Salute to Chesty!

The story of Chesty the Marine Mascot was broadcasted on CBS Sunday Morning today.

Chesty

Sergeant Chesty XII officially retired last Friday from the U.S. Marine Corps after 7 years of service.  Despite his disciplinary record with three demerits, including sleeping during parade rehearsal and eating a fellow Marine’s hat, Chesty was given full Marine honor at his retirement ceremony, when he walked down the Marine barracks for the last time.

I wonder how a retired Marine usually spend his time?  Perhaps he would appear occasionally on CNN, giving commentary on war and defence;  or pen a book, an autobiography perhaps, if his paws are not too fat for the computer keys.  Whatever it is, I wish Chesty a well-deserved Happy Retirement!

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July 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm 2 comments

Stumble Upon

As I was strolling down the streets of Montreal last week, I saw this in the window of a bookstore.  It was a moment of delight, when I stumbled upon something so witty and profound. 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

July 5, 2008 at 11:53 pm 2 comments

Dog Art Gallery

Artist Moira McLaughlin recently created a beautiful clip showcasing the metamorphosis of dogs in art through the centuries.  The sequence is mesmerizing, compelling and full of delightful surprises.  This video further confirms that dogs are indeed beautiful creatures, both in looks and in spirit.  From a different perspective, this video seems to illustrate the “making of a mutt” by combining dogs of all shapes and sizes together in a three-minute clip!

Well done, Moira!

June 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

A Tribute to War Dogs on Memorial Day

War dogs use their unique abilities to complement the skills of human soldiers in carrying out the difficult tasks involved in places all over the world.  To commemorate their courage and sacrifices, the National War Dogs Monument Organization is in the process of dedicating a national monument in Washington D.C. “to honor the service and sacrifices of all military working dog teams of all U.S. Armed Services of all Wars and Peacekeeping Missions since WWI.”

John Burnam,  Vietnam Veteran War Dog Handler, wrote with regards to War Dogs: “As a free nation, we own them this monument, mandated by Congress, and erected in our nation’s capitol of Washington D.C. for the entire world to know and see that they are NOT America’s forgotten heroes”.

On Memorial Day,  be sure to take a moment to remember our fallen heroes.

Port Neches, Texas

May 23, 2008 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment

Back to Back Mutts

Inspired by an ad which I came across recently, that of an image of a dog wagging its tail at the back of a London taxi cab, I proceeded to create my own version.  The result is a life size image of my beloved Tweedy, now rides smartly at the back of my car wherever I go.  However, it causes a bit of jealousy from Toby’s department.

Iams Ad

Hey get off my car

 

 

May 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm 1 comment

The One-of-a-kind Lapdog Computer

Lapdog Laptop

This is the world’s first ever Mutt Nutt Lapdog Computer, designed for doglovers who often find themselves caught in territory dispute between their laptop and their lap dog.  In my case, Zeus the dog always wins as he persistently worms his way up on my lap and proceeds to lie across the keyboard. 

You can say that this laptop skin design is inspired by the red Dell computer and Zeus, my lap dog.  However, it is no remedy for the territory dispute over my lap, that’s why there is always a doggie lint brush nearby to wipe off the dog hair on the keyboard.

One-of-a-kind Lapdog Computer

If you want to convert your laptop to a lapdog, send me an email.

April 18, 2008 at 10:51 pm 4 comments

Blitheness is the Word

At a recent art show, I stopped short at a series of larger-than-life paintings.  The subjects radiated the most sensational jumble of blitheness through the artist’s brush.

Each painting portrays a person and a dog captured in a moment in time.  They seem forlorn yet untroubled; whimsical yet despondent.  Regardless of all that, their disproportional awkwardness ultimately personifies a delightful mix of casual indifference.

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The artist Moris Molino, who just started to paint again after a long hiatus, told me that the peculiar looking mutt in his paintings was from his imagination of an elongated Chihuahua.

For scale

 

March 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm 3 comments

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