The Zany Grandma And Her Dogs

Hello everyone,

It’s that time again!

Another zany grandma story!!!

For those who don’t follow the zany grandma train here is a quick run down. My grandma is quite eccentric and some of the things she does make no sense. For example, refusing to get a new oven because she is emotionally attached to her old one even though it leaks gas and could explode.

In a previous post I wrote about the struggle of getting my grandma a new dog. In the post I mentioned that she had owned three West Highland Terriers before and the latest recently passed. I said there was another story in this, so here it is.

In the late 60’s my grandma bought her family their first dog. She bought the dog from a breeder and wanted to name the tiny terrier Hercules. However, her children talked her into naming the Westie, Yankee. Note: They were not New York Yankees fans.

The first dog died in the early 80’s. Soon after Yankee died my grandma decided to get another dog.

So, my grandmother contacted another breeder and bought another West Highland Terrier.

Now, this is where it gets weird. My family wanted to name the dog, but my grandmother insisted on naming the dog Yankee…

Let that sink in.

She said the reason was so she wouldn’t call the dog by the wrong name. However, my grandma has never been good with change (remember the oven??).

She replaced her deceased dog with the same breed of dog and gave it the same name.

Yes, both dogs were male and looked exactly alike.

Yankee 2 died in 1998 and immediately after the dog died my grandma contacted another breeder.

The breeder lived in New York and my entire family took a vacation to go and pick up her new dog. This 3rd dog, also a Westie, is the one I remember and grew up with.

My grandmother picked up her new dog and my uncle adopted the dog’s sibling. My grandmother took the dog home and named him…. Go on take a guess.

She named him Yankee! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Luckily, my uncle did not name his dog Yankee.

Yankee 3 lived until 2014. It took a few years for my grandmother to get a new dog.

I talked about the process of finding a new dog for my grandma in a previous post.

Long story short: I refused to let my grandma get a dog from a breeder. She insisted on many specifics for the dog. I found her a toy poodle that she is now completely in love with and spoils like crazy.

The new dog was not named Yankee, but I think this was only because the new dog was female.

She named her new dog Corrie.

~Desibee

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Dogs Are Amazing

Okay, I know this is a widely accepted fact, but I just need to say it again. Dogs are amazing!

I am not just talking about how cute and lovable they tend to be. (Although that is included). I am talking about how skilled and useful they are.

Recently, I dove into learning the skills and expertise of these canines. Most college seniors have to complete a capstone course in order to graduate. With my degree, that meant I had to prepare an hour long seminar and present it to over 100 people. Worst hour of my life.

The topic I chose was the olfactory capabilities of canines. After months and months of research I was even more amazed with dogs than I was before.

I focused on cadaver dogs or search and rescue dogs, but also came across research on detection dogs. Dogs can be trained to detect seizure in people before they start and even detect cancer in the body.

During my research I came across a comparison that blew my mind: where a human might be able to detect a teaspoon of sugar in water, dogs would be able to detect a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic swimming pools of water. (yeah my dog can’t do that, but it means a trained scent dog would be able to).

Dogs can even smell the difference between genetically identical twins. However, they cannot smell the difference between newborn identical twins. I learned a lot about the use of dogs in law enforcement and as aids in forensics. This amalgamation of knowledge is what I am truly grateful for after my seminar.

All animals are amazing and many animals have a better sense of smell than dogs, but only dogs are man’s best friend.

Let me know if you would like more science based posts. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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