The Japanese Akita, or as it’s known in the United States, the Akita, is a very storied dog. Like many of the dogs in East Asia, they have a very long history. The strangest part about that history has to be that Helen Keller is a huge reason they came state side. Yes, that Helen Keller’s favorite dog was the Akita. Because of this, the dog actually has some variations from American and Japanese. The Japanese version looks more like the Shiba Inu and the American one has more of a bear head.
The greatest claim to fame that the Akita has is the story of Hachiko. This story has been retold several times, but this is the true and real one. He’s the dog where his owner rode the train to work, and passed away before returning. This prompted Hachiko to return to the station for 9 years until his own death, awaiting his master to come back from work. There’s two movies made about this, and the story is referenced all over the place.
Kyle learns that Caitlyn doesn’t have a soul, in that she didn’t think the Futurama reference to Hachiko was very sad. The two also talk about how if they made a Hachiko movie, what it might be like instead of the real movie.
Song is “Like Falling Snow” by Suara.
The Airedale terrier is, surprisingly, a very interesting dog. These dogs seem to be everywhere you look. Their origin is essentially being several different dogs bread together until someone said, “Oh yeah, that’s neat.” As far as Terriers, besides the Giant Schnauzer, they’re usually known for being much smaller dogs. But these boys are pretty big, and some folks in their past even sought to make them bigger.
Like many other terriers, they start out chasing small rodents in holes, until they got mixed up with a bunch of other dogs and formed what we see now. Then somehow they became war dogs. Yeah, these friendly looking guys fought in wars. But to just limit them to that would be a disservice, as far as other dog jobs, they seemed to have done them all. Some folks would even say they did them better than any dog.
In this episode, Kyle and Caitlyn talk about how a dog breed is solidified. We also ponder whether anyone went to Harvard for a Creative Writing degree. Caitlyn also takes a minute to warm up to the jokes in this episode.
The song for this week is “Terriers” from the show Kids in the Hall.
German Shepherds, I don’t think we have to ask why you’re a dog. They’re almost ubiquitous with the whole idea of dogs. Seriously, you see a dog doing an actual honest to goodness job, making a living, it’s more than likely going to be a German Shepherd. Also, some of the more famous dog actors are German Shepherds. They also enlist in the military, work on the police force, and even take long stints as personal tour guides. They’re not really good at guiding though, go check out the Labrador episode for that though.
Unlike some other dogs, this one actually is from the country of origin that is given in it’s namesake. I’m looking at you so-called “Australian Shepherd”. Although in the scheme of history, they haven’t been around too long, they’ve certainly made an impact on it. Although burdened with the world wars, they somehow remained popular, and are one of the most popular dogs around (at least in the United States.)
In this episode, the dog talkin’ duo get a little bit too Monday, so be prepared for extra comedy, and a lot of word issues. Kyle tries to retell a “humorous” story, and naturally forgets important things in the telling of. All in all, this was an episode. This episode was also requested (kinda. . . ) by Jane DS of twitch Justin.tv and Twitchin’ Kitchen fame, so thanks, Jane!
Outro song is “German Shepherd Dog Song” by Luke Farrugia. Probably. It was made for the German Shepherd dog tips group on Facebook, apparently.
This week’s episode on the history of Mastiffs is full of amazing names, and a whole lot of speculation. In case you don’t know, the Mastiff is one of the largest dogs around, and probably one of the oldest breeds. By that, we mean the history is completely uncertain and mostly unverified.
Kyle tries to get Caitlyn on board with the “correct” pronunciation of Newfoundland, which didn’t go over so well. Caitlyn and Kyle also workshop a pretty decent movie idea. Did you know dogs can get OCD*? Neither did we! Caitlyn is going to get better about posting artwork and pictures on Instagram as a New Year’s Resolution and Kyle is going to take over the show names portion of the show starting next week! Please leave a written comment and a rating on iTunes if you want to hear more listener mail and help us reach a wider audience. We appreciate all and any support we can get!
Outro song is “Amphibian Days” by Of Montreal. (Surprisingly, Death Metal bands, and Gangster Rappers love talking about this dog. Don’t worry, I spared you. You get a hippy song instead.)
*Not that kind of OCD, but you’ll have to listen to the episode to learn more.
Jindos, why are you a dog? This is WAYAD’s first truly Asian breed and we have now covered four of seven continents! If you’ve never heard of a Jindo, don’t worry. You’re in good company. Most people outside of Korea have never heard of them either, because they’ve very hard to find outside of the county.
This week, Caitlyn apologizes for being salty at the end of the last episode, and vows not to say any Korean words out of spite. It doesn’t actually work out that well for her. Kyle is in his element talking about Korea, and shares a really terrible, condensed version of the Korean people origin myth which is not to be missed if you want to be confused.
Outro song is Gee by Girl’s Generation.
Boxers, why are you a dog?! Contrary to what you think, Boxer dogs aren’t known for punching, nor for fighting in general. Some Boxer dogs punch, or sorta look like they are, but it’s not super common. They originally hunted the big bad boys of the animal kingdom: bears, boars, and deer (for good measure.)
This week during Dogtoberfest Kyle and Caitlyn make terrible sports jokes, and lament over the fate of some white boxers. We also walk through all of the health problems named after the Boxer itself. It’s a doozy.
There are a couple corrections at the top of the episode, and an amazing email from a listener about guardian breeds. Super informative; thank you Lisa! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and be sure to follow us on social media @whyareyouadog.
Outro song is (obviously) The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
Schnauzers, why are you a dog?! Happy (early) Dogtoberfest! Caitlyn and Kyle will be doing a new German dog every week starting this week and through the whole month of October.
This week is Schnauzers! They’re multipurpose, dog-of-all-jobs dogs who are true utility players. The only thing they can’t do is yarn crafts. It’s also a 3-for-1 episode since there are three sizes of Schnauzer and they all do different dog jobs. Learn about their heroics in WWI and WWII, as well as a dog that led to some celebrity violence, and enjoy a brand new segment on funny dog show names!
Outro song is You’re So Irresistible (Miniature Schnauzer) by Nancy Simmonds off her album Musical Tails, 2nd Litter. (Guys, we just really like Nancy Simmonds.)
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Poodles, why are you a dog?! Have you ever been curious about the purpose of a poodle? I mean, look at them, they look silly, right? Why did they ever cut their hair like that? Surprisingly, the history of the poodle is actually very versatile, and they have done just about everything.
In this episode, Caitlyn explains to Kyle why poodles have funny haircuts, uncovers their entertainment past, and speaks some really terrible German along the way. We also talk about an incredibly badass poodle named Moustache, as well as some surprising information about their military history.
Thank you to Kevin from The Miserable Hair People Show on Youtube who did our amazing original album artwork. Check out them out at Miserable Hair People Show.
Outro song is Let Me Play With Your Poodle by Tampa Red (1938).
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