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Photo Booth + Dogs = Adorable

From Huffington Post

2 Pit Bulls Went Into A Photo Booth, Emerged As Stars Who Broke Down Breed Stereotypes

Some people look at a pit bull’s big blocky head, and feel afraid. Photographer Lynn Terry feels inspiration.

“They have that perfect shaped skull that is photogenic at any camera angle. They are typically energetic and happy,” Terry says. “Then again, I may just be biased because I love them as dogs too. I’m always rooting for the underdog.”

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Nearly a decade ago now, Terry got to posing her beloved, photogenic pits in a dog-friendly version of a photo booth. The photos were for a local animal rescue group’s charity calendar, and they were a great big hit.

Terry moved on to other projects, for a while. But for a Valentine’s Day promo in 2014, she pulled out the booth again. Her own dog had died, and she decided to make sure that other people would have lasting images of their own favorite canines.

Those two dogs you see up above — Bumper and Willis, two pit bulls who live in St. Louis, both rescued out of fighting and now well-loved, deeply spoiled pets — came in and started kissing and mugging.

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Terry got that feeling, in a big way, that she was onto something special.

“I knew immediately,” she says.

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Soon, the whole world knew.

Practically overnight, Terry became an internet sensation. And now she’s got a brand new book, called Tails from the Booth, featuring dozens upon dozens of these wonderful pictures.

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Many are of pit bulls. Some are of other types of rescue dogs. (A few aren’t rescues at all.)

All get the chance to show off their best, goofiest angles.

“I truly believe that I owe my career to animal rescue,” Terry says. “Through my photography, I have had the opportunity to generate much-needed revenue for these organizations. In return, I have been able to produce a huge collection of beautiful imagery.”

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As for Bumper and WIllis, those dogs who got the ball rolling with this project — their mom Kelly Garrison says it’s been a great couple of years for them, too.

They love the attention, when their many fans recognize them out and about.

And Garrison’s thrilled to think of the good her dogs, in turn, might do.

“I hope everyone can see the true character of pit bulls through their silly, fun-loving expressions,” Garrison says. “It’s hard to believe that our two, who we just wanted pictures of, became this famous duo.”

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You haven’t seen the end of these guys, either.

Terry’s got a new photo series that Bumper and Willis are starring in. It’s called Pitties as Pin Ups, and she shot it for the rescue group Mutts N Stuff‘s 2016 calendar. They’re defying expectations this time, too.

“Bumper got to do some ironing and laundry for the shoot,” Terry says. “And Willis was a librarian. He doesn’t mind wearing ladies’ clothing.”

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Follow Lynn Terry’s work on Facebook. Order the 2016 Mutts N Stuff calendar here and Tails from the Booth here.

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And get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com if you have an animal story to share!

Wishing You Dog Speed

Watch this to see some crazy fast dogs having a blast!

And their owners are having a rather good time as well…


From NBC News:
Off They Go! Dogs Descend on Indianapolis for Flyball

High-octane canines are competing this week at the North American Flyball Championships in Indianapolis, a city that knows a thing or two about speed.

The tournament is one of the world’s largest gatherings of Flyball enthusiasts and their eager pets, who seem to love the sport as much as their owners do — if not more.

Flyball is a steeplechase of sorts: two teams of four dogs each go muzzle to muzzle as the racing dogs take turns speeding past hurdles to retrieve a tennis ball and bring it back to their owners. Penalties are applied when a dog drops a ball or is released too soon.

The dogs seem to feed off each other’s energy, creating canine chaos.

“We don’t discourage barking — that’s their way of saying, ‘I’m having a blast,'” said Curtis Smith, an Alaska resident who has been coming to the tournament for seven years. “The camaraderie of the sport just can’t be beat,” he said.

The sport is far from obscure. There are over 400 clubs and 6,500 competing dogs in Canada and the United States, and this particular event has attracted teams from Norway and Japan.

Participants compete for the thrill; there is no cash prize. “You don’t make a penny,” Floridian Scott Earl said. “It’s all about little ribbons.”

But that doesn’t stop some from taking training seriously.

