It was no parade of puffed-up purebreds (for which we’re grateful), but Stephen Colbert hosted his own little dog show this week the night after Westminster.
Colbert, explaining that The Late Show is a dog-friendly workplace, featured two staff member’s dogs — neither much resembling anything you’d see at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which came to a close in New York this week.
“It’s like the Grammys, but with dogs, and less public urination,” Colbert said.
Colbert went on to present “some champions of our own that we are very proud of.”
First up was Riley, whose owner described her breed as “none of the above.” Among her greatest strengths, her owner said, was “she’ll put anything in her mouth.” He described her weaknesses as matted hair and frequent gas.
Then came Dexter, nearly 15 years old, whose owner described him as a “long-tongued mostly pug.”
Dexter’s owner explained Dexter’s tongue doesn’t stay in his mouth because he has no teeth.
Colbert awarded Dexter a ribbon for “Best in Tongue” and gave Riley the honor of “Most In My Office After Paul Has Left, Evidently Forgetting He Has a Dog.”
Posted by John Woestendiek February 19th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, breeds, colbert, dexter riley, dog, dog friendly, dog friendly workplace, dog shows, dogs, pets, producers, show, staff, staffers, stephen colbert, the late show, westminster, westminster dog show, workplace
Seinfeld lives on in more than just reruns.
And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at some of the dog news in recent weeks.
Up in Alaska, on Tuesday, a sled dog named George Costanza led his team to victory in the Yukon Quest.
Down in South Africa, a dog surrendered by an owner who found him “yucky” has found a new home with a TV producer who renamed him Newman.
And in California, a missing therapy dog named Kramer was reunited with his owner after he went missing two months ago.
That’s quite a run (or rerun) of dogs with Seinfeld-related names making the news — and proof that good TV shows, like our memory of good dogs, never fade away.
George Costanza, an 8-year-old, is “a bit of a ham,” winning musher Hugh Neff told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner after the 1,000-mile race.
Neff finished the race in 9 days, 1 hour and 25 minutes on the trail — the fourth fastest time in race history — even though George Costanza got distracted near the finish line and stopped to lead the team over to meet a local dog on the sidelines.
But things got so busy at the office that day the vet didn’t have time to do it, and the vet’s secretary called a rescue group in an effort to save the corgi mix, who was malnourished and had a broken leg.
The founder of the rescue group turned to social media in an effort to save the dog, then being called Nik Nak, from lethal injection.
A temporary home in Cape Town was found and, after a week, it became permanent.
“He is fitting in quite nicely. He is very chilled and relaxed,” Kamilla Nurock told News24.
Nurock, a TV producer, said she named her new companion after Jerry’s nemesis in Seinfeld.
Social media also played a role in reuniting Kramer with his owner, Nik Glaser. Kramer disappeared while being cared for by an acquaintance when Glaser was on a trip to Seattle. For two months, Glaser, who has anxiety issues, searched Los Angeles for his therapy dog before he moved to Seattle at the end of January.
Soon after that he heard, through social media, about a similar dog who ended up in a Los Angeles shelter. It turned out to be Kramer and the two were reunited earlier this month:
(Top photo: Hugh Neff hugs George Costanza at the Yukon Quest finish line, by Erin Corneliussen / Fairbanks News-Miner)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 18th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, costanza, dog names, dogs, found, george costanza, kramer, los angeles, memories, missing, names, newman, pets, reruns, rescue, reunion, seinfeld, shelters, show, sled dog, south africa, television, therapy dog, yukon quest
A beagle named Miss P beat out a shih tzu owned by Patty Hearst, a Portuguese water dog related to Sunny Obama and four other finalists to capture best in show honors at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Miss P, whose full name is “Ch Tashtins Looking for Trouble,” is only the second beagle to win best in show at Westminster.
The 4-year-old beagle from British Columbia will retire after the victory, but not before embarking on a whirlwind media tour that includes a stop atop the Empire State Building, steak lunch at a nearby restaurant, a meeting with Donald Trump, and a walk-on part in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, USA Today reported.
