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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.


What an excellent article about dog genetics purebred vs mutt facts

1 May
Below is an interesting article.  I appreciate the information Sandy writes. 
I have 2 mutts and a purebred.  The purebred is a snob.  He knows he is the one that was ‘paid’ for.  He has never slept outside, never been without, always belonged, and has always known his humans.
The two mutts are rescue’s.  They have had hard times, been with out, didn’t know and wasn’t sure.  They have slept outside, by themselves, didn’t eat well or with certainty, knows what it is to need, and were not always sure of who was a good human vs a not so good human.
I’m not saying one is better than the other.  I love my dogs, all three.  They are distinct personalities.  All three with the heart of a child.  I never know which one is going to be the one who pulls the next stunt.  I have seen quite a bit with my 3 boys.  Messes on the carpet (always misses the tile floor), destruction of property (I have considered pressing charges a few times), running off as I need to go somewhere (like catching a plane), bringing home parts of a passed away deer (oh yeah – not kidding), and digging for every mole in the continental US
I have also been given a lot of sincere love from these three.  Snuggling up during a storm, sitting on my foot when alone watching a movie, by my side when a stranger knocks at the door.  I am given protection, affection, attention, and more.  I give a pet behind the ear and kibble.  A walk for us all, and a good game of ball.  Not bad.
I am not sure which one I prefer.  I like them all.  Dogs are the best.
By the way, mine sleep on the beds, couches, and carpet.  They have been neutered, and treated regularly for fleas and heart worms.  They get dry food, some bones, and home-made treats.  Their sizes are 40 lb, 60 lb and 70 lb.  The purebred is the one that is over weight.  He doesn’t stop eating!
Enjoy this  article by Sandy.
By Sandy Robins
TODAY.com contributor TODAY.com contributor
updated 4/4/2011 2:05:38 PM ET 2011-04-04T18:05:38

When it comes to man’s best friend, purebreds aren’t as popular as you might think. In fact, more than half the dogs in American living rooms and backyards are mutts. The first-ever National Mutt Census lets pet owners trace the roots of their pooch’s family tree, revealing the most popular varieties in the nation’s mixed-breed dog population of 38 million.

Mars Veterinary, headquartered in Rockland, Md., invited mutt owners to participate in an online survey. Each respondent supplied info about their dog’s size, weight, place of origin, feeding and exercise habits, and health. That information, along with an additional 36,000 samples collected from mixed-breed dogs, underwent analysis to determine the breed history of each dog.

One key finding: the most common breeds registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are not necessarily the ones most often found in mixed-breed dogs. For example, while German Shepherds are popular both as purebreds and mixes, the chow chow, a popular purebred in the 1980s, is now commonly found at the grandparent or great-grandparent level among mixed-breed dogs tested. And American Staffordshire Terrier mixes appear to be growing in popularity despite a trend of declining AKC breed registrations.

“The results of this poll provide a vivid snapshot of past and present trends in mutts,” explained Angela Hughes, Veterinary Genetics Research Manager at Mars Veterinary.  “The DNA of America’s mix-breed dogs tells a story of which breeds were popular in past decades. If a breed was trendy in the past, but has fallen from popularity, it may still represent a large portion of the current mixed breed population.” 

According to the National Mutt Census, the top 10 most popular breeds found in the mixed-breed population are:

1. German shepherd (the second most popular AKC-registered breed)

2. Labrador retriever (most popular AKC breed)

3. Chow chow (63rd most popular AKC breed)

4. Boxer (sixth most popular AKC breed)

5. Rottweiler (13th most popular AKC breed)

6. Poodle (ninth most popular AKC breed)

7. American Staffordshire Terrier (70th most popular AKC breed)

8. Golden retriever (fourth most popular AKC breed)

9. Cocker spaniel (23rd most popular AKC breed)

10. Siberian husky (22nd most popular AKC breed)

The poll also revealed the following trends among dog owners:

Shelter dogs rule: Shelters are the most frequently cited place (46 percent) where people obtain mixed-breed dogs, followed by a friend, neighbor or relative (18 percent).

Mutts nibble on kibble: Dry dog food is the most popular feeding choice (65 percent), surpassing mixed wet and dry food (wet 21 percent), wet food (5 percent) and raw food and scraps (9 percent).

The dog is man’s best friend by night as well as day: Nearly half of owners (48 percent) reported that their dog slept with them.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better: Breeds weighing more than 80 pounds represent less than 11 percent of all mixed-breed dogs.

