SUMMER FUN! SONIC bound!

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In my eleven months of life I have learned a great deal. Despite the fact that I am a whirling dervish, a ricochet rabbit, and a pain in the patoot, I must be given credit for  realizing that if I put on my harness, strap into my seat belts ( yes, belts- plural – it takes two baby!) and behave, I get to go to our local Sonic Drive-In for ice water! It’s an afternoon outing of which I totally look forward to each day. And yes, I’m afraid that I can pitch a little fit if denied this simple pleasure! So, if you see me out in the Kipper Mobile, just cruising in my summer cap and protective eye gear, give a beep or a wave! 

 

DON’T FORGET, DOGS CAN SUNBURN TOO, SO PROTECT YOUR PET!

YES, I DEVELOP AN AURA WHEN I’M SONIC BOUND!

 

SONIC ICE WATER, IT’S WHAT’S  FOR SUMMER!

 

WELCOME TO THE CLUB YOUNG JEDI!

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IN FOX HUNTING TERMS:
Drawing blank- A day is blank when hounds do not find a fox.

We English Bull terriers know these things AND we know that since this year’s turtle season opened, our “Pack of Reds” has been drawing blank. I actually thought that we’d have a remarkable season since our winter was so mild, but turtle scent has been non existent- until today!

I, Mr Kippers, have garnered 51 box turtles in my career- thus far- and
Miss Sophie Peach has turned in a very respectable 12 turtles in the last 24 months.

Of course, Master Kirby FitzKippers is only 11 months old. We certainly understand that it will take time. Or so we thought…

Today Dad turned Kirby out into Bully Park for a little exercise, but within five minutes, Kirby struck a scent line that put Dad into overdrive to get back to Bully Park to check on him. Low and behold, he had a humongous turtle pinned. He was so proud! Dad flipped it over to see if it had been caught before, (you know Mom marks them with indelible ink  number & initials), but it hadn’t!

I don’t think that Miss Sophie Peach nor I were ever as proud! ( and we were extremely proud of our catches)

Mom was called, pictures taken and the appropriate marks added.

Kirby, welcome to the club!

THE SMILE OF A PROUD HUNTER!

MOM! PUT MY NAME ON IT PRETTY PLEASE.

WHERE THERE’S A SOFA THERE’S A WAY!

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Many of you know that one of my seven surgeries was to correct my elongated palate four years ago. Granted it is usually seen in brachiocephalic dogs, (you know, the smushed faced variety), but then again, the nose on an EBT is the other extreme. That being said, Mom was told that it might be best if I ate from an elevated bowl. Truth is, I get choked sometimes whether the bowl is on the floor or elevated- really choked, so for the last four years- my mom and dad have fed me by hand. I eat with zest when my neck is stretched out. Of course, most dogs who have the surgery have no problems at all, but I also have other issues. It really doesn’t matter because Mom said she would do whatever it takes to keep me healthy and Dad feels that way too! It’s just another of the special times we share together.
Anyway, yesterday I was getting ready to eat my breakfast when Mom had to get up to go to the door. She put my bowl down on the sofa and I thought, “Hmmmm, I think I’ll try to help out today by stretching out my neck and eating by myself. I have a special way of doing that which mom and dad have seen and it always makes them laugh, but it doesn’t seem like they’ve ever gotten a really good shot on camera… that is until yesterday. Dad had an inkling I might do it, so he had the camera ready!
Lo and behold, from across the room, he zoomed in and got me stretching out my neck -which involves quite an interesting body position. Yep, I just walk my hind legs up that back of the sofa, stretch out and chow down.
That is all and all gone!

KIRBY’S FAIS DO-DO

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BONJOUR MES AMIS!
If you are from Louisiana, and whether or not you’re a real Cajun, you KNOW:
FAIS DO-DO
Crawfish Boil
Filé
Gumbo
Bayou
Beignet
Bisque
Couche-Couche
Étouffée
Jambalaya
Pain Perdu
Roux
Tooloulou
Zydeco

Papa Kippers is making sure, as a new Louisianan, that I know these things!

Ma Mère et mon Papa m’ont
honoré avec un Fais Do faire ce
week-end dernier. Mon cher!
Ces écrevisses folles!
La danse des écrevisses!
Ils ont dansé dans de l’eau
chaude!
Ça c’est bon!

 

A Soapbox Indeed – for a Bully in Need!

