I'm back with another friend for you all to meet today. So, let's meet him, shall we?
Hello little friend, what’s your name?
My name is Chip because my parents thought I looked like a chocolate chip when I was a puppy.
Interesting name, and cute how you got it. By the way, what species and breed are you?
I’m a dog, 100-percent mutt. I’m a mixture of four breeds and my mom always forgets what I am. All she remembers is that I’m a quarter Chihuahua.
Fair enough. OK, I've got a photo here, but please describe your appearance too, for the benefit of those who can’t see the photo.
I’m tiny weighing in at about 8-9 pounds – though my parents tell me I have a round belly. I’m completely black with a few grey hairs coming in here and there. I just turned 8-years-old, so it was bound to happen soon enough.
I have a curled tail that often rests on the top of my back when I walk. My parents think this is especially adorable when I wag my tail. I’m told my ears look like bat ears – they’re pretty tall and stick straight up. This doesn’t help my case when I try to ignore my parents.
I imagine not. I've got sticky up ears too, though mine are smaller in comparison to my size than yours are for you, but I understand what you mean. Anyway, here's the photo, for the benifit of those who can see it:
So, Chip, what sort of place do you live in? Who do you share it with?
I live in a comfortable home with a nice, fairly-quiet neighborhood. My parents are friends with just about everyone around our house, but I bark at them anyway because that’s my job.
I live with my parents, Rachel and Kris, and their parents, Peter and Karen. Chase is here too. He’s a cat and my younger brother. He pokes me a lot when I try to sleep, so I bark at him. He’s afraid of loud noises, but he’s been braver lately. There’s also Raph the turtle. I think that thing came from the devil. She chased me one time when I ate her banana – I’m still scarred.
You poor thing! Oh, and yes... You have to bark. It's in the job description. On the subject of things you do, what’s your favourite thing to do?
Sleep. I was raised by an older Golden Retriever, Comet, and a Ragdoll cat, Hunter. They loved to sleep and I took their example. I see why they loved it so much too. Sleep is a beautiful thing – when Chase isn’t poking and my parents aren’t in my face.
Never under-estimate the joy of a good nap! How about when you're not sleeping though? Do you have a favourite toy? If yes, what is it?
My monkey! I bring it to bed with me every night. Its head has a squeaker (though, I’ll admit, I’m not strong enough to squeak it) and its body is a rope. I have a lot of other rope toys too. They’re fun to chew on. Also, balls. I absolutely love chasing balls!
You have excellent taste in toys. Speaking of taste: what’s your favourite food?
Anything I can get my paws on. If it’s edible, I’ll eat it. Human food is my favorite, though I can only get Peter to feed me. I’ve trained him well. If I bother him enough – whine and bark – he’ll feed me when they eat dinner. My parents scold him for it, but I tell him not to listen to them. I’m the cute one, after all.
I hope Peter continues not to listen. Human food is the best! I expect your parents do some things you love too though, so what’s the one thing your humans do that you love most?
They cuddle and let me sleep in their beds. I get cold easily so they’ll tuck me in at night and let me sleep on their laps, chests, shoulders, where ever I can fit. Plus, they all tend to feel bad if they have to get up and I don’t want to move. So, they’ll stay longer because they don’t want to disturb me.
I see you have them pretty well trained. I bet there's things they do you don't like so much though. So, what’s the one thing your humans do that you hate most?
They give me a bath sometimes. I shudder at the thought. Why anyone would want to get wet, I’ll never understand. And what’s that stuff they rub in my fur? It smells funny and is gross. Unfortunately for me, I’m too small and short to hop out of the tub. Otherwise, I’d hide under the bed where they can’t get to me.
I don't mind the water part of baths, but have to agree about the stuff they rub on us... What's the deal with that stuff? Takes me ages to smell like a real dog again afterwards! Anyway, let's move on, since I know you're not a fan of baths in any form...
I know Rachel is a writer. Has she written anything about you? If yes, can you tell us about it? If no, do you think she will in the future?
She has thought about it, yes. For a while, she had a middle grade series all about Comet and Hunter – they were two peas in a pod those two – and I would have been in it eventually when I was born. Sadly, they both crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago. Rachel hasn’t continued it since. I’d like to think she’ll do something else about me and them in the future though.
I hope she does. I know Mummy would enjoy a series like that for a start. Speaking of Rachel's writing: what do you do while she writes?
It’s so annoying when she writes. She’s staring at that glowing box all day long. If she’s on the couch, I try to sit in her lap, but the box is usually there so I have to sit at the end of the couch. I get her back though – I keep sliding over so I’m always touching her. Eventually, she’s squished on the couch and I have more than half of it to myself.
I’m rambling though, aren’t I? I usually sleep. If she’s at her desk I’ll fit in her lap or stay on the couch. If there’s a sunny spot on the floor, I’ll sleep there. I just like being in the same room as her. Sometimes, if I get a bout of energy, I’ll nag her to take a break and play with me. That doesn’t last too long though since I tire easily.
Sounds nice. Especially the part where you're cuddled up beside her, but have all that couch to stretch out on.
OK, you're probably getting tired now, so we should end this. Before we do, is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
Just know that I love my parents very much and I appreciate you taking the time to let me do this interview. Thank you!
You're very welcome. Mummy and I enjoyed having you over for a visit. Come back any time.
Author bio, links, etc:
Rachel Poli is a writer, blogger, and entrepreneur. What started as simple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan fiction grew into a writing career. Rachel runs a website for writers and readers as well as a video game website with her sister. She also contributes to Pure Nintendo Magazine.
Fueled by coffee, Rachel enjoys writing short stories and novels, especially the mystery genre. Her aim is to entertain and inspire others with any and all of her writings.
When she's not writing, Rachel is typically reading, playing video games, cleaning, or getting distracted by her dog, cat, and turtle.
You can connect with Rachel on her website, Twitter @RPoli3, or Instagram @RachelP_Reads.
To stay up to date with her writing and new books, sign up for her email list, or join her on Patreon.
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I hope you enjoyed meeting Chip, and getting to know about him and his humans - especially Rachel.
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Lots of licks,