MR. KIPPERS NEEDS YOUR HELP!! (Again) FOR THE ANIMALS!!!!

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LAST TWO DAYS!!!!
HELP SUPPORT ROBINSON’S RESCUE! IT’S A FIRST CLASS OPERATION!
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VOTE THE LOUISIANA WAY! EARLY & OFTEN!

 

http://robinsonsrescue.org

 

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! WOOF, WOOF!, MEOUX, MEOUX!”

LAST TWO days to vote ONLINE for THE BEST in SHEAUX WINNER
(Proceeds go to support ROBINSON’S RESCUE’S incredible spay/neuter program!!)

The winner of Best in Sheaux will win an ENTIRE photo page in the 2016 calendar!

That alone is worth BIG BUCKS and just think of the PRESTIGE!

FIREMAN’s calendars
CENTER FOLD calendars
Not even close!

SHEESH! That’s just SMALL DOG BISCUITS compared to being in THE ROBINSON’S RESCUE calendar.

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It’s a PEOPLE’s CHOICE AWARD, so the dog with the most votes wins!!

REMEMBER, THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF VOTES ONE CAN BUY!
THIS IS LOUISIANA AFTER ALL!

http://robinsonsrescue.org

Please join Tiberius, Dudley, FelixPeach and Mr. Kippers as they cast votes for their favorite canine in THE BEST in SHEAUX !

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It doesn’t matter where in the world you hang your leash and collar, just go to:

http://robinsonsrescue.org

and vote!!!!!
THANK YOU!

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN? I THINK NOT!

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(To the tune of Frosty the Snowman)

Kippers the snowdog was a jolly happy soul,
With a Kipper tie and a bully nose
And two ears of made out of snow…
There must have been some magic in
The old bow tie they found,
For when they placed it on his neck
He “hucklebutted”* all around.

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* HUCKLEBUTT
A movement unique to the English Bull Terrier. When at play, they will run and dance from side to side with their rear end tucked under them.

BELOW:
Front page of The Shreveport Times, February 25, 2015

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Grateful acknowledgement to Finnish bull terrier friends, Tuijo Heino and Jari Valtonen, for sharing their talent and the beautiful photos of their homeland -Finland! I am certain that Tuijo’s bull terrier Nemi, and Mr. Kippers, would love to frolic in the snow together had they the opportunity to meet.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD and the FROZEN!

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I came in from my nightly constitutional very sad. My heart hurt! I know I am going to have nightmares about my time on the street and the abuse I encountered before I was rescued. It all came back tonight while I was walking. I could hear dogs howling. I had a sick feeling that wherever they were, they were not going to have a warm place to sleep tonight. This will be a repeat message for many of you, but thank you for understanding the repetitiveness of this post. Since I last published this message, we’ve gained many new readers!
One cannot repeat this message too often because there are those who just need a gentle reminder and yet others need a stiff boot to the bum!

MESSAGE:
We cannot imagine how many dogs are still out there- all over the country. Winter is HERE and it is more brutal than usual. Some animals will freeze to death and some will just wish they were dead.

PLEASE if you have a crate, a shed to leave open, a box you can cut a hole into for a door, please, please PLEASE do it. Do it now! Please! You may not like feral cats and dogs, but no living being deserves to freeze to death or suffer in such a horrible way.

Yes, it’s cold, but you don’t really want to get into your warm bed tonight knowing that you could have made a difference with a box or crate and some crummy old towels- though monogrammed are nice too-

SERIOUSLY, they are the voiceless, who need our help.

WHAT’S HAPPENING:
It’s cold, plain and simple! It’s cold almost from coast to coast!
Niagara Falls is all but totally frozen. Lake Erie is 98% frozen and the Hudson River, above the brackish waters, is frozen 18″ thick. They are using Coast Guard Cutters to keep the shipping lanes open so barges carrying heating oil, to our Northern friends, can get through. Those in Boston are nearing 100″ of snow! And here in Shreveport, it’s a major crisis! The bird bath is frozen solid!

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SLEET! Sheesh! SNOW! sheesh! SHEESH! SHEESH! SHEESH!

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It’s been described as treacherous, as “snowmageddon”, hazardous, deadly and formidable.

