Rick came home yesterday after work. The roof was at this stage when he arrived home...
He put up yet more sheets of green metal and the result is the roof is now at this point!
Next on the agenda after he "metals" the half roof section fully, is the spacing and strapping of these roof trusses. The second half of the Parking Building roof.
Decided to check out me corn cobs in the veg garden yesterday eve whilst Rick did metal (let me be close by to help steady and lift up the sheets as he needed them)...there is no hope in heck that the corn cobs are gonna grow much more...too many cold nights have browned up the green of the corn.
Cute, cute, cute! Baby corns!
Next year shall hafta plant the corn sooner...but kinda neat to have some baby cobs, no less! I know I buy canned baby corns for Chinese food cooking...see later if we have enough of these hilarious young corns to do a stir fry and gobble them up that way!
Lookit them BRATS! Stampeding INTO the Veg garden...totally bratsters!
I said, "STOP, shoo shoo and get out von puppers!"
Lookit the broken hearts, the face on Lacy ("me thought it was OK to stampede in here?"),
the pondering tilted head on the Emmest...("What? you don't wuv us puppers??")
Dang it all...can't win fer losing...sigh!
"OK you BRATS...here are some romaine lettuce stems (big thick ones) for you to chaw on..." All is once again OK in Pear-a-Dice
Good GACK...they have no concept if you crush the produce before it gets harvested, it is not so nice. Oh well...jest a stoopid Village Idiot's garden, eh.
So here y'all go...another question, a riddle fer yah...I'll ask it now and give you the goods that you can use to answer it correctly.
Today being that it is FlyDay...gonna plunge y'all into some colour genetics learnin' so you can ALL answer this question I ask correctly...DD, you'll have the goods like everyone else will so you stand jest as good a chance as all will that read and pay attention to what I post here and now, eh!
Emmy is a BLUE, BLACK AND TAN Australian Cattle Dog...that is what the Standard for this breed says her variety is.
What colour would Emmy be if her hair could not express the colour black?
"What you lookin' at...take a picture (oh you are) and quit staring at moi!"
Here are some excerpts I've written...some crapola outta my tickle-trunk of canine colour teachins...
Yeh yeh...y'all can screw up yer face, squidgy the eyeballs and suck it up Buttercup...yer gonna learn if it pains me to do that...
Here yah go..."READ IT," I say!
Canine Colour Genetics Primer:
To understand canine colour genetics, we must discuss how colour is decided. Genes instruct the hair follicles with hormones to produce pigments. Melanocytes are cells that produce pigment. Melanin is pigment we see visually in the dog’s hair coat.
There are three variations of colour displayed in canines (dogs):
1) Phaeomelanin = Red (cream->yellow->tan->red).
2) Eumelanin = black (brown->grey->blue->black).
3) No melanin/pigment = White is the absence of pigment.
A hair follicle may express both phaeomelanin and eumlanin or no pigment at all in varying degrees. Note that when a hair grows, the tip is the first item to be coloured (or not coloured) with the root being the last to receive instructions from hormones.
Hmm, dare's those BIG WORDS but y'all should recognize them...easy peasy, this is jest like chicken feather colour genetics...OK...duh...tis a review!
Only three basic colour shades to worry and fuss about...
WHITE (no pigment)
See...easy, a review. And this applies to dog hair...so a little hair of the dog is in order...
Boo (blue) dog and Wed (red) dog...yesterday sitting enjoying the lovely fall eve!
There...and now for a little comic relief (I have me students and teacher ALWAYS laughing...if'n yah wanna LEARN, you gotta add LAUGHING into the mix). So laugh and be joyous, ferget we're attacking colour genetics...and LEARN IT!
Hazardous thing...this thing that puppies do...PLAY!! <<poor Lacy>>
Basic colours in ACDs are blue (mix of black/eumelanin and white/no-pigment hair) and tan or red (phaemelanin), along with white (no pigment). Blue ACDs are sometimes labelled TRI colours because they have blue, black, and tan/red in their hair. Red ACDs are penalized if they have lotsa black in their hair coats; mix a red and black hair coat and the result can be what is termed a PURPLE ACD - black and red = purple.
We also may have ACDs that have no tan or red in them at all, those would be the dominant black kinds...a blue dog with no tan whatsoever...the Australian Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog (ASTCD) breed is one breed of dog that is never suppose to have tan or red in their hair coat to be a correct BLUE in their variety for that breed. There are red ASTCDs for sure, but never Blue, Black and Tan ones--ever! No tan/red allowed in the blue variety of the Stumpies, eh. ACDs are obviously different there than ASTCDs besides having tails and not being square bodied (10 to 9 ratio for ACD and not 1 to 1 as in ASTCD) too. Tee hee...but I digress and may lead y'all down the garden path too far...way too far...so back on track I must return...quit getting sidelined and wandering off blah, blah, blahing...
