That’s My Dawg


Let’s get one thing straight: JD bought Polo for me. As in my husband gifted the dog to me back in 2006. Somewhere along the line, however, Polo became his dog. I mean, Polo is our dog, but if push came to shove, Polo is his dog. And I’d be lying if I didn’t get a little jealous here and there. Or alot jealous.

To Polo’s credit, he does know how to make my heart melt everyday and I’ve been known to tawk ah whiddle puhppie tawk with him since I know he loves it so much. And when he wants to cuddle? Totally my dog.

On Friday I had an upset stomach, but by Friday night I was curled in a fetal position in the back of the car wishing for deliverance from what I realized was food poisoning. When JD and I got home, I climbed the stairs and went straight to bed, ignoring Polo and our ritual Squeal/Hug Fest upon every arrival.

For the next couple days, I remained in bed, nibbling on crackers. Oh, and DYING. I don’t wish food poisoning on my worst enemy, but if it did happen, I’d hope they have Polo by their side. A funny thing happened these past few days in bed: Polo never left my side. Even when JD bribed him with walks and treats, his ears perked, but he remained curled up on my belly. For two and half days, Polo only left when JD forced him to go on his walks.

Last night–the first night I was able to get out of bed and walk on my own–Polo ran downstairs and ran laps around our living room. Little doggie wind sprints. His tail wagged and he grabbed his toy and then did more laps. JD and I just stood there in bewilderment. It was like Polo’s version of Palm Sunday. I turned to JD and was all, Dude, why didn’t YOU do that for me too?!

So, this is just a cyber thank you to the world’s best dog, Polo. I’m still not in the best shape, so I’m blogging from bed and whadda ya know? Polo still curled up on my belly.

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  1. Laura

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I`m glad you`re feeling bewtter! Dogs are the best when you need comforting!

  2. Erin Elizabeth

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    aww… dogs have a way of knowing when their people don’t feel good. You obviously made the cut and are one of his people! Feel better! 🙂

  3. Sheila Hallmark

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    fooey! Hope your feeling better real soon! (I hear you on the dog being your hubby’s, our last dog of 18 years was HIS dog, unless of course my Hubby wasn’t around!)

  4. deB perry

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    My doggies are just like this too!!!…they’re like our very own personal Florence Nightingales.

  5. Diana Lupu

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    How cute! Dogs are the best…and your Polo is quite the dog. As for Palm Sunday in your home…hilarious! Oh, and feel better…food poisoning SUCKS big dog bones =(

  6. B

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Aawwwww! I wub my widdle nephew…

  7. Dawn Beirnes

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Dogs are the best! I hope you feel better soon….glad Polo has taken such good care of you! (and props to JD. I’m sure he helped too!)

  8. gladys jem

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    oh this story makes me so happy. polo is the sweetest and cutest dog everrr. i hope you feel 100% percent soon jasmine! xoxo

  9. Becka @Studio222 Photography

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I tell Nate all the time that I want a dog for that same reason, they just love so whole-heartedly.

  10. Christina Gressianu

    December 14th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Gotta love doggie love! Mine always knows when I need her there for me too. Glad you’re feeling better!

  11. Andrea

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Food poisoning sounds awful, but that is really sweet! What is Polo? I have a maltipoo & he looks like her. She is the same way with me, makes me feel special :]

  12. Drew

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    What a good dog. Glad to hear you’re better from you deadly illness. Maybe Polo didn’t feel well knowing you were ill?

  13. Tammy Stark

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Tea and Toast! My grandma always made me Tea and Toast when I wasn’t feeling well. Hope you feel better soon. Cute pooch!

  14. jess@studio3z

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    that is so incredibly precious, and that is my most favorite photo of Polo yet. 😉 glad you’re feeling better.

  15. Megan Beth

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Oh no, hope you’re feeling better! And has polo been working out?! He looks like he’s lost a few pounds since his last photo shoot.

  16. Rita Quinn

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    First, I’m so sorry to hear you weren’t feeling good. YUCK!! Second, you CRACK me up! I love my doggies too and could totally envision what you were talking about, down to the doggie sprints of joy! Glad you’re feeling better… 🙂

  17. Candice {The Beautiful Mess}

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    feel better soon! 🙂

  18. Leyla

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Awww… that is so cute!! I’m so sorry to hear about your food poisoning! It really is the worst feeling ever…

    But really glad to know that you had two loving and caring souls with you to make it all better.

    My late cat used to do the same. Whenever I’d be sick or sad, he would always stay with me… I miss him… =(

    Cherish Polo while he is in your life… He is so adorable!

