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Three Dogs North are Juice, C-Bisc, and Michael Metz. Topics are carelessly selected and poorly researched. The strength of the project lies in the fact that there is no way of knowing its audience. So please come in, grab a seat, and enjoy.

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    • 4.8 • 256 Ratings

Three Dogs North are Juice, C-Bisc, and Michael Metz. Topics are carelessly selected and poorly researched. The strength of the project lies in the fact that there is no way of knowing its audience. So please come in, grab a seat, and enjoy.

    S11 Episode 15 – Super spreader of joy

    S11 Episode 15 – Super spreader of joy

    In this episode, the dogs talk about college football coaching shake-ups (00:33), the start of Advent (05:40), and the altar server pizza party at Mike’s parish (07:10). Mike asks the other dogs how they find a balance between desire and expectation (16:10). Rob describes the mystics and their posture of holy indifference as a way to heal from human expectations (21:22) and Connor pinpoints freedom as the main difference between desire and expectations (21:46). Mike very vulnerably acknowledges his own unmet expectations of priesthood and the healing transformation that came from giving those expectations back to the Lord (32:29). They finish up with some classic ribbing on “faith journeys” and “seasons” (39:55).




    * “Do I know You well enough now Lord and trust You, that I can take this desire seriously, but have a holy indifference to the expectation that may come with it?” (Rob, 21:22)

    * “The difference between desire and expectation is freedom; you allow the other to be free.” (Connor, 21:48)

    * ”God does not have expectations of me. He wants something for me, not something from me.” (Connor, 23:42)

    * “It’s a limitation on desire when we get wrapped up in expectations.” (Mike, 25:00)

    * “Existing in hope is tense, to be constantly fighting against expectations and allowing desire to flourish, even though you know the more you desire, the less this world is going to be able to satisfy those desires and the more you have to point your heart to God, that often looks like the cross. It’s seriously painful.” (Connor, 31:12)

    * “I wanna turn to the reality of this vocation, so instead of focusing on the limitedness of this desire, I can let that go. You realize you’re holding onto something that was too small and that the Lord wants something more for you.” (Mike, 33:15)

    * “To be able to articulate our expectations and then give them to the Lord is a way of giving our humanity to Christ, which then allows Him to transform it into His Divine desire.” (Mike, 34:54)

    * “If you can find that distinction, between expectation and desire, that is where humanity lives.” (Rob, 37:12)

    * “God gives me whatever I want because whatever God gives me, that’s what I want.” (Connor summarizing Scott Hahn who was quoting St. Therese of Lisieux, 38:52)

    * “Grace is not cheap.” (Mike invoking Rob who was verbatim quoting Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 39:55)



    Media Mentions

    * Notre Dame vs Illinois (11/29 men’s basketball)

    * Pacific Rim (2013)

    * Jordan B. Peterson’s The 4 Horsemen of Meaning

    * St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul




    * Notre Dame Football

    * Georgia Bulldogs

    * Brian Kelly

    * Lincoln Riley

    * University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    * Louisiana State University

    * Pete Carroll

    * University of California, Los Angeles

    * Rams

    * Chargers

    * Philip Rivers (preceding day 3 keynote at SLS20)

    * Cor Coffee 

    * FOCUS

    * Theresa (Mike’s sister)

    * Jordan B. Peterson

    * Bishop Robert Barron

    * St. John of the Cross

    * Fr. John Kartje

    * Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    * Fr. Walter Ciszek

    * Scott Hahn

    * St. Therese of Lisieux

    * Dietrich Bonhoeffer



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    • 42 min
    S11 Episode 14 – Never skip leg day

    S11 Episode 14 – Never skip leg day

    In this episode, the dogs catch up about beef milk (02:55) Mike’s grandfather (09:07) and Squid Game (13:10). Connor brings up Hildebrand’s delineation of the classical man (18:41). Rob then asks for an explanation of those fundamental principles (22:02) and they all discuss.




