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Saturday, February 07, 2009


Those of you who have followed our activities for any length of time will know that in November 2004 I went to Texas with my then girlfriend to investigate the reports that a strange, bald, blue-coloured canid had been shot near San Antonio.

Now, Naomi West, one of our Texas correspondents who is, by the way, currently visiting San Antonio with her husband Ritchie on another CFZ related mission, has sent us the following piece of film which does seem to show one of these strange canids alive and running along merrily in front of a police car.You can view the film


If this is what it appears to be then it is highly important. The claims are that these animals are nothing more than coyotes suffering from sarcoptic mange. We have taken professional advice, and not only does it seem unlikely that sarcoptic mange would turn the animal's skin blue, but if an animal was THAT badly riddled it would hardly be able to walk, let alone bounce along as merrily as a grig like the animal in this film.

The story continues..


Little Weasel said...

Looks like a Mexican or Peruvian Hairless Dog.



Jon Downes said...

LANETTE WRITES: As for the "blue" dogs

There is more than one variety of mange. Many dogs/coyotes have dark skin which may account for the "blue" hue.

I cannot say I agree with the hairless dog idea, many hairless dog breed with throw pups with hair as with the Chinese Cresteds...... I have one myself, but I have what is called the powder puff variety which means it has hair all over. If you mix a hairless dog with one that has hair your normally going to get a dog with hair. Even your dog breeds with white hair have dark skin.

Also about the fact that the back legs are longer. Many breeds of dogs have a longer rear end, look at grey hounds. These dogs are for running and if you look at many of your cat breeds in the wild the hind legs are long, and if you soaked down a wolf or coyote your going to see longer back legs. This looks like this due to the way the animals are built and your "hunters" do need to back legs to start the running process properly. Hell my crested looks like that soaking wet. *grin* of course he soooo loves his baths, and my cat looks the same way after her bath also.

Am watching the Monsterquest Marathon as I type this *grin*, and as much as I would love to prove some of these things I must be realistic and share what knowledge I do have.
Many dogs/others, once total hair loss happens get a build up of thick skin, these animals are sick and have issues which is why they may prey in areas they normally would not, such as peoples pets, they are not quite well enough to hunt in the wild and look for easier pickings.

Thanks, Lanette

Lanette L. Baker, Director
The Sikeston Area Humane Society