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DeDe: Tough Times Build Character- An Attractive Quality!

Oh Dog! DeDe here with this week’s tip to make you look and feel your best! I’m your Personal Beauty Consultant!


Bad things happen- that’s a part of life.

This week’s tip: Take the bad with the good!

Stuff happens in life that we don’t like. Jobs are lost. Relationships end. Disasters happen. Let’s face it- it’s never a pleasant experience.

And yet how many times have you heard someone say, or said yourself, that it was the best thing that ever happened, because out of that awful experience came something really good.

Truth is that when bad things happen, a person will find out what they’re truly made of. And most find they are really strong and resilient. Maybe you don’t make it through smelling like a rose, but you make it through, and that’s all that really matters.

Struggles give you character, and character is an attractive quality.

So while it’s understandable that you would feel bad for yourself in the midst of your struggles, don’t lose hope that you will get to the end of that tunnel and that it will all be worth it. As for others, it’s OK to lighten their load, just don’t take it from them completely, or they will lose a valuable learning experience.


I’m not a cute, fuzzy pup, but I am a dog with lots of character, and that makes me attractive!

And don’t forget to leave home without this essential beauty item- 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?


51 thoughts on “DeDe: Tough Times Build Character- An Attractive Quality!

  1. DeDe you are more than attractive – you are beautiful – from the inside out and that’s the BEST kind of beautiful. Excellent advice too!!! As always!!

    Love and Hugs, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | January 5, 2014, 7:04 AM
  2. That is such a wonderful attitude to have, DeDe. Often good things come out of bad, we just have to remember there is light at the end of the tunnel. I love your smile!!

    Posted by Jan K | January 5, 2014, 7:23 AM
  3. You are as usual right. I’ve been through some stuff too and I am still standing. Your sweet face reminds that the st beauty accessory is a smile. Keep smiling, cry if you need to, and remember you are dearly loved.

    Posted by kanzensakura | January 5, 2014, 7:39 AM
  4. DeDe I think I might love you!! AND you are a woofie! 🙂 xox

    Posted by Austin Towers | January 5, 2014, 7:41 AM
  5. This is a great beauty tip. When a big dog bit my neck, and I had surgery, I felt sorry for myself a little. But when my drain was out, Mom covered my stitches with a bandage and a red bandana every day. People in the neighborhood said I looked like a gang-banger. This is NOT a good image to have, but it always made them laugh when they said it, because I am so tiny and innocent looking, except for that rockin’ bandana. It changed my image and made me feel a little tougher, like I’d make it through. And then I did. I love you, DeDe.

    Love and licks,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | January 5, 2014, 7:50 AM
  6. Oh, DeDe, what a wonderful attitude! You’re so right, stuff happens in life that we don’t like, but it’s the way we handle it that matters! We need to learn to accept it and move on and learn from it! We will come out of such an experience stronger and wiser than before and will be ready to face the world in new ways… You really are beautiful inside and out, sweet little girl! All the best to you!! 🙂

    xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino
    P.S. We’ve got BIG smiles on our face… 🙂 🙂

    Posted by purrfectkitties | January 5, 2014, 7:53 AM
  7. You is da bootifullest. XXXX

    Posted by Shiva & Jaya | January 5, 2014, 8:00 AM
  8. To take the bad with the good is the best what we can do, but sometimes that’s the hardest thing on earth. Thanks for a great advice DeDe, you are a very wise doggy. Have a sunday full of smiles :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | January 5, 2014, 8:30 AM
  9. Great advice as usual, DeDe! I don’t think anyone leaving your house could go without a smile. One look at you and l’m sure they smile right back! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

    Posted by ScottieMom | January 5, 2014, 8:38 AM
  10. Dear DeDe, you’re always so beautiful both appearance and inside of you!!! We’ve learned lots of good things and positive ideas from you that we really thank you. I know that you must have hard time now but still you kindly encourage us with your very smart tip. We love you, DeDe. *pawhugs*

    Posted by eripanwkevin | January 5, 2014, 8:48 AM
  11. Pawsome attitude DeDe !

