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Dumbledore's Army
Reviews for: Barking Mad
Review(s): 12

Reviewer: Zia MontroseDate: 2006-07-15
Reviewid: 144169Chapter: 1
Oh dear, you MUST have a dog. I just laugh out loud when I read these.

pink bedroom slippers and...

"Great stinking piles of dragon dung!"

And you get the idea that Sirius is just having WAY to much fun as Padfoot in this piece...from the pie, to thwarting Lucious, to sleeping on the bed, to hamming it up for Remus at the end.

Well done! : )

Reviewer: OSUSprinksDate: 2006-06-22
Reviewid: 143586Chapter: 1
I love that these are all one shots and can stand alone, but that you are slipping in bits of their pasts as the series goes along. I had read moonette's story a while back and was so sad to see it end that way. I hope Remus can be happy! Thanks for sharing.

Oh and I loved Snuffles to the rescue and her way of stopping the henchmen!

:) OSUSprinks

Reviewer: Reader 2Date: 2005-12-15
Reviewid: 137221Chapter: 1
Quite Good, Again.

Reviewer: jncarlinDate: 2005-10-05
Reviewid: 133801Chapter: 1
Another sweet addition to the series. No one wants to be on the wrong end of Lucius Malfoy--but she handled herself well.

QUOTE: “All night?” The gentleman watches me pet the dog. He shuffles his feet and stuffs his hands in his pockets. “With you?”

“Yes.” I nod. “He was the perfect watchdog. Never left my side.”

A crease appears on the gentleman’s forehead. Then his brows rise, as if in sudden understanding. His cheeks and ears redden. He stares down at the dog with a look of mortification. What could he be thinking?

--That's my favorite part. Remus doesn't seem too happy that Sirius stayed "at her side" all night long. Jealous maybe?

Reviewer: Eudora HawkinsDate: 2005-08-09
Reviewid: 129453Chapter: 1
I just wanted to add my thanks to asd, Arwen999, and McGonagall's cat for your kind reviews.

asd, you asked about Remus and Catherine? Well, at this point the tale is not quite finished. You'll have to wait for the final chapters.

Eudora

Reviewer: McGonagall's CatDate: 2005-08-07
Reviewid: 129228Chapter: 1
Lovely story. The beginging of the first paragraph is a bit rough and almost put me off continuing, but the rest of this is delightful!

I hope you continue the storyline, this could go lots of interesting directions!

Thank you for a nice tale.

Reviewer: Arwen999Date: 2005-08-07
Reviewid: 129216Chapter: 1
Hi! Ok, I'll resist to the temptation to read "A Novel Kind of Hero" first and I'll start with this short-story! After all, it's the logical sequel of the previous short-stories I read...

[Quote]"The pooch regards me for a moment, his head cocked to one side as if he’s sizing me up. His black ear falls over one eye with a sort of rakish abandon. His mouth hangs open in a panting grin. I wonder what he’s thinking."[/Quote]

I also wonder what he's thinking. But I'm not surprised he's grinning!

[Quote]"Before I can blink, the huge beast bolts past me into my bookshop. A trail of muddy paw-print puddles marks his path."[/Quote]

Why am I not surprised again? I hope he won't mess the bookshop up! (although I think he will).

[Quote]"The mud vanishes in a series of pops, but large sudsy puddles dot the floor. The dog cocks his head. One ear gives a soggy flop against his head, a comical pose. The grey eyes spark with mischief. I see the tremor travel down his flank moments too late. He gives his fur a shake, sending water flying everywhere.

I mutter an Impervious Charm in the nick of time. A thousand invisible umbrellas shield my precious books from the storm. Me? I’m not so fortunate. Icy droplets spatter my clothes and cling to my nose and eyelashes."[/Quote]

Ewwww! Exactly what I fear when I'm with a dog. I wish I could use that Impervious Charm too! I wouldn't have let Sirius enter the shop anyway (dogs scare me)... Glad for him that Miss Smyth is not as scared as I am! (although she already regrets having made him enter ^^).

