NY City Pet Bleg: Keith Olbermann Puts Up the Doggie Symbol for Helios!

I’m sure we don’t have the reach of Keith Olbermann’s twitter feed, no offense to Cole, but I figured putting this on the front page probably couldn’t hurt.

Here’s the details from the shelter’s page:


Hello, my name is Helios. My animal id is #62815. I am a desexed male white dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a agency on 14-May-2019.

Helios is at risk for medical reasons. Helios was diagnosed with canine infectious respiratory disease complex which is contagious to other animals and will require in home care. Behaviorally, Helios has exhibited poor impulse control and would benefit from some behavior modification.

Let’s get to know each other a bit more…

A volunteer writes: Helios is a radiantly happy guy who’s tiny in size but mighty in spirit and it seems only fitting that he’s named for a sun god as he lights up any room he enters and spreads sunshine wherever he roams. Full of good-natured energy, bouncy hugs and sweet snuggles, he’s always thrilled to get out of his den and go for a walk and extremely friendly with dogs and people alike. While he does pull slightly on leash, he’s a smart cookie who responds nicely to direction, seems house trained and already knows how to come, sit and stay on command and he’ll play enthusiastically yet softly with both toys and people. Helios is a natural athlete but his NBA-level jumping skills make him better suited to a home with older kids who are taller than he can bounce and his perfect match would be an active family who can provide ample play and snuggle time. Bonus points for those willing to teach him some new tricks! Helios is waiting at our Manhattan Care Center and he’s ready to be your sun, your moon, your stars, your everything. Will you be his?

“Helios has exhibited poor impulse control and would benefit from some behavior modification.” Helios is definitely jackal material!

Look at that face!

Anyhow, if you might be considering adopting a rescue dog, or you know someone who is, and you’re in the greater NY City area (I’ll let everyone decide that for themselves), give a thought to Helios.

Open thread!

50 replies
  1. 1
    Adam L Silverman says:

    Going to lie back down. Sort of the cold version of the congressional “reclaiming my time”.

  2. 2
    cain says:

    OK.. we can’t let this happen, there can be no death for Helios. I’ll adopt him myself if nobody else does, although I’m way on the west coast.

  3. 3
    NotMax says:

    Keith Olberman Puts Up the Doggie Symbol for Helios!


  4. 4
    CaseyL says:

    What a sweetie!

    If Cain winds up adopting Helios, then I’ll be happy to kick in for transport, as per usual. (Actually, I’ll kick in for transport if any Jackal or Jackal-adjacent person adopts him.)

  5. 5
    Brooklyn Dodger says:

    If anyone needs money to make this happen I’m in.

  6. 6
    Mike in NC says:

    Just watched a few minutes of the ridiculous Fat Bastard melting down on MSNBC, declaring what a Stable Fucking Genius he is in front of his sychophants and some yahoos in cowboy hats.

    Time has arrived to impeach the daughterfucker.

  7. 7
    MazeDancer says:


    Five days in transport may be no fun for pup. But after that, he’s got it made.

    Think you can reserve him at the newhope link in the Olbermann tweet.

    Just let us know how to contribute.

  8. 8
    Origuy says:

    Ursala LeGuin posted a thread about her abortion experience in the early sixties.

  9. 9
    hilts says:

    Where have you gone Keith Olbermensch? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

  10. 10
    Sab says:

    @Origuy: Thanks for this. I had never read that.

  11. 11
    cain says:

    I’m more worried that they might let me reserve a dog when I’m way out on the west coast. I”ll give the a call tomorrow and ask.

  12. 12
    Aleta says:

    On the shelter page, good to know

    Bite history:: Yes, the owner called the police to pick up Helios and informed them he had bitten her but the bite did not break skin. Circumstances of the bite are not known.

    Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
    Recommendations comments:: No children: It was reported from his previous home that Helios bit the owner, which did not break skin. We do not know the exact details of this bite incident and we do not know his intentions during this bite. Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend an adult-only home.
    Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Bite history (human)

    Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable

  13. 13
    West of the Rockies says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Who were those cowboy/rancher dudes?

