Saturday, 17 February 2018

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog 17th February 2018

It’s my new year! It started yesterday (16th) but as usual my human Mummy - Jane - and me - Ted had to wait for her human daughter – who is also my human sister – Emma - to lend us her hands – cos Jane is an angel so her hands don’t write anymore and I am a dog, as well as an angel, and have paws which don’t hold pens - so we can write about it. You get a different one each year but it doesn’t start on 1st January which is when people who are ‘from the West’ sing about old acquaintances being forgotten and do fireworks that scare me and other animals so we hide away. Instead the Chinese one ‘from the East’ starts with a new moon and can be in January or February and it gets celebrated for a longer time – 15 days not a few hours - and there’s usually dragons and lanterns and lots of nice bright colours – especially red – which is for luck - and gold and green - and dancing and parading and Emma and Jane say the food is very tasty too. They both love Chinese food. Jane likes ‘pork balls’ which are sweet and sour. Emma likes sauce made with black beans and fried noodles. Every 12 years it’s the year of a different animal and this year it’s all dogs or people who were born 12 or 24 or 36 or 48 or 60 or 72 or 84 or 96 years ago – if you are a human being that probably includes all of you dogs cos you are probably not still alive if you were born 108 years ago. You are also loyal, faithful and courageous like me and all other dogs. If you were born 12 or 24 etc years ago next year you will be a pig, then a rat, after an ox, next one a tiger, after that a rabbit, next a dragon, and one after a snake, then next a horse, then a goat, after that a monkey and last one after that a rooster. Emma is a goat which means she is kind, sensitive, polite and creative and she is - and Jane and me are both dragons. So I am a dog dragon. It means as well as being loyal, faithful and courageous, I am confident, witty and ‘dominant’. My human Mummy is certainly very witty and I make everyone laugh so I think that’s right. My human Daddy - who is a rat with ‘excellent intuition’ and very adaptable – he is! - always said I was head of the household so maybe that is the ‘dominant’ bit. I’m confident with humans but not so much with other dogs. Chinese people smile a lot and do a lot of bowing to each other. They travel long ways to do what they also call their Spring festival, which is also called that cos they clean their homes at the same time and that’s why cleaning is called spring-cleaning even if it’s not in the spring. When they come together they are usually related but people who are not related can also be there too. They wear new clothes – like my new hat - and give each other things – I got these bones. They eat their food with sticks which chop – chopping is very difficult with paws and also if you are a human and normally eat with knives, forks and spoons. Mine kept crossing over and missing each other and then I dropped my bones. I had to hold them up with my back paw. If you think I don’t look as tubby as usual it’s cos I didn’t get many into my mouth. But it’s important to be polite so I kept trying. Chinese New Year is a lot of fun cos it has eating and whirly dancing and being with and loving people but there are still fireworks in this sort of new year. I’d like it better with no loud bangs.

“Gong Xi Fa Chai” and Love and Licks, Emma, Jane and Ted  XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX




To read my other stories please visit my blog http://tedterrier.blogspot.co.uk/ or you can get my books, The Journal of Ted Terrier, The Second Journal of Ted Terrier and The Third Journal of Ted Terrier – with different pictures and stories - from any amazon website: http://tinyurl.com/q6a49tx (First One in Colour) at .com or http://tinyurl.com/o3pjra8 (First One in Colour), http://tinyurl.com/jxegs3b (Second One) and http://tinyurl.com/jnyjpy3 (Third One) at .co.uk or read about it as well as other dog books at http://wooftasticbooks.com/2013/11/26/the-journal-of-ted-terrier/ .

