Google Dog

June 10, 2008 at 3:03 am 2 comments

This just in from the Sun:

Boris the bullmastiff is so big he can be seen from SPACE.

Seriously.  Boris was catptured relaxing in his garden by a Google Earth satellite.  This dog is so big that he  can be seen stretched out in his favorite position on the Google Maps website.

The massive mastiff lives with the Milner family who run the Tudor Grange Hotel in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.   

Fran Milner, 24, whose parents Bob and Carol run the hotel, said: “My brother-in-law was on the internet one day when he decided to look at a satellite picture of our hotel.

“He zoomed in a little way and noticed a big brown blob on the grass in front of the sundial.  “Then he realised it was Boris. He was in his favourite place. He loves lying there because it is a bit of a suntrap.  “We all had a look and couldn’t believe it. I knew he was big but didn’t think he was big enough to be seen from space.”

The satellites used to take the Google Earth images operate at an orbit of between 300 and 450 miles up in space.

According to the Daily Mail:

Boris is now considered a celebrity among guests who line up to have their picture taken with him.

 Boris looks like a beautiful dog but — puh-leez don’t try to beat his record for largest dog.  We adore huge dogs but, all too often health problems go along with enormous size.  According to Boris’ owners:

Although he can’t do much exercise he loves swimming in the sea. But for the moment he’s doing what he loves best which is lying by the sundial for hours on end.

Boris is only three years old.  If he’s already at a point where he can do little but swim and lie in the sun, his size may be impressive but his health most certainly is not.  Bigger is NOT better!


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  • 1. Audie's Gramma  |  June 10, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    The photo on the article shows a dog in good body condition — not obese. That’s great, and refreshing.

    Some of Boris’ lethargy is probably attributable to the brachycephalic (short-nosed) structure that is deliberately selected for in the bullmastiff, among other breeds. These dogs have difficulty breathing, especially in the heat, and great difficulty cooling their bodies by panting. (Boris is not a very extreme example of this morphology.)

    Every morphological or behavioral exaggeration that humans impose on dogs comes with a biological price, and it’s the individual dog that pays that price, whether it’s a shivering Chihuahua, a hock-walking show German shepherd, or an obsessive border collie staring at a tennis ball 24/7.

    The healthiest physical structure for a dog is roughly something that resembles a 30-60 pound wolf or coyote in its basic frame. The healthiest mental structure is the one that fits best into the dog’s social environment. (The obsessive border collie is only a sink of unhappiness when deprived of an appropriate work outlet for all those urges.)

    Still, kind of cool to be visible from space.

    I’ve made out livestock (cows and llamas) standing in a field on Google Earth, by their long shadows. At my old house, you could see my canoe, each car identifiable by color, the 4′ x 16′ garden beds, and even the green patch of early salad greens at one end of a bed. But my dogs are of more ‘umble proportions than Boris.

  • 2. jan  |  June 11, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Good advice. People were actually feeding their dogs lead weights to get into the Guinness book. Bigger is not better.

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