Who’s a good boy?

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58 replies
  1. 1
    eemom says:

    Who’s, plz.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @eemom: Thank you. Whose/ who’s is one of those things that always makes me loose it.

    Lose / loose being another.

  3. 3
    Matt Smith says:

    That dog’s just so obliviously self-centered, living his/her best life… gotta love it.

    My pet peeve is lead/led. Oy.

  4. 4
    trollhattan says:

    Love it!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Thanks, I needed that.

    I especially liked the players who were like, Well, I guess we get a time-out!

    And I’m assuming the security guy was the closest one who had a leash/harness handy.

  6. 6
    TenguPhule says:

    At the U.S. border, asylum seekers fleeing violence are told to come back later

    In several cities along the border, asylum seekers who follow the Trump administration’s instructions and go through official border crossings are turned away and told to return later.

    JFC, our national asylum policy has turned into an automated support line.

    Via Wapo.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Matt Smith: I’m wondering if he is a police dog, possibly working with that heavily armed cop who runs onto the field. What other dog would be that close to the action?

    I imagine him sitting there, all seriousness the way well-trained working dogs are, as the ball goes back and forth in front of him… and all those people running.. back … and forth… until he just can’t stand it any more.

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    jacy says:

    Okay, getting ready to head out and present my case in a last-ditch attempt to avoid another custody battle. Think good thoughts for me.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Good luck, and keep reminding yourself that he’s doing this because he knows he’s losing the long game. Don’t let him get to you.

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    chopper says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    there’s no discreet difference between them. this begs the question, can’t people just except the other spelling?

  12. 12
    chopper says:


    good luck, and i hope your schmuck ex falls on his face.

  13. 13
    Yarrow says:

    @jacy: Oh, wow. Sending good thoughts your way. What a long haul it has been.

  14. 14
    dmsilev says:

    @jacy: Thinking good thoughts. Best of luck, and hope that you have good news!

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    Roger Moore says:


    And I’m assuming the security guy was the closest one who had a leash/harness handy.

    I assumed he had a leash handy because his dog slipped it and ran out onto the field.

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    JPL says:

    @jacy: Good luck and remember rosie the raccoon climbed 25 stories only to be released in happier surroundings. She persisted and so can you.
    I named the St. Paul raccoon Rosie because it seems fitting.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:
    Exactly–a dog can only take so much. Think it’s a malinois owned by the very overly geared cop who ran onto the field. Oops. Gonna need a couple refresher courses.

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    Bumper says:

    @chopper: I see what you did their.

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    chopper says:


    for all intensive purposes they’re the same. come on, people.

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    dmsilev says:

    So, David, as a former football referee, how exactly would you handle this situation? Yellow card the dog?

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @jacy: Absolutely! Best of luck from one jackal to another!

  22. 22
    MomSense says:


    Be strong, Jacy! You can do this!

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    @dmsilev: stop the game, tell him he is a good boy, restart the game

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    If that’s the case, then that country has very poorly trained bomb-sniffing dogs. Or else they didn’t let the poor doggo have his reward after a long day’s work.

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    raven says:

    Not fixed, I bet he is a police dog.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Your point is mute.

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    MomSense says:

    This brings back horrible memories of being so embarrassed when my childhood dog went onto the field during a soccer tournament. All the players on all the teams couldn’t get the ball from him. Finally my grandmother had to bring raw hamburger to the field so he would drop the ball.

    The problem was that we had a big yard and played soccer every day with all the neighborhood kids. Our dog loved to play with us. He used his snout and front paws and was the most amazing ball handler I’ve ever seen. He knew he was good too because he used to taunt us by putting the ball between his front paws, getting into a downward dog position, and wagging his tail and hind end in a teasing gesture. Of course he would escape with the ball as soon as we got close.

    Imagine a hundred kids on a field with a dog taunting them with their ball.

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    chopper says:


    luckily your granmother just happened to be carrying some raw hamburger at a soccer tournament.

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    Steeplejack says:

    “There’s a dog on the pitch!” Makes his move at 1:35.

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    Yutsano says:


    You just really want to watch the world burn don’t you?

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    Steeplejack says:


    The wide world of sports. Dogs, bracing outdoor air, manly men in shorts—what’s not to like?

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    Roger Moore says:


    So, David, as a former football referee, how exactly would you handle this situation? Yellow card the dog?

    The dog was a good boy who deserves a pat on the head. It’s the human who deserves a red card.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Is this the dog’s version of Fuckitall, I am taking my ball and going home?

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    MomSense says:


    The field was across the street. He’d been watching the kids play all morning out the front window.

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    thalarctosMaritimus says:

    @chopper: I think you mean “come on people!”.

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    WereBear says:

    @jacy: Sending you the best I can.

  38. 38
    chopper says:


    i’d make that comment later on, when the site changes to “balloon-juice: after dark”

  39. 39
    Platonailedit says:

    Traitorous thug’s tweet curse strikes again.

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    chopper says:



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    I would definitely watch sports a lot more frequently if they allowed dogs on the field.

  42. 42
    Mnemosyne says:


    You will feel my pain: I’m proofing a manuscript where the author keeps saying “lightening” when he means “lightning.” And I’m only on page 5. 😩

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    trollhattan says:

    My kid grew up in the age of “Air Bud” so I kinda know what that’s like.

  44. 44
    Raoul says:

    “We see the unlimited stick. It is infinite. It is all.”

    When a bot writes an Olive Garden tv advert, he finds FSM. In bread form. Oh, the mystery!

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    Steeplejack says:


    The horror . . .

  46. 46
    Steeplejack says:

    @Mnemosyne, @Steeplejack:

    Then it gets worse when the writer argues with you that he/​she is spelling it right. Can’t remember a good example; it might have been something like principle/​principal. More likely something a bit more esoteric, like material/​matériel, as in “war matériel.” Good times.

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    trollhattan says:

    Running along the perimeter of Santa Rosa Airport, which began life as an airbase, is Ordinance Road. They should have called it “Stuff What Blows Up Road” instead of misspelling Ordnance but what are you going to do?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Maybe you *can* teach an old dog a new trick?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Steeplejack: I used “materiel” in a comment on an almost top-10,000 blog just this very morning. But I’ll admit I’m lazy about diacritical marks. They’re actually easier on an iPhone, but then you have the whole re-enter-my-nym-every-comment thing.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah, that’s another good one. Especially love it in breathless news reports about exciting military stuff.

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    trollhattan says:

    You suppose Fort Ord has Ord Ordnance Ordinances?

  52. 52
    Mnemosyne says:


    He does at least use Oxford commas correctly. I’ll give him that much credit.

  53. 53
    burnspbesq says:

    Has President Asshat claimed credit for the success of the 2026 World Cup bid yet?

  54. 54
    burnspbesq says:

    If Spain crashes and burns due to its sudden and self-inflicted managerial turmoil, who gets tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail, the head of the federation or Perez, the Jerry Jones of Madrid?

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’m sure those are among their most deeply held principals.

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    Roger Moore says:


    He does at least use Oxford commas correctly.

    But does he use them consistently? I think it’s most important to be consistent in which style you use; switching back and forth can leave your readers confused.

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    YetAnotherJay formerly (Jay S) says:

    @Steeplejack: I believe the principals are held in high dungeon.

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    Aleta says:

    Dogs invented soccer just not with the boundary lines, penalties, restarts and rules.

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