But he was pretty unlucky when — the evening before he and three friends were to depart — he found his dog had eaten them.
Sierra, a Swiss mountain dog, gobbled up pretty much everything but the strings.
It appeared Berkman’s once in a lifetime opportunity had vanished.
Frantic, Berkman, who lives in Seattle, called his girlfriend, who recommended he give Sierra some low-concentration hydrogen peroxide solution to induce vomiting.
Not long after that, with just hours to go before a 6 a.m. flight east, Berkman was sifting through Sierra’s vomit and trying to piece together the passes. Sierra hadn’t eaten much recently — other than the tickets — so it was “not as bad as you’d think,” Berkman said on Thursday.
Hoping the reconstructed passes would be accepted once they arrived in Augusta, Berkman didn’t tell his three friends about what the tickets had been through.
The foursome made a stop in Myrtle Beach to play some golf, and then headed for Georgia.
On Monday, Berkman called the ticket office and sent them photos of the original tickets and an e-mail verification of his purchase. He offered to present the passes that had passed through Sierra as well.
Berkman said he was hoping they would be ”gracious Southern folks” and let him and his friends attend the event.
He also shared his story with “Mitch in the Morning” on sports radio station KJR.
Two days later, Berkman and his friends picked up their graciously reprinted tickets and watched the final practice round for the Masters.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 7th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accidents, animals, ate, augusta, dog, dogs, eats, golf, hydrogen peroxide, masters, passes, pets, reconstructed, reprinted, sierra, swiss mountain dog, ticket office, tickets, tournament, vomit, vomiting
In an effort to keep putting greens pristine, and keep golfers from getting all poopy-shoed, some golf courses, like Rebsamen in Little Rock, have turned to dogs.
That’s where a 12-year-old border collie named Fern has patroled the grounds for 10 years – up until talk began about retiring her in the last month or so, and another golf course requested her services.
“She’s gotten a lot of attention the last couple of weeks because of what’s going on,” said assistant city manager Bryan Day. “I’ve gotten e-mails from people wanting us to loan her to North Little Rock,” Day told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Registration is required to read the story.)
About 200 geese are living at Burns Park in North Little Rock, feasting on the greens and using the grounds as their bathroom. It has gotten so bad that city officials decided to let hunters come in and take care of the problem.
Opposition from animal lovers has led North Little Rock to rethink the plan, and at least consider the far easier and less messy route of getting a dog like Fern.
Border collies are used across the country to keep geese away from airports, neighborhood ponds, golf courses and parks. Generally, all it takes is a prolonged stare from them to send geese on their way.
Little Rock bought Fern for $3,000 in 2001 from a North Carolina breeder. Costly as that sounds, it was far cheaper than the $20,000 in labor the city had spent on repairing goose-related damage.
Her presence alone keeps the geese away — and she’s earned some attention along the way. She was on the cover of Turfnet.com’s 2008 “Superintendent’s Best Friend” Calendar, which features working dogs on golf courses across the country.
Now, at 12, Fern spends her time mostly kicking back in the club house, or going for rides in golf carts. Because there are no more geese, she has it pretty easy. But because her presence ensures the geese won’t return, officials have decided not to retire her, and not to rent her out.
“She’s got 300 acres out here,” Jay Carnes, the golf course superintendent said. “She needs to stay here and be buried here.”
(Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
Posted by jwoestendiek December 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, arkansas, border collie, burns park, calendar, control, damage, deterrent, dogs, fern, geese, golf, golf course dogs, golf courses, hunters, little rock, pets, poop, rebsamen, superintendents best friend
Officials say golfers saw three kids beating the puppy and chased them away.
The golfers tried rushing the animal to a vet, but it was too late. The puppy died on the way.
The golfers returned to the golf course where Animal Control was called to pick up the puppy, WJZ reported.
Officials say the dog, which was about eight weeks old, was beaten with a stick.
A necropsy was to be performed today. Anyone with any information is asked to call Animal Control at 410-0396-4688.
The incident is the latest in a series of cruel attacks on animals in Baltimore, and they come at a time when the city is cutting back funding to the Bureau of Animal Control and animal welfare organizations such as BARCS.
Last week, a family’s pit bull-shepherd mix was attacked by a neighbor wielding a machete, resulting in numerous injuries and the loss of an eye. On Easter Sunday, a pit bull was pelted with stones by a group of youths, and last summer a dog named Phoenix was set on fire, later dying from her injuries.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 17th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animal cruetly, animals, attack, baltimore, beaten, carroll park, dog, dogs, golf, golf course, golfers, news, ohmidog!, pets, pit bull, pitbull, sticks, torture, youths
Darned if it isn’t February already — time for procrastinators like myself to get a 2010 calendar.
