December 9, 2011

At the Brown Dog Café...

Brown dog

... you can howl all afternoon.

37 comments:

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Who threw all that popcorn on the floor?

Psychedelic George said...

Howl, howl, howl, howl!
O, you are men of stone [glass].
Had I your tongues and eyes,
I'ld use them so
That heaven's vault should crack.

King Lear

Joseph said...

The wear suggests it was a well loved toy.

edutcher said...

Don't howl. You'll get the pups all stirred up.

And the trolls.

TosaGuy said...

I am howling with glee!

Got my property tax bill numbers today. A $16 increase. First time in 10 years where it has not gone up triple digits. All while without noticable changes in school and city services. Thank you, Governor Walker

traditionalguy said...

That dog has a poker face. I want my dog to be emotional to make up for my poker face.

Joe Schmoe said...

The wear suggests it was a well loved toy.

A few weeks ago I read the Velveteen Rabbit to my daughter (first time for both of us; it was free on Kindle). I'll be damned if I didn't get a lump in my throat at the end of it. What a great kids' story.

Titus said...

I was just speaking with my Indian UK husband.

Do you know the Brits call a women getting her the period the chumps?

I never heard that before.

chumps.

David said...

My dog wants that dog.

David said...

TosaGuy said...
I am howling with glee!

Got my property tax bill numbers today. A $16 increase. First time in 10 years where it has not gone up triple digits. All while without noticable changes in school and city services. Thank you, Governor Walker.


Thank Barney Frank, Congress, Fannie Mae, the fools at Countrywide and their respective sidekicks too.

They are the ones who dropped the value of your house so you can get a $16 increase in taxes and be gleeful.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

It looks worn, but structurally sound. Cute puppy. Must be some child's beloved toy.

When I see something like this I think either 'Febreze' or 'washing machine'. Why did you think 'howl' for this? Did you steal it from a child?

E.M. Davis said...

I got it: Pre-worn stuffed animals.

Like jeans.

I could call them 'Pre-Loved' or some BS.

Tibore said...

Awww.. cute widdle doggie doll. :)

And I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him and call him George!...

TosaGuy said...

"They are the ones who dropped the value of your house so you can get a $16 increase in taxes and be gleeful."

Don't get me wrong, WI property taxes are still out of control and the crew you mentioned has cost us all alot of money. The value of my house was not why my property taxes went up in the past years, it was the increase in the property tax levy by the various local governments that subsist off my property tax levy. They were forced to live within their means. I'll take small victories when I can get them.

Irene said...

I had a similar dog toy. My godmother gave it to me when I was about two years old.

A few years later, my Dad and I returned one morning from our weekly, Sunday trip to Brookfield Zoo. My Mom greeted us at the door and announced that the dog toy had passed to the other side. She had tried to wash it in the Maytag; the dog toy disintegrated in the suds.

I still give her a hard time about it. I have the other precious stuffed animals in a box, but I miss the dog toy the most.

TosaGuy said...

I some states, a $16 hike in property taxes would equate to a massive percentage increase. In Wisconsin, it's a rounding error.

MadisonMan said...

Got my property tax bill numbers today. A $16 increase. First time in 10 years where it has not gone up triple digits. All while without noticable changes in school and city services.

I'm wondering what mine will be. Middleton's goes up 10+% this year -- infrastructure expansion finally has to be paid for.

The local Tech College had a referendum pass last year, so that's a hike. (City, School and County are rolled into one here).

ricpic said...

Here I stand, a beaten dog,
Old, bedraggled, musty;
No more can I get close to kids,
Just like Jerry Sandusky.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"... you can howl all afternoon..."

Or scoot on the carpet.

Ann Althouse said...

"It looks worn, but structurally sound. Cute puppy. Must be some child's beloved toy."

I believe that toy is older than I am. Maybe my mother's. Probably dates back to the 1920s, I would guess.

Ann Althouse said...

As for the popcorn... I chose that carpet because I liked the popcorn look. It was kind of expensive, but believe it or not, it has lasted nearly 20 years! It still looks almost new in all but a few spots.

