Archive for March, 2012

The Rantings of the Banned

Today, I was cleaning out my spam comments filter when I came across the hysterical rantings of someone I banned– mainly for being a Grade A moron and, therefore, too stupid to comment on this blog. (Here’s the link to the original post from which the following tidbits came. The stupidity is in the comments section.)

This woman called Jess and me ignorant.  So I fucking banned her ass, because she was an ignorant fool who couldn’t read a peer-reviewed paper, even when it was spoon-fed to her.

Here are some highlights:

Jess told her that she should pay attention to what pet people are actually saying about the whole Crufts debacle, but of course, she didn’t listen– so she condescended to Jess:

Jess,Jess, Jess – whoever you are – I do listen to the pet people. After all, they are the segment of the pet owning population who have taken the time to do their homework and are willing to give a purebred rescue from a questionable breeder at best – i.e. no health checks, no nothing -a forever home. Please do let me know what you think I am missing?

Then she condescended to me:

Only thing I can say to your last post – and no disrespect intended to people that Blog with you – is that you must have some really really misinformed people on your blog. Kind of like the stovepipe – everyone circulates and recirculates the same stuff – correct or not it doesn’t matter because you don’t allow for outside opinion. How nice to live in a bubble !!! Makes life simple!!!

I’m misinformed, eh? I’m misinformed because I can read scientific papers that say inbreeding and closed registries are destroying our dogs?

Well, let’s see where this little bird’s fount of all information comes from:

Sorry you feel the way you do about purebred dogs. Although not a breeder myself, I question your stated two problems. Have you ever read Dr. Carmen Batagalia’s work regarding pure bred dog breeding? If you have not, I strongly suggest that you do. Web site is http://www.breedingbetterdogs.com

It is truly amazing what you can learn.

Carmen Battaglia’s website is actually quite full of misinformation. Battaglia has no degree in genetics. His doctorate is in criminology.

His nonsense has been destroyed in two posts at BorderWars:

1. Bio-Censor is Bad Science: Quackery

2. Brackett’s Formula: Nothing Special (based upon Battaglia’s promotion of inbreeding through what is called Brackett’s formula).

This woman was so stupid that I just had to drop some nice little f-bombs on her.

Some people are just so ignorant that they don’t know they are ignorant. These people are beyond help.  I’m sorry that they find this particular blog a little less coddling of ignorance than much of the rest of the dog blogosphere.

Unlike Jess or Chris, this woman has never bred a litter, and that’s a pretty good thing.

Her dogs would be so crappy that hamsters would outlive them.

And they’d be lucky to have eyes.

Buying whatever  the latest doggy televangelist snake-oil salesman is offering is one of the things that is destroying dogs.

From Lloyd Brackett to Carmen Battaglia, people have been misinformed about the real dangers of inbreeding, popular sire effect, and the closed registry system.

But the stupid people just won’t listen.

And they think I’m going to be nice to them when they spout this bullshit on my blog.

I’m sorry, folks, that’s not what I do.

Nowhere on this blog do I say that I’ll suffer fools gladly.

If you’re going to be an idiot, this is the wrong place to spout idiocy.

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Coyotes make it to Colombia

I just received a message in my inbox from a well-known coyote biologist.

For the first time, coyotes have crossed from North America into South America.

Yes. The southernmost coyotes aren’t in Panama anymore.

They are in Colombia.

The image above was taken of one of two coyotes that were found wandering the Pacific coast of Colombia about ten miles south of the Panamanian border.

A fisherman named Ricardo Chavez was thought he saw some unusual foxes wandering a remote beach, but when he came closer he found them to be most unusual.

It was only when he managed to capture photos of the two wild dog that he began to realize he had something unusual on his hands.

He managed to get his photos to the biology department of the Nationakl University of Colombia in Medellín, where it was instantly determined that the pair were coyotes.

So far no one has managed to capture the coyotes or get a DNA sample, but they are clearly coyotes and are not any species of endemic South American wild dog.

However, a US, Canadian, and Colombian team are venturing into the region to see if they can collect more evidence of coyotes in this part of Colombia.

The sudden appearance of coyotes in Colombia has been something of a surprise.  The nearest coyotes to these Colombian ones are in northern Panama.

Yes, these coyotes managed to cross the Panama Canal, which sounds like a terribly difficult feat.  However, coyotes have proven more than willing to use human contrivances to cross into new territory.

It is possible that these coyotes have crossed the canal on their own volition.

However, it’s just as possible that someone brought them down into Southern Panama.

It would not be outside of reason for someone to do something like this. After all, coyotes were occasionally introduced to parts of the Eastern United States as game animals or even inappropriate pets.

So it is possible that human agency could have brought these two coyotes into the region.

Stay tuned for new updates as this story unfolds.

Update: April Fool! Do not post this piece as fact. It is an April Fools’ Day prank!

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1. He admits creationism is a religion.

2. He thinks evolution is a religion that says butterflies turn into horses, which it is not.

3. He think kangaroo fossils have been found in Africa, which they have not.


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From UPI’s Science News:

A British study on the extinction of woolly mammoths found the last known population of the prehistoric animals did not die out because of inbreeding.

