Category Archives: Purebreed Dogs: Info To Know

About Those Labs: Someone’s Been “Hounding” Me for a Post

Molly: waiting for a ride on my little "e-cart."

Molly: waiting for a ride on my little “e-cart.”

Muddy holding a stick in his paws

Muddy holding a stick in his paws

Muddy was a found by me at my place of work. Excellent watch dog. A lab that does not like water.   :-)

Muddy was a found by me at my place of work. Excellent watch dog. A lab that does not like water. ūüôā

I wish that I could just rest on my laurels but alas, I have none to rest on or is upon? I could never understand the finer points of writing so what you see is what you get. I am not feeling so daggum perky but today I did get sort of reprieve from worrying about my ill-health. The young echogram techno guy with the Justin Bieber haircut that sort of resembles a mohawk or maybe a tomahawk, told me that my heart was not in “afib.” Meaning afibrillation which in my case was a rapid and irregular heart rate. With meds I might live a few more or if I’m lucky and blessed a lot more years. ūüôā

Office Diva of http://loofahsgood.wordpress.com/ has been hounding me to do a post about my dogs. Some of these are pics that have appeared in previous posts.

Muddy and Molly were rescued by me when they had been thrown away as puppies in the winter. I am so glad they are my dogs. Labs make wonderful pets but then I say that about all dogs and cats. I really do have a personality flaw in being so weak kneed where animals are concerned.

“We can judge the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals.‚ÄĚ
by Emanuel Kant

Molly now 4 years old. chocolate labrador retriever

Molly now 4 years old. chocolate labrador retriever

Muddy does not retrieve and does not like water.

Muddy does not retrieve and does not like water.

Post and photographs: yvonne

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Purebreed Dogs: Info To Know

This is a photo of a¬†beautiful¬† black Labrador Retriever¬†belonging¬†to one of my daughter’s clients.¬† His nails were cut and was then given a bath. Harley is a very gentle dog and was easy to bathe. He’s¬†waiting to be dried and brushed before¬†returning home to his “Mom.”¬†¬†¬†¬†

Did you know that the Labrador Retriever¬†has placed as¬†the Number 1 dog in AKC registrations since 2001? Oddly enough, the breed has never won best in show. Personally,I think this is suspect.¬† It seems judges go for rarer breeds¬†or just¬†maybe they are partial to their¬† personal favorites. This dog just has not lost it’s popularity with¬†americans. I¬†do not know about¬†other countries. Generally, this¬†breed¬†has an¬†affable and sweet personality and¬†loves to play, thus making him a family dog that is good with children.¬† ¬†The lab¬†should be provided with¬†early ¬†socialization among other dogs and people.¬† He is popular as a retriever among outdoor sportsman, especially those that hunt waterfowl.¬† A natural ability to excel at swimming,¬†is why this breed is used by the Italian¬† School of Canine Lifeguard¬†for rescue and life saving. Maybe¬†having webbed paws enables the labrador to be such a powerful swimmer.

The canine agility sport of dock diving has become popular among owners of Labs. Contests¬†are held across the United States in which the owner/handler throws what is called a bumper across a special pool of water.¬† The dog leaps into¬†the air¬†in an effort to catch the bumper, thus propelling the dog a sizable distance which can be in the neighborhood of 25-30 feet,¬†beore¬†landing in the water.¬† As the dog hits the water, a special electronic device measures the exact footage in feet and inches.¬†This field¬†of agility allows the labrador¬†to show¬†off its prowess as a¬†fearless retriever who will go to great lengths to¬†retrieve an object. ¬†Individuals are now breeding dogs with blood lines, proven to be superb jumpers who can go “the distance.”¬†¬†The Nestle Purina company sponsors this event¬†which¬†allows the best of the best¬†to compete in various agility contests. These events are shown on TV and this is how I learned about the sport. I can say without a doubt that owners/handlers who enter these events are serious about their dock diving dog. The contest is exciting¬†and¬†it is a ¬†joy to watch these amazing dogs compete with several other breeds that¬†are natural jumpers.¬†¬†

Muddy was a throw-a-way puppy that I found in a hospital parking lot on a very cold night.