Rocket was awarded top honors in the toy dog category.
Hearst is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hears. She was kidnapped by the radical group the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, and was later seen holding a machine gun while robbing a California bank. She spent two years in prison.
Hearst, who turns 61 on Friday, is one of Rocket’s three co-owners. She has been involved in the dog show world for more than 10 years and has also worked as an actress.
A cousin of Sunny, one of the First Family’s Portuguese water dogs, was also in the running, and considered by some to be a favorite.
Matisse won the working group category for the third straight year.
More results, photos and videos can be found at the Westminster website.
(Photo: Photos of Miss P and Rocket by the Associated Press)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 18th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 2015, animals, beagle, best in show, dog, dog show, dogs, kennel club, matisse, miss p, patty hearst, pets, portuguese water dog, rocket, shih-tzu, show, sunny obama, westminster, winner, wins
After 14 years on the world’s longest running children program, Mabel, a border collie mix, has died.
Seen by millions of children on “Blue Peter,” Mabel was the BBC program’s first rescue dog.
“She was dearly loved and that’s a credit to her quirky character. She’ll be sorely missed by the presenters and viewers alike,” said Helen Skelton, one of the program’s co-hosts.
Mabel, who retired last year, was the second-longest serving dog on the show. Another, named Petra, appeared on the show for 15 years.
Her death came barely a month after the death of her canine co-star Lucy, according to the Daily Mail.
Mabel was originally featured on the program in 1996 when then presenter Katy Hill met her while making a film about the RSPCA. She joined the show a month later. Her name came from the letters MAB1 which were written on her RSPCA kennel.
Mabel, who was thought to be 16, was notable for her different colored eyes – one brown, one blue – and a folded-over ear. She starred alongside 14 different presenters in hundreds of studio shows.
After retirement, she lived with a former member of the show’s production team
The BBC show’s presenters announced the news about the border collie to viewers last night.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 5th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, bbc, blue peter, border collie, childrens, childrens show, death, died, dog, dogs, helen skelton, mabel, mix, pets, program, rescue, rspca, shelter, show, television, tv
I saw big ones, small ones, medium sized, elaborate ones and even more elaborate ones in what turned out to be a quick visit — mainly because the drop-your-dog-off kennel at HersheyPark wasn’t all I hoped it would be.
I had envisioned a grassy, fenced in area, with shade, perhaps some water features, perhaps some college students on hand to keep the dogs company as they frolicked. Instead it was a dingy little room, filled with stacked cages, located beneath the stadium.
Upon walking into what they call the Barking Lot Kennel, my first inclination was to walk out. While there was a good-sized ground level crate Ace would fit into, its floor lined with newspaper, I didn’t think he’d be happy there, between the cramped quarters and the constant barking of the other 10 or so dogs already there.
But then Ace tugged me inside, and happily went into the crate, so I paid the sole attendant the $10 boarding fee and promised — him, Ace and myself — to return in no more than two hours.
My plan had been to schmooze with some dealers and manufacturers in an effort to procure an RV company as a sponsor for “Travels with Ace” — but time was too short, and, to be honest, I’m not big on schmoozing. Maybe I need something like “schmooze control,” where I could push an automatic pilot button and be personable for a specified stretch of time.
I’m also not big on huge gatherings of humans, of which this was one. I’ve never really understood the whole giant boat/dog/car/RV/home furnishings show phenomenon. It’s really my worst nightmare: packing way too many people in one place, restricting their movement with narrow aisles and dead ends, and getting bombarded with pamphlets and — oh, God — salesman.
That’s sort of what I would imagine hell is like.
I guess, in a way, the big shows makes sense — it’s an opportunity to see all there is to offer, all the latest technology, in one place. But, as for me, I’d prefer leisurely browsing through a catalog to trying to maneuver between slow walkers, fast walkers, baby strollers, and people on scooters.
As I walked down row after row of motorhomes, I noticed most dealers and manufacturers had them set up in such a way that, once you entered their area, it was difficult to exit — sort of a circle the wagons/trap the customers mentality.
