Truist TV ad features well-known song and Cruiser the dog

There’s a new ad out now from a bank called Truist. This bank is newly formed from a merger between SunTrust and BB&T. Both SunTrust and BB&T will be phased out until all that’s left is Truist, but of course that will take time. Until then, we will be seeing ads for Truist introducing us to the financial institution and how they plan to help us bank better. Their first offering features a dog let loose in the town of Cartersville, Georgia, population 21,141. The 30-second ad is called “Main Street Love.” Take a look! (At the bottom of this post is the minute-long version of the ad)

You may recognize the song as “With a Little Help From My Friends” made famous by Joe Cocker. The version used in this song is performed by a band called Endway. The TV ad uses the 2nd verse, which is a nice touch as the first verse is easily the most recognized verse. Using a lesser known verse caught my attention, and of course using a cute puppy is always a win. This pup’s name is Cruiser.

[Special note: more details about Cruiser the dog can be found here]

For a behind the scenes look at the making of the commercial, check this out:

What do you think of the ad? Could it have been done in a different way to get the desired message across? For more of my research about TV ads, check out my TV Commercial page with research on ads from Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and more… featuring music from Drew Holcomb, Bebe Rexha, Ro Malone, and more!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now for the minute long version of the cute Cruiser…

-Out of the Wilderness

flowers, flyers, and a ferocious beagle

Breaking news: I have new guests in my backyard. The first picture here is a flower that I had no idea was even part of the makeup of my yard! A tiny bit of the backstory is that this area actually had a tree in it not too long ago till a storm blew it down. Now, I guess there’s room for things like this to show up? It looks like some kind of hibiscus… with a few visitors of its own.


Next up is a moth/butterfly creature that is beautiful. The problem with these guys is that they rarely stay anywhere long enough to get a good photograph but I’m very thankful to get this shot.


So far these things have been pretty, right? Then we get to this guy.


While I wouldn’t call a cicada “pretty” by the standard definition, they’re very fascinating to look at (when they aren’t haphazardly flying towards your face!). Kind of like this insect… pretty in it’s own freaky way. I would’ve had more pictures of the cicada, certainly the blurry photo isn’t the best, or wouldn’t have been the one I chose… but…. I only got one photo before… how do I say this delicately…. well…. let’s just say I’m the only vegan in my house and I’ll let you decide what that means.


Good day to ya!

-Out of the Wilderness

Doggy doo on a stick

One of my dogs eats her own poop. I’ve written about it before so it’s not a subject I’m uncomfortable with. I mean, if she’s comfortable enough to eat poop, shouldn’t I be comfortable enough to talk about it? She’s my daughter after all, and I’m not ashamed of her! With that said, I’m not particularly fond of this habit of hers. She’s 8 years old and pretty much for her entire life I’ve tried to keep her from doing this horrid thing. But for 8 years, she’s done this horrid thing.

The other day I caught her in the act and I was determined to stop it. So what did I do? Something I’ve done a million times before: I got a stick to poke the poo and toss it over the fence.

That’s right, I poke the poo.

The only thing is, just like a million times before, I ended up just stabbing the poop balls because they wouldn’t stay on the stick. So now we’re left with poop that’s actually easier to eat than it was before!

Yep, I’ve smashed it all up into bite size pieces. Think of a potato that’s been turned into smashed potatoes. Just add butter and she could have a decent second or third meal going here.

All in all, I guess it does help keep the yard clean, so the next time I’m mowing I don’t step in a bunch of doggy doo. Maybe this is her way of earning her keep.

Oh goodness, should be thanking her?

-Out of the Wilderness

My dog won’t stop itching!

One of my dogs is either asleep, or itching. It’s been so frustrating trying to figure out the cause because she can’t tell me what’s going on with her! And it hasn’t been this way except for the past year or so. There are so many things that could be causing the irritable behavior and I’ve tried everything to help reduce her discomfort. Changing food. Changing protein sources. Vegetarian food. Adding honey. Zyrtec. Baths. Wiping her feet after being outdoors. Aversion. Diversion. This version. That version. Clapping when she itches. Apoquel. We had the best results from the Apoquel medicine but unfortunately, reviews and warnings downright scare me.

I’m pretty much at a loss now as to how to get her back to a comfortable place. Could it be something in the yard? The pesticides from the pest control service I started about a year ago? Dust in the house? And it still could be food related. I’m trying another idea today, switching her food out from dry food to canned food.¬†Fingers crossed that it helps!

If you have any home remedies that’ve worked, I’m all ears!

-Out of the Wilderness

Animal Tracks in Snow

Below are a few animal tracks I came across north of Cincinnati, Ohio. With a good amount of snow, it was nice to be able to see these even hours after the animals passed through. There’s one set of tracks that I can’t identify. If you know what it is, feel free to respond below!