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For sometime, for the last four years to be exact, I have periodically gotten on my “soapbox”, to deliver my Classic Kippers’ Public Service Announcements. They are primarily about issues which benefit other abused abandon animals, as well as pets in general.
I have told what to do in emergency situations when a pet swallows a foreign object. I have explained how to help feral animals when outdoor temperatures become frigid and I have preached on how important it is to spay and neuter pets. Sometimes I am heard and sometimes people, sadly, turn a deaf ear. I am hoping that those who turn a deaf ear are doing so NOT because they don’t care, but because they do not wish to listen to me without a proper soapbox.
Yesterday, Mom and I came downstairs to a big surprise! Dad, unbeknownst to Mom and me, had made me my very own, pseudo authentic soapbox, from which he said I can now continue to spread my messages to help the abused and abandoned! He even put a sofa cushion on top for my comfort!
I have a special Public Service Announcement coming soon, and it will be the perfect message to deliver from my new soapbox!
Thank you Dad! You ARE the best!!!

That is all.

~ Mr Kippers

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AND COMPLETE WITH MY COMFY CUSHION!

HOLIDAY IN DIXIE -2017

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A MOMENT OF HISTORY by MR KIPPERS:
(Photo comments by Master Kirby FitzKippers)

One of the oldest festivals in the South, Holiday in Dixie, celebrates the beginning of Spring and the Louisiana Purchase. It’s held right here in my hometown of Shreveport. The festival was started 69 years ago and includes a 10-day carnival, parade, treasure hunt, live music, many different sporting tournaments (golf, clay shoot, regatta, 5K run, etc), as well as a barbecue cook off and several balls.

After all, this IS Louisiana! There is something for everyone!

Many people know the incredible rich history of our beautiful Municipal Auditorium, where the Holiday in Dixie Cotillion Ball has been held for decades – The Cotillion ball is a beautiful themed gala, complete with a Royal Court and Court Jesters, but what you don’t know is that it is also where Elvis Presley got his start AND the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first spoken!  He gave 84 performances in Shreveport!

The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium first opened its doors to the public in 1929. It is a National Historic Site and its lavish architecture is one of the best examples of the Art Deco style in Louisiana. It sits on Elvis Presley Blvd and Elvis’ statue, along with that of his lead guitarist James Burton, stand in a place of honor in front of the auditorium. Check out James Burton! http://www.james-burton.net/biography/

Last year I had my own Classic Kippers float, it was fantastic! In fact, I also participated in the 2014 Holiday in Dixie parade too, as Grand Marshal of Barkus & Meoux. This year I decided that it was time for Kirby to get his feet wet. And no, I didn’t know it was going to rain (snort, snort, chortle, chortle) Of course he wasn’t going to ride in the parade, but Dad invited him down to check out the Jester’s floats. He got a little dressed up and even got in a few photo ops before the heavy rains. I’m very proud of him because I’m told that he was a pretty good fellow!

THE SHREVEPORT MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM  (Elvis and James Burton)

CHECKING OUT THE FLOATS

JESTERS RULE

THE MASKED MAN’S GOT ME!

ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE PICTURES!

 

 

PAWS 4 LIFE- 18th MISSION OF MERCY

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What a week!
Monday and Tuesday my Classic Kippers’ team, which consists of Miss Sophie Peach, Master Kirby FitzKippers and “moi”, of course, launched our first collaborative effort. Our goal was to raise enough money to pay for the gas for Miss Tanya Parker and her Paws 4 Life team to take a van load of dogs from the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter (CPAS) to points north. It was our first combined project and it went swimmingly.
You see, Classic Kippers helps here, there and everywhere!
Naturally, when I found out that they were short on funds, I put out the first “call to arms” so to speak. The Merriam Webster dictionary describes a “call to arms” as something that makes people want to “take action” and get involved in an attempt to deal with a “bad situation”.
I have the most awesome caring followers. I would mention their names, but I forgot to ask if they minded and it would be, well, just plain tacky to do that without permission. I can tell you that every one of them has been there when I needed them! They are people who DO TAKE ACTION and I’m pleased as punch to know them! They are people who make a difference in so many areas of the animal community, among other things. They know that if I’m on it, then it’s for a good cause. (Like the great flood of 2016) I would never trick them! Trickin’ is for Halloween only- well maybe April Fool’s Day too.
The BAD SITUATION was that it’s a real bummer to try to drive a van all the way to Wisconsin on fumes, so I decided it was time for “Classic Kippers to the rescue”. Within the first thirty minutes I had a promise of enough money to get the Paws 4 Life van from Louisiana to Wisconsin and back! Then, by that afternoon we had enough for a second van and by Tuesday evening we had enough money from these special people to RENT a bigger van!
As it turned out, they were able to rent one ginormous van instead of two small ones. Many of these dogs were being held in foster care, but some had to be boarded to keep them from being euthanized before their “FREEDOM RIDE”!
The extra monies received went to help pay the boarding bill.
After I put out the first call, Miss Sophie Peach joined in to “raise the troops”, though she did get a tad emotional. Actually she just fell apart and cried in the middle of her plea. Finally, once our drive was over, Master Kirby FitzKippers gave a mighty cheer to spread the news that we had enough money for the trip and to honor those who donated. I was extremely proud of them both.
Friday morning found a Mom at the CPAS shelter were she gave the checks to Miss Tanya Parker for Paws 4 Life. That’s Mr Kelvin in the middle. He’s the Assistant Director at  CPAS.

