Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hooray for Honey and Notes on Grey Hair

Last week it seemed that all of blogland was holding its breath waiting to see how Miss Honey would do with her surgery. She had an eyeball that was getting ready to explode. Her humans had tried everything they could to save her eye. You see, Miss Honey was a very risky patient for surgery because (a) she is a giant dog (b) she is a senior citizen - sorry Honey, but it's true and (c) she has a bad heart.

Well, the good news is that the surgery went fine, out came Honey's eyeball, and home she went.

Apparently Honey's humans were a bit put off by her appearance upon her return to their estate.

Yes, she does look different, but I think even more beautiful than ever, don't you?

Now, I have the results of a scientific investigation for you. Ready?

First, a little lesson in Airedale furs.

When Airedales are babies, they have black on their faces as demonstrated here by my friend, Molly, in one of her baby pictures. Awwwww....

But here she is now (playing catch the popcorn with brother Mitch) and nary a black fur in sight on her lovely face.

Got it? Baby Airedales, black face, grown up Airedales, brown face.

Let us continue.

It seems that my good friend, Miss Sunshade is getting puppy face. Now Sunshade is, well, a senior citizen dale who has had some fairly serious sickies. In the photo montage below, you can see Sunshade a year ago with her nice brown snooter, and below, today, with black puppy face.

I mentioned Sunshade's sickies because when I recently saw my human Auntie (who is even older than Momma if you can believe that) she was sporting a full head of thick, curly, dark hair, with no grey in sight.

Imagine how huffy momma was given that "brown" is only a memory on her noggin. 

Curiously, my human Auntie, although now fully recovered, was in a coma for several days earlier this year with terrible sickies.

What is going on here? What is it about sickies that makes one revert to the hair / fur of youth?

Well, says I, time to consult a hair specialist. And who better than Alberto? We usually see Alberto busy practicing his hair alchemy when we are out on walkies and I know that he went to hair college and everything, so I sent Momma in for a consult (I opted to wait outside given my visceral response to anything that even smells like it might involve a bath).

Go ask Alberto, but leave me out of it. 

And what did we learn? It seems that lack of oxygen causes human hairs to turn grey. Not only that, but they turn grey all at once, from stem to stern, from tip to tail, from dinner bowl to poop bag.

That's why you don't see humans sporting grey roots (well unless they're growing out a bad dye job).

And what, I asked myself, could this have to do with serious sickies and baby hair? I believe the conclusion is obvious. Serious sickies must cause overproduction of healthy goo in one's innards which will thereby overstimulate the hair follicles into thinking that they are once again young and spry. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if humans and doggies who have recovered from bad sickies also have better skin. Just a thought (should have run my magnifying glass over Auntie's face when she was here).

On a final note, if lack of oxygen and other life giving sources causes the grey, then what does it mean that I, Dexter, am already sporting grey furs on my labrachin?

Hopefully not an early warning that my entire lower jaw is about to drop off. That would be seriously inconvenient.

I actually think my grey whiskers make me look dignified.

Dexter done!


  1. Of course, we're big fans of one-eyed beauties. I kiss Sissy's un-eye regularly and tell her how lovely she is.

    And shhhh... she's only 5 and began going grey this year too.

  2. I was right... you did get an Ivy league education. That's the only way that you could've come up with such a convoluted story! :)

  3. Dear Dex, of course the grey whiskers make you look dignified.

    BWAH hahaha!!!

    Lack of oxygen eh. This is getting The Typist thinking because she's in that funny in between stage and SO wants to have white hair and no hairdresser will bleach it for her. I do hope she doesn't take to wearing a plastic bag over her head. A brown bag is bad enough.

    Isn't it funny how some dogs change hair colour but! Wheaten terriers are the same. Though I don't think they have to be sick to do that. I don't know Honey but I'm glad her op went well. It sounds very painful. HUGS X

  4. I think that she looks just FINE and Dandy...

    Now about those grey furs... My Mom uses Alberto's V-0 5 stuffs on hers.
    BaaaaaaWaaaaaah WE laff our tails off over that.

    She goes through a tube of that stuffs faster than WE can nom up a Greenie.

  5. We were thrilled that Miss Honey is sporting the pirate look! We've not been able to comment on her bloggie, so thanks,Dex! We think your muzzle is turning grey cuz you are so very wise.

    Bart and Ruby

  6. Maybe we should breathe more deeply...or get one of those oxygen tanks. I'm getting grey all over. I used to be a black scottie.

    XXXoOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  7. THis was a lot of information that My Vickie is still trying to process. IT must be because of her lack of oxygen.....

  8. Dexter you are smart. Mommy said they don't teach humans important stuff like that in school.

  9. I was wondering if Miss Honey would be sporting a pirate eye patch. Now I know. Dex I think you are just aging gracefully and look very distinguished.


