Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tarvags Without Terriers

Tarvag are Mongolian marmots. These have found a friend.

The Tarvag has an interesting history; they are the marmot that shaped the world.

Today, very few people have Bactrian Terriers once used to hunt this animal, but I am the proud owner of one of these storied beasts.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

3,000 Year-old Ivory Dog With Movable Parts

This amazing mechanical hunting dog was made from elephant ivory in Egypt between 1390–1353 B.C. This dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath its chest. Originally secured by means of a thong tied through the hole in the back of its neck and two in the throat (perhaps it was a marionette puppet?) the lever was later attached with a metal dowel in the right shoulder. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible. At The Met in New York City.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Dodos and Dogs

This is from
the El Paso (Texas) Evening Post of November 16, 1928. A reminder that everything you read in the newspaper is true, except that which you have personal knowledge of.

New Facebook Page: Overloaded Planet

I’ve starting a new Facebook page: Overloaded Planet.

It’s just pictures; no text.

It’s about carrying too much... literally ... and maybe not caring enough. “Like” the page if you want.  Open to all.

Death at the Auction

I tucked in out of the heat while my wife cruised the farmer's market, and there was an auction going on in one of the buildings. When you see stuff like this, you know an old man has died before he could give it all away.

95 Degrees in the Shade

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lies Told With Cameras

It’s called forced perspective. Yes, this was a big groundhog. No, it was not 200 pounds. This groundhog was maybe 18 pounds.

Bring a scale and a tape measure with you in the field, and brutal truths will be told.... which is why no one brings tape and scales. Who wants to stick to facts?

Mother Jones Had a Way With Birds

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Wolf Abides

Distribution of wolves in Italy in 1973 and 2012. Natural fecundity and migration in the absence of hard hunting and trapping.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Guarding the Goods

One of the Victorian-era jobs of small dogs, such as terriers, was to guard the cart of fruit, bread, and meat vendors as they plied their trades and made quick deliveries into houses, kitchens, and walk-ups.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Happy Fourth

Humphrey Bogart's hot dogs -- one in each hand. Hero!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019