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I wish I had a million dollars … Hot Dog!

Given the title Half and Half for this week’s photo challenge I immediately thought of The Bean.  She’s half Jack Russell and half Chihuahua – a feisty combination particularly if you are a rat since both breeds are bred fundementally for snapping and trapping rodents.  I get asked all the time what she is.  I could answer ‘une croix’ which means a cross but the correct expression is la moitié x and la moitié y which means half x and half y.  I learned this from the delightful middle child of friends of ours.  He must have been 6 at the time and it was a relief not to have a poo-related conversation.  This particular evening he fired moitiers at us all and we had to act them out.  I thank him for the half fish-half hippo, half dragon-half horse, half raptor-half mouse etc etc because it really really helped my French.  With his growly childish slightly lisping voice it has taken a while to tune my lame ear in but he and his beautiful siblings are always forgiving of this apparition of a lady who speaks French like a two year old.  Middle child also happens to adore The Bean despite the fact that she once bit his nose.  She has no idea how lucky she is.  But I know how lucky I am to know, love and be loved by the three of them.

Here comes The Bean, running back from a shady ditch to jump in the car for the obligatory post walk drink, served from her bespoke bowl made from the bottom of a small mineral water bottle, and a treat from her personal supply kept replenished in the car at all times.  As you can see from her tongue she was a hot dog … a condition she has had to get used to these last few weeks as we boil and frizzle in France.  The picture is a little blurry – life here is a little blurry in the heat but it sort of seems to fit the challenge in that she is half the frame – give me some licence here, please!

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PS:  Do I wish I had a million dollars (or whatever inflation has done to the million since George Bailey exuberantly made his wish in 1946) … not really – give me the love of beautiful children, my tiny Hot Dog and HB²,  the place I adore, and I feel as I do – the richest poor girl in the whole wide wonderful world.

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  1. She’s a super lady…I did like the ‘moitie’ idea!
    Our latest pups are supposed to be American Staffordshires….(arrived as being in need of good home) but look to me as if they had been crossed with rhinos….

    July 18, 2015
    • Moitie staffy moitie rhino … now THAT is a fine combination!

      July 19, 2015
  2. Arby #

    The Bean – unique she may be, but I’ve seen her twin here and another 5,000 miles away. In my mind that makes three. Three Beans don’t make a can full, but its a start.

    July 19, 2015
    • The Bean is fascinated by these twins, nay triplets separated at birth Arbie …. they say we all have a doppelganger somewhere in the world 🙂

      July 19, 2015
  3. The Bean rocks!

    July 19, 2015
    • She’s a little good’un Cam …. much like your Archie 🙂

      July 19, 2015
  4. welp 🙂 me is a lot a like U lol
    i am half -bald an half baked an live in paradise an my life has gone to the DOGZ! lol 😎 keep da’ sunny side up ^ 🙂 Q

    July 19, 2015
    • Sunny side is the only up 🙂

      July 19, 2015
      • yep true fer those whom don’t live on da dark side of da moon lol 🙂

        July 19, 2015
  5. A million dollars would be great about now, but really who needs money when you have love, family, friends and wi-fi 🙂 The Bean is quite a character. By the way I meant to tell you how much I enjoyed my little book on Catherine Yarrow; what a talent. Stay cool!

    July 20, 2015
    • I am SO pleased you enjoyed Catherine. She was somewhat special. Money can’t buy you love it’s true 🙂

      July 20, 2015
  6. Jenny Adams #

    I shall remember that Sapphie is also moitié for when we are in France: moitié whippet, moitié collie! xx

    July 21, 2015
    • The French love the specific Jenny … rather than just saying she’s a cross they far prefer to know what the cross is! Sapphie is entirement belle btw 🙂 xx

      July 21, 2015
  7. loved your post and your Beanie Baby is such a darlin’… <3 hot dog = chien (très) chaud, right?!… 😉

    July 21, 2015
    • Trop chaud …. But still an intrepid little fighter 🙂

      July 21, 2015
  8. You are definitely a rich person. Not just because of what you have, but because you are wise enough to know the value of what you have.I wish you a peaceful week in your lovely countryside and for Bean, many more hot dogs. Clare

    November 9, 2015

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