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‘Duck Dynasty’ Legend Chops Off His Beard

Shannon Jackson

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Duck Dynasty enjoyed a historic run as one of A&E’s top-rated shows. After spending 11 seasons on the air, Duck Dynasty fans grew close to the Robertson family and their many misadventures. Thanks to their strong Louisiana heritage, commitment to duck hunting, and gigantic beards, it is easy to spot the Robinson family in pictures and on television. While their distinctive beards might have made them famous, wait until you find out what implored Jase Robertson to chop his own hair off!

Starting at the End

Here we have the iconic Jase Robertson seated before a mirror, moments prior to his hair being completely chopped off. Missy watches on in the background with a smile on her face. How did Jase come to be in this position? Why was the young Robertson family leader preparing to chop away his iconic brown locks and beard? 

Back to the Beginning 

Before we dig too deep into the #ShaveJase campaign that rocked the Duck Dynasty fandom, let’s peel things back a little bit in order to start at the beginning. Duck Dynasty rose to fame on the A&E Network because it provided viewers with an up-close look at duck hunting through the eyes of people who had been doing it their entire life. Fans quickly fell in love with the bearded and eccentric family, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear how invested the fans still are int heir lives.

Quite the Unusual Backstory

Before Phil Robertson was taking over the television world with his duck hunting skills, he was tearing up the gridiron as a quarterback. Phil came into his own as a collegiate quarterback who started for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Robertson actually started ahead of NFL Hall of Famer, Terry Bradshaw. Robertson would turn down an opportunity to play in the NFL in order to focus on his duck empire.

The Iconic Robertson Beard

By this point in time, you have to know about the Robertson-family beard. We’ll dig more into the history of their facial hair later, but this picture pretty much sums it all up. The Robertson’s have always been known for their big and burly beards. Jase’s decision to chop off his own beard was a huge deal not just to fans, but to the family as well.

Meet the Robertson Family

Here’s another group shot of the Robertson family. A brief survey will quickly reveal to you that beards are incredibly common among the grown men in the family. In fact, every older gentleman in this picture, sans Al, is rocking a massive and bushy beard. Does it run in their DNA or is Al the only Robertson family member without the strong beard trait?

The Most Popular Robertson

Jase Robertson has always been considered one of the most popular members of the family. Thanks to his relative youth and easy good looks, Jase became a fan-favorite almost from the word shoot. Jase is the COO of the family duck hunting business, as well, which means that he’ll stay quite busy long after the show has become history.

Deciding to Lose the Beard

For Jase, the iconic beard became intrinsic to his brand and his image. However, with the show canceled, there was very little reason to keep the facial hair. What’s more, Jase had a good reason to shave it all of. What do we mean by this? Well, as you’ll soon find out, Jase’s decision to shave his beard was about helping other people, not just himself.

Honoring Mia Robertson

The driving force behind Jase’s decision to shave his beard has everything to do with his daughter, Mia. Mia had been born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate. This is a natural condition that can cause the upper lip to improperly form, thus leading to aesthetic problems. While generally painless and always non-fatal, life with a cleft lip and palate can be hard for a young girl.

Mia Undergoes Surgery

Fortunately, Jase made more than enough money during his Duck Dynasty run that he could afford the surgery that Mia needed in order to repair her lip. Mia was able to have her cleft lip and palate repaired and that might have been where the story ended had it not been for Jase. Jase realized that many other children did not have the same benefits as Mia when it comes to treatment. This thought led Jase to think of ways to help out other people who had been suffering with a cleft lip or palate.

Doing Something Special

Jase and his family knew that they could raise money to help other children with cleft palates. In order to most effectively help out these kids, the Robertson’s would need a fun and viral way to spread the word. Are you starting to see where we are going with this? As it turns out, shaving Jase’s beard was the perfect way to launch their newest non-profit, The Mia Moo Fund.

