Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Perverse (but in a good way)!

Australians have a knack of saying the opposite of what they mean but by body language or a wink and a nod letting the other person know what is intended. Perhaps the most perverse of all is when you compliment your friend for being a cunning old bastard!
Thus a person with red hair is called "Blue" and perhaps that is how many cattle dogs with reddish coats are often called blue! Of course most cattle dogs are called blue as a result, so there you are, perverse!
Stamps, of the postal variety are popping up on etegami lately so I was moved to copy the image on this stamp featuring a cattle dog and name him "Blue". These dogs are legendary for their ability to work and anticipate their master's commands. They are also legendary for their penchant for nipping at the heels of cattle (and small children, I have the scars to prove it). My husband was often waylaid as a child by his uncle's Blue Heeler who would wait for him under the steps and dart out to give him a nasty nip.
So, "here Blue".

1 comment:

  1. Excellent portrait and explanation. Our blue dog doesn't nip but he does like to drag you down the hall by the trouser leg.