“Were you born in a field?” she says when I leave the door open a bit so I can lay down and guard the threshold as a dog is supposed to. It isn’t my fault you two legses are practically furless and feel the cold so easily! And anyway, I consider that remark to be close to insensitive. I almost was born in a field.
You all know that I was a rescue pup, right? That they found my father guarding my mother in a field in Ireland? She was already full of pups when they found them…but no-one knows why two pure-bred dogs were out there and homeless… whether they had run away together or had been dumped.
Passing over what they may have gone through to get that far, it turned out to be quite a romance, ’cause they were different breeds and made us, which makes me and my litter-mates unique.
Luckily, they were found and taken in by a rescue and we were warm, fed and looked after until we chose our two-legses. Sometimes the humans think they always choose us, but that’s not really true. I’ll tell you about that some time, but for now, I need to tell you about something else that’s important.
My pals, Toby and Austin, have a pretty cool pair of two-legses and every year they do something nice for Christmas. We sort of met because of what they put on top of their Christmas tree one year… and asked others to share pictures of their tree-tops. I shared our robin and Hugh, Toby’s two-legs (Austin hadn’t joined them then), donated money to help homeless, sick and unwanted dogs.
This year, Hugh is also running an appeal… and all he is asking is that you leave a link and maybe share the post where he tells you about it. It is a lovely idea and you can read about it, join in and share the page HERE, and why not think about doing something to help others this year, furred, feathered or two-legged. Some of us wouldn’t even be here without the kindness and generosity of others.
Meanwhile, Toby and Austin wrote me a Christmas letter of their own… and there is a mystery afoot at their home…
Toby and Austin’s Letter
What do you ask the funny looking two-legs, who pops down the chimney around this time of the year, to leave the two-legs who have everything? After witnessing some events in our house this morning, we think we may have the answer.
Our two-legs had the shock of their lives this morning when they opened the drawer where the feet clothes live and could not see a single pair of Christmas feet in there. We know it’s still a few weeks to go before Christmas, but our two-legs without Christmas feet is like chicken without cheese, walks without tennis balls, or a toy basket without anything in it that squeaks.
They searched high and low for their Christmas feet from last year and, when they couldn’t find any, they thought they’d must have worn them all out. Little do they know that we pinched them and buried them in the back garden in the hope that a magic feet clothes tree would grow. We thought they’d like that, but the big, hot, tennis ball thingy in the sky, that made it very warm this year, put a stop to that.
After two and half hours of turning the house upside down, they found two pairs of Christmas feet hidden in our toy basket. We have no idea how two pairs ended up in there – honest. However, it was a relief because by this time we thought we were going to have to call the vet to come and visit them because they were looking so pale.
Our two-legs said that all humans like Christmas feet at this of year. So, if any of your two-legs or any of your friends are looking for ideas to give to the funny looking two-legs who pops down the chimney around this of year, tell them to ask for Christmas socks.
We thought socks were only used for hiding tennis balls in, but it seems our two-legs also like to wear some at Christmas time.
Lots of barks from us,
Toby and Austin.
About the Author
Hello, my name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.
On my blog, I write about all kinds of everyday life and what it brings to us all. Nothing too serious, most of the time just about the little things in life and how important they can be to all of us. Some of my posts will be humorous, while others may bring a tear to the eye.
I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing. Yes, I get things wrong with my reading and writing, but I always find those mistakes humorous and always laugh about it. I no longer allow dyslexia get in my way.
Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.
I’m a member of the committee of the Bloggers Bash, a group set up to organise annual get-togethers for all authors and bloggers. Held in London, we had our fourth meeting in May 2018. You can read all about it on my blog.
I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my wonderful civil partner, and our two Welsh Cardigan Corgis, Toby and Austin.
I write about life because I find it so fascinating. I have many stories to tell, some of which I have started to put into a book. I think my life has been incredible and I want to share it with anyone that wants to listen. I am also an excellent listener, and I love to be interactive with other people. I guess you could say I am a ‘people person’.
You will find some of my short stories, flash fiction, and poetry on my blog and I hope you enjoy reading them. Flash Fiction has become a big part of my writing, and I enjoy participating in various writing challenges.
I also write articles giving free blogging and social media tips. These articles have proved very popular. I’ve learned lots about the blogging world since I started to blog, and my free tips are a way of thanking everyone that supports my blog by visiting, reading and commenting on my posts. Click on ‘Blogging Tips’ on the menu bar at the top of my blog to see all the blogging tips posts I have published.
As much as I appreciate being nominated for blogging awards and tagged in blog posts, I took the decision a few years ago for my blog to become ‘award free’ and to no longer participate in ‘tagging’ posts. You can read why I took this decision by clicking here. However, I’d like to thank everybody who has (and who still does) nominated me.
I’m delighted to announce that my first collection of short stories is now available on Amazon. The book is called ‘Glimpses’ and is available as both a paperback and an eBook. The Kindle version is now only 99p.
I’m planning on publishing my second book of short stories at the end of 2018.
Hugh. W. Roberts
After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.
‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.
If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book.
“If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future. Every story makes a compelling read and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, Hugh masterfully reveals a brilliant twist. With bite-size and longer stories, Glimpses is a must-read. I loved it.” – Esther Chilton, Writer and Author. Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?
Glimpses is available via Amazon
Read author Judith Barrow’s review of Glimpses here.