My feline furriend Wabby from Scratchings and Sniffings sent me this question in an email:
“Mom is out visiting the prairie dogs – although, I’ve seen them and they don’t look at all like dogs, so…why are they called that?”
Good question Wabby. Seems that prairie dogs are rodents, not dogs. Why are they called dogs then?
Well, I checked Wikipedia, and they say it’s because these critters that are a type of ground squirrel are “named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog’s bark”.
Now one of my best Twitter pals is a Rodent of Unusual Size, so I have come to accept that rodents can be decent critters. Still yet, a barking rodent is not exactly somethin’ a cat likes to ponder.
The fact that Wabby’s human was out visiting these varmints is doubly troublesome.
I am thinkin’ an intervention is in order. What do you think?