MARCUS: We've been missing a bit lately but we have a good excuse. No, we're not going to tell you what it is. Not yet, anyway.
MERCI: Besides, we have a fun crew visiting with us today, so let's dress up in a smile and be happy.
BUDDY: We are interviewing the canine crew from Dory's Backyard - Dory, Jakey, Bilbo and Arty.
Funny Farmer Canines: Please introduce yourselves and your human.
Dory: I’ll take this one guys! I am Dory, alpha doggy (after Mama of course). I am an 11 year old Lhasa Apso. Bilbo is the oldest of our pack, at almost 13 and is also a Lhasa Apso. Next is Jacob, he is about a 8 or 9 year old Lhasa/Shih Tzu/Terrier mix. Arty is 100% Shih Tzu and is the baby of the pack at only about 3 years old. Mama is a fifty something human that likes to take pictures of us, flowers and anything else!
Funny Farmer Canines: How did you come to live together?
Bilbo: I can answer that….Dory and I both came from breeders when we were old enough be on our own (8 weeks old). Mama and Daddy got Dory, because they THOUGHT I needed company….sheesh. Jakey came to live with us when Mama and Daddy found out I DIDN’T need company…and Dory needed someone to play with! Arty came to live with us when Mama started fostering doggies and after successfully fostering tons of pups…Arty whispered to her and Daddy that he REALLY wanted our home to be his furr-ever home!
Funny Farmer Canines: Do you have any nicknames?
Jacob: I got this one, Mama and Daddy call me Jakey! They call Bilbo, Boney Man (cause he used to like to chew on bones). Arty is called Arty Farty for obvious reasons and Dory, ummmm wellll, Mama calls her Little Missy PooPoo!! BOL!
Funny Farmer Canines: Dory, you are currently doing a Travel Tuesday about a trip you took with your mom that covered 14 states in 10 days. That's a lot of travel. It must have been fun, just the two of you traveling together. Did this deepen the bond between you and your mom or were you both so exhausted you argued much of the trip?
Dory: Mama and I had a blast!! We saw lots of cool things, stayed in lots of fun hotels and went for lots of cool walks!! We didn’t argue at all, it was a great, once in a lifetime girls' trip! I think one of the reasons we didn’t get on each others nerves is, being the only girls in the pack, we have always been BFF’s! Also, Mama kept the driving on most days under 9 hours and we stopped LOTS so we could get out and stretch our paws!!
Funny Farmer Canines: Dory, you ran for Mayor of Blogville last year. You and your opponents, Murphy and Stanley, ran such a clean campaign, we think humans could learn from it. What impressed you the most about the "politics" of Blogville during the campaign?
Dory: The main thing that impressed me was Blogville politics is about making things better for the town, not about winning an election. I wish humans would use their politics in the same way!
Funny Farmer Canines: Bilbo, Jakey and Arty, you ran Dory's campaign. Was it all work or were there some fun times?
Arty: We had a blast!! Although it was hard doing all the grunt work (writing speeches, scheduling press conference, etc.), Jakey got to go on a road trip with Dory, we got to interrogate... um, hang out with the candidates when they visited for the debate and of course there was the debate BBQ!
Funny Farmer Canines: Did campaigning together bring you closer together?
Bilbo: Oh YES!! It brought me and Sasha….
Jacob: BILBO!!! They mean as a pack!
Bilbo: Oh, well, ok, as a pack too. BUT it did help bring me and my gal Sasha together!!
Funny Farmer Canines: Dory, what are your responsibilities as Blogville City Manager?
Dory: Wellllll, I help anywhere I am needed, I try to keep Blogville in the know on what is going on around town and fill in for anyone who needs to take some time off!
Funny Farmer Canines: Do your brothers have any part in helping you run the city?
Arty: We are here for Dory whenever she lets ... er, needs us to do anything!!
Funny Farmer Canines: When you're not working, what kind of mischief do you each prefer?
Dory: Ok…sometimes I enjoy stealing treats from my brother, Bilbo.
Bilbo: I have been known to “occasionally” use the rug as my personal bathroom.
Jakey: Give me a stuffy with a squeaker and I will dead it in no-time flat!!
Arty: I love to go outside and bark at the, ummm, well at anything and everything!!
Dory: Thanks so much for the opportunity to talk to you all!!
SAM: Thank you for being such fun interviewees. We hope readers will go visit you at Dory's Backyard.