Ask a Terrier: Budleigh Goes All Scatolog-ICK-al!
Scientists in New Zealand have found a working USB memory stick filled with someone’s vacation photos and videos frozen in a slab of leopard seal poop deposited on a beach.
I don’t know what to do with this story, but I can’t unread it.
Can you help sort it out?
Thanks! Closing My Eyes Just Makes It Worse, Boston, MA
While I sympathize with your trauma, as a dog I just can’t relate. Giants are so reticent to discuss poop. Until they get old. Then that’s all they talk about.
Not so with dogs. Poop is our CNN. It’s how we stay informed. It’s our primary topic of discussion along with anything rodent related and the films of Woody Allen. (He’s a genius!)
It’s a mystery how a memory stick would end up in a leopard seal’s poop. Also a mystery: What is a leopard seal? Is it a rodent? I’ll bet it’s a rodent!
My Giant Intern Per Se explains that a leopard seal, or Hydrurga Leptonyx (Latin for “I ate a what, now?”) is Antarctica’s second largest seal species with access to a laptop.
After removing the memory stick from the poop– or “scat” as scientists call it, which isn’t much of an improvement– researchers carefully washed off all the good smelling stuff. On the remarkably well-preserved drive they found the vacationers’ photos of seal pups and a video shot from a kayak.
Unfortunately, there were no videos of the leopard seal “scatting” out the drive, which would have been interesting. But Per Se assures me that capability requires a far more advanced digestive system. Still, imagine how cool!
Out of scientific curiosity and a supreme confidence that dogs are better than leopard seals, I brought this incident to the attention of the dog park, posing the question, “What have you ‘scatted’ of interest?”
LABRADOODLE: “Recently, or…?”
CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL: “A paycheck. I don’t know what that is or how it got there. Just don’t do it!”
BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG: “Once, I scatted a mountaineer. He’d been missing for a week!”
DACHSHUND: “Really? A mountaineer? You’re sure?”
BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG: “Wait! Not scatted. Rescued!”
ROTTWEILER: “Ohhhh! See, that word ‘scat’ confused me, too. And I’m huge!”
MIXED BREED: “So ‘scat’ isn’t a thing where they’d send me back to the shelter?”
DACHSHUND: “No, you’re good.”
MIXED BREED: “Cuz’ I’m not goin’ back! Can’t do it! Done my time!”
ROTTWEILER: “Easy, buddy! Listen, I’ve heard your Giant call you a Good Dog. They don’t just say that. You’re golden!”
MIXED BREED: “You’re sure? I…I gotta get some air!”
DACHSHUND: “You’re outside. There’s nothing but air.”
BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG: “And scat!”
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER: “Yeah, about that. What’s with leopard seals? Why’s their scat getting them such publicity?”
All ponder. Mixed Breed hyperventilates.
LABRADOODLE: “Maybe Woody’s casting them in a movie?”
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER: “Typical! Pushy, Hollywood rodents!”