Them on Us: We love us some dogs and cats

By on January 23, 2013
Miss Wyoming Teen Sydney Graus
Miss Wyoming Teen Sydney Graus

Miss Wyoming Teen Sydney Graus – courtesy WILHELMINA MODELING AGENCY


Wyoming ranks tenth in the nation for pet ownership but we aren’t bringing our animals to the vet often enough.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) recently released U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook revealed that 61.8 percent of households in the Cowboy State own pets. The top pet-owning state is Vermont (70.8 percent) and the lowest is the District of Columbia (21.9 percent). Arkansas leaned heaviest toward dogs while Vermont loves its cats.

Meanwhile, the AVMA report stated pets in Wyoming might not receive adequate care. AVMA president Douglas Aspros said many people are avoiding a trip to the local vet. He blamed the economy for driving owners to self-diagnose using the internet. Pet visits have been on a steady decline over the past decade, according to the AVMA.

The survey and sourcebook are produced every five years.

Miss Teen Wyoming turns supermodel
From Miss Wyoming Teen to supermodel, Jackson’s Sydney Graus recently signed with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency Denver division. The daughter of Todd and Holly was also just accepted to University of Wyoming.

Tooth fairy works overtime in Wyoming
What does Wyoming share with Great Britain and West Virginia? A mouthful of rotten teeth.

A recent Pew Center report shows Wyoming is not very proactive about protecting kids’ teeth. The report gave Wyoming a failing grade mostly because the state doesn’t administer tooth sealants in schools, and also doesn’t submit information about children’s dental health to a national database.

JH beats Bangkok
The New York Times thinks its so cute. The Travel section of its Jan. 11 issue featured “The 46 Places to Go in 2013.” Not 50, not 25, but 46 places, implying, of course, that they so micro-analyzed it that places that would have been 47, 48 or 49 just didn’t make the grade. It’s the same thing marketers do when they price something at $9.97. They want consumers to think they worked hard at coming up with a fair price and $9.99, while the industry norm, would have been two cents more profit than they needed.

Anyway, Jackson Hole made it even on the short list. Right there before Bangkok, at the 32nd spot, Jackson Hole makes the grade basically on the strength that travelers don’t have to endure a stopover in Salt Lake anymore.

They wrote: “While the famed powder skiing beneath the Grand Tetons is now even more reachable after the completion of a five-year overhaul of its lift system, Jackson Hole has become an all-season destination, both for its pioneer Western setting and for its emergence as an international center for music and cultural festivals. There’s also the new three-quarter-mile nature trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art to compete with the real wildlife grazing in the surrounding plains of both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.”

Cheney speaks in Cheyenne
Dick Cheney will speak at a Wyoming Republican Party dinner next month. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported the former Vice President will be the featured guest speaker at the dinner being held at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne on Feb. 9. It is open to the public.

IPSSSDR plugged by WyoFile
Occasional JH Weekly writer Kelsey Dayton penned a very nice piece for WyoFile on this weekend’s International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. “Peaks to Plains” features musher Jerry Bath and his approach to the biggest sled dog race in the Lower 48.

Dayton’s lede is captivating: “Before a sled dog race begins, everything seems electrified. The dogs bark and jump so high it looks like it is the harness that brings them back to the ground. Their tongues hang and they pant, straining against a sled brake, ready to race.”

Reader Comments
Sydney Graus sure doesn’t look like a super model. She does look like a girl trying to look like a super model sort of like high school girls at prom trying to look grown up. The term ‘super-model’ “refers to a highly-paid fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling”. Not there yet.

wow Tig – that was mean. I believe in free speech but if you dont have anything nice to say or has no merit, just keep your fingers off the keyboard. Good for Sydney and good luck to her! A bright, nice girl with an exciting future – way to go!

@tig: I don’t agree. “Supermodel” is a stretch and used on purpose by me but I think Syd has great look. That photo is a little dolled up. Check out her work portfolio at

Many are called, few are ‘supermodels’. Tough words maybe, but tig is correct. Also, the term has lost its relevance as the term is tossed around liberally, and there are some who outright call themselves supermodels, whether they are or not. Sydney is a looker, no doubt, a lovely local gal that we all want to see make good. But Wilhelmina, Ford and other agencies are always on the lookout for new talent and will sign up many showing promise just to keep them out of the clutches of the competition, never knowing if their appeal will have, well, ‘legs’. The agencies may or may not expend the necessary effort ($$) to seriously help them along. If they decide to focus their energies on other promising models, well, see ya bye. No guarantees here, time will tell. “That photo is a little dolled up”, Jake? Thought that’s what it was all about.
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Anon. Dolled up. Syd can look freshfaced girl next door like gap print ad and ultimately that will be where I bet she finds early work. True dat about signings. Reminds me of what major labels did back in the day. A&R men were snatching up all these acts so other labels couldn’t get their hands on them and then they would get advance (loan) to record and no money put behind the promotion of their debut. Throw it all against the wall and see what sticks. But sydney has safe generic look and she is photographable. The camera doesn’t always love you cuz your beautiful. I hope Todd and Holly are not totally embarrased at this point but sydney is grounded and the family is solid. God bless, Grauses and syd: Don’t waste the pretty.

I’m more impressed that she’s in college. Modeling in the traditional sense is a joke and does more harm than good for our society. UW is where she will shine. Congrats for THAT.

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