October 15, 2006

Well, I don't speak dog, but...

This is picture #1:

dog

And this is picture #2:

dog

I'd say he was sincere but dubious, and then became intimidated and slightly pissed.

24 comments:

Palladian said...

The ears tell the story. Well, the eyes too.

That's what's great about dogs: they have expressive faces. Unlike cats, though they don't really need expressive faces because they don't have any emotions besides default and angry.

al said...

Pic #1 - 'Someone to pet me - yeah!'

Pic #2 - 'She didn't pet me. I'm so sad'

I doubt the dog was pissed - just disapointed.

Truly said...

Pugs always have vaguely nonplussed expressions--note the wrinkles between his eyes. Bulldogs are the same way. He can't understand why you won't give him treats, or at least scratch his ears.

Is this a neighbor dog? Does he chase the Cat That Owns Your Yard?

Ann Althouse said...

This is a couple blocks from my house. There's no way I'm going to pet a strange dog unless the owner is around being very reassuring. But I did try to act nice to the dog. I'm guessing I said "Hello, puppy."

tiggeril said...

Rather Churchillian.

Anon Y. Mous said...

"There's no way I'm going to pet a strange dog unless the owner is around being very reassuring."

Oh, you big meanie! No wonder he looked so dejected.

Joan said...

Palladian, how can you say cats have only two expressions? We have cat reading clinics daily around here, since my kids are still learning about our kittens. But even they know to watch the eyes (squinting is smiling, wide open is angry), the ears, and the tail. (A thumping tail can reveal things about mood that the face does not.)

I agree with Al; this pooch looks just a little disappointed, but with such a wrinkly face, it's hard to tell.

Last, I completely support your policy not to pet strange dogs whose owners are not in evidence. That's just (un?)common sense.

babuilder said...

"I'm guessing I said "Hello, puppy."

That's it? "Hello puppy." Why so formal? That's your new best friend if you'll let her/him be.

That puppy will let you know if your attention is not welcome.

Looks like it's already interested in Ann Althouse.

knoxgirl said...

#1: Pet me! Petmepetmepetme!

#2: Pet me? Please? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease........ *sob*

altoids1306 said...

He wanted food.

Revenant said...

He wanted food

Heck, you don't even need a picture to tell *that*. It's a dog! :)

Mark the Pundit said...

Just remember,

He is just as scared of you as you are of it...

charlotte said...

"Help me! This fence is as *ruff* as *bark*!"

charlotte said...

"Hey, Repuglicans are people, too."

no1special said...

#1 You look like that Althouse lady my master keeps going on about...his name is DTL; I don't think u I can let u pet me...

#2 "But if u want to give me a bone, i guess it would b ok."

Ps. i do luv dtl, he just doesn't know it.

no1special said...

*i can let u pet me...

sorry still working out some spelling issues.

HaloJonesFan said...

Sounds like George Carlin, talking about dogs and cats. "Dogs have expressions, because they have eyebrows! Cats just have (Carlin waggles his fingers above his eyebrows) a bunch of shit!"

I like his rap about how dogs can't tell time. He suggests that the only length of time dogs understand is forever. That's why they're always worried when you leave--because they think that you'll be gone forever! And when you come back they're always really excited, because to them, you've been gone forever!

Maxine Weiss said...

Um, you're so sure that dog is male...

Because of the demeanor---the attitude, I'm assuming?

Peace, Maxine

Pinko Punko said...

Well, no wonder! look at his widdle face! Pugwagons are gentically sad. They also are easy. Give him a biscuit like the UPS man. The boys hate the postman but LOVE what brown can do for them. On the other hand, he could have been the rabbit in The Holy Grail. Then you would have been done for.

Wickedpinto said...

In the first his eyes are blue, trying to coax you gently into petting him.

In the second he was disappointment and gave up seduction and went with puppy dog brown, for outright begging.

hygate said...

Um, you're so sure that dog is male...

Because of the demeanor---the attitude, I'm assuming?


Since the dog is not wearing shorts and is standing on two legs, I would assume determining its gender to be a simple enough affair.

Anonymous said...

UFIA

Pinko Punko said...

A touch of his dingle bits are showing. He's a male, probably not ALL male, if you know what I mean *snip snip*.

His ears are back in a nice submissive mode and I bet his little cinnamon bun tail was a wagging.

And he's got his rabies vaccine. The thing about digital pics is that you could blow it up on the Flickr page and possibly get all his personal info, but that tag isn't showing.

Richard said...

I believe the standard joke about those dogs is that they get their flat noses from chasing stationary cars.