Muddy was a throw-a-way puppy that I found in a hospital parking lot on a very cold night.

 

Muddy is a very tall labrador. He has no interst in water and does not plat with toys. He likes playing with sticks of his own choosing. He is an excellent watch dog.

Muddy is a very tall labrador. He has no interst in water and does not care for  toys. He likes playing with sticks of his own choosing. He is an excellent watch dog.

Post and photographs by  Yvonne 

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The Herding Group: Part I Border Collie Original post: November,2011

Rocket walking toward me

 

In Texas, the most popular of the herding group appears, at least in my area, to be the Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog,(Blue Heeler or Red Heeler) and the Australian Shepherd.
I love dogs that belong to the herding goup. But I am drawn to these dogs in a special way. I suppose that I like their agility and intelligence. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
A little knowledge can help you make the right decision about whether to adopt a herding dog. Will the dog be suitable for his/her/family’s life style? Can you meet the demands of these high energy dogs?  If you adopt a herding dog please make a  COMMITMENT FOR THE LIFE  of these wonderful dogs. Don’t be guilty of adding to the number of animals surrendered to a shelter.

Rescue groups try very hard to save as many dogs as possible from almost always a sure death. But even rescue groups have limits and most times can only pull (take an animal from the shelter) as many, as these individuals can care for in their homes.

The number one issue with the herding dog is that (almost) all of them are extremely smart, highly energetic, agile, love to play, and require some type of activity that provides an outlet for their energy. Simply put, most of them need a job or an activity that gives the dog and the owner fun and satisfaction. IF THESE NEEDS ARE NOT MET- 98% of the time the dog becomes bored which leads the dog to become destructive,  bark incessantly, dig up the yard, might become a biter, and in essence will have become a nuisance and no longer a pet but a pest. At that point, the owner, will be tired of dealing with a dog that appears neurotic and is too difficult to manage.

1.  BORDER COLLIE-  These dogs are quite different from other dogs breeds mainly because their PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR IS HARD WIRED. This incredible dog comes in different coat lengths and various color combinations. The most popular color is black and white. Other colors include merle, white with spots/patches of black or brown, solid black, and red and white.  Some  Border Collies have been taught to follow more than 200 plus voice commands. One Border Collie in Europe can follow 500 word commands.  CHASER:  A Border Collie (in the USA) that is 7 years old and knows 1,022 words (nouns).  

This breed was developed  for herding sheep.  Arguably, the Border Collie is the best all around dog for herding sheep.  These dogs are said to possess the ability to make rational decisions: “think for themselves” or figure out what move to make that will result in a favorable outcome. And, as many people know, this dynamo is adept and excels at frisbee and agility. Some of the champion frisbee dogs in the U.S. were adopted from a shelter.

The Border Collie is rated as highly trainable, possesses a high degree of intelligence, and is  quick to learn.  These are dogs that are very sensitive and punishment or a harsh voice will get you no where fast. Good basic obedience is a must and if you do not have the time to train this dog and/or enroll the dog in an obedience class and give it plenty of exercise with a job to do, then PLEASE DO NOT GET A BORDER COLLIE. The Border Collie can become an integral part of your family. They make excellent pets and like being around people but always give them something to do:  catching a frisbee, chasing a ball, herding some sheep or goats or agility for at least an hour or more per day will keep your dog happy.  I can not stress enough, the importance of proper socialization and at least basic obedience combined with sufficient exercise.

The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge is shown on TV about 2-3 times a year. I watch the program each time it is aired. The dominant breed in agility and frisbee continues to be the Border Collie. The dogs, to me, are unbelievable. But so are their human owners/trainers. These dogs display a level of skill that takes years of training:  The winner of the frisbee contest was a BC from Japan whose owner/trainer is just 21 years old. Human and dog worked as one.  This dog performed some incredible tricks that were jaw dropping.

