Friday, March 22, 2013

Obamacare for Whom?

 
 
 
I knew it, I knew it, I knew it.  Don't say I didn't tell you so way back when:
 
 
Now there's this new study out that proves Obamacare is making things worse for us dogs, at the worst possible time, when vet care is already so expensive:
 
 
That's right, Obamacare is making it good for you people but bad for us dogs.  It's like a huge Robin-Hood-in-reverse, stealing from poor (dogs) and giving to the rich (people).


Monday, March 18, 2013

Why I'm Boycotting the NCAAs



I can't support any tournament that would permit teams that use such offensive depictions of canines, depicting us as brutal, savage beasts.  Until Gonzaga changes its mascot or is barred from competition, I will not watch nor follow anything having to do with NCAA basketball.  I hope you will join me in my protest.  Let's hit them where it hurts.



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guns Don’t Kill People . . .

 
 
 
. . . Dogs kill people.  Well, not for lack of trying at least.  There’s a big story all over the internet: 
 
 
“35-year-old Gregory Dale Lanier was driving with his pet pooch on Saturday when the dog kicked a .380 pistol that was on the truck's floor. . . The gun had discharged, firing a single round into Lanier's leg. . . No attempted murder charges are expected for Fido; police have ruled the shooting accidental.”

I was quite intrigued by this story and with a little follow-up learned a little that the hapless police don’t know.  The dog in question is Paladin (no not ‘Fido’ as the reporter mistakenly identified him, and like all dogs, he resents being referred to as a ‘pooch’).  Paladin had been repeatedly abused by Mr. Lanier.  Finally, Paladin had enough and saw his opportunity.  He was clever and the police never suspected a cute doggie of a malicious attack.  So now I ask you, if guns are outlawed, as some of our leaders propose, what could Paladin have done?
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oh Canada!

 

I was pawing through the newspapers today when I stumbled across this fascinating article:
 
 
You see, this baseball guy plays up there in Canada (I looked at the map, and it’s way up there, even up higher than Mt. Airy where I was born).  But because Canada doesn’t allow certain breeds of dog, he won’t move his family there, he only stays for a while, when he plays baseball.  Frequent readers of my blog probably think you know where this is going, that I’m feeling all sorry for this baseball player and think Canada’s a bad place because he can’t bring his beloved doggie, Slater. 
 
But no.  Read the article closely.  You see, this guy has a ferocious pit bull, which has been outlawed in parts of Canada.  You see, Canada is like a safe haven for cockapoos like me.  I wouldn’t have to be as worried about being beaten up at the dog park.  I’m all for this.  In fact, I would even extend it to other breeds of mean assult dogs.  Like take the German Shepard, for instance.  I was at the vet a few days ago, sniffing around, saying ‘hi’ to all the people and dogs, when a German Shepard growled and snapped at me.  Good thing he was on the leash or else I would have even needed the vet even more.  So I’d go ahead and ban these dogs from Canada too, and throw in the rotweiller and the basenji too (you know, like ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’).
 

Friday, January 11, 2013

What's Wrong with This Picture?


It's a recent photo of the president with his most senior trusted advisors.  Notice anything missing?  Well, you don't exactly need three guesses to see . . . NOT A SINGLE DOG PRESENT!  If the president needs help finding suitable canines for key positions, all he has to do is ask me and I will send him binders full of dogs.  No wonder Canine-Americans are so routinely oppressed, denied our most basic rights.  We need a Cabinet that looks like America.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting for the Call

 
 
Well, it's been more than two weeks now, since Obama's big victory.  The president himself acknowleged my role in getting out the Canine-American vote.  No doubt, his team is far along forming his second term administration.  I had high hopes that my support would earn me the post that I've longed for, my burning, life-long ambition:  Under-secretary for Canine Affairs.  While my mommy and daddy have been away at work, I've sat idly by the phone waiting for the call.  But alas, it's been silent.  I'm starting to wonder what's taking them so long.  Could it be that my criminal record has rendered me politically untouchable?  But my offence was so long ago and my debt to society has been paid.  Surely that couldn't hold me back, could it?
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Obama's 'Tommy Bounce'

 
Have you seen the latest polls?  Sure enough, Obama has received a significant bounce since my endorsement.  Things are looking up for election day.

