Stella and Rory

Stella and Rory

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Humble Handkerchief

Howdy Mates, things have been pretty quiet around here and that's just how mum likes it.  We've been going to Dog School and everything is going grreat there.  I, of course, have been a turd fabulous and Rory is, as usual, a big doofer his steady clownish self. 

We walk along the summer track nearly every day when it's not too hot. 

There's is just one small thing that I have to get off my chest.  Does anyone out there still use handkerchiefs???  Mum says when she was a little girl back in the olden days, everyone used handkerchiefs.  They were washable and our angel Nana even ironed them (although we had to look up what that word meant cause mum doesn't iron anything!).  

Yes, mum says, they were handy until tissues came into existence.  She says, thank dog tissues were invented, cause she had a terrible trauma with the ordinary, everyday handkerchief.  

When our mum was 15, Nana had to go to hospital and have an operation and was there for 10 days.  It was the first time Nana had not been at home and mum and Poppa missed her something terrible.  Poppa loved his handkerchiefs with a passion and right up till he passed away he always had one on him.  

Well that's ok for Poppa but mum realised all those years ago, with Nana in hospital, that she and only she, had the job of washing those scrunched up, bundles of snot!  Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

So, as you can imagine, when tissues arrived she greeted them with open arms (or a snotty nose) which ever came first.  So I come to my dilemma.  Rory has taken it upon himself to clean my face for me.  With his tongue!  

Mum says she used the technique of spitting on a tissue (and our angel Nana used to spit on a handkerchief to do the same thing) and wipe my sisters and brothers faces when they were dirty, if they were out anywhere.  This is the woman who was traumatised by a snotty handkerchief.  What the heck kind of trauma have my sisters and brothers been through with this little activity?  Sheesh.  

I don't have the choice of using a handkerchief.  They don't exist in our house.

Ewwwww, someone please get a tissue!


Well mates, my face is clean now.  I think I would actually rather have mum spit on a tissue and wipe my face than Rory's great slobbery tongue washing me.  Let me know, do handkerchiefs still exist in your home and who has the wonderful task of washing them?   Enjoy your week everybuddy.

No worries, and love, Stella and Rory



  1. Our Dad is NEVER without his beloved RED BANDANA HANKIE... in his hip pocket. Mostly he BLOWS in Tissues... butt when you are not NEAR a box.. Hankies WORK like magic.

    My mom has a Hankie in her purse along WITH a tiny pack of Tissues. She says a HANKIE comes in Handy in a lot of situations.

    Now about that Face Washing thingy... ERNIE washes my face...with his Sloppy Moppy TONGUE every day. I am sorta sad to have to admit this, butt I actually kinda LIKE it. I (Frankie Furter) on the other paw, would sooner Lick a squirrel than be caught washing ERNIE's Face. No Worries my furends.

  2. I must admit during this past week while I have had a cold the humble hankie has never been out of my reach. Even the tissues with lotion have been too rough on my nose but my old softie hankies have given my nose some relief. I do hate washing them though.

  3. Ewwwww....Hankies...enough to turn one's stomach! It's Kleenex all the way where I live, and then it's an argument when the darn thing gets left on the counter after use. What part of throw it in the trash doesn't he get?

  4. Hi Stella, "handkerchiefs" or what my dad calls "pocket squares" only live in the breast pocket of his suits. He uses facial tissues or Kleenex. But Stella, given Rory's huge tongue, you might want to use a paper towel.

  5. Awwwww! Now those are GIANT Dane kisses! How sweet! :)

  6. Well.... sure your face is super duper clean now!
    My grandpa used those handkerchiefs a long time ago. And yes... thankfully someone invented the kleenex.... my grandma was the one in charge of washing them!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  7. Oh my slobber face game looks like so much fun
    Benny & Lily

  8. Nope not in my home. I have heard of them, but don't think I have ever seen one. I think MOM likes it when I wash her face. And why not, I am very good at it and get every inch of it.

  9. Oh poor thing, You don't need a kleenex with Rory, you need a bath towel.....


  10. When I was a little girl, my mother would save all the hankies for me to IRON. It was ironing lessons, iron the whole thing, then fold it in half and iron a crease across the fold, then do three smaller folds across. All creased with the iron. At first I thought I was very important doing this, then it got to seem like work!
    Stella Up Over would like very much to wash my face, and I let her take a couple of licks, then I am done.

