Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Preventing a Terrier Digging Out

I've had a new solid board fence put in.  It's great for privacy, but the weak link in all fencing, as far as the dogs are concerned, is always at the bottom.  The top line of a fence should run straight on flat ground, but the earth always goes up and down a bit, and a dog can always dig out.  How to prevent that?

The traditional method is to put galvanized wire fencing along the ground or inside a filled in trench. The fencing should extend at least two feet back or down in order to prevent the dog from digging underneath.

I find stapling the barrier material to a bit of wooden furring strip, and then screwing that to the wooden fence makes for a strong and reasonably attractive edge without offering up a spot for the dogs to grab.

Instead of galvanized chicken wire or fox wire, which will eventually rust due to contact with the ground,  I am putting in welded plastic Yardgard hardware cloth which I picked up at Southern States and which was pretty low cost. With luck, this stuff should last forevever (or at least as long as I will).

I don't think this plastic fencing is tough enough to keep out a very big dog, but it's bonded at 1/2 inch centers, and it should be difficult for a small terrier to dig through it when it is rolled out flat, lawn-stapled to the ground, and covered with dirt, mulch, gravel and plants. For now I am putting it in a small section of the yard and leaving it exposed to see how the dogs react to it. So far, they are not digging where it is matted!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Coffee and Provocation

A True Working Dog at Westminster?
An Anatolian Shepherd from Bodega, Sonoma County, California, won best in breed at the Westminster Dog Show. Timaru Tallulah is an 18-month-old female bred and raised by Lesley and John Brabyn who own Salmon Creek Ranch.

Best Headline of the Week
Has to be this one: Hampshire sex aid firm Yes Yes is ‘delighted’ with happy ending at tribunal’s climax.

Fixing Failing Memory
New therapeutic molecules show promise in reversing memory loss linked to depression and aging. "An experiment involving preclinical models of aging, memory declines were rapidly reversed and performance increased to 80 per cent after administration, essentially reaching levels seen in youth or earlier stages of adulthood. This improvement lasted over two months with daily treatment."

Kids Are Expensive
The government of China has relaxed the one child policy, but it hardly matters as most families cannot afford a second child.

Whale Penis for Sale and a Cave Bear Too
It's an old whale penis, it looks like a carrot as big as a man, and it could be yours for the price of a used car. A fully articulated cave bear skeleton was sold for $16,800. That strikes me as a bargain

There's Nothing Wrong With Grain in Dog Food
Over at Slate they note that "the prevalence of grain-free pet foods has been something of a head-scratcher for veterinarians, who largely see the movement as a solution in search of a problem. A 2016 statement from the Clinical Nutrition Center at Tufts University read, 'There is no reliable evidence that suggests that it is harmful to feed grains as a group to dogs or cats.'... Food allergies are rare in cats and dogs to begin with. If they do exist, they’re generally caused by animal proteins like beef or chicken, rather than grain. In other words, unless you have specifically been told otherwise by your vet, there’s no real reason to give your pet grain-free food.”

Will CRISPR Save the Banana?
It looks like the answer may be YES, which is terrific.

The Wolf With the Broken Pelvis

1923 GSD conformation show judged by Max Von Stephanitz

As I noted a few months back, when Max Von Stephanitz created the German Shepherd dog, he was looking to create a "national" breed that would reflect strength and harken back to the Germanic wolf so important to the mythology of Volkish thought.

Von Stephanitz wrote that:

The breeding of Shepherd dogs must be the breeding of working dogs, this must always be the aim or we shall cease to produce working dogs.

In contradistinction to working and utility breeding is 'sport' breeding, which produces a temporary advance but is always followed by deterioration, for it is not done for the sake of the DOG, nor does it make him more useful, it is done for the vanity of the breeder and the subsequent purchaser.

He was right, and if one doubts it, one only has to look at other European shepherd breeds and types that have not been deformed by show ring pretenders.

One example is the Belgian Malinois. Here we see a reasonably wolf-looking dog in normal motion, feet on the ground, not cow hocked, and with a level top line. 

