Dear Sean

I don’t do well with dares. In the fourth grade, I was double-dog dared to stand on a ladder and pee over the hood of my friend’s daddy’s Oldsmobile.


I just can’t read you anymore. At first you were cool, but now you’re a @!#$% dork. There have been tons of national events in the news… And you just ignore them… You’re all busy writing about your stupid dog and @#$%.

Sometimes I just want to say, “Nobody cares about your dumb dog!”

I dare you to write me back,


I don’t do well with dares. In the fourth grade, I was double-dog dared to stand on a ladder and pee over the hood of my friend’s daddy’s Oldsmobile.

I didn’t have enough back-pressure in my nine-year-old bladder to clear the hood. My friend’s daddy nearly had a heart attack.

My mama made me peel potatoes until I was thirty.

Anyway, I just read your letter aloud to Ellie Mae. I wish you could’ve seen her face. She’s crushed. She wears her feelings on her collar, you know.

Today, Ellie Mae woke earlier than normal. Most often, she rises at the crack of noon. This morning, she woke at 5 A.M. because of a persistent ear infection.

I’ve taken her to the vet six times in the last five months. I took her yesterday.

You’ll be thrilled to know the vet says her ears are getting better. He also says that her problem is just part of having long, floppy, magnificent, voluptuous, comely, silken, ears.

Then, he rubbed her belly and said, “I think Ellie is one of my favorite patients.”

His favorite.

A remark like that deserves celebration. I took Ellie to Pet Smart as a reward. She sniffed a few employee hindparts, then made friends with a Corgie named Jim.

I bought her a toy duck and a rawhide to the tune of thirty-two bucks. I know that’s pricey, but recall, if you will, what the vet said.

Anyway, I have been throwing toy ducks for Ellie Mae since the invention of hate-email. She darts into the Choctawhatchee Bay and swims after them until she reaches the coast of Indonesia.

You’ve never seen anything like it.

So. Where was I? Ah, yes. After we left Pet Smart, I met a friend for lunch. We ate take-out Mexican in his office. Ellie laid in the corner, eating a rawhide.

“Can you believe,” I pointed out to my friend. “That Ellie’s vet called her his FAVORITE dog?”

My pal swallowed his food and said, “Why do I have a feeling you’re going to write down whatever I say in your blog?”

Ellie and I rode home, listening to Willie Nelson on the radio. I believe she likes Willie Nelson. This, I can tell by the way she…

Wait. I almost forgot.

You didn’t want to know about my “stupid” dog. You wanted to read about current events, statues, riots, or misguided folks on the evening news.

Maybe you wanted me to rant over something controversial. Maybe you wanted me to be angry. Maybe you wanted cussing.

Well, whatever it was that you wanted, you certainly didn’t want to read trivial things about an allegedly “stupid” Black and Tan hound I love so much.

I’m sorry, friend. But if you’ve read this far…

You just did.


  1. Janette Anderson - August 27, 2017 12:52 pm

    Dear Sean, Please keep doing what you’re doing. Your words feel like a balm … a reminder of the good people, places, and moments left to be discovered.

    Best wishes to you and yours,

  2. Jo Ann - August 27, 2017 12:52 pm

    Thank you, Sean, for your daily columns. I read them first thing in the morning to start my day off right. We can read that other crap any time, but good news & things about regular people, not so much. And thank you for the Ellie Mae stories, our 4 dogs would probably like her.

  3. Bobbie Lemons Lovell - August 27, 2017 12:53 pm

    J’m with you, Sean. Love me, love my dog.
    And my cat Mel Tailless. She is a Manx

  4. Jan - August 27, 2017 12:54 pm

    Awesome! Way to go, Sean!

  5. Wes - August 27, 2017 12:54 pm

    Hahahaaa!! Well played good sir. Enjoyed the read as always.

  6. Sandi in FL - August 27, 2017 12:58 pm

    Instead of writing to tell you, why didn’t that unkind person just cease reading your blog? It’s as simple as changing the channel when a television show comes on that’s not to one’s liking. Switch to something else! Let me go on record and say that I love reading your stories, whether they’re about Ellie Mae, Alabama, certain people you meet, or other topics. Newspapers and TV news reports contain so much negativity, it’s refreshing to savor your slice of life that turns an ordinary day into something more digestible than the media broadcasts. Hang in there and keep on writing, Sean.

  7. Jill - August 27, 2017 12:59 pm

    Dear Sean:

    I awoke this morning grumbling with a little bit of self-pity thrown in. Long sigh to “here we go again” which means within an entanglement of leashes, jumps, and licks. Then pour my coffee only to come sit at my desk and open the anger I am noting here of late on the Internet. I deactivated my Facebook for that very reason as well as personal.

