Gratuitous Puppy Video

My friends on Facefart have already seen this but I thought I’d make it an official Nick and Nora Production™. Nora shows best in the enlarged view

Our Nora could give sange froid lessons to Greta Garbo.

The phrase for April 15th is:
Sange froid /säNGˈfrwä/: [noun]
Composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.
Mid 18th century: from French sang-froid, literally ‘cold blood’.
And for any of my younger readers Greta Garbo was a famous actress back when I …. sigh! Never mind!

Gratuitous HFH Video

I was going through old photos/videos on my iPad to free up some space and came across a – I know you won’t believe it!! – a video of one of the HFH. It was taken back in May of 2015 in our old apartment in Ottawa.

Hound toys have never lasted very long in our household. A squeaky toy can be rendered mute within 20 minutes and the body buried in the centre of the room immediately thereafter. If it can be chewed to pieces – including those expensive “indestructible” bones/balls – that will be accomplished in Olympic record time. Nothing is safe from the iron jaws of the HFH – and I might add that includes their blankets. Not only are these things thought of like unto the bodies of Christians to Roman lions* they are often ingested which may well have been a welcome feast for the lions but can be a problem for a dachshund.

Though costly toys have been purchased, destroyed, and discarded one of Nicky’s favourites has always been the roll from paper towels. He always seems to know that moment when the last sheet will be used and he waits expectantly for the roll to be thrown to the floor; where it is to be captured, protected from the prying hands of humans, and dismembered. Be assured that it is retrieved by those human hands before it can be chewed into paper-mache and swallowed.

*Yes I know it was a myth perpetrated by the early Church to gain sympathy and credibility but I’ll use it anyway.

The word for October 6th is:
Indestructible /ˌindəˈstrəktəb(ə)l/: [adjective]
Not destructible; incapable of decomposition or of being destroyed.
Prefix in- not + destructible:probably from Late Latin indestructibilis, from Latin in- + destructus, past participle of destruere to tear down.
We really should have hired out the HFH as guinea pigs (sorry kids) to those “indestructible” doggie toy makers.

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.