Temperatures dipped into the low 30’s last Saturday afternoon, too cold for all but the most devoted college football fans.
In Kentucky, Tennessee crushed Kentucky 50-16, but there was more interest in Smokey, the Tennessee mascot, than in the game. Smokey was wearing an orange blanket over his usual orange and white checkered vest and was looking totally adorable.
A tradition for 61 years, the current Smokey X is one of the few doggie athletic mascots who is not a Bulldog or a Husky.
The tradition started in 1953 when the college invited dogs to compete to be the mascot. They were looking for a hound dog, but not an ordinary hound dog.
The late Rev. W.C. Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, Smokey, in the contest. At half time all of the dogs were introduced and the crowd cheered for their favorite. Smokey went last and knew exactly how to work the crowd by throwing his head back and howling. The crowd went wild and a tradition was born.
Smokey is a breed native to Tennessee used for hunting raccoons. The present Smokey is the tenth in a direct line from the original Smokey. Appropriately named Smokey X, this is his second year as mascot following Smokey IX who served for eight years.
All of the Smokeys have been among the most beloved figures in the state of Tennessee since 1953.
She won the office the old fashioned way, by paying for it.
Her owner (or “guardian” as some terribly PC San Franciscans insist on saying) is Dean Clark, chief executive officer of For the Love of Dog USA, a non-profit group that raises awareness and funds for animals in need.
He won a bidding war with other pet owners (or as some terribly PC San Franciscans say “companion animal guardians”) to make Frida Mayor for one day in a fundraiser for programs at the city animal shelter (or as some terribly PC San Franciscans say “the Department of Animal Care and Control.”
In a city where there are more dogs than children it seems appropriate that a Chihuahua should serve a term as Mayor, even for one day.
Continuing the NFL’s “Salute to Service” campaign, the Giants organization welcomed Army veteran Miguel Torres, a Brooklyn native and a Giants fan, on the field for a special ceremony in between the first and second quarters. There, he was presented with a service dog named Stryker to assist him throughout his daily life. From the Giants website
As in any large group of people, the miscreants and sociopaths in the NFL get far more attention than the majority of young men who are hard working and dedicated.
I'm convinced that one of the problems is that there are no bigger gossips in the world than men sports writers. Many of them have gone through high school and college as the nerds who were good in English envying the jocks who had doors opened for them.
Now as sports writers they never see a rumor that can't be embellished in print. Writing about an athlete unselfishly taking time to give back to the community isn't as much fun as writing about criminal activities.
The only way most people can find out about the good deeds of a professional athletic team is on their webpage.
This presentation of a service dog took place Sunday during the game with San Francisco which the 49ers won -- but probably shouldn't have.
Normally the world’s biggest media whore, PETA has remained silent on the accusation that two workers came onto private property to steal a Chihuahua named Maya.
They were caught on a video surveillance camera. Three days later they returned to the home with a fruit basket and the sad news that Maya had been euthanized.
Repeated calls to PETA headquarters have not been returned.
The family’s six-year-old girl is heartbroken. Maya had been given as her companion when the family moved from Mexico to Virginia.
The father, Wilbur Cerate, reported the incident to the sheriff. Accomack County (Virginia) Sheriff Todd Godwin charged the women with larceny because pets are considered property, but the prosecutor refused to bring the case to trial because there was “no evidence of criminal intent.”
No evidence of criminal intent?
Are they out of their friggin minds?
I get that the law considers pets as property, but if someone goes onto someone’s porch and steals a swing or a chair, takes it away and destroys it, aren’t they doing a criminal act?
Even though the mainstream media seem to regard PETA as well meaning kooks who are asked their opinions on all things animal, most informed people have learned that PETA is an evil, hypocritical group of psychopaths.
PETA has killed more than 33,000 animals since 1998. They have killed 82% to 97% of animals entrusted to them during the past years as shown by their own records.
The recent incident in Virginia is reminiscent of the “Death Van” of a few years ago. PETA workers went around in a van gathering healthy animals from shelters and from people who thought they were going to be adopted through an animal rescue organization. Instead they were killed in the van and the bodies were tossed into dumpsters along the way.
The workers were caught and charged with animal cruelty and littering in 2007. That’s when PETA bought the walk-in freezer for their headquarters in Virginia where they currently do the mass killings of pets.
Georgetown, Virginia resident Janet Mihalyfi has spent $35,000 and one year of her life searching for Havoc, her missing 5-year-old mixed breed dog.
A year ago she was walking Havoc and his sister, Raze, early in the morning in the Washington, DC area. When a deer ran by, both dogs followed through a hole in the fence. Raze returned, but Havoc did not.
