The lighter side of cruelty to animals.

We need something a little lighter right now.

And since I am angry at a dog at the moment … more the dog’s owner… here.

Try this.  If you don’t laugh, you’re…. you’re… a Fishwrap subscriber.


I’ll bet you would get the same reaction over Mystic Monk Coffee.

C’mon.   Cliiiiick it.  You know you want some.

I promise I’m not teasing.

That will really take you to the Mystic Monks.

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  1. AnAmericanMother says:

    This has been making the rounds amongst the dog folk.

    My youngest Lab, Katy, shows her bottom teeth in the same way when she’s trying to be ingratiating.

    It works pretty well, because she’s extremely cute.

  2. APX says:


    I must admit, I am guilty of doing this to my dog. When I was away from home at school, I used to call home to talk to my dog on speaker phone and get her all worked up about “going for a “walk” with the “leash” and getting some “cookies” and going for a “truck ride.” Certain words, and words that sound similar get her extremely worked up. I’m so mean.

  3. AnAmericanMother says:

    It can be used against you.
    My oldest dog is retired from Agility and Retriever work and is training for competition Obedience.
    My trainer (mean lady!) strolls down the line when we’re working on long down-stays or sit-stays, looks my dog in the eye and says, “Hey, Shelley! How about a COOKIE?”
    And Shelley pops right up out of ‘stay’ and trots up to her and sits. “Don’t mind if I do, thanks.”
    Thankfully judges can’t do that sort of thing in the ring . . . .

  4. EWTN Rocks says:

    I loved it Fr. Z – thanks for the laugh! Good news is I didn’t fall off my share laughing this time (could be dangerous for someone my age)!

  5. Fr_Sotelo says:


    Tisk, tisk. Yes, you are mean to your poor dog, especially saying “cookie” and not giving her a cookie. Now, if you wind up in purgatory, I know exactly what God will have in store for your penance there–you will be deprived constantly and then forced to eat the pet treats you didn’t give LOL (the pooch, in doggie heaven, meanwhile stares at you in purgatory while he is eternally gorging on pet treats which Jesus never runs out of).

    Unless my German Shepherd is going for a walk, I don’t even touch the leash, or the plastic bags which are used to clean up after him, much less get the poor guy worked up. Plus, big dogs can knock over stuff when they are excited and expecting their walk.

    The dog in this video is too cute for words, but I am biased towards the cuteness and intelligence of the German Shepherd dog.

  6. Sword40 says:

    That was great. Even my lab watched it . She wasn’t impressed but consider the source. Lab’s aren’t very sympathetic anyway.

  7. Mike says:

    I loved it. Of course, I have a Boston Terrier who was, in another life, a disgraced theologian-Archbishop who lost everything, and was cast into the body of our dog, Jasper.

  8. EWTN Rocks says:

    I loved it so much, I watched it a second time. My cat watched it with me but didn’t like it. She hissed, dug her claws into my lap, and then scampered away.

  9. RichR says:

    That was really good. I showed my staff at my dental office and they loved it.

  10. MJ says:

    That was great. :) I don’t have a dog or a cat. I have a rabbit though…

  11. Very clever and imaginative, cute and funny! An especially refreshing change from those TV commercials that exploit babies and have them behaving and speaking as crude adults. Thanks, Father Z!

  12. DrTenochtitlan says:

    All of the videos by this guy are funny. In particular, people should check out “Kitty is a very BAD mystic”, “What cats are REALLY thinking”, “Talking beaver on the highway”, and “What dogs are really thinking”.

  13. Alan Aversa says:

    Cats and lasers are the best!

  14. EWTN Rocks says:

    Wow, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a cup of Mystic Monk coffee! I loved this video so much, I had to look at it a third time. Strangely, it reminded me that God communicates with us in many different ways.

    Since my reversion last year, God has provided direction to me several times through other people. This occurred once more today, prompting me to consider St. John Chrysostom’s words concerning the importance of keeping Jesus Christ’s commandments, blessing those who curse us, and returning good for evil. A good reminder about the importance of being a good Christian…which reminds me why I’m so appreciative to you for your efforts. Through your blog and podcasts, I continue to learn and relearn the history, tradition, discipline, and beliefs of the Catholic Church. You are truly awesome!

  15. Mariana says:


    and others

    you ARE awful : ) !

  16. Mariana says:

    “aweful”! See what you made med do!

  17. irishgirl says:

    That was funny! I started chuckling quietly here in the library.
    Almost looked like the dog itself was talking! Very clever!
    I’ve had a couple of dogs myself, but I never teased them like this.

  18. irishgirl says:

    Why are you mad at the dog’s owner, Father Z? Did the dog make a mess on your lawn and the owner didn’t clean it up?

  19. wanda says:

    Cruel, but so funny. It’s is very well done. (I laughed, so be assured I’m not a fishwrap subscriber.)
    Fr. Sotelo, I’ve been a cat person for umpteen years, but I have thought that if I were to ever get a dog, it would be the handsome and noble German Shepherd. (I’m slightly prejudiced, my husband was in law enforcement for many years.)

  20. AnAmericanMother says:

    A good German Shepherd is a wonderful dog, but if you decide to get one be very careful of your bloodlines. The conformation Shepherds can have serious hip problems due to the breeding for a “tricycle” stance.
    If you get one from German or Eastern European bloodlines they are usually o.k., but be sure the parents are OFA “Excellent” or “Good” and that the breeder has run all the necessary genetic tests (which vary from breed to breed but usually include the neuromuscular diseases and the eye diseases).
    Probably too much information, but it’s important to start with a well bred dog. What you do with the training after that is up to you!

  21. wanda says:

    AnAmericanMother, Thank you so much for the information. I may never have a German Shepherd but if I were to get one I appreciate knowing what to watch for in choosing one.
    Thanks again.

  22. AnAmericanMother says:

    Sure! Glad I wasn’t pestering.
    I am just crazy about my dogs, and I would hate for anybody to accidentally wind up with a bad example of any breed, let alone all the difficult and expensive health problems that you can get along with that. I am a Labrador Retriever person, but many of my friends have GSDs, including my son who has a lovely little German-bred black sable bitch. They are wonderful dogs, highly intelligent and loyal, and at their best very athletic indeed.
    Labs of course have their own set of things to watch out for!

  23. RichardT says:

    irishgirl, my guess is it’s chased away the birds from the feeder.

  24. irishgirl says:

    RichardT-I hadn’t thought of that!

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