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hahahaaha I can see my Harvey saying that to my kid!

Prairie dogs are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog's bark. The name was in use at least as early as 1774.The 1804 journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition note that in September 1804, they "discovered a Village of an animal the French call the Prairie Dog." Its genus, Cynomys, derives from the Greek for "dog mouse".

i can't believe i ate the whole thing . . .

Prairie dog - this looks like the ground hogs that used to live under our grain barn.

Prairie dogs, a type of ground squirrel are considered a keystone species because they are the primary diet in prairie species such as the black-footed ferret, swift fox, golden eagle, American badger, and ferruginous hawk. Also, the mountain plover & the burrowing owl rely on prairie dog burrows for nesting areas. We need to remember even the smallest of creatures play an important role in the circle of life.

Prairie dog why do they call me a dog? I don't know...let me chew on that a while

sure miss seeing the adorable prairie dogs on my way to work in CO

Munching Prairie Dog by Peter Nijenhuis on Flickr.

Two Prairie Dogs Cuddle. According to National Geographic, Prairie dogs always greet one another with a kiss or nuzzle.