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Happy Holidays 2016

15 Dec

From my family to yours, we wish you a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season. And best wishes for a fantastic 2017!

Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Things About Basketball v. 2015

16 Mar
Hanging out on my throne in the stands at the half, waiting for some scratchies.

Hanging out on my throne in the stands at the half, waiting for some scratchies.

This article originally appeared in the March 5 issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.

To say that I love basketball is an understatement. Well, if I’m being completely honest, I love all sports in which a ball is being thrown around and might come tantalizingly close to my jaws.

You may have noticed that I often walk around with some sort of ball in my mouth. If you mentioned that fact to my mom, she might have told you that I refuse to move WITHOUT my ball. Hey, everybody’s got their “thing,” right? Someone who’s insecure about their intellect might always talk about grades…someone who’s insecure about looks might post, like, a THOUSAND selfies a day.

Me? I KNOW I’m smart and beautiful. And charming. And humble…BOL! Some people speculate that I like to suckle on a ball because I was taken from my bulldog ma too soon, but that’s definitely not the case – I lived with my bulldog mom till I was 16 weeks old. That’s twice as long as most puppies! Most of my bulldog friends (I got tons on Twitter, IG, and FB!) like to suckle on blankets or stuffed animals, too.

Anyway, Bryant Basketball isn’t ALL about the ball. I present to you “Tupper’s Top Five Favorite Things About Bryant Basketball”:

  1. BASKETBALL. I know I said it isn’t ALL about the ball. But it’s a little bit about it! I love to watch the players run up and down the court bouncing it. It’s mesmerizing. Still waiting for someone to bounce it my way.
  1. DRIBBLING. Glad to know I’m not the only one who does this. Dribbling, I mean. Oh…Ma says it’s a different kind of dribbling. Wait…so I’m still the only one drooling at the games? Ma says other people might be drooling figuratively for different reasons, but I’m the only one who does so literally. That’s cool. I’ve always been a rebel.
  1. POPCORN. Sometimes, I’ll drop the ball when someone lets their kid carry his or her own popcorn ‘cuz that stuff goes EVERYWHERE when little kids try to walk and hold onto it at the same time!
  1. MY THRONE. Do you see my throne in the picture? My Uncle DP made that for me. And he brings it to every game I go to so that I have someplace to sit because the benches are too narrow. Hey, my legs are too short to anchor me. It’s a ruff life being the mascot sometimes…BOL! My Uncle DP and Auntie Kristin are awesome. They are not only MY fans – they’re fans of all Bryant athletics and huge supporters.

And my number one favorite thing about Bryant Basketball is:

  1. PEOPLE. Tons of people and most want one thing: To scratch my bum. I approve.

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

BaconQuest

24 Dec

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine, you already know I am ALWAYS on the hunt for bacon. I call it my personal BaconQuest.

Sometimes, such as the day before a major holiday, the bacon seeks ME out!

Here’s how it breaks down:

1) Ma wakes me up from my restful slumber

Oh, hey...here to rub my belly, Ma?

Oh, hey…here to rub my belly, Ma?

2) I sense a pork-product disturbance in the atmosphere

Pork-product Disturbance

Holy mother of Porky! What do I smell?

3) My sniffer’s working overtime

Just a tiny edge of this treat is visible!

Just a tiny edge of this treat is visible!

4) I’m actually moving…into “treat-receiving” position

Licking chops

OMNOMNOM! GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!

5) Being told I have to wait…WAIT?? Do you know who I am??

What? Stay still? IMPOSSIBLE!

What? Stay still? IMPOSSIBLE!

6) Making a grab for it

Faster than a speeding bullet when bacon is involved!

Faster than a speeding bullet when bacon is involved!

7) SUCCESS! BaconQuest fulfilled for today. I shall start my quest shortly for tomorrow…

YES! The most flavorful treat around!

YES! The most flavorful treat around!

Tupper’s Take on Five Top News Items

24 Oct
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But first…lemme take a selfie…

This article first appeared in the October 3, 2014, issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.

When you’re a social media maven, such as myself, you see a lot of trending items. I have friends all over the world. Not kidding. And I see different trending items. I’m no different than most – I have opinions. So let’s put these things into a dog’s perspective. I present to you, “Tupper’s Take on Five Top News Items”:

  1. ISIS. I don’t even understand what went so horribly wrong here. Isis used to be the Egyptianisis Goddess of Magic and Life. In the mid-1970s, she was on TV Saturday mornings – Archeologist by day, evil-fighting Egyptian goddess when needed. What’s that? Oh…mom says different Isis…well, how am I supposed to know that? She won’t let me watch the news because it’s too violent.
  1. iPHONE 6 BENDS. Wait…this is a problem? Oh, it’s not SUPPOSED to bend! That’s too bad, because now they’re too big to carry. Meh…it’s Apple. No one’s going to stop buying them…ever. They could be poop-shaped, and people would think it’s amazing. I guess my mom thinks my poop is amazing. She collects it…but I digress.
  1. CLOONEY GOT HITCHED. Take note, ladies…if Clooney did it, ANYONE can do it. Even me. I’m pretty much a confirmed bachelor at this point, though. I’ve got a girlfriend, but mom won’t let me talk about her. Okay, okay…her name is “Pillow.” That’s all I can tell you…
  1. WHITE HOUSE JUMPER. Uh, yeah, so somebody should probably do something about White House security. Maybe they should replace their guard dogs with bulldogs. I mean, if someone tries to run past me, I’m tackling them. Seriously. Don’t try it.

