Lost Puppy Update: Popcorn Is Home

Popcorn. I about died laughing when his person told me that. I only talked to him on the phone, but I am so picturing this big burly guy and his three-pound pup name Popcorn. He is out of town and the pup snuck away from his “grandparents”. I now have everyone’s names on file – he doesn’t live far from me…but too close to a busy street for him to keep wandering off. They need to figure something out. Although he is pretty old, so odds have been with him so far.

Now that he’s settled, we are off to hike.

Here’s another open thread.

44 replies
  1. 1
    zhena gogolia says:

    Congratulations, Popcorn, you rascal!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Of course, we’ll need confirmation, if possible, on his hooman being a big burly guy.

    Glad to hear the pup will be reunited.

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    RAVEN says:

    There’s a little yapper by that name down the street. The folks named their daughter Arrow.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Wonderful that Popcorn is back home.

    But have to admit to bit of a fantasy of some pics of Popsy nose-to-nose with Bixby. And beak-to-nose with Penelope Pearl.

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    Baud says:

    Popcorn doesn’t seem like a dog that will ever let The Man keep him down.

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    debbie says:

    Great name! “He pops here, he pops there…”!

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    Kristine says:

    Yea for reunions!

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    Millard Filmore says:

    Popcorn knows where you live. He will be back to see you.

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    Ken says:

    @Millard Filmore: Especially now that he knows where to get wet cat food.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Millard Filmore: Sounds like a threat. Three-pound gangster dog?

    “Nice place you got here. It’d be a shame if I ran away again and came back to visit.”

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    tokyokie says:

    Tell the owners that next time, you feed him to your ninja attack ducks.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Please see my very long comment down stairs about my favourite escape artist Dweebe. She was a master.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @RAVEN: After the dog in the song?

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    Inventor says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I had an escape artist dog named Benson that would dig/climb/jump/crawl out of the back yard. Then he would go around to the front door and “knock” on the screen door. I would let him in and follow him to the back yard where he would show me where he got out. I would “fix” the place with cinder blocks or chicken wire or whatever was available and go back inside leaving Benson outside. Then the game would begin again. If I wasn’t home when he “escaped”, he would just go over to a friend’s house and wait there until I came and got him.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Spent all day at the Family Fun Day and Dog Show in aid of Wolfwood animal shelter. (I was running the Cake Stall I will send pictures of the amazing animals to Alain later). The tiniest dogs were two little fluffballs, one fawn one blonde. I took pictures of one of them who had won a rosette and when I looked up both of them had leads held by huge burly bald guys wearing black heavy metal t-shirts. I just thought it was priceless.

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    sukabi says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: hey, sometimes you just need a dog that can ride in your pocket.

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    Shana says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: That reminds me of a clip from an English episode of Antiques Roadshow with a guy in a Motorhead tshirt and mullet with the most delicate beautiful jewelry that he brought in for appraisal.

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    Bnut says:

    Our Lab is an escape artist to perfection. We have a fully fenced yard that he can’t get out of, but if you don’t close the front door or side door to the garage fast enough he scoots out like lightning is in his butt. We don’t even bother chasing after him anymore. He always comes home within half an hour invariably covered in some type of random animal feces. Yes he has tags and is chipped. Pretty much everyone in the neighborhood knows him by now.

    Popcorn is an exceptional name.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    He sure is a cute little cranky old guy. Glad you found his people.

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    LuciaMia says:

    Love a happy ending but they need to chip and tag this escapee pronto!

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    Brachiator says:

    Popcorn! Glad that this ended well.

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    Sab says:

    Bret Favre used to have a tiny dog with a barrette in its fur. Saw it on a sports calendar.

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    rikyrah says:

    Popcorn 😍😍😍

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    geg6 says:

    Best name ever!

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    Spanky says:

    Just got back in from corraling our own little escape artist. Folks might remember my angst on July 4 when Bandit disappeared. Today he managed to slip by the Mrs. but reverted to his usual MO, making sure he stayed close to his pursuers, but not too close.

    But besides the extreme heat there was sensory overload. Dragonflies! Butterflies! Bugs! He managed to bring down a Black Swallowtail, but then wasn’t sure what he should do with it. That’s when I scooped him up. The swallowtail that had been pinned under both of his front feet simply fluttered off, so I was glad to see that. He was bug-eyed and panting (not the swallowtail), so I’m glad we’re all back in the A/C.


    (ETA – It’s currently 98 out there.


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    smintheus says:

    This is almost the Platonic ideal of the slipshod argument masquerading as a big think piece: Chances are, you’re not as open-minded as you think. It’s dizzying how many times the reference points get changed. Willingness to be bribed to listen to tired arguments against gay marriage = willingness to test one’s views as ‘hypotheses’ = accurately predicting the future = nonpartisanship = good judgment = engaging seriously with blatantly fake information. And that’s just the first five paragraphs.