I don't really like carpeting, and I want to replace it with hardwood, but that's a big project, so... the carpet is about to enter its 3d decade.

TosaGuy said...

My folks had 20-something year old carpet in their living room and it was showing its age so they put in hardwood -- real birdseye hickory, not that laminate crap. They were around when it was installed to keep an eye on things (my dad used to teach wood shop) and then left for a week while the crew put finish on it. It's not the most pleasant stuff to smell for a few days.

Browndog said...

Defamation lawsuit pending-

(that's one ugly dog)

Peter Hoh said...

We have a similar, much-loved doggie at our house.

garage mahal said...

Browndog and I agree on exactly one thing. Brown dogs.

Peter Hoh said...

I want to give a thanks to Calypso for pointing me to The Acoustic Cafe in Menomonie. It was a nice place to grab a meal.

Curious George said...

"Ann Althouse said...
I don't really like carpeting, and I want to replace it with hardwood, but that's a big project, so... the carpet is about to enter its 3d decade." It's actually not a big project. I just put 1,000 sf in my woodshop...and that included a vapor barrier over the concrete slab, a subfloor tapconed into the slab, and T&G oak flooring in three days. Hell, Meade and I could knock it out over a weekend ;-)

"TosaGuy said...
My folks had 20-something year old carpet in their living room and it was showing its age so they put in hardwood -- real birdseye hickory, not that laminate crap. They were around when it was installed to keep an eye on things (my dad used to teach wood shop) and then left for a week while the crew put finish on it. It's not the most pleasant stuff to smell for a few days."

Actually, quality laminates in almost every way are better than hardwood flooring. They are much more stable. Don't check or crack. Where they especially shine is in the top coat. They have a catalyzed topcoat from the factory that is many times more durable than anything that can be applied in the field .

And birdseye hickory? Never heard of it. "Birdseye" is often associated with maple, and sometimes cherry. It is very expensive and is not used for flooring...one because of expense, two because it's too "busy", three it's very hard to mill correctly, and four it's even rarer to provide in larger pieces.

Kit said...

My dad had a toy dog like that, only a bulldog. As I remember, it had kind of a scratchy feel. Same kind of legs, though. I always assumed it came out of the '30's, as that's the decade he was born. I have no idea whatever became of it.

caplight45 said...

Ten years ago we took up the carpet on our ground floor and found beautiful red oak floors. Fifty year old house. Had them refinished. All due respect to our own DBQ you have to get used to dust bunnies unless you want to swiffer every two days. Definitely more noise when all five grand kids are here. But we still like it.

Freeman Hunt said...

I love the look of hardwood, but I do not love living on it, so I have carpet.

ricpic said...

Screw the aesthetics, from October to April carpet beats hardwood going away.

Curious George said...

"caplight45 said...
All due respect to our own DBQ you have to get used to dust bunnies unless you want to swiffer every two days."

I have hardwood throughout my 90 y/o bungalow. And a cat. I hear ya.

ndspinelli said...

I get hard wood looking @ plush carpet. If it lasted that long there must be a Japenese no shoe policy in effect.

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Chip Ahoy said...

Speaking of chchchchah-new-kah, I love my new Robert Sabuda pop-up book Chanukah Lights.

Much of the book is architectural and in my copy the first building needs a little help sliding up the columns to expand and a little push returning but it is altogether a treasure.

The whole time I was flipping through it looking for the tiny candle in the window on each page, I was thinking to myself, "Cheese and crackers, this would make a great gift to a Jewish person." and then I continued thinking, "and only $23.00, a 34% savings off retail price." Which made me feel very well chuffed inside and then I thought, "and it's all so easy through the Amazon portal right here where I hang."

There is a video of the book in action over there on Amazon so you can see for yourself what I'm on about but I must not link it from here because you will surely want to buy it immediately.

Deborah said...

If it's the one I found, it's really beautiful. I think I'll send one to Obama.

HT said...

Me, I'm howling. My humble living space has been invaded five years now by noises coming from below me. Time for action. Legal action. The worst is when people say, you live in a city, what do you expect?

(To be continued)