So how does one spend $35,000 trying to find a missing dog? Here is a breakdown of the expenses:
Flyers: New ones are hung around D.C. every one or two weeks in locations with lots of traffic and areas where Havoc has been confirmed to have been spotted. There have been three different flyers featuring alternative colors and pictures of the dog since he has gone missing.
Dog Trackers: Three dogs are brought in every few weeks to two months to sniff out the areas where Havoc sightings have been reported. The dogs sniff his scent to follow the path of where he has been.
Feed Stations: Eight stations are set up in areas around the District where Havoc’s presence has been confirmed by the dog trackers. Dry food is refilled every day and if Havoc is caught on camera at a station, hot dogs or ground beef are added to the dish.
Critter Cameras: One camera is arranged at each of the eight feed stations; the cameras are motion and heat sensitive, attached to trees or fences, and are located at knee level and aimed at the ground to get animal pictures. Five have been stolen over the past year but were all replaced by Mihalyfi. Source
She is still getting sightings at least every three weeks. When someone calls she asks questions about his appearance. If it sounds like Havoc, Mihalyfi emails the person a line-up of six dogs, one of which is Havoc. If they identify him the dog trackers go into action.
She believes that about 30 to 40 percent of the calls were actually sightings of Havoc.
Anyone with information on Havoc call (248) 755-7594 or JanetMihalyfi@gmail.com
According to Mail Online an English woman, Krystyna Lennon, says that her dog, Princess, can put people to sleep just by looking at them. The skill is linked to the primal ability of dogs to hypnotize prey.
Not every dog has the skill, she says. Either they have it or they don’t. Even if they have the skill, they need to be very well trained and well behaved. The two of them are touring England, performing for audiences.
Ms. Lennon is the niece of professional hypnotist Hugh Lennon who had a black Lab named Oscar who could also hypnotize people. When they retired because of poor health, Ms. Lennon and Princess began to perform.
Some people think Princess is a puppet and not a real dog at all.
Dog expert Stan Rawlinson says it’s all bunk. He claims that Ms. Lennon is the one doing the hypnotizing.
Ms. Lennon countered: 'A lot of people are very sceptical about the show and don't think that a dog would be able to do it - but once they see it, they are gobsmacked."
(Don’t you love gobsmacked? I can't wait to use it.)
So here is a video of Princess performing for an audience. Do you think--
The people are on the payroll pretending to go under
Ms. Lennon is doing the hypnotizing
Princess is a puppet
Princess is hypnotizing them and you are gobsmacked.
On average 22 veterans take their own lives every day. That is a suicide every 65 minutes.
A documentary series, “Dogs of War,” premieres on A&E today, Veterans’ Day. The series focuses on a group in New Mexico that helps human heroes find their doggie heroes.
The series is possible because of Paws and Stripes, an organization founded by Jim and Lindsey Stanek.
Jim got a medical discharge after three tours in Iraq, where he suffered a brain injury and later was given a diagnosis of PTSD. Getting his service dog, Sarge, did more for him than any medical treatment could have. Before Sarge, connecting with Lindsey and the family was not possible for Jim. Getting Sarge was “an absolute game changer.”
"It opened my eyes up. It helped me figure out what was going on with me internally, and how to navigate that little four-letter word called life." Source
Jim made it his life mission to find service dogs for other veterans who could benefit from having one.
Service dogs are expensive so Paws and Stripes partnered with Animal Humane of New Mexico to find dogs that could be trained for veterans. Sam Blankenship is in charge of adoptions at Animal Humane. He has done a lot of matchmaking, but these adoptions are special.
"You can see when the dog looks at the veteran and the veteran looks at the dog, and you just say that there's that agreement they have – you're mine and I'm yours, let's go solve these problems." Source
The documentary follows veterans suffering from PTSD as they are paired with shelter dogs trained to help them adjust to life after combat. Every episode focuses on one veteran-dog team going through the program.
We all know them, but of course, we are not among them. Dumb Ass Dog Owners.
This is a blog hop sponsored by Heart Like a Dog and Tales from the Back Road.
I’ve ranted many times about the celebrities and wannabes who have adopted Chihuahuas through the years and then abandoned them in shelters for someone else to take care of when they got tired of Dog as Fashion Statement.
Here is an owner even dumb asser…
Four Chihuahuas were recently turned in to the Chicago Animal Care and Control facility because their owner said ….wait for it…they were “remodeling.”
I don’t know if they needed more room or if the dogs clashed with the new décor, but the poor little guys were put in a cage where they sat scared and confused. It is almost impossible to find someone to take all four of them, so they will not only lose their human family but also their doggie family.