Why We Forward Jokes

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 a while, 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.”

Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word.

Maybe this will explain.

When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You forward jokes.

When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes.

When you have something to say, but don’t know what, and don’t know how, you forward jokes.

Also to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get?

A forwarded joke.

So, next time if you get a joke, don’t think that you’ve been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you’ve been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.

You are welcome at my water bowl any time.


Here are some new pictures of Emma. She obviously has an exciting life as part of this big family. Emma’s mother, Debbie, didn’t have pups this August as planned so hopefully she will have early 2015 pups and then she is looking for her forever home. The cross with Cesar produced outstanding pups for calmness and loyalty on top of great confirmation so they will get another chance. Debbie and Cesar will start camping out later this fall with a cozy dog house to snuggle into.


Emma’s family sent us these updated pictures and wrote:

THIS IS EMMA NOW. Thank you for Emma she completes our family. She is going through the puppy stage and it is sometimes challenging, she is doing better and better, she is doing great, needles all up to date. She is very timid with other people but she is energetic for sure. We love her so much. She always hops like a little deer or a lamb she’s so freagin cute. Here are a few pics.


Emma is one of Debbie and Cesar’s pups born August 30, 2013. Emma’s new family wrote:

Emma is doing very well, we love her and best of all she seems happy…..



Jasper is not yet one year old, but his owners are professional hikers so he has seen a lot of county in his short life. Here are the captions they sent along for these pictures:
Snuggling with Mom and his duckie
Jasper is awesome on road trips. He has travelled many thousand of kms already!
Following Dad on the trail – we were at Kakisa River in NWT
Mom and Jasper hanging out on a mini iceberg on Kakisa River (Jasper’s first river crossing!)
Lounging at home with his toy basket


Here is a new picture of the handsome Jasper. His family sent this note along with it:

Love our doodle like no ones business. Jasper just got his first haircut today!


Here is an updated picture from Jasper in Edmonton. He will spend his summers hiking in the park he is named after. His family wrote:

So adorable!!! I recently started a new job where I work from home. Here’s a picture of my favourite colleague!


Jasper’s family sent us his Christmas picture and noted:

Jasper is very intelligent and social. Mild mannered and full of puppy curiosity. He looks like a wooly mammoth and likes to chase his tail! We love him to pieces.


This is one of Debbie and Cesar’s pups born August 30, 2013, and now living in Edmonton. These people do guided hikes into the Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park. Almost 50 years ago I worked in there for an outfitter, we took guests with cameras in on horseback. Jasper’s family told us simply:

I love him so much!

F1B Golden Doodle Litter (Dinah) – Born September 7, 2013

Dinah (Blonde F1 Golden Doodle) and Cesar (Silver Factor Chocolate Standard Poodle) are now announcing they have eight F1B Golden Doodle puppies that are ready to go, six males and two females. The litter was born September 7, but due to the dropping and toasting a camera, we got a little behind on pictures, and the quality of the pictures of the new camera stinks! If you see a puppy you may be interested in I will try to get some better pictures for you. Refer to the pup by the toy that is with it in the pictures.

This is one of the nicest laid back litter of pups I have ever worked with.  They now have three sets of boosters, are completely vet checked, have been dewormed twice and are ready to meet the world.  They are marshmallow soft coated and have temperaments to match. These guys have had lots of foot work done: I trim the little ends off the nails once a week, give lots of paw massages and they just lay in my lap to have the hair scissor clipped between their toes and pads of their feet. Dew claws have been removed for ease of grooming. These pups will not stay black.  They are now starting to get some silver and gold in their undercoat and they will be an outstanding brindle when they are mature. They stand out in the dog park, people will be asking ‘where did you get that dog’. These are totally non shedding, well mannered and intelligent pups that will grow into the most loyal companion you have ever had. They love water and would like to go hunting, fishing, boating or just hang out in the back yard with you.

They are trained to pee and poop in one area of their pen, and they come to a whistle and sleep in a crate with the door off. They are not allowed to put their feet up on me, lick me or tug on clothes, so these are very well started pups, I recommend everyone read Cesar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) on ‘Puppy Training’ to get the best behaved dog ever when starting with a young pup. I stand by my pups with all the advise I can and see no reason why every dog in the world can not turn out to be ‘bragging rights’ for the owner.