This is the dog used by the U.S. Secret Service, and by the military and the police around the world.

Compare this video to the gait of the German Shepherd that was the 2017 Westminster Dog Show "best in show" winner.

Here we see a dog with weak withers
, sloped back, and walking on his hocks.  Is it any wonder that the U.S. Secret Service will not entertain the use of a modern German Shepherd knowing full well the wrecked gene pool behind so many dogs?

If we saw a wolf walking like this we would assume it had been hit by a car or bullet and had a shattered pelvis. We would put it down knowing that it could  not feed itself.

And, it be clear, this is not some random dog; this is the Best in Show winner at the Westminster Dog Show in 2017.

Over at Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, published by BioMed Central, they review German Shepherd Dogs under primary veterinary care and in the VetCompass Programme data base in the UK.

The study found that the most common causes of death for GSDs were joint disorders (16.3%), inability to stand (14.9%), spinal cord disorder (13.6%).

To put it another way, nearly half of all German Shepherds are dying from structural problems.

Cow hocked and sloped back.

The Unpopular AKC Disses Popular Breeds

The Pekingese has won Westminster

There are approximately 75 million dogs in the U.S.

Every year about 7 million new dogs are acquired in the U.S. to replace those that die from disease, old age or accident.

Of these 7 million new dogs, approximately 53 percent are crossbreeds or mongrels, and approximately 47 percent are "pure breeds".

Most of the "pure breeds" are not registered, or are not registered with the AKC.

The AKC registers only about 400,000 dogs a year -- down 75 percent from over 1.5 million registered in 1992 despite the fact that America has more dogs than ever before.

More than half of all AKC dogs are in the top 10 breeds.

The bottom 50 AKC breeds sum to 1.2 percent of AKC-registered dogs.

So what are the top 10 AKC breeds? In 2017, they were:

  1. Labrador Retrievers (Labrador)
  2. German Shepherd Dogs
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. French Bulldogs
  5. English Bulldogs
  6. Beagles
  7. Poodles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. Yorkshire Terriers
  10. German Shorthair Pointers

So guess what dogs have never won at the Westminster dog show?

  • Golden Retrievers have never won Westminster.

  • Labrador Retrievers have never won Westminster.

  • Rottweilers have never won Westminster.

  • French Bulldogs have never won Westminster.

What other popular breeds have never won Westminster?

  • Great Danes have never won Westminster.  They are the #14 AKC dog in popularity.

  • Shih Tzus have never won Westminster. They are the #20 AKC dog in popularity.

  • Chihuahuas have never won Westminster.  They are the #32 AKC dog in popularity.

  • Dachshunds have never won Westminster.  They are the #13 AKC dog in popularity.

  • Miniature Schnauzers have never won Westminster.  They are the #18 AKC dog in popularity.

  • Boston Terriers have never won Westminster.  They are the #21 AKC dog in popularity.

The Facebook Experience

There's a Facebook analog to this site (3,000 "likes" as of this morning).

It doesn't get all of it, and it's only about a year old, but I post something there every day, and sometimes the number of hits soars.

For example, in the last few weeks I have had posts that received (as of this morning) 176,000 views, 209,000 views, 127,000 views, 4,500 views, 3,000 views, 1,500 views, etc.

It's a big world and these are relatively modest numbers. That said, with more readers and viewers comes more crazies, more ignorants, and more time-wasters.

It's been a long time since I black-balled anyone off the comments section of this blog, but I have blocked three people over on Facebook in the last two weeks. As we say in my family, "some things need killing."

The rules, as always, are posted here.

The Teddy Roosevelt Pretender

I laughed hysterically. 

Teddy Roosevelt! This shit stain of a traitor? This New York City, gold-plated toilet of a man? This limousine liar? This spousal-betraying, tax cheating, lick spittle of a coward?

Then I wondered... What if I won this raffle

Could I accidentally shoot Don Jr. in the face and then have him apologize to me?

Dick Cheney says that’s how it works.

Oops! Did I do that? So sorry!

That's My Story, and I'm Sticking To It

Robots in the Fields

It's always amusing to me that the first crop headline writers turn to when it comes to migrant labor is Strawberries.

