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Dogs are pretty much the only animal I can think of that could come face-to-face with a strange creature 20 times their size and react by bouncing around for joy.
posted by fight or flight at 5:19 AM on April 24, 2013 [9 favorites]


New York's finest.
posted by longdaysjourney at 5:30 AM on April 24, 2013


Oh, a Frenchie is a type of dog. This post is a lot less randomly offensive than I first thought.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:31 AM on April 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


Dog and horse are cute. Context is disturbing.
posted by DU at 5:32 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah I definitely thought this was a sad joke about the protests going on in France right now. I prefer the reality.
posted by Lemurrhea at 5:33 AM on April 24, 2013


It's all fun and games until that puppy gets maced.
posted by The Whelk at 5:38 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awwwww. Sweet!

I wanted to see the horse start playfully bouncing around, too. :)
posted by zarq at 5:38 AM on April 24, 2013


Was kind of twee until the little girl tried to join in and got barged out of the way. Still doesn't detract from the fact that rats on strings are an abomination.
posted by epo at 5:47 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I wanted to see the horse start playfully bouncing around, too. :)

Did you see the humourless Horse Boss at the end? No playful bouncing allowed.
posted by panaceanot at 5:48 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


At least one person said not to let the dog act that way with all animals
posted by AllChildrenMatter at 6:00 AM on April 24, 2013




If you put clothes on your dog the state is probably unconcerned by you.
posted by pompomtom at 6:22 AM on April 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


Still doesn't detract from the fact that rats on strings are an abomination.

Hey now. Nothing wrong with a nice rat on a string.
posted by Huck500 at 6:26 AM on April 24, 2013


Despite all my rage
I am still just a rat on a stringggg


or something something
posted by RollingGreens at 6:30 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Despite all my bling
I am still just a rat on a string


I'll show myself out
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:33 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


My mom teaches 4th grade, and many years ago she had a class pet--a very ill-tempered rabbit named Smokey. This thing was pure evil, grew twice the size he should have, attacked everyone who came within 5 feet of him, and was an antagonistic pooper.

The only time he was ever happy was when the kids in the classroom would take him out on walks during recess (we had a specialized bunny leash and everything). The only time you could hold him without him going all kungfu bunny on you was actually when you were putting his harness on, because he knew that meant he could go run around outside.

Anyway, one day on a walk he chewed through his harness and ran off into the woods at the end of the playground and we never saw him again.

I share this story because I look at that rat on a string, and it all comes back so clearly. The only real difference I see between him and Smokey is the lack of bloodlust in the rat's eyes.
posted by phunniemee at 6:38 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


My Boston Terrier used to spin like that! I loved it when he got frustrated with the horse and went over and randomly shoved that kid.

But oh my god skip the gross ad. The puppy drinking out of the toilet was only the appetizer (so to speak).
posted by BibiRose at 6:53 AM on April 24, 2013


ChurchHatesTucker: "Despite all my bling
I am still just a rat on a string
"

♪ I've got my rat on a string.
I'm sitting on a rainbow.
Got the string around my finger.
What a world, what a life - he's in love ♫
posted by zarq at 8:08 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Dogs are pretty much the only animal I can think of that could come face-to-face with a strange creature 20 times their size and react by bouncing around for joy.

Dogs are also the only animals I can think of who are spooked by:

-A motorcycle with a rain cover on it
-Stacked up garbage bags
-A plastic bag blowing in a gentle breeze
-A butterfly
-Her waggy tail hitting an empty garbage can and making a THUMP sound
posted by griphus at 8:15 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Was that dog doing capoeira?
posted by Sys Rq at 8:16 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm not saying I would have enjoyed seeing the horse copy the dog's spin move, tossing the cop around, but I smiled a little while I thought about it.
posted by orme at 8:35 AM on April 24, 2013


> A plastic bag blowing in a gentle breeze

I've had to physically carry my dog past a plastic bag trapped on the ground on more than one occasion. The only other option is to allow him a good 5-10 minutes of cautious stalking, involving a great deal of creeping up and leaping back at the slightest sign of movement.
posted by Panjandrum at 9:02 AM on April 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


I can't tell if it's perspective or not but is that one of those bull terrier mixes with the GIANT HEADS?
posted by griphus at 9:05 AM on April 24, 2013


It's a French Bulldog. They are absolutely hilarious.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:14 AM on April 24, 2013


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posted by elizardbits at 9:26 AM on April 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


Er, I meant Panjandrum's dog.
posted by griphus at 10:03 AM on April 24, 2013


That dog's got some moves.
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:07 AM on April 24, 2013