If you are thinking New England’s two weeks of record temps and snows, then you would be perfectly wrong! It’s Shreveport and it has brought the city to a stand still. Schools are closed and even some businesses. Now in fairness, we just aren’t accustomed to inclement weather of the frozen precipitation variety. It looked like snow and it smelled like snow, but when I applied the old adage : “If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck …” it must be a duck (snow)! I was WRONG! There really is an “ice cap” over everything. Two inches on our outdoor tables! And yes, it is treacherous. Our house has a front terrace and a back terrace. Having had three other bull terriers before me, my family has what is called “Bully Park” in the back yard, though these days it is enjoyed only by Henry St. James and Miss Biscuit. Naturally, I think that the name should be changed to “Hound Park” because I am not allowed to play in there. ( It’s that ridiculous turtle hunting issue) but I digress… Dad has to walk out across the back terrace to let the dogs into Bully Park, so he had already put out sand/salt to make a path. Mom, on the other paw, got this idea that because I prefer the front lawn, that she should scrape a path through the ice cap on the tile terrace, down the two front limestone steps and across the cement driveway to the grass. (INFORMATIONAL TIDBIT: The limestone was the slickest.) I’m embarrassed to say, but she worked out there with a non shovel implement. (I mean who clears ice with a Swifter?? A Swifter??? SHEESH, we won’t go there! And yes, we DO have a shovel!) But, Mom did it the hard way because she didn’t want to go to the basement.
She first put out a bit of salt -to start the melt down – and then scraped her way out to the grass. All in all it took only about 30 minutes, though it would have taken less time if Dad had done it, but Mom wanted to do it herself- and they call ME bullheaded???

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I think she has said she had something called “cabin fever”. I will give her credit, as she did a pretty good job considering her choice of tools. All of this falderal surfaced because Mom’s friends were telling her that their dogs wouldn’t venture out. SHEESH! When have I NOT been the exception to the proverbial rule?? After the path clearing and re-salting, I was stuffed into my Martha Stewart bone patterned jacket, which Mom says emphasizes my rakish good looks.My English lead was slipped over my head, secured, and we were off to brave the elements. The double door opened and voila! It looked and felt like it did under our Christmas tree during my holiday photo shoot with the faux snow-just colder! I was in my element! I avoided the cleared path (Mom stayed on it by the Grace of God) and charged out to the sleet covered grass.

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I stretched,
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I snorted, I spun and then I made a yellow ice masterpiece- it was genius! However, for some reason, Mom refused to photograph my urinary work of art. SHEESH!

Suddenly it started to rain, which is my Achilles heel. I turned around and put it in four paw drive and headed to the door. Did you know that Mom can slalom?

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Now it’s sleeting again, very hard, but I’m lying on the sofa in the library, in front of a fire.
Can you spell “MUNCHIES”?

BEST IN SHEAUX – 2015!

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A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT BY MR. KIPPERS.

imageimage Let’s face it, the reason most dogs are euthanized is because of overcrowding in shelters! And why are they over crowded? They are overcrowded because too many pups are being born either on the streets or dumped because the owner didn’t want them and so the vicious cycle continues.

Let’s be honest here- these are the facts, just the facts!

image In NW Louisiana alone, 10,000 unwanted animals are euthanized every year. Even more are on the street starving or in unwanted situations. I know this is true because Robinson’s Rescue’s very own veterinarian, Dr. Andrea, said so! I WAS one of those on the street and life wasn’t worth living. I got lucky, which is why I want to spread the word about Robinson’s Rescue! IMPORTANT TIDBIT OF INFORMATION: Now, none of that snipping and clipping is free, but Robinson’s Rescue, in Shreveport Louisiana, is LOW COST. And, in order to keep it LOW COST, ROBINSON’S RESCUE has the most AWESOME fund raiser called BEST IN SHEAUX ! HERE’S THE SCOOP: The 6th annual Best in Sheaux will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Riverview Hall. Best in Sheaux will offer an interactive, entertaining event which will include a fun, competitive dog show, signature food and wine, live entertainment and coveted silent auction items. All proceeds from Best in Sheaux directly benefit the spay/neuter mission of Robinson’s Rescue, which is a nonprofit organization working to reduce dog and cat overpopulation. Their goal to eliminate euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in our region. If one isn’t fortunate enough to already know about Robinson’s Rescue, then please, check out this YouTube NEWS ALERT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRRsR9FsGQg PLEASE NOTE: FOR THOSE  WHO FOLLOW MY BLOG FROM ACROSS AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD, YOU CAN VOTE TOO AND YOU DONT EVEN HAVE TO COME TO SHREVEPORT! image PRE-EVENT ONLINE VOTING, FOR BEST IN SHEAUX, WILL BEGIN THE LAST WEEK IN FEBRUARY. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING DETAILS, RIGHT HERE ON CLASSIC KIPPERS!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I love gifts from Fed Ex,
And UPS too.

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The mailman brought cards,
Which is his solemn duty,
Filled with hearts and love,
Addressed to yours truly.

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Miss Nancy sent turtles,
Oh not the real kind,
They’re really dog biscuits,
Low fat and all mine!

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From Miss Sue and pal Guinness,
More special treats flowed,
from up in Connecticut,
Where it has snowed, snowed, snowed.

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There were cards from sweet Belle,
As well as two others,
I’d like to know from whom,
If I had my druthers.

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They said “guess who”,
but I haven’t a clue,
Secret admirers they said,
SHEESH if only I knew!

From Felix the cat, a funny card came,
He’s such a stitch, but his humor is lame.
The table so festive, with love in the air,
I want to thank all, for their kindness and care.

