Who Are We to Judge?

And finally in the news today, billionaire carpet-tack tycoon Berthold Q. Pootmoodler celebrated his 78th birthday. Known for his eccentricities, the spry septuagenarian attended the ceremony dressed in a custom-tailored dog suit.

Wow, the rich are different from you and I, Chief Sister Officer.



  1. Mary (the first) says:

    That looks like Mexican food?!? Won’t that make even more pootmoodle than usual? if you know what I mean…

  2. sunnylessmum says:

    Oh I LOVE it when pets have their birthday celebrated! Woot! And, let’s assume that food is dog food dressed up as a birthday treat. 🙂 And, talk about yer shifty eyes!

  3. skippymom says:

    Pretty please, change it to “different from”?
    Obnoxious Priggish Grammar Snob

    Oh, and this is a lovely picture.

  4. nixiesticks says:

    This dog reminds me of those photos where people Photoshopped Steve Buscemi’s eyes onto other celebrities.

  5. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Wow, I’m really getting beaten up on word choice this week. 🙂 OK, ees feexed.

  6. skippymom says:

    Thank you, kiss kiss!

    (I resisted asking you to change it from “I” to “me”. Didn’t want to be thoroughly obnoxious.)

  7. Mary (the first) says:

    LOL I wanted to say the same but thought it was a bit harsh on Mike (who I love) to start very first comment with grammar correction. “different than” is one of my pet peeves too!

  8. wow – Santa in dog form …

  9. Mary (the first) says:

    omg you’re right, should be “me” . Oh Mike, what will we do with you?

  10. skippymom says:

    Mary, let’s both give Mike a big hug and assure him that we love him and wouldn’t trade him for anything, no matter what.

  11. i swear this looks like the little old duffer who lives next door to me. I just passed him sitting out in his lawn chair in the sun reading the paper, with this exact frizzy white floof and satisfied expression.

  12. Goggie does have an odd human-like look on his face . . . 😕

  13. Legotech says:

    He could be a supermodel with that smile

  14. skippymom says:

    I think he is one of those human/animal hybrids about which we have been warned.

  15. 1000flight says:

    Does anyone else think this guy looks like Robin Williams??

  16. (The Original) Mel says:


  17. I’m a little creeped out by the human-like eyes on that dog. It’s weird. And creepy.

  18. This pupster’s eyes look truly human, and when you throw in the smile, it kind of creeps me out. Still, it is a cute pooch, and I love celebrating pets’ birthdays!

  19. One Eyed Daruma says:

    Am I the only one who sees an uncanny resemblance to Casey from American Idol?

  20. warrior rabbit says:

    Dude’s totally baked.

  21. I think its a dog cookie available from special dog bakeries.
    Anyone one else notice a bit of pink belly peeking out?
    This little one is a totally laid-back, relaxed surfer-dude type of goggie.

  22. Surely this is photoshopped? Those eyes and the pink skin around them . . . just sayin’.

  23. word. ><

  24. I see peenk belly too!
    What a happy looking pupster!

  25. Oh man, those eyes. It LOOKS like it could be a guy in a dog suit. So creepy…

  26. tracylee says:

    I noticed that too…. o.O but reeeealy didn’t want to push it, either!

  27. tracylee says:

    if M. McCaughn…Cauneh… blargh…
    that surfer/slacker cutie pie movie dude whose name I CANNOT spell…

    if he ^ were a scruffy dog, I imagine it’d be this one.

  28. Anne Boleyn says:

    Wouldn’t trade him but would correct his grammar.

  29. 😯

  30. Yesh, I agree: he is still cute, even if he leans a bit too much toward the hooman.

  31. warrior rabbit says:

    Well, dogs don’t use deodorant, either, but I’m not so sure they’d be any good at naked bongo playing, so it might not be a perfect match.

  32. warrior rabbit says:

    That was a reply to Tracylee. Oops.

  33. Laffy Jo says:

    That is one blissful looking Pooty. Nothin’ like a lovely plate full of carbs.

  34. OMG – you are right! He totally looks like Mr. Once-Naked-While-Playing-Bongos-Texas-Surfer-Actor-Dude if Mr. ONWPBTSAD (yup, I can’t spell his name either) were a scruffy dog!

  35. WR – that’s OK — and looks like you and I were on the same page at the same time vis a vis the naked bongo playing ref!

  36. tracylee says:

    don’t dogs usually prefer to be naked too? much like our Mr. ONWPBTSAD? maybe it is all falling into place…

  37. Okay, now change it to “different to”. This is fun!

  38. pamela l. kelly says:

    i can’t stop lookin’ at him’s cute face! him’s NOT creepy! ALL dogs are just people in dog suits.

  39. Ladybug says:

    “ALL dogs are just people in dog suits.”

    Yes yes! Brilliant, pamela! I’ve often thought that my dachsie behaves as though he were a demanding little German man furious to have found himself in a weiner dog’s body. Now I KNOW he is!!

  40. Yeah, somehow I knew it was a NotMike opus as soon as I saw that name.


  41. Demanding little German man furious to have found himself in a weiner dog’s body?
    That is the funniest and best description I’ve ever read.

  42. Pootmoodler. I’m gonna name my next LOTRO creep “Pootmoodler.” Hmm…should it be a spider, a Warg, or an Orc?

  43. Please change it to “me”? Please? *object pronoun fanatic*

  44. Mass hysteria!

  45. Matthew McConaughey? Either him or Abe Vigoda!

  46. tracylee says:

    my most sincere apologies, it appears I have butchered Mr. McC’s good name. Thank you, Th., for pointing out the error in my ways!

  47. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    Nope. He DOES look like Casey Abrams. But overall, that dog is just creepy.

  48. … what they said … but isn’t it “whom I love”?

