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Lynn McGuire
2018-08-27 17:00:35 UTC
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27

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Dorothy J Heydt
2018-08-27 18:21:05 UTC
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.

I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
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Lynn McGuire
2018-08-27 19:16:16 UTC
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.

Lynn
J. Clarke
2018-08-28 00:24:06 UTC
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:16 -0500, Lynn McGuire
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
It appears that gocomics went. All I get is big letters "UGOCOMICS".
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2018-08-28 00:33:18 UTC
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:16 -0500, Lynn McGuire
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Post by Lynn McGuire
Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
It appears that gocomics went. All I get is big letters "UGOCOMICS".
Try scanning further down the screen. I get that sometimes, and
*usually* I can find the cartoon itself a few screens down.
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J. Clarke
2018-08-28 03:33:11 UTC
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:16 -0500, Lynn McGuire
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
It appears that gocomics went. All I get is big letters "UGOCOMICS".
Try scanning further down the screen. I get that sometimes, and
*usually* I can find the cartoon itself a few screens down.
When I go far enough down I find a Twitter link that shows about half
the strip.
Dorothy J Heydt
2018-08-28 12:55:53 UTC
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:16 -0500, Lynn McGuire
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Post by Lynn McGuire
Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
It appears that gocomics went. All I get is big letters "UGOCOMICS".
Try scanning further down the screen. I get that sometimes, and
*usually* I can find the cartoon itself a few screens down.
When I go far enough down I find a Twitter link that shows about half
the strip.
Bother! It's now yesterday's strip ... try this?

https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
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J. Clarke
2018-08-28 23:25:42 UTC
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:16 -0500, Lynn McGuire
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
It appears that gocomics went. All I get is big letters "UGOCOMICS".
Try scanning further down the screen. I get that sometimes, and
*usually* I can find the cartoon itself a few screens down.
When I go far enough down I find a Twitter link that shows about half
the strip.
Bother! It's now yesterday's strip ... try this?
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
Thanks. Definitely hazmat suits--you can see the ventilation hose in
one frame.
Joy Beeson
2018-08-30 01:13:32 UTC
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Try scanning further down the screen. I get that sometimes, and
*usually* I can find the cartoon itself a few screens down.
When that fails, clicking "no style" nearly always reveals the hidden
image.

Dave reports that loading a whole bunch of tabs and letting them sit
for a few hours often causes GoComics to resume functioning. I'm
trying that tonight; so far it isn't working.

Perhaps I'm checking too often.
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Lynn McGuire
2018-08-28 22:16:20 UTC
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:16 -0500, Lynn McGuire
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Post by Lynn McGuire
Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
It appears that gocomics went. All I get is big letters "UGOCOMICS".
Post by Lynn McGuire
Lynn
You have to click through the half seen image to get the comic of the day.

And brave Puck has removed his hazmat suit to give aid and comfort to
the toddler.
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/28

Lynn
Quadibloc
2018-08-29 21:05:29 UTC
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Reminds me of this recent news item:

https://www.eonline.com/ca/news/963753/carey-hart-responds-to-critics-after-exposing-son-with-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-to-others

I really hope they lock this guy up.

John Savard
Kevrob
2018-08-29 22:12:32 UTC
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https://www.eonline.com/ca/news/963753/carey-hart-responds-to-critics-after-exposing-son-with-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-to-others
I really hope they lock this guy up.
I am a baseball fan, specifically of the beloved, if currently woeful,
New York Mets. The Metropolitans' RHP Noah "Thor" Syndergaard contracted
the HFM virus when he worked at a youth camp over the All-Star break.

https://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/mets/noah-syndergaard-hand-foot-mouth-disease-1.20048609 OR

https://outline.com/YAkbp8

Kids is walking swamps of bugs of all kinds.

There are Mets/Marvel "Thor" bobbleheads on ebay from a recent
CitiField promotional giveaway.

Kevin R
ex-kid
David DeLaney
2018-08-31 12:58:55 UTC
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
Shirley you mean hazcat suits?

