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My 6 year old daughter TeeTee would like to know why are they called "Praire-DOGS"?

They're obviously not dogs!

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fritzmerde

well they live out west in the prairie regions, they look like dogs and they bark

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TeeTee says "Haha that's cool!"
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fritzmerde
Tony when I was stationed in NM I stopped at an ATM machine to grab a few bucks. I was looking at the field beside the bank & it was just covered with their mounds. So I'm standing there & out of the corner of my eye I see movement & for God knows what reason there was a mass exodus, it seemed like thousands of these things just ran over my feet, I just stood there-(not much else I could do) it was crazy, there must have been a fox, Bigfoot whatever but a bark went out the sea parted & thousands of these little dogs boogied--really weird-they kept on running & I kept on laughing
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Haha too bad you weren't filming!
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I'm the guy that always has a camera & never takes a picture. It's just like with the kids, the eldest we have a 1000 pics. & everything he's done in school since pre K. The walls in my house are covered with pics of the kids, except it's really lopsided, folks will looking at the pics & say I thought you had 3 or 4 boys, but I only see 2--oops
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FunnyLittleFrog

They bark like dogs. Very tiny barks.

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well.... who else is going to chase the ' praire-cats " ?

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HAHAHAHA Niiiiiicccccce!
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they live on the prairie and they got a kind of bark like a dog

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beautiful_flowers

Well, then tell TeeTee to ask her DAD!!!!!!!

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Haha she likes it when i ask on here, she enjoys getting answers :-)
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Oh! Sorry then..
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They are dogs in the prairies

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I suppose back then (when they were first encountered by settlers) there wasn't much else in their experience for folks to compare them to. "Prarie rats" just doesn't sound right.

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I think that has a nice ring to it!
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DeclairedOk

Because they were given the name in the 1800s, and everyone had poor eyesight.

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Because when you gotta go real bad it tries to peek itself out like a prairie dog, hence the phrase "IM DOGGIN IT!"

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DeclairedOk
Are you ever sereious?
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Not as often as I should be
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Don't be!
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DeclairedOk
This works!
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You crack me up.... XD
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Ya CGP, I crack myself up too lol
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Good to know I'm not the only one that cracks themselves up. Goodness, I seriously think there's something wrong with me sometimes. XD
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Well, Fritz beat me by like, what, 21 days? XD Anyways, HEY TEETEE!!! Exactly what Fritz said. They live in the prairies (like "Little House on the Prairie") and they're basically like dogs. :o

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"CHEATING PRAIRIE DOG"
Peeking from his burrow hole
He jumps out and does a barrel roll
For he sure didn't want his wife to know
That really he instead was shady and low
As he ran across the prairie dog ground
There is this strange sort of sound
For it was his secret love affair
Who was already awaiting him in her lair
He follows her squeaky voice
And both make the sickly choice
When the cheating prairie male had his fun
He was tired and finished off and was done
Just as he tried to attempt to make it back home
His wife was already waiting and yelled "I'm going to kill you JEROME"!

Haha sorry just felt like wanting to do a messed up funny poem of the cheating prairie dog named Jerome who thought he was sneaky LMFAO! :D

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Haha that's excellent!
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Omg I love it!
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RedRose

So that people in the prairies could feel included and have their own dogs too.
Your kids are beautiful!!!

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JadieMac

Tony! why in the world would you name a little girl Tee Tee? Don't you realize that not every person has a clean mind. She could suffer needless ridicule and emotional trauma.

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It's just a nickname, her real name Tiara :-)
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"... real name IS Tiara" ^
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JadieMac
Whew! thanks for clearing that up!
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