I met a mini horse (Dakota) and Golden twins (Jersey and Abby) at the vet today! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
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It doesn’t quite feel like it yet, but pool and beach season is (almost) here. We are really fortunate to have an incredible pool and water park across the street from our neighborhood, and it opens next week. The kids are stoked! I realized that their current suits no longer fit them though, and am currently on the hunt for new ones for this year. I came across these styles you see above in my search, and wanted to share because they’re not only adorable, they’re also all under $ 18. Which one is your favorite?
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One thing I’ve noticed as I have worked with a large variety of dogs over the past year is that I’ve lost my desire or need to fight with people on the internet about them.
I’ve worked with everything from Yorkshire terriers to Pit bulls, and I can tell you that I’ve learned a lot. And I feel more confident than ever working with dogs of various types.
Am I the Dog Master? LOL. Of course not.
But I have come to the conclusion that most people who want to fight about dogs on the internet are suffering from profound insecurities. The internet is a great place to spray around your demons like hot deer urine in a Windex bottle.
I know, because I did that very thing. You probably came to read me because I was artful at my virtue signaling neuroses that I really knew it all.
I didn’t. I knew a lot. But I don’t know as much as I do now, and I still don’t know enough.
So when you see someone trying to make a career out of writing toxic pieces about dogs or people who do something with dogs, keep in mined that you’re often looking at a very insecure person, one who feels a great need to tear others down to make themselves look good.
I’m really not interested in that game anymore. I just want to do my thing, learn more, and enjoy the animals. And help others, too.
I feel an inner peace now that I would have given my right hand to have experienced a decade ago, and I wish those who still feel that need could somehow find it.
But because that sort of blogging and internet writing is what gets the attention, my guess is that many of these people will never find it. It simply pays too well to be an asshole.
Sad but true.
I’ve been working with Streamer, the tazi-saluki, and I must say that much of what people believe about these dogs is false.
Dog trainers often say you cannot train these dogs, but the truth of the matter is he’s quite soft. His softness does not manifest itself in cowering before me when he does something to make me cross. His softness manifests itself in attempting to avoid me.
The trick is to have a rapport with this dog before you start making demands of any kind. He is not afraid of people, but he is quite aloof. For him to trust me, we have had to become friends.
When he first arrived at the airport, he glared at me and snarl-barked at me. I’ve never seen an eight-week-old puppy act so primal and so primitive.
He and I never really interacted. He was not supposed to be my dog, but one day in February, he decided that he wanted to be mine, and I’ve been working with him ever since.
I cannot say that everyone should have a dog of this type. This type of dog requires an understanding of what it’s like to have a sensitive and soft dog that is combined with a general primitive dog’s tendency to be independence. Independence combined with softenss is not something that the major schools of dog training are really equipped to understand, and that’s why so many dog trainers think of these breeds as quite incorrigible.
But he’s not really. Because he’s so well-socialized to people and other dogs, he’s actually quite stable. He won’t run over and lick your hand like a golden retriever would, but he’s not nervy or jumpy at all.
As he has matured, he has become more and more less socially open, but his reserved nature is not like the old school chow chow’s. He just has a small circle of people he trusts.
Working with a dog with this fundamental nature is teaching me many things about other dogs. I am reminded of what falconers require their apprentices to work with first. They very rarely tell their apprentices to get Harris’s hawks, because Harris’s hawks are cooperative hunters. The usually tell them to get a kestrel or a red-tailed hawk, because they are more independent.
I’m learning what it’s like to have a dog that is not derived from that Western dog concept of an obedient servant. I’m picking up ideas of that will make it easier to work with other breeds that might be easier to work with.
So I have a leash-broken saluki that walks at a perfect heel. He sits at the curb when I cross the street. He is a beautiful creature. His feathering is starting to grow in, and he will be a magnificent manly dog when he matures.
I look like a real dog man when I walk this dog. He stares up at me with adoration at a heel, and I start to believe the illusion.
Though I probably shouldn’t.
Cladistic classification has some important implications for domestic animals. Because we classify taxa according to descent from a common ancestor, it is useful to place most domestic animals within the species of their wild ancestor. Generally, domestic forms are classed as a subspecies, so one will often see Canis lupus familiaris for the domestic dog and Equus ferus caballus for the horse.
