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Men and Dogs

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

Doing More with your Dog

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."

On Loving Dogs

"I like dogs better [than people]. They give you unconditional love. They either lick your face or bite you, but you always know where they're coming from. With people, you never know which ones will bite.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Dog Breed of the Week: Airedale Terrier

Image Source: http://www.akc.org
The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terriers and stands square in appearance. The skull is about the same length as the muzzle, with a very slight stop that is hard to see. The head is long and flat. The nose is black. The teeth should meet in a level, vice-like or scissors bite. The small eyes are dark in color. The V-shaped ears fold slightly to the side of the head and forward. The chest is deep. The topline of the back is level. The front legs are perfectly straight. The tail is set high on the back. The double coat has a hard, dense and wiry outer coat with a soft undercoat. Coat colors include tan and black and tan and grizzle. The head and ears should be tan, with the ears being a slightly darker shade of tan. The legs, thighs, elbows and the under part of the body and chest are also tan, sometimes running into the shoulder. In some lines there is a small white blaze on the chest. The back of the dog, sides and upper parts of the body should be black or dark grizzle in color.

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 The Airedale Terrier will usually do okay with children if they have early exposure and socialization, however they may play too rough for very small ones. Courageous and protective. Fairly friendly with strangers. Intelligent, pleasant and loyal. Sensitive and responsive, he can be obedience trained at a high level. Airedale Terriers are fun-loving and playful when they are puppies. Airedales will be happy to please you if there is nothing more pressing in the environment (chipmunk, other dog, food). An Airedale is extremely loyal, but as an avid hunter you would have to be an ace trainer to get him to come away from a chipmunk even for raw steak! They are naturally lively and can be very rowdy if they do not receive enough daily mental and physical exercise. Train this dog not to jump on humans. The Airedale Terrier needs proper obedience training and an owner who knows how to be "Top Dog" The Airedale Terrier may have dominance challenges toward family members he sees as submissive. This can lead to willfulness and disobedience. They are not difficult to train, but they do not respond to harsh, overbearing training methods. The Airedale Terrier is intelligent enough to perceive quickly what is required of it, but if you ask it to do the same thing over and over again it may refuse. Try to give it some variety to its training, making the exercise a challenge. They need a calm, but firm, confident and consistent handler. With the right handler, the Airedale Terrier can do well in various dog sports including defense dog trials. This breed generally gets along well with household cats and other animals, but they sometimes try to dominate other dogs. This depends upon the way the humans around the dog treat him, their training and the individual dog.

Image Source: Alice van Kempen, Animal Photography
 Airedales were bred for active work, and therefore need plenty of exercise. They need to be taken for long daily walks. Most of them love to play with a ball, swim or retrieve objects and once fully grown will happily run alongside a bicycle. Without enough attention and exercise the Airedale Terrier will become restless and bored and will usually get itself into trouble. The exercise requirement can go down somewhat after the first two years (as with many dogs) but the first two years with an Airedale are very strenuous on the human. Then they start to get mellower.

Image Source: http://www.fildale.net
 Source: Dogbreedinfo.com

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Hotline Number: 216-370-7419

Monday, 7 April 2014

2nd Blogoversary Giveaway Part 1! Get a chance to win a 1LB In Diet Supplement for Dogs!

Everything is better with dog's hair started last April of 2012 and within that period I was able to cover a lot of things on my blog, from featuring outstanding dogs and owners to random how tos.

This is the first time that I will be giving away something for my audience in the Philippines. I am planning to do this every month and hopefully I can use my blog to raise awareness that a true dog lover will love a canine regardless of it's breed.

For this month I am giving away one In Diet Supplement for dogs worth 600-700 pesos. I've also written a review about it here.

One winner will receive a 1LB In Diet Supplement for dogs, I have included a picture of the exact item that you will be receiving.

I might still giveaway pet express gift certificate, but I am worried about my readers who do not have a Pet Express branch near their area, so I guess giving away random pet products is better.

I am also accepting help from sponsors, or if you would like to request a specific item that you would like me to giveaway please email me at here.


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Friday, 4 April 2014

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day--Giveaway!

Because National Dog Fighting Awareness Day will already be on April 8, I decided to run a giveaway on my blog which will be sponsored by ASPCA. Only US residents can join this contest. One lucky reader will receive a National Dog Fighting Awareness Day Gift pack, which includes the following:
1 Anti Dog Fighting T-Shirt
1 No One Wins in a Dog Fight magnet
1 Orange Fight Cruelty Tote
1 ASPCA Pet Frisbee
1 ASPCA Orange Wrist Band
1 ASPCA Action Magazine: Inside the Dog Fighting Ring

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April 8th is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day!

On April 8th, the ASPCA will be celebrating National Dog Fighting Awareness Day by hosting a Google+ Hangout with national experts to discuss the underground world of dog fighting. The panel will be moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, and the goal will be to raise awareness about dog fighting brutality, including little-known truths about the blood sport and its continuing prevalence in America.

In addition to the Google+ Hangout, they’ll be doing live social media Q&As across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in which our experts will be answering user questions about dog fighting with hashtag #NDFAD. They will also premiere a never-before-seen short documentary with undercover footage of dog fights and the rescue activity at dog fighting raids.

Did you know that Dog Fighting is divided into 3 categories? Most law enforcement experts divide dog fight activity into three categories: street fighting, hobbyist fighting and professional activity:

 "Street" fighters engage in dog fights that are informal street corner, back alley and playground activities. Stripped of the rules and formality of the traditional pit fight, these are spontaneous events triggered by insults, turf invasions or the simple taunt, "My dog can kill yours." Many people who participate in these fights lack even a semblance of respect for the animals, often starving and beating them to encourage aggressive behavior. Many of the dogs are bred to be a threat not only to other dogs, but to people as well—with tragic consequences.

