It is a way to pay homage to my background and my current home... in many ways it describes who I am.
A cur is a dog, generally from the mid-south who is, technically, a mutt but still carefully bred for positive characteristics. They are used to hunt squirels and raccoon, to work as a guard dog, and to be good with children. They are bred to be good all around dogs. Needless to say, you want to know your breeder if you go out to buy one.
While I come from the mid-south, while I am more a jack of many trades than a specialist in one and sometimes speak a little too slow, I currently live in wisconsin and love it here. Winters beside the fire, cooler summers and the people up here are pretty good to.
The avatar is not a cur, however. Perhaps I will get a good picture of one of mine (they look very different) in the near future and replace it.