Sunday, March 27, 2011

Another day at the tattooist

Magpie, bee and dog-tag


On Friday my partner (Geoff / tattdragon) and i had our long awaited day-long visit with our tattooist and good friend, Jo Harrison - finally back from her latest world trip (6 months in India, Australia and New Zealand).

It was fantastic to see her after so long: she is one of the brightest and most inspiring people i know, and her natural sparkle has only been brightened further by the amazing experiences she has had over the last 2 years of travel and inspiration. She did some truly beautiful work on us both - and managed to complete both of our magpies: Geoff's on his back, mine on my chest ('one for sorrow' when apart, 'two for joy' when we're together) :

Geoff's magpie after 3 hours

Checkin the ink...

Jo starts work on me

Magpie with Amber and Jet 

We're due back to see her once more before she heads off for another few months (Thailand and Singapore) - when she hopes to complete colouring these two sections, and then start outlining the next sections on us both: further down onto Geoff's chest, and down onto my own ribs (ouch!).

Neither of us can wait! :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

eBay sales...!


i'm having a small clear-out of gear (to make space for the new gear i plan to buy when we are in Amsterdam next month...!) - and so there are a few items now up on eBay.co.uk: an Expectations leather jacket and a pair of Lace-sided leather jeans.

If you're interested, take a look - and maybe help me out whilst also getting a chance to  own a little bit of bootbrush all for yourself... ;)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pirate day at work

Avarst!

It's 'Pirate day' at work today, to raise money for Comic Relief - do you think i'll pass muster...? ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Writing catch-up (ketchup?!?)

Another ridiculously busy week - most of it sodding work (and not in a pleasurably literal way i'm afraid - just the arse-clenchingly tedious way) - but i did still manage to fit in a little bit of working on the book whenever i could find a spare moment...


i've abandoned the idea of simply submitting the blog: the format and tone is just too self-referential and specific to blogging, and i don't think it would work well in book form; besides - you guys are worth more to me than a bored rehash of old material ;)

That said, i do still like the idea of compiling something along the lines of 'The diary of a dog' (or 'how i became a pup and learnt to love myself' ;) ), based on my experience over the last decade or so - a kind of 'how to' book on pup-play, but told from the pup's perspective and phrased as a fetish autobiography (my Geoff suggested something along the lines of a kinky version of Maupin's 'Tales from the city': real events, experiences and thoughts told in re-imagined episodic chapters).

So far i've drawn up a possible synopsis and a rough plot-arc, and i am now starting to pencil out chapters. i thought it would be good to start from the call to write a book, based on my accounts of being my Handler's pup at the club - describing how fully and proudly i am His devoted pup, then do a flashback with 'how did i get here...?'. The story arc would then trace how i first came to pup-play (back in the day when it was still something new!), how i met my Handler, and how He helped me to become the pup that i am today - both physically and emotionally (since i know several of you have said how much you like reading what i *feel*, since that helps you to understand what motivates a pup to be a pup in the first place...).

Don't worry though - within that structure i might still be able to include some of my early stories and accounts from here - since i've had several of you asking me to republish your favourites. But i'd want to make sure that the majority was new material: after all who wants to buy a book whose content is mostly free online anyway? ;)

Writing from scratch will take me longer - but hell, it's more fun anyway!

Use the comments to tell me what you think of the idea - and i'll keep you posted how it's going.

Friday, March 04, 2011

"Just a dog...?"

The following was written by Christopher Costas - a very sexy photograper in Delaware.

He is speaking of a biological canine, but it perfectly expresses some of my own recurring themes of respect and companionship within pup-play, and so i had to write and ask Him if i could quote it here...

"'Just a dog...?'

From time to time people tell me: 'Lighten up, its just a dog' or, 'That's a lot of money for Just a dog.'  They just don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for 'Just a dog.'
Some of my proudest moments have come about with 'Just a dog'. Many hours have passed with my only company being 'Just a dog' - and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by 'Just a dog'. And in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of 'Just a dog' provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think its 'Just a dog' then you will probably also understand phrases like 'Just a friend', 'Just a sunrise', or 'Just a promice'. 'Just a dog' brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. 'Just a dog' brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of 'Just a dog' I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

For me and folks like me, it's not 'Just a dog'. It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. 'Just a dog' brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it's not 'Just a dog'. It's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being 'Just a man'.

So the next time you hear the phrase 'Just a dog' - smile, because they 'Just Don't Understand'."

Beautiful and deeply moving words.

Interestingly, they also reflect the talk i had with my Handler, on our way back from Bournemouth.

He could tell that i had been feeling low, and that the little black monkey of self-doubt was creeping up onto my shoulder again. He knew it because i had slipped back into the habit of subconsciously belittling myself with 'just...' and 'only...' - using phrases about myself such as: 'What would i know: i'm just your dog...' and: 'i don't deserve You, i'm only a dog...'

He also knew it because i had cried when He held me and told me that He loved His dog.

His own command was that i must never think of myself as 'just' anything - that none of us is ever 'just':

"Each of us is special and unique and beautiful in their own right - and as my pup, you are more special than most. If you think of yourself as less than You are, You belittle me for placing value in you.

There is no need for adjectives - simply be - and be Proud."


And so i am Sir - simply and proudlyYOURS.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Bournemouth - a lovely thank you letter from my Handler

The following is the letter of thanks which my Handler sent to both the owners of the lovely Yenton hotel which hosted the MSC Bournmouth Gala dinner this weekend, and also to the Committee itself. I thought it was such a sweet gesture that i asked if He would mind if i posted it here too... (i love the last comment about the dog's small accidental leakage! :)) )

Reposted with permission


Yenton Hotel,
Bournemouth


Dear Matt and Thom

I am writing to thank you for the wonderful evening on Saturday last for MSC Bournemouth’s 25th Birthday event. Over the years I have been to a number of MSC Bournemouth's events and they always seem to be able to find new and interesting venues.

Again on this occasion we were invited to your hotel for dinner on Saturday evening. We were made to feel very welcome in your comfortable lounge bar, and this was followed by a most enjoyable meal. Excellent service and hot food combined with a wide selection of food and five courses too!

After dinner in the bar the atmosphere became even more relaxed and I was so pleased to see you and your staff joining in too. A very special thank you is due to you both for allowing bootbrush to change privately in one of your rooms. It is always nice to be able to take the dog out in public and have him happy on four legs, and so I am grateful to you for facilitating his ‘transition’ in this way. Sadly, I have become aware of some club members who have suggested that My dog disgraced himself on the hard floor in your bar. While you were kind enough to provide paper towels on My request, I should have explained that although this was to mop up after the dog, it was due to excessive perspiration and certainly not for the lack of ‘exercise’ prior to our visit, or because he had become incontinent with excitement!

Thank you again for a most pleasant evening.

With our best wishes.

Nigel

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