K9 Interviews 63 – Dante Xavier, Essie (Esmeralda Mae), Moose Kincade and Stella Marie


Essie the Tan Pibble

K9 Interviews

K9 Questionnaire

A] Personal Details


Moose Kincade

1] Your Name?

“Dante Xavier, Essie (Esmeralda Mae), Moose Kincade and Stella Marie.”

2] What do you call your 2-leggeds?

“Mom and Dad.”

3] What K9 Breed are you?

“Well, mm let’s see Dante is a black Lab mix, Moose is chocolate Lab, and Essie and me [Stella] are Pitbulls, l am a brindle and Essie is tan Pibble.”

4] How Old Are You?

“Dante Xavier is 15, Essie is 9, Moose is 7 and me, Stella Marie, well l am the baby of the pack and l am 1 and a half.”

5] Do you live inside or outside and more importantly – do you run your household?

“Oh always inside, ssh don’t tell anyone but Mom lets us do way more than Dad, but she does have her limits.”

6] Where abouts in the world do you live?


“Everyone including Mom said l can speak for everyone, so l will …. we live in the big mitten state at the top of the mitten … what Essie? Oh fine, alright – Essie says l need to be more specific, so okay l will – we all live in a yellow submarine, no only joking, scrap that! We all live in Michigan, in the United States – happy? Fine.


Me – Stella the Brindle

B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring


Sleep head Dante – Black Lab Mix

7] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?

“Not often enough in my books, it’s alright for Dante, he sleeps most of the day!”

8] Do you do lots of adventuring when out and about?

“Well, touchy subject with Mom – she get’s, mm, how do l say this with her sitting in the same room? Mm, okay, Mom gets very upset if we run off on our own .. we are good, but we still try, it’s a K9 perrogative.”

9] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to talk to other K9’s on your walks or do they huff and puff behind you and urge you to hurry along?

“Well, see, we live on 5 acres of ground, so no one really bothers us, you know?”

10] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely? Do you walk off or on lead?

“Nooooooooooooo, Mom doesn’t trust us, so we have to be on a leash – sucks!”

11] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?

“Err, not yet, nooo??”

12] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?

“Well, this is a topic of some debate and discord, let me tell you! Essie, loves the frisbees, l like balls, as you can by my photo [yes that’s right the pretty one]! Moose is always kicking off about my ball being his ball first, like l don’t think so Moosey! As for Dante, well he wants is love me, love me as in he likes being loved on!”

13] Do you have favourite toys and if so, what are they?

“More discord follows … it’s never ending here, Essie loves her frisbees but gets upset with me if l eat them, what else can l do Essie, stop leaving them around for me, and put your tongue back in that’s just rude! Moose, what? Oh right ok, Moose says he loves his kibble ball and his squeaky Kong toy – and if that is true, why all the fuss over my ball, eh?”

14] Are you very much loved K9’s?

“Oh yeah, and then some and probably more than we even know, yes we are loved, all of us are adored, way it should be.”

15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?

“Well Mom and Dad very seldom go anywhere, Mom is not so good if she is apart from us for too long.”

C] Eating/Food/Treats


Me again ‘pretty one’, look how long l am!

16] Are you given treats? What are your favourites?

“Mom makes us homemade treats, we all love the flavours, Essie thinks the beef and garlics are the best whilst Moose and me love the big gnaw bones, talk about scrummy yummy, they’re awesomey!!”

17] Are you fed a nutritional diet and is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?

“We all get kibble and canned food twice a day. Mom tries to keep us active so we stay thinner.”

18] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?

“Oh yes, yes, yes!! Mom is way better at sharing than Dad though, he takes some serious persuading!”

D] Your Personal K9 Stuff


19] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?

“I love it all, l’ll eat anything! But don’t believe everything that comes out the others mouths, they might want to act all innocent like, but it’s just easier to blame the youngster!”

20] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?

“Well, l would say ‘define play up? We are pretty good, most of the time. Moose and Essie have been telling tales on me a lot of late to Mom saying l have been naughtier – but hello?? I wasn’t the only ONE to eat the lard! Jus’ sayin! I do sleep as well you know!”

21] Do you have a bed or a favourite sleeping place?


“Essie and Me”

“Well Essie and me and Moose we sleep more or less everywhere, but we sleep in the bed with Mom and Dad, but Dante because he is old and hurts a lot of the time he sleeps either in the dog bed or on the floor.”





22] Are you always with your 2-leggeds or do you sometimes need ‘Time out?’

“Well, as long as we are not bad, we spend as much time with Mom and Dad as we can.”

23] Do your 2 leggeds make you ‘dress up?’ If so, when or what for and do you enjoy it?

