Brodie streaks through the 2nd floor of the “House”

Well…if you wanted to… you could do the same!  Being honest… I virtually ran through the living quarters of the first family on the second floor of the White House…I’m just obsessed with the transition of power…and the move-in…move-out of the “House of the People”.  So, I ran through that second floor like a golden streak, sniffing every corner and checking for crumbs.  Don’t miss this slice of history that I dug up for you…as we approach the 58th Presidential Inaugural.

My favorite retriever…canine moments were on the “Grand Staircase”…when I was ripping and tearing…skittering on those marvelously carpeted marble steps…I was in awe of the impressive list of folks that have taken those stairs.  I took pause…ok… little golden humor :).

Brodie discovers 43 crumbling busts?

I was simply surfing the Internet looking for a golden find…and voila!…yes you need to check out this truly cool man who recycles concrete, lives in the great Commonwealth of Virginia and who could not dispose of 43 president heads…I know..what?  Well, history gives us 44 presidents to date…right?!….but the bust money ran out for making a 44 head…and now here comes 45…that is the next President… Mr. T  is coming up on January 20… 2017 or bust…paws up peeps!

Brodie barks on presidents passing notes

Passing notes…an age old no…no…in the classroom. Students know this.  But then..talking now…do they pass paper notes these days or do they text each other…ok…so now teachers set ground rules for…No cell phones allowed in the classroom..or put your cell phone in the basket by the door as you enter and pick it up on your way out…if said teacher sees a phone in students hand during class…it becomes the “teacher’s phone” through the remainder of the day…and so it goes.  Well, presidents have been passing notes beginning with George Washington for many reasons…becoming a tradition.

My golden self really likes the note that President Ronald Reagan scribbled for George H.W. Bush… “Don’t let the turkeys get you down.” …left it in the Oval Office desk for “W” to find.  Ha!  But then, Ronnie had no idea that he was starting a tradition…a ritual…a practice…an institution…a praxis between the exiting president and the coming in president.

The notes are rather secretive…they’re personal. But…I wonder if they ever consider mentioning the dog…you know maybe…something simple like…The dog had a blast.  He’ll really miss the Secret Service walks and filing up the official White House Poop bags. Paws Up!

 

 

Brodie sniffs out the bronze beauty atop the US Capitol

I’m preparing for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at the west front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2017. So steeped in tradition, the presidential inaugurations have deviated little in the two centuries since Washington’s inauguration. Think of it…from George to Donald and all the presidents in between.  Our great nation just keeps rolling on…nothing can stop her…nothing.

While preparing for the Inaugural …I’m discovering so much about this baroque city and its beauty.  My golden self enjoys the rich history of the District of Columbia…at every turn in this metropolis there is history hiding…symbolism abounds…take for instance the State of Freedom who sits atop of the Capitol dome.  She’s been there since 1863…many have little or no idea about her.

Capitol Dome topped by the Statue of Freedom
Capitol Dome topped by the Statue of Freedom

The Statue of Freedom took her high place while our country was in the midst of our Civil War……the War between the States.  She continues to symbolically protect our nation’s capitol.  She ignites the history buff in me and I’m so glad.

On your next visit be sure to send an air-kiss up to this bronze (I see her as golden…but that’s just my 4 paws position.) beauty in appreciation for what she represents and how she steadily stands guard over our special city for all people.

Just think for a moment about all she has viewed from on high.  Blows my golden mind.

Brodie wants Lulu to visit the White House

Transition…the transition of one sitting president to the president-elect taking the position of POTUS 2017 began this morning.  Regardless of party…regardless of political opinions…these two men came together in a fine way…they both agreed…we all can make our world a better place…united.

Having said that…with goldenness in my heart..read about Lulu.  She is a golden doodle therapy dog who helps folks with the grieving process…by just simply being there.  Grieving takes on many forms…not just in death but also during times of immense change…not knowing what to expect.  The golden in me thinks Lulu and dogs like her could help many peeps during this transition period.

Paws up and many blessing on Lulu.

Meet Lulu the funeral home therapy dog – TODAY.com

 

 

Brodie gets close and licks your ear

The golden in me wants to get close to you, lean on you…maybe lick one of your ears.  See dogs are really good at knowing human upset…good at reading your emotions…good at feeling your unhappiness…feeling your joy.

So…please allow me to move in on you if you are working through some feelings…some emotions related to the outcome of our presidential election last night.  I was with my people and although I didn’t understand…I read the room and moved into my humans…giving my golden self to my good peeps.  I never miss an opportunity to get pets…if you read the researched article…science “has no clue” how a dog’s brain works…but I get it…we just need ya and you need us.

