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50591.  Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:53 am Reply with quote

King Canute banned commoners from owning greyhounds. Edward I banned fencing. Edwards III and IV banned hockey. In 1314, the mayor of London banned football.

Source: Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2005.

51435.  Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:50 am Reply with quote

Dogs have regional accents, according to the Canine Behaviour Centre in Cumbria. Dogs left growls and barks on the Centre’s answering machine, along with specimens of their owners’ voices, and the sounds were then compared by a panel of experts (which included a TV vet). Scouse and Scots dogs had the most distinctive accents. The Centre believes dogs imitate their owners’ accents as a way of bonding with them; “stronger, more distinctive accents” are the most easily imitated.

Source: Daily Mirror, 13 February 2006

51458.  Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:03 am Reply with quote

They should be able to do something with that, for goodness' sake, otherwise what are we paying them for?

51716.  Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:40 am Reply with quote

I suppose Prince Charles's dogs go "Grile, grile."

55938.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:16 am Reply with quote

Don’t forget Alan plays a dog, in “About a Dog” on Radio 4. Does he do his own noises, or does he have a stand-in for growling?

56688.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:22 am Reply with quote

Only one dog has ever been admitted to the Royal Navy. Able Seaman 'Just Nuisance", RN, served in South Africa, and was a Great Dane. He got his name from sleeping in narrow ships' corridors. Although he never went to sea, he did once go up in a 'Fairy Fulmer' looking for submarines.

On Friday, 25th August 1939, Just Nuisance was enlisted into the Royal Navy. He was given the Christian name of "Just", the Trade of "Bone Crusher" and his Religious Denomination as given as "Scrounger" (this was later upgraded to Canine Divinity League [Anti-Vivisection]).

He was buried with full military honours, and there's now a festival every year in Simonstown honouring him (and any lookalikes).

56691.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:28 am Reply with quote

More on ships' pets:
In 1920, HMS Ajax assisted in the evacuation of Odessa in the wake of the advancing Red Army and as thanks, the Russian Ambassador gave them a bear, which they, somewhat unsurprisingly, named Trotsky!

Ajax was subsequently moved to the Eastern Mediterranean and many tales exist of Trotsky swimming in the sea and getting back on the wrong ship, to the great panic of those who didn’t expect to see a bear emerging from the water!

This links to Simon the cat on HMS Amethyst, who is the only feline recipient of the Dickin Medal

Also to amethysts, which were once reckoned to be a preventative against drunkenness, which I shall get to soon...

56797.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:37 pm Reply with quote

I see the US Military is going for the 'doggy style' with its latest root BigDog:

Apparently, you can even kick it and it won't fall over. Or bite you.

59653.  Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:42 am Reply with quote

For dog superstitions, see post 59652

Molly Cule
61173.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:47 am Reply with quote

Hitler had a German shepherd called 'Blondie'. She even lived with him in the Fuhrerbunker, he gave her a dose of cyanide just before he died.

Blondie the band was named after the Hitler's dog. And also because of the catcalls Debbie Harry had to put up with from builders. Blondie sometimes toured as 'Hitler's dog'

61178.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:53 am Reply with quote

Links to D for Dagwood?

Molly Cule
61188.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:17 am Reply with quote

Yes! The blondie story is a good one. Not that I've either heard of the comic strip, but then, I don't pay much attention to these things. I used to like Love is.. when i was small. ha ha.

61439.  Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:30 am Reply with quote

What do you say when you want a team of huskies to pull?

F: Mush!
A: Hike up!

'Mush' isn't used these days. When it was, it was a form of the French 'Marche!', 'Walk!' - not run, or go faster, just walk.

Teams may be from 3 to 24-strong; an 8-dog team consists of 4 pairs:

    the lead dogs (intelligent, fast, focussed but not necessarily the strongest)
    the point dogs (young apprentice lead dogs)
    the swing dogs (usually a young one and an old one; the older one sets a good example, while the young one eggs the older one on)
    the wheel dogs (the strongest ones, they accept the lead of the others and just get on with the job)

Larger teams have 'team dogs' in front of the wheel dogs.

The hybridised Husky is the classic sled dog, but all sorts of breeds can be used; a team of standard poodles was once used in the Iditarod long-distance race.

Endurance and speed are the key qualities - they may be asked to cover 100 miles in 24 hours.

61450.  Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:56 am Reply with quote

Something like

What should you say if to want to be pulled by dogs?

also suggests itself but offends the law against punning questions.

63506.  Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:02 pm Reply with quote

US army tests found that a 73-husky team could pull a 10-ton truck.

Dogs have been used for mineral prospecting: copper, lead and zinc ores are all sulphides which emit traces of sulphur dioxide, which can be detected by dogs.


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