  14. 14
    trollhattan says:


  15. 15
    Mnemosyne says:

    So our hotel near the San Jose Airport is so-so. It’s not so much that the walls are thin as that you can’t turn on just the fan function of the AC, so we can hear the people next door pretty clearly.

    Which is why I started laughing hysterically last night when they were having sex, and I’m pretty sure they could hear me just as much as I could hear them. 😂🤣

    Fortunately, the white noise app on my phone drowned them and all of the other ambient noise pretty effectively and we slept reasonably well. It was funny as hell, though.

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    lumpkin says:

    I know someone who adopted a pit bull that had been dumped in Oakland because he had cancer. He turned out to be a big goofy loveable hulk of a dog. Amazingly his cancer is in remission and he is the luckiest dog on the planet to go from cancerous and starving on the street to a loving home.

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    Gretchen says:

    I hate to be a downer but I would hesitate to adopt a pit bull with a history of biting unless I were a master dog trainer.

  18. 18
    Steeplejack says:


    The “history” seems to be a report of one bite, and a sketchy one at that. But caution is warranted with any dog, not just pit bulls.

  19. 19
    Susan Baughman says:

    @Gretchen: My used to be next door neighbor did animal rescue and adopted pitbulls. Bunch of goofballs. Her guys had traumatic pasts but they were still a bunch of lovable goofballs. Her only problems were her inadequate fencing, so they got loose. 3 of them were okay, but the 4th little girl had been seriously abused, so if a local neighbor helping her catch them happened to be male he was at risk of being fearbitten. They did get in one fight of playtoys that sent her husband to get stitches. Multiple pitbulls from traumatic pasts. Not the same as this situation.

    Dog bite with skin not broken. Why even report that?

    Pitts are sweet goofballs, but they are a lot of dog, big and strong, and a bit stubborn.

    If you want to have one, you need to be committed to training a dog that is not particularly trainable. Golden retrievers want orders. German shepherds want to take charge but like orders if you really mean them. Pitts just don’t understand the point, but love you so will eventually obey when they realize it means a lot to you that they obey. Challenging for owner- you really have to be committed.

  20. 20
    Amir Khalid says:

    i hope you didn’t applaud loudly when they came.

  21. 21
    Steeplejack says:

    @Susan Baughman:

    Dog bite with skin not broken. Why even report that?

    Uh, convenient excuse to have the police come and take the dog off your hands?

  22. 22
    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    “Encore! Encore!”


  23. 23
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Susan Baughman:

    Dog bite with skin not broken. Why even report that?

    I find myself wondering if Helios bit his human at all.

  24. 24
    Jay says:


    A “bite” with no skin broken isn’t a “bite”,

    It’s either “mouthing” which is a bonding technique, or a “nip” which is a corrective technique, ( you are fucking up).

    PitX’s are strong dogs with strong personalities. They need a pack leader, and if you arn’t one, they will take the lead. Chow’s are worse.

    Once a PitX understands that you are in charge, they are the greatest sucks/love sponges/princess babies in the world,

    And if you arn’t there, the greatest defenders of their “pack” possible.

  25. 25
    Sab says:

    @Steeplejack: @Amir Khalid: That’s what I think. This dog did nothing wrong. But he doesn’t have rights or a lawyer, what with being a dog.

  26. 26
    Jay says:

    @Susan Baughman:


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  28. 28
    Jay says:


    Steve in the Where the F€ck is He Now is missing a lucrative calling.

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    ` says:

    @Steeplejack: The history could give a suggestion about the kind of behavior training that would work best and what to avoid. For ex., no force, w/ rewards for positive behavior and avoiding punishment and stress. Being careful not to push too much or too far at each session. Not leaving the dog with someone who might hit or yell. Also, some owners who turn dogs over to police may be careful what they say, to protect the dog.