Strawberries? That's your "must have" crop? Not potatoes, tomatoes, corn, wheat, soy, apples, or oranges?

In fact most crops can be automated, and that's trues for strawberries, as well as blue berries.

Tom Coen, CEO of Octinion, maker of this strawberry-picking machine notes that:

Agricultural labor, at this point, is not sustainable, in the sense that it’s often people who come a long way–a few thousand kilometers–do that work, and after the season they go back, or people come over as immigrants and do that kind of job to get started, and afterwards move on to other, better jobs.

Never mentioned: simply having some crops grown overseas near the migrant labor pools. There's no need to grow strawberries in the US; they ship well, can be grown in Mexico, and farms now growing strawberries in the US can switch to another crop with ease.  Fertile fields will not lie fallow if we do not grow strawberries!

George V and Terrier

George V with his father's dog, Caesar. Caesar lived for several years as King George V’s companion after King Edward VII’s death.  Edward VII, of course, was "Bertie," Queen Victoria's oldest son.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Old Pictures of Coyote Lurchers

My notes on this one say: "Coyotes and wolf, 1910, in Montanta."

My notes on this one only say: "Greeley, 1908." I am assuming this is Greeley, Colorado.

The Fake Pharmacy of Prescription Dog Food

Would you pay $80 for 17 pounds of this?

An Olathe, Kansas woman is suing over prescription pet food that her lawyer calls a ‘fake pharmacy’. It seems that for five years, Ms. Stevie Kucharski-Berger fed her dog, Theo, a potato and duck dog food prescribed by her vet who made a profit on each sale.

Now Ms. Kucharski-Berger is suing Topeka-based Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. over what her lawyer calls a “fake pharmacy” approach to overcharging consumers for ordinary goods.

Good luck to her! Seriously, I hope she wins. That said, it's hard to get a class action lawsuit certified, and the "remedy" offered in too many cases is millions of dollars for the lawyers and coupons for those who join the class. Anyone here think "success" in this case should be getting coupons for Science Diet?

To be clear, no prescription was ever needed for this food contains no drug or ingredient that requires FDA approval. What the Science Diet stuff does come with is a big price increase, which is partly used to pay a kickback to the prescribing vet or  to incentivize stores to carry the goods.

The Kansas case names other prescription dog food manufacturers and retailers and veterinary services that operate in Kansas, including Royal Canin, Iams, and the Banfield Pet Hospital chain which are all owned by Mars, as well as PetSmart, its Chewy.com online retailer, and St. Louis-based Purina.

Some years back, in a post entitled Payola, Pushers and Profits in the Vet Business I questioned how consumers could not see the obvious conflicts of interest when it came to prescription dog food:

The obvious ethical conflicts that exist between veterinary hopitals, vets, drug companies and veterinary trade associations are considered "business as usual" in the world of dog and cat care.

If a human doctor over-vaccinated and over-prescribed meds and services like most vets do, lawyers would be camping in their waiting rooms to serve them legal papers.

If your own doctor said you were over-weight, and he was going to prescribe you food he sold in the lobby, and a Pfizer drug he also happened to sell directly from his desk, you would run screaming into the parking lot. Quack!

But in veterinary care this kind of nonsense is normal, and legal actions are rare because most state consumer laws that govern veterinary care are weak, most lawyers are expensive, recoveries for even a dead pet are likely to be only a few hundred dollars, and state veterinary boards are packed with veterinarians who rarely find for consumers.

This is the way it goes in the world of veterinary care.

Everything is done with a wink and a nod, and most of it is facilitated at the highest levels by the AVMA and AAHA who see nothing wrong with putting payola and paid endorsement at the center of their own business model.

A Very Special Offier

For $5,000 you can hunt Bigfoot with Jose Canseco. But I’ll take you hunting Bigfoot for only $3,000 and guarantee you the same results in less time and without the travel. The raccoon is extra.

Ladies and Dogs: Vintage Portraits

Women and dogs. I like these old portraits of men and women with their very loved dogs.

