Reading my Heart


Shortly after getting home from our trip, I received some sad news. I sat and cried. I’m not so much a crier (although there’s been evidence on this blog to prove the contrary), so I needed a moment to pull myself together. It was then when I saw Polo sit at my feet and rest his head against my legs.

He darted in from another room, almost as if he had this innate ability to feel me. And right about now I sound like a crazy old lady who collects lace doilies, but I’m not. Promise. I scooped him up and squeezed him tight. Then picked up one of my many doilies nearby and dried my tears.

I kid, I kid.

In the hurriedness of life, pain causes a person to stop and reflect. During this time, it’s nice to have a friend who’s willing to run from another room and make my day a little better.

Happy Monday!

Leave a Comment


Share to:


Comment with Facebook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. sherri lynn

    July 25th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    what a cute picture!

  2. naomi chokr

    July 25th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    im so sorry about your sad news. i hope everything is ok. Isnt it amazing how our puppies will be there no matter what

  3. Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair

    July 25th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    We all love Polo. And we are sure glad that Polo loves YOU! Right now I have my baby Charlie Brown Bagel the Beagle sitting (ok, snoring) beside me and I am so grateful to have him to hug and hold. My only complaint? When I cry he gets upset, cries himself, whimpers and tries to lick my tears and snot away. Can’t I cry in peace sometimes dog? It’s okay for Mommy to cry! (Just sayin’.) Charlie just made his second music video (first on my blog though.) It has lots of obnoxious barking. Polo should watch. 🙂 (It’s in the post entitled "I have issues" if you couldn’t guess…)

  4. Eileen

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Dogs are the best. I can’t even imagine a life without one in it.

  5. laura

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    hope you feel better soon : )

  6. En Route Photography

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Oh I hope you’re feeling better and the sad news wasn’t something really bad. ;( Polo is the cutest and it must be amazing to share your life with such a little munchkin. I’ve been crying for a yorkie for a year now, but in reality I know that my lifestyle is not exactly ideal for a doggie now, too much travelling. Warm hugs! xxx


  7. Shannon

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Actually, animals (dogs in particularly) do have that ability to FEEL you. Almost like a sixth sense… Glad he was able to be a comfort to you in that time.


    July 25th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Sorry to hear of the sad news..hopefully things get better. Polo is adorable and what an adorable story too. Thanks for the Polo pic! He just cheered me up too. =)

  9. Damaris Mia

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Hope all is well! Polo is so stinkin cute!

  10. Jennifer

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Sad news is never comfortable.

    But it’s crazy how our four-legged babies can pick up on things.

    I’ve been literally flying at low altitude the last few weeks, and will be a for a few weeks more, with barely room to breath. Yet, the other morning my rottweilers (2 of them) followed me around just looking at me and nothing else. All they wanted me to do is sit. I did and they came and put their big heads in my lap for a few minutes. It’s just what I needed a chance to get some air.

  11. Gail

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Oh Jasmine, I’m so sorry to hear you had to come home to face not only the craziness of catching up with life, but sad news as well.

    Prayers (and long distance hugs!) coming your way!

  12. Natalie

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Reflective in the events of poor poor wonderful Miss Winehouse. And the horrible world we sometimes live in. Love and light to Oslo & Amy’s Family. I hope she is happier in heaven and finds peace where she could not on Earth. I also hope Jasmine, that you are feeling brighter and hurray for your pooch x

  13. Meredith

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Aww that’s nice :]

    I hope everything gets better!!

  14. Suzy G

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Awe, I pray the news was not to bad and that all involved are held in God’s arms until they are carried through.
    My sweet friend is a 80lb basset hound named Maggie, she doesn’t quit fit in my lap but she always makes me smile when life sends hard times. (((({{{{{BIG HUG}}}}))))).

  15. Anahy Escalera

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    And that’s why I like dogs better than humans..

  16. Tim king

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Polo is awesome. Hope everything is going okay now

  17. Elizabeth

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I always say animals are your true best friend in this world. They don’t want nothing more than a hug or a kiss. They are there for you in good and bad times and never question you. Polo is a such a good boy and loves his mommy so much. Hopefully things are better for you now Jasmine.

  18. LeZandra

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I just spent the morning cuddling with my dog Thor for a cry. I dreamt my husband never deployed and that our dog Kato never had to be euthanized. And I know my dog Thor felt it. He understood and licked the tears away 🙂 After a hard day at work, it’s always nice to come home and see something so happy just to see you.

