Big Dogs And Their Strange Habits

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Big Dogs And Their Strange Habits

Even if you have a really big dog, I am sure you would do anything you could to keep him/her safe. You probably take your pet to the veterinarian any time you see any signs of trouble. These big dogs are a big part of your lives and need to be cared for in the best possible way. Some animals require special needs and it is crucial to know more about these big pets and how to care for them the best way possible.

One commonly known larger breed of dog is the St Bernard. The St Bernard can be anywhere from 25-30 inches tall and between 110-200 pounds. They are a patient and calm pet and they are very devoted to their owners especially kids. However they do need to be well-socialized with children and other smaller pets. It would take a dog as large as a St Bernard 24 months or so to become a full-grown dog. Foods enriched with Vitamin C and Vitamin E would help to keep his bones in good shape.

Great Danes are considered to be the tallest dog breed in the entire world. They range from 100-200 pounds and can get upwards to 34 inches tall. The Great Dane is a very friendly dog and gets along with most other dogs regardless of breed. They are not aggressive, and even though they are big, they make great pets.

You may catch your dog eating his own poop. And now you may wonder why dogs eat their own poop. It is actually very normal for your dog to eat his own feces. Many animals, including dogs, eat their own poop in order to regain nutrients that they may have lost when they actually consumed the food. Another reason might be because they were trained at one point to clean up after themselves.

If you notice that your dog is doing this often, you should probably consult your veterinarian just to rule out any particular medical issue that may be causing it. There are times when dogs who are malnourished will eat their own feces because they are typically starving. Usually dogs who are homeless or live in shelters do this more often than typical dogs.

There are many ways that you can keep your dog healthy and strong. The proper exercise and nutritional intake can make a difference in the long-term health of your dog. You want to keep them around for as long as you can so make sure you feed them healthy and nutritious foods served with lots of love.  Keep them healthy by feeding them foods that are good for their hearts, minds and bodies, and they will continue to love you no matter what.

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Dachshund Befriends Paralyzed Cat, Serves As Protector

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Dachshund Befriends Paralyzed Cat, Serves As Protector

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Every once in a while a heart warming story makes the news, a story with a happy ending that takes your mind off the often depressing world news. In this case the story is about a smaller, dog, a dachshund named Idgie who came to the rescue of Ruth, a paralyzed cat. Who says cats and dogs can’t be friends?

The dachshund refused to leave the poor cat’s side after both were abandoned at the end of a Florida driveway. While the cat isn’t able to move very easily she has nothing to fear because her faithful friend Idgie is there for her. As a matter of fact, when rescue staff found them the 2 year old dachshund was so protective; he growled and barked at anyone who tried to approach.

Ms Borum, who runs Project Paws pet charity, was contacted by the Seminole County Animal Services regarding the plight of the animals who were named Ruth and Idgie after the film Fried Green Tomato’s main characters who also had a close bond. Ms Borum was so touched by their circumstances that she offered to provide them with a home at her Hollywood Houndz pet store.

Idgie still keeps a watchful eye on Ruth from their large play area in the store. Whenever she gets a new toy she takes it over to show the cat, curling up around her feline friend. Ms. Borum has said that she’s seen friendships between cats and dogs in the past but never like this. Idgie still barks at other dogs if they get to close to her paralyzed buddy Ruth; cats purr for many different reasons; Ruth, I’m guessing, purrs because she feels happy and safe with her very protective friend.

Besides the fact that Ruth the cat was paralyzed and could only move by pulling herself along with her front paws, both animals seemed to have been well cared for. It was actually strange that both animals were in overall good health, not malnourished or dirty, so it appeared they had previously been someone’s pets some point.

It’s Not Just Dog’s that Serve As Protectors

How about the story of Terfel, an 8 year old Labrador mix who was afraid to leave the safety of his bed after he lost his eyesight? When Terfel was diagnosed with cataracts, he began to stay in his bed, because he’d started bumping into things; that is until his owner, Judy Godfrey Brown, let a stray cat into her North Wales home that ended up lending him a helpful paw.

