A Little Reminder That Good Things Still Happen and Make the World a Better Place

So this happened earlier tonight (h/t: Josh Marshall’s twitter feed):

(FYI: This is Noni crashing in the apartment building hallway)

Enter good people (in addition to everyone offering to help out in all the replies to the tweets)!

Little things, small actions, make all the difference in the world. Sleep well Noni! And well done Sara Morrison, Carmen Rita, and Chandler for stepping up and making things just a little bit better!

Let’s Start Our Day on a Positive Note

That’s better.

On the SCOTUS appointment, the one really nice thing is I have to spend zero time learning about the nominee. You simply oppose anyone who is not Garland, because obstruction should not be rewarded. Period. End of Story. Dems filibuster him until McConnell blows up the filibuster.

Walter Update

From Debit:

Hey. There hasn’t been any change with Walter thus far. We’re not going to change his medication yet (other than increasing the dosage). I’m going to continue with his Adequan treatments as my assumption is that they can’t hurt and might help with some of his joint pain.

I’m keeping him quiet, or trying to anyway. He still wants to chase squirrels and gets so excited when I come home and at meal times that he tries to jump. I thought about doing a bucket list for him, but when it comes down to it what he likes best is food, treats, praise and cuddling with kids, so I’m trying to make sure he gets plenty of each.

My vet can’t give me an estimate on how long we have, so we’re just going to keep going in once every few weeks for x-rays to keep an eye on the cancer and the bone density in his hip joint. I know he’s in pain – he has to be even without the cancer – but he’s so stoic that it’s hard for me to know exactly how much, and how much could be considered acceptable.

He loves his kids:

Walter is an old soul.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Walter Says Happy Holidays


Sure, there are some dogs (hi, Ellie) who hold their dignity too high to willingly participate in these ridiculous human rituals. Walter says there’s worse ways to spend one’s days than with a full belly, a soft warm bed, and a household of welcoming companions.

(And if you send me a jpg of your holiday-celebrating household companions, yes I will front-page them, too also.)

Apart from happy rescue updates, what’s on the agenda for the day?

I owe a couple commentors a hat tip for this — If you are looking to make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to a very worth cause, consider throwing a few bucks or bitcoins at the people responsible for the Wayback Machine site:

You have come to the Internet Archive in search of knowledge, or perhaps to find a part of the Web you may have lost.For 20 years through the Wayback Machine, we’ve backed you up. Now we ask for your help in return.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library with a huge mission: to give everyone access to all knowledge. By making a tax-deductible donation today, you can ensure that everyone has free and open access to information, forever.

The history of libraries is one of loss. Libraries like ours are susceptible to different fault lines: earthquakes, legal regimes, institutional failure.

So this year, we have set a new goal: to create a copy of Internet Archive’s digital collections in another country. We are building the Internet Archive of Canada because lots of copies keeps stuff safe. To achieve our goal, we aim to raise $5 million by January 20, and we need your help to get there.

Right now a generous supporter will match your donation 1‑to‑1. So you can double your impact! For every dollar you donate right now, the Internet Archive will receive $2!…

Gosh, I wonder if there’s any significance to that “January 20” deadline, she said piously.

Hello! Let’s make a calendar.

in case i haven’t completely broken the site with this post, it’s pets of balloon juice calendar time. sales of the calendar (through cafe press) benefit a small rescue organization chosen by john cole.

since i’m getting a later start than usual but still want to hit a late november publication date, can you all send me your pet photos ASAP, please?

all the details: you should send me the highest resolution image you have. if you’d like your pet’s name immortalized in the calendar, include the name in the file name or in the email you are sending me with the image file. if you have more than one pet, be sure to list their names in a way that’s mostly obvious. if you send me a photo by the deadline or before i finish laying out the page, i will get it in the calendar. pinkie swear.

deadline: friday, 18 november

email to send the photos to bjcalendar2017 at yahoo dot com. you can send me questions there or ask them here.

Who Rescued Whom? – NYC Edition

About a week ago, commenter LAO was very, very excited, waiting to find out if she was going to get her rescue pup. So last night I was so glad to hear about her new pup and asked her to send me some photos. Introducing the newest Balloon-Juice member, Maggie:


All together now…aaaawww! I’ll let LAO tell you the rest:

The pups name is Maggie, she’s a rescue from North Carolina. She’s ridiculously friendly and fearless. It took her about one hour to get over her initial shock at NYC and in 3 days has befriended every dog in the neighborhood and almost as many humans.


I feel very lucky that she adopted me as her human..



I like the picture of her under my couch because I imagine that’s how she felt when I first brought her home.  Also, she’s very partial to my couch. It’s the only time she stops moving.


Congratulations to LAO and Maggie for a terrific match and many years of love ahead. Bixby and I are still searching for our rescue match…

Open thread.

Friday Night Walter Update

Debit writes:

He went in for blood work last weekend and the results came back: no lingering anemia and no damage to his organs from the Rimadyl. According to my vet, “All is well on Planet Walter.” He’s going in again this Saturday for his first dose of Adequan, and so I can be shown how to do the injections myself. I also want his tumors biopsied and to discuss their possible removal. The one along his rib cage seems like it might be causing him discomfort since he scratches at it sometimes.

His weight is holding steady right at 88 pounds, and he seems to be feeling pretty good. I have caught him sleeping on the sofa in the living room, so for sure he’s feeling good enough to scramble up there.

It’s now been just about a month since he came to me. Here’s a video I took tonight of him in the back yard looking for the elusive squirrel. It’s hard to believe he’s the same dog you found at the start of August.


That’s not the same dog that left my house a month ago. I think Debit is selling herself short here. Here’s a sweet pic of Walter and Ellie sitting in front of the fire place:


And finally, a bonus video of the old married couple holding hands while warming their old bones:

All together now, “Awwwwwwww.”