Where to find a Border Collie puppy/or adult dog?  Look no further than your local shelter or rescue group for a BC. PLEASE NEVER BUY A PUPPY FROM A PET STORE( these puppies most of the time come from puppy mills).  If you want to spend lots of money then do your homework and purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. Never buy a puppy unless you can visit the breeder’s home and ask to see the mother and the father of the puppies.  The condition of the adult dogs speaks volumes.  Are they clean and free of ticks and fleas? Is the living area or the kennel clean?  Does the owner have a relaxed manner and does he or she make direct eye contact when answering your questions? Has the puppy received any kind of socialization ?  Can the owner produce authentic records of vaccinations?  Ask to speak with the veterinarian who handles health issues for the breeder’s dogs. Make sure that you are really speaking with a veterinarian or better yet visit the veterinarian in person and ask for proof of vaccinations, de-wormings, and other health issues. Unscrupulous breeders are known to give false vaccination and registration papers. (See story of “Saving Annie” and you will get a good dose of reality from this post). How does the puppy interact with you? Do some research on the Internet and learn as much as you can about dogs in the herding group.

Rocket in his favorite place      10/13/2011  12 years old in this photo

My rescue of sorts:  I read the pets ads in the paper each  day as well as the lost and found. About 6 years ago I noticed an ad for a BC to be given away. The ad said he loved to play frisbee.  Why would someone give away a frisbee playing dog?  They are such fun to play with and to own!!! I noted that the ad would be in the paper for a few days, disappear and then reappear. Of course that peaked my interest. Mystified- I watched for the ad for about two weeks or more. I finally called the number and the owner said she had given the dog away three times but that he was not working out for the latest adopter. She told me that he was (7) years old, loved to play frisbee, was terrified of riding in a car, and that ‚ÄĚ we are giving him up because we are moving to a house next to a golf course.‚ÄĚ  I could see that the family had little regard for the family pet. Her five year old daughter, she said, loved the dog and she wanted the dog to go to a really good home. ‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt want to give him up but he just can not go with us to our new house.‚ÄĚ I thought this was a poor excuse to give up a dog, so why not, I thought, continue to live where you are so that the dog can remain a part of your family? However it was not my place nor my intent to question the woman.  There was one thing for certain- she was adamant that the dog would not be moving with the family.

I had always wanted a Border Collie and even though I had four other dogs, I for some ridiculous reason thought I would be the one to save this dog from a  terrible fate that the owner could not envision. I reasoned that if he had not worked our for three other people then the woman would just give him to anyone and the outcome would surely not be in the dog‚Äôs favor.  So over the phone and sight unseen I said, ‚ÄúI will take him and give him a good home.‚ÄĚ I  gave her a brief history of some of my  pet experiences and rescues, etc. and the woman seemed relieved. ‚ÄúA farmer has him right now. He was about to bring him back but I don‚Äôt want him back anymore. I‚Äôll give him a call and tell him to bring him to you.‚ÄĚ  Believe me that farmer and his wife brought the dog over within an hour. I was waiting in the front yard when the people arrived in a pickup with the dog in a crate in the back of the truck. I helped the man get the ‚Äúorphaned‚ÄĚ dog from the crate and the first thing that I noticed were his eyes: wild-eyed and glassy which to me denoted utter fright: a fear of the unknown and desertion- from living in a home where he was cherished by a little girl and then suddenly going to live at different homes all within a few weeks.  ‚ÄúWell, I‚Äôll tell ya. This fella runs off and he barks at my wife‚Äôs cat.  Won‚Äôt stay at the house. No, I didn’t put him in a fenced yard. He acts wild.‚ÄĚ  Thought he might be good company but he just don‚Äôt seem to like me. ” The farmer handed me a small bag of dog food,  leash,  frisbee, and a stainless steel food bowl.  As the man got in his truck his parting words were, ‚Äúhope ya have good luck with him. I reckon he needs patience and we don‚Äôt have none of that. Too  much trouble to deal with a dog that acts  just plain stupid. ‚ÄĚ And with his parting words, he and his wife were soon out of sight.  I stood in the driveway looking at a beautiful  black and white Border Collie who was very traumatised. He was shaking and I assumed it was from the ride in back of the pickup as I remembered the woman saying that he was afraid of vehicles.

