MARCUS: We are in protest! The cats sneaked in and tried to take credit for the time we invested in writing the questions for the following interview.
SAM: Yes, we just learned they signed their name to our list of questions. They claim it was just out of habit since we only recently started the dog interviews on Tuesday.
MERCI: But was it really out of habit or were they trying to hijack our interview? We're going to have to have a serious talk with the Funny Farmer Felines.
BUDDY: Don't worry, we'll forgive them, but we want them to sweat a little so they don't do it again. Percy claims we canines signed their names to the email ourselves but we would NEVER be that confused ... would we?
Funny Farmer Canines: Please introduce yourselves and your human.
Bailey: Hello Merci, Buddy, Sam & Marcus. Thank you for having us! My name is Mr. Bailey and I am the oldest here at the PugRanch at 12 1/2 yrs old. My two sisters are Hazel, she is 10 1/2, and the baby of the family is Mabel who is 6 months old. Our Mom's name is Linda and in addition to working full time, she helps us with our blog
Funny Farmer Canines: How did you come to live together?
Bailey: Our Mom is a confessed Pugaholic. She & Dad have had pugs in their lives for more than 20 yrs. Mom's human daughter had a hand in finding all three of us for our pawrents. I was born in a town near the daughter and I lived with her for a few weeks till Mom & Dad could come and get me. The daughter thought I was so cute she decided to adopt a pair of pugs that needed a home. One was pregnant (the other was the dad). Hazel was the first born and Mom fell in love with her and knew we needed to be her furever home. After the tragic loss of our sister Greta, it was again Mom's daughter who found some puglets in Oregon. Mabel joined our family in January and has helped Mom smile again.
Funny Farmer Canines: As you are from the Idaho Pug Ranch, we assume you live in Idaho. Please tell readers a little about the area where you live.
Hazel: We live in Southeast Idaho where they grow lots of potatoes and wheat and sugar beets. Mom even works at a place that turns potatoes into french fries! The Snake River is close by and mountains are not far. We get snow in the winter, and hot in the summer Although Mom sometimes calls me her little cow, cause I like to graze around in the grass, we really don't live on a ranch. We do live just outside of town and have a little yard for us and a big yard we get to run around in sometimes
Funny Farmer Canines: Do you have any nicknames?
Hazel: Oh Yes! Mr. Bailey - Mister, Buddy, Bailey Man. Hazel - Baby Girl, Hazelbutt. Mabel - Mabes, Skinny Minnie, Little Girl.
Funny Farmer Canines: Mabel, you are the newest member of the family. Were Hazel and Bailey receptive to having a new sister?
Mabel: Hazel welcomed me right away. She likes to play with me, but will let me know when she isn't it the mood. The longer I am here the closer we get. I like to snuggle with her and love it when she lets me. Bailey took a little while to warm up to me, but I played it cool and did not push him. He is not much for playing with me, but once in awhile he will let me snuggle with him too.
Funny Farmer Canines: Bailey and Hazel, you were Murphy & Stanley's campaign managers when they ran for Mayor of Blogville. Your firm was named B H & G Management for the two of you and your sweet sister Greta. It was quite a blow when Greta tragically went to the bridge during the campaign. Did you consider withdrawing, or did you push on in Greta's memory?
Hazel - Yes it was a terrible blow to lose Greta. It was just before the "Road to the Great Debate" and we were asked by the candidates if we would like to postpone that adventure. Greta was such a big part of everything and she was all about having fun and living life to the fullest. We made the decision to carry on. She would have wanted that and we knew she was still with us in spirit
Funny Farmer Canines: It was a clean and friendly race between Dory and Murphy & Stanley. You must have been very proud to be an integral part of it. Was it all work or were there some fun times?
Bailey: We did work hard, but it was so much fun it really did not feel like work. Murphy and Stanley are just the greatest. We were honored to work with them, and with Angus McConnell driving the campaign bus things were always interesting! Then meeting Dory and her brothers - well let me say that Bilbo, Arty and Jake are great, but meeting Dory was … Well, I have to say meeting Dory was just wonderful ( blush).
Funny Farmer Canines: Did working the campaign together bring you closer together?
Hazel: Yes I think so, especially after losing Greta. Bailey & I really had to lean on each other to help us continue on.
Funny Farmer Canines: As Blogville's Press Secretary under Hiz Honorz the Mayorz Murphy & Stanley, what are your responsibilities?
Hazel: Our job is to write and release statements to the press about impawtent goings on in the Mayorz Office or any other information that the Mayorz feel is impawtent for us to get out to the Blogville community
Funny Farmer Canines: Is one of you "in charge", or do you share duties and decisions across the board?
Bailey: I, Mr Bailey, was the campaign manager during the campaign and Hazel & Greta kept everything in the office running like clockwork. In our new position as press secretaries, I am still the main spokesperson and Hazel my right paw gal. Mabel is still in school. She graduated from puppy kindergarten a while ago and is now in Basic Obedience Class. Soon she will be able to join B H & G Management as a full pawtner.
Funny Farmer Canines: When you're not working, what kind of mischief do you each prefer?
Mr Bailey: I love to bark at the neighbor dog and make him think I am tough! I also like to watch TV and bark at any dogs and cats that are on the TV.
Hazel: Dad has to keep me away from the garden cause I like to pop the peas and cherry tomatoes right off the vine and eat them. Ooooooh I love the tomaters! I also like to eat dandelions.
Mabel: Mom says that after Naughty Greta I seem like an angel! BOL! But I do like to tease Hazel. Sometimes I steal her toy and like to get her to chase and play and sometimes I tease Bailey too!
Bailey: Thanks again, Merci, Buddy, Sam & Marcus for having us over!
Funny Farmer Canines: You're welcome. We look forward to when Mabel is able to join you, Mr. Bailey and Hazel, as a full-fledged partner in the furm. Visitors are welcome to drop by the Idaho Pug Ranch any time.