    Posted by Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal | January 5, 2014, 9:35 AM
  12. Oh DeDe, you may not be “cute” (although i think you are), but you are beautiful and you smile increases your beauty. And your posts as a Personal Beauty Consultant show just how beautiful your are on the inside. It shows your soul.

    Mom and I are praying for you.

    Posted by whydowepaythem | January 5, 2014, 9:36 AM
  13. You has winned award!

    Posted by Shiva & Jaya | January 5, 2014, 9:40 AM
  14. You always give the best advices DeDe!!!!!

    Posted by Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom | January 5, 2014, 9:49 AM
  15. DeDe you become more and more beauwoooowoooootiful efurry week! Wooooowoooooooo! Ku

    Posted by Kuruk | January 5, 2014, 11:03 AM
  16. WE like the way you Think, DeDe.

    Posted by Frankie and Ernie | January 5, 2014, 11:14 AM
  17. Wow DeDe, I don’t think anyone could have said it better!!
    I really liked your post today! Enlightening!!
    Especially with what you have been going through! What an outlook to have.
    ((Husky hugz))
    “Love is being owned by a husky”

    Posted by HuskyCrazed SibePage | January 5, 2014, 11:55 AM
  18. Excellent advice!

    Posted by Emmadog | January 5, 2014, 11:58 AM
  19. you are so Beautiful DeDe,xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | January 5, 2014, 11:58 AM
  20. Doggone it, DeDe, you are attractive. I also love the positive vibe you’re sending out.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | January 5, 2014, 12:36 PM
  21. Great words DeDe with your beautiful Dogs I love it 🙂

    Posted by jakesprinter | January 5, 2014, 2:43 PM
  22. What do you mean that you’re not cute?! I think you are beautiful inside and out, DeDe! xoxo

    Posted by Moxie Reviews™ | January 5, 2014, 2:49 PM
  23. Dede is the most bootiful doggy effur. Inside and out. Great advice as always!

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | January 5, 2014, 5:12 PM
  24. Dede…I think you’re a beautiful dog…honestly 🙂

    Posted by Kurome | January 5, 2014, 6:12 PM
  25. You are absolutely adorable to me DeDe! You have such a wise and beautiful soul. I would love to give you a huge big squeezie hug for such a spot-on post today. Tough times are indeed tough but they’ve had a hand in making us all what we are today! xoxoxoxoxoxox

    Posted by teddyandtottie | January 5, 2014, 6:30 PM
  26. We’d rather have a smile than a bad day! Thanks for yours!

    Posted by Oui Oui | January 5, 2014, 7:44 PM
  27. DeDe, you have the best attitude ever. Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom with us. We love you!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | January 5, 2014, 7:58 PM
  28. We’re pulling for you DeDe. Sending love.

    Posted by coddlecreekpetservices | January 5, 2014, 10:49 PM
  29. This is a pawesome Hymn of Life! Bootiful! Thank you, DeDe!

    Posted by kolytyi | January 6, 2014, 7:43 AM
  30. Phankz Phankz Phankz DeDe fer such an inspirin post today!!! Ya iz so right…Mum alwayz tellz me out of each bad/sad fing she leernz sumfing and getz stronger….
    Me haz found bein chronic sick me haz alot more strength than me new…Me neber wuud have fought to live befur butt now me iz fightin like a RRRAAWWRRR Tiger to stay alive n wif Mum!!!
    *Nose kissez* to ya DeDe frum Nylablue ❤

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | January 6, 2014, 9:18 AM
  31. DeDe, your beauty and wisdom radiate inside and outside of you. Sending you a big special gentle hug. And, another one to all your gang.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | January 6, 2014, 10:37 AM
  32. And most huggable dog ever! Who could resist that cutie face? HUGS DeDe!

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | January 6, 2014, 6:16 PM
  33. Very wise and just what I need to hear today – thank you!!

    Posted by 25castleson25clouds | January 9, 2014, 7:41 AM

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