So there you go again fer the ACD, blue (which is jest black hairs mixed with white hairs), black, and tan or red.
Keep in mind, I often showed ACDs together at the sanctioned shows and people seeing them would instantly KNOW what a BLUE Heeler was...but looking at the Red Speckled ACD I also have, the people were clueless... "What is that dog there?" and my mischievous reply would be "Why a RED Heeler!" and I'd laugh. The Red ACD is not as common a colour variety as the blue ones. These red Heelers (ACDs) tend to be an acquired taste in the colour variety choice!
So got that? ACDs have blue and tan/red and white hair in their fur coats. That is it...basic colour dog hair colours of black, white and red/tan.
More break time...more of them puppy photos...happiness prevails!
Glove stealers...Makins use to capture yer leather gloves...any place you figured you could just store them, she'd find them...
I see a widdle of that in this blue pupper Emmest!
Back to the learnin's...
A – Agouti
Agouti gene series. Agouti was named after a South American rodent that has banded hair colour; the melanosomes change periodically from injecting eumelanin to phaeomelanin into the base of the hair.
There are alleles or different forms of the Agouti gene:
1) a”y” is sable pattern, dominant yellow or red.
2) a”w” or a”g” is wolf pattern, grey (agouti).
3) a”s” is saddle pattern (suggested but not proven).
4) a”t” is tan point (brown and tan) or tricoloured pattern (blue, black and tan).
5) a”a” is recessive black.
Remember, the little quotations marks (" and ") jest mean subscript. So A"y" is jest Ay and a"t" is at
So basically in the Australian Cattle Dog (the breed I have and the one I do examples with live in the fur dog dogs in the classrooms...) has two forms of the Agouti series we are mostly concerned with.
NOW please note...if the a is capital letter as in A, that will tell us that the capital letter A is dominant over the little letter a. Get that?
So right off the bat, we can see that Ay should be dominant to at and to make it fully understood, the at is recessive to the Ay.
So ACDs have two main colour forms in the Agouti series... Ay and at
Ay which is called by us in the ACD breed, RED.
And at which is called by us in the ACD breed, BLUE, BLACK AND TAN
In the Agouti series, we may see that the Red colour form is dominant to the Blue, Black & Tan colour form. Blue, Black & Tan is recessive to the Red form. Got that part now??
Another photo break...ah, pupper breath waifing thru the airs!
E – Extension
Em is mask.
E allows for full expression of eumelanin.
Recessive e in a homozygous state produces a dog that is not suppose to be able to produce eumelanin.
So to complete the learning portion, the theory background for my question of what colour would Emmy be if she could not express BLACK HAIR colour...we need to also know that there ARE colour genetics in the dog that disallows black pigment to be expressed in the dog's hair coat.
That would be as above, EXTENSION. Recessive e is the culprit here. Two doses of little e as in e/e make it so the dog cannot produce eumelanin or black hair. Got that?
So it IS genetically possible to have a Blue, Black and Tan ACD that cannot express the colour black in their hair coat. I am not making this one up...give them a double dose of recessive e and the e/e is suppose to make it so no black hair is expressed. There are entire dog breeds that WANT e/e to make their varieties of colours in their particular breed.
Laugh break time again...
More glove chewing by Emmy--I think Lacy would like to help but Emmy is pretty possessive of HER glove!
So again I ask, if Emmy could not express the colour BLACK in her hair coat, what colour would the Emmest then be??
No black hair in Emmy would equal what colour??
HINT: Break down her current fur coat colourations and remove the black colour outta the mixture. Now what colours do you have left when you remove the black from a Blue, Black and Tan dog?? What is left...think, think think...the answer has been right in front of yer eyes all along...and that my Dears is as much of the hints I shall give yah. I am busting at the fingers to type the answer...so come on you guys...it is right there, almost touch it, eh!
Another funny...what is so funny...lookit how Emmy's tail is...bent and pushed up...does she even seem to notice...
not so much! She is more concerned that Lacy is gonna steal her crabby apple!
Jest so you all know, anyone that has ever taken my Canine Colour presentations would INSTANTLY know the answer to what colour a Blue, Black & Tan ACD would be if they could not express the colour BLACK in their hair coat...but this is all I got for you persons online...what I have just posted...
Have fun with this. I know I have!!
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada
Edit - Shuzbutt...missed an "at" in a paragraph...so me added it now.
Edited by CanuckBock - 9/25/15 at 11:17am