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This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Not many would call me a man of danger. They would call me a man of pancakes, a man of poop rolling, or a man of bad breath. But a man of danger?

As we went walking on the trails in Louisiana yesterday, it became very obvious that we had company.


I was scared and fearing for my life
I was shaking like a leaf on a tree
‘Cause he was lean, mean
Big and bad, Lord

Now, I know that I don’t live here, and this is in fact their house. We are just guests. But a man of danger, I am not. I am a man of respect in this case. And even Sheriff Brickle knows that these guys would probably resist arrest.


I am also a man that knows you gotta give me a running start if in fact I am going to outrun a gator. I am not a fast man. Ok. I am not a man. It took me a long time to get to that. And it would take me a long time to get outta there.

Oh, won’t you
Gimme three steps, gimme three steps, mister
Gimme three steps toward the door?

You see, alligators are fast I hear. We lived in that Florida place most of our life, so we know a thing or five about alligators.

If I was a man, it would not be of danger, but a man of appreciation. You see, as much as we don’t want to get hurt by an alligator or worse, persons have to understand, like animals, that we all have our place. To not live or appreciate things in nature because we are scared that they may possibly be out there is enough to cause Sheriff Brickle to arrest you. Twice.

Don’t want no trouble with you
And I know you don’t owe me
But I wish you’d let me
Ask one favor from you

Why are people so afraid? Well, I think it is because they don’t realize the dangerous things that they do everyday like drive in their cars or fly in airplanes.  We all get used to certain things, but it doesn’t make them any less dangerous.


I am not a man of danger, but if I was, I would tell you to live life fully and to do things that may be beyond your comfort zone.  Go places that are waiting for you to visit them and to learn about them.  Yes, even like the swamps of Louisiana.

And if something makes you afraid, like the alligators? Maybe that isn’t such a bad thing either.  Feeling emotions, feeling life makes us think about other parts of our life.  For Girl Person, being respectful and careful of the alligators on our hikes makes her aware.  She is more cautious of us getting in bushes, or too close to the water.  It makes her more cautious with us in other places, because sometimes, you go too fast, not being observant.  For the persons, they have been worried about the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV and how we are even going to get out of here.  Which is making us appreciate the alligators too.  We may be staying at their house for awhile.

Ça c’est bon (Sa say boh(n)): That’s good.  There is your cajun lesson today, y’all.


So what am I trying to tell you today in a round about, swampy way? If there is something you have been wanting to do, try it even if it makes you scared.  You can always turn around.  I’ll give you three steps towards the door.  But just do it.

So there you have it.  Coming from a man of pancakes, not danger.  Don’t let life bite you. Bite back.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Luna playing with her human Wade Simmons.

Dogs are our trail companions, snuggle buddies, adventure partners, and best friends. Here are just a few of the pups which were found wandering around Whistler Village for Crankworx 2018. Which good dog is your favourite?

Part of the Pinkbike family, Emmy is an intelligent pup who can mischievously open doors and cupboards.

Name: Emmy
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Age: 1 1/2 years
Hometown: Squamish, BC

Jessie’s favorite toy/food is a pinecone. A nearly endless supply keeps this pup happy, and when she’s tired she’ll just put herself to bed.

Name: Jessie
Breed: Cole Retriever
Age: 4 years
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

This fast moving pup is named after the Mersey river in her human’s hometown of Liverpool, England.

Name: Mersey
Breed: Springer Spaniel
Age: 5 months
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Ender is no stranger to mountain biking and watching big freeride lines. She actually came from the old Rampage site!

Name: Ender
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Age: 3 months
Hometown: Boulder City, Nevada

Khyber was named after the famous Khyber pass and loves to chase squirrels and swim in rainbow park.

Name: Khyber
Breed: Lab/Golden
Age: 4 years
Hometown: Surrey, BC

Luna was adopted from Tawain as a street dog and now calls BC home.

Name: Luna
Breed: Ormosain Mountain Dog
Age: 7 months
Hometown: Langley, BC

Trapper is an energetic pup and is eager to learn. Rubble is currently teaching the ways of dock jumping.

Name: Trapper – Rubble
Breed: Boxer – Boxer/Black Lab
Age: 5 months – Older but wiser
Hometown: Whistler Locals

Sprocket was recently adopted from a shelter in Korea. Her 10 year old owner saved up money to rescue the cute pup and was named by her brother who is here competing at Crankworx.

