The Zen of Unsure Things
He's so cute! What a lovely photo!
Thanks, Alan. I couldn't resist him.
Who's a good boy then?I didn't know the rising back fur was a mohawk - Abby loves to antagonize dogs behind fences. When they're not there, she's really disappointed.But what is it they're saying? Oh, I know:http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/myl/llog/FarsideDogTranslator.jpg.
Sorry, the link doesn't work. It was of Professor Schwartzman and his canine decoder. Gary Larson, I miss you!
The link works for me, Bellis. Just eliminate the final period.I knew what they were saying was monosyllabic, I just wasn't sure how many words they had in their vocabulary.
funny how tough these little ones can be until one thing sets them into "puppy" mode and love and set for a pic.always interesting to watch a dog who by all rights is just ignoring another being, yet they've got that mowhawk going that gives them away. That mowhawk can be hackles, or getting their panties in a bunch of all sorts of things. proof you need to watch everything about a dog before approaching, those little details say a lot.love the comic Bellis...and if you listen hard enough, you can tell what those pups are saying. Usually it is "look at me, look at meeeee!".
BBC TV did a dog series where they got dogs owners to listen to recordings of dog barks and sounds from around the world. All guessed which barks meant "This is my yard, keep out," which meant "Let's play" and which meant "There's someone at the door." It's a universal dog language. One theory is that our swear words, which come from a more primitive part of the brain, are like dog barks. Our ape-man ancestors may have barked at each other before evolving speech. Some married couples still do.
That's what these little dogs say every time we pass. "This is my yard, keep out!" "Let's play!" "There's someone at the door!"
Personally, I love what the dog in back is saying: Oh brother, why can't I live with someone who has a little dignity?
When I walk through my neighborhood, I'm always amused at the doggie chorus: first one I pass takes up the "Woof, woof, woof!" The next one down hears him and joins in. There are no small dogs in this chorus -- a golden, a German Sheperd, then a Weimaraner, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback (who has his mohawk built-in) It's another block before an old beagle gets to take part, adding his descant howl.
Speedway, there's no decent video of the Twilight Bark on youtube, but 101 Dalmatians had it right--they pass the message.Cliff, I'll just say Cuteness has at least one assistant.Chieftess: agreed.
Very cute pups. It's amazing how fierce those little ones can be when protecting their territory. But he was just waiting for his photo opp.
They say they're all big dogs at heart.
Fun post, especially about the Little Barker.
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