Then Mom documented the loading of the van and in the afternoon, she and Dad headed over to where the boarded dogs would be loaded and also the meeting place for people who were fostering dogs in their homes. Mom felt that those who wrote checks should see on what their money was spent! That’s why she went to S Louisiana  when my supplies were trucked down there after the big floods last August. She wants people to always feel comfortable knowing where their money is spent and that all causes are worthwhile! It’s sort of like my stamp of approval- so to speak!

This would be Paws 4 Life’s EIGHTEENTH trip up North -crates brimming with dogs who would have been euthanized had Tanya Parker and her Paws 4 Life team not pulled them. They average about 34 dogs per trip which equates to about 612 dogs’ LIVES saved in the last 16 or so months. Mom said she was humbled by these volunteers.

 

LOADING CRATES & SUPPLIES AT CPAS

 

Mom and Dad watched the Paws 4 Life team organizing the copious amount of paper work required for the dogs’ relocation, they then loaded a plethora of crates that had to not only be fitted into the van like a jigsaw puzzle, but then lashed in with bungee cords for stabilization.

After all, crates were stacked three high. Each dog was fitted with more than one piece of identification and the crates were labeled too! It’s a process! And those papers. Those are the required veterinary records that must go with the dogs. They are like gold!!!!

And then it was time to load. Meet some of the dogs who last week were headed to the gas chamber on death row and this week climbed aboard their “FREEDOM RIDE”! It’s hard to watch the people who have fostered say “goodbye”, even though they know that beautiful lives lie ahead for these precious souls.

Look into their eyes- hope? despair? Mostly confusion, but in short order they will be adopted at the shelters to which they were relocated in Illinois and Wisconsin. In fact, the Wisconsin shelter wants an entire van of dogs just for their shelter-ASAP!!

 

         

These two ladies, the PAWS 4 LIFE volunteers,  will unload everyone of those dogs, EVERY FOUR HOURS for a potty break. Remember they are stacked up higher than the ladies heads and six crates will have to be unloaded completely, at each stop, to get to the other dog crates. From Louisiana to Wisconsin and back by Sunday.

It’s truly a mission of mercy!
Their hearts are filled with compassion, love and selflessness.

After about a five hour process, it was time…..

As Mom and Dad stood their watching their departure, Mom cried. She knows the pain and heartbreak of Rescue’s successes and failures. This was a success. She also knows that my mission is to PAY FORWARD my good fortune, to help others who are abused and abandoned, has once again come to fruition by helping with this mission.

My heart is full and as I think about more lives being saved, the old adage of rescue runs through my mind.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely to that one dog the world will change forever.” The faces above have been saved, more to follow… God bless these volunteers and all who rescue. Every life counts.

THAT IS ALL.

MR KIPPERS

MARDI GRAS MAGIC or SHOCK and AWE?

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Mr. Kippers here-


I’m certain that all of you, like I, were waiting for “Shock and Awe” to happen today when “Kirby the Terrible” went to his first Mardi Gras parade.
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It is with great pride that I relay the news that Master Kirby represented Classic Kippers with great aplomb!


The SHOCK & AWE is happening to my parents and their friends who have only seen Master Kirby’s “out of control, no excuse” behavior in public, but today saw something else!

A little background:
The Highland parade is held during the day and is touted as “The Family Parade”. It’s NOT one of the big night parades! Mom and Dad went to a friend’s son’s home which is at the beginning of the parade route. That’s a plus!
People are everywhere! Some are set up on their lawns for family gatherings and some more like frat parties. It is definitely a smorgasbord of venues up and down the streets.

