Friday, September 12, 2014

Krazi the dog: All business, all the time

Mark Twain said if a person picks up a starving dog and makes him prosperous the dog will not bite, and this is the principal difference between a dog and man.

Mr. Twain never met Krazi. 

Mr Q's parents found Krazi at a shelter--the place where he got his name, and spelling -- and they picked him to kill marmots at their agricultural concern on the eastside of the mountains. 
Killing is his business, and business is good.

He can kill upward of eight marmots a week. Or at least thats how many carcasses have been recovered in a week. Who knows, he could have eaten some. 

Krazi has been known to bite the tires of cars that arrive in the driveway, and has also bitten the hand that feeds him, and for this reason he is incarcerated in a fenced area when not on patrol. His office, if you will. 

Mr Q has noticed wounds on his parents, and when he asks, he has gotten answers like, "Oh, it was my fault."

That's just the cost of doing business, Krazi style. One thing that can be said for Krazi: he is all about business. 

As the marmots dream in their bunkers, innocent as thieves, Krazi is awake in his kennel, pouring over Excel spreadsheets, generating results in the results-oriented world of marmot killing. How to increase kill rates? How to wipe out entire genetic lines, entire families? Maximize profits, maximum slaughter, this is what Krazi lives for. 

Look in the cold vacuum of his eyes, and you are looking at business. 

During our Iron Horse trip in June, on the morning of our return west to snoqualamie pass, we heard headwinds were forecasted in the 30 to 50 mph range. Add to that loose gravel, a steady grade, sun, blunts and Lime-a-Rita.

Krazi the dog became our spirit animal. Business. Business. Business. All the time business.  As we cranked up the mountain, muscling our front tire back into the track, we gathered strength from the thought of Krazi's relentless drive to take care of business. 

Here is the photo Krazi uses for his LinkedIn profile. 

Memes and pics courtesy of Mr Q


  1. I love this dog. He makes me happy.

  2. What a professional, he's hired!