  10. Are you sure it's really grey and not some yellow lab hair? I have a few black lab hairs.

    your pal,

  11. grey hairs look very handsome on some
    Benny & Lily

  12. We think you look quite distinguished. However, our Mom must be mildly oxygen deprived, as she keeps muttering about grey hairs and trying to convince herself that in the right light they might look blonde. Uh-huh. Our Mom is crazy. And probably needs to go visit someone who has been to a hair college before all the hairs on her head 'go blonde'. Heehee!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  13. Dexter, everything about you is dignified! This was a very cool investigation you did, though. I'm quite impressed by your findings!


  14. Howdy Dex, we're glad Miss Honey is recovering well from her operation and Rory is in love cause he thinks she is winking at him and only him. As if.

    Mum says how come when men get grey hair they look distinguished but her grey hair just makes her look, well, er, not so young any more. Whew. Although, she laughs in the face of grey hair. Yes, we hear her cackling and laughing as she smothers her head in some stinky goo and then thinks no one will realise she is getting old! Doesn't matter, we love her whatever she looks like and in the mornings she needs all the love we can give hehehehe.

    See ya mate. If ya need any stinky goo for your grey hair, just let mum know! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  15. Oh Dexter, what a wonderful and interesting report. I feel I have a kindred scientific spirit in Blogville! But I would like to add another data point (concerning me, of course). I too had a black head when I as a pup. Gradually it turned an attractive russet red, reddest at the ears, and grading to white around the beard. But here's another thing. Do you remember that embarrassing business about me having ears glued down when I was 4-6 months? Well the exact spot on my foreheadwhere they were glued remains to this day a little bit blacker than the rest of my face (and I am nearly three years old).

    Oh and by the way, we have noticed that grey hairs suit some creatures better than others. I am imagining that with you, the grey will add to your already distinguished good looks.

    Toodle pip!
    Toodle pip!

    PS So glad things well well for your friend Honey. She looks awesome.

  16. Personally we think that you look more distinguished with your grey labrachin hairs. We are very glad that Honey's surgery turned out well!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  17. You have Molly doing AireSpins because she has just discovered that she's on your blog, Dexter! Life is all about her, ya know!
    Your grey whiskers do make you look more dignified, Dexter and we think that you're a very smart Lab!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  18. Dextew
    I had no idea that you wewe becoming a sky en tist, doing sewioos weseawch into things mystewioos.
    I am so vewy happy that Honey has wecovewed and of couwse , she is mowe bootimoos han evew..i aways think
    that a tiny impewfection makes one even mowe bootiful. Nevew feaw, yoow gwey labwachin, just makes you mowe will not fall off
    Smoochie kisses

  19. Dude are indeed a wise and knowledgeable deductive reasoning is beyond compare. We love how you can link things together to create a logical answer....move over mr Spock .

  20. It was a huge relief when we read that Honey had made it through her surgery and was home again.

    Dexter, we have to agree with everyone else. You do look exceedingly distinguished with a greying chin. We have visions of you sitting in the armchair calling for your pipe and slippers...

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  21. I'm a young and spry 5 years old, and I have a bit of gray on my muzzle too. I think it makes me look dignified. And my sissy Cinderella just looks prettier and prettier as she gets a silver face!

  22. Hey Dexter!
    Wow, Honey looks like she's ready for on-the-seas adventure and I'm glad to hear she is doing well! Lack of oxygen would explain a few things about my Mom...definitely lacking a few memory cells and they must have lost all of their oxygen. BOL Great info here and I think some of this is the second-childhood thing. BTW: Definitely dognified, my labrafuriend!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  23. What a wonderful post, we love Mitch and Molly. Honey is just so gorgeous and special :) xxooxx

  24. Honey makes a dashing pirate-babe!
    All this hair color, what you look like biz! Really! It's what's INSIDE that counts, am I right here?
    Play bows,

  25. I like your grey labrachin. Sorta like you're sporting a beard. You could totally escort Honey the Pirate-Babe anywhere, and be right in style!

  26. Ha! We KNEW mama was jerking our chains when she told us WE cause her grey hairs! And she had grey hair before we even came to live with her, so we were sure she was paltering with the truth. Abby is about 8 or 9 [a lady always keeps them guessing] and she's starting to get a distinguished dusting of grey on her delicate muzzle, too.

    We are also finding it difficult to leave comments on Miss Honey's blog, although we can read it ok. We were most happy to see she came through her surgery ok. She's a gorgeous Dane dame, with or without both eyes. Her family will get used to her new look in no time. If not, they can make her a nice wardrobe of color coordinated eye patches.

  27. I agree that you look more dignified with gray hairs on your chin! Now you realize that you are supposed to give wise advice at all times once those hairs on your chin, right?

  28. Crap, I guess I lost oxygen somewhere in my I have to visit the hair salon monthly. :-(

  29. Hi Dexter - so long no woof!! I'm finally starting to catch up now - it's great to see you having fun and thank you for mentioning me too! And - ha! ha! - I LOVE that photo of Pirate Me! I know I've got lots of your old posts to catch up on - I'll have to come back to do that later but just wanted to say hi and thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog recently!

    Honey the Great Dane

  30. ps. forgot to say - LOVE your Christmas header!!