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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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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


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 Tidbits – Top Five Reasons For Giving Thanks

18 Nov

This article originally appeared in the November 15, 2012, issue of The Archway.

Less picture-taking, more belly rubbing!

I have been around the block a couple of times now…I know that the third week in November is a special time of year. When it comes to students, they’re most grateful for time off from school. And the rest of you humans are grateful for time off from work … don’t deny it; you know you are!

Well, I don’t have to take mid-terms or write papers or give presentations. Nor do I have deadlines and schedules. When I go to campus, it’s all about strutting my stuff and getting scratches for being so darn adorable. I LOVE IT!

One thing we can all agree on, though, is that we may sometimes take things for granted and this is possibly the one time we all take a moment and think about how lucky we are. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I present “Tupper’s Top Reasons for Giving Thanks”:

Bulldog Buggy!

5. I HAVE A ‘BULLDOG BUGGY’! Hey, let’s keep it real. The campus is 428 acres. That’s a lot of ground to cover. I see you guys moving around campus in your gas-powered buggies. My legs aren’t even 1/8th as long as yours!

4. THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS! Tradition in the Senecal house: All the scraps left on people’s plates get redistributed into our doggie dishes. OMNOMNOM! Gravy makes me so happy!


3. MY BALL SUPPLY IS RESTOCKED! You can probably count the number of times that you’ve seen me without a ball in my mouth on one hand. Momma calls it my “puppy pacifier.” Special thanks to Bryant’s Alumni Relations Office and the Student Alumni Association for keeping me swimming in balls… 🙂

2. I AM THE BRYANT MASCOT!  I can’t even imagine being a regular dog now! When I hear applause, I assume it’s for me (isn’t it, though?) Our students are the best. They dedicate a lot of time to community service, including about 300 of them recently writing “Thank You” cards to members of our armed forces overseas this holiday season. I love them!

And the number one reason I give thanks:

1. THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME! Whether it’s my Momma reading me a bedtime story, students rubbing my belly and high-fiving me, or (my personal favorite) people who show their love by feeding me, I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who love me. I’m not the only one, though. So are you…I guarantee it!

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Reasons for Giving Thanks. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook and Twitter. Get at me! ’Til next time…WOOF!

Top Five Reasons to Love Trick-Or-Treating

8 Nov

This article originally appeared in the October 25, 2012, issue of The Archway, Bryant’s student newspaper.

Oh boy, oh boy! There are a lot of reasons to love fall…it’s when college starts again, it’s football season, the air gets crisp and cool, and it’s time for Trick-or-Treats!

Fun facts about the holiday*: 1) Nearly 70 percent of Americans will celebrate this year. 2) The average person will spend about $80 on candy, decorations, and costumes. 3) Fifteen percent will dress their dogs up in costumes. I do not support that last fun fact. At all.

Can’t I just be a “high-fiving mascot” for Halloween???

And so, with October 31 just around the corner, I present to you “Tupper’s Top Five Reasons to Love Trick-or-Treat Time”:

5. THERE WILL BE HOT DOGS! What do you mean, there won’t be hot dogs? Isn’t it called “Halloweenie,” and weenie is short for “wiener,” which is a hot dog? No “ie” on the end, you say? Can we start a petition on change.org to get the name changed and set us on the right track to hot dogs?

4. MY TWITTER AND FACEBOOK FRIENDS WILL BE PUTTING THEIR DOGS IN COSTUME! And posting (and re-posting) the pictures! Some of them are pretty funny! Gracie the bulldog in Wisconsin has a Marilyn Monroe costume, complete with cleavage, and Paloma the Boston terrier in Ohio is a Geisha, complete with kimono! Why are you smirking, Momma? Uhhh…I don’t like the look you’re giving me.

This year, I was part of a couples costume…I was a dalmatian, and Momma was a firefighter…BOL!

3. THERE ARE PARTIES TO GO TO! My dogtor’s office, Northpaws Veterinary Center in Greenville, is having a Howl-O-Ween party, and I’m invited! There’s gonna be people, and dogs, and treats! What do you mean, it’s a costume pawty? You mean for you, right Momma?

2. IT’S IN THE TITLE…TREATS!  If I’m a good boy, I get non-stop treats! Kit Kats and peanut butter cups, and Milky Ways…OMNOMNOM!!! Excuse me? What do you mean, “no, those have chocolate?” Isn’t that the most delicious part? That’s what the commercials say! Chocolate is POISON to doggies?? Can we file a petition to get chocolate to be nontoxic?

And my number one favoritest thing about Trick-or-Treat Time:

1. THE TRICK-OR-TREATERS! A non-stop stream of people coming to the front door! I LOVE PEOPLE! And most of them are compelled, by my good looks and charm, to pet me and exclaim about my adorableness. With which I wholeheartedly agree. And support.

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Reasons to Love Trick-or-Treat Time. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bulldogtupper) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/bryanttuppy). Get at me! ’Til next time…WOOF!

*According to National Retail Federation® (www.nrf.com)

Tupper’s Top Five Life-Changing Summer Events

21 Sep

It’s a cruel (cruel), cruel summer…you’re leaving me here on my own…

This post originally appeared in the September 21, 2012 issue of The Archway.

If you’re a returning student, welcome back to Bryant! If this is your first year, I can’t wait to get to know you.

I’m your OFFICIAL mascot. Don’t be fooled by imitations. I’m the only real English bulldog mascot on campus who has a regular column in The Archway, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a blog. Pretty sure I’m the only one, anyway…

A few momentous events happened to me this summer, and I want to tell you about them.

