Smiles For Crazy Dog People!

I’ll be traveling to the desert in a few days to visit my parents and my “little sisters” Grace and Jada, their beloved shih-tzus. They are precious, and my folks are absolutely devoted to them. In fact, it was difficult to get them to visit for the holidays since they have a hard time leaving those poochies at home with a sitter. So Smiles For crazy Dog People is for folks like us who think our pups are the cat’s pajamas (wait…what?). You know what I mean.

Smiles For Crazy Dog People!

Funniest dog quotes! Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge? Jerry Seinfeld quote. #dogs #quote #funny
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Cozy Spaces to Chill

Funny dog quote from comedian Rita Rudner. I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. #funny #dogs #humor #quote
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What My Mama Should Order Immediately!

Clever & For the Kitchen or Bath!


Funny dog quote: I feel sorry for people who don't have dogs. I hear they have to pick up food they drop on the floor. #funnyquote #dogs #humor
It’s hard for me to not think about my Bella everytime I drop something yummy! Pin me!

So Darling I Can Hardly Stand It!

I Own This Classic!

I Mean. Dog Spelled Backwards…

Sweetest dog quotes! You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. Robert Louis Stevenson. #dogs #quote #robertlouisstevenson
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To err is human--to forgive, canine. #dogs #funnyquote #humor
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And Isn’t ‘Mr. Peanut’ a Darling Name for a Wee Pet?

A Quote from Moi

Funny dog quote by Michele: Oh, our precious dogs! Who else in our live acts like George Clooney just walked into the room every single time we come home? #hellolovelystudio #funnyquote #dogs #humor
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Keepin’ it Classy

Why, Yes, Wind Chimes.

Smile. Aint it the Truth?

Funny dog quotes! There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. Ben Williams. #dogs #funnyquote #humor
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I Love This & Don’t Even Have a Golden!

Is the Pope Scottish?

A Neuroscientist Qualifies It!

In this book, Gregory Berns reveals how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

He’s So Uniquely Offbeat!

Funny dog quote by Steven Wright: I spilled spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone. #funnyquote #dogs #humor
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Have You Seen This?

I visited a breeder of shihtzus recently, and she uses these in the puppy pen to get the pups used to going potty on grass – she said it works like a charm!

Get Your Puppy Fix This Second

For Doggone Lovers of White Decor

Hard to Argue With This…

Funny dog quote: If your dog doesn't like someone, you probably shouldn't either. #funnyquote #dogs #humor
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Ever Used One?

When You’re Mad for Plaid!

Remembering Bella Luna

Our girl flew to heaven three years ago, and we think of her with joy every single day because she added so much rich love to our lives. We named her for our favorite thing: the beautiful moon.

She always wore a top knot, insisted on drinking from the faucet (not my fault!), and could do more fancy tricks than you can imagine (including praying and waving hi). Her favorite activity her entire life was chasing a white balloon around our home so they were always in plentiful supply, adding a party atmosphere to even the most mundane rainy days.

What a beauty and a blessing you were, Bella Luna!

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She Was Painted by an Amazing Artist

Artist Cindy Austin, whose work you are probably acquainted with, painted our baby as a gift – this masterpiece hangs on the wall in our home as a treasured, priceless heirloom.

If you have ever seen images of the beautiful cow painting of ‘Eulalie’ in blogger Marian’s home (Miss Mustard Seed), then you have seen more of Cindy’s gorgeous work!

Oh, Cindy, how did you pack so much love and beauty into one canvas!?!

Oil portrait of Bella Luna by Cindy Austin

We Haven’t Adopted a Pet Yet

I’m sure we will adopt again, but we are taking our time as we know ourselves. We’re devoted dog freaks and once we give our hearts away again, we’ll be ALL IN.

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Ever Considered a Watercolor Portrait of Your Pet?

