From commentor Jibeaux:
A Facebook friend, Jen, was publicizing the available puppy of one of her neighbors and FB friends, Kara, and we saw some videos and stills of him and we were smitten kittens. We didn’t know Kara but we went to meet the puppy our kids would later name Graham within a week. We had been planning on looking for a dog to rescue when the time was right, i.e. when the two week-long vacations we had planned for the summer were done with, but fell into our laps a little bit early. Kara’s boyfriend and a friend of his were mountain biking in Georgia, and came across an abandoned litter of puppies on the trail. They divided them up and put them down in their biking jerseys, and carried them out of the park. They commenced distributing them to willing homes, and Kara fostered one but had a jealous cat and worked long hours, and did not feel like she could be his forever home. She took him to a vet, got lots of nasty mites cleaned out of his ears, and took care of him and worked to socialize him and find him a home.
Graham is probably some sort of terrier mix, possibly some beagle or chihuahua or I don’t know what all in there too. He is a seriously cute dog. Our kids, 5 and 9, were absolutely over the moon about him and still love to wrestle and play with him, and give him plenty of attention. He loves attention. The five year old likes to pick him up just by holding him across the tummy, which can’t be comfortable, and he tolerates it with good cheer and patience. He has the little white sock feet that you can see, and when he is walking fast he absolutely prances. He picks up his front paws in this hilarious, delicate, adorable little way. He wants to make friends with all dogs and all people who are not on bicycles, school buses, or mail delivery trucks, all of which he considers sworn enemies. He loves to play “hunting dog” but goes after bugs, which is pretty funny to watch. We’re just very happy that he found us.
Also, probably the last Soonergrunt update for a while, in case anyone missed his message in an earlier thread:
I am home. I feel alternately like hell and really, really good.
Thanks to all for the good thoughts, prayers, positive energy and so on. The tumor, whatever the hell it was, is BENIGN!
I was gratified to see that the President had a press conference where, it seemed to me, that he kicked ass.
Well, the puppy yapping in that video certainly pricked up some schnauzer ears in this house. It’s truly beautiful to hear that Soonergrunt’s tumor is benign, since I did miss that earlier.
What you have, there, is a Trail Mix.
Yea, Soonergrunt! Home is Good. Feeling better is Good. Benign is one of the loveliest words in the English language. Take care of yourself.
And needless to add, ::puppylove::
In other news, I had to deal with my first skunking very early Thursday morning. Gaby got it right in the face. She’s fine now, though the groomer said that the trace scent can take up to a year to fade. The house, garage, and car are aired out. I hope I never have to go through this again.
Something to smile about on both accounts. Love the puppy and relieved to hear it is benign for Soonergrunt.
Oooooh, puppeh is sooooo adorable! Love his little yips.
And, I am so grateful and happy to read that soonergrunt’s tumor was mofo benign, bitchez. Get better soon. Still thinking of you and sending good vibes your way.
@asiangrrlMN: Arf arf! Nothing beats a little puppeh bark.
Hi hon. Did you say hi to FH #1 yet? We’re recipe swapping.
The cat was not pleased by the cute puppy barks. But I am very please to hear about soonergrunts homecoming and benignity.
Hello to the night shift. I am wiped from a day on the beach and boardwalk at Seaside Heights so I am heading to bed pretty soon. (Boy is that place so much better off-season without 90% of the tourists. )
Excellent news, soonergrunt. Continue to take care of yourself and don’t rush your recovery.
@Yutsano: I’ve missed you, honey! No, I saw him commenting in a thread below, but I have not responded yet. He’s still around? I’ll jump to the end. Glad you’re mostly moved in.
Puppeh is adorbs, of course.
So glad to hear about soonergrunt! I’m sure he’ll be fine, but I’ll probably slip him into the prayer list on Sunday just in case, as I’m serving as assistant minister. Hope he doesn’t mind a bunch of little old Lutheran ladies praying for his recovery.
And yay! for me, because I got an e-mail back about The Job of My Dreams tonight.
Congrats, hamletta! Good night to all.
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Bleh. The humidity around here rocketed up about 9:00pm. It’s ugly now.
It turns out Eddie has hay fever. He’s also allergic to some sort of mite that apparently is in the house. We’ll see whether allergy shots can help him out. Right now the concern is that he’s been chewing on his front paw and opened up some bleeding. The middle two toes are sticking together, and he won’t let me do anything with it.
Sigh. Silly cat.
@asiangrrlMN: I think he is. He told me yum not too long ago so I’m taking that as a positive sign.
It was nice to not do much in my own damn place tonight. I did cook my first meal and will be doing much more in the future as I have a TON of pasta and rice in the house. I still need to supplement the diet with some meat and dairy but doing good so far!
