People who know me well know that I have it in for Yorkshire Terriers.
According to a commentator for the Westminster Dog Show, they are the 2nd most registered breed in the country. Learning that was a big blow to my anti-Yorkie campaign, and I was only consoled by the fact that labs are in their 25th straight year of being #1.
Why do I hate Yorkies? Well, besides the fact that they're yappy and usually have stringy hair (or it takes constant care) and always have this "I'm-a-little-princess-so-you-owe-me" attitude, I'm not sure. But I think some of it has to do with the comic strip Grand Avenue, which will occasionally run a series with a pair of Evil Yorkies looking out a window. Above is one example. And I didn't make up the phrase "Evil Yorkies;" it comes from the strip.
Is it wrong to dislike dogs because of a comic strip? It's probably not an opinion completely grounded in reality, but we don't blame people for basing political opinions on what they read in the newspaper, so why should opinions about dogs be any different? Besides, the author of Marley and Me admits that he wanted a lab because of how they were depicted in "The Far Side," so I can't be all that wrong!
I promise a more serious post coming up in the future...