  49. Cartoon published in The New Yorker 30 Aug 2010 by William Haefeli (Two men are seen speaking at a bar. ) “You have no idea what it’s like to be a ‘just between you and me’ person in a ‘just between you and I’ world.”

  50. Alice Shortcake says:

    The party hat also doubles as an ear trumpet.

  51. SlaveToCat says:

    Cute puppy er human er puppy gosh must be a puppyman.

    Geneticists must have crossed the DNA of puppies and babies. Fortunately cats are immune to cross species gene splicing. =)

  52. Dr. Emile Schoeffhausen says:

    I close my pootmoodler eyes and make a very special birthday wish.
    I wish…
    I wish for…

  53. CREEPY dog!
    That is one creepy dog face, eek!

  54. Mary (the first) says:

    Oh absolutely!! ((( Mike ))) big hugs.

  55. Mary (the first) says:

    You’re probably right, I’m a nutso about many grammar things but “who / whom” usually escapes me. 😦 Not even *I* am perfect! (or is it, “me”. :D)

  56. Mary (the first) says:

    I think Robin Williams is another. Just sayin’.

  57. Mary (the first) says:

    I hadn’t thought of it, but you’re right!

  58. Please stop with the naked bongo playing actor and dog and the falling into place, I can’t stop giggling at the pictures in my head.
    I’m a baaaad girl 😀

  59. ashagato says:

    i’m with you, T. “with you and I” makes me crazy…

  60. I can only hope that this is one of my fantasies come true, when down on their luck hoomans get reincarnated into a SWEET dog’s life.

    My pets for instance… I look at them and say ‘I really hope you deserved this life!’

  61. chanpon says:

    Seriously, that looks like a guy in a furry face suit. *shudders*

  62. Mary (the first) says:

    That’s cuz cats are perfect, as is.

  63. April's NaNa says:

    Those eyes just don’t belong in that face. Can you say “photo-chopped”?

  64. Mamabear says:

    OMG, my husband was just sure that they’d photoshopped a human’s eyes on this dog! I laughed out loud fer real on this one.

  65. April's NaNa says:

    Sorry, I failed to read all the comments before posting my own. Weird dog-cute-but weird.

  66. Hey, furries are the new drag queens. It’s a valid lifestyle, weird as all-get-out but vaid.

    This little one needs some visine and a long nap.

  67. warrior rabbit says:

    If you can say ‘him,’ you should say ‘whom.’

  68. warrior rabbit says:

    All of this constructive criticism is really funny, considering it’s on a post titled, Who Are We to Judge? Ha ha ha.

  69. curious says:
  70. Laffy Jo says:


  71. I totally snorted my drink when I read “Pootmoodler.” Lulz!

  72. I’ve seen this pic, and others of Riley, countless times, and I just can’t get enough of them! That look is priceless!

  73. Jadilee Wadilee says:

    We have a Bichon Frise, of which I believe this is a picture. He does not have eyes as widely spaced and they are dark brown, so I believe the eyes in this photo are photo shopped. The smile, however, is genuine.

  74. I saw a hand-painted sign the other day that said “Used Tire’s.” aaaarrrgghhh!!!

  75. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    If you read the article, you’ll see that Riley is known for having a human-like face & making human-like expressions.

    He is so FLUFFY!!! Just like a lamb!

  76. That expression is doggone priceless!!!

  77. TrixandSam says:

    I think what’s throwing everyone off is the lack of pigmentation in the nose, eye rims (and eyes) and lips. Those areas should be black on a Bichon. The myriad of facial expressions are pure Bichon, but the liver-colored lips, nose, eye rims and light eyes are pure Poodle.

    That said, Riley is awesome!

  78. warrior rabbit says:

    There’s a sign in our break room advertising “Taco Truck Tuesday’s.” And there’s a notice by the cigarette doohickey warning smokers that they’ve seen “allot” of butts on the ground, and they’ll lose smoking privileges if they don’t clean up after themselves. Sigh.

  79. Noelegy says:

    I work in a company where shall we say, the people in charge were not English majors, and they write their memos and emails and such using “please see [Name] or I if you have further questions” and you just know they’re doing it to try to sound edjumacated and it makes me want to scream sometimes…

    There, I feel better.

  80. skippymom says:

    ceejoe, in the town where I grew up there is a dance studio whose sign proudly proclaims its name to be “A Dancers’ World”. Every time I drive by it I cringe.

  81. skippymom says:

    OK, you win.

  82. Noelegy says:

    Shades of Klaus from “American Dad!”

  83. Noelegy says:

    Goggie is saying, “…………Duuuuuuuuuuude. I got the munchies.”

  84. Article says Riley is a bichon/poodle mix.

  85. Paunchie says:


  86. skippymom says:


  87. pamela l. kelly says:

    Thanks for sharing more CUTE pictures of Riley! I just wanna hug him!

  88. Totally

  89. Dude, my hands are huuuge!

  90. bob drummond says:

    A dog reading a newspaper? Sounds vaguely familiar…….

  91. Fird Birfle says:

    …considers making a joke about Catholic church here….

  92. Fird Birfle says:

    Or perhaps, the Ear Trumpet doubles, as a Party Hat???? 😉

  93. Fird Birfle says:

    ….so [she said, rashly making an assumption that she was the first & cleverest person EVAHR — cough — for thinking of this?] ..then one could, accurately, refer to a female Bichon as a Bichon Biche aka Bitchin’ Bitch???

    I have no shame at all today.

  94. I can hear the little dog singing Happy birthday to me happy birthday to me happy birthday to me I wish this was a bone

  95. MythrilDragon says:

    For some reason this dog’s face reminds me of the old man from Pixar’s “Geri’s Game” short film 😛