This is Benny the Boston Terrier. He's pictured here at his "First Day of Summer Celebration" party that he holds every year on the lawns of his suburban house by the sea. It is quite a traditional thing amongst his family and friends and a date everyone makes a point of pencilling into their diaries as soon as they buy them in the New Year. Benny is an impeccable host, but can be a little over attentive to small details and sometimes forgets to have a good time as a result. For example, here he is fretting unnecessarily about the amount of punch he has and whether it will last the distance. Another concern is the music. Is it the right tempo and mood? Should he have something a bit more mellow or something more upbeat? He frets like this until eventually his Aunty Maureen spots him, talks him down, puts a champagne glass in his paw and orders him to have a good time. After that, he's fine!
This is Pascal. He lives in the French city of Toulouse in south western France. His two hobbies are swimming for half an hour in the Bazacle River every morning and supporting his favourite rugby team, the Toulouse Olympique. He is thinking of taking up another hobby too. Something that is more of an indoorsy type of activity for those days that are either too rainy or too cold to go outside. He has narrowed his list of possible options down to fencing, backgammon or squash, but he is yet to make a final decision.
I've featured one of my all time favourite children's book illustrators Garth Williambefore. If you grew up with Golden Books, I bet you remember and love him too! These black and white ink drawings are from the children's book "Harry Cat's Pet Puppy". The look on Harry Cat's face in some of these drawings is priceless!
This is Arlo and he's in his favourite chair. It's his favourite chair for three reasons. Firstly, in his opinion, it's very fine looking. The rainbows and clouds immediately put him at ease whenever he gets up on it. Say no more. Secondly, it's very comfy. Favourite chairs have to be comfy and this one is especially so. Thirdly, it's positioned very conveniently so that he has a clear view of the kitchen (and therefore anything exciting going on in there) and an equally clear view of the lounge room and TV set. So I think you can appreciate why Arlo has decided that this is his favourite chair. I think it would be my favourite chair too.