Saturday, June 16, 2012

Just because 6...

...I love dogs, and I love England.  And just because today happens to be Queen Elizabeth's official birthday (her real birthday is the 21st of April).  But it is with a certain royal Mendelian experiment that this post is primarily concerned.
The Queen of England has long been associated with the Welsh Corgi and is pictured above with her own first corgi Susan, an eighteenth birthday present for the then Princess Elizabeth. Decades later a descendant of Susan's, a corgi named Tiny, accidentally I hope, bred with Pipkin a dachshund owned by Princess Margaret.  The result of this little genetic mishap?  Enter the dorgi.
At the time, not wanting to openly appear offended by this travesty of mongreldom delivered upon them by their monarch and patron, The Kennel Club released this statement:  "The dachshund was evolved to chase badgers down holes, and the corgi to round up cattle.  If anyone loses a herd of cattle down a badger hole, then these are just the dogs to get them out."  Love it!
Happy Birthday QE II.

7 comments:

NHwineman said...

I'm newly in love!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: I can't blame you, Susan was very cute :)

Cletus "Big Dog" Kincaid said...

Gee, what a funny little dog!

The corgi is ok though.

Wartime Housewife said...

What a great story. I love dogs - all dogs. I have two cats of whom I'm inordinately fond. But they're not dogs.

Vinogirl said...

WH: It's dogs all the way for me...they're just so much more interactive.

phlegmfatale said...

So glad her birthday was such a grand celebration. I'm inclined to think kindly of a lady whose dogs are everpresent in her life. God save the Queen!

Vinogirl said...

With 3 dogs yourself now, you're getting up to a Queenly level :)