Amazingly the cat, who they named Pwditat, approached the Labrador mix and appeared to sense that the dog couldnít see. Using her paws, she coaxed Terfel out of his bed and guided him out into the garden. It was remarkable that the cat immediately appeared to know that the dog was blind, through some kind of sixth sense that some animals seem to have. Today Terfel and Pwditat are great friends. They love each other and even sleep together now; gotta love happy endings.

 

Is It A Good Idea To Add Mixed Breeds To The Westminster Dog Show?

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In Westminster‘s nearly 140-year history, they have never had any events with mixed breed dogs as purebred pedigree was the threshold all dogs had to pass. Well, as it turns out, old dog shows can learn new tricks. Starting in 2014, the Westminster leaders have decided to allow mixed-breeds in the sporting events.

For years, there has always been contention between pedigreed and mixed-breed animals. One route to maintaining pedigree is inbreeding dogs. This is seen as a way to fix certain traits in a breed. While inbreeding can occur naturally, the obvious problems come from having a limited genetic pool resulting in widespread disorders including loss of vigor, fertility problems, and increased health issues.

In purebred dogs, there are certain disorders that are common to purebred dogs. For example, large dog breeds like the Rhodesian ridgebacks tend to have neurological problems from dermoid sinus while Cavalier King Charles spaniels tend to suffer from a painful brain condition called syringomyelia. The health problems of purebred dogs will continue because eventually the gene pool will continue to shrink even if breeders try to avoid inbreeding.

Cross-breeding is seen as a sensible way out the dwindling gene pool because you strengthen the breed and toss out the purity parameter, which is could be seen as an abomination since pedigree is a valuable commodity. While it may result in less genetic disease, you never know just what kind of personality traits the dog will have, how big the dog will be or even what other diseases they may be prone to.

Cross-bred puppies also have higher delivery risks and may need to have a C-section. Then there’s the “designer dog” trend where breeds are genetically mated to produce dogs that don’t shed or have less dander while others are creating dogs that are popular for the moment and are sold for thousands of dollars.

At the end of the day, it’s a complicated issue that Westminster is deciding to finally acknowledge. There are a significant number of mixed breed dogs that have natural unique abilities that weren’t specifically bred into them by design; they were just born that way. Since Westminster is about celebrating all dogs, then adding mixed-breeds to the lineup should be seen as a natural extension of that purpose, even though it took over a century.

 

Does Buddy the Dog Deserve To Live?

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In San Antonio, many residents of San Antonio are fighting to save the life of Buddy, a six-year-old golden retriever mix attacked a nine-year-old girl in November 2014. Homer Mojica, Buddy’s owner, stated that the dog was leashed and out for his daily walk when the child screamed in his face prompting the attack.

Despite the attack, Buddy has become a symbol for activists and animal lovers who charge that Animal Control Services (ACS) was less about protecting animals and more about putting them down quickly to improve statistics. On the other side of the argument is the fact that this dog attacked a child and caused sustained injuries that did require stitches. So, what should happen to Buddy?

Vague Laws

Under current Texas law, any dog whether small or giant dog breeds that causes serious injury which requires hospitalization, regardless of whether the animal is leashed and provoked as many witnesses claimed Buddy was, can be euthanized. That means that even if someone kicks a dog and the dog attacks in an effort to defend itself, it can be put down.

As this is vague, there is a lot of room for interpretation and debate. In the case of Buddy, the initial judge ordered Buddy to be put down without any medical testimony on the victim’s behalf verifying the seriousness of the injuries.

Some activists claim that the child’s injuries were more likely consistent with a scratch not a bite and that the parents should teach their child how to properly approach animals. Other called on city officials to fulfill the promises they made about implementing a “no kill” policy at animal shelters. Needless to say, this issue is hotly contested on both sides and as of January 18, 2014, Buddy was released to vet clinic but not back to his owner.

Should Buddy Live?

On the face of the law, it looks like Buddy should be euthanized once it’s been proved that he caused serious injury. However, the fact that the parents did not provide any medical testimony calls the severity of the injuries in question and should have prompted the judge to either ask for that kind of evidence or to impose some other penalty as due process was not really fully followed.

As it stands, this case may force the state of Texas to take another look at the animal rights laws and challenge the lack of specificity for dogs like Buddy who may be protecting their owners. If the law isn’t tightened up, there will be more cases like Buddy’s clogging up the courts.