…the Cat That Had a Brain?


Do animals have a sense of humor?  I think some of our dogs have had one based on some of the games that they’d play with us.  Of course, perhaps they didn’t think it was funny….they may have just thought it was fun.  But think about it for a moment…what do you think?

Mr. Ed had a sense of humor.  He’d laugh at Wilbur all the time.  (Well, OK, he was on TV and we shouldn’t believe everything we see on TV I guess.)

It seems that some of our boxers have liked to play ‘keep-away’ and they had great fun trying to keep us from getting something they had – like a child’s sock hanging out of their mouth.  They’d run round and round about the sofa that was set in front of the TV and when we’d stop, they’d stop on the other side and just look at us, little tails wagging their whole rear end!  It sure looked like they thought it was both fun and funny!

Lest you be mistaken about today’s picture, the dog is laughing because I told it a joke about a cat that thought it was smarter than the world’s dumbest dog.  Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny, too.  I mean, the sheer impossibility of such a thing makes it funny!!

Oh…and just to set your mind at ease…it was very cool and this car and dog were in the shade…no overheating was even possible given the conditions!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1850, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, died suddenly from an attack of cholera morbus. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.

Raised in Kentucky with little formal schooling, Zachary Taylor received a U.S. Army commission in 1808. He became a captain in 1810 and was promoted to major during the War of 1812 in recognition of his defense of Fort Harrison against attack by Shawnee chief Tecumseh. In 1832, he became a colonel and served in the Black Hawk War and in the campaigns against the Seminole Indians in Florida, winning the nickname of “Old Rough and Ready” for his informal attire and indifference to physical adversity.

Sent to the Southwest to command the U.S. Army at the Texas border, Taylor crossed the Rio Grande with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War in 1846. In May, Taylor defeated the Mexicans at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, and in September he captured the city of Monterrey. In February 1847, he achieved his crowning military victory at the Battle of Buena Vista, where his force triumphed despite being outnumbered three to one. This victory firmly established Taylor as a popular hero, and in 1848, despite his lack of a clear political platform, he was nominated the Whig presidential candidate.

Elected in November, Taylor soon fell under the influence of William H. Seward, a powerful Whig senator, and in 1849 he supported the Wilmot Proviso, which would exclude slavery from all the territory acquired as a result of the Mexican War. His inflexible responses to Southern criticisms of this policy aggravated the nation’s North-South conflict and revealed his political inexperience. Matters were at a stalemate when he died suddenly on July 9, 1850.



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