The Beagle is a dog made famous by Santa Rosa, CA man Charles Shultz while drawing his cartoon “Peanuts”. The most fascinating about the Beagle in Peanuts is that he looks nothing like an actual beagle. This started a trend with just about every other cartoon beagle looking nothing like the actual dog. Surprisingly though, they do actually come in a black and white version.
Besides their cartoon depictions, Beagles are so popular that they even have their own verb: beagling. This is essentially short hand for chasing hare as prey. They did a lot of this way back when, and the original breeders even made other kinds of beagles to change up the hunts. This includes big beagles, fast beagles, lazy beagles, and pocket beagles. Eventually these breeds were dropped or turned into another dog, cause that’s how dog breeds work. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Beagles are also the number #1 dog when it comes to drug testing. Mostly because they don’t seem to give a crap about what you do to them. Beagles are very easy going and as a result are often used as working dogs to not intimidate those afraid of dogs. Kinda smart, as these guys are pretty cute.
Caitlyn shows off her only accent in her repertoire at length. Kyle mentions stuff that he already mentioned in other episodes. So I guess go listen to those episodes if you wanna hear them. Sorry about that.
Song is “I love My Beagle” by Grandbob.
We have another request! This week we talk about the Leonberger, the giant breed from Germany that was bred to look like another animal (probably). Which seems like a complicated solution to a simple problem. The guy who created this breed really loved large animals and was a great marketer, but didn’t live long enough to see the breed truly come into their own.
As with most dogs, especially German dogs, the two World Wars took a toll on their numbers. They’ve made a comeback recently and their numbers are increasing across Europe and America. Did you see our Facebook post recently? If you did, you know these guys are the Tom Cruise of the dog world and do their own stunts. They jump out of helicopters and save people who have no business swimming!
Outro song is Take Me Higher by Leon Berger.
This week we discuss the Shar Pei! For our second Lunar New Year dog, we’re giving you another dog from China that almost went extinct during the Communist Revolution. They’re super distinct with their rolls and hippopotamus features, which I’m sure was extra fun for Kevin to draw this week. We also talk about the best event to take place all year: The Puppy Bowl! Kyle gives a pretty good run down of events, which you won’t want to miss.
Outro song is Forgetting We’re Growing Old (The Shar Pei Song) by Daniel Hainault.
Happy Year of the Dog! For the Lunar New Year, we’ll be doing a series on Asian dogs and the first week is all about the Shih Tzu. We tackle the question of what is a Shih Tzu? So many names for such a small dog. You’ll be surprised to know that the dog is not pronounced “Shit Zoo”, as we all think it is, but pretty much exactly how it’s spelled.
This episode has eunuchs, lions, casual racism and a ridiculous pronunciation guide. Kyle and Caitlyn also learned new medical terminology, and think it would be a great band name. What is it, you ask? You’ll just have to listen!
Outro song is The Shih Tzu Song by Backyard Haircuts.
Weimaraners, why are you a dog?! This week Caitlyn will drive you crazy with the pronunciation of the breed’s name, and also starts out with a quick fact about Boxers she completely forgot to talk about in the actual Boxer episode (sorry about that). Kyle reads some listener mail at the top of the episode.
Weimaraners have a very distinct coat and color, which comes with a couple of cool nicknames. They also have a fascinating history when it comes to the development and dissemination of the breed throughout Germany and then eventually to the United States. Caitlyn and Kyle also make a very convincing pitch for Brad Pitt to be on the show, so if anyone knows his agent please be sure to get them in contact with us.
Outro song is “Little Grey Ghost” by Mik Henderson.
Pomeranians, why are you a dog? Caitlyn and Kyle discuss the inevitable royal history of the Pomeranians (you knew it was coming!), marvel at how many color combinations they have, and joke about how they’re bringing the entire dog economy down.
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Outro song is Pom Pom Get a Pom by Nancy Simmonds off her album Musical Tails, 2nd Litter.
Pugs, why are you a dog?! This week, Caitlyn helps Kyle unravel the royal history of the Pug, which includes espionage and dog-sized pantaloons. Pugs are our first brachycephalic dog, and Caitlyn runs through the laundry list of health concerns pugs have (It’s a long, loooooong list), and talk about the most famous pug on the internet. She also helps change Kyle’s mind on why pugs are actually pretty cool dogs.
Caitlyn and Kyle also challenge listeners to an art contest, where they briefly (and poorly) describe Caitlyn’s dog Willie and ask for art submissions on what listeners think he looks like. All of their personal friends who have seen Willie are excluded from this contest, which means they probably won’t have any submissions. Assuming there are any submissions, winners will be revealed on Episode 15 and the prize of warm and fuzzy feelings will be awarded.
Outro song is Pug Song from the Super Delux YouTube channel.
*Corrections from episode 1 have been received and will be aired in episode 3. Keep your comments and correction coming in!*