Enter the Mia Moo Fund

The Mia Moo Fund was established by Jase as a way to raise money for children who could not afford to have the surgery to repair their cleft lip. Jase decided to create the foundation as a way to honor his daughter while improving the lives in children all over the country. In order to make the Mia Moo Fund a success, Jase wanted to shave his beard off for charity.

Excited Yet Nervous

Jase was obviously thrilled at the idea of helping out those in need. However, the beard had become such an intrinsic part of his life that he felt a certain level of nervousness at the thought of chopping it off. Fortunately, Missy was supportive when it came to ditching the beard. In fact, some may argue that Missy was the one pushing for the clean-shaven look!

Not the First Beardless Brother

While Jase was about to turn the fandom upside down, he wasn’t the first brother to go without a beard. While most of the Robertson male family members had beards of some sort, Al had never been one to grow out his hair. Al Robertson is notoriously clean-shaven in every picture that he has appeared in with the family. Whether he didn’t like beards or couldn’t grow one, we’ll never know!

Fans Are Shocked By Jase’s Decision

You didn’t have to be a huge fan of the show to realize how big of a deal this was. While Jase Robertson is no Britney Spears, his decision to lop off his beard is just as striking as her decision to shave off her head. To put this plainly, shaving Jase’s beard was kind of a big deal.

Regaining Pre-Fame Anonymity

While Jase was rightfully nervous about shaving his beard off, he knew that there were plenty of benefits to look forward to. For starters, Jase had become famous while rocking his beard. After shaving it all away, Jase was confident that he’d be able to live life as if he weren’t famous at all. His desire to remain anonymous while out in public would help fuel the choice.

#ShaveJase

In 2013 when the program was dwindling to an end, Jase revealed that he had actually considered shaving his beard off completely. Jase admitted that he wanted to shave off the facial hair after the show ended so that he could regain his anonymity and make his wife happier all at the same time. 

Practical Benefits of Beards for Duck Hunters

Even though Jase was about to have his beard shaved off, he had to admit that there were many advantages to the facial feature. For duck hunters, giant beards work as natural camouflage as well as facial protection. During the winter, it can help to have a huge bushy beard to keep your face warm!

Unfortunate Beard Pitfalls

Jase did reveal that having the huge beard wasn’t always a benefit during the filming of the show. In fact, Jase would later reveal that his large beard was probably to blame for all of his trouble in airports. According to Jase, he frequently would get pulled out of line by the TSA because his beard looked ‘suspicious’. 

Hilarious Fan Encounter

One time, Jase had an encounter with a fan that had him ready to shave his beard off then-and-there. Approached by a random fan on the street, Jase agreed to take a picture. Simple, right? Well, not exactly! According to Jase, the fan had thought that Jase was the actor who played the famous Geico caveman.

Ready to Rest on Laurels of Success

Even if Jase looked like the Geico caveman when you squinted, he had still grown quite fond of the facial hair. Jase had become an international celebrity worth more than $10 million thanks to his incredible beard, family, and television show. Now the show was gone and his beard would soon be following it. Times were changing for Jase and the Duck Dynasty family!

Life After ‘Duck Dynasty’

Following the end of the television show, Jase decided to keep busy. Instead of resting and relaxing with the family, Jase launched his own website titled CamoFix. The goal of the website is to create a sense of online family between Jase and his fans. Jase considers CamoFix to be the only way to see what the Robertson family is up to.

Making #ShaveJase Official

Before Jase could relax with CamoFix, he first had to head to Fox News in order to appear on their daily morning show. While on the program, Jase revealed that he would be shaving his beard off for charity. Here you can see the entire morning crew, along with Missy and Jase, smiling for the camera. Is it just us or does Jase look a little bit hesitant?

The Big Day Begins

No matter how hesitant Jase might have been, the day of the beard shave was rapidly approaching. This picture showcases Jase just moments before having his iconic mop hacked away. Missy had taken the photo, and she would be there to document the entire event. After having raised so much for the Mia Moo Fund, Jase knew it was time to do his part.

