Sometimes when I am in a bad mood, I like to facetime Tammy’s dog Samantha.
I feel better now.
A dog owner is using a Super Bowl ad to thank the vet school that saved his pet’s life https://t.co/at6vNIwq31
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 28, 2020
Maybe I should tag this as a respite thread. But we deserve a break!
After David MacNeil’s dog collapsed last July and was given a grim cancer diagnosis with a life expectancy of one month, he took the 7-year-old golden retriever named Scout to the University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, hoping for a minor medical miracle.
The veterinarians pursued an aggressive treatment that paid off: Within two months, Scout’s heart tumor was 90 percent smaller than its original size. Today, the lucky dog is healthy and all but free of cancer.
MacNeil, the chief executive of WeatherTech, the suburban Chicago manufacturer best known for its floor mats and custom automotive liners, was beyond grateful. On Sunday, his gratitude will be on display in one of the most coveted forms of advertising: a Super Bowl commercial.
The 30-second spot, titled “Lucky Dog,” is set to air during the second quarter of Super Bowl LIV on Sunday and tells Scout’s story from diagnosis to recovery as it spotlights the veterinary school at UW-Madison. The commercial ends with a call to donate, in which all money raised through the advertised WeatherTech link will benefit the school’s medical research. The school said in a statement that funds will be routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation…
In a statement, UW-Madison notes that dogs and humans share similar cancer rates — about 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lifetime — and similar tumor characteristics. As a result, some cancer therapies that were first developed for dogs are used to treat cancer in people…
Drag queens will make Super Bowl history in a hummus commercial https://t.co/jxJMHQiZbw
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 29, 2020
… Jason Levine, Sabra’s chief marketing officer, told the Advocate in a statement that the company is showcasing a diverse group of people in its Super Bowl ads and is thus offering “something for everyone.”
Kim Chi and Miz Cracker are among seemingly unrelated celebrities who will be part of Sabra’s football promotional blitz. Another commercial includes rapper and singer T-Pain auto-tune singing about being ready for hummus before placing a hummus-dipped chip in his mouth. Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame also star in another ad where they icily say one another’s name in a way only cordial enemies do as they feast on bread dipped in Sabra hummus…
Here is somewhere to hangout to avoid (or take a break from) all the madness.
First I’m reposting the troublesome photos from this weekend. From Ms. Deranged in AZ , Lottie (Mrs. Tufts above) and Mouse (She Who Must Be Fed) below.
realbtl sends along a few of his rescues over the years:
I’ve been rescuing dogs most of my 71 years so I thought you (and all the pet freaks on b-j) might like a quick recent history.
Sinead the German Shorthair Pointer (you’d have to ask my late wife why a GSP has an Irish name). At about 5 she was lost/abandoned in Glacier NP backcountry, found with dead pups in her and barely alive. When I first got her I had to carry her up even 3 step. Turned out to be somewhat aloof but very happy here running loose on my 5 acres in Montana. Shown here with Chloe the purebred English Lab. Chloe was about 7 when my friend the breeder’s pack got into a dominance tussle and Chloe was beaten up.
After Sinead passed I got Sioux who came from a N. Dakota pound with a sister via a rescue person I know in far Eastern MT. About 6 and while given a small amount of attention had been in a kennel all her life. She didn’t understand going in and out of doors which made the 550 mile 1 night trip home interesting. She didn’t know how to be a dog (seeking scritches etc) but Chloe taught her well. Turned out I was the first person she bonded with and she was one of the best dogs I’ve had.
After Chloe came Jada, another purebred Wiem from the same rescue/breeder. Jada was bred to be a show dog and between this (not being raised a pet) and her unfortunate personality quirks. she showed up a mess. A show dog who doesn’t like people and hates to be touched by strangers doesn’t really work. It took me about 3 months to be able to pet her and she was known as the poltergeist as you would only see her out of the corner of your eye. Again Sioux helped Jada become a real dog. Now 5 years later she is about 95% normal dog around me and my stepson and settling in nicely as #1 dog.
TaMara again. Here are some cute ducks and their toddler that cheered me up so I thought I shared. Google was no help finding the photographer If you find it, I’ll add it.
Some fun news in Colorado. Grey wolves are back.
“This is a historic sighting…I am honored to welcome our canine friends back to Colorado after their long absence… It’s important that Coloradans understand that the gray wolf is under the protection of the Endangered Species Act."
