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Greetings! It is I, The Lantherious Lanther!
The most exciting thing currently happening in my little furry world is my charity t-shirt!!! This fall, as most are aware, my home beaches on Long Beach Island (LBI), NJ, were blasted by the unrelenting wrath of Superstorm Sandy. Recovery operations have been in motion since the storm. And while the people of LBI, and most of the Jersey Shore, have made a notable stand to receive visitors this summer, there are still many individuals and businesses that did not recover, or that are still in the midst of a brave attempt to do so.
One day this spring The Human and my Pro Photographer, Michael Bagley, (aka “That Guy,” or “My Paparazzi”) summoned me to do some recovery-related photo shoots (I said… GREAT! Let me practice my Black Steel model face!). Some of the shots were of me standing proudly in front of a wide bulldozer blade at the entrance to the beach (snacks were provided). The sky was mostly cloudy, gray and ominous (I think my fur may have frizzed a little). What little light peeked through the clouds, the heavy equipment seemed to capture and brilliantly reflect (as did my luxurious and silky black coat). The images appeared to tell a story about strength and resilience, of tones of darkness being overcome by light. This translated into a message of the shore and its people coming out of the shadows of despair, and into the light of determination and hope.
THIS… was a message that should be seen and shared… for a good cause… to lift spirits… to add to the momentum… to help a charity… even to help local vendors.
AND SO IT BECAME A SHIRT!!!
The following vendors in the Long Beach Island area will be receiving their orders from us this weekend:
ALL WHOLESALE proceeds gained by the joint effort of The Lanther and Michael Bagley Photography will be donated to the Beach Haven First Aid Squad on Long Beach Island, NJ. The squad’s area of operation covers Ship Bottom through Holgate. Local vendors throughout the supporting area who have pre-ordered t-shirts in support of the charity venture, will be retailing them at their venues, in turn helping those businesses in their recovery efforts as well!
An added benefit for The Lanther fans… my handsome dog mug will be floating around a little more in the area… to which I have to say… AAAWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!
***above photo is courtesy of MICHAEL BAGLEY PHOTOGRAPHY… the most PAWSOME pet photography studio in ALL THE LAND!!!
It is nearly summertime at the Jersey Shore. That’s not the best thing if you’re a dog, because the townships impose a “no dog” rule for the beaches during active summer tourist season. The beach is my favorite place IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!! I am the KING OF MY JETTIES (I have two, one south and one north – and yes, they are MINE!… I mark them regularly!)
It’s not fair that summer brings with it beach evictions for canines. I pick up my dookie, so that’s not the problem (ok, The Human picks it up, but same-same). I want to enjoy the beach when the temperatures are truly ideal for an ocean swim! Do you know how cold the Atlantic is pre-Summer? Brrr!!! I mean, I’ve got fur but eeek!
I recently posted the following graphic about seals on The Lanther’s Facebook and The Lanther’s Twitter pages, and now I post it here to further my argument in favor of a movement I call, “Paws on the Sand.”
Seals ARE just dog mermaids. So let’s follow the logic.
If seals are just dog mermaids, then dogs are land seals. Seals are allowed on the beach anytime they want. In fact, they are given the right of way by marine life officials – humans must yield and stay away. So therefore, if seals are allowed on the beach all year-long, and seals are just dog mermaids… dogs should be allowed on the beach all year-long, right? I mean, ARE YA PICKING UP WHAT I’M PUTTING DOWN? (Yes, my Human, I know you pick up what I put down, I mentioned that earlier if you paid attention).
Write a letter to your government leaders supporting “Paws on the Sand” today! And try not to drool on or eat the letter prior to mailing!
THIS MESSAGE IS APPROVED BY THE LANTHER AND HIS BAND OF MERRY DOG RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
(most of which are 4-legged, panting and furry).
It troubles me to see how long of a hiatus I have taken from blogging! It is, OF COURSE, The Human’s fault. If I listed the ways that she has been lazy around here, I’d have writer’s paw and the outline to a future novel! But I digress… onto more important things than the lethargy of The Human.