Hair Begins to Fall 

Jase watched in the mirror as his face and head slowly transformed. In the blink of an eye, Jase went from a hardened duck hunter to someone a little more, well, presentable. This shot shows Jase halfway through the transformation and you can already tell the difference! As the hair fell away, so too did the years from Jase’s face.

A New Jase Emerges

By the time that his hair and beard had been completely trimmed, Jase was almost unrecognizable. Here we can see the first moment that Jase saw his clean face. Missy was overjoyed by the transformation as she felt like she had finally gotten her husband back from the television show.

Appreciating the New Face

Missy would later admit that Jase’s lack of a beard made it even easier for her to flirt with her husband. As it turns out, Missy was quite done with the beard, herself! This picture shows Jase’s happy family posing for the camera with nary a beard or cleft lip among them.

Look Back in Time

While Jase’s transformation was incredible to watch, it isn’t the only transformation that has rocked the family. In fact, seemingly the entire family has spent time without their infamous beards bedecked upon their faces. This shot shows Willie posing before and after his time on the show. On the left, Willie looks like a mullet-rocking athlete.

Duck Dynasty Boys Before Beards

This amazing picture shows Jep, Jase, and Willie all rocking a clean face during their childhood. Raising a bunch of boys was tough for Phil and Kay as we have no doubt that the Robertson kids liked to get in trouble. How could a family of duck hunters NOT have a few exciting stories to tell from childhood?

Si Robertson Before the Hair

Even Si Robertson had enjoyed a period of time before his face had been overtaken by a giant beard. Here we see Silas Robertson looking mighty sharp in his uniform. Si Robertson had spent time in the armed forces, so how hard could hunting a couple of ducks on television actually be?

Celebrating Their Marriage

Swinging the focus back to Jase and Missy, we can see how the lovely couple looked when they first met. Here we can see that Missy had fallen in love with the clean-shaven version of Jase, well before the beard was even a thing! When Jase shaved his beard off, Missy must have had flashbacks to when they first started dating. That could explain the extra flirting!

Fresh Faced Couple

It’s wild to see such famous individuals while they were still children. Jase and Missy look like they could be any other regular couple from the Midwest or down south. You wouldn’t know that these two would soon be on television as part of the most famous family in A&E history.

One Happy Family

For another photograph that really takes the family away from their television roots, look no further. This beautiful picture shows the Robertson family posing with their young children. Decades before Jase and co would become one of the most popular shows in A&E history, they were just another regular family.

Beardless Phil Robertson

It seems strangely sacrilegious to say, but even Phil Robertson once rocked a clean-shaven face. Phil Robertson hadn’t always been a huge fan of the beard, but we definitely think he made the right choice when he decided to stick with it. Robertson began growing his beard while the boys were still in high-school, and he hasn’t shaved it since.

Life as Professor Phil

We already revealed that Phil Robertson was a beardless football fanatic in his youth. What else could shock you? What about learning that Mr. Phil Robertson once worked as a substitute teacher? It’s true! Before Phil was the grizzled leader of the Duck Dynasty team, he was a regular old professor at a local high school with a B.S. in English. This almost seems too weird to be true, doesn’t it?

Birth of the Beard

The origins of the Robertson family’s beard can be traced back to when Phil’s kids were in high school. Phil decided to start growing out his beard on a whim. His kids agreed to start growing their beards out after graduating from high school. Together, the Robertson boys would make burly beards a part of the family tradition.

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Wild Canadian Horse’s Dramatic Rescue

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Canada is known for many things, including its beautiful scenery, friendly people, diverse animal life, and frigid winters. All of these things came together in a powerful and moving way one day as fate played out a hand that involved a matter of life or death. A small group from the Help Alberta Wildies Society (HAWS) was patrolling the beautiful countryside one day. HAWS is a group of volunteers committed to helping and protecting the rich lineage of Canada’s wild horses. They help support the preservation of native wilderness that the horses call home and also work to protect the animals and catalog their populations. On a chilly winter day, a small group of HAWS volunteers ventured out to search for newborn foals in Alberta, Canada, so they could document the new additions to the local herd. As they were out searching, they came upon a heartbreaking sight.

