Respite Open Thread: A Bit of Good News

Aleta sent along some photos of her pup, doing well after his surgery:


Our pup is doing well after so many juicers sent good vibes to help him and me pull through his surgery. The soul dog takes time to smell the marigolds now.

Another day he came home with a petunia on his ear.

Huckle Berry Finn from Minnesota*  adores the old pup and finds everything about him enchanting.  At the same time Finn works tirelessly to surpass all of us in the hierarchy, one that is vivid and compelling in his mind but the rest of us are oblivious to.  Especially the dog, who manages to remain in place without even trying. 

*Extra names from a 7 yr old neighbor.  “He just looks like a Huckle.”


I hope that helps end the week on a good note and start the weekend off right.

Respite open thread

48 replies
  1. 1
    TenguPhule says:

    Where are the ducks? I was promised ducks.

  2. 2
    MomSense says:

    I’m glad pup is on the mend. 💕💕💕

  3. 3
    TenguPhule says:

    AOC’s chief of staff and top spokesman quit

    I assume this qualifies as good news here.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and communications director Corbin Trent are both leaving her D.C. office.

    “Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to work with New Consensus to further develop plans for a Green New Deal,” Trent told the Intercept Friday.

  4. 4
    zhena gogolia says:

    I’m not sure it’s marigolds he’s smelling.

    So sweet! I guess he’s a poodle, but he looks almost like a wolfhound.

    Yes, the departures of Ratcliffe and Chakrabarti have to be counted as good news.

  5. 5
    Josie says:


    Hmmm. Makes me wonder exactly what was discussed in AOC’s meeting with Nancy Pelosi.

    ETA: Love the decorative petunia.

  6. 6
    Baud says:


    Awesome. Good for her.

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    rikyrah says:

    Glad that pup is on the mend 🤗🤗

  8. 8
    rikyrah says:

    Where are the 🦆😍😍😍

  9. 9
    satby says:

    @MomSense: and how is your pup? I’m hoping better.

  10. 10
    debbie says:

    Finn is fetching in flowers!

  11. 11
    gammyjill says:

    Two lovely animals. Glad they’re friends.

  12. 12
    spudgun says:

    Your critters are so cute!! And congrats on the successful medical news, you must be so relieved…thanks for the pix!

  13. 13
    MomSense says:


    She’s home. We won’t know until Tuesday if her liver is recovering. It’s stressful.

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    satby says:

    So, some moron was sitting outside the farmers market this afternoon with a pet carrier and a sign that said “kittens free to good home”. Unfortunately, I only found out about it after one was already given away but I took the two remaining and read her the riot act about dog fighters taking free pets to use for fighting dog bait. I gave her the number of our spay/neuter group and told her we’d be happy to help prevent the next litter by getting the mom spayed but they won’t. According to her, mom cat fell out of a two story window, had severe abdominal injuries, and so they assumed she “couldn’t get pregnant”.
    I can’t even with people.
    So aside from trying to trap the tiny kitten living in the backyard overgrowth near my car, I have two additional kittens living in my bathroom.
    If you want to finely hone your misanthropy, go into animal rescue.

  16. 16
    satby says:

    @MomSense: Hoping hard for a full recovery. At least she’s home with you.

  17. 17
    rikyrah says:

    Positive thoughts being sent 🙏🙏🙏

  18. 18
    MomSense says:

    Thanks everyone.

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    tokyokie says:

    @satby: A few years ago, when I assumed custody of 4 newborn kittens and their mom, I knew I couldn’t keep all of them. But when my vet learned I was looking for new homes for them, she kept the stubby-tailed orange tabby as her office cat. I took out a classified ad with action pictures of the remaining ones, with the proviso, “Please, no snake owners.” Anyway, both the females went to little girls getting their first pet, and I’m sure have been showered with affection ever since. We kept the other one and named him after Jack Palance. (And we had the mama spayed shortly after finding homes for the kittens.)

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    MelissaM says:

    Some 7yos are wise. Now, who’s a good pupper?!?

  21. 21
    Mart says:

    One of my daughter’s two month old twin sons had open heart surgery Tuesday. We were a bit terrified as there were complications. Surgeon had to go back in after the initial surgery with additional valve leaks needing repaired, fluid on the heart, and he was not breathing on his own. He (and an amazing surgeon) has turned everything around. The repairs all took hold. Today he was able to nurse with his brother. Out of intensive care and may go home tomorrow. So there is my good news respite for you all to enjoy.