I knelt beside him and looked into his eyes that seemed to speak volumes: sadness, fear, trauma; the whole works of a dog that had been thrown into the unknown. I ran my hands through his thick glossy fur and stroked his head for a few minutes. I hoped with all my heart that he would believe that he was here to stay. So, I was now the owner, of a very fearful Border Collie who was probably trying to understand what the past two weeks were about and why he was no longer with the family that he had known since he was a puppy. 

 I learned quite a few lessons from Rocket. He gradually adapted to his new home and eventually bonded with me. He was a quick learner and I wish that I had had more time to work with him. One of the first things I did was help him overcome his fear of getting into a vehicle. I used treats as a reward. Within two days time he was jumping into my vehicle and ready for a ride.  It was just as simple as that.
 
Rocket continued to bark not just in the morning but throughout the day. I had to do something about the barking- so I purchased a large metal crate from Tractor Supply ( which had the best prices). I put Rocket in a crate in a spare bedroom. This stopped the barking. It seems that Rocket just wanted to be in the house and to be part of a family again. I did not trust him with my cats so he was always supervised when out of the crate. I put him in the crate while I was at work.  During the day he was free to roam the fenced yard with the other dogs. It took several years before I felt he would be okay around the cats.
He goes wherever I go in the house and at night sleeps beside the bed near me. I am sure that all of this would have transpired much sooner had I not been working at the time. Rocket is not a perfect dog but then I never expected perfection. I just know that I have given him a good life- he gets to play ball- no more frisbee because he began limping and I realize d that his age was a factor. So, he gets to chase a ball around and doesn’t have to jump. His biggest love was to catch a ball or the frisbee but now, I roll the ball so that he doesn’t make any jumps to retrieve it. For the past 5 years the golf cart appears to be his favorite activity. Sometimes he beats me to the cart and is the perfect gentleman as he sits down opposite me and eagerly waits for the  ride to begin. Our property is a hill and a  shallow valley, so I use the cart several times a day and Rocket is always on the cart ready for a ride. I find it ironic that his former owners moved to the edge of a golf course and now the dog they once owned rides in a golf cart several times a day.
 
Rocket is now about 12 years old. My vet said he has the heart that sounds like a young dog. I really was happy to hear those words. HE DOES GET HIS EXERCISE. When I go out to feed the animals he races around and around the yard as if he is rounding something up. He has worn a path that looks like a cow trail. The trail  is quite visible. At any rate he is getting his exercise and he is a happy dog. He always comes when I call him to the house. That look of fear? Well that vanished after a few days. I believe that he knew he was here to stay . I am so glad that I made that rash decision to take him- sight unseen that day.
Photos and post:  Yvonne  
 
 Addendum: This post was written in the fall of 2011 about the same I learned that Rocket was in renal (kidney) failure. I was able to keep Rocket going for approximately 8 months. I used Ringer’s lactate IV fluids ( which is also given sub cu (subcutaneous) under the skin with the needle inserted between the shoulder blades. I also gave him vitamin B12 and B complex under the skin.  There are  two medications that can be used but one is very expensive. The other medication Rocket, could not tolerate at all. In June, 2012 Rocket was euthanized after 2 days of not eating and not  being able to stand up. I know he was ready to go to doggie heaven.  I miss Rocket a lot. He was not my dog for his entire lifetime but I think he liked his home with me. And, I would like to believe that he loved me, as much I loved him.
 
