Monday, February 1, 2016

DOGS SHOULDN'T PLAY POKER




First a quickie mention about a friend of mine. Saturday night I got a call from the past. A good friend and former co-worker called out of the blue.  It was wonderful to hear from her and to get caught up on folks I hadn't seen in 10 years since I came to Arkansas.

However she was the bearer of a bit of bad news.  One of the nicest people I know is having and extra hard time now.  When I worked with her she was a joy to work with. Marsha is one of the nicest, most positive people I know. While I was working with her, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This is a brutal disease but Marsha and her husband handled that crippler with courage and positivity. She is one of those "shiny persons" I wrote about earlier. She has not let cancer, MS, heart trouble or diabetes dull the shine.

It seems right now she is facing the need for ventricular pump surgery. This is an artificial  heart pump that will buy her time as they await a transplant. All her medical problems have tapped the family out and they are now seeking help on a "Go Fund Me" account .  If you care to, check out the link and maybe send some good thoughts her way. Thank you so much.

On a lighter note--- dogs playing poker.

I recently got a new follower--what a treat after all the disappearing ones lately thanks to Google.  Anyway, I visited "Rick Watson's" site and enjoyed it. His post got me thinking.

Dogs should never play poker--regardless of what those silly paintings infer. They instantly wear their emotions on their faces. They could never bluff.

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Pretty certain that is "I'm sorry."
Someone just peed the carpet and is soooo ashamed.
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I feel pretty, oh so pretty. 
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You looking at me? You looking at ME?
" Hey Sweet Thing, you come in here often?"
"You know that ticks me off so just stop it". 
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"You have 10 seconds to back off."
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"Do I look like I care?"  

"No doubt about it, life is good."

All pictures courtesy of Google Images

As you can easily see, dogs could never hide the fact that they are holding a full house, aces high.  One of the reasons we love them so-- no deception.

40 comments :

  1. For you to post that "Go Fund Me" link for your friend shows your deep devotion. I will hold her and her family in my prayers.

    The dog faces are wonderful and I do love the Great Dane. Looks like my son's dog Clancy.

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    1. Annie,
      Thank you so much. Prayers do work, I know.
      I love the Dane also. One of my favorite breeds.

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  2. The dog with the painted on eyebrows cracked me up, it reminds me of my younger daughter. :D

    I'm terrified of dogs, I know what a wuz, not so cool now, but I can appreciate them on photos!

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    1. Joey,
      I know you are frightened of dogs so I worried about this post and you. So glad the eyebrows tickled you. Me too.

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  3. I am so sorry about your friend. I think the worst thing about aging so far is the suffering and shrinking of friends and family.
    The dogs, though--what a tonic. The captions perfectly match the faces.
    I was instantly drawn in by your title because my dad had the picture of those poker playing dogs hanging on the wall. He had also penciled in the names of his poker playing buddies. Brought back memories--one of the nicer things about aging.

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    1. Olga,
      Some people just get piled on don't they?
      So glad you enjoyed the dogs. I remember the first time I saw that painting. It was so funny.

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  4. Yes, those dogs definitely have expressions that let us know what they are thinking, all right. I love the guilty ones. I'll go check out that site, because it's you, Patti. :-)

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    1. Djan,
      They can't hide much can they? Thank you so much for checking out the site. You are the best.

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  5. Prayers to your friend, I will check out the site.

    even if a dog has a poker face, their tail would give their hand away.

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    1. joeh,
      Thank you so much. Prayers can make a difference.
      Ha ha, you are so right about that tail thing.

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  6. Really sorry to hear about your friend. I'll head over to the site too. True about doggies, they really let you know exactly what they are thinking and feeling. It's why we love them so much.

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    1. robin,
      Thank you for checking out the site and yes, dogs don't deal in deception which is a major asset.

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  7. I so want another dog. I'll take the little guy that peed on the carpet.

