Puppy Love

By PatD, a Trail Mix Contributor


Thursday was National Puppy Day and the Trail was remiss. However, those cute but not so cuddly Congress critters, in their scampering about and messes made, left us enough today to ponder puppy love and its ephemeral infatuation with the untrained and unrestrained. The first few stanzas of Linda Harnett’s poem so well describes the silliness:

I had a little puppy,
It piddled on the floor,
And every time I mopped it up,
It piddled even more.

He didn’t get the message,
I tried to teach in vain,
He didn’t give much notice,
Oops, there he goes again.

Another little puddle,
To mop up once again,
The place is in a guddle,
When will he ever learn.

I chase him round with papers,
To lead him to the door,
I have to watch his every move,
In case he leaves me more.

And just when I had given up,
On such a hopeless case,
He scampered to the door then,
Panic etched upon his face.

At last we turned the corner,
With help from God above,
And looking back I realise why,
They call this Puppy Love.

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37 thoughts on “Puppy Love”

  1. usatoday:

    A group of Democratic members of Congress are playing the clever acronym game again.

    One of the latest to be introduced and to target the Trump administration: the “Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act.”

    Yes, the “MAR-A-LAGO Act.”

    The legislation would require the publication of White House visitor logs, something that was done regularly by the Obama administration but has since ended since President Trump took office. It would also mandate the release of visitor logs at other locations where the president conducts business — for example, Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort that he has recently called the Southern White House.

    Introduced by Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Tom Carper of Delaware and Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, it comes after the president spent five weekends in Mar-a-Lago since his inauguration.

    “By refusing to release the White House visitor logs, President Trump is only validating the rampant concerns about who may be pulling the levers in his administration,” Udall said in a statement. “The president should end his administration’s disturbing pattern of stonewalling information and immediately reinstate the previous administration’s policy of publishing White House visitor logs. And given President Trump’s unprecedented decision to conduct official business at his private business properties, the Trump administration has an obligation to make public the visitor lists at places like Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower.”

    Given that the legislation would have to make it through a Republican-controlled Congress and be signed by Trump himself, it’s unlikely that the bill will go anywhere.

  2. So many Presidents had dogs, and there is the oft’ told tale of Lincoln playing with kittens as a “break” from all the Civil War news. Apparently #45 has no pet (well, four-legged.) Should pet ownership & the ability to show compassion/responsibility it entails be a campaign issue? This plays into mental health.

    I grew up with cats & had an albino parakeet who was smarter than most humans. He could talk, whistle, & as God-is-my-witness, count. I would have voted for him anyday.


  3. trumpDONTcare should be the flag flown from now on not just to describe his stance on health care but for the rest of the vital issues coming up.

    trumpDONTcare about climate change, clean air and clean water;  trumpDONTcare about giving the 1% more tax breaks while cutting programs for the homeless and the jobless; and trumpDONTcare about the future of the country by cutting education, welfare programs for children, research and the arts.  plain and simple he told the world over a year ago when he said it himself:

    “I wrote something today that was very salient, very important,” the candidate said, adding that it was “probably not politically correct”. Then, as the crowd hung on his every word, he lowered his voice to an intimate whisper, leant into the microphone, and said: “But. I. Don’t. Care.”

  4. sjwny, wapo  in its “Donald Trump really needs to get a dog” agrees with you

    Barring a new addition to his household, Donald Trump will be the first president in 150 years who does not have a pet.

    If horses are included, every president except James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson has owned a pet for at least part of his term in office, and with these furry first friends have come a host of political benefits. Aside from the possible physical and psychological benefits they’ve bestowed on first families, presidential pets have for decades served to soften the president’s image and garnered positive White House news coverage.

  5. patd,

    Andrew Frickin’ Johnson! Explains so much. Polk was an odd duck.


    #45 doesn’t care about anything except himself. He will say whatever he has to depending on the audience in front of him. If a certain line succeeds, well, that’s policy.  When it fails, next stop on the tour, please. The Republicans chose a bizarro-world Barrymore.

  6. Congrats to Corey. The caption was brilliant.

    My “puppy” is 11 – will be 12 on her unofficial birthday of Independence Day (actual date of birth is not known). She had a beautiful, although brisk, day in the back yard.

    I like the idea of calling any legislation the Cheeto Jesus backs called the trumpDONTcare [insert name of act here – e.g. Yule Tax Cut For My 1% Buds] Act.

