Last Night. This Morning. Just Now


Last night: I’m reading–my hand dangling over the side of bed–and Polo brings me his soccer ball. The one that squeaks when he puts it in his mouth. He uses his forehead to nudge me. Come play with me. That what the nudge says. I throw the covers off and chase him around the bedroom. We tire, then I scoop him in my arms and spweak doggie tawlk to mah luddle fuhwee munstah. I cuddle with him and sing him songs I make up. About soccer balls, treats, and mud baths. Before I turn out the light, JD hands me the soccer ball and asks if I want to play.

This morning: I lay on the floor and call out for Polo. After two hours of email, I need some snuggle time. We spoon and I rest my face in the crevice of his neck. JD tells me from a distance that I’m smothering him. I respond by asking him not to get jealous of our dog. JD clearly wants to be the Little Spoon.

A few minutes ago: Polo lays in my arms while I work in the office. And JD takes a picture. So I remember what it feels like to love a creature so fiercely.

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  1. Alex

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Polo is ADORABLE!!!! I feel like I know him! haha

  2. KateCraft

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    That is about the cutest doggy pic I have ever seen

  3. Carmen

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I am feeling ya. I do the same with my little poopers (not her real name) and my boyfriend is totally jealous. *-*

  4. Annelie Adams

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Awe, I love this picture!

  5. Cindy A.

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I love how you love.

  6. Amy Carson

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I too know this feeling all too well. Having a pet and knowing that kind of love is something so special.

  7. Elizabeth Langford

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Love it!

  8. lauren

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    the love of a dog is something else isn’t it?… so hard to explain, yet so special. It’s amazing that they love us so unconditionally.

  9. Lorna Roberts

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Awwww! Love it! I can soooooo relate to this post! Glad I’m not the only one who acts like this!

  10. Bridget

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    That is SO sweet! What a beautiful dog!

  11. jennifer beitchman

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Every chance I get during my day (usually when the baby is napping) I cuddle, pet and play with my dogs and remind them how much I love them. Mostly because its true and partly because I feel like I’m always telling them to go lay down when the baby is awake. Dogs rule.

  12. Kelli

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Polo rocks! I love my furry babies fiercely too, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. 🙂

  13. Sam

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    You sound just like my wife and our dog Tulip! And JD sounds like me – we both want to be the Little Spoon! By the way, just finished watching your Creativelive session it’s brilliant! Thanks.

  14. Yuliana

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Cute! My son saw the picture and said awwwwww! I want that dog!

  15. T Stark

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Precious! This may be my favorite picture of Polo – with his mommy! Just wait and see what happens if you have children. Talk about fierce! 🙂

  16. Brittany Schlamp

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Absolutely adorable! I’m the same way with my cat. She’s my furbaby.

  17. Amanda Eubank

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Polo is just too cute. My little girl just saw me reading this on my computer and said "Santa’s going to bring me that doggie" Great now she want a dog too. Thanks Jasmine! LOL 🙂

  18. Jess Robertson

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    this is so me and my puppy 🙂 we spoon every morning and my husband just laughs at us. i think he’s slightly jealous too! beautiful photo 🙂

  19. Artemis Clover: The real L.A. love story.

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    aww i miss my puppies so much! they are the perfect friends. just want some of your love. and your hair looks perfect in the morn! i sure dont wake up like that..

  20. Kimberly

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how much we love our little animals! I feel the same way about my cat Cinder. : )

  21. Sophie Delaveau

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Love that! Can you imagine the same photo with me and my dog (I have to tell you she is a golden retriever !) ?

  22. Tanja

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    aahh.. sweet 🙂

  23. Matthew Cotter

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    OMG! I love it! I love he’ll sit there while you work…

  24. Anne Ingman

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    My puppy is named Judy and I love her soooo much! She has no idea how good she has it with both my husband and I working from home 🙂 She gets random snuggle time during the day — just like Polo — when starring at the computer just gets to be too much.

  25. felicia gwen

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    You are going to make a really good mommy someday…if you choose to have babies!

  26. Maryana

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    OMG, this is insanely adorable!!!!

  27. Michelle - Shadowbear Photography

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Aww! Adorable! I know how you feel. I’m so in love with my dog. He’s my baby. Polo is so lucky to have you!

  28. Maryana

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    OMG! this is insanely adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!! sweet! perfect!

  29. Kayla S.

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    This is absolutely adorable! I love it!

