Your Nightly Pet Post

Sometimes, on a Sunday night after a long week, we just need some me time:


Lily says “HI!,” though:


And screw you to all the people who hate the blankets my grandmother made. You get two dogs and then you will realize it isn’t about a fashion statement, it’s about the rotating pile of dog blankets in the washer and dryer. Some look better than others.

Regardless, fuck you anyway. My grandmother made them and I like them. So there. You have cooties. And whatever other childish bullshit I can think of right now.

70 replies
  1. 1
    Schlemizel says:

    Who the hell complains about someone else’s blankets?

  2. 2
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Awfully defensive.

  3. 3
    windpond says:

    And so it is. Takes one to know one. I am one. Totally understand the blanket bit and other shit. Some things are important.

  4. 4
    JordanRules says:

    All blankets are good blankets.

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    Alison says:

    What kind of pathetic hater would complain about dog blankets?

    Damn, wait. This is BJ. I probably just sent up a trollbat signal to like four or five people, huh?

    Whatever, fuck them, your pets are great and so are their blankets.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    I have two afghans my Grandma crocheted that I cherish. The two boys have wrapped themselves up in them for years while watching TV and they’ll be getting them in my will.

    Steve’s got the right idea after a long day of dealing with others.

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    max says:

    Somebody complained about your blankets?


    [‘Why would they do that when they could make fun of your car?!’]

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    Hal says:

    I came across this post yesterday on facebook and it is truly one of the dumbest things I’ve read this week, perhaps even all of last year. It did give me a new years chuckle though:

    I hope the F1 legend Michael Schumacher makes it through his ski accident. He is in France in critical condition with socialized medicine ( aka obamacare). The healthcare isn’t good there, I’ll pray for recovery.

    EDIT: Also, Liz Cheney has bailed on her Senate bid.

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    Violet says:

    Lily!!! Love her! And her blankets. Grandma’s blankets are always good.

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    jl says:

    @max: Complaining about blankets is such a wast of complaining time. Some one will out the culprits, or they will out themselves, and there will be justice. I think we can agree we all want high ROI, high quality complaining and whining on BJ blog.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Two of my aunts made similar blankets. I have a white one that an aunt originally made for my parents when thy got married that is the family snuggle blanket. We have five throughout the rest of the house. They hold up well to washing, usually have some significance to color or style choices, and are just special heirlooms. Fuck the haters!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Hal: I never really liked Schumacher, but I hope he recovers. At the same time, I hope that the person who posted that comment recovers as well.

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    Citizen_X says:


    What kind of pathetic hater would complain about dog blankets?

    MADE BY GRANDMA, yet! Somebody must have been getting their inner Grinch on.


    He is in France in critical condition with socialized medicine

    Oh, gosh. I heard that a case of socialized medicine can be fatal!

  14. 14
    Yatsuno says:


    I get released from rehab tomorrow. Then it’s two months of PT and possible misery.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yatsuno: Woohoo! PT is conducted by sadists who have one’s best interests at heart. One just needs to deal. So deal.

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    MTmofo says:

    CNN is reporting that Liz Cheney is dropping her Senate bid.

    The Devil’s spawn can now spend more fishing for actual fish.

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    Linkmeister says:

    You know what I miss about your photos, John? I miss the alternate text you used to make wisecracks about the photo subjects. I have no problem with the blankets.

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    Violet says:

    @MTmofo: Wonder if she’ll move back to D.C.?

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    ruemara says:

    Who would complain about blankets? Especially the ones for the petkind.

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    srv says:

    Ah, another exhausting evening watching the new Sherlock episode.

  21. 21
    GHayduke (formerly lojasmo) says:

    Nice blankets. Did you check them for mustard?

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    scav says:

    @MTmofo: Just after that nicely tricky spoiled holiday season with a sister and partner that are not speaking to her and a father that’s also likely not because she’s manifestly and publicly losing.

  23. 23
    MikeJ says:


    Wonder if she’ll move back to D.C.?

    You don’t think she has any actual interest in Wyoming, do you?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @MikeJ: Good skiing and climbing.

  25. 25
    jl says:

    And 2014 started out so well, or, maybe this is a good thing?

    Foodini Device 3D-Prints Your Dinner

  26. 26
    Stella B says:

    In another, non-politics forum I just got through explaining to someone Richard Mayhew’s recommendations for getting insurance in a non-expansion state. I also explained why the OP’s friend couldn’t get insurance despite his low income level. While I was carefully writing up this explanation and consulting the KFF subsidy calculator to estimate costs for the friend, the OP heard from another friend whose 26 year old was just diagnosed with Crohn’s and can get insurance anyway. The OP, a tea-partyish person from a red state, has decided that he likes O’care after all. One tiny step at a time, just one tiny step.

