Day 7 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil”

From the Sorting Hat’s Song, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, pg. 118.

So, which Hogwarts school house has Simon found himself sorted into?

Clearly, Simon is not a Gryffindor. This is a dog that limps when he steps on tiny pebbles and whines when he gets a bath with only lukewarm water.

He is definitely not a Ravenclaw. He just doesn’t seem to have the patience or attention span to devote to learning. During every training class we ever took him to, he would tire out within minutes of starting exercises and then just refuse to do anything. It always drove me insane!

Similarly, he is no Slytherin. That dog may try to act strong and tough, but again it only lasts for about five minutes until the real boss comes to assess the situation—of course, I’m talking about Rosee here.

So, that leaves only one wonderful possibility: Simon is a Hufflepuff.

Certainly, Simon exemplifies most of the well-known Hufflepuff character traits. He is loyal, always sticking to his people. He is just and fair-minded, always looking so incredibly sad if Rosee gets a treat and he hasn’t (though the delay in treat is simply due to the few seconds it takes to get another treat of the bag). He is also extremely friendly, never having met a face he did not want to lick.

Simon is a true Hufflepuff, and the color of his coat, a sort of yellowish-brown, has already got him close to wearing Hufflepuff’s signature colors proudly day-in and day-out!

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Seriously though, Simon loves everyone. He just wants to jump up and lick faces any chance he can get. Don’t get too low to the floor, because he’ll take advantage of your closeness and cover you with kisses!

Unlike his sister Rosee, Simon is very open and fair about his wants, likes, and play habits. If he wants his chew toy or bone, he simply sits in front of the container it is kept in and barks patiently for it. I’m pretty sure the boy doesn’t have a sneaky, clever bone in his body. And if he does . . . well, he’s not very good at keeping it concealed.

Simon also doesn’t mind a little hard work, always willing to take his humans out on increasingly longer walks—especially with the weather cooling down. Oh, how he loves his three mile walks every single day!

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He’s ready to keep walking!

His loyalty and love for his humans knows no bounds. No matter how taxing his day has been, he is always waiting on the couch by the door for his humans to get home from being out playing all day. (Seriously, he wants to know what they’ve been doing all day without him!)

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If only his humans could get home faster then he wouldn’t fall asleep waiting for them!

He is the perfect complement to his Slytherin sister Rosee, balancing out her slyness and determination with never-ending happiness and goodwill.

Now, if he could only get the Ravenclaws in the house to put down their books, and take him on even more walks . . .

Happy almost Halloween everyone!

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(I think he’s ready for this costume-thing to end.)

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