@hamletta: WOOT!! So what are you drinking in celebration?
Yay Soonergrunt! Keep getting better, m’kay?!!
BENIGN! Hooray for soonergrunt!
Here is a roundup of repulsive 9/11 kitsch, courtesy of April Winchell’s Regretsy blog.
I think the Burger King voucher that reads “Honor our fallen heroes– free medium fries” should be saved, in case the country ever needs an epitaph.
Yay, Sooner! Woot!
I haz a bit of a sad, though….still can’t pull up this site on my laptop, only on my iPhone. Have tried different browsers, cleared cache and history, reset my router….BLAR. I am starving for snark.
Hello. It’s Spring and the world hasn’t quite exploded yet. It’s all good. How you?
(I’m going to gratuitously drop in another plug for this song. It’s a happy spring kind of thing.)
Hooray for sooner!
I still can’t get my head around McMegan. If I just had two Phds in Economics, one of them with a Nobel, tell me I didn’t know what I was talking about, I’d at least stop digging. Not our McMegan. She’s still throwing shit up against the wall hoping some of it will stick.
Isn’t the Atlantic at all embarrassed by all of this?
@Tattoosydney: Your link no work in my country. You fix. I hear your gubmint didn’t get fucked up. YAY!
P.S. I looked cute tonight, had fun at a musical gig, and got my flirt on.
Some pics from a nice sunny Friday morning on the mid-walk boulder Molly and me hang out on before the markets open up:
It’s true. We have a minority left government, propped up by an odd group of greens, conservative (supposedly) independents and a man who was accused of misrepresenting intelligence about the Iraq war for political purposes because he said there were no weapons of mass destruction there, and then in our Senate, from 1 July next year, the greens have the balance of power. It’s quite entertaining.
Mistermix even posted about it.
Try this one…
Flirting and a big night of drinking! I’m impressed.
@Cliff: I just love pics of your gorgeous girl. She makes me smile.
@Tattoosydney: Worked. Not my cuppa.
This is the band I heard tonight. A friend of mine sat in with them for two songs. They were decent.
@Tattoosydney: It’s ‘coz I looked cuuuute! I get sparkly once in awhile, and tonight was that once. And, you snark about the big night of drinking, but I drank it fast so it was like eleven-billionty drinks to me.
@Tattoosydney: Yay Westminster parliamentary systems! Course we just made up ours out of whole cloth. We haven’t figured out how to unempower the Senate yet, we get that little trick down I bet we get universal health care plus stop picking needless fights all over the globe.
@asiangrrlMN: You iz just cute. Full stop. Nothing more needs to be said.
Thanks, y’all. Took a while to reply, because I was so fascinated by @R-Jud’s link to Regretsy.
It’s been a while since I visited the fuckery.
@Yutsano: Aw, thanks, hon. You are a sweetheart.
Oh, hooray for SoonerGrunt, Booyah! and BOOMERSOONER!
@R-Jud: Davis X Machina used to always say that America’s epitaph would read ” Killed by a story arc.” So I guess we can add ” Want fries with that?”
And thanks Annie Laurie for running these pet rescue threads lately. I’ve needed them. Good, happy news seems to be in short supply.
I’m still hoping that Americans aren’t stupid and know the Republicans are insane and the party wants to kill or enslave them and I refuse to look at any polls until mid- Oct. I trust in the inherent intelligence and goodness of my fellow citizens who voted in 2006 and 2008 to make a correction in our national course, that they will not fail the country, or in their obligation as citizens to allow the unspeakable to happen again. ( But I also know that until now they hadn’t really been paying too much attention and once the glaring deficiencies and outrageous beliefs of some of the Republican candidates become public awareness, that the bloodbath Nate Silver and others are predicting, won’t occur.) Remember in 2006 almost no one saw the Dem takeover happening before it did.
But yea, keep the happy pet rescue stories coming. I hope the guy who adopted the gorgeous Brittany Jack still is giving that lovely boy a home. My mother would drive many miles to have a good dog as handsome as Jack for her very own.
And again for SoonerGrunt, YAY! for benigninity! I’d buy you and your wife a beer next time I’m in Norman, just ’cause I am so pleased you are gonna be around for a bit longer.
Our’s isn’t unempowered so much as it isn’t as negative. No filibuster means stuff gets passed, though proportional representation means independents and third parties get a big say. The balance of power held by the Green party in the Senate could have played a substantial role in the independents agreeing to support Labour.
I don’t think Democrats should give up hope even if things go bad in 2010. They were pretty bad in 1982 for the Republicans, and look how that turned out for them. Midterms after new presidents are always bad, particularly with the economy like this. Endure, and in enduring grow strong.
