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First Annual Olive Bergmann Festival of Songs About Dogs

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Dear Ann,
You may have wondered, with a sinking, sure knowledge, “Is Kay going to be one of those people who celebrates her dog’s birthday?”
Why yes. Yes I am one of those people. (I know! It’s awful!)
Olive is one year old today. She loves the popular music of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s (chewable formats only, vinyl preferred). To mark the occasion, a few classics, certified Helen Reddy-free.

I heard this one in a store the other day –the new Petco Unleashed store, if you must know, not that I am stopping in pet stores every day, I assure you–and I just busted out laffing. What does it possibly MEAN?

This one is a lot weirder than I remembered. I had no idea it was a love song. Really?

June Lockhart! Did you ever think you’d end up as utterly momlike as June Lockhart? I think we’re getting close. All we need is the shirtwaist dress. “Olive! What’s wrong girl? Does Timmy need help?” So far Olive hasn’t saved any little boys or solved any crimes, but it’s early days. She wants to. I know she does.
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Oh, hi! This is your pillow? Really? ‘Cause I totally didn’t know that!
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Bummer.
Department of Painting Things Aubergine

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Last September, I was so proud of myself for having the gumption to paint two rotting Adirondack chairs red. I was so sure of that red. Until you came along. You with your deep mulberry house paint and your picturesquely rotting shed, and your commenters just crazy for deep mulberry shedpainting. Now I feel like Poor Relative With Red Chairs. I am so very, very Not Ready for Monteagle.
There’s more rotting lawn furniture where those came from, lemme tellya. And also, I have 3 teenyboppers to entertain for the next 2 days. I am just saying.
In other news, I have been knitting my head off with nothing to show for it. Same old projects, getting slightly bigger every day. I love knitting.
Love,
Kay

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  1. Happy birthday Olive! Happy birthday to you, cute little doggie girl.
    We used to take our greyhounds to the drivethrough at BK or Mickey D’s for their birthdays AND the anniversary of their adoption for a plain hamburger. Some people make spam birthday cakes.

  2. I have a shed that needs painting, if anyone is seeking a canvas for their aubergine (or other vegetable color) fantasies. I’m open to fruit or grain colors, also. Verrrrry flexible.
    No need to thank me – just doing my part to support the ahts.
    Happy Birthday, Olive!!! Did you know you are a fruit color? :)

  3. I wonder if Olive is named after a certain sweater pattern.
    Teenyboppers will likely enjoy painting things different fruity colours. Maybe you could do granny apple green, which would go so nicely with mulberry. Maybe.

  4. OOhh, Olive….you could SOOO celebrate your birthday here in upstate NY! We’d roll out the red carpet for you, with two cats to chase, 7 acres of land (and trees) to sniff and roam, and lots of beds to jump on! C’mon up and visit. Mom can stay home with the teenyboppers and do a “Tom Sawyer” to convince them that painting Adirondack chairs in multiple colors is WAAAY COOL (as my 13-yr old twin sons would say). Really, the cats (Thomas the Cat and Hobbes) are waiting!

  5. I like your red chairs, and I think they would clash nicely, and in a good way, with a mulberry shed.
    Also, I refused to watch Lassie as a child – I was terrified that they were depending on that dang dog in life-and-death situations!

  6. Happy birthday Olive. We always celebrated with miss B. No shame in that– they are easier to please than the teens, I’m sure.

  7. Many happy returns of the day Olive! You’re not getting older, girl, you’re getting better…
    As for the “poor relative with red chairs” concept, I think red goes well with purple. How about some purple light weight summer “lap blankets” to go with those wonderfully red chairs? (just saying)
    BTW, all of my Asian friends consider red to be the color that brings good luck.
    Happy, happy!
    LoveDiane

  8. So much fun to celebrate dog birthdays. Our Betty Smith gets extra salmon oil and salmon treats (from locally owned Wildside Salmon! So Northwest!) for her big day.
    Happy Dogbirthday!
    -JM

  9. What? Doesn’t everyone celebrate their dog’s birthday??
    Happy birthday, Olive!
    (Oh, and incidentally, I’m giving away a paperback copy of your first book over at Chappysmom.com in honor of my 2010th post … thought you’d want to know!)

  10. I love the red chairs! Wear it loud, wear it proud!

  11. Red is the correct colour for an Adirondack chair. That, and green. Bright, glossy colours. Preferably some of each. That’s how we do it at our cabin. Mulberry would be too trendy.

