In the first of three separate dinner parties, here is Domino chatting to my friend Susan on Saturday, March 27th. Susan was the first to arrive and Domino was just being a good hostess keeping our guest amused.
Then the first of our birthday girls, Val, arrived, and Dante got very up close and purrsonal with her. He offered her a place to rest her head.
Here's a good example of how all three of my darling D's got into the act at once. Here's Val, still with Dante as her pillow; Domino is curled up on her lap, and Dylan's at her feet.
Finally, the second birthday girl, Renate, arrived, and Dylan made sure she had something to drink. Although he can't serve her himself, he makes sure I know when the glasses need refilling.
Dante was checking out the dinner table to make sure everything was ready before the guests were seated.
Here's Val eating her homemade French Onion soup! Yum.
And Renate tucking into her prime rib roast beef with Yorkshire pudding.
Here's both birthday girls with their Baskin-Robbins ice cream birthday cake (Jamoca Almond Fudge, of course.)
The next birthday party was on Saturday, April 3rd. It was my brother Barry's 60th! My father-in-law was also in attendance, as was Barry's friend Marilyn.
Dante just LOVES his Grampa (and the feeling is mutual). And here he is sitting by him, letting Grampa have a pat. Just look at Grampa smile!
This is Marilyn getting a kiss from Dante upon her arrival.
This is my brother, Barry, with his birthday cake (another Baskin-Robbins confection -- this time Pralines 'n Cream -- I'm sure Sweet Praline will approve of that one!).
At least she waited until after everyone was finished their meal, but Domino was determined to demonstrate her atrocious table manners.
First she shows her butt to the guests.
And when she finally sits herself down on a chair, she has a good scratch.
And yesterday, on Easter Monday, we had a small gathering with my brother (again), and my son Ryan. We just barbecued some steaks. It was something easy for a change.
We made little sausage shisk-kebabs for an appetizer, and Dante decided he wanted to get in on the action.
Walter dissected one of the shish-kebabs for Dante, and tore up some little bits of meat for him.
Meanwhile, Dylan says hello to Barry. Dylan originally came from Barry's home. Barry's cat, Dusty, is Dylan's biological mother, and Barry still has three of Dylan's siblings as well -- Butterscotch (his sister) and Caramel and Pepper (his brothers). Coincidentally (or not), the fifth sibling lives just on the other side of that fence. Button (another sister) is our next-door neighbour.
Finally, my son Ryan arrives, late as usual! Ryan is a cat daddy to my two grandkitties, Sox and Missy (you may recall).
While we are noshing, the buds are just beginning to open on the maple tree in the back yard.
The cats are hovering around on the deck steps when Domino spots something.
Dante sees it, too!
Well, what do you know! We have an uninvited guest.
Dante welcomes the evil squirrel with open paws (and jaws). He thinks this might make a better appurrtizer than the sausage kebabs.
How rude! The dang thing just grabs a nut and leaves. Doesn't he know it's bad manners to "eat and run"? Not to mention, it's hard on your digestive system.
Well, that's the end of the saga of the 3-Ds recent social calendar. You can see that they've been very busy indeed, and that's why they didn't have time to blog.
Now they're back and they've got lots to say. So drop by for their continuing adventures. You know how much they love to have company!