NOTE: Commentary by Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”


Well, now we have it. Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day. Not just another day to note on a calendar, but a day to acknowledge an opportunity. A day to say something more than just “Thank You”. When I stop to think about what I’m going to say to my Mom this year, I’m at a loss for words.

I could call her to say how much I appreciated all her time and direction over the years, but she knows that already… Her selflessness in always being there for all of us, goes without repeating. She knows this stuff, so I can’t say that… I could mention to her that she was instrumental in teaching each of us proper manners, good behaviour and how to be objective, but that’s too obvious. While I’m at it, I could also mention how she pushed us to study in school and work for a living, but she knows this also…  She never missed a birthday, holiday or graduation. Mom has always been “kid first” from vacations to Christmas gifts from the guy in the red suit growing up.

I have an idea… I could mention that each of the Grand Kids are now enjoying her attention, just as much as we adults do! I wonder if she knows this? Come to think of it, she LIVES for the Grand Kids, so she knows this too… Should I talk about all the great times which she was responsible for? Oh well, I guess my intentions are good. I’ll happily speak with my Mom on Mother’s Day, but the problem is, I just don’t know what to say to her this Mother's Day 8year…





NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

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HAPPY “4th of JULY”

Well, now we have it. It’s the “4th of July Holiday” weekend! Did you know this is America’s 238th birthday? While family cookouts and firework shows will be the center attractions, please read on to learn about the characters in American history and the roles they played in the American Revolutionary War. Here are some “important,” yet lesser-known trivia facts you can’t live without! Did you know:

* George Washington proposed to Martha after knowing her for ONLY three weeks.

* Paul Revere had 16 children.

* Benjamin Franklin knew Dr. Guillotin, the man named for the killing device, the “Guillotine,” used so prominently in the French Revolution.

* Thomas Jefferson narrowly escaped capture by General Banastre Tarleton, the infamous villain that Mel Gibson fought against in the movie “The Patriot.”

* Betsy Ross sat in the pew, next to George Washington’s pew at church. This may provide circumstantial evidence to prove the Betsy Ross Flag story since it proves they knew one another and this association may have been the reason Washington allegedly approached her to make the ” First Flag of the United States.”

* John Adams lived longer than any former President, until Ronald Reagan.

* Betsy Ross married the man, who brought her the news of her husband’s death.



* John Hancock was elected Governor of Massachusetts nine times.

* Benjamin Franklin played Sudoku.

* James Madison, was introduced to his future wife Dolley, by the infamous Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

* James Madison, was the first President of the United States to wear long pants, instead of knee britches.

* Benjamin Franklin was once injured while trying to electrocute a Turkey.















NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

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I dressed for the day…

Well, now we have it. It’s FATHER’S DAY 2014!  For many of us, always a special day to appreciate and thank Dad for… well, just being Dad. For some, a day to remember and reflect on good times. It’s also an opportunity to recall some of those memories from your childhood and growing up. I’m blessed to still have my Dad, who we all fondly refer to simply as “The Old Man”.  Over the years, he has perfected the skill of memorable sayings, quotes and remarks. (Trust me, many of which can not be repeated here…)

I'm only going to say this once!

I’m only going to say this once!

Look, you know I am just a Dachshund, but my personal favorite recollection include the countless “DAD – ISMS” we heard and learned over time. In the spirit of comedian David Letterman, I wish to share my “Top 10 List” of Dad’s Favorite Sayings:


# 10) ‘Ya know, When I was your age…

# 9)  Oh stop, Just rub some dirt on it…

# 8) Hey, Go ask your Mother…

# 7) Hey, Don’t tell your Mother…

# 6) Hey Go cry to your Mother…

# 5) Oh, Just eat it…

# 4) Don’t make me stop this car…

# 3) You people don’t know what hard work is like…

# 2) Big deal, We had to walk 2 miles to school every day, through 2 feet of snow…

# 1) Because I said so, that’s why…

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NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

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Well, now we have it. MEMORIAL DAY 2014 is here and folks are getting excited for the “GATEWAY TO SUMMER” to open wide. Above all else, please remember the meaning of MEMORIAL DAY is to honor and memorialize our fallen soldiers. These brave men and women gave their lives, willing to protect the freedom and liberties of the United States of America. MEMORIAL DAY is a day for remembrance and a day for thanks and appreciation, first and foremost.

On the lighter side, how skilled are you at some Memorial Day fun facts?  If you’re challenged to be the “center of attention” around your Memorial Day BBQ, here are several tidbits of historical information for you to discuss:



* Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971. * The “Indianapolis 500” has been held on Memorial Day since 1911. * Waterloo, NY is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. All Flags were flown at half-mast. * On Memorial Day, you are supposed to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. * Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day” due to the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers. * Each year on Memorial Day at 3:00 PM local time, a national moment of remembrance is asked of Americans to pause for 1 minute. This National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress in 2000. Americans should pause for a moment of silence, or listen to “Taps”. * The Memorial Day custom of wearing artificial poppies was inspired by John McCrea’s World War 1 poem “In Flanders Fields”. Look, you know I am just a Dachshund. I am however, a Dachshund with a love and sentiment  for the verse of this terrific poem. Please read, reflect and enjoy. Happy Memorial Day!


