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Monday, February 14, 2011

In Honor Of Valentine's Day...

We wanted to bring you some interesting tidbits from the New York Times. First, there was an article in yesterday's Sunday Styles section titled, "Who Are You Calling Ugly" about the ancient, but rare breed of dog called the Xoloitzcuintli (I dare you to try and pronounce it, even with the help provided in the article), who some have called "plug-ugly." It has recently regained its AKC status, by the way, and will be featured (although not competing), at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show that starts today. As this article says, "One description of this hairless canine of ancient lineage, a national treasure in its native Mexico, characterizes the Xolo as a hot water bottle with pig eyes, bat ears and a rat tail. That is being polite."

Now we all know that "beauty is more than skin deep" or do we? Do humans really choose a dog (or a mate for that matter), by the way they look?  Unfortunately, according to this article, many of us probably do. Although the article is limited to dogs only, it does discuss why some dog breeds become "fads", and the answers are not flattering. It made us wonder if humans apply the same standards to choosing their pets as they do for choosing a mate. According to the executive secretary of the AKC interviewed for the article, "Breeds come and go into and out of fashion...people see dogs in movies, and they fall for the pooch on the screen." Think:  People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" or super-models that so many try to emulate, or "Black Dog Syndrome", for that matter. This makes us terribly sad, particularly for the dogs who have no choice in the quality of the human who chooses them for their companions.
 Read the full, fascinating article here: www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/fashion/13DOGS.html?_r=1&ref=fashion.

On a lighter note, today's Times included a funny Valentine's Day "Op-Art" piece by the designer, Ji Lee, for the Cupids among us. Which Cupid are you?  Enjoy that here: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/14/opinion/14oped-valentine.html?

Happy Valentine's Day to all our friends!  Let me give you all a great big kiss...


George The Lad said...

Happy Valentines Day Bocci, and a hug and kiss back ;)
see Yea George xxx

Asta said...


Thank you fow that Valentine's kiss. hewe's one wight back at you,muwahhhhhhh.
Luckily, Mommi loves all doggies and thinks they all have something wondewful about them, haiw ow no . It's the heawt that mattews
smoochie kisses

Agatha and Archie said...

Back at little buddy!!! Love and kisses A+A

Duke said...

We are smooching you on your nose. Happy Valentine's day, Bocci!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

Very cute! We love the Pick Your Cupids! :D

Catsparella said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Bocci! Kitty kisses!! :) xo

Lorenza said...

Xolos are beautiful!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Kisses and hugs

Unknown said...

Happy Valentine's, Bocci!!!
Big kisses and licks from Eva too!

Pup Fan said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Every pup is a beautiful one as far as I'm concerned!

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