Cool Tattoo

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Commodity Cowboy" to True Dirt Farmer

Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures near Bluffton, Clay County, Georgia, tells of his evolution from industrial farmer to regenerative feeder and keeper of the soil.

Mr. Harris may be the smartest, most courageous, and most civic-minded real world environmentalist ever hatched.

He did not come from a place of theory and backyard gardening, but from generations of conservative cattle management. He went from profit to debt, diversified his production, made hundreds of jobs, and strengthened his soil.  And by doing that, he has made more than a profit; he has helped his community and guaranteed his place in American agriculture going forward.  Full applause!

This is a terrific video; thanks to Johanna Greenberg for sending it to me as it well and truly made my day.

Suspicious Minds

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Horse Racing

Sept. 2, 1972. A track camera in Sainte Livrade, near Bordeaux, France, captured the finish of a trotter race revealing an enthusiastic fox terrier, which had jumped the rail to join in on the racing. The horse, named Doudrac, won the race by a nose, and the terrier named Milou, came in second.

Life and Death Close to the Bone

Skulls Unlimited International
is located on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, and for several decades it has been the world's leading supplier of museum-quality skulls and skeletons to schools, museums, and collectors.

The company, founded in 1986, cleans and whitens more than 50,000 skulls per year. The main building houses a 7,000-square-foot Museum of Osteology and a gift shop with some 300 full skeletons and 400 skulls on display.

In a second building can be found a dizzying array of wildlife -- deer, elk, lions, bears, turtles, baboons, warthogs, beaver -- in various states of being defleshed, boiled, bleached, and eaten by carrion beetles.

One room over
, skilled articulators sort through sacks of bones and lay them out for reassembly into fully mounted pieces.

A simple fox is 200 bones that have to be together in precise order, with wires, rods, and glue.

Skulls unlimited will also do your pet dog or cat, starting at $995 for an articulated mount. A pointer, in full point, will run about $1,800.

I Think This Guy Is In Trouble

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Camera Trap Codger Travels With Gray Fox: Part 2

Chris Wemmer narrates a second set of gray fox camera trap clips. The first video is here.

Chris is a black belt biologist who used to be director of the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation Biology Institute. He blogs as "Camera Trap Codger," and his blog is in my permanent feed. Check it out.

Stacked Terriers

On the ladder of success.

Welcome to the Anthropocene

With bears, "if you dump it, they will come."

Once bears discover human garbage dumps, a pattern of scavenging starts that is taught down generations and can be very difficult to stop, as we learned at Yellowstone in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

In the early years of Yellowstone National Park, garbage disposal was a huge problem. While today's visitors have their garbage hauled far away from the park, it wasn't always this way. Indeed, Yellowstone still operated a garbage dump in the park until 1970, when the last of the dumps was closed and all garbage trucked far away. One of the main reasons for closing the dumps was bears....

In 1920, there were an estimated 40 grizzly bears at bear dumps, and that number grew to over 250 a decade later.

It was a recipe for disaster. Today, we call this habituation-having bears used to human food sources. The closer bears are to people, and the more comfortable they are around people and vice versa, the more injuries to bears and humans occur. Problem bears tore up vehicles. They scared people and, occasionally, they injured and even killed people.

When World War II rolled around, the National Park Service took advantage of the low turnout during the war years and closed the public viewing of bears at the dumps. But still, the park service hauled garbage to dumps inside the park. The last of the park's dumps, the Trout Creek dump, was closed in 1970, ending eight decades of fed bears.

Exit, Pursued By A Bear.

Perhaps the greatest stage direction ever is in William Shakespeare's Winters Tale, in which a scene ends with "Exit, pursued by bear."

A bear?  What bear?   Believe it or not, a Polar Bear.  

A Polar Bear? In Elizabethan England?

Actually, yes.

Author Garry Wills, writing in Verdi’s Shakespeare, notes that Winter's Tale was written in 1610 and that in 1609, two Polar Bear cubs were captured from Greenland by Jonas Poole and brought to England where they were sold to Philip Henslowe's Beargarden, an animal-baiting establishment located right next to the Globe Theater.  