  19. Sharron Foster

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I totally know what you are feeling about your dog. Back in ’02 I was in the process of having a miscarriage and didn’t know it. During that whole week, our cocker spaniel never left my side…..and she is normally her own "person". She was attentive to me especially the night before I knew what was happening. Dogs are very perceptive.

  20. evie winter

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I can relate, we had a cat who sadly died a month ago, which my brother and I got together. Berry however was completely devoted to my brother (probably because he gave him more biscuits and I just took him to the vet), I am glad Polo showed you love and care when you most needed it!

  21. Jill Fleming

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Doggies make the best sick companions! I wouldn’t wish food poisoning on my worst enemy either – been there! Hope you feel better soon!

  22. Julie Massie

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Yay for puppy-therapy!

  23. MM

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    ugh! Feel better my friend! Food poisoning is the WORST! Remember when Justin got it when we were supposed to hang out with you & DJ in Santa Barbara? That was like the first 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan right there! 🙂 Love you! Eat saltine crackers!

  24. Marissa Rodriguez

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I love Polo 🙂 Glad you’re feeling better!

  25. Theresa Santoro

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    When I was pregnant with my 1st child 20 years ago, my Lhasa Josie…would stand guard at my belly, as I was so sick, I could not move… Maybe Polo is standing guard over a future sibling! Just sayin….

  26. Morgan

    December 14th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Going to hug my dog right now b/c of this post 🙂 Hope you are feeling better!!!!

  27. Jessica

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Aw! My husband and I have a precious Maltese named Parker. He is my pride and joy and just the most wonderful companion. I can totally relate to your post! Polo is adorable!

  28. michelle sidles

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Dogs are the BEST. So why do I have three cats? 😉

  29. Angel Pope

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Nothing better than our furry little friends. I heard on the radio once a man say "put your dog and your wife in the trunk of your car and lock them in there for 4 hours. See whose happy to see you when you finally let them out!" HOW TRUE IS THAT???
    Glad you’re feeling a little better…

  30. Anouschka

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Puppylovin’ there’s nothing like it!! Hope you’re feeling better soon Jasmine!

  31. Del

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    It is true, a Dog is a Man’s (Womans) best friend!

  32. Carolyn Egerszegi

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    j* I’m SOOOOO sorry you’ve had food poisoning. I had it almost 20 years ago and still remember how awful it was. Some advice from someone who has had long term gut-health problems that started with food poisoning… avoid dairy completely for the next while and start taking probiotics like crazy! Feel better soon… you’re very lucky to have a dog like Polo.

  33. Alli

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Aww, Polo is so sweet…glad you are feeling better!

  34. Angel Canary

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Aawww, that’s so sweet. That sucks Jasmine, I’ve been through that and it’s horrible. Hope you feel better soon. =)

  35. Rachel Perry

    December 14th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    So sorry you are feeling bad! Here’s to quick recovery!

    I love animals and their nature. My old cat Oliver knew when I was sad and wouldn’t leave me alone when I was little. Such a treasure!

  36. Diandra

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    That is pretty darn cute. Dogs have a 6th sense… they know when something is wrong. Interesting that he was laying on your stomach when that is what was hurting…

  37. DeAnna

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    So sweet!! Sorry you aren’t feeling well, glad you have Polo to take care of you, and keep you company.

  38. Moe

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I guess Organic didn’t work out as well as you hoped?!

    I hope you continue to feel better and that little Polo is one slick little dude. Cute too. 🙂

  39. Lydia

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Aww, I hope you feel better soon! Polo’s a sweetheart!

  40. Raquel Guerra

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    See? you so son’t need children…your kids would have been asking for food, playtime and more but Polo…well he understood that it was not about him at the moment but rather about his mommy! Hope you feel way better soon and give Polo props for being the best dog!!!

  41. Andrea Worley

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Oh gosh, I had food poisoning once it was the worst! But I didn’t have a cute pup like this at the time! Lucky! Hope you’re feeling better!

  42. s h e r r y

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    That is probably the cutest thing I’ve heard in a while! <3 I wuv you, Polo! Hope you get better Jasmine!

  43. Kay*

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    oh gosh that’s so cute. my little howard is absolutely just like polo…always by my side. makes me totally get the saying "man’s best friend." and his little sprints?! the best. totally hysterical.

    get well soon!

  44. Evie Perez

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Awe that stinks!! I hate the feeling of being sick. Don’t forget to speak the WORD over you!!!

