THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GROUNDHOGS AND DOGS

Tomorrow, February 2, is Groundhog’s Day – a holiday of sorts that is unique to the US and Canada.

Since this is a dog blog, we wanted to see what dogs and groundhogs have in common.

Ground hog

Ground hog

Dog

Dog

A groundhog is a large sciurid*.  Dogs don’t know what that is – hopefully something to eat.

Groundhogs like to eat alfalfa.  Dogs? Are you kidding?

Groundhogs are well adapted for digging with short, but powerful, limbs and curved, thick claws. Dog also dig – bones, prized plants and anything that smells good to them and yucky to you.

Groundhogs prefer open country. So do many dogs. That’s especially true of the sporting and herding breeds.

collie running

Groundhogs are often hunted for sport. They have many predators that include wolves, cougars, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bears, eagles and … dogs.

Groundhogs are territorial. Dogs can be as well. Just ask the mailman. beware dog

Groundhogs are accomplished swimmers. As are many dogs.

Leia in pool

Groundhogs are excellent burrowers, making dens underground. Dogs also burrow—under pillows, bed spreads and their owners’ clothing.

Groundhogs hibernate from October to March or April. Dogs don’t hibernate in the winter. They sleep about 20 hours a day, no matter what season it is.

Groundhogs are fastidious. They lick their paws to clean their faces. Dogs lick themselves too, but they usually zero in on other body parts.

The legend goes that if on February 2 a groundhog sees his shadow, we can expect six more weeks of winter.

Dogs don’t care if it’s February 2.  But if awakened from a sound sleep by a man in a strange-looking hat, they might very well agree with the groundhog and bite him on the ear.

Jimmy the groundhog chews a Wisconsin mayor's ear regarding the arrival of Spring.

Jimmy the groundhog chews a Wisconsin mayor’s ear regarding the arrival of spring.

 

 

 

 

*Sciurid: rodent

 

 

 

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One thought on “THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GROUNDHOGS AND DOGS

  1. Hi Lin, Thanks for the post. I hope that you and the family have a fun groundhog day, and that the rest of winter is short and sweet. I’m just back from 2 weeks in FL. We had some sunny warm weather, lots of rain, some cool weather and a couple of nearby tornadoes, but in all, a good trip.Hugs to all!

    On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 7:53 AM, Mutts Happening Now wrote:

    > Mutts Happening Now posted: “Tomorrow, February 2, is Groundhog’s Day – a > holiday of sorts that is unique to the US and Canada. Since this is a dog > blog, we wanted to see what dogs and groundhogs have in common. A groundhog > is a large sciurid*. Dogs don’t know what tha” >

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