Name: Sprocket
Breed: Mixed Breed
Age: 7 months
Hometown: BC

Luna came from a breeder in the interior and wasn’t used to the wet conditions of the shore. It took her a while get over her fear of water and the rain. Luna also happens to be Wade Simmons’ family dog.

Name: Luna
Breed: Lab Retriever
Age: 10 months
Hometown: North Shore, BC

She may be small, but she is fierce. Ellie is a master squirrel hunter.

Name: Ellie
Breed: Dachshund
Age: 6 years
Hometown: Canada

Tito is a regular at the Coast Gravity Bike Park and probably scrubs better than you. When he’s not ripping up the trails he can be found on the paddle boards.

Name: Tito
Breed: French Bulldog
Age: Veteran
Hometown: Sechelt, BC

Mabel has experimented with many different hair styles, but after much deliberation has settled on the punk rock mohawk look.

Name: Mabel
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 2 years
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

In typical pug fashion, Stanley often snores while wide awake. What a good boy.

Name: Stanley
Breed: Pug
Age: 11 years
Hometown: Unkown

Sydney is an accomplished model and can be seen in numerous images for companies like Fox Clothing.

Name: Sydney
Breed: Mexican Border Mutt
Age: 2 years
Hometown: BC

Mayzie’s grandfather won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show

Name: Mayzie
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 5 years
Hometown: Fox Island, Washington

Bonus dog. Takes big dumps.

Name: Ryan
Breed: Hucker Spaniel
Age: 3 years
Hometown: Aptos, CA


SYLMAR, Calif. (KABC) —

Dog lovers across Southern California can get their puppy fix while committing an act of service at the same time.

Guide Dogs of America, a Sylmar-based nonprofit organization, is looking for volunteers to provide loving homes to raise 8-week-old puppies until they are around 18 months old.

Volunteer foster individuals and families, which the organization calls “puppy raisers,” will be part of changing the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired.

First-time applicants must be interviewed before a puppy is placed in their home. Puppy raisers must live in the Southern California area, and households with children and other pets are a plus.

Puppy raisers are an essential part of making sure the puppy receives proper socialization needed to help adjust to the important job they will later do in life.

The organization plans an orientation meeting where they explain the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of raising dogs. At the training, volunteers receive a manual, care supplies, five pounds of dog food and, of course, their puppy!

Food and any items purchased for the puppy are tax deductible. The dogs will receive care from the organization’s state-of-the-art veterinary clinic.

Puppies are also required to attend monthly obedience classes where they will learn how to walk on a leash, how to sit, stay, lay down and come when called.

At 18 months of age, the dogs return to the organization for formal guide dog training.

The ultimate reward comes when volunteer puppy raisers get the opportunity to meet the blind recipient of the dog they raised at the team’s graduation ceremony.

(Copyright ©2017 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)


We’ve all been told that there is a soulmate for everyone out there. Someone who is put on this Earth that will we connect with in a way that is rare.

And that doesn’t necessarily mean someone you’re romantically involved with.

According to Merriam-Webster, a soulmate is defined as ” person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament” or “a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs.”

Apparently, animals have soulmates too. Hailee Graham and her husband have a dog named Potate, a.k.a. Tate. They adopted the dog after she had been living on the streets.

Tate loves her family very much.

She also loves her newfound soulmate, a dog named Vernon. Graham’s neighbor got Vernon around the same age as Tate and about the same time that Graham adopted Tate.

The two instantly became curious about each other, even though they were separated by a tall fence.

That curiosity soon turned into an obsession.

These two were determined to get to know each other. And to do that, they had to be side by side. The dog’s decided that they would do a little construction.

“I walk outside and catch them digging a tunnel to each other. We couldn’t get them to stop,” Graham told The Dodo. “We couldn’t keep them apart. They would just keep digging holes to each other.”

Instead of letting the dogs dig up their yard, Graham and her neighbors figured that they would get together so that the dogs could regularly spend time together.

Minus the fence.

But Graham came up with an even better idea that would allow the pups to hang out whenever they wanted, whether their humans were around or not.

“I thought, ‘Why not just put a door in the fence, so they can play whenever, and their humans don’t have to get involved?’” Graham said.

