By Any Other Name

26 06 2014

So, I hear that the Washington Redskins have been “urged” to change their name. Why are Native Americans the only offended group? And, if so, what about the Kansas City Chiefs? Or the Cleveland Browns? Anybody guess what that name is about? louis-joe-22And the Titans and the Giants (clearly a reference to the overweight), and the Buccaneers (slander toward those privateers who made ancient trade routes great). Is their no justice for those groups? Where are the relatives of Buffalo Bill? Do the Patriots represent those American Communists who may also enjoy football, or the Saints include their atheist fans? And, is there no justice for the animal world? Where does the SPCA stand on the Colts, the Eagles, or the Ravens?


As a dog, I propose that football discard all tags and references and use the only sure-fire way to identify anything: the nose.


Once employed, there is no longer any doubt as to the nature of the beast sniffed. Not only the last bath can be detected, but the last meal, as well; the last hand to stoke a back, and virtually all previous encounters and wanderings. Want to name your team the Redskins without offending? Put together a group of Apaches. The Vikings? Real Norwegians wearing horned helmets. The Buccaneers? Eye patch and swords, of course.

You think Rome used to host the greatest animal games? Try watching a team of Bears, Panthers, or Jaguars claw it out on the field.cr2

This accomplished, the only judgements rendered will be nothing but the truth. Gone will be slanders and insults. “It is what it is” becomes the mantra, and the teams identified by scent.

The Washington Corruption. Now there’s a name we all might agree upon…corruption


Scent of a Man

6 12 2013

As a Dog, I am a good judge of man. No matter the look on his face, I can smell his heart.

I was never close enough to claim a whiff of Nelson Mandela, but his words are scented, and the odor is not unlike Dog’s. For as anyone knows, the core of Dog’s heart is love and wisdom. The core of Mandela’s heart shone in the same way. And will continue to shine on, his words a sweet scent on the eternal wind.


“Where you stand depends on where you sit.” ― Nelson Mandela

(Dog knows his position in the family is defined by where he sleeps. Inside, outside, floor or bed?)

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ― Nelson Mandela

(Same as above: inside, outside, floor, or bed.)

“Appearances matter — and remember to smile.” ― Nelson Mandela

(All dogs know the importance of perky ears and a good tail wag.)

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” ― Nelson Mandela

(Dog understands the drawback to thinking you can be king of the mountain.)

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ― Nelson Mandela

(Like chasing squirrels.)

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ― Nelson Mandela

(When Dog wags, man smiles at the world.)

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.” ― Nelson Mandela

(Why Dog sometimes hangs back on a wild boar hunt.)

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
― Nelson Mandela

(The way of feral dogs.)

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

― Nelson Mandela

(Cats exist to make Dogs realize this.)

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
― Nelson MandelaLong Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

      (Why Dog neither judges nor holds a grudge. Everyday is a new day for a Dog.)

Long may your scent last, Madiba.


Election 2009

17 08 2009

The Roman exodus that began August 1 is yet in full swing.  The streets are oddly quiet; the heat is turned to high and, up on the Pincio, the vendors of small squeaky playthings have even closed up shop until the cooler days on late September.

Thunderstorms roll across the city like thick blankets from time to time.  The air becomes 99% water and it’s hard to breathe, especially at ankle level where the rain hits the hot cobblestones and steam rises like fog.

So, I am content (I guess) to stay in the air conditioned appartamento. I roll the ball around a bit until it ends up under the low slung couch.  I check the dirty laundry by the washer for my Contessa’s underthings.  My nose searches out an empty breakfast bowl.  Finally, I turn to the computer and use one particularly long toenail to search “cute dogs”.  Eccolo!

I go to “the gallery” and click:  Up comes Axel!



My old pal from across the hall stands in the snow, a fuzzy, green ball in his mouth, cutting quite a fine figure (though he’s put on a kilo at least since we last ran on the Pincio together.)

Seems he’s trying to win a contest for cutest dog (I’m afraid I have that title…alas, I am not entered).  Grand prize will pay for his trip back to Rome. He says he misses pizza…real pizza.  And Rome has just the spot for that.

So, if you care about a small dog and his pizza (not to mention the fact that if he makes it back to Rome I will have something to do other than modifying my Contessa’s silky things…),

VOTE FOR AXEL by clicking the cute dog link above. Send the link to your doggish friends.  You can all vote once a day. Let’s send Axel to Rome.


Berlusconi’s Harem

23 06 2009

L'Utilizzatore Finale by migim959Silvio’s in trouble, again. 

This time her name is Patrizia.  Rischia tutto by migim959It seems she was wearing a wire when she dined with the Prime Minister on the night of last November’s U.S. Presidential election.

And a candlelit dinner was not the climax of the evening, so to speak.  Candlelit dinner bokeh by photocillinApparently, instead of dessert, Silvio instructed his guest to “Go and wait for me on the big bed.”Bob the Dog on my Bed by skoop102

And I say: What’s wrong with that? 

I love big beds, though generally I tend to sleep near the edge, just on the inboard space behind one of my people.  Better to stay planted n the mattress that pushed to the floor after midnight.  But, I digress.

Patrizia said that she only one of 20 women invited the first time she attended a dinner at Berlusconi’s Roman residence the spring before.  The evening of the election, there were only 3 women at the table.  But, Patrizia’s the one who got to spend the night on the big bed.

Must have been her personality, no?  I’ll bet she does awesome tricks.