  12. Here’s one of the great, great cartoons of all time. (I’m so sorry I don’t know the artist.)
    Two panels. On the left:
    a man sinking in quicksand (or in some other dire catastrophe), who urgently tells the collie, “Lassie, get help!”
    On the right: The dog on a psychiatrist’s couch.

  13. Olive looks so big and relaxed and grownup in that first picture. I might even venture to say that she looks rather teenybopper-esque!
    “Time flies—whether you’re having fun or not.”
    Mary Englebreit
    Oh, and a very happy birthday to Olive.

  14. Darling Olive! Many, many more years to her and the fun she brings to you all. Do you not think it’s good of her to let you use her pillow to sleep on sometimes? Just who do you think is the boss in your house?! x x x

  15. Happy Birthday Olive and family – enjoy!
    I just bought a CD by a very talented young songwriter / guitarist called Kate Rowe) because of a dog song – it’s called Fred the Dog – and he has the latest in collars that translates what he is saying – the chorus goes:
    I’m hungry, I’m hungry I’m hungry rub my belly
    what’s that noise what’s that noise
    Schmacko, Schmacko, walkies kick the ball.
    Sums up a dogs life beautifully (and in case schmackos are only in Oz, a treat all dogs love)

  16. Happy Birthday, Olive! You are the most fetching little dog I’ve ever seen. Hmmm . . . do you actually fetch?

  17. Happy Birthday to Olive,
    Happy Birthday to Olive
    Happy Birthday to Olive
    You are a very cute dog!
    Kathy

  18. I’m not sure about the crime solving or little boy saving right now for Olive. She is currently perfecting her cuteness skills.

  19. Oh, Happy Birthday Olive! You are the cutest one-year old I know and if I were there I’d give you the best butt scratches ever and a kiss between your cute tufty eyes!
    I have found recipe for a cake for dogs online somewhere. It uses chicken baby food and carrots and other savory things. probably some mashed potato ‘frosting’ too. Haven’t tried it yet. My Bella’s 4th birthday is coming up in September, we plan on having a party for her and making a cake.
    Know that you are not the only one. We also had a big bash for her 1st bday and invited all of her doggy friends… who she actually doesn’t really like… but we do.

  20. Happy birthday, Olive. We actually celebrate our cat’s birthday with an ice cream cake from DQ. We take her picture with it with candles on it, too!

  21. Really you mean that pillow is not actually Olive’s??? I have a cat who has the same problem. She is convinced the pillow belongs to her and she never wants to share it with me.

  22. It’s easier to photograph things on a red chair. Eggplant sucks up too much light. Just saying.
    (not that I only view the world as What is Best for a Photo…or…maybe I do).

  23. No Heart?! Olive is one now. She is primed for the guitar rock of the 70’s. Did you know Heart is part of the Lilith Faire line up this year? You might need to take Olive to the show also featuring Mary J. Blige so Olive can learn how to keep it real. I also recommend Deep Purple. But if Olive starts expressing an interest in Emerson Lake and Palmer. Start with the Hank Williams Sr. fast. We don’t want your little sweetheart stuck in one genre.

  24. Dog and Butterfly???????? OUCHIE!
    Happy birthday, Olive, you rascally thing.

  25. I think the red is an excellent color as well. Nothing wrong with rotting furniture being held together with a flaming red paint (not literally on fire).

  26. My, Olive, how you’ve grown!
    Happy birthday!
    Red paint is like chocolate. Fixes everything.

  27. I think it’s a sin that shirtwaist dresses have gone out of style.

  28. Happy Birthday, Olive. You are getting to be a big girl!

  29. Happy Birthday Olive! Stick to your story about the pillow. I don’t think your mom can deny you anything when you make that face. ;-)

  30. Happy Birthday, dear Olive! I think treats are in order! A hamburger (hold the onions), ice cream, and some dog biscuits should do. :-)
    (Love the red. Love the deep mulberry. Be daring with color.)

  31. I have a shirtwaist dress in the back of the closet waiting for the day.
    Happy birthday Olive! Sleep on any pillow you want (cause you’re going to anyway)

  32. I had “How much is that doggie in the window?” on vinyl when I was little! I don’t know if the singer was Patti Page; at any rate this tv version isn’t the same rendition. Since I actually lived in California, I always changed the words to “I must take a trip to Arizona . . ” when I sang along. Such a literal-minded child.

  33. Happy Birthday Olive! How did you manage to look like such a big dog in the first photo and yet so traditionally Olive-sized in the photo where you are lying on “your” pillow?

