Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Money Pit is Working on a Darwin Award

(Originally posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 by Tim)

I am becoming more convinced every day that man has really screwed things up by playing with evolution through selective breeding. Let's take Modi for example. Natural selection generally weeds self desctructive traits out of the gene pool. Assume for a moment that an animal had the desire to smash its face into an object over an over again despite the fact that said smashing was painful and resulted in wounds with a serious chance of infection. Before man came along, such behavior would result in a decreased chance of the animal surviving to produce viable offspring and the trait would eventually cease to exist in that species.

Enter man with english accent: "This dog thing is great, but it would make a much better footrest if it had really short legs and an overlong body. Don't worry about rational behavior out of the beast, just make it shorter and longer."

Thus the English set out to breed the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They sort of got the footrest thing right. Modi thinks humans make a great footrest, but he gets pretty grumpy if anyone gets their feet remotely near him.

Modi's newest stunt is to charge the chain link fence and try and bite the dog on the other side. In the process, he has opened and continues to reopen some rather large spots on his nose. The neighbors have an invisible fence system on the offending chain link and we have fitted him with a collar. Cat and I have tried the system out and it gives a decent shock, however, I don't think it hurts more than bashing his nose until bloody. Cat is currently trying to train him to stay away from the fence by walking him by the fence with the shock collar on the leash. He feels the shock when the bloodlust is not on him so maybe it will work. We'll let you know.

In the meantime, anyone want to buy a footrest?

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