  7. Ok, can’t get edit to work, so…the name should have been “trumpDONTcare YUUUGGGE Tax Cut For My 1%Buds Act.”

  8. notes from a long morning – up very early  Happy Maryland Day

    #45* may have learned a lesson this week, but I doubt it.  He knows everything there is to know and it was everybody else who failed
    #45* cannot own a pet, human or otherwise.  He lacks the ability to care about anyone or anything besides himself
    Speaker Ryan has a serious problem.  The Republicans and republicans are no longer following him.  His act of writing the kill American health care and give the 1% a tax cut in secret lost his leadership role.
    The Dems have an opportunity to be the adults and possibly take some R seats in ’18 and ’20
    The Dems have consistently shown the ability to blow opportunities during the last fiftyish years
    Spring is back to the Chesapeake Bay

  9. Ms. Bologna, a now retired working dog, approves of any day devoted to dogs.  She turns 13 this year.

    Internet outage here and big winds, so I have some catching-up. But, I found this huffpo piece about the pecker at the nat’l enquirer helping throw yet another trump fired supporter under the (access hollywood) bus for trump. The original fake news provider outs the sperm donor of fake news.

  10. Bloomberg:

    President Donald Trump should discuss Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the U.S. election in November in an effort to fill intelligence gaps, Senator John McCain said.

    “I would very much like to see the president address this issue including the issue we continue to wrestle with that is the Russian interference in the last election,” McCain said Saturday at a German Marshall Fund forum in Brussels. “There are a lot of answers that are required.”

  11. I checked my Obamacare silver plan this morning…no explosion, smoke or fire…just a bit tarnished.

  12. added rest of poem above Pat, somehow I had chopped it off, sorry about that. always dangerous when posting with my phone

  13. bw, so glad you don’t have to revisit the insurance nightmare…. at least for now.

    corey, congrats on caption. spot on.

    we need a new contest to solve the pet-less problem of the witless in the white house.  what would you suggest for the perfect pet for the far from perfect prez?  remember the old theory that pets supposedly reflect their owners in looks or attitude or aspiration.

    my entry for the best pet choice for the drumpf =  a pet rock.  “rocky” exemplifies his erudition, his compassion and his tolerant nature.  🙂

  14. boss,  no you didn’t do wrong.  I had submitted to you only the first few stanzas to emphasize the piddling peoples in power who haven’t learned their lesson.  the last stanza seems to praise and pardon the errant pups which i’m not yet ready to do.

  15. a picture of  trump’s pet “rocky” a hunk of fools gold…. even looks a bit like him

  16. hey flatus,

    COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Looking to voice your concerns to your State Lawmakers in Washington? U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is hosting a Town Hall Saturday in Columbia.

    It will take place at Noon at the Columbia Metro Convention Center.

  17. today’s twit tweet:

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

    ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!

  18. Pet rock definitely the best. Trouble with this one is the dog is better looking.

  19. Part of what I would love investigated is the original sources for a whole lot of the Hillary negative crap circulated, retweeted, and bounced around thousands of times came from Russia, Macedonia, and all other manipulators of Assange material that then got echoed and reechoed by the Bernie Bros.  There was no way a Clinton supporter could correct all the crap and many of them are still at it.  I’ve gotten to the point that it is an automatic channel switch whenever Sanders fame grubbing, money raking face appears on TV telling the Democratic party, that he doesn’t belong to, what to do


  20. Jamie, the Bernie crowd also might be nat’l enquirer devotees from which every shopping day during the campaign they would glean mean stuff.  bw’s 10:29 comment above links info on background of one of those stories:

    That’s right. Donald Trump and American Media CEO David Pecker ― who among other things (just last week American Media bought Us Weekly from Wenner Media) publishes the Enquirer ― have had a long relationship, dating back to the brief publication run of a glitzy homage magazine, Trump Style, which Pecker collaborated on when he was at Hachette Filipacchi.

    Throughout the campaign, Trump and Pecker worked hand-in-glove to boost Trump’s fortunes. As the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported in May 2016, it was the Enquirer that gave a big signal boost to the brief “health scare” flap that consumed a week of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s attention.

    very fitting that prick’s name is pecker.

  21. re trump russia scandal, huffpo:

    It is important to note that the FBI needs “a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe that an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power,” in order to launch a counterintelligence investigation.


    “There’s a smell of treason in the air,” says presidential historian Douglas Brinkley: “Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind-boggling event.”


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