Thursday, June 15, 2006

Who let the dogs out...

Some new dog breeds seem to be gaining popularity these days, breeds like the "puggle," a cross between a beagle and a pug, or the "labradoodle", a Labrador Retriever-Poodle mix. Now that’s all good and well, (provided you can ignore the obnoxiously cute names) but dogs should be bred for a particular use. So, with that in mind and not being a person who ever lets a bandwagon go by without jumping on it I present to you some unusual breed mixes and the useful traits they’ll possess…

Jack Russell Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier: a tireless, self-propelled feather duster…beloved by lazy housekeepers everywhere.

German Shepherd and French Poodle: will instinctively invade it’s own back yard and then immediately surrender.

Great Dane and Golden Retriever: forget duck hunting…with this dog you can go after the endangered (but oh so tasty) California condor.

Siberian Husky and Pug: sure to become the favorite sled dog of tiny Eskimos.

Pomeranian and Rottweiler: pocket sized protection from the world’s fiercest lap dog…think of it as the canine equivalent of mace.

Mastiff and Dachshund: forget buying a pony, this dog can seat your spoiled kid and five or six of his or her bratty friends to as well.

Maybe some day we can do something like this for cats. Of course, that’s assuming anyone ever discovers a breed of cat that does anything other than eat and sleep.


Joel said...

Inspired! I'm pretty sure I'll never have one of the current mixed breeds because they all seem to end in "doodle," which is a word that makes anything it's attached to seem, well, silly.

neva said...

"Pomeranian and Rottweiler: pocket sized protection from the world’s fiercest lap dog…think of it as the canine equivalent of mace."

*obviously* for girls, 'cuz i just can't imagine any guy who would want this one in his lap! (scary)

as usual, an inspired offering! the jack russell terrier/yorkie made me laugh out loud!

The Drive-by Blogger said...

I agree Joel...I could never understand how anyone could sing "Yankee Doodle" with a straight face.

By the way Neva, your recent post about Lenny, the bug guy was very funny.

neva said...

hey, TDB, thank you for that! coming from one with true comedic talent (that would be you) that was a real compliment.

by the way... i started a new site (with a 'blogger' friend of mine) called Central Snark. i decided to do this one day when blogger was doin' it's usual buggy thing (no pun intended here) so some of the folks we read would have a place to bitch, moan, and otherwise complain. i'm telling you because there are some interesting folks you might enjoy "meeting" (reading? read you?) oh, and, as an *added* incentive to visit/leave a comment, anyone who does so is added to our side bar. i hope you'll come by!

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