    Of course, I don’t need to delve into a long lengthy note, but I just want to tell you, there are no persons that can replace our “Ellie Mays” Would you give her a hug from Jill in Tn. I am going to listen to some Willie Nelson now.

  8. Paman - August 27, 2017 1:00 pm

    You tell ’em Sean, I’m pattin’ my foot!

  9. Amy - August 27, 2017 1:03 pm

    Thanks Sean for being the anti-dote to the news. Your voice is a calming presence in my life right now and in a world of chaos and unkindness. And we all need an Ellie Mae by our sides (mine is an old dog named Zorro).

  10. David Jones - August 27, 2017 1:03 pm

    Your blog is one of the VERY few things on the internet worth reading. Ignore the haters and press on. And thanks for being you.

  11. Deborah Bundy - August 27, 2017 1:07 pm

    Love it! Go Elie, go all people who love dogs and enjoy reading about them. As to the fellow upset about the political situation, I am, too. I come to Sean’s page for therapy.

  12. roberta whitehurst - August 27, 2017 1:08 pm

    Love You Sean & your stories. You lighten the day and remind us all to be ‘human’

  13. Catherine - August 27, 2017 1:10 pm

    Sean thanks for not writing about statues, riots and other current events. Thanks for stories about Ellie Mae and random people whose stories you tell with such grace and eloquence. It’s why I love Sean of the South. Soothes my weary soul and gives my heart hope for our future.

  14. Gloria - August 27, 2017 1:13 pm

    Woke up with a bad case of the mulleygrubs this morning and decided just to stay inside. Now, after reading your blog, I’m fixing to get ready and head for church. Thank you for putting an emphasis on what is right with this world.. family, friends, loving dogs and the Good Lord.

  15. Tara - August 27, 2017 1:16 pm

    This blog has been an escape for me each morning … the individual that doesn’t “like” what you have to offer is probably suffering from a case of -never had a good A-whoopin’ when he was little – This kind of blog isn’t for him.
    Truck on….

  16. Carolyn Huggins - August 27, 2017 1:19 pm

    Ahh…some people just make me want to tell them what our Mamas always told us: “If you don’t have something good to say..then don’t say anything!” I feel so sorry for him that his Mama didn’t tell him that. But, Sean, you know as well as I do that the most unhappy people are usually those who, rather than contribute to solving problems, tend to get their jollies from adding to them. If he wants anger and gore…just let him watch the evening news! But, should he ever want happy and down-to-earth great stories…then he should mind his manners….and read what YOU write!! Have a great day!

    • Teresa Stout - August 28, 2017 4:32 pm

      Very well said Carolyn.

  17. Janice Teegarden - August 27, 2017 1:21 pm

    Dear Sean,
    Don’t change a thing about what you want to write. Since I’ve found your postings on Facebook and the updates sent to my email, I’ve laughed out loud, shed a few tears, and found relief from all the unpleasant news that is out there. You are a vacation. You are the cool drink on a hot summer afternoon. You are the writer I wish I could be.
    Jan Teegarden

  18. Mary Collett - August 27, 2017 1:24 pm

    You tell him, Sean. I personally love you and your lovable dog. Keep it up. We can always hear all that about how the country is going down hill, if we want, by turning on the radio or TV.

  19. Kathy Daum - August 27, 2017 1:26 pm

    Heck, yes!

  20. Cindy - August 27, 2017 1:26 pm

    Well, that guy is just a meanie, bless his heart.

  21. Tina - August 27, 2017 1:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing your life Sean. We all see something we identify with and wish we could put in words. My husband came to hear you Friday night at the Chapel. My husband’s mom was divorced raising 5 kids by herself. Times were tough for them. They did a paper route together when he was in jr high school. He’ll hear an old song and say, “Ah, that’s a paper route song” . He recalls those days often. His mom has passed but she holds a special place in our hearts. She gave everything she could to raise 5 great people. He laughed when you mentioned the early mornings folding newspapers. He walked that walk too. That’s what we all need to here. That we walk the same walk.

  22. Cathi Russell - August 27, 2017 1:28 pm

    Way to tell him, Sean. The only thing you didn’t do was Bless his Heart! I have Basset Hounds and their ears are my favorite creation. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for them and their ears. Think I’ll add Ellie Mae to my next list. ❤ Happy Sunday!

  23. Trudy :) - August 27, 2017 1:30 pm

    It’s 8:25 a.m. in Illinois. The house is too quiet…..cats don’t make much noise with tummies full of their favorite food. Reading your account of Ellie Mae, the vet’s choice, and your doings of that day just made me laugh out loud. Thank you so much. I’m going to listen to some Willie (JUST BREATE) , now.

