Last Call: Going To The Dogs Edition

This lady volunteers her time to come to an animal shelter in Pittsburgh and read books to the dogs.
No, she’s not crazy. This is something that is done to help abused, neglected, or just frightened dogs regain trust and acclimate to the presence of people.
What does this have to do with cars? Not one single thing, but I was unaware that people did this and being an animal lover I think that it is amazing. I thought you would think so too. Should you want to do something similar, you can find your nearest shelter by contacting the Humane Society of the United States.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 
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25 responses to “Last Call: Going To The Dogs Edition”

  1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    So my work did a lottery in the spring for free entry into the NYC Triathlon. I put in, I won, I completed it in July. Yea, hurrah. Moving on.
    In the lead up to it, there was this “kid” 4 years my junior, who had done it the previous year and suddenly was an expert. We had a coach who was paid to be there to help us learn. This kid kissed his ass mercilessly. Then he’d talk down to everyone who had never done the NYC tri, like “Well it so much harder than…” and “You have no idea…” I wanted to defenestrate him at least 4 times every meeting. We had four meetings.
    Anyway. Today was the lunch at work to recognize our accomplishment.
    I beat him by over a minute. And I HATED my time. I should have been so much faster, but the heat (106 American-degrees Heat Index in Central Park) killed me.
    I enjoyed a silent chuckle to myself.
    Where am I going with this?
    Well I think I have grown intolerant of little knowitalls who are just smarmy and full of crap….
    I try, I really try.
    I was trying to give Jalopnik another chance, the commentariat, there’s just too many “I know better than yous.”
    I hate throwing something up and then being “educated” by some Yahoo that what I said wasn’t “Jalop.”
    I’ve been on the site for almost 8 years. And I don’t care what you think, because THAT is what it is about. I have a strange idea of cool and don’t want to be told what to think is or isn’t.
    Blah Blah Blah Blah.
    Enjoy your day. Picture of me with my three boys before the start.

    1. Guest Avatar

      “the commentariat, there’s just too many ‘I know better than yous.’”

      And not just there, BAT, C & D, and many other automotive websites have similar problems.

      There’s a lot of good people on the web, but it’s unfortunate that a few have to ruin it for the rest.

      This is why Hooniverse is pretty much the only automotive site I comment on.

      I looked around, found a lot of good, and a lot of crap.

      Then I found this place. It has it’s problems, there are some arguments, but I feel so lucky to have found a group of people who are kind, and respectful for the most part.

      TL;DR: Three cheers for the ‘verse!

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I fully agree with you guy’s comment on the Hooniverse; it has become my first online check every day, too.
        But regarding disagreements etc: It’s a choice to engage. I’d try not to take this stuff too seriously, and there’s always hope that some of the bombastic commenters online will grow into balanced people.
        @PbJ, congrats on your achievement! 🙂

        1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

          I certainly don’t take anything I’m not paid to take seriously seriously. But that’s probably obvious with many of my comments here, haha.
          It was fun, but very, very hot.

          1. theskitter Avatar

            It’s sad, but more and more I feel like most things aren’t worth saying unless we have several hours to have a thorough, relaxed discussion in person. I feel like most of the internet is Steve Irwin, thwacking wildly with a stick while yelling WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY?

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            Where do you guys spend your online time? There’s trolls everywhere, but it’s not that bad, is it?

          3. theskitter Avatar

            I’ll chance a look at the comments at TTAC, AV Club, or The Dissolve (RIP).
            Never found a place as good as here.
            /Silence, rocking chair squeaks.

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      Congrats on completing the triathlon.
      The kid probably inspired you to push yourself a little harder so you could beat him. Your quicker time will hopefully shut him up from now on.
      Jalopnik has been targeting quantity over quality commenters for several years now. I left when they abandoned stars and hearts for Facebook logins, but I didn’t visit that site much for about a year prior to that. Now I probably read maybe 8 or 10 articles per year there, and don’t comment at all.

  2. salguod Avatar

    Put new brakes on the Mazda3 tonight. The rears were grinding (oops) and the fronts were pulsing horribly. New rotors all around and new pads in the rear. Front pads were still about 4-5mm. No issues at all, started at 5,was done around 9, including a dinner break. Projects rarely go that smoothly, it was a pleasant surprise.
    She’s now ready for a road trip to go with Dad and his Eldorado to a couple of shows in Toledo.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      How many miles did the brakes last? Nagging brake issues have been a constant with my Honda, including an involuntary stop and towing. I’m certain now that I will greese up the calipers for wvery tire change summer/winter in order to try to avoid these issues.

