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By way of Lambert, I came across this awesome video of Loukanikos, a stray dog in Athens, Greece, who apparently has a history of not liking riot police (the action kicks in at about the 1:10 mark): I guessing Louk isn’t upset about the EU forcing contractionary policies on an economy with already sky-high unemployment…

Misunderstanding Domesticated Animals

A while ago, I discussed how dogs have evolved to live with humans: being around humans is part of their environment, and they have undergone specific adaptations to live in that–our–environment. At this point, their ‘natural’ environment should contain people. Which brings me to this funny comment by Amanda Marcotte in response to the language…

On what was essentially a party line vote (one Democrat and one Republican each crossed the aisle), the Republicans in the Missouri Senate voted to strip out most of the legislation passed in a referendum that would have regulated Missouri’s dog breeding facilities. Missouri has been known as the ‘puppy mill capitol‘ because of its…

Some Music for You

I sound like this: I have no idea what’s going through this dog’s mind. Likes singing, I guess.

So Which One Is the Pet?

I found this video of an elephant and her dog. Or is it a dog and her elephant? Does anyone have any idea how these two might view each other? I don’t think they view each other as conspecifics. Do they view each other as equals, or does one feel responsible for the other? Either…

Dogs and Adaption to Humans

In a good post about puppy mills, Amanda Marcotte made a good point about domesticated versus undomesticated pets (italics mine): This would probably mean that people couldn’t get exotic pets, and that isn’t really the sort of thing that would keep me up at night, either. I understand the urge to have something like a…

Maybe I should have worn this hat? I was going to write a magnus opus about the Tea Bugger rally on the Boston Common on Wednesday. But, as we used to say in more civilized times, meh. Basically, there was an hour of some really schlocky pseudo-patriotic music, wherein every third word was freedom (FREEE-DOM!…

…put down bad owners instead? From Boston’s Universal Hub: Boston Police report seizing a pit bull on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester Tuesday morning after its owner allegedly tried to sic the animal on the young daughter of a neighbor with whom she’s been feuding.