                                                                                                                      

Rocket: declining in health but still very alert

 

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Dancer, the Aussie Saved From Euthanasia (click photos to enlarge)

Dancer, Australian Shepherd

Dancer, Australian Shepherd

Dancer waiting for my cue

Australian shepherd – high intelligence

Tagged for euthanasia the next day. This was the fate of a beautiful shiny black and tan australian shepherd. Had it not been for a lady named Nancy,  I would never have known the dog that has been mine for the past 8 years.  The little Aussie had been named Sadie by the workers at a Fort Worth, Texas, animal shelter – a kill  shelter. The animals that were not adopted after a certain length of time were put on the list to meet the grim reaper. Sadie’s fate lay in the hands of a lady named Nancy who “pulled”  dogs from the shelter when ever she had room at her home for a dog/s. 

 Nancy belonged to a small rescue group who used their own money to foster dogs until the dog could be placed in a forever home. Nancy was allowed by the shelter to take any or as many dogs that were doomed for euthanasia as she could manage. Nancy personally could only handle up to four dogs and generally she only took small dogs because she had life threatening medical issues. and these were easier for her to foster. However that day she happened to see Sadie as she made her way through a maze of huge cages.  Nancy had met her personal quota of dogs to “pull” but decided at the last-minute to take the dog named  Sadie, because, “her eyes spoke to me as if begging me to take her.” So that day about 8 years ago Sadie went home with Nancy.  That afternoon, Nancy began making phone calls to her “dog friends.” The first call was to her friend Shirlene, another rescuer of dogs. Shirlene an acquaintance, of mine,  in turn called to ask if I would foster an Australian Shepherd.. She said the dog  was one day away from euthanasia. Of course I was not going to turn her down after she told me the dog was destined for euthanasia.  “Sadie”  so named by the shelter staff was believed to be about 1-2 years old.  I spoke to Nancy in Ft. Worth on a Wednesday and the next day, Shirlene arrived with Sadie, at my house, 100 miles south.  

 

Shirlene opened the back of her vehicle and a black dog lay curled up near the door. The dog was wearing a tiny collar with a small frayed leash attached. I called her name and with a gentle tug of the leash she jumped to the ground.  As Shirlene and I stood talking, Sadie began licking my hands and then my shoes. Finally she stopped, looked  directly into my eyes. lowered herself to the ground and began crawling on her belly as she made circles around and around my feet. I had never observed a dog exhibiting such total submission. Finally I said, “you know Shirlene there is no need to foster her. I’ll adopt her but I am going to change her name right now to Dancer. The name popped right from thoughts. And, Dancer still dances around me to show her happiness.

I felt a strong connection to Dancer and her bond to me was immediate. She has shown her gratitude by being incredibly loyal and obedient. I only have to call her once and she is at the back door.
I really did not need to train her to do anything. She possesses high intelligence and is very quick to learn whatever I choose to teach her.

How could a person be so cruel and release her to the shelter? I will never comprehend man’s inhumane treatment and total disregard for a lesser creature, who has been a part of one’s life. How do you make the decision to dispose of the animal as if it were nothing.  

I think this is a good place to include one of my favorite quotes.
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
by Immanuel Kant

Dancer is much more laid back than my other dogs. But she thrives on my attention. I’ve taught her to sit, roll over, and of course to crawl since this was a natural proclivity. She will absolutely crawl for yards until I tell her to stop.  Dancer has proven to be one of my best watch dogs. She has keen hearing and usually barks before the other dogs hear a new sound. She becomes very agitated at the sight of any man. Possibly she was mistreated since she is especially distrustful of men. 

I am eternally grateful to Nancy for listening to her heart the day she pulled Dancer from the Ft. Worth kill shelter. And, whoever took Dancer to the shelter that day was the loser for I consider myself the winner, the day I gave her a forever home.

 Post  and photographs: Yvonne

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So You Think You Want A Labrador Retriever (Click image to enlarge)

The lab in this pic is Muddy (as in muddy paws). Muddy is now 4-5  years old . He is the product of some callous, cruel, uncouth, coward, ass-butt, who chose to dump him in the middle of winter at the hospital where I worked. I was the last person on my shift to leave the building one very cold and misty night. As I walked toward my SUV, I  saw what looked like a small animal sitting in the middle of the parking lot. With a few more steps I could see that it was puppy. I walked toward the puppy and he greeted me with a wag of his tail. I bent down to take a closer look and he returned my gaze and then sat down at my feet. The puppy had no collar and was rather thin. I walked toward my vehicle and coaxed him to follow me. Clearly this was not a lost puppy. There just was no way that a puppy of this size could leave home, make it across a very busy 4 lane street and on to the vast grounds of a government installation and keep going quite a distance past the entrance gate to the building where I worked. I believe that someone knew me or of me and believed that I would TAKE THE PUPPY.