Allow me to suggest one that doesn’t feature my work — Pinups for Pitbulls.
When Pinups for Pitbulls issued a call for submissions for its annual calendar last year, I answered — vaguely entertaining the notion that I, too, could have a career in photographing beautiful women, or at least have my photo make the calendar.
First, I recruited friend Carey Hughes and her pit bull Bimini to serve as my models. The challenge: to loosely recreate, with a pit bull, the vintage pin-up poster to the left, called “Up to Par.”
Carey enlisted her sister Kelly to serve as fashion advisor and hair and make-up person. Kelly was also to be the skirt-blower-upper, using a battery operated leaf blower I bought from Home Depot for the occassion to poof up her sister’s skirt and ensure our photos showed the requisite amount of leg.
On the day of the shoot, Kelly had another commitment, and Carey’s mom, Jeanne, ended up replacing her as the skirt-blower-upper — and doing a fine job, I might add.
We all met at Carroll Park Golf Course in Baltimore, where officials let us take over an unused hole. Not surprisingly, we drew a few a gawkers.
Both Carey and Bimini proved remarkably patient — though he wasn’t too thrilled with the golf cap he was initially sporting.
I sent the best of my shots into Pinups for Pitbulls, where we’d end up in the pile of those that didn’t make the cut. You can look at some of the other contenders not chosen here.
To see the winners, you can buy the calendar.
The calendar, in its fourth year, highlights stories and images of 12 pit bull-owning women and their dogs. Sales from the 2009 calendar raised almost $20,000 for pit bull rescues across the nation, double the amount raised in 2008.
Pinups for Pitbulls, a non-profit organization, works to educate the public about pit bulls, remove the stigma associated with the breed and save the lives of abused and abandoned pit bulls throughout the United States.
The video below highlights the organization in more detail.
Meanwhile, if you need a slightly used battery-powered leaf blower, contact me.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, babes, bimini, burlesque, calendar, carey hughes, dogs, golf, golf course, leaf blower, models, pets, photography, pin-up, pin-ups, pinups, pinups for pitbulls, pinupsforpitbulls.com, pit bulls, pitbulls, sexy, vintage, women
For some reason, even though I’m in Baltimore, I’m feeling a bit of unease about Ridgefield, Connecticut’s plan to allow deer hunting on the Ridgefield Golf Course.
True, nobody’s playing golf there in the winter — so, thankfully, we don’t have to worry about hunters getting hit with golf balls.
But given the course is a popular place for sledders, snow-shoers and cross-country skiers in the winter, the plan to allow bow-hunting seems a little ill-advised.
The managed deer hunt – designed to reduce the herd — extends only into the wooded areas, and it’s only on weekdays, and only for three weeks, and there will be signs posted at all the course’s entry points warning the public about the hunt, according to the News-Times in Danbury.
“The hunt will take place in the woods, in swampland,” said Tony Steger, the course’s superintendent. “The people who come to the course in winter are out in the middle of the fairways.”
Surely there will be no risk for those enjoying snow sports — given arrows, like golf balls, always go where they are intended.
And, if not, well … FORE!
Posted by jwoestendiek January 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: arrows, bow and arrow, bow hunting, connecticut, deer, fore, golf, golf course, herd, hunt, hunters, hunting, managed, population, recreation, restricted, ridgefield, ridgefield golf course, snow, sports, winter
The White House has produced its final holiday video (I’m hoping this isn’t our tax dollars at work) featuring the president’s dog, Barney.
In this year’s “Barney Cam” Christmas greeting, the first family’s Scottish terrier scampers amid the White House’s red, white and blue holiday decorations before retiring for a nap and imagining himself as an athlete.
The Barney Cam was introduced in the 2002 holiday season, and got 24 million Web visitors on its first day, according to the Associated Press.
Since then, Barney’s holiday videos have featured former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bush adviser Karl Rove, country singers Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson and other stars. Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Nastia Liukin guest star in the final holiday doggie video from the White House.
Barney is shown in cutout animation as an Olympic vaulter, swimmer and synchronized diver with fellow terrier Miss Beazley, both in red swimsuits.
He also dreams of sinking the final putt to secure the Ryder Cup, with the entire U.S. Ryder Cup team chanting “Barney, Barney, Barney!”
The Barney Cam spot introduced Monday starts with President George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and their daughters, Jenna and Barbara, reminiscing about their times together in the White House, then sending Barney off to decorate and nap.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 17th, 2008 under Muttsblog, videos.
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