Bugs are a bugaboo: Flea and tick prevention is a core element to responsible pet care, but 69 percent of respondents reported that they don’t use flea and tick control medicines regularly.

Population control: Nearly nine out of 10 (89 percent) mixed-breed dogs are neutered.

This “mutt-makeup” poll follows on the heels of Mars Veterinary’s do-it-yourself cheek-swab dog DNA kits, which became available over the counter in 2007. The Insights analysis  kit enables pet parents to test for about 185 breeds. Since it was released, more than 60,000 mixed-breed dogs in America now have their own individual “family trees” outlining their genetic make-up.

The subsequent ancestry report sent to those dog owners reveals genetic background that helps explain physical traits as well as behaviors like digging, herding and barking. Once pet parents understand their dog’s natural tendencies, it’s possible to tailor training, exercise and nutrition programs to fit their pooch’s one-of-a-kind needs.

Although the survey is officially over, the information gleaned state by state is still available to pet lovers at www.MuttCensus.com.

Most loyal dogs breeds

12 Apr

 Ok,  There are 2 different lists, so be sure to scroll all the way down.  There is a lot of similarity, just different and interesting facts.

Loyal (Primary)

Group Gundogs
AKC Group AKC Sporting Dogs
Size medium dog breeds
Temperament loyal, obedient
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Collie (Rough)
Group Pastoral Dogs
AKC Group AKC Herding Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, responsive
Great Pyrenees (Pyrenean Mountain Dog)
Group Pastoral Dogs
AKC Group AKC Working Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, protective
Group Pastoral Dogs
AKC Group AKC Herding Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, protective
Kuvasz (Hungarian Kuvasz)
Group Working Dogs
AKC Group AKC Working Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, protective
Group Working Dogs
AKC Group AKC Working Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, protective
Group Pastoral Dogs
AKC Group AKC Herding Dogs
Size medium dog breeds
Temperament loyal, obedient
Group Pastoral Dogs
AKC Group AKC Working Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, friendly
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Group Terriers
AKC Group AKC Terriers
Size medium dog breeds
Temperament loyal, active
Spinone Italiano
Group Gundogs
AKC Group AKC Sporting Dogs
Size large dog breeds
Temperament loyal, responsive
LIST # 2.
1. Rough Collie
Don’t be surprised that Lassie is on this list. The Rough Collie is a herding breed that originated in Scotland. These friendly dogs are intelligent, active, and good with children and other animals. Rough collies are loyal and protective of their owners, making them an excellent family dog.Common Ailments of this Breed: Eye Disorders
2. German Shepherds
Commonly used by the police and military, German Shepherds are working dogs that originated from Germany dating back to the late 1800s. These highly active dogs have a willingness to learn and serve a purpose. German Shepherds are naturally loyal and bond well with familiar faces. They have a tendency to become overprotective of their family and territory, strong guidance and training is a necessity.Common Ailments of this Breed: Arthritis