So, that’s exactly what they did with the help of Graham’s dad.

Tate watched anxiously as her human dad installed her new door. But when construction was finished… it was well worth the wait!

Now, these two are practically inseparable and loving their newfound freedom.

“They love being together!” Graham said. “I don’t know if they are actually in love, but I like to think so.”

Either way, these two are the best of friends… and definitely soulmates! Graham says that a doggy fence might not be suitable in all situations but it’s working in her neighborhood.

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Graham says she hopes that her story will inspire others to make their backyards more open and inclusive spaces.

“I hope that it encourages people to be more friendly with their neighbors, and encourage a sense of community,” Graham said. “It has worked out well for us so far.”

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UPDATE: Dogs who police say killed Virginia woman have been euthanized

By: WRIC Newsroom

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 06:01 PM EST

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – The two dogs who authorities say mauled their 22-year-old owner to death have been euthanized, according to Goochland County Sheriff’s Office.

The department held a press conference Monday to provide an update on the investigation and revealed grisly new details surrounding Brittany Stephens’ death.

The sheriff explained the two dogs were euthanized on Saturday after the victim’s family gave authorities permission to put the animals down.

The medical examiner also told the department that Stephens was attacked by the animals while she was still alive, and that one of the animals had a significant amount of blood on his collar and neck.

The sheriff added that both animals were still attacking the deceased victim when the officers arrived on scene.

The animals will be preserved for evidence.

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This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Oh, it has been a long time since I have made an arrest. Not even a week, actually. But since I have arrested Texas so many times, let me keep going. Boy Person is next.

You see, it all started Friday night when Boy Person thought it was a good idea to go running on the beach in these frigid temperatures. Who does that, first of all? He put on his jacket because he couldn’t find his coat. He has been a bit scatterbrained lately.  Where the coat went by the way, no one knows. Seems like everything is either breaking down or disappearing.  I’d like that smell that Deputy Digby keeps making to disappear.  Also his crab breath since he ate a whole, dead crab and threw up everywhere.  Now that I’m thinking about it, this arrest report is a bit longer.  And perhaps the breath and the smell are related.  I will investigate that at a later time.


So to continue because I am getting off track, Boy Person put on his jacket and then he put on his gloves.  Well, he lost his running shoes to the trash last week when antifreeze from the RV poured all over them.  So he had to switch shoes, and apparently, these shoes have literally four sets of shoelaces.  Now, I am no fashionista, but that seems a bit overkill as do the stripes. But as long as he is into stripes, let the shoe fit.

So there he was, running down the beach with blue striped shoes with four sets of shoelaces, two right handed gloves and an old coat.  Have I mentioned we are all looking a bit worse for wear? Well, not me, but that goes without saying.  Anyways, he realized that one of the sets of shoelaces had become untied.  Well, he had the keys in his right handed glove and like Mickey Mouse, they were too dern big.  He couldn’t tie all these shoelaces with a Mickey Mouse glove, so he sat the keys down.  And then, because he was worried about running in the dark, which in retrospect would have been the only time to run in this attire, he forgot the keys were there.  And kept running.


Until his shoelaces became untied.  Again.  And when he stopped to tie them, he remembered.  He had sat the keys down.  Or had he?  Now, he couldn’t remember.  At all.  Probably because he had frostbite on the brain in my opinion.  Girl Person had tried to tell him not to run in this cold.  And he should have listened. Now he was going to have to go to jail.

As he ran back to the RV in the dark by now, because he had been looking for these keys with his Mickey Mouse gloves and shoelace breeding shoes, Girl Person saw his face.  I saw his face.  And as he asked her if she had saw any keys, she got her normal shoes without shoelaces back on and tried to help him.  Now, Girl Person was not in such a good mood.  You see, she had just stepped out of one of the coldest, grossest prison showers at camp around.

She was shivering, yet she knew that if they didn’t find these keys, they were in more ways of trouble than one.  I patiently waited with my arrest book and handcuffs because I was giving them the opportunity to find them without interrupting my treat time.  But it wasn’t looking good.  After they tried to find the keys for a very long time, they gave up.  They walked and walked the same path he had taken.  But they were just not there.

