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ENMU’s Greyhound Mascot

Eastern New Mexico University opened its doors to students in 1934, and early on, students rallied around the need for a mascot. There are a few stories that float around the halls as to why the Greyhound was chosen, and we've not gotten to the bottom of any of them....
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The Sugar Skull

We are months away from the "Day of the Dead" (Día de los Muertos), a central and southern Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2, days that coincide with the Catholic celebration of All Soul's and All Saint’s Day. We admit a fondness for the art that surrounds this holiday...
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The Kid in a Dog Suit

Who wouldn't want to spend time with an exuberantly lively and amusing red head? Being in the company of a dog often described as a "kid in a dog suit" can only be a "rollicking" good time which is probably why the authors of the Irish Setter breed standard included the...
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It Was Good to Be a Borzoi

We can scarcely imagine how it must have been to be lord of a Russian manor some 150 years ago. Hardy a wealthy estate was found that didn't breed at least a few Borzoi since hounds and hunting had been the custom throughout Russia for generations. Every Russian nobleman of any consequence...
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Saved by an Aggie

Even if you're not into football, watch this great play made by someone not even in the game. It happens when a player runs out of bounds: If you missed it, it was a "protection play" that defended Rough Collie and official Texas A&M University mascot, Reveille VIII, from injury....
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The Gentlest of Sheepdogs

In its history, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog has been known by many names, including the Valee Sheepdog, Lowlands Herder, Berger Polonais de Vallee, or, by its native name, the Polski Owczarek Nizinny (Nizinny for the district which it was prevalent). By any moniker, these dogs have been herding sheep in the...
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The “Break”

Many breeds retain the color they're born as into adulthood, but some don't.  We've known of Havanese whose tan points turned cream, Pulik born gun metal black who become silvers, Pomeranians who change colors as they grow, and, of course, Bearded Collies who are born black, blue, brown, or fawn, but...
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How Not to Sell One of the World’s Favorite Dogs

Putting a "for sale" sign on a dog was one way to indicate its availability. So was throwing it into water and having it swim towards land, and that's precisely how it was done in the mid 19th century in Poole harbor on the south coast of Britain. Poole had developed...
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The English Springer Spaniel Cancer Detecting Dog

Nearly 137,000 people viewed this post from 2015 at a time when we were half the numbers we are now, and over 1,000 people shared it on Facebook. As we repopulate our website with popular posts from our earliest days, this one was a "no-brainer." Attached to a wheel in...
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How They Swim

In a study by Dr. Frank Fish of West Chester University, eight different dogs of six breeds ranging from the Yorkshire Terrier to the Newfoundland were studied to learn more about how dogs swim. Fish and his colleagues analyzed videos taken of dogs swimming in a glass tank and found that...
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Jeff Koon’s Poodle

Many of us associate Jeff Koons with his "Balloon Dog," but his 1991 piece, "Poodle," proves that he depicted other dogs as well. His Poodle made of polychromed wood appeared in a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. We think how artists see our breeds is worth seeing.
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