Monday, October 29, 2012

October Surprise: I'm Endorsing Obama


 
I've held my tongue up to now, preferring to study the candidates carefully before woofing my support.  But after thorough consideration, I am throwing my weight behind the Obama/Biden ticket.  Mr. Obama is a dog owner and maybe even likes Bo by now.  Even though he remains silent about issues of importance to us dogs, I think we got a better shot with him than that other guy to get things like universal pet health care, bologna stamps, and subsidized doggie day care.  I know, and even posted, that Obama used to eat dogs.  But by all accounts, he didn't like it and probably doesn't do it anymore, at least not knowingly.  As for his running mate, Joe Biden, I think most of you know that he is a personal friend of mine and a known dog lover.

As for his opponent Romney, he too has remained silent about issues that concern us.  The only thing we know for sure is that he has so little regard for our kind, that he put his own dog on the roof of his car while driving his family on vacation.

By most accounts, the election will be very close, especially in my home state of Virginia.  The dog vote COULD make the difference, IF we turn out at the polls.  I implore you all to vote as if your kibbles depend on it, because they very well could!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Occupy DC, One Year Later


Very sad, almost no one out there with me in Freedom Park this past weekend. There are a lot of needy dogs and even some people too. So where were they?  Why aren't they out here with me, taking a stand for equality?  I'm practically out there by myself. You can see there is another dog who came out, at least one other dog in the city interested in social justice. Not many people though. We'll never get equal kibble distribution at this rate.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democratic Convention - Keynote Address

 
 
I hope you stayed up late enough last night to see Rusty’s historic keynote address to the Democratic National Convention.  This is the first time a major party has given a dog the national stage and the Democrats are to be commended.  They understand that the Republicans are waging a War on Dogs and the Democrats are eager to show unity with us.  Rusty is one of our most eloquent spokesdogs and was enthusiastically received.  In case you missed it, I’ve posted his complete speech here.

"Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans shut me out of a hearing on canine issues. In fact, on that panel, they didn't hear from a single dog, even though they were debating an issue that affects nearly every one of us. Because it happened in Congress, people noticed. But it happens all the time. Many dogs are shut out and silenced. So while I'm honored to be standing at this podium, it easily could have been any one of you. I'm here because I spoke out, and this November, each of us must do the same.


"During this campaign, we've heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await dogs—and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They're not imagined. That future could be real.


"In that America, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private Canine-American with hateful slurs. Who won't stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party. It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow dogs to die preventable deaths in our animal hospitals. An America in which states humiliate dogs by forcing us to endure invasive rectal exams we don't want and our vets say we don't need. An America in which access to canine health care is controlled by people who will never set foot in an animal hospital; in which politicians redefine dog fighting so survivors are victimized all over again; in which someone decides which canine violence victims deserve help, and which don't. We know what this America would look like. In a few short months, it's the America we could be. But it's not the America we should be. It's not who we are.


"We've also seen another future we could choose. First of all, we'd have the right to choose our owners. It's an America in which no one can charge us more than humans for the exact same health insurance; in which no one can deny us affordable access to the rabies screenings that could save our lives. An America in which our president, when he hears a young dog has been verbally attacked, thinks of his own dog Bo—not his delegates or donors—and stands with all dogs. And strangers come together, reach out and lift him up. And then, instead of trying to silence him, you invite me here—and give me a microphone—to amplify our bark. That's the difference.


"Over the last six months, I've seen what these two futures look like. And six months from now, we'll all be living in one, or the other. But only one. A country where our president either has our back or turns his back; a country that honors our foredogs by moving us forward, or one that forces our generation to re-fight the battles they already won; a country where we mean it when we talk about personal freedom, or one where that freedom doesn't apply to our bodies and our ruffs.


"We talk often about choice. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to choose. "

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Canine Mascots -- This Must End



I’d like to discuss a very important topic today, one that’s been on the minds of a lot of dogs for a long time. My daddy likes to watch sports on TV and that’s OK, it gives me time to catch a few extra zzzzz. Sometimes I even watch a little bit, and that’s when my fur can somteimes get ruffled. Sports has a thing for canine names and mascots. More than 900 high school, college or pro teams use Canine-American-related images to pump up players, fire up crowds and sell T-shirts. Teams say the images convey courage and spirit, and their use honors the dogs they represent.

