Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Great Arnold's Ghost

WendyThose of you who frequent my blog have every reason to suspect I doctored this photograph of a whippet. Hey, I've done it before. But in fact this is a real live whippet-- yes, the wirey little guys.

On my word of honor, Wendy is the real deal according to the Times Colonist. It seems that the protein myostatin limits muscular development in humans and a variety of animals, and Wendy basically has none. Zippo. A less severe form of her genetic mutation, where the dogs produce very limited amounts of myostatin, is relatively common among the top-performing racing whippets.

It's a relief that Pappy has plenty of myostatin. I don't need him kicking sand in my face and demanding treats.

6 comments:

Stella and Annie said...

Yuck...we prefer skinny guys to that! That poor dog looks very unhappy.

Charlie said...

Wendy has muscles on her muscles! I'd definitely let her be the alpha!!
- Charlie

Oscar Airedale said...

Eeek, that's really weird. Poor Wendy, she doesn't look to happy or comfortable.

Licks
Oscar x

Pappy's Fella said...

The way I look at it, if a fat dog can be happy then Wendy certainly can be happy with a little extra mass. She just looks...odd. She's got a bit of this gestalt going on.

3dogcache said...

Hmm, gestalt thing is right. And I don't think she is fat, just ultra muscular. An Arnold of the dog world.

Enjoy, 3dogs

Frasypoo said...

Oh man!!!
I'd be sacred to meet that guy in a dark alley!
Poor dog!