    “I am going to be a human being in the world and not let technology trump my humanity and my embodiedness.” (Connor 20:52)

    “Sanctity never goes out of style.” (Connor 23:15)

    “Everything stops for a funeral.” (Fr. Baima 25:50)

    * “To be fully alive is to be small.” (Connor 35:00)



    Media Mentions:

    Parks and Recreation (2019- 2015)



    Google Docs

    Squid Game (2021)

    Parasite/Gisaengchung (2019)

    Dune (2021)

    Blade Runner (1982)

    Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality (The Classical Spirit in the Liturgy)

    Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons (play)

    Jordan B. Peterson’s The 4 Horsemen of Meaning

    Taco Bell’s Taco Neck

    G.K. Chesterton’s Tremendous Trifles

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)






    UGG Boots

    Fr. Gus

    Mike’s grandfather

    Dave Ramsey

    Connor’s dad

    St. John Paul II Newman Center

    Cor Coffee

    Juice Box

    Maximilian Kolbe

    Fr. Paul Porter

    Fr. Oakes

    Fr. Baima

    St. Thomas More

    Jordan B. Peterson

    Bishop Robert Barron

    John Vervaeke

    Jonathan Pageau



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    • 37 min
    S11 Episode 13- That was delicious

    S11 Episode 13- That was delicious

    In this episode, the dogs talk about early mornings (1:50), trucks (9:40), and beards (10:00). Connor considers what it means to be overwhelmed by beauty (6:45) and Rob asks the dogs to differentiate possessions and belongings (12:50). They all discuss how to have a healthy attachment to material goods (19:55), their plans for the end of the world (39:10), and approaching the final horizon of death as a saint (43:08).




    “The human heart is wired for God.” (Connor, 7:22)

    “We have a longing for God, which is goodness.” (Mike 25:30)

    “It’s important to have a relationship with things according to reality.” (Connor 29:55)

    “Part of walking through the pilgrimage of life is being properly attached to the things that belong to you, but not in a way that makes them your final end.” (Connor, 31:50)

    “The only thing you get to take with you is what you’ve given away.” (Cardinal George, 32:07)

    “Here was a man words cannot describe. Death could not defeat him nor toil dismay him. He was quite without a preference of his own; he neither feared to die nor refused to live. “ (second reading from the Office of Readings on November 11th)




    Impossible without Him-  Season 7 Episode 10 (marathon story starts at 24:49) 

    Family Feud

    Erazim’s Kohák’s The Embers and the Stars

    Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow

    Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (Chapter 13)

    Luke 17:11-19 (Jesus heals the ten men with leprosy)

    Friedrich Nietzsche’s Eternal Recurrence

    Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World

    SNL’s What Up With That? 




    SEEK 2019 (Indianapolis, IN)

    Steve Harvey

    Alex Trebec

    Gable (the Great)

    Sr. Alicia, Sr. Kara Davis, and Sr. Kate

    Jon Kearney

    SEEK 2020 (Phoenix, AZ)

    Ben Hasse

    1997 Ford F-250

    Fr. Nick Blaha

    Cardinal George

    Bishop Paprocki

    Jay Leno



    Michael Scott

    Martin of Tours

    Pope St. John Paul II Chapel (Mundelein Seminary, IL)

    Pope Francis

    Joe Pug


    Dog Wisdom

    * Rob starts the day by saying, “Thank you Lord for this day.” (2:00)


    Follow the dogs on Instagram @threedogsnorth


    Contact us at threedogsnorth@gmail.com


    • 49 min
    S11 Episode 12 – Spirit of the crowd

    S11 Episode 12 – Spirit of the crowd

    In this episode, the dogs talk about the Atlanta Braves (0:34) and “baseball guys” (04:00). Rob brings up the objective characteristics of beauty (9:01) and his concerns over Facebook’s newest attempts to make the internet even more immersive (16:30). Connor critiques some recently viewed dystopian films (22:50). Mike speaks about the limits of technology as it relates to the human experience (34:21) and they all discuss what it means to be “gripped by the spirit of love” (36:30) so as to experience a foretaste of Heaven.


    “Beauty is the manifestation of truth.” (Denis McNamara, 9:27)

    “Relating to God in a true way helps you relate to human beings in a more embodied way.’ (Connor, 31:50)

    “Part of the enticement of technology is that it gives the façade that we are capable of handling more than we actually are.” (Mike, 34:21)

    “We have an infinite desire to relate.” (Connor, 35:50)


    Chris Ballard’s One Shot at Forever

    Ken Burns’ Baseball (1994)

    Bishop Robert Barron’s “Catholicism and Beauty” // 2018 LA Religious Congress Talk (40:20)



    Ready Player One (2018)

    Blade Runner (1982)

    Chappie (2015)


    Brian Snitker

    Macon, IL

    Macon, GA

    Joe Madden

    Dusty Baker

    Premier League

    Bill Belichick

    Cor Coffee

    Bishop Robert Barron

    John Madden

    Gable (the Great)

    Megan Ulrich

    Jacelyn from UIC (sorry….)