But dogs like me say such images are prejudiced and insulting. Furthermore, activists say use of dogs as team mascots is an anti-canine slur that violates a federal law against offensive trademarks. Since 1969, pressure from canine activists and athletic associations has persuaded 600 teams to shed the connection.

The most egregious offender is the University of Georgia and their offensive Uga the Bulldog mascot. What dog actually looks like this? The depiction of Uga as a clownish, viscious, spiked-collar animal is offensive to many dogs and demeaning to the entire canine community. The NCAA recently ruled that the “Bulldogs” could keep its name, but that the dog had to be depicted with dignity and class. The college appealed, lost, and and is in the process of designing a new mascot.




Then there are the professional teams – with millions of dollars tied up in marketing and merchandise – who have been harder to budge. We have here the case of the Cleveland Browns and their offensive ‘Dog Pound.’  Fans actually come to the games dressed in dogface. Who can look at this picture and not think something is seriously wrong with our society?

I will continue to work tirelessly to see that this custom ends and that depictions of dogs are not exploited in this way.  Please consider helping and donating money to the cause if you can.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Trick and Treat: Not Funny


I’ve got a beef to make, and I’m speaking here for a lot of dogs just like me.  We love treats, no doubt about it.  But you humans are inhuman the way you make us beg and do tricks.  Some of the things we have to do are make us look downright foolish.  Let me tell you what I’m forced to suffer through.  Sometimes my daddy makes me do some tricks, which I endure.  But that’s not enough.  Then he puts the treat down on the floor and makes me SIT and STAY for a long time.  It’s really painful for me to wait and sit like that and he just stares at me, grinning.  Why not just give me the treat?  Does he know it really hurts me, like I’m ready to burst?


OK, that’s my story but all things considered, it’s still worth getting the kong stuffed with hamburger.  I’m wondering if other dogs can share their horror stories.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Canine Voting Rights - Two steps forward, one step back


The state of Washington has grudgingly permitted Canine-Americans to register to vote.  That’s one down, 49 states to go, before we will have the full equality accorded even the most loathsome, dog-abusing humans.  What the state of Washington is doing is to be commended as a step in the right direction, for sure, but it is by no means perfect.  You see, only dogs who have these IDs get to vote – a ‘voter ID’ law.  I don’t know if this is a deliberate attempt to continue to disenfranchise dogs or a misguided effort to protect against unfounded accusations of canine voting fraud.  If the latter, then I don’t think these state officials know what a burden it is for some of my kind to get an ID.  First, places to get IDs are often miles away and it is hard for us to get there.  Dogs can’t drive standard automobiles because our hind-paws can’t reach the pedals.  Only the richest 1% dogs are able to afford specially equipped canine-friendly cars.  Second, sometimes they make you pay for the IDs with money.  Again, only those 1% dogs, like those with trust funds, have ready cash.  Most of us dogs are paid for our good deeds in kind, with things like bologna and toys, which would not be accepted as legal tender.  So I’m glad that Duncan is able to vote.  He looks like a good dog who will make wise decisions.  But what about the rest of Washington’s dogs?  Are their barks not to be heard?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Canine-American Voting Rights


Hats off to my big brother for finding this outrageous article:

  • "A group that tries to get "historically underrepresented groups" to the polls has targeted some particularly unlikely voters:  dogs and dead Virginians."
Here’s this group, the “Voter Participation Center” out there trying to secure the voting rights of under-represented minorities like Canine-Americans.  And then some newspaper person makes it out to be a big joke, like dogs voting is as funny as dead people voting.  Well the joke's lost on me . . . dogs will continue to be oppressed until all of us have secured our rights as citizens.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Obama vs. Romney: Advantage Obama







I’d like to thank the two candidates running for president for coming on this blog and sharing their ideas on canine rights and helping dogs.  The president began to lay out his plan to tax the rich and use some of the proceeds to help us pets to get the affordable care we need.  While the president was a little vague and condescending, he and I agree in principle on the basic goal.  Mr. Romney, who aspires to this important position, came on my blog and made some abstract arguments about ‘kibble procurers,’ which I didn’t really understand and I don’t think will convince any dogs to vote for him.  He wants us to rely on our human owners, with no help from the government giving us free things.  I appreciate Mr. Romney’s reference to the great Cocker Henry who said ‘give me chicken or give me death,’ but it was clearly a gratuitous reference that didn’t seem to support his point.

