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I got this in an email, and it's fairly cute:

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After awhile, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

I have two puppy pics. I'll try to get more. I took probably a dozen or more, but these dogs do not take decent pictures. Will try again when Josh gets his butt out of bed and helps me with their posing. :P

All Six Puppies

The one on the left (looking scared of the flash) is Josh's favorite. His coloring reminds me of Summer-dog, Achaiah's mom (he also appears to understand the importance of the Puppy Pads). The black w/white & brown up front (flanked by the twins) is the scaredy-cat of the litter. The black one laying down in the back is usually always laying down, and the fluffy guy in the back is the biggest and so extremely fluffy that we wonder if the dad was a St. Bernard - although Achaiah's "Grandad" was up for question; it was either a local St. Bernard or an Albino Husky, but when Achaiah came out all white, we figured it was the husky. Could have been wrong.

The twins

Hopefully I'll have more individual pics soon.


May. 5th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
so, so adorable! i have heard that little story before, and i've loved it each time! thank you for sharing! :3
May. 5th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) I've been wanting to ask you, is that you in your icon?
May. 5th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
ohhh, no, i wish. that's evangaline lily from LOST. isn't she stunnin'? :D
May. 5th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see. *feels silly* I don't watch a lot of TV.
May. 7th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh another LOST reference. See my Icon? I call it the Man of Faith. But unless you watched LOST (it's on DVD, girlie) you wouldn't know what the heck I meant. It's like... a whole series filled with double entendres. Every writer for that show (they worked on Alias before Lost, many of them, but I didn't see that) .. must have an IQ over 120 because they teach without teaching. It's very sneaky and fun to ponder. (Even if I wish they were devoting more time to getting off the damn island!)

Sorry didn't mean to threadjack.

May. 7th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
No problem! I've actually wanted to see that show, but I heard I needed to watch it from the first season, anyway. I'll have to keep an eye out for the DVD.
May. 7th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
yes definitely start at the beginning. Some of the first part is intense, so shield yourself a little, if you are feeling extra sensitive.

Girl I was IN Hawaii and I was going "Lost"? What's that? (it's filmed there and they had a big party in Waikiki for the cast) So I know what you mean about watching it "late". lol