  30. Erika

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    our pets are an extension of us arent’ they – my very loud lab – Wags is a part of our family 🙂 LOL!!! she takes after my husband . . . .except he doesn’t want to chase the UPS man 🙂

  31. Claudia

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    what a cutie! 🙂

  32. Amy

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love that pic of you and Polo! Makes me miss my pup’s. I had to give them away when we moved to Philly. And for what my 2 cents is worth, you have an amazing ability to connect with everyone on the web! Your awesome, Jasmine!

  33. Marshall Cant

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Jasmine: Just as I was reading this one of my "puppies" (I have three) came into my office, stood on my leg, and snuggled my neck and shoulder. Ain’t it great to have the whole "family" where you work?! Have a good day.

  34. Marta V

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    So adorable. I never can resist a cute dog face and Polo sure has one.

  35. nadya

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    too cute!! I am the exact way with my gizmo baby! I make up songs and sing to him and he gives me lots of kisses and my husband gets jealous lol. wheni am editing he sleeps on my lap or sometimes tries chewing on my desk! But i love him!!

  36. Em

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I do this all the time with mine. I don’t know what it is, but it just makes you melt to hold them like that. I swear they take their little paws and hug you back =]

  37. Deney

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    How do you keep a white dog so clean?! We have a Lhasa Apso and she only gives us a couple of hours after the groomers to enjoy her clean look. Also she has the tear stain problem 🙁

  38. Jamie Siever

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    There is nothing like a dog. I love how intensely you love yours; all dog lovers should be able to relate!

  39. Stephanie Stewart

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    LOVE this post! Polo is such a sweetie!!! You have a way with words. And photos. And life. And I love it all!

  40. sherry boles

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    That image is so absolutely adorable!! Precious, precious, precious!

  41. Dee

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    So adorable!

  42. Abigail

    November 17th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Oh my goshie! This is the sweetest post ever. Love it!

  43. A

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Seeing that picture makes me wish your next post will be a tour of your office!

  44. LEOLAK

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Now that I’ve met you and JD…I really want to meet Polo too…so I’m adding that to my list! Love this how you described your doggy love..since I can’t have one…this is pretty close to the next best thing! Thanks for sharing…HI POLO!

  45. Ivona

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Aww…He’s such a cutie! We just got our dog, Sasha, from the Humane Society less than a month ago and she is the best. dog. ever! I feel the same way about her as I do about cell phones and internet…don’t know how I ever lived without! Dogs are nothin’ but love, baby!

  46. cassandra-m

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    My FAVORITE post in awhile. 😉 just because I can relate . . .

  47. Christy Cundiff

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    That is too sweet, girl! Wonderful blog. = )

  48. Shannon

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I spend many an evening editing my pictures with my cat awkwardly cradled on my chest , asleep over my shoulder, or lying across the desk in front of me. Love is love.

  49. Desiree Cherisse

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    How cute! What kind of dog?

  50. Joshua Gull

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Man’s (and woman’s) best friend. I’ve got puppy fever again bad and this just reinforces it. Great shot.

  51. Deborah Zoe

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:44 pm


  52. Tamara

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    True love.

  53. amanda thiessen

    November 17th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    so sweet 🙂

  54. Gabriela

    November 17th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I love this picture, totally remins me of my dog…

  55. amy

    November 17th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Haskins this is just the sweetest thing ever. It made me cry.because these are the moments to never made me think about my doggie that I had.thank you for capturing your moments

  56. MelissaFoscardo

    November 17th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    This is pretty much what I do with my little girl too! I never want anyone to tape record me talking to her, though. It’s just for her ears…and my hubby’s…only. Plus, I don’t think it would translate well to audio 🙂

  57. Crystal

    November 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    He is one darn cute doggie!


    November 17th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I feel the same way about my Alice! I’m totally, head-over-heels, crazy about her.

  59. Sam@Shuttersnap

    November 17th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    What a cute photo!

  60. Shelley

    November 17th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    LOVE. this. post. Can’t wait to get home and hug my dogs now.

  61. Life with Kaishon

    November 17th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Isn’t love grand? : )
    Cutest. Dog. EVER!

  62. Amy Turner

    November 17th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I think this is one of my favourite posts ever. I wish I had a Polo in my office 🙂

  63. Robyn

    November 17th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Jasmine, I love this post! So much. This is exactly how I feel about my dog, Sundancer, too. Thank you for being you. And tell Polo that Sundancer says holla!

  64. diane (

    November 17th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Isn’t pet love so sweet and precious! You can actually see the love he has for you in his eyes. Adorable.

