No. 6 on the list of gassiest dogs

I was torn between posting this here or on my (somewhat sanitized) family web site, Mason being a member of the family and all. But I decided here.

A company is making a product to “stop pet gas before it starts.” ((The company was called CurTail, but it appears that they have gone out of business since this was originally posted in 2004.)) They go on to add, “At last an end to those dreadful moments in your living room when people don’t know whether to look at the dog or at each other.”

We have no such problem. Mason’s farts smell like broccoli. When any of the rest of us fart (or poop, in my infant son’s case) it doesn’t smell remotely like broccoli. Just the other night, Mason was nestled up to Tiffany on the couch, each quietly minding their own business, when Tiffany started to gag. The farting lasted a good half hour, and by the end you might have been able to see a green broccoli cloud hanging over the couch. It really can be quite awful.

Well, now, this company has released a survey of pet owners, a survey of which dog breeds are the gassiest. Poodles (of any size, apparently) rank sixth. To which I can only say, glad I don’t own a German Shepherd.

Here’s the list:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Mutt
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Boxer
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Poodle
  7. Cocker Spaniel
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Beagle
  10. Dalmation

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If you haven’t been watching Lost on ABC this season, you should. It’s by the team that makes Alias, it’s like a big-screen movie on the small screen, it has hunky guys and hot women, it’s incredibly tense, and Hurley is one of those great characters you won’t see anywhere else (his character didn’t exist before the actor auditioned, but they liked him so much they wrote a part for him).

They start over tonight with the two-hour pilot. ABC. 8/7c. Don’t miss it.

See: Official ABC Lost Site, now with cool plane crash sound effects!

Cool little snowflake charity

I was hunting around after a children’s book illustrator and ran across this site, a cancer charity called Robert’s Snow. The organizer is a children’s book illustrator, who got other illustrators to contribute ceramic snowflakes with unique decorations/illustrations/paintings on them for auction.

The auction is pretty much over, but you can still see all the snowflakes. As an artist(ic person), graphic designer(like guy), and general creative sort(of bloke), I found the variety of snowflakes cool. Click through to see the larger version, they are much better than the thumbnails.

They are being auctioned on eBay, and are fetching between $200 and $1000 so far, with a few days left to bid.

Some of my favorites:

Martha Alexander The back makes me think of my son. Christopher Bing I like the woodcut, black and white look. Christopher Denise Beautiful composition, and a cute sentiment. Sarah Dillard So pretty. Jarrett J. Krosoczka I love the back of this one, too. Loren Long Love the longing feel of this. David Macaulay You might remember him from Castle or Cathedral. Meghan McCarthy Love the colors of this one. Anik McGrory Great composition, love the watercolory flakes with the more precise bear. Eric Rohmann Made me laugh for the look on the reindeer’s face. Maggie Swanson Would make a great ornament on a tree. James T. Williamson Edward Hopper snowfake: the name alone is worth admission. Jane Yolen Last, but not least, this one almost made me cry.