I have noticed a strong resistance to classifying the domestic cat as a subspecies of the Lybica wild cat, but this resistance makes very little sense. We know that domestic cats come from a Near Eastern population of this cat, and domestic cats are not morphologically or behavioral that distinct from it.
But there are cases in which it is certainly appropriate to give domestic animals their own species designation.
The gayal or mithun, a domestic bovine that is found in South Asia. It has been given its own scientific name (Bos frontalis). but it has been claimed that is nothing more than domestic form of gaur (Bos gaurus). The wild gaur is the largest species of cattle, but the gayal is quite a bit smaller. It is quite common for domesticated forms to be smaller than their wild ancestors, so this smaller size should be expected if the gayal is a domesticated gaur.
However, whole genome sequencing of the gayal has revealed that is a hybrid between male gaur and female domestic cattle. It is thus a hybrid species that exists only in a domesticated form.
Because it has this hybrid ancestry, it rightly deserves its own species status. This species does not exist in the wild, but because it is a mixture of two distinct ones, it makes sense to place the gayal into Bos frontalis.
Another good place where it makes sense to have the domestic and wild forms as separate species is in the case of wild and domestic Bactrian camels. The Bactrian camels, which are known for their two humps, are found in Central Asia.
A small population of wild Bactrian camels lives in parts of China and Mongolia. Traditionally, these camels were classified as a subspecies of the domestic Bactrian camel, which is much more widespread. It was believed that the wild ones were nothing more than feral domestic animals. They might have been a relict population that never became domesticated, but the truth is we didn’t really know until quite recently exactly what they were.
Various DNA analysis suggest a divergence between wild and domestic Bactrian camels that has been estimated have happened 700,000 to 1.1 million years ago. These findings mean that the wild Bactrian camels are a distinct species. They are not ancestral to the domestic ones, and they are not a relict population of conspecific Bactrians that never became domesticated.
So the domestic Bactrian camel is called Camelus bactrianus, while the wild one is called Camelus ferus.
It is in camelids that species designations get a bit tricky, because the literature has come up with quite contradictory phylogenetic trees for the evolution of South American camels. The most well-known South American camel is the llama, and the llama is usually regarded as a domestic form of the guanaco. Indeed, about the only thing the literature seems to agree upon is that the llama and the guanaco are closely related. However, I have seen papers that place the other two species, the alapaca and the vicuña, as being sister species or place the vicuña as being closely related to the llama.
I remain agnostic on how to classify the South American camelids until these questions are examined using a broader section of nuclear DNA. These four species all can hybridize and produce fertile offspring, and it is not exactly clear if they truly deserve to have two genera or not.
It may be that these four species as currently listed are deserving from a cladistic classification perspective, but it could be that some of these species are better classified as subspecies of one of the wild forms.
As it stands right now, I am holding out for more information before I will drop my two cents.
So when the domestic form is found to be a hybrid between two species, it is useful to classify the domestic form as a distinct species. When the domestic form is found to be highly genetically divergent from the extant wild form, it is also useful, and when we just don’t know yet, keep them as separate species until we have better answers.
We know what the wild ancestor of most of our domestic animals is, so we should be placing them within their wild ancestor’s species, if we are to adhere to cladistic classification.
But there are these curve-balls out there, and sometimes, it really does make sense to have a domestic animal as its own distinct species.
Hi hi hi! The blog has been noticeably vacant recently compared to normal, I know. The truth is that I have been spending much more time creating content on Instagram lately, and while the Bubby and Bean blog will always be my social media mother ship, I get so much more engagement and traffic on IG these days. So if you don’t yet, please give a follow over there so you’re not missing out on content. And if you prefer to read here, let me know in the comments. People don’t comment on blogs anymore like they do on Instagram, but it’s still always nice to feel like there’s a conversation going on here as well, and I’m not just talking to into an abyss. Don’t worry, the blog isn’t going anywhere. We’re on our ninth year and regardless of social media shifts, our plan is to continue to create content here for years to come. And there is lots of great stuff planned here this month, so make sure to visit often.
Now that that’s out of the way, how about those pretty baskets up above? We are verrrry slowly but surely starting to get our house where we want it, room by room. (Don’t even get me started on the kitchen though. Anybody want to come just demo it for us and start all over?) But even the finished rooms could use some organization, so I’m in the market for some beautiful baskets that can hold random trinkets and also act as room accessories. I’m a big fan of all these you see here, but terrible at making decisions. Which ones get your vote?
More to come!