3. Beagles
Beagles are often used by homeland security personnel because of their incredible sense of smell. The modern breed dates has its origins in Great Britain but have even been mentioned in references dating back to Ancient Greece. They are known to be merry, kind, and gentle. They are pack animals and for this reason, they are very attached to their owners.Common Ailments of this Breed: Prone to pick up fleas, tickets, and worms
Hannah-Hannah Bo-Banna
4. Kuvasz
Originating from Hungarian roots, this breed was known to guard livestock. In recent years, Kuvasz’s have served well as house pets. Kuvasz’s are an intelligent breed that has a clownish sense of humor. They are loyal pets who appreciate attention with a streak of aloofness and independence. The combination of their large size and loyalty to their family makes this breed a suitable guard dog.Common Ailments of this Breed: Flowerhorn Cichlid
5. Labrador Retrievers
With roots dating back to Newfoundland off the east coast of North America, The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dog of the world known for its happy temperament, boundless energy, intelligence, gentleness, loyal and good with children.Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip and Joint Problems
6. Brittany
Developed in the Brittany province of France in the 1800s, the Brittany is a hunting/gun breed that was originally bred for bird hunting. Brittanies are noted for being easy to train, sensitive and sweet-natured. Most Brittanies do not let a chance to give a kiss or the famous “Brittany hug” get away. The Brittany is a popular family and companion pet to have.
7. Boxers
The Boxer is a breed developed in Germany and originally used as a hunting dog on large wild game. Its powerful jaws and bite allowed it hold down boars and deers until the hunters arrive. Boxers are energetic, fun-loving, extremely loyal, and low maintenance. They are harmless around family members but wary of strangers. These faithful and affectionate dogs love to be outdoors.Common Ailments of this Breed: Cancer and Heart Disease
8. Dachshunds
The Dachsund can be traced back to Germany and often referred to as wiener dogs or hot dogs because of its long body. They were originally bred to hunt badgers, rabbits, and other small prey because of its strong stubby legs and large paws that were made for digging. A dachshund loves to have fun and play. These dogs may be small, but they are very protective of their families.Common Ailments of this Breed: Spinal Problems
9. Golden Retrievers
The Golden Retriever was first breed in Scotland and used for retrieving game during hunting. Golden Retriever seems to be always smiling and happy to be around people. They are known to be patient, fun loving, eager to please, highly trainable, and a great family dog.Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip Dysplasia
10. Yorkshire Terriers
Yorkshire, or often adoringly referred to as Yorkie, are the smallest of the terrier breeds and developed in the 1800s in England. They are popular show dogs and companion dogs, and are fairly easy to care for because of its hypoallergenic coat. Highly energetic, bold, and very protective of their family, these little dogs do not always get along well with strangers. They do, however, love to be close to their owners.Common Ailments of this Breed: Skin Allergies
11. St. Bernard
Beethoven, the title and star of the movie, is by far the most well-known St. Bernard. It was originally bred as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps because its huge size and resistance to cold helped keep people who were trapped by avalanches warm or pulled them to safety. They have a gentle and friendly nature that does well around children. Their loyalty is attributed to their eagerness to please their owners.Common Ailments of this Breed: Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
12. Bulldogs
Bulldogs was originally bred in England and used in bull baiting, hence the name. The sport was so savage that it also required the dogs to be vicious and brave. However, it is also known for its stamina, strength, speed, intelligence and many came with their owners when North America was being colonized. Bulldogs are steady and dignified, with calm dispositions. They form strong bonds with children, while being gentle and protective. They also have a strong sense of dedication to their families.Common Ailments of this Breed: Heart Disease

Most obiedient dog breeds

14 Mar

Great article by Michelle Norton.  Nice information 

Top Obedient Dog Breeds

By Michelle Norton, eHow Contributor
updated: February 5, 2010

  1. Which are the most obedient dog breeds is a matter of some debate. By “obedient” list-makers usually mean “trainable.” Trainability in a dog depends on what the breed was bred for and how much work an owner is willing to put into training. No matter how trainable or smart a dog breed is, if you do not train the animal it will never be obedient.
  2. Herding Dogs

  3. Herding dogs are probably the best at obedience trials. They need constant training and are happiest when trained for a purpose, as they are bred to work. Australian cattle dogs need both metal and physical workouts daily. Shetland sheepdogs are excellent agility dogs and are extremely loyal.
  4. Sporting Dogs

  5. Sporting dogs are bred for hunting birds and other types of game. Labrador retrievers are among the most popular of these dogs and considered one of the smartest and most trainable breeds. The Labrador retriever has been number one on the AKC most popular dogs list for many years running. Golden retrievers also rank high and are very trainable.
  6. Hounds

  7. Hound dogs such as dachshunds and greyhounds are dogs that hunt by sight or smell, and have also been bred to be highly trainable. The most effective method of training your hound will depend on whether it is a sighthound or a scent hound. Dachshunds fall into the latter category. When training dachshunds, therefore, it is best to use games that involve the sense of smell.
  8. Working Dogs

  9. Working dogs are usually guard dogs, such as rottweilers and dobermans. Both breeds are loyal and fierce in protecting their homes. They make good family dogs and tend to shed less than other breeds. They enjoy working and training because of the praise they receive.Rottweilers are intelligent dogs and milder than their doberman cousins. They are equally loyal to their masters and accept training well.

    German shepherds are among the best guard dogs. They need a very structured home and training.

Read more: Top Obedient Dog Breeds | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_5954468_top-obedient-dog-breeds.html#ixzz1DWTTtZPV

Top dogs for cold climates, dogs and cold weather

3 Feb

For pete’s sake when it is cold let the dog in the garage at least(with blankets and water), if you have any compassion the house!

When should pet owners bring their furry friends indoors?
A: Most veterinarians do not recommend keeping pets outside during extreme (about 32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 degrees Celsius) temperatures. One professional said, “If it is so cold that you can’t go out without extreme cold-weather gear, your dog shouldn’t be outside at that temperature either,” and I agree.

