Sunday, December 26, 2010
Many people are not aware that the Boston terrier is a hibernatory animal.
It goes to sleep in mid-December and wakes only to eat, tussle, tear stuff up and do its business until the weather warms again in April.
Its gentle rolling snore may be heard in many households across the world.
The Boston terrier seeks out the softest habitat it can find. It is attracted to down and fleece, for it seeks warmth above all else.
However, it may sometimes be found positioning itself over furnace registers or next to space heaters, much the way Florida manatees gather at power plant outflow vents for life-sustaining heat.
Please turn it up to High.
Its underparts are very sparsely furred, such that the skin may be seen right through its hair. It hates coming into contact with snow especially.
An unusual and somewhat unexpected adaptation to heat-seeking in the Boston terrier is tool-using. In this behavior, the animal creates a sandwich of two or more beds, and instead of sleeping atop it, crawls in between the layers. This allows the animal to get up and stretch or get a drink of water and cover itself back up without waking its caretaker. That is a maladaptive behavior, and the Boston terrier innovates in order to avoid it.
This behavior and configuration of bedding is called Dogburger.
From mid-December on, only small bits of the hibernating animal are usually seen.
In response to hearing its name, the Boston terrier may briefly expose its kissable bits, but they are quickly withdrawn back into Dogburger, lest they lose heat.