  27. 27
    Paul T says:


    Hot Butter! Went to #4 in 1972!

    You might prefer the cover by the Swedish Chef from Sesame Street. Chef plays a mean blender!


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    smintheus says:

    @Inventor: We had a Belgian Shepherd rescue dog in who would always manage to get into the back part of our long garden in Berkeley and dig up our vegetable, even after we put up a tall wire fence (ca. 6 ft). He was close to 80 pounds and way too big to dig under it. We could not figure out how he was doing it, until one night we saw him jump over the wire! Cleared it easily. He was an astounding critter and I miss him like the world.

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    MattF says:

    @smintheus: You’ve validated my gut feeling that it wasn’t worth reading. Thanks– I guess.

    Now, I can go back to being irked by everyday life.

    ETA: I should add that it seemed to me to be obvious clickbait.

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    Nicole says:

    The rainy summer has brought the rats out in our neighborhood and someone on my block has taken it upon themselves to illegally poison them (I’m assuming, due to the number of dead rats and the absence of any of the signs the city puts up when they do pest control). It’s making for a difficult time walking our AmStaff mutt. Yesterday she nosed in the tall grass growing around one of the city trees and just as she wrapped her mouth around it, I realized she’d found a dead rat. Fortunately, she knows “LEAVE IT” and did, though she wasn’t happy about it.

    Two days before she spotted a live one under a car and flushed it out, whereupon it ran straight for my 9-year-old kid, who let out a shriek that could have shattered glass (no contact was made). Our pooch adores humans, fears other dogs, is surprisingly gentle around non-aggressive cats, but holy cow, let her see a rat and all of her terrier instincts come screaming to the surface.

    I’m starting to develop a nervous tic every time I walk her.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    That’s the perfect name for him! Glad you found his human.

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    Baud says:


    Chances are, you’re not as open-minded as you think

    I balance that out by being more correct than I think.

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    smintheus says:

    @Baud: More dazzling than anybody knows.

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    Catherine D. says:

    Haven’t seen this mentioned on the last few threads, but the Jarvanka family got a white, blue-eyed dog (looks like an Eskie) Twitter has ‘sploded.

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    satby says:

    @Catherine D.: and if it is an Eskie it will last about a week. They’re high energy, high intelligence dogs who, according to the AKC are:

    Eskies are social animals and can develop problem behaviors when neglected or undertrained—they insist on being part of family life.

    I don’t see that ending well.

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    satby says:

    So since I came down hard on the idea of dogs running off repeatedly, I feel the need to point out that part of my (mostly successful) ability to keep dogs from running off is that a runner would be escorted outside in the yard and on a 40 foot rope. Every single time. If they could dig under or scale over or dodge around a fence, they didn’t get a second chance. But the 40 foot rope meant they could wander pretty far and freely while I could be sure there’d be no escape. It only takes one careless driver to make those amusing stories into a tragedy.

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    RAVEN says:

    @opiejeanne: You know I’ve never asked. Arrow has two mommies and it just never came up.

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    SWMBO says:

    @satby: Depends on whether the nanny has time to work with it. You really don’t expect Jarvanka to, do you?

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    SWMBO says:

    @satby: We have a runner at my mom’s house. He would get out of the temporary fence she would put up and it worked for the rest of the dogs. Not Maxim. He was gone once for over an hour. My mom’s neighbors are trigger happy rednecks. So now he goes out on a 20 foot training lead when we visit. He doesn’t like it but that’s tough beans.

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    J R in WV says:

    Speaking of big guys with little dogs, a friend who had a very tough time as a kid, started a heavy construction company, now well to do hard working manager of a construction company, pipeline work mostly.

    He has a 4 lb or so tiny dog, maybe a maltese? Named Chuck Norris ~!!~ Loves that little guy. There are squirrels as big as Chuck Norris.

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    JoeyJoeJoe says:

    Does anybody watch Brooklyn 99? Holt’s dog Cheddar has adventures like this periodically.


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    opiejeanne says:

    @RAVEN: It just struck me. I loved Nilssen, have one of his LPs. The kids just about wore it out.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @J R in WV: We have angry squirrels on our property. I wouldn’t mess with any of them.

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    Michael Allen says:

    @Catherine D.: Yeah, not just totally white but BLUE eyes too. Surely they must have realized how it would look to most people, particularly with Grandpa going way past the “good people on both sides” racism level in the past few days. It wasn’t exactly like the thing followed the kids home from school.

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