    • Trudy :) - August 27, 2017 1:33 pm

      The song is JUST BREATHE. ‘Gonna listen to some Willie and Merle, too.

  24. Darrell Dame - August 27, 2017 1:30 pm

    If he wants stupid stuff, watch cnn. Keep it up Sean.

  25. Cynthia Saunders - August 27, 2017 1:32 pm

    Who needs another view on such chaos? Stories abour real everyday life that celebrate and humanize our experience is what I crave. I have a dog the does “The Death Roll” up in my neck whenever I sit on the couch…there are fixtures and staples of our community with a story needing to be shared. Being SEEN with love is more important to me than reading another opinion filled with despair and loathing. Now how does Ellie handle Willie Nelson again?

  26. Bill "Grayhorse" Myrick - August 27, 2017 1:33 pm

    Dear Sean, thank you for not getting caught up in this out of control world. There are plenty of sources of hysteria available for those who feed on it. I am at the age where not many I know appreciate the story of the common man and common times. I do. Please don’t change.

  27. Mary Kay - August 27, 2017 1:37 pm

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I love all your stories, and especially the ones about Ellie Mae. I used to have a beloved dog Rusty, who had the same ear problems. Cleaning them out every month was a nasty, disgusting job. I made my son do it.

    And please do NOT start writing about current events…I can’t take any more. ☹

    • Faith - August 27, 2017 11:38 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

  28. Marty from Alabama - August 27, 2017 1:37 pm

    Write on, Sean. Let that Bozo just go his way. We that read your blog do so because we enjoy, no love, your blog just like it is. And anyone that loves their dog like you love Ellie Mae, can’t be bad. Write till “Pigs fly.”

  29. Connie - August 27, 2017 1:38 pm

    I love your blogs. Love your posts about Ellie. I read you specifically because you write about good things and good people and sweet dogs. Sadness and joy, love and death and all the things that make life worth living. If somebody wants to read about controversy and hate, they just need to turn on the news, open any news station website, watch anything on tv. There’s more than enough of that. I personally prefer to still read about important things, and I will be right here reading you as long as you write. Thank you.

  30. Leah - August 27, 2017 1:42 pm

    I love it!! The world needs more dog stories and a lot less controversy.

  31. Janet Mary Lee - August 27, 2017 1:48 pm

    Oh my goodness. I feel so sorry for him. My border collie Chester and hound May May had to have an extra dog goodie when they heard that letter. I always tell them about Ellie Mae and I think they viewed that letter as an affront. They are more calm now as I reminded them it was so unimportant; Ellie Mae was in very good hands… As are we, when we get to read your wonderful and meaningful posts. Never stop!!

  32. Camille Atkins - August 27, 2017 1:50 pm

    I don’t have a dog, Sean, so I suppose you could say I live vicariously through Ellie Mae. I even talk about her to other people, some who may be like your hater, and don’t really want to hear about her, but I don’t care. I may even interrupt their rant about flags and statues and cable news stories to tell them what you and Ellie Mae have been up to. Hell, some have even accused me of being too damn nice, not showing my outrage enough. I figure there are a gracious plenty of folks showing enough outrage for the whole lot of us and somebody has got to balance them out. Thank you for your and Ellie Mae’s balance!

  33. Mel Armstrong - August 27, 2017 2:02 pm

    You handled the hater with precision. Hug Ellie Mae for me.

  34. Samanthemofthesun - August 27, 2017 2:06 pm

    You know, I will never get over people who need to tell someone how much they suck. If you don’t like it, CHANGE THE CHANNEL! The whole POINT of you is NOT to read the stuff that is “real” or “current events”. I mean really. If I wanted to read THAT junk, I would read the news. Which I do not do much of anymore. Because I want to focus on the REAL point of life. Thank you.

  35. Esteban Rudman - August 27, 2017 2:15 pm

    THEY, the pols who determine what it is we are supposed to care about or not care about, and their media tools who function to echo their talking points or to spin them, don’t care about us. They don’t even care about the people they pretend to care about. So, given the choice to read about jerks acting stupidly, or Ellie Mae at the vet, I’ll take Ellie Mae every time.

    Yesterday, while in Mineral VA, 109 miles from home, my motorcycle’s battery didn’t have the juice to start the motor. Within seconds an old timer pulled along side us to help. He got out of his ancient Ranger, and whipped out some battery cables, and started my bike up. He stayed with me until I pulled away. Good thing too, because I stalled out because I had the kickstand down. Darned safety features. He was 80 years old, shaped like the letter S when he stood sideways, with bowled legs. He is the kind of guy you write about. HE, and how he lives is important, not cowards in white sheets or black masks. There may be a few thousand jerks, but there are millions of decent people, like the old timer. Ellie Mae is more important to me than the jerks your former reader prefers to read about. Keep up the good work Sean.

