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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day Tally And Another Perspective On Rare Dog Breeds

It's good to know that the overwhelming present our furfriends, including me, received for Valentine's Day was extra love and attention-with special treats following a close second. Now of course, that's according to our very informal blog poll:-) Don't we all need and enjoy extra love and attention????

Given that it's Westminster week, there was a two page spread in the Sports Section of today's New York Times titled, "Dog Shows Rare Breeds Are Glimpse Of History." This article presented Parental Unit and me with a different perspective on the reasons for dog breeding-purebred dogs can be regarded as living representations of history, or as the article said, " Much like an heirloom rose or tomato, the dogs are living artifacts of a bygone era kept alive by a group of passionate breeders."  "I think it's very cool that you look at a painting of dogs from 200 years ago, and they look like dogs that we have today," said Joellen Gregory, owner of a rare breed known as the Otterhound. (Only 1000 Otterhounds are known to exist, and one, Baxter, will be competing in this year's show.)
Enjoy the full article here: www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/sports/15dogs.html?_r=1&hpw

Now, I prefer that humans don't compare us dogs to a flower or a fruit, but I get the analogy, and do think it's pretty neat that canine lineage can be a part of representing a historic timeframe.

Parental Unit and I are going to be watching the Westminster Dog show from our usual spot on the couch, where sometimes there isn't much room for Parental Unit... will you be watching?


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

We watched last night and will be there fur Night 2 as well -

Happy Watching!


KimT said...

That is a cool way to think about it. Ahem...REALLY doesn't look like much room on that couch! ;)Don't suppose they'll scooch?

Wyatt said...

Airedales are descendants from the Otterhound!!
We think they are super, and we will be watching :)

Wyatt and Stanzie

Amy said...

Oh we missed it! Didn't realize it was on until this morning. Our four furry kids will be disappointed. Last year our youngest one put his paws up on the armoire to take a closer look at the happenings on the TV. He also loves to watch the Dog Whisperer. That man is magical with doggies.

I am your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday. I hope you will take a second to pop over and say hi :D Have a blessed week!


Anonymous said...

I so love your blog. As a farmer and absolute animal lover, I own 4 collies and they are adorable!

I found you through Welcome Wednesday.
CJ xx

Vicky said...

I missed it this year, but am glad that a Deerhound won. Now if we can get a big black dog to win, we'll be onto something.

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