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The Amarillo Sod Poodles?

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This year it was announced that the long-time San Antonio Missions (currently a AA affiliate of the San Diego Padres) would be packing up and heading north to Amarillo.  As the existing team mascot seemed inappropriate for a city with no Missions, the club set out on a mission to find a new mascot.  There were five finalists – the Bronc Busters (boring), the Boot Scooters (lame), the Long Haulers (better but with possible porn overtones),  the Jerky (who names a team after a food item and this one probably has more porn overtones than the Long Haulers) and the Sod Poodles (???).

Well, what pray tell is a Sod Poodle?  Red was a bit embarrassed to learn that it as old name for the five species of stout, short-legged, short-tailed terrestrial squirrels commonly known as prairie dogs and represented in Texas by Cynomys ludovicianus.  The name prairie dog derives from the barks or yipping calls of the  diurnal rodents who congregate in large underground colonies across the short grass plains of North America.

Well, you might be able to guess which name Red gets behind.  While Red has no love lost for squirrels in general, prairie dogs have somehow never gotten on his bad side and they are fun to watch.  And the Sod Poodles would be in line with such other imaginative minor league mascots as the Lug Nuts, Sand Gnats, River Bandits, Iron Pigs, Mud Hens, Chihuahuas,  Flying Squirrels, Yard Goats, Jumbo Shrimp, Muck Dogs and Hose Jockeys (Okay, Red made that last one up).

And Root, Root, Root for the Sod Poodles would actually kind of make sense.

Today in Texas History – March 14

From the Annals of the Equines – In 1940, horse enthusiasts and ranchers met in Fort Worth to form the American Quarter Horse Association. Among those in attendance were rancher and Quarter Horse breeder Anne Burnett Hall and King Ranch president Robert J. Kleberg. The meeting was the first in a series that led to the formation of an organization to “collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of Quarter Horses in America.”  The name Quarter Horse goes back to the origin in colonial times when the speedy horses earned fame for their performance in quarter-mile races.   The AQHA was the first to regularize the breed and establish pedigrees.  Now based in Amarillo, the AQHA is an international organization dedicated to the preservation, improvement and record-keeping of the American Quarter Horse  In Texas, the Quarter Horse brings to mind images of the cowboy, the cattle drive and today – the rodeo.  Quarter Horse racing is in decline across the Southwest, but the breed continues to compete in roping, barrel racing and other rodeo competitions.

Image from aqha.com.