Allow me to introduce you to Bonnie Boo Banana Dog:
Bonnie belongs to my good friend Sandra, though I must tell you Sandra’s surname is not Bananadog. And it never will be. Unless of course she marries Mr Bananadog. Though that seems very unlikely (though not impossible)! Bonnie is part beagle (the barrell shaped body and short Queen Anne legs), part spaniel (ears, tail and lovely long coat) and part border collie (as you can see in her pretty face).
Bonnie is a very special dog. She is not particularly bright, though we are sure she has at least two brain cells. Whereas frogs and toads have neurones specially adapted as bug detectors, Bonnie has one neurone which specialises in Pizza detection, and another one that specialises in Chip detection. She can find them in the most unusual places. Indeed we often comment that she may be a magic dog, able to conjour up food anywhere and everywhere.
Bonnie can be rather timid at times. There are three things she fears. Firstly German Shepherd dogs; she was once attacked by a white German Shepherd and has feared them ever since. However, she is aware of one at a local farm and on the downhill approach she likes to run and jump and huff and puff and swing her tail around in circles like a helicopter. One day if she gets up enough speed we may have liftoff! Her second fear is black bin liners, especially if they are hiding in trees or under hedges. The third fear is shetland ponies. If there is one in a field nearby she fluffs up her fur, gives it a very wide girth, and hides behind her mum. We’re not sure why. She has no fear of other horses.
Bonnie has boyfriend,. His name is Harvey and he’s a beautiful labrador. Over the past few months their relationship has cooled down though somewhat. Harvey swallowed two stones and had to have a major op. He was very unwell and lost a great deal of weight. The vet made him wear one of those big collars around his neck (one like Queen Elizabeth I used to wear, only Harvey’s was plastic not lace. Unfortunately Bonnie did not take kindly to Harvey’s new designer gear and barked at him furiously to remove it. He didn’t. Though he is now well again, and wearing only his beautiful fur coat, she’s still giving him the cold shoulder. She has still not forgiven him.
What is really special about Bonnie is that Bonnie loves everyone, and everyone loves Bonnie. She wags her tail and wiggles her bottom for every individual she meets (even the vet). She’s very friendly. We think she is the Marilyn Monroe of the doggie world.
For some time I’ve wanted to stitch this lovely pooch, but wasn’t sure I could do her justice. I’ve taken the plunge today, and here’s the stitched picture:
This is going to be a gift for Sandra. I’m hoping she likes it.