Ugly dog gives pause to man looking to adopt a pet in Aiken

When most of us talk to our dogs, we tend to forget they're not people.


-- Julia Glass

We were talking about dog names last week, and James Henry shares his story.

"I adopted the ugliest hound I'd ever seen from the Aiken SPCA," he writes. "I was looking for a companion for my shepherd, and when I saw this one my first thought was 'Nobody will ever take you, you're too ugly.'

"She is marked like a shepherd, only much smaller, is covered with big brown/black freckles all over her face. She looks like a big bowl of Thanksgiving stuffing. Someone in her past named her Giblet. It stuck."

NAMES: Well, according to, the five most common male dog names are: Max, Jake, Buddy, Baily and Sam. The most common girl dogs are: Maggie, Mollie, Lady, Sadie and Lucy.

TAKES THE CAKE: And then there's "Willie," the canine favorite of Millie Courtney, of Aiken. We had a good time talking about our dogs on Tuesday when I spoke to Millie and many others at the Shiloh Baptist JOY Class luncheon.

We also had a good time eating Mae Eubanks' walnut cake. It was very, very good.

TRAVEL LOGS: Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, send a postcard from Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they found "beautiful sand and surf and delicious seafood. Lots of shopping and 'romantic' nights."

David Jay Daitch sent a unique postcard from Springfield, Ill., and the Lincoln Presidential Library "This is the most impressive of all the presidential libraries," he writes.

His postcard was impressive, too. It's one of those pictures that shows a different image when you slightly change its angle.

(Anyone know what you call that?)

BLOG ALERT: Did you know the flu outbreak of 1918 killed 618 people in Augusta? Read all about it at my Our Town blog on

TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one shared by Bill Wood in Hephzibah.

A little girl was talking to her new teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it is a very large mammal its throat is very small.

The little girl raised her hand and said that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the young teacher repeated to the class that a whale could not swallow a human; it is impossible.

"Well," said the little girl, "when I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."

The teacher smiled smugly, then asked, "What if Jonah didn't get into heaven?"

The little girl smiled back, and said, "Then you can ask him."

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