 I’m glad to see the two candidates discard the politics of personal destruction long enough to discuss the important matters.  As things stand now, despite the fact that he is not a dog lover (except when the dog is on his plate), I’m starting to lean towards President Obama.

I'd like to invite the candidates to continue to use this blog to reach out to the canine community.  And if I've misrepresented their positions in any way, they can clarify

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tax the Rich!


I think it is terrific that President Obama and my big brother, two of the smartest people I know, are using the comment section of my humble blog as a forum for debating the BIG issues of the day.  President Obama has argued that if we tax the rich, there will be sufficient money to include dogs in the Affordable Care Act.  In this, the president and I agree, and not only as a vehicle to assure even basic health care for all canines.  But we should tax the rich just on basic fairness.  The president and I only disagree on the definition of ‘rich’.  The president considers you rich if you make more than $200,000 per year, but that is way too conservative a benchmark.  Almost every person I see is fabulously wealthy compared to even the most privileged of us dogs.  All the people are eating like kings at large tables, while we dogs are eating scraps and kibbles off the floor.  All the people sleep on comfy beds while we dogs struggle to find even a little room on the bed and sometimes end up on the floor.  All the people have TVs, computers, and cars while we dogs are lucky to have a few meager toys like an old sock, a chewed up tennis ball, or a stuffed monkey.  All the people roam free while we dogs are dragged around on leashes like animals.  All the people are afforded basic civil rights, due process, and fair trials, while we dogs are hauled off for ‘euthanasia’ for the smallest infractions or just because they got tired of us.  Yes I say, go ahead and tax the rich, and by all means direct the proceeds to the oppressed canine community.  But let’s call it like it is – all you people are filthy rich and should be taxed a lot.

Now mind you, I am not complaining for myself.  I have a good life with my nice human family.  But I’ve heard too many tails of woe from my furry friends.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Affordable Care Act - II


I am quite unpersuaded by the comment President Obama wrote in response to my last blog post.  He's trying to pander to us dogs with his double talk:
The Affordable Care Act allows you to keep your current insurance and current care provider at absolutely no change in your current cost. . .


But the fact remains that his 'Affordable Care Act' did nothing for us.  My big brother was oh so right when he stated:
. . . the current quantity of health care supplied to you is effectively zero.
It is quite evident that current health care provided to Canine-Americans is woefully inadequate and the facts clearly speak for themselves.  The average life expectancy of a human in the US is over 78 years, whereas a dog born today can expect to live less than 13 years!  And it is much lower than that for bigger varieties like bull dog and doberman, who through no fault of their own may need even more health care because of their size.  [some of my best friends back on the farm were dobermans and now that 6 years have lapsed, no telling how many of them are even left.]  We are losing many of our precious canine resources far too soon when they still have so much to offer.  It is more than a national tragedy.  It speaks to who we are as a nation; it is a moral issue.

So what are you doing about that, Mr. President?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Affordable Care Act? Affordable for Whom?



WOW, are the dog days ever upon us.  It's hot, I'm furry, and I don't feel like doing any physical activity.  So I've been spending the past couple of days inside, researching the human president's Affordable Care Act.  It's long, no doubt (you can read the whole thing here: 
Obama's Affordable Care Act) . . .  and by all accounts contained far too much for all those congresspeople and senators to read before passing it.  So it was with great anticipation that I sat down to read about all the benefits that will now accrue to the canine community.

So after reading the whole thing, I've transcribed here the passages that pertain to us dogs:

" . . ."

That's right, nothing, not a single word! 

Mr. President, you'r a dog owner and by some accounts some of the members of you family even love Bo.  But what if Bo becomes sick and needs vet care?  Do you realize how much the vets charge?  I know you're a successful, well-paid politician and can afford it, come what may.  But what about the rest of us dogs out here, the 99% dogs?  What's to become of us?


Friday, June 29, 2012

Talkin' Baseball II


Yep, that Bryce Harper is the real deal, alright. Not only does he look like a cockapoo and run like a cockapoo, but he is real dog lover. His parents know that and so they got him a little puppy, Swag, for Christmas. That's a picture of Swag, a chocolate lab, that Bryce sent me to post on my blog, so the whole canine community would get to see him and know that no matter how big and famous he gets he will always be a friend to us dogs.

