Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jennifer King & Poppy

Who is in the photo at right?

I’m Jennifer King, and I’m a writer, novelist, wife, and mom — to three great boys, and a precious puppy named Poppy. Poppy is three months old, and is a miniature Labradoodle.

What’s the occasion for coffee with a Canine?

European coffee has us hooked, and we’ve recently invested in an European coffee machine … so, I love to have coffee with Poppy, everyday, any time.

What’s brewing?

Illy Espresso Long Coffee, prepared as a Latte or Cappuccino.

Any goodies to go with the coffee?

Not usually, unless someone happens to have a bit of dark chocolate out …

Any treat for Poppy on this occasion?

Eukanuba Puppy food, for now. She still loves it.

How did you come to be united with Poppy?

Our family moved this past summer from Cincinnati, Ohio, US, to be expats in Prague, Czech Republic. We’ll be here for a few years, which is really exciting for us. But our former family dog died a few months before we moved—she was a Boxer, and was 10 years old, and her passing left a huge hole in our hearts. So when things settled down for us here after the move, Prague felt like home, but our new home was missing a dog. After mentioning this to a friend, we discovered another new expat family’s two Labradoodles had just had a litter of puppies. And the rest is history! Poppy joined our family about a month ago, and is a real delight to us all. We’re so grateful.

How did she get her name?

Actually, her name is Popelka, which means Cinderella in Czech. We call her Poppy, like the flower, but she is mostly black (Popel in Czech means ‘soot’) with two white back feet, which we call her glass slippers. Popelka is a perfect name for her.

Stick, ball, Frisbee?

Chewy toy … anything but slippers (which are currently her favorite).

What’s an ordinary day like for Poppy?

We get up quite early to work out in the morning. And Poppy is up right with us, which means she’s sacked out quite soon after our boys are up and out the door for school. When I write, Poppy loves to lay under my chair, and chew on toys, or sleep. And the rest of the time, she’s about two inches behind my feet at all times. She’s a great companion.

Does she understand Czech as well as English?

I actually think the only Czech word she knows is her name!

Where is Poppy’s favorite place to go for a walk?

Soon, when Spring comes and Poppy is a bit bigger, we’ll be walking her near our home in the Czech National Forest just down the street from our house. It’s beautiful—and it goes for miles and miles.

Who is Poppy’s best pet-pal?

Poppy’s only pet-friend so far is a dear friend’s dog named Pepe, who is a Spanish Water Dog. Just based on the combinations of their two names alone, I’d say they’ll be friends for life.

If Poppy could change one thing about you, what would it be?

That I would never have to leave the house …

What is Poppy’s best quality?

That she loves to be with us!

What’s her proudest moment so far? Her most embarrassing?

Poppy must be most proud that she is finally learning to do her business outside. Certainly her most embarrassing moments result from her lack of discretion on where she does her business (in the house). She’s trained very quickly (and we’re very grateful!).

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--Marshal Zeringue