Girl Person said there were worst things in life than losing keys.  And yet, my decision was made.  Boy Person. Was. Arrested. In. Texas. But this wasn’t over yet.

The persons decided that they would in fact try the next morning to find the keys.


And as we walked up and down the beach, I smelled where Boy Person had ran.  The persons were totally on the wrong path and wrong part of the beach.  What was wrong with them?  The cold was still on their brains.  I pulled Girl Person slowly over to where the keys were.  Right.  Dern.  There.  Seriously?


I have a lot of jobs.  But arresting criminals and then tidying up their errors is just part of it.  A Sheriff’s work is never done.


You might think that since we found the keys, I would let Boy Person out of the jailhouse. Well, think again.  First of all, he interrupted our designated treat time.  He got me up early to be a key detective.  And in the process, he was distracted and Deputy Digby ate that crab I alluded to earlier.  Boy Person. Is. Still.  Arrested.

Now, today is Boy Person and Girl Person’s 24th anniversary.  Seems like in all of that time, he could have learned how to hold onto keys.  At least he has learned to hold onto Girl Person.  But if she has to take a shower in this camp prison one more time, that may change too.

Tomorrow, we are back on the road, headed to Louisiana!  If I don’t hide the keys.  I kind of like it here.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle


A strange phenomenon in an Indian industrial district has put a factory on thin ice and a bunch of canines in the bathtub. A report in the Hindustan Times posted in mid-August noted that dogs with bright-blue fur had been spotted roaming in Navi Mumbai’s Taloja area.

After initial head-scratching, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials now believe the dogs took a dip in the Kasadi River and came out blue from untreated industrial waste.

Officials also think they’ve found who’s responsible for the pollutants: a factory that uses blue dye to make detergent. “It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” says Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell’s chief.

The Guardian reports 11 blue dogs have so far been seen, though National Geographicnotes the dye seems to be water-based and the dogs don’t seem to be suffering any ill effects (lab tests are still ongoing).

A recent Facebook post from the Navi Mumbai animal welfare group notes that pollutants from industrial activity—the Guardian notes there are nearly 1,000 chemical, pharmaceutical, and other types of factories in the Taloja area—may also be affecting birds, reptiles, and humans.

MPCB officials say the factory is also accused of releasing leftover dye powder into the air. A temporary gate has since been erected around the factory to keep the dogs out of the water nearby.

National Geographic also dives into the history behind India’s huge population of “community-owned” dogs and why they’re protected by law there. (Read about another atypically blue item.)


TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Customers are lining up at Ted’s locations around Western New York Wednesday to take advantage of a big discount on their favorite hot dogs.

To celebrate Ted’s 91st anniversary, hot dogs are just 91 cents, before tax. Normally, Ted’s hot dogs are $3.25/each.

“I live for this day,” said Tricia Haubrich, a manager of the Ted’s on Sheridan in the Town of Tonawanda as she tended to dozens of hot dogs on the grill. “It’s our busiest day of the year. We love it.”

Haubrich says Ted’s has offered discounts like this for years, usually with the anniversary celebration coinciding with school break so they can have all employees on deck to help.

For many of the people who braved the rain to stand in line for lunch Ted’s this year,  the savings is only part of the draw.

“My mother, Ruth, she would have been 91 in February just like the anniversary here, and her favorite food was a Ted’s hot dog, so we spent a lot of time going to Ted’s,” said one customer, Jim Farino, who was sitting down for lunch with his grandsons.

Peter Liaros, whose father founded Ted’s in 1927, says this discount day is his family’s way of saying thanks to loyal customers who have kept the business going strong for so many years.

“It’s hectic. It’s crazy, to have this one day and have people stand in line for 45 minutes or an hour is kind of insane, but God bless them,” Liaros said.

“I think they come here mostly for seeing the crowd,” he added.

Whatever their reason for coming in, it’s clear Ted’s customers can’t get enough of their favorite franks. “We had our hot dogs for breakfast and some for lunch,” said Tangie Luchey, who started standing in line before Ted’s even opened for the day.

The Ted’s crews will keep serving up their famous hot dogs well past the usual dinner rush, too. All Ted’s locations are set to close at their normal times Thursday night, but reps say they’ll serve anyone who makes it inside the building before the doors are locked.


