Sunday, May 27, 2007

Dog Food

It's been sort of a slow week, so I don't really have anything interesting to tell you.

And by that, I mean it's been a pretty busy week, so I haven't had any time to think up something to write about today.

So instead, I'll tell you a few interesting things I've learned about dogs. But before I begin, I have to say that I can't vouch for the accuracy of any of this information -- it was passed on to me over the years by various people who were just telling me what they'd heard without having ever verified it for themselves. So I don't necessarily treat any of this information as factual.

1. Black-furred dogs are the most nutritious and most delicious. This was told to me over twenty years ago by a Chinese woman I used to work with. She never ate dog meat herself, and she said she never would, but this is something she always heard growing up in China. Frankly, however, I'm a bit skeptical. I might believe it if she'd said that black-furred dogs were the most nutritious or the most delicious, but it seems sort of unlikely that they could be both.

2. Eating the flesh of a dog on a cold night will warm you from the inside. The guy who told me this was Chinese, and he may have eaten dog meat himself -- I asked him once, but I don't remember his answer. What I do remember is him saying that if you eat dog meat on a cold night, everyone at the table will soon want to take off their clothes. In my mind, whether they'll want to take off their clothes or not might be determined by factors other than what they ate for dinner, but I've had independent confirmation that certain meats (such as venison) will warm your insides.

3. After you've eaten dog meat, other dogs will be able to smell it on you, and they'll bark at you and chase you down the street. This was told to me by a woman who may have been Chinese, or may have been Filipina, or may have been a combination of the two. Although she grew up in the Philippines, she had never eaten dog herself, but this is what she'd been told as a child. It's very likely that your flesh would exude the scent of dog and that other dogs would be able to detect it, since as we all know, dogs have a very keen sense of smell. But whether or not they'd bark at you seems more like a matter of preference -- something that might vary from one dog to another. And of course, the dogs could only chase you down the street if you were actually in the street. And you'd have to be running.

So there you have it. Three amusing little tidbits about dogs. For years, this information has been floating around in my head. Now it can float around in yours.