Dave, no has cheezburgr 2day
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Dorothy J Heydt
2018-08-31 16:41:56 UTC
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
Shirley you mean hazcat suits?
Dave, no has cheezburgr 2day
Actually, as of today's strip, apparently the toddler is out of
quarantine and they're discussing whether Lupin got hold of a
pen. (Pay no attention to that blue ink all over his face!).
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2018-08-31 18:06:50 UTC
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Breaking Cat News: The brave cats have armored up !
https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/08/27
That isn't armor, properly so-called; they're wearing hazmat
suits with positive air pressure piped in from elsewhere.
I don't even know if the bacteria (it's usually bacteria rather
than virus) that cause pinkeye will infect cats. But I wouldn't
be surprised. Assuming the People are practicing reasonable
sanitation, hazmat suits are not really necessary. But if it
makes the cats feel better....
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
Shirley you mean hazcat suits?
Dave, no has cheezburgr 2day
Actually, as of today's strip, apparently the toddler is out of
quarantine and they're discussing whether Lupin got hold of a
pen. (Pay no attention to that blue ink all over his face!).
Cats have short atten... Oh! Shiney!
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Greg Goss
2018-09-01 18:10:48 UTC
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Cats have short atten... Oh! Shiney!
In 2005 we had a minor mouse infestation. My cat sat there, staring
at the dresser waiting for an emergence for six hours or so. (When I
eventually moved the dresser, the mouse got away, till (presumably) he
was the one caught by the trap next to the dryer.
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Cats have short atten... Oh! Shiney!
In 2005 we had a minor mouse infestation. My cat sat there, staring
at the dresser waiting for an emergence for six hours or so. (When I
eventually moved the dresser, the mouse got away, till (presumably) he
was the one caught by the trap next to the dryer.
My cats have never encountered mice, except for once. This was
at an SCA event, camped out in a farmer's field somewhere. We
had one of our cats, Gwenhwyfar as I recall, in a harness on a
twelve-foot leash, so that she could wander around and collect
pettings, but not get lost. We were at evening Court.

All of a sudden Gwen caught sight of a field mouse at the feet of
the Princess of the Mists, and she went after it like greased
lightning. I don't think she caught it, but she must've given
it the hell of a fright, and the Princess was suitably amused.
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2018-09-02 02:13:35 UTC
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Cats have short atten... Oh! Shiney!
In 2005 we had a minor mouse infestation. My cat sat there, staring
at the dresser waiting for an emergence for six hours or so. (When I
eventually moved the dresser, the mouse got away, till (presumably) he
was the one caught by the trap next to the dryer.
My cats have never encountered mice, except for once. This was
at an SCA event, camped out in a farmer's field somewhere. We
had one of our cats, Gwenhwyfar as I recall, in a harness on a
twelve-foot leash, so that she could wander around and collect
pettings, but not get lost. We were at evening Court.
All of a sudden Gwen caught sight of a field mouse at the feet of
the Princess of the Mists, and she went after it like greased
lightning. I don't think she caught it, but she must've given
it the hell of a fright, and the Princess was suitably amused.
My last cat, Noirton, was a mouser. He was originally feral and had to
hunt for food.
My current cat, the pointy nosed Siamese called Honey, is also a
mouser. She likes to "cut heads" and leave a trophy behind.
Neither cat chased mice. Instead they both patiently waited for the
mouse to come to them. Minutes or hours, whatever it took, they both
bided their time: alert, poised, prepared to strike at any instant.
Cats use their hind legs to kill. Honey has extra claws on her rear
paws. Not extra toes, just extra claws.



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Dorothy J Heydt
2018-09-02 03:05:49 UTC
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[Gwenhwyfar and her one mouse]
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My last cat, Noirton, was a mouser. He was originally feral and had to
hunt for food.
My current cat, the pointy nosed Siamese called Honey, is also a
mouser. She likes to "cut heads" and leave a trophy behind.
My son's cat, Jean-Luc, used to do that, eating everything from
the brain to the tail and leaving the facial bones about ... at
least once, on my son's chest while he slept.

