Adopt Don’t Shop

I know there’s other stuff going on, but I’ve gotten sidetracked from politics. Thanks to the fine folks at the Seminole County (FL) Animal Shelter we adopted a lovable dog yesterday and having fun with her put watching the GOP convention down there somewhere near cutting my toe nails on the priority list.

Meet Toby, a 32lb 5yr-old(ish) stray “Bassador” (Labrador/Basset Hound Mix) who came home, wore herself out chasing critters, had a snack, took a nap, chased more critters, and took another nap.

20160720_214150When it came time to tune in the GOP convention, she feel asleep during Cruz, left the room for Gingrich, and wouldn’t return until Pence was finished. So she might be a progressive. We’ll see what happens for the Dem convention.

Thinking about a pet? Consider adoption, not shopping.


Author: craigcrawford

Trail Mix Host

58 thoughts on “Adopt Don’t Shop”

  1. who’s a good dog? you’re a good dog, toby. according to petbreeds “The Bassador is a large cross breed known for being energetic, intelligent, lively, loving, and playful…… ” and tell your good masters (aka personal assistants) that your type displays:

    Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape.
    Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
    Easy Training: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
    Good Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present.
    Fairly Active: It will need regular exercise to maintain its fitness. Trips to the dog park are a great idea.
    Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets

    toby, tell craig and his dad you prefer to be addressed as “madam am-bassador”

  2. this thread topic reminds me of a 2008 story from
    (CNN) In his first press conference since winning the race to the White House, President-elect Barack Obama addressed a pressing question: who is going to be the first dog?
    Obama told a group of reporters in Chicago on Friday that since his 10-year-old daughter, Malia, is allergic, the Obama family is looking for a hypoallergenic breed. But Obama also said the family wants to adopt one from a shelter.

    Watch: Obama talks about the first dog

    “There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic, but on the other hand our preference is to get a shelter dog, but obviously, a lot of the shelter dogs are mutts like me,” Obama said. “So, whether we are going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”
    Obama is of mixed racial heritage: His mother was Caucasian and his father was African.

  3. boss, glad you were inspired by toby today. we needed a doggy breath of fresh air.  before I saw it, was about to suggest this for today’s thread:


    If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?
    – Will Rogers

  4. The picture of Toby zonked out in front of the TV is priceless. She’s smarter than we are.

  5. Craig…   so glad you are enjoying Toby.  Pets are a joy in life.

    I always have cats around.  They’re either strays that wander into my yard or from a shelter.  The 2 I presently have are from the shelter.

    Mutts are the best dogs…  they tend to be healthier and live longer lives.  Back when I did have dogs, I preferred black Labs.  My purebreds always had health problems.  If I were ever to get another dog, I’d definitely consider getting a mutt from the shelter.

  6. Thanks for letting us all enjoy Toby.  Spending time with her is most important as she adapts.  Lizard chasing…big pass time in my backyard!

  7. I don’t recall Elizabeth warren being booed when she exhorted democrats to vote their conscience. is that just selective memory on my part or example of  another difference between the parties?

    la times:

    “Please, don’t stay home in November,” he said. “If you love our country and if you love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

    Delegates chanted at him to endorse Trump, and the phrase “vote your conscience” appeared to infuriate the crowd. Anti-Trump forces had unsuccessfully sought to make rules changes that would have unbound delegates and allowed them to vote as they wish.


  8. “Please, don’t stay home in November,…If you love our country and if you love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

    it would behoove Clinton campaign to make a big deal out of cruz’s above plea.  adopting it. promoting it and expanding on it with tailored boosts for the local candidates in every state.  getting out the vote…no matter what flavor… is key to getting us out of the mess the country’s in.

  9. Back to politics and tomorrow we should know the dem VP pick.  I understand Michael Moore addressed complacency among the electorate last night.   I am hoping the dem convention is not as unruly as the repugs, but the threat of the cloud over the convention (the great fart-out) to sully the nominee?  So juvenile.  I am still confused about calling a system rigged when the states and territories each have different primary rules…some open and some closed.  It is not a universal primary voting system as mandated from the DNC.  If the bernicrumbs have a problem with the system?  Go to the each state and get it changed, but do no be a trump.  I hope Bern is gracious and uniting….he really pissed-off Harry Reid.  The stunt in Nevada?  Bern’s campaign gave direct orders to disrupt the caucus.  So, I hope Bern can heal.  As for Mrs. Clinton?  In May, Barbara Corcoran gave an interview with Erin Burnett…she discussed how trump was unprepared to be prez…a salesman in an empty suit.  Her remarks about Hillary, however. were jaw dropping excellent.  We know Hillary has the resume, but Barbara said most people do not know how kind Hillary is…it hits home.  Tease as you may, she is human and takes a beating every time…but she remains kind.  People need to hear that, but I am sure the pugs already know that and like most humans?  Mistake kindness for weakness.