 Sit. Stay. Rollover.                 Fetch by min51


The Dog House

9 05 2009

ITALY BERLUSCONI WIFE by Current News StoriesBerlusconi’s in the dog house again and his wife put him there.

 Te lo do io il divorzio, cribbio! by Roberto Rizzato ►pix jockey◄I know a little bit about that.  My people have had there share of marital problems.  Philandering must be a required course in Italian high school.

Napolean, as Berlusconi’s wife calls him, is apparently seeking to improve the face of Italian politics—literally.  He wants to have younger, more female politicians elected or appointed to his government.

Miss Italia by italiangerry

His logic:

‘‘We want refresh the image of the political class with well educated people, who will always be present at parliamentary sessions, who are well dressed and smell good — this is not currently the case for some deputies.”

Personally, I don’t understand Mrs. Berlusconi’s objection.

I couldn’t agree more.


A Home in Rome

9 04 2009

Berlusconi by Antonio Paolo SannaSilvio Berlusconi just relaxed the rules for architectural expansion.  He says he wants to spur a boom on housing, predicting that the change will bring in billions of Euros to the Italian Economy.

Certainly there are, no doubt, thousands of people already calling their architects to build a new room onto their houses here and there.  God only knows what those homes will look like when the addition is complete.  Random Italian Architecture Falling Down by Malinki

There is already ample evidence of “bastardized” remodels from Milan to Sicily.Case veneziane by fede_gen88 by od.Horrid by Baz61

Isn’t this a little like deciding to eat your own when you’re starving?  The problem is, as soon as good times return, you wonder what ever happened to old Spike.

Old Dog's Eyes (Are Sleeping Now) by Vincént

Even a small dog has standards.


Just A Dog

14 11 2008

Someone anonymously wrote the following…it’s too bad they didn’t own up to it because, in my eyes, they are a hero….

“From time to time I hear people say, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.”  They don’t understand the distance traveled, Dog Grooming Show  by white dogtime spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog.”Dog Grooming by Svadilfari

Some of man’s proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.”  Many hours have passed with man’s company being “Just a dog,”  A Man and His Dog by AnnieD62and not once has man felt slighted.

Some of the saddest moments can be brought about by “Just a dog.”  Brownie - Old dog waiting to be carried up the stairs by perryw1958In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provides comfort and purpose to overcome the day.Dog lick by vickygr

If you, too, think it’s “Just a dog,” you will probably understand phrases like “Just a friend,” “Just a sunrise,” or “Just a promise.”  “Just a dog” brings to life unbridled joy. Joyful Dog by Ross Hill “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes men better human beings.She Loves Dogs by monerxz

Because of “Just a dog,” humans rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.  Dogs are he embodiment of all man’s hopes and dreams for the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in man and diverts his thoughts away from himself and the worries of the day.Walking the dog by orlando72

Dogs are not “Just dogs.”  We give the humanity to humans.  We save them from being “Just a man ro a woman.”

The next time you hear the phrase, “Just a dog,” Walking the Dog? by Bernie Ledsmile because they “Just don’t understand.””

‘Nough said.








Is He Kidding?

7 11 2008

Silvio Berlusconi

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave an enthusiastic, if unconventional, welcome on Thursday to the election of Barack Obama, citing among his attributes youth, good looks and a suntan.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, the 72-year-old media tycoon also said Obama’s election to the White House had been “hailed by world public opinion as the arrival of a messiah”.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a meeting in Beijing October 23, 2008. (REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool/Files)

“I will try to help relations between Russia and the United States where a new generation has come to power, and I don’t see problems for Medvedev to establish good relations with Obama who is handsome, young and also suntanned,” he said.

Berlusconi, who prides himself on being a friend of outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, shrugged off a barrage of criticism in Italy as his remark quickly appeared in print and audio on major media websites around the world.

Italy’s left-wing opposition parties accused him of bringing discredit on the country with comments which they said were at worst racist and at best a diplomatic blunder.

Berlusconi called his critics “imbeciles” without any sense of humour, adding, “God save us from the imbeciles.”

Berlusconi, who himself sports a year-round tan, is famed in diplomatic circles for making sometimes inappropriate quips.

On his first meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in 2002, Berlusconi complimented him with the words: “Rasmussen is not only a great colleague, he’s also the best-looking prime minister in Europe.”

He added: “He’s so good looking, I’m even thinking of introducing him to my wife.”

Is he kidding…on both counts…or what?  Even a small dog knows that judgment, whether good or bad, can not be based on the superficial color of ones fur.color dog by WangHua

And Silvio’s wife must be ready for change, too….


The Daily Dog

27 02 2008

First of all, there will be no daily entries.  I know this is The Daily Dog.  I am a the dog who named it so, purely as self-inspiration:  putting the pressure on, so to speak, in an effort to share my observations in a timely fashion.  But, I am still a dog. 

Mona Lisa with her dog

There are certain highly observable things we, as dogs, do daily.  None of them involve writing.

Translating pure thought to the keyboard takes time.  First, I have to be clear of mind in knowing what I want to say.  This is an inherent problem directly linked to the canine penchant toward distraction. 

Dog and squirrel staring contest.A squirrel here, a squirrel there—you know the rest. One dog track and squirrel tracks

Then, it takes a great expenditure of effort to turn thought to word to blog; a free computer; a few naps; a bit of exercise to patrol one’s territory, a couple of square meals and a treat. 

So bear with me…I’m always thinking.Mindy, our dog, who ate anything...


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