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Tupper’s Top Five Reasons to Love October

2 Nov
Reunion means running into old friends like Jess Kline '14. FUN!

OMD! It’s Jess Kline ’14. And she’s so happy to see me!

This article originally appeared in the October 29, 2015, issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.

Good old October. The leaves begin to turn vivid reds, oranges, and yellows. Or so they say. I mean, dogs aren’t really colorblind in the way you’ve heard we are. We don’t see as many colors as humans, but we can see them. So I see browns and yellows instead of red, orange, and yellow. Learn something new every day, don’t you, humans? #TheMoreYouKnow

Besides the fact that it’s pretty, there are a few really pawsome things about October. Well, this list refers to THIS October.

I present to you “Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Reasons to Love October”:

  1. LEAVES. They get really pretty. Then, the best part, they fall down. It’s so fun to sniff under each one of them, attack the rake when Ma’s trying to put them in a pile, and then run through the pile until it’s all spread out again.
  1. HALLOWEENIE. In October, all the little boys and girls dress up like their favorite superheroes and go door to door, collecting hot dogs. I don’t enjoy wearing costumes, but if I got a bag full of hot dogs, I’d consider it. As long as I didn’t have to walk around the neighborhood. Oh…..Ma says it’s just “Halloween,” and they get chocolate….which I can’t have on account of it being poisonous to dogs. I miss all the good stuff!
  1. REUNION @ HOMECOMING. WOOHOOO! A lot of my old friends come back for Alumni Weekend. And they scratch my bum and hug me and tell me how much they miss seeing me. Sigh. It’s tough when the kids grow up and leave the nest.
  1. PARENTS & FAMILY WEEKEND. Every year, the parents seem more excited to see me. Apparently, they follow me on Facebook and Twitter and they already know ALL about me. They kiss me and take my picture and tell me how handsome I am….who doesn’t love all that for 4-5 hours straight?

And my number one reason to love October is:

  1. TAILGATING. Food on the grill. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, sausages…oh my! And everyone wants to feed me. Now if I could just get Ma to let me have some of that food. Quick, someone distract her!

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Reasons to Love October. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Get at me! I’ll see you soon. ’Til next time…WOOF!

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Top Five Homecoming/Reunion Activities

16 Oct

This article originally appeared in the September 19 issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.


Tailgating with the guys this year…break out the steaks! I’ll take mine medium rare, please….

What a whirlwind these first two weeks of school have been. The ups: Move-In Weekend, coming to campus three days a week, and a strong start for the Bulldogs athletic teams. The downs: Humidity and a pesky sports injury that prevent me from doing stuff.

Homecoming/Reunion, though? That’s one event you couldn’t keep me away from! (I make no promises if you have bacon, though…or my ball…either one of those could probably distract me…temporarily…) I present “Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Homecoming/Reunion Activities”:

  1. SPORTS! Traditionally, Homecoming is about football, and we got that (Congrats to Bulldogs getting that dub over nationally ranked University of Maine!). But we also had Bulldog games in volleyball, field hockey, and soccer, plus alumni games in soccer, softball, lacrosse, and baseball. Did somebody say, “ball?”
  1. TAILGATING! There’s a whole section in the parking lot exclusively for tailgating alumni and parents. I would never be allowed to walk through this section on account of falling food. Everyone offers me food…but mom says no most of the time. We ought to do something about my mom…She’s WAY too strict!
  1. I’M FAMOUS! Everyone wants to take my picture…and that means Momma’s breaking out my ball. I know that if I’m persistent enough (let’s face it, Bulldog = Persistent), I will get my ball.
  1. HOT DOGS! They are meaty goodness…when I take a bite, it’s like tiny angels of deliciousness dancing on my tongue. What’s that, mom? I seem to swallow them whole and you’re not sure how I’m actually tasting them? Trust me, this is how the sophisticated connoisseur eats…

And my number one favorite thing about Homecoming/Reunion:

  1. PEOPLE! Alumni from when Bryant’s mascot was the Indian, alumni who just stepped through the Archway in May, and new and returning students. I am swimming in people, and I dig it! I don’t like water all that much, but I LOVE swimming in people. My favorite lines: “Is this THE famous Tupper?” and “I LOVE his jersey!” Yep. I’m kind of a big deal. You can check out my photo album from Homecoming/Reunion (and tag yourself if you’re in any pics, for Dog’s sake!).

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Homecoming/Reunion Activities. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Get at me! ’Til next time…WOOF!