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    1. Linda,
      I hope you cave--I did. I have seen that exact expression on many a puppy. They know when they have failed.

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  8. In comparison, it's hard to tell what cats are thinking. Dogs do wear their hearts on their furry sleeves.

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    1. Stephen,
      You are so right. Cats have mastered the bored and the "you are not my equal expressions". Gotta love their moxie.

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  9. I'm keeping your friend in my thoughts and prayers and I send lots of healing energy to her. So sweet of you to post about her Go Fund Me page!

    Those dog pics all made me laugh. You are so right, there is no such thing as poker faces when it comes to dogs ;)

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my gratitude post! You are right - looking at what's positive in any given situation helps us deal with it so much easier.

    Have a wonderful week, Patti.
    Sending lots of hugs to you,
    Beate

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    1. Beate,
      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I know for a fact they work.
      Positivity is a valuable tool for our health and well being.

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  10. I wonder sometimes why certain people are asked to bear such crosses? Their problems makes my own issues seem so miniscule. Dogs are the perfect companions because you always know what they're thinking!

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    1. Barb,
      I know. My own situation seemed so minor after hearing what she is enduring. It often seems like the really good get hit the hardest.

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  11. So sorry to hear about your friend... God Bless her --and the family.

    Love the doggie pictures---all of them...

    Didn't know about the Blogger changes... Guess I'm not blogging enough these days...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy,
      Thank you for the good wishes.
      As for Blogger, it is really Google that is deleting followers who are not signed in to Google. Bad Google.

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  12. So sorry about your friend.

    That last photo looks just like our Lucy.

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    1. NCMountainwoman,
      Thank you.
      I thought of Lucy when I found that photo. I couldn't find a source. It might be her.

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  13. Oh my gosh, those dogs are hilarious. I have never met a dog that did not have the sweetest eyes...I swear you can see right into their soul.
    I am sorry about your friend...will lift her in prayer.

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    1. Terri,
      Thank you so much. Prayers do lift us.
      Don't you wish our politicians were as guileless and as easy to read?

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  14. So sorry to read about your friend. Will send prayers that way.
    Dogs are the best! Love the Dane. Once on the way home from WA I saw a man exercising 5 beautiful Danes (on leads) on the verge. Wonderful sight.

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    1. Brighid,
      Thank you so much for your prayers. I do believe they help to heal.
      Danes are magnificent and I have owned a few. Can't imagine 5 on leads however. They had to be well trained.

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  15. I assume wagging his tail would be a dead giveaway that your dog had a good hand!!

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    1. Fran,
      Even that dour lookin Dane would give it away with his tail.

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  16. So sorry to read about your friend, my dear Patti----I have a dear friend struggling right now, too....Prayers go a long way and I will include your friend in mine.....

    Those dogs are adorable! I love the one who peed on the rug. Poor little guy.....Dogs have so much personality, don't they?

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    1. Naomi,
      Thank you and I too believe prayers go a long way. I will include your friend in mine. God will know who they are.
      I have seen that same look on any puppy I have housebroken. They just know how to ask forgiveness.

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  17. I love these pictures! I don't think I'll ever tire of smiling dog photos. :)

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    1. Mary lee,
      Me either. What is not to love.

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  18. Loved the photos and captions! That little puppy pee-er looks so pitiful, doesn't he? lol! What a cutie.
    I'm sorry about your friend, I will go check out the link. And prayers will be said for her.
    Take care and have a great day. The sun is shining here for a change!

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    1. Cheryl,
      Thank you and all prayers are gratefully welcome.
      He really has mastered the guilty/sorry look hasn't he?

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  19. Wonderful! No hidden agendas there for sure and total loyalty. That's what I love the most....:)

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    1. TB,
      I couldn't agree with you more. Aren't we lucky to have them in our lives?

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  20. Whoever labeled the dog pictures did a good job !! too funny.

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    1. Ginnie,
      Yep, that was me. Glad you liked them.

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