The Clock Out Pet of the Week: Baloo

O snap, it’s Friday. Do people still say that? Oh well, I just did. Uncle Bern is about to head off into the forest to do hippie things but I couldn’t take a week off without sharing a wonderful big guy for the world to see. If you’re new here or would like to look at more animals, check out our past Clock Out Pet of the Week.

It is my great and distinct pleasure to bring to you from longtime reader Taylor, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Baloo. He’s was born in Nebraska, a place I’ve never been but I heard there’s some corn bros that live there. He spent his first two years in Colorado and for the last five years, has lived in our nation’s capital.


Unlike my older dog, Baloo is unfazed by fireworks, loud music or crowds. Instead, his fears are ovens, which is reasonable, umbrellas and cats. My younger dog is afraid of hats so I get it. Cats also bully dogs so Baloo has some understandable jitters.

Baloo and Taylor live near Nationals Park (please don’t stalk Baloo). Fun fact: both Baloo and pitching ace Max Scherzer have heterochromia, which means they both have two different colored eyes. Shout out to my freshman biology teacher Big Tom for helping me know that.

Someone got a bath shortly after this was taken

Baloo loves the dog park. “Cool Madoff, what an interesting tidbit.” Baloo ain’t in it for the dogs. Where there’s dogs, there’s also Baloo’s favorite thing, which is people. Based on information provided to me, it seems like Baloo also does the lean. Everyone knows the lean, where the pupperino acts like he gets zero love and insists you provide some. Mine does the same which often lends itself to having this conversation about how he actually does get plenty of love and that you’re not a bad dog owner. I usually tell people, “You’ve been chosen.”

Go Rams!

Like many gentle giants, Baloo is a laid back guy. He’s content spending time with Taylor or visitors. Visitors are like having grandparents as they will drop scraps and food for him. He knows the difference in sound between the cheese and vegetable drawer. Baloo’s also a big ol’ snuggler. He loves popcorn and you can bet your bottom dollar that he gets some when it’s made in the Jackson household.

“Five more minutes”

On a final note, Baloo has a best friend named Blind JackJack. They have sleepovers, visit breweries and play. It would be great to hear from a certain Blind Jack’s mother, who has not yet sent me any information regarding Baloo’s best friend.

One is not like the other

I have a few more weeks saved up but I’d love to see some new faces. If you have a pet you’d like to highlight, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, lizard, snake or what have you, please send me an email at titled, “Pet of the Week” along with some information about your pet, Twitter handle, a few pictures for the article and Twitter. I cannot promise when it will be published, but I will do my very best to bring a new face and story every Friday at noon for your viewing pleasure.


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