    Cheers to you all, I love your ocean header, its really beautiful.

    Jo and Stella Up Over

  11. Wowie! What a tongue Rory has!

    I NEVER licky Floyd's face, but he likes to lick my beard after I've had a drink... Weirdo!

  12. OMGoodness I thought i was the only person left in the world who uses handkerchiefs but only for wiping one's brow or wet hands or teary eyes (I have my kneenex for any snotty/dirty jobs) oh yeah!

    Rory and Stella are just the cutest!!!!!

  13. No, don't like keep reinfecting your hands every time you blow your nose...yuck. Maybe Rory just thinks you taste good.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  14. No hankies here but mind you not such a problem these days with washing machines. Pip gives me a facial in the mornings. Arrh love. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  15. Our mom has a whole drawer full of hankies that Gram has given her. Gram never used anything but hankies! Mom now uses them as bandanas on Autumn and Francesca, the Wheelies. We just love your slobber pictures!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  16. brudder does dat to me too!!!!!!!!!! Da vet tech found it kinda unusual since he is supposedly da alpha....whatever.
    But it's betters than a baff.

    Mum rememebers her grandpeeps usin' hankies. And if wasn't readily available her grandma would spit on her finger and wipe dirt or whatevers off her face. No wonders mum is such a germaphobe now.


  17. Dawling Stella

    Believe it ow not, but Mommi and Daddi awe so old that they still use handkewchiefs, but thank dog the machine gets to wash them, but honestly, I think Wowy's lovely tongue would be much pwefewable. I think he must do a splendid job and I bet yoow face is clenew than clean
    Smoochie kisses

  18. mom said she can remember about this nightmare... her mom spitted on a handkerchief and swabbed mom's face to remove leftovers of ice cream or unidentified substances... oh and the other kids laughed about her ( although their mom's did the same) I'm glad now we have tissues for removing my slobber without spitting ;o)

  19. Nope, no handkerchiefs in our home, but oh yes, I remember them from when I was young! As for Rory's big slobbery tongue, well, it does a good job, doesn't it?

    Interesting thing is that at our home, Forest is also a face cleaner. He only ever cleans blind puppy Breeze's face. With her undeveloped eyes, they sometimes get dirty (lack of proper tear ducts we think) and Forest will happily clean her face and eyes. Yesterday, she had a few scratches on her muzzle that were a bit bloody and Forest cleaned those up too. (No, she wasn't hurt, she seems to have very thin/sensitive skin on her face and easily scratches herself.)

  20. That is quite a tongue cleaner! We don't use handkerchiefs here - never have - but go through several boxes of tissues each week with the kiddos and Cocco making messes! Rory's tongue might be a useful solution and it sure makes us laugh :-)

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  21. Oh Dog, this was funny Our dad uses a handkerchief and mom has to wash them ewww she hates them, he loves them, and want to hear something really good errr gross. We like to find them hankies and eat them, before she washes them...BOL BOL BOL BOL BOL.... Oh are we ever familiar with the spit on a tissue BOL....... we love that you let Rory wash your face it's stinkin cute.

    The silvers and more

  22. Well at our house my dad uses one of those hanky things to wear on his head when he rides his harley...only it is sewn differently so it actually fits his mom says her grandma always ironed her hankies and just looking at one brings back the best memories...he grandma would always let mom take a turn at ironing them no matter how many holes she burnt in them...apparently that is when Mom started down that dark road of not being a good cook, crafter, sewer...oh you just name it. Anyway mom also remembers the old spit bathes she used to get, now we just use wet memories there...sigh......
    Mom has to wash our faces cos of the wrinkles...maggie trys to clean mine tho, usually when she is dragging me across the floor by a wrinkle.
    stella rose

  23. Yes! Mum remembers hankies. When she was a little girl and her granny used to iron, they were the only things Mum was allowed to iron - needless to say, her love of ironing has disappeared since then.
    Thank Dog there are tissues now, our stomachs are not up to washing real ones, blegh!
    Who needs tissues with Rory, ha.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  24. Nope, mums never had a hankie, just tissues, infact she doesn't even buy packs of tissues, just toilet roll BOL!!
    Those sloppy Rory kisses are very cute!
    Love Milo :)

  25. No hankies here. My dearly beloved would wash them, because he loves running the laundry machines. Go figure. But I'd have to iron them, and that's not happening in this life!

    xoxo Marjie

  26. Dane slobber is a pretty effective cleaner Stellie :) Mum used to have an embroied hankie when she was younger , but not anymore!