    Jordan B. Peterson

    Truist Park

    Chicago Bulls

    Trent Schmidt


    March Madness

    Kansas State Basketball

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Miguel Montero

    Dog Wisdom:

    Objective characteristics of beauty: Integrity (integritas), Clarity (claritas), and Composition (consonantia). (09:00)

    A-R-R-R Prayer (31:40)

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    • 39 min
    S11 Episode 11- Hierarchy of goods

    S11 Episode 11- Hierarchy of goods

    In this episode, the dogs discuss the renovations to the chapel at UIC (01:35). Mike brings up a Ratzinger quote about the Eucharist as thanksgiving (04:40) and Connor responds with some thoughts on what it means to live as a human who appropriately responds to value (11:12).  They close by discussing how to authentically embrace suffering (14:20) and Rob brings the conversation back to Christ’s humanity and His intimate relationship with us (20:05).



    “Is the entirety of my existence transformed into thanksgiving?” (Mike, 06:55 in response to Ratzinger’s quote)

    “Can I offer up my limitations, my lack, as a way to glorify God?” (Mike, 08:53)

    “The normal person is the one who responds to value according to the hierarchy of goods.” (Connor, 11:12 in summary of Hildebrand)

    “God doesn’t heal places, he heals people.” (Jim Rafferty, 20:05)



    Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life-Rule (#8 “Tell the truth-or, at least, don’t lie”)


    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life

    Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality

    Brian Regan’s The Emergency Room (broken femur)

    C.S. Lewis’s A Horse and His Boy 

    Leo Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich

    Art of Manliness The 7 Habits: Begin With the End in Mind 




    All Saints St. Anthony in Bridgeport

    St. John Cantius Church

    Cardinal Cody

    Sistine Chapel

    Maximilian Kolbe

    Bishop Robert Barron

    Christopher Daniels

    Pinecrest Academy

    Jim Rafferty

    Jocelyn from UIC



    Dog Wisdom:

    “To be full, you have to be empty” (Rob, 31:17)



    Follow the dogs on Instagram @threedogsnorth



    Contact us at threedogsnorth@gmail.com

    • 33 min
    S11 Episode 10 – Keep the edge

    S11 Episode 10 – Keep the edge

    In this episode, the dogs talk about situations when anger is the appropriate response to evil. 

    Connor recounts his experience at a recent Joe Pug concert in Berwyn, IL (02:30) and Rob’s nine-year-old nephew shot his first deer (04:45). Rob shared the fruit of his five-day silent retreat (08:30) and the encouragement he received to have anger toward evil (12:24) to the extent that it reflects God’s own steadfast resistance to sin and death (25:50). Connor brings up Lewis’s reflections on God as a skilled surgeon and they all reflect on their experiences of celibacy (37:43).


    “Keep the edge. Don’t let go of the edge.” (Linda Couri, 12:24)

    “It’s God’s goodness that is almost scary because He’s not going to stop until I’m all the way healed.” (Connor, 28:31 in response to A Grief Observed)

    “I get to wake up every morning, 5 am, make some soup!” (Ignacio, 38:21)

    Media Mentions:

    Dietrich Von Hildebrand’s The Heart

    The Hulk

    C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed (pg. 43)

    Nacho Libre



    Jon Kearney

    Joe Pug

    Berwyn, IL

    Fr. Bob Crouger

    St. Rene Goupil

    Fr. Bob Regan

    Juice Box (Rob’s nephew)

    Linda Couri

    Fr. John Kartje 

    Fr. Lawrence Hennessey

    Fr. Brian Welter (Old Welt Dog)

    Jesper Parnevik

    Fr. Emil Kapaun


    fantasy justice (14:15)

    affective movements (22:20)

    void of reciprocity (31:10)


    Follow the dogs on Instagram @threedogsnorth and Facebook @threedogsnorth


    Contact us at threedogsnorth@gmail.com

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
256 Ratings

256 Ratings

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Nooooo! Just finished book 6 if Harry Potter. Just listened to episode “out of uniform”.

Granted, I’m a decade behind the release of these books.

Still a stellar podcast. Been listening for years. Thanks for your friendship.

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Getting Huge

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