    I have an ancient blanket from my mother’s brother’s bed. The poor little guy was accidentally shot and killed by a neighbor while he was in elementary school. I’m kind of stuck with the blanket even though I really have no bed on which it fits. I can’t even, in good conscience, use it as a dog blanket, but because it smelled doggy like everything else in my house, I just spent $30 to have it cleaned.

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    I only saw one person diss the blankets and it was exactly the troll I would have expected to say something like that.

    (For the record, it was not mclaren, so you don’t have to pursue that trollish blind alley.)

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    Oh, and after my humblebrag about Charlotte becoming a lap cat, she has now decided she doesn’t like sitting in laps. She must have caught wind of my vet plans for her.

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    Stella B says:

    @MikeJ: Jackson Hole is lovely. There is no reason why she shouldn’t keep a nice ski season house there. On her husband’s civil service income, I’m sure she’ll have no trouble supporting both houses just like the rest of us.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Stella B:

    One tiny step at a time, just one tiny step.

    Damn right. Little by little, person by person, we will win.

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    eemom says:

    all the people who hate the blankets my grandmother made

    Did someone actually ever say anything like that? I mean I know people make fun of your furniture and objets d’art Timmeh, but attacking grandmother’s blankets seems a bit extreme even for here.

  32. 32
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: He was being a bit defensive.

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    something fabulous says:

    D’awwww. I will hear no more of this “Lily’s not ACTUALLY beautiful” nonsense!

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Linkmeister: Yes. YES, YES. Those comments were great. JC, you should bring them back.

  35. 35
    Suzanne says:

    @eemom: Word. The blankets are beautiful. The end tables, OTOH, look like you salvaged them from the set of a Robert Palmer video.

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    Maeve says:

    Defensive much?

    My grandmother in her later days made hideously colorful sweaters, they always comfortable me when I was sick.

    She also made amazing Irish cable net sweaters, since she was Irish born.

    Blankets and sweaters are not about style

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    Valdivia says:

    I saw that complaint about the blankets on a late night thread and it made me scratch my head.
    My cats like the most hideous flannel things that we got as a present from the Humane Society, so they are strewn around the place when the public eye can’t see.

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    MattR says:

    Yay Lily pic!!! Managed to get a couple decent ones of Ellie after we came in for the cold but before she kicked off all her booties. (link 1 and link 2)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Valdivia: Some people will complain about anything. But the ones with whom I am trying to start a fight seem to have gone to bed.

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    Calming influence says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    “…the ones with whom I am trying to start a fight seem to have gone to bed. “

    Hey, I’ll fight ya. Just gimme a minute to go upthread and see what you want to fight about.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Calming influence: Nah, I’ll be asleep by then.

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    James E Powell says:

    Tomorrow I will try once more to fly home. I am worried because, according to forecasts, between now and my scheduled departure time the temperature is going to drop 25 degrees – down to +1F. This is not just cold, this is Moscow cold.

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    Calming influence says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: K, Rain check. Sleep well.

  44. 44
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Calming influence: Thanks, but I guess I will have a bit of a headache tomorrow.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I would offer to fight you too, but I spent it all on the back and forth with the bigamist italian.

    I have been assembling a playlist. :)

  46. 46
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Valdivia: Let me see the playlist. Do you want me to take care of the the Italian? It can be arranged.

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    CaseyL says:

    People who complain about doggie blankets are soulless monsters.

    Watched BBC Sherlock “The Sign of Three” twice (once to watch, the second time to savor); still feeling the afterglow. It makes me sad there’s just one more episode and then… who knows how long until a Season 4, with BC and MF busy doing major motion pictures. How Gatiss-Moffit can do Sherlock and Doctor Who just boggles my mind.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @MattR: Ellie is adorable in her stylin’ winter gear!

    Maybe Cole will look at your pics and realize Lily needs booties. And a nice snowproof coat, for those treacherous pine-tree assaults…

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    Valdivia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It’s only in embryonic form. I am thinking of arranging it chronologically. For example. Starting with The Clash Should I stay or Should I go, because that really could have been the anthem of the last year. I haven’t found anything that quite fits this moment. As soon as I have more I will find you and send it. :)

    And thank you for the sweet offer of taking care of him. I am doing that. With the intense fury of a thousand burning suns. Actually–the guy hates himself more than I ever could, not that it makes a difference or that I think it will change his behavior going into the future with someone else.

