Are You Ready for Some Football?

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You probably already know that I am a huge fan of Louisiana State University, not only Tiger athletics but also the academics and the school’s history and traditions. I have taken you on a tour of the lovely LSU campus and I have told you all about the treatment that I receive for my elbow and hip dysplasia at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. And I dedicated my second blog post ever (almost one year ago now) to LSU Tiger football.

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Well, friends, it’s been a very long time since last New Year’s Eve when I watched in horror as my Fighting Tigers fell in defeat to the wanna-be-Tigers of Clemson at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Not the happiest way to end a season. But all that misery ends tonight and hope once again springs eternal when the LSU Tigers take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the House that Jerry Built. My humans have been preparing for the game for two days–and by “preparing” I mean indulging in adult beverages, eating special gameday food, raising the new LSU flag, and selecting the perfect (and hopefully luckiest) clothes to wear.

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All of this game prep has been nothing short of exhausting, and the game doesn’t even start until 8 o’clock tonight. So I think I’ll just put my head down on this pillow and take a little nap. Because in a few hours when the clock strikes eight and the LSU Fighting Tigers rush the field behind Head Coach Les Miles and the Golden Band from Tigerland strikes the most famous four notes in all of college football, a new season begins. The slight disappointments of last year will fade away, and all things will be possible. I am more than ready for some football. Geaux Tigers!

Partying Like a Pup on New Years Eve

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and festive celebration, and that your 2013 is off to a tremendous start. My humans began their New Years Eve festivities with their traditional afternoon trip to the movies, which gave me the perfect opportunity to gather all of my favorite toys together for a little nap. I knew we would need plenty of rest in anticipation of all the fun to come later in the evening.

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The party began with some college football. My LSU Tigers, led by Coach Les Miles, played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I was glued to the television. Unfortunately, my Tigers came up a bit short. I will put my LSU bandana away for a while, but you’ll see it again this fall.

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With the game behind us, it was time to move on to the next stage of our party–the food. I waited very patiently as my humans enjoyed their steaks. And then something wonderful happened: a few small pieces of steak ended up in my dinner bowl. I guess I don’t have to tell you that, with the help of my very eager tongue, those small pieces of steak disappeared almost immediately.

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I made a quick wardrobe change for the next phase of the festivities–the champagne. A girl simply cannot sip champagne without a tiara and a feather boa. Although we live in the central time zone, we chose to ring in the New Year with our East Coast friends. After all, it had been a very long day.

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Everything about my New Years Eve party was yummy–my pre-party nap, the football game (even thought we lost, it was an honor to be invited to a bowl game), the completely unexpected steak sampling, and my limited portions of celebratory champagne.

After partying like a pup on New Years Eve, I woke up this morning and thought about my wishes for 2013.

For my friends with two legs: I wish you health and happiness, peace and prosperity. In the coming year, I hope that you will be slow to judge and quick to love. I hope that you will see the goodness and potential in everyone you meet, and that you will embrace each new opportunity that comes you way. In 2013, take this suggestion from a Golden Retriever: Bark less and wag more. I promise that you’ll be a happier human if you do these two simple things.

And for my friends with four legs: I hope that each day will bring new adventures. I hope that you will be surrounded by humans who love you, and that you will have the opportunity to show your humans how very, very much you love them.