5. I got to have 9 sleepovers with the Machtleys. My Momma Claire went to London and Paris without me! I didn’t mind, though, cuz I got to have a whole bunch of sleepovers with Uncle Ron and Auntie Kati Machtley, who treat me like a king. Pssst…don’t tell Momma Claire…I like it when she feels guilty!

4. Speaking of my stay at the Machtleys’ house… So while I was having my sleepovers, I got into a little trouble…Auntie Kati stepped out for a bit, and I let myself out of my crate and went exploring. I got locked in the closet and had to bodyslam the door to let Auntie Kati know where I was (she was panicking when she couldn’t find me – you can read all about it on my blog post from this summer). Pssst…don’t tell Momma Tina I can let myself out of my crate!

3. I got lonely. When you guys leave campus, you go home to your dogs and cats and friends and I’m all by myself….sigh…it’s very lonely sometimes. I miss the love and adoration…and scratchies!

Yes, yes! All hands on Tuppy all the time! Now, fetch my ball, human, and we’ll call this a perfect day!

2. I got two new leashes. What? They can’t all be pearls of wit and wisdom…I’m a dog! Getting new leashes is very exciting to me. Special thanks to Patrick in the Bryant Bookstore for donating a Bryant leash to me. You can get one for your own canine in the Bookstore, too!

And the number one life-changing event that happened this summer is:

1. I tore my ACL. Yes, just like many elite athletes before me (Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, RG3), I have a partial tear in my cruciate ligament…so while I’m recovering, I get more time in my Bulldog Buggy! The dogtor says the prescription is bed rest and physical therapy…I’m not too sure I like being prescribed anything with the word “physical” in it.

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Life-Changing Summer Events. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook and Twitter. Get at me! I’ll see you at Homecoming. ’Til next time…WOOF!

Tupper’s Tidbits: Top Five Places You Can Find Me

20 Feb

I use my big brain to contemplate life and such.

As you may know, I am a proud alumnus of Bryant University, Class of 2010, and the official mascot of this distinguished institution. If it were up to me, I would be on campus every day, and attending every event (especially if food was involved).

HOWEVER, I am at the mercy of my humans, who must pick and choose where I can go and when, since they have to do something called their “jobs.” Pppppffffttt…whatever! Momma Tina takes me places when she can on the weekend, but for some reason, she thinks she should have some time off from work every now and again (as if!) to do stuff around the house. I only let her because that includes making my food.

I am a bulldog and we have special health needs and issues. When the warm weather is here, the Mommas will have to take into consideration whether going (and/or staying) at an event is in my best interest – that’s part of being my caretakers. They wanted me to tell you that if it were up to them, I would be at every function on campus. Here are some of the ones I’m almost guaranteed to be at:

5. Relay for Life. This one’s an easy decision. Lots of people (and dogs) are touched by this disease. My daddy and uncle are survivors. My friend, Kristin, who bought me my awesome bulldog buggy, is a survivor. Students hold an event on campus every year, and they raise lots of money for research. I support everything about this event.

Yep, the ladies love me!

At a football game, surrounded by cute girls, sitting in my bulldog buggy...life doesn't get better!

4. Special Olympics. As soon as I found out I didn’t have to do anything physical, I was totally in! Bryant students organize this event for all Special Olympians in Northern Rhode Island. It’s amazing!

3. Commencement. I won’t be able to stay all day, but I’ll be standing next to Uncle Ron to watch you process through the Archway. I’m already verklempt thinking about saying “goodbye” to some of you!

2. Every single home football game. It’s in my contract. The Mommas can’t get out of it! BOL! This includes Homecoming and Reunion, so come out and meet me!

1. Orientation. Again, I can’t go to all sessions, but I beg the Mommas to take me to at least a couple of events. You can usually find me outside Salmanson waiting for kisses and scratches.

So there you have it. Have an evening or weekend event you think I should be at? Ask me on Facebook, Twitter, or send me an e-mail. Please give more than 5 days’ notice…the humans need to be able to check and/or rearrange their schedules. ’til next time…WOOF!

The face of determination

7 Jun

On Saturday, June 4, I went to a Bryant alum’s birthday party. It was a special party for two reasons: First, because the birthday ‘boy’ turned 30, a milestone by any standards; and second, because doctors told his parents that he would never see age 30.

Matthew DiIorio ’04 (Johnston, RI) has Friedreich’s ataxia. It’s a rare, progressive disease that causes irreparable damage to the spinal cord, loss of muscle coordination, and, often, heart problems. But it doesn’t affect thinking and reasoning abilities. At present, there is no cure or treatment for the disorder.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I got there, but what I found was a house filled with loving friends and relatives who were celebrating a joyous occasion.

I knew there was something very special about the man in the wheelchair, so I kept trying to jump on him. Mommy Tina moved a chair next to him and placed me in it, where I stayed for a very long time (by my standards). A couple of times, I stepped over the side of the wheelchair to stand in Matthew’s lap.

Me & Matt
Mommy Tina kept moving me off Matt’s lap because she said she didn’t want me to hurt him. She didn’t know that Matt and I had already bonded.

Although Matt’s speech is slurred due to the Friedreich’s ataxia, he was pretty clear when he told Mommy T, “no, he’s not hurting me, he can stay.”

Me & Matt 3
Thank you, Professor David Ciliberto (who was one of Matt’s favorite teachers at Bryant), for thinking to include me. Thank you, Jack and Sallyann DiIorio, for welcoming me into your home and being so very happy I could come. And, finally, thank you, Matt, for showing everyone what it means to have determination, perseverance, and positivity in the face of adversity.

Me & Matt 4
If you would like to help find a cure for Friedreich’s ataxia, visit the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance ‘ways to help’ page.