  45. Stephanie Stewart

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    So glad Polo stayed by your side, what a sweetheart! Plus, he probably knew that if JD was curled up on your belly, it may not work out so well! Hope you feel better soon!

  46. Pol

    December 14th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Aw, he is really a cute little one! Glad you are starting to feel better.

  47. andie

    December 14th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I know all too well how special dogs can be in our lives. Especially right now.

    I hope you get to feeling better and that you will always have little Polo by your side.

  48. Bobbie Brown

    December 14th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Oh no! You have been SICK it sounds like! I am so sorry, but glad you are on the road to feeling better!

  49. Alexandra

    December 14th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Awww you have the sweetest dog in the world 🙂 So cute 🙂

  50. Diane -

    December 14th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    The love from your pet is like nothing else! I’m so glad he was there to comfort and keep you warm…what a little cutie!

  51. ajira

    December 14th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    So sorry you’ve been unwell. Food poisoning sucks. Feel better soon. Yay for Polo and his wellness mojo!!

  52. Regina White

    December 14th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    For reals he is the cutest dawg ever and just think he’s all yours. That’s awesome. Feel better soon. I know what you mean I have experienced food poisoning. Barbacoa. Never again.

  53. paola

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    you manage to brighten our days and make us smile wholeheartedly even while having health issues! you’re great! God bless you!

  54. Amanda Key

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Glad you are feeling better. I love reading your blog. It always has a way of tickling my heart.

  55. Tiffany

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I want a Polo!! Feel better…I hate getting food poisoning!

  56. Narrelle

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Awww – that put a huge big smile on my face. Perfect way to get the day started. Hope you’re back to feeling normal soon. x

  57. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    did the free range veggies get you with food poisoning??? OH NO! 😉 Ok, seriously, I agree, I would never wish food poisoning on my worst enemy either …. it’s the most awful thing on the planet.

  58. Feuza

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    That is so amazing how he knew something was wrong with you, wow, so impressed, maybe I need a dog

  59. Cindy

    December 14th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Polo is so awesome! I love stories like this one – the one that tells of how animals have souls and empathy like we do…and sometimes more! 🙂 Glad to know that you’re feeling better!

  60. Heather James

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    That’s what lap dogs are for! A little cuddle lovin’ from my Rusty and some chicken soup and I’m back in no time! Feel better soon!

  61. Jackie Lamas

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    oh our doggies are the best aren’t they? they always know when something is the matter. Polo is just the cutest!

  62. Evonne & Darren Photography

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    It’s amazing how animals (both dogs and cats) know when you are not feeling well. Food poisoning is the worst! Hope you are feeling better! Big hugs to you!

  63. Tamara Kenyon

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    It’s funny how dogs just "know". When I’m sad or not feeling well, they do a great job at making me feel better.

  64. Nat

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Sorry to hear about the food poisoning!
    Best thing for that is Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of warm water, tastes nasty and will make you puke but it gets the poisoning out of your stomach and makes you feel a whole lot better sooner

  65. Misty Dawn

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Awwwww! I have 3 little dogs who are the same way and it’s the best. 🙂 I just had my wisdom teeth out and it got a little crowded in the recliner with all the love! Small dogs rock! xoxo to you and Polo

  66. Cecile

    December 14th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    AAWW.. (how many aaws have you gotten so far?) I love POLO and how he’s helping you feel better. Thanks for sharing and making us feel all warm and fuzzy.

  67. Robin

    December 14th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Bummer about the food poisoning. I hope you’re feeling back to normal soon!

  68. amanda thiessen

    December 14th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    so cuddley! 🙂

  69. Trude

    December 14th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    That’s why pets are the best to have around when you’re sick! Okay, maybe second best to whoever gets to bring you drinks and tucks you in, but still. Love my little personal space heater too. 🙂 Hooray for Polo!

  70. Peyton Cooke

    December 14th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Being sick just plain SUCKS! I was sick end of last week, but fortunately today I feel a lot better. That said, I hope you feel better soon! 🙂 I would like to direct a comment toward the image of Polo. It looks like he has 5 legs. No joke, 3 in front, 2 in back. You see it? Maybe it’s his sweater, but hey. 🙂

  71. ashleigh

    December 14th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    this is so cute & sweet! my cats do the same thing when im sick– they watch over me and make sure ia m ok! animals RULE! eeks sooo excited to meet you at the workshop in feb!

  72. Katie Whitcomb

    December 15th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Good dog!!! Get some rest and feel better, Jasmine.

  73. Life with Kaishon

    December 15th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    What a sweetie : ) He is precious as can be! Hope you feel better soon!

