Hey Urban Doggers!
We are back!
The last two months have been super, super busy for the extended Urban Dog family. I’ve been concentrating on developing a business venture. It’s been time-consuming and psychically-draining! Things have slowed down and so I am rededicating myself to all things Urban Dog! I didn’t realize how much I missed this until I started writing again.
On to the news!
Jon Snow Ghosts Ghost
Fans are up in arms after Jon Snow’s casual dismissal of Good Boy Ghost in the recent episode of HBO’s monster hit Game of Thrones.
As Jon set off to join the siege of Kings’ Landing, he instructed fan favorite Tormund Giantsbane to take his loyal direwolf up north where he’ll allegedly be “happier.”
Excuse my French, but that’s bullshit.
Ghost belongs with Jon. Everyone knows how a “Boy and His Dog” story ends. And it’s not with the boy banishing the dog to a frozen wasteland to live with (an admittedly entertaining) giant-killer.
For more on this controversy read this story from Thrillist.
And to learn the fates of the other Stark family direwolves — Lady, Grey Wind, Shaggydog, Summer, and Nymeria — read this story from New York Magazine’s entertainment website, Vulture.
Would-be Presidential Pups
A whole pack of pups is poised to make a Presidential run for the White House.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigns all over the Northeast with her brand new Golden Retriever puppy, Bailey.
New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has a Goldendoodle named Maple.
South Bend, Indiana’s Mayor Peter and possible First Gentleman Chasten have two dogs: Truman and Buddy. You can see Truman in the picture below.
Other dogs on the campaign trail include: Vice President Joe Biden with Sunny and Champ; former Congressman Beto O’Rourke with Artemis and Rosie; Governor Jay Inslee with Pepper and Tilly, former Congressman John Delaney with Mimi; and former Governor John Hickenlooper with Skye.
Presidents Obama, GW Bush, Clinton, GHW Bush, Reagan, and Carter all had dogs while in the White House. Trump is the first dog-less president in 150 years.
You can read more from Huffington Post.
Blind Runner Finishes Race with Help of Service Dogs
Runner Thomas Panek became the first blind man to complete the New York City Half Marathon.
And he did it with the help of three service dogs: Westley, Waffle, and Gus.
The human-canine team finished the 13.1 mile run in about two hours and twenty minutes.
The three specially-trained Labrador Retrievers got their own race bibs and helped Panek avoid crowds, potholes, and curbs safely.
Read more from Purpose2Play.
The Tail: Meet the Direwolves
Here’s a report from NBC’s Today Show where you can meet the “real direwolves” from Game of Thrones.