Late Evening Open Thread: A Corgi Riding A One Eyed Pony

And now for something completely different!

BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) – A dog riding a one-eyed pony into the night is a surely a spectacle that needs video proof. A Missouri woman made sure to get exactly that.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Callie Schenker pulled into her driveway Thursday to the sight of her neighbor’s Corgi sitting on her horse, Cricket. She recorded a 15-second video of the pony trotting away into the darkness as the canine sits atop, looking at the camera.

The 22-year-old posted the video on Facebook with the message, “I can’t make this stuff up!!! So we pull back in our driveway tonight and this is what we see. This is not our dog! But apparently him and Cricket the one-eyed wonder pony are best friends.” The video has received 5.3 million views as of Tuesday morning.

Schenker says the Corgi’s owners are Mennonites who avoid going online, so they likely don’t know their dog is gaining internet fame.

Open thread!

54 replies
  1. 1
    NotMax says:

    Now that’s a dog and pony show.

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  3. 3
    misterpuff says:

    And I thought I just wanted a pony!

  4. 4
    chopper says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD):

    “because it was there”.

  5. 5
    Karmus says:

    Well, I’ll be a one-eyed…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Corgis have those short little legs. He was probably tired 🐴 🐶

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Speaking of unusual sights, I think I saw a Mennonite couple on their honeymoon on Amtrak last year. They were all snuggled up together and Facetiming with a family member.

    (Mennonite clothes and hairstyles are pretty easy to tell apart from your run-of-the-mill Quiverfull morons.)

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Mnemosyne: Amish / Mennonites in traditional dress are a fairly common site in 30th Street Station in Philly. I think every local church makes their own rules as to what is and isn’t acceptable technology.

  9. 9
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    a horse and a corgi… I wonder if old Betty is sitting up watching this, her phone in one hand and a fancy goblet of cheap gin in the other

  10. 10
    debbie says:

    Ozark has some splaining to do.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    This was on the Coast Starlight in California, which is why I assume they were probably Mennonites.

  12. 12
    ChrisH says:

    I got some pro-Turkish propaganda justifying their attacks against the PKK as a youtube ad today. It’s from a youtube channel called TRT World which appears to be a mix of Vox and Turkish propo.

  13. 13
    NotMax says:

    It was a one-eyed, one dogged, trotting dappled fodder eater

    Everybody sing!

  14. 14
    Karmus says:

    That dog is one stable genius.

  15. 15
    Mike in NC says:

    Rand Paul shutting down the government. Take a victory lap, you asshole.

  16. 16
    sanjeevs says:

    In Kushner’s case, his extensive travel and overseas contacts are one reason the clearance process has dragged on, as investigators try to verify his reporting. Another complicating factor is his business interests; as the former head of a real estate company, his finances are more complex than many other incoming government officials.

    Yeah definitely its Kushner’s business interests. Not that super secret communications channel he wanted to set up with his best friends.

  17. 17
    Lyrebird says:

    Fun fact: Bolivar, MO is pronounced like Oliver!

  18. 18
    Adam L Silverman says:

    This should be fun:

    The FBI was monitoring Carter Page when the former Trump campaign adviser says he spoke with Trump adviser Steve Bannon about Russia in January 2017, raising the strong possibility that the FBI intercepted a conversation between the two men.

    Page told Congress in November about the call. But it has been cast into a new light by last week’s release of a Republican memo revealing that the FBI was monitoring Page’s communications at the time.

    “If Page was using one of his standard phones, it was probably picked up,” said Elizabeth Goitein, a former Justice Department trial attorney and congressional counsel who co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.

    The significance of a possible FBI recording depends on the exact content of the conversation between Bannon and Page, about which Page has been vague. But it means the FBI’s surveillance of Page — which has been the subject of intense partisan anger in Washington — may have touched one of the highest-ranking figures in Trump’s incoming administration just days before inauguration.

    Bannon hasn’t been accused of any impropriety. Neither he nor his lawyer would comment on Page’s account of the purported conversation.

    Experts in national security law said the FBI would have retained the conversation as evidence if it seemed pertinent to their investigation into allegations that Trump associates coordinated with the Kremlin — an inquiry that has since widened to focus on whether any officials, including Trump himself, tried to obstruct the probe.

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    danielx says:


    I am certain you will be shocked to learn that Peru, IN is pronounced Pee-ru in some circles.

  20. 20
    Steeplejack says:

    I want to know how the Corgi got up on the pony’s back. I suspect this video was a little bit staged. But, wait, it was on the Internet and local TV, so it’s probably true. Never mind.

  21. 21
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Carter Page confuses me so. I have no idea what he was doing and for whom. Of why, for that matter.

  22. 22
    NotMax says:


    Ditto for Bolivar, NY.

  23. 23
    danielx says:


    Shoot low, boys, they’re riding Shetlands!

  24. 24

    Lol! Makes sense that a corgi wouldn’t want to jump off that far, but how did it get up…

  25. 25
    jl says:

    @NotMax: ” Now that’s a dog and pony show.”

    More entertaining and wholesome that the Trumpster shit show the feds are putting on.

  26. 26
    eric U. says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: seems like Carter Page is in a state of confusion most of the time. I’m just curious how he got this screwed up.

  27. 27
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @sanjeevs: The issue is the President:

    Yet lost in the latest controversy of the Trump presidency is the near certainty that Trump himself would fail a security clearance application. As the elected president, he is not required to possess one to have access to the nation’s most closely held information.