I took him to my vet the next day.  Upon seeing the pup Dr. M. immediately said, “Oh, this dog belongs to someone. This is a chocolate lab and no one is going to discard a puppy that looks this good.” I told Dr. M. that I could not disagree more! I said, “people throw away purebred dogs all the time. And cats too. I know he does not have a microchip. You can scan all day long and there AINT NO MICROCHIP.” And of course I was right. There was no microchip!

I named him Muddy- it was a name that came to mind from out of the blue.  Really!  There is a blues singer who plays the guitar named Muddy Waters who has been on the music scene for a very long time. I remember him from  my teenage years. I have no idea how I happened to think of the name.  

Muddy grew by leaps and bounds. He has a congenial temperment and a surplus of energy. He and my border collie and Aussie cross became pals and chase each other or roll in the grass or dirt when ever I allow my dogs access to my one acre property. He also is good with the other dogs and doesn’t chase the cats.  He has one huge fault but I work around it. Food aggression is a big problem. The food thing began suddenly and I have no idea what triggered his excessive and hostile desire to protect his food from any dog that merely walks past as he is eating. At feeding time I put Muddy in the back yard and close the gate. As soon as he has eaten, I immediately pick up his dish which I place in a bucket of soapy water. This way he no longer has a bowl to guard.  Each dog must have finished eating before any of them are allowed in the smaller fenced yard that cconnects to the house.span>

To say that Muddy is a good dog is an understatement. He comes when I call, sits, and goes in what ever direction that I point;. He is loyal and thrives on affection.  That is really not a long list of attributes BUT he is a watch and guard dog. Labrador dogs love to fetch and retrieve just about anything that they can cram into their mouths. The odd thing about Muddy is that he is not interested in fetching and he is not a fan of water. Despite being such a big dog Muddy can clear the ground by about 3 feet or so. Now that does not say much but this is an eighty eight pounder and I have yet to figure out how such a gawky looing dog can be such an agile jumper. He can jump up and turn around before touching the ground. He is huge and the largest dog that I have ever owned in my long life. One other negative about the labrador retriever. These dogs shed more hair than any dog that I have been around. In the morning when I let them out of their crate the floor on the outside of the crates is covered in dog hair.

So there you have my take on the lab. I can see why these dogs continue to be, year after year, the number one dog registered with the American  Kennel club.

 

Muddy: Anticipating a game of chase

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Greyhound Racing

¬† The topic of Greyhound racing is one of much controversy; pro and con. I have debated with myself whether this is really a topic that I should write about. According to a great deal of research, Greyhound racing remains a touchy subject among, race fans, race track owners, breeders, rescue groups, and animal rights activists. I have read, so much about dog racing that it almost made my head spin. I read a number of forums on the Internet which caused me to really think about how I should, would, or could write what all of these very passionate people had to say in¬†defense of or against Greyhound racing. The fur literally flies on some of the forums and some individuals have been banned from participating in some of them. One forum showed one person making long and detailed remarks about almost every individual’s written¬†opinion.¬† This person¬†discredited any data that was presented. This individual gave the impression of knowing all there is to know about breeding, racing, showing, injury and health issues of the Greyhound, rescue organizations, and the list goes on.

