Dog-poet’s world 19/03/2018


how lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is a snap shot of my world in response to the questions posed in Cee’s weekly ‘Share Your World Challenge’ You can read all about my v. v. v adventure by visiting my home page and also, my Munro blogs.

What is your earliest memory?

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My earliest memory was playing a bit of ruff and tumble with my siblings in the barn where I was born. Then we did a lot of jostling for position trying to be the closest to our mum, when we collapsed in a heap at the end of our game.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

I don’t know what toilet paper is.

What makes you feel grounded?

It’s when I have my dinner. Then all is well with the world. I jump up on the soft furnishings, turn around a few times and then settle down with a big sigh for a significant number of zzzzzzzzzzzs – Bliss 🙂

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

It was when my person came back after being away for a few days, doing that horrible work thing which I hate, but when she comes back…. oh, what unbridled joy. Then we settle down on the soft furnishings.

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Can’t wait to see what you have all been up to and finding out about the up and under of toilet paper, what ever that is.

Love Ben xx0


Dog-poet tries a Cinquain

Dog-poet tries a Cinquain for Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka challenge – joy and fury, synonymously

A little dog-poet licence perhaps but this is the basic formCinquain



By Ben, the dog-poet © 2018

I was so scared of the water and it took a lot of coaxing to help me overcome my fear but I love chasing ball more anything in the world. Throwing it just out of my reach got me – eventually – plunging. Then I was out of my depth and had to cope (swim) and I haven’t looked back. Show me a circumference of water and I will drag any human holding my lead to it, with a fury, based on joy!

Love Ben xx



Ben’s world 12/03/2018

These are my answers for Cee’s share your world questions

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

That would be £36,000 in my country. Gosh that’s a lot of dosh for a dog to his paws on. I would like to spend it all on treats but I don’t think my house is big enough to hold that many. Still, I’ve got two brilliant alternatives and it’s v. v. v hard to choose between them. First, I could give all of it to my person so that we reached the fundraising target for the big challenge that has spawned my literary career. Then we would only have to walk all the mountains. Or, I could buy us a brilliant camper van, so we didn’t have to use my old van which, though it has a lot of character, isn’t very reliable and – if I’m honest – not that comfortable for sleeping in while we are away. Either way, I like to think there would be a little bit over for a nice big hunk of my favourite mature cheddar.


What sound or sounds do you love?

The chuckling noise made by dog biscuits as they hit my dinner bowl – what else?

What’s your middle name?  Why?

My middle name is Munro, which is a funny name for a dog. I’m called that because of all the mountains in Scotland that we have to climb that are over 3,000 feet. They are called Munros after the man who found them all, Sir Hugh Munro. Although Ben, my first name, is a good name for a dog I’m only called that because lots of the mountains are called Ben, like Ben Lomond and Ben More. The biggest mountain in the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ben Nevis, is known as The Ben. My people sometimes call me The Ben, but I think they are making fun of me, which isn’t very nice.


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Me and my people have got a static caravan in the English Lake District and the season opened again this week. This means I’ve got nine months when I can have a holiday every weekend. Me and my human will be getting fit for our Scottish mountains again by walking all those Wainwright fells in the Lake District and, of course, it means summer is coming too.

That’s me for now,

Love Ben xx 0

Share your world 6th March 2018

Here’s my contribution on a dog’s world

Cee’s SYW for this week…

What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?

SF 1 I was only 12 weeks old when I moved away from my parents so it was very scary indeed. The two legged thing who got me was getting on a bit and couldn’t manage a young Border Collie. Therefore, I was moved on again after another six weeks. I then had foster parents who were brilliant but I knew it wasn’t a permanent home so I couldn’t settle. Then at last, when I was sitting in the boot of my car, at the rescue centre, I saw a couple coming along and they looked a likely pair. They had that eager, ready to love you gaze and pockets that looked like they might be full of treats. They had a overarching aura of gullibility so I thought I’ll have them, I bet I can wind them around my little paw. And I did, and I have. 🙂

What is your most favourite smell/scent? 

Well what a question to ask a dog! Now I won’t go into any great detail because I’ve learnt it’s not appreciated in human society but let me just say this: When we dogs start sniffing each other’s nether regions, we are they’re learning far more about each other than you and the other dog’s owner are learning through idle chitchat. It goes way beyond  “Nice weather we’re having, eh?” Within seconds we know if our fellow canine is friend or foe, what they had to eat most recently, how old they are and if they want to play. Dogs rear ends never lie. Oh, and anyone who comes to see me can tell I’m always up for a bit of chase and tackle.

Dog’s amazing sense of smell

It’s our sense of smell that makes us so useful to you people as sniffer dogs, epilepsy dogs, cancer dogs and all manner of things. Great aren’t we 🙂

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

It’s the soft furnishings, it’s always the soft furnishings. Given my poor start in life I think I’ve ended up in an OK place, and the soft furnishing smell v. v. v strongly of my pack.

Soft Furnishings Nov 2017
And so to bed!

Quotes About Dogs And People

I’m looking forward to finding out more about your world.

Love Ben xx 0


Well that’s my seven days done and it’s a long time in the life of a dog. Mind you, with such an exciting challenge to complete it just flew by. I started this challenge tummy deep in snow and the yesterday all the white stuff mysteriously disappeared. How does that happen?

Thank you very much to Luccia Gray for nominating the dog-poet, suggesting he turn his paw to this photography challenge. Luccia is a writer, and exponent of the best in Victorian literature. She blogs at 

I’m a bit in awe of this challenge business because I’m only really good for the odd  family snap. Being a dog, it’s a bit fiddly with the paws and the press button, so don’t expect anything grand. The camera’s not up to much and it’s only basic editing. It’s a bit of fun and I’m so pleased to take part.

Here’s the job. Black and White Photography Challenge: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No explanation. No people. (and, Ben’s rule, no dogs) Challenge someone new each day.

Today I nominate just anyone who fancies having a go at portraying an aspect of their life, in black and white every day for seven whole days. Hope you enjoy it.


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