They spotted a young foal stuck in a muddy bog. The wild foal was desperately struggling to drag itself out of a muddy hole. There was no telling how long the young horse had been trapped but it had more than half of its body sunk into the 6-foot-deep hole that as filling with sticky mud and near-freezing water. The horse lovers knew what they had to do. If anyone was meant to find this helpless creature, it was the HAWS heroes and so they quickly got to work. As they worked to figure out how to rescue the foal, they kept an eye out for any of the wild horses that might still be in the near vicinity. They quickly concluded that the young filly likely had been abandoned by the herd when she fell into the hole and was unable to get out.

The small filly just did not have the strength to pull herself out of the hole against the viscous muds and numbing water that was surrounding her. To make things even more difficult for her, and her new rescuers, was the rim of ice that was forming all around the hold. The young foal was unable to get her bearing or get a good foothold and it made getting to her more of a challenge. They knew they were the foal’s only chance of getting out alive, but time was running out, and she was growing more exhausted by the minute. They had to act fast!

For over an hour, the group worked, desperately and tirelessly striving to save the horse before she would succumb to exhaustion and the elements. Using their ATVs and a bunch of ropes, they finally managed to break the muddy suction seal that trapped the young wild hose and they pulled her out of her freezing prison. When they finally pulled her out, they quickly undid the ropes they had used to free her, expecting her to bolt for the hills. They could tell she was exhausted and starving and knew she had to have been trapped for quite some time. However, instead of running away in fear and confusion, the young filly stuck around and showed her rescuers her gratitude and let them know she knew they were friends and that they could be trusted.

It just goes to show how smart these wild animals are and how important it is to protect them and all the other creatures that make up the diverse ecosystem of the Canadian wilderness!

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Xbox Tears Marriage Apart After Family Dog Runs Away

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When welcoming a new member into your family, whether a dog or a child, both parents should discuss and agree upon how to teach their children. Families who aren’t on the same page are sure to endure much stress and many challenges. As a warning to others, a Facebook user recently shared the experience that tore her family apart. 

While pregnant with their second child, their son begged for a puppy. With the advent of a child approaching, she was concerned about adding more to the household, but her husband reasoned that it would teach their son responsibility. After many fights, she relented and they adopted a puppy, Scrupples.

As a busy nurse and caring partner, she trusted her husband to take care of their son and dog while she was gone. However, she was accosted with the obvious difference in parenting styles one day. 

Their son approached her husband after accidentally leaving the back door open, allowing Scrupples to run out of the house. Without taking his eyes off the Xbox he was playing, he told their son to look for Scrupples himself.

After five days of no luck finding Scrupples, the mother found her son weeping on the couch. He told her what happened to Scrupples and how his dad wouldn’t help find the dog. 

Recalling the many fights over not wanting to get a puppy, she stormed into the basement. He brushed off the situation, not concerned for either his son or the dog as he continued to play his Xbox. In a fit of rage from his abrasive and heartless response, she pulled the Xbox out of the wall and threw it into the TV screen. 

Walking out of the basement, she took their son outside to look for Scrupples. They posted signs up around town and knocked on doors to see if any of their neighbors had seen their dog. 

After a few days of searching, they came back home empty handed. The woman’s husband wasn’t home, his car gone in the driveway and his suitcase missing from their closet. There was no note and no indication as to where he had gone. 

Then, the phone rang. A woman talked to the mother and told her she had found Scrupples a few days ago, digging up the dirt in her garden, and had been taking care of the dog since. She thanked the woman repeatedly and rushed over to get the dog a few neighborhoods away. 

