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Calculating dog to human age How old are they really?

12 Jun

 

It always seems to me  like a dog ages in behavior/personality (capacity?) in the following way:

0 – 6 months upto a human 1 year old

6 months – 2 years – human toddler (2 – 4 years old)

2 years – 5 years human teenager

5 years – 9 years human adult

9 years on – human senior

 What have you found?

 

This is an excerpt that I found from an excellent and fun article.  Gayle did a nice job on this. 

DOGS
By Gayle Hickman

Aging is much faster during a dog’s first two years but varies among breeds. Large breeds, while they mature quicker, tend to live shorter lives. By the time they reach 5 they are considered “senior” dogs. Medium-sized breeds take around seven years to reach the senior stage, while small and toy breeds do not become seniors until around 10.

Many veterinarians agree that a pretty good guess on the age of pets can be made using the following formula. Although still simple, it is much more accurate than the seven-year method.

Assume that a 1-year-old dog is equal to a 12-year-old human and a 2-year-old dog is equal to a 24-year old human. Then add four years for every year after that. (Example: A 4-year-old dog would be 32 in human years.)

Since this method takes into consideration the maturity rate at the beginning of a dog’s life and also the slowing of the aging process in his later years, Martha Smith, director of veterinary services at Boston’s Animal Rescue League, feels that this is the more accurate calculation formula. Here is a chart, for easy reference:


 

A dog’s average lifespan is around 12 or 13 years, but again, this varies widely by breed. The larger your dog is, the less time it will live. Female dogs tend to live a little longer.

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That darn dog – time to train

20 Sep

Well, I have to say my dog Banjo is something else.  He is a Rhodesian ridgeback mix.  He is about 2 1/2 years old.  Anyone with a larger breed dog will tell you that the puppy phase lasts a few years more that you would think – so far his is 2 1/2 years. 

Banjo has a heart of gold.  He also is very tall and long.  He can reach anything.  The other dogs actually use this to their advantage.  They run point for him, and make sure the coast is clear.  They also get him to reach things for them.  Yes, you betcha – I believe this conspiracy is real! 

Banjo doesn’t need opposable thumbs.  He has the nose that can open any door, drawer, or cabinet.  I have no idea how.  He doesn’t destroy things.  He doesn’t mess in the house, break things, damage items or anything bad in the house.  He has the sweetest face, and really wants to please his family.  God love him, he just doesn’t know how. 

He is always underfoot.  He loves to give everyone who comes near him 1 kiss.  Just one and then walks away.  That means he will jump and jump until he gets you, and then go lay down.  He doesn’t hurt anyone doing that ( on purpose), except and occasional bump.  Regardless, it is unacceptable.  I have tried many techniques to break him of this, nothing so far has helped. 

He also likes to see what is going on.  He will be in the middle of everything as a result.  Being a large dog he is, many times,  just out of eye sight – but a big enough object to always trip on.  So there are many folks who are constantly trying to catch themselves from falling – and most people do not respond happily to that.  He gets hooted at quite a bit for that.  I have worked with him on boundaries and sit/stay.  He doesn’t quite seem to grasp the actions, word associations, or commands I have worked with him on.  He just looks confused and sad when he gets into trouble. (getting into trouble usually means crated or put outside for a short time)

So with all the pressure and verbal tirades of the family to “do something” I have found him a trainer for a few weeks.  I have him one on one with someone who is on a mission to help him.  I have brought trainers in home, taken him to classes with a group, privately and despite the different types of help – he couldn’t grasp it.  I have to give him the benefit of this type of training in hopes that it is me that cannot properly train him – and for him there is  hope.  He is not bad, or mean, or an angry dog.  He is sweet, and tail wagging.  He only barks if he needs to go out, or if he sees a squirrel.  Other than that he is quiet.  When he does bark it is very loud – the rafters shake.

Well with him gone I am the only one who seems to miss him.  Not a good sign for Banjo.  I hope this will be a good outcome for him.  Or at least for my family.  I have invested enough time and money into this guy for training and so forth that – well lets be honest – I need to think a bit more carefully of who is a keeper in the house.  (joking)

I think if he is better behaved, and understands his surroundings better he will me a much happier dog.  I think it will help him to ‘be in the know’   as well as understand the word no! 

God’s speed Banjo – I love you.

