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Nuf Ced*

This was my colleague and me at the Fenway Open House Thursday- I chose it because this is how I feel after this game today and it looks like he is concerned and comforting me. Right now, I am trying to remember the bright side of this week, which includes recalling that 54,000 fans came to walk around the Park that day. I was also touched to have so many of  those visitors stop by to share their stories about the Girl Scouts, service dogs, beloved family pets, and  their devotion to the Red Sox through good times and bad.  That is some of what we, as service dogs are trained to do- be there to smooth out the rough spots. Those things help me to refocus on what is important, and that I am a proclaimed optimist. At today’s painful loss to the Yankees, I think we needed an army of Canine Companion dogs to console our fans.

I am planning on keeping the faith.  That is what Red Sox fans do…please stay with me.

thanks for following,

Fenway the Dog

 

*these were the words of “Nuf Ced” McGreevy ” Above is his photo and some background from Wikipedia which I found very interesting- maybe you will too, and hope it distracts you from any pessimistic thoughts which might be swirling around in your head about the season.

Michael T. “Nuf Ced” McGreevey was the leader of the most vocal fans of the “Boston Americans”(now the Boston Red Sox), today known as the  “Royal Rooters”. McGreevey owned the Third Base Saloon, which got its name because, like third base, it was the last stop before home. His saloon was Boston’s original sports bar – it was decorated in a baseball theme, with pictures of the players, and a scoreboard on the outside wall. His nickname “Nuf Ced” was given to him because that was what he usually shouted to end barroom disputes, usually about the Boston Americans and the Boston Braves.

McGreevey amassed a rich collection of photographs, clippings, and other baseball memorabilia. When Prohibition forced McGreevey to close Third Base, he donated his collection to the Boston Public Library. Author Glenn Stout (A Red Sox Century) helped popularize the collection when he worked at the library.

The theme song of the “Royal Rooters” was “Tessie”from the Broadway musical “The Silver Slipper”. McGreevey was immortalized in a 2004 remake of the song by the Irish American punk band Dropkick Murphys. It subsequently was part of the soundtrack of the movie Fever Pitch concerning fans of the 2004 season of the Red Sox.

In 2008, Dropkick Murphys  bassist  Ken Casey  re-opened Third Base, although it is no longer known as such. Now the tavern is known as McGreevey’s and can be converted to open-air. There is also a sign on the front of the bar that says “1200 Steps to Fenway Park.” It is on Boylston Street and is right across the street from the Hynes Convention Center located in the Back Bay of Boston.

(Fenway Park just opened a room named after him at Fenway Park called the Royal Rooters’ Club”)

Looking Forward, Looking Back

This is going to be a great season and celebration of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.  I want to start with this shot from the Green Monster on Opening Day (a great win, and proof that sometimes good things happen on Friday the 13th).  There are interesting and exciting things happening and lots to talk about- Girl Scout Dog Treats at Fenway,  55,000 visitors who came to Fenway Park yesterday for a free Open House and autographs with past and present players, MSNBC Morning Joe broadcasting from the field this morning, today’s game which will be packed with surprises (great TiVO material), and that is just the beginning.  Maybe people would shift their talk to these things rather than other old stuff like  Seamus the dog. I would like to have some dreams about old Fenway, and new world series rather than nightmares of riding on the roof of a car like a dead moose.

Thanks for reading and thanks for writing back,

Fenway the Dog

 

Clubhouse



Here is one more shot from ‘inside’ Fenway Park.  Good thing this sign did not stop me from entering the Red Sox Clubhouse for a look*. We service dogs are trained to not be unnerved by such things as sirens, crowds or traffic…we certainly would not be deterred by  a sign on a door (clearly not addressing us).   Anyway, inside, we discovered the players’ new hydrotherapy pool which might be a place to do some after-hours relaxing with friends.  I wonder if our fur will be a problem in the filter (perhaps we will have to enjoy it without the jets).

I love water, and find it very therapeutic.

Fenway the Dog

*this is my friend Vernell in the photo-it was actually his idea to disregard the Restricted Area sign.

Treats on Board

Hello to all of the commuters on the Massachusetts Pike! Not only is Frontier (holding the bag) a proud CCI* graduate, but he has hit the road in a photographic way, to promote these special dog treats.  Thanks Clear Channel for helping drivers to focus on something other than the bugs on their windshields as they dream of spring (real spring; not stop-and-start fake spring where one day we are firing up the the slip n slide and the next day the fireplace). In the meantime, think about opening day and also about the dogs in your life.