In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the Guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch: be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

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NOTE:  Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

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Well, now we have it. This Sunday is May 11th, but more notably, it is MOTHER’S DAY!  When you stop and think of it, Mother’s Day is one of the most intriguing days of the entire year. Is Mother’s Day considered a National Holiday, where Offices close and Manufacturing Plants shut down? My answer is no. It’s not like Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day or the “4th of July” or Labor Day. What Mother’s Day IS, IS a day of opportunity! For those of us lucky enough to still have our Mothers, it’s an opportunity to revisit “the good times” and say Thank You. For those of us not as lucky, it’s still an opportunity to take a moment to fondly remember.

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You can say THANK YOU to your Mother in so many ways this Sunday. Popular notions include a bouquet of flowers, breakfast in bed, a box of chocolates, a family photograph or a fancy dinner out. More simplistic ideas include a personal visit from you with a Hallmark card. For those of us who can, the most simplistic effort is to simply pick up your phone and CALL YOUR MOTHER! Tell her how much you love and appreciate her,  JUST  for being your Mom.  This Sunday is an opportunity for each of us, and opportunity is knocking.

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Look, you know I am just a Dachshund. I hate to go all “cerebral” on you, but I wish to share the following unacknowledged quote: ” To the world, a Mother might just be one person, but to each person; a Mother might just be the world…”   HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Please Enjoy Your Breakfast!



NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

I LOVE Easter!

I LOVE Easter!

Well, now we have it. EASTER IS HERE! We fondly experience the advent of Easter Sunday over this coming weekend. Easter is truly a warm and wonderful time of Spring. Another chance for your individual faith, a cultural rebirth and a return to countless childhood memories. I simply close my eyes and embrace all the terrific Easter images in my mind. I invite you to do the same. Please enjoy the blessings of Easter!

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NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

The Way I See it...

The Way I See it…

Well, now we have it. Today is April 1st. It’s also known as “All Fools’ Day,” which falls on the first of April each year and every year, millions try to prank and fool their friends and loved ones. Take this as a “Public Service Announcement” but BEWARE OF GOOFS, PRANKS & JOKES today! Don’t let your guard down! Mark Twain once said: “The 1st of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year…Let’s be thankful for the fools, but for them the rest of us could not succeed.” Be warned, every amateur “Prankster” will be out in force today.

It used to be that pranks had to be completed in the morning in most English-speaking countries. Pranks later in the day became frowned upon, but that custom seems to have gone by the wayside and the whole day is now considered fair game for joking. In France, April 1st is known as “Poisson d ‘Avril,” which translates to “April Fish.” Kids tape paper fish to their friends’ backs. April Fools’ pranks are only played in the morning in England & Canada. Meanwhile, in Scotland, the event lasts two days. Tricks are played on both days, with a focus on pranks aimed at people’s bums, or bottoms. This is said to be where the “Kick Me” sign originated, along with the term “Butt of The Joke.”

Not all pranks are as simple and effective as a paper “Kick Me” sign taped to one’s back. April Fools’ Day has seen it’s share of some expensive and notable pranks over the years. Taco Bell announced on April 1, 1996, it purchased the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and would rename it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” In 1998, Burger King cooked up a whopper of a prank. In a full-page ad in USA Today, Burger King announced a solution for the 1.4 million left-handed customers visiting their restaurants each day: the “Left Handed Whopper.” Burger King said all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees, to suit the left-handed burger connoisseur. The very next day, Southpaws eagerly converged on Burger Kings nation wide, in search of this fast food breakthrough!


april fools nut canLook, you know I am a Dachshund. I like a good joke as much as the next guy and not all pranks are on a grand scale. Given today is April Fools’ April Fools Day ImageDay, I just feel compelled to warn of impending  jokes, false stories and some classic gags. REMEMBER: Please don’t sit down on any seat without checking for a “Whoopie Cushion.” REMEMBER: If your friend or family member offers you some Peanuts in a Can, be prepared for 10 feet of SNAKES to jump out at you. REMEMBER: Please don’t fall for the annual “Rubber Poop” trick on your favorite carpet. (Personally, I don’t appreciate this “Canine Profiling” with this one…) Lastly, PLEASE DO NOT, I repeat, PLEASE DO NOT let anyone approach, who asks you to “PULL MY FINGER!” As always, that’s the way I see it and I stand by my opinion.


Don't Do It!

Don’t Do It!