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July 31, 2012 7:53 AM   Subscribe

Hammie the French Bulldog chases a laser pointer.
posted by griphus (41 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
December 26 is Zelda Day. I nominate July 30 as Funny Animal Day!
posted by JHarris at 7:55 AM on July 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


I bet the downstairs neighbor loves this trick...

Hammie is now, after an awakening, a French Lion.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:56 AM on July 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


The youtube video is captioned, "A medley of Hammie doing her favorite indoor activity"

Those are some rather prominent testicles on Ms. Hammie.
posted by zarq at 7:58 AM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jealous much?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:00 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


She's cuter than I am, I'll admit.....
posted by zarq at 8:00 AM on July 31, 2012


LEETLE GALLOPING FEETS
posted by elizardbits at 8:01 AM on July 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'm no veterinarian, but I don't think those are balls, zarq. Dog balls have a lot more swing.
posted by griphus at 8:02 AM on July 31, 2012


Dude could use a vacuum.
posted by brand-gnu at 8:03 AM on July 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


That is definitely a girl dog.
posted by elizardbits at 8:04 AM on July 31, 2012


griphus: "I'm no veterinarian, but I don't think those are balls, zarq. Dog balls have a lot more swing."

elizardbits: "That is definitely a girl dog."

Really? But then what am I looking... nevermind.

Have never owned a male dog, so I'm gonna take your word(s) for it and not go all "DOGGY BITS CSI!" on the vid. Suffice it to say I would have apparently failed canine bio 101.
posted by zarq at 8:06 AM on July 31, 2012


zarq it is time to admit you have a problem. We're all your friends here. Go ahead.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:08 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Dog balls have a lot more swing.

There's no ding-a-ling if they ain't got that swing.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:10 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Pffft. A cat would have caught the red dot.
posted by Tomorrowful at 8:12 AM on July 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


Maybe she just likes wearing neuticles. Let's not be so quick to be gender normative!
posted by Burhanistan at 8:14 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I wonder how many cats Skitter can carry.
posted by DreamerFi at 8:16 AM on July 31, 2012


Oh god, save the speaker!
posted by humboldt32 at 8:26 AM on July 31, 2012


That dog sure runs at some tilt. I had a vision of it braining itself on the table edge.
posted by Jehan at 8:31 AM on July 31, 2012


Dog balls have a lot more swing.

The More You Know ☆彡
posted by Think_Long at 8:38 AM on July 31, 2012 [10 favorites]


I like the dual turntable setup, but am wondering whether he has to contend with scary static zaps, what with chasing his dog around a carpeted floor wearing socks.

Go dog go!

posted by obscurator at 8:38 AM on July 31, 2012


Adorable, and yes that is a girl dog.
posted by MrBobaFett at 9:43 AM on July 31, 2012


I'm not sure what it says about me that my thought process during the video was: "Aw, Hammie, snuffle, chasin' the las................................DUDE YOU NEED TO DECOUPLE THOSE SPEAKERS DUDE C'MON! So cute, snort.............NO REALLY, ISOLATE THOSE SPEAKERS RIGHT NOW YOU'LL THANK ME LATER."
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:50 AM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


That dog sure runs at some tilt. I had a vision of it braining itself on the table edge.

Luckily french bulldogs are 25% skull bone by volume.
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:04 AM on July 31, 2012


So: like a cat but noisier and nowhere near as cute.
posted by Decani at 10:07 AM on July 31, 2012


baby walrus
posted by stbalbach at 10:10 AM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


nowhere near as cute

hi you're wrong

ok bie
posted by elizardbits at 10:13 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also, French Bulldogs? Man, they're so.... French. You want an English bulldog. You want a bulldog that looks like an ugly old barrel-chested streetfighter run to seed, and who sounds like an asthmatic breathing chlorine, but who'd still happily tear your throat out if he could reach.
posted by Decani at 10:14 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Isn't laser pointer teasing really bad for dogs' psyche if you don't end up giving them a reward every so often?

/spoilsport
posted by porpoise at 10:27 AM on July 31, 2012


Had a westie that loved to chase the laser pointer... I found this out when I was playing with the cats one day. The big difference was that the cats were smart enough / apathetic enough to not care once I stopped... The westie would search the house for HOURS for the red dot... Nose down to the ground, sniffing everywhere, DETERMINED to find it.