    • Barbara Nelle Ewell - August 28, 2017 1:59 am

      Good story. Thanks.

  36. Mary L Fuller-Stanley - August 27, 2017 2:22 pm

    Love it

  37. Cresteds in the Mountains - August 27, 2017 2:31 pm

    you are what we enjoy. The good life, the simple life, family, precious puppy dogs, & God

  38. Bo - August 27, 2017 2:33 pm

    Classic high road response! You do them so well and I love them. Nothing worse than seeing two people that don’t know each other sparing over the internet. I am a vet and I know I would love Ellie. Good luck with the ear infection. Those can be tough in a big eared hound

  39. Lisa - August 27, 2017 2:35 pm

    Hahaha!! This response to Ain’t Nobody made me laugh out loud! I love hearing about Ellie Mae and your wife and all the southern, country PLU (People Like Us) that you meet and talk with every day! It is a reminder of the goodness in people and a calming respite from the craziness that is our world today.

  40. Sam Hunneman - August 27, 2017 2:35 pm

    Morning, Ellie Mae. My mom is trying me on probiotics once a day ’cause my ears give me some trouble, too. I hope yours clear up soon. Maggie (my very bossy Redbone sister) and I send our best to you and your human, Love, Woodrow (B&T rescued by ABTCR)

  41. Jama Maenza - August 27, 2017 2:35 pm


  42. Rhea - August 27, 2017 2:38 pm

    Thanks for staying above the fray. Love your blog – for its moving and/or light hearted look at the world. We would all be better off if we did not take ourselves so seriously – instead, we should be looking at others (even our pet families) for inspiration or to help them.

  43. Candace Cartee Bradford - August 27, 2017 2:41 pm

    Please never speak of the atrocities that surround us! Ellie and Willie are just fine with me! Candace

  44. Sheryll Rudgway - August 27, 2017 2:44 pm

    Every morning after reading your wonderful, uplifting stories, I read the comments. Almost every time I think to myself “Oh yeah, I wish I could say it so good.” I feel like your readers and their (more than just) dogs are my kindred spirits. Thank the Lord for you all.

  45. Marcia G Malamphy - August 27, 2017 2:59 pm

    Just so you know, I read you BECAUSE of Ellie Mae!!!

  46. Lisa Ware - August 27, 2017 3:05 pm

    Dear Sean,
    I’m a cat person. I love reading posts about your beloved Ellie Mae. I believe I may be transformed into a dog person after I read a few more…
    Lisa in Mississippi

  47. Bucky reuter - August 27, 2017 3:06 pm

    This made my day !! Thank You Sir and I’m happy Ellie is feeling better!!! 🙂

  48. Carol - August 27, 2017 3:08 pm

    Sean, We are sitting in our apartment in Houston, TX watching the disaster unfold (some of the current events I guess that guy was suggesting you write about) and I can tell you that we don’t need someone else talking about the obvious misery around us. We need something, like you and Ellie Mae, to make us smile and draw our attention away from The Weather Channel if for even a moment. Thanks again for putting a smile on our really worries faces.

    • Barbara Nelle Ewell - August 28, 2017 2:04 am

      Hang in there, Houston. We’re all with you.

  49. Marlo Kirkpatrick - August 27, 2017 3:11 pm

    Thank you for writing these gentle, soothing pieces, especially the ones about Ellie Mae. There is enough painful, riot inciting material out there for those who want it. My four dogs and I need the peace you bring to our mornings.
    Marlo in Mississippi

  50. Karen - August 27, 2017 3:17 pm

    Thank you for the respite from what is going on. Keep up the good job. I love your dog!

  51. Tawanah Fagan Bagwell - August 27, 2017 3:17 pm

    Love hearing about your vet’s favorite dog!

  52. Larry Blumen - August 27, 2017 3:23 pm

    Take that, NOBODY!

