Rover Reporter: Happy 5th Birthday, Happy! Are you feeling superstitious that your birthday falls on Friday the 13th this year?
H: Nope. I’m not superstitious. (Chuckles) It would be a happy day if a black cat even thinks about crossing my path, today.
RR: Oh! (Stepping back) You’re not quite what I expected. How ever did you get your name?
H: Don’t know. It’s aspirational. My mother (Blushing) calls me her Happiness.
RR: Ah, that’s sweet! Aren’t you named after both one of your mother’s friends, as well as a predecessor family dog?
H: Yes, that’s true. Happy I was a fox terrier cross from Yonkers, though I’m not sure of the reasoning for naming me after him. And my mother’s friend is a girl. (Shakes his head) Humans, gotta love’ em. They make no sense!
RR: Is it hard living up to your name?
H: I don’t think about it.
RR: Rumor ’round the fire hydrant is that you can be less than happy, sometimes.
H: (Low snarl) I didn’t know I had such a reputation. I have always tried to be chipper.
RR: So, you think you’re a laid back, ‘don’t worry, be happy’ kinda guy?
H: Yes. Except when someone messes with one of my sisters or my mother. I’m very protective of my girls.
RR: Given your big muscles, I’m sure no one messes with you! Do you have any other nicknames?
RR: Like Tonto’s pony! Why Scout?
H: I like to lead. I’m the front dog. I sniff out adventure. I scout, therefore I am.
RR: Deep. With your black tuxedo of a coat, has anyone ever told you you look like Daniel Craig’s James Bond? A kind of OOK9?
H: (Chest puffs out) I’ve heard a mention or two. Recently, I’ve also been compared to Fred Astaire. I’m quite light on my feet.
RR: Speaking of movie stars, do you have any favorite films?
H: I’m more of a National Geographic’s channel guy.
RR: Oooh, safari stuff!
H: That’s a nice way of putting it. I like hunting. Let’s leave it at that.
RR: Good idea. Do you have a favorite sport?
H: Besides, ah, safar-ing? Swimball. My mom taught me to swim when I was a few weeks old, and my Dad threw thousands of tennis balls for me in the water. I can go for hours (flexes his muscles). I taught my sister, Lucy. She’s alright.
RR: What about your feather fetish?
H: You’re barking mad. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
RR: Come on! Your fans want to know. Don’t you have a passion for chasing feathers?
H: Ok, yes. I do love feathers. It started with a bunch of baby quails that got stuck in my back garden, and…
RR: Oh, dear! Please, don’t say another word. Changing the subject! What is your best feature?
H: I’d say it’s my tail.
RR: Yes, it is quite remarkable. Like a plume. And your best quality?
H: Patience when being asked silly questions.
RR: (Sweating) Last question. I’m gonna ask you to dig deep here. Who are you?
H: I am a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It’s Good To Be King.
RR: Truer words were never spoken.
Rover’s looking forward to his next interview with mischievous Lucy – featured in the October issue of Barkity Fair – who’ll be talking about their latest book coming out this Fall: It’s a King’s Life in Aspen. Read all about it here, first!
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