Thursday, April 22, 2010

Packs? Or Herds?

"Ask Mary-Margaret!" is the name of my column, should it ever take off. Today, the question is from "Curious" in New Yorkie. He asks "Do wild Yorkies travel in packs or herds?"

Dear "Curious":

Packs, of course. And we weren't required to wear kilts until maybe around 1066 after the Battle at Stamford Bridge near East Yorkshire when the new King Harold Godwinson, after defeating King Harald Hardrada, attempted to civilize us. He also forbade us from eating chickens which he considered as an earthbound version of the catfish as they eat anything they can find. Naturally, we opposed this mandate and we volunteered as spies for the opposition in the vicinity of Senlac Hill during the battle of Hastings.

Painting of the Battle of Stamford Bridge by Peter Nicolai Arbo, depicting King Harald Hardrada hit in the neck by an arrow

Date: September 25, 1066
Location: Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire
Result: Decisive English victory

King Harold II (Harold Godwinson) was killed by the Norman Army of Duke William the Second, assisted by the Norman contingent of the Yorkie Brigade only 3 weeks after Stamford at the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066. William became the first Norman ruler of England, and ruled as King William I. He was crowned on Christmas day at Westminster Abbey in 1066. The Yorkie Brigade was invited to the coronation, we are told, but our invitation "got lost in the mail". We're sure it wasn't an intentional oversight considering the great contribution our troops made on behalf of the new king.

(Note that no Yorkies were harmed in the making of this historically almost-accurate legend.)

We Yorkies are not inclined to follow a dictator or wear skirts. And we do love our chicken.

Yours truly...

Mary-Margaret "Just Ask MM" O'Brien

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