  53. Melodie - August 27, 2017 3:52 pm

    BRAVO!! Why, oh, why, are there such hateful people in this world? I rarely post anything controversial, political, religious, or up to date crap on my social media page. I post funny photos, funny sayings, cute and fuzzy animals, and every day, photos of my favorite, 30 yr. old rescued, quarter horse palomino, and other animals who reside at the horse rescue. Why?, because I love that horse more than anything. He is my childhood dream come true, at the age of, @#$^%…. I love animals, they make me happy, plain, and simple. I’ve been told, nobody wants to see those photos every day. Well, guess what? I don’t give a fat, red, rat’s rear! Those who don’t want to see something beautiful or things that should make one smile, or even bring a caring tear, so be it. Move on, and be miserable. THIS is why I subscribe to your daily writings. It brings me great joy and happiness. I LOVE hearing about your adventures, the people in them, and mostly, the animals and your beloved Ellie Mae. Don’t change a thing. So far, I’ve been able to relate to just about every story you share. It’ called life. Thank you , Sean. I sincerely mean it from my big ‘ol marshmallow heart. ♥

  54. Sue - August 27, 2017 3:55 pm

    Ahhhh, Dear Sean, Once again you have quelled the misguided being who tries to make you feel bad for having talent that he can only express using ^&$&($# words… How brilliant of you!!
    I love your writing and I love Ellie Mae TOO… Now go get her another treat and tell her it is from Me, with Love to you both,
    Your Favorite Fan,
    Mamaw from Deer Park…

  55. Teresa Tindle - August 27, 2017 3:55 pm

    Nobody,exactly. He is so misguided. You, Sean are what the world needs more of in these hate filled, trying times. You, Sir are a breath of fresh air. My fresh air.

  56. Mike - August 27, 2017 3:56 pm

    Sean, keep writing about your dog and all the places in Alabama that we both have visited. For the person who rants about current events watch ABC,CBS, CNN and drink water. You’ll go to bed hungry and with an empty mind. Thanks Sean!

  57. Perri Geaux Tigers Williamson - August 27, 2017 4:05 pm

    “There have been tons of national events in the news… And you just ignore them… You’re all busy writing about your stupid dog and @#$%.”

    Your strongest endorsement yet!!!!! We all ❤️ Ellie Mae, but don’t give much of a rip about the Kardashians. Keep it up. Good is WINNING!!!!!!!!

  58. Lynn Waugh - August 27, 2017 4:34 pm

    The ” news”, especially political , has me chewing antacids. I read your posts to be reminded that real, good , everyday life still goes on in spite of all the other drama. My two Border Collies and three cats seem to like hearing about Ellie – or maybe it’s just my talking to them. You perform a public service by resetting everyone’s mental balance and reality sense. It’s still bad out there , but more tolerable

  59. Marlea F - August 27, 2017 4:52 pm

    Sean, Please do NOT listen to the negative comments!!! Your postings are the first thing I read in the morning and you help more than you will ever know to put life in perspective … Thank you!!! A Faithful Fan in Alabama

  60. Lea Adams - August 27, 2017 4:57 pm

    Thank you Sean! You are a breath of fresh, sweet air! Your posts are what we need more of. You make me laugh, cry, smile and remember good times. I wait for more.
    Thanks. You do my heart good! Bless you

  61. Wendy - August 27, 2017 5:07 pm

    Thank you, Sean, for ignoring the daily, often violent, news of each day that can be seen on TV. We love your “escape” from such news, many of which are fake news anyway.
    Keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing!

  62. Richard George - August 27, 2017 5:11 pm

    I love all dogs…..I hate stupid people like ” Ain’t Nobody”.

  63. Grace - August 27, 2017 5:14 pm

    What a comeback! Well said!

  64. Nancy - August 27, 2017 5:17 pm

    I love everything you write – especially words about Ellie Mae. We don’t need your blog to be about today’s problems. We love your blog because it’s about the solution for today – LOVE! I live in Alabama and my cousin in Oregon has signed up for your blogs because I’ve sent her a couple to read. She sent me an email today about you that read, “I read about half a dozen or so of his blogs and I’m loving everything about this guy. So down to earth and real. A serious departure from all the garbage in the news etc.”
    Thank you, Sean, for being you!

  65. NovaLee - August 27, 2017 5:17 pm

    LOVE this! ❤💙💚❤💙🐕

  66. Holly - August 27, 2017 5:37 pm

    Sean, Please continue to write about the simple things in life. The thoughts and experiences that go through my head daily as all the madness in the world unfolds. I make a special point to read daily. It calms me. Let the media tell us all the bad stuff. Kept my memories of Mobile, Birmingham and the South alive, simple and happy. Lifeel is good.

  67. Richard godfrey - August 27, 2017 5:56 pm

    I love stupid dogs and even some stupid people but I would be so sad if I did not have your words to keep me going everyday and this weekend watching water rising and people hurting in houston

  68. Jill J - August 27, 2017 6:02 pm

    Keep going full steam ahead! It is quite refreshing to hear about good people and good deeds because those certainly are not featured on the “news.” I look forward to reading all of your posts….I am glad you have found an abundance of good things to write about—too bad the news media can’t do the same. I think it is easier for them to take the low road the feature the chaos, hate, politics, and negativity. I know there are good people in this world – thank you for writing about them!