The young Polar Bear cubs showed up in three theatre productions in 1610 and 1611 (one of which was "Oberon the Faery Prince by Ben Johnson) before they became too difficult to handle. Though in later productions actors in bear suits may have been used, or brown bears, in that first year of the Play, it is believed that the novely of Polar Bears was part of what drew the crowd.

American Bargains

Comparative Bear Skulls

Grizzly vs Black Bear Skulls, above, and Grizzly vs Coyote skull, below.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lincoln’s Poem About Working Terriers

Abraham Lincoln had the first Presidential dog ever photographed -- a dog named "Fido" -- and he is surely the first President to have ever written a poem about a hunting terrier.

Before there were pedigree terriers in America there were cross-bred feists (sometimes spelled "fice" or "fyce") -- small, scrappy dogs with a terrier genetic base. These dogs were used for everything from ratting to fox hunting, and even bear hunting.

The first know written use of the term feist (written "foist") is found in George Washington's diary in 1770 ("A small foist-looking yellow cur.").

Feists were used for squirrel, possum, raccoon, deer, and fox hunting, and found particular favor among bear hunters for their fearlessness and ability to worry a bear enough that they would bolt out of thickets.

Teddy Roosevelt's favorite dog -- Skip -- was a small feist he obtained from John Goff during a 1905 bear hunt, but Abraham Lincoln was the first President to write a poem mentioning the small purely-American hunting dog.

In the poem below, written in 1844 for his friend Andrew Johnston, Lincoln mocks the bragging hunter while giving a nod to the bravery of the hounds and the need to curb "bears [that] preyed on the swine".

Later on William Faulkner would feature a feist as a prominent component of his short novel, "The Bear".

The Bear Hunt

By Abraham Lincoln

A wild-bear chace, didst never see?
Then hast thou lived in vain.
Thy richest bump of glorious glee,
Lies desert in thy brain.

When first my father settled here,
'Twas then the frontier line:
The panther's scream, filled night with fear
And bears preyed on the swine.

But wo for Bruin's short lived fun,
When rose the squealing cry;
Now man and horse, with dog and gun,
For vengeance, at him fly.

A sound of danger strikes his ear;
He gives the breeze a snuff;
Away he bounds, with little fear,
And seeks the tangled rough.

On press his foes, and reach the ground,
Where's left his half munched meal;
The dogs, in circles, scent around,
And find his fresh made trail.

With instant cry, away they dash,
And men as fast pursue;
O'er logs they leap, through water splash,
And shout the brisk halloo.

Now to elude the eager pack,
Bear shuns the open ground;
Th[r]ough matted vines, he shapes his track
And runs it, round and round.

The tall fleet cur, with deep-mouthed voice,
Now speeds him, as the wind;
While half-grown pup, and short-legged fice,
Are yelping far behind.

And fresh recruits are dropping in
To join the merry corps:
With yelp and yell,--a mingled din--
The woods are in a roar.

And round, and round the chace now goes,
The world's alive with fun;
Nick Carter's horse, his rider throws,
And more, Hill drops his gun.

Now sorely pressed, bear glances back,
And lolls his tired tongue;
When as, to force him from his track,
An ambush on him sprung.

Across the glade he sweeps for flight,
And fully is in view.
The dogs, new-fired, by the sight,
Their cry, and speed, renew.

The foremost ones, now reach his rear,
He turns, they dash away;
And circling now, the wrathful bear,
They have him full at bay.

At top of speed, the horse-men come,
All screaming in a row,
"Whoop! Take him Tiger. Seize him Drum."
Bang,--bang--the rifles go.

And furious now, the dogs he tears,
And crushes in his ire,
Wheels right and left, and upward rears,
With eyes of burning fire.

But leaden death is at his heart,
Vain all the strength he plies.
And, spouting blood from every part,
He reels, and sinks, and dies.

And now a dinsome clamor rose,
'Bout who should have his skin;
Who first draws blood, each hunter knows,
This prize must always win.

But who did this, and how to trace
What's true from what's a lie,
Like lawyers, in a murder case
They stoutly argufy.

