Do you have one of those dogs who collects rocks? Maybe even plunges into lakes or streambeds to retrieve them? People sort of smile, sympathetically, when they see it; it’s cute but a little weird. Well, all those stone-loving pups with the ground-down teeth have a new patron saint: a Texas stray named Hopper . He had the good fortune to grab a meteorite in his chops in the weeks after a fireball hit the earth near Austin in February, which made him the first dog ever to recover a meteorite, according to Rob Wesel, a Portland, Oregon, a collector of space debris. Wesel knows a little something about dogs and rocks from outer space; his website Nakhla Dog Meteorites is named for a dog reportedly vaporized by a meteorite in Egypt in 1911.
Photo courtesy Mike Bandli