  19. steph!

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Sending a smooch for him & a prayer for you!

  20. Kate Douthwright

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    So sorry to hear you received some bad news after a great trip. Thankfully you have Polo and JD to cheer you up…especially Polo 🙂 My dog always makes me feel better after an awful day. Hope everything works out for you!

  21. Dave Raube

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:37 pm


  22. Angel

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I sincerely hope everything is okay. And I’m so glad you have a dog around to help. They are the best!

  23. Caitlin Sullivan

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Look how handsome Polo looks! 🙂 Will say a quick prayer for you today. Hope your day is bright!

  24. Georgina @RubyWeddings

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    It is amazing how much a cuddle from your pet can help! I have always had pet dogs and sadly can’t have one in my current home but I always miss having a furry friend running towards me, when I put my key in the door, with so much excitement and love just because they missed me!
    I hope you feel better soon – ps. Polo is simply the cutest!!!

  25. Jenelle Sewell

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    They truly ARE the best! Prayers are with you…

  26. kristin brown

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    you’re definitely not a crazy old doily lady–pets really do pick up on stuff and that’s one of the best things about them. 🙂 i hope your sad news gets happier!

  27. Michael Anthony

    July 25th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hope everything is ok

  28. Vicky

    July 25th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Your words hit me between the eyes this morning. I was just told my mom passed last night. I am pet sitting so they are not mine, tuned into me, but they put up with me. Great outlet brushing down the horses this am.

  29. ashley barnett

    July 25th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    You are not a crazy old lady Jasmine! My little dog Riley will come running out of the next room, leap onto the bed, run up my chest and firmly plant all 7lbs of herself against my neck and then try to wipe my tears away with her tongue anytime I cry. They do know 🙂 I hope whatever has caused you pain is fleeting. <3

  30. Jessica Chavez

    July 25th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I hope you feel better!! We are here for you always!! xoxo!!
    PS. Polo rocks!!

  31. Meredith Sledge

    July 25th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Your dog wins the cutest dog award. Oh gracious.

  32. Lucy

    July 25th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Was it the news of Amy Whinehouse? I was crying this weekend too. It surprised me.

  33. Emily Ebeling

    July 25th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I am sorry that you have sadness in your life right now…. A little food for thought, which my aunt shared with me today: God is able to use every circumstance in our lives for our ultimate good. God’s ultimate good for us is that we become more like Christ. His purpose is not to make us happy every day, but to make us holy for eternity.
    Prayers are up 😉

  34. Kimberly Murray

    July 25th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Hugs from Atlanta! You don’t sound like a crazy, old lady at all. Now, if you said that your 30 cats then same strolling in…

  35. sherry boles

    July 25th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I have done the same thing! My furry babies were there for me. There’s just something special about that…
    Hope you feel better now.

  36. Jessica K. Sullivan

    July 25th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Oh Jasmine, I am sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers:)

  37. jeramy

    July 25th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    one thing about all your "polo posts" is that you can always tell how very nicely groomed he is. which makes me feel like a really lousy bad dog owner. right? except that, we have 5 kids…so….maybe that makes us even?….perhaps. 🙂

  38. MindyK

    July 25th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Our Canine loved ones ALWAYS know when we feel grief and its amazing how they rush to share it with us and provide comfort…and they always do it so well. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Amber

    July 25th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Aww, I’m sorry for your sadness. My dog seems to know when I need a hug from her, too. It is amazing how these creatures love us so much <3

  40. Cristina Rossi

    July 25th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I am sorry about your sad news…I am glad Polo worked his magic to make things a little easier. Doggies are special friends with magic powers, I love how my girls console me when I am sad. HUGS to you xxx

  41. Venetia Norrington

    July 25th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    OMG!! That’s such a cute image of the both of you. I would love a furry companion to sit at my feet too. xx

  42. Raquel

    July 25th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Jasmine, you’re dog has a cuter wardrobe than I do! LOL such a cute pic of you and your BFF 🙂

  43. Carrie K

    July 25th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Isn’t it incredible how dogs just GET it?! Glad you were able to smile amidst pain.

  44. Kare

    July 25th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I’m sorry for your sad news; I hope everything works out and there’s a happy ending.