Aforesaid fice, of blustering mood,
Behind, and quite forgot,
Just now emerging from the wood,
Arrives upon the spot.

With grinning teeth, and up-turned hair--
Brim full of spunk and wrath,
He growls, and seizes on dead bear,
And shakes for life and death.

And swells as if his skin would tear,
And growls and shakes again;
And swears, as plain as dog can swear,
That he has won the skin.

Conceited whelp! we laugh at thee--
Nor mind, that now a few
Of pompous, two-legged dogs there be,
Conceited quite as you.

Abraham Lincoln's Dog, Fido, Was Murdered

Today is Lincoln's birthday which is as good a time as any to take about Fido.

Abraham Lincoln's dog was named Fido. He was some sort of yellow Lab type dog, and he was adopted by Lincoln in 1855.

When Lincoln was elected President, and sent to Washington, he left Fido behind in the care of family friend John E. Roll.

And how did Fido die?  He was murdered.

A year after Lincoln was assassinated, Fido was back in Illinois when he jumped up an put his muddy paws on a drunken man by the name of Charles E. Planck, age 24.  In a rage, the intoxicated Planck whipped out a knife and stabbed the dog to death.

Terrierman on Nightline, 2009

The English Bulldog breeders at Westminster give us the jaw-dropping truth about their deformed and dysfunctional dogs. Watch!

Old Man Goals

That's My Story, and I'm Sticking To It

Source here.

Wee Dog Training

When Did Your Breed Show Up at Westminster?

American Kennel Club registrations have declined 75 percent over the last 30 years, even as the population of the U.S. has increased and the number of dogs (both total and per capita) have also increased. 

The AKC has added dozens of new breeds in an attempt to pad out its sagging membership numbers, but these breeds tend to be rare, and so things are not much improved.