Although some breeds — like Alaskan huskies and malamutes — can endure cold temperatures if they are used to them, all pets need shelter from wind, rain, and snow. If pets sleep outside, use the following tips for doghouses/shelter:

  • It should be large enough for dogs to move but small enough to retain body heat.
  • Add warm bedding to protect pets from the cold ground.
  • Maintain a regular supply of fresh, unfrozen water and additional food. Snow is not a good substitute for fresh water.

Top Breeds for Cold Climates:
Siberian husky. This beautiful and regal dog has been used to pull sleds in arctic countries for centuries. Originating in Siberia, this breed was very important in the 1925 “diphtheria serum run” that saved the lives of hundreds of Alaskan children. This run later became the Iditarod.

Chow chow. The chow is one of the most easily recognized breeds.





Popular because of his thick fluffy coat, the chow is a great guard dog and can readily tolerate cold weather.

Anatolian shepherd. Recently accepted by the AKC, the Anatolian shepherd has an intense devotion and loyalty to his family and flock. Considered one of the best guard dogs around, this dog is slowly gaining popularity in the United States. Used to harsh weather, this dog thrives in cold environments.

Keeshond. A Dutch favorite, the keeshond is a loving and devoted family pet. Related to other Arctic breeds such as the chow chow, samoyed and Pomeranian, the keeshond has a thick coat to protect him in harsh weather.

Samoyed. This big white dog with a smiling face is popular because of his gentleness. Sturdy and covered with a thick coat, this dog can live outdoors as long as there is plenty of contact with his family. Used as sled dogs, they are able to pull about 1 1/2 times their own weight in equipment and supplies

Norwegian elkhound. This dog is descended from canines that served with the Vikings. Brave enough to track bear and moose, the elkhound is also hardy enough to live in the harshest of climates.

Akita. One of the national dogs of Japan, the akita is a dignified and courageous dog. Originally used to hunt bear and guard property, the akita has a thick coat, which protects him from the elements.

Irish wolfhound. This gentle giant was originally developed to hunt wolves in Ireland and readily tolerates cold weather. The massive size of this dog leads him to enjoy the wide open spaces of the great outdoors.

Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouvier originated in Belgium and was originally used to drive cattle and pull carts. His size, strength and coat allow him to live comfortably in cold climates.

Golden retriever. As one of the most popular breeds, the golden retriever is an excellent family pet and can thrive in harsh environments. With a long hair coat, the golden prefers to spend time with his owner.

Old English sheepdog. Easily recognized by his thick white and grey coat, the Old English sheepdog is not as popular as other breeds but he can live anywhere. At home in chilly climates, the OES needs daily grooming to keep his coat healthy.

Saint Bernard. No other dog has been as strongly linked to a barrel of whiskey as the Saint Bernard. Companions of monks, the Saint Bernard has saved many people who have been lost or injured in the frigid Swiss Alps.

Greater Swiss mountain dog. This breed was developed in Switzerland as a working dog. Bred to guard, herd and haul heavy carts, the Greater Swiss Mountain dog enjoys the cold outdoors.

Bernese mountain dog. As with the Greater Swiss Mountain dog, the Bernese was also developed as a draft dog. Hardy and strong, the Bernese is at home indoors or out and thrives in cold weather.

Great Pyrenees. A true shepherd dog, the Great Pyrenees has accompanied many sheep herders and was an invaluable asset when the sheep needed protection and direction. A great watchdog, his thick hair coat lead him to prefer the cooler parts of the world.

Alaskan malamute. Bred to pull sleds over frigid terrain, the Alaskan malamute is ideally suited for life outdoors, though not in hot climates. His heavy coat is better for cold climates.

Bearded collie. The bearded collie may not be as popular as some other breeds but he has plenty of admirers. A hardy dog that thrives as a sheep dog in Scotland, this breed has a thick coat that allows his to thrive in cold outdoor weather.

German shepherd. Nearly always topping the most popular breed lists, the German shepherd has natural guarding and protecting instincts. His double hair coat insulates him in cold weather and he can be quite content spending his days and nights outside.

Shiba inu. Considered one of the smallest of the Japanese breeds, the shiba inu is the most popular companion dog in Japan. Endowed with a thick coat, the shiba inu is used to winter weather.

Newfoundland. Originating in Newfoundland, it is easy to understand why this dog loves the water. A large and strong dog, the Newfie has been used to help fishermen, pull heavy carts and rescue people from a potential watery grave. The Newfoundland’s hair coat allows him to tolerate even cold frigid water.