Hair of the Dog

You can forgive the insult because given the apparent long body and shor legs...
You can forgive the insult because given the apparent long body and shor legs…

I discovered from Google Search recent hits that I was not the only one trying to figure out what Ted Cruz looks like.

Maybe like me, all those searchers knew his face but could not figure out why it pushes the wrong buttons. What is it about his face that makes me want to punch something?

Well somebody was quick to run his visage through Microsoft’s image pattern-recognition software called What Dog?

I’m not sure Dutch Shepherd is what I was thinking, but that’s the decision of the judges.

Gandy, noble mongrel Shepherd-Ridgeback mix, is pegged as a Dachshund because her legs, hidden in the snow, look like little pegs of the wiener dog.

Can I come to the next meeting if I promise not to jump?
Can I come to the next meeting if I promise not to jump?

Boerboel? I’d rather see than be one. And I think the spouse would take issue with “trainability” part.

And so, you guessed it, I had to try…


Driven to prey on smaller creatures…

And we are all smaller than The Donald, aren’t we? Just ask him.


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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Since I have to deal with the fact that Ted is my junior Senator, I have spent more time staring at his face than many… My question is why does he look like a villain out of a Batman Comic book?

  2. Well Fred, I guess its all subjective, but at least it’s an interesting read. I personally know what a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is and hope that others appreciate their finer points. As for the Donald, the jury is still out!