The Red Sox and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts wanted to do something to celebrate the 100th birthdays of Fenway Park and the Girl Scouts.  When they come up with something, this would become my second assignment as the Official Service Dog of the Red Sox (blog was first, and they keep getting bigger).  What about: a ‘limited edition Girl Scout Cookie product expansion to include dogs’? That was it- those scouts are geniuses!(LEGSCPETID was too long, so we decided to call them ‘Dog Treats’ and put the information in the bag). It all sounded like a great idea (like seats on top of the Green Monster), but we had to figure out how to do it.  First, we needed the cookies aka the treats….something like the dog equivalent of  Thin Mint.   With the bar set high, CCI went to their friends at Eukanuba (best dog food and treat makers) who said, yes, they wanted to help.  By the way, that sounds easy, but they (at Eukanuba) are a really big company who are owned by even bigger company, Procter & Gamble. Obviously, it turned out well because the big company also has a matching big heart. Second, we needed a keepsake, re-useable eco made in USA to put them in- found it- think you will like it. Lastly, we needed sellers and places to sell- had those: Girl Scouts, Canine Companions, and Fenway Park. You might be able to say ‘no’ to a dog, or to a Girl Scout/Brownie/Daisy….but something is just wrong with you if one of them can’t win you over.  Keep an eye on the website for the rest of the details- I am afraid I will lose you (maybe already did) if I give any more details. Go to: fenwaydogtreats.com… if you forget the website, just jump on the Pike and there it is- written on the billboard. BTW-please get them early in April (a month which starts tomorrow) because we might run out and you might have to wait another 100 years or as long as the Red Sox or Cubs (still waiting) wait for World Series victories.

thanks for following,

Fenway

*don’t get lost- I am going to write “CCI” instead of “Canine Companions for Independence”

Thinking Green on St. Patrick’s day

Before today is over and it is not St. Patrick’s Day anymore, I wanted to share this closeup (my friend Vernell) and some of the great things about things green.  As I read about St. Patrick’s Day (big Wikipedia festival for me today).  I especially liked: that it was also a Feast Day, a Day of Obligation, and the day where the restrictions on eating & drinking adult beverages during Lent are lifted.  As a dog with no particular religious or political affiliation, what I got from that finding was that people might feel obliged to drink and eat today if they gave up things like for about 24 days so far.  I don’t drink, but I never actually feel obliged to change my eating habits…I like to do what comes naturally,  and save my discipline for my training and service.  Things I like about green: Red Sox green uniforms on St. Pats day at Spring Training,  the Green Monster  (wall), The Green Monster (the Wally), Boston Celtics & Lucky (mascot),Notre Dame leprechaun mascot (they used to have terrier dogs as mascots which I don’t hold against them changing because I think Leprechauns are a more exciting  match for them. I also don’t mind that I have to spell check leprechaun every time.  Another thing- why don’t they just have green and gold as their colors?) Back to the list of why I have fond thoughts of green: Kermit the Frog (rhymes with Fenway the Dog and he makes people happy, he is a star and was bipartisan on the Daily show, which shows a great deal of  kindness and self-confidence) ,money, parks, trees, grass,  field at Fenway when you see it in person the first time you enter, grasshoppers,  green buildings and all of the things about the ecological green movement making people aware of the responsibility to our earth we share, people with green eyes (they just seem nice, so I give them initial credit), green rooms in the entertainment industry (they seem to have goal to go out of their way to make you happy while you wait and are nervous- doctors and TSA lines should have those), green lights and clovers even if they don’t have 4 leaves.  I think that’s enough even though I will think of some other great things when I close…but you get the idea.  I will leave out the list of things green which don’t make me as happy.

Here is something when looking in my Irish searchings:

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a road downhill all the way to your door.”

thanks for reading,

Fenway the Dog

p.s. what are your favorite green things?

