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Yeah, I made a doge. So sue me. The meme is only three years old, I checked. Hard to believe. That is a shibe (or part-shibe), isn’t it?

Anyway, the local fête season began for us this weekend. We managed to hit two over the weekend, and just dodged getting wet at both of them. We’re a little concerned that the weather will have made one in particular lose money, and that might kill it forever.

This act was from that one; a dog rescue outfit in Essex. They’re all about taking scrubby old mutts and making proper working dogs of ’em. There were a dozen dogs at the show, from little terriers to big shepherds. They did very well, too — even the newest dog, who was (paradoxically) fourteen when he came to the shelter and a little confused about how he got there.

The trainer unloaded an interesting stream of dog facts. Like, you know how both your eyebrows go up when someone comes into a room? Well, a dog will only raise one eyebrow, and that eyebrow tells you which is his dominant paw. Yeah, I know, but he swore on a stack of kibbles.

He also said he’s never met a dog with a natural fear of fire. And to prove it, he had the dogs leap through hoops and corridors of fire, past flaming torches. Even the little dudes had no problem with it. That would have made an awesome photo, maybe, but my photographer spotted a giant model biplane doing loops over the end of the field and I lost him.

The exercise in the picture was a little wince-some. The littlest dogs couldn’t clear all those crotches in one leap and landed squarely and repeatedly on that man’s taint. I hope he was properly equipped.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 13, 2016, 8:55 pm

He said some really angry-making stuff about how the dogs end up with them. One was a bitch from a puppy mill. The oldest had been shoved out a car window.

He said (I have no idea if this is true) that the Irish won’t keep old dogs and dump 100,000 into England every year.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 13, 2016, 9:12 pm

” …my photographer spotted a giant model biplane…”

And you didn’t post a photo of it? Hmmmm….

Comment from Willus Golightly
Time: June 13, 2016, 9:30 pm

Dogs aren’t afraid of fire?

but they sure do know that when your house is on fire, it’s time to leave.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 13, 2016, 9:40 pm

Sheesh. You guys and your errplanes.

That’s one of the things they were trained to do, Willus — run into a burning building and look for people.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: June 13, 2016, 10:14 pm

Added a “new” rescue dog to my household a month ago, an Australian Cattle Dog, or Blue Heeler. Same breed Max had in The Road Warrior. This one is a year and a half old, named Rinny.

Smart as a whip, high energy, and looooooves playing Frisbee. I suppose a cattle herding dog has an advantage in predicting a Frisbee’s flight and getting under it, but it’s still amazing to watch her do it. She’s better at it than I am, and I went to high school and college in Southern Cal.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 14, 2016, 2:37 am

Thanks, Stoaty!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 14, 2016, 3:05 pm

What are the odds-makers making of the Brexit mood?

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 14, 2016, 3:58 pm

“Shoved out a car window.” Isn’t that charming. I hope that guy’s kids shove him off onto an ice floe when he gets too old for them to handle.

I rescued my younger cat, the big longhaired black fellow, when his “humans” (and I use that term loosely, as in “hominids”) left him behind when they were evicted. He was making a living going door-to-door for handouts. Quite pleased he was to be taken in, and he’s been a terrific roommate — it certainly wasn’t his looks or behavior that made them leave him behind. Just the usual inhuman “What we gonna do wit’ the cat?” “I don’ care.”

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 14, 2016, 7:05 pm

It’s too tense to comment on, Deborah. We’ve been drenched in lies and fantasies by the ‘elite’ as part of their ‘Project Fear’ and until a week or so back it looked pretty certain that they would win and thus secure their future snoutspace at the golden trough.

In the past few days there has been a kick back, however, and it looks just possible that we will win this one. Of course, whether we will have to start decorating lampposts before they actually implement the will of the people is another point, but I am buying piano wire whenever I can get it.

Comment from MikeW
Time: June 14, 2016, 7:19 pm

Here’s a dog rescue that’ll make you go Awwwwww… 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2016, 7:35 pm


I have a confession to make. I’m really not a dog person (I’ve never owned one, though my family did), but I am seriously addicted to those dog rescue videos that go around FaceBook. As long as there’s a before and after, whether the muddy skinny terrified dog is shown six months later sleeping upside down on the couch and leaping around somebody’s back yard.

I’m not proud.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 14, 2016, 8:45 pm

If the referendum results are to leave the EU, and Parliament does not vote to do so—wow. How fast can a constituency put together a recall election …

Comment from MikeW
Time: June 14, 2016, 8:57 pm

Ah, well, at least you’re not *just* a cat person. 🙂 Your Chicken Lit is one of the major draws to this place. (Not to be confused with Chick Lit.) Speaking of which… maybe you should think about some new breeds for your coop?
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247402 (Or maybe not 🙁 )
BTW Whatever happened to the Weasel smiley and the up/down twinkles?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2016, 9:03 pm

I lost my custom smilies in a tragic upgrade accident, MikeW. I custom coded this blog (read: took somebody’s working template and smashed my fists into it until I was satisfied with the looks), so some of the functionality is…non-standard. I haven’t given up on getting it back, though.

Deborah, the atmosphere here is airless and tense. Momentum seems to be for Brexit, but whichever way the vote goes, it doesn’t really solve anything. I mean, in terms of the country being desperately divided, and especially estranged from the ruling elite. Also, natives versus immigrants. Country versus city. North versus South. It’s not going to be pretty.

It’s not unlike the current contest in the US – especially the bit where the GOP was rumored to be thinking about denying Trump the nom even if he won it fair and square. Whoever wins the presidency, the majority of Americans are going to be super pissed off about it.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: June 15, 2016, 1:59 pm

Soo… Albion, careering towards disaster. USA following close behind. Canada, ruled by narcissistic children. Australia sounds like an escape hatch ’til you find out they won’t let you in. NZ? Nah, not into sheep. What’s an Anglophone to do?

Currently hiding in the boonies of South Alabama; that may turn out to be my best (only) option.

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