Swag is still a little puppy and still learning life skills. But when gets a little older and learns to read and write, I hope he will be a frequent contributor to this forum. And maybe I'll see Swag out there at the park when my daddy takes me to the ballgame.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Talkin' Baseball

 
Those who have followed my blog know I am a big baseball fan and that my favorite player was Manny.  But he hasn't played a lot recently and then I heard he quit, so I lost interest and napped instead of flipping on the game.

Daddy has been watching a lot of games this year.  He thinks I'm sleeping, but I have been playing careful attention and I decided I like this guy Bryce Harper.  What's there not to like.  His fur looks like a cockapoos, except the groomer did a bad job.  And he runs as fast as a cockapoo, too.  It would be like a dream come true if daddy takes me to an actual game to see him.  But I don't know if that can happen because of baseball's strict segregation rules.  But he's a good daddy and maybe he can work something out.

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Latest Fur Cut



I got my fur cut this past weekend.  I'm not going to lie to you -- I don't like it.  They put me in a cage before and after the torture session.  And when they are all done, all the good sniffs are taken out of my fur and I smell like some kind of soap dish -- yuchhh.  But I have to admit, I am cooler on my walks without all that extra fur.
 
The lady who runs the place is kind of nice except for all the things she has her helpers do to me.  When they were done with me, she said I was a very good boy and so she was going to give me a new bandana and let me choose it.  So she led me to the back room where she keeps them and said I could choose my own.  It was a hard decision because she has such a large variety, from Santa Clauses to Easter bunnies, four-leaf clovers, to turkeys.  But then I saw the one I wanted, so I gently pawed it and she put it on me.  You can see it on me in the photo above, one that truly expresses who I am both as a dog and global citizen:  the one with the peace symbols.  Because that's me.  I just want peace and no fighting.  I think all dogs should be happy and sniff each other and not play ruff.  And humans, too.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My 6th Birthday


Believe it or not, your blogger Tommy has turned 6.  Seems like just yesterday I was woofing it up for Hillary for human president.  I think I've matured since then and am taking my time evaluating the candidates before throwing in my two bones.

It was quite a birthday celebration my family threw for me last Saturday. 

First, my family played with me all day and gave me lots of attention.

Second, we all went out for dinner, me, my mommy and daddy and brother and sister.  I sat under the table and I got not one, but two stuffed kongs, with HOT DOG, no less (note to reader, despite the name, it was certified to contain strictly beef, no canine meat).

I got presents, too.  You can see the picture of me above, with my new porcine toy that makes actual pig noises.  It even matches the color of my tongue.  But my big present was a total surprise.  In the morning I heard the doorbell ring, no big deal, I just woofed a little.  Then two big humans come in and take my bed away -- uh oh.  But wait, they brought in a brand NEW BED for me.  It is higher up to jump into, but that's OK because it is real soft and just sink right into it and sleep very well.  WHAT A SURPRISE FROM MOMMY AND DADDY.  I don't want to hog it all for myself, so I have been letting them sleep in it too, just for now.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Our Anti-Dog President


I've been very consistent about this.  I never trusted our human president.  He didn't want to get Bo and only made some lame promise to his daughters based on some improbable event (like being elected president).  I could make a promise like that too:  sure if I beat up Thing 1 and Thing 2, I'll quit eating chicken kongs.

Then he actually goes and becomes president and has to pay off his daughters.  He probably would have welched except everyone knew about it.  so now he's stuck with Bo, but you know he doesn't like Bo unless he wants a photo with his better half to try to get people to like him.

I know, it's old news, we all know this.  But new facts about the president and dogs, shocking facts, are now surfacing.  These facts are even by his own admission.  He doesn't want to play with dogs or scratch them behind the ears, he wants to EAT them. It's written right there, in black and white in the president's own words in that book he wrote about his father, Lolo:

With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chili peppers, raw dinner (with plenty of rice), and away from the dinnter table I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy).  Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths.  He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate:  ONe day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share."
This man is not a friend to us dogs, that's for sure.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Career for Tommy?