–Colorado Governor Jared Polis https://t.co/d9pZ2SvwLR
— Brenna Forester (@BrennaRForester) January 23, 2020
And lastly, I recently purchased a stunning Art Deco dresser from a neighbor on NextDoor (the facebook of your ‘hood). I’ll try and get a decent photo of it and share. Whenever there is a community alert (police, fire or city letting us know of something important) and I end up on the site, I stop over to the For Sale items. That’s how I found the dresser. Luckily I was first in line for the dresser, because he had a lot of interest.
Yesterday, a traffic alert had me on the site when I found this:
Honest to DOG, that was in the For Sale items. I think I’ll pass.
Thanks to everyone sharing their fun stuff with me.
Respite open thread
Like this guy, I am tired of watching Republicans behave badly.
Bat-eared fox disapproves pic.twitter.com/grMZ3kYJdd
— 41 Strange (@41Strange) January 21, 2020
— 41 Strange (@41Strange) January 17, 2020
No matter the size, cats will be cats?? pic.twitter.com/EXaVWGNGaa
— Akki (@akkitwts) January 16, 2020
Click on pic for full effect:
An incorrectly assembled whippet. pic.twitter.com/CVAAOL3efV
— Jonathan Best (@jonnnybest) January 18, 2020
— FierceWarriorNStilettos (@InactionNever) January 14, 2020
‘Choice fatigue’ is a very real problem at shelters. I can see how having that little extra marketing detail, where one of two dozen brown-and-white pit mixes becomes ‘that one with the sparkly bow tie’, might make all the difference…
I love antiques and furniture with a story. Every piece in my living room is older than me (couch the exception, LOL) and my room divider bookcase was made by my brother when he was in high school. There are old pieces in every room. Nothing Roadshow worthy, but I enjoy them. Recently commenter StringOnAStick shared this story and I wanted to see photos. A beautiful antique, with dragons. What’s not to love? I’m happy to share and give us a respite on this Sunday morning:
Here is the repaired table as it sits in our dining room now.
About ten years ago my late mom passed a Chinese wooden and brass smoking table to me after the wooden portion had been broken; she figured I might be able to fix it. At the time all I knew was that it had been in our family ever since I could remember it (and I needed a few stitches in my scalp as a 5 year old from falling into it, so the table has a long history with me!). I looked it over but decided the repairs needed were beyond my skill level and just let it sit in the basement until last month when I decided to have a closer look. The brass was badly stained so I polished it to see if it would return to the level of beauty I remembered, and as I did so I realized it was a lot older than I had thought it was. I asked my dad about it, and that’s when I found out his father had bought it in China in 1922, when he was a young lieutenant in the U.S. Navy assigned to patrol the Yangtze River for “pirates and Chinese communists” according to the orders my dad had seen as a teen; I thought it was from the 1950’s. Unfortunately my dad’s mom destroyed all the old orders when her husband didn’t make it to Admiral because she was angry with the Navy over his being passed by.
Once I knew how old it was, I searched for someone who specialized in repair of antiques, who did a lovely job putting it all back together. He only had to replace the two enlongated “biscuits” that are critical to the hinges that allowed the rather fragile wooden frame to be folded for transport. I took care of restoring the brass to it’s original luster, and it is now back to it’s former glory and brightening up our dining room, though we won’t be putting any cigarettes in the wooden-lined brass box since no one smokes in our family. My dad told me that there used to be brass coasters that went with it as well but those have long since been lost.
A friend told me that I really should take it to Antiques Roadshow if I ever got the chance. Just a week after that conversation an Antiques Roadshow event was announced for Estes Park, Colorado, about 50 miles from where we live so I’ve entered the drawing for tickets.
That is my elderly dad’s favorite TV show, so if I could get the table on that program while he is still around to see his father’s table being appraised, he’d be thrilled (he might be a bitter right winger but he’s still my dad and we’ve agreed to never discuss politics now). After talking to him about Antiques Roadshow coming to Colorado, he started telling me about all these other family heirlooms that I knew nothing about, such as a British Merchant Marine cutlass that was given to my great grandfather by an elderly British retired Merchant Marine around the turn of the prior century. Or his father’s 100 year old fly fishing rig, or the even older than that rifles and shotguns, or a compass carried by a great, great grandfather on the plains of the U.S. during the hunt for Chief Joseph.
