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Right-Hand Drive Side Dog

Took Bella the kelpie for a walk today.

Bella tracks the right hand side of the footpath both on the outward bound and return sections of the journey.


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In The Doghouse

This video clip from the South China Morning Post starts off as an eccentric story about a Chinese man who builds a $500,000 house for his dog to live in.
As the story unfolds it becomes something else, a remarkably poignant insight into the power relationships and family love; both those that are ruptured and those that remain.

Toward the end a comment is made that contrasts relationships that are broken with those that endure.


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Why Is “Sic ‘em” Used As A Command For Dogs To Attack? (via Today I Found Out)

Another of life’s big questions: where did the practice of using the phrase “sic ‘em” to command dogs to attack come from?
No mention of where the succinct Australian variation “skitch” come from though.

The phrase seems based in older language usage, but how do these sorts of things find themselves in popular usage:

“Sick,” in this context, had nothing to do with the word meaning “ill,” but rather was simply a dialectal variant of “seek,” which used to sometimes carry the connotation of seeking with the intent to attack. (This sense of the word “seek” was used as far back as around AD 1000 in the work, Beowulf.)

Read more about it at Today I Found Out.


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Black And White Photo Day 6

Sixth of seven days of black and white photos.

No explanations.

None needed.

No nominations.


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Dog Doesn’t Want To Leave Park

This video of a dog refusing to leave a Gold Coast park may bear a passing resemblance to Margaret trying to get me to leave our holiday accommodation there a couple of weeks ago.


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Dad Dog After Day With The Pups

This video features a dad dog who has spent the whole day with his mrs and their pups.
If I believed in such things he’d be my spirit animal.