  1. Bull Terrier (Colored) 1877
  2. Bull Terrier (White) 1877
  3. Dandie Dinmont Terrier 1877
  4. Fox Terrier (Smooth) 1877
  5. Manchester Terrier (Standard) 1877
  6. Scottish Terrier 1877
  7. Skye Terrier 1877
  8. Pointer 1877
  9. Retriever (Chesapeake Bay) 1877
  10. Setter (English) 1877
  11. Setter (Gordon) 1877
  12. Setter (Irish) 1877
  13. Spaniel (Cocker) Black 1877
  14. Spaniel (Field) 1877
  15. Spaniel (Irish Water) 1877
  16. Beagle 12 In. 1877
  17. Beagle 15 In. 1877
  18. Dachshund (Smooth) 1877
  19. Foxhound (American) 1877
  20. Greyhound 1877
  21. Harrier 1877
  22. Scottish Deerhound 1877
  23. Great Dane 1877
  24. Mastiff 1877
  25. Newfoundland 1877
  26. Saint Bernard 1877
  27. English Toy Spaniel (B&PC) 1877
  28. English Toy Spaniel (KC&R) 1877
  29. Italian Greyhound 1877
  30. Japanese Chin 1877
  31. Pug 1877
  32. Bulldog 1877
  33. Dalmatian 1877
  34. Poodle (Standard) 1877
  35. Collie (Rough) 1877
  36. Spaniel (Clumber) 1878
  37. Bloodhound 1878
  38. Yorkshire Terrier 1878
  39. Irish Wolfhound 1879
  40. Chihuahua (Smooth) 1879
  41. Maltese 1879
  42. Airedale Terrier 1881
  43. Irish Terrier 1881
  44. Fox Terrier (Wire) 1883
  45. Chow Chow 1883
  46. Bedlington Terrier 1884
  47. Basset Hound 1884
  48. Pomeranian 1886
  49. Welsh Terrier 1888
  50. Collie (Smooth) 1888
  51. Old English Sheepdog 1888
  52. Borzoi 1891
  53. Foxhound (English) 1891
  54. Schipperke 1891
  55. Whippet 1893
  56. Spaniel (Sussex) 1895
  57. Boston Terrier 1895
  58. French Bulldog 1897
  59. Spaniel (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. 1899
  60. Spaniel (Cocker) Parti-Color 1899
  61. Poodle (Toy) 1900
  62. Brussels Griffon 1902
  63. West Highland White Terrier 1906
  64. Papillon 1906
  65. Samoyed 1907
  66. Pekingese 1907
  67. Belgian Sheepdog 1907
  68. German Shepherd Dog 1908
  69. Otterhound 1909
  70. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 1911
  71. Doberman Pinscher 1911
  72. Sealyham Terrier 1912
  73. Cairn Terrier 1914
  74. Boxer 1914
  75. Spaniel (English Springer) 1916
  76. Kerry Blue Terrier 1922
  77. Retriever (Labrador) 1923
  78. Norwegian Elkhound 1925
  79. Standard Schnauzer 1925
  80. Manchester Terrier (Toy) 1925
  81. Retriever (Curly-Coated) 1926
  82. Retriever (Flat-Coated) 1926
  83. Miniature Schnauzer 1927
  84. Afghan Hound 1927
  85. Shetland Sheepdog 1927
  86. Retriever (Golden) 1928
  87. Saluki 1928
  88. Briard 1929
  89. Border Terrier 1930
  90. Dachshund (Wirehaired) 1930
  91. Giant Schnauzer 1930
  92. Miniature Pinscher 1930
  93. Dachshund (Longhaired) 1931
  94. Keeshond 1931
  95. Bouvier des Flandres 1931
  96. Poodle (Miniature) 1932
  97. Siberian Husky 1933
  98. Bullmastiff 1934
  99. Great Pyrenees 1934
  100. Lakeland Terrier 1935
  101. Brittany Spaniel
  102. Pointer (German Shorthaired) 1935
  103. Kuvasz 1935
  104. Rottweiler 1935
  105. Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 1935
  106. Alaskan Malamute 1936
  107. Lhasa Apso 1936
  108. Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 1936
  109. American Staffordshire Terrier 1937
  110. Norwich Terrier 1937
  111. Spaniel (English Cocker) 1937
  112. Puli 1937
  113. Affenpinscher 1938
  114. Komondor 1940
  115. Weimaraner 1943
  116. Bernese Mountain Dog 1943
  117. Spaniel (American Water) 1945
  118. Basenji 1946
  119. Black and Tan Coonhound 1947
  120. Chihuahua (Long) 1951
  121. Spaniel (Welsh Springer) 1953
  122. Rhodesian Ridgeback 1957
  123. Pointer (German Wirehaired) 1960
  124. Silky Terrier 1960
  125. Australian Terrier 1961
  126. Belgian Tervuren 1961
  127. Vizsla 1962
  128. Belgian Malinois 1967
  129. Shih Tzu 1970
  130. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 1974
  131. Akita 1974
  132. Bichon Frise 1974
  133. Tibetan Terrier 1974
  134. Staffordshire Bull Terrier 1976
  135. Bearded Collie 1978
  136. Norfolk Terrier 1979
  137. Ibizan Hound 1980
  138. Australian Cattle Dog 1981
  139. Pharaoh Hound 1985
  140. Portuguese Water Dog 1985
  141. Tibetan Spaniel 1985
  142. Finnish Spitz 1989
  143. Petit Basset Griffons Vendeen 1992
  144. Chinese Crested 1992
  145. Miniature Bull Terrier 1993
  146. Chinese Shar-pei 1993
  147. Shiba Inu 1994
  148. Australian Shepherd 1994
  149. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 1996
  150. American Eskimo Dog 1996
  151. Border Collie 1996
  152. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 1997
  153. Canaan Dog 1998
  154. Anatolian Shepherd Dog 2000
  155. Havanese 2000
  156. Lowchen 2000
  157. Parson Russell Terrier 2001
  158. Spinone Italiano 2001
  159. Polish Lowland Sheepdog 2002
  160. Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 2004
  161. German Pinscher 2004
  162. Toy Fox Terrier 2004
  163. Glen of Imaal Terrier 2005
  164. Black Russian Terrier 2005
  165. Neapolitan Mastiff 2005
  166. Plott 2008
  167. Tibetan Mastiff 2008
  168. Beauceron 2008
  169. Swedish Vallhund 2008
  170. Dogue de Bordeaux 2009
  171. Bluetick Coonhound 2009
  172. Boykin Spaniel 2009
  173. Irish Red & White Setter 2009
  174. Norwegian Buhund 2009
  175. Pyrenean Shepherd 2009
  176. Redbone Coonhound 2010
  177. Cane Corso 2010
  178. Icelandic Sheepdog 2010
  179. Leonberger 2011
  180. Cesky Terrier 2011
  181. Entlebucher Mountain Dog 2011
  182. Finnish Lapphund 2011
  183. Norwegian Lundehund 2011
  184. Xoloitzcuintli 2012
  185. Russell Terrier 2012
  186. Treeing Walker Coonhound 2013
  187. Chinook 2013
  188. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno 2013
  189. Rat Terrier 2014
  190. Coton de Tulear 2014
  191. Wirehaired Vizsla 2015
  192. Bergamasco 2015
  193. Berger Picard 2015
  194. Boerboel 2015
  195. Cirneco dell’Etna 2015
  196. Lagotto Romangnolo 2015
  197. Miniature American Shepherd 2015
  198. Spanish Water Dog 2016
  199. American Hairless Terrier 2016
  200. Pumi 2016
  201. Sloughi 2018
  202. Grand Basset Griffon Vandeen 2018
  203. Nederlandse Kooikerhondje 2019
  204. Azawakh - 2019