  27. Are you sure you didn't get a whole shower?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Online Doods

  28. You certainly had a thorough wash! We can report that hankies are used in our house. Mum hates tissues.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and winnie

  29. I have to admit we do carry nice, cotton handkerchiefs and I do wash and iron them...but use tissues when we have colds. I agree it's all pretty disgusting :-)

  30. Hi from North America - California to be exact!
    My Mommy #2 sometimes uses a handkerchief. It is handy for when she runs out of paper tissues because she has allergies and sneezes a lot. She never uses the cloth handkerchief on me, though.
    Love Noodles
    PeeEss, it was Peanut Butter I was licking off but it was originally on a spoon. I got some on my nose when I licked it off. To tell the truth, though, I am quite the Licky Lou and am often told to stop or endure the CONE.

  31. We too like it all when its quiet
    Stop on by for a visit

  32. Hoooow, so sweet !!
    You two really love each other, it's so heart warming !!

    Woos of love.

    Echo & Link

  33. Eeeeew the scrunched up hanky. Surely one of the worst things ever to wash. Scrunched up tissues are almost as bad and must be delicately picked up and tossed. Cushion always wonders why I find scrunched up snotty phelgmy things so icky. It's just like kissing isn't it? He says. The sharing of drool. Ha NOT!

  34. Hey Stella & Rory!
    Wow, what a funny, runny post! BWAR HAR HAR I gotta say my Mom draws the line at washing anything full of snot. Tissues in our house only. OMD this is funny! I totally love those face-washing pix. Gee, Stella, I guess you must taste delish! BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  35. Nah, hankies are pretty much dead as the dodo here. Mama has the same childhood memories as your mum and many of the commenters, including the 'learning to iron' experience. Mama is most grateful for kleenex - and paper towels.

    Rory is actually paying you an enormous compliment, Stella. And from the photos, you're thoroughly enjoying the attention. Jed likes to lick Abby's ears, and sometimes Abby will nibble on Jed's chest.

  36. I love me a good tissue to chew!!! My assistant's father still uses handkerchief! Isn't that funny, he may be the only one left in the world who uses them

    Your pal, Pip

  37. You certainly look MUCH cleaner after the washing (yeah, right)! Momma shares your mum's memories though about hankies; gave her a great laugh.

    Thanks so much for your support and understanding. We are honored that you continue to stand beside us as we fight the c made momma tear up with your words!

  38. Well I am clearly older then anyone else out here in Blog land!!! Yes at times I still use a hankie and Tom washes them for me--I have such a good husband!!! Tom always uses a tissue tho and I do too most of the time but I keep a hankie under my pillow and that is what I use at night!! LOL I also have 3 cats sandwiched up against me most of the night!! lol

  39. We have come to this post after reading your latest one, and it made us smile as our human-mum has old sentimental hankies that she hasn't used for over 25 years, but doesn't want to throw out as they were embroidered and have memories of grandparents who gave them to her. She uses tissues, but this year her doctor told her while she was coughing into a paper tissues in the doctors office (as she had a horrible bark) it was best not to use tissues or hankies as germs get on the hands and then get spread to other people but instead the new doctor told her to sneeze or cough into her arm/elbow. Yuck... snotty clothes to wash, and not a good look when you meet someone. She still mainly she uses paper and washes her paws even more now. I think she will develop an OCD about washing her hands after using tissues. Our human dad uses tissues, but still takes a old fashioned handkerchief with him in his work clothes each day. Mum hates washing them, and holds them by the edges! Enzo and I don't use tissues, but when our mum sits down Enzo will check her pockets to see if he can find a paper tissue (clean or snotted) to steal and eat!



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