[Quote]"He’s only a pup, after all."[/Quote]

Yes, LOL, only a pup...

[Quote]"Smells of wet dog, reminiscent of old, sweaty gym socks, fill my shop. I sniff and grimace. As dysfunctional as my olfactory senses are, even I can’t abide that. Imagine the effect on my customers. Business isn’t brisk, as it is."[/Quote]

Ewww again. Smells of wet dog... That woman is very courageous!

[Quote]"I wave my wand at the pooch and utter an incantation. Poof! My eyes widen in surprise. Oh dear, I may have overdone that drying spell a tad. His ebony fur sticks straight out, the whole lot. The dog’s head resembles a gigantic black Puffskein with a great pink tongue hanging out in front."[/Quote]

Very funny!!!

[Quote]"The pooch arches his back and leans into my massaging fingertips, begging for more. I oblige, fingers flying to smooth down the fur along his flank. My efforts tame the wild strands of black fur standing at attention. His muscles relax under my touch. My hands stroke his muzzle and the velvety softness of his ears. His pink tongue licks at my fingertips. Dog kisses. Cheeky thing."[/Quote]

Cute, although I don't like dogs (Ok, maybe it's because it's Sirius ^^).

[Quote]"What harm could he possibly do in a couple of minutes?[/Quote]

Hmmm... Break everything in the flat, maybe? Going for a pee on the walls? (Sirius is not what we can call well behaved!)

[Quote]"I climb the stairs and enter my flat just in time to catch him slinking from the bog of all places. Sounds of rushing water gurgle down the plumbing. The dog eyes me with an almost guilty look. What is it with this dog and water?

“Naughty boy.” I wag a finger at the pooch. “Have you been drinking from the toilet? Honestly, I can’t leave you alone for a minute.”

The dog’s brows shoot up with a look that I could swear is surprise. Perhaps I’m mistaken. I glance from the dog to the bog, then back again. No water drips from his chops. But what, in Merlin’s name, was he doing in there?"[/Quote]

It made me burst into laughter!!! So maybe he didn't use the walls after all... Sirius must feel mortified by her comment! LOL

[Quote]"I’ve half a mind to give the dog a swat with that paper, but he’s bigger than I am. He bares his teeth with a surly growl, but then slinks off my chair and settles himself on the hearth rug, taking his paper with him."[/Quote]

As I said, Sirius is not well behaved... ^^ But it's funny to see him take her chair and read the papers!

[Quote]"Luscious McFly, that pure-blood vixen, is working her Machiavellian plan on Heath, our intrepid hero. Luscious is a villainess so unprincipled, so devious, that her plunging necklines are the only things lower than her scruples."[/Quote]

LOOOOLLLL Luscious McFly... well, it really sounds like Lucius Malfoy! That's a good name! Now I really wonder who the author of the novel is!!! And is she really a woman? Now, I'm wondering if it couldn't be Lupin? Just a thought.

[Quote]"A short time later, savory smells of steak and kidney pie waft through the flat. I set the pie on top of the counter to cool. Steam rises in slender tendrils from the golden crust, brown gravy oozing through the vents. I inhale, allowing the meaty scent to fill my nostrils. My cozy kitchen has never felt more like home."[/Quote]

Now my stomach growls too. I'm hungry!

[Quote]"“Don’t touch that pie,” I hiss at the dog through clenched teeth as I brush past.

The dog slinks into the kitchen out of sight. I know what he’s thinking. The nuisance is going after my dinner, while I’m occupied with visitors."[/Quote]

Yes... Say Goodbye to your dinner, Miss Smyth!

The visitor is Malfoy, isn't he?

[Quote]"I feel the hard edge of my romance novel against my leg, pinching my thigh. My fingers fish it from the cushions. I glance down at the brawny man on the cover. I’ve no Heath to rescue me now. I must do this on my own, but how? I steel my resolve. What would Heath do? Make a plan. Stall for time."[/Quote]

The best way to find an idea... ^^ although I doubt Miss Smyth will find a great idea now.