  69. Alice - August 27, 2017 6:14 pm

    Dear Sean I love hearing about your dog I guess because I am also an animal lover I feel sorry for that man who wrote you and who doesn’t understand the love we have for our companions.There is no way I would want to hear about all the bad stuff going on all he has to do is turn his tv on!!please keep on writing about Ellie Mae and all your other stories who always touch my heart God Bless you ❤️

  70. Pamela McEachern - August 27, 2017 6:15 pm

    Well… I like hearing about Miss Ellie Mae, I had a little dog named MaeMae after my Aunt Sudie Mae. She had more personality in one paw than most have in their human bodies. So, thank you, makes me feel good to hear about your Ellie Mae. GOD BLESS you and yours.🇺🇸

  71. James Steele - August 27, 2017 6:24 pm

    I grew up in Alabama but left about 50 years ago. Reading your blog is like visiting with family and friends from long past.
    Thank you.

  72. Pamela McEachern - August 27, 2017 6:28 pm

    I just had to add to my comment, let’s all say a prayer for “aint nobody”, he or she needs some love. 😙

    • Barbara Nelle Ewell - August 28, 2017 2:08 am

      Good point.

  73. Lynda Richards - August 27, 2017 6:42 pm

    Thank you Sean for not writing about current events. I’d rather read about your dog and all the colorful people you meet and know. The unhappy reader/writer who wrote you should just stick to reading all the newspapers for the latest in ungodly news and fake news. Thanks again for being the writer you are. Keep up the good work!!!

  74. Janette McCollum - August 27, 2017 6:55 pm

    Love this and laughing while I read this to my 8 year old dog, a collie, named Opie.
    Your blogs keep me sane while so much HATE surrounds us, like “Mr. ain’t nobody.”
    Blessings to you and your silky ear, duck catching dog.
    Keep writing!!

  75. Amy Hill - August 27, 2017 6:57 pm

    Dear Sean,
    I read your blog BECAUSE you do not write about current events. I read your blog because I grew up stretched out across my grandmother’s front porch scratching her collie, Leonard’s ears and wondering when I’d be old enough to borrow my momma’s pearls to wear to Sunday School. I’m a long way from that now, except when I read your blog.
    Keep on keeping on- there’s enough venom in this world already and you are my antivenin. And let’s do pray for that other fellow, sometimes we all have to rise above our upbringing.
    Warmest regards,
    Amy Hill

  76. Nancy Payne - August 27, 2017 7:00 pm

    What a beautiful day…met friends at church…cooking some half runners…also have some fresh corn and tomatoes to add later…watching golf…going down to sit with a book club friend and drink a few beers…talk about reading great books…watching the humingbirds dart in and out…what a beautiful day…also reading your little essays…great day…why are there so many “haters” who just miss these days…Write on, dear Sean, write on!!!

  77. Jody Herren - August 27, 2017 7:18 pm

    Well BLESS this haters heart.There are always those negative people. I LOVE your stories Sean and Ellie Mae.They brighten my day.KEEP ON WRITING-there will always be haters.BLESS YOU AND YOURS

  78. Jan Hammac - August 27, 2017 7:25 pm

    Your response was perfect!!!

  79. Peg - August 27, 2017 7:25 pm

    Got him!!!!! (Or her, as the case may be. Hard to tell with a name like that!)

  80. Lynn - August 27, 2017 7:54 pm

    Hi, Sean! Please don’t give in to keyboard warriers who want to hear more about controversial events — why? So they can argue with you about that too???? You talk to and about people like me and dogs that I love just because I read your blog. Keep up the great work!

  81. Jack Quanstrum - August 27, 2017 7:57 pm

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
    Ha! Ha! Ha! Love your post Sean. Your fantastic counter puncher with hilarious humor. Keep the posts coming! Shalom 7

  82. Susan in Georgia - August 27, 2017 8:01 pm

    Your response to “Ain’t Nobody” was a brilliant zinger. As my sister would say, “Sean, you must have eaten tacks for breakfast ’cause your answer was so sharp!” Count me among the thousands of your readers who L♡VE your daily blogs, mainly because we identify with your subjects, be they hound dogs, church suppers, mamas & daddies, small towns that dot the southern landscapes, people who love each other, or the hardships of folks who triumph in the end. You keep writing and we’ll keep reading. Amen and So Be It.

  83. Linda - August 27, 2017 8:03 pm

    In today’s time of turmoil your stories everyday give me hope that we still have good people in this world! I’m thankful every single day for you and your beautiful stories. I’m sure I’m not only speaking for myself either.