A note on the females: from their vet check we have determined they both have a slight under bite (this means their bottom teeth are slightly in front of their top teeth). This in no way takes away from the beauty of the dog, it is so slight that it will make no difference in the life of the dog. I will gladly supply my vet’s phone number should you want to question him on this. Whenever I have anything like this happen I adjust the price of the pup, so these girls will go for $800 rather than $900 like their brothers.

The price includes delivery to anywhere on the Central Prairie, further away buyers can meet me part way. I do not ship my pups but deliver them safely into the forever families’ arms. Text 306 521-1371 or use my contact page for further information or browse the site (you can use the links above) for pictures of the parents.

Kix Irving

Here are some fresh pictures of Kix (right after her clip)!


After much soul searching and a little input from my vet I have decided to train and adopt out my choice of my last dog, Escort, and keep Debbie’s tiniest female. This little girl was incredibly tiny when she was born but she was a feisty little monkey. When I would sit in their whelping box with the bottle to supplement them as soon as she would smell me, she would wake up (eyes and ears still closed) and come to me as fast as she could crawl. Once she could walk she would come full speed to me, I spent a lot of hours sitting with her letting her nurse while I kept the bigger pups away so she had a chance without being pushed off…we quickly became a team. This tiny bit of chocolate fur just wanted to be with me and would crawl over all the other pups to get there. When Dr. Cochrane came to do vet checks and boosters I was mentioning this to him, and that it was too bad I had already picked Escort…that being said he checked her over twice as sometimes the small pups have a heart murmur, she doesn’t and while he was weighing and checking her she was ‘eyes on Margaret-Ann’ and tail wagging. So long story short, between his vet tech, Dr. Cochrane and myself, we decided that she should be my last forever dog, rather than Escort. So this little girl is staying and will be spayed and be my last dog….I named her Kix (Kix Butt) and you will be reading more about her in the future.

Escort is going into obedience training in my hay shed, which is almost ready to go, and will be offered for sale as a well started pup. Now let me dazzle you with the pictures I took of her yesterday.


This is Jude, one of Dory and Cesar’s males from July 9th. 2013, this guy lives on 40 acres with two adopted brothers in Manitoba…sounds like he is a great pup! His family told us:

My apologies for the delay getting this pic of our beloved Jude through to you – as you know it is very challenging to get a good pic of a black dog – hence placing him on the white bed spread as a last resort to capture his sweet face.

Jude continues to blow us away with how wondeful, smart and eager he is to impress. He loves the 40 acres and his two brothers and they love running through the fields.

We started puppy class last week for me (Jude knows what he is doing but i need a refresher) and he was a natural leader in the class. He goes in his kennel for bed time like a champ and we stuck with the whistle and work with that and it is fantastic…thank you!!

He is huge!! We still have him on full feed and he is a lovely big boy…just about 40 lbs!

Thank you gain so much Margart Ann and we will continue to update you on Jude.

Molly (Calgary)

What a beautiful picture. Molly’s family wrote:

Just a quick note to say many thanks for molly. She is amazing well mannered dog. Her easy going attitude is really cool. We finally found a toy she likes – an orange plastic hockey ball!


Molly lives in Calgary and looks like she has found a very kind and caring home…. every owner and puppy would do well to take at least the beginner puppy school classes. These Doodles will amaze you at how quickly they catch on and how willing they are to try to please you. Molly’s family wrote:

Molly puppy school graduation

She is amazing!!! Thanks for providing all that care in those crucial beginning weeks.


A new picture and a short update from Molly’s family:

She loves the snow. Mostly a laid back personality. We are off to dog school in January. She loves to chase rabbits. For the most part is house trained. My sons are glad to have a blonde in the family.


Molly’s family sent us a fresh picture and told us:

She is wonderful… good mild mannered most of the time. Loves the snow!


This is Molly.  She is from Kloe and Einstein‘s July 29th, 2013 litter.  She is a beauty!


An update on Lloyd:

Lloyd and his brother Frankie had such a nice play date last weekend! They instantly knew each other and had a great time together. Here are a couple photos!


This is another of Kloe and Einstein‘s boys, he also lives in Winnipeg and looks like he is a well loved character….I am loving this getting pictures of my pups. His family wrote:

Here is our little Lloyd! He is doing amazingly, we are actually in contact with another couple in Winnipeg who has one of Lloyd’s brothers. Hopefully we will be able to get them together soon.

He is a sweet boy who listens well and loves people. He has a very laid back personality with a look that will make your heart melt. We love him so much. Thank you!!


