Ok , so Clara is a dog. So why am I talking about an ancient Roman pagan holiday that celebrates the wolf? The Latin word for wolf is lupus (yes, this is where the horrible disease, lupus, got its name, because it ravages those afflicted much as a wolf ravages its prey.) The taxonomic name for dog is canis lupus familiaris. – loosely translated- the house wolf. Canis lupus lupus (if you want to discern between sub-species) is the grey wolf.
Most people are blissfully unaware that domestic dogs and grey wolves are the same species. Same DNA. Though humans have done some pretty damned bizarre things with the dog in the 15,000 or so years that they have been domesticated, the DNA is still there. Because dogs have a large number of chromosomes (78) and a tendency toward frequent mutations due to the phenomenon of tandem repeats, there is a tremendous amount of variation in appearance and body characteristics- from the 1# ankle-biter to the 250# Mastiff. But dogs are dogs (are also wolves…) which is useful knowledge. We live with genetically engineered wolves. In my alternatively wired way of thinking, that’s pretty effing cool. (Science, history and vocabulary lessons today- I’m on a roll!)
Obviously, we humans aren’t terribly good at determining who should and should NOT breed, even outside our own species.
Granted, humans have really screwed up a lot of things, but that’s just Murphy’s Law in action. As far as dogs go, canine husbandry has both successes and tragic failures. It’s sad that certain dog breeds are so modified that some can only give birth by c-section (many of the brachycephalic breeds) and others are prone to orthopedic issues (many of the large and giant breeds) while others are prone to devastating cancers. Inbreeding, as well as breeding dogs that really aren’t suitable to be bred, have only contributed to the plethora of genetic diseases today’s dogs are subject to.
Even with all the fascinating scientific information available on genetics- and dogs are one of the most heavily studied animals in this regard- there are still infinite unknowns. Breeding is simply setting the wheels in motion for a cosmic crap shoot. The genetic difference between a Grand Champion, the neighborhood trash-snarfing cur, and the wild wolf out in the woods is infinitesimal. So eugenics for our canine friends really is what it is for everything else- some science, some art, and a whole lot of blind luck. Some of us do well in the genetic lottery (and a good breeder has strategies to sweeten the odds) but at the end of the day some of us do well, and others not so much.
To quote Forrest Gump, “Life is a box of chocolates. You never know which one you’re going to get.”
I know Murphy’s Law, and it works pretty well with Newton’s Laws. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” (Newton) Of course, Murphy’s Law can’t leave that one alone without adding a few corollaries such as: “If nature makes you beautiful, nature will almost inevitably make you stupid,” “Brains and coordination cannot inhabit the same body,” and, “If you expect him to use the laundry chute, be prepared to use the lawn mower.”
As much as I hate to admit it, (and as much as I really don’t like touching the skanky Natty-splattered whitey-tighties that would end up lying all over the house) undies vs. lawn care is a pretty fair trade, at least in the summer. I spend a good chunk of time playing seek and wash with Jerry’s clothes. He will strip and drop clothing just about everywhere in the house, especially when he’s besnookered, making my laundry adventures begin with a maze! It’s sort of like an Easter egg hunt only there’s no eggs- just soiled man-clothes. The process of retrieving Jerry’s clothes for wash-time also is reminiscent of searching through the Cracker Jack box. There’s often a “prize” inside, such as cigarette butts and/or cellophanes, or massive skidmarks – living proof that sharting is real. You want to be really careful which part of the garment you touch when picking it up. Usually- though not every time- the waistbands escape unscathed.
Just an FYI: sharting shouldn’t be attempted whilst wearing any sort of garment, and shouldn’t be attempted at all unless your drawers are down and your butt is firmly planted on the commode.
Of course there are a number of things one should really think twice about doing. Such as this:
“A” for creativity, but “F” for future opportunities to fornicate. There’s something about a visual of a cat’s ass on your lover’s front area (with the belly button serving a dual purpose as the bunghole no less!) that might just be a little off-putting.
I guess for me it is easier to celebrate a holiday dedicated to the canines (and lupines- same thing) of the world than to ruminate on and on about sappy romantic platitudes.
I get to go home and hug the dogs! As I told a friend of mine, I do have something to look forward to tonight. Jerry’s out of Natties- and if there is any justice in this world he should be good and miserable from last night’s drunk and stupid foray into Nattyvana, and I have three beautiful dogs waiting for me to get home.