Here's Hudson, an ambitious, career-oriented beagle, who is doing his job to help keep our country safe.  He is a food and plant sniffing dog who sniffs out bad stuff for the US Customs Service.

Customs acts as screen against potential eco-threats

I heard about Hudson and it really got me to thinking.  You see,my daddy always asks me "Tommy  when are you going to get off your tail and get a job?"  He says I am lazy and good for nothing and don’t do anything but nap.  But, I am university educated and not going to take just any job; I’ve been waiting for just the right opportunity to arise.  If truth be told, I would rather nap all day than be stuck in a dead-end junk-yard-dog type position. 

But then I learned that the US Customs Agency is looking for a for a few good food sniffing dogs like Hudson.  Wow, my dream job, something I know that I would be good at, a ‘rewarding’ job that would make use of  my inate talents.  So I got in contact with customs agency represenetatives.  I was a little shy at first because of my heritage.  I asked straight out if being diverse would count against me.  I was quite heartened when he told me that, on the contrary, the agency recently renewed their commitment to affirmative action and they were looking to increase the diversity of its canine force.

So I hurried down and applied for a job.  They put me through a tough battery of tests, to test my nasal acuity.  During each test, they would line up three different foods and then quickly shout the name of one that I had to pick out from the line-up.  They started easy – the first one had kibbles, Alpo, and ham and shouted ‘HAM’ and I had to go get and eat the right food.  I’m sure I got that  one right.  But the test got harder.  Like one time they lined up three different flavors of ice cream and he shouted ‘MANGO.  I don’t know if I got that one right, or not, but whatever I ate tasted good.  Then they lined up three different kinds of meat and shouted “guinea pig meat”.  Again I don’t know if I got it right (but who cares – I ate them all anyway). 

When I was all done with the test, they said I was a good boy and that  I scored 36% which they said was pretty good, not the best, but OK.  They said I had a good advantage because they don’t have a cockapoo on the force yet and they’ve only interviewed a couple of us and they would be getting  back to  me.

Well that’s about it.  I’ve found my life’s calling, something that would give real meaning to my existence.  So please wish me luck

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We Shall Overcome


This brave dog, Buddy, did what few before him would ever dare attempt:  he registered to vote. 

 
That is the key, in my opinion, to full canine rights.  Some dogs insist that the path forward for us is to be ever more obsequious to our human masters, more tail wags, more happy greetings, in the hope that they will favor us with more off-leashing and more table scraps.  I say we have to take matters in our own paws.  We will never be free and equal until we have universal canine-suffrage.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Big Win for Malachy


What an exciting finish to the Westminster Dog Show, and my favorite Malachy came away the big winner.  Yes, I was watching.  My mommy and daddy kept whispering amazement how I could sleep through the whole thing.  But I was only pretending to sleep, keeping one eye surreptitiously glued to the TV.  Among the final 7, this is the only one I liked, who I'd be pleased to exchange some sniffs with.  The others . . . well, did you get a good look at the doberman?  or that German shepherd?  Holy moly, they'd leave nothing but fur and bone when they got done with me.  Well, what about the cute dachshund, you ask?  Huh!  I remember running into a pair of dachshunds at the dog park who were very unfriendly and had to be dragged off me.  Well enough about me.  Malachy is a good dog with even more fur than I have.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Open Appeal to my Mommy and Daddy


Would you please take me to Jack-in-the Box?  They sell this juicy Bacon Milkshake and I really really want to try it.  OK?


By the way, here's what's in it:
Made with real vanilla ice cream, bacon flavored syrup, whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dogs help Newt capture SC


Gosh, I've been napping so much I forgot to check the results from South Carolina.  And I woke up to learn that Newt won a smashing victory in South Carolina.  I know he is a great man and I am just a small [furry] cockapoo [with sloppy ears and a short stubby tail].  But I hope that in some small way, my support helped mobilize large segments of the Canine-American community.

Romney's past record with Seamus is really 'dogging' him.  Now it's on to Florida, where I expect Newt to go real well.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Romney Reconsidered


I have to admit, Romney really impressed me.  After his victory in the New Hampshire, a victory I worked so tirelessly to prevent, he came clean and apologized right here, in an exclusive on my blog.  I've transcribed his comment.
Hi Tommy,


I'm here in New Hampshire and as you can imagine, things are pretty crazy right now. But I want to thank you for calling me out on event you criticized. It was a bone-headed thing I did, putting Seamus on the roof of the car and I'm real sorry and a changed man. I hope you saw my speech. I was puporsely wearing my doggie tie for you to see, a way for me to express my atonement and my respect for your work.