That last one is fraught for me since I know full well the sad history of how Native Americans were treated and robbed of their lands here. My dad’s side of the family were military officers for at least the 4 generations prior to his father, so there are bound to be some stories there that when looked back on from this time aren’t very happy to contemplate. I do hope to take some of these items to Estes Park if I am lucky enough to win a pair of tickets, and I really want to see that cutlass since I have no memory of it at all, probably because my folks realized that young kids and cutlasses don’t mix!
The first photo is of the wooden portion before it was repaired.
The second is of the brass parts after I polished them; I should have done some “before” photos of them.
The third photo shows a bit of the etched surface detail on the brass platters. It is very hard to get a photo that shows this well since the surface is so reflective, but trust me, it is complex and beautiful.
The fourth photo is a close up of the carved dragon heads on the wooden stand; I like how the upper brass platter is supported by the lower jaws of the 4 carved dragon heads.
I have more respite material. I’ve been a bit underwater with Christmas prep, travel and work. Maybe this week I can get to the backlog of cute pets people have sent me.
Meanwhile here are Santa’s Danedeer, minus their antlers, because SOMEONE (looking at you Scout) broke theirs in their enthusiasm to remove them.
Oh, and that bookcase is the one my brother made for me in high school. It’s even more beautiful in person.
Respite open thread.
I just woke up to this puppy in my house and we have no idea how it got here. pic.twitter.com/OZMystNsZE
— JJ (@JJFromTheBronx) December 14, 2019
Suzy is a very good girl, and the Jokinens are very good people. From the Washington Post, “A stray dog wandered into a family’s house in the night and made herself at home”:
It was 4 a.m. when Jack Jokinen woke up to find his wife standing over him with unusual news: Their 1-month-old daughter was fine, his wife said, but there was an unfamiliar dog in their living room.
Jokinen, 34, said he figured there had to be some kind of misunderstanding. Perplexed, he walked downstairs Saturday morning and found an emaciated dog sitting in the middle of the floor — wet, shaking and visibly afraid.
Jokinen worried that someone had broken into their Philadelphia house with the dog in tow. He checked the doors and then the windows. Everything was locked, and no one was hiding in the closets. So Jokinen pulled up the footage from his security camera.
The video solved the mystery. Around 3:15 a.m., a dog limped down the sidewalk past Jokinen’s house and then doubled back to look up the staircase leading to the home. She walked away and returned one last time before she cautiously pattered up the five steps and through the open front door…
The couple didn’t have the heart to turn her over to animal control. Instead, the Jokinens brought the dog to an emergency vet and paid for a $72 exam. They learned that she had ticks and fleas, damaged teeth, infected paws and an atrophied leg.
“I don’t want to make this a fight, but this is my dog now.” -my wife
— JJ (@JJFromTheBronx) December 14, 2019
The dog didn’t have a microchip, but that was perfectly fine with the Jokinens. They decided by that point they wanted to make the dog, who is between 7 and 9 years old, the newest member of their family. They named her Suzyn Pupman after New York Yankees sportscaster Suzyn Waldman, who emailed Jokinen to express her pleasure at the whole thing…
Maybe my eyes are a little wet, but that could just be my seasonal allergies acting up, okay?
We are super excited to be meeting #SuzyPupman and her dad @JJFromTheBronx in a few days! We’ve been following Suzy’s story with #Philly and even national media as she adapts and heals in the home she chose! Stay tuned- we’ll share more info as we meet/snuggle this amazing pup. pic.twitter.com/3XgbGtrf3l
— Philadoptables (@Philadoptables) December 19, 2019
Don’t drink and prime. pic.twitter.com/AxQRGkaptl
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) December 18, 2019
Good thing you got home, that thing attacked me. pic.twitter.com/GMDgpV1sQL
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) December 18, 2019
Dog statue with a snow dinosaur on its back pic.twitter.com/yp2r88ddU6
— 41 Strange (@41Strange) December 19, 2019
Current status, but with *two* little dogs:
UK Weather Update:
??: Reddit user Superbaker123 pic.twitter.com/HNjgZtkKj9
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) November 19, 2019
(Normally papillons are snow dogs, but our rescues are now 15 and 13, so they can’t run as fast as they once did. And the latest ‘band’ of this prolonged nor’easter is wet enough that the falling slush balls up in their coats. I’m not looking forward to shoveling the predicted additional 8″ or so once it finally ends this afternoon, myself.)