Years ago, I discovered a wonderful artist in Bojano, Italy (Irene of Dimdi) to paint Bella Luna. Then, one Christmas, I commissioned her to paint portraits of all of my siblings’ pets – and they absolutely treasure the gifts!

Watercolor portrait of Bella Luna – click for ordering info from Dimdi

Alastair & Angus of Trove

I love visiting these Westies who help run the vintage shop Trove – see it HERE.

Westies at Trove in Rockford, Illinois!


This Post is About Smiles, and Oh, the Smiles That May Come When We Are Rescued, Comforted, and Learn to Trust Again!

YOUR TURN: Is there a sweet dog in your life now or ever who brought happiness? It would be an honor to hear all about them!

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Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Debbie
    January 8, 2019 / 5:42 am

    We lost our last Miniature Schnauzer last August, and still feel his presence here every day. He was the second Schnauzer for us, and we hope to find one again. We had him for fourteen years. Schnauzers are wonderful, no-shed dogs – very intelligent and fun.

    Yes, we miss him at meal time – especially when the grandkids eat with us!

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 7:47 am

      So sorry for your loss. I’m so glad you can feel him, and I know just what you mean. Do they leave big parts of themselves behind or are they still here in spirit? I’m not sure about the mechanics of the mystery. Thank you for sharing your heart. xox

  2. Lynn
    January 8, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I love your blog, and have many favorite posts, but this tops it for me. It started my day in a wonderful way. Thank you!

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 7:46 am

      Yay! I don’t think we can celebrate our fur babies often enough. Kittycats too! Thanks for playing along, friend.

  3. Deb Wostmann
    January 8, 2019 / 8:34 am

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now and while all your posts have been wonderful this one has captured my heart. We’ve been fortunate to have had many amazing dogs in our life – our resident Golden, Reese, was a rescue whom we adopted at 10 weeks and who is now in her twilight years at 11 years old. I can’t imagine our life before or after her and feel grateful for each day we get to have her in our lives. Now we foster puppies for Oregon Dog Rescue which has been so gratifying. Yes, it can be very hard to give them back but we are always comforted to know that we gave them a safe and loving home until they find their furever homes. Thank you for pointing out how important our pets become to us and become such an important part of our families. Happy 2019 to you and I look forward to following along this year.

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 9:22 am

      Oh, I’m so so glad to hear about your Golden and how these creatures have enriched your life! They bring so much joy and ask for so little! Thank you for fostering these puppies and giving your heart away as you do. I can’t even imagine all the joy you are spreading as you find forever homes and make people and puppies happy! Thank you for adding to the beauty, lovely one.

  4. futuret
    January 8, 2019 / 9:29 am


    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 1:47 pm

      Awwwwww – that is heartwarming and amazing to see a monkey with a pup. I wonder how big the puppy grew to be!

  5. January 8, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    Michelle, have you tried Pet Gentle, the training device advertised to silence chronic barking in our dogs? If so, what is your opinion? The website on your blog is

    Thanks! ~ Jo
    [email protected]

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Hi Jo. No. I don’t know anything about it and am guessing the ad popped up based upon your individual browsing history. Our Bella was quiet as a mouse. 🙂

  6. January 8, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    Great post! I still miss my beloved Ralphie (golden retriever) who went to heaven 14 years ago. Dogs are simply the best!!! Love the Bella Luna portraits❤️

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 1:42 pm

      Awwww, thank you for sharing the sweetness of Ralphie’s memory with us. They are angels among us, yes?

  7. Joanna
    January 8, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    Border Collies are my love. They are smart, loyal, well behaved, and loving. They do require lots of exercise but so do I. 😉 They are easy to train and make great agility dogs. Both of mine (past & present) were also Therapy dogs and gave comfort to seniors in nursing homes and helped children get over their fear of canines. They bring joy to my heart!
    ~ Joanna

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 9:03 pm

      How lovely they sound – and what blessing and healing has come from their visits! Oh, the layer of beauty you have added here in sharing. Thank you!

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