The treats are just yummy, I appreciate it all,
My tummy’s been stuffed since UPS called!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Love, licks and woofs !
MK

THINK and CREATE! “OUTSIDE THE BOX”!

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My stars were out Thursday night and they came to celebrate the second anniversary of my rescue. That’s right, John Pickens had an anniversary party just for me and a trunk show- just like he does for Oxxford, Hickey Freeman etc., but this was a “bone fido” trunk show just for my Classic Kippers collection!image

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Sales were excitedly brisk for both ties and tees and I naturally enjoyed basking in the light of adoration from my wonderful friends and supporters. (I’m sorry that not everyone is pictured, but Mom ‘s camera battery ran out! SHEESH!)

John has these big chairs that are large enough to get comfy in and still have room for another person to sit down and get to snuggle with me. Of course snuggling is high on my agenda, which is why Mom got more pics of my female guests. They just can’t resist smooching my perfect proboscis and what kind of gentleman would I be to say no?
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John sent invitations to all of his bow tie customers.
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Naturally he invited all ages because my ties, like many, are adjustable, BUT the difference is that Classic Kippers bows go down to a 131/2 inch neck which many do NOT unless you go to a “kiddie tie”.image

I have quite a following of young men need who have a 13 1/2″ neck measurement, but who have more discerning taste than that which is available in the children’s section of a department store! As Solomon advised parents (Proverbs 22:6 “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”. I don’t think that Solomon was referring to bow ties, but it’s sage advice nonetheless! If the 13 1/2 inch neck customers are taught about Classic Kippers now, then they will most assuredly wear them as an adult! AND John Pickens can also get suits and sport coats for his younger clientele. In fact, I heard a story last night that warmed my piggy little heart. One of my young customers decided he wanted to go to the middle school dance just a couple of days before the event. Only John Pickens could make that happen and happen flawlessly! And no, the young man didn’t go to the dance in an ill fitting suit because John Pickens made certain that it was perfectly fitted. That’s the “custom” in John Pickens Custom Clothier! The young man also chose a new Classic Kippers’ bow tie (not his first) to complete his ensemble. Just as my motto says: THE GENTLEMAN’S PERFECT COMPLEMENT* (*com·ple·ment noun ˈkämpləmənt 1. a thing that completes or brings to perfection) Need I woof more? I think not!

Besides shopping, my guests definitely enjoyed nibbling on appetizers, sipping adult beverages, as well as the camaraderie of visiting with one another!
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But, I must say that they were blown away by the fabulous centerpiece which was created by Miss Teresa! It was perfect and it “’twas moi” – in fondant! She even captured my expression- perfectly! My mom wanted her to copy my “Thinking out of the box” photo and she did! What an amazing talent! Who knows? Immortalized in fondant today- Mt. Rushmore tomorrow?
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THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS PAWS!

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BLESS MY PAWS AND WHISKERS!
WOWZER, BOWZER!

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I awakened this morning and, as is customary, immediately logged onto my blog to see who had been awake and reading it, all around the world, while I slept. I mean when Finland came on as number 70, I squealed with utter joy. (Yes, bull terriers can squeal with utter joy.) We ARE “pig dogs” after all! But today, my blog, my blog, sported three “new” flag icons from countries that are far away, but have managed to find me. As I lay there with paw on iPad, a little tear crept out of my piggy eye and rolled down my graying muzzle, still burnished with a hint of copper, and onto the sofa. There it disappeared into the fabric, just as a dog treats magically vanish into my tummy. It was a scene straight out of a classic Southern novel.
I was too choked up for words, but on the flip side, I have been humming a little tune all day long and just can’t get it out of my head! Watch out! If you read it, you’ll be humming it too. It’s pawsitivly addictive!

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AND NOW, IF YOU PLEASE, A DRUMROLL FOR…

MONTENEGRO , PAKISTAN AND KAZAKHISTAN!

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A HUMBLING MILESTONE!

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In November of 2013 the 12th country from where my blog was being read came on board! Now, 15 months later, Finland has come on board as the 70th country to read my blog.

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So without out further ado, please help me WARMLY welcome FINLAND!

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HOUSTON HOUSE AND GARDEN!

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I’M SO PROUD OF MY FRIEND IZZIE!
Please read her exciting news!

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HOUSTON HOUSE AND GARDEN PRESENTS:

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THE PRESSES HAVE ROLLED and my friend
Izzie’s first column, IZZIE’S WORLD, has made its debut in HOUSTON HOUSE AND HOME!
Izzie gives tips on what’s happening, where to go and where to shop!
Of course she kindly included me and my line of Classic Kippers Ties, because they are sold in her Mom Helen’s shop, Olivines (2405 Rice Blvd) in Houston, but she also included that they are sold in Shreveport at John Pickens Clothier (6022 Line Avenue). It’s true, Izzie and I, along with Miss Helen, Mom and Mr. John make a formidable team! We’re saving animals, one tie and tee at a time!

http://www.houstonhouseandhome.net/february2015/izziesworld-february2015.html

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