Monday, March 24, 2008

Praying Dog

This is probably supposed to be one of those cute animal stories they shoehorn into the end of the six o'clock news to cleanse the palate of all the sex and war, but I think there's something a little more interesting going on here. Conan, a one and a half year old Chihuahua in Naha, Japan, has taken to mimicking his master's prayers at the local Buddhist temple. Before his morning and evening meals, the adorable little pooch stands up on his hind legs and puts his front paws together at the altar. Of course, this story turns from sweet to creepy when you realize that this kind of blind pantomime is precisely how children grow up to mirror their parents' religion. Still, little Conan is far cuter than any drowsy, drooling kid in a pew. More details here.

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