    BiD, I owe you an apology for rudely stating that you should let your inner repug out…it is when you repeat the same, incorrect mantra of the pugs and Faux news about Hillary, that I stupidly refer to you having a repug bug inside you.   I just cringe when you repeat the repug side of the equation.  Bern did a lot unnecessary harm.  Think about what Michael Moore said…if you can’t say nice things?  Let us have our time in defeating the repugs.  We think we have the best thing to defeat them…maybe not your flavor, but don’t sully it and ruin it for no good reason at all.  The reality is that she is the nominee and our best shot at keeping the dems in power…all the way to local level,

  10. My mutt is a Lab/Elkhound mix.  We “adopted” her in the Walmart parking lot.paid the owner $25 to cover the shots.  That was 11 years ago, and she’s still going strong.  Starting to age (aren’t we all?) but she’s been a pretty good dog, especially whent the lab personality dominates.  When the elkhound comes out she’s a lunatic.

  11. Keegan-Michael Key…now there is a VP pick.    I love how he mentions Jonathan Winters…one of the greats.

  12. the guardian: Jill Harth, woman who sued Trump over alleged sexual assault, breaks silence

    Harth stands by claims of incident described in 1997 lawsuit as ‘attempted rape’ and wants apology from Donald Trump: ‘Don’t call me a liar’

  13. we have three dogs ..we are a blended family.   Whenwe first got together there were problems with the dogs and we had to go to the Marin Humane society to their difficult dog program  where we found out we were the problem   all our dogs are rescues.

  14. BW

    Excellent comment. Makes me think of Kathleen’s bumper sticker “Love and Kindness” . All that is lost on the Hillary haters. The media doesn’t let any of that through, kindness doesn’t sell.. Hillary as well can’t seem to get that out.. I have felt that kindness since the first time i paid attention to Hillary when she testified before Congress. I continue to believe that this “lock her up” hatred has a lot to do with her being a woman.. Can’t see any other reason for it…

  15. tony, dana Milbank notices how the Hillary hate has gotten out of hand:

    Delegates to the Republican National Convention are divided this week over a crucial question:

    Should Hillary Clinton be summarily executed? Or merely imprisoned without trial?

    Most favor the latter position, judging from the nightly chants of “Lock her up!” from the convention floor and the regular calls from convention speakers to outfit Clinton in jumpsuit or stripes and place her behind bars.

    But a minority would deal more decisively with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. On Wednesday, word broke in Cleveland that New Hampshire state Representative and Donald Trump delegate Al Baldasaro, who has shared the stage with Trump at campaign events, said in a radio interview that “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

  16. and speaking of those who set up the gallows and the Hillary pillory
    nbc news: Whether Fox News can survive a leadership change without a drop in ratings is largely dependent on whether it can keep its top talent, analysts said. Network stars O’Reilly and Kelly’s contracts are up in 2017, according to media reports.

    “It would be a much bigger deal for advertisers if one of them left, because that is why viewers are tuning in,” said a media buyer, who asked to remain anonymous because he is not permitted to speak to the media.

    O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity all have clauses in their contracts that allow them to leave the network if Ailes departs, according to a report in the Financial Times this week.                     

    The next big challenge for Ailes’ successor is its aging viewers. Fox News, like many of its peers, has an older audience, with a median age of over 65, higher than MSNBC and CNN, whose viewers are a median age of 64 and 60 respectively, according to Nielsen data. Advertisers generally seek out a much younger market.

    That could mean adjusting its political outlook, said Media Kitchen’s Lowenthal.

  17. I hope Fox goes under  who will have to pay the settlement costs for

    Ailes serial sexual harrassment


    Greta Van Cess Pool is long past her sell by date

  18. The Fox ‘stars’ bring viewers to their network. As repugnant as they are, they probably would have no problem finding employment elsewhere, as any cable network’s bottom line is the bottom line. Remember that msnbc’s Griffin fancies himself along the line of Ailes. CNN’s Zucker will hire anyone if he thinks it adds to viewership. Integrity isn’t required to run a news biz because ultimately it is a biz. Fox may stumble a bit but their kudzu will continue to spread.

  19. well, here we go again with his insatiable hunger/addiction for free publicity…. this time global.  nato allies all up in arms over:

    Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, would not necessarily defend NATO allies if they were attacked or pressure authoritarian allies to protect civil liberties, he said in an interview with the New York Times.