“They are athletes. We do a lot of work at the house, we work on conditioning. They eat better than we do a lot of the time,” Benjamin Hill of North Carolina said.

Although some owners have their dogs on strict diets and training schedules, it doesn’t necessarily take a champion to compete. “The everyday home pet can do it,” Hill said.

Sometimes Wives Ask Stupid Questions

Yesterday, just before sunup, a small plane landed on the interstate here in Boise.

Luckily no one was hurt, but a passing car clipped one of the airplane’s wings.

That car was driving by a man driving to go fishing with his wife.

She asked him how come he didn’t see the plane.

His answers (bolded below) were hilarious!

A small plane made a crash landing on eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 52 in Boise this morning, forcing police to shut down two lanes of traffic around 7 a.m. No one was injured.

According to officials, Jon Brinkerhoff was forced to make an emergency landing after the 1970 single engine Cessna he was flying ran out of fuel. He was about one mile from landing at the Boise Airport.

Just after the plane skidded to a stop, it was struck by a Ford pickup truck headed east in the middle lane of I-84.

“When I pass I hear a noise on my right side and my wife says, airplane,” said Dao Nguyen, the driver of the truck. “And I say, ‘I don’t see airplane.”

Due to the engine failure, there were no lights illuminated on the plane. Police say Nguyen clipped the left wing of the downed aircraft. He pulled off at the next exit to examine the damage.

“I opened the door and go look out on the right side and headlight broken, mirror gone and that’s all I see,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen was headed to the Mountain Home area to go fishing when the accident occurred. After assessing the damage, he turned around and drove home with pieces of fiberglass still lodged in his truck. He called police to report the damage and was later cited for leaving the scene of the accident.

Luckily, neither Nguyen nor his wife were injured in the accident. When asked by his wife how he didn’t see the plane Nguyen said he doesn’t usually look up while he’s driving.

“I only have two eyes not four,” said Nguyen. “I can’t look at the road and the sky at the same time.”

I’d Like to Go to Lunch With…

I find some people so interesting that I’d love to go to lunch with them.

Other people might be interesting, but lunching with them would be too overwhelming.

image-lunch-box1These Lunch People, at least when I see them on TV or read about them, seem personable and willing to share their thoughts.

It’d be fun to sit in a casual location and pick their brain or just listen to them wax on about life in general.

I’ve identified CNN’s National Correspondent Jeanne Moos as one of my Lunch People.

Moos062510She’s a serious journalist with a quirky sense of humor.

And sometimes she combines the two as indicated by my favorite quote by her:

‘I Can’t Look at the News

Without Thinking Funny’

Here’s one of her recent stories entitled “A Moose Fight Over a Female”.

Enjoy!

Embarrassing Medical Exams

We’ve all had them…

My most embarrassing moment was when I was getting a shot of penicillin for tonsillitis. I knew I was getting a shot. I knew it was going be in my right rump. I watched her start to give me the shot.

And then I slapped the nurse’s hand away. Not tapped, but slapped with an audible WHACK.

I have no idea why I did it.

When I apologized, she just laughed and said, “You’d be surprised at how often that happens.”

Here are some embarrassing medical exams from the medical professional’s point of view. (Thanks to Carol for sharing these on Facebook!)

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cabA man comes into the ER and yells . . .’My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab.’

I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress and began to take off her underwear.

Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs – – –
and I was in the wrong one.

Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco

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At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall.

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‘Big breaths,’ I instructed.

‘Yes, they used to be,’ replied the patient.

Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA

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image2One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct (heart attack for us non-medical types).

Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a ‘massive internal fart.’

Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg

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During a patient’s two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications.

‘Which one?’ I asked.

‘The patch. The Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours
and now I’m running out of places to put it!’

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I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn’t see.

Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body!

Now, the instructions include removal of the old patch before applying a new one.

Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk, VA

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old-hands-300x189While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, ‘How long have you been bedridden?’

After a look of complete confusion she answered, ‘ Why, not for about twenty years – when my husband was alive.’

Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson, Corvallis, OR

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I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked . . .’ So how’s your breakfast this morning?’

‘It’s very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can’t seem to get used to the taste,’ Bob replied.

I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced a foil packet labeled ‘KY Jelly.’

