Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just Can't Say "NO!"

The word "no" might be a small word, but for me, it's not always been an easy one to say. For example, I have been asked on more than one occasion if I could help organize a dinner for our church--Of course I said "yes." Then there are the times when I'm asked if I can work an extra day at work, even though I have made plans for my day off and I'm exhausted, I almost always say "yes" to that as well.

I have found that saying "yes" might be the automatic, simplest response for me, even when I truly want to say no. But there is a price, at least for me, for not being able to say "no," because there are times that I know that it will inevitably lead to some stress and my blood pressure being raised a few points.

On the flip side of that, I have some "guilty pleasures" that I (typically) never say "no" to...

Like lunch with my friends--My hands-down favorite has been and is still a cheeseburger and fries, I really have problems saying "NO!" to one...
A visit to a greenhouse! I love to just walk around and look at all the plants!
A good yard sale! I can never say "no!" to a good deal!
This is our CarrieAnne on Saturday--She couldn't say "no" to rolling in something that smelled so good--I did say "no!" to her coming in the house until she had a bath!!
Finally, there's something else I just can't and have never been able to say no to...A senior Golden that needs a place to go--Meet our new foster dog "Patch" who came to us late last week. He's an active and bouncy, ball obsessed 12 year old boy whose owner left him outside for 14 hours a day and the neighbors complaints were finally heard...

Yes, I know, I know, I said I was done taking dogs in from the rescue. But I think the rescue knows that I'll never say "NO!" to a dog in need... "No" he won't be staying permanently, I'll be putting him up for adoption...Wait, haven't I said "no" to that before too? Hmmmm...maybe I AM better at saying "no" than I think I am!!

What can't you say "no!" too?


  1. I couldn't say no to Patch either!Look at that gorgeous face!
    People ask YOU because they know you'll do a good job whatever it may be.I don't find it easy to say NO either.Especially when I'm offered a big box of belgian chocolates!!

    Bellaboo :0)

  2. Patch is very handsome and such a lucky guy!!! i don't blame you, looks like he has been there all along! good for you....
    i probably can't say no to ice cream....:)
    (but have learned to say no to many things that take away "me" time!)
    more pics of Patch!

  3. I have a hard time saying no, so, that's why I married my husband. He'll read my mind and before I can say "there's this dog", he says no. Three is his limit, while I on the other hand would be limitless...
    Patch has found a wonderful home and you are both lucky to have found one another!

  4. I'm glad the neighbors didn't approve of Patch being outdoors for 14 hours a day! How long have you had him with you? He looks like a happy old man and I'm glad you said "yes" to him living with you even though you wanted to say "no".
    What do I have a hard time saying "no" to? French fries!

  5. Good on you, we are proud of parents like you. Keep up the great work xx Major

  6. Oh! Look at Patches sweet face. Who could say no to him?

    It takes a long time to learn to say no. I think that it's something that a lot of us struggle with, on a regular basis. Maybe it's a good thing. Get's things done.

  7. Lucky Patch - may he bring much joy & happiness in your life and your human/canine families!

  8. It's not hard to see that someone left him outside for 14 hrs a day - there is so much cruelty in the world anymore! If it wasn't for people like you to say "yes", it would be so much worse!

    I'm sure he thanks you for the love...

  9. God Bless you for not saying "NO".
    One look at Patch says it all.


    Sheila & Bob
    Hamish & Rescue Sophie

  10. I'm glad you can't say NO to those senior goldens. I'd even have to say yes to one and then I'd call you and hope you'd say yes too.

    Now about that cheeseburger and fries.......

  11. thats just you kim!!
    saying es all the time makes you a lovley person

  12. Welcome Patch!
    You have found a great home to live at and lots of new dogie friends to meet and play with. You will have lots of love and large acreage to roam. I bet you'll be feeling at home real soon.
    From the picture it looks like you have already settled in.
    Your one lucky dog.
    Oh I bet the foods great too!

  13. OMD!

    If only Khousin Merdie was khloser, I think she'd have another boyfuriend!

    As fur no?

    We khan't seem to say no to another blog to visit
    NOR khan we say no to transporting...

    Thanks fur not saying NO to Patch!


  14. I'm glad that you didn't say NO, he's a lovely boy, and I just bet he will be a perfect gentleman.
    It's sad when people treat domestic pets as farm animals, if they wanted to keep an animal outside for most of their days, they should have bought a goat or donkey maybe.
    Dogs are domestic, pack animals, they thrive on making their owners happy, it's what they live for, not left to their own devices in a back yard.
    I'm so proud of you, and share a love of cheezeburgers and fries too ;)

  15. You obviously have a beautiful kind heart! The dogs are lucky to have you! xx

  16. We are happy that you could not say no to Patch.
    My mom says she cannot say no to M&Ms.
    I can't say no to anythig edible.

  17. I agree Patches is a gorgeous dog and look at the sparkle in his eyes, he is happy with his new home!!

    Gill in Canada

  18. You have a big Golden heart ! I have learned to say no about selling fundraising raffle tickets ! I was phoned spur of the momenth as someone hadn't turned up for their sint but It didn't suit my plans for the day , so I said No !
    Dillon has found a dead rat to roll in on our walk - so now I know to call him before we get to that spot ! Why DO they do it ?!!!

  19. I'm totally with you...cheeseburgers and fries!

    We carry a little "first aid" for smelly things dogs get into. Use the "old-fashioned" Listerine (the amber kind). Dilute one part Listerine to three parts water and put in a spray bottle. Wipe off with old towels. It will keep the smell almost tolerable until you can do better. We keep this in the car all the time when we take the dogs out in the woods.

  20. Ur new boy is just so very handsome. will u be able to give him away? now, now, don't u say 'NO'!!
    it's difficult I know, but I am better at it too, than i was a few years back.
    but I can never say NO when my Ginger n Buddy refuses to eat their kibble n asks for home made meals.I always end up cooking for them, even if i get late for work or m just too tired.
    Can never say NO to hubby n friends when they want me to cook up a nice meal.

  21. How could anyone say 'no' to that face!?
    - a

  22. I love Patch! He's so cute :) We are so thankful he was taken by the people who weren't caring for him, and now he is happy at your home. P.S. My mouth is watering for that burger...what a beauty.

  23. Every once in awhile I say "yes" to something that I wish I had said "no" too ~ and I always get mad at myself.

    But there are lots of things I can't say 'no' to and on my list are french fries, greenhouses and yard sales like you!

    And add on: chocolate, bubble baths, a snooze on the couch and warm pj's! :)

    xo Catherine

  24. Patch is a most handsome fella.
    Thank you for not being able to say "no."

  25. We have a Katrina survivor [rescued] Rottweiler male who is so sweet and smart, and we feel lucky to have a fine, noble dog as he is. He is a life saver.
    BTW, Black text on Prussian Blue is very hard to read......

    Tom S
    Jesus is Lord.

  26. Hi Kim! Thanks for not saying "no" to Patch. He is very handsome. How can someone resist that sweet face?? Glad that you found each other =)
    Thor xx

  27. I am so glad you are the kind of person who doesn't say no - lucky Patch! :-)


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