Hoyer makes it official: The House will be in session during the week of December 16th. (The calendar previously had the House on recess that week for the Christmas break.) Expect House Dems to use at least some of that time for the impeachment inquiry.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) December 2, 2019
The question is not whether Trump has committed impeachable crimes. He has.
The question is whether Republicans in Congress will affirm that an American president is not above the law.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 22, 2019
Trump demanded things of value in exchange for official acts. Whether he did that because he's an idiot, or a dupe, or just corrupt, is really a secondary question. The GOP doesn't much care either, and defends all of it anyway. https://t.co/glB0mKlYEZ
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 23, 2019
It's almost like they don't have a credible defense his lawyers could present or a client who could defend himself in a way that wouldn't sound absurd or involve lying to Congress… https://t.co/xHKYWBo637
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 2, 2019
Nadler in his original letter: "At base, the President has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process. I hope that he chooses to participate … as other Presidents have done before." https://t.co/AN7msvxsoZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 2, 2019
"They've been out to get me ever since I settled for massive fraud before I was sworn in and then started telling demonstrable lies on my first day in office!"
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 2, 2019
I'll bet the FBI agents investigating John Gotti didn't have the best opinion of him either.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 2, 2019
Are you guys drunk?
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) December 2, 2019
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 22, 2019
This is Toffi. She tried her best and that’s all we can ask for. 12/10 and the couch is cancelled pic.twitter.com/dRfHhclbZL
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) November 27, 2019
And a little start-the-week-well self-indulgence, because she’s not just my favorite candidate…
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) December 1, 2019
Later, in Iowa:
Asked by an audience member about healing divides in the Democratic Party, Warren says the debates make it seem like Democrats are more divided than they really are: pic.twitter.com/yB6JKPEx05
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) December 2, 2019
I was waiting to see if/how Warren would shake things up; this event definitely has. Long, game answer on Medicare-for-all (walking through each step), some goofball crowd work.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 2, 2019
One woman asks Elizabeth Warren about a Senate impeachment trial, says she’s worried it’ll mess up her campaign by keeping her in DC
“Some things are bigger than politics, and one of them is the Constitution of the United States of America,” Warren responds pic.twitter.com/w2nnmlW7RU
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) December 2, 2019
Another not-so-typical Q from the town hall in Marion tonight. A lawyer asked Warren if McConnell should be disqualified from voting on impeachment
"On this one, you gotta let all of the folks who took the oath of office in the House in the Senate, come in and live that oath…" pic.twitter.com/h8fdotLE6K
— Deepa Shivaram (@deepa_shivaram) December 2, 2019
Ahead of the next phase of the impeachment inquiry, @ewarren tells #FoxNews she’s caught up on previous testimony, saying she’s also “done a lot of reading around it as well.” Says Trump used “American taxpayer dollars as bait & [used] a trip to the White House as a sweetener.” pic.twitter.com/ccMJTQ9YZ7
— Tara Prindiville (@taraprindiville) December 1, 2019
This is Bear. He was abandoned as a puppy due to his OCD, but quickly found a new life as a koala detection dog. As wildfires devastate Australia’s east coast, Bear is doing his best to locate any injured or misplaced koalas. He’s their unexpected savior, and our thirteenth 15/10 pic.twitter.com/dWe8tWbEJo
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) November 21, 2019
Also look at these bear boots! pic.twitter.com/byaUxv8RkI
— Kitsu (@Kitsunenokuro) November 21, 2019
(My motto: Whenever possible, choose the red ones.)
Australia needs knitters and sewing done, they need drawstring pouches and mittens made for all the young and injured animals found after the fires. They have patterns available and instructions, I'll put a link below, https://t.co/Si7YdydxWB
— Vicky Spackman?? (@VickySpackman) November 24, 2019
This article lists several organizations helping koala’s & other wildlife in the area in need of help. https://t.co/6uUC8mLxgd
— Kat Packer (@PackerKats) November 24, 2019
Conan the heroic dog visited the White House today. He could hardly refuse, seeing how he’s in the military…and a dog. Notice how the doggie doesn’t get anywhere near Trump and vice-versa.