Dalmatians have always had a special bond with horses (and vice versa) for some reason, which is why they became fire station mascots. (They used to keep the horses that pulled the wagons company and also warned sleeping firemen of approaching thieves.) I'm always cuted out to see dogs and horses interact in a friendly manner.
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:31 PM on April 24, 2013


Griphus, Reese is an ordinary sized and proportioned pitbull... so yeah, his head is like 90% of his body mass.
posted by Panjandrum at 1:24 PM on April 24, 2013


Aw, happy dog. But it is smaller than I thought! There's a gorgeous pit mix who lives in our neighborhood who looks like a damn bobblehead.
posted by griphus at 1:26 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ah, the French Bulldog, purpose bred for fighting toast.
posted by jamaro at 1:46 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


That is an exceptionally friendly and even tempered horse. It seems to like everybody.

Oh, and thanks to public I've just spent thirty minutes watching horses play with balls. So this thread is definitely a win-win situation.
posted by Kevin Street at 1:56 PM on April 24, 2013


Aw, happy dog. But it is smaller than I thought! There's a gorgeous pit mix who lives in our neighborhood who looks like a damn bobblehead.

There is a doberman+somethingorother around the block from me with a comically small head for his body size. When my dog was smaller he used to be afraid of him, but now that he's full grown (about 20lbs) he just trots on by, like "I know you'd like to eat me, but I can see how small your head is and I've done the math, so neener neener neener."
posted by phunniemee at 1:56 PM on April 24, 2013


Don't cops have to pass a yearly conditioning test? Or is it just really easy?
posted by Justinian at 2:31 PM on April 24, 2013


I have no real idea of course (never having been to NYC), but my guess is that being a horse cop is usually more about PR than performance. Police dogs and their handlers do lots of work, and both have to be fit. But the horse police are usually on patrol in parks, giving directions to tourists and the like. So maybe there's a greater emphasis put on their relationship to the animals, and less on their ability to do police duties. Even during demonstrations, the greatest challenge is to keep their animals calm and under control, not gallop after criminals.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:47 PM on April 24, 2013


What's the deal with that spin move? I've never seen a dog do that before. Is it particular to some breeds or have just not hung out with enough dogs?
posted by benito.strauss at 3:42 PM on April 24, 2013


My cattledog did the quick spin move all the time as part of his general Happy Dog Dance and also as a level 2 "come chase me" move toward other dogs if a play bow didn't receive an immediate response. My lab also does the spin move but only to people, not other dogs but the rate of his spin is much slower and generally involves knocking over at least one item of furniture.
posted by jamaro at 4:08 PM on April 24, 2013


My brother-in-law has a French Bulldog that acts EXACTLY like this.

That is an exceptionally friendly and even tempered horse. It seems to like everybody.

that appears to be an American Quarter Horse or some derivative thereof - he's one of the rangier "performance" types, not the classic "stock" type, but he's got the right head conformation and overall proportions. They are well known for being even-tempered. A good friend of mine when I was a teenager had a sorrel QH gelding that looked and acted nearly identical to this guy - one of the reasons this breed makes for such great kids' horses is that they are typically mellow bordering on catatonically lazy. And police horses in specific go through a boatload of training to desensitize them to pretty much anything you can imagine (dogs, bikes, fireworks, large flapping objects, crowds throwing stuff at them, being sprayed by hoses, etc...)

Quarter Horses are an extremely popular breed in the US and there are a lot of "mutts" out there. They are heavily represented in mounted law enforcement patrols owing to their temperament, size/build, intelligence and willingness to work. They're patrol horses for the same reasons that German Shepherds (or crosses) are well represented in K9 units; the breed fits the job description.

I would hazard a guess, based on this guy's demeanor and the way he is "faced" in the bridle that he might actually be a retired and/or burnt-out show horse; his consistently low head carriage with vertical facial profile and tendency to break back "behind" the bit anytime the cop touches his mouth leaving aside the part where that double bridle is incredible overkill for a horse that sensitive to bit contact, but it's likely regulation, so meh absolutely screams "Western Pleasure burnout case" to me.

spending a couple decades showing Quarter Horses hasn't biased me a bit.
posted by lonefrontranger at 5:05 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


My spaniel/poodle/who-knows-what-else mix girl does the spin jump when she wants something like food or to go outside. And it was not something I had any hand in - she came up with it all on her own. In a previous life, I think she was a circus dog.
posted by bluesapphires at 6:52 PM on April 24, 2013


Geordie and police horse are NOT friends.
posted by biffa at 9:21 AM on April 25, 2013


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