Posts in Category: Family

Margaret stars in a pet store ad

What’s On Digest – Parksville/Qualicum approached me about using a picture of Margaret for an upcoming ad. Here is the result.

Bosley's Jun13

Funny toast to my new son-in-law at the wedding

May your banjo play bright and crisp
May your coffee be dark and rich
May your ‘shine be smooth and sweet
May your best houn’dog warm your feet

All good things I wish for you
But remember and it’s true
Treat her right and don’t be naughty
Or they will never find the body

A special thanks to Sue Reynolds and James Dewar who helped me with the poem structure. I was amazed how many hours it took to write a one minute poem.

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Margaret Defends Crown

Proud Mother

Margaret Helms successfully defended her title, and for the second year in a row, captured the win in the large breed category of the “Doggy Fashion Show” at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. The English Bulldog, who belongs to Dorothea and Rich Helms of Sunderland, was dressed in her Easter finery – pink feather boa and pink hat. Many thanks to Barb Thompson of Pawsitive Style Pet Food Accessories and Grooming in Sunderland, who once again generously sponsored this contest and provided great dog goodies to the participants and winners. Margaret is home now, and exhausted from the pressure of competing and posing for the paparazzi who hounded her for photos and quotes. Her take on the day: “Woof!”

Which way is the Easter parade?

Margaret of Green Gables

Margaret in her Halloween costume.

Margaret of Green Gables

We went to our daughter’s place last night to give out Halloween candy. Living in the country we get few if any kids coming to our door. In keeping with the spirit we dressed Margaret up. You can see how excited she was over the whole affair. She loved greeting the kids.

Sunderland Bulldog Wins Big In Stouffville!

This has been a great year for Margaret Helms, a one-year-old English bulldog who lives in Sunderland with her father and mother, Rich and Dorothea Helms. In June, she was shopping at the Stouffville Country Market when she was photographed and entered into a contest at the special “Doggie Daze at the Market” event. A few days later, her dad received a phone call informing him that Margaret had won in the “Most Adorable Dog” category and would receive a gift basket of dog items worth $75. This honour comes hot on the heels of Margaret’s first-place win in the Large Dog Category in the Doggie Fashion Show held at the 14th Annual Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival in April.

“We are delighted that the judges recognized how adorable Margaret is,” Rich says. “We want to thank Stouffville Country Market for their generosity.”

“Yeah, the dog stuff is great,” says Margaret, “all except for the toothbrush. Whose idea was that?”

The lovable 60-pound canine is named for the late British actress Margaret Rutherford, and looks remarkably like that film icon. It was pointed out to her parents recently that in profile, she also bears a striking resemblance to the late William Conrad of the television series “Jake and the Fat Man.”

After both contest wins, the paparazzi hounded Margaret, whose mother is local freelance writer Dorothea, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy. “Margaret also appears regularly on humorous greeting cards, which are in demand across North America, Dorothea says. “We’re hoping that these brushes with celebrity won’t go to her head.”

My Canada Includes Bulldogs

Happy Canada Day

Father’s Day Present

Today I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams – I bought a post hole digger for my tractor.

With all of the decks on our house, I dug all of those holes with a manual digger. After putting the new unit together, I tried drilling a hole. I drilled a 9″ hole four feet deep in under one minute.


Now that is a MAN’s tool. I love it.

Happy Victoria Day


We are not amused

t-v3 Happy Victoria Day

English Bulldog Takes Top Honours At Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival


SUNDERLAND, ONTARIO, APRIL 5, 2009 – On Sunday, April 5, 2009, Margaret Helms, a one-year-old English Bulldog, won first place in the Large Dog Category in the Doggie Fashion Show held at the 14th Annual Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. It was a sweet victory for the lovable 60-pound canine, who is a Sunderland resident and has many fans across North America. Competition was fierce in this fashion parade, which drew a number of breeds, from Chihuahuas to a Bernese Mountain Dog.

The paparazzi hounded Margaret, who is named for the late British actress Margaret Rutherford, and who looks remarkably like that film icon. In her acceptance speech, this canine “fairy” thanked her mom and dad, Dorothea and Richard Helms, for entering her into the Fashion Show, even though the tiara was a pain in the neck to wear. She also thanked Ruff Cuts, the Sunderland-based pet food and accessories store that sponsored the contest, as well as her breeder, Rose Brown, of Blackstock, Ontario.


Margaret with her BFF Neil Crone

“We’re so proud,” said local freelance writer Dorothea, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy. “Margaret is the first dog that Rich and I have ever owned, and we think she’s beautiful. It’s great to know so many other people agree with us. She did a fine job today juggling the intricacies of her fairy outfit and the attention from the adoring crowds.” These included many human celebrities who attended the event such as Neil Crone, one of the wacky cast members from “Little Mosque on the Prairie.”

Margaret appears regularly on humorous greeting cards, which are in demand across North America. “I’m proud and privileged to display the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival trophy on my mantel,” she says. “Do I get to eat my treats now?”


Media Contact: Dorothea Helms, The Writing Fairy