Hi everyone. This is Lilie the Westie.
I have a new friend for you to meet today. We haven’t had a friend visit for a while. It’s not because of that Avirus situation the humans are all talking about either, since Mummy says online friends don’t count in that, since you’re already social distancing from them. Good thing, since we’re still sort of locked down here, I think. I hope you understood all that, because I can’t explain, since I don’t fully understand it all myself.
Anyway, today’s PetKid Pal is called Campbell. Or maybe Bubba. You know what? I’m actually not sure which it is, so let’s ask him, shall we?
Hello, friend. What’s your name? If you have an unusual name, or there’s an interesting story behind it, I’d love to hear about it, and am sure others would too, so please share.
and breed(s) are you?
“I’m a Dog, black Labrador.”
Ah, yes, of course. For those who aren’t familiar with the breed, please describe your appearance.
“I am quite long and muscular. I’ve rich, dark, black, shiny, plush fur, and when I stand on all fours, I come almost to my human mother’s knee.
My eyes are a dark brown, and I’ve floppy ears, which my human mother is always kissing because they have little tufts of curls behind them. She calls them her “little curlies.”
*Embarrassed Doggy 😊*”
Yeah… Humans do that kind of thing a lot. Especially the female humans. You should see my Mummy with my brother’s floppy ears… It’s embarrassing! Look at Campbell all handsome in his king outfit though:
Hey, Campbell, where do you live? What sort of place do you live in? Who do you share it with? Do any other animals live with you? Or is it just you and your human?
“I live with my mommy in a neat little house in the great land of Kingsport Tennessee which is in the United States. I even have my very own room.
That’s nice. I know some animals who went across the rainbow bridge, but none of them come back to see me. Maybe it’s for the best, especially if spirit animals are as likely to steal my ball as my little brother is. I wouldn’t like that. Something I would like though is to know more about you. So, tell me, what’s your favorite thing to do?
“When I was still a working Seeing Eye Dog my favorite thing to do was to take my human mother all the places she wanted or needed to go.
I am retired now, so I love spending my days going on leisurely sniff fests alongside my mommy who now uses her cane to tap out the way, taking long lazy naps in the sun, eating good food, and getting lots of toys which my human mother and I play with every evening after she is through with her work.”
Oh, that sounds wonderful! It’s great you were able to help your Mommy so much, but also nice you’re retired now and get to focus on naps and more leisurely walks. What about playing though? Do you have a favorite toy? If yes, what is it?
“My favorite toy is my Squeaky Sheep. I call him Sheepy. My next favorite is Mr. Squeaky Duck, and last but not at all least is Mr. Knots. He is a Kong Monster but one of my human mother’s friends named him Mr. Knots. I’m not sure why, but it stuck, and I must have him to go to sleep at night.”
They all sound like wonderful toys. How about food? What is your favorite food?
Fair enough. Well then, what’s the one thing your human does that you love the most?
“My human mother has written a song just for me. She sings it to me every night before we go to sleep or when I am not feeling well. Sometimes she sings it just cause she wants to, but that’s my favourite thing.
The song is called, ‘You Are My Bubba’ and it goes…
Now that I’m retired she always ends it by telling me that although the way we do things has changed, that we’re still working together when we go on our sniff fests and I love that she reminds me because sometimes I miss the work we did together.”
That’s really lovely. I love that you have a special song. I bet there are things she does that you don’t like though. So, what’s the one thing your human does you hate most?
“I hate it, when my nose smells the best smell ever, and my human mother says, “Leave it!” and makes me walk away. Gees! Humans! I mean seriously!”
Oh, I totally get that! So annoying, isn’t it?
By the way, Campbell, your human is a writer/blogger. Has she written anything about you? If yes, can you tell us about it? If no, do you think she will in the future?
“My human mother wrote a book. It is called, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life.
It tells the story of how she and I came together and what happened after.
Later, once the two of us were used to each other, we wrote a book together.
It’s my story. I told it and my human mother wrote it for me.
It is called Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye.
It is my tale/tail of what it was like for me to grow up and become a Seeing Eye Dog.
Later I’ll share the information about that book.”
That’s fantastic! So, when you aren’t helping her write your book, what do you do while your human writes, or works on blog posts?
“When mom is working I like to snooze on the loveseat in the living room under the window, or, if it’s a pretty day and mom has the windows open I like to lay on the bed by the window in my room and sniff the breeze as it flows through. I like knowing what’s going on in my kingdom and sniffing is the best way to find out.”
That’s very true, and a great way to pass the time while she’s working.
Right, as much as I’m enjoying chatting to you, we should probably end this now. Before we do though, is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
“I want all people everywhere to know all they can know about Seeing Eye Dogs, and all their wondrous powers. Before I go, I just want to say, that I’m awfully glad to have been given this opportunity to speak. Many times, I have things to say, but because no one asks me, I must remain silent.
I’d also like to share just a little more about when I was born and the land from where I come. So, below is what my human mother calls an author bio.
After that please keep reading to learn about my human mother and all the work she does., and before I forget, thank you for interviewing me. It was great fun.”
You’re very welcome. I’m glad you could come over for a visit, and hope some of your friends will too. Mummy loves to let those of us who aren’t human have their say. That’s why she let me start doing these interviews.
ABOUT KING CAMPBELL AND HIS HOMELAND…
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee - The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
In this magical and love-filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell.
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ABOUT PATTY L. FLETCHER…
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant.
She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One.
She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light
And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales.
She is now working on her third book which is to be a memoir trilogy called, ‘Pathway To Freedom: Broken and Healed’.
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