Every weekend they take Kirby to Lowe’s, Pet Smart, a coffee shop, etc. to work on his socialization. And every time they come home looking bewildered and bemused. First I thought it was the dementia on their part, (they are getting long in tooth)  but upon retrospect, I have decided that it’s “Kirbyitus”.
That being said, I heard Mom talking to Dad about immersion courses. You know, when a parent sends a child to a foreign country to learn the language? Surely they didn’t think it was necessary for Kirby to learn Russian Wolfhound, French Poodle or German Shepherd, because his English, being an English Bull Terrier, is still lacking!
As it turned out, Mom felt that he was still too wild on his weekend outings, so she thought that a Mardi Gras immersion -with lots of people, children, bands, loud music – you know, you’re basic bedlam , might just be the ticket! Evidently it was the right call because a good time was had by ALL- not just Kirby. Even Auntie Susan was there to validate!

So was it immersion or the MAGIC of Mardi Gras?

You decide!
Love, licks and woofs!
Mr Kippers

ON THE WAY TO THE PARADE

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WOW LOOK AT THOSE PEOPLE! WHAT ARE THE WEARING?

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WAITING FOR THE PARADE TO BEGIN WITH MOM!

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VISITING WITH MISS SHANNON AND MR. FRANK

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DR MARJORIE, YEP, SHE LOVES ME!

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MOM’S PALS…MISS DRU, MISS SHANNON, MOM AND AUNTIE SUSAN!

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HELPING POLICE WITH TRAFIC CONTROL!

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I HEAR THE FLOATS COMING!

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FLOATS!

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THE BARKUS FLOAT GAVE ME A DOG BISCUIT!!!

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WHOA BABY! LOOK AT THAT ONE!

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I GOT A FRISBEE!!!!

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DAD, IM GETTING TIRED…

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WALKING BACK TO THE CAR.

 

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MOM! I CAN’T STAY AWAKE!

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MASTER KIRBY + MARDI GRAS = ????

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Tomorrow a training exercise will take place which will allow my adopted son, Master Kirby, to work toward his ultimate goal of taking the helm of Classic Kippers at some point.
Most of you know that it’s MARDI GRAS time, and in Louisiana, that means party time! Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday- the beginning of the Christian Lenten season.
In fact, the French phrase synonymous with Mardi Gras is “Laissez les bon temps rouler”- Let the good times roll!
Most of you are aware that my Mardi Gras roots run quite deep. In 2014 I reigned as the very first four-legged Grand Marshal of The Krewe of Barkus & Meoux! That year I rolled, in not only in the Mardi Gras parade, but that April, also in Shreveport’s Spring festival called Holiday in Dixie!

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In 2016, I once again stepped into the spotlight as The King of the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux with Miss Sophie Peach as my Duchess.

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There were also other functions- luncheons, visits to nursing homes, schools and interviews on live TV which required my being at the TV station prior to 5 AM! And of course a CLASSIC KIPPERS check presentation at one of the functions!

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Yep, the 2016 Mardi Gras Season kept us mighty busy as we rolled in the Barkus & Meoux Parade, as well as the Highland Parade and The Holiday in Dixie’s parade!
The best part was that my book,”Rags to Renaissance- The Southern Education of an Abused English Bull Terrier” had just been published, so my Dad and human brother, William, made me my very own float- complete with a totally comfy couch. None of this standing up to throw beads for me!

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(By the way, I had awesome signature beads  and cups to throw!)

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There was also a replica of my book which made up the entire end of the float! It was 72 times bigger than my actual book! And, because I love to sit in our family library by the fire and read, a faux fireplace was incorporated into the float.

Very cool! V E R Y, V E R Y COOL!

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Despite all of these wonderful touches, a four hour float ride is rather grueling and that’s just ONE parade!

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And then there’s the fact that I’ve turned thirteen.
It’s time! It’s time for Master Kirby to BEGIN to represent Classic Kippers. Actually, because many people “over party” anyway, it won’t look so bad for Master Kirby to be in the midst of revelers! In some cases, it might even make him look well mannered! {{{snort, snort, chortle, chortle}}}

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The jury is still out on that one! You don’t think I would actually allow him to represent our company at say, well, the Christmas party at John Pickens Fine Clothier? Not happening just yet!
Of course Kirby will not be a Grand Marshal nor a King. Those are basically earned positions. He needs to work his way up starting as a reveler, on the street. That includes collecting beads in the air and the street gutters.

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Revelers shout out, “Hey Mister! Throw me some beads!”
This afternoon we practiced.

By George, I think he’s got it!

Hang on Shreveport!
Mardi Gras and Master Kirby will meet on the streets tomorrow for the Highland Parade!

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❤HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!❤

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CLASSIC KIPPERS HAD A GREAT FEBRUARY!

We are sending love and Valentines to all!

Thanks you for buying our TIES, TEES and BOOKS!

WE LOVE YOU!

Mr Kippers, Miss Sophie Peach and Master Kirby!

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