A to Z Guide to Happiness

Two cute dogs, Bella the Westie and Ollie the Papillon, show you how to be happy and bring happiness wherever you are, by following their paw steps with their friends and family.
You will see them having fun, relaxing, following their dreams and giving all their love. They will give you tips on finding and spreading happiness and inspirational quotations.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

(97) How can butter fly ?

I've heard Mum and Dad talking about the new member of our family; his name is Ollie and he's a Papillon.
But what is a Papillon ?
In French, it means butterfly, but why is is it called butterfly, I've never seen butter flying !
Dad is fascinated by the origin of words, and he's found how butterflies are named around the world :
In English the word comes from the belief that butterflies stole milk and butter.
Psyche in ancient Greek (also meant "soul", and "breath")
Petaloudia in modern Greek (related to the words for "petal", "leaf", "spreading out").
Farfalla in Italian (the pasta farfalle, often called "bow-ties" in the US, are really butterflies)
Mariposa in Spanish (from "la Santa Maria posa" = "the Virgin Mary rests")
Schmetterling in German (from "Schmetten" meaning "cream", referring to butterflies' tendency to hover around milkpails and butterchurns)
Zomerfeygele in Yiddish ("summerbird")
Babochka in Russian (a diminutive of "baba" = "woman, grandmother, cake)

Look, I won't be the only butterfly !

"I do not know whether I was a dog dreaming I was a butterfly,or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I was a dog." (inspired by Chuang Tse) .

"Wait a minute Bella, I think you may have got carried away a little, look I'll show you a photo of yor little brother" He's so cute, I love him ! I can't wait to see him !
So on Saturday we'll be welcoming Ollie into our family and I'll tell you all about it ! The whole family is so excited !!!!

23 comments:

mayziegal said...

YIPPEE! Congratulations on your new little brudder! Oh, Oliver is SO very much lucky to have a big sister like you, Bella. You're gonna teach him how to be the best Butterfly Dog there ever was!

I liked learning abouts all the things peoples call butterflies. But my favorite was "summerbird."

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Maggie Mae said...

Yay for you Bella! Ollie looks like a real cutie patootie, I just know that you will be a wonderful big sissy to hims. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Remington said...

You get a real doggie brother! All I get are cats. Please tell me how to get a doggie brother or sister. You are so lucky.... I bet you are counting the seconds until Saturday arrives....

Sami Boy said...

Oh how cute the little puppy! Congratulations!
hugs,
Sami Boy

Benny and Lily said...

Well Bella it looks like you figured it out. Wings! Don't fly to high cutie!
Benny & Lily

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Bella, that is so much fun!! It's great to get a little brother!!! You will have such a good time! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Tessa the Maltese said...

Wow Bella a little brother, you are sooooo lucky, we know that you will teach him right!

You look LOVELY in you Butter Flies outfit!

woo woos, Tessa

little princess Luna~ said...

omd we cant wait to see ollie~!! is he gonna get to dress up too?? :)

xo,
luna

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, you're getting a brother! How exciting for you and your family, Bella! We can't wait to meet Ollie!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

houndstooth said...

Oh, how very cute he is! Mom says that someday when she's too old to have Greyhounds that she'd love to have a Papillon. They're so darned cute! I can't wait to hear more about him!

Bunny

Mr. Pip said...

Oh Bella, you are going to be a wonderful big sister! Ollie is just adorable!

Your pal, Pip

the booker man said...

oh, gratsers, miss bella!!! your new little bro is so so cutesies! oliver is going to l-o-v-e being a part of your family, and you are going to be the bestest big sis evarrr!! :)
*woof*
the booker man

Wyatt said...

Well, that is exciting about your new brother. Are you going to share the blog...Bella and Ollie's Paw Steps to Happiness!

Wyatt

ocmist said...

Your new brother is just way to cute! You are going to be such an awesome sister to him, too, we think! We can hardly wait to hear more...

bermudabluez said...

WOW! That is really exciting Bella!!! Is Ollie going to have outfits too?? You two will have soooo much fun together!!! Can't wait to hear all about this new venture!!! xoxoxo Chloe and LadyBug

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Daisy said...

Oh Bella, you are such a beautiful little butterfly. And how exciting to have a new brother! I cannot wait to learn more about Ollie!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

You make the cutest little butterfly, Bella!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Bijou said...

Hi Bella,

You sure make a cute butterfly. We can't wait to meet Ollie. He looks real furiendly.

Waggles,
Bijou

Peggy y Mhathy said...

What a beautiful mariposa! (butterfly in spanish). Thanks Bella for sharing your pics with us, we liked it. Saludos desde Panamá... Peggy

MadameMoiselle said...

We can't wait to meet your new brother.. Bet mom will be getting some male costume for the new member now..

Looking forward to all the pictures !

Flo de Sendai said...

and 蝶 or 蝶々(chocho) in Japanese !

This kanji is in 2 parts:
虫 is for insect, 葉 is for leaf: the insect-leaf.

Bon week-end, chere petite Bella et famille !
Bisous a tout le monde, sans oublier le petit nouveau.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Ollie the Papillon, I can't wait to see you.
Bella is your lovely sister, I believe that you two will be having good time together.
I love Bella, I'll love you too, Ollie!
Cheers!

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