Itching to wander down the runway

                                                                                 Dear Readers,



I love hearing from you!!  Especially when you send me information on something that is tail-waggin’ fun and paws up good. Here’s what I found in my mommy’s e-mail today:




“Ready For My Close-UP,” in your Diary of a Doo Dah Queen is hilarious!
LOVED IT! I am such a pet lover– my best friend is an Apple Head
Chihuahua. Think you might have interest in an event we’re having
“inside SoCal” this Saturday at 12:30pm (runs thru 4pm).

Archstone Gateway (299 N. State College, in Anaheim) will host a pet
fashion show. Perhaps this might fit into your

Heath Hamaguchi



Pet Fashion Show, Starring Pets Themselves,

Headlines Charity Expo


As Pets Lose Homes, Country’s Biggest Pet-Friendly Apartment Landlord Reaches Out To Help Support Local Pet Shelters




WHO: Dozens of pet accessories makers and pet service suppliers and 1,000+ Orange County pet lovers…

WHAT: Gather for the area’s first ever “Hearts for Paws” Pet Expo to benefit the Orange County Animal Shelter, sponsored by America’s #1 landlord of pet friendly apartments…

Among the highlights is the “Doggie Fashion Show” scheduled for 12:30PM…

WHEN: SAT., MAY 16, 12:30PM

Expo runs thru 4PM

WHERE: Archstone Gateway, 299 N. State College, in Anaheim.

“The Hearts for Paws Charity Pet Expo will not only offer an array of exciting activities for pet lovers across Orange County, but also give them the opportunity to play a vital role in finding loving homes for thousands of abandoned and abused pets,” said Philip DiMartino, Senior Marketing Manager for the West Region at Archstone. “As Orange County’s most pet-friendly community, Archstone Gateway is excited to host this entertainment-rich event and take part in giving back to the community.”



I hope my dear readers will enjoy this show, even though yours truly won’t be strutting his stuff down the cat- I mean – dogwalk…. 


So Heath, how about a photo of your Chihuahua friend?? Oooo and some of those runway models too?!


Paws up,


Queen (again) for the day

32nd Occasional Doo Dah Queen Skittles is known to the working world as Julie Klima, professional photographer. Among the things she likes to do most is document little facets of history. In this case, she called and asked me to sit for her for a photo series she is working on about the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.


I pulled out my dress and all my acoutrements, had a chat with the Royal Pup Atticus and  was off. Princess Valerie had graciously allowed us to use her dance studio for the shoot. It was quickly transformed into a quite lavish sitting room, resplendent with a flowing background and floor of various veils, sarongs and other fabric pieces.


I sat in a big rattan chair and Atticus took his place (wearing his official cape) in my lap. He is one patient Jack Russell terrier, as he sat still for a good hour and then stayed at a spot by my feet for quite a while too.


It was fun to pose for Queen Skittles. She has a perky personality and really enjoys her work. She made all of us feel comfortable and didn’t mind it when Atticus offered to help check that she hadn’t left anything behind in her bags and that all her camera and flash connections were safely in place.


Soon, I will have some photos to share for you, but for now, please visit and to see some of her work.


Also, one of my readers, Bill Cagle performed at an open mic at the Folk Music Center in Claremont recently. He shared a video of the moment with me and you might like it too.




it may give you the inspiration to try something new!



Now, carry on, as you were,


Queen Mickie

Ready for my close-up

Dear Readers!



Mommy’s busy so I’m writing her blog entry today. Tomorrow she will be posing for 32nd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Queen Skittles, who is a real-life photographer. Queen Skittles (AKA Julie Klima) is working on portraits for an exhibition. It’s going to be really cool because she’s perky and fun and has a nice eye for composition, plus she asked if I would be willing to sit too.



Sit.. stay.. be good.. Yes, Julie, you can have it all as long as I get a nice treat at the end.


Speaking of treats, I was trying to find a way to give my mommy some inspiration for her photo shoot. I talked to my people friend Vernor (who works with my mommy at the paper and writes the very good column, Aisle Seat), as I thought he might have some photos that I could show her. Vernor has cats, but he’s OK and he was more than happy to help.


He sent me photos of his cats, Tasha and Goldie. (That Tasha is a looker, even for a cat, she’s quite pretty and I wouldn’t mind sharing my chewie with her).  As for Goldie, I would have to be on my best behavior– just look at that kitty scratching post!!



He also sent me photos of his relatives’ pets– Billye, the shepard is hamming it up. He reminds me of my best friend Indiana Bones. Gabe is lounging in his bed and Tralee is waiting for presents under the Christmas tree. I definitely could be friends with these guys! Tennis balls, anyone?


I hope my mommy has fun tomorrow and I’ll be sure to let you know how it went and all the information on the exhibit once it is set.


Have a tailwaggin’ great weekend!



Paws up,











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