Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mongolian Pointy Faced Goiter Dog

Genghis Khan kept these savage creatures as pets and used large packs of them to terrorize his enemies during his many raids and invasions. Generations of Chinese emperors bred them as guard dogs. Alexander the Great fought one with no weapon to prove his courage to his men, an act that eventually led to his death from infection. For centuries, the Mongolian Pointy Faced Goiter Dog has been an animal that strikes fear into enemies, reassures friends, and makes innocent bystanders very very nervous.

Not a dog at all in reality, the Goiter Dog is actually a small horse of the type Equus Caballus. An ancient mutation led to this horse growing hundreds of tiny razor sharp teeth and an elongated head.

The horse is also an omnivore, capable of digesting both vegetable matter and gaining nutrients from meat. The "goiter" for which it is named, which suspends from its neck, is actually an exterior stomach. Animal flesh eaten by the Goiter Dog goes to this exterior stomach and is digested there. A second, internal stomach is used to process vegetable matter.

The Mongolian Pointy Faced Goiter Dog has not been kept as a pet since the days of Ghengis Khan, and long ago fell out of favor as a guard dog, since it is too big, clumsy, and slow to hunt down ninja assasins. Today, the Mongolian Pointy Faced Goiter Dog lives only in zoos in Outer Mongolia. During the 1970's, the animal was hunted almost to extinction in the wild when its Goiter Stomach was temporarily thought to reduce cancer in laboratory animals.

The Goiter Dog is featured on countless tapestries, illuminations, parchments, wall hangings, and murals. It is the original inspiration for the Chinese Year of the Dog, which occurs every twelve years.

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