Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Wolf In Me


I know that I am one foxy dude.

But it turns out that my legs are a dead giveaway for my TUFF GUY ORIGINS. My legs come from WOLVES. SCIENCE has declared it is so! Unlike my BO-RING sibbies who are regular ole dogs, I have a special wolf gene! Read about it here!


Here you see my wolfy side coming out as I hunt the wild hosta. Here's how science explains my untameability:

They found short-legged dogs all had a slightly altered extra gene that produces a growth protein called fibroblast growth factor 4 or FGF4. It appears to be copy of a wolf gene that got spliced back into the dog genome some time after modern dog breeds diverged from wolves.


It appears to be copy of a wolf gene that got spliced back into the dog genome some time after modern dog breeds diverged from wolves.


You better not mess with me when the moon is full! Here you see my ferocious corgipants in all their floofy glory. Wait, what is this sentence starting the story?

Dachshunds and corgis have short stubby legs because they were dealt an unlucky ticket in the evolutionary lottery, scientists say.

Unlucky??? Take that back, science!

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9 Comments:

Blogger Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Just smother 'em with your fine tail!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

4:59 PM  
Blogger tula said...

woo've got wolf written all ovah ya! bark at the moon!!!

i'm scurd of woo!!

scratchies,
tula

5:11 PM  
Blogger Kari in WeHo said...

ooo a little scary wolf....

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

5:24 PM  
Blogger Gus said...

Wow...we now have an explation for the short legged muzzer in our fambly! Does this also mean she is part corgi?

gussie n teka

7:24 PM  
Blogger Lola said...

I didn't think it was luck. I always thought they were bred that way on purpose. That's all very interesting. I can see the wolfy look all over you. It's most impressive.

lotsa licks, Lola

7:42 PM  
Blogger Sophie Brador said...

As an owner of freakishly regular sized legs, I of course have to go with science on this one, but you are still my foxy dude, even though you are apparently a wolf.

xo
SB

7:54 PM  
Blogger Two Pitties in the City said...

I can totally tell from that last photo. It's just so crazy that dogs all came from the same genes, but now they're one of the only types of animals that look so different in shape, size, colors, and fur type.

8:41 PM  
OpenID mayziegal said...

Gosh, you're kinda all cracker-wolf-dog in that last picture. RAWR!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

9:05 PM  
Blogger Mango said...

You can try all you want, but you are really just a stumpy legged little menace. Otis, now there is a real dog.

Slobbers,
Mango

9:27 PM  

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