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Dear DeDe

Beauty From the Inside Out!

Oh Dog! DeDe here with my new segment- Beauty From the Inside Out!


I'm going to make you look and feel your best!

I’m going to make you look and feel your best!


Humans have some strange ideas about beauty.

Take skin, for example. Pale-skinned people see darker skin as beautiful, while dark-skinned people see lighter skin as beautiful.

So pale-skinned people spend hours lying in tanning beds or slathering on fake tans, while dark-skinned people are subjecting themselves to risky bleaching treatments.

Oh, and don’t get me started about how they are forever removing all that beautiful, silky fur they have!

Personally, I like the philosophy of the young Sikh woman who recently responded to hundreds of people making fun of her looks after another person took a photo of her and posted it on Reddit. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so.


Balpreet Kaur, a Sikh woman who taught us all a lesson in true beauty this week

Balpreet Kaur, a Sikh woman who taught us all a lesson in true beauty this week


Let’s face it. Setting impossibly high standards of beauty, and then making fun of each other for not meeting those standards, is silly. Don’t play that game. Such ideas breed prejudice and bigotry, which leads to conflict.

Are you pale as the full moon? Is your skin dark like rich coffee? Are you scarred? Marked? Tattooed?

Regardless of what you look like on the outside, there’s a glorious Spark of Life on the inside. Let that spark shine, because that’s who you truly are. As Balpreet said, it’s our words, our thoughts, and our actions that matter. 


Have a great week, and never leave your home without this essential beauty product- A SMILE!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


50 thoughts on “Beauty From the Inside Out!

  1. Great advice!

    The Florida Furkids

    Posted by The Florida Furkids | May 26, 2013, 6:56 AM
  2. Very beautifully put.

    Posted by A. Mittal | May 26, 2013, 7:03 AM
  3. Great Tip – I will try my best small in front of the mirror before I leave my crib – Thanks :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | May 26, 2013, 7:05 AM
  4. Dede you are one smart doggy!! Beauty from the inside is waaaaay more important than anything on the outside!

    Posted by catchatcaren | May 26, 2013, 7:10 AM
  5. Wow De De what a great new segment! Yes we beat ourselves up and often each other over what! We should also take a leaf from our canine and feline friends ,who accept who they are.This is why we love them,because they are free of silly human affectations,this is why we beam when we are with them and yet we try to be something different ourselves…And i always find something everyday to smile about and you know what De De it usually involves our much loved animal friends ..great advice 🙂

    Posted by fozziemum | May 26, 2013, 7:13 AM
    • It’s sad that humans choose to make themselves and others miserable. But it’s important to remind you all that even though others do and say the things they do, you don’t have to be a part of all that. -Love, DeDe

      Posted by rumpydog | May 26, 2013, 8:19 AM
  6. Hi DeDe! Great post to start your new segment! I was so touched by what you reported! Me n mom try to never forget our smile!!!
    Have a lovely Sunday! 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | May 26, 2013, 7:13 AM
  7. What a great new segment. Our hooman Mummy has very light, fair skin and she hates it. She wants to be tanned, even just a little.

    I don’t think there is anyone who is completely happy and confident with their looks but it is sad that people would be mean to someone else who is comfortable with their looks.

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | May 26, 2013, 7:25 AM
    • Your mother is not happy with her looks because someone taught her not to be happy with her looks. Babies aren’t born hating how they look. It’s not easy, but help your mama unlearn those lessons. -Love, DeDe

      Posted by rumpydog | May 26, 2013, 8:15 AM
  8. I love this post. And to it I say AMEN!

    Posted by Goose | May 26, 2013, 7:27 AM
  9. Love this, truer words were never woofed. I want to be the sort of person who sees beauty everywhere, and in every one. I try really hard, and most of the time I’m able to find something in the person that is beautiful. Physical beauty has become less and less important for me.

    Posted by humanrescuesdog | May 26, 2013, 7:55 AM
    • It’s hard to undo those lessons ingrained in you as children, especially when the messages continue to surround you. You can’t watch TV, or read a magazine, or even shop for groceries without being bombarded with messages of what beauty is and why you’re not beautiful. A dog’s life is MUCH more simple! -Love, DeDe

      Posted by rumpydog | May 26, 2013, 8:14 AM
  10. This is important information, DeDe. Mom is pale and I am spotted. We are both satisfied with that, and are pretty sure our smiles shine through all of it.