    Trump said he would not automatically uphold the security guarantees that ensure the U.S. would defend the 27 other NATO countries.

    Speaking specifically about Russia, he said that if the country attacked NATO members in the Baltics, he would only back them if they “fulfilled their obligations to us” and contributed to the alliance.


    The interview comes as German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump was a threat to U.S., European and world security with his “politics of fear and isolation.”

    above quotes from politico story

  20. from politico’s
    Why Russia is rejoicing over Trump
    Dropping threatening language from the GOP platform is just the sort of bonus Moscow expects from its man Donald.
    For Putin, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Shunned and sanctioned by western leaders for Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Putin now sees a future ally riding into view. The Kremlin and its right-wing supporters also enthusiastically applaud the isolationist they see in Trump, who has suggested he might curtail U.S. involvement in NATO and European affairs, and who derides the same political “mainstream” that has deemed Putin a pariah.

  21. I guess Trump just learned when you win at any cost – there actually is a price and someone is going to collect

  22. Just stopped by RCP to see what’s shaking in the polls.  Of the 12 states RCP lists as toss ups, Clinton has polling leads in 10 and Trump in 2.  Many of the states are very close, but it tells me that trump’s rock is a significantly bigger one to push up the hill than Clinton’s.  The put the current delegate count based on Dem/leans dem v. Pugn/leans pugn polling at 209 Clinton 164 trump.

  23. Tomorrow is the beginning of the fall campaign  – and Trump doesn’t seem to be getting much of a convention bump

  24. The GOP will belong to Cruz in a few months, and it doesn’t seem like there are any Cons with enough spine to take it from him, at the moment.  That’s the problem With vaccuums- they get filled.

  25. I still have my dog that I found as an abandoned pup and she is the best, but was a lot of work.  The family to whom I gave her sister couldn’t handle the reaponsibilty of training a mutt, so they got rid of her.  So yeah, get a purebred if you’re lazy.


    Congrats on Toby, treat him well.

  26. We know Trump has contempt for the US Constitution and separation of powers, but his dismissal of our Treaty obligations is super scary. His signal to Putin this morning that we might not come to the aid of Poland and the 3 Baltic States if invaded by Russia and that the NATO Treaty no longer matters to us is an invitation to war in Europe

  27. Holy crap, if cravenly citizens stopped calling the cops for every little thing, half of these police shootings wouldn’t happen.  Take guns off cops.

  28. “We know Trump has contempt for the US Constitution”


    Lucky for him the Duck Dynasty demo doesn’t know what NATO is.  We are all going to be exhausterd by Nov. if we have to respond to every idiotic thing Trump says.  I have trouble resisting the urged to do so.  Ok, focusing…………………….


    Good day, all.

  29. from cnn:
    Trump’s comments were met with shock and anger in some quarters, drawing stern rebukes from members of both parties and prompting the White House to assuage anxious allies. They also made matters awkward for Trump’s vice presidential choice, Mike Pence, who delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention within hours of the interview being posted online that contrasted in places with his running mate.
    At one point, Pence told the RNC audience that Trump would “stand with our allies.”

    “We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends,” Pence said.

    any bets on when mike pence throws in the towel and goes back to Indiana (or finds himself under the bus as drumpf replaces him with newtchris  aka christrich)? that air kiss should have been a hint to him…. the godfather touch.

  30. Bink, with a 91% false or mostly false average, correcting the donnie would be a full time job.

  31. here’s an interesting old clip from 2007 that asked then candidate Hillary about picking Vilsack for vp.


    by the way, blueid, note at 1:10 she very clearly says “i am for universal health care that leaves nobody out. they’ll call it socialized medicine.”

  32. Anyone think they could survive a drinking game for trump’s speech tonight keying onthe word “incredible”?

    Oh, and here’s Alexandra Petri’s latest on the RNC convention.  This one focuses on Lyin’ Ted.

    The evening ended when Mike Pence came onstage and attempted to lull everyone to sleep with his speech. He announced that Trump “is a man known for having a large personality, a colorful style, and lots of charisma. I think he was just looking for some balance on the ticket.” This would have been a good joke if Pence had not gone on and proved it.

    But the damage had been done.

    Trump should have expected this from Cruz.  No other man in the Republican Party today is so accustomed to opening his mouth and being generally reviled. Tweens call him the Zodiac Killer and make cruel memes about him. When the National Inquirer tried to tie him to a sex scandal, the Internet laughed. Other people lack the fortitude to allow a whole room full of people to turn instantly against him. But for Ted Cruz, this is a way of life. When he walks into a room, lepers get up and pointedly walk away.

