Friday, June 20, 2014

Pooches: They Call Her "Smiley"

As part of our Freshmen Curriculum, each year I need to read the book 'Of Mice and Men' with my students. Even after teaching it for the past 5 years, multiple times a day, it remains depressing and I still can't read the part where they take Candy's old dog away (I tell the students they need to read that part silently to themselves).
Though this year while watching the movie I did pick up on something funny.
When Lennie and George first arrive at the ranch they are met by lunging, barking, clearly unwelcoming dog who is named "Smiley". 
And for some reason I found this hilarious. 
As I pointed this out to each group of students, and no one else laughed, I realized maybe I should just give Miss M the nickname "Smiley":
Because she is always showing us how excited she is to see us from the moment we wake up: 
Because she is always letting us know how much she enjoys being part of the family:
And she is always showing her appreciation for how well we care for her:
So I've been calling her "Smiley".
Which was funny to me.
Until the other day while we were on our walk and someone else called out to her, "Hey, Smiley".
Maybe because she was giving him this rare look:
Sometimes she really does smile.
But mostly this. 
Or this.

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Minabey said...

Ha ha. I would totally find that funny. If I had a huge dog, I would name it Tiny.

bigalrlz said...

I recently heard a story on Fresh Air about Of Mice and Men being on Broadway. I had completely forgotten about the book and was wanting to reread it, but then again fearing it might emotionally be too much for me. But I think this post, putting a positive spin on a rather sad story, will give me the motivation to re-read it, so thanks! I'd also love to see the play (James Franco & Chris O'Dowd? Yes Please!)

Rachel said...

I just saw Of Mice and Men on Broadway and the part with Candys dog was the saddest, worst part of the play. I completely forgot about that because I haven't read the book in years. The dog in the play was such a beautiful girl- rescued pitbull from Brooklyn. Really nice story and they said everyone loves her in the play.

Have a great weekend :-)

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

HA!! I haven't read that book in a LONG time - and I wasn't a dog person back then! Maybe I'll have to go back and re-read (if I can handle it!)

Ms M was all smiles when we met her! What do you do to make her so grumpy?! ;)

OG said...

Shout out to family and I have a books/movies where the dog dies! We can't take it! I sobbed all thru Frankenweinie!

OG said...

Shout out to family and I have a books/movies where the dog dies! We can't take it! I sobbed all thru Frankenweinie!

Laura and Hans said...

Miss M knows she's beautiful whether she smiles or not. She probably only smiles at those who deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Love this... It's a great nickname for her!

Melanie said...

I do not like that book/movie. Too sad. But I LOVE Miss M! What a beautiful girl - smiling or not :)

liliana876 said...

Aww, look at those faces...Adorable!

Pocket Pittie in the City said...

This is awesome...I'm very behind on blogs but loved this post!!

Dave said...

This was one of the funniest blogs I've read in quite a while. I think Miss M and my Lola are sisters from a different mother. I call Lola "The Dog That Never Smiles." Even when she gets excited she doesn't open her mouth into a smile. Ever. Mostly she just walks around, not smiling. She's great.

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Miss M is so beautiful. Love her expressions.

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