Gotta go, I got a lot of supporters out there.


Mitt
OK, I have to admit, I missed his speech.  Maybe my daddy had it on, I don't know.  I suppose I was curled up on the ottoman taking my after dinner snooze.  But after seeing his comment, I searched the web for a picture of him during the speech . . . and sure enough, it really looks like a cute doggie tie that he's wearing.  Maybe I misjudged him or maybe not.  Time will tell.  But in the meantime, I still want Newt because he's always been good for us dogs.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Romney? No Way!


Very disappointing result in the Iowa caucuses.  Newt didn't do so well, but I think my endorsement helped him a little.  I saw that his arch-enemy, Mitt Romney, did well in Iowa and I want to make one final appeal to all you dog-lovers in New Hampshire.  I think you should vote for Newt, but if you don't want to vote for him for whatever reason, PLEASE, don't vote for Romney.  The man is very bad to us dogs.  That's what I just learned.

Romney had a really nice dog, an Irish Setter, named Seamus, who you can see here.  You would have thought he would have loved the dog and treated him well.  But evidently, that's not the kind of human Mitt Romney is.

Romney and his wife and five young boys piled into the family station wagon for a 12-hour drive from Boston to Lake Huron in Canada. As was the custom, Seamus, their Irish setter, rode in a crate strapped to the top of the car. . . Somewhere along the way, the dog began to experience, shall we say, digestive trouble that made its presence known via, uh, streaks on the back windshield. Ever the efficiency enforcer, Romney pulled into a gas station, hosed the dog off, put him back on the roof and continued the trip.
Put's his nice doggie on the roof.  How do you like that?  I'm sorry, this is not the kind of man I could support, and I bet you are the same way.  Please, all my dog and dog-loving friends out there in New Hampshire, tell everyone you know what kind of man Mitt Romney really is . . . before it's too late!



Friday, December 23, 2011

Newt Gingrich for President

Many dogs have been waiting, some even patiently, for me to throw my weight behind one of the candidates running for president.  While some have believed I've been inattentive to the enormous issues facing our community, I can assure you I've been carefully following the candidates, the debates, and the issues.  We all know that institutional bigotry prevents me and other of my species from running, but that does not negate the enormous challenges facing our country.

It is only after long and careful deliberation that I announce my endorsement of Newt Gingrich.  He has publicly stated that puppies will play a big role in his campaign moving forward:


The campaign said today that it will soon launch a “Pets With Newt”  site aimed at Gingrich’s love for animals . . .
[H]e told ABC News today he and his wife Callista want a dog in the White House, and it’s a friendly disagreement between the couple over what kind and size of dog. Callista wants a small dog and Newt wants a large dog . . .
“When I was a child I had a cocker spaniel and Doberman pincher and German Sheppard. . . ” Gingrich said.
[It's hard not to like a man like that.  I wonder if his cocker spaniel was related to my mom, Cherokee?]

Newt, along with all the other candidates, has yet to make his positions known on Universal Pet Health Care, Affordable Doggie Day Care, and Canine Voting Rights.  But he is obviously a man of character and deserves our support for lack of a true doggist candidate.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

STRIKE: SUCCESS!


My Nation-wide Canine Day of Inaction was a big success.  Dogs all across the country joined me to call for Universal Pet Health Care, Affordable Doggie Day Care, and distribution of Bologna Stamps, all to be paid for by a big tax on the Fat Cats.

Yesterday, from the time my daddy left until the time my mommy came home, I exercised complete inaction, not helping humans in any way, not even posting to my blog, which I understand many humans derive great benefit from.  I got many e-mails from around the country that guard dogs refused to guard, attack dogs refused to attack, watch dogs refused to watch, sniffer dogs refused to sniff, retriever dogs refused to retrieve and ALL dogs refused to wag their tails.  The poor humans were near helpless without us.  A special nod goes out to Bo Obama who refused to give face licks to Sasha and Malia.  That will sure get the president's attention.

