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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 5 Reasons to Be in the Unistructure December 5

1 Dec

Papers and presentations and finals…oh, my!

I know this time of year is crazy…you just had the Thanksgiving Break, now you’re back and it’s all late-night study sessions and group projects. There’s a lot going on…and you get stressed. My humans explained this whole “stress” thing to me…sounds awful. Glad I don’t have to do it!

Kickin' it with my buddy, Cam Burke.

Kickin’ it with my buddy, Cam Burke ’14.

The good news is that this semester, my friends and I can help. Did you know I’m a certified pet assisted therapy dog? On Wednesday, December 5, I’ll be joined by a couple of King Charles cavaliers, a couple of Lhasa apsos, a golden retriever, and mixes of Chihuahua, Tibetan spaniel, and bulldog in the Roto to provide you with much needed stress relief. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we’ll be there to support Wishful Thinking, a non-profit student organization that partners with Make-A-Wish Massachusetts/Rhode Island. Donate a couple of bucks – it all goes to charity – and get all the doggy loving you can handle! We’re SO worth it!

Then from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, Health Services is sponsoring the same type of event, but they’ll have all sorts of other stress-relieving techniques as well. Go to room M44 to get de-stressified during those times.

With finals just around the corner, I present “Tupper’s Top Five Reasons To Be in the Unistructure December 5”:

5. I’LL BE THERE! Not only am I your mascot, but did you know I’m also good luck? Just ask the people who pet me last year whose team won the E-Pitch about half an hour later…

Chillin' with Kristin Penta, Bryant alumna and employee.

Chillin’ with Kristin Penta, Bryant alumna and employee.

4. IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE! Children who are terminally ill get to do one thing they’ve dreamed of doing before they die, thanks to Wishful Thinking and Make-A-Wish Foundation. It really means a lot to them. Donate to them, and get some puppy loving from me and my friends!

3. YOU MISS YOUR PUPPY! I know you do…I see the tweets. My friends and I are decent substitutes.

2. WE’RE GOOD LISTENERS!  Sometimes, you just want to kvetch or complain. You don’t need someone to tell you what to do… I PROMISE we’ll never tell you what to do!


Rollin’ with my homies…Just look at the joy I bring them!

And the number one reason you must go to the Unistructure:

1. BEST. STRESS RELIEF. EVER! Really…there are tons of studies on this stuff. Pets reduce blood pressure and have a calming effect on the person who’s doing to petting…and, no, I’m not making this up because it suits my needs… 🙂

So there you have it. Tupper’s Top Five Reasons To Be in the Unistructure on December 5. Don’t forget – I’m on Facebook  and Twitter. Get at me! ’Til next time…WOOF!

Tupper’s Tidbits: Top Five Ways to Get Happy

17 Feb

This piece originally appeared in the Bryant University student newspaper, The Archway, on February 10, 2012

Pssst...come closer! I'll tell you the secrets to happiness!

Ahhh…Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the debate. *Imitating boxing ring announcer* In this cornerrrrrrr, we have the pro-Valentine’s people – lovers of love and those in a committed relationship…In this cornerrrrr, we have those opposed to crass commercialism, being forced to be romantic for one day, and witnessing mushy PDA by everyone around them.

But here’s the thing. According to the National Institutes of Health (“The Power of Love,” 2007), our bodies respond to love and affection through a hormone called “oxytocin.” Oxytocin does more than make us feel good. It lowers stress and blood pressure and improves our mood and increases tolerance for pain. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be another HUMAN and it doesn’t have to be romantic love that gets your oxytocin stimulated!

That brings me to “Tupper’s Top Five Ways to Get Happy.”

5. Work out. Now, I know that SOME of you think that ol’ Tuppy here doesn’t work out. But, throw my ball, and I’ll run as far as I need to, to get it, and I’ll be as quick as I need to, to keep it away from you. I have witnesses. And, I spend HOURS on Fridays playing with my four- and two-legged pals at Alpha Dog Center Dog Daycare in Cumberland.

4. Get out and enjoy nature. When *I* go out, I like to chase the ball and roll around in various interesting-smelling things. You might not have all of the same interests I do, though. There’s tons of stuff to do within a five- to 10-mile radius of campus, though. If you’re stumped, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

3. Listen to music. Upbeat stuff, though, not that whiny, depressing stuff. More than likely, Adele is not going to cheer you up…she’s phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, but I get more work as a therapy pet from people who put “Someone Like You” on repeat. Don’t do it to yourself. Seriously, I’m exhausted!

2. Get out and socialize. There are 80 clubs and organizations on campus…there must be SOMETHING you have an interest in. If not, you can start your own! Or, the Bryant Community Service Office can find places where you can volunteer. Making a difference feels so good!

Socializing with my pals Sara Larrabee '13 and Lisa Detweiler '12

1. Scratch me. I’m not kidding. The therapeutic effects of a pet are well-documented. My Momma Claire has a nonprofit organization that certifies pet-assisted therapy teams. Many hospitals, group homes, and schools are looking for such programs because the benefits are so varied. This is one of those win-win situations.

So there you have it. Don’t complain. Change what you don’t like. YOLO. ’Til next time…WOOF!

The Power of Love. (2007). Retrieved February 8, 2012, from http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2007/February/docs/01features_01.htm