"Street" fights are often associated with gang activities. The fights may be conducted with money, drugs or bragging rights as the primary payoff. There is often no attempt to care for animals injured in the fight and police or animal control officers frequently encounter dead or dying animals in the aftermath of such fights. This activity is very difficult to respond to unless it is reported immediately. Professional fighters and hobbyists decry the techniques and results of these newcomers to the blood sport. 

"Hobbyist" fighters are more organized, with one or more dogs participating in several organized fights a year as a sideline for both entertainment and to attempt to supplement income. They pay more attention to care and breeding of their dogs and are more likely to travel across state lines for events.

"Professional" dogfighters often have large numbers of animals (as many as 50 or more) and earn money from breeding, selling and fighting dogs at a central location and on the road. They often pay particular attention to promoting established winning bloodlines and to long-term conditioning of animals. They regularly dispose of animals that are not successful fighters or breeders using a variety of methods, including shooting and blunt force trauma. Unlike professional dogfighters of the past, both professionals and hobbyists of today may dispose of dogs that are too human-aggressive for the pit by selling them to "street" fighters or others who are simply looking for an aggressive dog—thus contributing to the dog bite problem.

 In recent years, a fourth category of dogfighters seems to have emerged, with some wealthier individuals from the sports and entertainment worlds allegedly using their financial resources to promote professional dog fighting enterprises, which essentially use the philosophy and training techniques usually associated with street fighting.

source: wikipedia
 So what can communities do to combat this blood thirsty crime?
The first step in combating dog fighting is for individuals to alert the authorities to any suspected or actual dog fighting activities in their area—identification of the problem is the first step to a solution.
In addition, the ASPCA recommends the formation of local or state task forces to address dog fighting. These groups should include members from all the major stakeholders in that community—law enforcement, prosecutors, animal control, animal welfare groups, veterinarians, public health officials, housing authorities, the neighborhood watch and others. The group should identify the nature of the problems in the area, the laws that could be applied to these problems, and the resources that are available. Dog fighting is most effectively addressed by a collaborative approach to this heinous crime.

What can ordinary citizens do to stop this crime? The enforcement of animal cruelty laws begins with the individual. If you see something, please say something—notify your local police and/or humane law enforcement of any suspicious activities that suggest dog fighting is taking place in your community.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Dog Breed of the Week: Afghan Hound

image source: http://altsideafghans.co.uk
The Afghan is built along greyhound-like lines, enabling it to execute a double-suspension gallop and run-down fleet game. The comparatively short back and steep pelvis helped it to leap great heights and to turn almost in place, essential attributes for coursing in rocky mountainous terrain. The large feet gave it a better foothold and were more resistant to injury on rough ground. The silky coat protected the dog from cold nights at high altitudes. The Afghan appears dignified and aloof, with an exotic expression and proud carriage. This dog's gait shows great elasticity and spring; the Afghan moves with its head and tail high.

Despite its glamorous reputation, the Afghan hound is a hunter at heart, bred to chase down game over rugged terrain. While it maintains its regal bearings inside, it needs a daily chance to stretch its legs in a safe area. Its worst trait is a reluctance to come when called. It will chase small animals outside; inside, it will coexist peacefully. Though gentle with children, it may not be playful and interactive enough with them. Described by some as "catlike," it is independent yet sensitive and not overly demonstrative. It is reserved with strangers; some can be timid. It has a gay, clownish side.Source: http://www.animalplanet.com

The Afghan needs daily exertion, either in the form of a long walk followed by a short sprint, or preferably, a chance to run full speed in a safe, enclosed area. Although its coat might make it amenable to outdoor living in temperate areas, it needs a soft bed and is better suited as a house dog. The coat requires some commitment, especially when shedding the puppy coat; most adult coats need brushing or combing every two to three days.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Dog Breed of the Week: Affenpinscher

I am a dog lover and I love reading about different dog breeds, and because I believe that sharing is love, I have decided to feature different breeds on a weekly basis. My aim is to raise awareness that there are different types of dogs, and there are things that people need to consider before they buy or adopt a dog.

Source: www.dogsindepth.com

The affenpinscher is square-proportioned, compact and sturdy, with medium bone. It is a smaller version of a working terrier, and as such is not a delicate dog. This is an active, tough dog that is agile enough to catch and dispatch rats and mice. Its gait is light, sound and confident. The affenpinscher has a monkeylike facial expression with long eyebrows and beard, which lends it an air of comic seriousness. This breed's rough coat is about 1 inch long on its body and somewhat longer on its head, neck, chest, stomach and legs. The coat type provided protection from vermin and harsh conditions.

The affenpinscher lives up to its name — "monkey terrier" — in both looks and actions. A terrier at heart, it is busy, inquisitive, bold and stubborn, but it also loves to monkey around, being playful and mischievous. It tends to bark and even climb. Unlike most terriers, it is fairly good with other dogs and pets. This little dog is best with a family that likes entertainment and has a very good sense of humor.

Source: http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/toy/affenpinscher.html

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Although an energetic and active dog, the exercise needs of the affenpinscher can be met with vigorous indoor games or romps in the yard, or with short walks on leash. It enjoys playing outside, but it cannot live outdoors. Its harsh coat needs combing two or three times weekly, plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping, whereas show dogs require stripping.
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: patellar luxation, Legg – Perthes
• Occasionally seen: PDA, open fontanel
• Suggested tests: knee, (cardiac)
• Life span: 12 - 14 years

Source: http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/toy/affenpinscher.html
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Sarah Simpson; www.affenrescue.org
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