    Love and licks,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | May 26, 2013, 8:07 AM
  11. Humans are rarely satisfied with themselves it seems (!) whereas we animals are what we are and love every minute of it….I think we should ALL be fur covered anyway! Tee Hee

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | May 26, 2013, 8:09 AM
  12. Humans, man…

    Posted by The Hook | May 26, 2013, 8:17 AM
  13. Well said…I wish Humans saw the world like dogs…then it would become a much better place to live in! 🙂

    Posted by panoramaofthoughts | May 26, 2013, 8:43 AM
  14. Great post Rumpy! Thanks for the link 🙂

    Posted by Bluejellybeans | May 26, 2013, 8:50 AM
  15. Well said!

    Posted by Bren | May 26, 2013, 9:01 AM
  16. Beautifully said Rumpy.

    Posted by granny1947 | May 26, 2013, 10:57 AM
  17. Such good advice! And yes, a smile is the best cosmetic of them all.

    Rumpy you rock! 🙂

    Posted by Geraldine | May 26, 2013, 11:16 AM
  18. Oh yes indeed. It is our inner beauty that draws people to us and keeps them in our lives. Many, however, are distracted by what is on the outside and what the media displays beauty to be.

    Posted by Colline | May 26, 2013, 11:28 AM
  19. Thank you DeDe for your deep understanding of beauty. People are never happy with what they have. More is always better. What someone else has is always better.

    You are beautiful inside and out.

    Posted by BJ Pup | May 26, 2013, 2:14 PM
  20. There is a wonderful lesson to be learned from her response. If she had responded belligerently, it probably would have created a firestorm of more verbal attacks that would leave everyone feeling angry. But since she responded so thoughtfully, it made people stop and think – including the person who started the ridicule in the first place.

    Posted by ILoveDogs | May 26, 2013, 2:40 PM
  21. What a wonderful post, Dede! And your words are all so very true.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    Posted by Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning | May 26, 2013, 3:01 PM
  22. DeDe, you’re right, Humans do have some strange ideas about beauty!!! Great post! x

    Posted by Moxie Reviews™ (@MoxieReviews) | May 26, 2013, 3:07 PM
  23. Very nicely put. People used to make comments about sweet Heather being beautiful but “well-fed.” Some would even call her fat and she was only 26 pounds or so. Her body isn’t a “typical Scottie” shape but then again Scotties (as all dogs and people do) come in all shapes and sizes. Heather is beautiful from the inside out. Those who judge her, however, need to take a closer look internally. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

    Posted by ScottieMom | May 26, 2013, 3:51 PM
  24. People need to learn from us dogs. We know we’re beautiful no matter what.

    Posted by Bongo | May 26, 2013, 4:04 PM
  25. That was amazing! What a gracious lovely person!!

    Posted by CATachresis | May 26, 2013, 4:22 PM
  26. What great advice Rumpy … We really need to furcus on the things we have and what we are rather than what we don’t have and what we want to be 🙂

    Posted by boscocat | May 26, 2013, 6:04 PM
  27. Nothing more beautiful than a smile.

    Posted by dogdaz | May 26, 2013, 9:34 PM
  28. Wonderful post!

    Posted by Linda Arthur Tejera | May 26, 2013, 10:14 PM
  29. Oh wow! I hadn’t heard about that story – other than FB I don’t really engage that much with social media (?does that make me anti-social or just anti-social media?). I have to say, that the response from the lady in question was one of those pieces of writing that take you to a higher place when read.

    Posted by Flo | May 26, 2013, 11:43 PM
  30. The main problem with people is that they always want what they don’t have, no matter what it is. A quote to that is that “there are only two tragedies in human life: when you don’t get what you want, and when you do get what you want.” (or something like that)

    Posted by Jana Rade | May 27, 2013, 12:04 AM
  31. Great message Dede! I think that as people age, they worry about their looks less. That may not be true for everyone… maybe it’s just a personal experience.

    Posted by Ann "Paws" Staub | May 27, 2013, 1:21 AM
  32. That’s so true DeDe. It’s all in the inside 🙂

    Posted by angelswhisper2011 | May 27, 2013, 2:49 AM
  33. The woman has a wonderful outlook. I read that the guy who wrote this has apologized – as he should have. You can have a beautiful exterior and be really ugly inside or vice-versa. I’d prefer the beauty to be from the inside.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | June 1, 2013, 4:08 PM

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