Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Funnies: Phteven

Advance warning: All photos in this post (aside from my signature graphic) are pulled from Google. If you can't stand people using photos from Google, feel free to not look at Phteven. If you know the original source of any photo shown here, leave it in the comments and I'll add a link/credit in that photo's caption.

So let me ask you: do you know this dog?

His name is Tuna, and he's a Chihuahua-Dachsund ("chiweenie," apparently - but I can't say that without laughing because I'm twelve) mix that first came into my life and stole my heart several years ago. See, he's got a bit of an overbite, and it's ... well, it's funny. There's just no getting around it - and even if I feel bad for laughing (which I do because the compromised structure of his mouth probably limits him in several ways), I still laugh Every. Single. Time. I set eyes on anything to do with this dog.

Tuna has an Instagram account, an international following, a wall calendar - he even got a book deal with Blink Publishing! His zest for life (along with his comedic overbite and adorable wrinkly neck/chin) has stolen the hearts of people all over the world - but the truth is, it isn't just the way his life's adventure is portrayed by his owner that keeps people coming back for more. And that isn't what made him famous either. At least, not only.

People in general tend to humanize everything, from lions to tigers to horses. We did it with Black Beauty, a story that gives human thought, emotion, and feeling to a horse, telling his life story in much the way we would tell the story of a man of his era. We did it with Winnie-The-Pooh and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. We did it with the Lion King, the Jungle Book, the Aristocats. We did it with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We do it with our pets, too, imagining the things they would say if they had human voices, giving feeling to their actions, trying to make them relatable to what we are as humans. And we've done it with Tuna the dog.



You almost can't help it - look at this face and you can just hear the lisp. You can't not hear it - and you have no choice but to love it. And ohmygosh, the memes ... you can't even look at them without hearing what they say, with that lisp, playing in your mind. Or at least, I can't. In fact, I've got a folder full of my favorite Phteven memes in my phone, and they never fail to get me laughing again when I'm having a rough day.

I looked through them several times on Wednesday when I was struggling to keep my composure. I kept Jo out of school while Eden had the second in a series of surgical eardrum repair surgeries, because I wasn't sure I'd be done at the hospital in time to pick her up from school; this was good because it meant I was free to (mostly) focus on Eden while she was nervous and needed my attention, and I didn't feel the need to rush out of the hospital before Eden was quite ready to go. But it was hard too, because I couldn't be anything less than cool about everything, knowing that my children were both watching me for cues on how to react to what was going on.

In the past, I've gone alone to things like this, resting in the certainty that the girls's dad was available to pick up or attend to whichever child was not the current focus. It gave me pause, gave me clarity, and gave me security. I could keep my focus where it belonged without feeling guilty for "neglecting" the other child. Most importantly, I could always tell myself that all I had to do was "make it til they take her" and then if I needed to break down for a minute, I could.

It worked when Joey had heart surgery when she was four. It worked when Eden had her tonsils and adenoids removed when she was six. It worked when Eden had the first ear surgery. It even worked when my mother was panicking before her partial hip replacement last year. It has always worked.

But this time was different because I was alone - but I wasn't alone. I was on my own, in charge of all the details and all the paperwork, in charge of all the timing and the planning and preparation. I had no one to hold my hand or spell me if I needed to slip away to gather my thoughts. But I was also in charge of both children, in charge of keeping it together and maintaining an unafraid pretense so that my children wouldn't worry. I was on my own, and it was my job to keep things calm.

So I stuck it out. I laughed at the appropriate times, signed all the necessary papers, and turned my face away from my children to blink away the tears that bloomed when I signed the anesthesia consent acknowledging the risk of accidental death. I held Eden's hand when she was scared, and returned Joey's hugs when she was scared. And I pretended that I wasn't.

Of course, it all turned out fine, otherwise Tuna's Phteven memes would be the very last thing on my mind. But since everything did go so well, I thought it necessary to acknowledge the way Phteven helped me keep my spirits up on Wednesday afternoon when all the drugs got the best of Eden and she spent the evening trapped in a string of panic attacks that just kept coming. So, without further ado:




 But if Phteven isn't cute or hilarious enough, or if you're heartless and you can't love Phteven, he always has his friends to keep him company.


Phtewart is a real delight, can you tell? But Phteven and Phtewart have another friend, too - he doesn't have a real name though. He's just one of those cool guys that goes by what he is, like Tiny or Butch or Prince. Or:


Snort. That last one literally makes me laugh every single time I see it. It never gets old. That, and the phnophlakes - pretty sure I spit out coffee the first time I ever saw that one. But that's enough of Phteven and his phriends. I've gotta go - nursing/mom duty calls.



Questions for the Comments Section:

  • What do you think of Tuna and the Phteven meme phenomenon?
  • What other funnies would you love to see featured here?
  • What one thing never fails to make you laugh?

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26 comments:

  1. You can't look at the photos without laughing. When you go through obstacles in life - it's always good to laugh. Don't they say that laughter is the best medicine?

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    1. They do say that, and for good reason! That's why I love these memes so much - they always make me laugh even if I'm having a rough day.

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  2. too funny those picture and cute in the same time :)

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    1. I can't imagine being around that dog and not being a happy person. He's just so cute!

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  3. ahhahahhahha this is awesome!! You make my day :-) Thank you !!

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  4. I love the way he smiles.Oh by the way... is he smiling? lol

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    1. Nope, that's just what he looks like. His jaw is a bit deformed, so he ended up with the most adorable overbite ever.

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  5. I honestly have never seen these before. Some are funny and some not so much but to each his own. :)

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    1. I'm surprised you've never seen them - "Phteven" has been all over the web for ages now.

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  6. This was an interesting article. I'm glad I stumbled upon this!

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  7. ROFL, Tuna is hilarious. I'll have to check out his Instagram account.

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    1. I know right? How can you not love that little face?

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  8. this is too funny. I love Tuna! So cute... and the husky reminds me of ours.

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    1. My cousin actually sent me the one with the husky a while ago - I think she saw it on facebook, but it made me laugh so I saved it. I actually still keep that one on my phone for an occasional giggle.

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  9. Tuna is so adorable. One thing that always makes me laugh is my husband. He sure is a character. These are some great memes.

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    1. It's definitely a gift to have a husband you can laugh with! There's nothing that cures a bad day faster than a good laugh.

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  10. This is really looks fun and I love all these photos. I miss my dog so much

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    1. Aww, thanks! I've had a number of dogs in my life, and I always miss the ones that are gone, too - regardless of how they left me.

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  11. Oh my god, I am laughing so hard! I love that you made a story out of that meme!

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    1. Thanks! I wanted the post to be personal; I find that whether I'm writing or reading, the personal ones are always my favorite kind.

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  12. Haha, these photos are too cute.

    Funny cat videos always make me laugh!

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    1. Me too! And laughing babies? I can't even.

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  13. Hahahhaa! I really needed the laugh tonight, i love the husky one! Im going to share this with friends!

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