    ETA: but if I need you, I will let you know!

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    Hal says:

    @CaseyL: I’m going to wait for the American premiere I think. Sucks that they’re only doing two episodes. This was a serious I watched on Netflix on a whim and binge watched all six episodes in a day.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MattR: Ellie looks so cute with her booties. (big grin)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Valdivia: A post relationship musical thing is complicated. Pick your songs carefully.

  53. 53
    MikeJ says:

    @CaseyL: I liked this ep. People who think the show is too hyper won’t. I particularly enjoyed the “Sherlock look around the room for clues” scene after they’d been to the pub.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    scampers off to her corner with a thinking cap on, feeling subdued.

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    joel hanes says:

    I wish I still had the vast and splendid/hideous “afghan” that my sister crocheted for me in her 20’s — lengthwise stripes of brown and orange, tan, gold — bright autumn colors. Big enough for two, usually.

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    eemom says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    A post relationship musical thing

    Tainted Love?

    [ducks, runs]

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    MattR says:

    @Anne Laurie: @PurpleGirl: I finally broke the booties out for the first time in 5 years after they really laid down the salt/snow melt stuff in my condo this past week. She used to kick them off pretty quickly but this time they stayed on (for the most part). Not sure if I finally figured out some sort of trick when putting them on or if she finally figured out that they made her feet stop hurting. Actually had to take themn off earlier today because the snow melt stuff was gone and we had a thin layer of ice on the sidewalks. Even though they have traction they couldn’t compete with her nails. (The other advantage of the booties is that they give her grip on the new floors in our hallway which are too slick and freak her out. She still hasn’t figured out that slow and steady is more effective than the spinning of wheels that results from her trying to run at full speed – she does look almost cartoonish as she runs in place for a moment before she can get going forward)

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    cmm says:

    Amen to that. Some weeks it feels like I do nothing but wash dog towels and blankets.

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    gnomedad says:

    “Catty Night” by Van Gogh.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MattR: Great photos! Where did you get those particular dog booties? I went looking last week after someone suggested it to someone here, but I gave up my search in frustration. What size to get, which ones were crap, etc.

    But it’s 12 below zero here this morning, and just in the time it took him to pee, my sweet boy was holding up a frozen paw. He couldn’t even stay out long enough to poop. So now I’m thinking about them again.

    My dog is 45 pounds.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Valdivia: I read a great book once, called: If I’d killed him when I met him, I’d be out of jail by now. To be completely truthful, I can’t recall whether it was actually a great book, but I liked it at the time and I have always loved the title.

    Have you watched Something to Talk About? It’s been years since I watched it, but it’s good movie therapy for what ails you.

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    Jebediah, RBG says:

    @something fabulous:

    D’awwww. I will hear no more of this “Lily’s not ACTUALLY beautiful” nonsense!

    Yup… and the way she’s posed seems to say “I’d do ANYTHING for you; of course I’ll hold a pretty pose for a picture.” She’s a furry bag of pure love, and it shows.

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    Jay Noble says:

    This is why I don’t participate in ugly sweater contests.

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    MattR says:

    @WaterGirl: Unfortunately, I have no idea where I got them (or what size they are). It is very possible my mom bought them as a gift 7 or 8 years ago. I will see if she can remember, but I doubt it.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MattR: Moms have amazing powers, maybe she will surprise us!

    Edit: I am most impressed that you were able to lay your hands on a gift you may have gotten 7 years ago.

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    MattR says:

    @WaterGirl: One of the advantages of being a pack rat is that occasionally you do actually need that thing that has been sitting untouched in the closet for years.

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    Jebediah, RBG says:

    Cute pup!

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    MattR says:

    @WaterGirl: She thinks she got them at Petsmart, but when I checked online I did not see any that looked exactly like mine. The closest were probably these. I would suggest heading to a store and trying them on there rather than guessing online. Also, you may want to consider something other than black so you can see them in the dark (and keep track that none have fallen off or find them if they have)

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    marianne19 says:

    I like the Muttluks brand for dog booties. Discovered them while visiting Alaska and figured they might know a good kind.

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    Luci says:

    Awwww… anyone who disses doggie blankets is just too pitiful for words and anyone with nothing better to do than that should be completely ignored. Good grief! Steve and Lily are both great though… and Steve’s butt IS awfully handsome for sure. ;) Mine are all on the bed, sleeping on the electric blanket I left on for them and into which I soon plan to crawl. It’s -9 here and gonna go to -17. Could be worse. Stay warm everyone! :)

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