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We all know the Simpsons' little greyhound.
But what is Bart's pet saying in this picture?

Santa's Little Helper says: "Amethysts or Hamster's Toy Rheostats My Mossy Threat"

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    $\begingroup$ Wittgenstein: "If a dog could speak, we could not understand him." Philosophical Investigations, p.223 + my edit :) $\endgroup$ – Lamar Latrell Aug 8 '15 at 3:37
  • $\begingroup$ His name is Santa's Little Helper $\endgroup$ – Canadian Luke Aug 9 '15 at 6:10
  • $\begingroup$ @CanadianLuke - Yes. I considered saving the puzzle for Christmas and using his name in the title.. Maybe I'll do another puzzle around then. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 9 '15 at 6:41
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    $\begingroup$ Surely Simpsons' rather than Simpson's? $\endgroup$ – Silverfish Aug 9 '15 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ @LamarLatrell - True, but then not many people could understand Wittgenstein ;-) --- For the record most dog owners understand what their dogs are saying only too well. It usually relates to food and going for walks! – I don't suppose old Witters ever had a pet. Just another armchair philosopher. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 10 '15 at 0:25
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It must be:

Eat My Shorts!
He's repeating anagrams of Bart's catchphrase. What a clever dog, that Santa's Little Helper!
For the record, Deusovi answered first (+1), verifying that they were all anagrams, but didn't come up with the one which most fits the puzzle.

He might also be barking "HANDWOVEN AT CAMO" ;)

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  • $\begingroup$ Actually I think you probably did get the extra bit because you mentioned the word 'ca------se' . I've given my answer anyway. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 7 '15 at 21:26
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    $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK Don't be amazed: this one was super easy. There are online resources for getting anagrams, so all you have to do is stick in one of the phrases from the question and see what results come out. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 7 '15 at 21:38
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - Yes but surely there aren't many others so appropriate to the subject matter as Deusovi's - You have to admit that was quite a coincidence. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 7 '15 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK Indeed! So much of a coincidence that I wonder if it could have been intentional on the part of the people who made the show... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 7 '15 at 22:06
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - Not according to this, "The real history behind the phrase is that Nancy Cartwright, Bart's voice actor, improvised the line during a table read. She first said it as a prank when she was in her high school marching band at Fairmont High School. " simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Eat_My_Shorts! $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 7 '15 at 22:19
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Is it...

"Homer's tasty"?

I guessed this because

each line was an anagram of the others, and this seemed to be the most logical missing anagram.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well no - but I am flabbergasted by the fact that it could yield this answer! It is not the one I had in mind. When you see the reasoning you will understand why mine is more apposite. I'm still amazed by the coincidence. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 7 '15 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK: Yeah, I figured there was a more 'elegant' answer. Still trying to find it - my original thought was that there would be some sort of anagram indicator and that's currently what I'm looking for. (e.g. "GSGE" cluing "scrambled eggs") $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 7 '15 at 21:13
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I'm amazed by the responses to this question in so many ways. Here was my intended formulation of the answer:

Eat My Shorts!

The reason is:

"What is Bart's pet saying?" can be interpreted as "What is Bart's favourite saying." The anagrams weren't actually needed to answer the question!

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