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Ted Terrier’s Dogifesto

Mrs Theresa May – Prime Minister - has called a general election, which means that all the people who now have a seat in parliament stop having a seat - and all the people – older than 18 – in the United Kingdom – which is not very united at all at the moment – decide who will get to sit in those seats again or for the first time. I have never had a seat in parliament - but I like sitting especially next to humans and if you are the prime minister you get to sit with many other humans and make decisions about how to take care of problems that humans have in this country. I like to take care of humans’ problems and make them feel better and Emma said she thought I’d be very good at it cos I love human beings. To stand for prime minister I have to have party. I love parties – lots of playing and eating and fun – oh apparently that’s not what this sort of party is - it’s a group of people who have the same views about what is good for the people of the country. Well humans seem not to ever be able to agree about what is good for them cos they think different things are good for them cos they all have different kinds of muddled thinking. So maybe I better form a dog party cos dogs all have just the right amount of intelligence to not muddle things and so make decisions which are simple and helpful and all dogs love humans so they can all love them with me. Emma says I have to give the party a name so I will call it The Dogs Love Humans Party. Members of Parliament argue a lot - they ask each other questions, which the other person never answers as though they have not listened to it – and then they may start to shout and the speaker – who does less speaking than anybody else but tells other people to speak – calls ‘Order’. I think the speaker needs to be a dog too and bark at the ones who are not in order - and then he can show who gets to speak next by running over to them and giving them a kiss, which would calm them down and maybe then they won’t get so upset about their different types of muddled thinking. I think I would be a good prime minister cos I listen and I am clear about what I think and feel so you would not be confused about what I was planning to do. Also a dog always tells the truth. Emma is laughing and says that would make me a bad politician cos all politicians lie or cover up the truth – but she says it’s what this country needs to have someone tell them the truth.
So for you to decide if you want to vote for The Dogs Love Humans Party I have to write a manifesto for it but cos I am a dog and not a man, I will write a dogifesto.
The Economy: There seems to be a minus amount of money in the county so the first thing we will do is reduce that by putting more in. As the Beatles – the singers not the insects - said ‘Money can’t buy me Love’ but Love can make you feel Rich so that’s what we’d borrow from cos Dogs have lots of love and we feel very happy giving it to humans.
Health and Education: The most important thing is for people to be well and looked after. The main thing The Dogs Love Humans Party will do is love them and help them not be stressed by showing them that life can be fun and by helping them to relax. That will mean that they will be ill less anyway and it does not cost any money at all. We can also diagnose some illnesses so we will do that so humans and expensive machines don’t have to do it. Humans train dogs and we can train them back too. Children learn better when it is fun so we will add dog assistants into classrooms too and they will be free and make the human teachers jobs easier so they will be less stressed and work better and so fewer will be needed so less money needed.
Families and Communities: We will make sure every family has a dog in it to play, to add fun and laughter, to help with tasks around the house and outside - for anyone who can’t see, - for anyone who can’t hear, - for anyone who can’t get around, be companions for anyone who is lonely, help anyone whose mind is not healthy by listening and being their therapist. In the community we will visit in hospitals and residential homes and if people are bad we will help human police to keep them in order again as the speaker says.
Britain’s Interests in the World: The world is full of people with muddled thinking. Being a person means you have muddled thinking. We dogs love you all very much and want to help. As a result of that muddled thinking all sorts of things have happened in the world, that harm humans and other species living in it. There’s all sorts of rules human beings set in different parts of the world and as a result people decide they want ‘in’ or ‘out’ of that and get all confused about what is best for them. Dogs would make things so much simpler and heal rather than harm.
Finally: I promise not to be a ‘dogtator’ or a ‘muttwump’, but a fair leader of the pack. None of the other parties would be willing to be a part of a coalition but dogs have always coalised with humans and we will continue to do so, so will work with any human party for the good of the United Kingdom and the World.
Love and Licks, Ted (with secretary Emma) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX



To read my other stories please visit my blog http://tedterrier.blogspot.co.uk/ or you can get my books, The Journal of Ted Terrier, The Second Journal of Ted Terrier and The Third Journal of Ted Terrier – with different pictures and stories - from any amazon website: http://tinyurl.com/q6a49tx (First One in Colour) at .com or http://tinyurl.com/o3pjra8 (First One in Colour), http://tinyurl.com/jxegs3b (Second One) and http://tinyurl.com/jnyjpy3 (Third One) at .co.uk or read about it as well as other dog books at http://wooftasticbooks.com/2013/11/26/the-journal-of-ted-terrier/ .


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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Calling From The Rainbow Bridge…