Just one quick example of the plight of us poor dogs.  You know, I'd love to go to doggie day care.  It would be great for my cognitive development and make me a much more productive canine citizen.  I begged my daddy, but he told me it was too expensive; that one day of doggie day care costs more than two weeks of even high-end dog food like Grammy's Pot Pie.  Where is our government?  Why aren't they helping us with subsidies?  Well, our fight is just starting.  If things don't happen soon, we will be having Nation-wide Canine Days of Inaction more and more often.


Friday, December 2, 2011

STRIKE!

 
I couldn’t help but notice this heartwarming tail of puppies doing what comes naturally, helping humans, in this case, law students.



“For high-strung law students, dogs . . . can also provide a soothing presence . . . At George Mason’s law school, which has more than 700 students, dozens took a break Thursday from their immersion in contracts, torts, criminal law and the like and gathered for more than two hours in the school’s atrium to play with the puppies.”



And we love helping our human friends and we do it in so many ways.  That’s why it is so inconceivable to me how our cries for justice go unheeded by the human leaders.  Where is there progress on the Universal Pet Health Care bill?  Or Affordable Doggie Day Care?  Or Bologna Stamps for dogs whose owners cannot afford to buy them tasty human snacks?  We’ve been demanding these measures for too long now and have barely made a RUFF in protest, all the while continuing to work. 



Since our woofing hasn’t helped, we will need to step up methods.  That’s why I am calling for a nation-wide Canine Day of Inaction.  On December 7, there will be no cuddling with law students, no therapy dogs in hospital, no fetching, no bomb sniffing, no drug sniffing, no guiding the blind, and definitely NO TAIL WAGS!  We'll just how well the human population prospers without us.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Capital Punishment -- Warranted?















Those who know me can attest that I'm a friendly, peaceful cockapoo, and not a dog who seeks vengeance.  I like to lead a gentle life and try to think well of others.  But then I read this news article:

Barrington Panel Votes to Euthanize 'Vicious' East Providence Dog

Barrington police held a vicious-dog hearing Monday morning after a boxer/pitbull [diverse-breed dog] registered to an East Providence owner maimed a cockapoo and its owner last July. . .

The attack on the cockapoo . . . came within four doors of her home . . . Smith said she was walking her 11-year-old dog,  . . . when the boxer/pitbull jumped through the open window of an SUV and attacked them. . . .The boxer jumped and snapped at them and managed to bite into the cockapoo’s legs and pull them to the ground.
The boxer pulled so hard that the cockapoo’s legs were pulled out of the hip joints and the bite marks penetrated to the bone.
I'm glad they caught this dog and put him in jail where he belongs -- pictured above in his cell.  The description of the attack is so awful that I am rethinking my position on capital punishment.  I support it for animals like this.  What do you think?

Do you think they give him a 'last meal' before execution, with any food he wants?  Hmm.

 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fun new game

Anyone who knows me knows I'm the kind of doggie who likes to play games, all sorts, like ghost doggie, hide and go sniff, ruff bowling, and chase me.  Now we have this new game my daddy and I like to play:  Crate Carnage.  See, the idea is for daddy to put me in my crate for a specified period and I get to sack the crate and anything I can get my paws on.  WOW, what a workout and I've been doing so good that daddy has been giving me a lot of turkey.  There is one downside to the game.  While in my crate, I am unable to blog, which is why you heard so little from me over the past couple of weeks.

At first I wasn't familiar with the game and just started slow, like dragging a towel, which was conveniently placed on top of the crate, inside and shredding it.  But then daddy made the game harder and didn't leave any towels on top.  It wasn't much fun until I got my paws onto that rug under the crate and pulled and pulled until I dragged it in through the bars and went all cockapoo on it.  That was quite a feat, let me tell you, because all my 20 pounds of force were exerted onto the rug.  Daddy didn't think I could do it, but he was so impressed by me that he took photos.  You can see one below.


Well, daddy keeps trying to challenge me.  "Meliora" he says to me, which translates to "Ever higher" and I was up to the challenge.  He took away towels on top of the crate and rugs under the crate.  I had to use all my brain power to think of some way to win the game.  And there it was, under my paws all this time:  the crate pan, itself.  You can see below how well I played the game, and all in only one day!


I want to play some more, but here they went and did it and left me out of my crate today.  Maybe tomorrow.