Congratulations to SoonerGrunt. That’s awesome news.
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Into my second glass of Don Eduardo añejo. Good stuff. It’s been a crappy week, though certainly better than the last one. The last of my classmates got jobs with Boston Scientific and Grant Thornton, respectively, which is good to hear and makes me bitter at the same time.
Yay for soonergrunt!
Just had opening night. Very tired.
Will have special guest at show tomorrow night (who’d I’d flirt with, very much, except she brought her husband).
Released a new video for one of my other groups. Will try to get them to get off their asses and create a sketch specially for video.
Oh, Dear Lord, something gobsmacked The Rude Pundit so bad, he forgot about fisting!
He actually produced a post that isn’t NSFW!
@gwangung: That was so wrong yet so right.
You never know how these things will shake out. At the very least it can’t hurt to be friendly.
@gwangung: Funny as hell (Sexpresso), and ditto whot Yutsy says. I have four hubbies, and it doesn’t stop me from flirting.
Linky no work. I fix.
@Steeplejack: STEEPMAN! Ha. You made me smile. Now, I am going to bed. You?
Off to dinner. Night all.
Going to bed now after venting my spleen on the thread downstairs. Don’t know why I am so crabby tonight, but is it too much to ask to get a simple answer to a simple question? Even if the answer is “Dunno. Fuck off.”
That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Steep out.
Glad to hear the good news, re:soonergrunt, and such. I can’t imagine what a relief this news must be.
Also nice to see this kind of interpersonal-internety stuff getting a front page mention ’round here. I know I asked some of the more callous and self important members of the front-page-brigade about mentioning his upcoming surgical trials in a more significant way on various threads prior to his recent update, to no avail. They just wanted to blahdeblah about Jake Tapper and Marc Halperin. I’m glad to see at least someone on this blog has a minimal sense of compassion for their fellow man.
Wich is to say- everyone but anne is a bunch-o-jerks. ; P
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@Uriel: Fuck you.
Edit: Clearly, I need more tequila.
I’ve been shut out of BJ for a few days because of some IP problem. I’m on a connection from next door and I’m really glad to read about the soonergrunts progress and prognosis.
Glad to hear about soonergrunt. There’s never enough of that kind of good news. Hooray!
Soonergrunt, if you read this, how was waking up in your own bed and that feeling of being alive? I think it’s called joy.
Keep plugging along.
Haven’t scrolled through to see who’s around, but if *demo woman* is in the house she might want to know that NPR’s Morning Edition is going to have an interview with Tom Price in just a few minutes. Heads-up so you can either avoid like the plague or tune in to laugh and point, as you prtefer.
@stuckinred: I’ve heard you restarted your modem with no improvement. Have you talked to your ISP, just in case their name servers are still holding on to the old IP address for balloon-juice.com?
Thank you, Annie Laurie, for starting my day with adorable yappiness.
And Soonergrunt, I don’t know the details of your story or surgery since I am not on here much these days, but I am happy to hear “whatever the hell it was” is benign! Yes, it is indeed a wonderful word to hear. I hope you heal quickly and as painlessly as possible!
What a great start of the day, jbeaux’s wonderful puppy story, and SOONERGRUNT I am so happy and relieved. Amazing the capacity to be interested in and care about people and critters one never meets.
And I’m on my way home today after almost a solid month of business travel. Yippee!
Happy 911 Everyone! :)
Yay soonergrunt! What an unbelievable relief. Now just heal from that surgery. Yay!
Puppy cuteness is cute.
Our hotel had fire alarm at 2:00 a.m. High rise hotel. Turned out to be nada (which is good!) but their “we apologize for any inconvenience” seemed underwhelming.
@SIA: Welcome home!
@Svensker: I’ve had that happen a couple times. Once there actually was a fire (a small one, confined to a dumpster in an alley behind the hotel, but the FD still evacuated us for several hours in the middle of the night). Disconcerting and annoying, for sure, but I guess I prefer the inconvenience to a possibly tragic alternative.
@Steeplejack: Heh. I expected it to be some weighty political question–not the question about b33r. And, I gave you my straightforward answer–gin and tonic. All beer tastes like piss* to me, so I can’t help you there. And, I had mucho fun last night. Much needed.
*What I imagine piss would taste like.
@WereBear (itouch): Can’t believe no one else commented on your clever “trail mix”. Of course, I grew up with a father whose favorite joke was “if you steal a mink, it’s a mink stole”…
and PUPPEH! I’d like one.
@SiubhanDuinne: Thanks SD! Sitting in my own living room surrounded by critters, enjoying quiet and cool. What a relief.