I don’t think anyone is enjoying this more than I am. This is the icing on the cake for me, to see my pups, grown and living the good life with their own family. I have heard from almost every puppy owner in this litter…good job guys, you make me proud!!! So this litter is in Vietman. B.C., Alberta, Sasktachewan, Manitoba and Ontario (and one of Cesars females is in Yellowknife). Melvin’s family wrote:

Here is a couple of pictures of Melvin over in Fernie BC. He has been such a great dog with such a funny personality. He has given us many hours of laughter with his antics. He has a sock fetish haha he will try and steal a sock right out of your hand, and when you tell him no he looks up at you with his sad eyes for forgiveness and as soon as you turn your back he tries to get the sock again. That is just one of his many games he plays.


Melvin’s family sent these words along with some new photos:

Here are some updated pictures of Melvin. He is 28″ at the shoulder and 81lbs. Wonderful addition to our family. He is learning to catch frisbee and plays soccer where he kicks a ball back and forth with his paws while walking. He also tends to think he is a lap dog. He is so much fun. We really enjoy him.


We received an update on Melvin, along with these pictures. His family told us:

Just an update on our pup Melvin. He is house broke totally now, he rings his bells when he wants to go out now however …..sometimes he just rings them to go out and play haha. He walks beside us both on and off leash even down town with other people around. He gets lots of attention and pets when in crowds and he loves it haha. He is quite a little character and makes us laugh often. He would play fetch until your arm fell off if we would let him haha. He comes to work with me every Friday and staff loves it when he comes. He absolutely loves playing in the snow. I will send more updates soon.


This is one of Doe Dee and Cesar’s August 20th. 2013 male pups, he now lives in Fernie, B.C. There are only four left in this litter that are not rehomed yet, one female and three males. If they all get such glowing reports I will be just thrilled.

Good afternoon Margaret Ann, we just wanted to give you an update and thank you for letting one of your pups into our lives. He is quite a character at times haha. His name is Melvin.

After only one week he is completely paper trained working on asking to go outside now. He fetches and brings back a tennis ball (most times haha). And has just about learned his sit command. He walks on his leash very well and is also very good walking off the leash. He gets along with our other pets and as you predicted, our old dog Leonard had to put him in his place a few times.

He comes to work with me every day and likes to sleep under my desk. His favourite place to sleep is on my feet. Our staff just love him. Here are a couple of pics and I will send you more as he grows up.

Finn (Saskatoon)

Here is a new picture from Finn’s family. They told us:

Finn is in excellent health & we will be starting puppy school next week. He’s over 24 lbs, but those big paws hold promise of much more growth! He enjoys going out for walks & meeting family & friends. He has taken only 2 Christmas tree ornaments in his mouth but they were extracted intact, which was amazing good fortune, all around!  He started testing his limits with our “old” dog & we are working at discouraging him from trying to pull the little guy around by his tail for the last 2 wks!  He is handsome & clever & we are ever so grateful for all your good work to bring him to us!


This is one of Debbie and Cesar’s August 30th, 2013, pups. There is one more male and three females left from this litter (which was 12 puppies in total). It is better for the puppy and me if they go when they are 8 to 10 weeks, I continue to work with them and get even more attached to them, but e-mails like this and the one I got on Phoebe yesterday put my mind at ease. I know, pup by pup, I am bringing good, healthy solid pups into forever homes, and making some great friends along the way. Finn’s new family told us:

Finn is fantastic! His Saskatoon world is pretty small right now – the kitchen & family room during the day & carried out to the backyard for business & some play & then he spends the night in his crate in my room. My kids each have big exams tmw but then will start to teach him to go up the carpet stairs indoors, since he’ll eventually need to learn to go up & down some wooden stairs outside.

Our older dog, Coby, is 12, so not quite as energetic but they seems to be tolerating each other pretty well & they are always supervised; sometimes the older dog just indicates that he’s ready for a break & he gets to go out the baby gates to the rest of the house! Coby is a bichon & right now, they are about the same size, though Finn is several lbs lighter!

Our family vet found Finn to be in excellent shape & commented on his great temperament! I’m glad I have taken this week off work since we need to get our routines nailed down (& my kids are big, so I’m not so used to getting up twice a night anymore although I can see that sleeps will soon get longer).

We are impressed by his lovely personality & such a great start on house-training. We really appreciate all the love & skill & effort you put into him & his parents!