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Saturday, January 19, 2013

School Projects

Mustachio Bashio
After raising three kids, we experienced many years of school projects. The dogs and I are grateful to be past those days, since the poor pooches often became the victims subjects of study and I struggled to help kids pull these together. Once, Daniel shaved his hair and the dog's to see whose mane would grow back the quickest?

Answer: The dog's, of course; however, fourteen years later, the kid has plenty of hair.

Then there's the time I found a patch of fur missing from the golden retriever's tail.

"What happened to the dog's tail?" I asked.
"I needed fur for the fox on my poster, so I cut it."

Poor silly looking animal! Good thing Erica didn't need something that doesn't grow back.

RIP - You were a perfect subject!
Through the dog's participation, sometimes with free treats, we became better educated. We now know not to buy bottled water for our dogs. We get their water from the good old faucet, even though that's not the favored drink. Serving muddy rain water is the best way to please your pup.

We also learned not to stare at wild horses. You may think you know when someone is looking at you, but you don't. For a third grade science fair project, Judy stared at people for a set amount of time and recorded how many individuals realized she was looking at them. Most humans did not notice; however, animals always knew they were being watched intensely. For a good time, stare at zoo creatures, especially the big baboon. HA!


Judy - Grade 3



Disclaimer: Staring at animals should be done at your own risk. I am not legally liable for broken glass on cages, refunding admission prices once you get kicked out of places, or removing tusks from your backsides as you run from irate zoo animals.





14 comments:

Jackie said...

Oh my Joyce I do so remember so many antics when we were raising our five!

I must say the dog is a good sport!! I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend!

Hugs ♥

zongrik said...

not to stare at wild horses...interesting

Jim said...

Guess it works fine, Joyce. I experimented once to measure our dog's IQ's. The toy poodle, Katrin, was supposed to win over the beagle, Adi. I think she did.

The tests (2):
1. In plain sight of the dog, put the its biscut under a styrofom cup and see how long it takes the dog to get it out. Neither was very fast. The beagle was such a 'good' dog that she didn't want to mess with what ever I was playing with. She just looked and drooled.

2. Put a dish towel over the dog and see how long it takes for the dog to figure out how to get out from under it. The beagle won this contest.
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Vicky Charles said...

We don't really have science fairs in the UK which is a shame because that staring experiment looks like fun! I might just do it and pretend it's for a science fair...

Sandra Tyler said...

we're just embarking on science fair projects but glad now that we have a dog -- his curly locks may come in handy!

mail4rosey said...

These are great, and totally a riot! I like the "Are you watching me?" project...that's neat. :)

Langley Cornwell said...

What a fun post. I would love to see the dog's hair used for the fox on your kid's poster.

RACHEL TaoOfPoop said...

Fur, really? That is hilarious. You really can't make this stuff up! I think your dog should get an honorary degree.

stevebethere said...

LOL thanks for the laugh

I stared at a baboon once I really can't repeat what it did it involved something pinky/orange

Have a great week Joyce

shelly said...

Poor pups. I came home one day to find my daughters had dipped Sir Poops if red Jello water.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Ingrid Adriaansen said...

I want to try the staring experiment. LOL!

Michelle L said...

Ooh. I wouldn't stare at animals either, Joyce!! Thanks for the amusing anecdote of your dog's tail too! Thanks for sharing!

Masshole Mommy said...

That's a good idea for a school project and now I totally want to take a trip to the zoo and start staring down some of the animals to see how quick they react.

Binky said...

Best not to stare at people in the washroom, either.