Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Biggles may still be a puppy (and will be for another eighteen months or so yet) but he is quite a large hound now, and has found that the easiest way to get around the CFZ grounds is to jump over things.

Unfortunately, he has also found that chickens make satisfyingly stupid noises if he rushes at the coop and barks, and so new defences have to be but up in order to ensure that he stays in the main part of the garden, and doesn't venture up towards the animal enclosures and museum.

Here, he watches Graham as the new anti-doggie defences are erected...

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

It's time that Biggles got a job. If he likes to jump, maybe he should do some agility training. Border collies are such intelligent dogs that they need lots of mental stimulation to be happy.

In the US, herding dogs are required to herd ducks, so he's just acting on his instinctive predatory motor patterns.

There's a good change that he won't settle down as he matures. I've seen these dogs remain very active and a little eccentric well into their teens.

But that's the price for having a canine super genius at home, like Rico:


In fact, these dogs are being studied for their cognitive skills in Austria.