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Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit

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A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered. It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for immediate surgery.

When she was completely disrobed on the operating table,
the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green
and above it there was a Tattoo that read . . .’ Keep off the grass.’

Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient’s dressing, Which said, ‘Sorry . . . Had to mow the lawn.’

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Submitted by RN with No Name

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As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB, I was quite embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams.
To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly.

The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing, further embarrassing me.

I looked up from my work and sheepishly said … ‘ I’m sorry. Was I tickling you?’

She replied with tears running down her cheeks from laughing so hard . . ..

‘ No, doctor, but the song you were whistling was, “I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener”.’

Dr. Wouldn’t Submit His Name

 

Idioms + Missing Ziva

The AmateurI’m in the middle of listening to a Robert Littell book called The Amateur.

His books almost always deal with the CIA, and he’s most famous for The Company, an excellent book about the birth and history of the CIA.

The Amateur involves a cryptographer, Heller, who avenges is fiance’s death by terrorists by hunting them down in Czechoslovakia.

Elizabeth, an operative he meets there, is entranced with all things American, including American idioms.  Hearing and laughing to Elizabeth’s mangling of these idioms makes me realize how difficult it would be to understand idioms in a non-native tongue.

For example, Elizabeth says, “It’s like finding a thread in a haystack.”

Heller says, “You mean needle.”

haystack“What?”, Elizabeth asks, confused.

“The saying is ‘a needle in a haystack’,” says Heller.

Elizabeth retorts, “What difference does it make? Both are incredibly hard to find in a haystack…”

Elizabeth’s idiom trouble and her logic reminds me of the Ziva David character on the CBS show NCIS. Her distortion of idioms was delightful! I have so missed Zima since her character left the show…

zivaHere are a few Zima idiom distortions…

Ziva: We hit a shamu.
Susan: Did she mean a snafu?

Ziva: Bah hum-bog.
Tony: What?

Ziva: We have come to sit on the baby.

PS For those of you who are NCIS and/or Ziva fans: There are rumors (again) that she’s coming back . Here’s hoping…

Strange Football Ad

I watched football yesterday. A lot of it.

And while the football was very good, one of the ads that aired multiple times had me perplexed.

Usually football ads involve beer, pizza, tools–you know, things the quintessential male couch potato enjoys…

But I lost track how many times I saw Matthew McConaughey driving a Lincoln.

1001-McConaughey-Lincoln-970-630x420I don’t quite get the connection between McConaughey and football and why the advertisers think that airing their ads during an NFL game makes sense.

  • McConaughey is super thin and most couch potatoes watching football have loosened their pants so that they can eat more chips and dip.
  • He tries to come across as cerebral and metaphysical–two qualities rather lost on most weekend warriors who turn off their brains for the weekend until they go back to work on Monday

So here’s the interesting thing…

Apparently the ad works!

Lincoln’s sales went up 25% after McConaughey’s first Lincoln ad aired.

I’m not sure if it initially aired during football games or during opera performances; the latter seems like a better fit to me.

Maybe opera fans were Lincoln’s first target market, and now football fans are their next target.

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a fantastically funny parody of a McConaughey-Lincoln ad by Jim Carrey for Saturday Night Live:

And another ad spoofed by Ellen Degeneres that is very funny, too:

Nature Rx

Spied this on Facebook.*

It’s a gentle reminder to get out of our heads and go outside once in a while… 🙂

From TheShrug.com

Nature Rx brings us a spoof of a prescription drug commercial that’s too funny because it’s painfully true.

Sometimes the best medicine can be simply turning off the screen and going outdoors.

What are you waiting for? Try nature today!

There’s actually more to this than a simple spoof. If you’re interested in learning more, check out NatureRX.org.

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* Thanks, Lorraine! 🙂

The Family Dog

Whenever I’m in need of a good belly laugh, I watch The Family Dog.

It first aired in an Amazing Stories episode in 1987.

I can still remember the first time I saw it. It was at the movie theater in Fallon and was shown before the movie. I’ve never laughed so hard in all my life. Ever.

It’s a little over 20 minutes long, but it’s well worth it.

Enjoy!