It has been quite a Fall/Winter this year. I have immensely enjoyed my time at the shore, being able to run amok on barren beaches, few people in sight. The Human was a trooper in the face of the bitter cold and cutting winds of Mistress Winter. She had me out and running several times a day, nearly every day. She often braved the chilly temperatures dressed embarrassingly like a mismatched bag lady, but what really matters is that she got out there with me. One of her favorite style choices came to be a bright red ski suit, meant for snow, but used on the sandy beach (sigh), FASHION POLICE!!! Embarrassment aside… for her extreme dedication to my exercise needs, I love her… (for her continued exposure of my young mind to senseless, over-dramatic reality TV, I DO NOT – but that’s another story).
In honor of a winter that was so amazing, I present to you, my audience…
THE LANTHER’S WINTER BALLET:
A brilliant display of vivid images capturing the skilled choreography of my red ski-suited Human and I.
We were honored to have the great and talented Michael Bagley of Michael Bagley Photography document our performance photographically (Thanks, you’re awesome Dude!). Goodbye sweet peaceful winter that we enjoyed so much!
The Lanther and The Human
Greetings fair Citizens!
The last month has brought with it much destruction and chaos due to the wiles of an evil villainess known to all as Hurricane Sandy. She ravaged the landscape of our NJ coastline, home to the Human and I.
We walked the grounds belonging to our family and friends, as well as our own. We encountered wreckage everywhere. Our Granny’s former home was flooded with 3 feet of water… friends’ homes and properties were annihilated… boats were tossed about like dice in Atlantic City… mountains of debris and sopping wet house guts were piled up to be discarded… industrial dumpsters were strategically placed on every street with monster trucks arriving in convoy to haul it away… National Guardsmen and Police were trooping the storm “war zone.” Quite a sight.
Sandy did her worst and blew out of town leaving behind her destruction and her lowly band of goons, THE LOOTERS, to wreak more havoc. They crossed into THE ZONE by land and water, attempting to circumvent the authorities and steal valuables from unattended, storm-damaged homes.
CITIZENS! WE WILL PREVAIL!!!
For I know of a pair of superheros bound and determined to bring Sandy’s band of thugs to justice!!!
BAT-LANTHER AND HIS TRUSTY SIDEKICK CANINIA SLAVE!!!
REST EASY CITIZENS! YOUR STREETS WILL BE SAFE AGAIN!!!
***Bat-Lanther and Caninia Slave photos courtesy of Michael Bagley Photography (www.michaelbagleyphoto.com) – Thanks, we love your work and love of animals!
***Thanks also to Harness Lead www.harnesslead.com for being a useful canine tool before, during and after the storm. The Human and I stayed with 2 other humans and 4 other dogs, and we all used our Harness Leads.
Now a Nor’easter Targets Our Coast right after Hurricane Sandy!
Bark! Bark! Bark!
Alas… internet access! Communications and utilities have been zero to weak due to Hurricane Sandy… which hit directly HERE, in our generally sleepy little vicinity!
I and the Human are SAFE, but displaced. Our area and community got punked HARD by the storm!
Lots to tell… but not in this post.
More to follow…
The Human and I are preparing for the arrival of the “Perfect Storm” aka HURRICANE SANDY. We live right on the coast of NJ.
We have had a lot to do, but we managed to get in a photo session with Harness Lead and Mike Bagley Photography today. Thanks to both!
We think you will enjoy this shot of the Human and I, which we have dubbed, THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
The last few weeks have been really crazy and confusing and weird and up and down, etc. The Human and I are getting ready to move in the near future. We lived with Granny, and now her home is going to belong to someone new. It was our HOME, but it is not our HOUSE. The moving process has begun to happen in phases with different folks coming and going with all of their boxes and movers. I even gave a hand to my Gramps in tying down a tarp on the trailer one day.
The Human says there is a possibility for us to go just about anywhere next… someone else told us that “the world is your oyster now.” What the heck does that mean? Is the world a gooey gob of a creature that lives in a shell in the ocean, who occasionally hacks up a pearl?
My dog park injury is doing great. My wounds are closed and in the last stages of healing, my fur is starting to regrow. No more gauze pads or medical tape. No more cones. I have even gotten back to my bay beach a couple of times. It was so nice to run like a free wild stallion again!
But mostly our days at the house are precious and few, so the Human and I spend a lot of time at home, and on the backyard swing… thinking of Granny and how much we are going to miss her and her house… SHE and this place, were what we called HOME (it really is WHERE THE HEART IS…).