Non-Sequitur: Dog Friends vs. Dog Owners

Someone once walked into my office with a basket of Chihuahua puppies. "Here, you want to hold one?" "Eww, no." "What, you don't like dogs?" "No, I LOVE dogs!" I threw up my hands and walked away. There was no way I was going to be able to explain why "loving dogs" and "feeling creeped out by Chihuahua puppies" could coexist in one person.I've realized that most people, even supposed dog lovers, don't really have a feel for the fact that there's somebody THERE in a dog's head, a being with … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: The Healthy Dog Registry

Pug dogs are an abomination. There, I said it. Someone had to.But seriously ...A few years back, I was taking pictures of people's dogs for the fun (and sometimes money) of it, and a lady called me asking if I would take pics of her little black pug. We met to discuss the project, exactly what she wanted and expected, and I got to meet her little dog.The entire time we talked, the dog in her arms made a growling noise. I baby-talked to him "Yes, you're scaring me! You're scaring me … [Read more...]

Farewell to a Feral Feline

There was this feral cat, a big gray fellow, skulking around the farmhouse where I lived a few years back, stalking the birds and squirrels at the feeders. I saw him out there for two years running, hot summers and snowy winters, and started putting out food.He'd slip up and bolt down the food, then scurry off to wherever he stayed most of the day. I put a chair outside, about 20 feet from the food dish, and started sitting there reading every day at feeding time.The first day, he came … [Read more...]

Did God Mess With Biology’s Roots?

I've said many times that the true, full effect religion has had on human society is not something any of us is really equipped to notice. It's so ... everywhere ... that we have little to contrast with it in order to clearly see the damage.Even science, which escaped the grasp of religion and went off to change the world in ways religion could never have managed, still -- in my view, anyway -- suffers aftereffects.  For instance:Here's a pretty good article about something humans and … [Read more...]

An Unpopular View of Pets — and Pet “Lovers”

I'm conducting an argument on Facebook with a "lover" of cats, following the announcement of her soon-to-be-acquired hairless Sphynx cat. Argument follows:... SF: This is the Sphynx kitten I will be getting in a few weeks. [ Photo attached, not the one shown here ] Right now he will be two weeks on the 28th. If you have any idea's for names let me know. Right now Mr. Wrinkles is what we have so far lol Hank Fox: If this is one of those hairless cats ... argh. I would never, ever own one, … [Read more...]

Bullies With Four Legs, Bullies With Two

This video has come up a lot lately, posted or referred to by people who think it's hilarious.I have a rather different view of it. But  then, I'm the guy who thinks it's mean to dress up pets in Halloween costumes:I have an advantage over most people in that I had an extraordinary dog named Tito the Mighty Hunter, someone -- and I deliberately say someONE and not someTHING -- who managed to get it across to thick-headed me something of what goes on in dog heads. He did that by ... … [Read more...]