So I put that in _Point._
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Neither cat chased mice. Instead they both patiently waited for the
mouse to come to them. Minutes or hours, whatever it took, they both
bided their time: alert, poised, prepared to strike at any instant.
Ambush predators.
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2018-09-02 04:13:40 UTC
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[Gwenhwyfar and her one mouse]
Post by D B Davis
My last cat, Noirton, was a mouser. He was originally feral and had to
hunt for food.
My current cat, the pointy nosed Siamese called Honey, is also a
mouser. She likes to "cut heads" and leave a trophy behind.
My son's cat, Jean-Luc, used to do that, eating everything from
the brain to the tail and leaving the facial bones about ... at
least once, on my son's chest while he slept.
Fred the squirrel slayer left squirrel tails. One time after going on
vacation (Fred was an adult feral when he took up with us and quite
capable of looking out for himself--we didn't even _think_ about
boarding him or taking him with us) we came back to find IIRC 6
squirrel tails on the front porch, neatly lined up in a row.
Post by Dorothy J Heydt
So I put that in _Point._
Post by D B Davis
Neither cat chased mice. Instead they both patiently waited for the
mouse to come to them. Minutes or hours, whatever it took, they both
bided their time: alert, poised, prepared to strike at any instant.
Ambush predators.
They can be--different cats have different hunting styles. Watching a
cat sneak up on something is a lesson in itself.
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2018-09-02 14:22:36 UTC
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Fred the squirrel slayer left squirrel tails.
My cat in the eighties was a rather small female. Once I found a
three inch length of cat tail on my kitchen floor. She was uinjured
then or otherwise.
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2018-09-02 17:19:54 UTC
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Fred the squirrel slayer left squirrel tails.
My cat in the eighties was a rather small female. Once I found a
three inch length of cat tail on my kitchen floor. She was uinjured
then or otherwise.
Now _that_ is a cat that you don't want to mess with.
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Fred the squirrel slayer left squirrel tails.
My cat in the eighties was a rather small female. Once I found a
three inch length of cat tail on my kitchen floor. She was uinjured
then or otherwise.
Now _that_ is a cat that you don't want to mess with.
The cat of a former friend was the result of a mating between a domestic
female and a bobcat male. Trying to pet it was likely to end in a need
for a blood transfusion. THAT was a cat you don't mess with.
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Fred the squirrel slayer left squirrel tails.
My cat in the eighties was a rather small female. Once I found a
three inch length of cat tail on my kitchen floor. She was uinjured
then or otherwise.
Now _that_ is a cat that you don't want to mess with.
The cat of a former friend was the result of a mating between a domestic
female and a bobcat male. Trying to pet it was likely to end in a need
for a blood transfusion. THAT was a cat you don't mess with.
There was an article on the local (SF Bay Area) news some months
ago about a rather strange-looking feral cat found in suburbia.
The news site included a picture. Looked like half-bobcat to me,
and I emailed the wildlife shelter about it and got mail back
that amounted to "Yeah, we think so too; we're going to do a DNA
test to figure out how best to care for the cat."
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2018-09-02 22:14:47 UTC
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There was an article on the local (SF Bay Area) news some months
ago about a rather strange-looking feral cat found in suburbia.
The news site included a picture. Looked like half-bobcat to me,
and I emailed the wildlife shelter about it and got mail back
that amounted to "Yeah, we think so too; we're going to do a DNA
test to figure out how best to care for the cat."
In Canada, a family was forced to surrender their pet Husky to authorities to be
euthanized because they alleged - without the matter ever being proven in court
- that the dog was half wolf.

It was not alleged that the animal was a threat to the safety of the neighbors:
rather, it was considered cruel to the animal to inflict such a conflicted
genetic heritage on it.

Since a dog _is_ a tame wolf - how on Earth would they interbreed and produce
fertile offspring if they weren't the same species - instead of outlawing wolf
crossings, this should be something done periodically for the health of the
breed. If they want to worry about dogs suffering, they should look into
Dalmatians instead.

John Savard

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2018-09-02 23:48:16 UTC
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There was an article on the local (SF Bay Area) news some months
ago about a rather strange-looking feral cat found in suburbia.
The news site included a picture. Looked like half-bobcat to me,
and I emailed the wildlife shelter about it and got mail back
that amounted to "Yeah, we think so too; we're going to do a DNA
test to figure out how best to care for the cat."
In Canada, a family was forced to surrender their pet Husky to
authorities to be
euthanized because they alleged - without the matter ever being proven in court
- that the dog was half wolf.
rather, it was considered cruel to the animal to inflict such a conflicted
genetic heritage on it.
Since a dog _is_ a tame wolf - how on Earth would they interbreed and produce
fertile offspring if they weren't the same species - instead of outlawing wolf
crossings, this should be something done periodically for the health of the
breed. If they want to worry about dogs suffering, they should look into
Dalmatians instead.
I had a friend once who had two dogs, loosely speaking. One was
a husky. The other was a timber wolf. I never inquired how my
friend got the latter, but he considered friend his pack leader
and was very well-behaved. Friend said that if you got between
the husky and his dinner, he'd bite; but if you did the same to
the wolf, he'd just whine.

