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Friday, October 12, 2007

And Now for a Moment of Pure Joy

posted by on October 12 at 12:39 PM


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Quick! Get the 2x4!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 12, 2007 12:47 PM

What is that dog doing? Getting ready to attack some little old lady!!?? What a SICK picture and certianly NOT a moment of pure joy!!!


Posted by Just Me | October 12, 2007 12:47 PM

Look at that jaw - a baby killer for sure!

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 12, 2007 12:49 PM

AAAWWWW!!! Wook at de widdle puppy dawg hed!

Posted by NaFun | October 12, 2007 12:50 PM

ugh... looks like a mix between a pitbull and an inbred dalmation.

That CAN'T be good.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | October 12, 2007 12:53 PM

I'm so fucking happy now.

Posted by Catman | October 12, 2007 12:58 PM

Whatever. I guess. Just clean up it's shit and if it sniffs my nuts I kick it.

Posted by Animal Lover | October 12, 2007 1:06 PM

@5 - Yeah ... a pitbull, but much dumber.

Posted by Mahtli69 | October 12, 2007 1:08 PM

I quite enjoy the several droll remarks in response to this delightful picture. What a thoughtful way to brighten my day!

Posted by elenchos | October 12, 2007 1:14 PM

C'mon people! He is a dalmation, and the most mild tempered and affectionate dog around. This picture was taken while he was running across a field at a reunion for dalmatian rescues and he was having the time of his life. There's no need to be just plain rude in your comments.

Posted by Orig. Andrew's Partner | October 12, 2007 1:20 PM

The problem with dalmations is that unless they have exactly the right coloring they can be quite ugly.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 12, 2007 1:26 PM

Yippee, I'm inbred!!!!!

Posted by dre | October 12, 2007 1:28 PM

If it is inbred then it must be destoryed! We must preserve the purity of the race... opps that came out all wrong...

Posted by Just Me | October 12, 2007 1:32 PM

I love dogs. Our dog is a rescued standard poodle (to complete the stereotype), and he is fantastic. Thanks for sharing the happy puppy picture.

Posted by Michigan Matt | October 12, 2007 1:39 PM

Michigan Matt @ 14,

Thank you! Yes, that's our Kaleb Schmaleb, and he's just the sweetest, most fun-loving little guy.


He's a liver-spotted Dalmatian. We actually have two (!) and are so grateful for Seattle's many excellent dog parks.

Posted by Original Andrew | October 12, 2007 1:49 PM


The struggle to keep breeds "pure" is what leads to inbreeding in the first place.

Make a note of it.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | October 12, 2007 1:54 PM

OA - Yeah, I like seeing how happy your dog is to be cutting loose, unleashed. "Pure joy" seems just right.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 12, 2007 1:59 PM

@1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13

Thatís the best you can do?

Pathetic. I've read better on YouTube for fuck's sake.

Do I have to write a decent snark myself?

Posted by Original Andrew | October 12, 2007 2:07 PM

@15--You have dog parks in Seattle? We finally have ONE in Ann Arbor on the outskirts of town on top of an old land fill. And we have to pay to use it. Good times.

I'm glad we were able to rescue our dog when he was 2. He's now 7 and has been a great companion--especially when the husband travels. Plus he keeps the bed warm! Yay for dogs.

Posted by Michigan Matt | October 12, 2007 2:15 PM

Gee Original Andrew....have we upset you? Savage doesn't even get that defensive...

Posted by Just Me | October 12, 2007 2:16 PM

here's a tip: when you post just a title (which, in and of itself could be taken at face value or as sarcasm) and then only post a picture (pretty half-assed, btw) you're really asking for it. Especially when this picture could be taken as a dog joyfully running, or baring it's teeth ready to attack.

We don't have years of context to backup this photograph, so instead we're forced to create our own. The comments you see come out of each person's manifestation.

If you're sensitive about your dog, DON'T POST IT. (or at the very least fill us in on why it brings you so much joy.)

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | October 12, 2007 2:24 PM

@ 20,

No, just disappointed. I was hoping for some high quality haters.

Sheesh, do I have to do everything myself??

Posted by Original Andrew | October 12, 2007 2:25 PM

Makes me hungry for cookies n' cream icecream.

Posted by Dougsf | October 12, 2007 2:26 PM

@ 21,

Again, no it's that you can't come up with anything better.


Posted by Original Andrew | October 12, 2007 2:27 PM


Shut up.

@18, 22, 24


Posted by Mr. Poe | October 12, 2007 2:36 PM

Dalmations are certainly NOT "the most mild tempered and affectionate dog around." I've been around a lot of dogs, and the only one that's ever bitten me was a dalmation. So sorry, but that photo makes me recoil with horror.

From a random website, here are the good things:

* Is medium to large and built like a sleek athlete
* Has a short easy-to-brush coat
* Thrives on vigorous exercise and interactive family activities
* Is usually polite with everyone

But here's what you might have to deal with:

* An extra careful search to avoid all the neurotic Dalmatians
* Vigorous exercise requirements
* Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young or not exercised enough
* "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
* Aggression or fearfulness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
* Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
* Constant heavy shedding
* Serious health problems

Posted by Irena | October 12, 2007 3:15 PM

Yeah, dalmatians are usually really inappropriate pets. There was a glut of them in the shelters after "101 Dalmations" came out and everybody bought their stupid offspring one, only to have Precious sustain some serious bite wounds. They're really high strung and aggressive.

Posted by Fnarf | October 12, 2007 3:24 PM

I used to have a Weimeraner - they're great dogs, very loyal, hunt lions and won't stop.

But very empathic at the same time.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 12, 2007 3:26 PM

they have a rep for not being good with children, and for not being terribly bright, and for being deaf--that last one is the reason they were used as fire truck dogs, so the sirens and alarms wouldn't freak them out. or so i've heard repeatedly.

Posted by ellarosa | October 12, 2007 3:31 PM

Irena - that list applies to every dog.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 12, 2007 4:36 PM

I just realized I made a mistake -- you didn't claim ALL dalmations were good natured, just your own. Sorry, pup.

Still, the contrast between the title and the scary picture makes this so funny that I've decided it's the best post of the day.

Posted by Irena | October 12, 2007 4:51 PM

It is my favorite post.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | October 12, 2007 5:12 PM

I meant to comment on this earlier - great pic! But you really wanted to be ballsy while the boss is away you'd have posted a pic of a happy pit bull. But I'm PML at the comments describing how frightening this obviously overjoyed dog is in the picture.

Posted by genevieve | October 12, 2007 5:56 PM

Genevieve @ 33,

I know! Can you believe all the vitriol spewed at my sweet, joyous dog?

And the worst part is that the haters were all so third rate --at the very least I expected some sarcastic captions. If people are going to slam my post, I'd at least hope they'd make it interesting. Instead, I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes.

Honestly, the news is usually so depressing that I love seeing some happiness, so I thought the photo would be a good break.

Posted by Original Andrew | October 12, 2007 6:21 PM


You only rolled your eyes because it's your dog. And, I have yet to see you say anything remotely funny or interesting. What makes it worse is that you've made it poignantly clear that you "could have". Hack.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 12, 2007 6:27 PM

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