  65. Diana Lupu

    November 17th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Cutest. Thing. Ever. If i had to come back as somethin’ else, I’d SO come back as Polo… look how content he looks!! 🙂

  66. Pua

    November 17th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    SO sweet!! Polo is adorable.

  67. Elizabeth

    November 17th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Polo is so spoiled!!! I love it!!!

  68. Rebecca

    November 18th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Love love love it. One of my dogs taps me on my leg at the same time every morning to say he wants a cuddle, and the other drops a ball at my feet and head butts me till I throw it. Dogs really are the best friends ever! 🙂 Happiness is a warm puppy.

  69. michelle carrillo

    November 18th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    LOVE this! I was just thinking about this last night, while editing… I was getting into a good flow of things, but my lil pooch was sitting under my desk, nudging my legs, and giving me THAT look. The one that can’t be ignored. And so I put my work on hold, to offer up my lap for a snooze. Must be love.

  70. Evie Perez

    November 18th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    This is so sweet!!! Ladies best friend 🙂 I want a dog.

  71. Talar

    November 18th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    This has got to be one of my fave photos. Look at the love on Polo’s face. And – yes – they do love us and – yes – they do understand the baby speak we speak to them 🙂 So, so sweet <3

  72. Victoria O'Connor

    November 18th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    My cat (who thinks he’s a dog) does all the same things as Polo; and he likes to sleep with his head on my face, like a human pillow. And he makes laugh so hard when I’m baking with flour and look away for just a minute – when I turn around I see his all black face covered in white flour and a look that tells me he thinks he got away with it!!

  73. Studio Hera Bell

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:51 am

    You are such a great story teller, and love that shot JD took.

  74. Christina Juleson

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    OMG…we must be on the same wave length.. I just completely blogged almost about the same thing. Cute pic!

  75. s h e r r y

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:58 am

    AHH! Polo is SO cute! 😀

  76. Krysta

    November 18th, 2010 at 5:05 am

    That is adorable! Polo looks so cute there.

  77. Leani Holmes

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Just look at that facey! Love this post, I feel exactly the same about my doggy!

  78. Juli L.

    November 18th, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Awww, so cute! 🙂

  79. Emily

    November 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am


  80. Bee

    November 18th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Can’t look. I looked. It’s so adorable I die. Die with love. Sharing in the little white pooch love. <3

  81. Kristina F

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    My dog, Tottee, does the same exact thing and I swear my boyfriend is so jealous of him. He likes to be carried like a baby with his head over my shoulder too and If I try and put him down he tried to cling to me. So cute!!

  82. Cristina

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This is wonderful!! I often have one of my lovely Poodles on my lap as I work (I have two and a Labrador) They are the best friends and make every day a brighter one 🙂

  83. jeramy

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    it’s hilarious to me that i understood every word of your doggie talk. 🙂 too much!

  84. Abbey

    November 18th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Wow! This photo really makes me want to get off the fence and just get a dog! You can totally feel his love for you in this picture.

  85. naomi chokr

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    i know exactly how you feel!! i love my dog so much!! i dont even want to get out of the bed if he is still sleeping… they are just soo cute and cuddly and sweet and perfect!!

  86. Shannon Gray

    November 18th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I think I make dogs have separation anxiety…happened with my with my chihuahua and shihpoo…I am a cuddler…can’t help it 🙂 Polo is so cute!

  87. Eileen

    November 19th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I just love dogs. Mine is my best friend in the whole world.

  88. Jenna Danelle

    November 19th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Polo is such a cutie!!! I could just cuddle him through the computer screen!

  89. Lydia

    November 19th, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Love! The life of a dog owner. It doesn’t get any better than that!

  90. Photo Painting

    November 19th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Very nice indeed..would look great as photo painting . You can contact me if interested in a collaboration with painting artists for your clients’ photos…

  91. Helgi

    November 19th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    "mah luddle fuhwee munstah" Oh eM gee, the best line eva!!!!!!!!
    I heart you J*

  92. anouschka

    November 21st, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    He is just the cutest thing! Hope he enjoys the new toys 😉

  93. samantha

    November 22nd, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    favorite post ever! 🙂

  94. clippingimages

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:12 am

    outstanding photography………

  95. Christa

    November 24th, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Love 🙂

  96. Jacqueline

    December 11th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I just wanted to tell you that I think we’re the only two human beings that holds their dog like this photo…just like a baby!