We all need each other…

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/02/21/280640267/how-dogs-read-our-moods-emotion-detector-found-in-fidos-brain

Golden Brodie researches a good chuckle for donkeys and elephants

As we approach the “end game” on November 8th some peeps out there have drawn…what I’ll call silly conclusions about sizing up the voters…Perhaps because this is nail-biting time, getting off of the fence time…voter fatigue time…don’t know what else to do with myself time…loose your mind time…turn off that sponsored campaign ad time.  Read this and have a golden chuckle…we could all use some levity right now…

  • Donkeys prefer vanilla ice cream
  • Elephants prefer chocolate ice cream
  • Donkeys are a thriving species
  • Elephants are an endangered species
  • Popular Donkey Car: Toyota Prius
  • Popular Elephant Car: Dodge Ram 1500
  • Donkeys prefer living in cities
  • Elephants prefer living in the country
  • Donkeys prefer veggie-burgers
  • Elephants prefer hamburgers
  • Donkeys like cats
  • Elephants like dogs
  • Donkeys want good paying jobs
  • Elephants want good paying jobs
  • Donkeys want the best education possible
  • Elephants want the best education possible
  • Donkeys want to feel safe and be safe
  • Elephants want to feel safe and be safe
  • Donkeys want what’s best for our country
  • Elephants want what’s best for our country

…in the end we share more than is realized…go vote…you’ll only regret what you don’t do…paws up!

 

References:

https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/07/republicans-are-more-likely-to-own-homes-and-other-true-cliches.html

http://time.com/4400706/republican-democrat-foods/

https://priceonomics.com/do-republicans-and-democrats-drive-different-types/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democrat-republican-differences-lifestyle_us_56e979fee4b0b25c918406e0

Brodie yaps on about meeting a Waterloo

Heard this name the other day…Made a golden point to read up about Napoleon Bonaparte…seems this larger than life tactical, conquering guy who became an emperor… who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century…experienced continuing success at building his empire…and then…he meet his Waterloo?!…What is that??…Well, it’s the thing that one of the candidates for POTUS 2017 will be owning after all the votes are in and counted on November 8th.  Hard fought on both sides…both candidates had their moments of seeming unbeatable…but now the waters are cresting…running freely and there is no stopping the outcome…history in the making.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  Buddha

…now that is a golden thought.

 

Brodie opined, shifted then sifted then the leak

Reflecting here… what have we learned during this presidential campaign for POTUS term 2017-20??!…I must admit that my golden confusion has stayed with me through this whole process…Let me share…I consistently opined that my golden outlook kept me square in the middle…no right…no left…in the center, mid, midway…try to do that sometime…it’s quite the challenge.  I endeavored  to uplift all elephants and donkeys…I focused on the facts…sometimes with drool comments…excuse me… droll comments.  There was never a leak coming from me…until today, however…I could not help this…My thoughts took me to the day after the election…November 9th…the day after…and I leaked.  I realized that I must prepare myself…either way…I must lay golden ground work thoughts for the next administration…donkey or elephant.  Hopefully, many folks will also formulate their feelings and thoughts and go for the gold…rise above and help our country move forward…for the good…for the nation…for the same boat.

Brodie drops “The List” for Election Day

Amazing that over 10 million elephants and donkeys have already voted for their POTUS….as of October 29th…and November 8 is drawing near..the drop dead date…the final…the closing bell…the bottom-line…the jig will be up date.  So, I put together a golden list for your consideration…for those of you who are choosing to vote in a traditional manner…voting on THE DAY in your assigned polling place.  Remember that I am a dog and therefore cannot vote…but this would be my list to follow if I could…

  • Rise early and consume a healthy breakfast.  Avoid doubling down on anything…that’s over… and by all means “avoid any challenges such as “I triple-dog dare you to vote for ….Stand firm even if you feel the ground rocking under your paws…sorry feet.
  • Be sure to bring your Rabies Certificate…my bad… State Driver’s License.
  • Greet all donkeys and elephants who are working the entrance and exit polling.  Greet all who are running the voting process.  Grab some good karma while waiting.
  • Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil while waiting in the voting line.
  • Do not take a selfie while voting.  If you have a child/children, take them…lovely teaching moment.
  • Remember loose lips sink ships.  Keep it to yourself.
  • And finally, do not procrastinate… as we all know this can possibly lead to blocked bowel syndrome.
  • Vote and proudly wear your sticker.
  • Do not chase your tail…forgive me… don’t pace the floor during the returns.