Nicky and Nora – The Early Years VI

Well wouldn’t you just know it I found a few more videos lurking in the depths of the archives at YouTube. So in an effort to assuage their beloved Uncle Pervy’s disappointment in last week’s announcement I thought I had better post them.

Though the energy levels aren’t quite the same every couple of days Nicky still goes into a frenzy of teasing and tearing around the house. With time Nora has learned that if she just stays in the one place she can still snap at him and give domineering growls to send him scurrying away.

Both of the Hounds have a thing for feet and licking. There have been suggestions that we hire them out at a health spa as an exfoliating treatment.

Nora has a complete vocabulary of growls, throaty whines and piercing barks that convey her needs and wants to the humans that were put on this earth to serve her.

Now having done more farewells than Adelina Patti, Sarah Bernhardt and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf put together – I swear this is the last of the Gratuitous Hounds from Hell videos.

The word for July 2nd is:
Assuage /əˈswāj/: [verb]
1.1 To make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.
1.2 Satisfy (an appetite or desire)
Middle English: from Old French assouagier, asouagier, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ (expressing change) + suavis ‘sweet’.
Hopefully where our Uncle Pervy is concerned both meanings of the verb have been met.


Nick and Nora – The Early Years V

It looks like I may be coming to the end of the home videos from when the Hounds from Hell were mere Puppies from Purgatory. (And the world gives a collective sigh of relief.)

This is an early on that was buried deep in the archives. The deep growl is Nora that high pitched squealing is Nicky. He always did – and still does – instigate things and then play the wounded victim after the fact.

I know, I know – telling them they were “bad puppies” probably scared them for life and caused them to turn into the delinquents they are today. Well okay either that or the fact that they are dachshunds!

Nora has always been the investigative sort. It is that interest in the world around her that has led to vet bills that would put a kid through college.

The word for June 25th is:
Omnipotent /ɒmˈnɪpət(ə)nt/: [adjective]
1.1 Having unlimited power
1.2 Having great power or influence
Early 14c., “almighty, possessing infinite power,” from Old French omnipotent “almighty, all-powerful” (11c.) and directly from Latin omnipotentem “all-powerful, almighty.”
Or as Ernestine often stated of the unlimited power of the Phone Company: That’s ‘potent’ with an ‘omni’ in front of it.”

Nick and Nora – The Early Years IV

Well I know this will come as a surprise but I have more gratuitous puppy videos. I know, I know! Like Miss Bennett I “contrive to delight” you endlessly.

So without further ado I give you:

I forget where we were heading when this video was taken but the Hounds from Hell were going back to the breeders’ in Capena while we were away.

When they returned from their visit to Capena Nicky developed some tummy problems. Inquiries poured in from all over – in fact the first question normally asked was not “how was your trip” but “How’s Nicky doing?” We knew where our friends’ priorities laid.

What could be more pleasant than morning coffee on the terrace with the gentle sounds of the trams rattling in the background, the odd ambulance siren, and two battling Hounds from Hell.

The word for June 18th is:
Conflate /kənˈfleɪt/: [verb]
1. Combine (two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc.) into one.
2. Confuse
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fuse or melt down metal’): from Latin conflat- ‘kindled, fused’, from the verb conflare, from con- ‘together’ + flare ‘to blow’.”
The second meaning is a new one (1973) and though Webster’s has it, Oxford is till out on the matter.

Nick and Nora – The Early Years III

And once again, like your Aunt Mildred with those holiday snaps on her iPhone of that fabulous vacation in Portugal (including several of that charming young man who just couldn’t believe she was really 61!!!!!), I have more puppy videos to delight you!

Our dear Cecilia named the two Hounds from Hell after that fabulous couple Nick and Nora Charles. If you’ve never seen The Thin Man series I can’t recommend them enough: witty dialogue, great acting by Myrna Loy and William Powell, a mystery to solve, and Asta the jack russell all thrown into the cocktail mix! And speaking of cocktails:

Nora has always been the dominant one though we’ve noticed that Nicky, after years of being bullied, is challenging the pecking order there days.

And don’t worry there are only a few more left for next week, and maybe the week after. I know both my faithful readers are waiting with baited breath.

The word for June 11th is:
Contention /kənˈtɛnʃ(ə)n/: [noun]
1. Mass noun: Heated disagreement.
2. Count noun: An assertion, especially one maintained in argument.
late 14c., contencioun, “strife, dissension, quarreling,” from Old French contencion and directly from Latin contentionem (“a vigorous struggling, a contest, a fight.” Meaning “a violent effort to obtain something” is from 1570s; meaning “that which is contended for” is from 1630s.

Nick and Nora – The Early Years – II

A Throwback Thursday

I thought I’d continue looking at the old family videos from when the Hounds from Hell were only Puppies from Purgatory back in 2009.

Nicky always was more helpful around the house:

This next one has to be my favourite video of our Nora. She may have been quiet and shy on the ride from Capena to Rome but she soon showed her true colours. She’s stubborn, wilful, and cunning, even to this day. If there is a way around anything that interferes with Nora’s progress through life it must be found.

And like any proud parent I got a few more to bore you wi share next week.

The word for June 4th is:
Purgatory /ˈpəːɡət(ə)ri/: [1. noun 2. adjective (archaic)]
1.1 (in Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven.
1.2 Mental anguish or suffering.
2. Having the quality of cleansing or purifying.
Middle English from Anglo-Norman French purgatorie or medieval Latin purgatorium, neuter (used as a noun) of late Latin purgatorius ‘purifying’, from the verb purgare.
Perhaps the last few months will serve in lieu of time spent there?