“Mom’s good about that. Grandma made us fleece coats, yeah l know Dante you didn’t get one, but Essie is right you don’t need one, you are all fluff, Essie, me and Moose, we aren’t! It can turn really cold here, and we need them.”

24] Are you photogenic or make them run after you to capture you on film?


Moose and Me!






Moose ….


…. and gorgeous pretty me again!

“Well, yeaah! Moose is almost like a prima donna he loves his photo being taken, me well l am a diva and l just love, love, love it too, Dante doesn’t mind, but Essie can take it or leave it, and mostly leave it!”

25] Do you have a friendly vet?

“Very much, however that doesn’t make it any less scary to go though, you know?”

26] What would be your pawfect day?

“Well, that’s a bit of a no brainer, just spoken to everyone and we all agree our pawfect day would be like this …. play, play, play, bones to chew, play, play, play, treats, one on one lovings, more treats and then  … yep, repeat that more!”

Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique …

We all decided to tell our own stories Scrappy Doodlepip, and in honour of our ages, it goes like this, over to you Dante …

“Well l just, l just err, showed up in the yard one day when l was a pup. I escaped from my old house because no one wanted me, and then l stayed here with Mom and Dad. I took to Mom much easier than Dad. I am now the only one left of the previous pack, back then, there were 4 of us – now all l want is to be loved on by Mom and Dad and especially Mom …. over to you Essie.”

“Thanks Dante. Dad got me as a surprise for Mom, because she had to give Lily up for adoption because Lily was a bit of of a house destroyer when nobody was at home! When l came to live here l sat in two hands, l was that small.  I made good friends with Max who was really old, before he died. I remember the day he died as well, l was only about 6 months and he gave me a kiss before he went. Sniff it still saddens me when l think about Max.  Right Moose, your turn.”

“Thanks Essie – well my names Moose, yeah alright Stella, l know that they know that l am just saying it in case they didn’t! First things first MOM is MINE! She rescued me when l was 9 months old. The guy who had me originally couldn’t keep me and all the shelters just wanted to put me down! Yikes! They wanted to, because l am part pitbull, not fixed and didn’t have any shots! Dad only said it would be ok if l had shots, but Mom pleaded because she didn’t want me put down. Did l mention that Mom is mine yet? So, Stella, baby of the pack, over to you!”

“Okay, thank you everyone, we all know Mom is a real saint – me just as much because this is my story. Mom found me one day on the side of the road, l had been abandoned, l mean what is wrong with people? I am so pretty! It will be a year this coming April 19th. You were all there as well so you know this story. How she pulled right over the road to get me. That she protected me from the bad people who hurt me in all sorts of and in so many ways. She wasn’t giving me back! She even set up a special page for me to try and earn some money for my knees and hips. I know l can be at times, not always, but l am always grateful for Mom and Dad, and Dante, Essie and Moose too. I am loved here, l am not just pack, l am family, l don’t get hurt any more from bad, bad people!”

“Well everyone that is our story, and all we have left to do is say a huge thank you to our Mom Jen, and if you want to see more of her, then please, please, pleeeeeeeease visit her blog!


Scrappy’s Thanks


My special thanks to Jen [Mom], Dante, Essie, Moose and of course darling Stella for all taking the time to paw to me the answers to my questionnaire. Dad had to help me with this, as it was a big one. But l am sure you’ll be happy with the end results, and l do hope you are okay, with a little bit of ad lib here and there, but l just felt l could resonate with you all!

You are all very, very lucky, to have such a loving caring home. I have that here with Mummy and Dad. I am Dad’s dog, but Mummy is totally mine too! I had a great time working with your answers and once again, thank you so, so , so much!

Please don’t forget folks to stop by Momma Jen’s blog … wordmomma.wordpress.com 

Power to the Bark all!

Hope you enjoyed reading … Tootle Pip from Doodlepip!

If you are interested in pawticipaing please email me at doodlepip03@gmail.com and l will email you back with the questionnaire.

3 thoughts on “K9 Interviews 63 – Dante Xavier, Essie (Esmeralda Mae), Moose Kincade and Stella Marie

  1. Good going, pups! So nice to read such literate and intelligent comments. No “dumb” animals here! Maybe you guys can do a “Waiting for Godot” type play. That would give you a great format to talk all about yourselves Way to go! Am so impressed with your typing skills! Maybe you could become wage earners – help Mom and Dad out, bring home a paycheck. Another career opportunity – deliver newspapers to your neighbors. Always being careful not to slobber all over the front page of course. You could also work in a restaurant as dish lickers. Keep up the good work!

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