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The Places We’ll Go

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  Dr. Seuss


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Schnoodle, Anyone?

Many of us know Simon Baker as the character Patrick Jane on The Mentalist. In fact, the season finale is tonight, and millions of people will be tuned in. But Simon is also a dedicated family man with a beautiful wife, three children, and a sweet Schnoodle named Happy that he rescued and now owns. The Mentalist actor and wife Rebecca Rigg frequently bring their Schnoodle out to play in Brentwood, California where they live.

Although their name makes them sound like a yummy dessert, Schnoodles are a hybrid breed, with two purebred parents – one Schnauzer and one Poodle. They are rising in canine stardom, and vary in size depending on the size of the parents. The Schnoodle temperament combines traits from both Schnauzers and Poodles, particularly in its intelligence, lively personality, good temper and protective nature. The intelligence of the Schnoodle is readily apparent as it is quickly trained and inquisitive, although its intelligence sometimes has it solving problems that its owner would prefer it had not solved — like how to get into the trash or out of the yard. They thrive as family pets and are devoted and affectionate to their recognized family. Much like their forebears, Schnoodles are active dogs and are impressive runners and jumpers; regular exercise and activity are necessary components of their lives. And, well – they are just amazingly cute and cuddly. Schnoodle, anyone?


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I adore you. That’s why I follow you from room to room, and sometimes try to get up on your bed with you, even though you’ve said, “NO.”  I live for you and no one else. When you leave me at home alone, I spend my waking moments at the window, watching for you to return.

I love you. I would do anything for you. I am your boy. And when you step outside with me, and pick up my ball, my heart sings with joy. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than my time with you. Even when your aim is off, or your mind is on other things, or you’re distracted by another person; as long as you keep throwing my ball, I know you love me. It’s my favorite part of the day, and I can tell it’s yours, too.


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“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” Tennessee Williams

Never let me forget the warmth and comfort you have brought me just by being my friend, by staying near when I could have been alone, by believing that we are meant to be connected at the heart.


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“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley


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