Thursday, January 27, 2011


Perhaps obsessiveness runs in the family.  I myself have not escaped the curse; as you know, I've watched this video about 864 times, lately I can't stop ordering takeout from Currylicious, and let's be honest: I still remember my 7th grade crush's home phone number, for that was the depth of my obsession (notice I said crush--this dream was never realized).

But I think my dad is worse than me.  His most recent obsession?  A termite-sniffing beagle.

My dad travels a lot for work, and claims that he found an article about "Brandon" in a hotel magazine.  Evidently, Brandon and his owner are the greatest new thing in pest control; the owner walks Brandon through the inside & outside of the house, and Brandon scratches wherever there are termites.  He is allegedly far more effective than humans or machines.  

It all started when my stepmom, sister, and I received this email from Dad:

Kit Kiefer

to AmymeKate
show details Jan 18 (9 days ago)
You have to watch the video! Unbelievable!

I couldn't get the video to load, but I figured it was just another one of the billions of dog-related things that he sends us all too frequently, so I shrugged it off.  However, Dad fired back:  YOU MUST SEE IT!  GOOGLE "BRANDON PEST CONTROL!"  So I did, hoping for something amazing.

Well . . . I mean, it is what it is.  I suppose it is mildly entertaining that this dog is so well-trained that he can detect termites.  But my enthusiasm for the whole thing gets me about as for as 0:24 into the video.

But my dad's outta control, y'all.   He's been signing emails to me: 

"Love you! (and Brandon),

After fielding a couple phone calls from him just to talk about Brandon, I answered his last one, "Dad, is this call about Brandon?"  To which his answer was, " . . . . yes."

All of us but one have dismissed this as a period of temporary lunacy.  The one who's holding out?  You guessed it--Ignatius.

not a happy camper

Ignatius is pissed that all of Dad's attention is now on another beagle, and one that he's never even met, at that.  Ignatius is supposed to be the star of the show!  Who cares if he can't sniff termites??  

(This next part requires me to confess to y'all that Ignatius has a facebook page.  But by now my dad's sanity has already been discredited, so it should come as no surprise).  

Prior to checking out Ignatius's facebook page in the heat of all this "Brandon" stuff, I figured the funniest part about the whole ordeal was that the beagle's name is "Brandon."  Isn't it funny when pets have totally human names?  Cracks me up.  In any case, then I saw Ignatius's facebook status, and I laughed hard enough to see the value in all this: 


Kate Kiefer said...

i wish ignatius would act more like brandon.

Micaela said...

hahaha this is HI-LARIOUS!!!! i love your dad.

i giggled at how he signs his email but man oh man, ignatius' facebook status takes the cake!

SOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ashley said...

HAHAHA! So funny! I love his facebook status! I must google this video of Brandon and see what it's all about! lol

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

I might become obsessed with your Pops and Ignatius. You know me, I can't not love a good beagle story. There may be a contents between your father and I on who loves the beagle breed more! Thanks for sharing, made my day.

wishful nals said...

ha! this is hysterical. xo

Kristin Dudish said...

Ha! This post made me laugh out loud... I love the way your dad is signing emails... too funny :)

Kimbirdy said...

aw! haha, this is hilarious. you must have a really funny house at christmas. :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Bahahaha almost as great as Ignatius' status, the fact that he has a middle initial!

How's March 4 lookin' for ya? ;)

Pat said...

Uh...Claire, I think you forgot all about Marvin the monkey! I have to admit that I did buy him some clothes!

nicoleciomek said...

Claire, this is way too funny. I love that your dad's dog has his own facebook page.

Thanks for the great comment on my blog earlier, I am so glad kids have a wonderful teacher like you! it makes the world a better place to have a smart lady like you teaching kids about limiting gender roles, and lots other good stuff.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ignatius has a facebook - lol!

J. said...

Your dad is too much. I feel for poor Ignatius. Damn that Brandon.

Faiza said...

where i can buy a "Save Ignatius" t shirt. i can't believe he is undergoing this cruelty...

Marz said...

Seriously this post made my morning!! That is tooooo funny!!! :) I love your dad!!! And that Ig cracks me up. I have to say I look forward to his facebook statuses :) My little doggie has a totally human name haha We named him Logan because Philip loves X Men and wanted to name our chihuahua Wolverine which is too big a name for such a little dog :) So we settled with Wolverine's real name and hence he was christened Logan! :)