I just read about Buddy. It got me thinking again about the only dog I’ve ever known as our own pet, Millie. She was born in 2001, about the time my mother & I moved house & four years after my father died. She started as my brother’s dog, but when his son was born two years later they discovered Harry had a dog allergy! Add to that a wife petrified of germs & a small house and you can imagine the mixture of young dog and young human did not make for an easy ride – especially as Harry really took to the animal that made him sneeze! Rather than her leaving the family completely it was suggested she come to live with myself … Read the rest
Pomeranians are beautiful works of art, but are far more delicate than the average dog. Do not get a Pomeranian if you cannot take care of their coats every day. Pomeranian dogs are born entertainers and save their best for their people. Pomeranians can be just as trainable as other dogs, if you are patient and use positive reinforcement. Pomeranian dogs have some health problems, but they can be cured if caught early. Grooming their coats every day not only checks for health problems, but gives your Pomeranian needed attention.
Pomeranians do not look like real dogs – they look more like wind-up toys or a creature from Star Wars. They are smaller versions of the original Pomeranian sled dogs that lived hundreds of years … Read the rest
Exploring new territory on your bicycle can be hazardous when you cross into dog territory.
Like other animals, dogs mark their own territory and do not take kindly to cyclists, motorists, joggers or other intruders. If you enter a dog’s personal space, be prepared for the dog to enter attack mode. Snarls and furious barking will warn you, and if you don’t leave immediately, the dog can launch an attack. This involves snapping at your heels and an attempt to bring you down. A dog attack can throw any cyclist off balance, and cause serious injuries. Knowing how to deal with dog attacks is an important safeguard to cycling. Children or inexperienced cyclists and dogs just don’t mix, and these riders should never be allowed … Read the rest
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans Louisiana, we had no idea how it would impact our lives way over in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Not too many people know it, but back in 2005 the Humane Society of Broward County moved literally hundreds of abandoned dogs from New Orleans to their state of-the-art facility in S. Florida.
We already have two Lapsos that we adore, Billy Boy and Trooper, but my wife Barbara wanted so badly to adopt a rescue dog from New Orleans. So off we went to the Humane Society to “Save a Katrina dog”
We were given a beautiful female Yorkie, We took her home and low and behold we had a dog who was so traumatized, whenever we went near her she … Read the rest
West Highland Terriers, which are more commonly known as Westies, are hypoallergenic dogs. This is good news for allergy suffers who love these adorable little bundles of fur.
One in ten people suffer from allergies to dogs, suffering from watering eyes and even attacks of asthma. Westies pose a considerably less serious risk than most other breeds of causing an allergic reaction to their hair and dander.
Actually, pet hair is not the cause of allergic reactions in humans. It is the dander common to the dogs and more commonly to specific breeds, which causes the sneezing and breathing problems in allergy prone humans. Dander is microscopic dead skin scales like human dandruff that pets shed as a natural action. The dander is so minuscule … Read the rest
I’m sure that most of you cannot imagine anyone leaving their dogs outside in the sleet and snow or in very hot weather with hardly any shelter but, in fact, there are many dogs facing this dilemma right now. The animal rights group PETA has come up with a program called “Angel for Animals”.
Because of this wonderful program, many dogs can now find refuge in well-built doghouses through this winter and many more. PETA has gone into low-income, rundown areas and supplied hundreds of strong and sturdy doghouse. These are free of charge and help dogs who would have had to tolerate the ice and snow and cold without any shelter. But there are many more dogs that will have to go through this … Read the rest
Picture this, you’re walking in the park, minding your own business when suddenly a dog comes up to you and starts barking. You start to panic because there is no reason for this dog to be barking at you.
Why is this dog barking?
Dogs bark because we humans want our dogs to bark. For years our domestication process and selective breeding has allowed our dogs to develop their barking abilities. Wolves don’t bark, so through genetic engineering and the selective breeding process, dogs these days have the ability to retain juvenile characteristics. This is through the process known as neoteny.
Humans have chosen to retain the infantile traits of wolves like large heads, flat faces, large eyes and of course the ability to communicate, … Read the rest
I always wondered why dogs live such a short life and just when we love them the most, they leave us. Seems real unfair, no matter if you believe in a higher being or just plain wonder why their little bodies give out before ours.
I think I may have figured out why we live so much longer than our fur babies.
Now that I am in my sixties, I thought about all my dogs and how they impacted my life, and I came up with maybe an answer . Or at least a theory on why we outlive our four legged adopted children,
But first let me bore you a bit while I brag about my life with my dogs. I am sure you … Read the rest
How could 1 dog ever be enough for a dog lover? Before you decide to add another dog to the family, there are some important concerns about your current dog you should consider.
Your current canine companion loves you, but how will it feel about sharing you? If it is sweet, servile and submissive, a new dog could bully your first dog into a life of fear and despair. With a submissive dog, never accept a puppy that won’t let you cradle it upside down in your arms. A puppy that will let you hold it as you would an infant is willing to be submissive.
If your dog is a bit of a bully with other dogs and the new dog shares … Read the rest