[Quote]"The great black hound bounds from the kitchen like Cerberus from the bowels of Hades. He plants himself between me and my attackers, teeth bared, hackles raised. He snarls, a low, rumbling, menacing growl."[/Quote]

I wouldn't like to be one of the attackers now. Scary!

[Quote]"“Great stinking piles of dragon dung!”"[/Quote]

LOOOLLL How to make Malfoy run away!

[Quote]"The dog barks, a loud laughing howl."[/Quote]

So much in the character!

[Quote]"I look up from my handiwork to find that my canine companion has disappeared. Where has he gone? Oh, Merlin, not my steak and kidney pie!

I race to the kitchen. The great brute has his front paws on the counter. His nose lies buried in the pie tin.

“Oh, for Merlin’s sake!” My hands return to my hips.

The pooch looks up from his meal and regards me with a mischievous glint in those grey eyes. Brown gravy drips from the hairs on his chin. A great panting grin appears on his face. My dinner is ruined."[/Quote]

So much in the character too! ^^

[Quote]"A brawny man gazes at me from the cover of the romance novel propped on my roll top desk. I think of the handsome gent who wandered into my bookshop on Valentine’s Day. A wan smile works over my lips. We’re all chasing after something in our dreams, are we not?"[/Quote]

And Lupin is a very good thing to dream about... ^___^

[Quote]"My breath catches in my throat. It’s him! The handsome writer who visited my shop on Valentine’s Day."[/Quote]

Hehe... A good surprise, although she hasn't taken care of her looks... (ouch!)

[Quote]"“Hello,” I say, aware that my voice has gone an octave too high."[/Quote]

LOL Ah, emotion, emotion... ^^

[Quote]"A crease appears on the gentleman’s forehead. Then his brows rise, as if in sudden understanding. His cheeks and ears redden. He stares down at the dog with a look of mortification. What could he be thinking?"[/Quote]

Funny!!! How embarrassed Lupin must feel!

Liked the conversation between Lupin and Sirius. So Sirius tried to help Lupin with his love life? Guess he managed to help, considering Lupin's final reaction! Good dog! (although Lupin could say that he doesn't have time for tea).

Anyway, I loved that short-story too! It was really cute and amusing! Again, very good job!!! Very in the character(s)! ^^

Reviewer: asdDate: 2005-07-30
Reviewid: 128261Chapter: 1
What on earth happened to Catherine and Remus? I read Lonesome Love, and they were happily married. . .

Reviewer: Eudora HawkinsDate: 2005-07-15
Reviewid: 127249Chapter: 1
Thanks to all who have read and special thanks to April, Patricia Shea, and Gabriella DuSult for your kind reviews. You've made my whole week!

Many thanks,
Eudora

Reviewer: AprilDate: 2005-07-13
Reviewid: 127044Chapter: 1
Lovely story! You have a wonderful way of describing things and i love the little details -- the Transylvanian clock, the marquee, Sirius' appearance. The --heeheehee-- way Sirius looks after the overzelous drying charm. Oh the mental image, LOL! Enjoyable.

Reviewer: Patricia SheaDate: 2005-07-13
Reviewid: 127034Chapter: 1
Ahhhh! Really enjoyed this. Immediately liked Ms Smyth with the first tale..... but liking her better all the time. So good of Padfoot to rid her of Malfoy & his minions even if only temporarily. Looking forward to more of this story... & wishing her & Remus luck!

Now to check out that link....

:) Patricia

Reviewer: Gabriella Du SultDate: 2005-07-11
Reviewid: 126835Chapter: 1
Love it! So great moonette gave you the loan of Catherine (makes me sad, though). What I really want to know is the true identity of Wanda Witherspoon. McGonagall? Dumbledore? Emmeline Vance? I must know!

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