For the reader of this post, please keep in mind that I am¬†endeavoring to keep this post neutral.¬†I am simply writing about what I have researched. ¬†I’ll begin with what is considered the good part of Greyhound racing.¬†Just about anyone that possesses a fair amount of knowledge about dogs in general knows something about dogs that race.¬†

The¬†good of racing greyhounds. In years past a fairly large number of individuals earned their livelihood as a direct result of working with the¬†dogs at the race track. These people¬†are/were involved in¬†the care of the dogs¬†which are generally kept¬†near or on the premises of the track property.¬†In the heyday¬†of Greyhound racing¬†thousands¬†of people were employed in a variety of positions at the tracks. ¬†A great deal of money was/is made racing these dogs. Breeders also benefited from racing dogs.¬†For some breeders the racers were their sole income and for others the dogs provided a supplemental income. Many states had several tracks, so¬†racing was profitable¬†for track owners and the races are/were a diversion for those people that enjoyed gambling via placing bets just as people place bets on¬†race horses. However, many tracks have been closed because some states have passed laws banning dog races. The other negative part of the whole dog racing scene was/is that many things change either¬†for better or worse. Betting on racing dogs no longer holds the appeal that it once did. One factor might be that those individuals¬†who enjoy betting/gambling now have, perhaps what could be considered, a quicker and more enjoyable way to spend their entertainment money. Enter the world of the casino where the lure of the slot machine, gaming tables, etc. has proven more exciting than betting on a dog that races around trying to catch a¬† “dummy” lure (which¬†is considered more humane than¬†using a live rabbit).¬†

This subject to be continued. Hopefully, I will be able to add a photo of a rescued Greyhound, which has eluded me in the area where I live.  I will continue my quest for a dog to photograph. As an aside- I personally find the Greyhound a beautiful and noble dog.

 Post by  Yvonne Daniel

A Wee Dog: The Chihuahua

 
                                                                                                

    

Gracie Narum March,2011

                                                                                                                                           Chihuahua, long hair  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a   photo of a black and white long haired Chihuahua. Her family lavishes her with much love and devotion. This is one proud queen bee of an assembly of pets.      

This little dog is a very old breed- some say it originated in Mexico. The chi is tiny and toy sized. The body is longer than it’s tail. The muzzle is short, pointed, and the ears are large and erect (stand up). The coat comes in various lengths: wavy, flat, long, or short. Various colors are seen and these are probably the result of the breeders whim or what ever happens to be popular at the time. A WORD OF CAUTION. MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU ARE NOT BUYING FROM A PUPPY MILL. CHECK OUT PREMISES, PARENTS,¬† CLEANLINESS, HOW AND WHERE THE PUPPIES WERE RAISED AND CALL THE BREEDERS VETERANARIAN AND MAKE SURE IT REALLY IS A VET’S OFFICE THAT YOU ARE TALKING WITH.¬†¬† Better yet,¬†adopt a chi from a rescue group or an animal shelter and save a life!¬†¬†¬†

These pint sized dogs¬†require human leadership, proper socialization with other dogs, pets, and people. They need firm training with positive reinforcement. The chi should never be allowed to dominate anyone in the family. Letting your “itsy-bitsy- cutsey” dog rule the roost by sitting only in your lap and allowing it to assume the role of pack leader are all NO-NO behaviors. Never give into the assumption that little, means tender, meek, and mild. If your chi assumes the role of pack leader, you are in for tumultuous times. This dog can and will become over protective, snap at children, adults, and possibly you, when you attempt to correct it’s ill behavior. Pampering and ignoring your dog’s increasing dominance does not pay.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Exercise daily.¬†A walk¬†or plenty of active play¬†is necessary for the chi’s mental stimulation. It will do wonders for your pet and possibly you!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

One last word of advice.  Do not get a chihuahua because it is the latest fad.  If you choose a chi, put the effort into training your dog so that he/she does not become a menace. Commit yourself to train your little dog and your chi can be the ideal pet. PLEASE do not add your dog to a shelter that is already teeming with un-wanted chihuahuas.       

It might be difficult to believe¬†that a dog that appears innocuous can become a demon from hell.¬†Don’t be fooled. Train your dog to live up to it’s full potential, so that you can be the proud owner of a great little dog.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

 Post by Yvonne Daniel            Photograph by Yvonne Daniel