A few weeks later the woman shared an update on Facebook.

The father had not returned and she had not heard from him since he left. She had been struggling through her days, calling on family and friends to help take care of her family while she worked. However, with one hand holding her son and the other petting Scrupples, she knew she had all she needed right there and that she would make it through. 

Parenting is hard enough. When two people aren’t in agreement as how to share care and take care of a child or pet, life can get a whole lot tougher, but things always have a way of working themselves out.

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Unique Goat With Two Heads

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A family in Wisconsin got a big surprise when their pet goat gave birth to a kid with two heads.

The goat was born on April 5.

The farm saw about 1000 goats being born over the past year. The farm produces goat milk. The family has had the farm for six years, and have never seen a goat like this one. 

This goat, born on a Sunday, is the only goat on the farm with two heads.

The Nueske family saw that the mother goat was having trouble with the delivery.

When they saw the newborn, they couldn’t believe what they saw.

Even more surprising, both of the goats’ heads can eat.

The family named the goat Janus. Janus is the Roman god that had two faces. He is known as the Roman god of the New Years, and it means duality, a beginning and an end. From Janus, we get the word January.

One of the family members, Jocelyn, said she thinks that he was supposed to be twins, but the egg didn’t split all the way in utero.

The name for this condition is polycephaly.

The family discovered that both of the heads can eat. They feed him with a bottle.

The goat had a 50% chance of survival. The family kept him as a pet.

The goat had four eyes and two mouths. They don’t know if he could see out of the middle eyes, but he has vision with the outside eyes.

Another interesting point about his anatomy is that he had two brains that connected in the back of the skull.

Each head acted independently of the other and had its own consciousness.

Many people may have seen two headed reptiles, but a two headed goat is the first for many.

The family regularly posts updates about the goat on Facebook. You can find them on the Nueske Farms LLC website.

On the site, they shared a link to a NYPost article that shared that the goat had passed away.

They noted that he hadn’t been feeling very hungry for his morning meals. They also saw that his temperature was lower than normal.

Animals with this condition rarely survive because they have difficulty feeding themselves.

It is thought that only 1000 goats are born with this condition. Other than having two heads, a vet said that it was a normal goat.

People from all over the world were interested in Janus. He had fans from Germany, Brazil, and many other countries.

“We are so sad to hear about Janus passing,” wrote one fan.

The goats’ owner shared that while she was sad, Janus was a reminder that sometimes kindness can happen at the most unexpected times. She felt that Janus was a special goat and although they cared for him it was difficult to sustain his life due to his unique medical condition.

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Jordan’s Black Cat Story

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Black cats are evil! Do not let one cross your path!

Fortunately, 22-year-old Jordan ignores this silly and superstitious advice. Jordan, whose last name we’re withholding, has autism. As a result, she’s not very verbal…most of the time. But that’s where her black cats come into the story.

Gracie’s Tale

Jordan’s experience with black cats started with Gracie, a feline friend Jordan had when she was younger. While at Mychal’s Learning Place, a non-profit organization that supports those with learning disabilities, Jordan would draw pictures of black cats and call them Gracie.

That inspired the organization’s Culver City, California chapter to put Jordan in touch with the local Adopt and Shop.

Adopt and Shop is a pet rescue and adoption center, as well as a retail store for pet food and supplies. Jordan became a volunteer at Adopt and Shop, spending much of her time with cats-especially the black ones.

The Ideal Pet

Cats can be the ideal pet for many individuals with autism. Dogs tend to be loud and excitable, barking suddenly and moving noisily. That much volume can be a sensory overload to many on the spectrum. Cats, on the other hand, move quietly and are usually calmer than dogs. And a meow isn’t nearly as disruptive as loud barking or yapping.

Cats and other pets can play a major role in calming and comforting those with autism, helping them open up more emotionally and socially.

