…and go off on another wacky road trip.
The Doclopedia #603
A New Breed Of Dog: Northern Squirrel Dog
In many parts of Canada, hunting squirrels is a popular pastime with rural folks. That’s why, sometime around 1890, a group of hunters started looking for a way to breed a type of dog that could climbe trees and flush the squirrels into the open. Needing a small and energetic dog, they started with Chihuahuas. Soon, they incorporated some Terriers and before long, they had their dog. Slightly longer in body than a Chihuahua and with a longer tail and broader feet, the Northern Squirrel Dog has strong legs and long sharp claws. These claws and legs, along with a weight of no more than 4 pounds, allow the dogs to run up most trees almost as fast as squirrels do. Once up in the tree, the dogs bark constantly while leaping from limb to limb. They are trained to chase the squirrels to the end of a limb, but stay at least 3 feet back, so as to avoid getting shot.
The medium length coat of Northern Squirrel Dogs is always black, for visibility, especially during times of early snow. When not hunting, these little dogs are very happy to be lap dogs.
The Doclopedia #604
A New Breed Of Dog: Panda Pup
The Panda Pup is an wildly popular lap dog that was bred up from various small dogs to have a fluffy black and white coat that, when properly cut, makes them look like a tiny panda. They were not developed in China, but in Southern California.
Weighing in at around 8 pounds, the Panda Pup has a playful and friendly personality. They love to play and do best when they have children or other animals to play with. Most owners describe them as “clowns” and “always up to something”. Their park is deeper than you might expect and has a soft “woof” sound.
They have a fairly high intelligence and are very easy to train. They also seem to prefer a litter box for a bathroom, therefore making them one of the easier breeds to clean up after.