So here we are, this is me - Ted Terrier - and human Mum – Jane Knight – calling from The Rainbow Bridge to my human sister – Emma Knight – on earth. We have no idea how or if this is going to work cos Emma has to receive us – but we think she is ready cos she has picked up my little red paper journal – and me and Mum are certainly ready – we’ve been ready for some time. When I was down on earth in the fur, I sat next to Emma – or sometimes on her lap - on the sofa and she just knew what I wanted to say and wrote it down. But this is now harder cos we are sitting very far apart as well as close and for the very far apart bit there is a lot of stuff between us but there is also a lot of stuff between us even though our souls are very close too. It is difficult to explain but Jane says it is like there are waves between us and it only works if the waves are doing the same movements at the same time and otherwise the connection line – like a telephone – is very crackly and hard to hear – and then it’s like Chinese Whispers. Chinese is a human language that is very hard for humans who aren’t Chinese to learn, and that’s why Jane is saying Chinese Whispers cos it can be easy to ‘get’ what we are saying wrong. So what Emma will ‘get’ and write down could not be what we mean – but that could be funny too. We think with all the difficult things happening down on earth, you -humans and other species – need to hear from us here and ‘get’ our love too. As readers of my other stories and books will know, Emma and I often had different thoughts on things so she used to argue with me. Mum and I might think different things too, which might make this even more confusing, but life – both on Earth and here at The Bridge – is an adventure and this trying to communicate will make it even more of one.
So – Jane says “Hang on to your potatoes!” – I say you can find them in the ground and I’d dig them up for you if I was there in a body, or you might have some in a cupboard in your kitchen, or you can get them from a shop. – Jane says “Did Dad enjoy his Bombay potatoes, Em?” – And now we can see Emma smiling – she knows it’s us – Emma and my human Dad, Peter, went to eat Bombay potatoes for his birthday and they are his favourite kind of potato – but they only had to go to a restaurant for them and not all the way to Bombay. “Sit tight”, says Jane – now Emma knows we’ve been watching her doing her physiotherapy  - which is therapy for muscles a bit like I gave her the warmth of my body as therapy for her muscles but physiotherapy is more active - and making her bum tight. Jane says we start a story with “Are you sitting comfortably…” and I say “With your bum tight and holding on to your potatoes… Jane, “Now we’ll begin…”
We are going to start with Emma’s dream cos it’s what we want to talk about – it and what it means and what we’d like to say about it. Dreams are also a way of meeting up with your loved ones who are no longer in the same place as you so we can join Emma there. And also some humans think they are a way of understanding things that maybe they can’t when they are awake and using muddled thinking as I call it when they are trying to think really cleverly and making things complexicated – in dreams a human thinks more freely. Emma dreamt she was in a ‘alien ship’ driven by a ‘madman’. She was trying to save a little innocent puppy, who looked like me but also looks like the cat who owned her as a teenager – which is what a human is called when they are between 12 and 20 years old – it wasn’t the cat who was a teenager – he was a cat. In one of my previous stories we called that cat Greymalkin – as you may know my stories are factionalised which means some real things and some made up. Here, Mum and I want to use his real name so we can tell Emma some wonderful news - Nibbins is here too and is me too! Our spirits went into two different furry bodies – both to help and love you, Emma. And up here even though we are the same spirit we can be separate or together, so that’s why you saw us as one little puppy looking like both of us. As you’ve always said, Nibbins was a cat who thought he was a dog and this is why. And, Emma, you want to save us from ‘aliens’ and ‘madmen’. We and you know why you dreamt that. You – and many other humans – are very worried about what is happening in the world now, and if Mum was still down there, she would be very anxious as you said yourself cos we know you were very worried about how scared she’d feel. She feels sad that you’re worried, but there’s nothing to be scared of we say. Remember all this is human muddled thinking cos some of you think too much - or as you’d say ‘overanalyze’ and try to fix it – and others think they know what’s right cos someone also with muddled or even muddling thinking has told them that’s how it will be when it isn’t. And then everyone tries to make decisions cos of this thinking and gets into even more of a muddle. Brexit is just a muddle and nobody who is supposed to know what it means does know what it means and neither does anybody else. Mum says it’s not very sensible – and that’s not cos it’s silly like how she is in a funny way – but cos it doesn’t have a plan that will help anyone. Humans get scared of other beings – human or another species – who they think are ‘aliens’ – who are different to them – and then they feel under threat and think they have to run away or be rescued from them – or put up a wall to stop them getting into where they live. But all of you are really beings just in different bodies with different colours and maybe liking and wanting different things, but all you really want is to feel safe and loved and you can have that just by caring about each other like I – and all other dogs – do. And the ‘madman’ you think is in control – he isn’t really – some human beings have more muddled thinking than others. And if you look at him and listen to him, it might seem as though he has very clever thinking and is saying unkind things and that is cos he is very muddled himself and does not know what he is doing. So many humans feel out of control and that things aren’t working for them, so they have chosen to follow humans who say I can give you something different and it will be better – it will be ‘great’ again – and you can ‘take back control’. But there is no control, except by being loving and kind and helping the poor humans who don’t see that see it.
Mum says someone does need to help make sure the climate on earth is protected cos climate change is real and if it changes even more then you will all ‘get roasted’ or ‘boiled alive’ or ‘frozen solid’ and that is what Nibbins JRT needs to be rescued from by you and other humans by seeing that you can stop it getting worse. So there does need to be an agreement on that but it might not be the one there already is, but think the right amount – even though it may seem complexicated – and save the planet so her favourite Sir David Attenborough can still make films about all the wonderful life on earth.
So Ted and Mum say lots of love and less chemicals or maybe the only chemical is love. The message we want to give you on Earth from the Rainbow Bridge is not ‘hatred and harm’, but ‘love and looking after’.
Love and licks, Jane and Ted  XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX


To read my other stories please visit my blog http://tedterrier.blogspot.co.uk/ or you can get my books, The Journal of Ted Terrier, The Second Journal of Ted Terrier and The Third Journal of Ted Terrier – with different pictures and stories - from any amazon website: http://tinyurl.com/q6a49tx (First One in Colour) at .com or http://tinyurl.com/o3pjra8 (First One in Colour), http://tinyurl.com/jxegs3b (Second One) and http://tinyurl.com/jnyjpy3 (Third One) at .co.uk or read about it as well as other dog books at http://wooftasticbooks.com/2013/11/26/the-journal-of-ted-terrier/ .


The Blog of Ted Terrier © 2016 by Emma Knight


Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Third Journal of Ted Terrier

Ted's Third Journal is Now Available :) XOX

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Rough and Tough Fred

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The Joy of Fred

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