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Dont Buy Squashed Faced Breeds Of Dogs, Vets Urge Pug AWikipedia

With their scrunched up noses and sorrowful round eyes, pugs are adorable to look at.

However, all too often their doting owners are oblivious to the severe health concerns pugs – and other sweet ‘squashed-faced’ pooches such as French Bulldogs – often have to contend with.

‘Squashed-faced’ breeds – technically know as brachycephalic – are vulnerable to various health related issues; including skin and eye diseases, breathing difficulties, dental issues, along with the inability to mate or birth puppies.

Such problems arise from unethical breeding, where a cute, baby-faced appearance is prioritised over an animal’s health and wellbeing; with traits such as wide-set eyes and flat noses being bred to the extreme.

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Horrifyingly, a new study has found how 75 per cent of brachycephalic dog owners are completely unaware of these health issues before purchasing their pet.

Only 10 per cent of owners were able to recognise health problems related to the brachycephalic dog breed, with many thinking breathing problems such as snorting were ‘normal’ for these dogs.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has now launched the campaign #breedtobreathe to shine a light on these issues, with the hope of raising awareness among potential owners.

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According to BVA, 93 per cent of vets treated ‘Squashed-faced’ dogs for breathing problems last year alone.

According to The Guardian, President of the BVA, John Fishwick, said:

They are lovely breeds of dog, they are very friendly and they make good pets,

The problem is a lot of them are really struggling and we really want to make sure people understand this and encourage them to think about either going for another breed, or a healthier version of these breeds – ones which have been bred to have a longer snout … or possibly even cross breeds.

I adore my flat faced boy, but this is worth a read if you’re a lover of brachycephalic breeds. Breeders need to take far more responsible, no one wants an unhealthy dog.

— Lucy Pinder (@LPinderOfficial) January 5, 2018

According to the BVA, there’s been a rise in the UK among brachycephalic breeds, resulting in a population-based surge of poor health and welfare.

Data from The Kennel Club notes a jaw dropping 3,104 per cent increase among French Bulldog registration over the last ten years.

In the same time period, there’s been a 193 per cent increase among Pug registrations and a 96 per cent increase among Bulldogs.

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Celebrity ownership is one of the reasons attributed to the increased popularity of brachycephalic dog breeds, which has been taken advantage of by unscrupulous puppy farms.

Fashion and beauty vlogger Zoella often keeps fans updated about her pugs Nala and Buzz, whereas pop star Lady Gaga has often been photographed cuddling up with her French Bulldogs.

Advertising is also held partly to blame for this canine trend, with some big name brands having featured flat-faced animals in advertisements.

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It’s important to remember how not all brachycephalic dogs suffer from such conditions, with many living contended, ordinary lives.

According to The Guardian, London-based veterinary surgeon Dr Crina Dragu said:

You see the ones that have happy lives, normal lives, and you see the ones that the minute they are born they spend their entire lives as though [they are being smothered] with a pillow all day, every day,

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For more information about how you can help support this campaign, visit the BVA website.


My #1 rule when approaching shy dogs is don’t approach shy dogs. A major reason I
have gotten through 30 years as a professional dog trainer without scars or major mishaps (so far) is that I respect the dog. If a dog is frightened, I respect that. Just as I would respect a person who was frightened. I introduce myself gently at a distance and, if the dog shows no interest/willingness to interact, I respect their wishes.

At that point, I’ll turn sideways (to be less threatening and if a dog is frightened then your very presence is threatening), chat with the human and ignore the dog. If the dog makes their way over to me, I continue to ignore the dog while they sniff me.

If they linger after sniffing, I may lower my hand a distance in front of them to sniff it, if they want to. Or not. And if they sniff it and then linger some more, I might scratch their chest or under their neck gently and briefly, always trying to end my contact before they move away from me.

At that point, I might shift my body away (to remove any pressure they may be feeling by my proximity and to show them I respect their concerns) or even walk away a few steps. If I’ve done my work well, the dog will follow me and we will repeat this dance a few times until they relax and decide I am exactly what I am: a friend.

Reaching your hand into their space, leaning in at them, trying to force yourself onto a shy/nervous dog to “prove” your good intentions is an excellent want to get bitten and, in my world, disrespecting the very animal you love.

By respectfully working with the dog where they are, you’ll get to where you want to go—to friendship—faster than force. Any day and every day.

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