October 26, 2011


Dear readers, I am participating in Alphabe-Thursday where we’re celebrating HALLOWE’EN!
And my postbag is full to bursting with queries and dilemmas from so many of you! And, as usual, I’ve picked out the most urgent and pressing to share!

First up is another query from my puppy-nephew, Alfie (above).
Grrrhh! Grrrhh!

1. Dear Aunt Lola,

"My girlfriend, Tamara (below) wants me to attend a Hallowe’en party this weekend dressed as a zombie! Zombies, ghosts and all the stuff associated with Hallowe’en frighten the life out of me, Aunt Lola, but Tamara is very insistent. Should I be assertive with her or simply give in? What’s your advice, Aunt Lola?"
Dear Alfie,
Trying to be assertive with someone as assertive as Tamara will only end in tears! My advice is to say you’ve got an appointment at the groomer’s or you’ve pulled an Achilles tendon playing football (or whatever excuse you use these days!) and let her go on her own. One thing’s for sure: she won’t need a zombie costume!
Dear readers, that’s my advice for Alfie. Do you agree/disagree? Any other suggestions for him?

2. Next up are queries from two dear readers, ROGUE ARTISTS in the great USA and PONDSIDE in beautiful Canada who both write such wonderful blogs which everyone should visit! Do visit both their great sites NOW!
Firstly, the query from Lizzie @ Rogue Artists (pictured, and with her brother, Mulligan):

Dear Lola,
“Your answers are sheer genius! Now I have a question for you. My mom and dad had a birthday party for me on August 21 (you can see the video on mom's blog) and I got lots of great gifts. Here's my problem - my brother Mulligan thinks they are HIS TOYS and takes them away from me when I am playing. Mom says to share, but he just won't listen. Help!! Lizzie.”
And next the query from Pondside:
Dear Lola,
“Your advice is the best out there. My dog Rory barks at cats on TV. Is this normal? Does he want a cat-friend? Should I buy him one, and if so, should it be Siamese or Manx? Thanking you in advance, Pondside.”
Dear Lizzie @ Rogue Artists and Pondside,
Look, just threaten Mulligan and Rory I’ll send over Tamara (or her cat-friend, Rosebud, left) to sort them both out. Believe me, you won’t have any more problems from either of them! Mulligan will keep to his own toys and you won’t hear a squeak (let alone a bark) from Rory. However, should they still fail to be frightened into submission, just show them this. Guaranteed.
Dear readers, that’s my advice to Rogue Artists and Pondside. Agree/disagree? Any other suggestions for them?

4. Finally, we have a query from Ms T Bag (below):
Dear Lola,
"I’ve been happily married for 33 years and yet my husband is still not perfect. Despite many years of nagging, he still forgets to wipe his feet when entering the house. Is this because he is in a rush to see me, or does he simply not listen?"
Dear Ms T Bag,
Ask him, and if he says, “What?”, you’ll know it’s the latter.
Dear readers, that’s my advice for Ms T Bag. Agree/disagree? Any other suggestions for her?
Well, dear readers, sadly that’s all we have time for today! But remember, if you have any problems or queries you’d like me to respond to - just like Rogue Artists and Pondside above - don’t hesitate to let me know (or my PA, Nora) in the COMMENTS BOX BELOW! However weird, outlandish, insoluble it may seem, I’ll have an answer to that Desperate Dilemma of yours! So why hesitate any longer? Go on! Write to me, Agony Aunt to the Stars, in the comments box NOW!

And remember, YOUR LOLA LIFELINE! - your lifeline to a saner, more harmonious world.
And now I’m going to creep back to my basket for my beauty sleep (yawn), but do help yourselves, my dear readers, to the Ladurée macarons on your way out!
Have a great Alphabe-Thursday! And check out other posts at Alphabe-Thursday posts @
Jenny Matlock!


Anonymous said...

Your puppy-nephew is adorable! Happy "Howl-o-ween"! =>

EG Wow said...

Alfie looks stunning just the way he is. Tamara should appreciate him for himself and not insist that he dress like a Zombie!

Riet said...

GReat fall post. LOve the cats.

H said...

I love the advice for Ms T Bag :)

Maybe Pondside (and I agree about her wonderful blog) should be to buy Rory a stuffed cat. If he barks at it, he will soon go hoarse and if he rips it to shreds, his mouth will be too full to bark.

☆☆Mumsy said...

Dear Lola, I hope the basket is big enough for you to nap in..Fun post!

Vicki/Jake said...

Love Rogue and Pondside both! And I'm sure they'll follow your great advice:) I'm still LOL at the hubby one...

Great picture at the top too!

Pondside said...

Dear Lola - you are right up there with Anne Landers - you are the Dear Abby of the canine world. Thank you for the advice, and I think all the advice you've given to the others is spot-on. (as opposed to Spot-out, which is in another line of thought altogether and usually follows a lot of shouting of 'Bad Boy')

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Lola and Nora,

Thanks for the halloween special and all the great advice for our furry friends.
Also the photo of George is a treat for a Thursday and thanks for the macarons, feel like one to have with my coffee.

Hope you are enjoying your week

Carletta said...

Enjoyed the visit and wish I could virtually reach through the monitor and grab one of those delicious macarons!

Annesphamily said...

You always have such a fun post! I sure like this one! George Clooney, zombies, kittys and pups! Enjoy the week.

Judie said...

Dear Lola,

Thank you for your sage advice. It may soon be a non-issue, however, because Mulligan keeps taking the stuffing out of my toys, and my mom has to throw them away. I have recently discovered that I have an endless supply of sticks and leaves that I can bring into the house and play with. Mulligan turns up his nose at my new playthings, because he has a weak stomach and is afraid leaves might make him throw up. Hahahaha on him!!!

Many kisses,
Little Lizzie

Heavenly Housewife said...

Ah Lola, This really is the best place to visit. You've got good advice and delicious sweets, followed by napping. You are my kind of doggie!
*kisses* HH

Theresa said...

Too darn CUTE!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful advice! So glad their is a forum to get such great advice from.

Karen S. said...

Now I know where I can bring my questions and get real answers! Enjoy the rest of your autumn!

Sue said...

This is a riot!


anitamombanita said...

Hilarious. I'll have to make sure that Jake and Albert read it!!

bichonpawz said...

What a great post Lola!!!! Of course...mama doesn't mind looking at Mr. Clooney either!!

You are so cute!!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Jenny said...

You are an absolute gem!

I love visiting you!

And a macaron ON TOP of this cool post!

I feel pretty darned happy right now!

Thanks for linking up.


Felisol said...

Different places and different costumes.
The skeletons look a bit scary.
Happy Halloween and happy Ruby Tueday.

Ralph said...

If you could figure our cat Linus out, we'd ask you for advice!

Liza said...

Love this post!

My entries:
Moms...Check Nyo

Robin said...

Very cute, and those macarons look super-yummy!

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SueLovesCherries said...

Sorry, I'm not lookin' at dogs - been feasting my eyes on George Clooney! He's certainly not Johnny Depp, but he sure runs a close second!

Self Sagacity said...

From Rednesday...The first photo got me over here right away. lol. Although he is all in black. :-)