Celebrity Interview: Ruffles!!!

I needed a short vacation since I’ve been working so hard at these celebrity interviews. I am now rested and refreshed, and ready to go at it again! Recently, I got a chance to catch up with Ruffles – a real-life celebrity – whose Mommy and Mama L. used to work together. Here is his story!

Don’t Shop, Adopt

Hello Madeleine,

My mommy helped me write up responses to your questions; it’s so hard to get on the computer with these huge paws of mine. I think that you make an excellent journalist. Mommy and I read your blog all the time and we love the probing questions that you keep asking. 🙂 We really want to come out and meet you in person sometime soon. Maybe we can even skype sometime.

We’ve attached some cool photos. Hope you enjoy them. I sent one from summer camp last summer and then another of me right after I got groomed and I was looking especially handsome, one of the time when cousin Anne Magaret caught me hiding between the pillows on mommy’s bed (while she was at work, although I knew I wasn’t allowed in the bed), and another of the bumper sticker on mommy’s car. She’s so happy that she adopted me, although it feels like I adopted her. I love my forever home here in Annapolis, so I sent a picture that we took when we went out for brunch this weekend.

Ruffles Sleeping On Forbidden Bed

Madeleine Bartel: Ruffles, for the record, can you please tell us how old you are? Do you know when your birthday is? How do you celebrate?

Ruffles Larson: I’m 6 and three quarters, I’m going to be 7 on November 7th. Everyone says that I look great for my age because I’m so full of energy. I’m also the fastest dog at the doggie park. I run circles around the other little guys. Mommy always gets me my favorite treats and takes me to Brusters for a doggie sundae for my birthday.

Camping Ruff

MB: Now, what are you exactly? My BFF looks like a cocker spaniel but her Mama said she’s a Cavalier.

RL: My vet says that I’m a Lhasa Apso Terrier mix. The terrier part of me gives me my long legs and makes me super fast so the other doggies at the park can’t keep up with me.

Clean Ruff

MB: How often do you get groomed? Do you like it or is the whole ordeal pretty traumatic?

RL: I get groomed every three months or so. Mommy has Dave the groomer come to the house and he trims me in the kitchen then washes me in the tub. It’s really not that traumatic and I love being pampered. And whenever I get groomed all the girls pay attention to me when we go to the doggie park. I love the ladies. 🙂

Guarding Christmas Presents

MB: I understand you made headline news recently. Are you enjoying your stardom? Has it gone to your head yet?

RL: I’m a simple, humble guy so I’m dealing really well with the fame. Muddy Paws dog wash where Mommy takes me sometimes put a copy of the newspaper article up on the bulletin board and they even gave me a free wash the last time that we went in. I’m so glad that Mommy got something out of my fame (I know that I’m a little expensive). 🙂

New Life Jacket

MB: How do you feel about your Mama naming you after a potato chip?

RL: I love my new name, the people at the shelter called me Rendari but I didn’t know what it meant or where it came from and it just confused me a lot. I love when Mommy calls me Ruff, it makes me feel all grown up and it makes the big doggies respect me. I love potato chips and I love my new name too. 🙂

Ruffles Out Sailing

MB: Do you have any advice for dogs like us who want to try their paws at boating?

RL: I have to be honest Madeleine, I was very nervous about getting in the canoe but Mommy stayed close to me and helped me to feel safe. Plus with my new life jacket I knew that I’d stay afloat if I fell overboard. I think that every doggie should give boating a chance, your Mommy will love it as well, I promise you.

Tired After Agility Course

By the way I have my own email address so feel free to email me direcly if you have any follow up questions. Have a great night!


Celebrity Interview: Cousin Chester!

I’m going to follow Long Life Cats and Dogs‘ advice and interview celebrity dogs for a while until I hone my skills. I think my interview with Beatrice would have gone much better if I knew how to interview her like a real journalist. So today, I bring you Cousin Chester! Chester is Uncle Brian’s dog! Cousin Chester isn’t a celebrity yet, but since he’s my cousin I love him anyway! Even though he’s a boy and smells like one.

Madeleine Bartel: Chester, for the record, can you please tell us how old you are in dog years?
Chester Wozniak: I am 9 and a half in dog years.

MB: How did your human Dad discover you? Did he notice you right away?
CW: He found me at the Berkeley Humane Society. I had just gotten to the shelter and he came in that day and said right away that he wanted to take me home. I kept biting him because I thought he would like it, but I don’t think he did. We left the Humane Society we went over to Aunt Linda and Michelle’s house so I could meet my new cousins Madeleine and Gingersnap!

MB: Are there any daily chores that you have to perform? How do you feel about that?
CW: I used to have to stay in my crate all day while Dad was at work. It wasn’t too bad since I always had a toy and a nice soft bed to sleep on. Now Dad leaves me out in the living room. It is nice to have more space but every time he comes home and sees how I pulled new strings out of the carpet, he doesn’t seem impressed. I like hanging out in the living room better than being in my crate.

MB: Do you get to have any fun?
CW: We go for walks everyday and I LOVE playing with my friends in the complex. I used to play with Emil mostly but now Maki and I play together all the time.

MB: How do you feel about having me as your favorite cousin? It’s pretty awesome, isn’t it?
CW: Yes, you are a great cousin. I love running around and chasing you in your grassy yard. I love playing with Cousin Gingersnap! too. Yes, It is pretty awesome.