Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pet Word of the Day: Happiness

Happiness is a Warm Puppy – Charles M. Schulz

Pet Word of the Day: Brachycephalic

Dogs breeds with skulls short front to backĀ  (if you want to get technical, “squashed”) are called brachycephalic and mostly start with “b” or “p”. Coincidence? You decide. Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Bichon, BrusselsĀ  Griffon, Boxers, Bull Mastiffs, Pugs, Pekingese, and Presa Canarios are brachycephalic.

Pet Word of the Day: Dumbo

A nickname bestowed on a Walt Disney cartoon elephant in 1941 whose real name was Jumbo Jr. Dumbo had very large ears which enabled him to fly. A variety of fancy rats are called Dumbo rats because of their large ears, but none have been observed flying.

Pet Word of the Day: Derriere

Cross a Deerhound with a Terrier and you get a Derriere; a hunting dog breed often found at the rear of the pack.

Pet Word of the Day: Crepuscular

CREPUSCULAR animals are active at dawn and dusk. Positives: they avoid strictly nocturnal and diurnal predators and get to snuggle into bed twice a day. Negatives: they have morning blahs twice a day.