  84. Dianne - August 27, 2017 8:07 pm

    Thank you for a breath of fresh air. I read your blog to smile, and these days I need it.

  85. Darcey Hafner - August 27, 2017 8:40 pm

    Please give Ellie Mae a big hug for me. She’s got to be most peoples favorite in a blog….
    But she already knows that.

  86. Anita Timothy - August 27, 2017 9:44 pm

    You go, boy…I have four that have me doing things for them all day long. They may not be the favourites of the vets at Petsmart, but the kids probably are their most unforgettable pack. You tell Miss Ellie, she is welcome to run the yard with the Weiners anytime.

  87. Judy - August 27, 2017 9:46 pm

    This made me chuckle…and I needed that. Thank you!

    I got to “meet” you Friday night…actually I sat to your left while you spoke. Your guitar died, but you really didn’t need it. The song you sang moved me to tears. You are as a good of a story teller and you are a story writer. It is one thing to be able to write a good story – and you do! But it is quite another to tell a story as beautifully and poetically as you did Friday in The Chapel of the Waters. You are a gracious man.

  88. Betsy Brown - August 27, 2017 10:14 pm

    I was sick with a summer cold on Friday and was even sicker to have to miss you at the Chapel. I hope that my wonderful Waters neighbors made you feel very welcome. I know that there were no complaints about dogs, family, and those you connect with being the stars of your blog. Bless you and please come back. Better yet, just move here. It is a great place to be every day.

  89. Norma - August 27, 2017 10:39 pm

    Thank you! Your blog takes me away from all the rants, moans, groans, and dare I say “bitchy” people in social media and on certain news shows. I’ve almost completely given up on TV and you know, I really don’t miss it. I’m not saying I have my head in the sand…no, I write my congressman and senators on a regular basis, even getting a call on occasion. I’m a little more selective about my sources for things I want them to do. Reading your posts is one of the things that allows me to move forward with my day without feeling hopeless about the world. Talk about your fur baby all you want!

    Again, thank you!

  90. Maureen Sudlow - August 27, 2017 10:55 pm

    I’d much rather read about your dog than the rubbish that passes for news nowadays. Love

  91. Faith - August 27, 2017 11:31 pm

    I love your stories everyday for the same reason this other guy didn’t want to, I refuse to be drawn into negativity. I think that is what is wrong with the world today, dream on I certainly am. Anyway, greetings from Homer, Alaska.

  92. Donna O'Brien - August 27, 2017 11:33 pm

    I needed a good laugh and this did the trick! I truly love the way you write. It takes me back……and forward!
    Thank you! And, give Ellie Mae a big o kiss from me and tell her not to worry about grouchy people. 😘

  93. Laura Fryburg - August 27, 2017 11:56 pm

    Bada Bing- nailed it!!!

  94. Anne Trawick - August 28, 2017 12:58 am

    Nanny, nanny boo boo.

  95. MsDayz - August 28, 2017 1:27 am

    Sean, look forward to your blog everyday. First email I read after deleting the trash I never open!! Everyone who knows me knows I am not fond of dogs or cats, but I sure do enjoy reading about the adventures of Sean and Ellie Mae!!! I think Ellie Mae and my granddog, Sadie, could be friends. Sadie thinks I love her because I fry bacon, gravy and biscuits especially for her!!!! She greets me at the door when I go for a family visit!

  96. Mary Roten - August 28, 2017 2:07 am

    I love your column. My daughter was getting it and forwarded a message to me so I joined. Now, I’m forwarding them to my friends. Please keep writing about the good everyday things. We hear enough about the bad going on in the world. Dogs are my favorite “people” and I talk to mine all the time. Thanks for all the memories you stir up.

  97. Richard Bowman - August 28, 2017 3:35 am


    Jane and I met you the other night at The Waters in Montgomery. Enjoyed it immensely…even without your guitar. Next time bring Ellie May. Would like to meet her.

  98. Larry McEntire - August 28, 2017 7:30 am

    Keep it coming, Sean. It’s good to hear from a normal human with a fine furry friend!!!

  99. Linda Acres - August 28, 2017 9:29 am

    Dear Sean

    Please don’t stop writing.

    Your stories are a long, cool drink of water on a hot dusty day. You raise my spirits and make me smile.

    Thank you 😊

  100. Pam Speer - August 28, 2017 10:03 am

    Sean, I love you and your dog and I think you are getting better and better. I know that you are making me better and better. Thank you so very much and all best.

  101. Fossil - August 28, 2017 11:13 am

    There are enough idiots writing about riots, protests, and politics – thank you for not doing the same. Your blog is about what I need to hear: life. Just regular old, Southern life. Nothing more controversial than whether you should put mayonnaise on a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Life that’s good, fun, hard, happy, and sad. Because that’s what life is; the other stuff just gets in the way. Well, gotta go to work. I’d protest that, but my family would get hungry if I don’t go.