    People have called Ted Cruz a cockroach before, but now they will call him a cockroach in the sense that maybe he will survive when everyone around him is destroyed, not in the sense that if they discovered him in their kitchen late at night they would scream and hit him with a shoe.

    Still, it’s a reasonable bet. Donald Trump is, after all, a tsunami, meteor, bringer of a day of reckoning who happens also to be a circus ringmaster. And those were the speeches that went right.

  33. A timely post as this is “clear the shelters” weekend; adoption fee waived.

    Thanks for explaining her heritage.  Low to the ground, but too big for Corgi mix.  Very cute & know she will bring a lot of joy.

  34. pogo, thanks for the petri.  loved her “People have called Ted Cruz a cockroach before, but now they will call him a cockroach in the sense that maybe he will survive when everyone around him is destroyed, not in the sense that if they discovered him in their kitchen late at night they would scream and hit him with a shoe.”  beautiful.

  35. Thiel on board tonight…billionaire immigrant…paypal, fb…brought Gawker to their knees.  Always controversial, his famous quote many read it as an insult to woman’s suffrage.  Will the log cabin repug be embraced by the conventioneers?

    “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.”


  36. OMG, does E.J. Dionne nail it or what?

    The Donald Trump Family Reunion, formerly known as the Republican National Convention, illustrates how a once great political party now sees its main purpose as harnessing the opposition to the devil.

    There were chuckles and dismissals when Ben Carson, the brilliant neurosurgeon turned right-wing crank, used his convention speech Tuesday night to tie Hillary Clinton to the left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky, and then Alinsky to Lucifer. Presto: In the apotheosis of guilt by association by association, Carson concluded that Clinton “has, as their role model, somebody who acknowledges Lucifer.” Using “their” presumably makes Clinton an even bigger threat. She contains multitudes.

    In fact, Carson’s turn toward the Satanic was entirely in keeping with the one and only argument being advanced here consistently this week: that Clinton is someone who should be locked up. Or worse. A New Hampshire delegate who advises Trump on veterans issues said in a radio interview that “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.” Go forth, Republicans, and tell the world that this devout Methodist is actually a worshiper of the Evil One.
    But while it may seem strange to say it, comparisons between Trump and Nixon do a disservice to the guy Pat Buchanan likes to refer to as “the old man.”

    For all his faults, Nixon had public purposes and a nuanced worldview. Politics has deteriorated since his time. Trumpism is an ideological wasteland where anger is the only point and winning is the only objective. Here in Cleveland, we have seen what the wasteland looks like.

  37. When was the first time you watched a convention.  For me 1956. Isn’t that what all 12 year old girls do in August? 🙂

  38. Vet gave Toby the all clear today, thinks closer to 4yrs old based on her healthy teeth, and turns out she’s a Lab/Corgi mix, not Basset

  39. Trump …oy  apparently the Trump speech is apocalypse now  can’t wait  will the cloud of smoke he climbs out of be black and the music  the something from Wagner or Mad Max

  40. I had lunch with Republican friends today. (yes, I have Republican friends)…They told me that after watching the convention last night, they couldn’t vote for Trump..  I asked them if they would consider voting for Hillary. Answer…perhaps…at least she won’t blow up the world…

  41. All the dogs and cats in my life came from shelters.  Current residents, Boo and Chunky, are shelter cats.  Chunky had the reputation as too mean to handle.  Shots were not given, medicine not provided.  Well, she now is a big puddy cat.  Boo loves sailing.  Thing are good for them.

    Am I waiting for the DTs speech?  Nah.  I am trying to write something, but the Republicans are true creative spirit suckers.  There is nothing about them I can draw inspiration.  Ted “Big Brass Balls” Cruz provides some.  Hopefully the guy using dead, orange, squirrels as a hair piece will say something stupid.  No drinking during his harangue.  Maybe he will do the Facist salute again.  Perhaps use the KKK as body guards?

  42. Ah, so she is part Corgi.  So you have a little something in common with Queen Liz. 😉

    Mine were all stray off of the street. If I ever get another companion it will be a rescue rabbit.

  43. Just saw the recent news about police shooting an unarmed, black man who was laying on the ground with his arms up.  WTF?

  44. Oh….  I think I’d call Toby a Largi.

    Gonna try to watch the last night of the convention.  If it’s more than we can stomach… there’s always a Red Sox game to fall back on.

  45. How much of a convention bounce will there be?

    Listening to the Trump surrogates as long as he doesn’t wet himself Trump will be ok

Comments are closed.