Sunday, April 24, 2005

A most Unusual Message

Note--this message somehow ended up in my inbox the other day, thought I would include it here for kicks. Go figure...


On Sat, 23 Apr 2005 11:42:18 -0700 (PDT) wrote:
> Mitch
> this is Steve from World Dogwatch...I'm conducting a
> study
> comparing the dogs of Mexico and Cambodia, and i thought
> you would be an
> excellant contact(considering your experience in both
> lands).
> I need some of your acute observations...say, the #'s of
> tripod hounds(3-legged );the scratching habits (and
> frequency)of said
> breeds and others; diets; and general orneryness .
> I appreciate your cooperation, and you will be
> compensated for your help.
> Steve

On Sat, 24 Apr 2005 11:42:18 -0700 (PDT) wrote:


Glad to hear from you buddy, did I tell you I got my Phd?
Did that online, was too busy in the field putting together the third world dog calendar which one of the local NGOs here is sponsoring.

To answer your questions briefly--

1) Mexican dogs have flatter heads, with their ears hanging lower and looser than their Asian counterparts. However, tits on the Asian hounds do drag longer and are often very knobby and scarred from friction with the ground.

2) The Cambodian dogs are generally well proportioned, whereas , as I'm sure you recall from our fieldwork, that the Mexican dogs often have a normal sized body but with exceptionally short legs which do not match its morphology. (Still trying to determine the evolutionary cause of this)

3) A great deal many more cases of dogs "attached" to one another here during copulation; they are conjoined and can not seem to separate easily (or at all!)

4( The Mexican dogs seem to be more expressive, often "laughing" or smiling as they trot along. The Cambodian dogs--conversely--are far more reserved and seem to bear a great deal more worldy concern in their demeanor.

Hope this helps. Gotta run though to Mondulkiri where we're investigating rural dogs body mass ratos versus their urban conterparts.