  102. Carol van Peelen-Cosper - August 28, 2017 11:35 am

    and we read your blog everyday to take our mind off the crap going on in the world. Big thanks friend and give your dog a hug from us.


  103. Suzanne - August 28, 2017 12:15 pm

    Sean, absolutely love this! Made me smile really big! Love your dog!!!!

  104. Regina - August 28, 2017 1:00 pm

    Way to go Sean. It is certainly my belief this old world would fare better if more people read more Sean Dietrich and less of negative news. It is so very sad the position our country is in. Please keep up your blogs. The negative haters are not required read them.

  105. Virginia Nearing - August 28, 2017 1:08 pm

    Touché and AMEN!!!

  106. Sharon - August 28, 2017 1:44 pm

    Yay Sean!!! Give Ellie a hug for me!

  107. Linda - August 28, 2017 1:53 pm

    SERIOUSLY!?? THE NEWS? WHAT NEWS? As far as I can tell, the news has become a gossip column and a poor one at that! I’m sick of the news and I’ m sick of that man’s attitude and his trashy, mouthy, immature need to say something….anything. Well, now I guess I’ve now lowered myself to his level…I’m sorry. Keep writing Sean! I like your dog!

  108. PAUL PARKER - August 28, 2017 2:20 pm

    My wife and I lived in Panama City, Chipley, and Jacksonville for a combined total of 30 years. We often traveled the roads and met the people you write about. Most days you make us laugh and cry when we read your stories. Today we just laughed so hard our dog was laughing with us.

  109. Terri Thorn - August 28, 2017 2:23 pm

    I LOVE your stories AND ALL 🐕 (Especially fond of Labs,hounds,huskies,etc) and I KNOW there are PLENTY of other people, like me, Who LOVE them as well!! For Goodness Sakes, don’t we hear ENOUGH BAD NEWS from the TV & Radio nowadays??! Why NOT read something a LITTLE Uplifting OR Even Lighthearted for a change??! Lighten UP American Public!! (That’s NOT meant for Everyone – Just for those of you who think you can’t read about someone’s Dad, dog, etc… Without taking offense, I mean hello they ARE HIS writing after all! So, it’s his opinion, version, idea, whatever. Nobody forces you to read them!) Sorry Sean, BUT I know there ARE PLENTY of others who will Love to read your work and I recommend you ALL the time!! Have A Blessed Day!

  110. Pollie Fidler - August 28, 2017 2:26 pm

    No such thing as a “dumb dog” y’all!

  111. Tina - August 28, 2017 2:46 pm

    Sniff…Sigh…Sniff…GOOD FOR YOU!!! 🙂

  112. Laura - August 28, 2017 4:35 pm

    PLEASE NEVER FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF FOLKS WHO WANT TO HEAR MORE HATE AND GLOOM!!! I read your blog daily because it restores my faith in mankind and reminds me that there is love out there. Please continue!!!

  113. Meloney - August 28, 2017 5:23 pm

    Well said Sean!

  114. Pat Byers - August 28, 2017 6:58 pm

    you, dear writer of the extraordinary in the ordinary, lift us all with your words of common people, roads less taken, of adventures of EllieMae, and old women in pearls, of sweet tea, and boiled peanuts.
    of peanut butter jars and dog treats in your truck. of old men who have stories to tell. I LOVE THE STORIES.
    i don’t watch any news anymore. the bickering, the hatred, nothing good to say. i come to your blog, and it soothes my world.
    disregard the unknowing few who don’t GET it. WE get it. your words hit home with us, even if i generally sit and shed a few tears each day.
    AND just because i don’t capitalize my i and don’t begin sentences with a capital letter, does not mean i am unlearned. i just like to write that way.
    signed, one who gets it.

    • Pamela McEachern - August 28, 2017 9:14 pm

      Yet, you say it so well. Thank you

  115. Pammus - August 28, 2017 7:43 pm

    Please don’t stop writing about dogs and old people and all the IMPORTANT things in life! I can’t bear to watch the news anymore and don’t look for it in your column.



  116. Barbara Hayes - August 29, 2017 1:29 am

    I LOVE reading whatever you write…just became a fan a month ago!!!❤️❤️❤️

  117. Fran - August 29, 2017 1:24 pm

    It’s sad that some folks are compelled to publicize their opinions when there is no purpose served by doing so. Please keep on what you are doing Sean. We need counterbalance to the ugliness in this world

  118. Janet - August 30, 2017 5:40 pm

    Great response! Keep writing about your dog.

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