  22. 22
    trollhattan says:

    Wow, how terrifying! Very good news, indeed that he’s on the mend. My best wishes to all!

  23. 23
    MomSense says:


    Oh, Mart. I’m glad your grandson is ok. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

  24. 24
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    What a great relief for you and your family. One of my good friends is a pediatric cardiologist. These people do great work.

  25. 25
    Steeplejack says:


    Sending healing thoughts for your pup.

  26. 26
    Emma says:

    @Mart: Bless him. I am so glad he’s on the mend.

  27. 27
    Steeplejack says:


    Glad your story had a happy ending. Still had to be stressful as hell.

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    spudgun says:

    @MomSense: Sending your furry boo healing vibes…

  29. 29
    spudgun says:

    @Mart: So happy for you and your family, such a relief! here’s to the fastest healing possible for the little guy!

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    Mary G says:

    @MomSense: Waiting is hell; will keep Korra in my thoughts.

    Great news about Aleta’s old man, love Finn the cat trying to take over the space. Not gonna happen.

    @Mart: Wow. That must have been excruciating. So happy for your family.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I met that guy! He’s the one who warned you about me, right?

    @TenguPhule: please, TenguPhule—it was in The Intercept so you know everyone here has already read it! #Griftwald4eva

  32. 32
    Steeplejack says:

    Here’s something great for a respite thread: complete “Spy vs. Spy” from Mad magazine posted on the Web!

  33. 33
    MelissaM says:

    @Mart: What a long, yet happily-ended day for you! Thanks for the good news!

  34. 34
    Redshift says:

    Friends of mine adopted three neighborhood stray, so of course he has many names, because every family on the block had their own name for him when he was a vagabond.

    When they are looking for him and there are neighborhood kids around, they ask “have you seen Hugo? Pancake? Hollywood?” 🙂

    (There are more, but I don’t remember them all.)

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    MomSense says:


    The first little street kitten I rescued was fostered by a family with a 3 or 4 year old girl. The kitten was an adorable light colored calico. Apparently the kitten and the girl bonded immediately so of course the family adopted her. The kitten slept with the little girl every night on her pillow.

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    Barbara says:

    @Mart: I hope they both continue making good progress and come home soon.

  37. 37
    mrmoshpotato says:

    Hmm, using a blender to make slushy boozy drinks to (legally) enjoy while riding @Metra. Assuming the blender use isn't breaking any rules and the grinding sound doesn't annoy other customers, I endorse this behavior. #DrinkAndDontDrive— John Greenfield (@greenfieldjohn) August 2, 2019

    I hope the blender was fast, and he served the whole car.

    (Metra is a Chicago-area commuter rail whose lines go to far-flung suburbs – and Kenosha – from downtown.)

  38. 38

    @Mart: How scary. Hope things continue to get better.

  39. 39
    satby says:

    @Mart: that has to be so awful for your daughter and you all! So glad the little guy is doing well and getting ready to go home soon.

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    satby says:

    @tokyokie: @MomSense: so many kittens, so few homes. Glad you found good ones for your fosters.

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    rikyrah says:

    Happy that it went well 🙏🙏

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Mart: Such good news that grandbaby is improving. I can only imagine the stress. Holding all of you in the light.

    @MomSense: good to hear Korra’s home and hoping for a good liver report.

    @Aleta: that’s some serious style with the petunia! Such a sweetie and clearly has a good buddy in Finn withe the extra names.

    @TaMara: I couldn’t help but notice there are no ducks pictured. #WewantPearlandherposse

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    Quinerly says:

    @MomSense: sending positive thoughts.

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    debbie says:


    Wonderful news! May life be quiet for you all for a while!

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    Steeplejack says:

    Don’t know if it’s on everywhere, but there’s a new American Masters episode on Ursula K. Le Guin starting in a few minutes on PBS. Check your schedule this week if you’re interested.

    ETA: I think this is the premiere, because it’s on both of my big PBS stations (starting now).

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    seefleur says:

    @Mart: SO happy to hear this! Having been thru major medical OMG-WTF- what can we do moments like this, all I can say is that I am sending all my best wishes to you and your family.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @MomSense: I’m so sorry you are going through that. It’s wrenching.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @Mart: Wow, that is a lot for a family. Holding you all in the light.

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