I Heart Hannah

This is a photo of my dog, Hannah, y’all. Like all Rottweilers, she is a big goof ball.  I was trying to take photo of these flowers from my back patio and she just had to get in the picture.

This week’s photo challenge on I Heart Faces is “pets.”

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own

You Capture My Favorite Kiss

I’ve been trying to participate in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way)  It’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week’s was “KISSES.” This week she is having a special software giveaway, so head on over there and check it out!

I have several photos of kissing going on around here. I have wedding kisses, prom night kisses, new baby kisses, kids kissing, men kissing dogs and even a moment of passion over morning coffee, but this photo is my all time favorite! This is Hannah, trying to give a kiss to one of my little grand dogs, “Chewy Pooie.” Technically, I guess you could say these two are “kissing cousins!”

Complete and Utter Doggy Bliss

Have y’all ever wondered what complete and utter joy looks like? You have? Well this is your lucky day!

I give you Hannah, in the throws of absolute doggy bliss….

She had never seen snow before, and she wasn’t too sure she wanted to, at first.

It wasn’t long before she decided it was pretty cool and great fun to run in!

She ran around with the enthusiasm of a young puppy, and that’s saying a lot for this six year old rottweiler, who has bad hips.

She helped Dad measure the snow. Three and a half inches!

This is the look that says, “COME ON, ALREADY! QUIT TAKING PICTURES AND TAKE ME FOR A WALK!”

Can’t you just feel her excitement? She was literally kicking up her heels!

She was playing Peek-a-boo through the leaves…

…and then, “Just try and catch me!”

She tried a sneak attack on Dad…

…then ran around me like a banshee. This madness is commonly known as “the zoomies.” Rottweiler puppies are famous for doing this. Six year old females with arthritis…not so much.

I hope you got a smile or two from these pictures. Is there anything more goofy than a happy dog? Her joy was so contagious.  It’s one of the simple pleasures in my life.

How To Make A Dog Happy

This week’s Spin Cycle topic is Happiness.

“Dogs are obsessed with being happy”
–James Thurber

“I lie belly-up In the Sunshine, happier than
You will ever be.”
– Author Unknown

Thank God we have a dog, y’all. What else would we do with ourselves on an unexpectedly warm day in the middle of January, if we didn’t have this 105 pound pile of constantly shedding black hair rottweiler following us around with this look, which we call The Look,  in her eyes:

…which obviously says, “Are you Freaking People EVER going to take me for a walk?”

It was crappy day, after all. Which means we had just worked four, twelve hour night shifts in a row, so we were feeling like, well, crap. Poor Hannah had spent all four nights curled up in her chair, alone. I figured after four nights of torment, the three of us would enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine. Plus, she was giving me The Look.

It’s so easy to make a dog happy, y’all. “Do you want to go for a ride in the truck?” gets this look of joy. You can’t see it in the picture, but she was actually trembling with joy.

And that makes me so happy, y’all.

Hannah has bad hips, so getting her into the back of our SUV is a bit of a project. But she is very patient with Dad, as he lifts her up. She does her part, of course, by flailing around like an octopus falling out of a tree.

“OK, I’m all in, let’s go! let’s go! let’s go! I’m ready to splatter your windows with slobber and bark at all the other cars!”

“I take back everything bad I said about you guys. I love you, Mom.”

So, without further ado, I give you Hannah’s Trip To The Beach…

“Dogs are our link to paradise.”
— Milan Kundera

“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.”
—Franz Kafka

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”
— Samuel Butler

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.”
–Aldous Huxley

“She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart.” –Author Unknown

“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”
– Milan Kundera

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman.The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”
—Edward Hoagland

“If the are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went”
–Will Rogers

I hope y’all all got happy on this little virtual walk with Hannah. I’ll leave you with just one more thought…

“Today I sniffed
Many dogs’ behinds. I celebrate
By kissing your face.”
–Author Unknown

A Thousand Words Thursday

So, I found another photography meme called A Thousand Words Thursday. It is hosted by Jen, at Cheaper that Therapy. I think she’s on to something, myself. The idea behind this one is to post a picture that is worth a thousand words. On Thursday. If it’s that easy, I’m all for it, y’all.

Here’s my picture for the day. Her name is Hannah, and she’s my baby. And yes, she’s one of those mean old Rottweilers. Can’t you just tell she’s viscous, from the look in her eyes? Y’all can fill in all the thousands of words that go with it by yourselves.

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