And the number one news item this week I want to talk about is:

  1. JETER RETIRES. Wow. Respect, indeed. In my five years of living, I’ve never seen such a production as #2’s farewell season. Whatever the controversy – some people say he wasn’t a great player, some say he was – one thing is certain: He was the consummate professional. I hope someone was taking notes on all the hullabaloo…my retirement is around the corner. But I want to see a LOT more bacon than I did for Jeter’s farewell season…A LOT MORE!

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

Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.

7 Jun

Pearls Before Swine

Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning.

He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence. 

Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him.

In fact, legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called to see if he wanted to make a movie, Bill wouldn’t even take the call.

So it was with little hope of success that I set out to try and meet him last April.

I was traveling through Cleveland on a book tour, and I knew that he lived somewhere in the area. I also knew that he was working with Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis on a book about Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson’s art.

So I took a shot and wrote to Nick. And Nick in turn wrote to Watterson.

And the meeting…

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Where in the world is Tupper? (Part 2)

10 Jul

When we last left off the exciting adventures of Mini-Tupper, he was visiting with Uncle Craig in Jersey City, NJ.

Oh, the excitement of traveling! Mini-Tupper has never been out of Smithfield, RI, much less beyond New England. This next leg of the journey took the family to London, England.

Finally on the plane after a 6-hour delay cuz of thunder-boomers!

Well, understandably, he was nervous about flying. He confided that he didn’t think there was anything natural about hurtling 30,000 feet in the air in a metal tube at 600 miles per hour. But he’s game to try anything, so he didn’t get cold feet, even when in his opinion TSA got a little too familiar in the security pat-down. “Tuppy, my man,” said Mini-Me, “I thought they were gonna pull the stuffing right outta me!”

He had good traveling companions, though, because Momma Claire and Daddy Del let him have the window seat. “It’s a little scary when you can’t see the ground anymore, but I guess humans do this a lot!”

Mini-Tupper keeps his mind sharp through reading.

Mini-Tupper is highly adaptable, so after a while, he settled in with a good book. “I read a review for the movie ‘Ted’,” he said. “When will *I* be starring in a movie?”

To Be Continued…

*YAWN* It’s a long flight…I should take a little dog-nap…

Tupper’s Tidbits: Where have you been?

6 Feb

This piece originally appeared in Bryant University’s student newspaper, The Archway, on February 3, 2012.

Welcome back, Bryant students! I cannot tell you how happy I am that winter break is finally over. I’m going to break my usual format of “Top 5” to lay it all out for you.

You guys have NO idea how much I miss you when you’re gone. See, the thing is, you go home to your family and your dogs, cats, guinea pigs, etc., and bask in their love and adoration. What you may fail to realize is that there is a severe shortage of available scratchers on campus to shower ME with love and adoration.

Thank Dog you're back! I've been so bored!

So here’s what I propose: Take Bryant winter session and summer session classes. Seriously. It’s a win-win. You don’t have to spend ALL THAT TIME with your family, who – let’s face it, I’ve seen your tweets – drive you crazy after a couple of weeks, and I get my belly scratched. Oh, and you get a class or two out of the way so that you don’t have to take five classes in the regular semester. I know how tough some of those classes are. Momma T STILL complains about the demands of some of her MBA classes! And one fewer class frees you up for more Tupper Time.

Problem: Solved. I’m like that. I’m a dog of the people!

Or, if you have to be away from me for all that time, you should study abroad, and gain a global perspective. I know what you’re thinking: Tup, how does that help you? (Because I know you’re always thinking about me.) It’s simple. You will take a mini-Tupper with you around the world and post pictures of him at all the cool places you go. Tupper will be a global mascot. My legacy will be immense. It will be legen – wait for it – dary!

Speaking of legendary, I had a pawsum time at my 2nd birthday party this week. There was singing, and scratching. Trivia, and scratching. Cake, and scratching. Photos with Bryant people, and scratching.

Hey! You said this would be filet mignon!

You may have noticed a recurring theme. It’s a dog thing. Definitely a bulldog thing. If you’re new to Bryant, there are a few things you should know. 1) I’m quieter in person than I am on social media, 2) I’m on social media, so follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/BryantTuppy) and like me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BulldogTupper) and 3) Sometimes, it may look like I’m walking past you, but it’s only to position my bum closer to your scratchers…so get to it!

I’ll be here all semester…try the chicken. I’ll be back to my “Top 5” format for the next issue. ’Til then…WOOF!

Hello world!

27 May

Welcome to “TupperTails.” I see the world from a different angle than you. I guarantee it! An English bulldog about 24 inches high, I’m WAY down here. I’m mascot to Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, and I’m the luckiest pup in the world.

So on May 21, 2011, I stood with Bryant University’s president, Ronald K. Machtley, faculty, and members of the board of trustees for the first time, and I watched the Class of 2011 process. It was a proud moment for me. I spent the last year getting to know a lot of the graduates. It wasn’t difficult – Bryant students are active members of the community!

The students asked me to help with Up ‘Til Dawn, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, barbecues, and other events and fundraisers. I couldn’t say “no,” even if I wanted to…and I didn’t want to!

This last year, my first as Bryant’s mascot, has been better than I could ever have imagined. You know how sometimes your kitty or puppy will nudge your hand to let you know they want even more scratches, but you’re just too tired after a while? That doesn’t happen to me – I have 4,000 students, faculty, and staff who will scratch me nonstop. Imagine if you had that? You’d be the happiest creature in the world, too, I bet!

I have a Facebook page, and Twitter account, and that’s how I stay in touch with a lot of people. I’m a dog of the new social media age! I encourage you to concentrate on the good things in your life instead of the negative. I encourage you to let me be one of the good things in your life.