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Loosing your best friend

10 Jun

I wonder why dogs have such short lives compared to ours.  12 – 15 years on average is so short for our beloved family members.  I think it may be God‘s way of encouraging us to always have one in our home.  If their life span was too much longer, perhaps many folks wouldn’t be able to have them.  With the exception of having being very up in age (90 +)we can be more willing to commit to caring for a dog with confidence.  It is even more appealing to an elderly person to adopt an older dog.  The commitment is not as long-term , for obvious reasons, and they are much more calm – and trained.

That short life span has a clear down side.  The sorrow of their passing.  I have had 4 in my life that have passed.  2 of old age, one of disease, and one a tragic situation.  Each time, for me, the ability to live without a dog is shorter and shorter.  I have gone so far as to have multiple dogs at staggered ages to better ensure always having their companionship.

For me, in each case of a loss, the pain has been deep.  I know for many friends that is how it is for them as well.  I know I have cried for weeks after their passings.  I still mourn their loss now, even though years have passed.  Each one still holds their unique personalities that formed our relationship in my thoughts and memories.  I miss them very much, and would love to have them back. 

These great dogs of ours touch our lives in such a unique and special way.  I beleive only a special soul is meant to care for them.  God put that desire for loving a dog in most (but not all) of us.  He loves dogs as much as we do.  When God’s  hand is so obviously  involved you know that the impact on our lives is going to be great.  And it is.

I know some people have suffered so deeply from their loss, that they cannot bear to go through that pain again.  I understand that a lot.  I admire the bond they created with their canine companion. It is evidence to me that – that person is truly one of God’s good creations.   There is a different tenderness to the heart of a dog owner (and yes cat owners too).  The relationship with our dogs encompass a tremendous amount of trust, love, respect, dependability, support, and caring.  These qualities are very consistent throughout the years.  There is not one human relationship we have that holds that kind of stability.  When the pack looses a member there is a void.

I know when this sad time comes (expected or not) what we all go through.  The mourning is as intense and real for our pet/friend as it is for any family member.  I can still begin to cry when I think about my past dogs.  I have so much love in my heart for them even today.  Grieving is a process.  It phases back and forth and up and down.  As painful as it is, and how much we never want to go through that again.  But…eventually we realize there is so much to gain by giving it another go.

So for anyone who is hurting or missing their best buddy – may God Bless you and your family.  Take your time, heal your heart, and save that collar for a special day of remembering in the future.  The devine gift our dogs are.  Blessings and gifts from a loving God.

Tornado’s, natural disasters, and our Dogs, Cats and other Pets

24 May

So, how is all this tragedy working for you?  It has been incredible.  For many unbearable.  The toll on the people is sad, tragic, and everyone needs our prayers – and honestly help.  Money, time, effort, assistance, clothes, food, anything.  The need is great.

Don’t forget the animal shelters that are taking in the lost and injured animals.  The influx of animals and the increased costs are a strain.  To help keep the quality of care as good as possible these shelters need to close the gap on what monies they have and what they now need.  Donations of toys, crates, food, food, food, liter, blankets, and of course money really will  help. 

It will take time to reunite owners, if they can be found.  It will take time for the owners to be able to be in a position to take the pets back in some cases.  These animals need help, medical attention, and affection.  They also provide affection, but also a good stability for their families that have lost homes and communities.  The comfort and companionship they give provides normalcy and familiarity.  When someone is looking at a destroyed home, losses of everything they have – but their family and pets are by their side – there is a different perspective.  The ‘bright side’ is able to be found.  “At least we are all together and safe” is heard a lot.  You can rebuild a structure – but family…all members…. are irreplaceable. 

They are so necessary to people who have them.  They fill voids, close gaps, elevate moods, comfort a heart, and calm spirits.

In some cases these storms take the animals.  They get lost, injured, and sometimes the horrible loss.  If you are a pet owner, and you prepare for unexpected events, don’t forget the animals too.  Go to the red cross for advise on how to prepare for your pets during a natural disaster – or other big unexpected event.  A little preparation can go a long way.

God Bless the people going through these hard times.  God Bless our country.  God Bless everyone who is stepping up and helping in what every capacity they are able.  God Bless our dogs, cats, and other pets.

Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

10 Jan
 
 
Source of original list: The Intelligence of Dogs By Stanley Coren (New York: The Free Press, 1994)
  
#10 Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a very active breed.  They need to be exercised on a regular basis, both mentally and physically.  As they were originally bred to herd in cattle in Australia (hence the name), they are freethinking, resourceful, and very protective of their property, including people!
 

