The Curious Incident Of The Dogs In The Nice Things
Ready for some Nice Things? You bet your ass you are. Wash your hands again and take a break from the news, you!
Fidèle The Bruges Canal Dog
One of the nice things about doing Nice Things is that it's an excuse to just say, "OMG have you seen this? This is so neat!" Even if it's nothing especially new or timely. That's the case with Fidèle, a big ol' yellow Labrador retriever who lived (2003-2016) at the Côté Canal B&B in Bruges, Belgium. Apparently, every tourist who ever saw him took a photo, which you'd kind of have to, seeing as how he liked to nap or just watch the world go by from a window overlooking the Groenerei canal. It sounds like a symbiotic viewing relationship: Fidèle got a steady supply of canal boats to watch, or ignore, and people on the boats got to take pictures of the doggy. His human, Caroline Van Langeraet, said the window was his favorite spot, and that after he appeared for about two seconds in the movie In Bruges, he got fan mail from the US.
Fidèle went big on Twitter all over again last week when a Twitter person posted photeaux of the famous dogger (reposting content from an account in Espanol, it appears) :
oh to be a yellow lab napping on a windowsill overlooking a canal in Bruges https://t.co/zrur4pq0bN— Amy (@Amy)1583015523.0
And of course because dogs don't last as long as they deserve to, everybody who'd just met Fidèle was bummed when "Amy" noted in a follow-up that he'd died in 2016. Van Lagaraet told a Dutch News site that he'd "died as we know him, with his head between his paws," and as dogs' lives go, it sure seems he'd had one of the best. But wow, what a lot of photos the post unleashed, as it were, especially when "Amy" was retweeted by We Rate Dogs (if you aren't following We Rate Dogs, what is wrong with you?). So many pics of a serene, gorgeous Fidèle in a serene, gorgeous setting!
Enhance! The first four pix are from "Amy's" post there; we'll credit the others with links to their originating tweets, so you can see all the Fidèle without tweetstuff getting in the way.
How much was that doggie in the window loved? Hell of a lot!
Manuel Gómez twote, "After photographing him many times in his window, on November 22, 2014 I was lucky to see him walking with his owner and I was able to take a picture with him." MOBILE FIDELE!
"Best part of Bruges," said "mountain midge"
And sure, he was in that movie; we've cued up the pivotal scene from the trailer:
In Bruges Trailer www.youtube.com
Also, an ad for Godiva, which, without changing his coat at all, made Fidèle a chocolate lab.
And if anyone has seen any information on whether any of Fidèle's pillows ended up in the canal, please let me know.
Gimme Gimme Fun Twitter Stuff!
Kevin Gannon's big ol' mastiff Yoshi has seriously flexible face parts.
SMÖÖSH https://t.co/YKYyR06niD— Kevin Gannon (@Kevin Gannon)1584156631.0
I still haven't played this silly game.
shared in one of my discord servers https://t.co/gOl3LMz3p6— ElyseExplosion 💣💥 (@ElyseExplosion 💣💥)1584197845.0
This tweet is from 2015 but is still excellent shorthand for the general mood of Twitter:
This bird keeps itself in the air by sheer force of anger alone. http://t.co/svaRdUhHkk— Paul Tweedy (@Paul Tweedy)1427298448.0
Next week, now that I have Fidèle out of the way, I'ma bring y'all more on Australia's best funny fake news.
The Betoota Advocate is like an Australian Onion but - tbh - is funnier. https://t.co/DBzAV622ns— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman)1584031728.0
Walter the journalism dog update:
My wish for you all is that you be as happy as Walter sitting in a sunbeam on a car ride. https://t.co/ELM5Vtk1mg— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman)1583866980.0
Historians 5 years ago v. Historians today https://t.co/2ClMSuE4cu— Adam Rothman (@Adam Rothman)1584030710.0
Do not taunt happy fun moose.
Don't mess with momma moose! https://t.co/JHdF9ES8Ak— Mr Grip$ (@Mr Grip$)1583969287.0
I saved a million parodies of that dumb tweet by Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS R-Arizona. Here are a few.
@richones1 @DoktorZoom @DrPaulGosar Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in batt… https://t.co/hsaNWd44Jo— Joe Delmonaco (@Joe Delmonaco)1583792755.0
looking forward to Stephen Ambrose's new book, "Undaunted Corgis." https://t.co/n9UOuSCQ3R— Doktor Zoom (@Doktor Zoom)1583792749.0
@mjs_DC Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a… https://t.co/pUBvTZCD3w— Aylett Colston (@Aylett Colston)1583781722.0
@DrPaulGosar “Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus.… https://t.co/ixM9BZtqpr— Anna Maltese (@Anna Maltese)1583779455.0
OK, I won't post the rest.
America will get through this. With cat plctures, of course.
voluntary self-quarantine #Caturday #coronavirus https://t.co/WWsQnRXJTS— Parisa Tabriz (@Parisa Tabriz)1583686736.0
Every. Time. I. See. A. Cat 😹😹 #Caturday #CatsOfTwitter https://t.co/Mlvr6yUCCZ— Mac The Cat 🐱 (@Mac The Cat 🐱)1583636876.0
This video is guaranteed to improve your mood by at least a factor of twelve; they proved it in tests. Sound on ple… https://t.co/5UmJ5QZOLJ— Dick King-Smith HQ (@Dick King-Smith HQ)1560261416.0
Please enjoy this short musical interlude... https://t.co/7QIeo3GWEg— Dick King-Smith HQ (@Dick King-Smith HQ)1584264806.0
He's also very conscientious about linking to the original sources of the videos he tweets. Best Practices! And he retweets good stuff too.
Please enjoy the absolute purity of my cat, George, obsessing over a Fisher-Price Magnadoodle. https://t.co/I5JGFVxbAs— ghost mom (@ghost mom)1584205572.0
This puddle can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it a… https://t.co/KY9yo2gd4Q— Dick King-Smith HQ (@Dick King-Smith HQ)1584211708.0
Witness a hunter so poised, so deadly, that nothing can escape its merciless attack. https://t.co/KxPlJ6ehYg— Dick King-Smith HQ (@Dick King-Smith HQ)1510745737.0
And finally, Horny Dentistry. This is clearly a far better dentist than Paul Gosar.
local dentist’s office went in an unsettlingly horny direction with its advertising https://t.co/AkbPUp7Fgn— rax ‘tony hawk’ king (@rax ‘tony hawk’ king)1583703535.0
May we all find the toothbrush we need, and become a foamy mess of spit.
Happy Sunday, you!
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