The Occasional Cavorting and Musings of a Female Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Monday, August 21, 2006


Exhibit A

According to latest research, we dogs can see in color but not in the way humans do. Unlike humans, dogs ONLY see two colors but it is still undecided as to which colors they are. It could be blue and yellow OR red and yellow... no one really knows for sure. What humans DO know for certain is that we dogs have less cones, or color vision cells, than humans, and hence the two colors rather than the full spectrum. So far, this sounds about right because I've never met a dog who can name the colors of all the crayolas in a box of 6.

Humans also know that dogs can see better in the dark than humans can because dogs have more rods, which detect low light.

Okay, then.

So back to colors. Is it is blue and yellow OR red and yellow? If dogs can only see blue and yellow....we can't see brown, right? If dogs can only see red and yellow... we can't see brown, right?

A wise human once asked, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?"

I ask you, dear friends: if the color brown does not exist, is there a guilty party?


  • At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Jon said…

    Well it surely does smell!

  • At 11:25 PM, Blogger Tin Tin Blogdog said…

    Hmmmm, even though the colour brown does not exist for us dogs, sausages and steaks and chocolate sure as hell taste scrumpiliciously real.

    Negative brown evidence, however, does not exist because we can't see it; smell doesn't count in this case. Paradox IV in Newtonian dog physics - or is that canine creationism? I can't remember.

    I say if all else fails, blame the cat - even if he's brown and his existence is questionable.

    Chow for now,

    Tin Tin xo

  • At 11:25 PM, Blogger Tin Tin Blogdog said…

    PS: ...and the cat is, of course, belonging to Schrodinger.

    Tin Tin xo

  • At 6:41 AM, Blogger Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said…

    Hey Lulu - I can't see anything in that picture - who, what, when, where ?
    Check out - you have been added to the list - great to have you aboard !


  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Sam I Am said…

    AWESOME experiment showed that dogs do see color, but in a more limited range than that seen by normal humans, who see the rainbow of colors described by "VIBGYOR": Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red (plus hundreds of variations on these shades). Instead, I see "VIBYYYR" (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, and Red). The colors Green, Yellow, and Orange all look alike to dogs; but look different from Red and different from the various Blues and Purples. I am very good at telling different shades of VIB apart. Finally, Blue-Green looks White to me..

    Lot's of Licks!

  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger Auggied said…

    Hi Kahlua,
    Im the new pup, ya know, Schatzies little friend! I have one of those cats too, but Mom took her bell off and the kids like to sit in different rooms shaking it. Im on her scent, bell or no bell. Ill let ya know how it goes. Cant seem to get past those claws yet.
    Kaya D.

  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger Buster the Wired Fox Terror said…

    Just turn your head so you can't see it and loudly proclaim WHAT POOP?

    Bussie Kissies

  • At 9:48 AM, Blogger ranger said…

    well i am brown and i exist. so yes, brown exists! haha

  • At 10:32 PM, Blogger Kaluah-lu said…

    OMIGOD, Sam! Ranger! You're the same color as... as...

    And it wasn't me, I swear!

  • At 3:25 PM, Blogger Kaluah-lu said…


    Drat.. this one I couldn't blame on Miss Kitty, sooooooo it looks like Ole' Yeller threw caution to the wind and boldly went where no man has gone before!


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