virus: Virus. Interspecies Memetic Transference.

Ken McE (
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 15:43:44 -0500

The below is reposted with permission of the author. It is a field
report of a meme (berry picking) being passed from one species to
another. "Rita" is a dog.
Since it is well established that dogs learn from other dogs, there is
no reason to doubt that this meme could travel and spread indefinitely
within the canine population.

Subject: Re: Fruity dogs

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 15:28:12 UT

From: Gena Ferrari <RitaOutBack@MSN.COM>

Rita loves blackberries right off the vine. One of the places we walk
(offlead places) is lined with blackberry brambles, and when they are in
season I pick & eat them as I go. Rita watched this for a time, very
intently. So, I gave her one.

After that she began picking her own.
(she also loves apples, cantaloupe, and tomatoes!)

Gena and Lovely Rita (Don't forget spinach and carrots!)