Thursday, August 31, 2006

corgador #1

i've decided to start a regular series documenting the finest specimen of man or beast on earth: the mighty corgador. these are all from petfinder, meaning they are all for adoption and you too could find your own corgador! meet delver, a handsome devil located in boston.

down with the dog whisperer

nyt editorial pack of lies.

Mr. Millan builds his philosophy from a simplistic conception of the dog’s “natural” pack, controlled by a dominant alpha animal (usually male). In his scheme, that leader is the human, which leads to the conclusion that all behavior problems in dogs derive from the failure of the owner or owners to dominate. (Conveniently, by this logic, if Mr. Millan’s intervention doesn’t produce lasting results, it is the owner’s fault.)

Women are the worst offenders in his world. In one of the outtakes included in the four-DVD set of the first season of “Dog Whisperer,” Mr. Millan explains that a woman is “the only species that is wired different from the rest.” And a “woman always applies affection before discipline,” he says. “Man applies discipline then affection, so we’re more psychological than emotional. All animals follow dominant leaders; they don’t follow lovable leaders.”

Mr. Millan’s sexism is laughable; his ethology is outdated.

bad sexist dog trainer, bad! good boy, wally! (here's were you do the clicker and give me a snack). i really need to train you naked apes better. bad naked apes! down!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

third party candidate?

i like the graphics of pure breed revolution, particularly this ode to the corgi but when can i get my obey the mutt poster??? i have some obstreperous naked apes around here.

i think the newfie kind of looks like me. obey the wally.

dogs of rarotonga

today's slate photo essay is the dogs of rarotonga (in the cook islands). they note many dogs have short legs "like dachshunds." i suspect they are more corgi-like. is this my anscestral home of short legged dogs roaming free?

Monday, August 28, 2006

dogs that drive

from the ap wire. and still we let you run the planet, though the dog's driving doesn't sound worse than some of the naked apes i've seen:

Woman Crashes When Teaching Dog to Drive

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August 28,2006 | BEIJING -- A woman in Hohhot, the capital of north China's Inner Mongolia region, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday.

No injuries were reported although both vehicles were slightly damaged, it said.

The woman, identified only be her surname, Li, said her dog "was fond of crouching on the steering wheel and often watched her drive," according to Xinhua.

"She thought she would let the dog 'have a try' while she operated the accelerator and brake," the report said. "They did not make it far before crashing into an oncoming car."

Xinhua did not say what kind of dog or vehicles were involved but Li paid for repairs.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

thunder on a sunday afternoon

when it thunders i gotta stick close to my mawma. i can't let this lovely mug get damaged.

mr. glenn: no more steeling

i just wanted to blog to remind my friend mr. glenn of his team's, the squealers', embarassing defeat in the all-important pre-season at the hands of one of my teams, the beagles. yup, final score 16-7 giving the stealers a 0-3 start in the preseason. and what could be more significant than the nfl preseason?

to recap: seahawks, beagles, and wally rule, stealers, mr. glenn and his goddamn cat drool!

and onkel eric (also a squealer), this goes double for you. me win, you lose, chew it!

guest blog: ethel's take

while wally is visiting the vet to get his antibiotics (ie, wimpy pills) i thought i would correct the record on what happened in the yard. wally's blog yesterday morning could not have been more inaccurate. see, here's what happened. we ran outside and wally was, as usual, really scared and so he got the facts all wrong. it was not a groundhog but a cheetah and i had to chase it down. it was a good 2-3 mile chase at speeds approaching 200 mph, i think. i think wally bit his own lip and got terrified and was crying like a baby. i had to protect him. so i chased down the cheetah to tell him to lay off my brother, i brought him down. he was quite shocked, being the fastest animal, to meet his match. so i let him go to go share the legend of ethel, the fastest dog on earth. and that's what happened. don't trust wally. he exaggerates all the time.