    Without that exemption, though, a financial history that includes four business bankruptcies and allegations of fraud as well as sexual misconduct accusations by nearly two dozen women would raise multiple “red flags,” said a former Defense Department official who once held a top-secret clearance himself.

    “If Donald Trump were not president, he wouldn’t be able to get within 100 miles of a security clearance,” the former official said on condition of anonymity to discuss security clearance matters.

    It was Trump’s checkered business history and his treatment of women and minorities that led many Republicans to openly criticize him during the 2016 campaign. And now it is those criticisms, combined with Trump’s insistence on absolute loyalty from his subordinates, that has limited the talent pool available to Trump’s White House ― and made it more likely for those with questionable backgrounds to win high-level jobs.

    “He’s going to attract those kind of people. He’s going to attract people with problems,” the former official said. “A lot of people in Washington do not want to work in this White House.”

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    Wag says:

    Do locals pronounce it “ Bo-Liver”?

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    PhoenixRising says:

    @Major Major Major Major: my guess, knowing both species fairly well: corgi walked off the porch onto the pony’s back.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: You’re not alone. I’m not sure Carter Page knows either.

  31. 31
    philpm says:

    Before I saw this was in Bolivar, I was pretty convinced it happened at my aunt and uncle’s farm in Leavenworth.

  32. 32
    Yutsano says:

    And BOOM shutdown!

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mnemosyne: Several years ago, I rode the Empire Builder (Seattle to Chicago), and two of my fellow passengers were Mennonite or similar (I didn’t ask for particulars); the older of the two was coming back from Mexico where he had just gotten a hip (I think) replaced and their religion didn’t allow them to take a plane. For someone soon after a joint replacement, he did remarkably well on the tight stairs of the Amtrak bilevel sleeper cars.

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    @PhoenixRising: Makes me think of the Radiolab story about a goat on a cow.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    There’s got to be a ledge, maybe in the stable, from which the wee doggie can jump onto the pony’s back.

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    Soprano2 says:

    That’s my neck of the woods; Bolivar is about 30 miles from me. That video and story is a big thing here. She never thought it would get this big!

  37. 37

    Apparently Rand Paul just shut down the government.

  38. 38
    Brachiator says:

    It was Trump’s checkered business history and his treatment of women and minorities that led many Republicans to openly criticize him during the 2016 campaign.

    The same Republicans who now defend Trump to the hilt, no questions asked. Oh, the irony. So delicious.

  39. 39
    NotMax says:

    Welcome to the Rand Discorporation.



  40. 40
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Major Major Major Major: He is a GOPer. Let’s tie it to them.

  41. 41
    Mike in NC says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Fat Bastard only hires the very best people, or at least those willing to work his shitty wages. Ha!

  42. 42
    Brachiator says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Apparently Rand Paul just shut down the government.

    Didn’t he vote for the GOP tax cut?

  43. 43
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Brachiator: Self awareness is not one of his strong suits.

  44. 44
    danielx says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    You’re assuming he has any strong suits, aside from his naturally curly hair.

  45. 45
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @danielx: He combed it tonight. It looked worse than usual.

  46. 46
    Adam L Silverman says:

    Alright, I’m going to go rub doggie bellies and watch this documentary on flame throwers I DVRed earlier. Play nice or Rand Paul will come to your house and talk for a long time!

  47. 47
    Lyrebird says:

    Shocked, shocked I tell you … not that anyone’s likely to be listening, too many fresh threads, but this is all extra funny because I’ve been both to Bolliver MO and to Peeru IN.

    @NotMax: …but not yet to the NY contender!

    Have driven through Ver Sales (Versailles) KY though!

    Language change is fun.

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    Origuy says:

    @Lyrebird: What about Brazil (BRAY-zil}, Indiana? There’s a wide spot in the road north of Bloomington called Hindustan, pronounced hin-DOO-ston.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    I want to know how the Corgi got up on the pony’s back. I suspect this video was a little bit staged.

    Nah. Dogs will climb up on other beasts’ backs, as a dominance move (or cuz their feets are cold). And corgis are usually domineering dogs — they were bred to herd cattle, who kick when driven. So: Pony is sitting (lying) down; corgi clambers up on its back, possibly using a rock or ledge as a booster. Pony, not impressed, stands up again… and corgi decides he’s not sure about jumping that far down, at least in the dark. Pony’s too old or lazy to actively attempt to buck or brush fat bastid corgi off… and then the humans come home, and make fun of them.

    And speaking of “repronounced” towns: I nominate PEER-ee, Michigan. Spelled “Pierre”.

    (Of course, there’s also a Michigan city which is prominent enough that nobody remembers its French-Canadian founders called it Day-TWAH… )

  50. 50
    SgrAstar says:

    @Lyrebird: let’s not forget BeeyewNa Vista, Colorado…

  51. 51
    NotMax says:

    @Anne Laurie

    So many from which to choose.

    Bogota (Buh-GO-tah), NJ
    Cairo (KAY-ro), IL

    And on and on.

  52. 52
    Kristine says:

    @NotMax: Mar-sales IL (Marseille)

  53. 53
    Big Picture Pathologist says:

    Internet won for the day, just under the wire…

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    BC in Illinois says:


    And, of course, New AY-thens, Illinois (pronounced with a long “A” sound).

    Not far from Sparta.

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