe you come on over here and help my mom - she is going to do her masters soon too!
Love Clover xo

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Stan, Tell your Girl George Bush will visit if she doesn't finish by November...

The Thuglets said...

Stan...hows she doing? Is this thesis nearly finished?

Perhaps we could all chip in and write a para for her?

Anyway we hope you are all well..missing you!

Big Cold Nose Pokes
The Thuglets