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This one was a hunting mastiff from the north of Italy. My guess is the scars come from the dog’s use as a boar catcher. I doubt that the dog is 10 or 12 years old, but it is certainly an older dog. This is probably very similar to the kind of mastiff-type that the Alani would have had.

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Forest creature

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Or that of a raccoon, which has been hunting frogs in one of access road trenches.

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Blooming invader

Multifora roses are in bloom this week.

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This thorny plant spreads out like concertina wire along old roads and overgrown pastures. It was introduced in the 193o’s in attempt to create a naturally growing fence to contain livestock.

It turned out that the birds in North America that had a penchant for eating its hips were also very good at spreading its seeds, and it wasn’t long before multifora rose were everywhere.

 

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Liam Neeson narrates:

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These horses have a five weeks of vacation mandated every year. They have a full retirement plan.

They can’t work when it’s too hot or too cold.

How many human workers in New York have those benefits?

Go to http://www.savenychorsecarriages.com/ for more info.

 

 

 

 

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Duck attack

I got a little too close to nest, and the brooding archosaur attacked me!

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A pekingese with a profile like this:

Anyone who can say that dog shows are solely about selecting for improvements within breeding stock clearly needs to have their heads examined.

And even if we accept that some breeds do have functional standards, it is the same piece of paper that says the sleek German short-haired pointer is of breeding quality that also says the same about the deformed pekingese.

Why would anyone who breeds functional dogs want anything to do with an organization that rewards pekingeses, bulldogs, and pugs?

This is why I think multibreed registries really don’t have much of a place in the future of dogs.

And if breeders of functional breeds had half a brain, they would walk out of these registries that celebrate deformity en masse.

What good is to say that you breed dogs to functional standard when in the ring next to you there are all these dogs struggling to breathe and cool themselves?

These dogs defame dog breeding as a respectable activity. They are not worth defending in the least.

 

 

 

 

 

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