Lincoln and Darwin: Right on the Money

Today is the 219th birthday of two remarkable men: Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Darwin.

What do they have in common?

  1. Exact same birthday.
  2. Both had beards.
  3. Both appear on money.
  4. They each changed the world.
  5. Both were terriermen in their fashion.

Darwin, of course, was a fox-hunter in his youth, and a dedicated ratter as well. His father said of him:

"You care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and your family."

Later, Darwin would write of the evolution of dogs into types for specific purposes, and he used his own Pointer to note the genetic basis of coat color.

The Origin of Species, of course, was published in 1859, the same year as the first dog show in the U.K., and it was Darwin's work -- and that of his cousin, Sir Francis Galton -- that shaped so much of the theoretical underpinnings of the modern Kennel Club's closed registry system.

Darwin's life work did not end with The Origin of Species, however. For his entire adult life Darwin had a series of white foxing terriers, all by the name of Polly, and it was one of these dogs which was instrumental in the production of his last great work, on the activity of earthworms.

Over here in America, a young Abraham Lincoln is the first President to write a poem about a terrier.

Written in 1844 for his friend Andrew Johnston, The Bear Hunt is an allegory about those who claim benefits which they have not won for themselves.

A humorous poem, it is the small terrier -- not the hounds that did the work, or the men who pulled the trigger -- that at the end of the day claims the prize of the bear's skin.

With grinning teeth, and up-turned hair--
Brim full of spunk and wrath,
He growls, and seizes on dead bear,
And shakes for life and death.

And swells as if his skin would tear,
And growls and shakes again;
And swears, as plain as dog can swear,
That he has won the skin.

Lincoln's only known dog was named Fido and was a lab-mix type yellow-coated dog that would accompany Lincoln around Springfield, Illinois.

When Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, he decided to leave Fido in Springfield as the dog was around age five and was thought to be "too old" to travel.

Ironically, Fido outlived Lincoln, and was at the Springfield house, in 1865, when his master's body was brought back from Washington. D.C.

Every Night

The Original Chuck D.

Jesus Says: Happy Darwin Day!

Charles Darwin was not just a ratting dog man of the first order, he was also a life-long terrier owner. Dogs feature prominently in his work.

Best Coins Ever Made?

Happy Darwin Day!

The top coin is a two-pound coin issued in 2009 on the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species which came out the same year that the first dogs-only dog show was held in the UK (1859).

The coin, below, is a one-pound coin issued in Gibraltar, and commemorates the finding of an eartly Neanderthal skull there in 1848.