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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Cute as a Speckled Pup

cute as a speckled pup

The old saying cute as a speckled pup is still alive and well in Appalachia – especially when a pretty girl is holding a seven week old puppy and it falls asleep.

Tipper

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    glenn thompson
    February 11, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Growing up I always heard…….” prettier than a speckled Beagle pup , sittin’ on a brand new pile of lumber ” And that was in N.J. I now live in WV .

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    Ann Applegarth
    January 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Yes, I have always heard and used “cute as a speckled pup,” but also “cute as a bug’s ear” and I’ve heard, but not used, “cute as a button.”

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    Rev. RB
    January 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I heard it said, “Cute as a hound dog pup” but it translates about the same, doesn’t it. :o)
    Hope everything is going ok up your way.
    We’re doing pretty well this way.
    God bless.
    RB
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    Ed Ammons
    January 26, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    b.Ruth – My research indicates that consumption of porcine products equates to cannibalism more than carnism in a large percentage of the populous. Many people find piglets pleasing because of the parity to their own progeny.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 26, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Anything worth saying is worth saying thrice!

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    Charline
    January 26, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    My Mother, and others in the family always said this, along with red wagon!

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    Richard Beauchamp
    January 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I have also heard old people say when I was young ” as cute as a speckled pup in a red wagon” In this picture both girl and dog are as cute as speckled pups !

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    Jackie
    January 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    A speckled pup would thrill any little boy’s heart. A red wagon would also. The two together would be overwhelming. To tell a girl, “You’re cuter than a speckled pup sitting in a red wagon,” is the ultimate compliment.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Not only is the young lady cute, she is also smart. I see the cannister of Sani-Hands center left in the picture. Seven week old puppies often have accidents. Miss Chitter is prepared!

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    Ed Ammons
    January 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Not only is the young lady cute, she is smart. I see the cannister of Sani-Hands center left in the picture. Seven week old puppies often have accidents. Miss Chitter is prepared!

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    b. Ruth
    January 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Tipper,
    I always heard “cute as a speckled pig” and “beautiful as a spotted hound”! To be honest I have heard speckled pup also. However, that pup looks a bit more spotted than speckled and it looks to be a mix of hound!
    Carnism in our society is so strange that maybe it was a way my relative used the term to soften the guilt. Especially after the grown, by that time uglier hog, had to be slaughtered for bacon! Of course we don’t eat the spotted hound, but we still wear the shoes of the cow!
    That’s all I have to say about that! ha
    I would love more pets, but one outside “booger soldier”, one inside “foot floor warmer” and one “uppity” fluffy cat that we are a slave to is enough!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    H Lee Mears
    January 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I’ve sure heard ‘Speckled Pup’ but my family said ‘Cute as a Button’. ? Now I’m the only one who says it.
    Not much more precious to me than puppy or dog.

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    Ken
    January 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Tipper,
    Chitter sure looks gorgeous holding that cute little puppy. As you know, I’m a dog-lover, always have been.
    If you like sentimental stuff, just type in your insertion window (where you look things up) “Who’s Forgotten”. It’s about a man going to see someone in an Old Folks Home. …Ken

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    Richard Moore
    January 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

    To answer the question “Where is Mt. Yonah?”, it is in White County Georgia not far from the town of Cleveland. My paternal grandmother was born and raised there.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    January 26, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Yes! Those pups that up lots of devotion and time! Just one question for that Ron Stephens – WHERE IS Mt. Yonah? AND I have never heard the expression “THE GRASS IS SMILING” but NOW I will impress folks by using that expression! Eva Nell

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    Ron Banks
    January 26, 2017 at 9:05 am

    That pup is cute but the young lady holding it is definitely cuter than a speckled pup. I have heard and used this saying my whole life.

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    Larry Griffith
    January 26, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My Father in law always said as cute as a speckled pup on a red wagon.

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    Larry Griffith
    January 26, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My Father in law always said as cute as a speckled pup on a red wagon.

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    Larry Griffith
    January 26, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My Father in law always said as cute as a speckled pup on a red wagon.

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    Larry Griffith
    January 26, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My Father in law always said as cute as a speckled pup on a red wagon.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 26, 2017 at 8:02 am

    My Dad would say, “cute as a speckled pup under a red wagon”. I have not heard that expression in a long time. Have not seen a speckled pup either in a long time.
    Speaking of pretty, I saw the prettiest green pasture field yesterday with Mt. Yonah in the background. After looking brown in late summer the grass is smiling again with the rain. My burning bush is blooming and the daffodils are up about 2″.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

    It’s hard to say which one is the cutest!!

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