That’s been Jordan’s experience. Those working with her at Mychal’s Learning Place say that the young woman rarely talked except to possibly repeat the last thing she heard someone else say. But while working with the cats at Adopt and Shop, they say that she’s much more verbal. The animals seem to bring out Jordan’s communications skills.

Jordan loves all of the cats at Adopt and Shop. She cuddles with them, stroking their fur and talking with them for hours just as she would communicate with another person. But she can’t hide her special affection for black cats.

The Black Cat Curse

When people like Jordan go out of their way to show kindness to black cats, it helps offset the superstitions that negatively impact these animals even to this day. The fear and dislike of black cats might go back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Legends arose that these cats were actually witches in disguise. This belief even associated witches with black cats as recently as the Salem Witch Trials in America in the late 17th century.  

The color is also associated with death. Think of the Grim Reaper. In that regard, black cats were considered to be as unsettling as crows and ravens of the same shade. In time, many saw the animals as being bad luck charms. (Interestingly, Japanese lore said that ownership of a black cat could bring a young woman a mate, and British sailors of old considered black cats to bring good luck.)  

While most people today don’t take the black cat curse seriously, they tend to show up, unwanted, more frequently at some animal shelters. Some rescues are hesitant to release the animals for adoption around Halloween because of stories, whether true or not, of people who want to sacrifice black cats on this “demonic” holiday.

The Culver City Adopt and Shop also sees its share of black cats rescued as strays or put up for adoption. That’s why they so appreciate the volunteer involvement of someone who goes out of their way to offer love and comfort to this misunderstood segment of the feline population.  

So kudos to Jordan for her compassion and love for all cats-but the blacker the better.     

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Dog Allergy Sources Aren’t Across the Board

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Those with asthma are familiar with allergies. Asthma already involves a weakness in one’s ability to breathe normally and allergies would only heighten this situation. And, no surprise, when people have allergies, they also likely have pet allergies in 1 out of almost 3 cases. This is a common situation. At least a fifth of most modern societies have allergies to furry pets, cats or dogs or everything in between.

Dogs May Have Gotten a Bad Allergy Rap

For the rest of society, dog ownership tends to be a benefit. Aside from companionship and notable loyalty compared to other animals, dogs also seem to be able to help those suffering from cardiac arrests survive the events with a higher probability than without a canine pet. However, those who have allergies frequently believe dogs have to be included in that stimuli and avoided as a result. This, it could turn out, may not be correct.

Folks try to start with dogs that don’t shed, assuming a hypoallergenic canine might avoid the allergy reaction. However, this misses the fact that pet allergies aren’t triggered by fur and animal hair. Instead, it’s the dander of the animal and saliva that are the real culprits. Scientifically, the root of the problem is a protein generated by a canine’s prostate. Some people are allergic to certain breeds and fine with others. Some seem to be allergic to all breeds. However, what’s not widely known is that there is a protein difference given off, depending on the gender of the dog involved. That’s a gamechanger; people with pet allergies, even those with asthma, could actually be a dog-owner once the specific male breed can be identified. Female and neutered dogs become viable pets for far more folks previously handicapped by their heightened reaction systems.

The Culprit Not Expected

The specific protein involved is known as the Can f 5 protein. Again, this biological trigger is produced in the canine prostate gland and emanate through the dog’s skin, hair and urine. The protein is so light, it can even aerosolize and be breathed in. Worse, for those with allergies, the proteins can hang in a surrounding for a long time if there is no vibrant airflow, triggering allergies long after the dog has left. Furniture, bedding, clothing, and carpet are all capable of holding onto the proteins as well.

On the other hand, allergies can be “sedated” over time as well with repeat exposure. Eventually, the body adapts and the reactions lessen, especially if the ongoing exposure occurs early in age, as in one’s first few years of life. The results have actually be studied and noted in reducing the impact of asthma in such sufferers versus increasing it as they get older.

For those who are too old though, a dog’s gender interaction with allergies is a huge breakthrough to enjoy the bond with a pet. It just has to be the right gender.

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