    From the site:
    Level 3
    Dogs with Level 3 determinations will need to go to homes with experienced adopters, and the ACC strongly suggest that the adopter have prior experience with the challenges described and/or an understanding of the challenge and how to manage it safely in a home environment. In many cases, a trainer will be needed to manage and work on the behaviors safely in a home environment. It is likely that every dog with a Level 3 determination will have a behavior modification or training plan available to them from the behavior department that will go home with the adopters.

    The shelter people would give the best suggestions for the dog.

  30. 30
    Sab says:

    @Jay: Since dogs got no rights, he’s got nothing to work with legalwise.

    ( That should shock his not very inner pedant)

  31. 31
    Jay says:

    Steve in the ATL,

    Dog Lawyer,

    Works for “We Rate Dogs”,

    Works for “I’ve Pet That Dog”,

    In some places, animals do have rights, in other places, there are loopholes in the law. BSL get’s evicerated by gene testing for those who can afford it.

  32. 32
    Sab says:

    @Jay: You must be Canadian. American dogs have no rights.

    Especially American dogs in the South.

  33. 33
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Sab: I can email @Darth?

  34. 34
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @`: Did you mean to not have a nym for posting?

  35. 35
    Sab says:

    @cain: Are you serious about this? I’ll do whatever I can do to help. (I am retired. I have a car. I have lots of experience with big dogs.) I just don’t want to help drive a dog cross-country to have another owner fail him.

  36. 36
    Jay says:


    SWMBO saw a woman being dragged down the street by a beautiful fawn coloured Dobie.

    She said , “may I?”

    and within 2 minutes had the dog performing on lead like a Westminister Champion.

  37. 37
    Susan Baughman says:

    @Adam L Silverman: If you mean me yes oops but no big deal. Everyone who knows me in meatspace has figured out who I am. Nobody much cares about pitts except the few random doglovers in the world.

  38. 38
    Jay says:

    @Susan Baughman:

    Lots of pipple love pitties, .❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  39. 39
    mrmoshpotato says:

    HeliOMGthatface! ❤️

  40. 40
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Susan Baughman: They’re usually great dogs as long as they have good owners. As are Bull & Terriers. Also, as long as they have good owners. In fact the “as long as they have good owners” applies to all dogs. I like to say there are no bad dogs, just bad owners.

  41. 41
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @mrmoshpotato: There are more pics at the link. It was hard to choose which picture to go with.

  42. 42
    Jay says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Yup, 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  43. 43
    Sab says:

    @Adam L Silverman: There are bad dogs. I used to dogsit a pack of three dogs, one of whom had rage syndome, a type of epilepsy. Normally he was a normal sweet dog. When he had a seizure he was scary. Snarled and snapped at everyone around him.

    Morally not a bad dog, but a bad dog to be around.

  44. 44
    rikyrah says:

    In for transportation

  45. 45
    satby says:

    @Adam L Silverman: My late beloved Hershey was a pit bull lab mix and the sweetest dog ever. Even after being attacked and mauled by a hound mix with rage issues.
    @Susan Baughman: you’re quite incorrect.
    @Jay: I agree. One of my rescues adopted out was returned because he “had snapped” at the adopters mother. Turns out mom was a nasty drunk who kicked and hit the dog whenever no one else was around. Four years and many repeat SAFER tests later the dog has never shown any aggressive tendencies at all.

  46. 46
    Jay says:


    Yeah. Stories I don’t want to tell, even the memories, rip my heart ot.

    Most Humans are shit.

  47. 47
    kindness says:

    Poor impulse control. In a Pitt. Who’da thunk? Pitts can be wonderful pups but they do require a wee bit more work to get them there than many dogs.

  48. 48
    stinger says:

    @Adam L Silverman: No bad dogs — Barbara Woodhouse would agree with you!

  49. 49
    Miss Bianca says:

    @satby: Oh, has Hershey passed? Hugs to you.

    My boy Watson appears to be a lab/pit mix, and I am laughing at all the descriptions of Helios that could be descriptions of him!

    I’ll kick in for transport, too!

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    Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Bookmarking this thread and will check back re contributing for transport. Helios is a prize!

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