month's featured animal is
...RAGS THE DOG
Rags with Antler Carter holding
is a laid-back
Brussels Griffon dog. He is owned by Carter
Heywood (Michael Boatman), a black, gay civil
servant who works for the Mayors Office in New
York City. Rags is aged, ailing, suicidal and
just wants to "end it all." He's been seen
licking light sockets, jumping out of windows,
or eating pills. Rags has medication for
itching, wheezing, and diarrhea among other
prescriptions. When applying anti-fungal cream
to his tummy, Rags likes it rubbed in a
circular motion-not up and down. I don't even
want to tell you about the flatulent ointment
for his rectum.
Rag's full name is Reginald R. Ragamuffin the
Third. He is the only dog on the block who
could growl his own initials "RRR." His owner,
Carter likes to dress Rags in matching
outfits. So, if Carter wears a pair of pajamas
with tiger strips, Rags will be seen modeling
his own matching set of PJs.
Rags has had many adventures. He's pooped in
Stuart Bondek's shoe, had the Mayor of New
York City fall in love with him after filming
an animal rights film, and swallowed Deputy
Mayor Charlie Crawford's pager while under the
care of Caitlin Moore. One day, after Carter
brought Rags to work, he got killed by a
Statue of Liberty paperweight that
accidentally toppled off a shelf onto the
unsuspecting canine. Much to Rags' chagrin, he
was resurrected by the hand of a man named
Owen Joyce (Christopher Lloyd) who claimed he
was the Messiah.
Rags appears on the sitcom SPIN
CITY/ABC/1996-2002. On a number of
occasions, celebrities have supplied their
voices to Rag's morbid musings. They included
David Letterman ("Dead Dog Talking"), Tim
Allen ("The Kidney's All Right") and Regis Philbin ("Back to the Future IV- Judgment
Day"). The episode "Dead Dog Walking" carried
the caption dedication: "To Rags, 1846 -
Rags is played by doggie star Wes, a.k.a.
Uncle Wesley. Bruce Pelaccio is his trainer.
The dog's agent is Cathryn Long of All
Creatures Great & Small of NY. Wesley is owned
by a New York City woman, Ruth Powell, who
loves Rags as a friend and a pet. Wes has
served as a Chair Dog for the ASPCA's 1999 Dog
Walk and Woofstock in New York City.
*The Brussels Griffon breed is believed to
have been produced by crossing affenpinschers
with the pug, and possibly the toy spaniels.