Or, it occurs to me, if friend did that; he didn't say what would
happen if I were to try it.
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2018-09-03 00:46:57 UTC
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There was an article on the local (SF Bay Area) news some months
ago about a rather strange-looking feral cat found in suburbia.
The news site included a picture. Looked like half-bobcat to me,
and I emailed the wildlife shelter about it and got mail back
that amounted to "Yeah, we think so too; we're going to do a DNA
test to figure out how best to care for the cat."
In Canada, a family was forced to surrender their pet Husky to authorities to be
euthanized because they alleged - without the matter ever being proven in court
- that the dog was half wolf.
rather, it was considered cruel to the animal to inflict such a conflicted
genetic heritage on it.
Since a dog _is_ a tame wolf - how on Earth would they interbreed and produce
fertile offspring if they weren't the same species - instead of outlawing wolf
crossings, this should be something done periodically for the health of the
breed. If they want to worry about dogs suffering, they should look into
Dalmatians instead.
When did this happen? I presume "they" who claimed
the pet was half wolf was "the authorities", not the
owner. Either way, Britain and countries settled
by Britain have had in living memory shameful laws and
practices on "race"; the word "dogmatic" comes to mind.

I think I heard that huskies are not pet dogs in the
first place. They work. But now I'm perpetuating
slavery, as well as the husky race question.
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2018-09-03 03:40:08 UTC
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When did this happen? I presume "they" who claimed
the pet was half wolf was "the authorities", not the
owner. Either way, Britain and countries settled
by Britain have had in living memory shameful laws and
practices on "race"; the word "dogmatic" comes to mind.
grin
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I think I heard that huskies are not pet dogs in the
first place. They work. But now I'm perpetuating
slavery, as well as the husky race question.
You could say that about any breed. Lap dogs were originally bred to
keep laps warm and retrievers to retrieve. As a casual passenger on a
scooter towed by a mongrel, I "train" with the local sled dog racers,
(whose rigs have three wheels). The huskies bark a lot and argue with
each other and some are very large but they are always friendly towards
people and their owners certainly regard them as pets.
Genes have been identified that relate to desire to pull and a large
percentage of dogs, (90+ ?), have them. So their work is their desire
and I do not see that as slavery. Most working dogs are better rewarded
than most working people. Perhaps because of better brainwashing on both
sides in the former.
Leif Roar Moldskred
2018-09-03 11:03:46 UTC
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You could say that about any breed. Lap dogs were originally bred to
keep laps warm and retrievers to retrieve.
And turnspit dogs were bred to, well...
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History is silent on whether any of them were ever given the name
'Conan', though.
Dorothy J Heydt
2018-09-03 14:48:01 UTC
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Post by Titus G
You could say that about any breed. Lap dogs were originally bred to
keep laps warm and retrievers to retrieve.
And turnspit dogs were bred to, well...
To run in little hamster-oid wheels to keep the spit turning,
yes. Not to be roasted.

There are other preindustrial ways of turning spits; fan blades
that will catch the rising hot air from the fire (some gearing
was probably involved).

And Dorothy Hartley's _Food in England_ describes (with an
illustration) a system mentioned in Dickens, whereby someone with
nothing but a fireplace can roast a chunk of meat by attaching it
to his house key, which is suspended from a long loop of string.
You turn it several times in one direction and let it unwind,
rewind itself, and so on till it runs down and you have to wind
it again.
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Dorothy J. Heydt
Vallejo, California
djheydt at gmail dot com
www.kithrup.com/~djheydt/
Greg Goss
2018-09-02 13:32:21 UTC
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My last cat, Noirton, was a mouser. He was originally feral and had to
hunt for food.
My current cat, the pointy nosed Siamese called Honey, is also a
mouser. She likes to "cut heads" and leave a trophy behind.
Neither cat chased mice. Instead they both patiently waited for the
mouse to come to them. Minutes or hours, whatever it took, they both
bided their time: alert, poised, prepared to strike at any instant.
My cat in the eighties was a hunter. I never SAW her hunting, so I
don't know her techniques, other than once. She was playing with a
mouse in my shower stall. I know that the mouse wouldn't have come up
the drain, so I presume she brought it in from outside for a cruelty
cage match. She left a huge robin behind the bed once that I didn't
know was there till trying to chase the smell.

I think she invented religion once. I went on a 2.5 week vacation and
delegated someone to come by, fill the food bowl (I had a drip waterer
for her) and deliver petting as required. Toward the end of my
vacation, he found (and removed) a mouse on my keyboard - the place
where The Greg spent most of his time. The next day, three mice. On
day three, (if recall correctly), three more mice, a bird a bat and a
snake, all piled on the altar of The Greg. On day four, I returned.
I wondered if she ever decided which sacrufice I had been waiting for.

