With Uncle Stu at Angus Manor, we had quite the party last night.  Invited guests include Uncle Stuart, my hooman cousin, her boyfriend, Uncle Owen, Aunt Melinda, Mama, Catman, Mr. Bear, various cats, and me.

First we feasted on Pizza!

July 28 PizzaNotice I am wearing my standard issue Googles – with sunglasses protection.  Don’t really need the sunglasses inside, but it cuts down on pawtograph seekers and pawparrazi.

Then, after we had our fill on pizza, time for a rousing game of dominos!

2015 July 28 DominosHere I am waiting for the start of the next hand.

A good time was had by me.  That’s all that matters in the end, now, isn’t it?

Ainsley McKenna

An Uncle Comes to the Manor

A visitor to Angus Manor this week.  Uncle Stuart, who lives in Orlando (that’s a suburb of DisneyWorld, in case you don’t know). 

Uncle Stuart is a school teacher – teaching art to K- 5th graders.

He had been on the go for the past few days traveling – so yesterday we chilled at the manor.


I don’t think he approves of my standard military issue of a PBARCC (polymer based attack Repellent Cranium cover) and googles. He is giving me that teacher’s look. Just imagine what his facial expression would be if he noticed the cat was drinking his water!

Aunt Judy Inn Resort and Spa

Greetings All!

I’ve been busier than the proverbial 1 legged Scottie in a Siberian Husky’s butt kicking contest, so I haven’t written lately.  Last week, Mama went to the Bacon Lettuce Tomato and Mayo Clinic to see about her headaches,and I had reservations at the Aunt Judy Inn Resort and Spa.

The meal preparation is excellent – and if for some reason, you have trouble working up an appetite, the artwork on the way to the dining room will really get the ol’ digestive juices flowing!

Painting I pass by on my way to the dining room

So the first night, I dined on a main course of lamb:

Baa Baa Delicious Sheep, have you any more meat???

And followed it with dessert that included my late brother Angus’s favorite, VANILLA ICE CREAM!

Dessert 2

Then the next day, for lunch, I dined on Lamb and Chicken Crunchies:

Dinner 2

So I heartily recommend Aunt Judy Inn Resort and Spa…HOWEVER…I had to deduct a star, because midway through my visit, Aunt Judy bathed me, gave me a pawdicure, and then brushed me!  I noted my displeasure in my comment card, and my Yelp Yelp Yelp Review.  However, afterwards, I did look good when relaxing on the front veranda.

Ainsley watchubf

Well, that is it for now….I will try to write again soon.  But first, where is that Siberian Husky?  I still have more butts to kick!

Ainsley McKenna


Nothing warms a Scottie girl’s heart more than a bottle of fresh muddy puddle water, a bouquet of a dozen freshly dead baby bunnies – and – new military equipment!

So imagine my joy Wednesday night, when my chief Scottie equipment procurer, Aunt Judy, presented me with state of the art Scottie Eye Protection Devices – Yellow in Color (SEPD-YELLOW) – or Googles, to you laymen.

So first thing I did was put on my SEPD-YELLOW, and coupled it with my Camouflage Polymer Based Attack Repellent Cranium Cover (Helmet to you laymen), and take the Scottie Personnel Carrier on a high intensity patrol coupled with nourishment ration layover (drive to the McDonalds drivethru for you laymen).

– Ready to Roll in the SPC –
HONK HONK! OUTTA THE WAY! What you staring at? Haven’t you ever seen a Scottie driving a car while wearing googles and a helmet before????

Back at the barracks, putting my new gear to good use while protecting Angus Manor (Under New Management) while the staff is snuggled up in their warm blanket of freedom as provided by me, up there on that wall.

 You need me up there on that want me up there on that wall (uh, couch)
You need me up there on that wall…you want me up there on that wall (uh, couch)

Stay careful out there.  And kill some bunnies!

Captain Ainsley McKenna,

Certified Scottie Ace (killer of 3 baby bunnies)

Happy July 4th!

I was thinking that this will be the first July 4th I have celebrated without my late great brother, Angus Fala.

Looking through some old July 4th pics, and I was drawn to maybe the best July 4th I have had – yet.  The visit back in 2012 to Chicago to see our friends Ficelle, Bella, Bee Bee, Handsome Jack, and our hostess, the Princess herself, Peyton.

We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria.  What a swanky place.  On the ride though, Mama fell asleep, and I had to maintain my vigil.  (Mama will hate this picture, so don’t tell her I posted it)


The way up on the elevator was scary.  It is weird getting in a little room, and when you leave it is a totally different smell.  I’m used to it by now, but this, being my first elevator ride, was weird.

Me on left, Angus on Right

then the room….what a view…


I could look out of it forever.  And I practically did, for about 24 hours.  Here’s 30 seconds – see how intent and focused I am?

Even Angus looked outside…though he wasn’t as enthralled about the view as I was

– Angus –

went out to the park to do our bidness.  It was hot!  But we enjoyed the new smells and the excitement

– Angus foreground, me in the pink collar –

Back in the room.  HOT!  The nice bathroom tile floor feels great!


Waiting for our meal…this is Angus

– Angus waiting –

– Angus and his steak! –

Room Service!

Mama went to a show.  We walked around the city while she attended.  I remember one Italian tourist couple stopped us on Michigan Avenue,and said “ohhh…the best dogs in Chicago” and stooped down to pet us. While normally I was the friendly one, I backed up like 5 feet.  Uh oh, you ain’t touching me!  But Angus saved the moment, and let them pat him on the head.  Always the politician he was!

– Water Tower, on Michigan Avenue. I’m in the foreground –

Tired…time for bed!


July 4th was the big day!  The big Meet and Growl at Princess Peyton’s castle in Chicago!  We were going to meet Princess Peyton – her new brother, Handsome Jack.  Our close friends from behind the cheddar curtain, Bella and Bee Bee.  And our special guest from Canada, Ficelle!


On the elevator down to the car – Angus all decked out in his patriotic bandana.  Our first stop was the Palmer House Hilton to pick up Ficelle and her staff.

At Princess Peyton’s – everyone here socializing, except Angus.


And what Scottie get-together would be complete without the obligatory group photo op!

– from left, Ficelle, me, Angus on floor, Handsome Jack, Princess Peyton, Bella and Bee Bee. –

And one more shot before we leave – Angus giving Ficelle a talking too about her worthless Border Terrier Boyfriend, Dusty Winter!  But Ficelle didn’t want to hear about it.


Back home at Angus Manor the night of the July 4th.  Boy, were we tired….


I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane.  I will be thinking a lot about my brother this weekend, but I am sure glad we had Chicago, 2012!

Lt. Ainsley McKenna (Captain Rank Pending)