Natural Selection, Beagles Style

barks between beagles, beaverdamusa.com“Have you seen what the cat’s doing?”

“Yep. She’s eyeing that bird’s nest in the cedar tree.”

“I’d like to see her get her eyeballs pecked out. That’s what I’d like to see.”

“Well that’s not very nice.”

“That bird never did anything to her.”

“Yeah, I know. But you’ve got to admit that building a nest 4 feet off the ground isn’t the smartest thing for a bird to do.”

“You know what you call that?”

“What?”

“Natural selection.”

“What’s that?”

“Don’t you know anything? That means that the smarter and more adaptive animals within a species survive while the less adaptive animals perish. It’s a form of evolution.”

“You’re making that up. We’re talking about a bird’s nest here.”

“Charles Darwin explained it in On the Origin of the Species, which he published in 1859.”

“Oh, my goodness! Here comes Miss Smarty Pants again.”

“Look it up.”

“Okay, I will. And while I’m doing that, I have a suggestion on what you should do.”

“What’s that?”

“Guard our water bowl, because the cat is about to go over there and drink the last drop.”

“Hey! Leave our water alone!”

“One minute she’s quoting Darwin. The next minute, she’s yelling at a cat. Natural selection my foot.”

About Ginger & MaryAnn

Ginger and MaryAnn are two sister-beagles of a certain age who blog each Tuesday about their life. Mostly, they eat, sleep and blog. Occasionally, they're tormented by MacGyver, a good-for-nothing alley cat. They're dogs, after all, so their attention spans are...

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