  74. Lisa H. Chang

    December 15th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Aw ~ so sweet! And I hear you about food poisoning – it’s terrible. Hope you feel back to 100% soon!

  75. Cindy

    December 15th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Awww Your story totally melted my heart!! Talk about unconditional love! Aren’t dogs the best?!

  76. Cindy

    December 15th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    PS- Feel better soon!

  77. Jamie Lapeyrolerie

    December 15th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Aww! The fuzzy 🙂

  78. Linda Sherrill

    December 15th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    How sweet! Polo is adorable!
    My sisters Australian Shepherd never left her alone when she was going through Chemo (twice). I know they know when we really need our furry children!

  79. Krysta

    December 15th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Cute! Polo was so happy when you got better!

  80. Daisy Moffatt

    December 15th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling better! Your story especially warms my heart b/c I too am stuck in bed with my laptop and my pup, Nala, while fighting a nasty cold tonight. She has refused to venture far and I love hearing about the loyalty and love of our pooches. Get well soon!

  81. Kayla Renckly

    December 15th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    what a sweet puppy!

  82. Ashley

    December 15th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Awwww! Love it. Not the food poisoning part, but the part about Polo. On your belly (: Animals are seriously the best.

  83. Doug LeMere

    December 15th, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Pets can sense how we feel better than our human loved ones do sometimes.

  84. Mindy

    December 15th, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Hope you’re feeling better…:)

  85. jenny

    December 15th, 2009 at 6:08 am

    i remember this, then we had kids.

  86. sherry boles

    December 15th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    A year and a half ago, I wouldn’t have fully understood the meaning of this post (being a ‘cat person’). However, I now own a sweetheart of a dog…and I’m just crazy over him! 🙂 I’m still a cat person…but my dog is my real fur-baby! 🙂 🙂

  87. fiona andersen

    December 15th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    awww I didn’t have food poisoning but a very bad case of tummy flu brought home from day care!! And although I don’t have a Polo to sit quietly and cuddle with, I have 3 wonderful girls who like to jump up and down on my bed whilst I groan in agony… gee thanks gals!!!
    Feel better soon…. was it the organic food????? xxxxx

  88. Fiona andersen

    December 15th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    P.S note to self…. I need a dog

  89. inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    December 15th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    awwe polo knew you were sick and needed him

  90. oneshotbeyond

    December 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Polo is lucky to have you both! His white fluffy fur just makes me melt! I’m surprised you ever leave cuddling with him for shoots and outings. 😉

  91. Tasha Prescott

    December 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Get better soon!

  92. syreena B

    December 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    It’s amazing how you always find a way to blog something great out of seemingly nothing…well not really nothing, but you know what i mean…..ill learn this craft one of these days 🙂 Feel better!!!

  93. Zoltan Nagy

    December 15th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Hope you will get better soon! Praying for you!

  94. Kia Gregory

    December 15th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Polo is cute. And you have awesome nurses to help get you back to life.

  95. Betsy, La Vida

    December 15th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Awwwww, Polo! Good boy! Nothing makes me smile like the unconditional love from our pup too. Dogs are truly man’s (er, woman’s!) best friend!!! Glad you’re on the mend!

  96. michelle

    December 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    awwww…. that is just so precious. i have a little nipper of my own, so i know just how you feel. my DOG seems to respond to my moods more than my husband, sometimes. ; )

  97. Megan

    December 16th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I’m so glad to hear he helped you get better! I’ve been following your blog for about a year [but never commented yet] and always enjoy your posts about Polo. I’m a big-time dog lover and have 2 of my own [one of which is a Maltese and looks similar to yours, but Polo’s much, MUCH, cleaner than my Rocky :)]
    Thanks for always being an inspiration, btw!

  98. cassandra m

    December 17th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Aren’t our dogs the best at giving unconditional love and support. Polo rocks!

  99. Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs

    December 17th, 2009 at 2:41 am

    aw, little polo knows when mommy needs him. he is so precious!

  100. Jason Grubb

    December 17th, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Cute pup… you’d love our beagle, Riley!

  101. jenC

    December 17th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Awww! so Cute! I have a dog named Sasha! really looks like Polo 🙂

  102. Carol @ Carol Lundeen Photography, Boston

    December 20th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    How nice to have a companion who loves you and wants to please you – I’ve got one napping nearby, too.

  103. Jadey

    December 21st, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Oh I e Polo so much he is jjsy so damn cute and obviously knows exactly how to make a girl feel special.

    He’s also the only SWF I’ve seen without hose horrid tearstains. Kudos to you.