  45. Christy

    July 26th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    My pup, Phoenix, used to do the same thing. She could sense my emotions from rooms away. It is by far one of the things I miss most about her now that she is gone. The worst was after she passed and I cried, then wished she was there to comfort me, then cried again because she wasn’t! Ugh, a vicious cycle. Cherish every moment with your sweet friend!

  46. Catherine

    July 26th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    My eyes teared up while reading this because that’s EXACTLY the way I feel about my Curly Sue!

  47. Jodie Cox

    July 26th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Awww! Dogs are amazing aren’t they? I’m so glad he was able to cheer you up a bit.

    I remember when Danny on Greys Anatomy died…. I bawled like I’ve never bawled before (there must have been more underlying stuff going on a the time perhaps that just flicked a switch!?!) Anyway, Cheeko my dog takes one look at me, hops up on the couch and cuddles in for the rest of the night! Just wanted to make sure I was ok and had someone to cuddle I think! We’re talking a 60kg dog here, so both of us lying on the couch isn’t the easiest of things! 😉

  48. Lea Hartman

    July 26th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    When my husband deploys my dog, Winston always seems to pick up on when I’m missing David most and never fails to come lay at my feet or put his head in my lap. Amazing creatures, aren’t they?

  49. Mom

    July 26th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    My precious Polo!!

  50. Tiffany Deming

    July 26th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Pets can be so reassuring and can read feelings better then words. As Reno Photographers we get to photograph families and their beloved pets all the time. So fun.

  51. Danielle Honea

    July 26th, 2011 at 1:57 am

    awwww I needed to read this…ironically my pups were the cause of my "stress" today, one of them ate someones hot dog at the park, and the other one jumped in someones van on their CHILD! But they still warm my heart, and make me feel important. Sorry for your sad news 🙁 and you’d still be cool, even if you collected lace dollies lol

  52. Karen

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I need a dog.

  53. Matt

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Sorry for your sadness, grateful for your buddy.

  54. Kristin Nicole

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:03 am


  55. Marie

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I hope everything is ok 🙁

  56. Agi Magyar

    July 26th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Tears are good. If you let them burst out, you will feel much better. Just keep smiling Jas. Life is a ride, and no matter if you are up or down; it’s still worth to go with every moment of it! Hugs

  57. kat - rocknrollbride

    July 26th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    sorry that you had some sad news 🙁 But yey for our pets that know to make us feel better…Henry does the same!

  58. bethany

    July 26th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    My hattie (a black and tan cavalier king charles) did the same thing the other day when i was crying too! she just snuggles up tight to me. its the best feeling to know you are being cared about… Im sorry you had some sad news. That makes me sad.

  59. Connie E

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I so love this image! Our doggy of 12.5 years (A black lab Brady aka Fatty dog) had to be put to sleep. My kids (7 &5) are just beyond sad. They are so much part of our lives! Cherish all the time you have with your pup! Give him a sqeeze from my family!

  60. Digital Printing

    July 27th, 2011 at 3:44 am

    "In the hurriedness of life, pain causes a person to stop and reflect"-very nice. Sometimes I also realized that we also need to feel that pain in order for us to pause a moment and think deeply.

  61. cassandra-m

    July 27th, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Ooohhhhhh….love any post with Polo! Mocha is going to be jealous….shhhhh! Ha ha! Hope all is well!

  62. Denise Nicole

    July 27th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    My heart goes out to you during your time in sadness. Polo can put anyone in a good mood! My dog won’t even play ball with me, but he will sit upstairs with me FOR HOURS while I work away on my computer and allow me to sing to him when I am really feeling down. He even throws in a few howls to encourage me… or maybe he is telling me to stop?? May your heart be content now.

  63. Juli

    July 27th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Jasmine, you don’t sound crazy! My cat comes to comfort me on the occasions that I cry as well. Sometimes, he’s obviously NOT in the mood to be petted… but he still comes and climbs into my lap… willing to just "be" with me while I need him. Animals are awesome that way. 🙂

  64. Lydia

    July 28th, 2011 at 3:41 am

    So cute! I hope you’re feeling better, and have many, many more snuggle times with Polo!

  65. Misty Dawn

    July 28th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    My Border Collies read me ALL the time. They really are a part of my soul.

  66. tricia

    August 1st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I have to say, I love how much you love your dog 🙂 It makes me feel less crazy for wanting to cry because I love my Odie soooo much. He has my heart 🙂

  67. Carol Thacker

    August 10th, 2011 at 7:10 pm