Queen of the Hill

These are the very unremarkable stairs at my apartment.11.1

They go up! They go down! They are stairs!

For Eko, Emily, me and most of our guests, the stairs are a forgettable incline between the front door and our unit. Penny, however, has quite the puppy-imagination and dreams the stairs are some sort of mountain kingdom she must defend.

After our walks, Eko just wants to head back up to our apartment in peace. Penny has other ideas and dashes by him in order to achieve a tactical advantage.


“Penny, are we really doing this again?”


With a sigh, Eko trots up the stairs while Penny springs her attack from the landing.



Eko good-naturedly suffers Penny’s theatrics for a short time before letting her know she’d better get her butt in gear.


“Penny, it is not wise to get between a Ridgeback and his breakfast.”


Penny flees up the stairs in haste, but by the time she gets to my door she’s regained her mettle and turns to face the invader.




The battle rages for five to ten seconds but the only casualties are a couple of shoes knocked loose


The show ends as quickly as it begins and the actors await the curtain to let them backstage

Never a dull moment with these two. Even walking up the stairs is an adventure!

Anyone else have pups who like to play king of the hill?

27 thoughts on “Queen of the Hill”

  1. Hee, hee-love it. When my Old English Sheepdogs were still alive, they used to ‘engage’ in a game we called “King of the Trampoline” and who ended staying on it. My female would loudly bark non-stop at me if I tried to use it so I just ended up putting a dog bed on it. She’d bark at the male if he was on it and act like she wanted to wrestle with him but inevitably as soon as he got down to play with her, she’d hop up and lay on it and give him the old stink eye like ‘what do YOU want?’ It was hilarious and she duped him regularly until they both crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Like you said, never a dull moment with a pair and these canine comedians always made me laugh. While Sam is totally goofy, he never had deliberate comic delivery that those two had! 🙂 After your post about losing a dog, I’ve thought about them a lot (and cried even more) but this gave me a reason to smile about sweet memories. Loved those crazy sheepdogs and all those King of the Trampoline episodes. Thanks for triggering a sweet (and funny memory) of those two clowns. Have a ‘pawsome’ weekend!


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