Hello Y

This week, I visited the YMCA  on Huntington Avenue in Boston.  It must have been a great economic time in that decade because there are so many landmark projects and organizations which had beginnings in 1912 (not counting the Titanic). Some things I learned and you all should know:  the YMCA on Huntington has its 100th birthday this year, it was the very first Y in the country and  Northeastern University was started right there at that Y.    Because I love both kids and education, my favorite fact is that the YMCAs of Greater Boston are  the largest provider of after school programs in New England.   Here is a picture of some of my new friends at the teen center.  Thank you guys for letting me post this picture- I think my cool factor just went up by 100 percent. I also visited other kids including little kindergarteners who let me interrupt their story and who treated me like a superstar.  There were kids of all ages who come to the Y every day to learn, do homework, make friends and do fun things in a safe place.  My family at the Red Sox want to team up with the Y to support their new  after school initiative  with Boston Public Schools…hope some of my friends I met will write in to support this partnership- the YMCA has a HUGE family.

thanks for being here,

Fenway the Dog


Hitting the Road

 

 

Just a few other pictures from truck day yesterday.  I am still trying to figure out why they were loading a “PEA” sign. Hope someone from the Red Sox writes to solve that mystery for me- I can’t sleep. The other pictures are of my friends Nagal & Vernell and the trailer they road on with Red Sox Ambassadors and Wally. I forgot to list Nagal & Vernell yesterday in the clubhouse shot- even Richard Weir mentioned them in his article in the Herald today (he is a dog guy so I like him right away).  The trailer lead the truck out of town while flooding the streets with foam baseballs & ballgame music favorites like: Tessie, Sweet Caroline & Muddy Water.  The people in cars and on sidewalks didn’t know quite what to make of this rogue procession, but it produced great smiles and waves as people rolled down their windows and pulled out their phones to take pictures.  I don’t have a shot of the student they passed who mooned from inside a cafe- I guess I we have to keep things at least PG and mostly PC…but that was a special moment.

thanks for trailing me:

Fenway the Dog

 

Who Knows?

Why  97? A couple of days ago, I had some special guests come to Fenway Park for a visit. There are some great pictures from the day which I will share with you this week…there were many uniforms and lots of green (themes of service & troops brought us all together). Perhaps the girls who got an inside look behind the scoreboard will write to solve the mystery of why Wally is holding a 97 (yes, of course I know).  Maybe if I can get 100 of them to follow me, that will motivate me to get the pictures out there faster.  Soon, the blog will be officially announced…and I will invite you all over to Fenway for an event.  I wonder if the Red Sox would let me invite dogs.  I will bring the cookies.

thanks for reading,

Fenway the Dog

By the way, if anyone is interested in what my takeaways are from the Mrs. Brady incident here they are: I will make all my post-game comments in the car with the windows up.  Dogs and reporters have sharp hearing, with  peculiar filters.  I am glad that I am expected to fetch and not throw.  People expect celebrities to be so polite. It would be so hard to not bark or bite when you are being chased and yelled at after a bad day when all you want to do is go hide in your dog house.

 

Fenway @ Fenway

Most of you never stopped, but for those of you who temporarily got distracted by other things, it is time to start thinking about Red Sox baseball again- full time.  Just to refresh the red clay in my paws…I stopped by for a little walk in the Park with Wally (don’t worry Dave, although it was as hard to resist as a fire hydrant, I stayed on the warning track).  What a beautiful day and what month is it anyway??…it sure felt like spring to me.  I  met with Community Relations to talk about some exciting things coming up for both Fenway the Park and Fenway the Dog this year…it is going to be a big year of activities around the 100th anniversary.  I also had some special guests over…photos to follow.  Just want to give a hint that I think the cookie deal I have been Scouting is in the bag.

stay tuned,

Fenway the Dog

 

Showing the Flag

Here is the first of  some of the pictures I have from my visit into the city in December.  I am going to start with this one from the visit to The New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston .  You all may recognize me being held by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (“Salty”)*.  In the first shot, I was holding him, but that threw off the symmetry: so, we switched.  Next to us is: outfielder Darnell McDonald, pitcher Michael Bowden, catcher and designated hitter Ryan Lavarnway, and of course Wally.  Kevin, thanks for writing to remind me to send these.  Soon to follow are the pics with some of the vets.  This residential program extends a helping hand to homeless men and women veterans who are addressing the challenges of addiction, severe and persistent mental illness and/or unemployment.  As the winter gets colder,  the need for these shelters and their services is critical.  Thank you to the men and women of our armed services for serving our country and helping to make us safe.  It is an honor that some of our  Canine Companions Service dogs are serving you.

Peace, really,

Fenway the Dog

 * Salty wanted to take me home…we were going to form a great catching and fetching duo under the name Salty Dog.

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