The study, conducted jointly by British and Swedish scientists, examined bones, teeth and tusks from Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean where the last known population of woolly mammoths lived about 4,000 years ago, the BBC reported.

Mammoths generally disappeared from mainland Eurasia and North America about 10,000 years ago, but lived on for another 6,000 years on Wrangel Island.

“Wrangel Island is not that big and it was initially thought that such a small population could have suffered problems of inbreeding and a lack of genetic diversity,” said the report’s co-author, Dr. Love Dalen of the department of molecular systematics at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Researchers found that, contrary to popular belief, the animals more likely were killed off by human activity or environmental factors.

The report, published Friday, concluded that the extinction of mammoths on Wrangel Island was “not a delayed outcome of an inevitable process” such as inbreeding.

“This suggests that the final extinction was caused by a rapid change in the mammoths’ environment, such as the arrival of humans or a change in climate, rather than a gradual decline in population size,” the study said.

The study also found the population of mammoths on the island generally ranged between 500 and 1,000.

Dalen said the study can be useful in modern-day conservation programs.

“What’s really interesting is that maintaining 500 effective individuals is a very common target in conservation programs,” he said. “Our results therefore support the idea that such an effective population size is enough to maintain genetic diversity for thousands of years. These mammoths did fine with what was originally considered to be a small number.

One should note that most dog breeds have far fewer than 500 effective individuals in their populations.

That should be a cause for concern, but one should realize that there are other measures of genetic diversity that need to be considered when making these conclusions.

Many people are not aware that mammoths actually did live into historic times, although in that part of the world written records from that time period are probably nonexistent.

But they were there.

And they were thriving.

Because their extinction is so late in time, it is possible that hunting pressure could have caused the extinction. However, there is no evidence that humans ever hunted these mammoths, so the most likely reason for their extinction is climate change.

There is a lot of debate about what cause the extinction of mammoths on mainland Eurasia and North America. Human overkill and climate change have been bandied about for decades.  And a third possibility, a combination of climate change and human hunting pressures, seems to be the current best-supported hypothesis. The mainland extinction was part of a much larger megafaunal extinction that happened at the end of the Pleistocene.

Of course, now we have mad scientists in Russia and South Korea who are going to clone a mammoth.  (But this project is much more difficult than one might realize).

But these cloned animals will always be  gimmick.

They will never be a self-sustaining population.

But it wasn’t that long ago that there was a healthy, genetically diverse, and sustainable population of mammoths.

Of course, on i09’s article on this same study, we have the obligatory creationist analysis in the comments section:

What’s even more mind-boggling is.. The Earth was completely different before the Great Flood with lots of creatures and animals that people in the world today either deny existed or refuse to believe could have existed.

They never give up, do they?








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Swimming eagle

Stolen from Querencia:


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Another good one from Jess.

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I just received this press release in my inbox:

The United Kennel Club, Inc., is first and foremost a worldwide registry of purebred dogs, but we feel our moral duty to the canine world goes beyond maintaining data. We are alarmed by the paths of exaggeration that many breeds have taken, all of which directly affect the health, function and performance of those breeds. It is an elemental fact that these breed changes have developed unchecked as a result of fads and fancies, as well as a lack of accountability on the part of breeders, owners and judges.

UKC feels something must be done to address this problem, and we are willing to do our part, hoping the canine world will follow suit. Toward that end, we have decided to revise all of our breed standards to reflect that goal. Breed standards are viewed as a blueprint to which dogs are to be bred. UKC believes that breed standards are more than that, and we will be including directives to breeders, judges and owners.

All of our breed standards will now include the following introductory statement: “The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges. Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated. Any departure from the following should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.”

In addition, each breed standard will be updated to include problems specific to that breed in order to clarify the direction to be taken when they are encountered.

All of these breed standard revisions reflect the foundation of the “UKC Total Dog” philosophy. The exponential growth in “UKC Total Dog” events is living proof that dogs can have the health, temperament and conformation to be excellent representatives of their breed. We understand that breed standards are left to subjective interpretation and are not a panacea on their own; however, combined with UKC Total Dog events and our UKC Judges Education program, they are a natural extension and essential continuation of our commitment to the future of purebred dogs.

The United Kennel Club, Inc., is very serious about this project and encourages all dog breeders, judges and owners to follow suit. As each standard is updated, it will be posted on the UKC website, www.ukcdogs.com, with its effective date.

The UKC has decided to be responsive to the needs and concerns of so many dog owners and breeders in this country.

It’s also an alternative to the American Kennel Club. If your dog is AKC registered, then it is pretty easy to get it registered with the UKC.

So we do have an all-breed registry that cares about all of these issues  in North America.

And you can’t call this registry an animal rights organization. The biggest events the UKC puts on around here are coonhound trials.

The UKC has decided to do the right thing, and purebred dogs have a voice in North America.

It is speaking while the other registries are either remaining silent or denouncing moves to real reform.

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This is what happens when your talking points are poorly considered– and moronically paranoid. Jess destroys you.

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Miley bagged a gray squirrel that was too slow to make it to the trees today. Unlike with her previous failed attempt to catch a fox squirrel, she killed this one right off.

She’s proud of her kill:

No. I didn’t eat it.



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