      1. gerberbaby Avatar

        Interesting about your brake issues. My MDX has 290k miles and I had 2 Ody’s with similar miles here in the rust belt. I only ever greased the calipers when changing pads.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          I’ve heard that other Honda owners in Western Norway have similar issues – supposedly the gliders get stuck or grimy. Not fully aware of how Honda designs brake calipers differently from everybody else, but it’s a very wet climate with lots of road salt in the winter. I filled 159000km today, so that’s only a neat 100k miles in a 2002 car. How often do you change pads then?

          1. gerberbaby Avatar

            50-60k miles. Whats crazy is I get about 150k on the front pads of my full size chevy truck.

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            That is truly crazy. What are these pads made of?
            I needed new disks and pads all around at 130000km when I had just bought the car. Honda intended to charge 2200$ for it, I got it for half that. The calipers went sticky twice, and the third time it made the car stop. New pads again and a new caliper, 550$ gone.
            That’s really the only serious issue with the car.

        2. salguod Avatar

          My ’99 Odyssey had no brake issues. I’d have to look it up, but I’m thinking in 165K miles of driving (from 40K to 205K) I put brakes on it maybe twice. I never changed the calipers and only changed the rotors the second time.
          OK, I looked it up. Fronts at 71K and 144K, rears at 144K and again at 164K because they were howling when I stopped. Front rotors were done at 144K, rear drums were never changed but I did put wheel cylinders on at 164K.

      2. salguod Avatar

        I’ve got a ~45 mile round trip commute that’s probably 85% highway with moderate traffic, so my brakes have lasted unusually long.
        First set of rears went 93K miles and were down to the backing plates, first fronts went 116K and still had a small amount of life in them. In both cases, the rotors were not warped and measured within spec, so i left them on.
        I’m now at 161K, so I got about 68k out of these rears (again, I was down to metal to metal.). Front pads will likely go another 30K or so easily, probably more.
        I also got 161K out of both original rotors, although they should have been replaced probably 10K ago. They’ve been warped for some time.
        All 4 factory calipers are still fine, no issues at all with sticking slide pins.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          That’s really good. I have a 46km round trip commute and I live in the countryside. Almost no need to use the brakes. But I do use them hard when I reverse down our very steep and long driveway – I’m about the only one in the community with shiny rear disks…

          1. gerberbaby Avatar

            My chevy truck came with ceramics is all I know. So when I went to replace them, I got the best ceramics I could and the second set was over 100k when I sold it.

  3. Xedicon Avatar

    Thank you for posting this! As someone who (so far) has rescued three dogs with each one turning out to be wonderful pets I encourage people to check out their local shelters whenever possible.
    That said I do not knock on people who buy a puppy, for one very simple reason – where do you think puppies that don’t sell end up? In the end they typically end up put down, on the streets, or in a shelter.
    I know my post is dog centric but the same can be said for other shelter pets as well.
    Thanks again!

  4. HoondavanDude Avatar

    Actually brought home a rescue dog two days ago, our second rescue dog. She’s 30 lbs and severely underweight, but sweet as can be.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      She’s a cutie-pie!

  5. Bradley Brownell Avatar
    Bradley Brownell

    I’ve had half a dozen rescue dogs (Not all at once. Only two at a time.) and they’ve all been my best friends. I keep telling myself I need to get down to a shelter and volunteer, but I inevitably always have something else going on. I wish I were a better person.

  6. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

    Her reading to the critters is a smart move.
    When we adopted the very obviously abused (missing all of his teeth between the canines) kitty we renamed Alfie about two years ago, he was ultra jumpy, and hid pretty much all day.
    My wife would go into the room in which he chose to hide, and sing lullabies to him for a half-hour or so.
    He’s to the point, while not a lap kitty, and still jumpy, at least he’ll be around us, let him pet him…it’s been a truly amazing transformation.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Correct, abused puppies/kittens probably have bad experiences with humans and reading to them probably helps them understand that a human voice is not something to be afraid of.
      Although not all shelter pets were abused, so for the others it’s probably just a smart way for one volunteer to spend time with many critters at once (everyone within hearing distance).

  7. Allen and Amanda Karber Avatar
    Allen and Amanda Karber

    Cheers to her. Dogs are awesome!