I felt really guilty when it went on like hour 4 or so.
posted by MysticMCJ at 10:43 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hmm, that's suspiciously like my dog. The one that weighs 80 pounds and still goes after the laser pointer with gusto. The cats, unfortunately, don't enjoy the laser pointer as much now that we have this "new" dog...
posted by wierdo at 11:51 AM on July 31, 2012


I so wanted to get a laser pointed for our Frenchie, but my partner thought it would be a complete waste of money. Wait till I show him this!

So: like a cat but noisier and nowhere near as cute.

PISTOLS AT DAWN.
posted by peripathetic at 11:51 AM on July 31, 2012


DUDE YOU NEED TO DECOUPLE THOSE SPEAKERS DUDE

They're sitting on carpet, there's already a layer of foam between them and the subfloor...
posted by flaterik at 1:08 PM on July 31, 2012


My pug would keep searching for the red dot for easily 15 or 20 minutes afterward. One thing that worked was to let them watch while red dot slowly went up the wall up to the ceiling. At that point, she kinda figured it was out of reach when it disappeared, so she wouldn't continue searching for it.
posted by chimaera at 1:49 PM on July 31, 2012


My parent's Brittany was MAD for the laser pointer. We first tried it when she was a puppy, quickly realizing that she became obsessive. She wouldn't search for it-- she would just stare. If she knew that you had a laser pointer, she would follow you around as if you were filled with über-treats. She would go on point if she thought you were about to get it out... and just shake. It wasn't long before her obsession translated to flashlights, reflections off mirrors or glass... absolutely anything that emitted or reflected light, and might possibly move. Same for anything that looked vaguely like a laser pointer-- batteries were the big one. Pens if we held them like laser pointers.

We couldn't decide whether she enjoyed chasing the pointer or if it caused her more anxiety than enjoyment. We settled on anxiety.

Poor thing is 14 now, and still just as obsessed, despite my family's efforts to keep reflections and flashlights out of sight. She chewed on very few things that she wasn't supposed to, but to this day I still chuckle to myself when I pull out the flashlight out of my car glovebox and it's covered in teeth-marks.
posted by supercres at 3:55 PM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love this, which was pretty much guaranteed before I clicked on it, but I'm commenting about the apartment. Excepting the laser pointer itself, nothing in the video of that apartment would have looked out of place in 1980. It's just a side effect of their vinyl fondness and plain living, but it looks pretty neat.
posted by Countess Elena at 4:02 PM on July 31, 2012


Cute dog, but I'm kind of surprised to see that this made it onto the blue.
posted by gohabsgo at 5:19 PM on July 31, 2012


supercres - Brittany might benefit from retraining; pull out the laser pointer again, and use it to lead her to treats whereupon you turn the pointer off. Repeat intermittently.
posted by porpoise at 6:34 PM on July 31, 2012


Hah, that could be my apartment that I posted an AskMe about today. The Ikea EXPEDIT shelving line is the best record storage invention of the past 20 years.
posted by rhizome at 11:54 PM on July 31, 2012


porpoise: not only is she so elderly that we worry about her hurting herself running after the pointer, but I know for a fact that she will ignore treats (and basically anything else) when it's laser-time. Sigh. Thanks though.
posted by supercres at 5:33 AM on August 1, 2012


[The speakers are] sitting on carpet, there's already a layer of foam between them and the subfloor...

Whew, that's a load off my mind. I was so distracted by Hammie that I didn't look closely and thought that was just a thin rug. Plus my own house has floor joists made of Slinkys and dogs with far more battering-ram potential than a Frenchie, so I guess I was projecting.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:08 AM on August 1, 2012


The big difference was that the cats were smart enough / apathetic enough to not care once I stopped... The westie would search the house for HOURS for the red dot... Nose down to the ground, sniffing everywhere, DETERMINED to find it.

This is because canines possess gray matter in quantities sufficient to form memories.
posted by mistersquid at 9:49 PM on August 1, 2012


Bentley the Bulldog Puppy is fussy
posted by homunculus at 10:33 AM on August 23, 2012


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