Trump on the dog that took part in the al-Baghdadi raid: "We were going to put a muzzle on the dog, & I thought that was a good idea, but then it gets even more violent…but no, the dog is incredible. Actually incredible. We spent some good time with it. So brilliant. So smart." pic.twitter.com/4r5227ofUD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 25, 2019
It’s incredibly awkward. Trump tries to get Pence to say something about the dog, but all Pence does is pet the critter while Trump babbles inanities about a muzzle and the dog getting violent. Melania stretches her lips over her teeth when he says that, a facial tic that conveys about as much mirth as an angry spider monkey baring its fangs.
Trump can’t do any part of his job competently. That’s no surprise since he has no relevant experience or qualifications. But you’d think pretty much any random sap could do the easy shit like handing out Halloween candy or saying nice and not weird things about a well-trained service animal. But nope.
As for the dog, I bet he’ll breath a sigh of relief when the White House is in the rear view mirror. Lots of terrible people have loyal animal companions, of course. Pence has his bunny, and Conan actually seems fine with Pence, so we can’t credit Conan’s political judgment. But he stays well clear of both Trumps. Animals know.
Trump opens up Camp David as an "adult playground" to woo GOP lawmakers during impeachment https://t.co/zNtOVyXSdz
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 23, 2019
Starter: Just be grateful you’re not on the cleanup crew…
President Trump, partial to gold and marble elegance, never took a shine to rustic Camp David. So acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney pitched to him an unusual idea at the start of the House impeachment inquiry: Use the secluded mountainous presidential retreat to woo House Republicans.
Since then, Mulvaney and top White House officials have hosted weekend getaways for Republicans at the historic lodge, seeking to butter up Republicans before the big impeachment vote. The casual itinerary includes making s’mores over the campfire, going hiking, shooting clay pigeons and schmoozing with Trump officials, some of whom stay overnight with lawmakers.
During dinners, Trump has called in to compliment members personally…
The Camp David excursions are one prong of a broad White House charm offensive, meant to hold House and Senate Republicans in line through a House impeachment vote and a trial in the Senate that appears all but inevitable.
Never shy to feud with his own party, Trump has for weeks refrained from full-throated attacks against Republicans who have been even remotely critical of the conduct now under scrutiny by the House: The president’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.
The White House has made sure that a small clutch of Republican lawmakers have accompanied Trump to a trio of recent sporting events, whether at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in New York, the World Series in Washington or at the football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University
In recent weeks, the White House has also invited a group of GOP senators every Thursday to have lunch with the president, where the mealtime conversation rarely centers on impeachment but inevitably veers toward it, according to participants. Trump’s message to the senators echoes what he has said publicly against charges that he abused the powers of his office, and Republicans who’ve attended say they feel no overt pressure from the president to stay on his side…
At the Nov. 9 football game in Alabama, Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-Ala.) said he listened as Trump spoke — again — about impeachment, expressing surprise while chatting with lawmakers in a luxury box at Bryant-Denny Stadium that Democrats were even moving forward with proceedings.
Trump, again, implored the Alabama and Louisiana Republicans in attendance to read the memorandum of the call with Zelensky. He also stressed that he is pleased Republicans have been united behind him so far.
“He had more impeachment on his mind,” Aderholt recalled, “than anything else.”
Your strategy is working, Comrades Pelosi and Schiff!
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 22, 2019
2019, in one tweet:
so my puppy got spayed and then she had a foot injury the day she got her cone off, so she’s been in the cone for like almost 3 weeks. we finally took it off and turns out… she loves the cone. it is her best friend. she put it back on herself. i’m- pic.twitter.com/dcP9ULm6OA
— dream ghoul (@TheDreamGhoul) November 22, 2019
(I’m going to sneak this in here, something to read when you get tired of debates and impeachment.)
If you’ve been wanting a Great Dane…and think you can handle a Great Dane…this might be your opportunity. This is near my extended family, so I can probably help with transport if we need to relocate him a state or two.
This is a beautiful Merle who needs a new home. Please email me if you’re interested. He’s located near Lincoln, NE. As always transport can be discussed.
He turned a year old on May 11. He’s been around young children. He has been around other dogs, geese, horses, chickens, and goats. He is still intact and will need to be neutered by 2.
For the most part, he is super well behaved. They are sad to have to put him up for adoption, but they just don’t think it’s fair to him with how busy they are and how much they are gone every day.
He’s housebroken, has had some training and has been easy to train, so expecting with more attention he’ll be a sweet family dog.
I’m going to be very picky to make sure he has the right home.