200 Words with Paul Dini #53 – Three Dogs, One Pillow

April 2, 2009

We originally bought the big burgundy pillow for Worf, who looked it over dubiously, tried it once and never wanted anything else to do with the awful thing. Maybe its softness hurt his back (he had two fused vertebrae) or more likely, as Worf had already claimed our bed as his own, sleeping on a mere dog pillow by the jukebox was an egregious loss of status for that particular Boston (terrier) Brahmin.  

When we later adopted Deuce and Mugsy (also Bostons, not so Brahmin) they found Worf’s neglected pillow and began fighting for sole ownership. Usually Mugsy, the bigger of the two, will simply nose Deuce off the cushion. Thus Deuce has to resort to subterfuge, such as barking at the horse next door in order to lure his brother away. Once Mugsy also starts barking at the horse (a patient but perplexed beast who never endured such vile treatment from Worf) Deuce will race back to retake the pillow, until his brother wises up and kicks him off it again.

No doubt the angel formerly known as Worf looks down from a cloud that resembles our bed and shakes his jowls with distain at the whole sorry affair.


Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/.


  1. I should send you the neglected pillow that my dog feels is beneath her as well.

  2. My wife and I have 5 dogs and every night it is a show/competition on who gets to share the couch with Mom & Dad, for TV time. 

  3. That is just too funny! I love Boston terrierPr

  4. My wife and I have two dogs and two pillows.  However only one pillow is every used.  The loser would rather sleep on the floor.  Dogs…

  5. I love the name Mugsy.  Reminds me of those gangsters in the Bugs Bunny cartoons.

  6. Aww…little pups just don’t know