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With the welcome news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be phasing out the elephants used in their shows — ushering them off to a comfortable retirement in the next few years — it’s also worth remembering that it is still possible for an individual animal to enjoy performing for people — if it’s what they want to do.

Perhaps the greatest example of this is Carrie la Perrita Bailarina, a beautiful and very intelligent canine from Chile who is known for dancing with owner José Fuentes.

Here’s a great appearance by Carrie in 2011, when she and José visited The Late Show with David Letterman. The key things to look for, which separate Carrie from circus animals: Her great open smile, and the bright sense of life projecting from her eyes. And those attributes are what make all the difference.

Video via José Fuentes/The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Last year, Senate Republicans were already feeling so desperate about their upcoming midterm prospects that they rushed to wish Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa a speedy and full recovery from COVID-19 so that he could run for reelection in 2022. The power of incumbency is a huge advantage for any politician, and Republicans were clinging to the idea of sending Grassley—who will be 89 when the '22 general election rolls around—back to the upper chamber for another six-year term.

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