  34. Happy Birthday Olive! 365 days? You are still a young puppy!
    Bye the bye, perrito I’ve been told is spanish for “little dog.” “Perrita” will be the spanish for you, a young girl of the canine persuasion.
    Really roll the r’s in perrita, it’s correct and fun!

  35. I love aubergine, but I love a nice deep red too! I wear a ruby red scarf with my deep augergine/purple/eggplant/mulberry jacket and it looks great. Also thanks for reminding me of June Lockhart. Just thinking of her makes me feel all cozy inside.

  36. Aren’t brick red Adirondack chairs a classic? There is nothing wrong with classic.
    Olive, at one, you are still just a pup, but destined to become classic.

  37. Olive looks so grown up and all lady-like!

  38. I, too, an am insufferable dog birthday celebrator! As I clicked on my “favorites” link to your blog, I thought to myself,”I really hope there are photos of Olive. She is so cute!” Voila! I was rewarded! Happy birthday, little one! Keep us entertained!

  39. Our dog’s birthday is Columbus Day.
    He gets up on our pillows when we’re gone. I put empty laundry baskets upside down on the pillows. He still gets up on the bed, but it keeps him off the pillows.

  40. olive your big eyes are so cute but i
    live in florida can not supply you treats
    when kay’s back is turned or under the table
    red chairs are fine just fine

  41. I kinda like the red. (Now wishing I had some non-plastic paintable adirondack chairs.) Belated best wishes to Olive. Through the miracle of cyberspace she looks so cute on that pillow (with just the right amount of guilt). I would find her hard to resist.

  42. Doggie birthdays? Of COURSE they are to be celebrated! Is there actually a question about this? I didn’t think so…
    Am wondering if I should admit that a few years ago, our black wrought iron lawn furniture needed painting; on the way (ahem) to the black spray paint, I got distracted by some super shiny ‘aluminum’ silver paint and somehow wound up painting both the chaises that color. They looked very space-age-ish, and I loved them. Then, last summer, I ‘accidentally’ painted the wrought iron table a lovely pastel green, and the chairs around it one each of lovely pastel-y pink, yellow, purple, and blue. I, um, adore them, too, and so to set them off, this summer painted the 2 chaises a dark plum color, and the little side table that goes with them a lovely periwinkle.
    It makes me happy to look out at our yard, even if it’s waaaaaaaay too hot and humid to go out there at the moment!

  43. Doggie birthdays? Of COURSE they are to be celebrated! Is there actually a question about this? I didn’t think so…
    Am wondering if I should admit that a few years ago, our black wrought iron lawn furniture needed painting; on the way (ahem) to the black spray paint, I got distracted by some super shiny ‘aluminum’ silver paint and somehow wound up painting both the chaises that color. They looked very space-age-ish, and I loved them. Then, last summer, I ‘accidentally’ painted the wrought iron table a lovely pastel green, and the chairs around it one each of lovely pastel-y pink, yellow, purple, and blue. I, um, adore them, too, and so to set them off, this summer painted the 2 chaises a dark plum color, and the little side table that goes with them a lovely periwinkle.
    It makes me happy to look out at our yard, even if it’s waaaaaaaay too hot and humid to go out there at the moment!

  44. Such a SOULFUL face Olive has.
    Oh and by the way,

  45. I am so glad Vickie R explained for the non-Australians! I was thinking, “Why is someone schmacking the dog? That’s not nice!”

  46. Happy Birthday Olive! We make our dogs birthday cakes (of dog-friendly ingredients, of course). We put candles on them and sing, and now, everytime ANYONE has a birthday cake, the dogs think the cake is for them. Pretty darn funny.
    Olive, if you came to my house, I’d bake you a cake. And a people one for your mom.

  47. I love reading Mason-Dixon Knitting; I invariably break out in grins all over, and today was noexception. :oD :oD :oD
    Oh, and happy birthday, Olive.

  48. Oh thank you for my Olive fix!

  49. OMG, Olive, if I’d known it was your birthday, I would have brought you a present from Nova Scotia. Mr. Jefferies doesn’t like the blueberry treats I got him, but I would never THINK of regifting them to you!!!! Happy belated!!!!

  50. Happy Birthday Olive! (I used to buy my cat tuna sushi for his birthday…no shame…)

  51. Oh, thank you for the Olive fix! Happy birthday Olive!

  52. Come on, now. Patti Page’s song isn’t that weird. My ukulele band does it and it’s become a crowd favorite.
    Happy birthday, Olive!

  53. What I want to know is: how did they keep Lassie so clean when she was always hangin’ out down at the river?