 
 
 

 
#9 Rottweiler
The Rottweiler, #9 on our list, has a fearsome reputation that is largely undeserved.  The Rotti is only average in intensity, and make a great family dog.  Not only is the Rottweiler intelligent, but extremely courageous (one of the best guard dogs) and reliable.
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
#8 The Papillon
Does this dog scare you at all?  Well it should, because Papillons are actually a lot tougher than they look!  Some would characterize Papillons as a little moody and aggressive, but they are simply very possessive of their masters and “home turf”.  It may surprise some that the Papillon is considered one of the most affectionate dogs.  Another very intelligent dog, and very easy to train.
#7 Labrador Retriever
An extremely loving, affectionate, and patient dog, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world.  They love to work, and need a lot of exercise.  Without proper exercise, Labs have been known to develop weight problems.  Because of their good nature, and love of children and other dogs, they are a very popular family dog.
 
#6 Shetland Sheepdog
Many Shetland owners swear that their dog has nearly human intelligence!  Shelties were originally bred to herd hundreds of sheep and cattle, requiring great concentration and, of course, intelligence.  They can be a little wary of strangers and children, but are very loyal and affectionate within their own family.  In fact, the Sheltie very much craves human companionship. 
 
 
#5 Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans are an extremely loyal, assertive, and fearless breed.  They have incredible stamina, and love to work (they are one of the top 10 best guard dog breeds)  Although known as a dominant breed, Dobermans can vary greatly as far as temperament goes.  Some can be quite docile, and even work as therapy dogs in hospitals!  Dobermans can be great family dogs too, if trained properly from an early age.  Although not vicious, you can count on a Doberman to aggressively protect its master if necessary.
 
 
 
#4 Golden Retriever
Consistently ranked as the most popular breed of dog, the Golden Retriever personifies everything we love about dogs-loyal, loving, patient, great with children and eager to please.  With such great intelligence, it’s no wonder that Golden Retrievers excel in obedience competitions and at performing tricks.  It should be no surprise that the Golden ranks highly on our list of
 
#3 German Shepherd
German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, courageous, and have a very strong protective instinct (they are one of the best guard dogs).  As long as they are trained in obedience from an early age by a loving but firm hand, they can be great family dogs, and excellent with children.  Because of their intelligence, a German Shepherd needs a purpose or job in life to be truly happy. This intelligence, coupled with their courageous nature make German Shepherds excellent police and search dogs.
 
#2 Poodle
Yes, the Poodle is at number two.  The standard Poodle is highly intelligent and one of the easiest breeds to train.  They love to be around people, and really hate to be left alone.  Some standard Poodles are good guard dogs, and some can even be trained as hunters!  Overall, Poodles are a sensitive, pleasant and happy breed.
 
#1 Border Collie
Like many intelligent breeds, the Border Collie needs a job to do.  If they don’t have a purpose in life or some kind of job, they will not be happy.  Border Collies should  definitely not be left at home alone all day, and if they are, they can become quite destructive. They need constant companionship, praise, and extensive exercise.  So if you work and live in the city, a Border Collie probably isn’t the dog for you!  Because of their legendary intelligence, Border Collies set the standard in competitions for such skills as agility, obedience, and of course, sheepdog trials

 

Perhaps this and similar churches should be investigated this is horrible

9 Jan

http://www.godhatesfags.com/

This is a Baptist Church‘s web site.  Affiliated or not this has a Baptist name.  Maybe the Baptist church should put an equally strong opposing statement out.    Perhaps there needs to be a major investiagion of all the Churches that agree to this,  to understand where the hate and intolerance really comes from. 

God created everyone, all are his children.  Jesus didn’t look at anyone with hate.  He was angry with several church leaders, but he loves everyone. 

Baptist Churches preach as much hate as any other radical group.  This is so typical of white male arrogance, and manipulation of who Jesus is, and how God interacts with His people.  God Bless the Churches that don’t behave this way, there are those that don’t.

This Church needs to examine itself.  Anyone who supports and follows this teaching is blindly following the wrong things.  Does God  really need to behave this way?  Isn’t he better than that, and more powerful? 

God Bless the victims.  Pray for the shooters family, how horrible for them.  Pray that all guilty parties are correctly brought to justice under our nations’ laws.

What dogs add to the world

8 Jan


The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  

-Anonymous 


   

 There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  
-Ben William    




A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.  
Josh Billings         

       



The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.  

 

 

 

 If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise    

-Unknow
  
 
   
  
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can.
that’s almost $21.00 in dog money.
  
-Joe Weinstein

 

 




If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a human.
  
-Mark Twain

     
 



Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  
-Roger Caras

 

 
 
 

 

   
If you think dogs can’t count,
try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket
and then give him only two of them.
  
-Phil Pastoret