I left empty handed — turning down all offered freebies because there is just no more room in my car, a 2005 Jeep Liberty that we shall continue the trip in, perhaps renting an RV down the road, partly to get a better taste of that world, partly because, when traveling with a dog, it’s the mode that seems to make the most sense.
I did see enough to get a bad case of RV envy, though — mainly for the compact versions, not much bigger than a van, but with beds, refrigerators, stoves, bathrooms and all the other comforts of home, all squeezed in nice and cozy-like.
I decided I would not turn down, if offered, an Itasca Navion, or a slightly-bigger-than-a-van number made by Pleasure-Way, or this one (left) from Coach House, to serve as the rolling home and office of “Travels with Ace.” But I won’t hold my breath.
I spent a little time looking at the laughably large ones — equipped with just about everything you can imagine, including large flat screen TVs not just inside, but on the outside of the vehicle as well.
On the surface, it seems ludicrous.: Drive 1,000 miles to the Grand Canyon, set up some chairs, pull down the awning and turn on the old set. But I guess it, like the big RV show, makes a certain kind of sense. I can understand, after spending nearly four months now on the road, wanting a home away from home.
On the other hand, given a choice between viewing the Grand Canyon or “America’s Got Talent,” I’d have to go with the big hole in the ground.
I think we had both had enough of our species — me trying to navigate the rows of motor homes among too many humans, he trying to stay calm amid the rows of barking dogs.
He pulled hard on the leash, and made a beeline for the car.
We hightailed it out of there and headed east, sticking to backroads, avoiding the turnpike for a while and enjoying some of the quiet Pennsylvania countryside.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 20th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: america, animals, dog friendly, dog's country, dogs, dogscountry, exhibition, hershey, hersheypark, motorhomes, pennsylvania, pets, recreational vehicle, road trip, rv, rvs, show, travel, traveling with dogs, travels with ace
A judge in Pennsylvania has rejected a Pittsburgh-area man’s petition to change his name from Gary Guy Mathews to “Boomer the Dog.”
Mathews, 44, is an unemployed computer technician and a follower of the “furry” lifestyle, which celebrates giving human characteristics to animals. He sought the name change because he’s a big fan of the short-lived 1980s NBC show “Here’s Boomer.”
His obsession with the Boomer character led him to create a giant dog costume made from shredded newspaper, which he now wears at home and to conventions.
Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald W. Folino, after hearing Mathews request Tuesday, denied it on Wednesday on the grounds it could cause confusion and possibly put “the public welfare at risk,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The denial, which came in a page and a half-ruling, sounded almost as convoluted as the request:
What if, the judge wrote, Boomer the Dog witnessed a serious auto accident and telephoned police? “The dispatcher on the phone queries as to the caller’s identity, and the caller responds, ‘This is Boomer the Dog.’ It is not a stretch to imagine the telephone dispatcher concluding that the call is a prank and refusing to send an emergency medical response.”
“Right now I’m not sure what I’m going to do next, I’ll just have to look into it,” Mathews said after the decision. “All I know is that I’ve been trying to realize my identity for a long time, like many people have I guess.”
Furries, the Post-Gazette reports, have become fairly common around Pittsburgh, which for five years has hosted the movement’s largest annual convention.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 12th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Opening statements were made yesterday in the Missouri trial of Mary Wild, charged with animal abuse in connection with the deaths of seven show dogs who died when left overnight in a hot van last summer.
Wild, a 25-year-old dog handler from Arnold, Missouri, is charged with eight counts of misdemeanor animal abuse — one for each of the dogs she left in the van after returning from a dog show in Iowa last June.
Only one of the dogs, a Siberian husky, survived.
Defense attorney Brad Dede said he would show that “all reasonable and legal precautions” were taken to ensure the safety of the dogs and that his client is not guilty of a crime, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Authorities say the temperature inside the van could have reached 120 degrees.
Animal abuse is a Class A misdemeanor in Missouri, and the maximum penalty is up to a year in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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