Friday, July 17, 2009

How Perfection is Created

Look what I found on the internets! From

Researchers Discover Evolutionary Event Underlying the Origin of Dachshunds, Other Dogs With Short Legs

This is great news since it gives hope to all you dogs with horribly deformed long legs that perhaps someday we will find a cure for gangly limbs and save future generations from your meaningless, tall existences:

Bethesda, Md., Thurs., July 16, 2009 — A single evolutionary event appears to explain the short, curved legs that characterize all of today's dachshunds, corgis, basset hounds and at least 16 other breeds of dogs, a team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, reported today. In addition to what it reveals about short-legged dogs, the unexpected discovery provides new clues about how physical differences may arise within species and suggests new approaches to understanding a form of human dwarfism.

In a study published in the advance online edition of the journal Science, the researchers led by NHGRI's Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., examined DNA samples from 835 dogs, including 95 with short legs. Their survey of more than 40,000 markers of DNA variation uncovered a genetic signature exclusive to short-legged breeds. Through follow-up DNA sequencing and computational analyses, the researchers determined the dogs' disproportionately short limbs can be traced to one mutational event in the canine genome - a DNA insertion - that occurred early in the evolution of domestic dogs.

Together Sam and I could create a species of SUPERDOGS! They will just be giant heads and pot bellies with feet! Scienterrific!

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Lookin' For Love

MSNBC has a story up about doggie dating websites.

Leo is affectionate, likes stuffed toys, eats fish and is a hit with ladies looking for love on online. Not bad, for a 3-year-old Golden Retriever.

Leo is just one of hundreds of dogs being signed up to a crop of dog dating Web sites in India by doting owners seeking a mate or a companion for their pet.

Some of us have no problem finding beautiful ladies online. Several, even.

There's no point to this. Except to remind you what a hottie I am.

Here is the song "Too Darn Hot." Is it about me or the weather?

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Back in the Dogosphere Blogosphere

My clumsy ma ape's finger is finally back in typing shape now that you have all probably forgotten how devastatingly handsome I am. Here's a reminder:

In the meantime we are in BIG TROUBLE. This happened:

There are two (usual) suspects:

No one but the window was harmed in the making of this crime.

Here are some more crimes. One is that the puperazzi insists on taking photos of me in compromising positions. Here I am scooching:

Can't a dog scratch his butt in peace anymore? I guess photos of my rear are in high demand because someone seems obsessed with them:

Now all this broken finger stuff has convinced me that I might need to adopt a new, more efficient form of communication that is less reliant on long-windedness.

No, I am not smuggling secret messages via tennis ball. (Though I have some mad fetching moves):

The pink tennis ball is a symbol of Sophie, who has been suggesting that I twitter for some time now. So, Sophie, I caved to peer pressure. If you want to find me I am wallytcorgador. As Stephen Colbert says, I have twatted.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

An Afternoon in the Park!

Oscar BS Teen here! Oh yes, MORE Occasional Oscar! I want ALWAYS OSCAR but Wally Tamale says that is stupid and not even alliterative.

So here are some things at the park. Like butts!

And running running running...

Keep those doggies moving!

And these are my new besties.

Look! They play like me n' Ethel Jean, Can't Go to the Park Cuz She's Mean.

And look--friendsies Narra and Tuchuck! They always make a beeline for the footballs.

Bitey Face, Tired Teenager Edition.

This dog was my ma ape's bestie beacuse she reminded her of SOMEONE. This doggie was OLD and just want to hang out with the ma ape. BO-RING.

Speaking of which, SOME DOGGIES (like all of them) will complain if there is no WALLY so here is WEEPY WALLY IN THE WEEDS! See, I CAN alliterate!

--Oscar Bean, Not Old Teen.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

SPCA Saturday (Shhhh Edition)

LinkWelcome to SPCA Saturday, Shhhh edition. I'm Hercules, a lab mix on heartworm treatment so I have to stay calm and the lady can't type so we will be brief! Look, I am HANDSOME.

I'm very skinny and so maybe i should go to a house with black n' white dogs for a raw diet..hmmm? (The lady concurs.)

Millie! Am. Bulldog mix. Pretty lady!

And Summer, a summertime sweetheart!!

Romeo, he loves Montagues and Capulets.

Coco! The chubby Aussie.

And Nettie!

And wee scared Dani.
These dogaboos are not for adoption. Buck (left) went to a rescue. And Lugar and Ty own the lady in charge at the SPCA.

And this is Ruby Pitlet!

She's little, she's short, she's chubby, she snorts, she's a pitlet!

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