Ruff is lookin’ mighty rough

Ruff is lookin' mighty rough

For the past couple years, Zan has been an avid fan of PBS Kids’ “Fetch with Ruff Ruffman.” He has watched every episode of all three seasons over and over again … and even though he knows, for example, that Mike is going to beat Willie in the final Season 2 showdown, he watches it with as much fervor the umpteen-thousandth time as he did the first time … because he loves it. And since it is so totally wholesome and smart and entertaining, I love it … and I love that he loves it.

Basically, when it comes to us and “Fetch,” there’s a lot of love.

Last summer, Wonder Woman and I promised Zan we would take him to the Children’s Museum in Easton, which contains an entire “Fetch Lab.”

And then I never took a day off on which we could bring him, and summer ended, and I sucked.


Yesterday, I took the day off, and did a Daddy Day Trip with Zan and Jayna while Wonder Woman was at work. And it was a special day at the Children’s Museum in Easton, because Ruff himself was scheduled to appear, as was Season 3 cast member Harsha.

The picture above was taken after we accosted Ruff just as he was heading indoors for a break, and I forgot to turn on the flash, and the lighting was awful, and this was the best I could do to resuscitate it via my photo-editing skillz. (P.S.: Dear makers of the Ruff Ruffman costume: what’s up with the Marty Feldman eyes, y’all? Also: the clear-plastic mouth? At best, it ruins the illusion by exposing the person in the suit … and, at worst, it looks like Ruff fucking ate some dude. How ’bout black?)

As it turned out, we had a better photo op with Ruff a bit later, when Zan was wearing his new “Fetch” shirt, and when Jayna (also a “Fetch” fan, though to a lesser degree; she’s still more into that whiny little bitch “Caillou,” and gawd would I love to get my hands around that little fucker’s throat) suddenly got all brave and decided she wanted a picture of just her and Ruff. To say this was unexpected and out of character would be an understatement.

The two of them also posed for a Before “Fetch” Shirt (BFS) pic with Harsha, and Zan later got an AFS pic with her (as well as a very nice message she wrote to him on a picture of Ruff he had colored. Big thumbs up for Harsha. Sweet kid.).

Basically, we had a great time, and I can’t tell you how much I love having two kids who are old enough to do things like this with … especially when they’re also still young enough to sleep the whole way home.

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  1. Tracy S
    Posted August 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I had to come out of lurkdom to comment on this: “she’s still more into that whiny little bitch “Caillou,” and gawd would I love to get my hands around that little fucker’s throat”

    My boys are past watching shows like this, however, they were not allowed to watch Caillou. I know that sounds silly, but oh my goodness, my oldest (who is NOT a whiner) would whine up a storm after watching that show!! On the show if Caillou (WHAT is that name anyway??!!) whined, he would get whatever he wanted. So, J. thought that would work here. Not so much. My youngest (who IS a whiner) never saw the show b/c that kid doesn’t need a 30 minute instructional in whining. LOL

    Besides the name, I want to know why he’s 4 and as bald as a cue ball!

  2. Posted August 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    hahaha. That’s awesome.

    This picture reminds me of a picture I have from when I was little – me, my dad, and Minnie Mouse at Disney world. Except I was 3, and kicking and screaming, because DAYUM Minnie Mouse was way bigger and scarier in real life than she was in the cartoons!

    Your kids are brave :)
    .-= Lauren From Texas´s last blog ..Currently. =-.

  3. Posted August 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the Caillou comments. I had to watch Caillou in French class in college before the show was in English. It was awful. It did NOT teach me French. It taught me to hate whiny cartoon characters.
    .-= Casey´s last blog ..Pineapple Project: How to Grow a Pineapple =-.

  4. reen
    Posted August 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Ha! We also have a total Caillou ban at our house. Even my kids say “I don’t like Caillou, he’s so WHINY!” Cute shot of the kiddos and Ruff!

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