There were chipmunks in the tree outside my kitchen window. I never
saw her with a chipmunk. The house was built into a hillside, with
long grass out front and scrubland behind it - ideal hunting
territory.
--
We are geeks. Resistance is voltage over current.
Robert Carnegie
2018-09-02 20:11:08 UTC
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Post by D B Davis
My last cat, Noirton, was a mouser. He was originally feral and had to
hunt for food.
My current cat, the pointy nosed Siamese called Honey, is also a
mouser. She likes to "cut heads" and leave a trophy behind.
Neither cat chased mice. Instead they both patiently waited for the
mouse to come to them. Minutes or hours, whatever it took, they both
bided their time: alert, poised, prepared to strike at any instant.
My cat in the eighties was a hunter. I never SAW her hunting, so I
don't know her techniques, other than once. She was playing with a
mouse in my shower stall. I know that the mouse wouldn't have come up
the drain, so I presume she brought it in from outside for a cruelty
cage match. She left a huge robin behind the bed once that I didn't
know was there till trying to chase the smell.
I think she invented religion once. I went on a 2.5 week vacation and
delegated someone to come by, fill the food bowl (I had a drip waterer
for her) and deliver petting as required. Toward the end of my
vacation, he found (and removed) a mouse on my keyboard - the place
where The Greg spent most of his time. The next day, three mice. On
day three, (if recall correctly), three more mice, a bird a bat and a
snake, all piled on the altar of The Greg. On day four, I returned.
I wondered if she ever decided which sacrufice I had been waiting for.
There were chipmunks in the tree outside my kitchen window. I never
saw her with a chipmunk. The house was built into a hillside, with
long grass out front and scrubland behind it - ideal hunting
territory.
--
We are geeks. Resistance is voltage over current.
Alt.atheism raised the question of religious behaviour
by animals recently (there's an odd bias to discuss
religion in what appears to be a group that doesn't
do it), so I note this.

I would have asked a cat that I once knew, "If you
are stealthily stalking then isn't sticking your tail
straight up in the air a drawback?"

Maybe she was just play-stalking that way.
Dorothy J Heydt
2018-09-02 20:17:19 UTC
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Post by D B Davis
My last cat, Noirton, was a mouser. He was originally feral and had to
hunt for food.
My current cat, the pointy nosed Siamese called Honey, is also a
mouser. She likes to "cut heads" and leave a trophy behind.
Neither cat chased mice. Instead they both patiently waited for the
mouse to come to them. Minutes or hours, whatever it took, they both
bided their time: alert, poised, prepared to strike at any instant.
My cat in the eighties was a hunter. I never SAW her hunting, so I
don't know her techniques, other than once. She was playing with a
mouse in my shower stall. I know that the mouse wouldn't have come up
the drain, so I presume she brought it in from outside for a cruelty
cage match. She left a huge robin behind the bed once that I didn't
know was there till trying to chase the smell.
I think she invented religion once. I went on a 2.5 week vacation and
delegated someone to come by, fill the food bowl (I had a drip waterer
for her) and deliver petting as required. Toward the end of my
vacation, he found (and removed) a mouse on my keyboard - the place
where The Greg spent most of his time. The next day, three mice. On
day three, (if recall correctly), three more mice, a bird a bat and a
snake, all piled on the altar of The Greg. On day four, I returned.
I wondered if she ever decided which sacrufice I had been waiting for.
There were chipmunks in the tree outside my kitchen window. I never
saw her with a chipmunk. The house was built into a hillside, with
long grass out front and scrubland behind it - ideal hunting
territory.
--
We are geeks. Resistance is voltage over current.
Alt.atheism raised the question of religious behaviour
by animals recently (there's an odd bias to discuss
religion in what appears to be a group that doesn't
do it), so I note this.
I would have asked a cat that I once knew, "If you
are stealthily stalking then isn't sticking your tail
straight up in the air a drawback?"
Maybe she was just play-stalking that way.
Maybe. I gather that walking with your tail up signals "I'm just
a kitten, don't hurt me," and that many grown domesticated cats
continue to signal that way.
Quadibloc
2018-09-02 03:11:46 UTC
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Post by Lynn McGuire
I agree, those are hazmat suits.
Shirley you mean hazcat suits?
The suits protect those who wear them from hazardous materials. Whether they be
men or cats.

John Savard
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